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Arrest killers of Ibadan-based journalist, Oyo NUJ charges Makinde, police

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Custom operatives raided Ibarapa areas, not unknown gunmen- Oyo Govt

… As PDP chieftain says Nigeria’s problem more of leadership recession than economic***

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, has called on the state government and Police Command to fish out the killers of an Ibadan-based journalist, Titus Badejo.

The call is contained in a condolence message issued on Sunday in Ibadan by the council Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola.

The newsmen report that Badejo was allegedly killed around 9 p.m at a popular night club in Oluyole area of Ibadan on Saturday.

The deceased was an On-Air Personality (OAP), Disc Jockey (DJ) and sports presenter.

In the statement, the NUJ chairman charged Gov. Seyi Makinde and Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, to ensure the killers were arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Babalola described the killing of Badejo as one murder too many for the union to comprehend.

He condemned the recent spate of “senseless and avoidable killings” in Ibadan.

He, therefore, urged major stakeholders to ensure that security of lives and property in the state received priority attention.

Part of the statement read: “Gone too soon! Titus Badejo…

“We mourn the untimely passing on and gruesome murder of a journalist.”

Babalola observed that people, who had scores to settle with one another, were using the rising insecurity in the state to perpetrate killings of monumental dimension.

“Under the cover of darkness, the assailants snuffed life out of a bubbling young man and cut short his precious life.

“What a cruel life! May your assailants never know peace, may the wrath of God descend on them wherever they are hibernating,” he stated.

In another development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Dan Orbih, has said that Nigeria’s main problem is more of leadership recession rather than economic recession.

Orbih, the National Vice Chairman, South South of the party, said this on Sunday in an interview with the newsmen in Benin.

He said this was because Nigerians had not seen inspiring leadership giving them detailed efforts that were being made to address major problems facing the nation.

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The party chieftain noted that those enthrusted with service at various strata of administration had left much to be desired in their performance.

According to Orbih there is dismay across the country that public servants are not giving hope that if given enough time these problems will be a thing of the past.

He said that the ship of state was drifting dangerously while its captain “is not showing signs of awareness of the enormity of the problems facing us”.

He noted that the recent constitution amendments review exercise embarked upon by the members of the National Assembly (NASS) was totally diversionary.

“The issue of the NASS sending out members for purposes of wanting to change or amend the constitution is totally diversionary.

“This is because we have more serious problems facing us today as a nation, which the members of the NASS have turned a blind eye to.

“The problems we are facing today is more than a problem to be confronted with constitutional amendment.

“We have more problems facing us as a nation because of leadership, absence of leadership more or less.

“I want to add my voice that the greatest problem facing Nigeria today is not just economic recession, but leadership recession.

“So, for legislators to deploy resources for an exercise that will lead us no where is rather unfortunate,” he said.

The South South PDP leader noted that what was expected of the NASS was making the  government accountable to the people of the country.

He also said that the NASS should be able to ask questions concerning any fresh Chinese loans that are meant to mortgage the future of the country and reject same.

He added that at a time Nigerians could hardly travel from one place to the other within the country, the nation was busy negotiating Chinese loans to construct railway from Lagos to Katsina and Niger.

He said that it was disheartening that in South South, where the bulk of the nation’s revenue was coming from, “we cannot boast of good roads.

“So, this National Assembly must also wake up, so that we don’t have a situation where the executive arm of government is in deep slumber, and the NASS is also sleeping.

“They must wake up and represent the interest of those who elected them.

“For the PDP members in the NASS, I think it is time for them to play their role as elected members in opposition who are desirous of ensuring that there is good governance.

“This is by ensuring that the right things are done, and preventing the government from doing the wrong things.

“That is why we must at this point at all levels rise up to do those things that will further save this country from sliding downward,” Orbih said.

 

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Wike, One Of Best Appointees Of Current Administration – Tinubu

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Wike, One Of Best Appointees Of Current Administration – Tinubu

 Those hoping for the removal of Wike, Federal Capital Territory Minister, may be seeking the mirage, as President Bola Tinubu says, the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike “is one of the best appointments ever made in the history of the current democratic dispensation.

The President stated this on Wednesday in Abuja, during the inauguration of the Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX) and the Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX), known as the first phase of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Expressway

Represented by his Vice, Kashim Shettima, the President described Wike as a force of human nature, adding, “Love him, hate him, but you can’t ignore him, because, at every point in time, he is redefining the meaning and concepts of modern leadership.

The President commended Wike and his team, for their dedication and hard work in delivering many projects, including the expressway in less than one year.

Tinubu reiterated his administration’s commitment to engendering progress and prosperity.

He said that the extension of the ISEX represented more than just a road, but symbolizes connectivity, accessibility and opportunity.

”It also signifies our unwavering determination to bridge the gap between the urban and rural areas in ensuring that development is not confined to city centres but reaches every corner of our great nation.

”We celebrate not just the completion of yet another road project by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), but also the commitment of our administration to endangering progress and prosperity.

“Today’s commission is the fourth completed road that we proudly unveiled in the Federal Capital Territory, all executed in less than one year.

”These roads are tangible proof of our administration’s vision for modern, prosperous and inclusive Federal Capital Territory.”

Tinubu assured that in the coming months and years, his administration would continue to prioritise infrastructure development as a cornerstone of the Renewed Hope Agenda.

”We remain committed to delivering on our promises, empowering our people and building a nation that we can all be proud of,” he said.

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Kaduna Assembly C’ttee On Finances Of ex-Gov. El-Rufai submits Report

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Kaduna Assembly C’ttee On Finances Of ex-Gov. El-Rufai submits Report

The ad hoc committee set up by the Kaduna State House of Assembly to investigate all the finances, loans and contracts awarded under the former Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has submitted its report to the house.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Magaji Danjuma, while reading the report on Wednesday stated that the committee had discovered evidence of several cases of alleged corruption in the running of the state from  May 2015 to May 2023.

He said that the committee had also discovered some alleged improper awards of contracts without due process with some loans collected without the approval of the state assembly.

While reading the report summary, the Speaker, Dahiru Liman, said that the El-Rufai administration had a total income of N1.49 trillion in the years under review, adding that some of these monies were allegedly misappropriated.

He added that the Ministry of Finance,  in collaboration with the Kaduna State Inland Revenue Service (KADIRS) reportedly withdrew the sum of N 721.67 million through the use of an ‘unauthorized debit card by a third party’.

Lima n explained that another N30 billion was siphoned from the state’s internally generated revenue by the ministry of finance with some officials of  KADIRS, following other questionable transactions found by the committee.

The speaker explained that the then administration awarded a contract worth N 510.47 billion and left behind the contractor’s public and consultants’ liabilities.

Therefore, the committee recommended that the Kaduna Internal Revenue Service withdraw the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Account domiciled at Zenith Bank as Security for N20 billion guaranteed in 2023.

” And to request the bank to refund all monies deducted on account of the purported illegal guarantee together with the accrued interest thereof.

”That, all the Commissioners of Finance of the State from May 29, 2015, to May 29, 2023, be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for thorough investigation”, he said.

The committee also recommended that

all the Accountant Generals of the State that served during the years be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for investigation including KADIRS chairmen.

Others to be referred to the law enforcement agencies include Ms Dolapo Popoola, the immediate past Managing Director of AlL KAPSCO and Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, for Special Adviser

to the governor on Media and Communication.

Other recommendations were for the current Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the current Executive Secretary, State Pension Bureau to step aside for proper investigation.

The committee stated that all loans obtained by the Kaduna State Government between 29th May 2015 to 29th May 2023 obtained without due process were not binding on the state.

 He added that the state government should henceforth stop honouring all obligations arising from them.

Also, some of the contractors who have not worked or were overpaid should refund to the state government a total sum of N36.35 billion being monies paid for contracts.

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Jimoh Ibrahim Withdraws Suit Against APC, Aiyedatiwa, INEC

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Jimoh Ibrahim Withdraws Suit Against APC, Aiyedatiwa, INEC

 Sen. Jimoh Ibrahim has withdrawn the suit filed challenging the emergence of Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Nov. 16 governorship election in Ondo state.

Co-defendants in the suit seeking nullification of the party’s governorship primary conducted in the state on April 20 are APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It would be recalled that the senator had after the conduct of the party’s governorship primary held on April 20, alleged irregularities and no election in the 18 local government areas of the state.

At a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Ibrahim attributed the withdrawal of the suit to a series of interventions made by President Bola Tinubu on the phone and physical meeting held with him at the Villa.

He said the litigation was not about him but for the sole purpose of ensuring internal party democracy, which was lacking in the APC governorship primary election.

Ibrahim said: ” The suit is now withdrawn due to the intervention of President  Tinubu.

“The President called me, had a meeting with me, and assured me that he will, as the party leader,  improve on internal democracy within our party.

“And I will need to withdraw the case to enable him to chart a way forward.

“Earlier, the governor visited my Asokoro residence for several hours after an unsuccessful visit to my hotel room in Akure.

” I cannot disobey the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because the issue I’m fighting for is not personal.

“It is simply to improve internal democracy to which the President has promised improvement. My respect for the President is absolute!.”

He thanked Tinubu for his words of wisdom and encouragement during their meeting and for emphasising his commitment to internal democracy again.

“The withdrawal of this legendary suit coincides with the first anniversary of the  President’s incredible performance in office, and this is my gift of the “cake” of the first anniversary,” Ibrahim said. 

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