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EFCC Raid: Allow Ambode To Move On, Says Babatope

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EFCC Raid: Allow Ambode To Move On, Says Babatope

By Augustine Akhilomen

Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport on Tuesday condemned the raid by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the residence of former governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, urging his political detractors to free him from intimidation.

Babatope, a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who spoke on the backdrop of the incident said he was in total sympathy with the embattled former governor, added that having been denied a second term and ministerial position, Ambode has been sufficiently punished and should be allowed to move on with his life.

“Honestly, I don’t understand this criminal rope on the freedom of individual in our democracy. What has Ambode done to them? Having denied him governorship and ministerial positions, why can’t they allow him move on with his life?”

“What has he done that they are witch-hunting him? I am in total sympathy with Ambode even though I don’t know him from Adam. I think they have punished him sufficiently and they should allow him to go and enjoy the remaining part of his life” he said.

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FG Takes Delivery Of Final Batch Of Tucano Jets

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The federal government said it has taken delivery of the final batch of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets expected from the United States.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he featured on a phone-in television programme “This Morning,’’ monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“All the 12 Super Tucano fighter jets have been received. As at this morning(yesterday), all the 12 were here and they have been deployed to the North-East.

“We can see that the Tucano jets are actually game changer.

“Most of the successes we have recorded in recent time is because of the acquisition of the new platforms, not limited to the super Tucano,’’ he said.

The minister said with the recent notable successes recorded by the military on insecurity, he was amused by a story on Monday that the Nigerian Air Force paid N20 million to bribe bandits so that they would not bring down the president’s aircraft.

“Fortunately, the Air Force immediately debunked this because this exposes their ignorance.

“Between Zamfara, Katsina, parts of Kaduna and Niger states, there are about 150 bandit camps. Who then was the money given to?

“It does not make any sense and it is because they do not understand how bandits operate that is why they can peddle that kind of fake news,’’ he said.

Mohammed said with the improved security situation in the North-east and North-Central Zones the nation would experience improved food security.

“If you observe what is happening of recent, you can see heightened activities in the agricultural area.

“This is because of the superior fire power of the military which is now making it possible for people to go to their farms, especially in the North East.

“They have been able to put the criminals at bay,’’ he said.

The minister gave an assurance that the success of the military against terrorists and bandits would be sustained.

He therefore, solicited the cooperation and support of Nigerians for the sustenance of the military action.

The Nigerian Air Force on July 22 took delivery of the first batch of six of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States.

The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who made the announcement, said the aircraft arrived in Kano.

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#EndSARS: Lagos Official To Youths: Protect Public Assets Against Vandalism

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Mr Olufunsho Elulade, General Manager, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), on Tuesday appealed to youths to protect public infrastructure in their locality against any act of vandalism.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Elulade said that public infrastructure were provided with taxpayers’ money, “so destroying them amount to hurting ourselves”.

Elulade was speaking against the backdrop of the damage done to LSMTL offices in Ojodu during the 2020 #EndSARS protests.

He said that the damage was minimal because some members of the public stopped hoodlums who hijacked the protest from wrecking further havoc on the facility and its operational vehicles.

He said operational vehicles of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation which shared the same compound with LSMTL were razed.

Elulade, a chartered highways and transportation expert who was part of the team that designed the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Lagos, lamented the wanton destruction of the buses and other critical infrastructure.

He said the buses, buildings and other vandalised assets had direct benefits to youths and all other residents of Lagos.

“The youths should know that these BRT buses were bought to ease their movement from point ‘A’ to ‘B’, why would they destroy facilities that bring them comfort?”
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Elulade urged Lagos residents to make infrastructure protection a collective responsibility.

He said that Lagos population kept growing daily, thus increasing pressure on government to keep improving and upgrading existing infrastructure.

According to him, destruction of assets amounts to slowing down progress for all residents.

He urged the EndSARS campaigners to tread with caution as their demand had been met by Federal Government’s disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in 2020.

The general manager also called for continued education and public sensitisation on the need for collaboration towards building a vibrant state and nation to transform Lagos into a 21st century economy.

NAN reports that the October 2020 #EndSARS protest against police brutality was hijacked leaving horrifying trails in Lagos and some parts of the country. (NAN)

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Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges, Says Obasanjo

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Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has charged Nigerians not to lose hope in the survival of the country.

Obasanjo said Nigeria, against all odds, will overcome the myriad of challenges it is presently facing.

He said if our forefathers were faced with similar challenges in their time and were able to get over them, then we will also overcome them.

The elder statesman spoke during a courtesy visit paid to him by the Coordinator of Christ Apostolic Church Prayer Camp, Ikeji Arakeji, Prophet Sam Olu Alo, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The cleric paid the courtesy visit to the former President after the morning session of a power-packed programme held at the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Isale Ake, Abeokuta with the theme: “The God of Our Fathers”.

Chief Obasanjo who posited that the theme of the programme was timely, commended the forefathers of faith.

According to him, the great faith in God as exhibited by our forefathers is all that is needed to weather the storm.

Quoting various bible passages including John 16 verse 32 to back up his words, Obasanjo said, “Even our forefathers had their own problems and challenges but they overcame the challenges.

‘We also have our own challenges but I believe that what we are passing through in Nigeria presently, we will overcome in Jesus’ precious name”.

Responding, Prophet Olu Alo appreciated Chief Obasanjo for his great efforts at building our great country Nigeria.

He prayed to God to grant good health and long life to the former leader for him to continually offer advice that will help in the development of the country.

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