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Police arraign man, 23, over alleged attempt to commit felony



A 23-year-old man, Adewusi Habeeb, was, on Wednesday, arraigned before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun over alleged attempted to commit felony.

The Prosecutor, ASP Abdullahi Emmanuel, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 26 around 02:00 a.m. at Unit 3, Block 3, Bada Elusade, Opa Street, Iloro, Ile-Ife.

Emmanuel said that the defendant attempted to commit felony when he was roaming about at Unit 3, Block 3, Bada Elusade, Opa Street, Iloro, Ile-Ife.

He adding that when the defendant was caught, he could not give satisfactory account of what he was looking for in the area.

According to him, the offence contravenes Section 509 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to a count charge of attempt to commit felony.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Wonder Okoh, applied for bail for his client in the most liberal term, promising that his client would not jump bail, but would provide responsible sureties.

Magistrate A.I. Sarumi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum.

Sarumi said that the surety must swear to an affidavit of means, reside within court jurisdiction and be a house owner, ready to deposit the original documents of the property.

She added that the surety must produce one year tax clearance certificate and three recent passport photographs.The case was adjourned till Feb. 20 for hearing.

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FG urges newly appointed CDAs, Consuls-General to be good ambassadors



The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Yusuf Tuggar,  on Tuesday urged the newly appointed Chargé D’affaires and Consuls-General to be good ambassadors of Nigeria abroad.

Tuggar, in a statement by Alkasim Abdulkadir, his Special Assistant on Media and Communication Strategy, said playing their role as good ambassadors was pivotal to the economic drive of President Bola Tinubu.

Tuggar, who revealed that the appointment was with immediate effect, warned them as seasoned career diplomats to shun act of politicking

He urged them to recommit themselves to diplomacy for the collective interest and development of Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the new appointees,  Amb. Abubakar Jidda, Consul-General to the Consulate in New York, reiterated commitment to upholding ethos of the profession.

He also promised to bring the much needed investment to the country, while thanking President Tinubu and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the confidence reposed on them.

The appointees posting are as follows Amb. Saidu Dodo – Damascus, Syria; Amb. Patrick Imologhome – Pyongyang, Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea; Amb. Francisca Omayuli – Singapore; Amb. Babagana Ahmadu -Bangui, Central African Republic and Amb. Mohammed Mohammed – Tripoli, Libya.

Others include Amb. Auwalu Namadina – Atlanta, USA; Amb. Nnamdi Nze – Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Amb. Francis Enya – Douala, Cameroon; Amb. Gbadebo Afolabi –  Shanghai, China and Amb. Oludare Folowosele -Hong Kong, China.

Also are, Amb. Yakubu Dadu  –  Frankfurt, Germany; Amb. Taofik Coker – Buea, Cameroon; Amb. George Onwuekwe – Guangzhou, China; Amb. Umar Bashir -Johannesburg, South Africa and Amb. Zayyan Ibrahim -Dubai, UAE, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Ondo APC guber primary: Conduct yourself peacefully — Akinterinwa charges supporters



By Akintunde Jacobs, Akure

Ahead of tomorrow’s governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo state, Wale Akinterinwa, has charged his teeming supporters to remain calm during the primary election of the party tomorrow Saturday, 20 2024.

Segun Ajiboye, the spokesperson for Wale Akinterinwa Campaign Organisation, in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Akure, charged the supporters of the organization to remain calm despite the heated rhetoric and beating of war drums by the supporters of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa who have sworn to truncate the peaceful conduct of the primary election.

The statement said further; “You will recall that Akinterinwa and his supporters have peacefully conducted themselves during their tour of the 18 local government areas of Ondo State to solicit for votes of party members.

This reputation of ours should be maintained during the primary election tomorrow. We are confident of victory because we are the best among the rest.

The party members across the length and breadth of Ondo State have listened to us and have decided to vote for good governance. Wale Akinterinwa is the man for the job.

Again, we appeal to all our supporters to conduct themselves peacefully before, during, and after the primary election.


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Support me to be first female Ondo governorship flag bearer, Waheed-Adekojo urges APC, Presidency



By Akintunde Jacobs, Akure

Ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ondo State, a female governorship aspirant, Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo, has called on the national leadership of APC and Presidency to support her aspiration to be the first female flag bearer of the party in order to transform the state.

Waheed-Adekojo, while addressing journalists on Friday at the NUJ Press Centre, Alagbaka, Akure ahead of tomorrow’s APC governorship primary election said the Ondo state was desperately needs more women in government, especially to occupy the number one seat in the state towards unlocking the full potential of its abundant resources and improve the livelihoods of indigenes and residents.

According to her, if given the ticket of the party to be the next governor of Ondo state, it would send a great signal to the world about Nigeria’s leadership maturity and it would rank the APC party as the best in the country.

She said; “I am in the race to raise the standard of living of people of the state and to save the party from losing Ondo state to the other party in the coming elections because I am a woman of the grassroot and I can tell you all that the music has change tuned. Our people want a woman, they want change and the good people of Ondo state are poised to come out immerse purposely to ensure that I emerged as their governor in the forthcoming election in Ondo state.

“I have always been of the opinion that the governorship ticket should not be given as compensation or based on arbitrary zoning arrangements but on an assurance of the capacity of the candidate to provide visionary and inclusive governance that will help in wealth creation, agricultural, rural and human capital development.

“My coming on board as the state governor will also open opportunities for both women and youths following the agenda of our dear President to institutionalized the 30 per cent of women and youths in governance.

“I can see women salvaging this country, being wives of elected or appointed political office holders is not enough. I believe that it is salutary to have spouses who are very supportive of their husbands in many ways.

“Our women must feel that their gender is free and we must not limit their freedom. Under my administration, I will ensure the deep seaport serve as a catalyst for the socioeconomic development of the state and move it towards tong-desired prosperity.

“Apart from boosting water transportation connectivity between Ondo and the rest of the world, it will automatically attract the construction of a rail line to the port, which will invariably connect Ondo state to the national rail system for the very first time.

“I will focus more on job and wealth creation, provide adequate security, give special attention to agriculture and empower women and youths. The welfare of the party members will be paramount to me, and I am openly declaring my 100 percent loyalty to the party of APC, both locally and nationally.”


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