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Today's Headlines:Tinubu Left For Europe To Reduce Distraction - Tunde Rahman;Bandits Kidnap Farmers In Niger

Tinubu Left For Europe To Reduce Distraction – Rahman

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Eighteen days to his inauguration, the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, yesterday departed Nigeria for Europe.

Tunde Rahman, one of Tinubu’s media aides, who disclosed this in a statement, said Tinubu left Abuja on Wednesday afternoon with some of his key aides.

The statement reads in part: “The trip will reduce unnecessary pressure and distraction on the president-elect ahead of the May 29, inauguration.

He will use the opportunity of the trip to fine-tune the transition plans and programmes and his policy options with some of his key aides without unnecessary pressure and distraction.

“During the visit, the president-elect will engage with investors and other key allies with the goal of marketing investment opportunities in the country and his administration’s readiness to enable a business-friendly climate through policies and regulations.

“Already, meetings with multi-sectorial actors in Europe’s business community, including manufacturing, agriculture, tech and energy, have been lined up.

Bandits Kidnap Farmers In Niger

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Bandits have reportedly abducted many farmers in Kaffin-Koro and adjoining communities in Paikoro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State while many others have fled.

Some of the fleeing residents who spoke to our correspondent around 7pm said that there had yet to be security operatives on the ground to save the situation.

Daily Trust gathered that the attackers arrived in the community in large numbers around 4pm and operated until 7pm during which an unspecified number of people were kidnapped.

Sources said before the attacks on Kaffin-Koro Wednesday evening, Abolo, Kudani, Nani, Kuna, Shunakwa, Sikiti, Zubakere and Jubidiga villages had been raided on Tuesday where one person was killed in Sikiti while dozens of farmers were abducted from the eight villages.

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EFCC Detains Buhari’s Former Minister

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained a former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, over an alleged diversion of N22 billion, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Sources at the EFCC, who are familiar with the case but not permitted to speak publicly, told this newspaper that Mr Mamman was detained Wednesday morning after turning himself in at the commission’s office in Abuja.

Mr Mamman served as the Minister of Power from August 2019 to September 2021, when he was unceremoniously removed from office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Providing insights into the case against Mr Mamman, sources said he allegedly conspired with officials of the Ministry of Power during his stint as minister to divert N22 billion in public funds and shared it with them.

“From 2017 to date, the former Minister of Power conspired with other staff of the Ministry in charge of the accounts of the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Project, diverted over N22 billion naira, and shared it amongst themselves,” a source said.

DSS, Others’ Synergy Helped Fight Against Banditry – El-Rufai

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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commended the synergy between the Department of State Services (DSS), other security agencies, and the state government in the fight against banditry in the state.

He revealed that the collaboration led to the killing of hundreds of bandits and the destruction of several bandits’ camps.

Speaking at the First Quarter Security Meeting of North West State Directors of Security (SDS) of DSS, which was held at the Kaduna State Command, El-Rufai called for similar cooperation between federal security agencies and other North West states.

The governor stated that over the last four years, there had been progressive streamlining of security coordination, strengthening of inter-agency collaboration, creation and sustenance of a robust intelligence gathering framework, and improved responses to security incidents.

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