The newly promoted and outgoing Commissioner for Police in Edo, Abubakar DanMallam, has tasked security agencies on proficiency in tackling insecurity in the state.
DanMallam gave the advice on Saturday in Benin during a send-off ceremony organised for him by the state command.
He said that Edo was a strategic state as it was a gateway to various states and geopolitical zones in the country.
He added that in view of this criminals in the state were highly sophisticated, and therefore tasked security agencies as well as officers and men of the command to be alert to their responsibilities.
He also advised the officers and men of the Edo command to maintain the already established legacies of an environment devoid of insecurity.
While attributing his successes to robust synergy with security agencies and police/public relationship, he sued for more support and cooperation.
DanMallam, however, said that the major challenge on his assumption of office in the state was cultism, armed robbery and kidnapping, adding that these had been reduced to its barest minimum.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Brig.-Gen. Greg Omorogbe, Commander 4 Brigade and chairman of the occasion, commended the leadership style of the outgoing CP.
Omoregbe said that the CP’s promotion to an Assistant Iinspector General was an eloquent testimony of his hard work and contributions to peace in Edo.
“I have no doubt that his comradeship and espirit de Corps would be missed,” he said.
Gov. Godwin Obaseki in his remarks said described the outgoing CP as ” humility personified “.
Obaseki, represented by Mrs Julie Olatunji, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet office, said that the outgoing CP was a man who knows his job and does not pay lip service to issues.
“He contributed his wealth of knowledge to our security architecture and also the synergy among security agencies in the state today,” he said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that DanMallam was among the 14 Commissioners of Police promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in October and redeployed a fortnight ago.
He is to return to Louis Edet House as the AIG in charge of SPU.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
Obaseki’s administration has restored pride, dignity of Edo people – Shaibu
Edo Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, says Gov. Godwin Obaseki-led administration, has restored the pride and dignity of Edo and her people.
Mr Benjamin Atu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) media to the deputy governor, quoted Shaibu in a statement, on Tuesday in Benin.
According to the deputy governor, rather than fight the government for not allocating the wealth of the state among some people, his critics should acknowledge Obaseki’s ingenuity and resilience to eradicating poverty in the state.
‘’With dedicated focus on development and synergy with relevant development partners, we restored the pride and dignity of Edo.
“Obaseki has shaped the state’s vision, mission and value system.
“Edo was a gloomy state when we took over the administration, but today the story is different,” the deputy governor said.
Shaibu added that one of the key planks of their administration was to initiate policies and programmes that were aimed at empowering the people and encouraging the ordinary man and woman to be economically independent.
The deputy governor had given the assurance that Obaseki-led administration’s would continue with the development of the state to ensure opportunities for the teeming Edo unemployed.
“We are developing the state’s economy, impacting the lives of the people directly and promoting commerce and industry.
“We are seeking re-election to enable us create more opportunities for the good people of Edo State.
“We are improving the workforce in the state and creating conducive environment for industries to grow.
“We need a government that will continue to open the space for our qualified professionals to compete with others.
“However, today the good people of Edo have a better story to tell about us and that is why we are not distracted by what others are doing.
“We eliminated the incidence of multiple-taxation in the state; our administration has respect for traditional institutions and the elderly,” he said.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Edo 2020: Nothing unusual about lawmakers backing candidates of their choice – Edo speaker
The Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, on Tuesday said there was nothing unusual about the lawmakers backing the candidates of their choice for the Sept. 19 governorship poll in the state.
Okiye was reacting to the Monday endorsement of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Osgie Ize-Iyamu, by the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, and two other members of the house.
The speaker in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Benin said: “It is imperative to state the actual position of things in Edo House of Assembly right now.
“It is not unusual for legislators and indeed politicians to engage in political re-alignments in this part of democracy like in Nigeria.
“That the Deputy Speaker and 2 other lawmakers chose to support the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is within their constitutional right,” he said.
Okiye stated that the three lawmakers still remained members and part of the 10 lawmakers in the Edo house of assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the house had declared vacant, the seats of the 14 members of the house who were not sworn in, following the crisis that had bedeviled the house for years.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
30 stranded Nigerians in Lebanon rescued, among 150 awaiting evacuation – NIDCOM
Thirty Nigerians, who were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon have been rescued, and are among a total of 150 victims awaiting evacuation to Nigeria.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made this known in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit on
The commission said the rescue came after a video footage of the stranded Nigerians making an appeal to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid viral on the Internet.
According to it, the appeal for help by the stranded Nigerians led to their rescue by officials of the country’s mission in Lebanon.
The stranded Nigerians have already been relocated to a more conducive apartment.
“They will be part of 150 others to be evacuated to Nigeria after they were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon.
“The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of NIDCOM, led by the Secretary, Dr Sule Bassi, visited that country’s mission in Abuja,” Odu said in the statement.
He quoted Diab as saying that the 150 girls would be returned home in batches with the first group of 110 people leaving Beirut for Lagos on Aug. 12.
The second batch sws expected to arrive Abuja on Aug. 16.
“The diplomat commended efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Secretary of the commission, who acknowledged the excellent ties between Nigeria and Lebanon, urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.
Bassi also lauded the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura for his dedication and commitment.
He also commended the staff of the Nigerian mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun state governments and other strategic partners for their efforts.
“As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies in the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a safer place.
“Suffice it to say that 150 of these stranded victims are expected to be evacuated next week and handed over to NAPTIP, the agency responsible for (dealing with human) trafficking.
“A break down of the evacuees shows that Oyo State had 41, Ogun 21, Lagos 12, Ondo 18, Osun 26, and Imo 3.
Others are Kwara– 9, Enugu — 1, Ekiti — 6, Kogi — 1, Edo — 1, Delta — 3, Ebonyi — 1, Benue — 1, Abia — 1, Akwa Ibom — 1, and Anambra — 1,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Edo pensioners happy, no longer wear black, says Shaibu
Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu on Tuesday said that pensioners in the state no longer wear black nor take to the streets because government had made their welfare a priority.
He spoke in Ibillo, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state, while addressing a campaign rally.
“Our first citizens no longer take to the streets to protest the non-payments of their pension and entitlements
“They no longer wear black to protest. Gov. Godwin Obaseki has taken them off the streets. We, the people of the state, are going to return him back to office to continue the good work he has been doing for the past three and half years.
“Some lawmakers have been mobilised to buy your votes, please use your Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to thrown them out,” he said.