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El-Rufai condemns attack on Ecwa Church worshippers in Kaduna

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Nasir El-Rufai

Suspected gunmen on Sunday attacked ECWA Church, Gabaciwa in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killed one person and wounded several other worshippers.

A resident in the area, Mr. Moses Andrew told DAILY POST on Sunday evening that the gunmen appeared during the service and started shooting in different directions.

Many worshippers ran in different directions, including the pastor of the church.

Unfortunately, a worshiper was killed, while several other worshippers sustained injuries.

Confirming the reports on Sunday, the Kaduna State Government condemned the attack in a statement by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs.

According to the statement, “The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned in the strongest terms an attack against worshippers on Sunday morning by gunmen.”

He said security agencies reported to the government that the attack occurred at the church.

He added that the security agencies are obtaining further details, on which the government will update the public in due course.

The Governor, who expressed sadness over the incident, described it as an evil act targetting innocent citizens exercising their constitutional and universal rights to religious freedom.

The Governor added that the attack on the worshippers was a divisive intent of the criminals leveraging religious sensitivity.

He condoled with the ECWA Church and the family of the deceased in particular and prayed for the repose of the soul of the worshipper.

He said the Governor who is awaiting further reports on the incident has directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to assess the area and provide succor to the victims receiving medical attention.

Similarly, the Governor has condoled the family of one Nasiru Abdullahi of Gobirawan Kamacha in Bina general area of Igabi local government who was killed by armed bandits.

“As of the time of this update, the government is awaiting other situation reports from security agencies,” the statement further said.

John Gabriel, Daily Post

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Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani

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Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.

Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.

He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.

In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.

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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”

Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.

But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.

Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.

However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.

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Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker

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There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.

Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.

The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.

The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.

But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.

It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.

There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.

After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.

 

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Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles

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Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.

He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.

The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.

In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.

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