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Gambian President, Barrow commends Nigeria’s drug war campaign

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President Adama Barrow of Gambia has commended Nigeria’s commitment to the war against illicit drug trafficking and abuse, calling for more collaboration among anti-drug law enforcement agencies.

Barrow gave the commendation when he received the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, at the State House, Banjul.

According to a statement by Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, on Friday, Marwa had visited the country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of the Gambia, (DLEAG) on August 4.

The statement said the MOU bordered on combating illicit production, manufacture, and trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.

Speaking during the courtesy visit on Thursday (Aug.5), President Barrow applauded the decision by the NDLEA to sign the agreement with DLEAG.

Barrow said the agreement would strengthen and integrate ECOWAS member states, especially in the area of war against drug trafficking and abuse.

According to him, drug cartels work as a network and are linked; as such, institutions fighting them must also partner and work together.

“The whole of Gambia has an important guest in Gen. Marwa who we have heard so much about his leadership traits.

“Nigeria has been helpful and supportive of Gambia in various forms and we are grateful.

“The signing of the MoU between NDLEA and DLEAG is a clear indication that Nigeria is more than willing to partner with us,” he said.

He added that the coming of Marwa to Gambia was an indication of his personal commitment to the war against drugs.

“I believe the agreement will benefit both countries because drug use is a national threat and big security issue, and without security, no nation can progress,” he said.

In his remarks, Marwa expressed happiness that Gambia was a willing partner in the fight against drug cartels in the West African sub-region.

According to him, Nigeria is seeking  support and partnerships at the national, regional and international levels as it is facing a big enemy in drugs.

Marwa said the successes recorded so far by NDLEA, since January till, date were made possible by the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said President Buhari had greatly supported the agency in efforts at stamping out the twin evils of illicit drug trafficking and abuse from Nigeria.

The NDLEA Chairman was accompanied on the visit by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Gambia, Mr Muhammed Manu, and other top officials of the Agency. (NAN)

 

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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