Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Monday, led the Senators representing the State at the National Assembly, to visit the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.
Zulum, Senators Kashim Shettima (Borno Central), Mohammed Ali Ndume (Borno South) and Abubakar Kyari (Borno North), joined by Borno’s caretaker Chairman of APC, Ali Dalori, met the service chiefs over recent attacks by Boko Haram in some parts of the State.
The visits were done separately and on each, discussion was held behind closed doors.
Before one of the closed-doors, Zulum paid an open courtesy call at the office of the army chief, thanking soldiers for their patriotism, sacrifices and commitment in the shared effort to restore peace in Borno.
The Governor however called on the Nigerian military to bridge and keep improving trust between the population, government and the military.
“We must do everything possible to improve on the trust between the population, government, and the military. We need to work together, one thing we should do is to ensure ongoing operations are sustained and farmers are able to return to their farmlands so that we reduce reliance of food aid that is not sustainable. We will give the military all the necessary support, and continue to interface with you, hoping this problem will be resolved within the shortest time” Zulum said.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru commended Governor Zulum for his tremendous support to the military and described the visit as timely. He noted that such visit offer windows for productive exchange of ideas.
“I personally commend and appreciate Governor Zulum’s gestures to the Operation Lafiya Dole on medical assistance, food support, among others.
We note these support and we are grateful” the COAS said.
Attahiru assured the Governor that operational strategies were being enhanced in the fight against Boko Haram and other criminal activities.
I will leave no stone unturned to better the life of my people, RT. Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal
A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain and former speaker of kogi state house of assembly, Rt.
Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal is a well grounded grassroots mobilizer of the PDP in kogi state and he is known for his philanthropy across the senatorial district. Recently, some students of Government Day Secondary School, Iruvucheba had approached him to solicit for his support to help renovate a classroom to enable the WAEC candidates sit for their exams giving the dilapidated and poor conditions of their classrooms.
The kogi central political icon after receiving the call took it up on himself to erect four (4) blocks of classrooms and two (2) office buildings to enable the students sit for their examinations.
In a quiet ceremony, Rt. Hon. MJ Lawal handed over the newly completed buildings to the principal of the school, Mall. Ohiare J.Z
While speaking at the handing over ceremony, Hon. MJ Lawal noted that education is the bedrock of any society seeking the path of progress and development. He equally stated that he’d never leave any stone unturned to see that he better the life of his people especially in the areas of education and empowerment.
Recall that some months ago, Hon. MJ Lawal had built, commissioned and handed over some block of classrooms and learning materials to Lennon memorial college, Ageva.
For the political icon, RT. Hon. MJ Lawal, giving back to the society is a mandate he can never go against.
Kano Hisbah sacks official found in hotel room with married woman
The Kano State Hisbah Board, in its effort to ensure transparency as well as guide against immortality, has sacked a top official allegedly found with a married woman in a hotel room in Sabon Gari area of the state.
The Hisbah Public Relations Officer, Lawal Fagge, confirmed the sacking of the official
It will be recalled early in the year, an official of the command (name withheld) was allegedly found in a questionable manner with the married woman.
The report gathered that the decision taken on Tuesday followed a report by a committee set up by the board to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
It was, however, discovered that before the incident, the official was said to be at the forefront of arresting prostitutes and other wayward girls.
Ministry vows to go after Nigerians involved in ‘ghost marriages’
The Federal Ministry of Interior has warned that ”ghost marriages” are illegal and any Federal Registrar found to have violated the law with regards to registration of marriages, shall be punished.
A ”ghost marriage”, is a marriage in which one or both parties are deceased.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Citizenship and Business Department, Mrs Moremi Soyinka-Onijala, on Wednesday in response to speculations that marriage certificates were being obtained from the federal registries, in the absence of intending couples.
Responding on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Soyinka-Onijala explained that it is absolutely compulsory for intending couples to be present before any marriage can be registered or certificates issued.
Citing some provisions of the Marriage Act, she said that sections 44 provides that “whoever impersonates any other person in marriage, or marries under a false name or description, with intent to deceive the other party to the marriage, shall be liable to imprisonment for five years”
It is an important requirement for intending couples to be physically present at any Registry (Federal or not) or at any Licensed Public Place of Worship in order to be married under the provisions of the Marriage Act of 1990 Cap 218 LFN as amended.
“Ghost Marriages as they are called, are illegal and any marriages so conducted are rendered null and void ab initio,” she said
She noted that Section 42 provides that whoever witnesses as a marriage officer in the ceremony of marriage, knowing that he is not duly qualified to do so, or that any of the matters required by law for the validity of such marriage has not happened shall be liable to imprisonment for five years.
“If any Federal Registrar is found to have violated the law, he or she shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Marriage Act and the Public Service Rules,” she said
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