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Abdulsalami To Nigerians: ‘We Need To Give Peace A Chance

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AbdulsalamiA former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) has said the country can only achieve meaningful progress if the people peacefully live together as one.

He spoke at the commissioning of a 110-bed ultra-modern General Hospital named after him by the Niger State Government at Gulu, in Lapai Local Government Area.

The elder statesman called on Nigerians to play their role in maintaining peace and harmony in the country.

Gen. Abdulsalami said: “I want to appeal to all Nigerians to play their role in maintaining peace and harmony of our country. We need to give peace a chance. Without peace, there will be no country and without peace, we cannot use the infrastructures the government is laying down for us”.

He added: “I am happy that the Niger State government has found it worthwhile to construct this hospital and name it after me. I am honoured with this humanitarian magnitude. It is of particular significance as we refocus and re-strategise towards building institutions and infrastructures for the good of the people, it is my prayers that this approach in the health sector is sustained”.

Inaugurating the N923 million health facility, the state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said the selfless services the former Head of State has rendered informed the naming of the hospital after him.

Aliyu noted that the commitment of the former military leader to democracy has earned him the reputation of the father of modern democracy in the country, adding that the nation is a beneficiary of his efforts towards the restoration of democratic rule.

“General Abdulsalami Abubakar is one of the illustrious sons of Niger State and Nigeria, he has earned himself the reputation as the father of modern democracy in Nigeria who disciplined himself and transit the country from military regime to democracy. He has given us the foundation and we would continue to build on it”.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Babaminin Sule said in the last six years, the state government had employed 450 health workers including 80 doctors, who have been motivated with the new salary scale for health workers approved by the federal government, regular trainings and refresher courses.

 

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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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