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Ekweremadu: Obasanjo appeals to UK court to temper Justice with mercy

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Ekweremadu: Obasanjo appeals to UK court to temper Justice with mercy

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has appealed to the British Government to temper justice with mercy over the conviction of former Nigerian Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, for organ harvesting.

Obasanjo made the appeal in a letter dated April 3, 2023 , and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta by the Former president’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the letter was addressed to the Chief Clerk, the Central Criminal Court, London.

The former president appealed for clemency for the Nigerian couple.

Obasanjo called on the clerk to intervene and appeal to the court and the government of the United Kingdom to be magnanimous enough to temper justice with mercy.

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He sought for punishment that might have to come take their good character and parental instinct and care into consideration.

Obasanjo, who admitted to the implications of the Ekweremadus’ action, said that it was unpleasant and condemnable and could not be tolerated in any sane or civilised society.

He asked the united kingdom to consider the very warm relationship between the United Kingdom and Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He urged the UK to consider the daughter in question whose current health condition was in danger and required an urgent medical attention.

“It is with great pleasure that I write in respect of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who I have known for over two decades.

“Within this period, I have followed and watched, with keen interest, Ike Ekweremadu’s inspiring career which traversed private legal practice and public administration.

“I recall, with fond memories, the beginnings of our political and social relationship at the outset of our collective quest for democratic rebirth for our fatherland.

“During my administration as a democratically-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, Ike Ekweremadu and I had close relationship and interactions as staunch members of our political party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Within this period of his service in the Nigerian Parliament, he has served as Deputy Senate President of the Senate and has headed so many Committees.

“I truly cherish his God-fearing, dispassionate, moderate and pan-Nigerian approach to national issues and developments, in our multi-ethnic, multi-religious geo-polity.

“He dedicates himself to the service of God and humanity and he continues to play visible roles in national development.

“Mr. Chief Clerk, I am very much aware of the current travails and conviction of Ike Ekweremadu and his wife in the United Kingdom resulting from their being charged with conspiring to arrange the travel of a 21-year old from Nigeria to the UK in order to harvest organs for their daughter.

“I do realise the implications of their action and I dare say, it is unpleasant and condemnable and can’t be tolerated in any sane or civilized society.

“However, it is my fervent desire that for the very warm relations between the United Kingdom and Federal Republic of Nigeria; for his position as one of the distinguished Senators in the Nigerian Parliament, and also for the sake of their daughter in question whose current health condition is in danger and requires an urgent medical attention.

” You will use your good offices to intervene and appeal to the court and the government of United Kingdom to be magnanimous enough to temper justice with mercy and let punishment that may have to come take their good character and parental instinct and care into consideration.

“I do hope Mr. and Mrs. Ekweremadu have learnt from this distressing experience of theirs to guide their future actions or inactions so they will continue to be outstanding members of their community,” Obasanjo said.

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has taken its campaign on proper waste management to rural dwellers in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State as part of measures to mitigate impact of flooding during the rainy season.

Mrs Ummunah Ahmad, the Head of Operations, NEMA , Gombe State office, who led the campaign team to Kwami community said the exercise was to raise public awareness about proper waste management and its effect on flooding.
Ahmad said the campaign was imperative as part of effort to mitigate the impacts of flood disaster through proactive measures as well as reminding communities of their roles in disaster prevention and mitigation.

She told residents of Kwami that the devastating impacts of flood over the years, especially that of 2012, should served as a wake-up call to all stakeholders, hence the reason NEMA was collaborating with stakeholders to manage disaster risks and associated hazards.

According to her, the campaign on flooding is an initiative to save lives and livelihoods during the rainy season.

She said that there was a connection between improper waste disposal and flooding, hence the need for communities to avoid dumping waste indiscriminately in drains.

According to her, flooding will be minimised if residents take seriously proper waste management and to comply with all measures that will ensure a sustainable environment.

She said that her team was in Kwami because it is amongst the five LGAs in Gombe State that are predicted to be under the moderate flood risk areas, listing others to include Dukku, Yamaltu/Deba, Gombe and Funakaye.

“Our message is simple, they should not build houses along waterways or flood prone areas, evacuate from flood prone areas immediately to safer ground, clear drainages and waterways, and adhere to early warning alerts.

“NEMA is concerned about saving lives and property and that is why we are engaging all stakeholders to remind them of their roles as well as call for proactive measures,” she said.

Ahmad commended the Gombe State government for commencing desilting of storm drains as well as building waste collection centres in the state, adding that such was key to minimising impact of flooding in the state.

On his part, Mr Muhammad Khalid, the Special Assistant, Technical to the Executive Secretary of Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency (GOSEPA), Mr Auwalu Baba-Jada urged residents to imbibe the culture of proper waste disposal.

Khalid advised residents to always be vigilant and not encourage actions that could lead to flooding in their communities.
Our correspondent also reports that NEMA had earlier in the day, organised a training for key stakeholders tagged “Waste Segregation, Recycling and Composting Techniques, Proper Waste Management and Flood Preparedness to selected communities in Gombe State.”

The event which was held at Prof. Isa Ali-Pantami ICT Park, Gombe Statr University had participants such as community leaders, NESREA, SEMA, State Fire Service and Federal Firemen, officials of Ministry of Health, Environment, the Police, NSCDC and the media.

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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SGF Approves Eight New FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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