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Kidnapping: 372 Victims Regain Freedom in Zamfara – CP



Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

The Zamfara peace initiative has so far recorded massive success with 372 kidnapped victims rescued, while 240 guns were surrendered by repentant bandits, according to Mr Usman Nagogo, the state’s Commissioner of Police.

Nagogo, Chairman of the Peace Dialogue and Reconciliation Meeting, disclosed this yesterday at a meeting held at Bakura.

He, however, said that the bandits terrorising some states in the country were not only Fulani herdsmen.

“The bandits comprised of people from many tribes. It is not restricted to Fulani as is being assumed,” he said.

He accused the outlawed vigilante groups, popularly known as “Yansakai”, of being responsible for the various security challenges, saying that the attacks on communities were reprisals to extra judicial killings by the group.

Nagogo expressed satisfaction with the success so far recorded since the inception of the committee.

“In the past, some of the major markets were closed due to insecurity, but today, all our markets are open and Fulani people move freely without any problems.

“With this development, l can say that over 90 percent success has been achieved,” he said.

The Police official urged people to support the peace dialogue committee with prayers and information that would widen its reach and facilitate the success of its mission.

He said that the meeting at Bakura would open room for more consultations with various parties involved in the crisis, including the outlawed “Yansakai”, Fulani leaders, royal fathers, among others.

“I was in this state as a Deputy Commissioner of Police some years back. I later left, but was sent back by the Inspector-General of Police to carry out this assignment.

“I was involved in this kind of negotiations during the previous administration. l am in the picture of all security challenges faced by this state.

“This is the fifth emirate we have visited for reconciliation meeting. We have seen positive results from the peace dialogue and consultations.

“In all the emirates visited, we have not recorded any problem; it has been a success story,” he said.

In his remarks, the Emir of Bakura, Alhaji Bello Sani, thanked the state government for initiating the peace dialogue committee and appreciated the committee for their visit to the emirate.

“We have not witnessed much security challenges in this area. We don’t have the outlawed vigilante group (Yansakai) here and have never witnessed bandit groups or camps, but we are happy to be part of the peace process,” he said.

Sani, who noted that the problems of Fulani herders/farmers clashes had not been much in the area, blamed the rising conflicts on population explosion and unemployment, as well as government policies on grazing reserves.

The monarch appealed to Zamfara government to expand the Ruga settlement project to cover all the 14 local government areas so that all areas would benefit.

Alhaji Mainasara Ganarawa, Chairman, Miyetti-Allah Association, Bakura Local Government chapter, in a remark, regretted that cow theft was still rampant in spite of the peace initiative by the state government.

“Our herders are facing problems of cattle rustling and lack of adequate grazing reserves to feed their animals,” he added.

Alhaji Abdullahi Yahaya, Sarkin-Noma of Bakura, in his remarks, said that farmers would continue to maintain the long existing peaceful relationship with Fulani herders in the area. (NAN)


Nigeria, Afreximbank Strengthen Ties on Economic Growth, Financial Integration




By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

On the sidelines of the 6th AU Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun held bilateral talks with Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President of Afreximbank.

The meeting, which was held in Accra, Ghana weekend, reinforced the strong partnership between Afreximbank and the Federal Government of Nigeria, with a focus on driving economic growth and financial integration across Africa.

During the meeting, HM Edun acknowledged the fiscal policy measures implemented by the President Bola Tinubu-led Administration, which has significantly improved Nigeria’s revenue position.

He emphasized the critical need for comprehensive financial integration across Africa to drive intra-continental trade, investment, and development.

On his part, Professor Oramah reaffirmed Afreximbank’s unwavering commitment to supporting President Tinubu’s developmental objectives for economic growth.

 The bilateral talks underscored the importance of collaboration between Nigeria and Afreximbank in achieving shared economic goals.

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12 Storey Buildings at Risk of Collapse in Jos, Says Mutfwang




From Jude Dangwam, Jos 

To forestall a recurrence, the Governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang yesterday inaugurated a Technical Committee to investigate the collapse a two-storey building that claimed lives of students and teachers of the Saints Academy, Jos, saying not less than 12 storey buildings are at risk of going down.

 He tasked the committee to thoroughly investigate the causes of the incident and examine the roles of all individuals involved in the construction and maintenance of the building.

Inaugurating the committee at the New Government House in Jos, the governor noted, “It is imperative that we understand why this incident occurred, identify any lapses in duty, and implement measures to prevent a recurrence.

“Reports indicate that around 12 other schools in the city are at risk of collapse, which necessitates urgent action.”

The governor said he remains committed to implementing stringent measures that will ensure the safety and integrity of buildings across the state.

“We will continue to enforce necessary changes with compassion, avoiding unnecessary hardship for our people.

“However, we cannot compromise on the safety of innocent lives. The loss of 24 children is a grave reminder of the urgency of our mission,” he stated.

Mutfwang directed the Secretary to the State Government to broaden the committee’s mandate to include the burnt Jos Main Market stressing that reports suggested that the remaining structure is also at risk of collapse.

He urged the committee to investigate the demolition process, the handling of materials, and the steps needed to ensure public safety.

Mutfwang called on the public to provide any information that could help prevent future building collapses in the state.

The chairman of the committee, Prof. Slim Matawal expressed gratitude to the governor for entrusting them with the critical task and assured that the committee would diligently work to prevent future incidents of building collapse in the state.

Members of the committee are: Prof. Slim Matawal as Chairman; Engr. Oke Ezema, Member; Arc. Olusegun Olukoya, Member; Bldr. Daniel Sani (NOIB), Member; Arc. Michael Yibial (ARCON) Member; Engr. Rose Daffi (COREN) Member; Arc. Barnabas Dafiel (JMDB) Member; Barr. Williams Habakkuk (MOJ) Member; ACP Dayyabu Ahmed (NPF) Member; and Mr. Yakubu Mallo (Director Administration, OSGS) as Secretary.A block of classrooms at the Saint Academy located in the Busa Buji community of Jos North Local Government Area caved in on July 12, killing as many as 22 school children and wounding others.

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Heed Voices of Aggrieved Populace to Avert Protest, Ajaero Tells Tinubu




By David Torough, Abuja

In the countdown to the national protest against painful economic policies, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday called on President Bola Tinubu to heed the voices of the aggrieved populace to tackle the situation.

Speaking through a press statement, the NLC president underscored the urgent need for dialogue between government and protest organizers.

“These are dire times that call for dialogue, not discord,” Ajaero noted, urging compassion and understanding from the authorities.

He said the planned protest is not merely a political manoeuvre but a genuine expression of citizens’ anguish and demand for responsive governance.

He stated, “Nigerians deserve to have their voices heard without being dismissed as mere political dissenters,” adding that citizens are facing widespread frustration over economic conditions.

The NCL President added, “Millions of Nigerians are suffering under the weight of economic policies that have exacerbated poverty and deprivation.”

He condemned any hostility towards protesters, highlighting that such responses fail to address the root causes of public dissatisfaction.

“You cannot silence those suffering and expect peace,” he cautioned, urging a constructive approach to prevent further unrest.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that approximately 133 million Nigerians live below the extreme poverty line, with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) reporting acute hunger affecting 32 million people in 2024 alone.

Unemployment and underemployment further compound the problems, pushing countless families to the brink.

Central to the NLC’s stance are grievances against recent government policies, including steep increases in fuel prices, electricity tariffs, and user fees for essential services.

These measures have significantly burdened ordinary Nigerians while seemingly benefiting a privileged few, intensifying public resentment.

The nationwide protest is billed to hold from Aug. 1 to 10.

The leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has thrown its weight behind it.

The National Chairman of SDP, Shehu Gabam at a press conference in Abuja last week said the demonstration is in the interest of the masses.

However, the Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma exonerated Tinubu from the inflation and economic challenge ravaging the country.

He argued that the biting hardship is a global phenomenon and not limited to Nigeria.

Mr Bayo Onanuga, a presidential aide on Sunday accused supporters of the Labour Party candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi of planning the protest.Onanuga who is Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy said that Obi would be held responsible for whatever crisis that may emanate from the action.

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