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We Don’t Have Terrorism In Ondo State – Gov Akeredolu

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Gov Akeredolu Adviced Against Addressing Terrorism As Banditry

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu, of Ondo State, has warned that the various criminal activities of kidnapping, bombing, and assault on the people in parts of the country being referred to as banditry, must be appropriately addressed as terrorism.

Akeredolu in a statement on Monday in Abuja noted that infiltration of the country’s borders and the recent disruption of train services by bandits must be addressed as terrorism and the perpetrators treated as same.

The governor was quoted as saying this on Monday at the 27th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja with the theme: “Securing Our Future: The Fierce Urgency of Now.”

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Akeredolu and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, and others were among the panelists at the summit which centered on addressing the country’s security challenges.

He contended that a nation with failed security and justice systems was set to fail.

While expressing concern that the dimension of insecurity in the country recently had been surprising, Akeredolu said he had always believed in multi-level policing as the best way of securing the country.

“In Ondo State, we don’t have terrorism. Our problem is farmers and herders clashes and kidnapping for ransom. We have drug abuse and agitation for self-determination.

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“We have always preached the multi-level policing in Ondo State. We believe in layers of security,” he said.

The governor, who explained that though there were criminal trespasses that could be treated by the state, alleged that before the Amotekun corps was established, the police were not always ready to make an arrest.

“Yes, you have criminal trespass. It should be treated by the state. All we had before Amotekun was the police that had the duty to arrest and were not prepared to make an arrest.

“Things are changing and have really changed in Ondo state. Today, if you trespass on other people’s land, the Amotekun will go after you and arrest you.

“They pay compensations to the farmers and when they fail they are in court. It is the only way you can send signals to people.

“When you commit a crime and the hands of law don’t catch up with you, another person will repeat it,” he said.

READ ALSO: Banditry: Police Confirm Attack On School In Katsina State

On open grazing, Akeredolu said nomadic pastoralism was a culture that must be discouraged in the interest of those involved.

He noted that the issue of grazing routes was not a welcome conversation, adding that those were issues of the past that must not be brought back to the fore.

“Speaking for those of us who have put in place anti-open grazing law. We have our reasons and we have no apologies,” he said.

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N214.2bn 2022 Budget: Obaseki Under Fire For Duplicating Projects

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N214.2bn 2022 Budget: Obaseki Under Fire For Duplicating Projects

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has condemned the 2022 budget proposal of Governor Godwin Obaseki which he submitted to the 10-man state House of Assembly last Wednesday.

According to the APC, Obaseki duplicated projects to siphon state funds.

A statement by the Assistant State Publicity of the party, Victor Ofure Osehobo, has it that the budget proposal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in the state was unrealistic.

Obaseki had submitted a budget proposal of N214.2 billion, which he tagged “Budget of Renewal, Hope and Growth”

The statement noted that Obaseki last year said his government had closed a N25 billion 5-year bond at a record price of nine percent to fund the 2021 budget but did not mention the current status of the N25 billion bond.

He said, “On a closer look, the 2022 Obaseki budget proposal, is completely unrealistic and embellished with impractical predictions, a development that confirms fears by many Edo people that this administration is obviously still trying unsuccessfully to lay a foundation for governance as Obaseki himself declared, 5 years on!

The proposal again illustrates that Governor Obaseki has perfected the art of wasting Edo State’s funds on frivolities; how does he explain the allocation of N21 billion for government buildings and another N15 billion to enhance the work environment.

As expected, the Obaseki 2022 estimates are padded and this can be deduced from such spurious allocations as providing social and youth development, N5billion; technology enhancement, N7.6 billion; effective fiscal and business-friendly regulatory policies, N4.5 billion.

The proposal includes water, which is non-existent and which the government has never attempted to provide anywhere in the state, for N1.2billion. This is as ridiculous as the provision of N1.5 billion for citizen re-orientation and social protection, and N9.2 billion for public safety and security, which are suspicious and questionable, and call for answers.

The party claimed that the education sector was worse hit with the governor’s position that children in primary schools in Nigeria now learn three times more than they used to learn with the old pedagogue and that the state has the least number of out-of-school in the country. He alleged that the governor had no plan of repaying the several loans and bonds.

The Obaseki-led PDP Government certainly is trying to use its ‘bogus’ MEGA programme and “phantom” technology cum public and civil service reforms and the creation of an investor-friendly environment in the state as cover and conduit to take loans and cancel repayments,” the statement added.

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Zainab Kolawole: Wife Of Kogi State Speaker Dies

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Zainab Kolawole: Wife Of Kogi State Speaker Dies

The wife of the Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Mrs. Esther Zainab Kolawole, is dead.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr. Femi Olugbemi, Chief Press Secretary to the speaker, Assemblyman Matthew Kolawole.

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He said the deceased died in the early hours of Sunday in a Lagos state hospital.

The statement stated that Olugbemi Mrs. Kolawole was 50-years and died after a brief illness.

According to him, the burial arrangements will be announced later.

He said she is survived by her husband, children, siblings, and an aged mother.

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Lagos Govt. Releases Online Version Of Panel Report

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Lagos Govt. Releases Online Version Of Panel Reports

The Lagos State Government says it has released the online version of the reports of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry which probed the EndSARS incident at the Lekki Toll Gate.

The Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, said in a statement on Sunday that the reports were submitted to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Nov. 15 by the panel.

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Onigbanjo, who is also the Attorney-General of Lagos State, said that the reports are entitled ”Report of Lekki Incident Investigation on 20th October 2021” and ”Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality”.

He said that both reports were now available to the public.

“Members of the public can view and download the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the documents on the website of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice – https://lagosstatemoj.org/official-documents/

“Further inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice through info@lagosstatemoj.org.,” Onigbanjo said.

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