Relations Practitioner – USC PRSSA Government & Student Funding http://uscprssa.com/ Government & Student Funding Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:09:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://uscprssa.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Relations Practitioner – USC PRSSA Government & Student Funding http://uscprssa.com/ 32 32 Anambra Police Rescue Two Kidnapping Victims, Recover Vehicles https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/24/anambra-police-rescue-two-kidnapping-victims-recover-vehicles/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:54:58 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/24/anambra-police-rescue-two-kidnapping-victims-recover-vehicles/ Anambra State Police officers rescued two kidnapping victims and recovered two vehicles in the Awada area of ​​the state. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Tochukwu Ikenga made the revelation in a statement made available to reporters in Awka on Friday. Mr Ikenga said the victims were rescued around 9 p.m. on Thursday June 23, adding […]]]>

Anambra State Police officers rescued two kidnapping victims and recovered two vehicles in the Awada area of ​​the state.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Tochukwu Ikenga made the revelation in a statement made available to reporters in Awka on Friday.

Mr Ikenga said the victims were rescued around 9 p.m. on Thursday June 23, adding that the vehicles, a Toyota Highlander jeep registered NSH 398 HA and a Toyota Camry registered BRS 941 AA, were recovered the same day.

He said preliminary information showed that security officers had intercepted a seven-man kidnapping gang in Awada, in the Idemili North local government area of ​​the state.

“In an attempt to arrest the criminals, six of the seven gang members escaped and abandoned both the victims’ vehicle and their operational vehicle.

“The seventh person was arrested and lynched by an angry mob and set on fire before police officers could arrive on the scene,” he said.

Mr. Ikenga quoted the police commissioner, Echeng Echeng, as condemning the mob action.

According to him, Mr. Echeng also urged people who might want to take the law into their own hands to always exercise restraint, but “to take these suspects to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended.”

“This would give the police the opportunity to carry out a proper investigation into the nefarious activities of the suspects; and bring them to justice in accordance with applicable laws,” he said quoting Ikenga.

Mr Ikenga said the police had launched an operation to arrest the fleeing gang members and those who took the law into their own hands by setting the gang member on fire.

(NOPE)

]]>
What is an earnings call? Definition, frequency and importance https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/23/what-is-an-earnings-call-definition-frequency-and-importance/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:56:36 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/23/what-is-an-earnings-call-definition-frequency-and-importance/ Earnings calls help the public understand a company’s financial performance in the context of its industry and the current financial climate. Alexander Andrews through Unsplash; Cloth Contents What are earnings calls and how often do they occur? Earnings calls are meetings held by publicly traded companies where earnings and other financial results for the previous […]]]>

What are earnings calls and how often do they occur?

Earnings calls are meetings held by publicly traded companies where earnings and other financial results for the previous quarter (or year), among other things, are discussed with investors, analysts and the media. In many cases, a company’s future plans, goals and profit forecasts are also covered.

]]>
Operate the Election Offenses Office https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/21/operate-the-election-offenses-office/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:39:21 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/21/operate-the-election-offenses-office/ As the 2023 General Elections approach and the season for politics ripens, Nigerians are once again full of apprehensions as to how to achieve a free, fair and credible electoral process which would consequently lead to a peaceful change of baton. from one democratically elected president to another. These fears were allayed, however, by the […]]]>

As the 2023 General Elections approach and the season for politics ripens, Nigerians are once again full of apprehensions as to how to achieve a free, fair and credible electoral process which would consequently lead to a peaceful change of baton. from one democratically elected president to another. These fears were allayed, however, by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, when he recently announced the establishment of the Election Offenses Office (EOD) within the Force’s Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The office will be overseen from the Force Headquarters in Abuja, with the Commissioner of Police, FCID, as the office officer.

According to the Force’s Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, IGP Baba has also endorsed the establishment of the unit within state commands nationwide. Deputy Commissioners of Police in charge of criminal investigation departments will serve as state desk officers. Adejobi said officers from the office of electoral infractions should collect and investigate all electoral infractions and complaints received from members of the public.

The unit of the respective State Commands will determine the strength of the cases in accordance with the Amended Election Act of 2022 and then bring charges to the competent courts for the necessary legal actions. The IGP instructed the unit to immediately begin its activities with cases that may have been registered during pre-election activities such as candidate selection, party conventions and primaries.

It should be recalled that in 2019, the National Assembly reintroduced the bill establishing the Commission of Electoral Offenses, which was adopted at first reading in the Senate on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Previously, the electoral reform commission headed by Judge Mohammed Uwais had recommended the creation of an electoral offenses commission to deal with the prosecution and punishment of electoral offences. It should also be recalled that the same bill on the Commission of Electoral Offenses was adopted by the 8th Assembly but did not receive presidential assent for the sole reason that the adoption of the bill took place in the wake of the elections. General of 2019.

On July 13, 2021, the Senate, after due legislative procedures, again passed the bill establishing the Elections Crimes Commission under which anyone caught seizing voting materials during the election will be , if convicted, punishable by up to 20 years in prison without the option of a fine. Several other election offenses were included in the bill with appropriate penalties recommended for those found guilty. Unfortunately, 12 months after the bill was finally passed by the Senate, President Muhammadu Buhari has still not given his assent to it despite all the imperatives that make an electoral offenses commission a necessity. Further, INEC has over the years failed to prosecute election violators in accordance with the provisions of Sections 149 and 150(2) of the Elections Act (as amended). For example, no more than 1% of the 870,000 and over 900,000 alleged electoral offenses recorded in the 2011 and 2015 general elections respectively were prosecuted by the INEC.

If the Election Offenses Commission Bill is not signed or vetoed before the end of the current legislative session on May 29, 2023; it would, for the second time, lapse with the session again. Given the insinuation that the bill is unlikely to become law before the 2023 elections, even as the country desperately needs free and fair elections; The foresight of IGP Usman Baba to strategically position the police to fill the vacuum created by the lack of an electoral offenses commission is commendable. Without any prejudice, it is believed that the Election Violations Bureau would prevent or at least reduce the incidences of election-related violence that have characterized every round of general elections in Nigeria so far.

However, the track record of the role played by the police in previous elections has prompted some Nigerians to have reservations about the Election Offenses Office announced by IGP Baba. Politicians have always claimed that no rigging of the electoral process has ever succeeded without the connivance of the police. It is common knowledge in Nigeria that ballot box snatching and the mutilation of election results have always occurred under police surveillance. Nonetheless, Nigerians are prepared to give IGP Baba the benefit of the doubt and the necessary support to ensure that the Election Crimes Bureau serves the purpose for which it was established as long as the initiative is not denied the political will that would make it work. Since the devil is usually in the details, we expect IGP Baba to put in place all the operational and logistical guidelines necessary for the success of the office of electoral violations.

It’s time for the police to turn a new page in electoral matters and follow their rhetoric; up and down the scale. For the Election Offenses Bureau to be successful in its mandate, adequate orientation on the operations of the new unit should be provided to the police base. There should also be deliberate synergy between the police, INEC and other relevant stakeholders. We urge the electorate and politicians to also do their part to ensure free and fair elections. The fact that more than 800,000 and 900,000 cases of electoral offenses were registered in 2011 and 2015 respectively does not say much. Making the office of election offenses actually work is, indeed, a task that must be done under IGP Usman Baba.

]]>
As protests continue, more than 350 trains have been cancelled; 250 arrested in Bihar https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/19/as-protests-continue-more-than-350-trains-have-been-cancelled-250-arrested-in-bihar/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 06:56:03 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/19/as-protests-continue-more-than-350-trains-have-been-cancelled-250-arrested-in-bihar/ Two days after the government unveiled its Agnipath program for recruiting soldiers to the tri-services, protests raged in several cities against the new route to defense recruitment, with aspirants making job security and benefits after service their top concerns. Why are job aspirants up in arms? Job security and retirement are two major issues cited […]]]>

Two days after the government unveiled its Agnipath program for recruiting soldiers to the tri-services, protests raged in several cities against the new route to defense recruitment, with aspirants making job security and benefits after service their top concerns.

Why are job aspirants up in arms?

Job security and retirement are two major issues cited by protesters. Under the previous system, troops signed up for a period of 17 years, which could be extended for some personnel, and this resulted in a pension for life. The new plan, however, only contemplates a four-year term for most, and Agniveers will not be eligible for pension benefits.

As protests against Agnipath, the Armed Forces Centre’s new recruitment scheme, continued for the third day in a row on Saturday, including in Bihar, they sparked a war of words between the JD(U) and the BJP, members of the ruling coalition. in the state.

As Bihar BJP leader Sanjay Jaiswal has targeted JD(U) over his attacked party offices, calling it a ‘conspiracy’ that police failed to arrest protesters, JD National Chairman (U) Rajiv Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh fired back, asking why the police failed to act against protesters in states where they are in power.

]]>
Police raid baby factory in Anambra – The Sun Nigeria https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/15/police-raid-baby-factory-in-anambra-the-sun-nigeria/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 23:00:42 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/15/police-raid-baby-factory-in-anambra-the-sun-nigeria/ Of Aloysius AttahOnitsha Police Agents from Anambra State rescued 35 teenage girls trapped in a ring of forced prostitution and baby factory at a hotel in Umusiome, Nkpor in the Idemili North Local Government Area of ​​the state. Seven other female accomplices were also arrested in the raid, including a 35-year-old lady who serves as […]]]>

Of Aloysius AttahOnitsha

Police Agents from Anambra State rescued 35 teenage girls trapped in a ring of forced prostitution and baby factory at a hotel in Umusiome, Nkpor in the Idemili North Local Government Area of ​​the state.

Seven other female accomplices were also arrested in the raid, including a 35-year-old lady who serves as their madam and assistant manager, and two security guards with three shotguns.

Are you a 40+ male? Don’t miss Vital Information, it leaves in 2 days! CLICK HERE to READ .

Parading the suspects and victims at the Zone Command Headquarters, Onitsha, yesterday, State Police Public Relations Officer Ikenga Tochi said the police, led by the Zone Commander of Onitsha, John Obuagbaka, following an intelligence gathering on June 13, 2022, stormed the premises of Gally Gally Hotel, Umusiome Nkpor, where several young girls, aged between 14 and 17, were used as sex toys by hotel management who collected money on their behalf and allowed men to sleep with them for a fee.

He said a preliminary investigation revealed that most of the underage girls, brought from different parts of the country, had been lured into hotel prostitution on the pretext that they were employed as hotel sales assistants and waitresses. He revealed that four of the girls were already pregnant at the time of the raid, while others who got pregnant before could not account for their babies.

He said the police had involved the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), to whom the underage girls would be handed over for further action and rehabilitation.

Describing the scene at the hotel as a coordinated crime, the PPRO said some of the mature women arrested included those responsible for receiving the girls in the brothel, collecting money from them after serving their customers. men and, also, together with the self-defense officers working there to prevent the ladies from escaping from the establishment.

He also revealed that N877,500 was recovered from

at the scene of the crime, while the hotel owner was still at large even as the police had spread their net to apprehend him.

He said that the police commissioner, Echeng Echeng, ordered a thorough investigation into the matter and also advised parents and guardians to take serious care of the children under their care, in order to prevent the effect in spiral of crime in society in general. .

Partner with me, let you make N500K to N500K per month! Skills open doors to financial opportunities Click here to learn .

]]>
The party wants to make agriculture the basis of the economy https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/14/the-party-wants-to-make-agriculture-the-basis-of-the-economy/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 06:02:00 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/14/the-party-wants-to-make-agriculture-the-basis-of-the-economy/ June 14, 2022 BY NELSON JOE A POLITICAL PARTY is determined to make agriculture the mainstay of the economy. Wilson Thompson, public relations officer for the PNG Country Party and one of 16 contenders at the Goroka Open, said results in the sector had been weak over the years. “We keep getting the same results,” […]]]>

BY NELSON JOE

A POLITICAL PARTY is determined to make agriculture the mainstay of the economy.

Wilson Thompson, public relations officer for the PNG Country Party and one of 16 contenders at the Goroka Open, said results in the sector had been weak over the years.

“We keep getting the same results,” he said.

“We need revolutionary practices in agriculture to create and put money in the pockets of ordinary people.

“Our party will ensure that the prices of coffee, cocoa, copra and rubber are maintained and kept high for producers.

“The party will not support the prices with money, which is not sustainable, like what is happening now.

“The price support money is gone because it’s not enough to keep supporting prices.

“PNG Country Party will instead deal with bureaucratic measures in order to keep prices high in a sustainable way.

“We can achieve this by removing tariffs on agricultural supplies, removing government and Coffee Industry Corporation and marketing board levies and taxes on farmers, removing fuel surcharges and removing unnecessary taxes and fees so that international prices are passed on to producers and farmers.

He said farmers deserved to fully benefit from their labor.

Mr. Thompson said the party wants to link the country to the less developed regions of the Gulf, Central, Morobe and Eastern Highlands provinces, with priority to the Anga region.

He also added that the party’s connectivity plan includes infrastructure, communication and electricity.

]]>
I’m perfectly happy without a partner – but do I need one? | Relationships https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/12/im-perfectly-happy-without-a-partner-but-do-i-need-one-relationships/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/12/im-perfectly-happy-without-a-partner-but-do-i-need-one-relationships/ The dilemma Do I need a man in my life? I am 52 years old and I have been a single mother for 14 years. Very occasionally I have seen men for purely physical reasons. I never felt like I wanted their company beyond that. The father of my child had addictions – gambling and […]]]>

The dilemma Do I need a man in my life? I am 52 years old and I have been a single mother for 14 years. Very occasionally I have seen men for purely physical reasons. I never felt like I wanted their company beyond that. The father of my child had addictions – gambling and drugs – which I didn’t discover until after the birth. It was a painful period. I recovered and got stronger as a result. I discovered that I like solitude even if I take care not to isolate myself. I know a lot of people and have a few that I would call close friends. I am now focused on my career, which is going well after many years of mostly parenting, which I loved.

I can’t afford to get past a certain point in a relationship and I struggle to see the value of allowing someone into my life. Discussing the value of being in a relationship, a friend said, “Well, it might give you a different perspective on life.” I guess sometimes I wonder if I’m missing something. I barely remember what it’s like to be close and have supportit was so long ago.

My previous relationships were with people who were physically or emotionally unavailable. It’s a painful thing to remember. I have a lot more love for me these days, I love my teenager and my pets. Is there really a need for a partnership relationship?

Philippa’s response If you ask yourself this question, you can probably do well without someone, but you could also thrive in a partnership. If you never ask this question, it’s because you probably know the answer anyway.

There’s a lot of research out there on the health, wellness, and cost benefits of being in a long-term relationship, and you could spend a few hours googling it all. You could go to therapy with a practitioner who specializes in attachment theory, to learn how you do or don’t form relationships. When we become more aware of these relational processes, then we can decide if we want to change our behavior – but I think what you’re really asking me here is: are you missing out?

Writer Naomi Alderman said the whole point of having a partner is having a witness for your life. While there are plenty of people who can live happily and successfully without a romantic partner, it’s a different experience to do so together. She added, “I like having someone around me watching me if I speak abruptly to a waiter.” She’s right. It’s important to have someone close who can challenge us but with good will. Teenagers are good at it. They can make us think about how we choose to live because they tend to question things, but the other thing with teenagers is that they’re probably going to leave the house.

I can imagine making yourself vulnerable with someone again might feel like putting your hand in a fire, so that might be an idea to undo your fears. Ask yourself, “What am I most afraid of in a relationship? What do I imagine they could do or prevent me from doing? »

If you go into a relationship again, it will be different now that you’ve learned to love yourself – you won’t settle for someone who makes you unhappy. You would know if they had any addictions and how they made you feel when you were with them. You can take your time. You can take things as far as you are comfortable with and no further. You don’t have to end a relationship you love just because you don’t want to share your whole life and live with them.

Sophie Heawood, single mother for years and author of The hangover games, told me that she recently realized that a romantic partner’s interest is as much about your experience outside the home as it is about your experience with him. She says her experience in the world has improved since she knows there is someone at home who loves her no matter what. She says, “It’s like wearing waterproof clothing after feeling like it rained a little too easily for many years.

For me, one of the reasons for having a partner is to have a mutual and equal relationship with someone you love, who accepts you exactly as you are and loves you, flaws and all. It is difficult in these circumstances not to grow as a person, not to have more courage, generosity and love to give, not only to your partner but to everyone. If you ask other people why, there might be as many answers as there are people.

You seem satisfied with your work, you know a lot of people and have good friends, so you have witnesses to your life. You also have people to have fun with, who give you different perspectives, who you can call on, and who make you feel good. I think if you find a romantic partner, it will be the icing on a cake well done. And if you think you prefer your cake without frosting, that’s fine too.

Listen to Stephen Sondheim’s song Being Alive from the musical Company.

If you have a question, send a short email to askphilippa@observer.co.uk

]]>
Tolu Ogunlesi, 21 others shortlisted for Harvard Weatherhead Fellowship https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/10/tolu-ogunlesi-21-others-shortlisted-for-harvard-weatherhead-fellowship/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 15:09:38 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/10/tolu-ogunlesi-21-others-shortlisted-for-harvard-weatherhead-fellowship/ Special Assistant to the President on Digital/New Media, Ogunlesi June 10 (THEWILL) — The President’s Special Assistant for Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, has been selected as a 2022 Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), Harvard University, USA . Ogunlesi, a journalist, is among 22 fellows who will spend up to […]]]>
Special Assistant to the President on Digital/New Media, Ogunlesi
WILL 2 APP ADVERTISEMENTS

June 10 (THEWILL) — The President’s Special Assistant for Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, has been selected as a 2022 Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), Harvard University, USA .

Ogunlesi, a journalist, is among 22 fellows who will spend up to an academic year at Harvard to “confront complex international, transnational, global and comparative issues.”

During the fellowship, the writer’s research will “focus on the regulation of social media, as well as misinformation and digital misinformation.”

The institution, in a statement, said scholars from 14 countries will carry out research in various fields such as political science, history, sociology, engineering, cultural diplomacy, urban design and international relations. .

“The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Weatherhead Scholars Program Scholars and Fellows.

“The twenty-two members of the 2022-2023 Weatherhead Scholars Program (WSP) cohort hail from fourteen different countries and consist of six postdoctoral fellows, nine visiting scholars, and seven practicing fellows; In addition, this year there will be a WSP Summer Associate. Fields represented include political science, history, sociology, engineering, cultural diplomacy, urban planning and international relations.

“The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is the largest international center for social science research within the Faculty of Arts and Science. While there, scholars and fellows contribute to the many intellectual pursuits of the Weatherhead Center and the wider Harvard community, participating in seminars and workshops, auditing courses, and engaging with assistants from undergraduate research,” the statement read.

In 2004, Ogunlesi graduated from the University of Ibadan with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He went on to earn an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, UK.

He has won the CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards twice in 2009 and 2013. In 2009 he was selected as a Cadbury Visiting Scholar by the University of Birmingham.

]]>
School transport to deal with owners and drivers involved in Seventh Road reckless driving https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/08/school-transport-to-deal-with-owners-and-drivers-involved-in-seventh-road-reckless-driving/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 07:03:13 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/08/school-transport-to-deal-with-owners-and-drivers-involved-in-seventh-road-reckless-driving/ The Midrand Learner Transport Association (MLTA) says any driver who flagrantly disregards the rules of the road and puts the lives of learners at risk will be slapped with a hefty fine. Although not all drivers, but most motorists, including taxi drivers and sometimes school bus drivers drive on the Seventh Road side of Halfway […]]]>

The Midrand Learner Transport Association (MLTA) says any driver who flagrantly disregards the rules of the road and puts the lives of learners at risk will be slapped with a hefty fine.

Although not all drivers, but most motorists, including taxi drivers and sometimes school bus drivers drive on the Seventh Road side of Halfway Gardens.

The association’s public relations officer, Phil Pillay, said they would not let drivers involved in reckless driving go unpunished.

He said the association prioritized the safety of learners as it was their only bread and butter to survive in these difficult economic times.

“Listen, I’m not here to protect our drivers who do this [reckless driving] while carrying the children. But there are a lot of dynamics involved because sometimes the problem starts at home when a child takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get out of the house,” Pillay said.

“From there we have a problem because now they have to be on time for school to avoid being locked out, so that’s when our drivers do it. just to get learners on time because of this earlier delay.”

Pillay urged parents to play their part in ensuring they prepare learners to avoid being late for school due to traffic on other roads in the area.

MLTA training officer Lucky Mmusi said they would deal with owners and drivers who ignored the rules of the road and they would be slapped with a hefty fine.

“We have a disciplinary commission within the association which aims to ensure that our drivers respect the rules of the road. On June 3, we will interview the owner of the vehicle you see in the photo you took. The owner will receive a fine and a reckless driving warning,” Mmusi said.

He said schools and parents can also play a huge role in reducing reckless driving by opting for signalmen on busy roads and school transport rather than physically dropping them off.

Mmusi concluded that the association tried to organize roadshows with the parents, but only a few people showed up.

Related Articles:

Importance of safe school transport

Learner Transport Association condemns reckless driving following taxi crash involving 12 learners

]]>
Explosions disrupt Kogi residents | Daily Trust https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/04/explosions-disrupt-kogi-residents-daily-trust/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 06:32:04 +0000 https://uscprssa.com/2022/06/04/explosions-disrupt-kogi-residents-daily-trust/ Terrorists are on the prowl in Kogi state, disrupting some communities with bombings, kidnappings and other crimes, Daily Trust reported on Saturday. Our correspondent reports that although Kogi is considered probably the most peaceful state in the central north, the state has drawn attention in recent months due to increased terrorist activity. Besides occasional kidnappings […]]]>

Terrorists are on the prowl in Kogi state, disrupting some communities with bombings, kidnappings and other crimes, Daily Trust reported on Saturday.

Our correspondent reports that although Kogi is considered probably the most peaceful state in the central north, the state has drawn attention in recent months due to increased terrorist activity.

Besides occasional kidnappings by bandits, terrorists hibernating in some communities have begun to make social life difficult for locals.

While some experts blame the recent planting of bombs at social gatherings on ‘bandits’, others blame it on a factional Boko Haram group, Ansaru, while some said the recent atrocities were committed by another terrorist group, Darul-Salam.

Recent attacks

Until the evening of the penultimate Sunday, the day did not betray the impending fate of Mrs. Omofemi Oyehunwa, the owner of Obafemi Bar in the Oke Padova-Cuba state region.

It was business as usual last Sunday at his beer bar opposite the Kabba Divisional Police Station, the seat of Kabba-Bunu local government.

Daily Trust Saturday learned that people from all shades of life flock to his beer bar to refresh themselves from the stresses of the day, for security reasons, especially since it is located opposite a police station in the city. It is said that the evening hours are the height of his activity.

She enthusiastically conducted her business at the Beer Show that fateful Sunday evening unaware that an agent of death had been planted in her place until the object exploded.

While she was attending to her customers, an explosion occurred around 9:15 p.m. with a deafening noise, shattering everything in the beer hall.

Ms. Oyehunwa and 10 other people were lucky not to have received life-threatening injuries as they were all released within days of the sad incident.

“Only God saved my life from the explosion yesterday (Sunday). It should be a bomb or dynamite explosion which my enemies used to attack my business centre.

“I give thanks to God that I am not only alive, but that I can still walk despite the injury I suffered. I am grateful that no one died in the explosion,” she said .

Two weeks earlier, on May 11 to be exact, three people lost their lives and many others were injuries in a similar explosion in the evening at a beer lounge around Lewu junction in the ancient town of Kabba.

The blast had raised concerns among prominent figures and socio-cultural associations in the Western District for the safety of life and property in the area.

The President of Kabba Development Union, Mr. Emmanuel Ajibero said, “This explosion, which happened for the second time in this city within 18 days, is ruthless and unacceptable to us. We want the government and security agencies to rise to the occasion and do something drastic against the attacks and protect our lives and property from the criminal elements and restore our peace.

While some people think the recent events are orchestrated by terrorists, some community leaders think it’s political.

Tunde Ibrahim, president of the Okun Development Association (ODA), the highest socio-cultural association among Okun-speaking people in the state, said the cultural group would do everything within the law to prevent such an event. cooperating with security. agencies and ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.

He said, “As the people of Okun, whatever our political misunderstanding, it shouldn’t be worth anyone’s blood. We can only do politics when the environment is safe. Even government cannot operate efficiently when the environment is chaotic.

“It was in a beer bar, but it can be in a church, a mosque, a car and a house tomorrow. It is a serious dimension that has indexed our criminal vocabulary. Whatever the grievances, it is a dangerous message. It’s not worth taking people’s lives.

He said Governor Yahaya Bello was a security-conscious leader who had invested his time, money and energy to ensure the state was relatively safe from thugs, pointing out whoever was behind the earth blast d’Okun is not a friend of the governor and the state in general.

Meanwhile, Okehi local government chairman, Abdulraheem Ohiare, suspended the outing of the masquerade to prevent thugs from using it to wreak havoc.

He ordered the guardians of religions and traditional rulers to obey the new development, assuring his commitment to peaceful coexistence among the peoples of his domain.

The real threat to Kogi

The wave of explosions in Kabba and the increase in robberies and kidnappings, including in police formations in the central and western districts of the state, have caused a stir, saying that the era of terrorism is back with more devastating effects.

Daily Trust Saturday reports that banks and police facilities in the western and central districts have been constantly attacked by armed men, who use sophisticated weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to carry out their acts.

In 2020 and 2021 respectively, Kabba, Isanlu, Odo Ere, Egbe, Okene, Ogaminana and Obangede suffered at the hands of terrorists.

The latest of these attacks on police facilities occurred on April 23, 2022, at a police formation in Adavi, destroying the station and killing three officers in the process.

A few days later, the terrorist group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility in a report.

Recall that in 2016, Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of an Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda, Ansaru, was arrested in Lokoja months after some security breaches. The development put to rest, the suspicion of terrorist cells in the state.

The United States had placed a $5 million bounty on Albarnawi’s head after designating him as one of three Nigerian “specially designated global terrorists” in 2012.

Since his arrest, the issue of countering terrorist activities in Kogi has not been made public. And authorities said they were not sleeping, citing the relative peace that followed as part of their efforts to contain the insurgency.

Daily Trust Saturday reports that the act of terrorism peaked at the end of Captain Idris Wada’s administration, a development that continued into the creation of the current government.

However, Governor Bello confronted him headlong, but it seems the monster is rearing its ugly head again.

Our correspondent reports that in 2020, as many as 100 victims, mostly women and children, were rescued from Darus-Salam members in the forest between Kogi and the Nasarawa state border, while 180 members of the murderous gang were arrested.

The raid, carried out over two weeks by Nigerian Army men from Battalion 177 and Army Archives, Lokoja, with the support of local militiamen, cleared the camp of the terrorist group which had been carrying out its heinous operations for more than eight years. years in the region.

Salihu Bakhari, a retired military officer, said that although Kogi had been monitoring the terrorists’ nighttime activities, authorities needed to pay close attention to the area.

“We should not allow the terrorists to gain strength in Kogi as they did in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, as they will be difficult to contain. Unfortunately, things have started to take on a different dimension,” he said, citing the series of explosions, kidnappings and robberies over the past four months.

He recalled the attack on a police formation in Adavi, the explosion in Okene, which killed two people and many more wounded during the Echane festival, as well as the Kabba brewery explosion.

We are not sleeping – Kogi government

Reacting to the security situation, the Kogi state government said anyone caught sabotaging the relative peace in the state would face the wrath of the law.

Jerry Omodara, Governor Bello’s security adviser, told The Daily Trust on Saturday that experts from security formations had been dispatched to Kabba and Okene to analyze samples of the two explosives to determine their contents and similarities.

He said the result of the analysis would allow the government to know the history or origin of the explosives and to take decisions or actions against a future event.

Omadara added that the governor had also ordered a halt to the ongoing Echane festival in all relevant councils to avoid a breakdown of public order.

“Governor Yahaya Bello is a proactive leader. The state police commissioner has recruited explosives experts to compare the contents of the improvised devices used at Kabba with those at Okene to discover similarities and differences,” he said.

At the local level, following two successive bomb attacks in the space of 18 days in the town of Kabba, local government authorities have given clubs until 7:00 p.m. to close their businesses daily.

Additionally, commercial motorcycle operators have been told to close at 10:00 p.m. daily.

Kabbah-Bunu Local Government Chairman, Mr. Moses Olorunleke, gave the order in a statement released to Kabba on Monday.

Olorunleke said guidelines for bar and okada operators would start from May 31 until further notice.

Meanwhile, state police commissioner Edward Egbuka said the command was aware of the situation. He assured the people of Kogi that the latest twist in crime and criminality in the state would be dealt with, adding that an investigation had started to find out the culprits.

In addition, State Police Public Relations Officer SP William Aya said bomb experts and command intelligence unit men had been drafted into the affected areas for the action. necessary.

]]>