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Kaduna: Climate change stakeholders meet over worrying environmental pollution

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Climate Change stakeholders on Monday met to deliberate on ways to reduce environmental pollution and hazardous chemicals in the country.

At the meeting held in Kaduna, the Director, African Climate Reporters, Nurudden Bello noted that industrial and manufacturing wastes were becoming increasingly very harmful to all living organism in the environment

He called for collective action to save humans, aquatic animals and the rest of living organism against threat of air and water pollutions, caused by irrational human activities.

According to him, climate change is a global burden which need to be addressed in order to save mankind from the increasing threats of high temperature, emerging diseases, and other ecological challenges.

Bello, particularly noted that the amount of waste in Nigeria has been increasing at an astonishing rate, hence the need for both the federal and state governments to support recycling companies with innovative technology to combat the threat.

He also noted that desertification, deforestation, soil erosion and gully erosion were on the increase in northern Nigeria due to high demand for firewood, charcoal business and the extraction of rocks and stones for building construction.

“Many wild animals in most of the forests are forced into migrating to other regions for safety as a result of miners that are extracting gold and other natural resources in the region.”

He said that plastic pollution was another major environmental problem affecting most communities in the country due to lack of technology to transform it to other uses.

“Problems of waste management in Nigeria need to be attended to in order to create favorable and safe living conditions for the citizens of the country,” he said.

He called for robust campaign by NGOs, on the dangers of air pollution, especially in communities close to industrial areas in order to save them from hazardous chemicals.

Also, Public Relation Officer of Climate Action Group, Kaduna branch, Ismail Sani, expressed happiness over the meeting.

He said it would strengthen efforts towards educating, enlightening and informing the public on issues related to the environment, including the need for massive tree planting.(NAN)

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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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