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JUST IN: Aiyedatiwa Dissolves Ondo Exco

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Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, of Ondo State has dissolved the State Executive Council.

This was contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan,in Akure, the state capital.

The statement reads “All members of the Cabinet are to immediately hand over to the Permanent Secretaries or the most senior administrative officers in their respective offices.

“Also, all Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants (SAs) are relieved of their duties, with immediate effect.

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“All the affected officials are directed to hand over all government properties in their possession.

“The Governor thanks the affected officials for their services and contributions to the development of the State.”

Recall that Ayedatiwa, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State was sworn in as the governor of the state, saying he took the mantle of leadership with a heavy heart.

Ayedatiwa was sworn in as the seventh governor of the state at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusile, at an elaborate ceremony witnessed by hundreds of people.

In his acceptance speech, the new governor assured the people of the state that his administration would give priority to their welfare.

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After his swearing-in, Aiyedatiwa met with the stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the 18 local government areas, where he urged them to embrace peace and unity ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

It was his first stakeholders’ meeting since his inauguration as governor.

Aiyedatiwa thanked the party leaders for their support and stressed the need for all contending forces within the party to come together to move the party and the state forward.

The governor said, “It is important for me to tell you that as leaders of our party, we must put behind us the events of the last few months and come together as one big family for the progress of the APC and the development of our dear state.”

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RCCG Pastor Arraigned For Allegedly Raping Daughter

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A Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Emmanuel Orekoya, was on Tuesday arraigned before the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for allegedly raping and impregnating his 17- year-old daughter.

The defendant is facing two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and sexual assault preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

It was also gathered that the defendant in the process of having sexual intercourse with his daughter, allegedly impregnated her.

The state’s prosecution counsel, Mrs Abimbola Abolade, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in 2017 at Jacob Adeleye Street, Odoeran, Itire area of the state.

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The prosecutor also told the court that Orekoya sexually assaulted the victim, by inserting his finger inside her vagina and inserting his penis inside her mouth.

According to the prosecutor, the offences Orekoya committed contravened Section 137 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against him.

Justice Soladoye adjourned the case till April 17, 2024, for the commencement of trial.

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27 Year Old Kills Father, Removes His Eye In Abia

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A 27-year-old man, identified as Chinalu Ogbonna, has allegedly killed his father, Maduka Ogbonna, and removed his left eye.

Vanguard gathered that the incident happened at midnight on Monday at a compound opposite Junior Secondary School, Amuzukwu in Umuahia North council.

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Though the cause of the incident is still sketchy, Vanguard learnt that the suspect who was arrested by the youths of the area confessed to have wanted to use his father for ritual.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abia State Command, ASP Maureen Chinaka,was yet to respond to a text message and calls placed on her mobile number.

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Troops Rescue 10 Kidnap Victims In Kogi

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Troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday, rescued 10 passengers onboard a Peace Mass Transit Bus, who were kidnapped while traveling from Calabar to Abuja.

The passengers were rescued in Kogi.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Army Public relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the rescue operation took place at Ogugu Community, along Enugu-Kogi Road in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.

He said the troops swiftly mobilised to the scene of the kidnap incident in response to a distress call where the kidnappers had demobilised the bus, abducted the passengers and moved them into the nearby Ette forest.

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According to him, the gallant troops diligently tracked and engaged the armed gang in a fire fight, compelling them to relinquish their hostages.

“The swift and decisive action of the troops led to the successful rescue of the passengers,” he said.

Nwachukwu also said that army troops, in another operation, raided IPOB/ESN Enclaves in Egbuoma/Osiam in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo on Monday.

He said the operation resulted in the neutralisation of one terrorist and recovery of one Mercedes Benz 350 4matic from their camp.

The Army spokesman said the troops in Nasarawa on Monday, quelled an attack on Katakpa village in Toto Local Government Area of the state, following a distress call.

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He said that an armed group identified as the Bassa militia group had invaded the village and annihilated the Sarkin Katakpa.

According to him, the troops acting on a distress call, embarked on a fighting patrol to the community and successfully repelled the attackers.

“During the incident, troops recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two AK 47 Magazines, two G3 Rifles, two G3 Rifle Magazines, 41 Cartridges of 39mm ball special ammunition and 45 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

“Troops have dominated the general area and continued further exploits to nab the assailants.

“The Nigerian army remains committed to ensuring safety and security of citizens and will continue to conduct operations to sanitise troubled areas and maintain peace and stability in the country,” he added.

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