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The Federal Government of has assured South African returnees that it will not abandon them to their plight as all efforts are on to continue the rehabilitation and empowerment programmes.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made this declaration while receiving a South African widow returnee, Mrs. Yinka Iyoha in her in Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa maintained that the federal government will not abandon all Nigerians brought back to the country as a of xenophobic attacks.

Dabiri-Erewa equally announced a scholarship to one of the children of the returnee, gesture from Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

She said that the Federal Government is kick starting an entrepreneurship programme for the returnees in collaboration with Small and Medium scale Enterprises Development Agencies (SMEDAN) and National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

She mentioned that the returnees will be trained on various skill acquisitions and certified, mentored and funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria. In addition, funds from N1 million to N10 million naira will be released for the programme.

She also appealed to other state governments to liaise with the returnees in their respective states and key in into the rehabilitation and reintegration schemes.

“We can only hope to for peace and unity among Africans as the Nigerian mission had a programme in Johannesburg, South Africa entitled UNITE AFRICA, geared towards eradicating xenophobia in South Africa.”

While encouraging African countries to unite in love, she said that Nigerians in South Africa are working with their counterparts to ensure this, while those who commit crimes will face the penalty.

Iyoha while speaking said that she had a terrible experience in South Africa during the xenophobic attacks.

“There no place like home and I am very happy to be back home, what we experienced in South Africa we cannot describe it, it was like living in the wilderness”, she said.

Iyoha, who lost her in 2010 in South Africa and has been with the burden of raising her four children alone, complained of her being crumbled by South African hostile trade policies.

“It was very tough for me as I lost over 20 million worth of goods due to the South African Customs seizing imported goods from Nigeria.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Kogi election: Police protest alleged non-payment of allowances in Ekiti

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Some policemen deployed to Kogi State from Ekiti state police command for the conduct of the November 16 , 2019 Governorship election have expressed displeasure over alleged refusal of the authorities to pay their allowances.

The policemen, numbering 225, said their names were allegedly expunged on the list of those that were due for payment despite risking their lives day and night to ensure adequate security during that volatile election.

They said it was appalling and shocking that the police authorities have refused to pay them a month after the election, while others have received theirs, which gave room for suspicion that the fund must have allegedly been embezzled by some high ranking police officers at the state or zonal level.

The aggrieved police officer, who briefed journalists under anonymity for fear of retribution, appealed to Inspector General of police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to investigate the cause of the delay.

The sources said a sum of N90,000 were paid for senior officers above Sergeant rank, while their men within the rank and file got N40,000, revealing that most of the victims were the lower cadre policemen.

A Sergeant, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved policemen, said : “Two batches were deployed for the election in Ekiti. The Ekiti Command was expected to mobilise 500 policemen, but there was a shortfall.

“The police Commissioner , Mr Asuquo Amba, deployed 300 policemen about 10 days to the election. When there were complaints, another 150 were drafted to Kogi on the order of the CP five days to the election.

“Our investigation indicated that half of those who were deployed from Ekiti, numbering over 200, were excluded from payroll.

“We were curious to ask why must we be excluded from benefiting from the payments after discharging the national assignment?

“You could all attest to the fact that the Kogi Governorship election was the most volatile and tension-soaked in recent times. We risked our lives for the success of the poll only for us to be paid this way.

“We appeal to the Inspector General of police, Mr. Adamu to investigate this matter and mete out proper punishment to whoever culpable. Those behind this are the ones responsible for the bad image in the Force”, he stated.

But when contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Sunday Abutu, denied the allegation.

The Police spokesperson said all the entitlements due to the police that were deployed for the Kogi election had been paid.
“I am not aware of this. To the best of my knowledge, all the entitlements regarding Kogi issue had been paid.
“Let me also say that there was no protest anywhere, nobody had protested and whoever has any issue should follow the normal channels”, the police spokesman said.

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Buhari reacts as Punch changes President’s title to ‘Major General

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The Presidency has reacted to the decision by Punch Newspaper to henceforth refer to President Muhammadu Buhari as General Buhari.

In a notice titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand”, Punch stated that it will “henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s ‘Major General’ and refer to his administration as a regime until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.

The newspaper made the decision while making reference to DSS non-compliance to court orders on trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

Punch said its decision shows its protest against autocracy and military-style repression under Buhari’s administration.

However, in reaction to Punch’s decision, Femi Adesina, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the newspaper’s decision to call Buhari ‘Major General’ is not out of order.

Adesina on his Twitter page @FemiAdesina added that Buhari has earned the rank ‘Major General’

According to him, Punch’s publication is proof of press freedom under Buhari’s administration.

Adesina wrote: “If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order.

“The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in .”

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