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Ajibola Submits Report On Jos Mayhem

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Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General (AG) of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola, has hinted that his investigation of the causes of the Jos sectarian crisis of November 28, last year, will be the last of such assignment in his life. 

Ajibola, chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Jos mayhem vowed not to handle such assignment, while submitting the commission’s report to Plateau State government.

Ajibola, who served as Minister under General Ibrahim Babangida however, told a large audience that “we have faithfully and conscientiously carried out the assignment”.

Describing the report presentation as “a glorious event,” the chairman explained that the report was made up of five volumes. 

 According to him, the commission received 221 memoranda while 213 gave oral evidence during its public sitting. 

Besides, he stated that the commission had an interaction with General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), former Head of State; Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III; Chief Solomon Lar, first Civilian governor of the state; Chief Joshua Dariye immediate past governor and Gbong Gwom Jos, elder Jacob Gyang Buba. 

According to him, the interaction with these prominent persons gave the commission “food for thought”.  Giving an insight into the report, the former Attorney General  (AG) said chapter four of the nine-chapter report, examined in detail the roles of individuals and  organisations that were alleged to have been directly or indirectly responsible for the crisis.

Receiving the voluminous report, governor Jonah Jang assured that the commission’s report will be implemented.  “This government will not allow reports to gather dust in the shelves, but will be implemented”, pointing out that the implementation will serve as a deterrent to offenders, and ensure permanent peace in the state, and  further assured that his administration will continue to accord high premium to peace and security. 

This, he stressed informed why his government acted on the reports of previous Commissions of Inquiry. 

Commending members of the Ajibola-headed commission, for a job well done, Jang said “posterity will count you as honourable men and women, who stood courageously to get to the root causes” of the recurring sectarian violence in the state.

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RSG Committed To Education Development – Ebeku

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The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, has stated that the Rivers State Government is committed in the development of education in the state.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Education on Media, Faustina Nwaneku and made available to The Tide, Wednesday; in Port Harcourt said Prof Ebeku made the disclosure when he visited some Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Centres in the State.
Interacting with pupils at the Centres visited, Prof. Ebeku said the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, was determined to addressing the issues of out-of-school children through the provision of free education in the state and implementation of BESDA programme.
He said “The government knows that the future lies with you. The young shall grow and if we do not make effort to ensure that you learn something, then we do not have a future as a people.”
The Education Commissioner also commended the facilitators at the Centres for the professional discharge of their teaching duties,
He said he was impressed with the teacher-pupil relationship he observed during the visit.
Speaking to the children he said: “I am happy to come here to see you all today. I have participated in your literacy class and I can see you are doing well. I can see you are eager and hungry for knowledge”.
Prof. Ebeku was guided to the BESDA Centres by the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Fynface Akah, and some staff of the Board.
The Tide reports that the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) is a programme designed to increase equitable access for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus States, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Court Remands Suspected Fake Lawyer

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A High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded to police custody a suspected fake lawyer, Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe who has been practicing in the State for over 10 years.
Adjogbe was remanded following the plea by the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch, Prince Nyekwere that the suspect may escape if he was allowed to go.
Justice C. Nwogu in his ruling directed the prosecutor from the office of the Commissioner of Police to take custody of the suspected fake lawyer pending the outcome of their investigation.
The Tide reports that the suspected fake lawyer, Stanley was exposed on Wednesday, during cross-examination when he failed to answer correctly questions bordering on his identity as a legal practitioner.
Also, the suspected fake lawyer could not tell the court the law school he attended, the year he graduated and when he was called to the Bar.
He also could not mention the university he attended as a law student.
The Tide further reports that the defence team in the criminal matter also tendered reports from the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the national leadership of NBA disowning the identity of Mr. Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe as a genuine legal practitioner in the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere in an interview explained the reasons he demanded that the suspected fake lawyer be remanded in Police custody.
Also, Ibikiri Otorubio, the lawyer who cross-examined the suspected fake lawyer in the case of a bounced cheque,, explained why they suspected that the lawyer is fake.
Mr. Otorubio said if the suspected fake lawyer was found guilty, he would face a jail term of 14 years.

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Operation Still Water Has Recorded Success – GOC

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The 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt says the Exercise “Still Water” operation designed to clear up crime and criminality during Ember months has recorded success with the civil- military cooperation in the State.
The Garrison Commander, 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Muhammed Danja, made this known during a novelty football match between Ahoada West Football Club and Python Football Club at Ahoada-East Local Government Area.
Danja maintained that the football match was part of the civil- military responsibility of Exercise Still Water operation in the state.
On his part, the chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Ben Eke, commended the efforts of the military in curbing the activities of illegal petroleum products taking place in the area
Eke also called for more collaboration in fighting other crimes in the area
The Tide reports that the Ahoada East Football Club defeated the Python Football Club by a lone, following a tension pact and keenly contested encounter.
Prizes and awards were presented by the Garrison commander to the match officials, judges, three most valuable players, the winners and the 2nd runners-up.

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