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Oshiomhole’s Suspension: Ize-Iyamu Talks Tough, Says ‘We Will Resist Attempt To Rubbish Him’

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A top aspirant in the forthcoming gobernorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Thursday March 5, vowed that members of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State and the good people of the state would resist any attempt to redicule Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Ize-Iyamu, who was, in a press briefing, reacting to a court order suspending Oshiomhole as national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benin, said the people of Edo appreciate and value him (Adams) because he has done very well in the state.

Oshiomhole’s suspension by the court was on the premise that he had been suspended at his ward level, but the suspension has been so far put aside by a Federal High Court sitting in Kano.

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According to Ize-Iyamu, Oshiomhole is an asset to the APC in Edo State and Nigeria at large hence it’s rediculous for three out of 27 persons in a ward to sign a letter of suspension and it should be granted.

He noted that a ward executives cannot sack a local government party chairman let alone national chairman, adding that a ward executives is just a fraction of several wards that made up a local government hence such decision cannot stand.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu addressing the press on Thursday in Benin City

He said, “We are aware that some persons from his ward went to court, seeking to remove him. It may be interesting for you to know that the so called letter of suspension from the ward was signed by only three persons in an executive at ward level where we have 27 members. So, you can imagine how rediculous it is to rely on a document signed by only three out of 27 persons.

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“Many of us know here that a ward executives cannot even sack a local government party chairman because the ward is just one among many wards in the local government, the same vein a local government executives cannot dream of sacking a state chairman because the state chairman controls many local governments.

“We want to make it clear that we will resist any attempt by anybody to rubbish him (Oshiomhole). We have said it over and over again that our disposition to peace should not be mistaken for weakness. We want to also say that those who are threatening crushing, demolishing do not have the capacity to sustain it.”

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Ize-Iyamu, who said he was addressing the press on behalf of other gobernorship aspirants and their supporters, said contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the people of Edo are solidly behind Oshiomhole and that those in his local government, Etsako West, too are solidly behind him and love him so much.

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Obaseki Warns Against Open Grazing, Solicits Stakeholders’ Support

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said the ban on open grazing in the state still remains, warning that anyone found wanting will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The governor said this while addressing stakeholders during an interactive session on the Edo State Regional Development and Benin City Master Plan, held at Iguobazuwa, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the State.

Obaseki who reassured the government’s commitment to the safety and security of residents, called for the collaboration and support of all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful, secure and prosperous Edo State.

He said, “Any herdsman in our bush without permission is working against the law of our State, and anything that happens, they can’t blame anyone.

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“Let us be sure that nobody gives that person the permission to enter our forest and if permission will be granted, let us know the type of permission given to them to come into our bushes or forest to graze with their cattle.

“Open grazing is banned in Edo State. If they are in your forest, let us know where they are because we have police and vigilantes who will help us get them out through a number we will give you to call.”

Obaseki added, “Anybody that wants to do ranching business should contact you, the community people and you will decide on the land to use and method of feeding their cattle. They should do the business with you and not invade our forest indiscriminately as if there are no owners. The forest and bushes belong us.”

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Nigeria Air: EFCC Arrests Ex-Buhari’s Minister Over N8bn Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation under former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over an ongoing N8 billion money laundering probe of Nigeria Air.

Vanguard gathered that Sirika arrived at the Federal Capital Territory Command of the EFCC at about 1:00 pm on Tuesday.

Sirika is currently being quizzed by the EFCC investigators over alleged fraudulent contracts awarded by him to a company known as Engirios Nigeria Limited, owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika.

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Recall that, in February, EFCC investigated the activities of the Aviation Ministry under Sirika for conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, and contract inflation.

Others are criminal breaches of trust and money laundering amounting to N8,069,176,864.00 during Sirika’s tenure in office.

Apart from being listed as the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abubakar is said to be the sole signatory to the company’s two accounts, domiciled in Zenith and Union Banksy.

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It was gathered that the ex-minister’s younger brother, Abubakar Sirika, has been arrested and detained by the commission in connection with N3,212,258,930.18 paid to his company, Engirios Nigerian Limited’s, bank account by the former minister.

It was noted that there is no trace of work done on any of the contract items to date.

Sirika was arrested Sunday February 4 to assist the commission in its probe of the Aviation Ministry’s financial expenditures during his tenure.

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BREAKING: EFCC Freezes Over 300 Accounts Over Suspicious FX Flows

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, says the anti-graft agency has discovered another worse scheme other than crypto trading platform Binance and its system.

He said the agency has frozen about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

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The scheme popularly called the “P to P” peer- peer financial trading scheme has operated outside the official banking and financial corridors and there was a looming disaster that could further crashed the Naira value that has continued to gain.

“There are people in this country doing worse than Binance,” he said, adding that over $15bn passed through one of the platforms in the last one year, outside the financial regulations.

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