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God is Behind My Governorship Position in Imo – Uzodimma

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The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Sunday, joined thousands of Imo citizens and other visiting guests to worship at the Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri.

The dual Mass was held to mark the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and also to usher in tomorrow’ swearing-in of the governor for his 2nd term in office.

According to Uzodimma, this occasion should remind us of the supremacy of peace in the land: without peace, governance cannot stand.

He also stated that both occasions remind us of the ephemeral nature of power and life itself; and therefore, the need for leaders to exercise power for the sole benefit of society.

“It is both a privilege and a reminder of the sacred duties of my high office, that I’m being inaugurated on the same day we remember the sacrifices which patriotic soldiers made to keep peace in our land.”

Uzodimma reiterated that he would never have been the governor of Imo State without the approval of God – He made it clear that He bestows power on those He chooses.

“I also know my covenant with the almighty God, which is to serve faithfully and honestly the people of Imo State and by extension the people of Nigeria. – I’m here today to renew that covenant with God and the people of Imo State. I’m also here to express my gratitude to God for the privilege of making me a governor for a second term.”

He opined that in renewing this covenant, he also acknowledge his imperfections as a mere mortal

“In the course of doing this job as a governor, I may have wittingly or unwittingly offended some people. I want to take the advantage of my presence here at the altar of God to apologize to those persons, and ask to be forgiving. In the same spirit, I have whole-heartedly forgiven those who may have offended me.”

“I crave peace for our state; in that way, let us work together in the atmosphere of peace for the progress of our dear state.”

“I have come here as a messenger. You may not like my face, but listen to my message. The message of a new Imo. The message of rebuilding Imo State. The message of developing Imo State. The message of curing poverty. The message of having an organized society where peace, progress and tranquillity shall reign.”

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Public Disturbance: Court Orders Kano TikToker to Undergo Mental Evaluation

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A Kano State Shari’a Court on Tuesday, ordered that a Kano Tiktoker Murja Kunya, be taken to a Government hospital for a mental evaluation.

The defendant, who lives at Tishama Hotoro Quarters Kano, is standing trial on a three-count charge of inciting  public disturbance, belonging to criminal gang and criminal intimidation.

Delivering a ruling, the Judge Malam Nura Yusuf-Ahmad, ordered that the defendant be taken to public hospital to ascertain her mental health due to suspected drug influence.

“The defendant previous appearance shows she is allegedly not in a sound state of mind due to suspected drug influence.

” Hisbah board should be updating the court time to time on her well-being for three months”

Yusuf-Ahmad  adjourned the matter untill May for hearing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor Prosecution Counsel, Mr Aliyu Abideen, said Kano State Hisbah Board arrested the defendent after receiving several complaints from members of the public.

He alleged that the defendant usually terrorize Tishama Hotoro Quarters Kano by bringing bad boys at midnight and  also disturbs the area by inciting disturbance and using social media to disturb members of the public.

“The defendant in one of her videos on Tiktok which went viral said she is the leader of all prostitute in the city”

The defendant, however, denied committing the offence.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened section 341, 275 and 227 of Kano State Shari’a Law.(NAN)

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NAF Nabs Alleged Notorious Kidnapper in Kano

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Troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) deployed at Durbunde in Takai Local Government Area  of Kano State have apprehended a 35-year-old alleged high-profile kidnapper known as Isah Abdul.

This is contained in a statement by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM Edward Gabkwet, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said that the arrest was carried out on Monday at 6.

30 p.
m. in a well-coordinated operation following credible intelligence on the hideout of the suspect and other members of his gang.

He said that the gang was responsible for several kidnapping incidences in the area.

According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that Isah Abdul was responsible for the abduction of one Yakubu Ibrahim Tagaho, popularly known as Sarkin Noman Gaya, on April 6, 2023, from his residence in Tagaho Village in Takai LGA.

Gabkwet said that Tagaho was released a month later after a ransom of N30 million was collected by his abductors.

“In December 2023, the same criminal abducted two sisters and three others in the same village and released them after collecting a huge ransom.

“He is also responsible for several other kidnapping activities as he has strong ties with  other known kidnapping gangs like the Danbul Fulaku gang that also operates in Takai LGA.

“Isah Abdul is currently in the custody of the Nigerian Air Force and undergoing investigations.

“He will soon be handed over to appropriate authorities,” he said. (NAN)

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Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza Rises to 29,195 Amid Israeli Attacks

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The death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 29,195 with 69,170 others wounded as the Israeli attacks continue, The Gaza-based Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Israeli army had killed 103 Palestinians and wounded 142 others in the Strip during the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a press statement.

It was noted that some victims remained under the rubble amid heavy bombardment and a lack of civil defence and ambulance crews.

Meanwhile, Israeli media outlets said the Israeli army forces were continuing their operations in the north centre and south of the Gaza Strip against Hamas, and have killed many fighters.

The Israeli army announced the death of a 22-year-old soldier as a result of his wounds in the Gaza battles.

The death of the 22-year-old soldier raised the death toll of Israeli soldiers killed in the ground operation to 236.

In addition, the Israeli army revealed a video of Israeli detainees alive in the first days of their detention in the Gaza Strip on Monday.

The video was showing a woman and her two children wrapped in a blanket, taken by gunmen in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesman Daniel Hagari said that the family had been kidnapped by an organization calling itself the “Mujahideen Brigades.” (Xinhua/NAN)

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