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SANWO-OLU RECEIVES CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, PRAISES MILITARY FOR PROFESSIONALISM

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has praised the Nigerian Army for joining hands with his government to strengthen security in the State. The Governor said his two previous meetings with the Division of the Nigerian Army in the State yielded positive outcome, hailing the military for keeping its commitment to boost the State’s efforts.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu spoke while receiving the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who paid a courtesy visit to him in Alausa on Monday.

The Governor hailed the Nigerian Army for maintaining high level of discipline and professionalism in its operational engagement, saying the actions of Army personnel in state had been in line with best practice.

“I am happy to inform our gallant Chief of Army Staff that your men have demonstrated highest level of commitment to us in Lagos and are giving us great support to enhance security. On multiple occasions, the Army has responded to our distress calls and this is commendable. I want to assure you that we will not take our relationship for granted,” the Governor said.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated his administration’s commitment to keep the state safe for investment and living, stressing that security operations would be strengthened to bring down crimes to minimum level.

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The Governor also praised the Army for supporting the state’s environmental plan, noting that he was personally excited to see soldiers engaging in sanitation last Saturday.

Buratai said the Army would not shirk its responsibility to enhance security of lives and property in Lagos and across the nation, assuring that the military would always deploy its personnel for joint security operations to combat crimes in all parts of the country.

He said: “The Nigerian Army is assuring Your Excellency, Gov. Sanwo-Olu, that we are determined to collaborate with you and support your efforts to secure Lagos and defeat all forms of security challenges. I’m using this opportunity to show appreciation to Lagos government for supporting our activities.”

The Army chief, who said he was in Lagos for Combat Support Arms Training Week and Nigerian Army Day celebration, noted that the visit was also to get the support of the Lagos government to develop the Army’s property in Epe Military Barracks, which is presently occupied by the Lagos State University.

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Buratai said the Combat Support Arms Training Week was a platform to provide combat support section of the Army and re-appraise their performances in their task of providing efficient combat support for the military operations.

He said the Nigerian Army Day was to mark the contribution of fallen soldiers to the unity and security of the country.

“The celebration of the Army Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate and honour some of our deserving personnel, both living and those that have sacrificed their lives for the unity of our nation. We remember their sacrifices and also pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased. Our hearts are with their families now and always,” he said.

Other top government officials that received the Army chief and his entourage included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

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Breaking: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator Representing Kogi West

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The election that saw Dino Melaye emerging as Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district has been nullified.

Senator Melaye’s election  was cancelled by the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

The nullification was announced on Friday, August 23.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC), Melaye polled a total of 85,395 votes to defeat his All Progressive Congress (APC) opponent who scored 66,902 votes.

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The result was however contested on the grounds of irregularities, overvoting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the APC candidate, Sam Adeyemi.

According to reports, the three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for another election in the senatorial district.

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Oyo House Of Assembly Finally Confirms Seun Fakorede As Commissioner

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27 year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede as commissioner.

Fakorede was appointed as commissioner for youth and sport despite a protest by party stalwarts earlier today.

Governor Seyi Makinde had sent Fakorede’s name to the Assembly alongside that of Professor Raphael Afonja, and Faosat Joke Sunni in a list of his second batch of cabinet nominees.

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The three were screened and approved on Thursday, August 21.

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Announcing the approval, the  Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, praised Governor Makinde for nominating the commissioners-designate.

Hesaid: “The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27-year-old Fakorede Seun Temidayo of Ibarapaland and two others as commissioners of the Oyo State Government.”

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Governor Makinde In Dilema Over Future Of Oyo’s Youngest Commissioner-nominee

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is currently in a dilema over the future of one of his commissioner-nominees, Oluwaseun Fakorede.

Fokorede’s appointment initially celebrated in Oyo State has now turned controversial leading to a face off between groups.

While a group is opposing the nomination of 27-year-old, the other group is supporting his nomination as a commissioner.

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The anti-Fakorede group is made up of members and leaders of the ruling party who have hinged their protest on claims that Fakore’s father had defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked against the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the elections.

The group, which comprises party leaders, elders and women urge lawmakers not to screen or confirm his nomination adding that his nomination  negates the sharing arrangement by the leaders to cover the interest of all the regions and zones of the area.

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