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Benue

Gunmen have killed a cleric Rev. Gideon Adoor at his residence in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The late Adoor who was an uncle to former chief of Army Staff Gen. Victor Malu (rtd), was allegedly shot around 2.am by the suspected killers.

The murder of the cleric who is an Assistant Pastor with NKST Church Gboka road Markurdi, and an employee in the ministry of land and survey, was received with shock by his congregation.

The Late Adoor’s son Kenneth who narrated the incident in an interview with newsmen said that three gunmen stormed their residence around 2a.m and went to his room and forced the door opened.

“They forced me to take them to my father’s room, on getting there, they asked me to tell my father to open the door, when my father opened the door, the gunmen shot him twice in the chest.”

Kenneth who wept profusely said the killers did not take anything when they were learning.

He however regretted that his father was taken to the federal medical centre for treatment, where doctors requested for police report before he could be treated.

“We have to run to the police headquarters to get a policeman but before he arrived, my father gave up the ghost” he said.

Benue state police commissioner Ibrahim Mohammed confirmed the incident.

 

Ogun

A Head of the 2011 elections, an Action Congress (AC) chieftain in Ogun State, Prince Kayode Tejuoso, has declared his intention to run for the governorship.

He described the AC as the party that can restore the lost glory of the Gateway State and make it realise its potentials.

Tejuoso, son of the Osile of the Oke-Ona, Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, told reporters in Abeokuta, the state capital, that he would return the state to its  glorious era of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Bisi Onabanjo and Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

“What we need in Ogun State are free education, free health care centre, full employment, affordable housing, rural development and women empowerment”, he said.

 

Sokoto

The Sokoto State Government has earmarked N12 million for the sponsorship of 13 indigenes for post-graduate diploma in Geo-Informatics and Environmental Management respectively at the prestigious Reginal Centre for Training in Aerospace Survey (RECTAS),  Ile-Ife in Osun State.

The amount also covers the cost of training six others who earlier completed 18-month Technician Diploma in Geo-information Management and production programme at the cetnre. Four other indigenes from the state are currently at the meteorological and Research Training Centre, Oshodi Lagos on the sponsorship of the state government to study meteorological Assistant course.

Special Adviser to Governor Wamakko on scholarship and students’ matters, Dr. Muhammed Ali Iwiama said in a press  release signed by the Department’s PRO, Mallam Isah Abubakar Shuni that the training is aimed at meeting the manpower demands of the state particularly in related areas.

He said those for the post graduate training in Geo-Informatics and Environmental Management included members of staff drawn from the state ministry of Lands and Survey and Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.

He explained that government is doing this to improve the standard of education in the state and ensure adequate representation of the state in specialised tertiary institutions.

Iwaiame said further that his department was committed to discouraging the notion that the state is educationally disadvantaged.

“We will ensure that our students are every where to study relevant and critical courses which the state is lacking and needs.”

 

Ekiti

Suspected armed robbers yesterday stormed  Isaki-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State where they reportedly killed two persons during a raid on a first generation bank.

The victims included a mobile policeman and a priest. Source in the community said two members of the gang died in an accident as they made to escape. They were pursued by policemen after leaving the scene. The bandits, who were said to be seven, stormed the bank very close to the town’s roundabout at about 10.00 a.m. one of them, who was suspected to be the leader of the gang, drove into the banks premises in a sport utility vehicle (SUV).

An eyewitness said the robbers dispossessed a traditional ruler of his vehicle which they rode into the bank.

When the hoodlums opened fire, bank workers, customers and bystanders reportedly scampered for safety to avoid being hit by stray bullet.

The gang leader reportedly shot in the air to signal their arrival.

The robbers escaped after operating unhindered for several minutes.

It could not be ascertained whether they went away with any cash from the banks vault.

The robbers were said to have fled the scene on learning that the operatives of the special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were on their trail. They escaped  through Isaki-oye-Ikole  Road. In their escape bid, they were also said to have snatched a kia mini-bus owned by a former chairman of Ido/Osi Local Government Area.

The Mini-bus somer-saulted on the cutskirts of Ikole, with two of the robbers killed on the spot. One member of the gang was injured.

Police spokesman Mohammed Jimch said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

 

Kwara

An Action Congress (AC) Chieftain in Kwara State, Alhaji Bolaji Edun, has opposed capital punishment being recommended by the Governors’ Forum for kidnappers.

Edun, a former commissioner for Special Duties also decried the invitation of Ghanaian electoral chief by the National Assembly to educate the lawmakers on what helped Ghana to conduct a free and fair election.

He said that Nigeria should embrace the recommendations of Justice Mohammed Uwais Committee report on electoral reform.

Edun, who was the former  AC secretary, was the guest on a radio Kwara programme. “The platform”, in Ilorin, the state capital yesterday.

The party chieftain said instead of inviting Ghanaian electoral chief, voters should be encouraged to monitor collation of election results.

On the injection of N300 billion by the National Economic Council (NEC) to nation’s economy, Edun doubted the sincerity of the council, stressing that such move would not brighten the economy.

The development, according to him, would also increase capital flight since the money was not anchored on any specific project.

 

Bauchi

A Bauchi High Court has adjourned for hearing the 10-count charge levelled against the former Alkaleri Local Government Area chairman, Mr. Bello Arabi, for allegedly defrauding the council of over N10 million.

He was the council chairman between 2003 and 2007.

Arabi was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of misappropriating and transferring the council’s funds to private bank account in 2006.

According to the EFCC counsel, Mr. Faruk Abdallah, various sums ranging from N1.5 million to N4.8 million which amounted to over N10 million were transferred to the defunct Bank of the North account number 000500112 said to belong to one Bello Gidado.

The charges were brought under section 309 of the penal code.

When the case came up yesterday for hearing, Arabi’s lawyer, victor Dalbata told the court that he was not ready for the case because the prosecution had not provided statements of witnesses scheduled to testify as prescribed by law to enable him prepare  his defence.

But Abdullah insisted that the accused was duly served.

Justice Rabi Mustapha urged the EFCC counsel to provide prove of service to the accused person.

He adjourned the case till November 10

 

 Osun

The Action Congress (AC) has accused  the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of persecuting one of its chieftains, Senator Felix Ogunwale.

He is being held by the police over his alleged involvement in the killing of hunchback for ritual purposes in Iragbiji. In a statement in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Ogunwale’s real offence is that he dared to defect from the PDP to the AC in July, 2009.

The fact that the killing of the hunchback, Mrs Taibat Oseni, was allegedly carried out in a building which Ogunwale abandoned over five years ago does not make him liable for the murder. It is like finding a dead body in a car which someone has taken to the mechanic for repair and then blaming the owner,” AC said.

The party said while it supports police investigation into the murder of the hunchback. It calls on the inspector-General of police to direct that the case be transferred to the force CID, instead of leaving it in the hand of “the clearly partisan Osun police, who are only doing the bidding of Governor Olagunsaye Oyinlola”. “This is nothing short of political persecution of senator Ogunwale for daring to abandon the sinking PDP ship in Osun”, the party said.

 

Kano

Despite the unfavourable economic climate that characterised the global financial meltdown and other variables affecting business operations, the Nationakl Salt Company of Nigeria (NASCON) has returned a turnover of N9,8 billion for the 2008 financial  year.

The company also made a profit after tax of N1.298 billion, while its profit before tax stood at N1.89 billion, representing a growth of 26 per cent NASCON chairman, Alhaji Alike Dangote, however lamented that the wonderful result achieved was below its expectation for the year. He said: “The economy performed below expectation in 2008.”

The world economic crises witnessed towards the end of the year, coupled with increased crises in the Niger Delta, saw to the continued decline in crude oil exploration and production by the country”.

Dangote who was represented by one of the directors, Mr. Olakunle Alaki, said: “This meant that National finances deteriorated in the year. In addition, the poor state of the country’s infrastructure and the devaluation of the Naira in the last quarter of 2008, further worsened the economic environment –this devaluation, led to higher cost of production, which impacted negatively on businesses in general within the country” he stated.

Dangote, who equally revealed that NASCON financial target was also affected because it  imports its major raw materials from Brazil, nevertheless announced that, “the challenges of the business of the year under review notwithstanding, our company posted a  turnover of N9.8 billion reflecting a percentage growth of 26 over the previous year.

He stated: “Operating profit before tax was N1.896 billion, while our after tax profit was N1.298 billion, showing a modest growth over the past year”. He said the performance reflected the impact of the operating environment and the company’s response by way of measures and policies put in place to ensure that it remained profitable.

Speaking on the 2009 prospect, Dangote, told shareholders that NASCON is committed to maintaining its leadership position in the salt industry, adding that two sachet of salt production lines with  a rate capacity of 180,000 tonnes per annum have been installed.

He said plans are underway to establish tomotoe packing operations outfit in Nigeria following the two years of importation of the petti brand into the country.

“We believe that our plans should come to fruition in 2010 when we introduce the locally  packed Dangote brand into the Nigerian market,” he added.

 

Plateau

As the legal battle between Prof. Dakum Shown-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, and the national headquarters of the party is pending in the court, former factional leaders in the state have alleged that Prof. Dakum Shown, State Chairman, seized the existing party membership registers.

Prof. Shown had gone to court to stop the inauguration of Chief Abu King Shuluwa-headed state caretaker committee, set up by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). The committee was expected to oversee the affairs of the party in the state, pending the conduct of the state congresses.

Besides, the Chief Emmanuel Mangni-led group further alleged that Shown was secretly registering only those loyal to governor Jonah Jang, formerly All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) members. Jonah Jang, himself had in 2003 contested the governorship on ANPP platform.

In a petition to the party’s national chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, titled “Re­dissolution of State, Local Government and ward executives of PDP in Plateau State “, the petitioners lamented that Prof. Shown was still parading himself as the State Chairman.

The group lamented that Prof. Shown was registering former ANPP members at the detriment of former Action Congress (AC) members, who according to them were willing to be registered PDP members.

The ex-factional leaders noted that while the two factions subsisted, the party witnessed a massive return of its members, who had earlier been deregistered in the 2006 controversial registration exercise.

Stressing the need for a level playing ground for all the members, the Chief Mangni-Ied group, called for fresh and genuine registration exercise in order to have authentic membership registers. It commended the Chief Ogbulafor-led National PDP for its courage in dissolving the state, local and ward executive councils. Besides, it gave the PDP leadership a pat on the back for the “inauguration” of Chief Shaluwa-headed caretaker committee.

According to the group, the emergence of the committee has brought peace and confidence within the party in the state. Consequently, it advised that everything should be done to ensure that the achieved peace did not suffer a set back

 

Lagos

The  Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Chairman, Monsurudeen Asamu Ola, has narrowly escaped death following an attempt on his life by unidentified gunmen.

Our Sources revealed that the incident was the third on his life and that two supervisory Councilors (names withheld), have been accused of being the masterminds of the attack.

The Source further revealed that, the chairman, after Consulting with the security committee of the LCDA, which include royal fathers and community leaders, reported the case to the police.

The Tide learnt that the case was reported to the lkotun Police Station on Saturday, after the Supervisor for Environment, Hon Salako Adams was attacked in Similar Circumstance and injured two weeks earlier.

A Senior police Officer at the lkotun Police Station who does not want his name in print confirmed that the case is still under investigation while another source close to the Council Chairman also confirmed the assassination plot on the chairman, stressing that the official vehicle assigned to the suspected supervisory councilors had been withdrawn by the LCDA.

In recent times the rate of assassins and robbery incident in Lagos state has given the police authority a sleepless night as lagosians slept with one eye’s open.

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NDLEA Act Amendment ’ll Further Strengthen Nigeria’s Drug War – Marwa

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Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said the ongoing amendment of the Agency’s Act at the National Assembly will further boost the country’s fight against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
Marwa, who stated this at the NDLEA Special Purpose Committee conference (SPC) in Abuja, Friday, disclosed that some of the details of the new bill, which is in its final stage of being passed, will strengthen the hand of the Agency and discourage trafficking of illicit substances because of the stringent punitive measures stipulated for drug offences.
While appreciating the SPC members, who are experts in relevant fields that constitute an advisory group to support the work of the Agency across the country for their contributions to the achievements of NDLEA under his leadership, Marwa said the time is now for well-spirited Nigerians to join the fight against the drug scourge, which though may not be in every family, but affects every community.
He said: “Let me state from the onset that contrary to a recent report that the drug abuse problem is in every household in Nigeria, I’ll like to correct that misrepresentation and state that there are indeed families not afflicted by this menace.
“However, that we can’t say of the communities. It is almost certain that every community has this problem. That said, I would like to assure that the NDLEA Act is presently in its final stage of its amendment at the National Assembly.
“It’s a private bill sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, Senator Hezekiah Dimka, and it will among other things remove the option of fine in the sentencing of offenders as well as make punishments for drug offences more stringent.”
Marwa added that President Muhammadu Buhari understands the drug problem very well and has as part of his continuous support approved the recruitment of additional 5,000 officers and men to further strengthen the Agency.
While briefing the conference of the several successes so far recorded by the NDLEA under him, Marwa said apart from putting premium on training, he has also ensured that personnel welfare remains top on his agenda.
In her goodwill message, wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, who is a member of the SPC, emphasised the importance of the strategic committee to the work of NDLEA.

She urged the gathering to remain optimistic about a glorious Nigeria.

“What NDLEA has achieved in recent times is a reflection of the focus, patriotism, and commitment of Gen. Marwa. He is the kind of person Nigeria needs in leadership positions to take this country to the great height it’s destined for,” she added.

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GBV: FG Wants Partners’ Support In Forensic Machines  Acquisition

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The Federal Government has called for support from development partners to acquire forensic machines and to expand the scope of test and evidence gathering to address rape and other forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases.
Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, made the call at a joint news conference to launch activities to commemorate the 2022 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and Harmful Traditional Practices in Abuja, Friday.
Tallen explained that the establishment of more forensic laboratories across the country would guarantee access to reliable information and evidence to prosecute reported cases of rape, sexual and GBV.
She said “want to appeal to our development partners to support the acquisition of more forensic machines to make it easy to carry out test on rape cases in the country, as the existing ones are only accessible in Adamawa and Lagos states.
“We are talking with the Minister of State for Budget to ensure that we have it in the budget so that we can have at least one forensic lab in each geo-political zone and from there we will move down to states.”
The UN-Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS,  Beatrice Eyong, said “GBV is not only a violation of human rights, but a critical threat to the economic development and GDP growth of the country.
“Gender-Based Violence has the capacity of reducing the gross domestic products, which means there is a detrimental relationship between GBV and economic growth”.
Eyong further said the theme of this year’s activism campaign — “UNiTE! Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls” called for coordinated actions from government, CSOs and the UN systems to share knowledge and innovations to end GBV.
Also speaking, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Samuela Isopi decried the prevailing cases of GBV, especially in cyber spaces, stressing the need for more strategies to prevent and address it.

On her part, the Resident Representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria, reiterated the Fund’s commitment toward advancing the cause of women and ending all forms of violence and harmful practices against them.

The National Programme Manager, Rule of Law and Anti- Corruption (RoLAC), Danladi Plang, while commending government and other stakeholders for the progress in addressing GBV, called for more measures to end the menace.

Highlights of the event include commitments by representatives of the diplomatic community to address GBV and a candle light possession in honour of women, girls, boys and men that lost their lives as a result of violence.

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We Are Winning War Against Insecurity-Uzodinma

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The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has insisted that his administration is winning the war against insecurity in the state.
Uzodimma stated this during the 31st edition of the Annual Lecture/Awards of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), which was held in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Represented by the Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumber,  Uzodinma, who received CRAN’s coveted Platinum Award in Fight Against Insecurity, was among 36 respected and deserving Nigerians recognized by the association for their services to the country and humanity.
The Governor said it was because the fight against insecurity in Imo State was yielding dividends that attention could now be given to other essential issues in the state.
According to the Governor, if not for insecurity which took most of the attention and resources of the Imo State Government, the state would have become incredibly transformed to the level that other states would be envious of Imo.
He further explained that it was because the insecurity had been tackled and checkmated to a certain level that the government decided to focus attention on other important state matters, which led to the promotion of civil servants across board in the state.
The commissioner also stated that “But he said I should come to represent him. His Excellency is super excited with the award because it hit the point of his dogged fight against insecurity in Imo State, which has worked, and today, Imo State is relatively safe.”
“When people appreciate sacrifices made in restoring peace in Imo State, then the Governor too will be happy. When you appreciate somebody for what he has done, he will do more.
“He said I should thank CRAN, for not only watching and monitoring what he had been doing in Imo state, and is still doing, but for appreciating.
“Civil servants in Imo State had not been promoted in the past ten years in the State because of the enormous amount of money involved, but he approved the promotion of all civil servants in Imo State across the board.
“This is happening now because there is peace in Imo State and the governor can now focus on other important things”, he stated.
He continued that “when people appreciate sacrifices made in restoring peace in Imo State, then the Governor too will be happy. When you appreciate somebody for what he has done, he will do more.”

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