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Sacked Ganduje’s Aide Departs Nigeria

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Salihu Tanko Yakassai, the immediate past Special Adviser on Media to Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has relocated overseas.

The Nation had reported Ganduje relieved Tanko Yakasai of his appointment over continued unguarded comments and utterances deemed contrary to the stand of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government which he was serving.

Yakasai was earlier suspended by Ganduje after his remark on Buhari during the #EndSARS protest but was reinstated weeks after.

In February, the ex-aide called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to either deal with bandits or resign.

Yakasai was picked up by Department of State Services (DSS) shortly after his criticism.

Bur the DSS said he was picked due to “issues beyond the expression of opinions on social media”.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Yakasai, popularly known as Dawisu, said “goodbye” to Nigeria.

While he did not indicate where he was heading to, he shared images of himself at the airport about flying out with Qatar Airways.

“Japa….. Goodbye Naija! Alhamdulilah!” he tweeted.

His post elicited a flurry of reactions on social media.

@Olufemiloye said: “Lmaooo! Aiki! Whether it’s a short vacation, temporary, or permanent japa, the message here is that Dawisu can pick a passport and leave when push comes to shove.

“You that you’re joining them to defend incompetence, when the incompetence comes for you, do you have an exit plan?”

@manmustwack said: “This clown, after hailing impunity for years, couldn’t take the shit he served. Coward.”

@Ifeoma__N tweeted: “After supporting this terrible government – you pick your bags and leave. I hope those who support him are seeing this.

@DrOlufunmilayo said: “Now that Dawisu has lost the government job, he has gotten on the next Airplane out of Nigeria.

“This is someone who was an aide to Kano Governor Ganduje and his father was a special assistant to President Shagari in 1979. Yet some APC idiots here are telling people not to japa.

David Hundeyin said” “Dawisu’s surname is Tanko-Yakassai. His father is literally one of the owners of Nigeria. I’ll be happy to be wrong but this strikes me as a stunt.”

“If you are not in government, the best way to love and appreciate Nigeria is from outside Nigeria. FACT” @novieverest tweeted.

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Court Reinstates Edo Commission Sacked By Oshiomhole 13 Years Ago

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The Court of Appeal, Benin Division, on Tuesday, set aside the dissolution of the Edo State Law Review Commission for the past 13 years over failure to follow due process.

The commission was dissolved in 2008 by the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

In a unanimous‎ judgment, the court ordered that the commission’s members be reinstated and be allowed to complete their tenure, which should now run from March 25, 2021, to August 25, 2025.

In the judgment delivered by a three-person panel and read by Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, with justices Oyebisi Omoleye and Fredrick Oho as members, the appellate court held that Mr Oshiomhole’s government did not follow the laid-down procedure in dissolving the commission.

In the suit (No B/375/OS/2009), the appellants were Jonathan Aghimien (SAN), T. E. Ogbeide-Ihama, and Edward Aigbanbe, while the Edo governor, the attorney general, and the House of Assembly were the respondents.

The appellants challenged the ruling of Justice Nogi Aifuwa Imoukhuede of the state’s high court, which dismissed the appellants’ claims for being statute-barred.

In his ruling, Mr Georgewill declared that “the dissolution of the Edo State Law Review Commission and consequent termination of the appointments of the Appellants on 24/11/2008, without due compliance with the provisions of the Revised Edition Law of Edo state 2001, by the 1st Respondent, the then Executive Governor of Edo state is null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

The court set aside the letter issued by the then-Secretary to State Government on behalf of the governor, saying it was issued without compliance with the Revised Edition Law of Edo State 2001.

He said, “An order is hereby given reinstating the appellants to their aforesaid position as Chairman and members of the Edo State Law Review Commission to serve out the remainder of their five-year tenure.”

He added, “Thereafter from the date of this judgment being 25/3/2021 to 25/8/2025 totalling five years in line with Section 7 (1) of the Revised Edition Law 2001 of Edo state, excluding the period from 24/11/2008 to 25/3/2021, unless the appellants are removed in line with the provision of the Revised Edition law of Edo State of Nigeria 2001.”

(NAN)

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Some Of IPOB’s Grievances Are Valid. They Should Be Addressed Squarely – Gov Ikpeazu

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The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, says some of the grievances of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) are valid and need to be addressed squarely.

Some of IPOB?s grievances are valid. They should be addressed squarely - Gov Ikpeazu

The group has over the years accused successive Nigerian governments of marginalizing the South East region and have called for the creation of the Biafran nation.

 

Speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, April 12, Ikpeazu said some of the “issues raised” by IPOB should be addressed as they are valid.

 

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“I have taken my time to listen to some of these issues raised by IPOB: issues about injustice, issues of marginalisation, issues of trust deficits within the polity called Nigeria as it concerns people from south-eastern Nigeria. And I think some of those are valid issues and they should be addressed and spoken to. They should be addressed squarely. So that everybody and those of us that are in government today can have a foothold within the southeast region to continue to promote the unity of Nigeria.

I do not subscribe to the strategy of IPOB in pursuing their goals. And the reason is because I’m yet to see the end of the tunnel from where I’m standing and I do not like to take a plunge in the dark. We must engage and discuss the issue which is bothering them and everybody and we can’t continue to pretend as if these issues are not valid.

Equal rights and justice is an indelible right of all citizens and if through impunity and carelessness we allow a group of people to begin to feel like they’re not rightly represented within the polity, it creates a lacuna where people are no longer confident in the government to protect them and take care of their interest within the polity. There’s bound to be agitation one way or another. Some of these reactions may extrapolate to levels that may undermine national convention and unity.”

 

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EFCC Arrests Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

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Former Imo state governor cum Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

 

Officials of the Commission laid siege to the former Governor’s private office at Nkwerre Street in the Garki area of Abuja and picked him up shortly after he returned from a trip today April 13.

 

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest to the Nation but did not give reasons for the action.

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