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Buhari meets with service chiefs tomorrow as NANS confirms death of three UNIJOS students

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PFN, Ulamas condemn killings, urge justice

President Muhammadu Buhari, will tomorrow, meet with service chiefs at the State House, Abuja, after an 18-day break in London, during which he attended an education summit and did health checks.

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The security chiefs have in the past weeks extensively engaged insurgents, bandits and their ilk, leading to massive surrendering.

The parley is to speed up developments and activate a decisive end to the problem.

This comes, as the Nigerian Army said no fewer than 1,000 Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) members had laid down their arms.

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Military spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, made the disclosure yesterday in a statement in Abuja. He added that the repented terrorists would be reintegrated in deference to extant laws.

THIS came as the University of Jos chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) confirmed the death of three students of the institution in last weekend’s attacks in Rukuba. It also said two others are missing, while five others are receiving treatment in the state capital.

NANS chapter chairman, Comrade Jeremiah Matthew Dalong, who made the disclosure yesterday while addressing reporters in Jos, called on the Plateau, federal governments, and UNIJOS management to immediately send relief materials to stranded students in the hostels or evacuate them to their respective homes.

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BESIDES, the National Chairman of Council of Ulamas, Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), Shiek Sani Yahaya Jingir, has described the onslaught as intolerable, demanding prosecution of the perpetrators.

He made the condemnation in a statement issued in Jos.

ALSO yesterday, President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, decried the killings, calling on the Federal Government to take pre-emptive measures to forestall future occurrences.

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In a statement by his Media Office, the cleric urged an immediate halt to the bloodshed in the country.

The presiding Bishop of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan stated that the murders were the height of inhumanity and ungodliness.

“Nobody has the right to kill or take the life of his fellow human being. Before God, our creator, life is sacrosanct. He frowns on bloodshed in whatever disguise,” he said.

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While urging the government to bring the arms of the law to bear on the matter, Oke also implored the authorities to swing into action with a view to preventing some individuals, who might want to latch on to the situation to cause another round of mayhem.

He added: “This will not do anyone any good in the land. We have enough to contend within the country than further plunging the nation into needless and avoidable problems.”

The PFN leader sued for calm, noting that the country could only develop in the atmosphere of peace.

“There’s no peace of mind where problems exist. We should always strive to live peaceably among ourselves,” he pleaded.

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