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As Reality TV Star Tacha Launches her Natacha Akide Initiative (NAI) today

A reality star Natacha Akide who is widely known for humanitarian nature, humility, focused and business mind will be kicking off this project with Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta Port Harcourt and will extend it to every geopolitical zone in Nigeria.

According to her post made in the early hour of today 5/2/ 2020.

Natacha Akide initiative has launched a project, Pad for Every Girl (PEG). Myself and my team will be sharing sanitary pads and giving lectures on Menstrual Hygiene Management, for girls in secondary school. Today, we are starting with Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta Port Harcourt and i promise you that the journey doesn’t end here. We will continue to educate and impact on the GIRL CHILD. Please join us and extend a helping hand to our girls, they are the future of tomorrow.   NAI PEG

The aim of this project is to educate the girl child on personal hygiene especially before and after their menstrual cycle and to enlighten them on the needs to always use sanitary pad, when to change their sanitary pads, how many hours a girl should wear her sanitary pad and how to properly dispose it

The next will be the free distribution of sanitary pads which is the major reason for the visit.

We all know that the high increase of Sanitary has brought about lots of vaginal infection because so many families can no longer afford it monthly.

Nigeria is one of the many countries that tax menstrual products, putting further strain on women and girls from underprivileged communities.

Between 2015 and 2018, sanitary pads like Always Ultra rose from N250 to N400, Always Classic from N200 to N300, and Lady Care from N250 to N400. Most Tampon brand products which sold for N750 have risen to about N1200.

The reason for the price hike can be traced to the inflation in the country and the fall in the exchange value of the national currency, the naira.

Although sanitary pads are the healthiest and most convenient menstrual management products because they are comfortable and leave little or no stain, IFUNANYA BLOG research showed that many Nigerian girls and young women now use cloth napkins, cotton wools and tissue paper for economics reasons.

The NAI organization will welcome any form of support to make sure this project and more to come will be a continues success.

$1trn paid in bribes, $2.6trn stolen annually – UN

The UN says one trillion dollars are paid in bribes annually, while another 2.6 trillion are stolen, all due to corruption.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, while counting the costs of corruption, said values and economic development were under assault, as trillions of dollars were lost.

He said every year, trillions of dollars – equivalent to more than five per cent of global Gross Domestic Product – are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption.

Guterres deemed corruption “an assault on the values of the United Nations,” highlighting the pervasive crime.

He said corruption “robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources”.

The United Nations is fighting the global scourge, which affects both rich and poor countries, through initiatives like the global campaign launched jointly by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The campaign recognised corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the SDGs, or 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by all nations of the world in 2015, to advance the whole of humankind.

UN said government officials, civil society, the private sector, and anti-corruption advocates could reference the 2018 anti-corruption campaign’s ‘Call to Action Matrix’, which offers recommendations for strategies to stand against corruption.

Additionally, the United Nations Convention against Corruption, adopted in 2003, exists as the only legally-binding, universal anti-corruption instrument.

The Convention’s far-reaching approach covers the full spectrum of corruption, and 186 Member States are parties to the Convention.

Guterres called the Convention a “primary tool” for advancing the fight, and highlighted the positive outcomes made possible through its implementation.

“Through the Convention’s peer review mechanism, we can work together to build a foundation of trust and accountability,” the UN chief said. (NAN)

Yellow fever: Edo confirms nine deaths

The Edo State government on Wednesday said that nine lives were lost to the outbreak of yellow fever that ravaged parts of the state a few weeks ago.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, disclosed this during an audience participatory programme on a Benin-based radio station.

He also confirmed that the yellow fever epidemic spread to 10 local government areas of the State.

“Already, nine persons have been reported dead so far since the epidemic was first reported,” Osifo said.

According to the commissioner, seven persons who tested positive to the yellow fever infection could not make it to the hospital before they died.

Osifo who did not give the names of the affected local government areas, however, put the ages of the victims at between 14 and 20 years.

“We have recorded nine cases of yellow fever. The disease has spread to 10 LGA’s out of the 18 LGA’s in Edo State.

“Late arrival is the problem we have. We have informed the Honourable Minister of Health,” he said.

He hinted that a significant number of the dead were either omitted or not presented for the vaccination by caregivers or parents during the regular vaccination exercises while they were infants.

The Commissioner assured the people that the Federal Ministry of Health has promised to provide more vaccines, while health personnel across the Primary Health Care centres in the country will adequately respond to suspected yellow fever cases.

“You must desist from selective prosecution”: – HURIWA to EFCC

“You must desist from selective prosecution”: – HURIWA to EFCC

*Insists on prosecution of Oshiomhole:

 

A prominent civil society organization – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has expressed deep consternation that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the current dispensation is consistently sinking into the deepest abyss of selective prosecution of alleged graft offenders. The Rights group said the EFCC has a text book case of how to prosecute accused person based on the criteria of how closed you are to the inner caucus in the Presidency, your Ethnicity and your religion just  as HURIWA has asked the National Assembly to investigate the allegation that over 75 percent of strategic holders of offices of directors in EFCC are persons from Moslem North. 

The group has also described as hasty and insensitive, the decision by the presiding judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos division, Justice Mohammed Idris to revoke the bail he had granted in 2007 to a former Abia state governor Chief Orji Uzor Kalu who is facing N7.65 billion fraud charges. The group said although  granting of bail is discretionary, it however expressed suspicion that the presiding seems to be reading so much of the media blackmail stories usually splashed across social and online media by paid political agents that are out to destroy the person of the erstwhile  governor  of Abia state Chief Orji Uzor Kalu who has continued to enjoy meteoric  rise in politics. 

The Rights group said also that the application by the EFCC lawyer for the bail revocation which necessitated the action of the judge in outrightly revoking the bail he granted to Chief Orji Uzor Kalu was callous, insensitive and a misdirected angst against the accused person who is reportedly in a German hospital to undergo intensive surgical operations. HURIWA wondered why the Prosecution team did not even travel to Germany if they were doubting the excuse tendered before  the Court for the unavoidable absence of Chief Orji Uzor Kalu  in Court on the date the bail was revoked late last month. 

The Rights group said the implication of what happened at that Federal High Court was that the chief prosecution counsel does not care whether the accused is in the right health status or not to show up in court or not probably because he is from the South East of Nigeria and not one of the most favourite political acolytes of the powers- that- be in Abuja.

“As a human rights body, we see what transpired in the Federal High Court Abuja which was instigated by the irresponsible and insensitive application for revocation of bail by the EFCC’s legal team as a confirmation of the widespread apprehension in most quarters that the anti-graft commission makes use of sledge hammer against accused persons from some “unfriendly” ethnicities but treat other favoured ethnicities and close friends of the president with considerable amount of leniency. This same EFCC has not found it necessary to invite the chief of staff to the president for investigation over diverse but worrying levels of accusations of fraud and bribery made by different Nigerians including biological relation of one of the two most powerful members of the cabal in the presidency- the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu  Buhari.

“Apart from the chief of staff to the president, the EFCC is yet to institute charges against the disgraced erstwhile secretary to the government of the Federation Babachir Lawal despite the existence of massive amount of body of evidence which indicted him of alleged diversion of nearly half a billion Naira meant for the rehabilitation of the North East of Nigeria  and for the feeding of the displaced persons of the counter insurgency war”.

HURIWA wondered why the EFCC has refused to arrest the national chairman of the ruling APC who is the arrow head of the presidential campaign of the president, even when top members of his own party accused him severally of bribery scam during the just ended rancorous primary elections of APC all over Nigeria.

Aside the allegation of accepting bribes worth over $50 million USD, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is also a subject of a widespread allegation of multibillion dollars scam during his 8-years stint as Edo state governor just as a human rights activist had obtained the order of the court for his prosecution but EFCC is resisting.

HURIWA stated that Justice Anwuli Chikere gave the order while ruling on an ex-parte application brought before the court by Bishop Osadolor Ochei.

HURIWA further recalled that the application is seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and commence criminal proceedings against the ex-leader labour for allegedly diverting state funds for personal use.

The Rights group recalled the judge, who also ordered service on the anti-graft agency, stressed that the exercise must be done within five days beginning from the day the said order was issued.

The ex-parte, with suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/628/ 2018, and filed by Dr. West Idahosa on behalf of the plaintiff, has Oshiomole and EFCC as first and second respondents.

Idahosa, had while arguing the motion, urged the court to allow the respondents file their replies to the weighty allegations against them.

On the other hand, Ochei had on October 28, 2016, written the EFCC ‎over Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor between November 12, 2008 and November 11, 2016.

While praying the court to grant the request of his client, Idahosa referred the court to 86 exhibits filed in support of the application, stressing that there were documents and graphics of palatial houses of the ex-governor whose his life earnings, he contended, couldn’t acquire.

He said there were evidence on how the APC national chair allegedly diverted money meant for state projects to his.

The counsel added that there were vouchers of exorbitant airfares that the NLC’s erstwhile boss incurred, which according to him, could get Edo people an air carrier.

The lawyer also claimed that there were receipts of how he used huge state funds to repair his private vehicles, urging the court to grant the sought reliefs.

HURIWA stated that this distorted operational modalities of the current deeply partisan leadership of EFCC are offensive to a plethora  of constitutional  provisions as cited below. 

Section 17 (1) of the amended constitution of federal republic of Nigeria stated that: “The state social order is founded on ideals of freedom, equality and justice; In furtherance of the social order: – every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law; the sanctity of the human person shall be recognized and human dignity shall be maintained and enhanced; governmental actions shall be humane.”

Section 36 (1) “In the determination of his civil rights and obligations, including any question or determination by or against any government or authority, a person shall be entitled to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a court or other tribunal established by law and constituted in such manner as to secure its independence and impartiality.”

Section 42 (1) “A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person – be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizen of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions are not made subject; or be accorded either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to citizen Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex religions or political opinions.”

HURIWA  is worried that this discriminatory  prosecutorial style of EFCC may instigate a revolt from the masses if the acting Chairman  of the  EFCC is not restrained from continuing  with these constitutional breaches in his politically tainted anti graft style. 

Cardi B breakup with her Husband Offset

Candi B officially announced her breakup with Offset.
The 25-year-old rapper posted a 42-second video on her Instagram account early Wednesday morning announcing the split.
“So, everybody been bugging me and everything. And you know, I been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now,” she said.

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“And we’re really good friends and you know we’re really good business partners and you know, he’s always somebody that I run to, to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time,” she added.
Cardi went on to say, “And it’s nobody’s fault. It’s just like I guess we grew out of love. But we’re not together anymore. I don’t know it might take time to get a divorce. And I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father and yeah.”
CNN has reached out to Cardi B’s representatives for comment.
Cardi and fellow rapper Offset, a member of hip-hop trio Migos, secretly married last September at their home in Atlanta.
The couple welcomed their daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, in July.

We are expecting credible elections in 2019-US to Nigerians

Mr. Stuart Symington, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, on Tuesday called on Nigerians to give themselves credible elections in 2019 by avoiding acrimony and standing against electoral malpractices.

He made the call at the Peace and Security Network Quarterly Roundtable with the theme, “Towards 2019 Elections in Nigeria: Securitization of the Electoral Process and the Prevention of Violence’.’

The ambassador said that because there would be no election anywhere in the world in February, 2019, the attention of the entire globe would be on Nigeria and its citizens to provide credible polls.

He further said only one thing will make the difference in 2019 and that is the ties that bind the people of Nigeria.

Symington explained, were ties of friendship, “of trust not of hate, but of love, not of desperation but of purpose; the ties growing ever stronger’’.

He said that during the life of a nation, there were moments such ties would be tested around elections, adding that it was now for the security forces and the government to resolve to work together.

“I stand for an idea of network, which is a network of Nigerians that will make elections succeed. It has to be a net, it has to be people and organisations linked to each other with strong bonds and purpose.

“Then, that net has actually got to work in every sphere and corner; it has to have people that are citizens woven together that represent government, electoral commissions, security services, federal, state, local officials.

“Secondly, it is more important in the world than Nigeria – the reason is that some people talk about the potential population of Nigeria which is already exploding.

“Now the question will be how to finance the energy and the opportunity of this extraordinary youthful population for the good of its entire people, its neighbours and the whole world,’’ he said.

The envoy advised security forces to act in a way that was true to their mandate and true to securing the country and not being partisan.

He went further to encourage Nigerians to focus on doing good things together, saying something good that could bring about a new Nigeria because the world was watching and hopeful for violent-free elections.

On his part, Country Director, Mercy Corps, Mr Darius Radcliffe, said that the corps was working on integrating all its programming to address electoral violence.

Radcliffe said that the corps had partnered Nigeria toward achieving such goals.

He assured that the group would keep partnering at all levels for a better and greater Nigeria ahead of 2019 elections, and called for a collaborative effort of all citizens.

Mr Adeolu Adewumi, National Coordinator Peace and Security Network, said that the event was organised to brainstorm on the securitisation of the electoral process and the prevention of violence.

Adewumi said that the aim was also to know the strategic plans of the security agents ahead of 2019 elections since there were still insecurity in some regions of the country.

“We all are all witnesses to the fact that there is a resurgence of the insurgency in the North-East towards the 2015 elections; security agencies declared that they could not guarantee security during the election so it needed to be postponed.

“The question now is, are there signs that the 2019 elections will also be postponed? These are the questions we need to ask due to the recent attacks.”

(NAN)

Produce Alison-Madueke within 72 hours: Court to EFCC, DSS, Police

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), police, Department of State Services (DSS) and all other security agencies has been ordered by Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Apo, Abuja, to apprehend and arrest former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, within 72 hours.

According to the statement disclosed yesterday in Abuja by Mr Tony Orilade, the acting Spokesman to the EFCC, said the order was made following a motion ex-parte filed by counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga, praying for a warrant of arrest against Alison-Madueke to enable the commission apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.

According to the judge, granting the ex-parte motion, said: “The Inspector-General of Police, Chairman of the EFCC, Attorney-General of the Federation and the Department of State Services are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours.”

Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has earlier stated that the anti-graft agency is working with other law enforcement agencies to extradite Alison-Madueke, that he had met and appealed to Nigerians in Diaspora to assist in mounting pressure on the investigative agencies to extradite her and repatriate whatever loot recovered from her.

He told newsmen in Lagos yesterday that the case had got INTERPOL’s attention and had become common topic of discussion among other law enforcement agencies.

He made it clear that the concern of the agency is with those who seek to use the political space for money laundering.

He said the EFCC would enforce the provisions of the anti-money laundering law to the letter, no matter whose ox is gored. and the introduction of special courts to try persons for corruption cases has been a blessing to anti-graft agencies.

In his word he said; “No more unnecessary delay in trial and dispensation of justice,”

WAR against ritual killings declared by Police

The AIG Lawal Shehu in charge of Zone 2, declared war on native doctors and human parts dealers within Lagos and Ogun states.

Due to the occurence of ritual-instigated killings and desecration of bodies exhumed from graveyards the declaration was made.

Lamenting the involvement of young people in ritual activities, Shehu said each time the suspects were apprehended, they usually claimed they were herbalists, adding that some native doctors were aiding and abating the practice.

He said “If they are herbalists what are they doing with human parts? The ones we arrested on December 3 at about 8:30p.m. were found with human skull.

An information was received that one Jimoh Adeola of Muslim Cemetery, Oke Yadi, Abeokuta was in possession of human parts and has been dealing in such for a long time.

“Detectives of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) were detailed to investigate. Five suspects were arrested and exhibits recovered. Others arrested are Lukmon Bayewunmi, Kabir Badmus, Victor Nnacheta and Nurudeen Sogaolu.

“Dried human jaw and scalp were recovered from them. They will be charged to court soon. This is a warning to criminals and those aiding them. Whether they are ritualists, militants or armed robbers we are on a mandate to rid them off this zone. We are in close collaboration with the Lagos and Ogun police commands, as well as the local people.

“We have launched a strategy to go after all those who call themselves herbalists but are ritualists. If they can go to the graves to dismember body parts, they can as well do same to living beings. We would not tolerate any form of criminality and that is why in the two weeks that I have held sway, you can see the achievements we have recorded,”

Nnacheta, 20, said he paid the native doctor N250,000 to perform ritual for him so he could become a billionaire. Badmus, an Islamic cleric, also contacted by Nnacheta for money ritual said he knew him through one Gabriel, adding that the young man told him he was into football betting business and wanted to become a billionaire from it.

“They called me and explained his (Nnacheta) problem and I told them to come to Abeokuta. I gave him three options. The first was that I would prepare concoction for him so that when he eats it, his business would boom. The second option was to give him a soap bought that will be prayed on; while the third was to prepare a fresh soap for him, which will require those items. One of the soaps was made using human skull and a bird called ‘Eiye Oge.’ he said.

“I got the skull for N50,000 from a mortuary attendant. He brought them to me. It was the mortuary attendant’s wife that called me that brought Alfa to his house. Within two hours, police arrived my house and arrested me.

“I was still contemplating what to do when they came. What I wanted to do for Nnacheta is called ‘ransu’. He did not choose anyone. He left me to choose an option for him. I have not done this before. The job does not bring wealth, it is called ‘awure’ in Yoruba language.”

National Assembly shutdown over unpaid salary

Members of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), protested to disrupt activities at the National Assembly.

The workers had at the weekend threatened to picket the National Assembly over claim of non-payment of salary and allowances.

Earlier today, The workers in their numbers shutdown the National Assembly over alleged non-payment of salary and other allowances

The protesting workers took over the National Assembly lobby chanting solidarity songs as they displayed their numerous plea cards with various inscriptions.

The two chambers of the National Assembly were barricaded thereby stopping Senators and House of Representatives members from accessing their offices including Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and his deputy Lasun Yusuff.

The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, however insisted that the protest was uncalled for especially when the demands of the workers were being treated.

The workers vowed to continue the protest until Sani Omolori was removed from office.

PASAN issued a statement at the weekend to alert the National Assembly management of its planned protest scheduled for three days beginning from Tuesday (today).

Some of the plea cards read “Pass our condition of service bill; CONLESS is not tied to 2018 budget; give us our CONLESS; bank loans are killing; No alert no sitting; Stop Omolori now before he stops Nigeria democracy, Omolori must go; We are not slaves.”

“The money has been released alongside other releases, and we ask where is our allowance?”

“We will not rest on CONLESS until we receive alert. Omolori must go,” the workers chanted.

When Saraki succeeded in paving his way to address the protesting workers, he assured them that the leadership of the National Assembly would meet management to resolve issues at stake.

The senate president assured that the two chambers would take steps to fast track the passage of the Condition of Service for National Assembly bill and further pleaded with the workers to call off their protest as their demands would be met.

Ahmed Lawan, the senate leader said that the protest was not against the leadership of the National Assembly but against the management.

Sani-Omolori on his part said: “It is a matter that has been on for some time now and we have tried to explain to them; we approved salary increase for them which was captured in 2018 budget but as it is today, it is a common knowledge that the level of implementation of the 2018 budget, especially the new addition to the National Assembly, which has not been implemented – that is where we had hoped that the addition would be paid.

“So, to the extent that the money has not been released there is no way we can make the payment.

“We told them it is wrong and we tried to prevail on them to try to see through things in the correct way. As a matter of fact, I wrote a letter to them and I also had series of formal and informal consultations with their leadership up till yesterday (Monday) to make them back out of what is clearly an act that is not in tune with their own rules.

When Asked if he is worried by the action of the workers, Omolori said: “I am worried that in an institution that you think people should be able to look at things properly and then they are not looking at it that way that is why I am worried.

“I still insist that they need to be a bit patient with the system. Like I said, in my reply to them; in an unprecedented manner, the presiding officers acceded, without hesitation to their requests for this increment. It was bargained with them and they captured it in the budget.

“So, how is it in their (lawmakers) powers, if the money is not released? And in any case, the reality on the ground is that it is not only the National Assembly that is suffering from non-release of funds. That is the reality of the Nigerian situation. So, I think we all have to be patient.”

THE Nigerian Army has promoted 232 senior officers to higher ranks.

THE Nigerian Army has promoted 232 senior officers to higher ranks. The officers who cut across the ranks of Brigadier General,Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel and Major,were promoted following approval to that effect by the Army Council,the highest decision making body in the Nigerian Army. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman,who released a statement earlier Tuesday, announcing the development,said it was aimed to re-energise the beneficiaries towards the discharge of their tasks and responsibilities.

29 Brigadier Generals were promoted to the rank of Major Generals, 95 Colonels to Brigadier Generals, 106 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels and one Major to Lieutenant Colonel, respectively.

In a statement by the army spokesman, which says;

”The Army Council has today Monday 3rd December 2018, approved the promotion of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army to the ranks of Major Generals, Brigadier Generals, Colonels and a Lieutenant Colonel, respectively.

“A breakdown of those that benefited from the promotion shows that 29 Brigadier Generals were promoted to the rank of Major Generals, 95 Colonels to Brigadier Generals, 106 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels and one Major to Lieutenant Colonel, respectively.

“Among those promoted to the rank of Major General are, Brigadier General TOB Ademola, Nigeria Defence Attaché to China, Brigadier KO Ogundele, Director Coordination at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Brigadier General ON Ugo, Brigadier General AO Uthman, Brigadier General M Bashir and Brigadier General MM Mshelia.

“Others include Brigadier General US Mohammed, Brigadier General IO Ehiorobo, Brigadier General CG Musa, Brigadier General CO Ofoche, Brigadier General DH Alli-Keffi, Brigadier General A Kigbu, Brigadier General YI Shalangwa, Director Army Legal Service and Brigadier General SA Kazaure, Director General National Youth Service Corps, amongst others.

“Those promoted to the rank of Brigadier Generals include Colonel AA Ayanuga, Colonel SC Ogbuanya, Colonel FO Ilodibia, Colonel EF Oyinlola, Colonel SO Oloyede, Colonel S Kawugana, Colonel FG Dimlong, Colonel OK Falade, Colonel IZ Ohiaka, Colonel CS Okafor, Colonel A Yellow-Duke, Colonel MA Etsu-Ndagi, Colonel AM Alechenu, Colonel Y Yahaya and Colonel IG Lassa.

“Others include Colonel PAO Okoye, Colonel AO Oyelade, Colonel MLD Saraso, Colonel VE Emah, Colonel RI Odi, Colonel WD Nasiru, Colonel LA Jimoh, Colonel AP Ahmadu, Colonel QA Ahmed and Colonels JS Sura, amongst others. “Similarly, Lieutenant Colonels CA Magaji, AA Bello, CE Ugworji, CY Ufurumazi, K Imam, CE Aniorha, MC Akin-Ojo, KO Kalu, AY Emakoma, MA Dogo, MG Udotong, BA Adeshina and I Sadiq, were promoted to the rank of Colonels. Others promoted Colonels include NC Achikasim, BI George, YD Ishaku, EA Otseh and SB Salisu, amongst others. “While Major UA Musa is promoted Lieutenant Colonel. The approval of the promotion by the Army Council for the senior officers today, is the last for the year.

“The promotion exercise is expected to re-energise the beneficiaries towards the discharge of their tasks and responsibilities. You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium.”