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100 People Killed In Fresh Attack On Benue Villages

At least, 100 people have been killed in four council wards of Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State at the weekend after gunmen unleashed terror on communities.

Daily Trust gathered that over 100 dead bodies have been recovered from many villages in the four council wards where the gunmen attacked simultaneously between Saturday and Sunday.

A spokesman of the Kastina-Ala council chairman, Tertsea Benga, alleged that the gunmen stormed several communities in the Mbayongo council ward in Katsina-Ala LGA about noon on Saturday and burnt down houses.

He listed the initially affected villages to include Vingir, Tse Nyipila and Tse Guji all in Mbayongo ward, adding that the attackers proceeded to Kenvanger in Mbatyula council ward on Sunday afternoon.

Reps Moves to Scrap NYSC as Bill Reaches Second reading

The National Youth Service Corps scheme is in the process of discontinuation by House of Representatives as Bill Reaches second Reading.

Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante, the sponsor of the bill noted the various reasons why the NYSC should be scrapped in a memorandum of the proposal.

It read in part, “This bill seeks to repeal Section 315(5)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) on the following grounds:

“Incessant killing of innocent corps members in some parts of the country due to banditry, religious extremism and ethnic violence; incessant kidnapping of innocent corps members across the country;

“Public and private agencies/departments are no longer recruiting able and qualified Nigerian youths, thus relying heavily on the availability of corps members who are not being well remunerated and get discarded with impunity at the end of their service year without any hope of being gainfully employed.


Another INEC Office Set Ablaze In Enugu

Barely one week after the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was set ablaze in Enugu, the capital of Enugu State, another office of the commission in Igboeze South council area of the state, has been razed by hoodlums.

It was learnt that the office situated at Ibeagwa town, was attacked Sunday night by invaders who set the fire at about 11 pm.

The fire was said to have succeeded in burning one of the rooms in the office before it was put out by the state fire service.

Efforts to speak with the Enugu INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Emeka Ononamadu and the INEC spokesman in Enugu, Pius Eze failed as calls put to their phones were not responded to.

However, Enugu State Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Okwudili Ohaa confirmed the incident to newsmen.

National dialogue will end agitations in Nigeria – Gov Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has again advocated the need for a national dialogue, which he says is the panacea for various agitations in the country.

The Governor stated this on Monday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi when he received participants of the Senior Executive Programme of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, in a courtesy call.

Ortom said the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) needs further amendments to make it a more democratic document, stressing that combined with national dialogue, the country would be saved from further crises.

Why I Didn't Attend Southwest APC Leader's Meetings -Akeredolu

Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has thrown his weight behind the outcome of a meeting held by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday.

 APC chieftains in the South-West, had in the meeting on Sunday, supported Southern governors’ open grazing ban, call for restructuring and state police.

The APC leaders at the meeting include Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Olusegun Osoba, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Akeredolu in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde also explained why he was absent at the meeting held in Lagos state.

He attributed his absence to lack of timeous communication.

The governor described the parley as ‘commendable and timely'.

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