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Cult violence continued over the weekend in parts of Rivers State, with additional five people killed in Ikwerre axis.

 

Our correspondent gathered that three people lost their life at Akpani community in Ikwerre Local Government Area, while two others were murdered at Ibaa, in Emohua Local Government Area.

 

The victims of the Akpani clashes were crushed by a vehicle two days after the community leaders reportedly invoke the deity against the cultists, while the Ibaa incident involved two teenagers who were murdered in their apartments.

 

Following the development, many of the inhabitants of Ibaa have fled their homes to seek refuge in neighbouring Rumuji community, while those who had taken refuge at Obelle have been ordered to leave after three people were killed last week when the cult violence spread to the area.

 

The spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, Nnmadi Omoni, said the command was yet to be briefed on the latest developments in the cult violence.

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Authorities of the Nigerian Army are investigating twenty suspects who were intercepted with arms while travelling in a bus along the Nasarawa-Abuja road.

 

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said the suspects claimed there were members of National Hunters Association and were travelling to Abuja for a meeting.

 

However; Brigadier General Chukwu disclosed in a statement that the men were found in a possession seventeen locally made guns, two locally made pistols and one hundred and thirty-five cartridges, among other dangerous items and charms.

 

The Army spokesman said the suspects would be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion of the on-going preliminary investigation.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the deployment of a one thousand-strong military force in Zamfara State to stem the tide of attacks by bandits on villages and towns.

 

The deployment is made up of personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, as well as operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

 

This was confirmed in a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

 

The presidential spokesman said the Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft will operate from the Katsina airport, which is the closest proximity to Zamfara State.

 

He said the President also authorised the Air Force to deploy advanced satellite surveillance technology to help in accurate detection of movement and locations of the bandits.

 

Garba Shehu also urged the media to avoid what he called unhelpful sensationalism in the coverage of events that border on national security.

 

Shehu cautioned that armed bandits or terrorists should not be made to feel like superstars, as such could hurt the people.

 

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has backed the calls for the creation of state police to check the rage of violence and killings by criminal gangs in different parts of Nigeria.

 

Governor Ishaku particular believes that with state police in place, he would have been able to better address the deadly confrontation between herdsmen and local militias protecting farming communities in the state.

 

The Governor gave this indication during a meeting in the capital, Jalingo with former Vice President and frontline presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

 

He stressed the need to keep Nigerians united and peaceful, which he said would require amendment of some structural defect.

 

Governor Ishaku said despite the efforts of the police, the security situation in Taraba persists and has crippled the development of the state.

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 Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, says he remains a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, contrary to insinuations that he was planning to defect from the party.

 

Governor Tambuwal's clarification through his Director-General of Media, Abubakar Shekara, was in reaction to comments credited to the Minister of Transportation and Director General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amaechi.

 

The Minister had listed the Governors of Sokoto, as well as his Kwara state counterpart, Abdulfatah Ahmed as planning to leave the All Progressives Congress.

 

Amaechi also claimed that Tambuwal had presidential ambition, but boasted that President Buhari would win in Sokoto, Kano and Bauchi states in the 2019 general elections even if he was taken to the states on a sick bed.

 

The Minister told newsmen that although he did not wish to speak about political matters, he was sure that despite the defection by the APC members at the National Assembly, the party would win the 2019 presidential election.

 

He added that the delay by the opposition party to name its candidate for the presidential election about six months to the election would work in favour of the ruling party.

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