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Edo 2024: ‘It’s Turn Of Esan,’ Otaru Of Auchi Declares As He Prays For Imansuangbon



The Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Alhaji Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III, has offered prayers for Kenneth Imansuangbon on his 2024 governorship ambition, asserting that it is the turn of the people of Edo Central to produce Governor Godwin Obaseki’s successor.

The monarch said it is only proper in spirit of fairness, equity and justice the people of the zone be supported.

He noted that traditional rulers in the state have all agreed that it is the turn of the people of Edo Central.

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Ikelebe III stated this when Barrister Kenneth Imansuangbon, the Labour Party, governorship aspirant paid him a condolence visit on Sunday on the death of Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland.

Imansuangbon also used the visit to inform the first class monarch about his governorship ambition.

The Otaru who described Imansuangbon as a man of the people, noted that he (Imansuangbon) will get the support of the generality of ‘Edolites’ as a result of his large heart in attending to the needs of the people especially through his rice sharing activities every year.

He stressed that he is of the firm opinion that Imansuangbon would do much more for the people of Edo State when he becomes their governor next year.

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“Presently am mourning my friend, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have receives anybody, but it is because you are the rice man and this is why I am giving you a private visit.

“For fairness and justice, it is the turn of Esanland. All the traditional rulers are united on this.

“The prayers anybody should make is that every Edo person should pay you back for all your good deeds for feeding the poor over the years,” He stated.

Imansuangbon who was in company of some Labour Party chieftains and other supporters on the visit, told newsmen that he was at the palace to seek the monarch’s blessing and to condole him on the demise of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland.

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Imansuagbon, while speaking to newsmen after the private visit stated: “ I came here to inform the Otaru as one of our respected Royal fathers just like I informed the Oba of Benin and the Enigies in Esan land of my intention to govern the state and to ask for his royal blessing.

“The monarch encouraged me to continue the good works and that as governor of Edo state I will do well for the people of Edo State.

“ I’m really excited by the kind words of the royal father and for recognizing my little contributions to better the lives of the people. I believe that his prayers and advice will guide me now and also when I become the governor”.



World Anti-Corruption Day: Group Decries DSS Impunity, Govt’s Borrowing Habit




The Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy, and Development, FENRAD, has raised concerns about the impunity of the Department of State Security, DSS, and its disregard for the rule of law in the last eight years.

FENRAD’s executive director, Nelson Nnanna Nwafor, made the observation in Umuahia on Monday on the occasion of the 2023 World Anti-Corruption Day.

According to him, how DSS personnel go about re-arresting people freed by the court has been worrisome.

“Most lamentable is that in the last eight years, the state security service has become an agent of lawlessness. We have witnessed attempts to rearrest someone the court had freed right there inside the courtroom or also instances of inter-agency rivalry,” he said.

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The group also condemned the purchase of N160 million worth of vehicles for 469 lawmakers and the purchase of a yacht by the Federal Government. It also decried the nation’s habit of borrowing money to fund its budget and turning around to mismanage such funds on frivolities, to the detriment of poor Nigerians.

The group further cited contradictory judgements from courts in post-election cases as another worrying trend in the country.

FENRAD noted that for corruption to be defeated in Nigeria, the federal and state governments must be genuinely resolved to fight the monster.

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NECO Awards Scholarships To Best Performing Candidates In 2022, 2023 Exams




The National Examinations Council, NECO, has awarded scholarships to a total of 14 best performing candidates in the 2022 and 2023 examinations at all levels across the country.

The Registrar/ CEO of NECO, Prof Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi made the disclosure during the Council’s Productivity Award ceremony held in Minna, Niger State.

According to him, the best performing male and female candidates in SSCE 2022 are Asiru Ahmed Opeyemi from Crescent International High School, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, and Obidibo Chioma Blessing.

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Okafor Chima Christian from Saint Paul Academy, Jos, and Benson Ifebube Chelsea, from Renaissance Garden Secondary School, Ago-Okota, Lagos, are the best performing students for the 2023.

In the Basic Education Certificate Examination category, for 2022, Akintola Samuel Oluwadaresimi of Apostolic Church College, Sango, Ibadan, and Onochie Chiamada Francis of Igbenedion Educational Centre, Benin, topped the chart as the best performing students while Ekwueme Ikechukwu Excellent from Kimota Science College, Gboko, and Owuye Faheeza Oluwakemi of Maryland Comprehensive School (Junior), Lagos, emerged the best in 2023.

Similarly, the best performing candidates for the National Common Entrance Examination are Bokare Lemuel Ogheneyobre of Kingskidies Nursery and Primary School, Warri, and Chika Ugu Anastasia from Nana Primary School, Warri.

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Winners in the gifted children category include Njoku Obinna Adrian of Rosai Kid Montessori School, New Owerri, and Anikwu Princess Kamsiyochukwu from Springfield Academy, Awka.

Also, some staff of the Council, who distinguished themselves in their various areas of duty, were also honoured and given awards by the organization.

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144, 910 Cases Pending Before Federal High Court In New Legal Year




The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho has revealed that a total of 144, 910 cases are pending before the court in new legal year.

The Court in the last legal year had 15, 025 cases filed before it by litigants out of which 12, 870 were effectively disposed off leaving a balance of 2, 155 suits.

At the opening of the legal year of the Court in Abuja on Monday, the Chief Judge explained that the court carried over 142, 755 cases from 2021 to the 2022 legal year, adding that in the 2023 legal year, 15, 025 fresh cases were filed by various categories of litigants.

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He noted that the Court would be going into the new legal year with the 144, 910 suits but expressed optimism that judges would rise up to the challenge of disposing the cases as quickly as possible.

The breakdown of the carried over cases showed that 42, 784 are civil cases, 36, 061 criminal matters, 41, 447 are motions while 24, 618 are fundamental rights enforcement suits.

Justice Tsoho who put the current number of judges on the bench of the Court at 95, thanked them for the speedy manner pre-election cases of the 2023 general elections were handled within the time allowed by law.

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We must dispense justice with integrity and without bias, we must display utmost competence and courage as well as dispose cases speedily.

“The Federal High Court will surely rise to the challenges of the future with the same tenacity and commitment that have defined its path thus far,” he said.

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