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Buhari: I’ll prosecute perpetrators of Rivers, Kaduna killings

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate investigation of killings in both Rivers and Kaduna states on New Year day.

The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed shock and outrage at reports of the killings in Omoku, Rivers State and a traditional ruler, the Etum Numana, Dr. Gambo Makama, and his wife in Sango Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The president, who described the incidents as “reprehensible and unacceptable,” directed law enforcement agencies in both states to intensify their current efforts in order to speedily bring the perpetrators to face the wrath of the law. “I have always maintained that nothing justifies the taking of the life of an innocent person.

People in our communities must learn to live peacefully,” he said. Buhari appealed to the communities affected not to embark on reprisals, but allow the security agencies to carry out comprehensive investigations to properly punish the culprits.

He commiserated with the families of the victims and wished the injured faster recovery. Meanwhile, the president has assured that the Federal Government will investigate and bring to book all perpetrators of mayhem across the country.

He stated this yesterday at separate meetings with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa and the Izalatul-Bid’a-Wa- Iqamatus- Sunnah at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,  said that no religion or civilised culture tolerates violence, especially the taking of another life. Buhari said anyone or group of persons who unleash violence on the innocent in the name of a movement, cause or religion lack understanding of the ordinances of God.

His words: “You can’t kill to please God. I know no religion tolerates the taking of another person’s life in the name of a religious movement. “There is never a justification for killing any member of the society. We have been tackling the Boko Haram menace and we have made significant impact and we will extend the measures to stop wanton killings.”

The president said the security apparatus will be consistently reviewed to check threats to the peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians and ensure the safety of lives and properties.

Buhari told the delegation that his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), campaigned on three issues, noting that his government had been consistent in ensuring that it provides adequate security, fight corruption and stimulate the economy for creation of jobs. “Our priority is to also ensure that everyone in the country has something to eat. We are really concerned about the underprivileged.

“Graciously, God has been hearing our prayers. In the past two years, we have had bountiful harvest due to favourable conditions. All over the country, we have reports of farmers posting good harvests,” he said. On corruption, the president said security agencies will continue to expand their dragnets to ensure that sanity is restored into public offices.

“Justice will be done to all in the war against corruption. As religious leaders, I urge you to reach backwards to your followers to respect the rights of others. Those that stole from the public can no longer sleep well in the country today. When they run abroad, they cannot take their landed assets with them. We will, in all cases, have them return what they looted,” he added.

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2019: APC governors meet President Buhari tonight

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President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to meet with state governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) tonight at the conference hall of the Wife of the President, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Newsmen report that the meeting might be a follow-up to the Daura meeting which was held at the president’s private resident last Friday.

The Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, told newsmen after a closed door meeting with President Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, that their mission was merely to condole with the President over the loss of two members of his extended family.

He dismissed media reports that their mission to Daura was aimed at convincing the President to seek re-election in the 2019 presidential election. The governor, however, stated that the governors would meet with the president soon to deliberate on the 2019 election.

Newsmen gathered that tonight’s meeting of the president with the APC governors was meant to convince President Buhari on the need to seek re-election in 2019.

The APC governors had earlier attended the meeting of the Council of State, presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. nan

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Reps raise alarm over N11 bn extra budgetary spending at NEMA

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The House of Representatives committee on emergency and disaster preparedness yesterday raised an alarm over extra-budgetary spending amounting to N11 million at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The lawmakers said while they approved the sum of N1.8 billion for NEMA in 2017, documents presented by the agency showed that it expended over N11billion.

The committee, which made the allegations at a budget defence with NEMA also  accused the Director General of the agency, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, for hiring contractors for the supply of some relief materials without adhering to due process.

Recall that the committee had on Tuesday queried Maihaja over the sum of N1.6bn spent on Libya returnees without any appropriation.

Deputy chairman of the House committee, Hon. Ali Isa JC (PDP, Gombe) who presided over the meeting demanded the DG to present the list of items purchased and the quantity delivered to each state; all documentary approvals from the president; copies of award letters given to contractors, among others.

A member of the panel, Adedoyin Olufunke (APC, Kwara) said  what NEMA spent was at variance with what the committee appropriated.

“We will not accept this. We can’t be rubber stamp to any government agency. In fact, I don’t think NEMA respects us as a committee,” she said.

Recating to the development, Hon. Timothy Golu (PDP, Plateau) observed that the NEMA DG did not disclose how much the agency got from the Ecological Funds and that even some directors of the agency appeared not to be on the same page with the DG.

Similarly, Hon. Prestige Ossy (APGA, Abia) said monies from the ecological funds are supposed to be used for ecologically related disasters, but that NEMA went outside its boundaries.

While responding, Maihaja said all the transactions done followed due process and that the money from Ecological Funds was approved by the president as part of intervention for emergency situations.

He said NEMA did not embark on any extra budgetary spending and promised to provide relevant information to the panel regarding the spendings.

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JUST IN: Student killed during protest at Plateau College of Education

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The Management of the College of Education Gindiri, Mangu Local Government of Plateau state has close down academic activities in the School indefinitely, following students protest, which claimed the life of a student and properties worth millions of naira also destroyed.

Investigation revealed that the students had embarked on a protest demanding for the released of the identification card and also cancellation of a National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Policy which they claimed to have paid to the school, but whenever the approach the school clinic the management still as them to pay another money.

New Telegraph gathered that during the protest, the students on rampage burnt down the school Clinic and also damage several cars belonging to staffs as well as destroyed doors and windows of the Administrative buildings of the institution before the arrival of the security.

Public Relationship officer of the School Mrs Elizabeth Aboreng who spoke New Telegraph on a Telephone call disclose that the students from NCE Two class had protested the released of their ID card by the school management and later took laws into their hands by burning down properties in the institution including the school clinic and Ambulance.

“The Management of the institution has close down the school indefinitely, Because the students of NCE two had issues of Identification Card which was not released to them, but the made the Acting Provost Mr Cornelius Ka-ankuka and he resolved that the ID Card was to be made available today, but surprisingly today the students went on rampage without waiting to collect the ID cards and burn down two ambulances belonging to the school, burn down the clinic and also destroy staffs cars” she said.

However, New Telegraph gathered that in the midst of the protests, one student was alleged to have been hit by a stray bullet and died on the spot.

When contacted, the Plateau State Police command, Public Relations officer, DSP Mathias Tyopev, confirmed the incident and said he is expecting details from the Divisional Police officer of Gindiri, Mangu LGC of the state.

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