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Ex-Chief Of Army Staff Ihejirika Joins APC

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Ex-Chief Of Army Staff Ihejirika Joins APC

Few months after meeting with Abia-North Senator and Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. A former Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika today joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This came months after Ihejirika’s meeting with Abia-North Senator and Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu.

Ihejirika who served at the helm of the service from 2010-2014 under former President Goodluck Jonathan, made his declaration to join the APC at his Isuikwuato country home in Abia-North Senatorial district.

The former COAS made his declaration and subsequently registered at Ezere ward 2. His registration was conducted by the APC ward Chairman Mr. Iheanyi Chukwu in the presence of stalwarts of the party including Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, State Secretary of the party, Perfect Okorie; Deputy State

Women leader of the party, Lady Franca Osuwa; Chairman Abia APC Registration panel, Amb. Bala Mohammed Mairiga; Chief Ameobi Ogah; Dr. Lilian Obenwa; Abia-North APC Zonal Chairman, Chief Chris Ajah; Member Abia House of Assembly representing Isuikwuato constituency Emeka Okorofor and others.

In November last year, Kalu urged Ihejirika to join the party.

Kalu made the move when he paid a private visit to the former COAS in his Isuikwuato country home. According to reports Kalu’s earlier visit to the residence of Ihejirika and other prominent Abians was to further push the efforts of the party in the state to woo prominent Abians and indeed Southerners into the party.

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In his remarks, Senator Kalu applauded the decision of the former COAS to join the party. Kalu stressed that Ihejirika’s decision was a result of the internal democracy in APC.

“Gen Ihejirika’s decision to join us today in the APC is no doubt a great one and I must commend him for taking the bold step after over a year of convincing him to join the party.

“He should be assured that his membership of our party will be a very fruitful one. I am loyal to the party, this is why I have always subjected myself to the party’s decision-making process.

“My appreciation also goes to the chairman Abia APC Registration panel, Amb. Bala Mohammed Mairiga and his team for joining me to grace this exercise.

“The chairman can see for himself that the APC in Abia is deeply rooted, in the last few days he has accompanied me to some defecting ceremonies of people from other parties into our party. On behalf of our national chairman Gov. Buni I welcome you to our great party.”

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Buhari Leaves For UN Assembly In US

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Buhari Leaves For UN Meeting In US

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday leave Abuja for New York, United States, ahead of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Saturday.

Adesina noted that the session opened on Tuesday, September 14.

The statement said that the theme for this year’s UNGA is, “Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalize the United Nations.”

Buhari will address the Assembly during the General Debates on Friday, September 24.

He is expected to speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.

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It said: “In the course of the Assembly, the Nigerian leader and members of the delegation will partake in other significant meetings such as; The High-Level Meeting to Commemorate The Twentieth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of

Action on the theme ‘Reparations, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descent.’ ”

Buhari will be accompanied to New York by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN); and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.

 

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Presidential Candidate Dies

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A presidential candidate, Olusegun Bamgbose , who contested the last presidential election on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) is dead.

Bamgbose who was also the National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, was the Principal Head, God’s Own Chambers, a legal team based in Aba, Abia State, died on Friday after a brief illness.

The Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD), whose legal team he headed, described Bamgbose as a strong voice on matters of good governance and human rights advocacy.

Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor, Executive Director of FENRAD, in a statement, said Bamgbose was “richly endowed with political sagacity and was consistent in holding governments to account as he lent his voice to the most critical of national and local issues.

“Through his intervention and actions, government relaxed many unpopular policies. He was a fine gentleman, very hardworking, a lovely husband, father and friend to all. His humble mien, approach and disposition endeared him to many. Throughout his stay on earth, he was truly committed to the promotion and protection of environmental, human, and democracy rights which aligned with FENRAD’s goals.

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“We made many wins working together through his wise and ever-ready counsel. He led and piloted our legal department with such impeccable professionalism as a lawyer properly called.

“We are indeed pained by this loss and pray that God, in this trying time, grants his family – immediate and extended – the fortitude to bear this huge loss; same we also pray for on his friends, learned colleagues and those who by this exit are pained.

“Barr. Olusegun Bamgbose will be terribly missed .

“May his gentle soul find rest in the bosom of the Almighty. Adieu to the great iroko, an icon and a towering legal luminary!”

 

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Kidnapped NDA Major Regains Freedom

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A military officer who was kidnapped during an attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State by bandits last month has regained his freedom.

Some gunmen suspected to be bandits broke into the Nigerian foremost military school on August 24, killed officers and abducted Major CL Datong.

The abducted major was in the kidnapper’s den till he was rescued on Friday.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah who confirmed the development, said Datong was rescued by troops.

According to him, the operations leading to his rescue led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in Afaka- Birnin Gwari areas of the state, revealing that scores of bandits were killed during the operation, particularly, in the late hours of September 17, 2021.

He said the Division in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies, immediately swung into action by conducting operations in the Afaka general area to find and rescue the officer after a directive by the Chief of Army Staff.

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“The troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held. At the camp, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and overwhelmed them with superior fire.

“In the process, the gallant troops were able to rescue the abducted officer. However, the officer sustained a minor injury but has been treated in a medical facility and handed over to NDA for further action,” he said.

He lauded the efforts of the NAF, DSS , Nigerian Police and “patriotic Nigerians” who worked tirelessly for the release of the victim.

 

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