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IYC asks IGP to effect re-arrest of Ugochinyere Imo

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The Igbo Youth Congress (IYC) has asked the Inspector General of Police, Adamu  Muhammed, to effect a re-arrest of the Spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere Imo, to save the country from imminent crises.

The call was contained in a statement issued by the National President of the socio-political organization, Dr. Stephen Nwafor, which was made availlable to NationalUpdate in Abuja.

The youth Group made the call following the allegation of $10 million bribe Ugochinyere claimed that the Speaker of the House of Representatives; Rt. Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, allegedly collected from Bill Gates Foundation to pass the Infectious Disease Control Bill.

Nwafor decried what he described as the desperation of the CUPP Spokesman to satisfy certain political elements in the country, who propelled him to make the allegation against the nation’s number four citizen.

The Group further described Ugochinyere’s action as confrontational and a recipe for ethno-sectional crisis, stressing that the solution to the looming problem was for the IGP to re-arrest and prosecute him. 

The statement also insinuated that the CUPP Spokesman was doing the bidding of his pay-masters, who allegedly hired him to do the hatchet job, and by extension cajole the entire Igbo race to support his purported inordinate ambition.

“We are deeply worried that a man with no certificate, no verifiable address and known for evil projects would choose to ridicule the entire Igbos especially the Igbo lawmakers in the National Assembly by leveling such unfounded allegation.

“Let him tell the world when he graduated from the university and the year of his NYSC. Because of his gullibility, he has allowed himself to be used by desperate politicians to mock the country at it’s trying moment”, the statement said.

The President General stated that the country needed the assistance of productive youths to overcome the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic and not to be attacked by persons parading themselves as spokespersons.

He expressed concerns that if not checked, the likes of Ugochinyere would drag the image of Ndi Igbo to the mud, as such attack on prominent citizens such as the Speaker might attract misfortunes to the Igbo race.

Also speaking on the matter, the National Secretary of the Association, Hon. Anthony Orji, noted with dismay how the allegation of $10 million against the Speaker had circulated the internet, presenting the Speaker in a negative false light.

He described the allegation made by Ugochinyere against the Speaker as mark of arrogance and lack of respect for leaders, saying that the CUPP Spokesperson’s action was an act of cowardice, stressing that he should be prosecuted, to serve as deterrent to others.

The Coalition of United Political Parties had on May 5, 2020, alleged that lawmakers in the House of Representatives were offered $10 million for the speedy passage of the Vaccination Bill by the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates.

CUPP in a statement in Abuja, said that it was in possession of intelligence report that the leadership of the House was determined to pass the compulsory vaccine bill without subjecting it to the traditions of legislative proceedings.

In a statement signed by Ugochinyere, CUPP implored the lawmakers in the House to rise against impunity, urging that the Speaker should be impeached if he forced the bill on members.

Angered by this allegation, the House passed a resolution a fortnight ago, asking the Police to arrest Ugochinyere, a directive that was carried out without hesitation by the Force.

However, after his release from detention on Tuesday, the CUPP Mouth Piece addressed the press, insisting that he stood by his allegation against Gbajabiamila and his colleagues.

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Amnesty for Bandits: coalition of Northern groups aligns with Gumi

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The coalition of Northern groups says it aligns with the position of Islamic scholar sheikh Ahmed Gumi on the need to grant Bandits amnesty.

The group also said they support the decision of the amalgamated Union of foodstuff and cattle dealers of Nigeria to suspend the movement of goods to the south as way to press for compesation of losses suffered by its members.
The spokesperson of the group Abdulazeez Suleiman stated this during a news conference  in Abuja Thursday.
“We align directly with Sheikh Ahmad Guni’s position with regards to constructive engagement, opportunity for amnesty leading to reorientation, reintegration and reassimilation of those who embrace peace within a reasonable time frame after which resort can be made to force in crushing the recalcitrant ones.
“It is important to place on record that all those against the proposal for engagement for peaceful resolution of the conflict by singling out sheikh Ahmad Gunmi for attack are those who benefit directly from the conflict with proceeds from the supply if arms and drugs or remotely with the hope of riding to power on its back.

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When an officer of the Nigerian armed forces dies in active service, his shoes are laid on a coffin wrapped with the nation’s green and white flag signifying the maximum honour in the funeral of the personel.

This was the sorrowful scene at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja, on February 25, 2021 for the seven Airforce personel
who died in the crash of a military aircraft while trying to rescue the kidnapped school children and their teachers in Niger State

The military aircraft crashed near Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

The plane was scheduled to conduct a surveillance mission in connection with an operation to rescue dozens of people abducted from a school in nearby Niger State.

As a mark of final respect, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), buried the personnel who died in the Beechcraft King Air B350i that crash on Feb. 21.
The officers were buried in National Military Cemetery, Karonmajigi, Airport Road, Abuja.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), AVM Oladayo Amao, said that the officers had paid the supreme price in the service to the nation.

“I stand here today bearing my personal grief as well as the entire NAF and the country as we lay to rest the remains of our fallen colleagues while in active duty to the service of their fatherland.

“I must confess that even at this moment, NAF is still in palpable shock and grieving very deeply upon this loss of our gallant and courageous heroes,” he said.

Amao said that it was in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the staff and students abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger that the officer died.

He advised that the death of the officers and airmen ought to spur the rest of Nigerians to relentlessly expose and fight crimes.

“We must throw everything that we have into this fight to ensure that our departed colleagues did not die in vain.

“Their death is a huge loss to NAF family and indeed the entire nation.

“They will be greatly missed but fondly remembered for their invaluable services to the nation and humanity,” he said.

The CAS also assured the families of the late officers that the service is with them at this time, as well as others both within and outside the country.

Earlier, the Director, NAF Chaplaincy Protestants, Group Capt. Dogo Gani, prayed that the remains of the fallen heroes continue to rest in peace.

Gani urged all the NAF personnel as well as the civilian staff of the service to make it a point of duty to pray for the souls of the fallen heroes to rest in the bosom hands of the Almighty God.

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