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Gov. Muftwang urges prayers for sustainable peace in Plateau

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Gov. Caleb Muftwang of Plateau has urged Christians to pray for sustainable peace in the state.

The governor made the call during the thanksgiving service of the traditional ruler (Mishkaham) of Mwaghavul, Da John Hirse, on his 80 years anniversary.

The thanksgiving was held on Sunday during the church service of the Church of Christ in Nation (COCIN) Headquarters, Jos.

He said that prayers were crucial for the leadership of the state to conceive initiatives that would ensure long lasting solutions to insecurity in the state.

He decried the attacks in some communities in Mangu local government area and other parts of the state and thanked God for the relative peace.

He implored the congregants to imbibe tolerance and respect for different culture and religion of people resident in the state for harmonious coexistence.

Muftwang also admonished congregants against negative ethnic profiling of residents in the state, saying criminals should be exposed and their acts condemned irrespective of their backgrounds.

”May God expose the criminals amongst us because he who comes in equity must come with clean hands. So, when you come to God for prayers, your prayer must also be on a good plan for the righteous man,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Hirse thanked God for blessing him with long life, good health and prosperity in spite of several challenges in his life time.

In his remarks, the Senior Pastor of COCIN Headquarters, Rev. Sylvester Dachomo, congratulated the governor for the record of relative peace and assured him of their continuous prayers for guidance in the discharge of his duties.

He said that the church would continue to offer him counsel and also admonished him through constructive criticism where necessary.

The cleric also urged him to stand firm in faith and uphold the younger generation through prayers and mentorship.

Speaking on the topic ”Agents of Change”, Rev. Yakubu Sagai, the Chaplain of Gindiri Mission Schools, said that appointees should be diligent in their duties and should be able to work without much supervision.

He also urged Christian Faithful to do likewise in their different endeavours, saying having salvation would enable then to be good agents of change.

 

He urged the leadership of Plateau to serve as role models to other states in their selflessness, accountability and evidence based projects in the state.

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Fagbemi warns against obstructing EFCC from performing its lawful duty

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The Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN has warned against obstructing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from carrying out its lawful duty .

Fagbemi’s warning is contained in a statement in Abuja.

“This is a matter of very grave concern, it is now beyond doubt that the EFCC is given power by the law to invite any person of interest to interact with them in the course of their investigations into any matter, regardless of status.

“Therefore, the least that we can all do when invited, is not to put any obstruction in the way of EFCC, but to honourably answer their invitation.

“A situation where public officials who are themselves subject of protection by law enforcement agents will set up a stratagem of obstruction to the civil and commendable efforts of the EFCC to perform its duty is to say the least, insufferably disquieting’’.

He added that running away from the law will not resolve issues at stake but only exacerbate them.

“Nigeria has a vibrant judicial system that is capable of protecting everyone who follows the rule of law in seeking protection.

“I therefore encourage anyone who has been invited by the EFCC or any other agency to immediately toe the path of decency and civility by honouring such invitation instead of embarking on a temporising self-help and escapism.

 

“This can only put our country in bad light before the rest of the world’’.

He said institutions of state should be allowed to function effectively and efficiently.

“I stand for the rule of law and will promptly call EFCC, and indeed any other agency to order when there is an indication of any transgressions of the fundamental rights of any Nigerian by any of the agencies’’.

NAN reports that the EFCC had on Wednesday warned members of the public that it was a criminal offence to obstruct officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties.

Section 38(2)(a(b) of the EFCC Establishment Act makes it an offence to prevent officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties. Culprits risk a jail term of not less than five years.

The warning , the EFCC said, became necessary against the background of the increasing tendency by persons and groups under investigation by the Commission to take the laws into their hands by recruiting thugs to obstruct lawful operations of the EFCC.

On several occasions, the anti graft agency said, operatives of the Commission have had to exercise utmost restraint in the face of such provocation to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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