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Abike Dabiri,Ibikunle Amosun Welcome Grandchild

Abike Dabiri,Ibikunle Amosun Welcome Grandchild

Abike Dabiri Erewa has welcomed her first grand child. Her son, Oladipo and his wife, Ayomide, daughter of Ogun state governor, Ibikunke Amosun, welcomed their first child recently. The couple got married in July 2017.

Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri-Erewa is a Nigerian politician and former member of the Nigeria Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Constituency in Lagos State. She was the Chairman of the House Committee on Media & Publicity and presently SSA to the President on Foreign Relations & Diaspora.
Meet Nigeria's First Female Professor Of Law At Harvard University Dehlia Umunna

Meet Nigeria's First Female Professor Of Law At Harvard University Dehlia Umunna

Professor Dehlia Umunna

Dehlia Umunna is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS), and the Faculty Deputy Director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), where she supervises third-year law students in their representation of adult and juvenile clients in criminal and juvenile proceedings in Massachusetts Courts, including the Supreme Judicial Court. Her teaching interest and research focus on Criminal Law, Criminal Defense and Theory, Mass Incarceration, and Race Issues. She serves as a Faculty Adviser to some student organizations. Professor Umunna coaches the HLS National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy and the HLS Black Law Student Association Trial Teams, and has led them to numerous regional and national awards. In addition to her work at HLS, Professor Umunna serves as a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender's Training Center), and is a frequent presenter at Public Defender Training Conferences and Social Justice Reform Panels around the country. She was recently appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to the newly-established Bar Admissions Curriculum Committee to assist in crafting the Uniform Bar Exam.

Prior to coming to Harvard, Professor Umunna spent several years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) as a trial attorney. At PDS, she was a felony one trial attorney, representing indigent clients in hundreds of cases from misdemeanor charges of theft, assault, and drug possession, to kidnapping, child sexual abuse, rape, and homicide. Some of her cases received nationwide media attention. She also served as faculty training attorneys under the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Act.

From 2002 to 2007, Professor Umunna was an Adjunct Professor of Law and Practitioner in Residence at American University, Washington College of Law. She was a board member of the District of Columbia Law Students in Court Clinic, and a guest lecturer for several years at the George Washington University Law School.

Among her recognitions, Professor Umunna has received Harvard Law School’s Dean’s Award for Excellence, in acknowledgment of her outstanding service to the HLS community where she has excelled as a student supervisor, staff manager, lecturer, coach, and mentor, and the Southern Public Defender Training Center Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

Professor Umunna is a member of the Massachusetts, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bar Associations. She holds a B.A. in Communications from California State University, a Masters in Public Administration (MC) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a JD from George Washington University Law School, where she was awarded the J.B. Shapiro Prize for Public Interest ($10,000). Her article “Rethinking the Neighborhood Watch: How Lessons from Nigerian Villages Can Creatively Empower Communities to Assist Low-Income, Single Mothers In America,” was recently published in AM. U. J. GENDER, SOC. POL'Y & L. (Volume 20, Number 4). She is the very proud mother of daughter, Ifeanyi, and son, Edozie.




I Have Not Been Removed From Office As Osun Governor..Oyetola

I Have Not Been Removed From Office As Osun Governor..Oyetola

Osun State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola Saturay said he would remain in office pending the determination of his appeal challenging last Friday’s judgment of the election petition tribunal.

Oyetola said his faith in the judiciary remains unshaken despite of the tribunal judgement, which nullified his election on Friday

He made the remarks while inspecting some on-going road and drainage projects in the state capital, Osogbo, enjoining the public to disregard the insinuations that he had been sacked, saying he was confident of retaining his mandate at the appellate court.

He said the outcome of the lower court did not in anyway affect the validity of the votes freely and willing given to him by the people of the state, saying since the constitution allowed him to file an appeal against the judgment, he remained the legitimate governor of the state.

The governor said: “I am confident that our mandate will be reaffirmed at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. As you all know, it was a split judgment, telling us that it was not a unanimous decision. This is part of our strength at the Appellate Court

“I must correct the impression that I have been removed from office I remain the governor of Osun till all the electoral litigations are finalised.

“So, my visit to this site is in furtherance of our commitment to ensure a better life for all residents of the state and to demonstrate that governance brought about by our government continues”, he said.

Oyetola, who had earlier received the leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Government House had assured the teeming supporters of the party that he would come victorious at the end of the electoral litigation.

He called on the party loyalists to remain calm and expressed confidence in the judiciary to deliver justice as it remained the ‘hope for a common man’

In a state broadcast yesterday in Osogbo, Oyetola explained that in accordance with the dictates of the law, his government remained intact pending the decision of the higher courts.

He said the status quo “remains while the business of governance continues under his watch” and said that he had directed all law enforcement agencies, as a matter of duty, to continue to maintain law and order across the state.

He said, ”I address you this day to inform you that, in response to the judgment of the Osun Governorship Election Tribunal, sitting at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Friday, we have gone on appeal to challenge the split decision of the Tribunal.

“This split decision notwithstanding, our confidence in the judiciary remains unshaken, which is why we are going back to it for necessary review through the appellate court.

“In accordance with the dictates of law, our government remains intact pending the decision of the higher courts. The status quo remains, and the business of governance continues under my watch.

“I have directed all law enforcement agencies as a matter of duty to continue to maintain law and order across the state.

“I would, therefore, appeal to you all to remain calm and go about your legitimate businesses, while we explore the instruments of the law to reaffirm the mandate that you freely gave to us.

“I thank you for your support all the way and urge you to remain faithful to the kernels that have made our state the land of virtue.”

The tribunal had declared Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election held in September 28, 2018.

The three-member panel held that the supplementary election that held on September 27, 2018, was illegal. It, therefore, deducted the votes scored by the APC candidate, Oyetola, in the supplementary poll.

The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on September 22, declaring Oyetola is null and void in a majority decision.However, one member of the panel held a contrary view.
INEC Returning Officer Yet To Arrive Bauchi For Collation Of Rerun Results

INEC Returning Officer Yet To Arrive Bauchi For Collation Of Rerun Results

Despite the arrival of all the results from the 36 Polling units, the state Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, Professor Mohammed Kyari is yet to arrive Bauchi from Yola Adamawa State.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi disclosed this while briefing journalists and observers at the commission’s headquarters.

He debunked the rumors being circulated that INEC was only planning to change the result of the governorship re-run election conducted in the state.

According to him, all the 15 Local Government Returning Officers have arrived the collation center to present their results, attributing the non commencement of the collation process to the non arrival of the State Returning Officer, Professor Kyari Muhammad.
Nigerian Police Yet To Trace 3 Missing Officers In Cameroon ,6 Months After

Nigerian Police Yet To Trace 3 Missing Officers In Cameroon ,6 Months After

Six months after they went missing in the Republic of Cameroon, the fate of three Nigerian police officers is still shrouded in uncertainty, a development that has been giving members of their families sleepless nights.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olutope Falode, Inspector Yohama Gamida, Inspector Mohammed Usman, attached to the Interpol section of the Nigeria police in Abuja, and a civilian vehicles mechanic, Mommoh Usman, went into Cameroon en route to Gabon to recover a stolen car when contact with them was lost..

The stolen vehicle had been traced to the Republic of Gabon in Central Africa through the Interpol database for recovered vehicles before the team was dispatched to return it to Nigeria.

The policemen, in the company of the mechanic, left Nigeria through the border in Akwa-Ibom State and entered Cameroon on  September 3, 2018.

As soon as they entered the neighbouring country, DSP Falode, who was the team leader, logged in with the Interpol in Cameroon, from where it was believed that the team had continued by road for their destination.

However, it was gathered that Falode and the rest of the team became unreachable while still in the Cameroonian territory and have since not communicated with the Nigerian police officials and their family members back at home.

Police sources noted that the procedure, as was done when they entered Cameroon, was also to log in with the Interpol in Gabon, which did not happen.

It is believed that the policemen and their civilian counterpart were lost in Cameroon.

The plan was that one of the police inspectors would drive the Hilux van on the return journey to Nigeria while the civilian mechanic would drive the recovered vehicle.

Falode’s wife, Mrs Titi Falode, said that she became alarmed when her husband did not call to update her about his travels.

“This is not the first time he is traveling; he goes anywhere he is sent to. I don’t know his whereabouts. They said he was going to Gabon.

“I want them to help me find my husband. I have four boys; it’s only the help of the family of my husband and the people around me that is helping me pay school fees.

“The eldest son is 13. The government should please help find my husband. He is working at the Interpol. I don’t know where he is that Interpol cannot find him.

“The president should please help me find him. If it is money they need they should please settle them. If he offended them, this is not the way they should punish him,” she stated.

Falode’s elder brother, Oluyemi Falode, told Daily Trust on Sunday that family members, including their parents, had met with senior police officers at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, where they were told that efforts were being made to find the missing men.

“Assistant Commissioner of Police, Interpol, Lanre Balogun, first came to Ibadan to speak to our parents.

“We came to Abuja on September 17, 2018; they said when he left on September 3, there was no reply to his number, that was how we sensed that something was wrong,” he said.

He said they were told it took a long time for Cameroon to respond to initial enquiries, adding that after two months, the Cameroonian military attaché in Nigeria was contacted, with a plea that his country should assist in locating the missing policemen.

He said Falode’s family was briefed of efforts to find the policemen through information exchange and the involvement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cameroon Embassy in Nigeria.

He said the family learnt that authorities were working with a theory that the missing men may have been caught up in Cameroon’s conflict zone, between the Cameroonian border with Gabon where separatist militia are active.

He said frantic efforts were being made to find out if they were captured by the separatists and are being held captive at a prison or detention facility.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), ACP Frank Mba said: “The Police have done so much to ensure that this case is cracked and the personnel brought home. The Force has mobilised all relevant government and international agencies for mutual assistance.”

He said the Police had contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Immigration, Office of the National Security Adviser and the National Intelligence Agency, noting that the agencies also contacted their counterparts in both Cameroon and Gabon.

“Similarly, the Interpol department of the Nigeria Police Force is working assiduously with other corresponding Interpol offices, both at the regional level and its world headquarters in Lyon, France.

“Specifically, the Interpol has placed a ‘Yellow Notice’ for easy identification of the missing men anywhere in the world.

“The relevant information of the vehicle in which the policemen were travelling has been declared on the Interpol database.

“You can see that the Police have activated all investigative platforms and channels at national, bilateral, regional, continental and world levels.

“We are also in touch with communal leaders in Gabon, Cameroon and the border areas of Nigeria. It is a mysterious disappearance, yet we will stop at nothing in ensuring that our colleagues and brothers are safely located and reunited with their families.

“We appealed for patience and understanding from the family of our missing colleagues. At the same time appeal for relevant information from members of the public.”
INEC Adjourns Collation Of Sokoto State Guber Rerun Results

INEC Adjourns Collation Of Sokoto State Guber Rerun Results

The collation exercise for the Sokoto state governorship supplementary elections results has been adjourned to 9am on Sunday.

The adjournment following the non- arrival of results from Kebbe local government, which is the last of the 22 Local Government Areas.

The Returning Officer, Professor Fatima Mukhtar, who announced the adjournment before party agents, heads of security agencies, the media, observers and other stakeholders had presided over results of 21 LGs where the rerun was conducted.

However, out of the rerun results, APC is leading with 14 local governments against PDP’s 7.

Incumbent Governor Aminu Tambuwal has an earlier margin of 3413 votes in the March 9th polls.

Before the election was declared inconclusive, Tambuwal of the PDP had 489, 558 votes over APC candidate, who scored 486,145.
Osun State Is In A Complete Financial Mess...Oba Oluwo Of Iwo

Osun State Is In A Complete Financial Mess...Oba Oluwo Of Iwo

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has said the Osun State Government might be unable to sustain its current wage bill let alone pay the new N30, 000 minimum wage unless it overhauls the civil service.

The monarch spoke in Iwo at the grand finale of a quiz competition organised for public secondary schools in Osun West senatorial district by a non-governmental organisation, AENON Foundation.

The royal father, who expressed concern about the new minimum wage bill passed by the Senate, while many states were still struggling to pay N18, 000 to the least paid workers, said the state civil service was over-bloated and needed a complete overhaul.

Oba Akanbi said, “Osun is sick. The governor, Oyetola, may not be able to say this truth because he is a politician. But I am a royal father. I should be good to tell the truth always. It will be tough for the state to pay the new minimum wage, unless there is a complete overhaul of the civil service.

“The current wage bill of the state government cannot be sustained. The civil service needs overhaul.  A situation whereby 26 drivers will be attached to two vehicles must stop.”

As part of ways out of the situation, the royal father said unproductive civil servants must be made productive by government and be deployed where their skills would be useful.

He added, “Also, aggressive revenue generation through internally generated revenue, especially from the informal sector, would be of help to government.”

The state governor, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Festus Olajide, commended the monarch for speaking the truth about the state’s financial situation, urging well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the Chairman of Aenon Foundation, Mr Ademola Adedapo, by partnering with government in meeting the people’s needs.

In his remarks, Adedapo said 98 secondary schools across Osun-West senatorial district started the competition. He assured the people that the organisers would continue to invest in education to enable pupils to realise their full potential.