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FCTA resumes demolition at Iddo, clears over 350 houses

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To storm Mpape soon 

By Muhammad Tanimu, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has Wednesday, resumed the demolition bombardment in Iddo Sarki, removing over 350 illegal buildings. 

Iddo Sarki community, few kilometres away from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, is said to have been taken over by desperate investors, who are taking  advantage of the  community’s proximity to University of Abuja, to build illegal hostels for students.

Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah said the break was an understanding FCTA had with some stakeholders, who pleaded  for extra time to talk with the community leaders and also enable affected people to relocate.

Attah noted that returning  the bulldozers to the Community was very necessary to sustaining the tempo of the sanitation, as  the level of illegalities  recorded there had become very alarming. 

He further explained that FCT Minister had reiterated commitment to the ongoing exercise, as it was part of measures  to save the nation’s capital from becoming an undesirable slum. 

While he warned all attempts to to distort the master plan will be resisted, he  warned that there was no relenting on the proposed demolition of illegal structures at Mpape community. 

According to him, enough time and notices  have  been given to affected people at Mpape, stating that  in two weeks time the bulldozers will move in there.

He added that FCTA will not pay any compensation to the victims, who contravened extant laws by building illegally. He however, advised that victims can seek for justice against the sellers of the illegal land.

” The first notice we give to the people is to stop buying land from the natives, unfortunately, the chiefs have denied selling land to anybody. 

” We are not going back in the demolition. After here we are moving to Mpape,  Where residents have requested for the demolition. 

” Anyone who buy land from the local Chiefs, is doing that in contraventions of the laws and such persons will bear the brunt. Our work is to remove illegalities.  Those who were affected can seek for justice against those that sold the illegal land” 

Also speaking, Peter Olumuji, from FCTA Department of Security Services, confirmed that the ongoing sanitation and demolition exercise has reduced the rate of crime along the Airport road axis.

Olumuji said that from the statistics recorded at the department, the demolition had dislodged most of the criminals that hitherto held the residents to ransom. 

He further assured that FCTA  will not relent to ensuring adequate security at all the communities within Abuja.

RTA Foundation honours retired Police officer in Abuja  

By Abdullahi Muhammad, Abuja

The Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu (RTA) Foundation based in the Federal Capital Territory has honoured a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr. Emakoji Agenyi Jacob, for his dedication and exemplary manner in the discharge of his duties.  

During the award ceremony, the Founder of the foundation, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, announced a donation of a tricycle (Keke), employment opportunity to his first daughter with National Diploma and a scholarship to his son in JSS 3 up to his graduation at the  university of his choice.  

Aliyu, who described the retired officer as a man of indisputable honesty and integrity, also noted that the honour was to highlights the positive and enduring legacies being engineered by the Nigerian police and indeed one that raises the banner for officers to be rest assured that commitment to service, nation and good character are  virtues to embrace.  

According to Aliyu, “in the discharge of his duties, he exhibited very rare and high degree of humility and compassion as a police officer. Always calm, friendly and very respectful. He approaches everyone with the  dignity you deserve as a human being and speaks to you in a calm voice with some stealth that exposes the discipline and training he had garnered over the years but yet humane.  

“He on many occasions exhibited compassion and patience as he helped inquiring motorists while being cautious and mindful of his primary mission safety of lives and property. He will never demand for tips or any form of patronage”.  

The founder, therefore, used the occasion to call on officers who are still in service to emulate the exemplary conduct of the retired ASP Emakoji, adding that good character pays.  

In an emotional laden voice, Mr. Emakoji Agenyi Jacob, said he was overwhelmed by the honour done to him by the foundation, while praying that God will continue to lift the foundation to greater heights.  

In his words: “My sincere prayers to you today and always is that as you honour me, God will honour you and your children. God will lift you and the foundation to an enviable height”.  


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Anthony Joshua breaks his silence after devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Anthony Joshua is determined to stay positive after his devastating world title defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Usyk turned in a boxing masterclass to take the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles, dethroning Joshua in his own back yard at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua immediately left the ring after the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision win and was taken to hospital to be assessed after taking damage to his right eye during the contest.

But he wrote on Twitter: ‘Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

London I love you and thank you each and every time

A rematch clause will give Joshua the chance to reclaim his titles but promoter Eddie Hearn has warned big changes are needed if he is to avenge the loss.

The fighter in AJ is already talking about winning the rematch.

‘It was a tough defeat. I had it reasonably close in the eighth and then Usyk ran away with it. If that happens again, he will get beat again.

‘Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He has to impose himself but when you get to the level of AJ, there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm ups.

‘You are straight into the fight. He will be an underdog in that rematch.

‘He chose to take on a pound for pound great tonight, and it didn’t work out. He deserves credit for that but this is sport.’

Source: (Metro News)


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