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FRSC retires two deputy corps marshals after promotion

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…names four new assistant corps marshals, 39 commanders, others

The Federal Road Safety Commission has announced the appointment of two Deputy Corps Marshals (DCM), who were promoted from the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal (ACMs).

Two other ACMs also promoted DCMs have been asked to proceed on a terminal leave, just as four corps commanders have been elevated to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal; 39 Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC) to the rank of Corps Commander (CC) and 64 Assistant Corps Commanders (ACC) to the rank of Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC).

This is contained in a statement released to journalists on Thursday night by the FRSC. Names of those affected by the promotion and retirement were however not disclosed.

Others affected in the promotion are 57 Chief Route Commanders promoted to Assistant Corps Commanders, 132 Superintendent Route Commanders to Chief Route Commanders as well as 427 Route Commanders elevated to the rank of Superintendent Route Commander.

In addition, the Commission approved the promotion of 317 Deputy Route Commanders to the rank of Assistant Route Commander as well as 76 Assistant Route Commanders (ARC) to the rank of Deputy Route Commander (DRC).

Others elevated and given the directive to proceed on terminal leave are three Corps Commanders promoted to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal; as well as  seven Deputy Corps Commanders promoted to the rank of Corps Commander and six Assistant Corps Commanders promoted to the rank of Deputy Corps Commander.

The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who made this public revealed that the approval came at the end of the meeting of the Commission, ratifying the report of the Establishment Committee of the Commission on promotion of Officers.

The FRSC Board Chairman, Mallam Bukhari Bello, expressed delight over the level of transparency and objectivity that heralded the whole process.

He urged the promoted officers to show more commitment and rededicate themselves to achieving the corporate mission of the corps which is to eradicate road traffic crashes and create a safer motoring environment in the country.

He stated that the promotion was part of the Commission’s drive towards rewarding excellence, diligence and hard work in line with the administrative philosophy of the present leadership of the Corps.

Kazeem added that the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, equally congratulated the newly elevated officers for their excellent performances during the exercise, noting that every promotion comes with greater responsibilities.

He charged them to put in their best in the course of their duties as the new rank calls for more focus, more dedication, commitment and passion.

The Corps Marshal promised to improve the general welfare of the personnel of the Corps to the satisfaction of all.

He urged all personnel to put in great efforts towards the realisation of the corporate mandate of the FRSC.

Kazeem disclosed that the promotion exercise which was diligently conducted began with medical examination, physical test exercises, computer based examination and oral interview.

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NAF bombs bandit hideouts, kills scores in Kaduna

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The Nigerian Air Force aerial assaults on terrorist camps across three Local Government Areas of Igabi, Chikun and Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State have led to the killing of many terrorists.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, was, however, silent on when the operations were carried out.

He said, “The Nigerian Air Force has continued with assaults on identified bandit camps and enclaves around Kaduna State.

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“Feedback to the Kaduna State Government revealed that a camp in Riyawa, Igabi LGA, was targeted and destroyed. A terrorist location at Tofa general area of Birnin Gwari LGA was similarly engaged and struck.

“Close air support was provided to ground troops conducting operations in Maidaro, Dogon Dawa, Damari, Saulawa and Farin Ruwa areas of Birnin Gwari LGA.

“Armed reconnaissance was carried out along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, Buruku, Kurmin Dande, Damba, Ungwan Yako, Udawa, Manini, Kuriga, Gagafada, Kushaka, Polewire and Kamfanin Doka areas spanning Chikun and Birnin Gwari LGAs. No suspicious activity was observed at the locations covered.

“Further updates will be communicated as they emerge.”

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JUST IN: Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, wife finally part ways

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After 25 years of marriage, the popular Pentecostal pastor, Ayo Oritsejafor and his wife Helen have finally parted ways.

POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the split is caused by a protracted and bitter misunderstanding.

According to Niger Delta-based self-styled ‘Bishop of Godism’, Ufuoma Bernard, Helen in a WhatsApp message earlier in 2022 accused the estranged husband of wanting her dead.

She’s rumoured to be in a sizzling romance with a man for 10 years.

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“Helen reportedly moved out of the matrimonial home and relocated to Britain with the kids and Pastor Oritsejafor has moved back to the house after abandoning it for almost a year,” Bernard said.

Oritsejafor is the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Delta State.

He became the national president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on 7 February 2005, a position he held for five years.

In July 2010, Oritsejafor was elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the apex body of all Christians in the country. In doing so he became the first Pentecostal leader to hold the position.

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ICPC confirms arrest, detention of D’Banj over N-Power fund fraud

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Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, otherwise known by his stage name D’Banj

Popular Nigerian musician, Oladapo Oyebanji, also known as D’banj, has been arrested and detained in Abuja over alleged diversion of N-Power fund.
The pop star was arrested and detained Tuesday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission.

The ICPC on Wednesday confirmed this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua.

D’banji was accused of fraudulently diverting huge funds earmarked by the Nigerian government for N- Power project, an empowerment programme set up by the Nigerian government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.
According to an ICPC source, D’banj was said to have colluded with some government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme.

The money meant for those beneficiaries was then paid to accounts that have now been allegedly linked to the pop star.

D’banj was reported to have dodged summons by the ICPC for weeks, claiming to be overseas for scheduled concerts for interrogation over fraud allegation before the commission’s operatives closed in on him.

On arrival at the ICPC office, D’banj was reportedly subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained.

His plea for administrative bail was reportedly rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

The statement issued read in part, “The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) confirmed on Wednesday the arrest and detention of Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, otherwise known by his stage name D’Banj, over the investigation of fraud associated with the N-Power Programme.

“The N-Power is a scheme established by President Muhammadu Buhari on 8th June, 2016, to address the issues of youth unemployment and empowerment, and help increase social development.

“In line with its mandate, the Commission had received numerous petitions on the diversion of N-Power funds running into billions of naira following the approval and release of such funds to the beneficiaries by the Federal Government. Many N-Power beneficiaries had complained over the non-receipt of the monthly funds in spite of payment by the Government.

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“About 10 persons have been invited by the ICPC over the last few months in connection with the N-Power fraud, and have been granted administrative bail after their detention. Several invitations to Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, to appear before a team of investigators were ignored and not honoured.

“D’banji turned himself in and was taken into custody at the ICPC headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, and is currently assisting the investigators to unravel the circumstances of the fraud allegations by the petitioners.

“The investigation will be all-encompassing and also be extended to other collaborators of the fraud and the banks where the beneficiaries’ accounts are domiciled.

“This press release has become necessary to set the record straight in view of the reports awash in the media. The investigation is ongoing and the Commission prefers not to preempt its outcome and also avoid the frenzy of a media trial.”

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