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Word Press Freedom Day: Ex-Legislator Commends Journalists, Says ‘You Deserve Reward’



A Former member of Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Ifaluyi Isibor has urged journalists not to give up despite the challenges and hazards in the profession.

He added “if you do, there will be no hope.”

Isibor, who was a representative of Ikpoba-Okha/Egor constituencies at the National Assembly said this on Saturday, at Edo secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ), Benin, while addressing members of the union.

He also urged the government in various levels to reward journalists, especially during Covid-19 pandemic period, just like they are currently rewarding health workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Outside water which people say is the most important thing in life, I will say it is the journalists that are much more important, one may need the water but you need the news to direct you on how and where to get the water.

“News is life, after that, all other word or phrase will follow.

“When the civil war was raging, the soldiers said, we sacrifice our today for your tomorrow; same thing that journalists are doing today; please don’t give up as journalists, if you do, there will be no hope”, He said

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He said that journalists deserved commendation for constraining their today for others to give a future.

“Without the Press the health workers can not even know what is prevailing in the system in the current struggle to surmount the Coronavirus pandemic, hence, government should also reward Journalists like the health workers”, Isibor said

He said that the purpose of information is to save or keep the people abreast with the latest trend, adding that for that information to get to the people, journalists are needed.

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He further said that journalists played an important roles in our society, hence cannot be compared to any others.

“Journalists come before any other thing, now look at the coronavirus pandemic, rather than praising the health workers alone, we should also praise the men who blow the whistle which are the pressmen” he said

On his part, the state council chairman of NUJ, Mr Roland Osakue, urged members of the union to embrace investigative journalisms.

He called on stakeholders, especially the security personnel to allow journalists to carry out their constitutional duty.

Mr. Pius Oiwoh, the Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, assured the NUJ on the association’s support to fight for its constitutional right.

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Also, Mr Osazee Edigin, the Public Relations Officer of the Edo Civil Society Organisations, noted that the role of the press in area of dissemination of information cannot be undermined, adding that the role of journalists had helped CSOs to fight its challenges.



Obaseki Warns Against Open Grazing, Solicits Stakeholders’ Support



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



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



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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