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Rochas Yet To Release Funds For My Inauguration’ Ihedioha

Emeka Ihedioha, governor-elect of Imo state, has said that Rochas Okorocha, the incumbent governor of the state, has not released money for his swearing in on May 29 .

In a statement by Ray Emeana, secretary of his inauguration and handover committee, the governor-elect said Okorocha has refused to finance the inauguration activities despite agreeing to a “common resolution” to work together.

Ihedioha denied the rumour that Okorocha had released N150m to his inauguration and handover committee.

He, however, said arrangements were in top gear to deliver a “world-class inauguration” to the people of the state come May 29.

“Governor Rochas Okorocha has not released any money to the Emeka Ihedioha Inauguration Planning And Handover Committee,” the statement read.

“For the avoidance of doubts, Governor Rochas Okorocha and his outgoing government have not released any money to the Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee.

“The committee has not requested for any money either. Rather, the joint committee made up of the 31–member Ihediohia team and the 21–member Rochas Okorocha team met and adopted common resolutions on how best to proceed with the inauguration activities.

“Rochas Okorocha has since abandoned the mutual resolutions and proceeded with his ‘Internet-based Commissioning of Internet Sited Projects’.

“Conscious of the importance Imo people attach to the May 29, 2019 handover date, the Ihedioha/Irona inauguration committee has proceeded with arrangements to deliver a world-class inauguration to Imo people come May 29, 2019.

“Arrangements to ensure this delivery include such activities such as providing clean environments within and around event venues including the Dan Anyiam and Grass Hoppers Handball stadia.

“We can understand the frustrations of Governor Okorocha and the remnants of his e-rats, having realized that their efforts to derail the swearing-in of His Excellency, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha and Hon (Engr) Gerald Irona as Imo State Governor and Deputy Governor respectively have failed woefully.”

Ihedioha, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had polled 273, 404 votes to beat his closest rival, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA).

Nwosu, Okorocha’s son-in-law and his preferred candidate, had lost out in his bid to secure the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) despite efforts of the governor.

Following his failure to secure the APC’s ticket, Nwosu had dumped the ruling party for the AA.

Police arrest 14 suspected kidnappers in Nasarawa State

The Police Command in Nasarawa State says it has arrested 14 suspected kidnappers terrorising parts of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, stated this while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters on Monday in Lafia.

Longe explained that the suspects were arrested during a raid on their hideout at Mararaban-Udege, Toto Local Government Area of the state at the weekend.

According to him, some of the victims from the area had identified some of the suspects during their abduction.

The commissioner said investigation was on to ascertain their level of involvement and other accomplices.

He said the police was battle ready and committed to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially kidnappers and armed robbers.

Longe warned those with criminal tendencies to desist from the act or be ready to face the wrath of the law as the police would be coming for them.

The commissioner assured law abiding citizens of the state of their safety as they go about their lawful businesses.

“We need the cooperation of the public in terms of vital information in order to ensure effective policing,” he said.

Court Remands Carpenter Over Alleged Illegal Arms Possession

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Monday remanded ordered that Mohammed Azeez, a carpenter, accused of alleged illegal arms possession be remanded in prison, pending the outcome of an investigation.

The police charged Azeez with criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of a firearm.

Magistrate Mufuliat Ishau ordered that Azeez be remanded in Mandala Prison, Ilorin, following an application by the prosecution counsel.

She adjourned the case until June 10, for further hearing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Folorunsho Zacheaus, told the court that the defendant was arrested by a police patrol team while on “stop and search” duty on the Shao to Jebba highway.

He said that when the police recovered a locally made single barrel gun from the defendant during a search.

When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 6 (B) and 3 (1) of robbery and Firearms Law of Nigeria, 2004.

Saraki Hails Falcons Over WAFU Success

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday lauded the Super Falcons for lifting the 2019 WAFU Cup following their soul-lifting display in the finals of the game last Saturday in Abidjan.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the country cannot but be proud about the patriotism and resilience of its female national team.
He stated that even though the victory came after a hard fight, the Super Falcons have once again re-enacted their dominance in the sub-region.

“Your courage, discipline, team spirit and above all, patriotism have brought joy and fulfilment to all football lovers across the country.

“You have done us proud by remaining a source of inspiration to the younger generation. You have amply demonstrated once again that any worthy goal is achievable if pursued with focus, zeal, commitment and organization. Your success is our success. Congratulations!”

While commending the coach, players and technical crew for the exceptional feat, the President of the Senate expressed hope that the WAFU Cup would spur the female national team, once again, to another dazzling performance during the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship in France.

Germany Spends 23 Billion Euros On Refugees

Germany spent a record 23 billion euros ($25.65 billion) last year on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

That marks an increase of nearly 11 percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed Reuters reported.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly defended her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to hundreds of thousands of war refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, as a humanitarian necessity but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such mass migration by tackling its causes.

The government spent a total of 7.9 billion euros in 2018 on measures aimed at keeping migrants outside the European Union and improving living conditions in their home countries a 16 percent increase compared with 2017.

Germany’s 16 states, which are mainly in charge of housing and integrating the arrivals from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, received 7.5 billion euros from the federal government last year, according to the report. This marked an increase of 14 percent on the year.

Alice Weidel, parliamentary leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), criticized Merkel’s government for spending billions on refugees, saying: “This is a costly welcome party at the expense of citizens.”

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