TOP STORIES: Supreme Court Victory: Tinubu is ready to work with Atiku, Obi, he has invited them- FG.

President Bola Tinubu-led government has promised to work with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his counterpart in the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.

 

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, stated this on Friday night after the Supreme Court judgment affirmed Tinubu as the winner of the election.

Recall that the apex court on Thursday upheld the September 6 ruling of the Presidential Election Petitions Court.

The seven-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Inyang Okoro, dismissed the petitions filed by Atiku and Obi against Tinubu.
The minister in an interview with Punch, said the President remained open to work with the opposition.

Idris when asked if Tinubu would be ready to work with both Atiku and Obi, said, “Since the President won this election, he has always invited people to come and join him for the good of Nigeria. Mr President is not the kind of person to say ‘I have become president, everybody should go away’. No. They (Atiku and Obi) are the ones that have not heeded that call.

“Anytime any of them is willing to join hands with the President, why not? The President is open and willing to accommodate everybody, irrespective of religious, social and political affiliation so that we can all join hands for Nigeria to go forward.”

Idris noted that the President had made it clear that he would be a President for all Nigerians, irrespective of their regional, ethnic, partisan or religious affiliations.

He stated further, “The courts have spoken and the President and the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, have welcomed this judicial victory as pronounced. We thank the judiciary for the painstaking work that they have done and for rising to the occasion in fulfilment of their constitutional mandate as the final arbiters of electoral proceedings in the country.

“Now that the legal contest regarding the outcome of the presidential election is now behind us, it is time for all of us to come together and move forward, into a season of governing that is without distraction.

“These are indeed challenging economic times, not just for Nigeria, but also for many countries around the world, and all hands must be on deck to tackle the challenges confronting us.

[PRESS STATEMENT] NADECO Congratulates President Bola Tinubu, GCFR On His Confirmation as President of Nigeria by The Supreme Court and Calls on Him to Act on APC Manifesto and El-Rufai Panel Recommendations

The National Democratic Coalition, NADECO wishes to congratulate President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his judicial victory confirmation by the Supreme Court of Nigeria in its October 26 2023  verdict on the election petition s filed by political opponents against his declared victory by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC after  the February 2023 Presidential Election.

NADECO wishes to restate that even though our preference was for the Nigerian State to first organize the necessary and desirable return to Federal Constitutional Governance upon which Nigeria secured her independence, we are gratified that the partisan politicians have locked horns, campaigned, contested, won and lost election and have exhausted all the legal remedies available for whatever redress they deemed fit in the circumstances of the elections.

NADECO further wishes to state that NOW is the time to deliver the much expected services in the socio-economic and political sphere through well thought out and rightly directed policies desirable to quickly alleviate the unacceptable level of suffering, poverty, economic misery and neglect to which Nigerians have been subjected by immediate past rulers and leaders, for many years now.

NADECO again restates for emphasis that while we strongly desire an immediate upliftment in the standard and quality of living of Nigerians, we expect much more than the necessary bread and butter economic gains.

5a.     NADECO believes that the President Bola Tinubu Government must equally prioritize the process of implementing the APC manifesto particularly in Article 7, pages 3, 7, 29, 37:

Under the aims and objectives of its article 7, the APC Constitution commits the party to firstly, promote and foster the unity, political stability and national consciousness of the people of Nigeria, and secondly, to promote true federalism in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In the foreword to its vision for a New Nigeria (page 3, second paragraph), the APC Manifesto commits the party to ‘implement efficient public financial management strategies and ensure true federalism” as well as “restructure governance in a way that kick starts our political economy so that we can begin to walk the path of our better future”. Also, in its manifesto (page 7), APC entered into an “Honest Contract” with Nigeria to create a federalism with “more equitable distribution of national revenue to the states and local governments because this is where grassroots democracy and economic development must be established.”

In its Commitment to Restore Good Government (page 29, last paragraph), the APC Manifesto again stresses reliance on enhancing federalism through a two-pronged approach that consists of i) devolving control of policing and local prisons to the states and giving the right to nominate State Police Commissioners to Governors; and ii) Expanding the role of the Council of States to act as a consultation and negotiating forum between the Federal and State governments to agree on joint economic and social initiatives.

Finally, under its promised Reforms and “a Government You Can Trust” (page 37, last paragraph), the APC Manifesto pledges to “devolve more revenue and powers to the States and Local Governments so that decision making is closer to the people” and pledge to “bring the government closer to the people through political decentralization including local policing”.

The El-Rufai Committee’s Report recommended for a start the following among others that the APC Government should take immediate steps to return Nigeria to Federal Constitutional Governance upon which the country secured her independence;

Devolution of powers to State

Resource control

Making Local Government Affairs an affair of the states

Constitutional amendments to allow merger of States

State Police

State Court of Appeal

Independent Candidacy

The above were the promises upon which people voted for APC in 2015. TIME IS OF ESSENCE because the necessity for a return to FEDERALISM is a critical existential matter that has overall bearing as to the continued co- mutual existence of the country.

NADECO also wishes to restate again that, the so called “NADECO USA” is a FRAUD, and a DECEPTION being promoted by elements that were not in any of our structure while NADECO operated globally. We have denounced this farcical group, reminding them that NADECO at its November 1999 properly convened meeting in Virginia, USA, presided over by its National Leader, Chief Anthony Enahoro, the organization announced that it was winding down its overseas operations. There had been no reversal of that decision.

NADECO recognizes the fundamental rights of Nigerians to hold personal opinion and to express them in persons or in groups. What is deeply objectionable is for elements who were not part of NADECO while it was losing its sweat, its blood, liberty, possession, and even martyred to suddenly start appropriating the good name and reputation earned through a lot of pain and sacrifice by NADECO for their transient pursuit of partisan objectives.

President Bola Tinubu as a Critical Stakeholder in the highest structure of NADECO, who expended his resources and network together with others while we were in the trenches should prove beyond reasonable doubts that he remains faithful and committed towards restoring Nigeria to the NEGOTIATED FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.

No one needs to remind Mr. President that the current warped, skewed, and lopsided national structure must be reconfigured in order to give hope and sense of belonging to all Nigerians that they are equal joint stakeholder in the Nigerian Project.

NADECO wishes President Bola Tinubu divine guidance, robust health, necessary tact and discipline to deliver exemplary services to Nigerians during his tour of duty.

THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY MUST NOT BE LOST, AS THE BLACK RACE HAS WAITED FOR TOO LONG FOR NIGERIA AS THE MOST POPULOUS BLACK NATION TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP FOR THE BLACK WORLD IN THE COMMITY OF NATIONS.

IG of Police pledges adequate deployment of resources to secure oil facilities.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Kayode Egbetokun has pledged to deploy adequate assets to enhance the security of oil facilities in the country.

 

This is contained in a statement made by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Friday in Abuja.

The I-G made the pledge during a visit by the Executive Secretary and Heads of Security of oil companies in Nigeria under the umbrella of Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS).

 

Egbetokun called for collaboration with stakeholders to optimise security within the Nigerian oil and gas sector.
He said that the collaboration would address oil theft, bolster the protection of critical oil and gas infrastructure and foster synergy among various security agencies in the sector.

According to him, the oil and gas industry plays a pivotal role in Nigeria’s economy as such the safety and security of its operations is of paramount importance. “This collaboration underscores the shared commitment to safeguarding the industry and addressing security threats that impact its stability and efficiency.

“It will improve community engagement and corporate social responsibility, operational support, as well as training programmes and operational simulations for operatives,” he said.
The Police boss reiterated his commitment to establish a Special Intervention Squad, whose operation would include protecting oil and gas businesses and facilities in Nigeria.

IGP Directs Doctors to Treat Gunshots, Accident Victims Without Police Report.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has issued a resounding call to all medical practitioners in Nigeria to provide prompt and compassionate treatment to all victims of gunshots and accidents, irrespective of the presence or absence of a police report.

This is in response to the ongoing concern over the tragic loss of lives due to the neglect of gunshot and accident victims. The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi made this known in a statement on Saturday.

He said that the IGP’s directive aligns with the full enforcement of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act of 2017, which mandates that all healthcare providers prioritize the immediate care and stabilization of such patients, recognizing the critical importance of timely medical attention in saving lives.

“The IGPs decision comes as a response to the relentless outcry from concerned citizens and the broader community, highlighting the tragic consequences of delays in treating these victims.

“The IGP underscores the moral duty and responsibility of medical practitioners to uphold the sanctity of life and provide life-saving care to those in need aiming to bridge the gap between law enforcement agencies and healthcare providers, facilitating a more efficient and compassionate response to emergency situations, and curbing crimes by fulfilling their obligation to invite the Police for assessment while treatment is ongoing.

“The Inspector-General calls on all medical institutions and professionals to adhere to these directives and fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies when necessary, emphasizing the paramount importance of saving lives and promoting a safer and healthier society”, the statement said.
The Nigeria Police added that it will collaborate with all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, particularly the Federal Ministry of Health for the full enforcement of the provisions of the Act.

IG decorates 12 AIGs, 19 CPs.

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, on Thursday, decorated 12 Assistant Inspectors General of Police and 19 Commissioners of Police with their new ranks during a ceremony that took place at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

 

The decoration comes after the approval by the Police Service Commission of the NPF recommendation for the promotion of the 31 AIGs and CPs, as well as 5,687 other dedicated senior officers within the Nigeria Police Force.

The occasion had in attendance the Governors of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Kogi, and Lagos states, the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dane; ex-IG Usman Baba, among others.

A statement on Thursday by the  Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, quoted the IG as charging the elevated officers “to continue to exhibit the core values of service, sacrifice, and selflessness in the discharge of their duties.”

He also commended their dedication and hard work, which, he said, earned them “these well-deserved promotions.”

The NPF also wishes to warn all those involved in the creation, floating, or distribution of illegal applications and websites to be aware that they will face the consequences of the law as the long arm of the law will catch up with all those engaged in fraudulent and deceptive criminal activities.

PLATFORMS APPROVED, OTHERS ILLEGAL, FRAUDULENT.

As Police Warns Citizens to be Vigilant, Not Engage Unknown Platforms, Security Applications

Nigeria Police Force following recent proliferation of virtual platforms claiming to be affiliated with the Force, has warned the public that there are only three (3) approved applications/websites for virtual policing services.

These include the NPF Rescue Me Application for emergencies which is available on android and ios; the NPF Central Motor Registry website for digitalized motor vehicle data; and the Police-VGS Quick Emergency Reporting and Response System (QERRS), a smart policing initiative aimed at revolutionizing police response to emergencies.

This is contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who noted that the Force wishes to reiterate that any other application or website claiming to provide virtual policing services are not approved by the Nigeria Police Force and are therefore fraudulent.

Therefore, members of the public are urged to take note and follow the official Nigeria Police social media handles where information regarding approved services and updates are being shared regularly.

For the avoidance of doubt, the approved applications are available online via the following platforms – Police-VGS and NPF Rescue Me on Google Play Store and Apple iOS store; while the NPF CMR is available on a user-friendly public portal at https://cmris.npf.gov.ng. In the case of introduction or floating of any new application, the Force will make an official announcement through the media and its dedicated social media handles accordingly.

The NPF also wishes to warn all those involved in the creation, floating, or distribution of illegal applications and websites to be aware that they will face the consequences of the law as the long arm of the law will catch up with all those engaged in fraudulent and deceptive criminal activities.

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