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End SARS massacre: ICC must arrest Buhari, Buratai, others – Adeyanju

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Deji Adeyanju, popular activist has said President Muhammadu Buhari and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai will face the International Criminal Court over the Lekki tollgate massacre.

Adeyanju said this when he appeared on Arise TV on Tuesday following the release of the report of the Panel of Investigation set up by the Lagos State Government to unravel the incidents of October 20, 2020 at the popular Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos State.

The report released during the week had indicted the police and soldiers of the Nigerian Army of having killed and maimed armless youths protesting illicit police activities and bad governance in Nigeria.

Major General Taiwo, who appeared before the Panel during the investigation, according to the report, had told the panel that the soldiers acted on the command of Buratai, who in turn got instruction from the Commander in Chief, President Buhari.

Also note that before the release of the report, the Federal Government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had in a series of press conferences continually denied that any one was killed when soldiers invaded the protest scene.

Despite the Federal government stance, the report shows obvious evidence that there was indeed a massacre at the Lekki tollgate.

“…More information about the massacre against humanity committed by the army led by Lit. Gen Turner Buratai would be sent to the International Criminal Court, ICC,” Adeyanju said.

“We demand that arrest warrant should be issued against him and that he should be prosecuted because we believe that Maj. General Buhari government will not prosecute the perpetrators of this crime.

“We are calling that other officers who participated actively in the Lekki massacre be prosecuted.

“The interesting thing about international law is that it says that even after the command has been given for the massacre, those who refuse to take action against the perpetrators would also be liable.

“The Nigerian Army is liable in all these atrocities and it sll falls on the table of the President. The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces is guilty of the crime against humanity and the Nigerian people as witnessed at the Lekki tollgate and we must all call it what it is.

“And the good thing again is the even the Heads of State are not protected from arrest warrant issued against them by the international criminal court.

“So the attempt by the Muhammadu Buhari regime to shield Buratai by offering diplomatic immunity does not survive in this case.

“Buratai is the one who was responsible for killing people at the tollgate acting on the instruction of President Buhari and Brig. Gen. Taiwo has told the panel.

“It is in the report. So ICC does not need further evidence. The ICC must step in. So that’s why we’re calling on other well-meaning Nigerians and members of the diplomatic corps to mount pressure on ICC to arrest the perpetrators of this evil.”

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Taraba NUT crisis: New faction supported by govt emerge

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The wrangling in the Taraba State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has taken a different dimension as the union has been factionalized into two groups.

This comes after the union’s election which took place in Donga local government council of the state.

The new group, reportedly backed by the government, has been named the Association of Basic Education Teachers.

The faction was said to have been gifted an 18-seater bus and a Hilux van.

The refusal of the union members to allow the government to impose on them an unpopular candidate as the chairman of the union was said to have led to the emergence of the new group.

Speaking, the union’s newly elected chairman, Comrade Nathan Solomon accused the state government of causing division in the union.

He alleged that the state government encouraged the breakaway in the union by supporting those who lost the election to form a parallel body.

Stressing how the election, in which he was elected along with his new exco, was free and fair with representatives of the National President of the union in attendance, he expressed sadness at the way and manner the government had gone ahead to create division among the members by sponsoring the creation of another body.

“The election held in Donga was free and fair and supervised by a representative of the National President of the union, representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress and state government were also present,” he said.

Solomon, who said the new leadership of the union led by him will never be in confrontation with the government over issues affecting its members, however, vowed to tread the path of dialogue.

The chairman, who noted that the new exco of the union has the support of all members in the 16 local government councils of the state, expressed sadness at the involvement of the police whom he also accused of allowing themselves to be used by the state government in issue bordering on labour dispute.

The Chairman of the factional group, Comrade Asoushi Bulus, who described NUT as a union of “unscrupulous elements that were out to discredit Governor Darius Ishaku and his administration” reiterated the determination and readiness of the new association to be loyal to the government.

The new group under his leadership, he vowed “will never be a party to incite the Teachers and teaming population against the state government.”

Aligning its weight to that of the new association, the state government through the State Universal Basic Education Board (TSUBEB), expressed sadness over the alleged inability of the NUT “to reciprocate the gestures of the Board and that of the government ” adding that “but went ahead to disrespect the board and teachers from the state. ”

The board who spoke through its chairman, Yakubu Agbaizo, while inaugurating the leadership of the new association, charged the new leadership of the association whom he said the government would work with to go ahead and mobilize the teachers in doing the right thing

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Cadbury’s top officials mentor five young graduates in Clorets Mentorship Programme

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Clorets, in collaboration with Jobberman Nigeria, rolled out a three-month mentorship programme for undergraduates, fresh graduates and young professionals to showcase the importance of mentorship and guide aspiring professionals in their respective career paths.

Caption1 :L-R: Esther Okonmah, Deborah Ajayi, Temi Pikuda, Justice Ukpong, and Rosemary Meziem.

The Mentorship Programme was divided into five categories – Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Manufacturing, and Sales. To give consumers an equal opportunity for mentorship, Clorets announced the programme across its social media pages and shortlisted the top 100 candidates. These candidates were offered Soft Skill Training from Jobberman Nigeria. Jobberman Nigeria accessed the top 100 candidates and the best results were finalists.

The Finalists were interviewed virtually by Dr Dipo Awojide and Jobberman Nigeria; the recommended candidates were selected as Mentees. After three months of mentorship, the lives of these young professionals have been transformed. The Sales Mentee, Rosemary Meziem has transitioned from Sales to Finance through the guidance of her Mentor. Deborah Ajayi, HR Mentee, landed a job as an HR Executive.

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Caption2 L-R: Temi Pikuda, Manufacturing Mentee; Justice Ukpong, Finance Mentee; Rosemary Meziem, Sales Mentee; Esther Okonmah, Marketing Mentee; and Deborah Ajayi, HR Mentee.

Although the Clorets Mentorship Programme has ended, the mentees will continue to build a long term relationship with their Mentors – Wole Odubayo, HR Director, Cadbury West Africa; Ologe Ogaga, Finance Director, Cadbury West Africa; Tolu Olaoye, Category Manager, Cocoa Beverages, Cadbury West Africa; Peter Ajakaiye, Plant Director, Cadbury West Africa; and Samuel Asare, Category Planning & Activation, Cadbury West Africa. The mentees were also rewarded with laptops and outfits for their next interview.

Clorets is a chewing gum brand that contains Actizol and Chlorophyll which helps eliminate bad breath. To stay updated on more sensational opportunities by Clorets, do follow us on Instagram @cloretsnigeria and Facebook at “Clorets Nigeria”.

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Delta 2023: Omo-Agege urges Urhobo to be conscious, strategic

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Ahead of the 2023 governorship election in Delta State, the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, on Monday said Urhobo people have to be more conscious and strategic.

The lawmaker made the assertion during a lecture he delivered at the 90th anniversary of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU Worldwide held at the Urhobo house in Uvwiamuge-Agbarho Community, Ughelli North Local Government Area.

He spoke on the topic; “The challenges and prospects of Urhobo Progress Union in contemporary times”.

Sen. Omo-Agege noted that there has been considerable apprehension over attempts to short-change Delta Central Senatorial District in the rotation of the governorship position in 2023.

He said, “The strong opposition of the UPU to this surreptitious and dangerous move to manipulate the political process in the State against Urhobo political interest is commendable.

“I sincerely applaud Urhobo Progress Union(UPU) Worldwide for insisting that it is the turn of Delta Central Senatorial District to produce the next Governor of Delta State.

“I am also pleased that UPU emphasized the need for the Ijaw nation to support the 2023 gubernatorial quest of the Urhobo Nation.

“Also worthy of note is UPU appeal to political parties in the State to sustain the rotational arraignment of the State’s governorship position based on Senatorial districts. They have spoken the mind of all Urhobo irrespective of political platforms.

“My dear Urhobo people, I am hoping for a change, a change in our view of each other and our community. We need to emulate the good examples and legacies of the heroes of the Urhobo Nation and realize that we are one people. That Urhobo interest is far greater than our individual interest and political alliance. We can come together as one big Urhobo family to defend Urhobo interest and still pursue our individual dreams.”

The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, who was represented by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Solomon Ighrakpata, commended the leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, for their patriotism, commitment, and dedication to the course of the Urhobo Nation.

He also urged them to continue to build relationships with other ethnic groups in the state and Nigeria at large.

Earlier, the President-General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU Worldwide, Olorogun(Dr.) Moses Taiga JP welcomed all Urhobo indigenes and guests to the event.

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