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Three months after Wike’s JTF, fear heightens in FCT as criminals run riot

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Three months ago, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Security Council, led by Minister Nyesom Wike, declared the formation of a Joint Task Force to combat insecurity in the Capital Territory. This task force, composed of all security agencies, is assigned to address armed robbery, kidnapping, and various criminal activities within the FCT. Wike emphasized the need for the joint effort, especially along the bordering states.

Despite this announcement, many residents, speaking with DAILY POST, have noted that criminal activities have not diminished. Kidnappings, such as the recent abduction of a family of six in Abuja, with a demand for over N60 million ransom, continue to raise concerns. Tragically, one of the kidnapped individuals, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, was reportedly murdered by the kidnappers to pressure the family into paying the ransom.

The incident prompted widespread condemnation, with the #Najeebahandhersisters trending on social media. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed sadness and called for a revamp of the security architecture to curb the operations of criminal elements. However, despite the attention drawn to Nabeeha’s case, such crimes have become commonplace in the city center and satellite towns, causing heightened anxiety among residents.

Recently, kidnappers in Sagwari Layout Estate Dutse, Abuja, killed three of their victims out of ten abducted individuals, raising ransom demands to N100 million. Concerned residents, including a journalist and a local resident, highlighted the deteriorating security situation in the FCT. Some residents now feel compelled to pay vigilantes for protection due to the perceived failure of the federal government to ensure their safety.

The situation has significantly impacted the once vibrant nightlife of Abuja, as residents live in fear of becoming victims of one-chance incidents or kidnappings. The apprehension is particularly pronounced in satellite towns near neighboring states, with residents reconsidering their decisions to live in these areas.

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In response to the Al-Kadriyar case, former Minister Ali Pantami announced the raising of N50 million for their release. As residents anxiously await further action, concerns persist about how the FCT minister will address the escalating security challenges.

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One shot dead in Nairobi as mass protest hits Kenya

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A 24-year-old protester has been shot dead during demonstrations against the taxation bill currently moving in Kenya.

The deceased was said to have participated in a protest in the capital, Nairobi, on Thursday evening, when thousands of people took to the streets across the country.

The protest was due to a parliamentary debate and vote on the controversial law.

According to a lawyer representing the family, the man was shot in the leg by police and died as a result of massive blood loss.

The man was not given immediate health attention for more than 20 minutes.

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One of the protest leaders called for people to come on Friday to the morgue of the hospital where the deceased lay in a show of solidarity with his parents.

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International reported that at least 200 people had been injured during Thursday’s protests in Nairobi alone.

Given the new tax law, many Kenyans fear that their cost of living will rise to an almost unmanageable level.

Entrepreneurs and business owners also fear significant losses due to declining purchasing power.

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Gov Abiodun, Obasanjo, Amosun mourn as Ogun monarch joins ancestors

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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has praised the late Towulade of Akinale, Oba Femi Ogunleye, as a remarkable leader who significantly elevated his community’s profile. Oba Ogunleye, a distinguished journalist, passed away in the United Kingdom at 79.

In his condolence message to the Ogun State Council of Obas and the Akinale community, Abiodun highlighted Oba Ogunleye’s contributions to the development of Ogun State following his notable journalism career.

“We deeply mourn the loss of Oba Femi Ogunleye, a revered journalist and traditional ruler who passed away in London at 79.

“Oba Ogunleye was a giant in the media industry, dedicated to truth and accountability in journalism. As the Towulade of Akinale, he was a respected monarch who worked tirelessly to uplift his people and promote development in Ogun State.

“His illustrious career and selfless service have left a lasting impact on our society. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ogun State Council of Obas, his family, friends, and the entire Akinale community.

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“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire future generations,” Abiodun stated.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a condolence message through his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed shock at the monarch’s passing. Currently in South Africa for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second-term inauguration, Obasanjo recalled Oba Ogunleye’s recent high spirits and travel plans, noting his absence will be deeply felt in Owu, Ogun State, and across Nigeria.

Similarly, Senator Ibikunle Amosun lauded the late monarch’s dedication to the development of Akinale, Owu Kingdom, Egbaland, and Ogun State. He remarked that as the first Towulade of Akinale, crowned in 2006, Oba Ogunleye played a pivotal role in many positive community developments and consistently promoted peaceful coexistence and unity among the people.

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Wike, Fubara: No individual can pocket Rivers – Asari Dokubo

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Former Niger Delta militant leader Asari Dokubo has warned that no individual will be allowed to dominate Rivers State.

Dokubo emphasized that only one person can serve as governor at a time.

His comments come amidst the crisis in Rivers State due to the expiration of local government chairmen’s tenure.

He urged the former chairmen to accept the end of their three-year term and not to cause any problems.

Speaking to his followers in Port Harcourt, Dokubo stated: “Local government tenure has expired today, June 17, 2024. They should quietly go home. If they wish to seek re-election in accordance with the constitution, they should do so.

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“But there is no provision for tenure extension in the constitution. Their term has ended. They should not create unnecessary issues for the state. I also advise young people not to let themselves be manipulated.

“Only one person can be governor of Rivers State at a time. We cannot have two governors simultaneously. The people of Rivers State are greater than Muhajid Asari Dokubo.

“Rivers State is larger than any single individual. No one can exploit and dominate the people of Rivers State. It is not possible.

“The people are demonstrating their power. They have independently taken over local government secretariats because this is about the people, and no one can argue that we voted for a three-year tenure for a chairman and that tenure should not exceed by even a second.”

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