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Osinbajo presides as FEC mourns Olowoporoku, Baba

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Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo this morning presided over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House Council Chambers, Abuja as President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in London for a two-week medical check-up.

FEC members gave a minute silence in honour of two former ministers, Senator Bode Olowoporoku and Alhaji Umaru Muhammad Baba.

The virtual FEC meeting had seven members physically present in the Executive Council Chambers of the State House.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, announced the passage of the two former ministers to the council and recalled their various services to the country.

Senator Olowoporoku, who served as Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial, was Minister of Science and Technology in the Second Republic.

He died on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 76.

Baba was at different times Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Minister of State for Defence.

He died on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 81.

Also at the FEC meeting is Chief of Staff to President Professor Ibrahim Gambari and National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd).

The ministers in physical attendance are those of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Power, Mamman Saleh; Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.

Others are ministers of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello; Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan as well as other members of Council joined the meeting virtually.

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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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