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Aregbesola, Agency Heads, Mourn Late Rufai [PHOTOS]



The Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has condoled with the family and people of Kano State over the passing of their daughter, wife, mother and aunt, late Hajia Aisha Ahmed Rufa’i.

The minister described Hajia Aisha Rufai as fantastic officer whom she met about 18 months ago and has left an indelible mark in the sand of time.

Ogbeni Aregbesola spoke on Thursday when he led a delegation to the family home of the late Board Secretary at Korau Road, Nassarawa, GRA, Kano.

“Hajia Rufa’i brought into the Federal service, an immeasurable transformation to the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) where she served. She transformed the office space from the inside to the outside and still the transformation is still ongoing as I’m talking to you.

“She turned around the infrastructure rot prevalent at the office building into something we are all proud of today. Today when the ministry has any special event, we use the Board’s conference room. The board room was also transformed, she created a very cozy office space for the chairman. All these she did in less than 18 months.

“This is not to belittle the other things she did, which cannot be physically measured. She has almost completed the digitization of the entire board operation. Now you don’t need to know anybody to be employed. She operationalized the use of Computer Based Test, CBT, in the conduct of recruitment and promotion exercise,” the minister stated.

The minister further eulogized the late Board Secretary, describing her as a dedicated officer, committed, loyal and transformative.

“All I have said today is to make you know how versatile, transformative, committed, loyal and creative Hajia was. Your daughter did her best and was a very fine officer who gave her best in service to her fatherland. The service will greatly miss her.

“We commit her to Almighty Allah, we pray that God forgive her shortcoming, grant her Aljannah Firdaus and uphold those she has left behind.

Speaking in behalf of the family, Alh. Ibrahim Habu Sule, stated that said Hajia Aisha Rufa’i emulated her father and is a worthy Ambasador of the family. Just like her father will bring files home to treat and make sure the job doesn’t suffer unnecessary delay, Hajia continued that same path and was dedicated to the end.

“We feel honoured to have received you and the entire leadership of the Ministry into our home today. We know our daughter to be exactly who you have described. Just like her father will bring files home to treat and make sure the job doesn’t suffer unnecessary delay, Hajia continued that same path and was dedicated to the end. We thank you for this visit and your prayers,” Alh. Sule stated.

The minister ended the visit with prayers for the eternal repose of the soul of the departed and divine comfort for her family, friends and associates.

On the entourage of the Minister are the two Federal Commissioners of the CDCFIB; Ado Abdullahi Jafaar (Discipline and General Purpose Committee), and Maj. Gen. Emmanuel E. Bassey (Rtd)
(Appointment and Promotion Committee).
Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Abubakar Audi; Controller General, Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Haliru Nababa; Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Isah Idris Jere; Controller General, Federal Fire Service (FFS), Abulduganiyu Jaji amongst other high ranking officials of the Ministry of Interior who were also in attendance.



Tinubu Meets PDP’s G-5 Members



President Bola Tinubu is in a meeting with members of the defunct ‘G5 Governors’ at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The group made up of Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde; former Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ifeanyi Ugwuwanyi (Enugu) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) are all members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The group is considered to have been friendly with President Tinubu and contributed to his electoral victory in February.

Although the reason for the visit is yet to be known, it is believed Makinde and the former Governors would be seeking to take advantage of their cordial relationship with the President to gain political capital.

Makinde and Wike have frequented the Villa a couple of times in the last few days


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BREAKING: Tinubu Signs Bill Raising Judges’ Retirement Age Into Law



President Bola Tinubu has signed into law the bill on uniform retirement age for judicial officers.

Tinubu signed the bill into law on Thursday.

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You Are A Liar, Woman Beater, Ondo Deputy Governor’s Wife, Seun Ayedatiwa Tells Husband



The wife of the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Seun Ayedatiwa, has faulted her husband’s defence over allegation of assault, maintaining that she is a serial victim of abuse in his hand.

But the deputy Governor in a statement through his media aide, Kenneth Odusola, said he had never raised a hand to hit his wife since they got married.

He described the allegation as baseless, false, nothing but political blackmail taken too far,” to cause political unrest in the state.

But in a statement from London entitled, “My Ordeal At The Hands Of Lucky”, Mrs Ayedatiwa narrated her experience, adding that she could no longer endure his temperament.

According to her, she had endured physical, emotional, and mental abuse from her husband, beatings, torture, and constant mistreatment.


“I have come across numerous comments regarding the statement released by the Women Group, the Society for Women Empowerment (SWE).

“Although I cannot ascertain the existence of the group or the true intentions behind the story, I feel it is important to express my pain for the sake of other women.

“I am a woman who deeply respects and supports my husband. Our story, like many others, has been one of grace and growth. While I am sociable, I am always mindful of my husband’s position. I have dedicated myself to nurturing our home and children, as any wife and mother would. I have done so with unwavering strength.

“Prior to Lucky’s appointment as the deputy governor, we had ongoing issues revolving around abusive behavior. Each time, he would apologize, often attributing his actions to alcohol. Our children have witnessed this on two occasions. They implored me to have him arrested, but I explained that Nigerian culture does not provide room for such measures.

“I am not happy about revealing my personal struggles publicly. It is a painful reality I must confront. I have reached the conclusion that concerted efforts must be made to eradicate the scourge of violence against women. I have endured physical, emotional, and mental abuse from my husband, beatings, torture, and constant mistreatment.

“On December 1, 2022, during a minor argument, I experienced one of the most severe beatings of my life at the hands of my husband. I was left bruised and battered, to the extent that I could not attend the birthday ceremony of Toyin Akeredolu, the younger sister of Governor Akeredolu, in Ibadan. He threatened to kill me, uttering words of disdain.

“On Friday, December 2, I traveled to Ibadan to meet with the First Lady, Chief Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, to report Lucky’s actions. When she saw my battered face, she was enraged. She subsequently reported Lucky to the Governor. Lucky used to be the First Lady’s favorite, but since that day, she has distanced herself from him.

“Upon returning to Akure, even with my bruised face, Lucky slapped me again. He accused me of exposing him to the Governor and First Lady. He not only slapped me but also poured Hennessy on my head, berating me as a worthless woman.

“A few days before the FOWOSO summit, I was burdened with depression and numerous issues. I had already made up my mind not to attend the program. However, Lucky approached me, pleaded, and promised never to harm me again. I had to apply heavy makeup and wear dark glasses to conceal the bruises on my face, just to attend the event.

“By the end of January, Lucky resumed his abusive behavior. As much as I am a strong supporter of his aspirations to succeed the Governor, I have consistently advised him to exhibit decorum in his public life.

“Every time I mentioned this, he dismissed it as jealousy and insecurity, showing no regard for my feelings. Disrespectful calls were frequently received at our home, especially from one Ambassador Tolu Taiwo, one of his girlfriends.

“During the first week of February, we had a conversation about his political aspirations, and I advised him to refrain from making certain remarks to people. Instead of considering my advice, he unleashed his anger on me, subjecting me to further physical abuse. He threatened to kill me and make another woman the First Lady when he becomes Governor.

“Lucky not only assaulted me but also locked me out of the house. I had to spend two nights at St. Jacob Hotel. He instructed the gatekeeper not to allow me entry. From there, I had to travel to Lagos and eventually moved to Ilesa, my hometown.

“After being locked out, my driver eventually went to the house to retrieve my bag, which contained my passport. Since then, I have relocated to London.

“I am aware that Lucky may attempt to deny this story once again. However, I urge you to question him: Why have I not refuted the allegations of his abuse?

“He is my husband, and no woman would want to falsely accuse her spouse. If he claims that all of this is untrue, ask him to call me and put our conversation on speaker. He is well aware of my position on this matter. I refuse to continue hiding and suffering in silence.

“Once again, the First Lady is fully aware of this situation.

If Lucky denies it once more, I will come out with pictures and videos, no matter how humiliating it sounds. I am taking this step because I can no longer endure this situation silently.”




7TH JUNE, 2023.

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