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L-R: Bukina-Faso Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Piabe Ndo, Bukina-Faso’s Special Envoy, Mr Rene Bagoro, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador  Paul Lolo, during the visit of the Special Envoy to the Presidential Villa in Abuja last Thursday.

L-R: Bukina-Faso Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Piabe Ndo, Bukina-Faso’s Special Envoy, Mr Rene Bagoro, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Paul Lolo, during the visit of the Special Envoy to the Presidential Villa in Abuja last Thursday.

Adamawa

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
has said it had united 5,000 families in Adamawa and Borno States following the liberation of some communities from Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
The Director-General, NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi, disclosed this while presenting relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) returnees in Uba, Adamawa..
Sidi said the integration programme was initiated by the agency to support displaced persons, who returned to their various villages.
Sidi, represented by Alhaji Sa’ad Bello, NEMA camp coordinator in Adamawa, said the agency would provide necessary assistance to the returnees in parts of the affected states.
He said some of the displaced persons who fled their villages in Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha local government areas of Adamawa had returned to their respective villages.

Benue

The Governing Council of Benue State University, has
resolved to take proactive measures to cut down cost for the sustenance of teaching and research in the institution.
The decision is contained in a statement issued by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Prof. Ode Ojowu, made in Makurdi.
The statement quoted Ojowu as saying that contract staff whose tenure had expired would no longer be renewed, except contracts that were based on citizenship or critical needs.
He stated that employment into the university which was not required for accreditation purposes would be suspended forthwith and urged the school management to work out modalities to curtail overhead expenditure.
He said university funds would no longer be used to sponsor foreign trips of staff until further notice and appealed to those concerned to bear the cost.

Ekiti

Worried by the spate of kidnapping, the Ekiti State House
of Assembly, has unanimously passed a resolution calling on security agencies to be more proactive in their duties.
The lawmakers decried the ugly development, urging the Commissioner of Police, Mr John Etok, and other security agencies to ensure that they end the development.
Contributing during plenary, the members called for the enactment of law that would give a stiffer penalty for convicted kidnappers.
Messrs Olusanya Aladeyelu, Samuel Omotoso, Sunday Akinniyi and Gboyega Aribisogan, contributed to the debate.
The House charged members of the public to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any strange movement in and around their environment to security agencies around them.

FCT

The Pan-African Cultural Congresses (PACC) has said that
Africans are optimistic that implementing the continent-wide diversification policy will promote development.
The PACC Chairman, Mr Ferdinand Anikwe, made this know in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Anikwe said that African leaders were aware that extraction and exportation of raw materials would not grow the continent’s economy.
“Most African countries are currently implementing diversification policies to make sure that the extraction and exportation of raw materials do not become the only economic activity driving growth.
“At the Pan African Congress, we encourage positive diversification policies, especially in the area of Culture and Arts as well as other economically viable areas.

Kaduna

A United States-based lecturer, Prof.. Aondover Tarhule,
has urged the management of the Kaduna State University (KASU) to establish a research proposal development centre.
Tarhule made the call on Wednesday in Kaduna while presenting a paper titled, “ Writing a Successful Grant Proposal“ during the university’s Faculty of Science monthly seminar.
Tarhule, Chairman; Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma, United States of America, said the centre when established, would address the challenges facing writing research proposals to get approval for funding.
He said international organisations and foreign government agencies are interested in funding researches, particularly in developing countries like Nigeria.
Kano

The Kano State Government has approved over N39 million
for clearing of drains in Kano metropolis.
The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba , announced this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting in Kano on Thursday.
Garba said the exercise was necessary to prevent possible flooding and to guard against possible outbreak of communicable diseases in the area.
According to him, the council has also approved N61 million for the revalidation of approval in respect of teaching skills programme.
He also said that the state government had approved N18 million for three rounds of polio Immunisation Plus Days campaign in the state.

Lagos

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday,
constituted an eight member Ad Hoc Committee to review the circumstances that led to impeachment of former Deputy Governor Femi Pedro.
This followed an appeal made by the former Deputy Governor in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Mr Ganiyu Abiru.
The ex-deputy governor urged the House to revisit his impeachment in a compassionate manner.
The Clerk also stated that the letter from Pedro was attached with his letter of resignation while leaving office.
Pedro appealed to the 8th Assembly to revisit the impeachment sanction levelled against him by the 5th Assembly in 2007.

Nasarawa

Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has
promised to reconstruct the collapsed federal bridge along Abubakar Burga road in Keffi within two weeks.
Al-Makura made the pledge while inspecting the collapsed bridge.
He appealed to the residents of Keffi and motorists plying the route to be patient, assuring that government is doing everything possible to fix the bridge in order to reduce their hardship.
He said: “Although this is a Federal Government road, my administration is committed to initiate people’s oriented projects in order to better their living standard.
According to him, the reconstruction of the bridge if completed would go a long way in improving the socio-economic activities of the people.
Al-Makura also said that the state government was seriously worried by the hardship being experienced by the people as a result of the collapsed bridge which he said has cut off the city into two.
He added that his administration would do everything possible to ensure that the people of the state enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Sokoto

The United Nations’  Children’s  Fund (UNICEF) has urged
medical personnel in hospitals to continue to partner with community health workers to prevent disease outbreak in the country.
The Sokoto State Incident Manager for UNICEF, Dr Aminu Shehu, made the call on Thursday, in a presentation at a two-day sensitisation workshop organised for media practitioners by the Fund.
He said doctors in hospitals were largely concerned about individual cases brought before them by patients but failed to report same to the disease surveillance units for research and investigation.
He added that although, community health workers use effective disease surveillance on communities, they were sometime unable to trace possible outbreak of likely communicable diseases which could only be known when patients reported at the hospital.

Taraba

The newly-posted Commandant of the Nigerian Security
and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Taraba State, Mr Kamilu Isah, has vowed to deal decisively with hoodlums in the state.
Isah, who said this at his maiden media briefing in Jalingo, said there would be no sanctuary for miscreants throughout his tenure in the state.
The commandant said he would form a synergy with other security operatives to combat criminal activities in the state.
Isah said the command would not relent in its mandate of tackling criminal activities and protecting lives and property.
“I’m here to complement other security agencies and to curb criminality,” he said.

Yobe

The Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Board,
has said it used 40 health facilities to immunise children displaced by insurgency, to ensure that the routine immunisation chain was not broken.
An Assistant Director in the board, Dr Umar Ciroma, disclosed this in Damaturu at an interactive session with newsmen on the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) activities in the area.
He said the board had conducted follow-up activities by visiting Internally Displaced Persons in communities where they took refuge.
He said the board had been working round the clock to ensure that every displaced child was covered and immunized.

Zamfara

An NGO, Association of Reproductive and Family Health
(ARFH), has trained 568 women on different family planning methods in Birnin-Magaji local government area of Zamfara, according to an officer of the body.
The association’s Project Officer in the state, Mr Bamidele Oluwaseun, made this known at Birnin-Magaji during the Second Child Spacing Day.
Oluwaseun said the training was provided under the organisation’s Expanded Social Marketing Project in Nigeria (ESMPIN) project.
He added that the women were mobilised across the local government through the use of Community Based Distribution Agents (CBDAs) with support from the state’s Ministry of Health.
The project officer said that part of the child spacing methods taught the women included Implanon, Jaddel, Inter Urinary Device (IUD), Depo and the use of condom.
Other‘methods, he added, included long acting methods such as counselling, injection, insertions, as well as oral pills.
The officer then called for more support from traditional and religious leaders in addressing the myths and misconceptions regarding child spacing and commended the efforts of the Zamfara Ministry of Health and the Emir of Birnin-Magaji for supporting the programme.
He expressed the hope that the overall goal of increasing access, knowledge to women and men of reproductive age would be achieved if government played its role and if partners increased their commitment and support.

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NDLEA Arrests Doctor, Ex-Soldier For Dealing In Drugged Cookies, Cocaine

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The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a medical doctor, Jane Chioma Ofoma, in Auchi, Edo, for selling drugged cookies and biscuits.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja, that Chioma sold the drugged cookies and biscuits through an online catering service, Omachi’s kitchen.
Babafemi said the arrest followed intelligence and surveillance where narcotic officers of the Edo Command of the agency on Saturday June 19, stormed her operational base at 1 Winners Way, Auchi.
This, he said, led to her arrest and at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered from the suspect.
According to him, Chioma, 26, who is a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
“She has confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation,” he said.
In the same vein, Babafemi said a 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma, has been arrested by officers of the Edo Command of the agency for dealing in crack cocaine.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in Kwara have arrested a 52-year-old ex-Soldier, Ibrahim Musa, with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of Cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam.
Babafemi said the suspect was apprehended on Thursday June 17, at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin, when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.
He said Musa worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno, before he deserted the Army.
He added that the suspect had arrived Ilorin with his wife, Basirat Musa, in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit.
He was, however, arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of the Kwara Command of the agency.
“Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.
“He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children.
“The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the Edo and Kwara Commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He assured them of his commitment towards making their welfare a priority.

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13 Vehicles Burnt In Tanker Explosion On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says six tankers, five trucks and two cars were destroyed in a tanker explosion at Ogere on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday.
Earlier, FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to The Tide source, saying that it occurred at about 6.20 a.m.
Umar had said the explosion occurred in front of Romona trailer park on the expressway.
Giving update, he said, “the fire is serious, six tankers, five trucks and two cars are burnt in the explosion.’’
Umar said that one person had so far been rescued and taken to a private hospital in Ogere.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), has advised motorists plying the road to use alternative routes.
TRACE spokesman, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi explained that the tanker which was laden with fuel suddenly burst into flames affecting other vehicles.
“Vehicles moving inbound Lagos should go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“In addition, vehicles moving inbound Ibadan should also go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,’’ Akinbiyi said.
The incident was the fifth of such tragedies involving fuel tankers in the Lagos and Ogun State axis since the beginning of the year.
A similar fuel tanker-related fire was recorded on Jan. 7 on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
On March 21, a fuel tanker was the cause of fire on Otedola Bridge, also on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in which many vehicles were burnt.
On March 25, a diesel-laden tanker went up in flames at the Ikotun area of Lagos, leading to the incineration of other vehicles and shops.
On June 17, fire from the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant at the Ogun State Property Investments Corporation (OPIC) Plaza in Lagos trailed a leaking gas truck which was on motion in the area.
This resulted in a fire snowball which engulfed many other vehicles and property.
Twenty-five cars were destroyed in the OPIC Plaza inferno, while 13 persons, mostly workers in the restaurant, sustained burn injuries.

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S’ East Leaders Denounce Secessionist Groups …Seek Protection Of Igbos

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Leaders of the South East geo-political zone have urged leaders of other geo-political zones in the country to protect Igbos living in their regions, even as they condemned in totality the activities of violent secessionist groups in the zone and elsewhere. 
The lgbo leaders comprising the governors of the five states, members of the National Assembly, Ministers, Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, the Clergy and Traditional Rulers, made their feelings known on Saturday, in a communique issued when they rose from a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu. 
Explaining that they made the request in view of what they described as “threats by some groups against our people”, the South East leaders promised to protect everyone, including Igbos and people from other regions, residing in the zone.
On the impression that South East leaders are silent over agitations for secession by some youths of the region, they stated that “is not correct”, stressing that “South East Governors, Ohaneze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations”.
Proclaiming firmly that “we do not support them, they do not speak for South East”,  the communiqué read by the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Engr. David Umahi, made it clear that the leaders of the zone reiterated their “commitment to one united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love and respect for one another”.
The communiqué revealed that South East leaders, in order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, “have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address such fears”. 
It added that South East leaders also condemned the killing of security agents, burning of strategic infrastructure and killing of civilians in South East and in other regions, and requested the security agencies to discharge their duties within the rules of engagement and the law
They, however, explained that the meeting was held “for articulation of our positions and further meet with the Presidential team”, sequel to the earlier meeting with the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, Retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, on June 11, 2021.
The communiqué disclosed that the meeting consequently “set up committees under Ohaneze Ndigbo to articulate and address our positions on all burning issues to further meet among ourselves and thereafter meet with the Presidential team”.
On the safety of the Igbo indigenes in other parts of the country and the newly established regional security outfit, the communiqué added that the “meeting directed our Governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo to liaise with indigenes from the northern part of Nigeria and indigenes of other regions to assure the nation, Nigeria, and their people of their safety in South East.
“The meeting endorsed our South East joint security outfit – Ebubeagu and asked them to work with security agencies and to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the South East and our visitors”.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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