Operatives of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State have arrested some suspects in connection with the June 5 massacre at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.
The assailants left 40 persons dead and about 60 others injured in the attack.
“We have recovered the last vehicle they used in the operation and we have made some arrests. We have recovered some vital things which we are working on.
“We are not stopping until we get to the root of this and I assure that the perpetrators and their sponsors will be brought to book,’’ state commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye said.
He made the declaration while parading 71 suspected criminals before newsmen in Akure on Thursday.
He said the 71 suspects were arrested within the month for cattle rustling, armed robbery, cultism, kidnapping, human trafficking and theft of commercial motorcycles.
Adeleye said the corps already recovered 31 stolen motorcycles
A Bauchi based NGO, Alwadata Lifeline Initiative (ALLI), has empowered 36 adolescents, girls and women on various skills acquisition in Lushi community, Bauchi State, to make them self-reliant.
The NGO’s Executive Director, Mrs Winnfred Yusuf, at the graduation of beneficiaries in Bauchi on Tuesday, said they would be given starter packs to boost their skills.
Yusuf said that the programme was also aimed at improving their economic status through entrepreneurship as well as streghten and build the capacity of ALLI staff.
She noted that the 36 selected girls and women were those who had completed their training projects according to the contract agreement.
According to her, the participants have undergone six months training in areas of fashion design, henna making and make-up, to improve their livelihood.
“They are going home with starter packs that include a sewing machine, make up kits and a designer’s machine,” he said.
The executive director said the project was funded by “Brot fur die Welt”, through Development Exchange Centre, to empower girls and women at the grass roots level.
She further said that some of the participants had begun to earn money, while some were now fully participating in family decision-making due to their skills.
In his remarks, the Village Head of Lushi, Mr Danjuma Wakili, appreciated the NGO for selecting his community and the empowerment to make adolescent, girls and women self-reliant.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, 25-year-old Ms Naomi Daniel, trained as fashion designer, thanked the NGO for making the participants financially independent.
She promised that participants would make good use of the knowledge acquired and the equipment, to ensure enhanced income.
A socio-political group, Ado-Ekiti Frontiers, has called on all stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to close ranks to ensure the party’s victory at the June 18 governorship election.
The group made the call on Tuesday in an open letter issued in Ado-Ekiti and entitled: “A letter to leaders of APC in Ekiti: Enough is Enough’’, signed by its Coordinator, Sikiru Salami.
The letter addressed to the Gov. Kayode Fayemi, his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, Speaker, House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye and state Chairman of the party, Mr Paul Omotoso.
It urged the APC not to leave any stone unturned to ensure that the party formed the next government in the state.
The group said progressives were tired of the usual “one-term-in, one-term-out’’ for APC governors in Ekiti since Nigeria returned to democracy.
Salami stressed in the letter that the party should end the trend where the opposition usually took over power from it after only one term of office.
He added that APC must ensure the consolidation of the Gov. Kayode Fayemi-led administration.
“We, members of Ado-Ekiti Frontiers admonish our leaders to step up campaigns to secure victory for our party at the June 18 governorship election.
“We, progressive politicians are tired of the ‘one-term-in, one-term-out’ which has characterised our system since 1999.
“Gov. Fayemi-led administration should break this vicious cycle to sustain the current level of growth and development in the state,’’ Salami charged.
The group noted that due to its closeness to the grassroots, particularly in the Ado-Ekiti metropolis, it had access to certain privileged information from the electorates.
It added that going by the feelers it had received, APC needed to step up its strategy to win the hearts of voters, if it must retain power in 2022 and beyond.
“Our closeness to the grassroots gives us the opportunity to know what the people are saying about our government; we have to do something urgently to change the impression to improve our chances on June 18.
“It has become part of our experience that votes in Ado-Ekiti always determine the winning party in Ekiti since 1999,’’ Salami stated.
He noted that the strategic location of Ado-Ekiti had put the town in a better pedestal to be the determine victory in electoral contests.
“There is, therefore, the need to improve the popularity of our party in Ado-Ekiti, since most of the opinion leaders reside in the capital city,’’ he added.
He noted that in 2003, former Gov. Ayo Fayose used the Ado-Ekiti advantage to dislodge the then Gov. Adeniyi Adebayo.
Fayose used the Ado-Ekiti strategy again to dislodge Gov. Fayemi in 2014, he added.
“Another election is around the corner and the APC should put everything in place to guarantee victory for the party and its candidate, Mr Biodun Oyebanji,’’ he stressed.
Salami suggested that APC must embark on aggressive house-to-house and door-to-door campaign and provide needed infrastructure in Ado-Ekiti to entice voters.
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Canada announced on Tuesday that it would place sanctions on 14 associates of the Russian government, including President Vladimir Putin’s two daughters.Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that they would answer for their crimes.“We will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian regime in coordination with our allies and will relentlessly pursue accountability for their actions,’’ Joly stated.Putin’s daughters, Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, have already felt the economic impact of the Russia-Ukraine war.Few details are known about the two since Putin has kept them out of public glare for security concerns.Their mother is Lyudmila Putina, who was married to the president before they ended their relationship in 2013.Maria leads Russia’s state-funded programme that work on genetic programmes overseen by the Kremlin, while Katerina works on publicly-funded projects at Moscow State University and oversees an artificial intelligence institute.The U.S. Treasury Department reports that Katerina also does work supporting the Russian defence industry.It was not publicly known that Maria is Putin’s daughter until 2015, when blogger Oleg Kashin published the news, considering her surname is from her grandmother.She is reportedly married to Dutch businessman Jorrit Joost Faassen.Katerina married Russian businessman Kirill Shamalov in 2013, but they divorced in 2018. (NAN)Source Credit: NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja urged Nigerians to resist agents of destabilisation.
He said the agents were bent on causing a breakdown of law and order in the country, assuring that no individual or group would be allowed to destabilise Nigeria.
The president’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, stated that Buhari made the declaration at the breaking of Ramadan fasting attended by governors, ministers and heads of government agencies.
“We have the land, we have the resources, and we have the people.
“I do not know why people will allow themselves to be successfully subverted to destabilise their own country,’’ Adesina quoted the president as saying.
The president thanked the governors and ministers for honouring his invitation to break the Ramadan fast and expressed the confidence that in spite of current security challenges, the country would succeed.
On the 2023 general elections, the president affirmed that being beneficiary of free, fair and credible elections, the introduction of technology would make it impossible for anyone to claim millions of votes again in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, Ekiti’s Gov. Kayode Fayemi, commended the president for demonstrating resilience and determination at a crucial period in Nigeria’s history.
“We have a leader who is not distracted by momentary challenges but has continued to commit to the renewal of our nation.
“We also have governors, ministers and heads of government agencies that are equally dedicated to building a better Nigeria, under the president’s watch,’’ he said.
Fayemi noted that this year’s month of Ramadan coincided with the just- concluded Christian Lenten period.
“It holds enormous spiritual value on the benefits of renewal, sacrifice, almsgiving, forgiveness and healing for the individual as well as for the nation,’’ he said.
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UN has warned that the number of people pushed into hunger because of drought in the Horn of Africa could rise from 14 million to 20 million by 2022 as delayed rains worsen extreme drought.
Countries in the Horn of Africa are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan.
UN World Food Programme (WFP) stated on Tuesday in New York that one month into this year’s rainy season in those countries, the rains had not fallen.
“If the rains don’t fall, this will be the fourth consecutive failed season as the region reels from food and fuel price increases to unprecedented levels because of the war in Ukraine,’’ it stated.
Drought in the Horn of Africa of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are on the verge of leading the region into a humanitarian catastrophe.
The Horn of Africa endured drought in 2016 to 2017, but humanitarian assistance was scaled up early, thus saving lives and averting a devastating famine.
“We know from past experience that acting early to avert a humanitarian catastrophe is vital, yet our ability to launch the response has been limited because of lack of funding to date.
“WFP and other humanitarian agencies have been warning the international community since 2021 that this drought could be disastrous if the international community did not act immediately.
“The drought could be disastrous if we don’t act immediately, but funding has failed to materialise at the scale required,’’ Michael Dunford, WFP’s Regional Director for Eastern Africa, stated.
According to WFP, time is fast running out for families who are struggling to survive in Somalia, where there is the risk of famine.
The UN food agency stated that half a million Kenyans are one step away from catastrophic levels of hunger, and malnutrition rates in Ethiopia are well above emergency thresholds.
Dr Chimimba Phiri, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, said the impact of the drought had been felt in households that cultivate crops or rear animals.
Phiri said some three million livestock had died across southern Ethiopia and arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya, while in Somalia up to 30 per cent of households’ herds had died since mid-2021.
“Furthermore, beyond the drought, many of the areas that we are concerned about have been plagued with conflict and insecurity, as well as macroeconomic challenges and rising food prices and recently also by Desert Locust.
“We must act now on a no-regret basis if we want to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, and we must significantly scale up our investments in resilient food systems,’’ Phiri said.
WFP last appealed for desperately needed funding in February, but received less than four per cent of what was needed.
Some 473 million dollars is required over the next six months.
FAO launched a130-million-dollar drought response plan in January to assist 1.5 million people. Only 50 million dollars has been received to date.
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The immediate past governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, donated foodstuffs to about 16,800 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state on Tuesday.
Yari presented the items through a Zamfara-based NGO, Zamfara Circle.
Chairman of the committee in charge of the exercise, Malam Aminu Jelani, told newsmen in Gusau that the gesture was to support IDPs during the month of Ramadan when Muslims observe a 30-day fasting period.
He said Yari had continued to prove that the interest of the people was paramount in his agenda as a person.
Jelani said that the former governor donated 14 trucks of maize, 14 trucks of rice, 14 trucks of millet and five trucks of sugar.
“Our duty is to ensure that the items are reasonably distributed to reach the target beneficiaries.
“Each internally displaced household is expected to receive at least a bag of food grain or more with sugar,’’ he said.
In his remarks, Chairman, Zamfara Circle, Dr Al-Amin Tsafe, commended the former governor for the gesture and described it as timely and well-intended.
He called on corporate bodies and public-spirited individuals to emulate the former governor’s footsteps people.
“’We are working together with the committee to ensure utmost fairness in the distribution of the items.
“The welfare of Zamfara people should remain our prime focus; our people should be comfortable,’’ he said.
In his speech, the Publicity Sub-Committee Chairman, Alhaji Sha’ayau Sarkinpawa, expressed confidence in the distribution process.
“We have huge confidence in the ability of the committee and Zamfara Circle to do a good job,’’ he said. (NAN)
Edited /Alli Hakeem
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