Umuigbo Progressive Network Pass Vote Of Confidence On Bukola Saraki

It’s a notorious fact that over the decades, our political environment has been saturated with sweet promises most of which were never achieved. This discrepancy leads to loss of trust in leadership. Such pattern is common in our clime. However, the current assembly of the Nigerian Senate headed by its President, Dr. Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, is a unique exception, the President of the 8th Assembly of the Senate and his crop of colleagues are among the steadfast persons that keep to their promises of being true representatives of the Nigerian people. His emergence as the Senate president made him chairman of the National Assembly, a position that is strategic and core in rebuilding the legislative arm of government to let people have the feel of true and genuine representation.

It’s on good record that, since his emergence as the Senate president, and in keeping to terms with the public mandate that produced him, he made it a point of duty to post daily activities of the upper legislative chamber. This feat is sui generic and in keeping to terms with principle of running an open administration as the Senate of the people to enable input from members of the society and to show his commitment to transparency and public accountability.

Amidst the many challenges plaguing the Nation, Dr. Saraki has continued to be pro-people as seen in the activities of the National Assembly. Under his leadership, we have seen the Senate sit up to the real business of legislation that have seen many bills, petitions, motions and oversight functions come alive. These legislative actions have been designed to:

-Promote economic diversification

-Boost Business-Sector growth and Investor-driven economy

-Encourage Infrastructural development

-Formulation of Legislations that will build the confidence of investors

-Adhere to rules of law and practice of constitutional democracy.

We applaud His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the 8th Senate for their interventions in the following:

Labour disputes

CBN Forex Policies

Excessive tuition fees for tertiary institutions

PMS Price crisis

NERC electricity tariff

Made In Nigeria Campaign (BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira)

The Senate leadership under Dr. Saraki has directed the Nigerian Customs to stop forthwith the planned ban on importation of cars through the land borders. This is not only pro-people but altruistic in every sense.

The Senate has also in its bid to ensure it lives up to its bidding as “the Senate of the People of Nigeria” tasked the Ministry of Aviation to find other means of retaining the Nnamdi Azikiwe International  Airport billed for repairs other than moving the activities to Kaduna international Airport. This is to forestall the untold hardship this act will inflict on the Nigerian people, her visitors and the international community.

The recent economic legislations passed by the Senate that will create about 7.5million jobs nationwide for our teeming young people is not only commendable but also historical. We are upbeat that Dr. Saraki’s Leadership of the Senate at this time is timely and most envisioned.

The Ilorin-born lover of young people and Chairman of the National Assembly, promised Nigerians transformational economic policies in 2016 and these he has been doing meticulously despite the distractions that characterised his assumption of office.

We, the Umuigbo Progressive Network, hereby unanimously pass a Vote Of Confidence on a Man of valour, a visionary leader, a consummate politician, an erudite scholar, a gentleman and a quintessential family man.

We trust you to continue to steer the ship of the National Assembly to transforming a Nigeria we will all be proud to call our own.

Bravo Our Dear Senate President.


Barr Obi Oscar Uchenna, KSM.                     Arch. Sylvester Ogbu

– National President                                        –  P.R.O

Tel: +234 (0)8064421292

Kidnap Of Students And A Turkish Teacher

We wish to notify the general public of the unfortunate incident that occurred on January 13, 2017, at the premises of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) Ogun State.

At about 9.30pm local time, a group of people armed with dangerous weapons gained entrance to the girls’ section through different means and held hostage three female supervisors, a female cook, a female teacher (Turkish) and three students.

The school security noticed some movement on the CCTV camera at the girls’ section and promptly deployed security personnel and alerted the relevant security agencies in the area as customary. Upon hearing the security alarm activated and sighting our security personnel, the armed invaders opened fire on the security staff and managed to escape through a very dangerous route with the hostages.

The security agencies are currently on their trail as the whole area has been cordoned off.

We wish to assure parents and guardians that the students and teacher will return to safety soon as everything possible has been deployed to ensure that our teachers and students return unhurt by God’s grace.



Cemal Yigit



Buhari Appoints New Executive Secretary, Chairman For Financial Reporting Council Of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate removal and the replacement of the Executive Secretary and the reconstitution of the board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRN). He has appointed a Chairman and a new Executive Secretary for the council.

The new Council as approved by the President has Mr Adedotun Sulaiman, MFR as Chairman.

Mr. Sulaiman was a former Managing Partner/Director of Arthur Anderson and later, Accenture. He is a Chartered Accountant and a product of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School.
The President has also approved the appointment of Mr. Daniel Asapokhai as the Executive Secretary of the Council.
Mr. Asopokhai is a partner and a Financial Reporting Specialist at the PricewaterHouseCoopers (PWC), Nigeria.
He is a product of the University of Lagos and the University of Pretoria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has also instructed the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment to invite the nineteen ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government and private sector organizations specified in the FRC Act to nominate members of the board of the council.
Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media and Publicity)

January 9, 2017.

Royal Foundation International Calls for Entries in Her Teens Enterprise Devt Fellowship

Royal Foundation International (RFI) is a youth-led organization, established in October 2013 with a commitment to grow the economy while reducing the scourge of unemployment and poverty in West Africa by promoting individual effectiveness and wealth creation.

According to Kayode Babarinde, Co-Founder, RFI, “leadership and entrepreneurship are necessary skills Nigerian youths should have in solving 21st Century challenges through education. We believe these challenges need to be addressed sustainably in making the future better for the next generation.”

In 2013, RFI hosted a business and leadership summit for youths in Abeokuta and it featured a business plan challenge that provided the winner with a token support as seed capital. This was done in partnership with Centre of Entrepreneurship Studies (CENTS) of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and School of Business and Success International, Ota and since then, she has had a reach of over 5000 people in Nigeria and Ghana.

RFI mission is to facilitate personal effectiveness and wealth creation by promoting the ideals of leadership and entrepreneurship in West Africa, starting with Nigeria. To achieve this, RFI is currently recruiting volunteers via:

RFI utilizes amazing innovations and cutting edge technologies to package fellowship programs, internships, bootcamps, summits and educational support services for young people to equip them with Leadership and Entrepreneurship skills. Part of which is, Teens Enterprise Development Fellowship (TED-F).

TED-F is a 12 weeks intensive entrepreneurship fellowship packaged for 50 Teens resident in Abeokuta and Ibadan and her curriculum covers: sales techniques, business plans, team building, personal management, and much more, to be delivered by leading entrepreneurs and resource persons from CBN-Enterprise Development Centre, Ibadan Business School, Centre of Entrepreneurship Studies in Ibadan and Abeokuta Universities, Lagos Business School, Fate Foundation, LEAP Africa, Bank of Industry amongst others.

Applications for first TED-F cohort is available via: and has been extended till 20th of January, 2017. Applicants will be reached on details of their application status by January 31st as the fellowship is scheduled to commence by February, 2017.

Enterprising Leadership Academy, Caring Heart Trust, Students and Teachers Outreach, and much more are other leading initiatives of Royal Foundation International.

Kindly visit: and @RFISupport on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for further enquiries.

Call or Text: 09034873881, 08137365526 for Immediate responses.

NCS Redeploys Customs Spokesperson, Wale Adeniyi, 245 Other Officers

In a bid to strengthen operations and reposition the Service to meet the challenges of the new year 2017, the Comptroller-General of  Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has approved the redeployment of 8 Assistant Comptrollers-General and 238 Deputy Comptrollers of   Customs.

The redeployment which takes immediate effect.

Assistant Comptrollers-General affected are   ACG Charles Edike from Zone A to Human Resource Development (HRD;   ACG Ahmed Mohammed from HRD to Zone B;   ACG Aminu Dangaladima from Zone B to Enforcement;   ACG Francis Dosumu from Enforcement to Zone D;   ACG Augustine Chidi from Zone D to Excise, Free Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives (Ex,FTZ, & I I);  ACG Monday Abueh from Ex,FTZ, & I I to Zone A;  ACG Umar Sanusi from HQ to Zone C; and   ACG Abdulkadir Azerema from Zone C to HQ.

The redeployment of Deputy Comptrollers of Customs affected the Service Public Relations Officer, DC Wale Adeniyi, who is now posted   to Apapa Customs Area Command, Lagos.

As all the affected officers report at their new Zones and Commands, the Comptroller-General reiterated Federal Government ban on   importation of Rice and Vehicles through the land borders. He charged all Officers and Men of the Service to ensure maximum collection of   revenue and strict implementation of fiscal policy of Government.

MURIC Condoles Prompt News’ Publisher Over Mum’s Death

The death has been announced of the mother of Prompt News publisher, Mrs. Sariyu Oyetunji. Mrs. Oyetuniji passed away yesterday, Thursday 29th December, 2016, around 11 am at her residence in Ologuneru, Ibadan, Oyo State. She was 72.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commiserates with Prompt News’ publisher, the Prompt News staff, the rest of the deceased’s family, her friends and associates over this irreparable loss.

We pray that Almighty Allah will forgive Mrs. Sariyu Oyetunji, repose her soul in Al-Jannah Firdaus and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Finally, we charge the publisher of Prompt News and his team not to allow this sad incident to dissipate the zeal with which they have been serving Nigerians on the platform of the online newspaper.         


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Police Arrest N/Delta Militant Planning To Bomb Third-Mainland Bridge

i. Abiodun Amos (AKA) Senti (43) years


i. Two (2) Cartons of Explosive Devices and 125 Detonators.

ii. Two (2) AK 47 Rifles.

Working on credible intelligence at the disposal of the Nigeria Police Force indicating that criminal militant elements are planning series of attacks on government infrastructures and facilities in Lagos state, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, directed the Intelligent Response Team (IRT) to use the Technical platform of the Force to trail and arrest the militant gang before they carry out the heinous crime.

After a painstaking surveillance and monitoring by the police (IRT) team, the principal suspect Abiodun Amos alias SENTI who is the leader of the Militant Gang planning to bomb the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos was arrested on 2nd of November, 2016 in a hideout at the bank of Majidun River in Ikorodu area of Lagos State and two AK 47 rifles recovered from his possession. The principal suspect is an Ijaw man and a Native of Ese Odo LGA of Ondo State.

He is an Explosives Expert who specializes in assembling and modifying large scale Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) for terrorist act. The suspect also volunteered confessional statement to the Police and named other members of the militant group that are still at large.

In the course of further investigation into the case, one of the suspects at large mentioned to the Police by the principal suspect as the person in possession of their explosive devices and the detonators was trailed by the Police (IRT) Operatives on the 26th December, 2016 while conveying in a Toyota Camry Car, two (2) Cartons of Galantine Dynamite Explosives and Hundred and twenty five (125) Detonators in the boot of the Car in a location in Ikorodu area of Lagos state on his way to link up with the other members of the militant gang to blow up the 3rd mainland bridge.

The Suspect, on sighting the Intelligence Response Team Operatives jumped out of the Car and escaped into the nearby Bush. The explosive devices and the detonators were recovered by the Police IRT operatives and the Explosive Ordinance Department, and the attack that would have been a major devastating and colossus damage to Lagos state and Nigeria was averted.

Further investigation is being intensified to arrest all the other members of the militant gang still at large.

The IGP is hereby assuring all Nigerians of adequate security and commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to work assiduously to nip in the bud militancy and other forms of criminalities that can throw the country into a large scale mayhem and massive loss of lives and properties.

He urges every Nigerian to remain calm, be law abiding and see themselves as stakeholders with the Force in making the country safer.


Gunmen After MURIC’s Director

The home of Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) was visited by four suspected gunmen on Sunday, 18th December, 2016. The men, who arrived around 6 pm, wore native dresses and turbans to disguise themselves as Islamic scholars.

The men who came in an old, grey Toyota car made spirited efforts to gain entrance into the house but were denied entry. They were told to dial Professor Akintola’s telephone number if indeed they knew him but they could not do so. Claiming that they had come to invite the professor to a conference, they left after promising to return the next day but nothing has been heard from them since.

We recall a more brutal attack on the residence of Professor Akintola which took place three years ago. The attack which was carried out by six heavily armed men occurred around 1.20 am. It was clear that they were killers because they entered the building shooting sporadically without demanding for money or any other thing. Although Allah saved the Islamic scholar from the intruders, his wife, Alhaja Aminat Akintola, was shot. One of the vigilante men in the area was killed while two of the attackers were also shot.

We strongly suspect that the latest incident was either an attempt to kidnap the renowned activist or to assassinate him. Akintola is a special asset to Nigeria and the best this country can do for him is to give him maximum protection. We therefore appeal to the Inspector General of Police to ensure the safety of Professor Akintola and his household.

Finally, we call on Islamic scholars and the general public to be security conscious. Under no circumstances should strangers be allowed into people’s homes.

Mallam Yakeen Williams,                                             Shefiu Ayorinde
General Secretary,                                                     Public Relations Office

Rejection Of Magu: Senate Is Corruption’s Wind – MURIC 

The Nigerian Senate yesterday rejected the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is nonplussed by this development. It is an act of vengeance and a shameless anti-people decision. The rejection of Magu’s appointment by Senate is a declaration of hostilities against the anti-corruption crusade. The Nigerian Senate has just revealed its true colour as corruption’s undisputed numero uno Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD).

Senate has decided to take its pound of flesh for Magu’s no nonsense stance in EFCC’s role in the war against corruption. But the Nigerian Senate has been too clever by half. The Nigerian people are not stupid morons. They know why our lawmakers are baring their fangs.

Nigerians know that the same EFCC under Magu is behind the exposure of alleged corrupt dealings of the Senate president whose forgery case is still in court. Magu is being punished for daring the Senate president. In acting capacity since November 2015, Magu’s screening which had been pending since July, 2016 was billed for last Thursday 8th December but it was postponed again till yesterday. Was the procrastination not a hidden message to the EFCC boss? “Back off and you will be confirmed. Persist and you will never be confirmed!”

Although yesterday’s rejection may have put the last nail in the coffin, Nigerians need to know Senate’s modus operandi. This Senate believes that the executive arm of government must play ball even at the expense of the masses or face the consequences. Senate feels threatened by the war against corruption because its hands are not clean.

We remind Nigerians of the ping-pong game on the 2016 budget. Senate found one excuse after another to frustrate the presentation of the 2016 budget to the detriment of the Nigerian people. Patriotism was sent to the winds and the real purpose of legislation which was to serve the people was ignored by Senate members.

It is noteworthy that Senate was actually hijacked ab initio for the singular purpose of frustrating President Buhari’s administration. Powerful forces had correctly predicted that Buhari would go all out for the jugular of corrupt elements in society. These powerful forces are now using an hijacked Senate to fight back.

The signs in the horizon are ominous. Senate is being used to fight the Buhari administration. Half of his ambassadorial nominees were recently rejected by Senate. The same Senate has rejected nominees known to have criticized Senate at one time or the other. This Senate has shown beyond any reasonable doubt that it is frustrating the current war against corruption.

This Senate has shown that it only cares for the interest of its members and not that of the Nigerian people. Despite the current recession, it purchased 108 exotic Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles at the whopping cost of N31.5 million per car (totaling N3.6 billion) for its members. This is an act of insensitivity and a crime against poor Nigerians. This is in spite of getting car loans for its members in August 2015! Even the price of the vehicles was allegedly inflated because each vehicle costs N17 million only, ceteris paribus.

Ten new exotic cars were delivered to Senate Deputy President in December 2015. The Senate president got more earlier. To circumvent extant laws, Senate is desperately amending the anti-corruption law. It sought immunity for its leadership. It is also feverishly engaged in stripping the president of his executive powers in virtually all matters simply because Buhari has remained adamant in his war on corruption.

MURIC calls on civil society to rise against this hijacked Senate. We charge the arrow head of civil society, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), to do the needful. Workers must be mobilized at the appropriate time to make it impossible for the National Assembly to work against the interest of the masses. We warn that the jamaheer are doomed if Senate is allowed to frustrate the current war against corruption.

We invite religious leaders, church clerics and Imams to mobilize their followers for a showdown with this greedy Senate. They are behind the hunger and starvation being faced by Nigerians. They are responsible for all our economic woes. A morally bankrupt NASS cannot represent the electorate. A non-violent people’s revolution targeted at the NASS has become expedient.


This reminds us of Professor Wole Soyinka’s recent reference to Nigerians as ‘stupid’ and ‘morons’. We believe that Soyinka was grossly misunderstood. Those words were vituperations compelled by the docility of Nigerians in the face of massive fraud, monumental corruption and unequalled oppression. In other climes, massive demonstrations at the NASS after those shocking revelations would have forced its leaders to resign.  

Soyinka is shocked that Nigerians fail to know their real enemies. Those words were meant to express disdain for our nonchalance and passivity thereby jogging us to action. They were wake up calls. We must show this Senate that we are neither ‘stupid’ nor ‘morons’.


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Boko Haram Terrorists Disguise as Menial Workers – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters wishes to alert members of the public of another antic being employed by the escaping Boko Haram terrorists that were smoked out of Sambisa forest by the combined efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Available information indicates that some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists are now disguising as menial workers to melt into communities and towns with a view to organising terrorists attack against our innocent citizens. The unfortunate recent incidents in Madagali and Maiduguri are instructive.

The Defence Headquarters therefore advises citizens to be on the alert and be wary of these tricks of the defeated terrorists who are hell-bent on remaining relevant inspite of their lost battle.

This sensitisation becomes necessary now to create security awareness to our citizens to be conscious of some strange faces that could take menial jobs in their communities or towns, especially now that festivities are around the corner.

Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar
Acting Director Defence Information

IGP Commends Police On Performance In Rivers Re-Run Election

… Says CLEEN Foundation Report – Lurid and misleading

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NMP, mni has expressed satisfaction in the performance of the police officers deployed in the re-run parliamentary elections in Rivers State held on Saturday, 10th December, 2016, the gruesome death of one of the officers, DSP Mohammed Alkali and others missing notwithstanding. The IGP condoles with the family for this great loss and identify with the grief of his colleagues. To this end, a high powered investigation team has been directed to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the officer and submit findings.

The gains of the security personnel’s performance in the Edo and Ondo elections were further concretized in the Rivers re-run elections in the areas of massive deployment of logistics, enabling the process, stakeholders engagement, facilitating voters participation, interagency collaboration and general provision of peace and security in the state before, during and after elections. The performance indicators are visible and verifiable.

There is no doubt that some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to foist violence and insecurity on the populace that are generally peace loving. Comparatively, the re-run election was a huge success in contrast to past elections in the state that were usually characterized by violence and wanton destruction of lives and property.

The IGP master plan on election security will continue to be improved upon for future elections in the county. This master plan will usher in credible, fair, free and acceptable elections in accordance with the principles of democratic policing and international best practices.

The report released by an NGO, CLEEN Foundation that the elections were “marred by irregularities, large scale violence, professional misconduct and open bias by security operatives and electoral personnel” is in its entirety lurid, fraught with inaccuracies and lacking in substance.

It is a disservice to the evolving Nigerian democracy and sacrifice of the security personnel for the CLEEN Foundation report to assert that, “There were serious cases of electoral violence orchestrated by the Police, Army and DSS.”

It is also saddening for the CLEEN Foundation report to attribute the death of a police officer, DSP Mohammed in the course of duty to what the report termed “unwarranted use of force and shooting.” It is a brazen display of insensitivity to the fallen officer and disrespect to the family.

Undoubtedly, there were some infractions of law in the course of the elections wherethe police and other security agencies rose to the occasion and ensured the electoral process prevailed accordingly.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are our veritable partners; the extent to which they justify funding should not undermine national interest.

The IGP wishes to reassure Nigerians that enthronement of credible electoral process remains one of the police’s uppermost priorities. In addition, the IGP commends the good people of Rivers State for the cooperation availed the police and other security agencies in the course of the re-run elections.

DCP Don N. Awunah, fsi
Force Public Relations Officer,
Force Headquarters,

Church Disaster: Tell The Public The Truth About The Total Number Of Casualties Now – COHRD

I have read the press release of Sunday December 11, 2016 on the Reigners Bible Church building collapse by the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Akwa Ibom State Branch, Dr. Aniekeme Uwah tilted: “SUN SET AT NOON”. I find the said press release incredibly misleading and duplicitous. He said that only 21 persons “were brought in dead” to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) while 2 others died in the hospital.

This is the only official figure of casualties of the incident given to the public by the NMA. The Akwa Ibom State Government on its part is keeping mute on the number of casualties and victims.

The first question is: Is Dr. Uwah the Chairman of the NMA in UUTH alone or for the whole of Akwa Ibom State and are there no NMA members in other hospitals and medical facilities in the State where corpses and the injured were taken to other than the UUTH?

One wonders why the leader of a responsible professional organization like the NMA will be playing politics with human lives. Whose interest is the Dr. Uwah-led NMA protecting with such inchoate and utterly obfuscating press release and figures? Does it mean that as the NMA Chairman, he has not yet visited other medical facilities in the State since the tragic incident to ascertain the total number of casualties? Is it only corpses that were taken to the UUTH that have been certified dead since the incident occurred and when should the public expect the complete figures from the NMA and the Akwa Ibom State Government?

How can we prosper as a nation when those saddled with sensitive leadership responsibilities are annoyingly evasive and dishonestly reticent with facts, even of figures of the dead? Please note that Dr. Uwah did not state that his statement on the number of casualties and victims was preliminary. On the contrary, the press release was couched in a conclusive language and did not even acknowledge that several corpses and injured persons were taken to other medical facilities in the State like St. Luke’s Hospital in Anua, Uyo among others. He irritatingly circumscribed his statement on the number of victims to the UUTH as if that is where his jurisdiction begins and ends.

It is a sad commentary that Dr. Uwah and the Akwa Ibom State Government have exuded contempt towards the public, the families and relatives of those who lost their lives. They have chosen to engage in shameful cover-up in order to undermine the gravity of the avoidable disaster that occured at Reigners Bible Church. And I ask again: Whose interest is Dr. Uwah and the Akwa Ibom State Government protecting? Could it be that of the owner of the ill- fated Church building, Apostle Akan Weeks?

I became very displeased with Dr. Uwah’s press release after watching CNN this morning where his misleading figure was ostensibly relied upon by the international news channel in their reports on the incident. CNN initially reported that about 23 persons have been confimed dead (but is now reporting that about 50 persons were killed) but the reality is that the actual number of casualties far exceeds that number. Some reports have stated that more than 200 persons died in the incident. Reuters quoted eye witnesses to the effect that more than 100 bodies were recovered. Sahara Reporters on its part reported that more than 100 persons were killed. Other leading media have given different figures but none is less than 50.

The public deserves to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the total number of casualties from the NMA and the Akwa Ibom State Government. The victims should not be mocked. The public should not be deceived.

In saner climes, when disasters like this happen, the government momentarily and regularly makes details available to the press and the public. Here, our leaders foolishly hide and obstruct access to such information. We cannot continue to act insanely in this country and expect better results.

I hereby publicly demand that the NMA and the Akwa Ibom State Government should immediately and truthfully publish in details, the total number of persons who died as a result of the disaster, including their names, gender, etc.

Please note that this statement does not covey my position on the disaster. I shall certainly respond appropriately later.

Thank you.


Inibehe Effiong, Esq.
Convener, Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD).

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