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Nothing Wrong In Dialoguing With Bandits – FG

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The federal government has maintained that there is nothing wrong in dialoguing with bandits.

Last Wednesday, gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi LGA of Niger state, and kidnapped several students, members of staff, and some members of their families.

Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger, had noted that his government is doing everything to rescue the victims, including facilitating negotiations with the bandits.

While speaking during a radio programme monitored by NAN on Sunday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, responded to Nigerians who had spoken against the strategy of dialoguing with criminals.

Lai stated that nothing is wrong in dialoguing with bandits, as long as the ultimate objective is to make peace.

“After war, people still sit to dialogue. So if some people have taken it upon themselves to visit these people so that they can embrace peace, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” the minister explained.

Speaking further, he noted that the federal government will not pay any ransom to secure the release of abductees of GSC Kagara.

He also denied that ransom was paid to secure the release of over 300 children abducted in Kankara, Katsina state.

On the herders-farmers crisis in parts of the country, Lai said the government is taking steps to address it.

He said the steps include plans for intensive cattle-rearing to ensure that cattle rearing and crop farming don’t conflict.

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Bandits Invade Nigerian Army Cadet Training School In Kaduna

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The cadets were undergoing training for the young officers course, company commanders course and commanding officers course.

Officer cadets of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) in Jaji, Kaduna State came under fire from bandits on Tuesday, military sources told Peoples Gazette.

An unconfirmed number of assailants, suspected to be cattle rustlers, ran into students of Tactics Wing, NASI, during ‘Exercise Wazobia’ — a rigorous military drill at Labar camp and opened fire, sources said.

“The armed escort responded with high volume of fire and the bandits escaped in disarray,” a source told the Gazette Wednesday morning.

The Gazette learnt that a soldier, who sustained gunshot wounds in the attack, was promptly evacuated to a medical facility in the state for treatment.

The Gazette could not immediately ascertain if the officer cadets undergoing military courses ranging from young officers course (YOC), company commanders course (CCC) and commanding officers course (COC) will resume combat training at the volatile camp or relocate to another exercise ground.

An army spokesman did not return multiple requests for comments.

Military authorities have repeatedly assured of ongoing efforts to intensify the onslaught against bandits and neutralise the activities of cattle rustlers in Kaduna and other disturbed parts of northern Nigeria.

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Governor Fayemi Appoints Adeoye Convid-19 Ambassador

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The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has appointed Mr. Femi Adeoye as Convid-19 ambassador for exhibiting exemplary leadership and good conduct in the fight against the spread of corona virus in the country.

You would recall that Mr. Adeoye had in viral video insisted that his son who sneaked from Lagos despite the lockdown and find his way to Ekiti state should be taken to isolation centre for 14days.

In a letter titled; “commendation for exmplary conduct”, dated April 30, 2020, the Governor appointed Mr. Femi Adeoye as Convid-19 ambassador for exhibiting show of valour in the on-going fight against Convid-19 pandemic.

“I am pleased to let you know that the state is very proud of your conduct which elevated the collective well-being of the state above your undeniable love for your dear son.

“In accordance with the regulations, denying your son entry into your household having travelled from a place under the Federal lockdown against your fatherly advice, you have proved to be a worthy ambassador of our collective resolve to this pandemic,” Governor Fayemi said.

The Governor further stressed that the government and the people of Ekiti State are proud of the chivalrous act of courage exhibited by Mr. Adeoye.

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Coronavirus: Lagos Enforces Rules On Social Gathering

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The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency alongside the Lagos State Safety Commission has started enforcing the new rules on social gatherings. The rules state that there should be no gathering of more than 50 people at religious centres, clubs, bars, lounges, etc.

LASEPA has therefore sealed of Prime Mall and Mega One Plaza for violating the rules. See pictures below.

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