They engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle in which some of the hoodlums were neutralized and others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Unfortunately, during the gun battle, the DPO, Umar Digari two other policemen, and four vigilante members lost their lives,” the spokesperson said.
He added that the Area Commander in Kotangora has drafted reinforcement with military personnel to the area to forestall break down of law and order.
Niger State Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Kuryas, consoled with the families of officers and vigilante members who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident, while reassuring members of the public that the police will not be deterred or relent in its effort to curb banditry in the state.
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has won the governorship primary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.
The governor secured 221,169 votes to defeat a former Secretary to the Government of the State (SSG), Moshood Adeoti, and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, who secured 12,921 and 460 votes respectively, according to the vote tally announced for the exercise.
Governor Oyetola was declared winner of the primary election by the Chairman of the poll, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak of Kwara State, at the APC secretariat in Osogbo where votes from the 30 local government areas of the state were tallied.
The APC conducted the exercise using the direct mode of primary across the 332 wards in the state. This mode allows all party members to choose the candidate of their choice as against the option of using delegates.
The build-up to Saturday’s primary highlighted a division within the ruling party in the state following a disagreement between incumbent Governor Oyetola and his predecessor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
This prompted the former governor to seek to unseat Oyetola whom he supported to succeed him in September 2018. Aregbesola, who serves as the Minister of Interior in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, has now declared his support for Adeoti, as his anointed candidate for the forthcoming election.
The primary also came with drama and controversy as the members of the camps of the minister and governor traded blames and accusations, including accusing each side of instigating violence. Both sides denied doing anything to disturb the peace or to illegally influence the outcome of the poll.
Notwithstanding the disagreement, the minister asked members of the party in the state loyal to him to conduct themselves in a peaceful matter throughout the exercise.
While the primary was in progress, the faction of the APC loyal to the minister condemned it.
In a statement by its spokesman, Abiodun Agboola, the faction alleged widespread irregularities in the exercise conducted by the Osun APC Primary Election Committee led by Governor Abdulrasaq of Kwara State.
“The Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq led Osun APC Primary Election Committee should know that the primary lacks credibility and fairness,” it said.
“It is necessary and important to inform the general public and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq led Osun APC Primary Election Committee of the ongoing irregularities in the conduct of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun.
“We strongly condemn the conduct of the primary election because it is nothing but a sham with a fraudulent process to favour Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. Verified information from the agents of Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, our governorship aspirant, has it that there are no records and result sheets in any of the 332 wards of the state.”
Governor Oyetola, on his part commended the process, and described as free and fair after voting.
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has approved automatic employment for 32 indigenes of the State that graduated with first class degrees from different higher institutions of learning in the country.
The approval is in fulfillment of the recent promise made by the governor during the convocation ceremony of Umaru Musa Ƴar’adua University, Katsina.
The graduates were employed based on their qualifications across various cadres of ministries, departments and agencies in the state.
In a statement signed and issued by the Permanent Secretary, Administration, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the State, Usman Isiyaku, graduates were advised to contact the Director of Human Resources in the office of the Head of Civil Service for guidance on service entrance procedures and documentation.
Eight persons suspected to be pipeline vandals have been arrested in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, as the operation to end oil bunkering and illegal refining of petroleum products is intensified by the State Government.
The suspects were arrested by a special anti-bunkering taskforce set up by the council chairman, Rowland Sekibo to fight illegal oil bunkering in the area.
The team, in different operations led by the chairman has also destroyed at least 27 illegal Refinery sites in the area in the past one week.
“My advise to them (communities) is that they should just give us information, because the truth is that it is difficult for many communities to fight against the people that indulge in this illegal bunkering, because they are criminals and you can’t take ordinary hands to a gunfight,” Mr Sekibo said.
“But those of us that are responsible, when we get information, we will go after them.”
The fight against illegal bunkering in Rivers State is being spearheaded by Governor Nyesom Wike.
Mr Wike earlier this month promised a reward of two million naira for identifying illegal refineries.
On Friday, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor led top military officers on a courtesy call to Mr Wike and pledged full military support for the fight against illegal refineries in the State.
General Irabor also vowed that the fight will be extended to all Niger-Delta states.
“On Friday 28/01/2022 at about 0700 hours, our officers on routine patrol at Oro Ago/Omu Aran axis, were alerted that there was an ongoing armed robbery attack at a very remote location along Oro Ago/Omu Aran road,” Afolabi said.
“The NSCDC operatives together with other sister agencies and local vigilante rushed down to the scene of the incident but the robbers had fled.
“Two drivers from the Oro Ago motor park were attacked by the armed robbers and the two seriously injured drivers are receiving medical attention at a hospital in Oro Ago.
“In the meantime, NSCDC operatives and other security agencies in the area are working together with local vigilante and hunters to track down the suspected robbers.”
The coroner, Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri has held that the application is vexatious especially as the court has ruled on the matter and ordered all parties to file their witness deposition by Tuesday, February 1.
The court also ordered that all pending witnesses should be present in court at the next sitting on Monday, January 31.
Channels Television gathered that the father of the deceased, Sylvester Oromoni Snr and his sister were due to testify before the coroner on Friday but failed to show up.
The court has also notified all parties that subsequent sittings will hold at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
Meanwhile, the coroner has dismissed the application of the Ijaw Youth Council, Lagos Chapter seeking to be joined as interested parties in the proceedings. The court held that their interest is subsumed in that of the family of the deceased who are already represented by counsel at the proceedings.
Ahead of the APC National convention in February and General Elections in 2023, the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is confident that the President Muhammadu Buhari will give necessary guidance to ensure that equity and justice is reflected within the party’s zoning formula.
The Governor expressed this view after a visit to the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday.
He was accompanied by a broad delegation including former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba; Chairman of the Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; former deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru and a foremost industrialist, Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa.
In a chat with state house correspondents, Governor Abiodun who thanked the president for his recent visit to the state (where a number of projects were commissioned), equally spoke on the issue of zoning.
He noted that the party is working on a formula, which according to him will be made known after an approval by the National Executive Council.
Bandits from this axis have been demanding levies from communities under Bukkuyum LGA with a threat to unleash mayhem should any of the communities fail to pay
The communities, which were sent letters include, Wawan Icce Salihu, Wawan Icce Ibrahim, Gangara, Gande, Tungar Gebe, Galle, Nan Narki, Ruwan Kura, and Yar Galma all in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Earlier in January, the bandits attacked four villages in Anka and Bukkuyum LGAs, killing over 50 persons.
President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack at the time and vowed to overpower the criminals.
“These criminals will be history because we are not going to relent in our current military operations to get rid of these thugs who have been terrorising innocent people,” the President said at the time.
“I appeal for patience from the affected communities, even as I extend our deepest condolences to the survivors and the families of those killed. We are fiercely determined to smoke out and destroy these outlaws who have no regard for the sanctity of life.”
“I retired 14 years ago, and I remain retired,” Obasanjo said. “And I will remain retired by the Grace of God. But if I retire from partisan politics – if politics is the welfare of people – I must not retire from the welfare and well-being of people, whether in my own community, state, country, anywhere in Africa, and indeed anywhere in the world. And that is why I have the type of responsibility that I now have from the Horn of Africa.
“I will say that your own responsibility (turning to Ayu) is not an easy one either. But it has to be done.
“But bear in mind, I am no longer in partisan politics. And there is nothing that will bring me back to partisan politics. But I will always be interested in what is good for Nigeria. And anybody who wants to have my advice, I will unstintingly give it.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called for the implementation of the various MoUs between Nigeria and Namibia, especially in the areas of culture and tourism, to ensure that they translate into economic benefits for the two countries.
The Minister made the call in Abuja on Thursday when he received the Namibian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Humphrey Geiseb, on a courtesy visit, a statement signed by Ministry spokesperson Segun Adeyemi said.
He observed that the bilateral cooperation between the two nations, which dates back to 1992 on the platform of the 1st Nigeria-Namibia Joint Commission, expired without implementation, and expressed the hope that the MoUs will be revived for implementation this time around.
“Because the agreement on tourism cooperation between both countries suffered from lack of follow-up, a separate MOU on tourism cooperation was decided upon during the 3rd session of the Joint Commission in 2008, and signed six years later, in 2014.
“Unfortunately, the MOU, which had a lifespan of five years, has expired and, until then, nothing was done by our two countries. I am aware that efforts are on to renew the MoU for another five years. Hopefully, this time, we will act to implement the MoU,” Mr Mohammed said.
He promised to encourage a working relationship between Nollywood and the Namibian Film Industry, against the background of the interest expressed by a talented Namibian actress to feature in Nollywood movies as a way of further honing her professional skills.
The Minister, who welcomed the support offered by Namibia to help improve Elephant conservation in Nigeria, stressed that with global warming and poaching, African wildlife is in danger of extinction.
He thanked the Namibian Government for supporting Nigeria with 279 wildlife animals in line with the signed MoU on Cooperation in the area of wildlife with the Government of Bauchi State.
“The animals, which comprised of 10 Giraffes, 53 Burchell’s Zebras, 14 Elands, 23 Blue Wildebeests, 21 Red Hartebeests, 24 Oryx, 26 Kudus, 52 Springboks and 56 Common Impalas, were placed at the Sumu Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State. We remain grateful to the Government and people of Namibia for this,” Mr Mohammed said.
In his remarks, the High Commissioner went down memory lane to recount the support which Namibia received from Nigeria in its struggle for independence, and said the Namibia-Nigeria Joint Commission, which last met in 2010, will meet next month to consider all the various areas of cooperation between the two countries.
He listed additional areas of cooperation to include creative industries, beef infrastructure, animal conservation, tourism and oil and gas sector.
Three Plateau State Polytechnic students abducted on Wednesday have been rescued unhurt by troops of Operation Safe Haven.
The students were kidnapped by gunmen at Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.
But in a statement on Thursday signed by the military information officer of Operation Safe Haven, Major Ishaku Takwa, the troops deployed at Nding Sesut noticed an unusual movement of persons during patrols and immediately conducted cordon and search in the general area.