DAILY ASSET Appoints Egbulefu, Managing Editor, Andoor Chairs Editorial Board
By Matthew Dadiya, Abuja
The management of Asset Newspapers Limited (publishers of DAILY ASSET) has announced the appointment of Tony Egbulefu as Managing Editor.
Similarly, the management announced the appointment of Donald Andoor as new Chairman of the newspaper’s Editorial Board.
Egbulefu, the new Managing Editor takes over from Mr Martin Paul, who has been on the position for over two years but had to proceed on Medical leave.Until his appointment, Egbulefu was Chairman, Editorial Board of the newspaper and had previously served as Deputy Editor and Editor respectively. Before joining the newspaper, Mr Egbulefu has previously held top editorial positions including Editor, Peoples Monthly Magazine; Editor Leadership Newspaper Weekend and Sunday titles; a member of Leadership Newspaper Editorial Board and Director.
Egbulefu, a graduate of Mass communication started his illustrious journalism career at the Independent Communications Network Limited (ICNL), publishers of PMNews, TheNews/Tempo magazines as a reporter in 1997.
Andoor, the new Chairman, Editorial Board comes on the job with over 30 years of active journalism practice. He started his career with the Kaduna-based The Reporter Newspapers in 1991. He later moved to Lagos and joined ThisDay newspapers as a pioneer staff, where he served in different states and in various positions and rose to the position of Bureau Chief, South-South and also served as Bureau Chief, North.
In 2011, he teamed up with another colleague as a founder and Co-publisher of National Accord, a daily newspaper with headquarters in Abuja, but later divested in the project. He served the National Accord in the position of Managing Editor.
He holds a Diploma in Mass Communication and a Bachelors Degree in English. Andoor is happily married with children.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, DAILY ASSET, Dr Cletus Akwaya, in a statement said the new appointments were consciously made to enhance the paper’s capacity to pursue new goals as it repositions for the future.
“DAILY ASSET is looking to consolidating its position in the Nigerian media space and this can only be possible with the right calibre of human resource. We are confident that the new personnel will bring their rich experiences to bear on the operations and take the newspaper to higher heights,” Akwaya, a former Commissioner of Information in Benue State was quoted to in the statement to have said.
The statement said both appointments take immediate effect.
Again, Tribunal Steps Down Obi’s Petition
For the third time, the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, was forced to step down hearing in the petition filed by Mr Peter Gregory Obi and the Labour Party, LP, against the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The petition was stepped down by the court following a poor schedule of documents being sought to be tendered to establish the allegations of malpractices during the February 25 presidential election.
At yesterday’s proceedings, the court discovered that the documents were not properly scheduled as ordered by the Court.
In the drama that ensued at the point of rendering the documents from the 23 local government areas of Benue, a lot of discrepancies were uncovered.
All efforts to reconcile the anomaly and reschedule the documents were unsuccessful as the errors were beyond immediate solution.
To save the situation, counsel to Obi and the Labour Party, Chief Emeka Okpoko SAN, sought to use documents not filed to conduct the proceedings, but the move was rejected on the ground of illegality.
In the end, the court stepped down hearing of the petition and ordered the legal team to go and re-file the schedule of documents in line with the provisions of the pre-hearing report.
The hearing of Obi’s petition had run into stormy waters three times, prompting the shift in the hearing of the petition.
At the time of this report, Peter Obi and the Vice Presidential candidate, Datti Baba Ahmed, were in the court as their lawyers were running helter-skelter to the Registry of the Court to file a new schedule of documents.
Meanwhile, the five Justices led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani hearing the petition have retired to their chambers to await when the legal team will put its house in order.
In Maiden Meeting, Crush Oil Thieves Now, Tinubu Orders Service Chiefs
By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
President Bola Tinubu, yesterday met with the Service Chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies and told them that he would change the security architecture of the country to blend with his philosophy to address the insecurity challenges across the federation.
The President also said as far as he is concerned, ‘Nigeria should not go on her knees as a result of security challenges while other countries are working, moving forward and recording tremendous achievements.’
Tinubu stated this in his maiden official meeting with Security and intelligence heads led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as the the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major Gen.Babagana Monguno (retd), who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting that lasted two hours, said the President has directed heads of security agencies to come out with their blue prints.
He ordered the security agencies to crush anyone involved in oil theft, stressing that his administration will not tolerate such menace.
“He is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture, he is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that as far as he is concerned, he is not going to tolerate oil theft wherever the problem is coming from it must be crushed as soon as possible,” he stated.
He has already mandated the security agencies to come up with a blueprint as far as he knows and as far as he concerned, he doesn’t have the luxury of time; and whatever changes will be made have to be done as soon as possible.
“The President also has decided that whatever ventures the armed forces are going to be engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre. They must be well fed, well kitted, motivated and given all that they require.
He said it was an appraisal meeting for the President to get briefing on the activities of the different security formations and for him to tell them his own philosophy and what he expects from the security heads.
“The President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces has just concluded a meeting of the general security appraisal committee consisting of the Chief of Staff, Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, and heads of the intelligence agencies.
“This is the very first meeting he’s had with the heads of the security agencies. The meeting lasted for two hours.
“Having been briefed by the participants of the meeting, Mr. President, addressed prevailing issues confronting the nation in terms of insecurity and also mentioned his own philosophy towards dealing with national security issues.
“First and foremost, he appreciated the armed forces and intelligence agencies and the wider paramilitary agencies for the work they have been doing in the past couple of years. Their sacrifice, their loyalty, and he also paid tribute to those who died in defending this country, from the great big menace of terrorism, insurgency banditry, oil theft, sea robbery, piracy, etc.
“The President has made it very clear that he’s determined to build on whatever gains that have been made and to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour.
“As far as he’s concerned, this country should not be on its knees struggling while other countries are working and achieving greater heights,” he said.
President Tinubu said in moving the country forward he needs the security agencies to redouble their efforts, stressing that his own philosophy is one of contemporary security measures dealing with the requirements of the time.
“He has made it very clear that he will not accept a situation in which our fortunes keep declining. And his own trajectory is that national security has to be coordinated, there has to be whatever…whether it is a basket system, but there must be a clearing house.
“All agencies must work to achieve one single purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other is not something that he will condone. He has made it very, very clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, with the demands of frequent consultations and also timely reports which must be acted on.
“President has said clearly that he will do whatever is within his powers to enable the operational elements but the intelligence agencies must also make their work easy for them by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carry out the assignment,” the NSA said.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has mandated his security chiefs to draw up a fresh blueprint that would guide security operations in the country.
Tinubu, who met with the security chiefs in the country for the first time since assuming office, yesterday, said he had a personal philosophy about how security issues should be handled for effective results.
Obi, LP Challenge Election Results in Rivers, Benue, Niger, 15 Other States
The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 presidential election, Mr Peter Gregory Obi and his party confirmed to the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) yesterday in Abuja that they would challenge the election results in 18 states only.
They held that they would not dissipate energies in the states where they won convincingly and without any dispute.
However, at the end of proceedings, Obi and his party tendered certified electoral documents obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in only six states.
The documents, mainly, Forms EC8A, election results from polling units were admitted as exhibits to be used to establish their alleged riggings and other malpractices during the election.
Presiding Justice of the Court, Haruna Simon Tsammani admitted the documents as exhibits after they were tendered by Chief Emeka Okpoko SAN who represented Obi and the Labour Party.
Meanwhile, INEC, represented by Kemi Pinhero SAN, issued the documents and certified them as genuine but dramatically announced its decision to object to the admission of the documents.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shetima, who are 2nd and 3rd respondents and represented by Adebayo Adelodun SAN in the petition challenging their declaration as winners of the election, also hinted to oppose the admissibility of the electoral documents.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress, APC, represented by Chief Afolabi Fashanu, SAN, argued that it would raise objections against the documents.
Breakdown of the tendered and admitted documents showed that Forms EC8A were tendered in 15 Local Government Areas of Rivers State, 23 in Benue, 18 in Cross River, 23 in Niger State, 20 in Osun and 16 in Ekiti Local Government Areas.
A further hearing in the petition has been shifted to June today by the Court at the instance of the two petitioners.
Read Our ePaper
FG Bans Underage Children from Participating in NCEE.
Share Post Views: 41 By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja The Federal Government has banned underage children from participating in the National...
Abuja’s UTC Complex Demolished for Urgent Upgrade, Security Measures – FCTA Explains
Share Post Views: 50 By Laide Akinboade, Abuja In a significant move to propel small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) forward...
I Fear My Menstruation Might Be Mistaken for Sexual Indulgence – CYPF Member
Share Post Views: 247 On this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, centered around the theme “Making menstruation a normal fact of...
Presidential Election Petition Court Adjourns Hearing of APM’s Petition Until June 9
Share Post Views: 180 The Presidential Election Petition Court on Friday in Abuja, adjourned hearing of the petition filed by...
Subsidy Removal: Tinubu Pledges Review of Minimum Wage
Share Post Views: 126 By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Friday in Abuja said improved livelihood for Nigerians...
Gov. Diri laments Slow Pace of Work After Paying N16bn Mobilisation Fee to Contractor
Share Post Views: 187 Bayelsa’s Gov. Douye Diri on Friday at Nembe expressed dissatisfaction at the pace of work on...
Taraba: Bonzena Emerges 10th Assembly Speaker.
Share Post Views: 120 From Christiana Babayo, Jalingo Rt. Hon John Kizito Bonzena, member representing Zing Local Government Area, has...
Shettima Inaugurates N570m NASS Mosque
Share Post Views: 71 Vice-President Kashim Shettima on Friday, inaugurated the Jumu’at Mosque built by the Muslim faithfuls in the National...
PEPC Admits Exhibits of 6 States in Evidence Against Tinubu’s Election
Share Post Views: 79 The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), has admitted in evidence, exhibits from the Labour Party and...
Anambra Gov’t Launches e-identification Cards for Civil, Public Servants
Share Post Views: 158 The Anambra Government on Friday unveiled its civil service Electronic Identification Card (e-Id card). Mrs Theodora...