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Benue
A 33-year-old prison warder, Kenneth Jinge, has
been remanded in prison by a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court over alleged murder of a Road Safety Officer, Mr Aloysius Oguakwe.
The accused is facing a charge of culpable homicide punishable under Section 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue.
The Prosecutor, Mr James Zungwe, told the court that the wife of the deceased, Uzoamaka Oguakwe, reported the matter to the ‘B’ Division police station, Makurdi, on March 18.
According to the wife of the deceased, the accused,  who is their neighbour at BNARDA office, Makurdi and a staff of Nigeria Prison Service, had engaged her husband in a fight on that fateful day.

Borno
The Borno State Government has donated N10 mil
lion to the State contingents to the 2014 National Qur’anic Recitation Competition held in Dutse in March.
Governor Kashim Shettima announced the donation while receiving members of the team in his office in Maiduguri, the State capital.
Shettima said the gesture was in recognition of the superlative performance of the team at the competition which made the state proud.
He said the money should be shared equally among the seven members of the team who won laurels and their coaches.

Ekiti
A socio-cultural women group,‘Elegbe-Ulu‘, in Oye
Local Government Area of Ekiti State has advised politicians to abstain from what would spark off violence and disharmony in the state.
The leader of the group, Mrs Bolaji Omoleye, gave the piece of advice  in an interview with newsmen in Oye-Ekiti.
Omoleye, who was reacting to utterances by some politicians recently, said that such could result into violence, attacks and counter attacks among party loyalists.
According to her, it is the wishes of every woman in the state that the forthcoming governorship election is conducted under peaceful and harmonious atmosphere.

FCT
A Public Health Physician, Dr Baba Ahmed has cautioned
Nigerians against excessive intake of alcohol to prevent chronic liver cirrhosis, dementia or mental disorder.
Ahmed, who works with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) told newsmen in Abuja that alcohol addicts were at risk of contracting Alzheimer’s or Parkinson disease.
According to Wikipedia an online dictionary, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, there is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death.
Parkinson disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, while dementia is a serious illness affecting a person’s brain and memory.

Gombe
The federal and Gombe State governments have provided
farm inputs to 16,000 rice farmers to boost dry season farming in the state, an official has disclosed.
The Programme Manager of the Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (GSADP), Mr Ishaya Ngale, made this known to newsmen in Gombe recently.
Ngale said while the Federal Government supplied 25kg rice seeds and three bags of fertiliser to each farmer, the state government supplimented with water pumps, free tractor services and fertiliser.
According to him, the state government has 20 clusters of rice farmers spread across Funakaye, Kwami, Yamaltu/Deba and Balanga local government areas.

Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has pledged to
work closely with the Corporate Affairs Commission to strengthen its capacity to register all existing businesses in the state.
The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Joshua Uchissa made the pledge in Kaduna at a workshop on business registration organised by CAC and GEMS3.
The workshop had as its theme: “Promoting Business in our Country”.
Uchissa said the state government had since put in place relevant machinery to fast track the registration of businesses, to boost the confidence of investors.

Kwara
The acting Director of the Centre for Peace and
Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji, has urged the Federal Government to establish  a  Ministry of Peace in the country.
Adedimeji,  who made the call while receiving  national leaders of the  Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), said current developments in the  country had made  such a ministry imperative.
The SPSP is a non-governmental organisation  committed to promoting peace and conflict resolution.
Adedimeji also said conflicts  could be  resolved by  war,  court and dialogue, adding that efforts were not being made to resolve issues through a peace ministry.

Lagos
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has
urged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to shun truancy and other forms of anti-social behaviour that would jeopardise their future.
Fashola stated this at the closing ceremony of the three-week orientation programme for the Batch A members at the NYSC camp at Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
He urged the corps members to be good ambassadors of the NYSC by engaging in productive activities
The governor, represented by the Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed, also implored employers in the state to assign challenging duties to corps members deployed to their organisations.

Nasarawa
The Chairman of Nasarawa-Eggon Local Govern
ment in Nasarawa State, Mr Akolo Amed, said corruption and indiscipline must be rooted out in order to build a virile country.
He made the observation in Nasarawa-Eggon during his maiden meeting with workers of the local council.
The chairman said that it was the responsibility of all Nigerians to help in building a strong, virile country by doing the right thing at all times.
Amed, who blamed indiscipline for the pervasive corruption in the country, cautioned leaders to always be prudent and patriotic in their conduct in order to inspire their followers.

Niger
The Federal Government has expressed its readi
ness to partner with Niger, Kogi and Benue governments to establish three crop processing zone.
Regional Director, North-Central, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sunday Edibor, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Minna.
He said that the move was to ensure food security not only in the zone but also a way of making various crops available in the country.
“The Federal Government has created three staple crops processing zones in the three states to ensure food security in the country,’’ he said.

Ogun
An Ota Senior Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State has
remanded two men, Godwin Edeh, 27, and Edeh Destiny, 30, for allegedly stealing a Bajaj tricycle worth N125,000.
The Magistrate, Mrs Titi Bello, directed that the accused be kept behind bars, pending the time their bail would be considered.
The accused are facing a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Osun
Governor Rauf Aregbesola  of  Osun State has sent
a bill to the state House of Assembly seeking the establishment of a Special Offences Court.
In a letter dated December 1, 2013  which accompanied the bill to the Assembly, the governor explained that the court  would handle various environmental offences in the state.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Najeem Salaam, read the letter at plenary in Osogbo.
“The State Executive Council at its meeting on December 1, 2013, considered and approved a bill for the establishment of  State of Osun Special Offences Court,” the letter stated.

L-R: Lagos Stae Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Secretary to State Government, Dr  Ranti Adebule, Commissioner for  Health, Dr Jide Idris and Governor Babatunde Fashola, inaugurating Lagos State Expanded School Eye Health Programme in  Lagos, recently. Photo: NAN

L-R: Lagos Stae Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Secretary to State Government, Dr Ranti Adebule, Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris and Governor Babatunde Fashola, inaugurating Lagos State Expanded School Eye Health Programme in Lagos, recently. Photo: NAN

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Emirates Resumes Flights To Nigeria, June 23

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The UAE carrier, Emirates Airlines, would start carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India from June 23, the UAE Embassy said as it announced revised rules on Covid-19.
“We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories,” the airline said in a separate statement, yesterday.
“Residence visa holders from India and travellers from South Africa should’ve taken two doses of a vaccine approved by UAE authorities and carry RT-PCR tests reports from labs approved by the federal governments of these countries.
“But for Nigerians vaccination is not made mandatory but all other conditions apply.
“In addition to the above, Indians have to take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to their travel.
“While there are four vaccines in the UAE for use on eligible individuals against the Covid-19 infection – Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca, it is unclear if the UAE has approved vaccines administered on Indian, South African and Nigerian citizens in their countries,” it stated.
“All travellers are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure.
“UAE citizens are exempted.
“Only QR coded PCR test result certificates are accepted.
“All passengers must take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to flight departure.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
“Passengers should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.
“Passengers should produce a negative PCR test certificate with a QR Code from labs approved by the Nigerian government.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival to Dubai Airport.
“Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.
“Entry will now be permitted to residents who have received two doses of UAE-approved vaccines,” the state said.
The revised procedures for travellers coming from the Republic of India, South Africa and Nigeria were issued by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.
They are effective from June 23, the Dubai Media Office said.
It said the updates are part of the committee’s keenness to protect passengers and ease hassles for them without compromising on Covid-19 preventive measures, said the Chairman of the Supreme Committee, Sheikh Mansoor Al-Maktoum.
The Media Office announcement said the updated travel protocols are part of a normal process of revising and optimising preventive measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments.

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Bagudu Vows To Lead Rescue Operation Over Yauri Abduction

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Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State last Saturday vowed to lead the rescue operation of teachers and students abducted from the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, in Ngaski Local Government Area of the State.
Bagudu, who is also Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, spoke when local hunters visited him.
Reports had that the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, also paid a solidarity and sympathy visit on Gov. Bagudu.
Bagudu assured that some other governors and  stakeholders will join him in the ongoing search operations for the abducted students and staff of the school.
According to him, he will discuss with his colleagues and security agencies in this direction, so as not to jeorpardise the ongoing commendable operations to rescue the abducted students and staff.
He said: “But, we will go out there and like I promised, the day we will move out, I will not be in the office because we will join you in the field.”
The Kebbi State Governor said that this would be done barring all consequences in a bid to rescue the abductees.
Bagudu argued: “It is not weapons that win wars, but it is the will that bad people cannot triumph and we will show that, we have enough will power .
“President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies have been doing the best they could with limited resources.
“But, we also need to mobilize, kit ourselves and take on these bandits. Our various scriptures as Muslims and Christians allow us to put our lives at risk in defence of our honour, property and our faiths.
“In what the bandits are doing, they have challenged all of us, so, we can’t let them.”
Bagudu asked the hunters to go back and fully mobilise, pending when he gets the necessary clearance from the security agencies, adding, “we will meet in the field.”
The governor maintained that governors were not sworn in only to sit down in the office and work.
He stated that they are aware that one day they would be required to lead in the field, even though they are not military or police personnel.
He said that if hundreds of thousands of people can be mobilised during campaigns, same should be done now to join the search party.
He said: “What happened in Birnin Yauri should be the last straw. We should follow these bandits wherever they are and take them on.”
Bagudu also described the abduction as very callous, even as he lauded the security agencies, management of the school, ‘Yan Sakai and vigilantes for their heroic efforts since the bandits struck at the college.

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Govs, Others Task Security Agencies On S’East

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South-East governors and leaders have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the zone.
They made the call on Saturday in Enugu after a meeting attended by political leaders, socio-cultural organisations, clerics and the traditional leaders.
The Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, who addressed reporters after the meeting, condemned the killing of civilians in the zone by security agencies.
Umahi urged them to discharge their duties within the law and in accordance with their rules of engagement.
The Ebonyi governor reaffirmed the commitment of the region to the corporate existence of the country.
Umahi, however, said that such union must be based on love, mutual respect and equality of rights irrespective of one’s religion, ethnic group, political inclination and creed.
The governor said the various secessionist groups from the region were not speaking for the people of the area.
He said the leaders from the zone had set up a committee to engage the agitators to allow elders of the region to address their fears.
“We have come out publicly on many occasions to speak against such agitations,” he said.
Umahi said the meeting was in fulfilment of the June 11 agreement they had with a federal government delegation led by the Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, a retired major-general.
“Consequent upon that, we scheduled our own meeting today to discuss and articulate our positions.
“This is to enable us not only engage the presidential team but also engage our people over all burning issues,” he said.
The governor said leaders from the region had noted with concern threats against the Igbo people by some groups in other regions.
“The meeting pleaded with leaders of other regions to note such threats to our people, address it and protect our people,” he said.
He said that governors from the South-East had assured people from other ethnic nationalities of their safety in the region in spite of the prevailing circumstances.
The leaders condemned the killing of security personnel and burning of government infrastructure in the region.
He called on National Assembly members from the region to support the creation of state police in the ongoing efforts to amend the constitution.
The governor said the meeting endorsed the South-East joint security unit called EbubeAgu, and requested the personnel to work with statutory security agencies.
Those present at the meeting included Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
Anambra and Imo states were represented by the deputy governors, Nkem Okeke and Placid Njoku respectively.
Others were the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, and President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, George Obiozo.

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