As part of efforts to surmount the spate of insurgency,
violence and crises bedeviling the North eastern part of the country, the Federal Government under the ‘Presidential Initiative for North East’ has selected hundreds of youths from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states that constitute the region for training on how to seal and package grains into sacks with the use of machines.
The program which was in collaboration with the international firm ‘LINTEX International Limited’ has trained the beneficiaries to become professional sealers and packagers who can work in any food production company within and outside the nation.
Speaking yesterday during the closing ceremony of the training in Bauchi, the Chief Executive Officer of LINTEX International, Alhaji Bashir Dantata represented by Mr Adeagbo Sultan explained that the program was aimed at mitigating the rate of poverty and youths restiveness which make them to perpetrate crimes or indulge into insurgency activities.
Benue State women, under the aegis of the Southern
Women in Action Group (SWAG), have called for power shift to the Idoma-speaking area of the state in the forthcoming governorship election in the interest of fair play and justice.
National President of the group, Mrs. Ene Ibenu, who made the call at a briefing in Makurdi, the state capital, said the demand was premised on the principle of rotation and equity.
According to her, “what we are saying is that since the creation of Benue State some 38 years ago, nobody of Idoma extraction has assumed the leadership of the state as governor.
A senior official of the traditional rulers council of Gwoza town in Borno State has disclosed that members of the Boko Haram sect are having a field day in territories they have captured and have turned the sacked Emir’s palace in Gwoza to their headquarters.
He said the militants are now relocating from their camp in Sambisa forest in Borno State to the territories they have annexed in the northern region.
According to witnesses, their move is predicated on unabated territorial conquests by the insurgents who have occupied the army base in Gamboru town in Borno State which they took over on Monday.
The FCT Primary Health Care Development Board says
plans are underway to build toilets in strategic locations in Abuja.
Dr Matthew Ashikeni, Director, Disease Control Department of the board, announced this at the National Task Group and Sanitation meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
Ashikeni explained that the move was designed to ensure improved sanitation in the city with emphasis on reducing open defecation in FCT.
Ashikenu blamed open defecation on lack of functional sanitation facilities in public places in the city.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration
and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed off seven shops and confiscated contraband food products worth millions of Naira in Kano.
The NAFDAC Assistant Director (Enforcement), Mr Shaba Mohammed, disclosed this in Kano on Thursday in an interview with newsmen.
Our correspondent reports that six of the affected shops were located at the popular Singer Market, while the other shop was situated at Galadima area in Sabon Gari.
He explained that the operation was conducted recently to measure the level of compliance to regulation, particularly on food products.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, General Muhammadu
Buhari would declare for the presidential race within the next few days as he rounds off his nationwide consultations, his political aide has disclosed.
The former head of state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not new in the race as he has been consistently contesting for the presidency since 2003 when he ran against the then president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo under the platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).
Buhari also contested in 2007 and in 2011 against the late President Umaru Yar Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan respectively but lost in the three elections.
Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, has vowed to stamp out
political thuggery in the state.
Wada who made this known, yesterday, while addressing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, supporters during the “Thank You Visit” to Ajaka, headquarters of Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State, said his government would not tolerate any act of indiscipline from any one.
Wada warned that anybody caught in act of hooliganism would face the wrath of law no matter how highly placed, advising parents not to allow their children to be used as political thugs in the state.
Members of the Down Quarters Community in Kaduna
South Local Government area of Kaduna State have protested the setting up of an Ebola quarantine centre in the area.
They vehemently kicked against the proposed project, saying that government was not sensitive to the negative implication of locating such project in the midst of the community.
But the state government through the Deputy Governor, Nuhu Bajoga, said the government would go ahead with the project. He said the government could not afford to take the centre far away from the people in case there was an outbreak “so that the patient will not die on the way.”
Lagos State Government has organised training for no fewer
than 1000 of its secondary school teachers in the effective use of ICT across the education curriculum.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye said at the opening of the workshop in Lagos that it was the beginning of a series of many capacity building interventions and activities for teachers in the state public secondary schools which the state government was putting together.
She described high quality education as one of the major planks of national development, saying developed nations across the world paid great attention to their educational service delivery as they did not only invest in physical infrastructure but also in the human infrastructure at all levels.
The violent feud involving Eggon and Fulani communities
in Nasarawa State took another dimension yesterday when Fulani attackers invaded Tudun Adabu, an agrarian town, in the morning which led to hours of fierce fighting leaving casualties on both sides.
One of those who fled the area when the Fulani were said to have invaded at about 10am, Esla Jatau, said there had been rumours since Monday morning of the impending attack by Fulani herdsmen, so women and children were evacuated before they struck about 10am.
Unlike their attack on Akunni and Ikposogye where they had a field day destroying homes and property because the residents of the villages had deserted their homes, the Fulani met stiff resistance from Tudun Adabu youths who engaged them in exchange of fire lasting several hours.
The Ogun State protem chairman, Peoples Democratic
Movement, Mr.Isiak Gbadamosi, has said the party will not form alliance with any other political party in order to win any elective positions in 2015.
He said this at the party secretariat at Olomore, Abeokuta while briefing journalists on the activities of the party registered in 2013.
The protem chairman who was in company of other officials of the party which include the protem secretary, Mr. David Adeife, senatorial chairman, Ogun-West, Mr. Muhammed Adeyemi among others, said the party would not even consider an offer from the Peoples Democratic Party, which is an offshoot of the PDM.
He said, “We will not form alliance with any other political party. Any party that want to join us must submit its certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission and come under the PDM.
Plateau State Commissioner for Justice, Mr Edward Pwajok,
has said that the report of the Justice Bola Ajibola Commission of Inquiry into the 2008 Jos crisis would soon be released.
Pwajok told newsmen in Jos recently that: “Government has concluded deliberations on the report and shall soon make it public.’’
Our correspondent reports that the commission was set up by the state government in November 2008, after the devastating crises in Jos that claimed many lives.
“The State Government set up the commission of inquiry to investigate the immediate and remote causes of that crisis; it was expected to identify persons responsible for it and recommend sanctions, among other things.
FG Vows To Check Modern Day Slavery
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.
Imo Police Resist Armed Bandits’ Attack
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.
NDLEA Intercepts 35 Wraps Of Cocaine, Drugs En Route Italy, Turkey
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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