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SILEC Congratulates Marwa on Election As Vice Chairman, Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in Africa

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One of Nigeria’s most active non-governmental organization in the fight against drug abuse, SILEC Initiatives, has congratulated the chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) on his election as Vice Chairman, Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in Africa.

SILEC conveyed its congratulations through its Founder and President, Amb. Sunny Irakpo, during a television interview, commending the NDLEA boss for his outstanding performance in office so far.

The pragmatic organization, SILEC Initiatives, has made tremendous impacts in the country over the years in the anti-drug war of NDLEA. The founder and president, Silec Initiatives Amb. Sunny Irakpo who recently returned from US-Nigeria Leadership EXCHANGE Program designed to build the leadership capacity of Nigerians, particularly the youths to get involved in governance at all levels based on the 5-year partnership with World Chicago, encourages all to build capacity for the enormous task ahead of the nation.

Irakpo said, “I want to sincerely thank the Chairman and CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for defending the Nigerian Project, part of which is saving the destinies of young people from total destruction and for his commitment, pragmatic leadership and deep sense of patriotism in this turbulence period confronting the nation that’s on the verge of collapse due to the proliferation of hard drugs from the recent seizures.

“I want to on behalf of our noble endeavor, Silec Initiatives and many of the youths and millions of Nigerians that you inspire, congratulate you on your meritorious position as the Vice Chairman, Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, Africa. As an anti-drug NGO, we are celebrating you for this noble feat, which you have clearly demonstrated from your position in Nigeria. For it is true that Charity they say, begins at home.

“As a leader, you have shown capacity, provided leadership and excellence since you took over the mantle of leadership of the NDLEA.

“Having followed you over the years, your act of performance at the public space is worthy of emulation. In the space of two (2) years under your administration, the NDLEA has recorded giant stride in it’s perpetual efforts to nab drug kingpins and users of drugs all over the country. It is on record that over 28 drug barons have been arrested, drugs worth over 420 billion naira cash recovered , over 5.4 million kg of drugs seized, over 21,302 drug traffickers arrested, over, 3,111 drug traffickers convicted and serving jail terms, over 12,326 counselled and rehabilitated, and over 714 hectares of cannabis farms destroyed. These to me and all Nigerians are signs and indication of good and performing leadership resulting to your new assignment in Africa in the war against narcotics.

“Knowing that Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb due to the high rate of drug abuse and addiction, the agency has also shown tactical approach in it’s fight. While our organization remain very strong and committed to sensitization and education of Nigerians on the danger of hard drugs and abuse of substances, we have redoubled efforts in our campaign to help reduce the rate of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking and consumption amongst Nigerians. The fact remains that we cannot sit down and watch the destinies of young people being sacrificed at the altar of drug abuse and addiction in our time.

“Sir, with your pedigree as a seasoned administrator, you have kept the light shining brightly and brought life to the NDLEA as an agency.

“Since your days as the military administrator of Lagos state, you have done incredibly well in every national assignments given to you.

“We join million of Nigerians, Africans and the entire globe to extend our hearty congratulations on your well deserved position. We are fully confident that this new office will herald greatness in our continuous efforts to rid our country and the entire Africa off drugs and other harmful substances.

“We wish you all the best in this new task and be rest assured that we are solidly behind you as usual in the area of public sensitization and nationwide campaign to enlighten our youths on the dangers of drug abuse.

“We pride you as our new Sheriff in Town.”

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Adeleke Loses As Tribunal Declares Oyetola Winner of Osun Guber Election

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The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo has sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.

The tribunal in a split document of two to one declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Adeleke and issue the same to former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola

The majority judgement which was read by the Chairman, Justice Tertse Kume said Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 219,666

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Katsina Youths Boo, Stone Buhari’s Officials During Visit in Protest to Hardship

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, commenced a two-day official visit to his home state of Katsina where he inaugurated some projects executed by the state government.

However, his first day in the state was marked by a protest by youths decrying the hardship in the country.

The youth staged the protest a few minutes after noon, shortly after the President inaugurated the Kofar Kaura Underpass in Katsina.

The protesters caused a commotion at the Kofar Kaura Underpass where they threw stones at the crowd after Buhari left the area.

The boys also set up bonfires along the Yahaya Madaki Way, a few metres from the underpass, while shouting: ‘We don’t need you,’ ‘We no go do,’ in Hausa.

A viral video showed a mass of youths violently denouncing the government as they engaged some policemen on the road.

The development is coming 72 hours after the Presidential standard bearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, was stoned by suspected hoodlums at a campaign rally in Katsina.

The thugs reportedly threw stones outside the campaign venue, damaging several vehicles.

“Our candidate had met with women in a town hall and then held a hugely successful rally at the Muhammad Dikko Stadium. However, on his way to the airport, hoodlums attacked the car our candidate was riding in with heavy stones from his driver’s side causing substantial damage to the vehicle,’’ the Head of Media, Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Diran Onifade, disclosed in a statement.

Buhari had finished the ceremony and left when the youth stormed the underpass and started shouting, ‘Bamuyi,’ ‘Bamuyi’ (We are not interested.)

They also threw stones at the convoy of state government officials departing the project site.

They were subsequently dispersed with tear gas by security personnel.

One of the youth said they were protesting the hardship in the country, adding that they wanted to draw the President’s attention to the situation.

One of the protestants declared,  “ We are suffering; no job; no life…no money…”

But the spokesman for the Katsina police command, Gambo  Isah, said there was no protest.

He noted, ‘’The President was neither booed nor his convoy stoned. I was part of the convoy. The President successfully inaugurated the project. We were at another inauguration when we learnt that hooligans known as kaoraye were fighting one another at Sabwa ungwa area and we went there. We arrested no fewer than 10 of them and an investigation is already going on.”

The Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Ahmad Katsina,  did not respond to inquiries on the youth’s actions.

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Festival of Joy Promo: Ibadan Hosts Another Draw

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Globacom, on Thursday, held a draw in Ibadan, Oyo State capital to pick the winner of another 3-Bedroom apartment in the ongoing Glo Festival of Joy promo.

The event was held at Gloworld, Challenge, in the presence of several Glo subscribers who were in the shop to transact business.

Commenting about the exercise, a walk-in customer, Mr. Matthew Aina, who drew the winning number, commended Globacom on transparency of the draw, while Mrs. Taibat Azeez, who also witnessed the emergence of another house winner, said the exercise was fair enough.

The three-bedroom apartment will be presented to the winner, who was informed by Glo officials after the draw at a presentation ceremony scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2023.

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