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Imo Insecurity: Imo Indigines Are To Blame – Maurice Iwu

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Maurice Iwu, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says all indigenes of Imo are to blame for the security challenges in the state.
In recent months, there have been attacks on security operatives and government property in Imo.

On May 30, the violence reached a crescendo when groups of gunmen unleashed four different attacks on strategic locations and government buildings in the state.

Ahmed Gulak, a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was one of the victims of the violence.

Reacting to the insecurity in the state, Iwu, an Imo indigene himself, said the blame for the security crisis should be put at the feet of all residents of Imo.

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He said the silence and complicity of Imo indigenes allowed the insecurity to fester.

“Imo is a place where many people come to. No matter who’s causing the problem from outside, there must be some participation by Imo people for that to happen,” the former INEC chairman said in a chat with Arise TV on Wednesday.

“A situation where we are killing people that have come to protect us is stupid. We can’t be killing policemen that are here to protect us. We can’t have our young people being molested because of our own excesses. We Imolites are part of the cause. We can’t exonerate ourselves completely but yet we’re also part of Nigeria.

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“We’re guilty, all of us in Imo state, are guilty for allowing such things to happen. For not shouting early enough, we are all guilty.”

Iwu added that the situation is also a fallout of the high unemployment rate in the state.

“Right now, what is happening, we are having our own share of national insecurity. We’re also having some local players and the situation which is inherent anywhere you have a very low employment rate and poverty manifests. We don’t know what is the main trigger. But whatever is the trigger, if we don’t have our people who are ready to be used, then it would not happen,” he said.

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Buhari Tells Army Not To Give Terrorists, Criminals Breathing Space

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Buhari Tells Army Not To Give Terrorists, Criminals Breathing Space

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the military and security agencies not to give breathing space to terrorists and criminals in various parts of the country.

Buhari gave the charge when he visited personnel of the Armed Forces and security agencies in Operation HADIN KAI at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Buhari Tells Army Not To Give Terrorists, Criminals Breathing Space

The President, who was in the state on a one-day official visit, said the war against terrorism must be concluded with restoration of peace and reconstruction of all the affected areas.

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He told the soldiers that the nation owed a debt of gratitude to military men and women, and security agencies currently tackling security challenges in the country, particularly those who paid the supreme price, assuring family members that the government would continue to support all the loved ones.

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Five Nigerians Jailed In Sokoto For Defrauding Belgian, Italian, Dutch, Others.

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Five Nigerians Jailed In Sokoto For Defrauding Belgian, Italian, Dutch, Others.

They were convicted on separate charges before Justice Muhammad Muhammad of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sokoto Zonal office on Thursday secured the conviction of five internet fraudsters.

The fraudsters are Alfred Stephen, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah (aka Svenulrich), Usman Mustapha, Abdullahi Abubakar (aka Shine Eye) and Umar Khalifa.

They were convicted on separate charges before Justice Muhammad Muhammad of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto.

They were prosecuted on one-count each bordering on conspiracy and cheating.

The charge against one of the defendants reads, “That you Alfred Stephen, sometime in 2021 at Sokoto, within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice of Sokoto State did fraudulently cheated one Grazyna, a Belgium national; Alfansina, an Italian and Janny, a Dutch woman by dishonestly deceiving them to collect the total sum of €19,500 Euros (Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred Euros) by presenting yourself to them as an American serving in Syria and sending documents of false pretenses to them which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence of cheating contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law.”

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Upon arraignment, they pleaded ‘guilty’ to the separate charges.

In view of the defendants’ plea, the prosecuting counsel, S.H. Sa’ad, who appeared with Musa Mela Gwani and Habila Jonathan asked the court to convict and sentence the defendants.

However, the defence counsel, Shamsu Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his clients were first time offenders who have become remorseful. He also told the court that the convicts are ready to restitute their victims.

Justice Muhammad, thereafter convicted and sentenced the 1st defendant (Alfred Stephen) to Five (5) years imprisonment with option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000.00) fine.

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He ordered the convict to restitute the sum €19,500 (Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred Euros) to the victim through EFCC.

The 2nd defendant, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah (a.k.a Mr. Svenulrich) was sentenced to five years imprisonment with an option of N150,000.00 fine. The convict is also to restitute the victim the sum of €1,750.00.

The 3rd defendant, Usman Mustapha was sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment with an option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000.00) fine.

He is to restitute the sum Five Thousand Denmark Krone which is equivalent to Three Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira only (N310,000) to the victim.

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The 4th and 5th defendants, Abdullahi Abubakar (a.k.a Shine Eye) and Umar Khalifa were convicted and sentenced to Three years imprisonment each with an option of N100, 000.00 fine.

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Twitter refused FG’s request to delete Nnamdi Kanu’s account -Lai Mohammed

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Twitter refused FG’s request to delete Nnamdi Kanu’s account -Lai Mohammed

“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter.

“The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run-down INEC offices and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, made this known on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme.

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