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Edo State Police Command Debunks The Fake News Going Viral on Social Media

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The attention of the Edo State Police Command, has been drawn to a mischievous, malicious, fabricated and misleading report making round on social media with the captioned: “DPO EHOR DIVISIONAL POLICE ARRESTED BY THE SPECIAL ANTI-KIDNAP TEAM FROM THE OFFICE OF THE IGP OF POLICE, ABUJA IN CONNECTION WITH KIDNAPPING AND OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES ALONG BENIN-EHOR ROAD” the caption further stated that …. DETAILS LATER.

To keep the record straight there is no such unit called special anti kidnap team in the office of the IGP of police, Abuja. The report which is already going viral on various social media handle and platform is totally the work of mischief makers aimed at tarnishing the image of the force and to incite the general public against the police particularly Edo police state command. The commissioner of police Edo state police command CP PHILIP ALIYU OGBADU Psc (+) therefore call on the good people of Edo state and it’s residents to disregard the report and go about their lawful business.

The CP further stated that it’s obvious the criminal elements have already noticed that Ehor is no more profitable for them and decided to come out with the fake report to divert attention of the police and the general public who are assisting the police with information about their criminal activities.

However, for the avoidance of doubt and to set the record straight, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Ehor Division, CSP Benjamin Benafa reported at the Division on the 02/07/2021 and took over duties and responsibilities of the division on the 03/07/2021, the DPO was instrumental for the rescue of 9 passengers kidnapped in an 18 seater bus belonging to a private company on the 04/07/2021 traveling from AUCHI to Benin. The officer is presently at his duty post in EHOR not arrested as been mischievously circulated.

The CP is using this opportunity to assure members of public of his continued commitment to protecting live and properties, he has also ordered a full scale investigation into the matter with the Aim of bringing to book those behind the fake report.

SP KONTONGS BELLO,
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
EDO STATE COMMAND.

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We Regret Getting Rid of Jonathan to Elect Buhari — Northern Elders Forum

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The Northern Elders Forum has said that it regretted that it got rid of then President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections to vote in the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari.

The group expressed disappointment that Buhari has let down millions of Nigerians including members of the All Progressives Congress who trusted in his leadership prior to the poll six years ago.

Northern Elders Forum, said that the next President of Nigeria should be one who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari, who hails from Katsina, North-West Nigeria.

Director of Publicity and Advocacy for Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spoke on Tuesday when he featured on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme.

He said, “Is there any Nigerian who is not disappointed in President Buhari including diehard APC people? Is there anybody who would not tell you he wished President Buhari had done much better?

“We raised huge expectations, we told people, ‘Get rid of Jonathan, put Buhari there, he would fix corruption, he would fix insecurity, he would fix the economy’ (but) look at where we are now.

“How can anybody say they are happy with the record of President Buhari, even the people very close to him would tell you that they wished he could have done much better and he could have done much better and he hasn’t.”

Next president should act in opposite direction of Buhari’

The group’s spokesman said Nigeria needs a President who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari in terms of economic policies, security, amongst others.

“So, what we need to do now is to get ready to elect another President who would go in the opposite direction, a President who has a vision and a clear idea of what governance involves rather than just being a President. So, I am disappointed and that is why today, I am actively involved in trying to see that a new leader emerges in getting Nigerians a new lease of life,” Baba-Ahmed noted.

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OSINBAJO: Elections in Africa Must be Democratic

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Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while receiving Sao Tome & Principe President-elect in Aso Villa, noted that elections in Africa Must be a democratic process.

Africans must continue to make the extra effort in ensuring that elections in the continent go through the democratic process, remain transparent and fair” according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The Vice President said this today while receiving the President-elect of Sao Tome and Principe, Mr. Carlos Manuel Vila Nova who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.

On the 18th of July, 2021, elections were held in Sao Tome to replace President Evaristo Carvalho, whose tenure expired on 3rd September, 2021. Based on constitutional provisions, an outright winner did not emerge from the polls and a run-off led to the emergence of Mr. Vila Nova, who would be sworn in 2nd October, 2021.

According to Prof Osinbajo “there is no question at all that for those of us in Africa, we must make the extra effort to ensure that the democratic process is very transparent. It is such a pleasure to see that that was what took place in your country which led to your election.”

Speaking about areas of cooperation between both countries, the Vice President said, “we already talked about some of the areas of cooperation…your tenure might be an opportunity to bring some of those things to fruition.”

Prof Osinbajo reassured Mr. Manuel Vila Nova of Nigeria’s support to ensure that “your tenure is as comfortable and effective as possible as partners and friends.”

In his own remarks, President-elect Vila Nova expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting Sao Tome and also thanked the Vice President for his attention, stating that Nigeria is a “friendly country” and the relationship between both countries dates back many years.

In attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and a member of the Sao Tome and Principe’s cabinet, Mr. Americo de Oliveira Ramos.

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PDP Governors to Meet On National Convention

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All Nigerian governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today meet to brainstorm with a view to coming up with a common front ahead of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday.

This comes as the governors reiterated their resolve to sack the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023, noting that the governing party has brought nothing but misery and pain to all Nigerians.

The PDP National Executive Council meeting which holds tomorrow Thursday 9th 202 is expected to unveil the national convention committee and a committee on zoning.

The NEC, which held two weeks ago, resolved that Abuja would be the venue of the PDP National Elective Convention slated for October 31, 2021.

The NEC also agreed to meet on the 9th of September to approve the various nominations into the respective national convention committees.

The director-general of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Hon C.I.D Maduabum, said the “chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, in consultation with his colleagues have summoned an extraordinary meeting of the Forum to hold on Wednesday September 8, 2021 at 3pm.

The meeting will discuss party matters and strategies to reposition the PDP ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Party taking place tomorrow, 9th September, 2021.

“The PDP governors further re-assures all PDP members, stakeholders and the nation of their commitment, determination and loyalty in the patriotic task of dislodging the failed APC government that has brought nothing but misery and pain to all Nigerians,” he noted.

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