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Dabiri-Erewa says Dapo William’s death great loss to Nigeria

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Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission  (NiDCOM), has described the death of Dr Dapo Williams, a UK-based Nigerian, as an irreparable loss to his family, Nigeria and the UK communities.


Dabiri-Erewa stated this in a condolence message signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun,

Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NiDCOM on Sunday in Abuja .

She added that Dr Williams, was a quintessential gentleman, a worthy patriot  and highly respected leader in the UK Nigerian Diaspora community as well as in Nigeria.

The NiDCOM boss said that the late Williams was a worthy agent of change in all facets of life and humanity and  pioneer Chairman of Nigerian Think Tank Group (NTTG).

“A selfless man , who always puts the needs of others before his.

“He was on the frontline of mobilising support from Nigerians in Diaspora to assist government efforts in battling Covid-19 pandemic as a member of the Nigerian Diaspora Covid-19 Eradication support group,” she said.

Dabiri-Erewa prayed to God to give his family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss and grant him eternal rest.

The 61-year-old erudite scholar was a multiple Masters degree holder with a Ph.D from University of Salford and had numerous professional certificates from several prestigious institutions including Harvard Busines School and University of Cambridge.

“Until his death, Dapo Williams was a real estate practitioner with over 30 years of experience in the Building Maintenance Industry and a highly respected community leader in the United Kingdom.

“He was also an expert in the Oil and Gas, Automobile Products Retailing, Construction, Education, Employment, Legal Advice and Guidance Industry Sectors.

“Dr Williams was also the Chair of Forecourt Petroleum Product retailing outfit in Kent and member of the institute of Directors (IoD) in London and Kent

“With his death, the Nigerian Community in London  has been thrown into deep mourning and an indescribable sense of loss as the news of his passage was announced .

“A  generous and kind-hearted man, Dr Williams, popularly known as DW was loved and respected by many who met and knew him. He was humble, modest , lively and down to earth.

“He was the Patron of many UK-Nigerian Community Projects and President of many socio-political organisations

“He supported many community initiatives and organisations including the Nigerian Events Awards UK, Gathering of Africa’s Best (GAB Award) and Uncelebrated Nigerians Awards.

“He was a dedicated APC-UK member and a founding member of the Buhari Campaign Organisation in the UK.

“He was conferred with the title of Otunba Fiwagboye and Otunba Tayese and he has been awarded several community and professional awards”.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Ebonyi bus accident: FRSC, Police confirm 3 more bodies retrieved from river

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi has confirmed the recovery of three more corpses from the Akeze-Ukwu River after a Mercedes 608-model bus plunged into the river on Sept.18.


The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the bus conveying members of a Church who attended their pastor’s burial was returning to Enugu when the accident occurred.

The bus driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake an articulated vehicle on the bridge.

Mrs Stella Uchegbu, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ebonyi, told NAN on Sunday evening that the retrieved corpses were deposited at the Mater Misericordae hospital Afikpo.

Uchegbu said that the corps sent its personnel to the hospital, where some rescued victims were being treated, to interact with doctors on the true reports concerning the ‘unfortunate’ incident.

“We have been getting conflicting reports on the casualties so we sent our personnel to the hospital to interact with the doctors handling the cases.

“We were able to ascertain that seven persons were actually rescued from the river on the day of the incident instead of five earlier reported.

“One person was confirmed dead, two persons are presently on admission, two have been officially discharged while two opted to return home having sustained no injuries from the incident,” she said.

Ughegbu said that with the 14 corpses retrieved from the river on the second day of the rescue operations and the three other corpses retrieved on Sunday, the total number of retrieval is 24.

According to her, the total number of dead victims is now 18.

Also, the Ebonyi command of the Nigerian Police Force confirmed in a stateement the retrieval of three more corpses on Sunday, adding that a retired police officer was among the deceased persons.

The statement signed by DSP Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, said that “the lifeless body of retired CSP Livinus Mbah was among the retrieved corpses.

“Efforts are still on to recover the remaining 10 persons,” it stated.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Gov. Matawalle eulogises late Emirs of Biu, Zazzau

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has described as “commendable” the roles played by the late Emir of Biu, Borno state and Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna state.


This is contained in a statement by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication to the governor in Gusau on Sunday.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Emir of Biu, Mai Umar Mustapha the 28th emir, died at the age of 80 years at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe on the 15th of September, after serving on the throne for 31 years.

The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who was emir for 45 years as the 18th emir, also died at the age of 84 years at the 44 Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday, the 20th of September after a brief illness.

According to Matawalle’s media aide, the governor, particularly commended the significant roles played by the two mornarchs in ensuring the indivisibility of Nigeria, and their great contributions in finding lasting solutions to acts of terrorism and banditry during their historic reigns.

Matawalle said the duo would be remembered for their patience, honesty, sincerity and preaching of peace and unity in Nigeria.

He said, “Allah, Who is the All Knowing, knows best why He chose these trying times to take away the royal fathers from our sinful world.”

The governor prayed that Allah in His endless mercies hosts the departed souls of the two great rulers in Jannatul Firdaus, grant the people and governments of the two states the fortitude to bear the loss and continue to bless members of the families left by the natural rulers.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

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Atiku Support Groups congratulate Obaseki

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The All Atiku Support Groups (ASGs), has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as the governor of Edo on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


The group Chairman, Mr Fabiyi Oladimeji, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja said Obaseki’s convincing victory was due to the resilience and steadfastness of the people of Edo State who did not give room for any manipulation by undemocratic forces.

“Nothing can be more dignifying than the stance and resolve of the good people of Edo for what they truly believed in.

“The good people of Edo state have demonstrated dexterity and spoken very loudly against god fatherism, against arrogance in power just as they have voted for progress and prosperity.”

Oladimeji commended the courage of Obaseki, his deputy, the State campaign council under the leadership of Chief Dan Orbih and all leaders of note in Edo State, Oladimeji said.

He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for maintaining neutrality in the election.

“We understand there cannot be perfection in any electoral process, but INEC by its conduct in the just concluded Edo election has shown that it is possible if we all decided to do what is right.”

Oladimeji said that the group would not take the role played by the security agencies in ensuring the smooth running of the elections for granted.

He said that although there was a full contingent of officers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies on ground, no recorded cases of intimidation or harassment of voters were recorded during the election.

He also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing the good people of Edo to have their say and way.

“Democratic process demands that people should be allowed to freely elect their choices, as democracy is all about the people.”

Oladimeji commended the doggedness of the Chairman, PDP National Campaign Council, Gov. Nyesom Wike, his Colleagues, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta,  Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and all the National campaign council.

He also commended Atiku Abubakar for his timely intervention and support, as well as the Edo State Chapter of  ASGs for mobilising voters for Obaseki’s re-election.

Oladimeji appealed to all stakeholders in the PDP to embrace the same strategy adopted and apply same during the upcoming Ondo Governorship election, Lagos senatorial by-election and Anambra governorship election.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Edo 2020: Gov. Wike lauds INEC, Police

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Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the Nigeria Police Force on their conduct during the Edo Governorship Election.


Wike, who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council, made the commendation while addressing a large crowd of party supporters at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa on Sunday.

He stated that the conduct of INEC and the Police showed that they were ready to correct the mistakes of the past.

The Governor also commended the people of Edo “for ending godfatherism with the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki’’.

“With the re-election of Governor Obaseki, the entire South-South Region is now completely PDP.

“What this means is that the entire South-South can now speak with one voice on issues concerning us,’’ he said.

Wike thanked the people of Rivers for their prayers, which led to Obaseki’s victory in Edo.

Similarly, at a brief reception by PDP leaders at Government House, Port Hsrcourt, Wike said that with the Edo victory “there is hope’’ for the country’s democracy.

According to him, the neutrality of the electoral body and security agencies will make one to say the election was free and fair.

He thanked the Party Leaders for their solidarity throughout the election period and urged them to maintain the spirit.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Elders Advisory Council of the PDP, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, commended Gov. Wike for leading a successful campaign.

Alabraba said the victory in Edo had proved that Wike “is always committed to any assignment given to him’’.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

 

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