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Buba Mourns Joda’s Passing, Describes His Death as Loss of an Institution in Human Frame



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Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Member representing Gombi/ Hong Federal Constituency, House of Representatives, Rt.Hon.( Dr.) Yusuf Buba Yakub,has described the passing of the veteran journalist, politician and astute administrator, Ahmed Joda, as the loss of an institution in human frame.

The lawmaker, who regretted the sad loss of the nonagenarian yesterday after a brief illness in Yola, Adamawa State, said the late Super Permanent Secretary and Statesman had yet to empty himself of the wealth of experience and repository of diverse knowledge and extra-ordinary leadership skills and talent for which he was highly renowned before the cold hands of death snatched him away from all those who ought to have benefitted from his profound leadership Administrative gifts.

In a release signed personally by the lawmaker and made available to his media handlers, Saturday, in Abuja, the Adamawa- born Federal legislator commiserated with the Government and people of Adamawa State, the Chairman and members of the Adamawa State Traditional Council, the immediate family of the deceased and indeed, the Federal Government on the loss of a man who in over the past five decades gave the best of himself and time to the development of the Nigerian nation, our people and our bureaucracy.

The lawmaker in his words: “As a fresh Admin or Information Officer in Nigeria’s Civil Service, one of the very first names you will hear and learn to quickly internalise is that of the legendary Ahmed Joda. For some of us, who ventured early into several fields of life, either in search of learning, public service experience or political exposure, baba Ahmed Joda’s name was the benchmark for quality performance and optimum competency across the aforementioned areas.

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“In fact, the late Super Permanent Secretary bestrided the entire public service, from State to Federal, like the proverbial colosus, while mentoring and training several of today’s leaders, who never met him in person in the route of service to fatherland.

“It is, therefore, no wonder that baba Joda, even at a very ripe age was on different occasions at the centre of transition from one Administration to another in the history of our nation’s democratic leadership.

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“We will not only miss his political sagacity, but his administrative and journalistic prowess at a time the values that drove the above in his day are quite lacking in today’s Nigeria.

“For myself and, on behalf of the good people of Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency, whose mandate I currently hold at the National Assembly, I celebrate the life baba Ahmed Joda lived and the source of inspiration he remains even in death to every generation of our public servants.

“And as indigenes of Adamawa State, we remain ever proud of the many legacies this giant of public service has left for us to cherish in many fields of endeavour.

“We will continue to hold on to his cherished ideals, including the fact that, despite the many years he put in in the service of our nation, he was never associated with any form of corruption, official sleaze or misdemeanor,” the Gombi/ Hong Rep offered.

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While praying for the peaceful repose of Alh. Ahmed Joda’s soul, Rt.Hon.Buba, also prayed Allah( SWA) to forgive all his human frailties and grant him aljanat firdausi.

He also prayed Allah to preserve all those the great public servant left behind and grant them the requisite fortitude and strength to bear this irreparable loss.

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Organ Trafficking: Ekweremadu, Wife, Doctor Sentenced To Various Prison Terms




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The duo of Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and Doctor Obinna Obeta has been senenced to various jail terms for bringing a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.

A judge at The Central Criminal Court, [ Old Bailey], announced the sentence friday.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, Ekweremadu was jailed for nine years and eight months, his wife Beatrice was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment while Obeta received a 10-year prison term.

The sentencing follows their conviction in March for organ trafficking, The Ekweremadus’sick daughter, Sonia was cleared of any wrongdoing.

1rem;">The three were found guilty after arranging or facilitating a young Nigerian man’s travel into the United Kingdom in a bid to obtain his kidney on behalf of Sonia.
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The jury said Ekweremadu, his wife and their doctor criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.

The conviction is the first under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The sentencing comes after pleas from multiple prominent personalities and institutions, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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Other petitioners included both chambers of the National Assembly, the Chairman/CEO, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Erewa Dabiri, and the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC).

The charges were preferred on the Ekweremadus on June 23, 2022, when their arrest was announced. Obeta was later arraigned on July 13, 2022. While his wife was granted bail, the senator was refused.

After months of a pre-trial, the trial commenced on January 31, 2023 and lasted about six weeks, culminating in a guilty verdict against Ekweremadu, Beatrice, and Obeta.

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Reps Seek UK Government Clemency for Ekweremadu



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The House of Representatives  has write to the government of the United Kingdom seeking mercy in sentencing the embattled Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

This is contained in a resolution reached following a motion moved by Toby Okechukwu, a lawmaker from Enugu State.

A UK court found the duo guilty of conspiracy of organ harvesting of another Nigerian. The Ekweremadu couple will be sentenced in the coming days.

Moving the motion, Okechukwu said diplomatic intervention in this kind of case is normal.

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“It is a common practice in international relations for nations, including the UK, to seek relief for their citizens involved in situations such as that of the Ekweremadus,” he said.

Speaking on the motion, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, said intervention by the House is not a justification for the charges against the Ekweremadus. He urged the UK government to consider Ekweremadu’s years of public service.

Consequently, the House resolved to urge the UK government and the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing Ekweremadu, his wife and the doctor.

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Also, they urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to take all diplomatic steps and other necessary interventions regarding the travails of the Ekweremadu family.

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HYPPDEC Donates Food Stuff, Clothing to Locals in Kogi to Tackle Cashless Policy Effect



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By Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPDEC), on Tuesday, donated 400 bags of rice, 250 gallons of vegetable oil and some packaged women rappers to ten Local Government Areas in Kogi State under the agency to cushion the effect associated with the new cashless policy.

Making the presentation to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the Lugard House, Lokoja on Tuesday, a Board Member of HYPPDEC, Alhaji Isah Ozi Salami, said that the gesture is part of the agency’s intervention in times of natural disaster or any hardship situation on citizens.

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Salami expressed the commitment of HYPPDEC in tackling the prevailing economic hardship on Nigerians as a result of the Cashless Policy.

“We owe it as a duty to take adquate care of the people in the 10 Local Government Areas belonging to HYPPDEC communities in Kogi

“Our concern under the present economic hardship is to alleviate the sufferings of the people within HYPPDEC communities in Kogi” Ozi Salami told Governor Bello.

He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for the provision of logistic supports that have facilitated smooth operation of the agency in Kogi.

He also told the Governor that HYPPDEC will soon begin the construction of 50 housing units in Kogi for resettlement of last year’s flood victims in riverine communities.

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“I appreciate Governor Bello’s magnanimity in providing land for the housing project. The Governor is expected to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the project” Ozi Salami disclosed.

The Chief of Staff to Governor Bello, Jamiu Asuku who received the food stuff on behalf of his boss, hinted that Kogi will key into HYPPDEC’s intervention initiative in the areas of provision of food and security of lives and property for citizens.

Governor Yahaya Bello appealed to HYPPDEC to focus more on Ibaji Local Government Area in its intervention programme as a result of the bad terrain of the area.

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