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Why I Directed Zamfara Residents To Acquire Guns -Matawalle

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Why I Directed Zamfara Residents To Acquire Guns -Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has explained that he directed the state residents to acquire guns to fight bandits because self-defence is usually the first instinct.

In a statement cited by Newsrand, Matawalle’s  Chief Press Secretary, Jamilu Magaji said the governor’s directive is part of the administration’s efforts to tackle protracted security challenges in the state.

“Self-defence is a natural instinct and has always been part of human survival strategy.

“As those entrusted with the safety of lives and property of the people, we will do everything possible to uphold this responsibility within the ambit of the law.

“We are also aware that the security forces are doing their best to combat this formidable challenge. Their efforts are, however, hampered by the lack of adequate modern warfare equipment and the dearth of personnel.

Our decision to mobilise people to secure their communities is, therefore, for the people to complement the efforts of the conventional security forces in dealing with banditry and fishing out informants.

The acquisition and usage of firearms by the public, who desire to do so, would be governed by the Nigeria Firearms Act,” the statement read.

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Court Restricts Oyo Government Accounts. Here’s Why

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Court Restricts Oyo Government Accounts, Here's Why

A temporary block of accounts in four banks run by the Oyo State Government and its agencies has been ordered by the court.

Judge A. O. Ebong of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja issued this directive in anticipation of an explanation as to why some judgment creditors haven’t received credit for the funds in those institutions.

After deciding on a motion ex-parte for a garnishee order submitted by the former chairs and council members, including Misters Bashorun Majeed, Bosun Ajuwon, and Idris Okusesi, Judge Ebong issued the order.

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First Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Wema Bank, and Zenith Bank are the affected financial institutions.

Judge Ebong gave the banks a deadline to provide justification for overturning the ruling.

According to court documents, the money would be used to pay off the remaining sum of N3,374,889,425.60 from a judgment debt owing to several former local government chairpersons and councilors who were fired by Governor of Oyo State Seyi Makinde on May 29, 2019, before the end of their terms.

The garnishee action was started on behalf of the chairpersons and councilors by their attorney, Musibau Adetunbi, in response to a ruling they obtained on May 7, 2021, from the Supreme Court against the governor and six other people.

According to the decision, a garnishee order is hereby granted to attach the judgment debtors’ accounts with garnishees Nos. 1 through 4 in the motion ex-parte in order to settle the outstanding judgment debt in the amount of N3,374,889,425.60, as determined by the Supreme Court and admitted by the judgment debtors in Exhibit 11 attached to the applicant’s motion.

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Gov. Soludo Promises Anambra Residents Constant Power Supply

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Gov. Soludo Promises Anambra Residents Constant Power Supply

Chukwuma Charles Soludo, the Governor of Anambra State, has assured residents of the state, of a constant power supply.

To attain this, the Governor announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the Government House, Awka, Anambra State Executive Council Chambers.

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Soludo wrote; “I acknowledge that this signing will completely translate into positive changes, which is critical for the journey towards a liveable and prosperous homeland that cannot be achieved without a continuous supply of power.

“Long before I was sworn in as Governor of Anambra, I recognized the importance of power and deeply considered how it could be achieved in the shortest period of time for at least three to four major cities in the state What we did today was to consummate that marriage.

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“The courtship began over a year ago, and I am overjoyed that the marriage has finally been consummated today. We must all work together to ensure that we have a stable and continuous power supply in Anambra State. Anambra will continue to win!”

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Wike Gives AIT Ultimatum To Vacate Building In Port Harcourt

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Wike Gives AIT Ultimatum To Vacate Building In Port Harcourt

The management of DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), has been given a 48-hour notice to evacuate a portion of the building where AIT/Raypower FM is housed in Port Harcourt by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration of Rivers State.

The notice was required, according to the government, in order to demolish the building and start work on the proposed Government Residential Area (GRA) Phase 5 in Ozuoba, according to a letter dated March 20, 2023, and signed by Mrs. Ebere Dennis Emenike, Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Ministry of Works.

The Rivers State Government and Daar Communication Plc are at odds over the site where AIT and Raypower Radio Station established its Ozuoba transmission facility.

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With a vote approved by the State House of Assembly, the state just seized the land.

“Following the imminent commencement of the above project, all structure(s) impacting on the right-of-way of the project have been earmarked for demolition including your own.

“Consequently, you are by this notice requested to remove such structure(s) within 48 hours to allow for speedy progress at work please,” the statement read in part.

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) branch in Rivers State has pleaded with the state government to reconsider its decision to demolish the AIT facility.

The NUJ urged the Rivers State Government to reconsider its stance on the land dispute and cancel its proposal to demolish and seize the AIT property in a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary, respectively, Stanley Job Stanley and Ike Wigodo.

The NUJ asked the state administration to start talks with the media group in order to reach a peaceful conclusion.

Although the Union praised the State Government’s urban regeneration strategy, it urged it to balance justice with mercy.

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