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Adamawa
Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Samuel Bwalya has urged Governors of the North-East to invest in youths’ enterpreneurial, vocational and skills acquisition programmes.
Bwalya, represented by Mr Mathew Alao, UNDP’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst, made the call at the graduation ceremony of 179 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) last Tuesday in Yola.
The director said that investing in the youth was the only way to address some of the underlying causes of instability and youths restiveness in the region.
According to him UNDP, with the support of Norway, is focusing intervention on the root-causes of the crisis in the region.

Borno
The Bama Initiative for Human Development, an NGO, recently in Maiduguri staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities in Bama.
The group’s Chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Hassan, said that the IDPs would want to return and continue their normal activities in view of the prevailing peace in the state.
Hassan noted that about 70 per cent of the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects had been completed in the area, saying that they were tired of living as displaced persons.
“We are in Maiduguri for more than three years without meaningful means of livelihoods. The condition of our people is pathetic.

Ekiti
The Ekiti State Police Command said they had arrested five men for allegedly kidnapping a 67-year-old pharmacist, Mrs. Florence Popoola.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Alberto Adeyemi  gave the names of  the  suspects in Ado Ekiti as: Ogunlayi Seun, 25; Adeusi Dare, 26; Bamgboye Damilola, 27; Adeoye Sunday, 30; and Ojo Tope, 32.
According to the PPRO, the suspects have confessed to the crime as well as gave details of their specific roles in the crime.
He said that the suspects abducted their victim 11 days ago at her residence in Ikere Ekiti, few minutes after she and her husband returned from a church service.
Adeyemi said the suspects took her away to an unknown location in her Nissan Sunny Car with number plate: AG 08 KR.

FCT
Former Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja says the  December  elective National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be a massive test for the party’s democratic credentials.
According to Adedoja, the convention will give members the opportunity to see whether or not the party will continue to act with impunity and impose candidates on members.
The former minister said this in Abuja while speaking with newsmen about his desire to occupy the position of National Chairman of the party.
He said that the method that would be used to provide the outcome of the December convention would serve a political laboratory for testing the democratic credentials of the PDP.

Kebbi
The Kebbi State Police Command has arrested a 23-year-old herdsman, Umar Muhammad for allegedly beheading his friend in a dispute over a missing cow.
Its spokesman, Mr Suleiman Mustapha who confirmed the arrest alleged that Umar killed his friend, 22-year-old Mustapha Muhammad in an uncompleted building along Kalgo road in Kebbi.
“We have arrested the suspect; he is currently being investigated and will soon be charged to court,” he told newsmen last Tuesday.
A family source told journalists that the victim had invited the suspect, who was his friend, to help in the rearing of cows given to him by a relative.
“Mustapha wanted to concentrate on rearing goats given to him by the same man, and invited his friend, Umar, to tend the cows.

Kogi
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division last Monday commenced a two-week special session in Lokoja for expeditious determination of over 209 pending appeals emanating from Kogi State.
President of the Court of Appeal,Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who disclosed this at the special inaugural session of the court in Lokoja, said the session would be handled by two regular and one Sharia panels.
“The two panels will sit over the 198 appeals consisting of 150 civil appeals and motions with 48 criminal appeals and motions and another panel of Justices will sit over the 11 Sharia Appeals,” she said.
Bulkachuwa said the team of judges was ready and capable of dealing with the cases expeditiously.

Kwara
Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed last Tuesday sworn-in another woman, Mrs Susan Dupe Oluwole as the state’s 20th Head of Service.
Swearing in the new Head of Service at the Government House, Ilorin, Ahmed charged her to introduce innovations that would not only move the service forward but create conditions for high performance by civil servants.
He tasked the new head of service to come up with new initiatives to ensure efficiency and enhance government’s capacity to meet the aspirations of the people.
Ahmed also tasked the new head of service to focus more on internally generated revenue and optimal resource utilization.

Lagos
A subsidiary of SIFAX Group and Operator of Terminal ‘C’ Tin’Can Island Port, Lagos, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Ltd. has improved the general cargo component of its services with a brand new vessel, ‘MV Maritime Challenger’, from Singapore.
According to a statement by the Group Managing Director, Sifax Group, Mr John Jenkins in Lagos, the brand new bulk carrier which made its first voyage to any port in the world from Singapore is owned and operated by the IMC Shipping, China.
“IMC Shipping China has major trading routes in the Asia-Pacific that serve markets in South America and Africa, focusing on major and minor bulk cargoes.
“The vessel, which has installed capacity of about 39,744 tonnes of cargoes, in its first call to Ports & Cargo Terminal, brought both major and minor bulk cargoes.

Niger
The Niger State chapter of the Association of Physically Challenged Persons has called on the state government to establish a commission to cater for people living with disabilities.
Malam Usman Kogo, Chairman of the state chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Association, made the call in an interview with newsmen last Tuesday in Minna.ý
“We have made various submissions to the government on this request without success; the only thing government has done is to appoint 10 of our members as Special Assistants on disability matters.
“We do not have any problem with that; our only worry is that we do not feel the impact of our members that are special assistants to the governor.

Ogun
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)  said  last Tuesday that  it had constituted a task force to resolve the incessant gridlock  in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
The Ogun FRSC Public Education Officer (PEO), Florence Okpe, disclosed this in a statement she issued on Tuesday in Ijebu-Ode.
She  said the task force was set up to support the Lagos State Government’s effort in containing the Apapa traffic situation.
“In continuation of efforts to ameliorate the Apapa gridlock, the FRSC Ogun State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Clement Oladele,  met with expanded stakeholders at Ogere.
“In attendance were representatives of security operatives, the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba community leaders and the Dangote Group.
“Others were the Petroleum and Tanker Drivers’ Union   of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers  and Independent Marketers and Road Transport Associations.

Oyo
Gunshots were fired  by unknown gunmen at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji last Monday.
Reports that the incident occurred at the Popoyemoja palace of the traditional ruler where he was conducting the installation ceremony for some Mogajis and Baales.
Sources said  four  gunmen, who came in a black Toyota Sienna, arrived the palace at about 11:45 a.m. and fired several shots at some vehicles of visiting dignitaries.
A former Secretary to the Oyo State Government and Labour Party chieftain,  Sharafadeen Alli, and some journalists were among those who escaped death while the shooting lasted.
Alli’s car and several others were, however, riddled with bullets in the shooting  which was said to have lasted about 10 minutes.

Sokoto
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Sokoto State chapter has appealed to the Federal Government to intervene in the nationwide strike recently embarked upon by the association.
Chairman of the state chapter of the association, Abubakar Shehu  made the appeal in Sokoto while speaking with newsmen.
Shehu said: “Government should consider the matter as urgently as possible bearing in mind the pains and suffering of the citizen.
“The Federal Government should consider the pain people are going through in the country, sit down with the labour leaders and find a lasting solution to the strikes.
“Moreover, if you give everybody his or her deserved right, to me you have finished with that person and he or she will have no option than to continue to do their jobs.”
He further explained that initially, members had no intention of embarking on strike and that it was the situation on ground that informed  the action.

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Enugu: Court Remands Siblings For Alleged Murder Of Makeup Artiste

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An Enugu State High Court, presided by Justice I. K. Okpe yesterday remanded two siblings allegedly involved in the murder of makeup artiste, Ijeoma Nneke, in Enugu Correctional Center.
The prosecuting counsel, Mrs Ngozi Ikem-Okoye. informed the court that the prosecution also had an application that sought the leave of the court to call additional witnesses in the matter.
However, the defence counsel, Mr C. U. Okafor, in response, said that the application was unnecessary as the accused had yet to take pleas.
Okafor held that the case was not yet before the court, adding that the prosecution did not seem to be ready to prosecute the case.
Delivering judgment, Okpe adjourned the case until August 25 for ruling on the application to call additional witnesses.
Recall that the two siblings were alleged to have conspired to kill Ijeoma on November 11, 2020, at 66 Ozubulu Street, Independence Layout, Enugu.
They were also alleged to have killed the victim by forcing her to drink poisonous substances and thereafter poured acid all over her body.

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Court Criticises DSS Over Failure To Produce Detained Igboho’s Aides

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday criticised the Department of State Services (DSS) over failure to produce in court the 12 persons arrested at the residence of Yoruba nation’s agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a ruling, also ordered the DSS to produce the applicants in court in the next adjourned date.
The Tide learnt that Justice Egwuatu had, on July 23, ordered the DSS to produce the detainees in court yesterday.
The order followed a fundamental right enforcement suit that the lawyers to the detained applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, filed on their behalf, pursuant to Section 32(1) and (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) as well as Sections 6(6), 35 and 36 of 1999 Constitution, as amended.
The 12 persons, who had been in the DSS detention since July 2, are; Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde (Aka Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, and Jamiu Noah.
Others are Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwafelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.
The Tide source reports that the DSS had, on July 1, confirmed that its operatives stormed Igboho’s home in Ibadan, arrested about 13 suspects; including a female and 12 males.
It also disclosed that two people were killed in the raid.
However, at the resumed hearing yesterday, Counsel to the DSS, I. Awo, informed the court that the applicants could not be brought because the service procured an order to hold the detainees.
Awo based the absence of the 12 detainees on the grounds that investigations into the circumstances that led to their arrest at Mr Igboho’s home were ongoing.
He hinted that of the 12 detainees on the court’s order, only three were being held by the DSS.
The lawyer listed the three detainees in the DSS custody to include: Amoda Babatunde (Aka Lady K), Diakola Ademola and Bamidele Sunday.
Reacting, Olajengbesi, urged the court to reject the service’s explanation as it was in contempt of the court’s order.
“The apparent affront on the authority of the court by the DSS cannot be justified,” the applicants’ lawyer argued.
He urged the court to discountenance the purported detention order that was procured by the DSS, arguing that it was not a Certified True Copy (CTC).
The lawyer prayed the court to admit his clients to bail.
Olajengbesi also informed the court that he had been denied access to his client, and urged the court to make an order in that regard.
Ruling, Egwuatu charged the DSS to purge itself of such a negative public perception as it did not paint a good picture of Nigeria before the international community.
He then ordered the security outfit to produce the detainees and show cause why they should not be granted bail.
“An order is hereby made directing the respondent (DSS) to allow the applicants’ counsel have access to the applicants, and the respondents are ordered to produce the applicants on the next adjourned date,” he said.
He adjourned the matter until August 2 for continuation of hearing.

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Anambra Poll: Obi, Ozigbo Beg PDP Stakeholders To Unite For Victory

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Former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi and one of the two factional governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, have begged stakeholders and members of the party to unite for easy victory during the November 6 election in the state.
Obi and Ozigbo spoke yesterday in Awka, during a reconciliation meeting of the party, which was summoned by Ozigbo to reunite members of the party, after the rancour caused by the holding of two primary elections by the party on June 26, which produced Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba.
Obi, while speaking at the meeting called on everyone to come together and work for the victory of the party in the forthcoming governorship election, saying that the primary was over and should be done with.
“I’m ready to beg all the aspirants for us to win the election. This candidate must win this election and we will not run away in our State because of anyone. I will win my local government and that is my assurance, nothing will stop us from winning the governorship election. Anambra must not go back to what it used to be.
“PDP has the best candidate for this election and we are going to win it, we have a formidable candidate and we need a formidable team to win it. I’m committed to PDP 24 hours and the party’s governors in the country are committed to winning the Anambra State election. It is our own election and we will win it,” the former governor said.
Ozigbo, in his address, reeled out the efforts he had made in reconciling every member and aspirants but regretted that the litigations in the party had held it down, adding that the party’s legal team was not relenting in evacuating the obstacles.
“I didn’t win the primary, but PDP and Anambra won. We’re one family but we are going to unite soon. Our enemies are not within, but outside PDP. PDP is a platform that will bring Igbo together, nobody should weave in what is happening now. We’re going to occupy the government house by the grace of God.
“The major reason for the gathering is to thank you for what you did and thank you for what you will do in the coming days because the real battle is coming. We are not celebrating because the real celebration will come on November 6. There’s a need for us to go into the governorship battle as a united family.
“I’ve visited my co-aspirants and I received positive vibes from Senator Uche Ekwunife, Hon Chris Azubogu, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Dr Godwin Maduka, Mr Godwin Ezeemo and others.
“What I want to tell you now is that every other party in this State is counterfeit from APGA to APC to YPP and that is why I’m begging all our stakeholders to have faith in me and I won’t disappoint them.
“They should forgive and forget and I’m ready to make every sacrifice for all of us to come together. We want to make the founder of PDP, late Dr Alex Ekwueme, proud whereever he is and that’s the assurance I gave the daughter, lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, when we spoke before the meeting.

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