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Nigeria: The PDP advise President & FG to order foreigners to leave mining sites

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Reports coming to us have said that a group of civil society groups have leveled allegations of inactivity on the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, for his alleged inability to address insecurity in Zamfara.

This groups comprising of Society for Gender Equity (SGE), the Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR),  Network for Onward Nigeria (NeO), and The Peoples Collective (TPC), accused the defence chief of doing little or nothing to stem the killings.

A statement signed by Isa Yaro, National Publicity Officer of the group on Sunday in Abuja, described killings in Zamfara as tragic and unfortunate.

It blamed the Federal Government for failing to arrest the security challenge in the state, for over two years.

It noted that President Muhammadu Buhari ought to have sacked the Minister of Defence for his failures to address insecurity in the country.

“What we find happening in Zamfara state is not only unfortunate but tragic.

” It is inconceivable that two years on, the Federal Government has failed to address the orgy of killings in Zamfara state.

”All the blame trading and trying to put Gov. Abdulazzi Yari as the main culprit is reprehensible.

”We all know that governors are merely chief security officers by name without inherent powers.

” For long, the governor of Zamfara state has raised alarm over the buildup of a vicious militia with those responsible at the centre, doing little or nothing about it.

“From our findings, the Zamfara government has spent several millions in kitting, communication gadgets and allowances for the police and military posted to the state.

ANOTHER ANGLE: MINING WOES IN ZAMFARA STATE

A 48 hour Ultimatum had been given to Foreigners operating mining sites in Zamfara State as the Federal Government on Sunday launched an operation to flush out bandits terrorising residents of the state.

The government formally extended its Operation Puff Adder which was launched early last week to Zamfara State on Sunday in a bid to arrest kidnappings along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

President Muhammadu Buhari described as “sad,” the allegation made by certain quarters that he did nothing to stop the killings in Zamfara and further claimed that people were politicising the killings.

The opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party said if the President was finding the “job too difficult to do, he should call for help or quit and they also advised President Buhari to rearrange his security unit and make it more pro-active and able to carry out it’s primary duties and protect the citizenry from issues being faced across the nation.

During a state house address in Abuja this Sunday, the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, explained that there was a link between mining and banditry in Zamfara State.

 

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Ukraine: Popular Ukraine comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy emerges victorious in the presidential poll.

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Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide.

The emphatic victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.

With over 90 percent of the vote counted, Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of the vote with Poroshenko winning just under 25 percent.

Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, is now poised to take over the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

“I’m not yet officially the president, but as a citizen of Ukraine, I can say to all countries in the post-Soviet Union look at us. Anything is possible!”

Zelenskiy, whose victory fits a pattern of anti-establishment figures unseating incumbents in Europe and further afield, has promised to end the war in the eastern Donbass region and to root out corruption amid widespread dismay over rising prices and sliding living standards.

But he has been coy about exactly how he plans to achieve all that and investors want reassurances that he will accelerate reforms needed to attract foreign investment and keep the country in an International Monetary Fund program.

“Since there is complete uncertainty about the economic policy of the person who will become president, we simply don’t know what is going to happen and that worries the financial community,” said Serhiy Fursa, an investment banker at Dragon Capital in Kiev.

“We need to see what the first decisions are, the first appointments. We probably won’t understand how big these risks are earlier than June. Perhaps nothing will change.”

The United States, the European Union and Russia will be closely watching Zelenskiy’s foreign policy pronouncements to see if and how he might try to end the war against pro-Russian separatists that has killed some 13,000 people.

U.S. President Donald Trump phoned Zelenskiy and pledged to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, while European Council President Donald Tusk congratulated the Ukrainian people on what he called a show of democratic maturity.

Zelenskiy said on Sunday he planned to continue European-backed talks with Russia on a so far largely unimplemented peace deal and would try to free Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia, which is holding 24 Ukrainian sailors among others.

Viktor Medvedchuk, the Kremlin’s closest ally in Ukraine, last week outlined ways in which Ukraine and Russia could mend ties, though Zelenskiy has given no indication of being open to the prospect.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Ukraine now had a chance to “reset” and unite its people.

Zelenskiy has pledged to keep Ukraine on a pro-Western course, but has sounded less emphatic than Poroshenko about possible plans for the country of 42 million people to one day join the European Union and NATO.

Poroshenko, who conceded defeat but said he planned to stay in politics, said on social media he thought Zelenskiy’s win would spark celebrations in the Kremlin.

“They believe that with a new inexperienced Ukrainian President, Ukraine could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence,” he wrote.

Critics accuse Zelenskiy of having an unhealthily close working relationship with a powerful oligarch called Ihor Kolomoisky, whose TV channel broadcasts his comedy shows.

Zelenskiy has rejected those accusations.

One of the most important and early tests of that promise will be the fate of PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest lender, which was nationalized in 2016.

The government wrested PrivatBank from Kolomoisky as part of a banking system clean-up backed by the IMF, which supports Ukraine with a multi-billion dollar loan program.

But its fate hangs in the balance after a Kiev court ruled days before the election that the change of PrivatBank’s ownership was illegal, delighting Kolomoisky but rocking the central bank which said it would appeal.

Zelenskiy has repeatedly denied he would seek to hand PrivatBank back to Kolomoisky if elected or help the businessman win compensation for the ownership change.

The IMF will be watching closely too to see if Zelenskiy will allow gas prices to rise to market levels, an IMF demand but a politically sensitive issue and one Zelenskiy has been vague about.

Zelenskiy gave few new policy details on Sunday, but said he wanted a new general prosecutor to replace incumbent Yuriy Lutsenko, and spoke of wanting new generals to work in the army.

His unorthodox campaign traded on the character he plays in the TV show, a scrupulously honest schoolteacher who becomes president by accident after an expletive-ridden rant about corruption goes viral.

 Zelenskiy has promised to fight corruption, a message that has resonated with Ukrainians fed up with the status quo in a country that is one of Europe’s poorest nearly three decades after breaking away from the Soviet Union

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Liverpoolfc return on-top of the table by beating Crystal Palace.

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Liverppool continue their fabulous run to return on-top of the table with away goals from Gini  Wijnaldum in 57mins and James Milner penalty strike in 81mins, After a goalless draw in first half.

battle of survival as “Cardiff, Brighton and Southampton battle it out to avoid relegation zone”.

Jurgen kloop commend the boys for the team spirit and confident they shown.

Last season Liverpool was behind  man-city with 25points and this season they have manage close the gap by reaching 88points to show they are serious contenders owing to the wonderful season they have ascertain even if they don’t win the league.

Kloop men have three more games as they prepare to host Huddersfield at (home) then taking Newscattle (away)and hosting wolves at (home).

Manchester united will hosting the formal champions at the Old Traffold as they are tipped to stop the formal champions but their woeful form brings doubt to all Liverpool fans.

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Meanwhile, The gunner lost the advantage to seal their place in the top four spot by losing to crystal palace as they fight tightens.

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