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Senate denies proposing creation of 20 new states

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The Senate has debunked media reports that its Committee on Constitution Review had proposed the creation of additional 20 states.

The spokesperson and Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, insisted that the panel never made any such proposal.

He acknowledged that the committee received several bills demanding for creation of more states.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports that the Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has proposed the creation of additional 20 states.

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“The reports are a gross misrepresentation of the decision of the committee on the request for creation of more states.
“Far from recommending the creation of any state, the committee, while acknowledging receipts of several bills proposing the creation of new states, decided that it is not in a position to recommend or propose the creation of any state unless there is compliance with the provisions of Section 8 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic (as amended).

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Basiru said the section provides that an Act of the National Assembly for the purpose of creating a new state shall only be passed if-

“(a) A request, supported by at least two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new state) in each of the following, namely –

(i) The Senate and the House of Representatives,

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(ii) The House of Assembly in respect of the area, and

(iii) The local government councils in respect of the area are received by the National Assembly.”

He noted that such demand could also be passed if “(b) a proposal for the creation of the state is thereafter approved in a referendum by at least two-thirds majority of the people of the area where the demand for creation of the state originated;

“(c) The result of the referendum is then approved by a simple majority of all the states of the federation supported by a simple majority of members of the houses of assembly and

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“(d) The proposal is approved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of members of each chamber of the National Assembly.”

In view of the above, the spokesman said the committee was not in a position to propose the creation of any state as reported.

“Rather the committee decided to refer the requests received to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure compliance with Section 8 of the Constitution by conducting a referendum in the areas if the requests are supported by at least two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new state) in the Senate, House of Representatives and the House of Assembly in the area.

“The above clarifications are imperative to set the record straight,” he added.

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

The police in Bauchi state has arrested a 32-year-old man identified as Isaac Ezekiel, of Rafin Zurfi Yelwa Bauchi Metropolitan, for allegedly plucking the eyes of a 16-year-old boy.

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

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According to LIB who had earlier shared the story of how the victim identified as Uzairu Salisu, was employed to work on a farm and while carrying out the duty, was attacked with his eyes plucked out.

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

A statement released by the spokesperson of the police command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said the suspect voluntarily confessed to the unfortunate crime.

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

The police spokesperson said a prompt search at the house of the suspect led to the recovery of Uzairu Salisu’s eyeballs.

 

Exhibit recovered from the suspect two human eyeballs in a calabash, Cable wire used in perpetrating the heinous act, Travelling bag containing some native medicine”

Wakili added that others arrested in connection with the crime include Nensok Bawa ‘M’ 38yr-old of Kabwir District Kanke Local Government Area Plateau State and Yohana Luka (AKA Doctor Samu) 52yr-old of Golbong Village Amper District in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State.

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”Findings reveal that in April 2022, Principal Suspect Isaac Ezekiel conspired with the two suspects above to conceive the idea to commit the atrocity of getting the eyeballs of a human being.

On 24th June 2022 at about 0900hrs the principal suspect Isaac Ezekiel lured one Uzairu Salisu ‘M’ 16yr of Jahun Bauchi Metropolitan into a nearby Bush for a casual job on his farm, the Isaac Ezekiel used a cable wire to strangulate Uzairu Salisu into a coma and use a knife to remove the two eyes for a ritual purpose.

Investigation is in progress, after which the suspects will be charged to court.” the statement read

 

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

The police in Lagos state have arrested two herdsmen for allegedly killing an onlooker in the Agbemowo, Badagry area of the state today June 27.

A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Benjamin Jundeyin, says the trouble started when a commercial bus rammed into two cows, killing one of them.

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

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The herdsmen got angry and intended to attack the bus driver and conductor but ended up killing an onlooker. Benjamin in his statement debunked claims that the deceased ran to the police station for protection but was turned back.

”A commercial vehicle ran into two cows this morning at Agemowo, Badagry, killing one of the cows. The two cattle herders attacked someone they mistook for the vehicle conductor, resulting in his death. Angry residents blocked the highway in protest of the killing.

The DPO, Morogbo Division, assisted by soldiers from 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry successfully cleared the obstruction. Normalcy has since returned to the area. It is entirely false that the victim was turned back when he sought refuge in the police station.

He did not make it off the accident scene, let alone reach the station. Meanwhile, the two herders have been arrested. Investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided subsequently.”

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Zamfara Government directs residents to obtain guns, shoot motorcyclists at sight

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Zamfara Government directs residents to obtain guns, shoot motorcyclists at sight

Zamfara Government on Sunday advised individuals to obtain guns and defend themselves in the height of the resurgence of insecurity in the state.

The state government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, said:” the government has henceforth, directed individuals to prepare and obtain guns to defend themselves against the bandits.

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“Government has directed the state Commissioner of police to issue licence to all those who qualify and are wishing to obtain such guns to defend themselves.

“Government is ready to facilitate for people, especially our farmers, to secure basic weapons for defending themselves.

“Government has already concluded arrangements to distribute 500 forms to each of the 19 Emirates in the state for those willing to obtain guns to defend themselves,” Dosara said.

He explained that the government directive followed the increase in the activities of bandits in various parts of the state.

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The commissioner, however, noted the state government’s commitment to ensure adequate security and protection of lives and property of citizens, particularly during the rainy season.

Dosara said government had resolved to deal with the recent escalating attacks, kidnapping and the criminal levies being enforced on innocent communities.

“This act of terrorism has been a source of worry and concern to the people and government of the state.

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“Therefore, in order to deal decisively with the situation, government has no option than to take these measures,” Dosara said.

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According to him, residents must however, apply from the Commissioner of Police, licence to own guns and such other basic weapons to be used in defending themselves.

“A secretariat or centre will be established for the collection of intelligence on the activities of informants.

” Residents are strictly warned and advised to make sure that any information or intelligence about an informant must be true and nothing but the truth.

“All information on such informants must carry correct data on the suspects, including their pictures, correct names, address, occupation and witness to testify on the facts of the information given.
” Government will take punitive measures against any one found as informant.

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” Any person who give wrong information against anybody, will be served the same punishment with an informant and will be treated as such,” the commissioner aaid.

He said government had requested the State House of Assembly to pass, as matter of urgency, the informants bill before it, to enable government to take the drastic measures on informants as contained in the bill.

He said government had ordered for the recruitment of 200 additional Community Protection Guards in each of the 19 emirates of the state, making it 500 per emirate.

The action, he noted, would increase their manpower and strengthen their force and capacity to deal with the bandits.

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The state government had also constituted an 11-man special committee to receive intelligence on the activities of informants.

This committee is chaired by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe while Bello Bakyasuwa Soja will serve as secretary to the committee.

He also announced an additional paramilitary unit to support control and command, to properly and effectively reinforce the operations of Community Protection Guards (CPG).

This newly established unit has eight members with retired Commissioner of Police Mamman Anka as Commandant – General

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Dosara said the state government had reconstituted an 11-member state committee on prosecution of banditry related offences with Dr Sani Abdullahi Wanban Shinkafi as Chairman.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bello Matawalle has ordered the immediate closure of all markets, including livestock markets in Mada, Wonaka, and Ruwan Bore Districts of Gusau Local Government and Yandoto Emirate in Tsafe Local Government.

“The governor has equally banned riding of motorbikes and selling of petroleum products in Mada, Wonaka and Ruwan Bore districts, as well as Yandoto emirate.

“Henceforth, all filling stations in the affected areas are hereby closed with immediate effect.

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“Anyone found riding motorbike within the areas is considered as bandit and security agencies are thereby directed to shoot such persons at sight.

“Security agencies are by this announcement directed to ensure strict compliance.
“Anyone found violating this order should be dealt with according to the rule of law.

“Government would not condone any act where innocent people are being killed.

“Matawallle thanked all those who honoured and respected the peace dialogue in whatever form.

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” In the same vein, those who refused to honour and respect the peace dialogue are hereby warned to allow peace within our communities.

Government hereby directs the Military, the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other security agencies to mobilise their operatives and take the fight to the enclaves of the criminals with immediate effect.

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