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Niger State government calls for Peace and Dialogue.

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James Samuel

Niger state government has appealed to the bandits across the state to embrace and dialogue by laying down their arms in the interest of reconciliation for security.

The secretary to the state government, Ibrahim Matane, made the plead in Dutsen Magaji, in Mariga local government area of the state while address, the bandits and their commanders.

Ibrahim Matane who was accompanied by a Kaduna-based Islamic renowned scholar, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, further called on other criminal elements like the kidnappers and cattle rustlers to join in the peace process in order to put an end to all challenges of insecurities in the state.

He also enjoined their commanders to support the government to secure the release of the abducted NSTA  passenger and the students of Government Science College, Kagara, which he described as an unfortunate incident.

The SSG however reaffirmed that the state government will continue to ensure the security of lives and property in the state by strengthening the security apparatus, hence the need for people to support government efforts to rid the state of all criminal activities.

He further stressed the need for religious leaders and other stakeholders to embark on efforts to get bandits and other criminal elements key into government peace initiatives.

In his remarks, the renowned Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmed Gumi expressed optimism that dialogue with bandits will put an end to the current insecurity situations in the state and country at large.

He reminded the bandits that Islam is against taking of innocent people’s lives and therefore appealed to them to embrace the peace process and lay down their arms.

The Islamic cleric told the bandits that he will continue to discuss with state government to explore all necessary assistance and support for them and to achieve the set objective.

In their separate remarks, the commanders applauded the state government is seeking peace with them as they described the action as what would go a long way in restoring lasting peace across the state.

The bandits also appealed to the state government to assist the release of their members arrested by security agencies and detained across the state in order for this peace process to thrive.

The dialogue meeting also witnesses of distribution of Islamic books to the bandits by the sheik Ahmed Gumi.

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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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