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Lalong Declares 24-hour Curfew In Jos North

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Lalong Declares 24-hour Curfew In Jos North

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has declared a 24-hour curfew in Jos North Local Government Area of the state following the massacre of 22 travellers on Saturday by marauding youths.

This came on the heels of the earlier dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on three local government areas— Bassa, Jos South and Jos North.

The development came as the result of ongoing security threats and tension being witnessed by residents in some parts of the state.

The state government said it was concerned about “the persisting tensions and reported attempts by some persons to take the laws into their hands by threatening to attack individuals and private facilities, as well as public property.”

The Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham in a statement issued on Sunday morning, said: “Hours after announcing dusk-to-dawn curfew in three local government areas of Jos North, Jos South and Bassa, Governor Simon Lalong has directed the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in Jos North to contain further security threats.

READ ALSO: 22 Killed, 14 Injured In Plateau Violence

“In the directive, the governor said “from 2pm of today, Sunday, August 15, a 24-hour curfew will come into effect in Jos North Local Government Area.

“This is necessitated by security reports which indicate rising threats to the safety of lives and properties within the Local Government.

“The governor, therefore, urges citizens to abide by the curfew and remain indoors to allow security agencies maintain law and order and deal with those bent on causing chaos.”

The curfew remains in force until further notice.

Meanwhile, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN, OPSH, on Sunday morning, rescued seven more victims of the recent attack on commuters in Jos.

Major Ishaku Takwa, the military Information Officer noted, “The victims have been taken to a safe place for medical attention and care.

“The troops are still on search operation to find the remaining missing victims.”

Besides, the state chapter, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed concern over the rising incidents of violence in the state.

The group according to its Chairman, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo stated that CAN “wishes to express deep pain over the recent attacks in Riyom, Jos North, Barkin Ladi and Irigwe Chiefdom in Bassa Local Government Areas leading to loss of lives and properties.

“We call on all arms and tiers of government to ensure that the criminals responsible for these dastardly acts of violence are brought to justice.”

 

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Okorocha Declares Bid For Presidency In 2023

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Okorocha Declares Ambiton For President In 2023

The former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

This was disclosed in a letter read at the plenary on Wednesday by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

READ ALSO: Uzodinma Names Okorocha, Son-in-law As Sponsors Of Banditry, Kidnapping In Imo

Okorocha in the letter, stated that he will address a world press conference on Monday, January 31, 2022 to speak more on his ambition.

 

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PDP Primaries: Over 150 Thugs From Oyo Arrested In Ekiti

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PDP Primaries: More Than 150 Thugs From Oyo Arrested In Ekiti

More than 150 political thugs with different harmful objects including guns, cutlasses and charms planning to disrupt the PDP governorship primary election holding today have been arrested.

The political thugs who were said to have come from Oyo State were halted by the men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State at Ita Awure/Efon Junction in Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State.

They were said to have been arrested at about 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The thugs were in many vehicles before they were intercepted.

READ ALSO: Adebayo Sues For Peace In Ekiti APC Primary

It was gathered that the thugs were believed to be members of Oyo state Park Management System (PMS).

Sources said that the thugs were caught with various weapons.

Items recovered from the suspects included guns, machetes and charms.

It was also gathered that the soldiers would take the suspects to Owens Barracks in Akure for further investigation.

The Public Relations Officer of the Brigade, Akin Omojokun, when contacted, confirmed the arrest and said the brigade would soon issue a statement on the development.

 

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NLC Suspends Plan To Protest Against Fuel Subsidy Removal

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NLC Suspends Plan To Protest Against Fuel Subsidy Removal

Following the new position of the Federal Government on fuel subsidy removal, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its nationwide protests slated for Thursday 27 and February 2.

The congress took the decision at its National Executive Council meeting held virtually on Tuesday.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who broke the news at a press conference hinged the decision to suspend the protests on the reversal of the Federal Government’s plan to stop the subsidy on petrol.

He said members of the NLC who had been mobilised would be demobilised following the decision to suspend the protests.

READ ALSO: No Removal Of Fuel Subsidy Soon – Govt

The congress said on Monday that it would continue with the preparations for the protests.

Wabba stated that the National Executive Council of the NLC had given directives for the mobilisation of workers and citizens for the national protests if the Federal Government refused to reverse the planned hike in the pump price of petrol.

But justifying its decision, the NLC president said the congress dropped the planned protests “following the reversal and reapproach by government.”

He said, “At the peak of very rigorous mobilization of Nigerians by the Nigeria Labour Congress and a host of her civil society allies, the government through the Minister of Finance yesterday, January 24, 2022, made a public announcement reversing the plans to increase petrol pump price.

“The position of the government was also officially communicated to the Congress with calls for further engagement. Following the reversal and reapproach by the government, the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress met this morning virtually to consider the new position of the government.

“The NEC after vigorous debates took a decision to suspend the planned nationwide protest scheduled for January 27, 2022, and the national protest scheduled for February 2, 2022.”

The labour leader said the congress has communicated the decision to its civil society allies who have stood stoically behind Nigerian workers in their quest for social and economic justice.

The union argued that the attendant effect of the proposed removal of petrol subsidy would push the pump price of petrol to between N320 and N340 per litre.

READ ALSO: Buhari Approves Suspension Of Fuel Subsidy Removal

This, it noted, would have exacerbated the inflation in the country, deepened poverty, heightened social tensions and pushed the country and millions of poor citizens to the very precipice.

Going forward, the NLC said it would continue to engage with the government on the very critical issues of ensuring local refining of petroleum, creation of sustainable jobs and affordable price of petrol for Nigerian workers and people.

It commended the workers, people and the civil society allies for “their unwavering solidarity and support during this struggle.”

 

 

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