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Police launch manhunt for a man who allegedly r@ped a 12-year-old girl

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The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday said it had launched a manhunt for a middle-aged man who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl, in Igbokoda, the headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect, whose identity was yet to be revealed, allegedly raped the victim who was hawking puff-puff. The suspect allegedly lured the victim into an uncompleted building in the town where he allegedly perpetrated the dastardly act.

It was gathered that the suspect, who was said to have hailed from Kebbi State, went into hiding and later travelled out of Ondo State.

Seeking justice, the mother of the victim, who identified herself simply as Joy, explained that the incident happened on May 19, 2023.

She called on the security agencies to assist her family in apprehending the fleeing suspect and brought him to book.

She said, “When my daughter arrived from school on this fateful day, she told me to allow her hawk puff-puff because we needed some money for her school fees. She later left home to hawk again. When it was getting late, I became apprehensive when I didn’t see her.

“At around a few minutes before 7 pm, she came back home but immediately I saw her. I knew something was wrong because she looked tired and exhausted. While she was trying to explain to me what happened to her when she fainted but was revived at the hospital.

“She was taken to the theatre for surgery and she had tears (in her private part). It was after she woke up that she narrated how a Hausa man raped her. She explained how the man forcefully raped her and we set out to apprehend the man and hand him to the police, but we were surprised to learn that he had run away to Kebbi State.

She added that the case has been reported to the police, who said they have commenced a manhunt for the suspect.

“The police assured us that he will be made to face the wrath of the law. We have spent a lot of money at the hospital, and she was discharged a few days ago after we went through hell before paying for the hospital bills. There is no one to help and I have lost many things because of this incident.

“We reported the case to the police and they demanded she take us to where the incident happened, where the police recovered some items as evidence. We were later told the suspect had run while the police told us they are on the case and have sent people to Kebbi to arrest him.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmi Odunlami, said the command had launched a manhunt on the suspect over the crime and promised that justice would be served immediately after the suspect is brought back and investigations concluded.

“It is true, and we are looking for him (the suspect). He will be arrested and made to face the law very soon, our men have travelled to Kebbi to arrest the suspect.”

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Governor Douye Diri threatens to sack non-performing commissioners

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Wednesday, warned that he will not hesitate to wield the big stick on any commissioner that does not perform to expectation. Diri, also implored members of the newly constituted cabinet to key into his administration’s vision of providing service to people of the state, while urging them to make service to the state a priority.

Senator Diri handed the warning on Wednesday during the 130th session of the state executive council in Government House, Yenagoa.He said “Any member of the state executive council that does not work in tandem with the policies and vision of this government, we will wield the big stick. You are all men of integrity as you were carefully chosen and we believe that you will perform well. Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that his administration’s policies and programmes were having positive impact on people of the state.

He said he was delighted and encouraged that the people appreciated the developmental projects as attested by accolades from Bayelsans.

He particularly mentioned the ongoing construction of the Nembe-Brass road, the completed Sagbama-Ekeremor road, building and equipping of science, technical and vocational schools among other projects and policies in different sectors across the state.

The Bayelsa helmsman expressed the optimism that the new commissioners would perform well as they were carefully chosen based on their pedigrees.

He also charged them to work as a team in order to achieve the administration’s agenda. He said: “You have joined this executive council at a moment so much is expected of us. You are our eyes and ears in the ministries. We thank the people of Bayelsa for creating the enabling environment for this government to thrive. Policies and programmes cannot be achieved except the people accept them. We are encouraged because the people appreciate the work we are doing. We do not praise ourselves, but our work is speaking for us.

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Controller Kogi Vigilante Service vows to smoke criminals out of state

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The Controller General, Kogi State Vigilante Service Commander Adinoyi Mariam Abdulrahaman, on Wednesday, assumed office vowing to flush out criminal elements out of the State. Addressing journalists in Lokoja, Abdulrahman disclosed that it will no longer be business as usual for any individual who intends to disturb the peace of Kogi State.

He explained that the command will continue to synergise with other security agencies to make Kogi State safe for investors, adding that criminals planning to cause havoc should relocate from the state. It will no longer be business as usual. I can assure all Kogites that the mandate given to us by His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo is to ensure that Kogi State is safe for all. Let this be a note of warning to those who are enemies of Kogi State.

“For your own good, relocate from Kogi State as there will be no hiding place for you. The Kogi State Vigilantes Service in collaboration with other sister security agencies is fully ready to make our State unconducive for criminals. No matter where you are or highly placed, you will be arrested and prosecuted” he stated.

Abdulrahaman, who is a retired Navy Colonel warned against any forms of indiscipline by officers under his command, stressing that, anyone who intends to sabotage his efforts in ensuring peace in Kogi State will be dismissed from office and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Explaining further, he said “The command under my watch will be aggressive in ensuring discipline in the system. If you are not ready to protect Kogi State and we discover that you are undisciplined we won’t spare you. His Excellency is determined to ensure that Kogi is the safest in Nigeria. When any officer intends to compromise this effort for their own selfish interest, he or she will be shown the exit door”.

He commended the immediate past Commandant of Kogi State Vigilante Service, Hassan Saliyu Aliyu for his achievement, stressing that his wealth of experience is still needed to make the security outfit achieve more in curbing crimes and criminalities in the state.

While appreciating Governor Ododo for finding him worthy to serve in Kogi State, the Controller General of the State Vigilante Service promised to improve the welfare of its officers. Earlier in his remarks, the immediate past Controller General, Kogi State Vigilante Service Hassan Saliyu Aliyu charged the officers of the State to give all their maximum support for the present Commander to succeed.

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Bola Tinubu initiates steps to review Public Procurement Act

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The Federal Government has initiated steps to review the existing Public Procurement Act as part of measures to instil discipline in fiscal expenditures. Already, the President, Bola Tinubu has appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi to drive the process of review in combination with a special committee raised at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

While the deliberations at FEC lasted, President Tinubu directed that all Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs should review their intended procurements as provided for in the appropriation act.The directive is to ensure that where there are gaps between appropriated sums and the actual amount required to execute the projects, it can be brought to the attention of both the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu who disclosed the information said, “The President Bola Tinubu today in line with the desire to enhance more fiscal discipline and further demonstrate to Nigerians our commitment to serving them better, raised the issue of the reconciliation between the appropriation act, public procurement law and the fiscal responsibility act. FEC has set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to review the Public Procurement Act.

“After a robust discussion, the President directed that all ministries department and agencies should review their intended procurement as provided for in the appropriation such that where there are gaps between appropriated sums and amounts required to execute the projects, it can be brought to the attention of both the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and Federal Ministry of Finance, such that the memo that the cabinet secretariat will provide to the FEC, will have clarity of where funding is expected to come from and recommendations, to guide effectively the Federal Executive Council decisions.

Mr President directed that the report of the public procurement committee be provided to him so that he can take decisions accordingly.

Source: Dailypsot

In other news – Children vulnerable as Bauchi records zero doses of immunization in 13 LGAs

Despite efforts to improve immunisation, 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Bauchi have recorded zero doses of vaccination, leaving children unprotected.

 

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The disclosure was made by the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Board, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed who is not happy with the development. Read more

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