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Gowon: How We saved Obasanjo from Impeachment

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Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon has revealed how he and Abdulsalami Abubakar, another former Head of State, saved former President Olusegun Obasanjo from being impeached in 2007.

Gowon said this at a public lecture tagged: “Nation Building or Nation Fragmentation: Reflection on 20 years of Post-Military Rule in Nigeria” which held in Abuja on Saturday, in honour of late Emmanuel Abisoye, a retired Major General.

Pius Anyim and Ghali Na’Abba were the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively at the time of the impeachment move.

According to Gowon, who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Abisoye Foundation, if Obasanjo had been impeached, other presidents after him would have suffered the same fate.

“If the action of the legislature, which was to embarrass Chief Obasanjo was allowed to be implemented, those who succeeded him would have faced similar fate,” he said.

“I can see Alhaji Ghali Na’Abbah here and I can assure you we had some very important discussions and I know that we had to appeal to him and the president of the senate not to impeach Obasanjo and of course, because of the respect they had for us, they listened to us.

“If we had allowed them impeach the president at that time of our democracy, no president in Nigeria would escape being harassed.”

Gowon said Abisoye gave his all for the service of Nigeria.

“As young as we were then, our ideals were not self-seeking,” he said.

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Police Denounce Booing of Emir Sanusi, Warn Troublemakers

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The Police Command in Kano State has expressed displeasure  over the booing  entourage of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II by some individuals while he was returning to his palace after Eid prayers.

This is contained in a Statement issued by the command’s spokesman, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, in Kano on Monday.

He said that, the incident occurred when the Emir took a different route, as part of his religious obligation.

He said unfortunately, he was booed within the vicinity of Festival Primary School and Zage/Zango areas by some unidentified persons.

“Currently, the police command is monitoring the entire Sallah events to ensure law and order are maintained, adequate security measures are in place to tackle any form of security threats.

“Accordingly, the police command is warning individuals intending to cause chaos or breach the peace during the Sallah celebration to stay clear of the state’’, he said.

The spokesman further stated that at the moment adequate security personnel had been deployed to arrest anyone attempting to cause a breakdown of law and order.

The police warned members of the public to desist from carrying weapons during and after the celebration, saying that anyone found would meet stiff penalties.

“Rigorous stop-and-search operations and patrols are ongoing in all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the metropolitan area to ensure a peaceful celebration”, Kiyawa said. (NAN)

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Anambra police Intercept Alleged Gun Runner, Recover 375 Live Cartridges

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The Police Command in anambra says it has arrested 48-year-old Felix Owaya, in possession of 375 live cartridges.

SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Monday.

Ikenga stated that the suspect hail from Ika South Local Government Area of Delta.

He also stated that the police operatives attached to Fegge Division made the arrest, while on patrol along Niger Street, Onitsha on Saturday.

He added that during interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was sent by one Mr Charles Ogboma to a yet-to-be-identified man to collect the ammunition.

He explained that investigation on the matter was still ongoing.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Nnaghe Itam, commended the operatives for their vigilance and tenacity of purpose.

Itam was quoted to have directed all the personnel in the command to sustain the tempo of crime prevention and detection in service of the people and state. (NAN)

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Olomojobi’s Appointment as Ekiti Head of Service Well-deserved – Medical Women

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Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Ekiti chapter, has congratulated Dr Folakemi Olomojobi on her appointment as the new Head of Service in the state.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by the MWAN President and Secretary, Drs Esther Akinsoto Bola Ibirongbe respectively, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.


The association described Olomojobi’s appointment as well-deserved, having served in various capacities within the state civil service.

It also described the appointment as a testament to Olomojobi’s exceptional dedication, vast expertise, industry, hard work and exemplary leadership.
The association said that the unwavering commitment and contributions of the new head of service to Ekiti people, particularly in the health sector, had earned her the appointment.

“We use this opportunity to say that we identify with you as our pioneer President in MWAN, Ekiti.
“We are confident that your professionalism will continue to drive positive change and inspire excellence in Ekiti State civil service.
“Your remarkable journey and contributions, particularly in the field of health management, demonstrate your unwavering commitment to public service.
“We urge you to see this appointment as a call to service by using your position to mentor young women and girls, inspiring them to strive for excellence in their careers,” the association said.
It expressed gratitude to Gov. Biodun Oyebanji for being gender-friendly, stressing that the appointment was a testament to his administration’s commitment to gender equality and women inclusion. (NAN)

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