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Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (nema), Alhaji Sani Sidi (right), welcoming Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to nema headquarters in Abuja, recently.

Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (nema), Alhaji Sani Sidi (right), welcoming Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to nema headquarters in Abuja, recently.

Borno

The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and
Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has  arrested a dismissed police corporal for allegedly extorting money from members of the public.
The Commandant of the corps, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the disclosure in an interview with  newsmen  in Maiduguri.
Abdullahi said that the suspect was arrested at the post office area in Maiduguri, following intelligence reports.
He said that the 27-year-old former policeman, who gave his name as Hussaini Musa, was dismissed from the Kano State Police Command.
“The suspect is not holding any identification card so he uses some of his pictures to deceive people that he is an officer.
“He came to Borno State on a visit to his grandparents and decided to open his own police custody.

Ekiti

An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court has remanded  27-
year-old Sunday Opesanmi;40-year-old Falilat Odesanmi, and a minor in prison custody over alleged kidnap of two children.
Prosecutor Bayo Ajiboye told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on March 30 at Ise-Ekiti.
He alleged that the accused, on the said date, unlawfully kidnapped two children of the same parent, and kept them in an uncompleted building at the outskirt of Ise-Ekiti.
“The offence is punishable under Section 3 and 4 of Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism Laws 2005.
Ajiboye said that he had duplicated their case file and sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
FCT

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), has
called for the proper management of Trees Outside the Forests (TOFs) as an alternative to recovering the 25 per cent recommended forests cover in the country.
The Director General of the foundation, Mr Adeniyi Karunwi made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Trees Out side Forests (TOFs) according to the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO), are trees found on agricultural, grazing, and unproductive lands along canals, railways, roads and in human settlements.
According to him, the trees play an important role in urban greening and regulation of micro-climate.
“It becomes pertinent to put our interests in Trees Outside Forests (TOFs) and the role they play in urban greening and regulation of the micro-climate”, he said.

Kaduna

A new Commissioner of Police, Mr Adamu Ibrahim has
assumed duty in Kaduna State.
Ibrahim, a member of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, took over from Mr Umar Shehu.
A statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna by the Command’s Public Relation Officer, DSP Abubakar Zubairu, did not indicate the reason for the deployment,
According to the statement the new CP hails from Ruwan Dorowa in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara.
He joined the service in 1986 and was at one time the Deputy Force Secretary and also served as CP in Abia.
Ibrahim , who has a degree in Geography from University of Sokoto and Masters in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, had attended many professional courses.

Kano

The Kano State Ministry of Land and Physical Plan
ning has constituted a technical committee on land allocation for the construction of petrol stations.
The information is contained in a statement issued by the ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Balarabe Abdullahi, which was made available to newwmen.
The statement quoted Abdullahi as saying the committee was mandated to screen applications for the construction of filling stations in the state.
He stated that “the screening will enable the committee to verify the distance between one filling station and another, as well as the suitability of proposal on location of the filling stations.”
He then urged the committee members to work hard toward realising the objectives for which the committee was set.
Kebbi

The Kebbi State Government said it had released N314
million for the payment of registration and tuition fee for indigent students in national and foreign institutions.
Dr Sahabi Yauri, the Executive Secretary of the state’s Scholarship Board, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi recently.
Yauri said that out of the amount, N147 million was for tuition, registration and tenancy for 30 indigent students studying Medicine in Indian universities.
He added that N97 million was for the fees of 30 students studying Medicine, Dentistry and Surgery in Sudanese universities, while N70 million was for 5,000 indigent students studying in tertiary institutions in the country.

Lagos

The Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors
(AMES) in Nigeria said it had postponed the forthcoming Maritime Technical Summit to enable the Secretariat readjust the logistics for members coming from outside Lagos State.
The AMES President, Mr Charles Uwadia stated this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
He said that the event earlier scheduled for April 11 would hold on April 21.
According to him, the key issue to top the agenda of the Maritime Technical Summit is “Challenges of Maritime Transport Industry in Nigeria,”
“We want to use this summit to advise stakeholders and government on how to maintain their vessels, and how to eliminate sub-standard vessels in our waters.”

Nasarawa

The District Head of Akwanga in Nasarawa State, Chief
Anthony Yamusa, has called on Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
Yamusa made the call during the presentation of staff of office and certificate to Mr John Enakuaza, the newly appointed Wakili Eggon community of Kurmin Tagwaye, Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.
He said that peace, tolerance and unity were drivers of national development.
“The importance of traditional institution to the socio-economic development of any society cannot be over emphasized, hence the need for the installation and presentation of the certificate of office to Wakili Eggon of Kurmin Tagwaye so as to promote peace among his subjects.
Niger

President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined the Nige
rian Armed Forces to sustain the tempo in the ongoing war against insurgency in the North-East of the country to stamp out terrorism.
Buhari gave charge while inaugurating the Nigerian Army Properties Limited (NAPL) mega filling station in Minna.
The president was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin.
Buhari said: “I applaud the successes of the armed forces in counter insurgency operations in the North-East and urge you to sustain the tempo”.
Osun

The Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Con
trol (NAFDAC) in Osun has confiscated fake and unregistered drugs worth millions of Naira in Osogbo and Ilesha areas of the state.
The agency also sealed off some pharmacies and sachet water factories in the state for not meeting up to the set standard.
Officer in charge of Investigation and Enforcement of the agency, Mr Francis Onaniwun, said the essence of the raid was to sanitise the market and ensure that only wholesome products approved by NAFDAC were  in circulation.
Onaniwun, who led officials of the agency in the operation, said the agency would not relent in its effort in safeguarding the lives of the people.
Some of the pharmacies sealed by NAFDAC in Osogbo included Akol Pharmaceutical Limited and Raphabalm Pharmacy, while Felfam Healthcare and Supermarket at Fegbewesa were given strong warning.
The agency also sealed off Topawo Feeds Services at Alekuwodo and Atlab Farm Products located at Okinni, Osogbo, for selling unregistered animal feeds.

Oyo
The senator representing Oyo North,  Fatai Buhari,
has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will fix the nation’s problems and restore its lost glory.
Buhari told newsmen in Ibadan that the president had good intentions, and was committed to restoring the lost glory, adding that it would be achieved.
“President Buhari and the APC have good plans to transform Nigeria into a better country, and this I am sure he will achieve within the period of four years.
“Nigerians voted for the party and we will not betray the confidence reposed in us, they should just be more patient,” he said.
The lawmaker apologised to Nigerians on behalf of the party for the current situation in the nation and added that it was not a new development.

Zamfara
The Commanding Officer, 223 Light Tank Battalion,
Gusau, Zamfara, Lt.- Col. Aliyu Adamu, said soldiers from the Battalion had killed four ”bandits” in the state.
Adamu said that the soldiers also injured several others in a shootout at Hajiya bush in Gusau Local Government Area of the state.
The commanding officer made the disclosure to newsmen at the Army operational office in Gusau where the recovered weapons were also displayed.
He said officers and men of the battalion laid siege in one of the bandits’ hideouts and engaged them in a gun battle during which four of them were killed.
Adamu added that five AK 45 assault rifles were recovered along with 205 rounds of AK 45 bullets.

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Of 1,561 Candidates, 880 Graduate From Law School-DG

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The Nigerian Law School says out of the 1, 561 candidates who sat for the December examination, 880 passed.
The Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Ciroma, SAN, made this known yesterday in Abuja, while presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers at the 2020 Call to the Bar ceremony.
“Four others were from previous Bar examination,’’ he said, adding that the new wigs had met all the required and set conditions by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am happy to affirm that they all have exhibited good manners and decorum during their training.
“They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession.
“The screening committee of our distinguished body carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for the Call to the Nigerian Bar.’’
Ciroma said that the school had begun a special remedial course for students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
“The programme began on June 28, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. We thank all distinguished members of the Body of Benchers, for their support,’’ he said.
The Chairman, Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, congratulated the new wigs and charged them to adhere to the provision of rules regarding the profession at all times.
“As a lawyer, you are an officer of the court and accordingly, you are not to do any act or conduct yourselves in a manner that will obstruct or adversely affect the course of justice.
“The practice of Law is not a right but a privilege. It is a privilege that can be lost should you fail to live up to the requisite professional standards imposed upon you by virtue of your entry into the community of lawyers.
“You must, therefore, strictly adhere to the provisions of the Rules of the Professional Conduct and maintain best practices at all times.’’
He stressed that the Body of Benchers Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee was always determined to discipline any lawyer found wanting or breaching set rules of the profession.
Rhodes-Vivour said that the committee had been carrying out its mandate “in a just and fair manner’’ without giving any room for compromise or ill-will.
He said that between January and July, the committee disbarred six lawyers and suspended some for between two and four years, while one lawyer was admonished during the period.
Rhodes-Vivour advised the graduates to continue to update their knowledge on both statute and case law in order to attain more understanding on especially, international jurisdictions.
In 2020, the Council of Legal Education said that out of a total of 2,515 students who participated in the examinations, 1,864 passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.
The director-general who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only five made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.
“Candidates graded in First Class are five, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.
“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”
Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.
He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.

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NGO Trains 300 Returning Migrants On Business Development

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Web of Heart Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it has trained and empowered more than 300 returning migrants, youths and internally displaced persons on job creation.
Its Executive Director, Mrs Bose Aggrey, made the declaration yesterday in Lagos at the graduation of its “Create and Start Module’’ trainees.
The graduating trainees were awarded certificates and given grants facilitated by some investors and soft loans from banks after six months of training to identify and analyse business ideas and opportunities.
“We taught them how to articulate their business ideas into plans; introduced them to investors and equally assisted them to get bank loans.
“It is an opportunity for the participants to put themselves together either to get employed or to become employers,’’ she said.
“We introduced investors to the participants when they were pitching and some of them are already getting grants.
“We are working with two banks so they can provide soft loans at low interest rates for the participants,’’ she added.
In his remarks, Mr Peik Bruhns, Team Leader of the firm of consultants that conducted the training, said the company had reached out to train 5,000 Nigerians on Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises in six months
He said this was done in collaboration with nine organisations, including Web of Heart Foundation.
“I will like to stress the importance of working with returnee migrants because Web of Heart Foundation focuses on assisting them to reintegrate into society.

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Zamfara Police Refute Kidnap Of 60 Passengers Rumour

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The Zamfara State Police Command has refuted a story that 60 passengers travelling along Sokoto – Gusau road on Sunday, July 25, were kidnapped by bandits.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement, yesterday, said the story was inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially the commuters.
“The attention of Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on social and conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau Road, and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja.”
The statement said, “For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the command was informed that a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus vehicle, belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers who were travelling from Sokoto – Abuja along Sokoto – the accurate report of the incident. On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Gusau Road in Bakura LGA.”
According to the statement, the Police Tactical operatives attached to Operation Restore Peace were alerted, and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums who blocked many vehicles for abduction, adding that the road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and reinforced more police operatives to improve the security and safety of the commuters.
The statement noted that in the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus vehicle belonging to Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver were abducted and taken to the bush before the arrival of the police.
It said the operatives further embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bush with a view to rescuing the kidnapped victims, stressing that two persons who were left far behind with other hoodlums were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralised by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were taken to the forest.

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