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Senator Ademola Adeleke yesterday called on his teeming supporters and well-wishers in Osun-State in particular and Nigeria in general, to be steadfast, prayerful and most importantly be peaceful as they await the verdict of the Supreme Court slated for July 5, 2019 in regards to the State governorship election. Senator Adeleke made the call in a press statement by his spokesperson, Olumide Lawal in Osogbo.

 

The statement stated that Senator Ademola Adeleke as a man at peace with himself would want his numerous supporters to remain calm and hold the progress of Osun-State dear to their hearts, affirming further, that by the special grace of God and judicial process, economic prosperity beckon on the State. He however enjoined people of the state who believe in him, to be rest assured, that he will not disappoint them, when eventually, through the grace of God and instrumentally of the judiciary emerges as governor of the State.

 

According to him: “Haven gone this far in the race, despite various human machinations against my governorship ambition, the waiting shall not be long to realize the biblical injunction which states that: when the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.”

 

“ My supporters should also discountenance the utterances of the opposition, in their bid to whip up sentiments and lower their spirits since the June 17 sitting of the Supreme Court.”

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Tribunal: Obi urges Nigerians to remain hopeful

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Mr Peter Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential Candidate in the last general elections, has urged Nigerians to keep hope alive as the party will reclaim its mandate through the tribunal.

Obi made the call when he addressed the 8th Stakeholders Meeting of the Anambra Chapter of PDP in Awka on Saturday.

 

 

The former two time governor of Anambra, who said PDP was the solution to Nigeria’s political and economic challenges, said the party had a good case at the ongoing tribunal.

 

“Election in Nigeria is not easy, after the election, you have to still go to court and queue up, and that is where real money is spent in hiring lawyers, but I must assure you that all hope is not lost, and we are progressing steadily.

 

“The man who is there now has contested for four times before he made it, and we are also confident that in no time, the right thing will be done.

 

“Nigerians are already disenchanted, so that has made PDP a brand today and marked her out as the only party that can deliver Nigeria,” he said.

 

Obi applauded the PDP for its ‘impressive’ performance in the last election across the nation , noting that the party won more governorship, national and state assembly seats even in opposite  strongholds.

 

He thanked the party in Anambra for supporting PDP while urging for more sacrifice from members to enable the party win Anambra in the 2021 governorship election.

 

Obi promised to stand by the party and help it succeed.

 

The Anambra PDP stakeholders in a communiqué read after the meeting endorsed the state executive of the chapter led by Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu.

 

The Communiqué which was signed by Chief Kenneth Enemuo, Dr Rose Nwankwo and Mrs Helene Nwaeri applauded the harmonious relationship among elected members of the party, the leadership and other a members.

 

The party expressed support for Obi and other contestants who were presently in various tribunals in the bid to recover their mandates while calling on the party leadership at the council and ward levels to build the party.

 

Anambra PDP stakeholders also expressed unwavering support for the Chief Uche Secondus-led national leadership and all its policies and actions to make the party stronger.

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Insecurity: Osinbajo confers with Ogun monarchs

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday held consultations with the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, as well as other monarchs in Ogun.

The consultations were on the way out of the security challenges currently confronting Nigeria.

Osinbajo was accompanied to the palace of Ajayi by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun.

The Vice President, who fielded questions from newsmen after the meeting, said the meeting was on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“As you know, there are many significant security concerns all over the country, and there are concerns also in the Southwest.

“So, I am here on the instruction of the president to consult with the traditional ruler, the governor and others on what to do to beef up security and to generally improve the security architecture.

“Of course, you know that Kabiyesi is not just a traditional ruler, but a very important part of the government.

“That is why we are here; to talk to him and agree on few modalities for beefing up security; and ensuring that we are fully conscious of all that is going on, just to be sure that peace and security reigns here and across the country.

“I think for all of us, the most important thing to realise is that we are one Nigeria; we are one country; we need to work together to ensure that it is peaceful, secured and happy for all of us,” he said.

He noted that Nigeria had the potential to give its citizens all they desired.

Osinbajo, however, said that some people were working against the interest of the country by trying to cause instability.

He expressed optimism that by God’s grace, Nigeria would overcome all its problems and set itself on the path of peace and prosperity.

The Vice President, in company of Abiodun, then proceeded to Ijebu Ode, where he also held a private meeting with the Awujale of Ijebu Kingdom, Oba Sikiru Adetona.

Speaking with newsmen after, Osinbajo said that Awujale was one of the most important voices in the Southwest.

He said they had discussed on the very important steps to take in order to improve the security architecture generally.

According to him, the monarch has given a lot of insight; his own views, on what needs to be done, how to go about it; and what has been done already.

“But very importantly, it is his commitment to ensuring that there is peace and security, and that everybody lives in peace with one another and maintains the highest level of security.

“We are consulting with many of the traditional rulers across the country, but there are concerns in the Southwest now.

“I will be in Osun on Tuesday; we are going to go round to see the Alake, the Oni and other traditional rulers, and primarily, they themselves want to participate in improving the security architecture.

“The President has spoken about the role of traditional rulers in maintaining peace and security in their own localities.

“As we know, they are the closest to the grassroots; the closest to their communities.

“One of the critical things we expect with our community policing efforts is some integration between the traditional rulers, the community and police; and efforts they are making to improve intelligence; and we need to understand what is going on.

“We need to know who is where and what exactly is happening all around so they can be transmitted to the more formal security agencies such as the police and the army, depending on where and what the situation is,” he said.

The Vice President had earlier attended the installation of 90-year-old Chief Emmanuel Osibona as the Father of the Church, ‘Baba Ijo’, of Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne, Ogun, his hometown.

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Lagos Airport intruder’s from Niger – Police

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The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos Police Command, has identified the man who climbed an Azman Air aircraft at the airport on Friday as Usman Adamu from neighbouring Republic of Niger.

The spokesperson for the Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, disclosed the identity of the 32-year-old Nigerien to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

Alabi said the Nigerien, who is currently being held by the command, could not speak or understand English.

He, however, said investigation was still ongoing to ascertain how Adamu gained access to the heavily restricted area at the airport.

Passengers aboard a Port Harcourt-bound Azman Air flight were thrown into panic on Friday after Adamu climbed the aircraft while it was about to take off at the MMIA.

According to video clips taken by one of the passengers, Adamu was seen entering the fuselage of the aircraft with a hand luggage and also climbing one of its wings.

He was later apprehended by Aviation Security Personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and taken to its detention facility, before the case was transferred to the Police for further investigation.

Following the development, FAAN gave an indefinite suspension to the Aviation Security Unit heads who were on duty when the incident occurred.

FAAN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, had in a statement, said the agency viewed the breach as a serious security concern.

She said FAAN had begun investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the incident to forestall future occurrence.

Yakubu said the suspension of the personnel was pending the completion of investigation into the security infringement.

The affected officers include the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku, and International Terminal Security Office, Oni Abiodun.

Others are Head of Department, Domestic Terminal 2, Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department, Domestic Terminal 1, Adebowale Ayodele.

Yakubu disclosed that in the interim, a General Manager, Dr Anne Enyinnaya-Egbadon, had been detailed to take charge of security at the airport.

She explained that other affected officers had also been replaced.

She said the current arrangement was aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation toward the recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity.

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Kano: Dangote, Gates restate commitment to polio eradication

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‎The Dangote and Bill & Melinda Gates foundations, have restated their commitments to sustaining the fight against polio in Kano State.‎

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Malam Abba Anwar, on Saturday in Kano. ‎

‎According to the statement, Dangote and Gates reiterated their promises via a video teleconference on a mid-year review meeting on ‎strengthening strategic routine immunisation held at the Government House in Kano.

‎Anwar added that the two rich men also commended Ganduje, for being serious about health care delivery in the state.

They further reiterated commitment towards aiding many more success stories to come out from the state.‎

‎The statement also quoted the Executive Secretary of the state’s Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr Tijjani Hussaini, as saying that system strengthening efforts have evolved over the years with the primary aim of improving Primary Health Care (PHC) service delivery.‎

Hussaini said efforts were expanded from Routine Immunisation to broader health in agencies under the state’s ministry of health.

“By the year 2021, most public health programmes would have been covered by the Kano health system strengthening efforts.

“From January to June 2019, parts of our priority areas included scaling up of fruitful synergy between primary and secondary health facilities,” he said.‎

‎He said Kano State had not recorded any case of wild polio virus since 2014, saying that only three environmental cases were identified in Tarauni LGA since the outbreak in July 2018.‎

According to Anwar, Ganduje commended Dangote, Gates and all other stakeholders for finding it worthy to support the state’s health sector.

He also said that his administration’s partnership with all stakeholders was being strengthened.

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An American multinational company, Stericycle Inc., recently hoisted the Nigerian flag in honour of a hardworking new employee, Mrs Omolanke Shelle.

Thirty-eight-year-old Shelle, an indigene of Ekiti Stateworks at the company’s facility in Aurora, Illinois, where the Green-White-Green national flag was raised in April.

This came barely a month after Stericycle gave the mother of three a full-time job on March 17, following the expiration of her temporary employment that lasted for about five months.

Her supervisor, Mr John Katchka, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Shelle was honoured on account of her “attitude, work ethic, ability to learn and team spirit’’.

“Ms Shelle came to us via a temporary employment agency during our busy season,’’ Katchka said in a written response to NAN’s inquiry.

“We were impressed by her attitude, work ethic, ability to learn and team spirit. When her (temporary) assignment ended; we offered her full-time employment, which she accepted,’’ it stated.

A short video of the flag raising ceremony, which has been circulating on social media, caught the attention of Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

On July 9, Dabiri-Erewa retweeted the video posted by a broadcast journalist, AbdulRasheed Abubakar, with the comment: “Big congrats. #Proudly Nigerian’’.

Abubakar, on his part, wrote: “Nigerians are not criminals. A big congratulations to Lanke Shelle for making Nigeria proud in the Diaspora.’’

Shelle said that she started working with Stericycle through a temporary employment agency when she moved to the U.S. with her family in 2015.

“When we came to the U.S., I had to work to assist my husband with the bills; besides I want to return to school, so I need money.

“As a temporary staff, I was supposed to work for eight and half hours from 7 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., but I begged them for overtime, which they granted.

“This saw me working for 12 hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on week days and six hours most Saturdays, and I was being paid about $11 per hour,’’ she said.

Shelle, who said she was the only African working at the Aurora centre, added that the Nigerian flag was still hoisting as at the time of filing this report on Saturday morning.

Katchka explained that flag raising was a tradition introduced by the company since 2008 to honour the `birthplace and heritage’ of worthy new team members.

Stericycle is an environmental and regulated waste management company, with specialty in the collection and disposal of medical, pharmaceutical and hazardous wastes.

It also provides services for recalled and expired goods, in addition to provision of related education, training and patient communication services.

Founded in 1989 and with its headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois, Stericycle, has many operational bases around the world, including toxic waste incinerators in Utah and North Carolina, U.S.

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B’Haram: We’re investigating soldiers for rights violations, says NHRC

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The National Human Rights Commission has disclosed that it is investigating allegations of human rights violations against security personnel involved in the counterinsurgency operations in the North East.

 

This was made known by a representative of the Executive Secretary, Iheme Richmond, Assistant Director (Investigation and Monitoring), in Damaturu, Yobe State during the opening of capacity building workshop for the Military on Mainstreaming Human Rights, Humanitarian Principles and Civilian Protection in the War against Boko Haram Terrorists.

 

The training was organised by NHRC in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

 

“This training is aimed at improving the knowledge of the military on human rights standards, humanitarian principles and civilian protection in the course of the counterinsurgency operations,’’ he said.

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Miyetti Allah disowns Buhari, northern elders

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Says neither president nor NEF consulted group

 

 

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) yesterday said that they were not consulted by neither the Federal Government nor the Northern Elders Forum before issuing the order and counter orders on relocating and not relocating as it affects their members.

 

Even as he stated that the members were not under any pressure to relocate from the southern region of Nigeria to the northern parts of the country.

 

National Secretary of MACBAN, Mallam Baba Ngelzarma, who disclosed this to Saturday Telegraph said the herders were currently living and doing their businesses across the various states of the federation without any threat and hindrance.

 

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) had earlier in the week directed the herdsmen to leave the South and relocate to the North, as according to them, the security and safety of the herders can no longer be assured in Southern Nigeria.

 

The order came on the heels of the rising tension across the country over the controversial suspended Ruga Settlement programme by the Federal Government and the terror attacks unleashed on innocent citizens by bandits suspected to be herders.

 

The brutal murder of Mrs. Funke Olakurin, daughter of the leader of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural group, not only sparked national outrage but threats of reprisals against the herders.

 

To douse the tension, President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Wednesday issued a counter order, directing the herdsmen to remain wherever they have been doing their business as every Nigerian has a constitutional right to settle, live and conduct legitimate businesses anywhere in the country.

 

Ngelzarma said that MACBAN was indifferent to the order and counter order because neither the Northern Elders Forum nor the Federal Government consulted them before those orders were issued on the relocation of their members.

 

According to Ngelzarma, contrary to the impression created by the NEF, the herders’ association never received any report of threats to the lives and property of their members doing business in Southern Nigeria and wondered how the issue got to the level where there had to be an emergency order for them to vacate Southern Nigeria.

 

Below are the excerpts of interview:

 

In view of the order from Northern Elders Forum asking herdsmen to relocate from the South and the counter order from the Federal Government for them to remain there, which order are the herdsmen to obey now?

 

Well, as an association, we were not contacted before any of the orders were issued, so we don’t have any comment on them.

 

What’s the current situation of your members living in the Southern part of the country?

 

The reports we are getting from our members across the country is that everybody is living peacefully and doing their business without any fear.

 

So, like I said, we were not contacted by anyone and that is why we don’t want to comment on it.

 

Why do you think your association was not consulted on the matter?

 

We only heard it and saw it in the news.

 

We reserve our comments. Has the controversy affected any of your people?

 

We are yet to get any report about any of our members being affected one way or the other. Our members are peaceful and are living peacefully where they are. I don’t think there is any threat or problem anywhere.

 

Does it mean that the Northern Elders Forum and the Coalition of Northern Groups didn’t get their facts right before issuing the order?

 

We don’t know. We have no comment on this. We cannot comment on it because we don’t know.

 

What is your stand on the RUGA policy?

 

It has been suspended by the Federal Government; we are waiting for the details of the suspension.

 

We in the national executive of the association need to meet before we come up with a position. As it is now we have no position on it.

 

If I speak, it should be the position of the association and not my personal view.

 

Since these matters have not been brought to the table for discussion, I have no comments to make on them because I don’t work for myself, I work for the association.

 

What message do you have for your members given the prevailing controversy and tension everywhere?

 

They should ensure that there is peace everywhere.

 

They should remain in peace and ensure that there is peace wherever they are.

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Kogi Guber: APC stakeholders drag NWC to court over mode of primaries

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Some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State have dragged the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to court over its decision to use the indirect mode of primaries in nomination of the candidate who will fly the party’s flag in the November guber natorial election in the state.

 

The NWC had in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated that the NWC had adopted indirect primaries as the mode of primaries to select the party’s candidate.

 

But in a swift reaction to this position, 20 governorship aspirants and some other stakeholders sent a petition to the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, kicking against the decision of the NWC. In the letter, the stakeholders said: “We are opposed to Yahaya Bello’s contrived indirect primary.

 

He can’t be a judge in his own case. So we are saying it must be direct primary. We believe his faction can’t do the primary. We are calling on the National Working Committee, (NWC) to dissolve the state executive and create a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the state. “We have bent over backwards to accommodate Governor Bello.

 

In 2015, he worked for PDP and as at that time, he wasn’t a registered voter in Kogi state. “We won’t accept indirect primary for the selection of governorship candidate. We won’t allow Governor Bello to choose for us; the insult on Kogi people is too much.”

 

However, further on the notification of the suit filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja and which has been served to the office of the APC National Legal Adviser at the national headquarters of the party, the plaintiffs which include the state exofficio, Apostle Destiny Eneojoh Aromeh; Organising Secretary, Isah Abubakar; Zonal Youth Leader, Noah Aku, and Zonal Women Leader, Mrs. Joy Onu, they urged the party to halt indirect primaries proposal.

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How we lost Colonel, Captain, three soldiers –Army

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  • Colonel, 20 soldiers killed in ambush by Boko Haram in Yobe

 

Authorities of the Nigerian Army yesterday confirmed the killing of a Colonel, a Captain and three soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State this is even as an unconfirmed report said that a Colonel and 20 soldiers were also killed in ambushed attack by men of Boko Haram during the week in Yobe State.

 

 

The confirmation was contained in a statement on the incident by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Isa Ado. According to Ado, the incident occurred on Wednesday in Jakana area of the state.

 

He stated that the officers and soldiers were on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu when they ran into an ambush by the terrorists. Troops of 212 Battalion, according to him, were later deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB), Jakana, to deal with the insurgents.

 

He said that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists tried to infiltrate the military base to garner logistics but were repelled by the troops. He said that they came about 6.45pm in seven Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by troops.

 

“The terrorists could not withstand the fire power of the troops after losing significant number of equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire.

 

“They lost initiative and withdrew in disarray along Benisheikh-Damaturu axis and abandoned a damaged utility gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items. “Troops immediately followed in hot pursuit and captured one anti-aircraft gun, two Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes, two AK 47 Rifles, 15 machine gun rounds and 12 AK47 NATO rounds.

 

“Sadly, a Colonel and a Captain as well as three soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu ran into an ambush staged by the fleeing terrorists from the Jakana axis, which led to their unfortunate death,” revealed the spokesman. He said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, had commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes. Ado also said that Buratai had reiterated that the army would never be deterred in the ongoing “noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North- East.’’

 

According to him, the COAS commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain focused, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.

 

“The sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency is no doubt painful to all. “But, that will further spur us to do more to ensure that our country remains secure, peaceful and free from terrorist activities for the overall interest of the nation.”

 

Meanwhile, an unconfirmed report said an army commander, of the rank of Colonel and 20 soldiers were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram, in Yobe State. The troops were said to have been ambushed on Wednesday while on their way to the headquarters of 29 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army located in Benisheik, as they returned from Borogozo in the state.

 

According to military sources the brigade commander, a colonel and 20 soldiers, were killed when they ran into an ambush. Sector 2 Command of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has sent reinforcement to the area while bodies of the soldiers were moved to the 7 Division Headquarters in Maiduguri.

 

The death toll in the two attacks in Borno and Yobe states, brings to 52 the number of soldiers and personnel of Nigerian Army killed in about two months by the forces of the Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram in the North-east.

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Bandits agree to suspend attacks in Zamfara

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Bandit commanders in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara, on Friday agreed to suspend attacks on the people at a dialogue meeting with the state government and security officials. The bandits also said that the coast is now clear for all those displaced by the attacks to return home.

 

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the agreement was reached at the palace of the Emir of Birnin-Magaji. Present at the meeting were the state Commissioner of Police, bandit commanders, leaders of Fulani, Civilian Joint Task Force and local vigilantes known as “Yansakai”.

 

The meeting, chaired by Police Commissioner Usman Nagogo, was also attended by Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Abubakar Dauran and National leaders of Miyetti- Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

 

The bandits’ commanders at the meeting were: Ardo Nashawari, Audu Karki and Muhammad Bello, while the leaders of civilian JTF and vigilantes were Malam Garba Nasarawa- Godal and Alhaji Shuaibu Aliyu.

 

Speaking on behalf of the bandits, Nashawari, said with the suspension of the attacks, farmers were now free to return to their farms and other residents free to go about their normal businessess. Nashawari added, “We believe with this dialogue,the Fulani can now go to markets, they can move freely without any hitch.”

 

The Civilian JTF leader, Alhaji Shuaibu Aliyu, urged the government to ensure immediate disarming of the bandits. “On behalf of the entire members of Civilian JTF and Vigilance Group Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area, we commend the state government for this dialogue, we abide by it,” he said.

 

 

On his part, the commissioner of police described the meeting as “fruitful” and restated the commitment of the command to rid the state of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes. “We are impressed with the comments of the warring factions, both of them have accepted the dialogue”, Nagogo said.

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