PRESIDENT BUHARI NOMINATE DR KINGSLEY OBIORA AS DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF CBN

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of Dr Kingsley Isitua Obiora to the Senate for confirmation as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

9 DIED AS BUS BURST INTO FLAMES WHILE ON MOTION ALONG BENIN-ORE ROAD.

About nine people were killed along the Benin-Ore expressway when a Toyota Hiace bus in motion allegedly burst into flames. 

NIGERIA, GAMBIA, GHANA AND THREE OTHEERES REJECT ECO COMMON CURRENCY

Six Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries have rejected the move by eight other francophone nations in the region to adopt the Eco common currency.

MAN TRAPPED IN LAGOS COLLAPSED BUILDING RESCUED.

Some emergency officials at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

A man said to have been trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building at the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State has been rescued.

SENATOR IFEANYI UBAH FAULT HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT.

Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says 'I Have Not Gained Anything'

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and candidate of Young Progressives Party(YPP) has filed an appeal against Friday’s judgement by the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Bwari removing him as member of the Senate.

HIGH COURT SACKS SENATOR IFEANYI UBAH

Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says 'I Have Not Gained Anything'
A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area of Abuja has reaffirmed the sack of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

COURT FIXED FEB 27TH TO START AMBODE'S TRIAL

A file photo of former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

A Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has fixed Feb. 27 rule on whether it has the jurisdiction to entertain a suit filed by former Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, seeking an injunction restraining some of the state lawmakers from probing him over the purchase of 820 buses.

KASTINA GOVERNMENT SIGNS BILL RESTRICTING THE MOVEMENT OF TRICYCLE AND BIKE IN STATE.

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has signed an executive order restricting the movement of motorcycles and tricycles from 7pm to 6am throughout the state.

OYO GOV. VOWS NEVER TO DEMOLISH PROPERTY WITHOUT ENGAGING THE OWNERS.

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that his government would not demolish any property to facilitate road construction without adequately engaging with the owners and paying due compensations.

FIRE RAZE DOWN MARKET IN ABUJA

Kugbo furniture market fire

Thirty-nine shops and furniture worth N21 million at Kugbo furniture market in Abuja have been destroyed by fire outbreak.

21 YEARS OLD ATTEMPTS SUCIDE BECAUSE HIS PARENT SCOLDED HIM

A student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu has been prevented from committing suicide in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State.

THOSE WHO RIG ELECTIONS WILL NEVER BE HONOURED EVEN IN HEAVEN…WIKE

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Heaven and Nigerians will never honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces engaged in the snatching of ballot boxes and rigging of elections.

PRESIDENT BUHARI SIGNS NEW FINANCIAL BILL INTO LAW.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed the 2019 finance bill into law.

The law alongside the 2020 Budget is aimed at reforming Nigeria’s tax system to align with global best practices, support MSMEs through the Ease of Doing Business initiative.

596 GHOST PENSIONERS UNCOVERED IN BAUCHI

Mr Adamu Gumba addressing a press conference in Bauchi on January 6, 2020.

 

 

A total of 596 dead civil servants and pensioners have been uncovered on the payroll of the Bauchi State Government in north-east Nigeria.

The Chairman of Bauchi State Authentication Exercise Committee, Mr Adamu Gumba, disclosed this to reporters on Monday in the state capital.

He explained that the dead persons have been on the state government’s payroll and were receiving salaries for several years.

“In the process of this particular exercise, we have also discovered about 596 deceased officers,” he revealed.

Gumba added that the government has put more than 4,000 people on the same payroll under suspicion of being ghost workers.

According to him, the persons were placed under watch after they failed to turn up for the month-long verification exercise.

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The committee chairman said, “Despite the extension of time that we have waited for officers (civil servants) to come around to appear before us for verification, we have a huge number that did not turn up.

“Our seven sub-committees travelled to all the local governments and in two instances spent almost a week working in the local governments, but some people decided to be absent.”

“These people that were absent in the process total about 4,578 – both staff and pensioners … and those found to have correct documents were cleared,” he stressed.

Gumba explained that the committee has completed its assignment and would submit its report with a list of recommendations to the state governor, Bala Mohammed.

The state government inaugurated the committee authenticate over 30,000 workers and pensioners after it found out that most of them were without the Bank Verification Number (BVN).

 

ELECTRICITY BILLS TO INCREASE BY APRIL

NERC Chairman, Professor James Momoh, addressing a news conference in Abuja on January 6, 2020.

 

Following an outcry over the decision to increase electricity tariffs in the country, the Nigerian Government says the implementation will commence in April.

APC AND PDP SUPPORTERS CLASH IN IMO, ONE KILLED.

Ekiti Election Tribunal: APC Lauds Fayemi's Victory As PDP Faults Judgement

A young man identified as Amajuru Ahamefule was on Monday killed in Isu local government area of Imo State.

APC CHIEFTAIN IN ONDO KIDNAPPED

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), James Ajulo, has been abducted by gunmen in Ondo State.

SAMUEL AJIBOLA POPULARLY KNOW AS SPIFF ENGAGED IS SOULMATE

Samuel Ajibola (Spiff)

 

Comedian-actor Samuel Ajibola popularly known as Spiff has announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Sandra.

The Nollywood actor announced the news on his Instagram page on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

He shared some pre-wedding photos which he captioned with a loving message.

“S O U L M A T E: I’ve always been big on the kind of Soul I would be spending the rest of my Life with as Forever is a Long time to be Miserable with the wrong person. At some point in my adolescence, It became a fervent prayer request when I figured I couldn’t find you myself. God answered, and it didn’t take long to confirm you as the woman of my Dreams, My Best friend & the very one that would compliment me.

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S O U L M A T E : I've always been big on the kind of Soul i would be spending the rest of my Life with as Forever is a Long time to be Miserable with the wrong person . At some point of my adolescence , It became a fervent prayer request when i figured i couldn't find you myself . God answered , and it didn't take long to confirm you as the woman of my Dreams , My Best friend & the very one that would complement me . I'm completely certain that i have made the Right choice with you because since we met I haven't spent a day without thinking of you (which is very rare of me) , and i can't wait to spend the rest of our Lives laughing and Playing like we do Everyday . 📸 : @aristomixmultimedia #TheAdaAdeRoyals2020 #Adanna&Ademola #Sandra&Samuel #RoyalWeddings #Vision2020 #KingdomUnion

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It’s raining wedding proposals in the Nigerian showbiz world as the news of Ajibola’s engagement follows that of another popular comedian, Crazeclown.

 The Ukrainian trained medical doctor turned comedian took to his Instagram page on Monday, December 30, 2019, to announce his engagement.

In a simple message, the comedian revealed that his girlfriend had agreed to spend the rest of her life with him.

 

 

SEUN KUTI TO PERFORM AT COACHELLA AFTER 8 YEARS.

Seun Kuti performed at Coachella eight years ago.

 

Grammy-nominated afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, and his Egypt 80 band have been announced as one of the performers at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest and most profitable music festivals in the world.

Coachella is an annual music and arts festival held in California, United States.

Kuti, who performed at the festival eight years ago, is returning to share the stage with show headliners Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.

Kuti, who is the only Nigerian set to appear at the festival this year, is the youngest son of legendary afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti.

ALSO READ: CARDI B ANNOUNCES INTEREST TO BECOME A NIGERIAN CITIZEN AFTER SLAMING TRUMP.

The official Coachella poster displaying artists set to appear at the festival this year

 

In 2018, Grammy-nominated Burna Boy raised a social media storm when he complained about having his name in small print on the festival’s official banner.

This year’s Coachella will be held in April.

 

CARDI B ANNOUNCES INTEREST TO BECOME A NIGERIAN CITIZEN AFTER SLAMING TRUMP.

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It appears American rapper and songwriter, Cardi B, is finding it difficult getting over her euphoric experience in Nigeria, a month after she visited the West-African country.

PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE DESCRIBE THE TRUE ENEMIES OF NIGERIA

 

Pastor Tunde Bakare on Sunday listed what he described as the true enemies in Nigeria.

$2.7 BN LOST TO OIL VANDALS P-PEPSI CALLS ON BUHARI TO INTERVEN

Oil: Nigeria lost $2.75bn to vandals, thieves - P-PESPI urges Buhari to intervene
Oil: Nigeria lost $2.75bn to vandals, thieves – P-PESPI urges Buhari to intervene

A group known as Partner For Petroleum & Energy Sector Prosperity Initiative (P-PESPI) has called on President Buhari to urgently escalate his intervention to stop criminals to vandalise and steal the nation’s oil assets.

IRAQ PALIAMENT DEMAND US TROOP OUSTED AFTER KILLING SOLEIMANI.

 

 

Pressure against the US in Iraq ramped up Sunday, as rockets hit near the American embassy and parliament demanded the ouster of thousands of US troops over the killing of a top Iranian general.

IGP PLACED POLICE ON RED ALERT NATIONWIDE AFTER THE KILLING OF IRANIAN GENERAL.

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has placed Police Commands and Formations nationwide on red alert.

LABOUR PROTEST ON MASS STRIKE OF EKSU STAFF REQUEST FOR REVERSAL

Protest march by the Organised Labour

The organised labour in Ekiti State has protested the ongoing mass sack of workers by the Ekiti State Government.

FG RECALLS RETIRED AMBASSADORS HOME

FG: We only recalled retired ambassadors not serving
FG: We only recalled retired ambassadors not serving

The Federal Government has dismissed reports claiming that there was a mass recall of Ambassadors.

SERAP GIVE BUHARI, OSINBAJO AND GOVERNORS 7 DAYS TO PUBLISH ASSET.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have been asked to provide information on the summary of the assets, specifically property and income as contained in their asset declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

FAAN RE-OPENS PORT-HARCOURT AIRPORT AFTER FIRE OUTBREAK.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Sunday announced the reopening of Port Harcourt International Airport after a fire outbreak which disrupted operations.

PDP REJECT INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY TARRIF BY FG

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday announced its rejection of the increase in electricity tariff by the Federal Government.

CALOFORNIA TIGHTEN SECURITY AFTER US KILLED TOP IRANIAN COMMANDER.

California authorities have ramped up security after a U.S. airstrike killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

Mark Ghilarducci, California Homeland Security Advisor and Director of Emergency Services made this known in statement on Saturday.

Ghilarducci added that the state’s office of emergency services maintained strong relationships with security and intelligence departments around the country and the world, and was continually monitoring the situation.

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“At the same time, the California Cybersecurity Integration Center is working closely with its partner networks to prevent, protect against and mitigate possible cyber-attacks,” Ghilarducci said in the `Statement on State Threat Assessments’.

While agreeing that the assassination approved by the White House created a sense of unease, the security advisor said that there were currently no specific threats against the Golden State as a result of the events in the Middle East.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Friday also beefed up security and urged local residents to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

“While there is no credible threat to Los Angeles, the LAPD is monitoring the events developing in Iran.

“We will continue to communicate with state, local, federal and international law enforcement partners regarding any significant intelligence that may develop,” the LAPD tweeted.

MISSILES FIRED NEAR US EMBASSY IN IRAQ

Two mortar rounds hit the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone Saturday and two rockets slammed into a base housing US troops, security sources said, a day after a deadly American strike.

US TELLS IT CITIZENS TO VACATE IRAQ IMMEDIATELY

US kills top Iranian commander Soleimani in air strike

The US embassy in Baghdad on Friday urged all American citizens currently in Iraq to depart immediately following the killing of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani.

A 100 YEARS HOLD COMMUNITY IN PLATEAU SET 2 CHILDREN ON FIRE OVER DEVELOPMENT

Two children, five-year-old Mary Gyang and 11-year-old Godgift Nyam, had mother luck to thank for escaping being burnt to death in Waduruk, a Plateau State community, in the last month of 2019.

The two children belonging to different parents were branded as evil and condemned to death by some members of the community and were to be burnt alive December 15, 2019.

Their sins? They were accused of witchcraft and being responsible for the lack of development in the 100-year-old Plateau State community. Their accusers then decided that the only appropriate punishment for them was to burn them alive in order to pave way for the development of the community.

The Nation checks revealed that in Waduruk village, there is a spiritual home that lays claim to the spiritual ability to identify witches and wizards. The operators of the spiritual home were said to have identified a teenage girl as a witch while the teenager girl, whose identity was not disclosed, was said to have admitted to the allegation and also identified Mary and Godgift as her agents.

The teenager was also said to have also confessed that she used the two minors to siphon all the wealth in the village and that no one in the village would ever get rich.

Following the teenagers’ alleged confession, members of the community resolved to sentence the two minors to death in order to end the villagers’ misfortune.

On December 15, the two accused minors were summoned without the knowledge of their parents to the centre of the village where they were to be executed in gruesome manner. They scooped some fuel from the tank of a motorcycle, tied the two minors together and poured the petrol on them. They then struck a match and set fire to them.

Some members of the community who were opposed to the action raised alarm, following which Godgift’s mother, 37-year-old Esther Luka, was attracted to the scene where she saw her son in flames and wallowing in pains. She and some other women rallied to put off the fire and untie the hapless children.

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However, the two children had sustained severe burns by the time they were rescued. Godgift had sustained serious burns on his face, while Mary was also burnt in the face and on her left arm. They two victims were immediately rushed to the Plateau State Specialist Hospital where they were admitted.

A family member of Godsgift immediately reported the matter at the B Divisional Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force in Bukuru, following which some policemen rushed to the village to arrest the culprits. But the culprits were hidden by the villagers to prevent their arrest.

One of the policemen who stormed the village in search of the offenders said: “I have never seen a community as wicked as this one. Can you imagine that the people shielded the suspects? They even warned us not to dare arrest anybody and ordered us to vacate their village or they would attack us. We left them and returned to our station to avoid being attacked.”

A family member of one of the victims, however, reported the incident to the Plateau office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Confirming the incident, the Principal Legal Officer of NHRC, Mrs. Kachollom Tachio, said: “Yes, it is very true that two minors were being burnt alive by the villagers. We went to the village to conduct investigation and we found out that it was even the father of one of the victims who brought the minors and handed them over to the villagers for execution.

“They were taken to another compound within the community to be killed because they said they found them to be evil.

“Some elders in the village recommended that the children be set ablaze in full public glare to serve as a deterrent to other witches and wizards in the village. So, one of the villagers volunteered some petrol from the tank of his motorcycle. They collected the fuel, tied the two children together and set them on fire after pouring fuel on them.

“When the mother of Godsgift heard that her son was being burnt, she rushed to the scene to rescue them. After rescuing them, she rushed them to the hospital where they were admitted immediately.

“A family member named Rita Nyam drew the attention of the National Human Rights Commission to the incident. Our investigation so far confirmed that the incident was real.

“We have taken up the issue and we will ensure that justice is done. We don’t tolerate such rights abuses. These children have their rights to life.

“They are minors. They were not even given the opportunity to defend themselves. This is wickedness.”

The Plateau State chapter of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), a body that defends and protects the rights of women and children, said the report had got to them, adding that the body would join the NHRC to get justice for the victims.

The chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Jennifer Yarima, said: “NAWOJ in the state has been serving as the voice of the voiceless. We will mobilise our members to fight this cause.

“It is just by the grace of God that the two minors are alive. They were not going to see Christmas and New Year because they were condemned to death by the community.

“When I rushed to the hospital to see the children, I could not hold back tears. I cannot imagine that the world can be this wicked.

“I need to commend the hospital for giving the children prompt medical attention, because the children will likely to lose their sights if the burns are not professionally handled.

“But I am happy that in spite of the severe burns on their faces, their eyes were intact. But they could not see for a week as their faces were completely bandaged.”

Esther Luka, Godsgift’s mother, said: “I thank God almighty for the life of my child. I also thank some members of the community who ran to me to inform me about the incident.

“Godsgift is my fifth child and I cannot sit and watch him burnt alive for no fault of his. His name is working for him. I named him Godsgift, and that is why I believe that no one can do him any harm.

“I am happy I was able to rescue him from the fire. In spite of the scar on his face, I am happy he is alive.”

Mrs Grace Pam, the state coordinator of NHRC, said: “The case of human rights abuse on the Plateau is on the increase. The issue of child right abuse is especially is very rampant. The same goes for rape of minors, sexual molestations, wife battery and so on.

“In 2019, alone we handled about 500 cases of rights abuse. The security agencies should do more by being vigilant, using their intelligence network to bring culprits to justice.

“Only by doing so can we reduce the rising rate of rights abuse in the state.”

Briefing reporters on its activities in 2019, the Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Police Force said the command arrested more than 3,000 suspected criminals and got most of them convicted while some were still under trial in various courts.

The command said majority of the more than 3,000 cases were about rights abuse like rape, assaults, and so on. The command said it recorded about 80 cases of rape and more than 70 of the offenders were convicted.

TENSION IN EKITI AS GOVT PLANS TO SACK 10,000 WORKERS

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Barely four days to the sacking of 200 workers of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, there is palpable tension in Ekiti State over another alleged plot by the state government to sack more 10,000 of its core workforce.

OVER 5000 RENDERED HOMELESS IN AKWA IBOM AS FIRE GUT THEIR HOMES

5,000 homeless as fire guts Akwa Ibom fishing community

No fewer than 2,000 houses have been burnt and over 5,000 people rendered homeless following a fire incident that occurred in the early hours of Friday at Iwoukpom community in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

SEN GBEMI SARAKI BLOWS HOT ON KWARA GOVT OVER DEMOLITION OF FATHER’S PROPERTY.

Gbemi Saraki

The Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, on Friday berated the governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazzaq, for demolishing her father’s property.

N100 MILLION DEMANDED FOR THE RELEASE OF TARABA CHIEF.

Taraba Assembly Holds Last Plenary, Remembers Departed Members

 

The abductors of a local chief in Taraba state have contacted his family members demanding a ransom of 100 million naira.

They made their demand via a telephone conversation where they insisted that a reasonable amount of money must be paid because he is a chief.

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According to a family source, who preferred anonymity, the family is still negotiating, as well as pleading with the kidnappers to lower their bid.

The kidnapping of the chief, Daniel Mbatelen of Dan-anacha at a suburb of Gassol local government area of Taraba state.

The Chief’s abduction is the first recorded case in the year 2020.

OTEDOLA BRIDGE ACCIDENT KILLS 2 AND INJURES 1

 

Two persons have been killed while one person is in a critical condition following an accident that occurred on the Otedola bridge off the Berger-end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The accident which occurred on Saturday involved a truck carrying granite and an SUV.

General-Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the incident and the number of casualties to Channels Television.

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According to LASEMA, three others were rescued, while two were treated on the spot and discharged.

 

KADUNA GAS EXPLOSION KILLS THREE

At least three persons have been confirmed killed after a gas plant exploded in the Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna State.

POLICE ARREST SUSPECTED HERDMEN ALONG EKITI HIGHWAY

IPOB Police, Anambra, Ondo Zamfara Police Two Katsina Man Benin Edo, Police, Jigawa, Ondo PSC, Police, Anambra, MakurdiOperatives of the Ekiti State Police Command on Friday arrested three suspected herdsmen in Ise-Ekiti, in Ise/Orun Local Government Area of Ekiti State for allegedly barricading the highway and robbing commuters of their possessions.

MILLION LOST AS SHOPS IN BAYELSA UNIVERSITY GOT RAZED BY FIRE.

Amassoma Fire

Residents and shop owners counted their losses at Amassoma, the Niger Delta University (NDU), Bayelsa State following an outbreak of fire in Friday evening.

ENUGU POLICE CONFIRMS NO LIFE OR PROPERTY LOST IN FIRE OUTBREAK.

The Police Command in Enugu State says that no life or property was lost in the minor fire outbreak which occurred at the mattress section of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu on Friday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the fire happened in a shop at the foam section of the market at about 3:30 p.m.

Amaraizu said that the fire started from a faulty small generating set, popularly known as “I Better Pass My Neighbour’’.

“The fire and fume from the faulty generating set was put off by public spirited traders.

“As I speak to you, no life or property was lost in the entire incident,’’ he said.

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The police spokesman, however, urged social media speculators and those that magnify incidents out of proportion to have a change of heart this New Year.

“I wonder what one wants to gain by raising unfounded alarm or escalating minor issues,’’ he said.

Speaking, the state’s Chief Fire Officer, Mr Okwudili Ohaa, who came with a fire-fighting truck to the market, lauded the traders for putting the fire off at its nursery state.

Ohaa lauded the traders for putting the fire extinguishers installed in the market by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to effective use as well as applied them as taught by the state fire service to extinguish the fire on time.

“I must thank the Gov. Ugwuanyi for the initiative of installing fire extinguishers and training of traders on how to use them appropriately,’’ he said.

 

 

SANWO-OLU TO DELIVER AGEGE PEN CINEMA BRIDGE MID-YEAR.

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Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured residents and motorists that the Agege Pen Cinema flyover bridge will be completed and commissioned for use by June ending or early July 2020.

OBASEKI LINKS HIS POLITICAL BATTLE TO HIS ADMINISTRATION FIGHT.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has linked the political tussle in the state to his administration’s fight against warlords and non-state actors, who hitherto controlled resources to the detriment of Edo people.

Obaseki at a meeting with Benin Elders Forum in Benin City, the Edo State capital, reassured that his administration would remain committed and focused in delivering the dividends of democracy to Edo people through his reforms and developmental projects.

He said, “You are all witnesses to what is happening and I am sure that you will ask what exactly is going on. When the change occurred in 2016, I had no doubt in my mind to jump into the train to continue the reforms which we had started, but what I didn’t realise is that the rot was so deep and fundamental; it was not just a rot in physical expression but it was becoming cultural.

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“You come into Edo and you cannot drive through the city, because we had warlords that had taken possession of everywhere. In fact, when we had to clear Lagos Street, we found out that people had erected stores and shops on the street. It then became clear that there was a lot more work to do.”

The governor continued, “I just could not understand why Oredo Local Government Area, for instance, could not earn more than five million naira as taxes monthly, meanwhile, there were non-state actors who were celebrating having billions in their private bank accounts at the expense of government. Once I came in, these non-state actors began to almost physically threaten the state and I had no choice than to dislodge them in good faith.

“I thought this was something we had all agreed to do; I thought we were happy that now we can drive through Oba Market; I thought we were all comfortable with the sanity in the city. But today what do we have? A fightback from these characters and they are getting support from sources you can’t believe. How can you have a city and it is only those who refused to go to school and have turned themselves into thugs and touts that want to dominate our polity? How can we have progress?”

Governor Obaseki, who said his administration will not relent in transforming the economic fortunes of Edo people, said, “In all the things I am hearing, nobody has been able to tell me what exactly the policy issues are. Is it that ensuring you build infrastructure at the right price is not the right thing to do? Or building roads is not the right thing to do? Or is trying to get more resources of the state to work for the people not the right thing to do? Is paying teachers and strengthening the education sector, not the right thing to do? Nobody has told me in all what we have done today that there are some policies that we have, that are wrong.

“If we must develop, we must begin to grow the yam seed rather than eat it. We are four million people today, in another ten to twenty years, there will about ten million people. So, what’s the plan for the future? We will continue in our developmental strides as long as they impact on the lives of the ordinary Edo people.”

GUNMEN DEMANDS N50 MILLION RANSOME FOR KIDNAPPED IN KWARA

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have kidnapped three indigenes of Obbo-Aiyegunle, Ekiti local government area of Kwara state.

BENUE POLICE ARREST TWO HERDSMEN AND 25 OTHERS

Gunmen Shoot Returning Officer While Conveying Result In Benue

 

The Police in Benue state have arrested two armed herdsmen, Usman Saleh, and Ibrahim Alhaji, both resident in Awe local government area of Nassarawa state, during a stop and search operation, where they attempted to escape after operatives discovered rounds of live ammunition AK rifles in their possession.

Parading the suspects along with 25 others arrested in connection with kidnapping and robbery by men of the operation Zenda, the commissioner of police, Mr. Mohammed Mukadass, listed exhibits, weapons, ammunition and other items recovered from the suspects.

The police commissioner appealed to members of the public to continue volunteering information to help secure the state.

 

OGUN GOV. APPOINT TRANSITION COMMITTE

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: Twitter-@dabiodunMFR.

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appointed transition committees for the 20 local government areas of the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Kunle Somorin, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The transition committees, according to him, will be in place until the Ogun State Electoral Commission (OGSEIC) conducts elections to pick new council chairmen in the state.

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Somorin explained that the new caretaker committee members were chosen in furtherance of the government’s philosophy of inclusive and participatory governance.

Each of the committees comprises a chairman, a vice-chairman, and Secretary to the Local Government as well as two other members.

 

 

GOV. IHEDIOHA SWEARS IN NINE JUDGES IN IMO

 

Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has sworn in nine judges recommended for appointment by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

PDP SAYS APC AND BUHARI ADMINSTRATION WILL FIZZLE OUT BY 2023

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Nigerians are already counting down to May 29, 2023, when the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari will come to an end.

US KILLS TOP IRANIAN COMMANDER QASEM SOLEIMANI.

Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force, speaks during an interview with members of the Iranian Supreme Leader’s bureau in Tehran.  IRIB TV / AFP

 

Top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US strike on Baghdad’s international airport, prompting Tehran to vow “revenge”, dramatically upping the stakes in bitter tensions between Tehran and Washington.

US SENATE BEGINS TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL.

A file photo of US President, Donald Trump. AFP Photo.

Amid a solemn silence, articles of impeachment against Donald Trump were read aloud on the Senate floor on Thursday as the bitterly divided chamber began a historic trial of the US president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

KEYAMO DESCRIBES PDP AS UNSERIOUS OPPOSITION

The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, briefing reporters in Ugheli, Delta State on January 16, 2020.

The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a very unserious opposition.

BUHARI PLEDGES TO SUSTAIN ONGOING EFFORTS TO END CHILD MARRIAGE.

President Muhammadu Buhari attends an event to commission the headquarters building of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in Abuja on January 16, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the assurance that the Federal Government will sustain ongoing efforts to end child marriage and improve girl-child education in the country.