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Lagos Beyond Drugs Campaign Commends Sanwo-Olu’s US Leadership Exchange and Training Programme



As part of the efforts to curb drug abuse in Nigeria, especially in Lagos State, which has become an epicentre both for drug trafficking and abuse, the SILEC Initiatives, a brain child of Amb. Sunny Irakpo, a U.S-Government sponsored Exchange Alumni, who participated in the International Visior’s Leadership Exchange Program (IVLP) in 2019, has taken the lead to apply a 21st century approach in the fight against the scourge.

The group has also redoubled its commitment in the fight against drug abuse by partnering with the Lagos State Government to implement programmes aimed at enlightening the youths.

As a passionate agency that is after the transformation of the lives of the youthful and vibrant population, we have repeatedly emphasized the need for the different state governments in Nigeria, religious bodies, families, communities and corporate organisations to assist in creating a life transforming platforms and socio economic activities that will enable the youths exert their energies in the right direction in order to help achieve the needed change and national development that the nation craves for, shouldn’t be a duty for one arm. The youths are the strength and future of the country, so all hands must be on deck to guide, mentor and transform the lives of all Nigerian youth.

SILEC initiatives in their recent anti-drug campaign activities with the students of the Lagos state government Technical College, Ikeja, where Sunny Irakpo spoke on “Share Facts On Drug Abuse, Save Lives”, the program which was organised by the Lions Clubs International District 404B-2 in partnership with SILEC Initiatives under the distinguished leadership of the district governor, Lions Clubs International 404B2, Lion Kayode Oshinuga PMJF, NLCF and the committee chairperson, Lion (Mrs) Folashade Ashafa MJF, NLCF, which were parts of the advocacy for all and sundry to come to the aid of Nigerian youths, especially in Lagos where drug activities are very high with an average of 33% of her population engaged in drug abuse, the highest in South-West region.

While delivering on the psycho-socio model in tackling drug abuse in Nigeria, especially in Lagos State as part of the SILEC Initiatives campaign plans for 2022 tagged : “Lagos Beyond Drugs.” A media and school-based campaign project targeted towards the youths and the general public, he lamented that drugs are currently being consumed like pure water, and tasked the students to focus on their studies and avoid any form of distraction and that drug abuse being an element of destruction has led many promising youths to their early grave without fulfilling their God-given purposes on earth.

He further stated that the students should see the Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and the Hon. Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu and other influential figures in the country as role models respectively, rather than take some uncultured and morally bankrupt artistes on social media with bad influence as their role models. The anti-drug abuse ambassador clearly reminded the students that it is important to also listen to their parents and their teachers to avoid life mistakes. Pointedly, he told them that avoiding peer pressure as far as drug abuse is concern is highly critical and paramount to them in fulfilling their potentials.

Reiterated that their lives are so precious to us as a nation, and to lose anyone of them to this enemy would be highly disastrous and counter productive. He specifically reminded them that Nigeria needs them to survive. While thanking the U .S Government via the U.S. Mission Nigeria for giving some of us the golden opportunity to build our leadership capacity in the U.S in order to attain the transformation agenda for Nigeria, I humbly extend my sincerest appreciation to the Lagos State Government under the current leadership of His Excellency Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for the recent partnership with SILEC Initiatives and WorldChicago to implement Diplomacy Leadership Exchange Program for selected hard-working youths of the State including state officials in leadership and capacity building program in the United States of America as part of the State Government leadership development program and youth inclusiveness in Government. This is highly commended and Appreciated your Excellency serving as a good reward system for hard working youths of the State.

Calling on all well-meaning Individuals, corporate organisations, religious bodies and traditional institutions and international agencies to join effort with the SILEC initiatives to save Nigeria from this heightened state of moral decay, habitual decadence and destruction. The need to save the nation from this dangerous social vices and ill-leadership is NOW.

Very passionate about Nigeria growth and development, I wish to re-echo that “no youth will listen to me and be willing to do drugs.” Irakpo concluded.

Amb. Sunny Irakpo is certify by the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC)on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care Sensitization, a U.S Government Sponsored Exchange Alumni (IVLP), Youth and Anti-drug Abuse Advocate, Founder President Founder/President Silec Initiatives and Anti-drug Abuse Ambassador.

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Tinubu Announces Akume As SGF, Gbajabiamila As Chief of Staff




The President, Bola Tinubu, on Friday, appointed the outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as his new Chief of Staff.

He also appointed a former Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia, as Deputy Chief of Staff and Former Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

This was revealed in a statement signed on Friday by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, titled ‘President Tinubu appoints Gbajabiamila COS, Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia, DCOS, George Akume, SGF.’

“In a meeting with Progressives Governors Forum, the President also named former Governor of Benue State and immediate past Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” the statement read.

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Police Dismiss Sergeant for N98,000 Extortion




The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday announced the dismissal of Sgt. Ekpo Shimuyere, who was attached to the Sogunle Division, for extorting a young man of N98,000.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, told journalists that the command’s Provost Department had already disrobed the dismissed sergeant.

According to him, the dismissed sergeant collected the phone of his victim and used a Point of Sale operator to transfer N98,000 out of the N100,000 in the young man’s bank account.

Hundeyin said the policeman’s action was contrary to the ethics of the profession.

He said, “The police command got the complaint from the victim and the officer denied the crime when he was contacted. The command placed him under detention so that he will not tamper with the evidence.

“We wrote to his bank and obtained his statement of account. We were able to trace the money to where the POS operator transferred it before transferring the money to the officer’s account.

“We followed due process to get his account. The victim was invited in the course of the investigation and he testified.

“The POS operator was also invited, and he said the officer requested him to transfer the money from the victim’s account to another one.”

The PPRO said the Sergeant was consequently subjected to an orderly room trial in line with extant laws.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr Idowu Owohunwa, has reviewed the orderly room procedure of the officer with Force No. 461654, attached to the Sogunle Police Division and has approved the punishment of dismissal from the force,” he said.

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PDP Can Suspend, Expel Wike According to Law, Court Rules




The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday, told the former governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the right to suspend or expel him if the action is done under the law.

Justice James Omotosho stated this in a judgment on a suit filed by Mr Wike before the 2023 general elections to seek a court order to stop PDP from taking action against him without a fair hearing.

Mr Omotosho said the court had considered the processes filed by parties and arguments of counsel.

He held that suspending or expelling the applicant without affording him the right to defend himself would breach his fundamental rights as enshrined in the party’s and Nigeria’s constitutions.

He said though the party had the right to suspend or expel its members, it must comply with its law.

The judge said that though section 46(1) of the law vested jurisdiction on the court if one’s rights had been breached, he said the court would not dabble into the internal affairs of any political party, except where the party had violated the right of a member without recourse to its laws.

“Where this right ought to be enforced, the court will do everything within its reach to ensure this.

“However, as fundamental and sacrosanct these rights are, they are not absolute,” he said.

The judge, therefore, agreed that any member of a political party who appeared before a disciplinary committee should be allowed to defend himself.

“And if not, any decision taken shall be null and void,” he said.

He said, “This court is convinced that the applicant is entitled to a fair hearing and that the respondent also has the right to discipline its members in accordance with the law.”

The judge further said Mr Wike had the right to associate and that the threat to dismiss him without inviting him to defend himself contravened Article 57 (1)(2) of the party.

He said the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and his agents were bound to promote constitutional democracy.

The ex-governor had sued the PDP, its National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) as first to third respondents.

Mr Wike, in the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/139/2023, dated and filed February 2 by his lawyer, Joshua Musa, SAN, also joined Mr Ayu; national secretary of PDP, Samuel Anyanwu, and the Independent National Electoral Commission as fourth to sixth respondents respectively.

He had prayed for an order directing all parties to maintain the status quo and stay all actions relating to the threat to suspend or expel him by the first to fifth respondents, pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.

He asked the court to enforce his fundamental right to freedom of association which was allegedly about to be breached by the respondents.

But the PDP, through its lawyer, Johnson Usman, SAN, disagreed with Mr Wike’s submission.

He argued that the case was only based on speculation as Mr Wike had failed to provide evidence to substantiate that the respondents intended to suspend or expel him from the party.

He said the party had not contemplated suspending or expelling members of the G5 governors or the Integrity Group, despite engaging in anti-party activities.

He said Mr Wike and four other governors engaged in anti-party activities by forming the Integrity Group and campaigning for another presidential candidate in the February 25 election.


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