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Saraki, Offa armed robbers and the law

UNDER normal circumstances, one would dismiss the recent police invitation of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President as one of the unfolding political drama where the police as presently headed by Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has been shown to be an active participant. That is if it were an isolated incident. But it becomes troubling as it appears to be a pattern of onslaught against perceived opponents of the President and/or his allies. In recent times, there was the reported invasion of Kaduna State NUJ Secretariat by political thugs allegedly under the watch of the Police to attack Senators Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi who are known adversaries of Governor El-Rufai, a foremost backer of President Muhammadu Buhari. Shortly after, the Police invited  same Shehu Sani for alleged incrimination in criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide by a suspect in custody. There was the celebrated gestapo onslaught on Senator Dino Melaye which earned the IGP and the Police notoriety the world over. Typically, Senator Melaye is engaged in turf battle with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State who, like Governor El-Rufai, is a frontline Buharist.

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Ikpeazu: a beacon of hope in social investment

During the electioneering campaigns in 2015, one of the promises made by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu PhD was that as a Governor he would hold the hand of the weakest in the society and give them hope for a better tomorrow. The life history of the Governor exemplifies hope, sustained through hard work, preparation and taking advantage of opportunities that abound.

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M.K.O Abiola

My June 12 diary

The three “Diary” entries reproduced below to share with readers were actually”Jottings” that were extensions to my shorter daily diary entries.   Twenty-five years after the infamous annulment, I still stand by my position on Babangida in the first entry: “He has exposed Nigerians at home and abroad to ridicule and he certainly does not deserve a decent end.”  

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Ambode at 55: Lowers his voice, raises his logic!

As global attention is riveted on the unfolding spectacle of the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia today, there are interesting parallels to draw with a goal-getting Nigerian, whose illustrious life trajectory clocks 55 years on this same day. Much like the world-acclaimed beautiful game, which few observers gave a chance to survive, talk less of exploding when it began back in England in 1863, Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was the little known aspirant when political pundits began to permutate on the likely successor to erstwhile Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola then in 2014. 

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