Today's Headlines: "Banditry, kidnapping Not Federal Government Concern"- Lai Mohammed, Buhari Condemns Benue Killings


Buhari condemns fresh Benue killings, says violence has no winners

The President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, condemned the killing of 11 people in Gwer West Local Government of Benue State and the reprisals on innocent people by mobs that blocked roads to unleash terror and violence.

His position was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari condemns cycle of violence, says it has no winners.’

The presidential aide said Buhari also deplored the killing of innocent people in Anambra State by mobs, saying that “in both cases, innocent people were killed through no fault of theirs.

NYSC: We won’t deploy corps members to security-challenged areas

Shuaibu Ibrahim, director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says that corps members will not be deployed to security-challenged areas.

Ibrahim spoke on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 2021 batch ‘A’ pre-orientation workshop in Karu, Nasarawa state.

The NYSC DG also said that the scheme is in constant interaction with security agencies to ensure that the safety of corp members is not undermined.

He also said the orientation courses were conducted under strict adherence to the safety measures of COVID-19.

Mob Vandalises Family House Of Suspected Killer Of Akwa Ibom Job Seeker

Youths from Nnung Ikono Obio in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have vandalised the family house of Uduak Akpan, the suspect linked with the murder of a job seeker, Miss Iniubong Umoren.

They explained that their action was predicated on the alleged complicity of Uduak Akpan in the murder of the 26-year-old Umoren, a graduate of philosophy from the University of Uyo.

Buhari working to rescue kidnapped Greenfield University students – Presidency

The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari is working with the military and intelligence agencies to rescue the abducted students from Greenfield University, Kaduna State.

A statement on the Presidency’s Twitter page on Tuesday, said it will ensure that good triumphs over evil, and that all of the bandits and criminals terrorizing innocent lives and communities are brought to book.

It, therefore, called on all Nigerians to unite, regardless of religion, ethnicity against the enemy.

Banditry, kidnapping not federal government concern: Lai Mohammed

Information Minister Lai Mohammed on Tuesday said combating banditry and kidnapping were not part of the duties of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The minister’s deflective take comes as calls for definitive government action to stem rising wave of banditry, abductions and other criminalities becomes more vociferous.

Insecurity has continued to sweep unfettered across the country, mainly in northern states.

Mr Mohammed during a press conference in Abuja said banditry and kidnapping were not federal offences, asking oppositions to hold state governors responsible for their prosecution.

The information minister was reacting to concerns raised by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the growing insecurity around the country.