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Govt. Bans Mining, Others In Imo



In other to preserve the environment, particularly in Owerri Capital Territory, the Imo State Government has banned all forms of mining and dredging within the Owerri Capital Territory and its environs.

The government has also warned that any person or persons, company or group of companies caught mining within the territory will be arrested and made to face the consequences of such illegality.  The decision was taken at the weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri.

Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba flanked by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Lambert Orisakwe, Commissioner for Livestock Development, Mrs Obiageri Ajoku and Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku informed that henceforth, illegal mining and borrow-pitting in Owerri Municipal has been banned and now an offence to indulge in such activities.

He also said that the council noted with dismay the activities of criminals on some moribund Government-owned industries such as Avutu Poultry Farm, Nsu Ceramic Tiles and many others that have been vandalized by criminals who carted away valuable government properties and equipment. Council regretted that the most worrisome aspect of it is that the criminals do so in collaboration with some people within the community and others who are supposed to protect such properties.

He, therefore, warned that Government is taking the matter seriously and plans to resuscitate such industries and bring them back to life, hence has decided that “anybody caught in the act must surely be dealt with very decisively.” Emelumba said such persons will not only be prosecuted, “but the government will also make sure such individuals face the full weight of the law and pay the penalty of the criminal act.”

The Commissioner emphasized that the government has embarked on an investigation of those who have already succeeded in vandalizing and carting away some of the properties and that those found culpable will be fished out and prosecuted accordingly. These measures, he said, are specifically meant to serve as a deterrent to people that will contemplate carrying out such activities in the future.

Emelumba informed that the Council commended the Governor for being proactive on the signing of an Executive Order reducing the tariff of the communication right of ways, saying that the decision has propelled some communication companies to take advantage of the reduced funds to invest in the State.

 He said that “most of them are now ready, willing and able to come to Imo State” and that “soon their presence in the State will engage Imo youths and reduce unemployment and increase the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).”

Also, he explained that the council commended His Excellency for signing an MOU with USAID for the provision of potable water, a project that will make clean water available to many households in Imo State.

In accordance with the terms of the MOU, Council has directed that the process leading to full incorporation of the Imo State Water and Sewerage Agency commences immediately as it is a critical part of the terms of the MOU.

The Information Commissioner also noted that the Council directed the Ministry of Works to immediately carry out the rehabilitation of very bad spots at Irete and Mgbidi junctions along Owerri/Onitsha Express Road, notwithstanding that they are on the Federal roads.

 He equally informed that the Executive Council gave approval in principle that Imo Broadcasting Corporation should commence the process of digitalization to meet up with the standards in modern broadcasting. 

The weekly State Executive Council meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmos Iwu, Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyehie, the Head of Service, Dr. Camillus Iwuagwu, all Hon. Commissioners and some Special Advisers.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno



The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna



The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

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Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.


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‘Your Words Mean Nothing’ – Aisha Yesufu Slams Buhari



Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, says the words of President Muhammadu Buhari “mean nothing”.

Reacting to the abduction of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, Yesufu said the primary responsibility of government is to protect lives.

In a strongly worded statement on Friday night, Buhari had warned bandits that he would not fall for threats and blackmail.

He had also said that his government had the capacity to deal with them but has not taken drastic action to prevent a situation where captives are used as shields.

Yesufu said Nigerians are used to a president “whose words are meaningless”.

“What I make of the statement is absolutely nothing. We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens.”

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“The body language of President Muhammadu Buhari enables the terrorists. They know that we have an ineffective President and Commander-In-Chief, we have an incompetent one a clueless one, who does not even bother about what is happening in the nation.

“Yesterday we buried seven military officers, the best that we have, the nation was in mourning and the President was a few minutes away from the location of the burial and didn’t even turn up, what does that signify? It Is high time we began to make serious demands on the president.

“It is not in our place to give the way forward. His salaries are being paid for it; his needs are being taken care of. He was voted to give the way forward,” she said.

Yesufu was a strong member of the #Bring Back Our Girls Movement, which was on the frontline of the campaign for the release of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

Up till dates, some of the students are still in captivity.

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