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Adamawa

Adamawa acting Chief Judge, Justice Batimawus Lawi, has fixed April 3 for ruling in the case challenging the impeachment of former Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly.

The impeached speaker and deputy, Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim and Mrs Wale Fwa respectively, had instituted the suit against the House, the new Speaker, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri and his deputy, Mr Laori Kwamoti.

The plaintiffs had asked the court to declare their removal in December 2011 as null and void.

Lawi fixed April 3 for ruling on Thursday, in spite of the absence of counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), who did not show up nor send representation during the court’s sitting on Wednesday.

Agabi was to appear and reply to submissions already made during previous sittings by counsels to the respondents, but after waiting in vain, the respondents called on the court to strike off the case.

 

Bauchi

The Bauchi State Office of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has donated 60 ambulances, tri-cycles and motorcycles to the Bauchi State Government to boost health care services in the state.

The Focal Person of the MDGs Office in the state, Alhaji Sambo Jumberi, made the disclosure on Thursday in Bauchi while handing over the items to the state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Sangir Saleh.

Jumberi said the MDGs had earlier provided 40 ambulances to 40 healthcare centres and clinics in the state and had also provided 200 solar-propelled boreholes to some healthcare institutions.

He said the MDGs had also constructed 40 ten-bed-capacity health centres while some dispensaries were renovated.

Jumberi said the MDGs had similarly, provided drugs and equipment to 57 primary health centres in the state while 600 units of latrines were constructed in some rural areas to improve sanitary conditions of communities.

 

Borno

The Borno Police Command, on Sunday announced the arrest of 11suspects involved in an attack on Mobile Police Base, Bama.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Samuel Tizhe, told newsmen in Maiduguri that one of the attackers was killed and several explosive devices were recovered.

“Some gun men launched an attack on a mobile police base in Bama around 5.30pm. The gallant officers successfully repelled the attack.

“One person was killed and 11 others arrested. arms and several improvised explosive devise (IED)s were recovered from them,” Tizhe said.

 

FCT

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, said that only 10 countries out of the 23 West and Central African Regional Countries paid the 10,000 euros annual contribution for capacity building in the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Dikko made the announcement while presenting the report of the Eighth Meeting of the Committee of Experts of the West and Central Africa (WCA) Region of the WCO in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Dikko, who is also the vice-chairman of the WCA Region of the WCO was represented by Deputy Comptroller-General of the NCS, Mr Manassah Jatau, at the meeting of the committee of experts.

He said that the payment of the annual contribution was adopted during the 15th conference of customs director generals of WCA in Bamako, Mali in 2010.

 

Gombe

Executive Secretary, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Mohammed, has commended Gombe State for having the lowest maternal and child mortality rate in the North East zone of the federation.

Mohammed gave the commendation at the launching of the free polio programme in Gombe on Saturday.

He also applauded the state for ensuring that there was no recorded case of polio since 2009.

Mohammed said that Gombe State was surrounded by states with cases of polio, charging the state to maintain the tempo.

He said the success achieved in Gombe State was as result of the government’s commitment as well as the effort put in by other development partners like WHO, UNICEF and other non-governmental bodies.

 

Kaduna

The newly deployed Police Commissioner in Kaduna State, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said on Saturday that the gunmen who attacked villagers in Nayida Talakkwacha were on reprisal mission.

The gunmen, who attacked the villagers in the Chickun Local Government Area of the state, killed no fewer than 10 persons, including a pastor, injuring five others.

Abubakar, who addressed reporters in Kaduna after visiting the scene of the incident, said the attackers, were relations of victims of the April 2011 post election crisis.

“ The attack appeared to be a reappraisal by relations of those who were victims of the post-general election crisis in April 2011 in Kaduna State that lost their lives and property.”

 

Kano

In its efforts to reduce the emission of poisonous substances such as ‘dioxin’ and ‘furan’, the Federal Ministry of Environment has organised a training programme for scavengers and waste handlers in Kano State.

Dioxin is a highly toxic compound produced as a byproduct in some manufacturing processes.

Furan is a group of colourless, volatile, heterocyclic organic compounds containing a ring of four carbon atoms and one oxygen atom, obtained from wood tar used in nylon and tanning production.

The Project Manager and Technical Director, ‘Less Burnt for a Clean Earth Project’ in the ministry, Mr Idi Maleh,  disclosed this in Kano in an interview with newsmen.

He said that the trainees were drawn from the Kano Waste Management and Sanitation Board, Kano State Ministry of Environment and eight local government areas in the state.

He said that the training was necessitated by the health implications of getting in contact with dioxin and furan.

 

Kogi

The Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, has approved the construction of two additional hostel blocks at the state-owned Polytechnic in Lokoja.

The Rector of the school, Prof. Mathew Ajibero, made the announcement on Saturday in Lokoja at the sixth matriculation ceremony of the polytechnic, saying that the hostels would be constructed this year at the Itakpe and Lokoja campuses of the institution.

He said that the governor had also approved the release of three new transformers and roll-on roll-off bins for the campuses.

Ajibero, who recalled that the governor made the approval during his maiden visit to the main campus about two weeks ago, said that the State Government had agreed to undertake the construction of new road network and water projects.

 

Kwara

A fish farmer, based in Ilorin, Mr Babatunde Daniels, has told the Kwara Government to partner fish farmers to boost fish production and create employment for residents of the state.

He made the call on Thursday in Ilorin in an interview with newsmen.

Daniels said the call became necessary because “fish farming is a lucrative venture that can provide jobs for the unemployed in the state, adding that “it takes little to start the business”.

He said that fingerlings in fresh water could get matured within a month and ready for sale.

The fish farmer said that proper training in fish farming with the support of the State Government, could create an enabling environment for jobless youths not only to be gainfully employed and self-sufficient but also garner experience on fish production.

He expressed the resolve of his organisation to liaise with the government in training people on how to produce fish, grass cutters, rabbits and pigs.L

 

Lagos

The Secretary of the State of Missouri, U.S., Ms Robin Carnahan, has identified women empowerment as a key factor for national development.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Carnahan said that any country seeking economic advancement must invest in the wealth of its women.

“Culture, child care, cash and confidence are some of the factors limiting women from achieving their full potential.’’

Carnahan said that women in top positions, be they political or corporate, must encourage women to participate in nation building.

She also urged women to train and mentor others as well as work with men and embrace technological advancements.

 

Niger

More than N27.7 billion pension has been paid by the Niger government under the Pay-As-You-Go and the Contributory Pension schemes in the state from May 2007 to December 2011, an official said.

Mr Benu Yahaya , Director General of of the state’s Pension Board told newsmen in Minna that N15.3 billion went into the Pay-As-You-Go pension scheme, while N12.4 billion was for the Contributory Pension Scheme.

He said the board had also settled the outstanding pension liability of N1.4 billion inherited from the previous administration in the state.

The director general added that the government had paid N453 million arrears of the 142 per cent pension increase, which came into effect in 2000.

Yahaya, who said the government had since 2007 domesticated the Pension Reform Act of 2004, also disclosed that an average of N200 million was being spent monthly on pension payment.

The amount, he explained, covered the pension of 12,121 people on the pension pay roll of the state government and the 25 local councils.

He said more than 50,000 civil servants in the state had registered with Pension Fund Administrators (PFA), adding that the government had been regular and up to date in the release of the pension funds.

 

Plateau

Plateau government has assured the NYSC batch “A” corps members posted to the state of adequate security during orientation and their places of primary assignment.

Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Lohfa Bako,  who represented Gov. Jonah Jang, gave the assurance on Thursday in Jos, during the swearing-in ceremony of the 2012 batch “A” corps members.

Bako said that adequate security arrangement had been made to ensure their safety during the service year.

The commissioner urged the Corps members not to entertain any fear as all hands were on deck to ensure their safety.

He, however, cautioned them on the need to be security conscious.

Plateau NYSC Coordinator, Mr Maram Maful, in his speech, said that the scheme, in collaboration with the various security agencies, had mapped out strategies to secure the corps members.

He commended the Plateau government for the support the scheme had received, and especially for the work going on at the permanent site in Mangu Local Government Area.

Our correspondent reports that 508 corps members, comprising 309 males and 199 females, were registered on camp.

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FG Vows To Check Modern Day Slavery

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The Federal Government says it plans to check modern day slavery through awareness creation activities on the effects of illegal immigration, child labour, sexual abuse and other vices.
Director, International Cultural Relations, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Memunat Idu-Lah, stated this in an interview with The Tide source in Abuja yesterday.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), designated August 23 each year as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and Nigeria is preparing to join other member countries to commemorate the day.
Idu-Lah said the ministry in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders would use the celebration to showcase the experience of victims of trafficking, to educate Nigerians on the tricks of potential traffickers.
She said: “We are looking at the effect of this slave trade on Africans and the effects of what we termed as modern day slavery.
“We have learnt in history about how people are enslaved; now we can see how people are being trafficked.
“There is illegal immigration where people are moving to locations they are not sure of their means of livelihood.  Many of them die in transit, all those vices, child labour, sexual abuse, all sorts of things that are going on.
“We want to see how we can use this celebration to also reach out to people to create awareness, let them know that these things people are doing are another forms of slavery.
“And it means we are not yet out of slavery, as of those of us who went to school and study history, we learnt of Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
“We should be able to look at what is happening now and correct these modern day slavery.”
According to her, this is because generations to come will sit down and read what we did during our own time.
“It will be bad if we as educated as we are, cannot check this modern day slavery that is going on.
“One of the ways of checking it is through awareness because a lot of people don’t even know when they are being lured to be trafficked, they don’t know.
“Through this celebration, we can reach out; we might be having people who have experienced it,
“They will come out to tell people their experiences and alert people on the kind of languages traffickers use, how they lure them.
“People will get to know that when somebody comes and says those kinds of things they will know that this is a possible trafficker,” Idu-Lah said.

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Imo Police Resist Armed Bandits’ Attack

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The Operation Restore Peace team of the Imo State Police Command has repelled armed bandits attack at Njaba town in the Njaba Local Government Area of the state.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro disclosed this in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abatham at the weekend.
According to him, the convoy of bandits was moving towards Njaba town to launch an attack but were intercepted by Operation Restore Peace team of the Nigeria Police , Imo State Command . 
The Commissioner explained that during a fire fight which ensured immediately, one of their operational vehicles was de-mobilised and two of them neutralised while the remaining ones scampered into the bush.
According to the Commissioner, one Ak 47 rifle was recovered with ten rounds of live ammunition and a locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges.
The Police boss stated that the team detonated an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) into the parking lots of a nearby Njaba Police Station causing minimal damage. 
 Mr. Yaro said that cordon and pursuant exercise is on going  in the area while advising members of the public residing in the area not to panic as the ongoing Police clearance operation is designed to root out violent criminals in that axis.
He appealed to them to avail Police information of  persons seen treating  bullet wounds or hiding within the community.

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NDLEA Intercepts 35 Wraps Of Cocaine, Drugs En Route Italy, Turkey

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from a lady passenger at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to The Tide source yesterday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, Okafor Ebere Edith was arrested on July 31, during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire bound to Monrovia Liberia.
He said the suspect, who tucked pellet of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the airport, was however picked up for search.
This, he said, included questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.
“During preliminary interview, the suspect claimed that the desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking,” he said.
Babafemi said the operatives arrested another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul, at Gate A Departure hall of the MMIA on July 27.
He said the suspect was arrested during outward clearance of Egypt Airline bound to Turkey in possession of 78grams of Cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaf.
“On the same day another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airport’s Gate A Departure hall.
“This was also during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt Airlines with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag,” he said.
Babafemi disclosed further that NDLEA operatives, Kontagora Area Command, Niger State, raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesman said the operation was carried out on July 29, at a warehouse where suspected drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

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