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Peter Ekeh Symposium Holds As Burial Begins March 24

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Peter Ekeh Symposium Holds As Burial Begins March 24

A memorial symposium and day of tributes has been scheduled to hold in honour of the late distinguished social scientist, Professor Peter Ekeh who died in the United States of America in November 2020 at the age of eighty-three.

The symposium will hold on Wednesday 24th March 2020 at the Urhobo House in Uvwiamuge-Agbarho after Warri in Delta State.

The event which will kick off at 10am has Professor Eghosa Osaghae, eminent political scientist, a former student of Professor Ekeh and former Vice Chancellor of the Igbinedion University, Okada, as guest speaker. Professor Osaghae of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan will be speaking on the topic “Social Reality, Statehood and Citizenship in Africa through the Lens of Peter Ekeh”.

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The symposium will feature a panel of discussants made up of erudite academics namely: Professor Abednego Ekoko, Professor G. G. Darah, Professor Sunny Akpotor and Dr. Emmanuel Mordi. The discussion will be moderated by Mr. Abraham Ogbodo, a former editor of The Guardian.

The event will also feature tributes to Professor Ekeh and a documentary on his life and times.

The occasion which will be chaired by Professor Sam Oyovbaire has Chief Johnson Barovbe as special guest of honour while Dr. Aruegodore Oyiborhoro, President of the Urhobo Historical Society (UHS), and Olorogun Moses Taiga, President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) are co-hosts.

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Meanwhile the remains of Professor Ekeh will be committed to mother earth in his native Imodje-Orogun on Friday 26th March after a funeral service at Christ the King Catholic Church in Okpara inland.

A service of songs will hold a day earlier on the 25th while an outing service scheduled for Ekeh Memorial Baptist Church will take place on Sunday 28th March to be followed the same day by in-laws greetings at UHS headquarters also in Okpara in-land.

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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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Presidential Candidate Dies

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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Kidnapped NDA Major Regains Freedom

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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