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Outrage as police sack single female cop for getting pregnant
Nigerians have expressed outrage over the sacking of a female corporal, Olajide Omolola, because she got pregnant out of wedlock.
They slammed the Nigeria Police Force over what they described as a discriminatory law and called on rights group to fight for the woman.
The police, in a wireless message with reference number CJ:4161/EKS/IY/Vol.2/236, DTO:181330/01/2021 obtained by PUNCH Metro, said Omolola was dismissed for getting pregnant while unmarried.
What transpired when I visited Tinubu at Bourdillon –Sunday Igboho
A popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, has narrated his encounter with a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
He spoke on Tuesday in an Instagram Live Chat with popular journalist, Dele Momodu. According to Igboho, he met Tinubu during the build-up to a governorship election in Ondo State involving a former governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko. He said a former governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja, told him that Tinubu requested to see him at his Bourdillon residence in Lagos.
Igboho said he travelled to Lagos and met with Tinubu, who persuaded him not to support the Peoples Democratic Party in the election because the party impeached Ladoja as governor of Oyo State in 2006. The activist revealed that Tinubu gave him a sum of N2m to fuel his vehicle back to his base. Igboho also said he never made his wealth from thuggery, adding that he is a businessman and he deals in cars.
General removed for failing to stop Boko Haram gets promoted to army chief
A former Theatre Commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, who was removed by the Nigerian Army High Command for failing to stop Boko Haram in 2017, has been elevated to the position of Chief of Army Staff by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The BBC had reported in 2017 how the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, had given Attahiru 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive. Attahiru’s failure to live up to expectations saw him being removed without any posting.
However, none of the officers who later took up Attahiru’s office have been able to capture Shekau till date. Attahiru’s tenure as theatre commander was characterised by several failures and a spike in terrorist attacks. In May 2017, Attahiru took over the theatre command from Major General Lucky Irabor who is now the Chief of Defence Staff. However, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations increased drastically.
Insecurity: Ex-service chiefs didn’t fail –Presidency
The Presidency, on Tuesday, says the fact that four service chiefs had to leave today does not mean that they failed, adding that it was only time to inject fresh energy in the fight against terrorism and other security challenges confronting the country.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH.
“The fact that they have to leave today does not mean they have failed. No, I wouldn’t think so. It is just that it is time to have fresh energy, fresh blood and fresh ideas in the theatre of battles where the military is involved in the country,” he said, noting that his principal commended the outgoing service chiefs.
Don’t expect new service chiefs to perform magic, Reps tell Nigerians
The House of Representatives has hailed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for demanding the resignation of the service chiefs and appointing their replacements.
The House, however, urged Nigerians not to expect magic from the new service chiefs.
Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, in an audio statement issued on Tuesday in reaction to the development, said the executive arm of the Federal Government had finally listened to the demand of Nigerians.
Fayose approved my defection to APC – Ekiti ex-PDP secretary
Former Ekiti State Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Tope Aluko, on Monday, dumped the party to join the All Progressives Congress.
Aluko, an ally of former governor Ayodele Fayose, who announced his decision at an event held at the APC Ward B Secretariat, in Irepodun/Ifelodun Council area of the state, described the APC as a blessing to his Iyin Ekiti hometown. He said, “I can boldly say that the APC remains the only party to align with at this present time. All Tope Aluko followers are currently enlisting into APC and I am happy to be part of the moving train.
Aluko, who described Fayose as “a mentor, brother and friend,” said, “In December last year, I told the former governor that I wanted to settle down in Iyin Ekiti and play my politics. I told him I would be joining APC and he approved of it. So, this defection won’t strain our relationship in any way.”
We’ve licensed telcos to provide NIN, says NIMC
Telecommunications companies have been licensed to register people who do not have National Identity Numbers so as to reduce the large crowds at the offices of the National Identity Management Commission, the NIMC has said.
Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said some other private and public organisations had also been licensed by the commission to provide NINs in order to address the crowds at commission’s offices.
This came as workers of the commission told our correspondent on Tuesday that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had constituted a committee to address the demands of NIMC employees. NIMC workers had downed tools on January 7, 2021 in protest against the poor welfare issues at the commission, but their strike was suspended after the intervention of the minister.
Herdsmen have no alternative, must register, says Ondo
Following the agreement reached by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and other stakeholders on vacation order issued to the herdsmen to leave the forest reserves in Ondo State, the government has said the herders have been moving out of the forest.
The governors and the MACBAN in the communique issued after their meeting on Monday agreed to support the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’ s order on ban on night grazing, under-age grazing, movement of cattle along the highway and within the cities and herdsmen moving out of the forest reserves.
Speaking on the development on Tuesday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the herdsmen had been moving out of the forest reserves in compliance with the order of the governor. He said the government was waiting for the herdsmen to register, adding that many herders had indicated interest in the exercise.
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