The National Population Commission (NPC) says it has
purchased 91 new vehicles worth N600 million to enhance the productivity and welfare of its workforce.
Dr Sam Ahaiwe, the Acting Chairman of NPC, said this in Abuja during the official presentation of the vehicles.
He said that 39 vehicles would be dispatched to the states, while nine Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) would be given to directors at the headquarters.
He said that 40 vehicles would be given to the Federal Commissioners, while three buses were earmarked for workers’ transportation at the headquarters.
Ahaiwe, however, said that the Hilux cars, which were formerly used by the commissioners, would be given to the State Directors to enhance their productivity.
“The current management of the commission, when it was inaugurated, was confronted with numerous challenges relating to the welfare of the staff.
“These include poor salary structure, housing problems, lingering backlog of promotions and the lack of staff buses,” he said.
The Malammadori Local Government Council of Jigawa
State has warned farmers against indiscriminate bush burning to check the spate of fire disaster in the area.
Alhaji Abdu Ilu, the Head of Agriculture Department (HOD), made the call when he visited Kashindila grazing reserve in Malammadori.
Ilu said the call was imperative to guard against bush burning and protect the forest resources.
‘’It is good for the farmers to eschew bush burning especially in the harmattan season.
‘’Apart from damages to the forest resources, it also results in fire disaster in the society.’’
Ilu also called on farmers to evacuate their farm produce on time, to guard against clashes between them and herdsmen.
The director said that the state government rehabilitated grazing lands and demarcated cattle routes to check incessant farmers and Fulani clashes in the state.
‘’The grazing reserve was equipped with pasture and wind pumps to enhance access to safe drinking water to humans and animals,’’ Ilu said.
The Coordinator of Interfaith Forum of Muslim and Chris
tian Women Association, Hajiya Amina Kazaure, has called for the protection of women against gender-based violence.
She made the call at a seminar tagged “Extremist Violence,Women and Security” holding in Kaduna.
Kazaure said women should be treated as equals in the search for peace in Nigeria as they bear the brunt of most conflicts.
According to her, the seminar is to provide an opportunity for women and top security chiefs to meet and agree on steps to promote peace in the country.
She also said that the seminar would focus on the impact the current security challenges on women, and the role women could play in ending it.
Kazuare added that women needed to be equiped to respond to extreme violence such as the insurgency in some parts of the country.
Also, Mrs Comfort Fearon, a member of the organisation, cautioned youths against all forms of negative tendencies.
Former Inspector-General of Police (IG), Alhaji Ibrahim
Coomassie has called for amendment of the country’s constitution to make the protection of social and economic rights of citizens justifiable.
He made the remarks in Katsina in an interview with newsmen.
Coomassie said the purpose of government was not only to provide security for the people but also sustain their economic and social rights.
He added that “if government fails to provide those rights, citizens should be allowed to sue and claim for damages.’’
The former police chief said “I believed such action will compel those vested with leadership to do the right things, be more patriotic and respond to the needs of the people.
Teens Educational Development and Information Network
(TEDIN), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has advised rural dwellers to use long-lasting insecticide-treated nets so as to reduce child and maternal mortality.
The organisation’s President, Mr Titus Alonge, gave the advice in Odo-Ere, while speaking at a public awareness programme organised for some communities in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi.
The programme was organised by some NGOs to complement the government’s efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality through structured community health programmes.
Alonge said that the best way to reduce maternal mortality, which was induced by malaria attacks, was for pregnant women to avoid mosquito bites by using insecticide-treated nets.
A cobbler, Kunle Fashanu,32, was docked before an
Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for damaging and stealing the property of one Mr Emmanuel Omokhomon.
The accused, who resides at Festac Town area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and unlawful damage.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Uche Simon, told the court that the accused stole the sum of N45,000 and unlawfully damaged a jeep valued at N2 million belonging to Emmanuel Omokhomon.
Simon said that the accused committed the offences on September 29 at the same address.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravene sections 285 and 337 of the Criminal, Law of Lagos State, 2011.
A Mararaba Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State, has
remanded a 27-year-old hair dresser, Ojochide Isaac of Kabayi in Mararaba, in prison custody for alleged intimidation and causing grievous hurt.
The presiding officer, Mr Habila Abundaga, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody pending final investigation of the matter after the prosecutor, Insp Joseph Ahua, had prayed the court to remand the accused.
Abundaga, in his ruling, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison till January 13, 2014, to enable the police conclude its investigations.
Earlier, Ahua had told the court that the matter was reported by Zainab Yahaya of the same address at the A’ Division Police Station on December 13.
The prosecutor said the accused assaulted Yahaya and inflicted deep injuries on her right eye with razor blade and that she was still receiving treatment at a Medical Centre in Mararaba.
He said that the offence contravened sections 397 and 241 of the Penal Code, which provide for a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, or fine or both, for anyone convicted of the offences.
A 28-year-old man, Monday Emmanuel, has ben charged
before an Ota Magistrate’s Court in Ogun for allegedly stealing four packets of cigarettes and bottles of Alomo and Osomo drinks.
Emmanuel was also accused of stealing one radio set, four pieces of tiger battery, 40 pieces of assorted hot drinks, some sachets of Milo and milk, Schnapps and kerewa drinks.
The accused, who lives at 16 Ogunmefun St., Off Idi-Iroko Rd., Ota, is facing a one-count charge of stealing.
The Police prosecutor, Insp Olumide Awoleke, told the court that the accused committed the offence on December 13, at about 2:00 a.m. at Long Bridge, along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Isheri Olofin, Ota, Ogun.
A 27-year-old petrol attendant, Oladipupo Oluwasina,
was docked before an Osogbo Chief Magistrate’s Court in Osun for allegedly stealing N813, 000 from his employer.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp Isiaka Ajadi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 25, at about 10:30 p.m. at Mobil Filling Station, Oke-Fia in Osogbo.
Ajadi added that the accused, being a petrol attendant, stole the money which belonged to one Mrs Olabisi Ige, his employer, from her office, after the close of work.
He said the accused had, however, been on the run since committing the crime, only to be apprehended on Monday.
The Sokoto State Government, has commenced the dis
tribution of 2.5 million treated mosquito nets to households across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Dr Halliru Alhassan, the State Director, Medical Services and Public Health, disclosed this in Sokoto during a news conference.
Alhassan said the nets obtained under the National Malaria Elimination Programme, would be distributed at 854,000 designated centres in the state between December 17 and December 21.
“Net cards that entitle a household to collect at least four nets had been distributed across the state.
“Efforts were made to cover difficult areas and Fulani settlements to ensure that eligible households collect the nets,” he said.
The director said measures had been taken to prevent the nets from being sold by either the officials or the beneficiaries.
According to him, security agencies have been directed to arrest anyone one found sabotaging the effort.
NDLEA Arrests Doctor, Ex-Soldier For Dealing In Drugged Cookies, Cocaine
The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a medical doctor, Jane Chioma Ofoma, in Auchi, Edo, for selling drugged cookies and biscuits.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja, that Chioma sold the drugged cookies and biscuits through an online catering service, Omachi’s kitchen.
Babafemi said the arrest followed intelligence and surveillance where narcotic officers of the Edo Command of the agency on Saturday June 19, stormed her operational base at 1 Winners Way, Auchi.
This, he said, led to her arrest and at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered from the suspect.
According to him, Chioma, 26, who is a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
“She has confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation,” he said.
In the same vein, Babafemi said a 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma, has been arrested by officers of the Edo Command of the agency for dealing in crack cocaine.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in Kwara have arrested a 52-year-old ex-Soldier, Ibrahim Musa, with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of Cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam.
Babafemi said the suspect was apprehended on Thursday June 17, at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin, when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.
He said Musa worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno, before he deserted the Army.
He added that the suspect had arrived Ilorin with his wife, Basirat Musa, in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit.
He was, however, arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of the Kwara Command of the agency.
“Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.
“He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children.
“The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the Edo and Kwara Commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He assured them of his commitment towards making their welfare a priority.
13 Vehicles Burnt In Tanker Explosion On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says six tankers, five trucks and two cars were destroyed in a tanker explosion at Ogere on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday.
Earlier, FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to The Tide source, saying that it occurred at about 6.20 a.m.
Umar had said the explosion occurred in front of Romona trailer park on the expressway.
Giving update, he said, “the fire is serious, six tankers, five trucks and two cars are burnt in the explosion.’’
Umar said that one person had so far been rescued and taken to a private hospital in Ogere.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), has advised motorists plying the road to use alternative routes.
TRACE spokesman, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi explained that the tanker which was laden with fuel suddenly burst into flames affecting other vehicles.
“Vehicles moving inbound Lagos should go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“In addition, vehicles moving inbound Ibadan should also go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,’’ Akinbiyi said.
The incident was the fifth of such tragedies involving fuel tankers in the Lagos and Ogun State axis since the beginning of the year.
A similar fuel tanker-related fire was recorded on Jan. 7 on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
On March 21, a fuel tanker was the cause of fire on Otedola Bridge, also on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in which many vehicles were burnt.
On March 25, a diesel-laden tanker went up in flames at the Ikotun area of Lagos, leading to the incineration of other vehicles and shops.
On June 17, fire from the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant at the Ogun State Property Investments Corporation (OPIC) Plaza in Lagos trailed a leaking gas truck which was on motion in the area.
This resulted in a fire snowball which engulfed many other vehicles and property.
Twenty-five cars were destroyed in the OPIC Plaza inferno, while 13 persons, mostly workers in the restaurant, sustained burn injuries.
S’ East Leaders Denounce Secessionist Groups …Seek Protection Of Igbos
Leaders of the South East geo-political zone have urged leaders of other geo-political zones in the country to protect Igbos living in their regions, even as they condemned in totality the activities of violent secessionist groups in the zone and elsewhere.
The lgbo leaders comprising the governors of the five states, members of the National Assembly, Ministers, Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, the Clergy and Traditional Rulers, made their feelings known on Saturday, in a communique issued when they rose from a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu.
Explaining that they made the request in view of what they described as “threats by some groups against our people”, the South East leaders promised to protect everyone, including Igbos and people from other regions, residing in the zone.
On the impression that South East leaders are silent over agitations for secession by some youths of the region, they stated that “is not correct”, stressing that “South East Governors, Ohaneze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations”.
Proclaiming firmly that “we do not support them, they do not speak for South East”, the communiqué read by the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Engr. David Umahi, made it clear that the leaders of the zone reiterated their “commitment to one united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love and respect for one another”.
The communiqué revealed that South East leaders, in order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, “have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address such fears”.
It added that South East leaders also condemned the killing of security agents, burning of strategic infrastructure and killing of civilians in South East and in other regions, and requested the security agencies to discharge their duties within the rules of engagement and the law
They, however, explained that the meeting was held “for articulation of our positions and further meet with the Presidential team”, sequel to the earlier meeting with the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, Retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, on June 11, 2021.
The communiqué disclosed that the meeting consequently “set up committees under Ohaneze Ndigbo to articulate and address our positions on all burning issues to further meet among ourselves and thereafter meet with the Presidential team”.
On the safety of the Igbo indigenes in other parts of the country and the newly established regional security outfit, the communiqué added that the “meeting directed our Governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo to liaise with indigenes from the northern part of Nigeria and indigenes of other regions to assure the nation, Nigeria, and their people of their safety in South East.
“The meeting endorsed our South East joint security outfit – Ebubeagu and asked them to work with security agencies and to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the South East and our visitors”.
By: Canice Amadi, Enugu
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