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Tinubu Apologizes For Asking Nigerian Army To Recruit 50 Million Youths

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After much backlash after his statement on the recruitment of  50 Million youths into the Nigerian army, the national leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has withdrawn his statement and apologized, while describing it as an error.

He made this statement while advocating for national employment and giving an inference for a security policy that could stem the tides of insurgency, Tinubu asked the Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army.

Addressing guests on Monday at the 12th colloquium organised in his honour, the Asiwaju stated that the recruitment move will help restore peace within troubled regions and stop miscreants from recruiting young people to do their biddings.

The former Senator has however stated on Tuesday that contrary to comments made at the colloquium in Kano where his 69th birthday was celebrated, his intended recommendation was to have fifty thousand (50,000) youths recruited into various national security agencies, including the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army.

“Asiwaju seeks the expansion of security personnel by 50,000 for the armed forces, not the N50 million that was mentioned in error. It was an accidental verbal mistake of which we all commit from time to time especially when reciting a series of large numerical figures.

“He did not mean N50 million, which is almost a quarter of our total population.
The crucial matter is that Asiwaju rightly observed that such strong recruitment would serve the twin-purpose of helping to tackle unemployment while at the same time enhancing the security of every Nigerian.

“Please forgive any confusion due to this innocent error. The most vital thing is that he set forth a wise and timely approach that would help us face two of today’s stiffest challenges.

“It is in the spirit that we hope you view and assess his proposal for it seeks to provide a way for more youths to participate in building a greater, safer and more prosperous country,” a communique by Tinubu’s media aide Tunde Rahman, read.

It further noted that the APC stalwart canvassed the urgent need to combine employment and national security policy by the recruitment of 5 million youths in all aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernization.

The statement also adds that the APC national leader believes the more job opportunities are presented to youths, the less some of them will be tempted to delve into illegal and dangerous activities.

As part of this overall approach, Tinubu believes that eligible youths should be recruited into the armed forces, police and other security agencies to augment the functional capacity of Nigeria’s security apparatus, thus ensuring the better security and safety of the people.

The 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium marking Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s birthday was a well-attended event that focused on the important theme of national cohesion during these challenging times.

This was the first time the colloquium was held in the ancient and important city of Kano.

According to the APC Chieftain, the choice of venue was most appropriate given the theme and the underlying objective of highlighting the oneness of the country and the need for unity so that Nigeria may attain its best destiny.

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Police Arrest Eight Land Grabbers In Ogun

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The men of Nigeria Police Force, Criminal Investigation Department, CID Headquarters Abuja has arrested Alhaji Shesan Mustapha Jamiu 48, Jimoh Saka 45, Folaromi Ashorobi 45, Kazeem Ilori 40, Dare Shoyami, Wasiu Ahmed 27, Onikoyi Saheed, Bankole Wasiu 20 for allegedly invading and distrupting peace in Oko-Iwaju, Makun area of Sagamu, Ogun State today.

According to Prince Yomi Adebayo Stephen a resident of the area while speaking with Amebo Newspaper NG, said about Fourteen land grabbers led by one Wale Bello invaded Oko Iwaju, Makun Sagamu community in Ogun State with arms and ammunition today in the move to forcefully take charge of people’s properties but the police apprehended eight of them with their sophisticated weapons.

Meanwhile, same grabbers was said to have striked in mass three weeks back leaving one Lukman Kareem with high degree of injury, his left eye was damaged by the gang, while several people were also injured and displaced.

 

 

 

 

Photo of Lukman Kareem after the invasion of the grabbers

From indication, the hoodlums are contacting the top police officers in Ogun State command to secure their bail after all the degrees of attocities committed by them in the community.

When our correspondent contacted DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun Command, he said if the arrest is from Force Headquarters in Abuja, that no need of contacting the state command before the police officers perform their duties.

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Popular Actor-Politician, Desmond Elliot Lands In Trouble Again

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TRIXX NG Reports that popular actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot has landed in fresh trouble as he is being dragged on twitter at the moment.

This dragging started since morning when a popular critic of his asked a twitter user to come to surulere so he can flush her down in Desmond Elliot’s toilet.

It will be recalled that Desmond Elliot since he became a politician is popular for commissioning a toilet in his constituency in Surulere, and he is always being dragged for that.

Just for that singular tweet made by his critic, his name has been scatter all over the social media for the wrong reasons.

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Firstbank Hosts Webinar To Sensitise Individuals And Businesses On Staying Protected In The Information Age

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider has announced a webinar to sensitise individuals and businesses with useful information on being protected in today’s digital age.

 

The virtual event is scheduled to hold by noon on Friday, 16 April 2021 with “Staying Protected Amidst the Pandemic Chaos” being the topic to be discussed at the event. Registration is ongoing for the event via the link https://firstbanknigeria.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PUnqA7enTMG8o0OfOaWxlg

 

Today’s world, largely referred to as the digital age has been influenced by information technology which has optimised the way we carry out our individual and business activities.

 

However, the current age has been marred by illicit activities like identity theft, internet fraud amongst many others which poses a risk to the safety of individuals and businesses. Attending the webinar will have participants knowledgeably equipped with vital information that will ensure they make informed decisions, thereby promoting their safety whilst staying protected against possible risks and malicious attacks.

 

Tope Aladenusi, Chief Strategy Officer & Cyber Risk Services Leader, Deloitte West Africa; Confidence Staveley, Cyber Security Evangelist/ Founder, Cybersafe Foundation and Harrison Nnaji, Chief Information Security Officer, FirstBank will lead the discussion at the event.

 

Speaking on the planned Webinar, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO of FirstBank Group noted that “the world as a global village is associated with not just benefits but also risks of cyberattack and for individuals, businesses and governments to make the best out of the digital and online opportunities, they need to be deliberate in protecting themselves against cybersecurity threats”.

He further noted that, “in today’s digital age, which the pandemic has accelerated the embrace, cyberattacks are occurring at an alarming rate across the world. As such, no individual, business or government entity with digital and online presence is immune to cyberattacks; and the financial, physical and legal implications of an attack can be significantly upsetting.’’

In concluding, he enjoined everyone to participate in the forthcoming webinar as it is a viable opportunity to stay informed whilst being abreast with current trends that are pivotal to promoting safety in today’s world that is driven by information technology”.

 

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