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We will review ways of dealing with security challenges – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government will change its security strategies to combat the rising wave of killings in the North and deal speedily with other forms of security challenges in the country.

He spoke on Tuesday in Lafia where he was conferred with a traditional title by Emir of Lafia, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I, who described him as a man of integrity.

Osinbajo was on a one-day official tour of Nasarawa for the inauguration of the Nasarawa State Infectious Diseases, Diagnosis and Research Centre as well as the opening of a Job Fair for Employability and Entrepreneurship Programme for Nasarawa State Youths.

Speaking with journalists on arrival in the city, the VP said the security situation in Nigeria could not be tackled using the conventional methods.

He added that this was why the President said new ways of dealing with the situation were being explored.

The VP also called for more intelligence gathering, especially at the local level.

He also spoke on the Boko Haram killings in Borno on Saturday, saying, “I think it is an enormous tragedy; a horrible tragedy. It is made worse of course by the sheer fact that as the President said, a group of people could so insanely and in such a dastard manner kill innocent people; people who were going to their farms to work.

“I spoke to Governor Babagana Zulum as well as the former governor, Senator Kashim Shettima, right after the incident to express my condolence but more importantly to try and think through ways of dealing with this kind of random incident.”

He said there was an ongoing effort to rejig the security architecture.

“I think it is important to understand also that the conventional means of dealing with some of these issues; the conventional means of dealing with this security type of challenges especially the randomness is probably to keep reviewing it, which is why the President has said that he is taking a serious look at how to deal with these issues especially around the randomness and some insane person goes into a place and kill people, that is not the sort of thing you are prepared for conventionally.

“So we have to do a lot more local intelligence which is some of the community policing efforts we are planning so that information supplied faster especially at the local level and then reaction will be possible.

“But it is a major tragedy; it is a very unfortunate thing and our hearts are with the families of the farmers who were killed in such a terrible way. But we are confident and the Federal Government will continue to do everything especially in terms of trying to ensure security in the North-East and all over Nigeria.”

Osinbajo during a courtesy call on the Emir of Lafia, was conferred with the traditional title of Madugu Jihan Nasarawa, which translates to leader and captain of Nasarawa.

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Vacate Kano now to allow peace, Arewa group tells Bayero

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Vacate Kano now to allow peace, Arewa group tells Bayero

The Arewa Social Contract Initiative on Sunday, May 26, asked the dethroned emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, to vacate the ancient city quietly for peace to reign.

Bayero, who was dethroned alongside four other first-class emirs following the enactment of a new law, has returned to Kano and is occupying the Gidan Nasarawa palace, while Sanusi is in the main palace, a situation that is causing intense tension.

The national chairman of the Arewa Social Contract Initiative, Alh. Sani Mahmoud Darma, on Sunday, May 26, said the solution to the stalemate over the emirate tussle is for Bayero to vacate Kano.

Darma, who addressed a press conference in Kano, said all the Arewa executives from the 19 northern states had met, critically analyzed the situation, and decided that Bayero was the problem and should leave Kano.

He said: “It is very unfortunate that after his dethronement, Aminu Ado Bayero accepted the decision and packed all his belongings from the palace and left Kano state, then some people from the top brought him back and claimed his lost position.

“If he feels his dethronement was unlawfully done and he wants to reclaim it, he would have stayed somewhere and pursued it through the court. But coming back to Kano and attempting to occupy the palace is a sign that he wants to cause violence and chaos in Kano.”

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He reminded the dethroned emir to look back and recall history and accept that his sack was from God and should leave Kano immediately to avoid bloodshed.

Darma said: “This is unacceptable! It happened to Sanusi and he benefited. When Sanusi was dethroned and he (Bayero) was appointed he accepted everything in good faith and left Kano for Bayero to occupy the palace. Why is he back now that he is the victim? It shows he is still interested in the throne.

“He should congratulate Sanusi and vacate Kano immediately for peace to reign. If he is still interested in the position, he should go and stay in another state while he seeks justice from the court.”

He said the Arewa members are 100 percent strongly behind the new emir (Sanusi), because Governor Abba Yusuf, during his gubernatorial campaign, had promised the Kano people that he was going to bring back Sanusi.

The people were happy and they voted for him. What the governor has done is just a fulfillment of his promise and the people are happy about the governor’s decision because it is a long-awaited thing. So, we are (Arewa) also happy about Sanusi’s reinstatement, because he was victimised.

“What has happened is purely the decision of the State House of Assembly, the governor, the kingmakers, and the people of the state, after the old law was repealed. So, it is purely a state affair. We were even surprised when the issue of court order came about,” he said.

Vacate Kano now to allow peace, Arewa group tells Bayero

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President Tinubu arrives in Lagos for Lagos-Calabar highway flag-off

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President Tinubu arrives in Lagos for Lagos-Calabar highway flag-off

President Bola Tinubu has made a notable arrival in  Lagos to commence the flagging-off ceremony for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar highway. Welcomed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other government dignitaries at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, President Tinubu’s presence marks a significant step forward in infrastructure development for the region.

The announcement of President Tinubu’s visit was preceded by statements from Olusegun Dada, Tinubu’s Special Assistant on Social Media, who had earlier indicated that the president would inaugurate several projects in commemoration of his first anniversary in office.

Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, had confirmed that Tinubu would initiate the construction of the Lagos-Calabar highway on May 26, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to enhancing transportation infrastructure across the nation.

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During a meeting with a delegation of Yoruba leaders of thought at the State House in  Abuja, President Tinubu reiterated his administration’s dedication to fostering tangible impacts on the lives of Nigerians. He expressed optimism about the country’s trajectory towards prosperity, highlighting the progress made during the past 12 months despite inherent challenges.

President Tinubu’s visit to  Lagos and the subsequent commencement of the Lagos-Calabar highway project underscore the administration’s commitment to accelerating socio-economic development and improving connectivity across regions.

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FG drags 36 states to S’Court over local govt autonomy

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FG drags 36 states to S’Court over local govt autonomy

The federal government has sued the thirty-six governors before the Supreme Court to ensure the autonomy of the nation’s local governments.

In the suit, marked SC/CV/343/2024, was filed on May 20, by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) on behalf of the federal government.

The federal government is praying the Apex Court for an order prohibiting state governors from unilateral, arbitrary, and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected leaders for local governments.

It also prayed the Supreme Court for an order permitting the funds standing in the credits of local governments to be directly channelled to them from the federation account in line with the provisions of the Constitution as against the alleged unlawful joint accounts created by governors.

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It wanted an order stopping governors from constituting caretaker committees to run the affairs of local governments as against the constitutionally recognized and guaranteed democratic system.

Also, the federal government wants an order of injunction restraining the governors, their agents, and privies from receiving, spending or tampering with funds released from the Federation Account for the benefit of local governments when no democratically elected local government system is put in place in the states.

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