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COVID-19: Ondo commissioner dies

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The Commissioner for Health in Ondo state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, has died of COVID-19 complications, NRM gathered.

Adegbenro died of COVID-19 at the state infectious disease hospital in Akure on Thursday July 2, 2020. He was 65 years old.

According to a government official who spoke with Media, Mr Adegbenro died on Thursday after he was rushed to a hospital in Owo after contracting Coronavirus.

The source said;

“The Commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo and this has just thrown the entire cabinet into chaos.

“He died of COVID-19 because he had contracted the virus earlier and was taking drugs at his own comfort being a medical doctor.”

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This comes two days after the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, tested positive for Coronavirus. Governor Akeredolu in a statewide broadcast disclosed his COVID-19 status. He said he is asymptomatic and is now in isolation.

Who was former Commissioner for Health in Ondo state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro?

Wahab Oluropo Adegbenro was born on 5th June 1955 at Ilara-mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

After his elementary education at Muslim Primary School, Ilara-mokin. Between 1962 and 1967, Wahab attended Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure; and the University of Benin, Benin City. He holds the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S).

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He was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.

He established Crown Hospital, Akure where he was the Chief Medical Director.

Wahab was appointed the Vice Chairman, Ondo State Committee on Sports for the Disabled from 1997 to 1999; and later chairman of the Committee from 1999 to 2002. He was a Director, Ondo State Waste Management Board from 1999 to 2002 before he was appointed a Commissioner in Ondo State and was in charge of Culture and Tourism and later the Ministry of Health.

Wahab before his death was the Chairman, Ondo State Council of All Progressive Congress (APC) Muslim Members.


#Newsworthy…

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#Justice4Elizabeth: Kogi Commissioner Arrested Over Rape, Assault of Young Lady.


Kogi state commissioner, Hon Abdulmumuni Danga, has been arrested for the alleged assault and rape of Elizabeth Oyeniyi an ex beauty queen.

In March, Elizabeth had called out Hon Danga, the current Commissioner of Water Resources in Kogi state for allegedly assaulting and raping her after she had urged the commissioner on Facebook to assist his sister and family financially.

JusticeforElizabth: Kogi Commissioner, Abdulmumuni Danga arrested for alleged assault and rape of Ms

According to Elizabeth, Danga, hired thugs to kidnap her from her home with her three-year-old son, flogged her himself, stripped her naked and made a video of her threatening to post it when next she makes a public comment. She added that he held her captive then took her to a hotel at night and raped her.

A video of her ordeal was shared on social media and it immediately went viral with Nigerians calling for justice.

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Two months later, Hon Danga according to SegaLink was arrested on June 2, 2020 but later granted bail.

Taking to his social media page to share and update, SegaLink wrote;

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The Kogi Commissioner that allegedly battered and raped Ms. Elizabeth is now in Custody at the @PoliceNG FHQ after several attempts to obstruct justice by the Governor of the state. He is currently making a statement & we hope he will be detained & charged for his infringement.

The pressure from the state Governor to have this man walk free despite his crime against humanity is unthinkable. We are calling on the @PoliceNG_CRU

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and the office of the IGP to ensure justice is served. He must be charged to court for his abuse based on evidence gathered.

Violence against women must never become a norm neither should it be reinforced by the political class. Elizabeth has gone through Hell. There’s been many threats to her life on the record & the @PoliceNG investigation have all the evidence. #JusticeForElizabeth #EndImpunity

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They made a call to Elizabeth telling her she can be killed by the whim of she refuses to let it go. They dictated several Facebook posts to her to make in order to be free from their crosshairs. The police have this on the record. That man must not be let off the hook.

@SIAF_NG

It took over two months to get Hon Danga to answer for his crimes at the FHQ due to obstruction from the Kogi State Governor. He is refusing to make statement and he is proving he is above the law. I have called the CP in charge of Intelligence to alert him the world is watching.

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ppreciate all CSOs working tirelessly to ensure justice is served as led by

@FIDANigeria

while

@SIAF_NG

monitors the police end of things. There must be no compromise. He must be charged lest we make a mess of our criminal justice system.

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He is still in custody and have realized that he is in a Fishbowl being observed by the entire world. He is now cooperating and have started writing his statement. We recommend detention for aggravated assault, threat to life and rape.

After writing his statement and invitation of the petitioner for their bit alongside

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@FIDANigeria

and their lawyers by the investigation, the Kogi Commissioner was released on bail pending the need to invite him again as the investigation proceeds. I called the ACP in charge too.

Till now we are unsure the condition of his bail and why he was released despite the damning evidence against him. We also acknowledge the pressure from Kogi Governor and police’s subservience to political push due to the lack of operational independence. We are watching!

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We ensure we called all the senior officers that gave him an audience to register the fact that we are monitoring the process and if need be will be calling out each and every should wads of Naira activate its magic as often done in high profile cases.

This is unlike any other case but a Rape allegation that is supposed to be a crime against the state. Unfortunately the chief security officer of the state is the one obstructing justice. It’s a game of evidence & we came with a trailer load


#Newsworthy…

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Solomon Ogunji, Abia Commissioner is Dead


Abia State Government on Sunday announced the demise of its Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji.

The State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu in a statement said Ogunji died on Saturday after a brief illness related to high blood pressure.

“It is with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we announce the demise of a member of Abia State Executive Council and the Honorable Commissioner for Environment, Dr Solomon Ogunji, who passed away on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020, at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, after a brief illness related to high blood pressure.

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“Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who received the sad news with shock yesterday has personally communicated and condoled with the family of the bereaved and is currently in mourning,” the statement read in part.

Kalu therefore prayed that God will give the family of Ogunji the fortitude to bear the loss and rest his soul in the bosom of the Lord.


#Newsworthy…

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Former commissioner of Edo in trouble. [Nigeria]


A former Commissioner for Sports and Local Government Council Chairman in Edo State, Hon. Egbe Ediagbonya, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Also said to have been kidnapped is the Director of Primary Healthcare (PHC) in the state, Dr. Monday Iraoya.

Ediagbonya was said to have been abducted on his Okada farm settlement near Utese, Ovia North East in the early hours of Saturday.

A family source said he was kidnapped between 2am and 4 am when the gunmen broke into his farm house and took him away at gunpoint.

The suspected kidnappers, it was gathered, have opened communication with his family and were asking for N15 million ransom.

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Ediagbonya was chairman of Ovia North East Local Council and later Commissioner for Sports in the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.

Director of Primary Healthcare in Owan East Local Government Area, Iraoya, was also said to have been kidnapped while travelling from Afuze to Benin to collect COVID-19 training materials.

He was reportedly kidnapped between Uhunmora and Ozalla on Friday and the kidnappers are reportedly asking for N100 million ransom.

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A family source said: “He was kidnapped on Friday, May 15, while travelling to Benin to collect training materials for COVID-19. They have contacted the family and are requesting for N100 million but we were only able to raise N900,000.”

Reacting to the incidences, Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was expecting a comprehensive briefing from the police formations in the two areas.


#Newsworthy…

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Oyo commisioner’s death – PDP commiserate with Makinde. [Nigeria]


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, over the death of his Commissioner for Environment, Kehinde Ayoola.

The party’s reaction was issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday.

PDP said it was saddened by the demise of the governor’s associate.

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The party described the late Ayoola as a loyal and dedicated party member.

It recalled how he played key roles in Makinde’s governorship campaign and eventual victory at the polls.

“Our party indeed grieves. Nevertheless, we take solace in the promise of the Almighty God regarding those who departed in good works,” PDP said.

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The party condoled with the Ayoola family, the government and people of Oyo State.

The spokesman prayed God to grant everyone the fortitude to bear the loss and eternal rest for the departed.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] Former Rivers Commissioner Condemn Wike’s Demolition of Hotels’ idea.

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Austin Tam-George, ex-Commissioner for Information in Rivers State, has condemned the recent actions of his former principal, Governor Nyesom Wike.

On Sunday, two hotels in the Eleme community were pulled down, a development that sparked outrage.

Governor Wike personally monitored the demolition exercise, which he said was the consequence of the violation of his COVID-19 executive order.

In a statement on Monday, Tam-George regretted that no formal charges were brought against the affected hotels before a court of law.

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He also complained that the owners had no opportunity to defend themselves before a judge.

Tam-George described Wike’s Executive Order as a spurious, draconian, ill-defined and sickening pattern of lawlessness and impunity.

He recalled that in July 2017, Wike shut down and revoked the Certificate of Occupancy of Novotel Hotel in Port Harcourt, allegedly because his critics lodged there.

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Tam-George wrote: “In the past three years, Mr Wike has deployed his private army of thugs, disguised as State “Task Forces”, to kill innocent citizens, loot markets and shops, terrorize young women in Port Harcourt, and extort money from drivers and traders.

“On the 24th April, Sergeant Lavender Elekwachi, a traffic warden on duty in the Eneka area of the State, was murdered in cold blood by Governor Wike’s marauding Task Force.

“On the 27th of April, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet warned governments to refrain from violating fundamental human rights under the guise of emergency measures during the COVID-19 crisis.

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“But in the past six weeks of the pandemic, Governor Wike has caused the death of a law enforcement agent, confiscated private properties, demolished hotels, brutalized market women in Port Harcourt and held pilots and oil workers on essential duties in illegal detention.

“The alarming acts of lawlessness by Mr Wike means that Rivers State has descended into a state of anarchy. State institutions have been hijacked by a lawless government, and the people themselves have been ‘kidnapped’ by a moral hoodlum in power.”

Tam-George urged the United Nations Human Rights Commission to commence criminal proceedings against Wike.

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He appealed to the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) to initiate money laundering investigations, visa restrictions and asset freezes against the Rivers helmsman.

“Governor Wike is well-known for his expensive vacation junkets to European cities, even as children die from preventable water-borne diseases in Rivers State”, the former commissioner added.


#Newsworthy…

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Gunmen Abduct Ekiti Commissioner. [Nigeria]

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Gunmen have reportedly abducted the Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Folorunso Olabode and shot dead a councillor who was with him.

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NobleReporters quoted TVC news, as saying on Sunday evening in Ekiti that the kidnap and murder took place between Isan and Iludun-Ekiti area of the State.

However, the Ekiti State Government, in a statement confirmed the abduction of the commissioner.

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It said Olabode, was kidnapped by suspected bandits at about 7:00pm on Sunday April 26, 2020 on his way from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti, Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State.

“From initial reports, the kidnappers shot one person in his entourage, the driver of the vehicle, a serving Councillor, in the ensuing fracas,” Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation said in the statement.

The statement said Governor Kayode Fayemi has mandated the security agencies in the State to ensure their prompt and safe release, while assuring residents that adequate measures were ongoing, to maintain the peace and security of the State.

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“He promised that all perpetrators of this and any crime would be brought to book.

“The Commissioner for Police in Ekiti State, Amba Asuquo, has confirmed that a team has already been dispatched, and are on the trail of the abductors, with a view to securing their release,” the statement said.


#Newsworthy ..

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COVID-19: No case in Zamfara, Nigeria – Health commissioner.


The Zamfara Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, has described as fake news an online report that the state had recorded its first case of Coronavirus ( COVID-19).

Kanoma dismissed the report in an interview on Friday in Gusau.


He said: “Our attention has been drawn to an online report that the state has recorded its first suspected Coronavirus.

“I want to say that the report is not true but a mere fabrication by its author, who is a mischief maker.


“I want to call on the general public to disregard that report. Zamfara remains Coronavirus free.’

He urged the people to remain calm and comply with measures and advice given to them in order to prevent the disease.

The commissioner noted that the state government in collaboration with stakeholders had put proactive measures in place to prevent the outbreak of the virus in the state.


#Newsworthy…

Ihedioha react to viral video of him crying after losing imo governorship to uzodinma

...says it was taken when one of his commissioner died (photo)


Immediate past governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, has said that the viral photo of him weeping was not taken after the Supreme court nullified his election but was taken at a funeral he was attending in December 2019.

The photo made the rounds on Tuesday January 14th shortly after the Supreme court nullified his election and declared Hope Uzodinma winner of the March 9th state governorship election. News went round that the governor broke down upon hearing the apex court’s judgement.


In a statement released by his media aide AIC Akwarandu, the former governor said the photo was taken when he received the body of one of his commissioners who died.

The statement reads

“The picture circulating online does not in any way represent the mood of the Former Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, while the Supreme Court Judgment was announced.

The pictures was taken on Friday, 20th Of December, 2019, when the then Governor received the body of His departed Commissioner for Environment, Late Hon. Tony Okere, at the Council Chambers”.


Disgraced OOU lecturer, Osho to be appointed as Ogun state commissioner of Education


The Ogun State Government is set to appoint disgraced and sacked former lecturer of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, who was dismissed on allegations of gross misconduct, Prof Sidi Osho, as new Commissoner for Education in the state.

Osho was one of the 19 commissioner-nominees submitted to the House of Assembly by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Her confirmation was however, delayed due to an April 18 letter titled ‘Dismissal from the service of the university’ signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Mrs. O.A. Akinsanya.

NobleReporters noted that Osho is now urgently seeking a letter from OOU with the intention of converting her sack to retirement in order to get confirmation from the Ogun State House of Assembly.

The confirmation sitting will commence at 10:00am on Tuesday but it is unclear if the government of the state will go on with the confirmation despite her misconduct.


#Newsworthy…

6 year old son of Bayelsa commissioner for water resources rescued from captivity

…insisted he had no money


The 6-year-old son of Bayelsa State Commissioner for Water Resources, Nengi Talbot Tubonah, has been rescued after three weeks in captivity.

The boy was abducted on December 22 by four gunmen, who stormed the commissioner’s residence at the New Commissioners’ Quarters in Yenagoa. The gunmen broke into Talbot’s home at the quarters located in Opolo and demanded money from the commissioner. They then seized the boy and whisked him away to an unknown location when the commissioner insisted he had no money. NobleReporters learnt


Weeks after his abduction, the boy was rescued by operatives of Puff Adder attached to the Bayelsa Police Command in the creeks of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

The Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, received the abducted victim at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa. He said the boy was rescued thanks to the efforts of the police who were on the trail of the kidnappers. He added that the police adopted a high level of intelligence and professionalism to free the boy without him getting harmed.

Six-year-old son of Bayelsa Commissioner, rescued from kidnappers after 3 weeks in captivity

Anozia revealed that the kidnappers kept moving the victim from one creek to another before they finally rescued him without paying the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

The command has also paraded the suspected kidnappers behind the act.


#Newsworthy…

Imo state gets new commissioner of police.


The Imo State Police Command yesterday received a new Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Fafowora Olaniyi who replaces Rabiu Ladodo who is retiring after thirty five years of service.

According to a press statement made available to newsmen in Owerri by the State Police Public Relation Officer, Orlando Ikokwu, Fafowora Bolaji Olaniyi hails from Osun State. He enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1986 and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science.


Until his recent posting to the command, he was in charge of Counter Terrorist Until (CTU) force Headquarters Abuja.

He assumes duty as the 35th commissioner of police Imo State police command.


#Newsworthy…

Edo State commissioner of art charged of money laundering.


Edo State’s Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Osaze Osemwingie-Ero has been allegedly arrested by INTERPOL over money laundering.

The Edo State cabinet who was reportedly arrested in France since last month (November) for being in possession of $2m, was allegedly detained and queried by operatives of the International police agency.

Though insiders told The Nation that the commissioner was arrested over an offence he committed seven years ago, political opponents are claiming the money was allegedly given to him by Governor Godwin Obaseki during a foreign trip.


However reacting to the arrest, the Edo State’s government stated that the arrest has no link to Governor Obaseki.

Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie also disclosed that they are yet to confirm the arrest.

Osaze Osemwingie-Ero


He said;

“We learnt about the alleged arrest of the Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Commissioner, Hon. Osaze Osemwingie-Ero from unreliable sources on social media and we are unable to confirm either the alleged arrest or what might have led to it.

“But we can confirm without equivocation that whatever the issues might be, they are totally personal and have nothing whatsoever to do with the Edo State Government or Governor Godwin Obaseki.”


#Newsworthy…

Just in – More Special Forces Deployed To Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

….Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr. Ali Janga


Police authorities in Kaduna State have said that the Abuja-Kaduna road is now safe for travellers, with the deployment of more Special Forces and sophisticated security equipment on the highway.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ali Janga, the road has been a major cause for concern when it comes to security.

Janga, however, assured residents living around the area, that the Force will bring the activities of criminals on the expressway to an end.

He stated this on Thursday during a tour of the highway.



“We have another six to seven patrol vehicles that are fully equipped with gadgets that will view about 5 to 10 kilometres that will equally be deployed along this Kaduna-Abuja road. We are assuring the good people of Kaduna and the general public that the road is safe,” he said.

Hopefully, the deployment allays the fears of commuters and reduces the rate of crime on the roads.


#Newsworthy…

Zamfara state commissioner resigns after 1 month in office.

Zamfara State’s commissioner for education, Alhaji Jamilu Aliyu Zannah has reportedly resigned after being in office for one month.

Zannah announced his resignation shortly after arriving Gusau from India where he received medical treatment.

The Commissioner who was the campaign coordinator of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he is resigning over Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle’s cold feet in fulfilling some necessary campaign promises made earlier to the electorate.

He said;

“Lack of consultations also were among the reasons that made me to resign from the governor’s nomination and appointment as commissioner.”

#Newsworthy…

Zamfar governor, Bello Mo Matawalle swear in 19 commissioners, 28 aides

…warn them to leave or perform according to their duty

Zamfara state governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle, it today swore in 19 commissioners and 28 special advisers, warning them to buckle up within three months or get booted out of the cabinet.

Matawalle during the swearing in ceremony held at the Government House, Gusau, said the new appointees must prove their worth as they will be on probation for three months and any of them who fails to leave up to expectation will be sent packing to provide way for others who are competent.

“You will be on a three-month probation during which you are expected to ensure maximum output in your performances as there will be a quarterly review of your performances to measure your capability and efficiency as any form of laxity will not be entertained”, he warned.

#Newsworthy…

13 commissioner-designates confirmed in Rivers assembly.

The Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday, concluded debate and confirmation of 13 commissioner-designates screened at the floor of the house.

At the beginning of Wednesday’s plenary, Speaker of the State Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, acknowledged receipt of an up-to-date tax clearance certificate submitted by one of the nominees, Silvanus Nwankwo.

Ibani said that only screening of the nominees was done at Tuesday’s plenary, while debate and their confirmation was deferred.

During debate for the confirmation of the nominees, some of the lawmakers including Matthew Dike, Michael Chinda and Enemi George spoke in favor of the confirmation of the nominees.

They, however, warned that if confirmed, the House will not hesitate to invite them for questioning at the floor of the house, if the need arises.

In his resolution, Speaker of the State Assembly, Ibani, confirmed the nominees after a vote in favour of their confirmation.

#Newsworthy…

Gov. Yahaya Bello sacks political appointees.

…Retain commissioners and media aides.

Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello on Monday approved the sack of all political appointees in his government.

Those affected, according the statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Ayoade Arike, include Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants.

The governor in the statement said commissioners and his media aides will remain in office pending further directive.

However, it was learnt that the governor had issued circular to the commissioners and board to start preparing their handing over notes before 28 of this month.

The sacked appointees are to handover immediately to the highest ranking.

#Newsworthy…