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Ex-CDS Lauds FG’s Efforts At Combating Terrorism

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The former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Adm. Ola Ibrahim, on Friday commended the progress made by the Federal Government in the fight against terrorism.

Ibrahim made the commendation in a Valedictory Speech at the Pulling-Out Parade held in his honour in Abuja.

“I must commend the commitment of the C-in-C in the ongoing efforts to surmount the lingering security challenges facing the country.

“These are challenging times for Armed Forces. We have learnt a lot of lessons. Like I often say, by these experiences, our armed forces will come out stronger.

“Indeed, no leader in recent past has been confronted with daunting and complicated security challenges like the incumbent C-in-C.‘’

Ibrahim said in the face of all these distractions, however, the President had shown exemplary courage in confronting the monster.

He explained that the distractions caused by the challenges necessitated massive deployment of human and material resources, resulting in increased utilisation of resources.

According to him, measures taken by President Goodluck Jonathan and the commitment of officers and men have yielded  tremendous progress in the ongoing fight against terror.

He said Jonathan’s commitment and goodwill would continue to spur the armed forces to deal decisively with evil forces bent on destroying the country’s bond of brotherhood.

The ex-CDS urged the armed forces and other security agencies to continue to collaborate and do their best in the defence and security of the country.

“At this juncture, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all those without whose support and encouragement I would not have achieved the much I did in the course of my career, especially as the CDS,” he said.

On his part, Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr Labaran Maku, described the former CDS as a professional soldier who had put in his best in the service of the nation.

Maku, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Isma’ila, said Ibrahim was humble, patriotic, honest and focused with exemplary leadership.

“I am happy he is retiring meritoriously and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

“I know that the new CDS is going to carry along all other service chiefs.

“From our own side in the Ministry of Defence, we will continue to provide support services for them to carry out their duties.”

Ibrahim, who hails from Kwara State, was born on June 15, 1955, and enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Course 17, in December 1974.

He was appointed the Chief of Naval Staff on Sept. 8, 2010, and was elevated to the post of the CDS on Oct. 4, 2012, a position he held until Jan. 16, 2014. [NAN]

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

Olufon of Ifon

Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.

According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Raises Alarm As Bandits Allegedly Kidnap Scores On Kaduna-Abuja Road

The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed that there is no pardon for people indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence.

The governor made this remark on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

The Committee was set up to give recommendations on how the fight against sexual and gender-based violence can be won.

Speaking at the occasion, Sanwo-Olu, restated his commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.

Also Read: Don’t Allow Conspiracy Theorists Undermine Lagos Security, Sanwo-Olu Tells Residents

The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.

“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila

Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.

Okereke while speaking to newsmen on Thursday stated that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.

Recall that some days ago, Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.

Also Read: Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

Days after the Speaker promised to ensure justice, the family of the slain vendor wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.

Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.

“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father-in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.

“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice.”

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