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Drunk Soldier Crushes General to Death in Lagos Barracks

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The Director of Finance at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Brigadier-General Audu James, has died after he was knocked down by a car.

The car was driven by a corporal, Abayomi Ebun, inside the NAFRC Old Barracks in Lagos.

Ebun was said to be drunk at the time of the incident and had since been detained by the NAFRC provost for further investigation.

A photo of the vehicle showed a huge dent on the bonnet while the right side of the windscreen was cracked.

James was rushed to the NAFRC Medical Centre where he was confirmed dead.

The Welfare Officer, SEC 40, Kayode Olagunju, in a facebook post on Wednesday, described the news of James’ death as a sad development.

The post read, “Sad news. We lost a gem. Our indefatigable, humble, friendly bridge builder, the Monitor General SEC 40 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Brig Gen Audu Ogbole James (mni) just departed.

“He died from injuries sustained from a knockdown on the road yesterday (15/11/22) evening in Lagos. May his soul rest in peace. Our condolences to the family, especially the SEC 40. May the Lord console all and grant the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. So sad.”

The spokesperson, 81 Division Nigerian Army, Major Olaniyi Osoba, said he heard about the incident but lacked the authority to speak on it.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Onyema Nwachukwu, could not be reached for comment and had yet to respond to a text message sent to his phone number regarding the matter as of the time of filing this report.

However, a signal has confirmed that Ebun, who had been placed in custody for investigation, was drunk during the accident that claimed James’ life.

The signal read, “On November 22, one 04NA/98/397 CPL Abayomi Ebun of Nigerian Army Resource Centre ABJ on pass and residing at Block P, old Barracks, NAFRC, while driving out of the centre, knocked down  the director of finance  NAFRC, BRIG GEN James, who was walking to his house within the centre.

“The deceased senior officer was immediately evacuated to NAFRC medical centre where he was confirmed dead. The Commandant, DY COMDT DIRS and other senior officers were at the medical centre to confirm the incident.

“The driver was alleged to be drunk and was driving recklessly within the centre. Driver is presently detained at the   NAFRC Provost for further investigations.”

Until his death, James was a fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria and held memberships of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Institute of Directors, Chartered Institute of Taxation, and the National Institute.

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Adeleke: Timi Frank Urges NJC, EFCC to Probe Osun Tribunal Judges, Says Judgement Compromised

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A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Friday, described the majority judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that purportedly sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as highly compromised.

Frank in a statement in reaction to the judgement in Abuja, said the verdict fell short of expectations and does not reflect the will of the majority of the people of Osun, who freely elected Senator Adeleke as Governor.

He called on the National Judicial Council to urgently cause a probe of the verdict with a view to restoring Adeleke’s mandate as well as penalizing any of the tribunal members found to have compromised on integrity.

He also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently investigate the judges who wrote the majority judgement and prosecute those found to have based their decision on other considerations rather than the true facts canvassed during the hearing of the case.

He also called on the United States of America to place a visa ban on the Osun tribunal judges found to have used their highly exalted position as arbiters to derail and frustrate the growth of democracy in the country.

He commended the judge who wrote the minority judgement for sticking to the truth and siding with the wishes and aspirations of Osun people that elected Adeleke during the last governorship election.

He however urged the people of Osun to remain calm and law abiding with the certainty that the mandate they freely gave to Adeleke would be retrieved at the appellate court.

He vowed that Nigerians will not fold their arms and watch any attempt to use the judiciary to again steal Adeleke’s mandate through the backdoor.

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Ozekhome Delivers ABSU’s 29th Convocation Lecture, Bags Doctorate Honours

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Renowned Constitutional Lawyer, Human Rights Activist and Scholar, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, CON, OFR, Ph.D, has delivered the 29th Convocation Lecture of the Abia State University, Uturu.

The event, which held at the University premises, on Thursday, saw the Visiting Professor of Law speaking on a topical issue, “PRIVATE V PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: THE POLITICS, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS”.

Consequently, Ozekhome, will today, be conferred with the LL.D doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) by the same University (his 13th doctorate degree; one by academic thesis).

The conferment will be done alongside other distinguished Nigerians who have made their mark in different spheres of human endeavor including Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, CON; African’s Billionaire business woman and philanthropist, Mrs Folurunsho Alakija, Chief Reginald Stanley and Chief Aigboji Aig-Imoukhuade.

Prof Ogbulu, who disclosed this during the 29th Pre-Convocation press briefing at the conference hall of his office said the event will also feature the conferment of first degrees, higher degrees, professor Emeritus of the millennium, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ogwo. E. Ogwo.

According to Prof Ogbulu the choice of the notable personalities was not for any monetary gains rather for their achievements in various endeavors and contributions to humanity and national development.

He further disclosed that the convocation ceremony would equally feature the commissioning of projects by the Governor of the state and Visitor to the Institution, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.

Prof Ogbulu while congratulating graduands and awardees, revealed that a total of 3,724 students of the University would be graduating, adding that a total number of 19 students made first class honours.

He used the opportunity to thank Governor Ikpeazu “for deploying human and material resources to curb the incessant menace of kidnapping along the Okigwe-Uturu road which for a while hitherto gave negative image to the university”.

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Runsewe Commends Sanwo-Olu for Pragmatic Investment in Creative Industry

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Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture( NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has said that Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu has shown deep and unprecedented commitment to the growth of cultural tourism economy in the state, and Nigeria in general.

Listing detailed creative sector interventions by the tourism loving governor in recent times such as reconstruction of the Badagry slave Museum, unveiling of John Randle Yoruba HISTORY and CULTURE Museum, hosting of UNITED Nation’s World Tourism Organization conference and the iconic 35th edition of Nigeria’s biggest cultural festival expo, National Festival of Arts and culture (NAFEST), in November, last year, Runsewe commends sanwo-Olu for these upbeat, pragmatic efforts, geared towards bringing the Creative tourism economy in Lagos, back to local and global reckoning and acceptation.

Speaking to the Media on the sidelines of the official commissioning of the John Randle Yoruba culture and history Museum by President Muhammadu Buhari , Tuesday in Lagos, Otunba Runsewe who also doubles as Africa Region President,. World Craft Council( WCC) , stated further that the blue rail infrastructure, which now dots Lagos skyline, will aid the rebound and attraction of tourists traffic to Lagos state.

“It’s indeed heart warming to see all the tourism infrastructure and investment on platforms desirable to growing a sustainable creative cultural tourism economy in state, and thus empowering local people and industry practitioners. Governor sanwo-Olu is a tourism care giver, futuristic and a tourism job creator” Runsewe emphasized.

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