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Kukah denies DSS invitation

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From Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has described the news of his invitation by the Department of State Service (DSS) as untrue and fake.

Director Social Communication Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Christopher Omotosho, while speaking on behalf of the Catholic bishop, also advised the public to ignore the rumour.

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He said the news that the bishop was summoned for questioning by the DSS regarding his Christmas message cannot be true because the bishop is yet to receive either call or mail from the DSS.

The social media was awash, at the weekend, with stories of the summoning of the bishop by the DSS, a situation that has elicited relations from many Nigerians.

The youth wing of the Christians Association of Nigeria had earlier in a response threatened to mobilise Christian youths across the nation to accompany the bishop to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.

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He, however, advised the public to discard the rumour as the bishop is yet to receive any letter either via mail or hardcopy or telephone call inviting him for any questioning whatsoever.

Meanwhile, Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), yesterday, advised Kukah not to honour any invitation over his Christmas message.

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They observed that notable Nigerians who were invited by the DSS in a similar way were being silenced.

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SOKAPU National Youth Leader, Issac John Sirjay, in a statement yesterday, while reacting to the invitation, described it as a plot to silence him over his comments in recent times.

Following this, SOKAPU youths advised Kukah not to honour the purported invitation, saying some Nigerians have fallen victim to such invitation.

The group mentioned former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, as a victim of DSS invitation.

“It observed how the operations in recent times extended invitations to some people who had at one time or the other accepted invitations, particularly persons considered to be critical of leadership style of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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“We mourned the sudden demise of Mailafia of blessed memory who until his death was a dogged critic of this administration and a regular visitor at one of the DSS facilities.”

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Pictorial: Sanwo-Olu inspects newly acquired speed trains

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, inspected the newly acquired Talgo 330kmph speed train for the Red Line Metro project in Lagos.

The Governor in a post on his Facebook Page said, “The 37 kilometres Red Line on completion will traverse eight stations and move passengers from Agbado to Oyingbo.”

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APC convention: Stakeholders warn against electing indicted persons as chairman

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From Fred Itua, Abuja

Ahead of the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for February 26, the South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has warned leaders of the party not to elect some individuals in the race who have been indicted for some financial crimes by anti-corruption agencies.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, the national coordinator of the group, Preye Wilson, warned that the ruling party does not need a national chairman that will be dragging in and out of the anti-corruption agencies’ offices to explain their dealings in the past.

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Wilson said it is time for the ruling party to deviate from past experiences of electing the former governor as national chairman.

While making reference to a media report titled: “APC faces integrity test, five chairmanship aspirants on EFCC radar,” the South-south forum warned that if any of these allegedly indicted chairmanship aspirants is elected as a national chairman the party will be easily blackmailed by the opposition parties and other critics.

The South-South forum, however, urged the party delegates and leaders at all levels to consider a brilliant Senator Mohammed Sani Musa’s integrity, track records, firmness and simplicity among those parading themselves as chairmanship aspirants in APC.

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“For us in the South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum, we believe that the best way the ruling party can continue to discourage corruption as clearly stated in the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari is to elect a new national chairman that’s free of EFCC or ICPC cases.

He said: “We also note that since the successful merger process the produced the ruling APC former governors have had enough time. From our father former governor of Osun state Chief Bisi Akande, who was succeeded by another former governor of Edo state Chief John Odigie Oyegun and later to another former governor of Edo state Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, we feel it is time to try a Senator and a competent hand at that.

“We, therefore, appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President and Speaker, former and serving governors, and all the APC leaders at all levels to support the aspiration of Senator Mohammed Sani Musa from Niger state to emerge the next national chairman of APC.

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“This we believe that governing APC will not regret. We have taken our time to investigate all the aspirants, we have listened to them on various platforms and also read about their plans for the party and therefore come to a conclusion that Senator representing Niger East is currently the best to lead an anti-corruption political party among other indices.”

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