The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State has alleged that most projects executed by the current administration of Governor Babagana Zulum are substandard.
The party particularly pointed out that the much talked about N4.3 billion Customs Flyover commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, just about a month ago, has started showing cracks.
But reacting, the Borno State Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ali Bukar Dalori, described the allegation as untrue and baseless.
A statement signed by the opposition PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr Amos Adziba, alleged that: “it received with dismay calls and messages from concerned citizens of Borno State expressing their concern for public safety and wastages of public funds on substandard projects by the Borno State Government over the years.
“The calls follow reports of the impending collapse of the just concluded Customs Flyover that gulped over N4.3 billion, which was just commissioned by Mr. President last December, 2021.”
He added that: “It is the responsibility of all citizens, which all our party leadership, members, and all citizens of Borno State to activate vigilance and demand for accountability from Governor Zulum-led administration in the state, because vigilance and demand for good governance remain the price we as citizens must pay to safeguard democracy and public safety.
“Our state has witnessed lots of losses of unquantifiable level over the last one decade and at this stage of recovery, while we still have numerous security challenges to face, we as a state cannot afford to waste such huge public finance on projects that are not well thought of, well designed and well executed within the global best practices standards.
Meanwhile, the ruling APC Chairman, Dalori, advised the factional group of PDP of which Mr Amos Adziba paraded himself as Publicity Secretary to face their court cases filed by the genuine PDP Chairman in the state, Hon Mahdi Baderi, which is still pending.
He noted that there is no need to join issues with a factional opposition party claimed to be PDP leaders, but for the purpose of clarity, the ruling APC under his chairmanship deem it necessary to keep the general public abreast on campaign of calumny against Governor Zulum by Amos Adziba who claimed to be publicly Secretary of Zanna Gadama led -faction of the PDP in Borno state.
Dalori advised “The Factional PDP led by Zanna Gadama as Chairman and Amos Adziba as Publicity Secretary to face their court cases, it is unfortunate that this group have chose to create lies against the committed and transparent execution of people oriented projects under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.
“Since inception of this present administration, Zulum has executed over 600 projects comprising roads and drainage networks, hospitals, schools which have been attested to be in good standard by notable Engineers, and that is why even the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Engr. Babagana Mohammed, FNSE, while on a state visit to Borno applauded Zulum’s projects after he inspected them recently.”
Zelensky Warns Of Nuclear Disaster In Russia-Ukraine War
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned of another nuclear disaster similar to that of Chernobyl in 1986.
On Thursday, Zelensky called Russia a “terrorist state” that is holding the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant hostage.
At Ukraine donor conference in Copenhagen, the leader said Russia is more dangerous than the Soviet Union which tried to hide the Chernobyl tragedy.
“No one needs new disasters. We must protect Europe from this threat”, Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian head reminded the world that Zaporizhzhya is not only the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, but also the third largest on earth.
Zelensdly said the response to Russia must be comprehensive, adding that his country needs the maximum amount of weapons and ammunition.
The conference was organized to deliberate on long-term support for military hardware and mine clearing.
A number of representatives from more than 20 countries, including several defence ministers, attended.
Denmark promised it would support Ukraine with a further €110 million for weapons, equipment and training.
Sierra Leone: 30 Policemen, Civilians Killed In protest Over High Cost Of Living
The protest in Sierra Leone over the high cost of living has claimed the lives of dozens of people.
The deceased include eight police officers and more than 21 civilians who took part in anti-government marches.
Thousands stormed the streets of the capital Freetown on Wednesday, protesting inflation and the harsh economic condition.
The government has declared a nationwide curfew in a bid to stop the massive protest from spreading.
Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh made the announcement on a television broadcast.
Jalloh said it was high time the country returned to normalcy, adding that the authorities would no longer tolerate violence.
The military and the police have been drafted to strategic locations to forestall further demonstrations.
President Julius Maada Bio, who has been asked to leave power, said his administration has a responsibility to protect every citizen.
“What happened was unfortunate and will be fully investigated. I urge all Sierra Leoneans to be calm”, he tweeted.
Mastermind Of February Cell Break In Rivers Re-arrested
Operatives of Rivers State Command have re-arrested one Robinson Michael, who is alleged to have masterminded the cell break in Okirika Police Division in February, 2022.
The cell break led to the escape of Micheal and many others, 3 of which were high profile criminals.
Michael, who allegedly defiled an underaged girl escaped from the custody of Okirika Police Division 24 hours to the day he was to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
DAILY POST gathered that the suspect has now been transferred to State CID for proper investigation and possibly prosecution.
The Public Relations officer of Rivers State Police command, SP, Grace Iringe Koko has also confirmed the rearrest of the suspect.
The police spokesperson said the arrest was made possible through the effort of Commissioner of Police, CP Friday Eboka.
News of his escape from custody broke after a complainant, Hezekiah Theophilus had raised alarm in February that a suspect in a defilement case he had reported to the Okirika Police Division had escaped alongside other suspected criminals.
The development attracted widespread condemnation from many quarters and the Commissioner of Police immediately ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
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