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Buhari’s empowerment scheme not for only APC members – Farouq

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The Minister of Humanitarian and Social Development , Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has said that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari does not discriminate in its social investment scheme, stating that poverty does not discriminate against social, religious or tribal lines any where in the world.

The minister made the observation during a press conference in Gusau, the state capital while responding to questions on speculations that distribution of financial assistance by her ministry was meant for only APC members across the country.

Sadiya explained that all government empowerment schemes coming from her ministry cover every individual citizen irrespective of his or her political or religious inclination, pointing out that there are states in the country that are hundred percent controlled by the PDP which is the main opposition party, “but they receive equal treatment as their APC counterparts,” she said.

She said that the APC leadership led by President Buhari was acting the role of a father whose concern and care cut across all religious and political borders, giving assurance that the Federal government is ever committed to offer every citizen fair treatment.

On the level of achievement so far recorded in Zamfara State for the registration of target beneficiaries of the current distribution of Federal assistance, Hajiya said registration has reached seventy percent in the state.

Sadiya disclosed that the success was achieved through the cooperation and support offered by governor Bello Matawalle, expressing appreciation for his contribution to the success.

According to her, the delay in the distribution exercise was caused by the cancelation of contracts for the programme due to incompetence on the part of the contractors, but explained that things are now in order and the distribution has already begun on Friday.

“However each of the beneficiaries would benefit with the sum of thirty thousand (N30,000) Naira and I warn that anything below that amount should be rejected and must immediately be reported for appropriate action.”

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial

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Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted

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Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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Suspected cultists arrested with female pant, charms in Delta

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Police operatives attached to the Delta state police command raiders unit, have arrested twenty suspected cultists at a black spot in Ogarafe,  Oghara in Ethiope west LGA of the state.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Edafe Bright, said during the raid of the hot spot, a fabricated wooden gun, six hundred and forty-eight wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, one used female pant, various charms, one Knife, Sixteen bottles of codeine, ten packs of razlers, one Grinder used in grinding weeds and the sum of sixty-nine thousand (#69,000) were recovered from the suspect.

He said the suspect will be arraigned in court soon.

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