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Senator Abbo eulogises Nuhu Ribadu as a worthy mentor at 60

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Senator Abbo eulogises  Nuhu Ribadu as a worthy mentor at 60

By Joseph Sunday

The senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district Elisha Abbo has taken to his facebook page to Eulogise Nuhu Ribadu describing him as a worthy boss as he celebrates his 60th birthday.
The senate who described the former EFCC boss as a detribalized NIgerian said Nigeria is Lucky to have him.
He recalled his own personal political trajectory which he said had a lot in connection  with the former presidential candidate of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) whom he served as personal assistant, special assistant and more of personal Confidant.

“In 2010, I resigned my appointment as Special Adviser to the Governor of Adamawa state to join your team as a volunteer.

“Eventually I became your personal assistant (PA) then Special Assistant (SA) and much more  – personal confidant (PC).

“Infact a day before you came back from exile, I met Mr. Falana Falana SAN in his Ikeja Office, three of us received you in the Airport in Lagos that’s your elder brother (Dan Galadima), your younger brother Ismaila and myself.
“Since your Hotel room key was with me, I took you to your room in Protea Hotel Ikeja, Lagos. “The next day we went to Babcock University where you were Honored with a  Doctorate Degree ( Honoris Causa)”
Abbo said he was so close to him that he holds his phones, drive with him in the same cars, organize his diary, fly in the same plane with him sometimes private jets borrowed from his friends like Alhaji Dangote, Senator Andy Uba, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu among others. 
He said against the wish of Ribadu he Police Details and Security on him in 2011 when he met the then Commissioner of Police of FCT ( Mr Sinaba) and requested for police protection.

“I remembered how you tongue lashed me for three days for bringing police to your house without your authorization.”

The senate said he lived an honest simple life adding that he always committed his life in the hands of God Almighty. “You are one of the most connected and respected Nigerians alive. What a man!!!”

“Few days ago we met on a flight to Yola and also met the next day in the Church in Mubi during the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Ambassador @Kevinpeter where you delivered a powerful speech about love Unity and Trust.”
He said the thought provoking admonition held the church spell bound when his words changed a lot that day. 

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Activist calls for removal of Kogi HOS, NLC says continued stay illegal

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Activist calls for removal of Kogi HOS, NLC says continued stay illegal


By Friday Idachaba
Human Rights activist, Mr Idris Miliki, has called on Kogi Government to immediately remove Mrs Deborah Ogunmola as the state Head of Service (HOS) for perpetuating herself in office for two years after retirement.

Miliki who is also the Executive Director of Kogi-based Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lokoja.

The activist described the continued stay in office of the Head of Service as “fraudulent, illegal, unconstitutional, immoral, an abuse of office and unjustifiable.”

He called on Kogi state government which he described as “a product judicial process”, to immediately remove the HOS as every action carried out by her since the expiration of her tenure amounted to illegality.

Miliki also called on the the Organised Labour to ignore forthwith, in all ramifications, her directives and actions as the occupant of that office as doing otherwise would amount to perpetuating illegality.

In similar vein, Mr Onuh Edoka, chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said Mrs Ogunmola had exceeded the statutory 35 years of service.

Edoka pointed out that it was ironical for Ogunmola to set aside the same circular she signed prohibiting contract appointments saying, “No retired civil servant would be given contract appointment.”

According to him, the HOS signed the circular herself and had now turned around to perpetuate herself in office claiming to be on contract appointment, an abnormality she sought to correct in the state civil service.

The labour leader therefore, appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello to appoint a new Head of Service to supervise the activities of the state civil service.

He explained that keeping Ogunmola in office, “when she would have retired two years ago” amounted to disservice to qualified and hardworking staff whose elevation her continued stay in office had hindered.

Edoka said Kogi state civil servants could no longer be ruled by a retired HOS saying, “There are many Permanent Secretaries and other qualified civil servants who can do the job even better.

“What we are saying is for the government to see reason with workers and do the needful by allowing her to commence her retirement”, Edoka added. (NAN)

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UI’s Prof of Economics Femi Kayode buried amidst tributes

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The late Professor Matthew Olufemi Kayode, former Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters has been buried in his hometown, Egbe, Yagba West Local Council Kogi State at the weekend, amidst torrents of tributes from family, friends, associates and mentees.

The late Kayode until his death, was Director, Centre for Resource Management and Consultancy at the University of Ibadan.

He died on August 10, 2020 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, after a brief illness, aged 81 years.

The weeklong celebrations of the life and times of the erudite scholar included the Service of Songs, ‘Night of Tributes’ and launch of Femi and Dupe Kayode Foundation, named after him and his late wife.
The event held at the Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan and Trenchard Hall, UI between Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, with prominent Nigerians in the academia and all walks of life, including President Muhammadu Buhari paying tributes to the late Kayode for his service to the nation and humanity.

In his message at the commendation church service at Bodija-Ashi Baptist Church, Ibadan, Thursday, Rev (Dr) S.O Wojuola who led the service urged the congregation to use the opportunity of the service for the late don to devolop a relationship with God and live wisely to understand God’s will and gives thanks to God for everything.

According to him, “God has spoken through the service that the days are evil and you cannot afford not to live wise”.

In a tribute, a former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Baniro, said the Late Professor Kayode served the nation meritoriously in his career as an economics professor.

He noted that the late Professor would be greatly missed in the Department of Economics, at the University of Ibadan.

Two of the children of the deceased, Mrs Olufunlola Afolabi and Mrs Olutomilola Miriki who reminisced on times with their father, said he left indelible marks in their lives.

President Buhari in a message by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, condoled with the government and people of Kogi over the loss of the distinguished economist for his willingness to leave the university to share knowledge, wisdom and experience with governments.
President Buhari noted that the deceased served variously as Chairman sub-committee, National Revenue Allocation, Mobilization and Fiscal Commission and Member, National Capital Issues Commission.
Late Kayode was also Chairman, Think Tank Committee for Strategic Projects, National Raw Material Development Council; Member, Technical Committee, Vision 2010; Member, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Board of Directors and a number of strategic Committees and Commissions in Kwara, Kogi and Lagos States.
Buhari believed the former Special Adviser dedicated his time to serve the nation, and his contributions to national development would always be remembered. The president prayed for the repose of his soul.

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Magu: FCMB tenders appology to Pastor Omale

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First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has apologized to Pastor Emmanuel Omale, General Overseer of the Divine Hand of God Ministries and associate of suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu over N573 million mistakenly paid into his account.

The apology, published in three national newspapers, The Guardian, Daily Trust and Business Day, was sequel to a threat by Pastor Omale’s lawyer, Mr Gordy Uche, SAN, to sue the bank for N5 billion damages for defaming his client.

In a letter dated September 11, 2020, titled “Re: Bank Negligence Occasioning Unique Investigation And Defamation To Our Client” and sent to Uche, with copies of the public apology attached, the bank reiterated that the sum of N573 million was mistakenly paid into Omale’s account and also denied that the error was intentionally done to tarnish the image of the revered cleric.

Legal Counsel, Adewale Fati and Olugbenga Elemide, who signed the letter on behalf of FCMB, stated that the bank regrets the error and has accordingly published a public apology in three national newspapers as demanded by the senior advocate on behalf of Pastor Omale.

The letter reads in part, “Please be informed that in line with the undertaking contained in our aforementioned letter, we have published in three national newspapers (The Guards newspaper, Daily Trust newspaper and Business Day newspaper) on September 11, 2020. Please find attached herewith copies of our public apology to Divine Hand of God Ministries.

” It is our hope that the public apology has assuaged the grievances of your client, having seen that the error was indeed not borne out of any malice towards them. Kindly extend our good wishes to your client, whilst assuring you of our warm professional regards”.

Uche SAN had earlier written to FCMB demanding a public apology in three national newspapers and N5 billion as damages for alleged defamation of Pastor Omale and Divine Hand of God Ministries as a result of the said N573 million mistaken deposited in the cleric’s account with the bank.
It could be recalled that certain section of the media had alleged that the pastor bought a non-existing N573million house for Magu.
But the allegation collapsed like a pack of cards when the FCMB publicly stated that there was an error as no money was paid into the pastor’s account

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