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By Godson Ikpontu

Few hours ago, a Fulani Organization popularly known as Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation in collaboration with Coalition of Civil Societies in Nigeria have called for the dissolution of all regional security agencies in the country. The statement was issued during a world press Conference held in Abuja, where issues of insecurity, banditry, kidnapping and incessant killings were critically discussed.

Speaking during the opening speech, which was presented by Alh. Ardo Yusuf, the National President of Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation, he noted that the major objective of the World Press Conference and interactive session with Journalists was keenly targeted at providing sustainable solutions to the challenging situations faced in the nation's security structure. He further stressed on the quest for the reform and transformation of Fulani Communities so as to enable the promotion of peace and unity across Nigeria.

The Conference which was themed "State of Insecurity and Extra judicious Killings in Nigeria" witnessed the massive participation of NGOs, CSOs, Human Rights Activists, Media Organizations and other notable persons. Other speakers at the conference called for the immediate halt in the killings of Fulanis and other ethnic nationalities nationwide. They had also called on governments to redouble efforts in eliminating criminal elements that has distracted governance and continuously threatened the peace and unity of our country. 

In a concluding speech by an international media Consultant from the United States of America, he stated that Nigerians remains the problem of Nigeria. He says, "hunger is a political strategy, while food is a polical weapon". He therefore blamed the problems of the country on Nigerians, stressing that politics, religion and tribe must be reviewed so as to get things right.

Over the years, Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation has continue to champion proactive programs and initiatives to support the welfarism of Fulanis and other ethnic groups across Nigeria. It has remained a multidisciplined and multifaceted Organization, shouldered with the sole responsibility of sensitising, enlightening and orienting Fulani pastoralists groups. The Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation has remained commited in the encouragement of educational, economical, cultural, agricultural and infrastructures development across Nigeria and especially Fulani communities in the country.

By Godson Ikpontu

Few hours ago, a Fulani Organization popularly known as Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation in collaboration with Coalition of Civil Societies in Nigeria have called for the dissolution of all regional security agencies in the country. The statement was issued during a world press Conference held in Abuja, where issues of insecurity, banditry, kidnapping and incessant killings were critically discussed.

Speaking during the opening speech, which was presented by Alh. Ardo Yusuf, the National President of Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation, he noted that the major objective of the World Press Conference and interactive session with Journalists was keenly targeted at providing sustainable solutions to the challenging situations faced in the nation's security structure. He further stressed on the quest for the reform and transformation of Fulani Communities so as to enable the promotion of peace and unity across Nigeria.

The Conference which was themed "State of Insecurity and Extra judicious Killings in Nigeria" witnessed the massive participation of NGOs, CSOs, Human Rights Activists, Media Organizations and other notable persons. Other speakers at the conference called for the immediate halt in the killings of Fulanis and other ethnic nationalities nationwide. They had also called on governments to redouble efforts in eliminating criminal elements that has distracted governance and continuously threatened the peace and unity of our country. 

In a concluding speech by an international media Consultant from the United States of America, he stated that Nigerians remains the problem of Nigeria. He says, "hunger is a political strategy, while food is a polical weapon". He therefore blamed the problems of the country on Nigerians, stressing that politics, religion and tribe must be reviewed so as to get things right.

Over the years, Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation has continue to champion proactive programs and initiatives to support the welfarism of Fulanis and other ethnic groups across Nigeria. It has remained a multidisciplined and multifaceted Organization, shouldered with the sole responsibility of sensitising, enlightening and orienting Fulani pastoralists groups. The Wallidira Fulani Initiative for Peace and Orientation has remained commited in the encouragement of educational, economical, cultural, agricultural and infrastructures development across Nigeria and especially Fulani communities in the country.

A policeman has been confirmed killed as Shiites attack Abuja residents.

AbujaPress reports that the FCT Police Command has confirmed the death of a policeman during the violent protest by Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) aka Shiites in Abuja.

According to ASP Mariam Yusuf, Public Relations Officer, in a statement Friday night confirmed that calm has been restored calm at Berger roundabout.

The spokesperson noted that the Police were able to disperse the members after hours of violent riots.

Yusuf said the Shiites went on rampage, destroyed public property, attacked citizens and security operatives.

They used dangerous weapons such as clubs, cutlasses and sharp knives, the Police said.


"ASP Adama Ezekiel deployed to restore calm during the violent protest paid the supreme price as a result of the brutal attack where he was stabbed by one of the irate protesters", the statement read.

The Police arrested 49 members of the sect and have vowed to arraign them in court after conclusion of investigation.

The Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, has condoled with the family of the deceased officer.
 
Ciroma stated that the FCT Command will not condone further attacks on its personnel, equipment or other public property.


Despite assurances by the police authorities that the Abuja is safe, private schools in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, yesterday, hurriedly shut down their activities over fear of possible attack by kidnappers.

LEADERSHIP learnt that some schools hurriedly sent their students home when news got to them over 200 unidentified men suspected to be bandits were dropped by a truck in Sabon Wuse area of Niger State, a border town with Bwari, Abuja.

A source told LEADERSHIP that some private schools closed their schools with instructions to student to remain at home till further notice.
Some parents who do not want their identities revealed told our correspondent that the schools gave the instructions on various group WhatsApp platforms of the schools.

LEADERSHIP gathered that in the last two weeks, over ten persons have been kidnapped in Bwari area council with ransom of about N10million paid to secure their release

Last week, about seven persons were kidnapped in Sabon Fulani area of the council and about N5 million ransom was said to have been paid.
According to residents, the fear was heightened following the report that over 200 unknown persons were dropped from a truck in Sabon Wuse area.
A parent who spoke to LEADERSHIP said, "We were asked to come for our children in their school before the time they were supposed to close for the day.
"I don't know if they will be going to school tomorrow because we are still waiting for further directives from their school group WhatsApp platform", the parent, who does not want her identity revealed said.

Another parent told LEADERSHIP that there was specific instruction for students to remain at home until further notice from the school authorities.
"My children came back home before the usual closing hour. When I enquired, the school said there were reports that kidnappers had surrounded Bwari area council and they (school authorities) do not want to be responsible for any kidnapped student, hence the closure of the school.
"As we speak, the school has been shut down indefinitely," he said.


Some of the schools in Bwari area council that sent their students home yesterday for fear of possible attacks by kidnappers include De-Goopherwood Montessori School (close to Nigerian Law School), Glorious Bright School, Tundun Fulani and Asusi International School.

A parent, who has children at Glorious Bright School said she got a call from the school management to come and pick their children before the normal closing hour for fear of attacks by kidnappers. Another parent who has children at De-Goopherwood Montessori School also confirmed that his children closed before the normal closing hour.

According to her, the students were asked to go home after information got to them that there is a likelihood of a breach of security in Bwari.
LEADERSHIP learnt that Veritas University, in Bwari, has been closed down and students sent home.

According to a senior lecturer of the school, who said she was not authorised to speak with journalist, "The school was shut this morning by the vice chancellor. 'We received a circular that everyone should vacate the school by 11am today (yesterday). "

She said the students had been on holiday since last week but the academic staff and other staff were still going to school before the circular was sent out.
"Though the students were on holiday, we were still going to school until we got a circular today (yesterday) from the office of the Vice Chancellor that everyone should leave the campus", the source said.

Another polytechnic in the area also sent its student out of the hostel.

A 200-level student of Dorben Polytechnic, Bwari, told LEADERSHIP that the school authorities issued a circular asking the students to vacate the hostels and that henceforth they will holding lectures online.

The student who studies public administration at the polytechnic said all the student promptly complied with the directive and quit the hostels.
About three days ago, the FCT Police Command faulted information that the territory was under possible the attack of Boko Haram terrorists. The command had, in a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Yusuf Mariam, said, "The attention of the FCT Joint Security Team has been drawn to a viral publication in the social media purporting that the 'Federal Capital Territory is under the attack of Boko Haram Terrorists'.

"The Joint Security Team of the FCT wishes to refute the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT."

We're Monitoring Situation – Police

Meanwhile, following the social media report of invasion of Bwari axis of the FCT by suspected Boko Haram terrorist, bandits or kidnappers, the Nigeria Police have said they monitoring the situation.


Though the spokesperson of the police and the FCT PRO did not comment on the issue, a reliable senior police officer, who pleaded anonymity, told LEADERSHIP that the police management had deployed tactical teams which are monitoring the situation, but that there is no cause for alarm.
According to the source, the situation is very critical and the police are not taking it lightly.

There were reports on social media of invasion of Bwari by a group numbering about 800.

This led to report of closure of schools around the area fearing abduction as has been the case in recent times.

27 Abducted Kaduna Students Regain Freedom
Parents and family members of the kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State can now heave a sigh of relief after they were released by their abductors yesterday.

According to the chairman of the parents committee, Malam Abdullahi Usman, 27 of the students who were in the captivity of the abductors were released unharmed.

He said two of the students had escaped on the day they were abducted but that the parents chose to keep mute in other not to jeopardize the chances of securing the release of the remaining students.

Earlier, 10 of the students were released in two batches of five each after it was reported that ransom was paid.
When asked whether ransom was paid for the release of the 27 students, Usman declined to speak on it, stressing that the parents worked tirelessly, including reaching out to prominent persons to assist towards their release.

"We are indeed thankful to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Kaduna-based Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi among others for their roles towards the eventual release of the students.

"We also thank the journalists who helped to publicise our cries and worries, and Nigerians who encouraged and prayed with us for the safe release of our children. We are indeed grateful and pray that God will bless them all," he said.

The parents of the students had on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly in Abuja to protest the continued holding of their children in captivity and government's apparent indifference over their abduction.

The students, 39 in all, comprising of 23 females and 16 males, were abducted on March 11, 2021 from their school premises. Two of the students were said to have escaped from their abductors leaving 37 of the students, out of which ten of them were released before the final release of the balance of 27.

Meanwhile, the students were taken straight to the Kaduna Police command headquarters in two 18-seater buses, accompanied by an ambulance and nurses.
They looked emancipated and one of them could hardly work and had to be helped and later rushed to the hospital.


In a short address, the Commissioner Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan, who spoke to newsmen at the police headquarters in company of the police commissioner, said details will be given about the students today.

"Yes we can confirm that the students have been released as you can see, but details will be made available on Thursday. They will be taken for proper medical checkup now," he said.

Meanwhile the state government has confirmed that the Police Command had reported the release of the remaining students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Kaduna State.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, near Kaduna and congratulates their friends, families and the government and people of Kaduna State following the happy end to the saga.

"We are happy they have been released," says the President.

"We express our deep appreciation to all the actors who contributed one way or the other to this happy outcome," President Buhari said in a statement by his media aide,Garba Shehu, yesterday.

Don't Pay Ransom To Bandits, Obasanjo Warns
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday called on the federal government to stop payment of ransom to kidnappers and bandits, saying the practice is currently fueling the problem of insecurity in the country.

Obasanjo spoke while hosting members of the Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) led by Prof Zacharys Anger Gundu who visited him at his Pent House residence located within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He urged the Federal Government to evolve a more effective means of tackling insecurity, particularly the menace of kidnapping and other banditry currently ravaging the country rather than paying ransom to the bandits.

Obasanjo specifically advocated for a, "carrot and heavy stick" approach to fighting insecurity in Nigeria to a standstill, emphasizing that paying ransom to kidnappers further go a long way at encouraging banditry to flourish.

He also declared that those beating drums of division in Nigeria never meant well about the interest of the minority ethnic groups in the country.
Obasanjo told the YPG that leaders across all divides in the country must ensure the year 2023 general election birth the emergence of a new federation in Nigeria failure of which he said the country could be "sliding into ground dissolution".

Obasanjo, who bemoaned security challenges, said he does not believe in payment of ransom to kidnappers and banditry as it encouraged criminals indulging in the act.

He specifically noted that President Muhammadu Buhari's government and that of his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan had paid ransom to kidnappers and bandits, but denied it.

The former president however, insisted that the year 2023 general election must mark a watershed for Nigeria.

"I do believe that whatever else we do we have to make the year 2023 a watershed for Nigeria. The year 2023 should give us the beginning of emergence of a new federation or feeling that the rot continues and then, we are going to be sliding back to ground dissolution. God forbid", the former President said.

"Some people are still reaching out, and hoping that lives can still be saved. But a situation whereby anybody thinks paying ransom is the way out, that person is folly. He is a folly. This is because when you pay ransom, you encourage. But if you are not going to pay ransom, you must have the means to deal heavily with it. You must have the stick to deal with it.

"Government has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even during Jonathan (administration), they paid ransom, but they denied it".

"I believe that if we will get it right in Nigeria, any leader must look at Nigeria with the prism of the diversity of Nigeria. For as long as you look at Nigeria with the prism of your ethnic group, then you aren't going anywhere, either your ethnic group or religious group. But is there hope? There is hope".

Presenting a paper earlier, leader of the group, Prof Zacharys Anger Gundu told Obasanjo that, "blood is flowing in Benue State" following killings of the people allegedly by Fulanis and bandits.

He said people are being maimed in their sleep and on their ancestral land, calling on Obasanjo and other influential Nigerians to rise to the occasion to stem the tide of killings.

While alleging skewed security architecture, Gundu said "Nigeria seems to be losing the battle against insecurity.

He, however, demanded that full compensation for the victims of killings and destruction in Tivland, proscription of armed Fulani groups, while "land grabbing must stop and all occupied lands must be vacated."

Gundu also called for intensified advocacy against nomadic pastoralism and hosting "all Nationalities Summit" where issues would be discussed with a view to finding lasting solutions.

"There are different shades of instability in the country. Nigeria is truly bleeding to death. There's even a population fault-line which could lead to the 'Lebanon Trap'

"All Patriots must stand together; but if others have to be enslaved before the country can survive, we will prefer, as Tiv people, to take our destiny in our hands."

…As DSS Denies Arresting Fr. Mbaka
In another matter, the spokesperson of the Department of State Services, Dr Peter Afunanya, has denied report of the service arresting Fr Ejike Mbaka.
According to him when asked if Fr Mbaka was in their custody, he said, "This is not true. Fr Mbaka was not picked up by the DSS. Rev Fr Mbaka is not with the DSS. The DSS did not pick him up, please."

There was anxiety in Enugu after the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) raised the alarm over the whereabouts of Fr Mbaka.
The spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Mbaka later resurfaced after he was declared 'missing.' But the cleric returned to Enugu around 2pm and came out of his vehicle to the joy of his supporters.

Mbaka has been in the news after he asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached for failing to secure the nation and provide jobs for the youths.

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Pastor Dare Adeboye, the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Enoch Adeboye, is dead.

STATEPRESS gathered that the 42-year-old, who was the third surviving child of the revered cleric, died in his sleep on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, where he was based with his family.

Our correspondent gathered from reliable sources in the church that the deceased, who was the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35, had ministered the previous day.

He was said to have retired to his bed and did not wake up.

His wife, Temiloluwa, was said to have raised the alarm.

"He was not sick and did not complain of anything before the incident. Pastors in the church were summoned to pray for him, all to no avail," a source added.

Several leaders of the church, who confirmed the incident, said they could not comment on it.

Residents in parts of central Niger State say gunmen have attacked and kidnapped nearly 100 people in the town of Shadadi.

Wednesday's attack comes at a time of heightened security concerns in Niger since There state governor confirmed that Boko Haram had entered the town.

Residents of Shadadi in Mariga Local Government Area say thousands of people have fled after being attacked by gunmen.

Then there are those who say the death toll is over 100, the number the state government says is less than that. A resident interviewed by the BBC Hausa Service said more than 1,000 gunmen had attacked, killing eight people and wounding four.
 
According to the man who asked not to be named, almost all the villagers fled to neighboring towns such as Kontagora. The Niger State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Sani Idris, confirmed the attack but said the number of people allegedly abducted was less than 100.

He said they were currently compiling statistics to determine the number of people affected by the attack and had already sought the cooperation of the federal government.

There was no immediate word on whether the attackers were Boko Haram members.The current security situation in the country is alarming and the magnitude of the security crisis the continues to take on a new dimension

According to information the disposal of AbujaPress, it has been gathered that a former Abuja-based ex-beauty queen and ex-Queen of Nollywood FCT, Mirable has been Kidnapped. The young vibrant model was said to be abducted by unknown persons on May 4 around 8:00pm at Dunamis Junction, Bwari Abuja.

According to eyewitness reports, the queen was spotted been pushed into a golf car by unknown persons as they drove-off with the hapless lady who was overpowered.

Mirable was crowned Queen of Nollywood FCT on May 4, 2019 exactly 2 years she emerged winner at Hotel Rosedbud ( Former Nanet Suite). The event had 20 contestants and she represented North Central. 

Anybody with useful information about her whereabout should please contact the nearest police station.

The alarming insecurity challenges in Nigeria, especially, the incessant abductions of unsuspecting residents  have been on the increase following the kidnapping of school children and students both in Kaduna and other parts of the country. Bwari residents and parents were recently warmed to be at alert over possible invasion by gunmen in Bwari schools by a certain publication online.

This is becoming a norm now in Nigeria as everyone is no longer safe. This is a cry to the authorities to sweep into action in making sure that the beauty Queen is returned in one piece.

The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has disclosed that the authorities of the Enugu Catholic Diocese were behind his two days ordeal.

Father Mbaka, who addressed his parishioners at the Adoration ground in Umuchigbo Nike, Enugu, said he was summoned by the Bishop from where he was kept incommunicado.

He said the plan was to keep him for 30 days.

He said a lot of issues were presented against him after which the Church leadership, led by Bishop Calistus Onaga told him that he would remain indoors for one month, a period that would allow him pray and meditate over his activities.

The priest said he requested to be allowed the opportunity to come and address his parishioners after which he would shut down, "but they said No. Allow me to and celebrate mass for my people just for today, I won't even tell them that I am being punished, they said, No. I will just tell my members that I'm going for 30 days prayer, that after 30 days, we will come back and everybody will obey, they said, No.

 
"I also begged them to appoint another priest to come and celebrate mass for you today, they also said No.

"They didn't treat me in a pastoral way. I was asking 'am I being punished for what'?

"They said it was a meeting, but even before I reached the Bishop's house, conclusion has already been made. What happened to me was like the day I was shot on the road.

"Unfortunately for them, even before the meeting, a woman was already going around bragging that the Bishop will call me for a meeting, and that I was going to leave my house here for 30 days, and that after the 30 days, I would be sent to Rome, and Adoration ministry will be closed.

Mbaka cautioned that "in a time and cases like this, don't give me a punishment that will cause troubles for us because I'm not alone."

He said Bishop Onaga upon seeing the protest over his predicament, allowed him to go.

 
Mbaka said one of things presented against him was that he blessed Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as well as his recent criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari's Government.

"Are you the owner of my mouth? You can't tell me who to bless? If you are not happy that I blessed someone, you have your own mouth, you can curse the person.

Following the ordeal, The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended Ejike Mbaka from church activities for one month.

This is coming at a time the controversial priest's political escapades continue to overshadow his theological obligations on a scale that nurtures unending concerns amongst his senior clerics.

Mr Mbaka was asked to proceed on suspension with effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop.

According to Reports, Mr Onaga called Mr Mbaka in following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the image of the church, the largest of any Christian organisation worldwide.

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The 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, who were kidnapped have been freed by their abductors.

The freed students were among the 37 others abducted from the school premises by suspected bandits recently.

Details of their release is still sketchy as at press time as the state's Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige was unable to take his call.

However, a source claimed the release was aided by the Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi and the dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Gunmen suspected to be bandits in a fresh operation have attacked Gwagwada community, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State reportedly killing and kidnapping many people. 

It was gathered that the gunmen stormed a Baptist church at Lukuru village and another church where members traditionally wear white garments at Gwagwada road in the early hours of Wednesday. 

A lot of other people reportedly flee and  scampered for safety as the Gunmen started shooting sporadically. During the attack, STATEPRESS learnt that two people were killed instantly while many others sustained various injuries According to eyewitness during the attack, unspecified number of people were also abducted by the gunmen. 

It added that a church was burnt down completely by the bandits.

Enugu residents on Wednesday trooped out in thousands to jubilate the reappearance of Spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev Father Ejike Mbaka.

StatePress had reported there was tension in Enugu over his whereabouts on Wednesday.

Many youths protested, alleging he had been picked up by security operatives or gunmen over his recent call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached.

In a live video update on Wednesday afternoon by BBC Pidgin monitored by StatePress, Mbaka was seen in an open roof car waving to protesters who surrounded him alongside operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.

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The FCT police command has arrested five suspects for car snatching and barmed robbery along Gwagwalada and Wuye axis. 

A statement by the command spokesperson, ASP Maryam Yusuf, which was issued to newmen in Abuja yesterday, gave the name of one Mohammed Musa a member of a notorious 4-man car snatching syndicate, which she said was arrested by eagle-eyed police detectives from Gwagwalada division during a routine patrol.

She said the suspect confessed that the syndicate operates by disguising as stranded passengers to lure their unsuspecting victims. The four -man robbery gang when they were paraded at the police command headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday She said exhibits recovered included a blue colour Toyota Corolla with registration number YAB 15 BK, one locally fabricated pistol and six rounds of live ammunition, saying effort was on going to arrest other fleeing suspects. 

She also disclosed that the police operatives from Wuye division has arrested four other robbery suspects, which she gave their names as Abdullahi Haruna Naziru Nasiru, Sani Ibrahim,Umar Musa. Two Suspected Kidnappers Shot Dead As Police Engage In Gun Duel In Abuja She said the four suspects were members of a four-man robbery gang terrorizing Wuye axis of Abuja, saying the suspects have confessed to be responsible for snatching phones, bags among others along the stadium area.

 According to her, exhibits recovered from the suspects are l, one red colour Golf car, four mobile phones, two sharp knives and three reflective jackets, saying the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation.

 She said the command further wished to reiterate the ban on the use of unauthorized covered number plates within the FCT to desists, saying violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. Yusuf, said the command implored residents of the FCT to report all suspicious movements through the command emergency or distress, via : 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883.

Few Hours after he was declared missing. The members of Amen Ministry protested for his release and their prayers were answered as he was released with no harm done to him.

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The question is

Was is the Unknown gunmen that kidnapped him?
They called him "Odogwo Nwoke"

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The Department for State Security, DSS, has raised that the 'missing' Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka is not in their custody.

Protest is presently ongoing in front of the Catholic Bishop's court in Enugu where his supporters gathered, chatting and asking Bishop Callistus Onaga to produce Fr. Mbaka.
He was said to have got missing two days ago after he reportedly went to see the Bishop.

The spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunaya, however, told Vanguard that the service was not in possession of Fr. Mbaka.

Afunaya said: "Rev Fr Mbaka is not with the DSS. The DSS did not pick him up, please."

Recall that the Federal government had alleged that some religious and political leaders were planning to overthrow the Mohammadu Buhari-led government.

There's currently mass protest in Enugu as Rev. Fr. Mbaka is whisked away by unknown gunmen

StatePress learnt that protesters have vowed to shut down the entire state until Father Mbaka shows up.

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The battle for the 2023 presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be a three-horse race between former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Daily Independent has gathered.

In October 2018, the trio were the top contenders in the presidential primary of the PDP held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, to determine PDP's flagbearer for the 2019 presidential election.

While Atiku polled 1,532 votes to emerge the winner of the primary, Tambuwal garnered 693 votes to place second while Saraki came third with 317 votes.

Even though the 2019 Election Review Committee of the party led by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State had asked the party to throw open the contest for the party's presidential ticket in 2023 to all qualified aspirants, there are feelers that many of the powerbrokers of the party want the North to produce the candidate.

Speaking with Daily Independent, a former senator and member of the party's Board of Trustees (BoT), said given the fact that the election is less than two years away and also following the timetable announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it will be difficult for a new entrant to join the presidential race.

He also added that PDP leaders in their quest to give the 2023 election their best shot have decided that they must field "known name whose antecedent and capability is well known".

He said a new entrant may only join the race if the PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South, which is unlikely.

According to him, "The primaries will be held either in June 2022, going by the proposed Electoral Act under consideration by the National Assembly or latest by October, if the existing law is applied. That leaves either 13 months or 17 months for any entrant into the race.

"The time appears too short for a new entrant. The resources and structure necessary for a good race may also not be readily available now for any new candidate.

"More importantly, PDP leaders have decided that they must take a known name whose antecedent and capability is well known.

"The only reason why a new comer may come in is if the party eventually decides to go to the South to shop for candidate. That is if the party eventually zones the ticket to the South. Former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, may come into the race. He is a known name who also featured in the last ticket of the party as running mate.

"Outside these calculations, it is almost impossible for any new entrant to make any serious impact in the presidential race.

"Between Atiku, Tambuwal and Saraki, they already have the potential delegates committed to them. They also have the resources and the key contacts that are supporting them and ready to go on mobilisation efforts.

"What is not clear is if Atiku who came first in the presidential primaries of 2018 will retain that position, if Tambuwal who came second in 2018 will become the flagbearer or if Saraki who came third then will overtake the other two and come first.

"It will be interesting to see the three leading aspirants trying to outdo each other to get the party's ticket as the PDP has a good chance to win the presidential race in 2023 judging by development in both the ruling political party and the polity", he said.

On the chances of former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, our very reliable source, said, "As it is today, Kwankwaso that would have also broken the ranks of the trio of Atiku, Tambuwal and Saraki is said to be too limited by the restrictive nature of his political structure which is known only in Kano.



"Though he has the Kwankwasiyya group in some states of the federation, he is only on ground in Kano State and how can that help a nationwide presidential campaign?" he asked.

"More importantly, his recent problems with top PDP leaders like Ambassador Aminu Wali and his group over zonal party leadership will also do more damage to his suitability as party flag bearer."

Speaking with Daily Independent, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport, said the leadership of the PDP will be wasting its time if it fields a candidate that is not capable of winning elections.

He said the party must field a candidate that is acceptable to all Nigerians and one that will shun tribal, religious sentiments and unite the country.

"We must choose a candidate that will cut across party affiliations, party interests and appeals to all Nigerians. If we don't do that, then we will be destroying ourselves because the PDP has got the last chance to let Nigerians know that they really want to return to power.

"We must present a candidate that will shun tribal, religious sentiments and he must be a candidate that wants to win for the party. The party itself must do all it can to ensure that we have a candidate that wants to win election for it.

"If we don't do that, we will lose grip of the situation and eventually lose the election and that will be very disastrous".

When asked if the party can field a new entrant, Babatope said, "If the new entrant knows what he wants to get and how to get it, why not? We must not shut the doors against anyone. We must open our doors to those who can make us return to power. If we don't field a candidate that can win, then we are just wasting our time".

Bandits operating in over 50 communities in Niger State, may take over the control of Shiroro Power station, located in Shiroro Local Government Area of the North Central State, lawmakers have warned.

The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly, led by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, when they visited Senator Clifford Ordia representing Edo Central Senatorial District.

Ordia was attacked twice by suspected bandits last week while returning to Abuja from Edo State. The two attacks reportedly happend in Kogi State and Abaji area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Minority Caucus, while lamenting the security situation in the country, revealed that bandits were at the verge of taking control of Shiroro Power station and may shutdown or blow up the facility.

The Shiroro Power station is a hydroelectric power plant on the Kaduna River in Niger State. It has a power generating capacity of 600 megawatts (800,000 hp) enough to power over 404,000 homes.

It contributes a significant megawatts to the national grid and supplies power to many states in North Central and North Western parts of the country. "The security situation is now very bad. Bandits may take over Shiroro Power Station. They may take over and blow up the place if the government doesn't do the needful. That's more trouble for us. It has never been this bad," Abaribe said during the visit. Only a fortnight ago, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State, warned that Boko Haram had already infiltrated the state and had not only hoisted their flags in captured villages, including Kaure Village in the Shiroro Local Government of the state, but had also forcefully allocated displaced women to themselves as wives.

The Governor had warned that Sambisa was several kilometers from Abuja, but Kaure was just two kilometers from Abuja, insisting that nobody is safe anymore not even residents of the nation's capital.

Speaking on the security situation in Nigeria, Abaribe said: "It happens. It happened to me in the East and my policeman was killed. These bandits are sophisticated. Abuja to Lokoja is a death trap. If it were to be in another country, they would have set a trap for these bandits. But we are different in Nigeria.

"Its unfortunate that APC came into power. If APC had not come in, Jonathan's Government would have handled the insecurity problem. Nigeria is in too much trouble. We have to do everything to salvage the situation. We need to meet as a minority and decide on how to handle certain issues like Electoral Amendment Bill.

"We don't want to fall into any trap. Let's learn lessons from it. It's obvious that traveling by road is now dangerous. No matter what you do, you must use the road. We need to continue to shout. If we stop, the rest of the country will feel despondent."

Ordia while speaking on his ordeal, said something urgent needs to be done to salvage the situation and confront non-state actors threatening the peace of Nigeria.

When Daily Sun spoke with the Special Assistant, Media, to the Minister of Power, Mr Aaron Artimas, he said that the story was false because the minister has not shared it with him and he had not read it on all his platforms.

"Well, I am hearing this from you. I did not see it on my platforms today. Well, I don't think it is true. Nobody has told me and the minister has not shared anything like that with me. I will find out and get back to you" he promised.

Parents of the abducted students of the College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Kaduna State have occupied the National Assembly complex, Abuja, in protest.

The protesters which include members of the students union Government of the institution are lamenting over what they described as the negligence of the state and Federal Government in securing the release of the children.

The protesters gathered at the Unity Fountain and proceeded to the National Assembly complex where security agents prevent manned the main entrance.

On 11th March 2021, 39 students were abducted from their hostels in the college.

Ten students have so far been released in two batches of five each. (Credit, except for headline: Channels TV)

The military authorities yesterday rejected a call by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Robert Clarke for it to take over power and declared loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Constitution.

It also restated its commitment to democratic rule.

The military authorities further issued a stern warning to military personnel contemplating any treasonable act to desist from doing so, saying the full wrath of the law would be brought upon them.

The declaration of loyalty to the president followed a comment attributed to Clarke, calling on government to hand over to the military for the purpose of restructuring Nigeria.

A statement issued by the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the loyalty of the military establishment was irrevocable

"The attention of the military high command has been drawn to a statement purported to have been made by one Robert Clark (SAN), suggesting that the current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring.

"The Nigerian Military wishes to dissociate itself from such anti-democratic utterance and position. Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions", it said.

The Defence Headquarters maintained that: "We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the civil authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as amended.

"We shall continue to discharge our constitutional responsibilities professionally, especially in protecting the country's democracy, defence of the territorial integrity of the country as well as protection of lives and properties of citizens".

"The military high command wishes to use this opportunity to warn misguided politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts as the military under the current leadership remain resolute in the defence of Nigeria's Democracy and its growth", it said.

The DHQ further stated that it amounted to treason for any military personnel to contemplate such act.

"We also wish to remind all military personnel that it is treasonable to even contemplate this illegality. The full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any personnel found to collude with people having such agenda.

"The current security challenges are not insurmountable. The Armed Forces of Nigeria in partnership with other security agencies are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again. Please be warned!", it said