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Southwest governors unite, shun political affiliations to tackle  security  challenges

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A case has been made for relevant stakeholders to work collectively with Security Agencies in tackling the security challenges in the Southwest region.

This was the submission of the Southwest governors  at a stakeholders Security Summit held in Ibadan. the Oyo state capital on Tuesday.

The recent security challenges in the Southwestern part of Nigeria, especially with the nefarious activities of the herdsmen calls for urgent attention. This necessitated the Stakeholders security summit held in Ibadan to deliberate on the way forward.

The programme organized by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria(DAWN) Commission had in attendance all governors of the Southwest, prominent traditional rulers and Chiefs as well as Security chiefs across the region.

In his welcome address, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state who was the chief host emphasized the need for people and relevant stakeholders to pay adequate attention to security in the Southwest states.

Governor Makinde also noted  that regional approach to the security challenges in the Southwest is imperative to ensure a synergy of activities in tackling any security breach in the region.

In their separate remarks, the Chairman Nigerian Governor’s Forum who is also the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his Ondo state counterpart Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu who doubles as  Chairman, Southwest Governors Forum said the task of securing the Southwest states is a collective responsibility of all and sundry.

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The duo promised that the Southwest governors will soon put all machinery in place for the establishment of state police especially with the security challenges confronting the region.

Other Southwest governors who spoke at the summit, including Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu of Lagos state, his Ogun state counterpart. Prince Dapo Abiodun and Mr Gboyega Oyetola of  the State of Osun called for proper coordination and good inter security agencies working relationship to successfully secure the Southwest region.

The trio said the task of ensuring adequate security in the region can not be left in the hands of government alone but collective effort of all stakeholders.

The stakeholders security summit with a focus on Western Nigeria comprises of 3 presenters and 5 Panelists including AIG Zone II,  Leye Oyebade, a member of the Presidential Advisory committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Olufemi Odekunle and Head Department of History, University of Ibadan Professor Olutayo Adesina.

 

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Over 200 Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom In Zamfara – Police

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The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Usman Nagogo says over 200 victims of kidnap have been received from their abductors in the last three weeks in the state.

Nagogo made this known at a news conference in Gusau on Monday.

The police chief  said  the bandits willingly returned and handover the victims to him as the leader of a peace and reconciliation initiative recently set up by Governor Bello Matawalle.

He explained: “Since the beginning of the peace and reconciliation initiative team assignment about three weeks ago now, we have received over 200 kidnap victims from Fulanis and Yansakai.

“We have sat with all the warring factions and they have understood that peace is the most important aspect of growth and development which is why they willingly return the victims,
“and await the promise made by the governor to re-establish grazing reserves, build hospitals and veterinary clinics, provide good drinking water and other amenities at Fulani settlements.

“At the moment, all the factions go to the markets that were closed due to the armed bandit activities while farmers go to the farms without any hindrance or threats,”.

The commissioner of police who urged residents to continue to pray for the success of the peace process and sustenance of peace in the state, cautioned politicians against politicising the effort so as to allow security agencies carry out their operations without diversion.

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Some of the rescued victims told newsmen at the police command that they were tied like animals and without any shelter against rain or sun.

Some of the victims spent more than seven months in the hands of their abductors.
After their rescue, the victims were camped at the Government House, Gusau, where they received medical and psycho-social support services before they were reunited with their families.

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Corps Member Serving With Channels TV Dies In Shiite, Police Clash

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Unfortunately, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, is dead.

The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.

The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.

They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.

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Obasanjo not a democrat – Presidency

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The Presidency has insinuated that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was not a democrat, following his latest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation.

Obasanjo, in his latest letter had cautioned Buhari on the need for drastic action to tackle insecurity if the nation must remain a united one.

The former president also called for a gathering of various ethnic groups in the country to deliberate on how to live peacefully with one another.

Reacting, the senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said those aggrieved with the present structure of the nation should approach the National Assembly.

Featuring on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, he said: “To call for a national conference when there is a sitting Parliament in place, whoever is making that call is not a democrat.”

Shehu also insisted that the government in which he serves, was on top of the security situation in the country.

 

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