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Scores injured as police, youths clash in Bauchi



An unspecified number of people have been injured during a clash between youths and a team of Policemen in Magama-Gumau town in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The incident occurred when a team of policemen from Abuja stormed the area on routine duty on Tuesday.

Their presence prompted the youths to block the Bauchi-Jos highway and burn tyres causing an obstruction to the free flow of traffic on the ever-busy road.

The Special Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor on Media and Publicity, Mukhtar Gidado, who stated these in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, however, assured that the situation has been brought under control.

He said, “The attention of the Bauchi State Government has been drawn to the recent security breach in Magama-Gumau area of Toro Local Government on Tuesday 14th February, 2023.

“The unfortunate development was as a result of an arrest by a police team from Abuja who were on routine duty.

“Consequently, youths and other miscreants in the area took the laws into their own hands by burning tyres and blocking the major highway.

“The situation is now under control as the governor has been formally briefed by the State Commissioner of Police and the security apparatus has put combined efforts that curtailed the violence.

“The government has expressed serious concern over the incident and therefore call on citizens in the area to go about their legitimate businesses as normalcy has since returned.”

Gidado warned that “the government will not fold its arms and allow forces of doom to cause trouble in any part of the state as anyone found culpable will not be spared.”

He conveyed the sympathy of governor Bala Mohammed to those that sustained injuries and assured the citizens that Bauchi State government in collaboration with the relevant security agencies will identify the culprits in order to bring them to justice and serve as deterrent to others.

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FG approves payment for 12 attack helicopters for army aviation – COAS



Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja said on Tuesday that
President Bola Tinubu has approved payment for the procurement of 12 attack helicopters for the Nigerian Army.

COAS, Lt.-Gen.Lagbaja, made this known at the opening of the maiden Nigerian Army Aviation Seminar, in Abuja.

He said that the 12 MD 530F Cayuse attack helicopters would operationalize the Nigerian army aviation unit, which was set up to improve ground troops’ agility, responsiveness, and efficacy during operations.

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Court halts planned impeachment of Ondo State Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa



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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, issued an order restraining the Ondo State House of Assembly from impeaching Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, over alleged gross misconduct.

Justice Emeka Nwite gave the order in a ruling shortly after Aiyedatiwa’s counsel, Kayode Adewusi, moved the ex-parte motion to the effect.

The judge also restrained Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu from nominating a new deputy governor and forwarded the same to the lawmakers for approval pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter.

Justice Nwite held that after listening to Adewusi, he was of the view that the interest of justice would be met by granting the application.

“Therefore, the application of the applicant succeeds,” he said.

The embattled deputy governor had, in a motion on notice marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023, sued the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), Gov. Akeredoku, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Chief Judge of Ondo State and the House of Assembly as 1st to 6th respondents respectively.

In the application dated and filed by Mr Adelanke Akinrata on Sept. 21, Aiyedatiwa sought for four reliefs.

The judge further made an order of interim injunction restraining Akeredolu, his servants or privies from harassing, intimidating, embarrassing and preventing Aiyedatiwa in carrying out the functions of his office as deputy governor of Ondo State.

Justice Nwite, who granted all the reliefs adjourned the matter until Oct. 9 for hearing.

Aiyedatiwa had, also in another suit marked: AK/348/2023 prayed the High Court in Akure to stop the state’s house of assembly from proceeding with the impeachment proceedings against him pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed in the court on Monday.

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Group backs Akwa Ibom’s amended TRC law




The Elders and leaders of the Ibibio Sociocultural Organisation, represented by ‘Akwa Esop Ima-Isong Ibibio,’ said on Tuesday that they support and are committed to the Bill amending the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap. 155, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2022.

Recalled that the Bill which had already been assented to by the state governor, Pst Umo Éno, had generated controversy with some other ethnic groups opposing the Bill.

The Annang Youths Forum had opposed the Bill because the law seeks to grant perpetual leadership of the Traditional Rulers Council to the Oku Ibom Ibibio, disregarding the longstanding rotational provision among all paramount rulers in the state.

In a statement jointly signed by the AYF group leaders and made available to journalists in Uyo said, “The traditional system of governance in our state has thrived for generations due to its emphasis on fairness, inclusivity, and unity.

“The rotational provision, which has been a cornerstone of our traditional rulership, ensures that all communities and ethnic groups have an equal opportunity to lead and contribute to the development and progress of our great state.

“The law threatens to undermine the delicate balance and harmony among different ethnic groups within our state. By bestowing perpetual leadership on the Oku Ibom Ibibio, it not only disregards the principles of fairness and inclusivity but also perpetuates a form of hierarchical dominance that goes against the spirit of our diverse society”

But the Ibibio Elders in a communique issued at the end of their meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, insisted that the law is for the overall development of the state.

The communique was signed by the chairman, Asikpo Essienibok; Otuekong Sunny Jackson Udoh; Ekong Etuk; Etie Ben Akpan, and Trenchard Ibia, among others.

It reads in part “We, the Elders of Ibibio Nation and Leaders of Ibibio socio-cultural organisations, wish to congratulate the Executive Governor, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, on the occasion of the 36th Anniversary of Akwa Ibom State.

“We thank Governor Umo Eno for assenting to the Bill for the amendment of the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap.155, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2022 and for inaugurating His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon D. Etuk (CFR) as the President-General of Akwa Ibom State Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers and HRM, Odidem Bassey Etim Edet, as the Chairman of the Council as part of the ceremony marking the 36th Anniversary of Akwa Ibom Statehood.

“We also want to commend the Honourable Speaker, Rt. Hon. Udeme Ottong and Members of the 8th Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly for passage of the Bill for the amendment of the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap. 155, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2022.

“It is necessary to state here firmly that the law is in order for the overall development, peace, stability, national respect, and progress of our dear State, Akwa Ibom.

“We wish to note that other states of the federation have similar traditional structures that have served them well”.

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