“The creation of the four emirates followed all due process. The matter is already in court. My advice to them is that anyone of them who does not want to stay in Rano, Bichi, Karaye and Gaya emirates can relocate to Kano.“This matter is very simple; and for them to be sponsoring Press Conference here and there means they are committing contempt of court. By /

Kano state government on Monday described as a display of ignorance a call by a group of civil society organizations for the resignation of the newly installed Emirs of Bichi, Karaye, Gaya and Rano.

The Renaissance Coalition in collaboration with Kano-based Civil Society Organizations on Monday, during a Press Conference at Bristol Palace called for the resignation of the new Emirs.

The spokesman of the group, Abdulrahaman Baffa Yola also called on His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto to intervene in the on-going crisis surrounding the creation of four additional emirates in Kano state, saying the exercise did not follow due process.

According to him, “we call on His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto being the leader of the Danfodio Caliphate to denounce in strong terms the creation of additional emirates in Kano which was done without consultation with major stakeholders and following the due process.

But in a swift reaction, Kano state Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, described the group as sponsored elements who are being used to destabilize peace and cause tension in the state.

According to him, “we are not surprise because this so-called Civil Society Organizations are speaking out of ignorance. In fact, they are being used by a few elite in Kano to cause problem.

“The creation of the four emirates followed all due process. The matter is already in court. My advice to them is that anyone of them who does not want to stay in Rano, Bichi, Karaye and Gaya emirates can relocate to Kano.

“This matter is very simple;…

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The sector commander advised motorists to note the occurrence and plan their trips, saying that those using the corridor within the period should obey all traffic rules and regulations.Oladele urged motorists to refrain from driving against traffic, saying that  violators were liable to be apprehended for dangerous driving which attracts a fine of N50, 000 and impounding of the erring vehicle.“The FRSC is working with sister traffic agencies to maintain visibility to ease the traffic discomfort the temporary closure of that section of the corridor will cause,’’ he said.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced the temporary closure of only the Ibadan-bound carriage way of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo.

Mr Clement Oladele, FRSC Commander in Ogun, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

Oladele said that the closure took effect on Wednesday, noting that the road would be reopened on Friday to enable the contracting firm, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC lay asphalt on that section of the road.

“This is to inform the motoring public that Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, currently rehabilitating the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, will be temporarily closing only the Ibadan bound carriageway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo.

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The delegation listed a number of challenges they were facing in Saudi Arabia, including activities of drug traffickers, highlighting the recent incident of Miss Zainab Habibu Aliyu, whose name tag was attached to a drug-filled bag at the airport in Kano, leading to her arrest and prolonged detention in Saudi Arabia.Miss Aliyu was released after President Buhari’s intervention and had been reunited with her family.

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President Buhari, who received leaders of Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia at the end of his Umrah trip, said efforts should be intensified to expose those involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade in the country, assuring that appropriate actions would be taken.

 

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"Politics these days has gone beyond playing tribal and myopic politics and wanting to benefit from where you didn't labour. Ndi Igbo should come together and proffer solutions to their seeming politics of exclusion from larger political interests and connections. Once they are able to put their house in order, nobody or force will deny them whatever they want in Nigeria"

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Condemning the attack on the Minister, an Igbo nationalist and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South region, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday said there was no basis for the attack as what the Minister did was merely…

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The defence counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) pleaded with the court to conduct the trial in absentia for Dangabar, his client due to his health, which was objected to by Jacobs.The prosecution counsel argued who that it was uncpnstitutional to proceed with a trial in the absence of the defendant, suggesting rather an adjournment.The judge adjourned the matter to May 27, 2019.

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“The choice of the writer refreshing same old negative story with current date and posting it as a new story and happening is an attempt to mislead the good people of the state.”The PPRO feared that the report might be designed “to fan the embers of acrimony among the good people of the state.’’
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Madam Ekioukere Foster hails from Bayelsa State but resident in Bomadi, headquarters of Bomadi Local Government of Delta State. A few weeks ago, she was among thousands of beneficiaries of starter packs distributed by the Presidential Amnesty Programme to empower residents of communities impacted during the Niger Delta crises. Since luck visited her through the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, the 57-year-old woman has been consumed by joy and a burning zeal for a new life fired by hope.

Ekioukere shares same fate with several Niger Deltans including the aged, youth, men and women. While beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme are savouring a new dawn, residents of communities in the Niger Delta region have also invested a balloon of hope in the Programme propelled by Prof. Dokubo’s passion for work and commitment. And they hold belief that their optimism is not misplaced.

Wednesday March 13, 2019 marked Dokubo’s one year in office, a period characterized by fresh initiatives and events that has put smiles on the faces of not only beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, but on their parents, brothers and sisters. For close watchers of activities at the Amnesty Office, that the Abonnema, Rivers State-born erudite professor of international repute and nuclear scientist recorded tremendous achievements within a period of one year was not surprising as he set out to pilot the Amnesty Programme on full throttle.

Angel of peace

On assumption of office in March 2018, Dokubo engaged critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta in consultative meetings geared towards deepening peace in the volatile region. Apart from key leaders of ex-agitators, he also met severally Niger Delta elders, elders and stakeholders in Lagos. Among critical stakeholders who attended some of the meetings were Chief Bibopre Ajube, aka General Shoot-at-Sight; Dr. Ebikabowei Victor Ben, alias Boyloaf, and a representative HRH Ateke Tom. Representatives of other frontline leaders of ex-agitators in the Niger Delta including Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, also attended.

On June 7, 2018, he met with over 30 Phase One leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers in furtherance of his peace efforts, and parleyed 70 Phase Two and Three leaders the next day at same venue. He had earlier hosted the leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and visited a former Federal Commissioner for Information and respected Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, in his determination to deepen peace in the Niger Delta.

 

A New Dawn

As a first step after mounting the saddle, Dokubo constituted a committee headed by a university teacher, Prof. Ayibaemi Spiff, to review operations of the Amnesty Programme. Part of the findings of the committee was that while the Amnesty Office had undertaken the construction of five Vocational Training/Reintegration Centres across states in the Niger Delta, however, even when two of the centres (in Ondo and Bayelsa States) were near  completion, had been activated for the training of thousands of persons enrolled on the Programme that are yet to be skilled due to the failure of the Amnesty Office to pay in full the contract sums, lack of proper supervision and demand for variation by some of the contractors.

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