…State Government Responsible For Series Of Attacks – Osagie
A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to call national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to order, alleging that he is responsible for all the violence in the state.
Factional Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Joseph Osagiede, while addressing newsmen in Benin on Monday, alleged that Oshiomhole “is hell-bent on pushing the state to the state of anarchy wherein state of emergency would be declared.”
He said the the National Chairman wouldn’t have tolerated all the “violence and lawlessness in his usual bravado and egocentric style of operation” if he were to be governor of the state.
He added, “It appears Comrade Oshiomhole is hell-bent on pushing Edo State to the precipice with the intention of creating the impression that law and order has effectively broken down in the state, so the state of emergency will be declared by the authorities.”
While alleging that the national chairman and his followers were responsible for series of attacks in the state of recent, Osagiede who loyal to Governor Obaseki, accused Oshiomhole of repeatedly disregarding the state government and other authorities concerned order, alleging that his action has “caused disruptions that have led to bodily harm to citizens.”
He continued, “The issues took another turn for the worst at the weekend when he along his lieutenants in the proscribed Edo Peoples Moment (EPM) resorted to the use of explosives and other dangerous weapons in some parts of the state, thereby endangering the lives of law-abiding citizens.”
Reacting to the allegations on behalf of Oshiomhole, a chieftain of the party, Samson Osagie, described Osagiede and the state givernment as “confused and irrational in taking their thoughts and actions to blame Oshiomhole for everything they have caused.”
While wondering why the state government gone so low in logic by thinking that Oshiomhole was responsible for all the attacks in the state, the former House of Representatives member alleged that the state government is responsible for the attacks recently in the state.
“The truth of the matter is that I do not know how they decided to put logic on its head, as the Governor who is realtor the security of life and properties has decided to blame other persons rather than itself.
“He has threatened time without number on violence over time and the state government is moving around to accuse those who are being attacked for being responsible for the attacks.
“Governor Obaseki and the state government at the moment have been so confused and irrational in taking their thoughts and actions to blame Oshiomhole for everything they have caused.
“Suffice it to say that Oshiomhole or those supporting him in every of their public statements have not issued threats, so the state government and itself are the ones responsible for the attacks and the public is aware of this”, he added.
100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month
The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.
Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.
He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.
Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.
According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.
“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”
“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement
“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”
The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.
He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.
INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.
Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.
He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.
”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.
”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.
”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.
Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48
The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.
Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.
According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”
Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.
He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.
He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.
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