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NIGERIAN ARMY CHIEF, FARUK YAHAYA, HOSTS OLOWU KUTA, RENEWS COMMITMENT TO NATIONAL SECURITY

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has pledged a renewed commitment to the country’s armed forces to sustain the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious, cultural and political differences. He stated this today when he received the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Ahmed Oyelude Tegbosun III, in Abuja when the latter paid him a courtesy visit in his office, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

The Chief of Army Staff further lauded traditional rulers in the country for their fatherly role and rising above primordial sentiments on matters affecting national
security and the corporate existence of Nigeria. He added that their tremendous role goes a long way in mitigating security challenges in different parts of the country. Lt General Yahaya commended the consistent efforts of the Olowu of the Kuta Kingdom in supporting the military and security forces in the country and said that his efforts of building bridges of understanding among Nigerians are
worthy of emulation.

 

Olowu Kuta and Chief of Army Staff

He urged Oba Oyelude to intensify efforts at making the traditional institutions reliable partners in the Nigerian project, particularly the need to ensure citizen’s commitment to patriotism and socio-economic and cultural integration of her vast populations. The Chief of Army Staff also said that the Nigerian Army would continue to discharge its Constitutional duties professionally and dispassionately for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Stating the purpose of his visit earlier the Olowu of Kuta said he was at the Army Headquarters to commiserate with the Chief of Army Staff, and also to congratulate him over his well-deserved appointment, observing that his competence and experience will come in handy in the discharge of his duties.

The traditional ruler promised to rally other traditional rulers behind government policies and programs that will guarantee the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians and be in the vanguard of ideas that will continue to secure the country from internal and external threats. He called for more support for Nigerian Army and advocated for more synergy and cooperation amongst the military for peace, unity, security and development of Nigeria

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BREAKING: FBI INDICTMENT: IGP SUSPENDS DCP ABBA KYARI, INAUGURATES 4-MAN PANEL FOR INVESTIGATION

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Sequel to the level of the numerous allegation of corruption leveled against super cop DCP Abba Kyari by the FBI over his involvement in taking funds from Celebrity fraudster Abass Olorunwa known as Hushpuppi, The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation touching on him.

 

The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force. The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations leveled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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NAS tackles NBC over censorship of Media

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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has kicked against what it called “blatant assault on press freedom” by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The organisation declared that the directive by the regulatory body to Television and Radio stations not to “divulge” details of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists during Newspaper Reviews is unconstitutional as it violates freedom of expression of citizens and seeks to prevent the press from performing its duties enshrined in Section 22 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) to hold government accountable on behalf of the people.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in a statement titled: “NBC’s Bullying of the Media Unacceptable” stated that the regulatory body by its latest action wants to suppress press freedom and restrict access of information to Nigerians.

According to Owoaje, NBC by the directive intends to criminalise journalism and prevents victims of terrorism, banditry and other associated crimes from getting justice.

“The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) notes with considerable concern the sudden brazenness, repressive instincts and open partisanship being exhibited by the NBC in the interpretation of its regulatory remit in recent times. We unequivocally condemn these unethical attempts by the NBC to browbeat radio and television stations, and other organs of the Press, in a desperate bid to cow the Press.
Besides, we cannot find any justification for the bizarre NBC
directive; even on the hackneyed excuse of a security necessity, other than to
keep Nigerians in the dark about the uncomfortable reality of the insurgency
and the seeming inability of the security agencies to halt the spate of
insecurity across the country,” he said.

Owoaje stated further that contrary to what the security agencies would want Nigerians to believe, ferocious attacks on insurgents, kidnappers, killer herdsmen and bandits continue unabated in the country.
“We implore the executive arm of government to rein in the NBC to desist from its overt clampdown on press freedom.

The NBC should withdraw its illegal directive as it is unhelpful and counterproductive to the fight against insecurity in the country. Rather than see the media as the enemy, the media should be seen as a patriotic partner that can rally Nigerians to support the efforts of the government in tackling the myriad of security challenges afflicting our country. A free and unfettered press makes democracy thrive and is not merely a liberal indulgence. This is what Nigerians need. This is what we demand. We reject the shackles the NBC wants to foist on the media,” the statement added.

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ATTWON elects Ayo Omotosho at 5th AGM

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At the 5th AGM Meeting of ATTWON held at the Association’s Secretariat in Lagos on 23rd July 2021, Mr. Ayo Omotosho of Travelogue Communications was elected the second President of the Association with Mr. Lekan Akinruli as the Gen Secretary.

 

 

The Pioneer President, Ms. Omolola Itayemi of Your Travels Start Here(YTSH) replaces Mr. Tayo Adelaja of Infotrust Multimedia as the BOT Chairman. In his acceptance speech as the President, Mr. Omotosho was full of praises for the pioneer president who has successfully pioneered the first and only registered travel association in Nigeria for 5years.

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He stated that the 4th AGM was meant to be the election year but for the pandemic that held sway all over the world, the 4th AGM couldn’t hold. However, ATTWON, a developmental travel association has not relented in training, opening up the travel and domestic landscape within and outside the shore of Nigeria. Mr. Omotosho promised to build on the solid foundation laid by President Emeritus, Ms. Itayemi while also bringing in innovations and laudable growth befitting the status of the association.

Prof Bambo Somuyiwa of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso that attended the AGM commend the association for their tutelage of their students who have gained immensely from both online and physical training about travels within and outside Nigeria. He stated that “ATTWON won my heart when they approached me in 2018 about taking the transport department students on their roles and importance to domestic tourism.

 

 

I attended the first training in late 2018. The three-tiers training in 2019 was superb! Despite the pandemic, they held series of online talks and training with the sophomore and graduating student on how to be self-reliant in 2020. I had to ensure that I was also present to deliver a paper, gift and commendation on behalf of my students and the department.

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