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Gunmen attack Benue monarch

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Gunmen have attacked the palace of Kindred head of Jor Fada, Chief Terhile Atser, in Gboko.

They destroyed property worth millions during the attack at the weekend.

The palace of the Kindred head is located on No 36 Jooji Kyado street Gboko East in Gboko Local Government area of Benue state.

Property destroyed during the attack include vehicles, , motorcycles and personal belongings.

The motive behind the attack was not known.

Younger brother of the traditional ruler, Mr Robert Nomishu, told newsmen the attackers, numbering five, stormed the palace around about 1:45 am last Friday.

They wore a face mask and were armed with guns, axes and clubs and asked after the traditional ruler, who was not at home during the incident.

He said they proceeded to smash window glasses and doors in an operation that lasted for over one hour when they didn’t see their target.

No life was last in the operation but the matter has been reported to Gboko Divisional Police office in Gboko.

Benue Police Command Makurdi said they are yet to get the report from Gboko.

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FG ready for dialogue over South-East security – Ngige

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government has accepted the option of dialogue to resolve the escalating insecurity in the South-East.

He stated this in an interview with reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ngige said, “We also looked at the security situation, especially in my zone, the Southeast, and we made some proposal to him (the President), based on the yearnings of the people, and what the government also wants.

“We are following up with dialogue, which at the end of the day is what will happen. We have to talk, we have to discuss.

“The Minister of Defence, Minister of Interior and the Service Chiefs were in Enugu earlier last Saturday and we are going to do follow-up meetings on that again.

“We briefed him and he accepted that dialogue is the way to go in all these. Like I keep on saying, there is a very thin line between perception and reality, so certain things should be done, at least to assuage the feelings of the people in the area and make them not feel unwanted. So, that area was discussed.”

He also said the face-off between the Kaduna State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was also discussed at the meeting with the President.

Ngige said it was resolved that there was no need for another round of industrial disharmony between labour and the Kaduna State government especially as the country was faced with serious security challenges.

“The NLC wrote to Mr President complaining that the Kaduna State government wasn’t keeping to its side of the agreement, especially in the area of victimisation of workers.

“The NLC said the government of Kaduna sacked some staff from their workforce for participating in the strike.

“Mr President sought for advice on it and we’ve transmitted the advice. So, I and the Chief of Staff have jointly briefed him on that and we are taking action to make sure we don’t have a repeat of what happened in that state.

“The President said we have already been bedevilled with security issues; we don’t want any more compounding of those issues,” he said.

 

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PAN Nigeria, Air Force War College discuss technology partnership

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L-R Mr Husseini Abubakar (DDG PAN Learning Centre), Mr Bawo Omagbitse (G.M Planning and Strategy, PAN) Air Vice Marshal I.T Ali (Commandant, Air Force College), Ms. Taiwo Oluleye, FCIS (Acting MD PAN Nigeria Limited), Mr Abdulkadir Yinusa (Group Head, Corporate Services PAN), Mr Oladapo Ojo (Head of Industrial Operations), during the Air Force War College team's visit to PAN Nigeria.

PAN Nigeria Limited has hosted participants of the Air Force War College at its plant in Kaduna, where issues of technology and knowledge sharing partnership were discussed.
PAN is Nigeria’s foremost automobile manufacturing plant, assemblers of Higer buses and ambulances, Chery vehicles and Peugeot cars.
The visit to the auto company was part of the institution’s training programmes on national security, defence architecture and inter-agency cooperation.
The programme involving tours to institutions of strategic relevance to the nation was led by the Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshall I.T. Ali.
A statement by the Group Head, Corporate Services, PAN Nigeria Limited, Abdulkadir Yinusa, said PAN Nigeria was selected as one of the key institutions to be studied due to the importance of its industry to national development and employment.
Acting Managing Director of PAN, Ms Taiwo Oluleye, stated that despite various challenges confronting manufacturers in the country, such as rising foreign exchange rates and shortages, Insecurity and contracting purchasing power, that PAN had continued to invest in critical areas that meant much to users of the company’s product range as a way of sustaining its operations.
The areas she listed included deepening customers service and after-sale support.
The Commandant, Air Vice Ali, acknowledged the role PAN had played over the years in rolling out products that met local and international quality standards.
He said College would be readily available to collaborate with PAN in areas of technology, especially in knowledge sharing.
The commandant urged PAN Nigeria to ensure product quality sustainability while assuring the Company of support and patronage.

 

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15 Tegina Islamic school abductees escape from captivity

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About 15 people abducted by bandits from an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger State, last month have reportedly escaped from the bush while their abductors slept off after being drunk.
The escapees are said to be adults abducted alongside 156 pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamic School in May.
The news of the escapees has raised hope that the 156 children also picked by the bandits will soon regain their freedom.
Sources in the area said the abducted adults were separated from the children and taken to a forest in Zamfara State.
It was however gathered that the victims tactically opened the door of a house in which they were kept in the forest when their guards fell asleep after drinking.
The escapees went in different directions in order not to fall into the hands of other bandits in the forest.
An escapee who got to Tegina first informed the people, prompting Niger State government to begin working toward assisting other victims.
The escapee is said to be hospitalised for treatment.
Further information revealed that three other victims among the escapees arrived at Tegina in the early hours of Sunday, while one of them who was rescued was brought to Minna where he is receiving treatment.
Other escapees are said to be in Zaria.
Security operatives have been reportedly sent to the Tegina-Birnin Gwari road to await the remaining 10 escapees.
The source said they would be brought to Minna for proper attention.

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