Akure Monarch Orders Foodstuff Sellers To Reduce Prices

Akure Monarch Orders Foodstuff Sellers To Reduce PricesThe Paramount Ruler of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi alongside the Deji-in-Council has asked foodstuff sellers in Akure to immediately cut down the high cost of foodstuff in Akure and its environs or risk their shop being closed down.

The Deji ordered the slash in prices of these commodities at his palace after an exhaustive meeting with the leadership of the various groups of foodstuff sellers in Akure.

This was sequel to a recent market survey of some foodstuff like rice, palm oil, groundnut oil, garri among others across major towns like Osogbo, Ibadan, Ogbomosho, Ile-Ife, Ilesha, Ado-Ekiti, and Lagos in the south west.

The palace found out that the prices obtained in these communities were at variance with what is sold in Akure. The prices of rice, garri, palm oil was too exorbitant when compared with other cities, making it almost the highest in the whole of south-west.

Oba Ogunlade expressed displeasure at the astronomical rate at which foodstuff is being sold in Akure compared with other neighboring towns.

He said: “It is so sad that the prices of commodities had been unnecessarily hiked in Akure with no justifiable reason. This is unfair and totally unacceptable.

“Considering the present economic hardship in the country, we cannot continue to watch our people die in hunger and pains due to needless hike in price of the basic need of life which is food.”

Oba Aladetoyinbo said that with the market survey carried out by the palace, it is glaring that the situation in Akure is becoming unbearable for families and things may go worse if not quickly tackled.

“I wonder why a bag of rice will be sold for between N21,000 and N23,000, 20 litres of palm oil now sells for between N20,000 and N21,500, a rubber of garri now sells for N200, when other communities sells for N16,000, N10,000 and N100 respectively,” he said.

“We are watching the market situation in other towns and I will ensure a downward review of the price as situation may demand to be at par with other neighboring towns,” he vowed.

The Monarch then ordered an immediate reduction in the price of rice which is being sold at an average of N21, 000 to N19, 000.

After much plea from the palm oil and garri sellers in the city, the Deji gave them one week to revert the prices of their commodities to N11, 000 and N100 respectively.

Oba Aladetoyinbo, however, expressed appreciation to the market men and women who agreed with him on the need for the splash in prices, considering the economic realities in the country.

He thanked them for their cooperation and understanding over the matter.

Meanwhile, Oba Aladetoyinbo has set up a task force to monitor the situation and ensure strict compliance with the new prices. He also vowed to close down the shop of any defiant seller.

The monarch, however, prayed for the quick recovery of the nation’s economy.

Boko Haram Kills Vigilantes, Abducts Women In Borno

Boko Haram, Islamic StateSome suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have killed four persons and abducted four women from Kutuva village in Nigeria’s northeast Borno State.

The terrorists on six motorcycles attacked the village on Tuesday, a statement by a spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman said.

After the attack, the local vigilante in Kaya mobilised immediately to the village and trailed the terrorists up to their suspected hideout located somewhere south of Sabon Garin Bale.

The vigilante members engaged the terrorists in a gun battle, before they escaped into a nearby bush. The vigilantes, however, destroyed the terrorists’ camp and took down all hoisted Boko Haram terrorists’ flags.

They also recovered three Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines, two AK-45 rifle magazines and 24 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.

Colonel Usman said that the vigilantes also rescued an 11 year old girl who stated that she was abducted by the terrorists from Batha village.

“Sadly however, the vigilante could not trace the terrorists or the abducted women.

“Effort is ongoing to trace and rescue them,” he said.

Hard And Unbearable

In a related development, a team of local vigilante in Damboa, also in Borno State, led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza, intercepted some persons along Njaba road, south of Damboa town while on patrol.

During preliminary interrogation, they confessed that they were Boko Haram terrorist group members and that were compelled to join the insurgency against their will. They said that they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military.

They attributed their decision to give up their nefarious activities to continued military onslaught and that life had become hard and unbearable for the terrorists generally.

According to Colonel Usman, further screening confirmed 17 of them as hardened Boko Haram terrorists trying to escape and infiltrate the society.

Also, a combined patrol team of 7 Division Garrison, 101 Special Forces Battalion and 3 Civilian JTF, while on clearance patrol on Tuesday morning, intercepted a Golf car with registration number BX 508 RBC, suspected to be carrying suppliers of logistics to Boko Haram terrorists along Kayamla general area.

Some of the items being conveyed were spare parts and Improvised Explosives Devices making materials.

The suspected suppliers abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush on sighting the patrol team.

The vehicle and its contents have been confiscated and taken to an unidentified military location.

Army Discovers Boko Haram Market In Borno

Army-Troops-The Nigerian Army has rescued 195 captives, discovered a patent medicine outlet and also a major market operated by members of the Boko Haram sect at Gulumba in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The Army spokesman, Sani Usman, said that a number of insurgents were killed and a lot of items recovered during a raid carried out by troops of Seven Division Garrison, comprising the 112 Battalion and Armed Forces Special Forces on Wednesday.

The Army carried out the raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ locations at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas of the state.

Items recovered from the terrorists were military items – camouflage uniforms – rifle magazines and grenades – two logistic trucks, 180 motorcycles, 750 bicycles, 100 kva Mikano generator, grinding machine and various perishable materials.

Army To Make List Of Wanted Terrorists More Available

Abubakar-Rabe-Colonel The Nigerian military says it will make the list of wanted persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram more available to schools, markets and other public places.

The list with the photographs of 100 suspected terrorists was displayed last month by the military to aid intelligence that would lead to further arrests.

After the list was made public, some of the suspects were arrested at different locations, one of whom was of Cameroonian descent.

The Director of Defence Intelligence, Colonel Abubakar Rabe, said the list of most wanted Boko Haram members released by the military had so far led to the arrest of five suspects.

While addressing reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, Colonel Rabe urged the general public to give the military and security agencies more information on the whereabouts of the terrorists.

He promised that the Defence Headquarters would make the list more available to schools, markets and other public places to further deepen the strategy that the military had adopted and also aid further arrests.

He also displayed images of some Improvised Explosive Devices worn as body vests by suicide bombers.

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Colonel Abubakar Rabe holding an image showing different suicide vests

Cautioning Nigerians to be vigilant, he said: “This is used by suicide bombers to attack public places.

“Please, when people see it, they should know that this is dangerous to human beings”.

He was optimistic that as the military makes the list more available, more suspected terrorists will be arrested by the military.

“The synergy will continue between the military, other security agencies and the public.

“This is our nation, if you help with information, it will go a long way,” he stressed.

Weeks ago, a statement by the military had revealed that troops of 101 Task Force Battalion, 7 Division Garrison, arrested the number 28 suspect in the list in an unprecedented development along Lagos Street in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The statement also revealed that men of the Borno State Police Command, also arrested another suspected Boko Haram kingpin, Mohammed Usman, who was suspect number 40 on the wanted list at Abuja Talakawa Ward of Maiduguri metropolis.