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Assault On Member: Rights Group Demands Aresst, Presecution Of Perpetrators

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… Wants Edo Gov, Benin Monarch To Intervene On Resuscitation Of Proscribed CDA

Following assult on one of its members which was allegedly masterminded by one Etinosa Ighodaro, rights group, Edo Civil Society Organizations (EDOCSO), Tuesday, June 23, demanded, as matter of urgency, arrest and prosecution of the aforementioned and his activities by Edo State Government.

The group also appealed to the Oba Benin, Ewuare II, to interrogate the activities of Ighodaro who happens to be youth leader of one Iyowa community, and if possible strip him of the office which the group alleged he (Ighodaro) has subjected to abuse.

Addressing the press on the activities of Ighodaro, Coordinator-General, EDOCSO, Leftist Omobude Agho, said with the activities of Ighodaro and his cohorts, he foresee a rebirth of Community Development Association (CDA) which has been long proscribed by the Oba of Benin.

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According to Agho, the group received a petition from one Iguikhimwin community over a lingering boundary crisis with Iyowa community for a peaceful resolution in order for it not to escalate to violence and possible blood bath.

He noted that after informing the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Monday Osaigbovo, a meeting was organised by the group between the two communities with a view to broker peace in the area but unfortunately Ighodaro and his men, in one of the meetings, unleashed mayhem with dangerous weapons on some members of the other community and one of its members.

Leftist Omobude Agho, Coordinator-General EDOCSO (middle), addressing the press while his exco members watch

He said, ” It was agreed in a last meeting that representatives of the two communities, the Commissioner and members of EDOCSO are to go back to the area under dispute and map out the extent of encroachment and other on-the-spot findings for further action.”

Agho continues, ” All party were present. Not sooner than the aforementioned representatives converge on the disputed area with the representative of the Commissioner who was unavoidable absent that Etinosa Ighodaro who is the youth leader (Okaighele) of Iyowa community and his thugs started to unleash mayhem on Iguikhimwin community members and human rights present with sporadic gunshot from assorted caliber weapons and the use of other dangerous weapons.”

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While noting that the Commissioner representatives was lucky to have narrowly escaped attack by Ighodaro and his thugs on that faithful day, the Coordinator-General said their member, Comrade Aimuamwonsa Igbinomwanhia, and three members from the other community were unlucky as they were allegedly attacked, adopted and whisked away by their captors.

Agho lamented that due to injuries sustained by his members during adoption and beating the Comrade is currently battling with series of life threatening health challenges, just has he (Agho) threatened to take the battle to “Ighodaro and his thugs for the liberation of others that his has kept in bondage for years.”

The assaulted member of the group

The Coordinator-General further emphasized the need to arrest, investigate and prosecute Ighodaro and his armed thugs for alleged possession of firearms, and the unprovoked attack on his member, whom according to him was part of a resolution team.

He further appealed to Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, to prevail on Ighodaro to allow proper constitution of a community leadership that will comprise odionwere and elders council.

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Contacted on phone, Ighodaro denied him sending thugs to unleash mayhem, just as he said, “I am not a party to that.”

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He continues, “I am a peace loving person, and I cannot do that. Anyone involves in that act should be arrested and prosecuted. I am not a party to that which you are saying.”

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PICTORIAL: Rep Gifts Daughter SUV For Graduating From Secondary School, Netizens React

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A member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Yusuf Gagdi, has gifted his daughter, Aisha, a new Sport Utility Vehicle as a gift on her graduation from a secondary school, Lead British International School Abuja.

Aisha was said to have excelled in her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, and to mark the achievement, her father surprised her with the luxury vehicle.

Sharing pictures from the graduation ceremony on Instagram on Saturday, Gagdi wrote, “Today, I attended my amazing daughter’s graduation ceremony. Watching you, my dear daughter, walk across that stage fills my heart with immense pride and love.

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“I celebrate your achievements and the strength you’ve shown. Here’s to a future filled with endless possibilities and happiness.
Congratulations, my shining star!”

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On Sunday, Gagdi further shared a report by #northern_trending_ on Instagram, which confirmed that he surprised her with a car gift.

The report partly read, “To celebrate her graduation and great performance in JAMB, her father surprised her with a gift of a car.”

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The lawmaker’s gesture has generated mixed reactions on social media, with some praising his generosity and others criticising the extravagant gift amidst Nigeria’s economic challenges.

One Yusuf tweeting as #kubcy17 on X.com wrote, “Absolute nonsense and rubbish in this trying time. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi doesn’t have a single respect for the people of his constituency.”

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Haidar, tweeting as #AliyumuazuIbra2, wrote, “It’s not surprising to see that a car, which even university graduates and professors dream of owning, is given as a gift to a secondary school graduate.

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“If she completes university, she might receive a private jet or a personal yacht as a gift.”

Some others, however, stood on the side of the lawmaker.

#Uthmann__ wrote on X.com, “Hon. Gagdi only displayed the car he gifted to his daughter after graduation from secondary school.

“People celebrate their children according to their pockets. This is nothing new in Abuja. And this is even a gift from dad to his daughter.”

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Sen. Buba To Empower 130 Youth On Crop, Animal Production In Bauchi

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Sen. Shehu Buba, representing Bauchi South at the Senate has selected nothing less than 130 youth to be trained and empowered on crop and animal production as well as agric extension services in Bauchi state.

Mr Mohammed Dahiru, one of the Programme Coordinators, stated this during the distribution of training forms to the selected youths in Bauchi on Saturday.

According to him, the youth were selected across the seven Local Government Areas of the Bauchi South Senatorial district the senator represents at the senate to fight food insecurity in the state.

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He said that the senator’s attention has diverted to agriculture where he thought it wise and mandated them to select 130 participants to be trained on both crops and animal production as well as Agric extension services.

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“They will be trained on crop production like rice, maize, soya beans and many others and there is also a portion of animal production which consists of the process of raising and breeding animals for various purposes such as meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products.

“At the end of the programme, they would be able to have a knowledge of farming in both crop and animal production, financial management of farming and they will also know how to farm some selective crops that are more predominant in the state and animals that are not predominantly reared in the state.

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“They will also know how to monitor and evaluate a particular farm and the safety precautions that are within the farming activities,” he said.

Also speaking with newsmen, Engr. Musa Idi, the second programme Coordinator, said after the training, each of the beneficiaries would be empowered with some farming equipment that consists of a solar powered spraying machine.

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“After giving them the empowerment materials, they will be given an allowance that would help them to start something.

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“With this, they would be able to start a small farming business and put what they have learned into practice.

“This is going to help them a lot as the move by the senator is a huge one geared toward eradicating poverty,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of others, Mohammed Ibrahim, lauded the senator for initiating the training and promised to make effective use of the training.

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NEDC Assures Adequate Development In Northeast Region

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The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has reiterated its resolve to leave no stone unturned to ensure adequate development in every part of the region.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Alkali, made the assurance on Saturday while on project inspection to monitor the level of progress of the projects embarked upon by NEDC in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi state.

According to him, the commission was ever ready to provide the necessary interventions to cushion the effect of hardship experienced by the people in the region as a result of insurgency and other disasters.

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Alkali, who also assured that NEDC had not skewed its interventions towards a particular state, said every state would continue to be treated equally as far as development is concerned.

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He however, expressed displeasure at the pace of work with the contractor handling the construction of some structures at the National Obstetrics Fistula Center, Ningi and summoned him to Maiduguri, the Headquarters of the commission for explanations.

The Managing Director, added that this became necessary as the Commission needed to know what was causing the delay in the completion of the projects.

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He further expressed the desire of the commission to see that the facilities were put to use as soon as possible, saying that NEDC was desirous to see that both the Surgical ward and the skills acquisition centre were equipped in order to facilitate treatment and rehabilitation of the patients.

Alkali also lauded the Management of the Centre for providing adequate care to the parents and reiterating that the NEDC would always support the Centre in order to meet up to the objectives of its establishment.

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