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Nasarawa

 

The National Association of Students of English and Literature Studies (NASELS), Nasarawa State University. Keffi (NSUK), has celebrated its 2009 week.

The events marking the week began with the end up of a five man electoral committee that was charged to conduct a free and fair election.

At the end of voting, the former vice president, Clement Takat, won the office of the president unopposed. All other positions also went unopposed.

The next day saw the swearing in of the new leaders, drama presentations, songs, recitation of poems, talk shows and comedy, among others.

At the main show, the class Rep of the 400- level class, Osita Okafor introduced Love Oni and Precious Ona who acted as comperes.

The NASELS choir kicked off the night by singing the national anthem as well the NSUK anthem.

NASELS outgoing president, Austine Okonjo who took over the stage, thanked everyone, especially the students for making his tenure a success.

Okonjo also apologised for any short coming of his administration.

The Head of Department, Associate Prof. Umelo Ojinmah, administered the oath of office to the new executive.

Ojimah urged them not to allow unionism take place of academics.

In his address, the new president, Mr. Takat, promised to focus on programmes that will bring unity among the diverse students in the department.

He also asked for the help and cooperation of the students to enable him actualize his manifesto.

However, there were many talk-shows on issues ranging from education to literature, fashion, education, sports etc.

 

 

Taraba

 

 

As part of effort to contribute to the United Nations (UNs) Campaign for a green world, intending Christian pilgrims from Taraba State have unanimously agreed to plant no fewer than 1,000 trees in Israel.

The state, according to the chairman, Christian Pilgrim Board, Rev. Innocent R. Solomon, will not only be the first in Nigeria but also the first in the African continent to achieve this.

This was made known Tuesday to journalists in Jalingo, the state capital, by the chairman before departing for the Holy Land with other pilgrims.

According to him, the state will be planting trees as a mark of honour, as well as to promote the UNs call to ensure a a green world.

“We are going to be planting about 1,000 trees to contribute to the United Nations’ (UNs) Campaign to bring about green world”, he said.

The state, which has a total of 335 intending pilgrims, yesterday left for Israel under the leadership of the chairman of Traditional Council the ANU-UKA of Wukari, Dr. Shekaru Y. Ansyu Masa Ibi Nuryo II.

 

 

 

Plateau

 

The newly-appointed Plateau State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr. Tunde Nurudeen, has disclosed that he would work with the state police command to ensure corps members posted to the state enjoy maximum security in the service of the fatherland.   

Mr Nurudeen also warned those who are out to forment trouble to desist from such as any harm done to any corps member in the state would not be tolerated.

He made this call after taking over from his predecessor, Mr. Ezekiel Aiyedogbon, who has been posted to head the Public Relations Department in the NYSC Headquarters, Abuja.

According to him, the staff of the scheme are expected to perform their duties as assigned and do away with rumour mongering, as this is capable of derailing the ideals of the scheme.

While relating his experiences on the job, he noted that working under the NYSC has been worthwhile as there are many testimonies to attest to this.

In his Hand-over speech, the out-going coordinator, Aiyegbon who had spent only 59 days in Plateau, described the in-coming coordinator as a hardworking and dependable person and sought the support of every member of staff to make his tenure a success.

Responding on behalf of the staff, Mrs. Elizabeth Iyizoba pledged their support and promised to work in harmony to ensure the ideals of the scheme are achieved.

 

Ogun

 

Daredevil armed robbers killed three policemen in Ogere, Ogun State, during a bank raid yesterday.

Among those killed was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Simon Otene.

During the operation, a female  police officer was also shot, but she did not die. She was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The incident occurred only 10 days after the Police Area Command in Ijebu-ode, Omolodum Oladokun, was allegedly killed by rioting youths.

The rubbers were said to have attacked the bank, which share a fence with the police station.

The robbers, according to a source, had divided themselves into two groups, with one attacking the bank and the other the police station.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Hashimu Argungu, confirmed the incident. Argungu who spoke on phone, said: “the detail of the situation is still sketchy, but we learn that he was killed when the robbers, who came in a bus, attacked the station; we are still investigating”.

A source in the town, however, said the bandits came to set free some armed robbers allegedly detained in the police station.

“They said some robbers were arrested around this place some days ago and detained in the station in Ogere. So, it was not the bank that they came for originally. Though it was difficult to know if they eventually raided the bank”, the source said.

 

 

Borno

 

To address the poor state of roads in Borno, the state government has procured 133 units of heavy duty and earth moving construction equipment.

Inspecting the equipment Wednesday at Ramat Square, Maiduguri the commissioner for Works and Transport Mustapha Alkai Gajibo disclosed that the equipment including bulldozers, pay loaders, rollers, excavators and forklifts cost N3.8 billion.

He added that they would be inaugurated Friday by the Minister of works, Housing and Urban Development Mohammed Lawan Hassan.

The equipment would be used by the Borno Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA)   

 

 

Zamfara

 

The Zamfara State government has approved N1.9 billion for the purchase of equipment to run engineering-related courses at the state-owned Abdu-Gasau Polytechnic, Talata Matara.

Governor Mohamuda Shinkafi said in Gusau on Tuesday that the project was part of efforts to meet National Board for Technical Education’s conditions for the accreditation of engineering courses at the polytechnic.

Shinkafi who spoke when Mr Klaus-Dieter Hand, the director of Africa Affairs of PHYWE system, a German company, visited him, said the government was determined to set a sound  technology base for rapid development of the state.

He stressed that no society would prosper without a sound technical education base that could prepare its citizens for the global challenges of the 21st century.

The governor added that the government would ensure that the equipment was supplied within the shortest possible time.

He gave an assurance that as soon as due process was completed, government would release part of the conrtact sum for the supply.

He said the state government has significantly improved structures in secondary schools and some tertiary institutions in the last two years.

Speaking during the visit, Hand said he was in the state to present a report by his firm to the government, which emanated from the recent visit of the state delegation to the firm in Germany for collaboration in technological development.

He promised the governor that the company would collaborate with the state in realising its technological development dreams.

 

 

Kano

 

The Kano State government has rehabilitated and upgraded facilities at the Aminu Kano Community School at a total cost of N1.1 billion.

This was in fulfillment of a pledge the state governor, Malam (Dr) Ibrahim  Shekarau made during the 40th anniversary of the college last year.

The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Musa Salihu, disclosed this while handing over the contract to the contractors at the college’s Conference Hall, Tuesday.

Salihu, said that the government has already committed 50 per cent of the total amount estimated at about N550 million, while the other  portion of the contract will commence in earnest.

He gave the breakdown of the projects as follows: Administration Block at the cost of N92,693,206,  Multipurpose Hall worth  N120,004,083.55, College Library Block at N83,897,541.52, School’s Mosque at N20,339,321.42, Ablution Area at N4,856,266.22, Bedroom at N52,522,083.50.

Others are three Bedroom flats at N117,722,263.90, a Guest House at N7,462,731.22, Road and Parking Space to gulp N26,332,258.97, External Electrical works at N1,239,999.50 and External Mechanical Works that cost N17,338,244.10.

The Commissioner also gave a brief history of the college which was established in 1967.

 

 

Ekiti

 

Witnesses Tuesday admitted irregularities in some of the results tendered for some polling units in Orin-ora Ward of Ido-Osi council area of Ekiti State at the election petition tribunal hearing the government petition filed by the Action Congress (AC) and its governorship candidate, Dr Nayode Feyemi, against the outcome of the April 25 rerun election in the state.  The witnesses, who were called by the first respond, Governor Segun Oni, told the tribunal  that the election was free and fair in their polling units while being led in their evidence by counsel  to the governor, Duro Adeyele (SAN), They, however, blamed the irregularities in the results tendered by the  Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC) on its officials.

For instance, Davo Dada who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polling agent at unit 009 of the Ward, has tendered the result form EC8A for the unit and admitted that all the contents were correct as recorded by the presiding officer.

Under cross – examination by counsel to the petitioners, Anthony Adeniyi, he said the total valid scores recorded for both PDP and AC were 92 but on the result from ECZA, the presiding officer wrote 93 .

Besides, while the presiding officer wrote 93 as the total valid votes in one column, in another he simply wrote 1.

Also, of the 150 ballot papers issued for the unit, 93 was recorded as total number of used ballot papers and another 62 as unused ballot papers.

Dada, who was the respondent witness 40 (RW40), attributed the difference in his specimen signature, which was requested from him by Adeniyi and that of the one oath and the form EC8A, to the fact that he shortened his signature on the form EC8A

He, however affirmed that the election was free and fair in his unit, adding that AC polling agent signed the result and took away his own copy.

The second witness, Aina Oluwaseyi, who was PDP polling agent for unit 19, tendered the form EC8A containing the result for the unit. He told the tribunal that the election was conducted without any hitch. 

 

 

Lagos

 

A Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday dismissed a N200 billion suit instituted against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by four companies belonging to former Chief Executive of Inter-Continental Bank Plc  and his wife.

The suit sought to enforce rights of the companies allegedly breached by the commission.

In dismissing the suit, Justice Morenike Obadina said the suit lacked merit.

She awarded N20,000 costs against the companies, Tropics Finance and Investment Company Limited, Tropics Properties Limited, Tropics Securities Limited and Tropics Holding Limited.

Justice Obadina said the EFCC Act empowers it to take the steps it took against the companies while investigating them over the alleged movement of over N15 billion from the bank to a Summit Limited account.

Summit Limited belongs to Akingbola and former bank chairman, Chief Raymond Obieri.

EFCC said the funds were later moved to the accounts of the four companies with the bank which they claimed were frozen by the commission.

Akingbola and his wife, Anthonia, are being investigated by the commission over alleged  tax evasion and money laundering.

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Katsina Reopens filling Stations, Cattle Markets

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Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has ordered the immediate reopening of all filling stations and cattle markets earlier closed as a result of cattle rustling and banditry in the state.
However, the governor urged the two emirate councils in the state to admonish district and village heads of the affected areas to be vigilant and ensure that no act of connivance by Sarakunan Fawa and others is allowed.
In a statement by Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, the government warned that it would not hesitate to re-enact the closure where a resurgence of any dubious activity was noticed.
Recall that in August 2021, Masari had ordered the closure of the markets.
Regarding the closure of Kankara-Sheme Road to commercial vehicles, motorists were advised to go through Funtua.
The order said, “Only private non-commercial vehicles are to ply the road and lorries, trucks carrying firewood from the bush are totally banned.
“Suspension of sale of all animals at the markets of the following local government areas: Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Malumfashi, Charanchi, Mal’adua, Kafur, Faskari, Sabuwa, Baure, Dutsinma and Kaita.
“Ban on transportation of cattle trucks from Katsina State to any other state in Nigeria.
“Total ban on carrying three persons on motorcycles and more than three passengers on a tricycle.
“Total ban on the sale of second-hand motorcycles at the Charanchi Market.
“Re-enforcement of the ban on the operation of commercial tricycles and motorcycles from 10.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m in the state capital and 6.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m in the frontline local government areas.
“Re-enforcement of the total ban on the sale of petrol in jerry cans at filling tations.
“Only two designated filling stations are allowed to sell fuel of not more than N5,000.00 to motorists in Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Danja and Kafur local government areas.
“Identified essential workers (health personnel, security personnel and journalists) could use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned periods.”

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Supreme Court Restores GTBank’s Appeal Against Innoson Motors

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The Supreme Court has reversed its earlier decision which dismissed an appeal by Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) against a N2.4 billion judgment given in favour of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State.
A judgment delivered on Friday by a five-member panel, led by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola held unanimously that the Supreme Court erred when, in a ruling on February 27, 2019, it erroneously dismissed the appeal marked: SC/694/2014 filed by GTB.
In the lead judgment, written by Justice Tijani Abubakar, but read on Friday by Justice Abdu Aboki, the court held that it was misled by its Registry, which failed to promptly bring to the notice of the panel that it sat on the case on February 27, 2019, and that GTB had already filed its appellant’s brief of argument.
The judgment was on an application by GTB seeking the re-listing of the appeal on the grounds that it was wrongly dismissed.
The Supreme Court said had the panel that sat on the case on February 27, 2019, been notified of the existence of the appellant’s brief of argument, it would not have given the ruling which dismissed GTB’s appeal on grounds of lack of diligent prosecution.
Relying on Order 8 Rules 16 of the Supreme Court’s Rules, Justice Abubakar, in the lead judgment, held that the apex court has the power to set aside its decision in certain circumstances, like any other court.
He added that such circumstances include where there is any reason to do so, such as where any of the parties obtained judgment by fraud, default or deceit; where such a decision is a nullity or where it is obvious that the court was misled into giving a decision.
Justice Tijani held that the circumstances of the GTB case fall into the category of the rare cases where the Supreme Court could amend or alter its own order on the grounds that the said order or judgment did not present what it intended to record.
“I am convinced that at the material time that the appellant’s appeal was inadvertently dismissed by this court, there was in place, a valid and subsisting brief of argument filed by the applicant.
“It will be unjust to visit the sin of the court’s Registry on an innocent, vigilant, proactive and diligent litigant.
“It is obvious from the material before us, that there were errors committed by the Registry of this court, having failed to bring to the notice of the panel of Justices that sat in chambers on the 27th February 2019 that the appellant had indeed filed its brief of argument.

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Terrorists Attack Southern Borno Community

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Members of the Islamic State West Africa Province terrorist group have launched an attack on Mainahari community near Wakabiu in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
Reports had it that the insurgents threw bombs to the village on Saturday afternoon.
However, a source said that the insurgents were successfully repelled by men of the Nigerian Army.
“We were at the barrack when we began to hear sounds of bombs around 3:00pm this afternoon. Then we heard that they were trying to enter Mainahari Village near Wakabiu but the army were on alert and they immediately engaged the insurgents.
“There was no casualty on the side of the Nigerian Army but we are told the Army killed scores of the insurgents, seized a gun truck and many ammunition from the fleeing insurgents,” a civilian source was quoted as saying.
This trails an attack by the insurgents five days ago on the Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace, a research institute of the Nigerian Army University in Buratai Village, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
SaharaReporters had reported that the insurgents attacked the Buratai community on Monday, shooting heavy artillery.
Buratai is the country home of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff and current Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai.
A military source had said the situation forced people to scamper for safety and remain indoors as the shooting continued.

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