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Month: May 2019


Alhaji Ladoja made clarification against speculations that there was a misunderstanding between him and Makinde.

The Former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja on Thursday clarified that he could not attend Governor Seyi Makinde’s inauguration on Wednesday because he was bereaved and in a state of mourning.

Besides, he explained that his absence at the venue of the inauguration of Makinde at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan was duly communicated to the newly sworn in governor.

Ladoja said he was mourning and adequately put Makinde in the know, when he (governor) visited him, 24 hours to his inauguration.

A statement by Ladoja’s media aide, Alhaji Lanre Latinwo, said the former governor stayed away from the inauguration venue in order not to dampen the spirit of the celebration.

The statement said: “The death of 31-year-old Debola Ladoja, a promising son of the former governor of Oyo State exactly five years on 29th of May, this year, was responsible for the absence of the Ibadan high Chief Rashidi Ladoja.”

The former governor, according to Latinwo, “kept the reason to himself in order not to dampen the high spirit of the people around him, who had prepared ahead of the inauguration.

“This fact was made known to the governor himself when he visited the Osi Olubadan on Tuesday evening. People should, therefore, stop insinuating wrong impression here and there,” Latinwo warned.

Blames and condemnations have trailed the demolition of one of the Akachi towers in Imo State, one of the monuments erected by former Governor Rochas Okorocha, barely 24 hours after the new governor, Emeka Ihedioha, assumed office.

Many have condemned the action, saying the monument was built with public fund and should not be pulled down to spite the former administration.

Ihedioha was sworn in as the sixth executive governor yesterday.

The Akachi towers, one of the many tourist attractions built by Okorocha, was built on a reclaimed dumpsite that was abandoned by previous administrations. It was inaugurated barely a week ago by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The demolition was supervised by soldiers who barred journalists from covering the exercise.

There are fears that the new governor will also demolish other monuments in Owerri, especially the famous statues.

But the governor has denied ordering the demolition. Ihedioha’s Special Adviser, Steve Osuji, said the governor was not aware of the demolition and never gave such directive.

According to him, the governor was in the Government House trying to settle down in his office.

The duo of Emmanuel Gyang and Deborah Pam celebrated their wedding after Okpekpe Road Race

Emmanuel Gyang and Deborah Pam, winning the male and female events in the Nigeria category at the 2019 Okpekpe 10km International Road Race as a couple was the perfect gift they would have wished for.

Gyang and Pam tied the knots on the 1st of May before coming to Edo State to dominate the Nigeria category at the IAAF Silver label race.

Gyang finished in the time of 31:42 to emerge winner in the male event, while Pam finished first in the female event with the time of 38:13).
In a chat after winning the Okpekpe Road Race for the third time in a row, Gyang said he is delighted for the first title as a couple.

“While we were preparing for our wedding, we were also preparing for the race too. So three days after our wedding, we resume training for the race.

Winning the gold medals in both male and female categories was our plan and we thank God that we met our target. We worked harder to retain the title.

“This is a perfect wedding gift for us. This is our first medal since we got married and it is the beginning of blessings for us.

“Our plan now is for the Nigeria Armed Forces on the 16th of June and then prepare for African Games in Morocco. We will continue to work harder,” Gyang said.

Pam, who has been winning the women’s race since the inception of the competition, said she was happy to prove doubters wrong this time.

“I feel very happy and excited that I still maintain my title. The way I heard about the race, I thought I will not make it due to some situation. Even some of my running partners were telling me that this time around I cannot make it because I got married and I told them I show them I didn’t relax and when I won the race, I was so happy,” Pam told NationSport.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday jocularly thanked Senate President Bukola Saraki for not taking advantage of the vacuum in power before the presidential inauguration.

Osinbajo stated this at a dinner organised in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari and himself at the State House Banquet Hall.

Buhari and Osinbajo had earlier in the day been sworn-in for a second term in office by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

The president, who is billed to depart for Makkah, Saudi Arabia on May 30 for OIC summit, was represented at the dinner by the vice president.

“Something interesting happened earlier today; I am a lawyer and a law teacher and I like to test and interrogate legal scenarios.

“At one minute past midnight today, the four year term of the President and I ended by effluxion of time.

“So, from one minute past 12 of last night, May 29 to about 10:30 am when we were sworn in for a second term there was no President or Vice President.

“Interestingly nothing went wrong, all was okay; when such a situation arises, it is the Senate President who acts as President.

“So, when I arrived at Eagle Square this morning, some may have noticed that the Senate President and I were enjoying a joke.

“He said to me jokingly `you better be careful you know I am the acting President now’; so, we thank the Senate President for not doing anything funny.’’

The vice president said that the beauty of democracy was the orderly and civilised process of transition and more importantly, the sanctity of and respect for the will and choice of the people.

He said that on Feb. 23, the Nigerian people freely made a choice to re-elect Buhari for a second term in office.

Osinbajo said it was a choice that was celebrated with pomp and pageantry earlier in the day.

He expressed gratitude to God and Nigerians for trusting the administration yet again as that trust would not be betrayed.

“And so on behalf of the President, please accept our deepest gratitude for your support and presence here this evening.

“The best years of Nigeria begin today, and by the Grace of God all of us will live to enjoy the coming years and many more,’’ he said.

In his address, Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the inauguration was the official commencement of a new mandate given to the President by Nigerians.

He said that the new mandate was a reflection of the confidence Nigerians had in the administration.

Mustapha said the inauguration marked the beginning of the journey to the Next Level and consolidate on the foundation laid in the last four years.

He solicited the support of every Nigerian including the opposition for the administration in moving Nigeria forward.

In a toast, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said that Nigeria had a peaceful and successful general election.

He said it was only in peaceful environment that sustainable development could be achieved.

Oshiomhole said the celebration was for all Nigerians not just for APC.

The dinner attracted former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, service chiefs, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, members of the National Assembly, APC chieftains, members of the diplomatic corps and captains of industry.

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Popular and veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, has advised against ‘butt enlargement’ and ‘boob lift; and all such artificial body configurations , saying they cannot guarantee true happiness in life.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the thespian and Lawyer stated this as he took to his IG page to share insightful thought on “Finding True Happiness.”

The admonition is coming at a time when the spate of butt and boob enhancement, especially among celebrities, increasing.

He wrote: “True happiness comes from knowing who you are (self discovery) and loving yourself, anyone who can live without caring about the validation of others is the one who has found true happiness.

“A woman who is secure in her looks has no urge to go under the knife for enhancement, think Michelle Obama.

“Having been there, I can tell you for free that weight loss, weight gain, butt enlargement, boob lift, marriage, buying/building your own house, having kids, wearing expensive clothes and shoes cannot make you truly happy.

“Mostly, the things we do to show others we are beautiful, made, tough and/or connected are things that magnify our insecurities.”

The 58-year-old superstar and and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, is a foremost Nollywood actor.

He is acclaimed for his roles in ‘Out of Bounds’, ‘Hostages’, and ‘Diamond Ring’ ,among other masterpiece.

In 2005 he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016, besides other feats.

How will the Federal Government raise N102.84 billion to bridge the funding gap created in the 2019 budget as a result of the increase of N90.3 billion by the National Assembly?

The poser needs to be resolved, according to Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, who spoke at the presentation of the 2019 Budget in Abuja yesterday.

He lamented that the budget increase by the National Assembly has raised budgetary deficits by N58.83 billion, thus putting the government under pressure of how to fund this deficit and would likely lead to an increase in borrowing.

According to Udoma, ”The National Assembly increased the budget size from N8.83 trillion to N8.92 trillion, translating to an increase of N90.3 billion. This resulted in an overall increase of N58.83 billion in deficit.

Inexplicably, the National Assembly reduced the proposed borrowing from N1.649 trillion, to N1.605 trillion thus creating an overall unfunded deficit of N102.83 billion. To fully fund the budget, the level of borrowing may therefore have to increase.”

The Federal Government said it is expecting to generate total revenues of N7 trillion to fund the 2019 Budget; comprising N3.69 trillion from oil revenues and N3.31 trillion from non-oil revenues, while the deficit of N1.92 trillion would be financed mainly by borrowing N1.605 trillion split equally between the domestic and foreign markets.

The 2019 budget was signed by President Mohammadu Buhari on Monday with an expenditure profile of N8.92 trillion, which is N90.3 billion higher than the proposed N8.83 trillion budget sent to the National Assembly by the Executive on December 12, 2018.

Udoma noted that allocations to some executive projects on critical appraisal and linked to the ERGP were reduced and a large number of new projects mainly constituency type projects were introduced.

The minister said the presidency would engage with the Ninth National Assembly once it is constituted to address the budgetary quagmire.

Key assumptions and macroeconomic framework of the budget:

Oil production: 2.3mbpd. The government has projected an ambitious 2.3 million barrels per day crude oil production; Udoma assured that President Buhari has directed the NNPC to take all the possible measures to achieve the target.

Other key assumptions include, crude oil benchmark of $60/barrel; Exchange rate of N305/$1; GDP growth of 3.01 per cent and inflation rate target of 9.98 per cent.

Where is the money going?

The 2019 spending expenditure is expected to be N8.92 trillion

Recurrent non-debt expenditure is pegged at N4.07 trillion; Ministries Department and Agencies (MDA’s) capital and capital supplementation is N2.09 trillion; while debt service at N2.14 trillion, is 31 per cent of expected revenues.

Capital expenditure, inclusive of transfers GOEs capital and project-tied loans as of percentage of total Federal Government expenditure is 31 per cent.

Udoma noted: “The 2019 Budget seeks to continue the reflationary and consolidation policies of the 2017 and 2018 Budgets respectively, which helped to put the economy back on the path of growth. On the expenditure side, allocations to Ministries, MDAs of Government were guided by the three core objectives of the ERGP, which are, (i) restoring and sustaining growth; (ii) Investing in our people and (iii) Building a Globally Competitive economy. As with 2016, 2017 and 2018 budgets, the 2019 Budget has been prepared on the Zero Based Budget (ZBB) Principles.”

The minister revealed that President Buhari has directed “the Ministry of Finance, working with all the relevant authorities, to take action to liquidate all recovered, unencumbered assets; given the improved oil prices and production levels, NNPC is to immediately commence the recovery of all outstanding obligations, including those due from Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) (a subsidiary of NNPC), which it had agreed to pay since

Finally, amongst other revenue generating initiatives, Mr. President has directed that work should be concluded on the deployment of the National Trade Window and other technologies to enhance Customs collections efficiency.

With regards to the performance of the 2018 budget, Udoma stated that “the overall revenue performance is only 55 percent of the target in the 2018 Budget partly because some one-off items such as the N710 billion from Oil Joint Venture Asset restructuring and N320 billion from revision of the Oil Production Sharing Contract legislation/terms are yet to be actualized and have thus been rolled over to 2019. Of the total appropriation of N9.12 trillion, N6.938 trillion was spent. This represents 79% performance.”

Some of the projects captured in the 2019 budget are:

Transport

N78.22 billion Counterpart funding for Railway projects including: Lagos-Kano (Ongoing); Calabar-Lagos (Ongoing); Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Aladja (Warri ) (Ongoing); Port Harcourt- Maiduguri (New); Kano-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi In Niger Republic (New); Abuja-Itakpe and Aladja (Warri)-Warri Port And Refinery; Including Warri New Harbour (New); Bonny Deep Sea Port & Port Harcourt and other Rail Projects; N941.14 million for construction of Terminal Building at Enugu

Airport: N12 billion for construction of Second Run-Way at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

Works: About N258.41 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of roads in every geo-political zone of the country, such as, Counterpart Funding for the Dualization of Makurdi – Enugu Road; Counterpart Funding for the Dualization of Akwanga – Jos – Bauchi – Gombe Road; Reconstruction of the Outstanding Sections of Benin – Ofosu – Ore – Ajebandele – Shagamu Expressway; Construction of Bodo – Bonny Road; Pavement Strengthening and Asphalt Overlay of Ajebandele – Ijebu Ode – Shagamu Road; Construction of Oju/Loko – Oweto Bridge to link Loko and Oweto; Dualization of Ilorin – Jebba – Mokwa/Bokani Junction Road; Kano – Maiduguri Road (Various Sections); Abuja – Lokoja Road (Various Sections); Dualization of Obajana Junction to Benin (Various Sections); Lagos – Shagamu – Ibadan Dual Carriageway; Early Works for the Construction of 2nd Niger in Anambra and Delta states.


According to the Assets Declaration Forms submitted yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), he has added virtually nothing to his assets in the past four years.

The President has not built any house, opened no new bank accounts and acquired no new shares since he took the last oath of office.

The President submitted his assets declaration forms to the CCB in Abuja yesterday — in compliance with the Constitution stipulating that such documents must be before his oath-taking scheduled for today.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the duly completed forms were submitted to the CCB Chairman, Prof Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Household & Domestic Affairs, Sarki Abba.

The statement reads: “The forms, as signed by the President and sworn to before a Judge of an Abuja High Court showed no significant changes in assets as declared in 2015 by him.

“There are no new houses, no new bank accounts at home and abroad and there are no new shares acquired.”
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The CCB chairman was said to have commended the President for leading by example by declaring his assets in accordance with the law.

Also yesterday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo submitted his assets declaration forms.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Laolu Akande, said: “Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony slated for tomorrow, 29 May 2019 and in compliance with the requirement of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has submitted his assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

“The submission by the Vice President follows right after President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his forms.

“The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Research, Legal and Compliance Matters, Office of the Vice President, Dr. Balkisu Saidu, submitted the completed forms to the Chairman of the CCB, Professor Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the Vice President.

“Compared with the assets Prof. Osinbajo declared in 2015, the forms show no significant changes in his assets; as there are no new real properties, shareholding or bank accounts.”

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday in a brief private ceremony at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja handed over the reins of government to the incoming governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat ahead of the official handing-over on Wednesday.

Answering questions from the governor’s press crew after the brief ceremony, Sanwo-Olu said: “We had a very private handling over ceremony with the governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, and we are happy with what he told us.

“We are excited about the conversation and thought we had with him. We are looking forward to the inauguration ceremony tomorrow.

“I am using this opportunity to invite you all to the event. We need the media to be part of the journey we are about to embark upon tomorrow. We need you to be part of the conversation centered on taking Lagos to a greater height. And from the inception, we want you all to be part of that story. After the inauguration, the governance of the state starts immediately.”

According to him, the conversation with the governor was centered on more advice and how his thoughts were and what “we should also be concerned with. And whatever he has to offer. What we needed to work with are documents. And we have the right documents to work with and we will take it up from there.

Also addressing the press crew, Head of Service, HOS, Mr. Hansen Muri-Okunola, who accompanied Sanwo-Olu, said: “Behind closed door few minutes ago, the governor did a private handover ceremony in his office to the governor-elect.

“He has also handed over a load of documents that symbolise the tenure of his administration. He has also handed over a document containing activities of the previous administration spanning 12 years.

Ambode said all the decisions, plans, programmes and policies of his administration in the last four years were taken with the best interest of Lagos in mind and for common good of all residents of the State.

Adding that the driving force behind programmes executed was to lift more people out of poverty and make every part of the State economically viable and livable.

“For this administration, policies, programmes and projects aimed at lifting more of our people out of poverty and making every part of the State safe, accessible and economically viable were always the priority; the driving force behind all our decisions and plans.

“A few of our policies might have been unpopular but these were decisions taken with the best interest of our State in mind. With the benefit of hindsight, maybe we could have done some things differently but our intention was always clear, for the good of Lagos,” Governor Ambode said.

He particularly commended the people for the constructive feedback to some of the policies of his administration which, according to him, helped to surmount challenges, saying it had been a remarkable journey to serve the State.

“With a heart full of gratitude, I address you today for the last time as your governor. It has been an honour and a privilege of a lifetime to serve you for the last four years.

“It has been a remarkable journey which has had a lasting impact in my life and I want to thank all Lagosians for the experience of these last four years.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday evening hands over the reins of power to his successor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, declaring earlier that he had achieved more for Ogun state than his two predecessors – Aremo Segun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel put together.

The handover rite which took place at the Oke – Mosan Governor’s Office, about 35 minutes after Amosun had pulled out in a motorcade, was performed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Taiwo Adeoluwa, while the Abiodun’s Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako – Oyedele, received from him, the hand over notes comprising Interim Report, Audited Financial statement of the state as at December 2018, documents on Homeowners Charter and another detailing the affairs of the state.

Adeoluwa who chaired the state government Transition Committee team, lauded the Mrs Salako – Oyedele and her team for their understanding and patience while the period of the interface between the two groups lasted.

The Deputy Governor assured him that Abiodun’s government would study the documents to ascertain the true position of things, lamenting that they had expected interim report to come from the state government prior to the handover but that did not happen.

Apparently dissatisfied with the situation, she said the out gone administration had now imposed on them homework in respect of the documents.

The Deputy Governor also declared that the new administration would review all contracts on uncompleted projects of Ibikunle Amosun in the state to determine what needs to be salvaged in the interest of Ogun people.

“I was expecting an interim report that we can examine now. But it is as if you want to give us some homework to do and I can assure you we are up to the task.”

“Our pledge to the people of Ogun State is that they will continue to enjoy good governance. Our administration will review on-going projects,” Mrs Salako – Oyedele said.

Earlier, rated him high in terms of achievements in Office, saying in whatever section of Ogun state Osoba and Daniel could turn to and point one achievement of theirs, he would cite 10 of his own in such location, stressing that his critics were only criticising him out of “envy.”

The Governor who made this known while speaking with reporters in Isheri, Ogun border town with Lagos State, shortly after inaugurating 600 flats of two and three bedroom flats at MTR Boulevard, Isheri, added that posterity would judge him.

“They are just envious of our achievements and they are saying I’m the worst Governor and I said thank you, people need worst Governors like me to redefine the State and the nation. If everybody has been doing this as their bit, Ogun State would not be like this.

“God has been with us, even Mr. President is asking where are we getting the money to do all these projects. I’m happy about all the projects that we have done.

“I know posterity will judge all of us. I’m happy, I’m at peace with myself and with my Creator,” Amosun said.

Amosun noted that given the same opportunity, he would repeat what has done, such his road projects in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, stressing that Nigeria needs his kind of person to redefine the country.

He said: “That’s what I am saying. I am not the first governor particularly let’s talk about the last two. Let’s leave all the Military Administrators. Take Chief Osoba, take Daniel, put them together and let them point (to their projects). Once they say this is our project, I will show them 10. Even the axis of Ijebu and Yewa, I will show them.

“So, When people sit down in one corner and talk, I have told them that I should not be punished for the ‘sin’ that is committed to make Abeokuta the capital of Ogun State. Abeokuta is for all of us. It is not as if what they are saying is correct.

“They say I am only the governor of Abeokuta. I am happy to be governor of Abeokuta. And if I have to come again and again, I would want to be classified like that (Governor of Abeokuta). Ask them – People have come before me, people that say they have been governor of this state.

Quick intervention of the Ondo state government has reportedly rescued a situation that could have caused a bloody clash between herdsmen and Gedegede Akoko community on Friday.

The Onigedegede of Gedegede in Akoko Northwest local government area of the state, Oba Walidu Sanni said reports of incessant destruction of farm produce from the town forced farmers to report to the police in the area.

This development, according to the monarch angered nine armed Fulani men who came to harass him in his palace.

According to the royal father, he reported the case to the police after he seized some dangerous weapons from them

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was said to have immediately directed his Special Assistant (SA)on security matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo to summon a stakeholders meeting to douse tension in the area.

It was learnt that the meeting was well attended with all security chiefs in the local government.

Dojumo said carrying arms and ammunition had been prohibited while grazing should be between 6am and 6pm,stressing that under aged children should not engage in cattle grazing.

Dojumo urged Fulanis to live peacefully with their host community.

He noted that the governor would soon invite the stakeholders for discussion and put a lasting solution to the perennial problem facing them.

Earlier, the Miyetti Allah Chairman in Ondo state,Alhaj sule Bello said fulani vigilante groups had helped to reduce kidnapping in the state.

He urged fulanis to maintain peace and cooperate with their landlords and host communities to aid peaceful coexistence.

The council chairman, Samson Akande lauded the mediatory roles played by Akeredolu and the Council of Traditional rulers in the area for their support

Dignitaries at the parley included Zaki of Arigidi,Owa of Ogbagi, Akala of Ikaram, Elese of Ese and a community leader, Alhaji Kilani Ibrahim.

The police is your friend so goes the popular slogan. It is actually supposed to be so. It seems clear that this Inspector General will be a good friend of Nigerians.

Alhaj Mohammed Adamu was yesterday confirmed Inspector-General (IG) by the Nigeria Police Council (NPC).

The Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, confirmed Adamu’s appointment during its meeting at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Members of the council expressed satisfaction with Adamu’s performance since his appointment in an acting capacity on January 15.

He was appointed at the expiration of the tenure of former IG Ibrahim Idris, who retired at 60, the statutory retirement age.

Speaking to reporters after his confirmation, the IG promised to re-organise the police for efficiency to fight banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and general insecurity across the country.

According to him, he briefed the council on the security situation in the country and the efforts being made to tackle the situation.

The IG said that after his presentations on the strategies put in place to address security, his appointment was confirmed.

He said: “I was ushered in and I briefed the council on the security situation in the country and the efforts we are putting in place, or have put in place to address the security challenges. After the presentation, I was confirmed as the IGP.”

IG Adamu said that his confirmation signalled a huge task to the entire force to put in more energy in addressing the security situation.

He said: “What it means for us is that we have been given a huge task to make sure that we provide security within the country and make the country crime-free, which means that we have to re-double our efforts.

”Whatever strategy we have put in place, we have to look at it and re-strategise day in, day out to make sure that the insecurity in the country goes down to the barest minimum.

“We have to look at our strategy and re-strategise and also look at our personnel to re-organize the way our system is structured, identify the right personnel in the right places to have them do the job.

“So, it requires re-strategising for us to be able to dig deep into what is happening in the Northwest so as to deal with the situation squarely.”

Adamu noted that he was sure that the security agencies have what it takes to deal with the situation.

“What we need to do is just to re-strategise and then face the criminals squarely,” he said.

The NPC has 40 members, including the President, the governors, the IG and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), one-time IG Musiliu Smith.

Many of the governors attended yesterday’s meeting.

The IG was joined during the briefing by the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi; Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade and the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina.

According to Adesina, all members in the council were unanimous that Adamu performed creditably.

Section 27 of 1999 Constitution as amended states that the “Nigeria Police Council shall comprise the following members – (a) the President who shall be the Chairman; (b) the Governor of each State of the Federation; (c) the Chairman of the Police Service Commission; and (d) the Inspector-General of Police.”

Section 28 states the functions of the Council to include, amongst others, – (a) the organisation and administration of the Nigeria Police Force and all other matters relating thereto (not being matters relating to the use and operational control of the Force or the appointment, disciplinary control and dismissal of members of the Force); (b) the general supervision of the Nigeria Police Force; and (c) advising the President on the appointment of the police.

Barring any last minute change, the trial of Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, for alleged credit card fraud will begin at a Lagos high court today.

He will be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which has slammed an 11-count charge against him.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the musician effectively risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

The charge with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 was filed before a Lagos State High Court last Wednesday.

Some of the credit cards, according to the EFCC, bore the names- Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar.

The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

The charge read in part, “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.

“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud possessed counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea FedorneTatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.”

The singer, who was detained on May 10, is controversial for repeatedly praising internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys, in his songs and on social media.

NAN reports that Naira Marley was arrested alongside his friend and fellow musician, Zlatan Ibile who was released on Wednesday.

Tiamiu Kayode, Adewunmi Moses and Abubakar Musa, his crew boys, have also been released.

Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday said it has uncovered plans by unscrupulous individuals to instigate crisis across the state, ostensibly to disrupt the inauguration of the Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun and his Deputy; Engr. Noimot Salako – Oyedele on May 29, 2019.

The Command added that the unscrupulous elements intended to carry out the disruptive scheming on the planned inauguration through orchestrated rallies, processions and assemblies in public places across Ogun State.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who made this known in a release, stated that the Police got wind of the plot via “security intelligence.”

Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP), explained that the enemies of peace and criminally minded fellows schemed to embark on such disruptive path with a seeming appearance of using it to settle land related disputes in the state whereas their target is Abiodun’s inauguration.

The Police Spokesman, therefore, advised such people to approach the court for justice and not attempt to heat up the polity in Ogun state.

He stated: “The Security Intelligence at the disposal of Ogun State Police reveals that some unscrupulous elements are scheming to foment trouble across the State with a view to disrupting the inauguration of the new administration scheduled for 29th May, 2019.

“Rallies, processions and assemblies in public places are being orchestrated by these enemies of peace seemingly to resolve chieftaincy and land-related matters rather than approaching the Court to seek justice. All of these are aimed at heating up the State before the inauguration.

“In view of this, the Command has put in place a robust security arrangement aimed at checkmating such trouble makers and other criminally-minded persons, including miscreants and disgruntled elements.

“The special units of the Command namely SARS, PMF, STS, Anti kidnapping as well as DPOS and Area Commanders have been placed on red alert with specific instruction to closely monitor these misguided elements and respond swiftly to any distress calls and disturbance of public peace.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama, has also ordered twenty-four hourly surveillance patrols across the length and breadth of the State.

“Consequently, members of public are hereby advised, for the purpose of peace, law and order, to put on hold, for now, any form of public procession, rally or carnival related to chieftaincy and land matters and rather seek alternative dispute resolution methods, or approach the law court for redress.

“In furtherance to this, persons or group intending to hold public assemblies and rallies other than as stated above are advised to contact the office of the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, for necessary approval and security.

“The Command will not hesitate to deal decisively with anybody or group who attempts to disrupt the peace of the State no matter how highly placed such person(s) may be, as the law is no respecter of anybody. The Police in Ogun State is committed to the defense of the rule of law, safety and security for all law abiding citizens in Ogun State.”

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state on Tuesday endorsed House of Representatives Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of Speaker in the 9th Assembly.

He gave the endorsement when he received Mr Gbajabiamila in Government House Abakaliki.

The House Leader was in the state to solicit the support of the governor and the House of Representatives members from the state for his aspiration.

With him were over 103 member-elect of the House who are in support of his candidature.

The Governor also urged Mr Gbajabiamila to carry every member along in the 9th Assembly irrespective of party affiliation.

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President Rev. Samson Ayokunle has urged the Federal Government to show more commitment to the protection of lives and property.

Revd. Ayokunle spoke at the seventh Ufuk dialogue, peace and award ceremony at the weekend in Abuja. He urged Christians and Muslims to embrace peace.

The CAN president, who was represented by the association’s Acting General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said: “We have people who are sincere in this country to turn things around for the better.

“Government has all the equipment to secure lives and property in this country. Government should be much more serious and committed to security.”

Also speaking, Plateau State’s former deputy governor Mrs. Pauline Tallen, expressed concern at the level of insecurity in the country.

She urged security agencies to be fair and sincere in tackling the menace, calling on Muslims and Christians to always live at peace with one another.

Mrs. Tallen, who was a one-time Minister of State Science & Technology, prayed God to give President Muhammadu Buhari good health, long life and wisdom to move Nigeria forward.

She said: “God should give us the heart of love to love one another. Be you a Christian or Muslim, we are all children of God and we must live in peace with one another. I pray and my heart goes out to all those that have lost their loved ones through the various crisis in some states.

“I believe with this type of coexistence God will answer our prayers. And we should love one another. May God bless our leaders, Nigeria and grant President Buhari good health, long life and wisdom to move Nigeria forward and to the next level we are looking up to.

“My advice to the security agencies is for them to be fair and sincere in tackling the security situation in Nigeria because it is most unfortunate that innocent lives are taken.

“I wonder why anybody should fight for God. For us to take life in the name of religion is unacceptable. We need peace, because without peace there will be no development.”

Ufuk Dialogue President Kamil Kemanci said that the organisation will always stand by societal peace, love, respect and compassion in support of human dignity and the greater good by preserving the common values of humanity: values such as respect, tolerance, peace and mutual understanding.

Kemanci said: “Ufuk Dialogue also organises conferences with the theme: “Countering violent extremism through love and tolerance”, which brings people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds around.

“Today, we need dialogue and peace more than we need food and shelter. Dialogue and peaceful coexistence have always been and still remain a need, a must for us to have a healthy and more productive society.”

Some of the dignitaries conferred with awards were: President’s wife Aisha; Rev. Ayokunle; Fatwa Committee Chairman Sheikh Saleh Al-Hussaini; Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Chairman and Assembly of Muslims in Nigeria; Pastoral Agents Catholic Bishop’s Conference Chairman Rev. Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma; Fountain University Vice Chancellor Prof Amidu Sanni and Prof. Hycianth Eme Ichoku.

Others are: Veritas University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ibrahim Muhammad Ahmad; Mrs. Tallen; Festus Keyamo (SAN); Prof Alexandre Bamgbola and Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa.

Buhari sad over killings, banditry in Zamfara, says aide

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction of property in Zamfara, following banditry attacks on innocent citizens in the Nortwest State.

He spoke in Makkah, Saudi Arabia during Iftar dinner (a fast-breaking meal) in the company of Zamfara Governor Abdulaziz Yari and the Emir of Maradun, Alhaji Garba Tambari.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, dropped the hint in a statement in Abuja yesterday.

Shehu quoted the President as expressing determination to “ensure that justice prevails and Nigerians find peace and prosperity wherever they live”.

The Emir of Maradun led prayers for the repose of victims of violent attacks in Zamfara and all over Nigeria and for God to help the country achieve total peace and stability.

Shehu further revealed that the President was accompanied to the event by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Justice Isa Dodo and some personal aides.

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