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FG To Reduce Passport Processing Time To 6 Weeks

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that it is working on reviewing passport application process by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to 6 weeks.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made the disclosure today at a meeting with the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede, Passport officers and attachés in Nigeria missions abroad, at the NIS headquarters, Abuja.

In a speech titled ‘A NEW DAWN IN PASSPORT APPLICATION PROCESSING’, Aregbesola said “We have had several challenges in the past, including shortage of booklets, touting, racketeering, inflating the cost, passports being issued to ineligible persons, among others. It has become imperative therefore to review our operations and rejig our system, in order to be able to offer excellent services to our clients.”

According to him, efforts are on to embed security operatives both seen and unseen, in all passport offices. “They will wear body cameras. They will detect and report any form of solicitations, inflation, improper communications, extortion, diversion, hoarding and other corrupt practices. Those caught will be dealt with according to the law,” he added.

“Therefore, I am declaring a zero-tolerance stance to all forms of touting. No applicant will be made to pay any illegitimate fees,” he further added.

He also added “”It is my firm belief that we will arrive at a new dawn in passport application processing.”
He called for the support and maximum cooperation of all passport officers so to make more significant contribution to national development.

“It should be our personal and collective goal to leave an institution better than we met it,” he reiterated.

Earlier, the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede said the need to reduce the waiting period for applicants led to the new review.

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Policeman, Others Shot Dead In Osun Land Dispute

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A policeman, Akinsanya Akingbade, was killed on Friday during a clash between Ileogbo and Iwo communities in Osun State over a parcel of land.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that three other people were also killed while many were seriously injured.

The disputed land is at Asalu at Oke Saji which is the boundary between Ileogbo and Iwo.

As a result of the incident, the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, has summoned the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, and the traditional ruler of Ileogbo, Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje, to a security meeting in Osogbo with the Commissioner of Police, Mr Wale Olokode.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola, while confirming the incident, said one Waheed Adeleye was arrested for the murder of the policeman.

The PPRO said the suspect shot the policeman on his chest with a gun.

Opalola said the deceased was attached to the Ile-Igbo monarch.

The police spokesperson said the remains of the policeman had been deposited at the Osun State University Teaching Hospital in Osogbo.

She said that adequate policemen have been deployed to the communities to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

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Kwara Fire Fighters Rescue 40 Year Old Trapped In Flood

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A 40 years old man was on Thursday rescued from rising floodwaters in Kwara State by men of the State Fire Service.

“About 18:10hrs of yesterday evening, 6th May, 2021 during the heavy downpour, the Brigade was summoned to a rescue operation around Royal Sekina Hotel, along Ajase-Ipo Road in Ilorin Kwara State,” a statement by the spokesperson of the Kwara State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, reads.

“On getting to the incident, a man of about 40-year-old had been trapped inside the flood. Most importantly, the victim man called Abdulwahab Olarewaju was able to recover well alive by our firemen from this turbulent flood.”

He quoted the fire service boss, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa (CFO), as urging resident “to always be safety cautious especially during the rainfall”.

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BREAKING: Former Minister ‘Mama Taraba’ Is Dead

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Aisha Alhassan, former Nigerian Minister for Women Affairs is dead.

Alhassan, known widely as Mama Taraba, was appointed as Minister in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that She died at 61 in Cairo, Egypt.

Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party in Taraba State also confirmed her death to one of our correspondents.

AlHassan is a former Minister of Women Affairs and former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District.

She contested for the same seat on the platform of the UDP in the 2019 general elections after resigning as a minister in the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on July 27, 2018.

The former senator was born on the 16th of September, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State, to Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, Sarkin Ayukan Muri.

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