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Northern food dealers lift ban on supply to South

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Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has agreed to end the blockade of supplies to the South.

Its leaders gave the indication in Abuja on Wednesday in an agreement reached with some governors during a meeting.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was said to be one of the leaders who appealed to the dealers to end the industrial action.

The union had embarked on the strike action on February 24 in protest over alleged killing and maltreatment of their members in the southern part of the country.

Secretary General of AFUCDN, Mr Ahmed Alaramma, said that the Department of the State Services invited them over the strike.

The union had vowed to continue the strike despite the move by the military to clamp down on them until the Federal Government acceded to their demands.

Some of the demands of the cattle sellers and foodstuff dealers included payment of compensation for lives of members and property lost during the #EndSARS protest and Shasha market crisis in Ibadan.

Others are that the government should direct security agents to ensure all round protection for their members while conducting their business in the southern part of the country.Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has agreed to end the blockade of supplies to the South.

Its leaders gave the indication in Abuja on Wednesday in an agreement reached with some governors during a meeting.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was said to be one of the leaders who appealed to the dealers to end the industrial action.

The union had embarked on the strike action on February 24 in protest over alleged killing and maltreatment of their members in the southern part of the country.

Secretary General of AFUCDN, Mr Ahmed Alaramma, said that the Department of the State Services invited them over the strike.

The union had vowed to continue the strike despite the move by the military to clamp down on them until the Federal Government acceded to their demands.

Some of the demands of the cattle sellers and foodstuff dealers included payment of compensation for lives of members and property lost during the #EndSARS protest and Shasha market crisis in Ibadan.

Others are that the government should direct security agents to ensure all round protection for their members while conducting their business in the southern part of the country.

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Sexual assault: Baba Ijesha granted N500,000 bail

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A Chief Magistrate, Oluwatoyin Oghre, on Monday granted a Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, bail.
in the sum of N500,000.
His lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, confirmed this on Monday, saying, “He has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds.
“He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been met.”
Baba Ijesha was arrested on April 22, for allegedly sexually molesting a minor and remained in police detention due to the ongoing strike embarked on by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, had on May 4, noted that after due consideration of the case file forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution by the police on April 30, 2021, a prima facie case was established against Baba Ijesha.
Onigbanjo stated that Baba Ijesha would be charged with sexual assault and defilement under the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The AG also hinted that the suspect would be charged under Section 135, with indecent treatment of a child punishable by seven years imprisonment; Section 137, defilement of a child, punishable by life imprisonment; Section 261, sexual assault by penetration punishable by life imprisonment; Section 262, attempted sexual assault by penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment and Section 263, sexual assault punishable by three years’ imprisonment.

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2 cops killed, Imo police station, vehicles burnt in fresh attack

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Gunmen have killed two policemen in Ubakala Divisional Police Station in Umuahia, Abia State, after setting the station ablaze.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the station with explosives in the early hours of Monday and two of the policemen drafted to quel the station were killed.
The attackers also set ablaze all the vehicles on the premises.

Spokesman for the Police Command in Abia, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident, adding that the hoodlums attacked the station just after midnight with explosives.
According to him, the operatives, who were deployed to reinforce security at the station, tried to repel the assailants.
“In the process, we lost two of our men,” he said, pointing out that the number of the attackers had yet to be ascertained.
The attack was said to have caused serious panic among residents of the community.
Gunmen have recently carried out attacks on police stations in Aba, Isialangwa, Uzuakoli and Nkporo.
They also attacked the offices of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Independent National Electoral Commission in Ohafia.

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Niger communities excited as soldiers return to Bassa, Allawa

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Excited villagers on Saturday welcomed the return of soldiers to Bassa and Allawa towns in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State after a month of their quitting the area due to invasion of their camps by bandits.
The armed soldiers came in about 100 camouflage vehicles to begin a special operation in the area.
The return of the soldiers followed a series of meetings between the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj-Gen. Danjuma Hamisu Ali-Keffi, the state government and other stakeholders in the state.
The military camps in Allawa and Bassa in the Shiroro Local Government of the state were shut down last month after bandits numbering about 100 invaded the Security Joint Taskforce camps in the two towns, killing 12 soldiers, burning the camps and some operational vehicles.
Another camp at Zagzaga in the Munya Local Government was also sacked a few days later during which one RSM was kidnapped and found dead three days after.
A senator representing Niger East Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Musa, said, “It is a welcome development and a great relief to the people it should be sustained.
“The return of soldiers is a great relief for my people, and I want to thank and commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for the return of the soldiers.
“I will equally want to appeal to them to hasten the return of soldiers to other communities to enable the people go back to their homes to continue their farming business.”

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