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FCT residents seek FG’s intervention on cost of living

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FCT residents seek FG’s intervention on cost of living

Last Updated on August 6, 2023 by Fellow Press

Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called on the Federal Government to intervene in the rising cost of goods and services in the country.

The residents who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja said that it was no longer easy for families to provide three meals a day.

Mr Yohanna Bulus, a civil servant, said that the high cost of living has made it difficult for an average Nigerians to feed and also attend to other needs of their families.

He urged government at all levels to bring necessary succour to especially food production and supply in the country.

Bulus said: “Government has to find a way to ease the current hardship. The people have tried to adjust in all ramifications but to no avail.

” We are appealing that government should do everything possible to make costs of food and other means of living less expensive. It is no longer funny.

” I have seven children, four are in a government-owned secondary school, while three are in primary level in private school but both schools had increased their fees and none is manageable.

” We only feed from hand to mouth now, sometimes twice a day and we have been forced to reduce the portion of food items because everything had gone up.

” It is not endurable anymore, we need help.”

Similarly, Mrs Aina Philip, a Teacher in Bwari said her husband had threatened to remove their five children from the private school they attend to an LEA Model Primary School close to their residence.

She said that the family resolved to make the change in order to adjust to the current economic situation and also make use of the meagre resources at hand to attend to other needs.

She said: ” My salary and that of my husband can no longer cater for the family needs. Now, food takes the bulk of the money and it is still not enough.

” Then you have rent, electricity bill, school fees, transportation and a lot more to attend to and every business person had added money on his or her goods and services.

” We all have no choice than to make adjustments that may not be smooth at all.

” We need government to intervene in some of these sectors to lower the costs of produce and services on behalf of the citizens so that we can truly breath,”he said.

Philip also urged Nigerians to be fervent in prayers for a divine intervention in the situation.

Mr Savior Udoh, a welder in Kubwa said that he was left to cater for his seven children with a not-so-productive business, lamenting that the constant harassment by area council tax collectors makes matters worse.

Udoh said that his family now relied on his wife’s striving food retail business for their needs.

He said: “Most times, we are forced to take food from my wife’s shop to eat and you know such things crumbles business, especially when you keep taking and can’t refund.

” Things are hard for us, there’s no time for eating, it can be anytime of the day and it can be once, not to talk of eating a balanced diet or with proteins such as meat.

” We can only do our best and leave the rest to God, ” he said.

Udoh urged government at all levels to assist in every way possible to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.

Mrs Rachel Ejiro, a resident in Area one and a mother of three said that food was paramount in her home, adding she has no enough resources to buy clothes for her children.

Ejiro said that she had to cut down on excesses which include clothing, shoes and other accessories.

She added that her five children would have to make do with what they have and use it judiciously to pass down to their younger ones.

Ejiro said: “So that I will not have to worry on that aspect but on school fees and other necessities.”

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Gunmen kill three while enforcing sit-at-home in Anambra communities

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Last Updated on June 19, 2024 by Fellow Press

Some gunmen, who were enforcing sit-at-home, have reportedly killed many people and injured others in two Anambra communities.

The gunmen invaded Nnewichi community in Nnewi north LGA and Nnobi community in Idemili south LGA, on Monday morning.

At Nnewichi community, the gunmen were said to have invaded a hotel after discovering that some persons were having a meeting there. The gunmen started shooting sporadically at the hotel premises, while destroying properties.

The assailants were said to have killed Oseloka Ubajiekwe, head of the vigilante group and chief security officer of the community, while he was attempting to wade off the attackers.
Those who sustained injuries have been taken to various hospitals in the state. At Nnobi community, the gunmen shot sporadically to scare away residents and engaged in gun duels with security operatives.

Confirming the attacks in a statement, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said only three persons, including a 22-year-old lady, have been confirmed dead.

“The commissioner of police, CP Nnaghe Obono Itam, has ordered an immediate manhunt operation on the armed men operating in a red Highlander jeep, who abducted a citizen in Nnewi by 1:30 pm yesterday 17/6/2024 and were trailed to Nnobi, where they engaged security operatives in a gun battle,” Ikenga said.

During the gun duel, one of the security operatives was fatally hit by the bullet and due to the indiscriminate shootings by the hoodlums in an attempt to escape the scene, the bullet also fatally struck two innocent passersby in the area.

“The police responding team at the scene recovered the bodies of the victims and took them to the hospital but regrettably, three of the victims including a 22-year-old lady were confirmed dead by the doctors on duty while two others are currently receiving treatment.”

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Gunmen kidnap another Catholic priest in Anambra

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Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Fellow Press

Anambra State based Catholic priest, Reverend Father Christian Ike, has been abducted by assailants.

The clergyman was reportedly taken away by the assailants on Sunday, along Amagu junction, Ndiokpaleke, in Ajali community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness in the area, who narrated the incident our correspondents, said the priest was returning alongside two other persons from an early morning Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church when the assailants double-crossed his vehicle.

The source said unknown gunmen kidnapped the priest and took some personal belongings in the vehicle, but the reason for the incident has yet to be ascertained.

The eyewitness said, “The priest and two other persons were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church, where they attended morning service.

“On getting to Amagu Junction, their vehicle was double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two other persons escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.”

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State police spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command had deployed its intelligence and operational assets for the priest’s possible rescue unhurt.

He added that further development will be communicated as it unfolds.

Ikenga said, “Anambra State Police Command received the information of the abduction of Rev Father Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.

“Eyewitness account revealed by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended morning service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

“To this end, the Command has activated its intelligence and operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the priest.”

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