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Today’s Headlines: Death Toll Hits 130 As CAN Warns Against Reprisal, US Delegation To Tinubu’s Inauguration



Plateau killings: Death toll hits 130 as CAN warns against reprisal

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday warned against reprisal attacks over the continued killings in Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

According to CAN, about 130 persons have been killed in the past week, 1,000 buildings burnt and 22 villages affected.

The President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, who gave the warning in a statement in Abuja, said: “It is with deep concern that I address the nation on the recent resurgence of mindless killings of innocent citizens in Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State, Nigeria.

US Delegation To Tinubu’s Inauguration

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A nine-member delegation is expected to attend the inauguration of President-elect Bola Tinubu next Monday, according to an official statement by the White House on Monday.

The Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia L. Fudge, is scheduled to lead the delegation.

See the full statement below:

President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29, 2023, in Abuja, Nigeria.

Buhari hands Navy over to Tinubu

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President Muhammadu Buhari has handed the Navy to the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, assuring that the incoming government will address all their needs.

Speaking at the Presidential Fleet Review 2023, Buhari said, “the incoming administration of President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu will sustain the current tempo of my administration in giving the Nigerian Navy necessary support to effectively carry out its assigned tasks.”

He said there was an inextricable link between maritime security and economic prosperity, especially in consideration that Nigeria’s maritime environment serves both as a store house of resources as well as medium for maritime transport.

He explained that there was need for safe and secure utilisation of these resources for national prosperity and in support of Nigeria’s Blue Economy aspirations.

Buhari said it was in realization of this “that my administration vigorously engaged in the recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy Fleet throughout my eight years in office. Accordingly, about 20 capital ships have been acquired for the Nigerian Navy. These ships comprise offshore patrol vessels, landing ship transport, hydrograaphic survey vessels, seaward defense boats and helicopters as well as over 300 inshore patrol vessels and assault craft.

“I had the honour to commission a new helicopter NN410 manufactured in Italy, NNS KADA, a landing ship transport, built in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and NNS IBENO, donated by the Peoples Republic of China.

Stakeholders Demand Probe Into Allocation To Chibok Girls’ Families, Sustained Reportage

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Stakeholders have demand­ed accountability from the government on the funds allocated to the families of the abducted Chiboks girls.

They also charged the me­dia to keep issues surrounding the abduction of Chibok girls on the front burner as constant reminders to the authorities.

The call was made in Abu­ja on Saturday during the screening of the documenta­ry “Nine Years: Life after the Chibok Abduction”, produced by Women Radio.

The documentary featured an abducted girl, parents and siblings of some of the abducted girls who lament­ed the inconsistency of the government in reaching out to them. The documentary showed that about 37 parents have died largely because of trauma caused by the abduc­tion of their children.

The panelists called on Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari to use the federal government might to bring the girls back.

In her submission, Bukky Shonibare, Executive Direc­tor of Invictus Africa, urged the media to leverage their visibility around the nine-point agenda of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in demanding accountability from the government. Shoni­bare urged the media to “beam the spotlight on the funds allo­cated for the families and how they should be expended and the need for continuity on the Safe School Initiative.”

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