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Osun NSCDC deploys 3,700 personnel for Adeleke’s inauguration

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Osun State Command has deployed 3,700 personnel for the inauguration of the state governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

NSCDC and other sister agencies in the state embarked on show of force on Friday as a way of sending signal to criminally minded people in the state.

According to a statement signed by
ASCII Adeleke Kehinde, the Acing Public Relations Officer, NSCDC Osun State Command, “there will be a joint operation by all security agencies which is ‘operation stop and search’ within the state at some identified flash points.

The state commandant, Sunday Agboola appealed to parents and guardians to warn their wards, saying, “It’s not business as usual. We know our job and osun state deserves better Security architecture and we’ve put that in place.”

He also reinstated the commitment of the corps to uphold her security architecture urging people of the state to remain calm, adding that his men would be fully on ground during and after the inauguration to maintain law and order in state.

Supreme Court dissociates CJN, Ariwoola, from political comments on PDP’S G-5 governors

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The Supreme Court on Saturday in Abuja dissociated the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, from a political statement on the activities of the five Governors of the People’s Democratic Party, otherwise known as G-5 Governors.

The Apex Court in the first official reaction, said unequivocally that Justice Ariwoola never made any comments to the effect that he was happy that his home state governor, Seyi Makinde is among the G-5 Governors.

A statement by the Director of Information and Press, Supreme Court of Nigeria, Festus Akande, said that those crediting the CJN with the comments were just out to score cheap goals with the remarks of Justice Ariwoola at a public function in Port Harcourt, River State.

The statement dated November 26 read in part, “Our attention has been drawn to a publication with the caption “Iam happy, Makinde is among G-5 Governors” making the rounds in both conventional and social media.

“We wish to state unequivocally clear that the CJN, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON had never at any point said such during his brief remarks at the State Banquet organised as part of the events lined up for the commissioning of the two Judiciary projects undertaken by the Rivers state government.

“Issues bordering on misconceptions and misrepresentations of this nature are not always strange in times like this when the country is preparing for general elections, as some people may want to take advantage of every opportunity to score very cheap goals.

“As we all know, this is the era of aggressive and even unconventional politicking, so, there’s nothing that will not be heard or seen at this crucial time, especially between now and February 2023, when the general elections will be conducted.

“People say whatever they choose to say, just to please their selfish interests and inordinate desires.

“We can’t really pinpoint where such barefaced falsehood is coming from; and certainly, we don’t also know at what point the CJN said he was happy that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State was a member of the now christened “Integrity Group” or “G-5 Governors.”

“Everyone knows that the CJN, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, is a Judicial officer and not a politician, as such, would never directly or remotely make such comments or innuendoes.

“We wish to set the record straight by making it clear that the CJN and other senior Judicial Officers drawn from different parts of the country were in Port Harcourt on Thursday and Friday, being the 24th and 25th days of November, 2022 to commission the two buildings to accommodate the Federal Judicial Service Commission’s South-South Liaison Office and the Hon. Justice Mary Peter-Odili Judicial Institute, that were conceptualized and constructed by the Rivers State Government.

“Even at the State Banquet organised as part of the events, the CJN made it clear in his brief remarks, that he (CJN) was not in Port Harcourt for the State Banquet but simply to commission the two projects as a mark of honour for the Judiciary and Hon. Justice Mary Peter-Odili, CFR, JSC, Rtd and later go back to Abuja thereafter.

“Similarly, he said he was very surprised to see the “G-5 Governors” (“Integrity Group Governors”), just as he equally expressed the same surprise when he saw them in Ibadan, Oyo State, during the reception organised in his honour by his state government in October, 2022.

“His surprise particularly stemmed from the fact that he saw his own State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde (who incidentally is a member of the “G-5 Governors”) at the Port Harcourt occasion.

“He equally stated jocularly that being that HE Engineer Makinde married from Rivers State and is equally very close to HE Nyesome Wike, he would be able to replicate the developmental strides of the latter in Oyo State for the good of the citizenry.

“This, of course, is a comment that, ordinarily, ought to elicit applause and not myopic misrepresentations, as governance is all about positive comparisons and healthy competitions.

“Anyone or group of individuals making these unconscionable assumptions and pervading the misinformation are by implication, creating the impression that it is now a crime for the CJN to have come from Oyo state, which coincidentally, has a member of the group, Engineer Seyi Makinde, as the Governor.

“Let it be noted that anything said, assumed, presumed, reported or placed in the public domain outside the above facts, is simply a mere figment of the imagination of such authors and don’t in anyway represent what the CJN said in Port Harcourt, as we are not ready to join issues with such purveyors of misinformation”, the statement clarified..

Thousands attend South West APC presidential rally in Lagos

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  • PDP about to repeat another failure in Lagos – Tinubu

Surulere, the Lagos city that hosted the first All Progressives Congress convention after the party was formed in 2014, became a beehive of political carnival on Saturday.

A mammoth crowd thronged the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, as the ruling party returned to the city for its inaugural 2023 presidential rally in the South West region.

Clad in various shades of APC-branded vests, caps and Ankara brocade, a mass of the party’s supporters, who filled the 24,000-capacity stadium to the brim, defied the searing heat from the sun to receive the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Kashim Shettima, members of the party’s National Working Committee and the Presidential Campaign Council team.

At 12:45, Tinubu’s motorcade made a grand entry into the venue, moving the crowd into a spontaneous excitement. The APC presidential candidate arrived in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and members of Progressive Governors’ Forum led by their chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

The huge turnout at the rally again confirmed Tinubu’s popularity at his political base. The APC presidential candidate hails from Lagos and was a two-term Governor of the State.

Sanwo-Olu opened the floor with his short remarks, thanking Tinubu for laying the foundation for the physical and socio-economic growth being witnessed in Lagos since 1999.

The Governor, who described the APC presidential standard bearer as “architect of modern Lagos”, said Tinubu’s vision, character and tenacity stood him out among presidential contenders, urging Lagosians to elect the candidate with unprecedented number of votes at the polls.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Tinubu is the builder of the modern Lagos we are all enjoying today. For implementing his vision through character and tenacity, and pushing his ideas to what we can physically see, our candidate is the best choice for the president.

“Aside being a visionary leader, Tinubu has also been an advocate of unity and a figure who has stood firm in support of national cohesion. We are all witnesses to all outstanding achievements to his name. His reputation stands tall among his peers And he is the right man for the job.”

Tinubu took to the podium to share message of “Renewed Hope” with the mass of young people at the rally. He said his administration’s priorities would focus on improving human capital development and harnessing energy of the youth through job creation to accelerate economic growth.

His capacity to lead the country, the APC presidential candidate said is not in doubt, noting that Lagos’ growth trajectory from a State in deficit to one of the six largest economies in Africa best demonstrated his ability to drive the needed change to put the country on the path of prosperity.

When elected, Tinubu said he would do his best to change the country’s fortunes, but noted the task would not be easy at the start.

He said: “I stand before you all with a solemn promise that when we are elected next year, we will continue and build on the progressive path laid forth by our party since 2015. We have a clear agenda for the future of the country and with your support, we will work to achieve a better future for you and your family.

“Nobody will be forgotten when we roll out our development plans. We have great plans for our youths in education and employment. You will not be forgotten. Economic growth is one of our biggest priorities. We will do our best to solve the contemporary challenges facing us, but it will not be easy at the start.”

Tinubu, again, took a swipe at Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, calling on the electorate to use their votes to retire him finally. The APC presidential candidate said PDP spent 16 years making excuses and forgot the mandate given them to better the lives of Nigerians in the era of boom.

Under the PDP, Tinubu said major infrastructure projects were left to rot with no plan for their rehabilitation, including Lagos-Badagry Highway.

“Rejecting Atiku with your votes and retiring him will be the final step to take in burying PDP for life,” Tinubu said.

The APC National Leader passed a vote of confidence on Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, saying the Governor had become a symbol of good governance.

Tinubu said PDP would repeat another outing of failure in Lagos gubernatorial election, stressing that the opposition party did not have enough strength to stop Sanwo-Olu’s re-election

PCC Director-General and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, described Tinubu as a “consummate manager of people and resources” with capacity to change difficult situations.

Lalong said Tinubu’s greatest success as former Lagos governor was his ability to groom brilliant successors that expanded his ideas to the next level.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said Tinubu’s winning the party presidential ticket took him out as the most investigated politician in the Fourth Republic.

Despite series of wild allegations being bandied against Tinubu, the Speaker said none had been proven to be true. The APC presidential candidate, Gbajabiamila said, would win the election with convincing margins.

He said: “This is not the main rally for Lagos. We are energising the base with this large turnout witnessed here today. When the main campaign is held, it will be the double of the crowd we see here today.”

PDP Govs, excos, NASS members, others storm Osun for Adeleke’s inauguration

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  • We’re battle ready for hitch-free ceremony – Osun CP
  • New government will meet our handover notes in offices – Oyetola’s Commissioner

BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Sunday, November 27, 2022 is the date set for the inauguration of the Governor-Elect, Ademola Adeleke as the 6th Executive Governor of Osun State, alongside and his Deputy, Kola Adewusi.

The venue of the swearing-in ceremony, Osogbo Township Stadium, wears a new beautiful look as the inauguration committee has made several aesthetic designs of the venue.

Speaking on the dignitaries invited to grace the inauguration, the Chairman of the Inuaguration Committee, Bunmi Kenyo, said people all over the world would be at the inuaguration, adding that members of the Nigerian PDP Governors Forum have been invited to attend.

Jenyo, a former Zonal Secretary of the PDP for the South West, said invited guests and people of the state are expected to be on seats at 10am.

On those the committee invited, Jenyo said, “All the PDP Governors, all national executive of the party, all formal Governors, Ministers, serving and former National of Assembly members, not only in Osun, across the country have been invited. We are expecting all persons of goodwill. All citizens are invited to come and witness the historic events that will happen. It’s not strictly by invitation. The stadium, according to the stadium management, is up to 15,000 capacity and so we expect that it will be filled to capacity.

“We are bringing people all over the world for the inuaguration. It’s a long awaited event. Some Osun State citizens in the Diaspora are trooping in. People from the other states in the country will be in Osun.”

Jenyo noted that efforts to stop the inuaguration was prevented by God, adding that, “they have used all sorts of means to stop the inauguration on Sunday but they forgot that this is God’s mission. God wants to rescue Osun citizens. I must tell you, Osun State is bankrupt economically, socially and it’s God that will revive Osun State through Senator Ademola Adeleke.

“Osun State is going to be the new Israel from Sunday because suffering will be over.”

On security at the event, he said, “The Commissioner of Police in Osun State invited all political parties and read riot act to them to warn their members to allow peace. He has said they are battle ready to ensure hitch-free Swearing-in ceremony.

“We will manage the crowd. We have popular artistes that will be showcasing themselves and entertaining the people and other side attractions.

“By the way, the event will be strictly by what the law says. This is a serious business. Entertainment is not the main thing, it’s just for PDP to take over governance.

“The stadium was in a bad state and we have to do an industrial cleaning of that place. The white colour has turned brown and the whole place has turned upside down. Don’t forget they have been dropping stones and bricks on our ways. Pharaoh created problems for the people of Israel but they won and we are going to win,” he said.

However, reacting to the inauguration, immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Adebayo Adeleke, said that the outgoing Governor Gboyega Oyetola had instructed cabinet members to ensure that they put their hand over notes on their office tables for their successors to see.

He made this known while speaking on a radio programme monitored by our correspondent in Osogbo.

“Mr Governor (Oyetola) has directed us (members of the cabinet) to drop our handover notes on our tables in our offices. Those coming will meet them there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Osun State Commissioner of Police, Olaleye Faleye has said all security agencies in the state are ready to deal with “political miscreants” who might want to disrupt the inauguration exercise.

Olaleye, who is chairman of the Joint Security Council, revealed this while he led other heads of Security agencies to the Osogbo Township Stadium to inspect it.

He said, “We have heard a lot of rumours and misinformation that the programme may be disrupted. Thugs are coming in to take the pack by force, burn party offices, tear posters. We just want to warn them that they should not dare us, and anyone who wants to forment trouble will have themselves to blame.

“We are aware that there are thug forces and we have met with the executives of the two political parties and they have assured us that nothing will distort Sunday’s programme.

“We are equal to that task as we have discussed in the meeting. We have mapped out our plans, We just want to sound a note of warning, nobody should dare us,” he added.

However, he appealed to parents to warn their wards, saying, “its not a business as usual. We know our jobs and Osun State deserves better security architecture and we have put that in place.

He encouraged law abiding citizens to approach the stadium to watch the beauty of the inauguration.

Herdsmen shoot travellers, kidnap one on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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Armed herdsmen have reportedly shot at passenger vehicles along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and killed one instantly while injuring another.

According to the eyewitness, the herdsmen shot dead the driver and took the wife away.

The other occupant was seen in need of medical attention from a bullet wound sustained from the attackers.

The Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become a hotbed of herdsmen abductions in recent times.

More to follow

Abuja-Kaduna train resumes operation Monday

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The Abuja-Kaduna rail services will resume operations on Monday, November 28, 2022, eight months after the service was suspended due to a terrorist attack on a Kaduna-bound train by suspected terrorists.

Nigeria Railway Corporation had suspended the Abuja-Kaduna train operations after it was attacked by gunmen on March 28, leading to the death, injuries, and abduction of several passengers.

Earlier this month, the Federal Government said operations will resume on the corridor by the end of November after the abductees have been safely reunited with their families.

A newspaper report quoted a source within the Idu rail station who said that some contractors were at the Idu rail station to install trackers and cameras.

“They couldn’t install the cameras but they installed the trackers on LOKO 2809 and DMU 003.

“The managing director of Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria is seriously monitoring it from Lagos. We are proposing to start running by next week Monday,” the source reportedly said.

Last year, the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said the Abuja-Kaduna train service generates at least N300 million every month.

“We make N300 million per month from the Abuja-Kaduna train.

“Currently, we are running Lagos-Ibadan from the money we are making from the Abuja-Kaduna rail service,” he had said.

Nigeria loses $2bn to oil theft in eight months

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Nigeria has lost $2 billion to oil theft between January and August this year, according to a report by an ad-hoc committee set up to investigate oil theft.

The committee said that concerted efforts were being made against the crime by all stakeholders, which have started yielding results.

Forcados Terminal is producing 500,000 barrels per day compared to zero production in the first six months of 2022.

Moreover, Bonny Terminals is producing 87,000 barrels of oil per day from zero production a couple of months ago due to the activities of economic vandals.

The report called upon the Bureau of Public Procurement to expedite all procurement processes for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission to provide quick deployment of an online real-time monitoring system across all upstream oil and gas production platforms.

“NUPRC should fast-track the upgrade of the national production monitoring systems to enable real-time monitoring of flow station and terminal activities,” the committee stated.

Lagos comes alive as APC holds presidential campaign rally for Tinubu

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The city of Lagos stood still on Saturday as the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress held a presidential campaign rally for the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

The Teslim Balogun Stadium came alive at the ongoing carnival-like rally held amid water-tight security.

As a proactive measure, the state government had before now announced a temporary diversion of traffic in the axis where the venue is located because of the anticipated mass movement of party members and supporters within the vicinity of the venue of the rally in Surulere area of Lagos.

The Director-General of the Local Organising Committee for the presidential campaign rally in Lagos State Campaign Council, Ganiyu Solomon, said the rally was a homecoming for the former Lagos State governor and the presidential candidate of the APC.

Solomon said the massive attendance by members of the APC and supporters was an attestation of the popularity of Asiwaju Tinubu, whom he said has remained the most consistent and the biggest contributor and the most visible democratic icon since the advent of democracy in 1999.

“Asiwaju Tinubu excelled as a Senator of the Federal Republic representing Lagos West Senatorial District, and as the Governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. Therefore, the event is like a homecoming for our leader,” the former federal lawmaker said.

The party’s publicity secretary in the State, Seye Oladejo, said the party faithful attending the rally have nothing to worry about, saying the Police, LASTMA and other security agencies have been mobilised to ensure a hitch-free rally.

NIS directs passport offices to work Saturdays

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The Nigeria Immigration Service has directed passport offices across the country to work on Saturdays to clear backlog of passport applications.

This is contained in a statement made available by the Service’s Public Relations Officer, Tony Akuneme, in Abuja on Saturday.

Akuneme said that the Comptroller-General, Isa Jere, who gave the directive, also approved the deployment of the Passport Controller in Ekiti to Jigawa, while the one in Ondo was moved to NIS Zonal office in Ibadan.

The NIS spokesman stated that going forward; the CG will hold passport officers accountable for any acts of indiscipline by officers under their watch.

He added that the directive was to enable the Service reduce the backlog occasioned by the 2020 and 2021 prolonged lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The C-G has directed that Passport offices across the country with high volume of pending applications to work on Saturdays.

“The period for this exercise is expected to be every Saturday commencing from December 3, 2022 to January 28, 2023 between the period of 10 am and 2 pm.

“This is to enhance our service delivery to out esteemed clients.

“The Saturday preceding the Christmas and New Year holidays are exempted,” he said.

The spokesman said passport offices that fall within this category should contact him by Monday for further details.

Akuneme reiterated the resolve of the C-G to make passport services available and stress free to the traveling public, especially during the festive season. (NAN)

Indigenous oil firm donates N170m relief materials to flood victims in Bayelsa

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An indigenous oil firm, First E & P which operates the Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 83 and 85 in Joint Venture with NNPC has donated relief materials worth N170 million to some communities affected by the recent floods in Bayelsa.

The relief materials were officially presented on behalf of the oil firm by Ayebatonye Basuo, Head of Social Performance, First E&P., at Danielle Jetty, Oxbow area in Yenagoa on Friday.

The materials were received on behalf of the beneficiary communities by leaders of Internally Displaced Persons camps from across Bayelsa.

The representatives of the Bayelsa government led by Ibiere Jones, Commissioner for Mineral Resources, witnessed the ceremony.

It was gathered that over 24,000 internally displaced persons whose homes and farms were submerged by floods are expected to receive the relief materials.

Items presented as part of the donation included Rice, Garri Noodles, Water, Female Hygiene items among others.

Speaking at the handover event, Basuo said, “Our thoughts and prayers have continued to be with all who have been affected by the flooding experienced across the nation in the last few weeks.

“We understand how difficult it must have been for people to be displaced from their homes and to see their sources of livelihood adversely impacted.

“At FIRST E&P, we seek to always ensure that through our social performance strategy, our stakeholder communities benefit from our presence on a sustainable basis.

“We drive this through flagship community development programs which cover interventions in the areas of educational, health, infrastructural and human capital development.

“However, when unprecedented disasters like the recent flood occur, we also seek ways in which we can intervene to make a positive impact.”

According to him, the donations will help alleviate hardship from the flood disaster across 48 IDP camps

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa in his remarks lauded the JV for showing concern and empathy to people of Bayelsa beyond their immediate host communities, describing the approach as impactful.

Represented by Jones, the governor said that the approach adopted by the NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture was novel, as they thought outside the box by using the IDP camps as points of contact

He also commended the firm for carrying the state government along in the exercise, noting that such shows that they were indeed a partner.

“From what I can see, the value of this intervention is huge, and being a wholly indigenous company owned by Nigerians, it is very pleasant,” he said.

On hand to receive the relief items were representatives of over 40 identified internally displaced persons camps.

Reacting to the donation, one of the representatives, Mrs. Charity Godwin, recalled the ordeals of the floods and expressed gratitude to the JV for identifying with the people of Bayelsa.

DSP Konyeifa Austin, from Mechanic Road camp Yenagoa recalled that most displaced people were also victims as criminals made away with valuables they left behind.

He said that the materials would ameliorate the sufferings faced by the people as the flood recedes. (NAN)