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IGP, Adamu, Condemns Attack On Borno Governor’s Convoy

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Suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group on Sunday evening again attacked the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State along the Monguno-Maiduguri axis.

Monguno is north and about 80km drive to Maiduguri, the town hosted thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) mostly from Marte, Baga, Kukawa, Dikwa and other surrounding Local Government Areas.

Naija News reports that this is coming barely 48 hours when some members of the sect ambushed the convoy of Governor Zulum along Cross Kauwa-Baga road in Borno State leaving over 30 people dead including 10 policemen and 4 soldiers.

However, The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has reacted to the development. Naija News learnt Adamu condemned the attack on a security convoy in Borno State by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

speaking further, Adamu directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Police Medical Services, Olubunmi Ogunsanwo to work in sync with the Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command CP Bello Makwashi and the Police Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) towards ensuring adequate provision of Medicare for the officers injured during the attack.

While condoling the families and friends of those killed during the attack, the IGP reassures the country, particularly the people of Borno State that the morale of Police officers and other security agencies involved in providing security especially in the State has not and will not be dampened by the incident.

 

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Edo Election Video: Why Tinubu Could Not Keep Silent

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By Bassey Akpan

The 2020 Edo State governorship election has come and gone but some of its talking points still reverberate. For several reasons, the Edo election has been viewed by many as a proxy battle at this particular moment in time between political forces and figures that will contend against each other during the battle for 2023.

These external factors and interests determined the actions and support given to the various candidates by many major figures. Thus several actors supported a candidate not of their party because they deemed what otherwise would be considered partisan betrayal as profitable to their 2023 calculations.

The Edo governorship election was a chess game played not just to win the governor’s seat but also played by certain people to better position themselves for 2023 while also attempting to sidetrack feared probable 2023 rivals. These calculations blurred party lines as loyalty to self-interests exceeded loyalty to party. The manner of things concerning Edo was never as they appeared.

Indications of these complex dynamics were evident early in the campaign. The PDP campaign initially fixated on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of the State and immediate-past National Chairman of the APC.

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With the intensity of attacks on Oshiomhole, one would have thought he was going to be on the ballot. This was just the prelude to a larger broadside. The PDP, aligned with a fifth column in the APC would see the Edo race as a way to attack and derail Asiwaju Tinubu’s purported 2023 presidential ambitions.

These elements had earlier in the year tried to use Edo and the legal entanglements in which they placed Oshiomhole as a way to weaken, if not destroy Asiwaju’s influence in the APC.

Their attempt not only failed, it backfired. Spontaneous and independent shows of support for Asiwaju were seen across the nation. It was confirmed. Tinubu enjoyed more grassroots support than these foes who dared not emerge from the shadows to confront him directly.

Thus, they came to see the Edo election itself as their hope to weaken Tinubu’s growing image. This objective resulted in certain tactical maneuvers and calculations that can only be described as a blatant antiparty activity.

Several APC governors and a few cabinet ministers held not so secret Abuja meetings on how they could use Edo to topple Tinubu’s likely presidential run. They determined that to support Ize-Iyamu was tantamount to bolstering Tinubu as both men were joined in political alliance via Oshiomhole.

Thus, they vowed among themselves to jettison party loyalty so as to hunt down and damage the Tinubu presidential project. In the end, these governors and others would not do for Ize-Iyamu what custom and tradition required of them.

Their affection had been turned against him because their overriding concern had little to do with the APC winning Edo. They had reached the cynical conclusion that a party victory would be their personal defeat. Thus, rebel APC governors were speaking Ize-Iyamu during the day but funneling aid to Obaseki by night.

With an important segment of the party fighting itself, what should have been a comfortable Ize-Iyamu victory loomed now as a defeat contrived in great partly by disloyal party members. Loyal party members had a choice. Do nothing and watch defeat come or try to salvage victory by any legitimate political intervention possible.

It is against this background, the involvement of Asiwaju Tinubu in the election must be weighed. In a video that went viral, the National Leader of APC admonished Edo voters not to renew Obaseki’s mandate as governor because of his anti-democratic action of inaugurating only nine members (a tenth member was later sworn-in) out of 24 members of the Edo State House of Assembly following their election during the 2019 general elections.

The remaining 14 have been locked out of the House Chambers since June 2019 thereby denying the majority of Edo people representation.

Tinubu made this statement in an attempt to rally party loyalists. He understood that leaders of the APC factions against him had laid traps to sabotage Ize-Iyamu’s campaign.

However, he was caught in a bit of a dilemma. To begin to talk for perfidy within the APC might serve only to demoralize loyal party members for a house divided against itself is not a winning campaign narrative. Tinubu thus decided to intensify the attack on Obaseki’s patent illegality in hopes of rallying support for Ize-Iyamu.

Perhaps it was too little too late. Perhaps it was the wrong thing to say at that late moment. In hindsight, he might have gotten more traction had he used more of his personal platform to extol the virtues of Ize-Iyamu.  Thus, one can perhaps criticize Tinubu for making a wrong statement at the right time. However, to attack him under the proposition that he had no right to concern himself with the election is hypocritical.

Supporters of  Obaseki and the PDP have put a spin on Asiwaju Tinubu’s action calling it interference in the affairs of Edo. To them, Tinubu ought to restrict his political interventions to Lagos. Yet they do not apply the same measure to themselves.

Did not numerous PDP figures and governors intervene in Edo? Were PDP governors not there immediately before and on the day of election? I can tell you for certain their presence was not for mere pleasure seeking or political tourism.  They were there directly placing their imprint on the outcome.

*Akpan is a public affairs commentator based in Abuja.

 

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APC React As Boko Haram Attack Borno Governor’s Convoy

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Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) on Sunday condemned Saturday attack on the convoys of Governor Babagana Zulum.

Naija news reports that this is coming barely 48 hours when some members of the sect ambushed the convoy of Governor Zulum along Cross Kauwa-Baga road in Borno State leaving over 30 people dead including 10 policemen and 4 soldiers.

However, Speaking via a  statement on Sunday, Chairman of the Forum and Kebbi Governor, Abubakar Bagudu , commiserated with the people and government of Borno State over the attack on governor’s two convoys along Maiduguri/Baga road of Borno State.

The governors also vowed to support the Borno Governor to see to the end of insurgence in the region. They also appealed to the Federal Government to immediately provide more logistical support to security agencies deployed to Borno to ensure speedy return to normal life in State and the entire North-East region.

The statement reads: “We join our brother, Governor Zulum, our leaders in Borno State and all Nigerians to pray for the repose of the souls of all those who lost their lives.

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FG Allegedly Agrees To Reverse Electricity Tariff Increment

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Deregulation has reportedly been accepted as a policy by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

This was stated at a meeting which started at 8.37pm on Sunday, September 27, at the banquet hall of Aso Rock.

According to the Guardian, the deregulation was reluctantly agreed to by the NLC after so much pressure by other unions.

The news outlet added that the decision was influenced by petrol marketers, tanker owners and other stakeholders.

Reports also had it (as seen on Legitng) that the federal government has accepted to reverse the increment in the electricity tariffs.

Meanwhile, the report added that both labour unions will only take a final decision on the matter when it reached concrete agreement with government.

NaijaNews had earlier reported that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Gida Mustapha.

Naija News reports that the meeting was held due to the planned industrial action and protests by organized labour scheduled to commence on Monday, September 28, 2020.

The meeting between the trio was held at the official residence of the Vice-President inside the Presidential Villa.

Read outcome of the meeting here.

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Magu: FCMB Apologises To Prophet Omale Over ‘False Claims’ Of Money Transfer

First City Monument Bank‘s management has once again debunked and apologised over its earlier report of an alleged deposit of N573 million into the account of an associate of the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

Recall that early last month that the managing director of FCMB, Adam Nuru, told the Presidential panel that N573 million was mistakenly transferred into the account of Godwin Omale.

However,In the latest development has apologised to both Emmanuel Omale, the General Overseer of the Divine Hand of God Ministries, and the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, over N573 million mistakenly ‘credited’ into Mr Omale’s account.

Naija new learnt that the bank published its apology in three national newspapers, The Guardian, Daily Trust and BusinessDay.

The letter was a sequel to a N5 billion suit filed by Mr Omale’s lawyer, Gordy Uche, against FCMB over the bank’s report to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit of an alleged payment.

In the letter dated September 11, titled “Re: Bank Negligence Occasioning Unique Investigation And Defamation To Our Client,” and signed by both legal counsel to FCMB, Adewale Fati and Olugbenga Elemide, the bank said it regrets the error and has accordingly published a public apology in three national newspapers as demanded by the senior advocate on behalf of Mr Omale.

The letter reads in part, “Please be informed that in line with the undertaking contained in our aforementioned letter, we have published in three national newspapers (The Guards newspaper, Daily Trust newspaper and Business Day newspaper) on September 11, 2020. Please find attached herewith copies of our public apology to Divine Hand of God Ministries.

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“It is our hope that the public apology has assuaged the grievances of your client, having seen that the error was indeed not borne out of any malice towards them. Kindly extend our good wishes to your client, whilst assuring you of our warm professional regards.”

 

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2023 Presidency: Buhari’s Appointee Reveals Where APC Is Likely To Pick Candidate

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Osita Okechukwu, director-general of Voice of Nigeria (VON), has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) may likely zone 2023 presidency to the south-east

Okechukwu made this known at the APC expanded caucus meeting which took place at its secretariat in Enugu ahead of the Isi-Uzo state constituency bye-election fixed for October 31.

According to him, the zoning was necessitated by the need to shrine equity, justice and good conscience which the party was known for.

He said some internal wrangling is current enveloping the party, which has caused an apprehension ahead of 2023

Okechukwu said an Igbo president would bring his entrepreneurial spirit and help to transform the country’s economy.

However, he praised the chairman of the APC in the state for his efforts in uniting the party and bringing back aggrieved members like the pioneer chairman, Chief Adolphus Ude and pioneer women leader, Queen Nwankwo, amongst others.

He recognised the party’s executive committee in the state led by Dr Ben Nwoye and urged its members to work to consolidate the newly found unity.

At home I want you to embrace the agricultural project of the federal government as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agro-revolution.

“The federal government will provide the necessary incentives like seedlings, fertiliser, tractors as well as agro-processing centres,’’ he said.

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Former Chief Judge, Atiku Is Dead

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Former Kano State Chief Judge, Justice Shehu Atiku, is dead.

Baba Jibo Ibrahim, Kano Judiciary spokesman, confirmed his death in a statement today.

He said the Chief Judge died following a brief illness.

It is expected that the late Justice Atiku would be buried later this morning around 11am at his residence.

Late Atiku was famously known for his role in the failed banks tribunal in which he was uncompromising despite various attempts to bribe him.

Also, he was said to have refused to yield to various threats he faced while sticking to his duty and diligently adjudicated on cases brought before the tribunal over which he presided.

He retired from the bench in 2015 as the Chief Judge of Kano State.

 

 

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Ondo: ZLP Speaks On Collapsing Structure For APC, PDP

The Zenith Labour Party in Ondo State has debunked the report of planning to collapse it’s structure for the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the October 10 election.

The party in a statement released through its spokesperson, Felix Olatunde, said the report was planned and circulated by opposition elements due to its popularity and its candidate.

He further stated that the leaders of the party and members are behind its governorship candidate, Agboola Ajayi.

Olatunde added that the national leader of the party and former governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko is still supporting the candidacy of Ajayi.

“For the umpteenth time, the Zenith Labour Party wishes to state that our leader, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, is busy working to rally local and national support for our party and our candidate, Agboola Ajayi.”

“He (Mimiko) will not succumb to any pressure, real or imagined, to support any other candidate, as reported in one of the national dailies.”

“We welcome all who may wish to join us to work for the election of Agboola Ajayi as governor of Ondo State.”

“We restate the above as a result of the consistent falsehood being pushed into the media to weaken our unity and create doubts in the hearts of the electorate. We, in particular, say that the story in the national newspaper is false in its entirety.”

“Again, Mimiko is working to rally local and national support for our candidate, who obviously has become the strongest to oust the underperforming government of Rotimi Akeredolu,” the statement added.

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BBN: Sen.Shehu Sani Reacts To Laycon’s Victory

The Big Brother Naija , Lockdown Edition has finally come to an end and Laycon has emerged as winner.

The 2020 edition of the reality TV show was brought to an end today, Sunday, 27th September 2020, after 70 days of entertainment.

The show which started on July 19 with twenty housemates, saw an eviction of housemates till there were five finalists.

The final five contestants were Laycon, Nengi, Dorathy, Vee, and Neo.

Meanwhile Senator Shehu Sani has taken to his Twitter handle to react to Laycon’s victory in the show.

While congratulating Laycon, the senator expressed hope that Nigerians can now join in the National Labour Congress (NLC) protests scheduled to begin tomorrow.

See his tweet below:

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Nigerian Military Retires 256 Soldiers

Nigerian Military Retires 256 Soldiers

The Nigerian military has retired 256 Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the military in a colourful celebration after 35 years of service to the nation.

Naija News reports that the retirement of the soldiers which took place on Friday, followed several months of courses on reintegration to civil life, entrepreneurship and other kills acquisition programmes at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi in Lagos.

The retired soldiers were drawn from the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Navy (NN) and Nigerian Air Force (NAF). They were hosted to a combined passing out ceremony with 26 Generals and 47 mid-level officers who underwent management and entrepreneurship courses also at NAFRC.

It was learned that these 76 officers were penciled for the courses they took to prepare them for retirement since they do not have many years in the civil service.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, who spoke at the ceremony, urged the retirees to be unrelenting in their support to security agencies particularly in the area of community intelligence gathering.

Olonisakin while reminding them of the recently approved enhanced welfare packages for retiring members of the Armed Forces by President Muhammadu Buhari, called their attention to the need to stay loyal and dedicated to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He commended NAFRC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar and other staff for ensuring that Armed Forces personnel were exposed to the latest trends in global entrepreneurship and management training.

“I am aware of the reviewed curriculum designed to enhance the management and entrepreneurial skills of the participants. I urge the Commandant to continue these laudable initiatives for high quality human resource development that will be gainful to our personnel and society at large,” the CDSsaid.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, AVM Lar, said the retirees where the stream one of the second batch for this year. He praised them for their unblemished military service, adding them to remain disciplined, law abiding and worthy ambassadors of the centre.

Lar who led dignitaries at the event round the centre for the inauguration of some of the projects executed since his assumption of office in January this year,  said he was glad to have officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Defence Intelligence Agencies (DIA) participate in the courses for the first time ever.

His words: “When l assumed command of this centre in January this year, my first impression was that this is a well-positioned centre with capacity to optimally deliver on its core mandate of vocational training not just for retiring personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) but also for all Nigerians as well as the West African sub region.

“Pursuant to this objective, I immediately developed my vision of command which is to harness the available human and infrastructural capital to transform NAFRC into a word class centre of excellence for international best practice in vocational training. The implementation of this vision was anchored on a three pronged approach of reengineering the people, processes and systems.

“Towards achieving this objective, my first emphasis was to develop and improve different aspects of our human capital resource. Next step was to update the training curricula of the various workshops in line with contemporary practices. As a corollary to this, several of the workshops had to be upgraded and equipped with modern and up to date equipment for training.

“To complement the already existing vocational workshops, l approved the introduction of new vocational workshops in paint making, communications equipment repairs and floriculture. My emphasis was also on maintaining and improving the physical and social infrastructure of the centre.

“On completion of the three anchors of my vision, l thereafter sought and obtained Defence Headquarters (DHQ) authorisation to admit members of para military agencies as well as government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to carry out training in NAFRC.

“In line with my firm belief that NAFRC is adequately poised to train all Nigerians with vocational skills, the centre in conjunction with the Mushin Local Government Council has successfully conducted various vocational training for citizens in Mushin Local Government as well as youths in different military barracks across Nigeria.

“Specifically, the centre’s Agriculture Wing has conducted training and cultivated several economic trees and vegetable farms in Nigerian Army Cantonment Ojo, NAF Base Ikeja while that of the Navy Town Ojo is being finalised. This same gesture has also been extended to several other military formations in Abuja, Bauchi, Kaduna, Makurdi and Kerang in Plateau State…” he said.

Meanwhile, present at the ceremony were a former CDS, Gen. Alexander Ogomudia (rtd.), Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.Gen. Godwin Umelo and Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command, AVM Lawal Alao, among others.