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527 LGs attacked, thousands killed, kidnapped in 2022 alone – Report



No fewer than 527 local government areas, out of the nation’s 774 councils, have recorded security breaches between January and August 21, 2022.

A total of 3,264 cases of security breaches were recorded in the affected local governments.

This is as there are concerns that insecurity being witnessed in many parts of the country could serve as a threat to the forthcoming general elections.

The figure was contained in the Nigeria Security Incidents Tracker by Beacon Consulting between January 1 and August 21.

The security breaches, according to the report, included terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and cultist attacks.

The data showed that Konduga, a local government area in Borno State, recorded 89 security incidents, leading to the deaths of 172 persons and the kidnapping of 43 persons.

For the Abuja Municipal Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory, 81 security breaches have been witnessed to date with 20 killed and 40 kidnapped.

In addition, security has been breached 46 times in Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State, with 180 deaths recorded and 378 kidnapped.

Others are Dikwa with 37 incidents; Gwari recorded 32 incidents; Abeokuta-North recorded 29; Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State witnessed 29 incidents.

Kaita in Katsina State and Warri North in Delta State recorded one incident each.

Two incidents were recorded in Shagamu, while Ibadan North East recorded three incidents, to mention a few.

According to the data, a total of 22 local government areas in Kaduna accounted for 236 security breaches in which at least 853 persons were killed and 1,200 were kidnapped.

For Borno State, a total of 26 local government areas recorded security upheaval with a total of 596 incidents. This led to the death of 1,942 persons and 288 kidnapped within the period under review.

Katsina witnessed 111 incidents spread across 25 local governments, leading to the death of 369 persons while 260 persons have been kidnapped.

Zamfara State has experienced a total of 120 total security incidents in 14 LGA. 821 persons have been killed and 359 kidnapped.

Similarly, Plateau State has experienced security breaches in 16 LGAs 97 times. 472 persons were killed with 145 kidnapped.

The Federal Capital Territory has a total of 126 incidents in the six area councils. This led to the deaths of 55 persons and 118 abductions.

In Lagos State, 159 incidents were recorded in 20 LGAs, leading to the death of 80 persons and 13 abductions.

A total of 98 incidents were recorded in Imo State in 25 LGAs, which resulted in the death of 105 persons and 59 abductions, and Abia State, 40 incidents were reported in 14 LGAs. 89 deaths and 84 abductions were recorded.

Commenting on the data, a security and risk management expert, Kabiru Adamu, said, “INEC has the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security. Their work is to study the threat pattern and then put in place mitigation methods to ensure that there’s no threat that can affect the election. They should be studying statistics like this and putting in place measures to deter those threats. I am hoping they will be more systematic and strategic in their approach.”

Another security expert, Timothy Avele, said, “These figures clearly indicate that there’s fire on the mountain and all hands must be on deck to avert the Somalia situation where there will be a total breakdown of law and order. There must be visible and deliberate urgent actions to curtail insecurity before security agencies and the military are overwhelmed and turn to calamity before the 2023 general elections.”



Senate knocks Accountant General over failure to recover N910bn short-term loan to MDAs from Special Accounts



•••Orders Imo State SUBEB to refund N482m paid illegally to unqualified contractors

The Senate has indicted the Office of Accountant General of the Federation following its refusal to repay short term loans given to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs from Special Funds Accounts totaling N910 billion.
The Senate uncovered this after  investigation by the Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Edo South led  Senate Committee on Public Accounts following the submission of 2017 Auditor General’s  report.
According to the query, the loans and debts arose from Special Funds Accounts totalling N910,039,557,742 and  showed that the balance remained unpaid throughout the year even as  they were designed to be short term.
In its response,  the Office of the Accountant General  claimed that several letters were  written to the then  Honorable Minister of Finance to authorize the settlement of the loans granted against allocations of various MDAs affected
The AGF office further said that  it had requested the Honorable Minister to include the loans repayment in 2017 budget.
Urhoghide’ Committee observed that there was  continous abuse of the Special Funds by Executive as the withdrawals were  continually made for political expediency outside the purpose which the funds were meant .
The report read,  ” There is continous abuse of the Special Funds by Executive as the the withdrawals are continually made for political expediency outside the purpose which the funds were meant.”
The Senate therefore ordered that all outstanding laons should be recovered by the Accountant General of the Federation and evidence of recovery presented to the Auditor General and Senate Public Accounts Committee within 60 days.
Meanwhile, the  Senate after considering the report,  directed the Executive Chairman of Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to account for money  paid to companies that were not financially capable contrary to requirement of extant rules
The Chairman of the board failed to appear before the Committee to defend the allegation of payment without due process

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Ending Sit-at-home: Bishops Onah, Chukwuma, Enugu Town Unions back Mbah



Enugu State Governor Dr Peter Mbah

•  Call for Kanu’s release

•  It’s bondage, let’s free ourselves – Bishop Chukwuma

•  Let’s give new governments benefit of doubt – Bishop Onah

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, and the Enugu State Association of Presidents-General of Town Unions, have thrown their weights behind the efforts of the Enugu State government to end sit-at-home in the state starting from Monday, June 5, saying it is long overdue.

They equally expressed total support for Mbah’s call for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention, saying it is the right path to national healing and stability in the South East region.

Speaking to reporters after leading a prayer session for a smooth end to sit-at-home in Enugu State and the entire South East at the the Chapel of Redemption, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), on Sunday, Most Rev. Chukwuma, who also doubles as the Anglican Bishop of Enugu Enugu Diocese, appealed to the people to support the government’s move through compliance.

“Government has given directive. My advice and appeal is that they should comply so we can save the economy of Southeast.

“Now the Governor has said it is safe to come out; therefore people should come out to do their business, and be free and set ourselves free from this bondage. It is a bondage, and we must be set free from it”, he concluded.

Also, in his homily at the St. Theresa’s Cathedral Nsukka, Bishop Onah, while commending Dr. Mbah’s initiative to end the sit-at-home syndrome, noted that the suffering in the land was too much.

He, however, begged the people to give the new governors of the South East the benefit of doubt.

Bishop Onah traced the insecurity and restiveness in the region to the continuous detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and appealed to President Bola Tinubu to heed Mbah’s call for Kanu’s release.

“The suffering is too much. But, please, everybody should have mercy. Those that are angry should calm down. Many of us are angry, but we have to be careful how we express our anger or we may cause more problems.

“It’s in this spirit that I understand the initiative by some state governments in the South East, especially the newly inaugurated government in Enugu state, to try to restore normalcy in the South East.

“But I want to believe and I want to affirm that this initiative must of necessity include an increase in the effort to secure the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention”.

On their part, the Presidents-General (PGs) of Enugu State Town Unions wondered why Enugu State should continue to be on lockdown every Monday whereas “both private and pubic offices in the capitals of other states of the South East region had since resumed businesses.”

They wondered why Enugu’s case should be different.

In a statement by the Coordinating PG, Barr. Paully Ezeh, the association said the loss of Mondays since September 2021 had resulted in untold hardships and caused incalculable economic losses in the state and South East.

“The governor’s promise to transform Enugu from a public sector economy to a private-sector driven economy; raise the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the present $4.4 billion to $30 billion in eight years, make Enugu one of the top three economies, restore public water supply in Enugu metropolis in 180 days, and eradicate poverty can’t happen if we continue to sit at home on Mondays. It presents our state to investors as restive, insecure, and unproductive place.

“The Association, therefore, appeals to both private and public institutions and people of Enugu to support the government’s efforts to restore full days of work and productivity in the state.

“We urge aggrieved persons and groups to take the opportunity of dialogue advanced by the Mbah administration and we equally join the Governor in his call for Nnamdi Kanu’s release to engender organic peace and national healing”, the Association concluded.

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New State lawmaker appoints 14 aides



Ondo lawmaker Chris Ayebusiwa
A first–time Ondo lawmaker Chris Ayebusiwa has announced the appointment of 14 aides.

Seven of the newly appointees are to work as legislative aides while seven others would work at the Ward level of the party.

Ayebusiwa was among the 26 lawmakers that took oath of office into the 10th Assembly at the weekend.

He said the appointments was to ensure smooth running of office.

Among those appointed were: Monday Akinsulere as Senior Legislative Aide; Femi Olawoye as Personal Assistant; Morayo Itiolu as Special Assistant Women & Girl Child Affairs; Kehinde Akinyemi as Special Assistant, Media & Advocacy; Joshua Akindoyo as Special Assistant, Youth & Mobilisation; Ayo Olowoselu as Special Assistant, Special Duties and Osedele Gbenga as Special Assistant, Party Affairs.

Others are: Adebayo Saheed, Obolo Morenike, Idowu Fasalejo, Simeon Adedeji, Atinuke Arikawe, Koya Mewaye and Mrs Ayebuola.

He urged the appointees to put communal interest above their personal comfort and advised them to work toward achieving improved status for the constituency.

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