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Bauchi

The Chairman of the Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue, Alhaji Mu’azu Usman, said yesterday that tax payers would soon get Tax Payers Identity Card (TPI). Usman said this while briefing newsmen in Bauchi on the activities of the board.

He said that the exercise would be conducted in all ministries, departments and agencies across the state.

The Chairman said that vehicle registration in the state had been successfully automated while electronic tax payer registration would commence on July 1.

Usman said that the registration would be achieved under the National Tax Payer Identificiation project for which the state government had approved the payment of N110 million as counter part funding.

He said that the state government had generated N5.53 million from January to date. The Chairman said that as part of the government efforts to bring tax authority closer to the people, seven motor licensing authorities were being constructed while the board would be computerised.

 

Benue

The Federal High Court in Makurdi last Thursday ordered the Commissioner of Police in Benue and one Insp. Joseph Obande to pay N8 million to the family of the late Peter Okeke as compensation.

Insp. Obande and the commissioner were sued by one Mrs Ifunanya Okeke over the death of her husband.

The late Okeke had been arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged criminal conspiracy and abduction.

However, he was granted bail by the magistrate because of ill health but the Investigation Police Officer (IPO), who is now the first defendant, obtained a warrant of remand and took the deceased to the prison.

Mrs Okeke, who testified before the court, said that the prison authority declined to remand her husband because of his condition but Obande went ahead and detained him in a police cell where he died.

 

Ekiti

Some members of the PDP in Ekiti State have opposed the use of the zoning formula in determining the party’s candidate in the 2014 governorship election in the state.

The members, operating under the aegis of the PDP Unity Forum, said yesterday in Ado-Ekiti that the arrangement would produce an unacceptable candidate.

The Coordinator of the group, Chief Ebenezer Arogunmasa, told more than 3,000 party faithful at a meeting of the party that PDP must field a popular candidate capable of confronting the ruling ACN.

He advised all intending aspirants to work hard and win the confidence of the people rather than relying on zoning.

Arogunmasa also urged the party to place more emphasis on the popularity of candidates in future elections instead of zoning which he described as “obnoxious.’’

 

Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government said  that about 8,000 fruit seedlings had been earmarked for schools and communities for this year’s tree planting campaign.

The state Director of Forestry, Mr Anthony Kachiro, said that the initiative would help to promote government forest reserves.

Kachiro said that the state government had spent the sum of N7.5 million on landscaping along major roads in Kaduna metropolis.

He said that the landscaping guidelines were reviewed after unknown youths destroyed the trees planted along major ways in Kaduna during the January subsidy protest.

He urged interested stakeholders to register their names with the state Ministry of Environment to be able to access seedlings for tree planting Campaign.

 

Lagos

The Social Workers League, a human rights group, yesterday blamed the continuing insecurity in some parts of the country on mass poverty and high level of illiteracy.

In a statement signed by its coordinator, Mr Baba Aye, the league said that economic under-development had also encouraged discontent among some youths who were being used to cause havoc in the society.

“For about one week, many Nigerians have been killed in Kaduna and Yobe states. “There is the need for the Federal Government to do all within its power to guarantee the safety and security of Nigerians,’’ it said.

 

Nasarawa

The Police in Nasarawa State have arrested a man for allegedly killing his wife, Cecilia Magaji for ritual purposes. Also arrested with the suspect in connection with the crime is a witch doctor

The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Cornelius Ocholi, confirmed the arrest of the two suspects in Lafia.

He said the suspects, detained at the homicide department of the state Criminal Investigative Department (CID) were alleged to have conspired to ensure the sudden disappearance of the deceased and her subsequent death.

Ocholi said that preliminary investigation into the incident indicated that the woman was killed when she went to reconcile with her estranged husband.

He said that the incident occurred on June 16, at the Nene Village in Lafia Local Government Area of the state. The couple, blessed with four children; two boys and two girls, were separated for almost 20 years, before the suspect started reconciliation moves earlier this month.

 

Ondo

The traditional ruler of Aro community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, Chief Joseph Osho, has called for the establishment of industries to tackle youth unemployment.

Osho said last Thursday in Aro that job creation should not be left to government alone.

“Let us all agree that no government can shoulder the responsibility of providing our teeming youths with jobs and this is the reason why able hands should develop the economy by establishing industries.

“ When this is done, social vices such as armed robbery, stealing, kidnapping, 419 and yahoo-yahoo in the country would be drastically reduced,’’ he said.

The monarch also advised youths to engage in profitable work, rather than engage in criminal acts.

 

Osun

The Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) branch, last Thursday embarked on a protest to press home their demands for improved welfare.

NASU members led by the Secretary, Mr Gabriel Sani, barricaded major roads on the campus while students and visitors were forced to trek.

Sani said that NASU embarked on the protest due to the insensitivity of the university administration to the plight of workers.

According to him, NASU has observed all trade dispute procedures by giving the administration 14, 21 and seven days ultimatum following the appeal from the National Headquarters of NASU.

“The administration did not respond positively to avert the industrial crisis; the workers will continue with the strike and demonstration until the management look into our demands and respond positively,’’ he said.

 

Plateau

A Jos based welding company, Williams and Co., has trained 80 youths “free of charge”, as part of its corporate social responsibility, according to its Chief Executive Officer, Mr William Emadago.

Emadago, who hails from Delta State, told newsmen in Jos last Thursday that the free training was his little way of giving back to Plateau for “making me what I have become today”.

The welder said that his goal in life was to affect the society “positively”, while providing for himself and his family. He, however, said that he charges N20,000 from trainees from other states.

According to him, the trainees go through a mandatory period of three to five years, depending on their abilities, adding that the long training period was to ensure quality.

“Before I give them certificate, I make sure they know the job well. This has yielded fruits as many of my former apprentices are doing very well in various parts of the country.”

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Sokoto

Business Manager of PHCN Marina unit in Sokoto State, Alhaji Haruna Mohammad,  last Thursday solicited the support of the Sokoto Sultanate Council to recover the debts owed by consumers in the state.

Mohammad said in Sokoto that the assistance required from the sultanate and religious leaders would enable the unit to recover the outstanding N1.2 billion owed by consumers.

He said it would also ensure effective service delivery in the area.

“Our people in this part of the country have for long developed a listening culture to traditional and religious leaders. We will take that advantage to recover our debts as well as ensure prompt payment of bills, he said.

He said that the unit was determined to recover the debts and urged the public to cooperate with the company.

 

Yobe

The National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, said the Federal Government was committed to working with all stakeholders to bring a final solution to the prevailing security challenges in the country.

Dasuki stated this last Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit on Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, at the Government House in Damaturu.

He said that “government is committed to bringing to an end the security challenges and there is the need to put heads together to bring a final end to the situation, as we want to go back to normalcy and, move forward”.

Dasuki said that there would be no development, employment and progress in the face of violence, adding, “I do not see how anybody is benefiting out of this”.

Responding, Gaidam, urged the Federal Government to consider the option of dialogue and negotiation to provide solution for the security challenges.

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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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