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Police Cautions IPOB Ahead Of Buhari Visit To Imo State

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Police Cautions IPOB Ahead Of Buhari Visit To Imo State

As President Muhammadu Buhari graces Imo State with his presence today, Thursday, September 9, 2021, the Nigerian Police have cautioned the outlawed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) against any kind of misbehavior.

A sit-at-home order was issued by IPOB in Imo and other states in the South-East as a way to show disapproval of the President’s visit.

“Buhari is not welcome in Biafraland,” one IPOB member warned, ahead of the president’s visit.

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Chika Edoziem, Director of State for IPOB, stated his displeasure with the visit, saying: “Buhari is not welcome to Imo on Thursday, September 9, 2021. There will be a total lockdown of Biafraland.

The Imo State Police Command’s Public Relation Officer, Mike Abattam has strictly advised that anybody who tries to foment trouble when Buhari arrives will be put in place, as he assured tight security.

“The security arrangements are perfect; the arrangements are maximum. As usual, we prepared to secure the lives and property of the people of the state.

“We have informed troublemakers to vacate the state because we will deal ruthlessly with anybody who disturbs the peace of the state today and going forward,” Abattam stated.

The Imo State Government says the president’s visit will profit the people of the state and will “advance the socio-economic well-being of the people, state and the entire geopolitical zone.”

“President Buhari will commission a couple of projects while in Imo. He will depart almost immediately.

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Bayelsa Govt. To Borrow N43.57Bn To Complete 2022 Budget As Debt Grows To N169Bn

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Bayelsa Govt. To Borrow N43.57Bn To Complete 2022 Budget As Debt Grows To N169Bn

The Bayelsa government plans to borrow N43.57 billion to augment the N310.7 billion proposed for the 2022 fiscal year as the state’s debt profile hits N169 billion.

The borrowing plan is contained in the 2022 Appropriation Bill of Bayelsa.

Checks on official records indicate that the debt grew following the recent approval granted by the state house of Assembly to Governor Douye Diri to obtain an additional loan of N18.7 billion.

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According to data obtained from the website of the Debt Management Office, Bayelsa’s debt profile as of June 2021 stood at over N150.60 billion, up from the N123 billion inherited on assumption of office in Feb. 2020.

On Oct 20, Diri presented the 2022 Appropriation Bill to the Bayelsa House of Assembly which subsequently sent it to its Committee on Appropriation for legislative action.

The 2022 appropriation bill, currently under consideration by the Appropriation Committee of the house, puts the running cost of governance at N70.56 billion, some 22 percent of the budget.

The state has set aside N61.75 billion for debt servicing and repayments.

Diri, in a letter to the assembly seeking the legislators’ consent for the borrowing plan, explained that the N18.7 billion loan “is a Federal Government bridging facility to cushion the effect of repayment of intervention facilities by the state government.”

The governor said the loan has a 30-year tenure and will enable the state government to meet its financial obligations.

It will be recalled that on October 6, the assembly approved Diri’s request to restructure existing loans obtained by the state government from commercial banks to free more resources for ongoing projects.

The approval was the second time in 16 months that the assembly would grant Diri’s request to renegotiate and restructure outstanding commercial bank loans following a similar approval in June 2020.

The N18.7 billion is the fourth in the series of loans that the Diri administration has taken following the nod of the 24-member house to collect since it was inaugurated on February 14, 2020.

Barely two weeks in office, in March 2020, the government took a loan of N2.9 billion to purchase cars for the governor and the deputy governor as well as for top government officials.

Also in November 2020, the government borrowed N17 billion from multiple sources and secured another N3.5 billion loan in December of the same year. 

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Suspected Bandits’ Informants Killed In Kaduna State

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Suspected Bandits' Informants Killed In Kaduna State

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai has directed security agencies to investigate the lynching of three suspected bandits’ informants in Zangon Aya village, Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, made the disclosure in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday in Kaduna.

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He said that the directive followed a report by security agencies that a man, his wife, and son were lynched through mob action in the community on Monday.

“The mob action was in response to the suspects’ alleged collaboration with bandits, especially in relation to recent kidnappings in the area.

“After the killings, the mob also looted and burnt their home,” Aruwan stated.

The commissioner said that the governor was sad and deeply worried over the violent action and strongly condemned the extra-judicial killings.

He stressed that legitimate procedures should always be adopted in confronting suspicions of criminality, as the destructive practice of self-help would only result in greater harm.

The governor urged citizens to maintain law and order and always report suspects to constituted authorities. 

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Man Kills Sister-in-law, 2 Others, In Farmland At Ebonyi

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A middle-aged man, Chibuike Ochie, has allegedly killed his sister-in-law, younger sister and a labourer in the Uburu community, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, DSP Loveth Odoh, confirmed the killings in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Monday.

Odah said that the incident occurred on Sunday in farmland in Obegu, Uburu.

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The police spokesperson said the man killed his sister-in-law, a younger sister and a hired labourer, who was working on their farmland.

According to her, it was reported that by 1640hrs of 24th of October, 2021, when the family of Ochie were on the farm including a hired labourer, one of their brothers, Chibuike Ochie, went into the farm and suddenly started macheting them.

“He succeeded in macheting Ogechi Ochie, 32, and wife of the elder brother and the younger sister, Margaret Ochie, 35 years old and the said labourer.

“The three persons were macheted to death on that farm and he escaped.

“In the process of fleeing the scene, irate youths of that area caught and mobbed him.

“As I am talking to you, he is still critically ill to the extent that he is placed on a life support machine.

“Investigation is still on, but it will be properly done when this man survives.

“That is why we keep discouraging the youth from taking laws into their hands especially when a person commits offence like this.

“If they had brought the person to us, he would have told us the reasons he had to do this to his family members and he would have faced the law.

“But in this case, a lot of money is being spent to revive him.

“The incident took place at Obegu farm in Uburu. According to the DPO who visited the place, he said the farmland is about 25km away from Uburu town,” the PPRO explained.

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