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Unknown gunman shot dead by police in Anambra, rifle and charms recovered from him  

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Men of the Anambra state police command have shot dead an unidentified gunman while he and other members of his group attempted to attack the Nteje Divisional headquarters Oyi LGA of Anambra state at about 3am today April 14.

A statement released by DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, says the operatives recovered one type O6 rifle, one magazine and fifty-three live ammunition of 5.56mm and charms. He said the Commissioner of Police CP Echeng, led the crack squad when responding to the distress call as the station came under attack by the deadly gang. The Police Operatives decisively dealt with the assailants. 

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Ikenga said during the gun duel, one of the gunmen was neutralized and due to the superior fire of the Police Operatives made the assailants fled the scene. The station was secured and all police operatives and arms are intact .

Unknown gunman shot dead by police in Anambra, rifle and charms recovered from him (graphic photos)
Unknown gunman shot dead by police in Anambra, rifle and charms recovered from him (graphic photos)
Unknown gunman shot dead by police in Anambra, rifle and charms recovered from him (graphic photos)

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Energy supply in Nigeria rises to 87,785MWh

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Nigeria’s electricity supply rose by 6.5% on Wednesday to 87,785.56MWh compared to 82,402.24MWh recorded in the previous day, information from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) indicates.

The rise in energy supply is following the 6.7% increase in energy generation from 83,446.56MWh recorded on Tuesday, 17th May 2022 to 89,064.87MWh on Wednesday. This implies that 98.56% of the generated energy was supplied by the GenCos.

Nigeria’s energy generation, meanwhile, is still below the minimum 105kMWh required to record some level of stability in power supply in the country as Nigerians continue to grapple with epileptic power supply, with multiple grid disruptions recorded so far in 2022, causing widespread blackouts across the country.

Nigeria’s energy generation on Wednesday peaked at 3,838MW, a 0.9% increase compared to 3,804.4MW recorded on Tuesday, while off-peak generation was stated at 3,552.9MW.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has informed the general public and industry stakeholders through a disclosure that the commission will be commencing the processes for the July 2022 Minor Review of MYTO – 2022 to consider changes in relevant macroeconomic indices, generation capacity and CAPEX required for evacuation and distribution of the available generation capacity in compliance with extant rules

Also, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has reported completed work on the 330KV Akure Transmission Substation in Ondo State, which is expected to deliver up to 96MW of electricity

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Covid-19: FG, IFAD distribute Agro-inputs to 958 farmers in Kogi, Niger states

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The Federal Government of Nigeria and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) have commenced the distribution of agro-inputs to farmers in some selected states in the country.

During the flag-off on Thursday in Kogi State, 560 Kogi farmers (197 male, 363 female) benefitted from the distribution of the inputs, while 398 farmers (183 male and 215 female) benefited in Niger State,

Recall that in early 2020, there was an outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which affected the world and disrupted farming activities and food systems.

To cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on farmers, IFAD gave a grant tagged ‘Rural Poor Stimulus Facility’ (RPSF) to VCDP through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The grant is said to be for vulnerable farmers in VCDP states of Enugu, Kogi, Nasarawa, Anambra, Benue, Niger, Taraba and Ebonyi to sustain production and help them recover more quickly from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the flag-off ceremony of distribution of rice production inputs to farmers under the IFAD Covid-19 pandemic RPSF grant, the acting National Program Coordinator of FGN/IFAD Value Chain Development Program, Dr Fatima Aliyu, disclosed that 2,793 vulnerable farmers will receive agro-inputs to support their farming activities through RPSF programme.

She noted that the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) is a joint program of the Federal Government of Nigeria and IFAD and is implemented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Dr Aliyu explained the project aims to improve the incomes and food security of poor rural households engaged in the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava on a sustainable basis.

“A total of 602 farmers will receive these inputs free consisting of 40kg certified rice seeds, 2 litres of herbicides, 2 bags of NPK and 1 bag of Urea fertilizers in Kogi state.

“VCDP will also provide extension services to targeted farmers who will receive training on good practices in the application of fertilizers and agro-chemicals as well as farm management and climate-smart agriculture.

“To enhance transparency in the process, the Programme engaged International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) for the effective management of the input – supply, redemption and delivery in all the 9 States through the voucher input redemption system.

“We recognize and appreciate the support of IFAD in our quest to improve the livelihoods of our smallholder farmers and specifically to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agricultural sector, particularly for VCDP farmers”, she added

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