PAP: Group Gives Ndiomu Nod On Performance, Anti-oil Theft Panel
Group under the aegis of Ex-Agitators Foundation (EAF), has condemned the Movement for the Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta (MSDND)’s call for the removal of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, (PAP), Major-General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (Rtd), urging the Presidency not to heed to such call.
A statement by Henry Binididodoughan aka Egbema 1, National President of EAF, Opia Joshua, National Spokesperson and coordinators from the nine states of the Niger Delta, while describing the call as “sinister and evil,” said the IA since his inception has restored sanity and transparency into the Programme.
The group added that Ndiomu did not only ensured prompt and regular payments of stipends and allowances of amnesty beneficiaries since he assumed office, he has also demonstrated sufficient commitment towards the sustenance of peace and development of Niger Delta region.
READ ALSO:Disregard Call For Ndiomu’s Suspension; Elders, Traditional Rulers Faceless – Group
The statement read: “We condemn in entirety MSDND’s sinister and evil plot to force Federal Government to remove General Ndiomu from the leadership of PAP over his chairmanship work with the Special Investigative Panel (SIP) on oil theft in the Niger Delta. We will like to use this opportunity to warn other perpetrators and sponsors to desist from such despicable acts capable of causing disaffection amongst the stakeholders of the Programme and the Niger Delta region.
“We are therefore using this opportunity to call on the Presidency to give no ear to those going against the sound and progressive administration of General Ndiomu for personal reasons while stressing that the current amnesty boss remains one of the best things to have happened to the Niger Delta Region in recent times.
“The Ex-Agitators Foundation (EAF), which is made up of 90percent leaders of the 1st Phase Presidential Amnesty Program and its various state coordinators will not sit back and watch mischief makers with their usual antics of blackmail to pull down a man with so much dreams and aspirations for the programme, its beneficiaries and Niger Delta at large.
READ ALSO: APC Asks Bayelsa Gov., Diri To Explain N21bn LG Funds, Vows To Petition EFCC
“Maj.Gen. Barry Ndiomu (Rtd) is a man of integrity and we have full confidence in his ability to make the ex-agitators of the amnesty programme self-sufficient and well-rounded citizens of our beloved nation.
“Since his coming into office, the retired but not tired General has had multiple productive interfaces with government and corporate agencies to ensure proper reintegration of delegates of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
“It is on the strength of this outstanding performance that we hereby pass a vote of confidence on him and call on the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to continue to repose confidence in Ndiomu’s ability to effectively chair the Special Investigative Panel (SIP) on oil theft and also refocus the Presidential Amnesty Programme as the Administrator.”
INEC Clears Air On Attack On Mahmood Yakubu’s Purported Home
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has denied that a property that was attacked in Bauchi State belongs to its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
The commission made this known in a statement signed by Yakubu’s Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, on Saturday.
Oyekanmi insisted that his principal does not own any property and the rumours are part of a desperate smear campaign.
READ ALSO: Imo Labour Party Governorship Aspirant Found Dead
The statement read: “The property being purportedly attacked by some youths in a video clip circulating on the social media does not belong to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
“The INEC Chairman does not own the property in question in either Bauchi or anywhere else around the world.
“This narrative is indeed the latest in the series of desperate smear campaign efforts by mischief makers. The public should disregard it.”
51,828 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender Within One and Half Years – Gen. Irabor
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has disclosed that no fewer than 51,828 Boko Haram fighters and their family members surrendered to the Federal Government between July 2021 and May 2022.
Gen. Irabor disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “National Defence Policy and Transitional Justice Approach in the War Against Insurgency in Nigerin”, at the 7th Founders’ Day of the Edo state University, Uzairue.
According to him, “between July 2021 to May 2022 alone, no fewer that 51,828 Boko haram and their family members have surrendered, out of which 13,360 are fighters”.
He further disclosed that 1,543 repentant terrorists so far graduated from Mallam Sidi camp, in Gombe State between 2016 and 2022, while 1,935 have been released from the camp in Bulumkutu, Maiduguri.
READ ALSO: Edo Varsity Uzairue Elevates 15 To Professorship
He said Operation Safe Corridor as a transitional justice approach was created similar to the Niger Delta Amnesty programme launched by the Federal Government in 2009 which involved the setting up of special facilities where repentant terrorists who surrendered their arms can be rehabilitated.
“The programme offers numerous opportunities and participants are scheduled for vocational training to ease their reintegration into the society”, he emphasized.
Gen. Irabor, however, said despite the modest successes recorded by operation safe corridor in the fight against crime, the programme still faces a lot of challenges.
He listed some of challenges ro include the lack of specialised training experts and inadequate physical structure, inadequate collaboration and coordination, absence of appropriate legislation on reintegration, low agency and international participation as well as ineffective monitoring system.
He, however, identified the way forward to include “train-the-trainers programme and establishment of special fund for Deradicalisation, Reintegration and Reorientation (DRR), establishment of a national commission for DRR, enacting of a DRR Act, building of strategic partnerships and adoption of a whole-of-society approach to monitoring,” he said.
READ ALSO: Matriculation: Edo Varsity VC Advises Students To Shun Cultism, Hooliganism
He further said in any counter insurgency, transitional justice plays a key role in healing wounds such as Nigerian Civil War and the Niger Delta crisis, adding that Operation Safe Corridor has achieved some degree of successes which could be built upon.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, commended the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, RT. Hon. Com. Philip Shaibu for their continuous support for the university and for creating enabling environment for the university to strive.
Prof. Aluyor said that the lectures over the years have gradually shaped the outlook of the founder’s day ceremony where important issues on how Nigeria can be harness into a country of our collective dreams are delivered.
According to him, “Edo State University Uzairue since inception has been committed to pursuit of world class goals in teaching, learning and research which is why we are proud of our products”.
He further stated that some of the lecturers and researchers are listed among the first 500 researchers in Nigeria, while the nursing and medical laboratory students recorded 100% successes in their Council’s exams.
The VC particularly thanked the governor for the upgrade of the general hospital Auch to Edo State University Uzairue teaching hospital which he said contributed to the full acresitation of the MBBS programme of the university by the medical and dental council of Nigeria.
READ ALSO: Edo Varsity, Uzaire, Announces Post-UTME, Resumption Date
“We are not resting in taking the university to a greater hieght as we planned to open up new programmes such as Pharmacy and post graduate programmes in other areas to compliment what we already have on ground” he concluded.
On his part, Edo State governor and the visitor to the university, Mr Godwin Obaseki represented by Hon. Inusa Imhonopi commended the management of the university for the successful hosting of this year’s founder’s day.
He said that the present administration is consistent in chatting a progressive course for the university as the government is doing its best while the management is also doing its best and urged them to see that the university remain on top.
How Bishop Oyedepo Treated Me When I Was Attacked By Assassins – Apostle Suleman
Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries has recounted the love treatment he received from the president and founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, when suspected assassins attacked him.
Recall that on October 21, 2022, gunmen suspected to be assassins attacked Suleman’s motorcade, killing at least seven persons including security officers.
It was reported that the man of God escaped death because of his bulletproof car.
Speaking during a church service on how some ministers of God treated him during the trying moment, Suleman said Oyedepo’s love was exceptional.
According to him, some men of God who were expected to sympathise with him over the incident never called.
He said Bishop Oyedepo called several times and prayed for him against further attacks.
READ ALSO: JUST IN: Apostle Suleman Escapes Assassination, 6 Others Feared Killed
He said: “The love I saw from Bishop Oyedepo when I was attacked, I didn’t see from any minister in Nigeria. He didn’t have my phone number, he sent me his phone number. He said that they should give it to me.
“People were calling me. Bishop Abioye was calling me. I know Bishop Abioye’s number. And he (Oyedepo) began to pray for me.
“The next day, he called me again. Such a man! Who am I? He said, ‘they will not succeed, they can’t quench that light’! Tears came out of my eyes.”
Man Impregnates Daughter In Ogun, Blames Devil
INEC Clears Air On Attack On Mahmood Yakubu’s Purported Home
Anambra: Ovation As Peter Obi Enters Soludo’s Anniversary Venue [Video]
Communal Clash Claims Seven, Injures Scores In Delta
BREAKING: COVID-19 Heath Workers Block Hospital Management Board’s Entrance, Demand Payment Of Allowances In Edo
Edo Guber: ‘Oshiomhole’s Triumphant Entry Has Left You In Trauma, Demoralised,’ APC Mocks PDP
Business4 days ago
CBN Bans Banks From Operating PoS, Approves 17 Companies as Mobile Money, Operators In Nigeria
Metro6 days ago
JUST IN: Abducted Rivers APC Campaign Director Shot Dead
News1 week ago
JUST IN: World Oldest Monarch, Ohworode Of Olomu Passes On
Politics1 week ago
Peter Obi Left PDP Due To Constant Insults From Wike – Atiku
Headline1 week ago
[JUST IN] Election Materials: PDP, Atiku Withdraw Court Application Against INEC
Politics1 week ago
[BREAKING] Delta Guber: Suspected Thugs Burn Down Former UPU PG’s House
Opinion1 week ago
OPINION: Nigeria, Let The Igbo Go
Politics1 week ago
Wike Declares 28 Opposition Members Wanted, Cole, Abe, Lulu-Briggs, Others Kick