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2019: Kwankwaso flags off presidential campaign, visits Anambra

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A former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has flagged off his bid to win the 2019 presidency. He was in Anambra State yesterday, where he met with the leadership of his group, the Kwankwaso Movement, and the Hausa community in the state.

The former governor is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Kwankwaso, who visited the house of the Anambra State Chairman of Kwankwaso Movement, Eddy Ndiche, met with the executive members of the movement as well as Hausa community in the state. In his address at the gathering, the presidential hopeful asked for the support of the people to enable him achieve his presidential ambition. He noted that the first hurdle would be to emerge victorious in the primary election.

He listed incessant killings and economic meltdown as what informed his decision to contest. His words: “I am in this contest because I want to restore the lost glory of the country. I have come to see the people of the state and thank them for their support to me.

“The South-East region is important in this journey because we cannot do without them. I need your support. “Election is not a door- die and my successor, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is opposing my ambition should have a rethink and join me to better the welfare of Nigerians.

“The only hurdle before us is the primary election. I assure you, if I am able to win the primaries, winning the main election will not be difficult because I know I will win.” Kwankwaso commended the Hausa community in the state for coming out en masse to show support for one of their own. He described the recent killings in the country as unfortunate and called on the Federal Government to show more concern towards the governed.

On his part, the state chairman, John Ndiche, commended Kwankwaso for coming to see them despite his tight schedules. He gave assurances that the state would support his ambition praying God to grant him victory. Kwankwaso had, on arrival, paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido, who gave him a royal blessing.

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JUST IN: Police arrest Fulani herdsmen militia’s informant in Benue

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The Benue State Police Command has arrested a man suspected to have fed armed Fulani herdsmen with information that led to the attack on police troop at Ayilamo in Logo location government area last Monday where two police officers were killed.

This is as journalists who were at the premises of the command were not allowed to speak with the accused to obtain more information from him.

Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni disclosed this while parading some suspects at the police headquarters Makurdi said the suspect was apprehended during a preliminary investigation into the matter which shows that residents of the community divulged information to the attackers.

Mr. Owoseni stated that in a recent recovery operation embarked upon by the police, an AK 47 rifle was recovered from an attacker who died in the operation while one suspect was arrested.

The police boss condemned the killing of two officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) in a fresh attack at Kaseyo close to Gbajimba in Guma local government area of the state.

Owoseni said information on the attack at kaseyo was still sketchy as the police and Civil Defense were still comparing notes to get the details of the attack.

The Police boss lamented that it was unfortunate that such an attack would take place as recently two units of police was deployed to the area close to Gbajimba to keep the security of the area.

He warned that no one should stand on the way of the police as they were ready to use all legal and lawful means in ensuring that peace return to the state to encourage those displaced return to their homes.

The Commissioner of Police reiterated that his men would never be cowed by anyone who wants to make the state unsecured and called for the cooperation of everyone in the state as the police cannot overcome the challenges without the cooperation of the people of the state with credible information.

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Herdsmen attacks: Emulate Trump, close all borders –CAN to Buhari

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The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Alexander Bamgbola has blamed the nation’s porous borders for the series of violent attacks by alleged herdsmen and the dangerous Boko Haram sect, and the general insecurity situation across the country.

Bamgbola, who spoke in an interview with New Telegraph on the sideline of an inter-faith dialogue held in Lagos on Tuesday, said for Nigeria to overcome her insecurity challenges, the Federal Government must be bold enough like the American President Donald Trump and close all illegal routes to the country.

The event was the fourth edition of the International Conference on Love and Tolerance with the theme; Countering Violent Extremism.” It was organised by an international Foundation- UFUK Dialogue.

According to Bamgbola, who doubles as the Co-Chairman of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Inter-religious Affairs Council, whether as herdmen or as Boko Haram, he was sure that those disrupting the nation’s peace are non-Nigerians, saying Nigerians he knows are not only peace-loving but also tolerant and humane.

He said; “Nigerians are people of peace and so the people who are not giving us peace in Nigeria, substantially, are non-Nigerians.

“Yes, we have problems in other parts of the country including the Niger-Delta for instance, but you see dialogue taking place. But when these people started since the days of Maitasine and Boko Haram, we can confirm they are non-Nigerians.

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JUST IN: Buhari In Closed-Door Meeting With Security Chiefs, Osinbajo

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a meeting with the nation’s Service Chiefs at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of Defence Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali are also in attendance.

Also in attendance is the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), as well as the Comptroller General of Immigration.

The Director Generals of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Department of State Services (DSS), and the Inspector General of Police are also at the meeting.

The meeting may not be unconnected with the current security challenges in the country, particularly, the continued attacks by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country, especially the north-central states.

President Muhammadu Buhari has come under severe criticism over his handling of the security challenge.

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