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Police shortlist 416,270 applicants for January 8 screening

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The Police Recruitment Board has sanctioned January 8, 2024, as the initiation date for the screening of successful applicants for recruitment into the constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force. In a statement on Thursday, Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations, mentioned that the board convened at the Police Service Commission’s corporate headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, and made various decisions concerning the subsequent phases of the recruitment process.

Upon the closure of the recruitment portal earlier this month, it was determined that 416,270 Nigerian youths met the initial requirements for the next phase of the exercise. Of these successful applicants, 315,065 are for the general duty cadre, while 101,205 fall under the specialist cadre, as indicated in the statement.

Invitation letters for the successful candidates are anticipated to be dispatched on or before December 23, 2023. The upcoming phase of the exercise will encompass both physical and credential screenings to be conducted in the applicant’s state of origin. The Board has stipulated that candidates attending the screening exercise must bring the original copies of their certificates and other credentials, along with letters of attestation from their local government chairmen and/or traditional rulers.

Subsequent stages in the recruitment process include a computer-based test (CBT) scheduled after the screening exercise and a medical examination on a date to be announced later.

The statement also disclosed the distribution of successful applicants among states after the portal’s closure. Kaduna State leads with 31,117 successful applicants, followed by Adamawa (29,848), Benue (25,346), Borno (24,854), Katsina (24,239), and Bauchi (22,958). Other states with high successful applicants include Kano, Niger, Gombe, Yobe, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Taraba, Plateau, and Kebbi.

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Conversely, Anambra State has the fewest successful applicants nationwide with 1,141, followed by Ebonyi (1,537), Lagos (1,775), and Abia (2,110). The statement emphasized the importance of caution against fraudsters, underscoring that the entire recruitment process is free, transparent, and based on merit and performance.

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Gov Abiodun, Obasanjo, Amosun mourn as Ogun monarch joins ancestors

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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has praised the late Towulade of Akinale, Oba Femi Ogunleye, as a remarkable leader who significantly elevated his community’s profile. Oba Ogunleye, a distinguished journalist, passed away in the United Kingdom at 79.

In his condolence message to the Ogun State Council of Obas and the Akinale community, Abiodun highlighted Oba Ogunleye’s contributions to the development of Ogun State following his notable journalism career.

“We deeply mourn the loss of Oba Femi Ogunleye, a revered journalist and traditional ruler who passed away in London at 79.

“Oba Ogunleye was a giant in the media industry, dedicated to truth and accountability in journalism. As the Towulade of Akinale, he was a respected monarch who worked tirelessly to uplift his people and promote development in Ogun State.

“His illustrious career and selfless service have left a lasting impact on our society. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ogun State Council of Obas, his family, friends, and the entire Akinale community.

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“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire future generations,” Abiodun stated.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a condolence message through his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed shock at the monarch’s passing. Currently in South Africa for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second-term inauguration, Obasanjo recalled Oba Ogunleye’s recent high spirits and travel plans, noting his absence will be deeply felt in Owu, Ogun State, and across Nigeria.

Similarly, Senator Ibikunle Amosun lauded the late monarch’s dedication to the development of Akinale, Owu Kingdom, Egbaland, and Ogun State. He remarked that as the first Towulade of Akinale, crowned in 2006, Oba Ogunleye played a pivotal role in many positive community developments and consistently promoted peaceful coexistence and unity among the people.

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Wike, Fubara: No individual can pocket Rivers – Asari Dokubo

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Former Niger Delta militant leader Asari Dokubo has warned that no individual will be allowed to dominate Rivers State.

Dokubo emphasized that only one person can serve as governor at a time.

His comments come amidst the crisis in Rivers State due to the expiration of local government chairmen’s tenure.

He urged the former chairmen to accept the end of their three-year term and not to cause any problems.

Speaking to his followers in Port Harcourt, Dokubo stated: “Local government tenure has expired today, June 17, 2024. They should quietly go home. If they wish to seek re-election in accordance with the constitution, they should do so.

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“But there is no provision for tenure extension in the constitution. Their term has ended. They should not create unnecessary issues for the state. I also advise young people not to let themselves be manipulated.

“Only one person can be governor of Rivers State at a time. We cannot have two governors simultaneously. The people of Rivers State are greater than Muhajid Asari Dokubo.

“Rivers State is larger than any single individual. No one can exploit and dominate the people of Rivers State. It is not possible.

“The people are demonstrating their power. They have independently taken over local government secretariats because this is about the people, and no one can argue that we voted for a three-year tenure for a chairman and that tenure should not exceed by even a second.”

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Nigeria’s problems well-known, offer solutions not excuses – Peter Obi tackles Tinubu govt

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Former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has emphasized that the challenges facing Nigeria are widely recognized by its citizens.

Obi expressed his disappointment in leaders who, despite being tasked with solving these issues, simply state that Nigeria is not alone in dealing with poverty and hunger. He believes a true leader should offer direction, guidance, solutions, and reassurance during crises.

In a post on his X handle on Friday, the former governor of Anambra State stressed the need for a comprehensive plan to address Nigeria’s specific problems.

Obi called on leaders to provide tangible solutions rather than just noting that other countries face similar difficulties. He argued that Nigeria requires a detailed and specific approach to its unique challenges, not generalizations that undermine the experiences of its people.

He wrote: “The problems facing Nigeria are well-known to all Nigerians.

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“We are the poverty capital of the world, among the most insecure people on earth, among the hungriest, have poor education quality and the highest number of out-of-school children, high infant mortality, corruption, unemployment, the highest income gap between the poor and the rich, high corruption perception index, infrastructure and healthcare challenges, and more.

“It is disheartening to hear those in charge, who were hired to address our problems, make statements like ‘we are not the only ones struggling with poverty and hunger.’

“Instead of merely acknowledging that other countries face similar challenges, we need to hear a thorough plan of action to tackle our unique struggles.

“We require concrete solutions and a clear vision to address these issues, not comparisons that downplay our circumstances.

“I urge those in leadership positions to offer tangible solutions, not mere reminders that others face similar challenges.

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“We need a comprehensive approach to tackle our specific challenges, not generalizations that dismiss our experiences. A true leader provides direction, guidance, solutions, and reassurance in times of crisis.

“This is the hallmark of visionary leadership and a trait of nations that are making progress and advancing their development. They don’t simply state the obvious but offer a roadmap for overcoming obstacles.

“Just like a pilot who doesn’t just announce turbulence, they assure passengers that they will do everything possible to ensure a safe journey.

“Only then can we begin to trust that our country is in capable hands, working towards a brighter future for all Nigerians.”

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