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Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

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My govt will empower one million youths annually – Soludo

A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has said if elected governor of the state in the November 6 poll, he will empower no fewer than one million youths annually.

Soludo, who is contesting the governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stated this while addressing stakeholders of the party in Awka, Anambra State.

The professor of Economics described APGA’s victory in the November 6 election as a major determinant of the future and lifespan of the party as a political organisation. He called on APGA faithful to deploy measures that would ensure victory for the party in the poll.

Jimoh Ibrahim: AMCON heads to Appeal Court over N69.4bn debt

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria said it has filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja judicial division, following Justice Okon Abang’s ruling of Tuesday, February 22, 2021, which was unsatisfactory to it.

In a statement on Wednesday titled ‘N69.4bn debt case between AMCON & Jimoh Ibrahim heads to court of appeal’, it said this was in a bid to recover a debt of nearly N70bn owed it by businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim.

Abang presided over the case involving AMCON; NICON Investment Limited (in receivership); Global Fleet Oil & Gas Limited (in receivership); Taiwo Lakanu (appointed receiver of NICON Investment Limited & Global Fleet Oil & Gas Limited and Jimoh Ibrahim; NICON Insurance Limited; Nigeria Re-Insurance Hotels Limited; Abuja International Hotels Limited and NICON Hotels Limited.

AMCON said the appeal was filed on the grounds that the trial court erred in law when the trial judge (Abang) neglected, ignored, failed, and or refused to consider the ruling of Honourable Justice Aikawa, which was delivered on November 4, 2020, in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/776/2016.

Hoodlums disrupt APC membership registration in Oyo

A popular leader of the Oyo State Park Management has been alleged to have led a horde of hoodlums to Ward 12, Polling Units 5 and 6 at the Aliiwo area of Ibadan where the ongoing membership revalidation/registration exercise of the All Progressives Congress was disrupted.

Our correspondent gathered that the alleged invasion of the polling units by the union leader caused a commotion that led to the temporary stoppage of the exercise on Tuesday.

The Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Dr Abdulazeez Olatunde, when contacted by our correspondent on Wednesday confirmed the incident. He said such an act of hooliganism should be expected when the governance of the state had allegedly been taken over by “persons hobnobbing publicly with certified hoodlums”.

Akeredolu takes second-term oath, insists on state police

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, was on Wednesday sworn in for the second term in office, promising to continue tackling insecurity in the state.

Akeredolu was sworn in alongside the Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa, at the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, the state capital. The ceremony was performed by the state Chief Judge, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu.

In his speech, the governor said his administration was committed to ensuring the protection of lives and property. He also called for the creation of state police as the only way to combat insecurity in the country.

Metuh recounts ‘demonic’ prison experience, says he’ll serve God

A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Wednesday, described his stay in the Kuje Correctional Centre, as horrific. The former PDP spokesperson was sentenced to seven years in a correctional facility over alleged financial crimes by a Federal High Court, in Abuja, but was freed on the orders of a Court of Appeal.

Metuh who spoke to a crowd of party supporters in Awka, the Anambra State capital described his ten months stay behind bars as the lowest point in his life.

Metuh, who addressed party supporters at the PDP Secretariat in Awka, during a reception organised in his honour, said, “I have been to the lowest, deepest end of the valley. I have wrestled with the demons. I wrestled with the devils. The Almighty God has saved me. For that, I commit the rest of my life to the service of God and the people.”

We’ll starve schoolboys to death – Niger abductors

Abductors of the 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, have threatened to starve them to death if the ransom they are demanding is not paid on time.

One of the abductors stated this in an audio recording made available to one of our correspondents on Wednesday by a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi.

In the audio recording, the abductor, who spoke in Hausa, was heard conversing with a negotiator, identified by Gumi as a top official of the school. He rejected N2.7m offered him as ransom for the 27 abductees.

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