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Governor Akinwunmi Ambodi of Lagos State (right), presenting a souvenir to the German President, Mr Joachim Gauck, during his visit to Lagos State, recently.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambodi of Lagos State (right), presenting a souvenir to the German President, Mr Joachim Gauck, during his visit to Lagos State, recently.

Adamawa

An Abuja based Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO),
Adventist-Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is rendering support to 514 households of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa State.
The Emergency Management Coordinator of the group, Mr Peter Odiahi, disclosed this at the presentation of relief materials to some households in Michika Local Government Area of the state.
Odiahi said that the gesture was part of efforts by the organisation to assist returning IDPs to integrate them to the society.
He explained that the organisation with the support of the UN Foods and Agriculture organisation (FAO), had provided the IDPs with various agro food processing machines to improve their livelihoods.
According to him, ADRA as an International NGO, has been working in partnership with the FAO, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in providing humanitarian services to displaced persons in seven local government areas worst affected by activities of Boko Haram in Adamawa.

Bauchi

Nigerien citizens living in Bauchi State have expressed
optimism that Sunday’s general elections in their country would reflect the wishes of the electorate.
Some of them, who spoke to newsmen in Bauchi, said they were satisfied with the arrangement made by their country’s electoral body.
They were particularly pleased with the opportunity given to Nigeriens in diaspora, to exercise their franchise.
They however said the number of vehicles provided to enable them travel to designated states to cast their votes, were inadequate.
One of them, Abubakar Mohammed, said six vehicles were provided in Bauchi for them to travel to Kano, the nearest voting centre, as such only few of them could make it.

Borno

Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Dalori Camp
II along Bama Road, Maiduguri, Borno State, have called for improved living conditions in the camp.
The IDPs made the appeal while speaking to newsmen during a visit to the camp by the UNHRC.
According to them, some of the challenges they face included inconsistent and poor feeding, poor sanitary conditions, lack of proper medical attention, deplorable sanitary condition and poor security.
The IDPs said although the government was trying, they needed improved welfare, urging the government and NGOs to take their welfare as a priority because they are Nigerian citizens who are just victims of circumstance.
Malam Abatcha Ali, the Men’s Leader of the camp, said in spite of the best efforts of government, displaced persons continue to suffer hunger and other deprivations in the camps.

Gombe

Citizens of Niger Republic residing in Gombe State, have
called on whoever emerge president of the country, to sustain the collaborative effort in the fight against insurgents.
Speaking with newsmen in Gombe, they said that the progress of Niger Republic, Nigeria and other neighboring countries depended on restoration of peace to the region.
They also admonished losers in Sunday’s general elections in the country, to exhibit spirit of good sportsmanship in defeat, while urging winners to be magnanimous in victory.
A Nigerien, Bala Buzu, said whoever would be elected president, should join hands with Nigeria and other countries in the fight against insurgents.
According to him, a lot of people in Niger, Nigeria and other countries are suffering as a result of the activities of insurgents.

Kaduna

Kaduna State Government on Sunday, tasked religious
leaders to assist monitor projects that are being executed within their areas, by ensuring that contractors give the communities value for their money.
The Director- General of Interfaith Matters, Engr. Namadi Musa gave this advice in a press statement made available to newsmen.
According to the statement in sensitisation meeting with Muslim and Christian religious leaders in the three senatorial zones, Musa urged them to report any project that is being shoddily executed to relevant authorities.
It stated that Governor Nasir El Rufa’i had started fulfilling his campaign promises with the ongoing school feeding programme, roads, hospitals and schools rehabilitation across the state.

Katsina

The Katsina State Government has set aside the sum of
N2.5 billion for the rehabilitation and upgrading of Ajiwa Water Treatment Plant to solve the perennial water scarcity faced in Katsina metropolis.
Governor  Aminu Masari gave the figure while inaugurating the Association of Retired Civil Servants of the state Water Board in Katsina.
Masari said that the water treatment plant, which was constructed and commissioned in the 1970’s, was neglected by the previous administrations despite serving the Katsina State capital and its environs.
He said that the plant would not be able to provide enough water for the citizens of the metropolitan area due to obsolete facilities that had been overstretched.
The governor revealed that the rehabilitation work at the plant would include replacement of outdated equipment as well as laying of new pipes to provide additional 40 million litres of water daily to the metropolis.

Lagos

Lagos State Police command said it had begun
investigation into the death of one Afape Fatai, who allegedly committed suicide in his kitchen.
The command’s spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Oladapo Badmos, in a statement said the incident happened on Saturday at about 6 am at No. 28, Orioji Olarenwaju Close, Ijaiye in Lagos.
It stated that the deceased, whose age, marital status and occupation were not mentioned, allegedly hung himself with a rope in his kitchen.
“Police detectives from Meiran Division visited the scene, photographed and examined the corpse.
“The police later visited the scene of the crime, removed and deposited the body at Ijaiye General Hospital morgue.

Nasarawa

The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations
(NACOMYO) has urged residents of Nasarawa State to avoid rats in order to prevent Lassa fever.
The National President of NACOMYO, Alhaji Kamal’ddin Akintunde,  made the call at a one-day awareness campaign on Lassa fever organised by the Nasarawa State chapter of the organisation in Karu.
He said that the call had become imperative due to the effects of Lassa fever on human health and the socio-economic development of the country.
“First and foremost, I want to commend the state chapter of NACOMYO in organising this awareness campaign in Kube, Beti, Kare and Kugwaru, among other communities of Karu.

Ondo

The Ondo State Government says it will sanction any
household that has no registered waste bin and prosecute anyone caught dumping refuse indiscriminately in the state.
The Chairman, Ondo State Waste Management Board, Mr Shina Fadamitan, told newsmen in Akure that the move would ensure cleanliness in the state.
“It is an offence for any household not to have a registered waste bin in Ondo State and anybody caught dumping refuse will be prosecuted according to the laws of the land.
“We have made this decision because we have noticed that there is an increase in the number of illegal dumping sites across the state.
Oyo

Dean, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Prof.
Juwon Arotiba,  has called for the introduction of Bio-Medical Engineering courses in more tertiary institutions in the country.
Arotiba made the call in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan.
He said if more tertiary institutions would introduce such courses, the problems of inadequate and ineffective medical equipment in Nigerian hospitals would be resolved.
Arotiba defined Bio-Medical Engineering as biological or medical application of engineering equipment.
“It is the application of biological techniques (as genetic recombination) to create modified versions of organisms (as crops), especially.

Plateau

The Catholic Bishop of Pankshin Diocese, Most Rev. Michael
Gokum, has urged Christians to support the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-Eastern part of the country.
The Bishop said this during the launch of the 2016 Lenten Campaign of the diocese in Pankshin, Plateau State.
He said that this year’s campaign was to raise funds to support IDPs, less privileged and the destitute in the society.
The theme of the campaign is: “the Right to Security and Sustainable Development Goals.’’
‘’We are all God’s creation brought into existence by one living God, so there is the need to extend support to the have-nots.
“In our world today, there are many who can’t afford a single meal in a day, others don’t have where to lay their heads, while very many don’t have what to wear.
“A lot of people in our society, especially those in the north-eastern part of our country have fled their places of abode because of the incessant attacks by Boko Haram; these people need support.

Yobe

Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe, Alhaji
Umar Kukuri,  has urged the state government to conduct elections into the 17 local government councils as required by law.
Umar made the call in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu while reacting to the inauguration of local council caretaker chairmen appointed by Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam.
“IPAC was expecting the state government to conduct election into the local councils after the expiration of the former councils in December last year,” the IPC chairman said
He said political parties in the state had commenced preparations for a new election before the appointment and inauguration of the new caretaker chairmen.
“The council wishes to remind the state government of the constitutional provision which recognises elected officials for local government councils.
“As a state under the national ruling party, we hope the provisions and sanctity of the constitution will be respected and protected,” he said.

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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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