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Nnamdi Kanu: Don’t treat treasonable cases with kid gloves – Gen Haruna tells Buhari

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Former Nigerian Minister of Culture and Information during the military era, General Ibrahim Bata Malgwi Haruna

A former Nigerian Minister of Culture and Information during the military era, General Ibrahim Bata Malgwi Haruna, has cautioned the Buhari led Federal Government against alleged handling of treasonable cases with kid gloves, maintaining that it was such mistakes that caused the crises which led to the Nigerian civil war.

.”….The current government has to face laid down constitutional processes ,the rule of law. They have to assign the functions and strengthen the institutions to carry out their functions. It is disheartening that the law is not applied equally to all…as a soldier….consequent to the war ,we had coup makers. They were tried, they were shot. But today, incidents and facts pointing to treason,are being played around as a political game to waste other people’s  lives,” he said.

Asked to give example, of incidents that worried him by the anchor of a programme on Trust TV, General IBM Haruna said,

“Kanu is an example. Is it not very current? The leaders are asking that he should be released without trial and subverting the constitutional provisions of the rule of the judiciary ,as supposed to the executive.”

When asked what he expected of the President on this, he said “well ,he is the President,a politician .”

He however, warned that if the right things were not done when there are challenges of treason, “we would go back to the experiences we’ve of 1966,leading to civil war,loss of lives, wastage of economic power, in the end we’ve to come back and continue the game,which people want to reenact now,but it’s very disappointing.”

On the notion that the agitation for amnesty for Kanu and his likes ,was one way of bringing the country back together, Gen. Haruna said ” since this strategy started with the Niger Delta and so on,I mean it is a wrong prescription.We cannot continue with the wrong prescription.”

He was of the view that if Nigerians should stand on trust and with the fundamental interest of developing the country,such would not arise.

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Father, daughters, relation die after ‘amala’ meal in Kogi

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Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Edward Egbuk

The people of Mopa town in the Mopa-Muro Local Government Area of Kogi State have been thrown into mourning following the mysterious death of four members of a family after reportedly eating a cassava flour meal known as ‘Amala.’

The deceased died in quick succession between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 2.

Those who died included the family head, Pa. Motilewa, two daughters and a girl who is said to be their relation.

One of the deceased daughters identified as Motun was a National Certificate of Education holder and teacher in the town. The mother, however, miraculously survived.

The event has left residents of the town and the entire neighbourhood in mourning, fear and confusion, with many calling for an investigation into the death of the family members.

It was gathered that the family prepared the ‘Amala’ meal from the left over of cassava flour from which they had previously made and eaten ‘Fufu’. They were said to have spread the processed shafts in the sun to dry for some days.

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The dried flakes were subsequently ground into soft powder which was used for ‘Amala’ which they ate on Thursday evening, before retiring to bed.

An eyewitness reported that the victims became sick overnight and efforts were made to stabilise them. Unfortunately, the youngest member of the family passed away on Friday, quickly followed on Saturday by the relation living with the family.

With the sudden passage, the others were moved to the highly rated ECWA Hospital, Egbe, for better medical attention.

Sadly, the eldest of the daughters, Motun, gave up the ghost at about 3:00am Sunday. The father also died later the same Sunday.

At the time of filing this report, the mother, identified as Molomo, was still alive in the hospital and under a close observation.

Members of the community are said to be suspecting foul play in the sudden death and have, therefore, suspended the burial for proper investigations to unravel the cause of their deaths.

“We are shocked. I have never seen a thing like this. We suspect that someone may have poisoned the food. For what? We cannot tell. I’m confused and in pains. This is too much to bear,” a member of the family lamented.

Earlier in August this year, five persons lost their lives after eating a cassava flour meal prepared at their family house in Usugnwe-Okaito, Okehi local government area of Kogi State.

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Building collapse claims one as flood displaces 651,053 in Anambra communities

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Flood in Anambra

One person died in Enugu-Otu, Aguleri in Anambra State, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed.

The Acting State Coordinator, Mr. Thickman Tanimu who disclosed this to reporters on Monday, said the deceased, identified as Ginikanwa Izuoba passed on following sudden collapse of his apartment occasioned by impact of the flood.

He further hinted that no fewer than 651,053 persons were rendered homeless by the disaster in six local government areas of the state.

He added that Ogbaru Local Government Area recorded highest number of victims followed by Anambra East and West Local Government Areas.

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“NEMA, accompanied by officials of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Igbedo, Inoma and Ifite-Ogwari all in Anambra East and Anyamelum Council Areas,” he said.

Appreciating Anambra SEMA for taking certain proactive measures to mitigate impact of the disaster, Tanimu identified such measures to include identification of 13 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, recruitment of camp managers, support staff and activation of health workers to work with people in the camps.

“The camps so far activated include the Ifite-Ogwari and Igbakwu Health Centres,” he added.

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Father Mbaka Removed From Adoration Ministry As Worshippers Attack Priest Brought As Replacement

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