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El-Rufai Asks Buhari To Declare Bandits As Terrorists

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To effectively fight banditry, Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to declare bandits in the North-West geo-political zone of the country as “insurgents” or “terrorists”.

The declaration, the governor said, would enable the Nigerian military to attack and kill “these bandits without any major consequences in the international law.”

El-Rufai who spoke shortly after receiving the third quarter security report from the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna on Wednesday, also said the recruitment of 1,000 youths each across the 774 local government areas of the country would deal a deadly blow to bandits and other criminal elements in the land.

Backing the National Assembly’s resolution to declare bandits as terrorists, the governor said the state government had since 2017 written to the federal government on that, pointing out that “bandits don’t deserve mercy and they should not be allowed to live.”

“We in the Kaduna State government have always urged the declaration of bandits as insurgents and terrorists. We have written letters to the federal government since 2017 asking for this declaration because it is this declaration that will allow the Nigerian military to attack and kill these bandits without any major consequences in the international law.

“So, we support the resolution by the National Assembly and we are going to follow up with a letter of support for the federal government to declare these bandits and insurgents as terrorists, so that, there will be fair game for our military,” the governor added.

The commissioner had earlier in his report, said bandits killed no fewer than 343 and abducted 830 persons as well as ‎injured 210 persons among them women and minors within the third quarter of the year in the state.

He said: “The operations against the bandits that began in this last quarter are degrading bandits, but are not yet simultaneous across all the affected states in the North-West region. That explains the limitations that our personnel and other resource deficits have imposed on federal security agencies.

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“There are simply no enough boots on the ground to have credible deployment to most places, deter crime, and restore order. That is the reality that we face.

“Many state governments in the North-West and North-Central have adopted a non-conventional approach to help the security agencies to better protect our communities. In our own case, we have about 900 trained and vetted vigilantes personnel working with the security agencies.

“However, we still observed that there is no alternative to launching simultaneous operations in all states.”

 

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Activist Professor Tunde Fatunde Dies

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A Professor of French Language in the Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University(LASU), Prof. Tunde Fatunde, is dead.

The LASU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) disclosed that Fatunde died on Thursday.

He was 70 years old. LASU-ASUU did not state the cause of death.

Fatunde was a renowned activist and scholar. He was not just a teacher of the French language, he was also a newspaper columnist and dramatist.

He was born on 11 December 1951 in Makurdi, Benue state. He was married to Oluyemisi Jokotade Olaopa and both have several children.

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Fatunde began his education at St Paul’s Primary School, Gbongan, Osun State, 1956-62; Gbogan/Ode Omu Anglican Grammar School, Gbongan, Osun State, 1963-67; Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro. Ogun State, 1968- 69.

Thereafter, he went to L’lnstitute DeTouraine, Tours, France, 1971-72; University oflbadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, 1971-75; Universite de Bordeauz III. Bordeaux, France 1972-77; Universite de Bordeau 111, Bordeaux, France, 1977-80.

Fatunde returned to Nigeria to assume lectureship at University of Benin, Benin City in 1983.

In between his academic career, Fatunde created time for his journalistic passion, with links with many media houses, both in Nigeria and abroad.

He published several books, such as No Food. No Country, Water no get Enemy and a collection of his plays: No More Oil Boom.

He was until his death, a professor of French Language in the Faculty of Arts at LASU.

Friends and fellow activists paid tributes on Friday morning.

Richard Akinola, a veteran journalist wrote: “What a sad loss of a friend and comrade, Professor Tunde Fatunde. Easy going, unassuming and principled. Rest well brother”.

Henry Hunjo, a lecturer at LASU wrote: “Travel well, Prof Tunde Fatunde. You fought on all fronts of life and won many of these battles but you couldn’t conquer the eternal sleep, death.

“It’s the most assured reality of human experiences. It’s perfect in bringing finality to all things. I wish I could write a dirge but with a heavy heart, I wish you a joyous eternal sleep. You’ve completed your cycle. Adieu, Prof”.

 

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Why GOFAMINT General Overseer Demoted His Deputy

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Why GOFAMINT General Overseer Demoted His Deputy

The General Overseer of the Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT), Pastor Elijah O. Abina, has demoted his deputy.

Before his demotion, Pastor Emmanuel Oluwayemi was the successor-designate to Abina.

In a statement by GOFAMINT spokesperson Pastor Taiwo on January 26, Abina disclosed that Pastor Emmanuel Oluwayemi would no longer serve as the Deputy General Overseer (DGO).

Olwayemi has been relegated to an Assistant General Overseer (AGO) “in order to stem the tide of this unfortunate drift in the system,” the statement reads.

“The issue concerning Pastor Oluwayemi has been long on my table, spanning a space of about five years. His activities since he came to the office have had a very negative effect on the church,” Abina said.

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“Way back in 2018, I noticed that the leadership style he brought to the office of the Deputy General Overseer was diametrically opposed to the servant-leadership style of Jesus Christ which this church is used to.

“This has led to division in the church, which since inception, has been one united family. I raised this issue in a joint meeting of the Executive Council and the Advisory Board on August 1, 2019, during which I emphatically stated that I could no longer work with him as my deputy, and that I was convinced that he was not going to be my successor for the reason of the said attitude.

“I have stated repeatedly that this is absolutely not a personal issue, but something that affects the well-being of the church.

“As a matter of fact, I know him to be very generous and charismatic but, he lacks the character of a servant-leader, and I have told him on many occasions that charisma without character leads to crisis.

“Part of his character defects is his desperate pursuit of the office of the G.O. This desperation is clearly obvious in his usual manner of taking official matters of the church to the public in order to whip up sentiments in his favour and to create resentment or disaffection for the church authority.

“All these events are unprecedented in the sixty-six year history of this church.”

 

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PDP To Conclude Lagos Congress Feb 19

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PDP To Conclude Lagos Congress Feb 19

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will conclude its outstanding congress to elect new state executive committee members in Lagos on February 19.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party disclosed this in a statement by its National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, on Thursday in Abuja.

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According to the statement, the NWC also scheduled a crucial meeting with Lagos stakeholders on February 7 at its zonal headquarters, Ibadan.

It added that the NWC would continue to update stakeholders on any development in that regard.

(NAN)

 

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