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The Police have arraigned a 60-year-old man, Alhaji
Bashir Mohammed, in a Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Wuse, Abuja, for failure to produce a suspect.
Mohammed, a businessman who resides at Deidei, Abuja, was said to have stood for bail for Abdullahi Saidu of Wuse zone 1, Abuja, but failed to produce him when asked to.
He is facing a one-count charge of shielding an offender.
The prosecutor, Insp. Abdullahi Adamu, had told the court that on October 4 the accused stood for bail for Abdullahi Saidu at Wuse Police Station and promised to produce him on October 9.
He said that when that date came, the accused and the suspect were nowhere to be found until he was seen at Wuse market and arrested.

Kano

A 27-year-old man, Murtala Abdullahi, on Wednes
day, appeared before the Nomansland Magistrates’ Court in Kano, charged with criminal conspiracy and buying stolen vehicle.
According to the First Information Report, the theft was reported at the Bompai Police Division, Kano, by Usman Audu of Farawa Quarters, Kano, in August.
The report indicated that Audu alleged that Abdullahi criminally conspired with one Abdullahi Ibrahim and two others simply identified as Surajo and Shuaibu, all of Kunchi Local Government Area of Kano State to commit the offence. It added that Ibrahim, Surajo and Shuaibu, now at large, sold a stolen Honda Civic car with registration number AE240DAL to Abdullahi at N500,000, an offence which contravened sections 6 (a),(b),(c) and 5 (1) of Robbery and Firearms Special Provision Act.However, the accused denied committing the offences but the Magistrate, Mr Ibrahim Khaleel, ordered that he be remanded in prison and adjourned the case until Dec. 22 for further mention.

Kaduna

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has rejected
autonomy for local governments and the scrapping of state electoral commissions as proposed in the amendment to the 1999 Constitution.
Our correspondent reports that the assembly also rejected amendment to the provisions on indigenes and citizens by birth.
It, however, adopted all other recommendations as presented to it by the National Assembly.
The members had voted clause by clause in line with the recommendation of its special committee on the review of the constitution.
Mr Kantiok Ishaku, the Chairman of the seven-man committee had urged the members to place national interest above all other considerations in considering and voting on the sections sought to be altered.

Kwara

Sen. Simeon Ajibola, who won the PDP governor
ship ticket for the 2015 elections in Kwara, remains the flagbearer of the party, his campaign outfit has said.
The Director General of the Ajibola for Governor Campaign Organisation, Mr Shuaib Olanrewaju, made the clarification in an interview newsmen in Ilorin.
Olanrewaju said that contrary to the rumour making the rounds, Ajibola remains the authentic flag bearer of the party.
He said the clarification was necessary against the background of postings in the social media insinuating that the governorship ticket had been withdrawn from Ajibola.
Olanrewaju said the state and the 16 local government executive bodies of the party as well as other contestants had already congratulated Ajibola on his victory.
He recalled that Gov. Gabriel Suswan of Benue, who supervised the December 11 rescheduled primary election had submitted the result to the national headquarters of the party, adding that it had been accepted.

Kebbi

The Federal Ministry of Finance has commenced the train
ing of 95 unemployed graduates in Kebbi State who were selected for the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS).
Mr Edward Aleko, communication specialist of the scheme, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that 400 graduates across the state would be trained during the first phase of the scheme.
He said that 50,000 graduates are expected to benefit from the training meant to reduce unemployment in the country.
Aleko said: “The GIS was instituted by the Federal Government to cushion the hardship faced by unemployed graduates.
“It will also help to reduce vulnerability of unemployed graduates and build the manpower and capacity required for national development.

Nasarawa

A Grade 1 Area Court in Aso Pada, Mararaba, Nasarawa
State, has sentenced a 32-year-old businessman, John Daniel, to 24 months imprisonment for breach of trust and cheating.
The presiding Judge, Mr Albert Maga, convicted the businessman after he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of breach of trust and cheating.
Maga, however, gave the convict an option to pay N6,000 fine or remain in Keffi Prison for 24 months and also ordered him to give N140,000 as compensation to the complainant.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Friday Adaji, had told the court that the matter was reported at the ‘A’ Divisional Police Station, Mararaba, on December 15 by Mrs Ego Godwin of down Quarter, Mararaba. Adaji said sometimes in January 2014, the convict of same address came to the complainant and asked her to join a contribution of N8,000 with over 20 other people, which she accepted.
He said the convict told her that she would receive N140, 000 as her contribution in June 2014, but that she went for her husband’s burial and therefore could not receive the money.
Adaji added that when she came back, the convict refused to give her the money and converted it to his personal use without her consent.

Niger

The Nigeria Customs Service has handed over various il
licit drugs it recovered from the traffickers to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for destruction.
Mr Mohammed Biu, the Customs Area Controller in charge of Niger, Kogi and Kwara zones, presented the drugs for destruction in Minna.
“This is part of the established synergy customs has with other security agencies to assist in proper investigation since it is not in our purview to investigate such matter,’’ he said.
Biu said that his officers intercepted seven cartons of Taramol, Taramadol and Jonaviga tablets worth N1.2 million on September 24 along Mokwa-Kaduna Road.
Lagos

Lagos State Government last Thursday urged opera
tors of health facilities and healthcare providers in the state to ensure adequate prevention and control of infection to improve service delivery.
Dr Yewande Adeshina, Special Adviser to Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Public Health, said this at the seventh stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA).
Our correspondent reports that the programme was organised for operators of health facilities and healthcare providers in the state.
Adeshina said that there was the need to put in place a mechanism that would ensure holistic prevention and control of infections from one patient to another.

Ogun

Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun state says the insti
tution embarked on entrepreneurial training that would make its graduating students to be job providers for the nation.The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Samson Ayanlaja, said this at the 6th convocation ceremony and conferment of honourary first degrees, doctorate degrees and presentation of prizes for 2013/2014 session in Ota.
Our correspondent reports that 310 graduating students participated in the ceremony.
They comprised 14 students bagging first class honours, 79 in second class upper division, 127 in second class lower division, 59 with third class, six receiving ordinary pass and 25 postgraduate students.

Ondo

The Nigeria Union of Journalists  (NUJ) Zone-B, has
advocated autonomy for the third tier of government in Nigeria in the on-going  amendment of the 1999 Constitution. According to a statement in Akure by Mr Dele Atunbi, Vice-President of the zone, granting of autonomy to the local government is in the spirit of true federalism.
“Local government autonomy will bring about rapid transformation at the grassroots, unlike the present situation of stunted growth and inaction.
“Grassroots development will reduce tremendously rural urban drift and congestion in our city centres.
“Reduction in rural  urban drift will equally reduce organised crimes in the country and ensure the success of the youth in agriculture programme of the Federal Government.
“This will in turn bring about food security as well as generate more activities at the grassroots, “ the statement said.

Executive Secretary, National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr Kennedy Opara (Left), presenting a Gift to Gov. Saidu Dakingari of  Kebbi State, during his visit to Birnin Kebbi recently.

Executive Secretary, National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr Kennedy Opara (Left), presenting a Gift to Gov. Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi State, during his visit to Birnin Kebbi recently.

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SEAMATA Condemns Inport Duty Increment On Cargo

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Members of the the South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA) have strongly criticised and rejected the recent astronomical and indiscriminate increment in the import duty on cargoes charged by Nigerian Customs.
SEAMATA is the umbrella union of traders in all the markets in the South-East Geo-political Zone and traders of South-East extraction doing business across the states in the Federation and in Diaspora.
This is contained in a statement jointly signed by SEAMATA’s President General, Chief Gozie Akudolu and its Secretary General, Mr Alex Okwudiri, in Enugu yesterday.
According to them, the Nigerian Customs introduced a method of working out import duty payment on goods and set out a particular minimum amount payable for each 40ft container.
The statement noted that items with the least percentage tariff of five per cent are not even spared.
The  current import duties, the statement further regretted, are no longer calculated based on invoice value of consignments.
”Between 2020 and now, the amount charged on cargoes as import duties have risen in geometric proportion from N750,000 to N2 million, again to N3 million and presently, to N3.3 million for 40ft containers; while 20ft containers jumped to N1.8 million.
”The Nigerian Customs on their own, work out payable import duty now based on “estimated” invoice value of consignment as against the actual invoice value of goods from the country of origin.
”This development is not only bringing untold hardships to importers but is also compounding the pains of the citizens as it dovetailed to astronomical increase in prices of imported goods as the Nigerian Customs estimated invoice value is always far above the actual cost of the imports.
”The indiscriminate estimate of value of goods by Nigerian Customs is adversely affecting the prices of goods in the markets today both imported and locally produced as it triggered a chain reaction.
”Even agricultural products are not spared in the chain effect of the price increase.
”In the general meeting held in Onitsha on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, the traders resolved to very strongly condemn and reject the increment.
”We are appealing to the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to prevail on the Nigerian Customs to, as a matter of urgency, suspend the exercise.
”This is to save the Nigerian citizens from further economic hardships as further economic pains that follow such situations could lead to social unrest which our nation doesn’t need now”.
The statement also prayed and expected that the appeal of the traders would be favourably considered in the overall interest of the masses across the country. 7Ends.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Kaduna SUBEB To Sack 233 Teachers Over Fake Certificates

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Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB), Alhaji Tijjani Abdullahi, on Thursday, hinted that 233 primary school teachers have been pencilled down for dismissal for gaining employment with fake certificates.
Abdullahi, who spoke at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, further noted that for the Board to be sure that the newly-employed teachers have the requisite qualifications, it went into secret verification of their credentials from various institutions attended.
According to him, the board has already verified 451 institutions they claimed to have attended, but only nine of them have responded so far.
He further added that the responses from the institutions showed that 233 teachers presented fake certificates.
He added that one of the institutions disowned 212 of the 233 fake certificates, adding that, the board would forward their files to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery.
A visibly shaken Abdullahi noted that the Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that the teaching profession is not devalued by impostors.

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How I Delivered 125 Children After Govt Hospitals Rejected Us -Woman Leader

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Women leader of the Internally Displaced Persons, Durumi camp, Garki Abuja, Mrs Liyatu Ayuba, has narrated how she became a midwife in the camp following rejection of their pregnant members in government hospitals.
The women leader, who was displaced from Borno State after the Boko Haram insurgents killed her husband in 2015, revealed that she has successfully assisted in delivering about 125 children in the camp.
Speaking with The Tide source in the camp, Mrs Liyatu alleged that the National Hospital, Abuja, and other government medical facilities had denied their pregnant members access to medical care following their inability to pay bills.
According to her, a lady in the camp who needed a cesarean section died in the National Hospital after they were unable to pay for the operation.
“Few years ago, a lady came to this camp and she was 7 months pregnant. She came barefoot with only a wrapper and she didn’t have a bacha (hut) so she was squatting on another person’s own.
“The next three days, she was in labour and we took her to the National Hospital in Abuja here and we were told to bring 100,000 but we told them that we do not have such money that they should please try and save her life.
“They said they can’t do anything, that we IDPs are disturbing them. That was how the woman and her baby died in the hospital. They even refused to release the corps for us because we could not pay,” they disclosed.
According to her, she was angered by the incident which prompted her into midwifery to save the lives of other women in the camp.
“I learnt how to be a midwife from my grandmother. I started delivering babies on January 2, 2015, so from that year till date, I have delivered a total of 125 babies in this camp,” she stated.
Liyatu told our source that she has been sensitizing households in the camp to embrace family planning due to lack of funds to train the children.
“I have been telling them that people who have four to five children should do family planning because we are facing a lot in this camp, we are not collecting salary.
“And these children are not going to school and women keep getting pregnant. God will hold us responsible for the children that we are bringing to this world without training them,” she noted.

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