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Ebonyi government inaugurates panel on Effium communal crisis



A judicial panel of inquiry to look into the crisis between the Effium and Ezza Effium communities in Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government Area was Monday inaugurated by the Ebonyi State government.

The panel which is chaired by Justice Omaka Elekwa, has Gilbert Okorie (Secretary); Eze Chukwu Agwu, Rev. Moses Ogudu, Rev. Okoro Agha, Mrs. Nkem Chukwu, Eze Ezeogo Ewah as members.
They are to determine the remote and immediate causes of the crisis.

The communities have been at war in the last two weeks, with many lives lost and properties burnt.

Kelechi Igwe
Deputy Governor, Ebonyi State

Deputy Governor Kelechi Igwe, who represented Governor David Umahi at the inauguration, said the panel is expected to submit its report in six days. He explained that security agents have been deployed in the communities to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

Igwe said: “You know that crisis erupted in Effium some weeks back, and the state has taken deep steps in ensuring that peace and normalcy returns.

“The government procured some relief materials to assuage the pains of victims. Distribution will start as soon as the people return home.

“The governor has also directed the Commissioner for Human Capital Development to make other procurements and visit those who were rendered homeless.

“You are to determine the remote and immediate causes of the crisis, and determine the extent of damage to life and properties.

“You are also to determine those directly or indirectly involved in the mayhem, and apportion blames appropriately as you deem fit. You would also recommend measures and means to restore normalcy and forestall a recurrence.”

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Jibrin Condemns Destruction of Political Activist’s Hotel in Kogi



Accord Party Candidate in forthcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi State, Admiral Usman Jibrin (rtd) has condemned the attack and wanton destruction of a hotel belonging to a political activist Hon. Kabir Bala aka Okwo’ located at Ejule in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.

Reports have it that the hotel, said to be one of the best in the area, was attacked and completely razed down Wednesday night by people yet to be identified.

Admiral Jibrin in a statement to the media in Abuja, said the attack on the hotel was not only condemnable, but dastardly and unwarranted.

According to the retired Chief of Naval Staff, people should imbibe the spirit of politics without bitterness and eschew the recourse to needless violence in aspiring for positions of power.

He called on the state security apparatus to ensure an urgent and independent investigation and communicate their findings to the public to douse the tension that is building up in Kogi East.

Admiral Usman Jibrin (rtd)
Accord Party Governorship Candidate, Kogi State

The Governorship hopeful, while also calling on the State Governor, Inspector-General of Police and the Department of State Services to quickly take steps to ensure that the electioneering period leading to governorship election is devoid of all forms of criminality.

Admiral Jibrin, popularly called ‘Akpabana’ promised to bring his experience, extensive knowledge of security and universal contacts to bear on ensuring that the people of the state are safe and secure when he takes over the mantra of leadership of the state.

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has announced the appointment of Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff, and Sen. Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a former Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Sen. George Akume

A statement by the State House Director of Information, Biodun Olajundoye said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu confirmed the appointment on Friday during a meeting with the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF),

Oladunjoye further stated that the President also named former Governor of Benue State and immediate past Minister of Special Duties, George Akume as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).


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Ali Inaugurates Customs’ State-of-the-Art ‘Project Management Office’



Customs boss, Hameed Ali (rtd), inaugurating the NCS Project Management Office in Abuja today.
Hameed Ali Inaugurates Customs’ State-of-the-Art ‘Project Management Office’

Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Project Management Office’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.

Ali, the Comptroller General of NCS, unveiled the facility, while also flagging off the ‘Modernisation Project’ of the Nigeria Customs, in Abuja.

The NCS helmsman, said that the project, though initiated by NCS, became a Presidential Initiative, noting that its deliverables will have a transformative impact on reform, restructuring, and revenue generation across NCS.

He said: “By leveraging technology effectively, NCS can adapt to changing market dynamics in trade, optimize our operations, and unlock new revenue streams, thereby contributing to economic growth and wellbeing of our citizens.

“The flag off of the Modernisation Project signifies not just the culmination of our efforts, but also a celebration of the NCS’s determination, resilience and foresight.

“…I pray that the Modernisation Project will be a milestone in our history, marking the beginning of a new era characterized by innovation, collaboration and sustainable growth.

“…Finally, I wish to urge the NCS to embrace the beauty and transformation that the coming years will bring. As we embark on this Modernisation Project,let us ensure that its impact reverberates throughout every border of our great nation”.

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