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Aregbesola To Correctional Centres: Ensure That All Escaped Inmates Are Arrested, Brought Back To Custody  

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The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) to spare no effort at ensuring that all escaped inmates are arrested and brought back into custody.
The Minister made the call at the opening of a two-day retreat for senior management of the service in Sokoto, Sokoto State on Monday, 27 June, 2022.
He said the strategies and deliberations at the retreat should be centered around solutions on recapturing all escaped inmates to safeguard communities who may become prey to criminal activities of escaped inmates.
The Minister also noted with dismay, the negative impact of the #EndSARS protests which later turned violent leading to attacks of custodial facilities which gave rise to the attacks on the facilities.
He said “Retreats are for bonding, contemplating purpose and setting future goals” and a  major issue that must be considered during the this retreat is the decongestion of custodial facilities.
He pointed that during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, “one of the policies we quickly put in place then was the decongestion programme under which thousands of inmates were released on compassionate ground.”
The follow up to that is the consideration that we should find further ways to keep decongesting our facilities. We started work on the idea of compiling the list of convicted inmates serving light terms for not too serious offences, who were in custody because they could not pay their fines”
While commending the service for being able to manage the centres during the pandemic without recording a single infection, Aregbesola said the agency did a good job of keeping the virus away and must continue to keep the facilities safe and sound from inside and out.
Continuing, he urged that as the officers deliberate, strategize and set target for the next five years, it must  ensure that the biodata of all inmates are harmonised with sister agencies, the Nigeria Financial Unit (NFIU), all banks and the INTERPOL to track all escaped inmates.
He said “It is also very important to have their fingerprints, pictures and other details you have with you to be harmonised with them.”
The Controller General of the service, Haliru Nababa, said that the two-day retreat will not only afford the hierarchy of the agency the opportunity to restrategise and bond towards efficiency in service delivery,  it also serves to provide clear perception on set targets.
He said the current capacity of the 244 custodial facilities in the country stands at 58,278 as against the population of 75,000 inmates it now holds, leading to congestion of inmates, worsened by recent incessant attacks which were externally organised and executed.
“Drawing from the above, the NCoS has taken measures that will forestall future attack such as the formation and activation of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) initiate, more intelligence sharing with other security agencies,  the sensitization and encouragement of State Governments to implement non-custodial measures as well as the scaling up of the capacity of Armed Squad and Intelligence personnel on the use of high calibre weaponry and intelligence gathering.”
Whilst declaring the retreat open, the Governor of Sokoto State, Alh. Aminu Tambuwal, who was represented by his deputy, Manir Dan’iya, stated that his government will continue to support the Nigeria Correctional Service in achieving it goal of reforming and rehabilitating its inmate.
“As a government, we will continue to support you in your role as one of the critical operators in the administration of criminal justice system. The role of reforming and rehabilitating inmates cannot be overemphasized in order for us to have a crime free society.
“I wish you a successful deliberations and on behalf of the Governor, I hereby declare this retreat open,” the governor stated.

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Wale Tinubu Congratulates President Tinubu, VP Shettima

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Group Chief Executive, Oando Group, Mr. Wale Tinubu has sent his heartfelt congratulations to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima.

The Oando boss, in a statement yesterday, said the antecedents of the former Lagos State governor showed that he would lead a government that would provide transformational leadership and take the country to higher level.

In the message he also assured Nigerians should hope for economic prosperity and transformation.  He stated this in his congratulatory message to the new President who assumed office on Monday.
‘’I extend my heartfelt congratulations to His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Deputy, His Excellency Kashim Shettima on the occasion of your inauguration. With your exceptional leadership, I am confident that our great nation will experience a new era of transformational leadership, economic prosperity, and renewed hope.
“I eagerly anticipate a united, peaceful, and safe Nigeria for all under your visionary guidance.
“I wish you both excellent health and an illustrious tenure, and pray that Allah (SWT) bestows upon you the strength, courage, and tenacity required to propel Nigeria forward,” he said

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Nasiru Haladu Danu Bags OFR National Awards

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Prominent businessman, Alhaji Nasiru Danu is among the 339 persons nominated on merit by the federal government to receive national honours.
Recall that the federal government announced the recipients of 2023 national awards on Sunday.
Alhaji Danu was nominated for Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
Apart from his track record in business, Danu has a burning desire for humanity.
Positively affecting the lives of the less privileged is paramount to Danu. He has successfully impacted on the needy through his foundation known as The Nasiru Haladu Danu Medical Mission Foundation.
The foundation has engaged in philanthropic projects like the free medical mission in Dutse, Jigawa State where about 5,000 people including men, women and children received medical attention from American medical specialists.

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‘’An Iroko has Fallen in Yorubaland’’- K1 De Ultimate

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Fuji music star, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, M.O.N otherwise known as K1 De Ultimate has joined millions of Nigerians to mourn the passing of the founder of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Otunba Subomi Balogun.

In a statement personally signed by the Mayegun of Yorubaland he stated that Yorubaland has  lost a great man.

‘’It is a great shock to learn about the exit of a foremost son of Ijebuland, a generous philanthropist, Chief Micheal Olasubomi Balogun, the founder of First City Monument  Bank (FCMB), among several other establishments.

With his exit, Ijebuland just lost one of its pillars, an enviable character and a stylish price. A strict disciplinarian, business magnate and source of pride to the whole of Ijebuland. 

I commiserate with the Awujale Of Ijebuland, the people of Ijebuland, Ogun state and the whole of Yorubaland over the transition of the direct descendant of Oba Tunwase of Ijebu-Ode, Chief Balogun who holds the chieftaincy titles of Otunba Tunwase of Ijebuland, the Olori Omoba of Ijebuland and the Asiwaju of Ijebu Christians amongst several others. 

I pray that Almighty Allah will console all of us especially those he left behind and his legacy will be protected in his memory as good son of Ijebuland’’ He stated.

Yesterday, Friday, the boardroom guru, breathed his last in London at 89. The demise was that of a titan whose footprints were golden tracks across different aspects of the Nigerian society. 

A renowned legal practitioner who participated in the drafting of the act that initiated Nigeria’s independence, his feats as a banker have been woven into tales teaching younger generations grit, focus and management of success. 

He was a high-ranking Ijebu aristocrat from Ogun state with a litany of titles like Otunba Tunwase, the Olori Omo-oba of Ijebu, Baba Oba of Ijebu-Ife and the Asalu-Oba of Ijebu Mushin.

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