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Confusion in Plateau north as pdp logo disappears from the ballot papers for pending by-election

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Confusion in Plateau north as pdp logo disappears from the ballot papers for pending by-election

By: Bodunrin kayode

There is palpable tension especially among stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the Plateau as they go into by-elections Saturday in the northern zones with their logo missing from the ballot paper.

A cross section of residents who called into an interactive phone in program, “Nigeria at sunset” Thursday evening in jos Fm radio station expressed deep disappointment on the fact that their party has been confirmed not to be included on the ballot papers for Saturdays elections.

This reporter found out that the problem arose as a result of a previous court of appeal judgement which disqualified the pdp members of the National Assembly for not having structures on ground.

Most of the young people who called expressed sadness that the politicking of the elders of the party had brought them to the level they found themselves in which such a re-run will be taking place without the PDP.

Consequently, the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Chairman on the Plateau Abubakar Dogara confirmed in the same radio program that the entire parties in the state have agreed that an injury to one is the same to all so they were not going to contest saturday’s election.

Abubakar Dogara noted that the position of the association which includes the chairmen of all the political parties in the state is that they should be allowed to participate in the election or nobody will witness any election at all.

The IPAC Chairman in the state revealed that the Appeal Court ruled in its judgement that all the political parties that participated in the last election should be in the re-run election as such he does not understand why the PDP would be exempted from the pending by-elections.

Dogara who is also the Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP) on the Plateau, wondered why one of them would be eliminated at this critical time of peace making adding that the decision of the political parties was informed by the current fragile peace.

POLICE COMMAND STEPS UP SECURITY AHEAD OF THE SENATORIAL/HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS IN SOME COUNCIL AREAS OF THE STATE

Meanwhile in a bid to ensure a hitch-free re-run elections in the affected areas in the State, the Plateau State Command has stepped up security arrangements to protect lives and properties and consequently placed total restriction on all forms of movements across the affected Council Areas which include, Jos North, Jos East, Bassa, Jos South, Riyom and Barkin Ladi LGAs.

A release signed by the police public relation officer (PPRO) Alfred Alabo stated that the restrictions starts on midnight on Friday till the end of the election.

“The restriction will take effect between midnight hours of 3rd February, 2024 to 05:00pm. However, essential workers such as INEC Staff, Election Observers, Medical Personnel and accredited media are exempted from this restriction.

” The Plateau Police helmsman, AlG Okoro. Alawari, reiterates the commitment of the Command to ensuring a successful re-run elections in the affected areas.

” He advised the General public, especially the political class and electorates to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies on election duty for the peaceful conduct of the elections.

” He also warns persons who have no business in RAC Centres, Polling Units and Collation Centres to steer clear of the election premises to
avoid being arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law.

” The Police boss also warns the Political class and their supporters against making inciting utterances that could disrupt peace in the State.

” in addition, members of the public are encouraged to report any incident to the following Police Emergency Numbers:
07059473022,08038907662, 08075391844, 09053872296

” 945 Also, our Complaint Response Unit (CRU) can be reached through the following phone numbers:
08060545670 (PPRO)
08037681026, 08067884627
08069638786, 08066709795″ concluded the release.

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Nigeria, UAE to Strengthen Partnership and Collaboration

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Nigeria, UAE to Strengthen Partnership and Collaboration

By: Michael Mike

Plans are underway to further strengthen areas of partnership and collaboration between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This way revealed during the visit of the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa to the Embassy of UAE in Abuja following the removal of the visa ban by placed on Nigeria by the Arab country.

Dabiri-Erewa who was received by the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Salem Saeed Al-Shamsi, stated that NiDCOM intends to engage and sensitize Nigerians in the UAE to be good ambassadors of their country of stay and country of origin, to excel in whatever they are doing and never to forget home.

She added further “this initiative aims to foster better understanding and compliance with local regulations”, while She disclosing that 190 Nigerians were repatriated to Nigeria, with an additional 250 expected to return soon.

She said the actions of individuals in a host country can greatly impact the overall image of their home country, noting that the role of Western media imperialism in perpetuating negative stereotypes about Nigerians.

The UAE Envoy on his part, explained that the visa ban on Nigeria has been officially lifted.

He confirmed that the Visa on Arrival policy has been canceled for all countries, but assured that the new procedures are designed to facilitate tourism and ensure travelers’ safe return.

The Ambassador expressed his commitment to providing the best possible services for Nigerians, with the support of the determined Nigerian government.

He also acknowledged the UAE’s role in safely repatriating 96 Nigerians at no cost.

Marking his one-year anniversary as the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Al-Shamsi shared his positive impressions of Nigeria, describing it as a beautiful country with warm-hearted people who share similar cultural, religious, Android ethnic backgrounds with the UAE.

He expressed his eagerness to continue collaborating with NiDCOM to strengthen ties between the two countries.

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UK Government Hosts Stakeholder Meeting on Serious and Organised Crime

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UK Government Hosts Stakeholder Meeting on Serious and Organised Crime

By: Michael Mike

The United Kingdom Government has hosted a multi-stakeholder meeting in Abuja to discuss how its Serious & Organised Crime (SOC) Prevent Programme is making significant strides in deterring vulnerable young people from joining Organised Crime Groups in Nigeria.

Launched as a three-year pilot in December 2021, the programme is designed to disrupt Nigerian Organised Crime Groups by redirecting at-risk youth towards positive alternatives in Bayelsa, Edo, Zamfara and Lagos states.

In select local governments of these states, the SOC Prevent Programme has established robust structures and delivered various interventions, including Back-to-School Initiatives, Digital Skills Acquisition, Dance and Drama Workshops and Sports Interventions.

Collaborating closely with the Nigeria Police Force, the programme has trained 83 officers in the Prevent methodology, reinforcing the commitment to institutionalise this approach in tackling SOC, and to date, approximately 1,500 beneficiaries across the four states have been diverted from potential involvement in organised crime.

Speaking at the meeting, the Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gill Lever said: “Serious & Organised Crime is a priority for both Nigeria and the UK, and can take many forms. Ranging from online focussed activities like cybercrime to the physical movement of illicit commodities and people in the form of trafficking.

“Our results in Nigeria have proven that the Prevent methodology works, and it has been successful in diverting young people from choosing a life of crime. I believe that the valuable discussions that took place today will smoothen the way for Prevent to be fully institutionalised in Nigeria.”

The meeting included representatives from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Police Affairs, the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), INTERPOL, Office for Strategic Preparedness and Resilience (OSPRE), Ministry of Police Affairs, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and others.

The Prevent programme is an approach to tackling SOC. Others are Pursue, Protect and Prepare. Prevent methodology looks to prevent or deter people from engaging in SOC by raising awareness of the consequences of SOC and developing techniques to deter people from continuing in criminality.

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Adeola Odutola College 79/84 set celebrate 40 years in grand style with multi-million naira donation of solar street light to school

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Adeola Odutola College 79/84 set celebrate 40 years in grand style with multi-million naira donation of solar street light to school

By: Michael Mike

All is now set for the commissioning of multi-million naira installed solar street light by Adeola Odutola College 1979-1984 set as part of the activities lined up to commemorate the 40 years of leaving the school on Friday July 19.

In a statement, the set said the celebration which had earlier been kicked off with a thanksgiving in the Church on Sunday June 16, to mark the 75 years Founder’s Day, will witness a special Jumat service for the commemoration in the school.

According to Abiodun Balogun, the President of Adeola Odutola College Old Students Association 1979-1984 set, stated that the programme will start with the set participating in the morning assembly with the students from 8 a.m followed by a courtesy call on the Principal and Management of the school.

Thereafter, he said there would be commissioning of the installed solar street light at 11.00 a.m donated by the set to the school.

Balogun said the set will join the Muslim community of the School to observe a Jumat service specially for the set .

Other activities lined up for the anniversary include a get together and gala nite where the old students will reunite and reminiscence of their five years stay in the school.

Balogun added that the set is grateful to God for His benevolence on them as it has produced Professors and academicians, top civil servants, businessmen and women, educationists among several others both at home and in the diaspora.

It will be recalled that the set regrouped in 2014 to mark its 30 years in existence with renovation of some classrooms in the school.

Adeola Odutola College 79/84 set celebrate 40 years in grand style with multi-million naira donation of solar street light to school

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