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Fayemi commissions Chukwuma Nwoha road in Owerri

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The Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has commissioned a major reconstructed road named after one of the young football stars from Imo Stare who made Nigeria proud by winning the under 17 world cup in China in 1985, Chukwuma Nwoha.

While commissioning the road, Dr. Fayemi congratulated Governor Hope Uzodimma on the good works he is doing in Imo State and for achieving the construction and reconstruction of very important roads that link up the Owerri Municipal to other Local Governments and States of the South East.

The Governor of Ekiti State said what Governor Uzodimma is doing in terms of infrastructure in Imo is in sync with the reason the people trusted him with their mandate and that Governor Uzodimma has shown huge and sincere commitment to the people of Imo State.

He appealed to the youths to help restore peace and shun violence and destruction of public and private property as such acts will never allow for development.

He acknowledged that though in a democracy the people have the right to show their grievances when things are not going well, “but they should not join hands with detractors to pull down good intentions of their leaders like the Governor of Imo State.”

Earlier in his address at the occasion, Governor Uzodimma said that “under a conducive environment devoid of violence and unnecessary distractions and malicious political shenanigans” his Government would deliver on its mandate to transform Imo State. 

He noted that “with peace and security Imo State will continue to march on triumphantly to better and better years ahead which signals the irreversible end to the days of sophocating hardship in Imo State.”

Governor Uzodimma used the opportunity to appeal to Nigerian youths to give peace a chance “by refraining from been willing tools in the hands of enemies of the States in particular and the Country large,” noting that “there can be no progress without peace.”

He also appealed to Nigerians and Imo in particular to recommit themselves to building an enduring society where we shall pursue our legitimate undertakings in peace.

The Governor thanked God that “the Chukwuma Nwoha road which has been abandoned for over 20 years has been recovered, rehabilitated and reconstructed as it is a veritable way of connecting MCC to Egbu Road; to Imo State University; Mbaise and Emekuku Roads; Okigwe Road; Orji and other Roads entering the State Capital.”

In his message of welcome, the State Commissioner for Works, Barr. Ralph Nwosu informed that commissioning of Chukwuma Nwoha Road brings the number of roads commissioned in the one year celebration of Senator Hope Uzodimma’s government to 22.

In a goodwill message, a business mogul and a transport giant, Chief Frank Nneji who is the Chairman and Chief Executive of ABC Transport expressed the gratitude of the private sector to the Governor on the opening of roads in the Municipality and rural areas, describing the action as “the key to the opening of the economy of the State.”

Nneji noted that “Imo State is the centre of the other South East and South South States of Nigeria.” 

Also in his own goodwill message an indigene of Owerri Municipal and Commissioner in the National Complaint Commission, Barr. Willy Amadi thanked the Governor for his seamless approach to the development of Imo State, saying that the roads being commissioned in the urban area, especially the Chukwuma Nwoha toad, serves as an artery to other link roads of the Municipality. He described the achievement of the Governor in the areas of road infrastructure as “Road Revolution in Imo State”.

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The Governor of Ekiti State was accompanied by the Senator representing Ekiti North in the National Assembly, Senator Olubumi Adetumbi and former House of Representatives member, Nze Chidi Duru among others. 

Also present at the event were the former Governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku, Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okoroafor,  traditional rulers, women leaders and other dignitaries of Imo State and beyond.

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SS2 girl missing in Abuja school after permission to fix uniform

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A15-year-old student of the Ceder International College, Abuja, Nimota Olatunde, has gone missing while trying to repair her torn school uniform.

It was gathered that the disappearance of the student had caused panic among her family members and friends.

Olatunde’s mother, Juliana Olajide, who lives in Jos, said on Thursday that her daughter had not been seen since the past one week after she took permission to fix her torn skirt by the school gate.

She said, “It is now eight days since we last saw my 15-year-old daughter, Nimota Olatunde, who is in SS 2 class at Ceder International College, Abuja.

“She was last seen in her school on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

“According to the school authorities, she went to sew her torn school skirt just by the school gate.

“According to them, she was permitted to go through the primary section gate instead of the main entrance gate because of the way the skirt was torn.

“Since then, no one has seen her. The school tailor also said that my daughter was not seen at the shop that day.

“So, we don’t know what has happened to her.”

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The school principal, Olukotun Segun, said the case was already being investigated by the police.

In another development, 13-year-old Treasure Ofunya, who went missing on April 28 while returning from her school, New Era Model School, Jakpa, Effurun, Delta State, has been found.

“I got a call this morning from the Oghara Divisional Police Officer that Treasure was with them.

“I quickly rushed to Oghara, which is near Sapele, and brought her back to Ekpan Police Divisional Headquarters for official documentation,” an elated member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent.

The victim’s elder brother, Merville, also confirmed the development.

The Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, said the victim had been reunited with her family.

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Davido gifts daughter Imade SUV as birthday present

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Popstar, Davido, will surely make his first child a happy one on her birthday later this month as he has bought her an early birthday gift.

The Fem singer took to his social media accounts to reveal the lovely gift he bought for his princess.

On his Instagram page, Davido shared two slides. In the first, the excited Imade was in a video ‘testing her new ride’ with her friends. In the next slide, the singer shared a picture of the sport utility vehicle – a Range Rover Evoque.

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In the caption section, the singer wrote, “Happy early birthday @realimadeadeleke daddy loves u !! Enjoy ur MOTO.”

However, his friends and fans on the social media platform have applauded his gesture and wished his princess a happy birthday.

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El-Rufai receives 27 freed Kaduna college students, two missing

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Twenty-seven abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have been released by bandits.

The Chairman of The Forum of the Abducted Parents,  Malam Abdullahi Usman confirmed it to on the telephone on Wednesday.

The elated chairman said, “Yes, they have been released after 50 days.”

On March 11, 2021 bandits invaded the school located in Afaka along the Kaduna International Airport road and abducted 39 students.

The bandits demanded N500m as ransom for their release, but 10 of the 39 students had been released in two batches of five each.

It was learnt that the release was facilitated by the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Meanwhile, a source told our correspondent that on the day the students were abducted, two out of the 39 escaped.

He added that in order not to put the lives of the remaining abducted students in danger, it was decided that nothing should be said about the two students that escaped.

Earlier, the forum had refuted  a claim  by one of them that they met with the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who directed them to a Fulani man, Ahmad, whom they paid N800,000 to.

A parent, who spoke in an interview with Root TV, had said they paid N800,000 to the said Ahmad.

However on Wednesday, the forum dismissed the claim, saying nobody was paid any money.

In a statement titled, ‘Re: Afaka 39: Kidnapped student’s mother exposes Sheikh Gumi, reveals his role in banditry.’ signed by Usman and the Secretary, Mrs Catherine Saleh, the forum said, “The woman is not a member of the committee representing the affected parents and did not speak on behalf of the parents.

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“For the record, the committee representing the parents of the 39 abducted students visited Sheikh Gumi to seek his intervention for the release of our children, but he declined on the grounds that he would not want to go against the position of the state government which has forbidden anyone to negotiate with bandits.

“We apologise to the esteemed Sheikh for any personal injury the statement might have caused him.”

Kaduna hails release

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said the state rejoiced with the freed students.

Aruwan said, “The Kaduna State Police Command has reported to the Kaduna State Government, the release of the remaining students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation.

“The government rejoices with the freed students, their families and the management of the institution over this development.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai charged them to view their ordeal as a motivator to put the past behind and work hard towards a happier and successful future ahead.”

The students  were seen at the state police command with the Commissioner of police, Umar Muri.

The students looked weak and in their night wears. They were later taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical evaluation.

Buhari welcomes release of Afaka students

Also, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday welcomed the release of the students.

He also congratulated their friends, families and the government and people of Kaduna State on the development.

A statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying. “We are happy they have been released.

“We express our deep appreciation to all the actors who contributed one way or the other to this happy outcome, in particular the defence and security agencies, the officials of the Ministry of Environment and the government of Kaduna State. We thank Nigerians for their prayers.”

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