Ekweremadu Hails Arraignment Of Whistleblower
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday asked the police to conduct thorough investigation to determine the masterminds of the raid in his Abuja guest house.
Ekweremadu stated this while hailing Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on the prosecution of one of the false whistleblowers, who the police claimed misled them into raiding his official guest house in Abuja on Friday.
Reacting to the arraignment of the suspect, Ahmed Echodo, before an Upper Area Court, Gudu, Abuja, yesterday, Ekweremadu said such would serve as a lesson to other false whistleblowers and agencies of government.
The Deputy Senate President, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Uche Anichukwu in Abuja, noted that beyond the arraignment, the police should dig deeper to determine if there were influential masterminds behind the incident.
Ekweremadu said: “I want to give the police hierarchy the benefit of doubt that it did not authorise the impunity, harassment and witch-hunt executed by police officers on my official guest house last Friday, and that the police were misled.
“I hope the swift arraignment of the alleged whistle blowers will be emulated by other security and anti-corruption agencies and also serve as a deterrent to those who lend themselves as willing tools to people out to intimidate and persecute others as well as tarnish their image for whatever motives.
“But beyond the arraignment, I urge the police to dig deeper to determine if there were influential masterminds behind the incident as a bird does not dance by the roadside without a drumbeater somewhere in the bush.
“Perhaps, if the attempt on my life on November 17, 2015 was taken seriously by the security agencies, those who desperately seek to destroy me by all means possible would have been fished out or had a rethink.”
He noted that although the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, earlier insisted that the raid during which nothing incriminating was found was not carried out by men of the force, the police, however, yesterday arraigned Echodo for allegedly conspiring with one Maiwada Adamu, now at large, to mislead them into the raid.
Buhari To Improve The Well Being Of Nigerian Youths
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina has called for the support of all Nigerians for President Muhammadu Buhari to bequeath a better future to the Nigerian youths.
Adesina made this call in a statement issued by Mr Attah Esa, Deputy Director (Information), Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, yesterday in Abuja.
Esa said the presidential aide stated this after receiving a Golden Leadership Award from the National Youths Advocacy for Good Governance Initiative.
Adesina maintained that President Buhari had remained in politics because of his desire to see a new Nigeria emerge for the upcoming generation.
‘‘One of the reasons President Buhari repeatedly contested for the position of the President of Nigeria was to see the country properly take care of young people.
‘‘He strongly believes there should be a better country for the future generation.
‘‘Tell your colleagues to team up with a government that envisages a better future for this country because Nigerians deserve a better future and that is what the President is aspiring to bequeath,’’ he said.
While presenting the award, the National Coordinator of the Youth Group, Mr Alabi Abiodun, commended Adesina for his exemplary role and service to the nation.
He described the President’s spokesman as a “lover of truth, mentor and icon for Nigerian youths’’
Aregbesola Swears In 22 Commissioners, 16 SAs
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola yesterday swore in his executive council made up of 22 commissioners and 16 special advisers.
On the list of the commissioners are an Associate Professor of Economics, Olalekan Dauda Yinusa; a Doctor of Law, Ajibola Basiru and a former Senator, Mudasiru Hussain.
The governor said he and his deputy, Mrs Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, would drop their portfolios in Works and Infrastructure and Education for the new commissioners, to allow for effective policy coordination and supervision.
Aregbesola, at the inauguration at the parking lot of Bola Ige House in Osogboý, said the ceremony was long overdue, but for financial constraint.
Air Force Bombs Insurgents With Helicopter Gunship
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said its newly acquired all-weather helicopter gunship, Mi-35M Super Hind, recorded its first hit in battle against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
NAF aircraft Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Olatokunbo Adesanya said on 21 May, NAF Component of Operation “LAFIYA DOLE” conducted an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in Parisu, Borno which led to serious casualty on the side of the insurgents.
“During the ISR mission, a large structure with solar panels and flags suspected to harbour high value insurgents was discovered, alongside other similar structures hidden under trees.
“Accordingly, on May 22, two attack helicopters; the Mi-17 and the newly inducted day and night, all weather gunship, Mi-35M Super Hind were scrambled to conduct strikes on the location in succession,” he said.