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Imo guber: LP candidate, Achonu escapes death as thugs allegedly open fire on his convoy

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Just five days before the Imo State governorship elections scheduled for November 11, Senator Athan Achonu, the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate, reportedly experienced an attack in the state.

Achonu’s convoy was assaulted while en route to St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Obibiezena, Owerri North Local Government Area, where he had been invited to attend the church’s synod.

It was reported that his convoy encountered an ambush set up by some thugs who had set up a roadblock using an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), an All Progressive Congress-branded Sienna, and a Hilux truck.

A statement issued by Chibuikem Diala, the Director of Media and Publicity for Senator Athan Achonu’s Campaign Organization, and made available to DAILYPOST in Owerri, described how Senator Achonu narrowly escaped a potentially tragic incident.

The statement explained that the incident involved one Oladimeji, a police officer attached to the Tiger Base Police Squad in Owerri, who led a team of policemen and Ebubeagu security operatives carrying firearms. Upon approaching the roadblock, police officers in the Armored Personnel Carrier opened fire on the convoy. They narrowly missed Senator Achonu’s Wrangler SUV but hit the driver’s window of one of the bulletproof Lexus SUVs in the convoy. Fortunately, the bulletproof vehicle prevented any casualties.

Despite interventions by the Police Commissioner speaking to Officer Oladimeji on the phone, the officer refused to allow Senator Achonu’s passage, insisting that Governor Uzodinma was expected to travel the same route.

A young man known as ‘TAKPE,’ supported by the police, threatened the convoy, demanding that they turn back or face the destruction of their vehicles. This situation caused panic among the women in the convoy.

To avoid further confrontation, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security officers accompanying Senator Achonu exercised restraint and moved the candidate and his team to safety.

The statement expressed concern about the state police’s apparent alignment with Governor Uzodinma, to the extent that the State Commissioner of Police seemingly had limited control over security matters.

The statement called for an urgent investigation into the actions of the individuals involved, including Officer Ola, and the State Commissioner of Police. It also demanded the arrest and prosecution of the individual ‘Takpe’ shown in the viral video.

The statement further called for the immediate transfer of compromised officers to prevent potential crises and urged relevant security agencies to address the security situation in Imo State to prevent violence during and after the upcoming election.

Additionally, the statement affirmed the commitment of the Labour Party, Senator Athan Achonu, and all supporters of democracy in Imo State to stand firm and not be intimidated. It called upon prominent figures and relevant security agencies to address the security situation in the state.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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