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PDP Raises Dust Over Senator Akpabio’s Planned Defection

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2019 POLLS: PDP RAISES DUST OVER SENATOR AKPABIO’S PLANNED DEFECTION

BY Haruna Yusuf Abuja.

Less than a week after the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Governors of Benue, Kwara and Sokoto States defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC), there are strong indications that the opposition party has cut short its merrymaking to re-strategize on the way forward.

With heightening speculations of internal turbulence in the PDP South-South caucus over Senator Godswill Akpabio’s imminent defection to ruling APC, the nation’s political space is awash with social media activists celebrating the so-called ‘Confirm breaking News’ that quotes Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly – Senate, Senator (Dr) Ita Enang as saying; “I am confirming that the APC family in Nigeria led as earlier indicated will formally receive His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Godswill Akpabio, CON on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa-Ibom State.”

Available information on this ‘Breaking news’ further indicates that Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, is scheduled to lead the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Senator Ita Enang, Obong Nsima Ekere, and all APC Governors among other leaders to formally receive Senator Akpabio into the ruling party’s family at a ceremony that will hold at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium.

Our usual reliable sources confirmed that this ‘disturbing development’ in the geo-political zone, hitherto considered the PDP’s fortress in political circles, has made party chieftains to urgently refrain from basking in the euphoria of their huge political mileage gained through the entry of APC deserters.

The sources said the developing relationship between the ruling party and the Senate Minority Leader had kept tongues wagging with many PDP supporters feeling quite uncomfortable. Though public denials kept coming in torrents, insiders said signs that all was not well within the previously ‘one-house’ were apparent as some PDP’s egg heads became hard-pressed re-strategizing on ways to check the looming turmoil of some frontline members deserting the opposition party in the Niger Delta.

According to information gathered by Daily Hint Magazine, though in hush-hush tones, the APC remained unperturbed and in celebration mood, as it seriously prepared grounds to receive the South-South political bigwigs led by the man known with the popular trademark of ‘Uncommon Transformation’

His conspicuous absence at the much-publicized PDP’s 81st National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja and highly-advertised visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at Aso Rock Presidential Villa on the same day further fueled speculations of his defection.

An insider, who described Akpabio’s meeting with Prof Osinbajo as a political masterstroke, said the allure of having the former Akwa Ibom governor in APC’s fold was so tempting that the Presidency did not take chances with its officials paying attention to all details captured in the very juicy ‘pact’ and incentives for the South-South zone.

But suggesting why Akpabio found it expedient to quit the PDP, Daily Hint gathered that it might not be unconnected with claims that some damaging documents are flying around on alleged underhanded deals during his eight years tenure as governor between 2007 and 2015.

“I can conveniently tell you that all is not well with the PDP chapter in Akpabio’s home state of Akwa Ibom.

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CDD engages 100 stakeholders on civil- security relationship in Yobe state

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CDD engages 100 stakeholders on civil-security relationship in Yobe State.

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) has on Thursday engaged 100 participants in a one day interactive town hall meeting on civil_security relations in Damaturu.

The participants where drawn from religious bodies, civil society organizations, women and youth groups and security operatives in across the state.

Speaking to journalist during the meeting, Dr Kelechi Ndukwe a peace and conflict lecturer at the University who facilitate the discussions said the meeting was aimed at bridging the gap in respect of relationship that has been in existence between the civilian and security operatives.

He said apart from the destruction of lives and property, the insurgency has created another vacuum which is misunderstanding between the civilian and the security operatives involved in maintaining peace and order.

He noted that the organization discovered that such relationship has not been cordial coupled with some mistrust from ordinary citizens with regards to counter insurgency operations in the north east region.

He stressed that without cordial relationship there is no way to achieve success with regards to peace building.

” In a nutshell we intend to achieve human rights of individuals as contained in the United nation’s provisions of Geneva convention “

In his remarks one of the participants Dr Zaji Bunu commended the organizers for their timely initiative adding that the participants should use the avenue to share their thoughts and experiences to chart the way forward toward achieving sustainable peace in the society.

He expressed concerned that the security operatives particularly the military need to deeply understand the sociology or people they are relating with to avoid tampering on their norms and values while undertaking their exercise.

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An NGO Care International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

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An NGO CARE International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

An International Non Governmental Organisation (INGO), CARE INTERNATIONAL in Nigeria on Wednesday said, Gender Based Violence (GBV) remains a critical rights violation committed against people based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

While speaking during the Launch of a16 days of activism in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, the Manager, Department of state, CARE Nigeria, Nubwa Chama said, GBV is often used as a tool to dominate and intimidate, to reinforce gendered inequalities among and across groups through family and peer pressures; policies and programs that criminalize certain sexualities, or powerful social norms that perpetuate child marriage.

“I am pleased to share with you the heartbeat of CARE in Nigeria, on this great occasion of the launch of 16 days of activism and leading the campaign on Gender Based Violence (GBV) here in Yobe state.. CARE in Nigeria has long stood for its code of conduct, describing our value of Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality, and the undertakings that unite CARE staff around the world and keep our programs firmly directed towards fighting poverty especially amongst women and girls”, Mrs Chama said

She further explained that “at CARE, we work to address multiple forms of GBV through Intimate partner relationships and violence, Child and early forced marriage and other harmful traditional practices, Social norms related to toxic masculinities, homophobia and transphobia, and Gendered economic exploitation and exclusion.”

Mrs Chama stated, that in CARE’s experiences, GBV has been used to control and stop people from entering the work force or making choices about their lives-including decisions related to sexual and reproductive health, their food and nutrition.

“Gender Based Violence is a driver and a consequence of social and political exclusion, conflict, gender inequality and poverty..Affirming the right of women and girls to live a life free from violence is a vital and necessary step toward advancing CARE’s vision of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security, she added.

“In CARE’s experience, GBV can undermine the effectiveness of health, education, agriculture and other programs; for instance, when the threat of violence keeps certain people from participating or accessing services based on their gender status or sexuality. ” She added.

While Sighting some cases, she said “development interventions can also trigger violence. When women income, public participation or mobility are perceived as threatening and cause backlash in households. Given how interventions across sectors interact with people of different genders, monitoring, mitigating and responding to GBV is important for ethical and effective programming in all development and humanitarian work.”

“We must constantly be alert to close the gaps between policies and practice and work to close them.” She further stressed.

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Army neutralizes 23 Boko haram/ISWAP members, captured 1 IEDs expert, recovered arms and ammunitions in Northeast

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Army neutralizes 23 Boko Haram/ISWAP members, captured 1 IEDs expert, recovered arms and ammunitions in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The troops of the Nigerian Army deployed Operation Fire Ball of the Operation Lafiya Dole have neutralized 23 members of Boko Haram insurgents/ Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) members, recovered, cache of arms and ammunitions in it’s efforts to finally route out the insurgents.

Briefing journalists at a Press conference held at the Army Super Camp 1 Ngamdu on Tuesday, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko said the troops in the various Sectors of the Theatre have continued to carry out their tasks relentlessly. .from 1 – 24 NOVEMBER 2020 the troops of the operation Fire Ball recorded a tremendous success.

Defence Media Operations said ” consequently, as a result of the aggressive offensive actions carried out by the troops, several terrorist elements have been neutralized and large number of their equipment were captured including large quantity of their logistics consignment was intercepted our gallant troops. Most importantly, a number of women and children hitherto held captive were rescued unhurt. In this regard, a total of 23 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized while one terrorist’s Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert was captured alive during an encounter.

*Sequel to the commencement of Operation FIRE BALL, a subsidiary operation under Operation LAFIYA DOLE which is meant to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their identified enclaves in the North East region. Operation FIRE BALL has steadily progressed and satisfactorily too with significant results within the short period from its inception. The last 3 weeks of this month has proved to be a significant period against the criminals. This is as a result of the more successful operations conducted within this period.” the Army stated.

General Onyeuko further said “the gallant troops of Operation FIRE BALL in the various Sectors of the Theatre have continued to dominate the general areas of operation and carry out their tasks relentlessly and professionally. The successes so far achieved were made possible with the commitment and gallantry exhibited by the well motivated troops within the period under review. The troops have carried out aggressive clearance operations, ambushes, robust day and night patrols in order to finally decimate the remnants of the Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals. “

He further explained that “equally, the gallant troops courageously intercepted some Boko Haram criminals while attempting to collect ransom from relations of their abducted victims leading to the decimation of the criminals and successful rescue of 2 women and 3 children unhurt. In terms of the criminals equipment casualty, the following weapons were captured: 4 Gun Trucks, one Fabricated Vehicle Blonde Leger, 2 Anti Aircraft Guns, one General Purpose Machine Gun, 2 PKT Guns, 8 AK 47 Rifles, 2 AK 47 Rifle Magazines, one AK 47 Rifle Cover and one Dane Gun”

Other items recovered according to the Army include: 18 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 4 rounds of Brownie Machine Gun ammunition, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, One 36 Hand Grenade, 23 belted rounds of 7.62 x 54, One QJC Extra Barrel, 311 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition (Linked), 511 rounds of PKT ammunition, 8 rounds of Light Machine Gun ammunition, One Service Tools Box, One gas cylinder (for making IED), 8 bicycles, several bags of grains and assorted packets of drugs. Other assorted non lethal items were also captured from the criminals.

He however said unfortunately, 6 gallant soldiers were wounded in action over the period and that the wounded soldiers have since been evacuated to a military medical facility and are currently responding positively to treatment.

He therefore, commended the troops of Operation FIRE BALL under Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their resilience, doggedness and professionalism exhibited since the beginning of the Operation and equally encouraged them not to relent but build on the successes recorded so far.

While assuring the people of the Northeast GeneraI Onyeuko said “the entire populace of the North East region are hereby assured of the Nigerian military high command determination to finally route the remnant’s of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone. They are equally encouraged to avail the troops with credible information that will help in the execution of the operations.

‘To you the members of the Press, we want to thank you most profoundly for your cooperation and commitment in sensitizing the general public of these activities. We will however continue to solicit for your cooperation in our information dissemination. You are well appreciated, he commended the media.

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