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Buhari mourns as Nigeria’s Ambassador to US dies

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, friends associates of Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, over his death.

Nsofor, 85, died late Thursday in the US.

He was a retired justice of the Court of Appeal and assumed office as Nigeria’s ambassador to the US on November 13, 2017.

Buhari‘s condolences were conveyed in a statement on Friday, which was signed by the President’s Senior Special Assistant, Malam Garba Shehu.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the President, in a telephone spoke to Jane, the widow of the retired justice in New York on Friday.

He described Nsofor as “an outstanding judge of rare courage and truth who is not afraid to give justice to whom justice is due.”

According to the statement, the President was apparently referring to the 2003 presidential election petitions on which Nsofor delivered a minority judgment as a member of the election appeal tribunal in his favour as the candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

Buhari said the country would miss his exemplary pedigree.

The statement added that Buhari directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with Nsofor’s family on the burial arrangements and prayed God to comfort those mourning the departed jurist.

Nsofor succeeded Prof. Adebowale Adefuye as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, who also died towards the end of his tenure.

Born on March 17, 1935, in Oguta, Imo State, Nsofor graduated from London’s now-defunct Holborn College of Law in 1962.

He also bagged an LL.M from the London School of Economics in 1964.

Nsofor began teaching at Holborn College of Law in 1964 and later went into private practice the following year.

He was appointed to the bench in Nigeria in 1977 and served as a judge of the Imo State High Court.

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Kanu not in court, case adjourned till Oct 21

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Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will remain in detention till October 21, 2021.
He was due to be in court on Monday but the Federal Government did not arraign him.
Kanu, who was reportedly arrested in Kenya last month, has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned the case till October 21, 2021, over the failure of the Federal Government to arraign him.

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Insecurity made FG to retain DIGs, AIGs, says minister

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The Federal Government on Monday explained why it retained some Deputy Inspectors-General of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police after the appointment of Usman Baba Alkali as Inspector-General of Police.
Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, said the high level of insecurity made the government to retain the senior police officers.
He stated this during the decoration of 24 newly promoted Commissioners of Police to AIGs.
No senior police officer with the rank of AIG or DIG went on compulsory leave when Baba was appointed IGP.
Dingyadi stressed that was the first time of such development in recent history of the Nigerian Police Force.
He said, “The government deliberately took this position to have many hands in the force. With this action, the Police Force has retained experienced professionals that would contribute towards sustaining the relative peace of the country.”
The minister added that the criteria for the appointment of the new AIGs were purely on merit, professional conduct, and individual performance, urging the newly appointed AIGs to redouble their efforts to curb insecurity.
He reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Salaries and Wages Commission to come out with new salary structure.
He said, “To whom much is given, much is expected. Officers should re-double their effort in the fight against insecurity which had bedeviled the country today. A lot is expected of you in contributing your quota towards the sustainability of peace and unity in the country.”

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Four more Kaduna school students escape from bandits captivity

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Three students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, have escaped from their captors.
They escaped from the camp on Monday where they were kept since July 19, 2021.
An aunt to one of the students, who craved anonymity confirmed this on Monday.
According to her, the teenagers had spent five days roaming inside the forest before they finally met another herder who directed them out of the forest.
It was also gathered that one of the escaped students who could recall his father’s phone number borrowed a phone to call home before his father went to pick them up.
“The children were found around Kasuwar Magani on Sunday evening hours after 28 students of the school were released by the bandits. It was the school management that called my in-law to inform us,” she said.
Two other students had escaped from the camps before they were recovered by the police.

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