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Benue, Taraba set up joint peace committee

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku on Tuesday announced the setting up of a Joint Benue-Taraba Peace Committee to monitor potential threats to peace along the border communities of the two states.

Consequently, a joint military-police patrol is to be drafted from the two states to intensify security surveillance at the border areas.

These were part of resolutions contained in a communique issued at the end of the joint Benue-Taraba security meeting held at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi. Ortom read the communique on behalf of his Taraba State counterpart and members of the security councils of the two states, which also in-volved traditional rulers.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting, the councils advocated the creation of ranches in designated areas as a long term measure to reduce conflict between farmers and herdsmen as well as encouraged peaceful coexistence among the two groups.

The two states also agreed to establish agroallied industries to absorb the teeming youths of the two states so as to discourage idleness.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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