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Osinbajo calls for synergy to tackle human trafficking, insecurity

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for synergy among security agencies to tackle the myriads of security challenges in the country.

He made this call on Monday during the virtual presentation of the research report of the National Defence College Course 28 titled “Border Management & National Development in Nigeria: The ECOWAS Protocol Relating to Free Movement of Persons, Residence & Establishment in Perspective.”

The Vice President noted that effective collaboration among key agencies will help rid the nation’s borders of insecurity and human trafficking.

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Giving his remarks after the presentation of the research report and the interactive session, the Vice President said border management affects the economy very considerably hence the need to get all agencies involved in the sector together.

“It is absolutely the correct thing to do, to try and see how we can unify agencies concerned with border management so that there is synergy.

“We must come back to the question of synergy. Why it is that we have the kinds of problems that we have at the borders and ports, and why the delays?” he said.

While commending the participants for a thoroughly researched paper, the Vice President said research paper touched on important national issues and that efforts would be made to adopt and implement key recommendations.

“I commend you for a very comprehensive, thought-provoking and well-researched paper. The point that has been made also is that we can see the importance of synergy even here. Here is a situation where relevant services have come together including international participants with experience in the relevant areas, and have made what I think is really a seminal contribution to our ideas about border management.

“There is no question at all that whatever we do with respect to border management will affect our economy very considerably,”  he said.

 

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Ex-Oyo commissioner, Fatai Abimbola dies in car accident

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A former Commissioner in Oyo State, Honorable Fatai Abimbola is dead, Daily Post reports.

It was gathered on Saturday that Abimbola, a native of Ibadan, the state capital died in a road accident on Friday.

Abimbola who is fondly known as Abogun served as a commissioner under the government of the immediate past Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

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A source said that Abimbola died in a road accident along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Friday.

A former Special Assistant (Students Matters) to Ajimobi, Mr Afeez Mobolaji, confirmed the death of the former Commissioner in a post on his Facebook page Friday night.

Mobolaji said, “Rest in peace, Mogaji Abogun.”

Another aide of the immediate past Governor, Mr Wale Sadeeq also confirmed the death of the former Commissioner.

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Donald Trump wears mask in public for first time

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President of the United States of America, Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time during a visit to a military hospital a short helicopter ride from the White House on Saturday evening.

The president’s decision to wear a mask came as cases of coronavirus surged to record levels in the US and after aides and experts urged Trump to follow his own government’s guidelines on face coverings.

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Trump flew to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington DC to meet wounded service members and health care providers caring for Covid-19 patients.

Donald Trump was wearing a black mask as he walked down the entryway of Walter Reed medical centre accompanied by hospital staff, marking the first time he has been seen wearing a protective face-covering in public.

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The president did not stop to take questions from the White House pool before turning down a hallway.

His meeting with injured troops and staff is closed to the press.

The only other time Trump was spotted wearing a mask was behind the scenes during a tour of a Ford plant in Michigan back in May.

“I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that in some cases just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump said before boarding Marine One en route to the hospital. “I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place.”

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Buhari finally speaks on Magu’s probe, suspension

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President, Major General (retd.) Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence on the ongoing investigation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

In a statement by Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mr Buhari also explained why he approved the suspension of the anti-corruption fighter from office.

Read the full press statement below:

PRESIDENCY STATEMENT ON THE SUSPENSION OF MR. IBRAHIM MAGU

A series of documented allegations were made against the Ag. Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Following a preliminary review of the allegations levelled against the Ag. Chairman and several other members of his staff, there were grounds for a detailed investigation to be conducted.

Hence, an investigative panel was constituted in compliance with the extant laws governing the convening of such a body.

As is the proper procedure, when allegations are made against the Chief Executive of an institution, and in this case an institution that ought to be seen as beyond reproach, the Chief Executive has to step down from his post and allow for a transparent and unhindered investigation.

The EFCC does not revolve around the personality of an individual, and as such cannot be seen through the prism of any individual.

Therefore, the suspension of Mr Ibrahim Magu, allows the institution to continue carrying out its mandate without the cloud of investigation hanging over its head.

The EFCC has many good, hardworking men and women who are committed to its ideal and ensuring that the wealth of our country isn’t plundered and wherein there is an act of misappropriation such person(s) are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, Mr. Magu is being availed the opportunity to defend himself and answer the allegations against him. This is how it should be, as is the fact that under the Laws of Nigeria every citizen is presumed and remains innocent until proven guilty.

We must realize that the fight against corruption is not a static event, but a dynamic and ever evolving process, in which the EFCC is just one actor; and as we continue to work towards improving our democratic process so shall every institution of ours also embark on that journey of evolution.

What is however important is that there must be accountability and transparency and our people must realize that they would be held to account. This is the building block in the fight against corruption, the establishment of the concept of Accountability and the recognition of the Rule of Law.

Those who see Mr. Magu’s investigation, as a signal that the fight against corruption is failing, have unfortunately, missed the boat.

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
There is no better indication that the fight is real and active than the will to investigate allegations in an open and transparent manner against those who have been charged to be custodians of this very system.

Under this President and Government, this is our mantra and guiding principle. There are no sacred cows, and for those who think they have a halo over their heads, their days are also numbered.

Mr. Magu was not immune – and regardless of the obvious embarrassment that potential acts of wrongdoing by him, given the office he held, may appear for the government.

No other administration in the history of Nigeria would have moved to bring into the light and public domain such an allegation.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 11, 2020

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