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APC Chieftains, Appointees, Agbere Community, Others Condole With Diri Family

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*Gov Says Steps Taken To Restore Peace In Nembe*

Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were among sympathisers at the country home of the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, at the weekend following the demise of the governor’s father, Pa Abraham Diri.

Former Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who led the delegation that included Chief Osom Blankson, and Mr. Perez Peretu among others, said the visit was to identify with Governor Diri and his family in their moment of grief.

He described the death of a parent as a very difficult pill to swallow but urged the governor to take solace in the worthy legacies of his father.

While describing the late Diri as a father who lived a life worthy of emulation, Senator Lokpobiri prayed to God to grant the governor and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Scores of appointees of the Bayelsa governor, including Special Advisers, Technical Advisers, Governors Representatives in the local government areas, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants on New Media also visited to condole with their boss.

The appointees said they were at Sampou to support the governor in this difficult moment.

They also prayed to God to strengthen him and his family following the loss of their patriarch.

Also, a delegation of chiefs and leaders from the Agbere community in the Sagbama Local Government Area of the state visited the governor.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Chief Alale Don-Felix expressed sadness over the demise of Pa Diri and prayed that God would comfort the governor and his family.

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He thanked Governor Diri for his continuous show of love to the people of Agbere, saying they were grateful to him also for appointing worthy sons and daughters of the community into positions of trust in his administration.

Responding, Governor Diri thanked Senator Lokpobiri, saying he was strengthened by the visit.

He stressed the need for people of the state to show love to one another at all times rather than allow themselves to be divided by politics.

According to him, politics was a means to an end and not warfare.

Speaking when he received the political appointees, Governor Diri condemned the recent killings in Nembe-Bassambiri and again urged the people of the state to shun politics of violence.

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He said he had directed security agencies to move to Nembe and restore peace in the area.

He equally warned those bent on perpetrating violence in the community to rethink, saying the government will not fold its arms and allow the loss of innocent lives.

“I have directed security agencies to step in and restore the peace. They will be there until after the election.

“We must discourage the old style of politics where we easily take innocent lives. That cannot go on anymore.”

Also responding to the Agbere community, the governor thanked the delegation, saying his family appreciates the visit.

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He equally commended his appointees from the community, including the Commissioner for Finance, Maxwell Ebibai, the Special Adviser on Security (1), Akpoebi Agberebi and the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, describing them as very diligent in their duties.

His words: “I like to thank you for the visit. Indeed, I and my family are strengthened by your show of love. May we continue to be there for one another,” he said.

Another group of sympathisers that visited the governor included the Governing Councils of the Niger Delta University (NDU) and the University of Africa, Toru-Orua (UAT), the state chapter of the National Association of Nursing and Midwives, the Yenagoa and Sagbama branches of the Nigerian Bar Association and the state chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).

Others were the General Managers of Yenagoa-based broadcast stations, publishers under the aegis of the Bayelsa Independent Publishers Association (BIPA) and Bayelsa Federation of Newspaper Publishers Association (BAFENPA) as well as the executive and members of the Federated Correspondents Chapel (FCC) among others.

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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States

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The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.

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“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”

 

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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life

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Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.

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While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”

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Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks

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The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.

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DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.

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ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

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  • Source: Independent

 

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