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Oyetola reaffirms commitment to strengthen ties among arms of Government

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…… inaugurates Osun House of  Assembly Service Commission 

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Thursday, inaugurated chairman and members of Osun House of Assembly Service Commission.

He reiterated his Administration’s commitment to strengthening the existing bond of unity, love and togetherness between the three arms of government in the State.

Inaugurating the board members at the Local Government Service Commission, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Governor Oyetola, said the appointment of new members to man the Commission, was aimed to further entrench the ties between the executive and legislative arms of government in the State.

The Governor noted that the executive under his watch, had enjoyed unparallel cooperation with the other two arms of government in the State, with each working dutifully to fulfill its constitutional mandates without undue interference.

According to him, the result of this is that government is able to offer exceptional service delivery to the  people without undue distraction.

He said: “In the House of Assembly, we have found a worthy ally that is aptly supportive of our Administration’s commitment to building a robust economy that is alive to improving the quality of lives of our teeming citizens and sustainable development.

“We are, therefore, expectant that with your appointment and working with the leadership and members of the House, you shall further strengthen institutional structures of the Assembly and make them fully supportive of the onerous legislative functions of our distinguished legislators.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that you will succeed in this endeavour and make the Osun State House of Assembly a model of excellence.”

The Governor tasked the newly inaugurated board members to discharge their duties with the fear of God, integrity and high sense of diligence as the State is expectant of much coming from them.

Speaking on behalf of other members, the Chairman of the Board, Hon. Abiodun Awolola, promised that they would serve the State to the best of their abilities and wisdom.

“It is a privilege to be appointed and given the opportunity to serve at this capacity. We thank Mr Governor for the confidence reposed in us to serve the State. We equally thank Mr Speaker for giving us room to work together as members of the State House of Assembly Service Commission.

“We are giving you the assurance that we will not let you down and we are ready to bring our experiences to bear to move the State forward in general and the House of Assembly in particular. We will continue to align with your policies and programmes designed to uplift the State and bring democratic dividends to the people of Osun.

“We are resolute to continue to support your Adminstration to actualise its dreams. We have the assurance that we will not have the difficulties in carrying out the assignment because we are pleased in your Adminstrative prowess, as a workers-friendly Governor”, he added.

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Buhari Pledge to Rescue Kaduna Train Attack Hostages

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday assured to rescue 31 hostages taken in a train attack and return them “safe and unhurt”, his office said, five months after their abduction.

Gangs of bandits with no ideological or religious motives are known to kidnap for ransom in northwest and central Nigeria.

On March 28, armed men blew up a train travelling between Abuja and Kaduna and opened fire, killing eight people, wounding 26, and taking an unspecified number of passengers hostage.

A week later, they freed one hostage — a top bank executive — as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, because of his “advanced age”.

Dozens of hostages have already been freed following negotiations, but 31 remain in the kidnappers den.

“I have been informed that at last count, there remain about 31 people in the hands of the kidnappers,” Buhari told representatives of the families of the hostages in Abuja on Thursday.

He said his government would ensure the safe return of the remaining hostages to their families.

“My primary concern is to get everyone released safe and unhurt,” he assured.
The president commended the security forces on recent successes against kidnappers and “terrorists”.

“In the past couple of days, you must have heard about the number of terrorists neutralised by the military, and a number of hostages freed. These efforts will not stop, or reduce,” he said.

“We must take the fight to the terrorists and demonstrate that there is no hiding place for them within the borders of our country,” he said.

“Each one of them will be hunted, and pursued and spoken to in the language that they understand,” he added.

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Five Guards Brigade Killed By Bandits Buried In Abuja

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The Nigerian Army on Thursday buried five members of the Guards Brigade killed by bandits during a clearance operation in the Federal Capital Territory recently.

The soldiers were laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Maitama , Abuja, according to a statement by Guards Brigade spokesperson, Captain Godfrey Anebi Abakpa

Among the deceased was Captain Attah Samuel.

“Until their demise, the gallant soldiers were serving with 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi Barracks Maitama and 176 Guards Battalion Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja respectively,” the statement said.

“While reading the funeral oration of the deceased officer and soldiers, the Commanding Officers of 7 Guards Battalion Lt Col Salim Yusuf Hassan and Commanding Officer 176 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Joshuah Kolowale Adisa described the late Captain and Soldiers as thoroughly bred Infantrymen who were genuinely committed to their duties in defence of Nigeria and whose contribution and services would be greatly missed.

“They asked God to console the families left behind stressing that while the Brigade and the Nigerian Army mourns, the families should take solace in the fact that they have fought a just fight and their souls shall continue to rest with the lord till the resurrection morning.

“Highpoint of the event was the presentation of accoutrements by the representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen James Alilu Ataguba to the next of kins of the deceased personnel and lowering of the remains of the fallen heroes.

There was also the blowing of the last post and gun salute to bid the departed heroes fair well

“The burial process started with Christian wake keep and funeral service held in honour of the fallen heroes at St John’s Military Church (Protestant) before the final Internment at the Guards Brigade Cemetery Maitama Abuja.

“The solemn ceremony was witnessed by senior officers of the Nigerian Army, Commanding Officers, Staff Officers of the Brigade, Bwari Area Council Chairman, Hon John Gabaya as well as family members and the barracks community.”

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Two More ISWAP Terrorists Linked To Owo Church Attack Arrested – DHQ

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Two more Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists linked to the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo state, have been arrested.

Gunmen had on June 5 stormed the Catholic church, killing over 40 worshippers and injuring others.

The incident drew widespread condemnation, with President Muhammadu Buhari ordering security agencies to arrest the attackers.

On June 9, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, blamed the attack on ISWAP, but the claim was countered by Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Just yesterday, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, announced that the gunmen behind the attack on the church have been arrested.

But in a statement on Wednesday, the Director of Defence Information, Jimmy Akpor, said the two suspected ISWAP fighters were arrested through the collaborative effort of the military and the Department of State Services (DSS).

“Recall that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, during his parley with media executives and editors yesterday, Tuesday 9 August 2022, informed of the arrest of 4 terrorists among those who carried out the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on 5 June 2022,” Akpor said.

“They were arrested through a combined operation by military and DSS personnel at Eika, Okehi LGA, Kogi State on 1 August 2022.

“Those arrested include Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.k.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi.

“Barely few hours after the disclosure by the CDS of the arrest of 4 of the Owo Catholic Church attackers, 2 additional ISWAP terrorists, who were also connected to the attack on the church were apprehended at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose LGA, Ondo State yesterday, 9 August 2022.

“The arrests were made through the collaborative effort by military and DSS personnel. The suspects are Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris.

“It is instructive to note that Abdulhaleem, alongside other high profile ISWAP commanders, had also previously coordinated attacks on military targets in Okene, Okene LGA, Kogi State resulting in casualties.”

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