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IG to bring special Operation squad to plateau state



Plateau state Governor and the AIG


By Asile Abel, jos


The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Olukayode Egbelokun have stated that the Nigeria Police Force,NPF, had put machinery in motion to address deplorable security situation in Plateau through the deployment of tactical special intervention squad unit.

Egbelokun said this matching by president Ahmed Bola Tinubu to fish out perpetrators of the heinous crime against humanity which occurred on the Christmas Eve (24th December, 2023) in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government areas of Plateau.

The Police IG made this known while in a condolence visit to Plateau.

According to him, “I am in Plateau state for the second time within six months, and this time around on the sad note to condole with the Government and people of Plateau state on the sad event that took place on Christmas Eve. I am also here to give confidence to the people that are affected areas and the people of Plateau state generally.

“We have increase our deployment as directed by President Tinubu. Deployment of tactical unit to go into those affected areas and other areas. I have a specific instruction of Mr president to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act and to ensure that the killings in this state stop and that is what were committed to. We have started deploying adequately, were responding appropriately to this incident, and were not going to swept the matter under the carpet. Were deploying all our resources to ensure this doesn’t happen in Plateau again.

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“The operation will be commenced in this state today with deployment of the tactical unit. You can see me coming with the DIG Operation, the DIG Intelligent is here with me, the AIG is here with me, the AIG of the zone is also here with me. The AIG of the zone has been order to relocate to Plateau until we record success on the operation that were starting today.

This special operation that were starting today will found the nucleus of our special intervention squad. I have made it public previously that, the special intervention squad is going to commenced in ten (10) pilot state in Nigeria including Plateau state. This special intervention that started today form the nucleus of that in Plateau state and I believe with this we are going to dominate the affected areas and ensure the criminals are brought to book and they do not come back for any attack again.”

He said the exercise is not aiming at any tribe or religion but stabilizing the security of the state, calling on people citizens to work in corporation with the security to enable them achieve success.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang while appreciating the police Inspector General over the condolence and his subsequent confirmation by the National security as IG believed his coming on board will restore confidence on Nigerians to ensure internal security is sustain looking at his track records of achievement.

Governor Mutfwang laments that because of overzealous of some security some traumatized victims becomes a skip goat, advised that in dealing with the perpetrators, more attention should focus on knowing their sponsors.

He thanked president Tinubu for working the talk and other service chiefs who are up and doing to deal with situation.

He expressed confidence that Plateau would regain its status as a home of peace and tourism.

President of Plateau Traditional council of Chiefs and Emirs, Gbong Gwom Jos, His Royal Majesty, Da Jacob Gyang Buba have plead with President Tinubu to equip the Nigerian Police Force with modern technologies, training and capacity building.

The monarch said it is very unfortunate the terrorists are gathering momentum on daily basis by their sponsors while Nigeria security architecture continue backsliding.
While praying for the IG and his men, he call for speedy completion of Police Mobile Barrack in Gashish district of Barkin-Ladi local government that is under construction.


Reports: Danagundi receives petition on misappropriation by former NPC DG




The Director General of the National Productivity Centre Dr Baffa Babba Danagundi has received a petition of misappropriation by the former Director General of the centre Dr Nasir Olaitan Raji Mustapha

The content of the petition sighted by this paper centred on the misappropriation of 2.5% administrative charges on the staff of the agency in which the staff were given a token of 100,000 each after a bitter complaint.

The petition alleged that the DG was not alone in this gross misconduct but with the support of the agency’s head of account as well as the Director of procurement.

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The former DG also purchased old vehicles for the agency while approval was given for new ones.

It further alleged the compromising of an audit report which was recently conducted in the agency during his tenure as Director General.

A staff of the agency who pleaded for anonymity confirmed to this paper that the Director General of the centre has received the petition but hasn’t spoken about it.

“Let’s wait for next week to hear from the DG but he has received the petition a day after his assumption to office, it is on his table”. The source said.

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NUJ Inaugurates Oasis Magazine Chapel




By Daniel Dafe

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has inaugurated a new chapel in Delta State, Oasis Magazine Chapel.

The brief ceremony took place at the DELSU Staff Club, Site 1, Abraka on Friday.

Speaking during the event, Chairman, Delta NUJ, Comrade Churchill Oyovwe, said: “It is with immense pleasure and a deep sense of responsibility that I stand before you today on this momentous occasion. Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State Council, as we officially recognize and celebrate the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel by our esteemed national secretariat.”

According to him, “the establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is not just a testament to the growth and dynamism of journalism in Delta State, but also a reflection of our collective commitment to upholding the highest standards of journalistic integrity, professionalism, and ethical reporting,” adding: “It is a beacon of hope and a symbol of our unwavering dedication to the principles of truth, accountability, and the public good.”

He continued: “As we gather here today, we are reminded of the critical role that journalism plays in our society. In an era where information is both a powerful tool and a potential weapon, the responsibility that rests on our shoulders as journalists is immense. We are the watchdogs of democracy, the voice of the voiceless, and the defenders of truth. The establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is a reaffirmation of our pledge to these noble ideals.”

While commending Oasis Magazine Chapel for their perseverance, dedication and hard work that have culminated in this remarkable achievement, he said: “Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and today, we celebrate your success and the bright future that lies ahead.”

Speaking further, Oyowe, said: “In line with our commitment to ensuring a smooth and effective transition, a caretaker committee will be set up to midwife the executive of the chapel. This committee will be tasked with the responsibility of laying a solid foundation for the chapel, ensuring that it operates by the guidelines and principles of the NUJ. I have full confidence in the abilities of the members of this committee to steer the chapel toward a path of excellence and distinction.

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“As we embark on this new journey, I urge all members of the Oasis Magazine Chapel to remain steadfast in their commitment to the core values of our profession. Let us continue to strive for accuracy, fairness, and impartiality in our reporting. Let us be guided by the principles of ethical journalism and remain vigilant in our duty to serve the public interest.”

Furthermore, he appreciated the national secretariat for their unwavering support and for granting the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel.

“Together, let us continue to work towards a brighter and more prosperous future for journalism in Delta State and beyond. Let us uphold the legacy of excellence that the NUJ represents and remain committed to the pursuit of truth and justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his remarks, Secretary of the union in the state, Comrade Victor Sorokwu, described the event as “a very historic, remarkable milestone not just in NUJ Delta Council but in the life of the new administration.”

In his words, “this will be the first chapel that will be created in the past fifteen years outside Asaba, if not twenty years outside of Asaba.”

He humorously added: “If e dey easy, some of us for don create chapel finish.”
Adding that this is “a bold and courageous disposition of the administration led by Comrade Churchill to undertake this development and expansionist policy of NUJ Delta State Council.”

“We use to be sixteen. Today the council will become eighteen chapels. That is what we have come to do today so for us it is very important, it is a milestone, It is historic and very remarkable.

Speaking on behalf of the caretaker committee, Daniel Umukoro, said with the chapel coming on board, history has been made in the university town and the Delta Central senatorial district, being the first chapel that is an offshoot of a media house in the area.

He said that since the news of the chapel got to town, many graduates of Mass Communication have since indicated interest to work with Oasis Magazine and also be part of the NUJ.

He continued: “This chapel will revolutionise journalism in the area and beyond. We already have the backing of several stakeholders in the area and others will be visited soon to seek their support and backing.

While thanking God for making the project come to reality, he applauded the Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Festus Ahon and the immediate past Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government Area, Hon. (Pharm.) Victor Ofobrukueta for their support while Oasis Magazine sought approval for the new chapel.

“We will not let those looking up to us and those that believe in Oasis Magazine down,” he said.

Speaking further, he said Oasis Magazine has been doing its bit in contributing to the field of journalism and nation building, but added that with this chapel coming to light, another feather has been added to the cap of Oasis Magazine, saying this will motivate the team to do even more and set the pace for others to follow.

“It’s a great day for the media business and the practice of journalism,” he averred.

Also present during the occasion was the Auditor, Delta NUJ, Celestine Afokobah.

Members of the new chapel that graced the event include Daniel Umukoro, Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Felix Okotie, Secretary, Caretaker Committee, Joy Enamuotor, Member, Caretaker Committee, Ambrose Ologide, Vivian Erivwode, Franklin Ogude, Endurance Akpomiemie and Oseji Rufus.

The inaugurations of Oasis Magazine and Fresh Angle chapels bring the total number of chapels in the state to 18.

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PDP Chieftain Lauds Governors’ Forum Decision on Adherence to Electoral Guidelines





A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ibrahim Ali Amin “Little,” has lauded the decision of the party’s governors’ forum to ensure that the constitution and laid-down guidelines on the election of party executives are followed strictly in the forthcoming state, local government, and ward congresses.

The Kano PDP chieftain explained that the governors’ position taken at their just-concluded meeting in Enugu has established the fact that the party is committed to reclaiming Nigeria come the 2027 general election.

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Ali-Amin, a grassroots mobilizer and former gubernatorial candidate in Kano, said staging free, fair, and transparent congresses will also attract more Nigerians to join the party, pointing out that Nigerians have more hope in PDP than in any other political party.

While urging all party members in Kano to join hands in moving PDP forward, the chieftain expressed hope that the party leadership will adhere strictly to the provisions of the party’s congresses and electoral guidelines in the forthcoming congress and election of the Kano executives.

He also reiterated his resolve to continue to work for the PDP at all levels for ultimate victory, noting that Nigerians need to be salvaged from the current hardship through sincere and committed leadership, which the PDP is set to provide.

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