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You won’t believe what 3,000 cultists did after pastor talked to them

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No fewer than 3,000 youths from Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Saturday submitted their arms to a renowned cleric in the area, Reverend Father Abel Abulu.

The youths denounced cultism and also surrendered different kinds of guns after the cleric’s message and efforts by Gokana Peace Ambassadors towards restoring peace to the area.

The cultists had on two occasions refused to submit their arms to the committee in charge of the amnesty programme, feigning that they did not have guns.

It was gathered that their acceptance to the plea to repent was achieved through the intervention of Gokana Peace Ambassadors and the clergymen in the area, who went into the creeks to preach peace to the cultists.

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One of the repentant cultists, who spoke to newsmen, Denbesi Isaac, said they decided to lay down their arms because they were tired of hiding.

Isaac called on the state government to join efforts with the Christian community and the Gokana Peace Ambassadors to ensure adequate empowerment for the repentant cultists.

He noted that if the boys were integrated into the state amnesty programme, it would stop them from going back to their former lives.

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Isaac assured that he and his group would never return to their former lives of cultism for the sake of peace and development.

Isaac said, “We thank God that we are alive today. It was the preaching that the Rev. Father gave to us on the several visits he made to us that made us to change our mind. To me it is the handiwork of God.

“We are calling on the state government to include us in their amnesty programme. They should train and empower us so that we would not think of going back to our past lives.”

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Meanwhile, the President of Gokana Peace Ambassadors, Kpakol Aleema-Kpakol said the group decided to embark on peace campaign following the widespread violence which has claimed the lives of several innocent souls in the area.

Aleema-Kpakol, who spoke alongside his Secretary, Tomei Barikpe Vycent, commended the effort of Reverend Father Abulu for his commitment in ensuring the security of Gokana people.

He stressed the need for the state government to inherit the repentant cultist for the sake of peace and development in Gokana.

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Power sector probe: Senate Committee to present report soon-Suswam

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Sen. Gabriel Suswam, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power has said the committee will soon present its findings on the probe of  N1.8 trillion Federal Government’s interventions in the sector.

The committee, which concluded its three- day investigative public hearing recently, is probing the government’s interventions in the sector since the privatisation of the sector from 2012 to date.

Suswam, Chairman Senate Committee on Power who spoke with the Newsmen in Abuja at the weekend said that the intention of the investigative public hearing was not to apportion blame but was “to sit on the table and identify what the issues are.

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“Government is spending so much; there are no results commensurate with the expenditure.

“Why is that we cannot align the value chain in the power sector and make sure that from generation to transmission to distribution, there is a line which follows a particular line so that it can be assessed.

“Why are we unable to do that. So that is the essence and we have come up with very revealing facts because every person was factual.

“Because people know that we are not calling him to say look, you’ve embezzled money; no, we are calling you to come here and tell us why so much money has been expended and there is no result commensurate with that money.

” We called the DisCos, you said you will take over this and make it efficient. What is the problem?

“We call the GenCos you said you are generating 13, 000 megawatts why can’t we get 13,000 megawatts and transmission, why are you unable to wield 13, 000 megawatts.

“So we now have identified along the value chain what the issues are and we are putting it in our report and because every person now agrees that we are not aligned, there is no alignment.

“And so once we align, it will be easy,” Suswam said

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Banditry: Army donates rice, cooking oil to victims in Zamfara

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai made the donation through the Army Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Njoku.

Buratai said that the gesture was to complement the efforts of the federal and state governments.

“This will complement the palliatives being extended to the Nigerian populace by the federal and state governments during this COVID-19 pandemic as well as portray the army in a positive light,’’ he said.

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He also said the gesture was part of the army’s cooperate social responsibility and urged the residents to continue to give credible information to flush out criminals from their areas.

Responding, the Emir of Kaura Namoda, Alhaji Sanusi Asha, thanked the army for the gesture.

The Newsmen reports that the army is giving palliatives to the poor and vulnerable simultaneously in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory as part of activities marking its 2020 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).

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Police arrests 35 primary, secondary school students at s3x party in Kenya

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No fewer than 35 primary pupils and secondary school students in Kenya have been arrested on Friday by the Police at what appeared to be a sex party after some of the teenagers were found drunk and naked.

While six others escaped, 20 girls and 15 boys aged between 13 and 17 were arrested in a drunken state.

According to local reports, used condoms were also found in the 2-bedroom apartment in the raid led by Arujo Location Chief Robert Lango, Homa Bay Township Assistant Chief Duncan Odhiambo and his Arujo Sub-location counterpart Jackton Olielo.

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Lango said a parent rented the house for her two daughters, but neighbours raised the alarm after hearing loud music. The owner of the apartment, Patrick Ayieko was also arrested.

He said;

“We found used condoms which we believe the children used to engage in sex. Six managed to escape when we arrived.

“Some of the minors were dressing up when we got to the house. They had turned the house into a brothel.

“I mobilised my team and went to the house. We locked the door and called police officers who came in a vehicle and arrested the children. The owner of the house, Patrick Ayieko was also arrested  for allowing children to conduct immoral activities within his compound.”

They were all taken to Homa Bay Police Station but were later released because of lack of space.

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Homa Bay Sub County Police Commander Sammy Koskey who also confirmed the incident said that they have summoned the parents and guardians of the children to report to the police station on Monday, July 6.

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