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Police react to gunmen attack on Anambra eatery during Easter



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The Anambra State Police Command has called on residents of the state to ensure prompt report of robbery incidents for quick response by the command.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, made the call in a statement in Awka on Monday.

Ikenga was reacting to a reported attack on an eatery in Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area, where people were allegedly dispossessed of their valuables during the Easter celebration.

He stated that incidenting robbery attacks promptly with the police could enhance the chances of apprehending the culprits.

He advised those reportedly dispossessed of their belongings in the alleged operation to come forward with the report and details of the attack.

Ikenga said” “The Police Command in Anambra wishes to urge victims of the unconfirmed report circulating in the media, tagged ‘Anambra: Gunmen visit eatery on Easter day, rob fun-seekers of their mobile phones’, to come forward and report.

“This will help police with necessary information to investigate and deploy personnel in this regard.

“This will also help to avert such incidents from recurring in the area or any place in the state.”

Ikenga gave assurance that the command “will not fold its hands and allow some disgruntled elements in the state to make life unbearable for the residents”.

The Police Public Relations Officer, therefore, appealed to the public to assist the command with relevant information that would help in fighting crime and criminality in the state.

He stated that the command could be reached through its emergency numbers, including 112, 07039194332 or his mobile phone number 08039334002 “for prompt response”.

“We also have an ‘NPF rescue me App’ that is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS,” he added.




FCTA fear-stricken over influx of beggars from states with security challenges




The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Social Development Secretariat has lamented the alarming influx of beggars into the territory in recent times. The Secretariat which blamed the ugly trend on the unending insecurity in some states of the North, described the situation as overwhelming.

The Acting Director, Social Welfare Department of the Secretariat, Sani Amar disclosed this on Tuesday when participants of the senior executive course 44, 2022 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Jos visited the FCT Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, Bwari.

Amar also frowned at the United Nation’s human rights act which prohibits the detention of arrested persons beyond three days, noting that such provisions have also served as catalysts for the swelling number of beggars in the city.

The Director explained that the secretariat has been struggling to keep the streets of Abuja free of beggars and destitute lately, but noticed that its efforts have not yielded the desired result.

He expressed concerns that before now, its officials usually arrest between 20-25 beggars during their routine sanitation exercises. The situation he added, has changed drastically as officials of the Secretariat now arrest over 100 beggars and destitute in one single operation.


While calling for the need for the government and the council of states to act fast by pushing for legislation that will criminalize begging, he added that if punitive actions are meted at those who hide under the cover of begging to defraud innocent Nigerians, the menace will stop.

He, therefore, called on neighbouring states of the FCT, particularly those at its northern borders to put in place policies that will discourage the brewing of street begging as the FCT ends up being at the receiving end of the consequences of the menace.

“What we notice, the recent influx of beggars in the city is so overwhelming. In a day before, when we go round, we apprehend about 20 people, but now in one spot, we arrest 100 plus.

“And our major problem is the United Nations human rights act that says you can’t detain human beings beyond three days and then couple with the fact that their feeding is cost, so these people have made it just like a business.

“The insurgency, banditry, in the North generally is too much. The beggars now are not people with disability. Majority of them are able-bodied, with their women and children. I think there is need for government to see if the council of states can do something about this influx so that states responsible can provide succour for the beggars”

“So what we are trying we are trying to do now is to advise the authorities if they can explore any law/act that will at least make it deterrent to anybody because so many of them were apprehended with a huge amount of money.

“Some with 120,000 naira, 200,000 naira and they are yet begging”. He stated.



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Advans La Fayette MFB unveils education loans to support school owners, parents



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Advans La Fayette MFB Limited, a leading microfinance bank supporting small businesses, and a member of Advans Group, Tuesday launched education loan products to assist school owners and parents respectively to run their schools and pay school fees with ease.

The new products according to a press release signed by the Marketing and Communication Manager of the firm, Kayode Abraham are Advans Boost, comprising of Advans School Boost and Advans Eduloan. Advans School Boost is designed to provide working and investment capital for school owners while AdvansEduloan is to assist parents to pay their children’s school fees with ease.

The third product is the Advans Kiddies, which is a high-yield savings account to help parents save towards the future of their children while still earning interest.

In his welcome remarks at the launch and Stakeholders’ Engagement event held at the Shoregate Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos; the Managing Director, Advans La Fayette MFB Limited, GaëtanDebuchy, said, “We recognized that lack of finance is one of the biggest banes of education.

He related that the Bank was emboldened by the fact that investment in quality education yields the best dividend, hence, created these products to offer solutions to the challenge, noting that as a leading microfinance bank, the financial institution focused on providing premium financial services to our customers.”

Speaking at the event, the Project Manager, Advans La Fayette MFB, Fanny Belhomme, said, “Advans School Boost allows school owners to access loans up to 75 million Naira to cover school expenses. The loan has a very competitive interest rate, a flexible repayment plan and no hidden costs.

“Parents can access up to N500,000 with the AdvansEduloan, to pay their children’s school fees. The loan is easy to access, with a low-interest rate and flexible repayment plans”, she added.

The Marketing and Communication Manager of the firm, Abraham, said, “The process of accessing the education loans is neither rigorous nor daunting.

He directed the applicant to simply visit the website: to complete the application form and receive the funds immediately, if eligible.”

Advans Nigeria is a member of Advans Group; a leading international microfinance group currently serving over 1.1 million clients in 10 countries including Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tunisia and Myanmar. For more than 15 years, the bank has offered a complete range of financial services that has helped build over 4 million small businesses.



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