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Gov Uncovers 3,900 Ghost IDPs In Borno Camp

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The Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum has fished out fake internally displaced persons (IDPs) at a IDPs camp in Maiduguri during a surprise visit to the camp.

Around midnight, yesterday, Zulum showed up at Mohammed Goni College of Islamic and Legal Studies in Maiduguri, where internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Abadam Local Government Area of northern Borno were being camped.

Zulum immediately sealed the entrance and supervised a headcount to identify actual IDPs, in order to put a stop to rampant cases of dubious residents pretending to be displaced, who spend day time at IDP camps to share food meant for IDPs, and towards the night, they return to their homes to sleep, with some of benefiting from other means through which the state distributes food to vulnerable non-IDPs in communities.

The governor’s mission, which ended past 1am, discovered that out of 1,000 households in the records of humanitarian officials, 650 households comprising 3,900 IDPs were ghosts.

No fewer than 450 households were found to be real IDPs after Zulum’s midnight headcount which was conducted by the governor alongside an official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Air Commodore M. T. Abdullahi, and two commissioners (Agriculture, and Local Government and Emirate Affairs).

In humanitarian system, a household normally consist of at least six persons who are either related through families, or chosen to stay together for the purpose of receiving household aids.

Officials, who were part of the midnight headcount, said Zulum was not averse to approving support for any citizen who may be vulnerably in need of food since there is a committee doing that.

The governor also expressed opposition to some residents making dubious claims in other to take what is meant for IDPs while also benefiting from other existing welfare activities that target non IDPs

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Police Deploy 1,000 Personnel To Check Traffic Robbery In Lagos

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The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has deployed additional 1,000 personnel to check traffic robbery in the state.
The Command’s Spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this yesterday in an interview with The Tide source.
Adejobi said the Command had given motorcycles to policemen, which made it easier for them to maneuver and track traffic robbers.
“One chance as it is popularly called in Lagos state is one of the crimes we record, where passengers are robbed and pushed out of moving commercial vehicles, and the Command is mindful of this.
“This is why we have intensified our intelligence and are taking proactive measures to make sure the perpetrators are caught in their hideouts before they strike.
“What the CP has done again is to deploy additional 1,000 personnel to the traffic division of the state and they were given motorcycles to maneuver and keep traffic robbers in check,” Adejobi said.
He added that the Command had deployed policemen to fortify security at flashpoints and along most of the major routes in the states.
Adejobi explained that traffic robbers usually operated on motorcycles or just trek to their victims in a hold up while one chance operators robbed passengers inside vehicles.
He said most times commercial with registration numbers that could be tracked were used to perpetuate the act.
He urged members of the public to assess vehicles properly before boarding and also take note of registration numbers whenever they were not certain.
“One chance operators can easily be tracked as long as we have the vehicle registration number. This is what made it possible for LASTMA officers to intercept a vehicle at Aja recently.
“All we just need is for people to be mindful of the buses they board. Be sure to assess the kind of people in the bus and don’t just enter because you are in haste to get to your destination.
“But we are mindful of the two incidents and their modus operandi. We have arrested many of the culprits and we will not relent,” he said.

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Agency Enrols 2.1m Poor, Vulnerable In Kaduna For NIN

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The Kaduna State Residents Registration Agency (KADSRRA), says it is supporting the enrolment of 2.1 million poor and vulnerable captured in the State Social Register for the National Identity Number (NIN).
Its Executive Secretary, Dr Zayyad Tsiga, made this known yesterday in an interview with The Tide source in Kaduna.
Tsiga said that Kaduna State with support from the National Social Safety-Net Coordination Office had so far captured 2.1 million individuals.
He said that KADSRRA was working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to enroll all the poor and vulnerable individuals into the National Identity Database (NIDB).
This, Tsiga said, would enable the poor and vulnerable to obtain the state residency card and NIN, which would be required to access social protection services in the state.
According to him, the measure is necessary with NIN becoming part of the criteria for accessing pro-poor interventions and other social protection programmes in the country.
“This is part of efforts to ensure that all poor and vulnerable in the state access all Federal and State Government’s pro-poor interventions and social protection programmes.
“We have begun the exercise in Kaduna South Local Government Areas of the state, and we will scale up to all the 23 local government areas to ensure all the poor and vulnerable obtained NIN.
“This will happen simultaneously with the enrollment of residents to meet the 95 per cent target coverage by 2022,” the executive secretary said.
He reminded residents that from May 1, Ministries, Departments, and parastatal Agencies would demand for Kaduna State Residency Cards and NIN from all residents before providing services.
Tsiga said that the state would soon commence issuance of its residency cards, advising residents without NIN to enroll at the nearest enrollment centres to avoid denial of certain basic services.
He said that the state government had been working closely with NIMC since 2015 to expedite the enrolment of the state residents into the NIDB.
“So far, about 3.3 million residents, representing 35 per cent of the estimated 9.5 million population of the state had been enrolled as of March 15,’’ Tsiga said.

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Customs Generates N466.1bn Revenue In First Quarter

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated N466.1 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2021.
The statistics obtained by The Tide source from the office of the Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Joseph Attah yesterday, showed that the revenue was generated from January to March.
The data indicated that the NCS realised the highest revenue in March with N169.4 billion followed by January with N157.6 billion while the sum of N138.9 billion was generated in February.
The document showed that customs realised the highest revenue of N216.9 billion within the period under review from import duty.
According to the statistics, the import duty is followed by customs VAT which is N105.2 billion and non-federation accounts levies of about N55.5 billion.
The document showed that N50.8 billion was generated from federation account levies while N34.5 billion was gotten from excise duty as well as N2.8 billion from fees.
Similarly, the statistics revealed that within the period under review, the service made a seizure of different contraband goods valued at N1,996,145,258.
The document indicated that the customs confiscated 37,206 bags of imported rice from January to March.

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