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Friday, 31 May 2019

May 31, 2019

LAWMAKERS WANT BUHARI TO REVERSE GUN OWNERSHIP BAN



The House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal Government to reverse its executive order restraining gun ownership.It said the decision strips citizens of their rights to life and self-defence amid growing attacks by bandits, kidnappers and other criminals. It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law a bill establishing a commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion, ‘Executive Order To Remove, Revoke And Banish All Firearms Certificates And Licences Throughout The Federation’, moved by Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP, Abia).Presenting the motion, Elendu-Ukeje said: “The House notes with concern the rising spate of insecurity in our country. It is worried that the insecurity, which was hitherto confined to the northeast and the north central states, has spread rapidly to the northwestern states and all other parts of the country.
“It is further concerned that there is an increased number of deaths resulting from terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and other violent crimes. It notes that in response to the local and international outcry and concern for Nigeria’s security situation, Mr. President signed an executive order to remove, revoke and banish all guns certificates and licences throughout the federation.
“It is concerned that this order targets illegal gun owners and their guns while there doesn’t seem to be any institutional actionable policy or plan to mop up small arms and light weapons that are at the centre of these crimes. It is convinced that the high number of illegal guns is responsible among others factors for the increase in crime.”
The lawmaker argued: “Judging from the number of motions, there is a consensus that insecurity has become a national problem and that this executive order only targets legal guns and there is none to address those with illegal guns. There are no statistics to show that the crimes perpetrated by licensed guns outweigh the number of crimes committed by unlicenced guns.”
Supporting the motion, Edward Pwajok (PDP, Plateau) warned government not to “expose Nigerians to all forms of attacks.” He said: “Criminals will not go for licences because that will expose them. I think he (Buhari) should rescind that order and do everything possible to mop up illegal guns.”
Abubakar Chika (APC, Niger) said: “The danger is that it will make all of us very vulnerable to attacks. We have communities where people with licensed guns provide security through vigilance services. That, to some extent, puts fear in the minds of hoodlums and secures the environment.”
Sunday Adepoju (APC Oyo) noted: “Majority of those who have licensed guns are well-to-do personalities. For instance, in a community where there are persons with legal guns, the moment hoodlums come close and they hear gunshots, they flee.”Simon Arabo (PDP, Kaduna) argued: “You cannot use an executive order to override a lawfully acquired weapon. If most of the weapons are being used illegally, the security agencies should tackle that.”
But Mojeed Alabi (APC, Osun) differed. According to him, “the police have no clear criteria for issuing a gun licence in Nigeria, except you want to give them money. People take guns without any procedure visible to all of us. If the police do not have full regulations guiding ownership or acquisition of guns, then I will advise that they (guns) be withdrawn.He added: “The procedure is wrong and because of that, the president is right to say they should withdraw them. Let them (police) come up with regulations.”
Similarly, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) urged Buhari to prioritise solving security challenges, to boost social and economic development.He disclosed this during a media session in Maiduguri where he implored the Federal Government to “leave any other thing for now and concentrate on security.”
The senator advised government to “draw a timeline and give marching orders to the security agencies that Boko Haram insurgency should be over in the next two years or six months. Boko Haram and banditry should be a thing of the past, and that should come from the commander-in-chief.”
Also proffering a solution, a retired commissioner of police, Lawrence Alobi, called for enhanced community policing. He, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the principle could only succeed where public trust is guaranteed. Alobi also noted that Nigeria’s current method of policing was inherited from British colonialists who had sought to protect their own interests.
“It has been proven by police experts that the type of government in a country determines the style of framework of policing. We are now in a democracy. Our style of policing should be anchored on the principles of democratic policing, which is participatory,” he said.
The presidency meanwhile has restated its commitment to tackling poverty and unemployment with a view to curbing insecurity.
National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno made this known during the ‘Validation Session of the Draft National Security Strategy 2019’ organised by the office of the NSA in Abuja yesterday.
The forum was held to provide a framework for meeting the security challenges of Nigerians. Monguno, who was represented by Aminu Lawal, Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of the National Security Adviser, stressed the need to “address socio-economic concerns such as poverty and unemployment as well as corruption, security and the economy, which are key points of this administration.”
According to him, the ultimate aim would be to “employ the instruments of national power in the most efficient and effective manner, to promote peace and prosperity in a secure and enabling environment.”

Thursday, 30 May 2019

May 30, 2019

BREAKING: Court Grants Naira Marley N2,000,000 Bail

Naira Marley who arrived for a resumed bail application at the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi was reported to be sober during the the hearing of his bail application.
The singer’s lead defense counsel Olalekan Ojo urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1).
The defense also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.

He also urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail.
He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defense and prosecution arguments granted the singer bail to the sum of two million naira, two sureties.
The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23 and 24 of October for accelerated hearing.

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May 30, 2019

BREAKING: Regina Daniels Husband, Ned Nwoko Sacked By Court Of Appeal, [photos]

The Court of Appeal in Abuja reversed the April 3, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which sacked Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta North Senatorial seat.


Justice Mohammed Idris, in the lead judgment, held that the suit by Nwoko was statute barred and that Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja ought not to have heard the case and gave the judgment he gave in favor of Nwoko.
The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, held that the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to have heard the case filed by Ned Nwoko.

Justice Mohammed had, in the April 3, 209 judgment, sacked Nwaoboshi as the PDP candidate for the last election in Delta North Senatorial district and among others, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept Nwoko as the party’s candidate.

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May 30, 2019

OBASANJO DENIES PLANE CRASH ESCAPE REPORTS



Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday evening denied reports he was on board an Ethiopian plane that escaped a crash in Lagos.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)Wednesday afternoon reported that Obasanjo was on board the Boeing 777-300 aircraft Ethiopian flight that encountered bad weather during landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
However, Ethiopian Airlines confirmed its Boeing 777-300 aircraft took off in Addis Ababa en route Lagos.  Although the airlines said the weather during landing at the airport was bad, it denied the aircraft escape crash as reported.
Obasanjo was widely reported to have been among the 393 passengers on the flight.
But the former Nigeria president through his media aide Kehinde Akinyemi said he did not leave his home.
NAN previously reported that Obasanjo, who did not attend President Muhammadu Buhari inauguration in Abuja, was returning from a stakeholders’ dialogue on Continental Trade and Strengthening Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which ended on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia Airline general manager Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnen explained that the aircraft upon experiencing bad weather had to embark on a go – round the airport for better and smooth landing.
“On a second attempt, the aircraft made safe and normal landing. This was according to safety standards. Pilots are encouraged to make similar go – round in such cases. However, some media incorrectly reported this standard safety precautionary go – round. “
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) also confirmed the incident
“The flight, which tried to land at about 1157hours had earlier mis-approached due to bad weather and immediately went up to position properly for landing,” it said in a statement.
The aircraft landed safely at exactly 1213hours and parked at gate E63.”

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

May 29, 2019

Let's Also Have Food And Nutrition Democracy – Agriculturist

As Nigeria deepens democracy, agriculture expert has called on governments to train more farmers to produce improved, nutritious foods for local consumption and export.

The expert made the call in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday. The Country Manager of Harvestplus Nigeria, Dr Paul Ilona, said the country should see democratic development in terms of people’s improved  contributions to economic development. He said that democracy should be redefined to not only apply to politics but also to other aspects of life, including food and nutrition aspects of agriculture. According to Ilona, malnutrition must be tackled urgently in the country because individuals will not be able to add value to the development of the country when malnourished. “We need to start looking at dynamics of democracy – food and nutrition democracy. In Nigeria for instance, there is no choice of food as people eat what they find, not what they need. “The primary area of agriculture should be food and nutrition because you are what you eat; there are problems everywhere in the country because of poor nutrition; the more malnourished we are, the more crises we face. “We should begin to look at ways where an average Nigerian is able to afford, find and consume the right food to help him/her grow to full capacity, thereby improving the economy and reducing disability rate. “We should begin to look at democracy in line with development, not majorly on politics; we dwell too much on politics, and that is  why we are not developing. “If the incoming governments consider all these and get them right, we will surely change and improve the economy,” he said.

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May 29, 2019

Buhari Leaves For OIC Summit In Saudi Arabia

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to depart Abuja Thursday  to attend the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, scheduled to hold on Friday, May 31, will be hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by Heads of State and Governments of Member States.

According to the OIC secretariat, the summit to be convened under the theme, “Makkah al-Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future,” seeks to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world.



President Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja is expected to address the forum and underscore the need for member countries to unite and work together to combat common challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism. The statement further stated that President will also push forward themes that have been at the forefront of his domestic and international priorities, including reviving the Lake Chad Basin, investing in Nigeria to create jobs and financing for development.

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On the margins of the summit, the Nigerian leader will hold bilateral meetings with world leaders to promote increased cooperation and collaboration on issues of mutual concern. President Buhari, who is expected to return to the country on June 2, will be accompanied by Governors Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State. Also on the delegation are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mustapha Suleiman; Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ali Pantami; and the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mukthar.
Ahead of the Summit, was a preparatory meeting in Jeddah meant to adopt the draft agenda and work programme for the Summit. On the agenda were the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict; combating terrorism and violent extremism; the humanitarian situation in the Muslim world; promotion of scientific cooperation, among others. President Buhari becomes the third Nigerian leader to attend the OIC conference in person, after the late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

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Buhari Submits Assets Declaration Form

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has submitted his assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB.
This is in compliance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senior special assistant to the president, media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
The duly completed forms,  it was gathered, were submitted to the Chairman of the CCB, Professor Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the President by Sarki Abba, Senior Special Assistant, Household and Domestic Affairs.
The statement reads in part:
“The forms, as signed by the President and sworn to before a Judge of Abuja High Court showed no significant changes in assets  declared in 2015 by him.
“There are no new houses, no new bank accounts at home and abroad and there are no new shares acquired.
“The Chairman of the CCB commended the President for leading by example by declaring his assets in accordance with the law”.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

May 28, 2019

AFN PRESIDENT, GASAU IMPEACHED OVER IAAF's 'MISSIN' $135,000



The President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Gusau paid the big prize yesterday, as he was impeached by the board following his alleged role in the ‘missing’ $135, 000 erroneously paid to the country two years ago by world athletics body, IAAF.
Seven out of 12 board members of the AFN impeached Gusau in the office of the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung in Abuja yesterday.
One of the board members, Brown Ebewele told The Guardian shortly after the meeting that they decided to ‘sweep Gusau aside’ to enable the board carry out proper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the ‘missing’ IAAF money.
“Seven of us signed the letter asking Gusau to step aside,” Ebewele said. “One of the board members, Fidelis Gadzama had been in the United Kingdom since we came on board, meaning only 12 of us have been active. Sunday Adeleye was here, but he refused to sign the letter. We have the consent of other board members, and we are conscious of the rules. We are also conscious that the AFN is under a supervising ministry. We are going into another meeting now to set up a committee that will investigate how Gusau and a few people in the AFN spent the IAAF money,” Ebewele stated.
Asked if Nigeria had refunded the IAAF $135, 000, as the deadline given by the world body expired yesterday, Ebewele said: “Yes, the sports minister has communicated with the president of IAAF on the issue and they reached an agreement. The IAAF is no longer sanctioning Nigeria.”
But the Technical Director of AFN, Sunday Adeleye ruled himself out of Gusau’s impeachment yesterday, describing the exercise as ‘kangaroo meeting’.
“How come only five out of 13 board members are impeaching the AFN president? I want Nigerians to also ask why the sports minister is paying 50 percent of the money to IAAF when he had declared that he didn’t know how the money was spent? Who is fooling who?” Adeleye queried.
The Guardian reported at the weekend that a sharp division had emerged among board members of the AFN, following their meeting with the sports minister, who revealed that he approved N39 million to Gusau to be refunded to the IAAF shortly after the Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships.
Instead of following the minister’s directives, Gusau and Adeleye allegedly used the money to purchase kits for Nigerian athletes without informing other board members.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

May 26, 2019

NGIGE RAISES ALARM AS STATES CLAIM THEY ARE NOT READY TO PAY NEW MINIMUM WAGE


The Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has disclosed that the new national minimum wage of N30,000 has become effective since April 18, stressing that state governments and employers yet to commence payment by the end of May 2019 should consider themselves already in deficit and must pay all arrears.
The Minister reportedly disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, further noting that arriving at the new minimum wage was a tortuous and excruciating journey, and stating the only thing delay full implementation is budget approval.
“EVERY STATE GOVERNMENT IS NOW OWING THEIR WORKERS IF THEY HAVE NOT STARTED PAYING N30,000. THEY ARE OWING WORKERS EFFECTIVE FROM 18TH OF APRIL, THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE.”
Implementation not negotiable – There have been speculations of uncertainties surrounding the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage. Analysts have stressed that going by the antecedents of several states and the obvious low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), it is unlikely for full implementation of the minimum wage.
However, Ngige cleared the air and addressed claims of agitations of state governors not ready to pay the new wage, the minister stressed that the National minimum wage law is now a national law and no governor can say he would not pay.
“THE ISSUE OF THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE IS ITEM 34 ON THE EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATIVE LIST OF THE THIRD SCHEDULE OF THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION. ISSUE OF LABOUR IS ALSO THERE AND NOT ON THE CONCURRENT LIST. IF IT IS ON THE CONCURRENT LIST, THEN THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN STATE ASSEMBLY LAWS ON THAT.”
Also, Ngige stated that the consequential effects of how the wage adjustment will affect other cadres of the workforce are already being discussed as a committee is already set up to design a new salary template.
“WE ARE NOW IN A COMMITTEE WORKING OUT A NEW TEMPLATE WITH WHICH WE WILL ADJUST UPWARD THE CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT FOR THOSE ALREADY EARNING ABOVE N30,000. THE MINIMUM WAGE IS FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE DOWN THE LADDER AND THAT IS THE MAN ON GRADE LEVEL.”
Implementation bottleneck – The minister further emphasized that some employers in the private sector adjusted immediately to the new minimum wage due to the ease of adjustment. However, Ngige further noted that in the government sector, the bureaucracy and bottleneck of government are responsible for the delay.
“YOU KNOW THAT YOU MUST BUDGET FOR IT. THAT IS WHAT IS CAUSING THE DELAY. BUT WHENEVER THE ENCUMBRANCES ARE REMOVED, THEY WILL PAY ARREARS WITH EFFECT FROM 18TH APRIL 2019. SO, THE SOONER AN ESTABLISHMENT STARTS PAYING, THE BETTER FOR YOU SO THAT YOU DON’T TAKE A HUGE BACKLOG THAT YOU CANNOT TAKE.”
Warning to Governors – Ngige stressed that state governments should be careful not to make the same mistake they made after the N18,000 minimum wage was passed.
“IN 2011, THERE WAS A MISTAKE IN THE CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT IN SOME STATES WHEN THEY APPLIED THE PRINCIPLE OF PERCENTAGE INCREASE ACROSS THE BOARD AND THEY RAN INTO TROUBLE AND WERE UNABLE TO PAY.”
Meanwhile, the minister noted that the new N30,000 translates into is a 67% increase. Hence, if a state government apply the same 67% increase across the board, there will be serious trouble which will result in trade disputes across states.
May 26, 2019

PDP SEEKS PROBE INTO AISHA BUHARI'S CORRUPTION ALLEGES AGAINST SIP



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday charged the National Assembly and security agencies to immediately probe corrupt allegations by the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, against the Social Investment Programme (SIP).
In statement by its National public Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: The revelation by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, that there is humongous fraud in the N500 billion Social Investment Programme and the N16 billion Mosquito Net Project of the (Muhammadu) Buhari administration” has further vindicated our stance that this government is deceitful and a pretentious citadel of corruption.
“More disheartening is the fact that the said funds were meant for the welfare of the poor, whom Mr. President had always claimed to represent in government.
“Unfortunately, these poor Nigerians have been waiting endlessly for the failed social investments promised by President Buhari only to have their hopes dashed as revelations by Mrs. Buhari had shown that the money provided for the programme had been stolen.”
The PDP stated that “now that the truth had been revealed by no lesser Nigerian than Mr. President’s wife, the National Assembly and all anti-corruption agencies should immediately commence forensic investigation into how these funds were dispensed and utilised.
“Nigerians can now see how the same administration presided over by ‘Mr. Integrity’ has been using the names of innocent poor Nigerians to loot our national treasury and fritter away billions of naira to finance their wasteful lifestyles while Nigerians wallow in abject poverty.
“It is indeed appalling that the Buhari administration would be sitting on such colossal corruption and continues to thrive in evil concealment while diverting public attention from their rot by hounding innocent opposition figures on trump-up corruption charges.”
However, the state chapter of the party has cautioned the Federal Governor against releasing fresh N50 billion as bailout to Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi.
It stated that “news reaching the party shows that Governor Yahaya Bello and the Commissioner for Finance have intensified efforts in lobbying the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government to secure a further N50 billion bailout.”
The party registered its opposition in a statement issued by the state publicity secretary, Bode Ogunmola, in Lokoja.
Also yesterday, the PDP blamed what it called escalated despondency, depression and misery in the polity on poor governance.
The party urged Nigerians to support one another in love during these trying times to check the “rising social degeneration in our nation, particularly acts of suicide.”
Ologbondiyan, in another statement, described as a “national tragedy the rising spate of suicides, slavery mission abroad, divorces, child abandonment and other social degeneration.”

May 26, 2019

LIGHTENING KILLS TWO IN KOGI AS RAINSTORM WREAKS HAVOC IN OSUN



Two persons have been killed by lightening at the weekend during a downpour in Odda Quarters, Ayetoro Gbedde, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State. The two deceased are Wale Ayeku, a middle-aged man and one Joseph, fondly called J-Boy.
According to eyewitnesses, the deceased were both having shelter in a local ‘Game-Joint’ when they met their untimely death. “There were nine of them under a tree, where young people usually meet to play snooker when the rain started, but the thunder and lightning that accompanied the rain scared everyone.
“Not long after the rain started, we heard loud screams and wailing which compelled people to scamper for safety. In the midst of that confusion, we discovered the nine victims were struck down by the lightning, though seven others survived with injuries.”
It was gathered that the community believes there is a spiritual root cause of the tragic event, which they hope to know in seven days time according to the Sango priest. When contacted, the traditional ruler, Olu of Ayetoro Gbedde, Sunday Ehindero, confirmed the incident.
Meanwhile, a two-hour rain, accompanied by windstorm has destroyed many buildings in the ancient town of Owu Kuta in Ayedire local government area of Osun State. The rainfall apart from destroying many houses in the town, also damaged a section of the palace of the monarch of the town, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama.
The Guardian learnt that about 16 houses, apart from the palace of the Olowu, had their roofs completely blown off.

May 26, 2019

MISSING ADEWURA'S BODY FOUND IN LAGOS CANAL



It was dashed hopes for the Bello family after the dead body of their daughter, Adewura Lateefat, was allegedly found floating in a canal at the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, 12 days after she was declared missing.
The 26-year-old got missing on May 15, in Lagos and was last sighted by her colleague who dropped her off at Medical Road, opposite Ikeja bus terminal.
At about 6:00p.m. of same day, she had reportedly told her sister that she was around Cement Bus Stop on her way home. That was the last anyone heard of her. The family raised an alarm on social media and a public search began for the deceased, fondly referred to as Wura.
After the family reported to the police, her phone number was tracked to Badagry but she wasn’t found until 7:00p.m. on Sunday when her family identified her body. According to a Twitter user, @OfficiallBmax, who broke the news, he said Wura’s body was discovered in a canal.
According to findings, on the day she was declared missing, she had boarded a motorcycle in the downpour to hasten her journey home. On getting to a flooded road, the motorcyclist, who was warned by onlookers to wait for better visibility, ignored them and attempted to ride through the flood.
They both ended up being swept away by the flood but the motorcyclist however survived, and was immediately rescued by pedestrians and handed over to Moshalashi Police Station. Adewura was however unlucky as she was swept into a canal through an opened manhole
When contacted, the state police spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, ruled out abduction given that no ransom was demanded. While admitting that he was just hearing that her body has been found, he said there was no possibility of it being a kidnapping case.
According to him, every kidnap case must have an evidence, and the kidnappers would have contacted someone to demand ransom, which was not the case in this matter.
“A body has been recovered at a canal in Ipaja, but it can’t be concluded yet if it is her body as the body was already decomposing. The police will depend on medical examination to ascertain whose body it is, as the body has already been taken for medical examination.”
May 26, 2019

LASPOTECH SECURITY GUARD ALLEGEDLY KILLS COLLEAGUE, CUTS OFF HIS HAND

 Lagos State Police Command spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, says the Command has arrested a Lagos State Polytechnic security guard who allegedly killed his colleague while they were both on night duty.
Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, told the News Agency of Nigeria that, on May 24 at 7.00a.m, operatives of Shagamu Road Police Station, in collaboration with the Chief Security Officer of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, arrested one Cletus Williams, a security guard with the institution, for allegedly killing his colleague, Okoro John, while they were on night duty.
“The suspect used a sharp knife to slash the throat of the victim and also chopped off his right hand,” Elkana said.
“Homicide detectives from State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, are investigating the case to ascertain the motive behind the killing.
“The knife used for the murder has been recovered and suspect will soon be charged to court for murderm” he added.

NAN

May 26, 2019

TREADERS LAMENT DEMOLITION OF AGBOJU MARKET IN FESTAC TOWN

Some traders affected by the ongoing demolition of Agboju Market in Festac Town, Lagos, have blamed market leaders for “insincerity” over the exercise.

The bulldozers moved in on Friday and began pulling down the structures in the market just as the traders started displaying their goods for sale. Some of the affected traders said that the issue of the demolition had been ongoing between the state government and the traders.

They, however, expressed shock over the exercise which occurred before the seven-day quit notice issued them expired. Mr Uzo Thomas, trader, said they assumed the demolition would be done on Monday after the notice elapsed on Sunday.
“To our surprise, Friday morning, we were displaying our goods, we just started hearing, ‘pack, pack,’ we thought it was a joke.
“Before we knew it, bulldozers started bringing everything down,” he said. Also, Mrs Anulika Chukwu, trader, said last Thursday, officials of Amuwo Odofin Local Government came to warn the traders not to sell on the walk ways, which they complied with. “If we had known beforehand, I wouldn’t have spent the money I had yesterday buying goods for sale,” she lamented. However, some other traders said that the land where the market was situated was a buffer zone, with pipelines running underneath and electric cables overhead. Mr Olawale Ashakaba, trader, said: “This is a Federal Government property, there are pipelines running under here. “I believe there’s something our leaders are not telling us,” he said. Another trader, Mrs Blessing Ogomchi, said: “Nobody knows exactly what is going on or what is going to happen. “The leaders haven’t even called a meeting to tell traders what is going on. “If indeed there’s going to be a new market, how long will it take to be completed; how many months or years?” The Iyaloja General of Amuwo Market, Mrs Osinatu Adebayo, refuted the allegations, saying there was no foul play. “No. No, it’s not true. “The problem is that the market is too rough and the state government called us to say they want to rebuild it to a modern market. “They would have finished building it but we’ve been delaying and begging for more time, ‘please allow us to sell for Christmas’ or ‘please let us sell for Easter’. According to her, buying and selling will continue as usual, once the site has been cleared. Adebayo pledged her commitment to the traders, in ensuring that they all get shops when the new market is completed. “My children are also traders here, so I can’t allow things get spoiled. “Before outsiders get shops, all the traders will be considered first,” she said. Another official, who spoke under anonymity, said he wasn’t sure how long it would take to complete the project. He, however, urged the traders not to kick against modernisation of the market. All efforts by NAN correspondent to reach Amuwo Odofin Local Government Chairman, Mr Valentine Buraimoh, proved abortive as his aide who picked his calls said he was attending a state function.

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Friday, 24 May 2019

May 24, 2019

BUHARI CONGRATULATES INDIA's MODI ON ELECTION VICTORY


President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on their election victory.
A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Thursday, quoted President Buhari as describing India as Nigeria’s largest trade partner and expressed appreciation over the mutually beneficial Nigeria-India relationship.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

May 23, 2019

COURT REMANDS 140 IPOB MEMBERS FOR ALLEGED TREASON IN ENUGU

An Enugu East Magistrates Court presided by Magistrate A. N. Chioke has remanded 140 members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) over an alleged treason.

Some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, making brisk appearance along some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State,. FILE The defendants, who were brought to the court in three 608 buses and one 18-seater bus, were said to have conspired to commit treasonable felony.

They were however, arraigned outside the court for about two hours as the court room could not accommodate them. The offence was said to be punishable under Sect. 516 (A) of the Criminal Code CAP C38, Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 as applicable in Enugu State. When the charge was read, the defendants pleaded not guilty. One of the defense counsels, Mr Osita Abalu applied for their bail on the grounds that there was no evidence to back up the charge. Abalu said that the prosecution had failed to provide probable cause why the defendants should be remanded in court in line with Sect. 234 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws (ACJL) of Enugu State, 2017. He urged the court to exercise its powers under Sect. 225 of the same law and grant bail to the defendants. Abalu said that though the offence for which the defendants were charged was punishable with life imprisonment, Sect. 88 of the ACJL, the Magistrates Court was qualified to grant bail. He also urged the court to order the release of the four buses conveying the defendants to the venue of the burial. Counsel to the 107 defendant, Mr F.C. Okeke told the court that it was ridiculous for the prosecution to claim that the defendants attempted to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okeke said that the defendants were arrested on their way to a burial and wondered how that could translate to over throwing the government. “President Muhammadu Buhari is in Abuja, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is in Enugu while the defendants were arrested in Nsukka,” he said. The counsel described the charge as trumped-up and meant to deny the defendants of their fundamental rights.

Okeke said that the prosecution deliberately brought the matter to the Magistrates Court just to punish them. “An accused person cannot be brought to a court when such court has no jurisdiction to entertain the matter just to punish them. “That is the essence of the ACJL of Enugu State. The law does not want an innocent soul to suffer. “The defendants were arrested with no evidence; not even a razor blade. They were going to a burial,” he said.

Okeke urged the court to grant them bail in the most lenient means. However, the prosecution counsel, Mr Paschal Nwachukwu urged the court to discountenance the bail application. Nwachukwu said that the law empowered prosecutors to bring defendants to a magistrate for remand. He said that a court could not grant bail in a matter it had no jurisdiction. In her ruling, Chioke declined jurisdiction in the case and remanded the defendants in Enugu Prisons and urged the defense team to make application in the appropriate court. The magistrate ordered the release of the four vehicles to their owners on bond and on the provision of proof of ownership and particulars. “The charge the defendants are remanded for is treasonable but the prosecution did not list any exhibit of weapon of warfare against them. “The only document against them before the court is the charge sheet. This looks to me like a trumped up charge,” Chioke said. (NAN)

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DJ Cuppy represents Nigeria to deliver a speech concerning the needs of Nigerians at the Global Citizens event in Berlin, Germany.
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In the speech, Cuppy revealed there are about 70 percent of Nigerians who do not have access to clean water and wants the globe to pay attention to it so it could be resolved before it causes irreparable damage.
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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has elected Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State as its new chairman.
The Forum also elected Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto as the vice chairman. both men are expected to serve in those capacities until 2021.
Addressing newsmen Wednesday night in Abuja after a meeting of the forum, Governor of Zamfara state, Abdul Aziz Yari, said Fayemi and Tambuwal emerged through consensus, adding that Fayemi was nominated by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and seconded by the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa.
Speaking, Governor Fayemi said his leadership would build on the success stories of Yari, adding that he will work with other arms of government to build a stronger nation.
“We are committed to a strong partnership with the federal government,” Fayemi said.
Yari said that the forum was concerned with the recent guidelines of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) which impose a restriction on the powers of state and local governments to operate within constitutionally approved parameters.
“The new guidelines have no legal basis under the NFIU Act and are contrary to constitutional provisions which put the state joint local government account under the legislation of the state house of assembly”
“The guidelines will also be determined to the interest of states and local governments by crippling programmes such as the universal basic education programme, primary health care under one roof, as well as the payment of salaries of teachers, medical doctors and health workers among others which are primarily funded by the state government.”
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The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) have commenced a nationwide indefinite strike today.
The four aviation unions went on strike over the failure of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) to solve problems associated with perceived faulty organogram in the authority.
Aim of the strike: The main reason the aviation unions are striking is to draw the attention of the Federal Government. According to them, they embarked on the industrial action following failed efforts to get the Ministry of Transport to handle their complaints about faulty organogram in NCAA.
The indefinite strike began at 5 am this morning. The circular directing the union members to embark on the industrial action was signed by Comrades Ocheme Aba, Frances Akinjole, Abdul Rasaq Saidu, and Umoh Ofonime,  for NUATE, ATSSSAN, ANAP, and NAAPE, respectively.
The ministry failed to address the issue? The unions have also noted that at the expiration of the ultimatum given to the ministry on Monday, the ministry and the management of NCAA have failed to address any of the demands raised, threatening that the agency would remain grounded until the issues are addressed.
The Protest: According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Unions blocked the entrances of the NCAA headquarters and its annex office, chanting solidarity songs and carrying placards with inscriptions such as Collapse organogram structure’, Our Mumu don dooo’’ and “Our demands: expanded organogram, staff, friendly condition of service, negotiated staff health and insurance policy’’.
The Deputy General Secretary of ATSSSAN, Mr Francis Akinjole, was quoted as saying the following;
“WE DID NOT CHOOSE THIS DATE BECAUSE WE GAVE THEM A SEVEN-DAY NOTICE WHICH EXPIRED ON MONDAY AND THE UNIONS HAD REVIEWED IT; AND WE DECIDED THAT THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO CARRY OUT THIS ACTION. “THIS IS BECAUSE THE MANAGEMENT IS OF THE OPINION THAT WE WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING AND THAT IS HOW THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR A WHILE NOW.”