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El-Rufai’s Convoy Foils Kidnapping Along Kaduna-Abuja Road

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai’s convoy foiled attempted kidnapping of motorists along Kaduna-Abuja road on Wednesday afternoon.

The Governor who was on his way to Abuja got to the Akilubu village around 3:40pm, sighted dozens of vehicles parked by citizens alarmed that kidnappers were ahead.

Security operatives in the governor’s convoy advanced and cleared the road of the criminals who fled into the forest.

After clearing the road, Governor El-Rufai directed that travelers who had been wounded by the criminals be rushed to the nearest hospital. The Governor also directed security agencies to intensify patrols and permanently clear the road of the bandits.

Signed

Samuel Aruwan
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity)
3rd April 2019.

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More Winners Set To Emerge In UBA Wise Savers Promo… N90m Still Up For Grabs

Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has again announced that another set of  20 loyal customers will get a chance to win N1,500,000 each, in the second edition of its quarterly drawfor the ongoing UBA Wise Savers Promo, which would hold in April at the bank’s Corporate head office.

This development more than anything is an opportunity for potential and intending customers to take their chance and add to the growing number of millionaires who have benefitted from the ongoing Wise Savers Promo as a whopping N90Million is still up for grabs.

To qualify for the draws, new and existing customers of the bank are expected to save at least N10,000 each month for three consecutive months, or N30,000 for 90 days in the  promo, which will run for the rest of the year. Apart from the N30 million, won by 20 customers last month, January to be precise  another N90 million is still expected to be won by 60 more loyal customers in the remaining three quarters of the year.

Already the following winners, who cut across all regions of the country; Nnadumije, Ebube Dawn; Onwochei Christiana Okwukwe; Eze Mathias Nnaji; Christian N Orie; Uka, Okwudiri; Okata Stephen Uche; Okafor Onyinye Esther; Nwanekezi Chimezie Jude; Ayomide V Yahaya and Olanegan, Oyetunde Keji, have already claimed their cash prize and are currently spreading the news so others can take advantage of the once in a life time opportunity.

Others winners doing same are Emmanuel Onu Chidozie; Mohammed Fatima; Aminu, Mustapha; James Nanre; Pahinti Albert; Emmanuel O Adeniji; Jaki Movihinze Mercy; Saminu Muritala Mohammed; Ezeh Raphael Uballa; Uchenna Iheji.

The Group Executive, Digital and Consumer Banking, Mr. Anant Rao, while speaking on the forthcoming Raffle draw, noted that a lot of lives have been positively impacted, following the previous draw where 20 people went home with N1,500,000 each totaling, N90 million.

According to Rao: “there is no better time to give back and delight customers than this challenging economic period where people need all the support they can get to make life more meaningful. With this in mind we decided to prioritise them as we always like to do at UBA by giving them plenty to cheer about and that is the reason for the ‘Wise Savers Promo”.

“I have been privileged to visit some of the customers who won in January, and was more than fulfilled to see happiness and gratitude on the faces of the fortunate 20 when their cash prizes were presented to them. That feeling is indescribable, to this end we are more than motivated to do more so our customers can better achieve their dreams and goals in life, I am happy this cash prize can go a long way, to this end, enjoin many more customers to participate in the promo, you never can tell, it could be you”.

Head Retail Liabilities, Tomiwa Sotiloye, also explained that the promo was consistent with the bank’s novel initiatives in prioritizing customers and this was necessitated because our customers are invaluable to all that we do.

“He continued, we would continue to listen and give them nothing short of the best that they deserve. UBA will not relent, because we are impressed with the impact this has made so far and would continue to touch the lives of our loyal customers positively”. Sotiloye noted

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Stop Victimising Civil Servants, AbdulRazaq Tells Kwara Govt

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday asked the PDP-led state government to stop victimising civil servants on flimsy and petty excuses.

“We are aware that civil servants who did not agree to do the bidding of the ruling PDP are being sacked or victimised in one way or the other. This is wrong, inhuman and unlawful,” AbdulRazaq said in a statement by his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye.

“Civil servants are humans and are covered by the social contract. Any government, such as the one currently in Kwara State, with no regard for the social contract cannot expect the civil servants to remain silent in the face of tyranny.”

The statement also said the state government has over the years politicised the civil service as the “discredited dynasty and patron to the government has a notorious history of coercing civil servants to support their candidates and suppress popular wishes of the electorate.”

“Once elected, we will look into the cases of all the civil servants who were victimised or sacked on account of refusing to compromise their professionalism or integrity. We will restore their rights and dignity as Kwarans,” the statement quoted AbdulRazaq as saying.

AbdulRazaq’s comments came on the heels of a civil servant who was recently sacked by Kwara state government and others who were being threatened for not doing the political bidding of the PDP-led government.

The sack has led to outrage on the social media as Nigerians criticized the ugly development.

“It is outrageously hypocritical for a government that is notorious for coercing and blackmailing civil servants to do its political bidding to turn around and accuse civil servants of getting involved in politics,” the statement added.

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Only Dapo Abiodun Shows More Seriousness To Buhari’s Campaign In Ogun State – Olamide Lawal

However, the president raised the hand of his annointed and preferred candidate for the Oke-mosan seat late December last year in the presence of the world- Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun. 

Upon arrival from the Aso villa, the prince swung into action by ensuring that the APC win all its elections, from the Presidential to the Senate, Reps and the State House of Assembly. This is perhaps because the Iperu-prince has no other party than the APC. 

Unlike Akinlade who is over-burdened with the task of marketing his new party, rebranding the already stained name of his political godfather and putting in place and re-strategizing their rigging mechanism in a bid to buy the electoral umpire. Commonsensical, If Governor Amosun had gone with his political stooges into the APM, It might be understandable. If he had remained in the APC with his people, he would have been a hero by now just like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. But the 61-year old had proved himself to be dubious and ungrateful to the party that rescued him in 2011 and even 2015 when he was at the edge of loosing the seat he occupied. 

If Governor Amosun, who is also the senatorial candidate of the APC in Ogun Central is claiming daily in the papers that he is supporting and mobilising for President Buhari, how many local governments has he visited since the campaign began in December last year?  ANSWER- Only the six local government areas in the central senatorial district where he is seeking their votes. He has no mission in Ijebu/Remo or Yewa/Awori areas for now politically. 

Prince Dapo Abiodun has gone to the nooks and crannies, even the most extreme and remote parts of Ogun state have hosted the business moguls.

Dapo Abiodun’s mission to the length and breadth of the state is VOTE APC ACROSS BOARD, VOTE APC ALL THE WAY. He knows that he needs not to talk about the candidates after all there are no candidate’s name on the ballot paper. The ballot papers have only party logos and names. 

Another interesting aspect of Abiodun’s campaign language is that he is the only candidate in Ogun state who has adopted President Buhari’s second term campaign slogan-NEXT LEVEL     

He says this at every of his campaign venues. 
Ask Akinlade when last he mentioned Buhari during his campaign. Why would he even mention an APC Presidential candidate when the APM (His party) also have a Presidential candidate whose name is still on INEC’s list of candidates. 
The combination of Akinlade and Amosun no longer carry weight in Ogun state. This is because even the APM (With no structure and reputation) cannot win a single polling boot in the next election and this is perhaps why they have focused on demarketing the APC and even President Muhammodu Buhari. 

For example, the vice president of Nigeria was in Ogun state on Monday, where was Governor Amosun? Why was his stooge which he claims has the annointing of the president absent? 

Until the above questions could be answered with sincerity, the APC remains the headache of Akinlade, giving  the APM and its members sleepless nights and serving as nightmare for the outgoing governor.

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Amosun/APM Action Today – Sheer Show Of Shame, Evidence of A Finished Man ~ Dapo Abiodun

The All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Candidate in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the APC Presidential Campaign held in Abeokuta today overthrown by Amosun boys and APM members as a ‘Show of shame and utter disgrace.

The Iperu-Remo born Candidate described Amosun- APM  activities and anti Party as a clear show of shame, and evidence of a finish man who has lost total focus. That character belittled and denigrated the exalted position of a Governor.

He said this while addressing supporters and party faithfuls that received him at his Party Secretariat in Iperu, after the APC Presidential rally at Gateway International Stadium where he was presented and handed the APC Party flag by APC National Chairman, Com. Adams Oshiomohole, today in Abeokuta.   The Presidential rally had in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, National Leaders of the Party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande and some South West APC Governors.

At the rally, the APM members were at criss-cross, attacked and hacked some APC members in Yellow Fazecaps, and branded T-shirts. The embarrassing show took another dimension during the short address of APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomohole, and that didnt stop even at the intervention of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and President Buhari. They were booed out of the stage by organised APM members having noticed the agenda is falling out of their order.

Still at the stadium, the APM members were chasing APC members out of the stadium throwing stones and bottle water at supporters, even at the stark plead of Gov Amosun, the APM members still went rougue. 
 
Describing the incident as a show of shame,  Prince Dapo Abiodun also urged his supporters not to shift ground and pannick. They are mere bully. They have failed and will always fail. The most important thing is that President Buhari and other party leaders witness the show of shame. We should all go back to our drawing board to mobilise our members and canvassers for the forth coming elections. There is no sleep or rest until we have our victory on March 2nd, he concluded.

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Kwara: APC’s AbdulRazaq Holds Door-to-door Campaign


— as party knocks Saraki for playing victim’s card

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend embarked on a snap door-to-door mobilisation of voters in the state capital Ilorin, pledging to ensure people’s welfare takes the front seat if he is elected. 

AbdulRazaq had attended a programme organised by one of his support groups in Karatu Alanamu ward in the state capital when he suddenly alighted from his vehicle and began a shop-to-shop mobilisation of voters on the street.

“We appeal to you to vote us and we will never disappoint you. We share your aspirations and frustration and we join you to say O To Ge (enough is enough),” he said, as he exited an automobile kiosk in the sprawling Adabata area of the ancient town. 

The AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Governorship Campaign Organisation, meanwhile, has called on the Kwara State government to stop its purported bid to pull down the APC billboards, saying however that the O To Ge movement had long been ingrained in the consciousness of the people of the state.

It insisted that the billboards were erected after all legal procedures had been followed and that the excuses by the government that they constituted environmental hazards were mere afterthoughts. 

“We call attention to the fact that this is a state government under the control of Senator Bukola Saraki who shouts ‘democracy is under threat’ each time he or his lackeys are called to account for their conducts.  The only time democracy is being threatened is when his excesses are checked by law enforcement agencies! Democracy is safe and good when his goons go after opposition in Kwara or when he suspends fellow lawmakers who disagree with him,” Rafiu Ajakaye, media aide to the governorship candidate, said in a statement on Saturday. 

The campaign organisation also knocked senator Bukola Saraki for allegedly playing a victim card with his recent press conference in which he accused the police of haunting him and his supporters. 

The statement said a careful look at the political history of Kwara would suggest that Saraki was only crying wolf to draw attention away from the violent nature of his politics from 2003. 

“Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed should stop exposing himself to public ridicule. We challenge him to tell his boss Sen Bukola Saraki to first initiate a bill in the Senate to declare all political billboards in the Federal Capital Territory and indeed Nigeria an environmental menace,” the statement added.

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Dangote Not A Member Of APC Campaign Council – Presidency

Special Adviserto the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina gave the clarification in a statement late Friday.

Adesina has in an earlier statement named Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola amongst others as members of Special Advisory Committee to the president.

Most newspapers however reported that the duo were named as members of the APC campaign council, a development that may have necessitated the clarification by Mr Adesina.

The presidency on Friday clarified that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential Campaign Council.

“It has become imperative to further clarify the status of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, named under the sub-head ADVISORY MEMBERS in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council announced on Friday, December 28, 2018,” Adesina said.

He further added that “Africa’s richest man, not being a card-carrying member of APC, cannot, and is not member of the PCC. He is also a member of the Peace Committee, and thus cannot be in a partisan campaign council.”

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Former President Shehu Shagari Dies At 93

Nigerian’s Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR, is dead.

Shagari reportedly died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday after a brief illness.

He died at the age of 93.

His demise was announced on twitter by his grandson, Bello Shagari.

Bello wrote, ”I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja.”

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Police Vows To Remain At Dino Melaye’s Residence Until His Arrest, Give Reasons

The Nigeria Police has said that it will keep on waiting at the residence of the Senator representing Kogi West at the national Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye until they effect his arrest, Force spokesperson, Ag DCP Jimoh Moshood has said.

Operatives of the force had earlier today stormed the residence of Senator to effect his arrest over the case of attempted culpable homicide on the shooting of a Police Officer, Sgt Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) while on duty at a stop and search point along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State.

According to Moshood, the offence was allegedly committed by Melaye and his “armed thugs” in Kogi State on the 19th July, 2018 when they shot and wounded athe police officer.

The Police Officer is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care.

Moshood said the Police investigators have written the Clerk of the National Assembly for Senator Dino Melaye to report at Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja for him to answer to the offences against him under investigation in Kogi State Police Command but he has bluntly refused to report himself to the Police.

“The Police operatives will continue to be in wait at the residence of Senator Dino Melaye until he surrenders himself for arrest.

“The offence for which Senator Dino Melaye is being investigated is capital in nature and not compoundable.

“The Force will not tolerate attack on his personnel by any individual no matter how highly placed. The law must take its course.

“Members of the public will be kept informed on further development in the investigation of the matter.”

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Baga: NAF Shells Boko Haram Fighters Hiding In Military Base

It was an enchanting display of military counter-attack as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), struck and levelled terrorists hiding in a military base in Baga after tactical withdrawal of ground troops.
It was learnt that NAF scrambled its fighter-aircrafts including Alpha jets, Mi 25 attack helicopters for the decisive bombardments.
A top military intelligence officer told PRNigeria that the Nigerian Airforce sustained the aerial bombardments after a tactical withdrawal of troops from the military base.
The source said: “The Nigerian Air Force in response to distress call quickly mobilized military aircraft and flew over 20 sorties Wednesday night and throughout Thursday. Some Boko Haram insurgents had earlier launched an attack at the military formation after tactical withdrawal of our troops.
“The NAF also launched a coordinated missile raid on the routes as the terrorists fled towards Doro-Baga and other axes
“After the ground troops had withdrawn from the base, some of the insurgents moved in and pretended to be soldiers, before they were bombarded.
“Meanwhile the Nigerian Airforce has continued to provide Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) functions needed by troops in the ongoing reinforcements to fully recapture and occupy the areas.”
PRNigeria further gathered that there are reinforcements from the ground troops in Damasak and Mongonu axis in North-Eastern Nigeria.
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APC Raises Alarm Over Plot To Implicate Its Kwara Governorship Candidate, Others

The media unit of the campaign organisation of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has raised an alarm over what it described as plot to implicate their principal and other top shots of the APC in the state.

According to a statement by the media tea, the plot is to import thugs and dangerous weapons into the state to disrupt the peaceful electioneering campaign of its candidate disguising as party supporters.

The statement reads “We wish to alert the general public to intelligence report that the Kwara PDP, in connivance with the state government, plans to bring thugs with dangerous weapons into the state to disrupt the peaceful electioneering campaign of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the APC candidate. 

The plot involves thugs masquerading as APC supporters, wearing shirts and vests branded with APC logo and name of the candidate, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to give the impression that APC supporters are responsible for whatever evil acts they may commit. They also plot to flood the town with machetes branded with the name of the candidate to unleash violence on the state so as to portray the APC and its candidate in a bad light. 

We have resisted the temptation to dismiss these reports as mere distraction common during electioneering. However, we are mindful of the antecedents of PDP and its sponsors in Kwara State. We recall that similar underhand tactics were used in the past – especially from 2003 through 2011 – to portray their opponents as violent,  whereas they, indeed, were the ones who plotted all the evil. 

Our party and candidate are irrevocably committed to the sanctity of human life and property. We are committed to the social, economic and political uplift of the good people of Kwara State through decent and peaceful electioneering campaign, believing it is the acceptable route to secure a brighter future for our people. This is why we say O To Gé to crippling poverty and underdevelopment in Kwara State.

We therefore urge the security agencies to do everything to abort this plot to unleash violence on the people of our state. 

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Kwara 2019: We Won’t Stoop To Your Gutter Politics, Abdulrazaq Tells Sarakites

The development at the IEDPU programme where some louts and street urchins shouting ‘Sai Bukky’ disrupted a community event is disappointing, embarrassing and antithetical to good moral and ethics for which Ilorin community is known. Apart from reminding everyone of the desperation for which the evil status quo in Kwara is known, the sad event clearly points at the extent to which the parasitic gangs will go in the coming months to continue to keep Kwara and its people down.

The disruption of the event just when the Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was about to give his speech exposed the shenanigans of the urchins and their paymasters whose uninspiring radio programme earlier in the day has drawn the scorn and condemnation of every Kwaran home and abroad. The disruption was probably a damage control for their insulting radio programme.

The intention was to damage the good image of the APC candidate and slow down the tsunami that is already consuming their unproductive political fiefdom in Kwara. But they clearly failed in their evil plot as their thugs — similar to what they did in Offa where their ankara wears betrayed their allegiance — were too crude to conceal the fact that they were on an errand to attack AbdulRazaq and make it look like the fine gentleman was going about with thugs.

Like a cobra fighting for its life, everybody knows that they have since lost the battle of ideas and are unabashedly desperate to wrestle in the mud to survive. It is too late. The people of Kwara are saying ‘Otoge’ — enough is enough.

We will not wrestle with the pigs. We won’t fall for their gutter politics. We are for decent debate, even as we mobilise the people of Kwara to end the years of tyranny and corruption.

Regardless, we wish to state that we are bonafides of not just Ilorin Emirates but Kwara State and we won’t watch while some political merchants who have no real stake in Kwara deploy their sidekicks and thugs to unleash violence on our people. We will ensure that the characters who disrupted the IEDPU for political reasons are arrested and made to face the full weight of the law. We call on the police and other security agencies to be alive to their constitutional duties and bring those characters to book. The development is a red flag and should be nipped in the bud. We believe our security agencies are competent enough to ensure that people who don’t conform to basic ethics of proper behaviour in public space are made to account for their deeds.

The AA Media Team

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