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Akpabio, Ngige, Adamu Adamu Listed as Buhari Releases Ministerial List



President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan
 By Jude Opara, Abuja

Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswin Akpabio, former Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige of Anambra State as well as the immediate past Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, representing Bauchi State were among the list of ministers nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.

Also former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Amaechi and former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Silver equally made the list as read by Senate President, Ahmed Lawan at plenary.

A total number of 43 nominees were sent to the red chambers by the President.

The Full Ministerial List is as follows:

  1. Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah (Abia State)
  2. Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa State) reappointed
  3. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State)
  4. Chris Ngige (Anambra State) reappointment
  5. Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra State)
  6. Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State) reappointment
  7. Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi State)
  8. Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa State)
  9. George Akume (Benue State)
  10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno State) reappointment
  11. Goddy Jedy Agba (Cross River State)
  12. Festus Keyamo (Delta State)
  13. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State)reappointment
  14. Osagie Ehanire (Edo State) reappointment
  15. Clement Ike (Edo State)
  16. Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti State)
  17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu State) reappointment
  18. Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe State)
  19. Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo State)
  20. Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State)
  21. Zainab Ahamed (Kaduna State) reappointment
  22. Muhammad Mahmood (Kaduna State)
  23. Sabo Nanono (Kano State)
  24. Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano State)
  25. Hadi Sirika (Katsina State) reappointment
  26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State) reappointment
  27. Ramatu Tijjani (Kogi State)
  28. Lai Mohammed (Kwara State)
  29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara State)
  30. Babatunde Fashola (Lagos State) reappointment
  31. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos State)
  32. Mohammed H.
    Abdullahi (Nasarawa State)
  33. Zubair Dada (Niger State)
  34. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun State)
  35. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo State)
  36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State)
  37. Sunday Dare (Oyo State)
  38. Paulen Talen (Plateau State)
  39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State)
  40. Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto State)
  41. Sale Mamman (Taraba State)
  42. Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe State)
  43. Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara State)
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Lawan while speaking on the development said the Senate will begin the screening of the nominees beginning from today Wednesday 23rd July, 2019.


Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna 




By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

The military high command, yesterday said its troops deployed on internal operations in Kaduna state has arrested ten armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan town in Jema’a local government area of the state. 

A statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko stated the names of the arrested suspects as: Messrs Manga Ismail, a 22 – year-old, Idris Haruna (Ban Sambo), 20- year-old, Sani Bali, 19- year-old.


Others are Shamsudeen Ladan, 25 – year-old, Abdulmajid Yau (Sele), 22 – year – old , Abubakar Hassan, 23 – year-old, Abbas Aliyu, 15 – year-old, Mohammed Umar (Jazuli), 17 – year – old, Jonathan Vincent (Bamai), 19 – year-old and Stephen Joseph, 25 – year-old.

According to him, items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattresses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others.


Gen. Onyeuko also said on the same day, troops acting on intelligence reports, conducted a cordon search operation at Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant. 

Onyeuko explained that Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians comprising two females and a male. 

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Speaking further, he said :”Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in a sustained effort to eliminate criminals elements in their Area of operation on 28 June 2022 based credible intelligence conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized notorious bandit and kidnapper.

“Similarly, on the same day, troops on fighting patrol sighted 2 x suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motor cycle, suspects abandoned their motor cycle on sighting troops and fled.

” Troop exploited area and recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others”, he said. 

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain




The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.

Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.

Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.

The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.

But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.

The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.

A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.

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HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN




The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, yesterday in Lagos.

Suraju, in a letter to the Chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, urged the commission to stand tall over the allegations of corruption, maladministration and incompetence leveled against Muhammad.

“As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria and non-partisan human rights and development league, we call on the ICPC to commence investigation into the budgetary allocation, utilisation and development process of the judiciary with a view to sanitisation of that critical arm of government,” he said.

Suraju said it was widely reported that the immediate past CJN responded to the allegations brought against him by 14 Justices on the aforementioned allegations.

“It is unarguable that the judiciary is the last hope of the helpless and its judges are only meant to be heard and not seen.

“However, these allegations made by fellow Justices of the apex court against the CJN cannot be overlooked as it is weighty and must be diligently investigated by the commission in order to protect that vital institution.

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“If the Supreme Court of Nigeria is infested with corrupt persons, then our democracy is doomed, ICPC and others relevant bodies should rise and act fast to redeem the temple of justice from possible collapse,” HEDA said. (NAN)

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