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Gunmen kill 7 IDPs in Taraba

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Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, on Saturday, killed about  seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and injured scores when  they invaded Kortse village, in Gassol local government area of Taraba State.

According to an eyewitness, the IDPs, who only recently returned to their homes following directives of the state governor, Darius Ishaku, were ambushed on their way to a rice farm near a popular fish pond in the area, 5 kilometers away from Dan-Anacha town, the commercial hub of the local government.

One of the survivors, Mrs Esther Kumashenge, whose two sons Ushahemba Kumashenge and Sughter Kumashenge were killed in the attack, told Sunday Tribune that the attackers were from the house of one Alhaji Nyako.

“On sighting them, we started running but their targets were the men among us and they faced them squarely, shooting and cutting them with cutlasses. They would have killed all of us if they wanted because we were helpless,” she said.

Esther Kumashenge explained that many of the injured were receiving treatment at a private hospital in Dan-Anacha and First Referral Hospital in Mutum-Biyu.

Confirming the incident, Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP, Joseph Kwaji told journalists that unidentified gunmen attacked six families while they were fishing in Kortse village near Dan-Anacha and killed two persons, while others ran for their dear lives.

Kwaji said the police combed the area immediately on receiving information about the attack but could not find the attackers, adding that two corpses were recovered and handed over to their families for burial.

This is the third time in less than two weeks that IDPs returnees in Taraba are coming under attack despite Governor Darius Ishaku’s directive that traditional rulers in areas affected by the prolonged crisis in the state should ensure safe return of the IDPs to their homes.

Some traditional rulers in the state were allegedly said to have compromised the security situation in their domains, leading to the governor’s recent directive.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra

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Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari

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The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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