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National leader of the All Progressives Party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, state governors, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and other prominent Nigerians have felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari on his 78th birthday.

Tinubu, in his birthday message to Buhari, called him a “true patriot who wants the best for the nation.”

He said in the congratulatory statement, “I join with all patriotic and peace-loving Nigerians in supporting your efforts to move Nigeria forward and to find lasting solutions to the longstanding issues that have faced our nation for so long.

“You are a true patriot who wants the best for the nation and I join you in this desire. May Almighty Allah bless these efforts and support us so that at the end of the day we shall overcome and that Nigeria must stand as a prosperous and peaceful nation.”

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said the Buhari administration had continued to make progress in some key infrastructure areas, especially the railways and the second Niger Bridge.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, the governor said, “On the occasion of your 78th birth anniversary on December 17, 2020, I heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta State.”

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, said, “You have sacrificed the greater part of your adult life in service of our dear country. Therefore, you deserve to be celebrated.

“Your passion for Nigeria and quest for good leadership in our country made you to contest for presidential election four consecutive times before you were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. Your integrity and forthright attitude to governance got you another mandate in 2019.”

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola noted that despite several challenges bedeviling the country, President Buhari had made remarkable and impactful contributions to the growth and development of Nigeria.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the governor said: “It is noteworthy to mention that, despite the noticeable challenges confronting our nation, you have made remarkable and impactful contributions to the growth and development of the country. You have been an incorruptible, honest and people-oriented leader.”

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said, “As you continue to serve our nation with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication, I thank Almighty God for granting you a life of great accomplishments and abiding fulfilment.

“I have no doubt that as you celebrate your birthday, you will be more concerned about the myriad of challenges facing the nation and how to resolve them to the advantage of our people.”

Senate President Ahmad Lawan noted that President Buhari, in all his years of leadership, had been showing “undeniable commitment to the unity, peace and even development of Nigeria.”

In a statement in Abuja, he added, “From the ongoing massive infrastructure projects across the country, series of programmes targeted at lifting the most vulnerable, like the social investment scheme, to the numerous bold initiatives of his government aimed at diversifying the economy, President Buhari is leveraging his integrity and good standing with the masses to courageously guide Nigeria through a difficult phase into future prosperity.”

Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege emphasised that President Buhari’s purposeful leadership, commitment to the cause of the masses, as exemplified in the people-oriented policies and programmes of his administration, have endeared him to many.

Gbajabiamila said President Buhari deserved to be celebrated at 78, given his commitment to a better Nigeria for the good of the citizens, adding, “Nigeria and Nigerians have gained a lot from your wealth of experience and selfless service to the country and humanity in your 78-year sojourn on mother earth.”

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, said, “You are a visionary leader and a celebrated anti-corruption crusader in and outside the shores of Nigeria. You are a gift to this nation, and you deserve the best.”

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Bankole, one of the Lagos APC women leaders from the Epe Division, died while performing a Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

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EFCC arraigns Gombe official for destroying investigation documents

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EFCC arraigns Gombe official for destroying investigation documents

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Usman Mallam, a government official, for allegedly tearing official investigation letters and obstructing the Commission’s investigation.

The arraignment took place on June 11, 2024, before Justice T.G. Ringim at the Federal High Court in Gombe.

According to an EFCC statement released on Thursday, Mallam, who serves as a desk officer responsible for handling official correspondence in the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Gombe State, faced a single charge of willful obstruction of investigation activities and destruction of official EFCC documents.

The charge against Mallam stated: “That you, Usman Mallam, on or about the 26th day of February 2024 at Gombe, Gombe State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were conducting an investigation involving an alleged economic and financial crime, did willfully obstruct said investigation by tearing the EFCC formal letters of investigation activities dated January 1, 2024, and February 21, 2024, respectively.” The charge further indicated that his actions were contrary to Section 38 (1) and punishable under Section 38 (2) (a) and (b) of the EFCC Establishment Act.

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Mallam pleaded not guilty to the charge. Prosecution counsel A.M. Labaran requested a trial date, stating, “My Lord, the defendant has put himself to trial hence we shall be asking for a date for trial.” Defense counsel S.S. Usman, meanwhile, submitted a bail application dated June 11, 2024, requesting the court to grant bail.

Justice Ringim granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira) with one surety of equal amount. The surety must be a director in a government establishment or a private company with a capital worth of not less than N10,000,000. The court also mandated the Registrar to verify the identity of the surety, and both the surety and the defendant were required to submit two passport photographs.

Mallam was remanded in the Gombe State Correctional Service pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions. The case was adjourned to July 9, 2024, for trial.

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has called on President Bola Tinubu to immediately sack the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun for undermining the police recruitment process.

PSC also faulted the alleged corruption case leveled against the PSC.

Briefing reporters in Abuja on the development, Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN) and Joint Union Congress (JUC) of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Adoyi Adoyi expressed displeasure over what he described as false allegation against the PSC.

The IGP, at the weekend through a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, alleged the recruitment process was marred with irregularities and corruption.

Adoyi said there was reliable information indicating that elements within the police Force attempted to smuggle over 1, 000 names into the recruitment list.

He said: “We call on President Bola Tinubu to as a matter of urgency remove the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun to before he destroys his government over the false allegations the IGP leveled against the PSC.

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“This act by the IGP is not good for this administration. The IGP should go. You are all aware of the ongoing face-off orchestrated by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) over the just concluded recruitment of constables of the Nigeria Police Force, a task which is the constitutional and statutory responsibility of the Police Service Commission as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police Service Commission (Establishment, etc.) Act, 2001 and affirmed by the judgment of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Adoyi said the allegations were unfounded, spurious, speculative and irresponsible because the allegations were thrown into public space before following the official channel of communication.

He said the allegation was a deliberate effort by the police to divert the attention of the public from their non-preparedness to open Police Training Schools for successful recruits.

“The wild allegation of fraud levelled against the commission is a deliberate effort to divert attention of the public from the real issues at hand. The Nigeria Police Force seek to leverage on this allegation to divert attention from their non-preparedness to open the Police Training Schools for the successful recruits, despite availability of funds for the exercise.

“Their unwillingness to deploy funds as appropriated for the training schools must be investigated,” he said.

The union chairman urged the Police to come clean and submit itself to accountability and probity.

He said the PSC had good authority that the training colleges were not in good order to receive and accommodate the recruits for training.

He said gender inclusivity and sensitivity as well as Federal Character were put in place to ensure a fair, inclusive and merit-based recruitment.

The union chairman called for a forensic review of the commission’s list and the one the Nigeria Police sought to foist on the recruitment board.

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