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We will not condone Cattle Rustling in Kogi – Government



The Kogi State Government has warned cattle rustlers that their nefarious activities will not be condoned in the State.

Speaking through his Director of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja, Governor Yahaya Bello said the state’s hospitality should not be taken as gateway for criminal elements, assuring the people that government will protect them from the hands of criminals.

“The reports of cattle rustling in Mopa is regrettable. Security agencies will investigate the matter and bring perpetrators to justice. The State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara, is working with security agencies to ensure that criminal elements do not have a place in our society.

“Our open arms is no invitation to criminals. Our first responsibility as a government is to ensure the security of lives and property in the state.”

The Governor assured the Management of Daniyan Farms that thorough investigations will be done to get to the root of the matter, appealing to the people of the area not to take the laws into their hands.

“Daniyan Farms has existed for decades, providing food for our people and empowering our youth and women. Government will not allow criminals to destroy those legacies.

“Government has also directed security agents to strengthen surveillance and intelligence gathering as rustlers are not known to reside in a particular place. They move from place to place to perpetrate their crimes.

“The good thing is that the leadership of the Fulanis in the State are working with security agents to ensure peace and harmony. We shall spare no criminal who is fomenting trouble in the State.”

Fanwo said the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps (NSCDC) in Mopamuro has been strengthened to support other security agencies to ensure peace in the area, saying the administration of Governor Bello will not tolerate acts capable of endangering the lives of the people. He also said the State Government has invested heavily in training men of the Kogi State Vigilante Service to ensure security at the grassroots.

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JUST IN: Oyegun Leads APC To Meet Senate Caucus (PHOTOS)



The meeting between the leadership of the All Progressives Congress and members of the party’s Senate caucus has begun

The meeting, announced earlier in the day by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is expected to address areas of conflict between the lawmakers and President Muhammadu Buhari on the amended Electoral Act

Buhari had refused to assent to the amended Act, with the lawmakers threatening to override him.

The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is leading the National Working Committee of the party to the meeting, while Saraki is at the head of the Senate Caucus.

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PHOTOS: In Sokoto, Gates, Dangote, six Govs sign MoU on immunization



Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote and six Governors Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on improved access to immunization across Northern Nigeria.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto was joined by Kashim Shettima of Borno, Abdullahi ganduje of Kano, Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi and nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna at the signing ceremony which held at the Sokoto Government House. Yobe state governor was represented.

Health Minister, professor Isaac Adewole also witnessed the signing ceremony.

Delivering the opening remarks, Tambuwal said all the states are committed to improving vaccine availability, encouraging stronger community engagement and securing financing.

“In addition, we will ensure strong monitoring and evaluation while at the same time, accountability mechanisms will be put in place,” he added.

Speaking at the event, Bill Gates said all partners are committed to ensuring maximum number of children are reached, adding that the MoUs are intended to enable states achieve targeted coverage.

“Routine immunization is crucial to ensuring that every child is protected against vaccine-preventable diseases, helping them achieve their potential and live full, productive lives. We are ready t support the states in reaching the targets set out in the MoUs,” he added.

He said with the election season approaching, all hands must be on deck to ensure the targets are met. He projected that all partners are committed to reaching at least 80+ coverage in the coming year.

Gates commended all the signatory-states for their commitment, adding that Nigeria is so far on the right track not just in efforts to fight polio, but on achieving targets in routine immunization.

“My request is that all the Governors should review campaigns and ensure that in the next two years, we complete polio eradication. On routine immunization, the opportunity is fantastic, vaccinations are phenomenal on their impacts. We can prevent millions of deaths by doing work on RI.

In his remarks, Dangote emphasized the need for governments to be uptodate on the payment of their counterpart funds, and to work hard on improving data especially at the grassroots level.

“We are delighted that the MoU have been extended, reaffirming bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, kano, Sokoto and Yobe states’ commitment to the health of their citizens. Our expectation now is that this commitment will be translated into concrete action,” he stated.

He commended both the federal and governments for working on data improvement and for reffirming their commitments to tackling preventable diseases.

In their separate remarks, the Governors expressed delight at the signing of the MoUs, and vowed to ensure full implementation in their various states.

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Dapchi Girls: Our Prayers Have Been Answered, says Saraki



President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the release of 101 of the 110 abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls as the answered prayers of millions of Nigerians.

In a statements signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki commended President Buhari, the Nigerian security forces and the government of Yobe State, for the ongoing effort that led to the release of the girls, stating that the government should do all within its power to ensure the return of the remaining Dapchi and Chibok girls.

“The release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls is tremendous news for the country. Our prayers have been answered.

“I commend President Buhari, our security forces and the Yobe State Government for their effort in bringing back our girls. However, we cannot stop here. We must not rest until all the Dapchi girls, and the remaining Chibok girls are back home with their families.

“I hope that the girls that have been released will soon be reunited with their families and loved ones. It is also necessary that we ensure that they receive the necessary care and rehabilitation that they need to continue to lead normal lives.

“I urge the affected families and the Yobe State Government to do all within their power to ensure that these girls continue their education — as this will be the strongest signal to their abductors that though they may have kidnapped their bodies — they will never break their spirits and their minds,” the President of the Senate said.

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