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Monarchs hail Okowa for immortalizing oldest Nigerian Professor

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From Paul Osuyi, Asaba

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Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council has hailed the decision of the state government to immortalise one of it’s members, the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien.

Edozien, a Professor of Medicine, is the oldest living professor in any discipline across Nigeria.

He had the recently commissioned sprawling central secretariat for civil servants in the state named after him by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

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Okowa explained that the honour was in recognition of his accomplishments in the medical profession and his disposition to peace-building and peaceful coexistence among the different ethnic nationalities of the state.

Rising from its meeting in Asaba, the council described the secretariat complex as a landmark project, saying that naming it after Edozien was indicative of the understanding, respect and love between the traditional institution and the state government.

Reading the communiqué at the end of the meeting, chairman of the council and the Obi of Owa, Emmanuel Efeizomor II, also lauded the state Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu for extending radio coverage across the state to provide information on government activities.

The monarchs congratulated the Olu of Warri, Atuwatse III on his ascension to the throne, and urged him to sustain the positive steps taken so far to promote peace, unity and progress in the kingdom.

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On the communal crisis in Evwreni in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, the royal fathers enjoined the panel set up by the state government to proffer lasting solution to the dispute.

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0sun 2022: Beware of political robbers, Oyetola warns party members 

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From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

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Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has warned members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), not to fall victim of political robbers that are promising them loan because of election.

He said the promise is a deceit to collect their card and deny them the opportunity to elect their choice in the coming primary election.

Speaking at Ikire during the consultation visit to Irewole/Isokan/Ayedaade federal constituency, Oyetola warned politicians that are sharing loan form to desist from receiving people.

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He said, “I want to appeal to you to keep your party registration card. We learnt that some dishonest people have printed form that they will give you loan. Do not fall for their tricks. They wanted to collect what you have with their lies. The loan they did not give you about two years ago, election is near and they now think of sharing loan. Don’t let them collect it from you.”

Oyetola who was hosted by his deputy, Benedict Alabi and his Commissioner for Finance, Bola Oyebamiji, boasted of victory in the coming primary election.

Maintaining that he is ready for any method the party may want to use for the primary, Oyetola said, “whether direct or indirect, we are confident.”

“Let your meeting be regular. If you see any stranger in your meeting, quickly raise alarm. We don’t know their plan. I’m happy there is no unit that we don’t recognise one another.

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“They have collected form for me to contest for second term. I am confident because God and party members are behind me. I am bold that God gave me the opportunity to serve better. God helped me to do what people think we won’t be able to do. I’m happy. I don’t know we have done so much like that. I’m fulfilling my promises. I still have a lot to do with the help of God,” he added.

“Workers should not fear. Some people have been saying whether I will continue with the regular payment of salary if I’m reelected. It is a covenant I made with God. It is not my power, it is God. I don’t have any fear about governance,” Oyetola boasted.

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Kano lawmaker, Danja pays N40m ransom to secure mother’s release

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A lawmaker in the Kano State House of Assembly, Isyaku Ali Danja has paid N40 million ransom to secure the release of his mother from kidnappers.

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Hajiya Zainab was abducted on January 12 at her residence in Gezawa local government area of Kano by gunmen.

According to Arewa Radio 93.1, the lawmaker paid N40 million ransom to the kidnappers to get his mother released.

Danja represents Gezawa Local Government at the House of Assembly where he currently serve as the Majority Leader, after he had once served as Speaker of the House.

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Danja’s mother was released in Jigawa State by her abductors.

Friends of the lawmaker are rejoicing that his mother has been set free by the kidnappers.

According to Hon Lajin Adam Tajo, “All praise is due to Allah, God is great. May God reveal the mother of Isyaku Ali Danja. May God protect the future.”

Hajiya Zainab was abducted around midnight of Tuesday, January 12. Sources said the assailants entered Hajiya Zainab’s house in Gezawa Local Government Area around 1:00 pm armed, forcing the occupants to be taken to her room.

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