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Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande (left), with the Editor-In-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Lawal Ado, during his visit to NAN headquarters in Abuja, recently.

Ekiti
The Ekiti State Coordinator for the National Youth Service Corps  (NYSC), Mrs Nwano Ukagha, has urged rural dwellers to feed more on fresh vegetables and fruits in order to stay healthy.
Ukagha, gave the advice during the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, held at Ara-Ekiti, a community in Ikole Local Government Area last Tuesday.
She said that consumption of vegetables and fruits, which are readily available and cheaper to the rural people, would help them to naturally build their body system against diseases.
Ukagha said, it had been scientifically proven that human beings get easily attacked by diseases through the kind of food they eat.
She urged rural dwellers, especially mothers, to abstain from eating too much processed foods.

FCT
The Federal Government says it will make a case at the upcoming Africa Union (AU) conference on the need to bar illegal entry of herdsmen from West African countries into Nigeria.
Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this at a town hall meeting in Abuja last Tuesday.
Ogbeh said the move had become necessary as a result of the incessant crisis between farmers and herdsmen across the states of the federation.
He expressed regrets that, most of the violent herdsmen who engaged in different crisis with farmers were foreigners from other neighbouring West African countries.

Kogi
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, said last Tuesday that policemen would soon be deployed to their communities of origin to enhance community policing.
The IGP told a security stakeholders’ meeting in Lokoja that the bulk of the 150,000 policemen to be recruited over the next five years would serve in their respective communities.
Idris, who was represented by Shaibu Gambo, Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, said that the move was to take the police closer to the people.
He said that the police, was faced with shortage of manpower but promised more policemen and equipment for Kogi to further secure the people against rampaging armed robbers and kidnappers.

Lagos
A former Chief Accountant of Vanguard Newspaper, Bhadmus Abiodun, was last Tuesday sentenced to 14-years in prison by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court for forgery and stealing N3.1million.
The money belongs to the media house.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to seven years in prison on count one.
“He is sentenced to seven years in prison each for counts two to eight.
“The prison terms for counts two to eight are to run concurrently,” Ipaye said.
Abiodun, a middle-aged man and a resident of No. 5, Tijani Ashogbon St., Bariga, Lagos was convicted of an eight-count charge of conspiracy.

Nasarawa
A Masaka Chief Magistrates’ Court in Nasarawa State, has ordered the release of 21-year-old Emmanuel Edeh, from Keffi prison, after spending one week there.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Victor Manga, had ordered that Edeh be remanded in prison for beating up his mother and insulting his father as well.
Manga, ordered the release of the youth after hearing from his father that his wife (Emmanuel’s mother) had not been herself since their son was sent to prison.
“My Lord, my wife has been sick since I told her that our son has been taken to prison, in order for him to learn his lesson.

Niger
Farmers in Niger State have advised the state government to decentralise the distribution of fertiliser so as to minimise diversion by middlemen.
“We want government to decentralise the distribution pattern, we suggest that the commodity be distributed through the 274 wards,”Chairman of their umbrella body, the All farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Alhaji Shehu Galadima, said last Tuesday in Minna.
He said that the ward structures were the closest to farmers in the rural areas and would be the best selling points.
Galadima, also advised government to route the sales through farmers cooperative societies to ease the delivery of the commodity to the consumers.
“Currently, farming inputs are delivered to the wrong people. We must check that.

Ogun
An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday sentenced a 35- year- old man, Gbenga Adekanbi, to two years imprisonment for stealing a Bajaj motorcycle valued at N260,000.
Adekanbi, who lives at Ita- Oshin Bayinbo, Ijemo, Abeokuta, was arraigned on a charge of stealing.
He, however, pleaded guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mr Idowu Olayinka, sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of N60,000 fine.
The prosecutor, Inspector Olakunle Shonibare, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on May 2 at about 11:44p.m. at No. 11, Bodunde compound, Saje in Abeokuta.

Osun
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has promoted the immediate Jaaran of Ife, High Chief Adekola Adeyeye, as the Second- in-Command.
The Director, Media and Public Affairs, Mr Moses Olafare, Ooni’s Palace, said Adeyeye is now the third on the order of the hierarchy of Ife traditional council, (Ooni-in-Council).
Olafare, in a statement issued last Tuesday in Ile-Ife, said that the new position was the reward for loyalty, commitment to service and dedication to Ife Kingdom.
According to Olafare, the monarch described Adeyeye as a patriotic Ife indigene and great loyalist of the throne of Oonirisa, which he had served meritoriously for 30 years in various capacities.
He said that, the new Lowa of Ife started his full service at the palace in 1987 when he was seconded to the palace as an Emese (Traditional emissary) of Ooni.

Plateau
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State  chapter, last Tuesday in Jos organised a memorial lecture for its members who died while on duty.
The lecture was mainly dedicated to the Plateau State Government’s press crew members who lost their lives on May 16, 2007 while on official duty.
The lecturer, Mr Joseph Ari, Director-General of the Industrial Trust Fund, spoke on “Journalism: Responsibility, Risk and Resilience in a Changing World’’.
According to Ari, a veteran journalist, journalists are the watchdogs of the society and may have enemies in the course of their duty.
“This lecture is dedicated mainly to eight of the Plateau State Government press crew who lost their lives on May 16, 2007 while on official duty in Shendam Local Government Area.

Sokoto
The Sokoto State Government says it will construct 1, 000 units of one-bedroom houses for low-income earners in the state.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal disclosed this last Tuesday in Sokoto, when he received the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Malam Mustaph Shehure, who paid a courtesy visit.
He said,” the aim was to improve the welfare of the people as well as provide opportunity to more citizens of the state to own houses.
“ Already, my administration has completed the 500 housing units it inherited from the last administration and have been inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari when he visited Sokoto in November, 2016.
“We hope to complete another 500 housing units at Gidan Man Ada, before the end of this year.

Taraba
The Taraba Police Command, on Tuesday confirmed the death of three persons in fresh herdsmen and farmers conflict in Bali Local Government Area.
The command’s spokesman, ASP David Misal told newsmen in Jalingo that the police had deployed additional personnel to Gazabu, Kungana, Tukun Ruwa, Utsua Daa and Kpenkpen villages, where the crisis occurred.
“Yes we received reports that since on Sunday, there has being series of attacks in the remote communities in Bali local government area of the state, but the command is on top of the situation.
“Due to the remoteness of the affected areas, we can confirm three deaths for now, but we will get back to you as soon as we get more updates,” he said.
Zaki David-Gbaa, the Chairman, Council of Tiv Traditional Rulers Forum in Taraba, claimed that 11 farmers had died since the crisis started.