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The Benue State Chief Judge, Justice Iorhemen Hwande,
has restrained Gov Gabriel Suswam from appointing first class chiefs in the state.
Mr Benjamin Adanyi has dragged Suswam and eight others to court challenging the passage of Benue State Council of Chiefs and Traditional Councils Bill/Law by the Benue House of Assembly on April 7, 2015.
Joined in the matter were Tor Tiv, the Och’Idoma, the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as well as the Benue House of Assembly.
Moving the motion on behalf of the applicant, Barr. T D Pepe had informed the court that the respondents had put machinery in place to implement the contents of a law that had not been properly or validly passed.
Pepe prayed the court to stop the respondents from appointing any person to the office of the 10 proposed first class chiefs in Benue pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice in the case.

FCT
The Advocacy for Economic Integrity, an NGO, has advised
the incoming government to provide security, stable political system, regular electricity supply and efficient transportation to boost the nation’s development.
The Director-General of the organisation, Mr Abdullahi Aremu, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Aremu said the programmes and projects would help to solve the myriad of problems facing the Nigerian entrepreneur.
According to him, when there is no guarantee of security of lives and properties, it becomes difficult to run a successful venture.
He also urged the incoming government to ensure speedy improvement in the nation’s transportation system.

Kaduna

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged the
incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration to ensure adequate protection of journalists and other media workers in the discharge of their duties.
The National President of the union, Malam Mohammed Garba, made the call in Kaduna on Monday as part of the activities marking the World Press Freedom Day 2015.
According to him, good governance can not be achieved when the press do not have unfeterred access to the process of governance.
Garba said it was important for government to allow the journalists to carry out their watchdog role in the society “if any positive impact is to be made in the fight against corruption”.
The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is: “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting Gender Equality and Media Safety in Digital Age.’’

Kwara

The Kwara State Anti-Thuggery Taskforce has said it had
arrested 22 suspected hoodlums at different locations in Adeta and Pakata areas of Ilorin, the state capital.
Alhaji Suleiman Abdulsalam, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security and Intelligence, made this known in an interview with newsmen in llorin.
He said some of the suspects were arrested at a shrine in Adeta in llorin, adding that some dangerous weapons and charms stained with fresh blood were recovered from them.
Abdulsalam told newsmen that a joint operation comprising the NDLEA, vigilante group and police tagged: ‘Operation Harmony’ on Friday also arrested 32 people at an Indian hemp joint in the outskirt of llorin.
According to him, all the suspects are being detained and interrogated by the security agents.

Lagos

The Lagos State Government has said that 140 convicted
sex offenders had been recorded in a Sex Offenders’ Register created by the state government to shame offenders and serve as deterrent.
Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice Mr Ade Ipaye,  made the disclosure at the 2015 Ministerial Press Briefing in Ikeja.
He said that the state had recorded no fewer than 12, 120 rape cases and other sexual violence matters in the last four years, describing such acts as threats to dignity and humanity.
According to him, the government is doing its best to address the problem through the law and other means.
Giving other statistics, Ipaye said that it had sentenced 5,834 offenders to community service for various offences in the last four years.

Niger

The Niger State government has announced the termination
of the appointment of political appointees and dissolution of State Boards with effect from May 1.
A statement issued on Monday in Minna by Alhaji Saidu Kpaki, Secretary to the state government, said the measure was aimed at ensuring smooth transition and proper handing over to the new administration.
It urged the affected appointees, who are heads of establishment to hand over to the most senior civil servant in such establishments.
“Category of officers entitled to severance gratuity who have vehicle loans and have not served up to two years minimum to qualify for the severance are to return such vehicles.
“They should also return any operational vehicle in their care to the Transport Officer, Government House for proper documentation”, the statement said.

Ogun

The Ogun State Government has pledged to improve on its
Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), so as to complete ongoing developmental projects across the state.
The Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, stated this while briefing the participants of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on the activities of the Ministry in Abeokuta.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ajibola Chokor, Adeosun said government was planning to extend its cashless policy to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in order to block leakages.
She said revenue consultants would be registered by the Ministry of Finance to monitor and create an enabling environment that would attract local and foreign investors.
Adeosun said the ministry had continued to formulate economic policies geared towards repositioning the state as well as improving on the existing process and systems to support the present administration

Osun

House of Assembly members-elect in Osun  State have
been urged to shun partisanship and work together for the development of the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr Adekunle Ogunmola, made the call on Monday while presenting certificate of return to them at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Osogbo.
He said that now that the elections were over, the next thing for the assembly members-elect to do was to ensure service to the people.
The REC, who described the in-coming lawmaker as members of the same family, said ‘’we are all members of the same family and we must ensure that we do our best to ensure good governance in the state.
In his speech, the Speaker of the house, Mr Najeem Salaam, who was also re-elected, described the next dispensation in the assembly as ‘’a new challenge’’ which required more commitment from the legislative arm of government.

Oyo

The Oyo State Government has restated its commitment to
maintaining and sustaining the existing peace and security of lives and property of the entire citizens of the state.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi stated this on Monday while receiving a delegation from the Institute for Security Service, Abuja ,at the Governor’s Office, Agodi ,Ibadan.
Ajimobi , who was represented by his Deputy, Moses Adeyemo, said that no state could develop without the provision of adequate security of lives and property.
He said the present administration would adopt a radical approach to the provision of security and economic development of the state.
The governor also called on governments at all levels to redouble their efforts toward creating a peaceful environment for the people.

Sokoto

Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State has urged the
Federal Government to reposition the nation’s educational system to make it efficient, effective and competitive.
Wamakko made the call in Sokoto while receiving participants of Group 3, Course 37 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau.
“Such repositioning should be premised on facts and figures and not on sentiments; This should be the guiding principle while formulating and implementing plausible policies and programmes.
“Consequently, they will be made more sustainable, plausible and workable, hence, strengthen the nation’s education sector,” he said.
The governor said the state government had been providing substantial percentage of its annual budget to the education sector since 2007.

Zamfara

Residents of Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara
State have  urged the Federal Government to reverse the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) because it had done more harm than good to Nigerians.
Some residents, who spoke with newsmen in Gusau, said the privitisation of the sector had not yielded the desired results.
Muhammad Mansur, a resident of Gidan Dawa, said that since the privitisation of the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), the country had continued to experience power shortage.
Mansur said that there had not been any progress with the privatisation of the company, rather it had witnessed degeneration.
He said before the company was privatised, the distribution of light in the area was better than it is today.
Salisu Idris, a resident of Bakin Kasuwa area of Gusau, said that in spite of the shortage in the supply of power in the area, the company’s officers disconnect customers at will.

 From Right: Nlc President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, Deputy President, Comrade Peters Adeyemi and Secretary, May Day Organising Committee, Mr Benson Upah, at the 2015 May Day Symposium in Abuja on Thursday

From Right: Nlc President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, Deputy President, Comrade Peters Adeyemi and Secretary, May Day Organising Committee, Mr Benson Upah, at the 2015 May Day Symposium in Abuja on Thursday

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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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