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22 Killed In Fresh Attack On Southern Kaduna Attack

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22 Killed In Fresh Attack On Southern Kaduna Attack

At least 22 persons have on Thusday been reportedly killed by suspected Fulani militias in four villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Despite the subsisting 24-hour curfew by the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government as part of measures put in place to ensure law and order in the area, gunmen invaded the village setting ablaze a number of buildings and killing mostly women and children.

The attacked villages were Apyiashyim, Atak’mawai, Kibori, and Kurmin Masara all in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area.

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Confirming the incident, one of the resident in Atak’mawai community, Irimiya Gandu, who spoke to reporters said no fewer than 13 persons have been killed and so many houses were in his community razed down by the attackers.

Gandu said the armed “herdsmen” invaded the settlement around 1a.m.

Also, an indigene of Apiashyim, Jonathan Ishaya said six lives and help came late adding that “the Fulani militia invaded the community at about 11pm on Wednesday night, shooting sporadically,” he clarified.

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Ishaya lamented that security operatives were informed of the ongoing attack but only responded when the attackers had already carried out their heinous act and left.

However, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union has said that 33 persons were on Wednesday and Thursday killed by Fulani militia in some villages in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Initially, the Kaduna State Police Command had claimed that 21 natives of the area lost their lives during the attack by the bandits but the National Public Relations Officer of the SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat said in a statement titled, ‘33 killed in Zango Kataf in Kaduna on Thursday’ that prior to the attack, there was intensive patrol and the security personnel enforced the 24-hour curfew, but sadly, “when the gunmen struck, they were not on the ground.”

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“More Prosperous Days Will Come Soon” – Lai Mohammed

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"More Prosperous Days Will Come Soon" - Lai Mohammed

Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, wants Nigerians to be patient with president Muhamadu Buhari on the issue of price hikes.  He says better days are ahead.

He made the call in Lagos on Saturday during a meeting with online publishers.  The minister said it was mere coincidence that the hikes in both the pump price of fuel and electricity tariff happened simultaneously.  He said even with the hike in fuel prices, Nigeria still has the cheapest fuel prices and electricity tariff in all of west Africa.

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The minister said the government was forced to take some tough decisions in order to mitigate the effect of the economic slowdown and the drastic fall in government revenues.  Mohammed said when oil prices collapsed at the height of the global lockdown caused by COVID-19, the government had to deregulate PMS prices.

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He said the international prices of crude oil on local fuel prices will not last forever.  He also said the emergence of modular refineries in the country will help in lowering the cost of petroleum products.

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Rivers State Imposes N100 Million Fine On Violators Of COVID-19 Burial Protocols

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Rivers State Imposes N100 Million Fine On Violators Of COVID-19 Burial Protocols

The Rivers State government is not joking around with the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols on burials.  It has announced a fine of one hundred million naira for violators.

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State commissioner for health, Dr. Princewill Chike said in a statement on Saturday the decision to impose the fine on violators was taken at the state’s executive council meeting in Port Harcourt.

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He said a directive has gone out to chairmen of local government councils in the state to ensure full compliance with the protocols in their various localities.

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Chike said the government’s stipulation still stands forbidding more than fifty persons from attending burials in the state.

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Nationwide Planned Industrial Action Averted

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Nationwide planned industrial action averted

The Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have suspended the planned nationwide strike that was to commence today.  The strike was planned as a protest against the recent increase in electricity tariff and the hike in petrol pump price.

After a marathon meeting with labor leaders on Sunday, minister of labor and employment, Chris Ngige announced the decision by both parties to suspend the planned strike.

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He said a two-week time table has been set for a technical committee of labor leader, government agencies and ministries to look into issues of the electricity tariff hike.

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The committee is charged with the duty of harmonizing the basis for the new tariff because of what he said was conflicting information that was not in sync with the national electricity regulatory commission’s policy that guided the tariff hike.

Electricity distribution companies have been ordered to halt the application of the new tariff during the two weeks.

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On the issue of fuel pump price increase, both parties have agreed to rehabilitate the nation’s refineries to reduce fuel prices.

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