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Hanky-panky: You cannot appoint dismissed judge as EKSIEC chairman; PDP tells Fayemi

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Hanky-panky: You cannot appoint dismissed judge as EKSIEC chairman; PDP tells Fayemi

…’I’m only being reappointed by Governor Fayemi- EKSIEC Boss***

Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday, raised the alarm, alleging that the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC), is a dismissed judge.

This was contained in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, and made available in Ado Ekiti, hinting that they coiuld not afford any hanky-panky.

The PDP berated Gov. Kayode Fayemi for allegedly appointing “a dismissed Justice Jide Aladejana as the Chairman of Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission.”

The party said the appointment had created a burden on the electoral body and portrayed the Governor as showing zero concern for morality in a democratic tenet.

The statement queried how a dismissed judge in the State judiciary could be made to head a sensitive body saddled with the conduct of local government elections, in the midst of many qualified Ekiti sons and daughters.

The party reminded Fayemi that all attempts by the dismissed judge to overturn his dismissal in the past were overruled by courts at different levels.

“Hence, he is not qualified to conduct elections for the local government where people of integrity will contest”, it said.

The party also claimed that many of the members of the SIEC are card carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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It further claimed that it was on the basis of same deliberate error that local government elections were stopped by court in the first term of Gov. Fayemi.

It recalled that during that time, one of the members of the SIEC was proved to be a card carrying member of the ruling party, to which he belong till today.

According to the PDP, the action of the governor was unfortunate and ridiculous and “deliberately erecting wall of disruption in the way of the election.”

“However we want to assure him that PDP will go into the election with all seriousness,” it added.

Reacting to the allegations, EKSIEC’s Commissioner in charge of Media and Publicity, Chief Soji Oloketuyi, dismissed PDP’s allegations as spurious and baseless.

Oloketuyi said the allegation of Justice Aladejana being dismissed from the bench, coming at a time when elections were few months away was targeted at distracting the commission and delay the electoral process.

“To the best of my knowledge, Justice Aladejana was never dismissed from the bench.

“He remains one of the most credible Ekiti men with dignity, so to us, we consider this a distraction

“If those making the allegations are sure of themselves, let them show the proof of their accusation”, he said.

Oloketuyi also said he too was eminently qualified to be a member of SIEC contrary to the position canvassed by the PDP, insisting that he was never a card carrying member of any political party.

“I was appointed as an Electoral Commissioner under the first term of Governor Ayodele Fayose and now reappointed by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

“This was an eloquent testimony to my integrity as a former public servant.

“I worked in the civil service and retired as the immediate past Public Relations Officer at the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, so I never carried the card of any political party’, he said.

 

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Onslaught: Troops Eliminate 105 Terrorists, Arrest 140 Others In 1 Week – DHQ

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Exercise Enduring Peace recording successes in FCT – Army

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in different theatres of operation eliminated 105 terrorists and apprehended 140 others in the last one week.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba said this at a bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.

Buba said the troops also arrested 26 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 86 kidnapped hostages in the South-South region.

He added that the troops recovered 208 assorted weapons and 5,332 assorted ammunition comprising 95 AK47 rifles, one assault rifle, 39 locally fabricated guns, 34 Dane guns, 14 pump action guns, among others.

In the North East, Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised seven terrorists and arrested four terrorists as well as recovered 20 AK47 rifles, two fabricated guns and 12 dane guns.

He added that 353 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 209 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 34 live cartridges, 62 mobile phones and the sum of N100,000, among others, were also recovered.

According to him, 224 ISWAP/JAS terrorists fighters and their families comprising 23 adult males, 126 adult females and 87 children surrendered to troops in the Bama and Konduga areas of Borno within the week.

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In the North Central, Buba said the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 35 insurgents, arrested 65 violent extremists and 15 rescued kidnapped hostages.

He added that troops also recovered various caches of arms and ammunition within different theatres of operation.

In the North Central, the defence spokesman said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch, neutralised 57 insurgents, arrested five and rescued 66 kidnapped hostages during the week.

In the South-South, Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe destroyed 18 illegal refining sites and recovered 657,300 litres of stolen crude oil, 23,750 litres of illegally refined AGO and 1,050 litres of DPK.

He added that the troops discovered and destroyed nine dugout pits, 19 boats and 21 storage tanks, 35 cooking ovens, nine vehicles, nine mobile phones, and three pump machines.

According to him, troops rescued three kidnapped hostages and apprehended 50 people suspected of oil theft and other violent extremists/insurgents as well as recovered 20 weapons and 243 ammunition, amongst other items.

In the South East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised six insurgents, arrested five and recovered various types of arms and ammunition.

“All recovered items, arrested suspects and rescued hostages were handed over to the relevant authorities for further action,” he said.

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Food Prices: Tinubu Directs Immediate Release Of Grains, To Foreclose Crisis

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A little respite in the nation’s food crisis is expected as President Bola Tinubu has directed the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to release about 42,000 metric tonnes of grain including maize, millet, and garri. The gesture is to douse hunger and prevent looming protests.

Some Nigerians however told the Maritime First that the directive was a lot coming late; and the metric tonnes being expected, too little, for over a hundred million people. Some cynics bluntly blame the President for his inability to tame insurgency and terrorism, which apriori, prevented the farmers from going to work.

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Some states have begun dress rehearsal for the real crisis protests, over galloping food prices. A bag of rice which sold for N62,000 Tuesday, last week in Bodija Market in Ibadan, emerged N69,000 Wednesday morning. less than 24 hours later, throwing calculation to the winds.

The Maritime First can freely indicate that widows, single mothers, and those from polygamous-induced large families are presently, not finding it too easy to cope.

In the meantime,, the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria has also committed to immediately release over 60,000 metric tonnes of rice to the public. The body however failed to indicate why they waited till the Presidential directive, before making their commitment.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, disclosed this after the meeting of the Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention on Thursday in Abuja.

The Minister also failed to indicate measures to be adopted, to ensure that middlemen do not hijack and mess up Tinubu’s honest effort.

He said that these were immediate measures taken by the Federal Government to reduce the hardships faced by Nigerians who are made to bear the brunt of high prices of food in the market.

“These will be made available and we know that that is enough to take Nigeria in the next couple of weeks. One month, six weeks, perhaps up to two months.

“Now the whole idea of this is to crush the cost of these food items. And these are measures that will happen immediately.

“Now, the third item is that government is also looking at the possibility of, if it becomes absolutely necessary and as an interim measure, to also import some of these commodities immediately so that these commodities can be made available to Nigerians,” he said.

Idris also said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security would further invest massively in the farming process to boost production and ensure the country’s food potential is fully exploited.

He said that government would appeal to persons or groups to stop hoarding these products in order to maximise profit at the detriment of ordinary Nigerians.

“Government of course is also looking at all those who are hoarding these commodities because actually, these commodities are available in the stores of many traders.

“Government is appealing to them that they should open up these doors and make these commodities available in the interest of our nation.

“There is no point when the whole country is looking for this food you are locking up these products where you make more money and then Nigerians suffer. Of course, the government will not fold its arms.

“If they don’t respond by bringing these commodities to the market, the government will take appropriate measures to ensure that these products are made available to Nigerians.”

The Minister said that the government would also take measures to ensure that food continues to be accessible and affordable to Nigerians.

“We ask that Nigerians need to be more patriotic; be our brother’s keepers. Sell this thing, of course at a margin but at a margin that is not also killing to Nigerians.

“This is an emergency. Every nation faces emergency situations. This is our own time to face these challenges.

“The President has directed that whatever it will take, food will be available to Nigerians at a cost that is also very reasonable,” he said.

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President Tinubu Returns After Private Visit To France

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President Bola Tinubu has returned to the country after a two-week private visit to France.

The President arrived in Abuja aboard the presidential flight at about 9:0 pm on Tuesday.

He was received by top government officials led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume.

The president left Abuja on Jan. 24 for his first break since assumption of office on May 29, 2023

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