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Adamawa

The Adamawa Police Command has confirmed the death of a police inspector who was killed by suspected armed robbers while on duty.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, made this known at a news conference in Yola.

“Our men from Dumne District under Song Local Government Area, while on patrol on Sunday on Waldi- Suktu Road, had an encounter with armed robbers.

“On sighting our men, the robbers opened fire and killed the team leader, Insp Emmanuel Yarius, and one passenger in one of the vehicles already stopped by the robbers,” Shinaba said.

Shinaba further said that one of the robbers was killed during the encounter.

He explained, however, that the command, through its men in Girei LGA and the support of C.I.D, was able to arrest a syndicate which specialised in trans-border car-snatching and armed robbery.

 

FCT

The Federal Government is making effort to manage migration through capacity building, advisory services and technical assistance on migration matters, says a top official.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, said this on Thursday in Abuja at a “Validation Seminar for Findings of Institutional Needs Assessments for Migration Agencies in Nigeria.’’

The theme of the seminar was “Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria’’

Anyim, who was represented by Hajiya Jimeta Rabi, the Permanent Secretary on Special Duties in the SGF’s office, said the government had established strong collaborations with national and migration stakeholders to enhance border management.

“Strong collaborations have been established with migration stakeholders to fight trafficking in persons, reduce irregular migration and mainstream migration in the country’s development agenda,’’ the SGF said.

 

Gombe

Sen. Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe-South) has spent N6.5 million on extra-mural classes organised for 1,500 school drop-outs in his constituency.

The Senior Legislative Aide to Lidani, Mr Caleb Ubale, told tnewsmen in Gombe on Tuesday that of the amount, N5 million was spent on salary of staff members employed to teach the students, while N1.5 million was spent on registeration of the students for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).

He said the extra-mural classes were to prepare the students for the SSCE to enable them to secure entry requirements for admission into universities and other tertiary institutions.

Ubale said the students were drawn from Balanga, Billiri, Kaltungo and Shongom Local Government Areas in Gombe-South Constituency.

He said Lidani introduced the progrmme when he was the Deputy Governor of the state between 1999 and 2003, adding that it was a permanent scheme.

 

Kano

The Kano State Government has awarded N2 billion contract for the construction of six faculties at its proposed North-West University.

The state governor, Alhaji Rabi’u Kwankwaso, disclosed this on Wednesday while distributing 30 Toyota Hilux and five BMW motorcycles to some agencies.

“We have set aside money in the 2012 budget for the establishment of the new university, North-West University in Kano.’’

“I want to assure you that by the end this month, the contractors will be mobilised to site so that by the end of September this year, lectures will commence in the six faculties.”

He said the state government had also earmarked undisclosed sum of money to establish another university in the state in collaboration with Texas AM University in United States.

 

Kebbi

The Jega Local Government Area (LGA) in Kebbi would adopt measures to ensure total immunisation of all children against polio in line with the newly launched free-Torch campaign.

The UNICEF had adjudged the area was among the most critical areas where 19.2 per cent had missed immunisation against the disease.

The Chairman of the LGA, Alhaji Yahaya Bawa, told  newsmen in Jega on Thursday that with 100 per cent increase in the allowances paid to vaccinators, additional efforts would be made to ensure that all children polio was eradicated.

He said the council area had approved that vaccinators be paid N5,000 as against the N2,500 paid to them by the UNICEF while the financial allocation for the entire area had been increased from N800,000 to between N1.6 million and N2.2 million.

“The amount would be determined by how densely populated the location of children to be immunised and we would not be left behind in total eradication of the disease.

 

Lagos

President of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), Mr Bede Opara, has said that liberalisation of the electricity sector rather than outright privatisation will boost the nation’s power supply.

Opara said this in Lagos, while addressing members of the union and those of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at a meeting.

He said that if the enabling environment was created and the sector liberalised, it would provide an opportunity for interested investors to increase the available megawatts.

“We believe that the government can see reason and appreciate other ways of carrying out the reform in the power sector.

“We have said that liberalisation is what will solve the power sector problem in this country; outright privatisation may not be the best for the sector, ” he said.

 

Niger

Suspected armed robbers on Wednesday night raided Maje police outpost in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State, killed a corporal and stole a rifle.

The Niger State, Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Maishanu, confirmed the incident to newsmen  in a telephone interview on Thursday in Minna.

According to him, ‘’some armed men attacked Maje outpost on the Dikko-Abuja Road, killed a corporal and stole a rifle.

“The army and the police are at present combining the area in search of the fleeing suspects but, I can assure that we will track down and arrest them, so that they can face the full wrath of the law.

“Similarly, the police have arrested some armed suspects in Lapai and recovered two AK-47 rifles from them,’’ he said.

 

Ondo

The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, on Thursday urged residents of the state to assist internally displaced persons returning home from other parts of the country.

Olanusi, who made the plea in Akure when he received some internally displaced persons in his office, pledged that government would continue to assist such categories of people.

The deputy governor, who expressed happiness at the safe arrival of the returnees, said being alive was an indication of divine intervention.

The leader of the delegation, Chief Anthony Mirayegun, expressed gratitude to the state government for the efforts made to ensure the safe arrival of the returnees.

 

Oyo

The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) has called for appropriate legislation on blood donation activities in the country.

Speaking during a parley with journalists in Ibadan on Thursday,  the South-West Zonal Coordinator of NBTS, Dr Wale Egbewunmi, decried the lack of legislation on such activities.

Egbewunmi called for strict laws on setting up of blood transfusion centres and their management as well as on blood collection, storage, testing and transfusion.

“Appropriate legislation will go a long way in preventing unauthorised practices as is the case at present,’’ he said.

 

Plateau

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has appealed to the Plateau Government to establish a functional state emergency management agency for prompt disaster management.

The Assistant Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, North Central Zone, Mr Abdulsalam Mohammed, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen  in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the appeal was necessary in view of the current challenges in disaster management in the state.

Mohammed said Plateau was the only state in the North Central Zone that had yet to make a law for the establishment of an emergency management agency.

 

Sokoto

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, on Thursday in Sokoto reiterated the commitment of the Nigeria Army towards defending the nation’s nascent democracy.

Ihejirika was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Sokoto State,  Alhaji Lawali Zaiyanu.

He said that the military would continue to complement the efforts of the nation’s security outfits towards promoting internal democracy in the country.

Ihejirika said that welfare, decent accommodation as well as retraining of the Nigeria Army officers, would continue to receive special attention, so as to ensure productivity among the serving personnel.

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‘Nigeria, Others Lose $110bn Annually To Inefficient Power Supply’

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The Executive Director, Sahara Group, Kola Adesina, has called on various stakeholders to promote energy access in Africa, as lack of energy costs Nigeria and other African countries over $110billion annually.

He also urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the need to galvanise the interest and support of various stakeholders to promote equitable global trade relations and energy access in Africa where almost 600 million live without electricity.

Adesina, who spoke on ‘Redirecting the World Trade Organisation’ at the virtual 2021 Horasis Global Meeting, said deploying multilateral engagements would help circumvent the status quo that has made global trade relations “somewhat lopsided.”

Horasis is one of the foremost annual meetings of the world’s leading decision-makers from business, government, and civil society.

Speaking on access to power in Africa, Adesina said the WTO should explore collaborating with the various stakeholders to accelerate the pace of technology needed to make alternative power cheaper and more accessible to the consumers.

Africa is home to 17 per cent of the world’s population, but accounts for just 4 per cent of global power supply investment.

On a per capita basis, power supply investment in Africa ranks among the lowest in the world and lack of energy costs the continent over $110billion annually.

“The Environmental Impact Analysis of conventional power sources should be the focal point of conversations with African presidents as well as key political and business leaders to ensure their support and agree to a collective and sustainable solution template.

“The WTO must ensure that multilateralism guides its decision-making. The countries of the world are not all on the same pedestal, there should be consideration for the poor countries.

“The WTO should create a system where countries come together to create a united front to handle the issues the world is facing,” he said.

Adesina explained that multilateral strategies would create “elastic solutions” that can be adapted with respect to the unique challenges and opportunities across global trade blocs.

He argued that while sustainability should be the ultimate driver of development, concessions need to be in place to effectively manage the current challenges of less developed continents.

He stated, “Africa still suffers from the twin challenge of access versus affordability of electricity. We all need each other to solve the global challenges we face as individual countries and the world.

“A strong commitment is needed to maintain open and free trade; to keep open borders and to help the poorest countries, particularly least developed countries, survive the economic shock created by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Horasis session noted that with protectionism gaining steam globally, the WTO would need to reinforce its influence on stabilizing global trade negotiations.

Experts expect that the WTO, under the leadership of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would spearhead effective reforms that would make the organization play a strategic role in promoting equity and transparency in the quest for global sustainable development.

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UNILORIN Engages Landlords Association On Students’ Safety

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The Management of the University of Ilorin says the institution is interacting with the Association of Landlords within its communities to ensure the protection of students.
Dean, Student Affairs, Unilorin, Prof. Lanre Ajibade, at a news conference in Ilorin yesterday assured that no stone would be left unturned toward ensuring safety of students.
According to Ajibade, the University has been engaging in consistent interactions with the landlord association of the communities to ensure students who live in the area enjoy the best treatment possible.
He said that although no fresh and returning student of the University was set to resume the 2021/2022 academic session, many live off campus, particularly within Tanke and the neighbouring communities,
He recalled the recent murder of a female student of the University and said management had been working vigorously with security agencies to ensure perpetrators of the heinous act were prosecuted.
The dean noted that the University was working assiduously with all the security agencies and other stakeholders within and outside the institution to ensure the safety of the community.
The University’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Abdulwasiu Oyewo, also said that his personnel were working day and night to provide maximum security in the area.
Oyewo said that the security officers were in constant patrol of the environment, adding that vehicles with tinted glasses and without registration number would not be allowed on campus.
Also, Officer-in-Charge of the Intelligence Unit in the University’s Security Division, Mr Ali Na’Allah, said that the unit would continue to engage in discreet information gathering on campus.

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Unemployed Man, 22, Docked For Stealing Two iPhones, Laptop

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A 22-year-old unemployed man, Akinwunmi Rotimi, yesterday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun for allegedly stealing two iPhones, an Hp Laptop and other valuables.
The police charged Rotimi, whose address was not provided, with two counts of burglary and stealing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Cynthia Ejezie, told the court that the defendant also stole N240,000.
Ejezie said that the defendant committed the offence on April 3 at about 4 a.m.at No.6 Ayoola Adeyinka, off Tetiku road, Owode-Ijako, Ota.
He said that the defendant broke into the house of the complainant, Mrs Adeleye Anike.
She said that the police from the Sango-Ota Police Station, tracked one of the phones to the defendant.
The offence, the prosecutor said, contravened the provisions of sections 383 (1) and 412 of the Criminal Code Vol.11, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The counsel to the defendant, Mr Ambrose Aisedion, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms.
Magistrate Shotunde Shotayo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Shotayo ordered that the sureties reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with two-year tax payment to Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until June 17 for a definite hearing.

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