Buhari Depart To New York With His Wife For UN (GA73)

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, along with his wife, Aisha, depart for New York to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) which officially opened September 18, 2018.

The theme for this year’s Session is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.” The highpoint of President Buhari’s participation will be his address on Tuesday to the General Assembly on the opening day of the General Debate.

President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin.

Others on the presidential entourage include: the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede; and the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. The President’s presentation on Tuesday of Nigeria’s National Statement is expected to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to international peace and security; sustainable socio-economic development; disarmament and denuclearisation; youth and women empowerment; climate change; rule of law and human rights; among others. He is also expected to particularly canvass international support for the fight against corruption; the return of illicit assets; counter-terrorism and insurgency and curbing irregular migration. President Buhari is also expected to seek support in re-settling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); recharging the receding Lake Chad.

Another major issue he will raise is on the need to reset the United Nations, especially the expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council to make that vital principal organ of the global organisation reflect regional and equitable geographical representation. The President and his wife, Aisha, will also attend a welcome reception hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and his spouse for Heads of State and Government and their spouses.

The Nigerian leader and his delegation will participate in a High-Level meeting on the Fight against Tuberculosis organised by the World Health Organisation as Nigeria currently ranks seventh amongst the high TB-burden countries globally, and second in Africa. The Nigerian delegation is expected to attend the Mandela Peace Summit, which is a High-Level Meeting on Global Peace in honour of the centenary birth of the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela. Other side-events lined up for the Nigerian delegation include: High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit; the Second Annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum; High-Level Meeting on Action for Peace-Keeping; Commemoration and Promotion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons; High-Level Meeting on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa; and Pathway to Localising a Global Agenda.

During the course of his stay in New York, in addition to the meeting with the UN Secretary-General, the Nigerian President is also expected to have bilateral meetings with African and world leaders including Bill Gates with a view to promoting national and African interests. He will also grant audience to a select group of Nigerian professionals based in the United States. NAN

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Breaking News:PDP wins Oyinlola’s polling unit 

The Dep spoke man of the PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi won his polling unit. The PDP won the polling unit 002 at NUD primary school in Ibokun local government area of the state with 195 votes, while the All Progressives Congress, APC and Social Democratic Party, SDP, scored 158 and 87 votes respectively. ‎

A former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola failed to deliver his polling unit as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won the polling unit. Adeleke Oyinlola, who defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the African Democratic Party, ADC, was defeated at his Court Hall 1, PU 001 at Oba Ojomu in Odo-Otin local government area of Osun State.

The PDP’s governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke won with 107 votes as the APC’s governorship candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola came second by scoring 69 votes while the ADC’s governorship candidate, Alhaji Fatai Akingbade scored 20 votes. The Social Democratic Party, SDP, scored 13.

Two Vote Buyers Arrested With N604,000 In Osun

Two persons accused of attempting to buy votes in Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State have been arrested by the Police.

A sum of N604,000 was found on them.

According to the Police, investigation is ongoing on the issue.

The Police revealed the arrest via a tweet on its handle, which read: “Two (2) suspected vote buyers have been arrested by a team of police personnel on election duty at Iwo LGA of OSUN State and the sum of N604,000 recovered from their possession. Investigation is being intensified.”

Nigeria Police Nabbed Cultist On Wanted List At Bayelsa.

Prince Owei, a notorious cult leader and an armed robbery suspect, known for nefarious activities in Bayelsa State has been arrested by the state Police Command.

The suspect, also known as ‘Big Fela’ 19, hails from Ikibiri community of Bayelsa State, but resides at St. Peters, Ovom.

He was arrested at the Sports Complex, Yenagoa, on his way to watch a football match with a locally-made revolver pistol, one live cartridge and packets of Rohypnol tablets in his possession.

In a statement, Asinim Butswat, the Police spokesman, said the suspect confessed to being a member of the Icelanders cult group.

He added that the suspect would be arraigned before a court after investigations are concluded.

Meanwhile, the Command has appealed to members of the public to provide useful information that will assist the Police in fighting crime in the state.