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DSS Invites Sheikh Gumi Over Allegation Of Military-Bandits’ Collusion In Attacks On Citizens

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It has been reported that the State Security Service, also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) has invited controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for questioning.

The VOA Hausa reported the DSS invitation, days after a controversy between Gumi and the Nigerian Army.

Speaking on an interview on ARISE Television on Wednesday, Gumi had alleged that security agents played a role in the insecurity plaguing Nigeria by collaborating with the bandits who engage in killing and kidnapping for ransom.

The Nigerian Army had replied to Gumi, same day saying his statement is both sad and unfortunate.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, had said that “the sweeping allegation peddled by the scholar is not only sad and unfortunate, but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of our patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.

“It is essential to remind ourselves that these same military, being accused of connivance, are the ones who recently put their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Government Secondary School, Birnin Yawuri from kidnappers.

“While the army will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, it must be stated unambiguously that it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel, as provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are crystallised in Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“It must also be pointed out, that while the military is very much receptive to constructive criticism, it should not be perceived as a gateway for derogatory comments that have the potential to embolden criminals. It is also necessary to reiterate that patriotism must be taken to a trajectory where subversive conversations on the state are brought to the barest minimum.

“Opinion leaders are enjoined to demonstrate patriotism in building the peace, rather than being agents of distabilisation, thereby aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation.”

Gumi is known for making controversial statements regarding bandits and killer herdsmen.

On Wednesday, he had described bandits and killer herdsmen’s atrocities as “a tribal war,” accusing the government of taking sides.

“What you call banditry when you cross to the other side, you find out Nigeria is fighting a tribal war,” he explained.

 

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AbdulRazaq Approves Intensive Clinical Training For PHCs Workers

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AbdulRazaq Approves Intensive Clinical Training For PHCs Workers

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, in continuation of his efforts at ensuring availability of quality healthcares services at the grassroots, is once again supporting an intensive one-week capacity building and training for key staff of all Basic HealthCare Provision Fund (BHCPF) validated PHCs across the state.

This training is being conducted as a collaborative effort of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, under the leadership of the Executive Secretary, Dr Nusirat Elelu, and the State Health Insurance Agency, under the leadership of the Executive Secretary, Dr Olubunmi Jetawo-Winter; with oversight from the State Ministry of Health and support of the State Commisioner for Health, Dr Raji Rasaq as well as the House Committee Chairman on Health, Honourable Rasaq Owolabi.

“This capacity building will ensure that gaps identified in providing quality healthcare services to the grassroot are bridged, and confidence of the people in accessing care at our primary Healthcare centers is restored,” according to a joint statement by the organisers.

 

“The primary healthcare centres provide first line access to basic healthcare services. However, referral services are also made available if a condition dictates that patients need additional care to accredited secondary facilities.

“Under the BHCPF programme of the Federal government with counterpart funds released by Kwara State government, 21,000 indigents have been given health insurance cards to access free healthcare services for a full year and renewable, as one of the ways our government is alleviating poverty in Kwara State.

“The State Primary Healthcare Development Agency is working tirelessly to ensure quality equipment and drugs are made available so far to 158 validated primary Healthcare facilities across the state. Furthermore from the decentralised facility financing paid directly to the PHCs, minor infrastructural repair of facilities are currently ongoing at the validated PHCs.

“This capacity building will be conducted in 2 batches for 2 weeks commencing from Monday July 26th 2021. A total of 185 participants which will include the newly recruited nurses/midwives by the Kwara State Government, additional midwives recruited under the BHCPF, BHCPF desk officers, as well as healthworkers drawn from accross validated PHCs.

“Topics they will be trained upon will range from antenatal care and delivery techniques, identification and management of medical emergencies, Basic Life Support Skills, management of chronic illnesses, referral services, documentation in clinical setting, health education, and many more. These are all aimed at reducing maternal, infant mortality and morbidity, and improving health indices in Kwara State.”

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PDP withdraws from Ogun LG Elections

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Barely 48 hours to Saturday’s local government election in Ogun State, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the council polls.

The Chairman of the party in Ogun, Sikirulai Ogundele said this in a statement on Thursday.

Ogundele, in the statement, urged aspirants and members of the party to remain calm, saying the withdrawal was sequel to a judgment of an Ogun State High Court between him and Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC).

DAILY POST reports that Ogundele had earlier dragged OGSIEC to court for dealing with a faction loyal to late Buruji Kashamu of the PDP in the state.

The OGSIEC Chairman, Babatunde Osibodu, said he handed over the forms of the party to the faction with the authentic documents.

“Sequel to the judgement of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo in suit no M/55/2021 between Sikirulai Ogundele VS OGSIEC, affirming the CONSENT JUDGEMENT of the Federal High Court, Abuja as delivered on 22nd June, 2021, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the able Chairmanship of Alh (Dr) Sikirulai Ogundele hereby make the following pronouncement:

“That consequence upon the said judgement in suit M/55/2021, Ogun State PDP withdraws its participation in the Ogun State Local Government Election which is scheduled for Saturday 24th July, 2021.

“That all candidates of the party who have been earlier screened by the party to contest in the LG election and all our teeming party members and loyal supporters are enjoined to remain calm and sustain their confidence in the leadership of the party,” the statement reads.

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Anambra 2021: Soludo Wins APGA Primary Election

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Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has won all the 21 local government areas of Anambra State in the governorship primary election held in Awka on Wednesday by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the November 6 election.

The election was held by the Chief Victor Oye faction of the party, which also has the support of the only governor of the party, Chief Willie Obiano of Anambra State.

Soludo in the primary election which he contested with four other aspirants, Hon ThankGod Ibe, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo and Barr Damian Okolo, scored 740 votes out of the total 792 votes cast in the election.

Soludo’s challengers, Okwudili Ezenwankwo got 41 votes,
ThankGod Ibe 10 votes and Okolo Damian seven votes.

Announcing the result at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, the Chief returning officer of the party, Mr Olalere, who is the Vice Chairman Southwest of the party said: “By the power conferred on me as the Chief returning officer of the election, I hereby declare Prof Chukwuma Soludo the duly elected candidate of APGA for the November 6 governorship election.”

Speaking immediately after the declaration, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano assured the candidate and member of the party that the party would again win the governorship election in November overwhelmingly as it did in 2017.

“I want to commend the national working committee the state working committee for the peaceful conduct. It is exceptional. Just know that the job has just started and we are going to win 21 over 21 local government areas again as we did in 2017,” he said.

Soludo during an acceptance speech thanked the members of the party, while also accepting to be the candidate of the party, promising to unveil his manifesto for the election in August.

Five aspirants of the party, Akachukwu Nwankpo, Nonso Okafor, Carter Dike, Chuma Umeoji and Ifeanyi Ozoka, who were disqualified weeks back, boycotted the exercise, giving indication that they may participate in the Jude Okeke faction of the party primary election.

(Daily Post)

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