Northern Elders Forum has warned that some of the measures being taken by some state governments will compound the desperate conditions of living of many communities in the north.
The forum pointed out that measures such as suspension of markets, restrictions on sale of petrol, closure of schools and some roads, declaration of curfews, and restriction on movement of cattle and the Federal Government’s plans to restrict communication will only do more harm to the people.
This was contained in a statement signed by Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Director, Publicity and Advocacy of Northern Elders Forum and made available to journalists in Abuja,
The organisation said it was closely monitoring the condition of many Northern communities “that have become particularly vulnerable to attacks and abuse by bandits, kidnappers and related organized criminals.”
The Forum said that the government should not stop at imposing this restrictions, demanding that “those who have powers to impose them also have clear ideas over what they could achieve and when.”
The group pointed out that these measures bring about virtual economic and social lockdowns on people who had been at the mercy of criminals for a long time.
“Unless they are accompanied by an aggressive and effective assault on the banditry and kidnapping industry, they will merely add to the misery and hopelessness of our communities,” the statement added.
“Worse, they could further embolden the bandits and the kidnappers when it becomes clear that governments and security agencies cannot go beyond lockdowns on communities.
“Communities themselves will lose even more faith in the capacity of the Nigerian State to respond to their desperate circumstances.
“The perception that communities are on their own must never be allowed to take deeper roots, but it will, when people see only the bandit and the kidnapper winning.
“The Forum calls on the federal government to assist States to relieve communities that are now living under additional pressures.
“State governments imposing additional hardships on communities must know that the measures they are introducing must produce tangible results within a period that makes them meaningful and tolerable.”
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
EFCC Bursts Internet Fraudsters Hideout, Arrests 22
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, has arrested 22 “Yahoo Boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were identified as Akintunde Ibrahim Olajide, Yusuf Taiye Afeez, Jimoh Idris Okikiola, Adeyemo Wariz Adegoke, Ademola Olalekan Saheed, Anif Abayomi Busayo, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobi, Ajadi Opeyemi Damilola.
Others include, Peter Akanji Blessing,Olaoluwa Felix Oguniran, Agbei Shola Peter, Toheeb Adeagbo Tola, Ajayi Akinyinka Umar, Ibrahim Opeyemi Ishola, Samson Shonubi Oluwafemi, Oki Kayode Oluwadunsi, Durosamo Temitope Dickson, Akinremi Ridwan Abiodun, Ahmed Ogunyele and Olawore Ridwan Olalekan.
They were apprehended during an operation at their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
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The Commission said twenty of the 22 suspects have been indicted by investigation.
It added that they would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Six Parties Ready To Merge, Contest Against APC, PDP – Moghalu
A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu has claimed that at least six political parties have indicated their interest to merge and form a mega party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu stated this when he hosted Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.
The ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who recently defected to the ADC, also called on Nigerians to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
DAILY POST quoted him him: “We hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be,” Moghalu said.
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