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Adebanjo and Umeazu

Leader of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, has dismissed the treason allegation levelled against the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, by Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Mohammed had during a tour of news organisations in the United States accused Peter Obi and his running mate in the February 25 presidential election, Datti Baba-Ahmed, of treason.

But Adebanjo, while receiving a delegation of the Lagos chapter of Anya-Ndi-Igbo, a non-partisan, socio-political and economic development-oriented organization, committed to equity, peace, unity, justice and progress of Nigeria, at his residence on Monday, wondered why Lai Mohammed kept quiet when the head of Lagos State Motor Parks and Garages, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, incited attacks against the Ndigbo in Lagos.

“Where was Lai Mohammed when Oluomo was saying the Igbos shouldn’t come out to vote,” Adebanjo queried.

“All the time they were killing people because of the election, Lai Mohammed kept quiet,” he said.

Adebanjo added that there was no war between the Yoruba and Igbo, and that whatever appeared to be tension between the ethnic groups, was the handiwork of some political rascals.

He said: “Oluomo and all those who sponsor him, including those chiefs who were declaring Oro on Election Day, they are the political rascals.”

“Since when have we been doing Oro on Election Day?” he asked.

L-R: Chief Amechi Ebeledike, President Association of Anambra State Development Unions, Lagos; Elder Uma Eleazu, Chairman, Board of Trustees Anya-Ndi-Igbo; Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere Leader; and Engr Ben Akah, chieftain of Aka Ikenga during the visit

Adebanjo cautioned those propagating that Ndigbo were in battle with the Yoruba over Lagos to stop such insinuations as both ethnic groups enjoyed cordial relationship.

He said: “There is this insinuation that the Igbo are in battle with the Yoruba to take over Lagos. Nobody should succumb to this dangerous propaganda to sow seed of discord between us.

“We have had cordial relationship with the Igbo over the years and we are not having problems with them. Those trying to sow disunity must be careful.”

Dr Uma Eleazu, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anya-Ndi-Igbo who led the delegation to Adebanjo, also said there is no battle between the Yoruba and Ndigbo as being insinuated in sections of the press and social media.

Elder Eleazu noted that mischief makers who he described them as “little foxes that destroy the garden of relationship” are propagating such insinuation.

He said those stoking embers of discord were doing great disservice to the unity of the two regions that have had cordial relationship over the years.

Eleazu said: “Anya-Ndi-Igbo, Lagos comprising leaders of various Igbo Associations and Igbo Town Unions in Lagos, today paid a courtesy visit to Chief Ayo Adebanjo in his capacity as the leader of Afenifere to express our solidarity with his (Afenifere) stand on various national issues of mutual interest to the Yoruba and Igbo nations, and to plead with our Yoruba brothers and sisters not to succumb to the insinuations in sections of the press and social media that there is a battle for Lagos between Ndigbo and the Yoruba.

“There is no such battle. None. Zero.

“However, we have witnessed the activities of the little foxes that destroy the garden of our relationship. They are acting out the template of their masters. And we want all people of goodwill to do all they can to rein in such deviant behaviour before it gets out of hand.” (The Niche)

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NIS Will Focus More On Passport Insurance, Staff Welfare – New Ag. CG



The newly appointed Acting Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Caroline Adepoju, has promised to promote staff welfare and passport insurance.

Adepoju, therefore, directed all passport offices nationwide to take necessary steps to ensure no Nigerian is subjected to unnecessary delays or substandard treatment in the course of applying for passports.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Tony Akuneme, in Abuja, yesterday.

The Acting CG read the riot act, when she addressed top management of the NIS minutes after taking over from Alhaji Isah Jere, her immediate predecessor.

Adepoju affirmed that she would focus majorly on passport issues and staff welfare as those two aspects contribute mostly to the complaints of Nigerians and NIS personnel.

She announced that a stakeholders meeting would be convened in the next few days to x-ray the real issues in passport process and proffer far-reaching solutions.

This, she said, would include opening more front offices in the Lagos area, where the bulk of complaints emanate from.

Adepoju equally said she would adopt a bottom-top approach in tackling officers’ welfare.

“We will start by meeting all cadres of staff to hear their genuine needs, in a bid to hit the ground running with a blue print that will be based on an all inclusive needs assessment,” she said.

She appreciated the immediate past Comptroller General for making positive impact on the service during his tenure and asked God to guide him in his future endeavours.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adepoju had served in various locations during her career in the NIS.

Until her appointment, she was the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Finance.

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Tinubu Reinstates Sanity As DSS, EFCC Squabble Over Property In Lagos




A protracted conflict between Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a building at No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, appeared to have taken a dirty twist, yesterday.

The incident, however, earned a place in the archive of the new administration as one of the first interventions by President Bola Tinubu, who was sworn in barely 24 hours earlier.

Operatives of the DSS had barricaded entrance to the EFCC’s office, located at the said building, leading the anti-graft agency to issue a protest statement.

Meanwhile, the DSS issued a counter statement, denying it barricaded the premises, and claiming it was “only occupying its own” facility.

According to a statement released by presidential spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu “directed DSS to immediately vacate the office of the EFCC in Ikoyi, Lagos,” adding, “if there were issues between the two important agencies of government, they would be resolved amicably.”

EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, described the incident as bizarre, given that both agencies had shared the controversial facility for decades.

The statement reads: “Operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC arrived at their office on No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, this morning, May 30, 2023, to be denied entry by agents of the DSS, who had barricaded the entrance with armoured personnel carriers.

“This development is strange to the Commission, given that we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.

“By denying operatives access to their offices, the Commission’s operations at its largest hub, with over 500 personnel, hundreds of exhibits, and many suspects in detention have been disrupted.

Cases scheduled for court hearing today have been aborted, while many suspects who had been invited for questioning are left unattended.

“Even more alarming is that suspects in detention are left without care, with grave implications for their rights as inmates. All of these have wider implications for the nation’s fight against economic and financial crimes.

“The siege is inconsistent with the synergy expected of agencies working for the same government and nation, especially when there are ongoing discussions on the matter.”

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, however, said: “It is not correct that the DSS barricaded EFCC from entering its office. No. It is not true. The Service is only occupying its own facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility.

“By the way, there is no controversy over No 15 Awolowo Road, as being insinuated by the media. Did the EFCC tell you it is contesting ownership of the building? I will be surprised if it is contesting the ownership.

“Awolowo Road was NSO headquarters. SSS/DSS started from there. It is a common knowledge. It is a historical fact. Check it out.

“There is no rivalry between the Service and the EFCC over and about anything. Please, do not create any imaginary one. They are great partners working for the good of the nation. Dismiss any falsehood of a fight.”


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Three Killed While Travelling To Attend Inauguration Of New Ebonyi Governor, Nwifuru




The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Three persons travelling to attend Monday’s swearing-in ceremony in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Southeast Nigeria, have reportedly been killed.

The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Although the details of the accident were still sketchy, reports claimed many others also sustained varying degrees of injury.

According to one report, the vehicle carrying the victims had gone to Izzi to pick up villagers. Unfortunately, while they were travelling from the local government area to Abakaliki, one of the car tyres was deflated. 

Those injured in the accident have reportedly been moved to the Ebonyi Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.

The swearing-in ceremony in the state, like it is happening across the country today (Monday), is holding at the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki.

Meanwhile, efforts made by SaharaReporters to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer SP, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, were unsuccessful as she didn’t answer her calls.

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