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Gov. Ugwuanyi directs traditional rulers to reside in their communities



Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has directed traditional rulers in the state living outside their kingdoms to relocate to their communities immediately or risk the wrath of the state government.

Ugwuanyi issued the directive on Thursday in Enugu during a meeting with traditional rulers and Presidents General of town unions in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the directive must not be unconnected to the recent security breaches in parts of the state which led to the kidnap of a traditional ruler and killing of Catholic priests.

The governor also directed all autonomous communities involved in litigations to withdraw such cases and make peace within the next one month or face sanctions.

He said that security of lives and property was a collective responsibility, adding that traditional rulers could not administer their domains from afar.

Ugwuanyi said that the state government was poised to overhaul the vigilance groups in communities, adding that the traditional rulers were expected to be part of the process.

He said that each of the 260 political wards in the state would nominate 20 persons as members of the vigilance group in their areas.

The governor said that the selection process must be devoid of partisanship, adding that traditional rulers, clerics and community leaders must supervise it.

He directed the monarchs to be on top of security situation in their localities and pay greater attention to areas designated as flashpoints in their domains.

Ugwuanyi vowed that he would no longer tolerate security breaches in any part of the state.

Responding, the Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzo, commended the governor for the way he had handled security situation in the state.

Agubuzo said that traditional rulers in the state were confident of the capacity of the governor to steer the state out of the current challenges.

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Zamfara Gov’s wife bags Fulani traditional title



The Sarkin Fulani of Zamfara, Alhaji Muhammadu Chede has conferred the fulani traditional title of “Beza’’ to wife of the state governor, Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle.

The Fulani leader announced the conferment of the title in Gusau on Friday, when the Fulani Women Association in the state paid courtesy visit on the governor’s wife.

Chede explained that “Beza’’ means mother of fulani women in Zamfara.

“We confer this important fulani title to her excellency, Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle in recognition of her various programmes to empower fulani women.

“We are also happy with the commitments of the state government led by Alhaji Bello Matawallen-Maradun towards the improvement of the wellbeing of fulani people in the state.”

Responding, Mrs Bello-Matawalle, commended the fulani leader for the gesture and promised to continuously work with them to strengthen existing relationship.

“As we are all aware, the state government is making plans to establish Ruga settlements for fulani herders in the state where schools, hospitals and other infrastructural facilities would be provided for them.

“I am planning to come up with an empowerment scheme for fulani women and education programme for their children to complement the state government efforts in this regard,’’ she said.

Earlier, the Chairperson of the fulani women association in the state, Hajiya Aisha Chede, said the visit was to seek partnership with the governor’s wife on activities of fulani women in the state.

She assured that fulani women in the 14 local government areas of the state were solidly behind the peace dialogue mission initiated by the state government.

Nigeria News Agency reports that over 300 fulani women from the 14 local government areas of the state attended the occasion.

During the occasion, the association presented a gift of a cow, large quantity of fresh milk and other fulani traditional items to the governor’s wife

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Zamfara APC tells members not to comment on Yari’s corruption investigation



The Zamfara Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday told its members not to comment on the ongoing investigation of ex-governor Abdul’Aziz Yari by the EFCC and ICPC.

The state party Chairman, Lawal Liman, said the decision was to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to conclude their investigations without interference.

Liman who received APC executives from the 14 local government areas of the state at the party secretariat in Gusau, said nobody has the right to interfere with the investigation as both EFCC and ICPC were carrying out their lawful duties.

“You know, one of the manifestos of our great party, the APC and major area given priority by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is fight against corruption.

“The former governor, Yari is a law abiding citizen, he is not above the law, therefore he can be investigated as any Nigerian.

“Nobody has the right to say anything over the investigation until it is over by the relevant authorities.

“I am therefore appealing to our members to remain calm and always be law abiding”, Liman stressed.

Nigeria News Agency reports that during the visit, the APC executives from 14 local government areas of the state reiterated their solidarity and loyalty to the party.

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Nigeria will surmount its current security challenges–Gov. Abdulrazaq



Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara on Friday expressed the hope that the current security challenges facing the nation would soon be a thing of the past.

Abdulrazaq, who stated this in Ilorin while declaring open a three-day regional convention of the Full Gospel Business men’s Fellowship International holding in Ilorin, said the Federal and state governments were fully committed to tackling the challenges.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, said, “I wish to assure you all that government is engaging the situation with all the resources at its disposal.”

Abdulrazaq,  who called on religious bodies to play a crucial role in drawing men back to God, prayed for government at all levels to succeed in all their endeavours.

He also called on religious bodies to encourage their members to join politics to play greater role in the development and progress of the nation.

Speaking earlier, the National Vice President of the group, Isaac Okparachi, explained that members were in the state for the three-day conference of the fellowship.

He congratulated Abdulrazaq and his deputy on their victory in the recent elections and prayed God to give them the wherewithal to record meaningful achievements during their tenure.

According to Okpanachi, the Fellowship is the largest body of Christian business men and professionals in the world, with Nigeria having 3,300 chapters spread across the six geo-political regions.

The vice president added that theme for the convention, “ Manifesting His Power,” was to be deployed to pray for the state and the nation.

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Repair your vehicles, adhere to traffic rules, regulations instead of bribing- FRSC



The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday advised motorists to repair their vehicles and adhere to traffic rules and regulations, instead of bribing FRSC officials.

Mr Clement Oladele, the state Sector Commander, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Ota.

“Motorists are admonished to use the money they intend to bribe for traffic infractions to repair their mechanically deficient vehicles.

“You are also advised to comply with traffic regulations to prevent any reason that may encourage the offering or receiving of bribes during patrol,” the commander said.

He advised the motoring public to desist from obstructing or blocking the highways to express their grievances, but report to leadership of appropriate agencies who have appropriate mechanism to resolve such grievances.

“Members of the public are enjoined to report bribe-related misdemeanour by FRSC officials to the command headquarters in Abeokuta or through the telephone number or email address

“FRSC wishes to inform motorists that, as part of its core value of transparency, the corps abhors any form of patrol misconduct by its operatives while on patrol.

The corps also discourages soliciting and collection of bribes by his men while on patrol.

Oladele sought the cooperation of motorists at ensuring that patrol men do not collect bribes while on patrol.

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Kwara auto-crash kills 17



An auto-crash on Thursday at Bacita junction, on Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa express way in Kwara, killed seventeen (17) people.

The Nigeria News Agency reports the accident involved an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus and an articulated DAF trunk carrying container.

An eyewitness account revealed that the accident was due to speeding and dangerous driving as the two vehicles had head-on collision at a bend along the highway.

The source said that while 17 passengers in the bus were killed, two occupants of the articulated vehicle suffered various degrees of injuries.

Mr Udeme Eshiet, the Head of Operations of the Kwara command, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the road mishap.

He explained that the DAF container truck was going towards Jebba, in the Kwara North District, while the passengers’ bus was coming to Ilorin, the state capital, from the Northern Nigeria when the crash occurred.

The FRSC official told NAN that the crash occurred at a sharp bend, as a result of speeding, which led to head-on collision by the two vehicles.

“Due to excess speeding in which the two drivers were involved while driving their vehicles at the time when the crash occurred, they could not negotiate the sharp bend properly, and when they eventually met, it resulted in head on collision,” he said.

He, however, called on motorists to be more careful while driving on the nation’s highways during rainy season to check avoidable accidents.

According to him, passengers should not hesitate to caution or report any reckless driver to law enforcement agents.

He said the remains of the deceased had been taken to a hospital in Ilorin, with the injured victims for treatment.


Edited by Felix Ajide


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