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Ebonyi Govt Directs Release of White-paper on Communal Conflicts

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The Ebonyi Government has directed that white-papers of reports on the Ezza/ Ezza Effium and Isinkwo/ Abaomege communal conflicts be released immediately.

Reports says that the affected communities in Ohaukwu and Onicha Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Ebonyi had been engaged in fatricidal communal conflicts.

The conflicts had resulted in loss of several lives and property as efforts made to quell them in the past failed.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Jude Okpor, made the disclosure on the white papers while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting held on Dec.

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Okpor said that the state governor had inaugurated an implementation committee to ensure that the recommendations of committees set up on the conflicts are fully implementated.

“The implementation committee is headed by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ben Odoh,” he said.

He noted that the Secretary of the Committee on the Ezza/Ezza Effium communal conflict, Rev. Fr Charlse Otu, thanked the government for the opportunity to serve the state in such capacity.

“The secretary expressed optimism that the implementation of its recommendations would provide permanent solutions to the conflict.

“The Secretary of the Committee on the Isinkwo/ Abaomege conflict, Prof. Wilberforce Oti, said that the committee followed its terms of reference strictly in the discharge of the assignment.

“He submitted that they consulted archival materials, prominent elders and took submissions from members of the warring communities,” the commissioner said. (NAN)

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NDA Alerts Kaduna Communities Ahead of Shooting Practice

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The Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna has urged residents of Mando, Tsamiya, Kauya and Afaka general areas not to panic over its scheduled shooting exercise.This

This is contained in a statement issued by the NDA Public Relations Officer, Maj. Mohammed Maidawa, on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Maidawa, said the exercise is for the Army cadets of 73 and 74 Regular Courses.

The exercises, he said, are scheduled to hold from April 18 to April 20 abd from April 26 to April 27.

“The NDA assures the general public that all necessary safety measures have been put in place for the successful conduct of the exercise.

“However, the general public is advised to avoid trespassing in the general area throughout the period of the exercise,” the army said.

.(NAN)

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Police Arrest Enugu Resident with Fake Naira Notes

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The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested an Enugu resident, one Mmaduabuchi Okonkwo, 24, suspected to be in possession of, and transacting in, fake Naira notes.

A statement by the Command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, said that operatives serving in Abakaliki Road Police Division, with the support of law-abiding citizens, arrested Okonkwo of Mkpologu, Emene, Enugu, at the Old IMT Bus Stop, Abakaliki Road, Enugu, on April 10.

According to him, the suspect’s arrest is sequel to his alleged possession, and transacting in, counterfeited Naira notes.

“A total of ₦40,000 suspected counterfeited one thousand denominated Naira notes were recovered from him.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect boarded a minibus from New Haven Junction to Old IMT Bus Stop, Enugu, and gave the driver one of the counterfeited notes.

“The driver, however, scrutinised and observed that the currency was fake, and quickly raised an alarm that led to the suspect’s arrest.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to having paid the sum of ₦25,000 genuine Naira notes to his cohort at large for the counterfeited Naira notes worth ₦50,000,” he said.

Ndukwe said that he further confessed to having spent ₦10,000 out of the fake notes, with the remaining ₦40,000 recovered from him.

“The suspect will be arraigned and prosecuted once investigations are concluded,” he said. (NAN)

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NSCDC Official Calls for Increased Vigilance to Enhance Security

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Umar Mohammed, the Kwara Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Tuesday in Ibadan called for an increase in vigilance.

He said the appeal was necessary to confront the challenges of insecurity, violence and other social vices in various communities in the state.

The Commandant said the recent rise in security challenges in the state necessitated the upgrading of the police outpost to a fully operational divisional office.

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”This is in order to address insecurity more effectively.

“The establishment of the division will no doubt improve operational efficiency, thereby reducing possible threats to peaceful coexistence,” he said.

The Commandant applauded the people of Ipee community, most especially Mr Olayiwola Oyebode, Deputy Speaker of Kwara House of Assembly, for their unwavering commitment and support for the project.

He assured the community that their efforts would not go in vain.

”I promise utmost security and well-being, and the NSCDC will work tirelessly to address all your security challenges,” Mohammed said.

He urged members of the community to remain vigilant and actively support the Corps by providing credible and timely information that would enhance their operations.

“Security is a collective responsibility and everyone should play their part in keeping their community safe, by working together and sharing information promptly,” the Commandant said.

The Deputy Speaker of State House of Assembly, Mr Olayiwola Oyebode, thanked the Commandant for his cooperation and efforts in ensuring the protection of lives and properties in the community and the state in general.

He urged the Commandant to deploy additional personnel to the new division in order to increase the safety and security of the people in the community.

In his remark, the Onipe of Ipee, Oba Lawal Adebayo, expressed gratitude to the Corps for the steadfast dedication to ensuring safety in the community and urged for sustained efforts.

Oba Adebayo also thanked Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his continuous support in upholding peace and security within the state.(NAN)

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