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Benue

The Benue State House of Assembly has directed a former
staff in the office of the deputy governor to retire N1.3 million back into the government’s coffers within one month or face the law. It also ordered the affected staff, Onah Iduh, to appear before it.   The House which gave the directive at sitting in Makurdi, frowned at the N7.3 billion extra budgetary expenditure by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the state and warned them against further unauthorised expenditures or risk sanction. The legislators’ resolution was based on report of the audited accounts of Benue State government, which was presented by the Public Account Committee headed by James Ochojila. The House maintained that MDAs should desist from extra budgetary expenditures, as only monies captured in the year’s budget should be expended.

Bauchi

The State Security Service (SSS) in Bauchi State has been
dragged to court over the non-payment of compensation for the land acquired for its training school. Hajiya Fatimah Ali filed a suit before the Bauchi State High Court against the SSS, over fencing of the land when it is yet to pay compensation to owners.  The defendants in the suit include Director of the school, Alhaji Ja’afar, Abdulrahman Yamida and Sani Abdullahi Mohammed. Counsel to the complainant, Barrister Idris Jibo, told the court  that initially, the land was sold to individuals and that when the training school indicated interest to acquire it, the owners entered into an agreement with the SSS. Jibo, who said the institution started developing the plot of land without paying his clients, urged the court to restrain it from further work on the land. The judge, Justice Abdulkadir Suleiman, granted the prayer and adjourned the suit to  September 17.

Borno
The Shehu of Borno State Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar
Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi yesterday urged Muslims in Borno State to begin a three -day fasting from today to  September 6, 2014.
A statement signed by the Secretary of the Borno Emirate Council, Zanna Laisu Kazalma, quoted the Shehu as saying that the call was in view of the security challenges confronting the state and other states and the need for spiritual intervention. The Umma was equally urged to offer special prayers in all Mosques and recite Khalimat Shahada ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ continuously during the fasting period. The Shehu advised that every Muslim individually and collectively should offer Sadaqat to the needy and underprivileged, especially to the internally displaced persons in various camps. In the same vein, he urged the Christian community in the state not to relent in their continuous prayers for peace and security in Borno and Nigeria.

FCT
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin
has accused oil companies of complicity in oil theft.
He spoke in Abuja yesterday while receiving the managing directors and chief executive officers of oil companies operating in the country. He said the situation had warranted mentioning names of the oil companies and other major stakeholders involved in the act. “We cannot pretend that the oil companies do not have a hand in some of these illegalities: some of the companies have left their oil wells open for years without sealing them up. “It has become very worrisome that we have not been able to check this and I personally believe that it has gotten to a point that instead of pointing accusing finger at each other, we shall be mentioning names including the major stakeholders,” he said “Why are we denting the image of this country? We must meet, discuss and curtail the oil theft. If any of my personnel is involved, he will be dealt with in accordance with the existing laws,” the Navy boss added.

Gombe
Not  more than nine babies including twins have been
delivered at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Gombe by pregnant women who fled the Boko Haran crisis in Borno State. The women who delivered the babies are among the over 1, 624  displaced persons in Damboa Local Government Area  in Borno State  following Boko Haram insurgents attack. The Senior Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Gombe Operations office, Ali Kadiri Moses gave the figures in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi. Kadiri said: “There are a lot of pregnant women in the camp.
Kaduna

The Kaduna State Director of the National Orientation
Agency (NOA), Mr Elisha Meck Sabo has appealed to residents of the state to avoid rumours of an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the state after the management of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria yesterday admitted that one of its students was under examination after showing symptoms similar to those of Ebola. A statement from the university’s Public Affairs Directorate on behalf of the ABU/ABUTH Joint Committee on the Ebola Viral Disease said the clarification became necessary as rumours spread on the outbreak of the disease.  ”The committee wishes to categorically state that there is indeed a reported case of a student of the university who on Monday, September 1, 2014 took himself to the ABUTH Shika to complain of fever, body pains, diarrhoea and vomiting, and he had been on and off with the sickness for two weeks before. From the examination carried out on the patient it was found that all the symptoms discovered are commonly seen in patients with other medical conditions.

Kano

Suspected killer of late Kano hotelier, Alhaji Ganiyu Akanbi
Bello, has arraigned before a Kano State Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at No Man’s Land. The suspect, Abubakar Abdurrahman Sadiq, 26, resident of Badawa quarters in Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state was accused of killing Alhaji Ganiyu Bello, owner of GAB Centre for Excellence Hotel on June 5, at his residence.  The accused person, who once worked as a receptionist in one of the deceased hotels, was said to have gone into Alhaji Ganiyu’s residence to steal.   It was further alleged that before the suspect could carry out the act, the deceased woke up and engage him in a fight. Source said that it was during the fight that the accused stabbed the deceased.  The accused was charged with criminal trespass, armed robbery and culpable homicide, offences contrary to Sections 348, 298 and 221 of the Penal Code. Police prosecutor, Haziel Lidapuwa, said the accused person pleaded guilty to all the three-count charges preferred against him. Presiding judge, Chief Magistrate Hassan Ahmed ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison and adjourned the case to October 10.

Niger
The Zungeru Hydroelectric Dam Community Relations
Committee (CRC) has called on communities hosting the ongoing dam project to cooperate with the federal government to ensure completion. Spokesperson of the committee, Salman Yusuf, in a statement said efforts are on to tackle cases of omission of names and underpayment of compensation to owners of land acquired for the project.  “We are appealing to the host communities for their understanding and cooperation as the authorities have noted with seriousness the observed cases of omission of names, underpayment and delay experienced in the banks in the compensation exercise. We are assuring the beneficiaries that the issues will be looked into with a view to making needed amendments,” he said.

Plateau

National Chairman, Council of Ulama of Jammatul Izalatul
Bidia Wa Ikamatus Sunnan (JIBWIS) Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir has said that education is a critical tool for revolution
Jingir, who spoke yesterday in Jos, when he presented prizes to winners from Plateau State of the just concluded Quranic competition organized by JIBWIS, said education is the foundation of any positive change and develop-ment in the society.
Jingir said education and dis-cipline are the best legacies that parents and guardians can give to their children.
“Whoever invests in the education of his children has double rewards; first reward is for making your children responsible and development of the society. Secondly, Almighty Allah will reward you. I urge all parents to provide sound Islamic and western education to their children,” he said.

Sokoto

Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator
Umaru Tambuwal has lost his mother, Hajiya Fatima Attahiru yesterday at the age of 97 after a protracted illness.
Fondly called Mama Ashibi, the late Hajiya Fatima is survived by three children, many grand and great grandchildren. She was buried in Tambuwal after funeral prayers attended by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
Others dignitaries included Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar and others.  Wamakko and the sultan prayed Allah to grant her eternal rest and give members of her family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Yobe
There were fears in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital yes
terday following information reaching the town that Boko Haram insurgents had encircled it.
There was no security confirmation to that effect but residents of villages and towns around the city said they saw the insurgents in some strategic locations.
Our correspondent reports that residents of Damaturu were confident of security measures earlier put in place by the Soldiers Special Operation team. But with the annexation of southern Yobe and the growing rife in Bama, Gwoza and other parts of the states, fear has taken over the town.
A resident from Sassawa, a few kilometers Northeast of Damaturu said the insurgents were freely carrying out activities in the area.
“They preach, extort and kill anyone who resists them, there is no security in the area. And they always threaten that we should stay in the village or else they would meet us in Damaturu”, he said.

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State (right) speaking to newsmen on Ebola virus on his arrival from Lesser Hajj in Lagos recently. With him are, his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Hakeem Bello (left) and  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba. Photo: NAN

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State (right) speaking to newsmen on Ebola virus on his arrival from Lesser Hajj in Lagos recently. With him are, his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Hakeem Bello (left) and Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba. Photo: NAN

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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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