Insecurity: Nigerian women abandon gold jewellery to dissuade criminals

By News Agency of Nigeria The rising spate of insecurity, especially armed robbery, kidnapping and banditry has affected Nigerians’ attitude to life as everyone struggles to survive crimes gradually becoming part of daily life. Kidnapping for ransom appears to be more scary as most Nigerians now live in fear of falling victims of the criminal elements. True to type, Nigerians are devising different ways to survive the challenges and vagaries of this new life with women, traditionally known to be the major patrons of gold jewellery, changing their attitude to…

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‘Zamfara, only State without a functional TV station’ ― Govt

Zamfara State Commissioner for Information, Alh Ibrahim Dosara has said the state governor, Bello Matawalle is working to ensure Zamfara State owns a functional television station. The commissioner, who made the declaration in a press conference in Kaduna at the weekend, said, “The most disturbing issue to His Excellency is that the state remains the only state in Nigeria without a functional television station. The government of His Excellency made giant efforts to overcome the problem. “I am happy to inform you that TV equipment worth millions of naira has…

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Banks lift blockage of USSD transactions on MTN

Commercial banks have reconnected MTN customers earlier denied access to the unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) payment channels. This happened after the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, announced the decision to revert discount offered to banks on airtime sales to 4.5 percent commission after it was reduced to 2.5 percent by the telco. The mobile network operator (MNO) had reduced banks’ commission from an average of 3.5 percent to 2.5 percent, this led to a disagreement between MTN and commercial banks. During the blockage,…

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Kaduna: el-Rufa’i denies appointing intermediaries to negotiate with bandits

Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has said he did not appoint anybody to negotiate with bandits on his or the government’s behalf. This was made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, yesterday debunking a report in the media suggesting that the government had appointed representatives to interface with the bandits on its behalf. To this end, the State government said there was nothing like that, saying “the position of the Kaduna State government remains the same”, adding that anyone…

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7 Northern traders shot dead in Imo

Seven traders of northern extraction are reported to have been murdered . Our correspondent gathered that the victims were killed in separate shooting incidents in Orlu town and Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area between Friday and Saturday. Narrating the incident to newsmen, an eyewitness, Harisu Umaru Ishiaku, said that the killers, dressed in Military uniform, stormed the Afor Umuaka market around 8:30 pm and attacked the victims, saying four of the victims who are within the age bracket of 45 years and 30 years have lived in the area…

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‘Nigeria moved out of recession earlier than expected’ – World Bank

The World Bank has disclosed that Nigeria made an early exit out of recession than projected in its October 2020 forecast for sub-Saharan Africa. This disclosure was made by the bank in its latest Africa Pulse Report for April 2021 titled: ‘Covid-19 and the Future of Work in Africa: Emerging Trends in Digital Technology Adoption’. The Bank said Nigeria’s oil sector weakened in the fourth quarter of 2020 despite an increase in oil prices. Recall that Nigeria had slid into its worst economic recession in over three decades (33 years)…

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Easter: “Our unity is Nigeria’s strength”, says House Speaker, Gbajabiamila tells Nigerians

…’Pray for peace to return’ – Atiku  The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged Nigerians, especially Christians, to use the 2021 Easter season to pray for the country. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled: ‘Easter: Let’s pray for Nigeria, Unite for Our Progress, Gbajabiamila Urges’. According to him, despite the challenges facing the country, there will be light at the end of the tunnel, hence the need for prayers now…

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“Elites plotting to divide Nigeria”, Senate President, Lawan alleges

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday accused elites of being behind secession agitations in parts of Nigeria. Lawan made the allegation while speaking to journalists in his home town Gashua, according to a statement by his Special Assistant (Press), Ezrel Tabiowo, in Abuja. He further disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari would later this month present a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to request for more funds to tackle insecurity. According to him, those behind the minority agitations were disgruntled elites bent on satisfying their self-serving interest to the detriment of…

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‘Nigeria may break up because of you’ — Umahi tells Fulani herders

Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, has warned that the continuous attacks by Fulani herders against their host communities could eventually lead to the disintegration of the country. Umahi, who has been under intense pressure to resign following recent kiIIings in his State, said he is saddened by the situation and demanded that urgent steps be taken by the Buhari administration to stem the tide. “We feel so sad that this kind of thing should happen in Ebonyi state; we feel so worried for our country Nigeria”, the governor stated. He…

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‘There is no unity in fight against insecurity in Nigeria’ – ECWA

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has stated that there is no unity in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria. Recall that the North-West geo-political zone and other parts of the country have witnessed invasion of communities by bandits while the North-East has suffered attacks from Boko Haram insurgents. In a statement released on behalf of the church, ECWA President, identified as Stephen Panya, urged the government to improve on efforts to tackle insecurity. “With the seeming inability of the Federal Government to deal decisively with the heightened insecurity across…

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