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Terrorism displaces over 108 communities in Southern Kaduna

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President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Hon. Jonathan Asake, has disclosed that over 108 communities have been displaced by terrorists in Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Zangon Kataf, Jama’a and Kauru Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

Asake also disclosed this at the flagging of distribution of foodstuffs worth N20 million that was donated by Agrolog Limited, a Kaduna based agribusiness company.

He said the victims in the affected communities are now homeless and facing serious challenges at various camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The president of SOKAPU warned of serious humanitarian crisis in the affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to assist the victims.

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He commended Agrolog for its kind gesture and appealed to other corporate bodies, groups, and public spirited individuals to come to the aid of thousands of victims who were sacked by terrorists that unleashed mayhem on communities in the state, almost on a daily basis.

According to him, some of the victims were living in uncompleted buildings without any assistance from anybody.

“Some of these people just find uncompleted buildings to live. Nobody is taking care of them. Only groups and public spirited individuals are helping them,” Asake lamented.

He said those who sustained injuries during the attacks could not afford to go for medical treatment “because they don’t have the resources.”

He lamented further that children in the affected communities had been out of school for a long time.

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“We have a very serious humanitarian crisis in Southern Kaduna where these attacks took place,” Asake said.

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He called on government and the security agencies to come to the rescue of the people.

Speaking during the event, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Agrolog Limited, Dr. Manzo Maigari, said that the donations were part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.

Maigari, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Kaduna State, said the foodstuffs, which included maize flour, rice, beans, palm oil, soap, toothpaste, pomade and sanitiry pads among others, were targeted at 10,000 families affected by the deadly attacks by bandits.

He added that N2 million had also been set aside for medical treatment for those wounded during the attacks and could not afford to go to the hospital for treatment.

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He said that the company, which deals in the ginger value change, has been working with communities as partners.

He said: “Our company, Agrolog Limited, is basically an agribusiness with focus on ginger value change.

“We introduced a social entrepreneurship model where we give small holder farmers input with credit and they pay back with ginger.

“We as a company have decided to give back to the people that we work with – the communities where we do business as a company.

“This is basically a social responsibility that aimed at supporting government efforts as well as that of good spirited individuals who have always been there for some of our brothers that fall victims of this banditry attacks.”

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Maigari noted that banditry attacks is a national challenge and called for the support of good corporate citizens as well as individuals to support the victims.

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“We have mobilised items for the immediate needs of victims of these attacks.

“You can see behind me, packages that contain maize flour, beans, rice, palm oil, salt, maggi, pomade, toothpaste, sanitary parts and other things.

“The package is aimed at touching 10, 000 families across communities in Chikun down to the southern part of Kaduna state,” Maigari said.

He added that the company would continue to do its best to ensure that it live up to expectations.

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“We understand that there are people that have had to be amputated just because they couldn’t afford N2000 or N5000 for medical treatment.

“There are people who suffered fractures; there are those who require bullets to be extracted from their bodies.

“What we did was to set aside N2 million as direct medical support. We are working with Radi Foundation as partners because they have been in the field supporting these people and they can identify the IDP camps,” he said.

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Tribunal sacks Adeleke as Governor

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The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo has sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.

The tribunal in a split document of two to one is declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Adeleke and issued same to former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

The majority judgement which was read by the Chairman, Justice Tertse Kume said Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 290,266.The minority judgement is ongoing.

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PANDEF hails Buhari over Arase’s appointment as PSC Chairman

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THE Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, led by the South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of former Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, retd as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC.

In a statement on Thursday by PANDEF National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, it said that it was particularly happy and impressed that President Buhari in this instance, recognized and rewarded competence, patriotism, and love for the nation which are the virtues that the former Inspector-General of Police boldly upholds and bespeaks.

The statement read, “The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of a former Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Dr Solomon Arase, as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

“PANDEF said it is particularly impressed that Mr President, in this instance, recognized and rewarded competence, patriotism, and love for the nation: virtues which the former Inspector-General of Police boldly upholds and bespeaks.

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“PANDEF also lauded the Nigerian Senate for its speedy confirmation of Solomon Arase’s nomination as Chairman of PSC.

“Noting that the appointment of Solomon Arase is coming at a time when equipoise was needed in the nation’s polity.

“PANDEF said, given the sterling career profile, and wealth of experience, of the former Inspector General of Police, and his commitment to National stability and peace, it is certain that his appointment will be immensely beneficial to the Nigeria Police Force, in particular, and the Country, in general.

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My Govt Will Be For Youths And Women, Atiku Promises

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate made the promise on Thursday at the party’s campaign rally in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

“We want our youth to be where we are. We are here to bring you up, our youths and our woman – we are your parents – we are bringing you up so that you can succeed us,” Atiku said at the Ebonyi Township Stadium.

“We are not going to be there forever. We want you to succeed us. For you to succeed us, you must be responsible citizens. You must be hard-working youths, young men, and women. We all came from very poor backgrounds but we worked hard. If you work hard, you can be anything.

“So, our young men and women, I want to assure you that the next government of PDP is going to be a government for the youth and for the women – the men are few because you are in majority and we must recognize that and we must give you the opportunity so that you can also be able to be leaders of this country.”

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