Gunmen have killed a cleric Rev. Gideon Adoor at his residence in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The late Adoor who was an uncle to former chief of Army Staff Gen. Victor Malu (rtd), was allegedly shot around 2.am by the suspected killers.
The murder of the cleric who is an Assistant Pastor with NKST Church Gboka road Markurdi, and an employee in the ministry of land and survey, was received with shock by his congregation.
The Late Adoor’s son Kenneth who narrated the incident in an interview with newsmen said that three gunmen stormed their residence around 2a.m and went to his room and forced the door opened.
“They forced me to take them to my father’s room, on getting there, they asked me to tell my father to open the door, when my father opened the door, the gunmen shot him twice in the chest.”
Kenneth who wept profusely said the killers did not take anything when they were learning.
He however regretted that his father was taken to the federal medical centre for treatment, where doctors requested for police report before he could be treated.
“We have to run to the police headquarters to get a policeman but before he arrived, my father gave up the ghost” he said.
Benue state police commissioner Ibrahim Mohammed confirmed the incident.
A Head of the 2011 elections, an Action Congress (AC) chieftain in Ogun State, Prince Kayode Tejuoso, has declared his intention to run for the governorship.
He described the AC as the party that can restore the lost glory of the Gateway State and make it realise its potentials.
Tejuoso, son of the Osile of the Oke-Ona, Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, told reporters in Abeokuta, the state capital, that he would return the state to its glorious era of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Bisi Onabanjo and Aremo Olusegun Osoba.
“What we need in Ogun State are free education, free health care centre, full employment, affordable housing, rural development and women empowerment”, he said.
The Sokoto State Government has earmarked N12 million for the sponsorship of 13 indigenes for post-graduate diploma in Geo-Informatics and Environmental Management respectively at the prestigious Reginal Centre for Training in Aerospace Survey (RECTAS), Ile-Ife in Osun State.
The amount also covers the cost of training six others who earlier completed 18-month Technician Diploma in Geo-information Management and production programme at the cetnre. Four other indigenes from the state are currently at the meteorological and Research Training Centre, Oshodi Lagos on the sponsorship of the state government to study meteorological Assistant course.
Special Adviser to Governor Wamakko on scholarship and students’ matters, Dr. Muhammed Ali Iwiama said in a press release signed by the Department’s PRO, Mallam Isah Abubakar Shuni that the training is aimed at meeting the manpower demands of the state particularly in related areas.
He said those for the post graduate training in Geo-Informatics and Environmental Management included members of staff drawn from the state ministry of Lands and Survey and Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.
He explained that government is doing this to improve the standard of education in the state and ensure adequate representation of the state in specialised tertiary institutions.
Iwaiame said further that his department was committed to discouraging the notion that the state is educationally disadvantaged.
“We will ensure that our students are every where to study relevant and critical courses which the state is lacking and needs.”
Suspected armed robbers yesterday stormed Isaki-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State where they reportedly killed two persons during a raid on a first generation bank.
The victims included a mobile policeman and a priest. Source in the community said two members of the gang died in an accident as they made to escape. They were pursued by policemen after leaving the scene. The bandits, who were said to be seven, stormed the bank very close to the town’s roundabout at about 10.00 a.m. one of them, who was suspected to be the leader of the gang, drove into the banks premises in a sport utility vehicle (SUV).
An eyewitness said the robbers dispossessed a traditional ruler of his vehicle which they rode into the bank.
When the hoodlums opened fire, bank workers, customers and bystanders reportedly scampered for safety to avoid being hit by stray bullet.
The gang leader reportedly shot in the air to signal their arrival.
The robbers escaped after operating unhindered for several minutes.
It could not be ascertained whether they went away with any cash from the banks vault.
The robbers were said to have fled the scene on learning that the operatives of the special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were on their trail. They escaped through Isaki-oye-Ikole Road. In their escape bid, they were also said to have snatched a kia mini-bus owned by a former chairman of Ido/Osi Local Government Area.
The Mini-bus somer-saulted on the cutskirts of Ikole, with two of the robbers killed on the spot. One member of the gang was injured.
Police spokesman Mohammed Jimch said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
An Action Congress (AC) Chieftain in Kwara State, Alhaji Bolaji Edun, has opposed capital punishment being recommended by the Governors’ Forum for kidnappers.
Edun, a former commissioner for Special Duties also decried the invitation of Ghanaian electoral chief by the National Assembly to educate the lawmakers on what helped Ghana to conduct a free and fair election.
He said that Nigeria should embrace the recommendations of Justice Mohammed Uwais Committee report on electoral reform.
Edun, who was the former AC secretary, was the guest on a radio Kwara programme. “The platform”, in Ilorin, the state capital yesterday.
The party chieftain said instead of inviting Ghanaian electoral chief, voters should be encouraged to monitor collation of election results.
On the injection of N300 billion by the National Economic Council (NEC) to nation’s economy, Edun doubted the sincerity of the council, stressing that such move would not brighten the economy.
The development, according to him, would also increase capital flight since the money was not anchored on any specific project.
A Bauchi High Court has adjourned for hearing the 10-count charge levelled against the former Alkaleri Local Government Area chairman, Mr. Bello Arabi, for allegedly defrauding the council of over N10 million.
He was the council chairman between 2003 and 2007.
Arabi was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of misappropriating and transferring the council’s funds to private bank account in 2006.
According to the EFCC counsel, Mr. Faruk Abdallah, various sums ranging from N1.5 million to N4.8 million which amounted to over N10 million were transferred to the defunct Bank of the North account number 000500112 said to belong to one Bello Gidado.
The charges were brought under section 309 of the penal code.
When the case came up yesterday for hearing, Arabi’s lawyer, victor Dalbata told the court that he was not ready for the case because the prosecution had not provided statements of witnesses scheduled to testify as prescribed by law to enable him prepare his defence.
But Abdullah insisted that the accused was duly served.
Justice Rabi Mustapha urged the EFCC counsel to provide prove of service to the accused person.
He adjourned the case till November 10
The Action Congress (AC) has accused the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of persecuting one of its chieftains, Senator Felix Ogunwale.
He is being held by the police over his alleged involvement in the killing of hunchback for ritual purposes in Iragbiji. In a statement in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Ogunwale’s real offence is that he dared to defect from the PDP to the AC in July, 2009.
The fact that the killing of the hunchback, Mrs Taibat Oseni, was allegedly carried out in a building which Ogunwale abandoned over five years ago does not make him liable for the murder. It is like finding a dead body in a car which someone has taken to the mechanic for repair and then blaming the owner,” AC said.
The party said while it supports police investigation into the murder of the hunchback. It calls on the inspector-General of police to direct that the case be transferred to the force CID, instead of leaving it in the hand of “the clearly partisan Osun police, who are only doing the bidding of Governor Olagunsaye Oyinlola”. “This is nothing short of political persecution of senator Ogunwale for daring to abandon the sinking PDP ship in Osun”, the party said.
Despite the unfavourable economic climate that characterised the global financial meltdown and other variables affecting business operations, the Nationakl Salt Company of Nigeria (NASCON) has returned a turnover of N9,8 billion for the 2008 financial year.
The company also made a profit after tax of N1.298 billion, while its profit before tax stood at N1.89 billion, representing a growth of 26 per cent NASCON chairman, Alhaji Alike Dangote, however lamented that the wonderful result achieved was below its expectation for the year. He said: “The economy performed below expectation in 2008.”
The world economic crises witnessed towards the end of the year, coupled with increased crises in the Niger Delta, saw to the continued decline in crude oil exploration and production by the country”.
Dangote who was represented by one of the directors, Mr. Olakunle Alaki, said: “This meant that National finances deteriorated in the year. In addition, the poor state of the country’s infrastructure and the devaluation of the Naira in the last quarter of 2008, further worsened the economic environment –this devaluation, led to higher cost of production, which impacted negatively on businesses in general within the country” he stated.
Dangote, who equally revealed that NASCON financial target was also affected because it imports its major raw materials from Brazil, nevertheless announced that, “the challenges of the business of the year under review notwithstanding, our company posted a turnover of N9.8 billion reflecting a percentage growth of 26 over the previous year.
He stated: “Operating profit before tax was N1.896 billion, while our after tax profit was N1.298 billion, showing a modest growth over the past year”. He said the performance reflected the impact of the operating environment and the company’s response by way of measures and policies put in place to ensure that it remained profitable.
Speaking on the 2009 prospect, Dangote, told shareholders that NASCON is committed to maintaining its leadership position in the salt industry, adding that two sachet of salt production lines with a rate capacity of 180,000 tonnes per annum have been installed.
He said plans are underway to establish tomotoe packing operations outfit in Nigeria following the two years of importation of the petti brand into the country.
“We believe that our plans should come to fruition in 2010 when we introduce the locally packed Dangote brand into the Nigerian market,” he added.
As the legal battle between Prof. Dakum Shown-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, and the national headquarters of the party is pending in the court, former factional leaders in the state have alleged that Prof. Dakum Shown, State Chairman, seized the existing party membership registers.
Prof. Shown had gone to court to stop the inauguration of Chief Abu King Shuluwa-headed state caretaker committee, set up by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). The committee was expected to oversee the affairs of the party in the state, pending the conduct of the state congresses.
Besides, the Chief Emmanuel Mangni-led group further alleged that Shown was secretly registering only those loyal to governor Jonah Jang, formerly All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) members. Jonah Jang, himself had in 2003 contested the governorship on ANPP platform.
In a petition to the party’s national chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, titled “Redissolution of State, Local Government and ward executives of PDP in Plateau State “, the petitioners lamented that Prof. Shown was still parading himself as the State Chairman.
The group lamented that Prof. Shown was registering former ANPP members at the detriment of former Action Congress (AC) members, who according to them were willing to be registered PDP members.
The ex-factional leaders noted that while the two factions subsisted, the party witnessed a massive return of its members, who had earlier been deregistered in the 2006 controversial registration exercise.
Stressing the need for a level playing ground for all the members, the Chief Mangni-Ied group, called for fresh and genuine registration exercise in order to have authentic membership registers. It commended the Chief Ogbulafor-led National PDP for its courage in dissolving the state, local and ward executive councils. Besides, it gave the PDP leadership a pat on the back for the “inauguration” of Chief Shaluwa-headed caretaker committee.
According to the group, the emergence of the committee has brought peace and confidence within the party in the state. Consequently, it advised that everything should be done to ensure that the achieved peace did not suffer a set back
The Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Chairman, Monsurudeen Asamu Ola, has narrowly escaped death following an attempt on his life by unidentified gunmen.
Our Sources revealed that the incident was the third on his life and that two supervisory Councilors (names withheld), have been accused of being the masterminds of the attack.
The Source further revealed that, the chairman, after Consulting with the security committee of the LCDA, which include royal fathers and community leaders, reported the case to the police.
The Tide learnt that the case was reported to the lkotun Police Station on Saturday, after the Supervisor for Environment, Hon Salako Adams was attacked in Similar Circumstance and injured two weeks earlier.
A Senior police Officer at the lkotun Police Station who does not want his name in print confirmed that the case is still under investigation while another source close to the Council Chairman also confirmed the assassination plot on the chairman, stressing that the official vehicle assigned to the suspected supervisory councilors had been withdrawn by the LCDA.
In recent times the rate of assassins and robbery incident in Lagos state has given the police authority a sleepless night as lagosians slept with one eye’s open.
Kidnapping Of Students, Ploy To Discourage Schooling In Nigeria – MSSN
The Muslims Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has said that the incessant kidnapping of students in some parts of the country was a strategy to discourage the pursuit of education.
MSSN National President, Malam Shehu Usman- Abubakar, said in a statement on Saturday, in Birnin Kebbi, that many students had withdrawn from school as a result of kidnapping.
He said that education was the major source of strength and power to every nation and community in the world.
“As kidnapping has started affecting schools, we, as members of MSSN, view it as an effort towards discouraging the pursuit of education, especially in educationally backward communities of the northern parts of the country.
“Therefore, more should be done to put a stop to that with all the might and urgency possible,’’ he said.
Usman-Abubakar urged governments at all levels to do more in ensuring the protection of lives and property of their citizens, saying that the rate of criminality in the country was alarming, especially banditry and kidnapping.
He, however, noted that security agencies had been doing a lot in combating insecurity in the country, while commending the Kebbi state government for its efforts in the immediate rescue of some of the kidnapped students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri.
“We urge other state governments affected to follow suit as set by Gov. Atiku Bagudu,” he said.
The MSSN president also urged Muslim faithful to return to Almighty God in repentance and be prayerful for a better Nigeria.
FG, UN Unveil Programme To Empower Youths
The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to partner with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to empower 20 million Nigerian youths by 2030.
The initiative tagged: “Generation Unlimited” and set to be inaugurated today in Abuja, is targeted at 20 million persons between the ages of 10 and 24 out of the nation’s 65 million young people.
The Country Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
According to him, the initiative is also being replicated in many other countries with 1.8 billion young people targeted around the World.
With specific reference to Nigeria, Hawkins said that the Generation Unlimited programmes were aimed at developing the capacity of young Nigerians to be better positioned as leaders of tomorrow.
He said that if the youths were not equipped with the right skills, especially in view of the ongoing digitisation of the World, they would be unable to bring value to the future of Nigeria.
The UN representative added that such initiatives would also help in turning the youth away from drugs or crime.
“Nigeria has 65 million people between the ages of 10 and 24, so young people of Nigeria are more importantly the future. That generation would shape the future of Nigeria.
“What Generation Unlimited is trying to do is to first act as a platform between the government, the United Nations and the International Community and the private sector.
“Out of the 65 million young people, Generation Unlimited is trying to help 20 million of those over the next 10 years to step over the generation that they are in to be able to meet their own ambitions and be valuable commodities in Nigeria.
“What is going to define the future of any country, particularly Nigeria is the digital platform – access to data, access to digital information.
“It is not only expanding the digital platform but expanding young people’s access to that platform.
“There are initiatives like School-2-School connectivity, looking at how we can bring digital learning into the schools, communities and ensure that young peoples’ skills around digital platforms come to the fore,” he said.
He pointed out that other areas include education skills on the one hand and employability and entrepreneurship on the other hand.
Hawkins said that UNICEF was particularly focused on connection between the skills and opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, trying to develop the skills that jobs require.
Hawkins added that the last part was engagement of the young people not only to understand what they want to do but also to create an environment where they are contributing to the future of this country as a voice.
“Already, over the past year, we have been engaging with 450,000 young people through different initiatives around the country.
“There is a massive prospect in this country to engage young people. So in summary, Generation Unlimited is trying to help 20 million young people to achieve skills and jobs with digital platform being the main conduit for many of these jobs and skills.
“On Monday, Nigeria’s Vice President will inaugurate the Generation Unlimited Nigeria, this is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate a vision for the young people of Nigeria and give them the opportunity to engage in what happens in Nigeria in the future.
“There are many initiatives at the moment currently ongoing, especially around skills development, education a live skills learning.
“What we are trying to do at Generation Unlimited is to allow the platform of all of these to go to scale, using different initiatives to trigger off other initiatives to reach the 20 million that we want to reach in the next 10 years,” he said.
The UNICEF Representative listed some of its partners to include: GIZ, EU, USAID, Unilever, Microsoft, Tony Elumelu Foundation, and MasterCard, amomg others, adding that they were open for partnerships with institutions and the private sector.
PDP Tackles el-Rufai Over Insecurity, Insists Jonathan Resisted Insurgency
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emeka Kalu, has slammed the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, over comments on ex-President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
It would be recalled that El-Rufai had severally criticized Jonathan’s administration for being incompetent and weak in tackling terrorism.
The Kaduna governor also adduced that all the technical advice given to Jonathan was refused.
In a statement, yesterday, Kalu, a former governorship aspirant in Abia State, opined that under Jonathan, insurgency was resisted with all apparatus within the reach of the government to tackle the ugly trend.
He lamented that countless persons have lost their lives to herdsmen killings in the north and southern part of Nigeria while el-Rufai as the Chief Security Officer of Kaduna, with full confidence in Buhari-led government, is busy watching the atrocities while the perpetrators go unpunished as a result of ethnic sentiment.
Kalu queried, “What has he successfully put in action to contain the marauding and uncontrollable cases of kidnapping and banditry that had almost swept the entire nooks and crannies of Kaduna State or is he short of ideas now on how best to engage the criminals?
“Why has he not been able to apply those security tackling measures the technical committee that he was one of the members during Jonathan regime recommended to improve security situation in Kaduna State as the governor on seat?
The party chieftain, however, called on el-Rufai to stop playing politics with the deteriorating insecurity in the country, warning the governor and the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress to stop the mudslinging in politics, promote ethnic co operations and tolerance, as well as run inclusive government.
Parts of the statement said, “It is always easier to castigate a leader, find faults and apportion blames but when it gets to the doorstep of the fault finder, with all statutory power and resources to perform the same functions, the actor retires into his shelf as snail does.
“Instead, he would come up with a cheap propaganda that any person who killed a Fulani Man would have himself to blame. When interviewed for explanation, he said it was because Fulani are scattered in various parts of Africa and when you kill one in Nigeria, those in Sahara would come to say, you killed their fathers and brothers, then as result attack the locality in retaliation.
“Does this make any sense for a government that values the lives of her citizens? Why would the government condone criminals and give shot at side order in another part of the country to wipe away the people of that ethnic nationality in the pretext of fighting criminal. Are all criminals not the same or those from a given ethnic group are anointed not to be killed?
“The same expert on security intelligence as he claimed to be could not suggest how best to tackle bandits but with all velocity suggested how to treat and handle ethnic agitators who had not killed even an ant. This signifies the kind of government we run and expect the citizenry to wave banners of praises for us.
“Nigeria has a long way to go. Except we drop divided sentiment and nepotism, the journey would be farer for us; except the government eschews unnecessary cuddling of herdsmen with carrots hands by taking strict actions to stop their rampage and marauding activities, Nigeria will still be singing the same songs of sorrow instead of peace and unity.
“The formula is very simple. Stop mudslinging in politics, promote ethnic co-operations and tolerance, run inclusive government, drop revenge-oriented use of EFCC/DSS apparatus against party opponents, revive the dwindling economy, create jobs and employment using Federal Character Principles, open full resistance against bandits and all forms of terrorism, stop ethnic harassment of the southern Nigerian peaceful agitators, learn how to dialogue, work to restructure the fiscal federalism then Nigeria will become an ice in a hot water pot”.
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