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Umahi vows to fight corruption if elected president

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Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State on Thursday said he would fight corruption to a stand-still, if elected president in 2023.

Mr Umahi said this while addressing a crowd of All Progressives Congress (APC) members and supporters at Abakaliki.

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The crowd came out to welcome him after his visit to inform President Muhammadu Buhari about his presidential aspiration.

He told the people that the cardinal thrust of his administration, if elected president, would be to fight corruption, build infrastructure and deepen the nation’s economy.

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He said that corruption was stifling the nation’s economic growth.

According to him, there will be no meaningful progress until the leadership of this country sits in a round-table to chat the way forward.

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Mr Umahi said, “It is time for the leaders to sit down in a round-table. This is the time to repent and build a future for our children and grandchildren.

“It is not about Mr President, it is not about the governor. The led, have a lot to do.

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“It is a question of turning away from our sinful ways and turning away from self and knowing that it is appointed unto man to die but once, after that judgment.”

He said his administration would focus on how to deepen the gains made by Mr Buhari’s administration.

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He further said he would devote more efforts towards improving other critical sectors of the economy, if voted into office.

The governor also spoke on his meeting with the president, saying he re-echoed the recent appeal by the Igbo leaders for the president to pursue political solution to the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

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“I went and I saw the father of the nation and the leader of our great party, APC.

“And let me announce that the president, leader of our party and lover of Ebonyi, will be coming to Ebonyi in March.

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“It is going to be a historic visit and Ebonyi will never be the same thereafter,” Mr Umahi said.

He reaffirmed his belief in one indivisible, united Nigeria, where fairness, justice and equity would reign.

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“Let nobody be afraid of Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction.

“Igbo men are builders, we are not destroyers and it is my position and that of South-east governors that anybody found disturbing the peace of the zone should be crushed,” he said.

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The governor gave assurance that the ongoing projects initiated by his administration would not suffer setbacks because of his presidential project.

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‘Thank You Visit’: Buhari lauds Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s legacy projects

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the newly-commissioned roads in eOgun Stat will cut travel time considerably, lauding incumbent Governor Dapo Abiodun for being diligent on security and other projects that touch the lives of the people. 

Buhari made the disclosure Friday when he received illustrious citizens of the Gateway State at State House Abuja, who had come to show appreciation for the visit the President paid their State a fortnight ago.

The President in his remark recalled that he began his military career in Abeokuta as a Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army, “so I will always see Ogun as home.”

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He appreciated Aremo Olusegun Osoba, a former Governor of the State, who was in the delegation, saying “we have known each other for a very long time.”

A statement signed by the President Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, quoted Governor Abiodun as saying that the visit was to “express appreciation for the love you have shown our State, and your visit has reassured us that you love our people, and you will continue to give us deserving support.”

He assured that he would continue to make life abundant for the people of Ogun State, through adequate security and economic emancipation.

The Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Chairman of the Council of Obas in his speech said: “Your visit was monumental. We are glad that you are part of the history of our State. I bring you the greetings and appreciation of the more than 300 Obas in Ogun.”

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Other members of the delegation were Alhaja Salimot Badru, a former deputy governor, and Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa, a foremost industrialist.

 

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Mother takes her 2 underage daughters, other girls to bandits in forest for sex

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A 39-year-old housewife and mother of six who was arrested for her involvement with bandits has revealed how she offered two of her daughters and other girls as sex slaves for Bandits.

The woman who made her confession to ‘The Sun’, said she was handsomely paid N30,000 and N50,000 for a round of sex the girls were subjected to.

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According to her, she helped the group with their chores, shopping, as well as taking care of their wives who just put to bed.

Maryam, who claimed that said she did all these because of money, added that she helped the terrorists to do most of their shopping to avoid being arrested by security agents who are on their trail.

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Her full narration has been shared below;

I was introduced into the kidnapping business by one of my brothers who introduced me to one of his friends who later became my boyfriend. I decided to date him because my husband was not taking care of me, but this my boyfriend was doing that and gave me lots of money.

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I used to go and visit him in the camp in the bush where we have sex. In the cause of our dating, he told me one day to get him some girls for his colleagues because they used to feel somehow whenever they see us together.

So, I introduced some girls from our village to them and after they visited them and spent the night with them, they told me they gave them N50,000, and I felt that my daughters too should make money also.

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So I brought two of my daughters; one is 17 and the other is 15, and they started dating the bandits and they were giving them money and that way some of the burdens I have like feeding them and clothing them, reduced on me.

When they saw that I love my boyfriend and that I was very loyal to the group, they started sending me to start doing their shopping because they are afraid that the police people and soldiers will arrest them. I used to carry plenty of money to the market and even go to the chemist to buy them drugs whenever they are sick or had injuries.

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Apart from running errands for them, I also carry out surveillance and tell them who to kidnap to make money. Sometimes, I even arrange for them to kidnap some of the girls I bring for them as sex slaves and when their family members pay the ransom, they give me my own share.”

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