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For Refusing To Defect To APC, Umahi Wants Vehicles Retrieved From Us ― PDP LG Bosses
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State has raised alarm over the directive given by Governor Dave Umahi for official vehicles of PDP local government chairmen in the state to be retrieved for allegedly refusing to decamp with him to the All Progressive Congress (APC). The PDP has also condemned the order compelling political parties to obtain permission before holding meetings in the state.
Raising the alarm in a statement by Ebonyi PDP Publicity Secretary, Silas Onu, which was made available to the media in Abuja on Monday, the party called on all security agencies and the International Community to take note of the order given by the state government to executive local government chairman to seize the vehicles from the party chairmen where such party leaders refused to defect to the APC.
The PDP maintained that this is a call to anarchy as the vehicles are not the property of Ebonyi State Government and cannot be treated as such. “To attempt forcefully confiscating the property of a political party is the highest show of political intolerance and a demonstration of lack of regard for democracy,” the statement said.
Lagos Directs All Public, Private Primary, Secondary Schools To Reopen January 18
The Lagos State government, on Monday, announced that all public and private primary and secondary schools should reopen for second term academic activities from Monday, January 18.
The state government announced this after it had earlier declared that schools in the state will remain closed indefinitely following the increase in cases of COVID-19. The government, however, said tertiary institutions in the state will remain closed till further notice.
In a statement signed by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, of the state Ministry of Education, on behalf of the commissioner in charge of the ministry, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, the reopening of the schools is in line with the Federal Government’s directive coupled with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents Say Woman, Five Soldiers Killed In Fresh Chibok Attack
Terrorists attacked Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State on Sunday, killing at least five soldiers and a civilian woman according to residents.
The terrorists had mobilized for sometime before finally invading Kwada village, burning houses and killing at least one civilian lady.
Media Director of Kibaku Area Development Union, an umbrella body for the Chibok community, Allen Manasseh who spoke with reporters said the Sunday evening attack resulted in the death of a woman and the burning of several houses, including those of two younger brothers of the late Rev. Lawam Andimi, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika LGA of Adamawa State.
Nigeria Records 1,204 New COVID-19 Cases, Toll Now 91,351
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,204 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 91,351.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Sunday. “On the 4th of January 2021, 1204 new confirmed cases and 7 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. Till date, 91351 cases have been confirmed, 75699 cases have been discharged and 1318 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The 1204 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos (654), FCT (200), Plateau (60), Kaduna (54), Kano (40), Rivers (30), Edo (28), Nasarawa (25), Kebbi (19), Bauchi (18), Oyo (13), Akwa Ibom (12), Bayelsa(11), Ogun (11), Delta (9), Abia (8), Benue(5), Imo (3), Borno (2), Sokoto (1) and Osun (1). Our discharges today includes 218 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines,” the NCDC said.
Nigeria Not A Failing State ― Lai Mohammed
The Federal Government says contrary to the position of some “jaundiced analysts and their lapdogs,” Nigeria is not a failing or failed state. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a New Year media briefing in Lagos said the analysts were wrong in seeking to portray the country as a failing state due to its security challenges.
Mohammed, who stressed that the gloomy prediction would not come to pass, added that the country would rise to become a more respected member of the comity of nations.
“You would remember that for the past two decades or so, some pseudo-analysts have been predicting the country’s implosion. That has not happened, hence they have found a new watchword – failing or failed state! It’s all a ruse aimed at depicting Nigeria as being in a constant state of anarchy so they can achieve their nefarious objectives for the country,” he said.
Amotekun Arrests 120 Criminals In In Ondo
The Commander of the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun Corps), Chief Adetunji Adeleye, on Monday, said no fewer than 120 criminals have been arrested in the state in the last one month during
Adeleye who disclosed this said the criminals were arrested during the Operation Clean up, saying the criminals participated in about 15 robbery incidences that were thwarted by men of the Amotekun Corps.
According to him, the ongoing Operation Clean up carried out by the corps has recorded successes, leading to the arrest of other suspects across the state.
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