Ayodeji Ake reports that to commemorate the 16th birthday of Leah Sharibu, which she marked in Boko Haram captivity 450 days after she was abducted, the Realm of Glory Church and the Catalyst for Global Peace and Justice organised a birthday rally to clamour for her speedy release When 110 school girls aged 11 to 19 years were abducted from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, located in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government area of Yobe State by the Boko Haram terrorists on February 19, 2018, no one foresaw a repeat of the Chibok girls saga, but it did happen. After several calls and pressure from concerned Nigerians and groups, on March 21, 2018, the federal government announced that Boko Haram had returned the kidnapped children. However, Sharibu, wasn’t released by her abductors due to her resistance to be forcefully converted to Islam. Sharibu was in SS1 when she was kidnapped, along with the other girls. As at today, she has spent over 454 days in captivity, and still counting.
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Two regular Marshalls of the Federal Road Safety Commission i(FRSC) n Osun State were yesterday night reportedly abducted by people suspected to be kidnappers. It was learnt that the duo were kidnapped at Iwaraja/Ipetu-ijesa axis of Akure/Ilesa road while travelling to Akure, Ondo state. The circumstances surrounding the abducted FRSC officials simply identified as Baiyeguni and Abioye were still cloudy as of the time of filling this report. However, the spokesperson of the Osun state police command, Folashade Odoro confirmed the incident and maintained that the police would get to the root of the matter. Osun state sector commander of the FRSC, Mr. Peter Oke could not be reached for comments.
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The Office of the Auditor- General in Osun State in collaboration with the European Union, World Bank Assisted State and the Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) Project organised its annual Audit Forum with determination to demonstrate the State Government’s commitment towards improving transparency. While presenting the 2017 /2018 state audited accounts at the programme held at Aurora Events Centre, Osogbo, the Osun State capital yesterday, the state Auditor -General, Alhaji Folorunso Adesina said “the objective of this forum is to demonstrate the State Government commitmenttowards improving transparency, accountability and probity in the management of public funds in line with the requirements of global best practices.”
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Ahead of May 29, the federal government has said adequate security and safety of all Nigerians as well as world leaders invited for the presidential inauguration have been put in place. Government also said invitation would be sent to members of the opposition ready to attend the event. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said this Monday during a world press conference in Abuja. Speaking against the backdrop of the current security situation and the alarm raised by the military over alleged plot to truncate the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, the minister said the federal government had set necessary machinery in motion to ensure a hitch-free event. “On the question about the safety of world leaders, I assure you, Nigeria is safe. Their security and that of every Nigerian is guaranteed.
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Ademola Oni Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, described as shameful the Presidency’s attempt to put herders’ group, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria, on the same social status as the Yoruba and Igbo socio-cultural bodies, Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, respectively.
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The Court of Appeal Abuja division today nullified the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had declared the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the September 2018 poll. In a dissenting judgment of four-to-one, the five-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey, the Court of Appeal upheld the appeal filed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State challenging the verdict of the tribunal and affirmed him as duly elected
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Members of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, otherwise called OYES Cadets, at the weekend trooped out in large number to celebrate the outcome of the Appeal Court verdict on the state governorship election which affirmed the victory of Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola as the winner of the September 22 poll and subsequent rerun held on September 27, 2018.
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Barring any last minute change, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal will today commence hearing of the appeal filed by the Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC). Daily Sun gathered that April 24 had been fixed by the Court of Appeal for the hearing of the appeal. The parties are challenging the judgment of the state’s Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified their election on March 22, 2019.
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