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Ebonyi govt rejects court judgement on Ebubeagu disbandment

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The Ebonyi State Government has described as a miscarriage of justice the Federal High Court judgement that disbanded the Ebubeagu Security Outfit, saying it was “dead on arrival”.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki on Tuesday declared null and void the activities of Ebubeagu in the state and ordered the Department of States Services and the Nigerian Police to retrieve all the weapons in their possession.

But reacting to the judgement during a joint press conference, the Commissioner for Information, Uchenna Orji, and the Special Security Consultant to the State Government, Hon. Stanley Okoro-Emegha, said there was no cause for alarm over the judgement.

According to the commissioner, the judgement is a miscarriage of justice, abuse of court processes and misapplication of the law.

He said, “Ebubeagu has legal backing to its existence and operations not only in Ebonyi but the entire South-East. We will not hesitate to go to the supreme court to know who is right in this circumstance.

Also speaking, Okoro-Emegha noted the state government had begun moves to appeal the judgement.

Okoro-Emegha expressed optimism that the appellate court will reverse the verdict in due course because the outfit had a firm legal backing to its existence.

He urged politicians to stop playing with the security of society, irrespective of the party they belonged to.

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“Ebubeagu is perfectly designed by law to complement the effort of the security agencies in tackling insecurity.

“We will not listen to that Federal High Court ruling of Tuesday because we have a similar ruling previously, which we won in 2022. Of course, the lives of citizens are utmost importance to us.

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“We will appeal the judgement and Ebubeagu will continue to function the way they have been functioning. So, we will not adhere to that judgement.”

He added, “Election is by voter’s card and by talking to your supporters. Nothing will make Ebubeagu to jitter because there is a law backing its establishment.

“We are not perturbed. We are not bothered. We understand what is happening and we dealing with it head-on. We will not obey that judgement and it’s not if us, because the government was the first to obtain a judgement to that effect.”

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We’re not aware of Ganduje’s suspension – Kano APC Chairman

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Ganduje, wife, son to be arraigned before Kano court April 17
APC National Chairman and former Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje

The Ganduje ward executives of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano State, have denied the reported suspension of APC National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi-Umar Ganduje.

The ward executives made the denial while briefing journalist at the APC State Secretariat, on Monday in Kano.

According to the ward Chairman, Malam Ahmad Ganduje, those purported to have announced the suspension were not members of the party.

He said they were solemnly behind the APC national chairman and have confidence in his style of leadership.

The ward chairman added that they had passed a vote of confidence on Ganduje, and urged all party members in the ward and across the state to remain calm and law abiding.

In his remarks, the APC Chairman, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, Alhaji Inusa Dawanau, said the party will take legal action against those the “impersonators”, who announced Ganduje’s suspension.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that, Malam Haladu Gwanjo, who claimed to be the Legal Adviser of APC in Ganduje Ward, had earlier announced the purported suspension of party’s national chairman.
Gwanjo, who cited alleged corruption and other vices as reasons for the suspension, said that the decision was taken by nine executive members of party in Ganduje ward.(NAN)

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Over 1,000 kidnapped victims so far rescued without ransom — FG

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Over 1,000 kidnapped victims so far rescued without ransom — FG

THE National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, on Monday, said the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government has so far rescued over 1,000 kidnap victims without paying a ransom.

Ribadu said this when he received 22 students and staff of the Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara State, rescued on Sunday.

The bandits had, on September 22, 2023, invaded the institution and abducted over 30 students and members of staff.

The Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mani Mummuni, who was at the university to sympathise with the families and the school authorities over the incident, called on security agencies to hasten the rescue of the kidnapped students.

In a press statement, the spokesperson for the Zamfara State Police Command, Yazid Abubakar, assured that the command would ensure the rescue of all the kidnapped students, as it had deployed an additional tactical team for search-and-rescue operations.

The police noted that “On September 22, 2023, at about 0250hrs, suspected bandits, riding on about 50 motorcycles, armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded three students’ rented apartments in Sabon Gida Village near the Federal University, Gusau and kidnapped an unspecified number of students, taking them to an unknown destination.”

Seven of the students were rescued while two escaped, leaving 22 others in captivity.

On Sunday, the 22, comprising 15 students and seven workers of the university, were rescued in an exercise coordinated by the National Counter-Terrorism Centre.

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Speaking while receiving the students in Abuja, the NSA appreciated the security operatives for rescuing the students “without losing anyone of them or paying any ransom.”

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He said, “On behalf of the President, I thank all those involved in the successful rescue of the victims without losing anyone of them or paying any ransom.

“This is yet again a success story in our efforts to free all those being unlawfully held in captivity.

“We have so far released over a thousand such victims without noise and with complete respect to their privacy and safety.

“This occasion marks a final juncture in a series of rescues we have undertaken in the last few months, to free victims of recent cases of mass abductions.

“Going forward, we are strengthening law enforcement and security measures to prevent these abductions and strengthen physical security across vulnerable communities.”

Ribadu urged the students and university workers not to allow their experience to break them, but should rather make them stronger.”

In March, the military rescued 137 students kidnapped from Kaduna State, with the Federal Government saying no ransom was paid, despite that the bandits demanded N1bn.

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The NSA also thanked the parents of the rescued victims for their patience and understanding during the period and commended security agencies for their sacrifices.

Earlier, the National Coordinator, NCTC, Maj-Gen Adamu Laka (retd.), said search and rescue operations conducted by security agencies led to the release of the students in three batches.

He said, “Search and rescue was conducted by a combined team of law enforcement agencies and the abductees were subsequently released in three batches, after 207 days in captivity.

“The first batch was rescued on March 15 the second batch was rescued on April 12 and the last batch rescued on April 14.

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“All the abductees were profiled at NCTC while the ONSA Medical Team examined them and administered minor treatments on the bruises sustained by three of them.

“Four of them were diagnosed with malaria and are being treated. None of the females was molested and all the females tested negative for pregnancy test.”

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Six family members die in Gombe road crash, Gov mourns

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Six family members die in Gombe road crash, Gov mourns
• Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya
No fewer than six family members of the Maidalan Gombe, Ahmad Shehu, have reportedly died in a road crash.

It was reported that the deceased passed on in an accident along Azare- Gombe Road on Sunday.

Conveying Governor Muhammadu Yahaya’s condolence in a press statement on Monday, Director-General Press Affairs Ismaila Misilli, said the entire Gombe community is deeply affected by the sad event.

Yahaya, who attended the funeral prayers alongside the Emir of Gombe, Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar III and hundreds of other sympathisers, noted that the loss of family members in such a tragic manner is quite devastating.

The statement partly read, “Our heartfelt condolences to Maidalan Gombe and the entire bereaved family members during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of six family members in such a tragic road accident is not only a profound loss to your family but it also deeply affects the entire Gombe people.

“Words cannot adequately express the sorrow felt for the immense grief you and your loved ones are experiencing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you pass through this heartbreaking time.”

While praying for the repose of souls Yahaya added, “Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased and reward their good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus.”

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