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Kaduna legislator wants state govt to ensure end to killings



A lawmaker in Kaduna state, Yusuf Mugu, has called on the state government to take steps to ensure an end to incessant attacks and killings in the state.

Mugu, who represents Kaura Constituency in the state Assembly, was reacting to recent attacks in Kukum Daji and three other communities in Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) on Sunday.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna, the lawmaker recalled that gunmen on Sunday night attacked Kukum Daji, Manyii Kurum and Sabon Gari Manchok communities.

He said that the attackers also torched the Police Division in Kaura LGA, alleging that they killed a number of persons and injured many others.

Mugu decried what he called persistent attacks and killings in parts of his constituency and neighbouring Zangon Kataf LGA.

“You will also recall that this attack occurred barely after a week when some communities in Zango Kataf were attacked and no fewer than 25 people were allegedly killed,’’ he said.

The legislator appealed to state government to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“The government should as a matter of urgency employ all arsenals within its reach to stem the ugly trend which is fast becoming a norm.

“It is rather unfortunate that our people can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed without fear of yet another attack,’’ Mugu said.

He called for the creation of additional police outposts and more military presence in Southern Kaduna to stem the attacks.

The lawmaker consoled with the families of the deceased persons in the Kukum Daji incident but urged the people not to retaliate.

He also advised them to remain vigilant and provide security forces with information on suspected persons or groups in their respective communities.

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UK orders probe into Islamophobia claims by conservative lawmaker



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into conservative lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims that she was sacked as a junior minister in 2020 over concerns that she was a Muslim.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced on Monday in a brief statement to reporters that “the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.’’

In an interview published by the Sunday Times, Ghani said that she was dismissed as a junior transport minister in February 2020.

She said following her dismissal a senior Conservative lawmaker told her that her Muslim faith made colleagues “uncomfortable” and that her career would be “destroyed” if she tried to complain.

In a subsequent statement on Sunday, she said that she had directly informed Johnson about the matter but that the prime minister wrote to her that he could not get involved and suggested that she use the internal Conservative party’s complaint process.

Reacting to the launch of a probe, Ghani wrote on Twitter that she welcomed the decision and asked that all that was said in Downing Street, and by her senior Conservative colleague be included in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“As I said to the Prime Minister last night, all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,’’ she added.

The Islamophobia claims came as Johnson was facing calls to resign over a string of parties that were allegedly held in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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