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FCTA Donates N4m to Victims of Shiites Protest

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has given a  cash donations of four million naira to assist in the settlement of medical bills for two Nigeria Police Force (NPF) personnel injured in the recent Shiites-NPF clashes in Abuja and the two families of the diseased.

Making the donations in Abuja, FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian

Chinyeaka regretted the incident and prayed God to grant the deceased families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss and wished the injured persons quick recovery.

He therefore reiterated commitment of the Administration to ensuring a peaceful and secure environment for FCT residents and tasked them all to be law-abiding.

Ohaa explained that the gesture was “Part of goodwill of the FCT

Administration to ensure the safety and security of the FCT residents.

“All these are parts of FCTA efforts to ensure that those who sustained injuries while serving their motherland will get proper medication.

“This happened to those our colleagues and brothers while on national duty, so as such, the FCT Administration felt that it is important and expedient to commensurate with them in terms of supporting the families of the diseased and supporting those who were injured for their own medication.”

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The Permanent Secretary who was represented by Director of Security Affairs of the Administration, Adamu Buba Gwary disclosed that two of the police personnel were injured, treated at Wuse District Hospital, where one was discharged and the other, ASP Bala Ibrahim Magaji was further treated and discharged at Cedecrest hospital, Apo.

ASP Magaji while commenting on the gesture said: “Honestly, I am shocked. I did not expect it. I did not believe this kind gesture from the FCT Administration. I am moved. It has given me more confidence in the system and the will to do more. It has given me more energy to continue to serve my country in the best professional way I can.

“May God bless the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Government.”

It could be recalled that late DCP Usman Umar and late Precious Owolabi of Channels Television lost their lives during a recent clash by the now proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiites.

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Naval Staff Kidnapped at Residence in Kogi

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

A staff of Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Musa Lawal has been kidnapped in Lokoja.

He was abducted in Lokoja at his residence, behind Post Flood Housing Estate, Lokoja at about 8 pm on Monday after they destroyed his doors and windows.

The Naval staff was to depart for his station, Abuja  on Tuesday morning before the unfortunate incident.


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An hour after the Abduction, the kidnappers had called, demanding for three million naira ransom.

The wife of the kidnapped naval staff Mrs Juliana Musa who narrated her ordeal, told Our Correspondent that one of the hands was cut and taken away with bleeding.

Kogi Police Command Spokesman, SP William Aya told DAILY ASSET that he was not aware about the incident with an assurance that the command will investigate the incident.

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Sallah: FRSC to Deploy Breathalysers

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Sector Command is to deploy breathalysers to test motorists in order to detect those who drive under the influence of alcohol the Sallah festival.

The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ota, Ogun.

Umar said that any motorist who tests positive to alcohol would be subjected to further test for other drugs.

He said that the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) would be engaged for this purpose during the festival.

“We are therefore appealing to motorists to avoid drink driving during and after the festive period.

“People should not indulge in drinking and driving at the same time to prevent unnecessary loss of life,” he said.

Umar also said that any vehicle impounded because the driver violated traffic rules and regulations would not be released until after the Sallah festival.

The sector commander said that the FRSC would collaborate with the police to check Road Traffic Violations (RTV) on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

”We are also collaborating with the Navy and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps

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to maintain sanity during the Sallah festival on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Sagamu -Ijebu Ode-Ore Expressway.(NAN)

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Ex-Senator Alleges N500m Contract Racket in Ebonyi, Petitions EFCC, FIB, DSS

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A former Senator, who represented Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, Sen. Emmanuel Onwe on Friday invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Federal Investigation Bureau (FIB) to urgently investigate alleged contract racket involving a company, Express Concerns International Ltd and one Mr Onny Igbokwe, who parades as whistleblower.

Senator Onwe, who hails from Ikwo LGA and the current APGA senatorial candidate for Ebonyi Central senatorial in the 2023 general election, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.

Recall that, Igbokwe had in a petition he forwarded to the Presidential Amnesty Programme; the Federal Ministry of Justice; among others, claimed that the Senator and Express Concerns International Ltd were involved in illegal N500 million deal.

Onwe, who is the Director of the Agric Division of Express Concerns International Ltd, insisted that Igbokwe became aggrieved because he scuttled his criminal efforts to steal the 30 per cent mobilisation fund, for a project meant to train Niger Delta youths.

“Igbokwe’s intention was to steal the money and proceed to probably poison him to avert traces of the attempted criminal diversion of the fund.

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 “The information being peddled by Mr Onny Igbokwe is absolutely false. This is nothing but pure criminal blackmail for that matter, arising from the greed of this crook called Igbokwe and his criminal co-travellers.

 “An award of contract was made to Express Concerns Intentional Ltd on the 24th of November, 2021 to train 90 Niger Delta youths.

 “This so-called petition he (Igbokwe) is peddling arose from the fact that he demanded N84million from me, which of course there was no way I was going to give him N84million from a contract that would not yield a profit of that amount.

 “They know me. My integrity is as solid as the rock and nothing they do will affect that. And in the fullness of time, by the time we bring these criminal blackmailers to book, we will be justified. Therefore, I’m inviting EFCC, FIB, DSS and others to come and investigate this matter.

“By the way, this contract is to train young people from the Niger Delta in rice farming, fish farming and poultry,” he stated.

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