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Wisecracks, banters, laughter as Buhari commissions police barracks

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A packed audience of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Inspector General of Police, ministers, National Assembly members, the Interim Administrator of NDDC and directors, senior police and government officials, as well as religious and traditional leaders cracked up in laughter yesterday as Gov. Nyesom Wike and Senator Godswill Akpabio exchanged banters publicly at the commissioning of a police barracks in Omagwa, Port Harcourt.

The complex was built and donated by the Niger Delta Development Commission to the Special Protection Unit of the Nigeria Police Force.

Ordinary folks and community members, not used to such high-profile hilarity, could not contain their excitement. Even before the two men went up the podium to make their speeches, I could tell from my vantage position that their conversations were largely filled with some repartees, and Prof Osinbajo, seated between them, was enjoying their jokes.

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Senator Akapbio started it all in his speech, saying that although Gov Wike were doing well as a governor; he would not acknowledge it publicly, “because he is not a member of APC.” (Laughs.) Then he added, ‘’I will not even join the bandwagon of those calling for the governor to join APC. We have enough troubles in our party already’.” (More laughter.)

Soon after, the governor had his turn. ‘’I thought we came here to commission this beautiful complex. I did not know that the minister was planning to turn the event into a political arena.” (More laughter. Applause.)

The governor was not done. ‘’I cannot leave a place where I am having malaria to where I will get cancer,” he continued, in an apparent reference to calls for him to join APC. The audience, led by Vice President Osinbajo, doubled up in more laughter.

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Gov. Wike commended NDDC for completing the barracks and handing over to the police. ‘’I don’t know who leaked my secret plans to NDDC. Just seven months ago, I was planning to take over this place and complete it. But apparently the Commission got a hint of my plan and quickly mobilized contractors to site’,” he joked.

The governor commended the Commission for a good job done, essentially returning the compliments which its chief executive, Mr Efiong Akwa, had paid him in his welcome remarks.

We had thought that the banters were all over until Prof Osinbanjo got on to the podium to read President Buhari’s speech. ‘’Well’’, the Vice President started with a smile, ‘’I will eventually settle the controversy between the governor and the minister at a later date…’’. The crowd roared.

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The executive conviviality beamed live on national television was a clear indication that despite political differences, our leaders do share a good dose of friendliness. ‘’But we ordinary folks take our differences to the extreme. It should not be’’, a middle-aged man who sat by me said just before the police band struck the first note of the National Anthem to close the day’s events.

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Reps Deputy Minority Whips, Adekoya To Be Installed As ‘Otunba Gbadegoroye’ Of Isara Kingdom

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……AS AREMO EBUMAWE OF AGO-IWOYE IS HONORED BY THE ODEMO IN COUNCIL AS OTUNBA GBADEGOROYE OF ISARA KINGDOM

Good things do not only come to those who wait as the saying goes. Auspicious recognition, honour, and rewards come to those who serve diligently and relentlessly.

The house of representatives deputy minority whips, Rt Hon Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya is set to be installed as the ‘Otunba Gbadegoroye’ of Isara Kingdom in Eastern part of Ogun state.

This, perhaps is the right description that befits Rt. Hon. Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya, the Deputy Minority Whip, House of Representatives, 9th Assembly, who is also the Aremo Ebumawe of Ago-Iwoye, as he is set to be conferred with the prestigious Chieftancy title of *OTUNBA GBADEGOROYE of Isara-Remo,* Ogun State, by His Royal Majesty, the Odemo of Isara and the Odemo in Council. He, Rt. Hon. Adesegun Abdel-Majid Adekoya is a prominent Prince of the ERINSIBA Ruling House of Isara Remo.

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For the People’s Representative, the nomination, which he has since accepted, defines honour and rewards for service and commitment to sociopolitical responsibilites especially as such Chieftancy Title is coming from outside of his Federal Constituency and immediate environment of influence and operations.

The multiple titles holder, who is a Crown Prince, wishes to assure the Odemo of Isara, the *ERINSIBA Ruling House,* Odemo in Council, the good people of Isara Remo, his own Constituents, Ogun State people and humanity in general that this title which could not have come at a better time, will further reinforce and energize him to do more for mankind and society. After all, to whom much is given, much is equally expected.

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Police Recruitment: Kaduna Command Announces Venues For CBT

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The Kaduna State Police Command is informing the general public particularly those who participated in the 2020 Physical and Credential Screening Exercise that, the Nigeria Police Force in collaboration with the Police Service Commission will be concluding the ongoing 2020 recruitment exercise of Ten Thousand (10,000) Police Constables into the service of the Nigeria Police Force.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige.

To this effect, the Command enjoined all applicants to check their names in the comprehensive list pested at the Police Command Headquarters Bida Road Kaduna.

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Successful candidates are to print out their examination slip which must be presented during the Computer Based Test Examination scheduled for Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th October, 2021 at the following centers
* Dambo International College Barnawa
* Sardauna Memorial College (SMC) and
* Iya Abubakar CBT Center, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

The Command reiterated that the recruitment exercise is absolutely free of charge and without any pecuniary obligation, and warns all and sundry to desist from any form of extortion, as anybody found wanting will be sanctioned accordingly.

The Commissioner of Police CP Mudassiru Abdullahi psc (+) while wishing applicants successful exams, assures them of adequate security coverage before, during and after the exercise.

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Nigerian Air Force Vehicle Illegally Using BRT Lane Kills Young Artist In Lagos

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He was knocked down by the military vehicle illegally using a BRT lane on Ikorodu Road while he was on his way to work.

The Nigerian Air Force vehicle, violating the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Law in Lagos State, has allegedly killed a 31-year-old professional dancer, Ifeanyin Kalu.

According to popular stage actor, Segun Adefila, the deceased was knocked down by the military vehicle illegally using a BRT lane on Ikorodu Road while he was on his way to work.

Ifeanyin’s lifeless body was said to be in the mortuary of NAF hospital in Lagos, while his mother’s body was in another mortuary in the same state.

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Sources said his mother, Mrs Oluchi Kalu, died of cardiac arrest in August 2021.

They added that the Air Force offered the family N200,000 towards Ifeanyin’s burial.

Nigerian Air Force Vehicle Illegally Using BRT Lane Kills Young Artist In Lagos

“Ifeanyin was a young Nigerian artist who was diminutive in stature but gigantic in strides. His life was one huge struggle for survival without a thought for crime but through a dint of hard work,” Adefila posted on Facebook.

“He was a prominent member of the Bariga Artists Forum (BAF) and Guild of Nigerian Dance Practitioners (GONDP). He was also a founding member of Dachrismofa Art Troupe and an alumnus of Feetprints Africa and the assistant director of Kings and Queens Art Academy- a children focused theatre group.

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“His creative energy lit up every gathering he attended. Born on the 15th of July 1990, Ifeanyi was the second son of his economically disadvantaged family and the fourth child. He was a major breadwinner of the family, a bread not only rarely gotten but also never buttered.

“Their mother and matriarch of the Kalu clan passed on on the 27th of August 2021. On October 20, 2021, Ifeanyin’s life was cut short on the express way of Ikorodu Road. He lived with his aged father and 6 siblings and left them at home on that fateful day for a job he just secured. He was on his way to a school (Temple Schools, Ilupeju) where he was helping to teach the pupils cultural dance and music.

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“A Nigerian Air Force vehicle traveling on a BRT lane knocked him down. Ifeanyin’s body is still in the Nigerian Air Force base mortuary. Ifeanyin’s mum is also still in another mortuary. His bereaved family who are definitely inconsolable at the moment also stands the risk of not getting any form of tangible compensation from those whose vehicle knocked him down.”

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