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Raid Killers’ Hideouts, Unravel Those Behind Owo Massacre – Senate Tells Security Agencies 

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The Senate has challenged Nigeria’s security agencies to unmask the perpetrators of the Owo church attack in Ondo State.

The Senate on Wednesday condemned the June 5 terrorists attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo State which left about 40 persons dead and many others hospitalised.

According to the Senate, the security agencies should be discreet in collaborating on intelligence gathering and sharing to prevent future attacks by terrorists.

Lawmakers, who observed a one-minute silence in memory of the victims, asked security agencies to intensify efforts to investigate the matter with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.

They also urged the agencies to deploy drones and helicopters to monitor forests and ungoverned areas in Nigeria, to identify illegal camps of bandits throughout the country.

These formed part of resolutions reached sequel to the consideration of a motion titled “Killing of worshippers in Owo, Ondo State” sponsored by the lawmaker representing Ondo North, Senator Ajayi Boroffice.

The senator, while noting the killings of Nigerians across different parts of the country, warned that “such a massacre could be a trigger to inter-religious conflicts and ethnic war in Nigeria.”

Contributing, the Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker representing Ondo South, Senator Nicholas Tofowomo said, “Our internal security is still very defective.”

On his part, the PDP senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang urged religious leaders in the country to desist from inciting their followers through religious messages preached in places of worship, adding that doing otherwise poses a significant security threat to the country.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said, “One thing that is so imperative is for security agencies to continue to protect our citizens, and where we encounter breaches, the perpetrators must be fished out and then the law takes its full course.”

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The Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, has denied restriction of human and vehicular movements during the traditional activities that would come up on Thursday, as being reported in the media.

It was reported in some online media that there would be no movements during the time the traditional rite would be done in the community but the monarch said the report was untrue.

It was gathered that the traditional activity that would be coming up on Thursday, was part of the efforts to prevent any further attack on the community

In a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the monarch, Mr Sam Adewale on Wednesday, the monarch said people would be allowed to move during the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Olijebu Owo of Ijebu-Owo, Oba Kofoworola Ojomo, has expressed his displeasure over the ugly development when some Owo indigenes, under the auspices of the Krown Club, led by Mr Yanju Alabi paid him a visit on Wednesday.

He urged the Federal Government to allow creation of state police for more effective and efficient security system at the local level.

The monarch said, “We have less than 300 policemen to police activities here in Owo. The security of our people does not mean anything to the present administration. We are just waiting for the administration to end without any solution insight.”

The members of the club also visited the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye.

“We are already taking steps to ensure that such won’t repeat itself in the town,” Olowo stated.

Speaking at the palace on behalf of the club, Mr Ademola Oshodi said, “We also commend the South-West governors for the actions they have outlined to make the region more secure. It is important at this juncture for the Federal Government to reconsider its opposition to State Police. The state government must also reinforce, reinvigorate and enlarge Amotekun for it to be able to provide adequate security cover for not only Owo but Ondo State as a whole.”

Earlier, members of the Krown Club visited the church where they donated N500,000 to the victims of the attack.

Similarly, the Catholic Bishop of Diocese of Ondo, Jude Arogundade, while expressing gratitude to the club for their support to the victims and church, revealed that some decisions will be taken, adding that many issues will be tackled head-long over the incident.

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State have signed a pact to continue living in harmony amidst insecurity in the country, as a delegation of the league of Imams and Alfas on Wednesday submitted a condolence letter over the attack on Christians in Owo to the Ogun CAN Chairman, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya.

Leading the Islamic leaders to the CAN chairman’s Abeokuta office, the Secretary-General, Sheikh Tajudeen Adewunmi described the Owo attack as unfortunate.

Responding, Akin-Akinsanya lauded the league for the gesture and said the Christians do not mistake Muslims for the attackers of Owo church.

 

 

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2023: Sit-At-Home Big Threat To Igbo Presidency – Group

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A group known as Pan Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction Coalition has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra and its factions that multiple sit-at-home orders could deprive the Igbo winning 2023 presidency.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed on Friday by the group’s Chairman, Rev Obinna Akukwe and the Secretary, Dr Pat Anyanwu.

According to PANPIEC, frustrated politicians would use the purported sit-at-home of February 24 to scuttle the aspirations for Igbo presidency and give the impression that the South-East voters were supporting the agitation for a Biafra state.

“PANPIEC is aware that some members of the Strategy Team are working behind the scenes for the release of Nnamdi KANU, details of which will be kept private.

“Therefore, any further multiple sit-at-home represents a multiple demarketing of the Igbo Presidency Project.

“PANPIEC advises Simon Ekpa, Commander of IPOB auto-pilot, to jettison his Biafra agitations till after the 2023 elections to enable teeming Igbo Youth to exercise their civic responsibilities.

“Igbo cannot be asking for Biafra and Igbo Presidency simultaneously.

“PANPIEC warns for the last time that the indiscriminate sit-at-home strikes fear into the minds of other stakeholders in the north favourably disposed to the Igbo Presidency.

“PANPIEC have received thousands of inquiries from concerned northern voters over the stance of Ndigbo on Biafra and warns that all the rumours of war are destabilizing the Igbo Presidency Project”, the group stated.

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Nasarawa Gov Sule Loses First Son, Hassan Sule

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Hassan, the first child of Nasarawa Governor Abdullahi Sule, is dead. Hassan, reported to have no health challenge, was full of life on Thursday and had useful engagement with friends, it was gathered.

He was said to have slumped around 9:30pm on Thursday before he was confirmed dead.

The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, confirmed the incident.

According to him: “His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on behalf of his family announces the sudden demise of his son Hassan Sule whose sad event occurred Thursday 26th January 2023 at the age of 36”

Hassan was laid to rest in Gudi, Akwanga Local Government Area on Friday.

 

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Frank MBA, Idowu Owohunwa Become Lagos, Ogun Police Commissioners

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The Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba on Tuesday approved the redeployment of two commissioners of police to Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

Frank Mba, a former spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force is returning to Lagos where he served as Police PRO for many years.

Also recommended to the PSC to take over as Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, is CP Idowu Owohunwa.

While CP Frank Mba, former Force Public Relations Officer, is the current Commissioner of Police in charge Federal Border Patrol branch at the department of operations, CP Owohunwa is currently the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

This was stated in a letter dated January 24, 2023, and signed by Hafiz Inuwa, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police to the Police Service Commission (PSC).

According to the letter, the postings are part of a strategy being put in place by the IGP to strengthen the strategic and operational readiness of the Police force in Lagos and Ogun commands.

It reads, “I am directed to humbly write and forward the proposed posting of the under-mentioned commissioners of police to State Commands indicated against their names for the Commission’s kind consideration and approval”.

“The Inspector General of Police is deploying the under-mentioned Commissioners of Police to strengthen the strategic and operational control of the commands.”

 

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