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When AIG Janga Tutored CP Kamaldeen On Media Relations

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When he assumed duty as the Commissioer of Police, it was a tale of one day, one heinous crime. CP Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola, was so overwhelmed that, he virtually assumed the role of Chief mourner, paying condolences to families of victims of robbery, assassin or banditry attacks, reports ADENIYI OLUGBEMI.

To men and officers of the Sokoto police command, the best era in recent time, was the tenure of CP Ali Aji Janga, who took over from CP Ibrahim Kaoje, as the 44th Commissioner of Police to spearhead the affairs of the Sokoto State Police Command and handed over to CP Kamaldeen Okunlola, as the 45th Sokoto State Commissioer of Police.

CP Kamaldeen, who assumed duty on February 23, 2021, following promotion and redeployment of former CP Ali Aji Janga, to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police and posted as AIG in-charge of Zone 10, Sokoto, had the baptism of what awaits him when he was welcomed to Sokoto state with wanton killings and kidnapping of innocent citizens, by bandits in three border local government areas, within a spate of four days.

Areas visited by the marauders are Gwadabawa, Amarawa and Gatawa towns, in Illela and Sabon Birni local government areas respectively, as confirmed by the command PPRO, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, in a press statement.

He said, “suspected kidnappers had earlier visited Gwadabawa local government area and whisked away the PDP local government chairman, Alhaji Nasiru Isah, whose whereabout is yet to be ascertain.”

Also, in the past two days bandits and kidnappers struck at the two towns of Amarawa and Gatawa, within Illela local government area, and Sabon Birni local government, killed dozens of people, as well as rustled various livestocks.

At Illela, the bandits succeeded in whisking away a wealthy business man, kidnapped several persons from Gatawa, while many others were maimed and internally displaced.

Scores were also kidnapped by the notorious and guns wielding bandits who unleashed terror on residents of Sabon Birni local government.

On March 2, 2021, suspected kidnappers abducted family members of Sokoto state Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development, Honourable Bashir Gorau.

The commissioner, who confirmed the abduction to our correspondent narrated that, the incident occurred in his home town, Gorau, in Goronyo local government area.

Gorau said, “It’s about 12:45am that suspected bandits attacked our house in Gorau town, Goronyo local government area and abducted wife of our elder brother Alhaji Lawali Gorau and one of our brother Hassan Manya.

“The information I got was that, the bandits stormed our house and started shooting sporadically. They eventually whisked away my sister in-law and brother.”

The doorstep of Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, next day, was the next scene of the unabated attacks by gunmen on villages in Sokoto state, where suspected bandits in large numbers attack and killed one Malam Bello Magaji, at Saketa-Dingyadi.

Malam Bello Magaji, a staff of Sokoto state government and son of the late village head, who was matcheted by the bandits, died while being rushed to the hospital. The bandits in an early hour operation, also abducted a housewife and an aged woman, Hajiya Innawuro, wife of the late village head.

Alhaji Yusuf Dingyadi, a special assistant to governor Aminu Tambuwal, who confirmed the dastard incident to our correspondent lamented that, “these rampant attacks in our surrounding villages of Dingyadi, home town of Minister for Police Affairs is becoming too worrisome and unfortunate.

“There are no presence of serious police patrol or check point to stop the incesant attacks.”

In his narration, Mansur Magaji, brother to late Bello Magaji and husband to the housewife whisked away said, “the attack on Saketa was carried out by bandits who invaded the village on motorcycle.

“They had a field day ransacking houses without hindrance. They matcheted my brother who put up a bold resistance, and he later died when he was being conveyed to the hospital. They left with my wife and our aged mother.”

Distraught Mansur Magaji however, hinted that, the state commissioner of police, Kamaldeen Okunlola, visited the village for on the spot assessment.

On March 5, 2021, Sokoto State Police command confirmed killing of more than ten people during another bandits attack on Tara village of Sabon Birni local government area of the state.

The Command public relations officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, who confirmed this to our correspondent on telephone, said the attacks also left at least three people critically injured.

The village head of Tara where the attack took place, Mainasara Muhammed Tara, who narrated the incident said the bandits also carted away unascertained number of livestock away after burning down their food storage facilities.

“They came around 11:58pm, through the uncommon route to the village because our men and youth are guiding all the major entrances. We have not been sleeping in the night because of the incessant attacks on our villages.

“We divided ourselves into groups and each group was guiding one of the major entrance into the village. So, they sneaked into the village through the eastern axis, and opened fire on members of the group that were stationed around that area, and killed them.

“They then proceeded into the town, killing people. We buried thirteen bodies, including a six year old girl and seven people who were critically injured have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment,” Muhammed said.

Muhammed noted that this was the second time in two months that the village was attacked, recalling that they had lost about 200 livestock in the previous attack.

Isa local government area was CP Kamaldeen next port of call on April 1, 2021, and his mission was to commiserate with personnel of Operation PUFF ADDER and families of two officers killed while repelling attack on Bargaja village. On April 27, 2021, five days after his familiarisation visit to Kware local government area, CP Kamaldeen was forced to rush back to the local government headquarters, as hell was let loose when resident of Kainuwa village, raised alarm that hoodlums enterred their village and rob one Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim.

Angry mob burnt down the divisional police headquarters, set ablaze one suspect and burnt down police vehicles including that of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO.

Respite however, came the way of Kwara-born, CP Kamaldeen, as he gradually settled down into office. The magic wand he employed to check the alarming crime rates in the state however, remains unsung, uncelebrated.

The seed that CP Kamaldeen, heroic crime bursting activities will not be hugging headlines was sowed by his disdain for the press when his maiden press conference scheduled for March 17, 2021, at the command headquarters, was abruptly cancelled, without cogent reason(s), from the command.

Behold, the AIG in-charge of Zone 10, comprising Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara commands, Ali Aji Janga, was marvelled, as he listened with rapt attention, to the scorecard of Sokoto police command under CP Kamaldeen, when he paid his maiden official visit to the command.

The official visit was a home coming to AIG Ali Aji Janga. The ebullient AIG who had held sway as Commissioner of Police at Kogi, Bauchi, Kaduna and Sokoto state Commands, save for the gathering of police officers and other rank and files presence, was closed to rebuking CP Kamaldeen in the open, for not celebrating the successes the command recorded under his watch.

Instead, the AIG took CP Kamaldeen on elementary tutorials, the rudiments and benefits therein, in constant and no-hold bare engagement with the media, on activities of the command.

“I am marvelled with the achievements you had recorded within the period under review. You need to be blowing your trumpet by calling for press conference in order to showcase the success recorded in the command.

“Media engagement should be part of your usual routine. You need to come to terms that, if you don’t blow your trumpet, nobody will blow it for you because, everyone is busy blowing their own trumpets,” the AIG admonished.

Will this home truth make any difference in CP Kamaldeen Okunlola relationship with the media in Sokoto? Time is tickling.

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ICC:  Arewa Group Sparks Fire, Says Wike Must Go

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A Northern group under the auspices of Arewa New Agenda (ANA) blasted the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Nyesome Wike as an intruder who is having vested interest in the political space of 2027.

The group said the dictatorial nature of Tinubu shown today with forceful takeover of International conference center (ICC) which is under the management of their leader, Sen. Ahmad Abubakar MoAllahyidi and incidentally is the Managing Director of Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd (IFMSL) – the contracting firm managing ICC was a pure disgrace of the tenets of democracy.

The group in a press conference in Abuja cautioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be wary about his political maneuvers that is pitching a tent of political allies to work against him.

Prof Usman A. K, ANA’s Deputy Chairman addressed journalists on behalf of the group and reiterated that Wike is depicting the government of Tinubu in bad light and creating confusion where none exists.

According to him Minister Wike is an unrepentant member of the PDP who placed a curse on himself should he leave the PDP.

” Being in the main opposition party, he might as a presidential candidate of his party, be pitched against Tinubu in the 2027 presidential election. Undermining the Tinubu administration the way he is currently doing therefore would, in such scenario, serve him well.”

Usman described the administration of the FCT Minister as a Nepotism as a “Knight in Shining Armor”: Minister Wike’s Naked Dance in the Village Square.

He said ANA is known with a routine public engagement in support of the Tinubu Administration- going back several months before, during and after the 2023 Presidential election.

But he however said  today’s press conference is caused by a worrisome dimension that crept into the body-politic of the Tinubu administration and is eating deep like a cankerworm into the fabric of the nation destroying trust between the people and the APC led Federal Government.

The statement of the press conference reads as follows:

“The name Nyesom Wike has become synonymous with controversy and un-guarded pronouncements not-minding whose ox is gored and what the larger consequences may be. This summarizes the character of the person who sits as the Minister of the FCT in the current administration. As an outsider in government, ordinarily this man should have been the humblest man in this government with a pleasant disposition and kind words. This unfortunately is not the case. The case is that Wike is projecting himself as the lord of the manor and a knight in a shining armour driven by nepotism, conceitedness and narcissistic posturing.

“The Arewa New Agenda is not new to you gentlemen of the press. You will recall that long before the electioneering process for the 2023 general election took firm roots, ANA, in the spirit of fairness, has been in the forefront of projecting northern values of fairness, trust and friendship and rallying support of northern Nigeria for Tinubu. Data from the last six election cycles indicates that the north control 73% of votes that makes anyone President in Nigeria. Arewa New Agenda helped in getting majority of these votes for president Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the last Presidential election in the country.

ANA is on record to have convened series of dialogue sessions to support key policies of the Tinubu Administration such as poverty reduction, peace and peaceful coexistence, removal of oil subsidy and benefits of the renewed hope agenda.

“ANA has been engaged in the support and promotion of good policies and actions of the Tinubu Administration under the leadership of our convener, Sen. Ahmad Abubakar MoAllahyidi who incidentally is the MD of Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd (IFMSL) – the contracting firm managing the International Conference Center in Abuja (The ICC).

“The minister of the FCT, in his usual element, recently took to the media saying he has revoked the management contract of the ICC and threatened to shut it down. This action of the minister is irregular, devoid of due process and without regard for fair hearing.

Minister Wike in purporting to terminate the management contract between IFMSL and Abuja Investments Company Limited (AICL) exhibits ignorance of what the ICC as a global standard Event Centre stands for. The ICC is the No. 1 event center in Nigeria. It is the go-to venue for international organizations having events in Nigeria. At the time of Wike’s purported revocation of Integrated Facility Managers management contract of the ICC, a number of international organizations have booked the ICC for their events. These bookings are for the whole year ending December 2024. The threat of the Minister to close down the ICC has impacted negatively on these bookings which are third-party contracts with clients locally and internationally. The threat also hampers international business; drives away foreign investment and kills growth and business prospects at a time the country needs these the most. 

It is worth noting that the facility managers of the ICC –  Integrated  Facility Management Services Ltd, has remolded the ICC to meet global standards. By IFMSL remolding of the ICC, the Centre is now a flexible venue that can be customized to client’s specifications. The facility depicts opulence and refined aesthetics of the modern world. 

“In the circumstance, it is very distressing hearing Wike saying he is going to renovate the ICC when no assessment has been carried out and no performance audit has been done in the ICC. As it stands today, the ICC is in its best form delivering first class and five-star services to its clients. To embark on a so-called renovation at this time is to engage in a wasteful exercise. If it is not broken, why mend it? 

“We hasten to state that the ICC is managed by Integrated facility managers under a subsisting management contract with Abuja Investment Company ltd, that has provisions on how the contract could be terminated. Without recourse to the management contract provisions on termination, the FCT Minister took to the air announcing he has terminated the contract. This action of the minister is irregular, against fair hearing and the rule of law and unhelpful to the Tinubu administration. Simple: The FCT Minister cannot do what he is threatening to do because it is against the law, fair dealings and has no place in governance and service delivery.

The FCT Minister’s despotic and nepotic profiling of the north, going after the businesses and social interest of individuals and groups that are Bonafede APC members is unhelpful to the Tinubu administration and paints the picture of one undermining his master in a veiled effort to feather his political nest against 2027.

“By his actions, Minister Wike is pitching the Tinubu administration against Nigerian citizens by depicting the government in bad light and creating confusion where none exists. Minister Wike is an unrepentant member of the PDP who placed a curse on himself should he leave the PDP. Being in the main opposition party, he might as a presidential candidate of his party, be pitched against Tinubu in the 2027 presidential election. Undermining the Tinubu administration the way he is currently doing therefore would, in such scenario, serve him well.

“By this we will go any length to seek for justice and fight for our rights. We are party men and women who supported this government against all odds yet what we see now is a show of hatred for those that love Tinubu and our Great. We can’t accept these charades.

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Gov Fintiri Sets Up Committee To Investigate Yola Market Inferno

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has set up a 15-member high powered investigation committee on the Yola Market fire disaster. 

The fire has burnt down many shops of the market on Monday. 

This is contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Awwal Tukur.

The committee has the Commissioner of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Humanitarian Services as Chairman, while the executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) will serve as the Secretary. 

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Wike: APC Chieftain Lampoons Northern Politicians In Tinubu’s Cabinet

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…says they’re gullible politicians who failed to represent the region well

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Sai’du Bobboi lampooned Northern politicians who have formed the cabinet of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a bunch of failures in representing the entire region.

He said the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Nyesome Wike is an intruder and the Party’s interloper who came from the opposition ruling party and displaced them in silenced any issues concerning the northern region.

He accused Wike of attacking some well-meaning Nigerians, especially those from the Northern extraction at will without any of the politicians in the current government fighting for the injustice being meted out by the current FCT minister to many sons and Daughters of the party.

Sai’du from Adamawa Central Senatorial District gave the example of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd managing the affairs of the International Conference Center (ICC) Abuja abruptly revoked its contract with the federal government by Wike without following due process.

According to him, Wike did that because the company is owned by a Northerner and revoked the contractual agreement with the sole aim of empowering his political cronies who will be loyal to him in 2027.

The Adamawa State-born politician said the crop of ministers from the Northern region in the current cabinets are Wike stooges who do not have the capability and capacity to stand against injustice and defend anyone in the North.

Worried that if they cannot defend the interest of the North and any politician who has served the party well and wholeheartedly worked for the success of the party they have become failures and all Nigerians should boo them because they are a disgrace.

Sai’du further said that Mallam Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi, a non-serving Senator who has represented Adamawa Southern Senatorial District in recent times became a victim of Wike’s “rascality” of attacking Northerners.

Sai’du who was the former National Chairman of the KOWA Party said Moallayidi was one of the few individuals who sacrificed a lot in delivering President Tinubu and all he could get in return was Wike’s sheer wickedness in attacking Northerners.

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency replace Wike with a more decent politician from Rivers State who is a true member of APC otherwise, the excesses of his leadership are becoming more unbecoming and will consume everyone in the party, including the president.

“Wike from PDP is getting on the nerves of everyone in APC, the Man is having his field day and his atrocities are going unhindered being aided by the so-called Ministers who are afraid to call him to order.

“All I’m saying is he should stand up for Justice and stop fighting those who worked for the party that’s today a beneficiary of their hard work and labor through all sorts of pains to bring Tinubu on board,” Sai’du said

Sai’du a one-time Vice Presidential Candidate of the KOWA PARTY in the 2015 Presidential Election With Professor Oluremi Sonayya as the only woman Presidential candidate continued to say that the APC party is becoming evil with the glaring tendencies of killing her own bonafide Sons and Daughters.

“Many people sacrificed a lot, who against all odds served the party and spent their time, energy and resources in bringing into power the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu are today crying for marginalization because the likes of Wike are the Alpha and Omega of all that’s happening in the party.” He said

He said Northern politicians in Tinubu’s regime are dosing off, they should wake up and fight for the collective interest of the entire region.

“Your silence is too much for our liking, you are becoming stooges to a Man that ought to be under your tutelage. He has silenced you and is making you irrelevant in this administration for his personal interest. Under your nose is fighting one of our own for no just course, under your watch is meting out injustice to some northern politicians and none of you can address him. You are failing us, you are not representing us well and you all will regret it later. Remember the consequences of your actions or inactions will bore down to the electorates to decide.” Sai’du further stated

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