He was the interim head of the Nigerian Government between August 26 and November 17 1993 when he was ousted in a coup led by late General Sani Abacha.
UNIBEN seeks partnership with Nigerian army on forensic, DNA studies
By Sumaila Ogbaje
Abuja, March 20, 2020 (NAN)
The Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has solicited for partnership with Nigerian army to boost the university’s Centre for Forensic and DNA Studies.
Salami made the call when she led the management team of the university on courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Friday in Abuja.
She said that in response to the dynamic nature of crimes in the country, the university decided to establish the Centre in the university to look at ways to tackle crimes in different dimension.
“One of the reasons why we are here is yes we do recognise and appreciate your patronage but we think that we can a do a little bit more than that.
“Also to carve or create a path where we can have an MoU, a lasting one with the university so that we can synergise for you to bring in your people while we are there to train them so that we can continue to partner in that direction.
“We cannot continue to emphasise that there is the need for us to begin to fight crime in a different direction.
“We are actually empowered, we have the resources available to train your officers and one of the reasons is that we do appreciate your patronage but we do hope that would be able to give us more men because primarily this a new intervention invention.
“We want to use this medium to solicit that you should take the lead for the military who are already enjoying these facilities.
“We also want to ask that you continue to patronise us getting into signing MoU with us that we can be rest assured that the programme would be sustained while your men benefit from the programme.
“This becomes a win win situation for you as the military and for us as an institution,” she said.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that the decision of the institution to look at forensic and DNA studies was borne out of the need to fight crimes in that direction.
She commended the Nigerian army for the sacrifice of its personnel in ensuring that Nigerians sleep with their eyes closed.
Responding, Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said that University of Benin remained one of the most recognised universities in Nigeria.
“We appreciate you and the university community for appreciating the efforts of the Nigerian army to providing peace and security across the nation.”
He said that the army would continue to partner the university and all other institutions of learning in the country, adding that the army now has its own university at Biu in Borno.
He said that the army university was a specialised university that was established to address contemporary security challenges.
Buratai assured that the Army would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Benin to train its personnel on forensic and DNA studies.
According to him, Nigerian army takes education and knowledge very seriously, saying that a number of army personnel are undergoing different courses in different universities across the country. (NAN)
Governors across states of the Federation have joined in the celebration of 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The Federal Government had earlier ordered the closure of parts of the roads accessing the arcade of the federal secretariat complexes and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja to mark the event in the Federal Capital Territory.
In the South-West, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde at the event held on Saturday at the Remembrance Arcade, Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, promised to keep encouraging and working closely with members of the armed forces and the survivors of the fallen heroes
He commended the officers and men of the security agencies for their efforts in battling insecurity in the state, urging them to continue to do their best to ensure that peace reigns in the state and the country at large.
“For Nigerians, some people made sacrifices for us to be where we are right now and also paid the ultimate price.
“So, I believe we should not allow their toil to go in vain,” the governor said.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, it was a solemn moment as the state governor, Dapo Abiodun joined other dignitaries which include the heads of security agencies, traditional rulers to lay the wreath in remembrance of the Nation’s fallen heroes at the arcade ground in the state capital.
The 21-gun salute was also shot in memory of the fallen heroes and the supreme price they had paid for the unity and peace of the country.
The governor who also inspected the parades and the colour party called on Nigerians to sustain the quest for unity, peace and progress of the country, for socio-economic development and progress.
In the Eastern region, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi led other members of the state executive council to the event held at the Unity Square in the state capital.
Security Agencies represented at the event include the Nigerian Army; the Nigeria Police Force; the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC); the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); and the Nigeria Immigration.
The Nigerian Legion Ebonyi State chapter at the event called on both the state and Federal Government to make available enhanced welfare packages as well as provision of job opportunities to the children of servicemen and women who have paid the supreme price defending the country.
Also in Imo State, resident joined their counterparts in other parts of the country to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.
The event which took place at the Ndubuisi Kanu square in Owerri, the Imo state capital, witnessed match past by the armed forces and security operatives as well as the presence of top government functionaries in Imo State.
Delivering his speech, Governor Hope Uzodimma asked Nigerians to take the opportunity of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration to reflect more on the meaning and importance of sacrifice as it affects the interest of the Nation.
He described the military as the noblest and patriotic profession.
In the South-South, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa represented by his deputy Kingsley Otuaro led top military and para-military officers to lay wreaths at the statue of the unknown soldier.
The event was held at the cenotaph where the governor inspected the guard of honour mounted by the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce and members of the Nigerian Legion.
A minute silence was observed while a 21-gun salute was taken in honour of the departed heroes.
Some widows of the fallen heroes also used the opportunity to ask the Federal and State Government to look into their plight and provide support for them to be able to fend for themselves and their families.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki in his address held in Benin, the state capital said unguarded talks about Nigeria’s unity will cost lives and the efforts of fallen heroes would have been in vain.
He also disclosed plans to include wives of the fallen heroes in the state’s welfare programmes, adding that some of the legionnaires have already been integrated into the security architecture of the state.
In Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel called on Nigerians to embrace dialogue in resolving thorny issues in the country.
The governor said most of the circumstances that caused bloodshed in the country’s history would have been settled peacefully if the key players embraced dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts.
In Kwara State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq urged Nigerians to continue to provide information to the military in order to end the insecurity in the country while also urging the country to appreciate the sacrifices being made to keep the country together.
He also commended the efforts of the Federal Government in enhancing their welfare.
Meanwhile, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal appealed to the Federal Government to sustain the payment of pension and gratuity to retired military personnel.
While laying a wreath at the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Sokoto, he said this will enable the retired personnel to live well and take care of their needs and it will also serve as an encouragement to the serving personnel to do more in the service of the nation.
He said their services in unquantifiable in ensuring the unity of the nation by laying their lives for the service of the nation.
However, Katsina State Government restated commitment to restore peace and normalcy in the state with several strategies, approaches and mechanisms been introduced by the state to eradicate terrorism in the state.
Governor Aminu Masari during the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at the Katsina Peoples’ Square said the relative peace currently being enjoined in the state is due to the dedication, competence and discipline of the troops and other sister security agencies.
He commended the army for the untiring sacrifice towards securing the lives and property of Katsina citizens.
In Niger State, Governor Abubakar Bello said the security agencies should remain resolute to end the security challenges in the country.
Bello disclosed this at the 2022 Nigeria Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the Permanent Cenotaph, Minna.
He also commended the efforts of the Federal Government in enhancing their welfare.
He commended the men of Nigeria Armed Forces and other security agencies for protecting the lives of the people especially in dealing with insurgency and criminal elements, urging them not to relent.
The governor urged them to continue to protect the integrity of the nation, promising the support of the state government towards ending the insecurity.
“My call is on the military to remain resolute. Today is a special day where we come to remember our fallen heroes that have lost their lives in wars and in the course of their assignments”, he said.
Highlights of the event were the release of pigeons as a symbol of peace, exchange of pleasantries with the widows of the fallen heroes and members of the legions as well as the inspection of the guard of honour by the Governor.
Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku in his address urged the Nigeria Army to sustain the momentum against insecurity and ensure that peace reigns across the country.
He said his administration will not relent in supporting the military and other security agencies to ensure that criminal elements are wiped out of the state, as well as avert the recurring herders, farmers clashes and communal crisis.
The governor, who was was represented by his Deputy Haruna Manu assured of prioritising the needs of ex-servicemen and fallen heroes families.
Otunba Adebayo Christopher Alao-Akala, a former Governor of Oyo State, is dead.
Details of his death are sketchy but sources close to the politician confirmed the tragic incident to SunriseNigeria.
The politician, who had been battling terminal ailment for a while, died in his Ogbomoso country home, on Wednesday morning, according to sources.
A top source in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who confirmed his death to Daily Trust on Wednesday morning, said he died in his room.
“It is true that Oga is dead. He died in the early hours of Wednesday in his room in Ogbomoso. He was full of life last night. In fact, I head he was playing with his children before he went to bed. We are in a mourning mood now,” he said.
Akala was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2011.
Born on June 3, 1950, at Ogbomoso in the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo State, Alao-Akala had his elementary school at Osupa Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso before proceeding to Kamina Barracks Middle School, 5th Battalion of Infantry in Tamale, Ghana.
This is the third known death of a prominent Ogbomosho native in a month.
On December 12, 2021, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomoso, passed on.
On January 8, 2022, Prof Taibat Danmole, his daughter who was a lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU), also died.
The deceased, who was a professor of education was married to another university don, Prof. Hakeem Danmole, who is the Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
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