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Okorocha: No alliance with Ihedioha to sack Uzodimma

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Former Imo Governor Senator Rochas Okorocha has denied forming an alliance with immediate past Governor Emeka Ihedioha to sack Governor Hope Uzodimma.

The Imo West Senator maintained the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the state is a house he built at the risk of his political career, stating he would do nothing to bring it down.

He was reacting to an allegation by Director General Imo APC Media Centre, Cajetan Duke, who claimed: “Another frivolous and mischievous court case allegedly instituted by Mr. Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of the former Governor Rochas Okorocha, challenging the victory of our Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma wherein the former is claiming to have been validly nominated by the APC as its 2019 governorship candidate while praying the court to declare the candidate of PDP, Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the State.

This has really confirmed that Okorocha and his in-law are indeed selfish”.

Okorocha, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Sam Onwuemeodo, described the claim of alliance with Ihedioha as completely false.

He said: “To say the least, Okorocha is not in alliance with Ihedioha for removing Governor Uzodinma or for any other reason. Those behind the story should stop making a mockery of the APC or the State.

“Senator Rochas Okorocha cannot destroy what he had labored to build at the risk of his political career.

“He planted the seed of APC in Imo, nurtured it to maturity and it has continued to bear fruits.

“Those who have benefited from this vision only need to appreciate and acknowledge who God used to make it possible.”

Okorocha stated Uche Nwosu is not in any court over the 2019 governorship election.

“To the best of our knowledge, only two cases are in court to that effect. One, instituted by the governorship candidate of Reformed And Advancement Party (RAP), Barr. Kingdom Okere at the Federal High Court, Abuja, and the one taken to the Supreme Court by Chief Philip Umeadi (SAN) on behalf of Chief Ihedioha.

“In the two cases, Uche Nwosu is neither the plaintiff nor a party in any of them. It is now left for those behind the story of an alliance to tell us the particular court the Nwosu case, they had talked about, is.”

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Enforce Public Procurement Laws – CSOs tells Buhari

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Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center CISLAC has called for the enforcement of public procurement laws in all contract bidding especially one that has to do with international organisations.

Citing the Process and Industrial Developments Limited P&ID case, the agency said the international scam would not have been possible if due diligence was followed and public officials, patriotic and honest.

The agency also decried the connivance by Nigeria public officers with foreign companies to defraud the country of monies that could be spent on providing basic amenities for the citizens.

While lamenting the non interest of National Assembly in the case, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa expressed regrets over efforts by the lawyers representing the country to frustrate the case.

The CSO commended the proposed Database for recovered assets, but however called on the government clarify if the database will be accessible to the ordinary citizens.

CISLAC therefore called on citizens to continue to hold public officers accountable.

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Nigerian Navy deploys 6 warships, 60 gunboats for operation in 4 States

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The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday deployed troops on board six warships and 60 gunboats for a special military exercise.

The drill targets pirates, oil smugglers and other criminalizes in the nation’s waters.

Rear Admiral David Adeniran, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Calabar, made the announcement.

He spoke at the flag-off of the exercise in Onne, Rivers State

The operation code-named, ‘Exercise Sanga Sung,’ means ‘Safe Transit’ in Ibibio dialect.

The States to be covered are Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers.

The commander explained the operation would consolidate ‘Exercises Bekan Mmon I and II’

Adeniran added that the purpose was to train personnel and check the state of preparedness of fleets.

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Buhari reports Boko Haram, bandits to UN

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the international community that Nigeria was still battling Boko Haram and bandits.

Buhari’s message was contained in his pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He urged countries to take a strong action against illicit flow of small arms and light weapons.

“Nigeria remains deeply concerned over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly on the continent of Africa. In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits,” he said.

He noted that Nigeria counts on cooperation with neighbours and UN counter-terrorism bodies to overcome terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel Region.

The President said his administration will sustain the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North-East.

On COVID-19, the Nigerian leader added his voice to supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.

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