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Mohammed Urges Police To Rid Kwara Of Criminals

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Mohammed Urges Police To Rid Kwara Of Criminals

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on the Nigeria Police Force to redouble its effort towards ridding Kwara State of criminals and miscreants.

The Minister, who made the call at the commissioning of an ultra-modern Mobile Police Barracks built by the Offa Community in Kwara State on Thursday, said recent events have shown that hoodlums and miscreants are still very much active in the state.

“With what Offa people have done today, they have given you (the police) the necessary support to rid not just Offa but the entire Kwara State of hoodlums, cultists, armed robbers and all undesirables.

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The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Commissioner of Police in charge Mobile Police Force, Lawal Jimeta and the Kwara State Police Commissioner, Bashir Makama, when the Oba formally handed over an ultra-modern Mobile Police Barracks built by the Offa Community to the Nigeria Police Force in Offa, Kwara State, on Thursday.

“This is a call to duty and I want to call on the police in Kwara State to redouble their effort in ensuring that Kwara State is safe for all,” he said, adding that this was necessary to create a secure and peaceful atmosphere for development to thrive in the state.

“Those who witnessed what happened a few days ago in the state will agree with me that cultists, hoodlums, hooligans and brigands are still very much active in Kwara State,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said it has become expedient for the police to act now and secure the environment, especially in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.

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“You must please ensure that every citizen of this state is free to cast his vote and that his vote will not only be counted but his vote will count, and the only way you can assure us of this is by ensuring that you rid the state of all criminal elements before elections,” he said.

The Minister commended the Offa community for providing a befitting barracks for the Mobile Police Force in the town, in view of the series of robberies in the area, especially the April 5, 2018 attack that left 33 people dead.

The Inspector General of Police, who was represented by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Mobile Police, Mr. Lawal Jimeta, said the Squadron Base was strategically located to check violent crime in Offa and the adjourning states of Ekiti, Osun and Kogi.

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The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, said the community spent N700 million to build the Mobile Police Barracks within six months.

The barracks boasts of one 3-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom flats, as well as an Administrative block, an Armoury, a Guard House and a Communication Room, among other facilities.

Offa witnessed multiple robberies on 5 April, leading to the death of 31 people, including nine policemen.

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Buhari Condemns Killing Of Christian Youths In Gombe

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Buhari Decries Killing Of Christian Youths In Gombe

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the killings of those Christian youths by the Nigerian policeman who was accused of intentionally ramming his vehicle into them in Gombe while on their Easter Sunday procession.

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The president also expressed sadness over the reprisal killing of the law enforcement officials allegedly responsible for the tragic incident.

In a statement on Monday, the president described the violent actions as “very unfortunate,” and extended condolences to the families of the victims.  He also wished the injured speedy recovery.

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Along with the Christian Association of Nigeria, Gombe chapter, and the state government, the president appealed for calm.  He also decried reckless driving, as well as what he called “quick resort to self-help and mob action.”

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Nigeria’s Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% – Minister

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Nigeria's Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% - Minister

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said Nigeria’s borrowing still stands at 19 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  She said this level is low compared to debt levels in Ghana, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Angola.

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The minister also said there is no plan to remove fuel subsidy. She said the International Monetary Fund merely advised the federal government to remove fuel subsidy but assured Nigerians fuel subsidy removal plans are not even being considered at this time.

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On the question of the country’s debt level, the minister said Nigeria’s borrowing is still at 19 per cent of GDP.  She said this is still within the country’s fiscal responsibility act which allows a maximum of 25 per cent of GDP.

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The minister said Nigeria has the lowest level of borrowing compared to other countries.

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Sanwo-Olu Expresses Confidence In Election Petition Tribunal

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Sanwo-Olu Expresses Confidence In Election Petition Tribunal

Lagos state governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed confidence he will be victorious at the Lagos State gubernatorial electoral petition tribunal.

The governor-elect expressed the optimism when he visited the tribunal to sign responses to two petitions challenging his victory in the march governorship election in Lagos.

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His victory is being challenged by chief Owolabi Salis of the Alliance for Democracy, and professor Ifagbemi Awamaridi of the Labour Party.

Sanwo-Olu said the tribunal will find that the challenges to his victory were without merit because Lagosians went out and voted in large numbers and made their choice.  With him at the tribunal was deputy governor-elect, Obafemi Hamzat.

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