Worried by the incessant insecurity challenges and the threat it poses to life and economic development in country, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), weekend, called on South South governors to establish a regional security architecture in the Niger Delta
In a communique issued at the end of the a expanded national executive committee meeting of the PANDEF which held in Benin, they said it is imperative to set up a regional security in a bid to mitigate insecurity in Niger Delta areas.
The communique signed by the National Chairman, PANDEF, Idongesit Nkanga, who commended the South West governors for their resolute to establishing a regional security architecture codenamed “Amotekun”, noted that they are ready with a regional security blueprint and would submit it to the governors as they meet.
Part of the communique read, “Therefore urge the South-South Governors to as a matter of urgency meet and organise a similar regional security and development initiative, as the Niger Delta region is under existential threat,”.
They also called on Governors of South South region to reactivate the Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta (BRACED) Commission to fast track socio-economic development in the region.
Other resolutions adopted include: pleaded with the federal government to begin constructive dialogue process on the restructuring of the country to guarantee harmonious and peaceful coexistence.
They further called on the federal and state government to take urgent steps to address the dearth of infrastructure in the region, particularly the completion of East-West road as well as the commencement of work on the coastal and railway from Lagos to Calabar.
Earlier, Solomon Arase, chairman PANDEF Edo state chapter, reiterated the forum’s commitment to fostering unity, peace and sustainable development in Edo state area of the Niger Delta region.
The former Inspector General of Police who was represented by the vice chairman, Sunny Idubor proposed
some development ideas to help check youth restiveness, crime and idleness.
Some of the points he suggested are resuscitation of moribund manufacturing industries in the state such as Bendel breweries, Bendel Pharmaceuticals, Okpella cement factory, Ewu feed/flour mill, Michelin/Parmo plantations and Edo textile mill; Sports development, certification of Artisans, among others.
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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