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Finance minister, govt officials pay condolence visit to home of late NBS CEO

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From Isaac Anumihe, Abuja

The home of the former Statistician-General of the Federation (SG) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Dr Simon Harry, has paid host to mourners from all walks of life.

His Apo Legislative Quarters in Abuja witnessed a ceaseless and uncommon flow of vehicle traffic, a development that sent unusual signals to residents of the area.

The chief mourner and the supervising minister of the agency, Zainab Ahmed was one of the dignitaries that visited the family, yesterday.

Others are top government functionaries, staff and directors of the agency who commiserated with the family.

Meanwhile, the premises of NBS as at yesterday, was like a ghost town as most staff of the bureau were absent from work following the shock of the sudden death of their CEO.

One of the staff told Daily Sun that people would not report to the office for the next one week because they are yet to recover from the shock.

The car park was virtually empty, an indication that most directors and deputy directors were absent from work. It was gathered that most directors visited the family of their deceased Chief Executive Officer.

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The SG (who was loved by the staff of the bureau) died early on Wednesday, this week, of a heart attack.

He took ill on Saturday and was rushed to the hospital but he did not survive the bout.

Speaking with the Director, Communication and Public Relations Department of NBS, Mr Sunday Ichedi Joel, the SG was slightly indisposed on Saturday, last week and he was taken to the hospital where he gave up the ghost on Wednesday morning.

Harry took over from Dr Yemi Kale on August 31, 2001, as the Statistician-General of the Federation after Kale had served out his 10 years tenure.

While Kale was recruited from abroad by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government, in 2011 Harry grew from within the system.

To this extent, he understood the needs and aspirations of the staff and he did not waste time restructuring the place.

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Ekiti  :  Three burnt to death, two rescued as bus plunges into ditch

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Three persons were on Tuesday burnt to death and two rescued in Ilawe-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area of Ekiti State, when an 18- seater commercial bus plunged into a ditch and caught fire.

The incident happened in the sloppy outskirt of the town.

An eyewitness revealed that the bus was on a top speed and was said to have lost control before plunging into the big dungeon by the road side.

“Immediately it lost control, it swerved off the road and entered the ditch and caught fire.

“The intensity of the fire was high because the petrol in the bus had leaked and spilled immediately it entered the ditch .

“The five occupants who had been badly wounded could not rush out. They were trapped and three of them got burnt beyond recognition.

“The sympathisers and rescuers who were making efforts were able to save two other occupants who had sustained bodily injuries.

“The survivors have been taken to the hospital for medical attention”, he revealed.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the accident.

“Let me confirm that it happened in the early hours this morning.

“Five persons were in the vehicle, in the process, three of them got burnt to death. The remaining two were rescued to the hospital.

“Investigation has commenced into ascertaining the cause of the accident”, he said.

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Adebayo tasks govt on laws to punish lawlessness

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By Sunday Ani

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2023, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has called the National Assembly to enact laws that will ensure proper punishment for lawlessness and hateful conduct.

He said the call became imperative following the brutal murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu over an allegation of blasphemy in Sokoto last week.

Adebayo, who condemned the Sokoto killing on his official Tweeter handle stressed that when such laws are made, they must be enforced no matter whose ox is gored.

“We must stipulate laws and enforce them to combat hate and lawlessness. Justice must be done and seen to have been done in all cases, not just for the victim of today, but also for the overall safety and health of all. This is because perpetrators of today can be victims of tomorrow. We must speak up,” he said.

He noted that the role of leadership in a moment of crisis such as the one in Soko to is to understand the issues, find the truth, do justice and unite the people.

“We now understand the issue to be an inexcusable murder in reaction to religious provocation founded on ignorance and intolerance.

“We must avoid defaming all for the misdeeds of a few. We must not exploit anger and grief for any other motive than to seek justice and calm frayed nerves.

“We must not reignite age old disputes or expand cracks in our society. There are only two sides, law versus lawlessness,” he stated.

The SDP presidential hopeful also advised Nigerians to love one another and shelve regional or religious differences.

“At this moment, let us not be Muslims or Christians, North or South, East or West. Let us be human and humane. Let us seek justice and not revenge. Let us invoke the law with truth. Let us support the Sokoto State Government to restore order. Let us unite for justice,” he said

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