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Plateau Clarifies Eviction Order On Jang

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The Plateau Government on Thursday clarified that the Supreme Court judgment on asset sharing with Nasarawa State did not evict Gov. Jonah Jang from the Governor’s Lodge, Jishe.

Mr Edward Pwajok, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, made the clarification in Jos at a news briefing at Government House, Rayfield, Jos.

Pwajok said the judgment only transferred some property formerly belonging to the old Plateau to Nasarawa State following the creation of the state from Plateau in 1996.

The judgment was delivered on March 23 by a full panel of the court.

The commissioner decried the “misrepresentations of the judgment by the media, some senior lawyers and respectable citizens.

“The Nasarawa State Government sought a declaration that it was the beneficial owner of 13 properties by virtue of the State Creation Act, 1996 and the Reports of the Plateau and Nasarawa States’ Joint Committee on Appraisal of Assets and Liabilities and the agreement reached by both states in 1998.

“Nasarawa also sought an order directing Plateau to hand over all title documents relating to the said properties as well as restraining Plateau from interfering with Nasarawa right to peaceful occupation and enjoyment of the properties.

“In the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court whose lead judgment was delivered by the Hon. Justice John Afolabi Fabiyi, JSC, and endorsed by six other Justices, the court granted all the above reliefs.”

Pwajok saidboth Nasarawa’s claim and the judgment acknowledged that it was the refusal of Plateau to yield vacant possession of three of the 13 properties that led to the court action.

The commissioner denied that Jang recently vacated the Governor’s Lodge, Jishe as a result of the judgment but stressed that the governor was at liberty to choose which Government House to use.

He condemned the alleged twisting of the judgment as well as allegation that Jang squandered public fund to renovate a lodge belonging to Nasarawa State.

Pwajok explainedthat an agreement was earlier reached between former military governors of the two states in 1998 in the presence of late Head of State Sani Abacha and Lt. Gen Jeremiah Useni.

He said in the agreement, Plateau agreed to cede the 13 property to Nasarawa State.

“The agreement did not include Government House, Jishe.

“It was this agreement that made the court to invoke the equitable doctrine of estoppels to declare that Plateau cannot renege from the agreement it entered into.

“Indeed, the minutes of the meeting presided over by the then late head of state, General Abacha, which were tendered in court and were part of the case of Nasarawa showed that it was agreed that Governor’s Lodge, Jishe, was a “no-go-area” and so was not part of the assets/liabilities sharing.”

The commissioner said that the issue predated Jang’s administration, pointing out that it was Gov. Joshua Dariye’s administration that wrote the Nasarawa State Government.

In the letter, Dariye contended that the agreement was made in error and refused to hand over the properties.

Pwajok said that the state was currently engaged in fraternal discussions with Nasarawa State at the highest level of government to amicably resolve the issues.

He, however, warned that the Plateau Government would not hesitate to use all legal means, including criminal prosecution, to protect the sanctity of the court and ward off any misrepresentation of the judgment.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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