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Army Honours 23 Retired Finance Corps Generals with Colourful Pull Out Ceremony

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The Nigerian Army Finance Corps has honoured 23 of its most deserving retired Generals with a pulling-out ceremony at the Bonny Cantonment Parade Ground as part of activities to mark a successful tour of duty.

Speaking at the occasion, the Chief of Budget and Account, Army, Major General Adetokunbo Fayemiwo, said the retired Generals, who were pulled out were among the most deserving retired senior officers of the Finance Corps, who laid the foundation of the present successes of the Corps. He noted that even in retirement the retired generals have continued to offer their wealth of knowledge and expertise in support of the corps and mentoring the upcoming officers towards a successful career.

In his valecdictory speech, the Special Guest of Honour, Major General Charles Airhiavbere (retd), who is also a valedictorian, stated that the pulling out ceremony signifies the end of his military career after 35 years in active service. He said he was grateful to the Almighty God for his grace, mercies, guidance, wisdom and protection through out his service years.

“I count myself fortunate to witness this event in such a lively and energetic environment,” he added.

The General disclosed that he and his retired colleagues were exiting the Service at a time when the nation was inundated by diverse security challenges. He noted that these challenges have necessitated several operational adjustments by the NA to effectively tackle and overcome the menace.

Accordingly, he charged all Finance Corps personnel to be more innovative, proactive and result oriented in the discharge of their primary responsibility to the NA in a joint environment.

The past Corps Commanders and retired generals honoured include Major Generals JO Lartey, BVT Kwaji, DA Bako, CE Airhiavbere, CU Agulanna and MK Yunusa.

Others are Brigadier Generals SU Umusu, MA Nyiam, JA Adejoh, BB Adewinmbi, FA Mohammed, CU Akagu, JO Ozigi, MK Joktara, OP Sintali, YB Yakubu, JS Sura, AA Adekoya, IZ Ohiaka, JA Faransi and YK Musa.

Special guests who graced the occasion included the President of Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs. Salamatu Yahaya, General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Major General Obinna Ajunwa, Former Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade (retd), Former Director, Army Public Relations, Major General CO Onwuamaegbu (retd) and Former Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Usman Kukasheka (retd) and several other friends and family members.

The high point of the occasion was the traditional pulling out of the retired generals in a motorcade from the cantonment to the civil society.

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Cyril Ramaphosa Re-elected As South African President

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The South African Parliament has, during its first sitting of the 7th Parliament on Friday, re-elected Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa as the President of the Republic of South Africa. He has been re-elected to serve a second term as the President.

Thia was hours after his African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance (DA) agreed to form a coalition, setting aside their rivalry in a historic governance pact.

In terms of the Constitution, the National Assembly must, at its first sitting after its election, elect a woman or a man from among its members to be the President.

Mr. Ramaphosa was elected with 283 votes against Mr Julius Malema with 44 votes. The Constitution states that when elected President, a person ceases to be a member of the National Assembly and, within five days, must assume office by swearing or affirming faithfulness to the Republic and obedience to the Constitution.

The President-elect will be inaugurated during a ceremony in Pretoria which, according to the Constitution, should take place within five days after the President’s election.

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Finidi George Resigns As Super Eagles Coach

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Newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George, has resigned his appointment,  according to a post by ex-Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye on X.com on Saturday.

He wrote, “News just in. Finidi George #FinidiGeorge_FG has resigned from his #NGSuperEagles manager position.”

The resignation follows the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) decision to appoint a foreign coach to oversee him, despite his recent appointment in May.

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Appeal Court Insists Amaewhule, 26 Others Not Members of Rivers House of Assembly

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday, refused to set aside a judgment ordering the removal of Martins Chike Amaewhule and 26 others as members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Justice Charles Wali of the Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt, on May 30 declared the seats of the 27 lawmakers who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in October last year vacant.

The judge, who delivered the ruling in a suit filed by the Speaker of the Assembly, Victor Oko Jumbo, and two others, also restrained Amaewhule from parading himself as Speaker of the Assembly.

Dissatisfied with the verdict, the aggrieved lawmakers approached the appellate court to set it aside.

However, at a virtual hearing of the matter on Friday, a three-member panel of the appellate court declared that the reversal of the lower court ruling would amount to pre-judging the appeal currently before it.

The panel, thereafter, fixed June 20 for the hearing of the appeal filed by the lawmakers in their quest to regain their seats in the Assembly.

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