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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has gone on his knees begging voters in Kogi State vote for Governor Yahaya Bello.


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Sodomy: Delta High Court Sentenced Okada Rider To 14 Years Imprisonment For Raping A 9 Year Old Boy

ASABA – A High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State has sentenced a 42 – year old Okada rider, Nonso Onyeje to 14 years imprisonment for having anal sexual intercourse with a 9 old boy.
The presiding Judge, Justice Ngozi Azinge found the convit guilty on a one count charge of unnatural/sodomy against one Oluchukwu (surname withheld), age 9 years and a pupil of Royal Pathway International School, Asaba.
Justice Azinge declined plea for alocutus by the defendant’s lawyer, and sentenced him to 14 years maximum punishment prescribed by law.
The Judge described the act as barbaric, despicable and abomination, saying that people like you don’t deserved mercy.
“People like you should be locked away from society so that you don’t go around defiling innocent children. This will serve as a deterrent to others as cases of defilement in society is alarming” Justice Azinge said.
Prosecution led by Uche Akamagwuna (Mrs.), Director Sexual Offence/Domestic Violence of the Ministry of Justice had told the Court that Nonso Onyeje (M) on or about the 23rd day of March, 2017, at Okwe, within the Asaba Criminal Division had carnal knowledge of 9 years old Oluchukwu, male against the order of nature.
Unnatural offence/sodomy, she said, is punishable under section 214(1) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C21 Volume 1, Laws of Delta State, 2016.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the one count charge and denied ever having canal knowledge of the complainant.
In his evidence in-chief, the victim while narrating his ordeal in court said that the defendant used to drop them off in school and on that fateful day, at about 7:30am, himself and his sister boarded the rapist motorcycle popularly known as okada from former Deputy Governor’s Office to St. Bridgid’s road at the cost of N70.00.
At the school gate, his sister gave the defendant (Nonso Onyeje) the sum of N200.00 and pretended that he does not have change and convinced the unsuspecting victim to follow him to get change.
The defendant drove his motorcycle with the victim (PW1) to God Delight City Church, Bolaji Achali Ibusa (a distance of about 3 kilometers) where he brought out a key from his pocket and opened the door to the Church and took the victim to the altar where he forcefully had multiple anal sexual intercourse with the 9 old pupil. Nonso after defiling the innocent child, also threatened him not to inform anybody.
The pedophile was arrested at the park by Police who laid ambush for him after the case was reported by parents of the victim to the Police.
Meanwhile, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor has hailed the court verdict, saying that the judgement has given credence to the State Government fight against rape, defilement, sodomy, indecent assault and violence against children and women.
He said the State government will continue to protect the rights of vulnerable persons and vowed to bring offenders of sexual abuse and molestations to book irrespective of who was involved.




Obaseki presents N177.6bn budget proposal for 2020 to Edo Assembly, makes provision for new minimum wage.

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has presented a budget proposal of N177.601bn to the Edo State House of Assembly for the 2020 fiscal year, representing a 3.34 percent decrease compared to the 2019 budget.
The budget comprises N85.539 billion for Recurrent and N92.062 billion for Capital expenditure, based on a $55 per barrel bench mark for crude oil and average daily production of 1.8m barrels per day as well as an increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), as a result of his administration’s reforms in revenue collection.
Top on the priority of the budget estimate christened ‘Budget of Consolidation’ are workers welfare, education, infrastructure, health, industrialisation, sports, security, pension and gratuities.
The governor specifically earmarked N34bn for workers welfare, representing 31 percent increase in allocations for personnel cost, due to the government’s commitment to implementing the new minimum wage and building capacity of actors within government bureaucracy.
Others are Security Trust Fund, N2 billion; Pension and Gratuities, N14 billion; Contribution to the State Health Insurance Scheme, N1 billion; Primary Health Care Reform, N1 billion; the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) programme, N8 billion; Constituency Development Programme, N6 billion; National Sports Festival, N3 billion; and the Industrial Park, which will gulp N3 billion.
He said, “There is a 60 percent increase in allocation to the consolidated revenue fund charges. This enables the payment of monthly pensions and gratuities. It also covers the government’s monthly remittance to Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) for current employees under the Contributory Pension Scheme. Edo State is ranked by the pension commission as one of the few states that is up to date with remittances to PFAs for its workers.
“In 2020, we will be hosting the National Sports Festival, which would assemble over 20,000 athletes across the country in the state for the festival. This is the first time the state is hosting the event. We have also been designated as one of the likely hosts for the U-20 Women World Cup next year.
“The Constituency Development Programme is to be implemented by the State House of Assembly and the Ward Development Committee. They are to harmonise efforts to effectively meet the most felt needs in the communities across the state.”
On the implementation of the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme, he said, “With the launch of the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme, the government is committing N1 billion as its contribution to the scheme, while we expect workers across all sectors to sign up to the laudable initiative, which enhances their access to quality healthcare services.”
Governor Obaseki, who predicted a positive outlook in 2020, said the budget will advance his administration’s reforms to build a total society in Edo and consolidate on successes of the last three years.
“The outlook for 2020 is quite positive, on account of improved rating of the country by the World Bank on the Ease of Doing Business index and the expected early passage of the 2020 budget. All these are expected to spur investor confidence, among other positives. We expect stable oil prices and sustained crude oil production volumes, as Federal Government deepens reforms through a mix of Fiscal and Monetary policies to engender growth and development.
“With the state replete with evidence of efforts at enhancing social welfare of our people, improving governance, and boosting economic development, we are committed to actualising the aspirations of our people to live in a just, fair, productive and progressive state. “
According to the governor, the 2020 budget is a statement of resolve to deepen socio-economic development and consolidate on the march for a truly productive and progressive state.
Obaseki noted, “While the stellar records of our stewardship in the last three years have left many of our peers in disbelief as to how we were able to achieve such laudable strides in the face of dire socio-economic and political challenges, we want to state unequivocally that we are marching on and are more determined than ever to deliver on our promise to industrialise and sanitise the state. This budget shows how we intend to demonstrate this resolve.
“Hence, one of our key priorities in the proposed 2020 capital expenditure framework is to strengthen capacity to meet up with the obligations to all actors of development in the state by expertly allocating our resources to projects that will impact the greatest number of people.”
The governor who recently celebrated his third year in office, assured the people of Edo State that his government will continue to break new grounds despite the machinations of enemies of democracy in the state.
He said, “I am also not oblivious of the fact that despite the machinations of enemies of democracy, Edo State continues to break new grounds. We also want to express our profound appreciation to the great Edo people for their undaunting spirit and resolve to never again come under the control of an avaricious godfather who seems obsessed with the desire to keep many under servitude for the benefit of the very few. I am indeed grateful to the people for their sustained support and faith in our government.”
He further thanked the Assembly for their unwavering support to the Executive arm of government, which has provided the right atmosphere to continue to initiate and implement bold reforms to engender inclusive growth and development in the state.

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