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Amotekun To Go Against Buhari, Vows Not To Back Down

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Amotekun To Go Against Buhari, Vows Not To Back Down

Security forces from the South-West ‘Amotekun’ vows to continue protecting their citizens, regardless of President Buhari’s disagreement with state police.

Recall, the President’s had stated that “State police is not an option” in the country during an interview on Channels Television.

The decision did not sit well with the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), stating that the rejection of state police is Buhari’s personal opinion, according to the group’s Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide.

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“He is the president of this country; therefore, the views of Nigerians ought to influence his personal opinion, particularly when you consider the state of insecurity in the country.

“Also, in his part of the country, in the northern region, I am surprised that Mr. President believes that state police is not an option. There is no federalism anywhere in the world where the police system is centralized. There is none, particularly in a country as vast as Nigeria. Nigeria is a very big country, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara desert. It is a vast country and a heterogeneous country.

“The reality of this country is that we are different people who agreed to live together, since 1914, over 100 years. I am a Nigerian nationalist. I believe in Nigeria if it is properly managed and if we have a fully people’s federal republic and not a centralized unitary system.

“So, for me, I don’t agree with him because we are different people, different histories, different cultures, different beliefs and we must sit down together and have a new constitution, I don’t belong to the group that believes that about 250 million people should be operating on a fraudulent constitution which in its first sentence claims we, the people of Nigeria, have agreed to, whereas we never sat anywhere to agree to the 1999 Constitution.

“For me, Nigeria, as important as it is, in the entire black world, in Africa, and with the quality of national and human resources that we have, we should be uncomfortable operating a fake constitution that lies against itself.”

On his part, the Amotekun Corps Commander in Ekiti State, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe (retd) said President Buhari’s position on state police would not deter the outfit from securing the state and beyond.

The commander, who spoke with Vanguard, said without the presence of state government policy, the creation of Amotekun has filled the void with a reduction in crime rates.

Komolafe, however, said for security reasons, he would not disclose the strategies and plans to be used in securing the state.

He said: “Let me tell you that with or without state police, we have been securing the state, there is no doubt about this.

“We will continue to do this across the region because our people must be able to go about their activities without any fear of being attacked.

“So, we are on the ground to ensure the security of lives and property and nothing can stop this.”

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PDP Crisis: Wike Clears The Air On Lawsuit Against Atiku

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PDP Crisis: Wike Clears The Air On Lawsuit Against Atiku

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has denied filing a lawsuit against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Wike disclosed this while giving a speech at the commissioning of House of Assembly Quarters in Port Harcourt, adding that it was a mere plot by Atiku’s group.

“People have called me that I went to court against Atiku Abubakar. He said.

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“I want to state categorically that I didn’t go to court. I want to say it for Nigerians to know. I have kept quiet. I am busy delivering the dividends of democracy.

“If they lose the election, nobody should call my name. I have told the candidate,

“If I wanted to go to court, I would have gone to court within two weeks.

“It is the candidate’s group that is doing all these things. Let the world hear. They are plotting all these things, thinking they will spoil my name.

“We are supposed to be talking about winning an election.”

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Zulum Appoints Mshelia As New Head Of Healthcare Agency, Others

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Zulum Appoints Mshelia As New Head Of Healthcare Agency, Others

The Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has appointed Dr. Lawu Auta Mshelia as the new head of the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA).

He revealed this appointment in a statement, made public via his social media, also appointing Abba Kyari as Borno State Rural Electrification Board’s General Manager.

The statement read;

“Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the appointments of Dr. Lawu Auta Mshelia as Acting Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) and Engr Abba Kyari, as General Manager of Borno State Rural Electrification Board (REB).

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“The appointments were announced by the Governor’s Spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, in a statement issued on Thursday from Maiduguri.

“Engr Kyari is moving from being director of electrical engineering at the Ministry of Housing and Energy to becoming GM of REB, following the retirement of the former GM, Engr Jacob Taru Katambi in February 2022.

“On his part, Dr. Mshelia will be replacing Dr. Goni Abba at the Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“The Agency’s outgoing E.D, Dr. Goni Abba, is to assume a new office as Director of Public Health at the Borno State Ministry of Health, which is the office Dr. Mshelia is leaving, Gusau explained in the statement.

“Governor Zulum, the statement noted, deeply appreciates the services of the outgoing ED and urges him to deploy his experience, especially the one gained from the SPHCDA to the State Ministry of Health towards enhanced public health services to for the well-being of Borno’s people.

On Mshelia:

“Dr. Lawi Auta Mshelia, a 60-year-old public health specialist hails from Hawul Local Government Area in Borno State.

“He holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Royal Tropical Institute, KIT in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“He holds MBBS from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, after attending Federal Government College Odogbolu in Ogun State.

“An author of research publications on some infectious diseases and other aspects of public health, Dr. Mshelia has attended courses with certificates on different aspects of public health in countries in Europe, East Africa, West Africa, and South-Central Africa.

“He also attended numerous public health courses across Nigeria.

“Dr. Mshelia has in addition to his routine responsibilities at the Ministry of Health, chaired and served as a member of several committees which bothered public health care over the years.

On Engr Kyari:

“58-year-old Kyari hails from Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

“A member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Kyari holds a bachelor’s Degree (B.Eng) in Electrical Electronics from the University of Maiduguri and a National Diploma in Electrical Electronics from Ramat Polytechnic. He attended Government Day Secondary School, Monguno, and Monguno Central Primary School.

“The new GM has gained substantial experience from over 30 years of services from his earliest position as Assistant Technical Officer and later Chief Technical Officer at the former Ministry of Works and Housing from 1990 to 2007 before he became director of electrical engineering services at the Ministry of Housing and Energy in 2007.

“Engr Kyari has attended courses related to electrical engineering within Nigeria.

“Governor Zulum congratulates the new General Manager of Borno State Rural Electrification Board (REB) and Acting Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), and urges them to give their very best to the service of Borno people, Gusau concluded in the statement.

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Ebonyi South Senatorial Primaries: Umahi Vows To Contest, Dismisses Eze’s Claim

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Ebonyi South Senatorial Primaries: Umahi Vows To Contest, Dismisses Eze's Claim

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has assured his participation in fresh Ebonyi South senatorial primaries while dismissing Ann Agom-Eze’s claim.

Disclosing this in a statement, the Governor’s media aide, Chooks Okoh stated that the runner-up is trying to garner cheap sympathy for her loss.

“The attention of Ebonyi state Governor has once again been drawn to the bizarre antics of Mrs. Ann Agom Eze in her quest to keep deceiving the public and gain unmerited sympathy in a bogus attempt to fly the APC flag as the candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone. The statement read.

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“While the society was still grappling with her perjury tantrums to a revered court of law, she is again employing primitive tactics and resorting to crude self-help in a bid to clinch a mandate she has no claim to, anyhow.

“In a most provocative and highly contemptuous letter addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Mrs. Agom Eze went hallucinating about an imaginary court procedure and how it will end, raising disparaging insinuations against the governor in the process.

“The Governor would have ignored the letter and its puerile contents but for the fact that silence is thought to mean consent in our society.

“The general public is enjoined to disregard these deliberate concoctions and misleading rants from a woman who had sought to represent a people got rejected but is now bent on showing them the rough edges they would have gotten from her.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Umahi is ready for the Ebonyi South Senatorial APC rerun elections set for Sunday, 31st July 2022 where he hopes to receive the nod of his party to stand in the 2023 elections as their candidate in that senatorial zone.

“The general public, and the judiciary, in particular, are enjoined to disregard and totally ignore the veiled blackmail and an attempt to be a senatorial candidate by hook or crook instead of through known standards.”

On the 28th of May, The All Progressive Congress(APC) held primaries for the Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

David Umahi’s brother, Austine, won the primaries, with Mrs. finishing second as she appealed to the High Court, as a judgment of fresh primaries was passed.

Umahi was declared winner, unopposed in the second primary after his younger brother, Austine withdrew as the candidate of the party.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, had last Friday, disqualified Governor Umahi and averred that Agom-Eze, who was the second runner-up in the May 28, 2022 primaries, be allowed to contest the 2023 senatorial election.

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