Politics: President Muhammadu Buhari department Abuja for London

President Muhammadu Buhari accompanied by Governors Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and Okezie Ikpeazu of Gombe and Abia States, departed Abuja for London, this afternoon.
Mr. President will be in London to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit holding on Monday, January 20th, 2020.


A week before the FG made its stand on Amotekun , I had opined on my post that Amotekun and such other arrangements are likely to encounter constitutional encumbrances simply because the Constitution as currently written, provides that the provision , establishment of military and paramilitary as well as security and defence matters are the exclusive preserve of the FG. As an advocate of defence and security sector reform , I am ready to consider any move to improve the current security deficit all over the country but for anything to be sustainable we have to consider , we must not ignore or pretend that the existing constitutional caveat is not there. Pretending that the constitutional caveat does not exist is what the promoters of Amotekun did despite the abundance of quality legal nay the best legal advice available in the south west. And then a day after the launch, one Mr Gboyega was let loose on Channelstv to defend or rationalize Amotekun and he mishandled the opportunity dispelling any benefit of doubt given to Amotekun by implying that Amotekun is simply to hunt “Others”. Having said that , on the FG/AGF Malami side I find the response a bit tardy , a caution ought to have been sounded much earlier. The Amotekun idea , even as I private individual I know was in the offing as far as second quarter 2019 when I was invited in my personal capacity to a security summit in Lagos. FG should have very much earlier expressed its opinion. Solution? Constitutional amendment and frank discussion about desirability or otherwise of regional/state police ….sneaking through the back door or disregarding constitutional provisions is not an enlightened way of handling such an issue. Care must also be taken to prevent the Gboyegas , FFK and Gani Adams being portrayed as the faces of Amotekun if the support of other parts of the country is required and for any distrust and fear to be dispelled .


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced minor cabinet reshuffle, with the appointment of three new members.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile said eight cabinet portfolios affected by the redeployment include ministries of Local Government, ministry of Special Duties, Wealth Creation and Employment, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Home Affairs as well as Waterfront Infrastructure. Others are the Central Business District and Urban Development.
According to Akosile, Governor Sanwo-Olu has moved three commissioners around, while two Special Advisers have been assigned new roles as commissioners. Affected commissioners and their new portfolios are: Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed who has now been moved to Local Government and Community Affairs; Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, formerly Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs has been moved to the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.
Also, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has been moved from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as Honourable Commissioner.
Two former Special Advisers, Prince Anofiu Elegushi and Architect Kabiru Ahmed are now assigned to the Ministries of Home Affairs and Waterfront Infrastructure as Honourable Commissioners respectively.
The Governor, according to Akosile also announced portfolios of the new cabinet members. They are Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner-designate (Special Duties), Mr. Oyerinde Olugbenga Olanrewaju, Special Adviser-designate (Central Business District) and Hon. Ayuba Ganiu Adele, Special Adviser-designate (Urban Development).
Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for believing in the Executive and carrying out the ratification of the cabinet nominees in a manner devoid of mere political considerations other than the interests of the electorate, assuring that his action is in line with his administration’s vision of delivering good governance to the residents of Lagos.
The new appointments and redeployments, Sanwo-Olu said are intended to create a new energy and vivacity for continued delivery of values to the government of Lagos and provision of service to millions of Lagosians.

Education : OFFAPOLLY goes digital

It could be recalled that the management of the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State procured modern technologies and equipments worth millions of Naira to expedite practical knowledge of the students. One of these equipments has just been deployed to field work on Tuesday, 14th, 2020 to capture pictographic elements for webisode.The drone which was operated by expert from Mass Communication Department, Mr. Zakariyau Imran and monitored by the Polytechnic Director of Information, public Relations and Protocol, Mr. Olayinka Iroye travels afar from its base to pick objects, images and other structural elements in campus for web beacon.In a statement released by the Polytechnic Director of Information, Public Relations and Protocol, (DIPR&P) he said: ” this is one the management’s efforts led by Dr. Lateef Olatunji to ensure the polytechnic conform with the latest facilities and equipments to ease learning process and make the polytechnic’s products stand out amidst their counterparts. We have modern equipments across our departments that are always deployable for field work”According to a student who witnessed the operation of the drones, Abdulbasit Olawale said :” actually, I do hear about drones but I have never seen one before nor do I know how it works, since I joined Offa Poly for my HND program, I could feel the difference from where I had my OND program in terms of academic, practical applications and academic calendar. In fact, I wish I had my OND here too”A staff of the Directorate of IPR&P and Head of Public Relations unit, Mrs. Atinukemi Abass said: ” We are in 21st century and the Polytechnic is moving with trend. The era of stressing over event’s coverage has passed in this polytechnic. This management will not relent on its efforts to ensure that, the Federal Polytechnic Offa remains the fastest and the best in Nigeria. This drone and other modern equipments purchased for practicals for the Mass Communication students will subsequently be used for the polytechnic’s events like convocation, matriculation, and other related events. It shall also be used to monitor the campus generally. The institution shall never relent in building talents for good transformation in Nigeria; of course, our products always stand out and we are proud of them.” She added.

Security : Govs didn’t carry us along on Amotekun — South-West senators

 Members of the South-West caucus in the Senate said they were not carried along by governors in the geopolitical zone before, during and after the inauguration of the zone’s security outfit, Operation Amotekun.

The senators also expressed concerns over the alleged shoddy handling of the project by the state chief executives. They wondered why they were not consulted for their input before the governors decided to launch the initiative. The Deputy Leader of the Senate, who is also the Chairman of the South-West caucus in the red chamber, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, told our correspondent on Monday that his colleagues were not part of the Amotekun arrangement. Boroffice said, “Personally, I read about it (Operation Amotekun) in the print media. “I am also not aware that the South-West caucus of the Senate was briefed officially. I am the Chairman, Senate South-West Caucus.” A former Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, had in an interview with our correspondent last week, urged her South-West colleagues in the nation’s parliament to support Amotekun. Olujimi, who is representing Ekiti South, called on her colleagues to forget about political party differences by rallying round the governors from the zone, to ensure the success of the security outfit.


Chief Sunday Adeyemo A.K.A Sunday Igboho has urged members of Oodua peoples congress (OPC),Vigilante group of Nigeria(VGN) and others that are involved in project Amotekun to maintain a decorum and be mindful of constitutional rights of the citizens to make sure is not tampered with.While speaking, he said that the launching of Operation Amotekun by the South West Governors will strengthen the operations of the regular security outfits and curb the insecurity challenges that is bedeviling the region.Igboho, highly respected in career of operations is a security expert and Chief Executive Officer of Adesun security services, he has promised that his organization would give necessary support to operation Amotekun because anything that concerns the Yoruba is of paramount interest to him.In a press statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, Igboho applauded ,all the south west governors for speaking with one voice despite their political differences which shows that the governor has the security of the masses at heart if there is security there is going to be progress and development in the society and everybody will be happy.”He further stated that the “operation Amotekun is not political, adding that it would enhance protection of lives and properties of the citizens, it is beyond the any individual so all and sundry should see it as a call and opportunity to serve their father’s land.”While applauding the Nigeria police force for been there for the Masses at all times, Igboho said the inspector general of police and all the commissioner police in the south west should commended for great and wonderful work they doing.He also thanked the traditional rulers for their support and cooperation in making sure that the south west region of the country is safe.He however urged all and Sundry to support operation Amotekun because south west has set pace for other region to follow. He also said that as the Akoni Ile Yoruba is happy that Yoruba’s can now speak with one voice

Security : Ijaw warlords threatened dooms if killers of ACP Inioma failed to arrested

The call to arrest and prosecute the killers of late Oliver Inioma-Abbey, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, in Anambra State has taken another dimension as the Ijaw warlords under the aegis of Bonny Freedom Fighters have threatened to cripple the Nigerian oil industry if the Federal Government fails to fish out and bring to book the perpetrators.Recall that ACP Inioma-Abbey, alongside his men were attacked, killed and their corpses burnt beyond recognition in Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State by suspected members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, in December 2019.

Politics : Hundreds of Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki Supporters and aides receive millions of naira as severance package.

Comrade Abdulsalam Ibrahim : Abuja
Hundreds of Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki Supporters in Kwara State receive millions of Naira as severance package
A good number of the Legislative aides appointed from Kwara State under the 8th Senate that did 4 years got alert of severance today.
The delay is definitely a blessing In disguise for supporters of ABS and Kwarans at large. Couldn’t have come at a better time.
Most Kwarans have gone months shouting “enu gbe” or jehn ko shanwo” but today, over 200 families in Kwara state now have a new millionaire, thanks to Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki. It is my hope that they all do something tangible with the funds. Speaking to Comrade Abdulsalam Ibrahim who’s speak to our correspondence on phone, Ibrahim is one of the immediate past Kwara South Senator P.A, he confirm the news and we also speak with one of the recipient of the funds.
I have been getting messages to thank the Former Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and I kept reminding them this is their turn to help lift others in the state, sadly, due to bad belle of a few, the State lost a golden opportunity but it is not the end of the road.
Congratulations to all the new millionaires in town!

Lifestyles : ‘I’m Alive’ Nigerian man who allegedly died in Ukrainian Plane Crash Cries out January 15, 2020

The Nigerian man whose photo went viral as one of the victims of the crashed Ukrainian plane shot down by the Iranian military a week ago has debunked the report of his death.
The Nation reports that 30-year-old Olayinka Bernard Adeleye is the one whose photograph was being spread which is not the photo of Nigerian Dauda Onoruoiza who truly died alongside other 176 passengers in the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 800 crash in Tehran last week.
Adeleye is head of department, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corp ( LNSC) in Odi, Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area ( LCDA) in Mushin.
Adeleye said those who used his photograph as identification for the Nigerian that supposedly died in the crash has caused him and his family a lot of trauma.

He said his colleagues at work and neighbours now addressed him as “The man that died in the crash.”
He said the development was giving him sleepless nights as some of his neighbours now call him ghost.
Addressing reporters on Wednesday at his Lawyers Office in Papa Ajao, Mushin area of Lagos, Adeleye said he was yet to recover from the shock as his mother collapsed upon hearing the news that his photograph was published in the media that he died in a crash, when he has never boarded an aircraft in his life.
Besides his mother who was rushed to the hospital, Adekeye said his wife who gave birth a few months ago remains traumatized following the publication of his photograph as the Nigerian among victims of the Boeing 737 – 800 aircraft shut down by Iranian authorities few minutes after takeoff from Tehran Airport.
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