The factional All Progressives Congress(APC) in Abia on Thursday passed a vote of confidence on its Acting Chairman, Chief Goldie Wabara.The motion for the confidence vote was moved by the Chairman of APC in Arochukwu Local Government Area, Mr Johnson Okore, during an extra-ordinary meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party, which took place at the party’s Secretariat on Azikiwe Road, Umuahia.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Wabara, who was the Deputy Chairman, was appointed the Acting Chairman on Monday, following the defection of the party’s Chairman, Chief Obioma Acho, to the Labour Party.Okore further moved that the party should nominate people to fill the vacancies created at the local government level, due to the exit of the former chairman from the faction.According to him, “the positions should be filled up because this is the authentic APC in the state.”The motion was seconded by the Financial Secretary of the party, Mr Innocent Ahaoma.The motion was also upheld through a voice vote by SWC members.In a brief remark, Wabara expressed profound gratitude to the SWC members for the confidence they reposed in him.He promised to run an open door policy and advised them to feel free to approach him over any issues bothering them.“As long as I remain in this seat, I will not disappoint you. I shall serve you faithfully and with great commitment.“Feel free to come to me over any issues that bother you. Don’t be quick to judge me.“Whatever it is, we shall sit on a roundtable to settle it amicably,” Wabara said. (
Adamawa government, in partnership with the WHO inaugurated the 2022 Seasonal Malaria Chemo-prevention (SMC) campaign on Thursday in Yola targeting one million children.
Mr Sani Halidu, acting State Coordinator, WHO urged parents and guardians to avail their children, age three months to 59 months of the exercise to ensure a malaria-free society.
The SMC is the intermittent administration of full treatment courses of anti-malarial treatment combination during the malaria season to prevent illness and death.
In his remarks, Abdullahi Isa, Adamawa Commissioner for Health, said the campaign recorded noticeable success in the 2021.
Isa, represented by Mrs Celine Laori, Director, Public Health, urged stakeholders to put all hands on deck to ensure the smooth execution of the exercise to save lives of children.
In his remarks, the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Aliyu-Mustapha, noted that malaria remained a major health challenge in the state and in the country at large.
Aliyu-Mustapha represented by Alhaji Ahmed Mustapha, District Head of Yola, called on parents to ensure that their children got the drugs for malaria prevention.
Mrs Aisha Mohammed, a mother of seven children, expressed delight at the SMC campaign.
According to her, her daughter was among the children who benefitted from the campaign in 2021 and she did not take ill throughout the year.
Aisah advised parents to ensure they availed their children of the prevention strategy.
The Police Command in Lagos State has dismissed reports accusing it of locking up a Magistrate in a cell.
“No Magistrate was locked up by any Police officer under the command; there’s nothing like that anywhere,” the command’s spokesman, MrBenjamin Hundeyin, said in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday.
He was reacting to a story published by an online medium which accused the Police of hounding a Lagos Magistrate into a cell at the Area D Command.
“The story is pure fiction; the Command wishes to state clearly that at no time did the Area Commander detain or attempt to detain the Magistrate, who was at the Area Command for cell inspection exercise.
“The Police will never engage in such disrespect to the Judiciary. That the writer referred to a serving Magistrate as ‘the innocent woman’ says a lot about his and contrived efforts at sensationalism.
“The writer could not provide the name of the magistrate, who is a public officer. It is equally suspicious that the writer made no attempt to contact the judiciary to verify the purported detention.”
Hundeyin said that the Command had done the needful by contacting the Lagos judiciary.
According to him, the Lagos State Judiciary confirmed that there was no such thing and neither was the Magistrate prevented from carrying out her cell inspection exercise.
“We hereby state it unequivocally that any attempt to cause disaffection between the Police and the Judiciary will be fiercely resisted.
“We remain worthy partners in the judicial sector.
“The Lagos State Police Command enjoins Lagos residents to disregard the story as officers and men under the stewardship of CP Abiodun Alabi will continue to be professional and uphold the rule of law at all times,” he said.
Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, on Thursday, appealed to Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for more international passports for the 2022 intending Hajj pilgrims from the state.
Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Yusuf Arrigassiyu, made the appeal when he received the Comptroller of NIS in the state, Mr Odeh Adapoyi, in his office.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Arrigassiyu assumed office as the new executive secretary of the board on May 10.
He noted that there were lots of passport requests waiting for approval by the command.
Arrigassiyu described NIS as a very important agency, saying that without its support, the board cannot operate effectively.
He said that the screening of intending pilgrims would take place at the hajj camp instead of the airport.
“We hope that all agencies involved in the hajj operation, in terms of screening the intending pilgrims, will bring all their equipment to the hajj camp for the exercise.
“This will help in transporting the intending pilgrims straight from the hajj camp to the terminal for the trip to the Holy Land,’’ he said.
The executive secretary expressed the board’s readiness to work with NIS to have a hitch-free hajj exercise.
In his remarks, Adapoyi said that it was the responsibility of NIS to ensure that only qualified pilgrims got screened and allowed to participate in the hajj exercise.
“As you are aware, we are a very strategic and important agency, meaning that if we don’t issue you passports, there is no way you can travel out of the country.
“This is why we want to ensure that only qualified people are screened before they are allowed to travel,” he said.
The NIS comptroller assured the leadership of the board that its request for more passports had been approved by the national headquarters of NIS.
He said that more passports would soon be made available in the state.
A group, Southern Kaduna Concerned Youths, has urged the Peoples Democratic People (PDP) in Kaduna State to pick Sen. Danjuma La’ah as running mate to the party’s governorship candidate, Isah Ashiru.
La’ah, who represents Kaduna South, is the Deputy Minority Whip in the Senate.
In a statement issued in Kafanchan on Thursday, Chairman of the group, Samuel Adamu, said the choice of Laah would guarantee victory for the party at the general elections in 2023.
Adamu explained that La’ah was a grassroots politician who was very popular in Southern Kaduna “where the deputy governor is traditionally picked from”.
He described La’ah as a loyal party man who had remained in the PDP despite immense pressure to defect to the APC.
According to him, the only way the PDP can reward Laah’s loyalty is for him to be on the ballot as Ashiru’s running mate for the 2023 polls.
He called on party faithful to continue to rally round and campaign for the success of the party at all levels.