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Akwa Ibom: Residents Demand Compensation Over Land Seizure

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Residents of Anua Offot, Use Offot, and Ifa Ikot Okpon communities in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have accused the state government of taking over their land without fulfilling compensation agreements. Under the banner of Concerned Land Owners, they demand that the government honor its commitment and pay the agreed-upon compensation for the acquired land.

Mr. Power Anthony, the president of the group, revealed that despite an agreed compensation of N100 million, the government only disbursed N13.1 million. He lamented that residents were forcefully evicted from their homes without prior notice, with houses demolished and household items destroyed.

The communities allege that Governor Umo Eno, then Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, made promises during negotiations but failed to fulfill them upon assuming office. Despite signing an agreement and receiving a partial payment, the landowners claim that the government reneged on its commitments.

The situation has led to the displacement of residents and the destruction of properties. Gabriel Anderson, a native of Use Offot, expressed dismay over the government’s actions, labeling it as impunity.

In response to the allegations, Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Captain Iniobong Ekong (Rtd), denied knowledge of the situation. He urged the media to publish the report, indicating a willingness to address the issue if brought to his attention.

 

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EFCC Secures Warrant to Arrest Ex-Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) permission to arrest former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, ahead of his court appearance on Thursday.

Justice Emeka Nwite authorized the warrant earlier today following the EFCC’s request.

This decision comes after a conflicting ruling from the Kogi State High Court, which previously barred the EFCC from arresting, detaining, or prosecuting the former governor.

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Chaos Ensues as Ododo Allegedly Thwarts Attempt to Arrest Ex-Gov Bello

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Pandemonium erupted as Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Ododo, reportedly intervened to prevent the arrest of former governor Yahaya Bello at his Abuja residence, leading to gunfire.

Armed operatives of the EFCC had sought to arrest Bello, but faced resistance upon arrival. Governor Ododo later arrived at the scene and was suspected to have left with Bello in his official vehicle.

Additional security forces were called in to support the EFCC, leading to a tense standoff. As Ododo departed with Bello, security operatives opened fire amid suspicions that the former governor was in the governor’s vehicle.

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Tinubu Applauds Dangote as Diesel Price Dips to N1,000 per Litre

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President Bola Tinubu has praised Dangote Oil and Gas Limited for slashing the price of diesel, a move expected to impact industries and transportation costs positively.

In a statement by his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu emphasized the significance of the diesel price reduction, foreseeing a ripple effect on the nation’s economy.

Dangote recently announced a significant reduction in the price of Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) from N1,650 to N1,000 per litre for bulk purchases, with additional discounts for larger volumes.

The reduction, amounting to a 60% drop, is poised to alleviate the burden of high transportation costs and contribute to stabilizing prices across various sectors.

Acknowledging the partnership between the federal government and Dangote Refinery, in which the government holds a 20% stake, Tinubu emphasized the importance of such collaborations in advancing national prosperity.

He urged Nigerians and businesses to prioritize national interests, assuring them of a conducive environment for growth and development.

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