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We’ve Taken Principled Stand Against Insecurity in Abia – Otti

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Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has expressed the resolve of the state government to rid Abia of all forms of crime, because ”no government succeeds in the face of insecurity”.

Otti said this during the monthly Media Parley organised by the government at the Government House, Umuahia.

The governor said that the dedication of the government to tackle insecurity remained unwavering, adding that it was working to ensure that the people of Abia celebrated the Yuletide in peace.

He said that government would neither condone nor get involved in supporting insecurity in any form or manner.

Otti said security intelligence showed that the ransom being paid for kidnapped victims were always dropped off around the Umuchieze Cattle Market in Lokpanta of Umunneochi Local Government Area (LGA).

“We installed electronic equipment to find out what is happening in every part of the state.

“A few weeks ago, we found that a lot of the ransom that was paid for kidnapping ended up somewhere around Umunneochi LGA.

“We decided to dominate the place and what we saw was shocking.

“In less than 48 hours, we recovered over 80 dead bodies around the cattle market, and we recovered 20  headless bodies decomposing bodies which include adults and children.

“We recovered uncountable skeletons of people who had been killed and left to decompose still around that axis,” he said.

Otti also said that different forms of crime such as gun running, prostitution, narcotics trade and heavy use of substance were highly operational in the cattle market.

He said that investigations were still ongoing to ascertain the people involved in the crime.

Otti said that this informed the decision of the state government to change the cattle market into a general market.

He said that the state government had taken a step to secure the market by fencing  it and issuing a directive for the market to be a non-residential daily market, which would open from 6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.

Otti said in line with government’s directives, the market would no longer be exclusively for the sale of cattle, but it would operate as a general market where other items would be sold.

“Now some persons said that we had sent away the Hausa community living in Abia, but remember when we saw the skeletons, we did not know which skeletons belonged to either Hausa or Yoruba.

‘The spread of the false information led to a norther group issuing a quit notice to Igbo living in the North to leave and come back to East.

The governor explained that a meeting was held with the group, during which explanations were given about government’s intention.

“We challenged them that anybody that is not in support of what we are doing must be a criminal, then they saw reason with us and reversed themselves,” he added.

Otti said that the state government was desirous to maintain peace and stability to encourage the people of Abia to move about in the state, especially during the Yuletide without any fear of harassments.

“I can assure you that Umunneochi is calm,” he added.

Otti restated the government’s commitment to rebuild the state and give it a new look through massive industrial reforms and infrastructure development.(NAN)

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BIPC activates judicial processes to eject allottees from estates

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The Benue Investment and Property Company Limited (BIPC), on Wednesday, obtained judicial administrative order to individuals who have defaulted on the terms of payment for the BIPC Evergreen Estates located at Nyiman and Northbank axis in Makurdi of Benue State.

The Managing Director of the company, Dr.

Raymond Asemakaha, explained that the affected persons were earlier given a sufficient grace period before the judicial process of ejection was activated.

Dr.Asemakaha in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Makurdi, the decision to eject the allottees followed the expiration of the period of grace conveyed to the allottees/occupants of BIPC Evergreen Housing Estates.

He said affected allottees are yet to pay the purchase price as stipulated in the Provisional Offer letters, adding that the management is pleased to inform the general public that the company has activated administrative and Judicial processes of ejecting such allottees/occupants.

“As a business entity with a mandate to maximize profits for the shareholder, Management is compelled to explore this line of action in order to minimize the losses associated with the continued occupation of the estates by such allottees/occupants.”

“The ejection exercise is not in any way aimed at victimizing the allottees /occupants as the company has exhausted the internal remedies provided in the provisional offer letter including but not limited to verbal and written persuasion to the allottees/occupants of the Estates to pay the purchase price annually or monthly but to no avail.”

“Members of the public are therefore enjoined not to be misled by the unsubstantiated reasons advanced by such allottees as noncompliance with the ejection exercise will attract punitive legal consequences” the statement concluded.

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Give Tinubu More Time to Solve Challenges – Gowon

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Retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon has urged Nigerians to give more time to the  President Bola Tinubu-led administration, toward resolving the various challenges confronting the country.

He added that it was too early in the life of the administration to begin to resolve all the inherited crisis in different sectors.

Gowon said this after a meeting with Tinubu at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday in Abuja.

“Well, I was telling him that no Nigerian leader that get there and will not have all the report of what is being said about him.

“But certainly, there’s no doubt from what one hears and what one sees on the various media.

I think the government is trying its best to deal with the various problems of the country.

“Don’t you worry,  you will get criticised but people who get there know better than you know.

“I think all what one can say is that Nigerians, we’ve got to give the President time to get things really done. And it is too early to say absolute result, perfect result will be achieved now.”

Gowon said  the meeting with the President also centred on the issue of the challenges facing the ECOWAS subregions, adding that it must be settled amicably.

“Being the surviving leader, or founding fathers of the ECOWAS, I think we had to discuss some of his plans in order to see what can be done to bring the matter under control,” Gowon said.

He debunked claims on social media that he refused to attend an event organised by ECOWAS, adding that this was probably due to miscommunication.

“I think there was a miscommunication but then, it gave the opportunity for the  President to call me so that we can discuss what I was to do.”(NAN)

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Tinubu Appoints New Immigration CG

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of DCG Kemi Nandap,  as the new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

A statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday in Abuja, disclosed that the appointment is with effect from March 1.

“The President anticipates that the new comptroller-general will deepen the ongoing reforms in the service and create a robust mechanism for efficient and dedicated service delivery to Nigerians.

“As well as strengthen the nation’s security through proactive and effective border security and migration management.

He said that Nandap would take over from Mrs Caroline Adepoju, whose term in office expires on Feb.

29.

Ngelale said that before her appointment, Nandap was the Deputy Comptroller – General (DCG)  in charge of the Migration Directorate of the service.(NAN)

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