NO DTS 0356: PRESIDENT BUHARI RULES OUT AMNESTY FOR BANDITS, INSURGENTS
NO DTS 0357: ATTACK ON BULLION VAN ALONG BENIN-ASABA EXPRESSWAY : POLICEMAN DIES, OTHERS IN STABLE CONDITIONS
NO DTS 0358: GOV OKOWA’S AIDE, OGHENESIVBE BECOMES JP TOMORROW
NO DTS0359: WARRI NORTH PDP FLAGS OFF CHAIRMANSHIP CAMPAIGN IN KOKO
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NO DTS 0356: ASABA, NIGERIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2021
PRESIDENT BUHARI RULES OUT AMNESTY FOR BANDITS, INSURGENTS
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has ruled out the possibility of the Federal Government granting amnesty to armed criminals terrorising the country, stressing that his administration would continue to deal decisively with bandits, kidnappers, and insurgents.
President Buhari said this through his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who represented him at a joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council, and a delegation from the Federal Government.
He said that the time had come to treat criminals as criminals and stop ethnic profiling.
The president’s comments are directly opposite to those advanced by an Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, who said that the bandits were not criminals but ethnic agitators fighting for their rights, had also campaigned for amnesty for the bandits.
The president declared that the security challenges confronting the country had slowed down the emancipation of Nigerians from poverty and economic deprivations, saying that he had already directed the security chief to develop plans to end criminality in the country.
Those that attended the meeting included Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, states. Some other governors were represented by their deputies.
Traditional rulers in attendance included, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhamnad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Shehu of Borno, Umar Ibn El-Kenemi, Emir of Kano, Abdullahi Ado Bayero, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya, Emir of Zazzau and Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali among others.
Professor Gambari led the Federal Government’s delegations, which included Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, who represented the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The President reiterated his resolve to deal with insurgents, bandits, and kidnappers, noting that he had already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that would end the ugly security situation where the lives of Nigerians continued to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.
NO DTS 0357: ASABA, NIGERIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2021
ATTACK ON BULLION VAN ALONG BENIN-ASABA EXPRESSWAY : POLICEMAN DIES, OTHERS IN STABLE CONDITIONS
A policeman, Inspector Ogar Sunday, has been confirmed dead and two others injured, following alleged attack on a bullion van along the Benin-Asaba Expressway at Utulu-Ubulu-Okiti axis of Delta State.
According to a statement by the Delta State Police Command, the Policemen were escorting the bullion van from Agbor to Asaba, the state capital, at about 2:20 pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, when the heavily armed bandits attacked them.
In the ensuing gun battle, the three policemen were injured and rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Asaba, but Inspector Ogar Sunday was certified dead by the doctor on duty, while the remaining two were treated and discharged.
The statement, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Edafe Bright, alleged that two members of the bandits were fatally injured, but were taken away by their gang members.
“Unspecified amount of money was reportedly carted away. However, the incident is under investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act and to ascertain the actual amount that was carted away,” the statement added.
NO DTS 0358: ASABA, NIGERIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2021
GOV OKOWA’S AIDE, OGHENESIVBE BECOMES JP TOMORROW
The Executive Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Communications, Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, is among the few prominent men of integrity to be sworn in on Monday, March 1, 2021 as Justices of the Peace (JP) in the state.
Appointment of JPs is at the instance of the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, by the powers vested in him, and as enshrined in the Magistrate Courts Law of the state.
Chief Judge of Delta State, Honourable Justice Marshall Umukoro, will oversee the swearing in ceremony and administer the Oath of office on the new JPs, at the High Court 1 in Asaba, the state capital.
The event has been slated for 9:00 am prompt and guests are advised to be seated before 8:30 am.
NO DTS 0359: ASABA, NIGERIA SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2021
WARRI NORTH PDP FLAGS OFF CHAIRMANSHIP CAMPAIGN IN KOKO
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Warri North has officially flagged off its chairmanship campaign for the forthcoming local government elections in Koko, the administrative headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The ceremony, which was well attended by the party stalwarts and faithfuls, saw the formal presentation of the party’s flag, at the local government level, to the chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the March 6, 2021 Delta State Local Government elections.
The chairmanship candidate, Mr. Smart Yomi Asekutu, and the Vice chairmanship candidate, Honourable Solomon Millie, expressed their commitment to ensuring the party’s victory at the forthcoming polls.
They both thanked the PDP chieftains,and other members of the party for their love and support towards the growth of the party.
Present at the flag off ceremony were political leaders in the area, including Honourable Michael Diden (Ejele), Chief Solomon Areyenka, Honourable Fred Martins, Honourable John Okoroloko, Chief Newuwumi Omolubi, Chief Francis Eyituoyo Maku, Honourable Misan Ukubeyinje and Honourable Isaac Wikie. Others were Bishop Sunny Jero, Honourable Florenta Alanta, Mr. Tony Aderejor, Mr. Water Boyo, Honourable Jerry Okonedo, among very many other party faithfuls in the locality.