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Easter: Governors, senators beg Nigerians, say hardship over soon



Easter: Governors, senators beg Nigerians, say hardship over soon

As Christians celebrate Easter, governors, senators, and other prominent individuals have urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the face of the economic challenges in the country.

In their various Easter messages on Sunday, they expressed confidence that economic reforms being implemented by President Bola Tinubu would soon end hardship in the country.

The President on his assumption of office on May 29, 2023, abolished the costly fuel subsidy, which had drained the country’s revenue as the nation spent N1. 57tn to subsidise fuel in 2021 and N4.39tn in 2022.

However, the fuel subsidy removal has led to a significant increase in fuel prices and impacted transportation costs and overall household expenses with prices of food, building materials, and other items skyrocketing.

The President’s decision has however increased funds accrued to states and local governments. The subsidy removal increased the average monthly disbursement from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee to about N1.09tn, against the previous average figure of N620bn.

Tinubu’s administration also unified the exchange rate. He pledged to double the annual economic growth rate to at least six percent. The reforms aim to create an environment conducive to investment, job creation, and economic prosperity.

In his Easter message, the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, called on the Christian community in the state and Nigeria to pray for Tinubu to succeed in administering the affairs of Nigeria.

Zulum’s Easter message was contained in a statement by his aide on New Media, Abdurrahman Bundi.

He said, “Let me, on this auspicious occasion, felicitate our Christian brothers and sisters in Borno and throughout the country. I urge us all in this solemn period to commit to prayers for the development and prosperity of our dear country and to our President Tinubu, for God’s guidance and wisdom to steer the affairs of Nigeria for greatness.”

Also, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, urged Nigerians not to be discouraged by the economic downturn the nation was facing but to be hopeful of a better tomorrow.

This was contained in his Easter broadcast in Uyo on Sunday titled “He Arose that We may Arise.”

Eno said, “This is a season of trial and victory. Our nation and our state may be going through a period of trial and tribulation but as Christ overcame death with victory at His resurrection, we too, will overcome our economic challenges with growth and abundance. I ask for your continuous support, prayers, unity, and love amongst our people.

“So my fellow Akwaibomites, as we celebrate Easter, let us remain hopeful that the future looks great, our collective dreams for prosperity across all layers of the society are realisable.”

On his part, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, urged Nigerians to be hopeful of a better tomorrow and to have faith in the country’s current leadership.

Abiodun said, “ Let us reflect on the significance of this holy season and strive to emulate the teachings of love, compassion, and selflessness demonstrated by Jesus Christ. May the spirit of Easter inspire us to promote unity, peace, and understanding in our communities and the nation.”

‘Be Christ-like’

His Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu called on residents to be Christ-like by reducing the cost of commodities as the naira appreciates against the dollar.

The naira depreciated to to N1,800/$ in February. However, in recent weeks, following some sweeping reforms by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the naira launched an impressive rebound in March, appreciating by 26 per cent to N1,300.

Advising Lagosian at the Combined Special Prayer for Nigeria and President Bola Tinubu in commemoration of Easter and Ramadan celebrations, on Friday in Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu said hardship would soon end.

He stated, “It’s beginning to turn around, that’s what we said a couple of weeks ago there’s nothing difficult that will last forever.

“Even at the national level, a naira that we all thought would never rebound is becoming stronger. it’s gaining weight and becoming a lot more of the currency that we all appreciate.

“You can even see from the policies that the Federal Government is bringing out, Naira savings are now the order of the day.

“You should be happy as Nigerians that we are holding on to our currency and which will improve our exchange of value,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said this needed to reflect in the markets, as the currency was getting stronger and better.

“There’s a need to see the reflection in the cost of goods and services; people can not continue to give reasons while it went up, and now that it’s coming down, it also needs to reflect in the cost of rice, beans, tomatoes and that is the message for all of us because we want to be our brother’s keepers.

Also, the Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, urged Deltans and other Nigerians to show love to one another and be willing to make sacrifices for the nation’s greater unity, peace, and progress.

Oborevwori, in his Easter message signed by his aide, Mr Festus Ahon, in Asaba on Sunday said, “As Christians, we must reflect on the importance of Easter celebrations in our dealings, not only with other Christians but with people of other faiths and convictions.’’

More so, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, called on the people of the state to use the period of the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to show more love to one another.

This was contained in an Easter message issued through his aide, Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan, on Sunday.

Aiyedatiwa said, “As you forgive, the Lord will relieve you of anger, resentment, and pain and bring you peace.

“I urge you to increase your love for one another rather than hate and show more patriotic commitment to the development of our state. Let us remember that the scriptural emphasis of love has so much relevance for us today as a people more than ever before, and thus contributes towards the peace and development of our State.

“I wish you all a joyful and blessed Easter. Happy celebrations.”

The Abia of State Governor, Alex Otti, o said in the quest to build an economically vibrant state, the welfare of the citizens was uppermost in the mind of his administration and that no sacrifice was too big to improve the lives of the people.

Otti, in his Easter message on Sunday titled, “To live the ideals of the risen Christ”, said, “Whether it is in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of long-abandoned roads; reset of the healthcare delivery system; improved security of life and property in our various communities; or in keeping to our promise of prompt and regular payment of salaries and pensions; our objective is always clear: to improve the lot of the average person who lives or does business in Abia.”

Likewise, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, charged Christians not to lose hope amid the economic headwinds in the country.

The governor in his Easter message said, “I heartily felicitate our Christian faithful as we commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“As a people, we may have been stretched beyond limits occasioned by the high cost of living and other economic headwinds, but we must not lose hope. Working together in unity, we can overcome these challenges and place our country on the path of sustainable growth and development.

“I wish you all a celebration filled with joy, peace, and love. Happy Easter celebration.”

In the same vein, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State also urged Nigerians to emulate the virtues of self-sacrifice and love as exemplified by Christ.

He stated this in his Easter message signed by his aide, Dan Nwomeh, on Sunday in Enugu.

He said, “I join Ndi Enugu and Nigerians in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, as we mark Easter, I urge us to be our brother’s keeper and extend a hand of fellowship to those that offended us.”

The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, urged Christians across the country to use the Easter period to foster unity, compassion, and goodwill in their various communities and the country at large.

This was according to a statement issued by his aide, Christian Aburime.

The statement partly read, “In his goodwill message, Soludo affirms that Easter is a time of reflection and transformation, reminding us of the profound lessons of love, selflessness, sacrifice, resilience, compassion and renewal embodied by Jesus Christ.

“As we commemorate this sacred occasion, let us draw inspiration from the teachings of Christ to foster unity, compassion, and goodwill in our communities and Nigeria.

“In addition, the governor enjoins Ndi Anambra and all Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the noble task of nation-building.”

Also, the Nigerian Southern Senators’ Forum called on Nigerians in the spirit of Easter to embrace the values of unity, compassion, sacrifice and solidarity.

The forum also commended the courage of Tinubu, and the leadership of the National Assembly, led by His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio, for their efforts in national development.

The forum, in a goodwill message jointly signed by the forum’s chair, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru and the Publicity Secretary, Asuquo Ekpenyong, said Easter is a time of reflection, renewal, and rejoicing.

The senators said, “In the spirit of this joyous occasion, let us embrace the values of unity, compassion, sacrifice and solidarity. Let us reach out to our fellow citizens with kindness, understanding, and empathy, especially during these challenging times, while we await the gains of the government’s bold reforms and initiatives. Let us renew our patriotism and our commitment to building a stronger, more prosperous, and more united Nigeria.”

‘Be hopeful’

Similarly, the Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele urged Nigerians to imbibe the sacrifice and pains the saviour of mankind went through on the cross.

Bamidele said, “The sacrifice we are undergoing today may be painful just as it was for Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago, yet I call on the citizenry to remain hopeful and undistracted as there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

“We should not allow pessimists to paint a picture of a failed nation before us, without recourse to the relentless efforts of the current administration of President Tinubu.”

In Ilorin, the Kwara State Christian Association of Nigeria Chairman, Rt Rev Sunday Adewole, charged Nigerians to sacrifice their time, talent, treasure and faith for an enduring peace to reign in the country.

The Bishop gave this admonition while speaking after his Easter message at the Cathedral of St. Barnabas Church, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin on Sunday.

Adewole, said, “We need to sacrifice our time, talent, treasure, faithfulness, availability and teachable. When we do these, we will be at peace in this country.

“Everybody should try as much as possible to make sacrifices so that the others will be at peace. Sacrifice is very important at this time around. Sacrifice everything you have including your time, your talent, your treasure etc.”

Similarly the Nasarawa State Labour Party Chairman, Alex Ombugu, in an Easter message called for prayers for the state and Nigeria to tackle its numerous challenges including insecurity and the recent hardship being faced by the citizens.

The LP chairman further explained that for Nigeria to achieve its goals, there was the need to end the divisiveness, intolerance and misunderstandings amongst religious and ethnic groups in the country.

This is just as an All Progressives Congress, chieftain from the Odogbolu Local Government Area in Ogun State, Adekunle Ayoola, urged Nigerians to use the occasion to rededicate themselves to building a more virile and prosperous nation.

Also, a former member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, on Sunday, urged Nigerians, especially Christians to choose love over hatred, peace over violence and good over evil in the spirit of Easter.

Peller, who represented Iseyin/Itesiwaju/ Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency in Oyo State at the ninth Assembly, made this call in his Easter message on Sunday in Ibadan, the state capital.

He said, “Easter symbolises victory over loss, forgiveness over sin, love over hatred, gain over pain, hope over hopelessness, joy over distress, belief over disbelief, peace over violence and good over evil. So, as you celebrate, I urge you all to embrace all the good things that Easter represents as true followers of Jesus Christ (Peace be unto him).

“Importantly, in whatever way we can, let’s spread the love around, reach out to the needy, put smiles on the faces of the depressed, rekindle the hope of the hopeless, and touch lives positively during this Easter celebration and even after. May God make it possible for us. Amen.”

Meanwhile, the First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, has said the P is doing all it takes to “make the nation better.”

This was when she affirmed that her husband would “go back to a better Nigeria” after his tenure as president.

“Mr. President will do all it takes to make the nation better, that even when we live here, we will go back to a better Nigeria,” said Mrs. Tinubu when she hosted her predecessors and governors’ wives for an Iftar at the State House, Abuja.

The First Lady’s Special Adviser on Media, Busola Kukoyi, revealed this in a statement she signed Sunday titled, ‘First Lady Oluremi Tinubu hosts former first ladies, governors’ wives, others at Iftar.’

While maintaining that getting the nation back on track is a collective responsibility, she said, “We all have tasks to do to get this nation back on track.”

Mrs Tinubu noted that the various social investment programmes of the administration are all on track and the results are becoming evident.

Earlier, the wife of the Vice President, Nana Shettima, urged all women to be one another’s keepers.

Like the First Lady, Mrs. Shettima, argued that governance is a collective responsibility, urging women to remember the nation in their prayers, especially in these last 10 days of Ramadan.

On her part, the guest lecturer, Professor Rafatu ABDUL’Hammed of the University of Abuja advised women not to forget all they learnt during the Ramadan, and continue in that line.

ABDUL’Hammed said, that living in love, piety, humility and tolerance will enhance the lives of Nigerians.

The women offered prayers for the nation, the President and the world.

Those in attendance include former First Ladies of Nigeria, female justices, wives of governors, female ministers, wives of ministers and wives of service chiefs.

Source: Punch News

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 Chinese supermarket where Nigerians are not allowed to shop sealed



The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has sealed the Abuja-based Chinese supermarket located within the China General

On Monday, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) sealed a Chinese supermarket located within the China General Chamber of Commerce in Abuja, following allegations of discriminatory practices against Nigerians.

The FCCPC officials interrogated Nigerian workers at the supermarket before sealing up the premises.

According to facilities workers at the store, the owner of the supermarket, Cindy Liu Bei, fled the premises with her family on Monday at 8:26 am, as captured on Closed-Circuit Television camera footage.

The workers, who are mostly Nigerians, disclosed this information to the FCCPC officials when they stormed the supermarket. As a result, the commission shut down the supermarket in question.

According to The PUNCH, the supermarket had implemented a controversial policy restricting entry solely to Chinese nationals, excluding Nigerians from patronising the establishment.

This policy sparked widespread condemnation across various social media platforms, as Nigerians voiced their concerns over the discriminatory treatment.

But visiting the premises on Monday, the commission officials led by the Director for Surveillance and Investigation, Boladale Adeyinka, said the mission of the commission is in response to the viral video when Nigerians were allegedly being discriminated against and denied access to a supermarket located in Abuja.

Speaking at the end of the enforcement exercise, Adeyinka affirmed that the owner of the supermarket, Cindy Liu Bei, fled on Monday at 8:26 am with her family as confirmed on the Closed-Circuit Television camera.

She said, “The essence of the surveillance and investigation that we conducted today is to verify the allegations and the content of that viral video.

“On arrival, we noticed that the supermarket which is right behind me, was sealed and padlocked externally. Inquiries have shown that yes, as this morning this supermarket was open and people were here.

“CCTV footage also shows that in the morning, two vehicles departed from these very premises allegedly containing the owner of the supermarket, whom we have been able to identify by name and we have her contact details.”

She further directed that the owner appear before the commission tribunal or the compound will remain sealed.

“Now the summons of course since she’s not around and the place is locked, is to serve notice on her to appear before the federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission by Wednesday

“There are other regulatory tools to be deployed, if she fails to attend to this summon. The summons means that on entering into these premises they must see the summon because that is how they gain access to it”, she said.

She added that if the Chinese owner fails to attend to the summon which is a lawful inquiry, the mandate of the commission under its powers will seal the premises until she comes to the commission, meaning that the place will remain locked until she appears before the commission.

The FCCPC officials subsequently sealed the supermarket.


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‘We have found him’- Kenyan police arrest Binance executive who escaped from Nigeria



The Kenya Police Service has arrested fleeing Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, as the International Criminal Police Organisation moves

The Kenya Police Service has arrested fleeing Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, as the International Criminal Police Organisation moves to extradite him to Nigeria within the week.

Government sources familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak on the matter confirmed the development to our correspondent on Sunday night.

One of the sources said, “Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, has been arrested by the Kenya Police Service, and he would be extradited to Nigeria this week by INTERPOL.”

Another source noted, “As we had said before that Anjarwalla would be extradited, he has been arrested in Kenya, and he’ll be extradited to Nigeria this week.”

The PUNCH had exclusively reported that the Federal Government had traced Anjarwalla to Kenya, following his escape from lawful custody in Nigeria.

Following the development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the International Criminal Police, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Kenyan Police Service have deepened talks to quicken Anjarwalla’s extradition.

In the earlier report, Saturday PUNCH reported that Anjarwalla, whose cover has now been blown, went into hiding immediately after he landed in Kenya.

“We have found him. We know where he is; he is in Kenya, and we’re working with the authorities to bring him back to Nigeria.

“All hands are on the deck, the government and all the security agencies are working hard in conjunction with the Kenyan authorities and INTERPOL, to ensure his return to Nigeria to face the charges brought against him,” the report had quoted a source as saying.

Meanwhile, the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, had in the March edition of its bulletin titled, “EFCC Alert,” onfirmed that the commission was working in conjunction with the International Criminal Police Organisation, the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, the governments of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and Kenya to extradite Anjarwalla.

Olukoyed said, “The takeover of the prosecution of Binance chiefs by the commission is no less a strong message in the direction of EFCC’s resolve to hedge in distortions and disruptions in the country’s forex market.

“Tax evasion, currency speculation, and money laundering to the tune of $35,400,000 and are at the foundation of the Commission’s five counts against Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla, the company’s chief executives.

“While Gambaryan is currently in the Commission’s net, the process of extraditing the fleeing Anjarwalla is revving in full swing. Involved in partnership with the EFCC to nick Anjarwalla in flight are the International Criminal Police Organisation, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, the governments of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and Kenya as the clock winds down to his arraignment in absentia alongside the company and Gambaryan.”


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Six army killed in ambush by terrorists in Niger



Six Nigerian Army personnel, including two officers and four soldiers, have lost their lives during an ambush by terrorists in Niger State.

Six Nigerian Army personnel, including two officers and four soldiers, have lost their lives during an ambush by terrorists in Niger State.

The incident occurred as troops from the 1 Division Nigerian Army engaged in a fighting patrol to Karaga Village in Shiroro Local Government Area.

According to a statement from the Nigerian Army Headquarters signed by Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, the troops fell into an ambush set by terrorists, leading to a fierce firefight.

Despite their bravery and efforts to fight back, six personnel were tragically killed in action.

Part of the statement read: , “Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed at Allawa and Erena, while on a fighting patrol to Karaga Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State had an encounter in an ambush staged by terrorists on 19 April 2024.

“Troops gallantly fought through the ambush and eliminated several of the terrorists as well as captured some of their equipment.

“Sadly, the troops suffered a temporary setback as six personnel comprising two officers and four soldiers paid the supreme price.

“We urge the general public, particularly the good people of Niger and contiguous states, to continue to avail the Nigerian Army and other security agencies with actionable and timely information to enhance the operations of the troops.”

The statement said the General Officer Commanding 1 Division and Commander, Operation Whirl Punch, Maj.-Gen. Landers Saraso, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja sympathised with the families of the deceased personnel and promised them that the troops would avenge the unfortunate setback.

He said the troops were on the trail of some of the terrorists who survived and fled after the encounter.

The Nigerian Army headquarters further stated that in line with customs and traditions, the Nigerian Army had contacted the next of kin of the fallen heroes, while burial had been conducted for the deceased Muslim personnel with the consent and approval of their family members.

It said the Chief of Army Staff was represented at the burial, which took place at Minna Military Cantonment Cemetery, by Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Maj.-Gen. Kelvin Aligbe.


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How to apply for N50,000 federal govt grants, loans for Nano business



The Federal Government of Nigeria under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, is rolling out two

The Federal Government of Nigeria under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, is rolling out two initiatives – the Presidential Conditional Grant Programme & the Presidential Palliative Loan Programme.

The minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite said the programmes aim to alleviate the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.

Nano businesses will receive N50,000 grant, while MSMEs and manufacturers will access loans up to N1 million and N1 billion respectively.

The target beneficiaries are 70% women and youth, 10% people with disabilities, and 5% senior citizens, while the remaining 15% is distributed to other demographics.

Who Can Apply?

Businesses that fall into the six categories below can apply.
1. Traders
2. Food services
3. ICT
4. Transportation
5. Creatives (makeup artists, fashion designers and dry cleaners.)
6. Artisans (vulcanizers, shoemakers, painters, repairers).

Grant Eligibility Criteria

1. Own a nano business.
2. Operate a business with progressive economic potential, and desire to grow the business.
3. Be willing to engage at least one additional staff member if turnover increases
4. Be willing to provide proof of residential/business address in the Local Government Area
Provide relevant personal and bank account information, including Bank Verification
(BVN) for verification of identity
5. Meet the application submission deadline.

Eligible applicants should visit the website and click ‘apply for grant.’


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EXCLUSIVE: Yahaya Bello steps on big toes in presidency – Source



Investigation has revealed that embattled former Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has stepped on big toes at the presidency and that is one

Investigation has revealed that embattled former Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has stepped on big toes at the presidency and that is one of the reasons why the anti-graft agency opened his crime file as a means to tackle the former governor.

Sources revealed that the former governor reached out to President Bola Tinubu for urgent intervention but all efforts proved abortive, as the president also interested in the case.

“Yahaya Bello has stepped on toes in the presidency, he’s plotting against the presidency. But I can reveal to you that President Tinubu is aware of everything, and Yahaya Bello must be try, no going back,” said the source.

Mr. Bello Yahaya is alleged to have misappropriated over ₦85 billion naira and has been currently declared wanted by the EFCC after several attempts to have him arrested failed including the recent incidence in Abuja where the current Governor of the State and his loyalist was accused of breaching the security cordon to whisk the accused away.

Meanwhile, A coalition of Kogi Youths under the banner of Network of Professional Kogi State Youths has called on the former Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello to immediately vacate the Kogi State Government House where he’s currently hiding from the clutches of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a press release signed by Comrade Abdulquadri Shuaibu and distributed to journalists in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on behalf of Network of Professional Kogi Youths over the weekend, the group frowned at the former Governor’s disregard for the rule of law including evasion of a lawful arrest, describing it as regrettable, disgraceful and embarrassing.

According to the release, “as a former Governor, we expected some degree of decorum and respect for the rule of law from him. The recent confrontation between the EFCC and Governor Yahaya Bello at his Abuja residence is a regrettable episode that is an embarrassment to Kogi people and Nigerians at large. We unequivocally condemn the former Governor’s conduct and insist that justice must take its course.

“As a united Coalition representing the citizens of Kogi State, we issue a 24-hour ultimatum to Governor Yahaya Bello to vacate the Government House and surrender to the EFCC or the nearest Police Station. Failure to comply, we will occupy the Government House in a mega protest to ensure Governor Bello’s accountability and safeguard the integrity of our judicial system.

On the role played by Alhaji Usman Adodo, the current Governor of the State who is also an associate of the former Governor in aiding his continuous evasion of arrest, the Coalition called on his immediate resignation, failure of which, the State House of Assembly will be compelled to commence impeachment proceedings against him.

“By choosing to shield an alleged criminal who squandered the commonwealth of Kogi people, Governor Usman Adodo’s immediate resignation is imperative. Failure to do so within 14-day period, we will compel the Speaker of the Kogi House of Assembly to initiate impeachment proceedings against him for obstructing law enforcement and undermining the administration of justice”, the statement added.

The youth group also hailed the efforts of individuals, law enforcement agencies and state institutions in ensuring that justice is done and the looted funds belonging to the good people of Kogi State are returned to facilitate the development of the state.

“We commend the EFCC for declaring Governor Yahaya Bello wanted and express solidarity with the Attorney General of the Federation’s unwavering commitment to combatting corruption. Indeed, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s steadfast dedication to this cause is commendable, and we implore him to persevere in his efforts.

“Furthermore, we applaud the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for withdrawing police protection from Governor Bello. While this is commendable, we urge the IGP to do everything within his powers to ensure that Yahaya Bello is arrested and handed over to the appropriate authorities for investigation and prosecution”, the statement concluded.


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Tinubu appoints SEC chairman, board members



President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of seven persons to the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission. ⁣

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of seven persons to the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission. ⁣

The Presidency announced the appointment on Friday in a statement signed by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, titled ‘President Tinubu appoints board of Securities and Exchange Commission.’ ⁣

They include Mr Mairiga Katuka (Chairman of the Board), Mr Emomotimi Agama as Director-General, Frana Chukwuogor as Executive Commissioner (Legal and Enforcement) and Mr Bola Ajomale as Executive Commissioner (Operations).⁣

Others are Mrs. Samiya Usman as Executive Commissioner (Corporate Services), Mr. Lekan Belo and Mr. Kasimu Kurfi as Non-Executive Commissioners. ⁣

Ngelale said the President anticipates that all members of the Board will “bring to bear their wealth of experience and competence in advancing the commission’s core mandate of developing and regulating a capital market that is dynamic, fair, transparent, and efficient, to bolster investor confidence and contribute immeasurably to the nation’s economic development.”


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