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Armed gunmen killed a person and abducted two others , including a retired United States of America army officer , Major Jide Ijadare , along Ijan Ekiti– Ise Ekiti Road in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Council area of Ekiti State on Tuesday .
This came less than two days after gunmen killed a director in the Ekiti State Local Government Commission , Mr David Jejelowo , in his house at Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital .
Sources said the gunmen invaded Ijadare ’s palm oil -producing factory located along the road and shot dead one person and as well took away the retired army officer and anoother person whose identity could not be ascertained yet .
A source said the bandits , numbering seven , invaded the factory , where they shot at a worker while making efforts to kidnap the retired army officer and the other victim.
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The source said, “ They shot one of the staff of the factory and killed him . They , thereafter , dragged Major Ijadare and the other staff into the car and zoomed off . ” The Police Public Relations Officer , Ekiti Command, Mr Sunday Abutu , said, “ We can confirm to you that a retired US soldier was kidnapped around 2 .00 pm today ( Tuesday ) and one other .
“ One person was also killed during the attack at a factory in Ijan Ekiti where the two persons were kidnapped .
“ The police commissioner , Tunde Mobayo , has drafted policemen to the place . We are combing the bushes where they escaped. The long arms of the law will catch up with them and we will rescue the two persons.

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Restrain Oluwo from removing us, Iwo kingmakers urges court

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Twelve Iwo kingmakers seeking the dethronement of Oluwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi has urged a State High Court to restrain the monarch from removing them from their positions.
The kingmakers in a suit numbered HIW/M.18/2020 received by instituted in the court sitting Iwo on September 25, 2020, sought an order of the court to restrain Oluwo or his agents from removing them from their Chieftaincy position or replace them with new appointees.
The motion expertise which was supported by a 22-paragraph affidavit deposed to by the Oosa of Iwoland, Chief Yekini Orobinmpe was in pursuant to order 39 of the State High Court amended ( civil procedure) rules and section (6) (6) (A&B) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended).
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The kingmakers alleged that Oluwo, having been aware of the petition written against him, dated September 9, 2020, has resolved to replace them with other persons, hence, the need for the court to intervene to protect their legal rights.
Other kingmakers allegedly listed to be replaced are Chiefs Rafiu Muraina Olorunlanpe, the Balogun, Fatai Alani Olaoye, Onto, Ganiyu Kazeem Ayinde Jagun, and Basiru Ajani Akinsola, Olukotun.
Others are Chiefs Lamidi Morufu Oyeleke, Odofin, Suraju Bello, Onju, Lateef Ishola, Agoro, Moshood Amoo, Asape, Rasaki Akanmu Tijani, Olukosi and Amoo Olaosebikan Taiwo, Aro.
The application filed by their counsel, John Enworo reads in part, “that all the applicants are kingmakers in Oluwo of Iwoland Chieftaincy. And being kingmakers felt aggrieved by the gross misconduct of the respondent (Oluwo) and unanimously wrote a petition to the Governor of the State for the removal of the respondent.
“That by so doing, the applicants’ action is constitutional in all ramifications. That the court make an order of interim injunction restraining the respondent whether by himself, agents, servants, and privies from removing the applicants from their positions as Oosa, Onto, Balogun, Jagun, Oloya, Olukotun, Odofin, Onju, Agoro, Asape, Olukosi and Aro chieftaincy and replacing them with new appointees pending the determination of the motion and substantive suit”

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National Water Bill not RUGA replacement, has no hidden agenda ― FG

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The Federal government has refuted allegations that the National Water Bill would cede large swathe of land along river banks to herdsmen, saying that there is no hidden agenda behind the Bill.
The Minister of Information and culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed and his Water Resources counterpart, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, who briefed journalists, in Abuja, Tuesday, insisted that land ownership was not affected by the Bill, in any way.
The briefing followed the unending controversy that has trailed the Bill currently making its way through the National Assembly, with many dissenting Nigerians accusing the federal government of having a hidden agenda, especially with the aim of handing over the nation’s river banks to herdsmen.
According to Alh. Mohammed, “The Bill also does not apply to land. It clearly states that land required by any of the institutions established by the Bill would be obtained in accordance with the Land Use Act (i.e with Governor’s consent).
“Critics contend that the Bill, when passed into law, will clip the wings of state and local government authorities, as well as individuals, from making use of the water in their backyards without permission from Abuja
“Our response: Communities on River Banks are guaranteed undisturbed use of water as stated in Section 3 of the Bill. Also, all occupiers of Land are guaranteed the right of abstraction for domestic and sustenance, whether by borehole or rivers. Section 3 reiterates the right of persons to continue to access water without charge for
subsistence and preserves existing customary rights to water. Section 2 of the Water Resources
“Critics contend that the Bill is aimed at taking the resources of a certain part of the country for the use of herders. In other words, that the Federal Government is seeking to implement RUGA by subterfuge.
“Our Response: This is not the intent of the Bill and it is not even possible, as the Bill reiterates the fact that Land can only be acquired by any of the institutions established in accordance with the Land Use Act. Almost all the Institutions have State Representatives.
The Regulatory Commission Board comprises representatives of the six-geo political regions. The State level basins management includes representatives of each state in the Basin.”
The minister said that there was nothing entirely new about the Bill but an amalgamation of Water Resources Laws that had been in existence for a long time.
They included: Water Resources Act, Cap W2 LFN 2004; The River Basin Development Authority Act, Cap R9 LFN 2004; The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (Establishment) Act, Cap N1100A, LFN 2004; and the – National Water Resources Institute Act, Cap N83 LFN 2004.
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The laws, he said, were being re-enacted with necessary modifications to bring them in line with current global trends as well as best practices in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
“The overall objective of this amalgamation is the efficient management of the Water Resources Sector for the economic development of Nigeria and the well-being of its citizens,” he minister said.
According to him, “The Bill will ensure that the nation’s water resources are protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all persons.
“Among other benefits, the Bill: provides for the creation of an enabling environment for public and private sector investment; provides for capacity building processes to foster good governance; establishes water use and licensing framework to ensure sustainable financing for Water Sector Development from tariffs.”
Alh. Mohammed said that many of those criticising the Bill had not even bothered to read its provisions, thus depending on second-hand information to reach their conclusions and that those who have read it “have perhaps done so perfunctorily.”
He noted that borehole regulation was an international standard for abstraction of large volumes of water.
“Most countries in Africa, and almost every developed country, regulates commercial abstraction. It is also important to note that there is no requirement for licensing domestic abstraction. Regulating abstraction of large volumes of water is necessary, because groundwater abstraction is an activity that has environmental and ecological impact.

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