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Incurable OPTIMIST; unrepentant Africanist, highpriest of metaphysics, teacher, writer, journalist, biographer.

Activist Eholor threatens to drag Gov Obaseki to court as security deteriorates in Edo

Chief Patriot Patrick Eholor, a human right activist has threatened to drag Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki to court over the insecurity issues at verious parts of the state especially Benin City, the state capital.

He said it is becoming worrisome that inhabitants of the state now live at the mercy of hoodlums over robbery, kidnapping and cult clashes which has led to the lose of lives since October last year.

According to the president of One Love Foundation, “Edo as a state has now being hijacked by hoodlums who have continued to operate freely as robbers, kidnappers or cultists. People are being robbed on daily basis, POS operators, market women at various quarters, drivers and passengers are left to their faith. We have never had it bad like this as a state.

He also said “Nigerians should know their rights, especially my Edo people. If anybody is killed or kidnapped again in Edo State, I will sue the governor because he collects security votes. So I will ask him what he is using the security votes for, because it is a constitutional matter, very clear that the government is suppose to protect us as citizens.

“All we want is a safe Edo State where investors can come in and do business any day any time. We need jobs to be created for our teeming youths. Politics aside, the governor should do better”, he added.

BREAKING: FG confirms Madu as NSCDC Commandant General

A Deputy Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Hillary Kelechi Madu, has finally assumed office as the Acting Commandant General.

Madu succeeded the former CG, Abdullahi Gana, whose extended tenure of six months expired on Monday January 18.

There was confusion about his fate as powerful forces planned to block his elevation.

Gana had acted appropriately by handing over to Madu, the most senior officer.

But hawks mounted pressure on the presidency, claiming Gana was not due for retirement. The plot leaked to the media.

With the development, Madu, who was DCG in charge of Operations, could not take over.

The uncertainty over the NSCDC leadership is now finally over.

On Friday, the spokesman, DCC Emmanuel Okeh, announced that Madu has been confirmed as the Acting CG.

In a statement, Okeh said Madu thanked the federal government and the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola for the opportunity to lead the corps.

Madu promised to continue in the execution of the agency’s mandate to justify the confidence reposed in him.

He assured of his determination “to rejig the system and personnel in order to ensure effective service delivery especially in Agro Rangers operations and the Protection of Critical and National Assets.”

Sunday Igboho: Quick facts to know about the Yoruba activist who issued quit notice to Fulani herdsmen

Sunday Igboho had last week issued a seven day ultimatum to Fulanis to leave Yorubaland after he stormed the Igangan residence of the Seriki Fulani noting that the Yorubas could no more bear being killed in their land by Fulanis.

Who is Sunday Igboho? Many had asked on social media, but of course, residents of Oyo and Osun know Igboho as a household name.

Here are few things to know about the Yoruba activist who led thousands of youths in a road walk against insecurity in Oyo, South-west of Nigeria;

Sunday Igboho was born on October 10 in 1972. His real name is Sunday Adeyemo.

He hails from Igboho town, located in the area of Oke Ogun, Oyo State. Later, the family left for Modakeke in Osun. After the war there, Sunday moved to Igboho.

On how he got the nickname ‘Igboho’, the activist said that people in Yoruba Land tend to give other inhabitants the “names” due to the place they live in. His father was called “Baba Igboho” because he comes from Igboho.

As a result, Sunday got the name “Sunday Omo Baba Igboho”. After Sunday’s father moved from Modakeke because of the war, people started calling him Sunday “Igboho”. This name stayed with him even after moving to Ibadan.

The name of Sunday Igboho is widely known in the city of Ibadan.

He is a politician and a businessman, whose attention is devoted to human problems and protection of their rights.

He is more popular for fighting for the helpless and hates an act of cheating.

Sunday’s career started from being a mechanic and a motorcycle repairer. But God had other plans for him. He guided Sunday into business and helped him meet the right people of great importance to do it well.

Igboho commands gun from the air, an act he refers to as God’s gift.

He was a frontline fighter at the Ife-Modakeke war.

He gained social media tractions in January 2021 when he gave a week ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa to vacate the land after the killing of Dr. Aborode.

Igboho is a Christian, married to two wives and has children including three professional footballers playing in Germany.

COVID-19 2nd wave: 39 Edo health workers infected in 72 hours

The Edo State Government has said 39 healthcare workers in the state have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the last 72 hours.

Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, during a press briefing in Benin City, said case management for critical care is being strengthened to ensure effective management of severe cases of COVID-19.

He expressed worry over the increasing rate of infection among healthcare workers in the state who are critical to the fight against the spread of the disease, noting, “We have the challenge of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19. In the last 72 hours, we have had 39 healthcare workers infected with the virus.

“This is critical to us because they are in the frontline taking care of persons who have tested positive or not positive. It is important and necessary to ensure that they are duly protected and comply with the COVID-19 protocols.”

He said the 39 health workers who have tested positive in the last 72 hours are from the various healthcare centres managing active cases in the state.

“It is our duty to pull the infected healthcare workers out of the system so that they will not infect others.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that the healthcare workers are protected by way of ensuring the use of appropriate PPEs. We also urge them to follow the protocols already designed and being implemented in Edo State.”

“The State has procured additional PPEs for distribution to health facilities across the State to address rising healthcare workers’ infection and decontamination of facilities affected with strict measures to ensure compliance to standard precaution and other IPC preventive measures,” Irowa added.

Obaseki parleys US govt, private investors on agribusiness drive, targets $32m investment outlay

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said his government is focused on building the capacity of the people to attract private investments in agro-industrialization.Obaseki speaking during a virtual meeting with the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, high-ranking US government officials and agribusiness investors, said the focus of his administration on agribusiness development is to attract investors into the oil palm sector as well as production and processing of cassava into high value Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG).This is as a private investor, Fayus Inc., secured 5000 ha in the state for a plantation, commenced the development of nurseries for oil palm 600,000 seedlings and fast tracking on processing CPG for export.Governor Obaseki stated that efforts to reposition the agricultural sector in his first term in office shifted from lamentation to getting the job done by instituting the framework for the Edo State Oil Palm Programme (ESOPP) in support of oil palm value chain development in the state.He said: “At the sub-national tier of government, we have focused on moving from lamentation to getting the job done. This paradigm shift in the establishment of the EDSOPP will now include a move towards renewed focus on Cassava Industrialization Programme through land administration and civil service reforms.”“We want to build the capacity of our people to attract private investments in agro-industrialization,” the governor added.During the parley, agribusiness investors including Fayus Inc., among others present committed to investing $43.7 million in industrial food ingredients and CPG cassava value creation, food science and technology knowledge transfer and increased trade and investment inflows between the United States, Nigeria and other ECOWAS countries.The firm further disclosed plans to invest over $32 million in cassava value creation in Nigeria and an additional $18 million in Ghana and Togo with support of the USAID funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (WATIH).The chairman of Fayus Inc., Fatai Yusufu, noted: “We are ready to get the job done in Nigeria and in Edo State. Over the next four years, I promise you, we will be milling oil palm in Edo State from our investment in the newly allocated 5,000 Ha land by Governor Obaseki’s administration.”Fayus is one of six new oil palm investors in Edo State with state-of-the-art nurseries boasting of over 600,000 high-performance seedlings ready for planting by 2021.“Fayus is committed to sustainable cassava supply chain infrastructure development and value creation in Nigeria to meet its latent demand of 50,000 MT High-Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) for export to North American, European, and Australian markets in addition to in-country manufacturing of CPG in Nigeria and the United States.”

Ebonyi leaders instigating crisis, APC about God, people – Umahi

Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, has accused some political leaders in the State of causing violence.

He told the new Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba to tackle insecurity in Ebonyi.

Umahi spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Wednesday when Garba visited him, NAN reports.

“You are coming at a very trying moment and should deal decisively with anyone instigating insecurity. It should be stated that some leaders instigate crises but when it comes to security issues, my party is God and the people,” he said.

Umahi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the past police leadership of hobnobbing with politicians.

“I nearly severed my relationship with the police but was restrained by the integrity of its Inspector General. How can police officers be inside their offices and hoodlums would attack them and collect their guns?” He asked.

The governor said it happened more than three times under the former police boss.

“It is unfortunate. Cultists would be arrested and three or four days later, they are released into the society to further cause problems,” he said.

Umahi disclosed that his administration would soon distribute operational vehicles to security agencies.

Umahi warned new Coordinators of Local Government Development Centres and Special Assistants against disloyalty.

In his remarks, Garba pledged to ensure the protection of the peoples’ lives and property.

Joe Biden’s Inauguration: Foremost Activist asks Osinbajo to emulate Mike Pence

A Human Right Activist, Patriot Patrick Eholor has asked the Nigerian Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo to emulate his outgoing United States of American counterpart, Mr Mike Pence who stood on the path of truth when he was ordered by his Boss, Mr Donald Trump to upturn the results of the Presidential Elections.

Patriot Patrick Eholor who is Global President, One Love Foundation, spoke in Benin City against the recent statements credited to Professor Yemisi Osinbajo to the Presidential effect that the Presidency will soon be empowering over twenty million People.

The Human Right Activist observed that whereas the Nigerian Vice President blindly agrees with the President Mohammed Buhari even on enforcement of unpopular Policies which bothers directly on the welfare of the populace, the outgoing American Vice President, Mr Mike Pence identified with the constituents when he was challenged to protect the common interest of the people.

He said it was very unfortunate that in Nigeria, the Vice President who is an ordained clergy man has not exhibited an iota of a trait befitting of the pulpit , which he observed has become a common character amongst many pastors nowadays.

Patriot Patrick Eholor who single handedly mobilized advocacy which few years ago compelled the Federal Ministry of Works to rehabilitate Federal Roads in the South South Region asked the Federal Government to invest massively in Agriculture, Manufacturing, Health, Energy, Transportation and Technology sectors rather than paying meagre allowances to youths across the country.

The Activist observed that Nigerians in Diaspora have remained the best professionals in their different endeavours winning awards and breaking new grounds in researches and administrative acumen.

He said President Joe Biden was sent by the “almighty God to erase abnormalities instituted by the outgoing administration of Mr Donald Trump and give hope to those traumatized by his racist policies “.

NERC explains why it shelved hearing on BEDC vs Asaba Distribution Ltd

THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has postponed the hearing in the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) against Independent Electricity Distribution Network (IEDN) indefinitely because it is before the court.

This is contained in a public notice of the NERC that The Nation sighted yesterday.

The notice submitted that “the Commission acknowledges that the matter is now subject to judicial review and hereby notifies the general public that the hearing shall no longer hold as scheduled as the parties are now required to present their positions to the court in a manner that respects the independence of the judiciary’’.

The notice, which the management issued on the postponement, was dated January 18, 2021.

NERC’s management urged the public to “take notice that the hearing scheduled for 19 January 2021 to consider the petition filed by Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) against Asaba Distribution Limited (ADL) application for an independent electricitpety distribution network licence has been postponed indefinitely”.

The notice added that the hearing was meant to be conducted pursuant to Section 70 (2) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA), clause 11 of the NERC Application for Licences Regulations 2010 and Section 17 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (Business Rules of the Commission) Regulations (Business Rules) 2006 and considered by a panel of three commissioners.

It recalled that the Commission was served court processes on January 18, 2021 of a suit (FHC/ABJ/CS/36/2021) that was filed at the Federal High Court by BEDC on January 15, 2021 against the Commission and ADL.

BEDC, according to the notice, avers in the suit that it “has the capacity to and has in fact been supplying adequate and sufficient electricity that meets the demand of the Delta State Government for whom the IEDN licence is purported as being procured for within the BEDC electricity distribution area, including the designated area”.

Ikpeazu to commission three roads in Aba Friday

IN continuation of his statewide projects inspection and commissioning programme tagged “Kinetic Abia Tours”, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State will, on January 22, commission three roads he reconstructed in Aba.

The roads are Eziukwu Road, Milverton Avenue, and Ojike Lane, all in Aba South Local Council.

Disclosing the move, Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Kalu, in a statement, said the governor would be accompanied on the tour by Prelate and Moderator of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Nzie Nzi Eke.

Others are elected political and party leaders and members of Abia State Traditional Council, among others.

18 Anambra children unclaimed two years after rescue –Police

The Anambra State Police Command, on Wednesday, said no fewer than 18 children it rescued from traffickers remained unclaimed two years after.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement in Awka.

He said the command had arrested four women allegedly involved in the trafficking of the children.

Mohammed stated, “It will be recalled that on October 22, 2019, following an intelligence report, police operatives attached to the Anambra State Police Command arrested three female suspects at the Nkpor Market/Tarzan junction in the Idemili North LGA of Anambra State with three children suspected to have been stolen.

“Investigations revealed that the children were stolen from Gombe State by one Hauwa Usman on the October 20, 2019 and brought to her accomplices in Anambra State.

“Following the public announcement by the command on October 27, 2019, the parents of two of the kids from Gombe State came to Awka and identified their children.

“The children have since been reunited with their parents and the suspects were handed over to the Gombe State Police Command for discreet investigation and prosecution.”

He added, “Upon interrogation by the police in Gombe State, the suspects voluntarily confessed that they usually steal the children and bring them to their sponsor, one Mrs Nkechi Odinye, here in Anambra State, who buys each child at the rate of between N200,000 and N400,000, depending on their age and gender.

“Following voluntary confession by the suspects and while acting on a tip-off, police detectives attached to the 3-3 Division, in Collaboration with operatives attached to the command’s Special Anti-Cult Section, stormed the hideout of the principal suspect, one Mrs Nkechi Odinye, aged 55, and effected her arrest at Obosi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“The suspect had hitherto evaded arrest for over three years by changing locations until her arrest.

“The team equally recovered from her custody 16 other children of various age brackets, comprising 10 boys and six girls, reasonably suspected to have been stolen from different parts of the country.

“Both the suspect and the found children were handed over to the Gombe State Police Command; four of the children were identified and reunited with their biological parents after exhaustive investigation and forensic analysis, including DNA tests. Also, one of them was handed over to the parents in Asaba, Delta State.

“However, on January 18, 2021, the Gombe State Police Command returned 11 unclaimed children, comprising seven boys and four girls, to Anambra State, where the children were originally found.

“They were subsequently handed over to the Anambra State Ministry for Social Welfare, Women and Children’s Affairs for safe keeping until their biological parents emerge.

“Meanwhile, the command now has a total of 18 unclaimed children rescued from suspected child traffickers.”

While urging members of the public to disseminate the message to enable the parents and close relatives of the children to come out, identify and collect them, Mohammed appealed to anyone with useful information about the kids to report at the Area Command, Onitsha; the 3-3 Divisional Police Station, Nkwelle Ezunaka, or contact the PPRO, Anambra State Police Command.