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Adamawa

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) last
Thursday closed its case in the Adamawa Governorship Election Petitions
Tribunal after fielding 66 witnesses.

The ACN gubernatorial candidate is  Mr Marcus Gundiri  is challenging the return of Governor Murtala
Nyako as the duly elected governor of Adamawa.

The ACN, its gubernatorial candidate, who
joined the PDP, INEC and others as co-respondents alleged that the February 4,
2012 election was marred by irregularities.

Gundiri urged the tribunal to declare the
ACN candidate as the duly elected governor of the state or order the conduct
fresh election in the state.

The last witness olufwa Akin was a data
analyst, who conducts biometric analysis of election materials from some of the
polling units in the 11 Local Government Areas being challenged by the ACN.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice
Bitrus Sanga adjourned the petition to June 4, for the respondents to open
their defence.

 

Bauchi

The Bauchi State Primary Education Board
has set up a learning centre for female children hawking within the metropolis,
Mrs Karimatu Katagum, the Replication Coordinator, Girl Education Project, has
said.

Katagum said in Bauchi on Tuesday that the
centre was established in 2011 to provide basic education for girl-child
hawkers.

She said that study lessons were being
carried out for two hours daily, adding that more centres would be established
across the state.

“We have an impressive turn out of the
girls; and soon more will be established across the state,” the coordinator
said.

Katagum said that schools for married women
were also established in six local government areas mainly for school dropouts.

“The school is a second chance programme
for those women, who left education as a result of circumstances, and who are
still interested in making it up,” Katagum said.

She said that through the board, the
schools base management committees were set up by all the primary schools and
some junior secondary schools.

According to her, the committee advocates
for the enrolment, retention and supervision of the girl-child education in
communities.

 

Jigawa

Rivers State Governor and Chairman
Governors’ Forum of Nigeria, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers has attributed
the current security challenges in the country to ignorance and poverty.

Amaechi, said this in an interview on
Wednesday in Dutse, where he had gone to inaugurate a road project.

He advised his Jigawa counterpart, Alhaji
Sule Lamido, to give attention to education, adding that the sector was key to
human development.

The governor explained that in a society
where people were educated, it would be easier to bridge the gap between the
rich and the poor.

According to him, if people are educated,
they will be well informed as well as be gainfully employed or be on their own.

He commended Lamido for the progress
recorded in different sectors in the state and called on the people to support
him.

 

Kaduna

Two former security personnel at the
ongoing Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) week in Kaduna on Wednesday suggested
that massive employment of youths was a panacea to current national security
challenges.

Retired Rear Adm. Gbadejo Adedeji and
retired ACP Godson Uzowuru, made the suggestion in separate papers presented at
the occasion.

Adedeji said in his presentation:
“Understanding the Present Security Challenges in Nigeria”, that youth
unemployment was the major cause of criminality and terror activities in parts
of the country.

He also identified poor education, poverty,
bad governance and a lack of justice and fair play among politicians as some of
the causes of such challenges.

The resource persons advised governments to
address “these challenges and that would go a long way in tackling the security
crises the country is facing”.

On his part, Uzowuru said the failure of
intelligence gathering had complicated the current situation and advised the
police and State Security Service (SSS) to reintroduce the aspect in their surveillance
teams.

Uzowuru said in his lecture entitled:
“Overcoming the Current Security Challenges in Nigeria”, that inadequate
training of security personnel on basic security and the use of obsolete
security gadgets posed obstacles to the agencies.

 

Kano

Fistula Foundation, a Non-Governmental
Organisation, says it plans to raise awareness of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF)
through film shows in Kano and other states in the northern part of the
country.

The director of the organisation, Malam
Musa Isa said in Kano on Thursday that the awareness level on the causes of the
condition was still low.

He said that a lack of proper understanding
of the condition and its management had caused many problems in some homes and
communities.

Isa said that the organisation had recently
supported 202 patients to undergo medical surgery and had empowered 118 to be
self-reliant.

“We are still denying the belief that early
marriage is responsible for the disease; rather,  a prolonged and
unattended labour make the woman to suffer and get infected with VVF in the
process,’’ he said.

 

Lagos

The police in Lagos have arrested a
32-year-old man (name withheld), who claimed to be a graduate of the Imo State
University, over alleged robbery.

Sources at the Victoria Island Police
Station said that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after his
gang attempted to rob a motorist on Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, of
his car.

The sources noted that they had been on the
trial of the suspects for some time due to their criminal activities, saying
that the regular monitoring of the area by a police patrol team foiled their
operation.

“Our investigation revealed that the
suspect is based in Imo State. He usually comes to Lagos to carry out robbery
operations with his gang members, after which he escapes and returns to Imo.

“The suspect claimed to have graduated from
the Imo State University in 2009, with a degree in the Social Sciences. He also
confessed that they were a three-man robbery gang operating on the Island,” a
source said.

 

Ogun

The Old Students’ Association, of African
Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, has donated a block of 8-classroom to its Alma
mater. This is aimed at complementing the effort of the state government in
providing qualitative and affordable education to the people.

The National President of the association,
Mr Clement Oke, said that at a news conference in Abeokuta on Thursday,
that the association had over the years contributed toward the development
of quality education in the school.

Oke added that the building worth N50
million, was constructed at the cost of N32.5 million because of free services
offered by some members of the association.

He said that the funds for the construction
of the project were raised within the Old Students’ body with the support of
the Nigeria Breweries Plc, adding that the building would be inaugurated on May
22 by Gov Ibikunle Amosun, who also is an alumnus of the school.

 

Plateau

Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party in
Plateau, Mr. Sylvanus Namang, has described the impasse between Plateau
Governor Jonah Jang and correspondents covering the state as “unnecessary’’.

The Plateau Correspondents’ Chapel on
Monday resolved to boycott activities of the state government, citing
“indifference and insensitivity to their plight’’.

They particularly accused Gov. Jang of
refusing to address them over the happenings in Plateau, especially the
lingering violence.

But Namang, whose party’s governorship
candidate, Mrs Pauline Tallen, lost to Jang in the 2011 polls, blamed the
governor for allowing the situation to degenerate to such stage.

The Publicity Secretary accused the
Governor’s image makers of “a poor handling of the situation’’, pointing out
that the over reliance on the state owned media was not good for Plateau’s
external image.

“The government has continued to rely on
the state media alone, but that is erroneous because it is only the other media
houses that can adequately project Plateau’s image to the outside world.’’

He accused Jang of also maintaining poor
relationships with other stakeholders in Plateau, and called for an immediate
change in the interest of the state.

Namang cautioned Jang against undermining
the role of the media in consolidating the gains of democracy, and regretted
that the governor had continued to avoid the press “for the whole of the five
years he has been in power’’.

 

Sokoto

A senior member of PDP in SokotoState has
advised the Federal Government to organise special prayers for Muslims and
Christians for God’s intervention in Nigeria’s security challenges.

The Deputy Treasurer of the party, Alhaji
Mukhtari Mapia, said in Sokoto that prayers would enable the country to
overcome the challenges threatening the nation’s corporate existence.

He said clerics from both religions should
be engaged to mobilise Nigerians to fast and seek divine intervention in the
affairs of the country.

“ I am very optimistic that our problem
will be a thing of the past if the Federal Government will organise special
prayers for all Nigerians to seek God’s guidance,’’ Mapia said.

He said religious leaders were in a better
position to assist the government to restore peace through prayers.

“Our security agencies need information
from the public to enable them to map out effective strategies in apprehending
criminals,’’ he said.

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Of 1,561 Candidates, 880 Graduate From Law School-DG

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The Nigerian Law School says out of the 1, 561 candidates who sat for the December examination, 880 passed.
The Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Ciroma, SAN, made this known yesterday in Abuja, while presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers at the 2020 Call to the Bar ceremony.
“Four others were from previous Bar examination,’’ he said, adding that the new wigs had met all the required and set conditions by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am happy to affirm that they all have exhibited good manners and decorum during their training.
“They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession.
“The screening committee of our distinguished body carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for the Call to the Nigerian Bar.’’
Ciroma said that the school had begun a special remedial course for students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
“The programme began on June 28, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. We thank all distinguished members of the Body of Benchers, for their support,’’ he said.
The Chairman, Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, congratulated the new wigs and charged them to adhere to the provision of rules regarding the profession at all times.
“As a lawyer, you are an officer of the court and accordingly, you are not to do any act or conduct yourselves in a manner that will obstruct or adversely affect the course of justice.
“The practice of Law is not a right but a privilege. It is a privilege that can be lost should you fail to live up to the requisite professional standards imposed upon you by virtue of your entry into the community of lawyers.
“You must, therefore, strictly adhere to the provisions of the Rules of the Professional Conduct and maintain best practices at all times.’’
He stressed that the Body of Benchers Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee was always determined to discipline any lawyer found wanting or breaching set rules of the profession.
Rhodes-Vivour said that the committee had been carrying out its mandate “in a just and fair manner’’ without giving any room for compromise or ill-will.
He said that between January and July, the committee disbarred six lawyers and suspended some for between two and four years, while one lawyer was admonished during the period.
Rhodes-Vivour advised the graduates to continue to update their knowledge on both statute and case law in order to attain more understanding on especially, international jurisdictions.
In 2020, the Council of Legal Education said that out of a total of 2,515 students who participated in the examinations, 1,864 passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.
The director-general who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only five made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.
“Candidates graded in First Class are five, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.
“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”
Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.
He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.

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NGO Trains 300 Returning Migrants On Business Development

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Web of Heart Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it has trained and empowered more than 300 returning migrants, youths and internally displaced persons on job creation.
Its Executive Director, Mrs Bose Aggrey, made the declaration yesterday in Lagos at the graduation of its “Create and Start Module’’ trainees.
The graduating trainees were awarded certificates and given grants facilitated by some investors and soft loans from banks after six months of training to identify and analyse business ideas and opportunities.
“We taught them how to articulate their business ideas into plans; introduced them to investors and equally assisted them to get bank loans.
“It is an opportunity for the participants to put themselves together either to get employed or to become employers,’’ she said.
“We introduced investors to the participants when they were pitching and some of them are already getting grants.
“We are working with two banks so they can provide soft loans at low interest rates for the participants,’’ she added.
In his remarks, Mr Peik Bruhns, Team Leader of the firm of consultants that conducted the training, said the company had reached out to train 5,000 Nigerians on Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises in six months
He said this was done in collaboration with nine organisations, including Web of Heart Foundation.
“I will like to stress the importance of working with returnee migrants because Web of Heart Foundation focuses on assisting them to reintegrate into society.

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Zamfara Police Refute Kidnap Of 60 Passengers Rumour

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The Zamfara State Police Command has refuted a story that 60 passengers travelling along Sokoto – Gusau road on Sunday, July 25, were kidnapped by bandits.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement, yesterday, said the story was inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially the commuters.
“The attention of Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on social and conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau Road, and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja.”
The statement said, “For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the command was informed that a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus vehicle, belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers who were travelling from Sokoto – Abuja along Sokoto – the accurate report of the incident. On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Gusau Road in Bakura LGA.”
According to the statement, the Police Tactical operatives attached to Operation Restore Peace were alerted, and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums who blocked many vehicles for abduction, adding that the road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and reinforced more police operatives to improve the security and safety of the commuters.
The statement noted that in the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus vehicle belonging to Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver were abducted and taken to the bush before the arrival of the police.
It said the operatives further embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bush with a view to rescuing the kidnapped victims, stressing that two persons who were left far behind with other hoodlums were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralised by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were taken to the forest.

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