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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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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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