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How Abducted Ekiti Monarch Freed In Kwara State Forest

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Kidnapped Ekiti traditional ruler, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, in Oye Local Government Area of the state, Oba Oyewunmi has regained his freedom.

Police spokesman in Ekiti State, ASP Sunday Abutu, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday that the traditional ruler was released in a forest in Kwara State after six days in captivity.

“I can confirm that the ruler has been released from captivity. He has also been reunited with his family.

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“He is receiving medical attention in one of the facilities in the state as a result of the trauma he went through,’’ Abutu said.

Informavores gathered that the Oba’s release from captivity was barely 24-hours after a family source confided in newsmen that the abductors demanded N20 million ransom as condition for his release. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

It was, however, not clear whether the family paid the ransom to secure the release of the traditional ruler who was whisked away last Thursday.

Oba Oyewumi was kidnapped in his palace by six gunmen who scaled the palace fence around 8.30PM., invaded his apartment and beat up everyone on sight, including the traditional ruler.

The kidnappers contacted the family last Saturday and demanded a N20 million ransom to secure his release.

ASP Abutu said the command was not aware of any ransom paid.

“All I can say is that his freedom was facilitated by the concerted actions taken by the police and other security agencies,’’ he said.

Ekiti State’s Amotekun Corps Commander, retired Brig-Gen. Joe Komolafe, said that the release of the traditional ruler was secured at a place in Obbo Ayegunle, Ekiti Local Government area of Kwara with the help of the Kwara vigilance group.

“When we went into the bush, we tracked the traditional ruler to the area, the Vigilantes from Kwara State joined our team and we were able to rescue his release.

“No ransom was paid. We have brought him home and he is currently receiving medical attention,’’ Komolafe said. 

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Nasarawa Inaugurates 16 – Hectare Farmland For NYSC

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Nasarawa State Government has promised more support for the NYSC Scheme in its quest to support the Federal Government’s agenda on the diversification of the economy, and also improving agricultural practice, food production and self-sufficiency.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe stated this today in Doma during the inauguration of sixteen hectares of farmland donated by the Andoma of Doma Kingdom, HRM Alhaji (Dr) Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo to the National Youth Service Corps and the inauguration of 2021 farming season by Corps Members in Doma.

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In a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by the Scheme’s Director, Press and Public Relations Adenike Adeyemi (Mrs) revealed that NYSC commended the Andoma for supporting the vision of Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim by releasing the land to encourage agricultural practices that would lead to bumper harvest of different agricultural products. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Speaking through the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Professor Alanana Ofaki, the Deputy Governor appealed to Corps Members to embrace all opportunities of the value chain agribusiness for their empowerment.

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated that the NYSC Scheme would continue to train Corps Members who are interested in farming using its farms across the country.

He commended the Andoma of Doma and the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority for their gesture towards the Scheme.

He said the NYSC Scheme has keyed into Federal Government’s agenda of diversification of the economy and would continue to leverage on the potentials of Corps Members for improved productivity.

“I want to urge Corps Members to key into this opportunity for self-development”.

“Recently, Borno State trained 68 Corps Members as soil doctors and extension service workers with a view to boosting agricultural production”, he said.

In his goodwill message, the Andoma of Doma Kingdom HRM Alhaji (Dr) Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo said food security is a necessity for every nation, adding that there was the need to support NYSC in its resolve to teach Corps Members that there is an alternative to salaried jobs through farming.

He commended the Director-General for redesigning the future of Nigerian youth with a new beginning for self empowerment.

He appealed for more stakeholders’ support for the Scheme in order to attain its laudable goals for the Nigerian youths.

The monarch appealed for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, adding that the strength of a nation lies in its unity and no tribe can exist independently on its own.

He preached equality of all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion, stating that there was the need to give priority attention to national unity and integration.

“There is no alternative to an indivisible Nigeria, we are better together”.

“Let us save ourselves and make Nigeria a peaceful country for the future of unborn generation”, he said.

In his goodwill message, the Vice Chairman Federal House Committee on Youth and Sports, Hon Abdulmumini Ari applauded General Shuaibu Ibrahim for his exemplary leadership style since assuming duty as NYSC Director-General.

The Managing Director, Lower Benue River Basin Authority, Engr Mohammed Adra in his goodwill message called on the NYSC to embrace irrigation farming.

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Greenfield University Kaduna Attacked, Police Confirm

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Gunmen attacked Greenfield University on Tuesday evening, the Police Command in Kaduna State, has confirmed.

The university located on Kaduna-Abuja highway, was attacked at about 8:35p.m on Tuesday.

The Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna, that some of the students were abducted.

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Jalige however said that the number of students kidnapped had not been ascertained.

He said security operatives have been deployed to the general area for search and rescue operation.

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UNESCO, Japan Inaugurate Project to Empower Women In Nigeria States

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The United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Government of Japan has inaugurated a project to empower women and girls in marginalised communities in three states within one year.

Informavores gathered that the project tagged: “Japan-UNESCO project on Empowerment of Women and Girls in Marginalised Communities for Better Well-being through Education and Advocacy’’ was inaugurated virtually on Tuesday.

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The project would be implemented in three states including Delta, Gombe and Bauchi by UNESCO with funding from the Government of Japan.

Mr Dimitri Sanga, officer-in-charge of UNESCO, Abuja Regional Office, said that the collaboration between UNESCO and Japan was necessary to fast-track growth and improve the lives of women and girls in the three states. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Sanga said that the project would help create a healthy society to actualize the 2030 agenda as the intervention targeted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) one, three, four and 16.

He said that the project was aimed at creating awareness and strategies on addressing the impact of COVID-19 and providing training on preventive measures to women and girls through second chance education and advocacy.

He added that the project would also increase awareness on gender-based violence amongst young women facing marginalization.

He said that it would also provide psycho-social rehabilitation in support of long term recovery of women and girls survivors of Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

According to him, the project would also build the capacity of community media and balance gender-based violence reportage, development of COVID-19 preventive messages and advocate for the rights of women and girls.

He noted that the partnership between UNESCO and Japan in this regard would help alleviate poverty and improve the lives of citizens which ultimately would contribute to peace, stability and inclusive growth.

Sanga urged the Gombe State Government to key into the project by providing the necessary support to ensure proper implementation for the benefits of women and girls in the state.

Mr Shinozawa Takayuki, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria said the collaboration was to promote gender equality and socio-economic empowerment of women and girls in the three states.

Takayuki said that the large number of out-of-school children which had mostly affected women and girls compounded by the lockdown due to COVID-19 had contributed to the increase of SGBV, hence the intervention.

“Unfortunately, reported cases of gender-based violence in marginalised communities have increased.

“It is in recognition of this that the Government of Japan is partnering with UNESCO to empower women and girls in Bauchi, Delta and Gombe states,” he said.

Takayuki said that the intervention would provide psychological support and rehabilitation for women and girls, SGBV survivors and second chance education for women and girls.

“The project will raise awareness on SGBV among the public and protect women and girls from such violence,” Takayuki said.

He added that the project would alleviate the increasing social tension worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his remarks, the Gombe State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Julius Ishaya, expressed the appreciation to UNESCO and Japan.

Ishaya stated that the choice of Gombe State for the implementation of the project was apt in view of the decade-long impact of insurgency on the state being geographically-centered in the North east.

According to him, the Gombe State Government had been doing a lot to promote girl-child education and welfare of women in the state and would welcome and support any partnership to strengthen those achievements.

NAN also reports that in the three states, 690 women and girls including SGBV survivors, 300 learners for second chance education would benefit, while 150 survivors per state would be given psycho-social rehabilitation services.

Also, 45 facilitators would be trained on COVID-19 prevention, while 45 media persons would be given training on SBGV reportage amongst other trainings for Non-Governmental Organisations and community groups. 

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