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I don’t negotiate with Kidnappers, Gov. Yahaya Bello replies kidnappers asking for N100 Million for the release of local Govt. Boss.

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Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello this morning replied the abductors of Yagba West local government chairman asking for the sum of one hundred million Naira for the release of the kidnapped local government boss.

The govenor made this known why speaking with Channels TV this morning monitored by the OBSERVERS TIMES

Bello said he is gathering intelligent reports on why the commissioner was killed and the local government boss kidnapped and threatened to arrest those who publish stories of kidnapping in the state. The governor insisted that it’s a political attempt to discredit his administration efforts in making Kogi state the most secure state in Nigeria.

The govenor said the position of Senator Smart Adeyemi on the floor of the senate concerning the security challenges facing the country is his personal opinion.

He added that, Senator Smart expressed his opinion as a Nigerian regardless of his political affiliation; and that, Senator Smart is known for speaking truth to power.

The govenor blamed politicians as the brain behind the insecurity in the nation, imploring Nigerians to shine their eyes ahead of 2023 general election. He said the bandits are working for those who want to discredit the administration of president Buhari. The governor queried the whereabout of the money allocated for revamping of the Ajaokuta steel company and dredging of Lokoja inland way- that was initiated by the late Yaradua administration.

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The govenor said President and the Governors are doing their best for Nigeria calling on Nigerians to hold their state government accountable. He expressed dissatisfaction with the minister of Mines and steel, the Minister Transport for so many Abandoned projects. He suggested that if were to be the president, “I will fires any minister who fails to live-up to the expectation” he concluded.

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Big wahala dey for Niger State oo! Resident raises SOS alarm over Fulani terrorists’ invasion

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A resident of Niger State, whom we will simply refer to as “Malam Usman”, has raised a “Save Our Souls” alarm over Fulani terrorists’ invasion of the state’s towns and villages in the state.

The SOS was delivered by Malam Usman to ElombahNews through voice and text messages and subsequent telephone conversations.

In the text message, he wrote:

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“Big wahala dey for Niger State oo!

“The day before they sacked Gulbin Boka, yesterday Shadadi, today Bangi.

“By the time they are done with villages, towns will follow.

“The next step will be kidnapping while traveling from one location to another.”

According to sources within the state, the places mentioned above – Gulbin Boka, Shadadi and Bangi – are middle class towns within the state.

According to telephone conversations held with Malam Usman, who spoke in Hausa language, the bandits arrived his village, one of the three mentioned above, with about one hundred and eighty motorcycles, each one carrying a rider with two passengers.

The marauding band struck last week, robbed the whole town and set shops ablaze, after which they

left.

The whole operation lasted hours as it started early hours of the morning and continued till around 01:00PM.

Meanwhile, while the attack lasted, there was no security agent in sight!

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The distraught villagers ran helter-skelter into surrounding bushes, while the advantaged ones flew to other towns and villages the bandits are yet to attack.

Malam Usman begged the federal and state governments to authorise  residents to buy and possess gun to enable them defend themselves against the bandits.

This, he said, is because government agencies have proved futile in protecting them, while others are suspected to even connive with them to perpetrate mayhem.

Meanwhile, recently the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello also raised alarm that Boko Haram terrorists have captured some towns and villages in the state and have hoisted their flags in the captured areas.

Presently, several elites from Northern parts of Nigeria have severely condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the worsening insecurity in the region.

One such heavy critic is a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi.

Sheikh Gumi said that the bloodshed and killings in President Buhari’s government is devastating and by far more than that of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

He called for Buhari’s resignation, blaming him for bloodshed and saying he is full of mistakes.

Speaking in a recorded video, he also apologized to former President Jonathan, saying the former president was a better president than Buhari, whom he referred to as a tribalist and a segregationist.

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a senior Army officer in the Nigeria Army Headquarters in Abuja, who confirmed the development.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, as he is not the Army spokesman, he said that the Department of State Security (DSS) has updated the Headquarters about the development and that efforts are in place to restore order in the affected areas.

 

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Donald Trump Launches New Communication Platform After Being Banned On Twitter

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Former US President, Mr. Donald Trump has launched a new “communications” website, which says it will publish content “straight from the desk” of the former US president.

Mr Trump was banned by Twitter and suspended by Facebook and YouTube after the Capitol riots in January.

The former president has since been releasing statements by press release – which the new website will now host.

Users will be able to like posts – and also share them on Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“It is a blog,” Kara Swisher, technology columnist for the New York Times told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I was like ‘2002 is calling and it wants its blog back…’

“I don’t know what the overall plan is because he does have some very sharp digital advisers.

It is just the beginning of his attempts to try to re-establish a louder ability to participate in digital media.”

 

The move comes a day before a decision is due from Facebook’s Oversight Board on whether to permanently ban Mr Trump.

Mr Trump’s senior adviser, Jason Miller, had previously said a new social media platform was to be launched. “This new platform is going to be big,” he said in March.

But Mr Miller tweeted on Tuesday that the new website was not the social media platform he had previously hyped.

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“We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future,” he said.

The website is reportedly built by Campaign Nucleus, a digital services company created by Mr Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Several posts on the site repeat debunked claims that last year’s presidential election was rigged.

Facebook’s Oversight Board will announce its decision on whether Mr Trump is to be permanently banned from the platform on 09:00 EST (14:00 BST).

If he is allowed back on to the site, Facebook will have seven days to reactivate his account.

YouTube has said they will reactivate Mr Trump’s account when the threat of “real-world violence” reduces.

Twitter, where Mr Trump had 88 million followers, has banned him permanently.

A Twitter spokesperson told the BBC: “Generally, sharing content from the website referenced is permitted as long as the material does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules”.

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Breaking: Presidency Set to Sack NNPC GMD Mele Kyari

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Discreet information availed LeadingReporters has hinted that the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Mele Kyari may not spend a day longer in NNPC as the GMD from July, 2021, a source, who is in the know has intimated.


The source who wants to remain anonymous said that the Presidency is already scouting for Kyari’s replacement.

The actual reason for the sudden decision to sack the GMD was not given as at the time of this report, but information obtained by LeadingReporters points to various allegations of sharp practices and the GMD’s inability to strike a workable solution to Nigeria’s fuel crises as it relates to subsidy removal.

Another source said that Kyari has made NNPC and its subsidiaries his personal empire, running it as it pleases some of the associates of the President, serving his allies and associates without regards for laid down rules and procedures.

All attempts to reach the GMD NNPC for his comment were unsuccessful as his number known to this platform was switched off as at the time of filing this report.

 

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