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MNJTF Kill Boko Haram’s Chief Judge

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KareemAliu,Maiduguri- Troops under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have reportedly Amir Khalifa Umar third in command of the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) group.

 

Umar was said to have been killed during raids on the terrorists’ hideouts around Lake Chad.

 

The good news was confirmed by the spokesperson for the MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, who stated that the news about Umar’s death was true.

 

He said: “In continuation of the ongoing offensive operations against the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and other purveyors of violence and instability in the Lake Chad Basin, the Air Task Force of the MNJTF neutralised the third-ranking commander in ISWAP leadership echelon, Amir Khalifa Umar in an air interdiction conducted yesterday in Tunbum Sabon.

 

“Khalifa Umar was a High-Value Target considering that he was also the Chief Judge of ISWAP. In a separate air interdiction conducted in Kwalaram, three other senior commanders of ISWAP were also neutralised.

 

“More details on the full Battle Damage Assessment will be conveyed in subsequent press releases.

 

“Additionally, MNJTF Air Task Force interdiction of ISWAP training camp and mustering area in Tumbun Madayi three days ago also yielded the expected result.

 

“Several terrorists and their commanders who gathered for training or an attack were neutralised or maimed.”

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Use Your High Ecclesiastical Office For Religious Harmony, FG Tells Kukah

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The President Muhammadu Buhari administration today warned the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, not to indulge in “actions that are capable of dividing the country along religious lines.” It rather advised the cleric to deploy his “high ecclesiastical office to work for religious harmony in Nigeria.”

 

This was issued in a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

 

The minister who was reacting to a statement credited to Kukah where he compared the Federal Government with Boko Haram, stating that it was not “not only disingenuous, but also a great disservice to the men and women in uniform who are daily battling the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to keep all Nigerians safe.”

 

Mohammed restated  the position of the Federal Government which holds that the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists do not subscribe to any religion, irrespective of their pretense to such, but are driven by their primitive propensity to kill mindlessly and destroy without restrain, irrespective of their victims’ creed, gender or tribe.

 

To now attribute the actions of these mad bunch to an orchestrated and systematic plan to elevate one religion over the other or decimate adherents of a particular religion is not only unfortunate but divisive, incendiary and insensitive,” Mohammed said.

 

The Minister made an appeal to religious leaders to be “more circumspect in their comments, especially on religious issues, because of the deeply emotive nature of religion and the tendency for it to be exploited for political gains by naysayers.”

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Uche Nwosu Returns To APC

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Jonathan Okorie, Owerri– A former contender for the Imo gubernatorial elections in 2019 and son-in-law of a former Imo State governor, Uche Nwosu, has rejoined the All Progressives Congress.

 

This was made known to thestandpointng.com in a statement issued in Owerri on Friday by  publicity secretary of the APC  in Imo State, Jones Onwuasoanya.

 

Onwuasoanya  stated that Nwosu and his  supporters across the state had been welcomed back to the party, stating that Nwosu who had earlier defected to the Action Alliance before the 2019 elections, had reregistered as a member of  the party in his Eziama Obaire ward  and had been received at the ward, LGA and states’ levels of the APC.

 

He said, “His Excellency Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has re-registered at his Eziama-Obaire ward and has been received back into the Party at the LGA and State levels.

 

“His Excellency Ugwumba Uche Nwosu returned to the Party with his numerous supporters across the 305 wards in the State, and these valuable party members have been welcomed back into the party and fully reabsorbed.

 

The Party is hopeful that other critical leaders of our party from across the State, who left the party due to one reason or the other, will soon rejoin the party, even as we look forward with hope to the Supreme Court judgement on the Imo governorship election.

 

“We also urge members of our party at all levels not to lend themselves as tools of destabilization against our party, but to key into the new spirit of reconciliation and healing ongoing in our party across the nation.

 

 

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Val Ozigbo, Former Transcorp Hotel MD Joins Race For Anambra Guber

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Kenechukwu Amaechi, Awka-  As 2021 draws near it does seem that the race for the office of governor will take the shape of an all comers affair, at least for now.  This can be confirmed with the entry of Valentine Ozigbo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria plc, TRANSCORP, a diversified conglomerate with interest in so many areas,  yesterday declared his interest to govern Anambra state under the People’s Democratic Party , (PDP) .

 

The standpointng.com gathered this today after he, Valentine addressed a stakeholders meeting comprising of members of the Amesi Ward of the PDP, at the said meeting, the business magnate announced to the gathering that he would be seeking the nomination of the party for the 2021 guber race and that he had the basic requirements not only to win the ticket but to go on and nick the seat for the party at the elections proper.

 

Prior to the “Amesi Declaration “ , the political rumourmill had been absorbed with speculations of Ozigbo’s entry into the race, his declaration confirming such.

 

With this Ozigbo will now confront heavyweights such as Uche Ekwunife, Chris Azubogu, Godwin Ezeemo and  Godwin Maduka for the ticket as well as a number of political heavyweights in the APC who are only a couple of days away from defecting to the PDP.

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I Have Not Decamped From The APC-Tony Nwoye

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Igboeli Arinze& Taiwo Okunola, FCT-  Following our report that the two time Anambra guber candidate for the 2013 and 2017 guber elections in Anambra State, Honorable Tony Nwoye had decamped from the All Progressives Congress, APC, thestandpointng.com has gathered that contrary to such a report, Honorable  Nwoye is still a bonafide member of the APC.

 

Our Editor in Chief had received detailed information from a source which had stated that Hon. Nwoye had decamped from the APC to the PDP, however calls from Nwoye himself  to the Editor and also from a number  associates who had cited the possession of a video at the said meeting claimed otherwise. It was alleged that at the meeting some of the participants had moved motions for his defection from the party to which he had allegedly declined and stated that he was still for now a bonafide member of the party.

 

Speaking in clear terms, Nwoye had categorically stated that he had never broached the idea of defecting, he questioned the authencity of the source from which  thestandpointng.com had quoted in the initial story. Nwoye said,

 

“ I am for now a member of the APC, I have not decamped nor am I planning to decamp anywhere, I have a video of the said meeting, if indeed I decamped I will do so through the appropriate channels, I do not intend to decamp now or in the nearest future, please kindly retract the story”.

 

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I Am Ready To Die For Edo State- Obaseki

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Davidson Ogie, Benin City-  The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has vowed that if it required his demise in the service of Edo State, then so be it, even much as he prayed that such a sacrifice would not be required. 

He stated this in an interdenominational service called to mark his third year in office, under the theme Alaghodaro (Progress) 2019. 

Obaseki said,” People ask, is Edo worth dying for?  I say yes, Edo is worth dying for. And if I have to die for Edo State then so be it, though I hope God will not allow such. “

The governor thanked the members and leaders of the APC for their support so far and promised them that in his fourth year in office that his administration would deliver more democracy dividends to the people of Edo State. 

Readers will recall that Mr. Obaseki has for a year now being embroiled in a battle of wits with his predecessor and now National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole over a number of issues arising within the state’s politics. 

Oshiomole who singlehandedly imposes Obaseki on the people of Edo State has repeatedly accused Obaseki from deviating from the development agenda of his administration and neglecting those who brought him to power, Obaseki, in turn has accused his former boss of being high handed and intrusive in the governance of Edo State. 

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Tony Nwoye Defects To PDP

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  • To contest party’s 2021 guber ticket
  • Gives condition of free and fair primaries

 

Igboeli Arinze, FCT- News reaching the standpointng.com yesterday has it that two time guber candidate in the 2013 and 2017 Anambra Guber Elections , Honorable Tony Nwoye is set to defect to the People’s Democratic Party with his supporters. 

Nwoye, who was the anchorman for youths under the auspices of the Buhari/ Osinbajo Campaign Organization for the 2019 elections was alleged to have announced his defection yesterday to a number of his supporters in a closed door meeting in Nsugbe yesterday.

Giving reasons for his defection, Nwoye stated that the party(APC) had much been unfair to him given his dedication and commitment to the party. He accused a number of leaders of the party at the state and national levels of bad faith, describing them as people who wanted to pull him down at all times and remain as tin gods.

“ I came into the APC with my resources and my determination to turn the party around, I won the guber ticket and proceeded to make the party the number one state in Anambra but for certain leaders at the state and national levels who decided to sabotage our efforts in 2017, we would have won the elections.

Even after the betrayal, I stayed put, I participated in the congresses and the general elections and I was still not appreciated”

According to thestandpointng.com , it was gathered that Nwoye’s defection had begun three months ago after he narrowly missed the ministerial slot to Chris Ngige. 

There were alleged rumors of his numerous political trysts with renown PDP leaders such as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus. 

Nwoye, in these meetings had alleged that all he wanted from the party was a level playing field in the course of the primaries for the forthcoming guber elections.

With this development Nwoye will have to square it off with the likes of Uche Ekwunife, Chris Azubogu, Godwin Maduka, Godwin Ezeemo, Oseloka Obaze and a host of other top party faithfuls who are angling to fly the party’s flag. 

For the APC the coast is now clear for the troika of Engineer Johnbosco Onunkwo, George Moghalu and Senator Nnamdi Uba to vie for the ticket without worrying about Nwoye, at least for the primaries.

 

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Zamfara State Adopts Ruga in 17 Councils

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The Zamfara State Government has mapped out 20,000 hectres of land in each of the 17 emirate councils for the immediate construction of 7000 housing units for Rural Grazing Areas in the state.

This was made in a statement signed by the Press Secretary to Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Idris Salisu, which stated that the 500 housing units will be made up of one and two-bedroomed flats.

The bedroom flats will also come along with a number of other facilities such as grazing reserves for cattle, a dam, schools for both western and Islamic education, nomadic education, mosque, cattle market as well as milk processing factory, all for the herdsmen-settlers.

The statement also stated that the implementation of the Ruga settlement in these councils will be done by a committee, led by the Special Adviser to Governor Matawalle on Security, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, it also stated that it had drawn surveyors, engineers, agric experts and other experts from its ministries.

 

 

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President Buhari Swears In SGF, 43 Cabinet Ministers , Assigns Ministries.

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Amaechi ,Onyema, Ngige,Adamu, Sirika, Bello, Ahmed , Malami , Mohammed and Onu retain Ministries.

Fashola retains Works and Housing, but loses Power Ministry.

Kemi Daisi, FCT – President Muhammadu Buhari today inaugurated his cabinet today, swearing in 43 ministers to oversee a couple of ministries in his second tenure as President. 

 

The inaguration saw ten ministers, Rotimi Amaechi, Geoffrey Onyema, Chris Ngige, Adamu Adamu, Hadi Sirika, Mohammed Bello, Zainab Ahmed , Abubakar Malami , Lai Mohammed and Ogbonnaya Onu retain their former ministries while Fashola lost his Super Minister status as former Minister for Power , Works and Housing to just being a Minister for Works and Housing. 

Key changes to the cabinet did include the appointment of Sunday Dare (Youths and Sports) Dr. Pantami (Communications) Sharon Ikeazor (Environment, State) Rauf Aregbeshola( Interior)and Timipriye Sylva (Petroleum, State)

Others include,  Sabo Nanono (Agriculture), Major Bashir Magashi(Defence) ,  Ramatu Tijani Aliyu , FCT (State),  Gbemisola Saraki (Transportation State) Mamora( Health) Godswill Akpabio(Niger Delta Affairs) and Festus Keyamo( Niger Delta, State).

 

The ministerial cabinet had earlier been announced in July with the ministers undergoing security checks and a screening excercise by the Senate. 

 

Below is a list of the Ministers and their assigned ministries.

1. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah (Abia) – Minister of state for mines and steel development

2. Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of FCT

3. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Minister of Niger Delta

4. Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra ) – Minister of labour and productivity

5. Sharon Ikeazor ( Anambra) – Minister of State for Environment 

6. Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) – Minister of education

7. Ambassador Mariam Kategu (Bauchi) – Minister of state for industry, trade and investment

8. Timipre Sylvia (Bayelsa) – Minister of state for petroleum

9. George Akume (Benue) – Minister of special duties

10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno) – Minister of state for agriculture

11. Godwin Jeddi Agba (Cross River) – Minister of state for power

12. Festus Keyamo – (Delta) – Minister of state for Niger Delta

13. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) – Minister of science and technology

14. Osagie Ehanire (Edo) – Minister for health

15. Clement Agba (Edo) – Minister of state for budget and national planning

16. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti) – Minister of industry, trade and investment

17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu) – Minster of foreign affairs

18. Isa Ibrahim Pantami (Gombe) – Minister of communication

19. Emeka Nwajuba (Imo) – Minister of state for education

20. Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna) – Minister of finance

21. Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa) – Minister of water resources

22. Mohammad Mahmoud (Kaduna) – Minister of environment

23. Sabo Nanono (Kano) – Minister of agriculture

24. Major Bashir Magashi (Kano) – Minister of defence

25. Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister of aviation

26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) – AGF and minister of justice

27. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu (Kogi) – Minister of state for FCT

28. Olorunimbe Mamora (Lagos) – Minister of state for health

29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) – Minister of state for transportation

30. Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) – Minister of works and housing

31. Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara) – Minister for Information and Culture

32. Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa) – Minister of state for science & technology

33. Zubairu Dada (Niger) – Minister of state for foreign affairs

34. Olamilekun Adegbite (Ogun) – Minister of mines and steel development

35. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo) – Minister of state for labour

36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) – Minister of interior

37. Sunday Dare (Oyo) – Minister of youth and sports

38. Paulen Tallen (Plateau) – Minister of women affairs

39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) – Minister of transport

40. Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi (Sokoto) – Minister of police affairs

41. Saleh Mamman (Taraba) – Minister of power

42. Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe) – Minister of state for works and housing

43. Sadiya Umar Farouk (Zamfara) – Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal Reserves Judgement

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Kemi Daisi, FCT Presidential Elections Petitions  Tribunal this morning reserved judgment in the suit filed by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The five-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Mohammed Garba reserved judgment to a date to be communicated to all the parties involved in the petition.

Dr Levi Uzoukwu(SAN) who led the petitioners’ legal team did insist in his final written address that the claim by President Buhari that he submitted his certificates to the Military Board had been refuted by the Secretary to the Military Board.

However, lawyers  to INEC, President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, urged the Tribunal to dismiss the petition with substantial cost for lacking in merit and substance, arguing that the nation’s law only requires a candidate to be educated up to secondary school level or its equivalent.

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