Expressing disappointment over the recent action of the govt of the United States of America, listing Nigeria on the its watch list of terrorist nations the upper legislative arm of the National Assembly said the position highly unacceptable.
The Senate therefore gave the US government a –one- week ultimatum to delist Nigerians from this list for extra-security screening.
Briefing Senate correspondents the chairman of the Senate committee on media and Information, Senator Ayogu Eze said the Senate would on resumption tomorrow take a holistic look on the issue and would not hesitate to take a definite position in case the American authorities refuse to retract its decision.
The Senate’s spokes person pointed out that the decision of the US authorities was rather too harsh as the alleged aborted terrorist attempt by Nigerian born Umar Abdulmutallab was an exception that should not have been generalised.
He also noted that there was yet no evidence to blame the security lapse on the Nigerian authorities.
Senator Eze has maintained that given the relationship that has existed between America and Nigeria, it is most unfair for America to take such hasty conclusion without even adequate consultations with the authorities in Nigeria.
He affirmed “This is not acceptable to us and we are going to do whatever we can as a nation to prove to America that we will not take this.
The overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministers, (MFM), Dr Daniel Olukoya has rewarded 20 first class graduates from Nigerian universities with car gifts.
The gesture was aimed at “improving academic excellence and reward “diligence,” Olukoya said, adding that it was also to stimulate similar performances four undergraduates and dissuade youths from negative influences.
The new car owners are Adesanya Abosede from Department of English, UNILAG, Alabi Olakunle, Bio-Chemistry, Ambrose Ali University, Aluko Damilola, French, Unilag, Anifowose Abiodun, Chemistry, Unilag, Dosunmu Olakunle, Chemical Engineering, UMLAG, Edaogbogun Blessing, Accounting, OAU; Ezeji Maxwell, Mechanical Engineering, FUTO, Owerri, Iwoatan Temidayo, Botany, UNILAG, Jegede Bolaji, Chemical Engineering, UNILAG and Nwachukwu Hope, Physics, Nasarawa State University. Others are Ogiri Kingsley, Sociology, UNILAG, Okafor Chiweoke, Economics, UNN, Olabatunyi Oluwole Isaac, Plant Science, OAU, Oyindamola Tolu, Computer Science, UI, and Sonubi Adeyemi, Mathematics, UNAAB.
Presenting the keys to the first class products, wife of the General Overseer, Pastor (Mrs) Shade Olukoya said it was to motivate them to always remain focused in life.
An Oyo based group, G23 has advised the political elites in Oyo State against fanning embers of negative sentiments, recrimination and destructive tendencies in assessing governance. Rather, it said they should be guided by values such as objectivity thoroughness and sincerity of purposes, which are hallmarks of decent articulate and thoroughly bred elites.
At a news conference jointly addressed by both president and general secretary of the group, respectively, Comrade Isiaka Emeka and Prince Oluwakayode Afonju, the group commended Otuba Adebayo Alao-Akala for imparting positively on the socio-economic lives of the people of the state, especially Oyo town and its environs.
According to the group, some of their unprecedented achievements of the state government within the last two years in Oyo town and its environs alone is the rehabilitating asphalt overlay of township roads, covering over 30 kilometres.
Similarly, the chairman of Oyo West Local Government, Mr Wale Ogunmole has rehabilitated and tarred 18 kilometres road, constructed three classrooms in each of the 13 primary and secondary schools, provided potable water and upgraded 10 health centres.
Concerned by mounting intrigues and speculations over President Umar Yar’Adua’s health and rumours of succession plots, Northern elders have summoned a special extra-ordinary meeting.
Dependable sources in Kaduna informed The Tide that the meeting summoned under the auspices of the ACE’s National Working Committee is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
It was also gathered that a political committee has been set up by ACF leaders to draw up an action plan in addition to making recommendation about major political issues and steps to be taken by Northern leaders.
Insider in ATC insist that while several groups and individuals are plotting various schemes regarding the presidency and the vice presidency, despite recent information that President Musa Yar’Adua’s health is improving, the ACF is still determined to ensure that all appropriate constitutional process are followed.
A federal lawmaker, Iyiola Omisore, has called on the judiciary to brace up and save democracy from collapse.
Omisore said the judiciary is now on trial as the nation witnesses full blown democracy.
The two-term Senator made the appeal as the new Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Aloysius Kastina-Alu emerged as successor to Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi.
His swearing-in by the outgoing CJN, following the absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua now hospitalised in King Faisal Hospital, Saudi Arabia, has however, heralded serious controversies.
Omisore, who made the remark in a chat with newsmen at the governor’s office in Ado-Ekiti on New Year’s eve, also disclosed that all the democratic institutions in the country including the citizenry are on trial.
The Plateau State Police Command has initiated an investigation of the state Moslem Pilgrims’ Welfare Board (MPWB) officials over allegations that some intending pilgrims who paid go on hajj last year were excluded from the exercise.
Public Relations Officer of the command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Lerama, disclosed yesterday that the Police had invited officials of the board based on the petitions received from the affected people.
However, Lerama declined further comments on the matter.
Chairman of the board, Alhaji Awwalu Dankurma, was seen yesterday at the Police Headquarters being questioned by a team of Police investigators.
The Edo State Police Command yesterday said it lost 20 of its men in various confrontations with criminals while 17 policemen in the state were dismissed for various offences last year.
The Commissioner of Police, Danlami Yar’Adua, while briefing journalists on activities of the command last year, said there was no case of bank robbery in Benin City, the state capital and other major towns in the state, except in Sabongida-Ora, Aganebode and Ibillo, which were foiled by his men.
Yar’Adua also said that attacks on billion vans, which became rampant in the first quarter of last year, reduced drastically later in the year.
He added that the command recorded a total of 1,025 cases of robbery, murder, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, obtaining by false pretence, stealing, burglary, house breaking and store breaking.
Kwara Reaffirms Use Of Hijab In Public Schools
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.
Sanwo-Olu Extols AIG Odumosu’s Service In Lagos
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.
Reps Urge IGP To Probe Alleged Murder Of Two In Enugu
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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