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Governor Ambode reshuffles his cabinet, sacks three Commissioners

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Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday reshuffled his cabinet, dropping three commissioners and appointing five new ones.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, in a statement on Thursday, said the three dropped commissioners are Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr. Femi Odubiyi, and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola, while Messrs Hakeem Fahm, Ladi Lawanson, Segun Banjo, Olayinka Oladunjoye and Hakeem Sulaiman were appointed to head Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Communities and Communications respectively.

The governor also moved Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr. Steve Ayorinde from Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture; Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan from Communities and Communication to Ministry of Information and Strategy; Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment; Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation; Mr. Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

Others include Dr. Samuel Adejare from Ministry of the Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

The statement added that Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Mr. Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.

Mr. Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Mr. Anofiu Elegushi moves from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.

The new Commissioners are expected to be cleared by the State House of Assembly while the other redeployment and postings take immediate effect.

According to the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Bello, the new appointments and redeployments are intended to create a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of the Governor Ambode administration.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Lekki Toll Gate Shooting: Osinbajo Breaks Silence

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#EndSARS: Obaseki Gives Escaped Inmates 48hours To Return
Lekki Toll Gate Shooting: Vice President, Osinbajo Breaks Silence

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has finally broken his silence over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by soldiers on Tuesday night.

The Vice President condemned the killing of protesters at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday.

Osinbajo, in a tweet on Wednesday night, also mourned policemen who were killed during the protest.

Also Read: Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Explodes Over #LekkiMassacre Of #EndSARS Protesters

He promised that all victims will get justice and prayed against more tragedies.

He tweeted, “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states.

“I spoke to some of those in the hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos and all other affected states in these trying times.

“We pray we will never see a repeat of these tragedies in Jesus name. God bless you all. “

 

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#EndSARS: Obaseki Gives Escaped Inmates 48hours To Return

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#EndSARS: Obaseki Gives Escaped Inmates 48hours To Return

Godwin Obaseki

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has given escapees from the Benin Medium Security Correctional Centre and Oko Medium Security Correctional Centre on Friday to return voluntarily or face the wrath of the law.

This warning is coming following Monday’s jailbreaks in the two centres by hoodlums.

According to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) 1,993 inmates escaped from their facilities.

Mr Obaseki went on an assessment tour of the affected NCoS centres and the police stations that were burnt in Benin City by the hoodlums.

Also Read: Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Speaking during the inspection, Obaseki expressed that the escapees should return or face the wrath of the law.

“We know some of the inmates have been released, but we appeal to all inmates who have escaped to come back on their own before the close of business on Friday.

“They should report themselves back as nothing will be done to them but failure to do that, we will come after them as we have their records.”

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#EndSARS: ECOWAS Urges Nigerian Govt To Conduct Speedy Investigation Into Shootings

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#EndSARS: ECOWAS Urges Nigerian Govt To Conduct Speedy Investigation Into Shootings

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has urged the Nigerian Government to conduct a speedy investigation into the shooting that occurred at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.

Recall that the Toll Gate was bombarded by officers of the Nigerian Army, who shot at unarmed protesters on Tuesday night.

This was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Adodo, on Wednesday.

Speaking for the regional body, Mr. Akufo-Adodo asked Nigerians to use dialogue to find a lasting solution to the protracted clashes between the government and the protesters over the movement seeking an end to police brutality and bad governance.

The body expressed its condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives during the protests and also wished the injured speedy recovery.

Also Read: SERAP Drags Buhari Government, Military To ICC Over Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters

ECOWAS also said while it recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it wishes that those rights be exercised in a non-violent manner.

“In this regard, the ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally,” the statement read in part.

“ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly.”

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