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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former governorship aspirant in Kogi State, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Idris has expressed worry over increasing cases of insecurity in the State.


Idris condemned the recent attack on Okehi Area Command of the Nigeria Police at Eika-Ohizenyi in the Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State by gunmen who killed a police inspector on duty.


He also sympathised with victims of the tanker explosion in the Felele area of Lokoja, the state capital.


The PDP leader in a statement through his media team noted that the latest attack was the second in less than a month after the Adavi Police Station came under attack in early June in which three police officers were also killed.


Idris sympathised with the affected communities and reiterated his call on the government to ensure the security of lives and property in the state.


“It is with a heavy heart that I want to use this medium to appeal to the State government and security agents to always be proactive to respond quickly to this type of incident to save lives and property,” his statement read.


“However, I wish to condole with the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in these incidents and similar incidents in other parts of the State in recent times.


“It is devastating to always hear that in most of these incidents, attackers often operated for hours without any interference from security agents.


“Nevertheless, I wish to strongly advise that nobody should take the law into his or her hand as it is our hope and belief that government will protect the citizens as required by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


“Government and security agents should, however, try as much as possible to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to book in order to rekindle the hope of the people.


“I also appeal to the Government to beam its searchlight in those areas under attack to fish out the attackers who may be lurking around.


“And looking at the fire incident a few days ago, it appears that tanker explosions are becoming a continuous happenstance in Felele area of Lokoja which often led to the burning of innocent people beyond recognition.


“I want to appeal to the government to look into the state of the road and do the needful and also advise Drivers who convey fully loaded Tankers with petrol through the State capital to always take precaution and put the heavy-duty vehicles in good condition to avoid future occurrence,”Idris said

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu Donates 10bn Naira Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa



Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari today in Abuja, to update him and to thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.


Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of a N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.


According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.


In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria.

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Fayose Undergoes Major Neck Surgery




A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has gone under the knife.


The former Ekiti state governor had two major surgical operations within five months. One in February (neck) and another one earlier this week (back).

According to his associates, the surgeries are results of the attack on him during the 2018 Ekiti governorship election.


This newspaper recalls that in July 2018, dozens of armed police officers barricaded a venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally, close to the Ekiti Government House.


Videos of the incident showed the police using tear gas to disperse the PDP supporters, including the then state governor, Fayose, who was also affected by the police action.

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