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Two ex- Kogi Governors, Ibrahim Idris and his successor Idris Wada yesterday debunked insinuations that there is no love lost between them.

They pointed out that the alleged disagreement between them was within the imaginations of the speculators, saying their relationship remains intact.
They spoke yesterday at the IgalaBassa peace, security and Unity parley which was organized by the Council of Concerned Sons and Daughters of Igala/Bassaleg Relief and Development Initiative at Ibro Grand Hotel in Wuse Abuja. Their aim for the parley the organizers said is to explore the unique problem solving ability of the people to bring about solutions to the problematic peace, security and unity attributes in Igala/Bassaleg homeland. The duo took turns to assure the people that they are working together for the common good of the Igala/Bassa interest.They X-rayed the major problem of insecurity and proffered ways to go about solving it.Their main worry about insecurity they said is the fact that sons and daughters were now afraid of visiting home for fear of being kidnapped on the highly just as farmers can no longer go to farms for the same reason. They also raised suggestion on how to resort to self help by reaching out to prominent sons and daughters in the diaspora to raise funds to create empowerment for the youths to be engaged them as the idle mind remains the devils workshop.Another possible solution they suggested is house to house vigilance by people in the community to fish out strangers.Ibrahim Idris in his comments said, “I want to draw your attention to the fact that my brother Captain Idris Wada and I have no disagreement as some of you may think we are having problem. “I want to rule that out of your minds, we are together. We are working together and we will continue to work together for the betterment of the Igala kingdom and Bassa land. “We are already on the same train and together it will take us to where we will succeed. That success can only be achieved if we collectively work together as one family. “It must be collective ideas, we have to follow up to ensure these problems are solved. It will never be if we don’t make attempt. I am sure it is a good beginning.”He indicated that insecurity is born out of greed by people and the inability to forgive.The immediate past Governor of Kogi State Captain Idris Wada on his part described his predecessor as the father of all Kogi people.
“Our father, our leader and the longest serving Governor in the history of Nigeria under the 1999 constitution as ammend my leader Alhaji Ibrahim Idris.”He said organising the parley for security, unity and issues of peace in Igala Kingdom is timely
“To have development we must have peace and security, in Igala land our unity is very fragile. We all need to meet and talk, some may think the gathering has political motive but why not? “Any citizen of Nigeria qualifies for available position in this country so there is nothing wrong even if it is for political reason but that is not.”We must have unity if not the igala race is gradually becoming an endangered specie among the tribes in Nigeria. We are the 9th largest tribe Igala/Bassa according to 1963 census however at the moment we are not in the reckoning of this country. “They remember the igalas by mistake. We must speak with one voice for our voices to be heard. We come we talk and clear misconception and then we come up with a position.”
A former senator representing Kogi East Nicholas Ugbane said all nay sayers should be aware that the two former Governors are together.The convener of the parley Yunus Uztaz Usman (SAN) who is also the chairman of the Council of Concerned Igala/Bassa peace  security and Unity  Parley said the coming together of great sons of Igalaland and leaders Idirs and Wada who were former Governors is a sign of assurance that peace  security and unity would not continue to elude the land.”This brotherly parley is intended to provide a general framework for a set of ideas about a long term vision for Igala/Bassa home land.”It is necessarily projected that it should provoke action about further details and implementation plans for peace, security and unity.” He stated.

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Wada heads PDP screening committee for Anambra 2021

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has appointed immediate past Governor of Kogi State Idris Wada as Chairman of the Screening Committee for its aspirants in upcoming Anambra governorship election.

The party made the disclosure in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, retired Col. Austin Akobundu, in Abuja on Saturday.
Akobundu indicated that the party also approved the nomination of South East Zonal Secretary of the party, Chief James Ugwu, as Secretary of the screening committee.
Other members of the committee according to Akobundu include: Sen. Ehigie Uzamere, Mrs Martha Bodunrin and Mr Jones Onyereri.

He said that the screening exercise is scheduled for Monday April 12, and Tuesday April 13, at the National Working Committee Hall, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, at 9:00 a.m.

“It is expected that the aspirants will exercise exemplary conduct and strict adherence to rules and regulations during the assessment that will justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of our party,” he said.

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Acting IGP retains Frank Mba as spokesperson 

The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the posting of AIG Hafiz Inuwa as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team. 

This was contained in a statement that was signed by the force Public relations officer Frank Mba and issued in Abuja on FridayThe statement indicated that IGP also approved the re-appointment of CP Frank Mba and Ag. CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively. The new Force Secretary, AIG Hafiz Inuwa takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters, Abuja. AIG Hafiz Inuwa holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). 
Prior to his appointment as the Force Secretary, he was the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State, covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands. 
He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, amongst other strategic positions. He is a member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos. CP Frank Mba, a lawyer and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), is also an alumnus of the University of Dundee, Scotland – United Kingdom, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Law. An IVLP scholar, he holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management from the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINA) in Quantico, Virginia, USA. He also holds a Certificate in National and International Security from Harvard University, USA. A veteran Public Relations (PR) practitioner, he is being re-appointed as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and the Image-maker for the Nigeria Police Force for the third time. Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa, the newly re-appointed Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector General of Police (PSO-IGP), holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Policing from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. A Chevening Scholar, Ag. CP Owohunwa also holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management at the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the globally recognized FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, USA.  Ag. CP Owohunwa was the PSO-IGP between 2015 and 2016, and to the immediate past Inspector General of Police. This re-appointment marks the third time he is holding the position as the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police. In a similar vein, the IGP has ordered the posting of the following officers; CSP Idris Abdullahi Abubakar as the PSO II to the IGP, SP Isah Abdulhamid as PA-IGP, SP Nura Kabir Hanga as Secretary – IGP, amongst other personal aides.   The statement said the Senior Police Officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his Management Team in developing/implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilizing internal security, modernizing police operations and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens. The appointments/postings of the Senior Officers and personal aides take immediate effect.

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Acting IGP promises to provide professional, responsive policing

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*** to restore the primacy of Police in internal security

The acting inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has promised to use his tenure to provide the highest possible level of professional and responsive policing system

This he said will enable the police to give Nigerians safety, treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.

Speaking in his remarks during the handing over ceremony at the Force headquarters Abuja, he challenged the citizens to change their mind sets and be prepared to work with the police in the interest of community safety and national security.
“I am mindful of the yearnings of Nigerians for a policing system that will not only assure them of their safety, but treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.

“I am fully conscious of the task ahead and His Excellency’s expectations. By the Grace of Almighty Allah (SWT), I shall not let the nation down.
“To the Police officers, I call on you to continue to support me with prayers so that this journey we are commencing together today shall lead us to the desired destination.
“Being appointed to head the largest Police Force in Africa both in terms of personnel profile and operational jurisdiction is to me, more than a fulfilment of destiny.
“It is a call to national duty, particularly, at this critical time that our nation is experiencing increasingly complex and pervasive security threats occasioned by terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, secessionist agitation and sundry highly organized crimes.”
He said though the challenge of leading the Force to address the threats in the shortest possible time frame, restore security order, and return the nation to the path of national unity appear daunting it is achievable.
According to him, inspired by the extensive years of service, I can confidently say that the Nigeria Police is endowed with some of the finest, courageous and patriotic officers who, undoubtedly, shall support me to advance the internal security vision of the President.”

Baba said, he is encouraged  by the fact that the outgoing Inspector General of Police has laid a solid foundation and entrenched a culture of professional efficiency in the Force.

“These will stimulate me in my capacity as the new Acting Inspector General of Police, to strengthen our strategies and provide the requisite leadership that will change the narratives in relation to our operational approach to the current security threats.

“The task of restoring the primacy of the Nigeria Police in the internal security architecture of the country is the main challenge ahead of us.

“It is, however, a task that I am convinced we can surmount if we resolve as a people to partner and present a common front against the subversive and criminal elements who are the common enemies of our nation.”
“As IGP Adamu exits the Force, I call on you all to join me in celebrating one of the greatest policing icons of our time and to put on record our immense appreciation of his laudable contributions to the Nigeria Police Force.”

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