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Clashes: Obiano imposes 12-hour curfew on Umumbo, Omor communities

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Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has imposed a 6 pm. to 6 am. curfew on Umumbo and Omor communities in Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by Mr. C-DON Adinuba, the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, on Thursday in Awka.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the imposition of the curfew was the sequel to the clashes between the two communities in the last two days over land, resulting in the death of one person and destruction of property in both communities.

While condemning the conflict, Adinuba said that it was antithetical to the policy of the Obiano-led government on peace and peaceful coexistence.

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A source, who preferred anonymity, told NAN in Awka that more than 50 persons from both communities were still missing, with scores injured since Tuesday when the conflict broke out.

Adinuba said that security agents, drawn from the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had since been drafted to the war-torn communities to maintain law and order.

“This conflict is a negation of the strenuous efforts the government and people of Anambra State have been making in the past six years to make the state not only the safest and most secured in the federation but also, the most socially- harmonious.

“Given that the state government considers the safety of the life and property of every Anambra person an article of faith, those responsible for the violence will be made to face the full weight of the law.

“The security agencies, including the Anambra Vigilance Group (AVG), are hereby directed to arrest everyone involved in the conflict and bring him or her to justice.

“The arrest and prosecution of those connected with the Umumbo-Omor crisis will serve as a lesson to others who may wish to fan the embers of disunity and crisis in any other part of the state,” Adinuba stated.

He noted that the actions of those behind the conflict were inimical to the state government’s drive towards the rapid economic and social development of the state.

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The commissioner, however, assured residents of the government’s unwavering resolve to make the state the most peaceful in Nigeria and beyond.

 

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Archbishop’s wife cautions girls against indecent dressing

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Ibezim made the call in a message to the Girls’ Guild of the Diocese of Awka, on the occasion of 2020 Girl’s Guild Sunday celebration held at Church of the Pentecost Awka on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the theme for the Girls’ Guild Sunday of the Anglican Communion was: “Be Still, and Know That I am God, Psalm 46 verse 10”.

She urged young girls to be cautious of the clothes they wear, the friends they keep, and places they also visit as negligence of the variables may lead to rape and other sexual assaults.

Ibezim admonished the young girls to be godly and join hands to fight rape as it had become a dominant issue of the season with more cases of forceful sexual abuse, drugging, and murder recorded every day.

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“There is a high rate of rape cases everywhere now; we all must join hand to fight the baseless men, who overpower their victims and drug them.

“Sisters, let us watch and pray against these evils and stand up against rape and other forms of violence against women,” she said.

Ibezim said that it was apt for the Church, families, and the society to raise stronger voices against a forceful sexual relationship that affects women and young girls.

She said that the current trend of using dangerous drugs to cause victims to lose their memory, prevent the immediate and permanent conception of victims, and gruesome murdering of victims should be legally discouraged.

“A stiffer penalty should be imposed on any defaulter, irrespective of his social status, as a deterrent to other baseless men roaming in the society,” she said.

She pointed out that the Bible stands against violence against women, saying that the issues of rape should be treated as murder, quoting Deuteronomy 22, 23 to 29.

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“Cases of rape caused wars in the old testament, recall the case of Dinah and the unnamed woman in Judges Chapter 19.

“The cry of Tamar over her rape by her half-brother, Amnon, made Absalom kill Amnon; it is a heavy crime that should be treated seriously,” she said.

She urged young girls to remain hopeful no matter the challenges, urging them to be encouraged by the theme “Be still and know that I am God” which meant that God knows their plight.

She also advised them to be godly for God to keep them safer.

Ibezim urged the girls, as future mothers, to always carry themselves as God’s women and desist from all ungodliness that could attract abuse to them.

She said that obedience to the words of God and observance of the rule of law was the hallmark of a godly girl which they all must strive to be.

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Miss Chisom Mbachi, one of the Girls’ Guild member, said that she was excited over the message of the wife of the archbishop and president of girls’ guild.

“The message was full of wisdom and exposition that will enable young girls to avoid trouble which may lead to their death or misfortune in the life.”

Mrs. Uzoamka Emegwa, the wife of the Vicar of the Church and leader of the girls’ guild in the Church, urged the girls to keep to heart all they were learning as it would keep them away from danger.

Emegwa urged the girls never to take to suicide or any harmful practices against themselves any time they were faced with life challenges, urging them to rather embrace God.

 Reports have it that highlights of the event included a rendition of special songs by the girls’ guild.

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Army recovers 711 cows, 592 sheep from bandits

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Faskari (Katsina) The Nigeria Army under the Operation Sahel Sanity recovered 711 cows and 592 sheep during from July 6 to July 11 in three North West states, an official said on Sunday.

The Acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko made this known at a press briefing at the Special Army Super Camp in Faskari, Katsina.

Onyeuko noted that the Chief of Army Staff flagged-off the campaign on July 6 to root out armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements from North West.

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He said that the cows and sheep were recovered in Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states.

He said that on July 7, following intelligence reports, the army mobilized troops to Magira, Makwaruwa, Garin Damo, Kasale Made, Dadin Kowa, Gangara, and Shadama in Sabon Birni and Isa LGAs of Sokoto State, and pursued armed bandits who exchanged fire with them.

He said that army troops intercepted the bandits with a large number of rustled cattle from the Jangemi Village forest to Kwaren Ganuwa, adding that the bandits fled toward Munhaye Forest.

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According to him, the troops recovered 250 cows and 150 rams from them.

Similarly, on July 8, the troops arrested one Malam Halilu Ibrahim, a suspected bandit informant, and seller of rustled cattle, who was about to display some stolen cows for sale, according to Onyeuko.

The official told journalists that the suspect confessed that the cattle belonged to a notorious bandit leader.

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He added that a total of 18 cows were recovered from him and duly handed over to their owners.

He also said that on July 9, following a tip-off on the activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Ruwan Dawa in the Maradun area in Zamfara, the troops recovered 14 cows.

The official called on members of the public to continue to support the army and other security agencies with intelligence information to facilitate their operations.

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Lagos to train 450 entrepreneurs in coconut waste to wealth initiative

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The Lagos State Government ( LASG) says it will start a five-week intensive training on July 13 for no fewer than 450 young entrepreneurs on the use of coconut waste in arts and craft.

The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, said that the training would be organized under the state government’s waste -to-wealth initiative.

Olusanya said on Sunday in Lagos that the initiative was in line with the state government’s developmental T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century economy.

She said that the initiative would also contribute to the tourism potential of the state.

”The objectives of achieving the goals of sustainable development and waste management are outstanding global challenges,” she said.

The commissioner said that finding innovative solutions for effective management of waste remained difficult as the breakdown of waste requires special processes that involve time, energy, and expenses.

”Most people see coconut shells as waste and as such dispose of them carelessly while others in the rural areas use them as firewood.

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”The shells, however, can be recycled into artistic products such as jewelry, cutlery, indoor and outdoor decorative items, and many more,” the commissioner said.

According to her, coconuts have the potential to produce electricity, heat, fiberboards, organic fertilizer, animal feeds, fuel additives for cleaner emissions, eco-friendly cutlery, health drinks, and many more.

“The state government through the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) is commencing a five-week training on the use of coconut waste in arts and craft.

“It is a waste -to-wealth initiative in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration. The coconut tree, also known as the tree of life, is said to have no single part of it wasted.

“This training will put this fact to use, while it will also be empowering the participants so that they can begin to immediately earn a living from skills they will be taught,” she said.

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Olusanya said that the training would hold in five batches of five days each, with 18 trainees per batch, beginning from July 13 to Aug.14, 2020.

She said that the participants would be taught how to make various artistic items and go through practicals, marketing, and credit acquisitions.

The commissioner said that the training would serve as a waste -to -wealth opportunity and a worthwhile venture for selected young entrepreneurs.

She said that the training would fully entail theoretical concepts and detailed practical sessions.

”When concluded, it will optimize the use of coconut shells which constitute a major waste product in coconut processing.

“Coconut is abundant in our country, Nigeria, and consumed by most people but we are not aware of its great potential for creating wealth.

“The coconut shells which most people see as waste and dispose of them improperly can be recycled into artistic products.

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“This also helps in sustaining the environment. As we are acquiring skills, we are also learning to sustain our environment.

“Sustainability of the environment is our goal and to achieve this, we are converting waste into valuable items for our use,” the commissioner said.

Olusanya said that the training was part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s contributions to the development of the tourism sector in the state as the production of some of the artistic products from coconut shells would reflect the rich cultural heritage of the people.

She encouraged other sectors where waste can be recycled to embrace the waste to wealth initiative as it could bring back discarded waste products into economic use and lead to the reduction of pressure induced by waste on the environment.

The commissioner also said that it would also create opportunities for income and employment generation in a relatively new area, thereby enhancing economic activities.

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