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Ooni Named Royal Father Of Largest Black Nation

Ooni named Royal Father of Largest Black Nation

The National Youth Council of Nigeria has named the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, as the Royal Father of the Largest Black Nation in the World.

The honour was bestowed on the Ooni on Tuesday at the Extra-Elective Congress of the NYCN held at the Calabar Municipal Local Government Headquarters, Calabar, Cross River State.

At the congress, which had as theme, ‘Harmonisation for Unity and Progress,’ the monarch expressed his unalloyed commitment to youth development and nation building.

The Ooni, who was represented by the Oore of Otun-Ekiti, Oba Adekunle Adeagbo and the Alapomu of Apomu, Oba Kayode Adenekan, said his decision to dedicate the ancient throne of Oduduwa to youth emancipation was to give the needed mentorship to youths towards prosperity.

According to Oba Adeagbo, “When the Ooni hosted you last year, he promised to open up doors of opportunities for you and even bring down barriers militating against your growth, a careful look at the beautiful promise shows that Baba has done a lot.

“Aside from those, the Ooni has been doing in the private to ensure that Nigerian youths are well placed in the society particularly towards attaining leadership positions nationwide, I am sure you all are aware of the security summit held recently in Abuja where the Ooni emphatically called for massive inclusion.”

Similarly, the Alapomu of Apomu said the appointment would further motivate the Ooni to do more in his services to the country through the youth.

“You have just done well by sending loads of appreciation to Baba through this appointment and I’m sure he won’t let you down.

“All that the Ooni is asking you for us unity, willingness to sacrifice for the growth of Nigeria and consistency. With these, I am confident that immeasurable successes would be recorded going further.”

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in his address, described the Ooni as a unique gift given to Nigeria by God.

Dare, who was represented by the Director of Network and Social Mobilisation Department, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Amina Muhd Dauran, urged the Ooni not to relent in his efforts towards uplifting the youth of Nigeria.

“The Ooni has come at a time when the country needs efficient leadership and a strong unifying force in this trying time of our country. We pray that the Almighty God grants him a healthy long life to fulfill all the goodness in his heart,” he prayed.

Making the presentation on behalf of other members of the NYCN, the council’s president, Ambassador Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, said the honour was beyond mere award, as it has been gazetted that the Ooni is the NYCN life patron.

“It was enshrined in the constitution because of the Ooni’s youthful disposition that he has shown over the years and this award is the highest award being given to a traditional ruler in Nigeria.

“We are proud to announce the Ooni to the entire world. This is a message that the Ooni whom we have recognised should be respected maximally across the world. We know he has the heart of the young people and we are proud to be associated with him for life,” Sukubo said.

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NAF airstrikes eliminate 30 terrorist kingpins, fighters in Borno

The Air component of the Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), has executed a precision airstrike on the hideouts of ISWAP terrorists, killing over 30 of their fighters within Kolleram village along the shores of Lake Chad.

This is contained in a statement by AVM Edward Gabkwet, the Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Tuesday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said the airstrikes conducted on April 13, were a decisive blow against terrorism in the North-East.

He said the operation yielded significant success as the Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) post-strike conducted revealed the neutralisation of over 30 terrorists.

Gabkwet said that among those neutralised were some senior commanders of the insurgents including Ali Dawud, Bakura Fallujah, and Mallam Ari.

“Additionally, numerous vehicles, motorcycles, and logistical assets were destroyed, severely hampering the terrorists’ operational capabilities.

“Intelligence gathered after the air strike further indicated that the aerial bombardment effectively obliterated a key facility within the Kolleram enclave, which served as a hub for the terrorists’ food processing activities, including grinding machines.

“The success of these airstrikes underscores NAF’s commitment to eradicating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of Nigerian citizens.

“By neutralising key terrorist figures and destroying their logistical infrastructure, the operation has significantly degraded the capabilities of the ISWAP group in the region.

“These airstrikes complement the ongoing efforts of ground forces in the Lake Chad flank and represent a crucial step forward in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria,” he said.

(NAN)

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Francis Okoye arrested in Anambra bound commercial bus with firearms, POS machine

A 22-year-old man, Francis Obinna Okoye, has been arrested by operatives of Edo State Police Command’s Monitoring Unit for alleged possession of firearm.
Also recovered from him was a blue-coloured pos machine.
Okoye who resides at No 26, Jatto Street, Okolo, Lagos State, was arrested on 7 April, 2024.
A statement by the Command’s spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the suspect was apprehended by the  operatives while on stop and search duty along Lagos-Benin expressway, by Ovia river axis.
He was intercepted in a commercial bus loaded with passengers from Lagos state heading to Anambra state.
The suspect allegedly confessed in his statement that one Emma whose surname is unknown, gave him the gun to threaten his uncle, Mr. Paul Okoye, who was alleged to have killed his father with chams.
However, when operatives of the Command took him to Lagos on Monday, 8 April, 2024, to arrest Mr. Paul Okoye, they found out that the suspect lied to the operatives.
“The suspect will soon be process to
court,” the Edo Police Command spokesperson said.
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24yr- old man arrested for being in possession of fake Naira notes

Police Operatives serving in Abakaliki (AI) Road Police Division of the Enugu State Command on April 10 arrested one Mmaduabuchi Okonkwo, 24, of Mkpologu, Emene, Enugu, at the Old IMT Bus Stop, Abakaliki Road, Enugu.

The suspect’s arrest is the sequel to his alleged possession and transaction of counterfeited Naira notes. A total of forty thousand Naira (₦40,000.00) suspected counterfeited one thousand denominated Naira notes were recovered from him.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect boarded a minibus from New Haven Junction to Old IMT Bus Stop, Enugu, and gave the driver one of the counterfeited notes.

The driver, however, scrutinized and observed that the currency was fake, thereby raising an alarm that led to the suspect’s arrest.

Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to having paid the sum of twenty-five thousand (₦25,000.00) genuine Naira notes to his cohort at large for the counterfeited Naira notes worth fifty thousand Naira (₦50,000.00)

He further confessed to having spent ten thousand Naira (₦10,000.00) out of the fake notes, remaining the forty thousand Naira (₦40,000.00) that was recovered from him.

Confirming his arrest, the spokesperson of the command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, says the suspect will be arraigned and prosecuted once investigations are concluded.

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