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Why Borno, Yobe Elders Visited Buhari In Abuja

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More details have emerged about the visit by elders from Borno and Yobe States to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.

The delegation was led by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum and his Yobe State counterpart, Governor Mai Mala Buni.

As earlier reported by Naija News, other political and traditional leaders at the meeting included former Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima; Ministers of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Shehuri; and that of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Dr Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin Elkanemi, and Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa.

Also at the meeting were the Secretary to Government of the Federation(SGF), Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk.

Similarly, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.); and the Director-General of Department of State Service(DSS), Yusuf Bichi, were also in attendance.

After the meeting, an aide to the Borno State Governor, Mallam Isa Gusau in a statement on Tuesday has shed more light on the visit and meeting.

He explained that security issues affecting the area, particularly as it affects the efforts of the Nigerian Military in combating Boko Haram terrorists as well as humanitarian issues touching the lives of people in the area came up for discussion during the meeting.

He said: “The interaction also discussed resettlement of the internally displaced persons to communities and villages that are safe, rehabilitation and reconstruction of major federal roads in Borno and Yobe states, among others.”

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, on Tuesday commended the Hight Court sitting in Benin, Edo State for convicting five dismissed ex-operatives of the disbanded Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The presidential spokesman, in his statement, said the Federal Government expects more of such a verdict.

He took to his Twitter account and wrote, “We expect more of such because indeed justice is the first condition of humanity.

“We commend police authorities for earlier dismissing the convicts. Progress.

Source: Naija News

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Nigeria Breaking News, Today, Friday, 26th, February, 2021

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This is a roundup of some breaking news in Nigeria for Today, Friday, 26th, February 2021.

Umahi ‘Descend Heavily’ On Aides For Exposing ‘Classified’ Documents To Online Newspaper

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has allegedly stopped the running costs and allowances for all his aides, accusing them of working with opposition media to bring down his administration.

It was gathered that the governor is annoyed with his appointees for allegedly providing ‘classified’ bank documents to Peoples Gazette – an online newspaper.

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Bandits Reveal Why They Are Killing, Says Governors Give Them Money To Survive

Some killer herdsmen have stated that their inability to access quality education was responsible for their decision to take up arms and go into crimes.

Speaking with Daily Trust, one of them, who seemed to be the leader of the group, said President Muhammadu Buhari can only tackle insecurity by seeking international intervention.

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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu Vows To Hunt Down Governor Wike

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has vowed to hunted Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for atrocities allegedly perpetrated against Oyigbo people.

Naija News reports that the pro-Biafra activist made the threat in a post on his Twitter page on Thursday.

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PDP Sends Strong Warning To APC Over Fani-Kayode, Others

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to leave former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode alone.

The warning was given by Secondus after a meeting with the former Aviation minister in the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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PDP Vs APC: What Secondus Discussed With Femi Fani-Kayode

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, on Thursday, meet with a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode.

Secondus and Fani-Kayode were joined at the meeting at his residence by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC).

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How Some Govt Agencies Disobeyed A Directive From Osinbajo And Were Not Punished

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The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has accused some government agencies of disobeying a directive from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo which should have made work faster and easier.

According to the NPA boss, some agencies refused to obey the executive order signed by Prof Osinbajo on ensuring 24-hour port operations and synergy among such agencies.

She recalled that Osinbajo had given the directive in 2017 when he was the acting president of Nigeria.

Usman however lamented that some government agencies affected by the directive, intentionally disobeyed and are still disobeying the directive but nothing has been done to them in the form of sanctions or punishment.

She made her claims on Thursday while speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme.

In her words, “If you recall there is an executive order that was signed by the Vice-President which directed all agencies of government to conduct inspection (of containers) in one location and that executive order was signed in 2017.

“Certain agencies of government have not complied and one of the things we have said is sanctioning for non-compliance of an executive order that was released cannot be done by the Nigerian ports.

“If an agency of government violates an executive order signed by the Vice-President, I believe the Vice-President and indeed the Presidency should sanction that agency for non-compliance but that has not been done. The executive order sought to have all agencies do inspection in one location hence consignees don’t have to have multiple areas of inspection.”

She added that she has taken necessary steps by reporting the matter to the Presidential Council on Ease of Doing Business chaired by Professor Osinbajo but nothing has been done to the erring agencies.

Usman lamented that it is bad enough for the agencies to have disobeyed the order but the failure of the presidency to address the non-compliance of the affected agencies is also an issue of concern.

She said: “There is an executive order to that extent. Some agencies have not complied. There have been several explanations and justifications for the non-compliance by these agencies. The NPA has raised it to the Presidential Council on Ease of Doing Business chaired by the VP to ensure sanctioning for non-compliance and as I keep saying, if a directive is given and agencies don’t comply, if there are no consequences for action and inaction that means I have not performed.

“We must be held accountable for not complying with a directive. For example, we have 24-hour port operation that has been directed. All agencies of government are required to deploy personnel to have 24-hour port operation. We deployed our personnel but the other legs were absent. And of course, we cannot sanction other agencies of government.

“We drew the attention to the Presidential Council on the Ease of Doing Business to ensure those agencies also participate in the 24-hour ports and that non-compliance has to be done by the Presidency arising from the executive order.”

Meanwhile, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has revealed that the federal government had abandoned the state government to its fate to rescue students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara.

The governor said this on Thursday while playing host to former Abia State Governor and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu who paid him a sympathy visit at the Government House, Minna.

Bello said that the federal government had left the state to shoulder all the financial responsibilities which the current spate of insecurity in the state has caused.

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Bandits Reveals Why They Are Killing, Says Governors Give Them Money To Survive

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Some killer herdsmen have stated that their inability to access quality education was responsible for their decision to take up arms and go into crimes.

Speaking with Daily Trust, one of them, who seemed to be the leader of the group, said President Muhammadu Buhari can only tackle insecurity by seeking international intervention.

While lamenting neglect by the government, the bandit said they want quality education and employment opportunities in government parastatals.

He said, “This issue is beyond any governor; even the president himself, if he knows the true situation in the forest and the condition people find themselves, there’s no way he would have left this responsibility to the governors or any individual.

“The problem cannot be surmounted by a governor; even the president would have to seek help from other countries to tackle the problem. Just look around, these are people bearing arms and they have nothing to do. Many have lost their loved ones. The parents of some of them have been killed.”

“What we want is that our pastoralists should be employed just like the way their own children are employed. Our children should be enrolled in schools so that we can also become knowledgeable. In this country, there is oil, there are gold and many other natural resources but we don’t know how any of those things are being managed,” he added.

He accused members of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad and officers of the Nigerian Army have taken their cattle from them, leaving them poorer.

“What more cattle do we have now? Soldiers and SARS personnel have carted away all the cattle,” the bandit leader said.

Asked how they survive in the forest, he said the bandits feed on the proceeds from selling the few cows they have left.

He also alleged that they get money from some governors and lawmakers who pay off the bandits after they must have raided such person’s domain.

“The way we survive is, some of us with two or three cows, sell one and bring the money here which we share and buy some food items.

“Sometimes, some governors or lawmakers, if our people are disturbing their domain, they would send N100, 000 or N200, 000. That’s how it’s been,” he said.

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