Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Particular Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has apologised for spreading pretend information on the variety of college students that had been kidnapped on the Authorities Science Faculty in Kankara, Katsina State, final week Friday.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how gunmen on December 11 invaded the general public college and kidnapped over 300 college students.
The kidnap incident triggered outrage on social media with many Nigerians calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the navy chiefs instantly.
Whereas the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, confirmed that over 300 college students had been lacking after the assault, Mr Shehu advised BBC Hausa on December 14 that solely 10 college students had been taken away by the gunmen.
In the meantime, six days after their abduction, the 344 kidnapped college students had been freed and it grew to become clear that Mr Shehu misinformed the general public.
The scholars on Friday met with President Buhari in Katsina and a few of them additionally shared their experiences whereas with the gunmen.
Following a backlash on social media, Mr Shehu took to Twitter on Friday night to apologise for sharing unverified info regardless of being a prime aide to Mr Buhari whose administration has repeatedly vowed to self-discipline purveyors of pretend information.
“I apologize for the inaccurate communication citing that solely 10 college students had been kidnapped on the science college, Kankara. This communication of numbers was supplied by individuals that ought to ideally know. These numbers had been seen to battle with what was obtainable at the moment.”
“Please perceive that this communication was on no account carried out to downplay the seriousness of the scenario. Please settle for my honest apologies on this matter as we proceed to maneuver our nice Nation Nigeria ahead. Thanks”, he wrote on Twitter.
Federal Excessive Court docket Ruling on IMC: Buhari ought to cease the charade at NDDC
Group referred to as Niger Delta Renaissance Coalition, Thursday suggested President Muhammadu Buhari to comply with the legislation and inaugurate a Governing Board for the Niger Delta Growth Fee, NDDC, in an effort to avert the looming anarchy that may befall the fee.
Disclosing this in a press release despatched to Vanguard by the group’s Nationwide Chairman, Comrade Damian Nwikinaka, the group opined that “It’s shameful that the lies and plots undertaken by the Niger Delta Minister in hijacking the Niger Delta Growth Fee have come to a shameful denouement in two unlawful heads laying declare to the headship of the company.
“The most recent embarrassment is from the ruling of the Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Abuja which mentioned in plain phrases that the Federal Authorities lied in stating that it (the courtroom) gave a restraining order in opposition to the Interim Administration Committee imposed on the NDDC, on which foundation Chief Akpabio prompted one among his former aides, Mr Effiong Okon Akwa, to take over as sole administrator.
“In appointing Mr Effiong Okon Akwa as the only administrator of the NDDC, the minister had claimed that the Court docket gave a particular restraining order in opposition to the IMC. On the time he made that imposition of Mr Effiong Akwa in December 2020, we had identified the absurdity in changing an unlawful appointment with an equally unlawful appointment.
“Each the IMC and the only administrator are unlawful appointments as they’re unknown to the NDDC Act of 2000 as amended, which prescribes that the NDDC shall be managed by a Governing Board with membership from the 9 constituent states.
“The discover saying Mr Effiong Okon Akwa as sole administrator, which was made by the Particular Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, claimed that: “The event turned mandatory on account of a plethora of litigation and a restraining order issued just lately in opposition to the Interim Administration Committee of the NDDC by a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja.”
“Nevertheless, the courtroom in a declaration made on Wednesday, January 20, mentioned “that there was no order for interim injunction (in opposition to the IMC) granted by this courtroom”. In impact, the federal authorities acted on a non-existent order.
“It needs to be clear to all now that the Minister within the pursuit of his egocentric agenda has bastardised the administration and stability of fee.
“It was clear to us and perceptive Niger Deltans that the appointment of Mr Effiong Okon Akwa was a part of the minister’s trick to drive personally management and applicable the assets of the NDDC via his cronies.
“President Buhari ought to put a cease to this charade by inaugurating the Governing Board of the Fee as supplied for within the NDDC Act. The unlucky and unwholesome improvement the place each an unlawful IMC and an unlawful sole administrator will now be laying declare to the headship of the NDDC is sickening and should not be permitted any additional.
“Since October 2019, the Fee has been riddled with instability, corruption, mismanagement and monetary recklessness on a grand scale, whereas the company has deserted its objectives and obligation to the Niger Delta individuals. This should not proceed.
“We name on President Buhari to stem the slide to anarchy on the NDDC orchestrated by its supervising minister.
“Mr President ought to as a matter of urgency comply with the legislation and inaugurate a Governing Board for the Fee to place an finish to this descent to anarchy on the NDDC.”
Ogundele chides Makinde, Oyinlola on go to to Daniel
James Ogunnaike, ABEOKUTA
The Individuals’s Democratic Occasion (PDP) in Ogun State on Thursday cautioned the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to cease meddling into the affairs of the celebration within the state, however relatively, he ought to discover technique of placing his ‘home’ so as.
The State celebration Chairman, Dr Sikirulahi Ogundele, who stated this in an announcement whereas reacting to the go to of Makinde and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to former Governor Gbenga Daniel described the go to as a mere jamboree.
Makinde in the course of the go to to Daniel on Wednesday pleaded with the previous governor to take over the construction of PDP within the state for peace to reign.
The Ogun State Chairman of PDP, Dr. Sikirulah Ogundele in an announcement on Thursday in Abeokuta, described Makinde ‘s go to with former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to Daniel, as a mere private go to.
Ogundele condemned the go to by Makinde and the Oyinlola led factional South-West Zonal Reconciliation Committee, saying the go to was pointless as a result of members of the celebration within the state have began the method of reconciling their variations and able to work collectively for its success in 2023.
He stated the governor ought to be extra involved about reconciling his variations with leaders of the celebration in Oyo State and cease meddling into the interior affairs of the celebration in Ogun State.
“Our Dedicated leaders within the state and reconciliation committee are working tirelessly to resolve variations amongst our members, to make sure a united and powerful platform that can take over governance within the state in 2023”, he assured.
Ogundele who doubles as Chairman of South West PDP Chairmen Discussion board, re-assured members of the celebration to be calmed and shouldn’t be bothered in regards to the go to of Makinde with some leaders throughout the zone to the previous governor in Sagamu.
Present the world that you simply’re father of all regardless of ethnic affiliation, Ondo Monarchs inform Buhari
— Farmers, drivers, forest guards protest in Ondo, again Akeredolu’s order to herders
— Akeredolu’s give up discover, good intention, will safe lives, properties — Ondo lawmakers, Agunloye
Dayo Johnson, Dapo Akinrefon
MONARCHS in Ondo state have requested President Muhammad Buhari to indicate the world that he’s the daddy of all regardless of ethnic affiliation.
They have been reacting to the assertion by the Presidential aide Garuba Sheu kicking towards the seven-day ultimatum given to herdsmen to vacate authorities forest reserves throughout the state.
In the meantime, farmers, drivers, forest guards, merchants have staged a peaceable protest in help of the give up discover issued herdsmen to vacate authorities forest reserves throughout the state by governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The protesters displayed varied placards in help of the eviction of the herdsmen within the forest reserves.
Recall that the state governor Rotimi Akeredolu issued a give up discover to the herdsmen in all of the states Forest reserves and asking these but to register to take action forthwith.
Talking with newsmen in Akure after an emergency assembly of the state council of Chiefs, the Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Momoh who spoke on behalf of different monarchs mentioned they supported the governors ” directive to unregistered herders to vacate authorities forest reserves.
Oba Momoh referred to as “on President Muhammudu Buhari to indicate the world that he’s the daddy of all regardless of ethnic affiliation.
He urged the President to advise his aides to all the time train restraints on points that border on the present insecurity within the nation.
The monarchs additionally condemned the deliberate try by some individuals to twist the governor‘s clear directive in respect of presidency forest reserves.
They mentioned Fulanis like some other ethnic teams are free to reside and conduct their professional companies anyplace within the nation together with Ondo state.
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