NATIONAL NEWS 27-07-2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • LAI CAUTIONS AGAINST FAKE NEWS ABOUT NIGERIA IN DIASPORA.
  • AFENIFERE CHARGES FG TO CONCENTRATE ON TACKLING COUNTRY’S CHALLENGES.
  • LAGOS GOVERNOR SWORN IN 57 NEW COUNCIL CHAIRMEN, VICE.
  • BENIN COURT FILES FRESH CHARGES AGAINST IGBOHO.

Fg/fake news

The minister of information and culture, alhaji lai mohammed has insisted that some nigerians in diaspora still rely on platforms that peddle fake news and misinformation about the country.

Mohammed stated this when he received members of nigerians in the diaspora organization, nido, united kingom chapter in abuja, saying some secessionist groups have identified some nigerians in diaspora to propagate their fake narratives about the country.

The minister therefore implored the organization to leverage its contacts in government circles, parliamentary groups and global think tanks in world capitals to help change the narrative and sweep the carpet off the feet of secessionist groups, insurgents and anarchists who are bent on pushing false narratives to portray nigeria in a bad light.

Afenifere/buhari

The pan yoruba socio political organisation, afenifere has advised president muhammadu buhari to focus on ending insecurity in the country.

Afenifere acting leader, ayo adebanjo gave the advice in a statement issued by the national publicity secretary of the group, jare ajayi, urging president buhari to address  harassment of freedom agitators and innocent citizens of the country.

Adebanjo also charged the federal government to concentrate on tackling the menace of kidnapping, terrorism and antics bordering in the country instead of hunting for freedom fighters.

The acting afenifere leader however commended the ooni of ife, oba adeyeye ogunwusi and olubadan of ibadan, oba saliu adetunji and other yoruba traditional rulers for rallying round to ensure that yoruba nation activist, sunday adeyemo also known as sunday igboho, was not left to suffer unjustly in benin republic.

Lagos/chairmen

Lagos state governor, babajide sanwo-olu has sworn in the newly-elected 57 council chairmen comprising of 20 local government and 37 local council development areas in the state.

Governor sanwo-olu, speaking at the swearing in ceremony, held at the lagos state house, alausa, ikeja, tasked the newly-elected chairmen, along with their vice, on performance and ensure that the electorate enjoy the dividends that true democracy brings.

He stated that the chairmen are the third-tier of government and the closest to the grassroots, therefore they should see their election as another call to a season of service, dedication and selflessness to the people.

On his part,  commissioner for local government and community affairs, dr. Wale ahmed charged the newly elected chairmen and vice chairmen to ensure the scope of delivery in their adminsitration cover all sectors and sub-sectors, in tune with the themes agenda of governor sanwo-olu.

Igp/aigs

The inspector-general of police, igp usman baba has decorated 24 assistant inspectors general of police aigs with new ranks.

During decoration of the 24 newly promoted aigs at the force headquarters, abuja, baba said the decoration is the first step in a process that would see the police service commission honor a total of 167 senior police officers who were recently accepted by the police service commission after their recommendation.

While congratulating the newly promoted officers, the igp charged them to deploy their wealth of experience to support his leadership mission of positively changing the policing and internal security narratives in the country.

He also announced the new nigeria police manpower development policy, saying the policy is a delibrate protocol for enhanced police service delivery as well promotes human capacity development and police officer welfare.

Kogi/lawmakers

The speaker, kogi state house of assembly, mathew kolawole has decried the attitude of some lawmakers who attend executive sessions without attending plenary sittings.

During today’s plenary, kolawole threatened that any lawmaker who failed sittings but attend executives sessions would be termed absent.

He, however, moved a motion to the effect and it was seconded by the majority leader representing ajaokuta state constituency, bello balogun.

Meanwhile, a bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the kogi state hotel and edict, 1995, establishing the kogi state hotels and tourism board and a bill for a law to establish kogi state erosion and watershed management agency have passed second reading in the house.

Benue/ortom

Benue state governor, samuel ortom has charged president muhammadu buhari to be wary of the surbordinates in his administration.

Governor ortom gave the charge during an interview with reporters on arrival at the makurdi airport from bauchi where he attended the peoples democratic party governors’ forum meeting.

He noted that there would not be limit or end to challenges facing the country until the president cross check and have a re-think on advices given by his subordinates in the government

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The governor also advised the government against intimidating nigerians, citing the incident involving bishop matthew kukah of sokoto catholic diocese who he noted, was being castigated for speaking out his mind about happenings in the country under president muhammadu buhari led administration.

Court/igboho charges

Benin republic court has filed fresh charges against yoruba nation agitator, sunday adeyemo, popularly known as sunday igboho.

Adeyemo benin republic-based lawyer, ibrahim salami disclosed this with newsmen after july 26 hearing.

Meanwhile before the hearing, salami had said adeyemo’s legal team was expecting extradition charges from the nigerian government against the activist but was confronted with fresh charges, which included illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers and an attempt to cause civil unrest in nigeria.

He however explained that the previous allegations that warranted placing the activist on a watchlist had successful being tackled during the july 26 hearing.

Sport

The eight nigerian track and field athletes with outstanding out-of-competition tests, oct are still awaiting their results before returning to the olympic village in tokyo.

According to world athletics anti-doping rules, the nigerian athletes took the tests yesterday, monday july 26 and they are expected to have three octs before they can compete at the tokyo 2020 olympics which got underway on july 23.

It added that mostly affected in the team nigerian camp are alternate athletes who missed either one or two of the tests for unavoidable reasons while some of the athletes did not fill their whereabouts form which is a requirement for such testing.

Report says many of team nigeria’s top athletes like blessing okagbare, divine oduduru, ese brume, tobi amusan, and a few others who are among the 782 athletes in the elite registered testing pool have been cleared to compete.

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