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The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to continuing with the comprehensive reforms of the Nigeria Police.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Head of Press and Public Relations Unit
Bolaji O.Kazeem
The statement quoted the minister to have given the indication at the Biennial Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership, and Development Studies held at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Abuja Tuesday.
Represented by  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Mr. Tope Fashedemi, the Minister pointed out that Nigeria Police would be enhanced with modern technology, capacity building, and robust welfare program.
“I shall continue to work towards emplacing comprehensive reforms in Nigeria Police, modernize police operations, through equipping, provision of Modern technology and capacity building.”
Other areas he said is to put in place a robust welfare program, to deepen the safety of lives and property and create a peaceful environment for the realization of our individual and collective dream of greatness.
Dingyadi recalled the doggedness, resilience, passion for service, zero-tolerance against corruption, and commitment to economic growth, and provision of security which elicited widespread acceptance of President Buhari leading to his victory in 2015 and 2019 elections.
He charged participants to affirm the power of honesty, definiteness of purpose, and to be committed in pursuit of big dreams noting that we are in a world of limitless possibilities, where education exposes us to our true potentials and the opportunities in our environment.
The Minister appreciated the Sultan Maccido Institute for bridging the gaps between academics and societal realities through leadership and development mentoring, as the role of pragmatic leadership in nation-building.
He said, “I am deeply elated of the laudable track records of the Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Development Studies in harnessing the leadership potentials amongst undergraduates and Nigerians in general.
In his contribution,  the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu represented by the Director-General, National Energy Commission, Professor Ini Bala stated that good leadership is the foundation on which good governance is erected and integrity is the oil that lubricate the intricate structures of good leadership.
He added that integrity provide the self-discipline on which the rule of law and orderliness in society are observed and help a leader to utilize the resources of a nation for the common good and not for the service of the few who occupy leadership positions.
The Director, Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership, and Development Studies, Professor Mutiu Olasupo thanked the participants and urged them not to terminate, destroy what they have learned in the institute adding that they have a great responsibility to the community and Africa as a nation and every Africans look upon them to get appropriate liberation.

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The Coalition of Civil Society Groups have announced suspension of a mass rally to demand for the sack of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
A statement by Ibrahim Ahmadu and Osakwe Chigozie Michael, National Convener and Co-Convener, respectively said the rally expected to hold on Tuesday (today) was shelved due to security reasons and the fear that it could be hijacked by hoodlums.
The statement further disclosed that a new date will be announced for the shelved mass rally.
” The proposed rally against Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami is hereby postponed till further notice after due consultations and consideration with adequate advice in line with security tips.
“While we regret the unfortunate call off, we avail ourselves this opportunity to inform our members to exercise patience and keep the spirit alive upon a viable and visible date for it.
” We regret all inconveniences.”

Checks revealed that the Minister of Communications has been accused of alleged link with the extremist group, Al-Queda and having sympathy for Taliban.

Audio recordings of Mr Pantami’s past teachings where he declared support for Al-Qaeda and Taliban resurfaced last week, with many Nigerians calling for his removal.

Mr Pantami, an Islamic cleric, denied any links with the groups. He, however, admitted making the controversial statements supporting the groups but said that his views on such extremist groups have changed.

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12 persons die in tanker explosion accident in Benue

Twelve persons have lost their lives in a tanker explosion accident that occured at Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue on Sunday evening
Apart of the death of the 12 persons properties were also said to have been lost to the explosion.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Public Education Officer, Benue Sector Command, Mr Oladele Meshach, issued a statement in Makurdi on Monday indicating that the explosion occured on Sunday evening.
Meshach said 12 persons lost their lives during the explosion, while property were also destroyed.
He quoted the Sector Commander, Mr Yakubu Mohammad, to have warned all petroleum tanker owners against non-use of
“Safety Valves” to guard against spillage of petroleum products, when involved in a crash. Mohammad called on all petroleum tanker owners to ensure immediate installation of Safety Valves on their tankers to ensure safety of lives, properties and the products they are transporting.
He said the “tanker lost its control, spilled fuel and bursted in flames”.
“Henceforth, any driver caught disobeying the road regulations will risk going to jail,” Mohammad warned.
According to him, it is disheartening to see petroleum tankers still plying the roads without safety valves fixed on them despite the February 2021 deadline earlier issued.
He assured members of the public that FRSC would ensure strict enforcement of road regulations and discipline.
Mohammad also advised tanker drivers to avoid giving their vehicles to their ‘motor boys’ to drive on the highways.

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The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial didtrin Isah Jibrin(Echocho) on Saturday in Abuja, condoled with the family of late Professor Aaron Baba, who passed on to glory on Friday in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

In a condolence message issued through his Special Adviser on media, Prosper Elijah Salifu, the Lawmaker described the death of the late Professor as sudden and saddening.

According to him, ” I am deeply saddened to hear your sudden exit. I am however comforted by the fact that you have contributed your quota to the development of Kogi state and Nigeria at large” he said.

“On  behalf of the good and supportive people of Kogi East, I sincerely sympathize with your family at this critical time. May God in his infinite mercy, forgive your shortcomings, grant you Paradise and relieve the family of this great pain”

Professor Aaron Baba, until his death was a Special Adviser on Technological Development, later appointed as Commissioner for Special Duties, Science and Information in Kogi State.

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