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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State (middle), Acting President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Garba Muhammad (2nd left) and members of the Guild, during a courtesy visit to the Governor in Sokoto on Friday.        Photo: NAN

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State (middle), Acting President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Garba Muhammad (2nd left) and members of the Guild, during a courtesy visit to the Governor in Sokoto on Friday. Photo: NAN

Adamawa

The Grand Khadi of Adamawa Sharia Court of Appeal,
Justice Mohammed Mahmood, has urged proprietors of private schools in the state, to place humanitarian interest above financial benefit profit in their operations.
Mahmood made the call at the graduation ceremony of Ahmadu Ribadu College, Yola.
Mahmood, who was the chairman of the occasion, said providing education was a service to humanity and should not be reduced to ‘profit-making venture’.
The Grand Khadi,who was represented by the Registrar, Shariah Court of Appeal, Barr. Hashimu Suleiman, urged government to always monitor the operations of private schools, to ensure standard.
He lauded Ribadu College for remaining one of the best private schools in the state, and urged its management to sustain the standard.
Bauchii

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, has
pledged to pay workers’ salaries when due to enable them carry out their responsibilities.
Abubakar made the pledge in Bauchi while exchanging views with members of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by its Chairman, Mr Hashimu Gital.
He emphasised that the state government would pay workers’ salaries promptly after settling debts inherited from the previous administration.
Abubakar assured them that he would continue to engage the organised labour to enable it to contribute its quota to the development of the state.
He said that the administration would exhibit prudence and transparency in handling the resources of the state at its disposal and execute people-oriented projects.
The governor commended the labour movement in the country for its role during the electoral process that ushered in the new administration into office.
He, therefore, urged the workers in the country to support the new administration to enable it to excel.

FCT

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has commenced
investigations into alleged police misconduct in the country in line with its constitutional mandate.
In a statement, the head, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Mr Ikechukwu Ani said that the action followed several reports in the media and the public on allegations of unlawful police actions.
It said that all police officers involved in serious cases of misconduct would henceforth appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the commission.
“The chairman of the commission has directed that cases of gross police misconduct should subsequently be treated with dispatch,“ he said.
It said that the commission was already looking into three cases of alleged police misconduct across the country.
“They are an alleged brutalisation of an eight month pregnant woman at the Satellite Area of Lagos State who was said to have lost her pregnancy due to an alleged police indiscretion.
Gombe

Head of Forestry unit of Yamaltu/Deba Local Govern
ment Council in Gombe State has confirmed the killing of a notorious hippopotamus in Dadinkowa dam that has been terrorising the community for the past two years.
He told newsmen in Gombe that the bulky animal, apart from terrorising people, had also been destroying crops and fishing facilities of fishermen in the area.
“We discovered it about two and half years ago, but unfortunately, it has become very notorious and dangerous to people. “The community wrote to the local government council, complaining about the threat of the animal and we forwarded same to the Ministry of Environment, seeking the approval of the Governor to take action.
“We received the approval last week, and decided to go hunting for it, an exercise that took us one week before the animal was finally spotted.

Jigawa

Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State, has ap
proved the dissolution of the executive committee of the state chapter of Youth Council of Nigeria (YCN).
This is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Adamu Abdulkadir,which was made available to our correspondent yesterday in Dutse.
It said the dissolution was with immediate effect.
The statement quoted Abdulkadir saying that the dissolution followed a conflict rocking the council.
It explained that a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the council had been constituted.

Kaduna

The Nigerian Air Force has promised to build the capac
ity of its personnel to enable them to deal with the current security challenge in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, AVM Sadiq Abubakar, made the promise when he addressed the officers and men of the Nigeria Air Force Base (NAF), in Kaduna.
He also stressed that the new leadership of the air force would lay emphasis on personnel capacity, maintenance and stability of airplanes.
The air force chief, who was on familiarisation visit to the base, said he would undertake in depth assessment of their needs in order to strengthen their capacity to meet the challenges of the time.

Kano
The Kano State Government says fertilisers will hence
forth be distributed through Community Reorientation Committee (CRC), which had replaced the Mobile Phone Distribution System.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Yusuf Gawuna, made this known to newsmen in Kano recently.
Represented by Public Relations Officer to the Commissioner, Alhaji Garba Yunusa, Gawuna said the fertilisers would also be distributed to farmers at subsidised rate of N3,500 per bag instead of its market price of N5000.
“The new method of distribution is aimed at ensuring that the fertilisers reached the local farmers.
“The distribution through the CRC would foster effective delivery of the commodity to the grassroots farmers’’, he said.
Lagos

Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approved the
release of N11 billion to offset all pension liabilities in the state accrued since 2010.
This is contained in a statement by the state’s Head of Service, Mrs Shade Jaji, in Lagos.
Jaji said that the move was to bring succour to all retirees in the state’s public service.
She said that release of the fund was also part of measures by government to find a holistic solution to payment of pension to retirees under the PAY AS YOU GO scheme.
She added that accrued pension rights due to retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme would also be taken care of.

Nasarawa

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has
tasked members of the public to report irresponsible and corrupt officers to higher police authorities for disciplinary action.
Arase, represented by the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), Research and Planning, Mr Christopher Katso, gave the charge at a meeting with members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC)  in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He said that the new concept of policing in Nigeria was geared toward adequate involvement of the public in line with international best practice.
“One of the critical tools needed for effective policing is information and members of the public are in a better position to supply these information since police officers cannot be everywhere at all times,” he said.

Osun

The newly appointed Chancellor of the Obafemi
Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar,  has assured its management of his readiness to partner with other stakeholders to improve the university.
This is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju, made available to newsmen, in Ile-Ife.
Abubakar, who is also the Etsu Nupe, said this when the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bamitale Omole, led his management team to pay a courtesy call on him and presented to him his letter of appointment from the Federal Government.
The monarch lauded the administrative ingenuity of the university led by Omole.
He promised to put in his best to do more and build on the achievement of his predecessors, adding that it was a rare privilege for him to be appointed as the chancellor of a first-class, world-rated university like the OAU.

Plateau

Stakeholders have criticised the Nigerian education sys
tem, describing the processes leading to securing admission into the tertiary institutions as “exploitative’’.
Some of them, who spoke with newsmen in Plateau, Benue and other states in the North-Central geo-political zone, held that the hurdles were not only expensive, but energy-sapping and strenuous.
Gunsling Yarlings, Chairman, Plateau Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, said that there were too many examinations before admissions are offered, especially into the universities.
“The process starts with the purchase of the JAMB form, for which you must buy a scratch card and look for a cybercafé, to fill out the form.
“After the examination, which may be in some far away state, the candidate will have to buy another scratch card, to check the result.

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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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