Woman Stabbed To Death For Trying To Settle Disagreement Between Her Neighbour And His Sibling

A 40-year-old woman identified as Abiye Friday has been stabbed to death by her neighbor while trying to intervene in a scuffle between him and his brother in Akure, Ondo state.

Naija News understands that the Incident occurred on September 6, 2022 at about 11:00 am at Ibaka Quarters, Akungba-Akoko, in Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the state.

The 23-year-old suspect, Abidemi Oguntuyi had reportedly stabbed the deceased on her neck and on multiple places while she was trying to settle a rift between him and his sibling.

A relation said an argument ensued between the siblings and the attempt by the victim to intervene resulted in her untimely death.

The relation said, “The argument degenerated into a scuffle and in the process, the suspect took a knife and stabbed Abiye severally in the neck and chest. Neighbours rushed her to a nearby hospital in the area where she was certified dead.”

Oguntuyi was remanded in police custody on the orders of a Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State.

He was later charged to court on two charges bothering on murder and attempted murder.

According to the prosecution, the offences contravened Sections 319 and 355 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 37 Vol. II Law of Ondo State, 2006.

While in court, the police prosecutor, Simon Wada prayed the court to remand the defendant at the Olokuta Correctional centre pending the outcome of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The defendant’s counsel, Adeola Kayode asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to file a counter affidavit to the prosecutor’s written application.

In his ruling, the Magistrate, Damilola Sekoni, ordered that the defendant be remanded in police custody pending a ruling on the remand application and subsequently adjourned the case till October 7, 2022, for the ruling.

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A Northerner Will Replace Ayu If He Resigns – Former PDP Secretary

A former National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emmanuel Agbo, on Tuesday, claimed that a northerner would take over if Iyorchia Ayu decides to resign as the National Chairman of the party.

According to Agbo, the Deputy National Chairman of the party from the North East, Umar Damagun will take over from Ayu.

Agbo stated this during an interview on Arise TV in his reaction to the crisis rocking the main opposition party.

The former PDP secretary said a northerner has to takeover over from Ayu based on the constitution of the party.

The presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and his allies over time have been at loggerheads.

The camp of Governor Wike in their request to support the presidential ambition of Atiku called for Ayu to resign from office.

Governor Wike’s camp is against Northerners taking over major positions in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Agbo, speaking on the crisis in the party, said, “35 subsections 3 of the PDP constitution says that in the event of willful resignation, incapacitation or death of any officer, say, now the national chairman as the case is, the deputy national chairman from the zone in which he comes, takes over.

“If Ayu resigns today, the person to assume his office is Umar from the North East. And Umar is not only from the North, but he’s from the North East where our presidential candidate comes from.

“They are calling for his (Ayu’s) resignation… There are constitutional impediments to this call.”

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Wednesday, 5th October, 2022

Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Wednesday, 5th October, 2022

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 5th October 2022

1. Buhari To Present N19.76tn 2023 Budget To NASS On Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to present the N19.76trillion 2023 appropriation bill before the National Assembly on Friday, October 7, 2022, Naija News reports.

Recall that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed earlier in September that the Nigerian leader will present the proposed budget for the 2023 fiscal year before the National Assembly in the first week of October.

The Speaker made the disclosure while inspecting the renovation of the assembly complex ahead of the delivery deadline of August 2023.

It was, however, confirmed in a fresh report obtained by Naija News on Tuesday that the budget presentation will take place at 10:00 am at the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives.

The Letter on the Budget presentation by President Buhari was personally written by him and read in Plenary Tuesday by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

2. FG Presents Certificate Of Registration To ASUU Faction

Amidst the crisis in the education sector, the Muhammadu Buhari-led Government has presented a certificate of recognition and registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA).

Naija News reports that CONUA is a breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

On behalf of the government, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, presented the certificate to CONUA leadership on Tuesday.

The presentation took place at the Conference Room of the Ministry, Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja.

It is understood that CONUA is been led by Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

Ngige also presented a certificate of registration to the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA).

3. PSC Sacks Seven Top Police Officers, Demotes 10

The Police Service Commission (PSC), on Tuesday, announced the dismissal of seven senior officers from the police force.
The affected personnel were sacked over alleged gross misconduct. This is as the commission also approved the reduction in rank of ten other officers.

Naija News reports that the development was announced today during the continuation of the 15th plenary meeting of the Commission.

The summit which is presided over by the force’s acting chairman, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, is expected to end on Thursday, October 6th, 2022.

At the event, the force acted on all the Pending Disciplinary Matters (PDM) before it.

A total of 47 PDM were reportedly attended to while the commission also treated some appeals from dismissed police officers.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting in Abuja, the spokesman of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani said, the dismissed officers include: 1 CSP, 1 SP and 5 ASPs.

He added that one SP was also retired in public interest.

4. Details Of PDP BoT Meeting With Wike Emerge

The details of the meeting between the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike have emerged.

Naija News had earlier reported that members of the BoT met with Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Tuesday.

This platform learnt that the meeting which started around 1 pm on Tuesday ended in a deadlock despite the effort of the BoT to end the crisis in the party.

The meeting which was held behind a closed door for almost four hours ended at about 4:35 pm.

The acting Chairman of the PDP BoT, Adolphus Wabara, while addressing newsmen said they had a frank discussion, he, however, stated that there was no conclusion during the meeting.

Wike speaking after the meeting said, “As the BoT acting chairman said, the most important thing is to have unity. What is important is that the house is united. So, the issue of whether we achieved peace today or not is immaterial.”

5. Sanwo-Olu Announces Salary Increase For Lagos Workers

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced approval for the increase in the salary of civil servants employed by the state government.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made the announcement on Tuesday while addressing Lagos workers during a visit to the Alausa Secretariat.

He said the increase is in recognition of the sacrifices being made by the workers amidst the challenges of inflation and other economic issues in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu added that he has given directives during a cabinet meeting for the necessary Ministries and agencies to work on implementing the approved increase.

The announcement generated huge cheers and excitement from the civil servants who gathered to listen to the Governor’s speech.

Speaking further, the Governor said there’s no need for the state to wait for the federal government as according to him, “this is Lagos.”

6. Buhari Meets Gbajabiamila, Wase Over ASUU Strike

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, met with the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Wase.

Naija News gathered that the President met when two leaders of the Green Chamber at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at about 3:00 pm.

It was learned that the meeting featured discussions on the ongoing strike embarked by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Recall that Gbajabiamila had over the last few weeks conveyed a stakeholders meeting comprising members of ASUU and representatives of the Federal Government.

Speaking at the last meeting with the stakeholders, Gbajabiamila had said the House will prepare and submit the report of its intervention in the ongoing strike to President Buhari.

He said the report will reflect their interactions with the stakeholders and provide recommendations to enable the President to assess the situation from an informed second option.

7. 2023: PDP To Kick Off Presidential Campaign On Oct 10

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to commence its presidential campaign on Monday, 10 October 2022.
The Director General of PDP National Campaign Management Committee (NCMC), Sokoto State Governor, Aminu

Tambuwal on Tuesday disclosed that the kick-off will be held in Akwa Ibom State.

Tambuwal, while addressing newsmen at Atiku’s campaign office in Wuse, Abuja, described the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar as the most prepared.

The Governor of Sokoto State further stated that only the former vice president of Nigeria can provide the required leadership in Nigeria.

According to Tambuwal, Atiku has experience in governance at the federal level, adding that none of the presidential candidates can match him.

8. CONUA Releases First Statement After FG’s Approval, Registration

The National Coordinator, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Niyi Sunmonu has released a statement after the Federal Government presented a certificate of registration to the union.

Naija News gathered that CONUA released the statement in Osogbo, Osun State shortly after the recognition by the Federal Government.

Recall that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, presented the certificate to CONUA leadership on Tuesday.

CONUA, in the statement, said the union will work towards ensuring that the nation is no longer traumatized by academic union dislocations.

Sunmomu described the registration of CONUA as a trade union and the validation of the power of the human will.

9. FG Sues Owners Of Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp, Demands N30bn

The Federal Government through its agency, the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has disclosed that it has lodged a suit against Meta Platforms Incorporated (owners of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms) and its agent AT3 Resources Limited at the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division.

According to a statement released on Tuesday, ARCON is seeking a declaration among others that the continued publication and exposure of various advertisements directed at the Nigerian market through Facebook and Instagram platforms by Meta Platforms Incorporated without ensuring the same is vetted and approved before exposure is illegal, unlawful and a violation of the extant advertising Law in Nigeria.

The apex regulatory body for Nigeria’s advertising ecosystem, stated that Meta Platforms Incorporated’s continued exposure of unvetted adverts had also led to loss of revenue to the Federal Government.

ARCON is therefore seeking N30 billion in sanction for the violation of the advertising laws and for loss of revenue as a result of Meta Incorporated’s continued exposure of unapproved adverts on it’s platforms.

ARCON reiterated that it would not permit unethical and irresponsible advertising on the Nigeria’s advertising space.

According to ARCON, the Council is not regulating the online media space, rather, it’s focus is on advertising and marketing communications on the online platforms in line with its establishment Act.

10. Biafra: I Live And Meet With Them, They Are Not Terrorists – Peter Obi Defends IPOB

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 election, Peter Obi has rejected the terrorist tag slammed on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the federal government.

Naija News reports IPOB under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu was in 2017, proscribed by the federal government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, during a chat with Channels Television, Obi maintained that proscribing IPOB as a terrorist organization is not the right move.

Defending his stand, the former Anambra State government explained that he lives, moves and interacts with members of the group who are demanding an independent Biafra and has never felt threatened by them.

According to Obi, the agitators are not a threat to Nigeria.

Those are the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Just In: Lalong, Akeredolu, APC Govs Meet In Abuja

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of the Tinubu-Shettima Campaign Council, Simon Lalong is currently meeting.

Naija News learnt that the meeting which has directors of the campaign council in attendance is been held at the PCC Headquarters in Abuja.

At the time of filing this report, the aim of their meeting has not been stated.

However, the meeting is coming hours after the strategic planning committee of the council met to review the campaign council list.

The Governor of Plateau State, Lalong chaired the meeting held at the PCC office in Abuja.

Lalong had taken the step to douse the controversy surrounding the list of the APC campaign council.

Some APC Governors and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had expressed their grievances over the composition of the list.

The National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu and other members of the NWC were absent from the meeting.

A source that spoke with Punch about the meeting disclosed that Adamu and other members of the NWC might be absent from the meeting because of a crucial meeting on Wednesday.

The source said, “Are they not members of the PCC? Remember that Adamu is a deputy chairman of the council while national vice chairmen of the APC are equally deputy coordinators and zonal vice chairmen.

“But many of them were absent at the meeting. But I understand there will be a crucial meeting of the NWC tomorrow (Wednesday) to also deliberate on the list.”

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Melinda Gates Opens Up On Painful Divorce From Bill Gate

The ex-wife of Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates has opened up about her “unbelievably painful” divorce.

The couple, who got married in 1994 and were together for 27 years, announced their split in May 2021.

Speaking to Fortune Magazine in a new interview, Melinda said: “I had some reasons I just couldn’t stay in that marriage anymore.

“But the odd thing about COVID is that it gave me the privacy to do what I needed to do.

“It’s unbelievably painful, in innumerable ways, but I had the privacy to get through it.”

Melinda stressed that her main concern during the processesion of their seperation were her three children, Jennifer, 25, Rory, 23, and Phoebe, 19.

Despite the divorce, the couple continued to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

She said: “I kept working with the person I was moving away from, and I needed to show up and be my best self every single day. So even though I might be crying at 9 a.m. and then have to be on a video conference at 10 a.m. with the person I’m leaving, I have to show up and be my best.

“I learned as a leader that I could do it. It reminded me that the foundation calls me to be my best.”

French Gates told Gayle King in an interview with “CBS Mornings” earlier this year that she shed “a lot of tears for many days” and was “grieving a loss” following the divorce.

It was revealed that Bill reportedly asked several women out and went on to have a lengthy affair with a Microsoft employee in 2000.

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2023: Tinubu Campaign Council Reviews Membership List, Adamu Absent

2023: Throw All The Jabs You Want To Throw - Tinubu Speaks On Rift With Adamu

The membership list of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) was reviewed behind closed doors by the strategic planning committee of the council on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Director-General of the council and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong chaired the meeting held at the PCC office in Abuja.

A source that spoke with Punch on Tuesday disclosed that the meeting was fixed to properly review the nominees’ list to avoid backlash which was earlier witnessed when the list was released.

Some Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had earlier condemned the composition of the list.

The Director of Media and Communications, Bayo Onanuga on Tuesday evening, disclosed that Governor Lalong called for the meeting to take another look at the list.

Onanuga said, “But it is an internal meeting. It is just to take another look at the campaign list so people don’t complain again. That’s the agenda of the meeting.”

However, the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu and other members of the NWC were absent from the meeting of the strategic planning committee.

The source when asked if NWC members were expected to be present in the meeting said unless an arrangement was agreed on, they also held sensitive positions in the newly constituted campaign council.

He said, “Are they not members of the PCC? Remember that Adamu is a deputy chairman of the council while national vice chairmen of the APC are equally deputy coordinators and zonal vice chairmen.

“But many of them were absent at the meeting. But I understand there will be a crucial meeting of the NWC tomorrow (Wednesday) to also deliberate on the list.”

The meeting was held hours after the APC announced that its presidential campaign would commence on the 10th of October and er 2022.

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Police Officer Who Opened Fire On Wedding Guests Sentenced To 10 Years Imprisonment

Ex-soldier Sentenced To Five Years Imprisonment Without Option Of Fine

An Ekiti High Court in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a former police officer to ten years in prison for killing a wedding guest.

Naija News reports that the accused identified as Tizhe Goji was charged and arraigned on one count charge bordering on manslaughter on 29/07/2021.

The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Familoni subsequently convicted and sentenced the accused after it was deemed that the prosecutor had proven his case beyond reasonable doubt.

The defendant had reportedly opened fire on the deceased, Abayomi Olaoye at the Queens Court Hotel in Ekiti.

The charge reads: “that the convict on 21/11/2021 at Queens Court Hotel, Ado Ekiti within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did murder one Abayomi Olaoye, contrary to Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.”

An eyewitness, Bukola Omorinkoba told the police that, “I came with other members of our family including the deceased for a wedding ceremony at Ise Ekiti, we lodged at Queens Court Hotel, Ado Ekiti.

“Around 9:00 p.m, we were relaxing at the hotels’ reception, we saw the defendant alongside other police officers drove-in a Toyota Hilux Van, immediately they opened the vehicle’s door, he opened fire on us, the bullet hit the deceased and Adebayo Ilori, they were rushed to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, they were later referred to ABUAD Multisystem Hospital, Ado Ekiti, where Abayomi Olaoye was confirmed dead.”

Sharing his side of the story through his counsel, Chris Omokhafe, the defendant said that he had shot the gun by mistake.

He said, “I used the rifle to abort a robbery operation the previous day but forgot to prove and close the rifle’s chamber. I was at Queens Court Hotel to celebrate my promotion for my colleagues. On opening the vehicle’s door, the rifle discharged accidentally. I didn’t do it intentionally.”

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FBI: Chimaroke Nnamani Speaks On Looting $41.8m During His Tenure As Enugu Governor

"That Is My Hustle..." - Nnamani Speaks On Working For Tinubu, Dumping PDP After Inclusion In APC Campaign Council

Nigerian Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has described the reports by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) alleging that he looted and laundered $41.8 million during his tenure as Enugu Governor between 1999 and 2007 as ‘fake news’.

The 62-year-old People’s Democratic Party chieftain via a statement issued on Tuesday also denied that a court sitting in America ordered him to forfeit his assets to the country’s government after he failed to convincingly explain the source of monies and assets traced to him.

According to him, the report was sponsored against him because of his “alternative views” on recent political developments in the country.

It is Campaign of calumny, intimidation, insults and abuse orchestrated to suppress and diminish my voice; however, my voice will grow louder and more persistent,” Nnamani said in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

I know my recent position will attract this attack by those who cannot tolerate alternative views; democracy allows alternative viewpoints, if I cannot express my opinion and take a stand who will?

“There was no such judgment anywhere, the author of the fake news is a known blackmailer.

“The story with the Air Peace Airline is still fresh in our memories. I’m not surprised that the author has offered himself as a willing tool for this hatchet job once again.

“I left Enugu State on a solid foundation 15 years ago, record of our accomplishments is an open book; no amount of mudslinging can rewrite our history.

“I urge our people and Nigerians alike to ignore the mischievous report, sponsored by political foes and professional blackmailers,” he said.

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Agency Begs Reps For Power To Go After Bobrisky, BBNaija Organizers

Agency Begs Reps For Power To Go After Bobrisky, BBNaija Organizers

The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Segun Runsewe, has expressed displeasure with the airing of the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show in Nigeria.

In his address today before an ad hoc committee investigating the duplication of ministries, departments and agencies, Runsewe said his agency only needs the approval to go after crossdressers in the country, the likes of Bobrisky.

The government official asked the House of Representatives to give his council powers to go after BBNaija organizers for promoting nudity on air.

According to him, nudity as displayed on BBNaija is against the culture of Nigeria.

Runsewe stressed that proper amendment of the council’s act will allow them to go after BBN organizers and crossdressers like Bobrisky.

“I am the first person who took Big Brother Nigeria to the NBC to report them because they were having—I took it up and Big Brother (organisers) tried to reach me and I told them that if the culture in other parts of the world is to be naked – nudity, etc., they should not bring it to Nigeria because our culture is rich and it respects the integrity of our country,” Runsewe said.

He added that “This honourable House just needs to empower us with just a legal framework and that nonsense will stop.”

On his part, the Chairman of the Committee, Victor Danzaria said the government is wasting a lot of resources on agencies that are doing the same functions.

“This is a waste for this country, we are looking at areas where we can shrink governance and increase productivity,” he said.

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Mane Nets First UCL Goal As Bayern Trash Plzen 5-0

Mane Nets First UCL Goal As Bayern Trash Plzen 5-0

Senegal’s Sadio Mane on Tuesday scored his first Champions League goal for his new club, Bayern Munich.

Mane, who joined the Bundesliga giant was in the line-up for his side’s match against the Czech side, Victoria Plzen at the Alianz Arena.

It did not take the German side too long before hitting the back of the net as they led with two goals after 13 minutes.

With a rocket from 20 yards out, Leroy Sane gave the Bavarian giants the lead. A powerful shot that went into the top corner was delivered by the German forward after he had pushed up the field.

Shortly after, Gnabry doubled his team’s lead as he rolled the ball into the bottom corner as soon as he spotted an open chance.

In the 21st Minute, Mane scored a beautiful solo goal after receiving the ball from a throw-in and outpacing two opponents with a flick over his head then breaking through with an incredible speed, producing a calm finish in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Since joining Bayern from Liverpool in the summer, Mane has scored seven goals for the club.

Leroy Sane and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting extended the lead in the second half with Sadio mane providing a good assist for Sane.

According to William Hill, Mane is the fourth African player to have scored 25 or more goals in the Champions League. He joins a distinguished list that includes Didier Drogba, Mohamed Salah, and Samuel Eto’o.

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One Killed As Suspected Fraudsters Protest Against EFCC In Delta

One shot dead as suspected internet fraudsters protest against EFCC in Delta

Some youths suspected to be internet fraudsters reportedly staged a protest against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Delta State on Tuesday.

The event, however, resulted in bloodshed as one person was reportedly killed at Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

It was revealed that several trucks were also set ablaze during the protest. Naija News learnt that the presence of security operatives in the area scared away the suspects who have deserted the Otovwodo area in Ughelli for fear of being arrested.

Calmness according to Daily Post has returned to the community as security operatives keep watch over the area.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, who spoke on the phone with reporters in Warri, said, “I am not aware of that now. I am waiting for information.”

It was, however, unclear if the person shot dead is one of the suspected internet fraudsters.

PSC Sacks Seven Top Police Officers, Demotes 10 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, announced the dismissal of seven senior officers from the police force, Naija News reports.

The affected personnel were sacked over alleged gross misconduct. This is as the commission also approved the reduction in rank of ten other officers. The development was announced today during the continuation of the 15th plenary meeting of the Commission.

The summit which is presided over by the force’s acting chairman, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, is expected to end on Thursday, October 6th, 2022.

At the event, the force acted on all the Pending Disciplinary Matters (PDM) before it.

A total of 47 PDM were reportedly attended to while the commission also treated some appeals from dismissed police officers.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting in Abuja, the spokesman of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani said, the dismissed officers include: 1 CSP, 1 SP and 5 ASPs.

He added that one SP was also retired in the public interest. The Commission also reduced the ranks of 1 CSP to SP, 3 SPs to DSP, and 2 DSPs to ASPs.

The ranks of 4 ASPs to Inspectors were demoted at the event while 10 senior Police Officers, including an ACP, a CSP, an SP and 2 DSPs were given the punishment of severe reprimand.

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2023: Tinubu Has The Experience To Lead Nigeria – Joe Igbokwe

2023: Atiku Candidacy Is Putting A Sharp Knife On Things - Joe Igbokwe

The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu is the best man to lead the country.

Speaking on Tuesday at an Ndigbo gathering at the Blue Roof of the Lagos Television (LTV) in Ikeja, Igbokwe insisted that the experience Tinubu had garnered when he was the Governor of Lagos state would help him in carrying out his presidential assignment flawlessly.

Lagos is a 24 hour state and so anybody who has been governor in the state will not find it difficult to rule Nigeria,” Igbokwe said.

The event was to seek the support of Igbos for the 2023 aspirations of Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.

The APC chieftain opined that anyone who effortlessly governed the country’s commercial hub would not find it difficult to rule Nigeria.

Speaking further, Igbokwe challenged other candidates to also show their achievements to Nigerians.

He urged the Igbos to ensure they protect their investments by voting the APC flag bearer into power.

He went on to praise Tinubu for his constant support to the people of South-East and urged Ndigbos to ensure they support all APC candidates in 2023.

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Leipzig Manager Describes Nkunku Chelsea Move As ‘Speculation’

Transfer News: Chelsea Closing In On Nkunku Deal

RB Leipzig manager, Marco Rose, has described claims that Christopher Nkunku has already signed a contract to join Chelsea as “speculation.”

Naija News earlier reported that the French international is on the verge of signing a new deal with the London team.

However, the report also stressed that the Leipzig forward is considering his options.

Nkunku is thought to have had his medical and signed a pre-contract with the Blues. The France international’s £52.7 million release clause will go into play next summer, should he make a move to Stamford Bride.

When asked to confirm the report during a UEFA Champions League (UCL) pre-match conference versus Celtic, the German boss responded as follows: “It’s speculation, we don’t comment on it. “We don’t care, we don’t care.”

Chelsea Manager, Graham Potter was also cautious when asked about the rumours around Nkunku.

Potter informed the press: “My answer is that I don’t speak about players that aren’t Chelsea players. It was the same at Brighton. There are a lot of names out there but I will only speak about Chelsea players and not anyone else.”

When also asked if he would be interested in signing Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, by January, Potter responded, “We can spend all day with these questions but I’m not going to speak about this. If they are not our players, I am not going to speak to them.”

While he has already scored six goals in the 2022–23 season, the 24-year-old scored 20 goals and made 13 assists in the league last year.

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2023: Gov Wike Speaks After Meeting With PDP BoT

PDP BoT Starts Meeting With Wike In Port Harcourt (See Those In Attendance)

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday reiterated that he and his allies are not leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Wike stated this after the closed-door meeting with the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party.

Recall that members of the BoT led by the acting chairman, Adolphus Wabara met with Governor Wike in Port Harcourt over the crisis in PDP.

The Rivers State Governor while speaking after the meeting which lasted for almost four hours emphasised the importance of unity in the party.

He noted that his concern is not whether PDP achieved peace or not today, but what is important is that the party is united.

Wike while addressing newsmen said, “What is important is to have unity, even if it takes you longer days. I think that is the message he(Wabara) is conveying.”

The former presidential aspirant added that he and his allies have stated several times that they would not be leaving the main opposition party.

He also stated, “but that does not mean that there are no internal issues that ought to be sorted out. I think what they are here for is to see how they can sort out some internal issues.”

PDP would be hoping to commence its presidential campaign on Tuesday in Akwa Ibom State as a united party.

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EFCC Arrests Fake Portable After Failing To Perform In An Event

EFCC Speaks On Invasion Of Justice Mbaba's Residence In Kano

One Famotemi Toluwani Timothy who is a disc jockey based in Ogun state has been apprehended by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Command for allegedly impersonating controversial Nigerian singer Portable.

According to a statement from the Head of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, the impersonator was apprehended on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Timothy who is an Indigene of Igede-Ekiti in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State,  had opened an Instagram account with the name Zazu Omolalomi Portable” where he claimed to be the singer.

According to the statement, Timothy had told one of his victims, Adebayo Adedimeji Lukman who runs a club in Offa, Kwara during a chat that he is Portable and demanded a sum of N1m to perform at the club.

The suspect requested that 80 percent of the money be paid before the event, and Adebayo reportedly paid the sum of N790,000 into a bank account number provided by the suspect.

However, the suspect did not show up at the event which was held on February 18, 2022 and eventually blocked all means of communication with the suspect.

The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the statement added.

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Breaking: Nnamdi Kanu Begs Buhari For His Release

Breaking: Nnamdi Kanu Begs Buhari For His Release

The embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari for his release from detention.

Naija News reports that the Biafra Nation agitator is in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) following his repatriation to Nigeria from abroad.

In a petition submitted to President Buhari on Tuesday, October 3, Kanu seek an order for his immediate release.

The petition that was signed by his team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, urged President Buhari to direct his unconstitutional release from the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, through a more productive “political solution”.

“You can do this by instructing the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation to wield his powers under section 174 of the 1999 Constitution to enter a ‘nolle prosecute.

“This will immediately halt the present restlessness and sit-at-home mantra currently ravaging the South East and paralysing business and normal life”, Vanguard quoted Kanu’s petition as saying.

Naija News understands that President Buhari received the petition through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

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UPDATED: Details Of PDP BoT With Wike Emerge

The details of the meeting between the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike have emerged.

Naija News had earlier reported that members of the BoT met with Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Tuesday.

Those in attendance include the acting Chairman of the PDP BoT, former Governor of Kogi State, Ibrahim Idris, former Enugu Governor, Okwesilieze Nwodo, former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Shuaib Oyedokun; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Kabiru Turaki, Dr Esther Uduehi and Hajia Zainab Maina.

This platform learnt that the meeting which started around 1 pm on Tuesday ended in a deadlock despite the effort of the BoT to end the crisis in the party.

The meeting which was held behind a closed door for almost four hours ended at about 4:35 pm.

The acting Chairman of the PDP BoT, Adolphus Wabara, while addressing newsmen said they had a frank discussion, he, however, stated that there was no conclusion during the meeting.

He said, “We have been robbing minds for the past four hours with His Excellency, the performing governor of Rivers State, Mr Project. This meeting took about four hours. We have not concluded.

“You know to make peace takes some time. But, I think we are at it. We are better informed. Every coin has two sides. We have been briefed by His Excellency. We are going back to Abuja to digest all that we have gathered.

“It has been a very fruitful but one thing we must understand is that this family still remains one under one umbrella called PDP and by the special grace of God, we will end up very victorious. With his (Wike’s) cooperation and the support of all other governors, we will make progress.

“In concrete terms, it is a work in progress. As I said, we will get there. We will definitely get there. This is the first time members of the Board of Trustees are coming to see His Excellency and for your information, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees. We robbed minds and we will find a solution very soon.

“Presidential campaign has started and it is the policy of our great party that we all go home and campaign. His Excellency is here and he is campaigning for the party.

“In Abia State where I come from, we are also campaigning. You know there is no ballot box in Abuja. Everyone on us here is from one zone or the other.

“Our governor here is a PDP governor. Even if he does not really come out to campaign, he has campaigned with all the projects he has executed in Rivers State as we speak.

“I said this yesterday to one of your colleagues; I am acting chairman of the Board of Trustees and I do not have the exclusiveness to come out here to tell you what the Board of Trustees will come out with.

“We are going back and will convene a meeting of the Board of Trustees and that is when Nigerians will hear the decision of the Board of Trustees. Since it is an advisory body and conscience of the party, we will be there to tell the party the truth about our findings and nothing but the truth.”

Wike speaking after the meeting said, “As the BoT acting chairman said, the most important thing is to have unity. What is important is that the house is united. So, the issue of whether we achieved peace today or not is immaterial.”

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