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Terrorists Attack: Monarch charges journalists to do more of investigative journalism.



Media practitioners in the country have been charged to always do more of investigative reporting of an event rather than just mere news reporting in the interest of the society.

Olu of Lisa kingdom, Oba Nojeemdeen Odugbemi gave the charge today while reacting to the news report of suspected Boko Haram commander arrested by the operatives of Department of State Security (DSS) in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Oba Odugbemi stressed that media practitioners should see their profession as not only reporting outcome of an incident alone but dig into such incident to a logical conclusion so that it will not be swept under the carpet for the betterment of the country.

The monarch said that the arrested Boko Haram suspect by the DSS in Ijaye area of Abeokuta, the state capital according to the report is a bad signal that the entire south west states have been surrounded by these terrorists.

He emphasised that for the suspected terrorist leader to have come in from Katsina state and take up a security job to act as cover while coordinating kidnapping and terror attacks portends danger for the people of Ogun state and south west states in general.

While commending members of the fourth estate of the realm for being alive to their constitutional responsibilities, the monarch urged them to use this arrested Boko Haram suspect as a litmus test by carrying out thorough investigation of the incident by seeing to its logical conclusion.

Oba Odugbemi, who is also the Grand Patron of Ogun NUJ, called on various state governments to step up their security architecture in the south west states aimed at protecting life and property of the ordinary common man against the insecurity occasioned by these terrorists.

The Royal Father also implored the south west governors to work immediately on the information given by Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams on the planned attacks by the terrorists in the south west to nip it in the bud.

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‘Tinubu paying fuel subsidy more than before’ – El-Rufai



The former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has claimed that the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government is currently subsidising fuel for Nigerians.

Fielding questions from journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Monday, El-Rufai said the FG is now paying fuel subsidy more than before.

President declared during his inauguration on May 29, 2023, that the country can no longer subsidise fuel for the citizens, saying the petrol subsidy is gone.

The development skyrocketed the price of fuel and other products and services, triggering the economic hardship that has been bedevilling the nation since 2023.

But the former governor told journalists on Monday that the subsidy is back.

According to him, the FG returned the subsidy because “the impact has been seen and the packages of support that would reduce the impact have not been so effective in reducing the impact, so the federal government is back now subsidising petrol.”

He said many people don’t know that the fuel subsidy is back.

“If they want to know whether we are subsidising or not, they should compare the price of petrol and diesel because petrol should be more expensive than diesel but diesel is priced above a thousand naira while petrol is at N600 per litre.

“So, we are still subsidising Petrol because the government has realised that the way it implemented the fuel subsidy initially required some adjustments,” El-Rufai said.

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Clark calls for special taskforce for release of Chibok girls



Pa Edwin Clark, Leader of  the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has urged the Federal Government to appoint a special taskforce to ensure the rescue of the remaining Chibok girls held by Boko Haram

The elder statesman made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday at a ceremony to mark the Chibok girls’ 10th anniversary in captivity.

While expressing displeasure over the failure of past administrations to rescue the girls, Clark urged President Bola Tinubu to leave no stones unturned to secure the release of the girls.

“About 90 of them are still missing after 10 years. This should be a source of worry and concern to any government.

“Tinubu should appoint a special taskforce with brave soldiers, who are competent and transparent and not nepotic.

“Their main duty will be to travel at all times to Sambisa forest or where ever these citizens are, to look for these girls and rescue them.

“In giving this advice, I also want to add that a time limit should be given to them to carry out this task.”

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Oodua Nation Agitation: NSCDC puts personnel on red alert in Ondo



Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has ordered divisional officers and tactical teams to be on red alert and ward off any incursion into the state by Oodua nation agitators.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Oluyemi Ibiloye, who stated this at the weekly muster parade where the corps’ operations during the last Eid-el Fitr celebration were reviewed, also ordered the teams to be on standby for other miscreants.

Ibiloye, in a statement made available to newsmen by the command’s Spokesperson, Aidamenbor Daniel on Monday in Akure, admonished officers to take positive posture toward their job.

He reminded the officers and men of the corps of the ongoing political activities within the state and the need to be professional and apolitical in their operations.

“The intelligence department, armed squad, counter terrorism unit, rapid response squad and operations are to be on red alert to ensure that the security breach that took place in Oyo State does not happen in Ondo State,” he said.

According to him, this has become imperative especially now that various political parties are having their rallies in the state, with mixed crowds in attendance.

“The command wishes to reiterate its commitment to safeguarding lives and properties, and ensuring the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.

“We would do all within the ambits of the law to ensure the safety of all good and law-abiding citizens of Ondo State.

“For quick intervention and actionable intelligence sharing, the command’s quick response lines 08034027234, 08037871044 and 08032797388 are open for public use,” Ibiloye said.

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