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Friday, 9 December 2022

Come Out, Go To Jail, Esiso Dares APC"s Delta North Senatorial Candidate, Says Nwoko Has No Opposition, As PDP Campaign Train Hits Ndokwa East

Come Out, Go To Jail, Esiso Dares APC"s Delta North Senatorial Candidate, Says Nwoko Has No Opposition, As PDP Campaign Train Hits Ndokwa East


Prince Ned Nwoko, the Delta North Senatorial candidate has been declared as not having any opponent to contest against him for the Senatorial seat in the red Chambers of the National Assembly.

PDP State Chairman, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, a Barrister-at-law, made the declaration during the Party's Ward campaigns in Ndokwa East Local Government Area.

Esiso said: " The man needed for Delta North in the Senate is Prince Ned Nwoko. He has no opposition. The one that should have been his opponent has gone into hiding, and he dares not come out. If he comes out, he will be arrested and taken to jail. So, this is your Senatorial candidate, Prince Ned Nwoko."

Esiso slammed the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for saying that he would continue with the programmes of the Buhari administration, saying: "Bola Tinubu said he would continue with what Buhari is doing - Holy Ghost Fire!

"He wants to continue with the suffering the Buhari administration brought to Nigeria; rice is beyond the reach of Nigerians, cost of fuel is unbearable," Esiso said.

He then called on the people to retrieve the country from the stranglehold of the APC Federal Government by casting their votes for the PDP Presidential ticket of Atiku-Okowa. "Chase out APC from Government with your votes for PDP," the PDP Delta State Chairman said. He congratulated the Ward leadership for doing a great job of keeping PDP supporters together and for mobilising them for the Ward campaigns.

Earlier, the Chairman of Delta North PDP and campaign leader, Elder Moses Iduh urged members of the Wards not to allow themselves to be sweet-talked to leave the party. "Don't be deceived. Vote for people who will work to better the lives of youths, those who know that youths exist," he said.

Accordingly to him, PDP is the only party that can return this nation back to normalcy. "PDP has all it takes. There's hope for Nigeria with PDP," Iduh said, adding: " Use your votes to drive APC Federal Government into the bottomless pit."

While introducing the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the party, Sir Monday Onyeme, Iduh said Onyeme has been empowering people in Ndokwa East when he was alone, pointing out that as Deputy Governor he would do better. "Atiku-Okowa will change this nation, they will be blessing to this nation," Iduh said.

Meanwhile, Wards in Ndokwa East Local Government Area were upbeat for PDP, when the Delta North Campaign train hit the area Thursday.

Ward 7, Ase, Ward 8, Ward 5, Ward 3, and Ward 2, were all agog for the party with PDP supporters rooting their support for the party and its candidates.

Campaign co-ordinator for Ndokwa East LGA, Elder Chike Ugwummadu while welcoming the campaign train assured that all the Wards in the Local Government are PDP compliant, and that each Ward will deliver all votes for all PDP candidates in the five-over-five pattern.

At Ward 5, Aboh, PDP chieftain, and former commissioner, Dr. George Ugbomah while greeting members of the campaign train declared that the Ward is PDP and will deliver five-over-five for the party. 

Some of the Ward Chairmen made passionate appeals to the PDP to help assuage the community people's sufferings in matters affecting their terrain.

We Were Forced To Implicate Bukola Sarakii In Offa Robbery ...Witness

We Were Forced To Implicate Bukola Sarakii In Offa Robbery ...Witness

 A witness, Shamsudeen Bada, on Thursday narrated at the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin how men of the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police led by suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, tortured him to implicate former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in the April 5, 2018 Offa robbery.

Led in evidence by the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, Bada who is a former Vice Chairman of Irepodun Local Government area of Kwara State, recounted his experience to the court at the resumed trial of the suspects in the robbery at the Kwara State High Court.

Five suspects – Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham and two others -were charged to court by the police for criminal conspiracy to rob the banks, murder of nine policemen and other citizens, and illegal possession of firearms.

The five accused persons were standing trial for alleged conspiracy, armed robbery, murder, culpable homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

Bada said when the families of the detained suspects threatened the police with court action, the IRT operatives said they were taking instructions directly from the IGP and there was no court from Kwara that can stop their operation.

During cross examination by Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) who is prosecuting the case, the witness said that while they were in detention, the IRT operatives promised that they would free them “if we can name Saraki as our sponsor,” adding, “Ayo Akinnibosun was shot in the leg when he declined to indict Saraki.

“After he was shot, my health started deteriorating. DCP Abba Kyari brought some nurses to treat me. Before I was eventually released, the police officers gave me conditions before I was released that I must not grant any press interview, I must not go to court and I should quit politics.”

The prosecuting counsel was unable to conclude his cross-examination of the witness because a particular document was not properly placed to be tendered before the Court. Hence, they sought an adjournment to obtain the said document.

The trial Judge, Justice Halimat Salman, subsequently adjourned the case to January 16,17 and 18, 2023 for the continuation of cross-examination

Recently Demoted Son Of Former Chief Of Defence Staff Runs Into Another Trouble In Lagos

Recently Demoted Son Of Former Chief Of Defence Staff Runs Into Another Trouble In Lagos

A naval officer, Kayode Petinrin, has been accused of assaulting a Lagos motorist, identified simply as Sola, in the CMS area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the officer also damaged Sola’s car while trying to manoeuvre on the Bus Rapid Transit lane along the axis on Tuesday.

It was learnt that when Sola complained about his damaged car, the officer allegedly beat him up.

Kayode is said to be the son of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Oluseyi Petinrin, a retired Air Chief Marshal.

The victim said that Kayode assaulted him because he challenged him (Kayode) for damaging his new vehicle.

Sola lamented that he was planning to take the car to the palace of the Elegushi for royal blessing when the incident happened.

He said, “I was driving along CMS and there was traffic; everybody was driving orderly, but he (Kayode) just wanted to come in front of me and I had already passed where he could enter from.

“So, he tried to squeeze his way in and hit my car. I got out of my car to see the damage and I challenged him that what he did was wrong. But he just came out and told me to get back into my car.

“I reported him to a policeman around the area, and when the man challenged him, he showed the man his ID card. I told him that if he’s a naval officer, that did not give him the right to hit my car.

“Then he started punching me. I have a deep cut on my lips. My hand was bruised, and I was seriously injured in the attack.”

Sola said he reported the case at the Maroko Police Station, adding that the DPO called the military police to follow him to Kayode’s house.

He, however, said some Air Force officers guarding the house threatened to shoot if they got closer to the gate.

“I followed him all the way from CMS to know where he lives. I then called the palace to tell them what happened. That was when kabiyesi sent two men to meet me.

“On getting there, they said I should take the legal route by reporting at the nearest police station.

“We went to Maroko Police Station; the DPO, Ganiu Raji, called the military police to inform them what the military man did.

“When we got his house, two military men came out and stopped us before we could get closer. They said they were going to shoot us. The military guys said the house belonged to a former general, and we had no right to come there.

“The most annoying thing is that I was driving the car to the palace so that they could pray for me. It’s a new car; a BMW series,” he added.

The spokesperson for the Navy, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, described Kayode as one of the bad eggs in the service.

Ayo-Vaughan revealed that the officer was recently suspended, while his rank was reduced.

He said, “This Petinrin (Kayode) was just disciplined. In fact, his rank was reduced because of a similar issue. He is one of the bad eggs that we are managing and that is because he is our son and brother.

“I will take it up; I will call the chief staff officer so that our naval police can invite him. I will send what you have sent to me to them so as to follow up from there.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said the police did not go to the house to avert a face-off.

Hundeyin said, “The DPO informed the military police; but it turned out that the Air Force personnel there threatened to shoot the military police if they did not leave that place immediately. The military police had to withdraw.”

The police spokesperson said the property belonged to the Air Force, adding that efforts were being made to officially inform the Air Force authorities about the case for further action

Celine Dion Diagnosed With Rare Incurable Disease, Cancels Shows

Celine Dion Diagnosed With Rare Incurable Disease, Cancels Shows


Canadian singer Celine Dion has opened up on her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes one’s muscles to tense uncontrollably.

The 54-year-old made the announcement in a video on her Instagram page on Thursday, where she disclosed that her 2023 shows had been moved to 2024.

The singer said, “Hello everyone, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person.

“As you know, I’ve always been an open book, and I wasn’t ready to say anything before, but im ready now.

“I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and its been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.

“Recently, I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff person syndrome, which affects 1 in a million people

“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been having.”

The caption of the video read, “Celine Dion reschedules Spring 2023 shows to 2024,and cancels eight of her summer 2023 shows.”

Man Arrested For incinerating His 80-year-old Uncle

Man Arrested For incinerating His 80-year-old Uncle


A 35-year-old man, Haruna Ezekiel has been arrested by the Bauchi State police command for incinerating an 80-year-old man, Sunday Saleh.

According to a statement by the spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Waki, police operatives were duly informed on December 6, by a complainant that on the previous day, he saw flames coming out from the house of the deceased.

He said he rushed to the scene and met the suspect there and discovered that he had k#lled Sunday Saleh and dug a shallow grave to bury him behind the b¥rnt house.

Acting on the tip-off, Haruna was arrested by the police and investigations revealed that the victim was his paternal uncle. Ahmed noted that the suspect carried out the act because he was told by his son, Chomwanda, that the deceased had initiated him into w#tchcraft.

“The suspect was told by his son that his uncle gave him a piece of meat to eat some days ago. Later, he met the boy and told him that the meat he ate was an initiation into w#tchcraft and he was to offer his father as a sacrifice to complete the initiation process.

On hearing this from his son, the suspect became furious and confronted his uncle over the matter. Sunday apologized to the suspect but the plea fell on deaf ears. Haruna proceeded to h#t his uncle on the head with a stick and he collapsed. He dr@gged his body into the house and set it abl@ze. As a result, the victim was b¥rnt beyond recognition and the suspect dug a shallow grave to bury him,” the statement read in part.

We Are Winning The War Against Terrorism..Chief Of Air Staff

We Are Winning The War Against Terrorism..Chief Of Air Staff


The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has stated that the magnanimity of President Muhammadu Buhari in providing the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) with new and modern platforms and NAF's ability to effectively operationalize their usage in the battlefield has been instrumental to the level of successes been recorded against terrorists and insurgents. He stated this earlier today while on operation tour of 205 Combat Search and Rescue Group, Kerang Plateau State and 22 Quick Response Wing, Lafia in Nasarawa State. According to the CAS, there was no doubt that some of the new platforms in NAF’s Order of Battle, particularly the JF-17 Thunder aircraft, the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and the Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been one of the many reasons why, in his words, 'We are winning the war against terrorism in the country.' He however stated that more still needed to be done to completely decimate and flush out the remnants of terrorists still preying on soft targets. He also warned that being complacent at this point would be harmful to ongoing operations and called for extra focus, vigilance and caution.

Air Marshal Amao also informed the personnel that the NAF is expecting the delivery of additional new platforms which the President has approved for the NAF.  These platforms include 2 CASA-295 medium airlift aircraft, 2 Beechcraft King Air 360, 4 Diamond DA-62 surveillance aircraft, 3 Wing Loong II UCAVs and 6 T-129 ATAK helicopters. Other ongoing acquisitions include 2 Agusta 109 Trekker multi-role helicopters, 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters and 24 M-346 attack aircraft to boost NAF's air power employment and projection capabilities as well as air combat training. A few of these additional platforms are expected to be delivered to the NAF before the end of First quarter 2023. On the upcoming general elections, the CAS noted that while in exercising their constitutional right to vote for any candidate of their choice, they must desist from engaging in any form of political activities. According to the CAS, 'We must continue to maintain our integrity and neutrality as a Service. You must also remember that as custodians of Nigeria's constitution, we must ensure that the public' s perception of the NAF and the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains positive and unblemished.'

The CAS was accompanied by some Branch Chiefs, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, and some Directors.

Thursday, 8 December 2022

House of Reps Orders CBN To Suspend New Cash Withdrawal Limit

House of Reps Orders CBN To Suspend New Cash Withdrawal Limit


The House of Representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to halt the implementation of the new cash withdrawal policy slated for January 9, 2023 pending compliance with the provisions of the Act establishing the bank.

The House also summoned CBN Governor Godwin Emiefele in accordance with the provisions of the Central Bank Act to brief the Chamber on several policies of the bank in recent times.

There was anger in the House on Thursday as members took turns to condemn the new cash withdrawal policy, saying it will grossly affect small businesses and the economy since most rural communities don’t have access to banks.

However, following a point of order raised by Mark Gbillah on the provisions of the Central Bank Act, the House directed the CBN Governor to appear before the House on Thursday, December 15, 2022 to brief the House on why the policy should be allowed to stand.