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Armed Forces Day: Gov Fubara releases N130m to veterans

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has commended the Nigerian military for their fierce operations against non-state actors who have continued to cause insecurity in Nigeria

Speaking on the final day of the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt, Governor Fubara said soldiers have continued to perform their constitutional duties and despite the dangerous circumstances, they are putting their lives on the line for all Nigerians.

Fubara, in a statement by Boniface Onyedi, his senior special adviser, said: “In the end, some returned traumatised with loss of limbs and shattered hopes, while others never returned at all to their families and loved ones.

We also salute our veterans and members of the Nigerian Legion for their immeasurable services and for the support and solidarity that they have continued to provide to our soldiers and their fellow veterans.”

Fubara noted that, though the war on terror and banditry has not fully ended, it is essential to commend the armed forces for the significant daily gains made on the battlefield.

He commended President Bola Tinubu for his determination to tackle economic and security challenges with a political will that will end the activities of Boko Haram and other internal security threats from non-state actors.

Fubara assured that his administration will continue to support the military “to enable them to discharge their constitutional responsibilities to Rivers State and the country.”

In his address, the chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Nigerian Legion, Charles T. Hart, expressed appreciation to the governor for his extraordinary support of legionnaires. He thanked him particularly for the release of N100 million pledged by his predecessor on January 15, 2023, and also for redeeming his pledge of N30 million.

Hart also commended the governor for approving the employment of 48 children of fallen heroes into the civil service of Rivers State.

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Lagos clampdown on illegal estate development

The Lagos State Government has clamped down on illegal estate developments around the Epe corridor of the state.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

He stated that he led a special joint exercise to the axis on Thursday and Friday, based on the directive of the state executive council.

He mentioned some of the areas covered during the exercise to include: Alaro City, Okorisan, Igbodu, Molajoye, Shaala, Ketu, and Epe.

Olumide said notices were also served on estate developments such as Patriot Bay Estate, Smart City Estate, the Legend and Hilton Royal Garden.

Others are Greenland Estate, Legacy City, Isinmi Lagos, Dominion City, Topview Estate, and Ibi Alafia, among others.

He pointed out that erring estate developers were requested to visit relevant authorities to perfect their documents.

According to him, under no circumstances should any developer go ahead to start the development of estates without obtaining layout approval, planning permit, and fencing permit as may be required.

The commissioner added that the requirements were necessary to ensure the attainment of an organised, livable and sustainable built environment.

Olumide explained that layout approval was required for proper arrangement of the estate to give room for appropriate services and infrastructure, while the planning permit addressed the planning requirements on individual plots in the estate.

He urged property up-takers and buyers to be wary of investing in estates without approval, to avoid needless embarrassment from government officials.

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Police detain ADC to Fmr. Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

The aide-de-camp (ADC) to former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has been arrested and detained by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The Female police officer and others were arrested days after the former governor evaded arrest by EFCC operatives on Wednesday, April 17.

The officers were taken into custody on suspicion of aiding and abetting Bello’s escape from EFCC operatives.

The anti-graft agency had stormed Bello’s house to arrest him over allegations of money laundering and financial misconduct while in office.

The Nigeria Police Force has yet to release an official statement regarding the arrests, but police sources say the officers could face charges related to obstruction of justice or conspiracy to hinder a law enforcement operation.

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Zamfara govt suspends commandant state security outfit over allegations of poor funding

The Zamfara State Government has suspended the Commandant of the local security outfit, Community Protection Guards, CPG, Colonel Rabiu Garba (retd).

This is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mallam Abubakar Nakwadahe and made available to newsmen in Gusau, the State capital.

The statement said in part, “This is to inform the general public that, Zamfara State government has suspended Colonel Rabiu Garba as Commandant of the state Community Protection Guards”.

“The suspension takes immediate effect”.

According to DAILY POST no reason for his suspension was given but it was gathered that the suspension may not be unconnected with the radio live program he granted where he accused the state government of poor funding of the Community Protection Guards.

In a radio live program at the Vision FM radio Gusau, Colonel Garba said the state government has failed to give financial support to the Protection Guards.

He lamented that since their inauguration, the state government has not provided them with any takeoff grant.

Garba also said the officials of the protection guards were paid their salary only once since they were appointed four months ago.

He said members of the Community Protection Guards have been suffering from poor funding from the state government, a situation which he said has been crippling their activities in the fight against banditry.

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