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Nasarawa killings heart wrenching, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief over the heart-wrenching murder of 45 farmers and scores injured following renewed hostilities in Lafia, Obi and Awe Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State.

President Buhari said the sympathies of the entire nation were with the affected families.

“I assure the people with all seriousness and sensitivity that this administration is doing its best to safeguard the security of people and will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the perpetrators of this senseless and barbaric incident, and bring them to justice,” he said.

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He also expressed condolences to the government and people of the State, and expressed satisfaction with the immediate response of the State government to the incident.

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Gunmen attack Ondo community, kill two

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Tension in Ondo state as gunmen suspected to be herdera attacked Okeluse community in Ose local government area of the state.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the town was heavily attacked by gunmen around 9pm on Sunday.

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It was also learnt that the manager of a fuelling station in the town identified as Aborowa Oladimeji was reportedly killed in the attack.

One of his staff whose name was not disclosed was also killed by the gunmen.

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“The sales boy was also shot by the herdsmen. He was rushed to the hospital but gave up the ghost early this morning,” a witness said.

“For the CEO of the filling station, he he was shot and he died on the spot. He was about leaving the filling station with his sales boy when the gunmen came.”

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The attack is coming a few weeks after five persons were killed at Arimogija community in Ose LGA.

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NAFDAC bans alcohol production in sachet and PET bottles

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The registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres have been banned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola  Adeyeye,  on Monday January 24, made the announced through a statement.

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Adeyeye said the decision to ban registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent Alcohol by Volume (ABV), was taken in line with recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health,  NAFDAC and Federal Competition, Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry, Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) in December 2018.

Manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.

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Adeyeye added that the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

The statement read;

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“Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nation-wide sensitization campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.

“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.

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” The agency is committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol.”

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