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Arson, killing – ALeP beckons on Govs Obiano, Ugwuanyi for urgent mediation

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Obiano ALeP Ugwuanyi

BY: Sandra Ani

Professionals from Awba-Ofemili have condemned the recent attacks on the town and beckoned on the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano and his Enugu State counterpart, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi  to urgently step in and ensure peaceful resolution.

The body under the aegis of Awba-Ofemili League of Professionals (ALeP) made this call at the weekend after receiving the unfortunate news of clashes between Awba-Ofemili in Anambra State and Ibute-Olo in Enugu State, which led to arson and killing.

According to the National Coordinator of ALeP, Mr. Remmy Nweke, Awba-Ofemili is a border town in Anambra State with common boundary with Ibute-Olo in Enugu State.

ALeP, he said, condemned the recent attacks on indigenes of Awba-Ofemili, mostly farmers at the Ndave Okpu landmass, which led to loss of life and arson that occurred in the town thereafter.

The group also noted that without farming extensively this year of Coronavirus or COVID-19, it may turn out to be famine for the rice and agrarian town of Awba-Ofemili.

“We equally appeal to all groups, youth, farmers and all those affected by the unwanted arson for peace to reign, so as to pave way for the amicable resolution of whatever may be the issues that led to the latest clash and loss of life,” ALeP said in a press statement available to newsmen.

They noted that ALeP in conclusion of its nationwide appeal, fasting and prayer session at the weekend specifically appealed to the two governors of Anambra and Enugu to urgently take charge of the full security architecture of the two sister states and directly get involved to avoid further loss of life and properties.

This, the group said, would douse tensions in the towns and bring culprits to book as well as deter those wanting to capitalize on the crisis at hand to further destabilize the Awba-Ofemili town and by extension the two states.

ALeP equally appealed to those torching peoples property to desist and take to peaceful resolution as peace is the ultimate that must be embraced by all.

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El-Rufai Rejects Court Ruling, Discharging El-Zakzaky and Wife

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The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat who was discharged and acquitted by a High Court in Kaduna last week, will not be released as Gov el-Rufai was not pleased with the judgement.

The ‘Baby-Hitler’ in Kaduna state refused that they should be set free as ruled by the court but decreed that his government will be filing new charges against them and also appeal the High court ruling.

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FG Denies Having Arms Deal Worth $875M With The US

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The Federal Government on Friday debunked reports that it has an arms deal worth $875 million with the US.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the purported ammunition deal reported in some sections of the media as ” fake news.”
Speaking to newsmen on Friday in Abuja, the minister said there was no contract of such nature and sum between Nigeria and the US

“There is no contract of arms between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United States of America today apart from the 12 Super Tucano Attack Helicopters of which six had been delivered. We are quite satisfied with the progress and cooperation that we received from the government of the US on this issue.”

“As a matter of fact, six of the Tucano helicopter will be launched on Aug. 3, this year.”
“We are not aware of the so-called 875 million USD arms contract or some helicopters which they said some lawmakers in the US are trying to persuade the president of the US not to honor. The relationship between Nigeria and the US is smooth and waxing stronger,” he said.

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Former Aviation Minister Defends Abba Kyari Over Hushpuppi Allegation

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has defended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Abba Kyari amid allegations from Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI).

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, Abba Kyari, a high-ranking Nigerian police officer who has received multiple honours, was one of six people indicted over an elaborate scheme to defraud a Qatari businessperson of more than $1 million, masterminded by celebrity fraudster, Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas.

Femi Fani-Kayode, however, says Kyari is a super cop that has risked his life protecting Nigerians from murderers and terrorist, and that he won’t condemn him, unless he sees any evidence to the contrary.

On his Facebook Page, he wrote:

“A super cop that has risked his life protecting us from kidnappers, murderers & terrorists all these years& that has arrested more criminals than any other is accused of taking bribes from a yahoo boy & scammer all the way from America & we are expected to believe it? Not me!

“Abba is one of the bravest, brightest and best cops in Nigeria and I will not believe these crazy allegations levelled against him or condemn him unless I see any evidence to the contrary.

“He has proved himself over and over again when it comes to catching criminals and I do not believe that he is one himself. If he were he would not have such an excellent record in combating crime.

“Nigerians seem to take delight in believing and assuming the worse about their best. That is part of our problem: we love and celebrate the evil but we despise, hate and seek to pull down the righteous and good.

“As far as I am concerned there are as many crooked, bent & killer cops all over the world as there are good ones & America has its fair share of both.The only people that ought to take pleasure in reading this crap about Abba are the kidnappers and terrorists in our country.

“Allegations are a dime a dozen and an indictment does not amount to a conviction: show me the evidence or keep your mouth shut forever.

“I urge Abba to continue the good work he has been doing and not allow himself to be distracted by his numerous detractors.

“This is a deep conspiracy to destroy his career and it will not work.”

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