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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), the umbrella body of all the Youth organizations/groups in Nigeria, under the leadership of Ambassador Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo has declared support for all NYCN members and current cum past leaders who are contesting for any elective position in the forthcoming general elections, especially Bishop Sunday Onuoha who was the pioneer state Chairman of NYCN Abia State Chapter.

This was disclosed to the media at the celebration of the African/National Youth Day held in Port Harcourt. At the event, the NYCN led by Amb. Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo, in the company of all the State Chairmen and all the National Executive Council (NEC) members of NYCN present, publicly endorsed Bishop Sunday Onuoha as the Youth’s Candidate in the Abia State 2023 gubernatorial election. According to Amb. Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo;

“Bishop Sunday Onuoha is one of our own. He was the pioneer Chairman of NYCN Abia State Chapter and laid a very solid foundation for NYCN in Abia State. It is worthy to mention that during his tenure, as the Chairman of NYCN, the Youth of Abia State gained uncountable scholarships and received several empowerment packages and bursary awards from the State Government. He was selfless and worked for the overall interest of the entire Abia Youth, as the State Chairman of NYCN.

“Today, he is contesting for the Number One Seat in Abia State, under the platform of African Democratic Party (ADC). He is a Gubernatorial Candidate who has demonstrated his passion and love for the Youth constituency. He has unmatched records in Youth empowerment and sustainable development amongst all the Gubernatorial Candidates in Abia state. His manifesto is a Youth-oriented manifesto.

“Owing to his antecedents and being one of us, as the pioneer Chairman of NYCN Abia State Chapter, we are going to support him to win the gubernatorial election come 11th March 2023. In the Company of all the State Chairmen and the NEC members present today, I hereby declare him as our choice come 11th March 2023.

“NYCN is not known for political awards, not under my leadership. However, today we are giving out an outstanding Award to Bishop Sunday Onuoha as a sign of our support and solidarity for his gubernatorial ambition. It is a way of showing him that we are solidly behind him and will walk the talk with him during the elections.

“I hereby call on all the Youth, especially the Youth of Abia state and all NYCN structures in Abia State, to rally around him and throw our heavy support behind him to ensure that he emerges as the next Governor of Abia State. We shall be in Abia state to support his campaign and canvass for massive votes for him.

“I wish to use this opportunity to call on all the Youth across the federation to support any credible Young Person contesting for any elective position in the forthcoming elections, across all the political parties. Aside credible Young Persons in the contest, I enjoin us all to support any candidate who has championed Youth cause or has worked as a Youth leader in the past. It is time to repay those who have us at heart and those who have worked for our good; it is time for us to lend them our unalloyed support.

“Your Excellency, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, I say congratulations to you in advance. Receive this award as a sign of our unalloyed support to you. We believe you will run a Youth-oriented government when you win on the 11th of March 2023. Once again, congratulations in advance”.

The President of NYCN, Amb. Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo, also admonished the Nigerian Youth not to get involved in any form of electoral violence. He encouraged all the Youth with PVC to go out vote peacefully on the days of election as it a civic responsibility.

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A former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, have been found guilty of organ trafficking in the United Kingdom.

The duo alongside their daughter, Sonia, and a medical doctor, Dr. Obinna Obeta, were found guilty of facilitating the travel of a young man to Britain with a view to his exploitation after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.

They criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney, the jury found on Thursday.

The judge, Justice Jeremy Johnson, will pass a sentence at a later date, The Guardian UK reports.

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Ekweremadu, Beatrice, Sonia and Obeta had been standing trial at the Old Bailey for organ trafficking.

Their conviction on Thursday was the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.

Ekweremadu and his wife were last year arrested in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking a young man into the country to harvest his kidney.

The young man was said to have been falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The young man was said to have been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for Sonia after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.

The prosecutor, Hugh Davies KC, told the court the Ekweremadus and Obeta had treated the man and other potential donors as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward”.

He said they entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with the man, The Guardian UK report added.

The behaviour of Ekweremadu showed “entitlement, dishonesty and hypocrisy”, Davies told the jury.

He said Ekweremadu “agreed to reward someone for a kidney for his daughter – somebody in circumstances of poverty and from whom he distanced himself and made no inquiries, and with whom, for his own political protection, he wanted no direct contact”.

Davies added, “What he agreed to do was not simply expedient in the clinical interests of his daughter, Sonia, it was exploitation, it was criminal. It is no defence to say he acted out of love for his daughter. Her clinical needs cannot come at the expense of the exploitation of somebody in poverty.”

On March 14, The PUNCH reported that Beatrice denied involvement in the search for an organ donor for their ailing daughter, Sonia.

The PUNCH also reported that Ekweremadu claimed he involved the young man after he was advised by his doctor against seeking a kidney donor from among his family members. 

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Famous Nigerian singer, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz the bad guy, has reacted to the Lagos State re-elected Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s appreciation post.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had on Monday, in a post shared on his official Twitter handle, appreciated Lagosians for believing in him.

He wrote: ”I’m deeply humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support and trust of the good people of Lagos State. I’m honored to be re-elected as your governor and pledge to continue to work tirelessly to deliver a better Lagos for all. Thank you for believing in me.”

Reacting to this, Falz, who quoted the tweet, said everyone had seen the electoral irregularities unfold and Sanwo-Olu was only deceiving himself.

”You were not re-elected. You selected yourself. Everybody saw it unfold. You are only deceiving yourselves,” he said.

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced a 20 per cent increase in the salaries of civil servants in the mainstream public service.

Others to benefit from the new structure that takes effect from January 1, 2023, include those in local government areas, local council development areas and the State Universal Basic Education Board.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Monday.

The statement read, “Furthermore, kindly note that the arears for month of January 2023 will be paid along with salaries for the month of March, while the arrears for the month of February 2023 will be paid together with the month of April 2023.

“This action further demonstrates the administration’s commitment to staff welfare. Public servants are enjoined to show more commitment and dedication in the delivery of quality service to the citizens of the state.

“Accordingly, all accounting officers are to note the content of this circular and give it the service-wide publicity it deserves.”

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