President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received the recently released Dapchi schoolgirls at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. During the visit to the Presidential Villa, Buhari vowed to sanction the nation’s security chiefs should there be a repeat of the Dapchi kidnap in any part of the country.
Read full speech below:
I am delighted to formally announce to Nigerians this morning and our International friends and partners that One Hundred and Seven (107) Dapchi students previously abducted have been unconditionally released by their abductors.
This cheery and hearty development signify our commitment to the security and well-being of all Nigerians. We are never in doubt about our focus and direction since the assumption of office of this Administration. Security, anti-corruption and revamping of our economy are the main focus of our government.
You will recall that on 14th of this month, I paid a visit to Yobe State during which I sympathized with the parents, families, Government and people of the State for the tragic abduction of the students in Dapchi.
I made a solemn pledge on my word of honour that this Administration would do everything possible to ensure the unconditional release of the girls.
I further tasked all the appropriate security agencies to safely bring back the girls. We also reached out to our contacts at home and abroad. We embarked on back-channel shuttles with a clear view to bringing to an end this tragedy.
We entered into negotiations solely to make sure that no single girl was hurt. This strategy paid off as the girls have been released without any incidents.
Let me reemphasize our Administration’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and insurgency, and also call on all Nigerians, to join in this task. The security services have since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of our pupils/students and teachers and school workers.
I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents. Security Chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their part will be viewed seriously.
To the rescued students, we want to reassure you as our daughters, that you will freely live and pursue your dreams in Nigeria of peace and order, without fear of violence or molestation.
While parents of the Dapchi girls rejoice because of the reunion with their children, I want to appeal to the Chibok Community never to lose hope or to despair. We are determined as never before, to bring back our remaining Chibok daughters. And this, we must accomplish. And that will be soon by God’s grace.
While further efforts are being made to secure the release of every abducted citizen in Nigeria, Government is ever ready to accept the unconditional laying down of arms by members of the Boko Haram group, who show strong commitment in this regard. We are ready to rehabilitate and integrate such repentant members into the larger society.
This country has suffered enough of hostility. Government is, therefore, appealing to all to embrace peace for the overall development of our people and the country.
May I also warn those elements who have chosen to make political fortune of our citizens’ misfortune. Government would not tolerate any attempt by any person or group to trivialize or politicize security issues for politically motivated ends. Accordingly, security agencies would not hesitate to decisively deal with such unscrupulous characters.
Finally, I thank all Nigerians, who in spite of political differences, prayed and showed solidarity with families of the abducted students, during the period of the captivity.
This, undoubtedly, is the Nigerian spirit. We can and should sustain it beyond moments of sorrow. I remain thankful to the International Community and our friends who offered varying degrees of assistance during the back-channel communications.
May I, on behalf of the Government and people of Nigeria, extend our appreciation to the security agencies for their loyal and tireless efforts in making this day a reality.
Thank you and may God bless our country.
Again, Oando Floors Securities Exchange Commission
Again leading oil and gas company, Oando has floored Securities Exchange Commission, SEC as Justice Ayokunle Faji, sitting at a Federal High Court in Lagos, Friday, 5 July 2019 granted leave to Oando Plc to file a motion for a judicial review of the SEC’s decision imposing a fine of N89,675,000 on it.
Justice Faji, granted “an order of certiorari bringing up to the Federal High Court for the purpose of being quashed, the decision of the first respondent (SEC) contained in its letter dated 31st May 2019”.
SEC Acting Director-General Mary Uduk, SEC and Mutiu Sunmonu, who was appointed as Oando’s interim head, are the first to third respondents.
The court also granted an order of certiorari for the quashing of SEC’s directive to Oando to convene an extraordinary general meeting on or before July 1 to appoint new directors and articulate remedial measures for alleged corporate governance lapses. The court further granted an order of certiorari for the quashing of a press release by SEC on June 1 appointing an interim management team to be headed by Mr Mutiu Sunmonu (the third respondent) to oversee Oando’s affairs.
The judge granted “an order of prohibition and/or an injunction restraining and preventing the first and second respondents by themselves, agents, servants or whomsoever, howsoever from enforcing or seeking to enforce the decision contained in the letter dated 31 May 2019.”
Justice Faji also granted “an order of prohibition and/or an injunction restraining and preventing the second respondent from enforcing or seeking to enforce the decision of the first respondent contained in the press release made on Sunday, 2 June, 2019 appointing an interim management team to be headed by the third respondent to oversee the affairs of the applicant.”
The court made “a declaration that the first and second respondents acted ultra vires and without jurisdiction in making the decision contained in the letter of 31 May 2019 which conveyed the imposition of a fine of N89,675,000 on the applicant…”
Also granted was “an order directing that the leave sought herein if granted shall operate as a suspension and or stay of the decision of the first respondent contained aforesaid in its letter of 31 May 2019 as it relates to the applicant and as contained in the press release made on 2 June 2019 appointing an interim management team to be headed by the third respondent.”
Justice Faji directed Oando to ensure service on the respondents of the order and the application for judicial review within 48hours.
He adjourned until July 22 for the hearing of the application for judicial review before the vacation judge. SEC had on May 31 announced the conclusion of an investigation of Oando and ordered its Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Wale Tinubu, his deputy Mr Omamofe Boyo, and other affected board members to resign. It barred Tinubu and Boyo from being directors of public companies for a period of five years.
SEC subsequently set up an interim management team headed by Sunmonu to oversee Oando’s affairs and to conduct an Extraordinary General Meeting on or before July 1.
In an ex-parte application filed through their counsel, Olasupo Shasore (SAN), Tinubu and Ojo prayed for an order of certiorari to quash SEC’s purported imposition of N91,125,000 fine on Tinubu.
The application was granted. Oando, also through Shasore, filed the latest application seeking for judicial review of the SEC decisions against it with a view to quashing them, which Justice Faji granted
At The Unveiling Of The Book, The Hidden Substance By Alonge Michael
Penultimate Thursday, precisely 27th of June, 2019, The Hidden Substance, a motivational Book by journalist and online news media publisher, Alonge Michael ‘Dele was unveiled at the prestigious Imperial Hall, Alausa area of Lagos.
In the author’s speech, Alonge said, “Speechless is the way i feel looking at all the adorable faces within the four walls of this hall that graced my first-ever intellectual compilation, The Hidden Substance.
Sincerely I don’t know how well to say it to you all that I am nothing, but a mere product of grace.
The journey that culminated to this destination and location today was borne out of the grace that guided me to realization and discovery of The Hidden Substance that lies hidden within me.
It hasn’t been a smooth voyage, but with perseverance, dedication and hard work, falling and raising, picking up the broken pieces, mending and discarding when necessary. I hope a critical and constructive look into my life via The Hidden Substance will act as a catalyst to erupt the latent volcano in as many people that seem boxed up in a tight corner, about to surrender to the unfavourable challenges and obnoxious obstacles life throws in their path.
I would want to encourage such people to shun every form of defeatist tendency, look inwards, challenge yourself and believe that you can always do better than now. A life of crime, drugs and other social vices should never define who you truly are. Rewrite your story, tell it to the world and someday soon you will be celebrated.
I welcome you all to the discovery of how I discovered The Hidden Substance.”
Present at the event which was professionally anchored by a sensational artist, Tito Da.fire had the presence of these notable personalities, Hajia Taibat Elemosho-Okesanjo a.k.a. Montai, Mrs. Ogboru, Omede Odekina from UBA, Gladys Sam-Sedi, MD First Spring Insurance, beauty queen Rose Tinuola, Director Swissgarde Adeola Opeogun, Kasy Kene, Mrs. Abiola Olugboja, Sam Olatunji of BigSam Media, Mr. Babatunde Olowu, Mrs. Helen Ovie, Obayi Irene, Taiwo Agboola and Kay Campbell, Tunde Ogunmola, Niyi Tabiti, Funsho Arogundade, Yusuf Adeoye, Aggrey Adedoyin, Omolara Olowolagba, Olajumoke Odusolu, Oduse Funmilola, Oluwaseyefunmi Odusolu, Bro Demola, Maryanne Oritoke Oshoffa, Tona Oguzie of Eluziv Concept Hospitality, Mrs. Sambo O. Kehinde, Clara Agada, Aderinoye Adedoyinsola, Ambassador Tayo Blackson, Olumide E. Ojo, Olumide Omotoye, Pastor P.A. Ajayi, Evang Gbagidi and others.
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