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Ex-lawmaker dumps PDP for APC in Lagos

A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Tajudeeen Agoro, has said that the opposition party cannot add value to the lives of Lagos residents.

Agoro, who was also the collation agent for the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, in the 2015 and 2019 elections said this in Lagos on Friday when he defected to the All Progressives Congress in the state.

The former lawmaker applauded the efforts of former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, describing him as a leader with mission and vision.

He said, “The way the PDP is going about it in Lagos, there is no way they can add value to people in Lagos, I have been in it, and I have seen it all. I need to move forward because I want to be part of those adding value to Lagos State.”

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Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the APC, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, said with the defection of Agoro, who was a member of the state House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003, the PDP was dead in Lagos mainland.

Receiving Agoro and his team at the party secretariat, Balogun said the former lawmaker’s defection was a blessing to APC.

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Lagosians question gov’t emergency unit as man dies jogging on busy road (Photo, Video)

It has been reported that a corpse is lying in the rain all stretched out along a popular road in Lagos.

From his outfit, it was concluded that the man must have been jogging and rested on the culvert before taking his last breath.

All calls allegedly made to Lagos Emergency units yielded no results as none was responded to, which raised the questions as to the importance of funding for unit.

The public is also advised to learn application of first aid treatment through Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.

The incident happened on WEMCO Road, by Daily Independent Newspaper office,Ogba while the lifeless body is still in the rain as at the time of publishing this report.

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Barcelona give Umtiti green light after latest injury absence

Samuel Umtiti is fit again after five weeks out with a foot injury, Barcelona announced on Friday.

Umtiti is available for Barca’s La Liga match away at Eibar on Saturday although he faces a fight to win back his place alongside Gerard Pique in central defence.

The 25-year-old has seen his spot taken by Clement Lenglet for both Barcelona and France following an injury-ravaged 12 months.

Before his latest foot problem, Umtiti sustained an injury to his left knee last year and suffered a relapse in November.

He returned in February and made seven appearances in the second half of last season but is yet to appear for his club this term.

Barcelona said left-back Junior Firpo is also fit again after he recovered from a hamstring strain.

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BREAKING: Kogi lawmakers impeach Deputy Gov

The Kogi State House of Assembly has impeached the embattled Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

His impeachment followed the submission earlier in the day of the report of the committee set up by the state chief judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former deputy governor.

Leader of the House, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, representing Ajaokuta state constituency who announced the decision of the House, said Achuba stands impeached after careful consideration of the report of the John Bayeshea committee submitted earlier on Friday.

He said the report was received, studied and deliberated upon and a unanimous decision was arrived at to impeach Achuba and “he therefore stands impeached.”

The seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole on Friday, in a brief ceremony after which the House went into a closed door session where the report was considered and deliberated upon.

The committee was set up in August following allegations of gross misconduct leveled against the Deputy Governor when he accused Governor Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and imprests since 2017 — an allegation denied by the government during hearing by the committee.

The Director General, Media and Publicity to the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, also accused the embattled Deputy Governor of attempting to set the state on fire.

Fanwo alleged that the Achuba was orchestrating violence and incitement against the governor and the government of Kogi State.”

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Inmates Of Katsina Torture Centre Reunited With Families

he police in Katsina on Friday said all 65 inmates discovered at the Daura rehabilitation centre as well as those found at the Niga Rehabilitation and Reformation Centre, Kofar Durbi quarters, Katsina, have been reunited with their families.

Spokesperson for the command, SP Gambon Isah, made the clarification following enquiries on the fate of the inmates.

He said, “Police are not holding anybody. We have reunited all inmates with their families.

“The inmates we met at the Daura rehabilitation centre and those we found at the Katsina centre have all been reunited with their families.”

Investigation at the Daura and the Katsina rehabilitation centres also showed a dearth of activities there.

Those seen milling around the Daura centre claimed not to be inmates. They also refused comments.

Efforts made to trace the inmates and their families also proved tough as nobody was willing to volunteer information on their movements, according to a report by PUNCH.

On Tuesday, Katsina Chief Magistrates’ court remanded in prison custody, the 78-year-old cleric and owner of the Daura rehabilitation centre, Mallam Bello Abdullahi, over charges of criminal conspiracy, wrongful confinement, and cruelty to children.

He would be in the prison custody until October 22, 2019, when his case comes up for mention at the court.

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80% social investments funded with Abacha loot – Presidency

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais, on Thursday, said 80 per cent of payments for social investments come from the recovered looted funds by former Head of State, Sani Abacha.

She added that the remaining 20 per cent came from credit from the World Bank.

She spoke as a keynote speaker during a training and advocacy programme on tracing and recovery of illicit funds and assets in Abuja.

The training was organised by Human Environmental Developmental Agenda supported by MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Initiative for West Africa in collaboration with Kent Law School, The Corner House, Finance Uncovered and Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Uwais said the beneficiaries of the fund had been very responsive and productive, adding that they had saved about N567m.

According to her, over 18,200 of them had taken loans from the intervention while less than 1,000 had defaulted.

She said, “The funds for the social investments are from the World Bank and the Abacha loot. We are using the credit that we got from World Bank in the ratio of 20:80. 80 per cent from the Abacha loot so that we can pay the beneficiaries the amount that the government has pledged to help them. “This has been quite proactive for them because we have seen a lot of activities in the communities. Today many of these women are doing their business, they are trading, and engaging in agriculture. They are doing very well at their homes.”

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