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Insecurity: Bauchi Govt Donates N10m To Nigerian Army

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Governor Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State on Saturday, February 29 donated the sum of N10 million naira to the Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi.

Mohammad made the pledge during the ‘End of Year 2019 West Africa Social Activities’ (WASA) of 33 Artillery Brigade, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi.

The governor who appreciated the efforts of the Nigeria Army and other security agencies toward ensuring peace and making Bauchi a non threat state, said the donation was to encourage soldiers to fight insurgencies knowing that their women folks would continue to support their course.

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“In order to add support to our women folks and children in the barrack, on behalf of myself and the government of Bauchi State, appreciate the role played by NAOWA and all the barrack Community.

“We are therefore intending with our empowerment programme, donating the sum of N10 million to NAOWA, so that the barrack community will be empowered to make sure that our soldiers are going to fight the insurgents outside with their eyes closed and knowing that their women folks would continue to support them,” Mohammad said.

The governor further pledged to give the required logistic support to the force in the state so as to enable them perform optimally in the discharge of their duties.

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Earlier speaking, Commander, 33 Brigade Artillery, Brig Gen:- Michael Durowaiye, Said the event was to mark the end of 2019 training year and to usher the troops into the new training year of 2020.

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He said it was also for the officers to celebrate with their families and friends in the larger society, having succeeded in achieving the goals of the previous year.

He added that the social event was also to energize the troops and give them morale to accomplish the training goals of the current year.

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“The event is also aimed at appreciating the rich and diverse culture of Nigeria among the troops and our families within the Barracks.

“It is equally designed to bring families of officers and soldiers and our friends from larger society together in an informal setting to mark the end of the training year,” he said.

Also speaking, Gen. Officer Commanding, 3 Division, Jos, Maj Gen:- Nuhu Ambazo, said the approach for the year 2020 would be pragmatic and operation oriented.

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He also said that despite the numerous security challenges, the Nigeria Army would continue to strive and live up to its expectations.

“Our troops had been trained and admonished and are ready to remain law abiding and professional in the discharge of our constitutional role,” he assured.

Other activities that graced the occasion included: Cultural dancing performed by Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Tiv cultural groups.

Others include; Thug of War competition between the female Nigeria Army, Bauchi and National Youth Service Corps members serving in the barrack and also between the male Nigeria Army Officers and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bauchi.

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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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