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Businessman Facilitates Security Deployment in Benue Troubled Community

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By David Torough, Abuja

Insecurity occasioned by militia herdsmen and bandits in some communities in Benue state have caused sleepless nights to the government and indegenes of the affected areas.The most affected local government areas which the herders/farmers clash are predominant include; Logo, Ukum, Katsina-Ala, Kwande, Gwer, Gwer-West, Guma, Apa and Agatu.

The crises which have continued to linger over the years have also claimed thousands of lives and properties in the state and displayed a sizeable number of people in the affected communities, a situation which calls for collective intervention of not only the government at all levels but individuals, organizations and the international community.
Moved by the recent attacks in his immediate community of Ukemberagya/Tswarev in Logo local government areas of the state, a Port-Hartcourt based businessman who is the indegene of the area, Simon Mernyi has recently facilited the deployment of security personnel to protect the lives and priorities of his people.In addition, the business mulgul also donated some motorcycles popularly known as Bajaj to the security personnel for their smooth, efficient and effective operations to restore peace in the area especially as the rainy season is set to begin to enable the people to go to their farmers.Mernyi said he was worried when he received the sad news of the fresh Herdsmen attacks on innocent Tiv farmers at Iorza, Tse Ndyerkaa all in UK/Tswarev council ward. He lamented that, throughout the past few days, he had sleepless nights and has been communicating with the caretaker chairman of Logo Local government since the inception of the ugly event, a situation which he said has promoted his decision to support his people in his modest way.Caretaker chairman of Logo, Rev. Jonathan Iorliam Adagbe while receiving the troops at the Local government headquarters in Ugba commended the efforts of the Logo Born Businessman for providing Security for his people and prayed to God to give him more wisdom and strength to bring more good things to his people. On his part, a youth of the area, Adegwa Emmanuel described Mernyi as a beacon of hope and commended him for showcasing compassion and selflessness by providing protection for his community in the face of danger from the Fulani Herdsmen and called on other to emulate the guesture.

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Insecurity: We’ll Win the Battle Against Criminals – Ododo

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Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi on Wednesday vowed to lead and win the war against criminal elements in the state.

Ododo stated this during the inauguration of the Nigeria Police, Metropolitan Quick Response Unit office complex in Lokoja.

The Ododo administration initiated and executed the project within 90 days, as part of measures to enhance security network in the state.

The governor said his administration would not condone security breach, warning that: “I’m decisive in taking the fight to criminal elements’ hideout to wipe them out completely in the state.

“This is because my administration is not one that will be preoccupied by trying to deal with security challenges without an end.

“I am not here to do my best. I am here to defeat criminals.

“In fact, we are winning the war against insecurity and we are very intentional about our work to strengthen the state’s security architecture.”

The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to combat crimes and ensure the safety, security of lives and property of the people.

According to Ododo, the Metropolitan Quick Response operation is a proactive step to enhance security and build upon the solid foundation of the state’s security architecture, which started under the administration of Yahaya Bello.

“Nothing would be spared to guarantee safety and security in every inch of the state.

“The Metropolitan Quick Response Squad aims to ensure a safe environment for all residents and visitors in Kogi, with a focus on 24-hour response capability, enhanced intelligence gathering, and community-based approach to policing,” he said.

While commending the security agencies for their dedication and sacrifices, Ododo pledged to prioritise technological enablers to enhance intelligence gathering capabilities in combating emerging security threats.

He acknowledged President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to reverse security challenges nationwide, and pledged continued support to the Federal Government’s war against terrorism.

The governor enjoined residents of the state to be vigilant and to provide credible information to the security agencies to eliminate criminal elements.

The Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, commended the governor for his resilience in tackling crimes in the state.

Onuoha said the edifice would give the response squad ample space to operate and help the police and other agencies in dealing with criminal elements.

The quick response squad is a security initiative in partnership with the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police and the state’s Joint Task Force to tackle criminal activities. (NAN)

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Cleric Urges FG  to Avert Planned Youth Protest

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  The Chief Imam of Lagos State University, Prof. Amidu Sanni,  has advised the Federal Government to do its possible best to avert the planned nationwide youth protest.

Sanni said that the government could  initiate urgent  actions that would reduce the cost of living as a strategy to stop the protest.

The cleric spoke in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.

Some groups  had  threatened to stage the protest over hardship in the nation.

The protest is proposed to start from Aug. 1 and end on Aug. 10.

Sanni said that the  protest should be avoided because it could be hijacked by hoodlums to cause violence.

“Some political players  may also cash in on the situation for personal reasons.

“Such politicians should be disappointed  by the government through making things easy for the citizens and averting the protest.

“What the national government needs to do is to set in motion, a feasible, visible and sustainable means of addressing food insecurity.

“It should make foods  affordable and available,” the cleric said.

He said that immediate, medium and long-term measures with scalable and verifiable outcomes were urgently indeed. (NAN)

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Tinubu Signs Development Commission Establishment Bills

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President Bola Tinubu has signed into law bills to accelerate development across geo-political zones in the country.

This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, on Wednesday in Abuja.

The statement said the President assented to the North-West Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2024, and the South-East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2023.

According to the statement, the North-West Development Commission is set up to facilitate the reconstruction of roads, houses, and business premises destroyed by multidimensional crisis.

It is also expected to tackle poverty, literacy level, ecological problems, and any other related environmental or development challenges in North-West states.

It added that the South-East Development Commission was established to ensure the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other infrastructural damages suffered by the zone.

It is also expected to tackle ecological problems and other related environmental or developmental challenges in South-East states.

“President Tinubu believes in building the nation on the fulcrum of fairness, equity, and unity.

“Hence, he is committed to ensuring equitable development, inclusive governance, and the provision of qualitative services to all Nigerians — no matter where they reside — while knitting even more tightly together the national fabric,” it said. (NAN)

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