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Bauchi

 

Former Bauchi State Governor Adamu Mu’azu has gone to court to challenge the 10-year ban on him from holding public office.

In a suit filed by his lawyer Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) at Bauchi High Court, Mu azu is claiming that the state executive has no power to set up a judicial commission of inquiry without the approval of the House of Assembly in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution.

According to Mu azu, the move which contravened Section 128 and 129 of the Constitution, was inconsistent with the provisions of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Act and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Act, Criminal procedure of the Northern Nigeria as applicable in Bauchi State and the Public Act 2004.

Mu azu said the defendants lacked constitutional power to investigate matters bordering on criminal allegations levelled against him.

He said the commission did not avail him fair hearing when it ordered that he should be served through publications in newspapers despite that he had been out of the country since July 2007.

Mu azu asked the court to set aside the findings and recommendations of the commission, restrain the government and its agents from implementing  the report.  

The defendants are the governor Isa Yuguda,

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice”, Chairman of the Commission, Justice Vitrus Sanga and the five members.

Besides being banned, Mu azu was also ordered to refund N1. billion which he allegedly misappropriated to the state coffer.

                                 Lagos

In reaction to a report credited to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) that no more than four newspaper companies pay their employees regularly,  while others owe arrears, the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has told journalists they should stop working when being owed.

In a statement yesterday made available to newsmen, NPAN accused NUJ of being  consistently cowardly in mentioning those companies that are actually owing journalists, saying that it is ready to wade into the matter only if NUJ can “name the newspaper companies that are not living up to the employment contracts obligation, primary of which is the payment of their workers including journalists”.

“The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, (NPAN) whose members own and publish newspapers and magazines which employ journalists, naturally feel concerned about these allegations even in their un-substantial form.  As such it is quite prepared to investigate the allegations and act accordingly, depending on its findings, in the interest of both  the employee journalists and the newspaper companies”, NPAN posited.

Oyo

The Oyo State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEN) has seized some substance suspected to be cannabis (Indian hemp) with a street valve put at over N8 million.

The drug was allegedly discovered in a bungalow at Adewolu village in Egbeda local government  area of the state.

The state commander of the agency, Mr Sulaiman Jadi stated this recently while addressing reporters on the activities of his command in his office at Onireke area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He said the hard drug, which was parked in 421 bags, was discovered following a tip-off to the command on the activities of some yet to be arrested drug dealers in the area.

On how the command got the information that led to the discovery, Jadi explained that his men received a tip-off and mounted a three-day surveillance on the bungalow until the arrival of the Indian hemp dealer who is said to be on the run.

Ogun

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the four Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-West governors net in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) on the state of the nation.

The president’s health is believed  to have topped the agenda of the meeting held at Obasanjo’s hilltop residence.

Sources said they may have also discussed the Ijebu-Ife mayhem in which a senior police officer and scores of others were killed.

A source said they may have adopted a position to be canvassed at the NEC meeting billed for Abuja.

Obasanjo is chairman, PDP’s Board of Trustees (BOT) and the governors are members of NEC.

Governor Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Olagunsoye Oyinlola  (Osun), Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo) and Segun Oni (Ekiti) were in attendance.

Oyrilola told reporters that the meeting lasted for two hours because Obasanjo was preparing pounded yam for them. 

Daniel said the governors were on a “yuletide visit” to Obasanjo.

Sokoto

Sokoto State Governor  Aliyu  Wawakko has called on religious leaders, traditional rulers and citizens of the state to pray for the ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua and the peace and stability of the country.

He said there was no cause for alarm as available credible information in the state of health of the president indicates that he is improving  fast.

The governor advised those wishing the president bad to be weary of the wrath of their creator.

“They are playing with God by arrogating to themselves the powers of life and death”.

Wamakko, in a statement by Special Assistant on Press Abuybaka Mohammed Dan Gusau, said it was disheartening that rather than praying for the quick recovery of the president,.

“Some Nigerians are nursing uncharitable thoughts of this resignation and succession”.

He appealed to Muslims to offer special prayers during this week’s Juma, at prayers and Christians during church service on Sunday.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar has also called for prayer for the president’s speedy recovery.

He said this while receiving a delegation of the Muslim Ummah of the South-West of Nigeria (MUSWEN) in his palace.

Oyo

Coalition of non-governmental organisations, the Medical Support Group (MSG), has urged Inspector-General of Police Ogbonna Onovo to order the immediate release of the chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Council, Ogun State, Mr Tunde Oladunjoye.

Oladunjoye, who was on Tuesday invited along with the Ajalorun of Ijebu-Ife, Oba A.A. Oguntayo, and one Chief Duduymi, has been held by the police.

He arrived in Abuja on Tuesday about 8:10 am aboard a Virgin Nigeria airplane to honour a police invitation over last Saturday’s violence which rocked Ijebu-Ife. Scores of people were killed during the crisis, including the Area Commander of Ijebu Division.

The others had gone the previous day aboard an Arit airplane, while the two others were allowed to go, Oladunjoye was detained after giving his statement at the force C.D Head- quarters, Area 10, Abuja.

In a statement by the group’s Director of Organisation, Nathaniel Igbimo, he wondered why Oladunjoye was being held.

He said the police’s action may further exacerbate the tensed situation.

Ondo

Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko has approved the payment 50 per cent of the monthly basic salary to workers for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The government in  a statement by the commissioner for information, Mr Ranxi Akerele, said the gesture is part of government’s welfare package for the workers to appreciate their contributions to the successes recorded in the outgoing year and to motivate them for the challenges ahead.

The Commissioner said: “Mr Governor’s gesture, the first of its kind in the history of Ondo State, is another way of demonstrating that the present administration realises the prominent position occupied by the workers in the task of building a new Ondo State.

He expressed the hope that the gestures of the government would motivate and elicit commitment, loyalty and hardwork in the workers.

Meanwhile, the Head of Service, Mr Ajose Kudehindu, has, in a circular yesterday urged heads of ministries departments and agencies to urgently implement the governor’s directive.

 

Ekiti

Ekiti State Government has pleaded with the leaders of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to resolve the internal crisis rocking the state chapter of the union.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Gboyega Oyewole, said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday that the government remained committed to the conclusion of negotiation with the union and improve the welfare of the judicial workers.

Oyewole, who said the government has restrained itself from interfering in the internal crisis of JUSUN added,  it has never been the attitude of the government to interfere in the internal affairs of any trade union even when there is palpable division within such union”.

He urged politicians to desist from misinforming the public.

Oyewole said “for the avoidance of doubt, the state government has shown  enough commitment to the resolution of the judiciary workers’ industrial action by being one of the first states to committee to look into JUSUN demands.

“The committee, which is already looking into the financial implication of the new salary structure for the judiciary staff, is headed by the state Acting Chief Judge, Justice Silas Oyewole.

Ogun

Commercial banks at Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, have suspended their operations because of incessant robbery attacks.

The banks have not been attending to customers since December 7, due to worsening security situation.

The latest suspension of banking operations is the second  in one month.

Some of the bank officials who pleaded anonymity said that they were living  in tear because of the likelihood of attack by armed robbers

They said they felt their lives were no longer safe, adding that in the circumstance they had no option but to suspend operation indefinitely.

Newsmen report that customers, who trooped to the banks for withdrawal, were turned back by security men.

It was learnt that the decision by the banks not to open for business until further notice was reached at a meeting held by officials of the banks last week.

The officials had resolved that the closure would continue until insecurity was addressed by the relevant  authorities.

Sources told journalists that the bank officials were also planning to march to the governor’s office in Abeokuta to stage a protest.

Efforts to get police comments were unsuccessful as the officers approached said they were still mourning the death of their area commander.

FCT

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) needs wider power and financial independence to win the battle against corruption. Its Chairman Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (rtd) said Wednesday.

Speaking at a public hearing on a bill for an Act to amend the ICPC (Establishment) Act 2000 organised by the House Committee on Anti-Corruption, National Ethics and Values in Abuja, Ayoola said the National  Assembly should give more powers to ICPC to stem corruption in the private sector

Create new criminal offences and allow the agency to seek, receive, publish and disseminate information on corruption.

According to him, this will only be subject to review of  certain restrictions regarding respect of rights and the reputations of others and for protection of national security, public order or public health or morals in the amended ICPC Act.

He said the existing acts have greatly limited the committee on drugs,  Narcotics and Anti Corruption which  faulted ICPC on its proposal of N300 million in the 2010 budget to build an academy.

The Committee Chairman, Senator Sola Akinyede, queried why the amount was inserted in the N2.235 billion 2010 budget for the commission, when N270 million was appropriated and released for the project in the 2009 financial year.

 

Plateau

The Pioneer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Solomon Daughep Lar, has warned politicians against heating up the polity by debating over the health condition of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Speaking to journalists in Jos Wednesday, Chief Lar said it was baseless for anyone to argue over the outcome of Mr President’s illness, stressing  that it amounts to playing God. “None of us is God.  So, why are we debating over what we as humans, do not have power to do?.   We should be praying for Mr President to recover quick enough to return to the country and continue his national assignment”, he said.

The elder statesman expressed concern over comments by politicians especially  political office holders who have chosen to fly to Saudi Arabia to see Mr President rather than remaining on their duty posts.

He told them to desist from their unwarranted visits.

According to him, such visits are not helping matters.

He said: let everybody remain on his or her duty post, be you governor, minister, senator or council chairman”.

The first civilians governor of Plateau State noted that Yar Adua is not the only president who has fallen ill in office and wondered why Nigerians are trying to make politics out of his health problem.

Lar recalled that Fidel Castro of Cuba and Sharon of Israel fell ill in office  but their countries remained intact until their presidents recovered. He added that Yar’Adua should not be different since he is not a super human.

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Kwara Reaffirms Use Of Hijab In Public Schools

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The Kwara state government has reaffirmed the use of the hijab by willing Muslim schoolgirls, in all categories of public schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Moddibo-Kawu, made this known yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders.
It was during a peaceful meeting between Muslim and Christian stakeholders of Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government area, held at the Ministry’s  Headquarters, Ilorin on Tuesday.
A statement issued by Mr Yakub Aliagan, the Press Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, to newsmen, yesterday, confirmed the development.
It said the policy statement of the Kwara state government allowing willing Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab in all public schools, including grant-aided ones, was binding.
“This conforms with the judicial pronouncements of the courts of law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it said.
The statement said the commissioner, therefore, appealed to both Muslim and Christian leaders to allow peace to reign in the state.
Hajia Modibbo-Kawu thereafter directed the school heads of Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, to immediately implement the policy statement on the use of the hijab in public schools.
The Commissioner warned that anybody trying to sabotage the peaceful coexistence amongst the people of Kwara would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
According to the statement, the meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, the Teaching Service Commission and TESCOM Board members, ANCOPSS/ NUT members.
Also in attendance were the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ijagbo, Rev. Samuel Ajayi, Chairman Muslim Stakeholders, Offa & Oyun LGA, Abubakar AbdulWasiu and the Chairman, Kwara state Muslim stakeholders, among others.

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Sanwo-Olu Extols AIG Odumosu’s Service In Lagos

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday praised the performance of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Hakeem Odumosu (rtd), as Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu gave the commendation during the Farewell/Pulling-Out Parade in honour of AIG Hakeem Odumosu, held at the Police College, Ikeja.
He said that the announcement of Odumosu as CP of Lagos on Nov. 14, 2019, came with lots of high expectations for his job.
“His appointment at that time welcomed very high expectation, that his arrival will bring the much needed succour that a lot of Lagosians were crying for, because of all of the various security challenges in the state then.
“Their expectation was certainly not unfounded, based on his very deep knowledge of the nooks and crannies of the state, his very deep knowledge of all the security architecture in the state.
“Tango One, as we all used to call him then, came with a wealth of experience and was evidence when he introduced several innovative approaches to the schedule and duties of his men in the command.
“Of course, those approaches led to better improved security of life and property.
“Who can forget ‘Tango One’, who can forget what he stood for? Tango One came, he saw and he conquered.
“I am indeed, happy to stand as your governor to say that you have served your state, you have served the citizens of the state, you have served the Lagos State Command, the Nigeria Police Force and served them with everything you have, ‘Tango One’, thank you very, very much,” the governor said.
He said that the promotion of Odumosu to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Federal Operations, Abuja, was well deserved, owing to his outstanding performance in the Police Force generally.
According to him, AIG Odumosu is an outstanding and courageous police officer, who did his best to discharge his constitutional duty, professionally, especially at very difficult and extremely challenging times.
“Today, we celebrate a man whose brilliance in nature kept him in good stead with his peers and subordinates alike, while his unique character ensure that discipline was respected and maintained all around the command.
“AIG Odumosu, AKA ‘Tango One’ is pulling out today, with a loud ovation to his good works and the laudable achievements in Lagos State Police Command, and indeed, the entire Nigeria Police Force,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), coordinating the South-West Zone, Johnson Kokumo, congratulated Odumosu for meritorious service to the fatherland.
“He has been able to do this without blemish. He did his best to contribute to the tranquility of the country.

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Reps Urge IGP To Probe Alleged Murder Of Two In Enugu

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The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of Police to investigate the alleged murder of Mrs Monica Okwuibe and Mrs Nkiruka Anyaegbunam, which occurred in Enugu on Jan. 6.
The resolution, which also called for the probe of attempted murder of Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam, was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Nnolim Nnaji (PDP-Enugu state) at plenary on Tuesday.
Moving the motion earlier, Nnaji recalled that on Jan. 6, Mrs Monica Okwuibe and Mrs Nkiruka Anyaegbunam were allegedly murdered by unknown armed men.
According to him, there was also an attempted murder of Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam of Edumegu, Okorouba–Ozalla autonomous community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu state.
The lawmaker said that the acts were committed at Obosi in Anambra on the day that Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam was conducting the burial ceremony of her late husband, Mr Onyedika Jeremiah Anyaegbunam, who died on 6 Dec., 2021.
“At about 6.00 p.m., on the said date, three masked gunmen forcefully entered the compound of the bereaved Anyaegbunam family in Obosi and shot sporadically, scaring away mourners with the intent of locating Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam, who ran for safety.
“The assailants searched for Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam and threatened to kill her if she did not confess what happened to their late brother, Mr Onyedika Anyaegbunam; to which she pleaded for her life to be spared or be made to swear an oath.
“But she was shot severally leaving her in critical condition of which she is currently in the intensive care unit under life support at the hospital,’’ Nnaji said.
The Rep said that Mrs Monica Okwuibe (mother of Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam was shot to death instantly, while Mrs Nkiruka Anyaegbunam (Mrs Chidinma’s sister–inlaw, who accommodated her during her ordeal with her late husband’s family members), was equally shot to death;
“The suspects, who perpetrated the heinous crime and unlawful act against humanity, are allegedly brothers– in–law to Mrs Chidinma with unidentified accomplices, who had nurtured their plans since the death of Mr Onyedika, and forcefully took away his house and other properties from the young widow under false allegations,’’ he said.
The lawmaker said that the deteriorating health condition of Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam, who has left concerned Nigerians apprehensive of her survival and thus requires urgent attention in a more equipped medical facility.
Nnaji said that two of the suspects were presently in police custody in Awka, but one key suspect was still at large with no information from the public.
He said there is need to condemn such odious acts where widows are subjected to illicit, unpleasant livelihood and deprivations at the death of their husbands in a bid to confiscate properties.
The legislators urged the IGP to take over the case from the Anambra police command and place the only surviving victim in the hospital under police protection
The Reps also urged the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster and Social Development, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the Human Rights Commission to assist Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam get justice.

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