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Controversy Trails Edo NAWOJ As Majority Members Boycott New Executive Inuaguration

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… Slaughters Qualification On Alter Of Attendance

New executives to pilot the affairs of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Edo State Chapter, for the next three years were inuagurated with majority of the members boycotting the inuaguration.

The inuaguration boycotted by the immediate past chairperson of Edo NAWOJ, Mrs. Flora Bossey, the present vice chairman of Edo Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mrs. Imelda Osayande, the present Chairman of Correspondents’ Chapel, Edo NUJ, Mrs. Nafishetu Yakubu and other key stakeholders of the Association, was apparently without election.

Earlier, in a hitted debate yesterday, some of the aggrieved members partucularly those disqualified had called on chairman of the NUJ in Edo State, Sir Roland Osakue, to intervene on the impasse in the Association particularly disqualification of contestants on the ground of not meeting congress attendant requirement, adding that the registers presented were incomplete, photocopied.

The NUJ chairman, however, said NAWOJ issue was not in his purview, adding that the body has national body that decide for it hence all complaints should be channelled to the national body.

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Meanwhile, speaking earlier before the inuaguration, chairman of the caretaker committee/credentials Mrs. Peace Ifidon accused the aggrieved members of deliberately stealing the hardcover note wherein a comprehensive congresses attendant was.

She said some person were hell-bent in frustrating her committee to make sure the committee fails but all their attempt were brought to naught.

She emphasised that the committee basically and strictly worked with the constitution of the NUJ hence those disqualified by the committee did not meet requirement regarding congress attendant as required by the constitution.

In her speech, the new chairman, Edo NAWOJ, Mrs. Adesuwa Ehimuan, assured women journalists in the state of running an open an inclusive administration.

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She promised to set up a reconcilation committee to making sure that all aggrieved members come back so there will unity in the Association.

Recall that Info Daily had reported some days ago that some aggrieved members protested and alleged that there were plans to disqualified some contestants on ground of attendance, stressing that the registers were being manipulated and photocopied.

Speaking through Joy Musa, they alleged the attendant rigister being emphasised as cretaria for contesting the election was not complete, saying photocopy was presented rather than the original copy which according to them is more reliable and authentic.

She said most of the congresses held in the past dispensation were on ground of emergency, and that members were informed less than 24 hours, stressing that the immediate past secretary then failed to perform her duty.

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The aggrieved members then accused NAWOJ/NUJ of compromising educational qualification by allowing some educational unqualified contestants.

“We say no to injustice! Apart from that, one of the contestants in the forthcoming election does not have result, she only presented NECO certificate. When she wanted to contest three years ago, she went to bring IIJ admission letter, she contested, now after three years, she want to contest so she went to Open University to bring admission letter from there, another admission letter, and you want to tell me she is qualified?

She never wrote a single exam at IIJ. Now, we have heard that she has written petition to Abuja that she has written all her exams and that she is waiting for her result and convocation, is that allowed in anywhere? Illegality will not be allowed in Edo NAWOJ. If that is allowed, I can go to Emaguero college to bring primary 5 pupil to contest the secretary position of Edo NAWOJ.

“We don’t want someone who does not have first degree, ND, HND but ‘certificate less’ to come and lead us in Edo NAWOJ. We will not allow it; it is an abberation. Manipulation of attendance to suit certain persons will not be allowed in this election. Somebody who do not have result, coming from the back door to contest election will not be allowed. What is right should be done by the NUJ, we are seeking for justice, she requested”, she said.

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Info Daily has been keenly monitoring the crises and can authoritatively report that, when the list of contestants was first pasted on the notice board of the NUJ by the then Imelda Osayande led credentials committee earlier, some contestants were pasted with the maximum qualification of NECO accompanied by admission letters of International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) and National Open University of Nigeria.

Imelda committee was dissolved and since then it has been ‘past and remove’ of contestants list on the notice board severally.

Out of the numerous lists pasted, Info Daily observed that at list two carried some contestants having maximum qualification of SSCE before such was expunged and a list carrying IIJ, Abuja was pasted.

The question, however, some of the Union members are asking is, where was the IIJ result when such contestants presented NECO or WAEC as their maximum qualification?

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Another question begging for answer is, was it within the few months the crises lingered that such persons went to the school in question and acquired such result?

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Police Officer Caught Collecting Bribe On Camera Demoted

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The Imo State Police Command says its officer, identified as Inspector Isong Osudueh, who was caught on camera collecting bribes from motorists along the Owerri-Onitsha express road, has been demoted.

This was disclosed in a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Henry Okoye, shared on X on Monday.

The video which went viral on Monday, showed the officer collecting money from drivers plying the road. He could also be seen handing them change whenever the need arises.

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According to the statement, Osudueh, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism Unit, Owerri, has been reduced in rank after facing disciplinary action. At the same time, the supervising officer has been issued an official query for lack of supervision.

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The statement said, “The Imo State Police Command is issuing this statement in response to a viral video making the rounds on social media where a Police officer was seen extorting money from motorists along Owerri-Onitsha express road.

“The erring officer, identified as Inspector Isong Osudueh, attached to the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Owerri, has been recommended for a reduction in rank after the necessary orderly room proceedings, for exhibiting such a shameful and unprofessional act, while the supervisory officer has been issued an official query for lack of supervision.”

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had earlier condemned the officer’s actions as “bad and shameful” and confirmed his arrest and disciplinary action.

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‘This Is Bad And Shameful,’ Force PRO Condemns Viral Extortion Video

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has reacted to a viral video of a police officer caught on camera accepting bribe from commercial bus drivers.

He described the officer’s action as bad and shameful adding that the officer has been arrested and subjected to disciplinary actions.

An X user, SKYPOND who tweets anonymously as Skypond_, shared the video with the caption, “This is why those gunmen waste them easily, they are never cautious of their environment. They throw every single caution into the wind. #Princemoye1, Ire o.”

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Reacting to the video Olumuyiwa wrote, “This is bad and shameful. I hate seeing videos and pictures like this. I have been informed that the policeman has been identified and arrested since a week ago. He has been subjected to disciplinary procedures. The PPRO Imo has been asked to react to this and make the command’s actions known. Thanks.”

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US-based Nigerian Set To Contest US Congress Seat

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A Nigerian-American man, Yomi Faparusi, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congress to represent Tennessee’s 5th District in the upcoming elections.

The election is scheduled for November 5, 2024.

Faparusi shared his aspirations during a virtual meeting with reporters over the weekend.

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He said his election victory will inspire future generations and serve as a unifying force for the country.

As a researcher, Faparusi stated that he is running for Congress because America is currently divided and weakened.

He emphasised that his victory would help unite Americans across various divides.

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Highlighting the issue of hyperinflation, he noted the increasing difficulty for people to survive and the disappearing middle class, which threatens the American dream.

He stated, “America is so divided and weakened because politicians now run on divisive and wedge issues. Hence, I decided to run as a unifier, so that things could get done. I also hope my victory in November will inspire the next generation.”

“There is inflation, making it hard to make ends meet; the middle class is disappearing, and the American dream is threatened. I want to tackle inflation. I want to create an environment that is conducive to small businesses, the most important unit of job creation.

“Congress is in stalemate, and nothing is getting done. I will work across the aisle for the common good. Americans are tired of cyclical threats of government shutdowns. Immigration is in total disarray. Open borders are not a policy; it only makes it hard to have a comprehensive plan. Immigration is not only a social issue; it is a financial/economic issue: you don’t have papers; you can’t get a job.

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He continued, “The reality is that most legislators would not entertain any immigration relief package unless the border is secure. Hence, we need to secure the border and get back with a bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan.

“I still have a political ideology. There is something called the advantage of incumbency, but incumbents lose, as I hope in November. The TN 5th district is ideologically diverse and it needs to be represented by someone who understands and appreciates this diversity. I will represent ALL the people, not just a partisan segment.”

He highlighted his experience as a business owner and negotiator, “I am a business owner and I know about job creation. Also, I have had to work with diverse stakeholders, hence I learned how to listen and be humble. These have allowed me to be a good negotiator in any forum. As an immigrant and now an immigration attorney, I know the practicalities of immigration,” he said.

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Speaking on his agenda, he said, “My agenda is ‘I care’. I care about your concerns and I want to go to Washington to serve you. I hope that you will give me a chance to represent you, and I will always be answerable to you, my constituents. I will advocate for your concerns and needs without fear of retribution because I have placed the people above the party. In the end, everything will be okay.”

Born in the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Faparusi’s ancestral hometown is Ode-Ekiti, Gbonyin LGA, in Ekiti State.

He graduated as a medical doctor from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, where he was active in students’ union politics, serving as the Hall Chairman of Alexander Brown Hall.

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Faparusi is a licensed physician and attorney based in Tennessee, focusing mostly on immigration law. He fled Nigeria during the Abacha regime to escape persecution for his involvement in agitating against military rule.

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