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Governor Namadi appoints Dagaceri as new Head of Service in Jigawa

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Governor Umar Namadi has appointed Muhammad K. Dagaceri as the new substantive Head of the Civil Service.

The Governor’s decision was announced in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Malam Bala Ibrahim. The statement described Dagaceri as a seasoned Administrator and said that his appointment was based on merit, competence, and personal integrity.

Dagaceri was previously the Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Establishment and Service Matters, office of the Head of the Civil Service. He is a highly respected figure in the state’s civil service and is known for his strong leadership and commitment to excellence.

His appointment as Head of the Civil Service is widely seen as a positive step forward for the state. He is expected to bring about much-needed reforms and modernization to the state’s civil service.

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Major General Duru still alive – Police

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The Imo State Police Command has disassociated itself from the confessions made by three suspects arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and killing of Retired Major General Richard Duru. Major General Duru was kidnapped on September 27, 2023, near Bishops Court, Area 7 Orji/Uratta Owerri, and his black Mercedes Benz G.L. 450 car with registration number LND 826 NG was stolen by the suspected kidnapping syndicate.

In a statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, the police refuted the suspects’ claims, asserting that the Army chief is still alive and that efforts are ongoing to rescue him and apprehend the kidnappers. Okoye noted that a special unit, established by Police Commissioner CP Aboki Danjuma, is still investigating the incident and has made significant progress based on the suspects’ confessions and technical intelligence.

The statement reads: “Following the Command’s press briefing on May 16, 2024, regarding the kidnapping case of Retired Major General Richard Duru, in which the three arrested suspects confessed to being members of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN), and claimed involvement in the kidnapping and alleged murder of the Retired General, the Command has yet to confirm these allegations definitively.

“However, the high-powered investigation team, inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, psc (+), on the day the incident was reported, continues its investigation and has made considerable progress based on the suspects’ confessions and technical intelligence.

“Meanwhile, the Command urges Imo residents and the general public, especially the victim’s family, to remain hopeful and to disregard the suspects’ confessions made during the press briefing, as the investigation is ongoing. All security agencies are working together to rescue the victim unharmed, arrest the perpetrators, identify them, and ensure they face justice. Adequate security measures have been put in place to prevent future incidents.

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“Finally, the Command calls on the public to assist the police with credible information and to report any suspicious activities or persons in their community to the nearest police station or any security agency. The Command’s emergency control numbers are 08034773600 or 08098880197.”

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Germany, Nigeria trade relations hits €3bn – Envoy

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The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Annett Gunther, stated that trade relations between Nigeria and Germany currently amount to approximately three billion euros. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, Gunther highlighted the growth of trade relations, noting an increase from two billion euros in 2022 to the present three billion euros, with the balance of trade favoring Nigeria due to crude oil exports.

Gunther emphasized the potential for further improvement in trade relations, particularly in the agricultural sector. She remarked, “Agriculture is a very promising area for cooperation. It not only supports food security in Nigeria but also enhances the export of processed products. This shift from exporting raw products to creating value within the country will help generate more jobs.”

She mentioned that as part of development cooperation, there is an agricultural program focusing on value chains that support small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector.

Gunther noted that several German delegations have participated in trade fairs in Lagos, including the agri-food festival, where German companies had one of the largest pavilions. She explained that the German Chamber of Trade and Commerce in Lagos represents German companies operating in Nigeria. Currently, around 90 German companies have representative offices in Nigeria, engaging in both trading and production activities.

She cited Nivea as an example of a German company with a significant production facility in Nigeria. Nivea’s lotions and creams produced in Lagos maintain the same quality and standards as those produced in Germany, using imported raw materials like oils and fragrances.

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Gunther praised the economic reforms initiated by President Bola Tinubu, stating, “For a production facility, you need investment, particularly foreign direct investment, which is essential for boosting the economy. The new administration has made significant economic reforms, improving the investment climate, although challenges like the forex issue remain. The environment must be conducive to attract further investments.”

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Six dead, many injured as trailer crashes into four buses at IMSU Junction

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Six people died, and many others were injured in a fatal motor accident involving a Mack Truck and four minibuses at IMSU Junction on Okigwe Road, Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

The incident was confirmed by Imo State police spokesperson Henry Okoye in a statement to DAILY POST. Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver of the Mack Truck (registration number KWL 857 YE), heading towards IMSU Junction from Orji along Okigwe Road, allegedly lost control of the vehicle, veered into the wrong lane, and ran over four minibuses and several pedestrians, causing multiple serious injuries.

Okoye said, “After receiving a report from a concerned citizen on 18/05/2024 at about 1745hrs about the accident at IMSU Junction, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma, quickly dispatched operatives from Orji Divisional Headquarters and the State Traffic Department to the scene.

“Upon arrival, the police, with help from public-spirited individuals, evacuated the victims to Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri, for medical attention. The medical practitioner on duty confirmed six deaths on arrival, while efforts began to save the injured victims.

“Photos and sketches of the accident scene were taken, and the wrecked vehicles were cleared to ease traffic flow. The deceased victims’ bodies were deposited at the FMC mortuary for preservation.

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“Efforts are ongoing to contact the families of the deceased and injured victims and to apprehend the truck driver, who fled the scene after the accident.

“Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, expressed condolences to the families, friends, and relatives of the deceased, prayed for the repose of their souls, and wished the injured victims a speedy recovery, noting that the Command is deeply saddened by this preventable accident.

“The Commissioner of Police has instructed the State Traffic Officers to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident and locate the truck driver who is currently at large.

“He urges road users in the State to drive responsibly and regularly check the roadworthiness of their vehicles to prevent such accidents.”

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