Soludo bars teachers who scored below average from recruitment

The Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has barred teachers who scored below 50 per cent in a Computer Based Test conducted for them from being recruited into the state’s school system. No fewer than 31,000 teachers sat for the CBT on Saturday across the state in batches, out of which 5,000 will be employed by

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BBNaija reunion: Why I rejected N20m from ‘CrossKay shippers’ – Cross

Former Big Brother Naija season 6 housemate, Cross Okonkwo, has revealed that he rejected N20m from fans who wanted him to be in a relationship with another housemate, Saskay. Due to the closeness between Saskay and Cross during the show, the fans coined their relationship as ‘CrossKay’. In the reunion show which aired on Wednesday

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IGP Charges Police VIP Aides On Professionalism, Civility

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Baba.

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has charged police officers attached to VIPs to carry out their duties with utmost professionalism, respect for fundamental rights, rule of law, and civility to members of the public in line with the code of conduct for Police Officers.

The IGP equally condemned the reported harassment and demeaning posture of some of these officers while on duty with their VIPs.

IGP Alkali Baba made the call while addressing officers and men of the Ekiti State Police Command at the Command Headquarters, Ado Ekiti on Tuesday 13th June, 2022, in readiness for the Ekiti Gubernatorial Election scheduled to hold on Saturday 18th June, 2022.

He equally affirmed that though it is a statutory duty of the Police Force to provide aides and escorts for VIPs, such duty must not degenerate to abuse as a result of high-handedness of Police officers who have proven to be non-amenable to discipline.

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The Inspector-General of Police further warned that every allegation of unprofessionalism and harassment by VIP aides would be properly investigated and if found wanting, adequate and commensurate sanctions will follow.

In the same vein, the IGP encouraged officers and men who have been detailed for election duty in Ekiti State to put in their best to provide adequate security, at all levels, for all and sundry before, during and after the Gubernatorial Election in the state with a view to having a free, fair, credible and acceptable election.

Similarly, the IGP assured that his administration is continually committed to bequeathing the nation with a citizen and community oriented Police Force which will not be used as a tool of oppression, suppression and subjugation by any individual.

Police Burst Baby Factory In Anambra, Rescue 35 Girls

A photo collage of the victims.

 

Police operatives in Anambra have rescued 35 girls from a baby factory in the Nkpor area of the southeast state.

A statement by the spokesman of the Anambra Police Command Ikenga Tochukwu said the girls were rescued during a raid in a hotel.

“Following a rigorous analysis of crime trends and pattern, the Command operatives on 13th June 2022, working on information burst a hotel named Gally Gally in Nkpor where they use children between the ages of 14 years-17 years for sex slaves, prostitution and baby factory,” Ikenga said in a statement.

“The operatives rescued, 35 girls and four of them are pregnant. The police also arrested three persons namely: Mrs Ifeoma Uzo age ‘F’ 35yrs, Chidiebere Alaka ‘M’ 28years, and Nweke Chidiebere. We recovered three pump action guns, seven cartridges, and a cash sum of Eight hundred and seventy-seven thousand, five hundred naira (#877,500). The suspects arrested are being interrogated with a view to eliciting information on their involvement and unmasking other gang members.”

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He said the victims have been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for the “welfare and rehabilitation of the children.

“All suspects will be charged to court at the end of the investigations.”

The police image maker also called on parents and guardians to always build good relationships with their children/wards.

“This will help to guide and direct them in their activities,” he said. “It will help to monitor against unforeseen issues and bad company.”

Ignore Manipulated Video, I Will Never Leave PDP – Wike

File photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has urged Nigerians to ignore the ‘manipulated video’ suggesting that he is on his way out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

The video circulating all over social media, purports that the governor intends to defect from the PDP following his loss at the recently conducted presidential primary election.

In a statement on Wednesday by his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, the Rivers State Governor said the video making the rounds was an excerpt from a previous interview he had with regards to the defection of Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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In the said interview, Wike reacted to reason given by the Ebonyi State governor for his defection, dismissing it as untenable.

“The excerpt of the interview in circulation has been deliberately manipulated by some desperate and unscrupulous persons with obnoxious agenda.

“The intent of the video being circulated is to mislead the unsuspecting public, particularly members of the PDP,” the governor explained.

He urged the public to disregard the manipulated video.

Governor Wike further asserted that he has repeatedly maintained that he will never under any circumstances defect from the PDP, which has offered him the platform to excel in his political career.

The governor again urged the public to ignore the distorted video, adding that those behind it are desperately wicked and intend to mislead the public.

Wike assured all Nigerians that he remains a faithful, committed member of the PDP and will never leave it for ‘cancerous’ APC.

Electoral Act: Reps Consider Overriding President Buhari On Statutory Delegates

A file photo of the House of Reps.

 

The House of Representatives is likely to commence the process of overriding President Muhammadu Buhari on the amended Electoral Act.

This followed a deliberation on Wednesday by the lawmakers during a plenary in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, on the inability of statutory delegates to participate in the various exercise of the respective political parties.

A member of the House, Ben Ipkapa, had asked the lawmakers to gather signatures and override the President on the amendment made to the Electoral Act.

The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his response, told Ipkapa that the matter could be brought on notice during plenary and would be considered.

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Lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the National Assembly had amended the Electoral Act, 2022 in May to allow statutory delegates to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of political parties.

Statutory delegates include the President, Vice President, members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of councils, councillors, and national working committee of political parties, amongst others.

The amended Electoral Act was later transmitted to President Buhari on May 13, but no communication has been received from the President regarding the proposed legislation as of the time of this report.

According to the Constitution, the President has 30 days to decide whether to sign or withhold assent to a bill passed by the National Assembly.

Besides the debate over statutory delegates, Gbajabiamila had questioned the primaries of political parties held across the country when the House resumed plenary on Tuesday.

He was concerned that about 178 serving members of the house failed to secure the ticket of their various parties to return to the green chamber of the National Assembly.

According to the speaker, many members lost because of the process of primaries, using the delegate system which is what the House fought for by making direct primaries compulsory in the Electoral Act which the President has yet to sign.

I Won’t Withdraw For Lawan, Machina Insists



 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North Senatorial District, Bashir Sheriff Machina, has insisted that he won’t relinquish his ticket to Ahmed Lawan.

Machina said this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Lawan joined the race for Presidency ahead of 2023 but lost the primaries to former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Machina who has now won the ticket for Yobe North Senatorial District, says he’s been pressured to give up the seat for Lawan.

 

I will not withdraw and I am in the race, Bashir Sheriff Machina tells those clamouring for him to relinquish his senatorial ticket to Ahmad Lawan#PoliticsToday#CTVTweets pic.twitter.com/5afPKtFC7O

— Channels Television (@channelstv) June 15, 2022

Enugu community laments kidnapping siege by suspected herdsmen

Residents of Ikem town in the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State have decried the incessant abduction of their people by suspected Fulani militia. They said that four indigenes of the community have been abducted in the past two weeks with different sums of ransom paid for their freedom. Some of them who spoke

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Uzodimma Never Advocated Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket, Says Imo Govt

A file photo of Governor Hope Uzodimma.

 

Imo State Government has debunked the claim by some media outlets that Governor Hope Uzodimma advocated a Muslim- Muslim ticket for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba in a statement in Owerri on Wednesday (June 14) said at no time did the governor canvass such a position.

He said rather, Uzodimma was emphatic that religion was not mentioned as a factor in the Constitution for the election of a President or his Vice, adding that what the country needed was a good government that will accommodate the religious and ethnic diversity of the country.

“How can this position amount to advocating for Muslim/ Muslim presidential ticket?” the Commissioner asked.

He regretted that mischief makers twisted the answer given by Uzodimma to State House Correspondents.

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Emelumba noted that the exact words of Uzodimma on the choice of a Vice Presidential candidate was that it was the prerogative of the presidential candidate alone to choose, not him or the governors.

“His Excellency made it clear that there is no part of the Constitution where religion is a factor in choosing the  president or his vice.”

“What we are looking for is good governance that will unite the country and take cognizance of every tribe, every religion and every denomination,” he quickly added.

He said Uzodimma was emphatic that APC was looking for a ticket that will face the issue of governance squarely and not to talk of divisive issues.

The commissioner enjoined those in doubt of what the governor said to obtain a clip of the recording from channels television.

He deplored a situation where the governor will be deliberately misquoted for ulterior motives.

Mr Emelumba further noted that the governor was clear that the choice of a running mate for the APC presidential candidate was not his to make.

He wondered: “How then can the same governor at the same time be advocating which religion or tribe that should be the running mate of the presidential candidate.

“It  just doesn’t add up,” the commissioner declared.

Ekiti Guber Candidates Sign Peace Accord Ahead Of Poll

The Peace Accord has been signed in several elections in Nigeria. Twitter@INECNigeria

 

Candidates in the Ekiti State governorship election on Wednesday signed a Peace Accord ahead of the poll billed for Saturday. 

They signed the Peace Accord at an event held in Ado-Ekiti under the auspices of the National Peace Committee (NPC) led by a former Head of State  General Abdulsalami Abubakar (GCFR), who was represented by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah.

The accord was signed by the eleven candidates vying for the post.

During the event, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu expressed gratitude to the NPC for the initiative, saying it has been fruitful.

“Since the Edo State Gov. election held in September 2020, followed by the Ondo State Gov. election in October 2020 & the Anambra State Gov. election in November 2021, political parties & candidates have signed the Peace Accord under the auspices of the National Peace Committee,” he said in a statement.

“The intervention of the Peace Committee no doubt contributed in no small way to the peaceful conduct of previous Governorship elections. We are confident that the Ekiti State Governorship election holding this Saturday will not be different.”

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Hon.Chairman INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu signs as a witness at the ongoing Peace Accord engagement with Ekiti State Governorship Candidates in Ado Ekiti ahead of the #EkitiDecides2022 slated for 18th June 2022. pic.twitter.com/mzCC53ilnm

— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) June 15, 2022

The INEC boss reiterated the commission’s resolve to work with stakeholders to ensure peaceful polls across the country and urged the candidates to take the Peace According Initiative seriously.

“The truth is that the Peace Accord is not an automated, self-actualising process. Let me, therefore, call on all political parties & candidates to abide by the letter & spirit of the Accord by appealing to our supporters to maintain peace before, during, and after the elections,” the INEC chairman added.

He also assured residents of the state of a free and fair election on Saturday, restating that the electoral body has put all modalities in place for a hitch-free exercise.

“The success of the Peace Accord rests on three pedestals: the political actors, INEC, and security agencies. Speaking for INEC, I wish to assure the Peace Committee of our commitment to transparent and credible elections.

“Working for the last 12 months since June 2021 when we released the Timetable for the #EkitiDecides2022 election, it is inconceivable that INEC will undermine itself, especially on Election Day & beyond. I want to assure you all that the votes of the Ekiti people will count,” Prof Mahmood added.