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EndSARS: Edo State declares 24-hour curfew

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EndSARS: Edo State declares 24-hour curfew

The Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state until further notice.

The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, October 19, 2020.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, on Monday.

The statement read in part, “This decision has become necessary because of the very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protesters.

“While the government of Edo State respects the rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit idly when hoodlums have taken laws into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the state.

“By the directive, schools and businesses are to shut down activities accordingly. Those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4pm till calmness is restored.

“Parents are advised to rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

“The responsibility of government is to protect lives and property and maintain law and order, therefore, anyone found outside in violation of the curfew would be dealt with according to the law.”

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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Monday Monday 7th January 2018

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES MONDAY 8TH JANUARY, 2018:

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Buhari orders background checks on judges designate

FG evacuates 481 trafficked Nigerians from Libya

Fuel scarcity: Senate invites PPPRA, Customs, NPA, others

$1.1bn Malabu scam: Six months after, Jonathan ignores Reps invitation

14 power plants shut, hydro generation improves

Nigerian banks stop ATM cash withdrawal abroad

New minimum wage ready this year, says Ngige

Police detain woman for interfering in INEC official’s affairs

Web hosting: Nigeria risks losing N21.8bn to other nations

59 victims of Benue killings get mass burial Thursday

Aare Ona Kakanfo’s inauguration rites begin Wednesday

Appeal court sacks Ondo monarch

PDP visits Katsina emir

Kogi dismisses 1,774 workers, sacks eight perm secs

We’ll recall defected federal lawmaker, says Ondo PDP

Two feared dead as police, Shi’ites clash in Kaduna

Fire razes Katsina LG secretariat

Policeman accused of killing son over missing money

The Nation
Govt to rehabilitate returnees from Libya, says Buhari

My son remains stable in hospital, says Aisha Buhari

Osinbajo: Govt’s burden is to defend territorial integrity, rights

Security agents gun down January 1 killings suspect

Govt protests harassment of Nigerians in Libya

Buratai: Boko Haram insurgents defeated

No hiding place for rice smugglers, says Customs

NSE begins direct flow of information to stock market

Dickson to visit Adedoja next week

Rep urges Fayemi to join Ekiti race

NUT begins strike over teachers’ sack in Kaduna

Osun APC to PDP: your criticism of Aregbesola faulty

Kogi sacks 1,667 civil servants for certificate fogery

Kogi medical doctors begin strike

UI alumni target N100m for alma mater

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Russia 2018: Super Eagles shouldn’t be mere spectator, Buhari tells Dalung

Don’t politicize herdsmen killings, Osinbajo warns Nigerians

Benue Killings: FG, Security Agencies‘ve Abandoned Us – Ortom

Strike: SSANU, NASU, NAAT Remain Adamant, Demand N66bn

Akwa Ibom Govt Is Pursuing A Private Sector Driven Industrialisation Agenda — Udoh

Oshoala Demands More Matches For Falcons

Stock Market: 14 Companies Raise N340bn In Rights Issue Boom —Lafarge Africa,Unilever, 3 Others Lead With 94%

Uncertainty As CBN Rattles Interbank With N422bn Liquidity Mop Up

FirstBank Unveils N15bn Facility, Educational Solutions For Schools

NIRSAL Deploys Field Support For CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme

Kidnapped Edo Rev Sisters, 3 other Catholics regain freedom

Ogun Police kill robber in Sagamu-Ore Road gun battle

4 girls drown in Jigawa pond while searching for firewood

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May it turn out a very beautiful and fruitful day for you!

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Benue Killings Going Beyond My Powers – Gov. Ortom

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Benue Killings Going Beyond My Powers – Gov. Ortom

The governor of Benue state, north-central, Nigeria, Samuel Ortom, says the killings in his state by Fulani Herdsmen is going out of his power.

Governor Ortom who made this comment in an interview with Vanguard newspaper warned that though he has consistently told the people of the state not to take the law into their hands, he is losing control of the people because of the persistent killing of innocent women and children by Fulani herdsmen.

The herdsmen had attacked communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state between Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2, killing not less than twenty (20) people, including nine livestock guards.

Giving reasons for the attack in an interview with BBC Pidgin, a leader of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders in the state, Garus Gololo said the herdsmen were only defending themselves from thieves, adding that over 1000 cows were stolen at Nengere, a community in the state when the herdsmen were moving out of Benue to Taraba state.

Reacting to the development in an interview with Vanguard Governor Ortom said: “You can see that it is getting beyond me. Even when there was protest against the recent killings in Makurdi, and I went there, there was massive resistance. It became violent and it is even God that saved us. I would have been attacked.

“When I came into office, there was proliferation of arms and ammunition in the state. I declared an amnesty programme that saw massive retrieval of arms from our youths. I pleaded with them that the way to develop is not by taking the laws into their hands but by obeying the laws. I have resisted the temptation to say that our people should protect themselves because I trusted the president. I believed that he has the capacity to protect us. But from what is happening, I am sure some people around him are frustrating our communication with him and the actions to be taken. Otherwise, the president I know will not allow this kind of thing to be happening. We have not committed any offence.

“We have no regret passing the anti-open grazing law. The law came as a necessity because of the killings in Benue State by the herdsmen. We sought peaceful ways of resolving the matter but we could not. We tried everything under the sun to ensure that we stopped these killings but it was not possible so we prayed and God gave us wisdom to enact that law, which gives protection to the farmers and the herdsmen. We have not sent cattle rearers away from Benue, we are simply saying there are modern ways of rearing cattle, which is to ranch them. With that, farmers can go their legitimate ways of doing their business and those who are rearing cattle can also continue. I am surprised at the resistance of the herders.” ‘I can’t preside over dead people, campaigns suspended’ Asked if the recent killings had made the job of campaigning for an APC presidency more difficult, the governor reiterated that he has suspended all political activities until the killing of innocent people in the state is stopped.

“I have suspended everything about campaigns and all that, even for myself. Yes, I am contesting in 2019 but I don’t want to be campaigning for now. I cannot campaign for myself or any other person until this matter is resolved. I cannot preside as governor over dead people. The lives of my people come first before politics. In fact, I have decided that I am not going to engage in any political activity, whether for myself or for anybody until this matter is resolved. I cannot be talking about 2019 when my people are being killed. If I win, will I preside over dead bodies? If that will make other people to take the governorship from me, so be it. I must not be governor,” he said.

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PDP Sweeps Delta Poll … “This Is A Big Sham” – APC Rejects Result

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PDP Sweeps Delta Poll … “This Is A Big Sham” – APC Rejects Result

Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner in twenty-three (23) out of the twenty-five (25) local government areas of Delta State in Saturday’s council elections.

This was disclosed by the chairman of Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC), Mike Ogbodu, who announced results on Sunday, January 7 in Asaba, the state capital.

Ogbodu said elections were postponed in Ethiope East and Ughelli North areas due to reports of violence which resulted in the burning of the DSIEC office in Ughelli, adding that election in the two council areas will be held on Tuesday, January 9.

“Following the completion of collation and counting of results from the chairmanship and councillorship elections held last Saturday across the state, I wish to announce that the PDP won the chairmanship elections in 23 local government areas,” he said.

“Election in Ethiope East and Ughelli North were postponed due to reports of hostility that were deemed not suitable for the conduct of elections.

“However, the Commission wishes to announce that chairmanship and councillorship elections in the two local councils will now hold on Tuesday, January 9, 2018”, Ogbodu said.

The DSIEC Chairman said PDP also won 424 councillorship seats across the state, adding that 59 councillorship candidates of the PDP were returned unopposed.

Ogbodu said councillorship elections could also not hold in Ward 2 and Ward 4 in Oshimili North local government area because of a court order restraining the conduct of elections there.

The DSIEC Chairman said the main opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) won one councillorship seat in Ward 2, Aniocha North local government area.

Meanwhile, the Delta state APC has rejected the result, describing the conduct of the election and subsequent results as a “big sham”.

The State chairman of the APC, Jones Erue, expressed the party’s position in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday.

Erue also alleged that the election was conducted without substantial compliance with relevant laws.

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