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Adamawa

The International Committee for Red Cross and Red Cres
cent said it had established family data base to assist in reuniting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East region.
Alhaji Aliyu Maikano, the officer In- Charge of Red Cross on IDPs, disclosed this in an interviews with the newsmen in Yola.
Maikano said the center was established to reunite victims of insurgent attacks, who fled their communities and settled in camps across the region.
“The Committee has established family data bases in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe for internally displaced persons in the North East region.
“The development is to re-unite families who were separated due to insurgent attacks.” Maikano said.

FCT

The National Chairman, Nigerian Legion, retired Col. Mika
Gayya, has appealed to the people who made pledges to the legion during the 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day to redeem them.
Gayya told newsmen  in Abuja that out of the N105 million pledged, only N30 million had been redeemed.
According to him, unsuccessful efforts have been made through the Presidency to ensure that the pledges were redeemed.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has asked that we should contact all those people who made the pledges.
“We followed the right channel to make sure that those people were contacted but up till this moment nobody has paid a single kobo of the remaining outstanding money.
“We have taken steps through the Presidency because those that made pledges were invited by the presidency.
“So, it is only right that we remind them through the presidency that they made some pledges to the Nigerian legion that are yet to be redeemed,” he said.

Gombe

The Gombe State House of Assembly has commended
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo’s efforts on the implementation of the 2014 budget.
Speaker of the House Alhaji Inuwa Garba, gave the commendation during the 2015 budget defence by Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Gombe.
He said that the budget had received a very serious attention and it was translated into action that impacted much on the socio economic development of the state.
According to him, it is now time for the state government to look toward the enhancement of its internally generated revenue base, for the development of the state.
“The oil price seems to be on a downward trend, day-by-day and it is what the entire nation depends on.
“This is a very serious problem, as it affected the economy of every part of our social life.

Kano

The Kano State Government has released N492.9 million
for the payment of scholarship allowances to its 23, 685 students in tertiary institutions across the country.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Usman Ririwai, said this when he briefed newsmen in Kano recently.
He said the payment, which would be made through the students’ accounts, was for 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions.
“The state government has released the money for the payment of the allowances and the payment has since commenced through their accounts.
“In the next couple of days all the students will receive their allowance through their accounts in various banks,” he said.
Ririwai assured that the state government would ensure that all outstanding students’ allowances were paid before the expiration of the present administration.

Lagos

My wife always demands money from me before allow
ing me to have sex with her, a retired civil servant, Mr Chibuzo Obiedefu, on Thursday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos.
Obiedefu, 50, told the court that his wife, Philomena, whom he married seven years ago, was denying him sex.
“My wife is always starving me of sex and if she will allow me, she will ask me to pay for it.
“And if I refused to give her money and wanted to sleep with her by force, she would hit me with any dangerous weapons she could lay her hands on,” he said.
The petitioner accused his wife of infidelity and alleged that she was dating a policeman in their area.
“Philomena is cheating on me; she is having an affair with a policeman and whenever I cautioned her, she will flare up,” Obiedefu said.
He pleaded with the court to dissolve his seven-year-old marriage because he was tired of the relationship and he was no longer in love.
Responding, the 40-year-old businesswoman denied all the allegations.

Niger

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has under
scored the need for political direction for the successful maintenance of security in the country.
He said this at the launch of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Emblem Appeal Week in Minna.
Aliyu said that this would give the members of the armed forces the moral and psychological impetus to conduct their constitutional duties effectively and efficiently.
“I believe with the right political will the issue of the current security challenges can be tackled within a given time frame.
“But we need to do a correct and honest assessment of the situation.
“We are yet to get a proper perspective of the security situations. New information emerges every day.
“When we get all these variables correctly, we can then be able to say to the armed forces finish the insurgency in six months and it will be done,” he said.

Oyo

A dietician and Head, Department of Dietetics, Univer
sity College Hospital(UCH) Ibadan, Mr Tunde Ajobo, said that headache, yellow urine and constipation were bold signs of dehydration.
Ajobo told newsmen in Ibadan that having persistent and constant headache might be a sign of losing body fluid or dehydration.
“Every human body constantly loses fluid and these means you are also losing essential salts like sodium and potassium that are in the fluids you are losing.
“The salt loss actually changes the chemical makeup of the blood and the brain in turn is super sensitive to that change, and that sensitivity triggers a headache.
“The headaches get worse depending on how much water one loses. The more water you lose, the more your blood volume drops, which cause less oxygen flow to the brain.
Plateau

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Catholic Archdio
cese of Jos, Plateau, has urged Nigerian leaders to be sincere and honest in tackling the insurgency affecting some northern states.
Kaigama, who is also the President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), made the statement in Jos in an interview with newsmen.
He described terrorism as `a negative manifestation of the ills of the Nigerian state,’ adding that terrorism would always rear its ugly face due to “some underlining but multidimensional factors.”
“Nigerians are too aesthetic in everything they do. We concentrate so much on doing the outward things, but seemingly forget to dig deeper to find lasting solutions to our problems.
“Leaders in this country — political, religious, and traditional must be sincere and honest in their dealings to bring an end to insurgency,” he said.

Taraba

The Taraba State Police Command has advised mosques
and churches in the state to acquire hand metal detectors in order to beef up security around them.
ASP Joseph Kwaji, spokesman of the command, gave the advice during an interview with the newsmen in Jalingo.
Kwaji said the devise would enable officials of the worship centres to thoroughly search worshipers before allowing them entry.
He said the advice became necessary in view of the security situation in the North-East.
He also advised individuals who were planning to organise social gatherings to acquire the facility and use same to prevent possible attack by terrorists.

Zamfara

The Zamfara State Zakat and Endowment Board, has
shared N4.08 million to more than 500 less-privileged people as Zakat in the state, the Board’s Chairman, Alhaji Liman Dan’Alhaji, said.
Dan’Alhaji made the disclosure during the distribution of the cash in Gusau, saying the Zakat distribution was an annual event.
He said “the money collected this year is more than the amount collected in previous years and we decided to share it to the beneficiaries.
“The beneficiaries include the deaf, the blind, the crippled and some Islamic scholars.
“They all received between N10,000 and N20,000, which is higher than the N5,000 shared in 2014.”
The Executive Secretary of the board, Malam Bashir Surajo, commended the individuals who contributed to the fund.

Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal (left) Speaker, House of Representative flanked by  Ogun State Governor, Senator Amosun Ibikunle and Alhaji Fashola of Lagos State at the APC Presidential rally held  in Port Harcourt recently.  					    Photo: Ibioye Diama

Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal (left) Speaker, House of Representative flanked by Ogun State Governor, Senator Amosun Ibikunle and Alhaji Fashola of Lagos State at the APC Presidential rally held in Port Harcourt recently. Photo: Ibioye Diama

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Group Urges Police To Apologise To Protesters

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The Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has asked the Nigeria Police to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
A statement by the human rights group yesterday, by its Interim Chair, Femi Falana (SAN), also accused the police of deliberately contravening Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020. 
The section provides that “Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilize personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.”
The group noted that Section 36 of the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of the Nigerian people to freedom of expression including the right to protest against policies of the government. 
Many Nigerians in many states across the country trooped out on Saturday, June 12 to mark the day– Democracy Day – with protests against bad governance. 
The protesters chanted ‘Buhari must go’ in apparent dissatisfaction with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that has seen security, economy, youth employment rate and some other sectors and indices worsen. 
However, there were arrests and harassment of peaceful protesters by the policex particularly in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River. 
The group in the statement said, “For having the audacity to insist on their fundamental right to protest against unpopular policies of governments, teams of armed police personnel fired teargas to disperse the peaceful rallies. As if the unprovoked attack was not enough, the Police brutalised and arrested scores of protesters in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar (Cross River State capital). 
“Since the protesters who were arrested during the peaceful rallies did not commit any offence, they have since regained their liberty. But the police authorities ought to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
“More so that the Police had deliberately contravened Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020 which provides that ‘Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilise personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.’
“While commending the protesters for conducting the themselves in a matured and peaceful manner, we condemn the official lie that the protesters were teargassed to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful rallies. Since the Police admitted that protesters committed no offence whatsoever why were some of them arrested? Why were the so-called hoodlums and miscreants who wanted to cause mayhem and unleash violence on the protesters not arrested? 
“Or were they treated like sacred cows because they had been hired to disrupt the peaceful rallies of the protesters? Why were the scanty pro-government protesters who were reported to have fought openly in Abuja over their booty not arrested for breach of the peace in the Federal Capital Territory?

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‘MKO Most Acceptable Nigerian Democrat’

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the late Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential poll, as “the most acceptable democrat cherished by Nigerians”.
Mohammed said this in Gamawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the distribution of empowerment items to youths and women under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
He said the empowerment scheme historic as it coincided with Democracy Day which he described as an unforgettable day in the history of Nigeria.
The governor, who was full of praises for the late business mogul, said Abiola provided the country with a lot of empowerment programmes without considering the tribe, language and geographical location of the beneficiaries.
“Our launching of this empowerment programne today is historic and passionate; we remember today is democracy day and we decided to do it on this day.
“This is because Chief Moshood Abiola, who we are celebrating, empowered several people.
“He did that across board without considering the religion, language and origin of those that benefited from the gestures.
“Abiola will remain in our memory as the most acceptable democrat or politician in Nigeria.
“We all voted for him and that is why myself, my deputy and the government decided honour to him this day by coming to Gamawa and Zaki to empower the people,” he said.
Mohammed noted that democracy day meant remembering people who had empowered the masses, adding that the late Abiola was in that category.
The gesture, he said, was also to show appreciation to the people who brought his administration to power, adding that his government had a lot to offer to the people.

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Buhari, Bello Greet Abubakar At 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.
The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday.
Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The president noted the goodwill that the former Head of State had continued to attract to the country, both at national and international levels.
He particularly lauded him for sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
Buhari prayed for increase in wisdom, strength and long life for the former military leader that midwifed return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Similarly, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), on his 79th birthday.
Sani-Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, last Saturday in Minna eulogised Abubakar and described him as a “complete gentleman”.
According to him, the former head of state is a patriot who has remained “consistent and significant” in the progress and development of the country.
He said Niger and the country were indeed lucky to have an outstanding leader and statesman who had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity and integration, as well as pursuit of global peace.
“Undoubtedly, your resolve to rededicate yourself to the service of our fatherland and humanity in general is a clear testimony of your statesmanship and influence which cuts across the length and breadth of the country,” Sani-Bello said.
He noted that at 79 years, Abdulsalami had remained a reference point for good governance, diplomacy and conflict resolution.
He prayed Allah to grant him sound health, many more years of wisdom, courage and determination to continue to offer selfless service to the nation and humanity.

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