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[Press Statement] Re: Don’t Be Stingy: Edo Residents Call Out EDHA Deputy Speaker, Roland Asoro Over Deteriorating Health Of His PA

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My attention has been drawn to a recent online publication titled – ‘Don’t Be Stingy: Edo Residents Call Out EDHA Deputy Speaker, Roland Asoro Over Deteriorating Health Of His PA,’ wherein the authors solicited for financial support from well-meaning Nigerians to ameliorate the health challenge of Prince Iyen Ehis. The authors further claimed that the financial supports become necessary because I have abandoned him (Prince Ehis).

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have paid attention to the disjointed, frivolous article and its peddlers but for posterity and record purpose, I want to unequivocally make it clear that there’s no oita of truth in the said publication.

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The medium through which the heinous article was published ought to be a platform wherein professional journalism is practised as obtainable in other online platforms, and as such, and as expected of the ethics of the profession, the authors and whoever behind the article ought to have heard my own side of the story before publishing but they never did that just because they have an hidden agenda to disparage my reputation.

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No doubt Mr. Ehis Iyen is down with health challenge and frantic efforts are being made to make sure he regains his normal health. When it was brought to my notice that Ehis was down in sick bed, I wasted no time but took him to my personal doctor for diagnosis and treatment, I paid the bill.

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Later, he was referred to another hospital and consequently taken there for further diagnosis, I stood by him and paid the bill. Mr. Ehis was further referred to another hospital for medical attention, I was still the one who paid the bill. Ehis was referred to three different hospitals for diagnosis and treatment, and I have been there for him. If the man (I) purported to have abandoned him happens to be the person who paid all the bills in these different hospitals, where did the authors get their abandonment story?

I’m not just compassionate about Ehis’ health but his entire family. The aim of getting him and his immediate family better and stable life made me to get a state job for his wife. Ehis deserves a better life and living hence I made his political appointment with Edo State Government possible. All these are facts that anyone can go and check. Therefore it beats my imagination some persons going to the cyberspace to report that I have abandoned the young man.

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I want to once more re-emphasise that I have not abandoned Ehis and will never abandon him to his fate. I am in contact with his family and doctors treating him, still paying for his dialysis and arrangements are on to make sure he gets the necessary medical treatments so he can get back to his feet.

Signed:
Honourable Asoro Roland
Edo State Deputy Speaker.

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Joe Okei-Odumakin Reveals Late Husband, Yinka’s Last Word

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Renowned rights activist, Joe Okei-Odumakin has urged Nigerian leaders to commence the process of restructuring backed by a constitutional framework.

The President of Women Arise revealed that restructuring was her husband’s last word before he died.

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Okei-Odumakin spoke at the 1st Anniversary of Mohammed Fawehinmi Lecture and Book Presentation held in Lagos on Thursday.

Restructuring, the last word on my husband’s breath, is the road to Nigeria’s revival. Without restructuring, we cannot remove the federal failures afflicting us”, NAN quoted her saying.

Her spouse, Yinka Odumakin, former spokesperson of pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, passed away in April, 2021.

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Okei-Odumakin said deliberate restructuring would change the fortunes of Nigeria and create trustworthy leadership.

She noted that the current system is sustained by election rigging, census manipulations and corruption “which brings proceeds in sinful rewards”.

Okei-Odumakin, charged Nigerians to get their Permanent Voters’ Cards, vote and defend their votes on election days.

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The activist further advocated the increase of women representation at various federal and state positions.

She said in the House of Representatives, out of 360 members, only 18 are women (4.61 percent), while the Senate has 8 women out of 109 members (7.34 percent).

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“Why are women good to lead only until elections and benched afterwards when the spoils are shared?”, Okei-Odumakin quipped.

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Insecurity: Nigerian Army Conducts Mechanised Training For Cadet Officers

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In order to overcome security challenges in the country, the Nigerian Army has trained 106 cadet officers of the 69 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on mechanised operations in Bauchi State.

Speaking on Thursday evening during the closing ceremony of the training exercise at Victor Kure Armoured Range, Maj.Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said that the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was to tackle the insecurity challenges facing the country.

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According to him, the week-long training which was tagged ‘Exercise Battle Crime’, was to expose them to various mechanised operations in tackling security challenges.

“This exercise here today is the final phase of mechanised operations which is phase four of the Cadets exercise.

“The objective of the exercise is to expose the Cadets to mechanised operations in order to prepare them for dealing with the current security threats,” he said.

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DAILY POST gathered that the cadets would be graduating from the academy in October, 2022, adding that there were seven female officers amongst them.

The commandant also stated that the exercise was a joint operation and a collaboration between the Armoured Corps, the Corps of Artillery as well as the Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force.

He also revealed that before the training, cadets were at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, where they participated in an assault river crossing operations across River Benue and proceeded to the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Jos, Plateau State, where they went through the adventure phase of their training.

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Yusuf, however, commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for his resolve in making the training possible.

“All these couldn’t have been possible without the overwhelming support from the Chief of Army Staff. All the tanks, the Artillery guns that took part in this operation were courtesy of the CAOS.

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“We appreciate Army Headquarters for this outstanding support and I also want to appreciate the Chief of Air Staff that has authorized the Air Force to provide close air support during this phase of the operation,” Yusuf said.

Also speaking, the Commander, Armoured Corps, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Idris, said that this is the first time that the NDA cadets would be coming to Bauchi state to have this kind of training exercise.

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Nigerian Govt Takes Position On Ekweremadu’s Organ Harvesting Case In UK

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has insisted that the Nigerian government will not interfere in the legal battle involving a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is facing trial in the UK for alleged organ harvesting.

Malami disclosed this while speaking to journalists on Thursday at the 46th Session of the State House Briefing at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

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It has never been the tradition of the Nigerian government to interfere in anything judicial, local or international. And that stands the position of the government.

“On the intervention of Senator Ekweremadu, I have stated in the course of my presentation, that there has been in existence, a mutual legal assistance request and collaboration between Nigeria and other countries across the world. We will address it if there is such a request on the part of the senator,” Malami said.

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Ekweremadu was charged by the UK Metropolitan Police with conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting.

The 60-year-old and his wife, Beatrice, 55, allegedly arranged the travel of a 21-year-old man from Nigeria to the UK.

The prosecutors claim the couple were planning to have his kidney removed, so it could be given to their ailing daughter.

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