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Reps call for reinforcement of security in Edo central over rising insecurity

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By Gloria Ikibah

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The House of Representatives has called for a reinforcement of security formations in the entire Edo Central Senatorial District, to forestall kidnappings and eradicate other acts of criminality in Esan land and Edo State at large.

This is sequel to a motion by Hon. Sergius Ogun lawmaker representing Esan North East/Esan South East federal constituency of Edo state on Wednesday at plenary.

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The lawmakers expressed worries at the spate of kidnappings, armed robbery attacks and insecurity generally in the country, especially in Edo Central Senatorial District of Edo State, which has led to the loss of lives, properties and is causing palpable fear and apprehensionamong residents.

Hon. Ogun citing recent happenings in the district, therefore calls on the Inspector General of Police IGP, to deploy more mobile Police personnel to Edo Central Senatorial District.

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The Lawmaker also want the Chief of Army Staff as well as the Inspector General of Police to set up a Nigeria Army Barracks or a Forward Operating Base (FOB) and a Police Mobile Force Base respectively within Edo Central Senatorial District of Edo State.

Naijablitznews.com reports that the House passed a resolution last year for the construction of a mobile police base and an army barracks in the senatorial district.

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Hon. Ogun in an interview with Naijablitznews.com said “we have engaged the Chief of Army Staff on that. Even the community have started building a police base on their own and they are Willing to do that for the army too”.

The house, observed a minute of silence in honour of the deceased police officer, DSP Michael Adams, who paid the supreme sacrifice while in active service and mandated its committees on Army and Police Affairs to ensure compliance and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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Hon. Ogun commended the spontaneous response of the security agencies while buttressing the holistic security challenges and ripple effect insecurity may have on his constituency if not properly managed.

He said: “Because we are close to the East, we share border with Agbor, Asaba and the other side of river Niger. So we need enough security on ground to protect the community as we are largely an agrarian community.

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“With the train service, and there is a school ‘the National Institute of Construction Technology Uromi’, they kidnapped a staff and two students two years ago and now they are under attack, even the Rector has written to the IGP and COAS that security is needed.

“If they have strong presence of security it might be able to deter these herdsmen and other criminals”.

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With less than 40 days to the general elections, end of the 9th Assembly and about four months to the commencement of a new republic, Hon. Ogun says insecurity in the country was not erased from the system after all.

 

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Elections: We are not in any dialogue with Atiku-Obi/Datti PCC

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The Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Council has debunked having any link with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP concerning stepping down for him.

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Recall that in an interview with the BBC Hausa service, Atiku Abubakar had claimed he was in talks with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party LP, Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP to step down for him.

The PCC in a statement issued and signed by Diran Onifade Head of Media,
Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, the council denied having talks with Atiku.

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In the statement, Onifade stated that:”We have been inundated with enquiries about the claim of an on-going discussion between our Presidential ticket and the camp of PDP’s Presidential Candidate,Atiku Abubakar.

“For emphasis, we wish to repeat, as we have said all day, that the claim is totally false and baseless. We are not in any talks with Atiku or anyone else with a view to stepping down from a race in which we are the frontrunner.

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“Peter Obi is in the contest to win in consonance with the aspiration of majority of Nigerians who desire a New Nigeria devoid of lies, corruption and selfish scheming.

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I Wonder Why Tinubu Waited This Long To Say What We Have Been Saying On The Economy- Oby Ezekwesili

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Kayode Arewa Sanni

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The former Minister of Education, Dr Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, has taken out her time to drag the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for recently speaking against the economy of the country, under this present administration.

While speaking, Oby Ezekwesili made it known that she listened to the lamentations of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the way his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has run the economy of country.

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Speaking further, the former education minister made it known that she wonders the reason why Bola Tinubu waited this long to say the same thing they have been saying on the economy all these while.

Since the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, came into power, over seven years ago, the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu never spoke against anything about this government, but as it stands now, the kind of statements he is making these days makes one wonder why he is saying all these things now.

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JUST IN: Gunmen Attack Gov Makinde During Campaign, Destroy Vehicles

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Information reaching naijablitznews.com indicates that the campaign train of Seyi Makinde, guber candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, has been reportedly attacked by gun-wielding hoodlums.

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Moses Alao, special assistant to the governor on print media, in a statement on Wednesday, said the attacks occurred on Tuesday at Igangan, Ibarapa north LGA of the state.

Alao said the governor had addressed a mammoth crowd at the Igangan town hall and was heading to Tapa when the incident occurred, adding that the governor’s convoy ran into a roadblock, where the hoodlums demanded money.

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He said the hoodlums started pelting the convoy with sticks and stones and later shot at the vehicles.

“The attacks were premeditated and orchestrated by some opposition elements, who hired street urchins to waylay the convoy of the governor,” Alao said.

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“This is with a view to giving the governor a bad image among the teeming population of Oyo state people.

“The unprovoked attacks were reprehensible, especially as the people of the state already know Makinde as a man of peace.

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“As it has become the custom of the governor to acknowledge the cheers and love of the people and in turn distribute souvenirs wherever he went to campaign, Governor Makinde stood in an open-roof SUV while other members of the entourage were in his tow.

“Toward the exit of the town was a roadblock, which we now know was mounted by the thugs to halt the flow of traffic so that they would be able to perpetrate their dastardly act.

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“Some group of boys started demanding money instead of the souvenirs being shared by the governor. Before anyone could say Jack Robinson, they started hauling stones, while some went in search of big sticks with which they were smashing vehicles indiscriminately.

“The urchins went directly after the SUV of Chief Tegbe, which showed a clearly premeditated motive, while others kept attacking other vehicles coming behind the governor.”

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Alao said the JAC bus conveying the media aides of the governor, journalists, and other vehicles were damaged by the hoodlums.

“At some points, the hoodlums graduated from hurling stones by bringing out guns and shooting at vehicles in the convoy,” he said.

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“We are sure that the same hoodlums went into the streets of Igangan to commit the wanton arson and destruction.

“While we sympathise with the families of individuals affected by the crisis, it is important to point out that Governor Makinde is a man of peace. And has made it clear that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Oyo state indigene.

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