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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has accused the past managements of the Niger Delta Development Commission of failing to utilise about N5tn accrued to the commission in the last 20 years.

Akpabio argued that if the funds had been put to use by the NDDC over the years, it would have been able to alleviate the suffering of Niger Deltans.

The minister reportedly made this statement when a delegation of the Petrol Station Owners Association, Rivers State chapter, visited him in Abuja.

According to a statement on Friday by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Niger Delta, Deworitshe Patricia, Akpabio also complained about an alleged campaign of calumny against him following the revelations of corruption in the NDDC.

He said, “I could not understand why Nigerians have suddenly lost their voices and have refused to ask questions concerning the activities of NDDC since 2001 despite the orchestrated campaign of calumny against the minister, the ministry and Mr President.”

According to him, “Why is it only now that the noise is loudest and the parliament finds it comfortable to embark on selective probing, focusing on the last five months instead of taking a holistic view of its 20 years of existence in which N5tn would have been expended in the region without any tangible thing to show.”

He assured the association that the government would do everything to ensure that the East-West Road was completed and inaugurated in December 2021.

Akpabio said he would soon visit the site to have first-hand information of what should be done about the revaluation of compensation demanded by the group.
(Source PUNCH)

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Some suspected gunmen blocked the Kaura Namoda-Shinkafi Highway on Wednesday at around 12:00pm and opened fire on a Golf car which was driving toward Shinkafi from Kaura Namoda.

According to a source, the bandits laid ambush on the incoming car and opened fire on the passengers conveyed inside the car.

Two persons were killed instantly while four others were wounded and rushed to the General Hospital, Kaura Namoda.

According to the source, the injured after receiving first aid treatment were later moved to an advance health facility in Gusau for advance medical attention.

Effort to speak to the Police Spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad has failed as at the time of filing this report

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The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi, has confirmed the missing of about 600 inmates from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, as 300 inmates were retrieved from bushes.

Speaking with newsmen, in Abuja, Magashi said they suspect the attack was carried out by the Boko-Haram terrorist sect.

He said, “They attempted the initial entry with a very high explosive, but they were unsuccessful”.

According to him, after the unsuccessful first attempt, then they attacked another section of the wall with even higher grade explosive which brought the wall down.

He explained that the forces on the ground did everything they could to repel them but the number of the terrorists they came with was overwhelming which they were not able to fight against.

“The incident took about 30 minutes, before the reinforcements arrived”.
The Minister gave the figure of the inmates at about 994 inmates in the prison.

“We understand, the attackers were Boko Haram, and they came specifically to get their co-conspirators freed”, he added.
He lamented that majority of the terrorists freed from the prison are now in the general population.

“But many of them have returned, they have reported themselves to the police, some we have successfully retrieved from the bushes where they were hiding”, The Minister added.

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Katsina state police command has announced the murder of ACP Aminu Umar during a special operation along at Zakka village in Safana local government area of the state.

The Spokesperson of the police in Katsina SP Gambo Isah said in a statement that, one other police operative also lost his life during the operation.

“ A distress call was received that terrorists numbering over three hundred (300), on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of Katsina state”.

“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross exchange of gun fire”.

According to Gambo Isah the Police Commissioner condoles the families of the deceased and prayed for God almighty to grant the deceased eternal rest.

He re-affirms the commitment of the police in fighting insecurity and insurgency and ensure that peace has returned to the state.

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