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Boko Haram brutally murders 100 district heads

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By Yakubu Uba/Maiduguri

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Boko Haram brutally killed 100 district heads in Borno state who resisted their bloody campaign to establish a Caliphate.

The massacre was revealed on Thursday at a ceremony in which The Victims Support Fund (VSF), presented starter-packs to 52 out-of-school youths related to the 100 District Heads.

Gov. Babagana Zulum, who was represented by Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaji Kabir Wanori said the district heads were brutally murdered by Boko Haram insurgents in line of duty to their fatherland.

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He did not state when all of the killings occurred, since the insurgents began their campaign in 2009.Also presented were diggers, boots etc Some of the starter packs presented the 52 children of late district head killed by Boko Haram

The VSF Chairman, Gen. T.Y Danjuma, was also represented at the event in Maiduguri on Thursday.

Danjuma’s representative was the Executive Director of VSF, Prof. Nana Tanko.

Danjuma said the beneficiaries were trained in various skills ranging from carpentry, masonry, tailoring and shoe making.

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“The training of the out-of-school school youth in vocational skills and the donation of starter-packs is to ensure their employability and to support them towards setting up income generating activities.

“The initial support to the families of the deceased District Heads included the provision of educational materials, and the provision of requisite inputs for income-generating activities to 1000 households heads including widows of the deceased, ” he said.

He reiterated the commitment of the fund in managing its resources in providing succour to victims of terrorism.

Danjuma said VSF interventions in Borno covers infrastructural development, women empowerment, health care, education, peace building and research.

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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno lauded VSF for its sustained intervention in Borno, and urged beneficiaries to make maximum use of the opportunity.

“Borno government have acknowledged with appreciation the huge livelihood and educational support to the families of 100 District Heads who were brutally murdered by Boko Haram insurgents in line of duty to their fatherland.

“The is obviously a morale booster to others in the helm of affairs, to put more efforts in combating crime and criminalities in all nooks and crannies of the state,” Zulum said.

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abukakar Umar-Garbai, represented by the District Head of Bolori, Alhaji Abba-Masta Yusuf, also lauded VSF for its interventions, which he said has continued to impact positively on the lives of the people.

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Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Nana Ali and Mohammed Ibrahim, expressed gratitude to God and all those who made the programme possible, and assured that they would make good use of the opportunity to improve their livelihood

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Osun REC notifies police of gov election

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Osun State, Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, has visited the Zone 11 Police Command Headquarters, Osogbo.

The visit, according to a statement on Thursday, was to familiarise with the police authority and to notify it of the forthcoming Osun State governorship election.

The DC Zonal CID, DCP Ganiyu Salami, who received the INEC team on behalf of the AIG Zone 11, Mukan Gobum, expressed the delight of police authority to partner with INEC to provide security before, during and after election in the state.

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Akeredolu appoints chairmen, members for Ondo parastatals

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The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of some members of the state All Progressives Congress to the state boards and parastatals.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, made this known in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Victor Olabimtan, was appointed the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

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The governor equally approved the appointment of Sam Erejuwa as the Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission .

Similarly, Olajide Akinroluyo has been appointed as the chairman of the Pool Betting and Lotteries Board.

“The appointments take immediate effect,” the statement read.

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The statement also noted that the governor has approved the appointment of Rafiu Akinkuolie as member of the Judicial Service Commission. His name has been forwarded to the Ondo State House of Assembly for screening.

Akeredolu congratulated the new appointees and charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them by performing excellently in their new offices.

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