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Security Agencies Order Road Blockage In Jos

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Roads and streets leading to worship centres in Jos and environs, will henceforth, be blocked to vehicles during church services to check the new trend of suicide bombing of churches.

Our correspondent  reports that the decision was among key measures taken at a recent  security meeting  in Jos.

The meeting was attended by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Dipo Ayeni, military Special Task Force (STF) Commander, Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim, and SSS Director, Mr Christian Ojobo.

Also in attendance were the NSCDC Commander, Mr Desmond Agu, top security officers and representatives of Plateau Government.

Ayeni, while announcing the decision at a stakeholders security meeting on Tuesday in Jos, said, “we are tired of carrying corpses every Sunday.

“On Sundays and Fridays, all roads leading to all worship centres must be totally blocked or diverted. No vehicle should have access or park near any worship centre during service.

“There should be perimeter fencing of all the worship centres not only in Jos, but all over the state, to prevent easy access by suicide bombers to the places of worship.”

Ayeni also said that “every worshipper must, as a matter of compelling necessity, subject himself or herself to security checks no matter how highly placed”.

The police commissioner also announced a ban on carrying of bags in worship centres and advised worshippers against clustering around the places of worship instead of quickly going back home.

The police officer tasked worship centres to purchase technical devices that could scan and detect explosive devices and stated that no one should be exempted from the checks.

While enlightening the gathering on the mode of operation of terrorists, the Commander of the Police anti-bomb squad, Mr Abel Mbimbi, cautioned against rushing to the scene of explosions.

He explained that this was because a secondary explosives might be lurking around the corner.

Mbimbi also said that Nigerians had been destroying many evidential materials by rushing to the scenes of blasts, which could have been used to trace the sources through finger prints.

On the use of military uniform by suicide bombers, the STF Commander, Ibrahim, said that it was very difficult to differentiate between fake and genuine soldiers as military camouflages were sold in the open markets.

“But anyone who suspects anybody in uniform should demand his identity and everybody should also be checked at security posts.

“We are conducting thorough searches at checkpoints now to check cases of fake soldiers,” Ibrahim said.

The SSS Director, Ojobo, tasked imams and pastors to show good leadership examples by subjecting themselves to security checks.

He explained that this was because those, who have access to them could be used by Boko Haram to strap explosives on their vehicles.

In his remark, Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Bishop of Jos Anglican Diocese, said criminals should be made to face the wrath of the law.

He said that failure to bring them to justice had made some of them to even rise to leadership positions.

Kwashi also lamented the army of unemployed youths, which he said was about 7.88 million in 2002, and tasked government to create jobs.

The bishop also decried the high supply and consumption of drugs by youths in the Northern part of the country and tasked the appropriate enforcement agencies to check the ugly trend.

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IPPIS: FG, ASUU Meet, Today, As Fresh Strike Looms

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Delegations from the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are expected to meet, today, in a bid to avert a fresh strike.
The chairmen of ASUU branches had expressed readiness to commence a fresh strike over the non-implementation of their agreement with FG on IPPIS.
One of them, Chairman, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Dr Ibrahim Inuwa, said the protracted strike, which was to press home the union members’ demands for the continued survival of the public university system in Nigeria, was suspended in December after the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the various issues and providing timelines for the implementation of each of the eight items in the agreement.
Inuwa said over seven months after the MoU was signed only two out of the eight issues had been addressed.
He listed some of the outstanding issues to include payment of the earned academic allowance, funding for revitalisation of public universities, salary shortfall, proliferation of state universities and setting up of visitation panels.
Others are renegotiation, replacement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and withheld salaries and non-remittance of check-off dues.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Charles Akpan, said the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, will be hosting the leadership of the ASUU to a meeting at the ministry’s Conference Room, Federal Secretariat in Abuja.
“The Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, will be hosting a meeting with ASUU. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 2, 2021 at Minister’s Conference Room,” the letter read.
The National President, ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, had said that the union was invited by the Ministry of Labour to discuss issues surrounding the Memorandum of Action, which was signed with the Federal Government in December, 2020.
However, Osodeke, explained the last time the union met with the government was around March/April.
He said, “The Ministry of Education, which is our ministry, has not called us to any meeting since we signed the Memorandum of Action. But the Ministry of Labour, which is just an intervention ministry, around March/April called us to a meeting in which we discussed and they promised to implement all those things.”

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30 Of 65 Private Jets In Nigeria Owe Duties, Customs Insists

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says 30 out of 65 private airplanes verified owe duties to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, made the disclosure to newsmen, yesterday.
He said some of the airplanes came into the country by Temporary Importation Agreement which allows them in without payment because it was secured by bond.
The spokesman noted that many later fail to turn up to pay on the expiration of the agreement.
The customs explained that the verification was not meant to embarrass anyone but to collect payments due to the government.
The service has given another two-week extension which commenced from Monday, July 26, to Friday, August 6.
Attah said with the increasing economic challenge, every revenue is important.
“With this, you can now tie proper ownership to every aircraft or private jet that flies in and out of the country.
“The owners of private jets are highly placed Nigerians who should be respected and approached in a manner that provides convenience. That is what these extensions stand for,” he added.

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FBI Indictment: PSC, IGP Suspend Kyari, Name Inquiry Panel

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has suspended embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Abba Kyari, from the exercise of the powers and functions of his office.
Kyari’s suspension was contained in a press statement by the commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, made available to newsmen, yesterday.
The commission said Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31, 2021, and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.
The commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
The commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the commission for the commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave.
Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, had recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari from the service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the report of the four-man investigative panel constituted to probe him.
A statement by the spokesperson of the Force, CP Frank MBA, last Saturday, the IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission (PSC), dated July 31, 2021, noted that the recommendation is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the force.
According to the IGP, the suspension would also create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel, to carry out its investigations into the allegations against Kyari without interference.
He explained that the suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer, the statement said.
The four-man Special Investigation Panel (SIP), is headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), DIG Joseph Egbunike.
“The SIP is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force leadership on the matter,” Mba said.
Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the force to the rule of law, and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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