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From the fanfare and celebrations at Isuofia to mark the royal recognition of a worthy son by HRM, Igwe Christopher Muoghalu and the entire people of Isuofia, a tale of two great men emerged, warriors in their rights, one representing the end of an era and the other, the beginning of another.

The tales of Gov Willie Obiano and Prof Chukwuma Soludo seem intertwined in ways definitive of a destiny written in the stars. Both, financial experts, served in the banking sector when Soludo initiated the consolidation of banks as governor of the apex bank in Nigeria – an initiative Obiano latched onto, to build a strong brand for Fidelity bank as one of its top managers then. It appears fate favours ndi Anambra, at present, as Obiano readies a firm foundation for another consolidation exercise for Soludo, this time, in Anambra State.

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While both men walked round the Isuofia community square, acknowledging the greetings of ndi Anambra, it was clear that Anambra State was about to experience a transition from the better to the best.

It therefore comes as no surprise that the baton of leadership will be transferred from Obiano whose exploits resonate resoundingly from the riverbanks of Omambala to seashores in foreign lands, endearing him to the hearts of many and earning him the title, Akpokuedike Aguleri – a title which has attracted a universal flavour from his admirers who retitled him, befittingly, Akpokuedike Global; to Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo who would rather be addressed as Charly nwa Mgbafọ, in appreciation of his humble beginnings and the memory of a loving mother who passed on when he was just eight years old.

Isuofia: A Tale of Two Warriors

Though honoured with titles such as Odenigbo Aguata and Odenjiji Aguleri, Soludo has remained humble, working silently to provide succour for his people and reunite the villages of his community, Isuofia, which had falllen apart and were on the brink of a major crises some years ago. It was for his role in fostering peace and uniting the community that the Igwe and the entire people of Isuofia assembled to bestow the title of Dikeudo Isuofia, on him.

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The story of Obiano and Soludo cannot be told in one essay. It transcends tales of titles, merriments and festivities. They are tales of warriors who have lived sacrificially and are willing to commit more of their time, energy and resources to the service of their prople in particular and humanity in general.

It was a remarkable event at Isuofia and undoubtedly, a title well deserved. But beyond the drumbeats of the Ikolo and the echoes of cannon shots, rose the tales of these great warriors. Beyond the sonorous melodies of mbem and the colourful displays of culture and tradition, rose the voices of ndi Anambra as they prepare in tandem with their governor, Akpokuedike Global, to welcome his anointed successor, Dikeudo Isuofia.

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The transition from Akpokuedike to Dikeudo promises to be beneficial to ndị Anambra. Where Gov. Obiano has successfully built institutions and projects of gargantuan proportions in the 10,000 sitter international conference centre, the Awka township stadium and the international cargo/passenger airport, Umueri, added to major advancements in agriculture and sustainable investments in MSMEs among others, and all resting on a formidable security network,  there can be no better person to maintain and sustain these achievements and use them as a spring-board to break new grounds, as the renowned economist and development expert, Prof Chukwuma Soludo. The time to rally behind him is now.

Ikenna Aniagboso
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Bauchi C J Grants 11 Inmates Freedom in Bauchi, Cautions Sharia Judges on Sentencing Suspects of Minor Offenses

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By Bashir Hassan Abubakar

Bauchi State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Rabi T.Umar had in her third quarter visit to Custodial Centres in the State, released a total number of eleven inmates(11) from Custodial Centres in Bauchi State Command.

A press statement signed and issued Wednesday evening by the public relations officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Bauchi State Command, SC Adam Abubakar Jibrin said during the jail delivery exercise, the Chief judge, along side members of the Administration of criminal Justice committee, comprising of the Nigerian Police, the Director Public Prosecution(DPP) from Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association Bauchi Chapter and the Controller of Corrections, toured Misau, Zaki,Gamawa and Azare Custodial Centres respectively.

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Others centres visited include Jama’are, Ningi and Bauchi Custodial Centres, where the CJ reviewed cases of awaiting trial inmates presented to her and released deserving ones.

While addressing the released inmates, the Chief Judge admonished them to be law abiding citizens and shun crime. The Chief judge also took time to address inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been languishing in custody for a long time without trial.

She assured them that government and relevant agencies are doing everything possible to address their problems, urging them to remain calm and exercise more patience.

Also addressing Sharia Court judges, the Chief Judge urged them to refrain from sentencing all manners of suspects into custody especially those with minor offences because, according to her, that brings about congestion in Custodial Centres.

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In his remarks, Controller of Corrections Bauchi State Command, CCS Kabir Abba Galadanci Commended the Chief Judge and the State government for making the visit to Custodial Centres possible.

He said the visit will go along way in decongesting the Centres and further give hope to the inmates.

Some freed inmates

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

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Lai Mohammed says the military has already drastically reduced banditry.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on the media to give more attention to the military’s offensive against bandits in the northwest region.

Military operations against them have been stepped up in recent weeks, with the government shutting down telecommunications services in many parts of Zamfara, Katsina, and Sokoto to cut off the bandits’ information flow.

Mohammed said during a meeting with the Katsina State government on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 that the strategy is working, and has already drastically reduced banditry.

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

The minister however lamented that the government’s positive efforts have not received the kind of media attention given to the bandits.

“There is no doubt that the table is turning against the bandits, since Katsina and other affected states came up with a number of novel measures that got the bandits boxed in, and the military stepped up its kinetic approach,” he said.

The 69-year-old said the government’s success ‘should be trumpeted’ so as to encourage more states to adopt similar measures, and boost the morale of security agencies.

He said the government is very worried about the wave of violence in the northwest region, and expressed confidence the military will soon put an end to it.

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House of Representatives on Wednesday called for investigation into the alleged exclusion of Rivers from projects to be financed by a fresh World Bank loan.

Solomon Bob (PDP-Rivers) had alleged in the house that Rivers is the only state that would not benefit from the loans.

He stated that the report, if true, rendered the Federal Government’s action as contrary to the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution.

He added that it would be discriminatory against the people of Rivers and capable of creating a sense of alienation, exclusion and discontent.

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Bob added that the house had a responsibility to ensure that the affairs of the federation were conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law of equity and fairness.

This, he said, should be followed with an overriding responsibility to deploy its Constitutional powers to ensure compliance on the part of the Executive.

He added that Nigeria is a federation that professes equity, fairness and social justice and that there were several constitutional provisions prohibiting all forms of discrimination on the basis of partisan leaning, religion, place of origin or tribe.

Reps to investigate exclusion of Rivers from World Bank loan benefits

He said that some sections of the Constitution imposed a duty on the Federal Government to ensure equitable distribution of resources and projects across the federation.

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The consequently mandated its Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management to liaise with the office of the Adviser on National Assembly Matters to the President to ascertain the veracity of the allegation.

It also mandated the committee to revert in 14 days for further legislative action.

The house noted that if other states were listed, Rivers should be included to benefit from the projects to be executed with the fresh loan.

(NAN)

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