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Security Operatives Neutralize 67 Bandits, Rescue 20 Kidnap Victims in Bauchi

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In a significant operation, a coalition of security operatives, including police, soldiers, local hunters, and vigilantes, successfully eliminated 67 suspected bandits in the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State. The joint efforts also led to the rescue of over 20 kidnap victims and the recovery of 8 AK-47 rifles, along with a substantial cache of ammunition, in the Lere District.

This remarkable achievement was revealed by Sarkin Lere, Malam Jamilu Aliyu Bawa, during a briefing with Governor Bala Mohammed, who had arrived in the area for an on-the-spot assessment. Sarkin Lere explained that the operation had been executed under the directives of the State Police Commissioner and involved the active participation of local vigilantes and hunters committed to eradicating the bandit threat and ensuring the safe release of the remaining victims in captivity.

Governor Bala Mohammed, in his response, made it unequivocally clear that there would be no sanctuary for criminals within the state’s borders. He commended the security agents for their resolute actions. He urged them to continue their relentless pursuit of the bandits, aiming to restore peace to the affected region.

The governor reaffirmed his administration’s unwavering commitment to supporting and equipping security agencies in the battle against insecurity throughout the state. He emphasized that security and relative peace were prerequisites for any meaningful development, making it imperative to tackle the issue of insecurity head-on.

Governor Mohammed also highlighted the need for vigilance in monitoring individuals entering the state from northwestern regions, advocating for thorough profiling to distinguish between law-abiding citizens and those with malicious intent. He expressed his growing concern about the security situation in the state.

To boost the morale of the security operatives and aid them in their operations, Governor Mohammed announced a generous donation of 30 brand-new motorcycles and a sum of N10 million.

The state Commissioner of Police, Auwal Muhammad, assured the public that security agents would continue to support any community committed to ridding itself of criminal elements. He appealed to all state citizens to provide valuable information to security agencies, thereby playing a pivotal role in safeguarding lives and property.

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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