How Frank Mba’s name cropped up as new Lagos State CP
A leaked memo of a proposal by to the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, is the source of last week’s report that former force spokesman of the NPF, Frank Mba, had been posted as the new Commissioner of Police in Lagos.
The news was quickly dispelled by the Lagos State Police Command, whose spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police (SP), stating that Lanre Alabi, remained the CP in the nation’s commercial capital, shortly after the story of Mba’s posting began making the rounds.
Vanguard, however reports that its investigations, revealed that prior to news, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Hafiz Inuwa, forwarded a memo to the Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), proposing in in an internal memo with reference numberSB.0025/FS/FHQ/ABJ/T.4/365 dated January 24, 2023 the posting of Mba as the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State and Idowu Owohunwa as new Commissioner of Police for Lagos.
Citing sources from the Sir Louis Edet House, Headquarters of the NPF in Abuja, the report said the memo was in anticipation of the elevation of the two Commissioners of Police in charge of Ogun, Lanre Bankole and Abiodun Alabi, currently in charge of Lagos to the rank of Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), adding that the memo was still pending when the story was blown open.
Apart from Mba, the report had claimed that Principal Staff Officer (PSO), Idowu Owohunwa, had been posted to head the Ogun state police command, before it was dispelled in a statement by Hundeyin, who said that no Commissioner of Police had been posted to the state, urging members of the public to disregard fake news making the rounds.
The report also stated that the decision on the memo was supposed to be discussed at the plenary of the PSC, adding that the confusion was heightened by insinuations that Mba was posted to Lagos State but removed at the last minute by a clique said to be stoutly against a non-indigene of South-West occupying the exalted seat in Lagos.
But, sources from PSC stated that there was no truth in that but noted that the plenary would take place in Abuja anytime this week, while another source was said to have disclosed that the posting of the serving Commissioners of Police would be confirmed, while that of the elevation of commissioners of police in Ogun and Lagos states to the next rank of AIG, would be announced, before the request from Force Headquarters for the posting of new CPs for the two states would be announced.
Meanwhile, it was also gathered that the Police Service Commission, PSC, is expected to elevate the present Assistant Inspector General of Police at Zone 2, Onikan, comprising Ogun and Lagos states, Bode Adeleke, to the higher position of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG.
He will be replacing the present DIG from South West geo-political zone, Babatunde Kokumo, who is due for retirement.
When contacted, Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, CSP said: “It is not true. No posting was done yet. We will make an official release whenever we have CPs posting as usual. Ignore the rumour, please.”
BREAKING: All clear for Tinubu! S’Court dismisses PDP’s double nomination suit *Says, PDP a busy-body
For being a meddlesome interloper and a busy-body in bringing a case that was none of its business, the Supreme Court, on Friday slammed a N2million fine on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over its suit demanding that the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election be vitiated.
The main opposition party, had claimed that Kashim Shettima, being a candidate in a Senatorial election in Borno and as well as the running mate to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate in the election, amounted to double Nomination, which is forbidden by the law.
Based on that, the prayed the apex court to declare the ticket null and void and the votes recorded for it in the election, through which they were declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted, a prayer, which if it had succeeded, would pave the way for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the party in the election to take over from Tinubu as the 16th President on Monday, when he is due to be inaugurated.
But the court, while dismissing the prayers, which originated from the Federal High Court Abuja, and travelled through the Court of Appeal, before it, agreeing with the positions of the lower courts which dismissed them on the ground of lacking in locus standi to institute the case.
But, Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, not only held that the PDP acted as meddlesome Interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC, ordered the main opposition party to pay N2milllion, for its troubles, after establishing that its arguments tended to misleading the court, which was “sad”.
The court, which said it was aware of the case of Uche Nwosu, former governorship candidate in Imo State, the court, held that it did not applay in the instant case, as it agreed that Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced and therefore, was no longer a candidate for the Senate before he picked up the running mate ticket, thus, making the allegation of multiple nomination untenable.
On the other hand, the court, held that Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions, and having not being on all fours, PDP suit, was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
Accusing the PDP of attempts to use the social media to set a trap for the apex court to blackmail it, which he said was “painful, unfortunate and uncalled for,” the court said a political party had no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party, adding that for a person to have locus standi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a neutral person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.
Nigerians must allow the love they share abroad resonate at home – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is worried that the level of love Nigerians abroad share among themselves is not replicated at home, adding that a situation where they are quick to become friends outside and enemies at home, must be stop. The former President, who acknowledged how Nigerians in the diaspora were making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour, told participants at an evening reception held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, that Nigerians in the diaspora must conduct themselves as good citizens wherever they domiciled.
Obasanjo, whose views were captured in a statement by, Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman, expressed satisfaction over the unity exhibited among Nigerians in the United States of America, urging them to reciprocate such togetherness when they are back home.
The former President, said to have spoken on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, was quoted as saying: “Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad, but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria.”
Uproar, social media exchange of fire, over Ooni’s handshake with Pete Edochie, KOK
The exchange of handshakes between veteran actors Pete Edochie and Kanayo O. Kanayo with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyey Ogunwusi Enitan, has spurred a flurry of reactions on social media, The Nation, is reporting.
The paper, which reviewed the viral video shared on Thursday, where Edochie and Kanayo approached Ooni’s table at Elizabeth Jack Rich’s 40th birthday party on Tuesday and exchanged Igbo “cultural” handshakes with the monarch, acknowledged the different meanings being read into it.
Social media users on Twitter took to the comment section of the video with some knocking the actors for disrespecting the tradition by exchanging handshakes with the monarch, while others praised Ooni for showing respect to the Igbo culture.
Man of Letters said: “Igbakeji Oorisa?! It’s acceptable that he received the cross-culture respect handshake with Pete Edochie because the man Pete carry, but what’s his excuse for doing it with Kanayo O Kanayo??”
Kelvin Odanz said. “Is this ceremony holding in the Ooni palace? I mean, if an Igbo man (from a culture that doesn’t bow to another man) meets the Ooni in the UK for instance, is it disrespectful if he chooses to greet the respected Oba in a way he was brought up to respect dignitaries?”
Another user Onyemauchi tweeted: “This man supposed be King for him community”
Another tweep tracesorba wrote: “Igbos don’t bow down to any man, An evolved or wise man is their our own Chi.”