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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Nigerian Workers Are Safe Under President Buhari – BMO

President Muhammadu Buhari is a just and fair man who has the interest of Nigerians at heart. Therefore, the welfare and well-being of the Nigerian worker is guaranteed under his leadership, the Buhari Media Organisation(BMO) has said.

“They are safe and there is no need to worry about rumours of their employment. President Buhari is committed to their well-being. He knows their fears, hears their pleas and would not do anything to make their lives worse, he can only make it better.”

In a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, its Chairman and Secretary respectively, BMO stated that any fears as to the welfare of Nigerian workers under President Buhari were needless and have no place in reality.

“We have a President who is sincerely interested in the welfare of Nigerian workers. And he has demonstrated this times without number.

“This concern has been shown when he questioned the attitude of some Governors towards the payment of salaries to workers in their states.”

The group stated that the President’s expression of concern did not stop at merely lambasting debtor Governors for their dereliction of duty, but went further to make provisions to the Governors to address these issues relating to the welfare of workers in their states.

“President Buhari has made provisions for Budget Stabilization Funds and Bailout funds to States to assist them in paying the salaries of their workers.”

“He similarly made funds available to States by refunding owed moneys through the Paris Club Refund. President Buhari sternly requested that these funds be used to take care of the welfare of workers in States.”

The group noted that if during an economic recession, President Buhari did not retrench workers or consider payouts for them, then it is certain that he would never do anything that would negatively affect their welfare.

The group highlighted that President Buhari’s concern for the Nigerian worker had also been exemplified in the payment of backlogs of Pension Arrears owed by the Nigerian government.

“Pension Arrears owed by previous administrations are being cleared by President Buhari. Many ex-staff of the Nigerian Airways have received their payments, so also Ex-Biafran security personnel, among others”, the group concluded.

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Buhari Leaves Nigeria, To Attend Inauguration Of Senegal President

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Monday for Dakar, Senegal to attend the inauguration of Senegalese President, Macky Sall, following his re-election for a second term.

Mr. Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, who confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the President’s trip followed an invitation from his host.

According to the statement, President Buhari, who is ECOWAS Chairman, will be Special Guest of Honour at the ceremonies, to be attended by other African leaders at the Diamniadio Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

It stated that the Nigerian leader would be accompanied by Governors Mohammed Abubakar, Nasir El-Rufai and Tanko Al-Makura of Bauchi, Kaduna and Nasarawa states respectively.

Others on the Presidential entourage include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai, and other top government officials.

“The President is expected back in the country at the end of the inauguration ceremonies,” the statement said.

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Fake News: Osinbajo Never Said Kogi Govt Will Be In Trouble

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo never said Kogi State government will be in trouble if he had died in a helicopter crash, transcript of his goodwill message has revealed.

Newspaper and online platforms had published reports that Prof. Osinbajo had claimed that the Kogi State Government would be in trouble if he had died in the helicopter crash.

Speaking at a special thanksgiving service at the Banquet Hall in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Prof. Osinbajo thanked God for his live and for surviving the crash.

God is truly worthy of praise and thanksgiving. It is impossible to thank Him enough. I and my family, and so many of us here today have so many reasons to thank Him.

Occasionally, my wife and I reflect on how unlikely our journey here is. She frequently reminds me that all she wanted was a quiet life as one of the many families of academics living on the university campus. That was all that I promised, and that’s all that she really expected, but here we are.

If someone had said to me in 2013, “you will be campaigning across the country; attending rallies and that you would win the elections and become the Vice President of Nigeria”, I would, because I am generally polite, have said amen, but in my heart, I would have said what a crazy chap!

Anyone who knows how difficult it is to campaign for Local Government Chairman and win, will understand how difficult it is to accept that merely because someone said so, that you would be elected into any position. I’m sure many of us here today, also celebrating the success of the elections, national assembly members and governors-elect also, would accept that except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain who build it. It is impossible to know the outcomes of anything. It is the Almighty God who brings about the wonderful phase that we celebrate and thank Him for.

I realize that I have no special qualification to be here or to have enjoyed such an incredible promotion. Psalms 75:6 says for exaltation comes neither from the East nor from the West nor from the South, all the exaltations comes from God.

Psalms 75:7 says but God is the Judge; He puts down one, and He exalts another. I want to thank the Almighty God for exaltations. I want to thank Him also for all of us here present, and those believing God for exaltations. I believe the Lord God Almighty would promote you also in Jesus name.

On the 2nd of February 2019, God gave me and members of my family, friends and colleagues, even further reasons to know that if not for His mercies, we would have been consumed. We were going to Kogi for a two-day campaign tour, and then our helicopter crashed as we got in to land at Kabba. You know how it is when things happen, everybody becomes spiritual; everybody becomes a prophet, people saying why and how?

I remember in the split second when the incident occurred, for a second, there was absolute silence and nobody said anything. It was my brother who started shouting Jesus Jesus Jesus! But for a moment, there was complete silence in the helicopter.

On reflection, it occurred to me that if we had died, that is what would have happened, complete silence, nobody saying a single word. A few minutes later with all of the activities, all of us got out of the helicopter without a scratch. God is surely worthy to be praised!

I reflected over the various problems that would have occurred; the smaller problems would have been the rumours, how did it happen? Who did it? Why did they do it? With the way we are, I just felt sorry for so many people who would have been involved in conspiracy theories of things they knew absolutely nothing about. But God delivered them too because they would have had to explain themselves.

We bless the name of God that He not only wrought such a great deliverance, but that He did it in such a way that only He could take the glory. We give all the glory to Him!

I want to thank everyone who has supported in so many different ways, all through the campaigns and elections, so much support and prayers, so much love and kindness. I pray that the Almighty God would be kind to you also, you will never lack in support, you will never lack in care and affection, you will never lack the genuine prayers of those who want you to succeed in the mighty name of Jesus.

I pray that all of us will travel in aircrafts and the Almighty God will always deliver. It is by His grace that we are delivered. It is not by anything we do or we are careful not to do.

I recall that there was a gentleman who was talking about how it is always good to exercise, but another friend of ours reminded him that there was a particular gentleman who we all knew very well, who died while exercising. So I think that all we can depend on is the sheer grace of the Almighty God.

So we praise the Almighty God and I want each and every one of us who believes that the Almighty God is worthy of praise, shout one mighty halleluiah!

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FAAN Cautions Passengers On Lateness To Airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has appealed to passengers to leave their homes early, owing to the ongoing reconstruction of the road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

This advice has become necessary due to the traffic gridlock experienced by road users along this axis.

According to the spokesperson FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu said passengers who leave their homes early would get to the airport in good time, go through all check -in formalities with ease.

While apologising for the inconveniences being encountered by passengers due to the situation, the Authority says it had already mobilized security agencies to ensure that the situation is effectively managed.

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Court Grants SERAP Permission To Compel Fashola To Name Corrupt Contractors

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) says the Federal High Court in Lagos has given the greenlight to its suit seeking to compel the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to disclose the names of corrupt contractors.Justice Chuka Obiozor granted the order for leave following the hearing of an argument on exparte motion by SERAP’s counsel, Mrs. Adelanke Aremo.

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/105/19, SERAP is seeking reliefs to compel Fashola “to provide specific details on the names and whereabouts of the contractors who collected public funds meant for electricity projects but disappeared with the money without executing any projects, starting from the return of democracy in 1999 to 2018.”

Fashola had earlier this month written to SERAP promising: “to refer the request for details of alleged contractors and companies that collected money for electricity projects and failed to execute any projects to the ministry’s agencies for necessary action and appropriate response.”

His response followed his letter to SERAP in February in which he said: “We have searched the Ministry’s record and the information you applied for is not held by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector).”However, SERAP disagreed with the response, saying: “The public expectation is that government information when in the hands of any public institutions and agencies, should be available to the public, as prescribed by the FOI Act. The FOI Act should always be used as an authority for disclosing information rather than withholding it.”

According to a statement issued by SERAP, Justice Obiozor also ruled that Fashola is put on notice and adjourned the matter to Thursday, April 11, 2019, for the hearing of arguments.SERAP’s suit read in part: “By compelling Mr Fashola to name the contractors and their registration details, if any, Nigerians will be better able to hold them to account for allegedly absconding with public funds meant for electricity projects, thereby throwing the country into perpetual darkness and socio-economic stagnation as well as denying people their human rights.”

“Publishing the names will make it hard for contractors and companies to get away with complicity in grand corruption. The citizens have the right to see that the Freedom of Information Act is enforced where there is an infraction of the right to information or a threat of its being violated, in matters of public interests.”

SERAP’s suit is seeking among others, an order directing or compelling the respondent to compile and make available to the applicant documents containing the specific names and details of contractors and companies that have been engaged in the power sector since the return of democracy in 1999 to date.

“A declaration that the failure of the Respondent to disclose if there is any ongoing investigation or prosecution of allegedly corrupts contractors and companies in the electricity sector amounts to a breach of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.”

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Oyo Govt Promises Better Welfare For NYSC Members

The Oyo state government has said it will continue to place a very high premium on the welfare of corps members deployed to the state for the mandatory one-year national youth service scheme.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi gave the assurance in a message through his commissioner for youth and sports, Abayomi Oke, at the presentation of a newly constructed female hostel at the state NYSC orientation camp, Iseyin, to the state coordinator of the NYSC, Emola Ambekemo.

The Oyo state coordinator of the NYSC scheme and other dignitaries at the event shared the optimism of governor Ajimobi.

The gathering expressed the hope that the facility will greatly reduce the hardships often encountered by corps members, particularly females during orientation exercises and therefore urged them to make good use of the facility.

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Police Service Commission Promotes 8,916 Senior Officers

The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of eight thousand, nine hundred and sixteen, senior officers to their next substantive ranks.

The head press and public relations of the commission Ikechukwu Ani said in a statement that the promotions were the high points of the 5th plenary meeting of the commission held in Abuja on March 26 and 27 2019 and presided over by its chairman, Musiliu Smith.

The commission approved the promotion of three Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police.

They are; Jona Jackson Mava; Olushola Babajide David and Titus Sumba Larmode.

Two Acting Commissioners of Police, Rudolf Echebi Obe, works and Danladi B. Lalas, air wing was also confirmed as full commissioners.

Seventy-one Assistant Commissioners of Police were elevated to the next rank of deputy commissioners of police and among them is the police spokesman, Frank Mba.

One hundred and two chief superintendents of police, CSP’s, were also promoted to assistant commissioners of police, while four hundred and eighty-seven Deputy Superintendents of Police were elevated to superintendents.

Among the new Superintendents of Police Aree Atiku Ibrahim, Personal Assistant to the Acting Inspector General of Police; Florence Odewo; Ojo Abraham; Mohammed Idris and Abraham Ogedengbe.

One thousand, one hundred and sixty-five assistant superintendents of police, asps, were promoted to the next rank of deputy superintendents of police, DSP’s, while seven thousand and eighty-six inspectors were elevated to Assistant Superintendents of Police.

The police service commission says the promotions will be conveyed to the acting inspector general of police, on, Monday, April 1, 

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I’ll Leave Nigeria Better Than I Met It, Buhari Tells CAN

Ahead of his swearing-in for his second term on 29 May, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari is already thinking about the legacy of his tenure, saying he would leave Nigeria better than he met it.

President Buhari spoke today at a meeting with members of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle.

Buhari affirmed that his administration will continue to address important national challenges including security, economy and corruption.

CAN leadership was at State House to congratulate President Buhari on his re-election, and the President told them the outcome of the just concluded polls underscores the trust Nigerians have in the present leadership in the country.

“We will continue to strive for peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs.

“In the area of allocation of political offices, our focus will be on merit and national spread such that every part of Nigeria will have a sense of belonging.

“We remain resolute in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, and efforts to bring back all those in captivity and other victims of kidnappings will be intensified,” the President said.

Commending the important roles religious bodies have played in the last four years of the administration, President Buhari pledged to continue supporting several programmes anchored by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), geared towards peace, tolerance, unity and harmony in our country.

In his congratulatory message, the CAN president prayed God to grant President Buhari “everything it takes to perform hundred times better than” his first term, stressing that the organisation had the success of this administration at heart.

Rev. Ayokunle welcomed the President’s pledge to run an inclusive government in a speech shortly after his re-election, noting that the gesture would give all Nigerians a sense of belonging.

The leadership of the Christian body in Nigeria also called for ethnic and religious balance in the selection of leadership of the ninth National Assembly.

While appealing to the President to task security agencies to be more proactive in their duties, the CAN leader made a passionate request for deliberate and relentless efforts to free Leah Sharibu, other Chibok girls and Nigerians in captivity of insurgents.

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Rivers Police Command Disperse APC, PDP Supporters With Tear Gas

The Rivers State police command, on Friday, dispersed supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP), with tear gas.

The police had stormed the Polo Club axis of Port Harcourt, where both supporters had surprisingly gathered.

It was gathered that the PDP supporters were angry that their counterparts in the APC disregarded the no-protest directive of the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and planned to move to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

One of the protesters, who identified himself as Oruwari, said there would have been a clash between the PDP supporters and their counterparts in the APC if the police had not dispersed the crowd.

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President Buhari Meets CAN Leadership, Imams In Aso Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting between the president and the CAN leadership was held behind closed doors at the Council Chamber of the State House.

NAN also gathered that the religious leaders were in the villa to congratulate Buhari on his re-election for another four years term.

The outcome of the president’s meeting with the CAN leadership was being expected as at the time of filing this report.

NAN reports that the president would also be meeting with Imams and Senior Islamic Scholars from across the country later, today.

(NAN)

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Kaduna Traditional Rulers Pledges To Support El-Rufai’s Administration

Traditional rulers in Kaduna state have pledged to give all the necessary support to the state governor Malam Nasiru Elrufai to continue discharging his duty diligently while running the affairs of the state to achieve the desired objective.

The Emir of Zazzau, who is also the Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Shehu Idris stated this when he led traditional rulers to government house Kaduna to congratulate governor Elrufai for his reelection.

“On behalf of Kaduna state Council of chiefs, we expressed our gratitude to Almighty Allah for given you and your Deputy victory at the just concluded governorship election”

Alhaji Shehu Idris explained that, in the last four years, people of Kaduna state were aware with the developmental projects executed by Elrufai administration which according to him they gave him another mandate to serve.

The Emir also expressed satisfaction on how the election was conducted peacefully in most parts of the country, saying that it was a clear indication that Nigerians understand the process and knowledge of democracy without any violence.

Responding, Governor Elrufai commended the traditional rulers for their tremendous effort toward ensuring peaceful elections.

Malam Elrufai told the traditional rulers that all the policies implemented by his administration were executed with good intention with a view to engendering development in the state and  not to witch hunt any one.

He gave an assurance that; his administration would continue to work assiduously to better the lives of people of the state.

“We are ready to work and move the state forward,” he said.

Elrufai called on the people of the state not to allow religious sentiment to cause division among them and promised to carry everyone along towards the development and progress of Kaduna.

“We should be united, tolerate one another and be at peace with one another,” he said

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