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Today's Headlines: Uzodimma Reacts To Invasion Of Imo Community, Buhari To Visit Daura

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Uzodimma Reacts To Invasion Of Imo Community

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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has urged the military to sheath its sword following an alleged invasion of Izombe community, Oguta Local Government Area of the state by soldiers.

This is as he expressed sadness at the loss of lives and properties suffered by the community.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that indigenes of the community alleged that some soldiers on a reprisal on Friday destroyed properties worth not less than N1bn.

The distraught indigenes, who spoke to our correspondent during a visit to the community, said the soldiers burnt no fewer than 80 houses, many cars and economic trees.

Uzodinma, who shared photos from his visit to the community on Facebook, blamed the outcome on the recklessness of bandits whom he said have chosen to foment mayhem without recourse to morality.

He captioned the photos, “I am saddened at the gory sight of destroyed properties and the lost lives of innocent citizens of Izombe Community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, as a result of the recklessness of few bandits who have chosen to foment mayhem without recourse to morality.

Buhari To Visit Daura

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President Muhammadu Buhari will this weekend depart Abuja for Daura, Katsina State, SaharaReporters has gathered.

According to presidential sources, the President wants to go to his hometown, just to get some rest.

He's departing for Daura this weekend for home rest. He just wants to go and rest. He will return next week,” one of the sources told SaharaReporters on Wednesday.

Buhari on September 26 returned from New York, United States after participating in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76), with the theme, "Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nations.”

The President had departed for the UN Assembly on September 19. 

And shortly after returning to the country, Nigeria celebrated its 61st Independence Day Anniversary, which again took Buhari out of his comfort zone. 

According to one of the sources, for a younger and healthier leader who is used to hard physical and mental work, such a hectic schedule may not be too taxing. 

However, considering Buhari's age and health, the source said he probably found the recent activities taxing enough to require some rest. 

Nigerian Army Reacts To Anambra Election

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Nigerian Army says it has mapped out strategies to ensure that residents of Anambra enjoy peace and security before, during, and after the governorship election scheduled to hold on November 6.

Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, said the army would also ensure the safety of corps members on electoral duties.

Mr Lagbaja stated this when Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), paid him a courtesy visit at the division’s headquarters, Enugu.

In a statement signed by Adenike Adeyemi, the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Lagbaja commended corps members for their invaluable service to the various units of the division, including the command secondary schools.

“The army had mapped out strategies towards ensuring that residents of Anambra, including corps members on election duties, enjoy peace and security before, during, and after the exercise,” he stated. “Beyond the electioneering, the division will continue to accord topmost priority to the security of corps members and staff of the scheme.”

Speaking further, he noted, “The NYSC has contributed to the socio-economic development of the country and played a pivotal role in the training and mentoring of the youth as responsible members of the society.”

Buhari Should Use Corps Members To Beef Up Security- Fayemi

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Governor Kayode Fayemi has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to turn NYSC camps into security training grounds to recruit “willing and able” graduates to join the military and the police.

Mr Fayemi pointed out that one of the cheapest and fastest ways to handle this was to amend the law setting up the National Youth Service Corps.

“With this, we can use the existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out. That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding, which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years,” he explained. “Those who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.”

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