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Adamawa

Ahead of 2012 governorship election in Adamawa, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the education of voters in the state.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Kassim Gaidam, made this known in an interview with newsmen  in Yola.

Kassim said that the voter education exercise was necessary as part of requirements of the Electoral Act.

He explained that continuous voter registration would start on Nov. 15 and would last for seven days after which the register would be displayed for claims and objection.

The REC cautioned against multiple registration, pointing out that those eligible to register this time around were those not captured in the last registration and those, who had attained the age of 18 years.

Bauchi

Fulanis in Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro LGAs of Bauchi State say 12 of their members have been illegally arrested by soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Jos.

Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro LGAs have been bedevilled by religious and communal crises in recent years.

Several people were recently said to have been ambushed and killed in overnight attacks in villages in the area.

The Spokesman of the community, Alhaji Muhammad Tukur said in Bauchi on Thursday while addressing newsmen that the JTF had allegedly been arresting and intimidating members of the the community in the area.

Tukur, a former member of Bauchi State House of Assembly said the 12 people were arrested on Wednesday at Tandum market in Bogoro LGA..

Borno

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has announced the appointment of  Chief Kester Ogualili, an Igbo man, as his special adviser on community relations.

Ogualili is the first southerner to have such a political appointment in the state.

A statement signed by Alhaji Usman Chiroma, director of press affairs in the Borno Government House, said 24 other special advisers were also appointed.

They include the former NLC chairman in the state, Comrade Garba Ngamdua.

Shettima described the appointees as credible persons that were carefully chosen to help in the development of the state.

“I quite believe that the calibre of personalities that I appointed as my special advisers will work hard to contribute to the development of the state”, the governor said.

FCT

President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Mr Mustapha Bulama has stressed the need for available, modern equipment for quality control of road projects in the country.

He made the appeal on Wednesday at an interactive session with  directors of civil engineers/highways in federal and states’ ministries of works on the deplorable state of Nigeria roads.

Bulama said the interactive session was important to discuss the engineering profession in Nigeria, which has been inundated and embarrassed by the rate of failure of engineering projects.

“It has become the order of the day in recent times that no sooner has a road project been commissioned, it begins to fail”.

Gombe

The Gombe State Government has awarded contracts for the construction of 17 township and some rural roads at N11 billion.

The Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Works, Alhaji Abubakar Bappa, told newsmen that 12 of the roads in Gombe metropolis would gulp N3.5 billion, while the remaining five which would cost N7.5 billion, were located in the local government areas.

He said those in the rural areas were Ture-Awak Road in Kaltungo Local Government Area, which would cost N1.8 billion, Billiri-Kamu Road in Billiri Local Government Area, at N2.2 billion and Gona-Tukurma Road in Akko Local Government Area at N1.8 billion.

Jigawa

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) of Arab Academy of Science Technology and Maritime Transport Studies Alexandria, Egypt, Dr. Alsunosi Balbaa says the academy will collaborate with Jigawa Government to promote education in the State.

Balbaa made the pledge on Friday in Dutse when he paid a courtesy call on the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Haruna Wakili.

The DVC was in the commissioner’s office to brief him on the progress of 48 students of Jigawa origin studying medicine, engineering and maritime transport in Alexandria.

Balbaa said the academy was impressed with the students’ performances and was ready to admit more students who would want to study in the institution.

In this response, Wakili thanked the DVC for the visit, which he explained, would not only reinforce educational cooperation between Jigawa State Government and Egypt, but would also cement the mutual cooperation between Egypt and Nigeria.

Kaduna

A member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Muhammad Ali, on Saturday said he empowered 102 people with various skills to be self reliant.

Ali (CPC-Kawo), told newsmen in Kaduna that the beneficiaries included 82 women and 20 male youths.

He said they were trained in paint, detergent, candle, pomade and soap making, among others.

“The beneficiaries were trained under our Human Resource Development and Empowerment Initiative and in line with the manifesto of our great party, the CPC”.

The Tide gathered that the beneficiaries would have graduated under batch ‘B’ of the programme on November 27, at the Arewa House, Kaduna.

The legislator urged his colleagues, other elected and appointed political office holders to reduce unemployment in the country by making the citizenry self reliant.

Kebbi

The Kebbi Government is to plant 3.2 million trees next year as part of efforts to expand the scope of the campaign to combat desert encroachment in the state.

The state’s Acting Director of Forestry, Mr Ibrahim Kegudu, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Monday that plant seedlings would be distributed free to people in the state for planting.

He said the government had this year distributed 441,000 seedlings to the public as part of the coordinated attempt to curb the menace of decertification.

Kegudu said the seedlings being distributed include economic tress which were raised from the 15 existing nurseries in the state.

The acting director disclosed that the government had established an eight-kilometre shelter belt along the Dagingari.

Kogi

The National Financial Secretary, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Dr Tunde Arosanyin,  has advised farmers in Kogi to judiciously utilise the 70 tractors and N1 billion micro-credit facility granted them by the state government.

He told newsmen in Lokoja that the N1 billion micro credit facility had been delayed for almost three years before it was finally released by the government.

Arosanyin said three categories of beneficiaries, including 150 commercial farmers, 500 cooperative groups of 10 members each and some 750 individual farmers were going to benefit from the grant, and advised them to use the facility for the intended purposes.

Lagos

The Fisheries Association of Nigeria (FISON) has urged the Federal Government to properly fund the fishing sector to boost local production.

Dr Aba Abdullah, the National President, FISON, told newsmen on Monday in Lagos that government should fully support the sector to increase local fish production.

Abdullah said that the current national demand for fish products was 2.6 million tonnes per annum but that the country could only produce less than one million tonnes.

He said that climatic changes along with other factors had considerably reduced local fish production.

Oyo

An Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court has sentenced an 18-year-old boy, Ayobami Erinfolani, to eight months in jail for stealing and intent to commit felony.

The prosecutor, Foluke Adedosu, had told the court that the accused on Saturday at Alubarika Street, Odinjo Muslim area of Ibadan, entered the premises of one Sadeeq Adebola and Momoh Adesewa.

She said Ayobami committed the offence with the intention of stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 412(2) of the criminal code 38 Vol II of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.

Plateau

The management of Jos University Teaching Hospital Football Club (JUTH FC) has blamed its relegation from the Premier League on the Jos crisis.

Mr Shola Alao, the club’s media officer, told newsmen last  Wednesday in Jos that the crisis had adversely affected the club.

Aloa said that there were times the club played its matches without holding training sessions as a result of the security situation in the state.

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NDLEA Arrests Doctor, Ex-Soldier For Dealing In Drugged Cookies, Cocaine

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The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a medical doctor, Jane Chioma Ofoma, in Auchi, Edo, for selling drugged cookies and biscuits.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja, that Chioma sold the drugged cookies and biscuits through an online catering service, Omachi’s kitchen.
Babafemi said the arrest followed intelligence and surveillance where narcotic officers of the Edo Command of the agency on Saturday June 19, stormed her operational base at 1 Winners Way, Auchi.
This, he said, led to her arrest and at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered from the suspect.
According to him, Chioma, 26, who is a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
“She has confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation,” he said.
In the same vein, Babafemi said a 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma, has been arrested by officers of the Edo Command of the agency for dealing in crack cocaine.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in Kwara have arrested a 52-year-old ex-Soldier, Ibrahim Musa, with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of Cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam.
Babafemi said the suspect was apprehended on Thursday June 17, at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin, when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.
He said Musa worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno, before he deserted the Army.
He added that the suspect had arrived Ilorin with his wife, Basirat Musa, in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit.
He was, however, arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of the Kwara Command of the agency.
“Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.
“He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children.
“The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the Edo and Kwara Commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He assured them of his commitment towards making their welfare a priority.

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13 Vehicles Burnt In Tanker Explosion On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says six tankers, five trucks and two cars were destroyed in a tanker explosion at Ogere on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday.
Earlier, FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to The Tide source, saying that it occurred at about 6.20 a.m.
Umar had said the explosion occurred in front of Romona trailer park on the expressway.
Giving update, he said, “the fire is serious, six tankers, five trucks and two cars are burnt in the explosion.’’
Umar said that one person had so far been rescued and taken to a private hospital in Ogere.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), has advised motorists plying the road to use alternative routes.
TRACE spokesman, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi explained that the tanker which was laden with fuel suddenly burst into flames affecting other vehicles.
“Vehicles moving inbound Lagos should go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“In addition, vehicles moving inbound Ibadan should also go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,’’ Akinbiyi said.
The incident was the fifth of such tragedies involving fuel tankers in the Lagos and Ogun State axis since the beginning of the year.
A similar fuel tanker-related fire was recorded on Jan. 7 on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
On March 21, a fuel tanker was the cause of fire on Otedola Bridge, also on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in which many vehicles were burnt.
On March 25, a diesel-laden tanker went up in flames at the Ikotun area of Lagos, leading to the incineration of other vehicles and shops.
On June 17, fire from the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant at the Ogun State Property Investments Corporation (OPIC) Plaza in Lagos trailed a leaking gas truck which was on motion in the area.
This resulted in a fire snowball which engulfed many other vehicles and property.
Twenty-five cars were destroyed in the OPIC Plaza inferno, while 13 persons, mostly workers in the restaurant, sustained burn injuries.

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S’ East Leaders Denounce Secessionist Groups …Seek Protection Of Igbos

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Leaders of the South East geo-political zone have urged leaders of other geo-political zones in the country to protect Igbos living in their regions, even as they condemned in totality the activities of violent secessionist groups in the zone and elsewhere. 
The lgbo leaders comprising the governors of the five states, members of the National Assembly, Ministers, Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, the Clergy and Traditional Rulers, made their feelings known on Saturday, in a communique issued when they rose from a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu. 
Explaining that they made the request in view of what they described as “threats by some groups against our people”, the South East leaders promised to protect everyone, including Igbos and people from other regions, residing in the zone.
On the impression that South East leaders are silent over agitations for secession by some youths of the region, they stated that “is not correct”, stressing that “South East Governors, Ohaneze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations”.
Proclaiming firmly that “we do not support them, they do not speak for South East”,  the communiqué read by the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Engr. David Umahi, made it clear that the leaders of the zone reiterated their “commitment to one united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love and respect for one another”.
The communiqué revealed that South East leaders, in order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, “have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address such fears”. 
It added that South East leaders also condemned the killing of security agents, burning of strategic infrastructure and killing of civilians in South East and in other regions, and requested the security agencies to discharge their duties within the rules of engagement and the law
They, however, explained that the meeting was held “for articulation of our positions and further meet with the Presidential team”, sequel to the earlier meeting with the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, Retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, on June 11, 2021.
The communiqué disclosed that the meeting consequently “set up committees under Ohaneze Ndigbo to articulate and address our positions on all burning issues to further meet among ourselves and thereafter meet with the Presidential team”.
On the safety of the Igbo indigenes in other parts of the country and the newly established regional security outfit, the communiqué added that the “meeting directed our Governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo to liaise with indigenes from the northern part of Nigeria and indigenes of other regions to assure the nation, Nigeria, and their people of their safety in South East.
“The meeting endorsed our South East joint security outfit – Ebubeagu and asked them to work with security agencies and to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the South East and our visitors”.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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