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At NOC Investiture, Oba Elegushi Promises To Change Fortunes Of Nigerian Sports

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His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla III), the youngest Oba in Lagos, has promised to change the fortunes of Nigerian Sportsmen and women in international events in their quest to win laurels for the country.

His Royal Majesty made the pledge yesterday at the investiture ceremony of new Patrons of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, which held at the Ikate Kingdom of the Oba.

The eminent personalities who were inducted yesterday in a ceremony that was graced by Kings and Kingmakers, and members of the diplomatic corps were His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief (Mrs), Kofoworola Nwokedi, Sir Marc Inyanagbo Wabara, and Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Udughan, former Governor of Delta State.

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His Royal Majesty, Oba Elegushi said that the coming of the distinguished and eminent persons as Patrons will bring a positive change to Nigerian sports.

Present a the ceremony included a galaxy of former stars Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo, Obafemi Martins, Samson Siasia, Waheed Akanni, Chioma Ajunwa, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo, Olumide Oyedeji, Henry Amike, coaches Joe Erico, Fatai Amoo, and award-winning Paralympians Kehinde Paul, Bose Omolayo and Onye Lauritta. Presidents of Sports Federations were in their numbers and added to the colour.

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President of Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Engr Habu Gumel applauded the selection process that led to the identification of the iconic and deserving individuals in Nigeria who will carry the ambassadorial banner as Patrons.

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Gumel, who is also an Executive member of IOC highlighted the philosophy of Olympism noting the qualities of body, will and mind to impact humanity positively.

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended enrolment of Nigerians under the diaspora registration programme to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Commission spokesperson, Loveday Ogbonna, said the commission has decided to extend the enrolment to these two countries after the huge success in South Africa.

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Ogbonna says the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure all Nigerian citizens at home and abroad, as well as legal residents in Nigeria, were enrolled into the national identity database and issued the unique national identification number.

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Ogbonna said DEFCON systems limited, DSL, and the National Authentication Limited (NEAL) are the two Nigerian companies licensed by NIMC to handle the enrolment services across the globe to ensure best-in-class services and inclusivity.

He said the enrolment will involve demographic & biometric data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.

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The UAE programme is scheduled to take off today, while the UK programme kicks off on Friday.

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has ruled in favor of the defence counsel who asked for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by three accused persons alleged to have participated in last year’s robbery incident in Offa.

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Thirty-three persons, including nine policemen, were killed during the robbery, while five accused persons are standing trial.

But the court refused a post-mortem examination on the corpse of the principal suspect in the robbery incident, Michael Adikwu, whom the accused persons claimed, was deliberately killed by a police inspector while in custody at the force headquarters in Abuja.

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Earlier, the 5th accused person (Niyi Ogundiran), had narrated to the court how the police extracted confessional statements from him under duress.

The case has been adjourned till early April.

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project – Aviation Minister

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project - Aviation Minister

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that there are plans to deliver the national carrier project during president Buhari’s administration.

Sirika says the federal government will revisit the project which he describes as the brain-child of the president.  He said the president would not let it die.

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The minister said this while defending the ministry’s budget before the senate committee on aviation in Abuja.

He said the ministry only suspended the project to put adequate measures in place.  He also expressed concern that Nigeria is not able to boast of a national carrier, despite being a huge aviation market.

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The minister says the national carrier project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector will lead and deliver, while the government will play its role.

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He said the process would be transparent and would be done through local and international fora and media.

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