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Group cautions religious leaders over Kwara hijab crisis

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The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association has condemned the hijab crisis in some schools in Kwara State, describing it as unfortunate.

A meeting between the Kwara State Government and leaders of the two religions in the state, Christianity and Islam, on the controversy generated by the wearing of the hijab by Muslim students in schools has failed to produce amicable resolution.

Both parties had reportedly refused to shift ground at the meeting presided over by the state Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi.

Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association, in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Salaudeen, and the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Jagunma, expressed disappointment with the turn of things amongst the two religious groups on the hijab issue.

It noted that Kwara State was named the state of harmony based the way peaceful coexistence of the Muslims and Christians over the years.

It stated that whoever was fueling the hijab crisis in schools in the state wanted a religious crisis and did not mean well for Kwarans.

It, however, commended the Kwara State Government for taking proactive measures by summoning a stakeholders’ meeting and ordering the immediate closure of affected schools in the state.

It urged the government to take far-reaching measures in finding a lasting solution to the problem that would avert a reoccurrence of this ugly incident in future.

Muslim leaders in the state had last week urged the state government to impress it on the authorities of mission schools now being grant-aided by the state government to allow their wards to wear hijab to school.

The Christian leaders, however, disagreed, saying they would not allow that in mission schools.

The Christian leaders gave Muslim pupils in the affected schools the option of wearing caps or withdraw from the mission schools.

This matter became volatile, forcing the state government to shut down 10 missionary secondary schools in the state.

The state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has earlier called for calm and peace, saying “we must not allow the issue to spark religious crisis.”

PDP’s spokesperson in the state, Tunde Ashaolu, in a statement, urged the parties involved to be tolerant, exercise caution and not allow the hijab to cause enmity between the adherents of the two religions.

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Lagos monarch Buhari Oloto dies nine months after coronation

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A Lagos monarch and socialite, Alhaji Buhari Oloto, has died at the age of 80.
The late Oloto was installed last September as the Oba of Iguruland in the Aguda area of Surulere, Lagos.

The All Progressives Congress Vice Chairman (Lagos Central) Hakeem Bamgbola confirmed the death of the king
He was said to have died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

Buhari Oloto who was also called Abu Oloto was a popular figure in the Lagos social sircle for over 40 years.

 

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Bandits’ informant sets self ablaze in Zamfara

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BREAKING: DPO killed as militants attack Uzodinma’s hometown in Imo

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Gunmen suspected to be militants of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra have killed a Divisional Police Officer in Imo State, Fatmann Dooiyor, a Chief Superintendent of Police.
The slain DPO was reportedly killed while trying to repel the attack by the armed IPOB members.
Dooiyor was the DPO for Omuma at the Governor Hope Uzodimma’s community in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The armed gang struck on the day IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was to be arraigned at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Department of State Services (DSS) did not produce him in court.
According to a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of Imo, CSP Mike Abattam, six of the gunmen were killed by the police while 11 were arrested.
Abattam said the bandits in convoy of three vehicles invaded the community but were repelled by police led by the Area Commander, ACP Benjamin Abang.
He said that the police were alerted when bandits were sighted moving in convoy into Omuma town.
Abattam said, “The tactical teams of the command immediately swung into action, ambushed and launched a surprised attack on the convoy of the bandits which resulted to the neutralisation of six of the bandits while, 11 of them were arrested to the station.
“Unfortunately, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor paid the supreme price.
“The teams later recovered the three vehicles abandoned by the bandits to the station which includes, two Toyota Highlander SUV vehicles with registration numbers Abia MBL 517 AT and LAGOS, JJJ 984 EL respectively and a milk colour unregistered Lexus Jeep to the station.
“Presently, the command’s tactical teams and Special forces led by ACP Evans E.Shem are combing the bush for possible arrest of the bandits that fled into the bush,” the statement added.
Suspected IPOB militants had attacked the community earlier in the year.
They had killed a security guard at the residence of Uzodinma and set the building on fire.

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