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Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (left), welcoming the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and National Ssecurity Adviser, Retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, during  their visit to Damaturu on Saturday.        Photo: NAN

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (left), welcoming the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and National Ssecurity Adviser, Retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, during their visit to Damaturu on Saturday.
Photo: NAN


A Maiduguri-based businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji
Mohammed Indimi, has donated N100 million to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa.
Governor Bindow Jibrilla of Adamawa State, who disclosed this to newsmen in Yola, said he would set up a committee to ensure judicious disbursement of the donation to all affected IDPs.
He also spoke on the Federal Government’s bail out fund, saying that the state was yet to receive the money.
The governor said the administration would empower 9, 040 people from the 226 wards of the state under the first phase of its empowerment programme.


The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in
Makurdi fixed August 18 for former Senate President, David Mark to testify in person.
Mark was dragged to the tribunal by his only contender, Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over his declaration by INEC as the winner of the Benue South Senatorial election.
Onjeh had argued that the elections were marred by electoral malpractices and substantial breaches of the Electoral Act 2011 as amended.
The petitioner, therefore, urged the court to nullify the election and order for fresh poll.


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
has distributed free delivery kits to 410 pregnant women in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno.
NEMA Director-General, Alhaji Sani Sidi, presented the items to the women at a ceremony in Maiduguri.
According to him, the kits are part of NEMA’s effort to prevent child mortality among displaced persons in the country.
Sidi said that the objective was to put the mind of the women at rest and reassure them of safe delivery.


Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has said
that the government would sustain its welfare package for health workers for effective service delivery.
Dankwambo announced the measure while declaring open the 2015 annual general meeting of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Gombe.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Charles Iliya, urged the members of the association to be dedicated to their duties, adding that the government would continue to give them the required support for optimal performance.
He said that the government would expedite action to complete the College of Nursing, Dukku and Gombe State University Teaching Hospital to improve healthcare delivery in the state.


A Kaduna-based Non Governmental Organisation,
ALFACARE, said early signs of brewing dispute and its quick resolution through dialogue would enhance peaceful co-existence among communities in Kaduna State.
Its National Coordinator, Mr Hassan Alfa, gave the suggestion in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.
He said that all mechanisms capable of sustaining peace in communities should be explored to guarantee sustainable peace and stability in the state.
Alfa said that building sustainable peace was a collective responsibility of government, institutions, families, individuals and other relevant stakeholders.


The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) says it has
arrested eight persons for allegedly selling pirated materials in Kano.
The commission’s North West Zonal Manager, Alhaji Hassan Usman, told newsmen in Kano that pirated copies worth N6 million were siezed from the suspects.
He said that the suspects were arrested at different locations in Kano metropolis while selling pirated films, books and other materials in violation of the Copyright Act.
Usman urged the public to always purchase original copies from vendors in order to encourage local artists and send pirates out of business.

A cleric, Pastor Chris Okafor, has urged President
Muhammadu Behari to carry on with the fight against corruption in the country, regardless of the status of the culprits.
Okafor, who spoke in Lokoja, said the coming of Buahri was divine , urging Nigerians to forget their differences, pray for the president, and join hands with him to correct the ills plaguing the country.
The cleric, who is the Senior Pastor in charge of the Lagos- Liberation City, advised Nigerians not lose hope or despair, saying that God would use Buhari to restore the lost glory of Nigeria.
He urged the president to remain focused and selfless in the fight against corruption, regardless of the status of the culprits.


President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to be firm and
painstaking in the anti-corruption crusade.
Chairman Forum of Professionals in Kwara, Alhaji Ahmed Olayiwola, made the call when he spoke with newsmen in llorin.
He suggested that efforts should be made to fast track the judicial process to make the whole effort productive.
Olayiwola called for prudent management of resources to pave way for sustainable socio-economic stability of the country.


The Head, Animal Production Department, Lagos State
Polytechnic, Dr. Adegbemi Onigemo, has urged the Federal Government to support livestock producers in the country by subsidising the cost of feeds.
Onigemo told newsmen in Lagos that the high cost of feeds remained a major challenge to poultry farmers.
According to him, the production of feeds which constitutes between 60 and 80 per cent of total production cost is further bedevilled by human’s competing demand for maize, a major component of animal feed.
“Most of the ingredients that are being used in the production of feeds are those in competition between the livestock and men.


The management of Mararaba Medical Centre in Karu Local
Government Area of Nasarawa State, says 30 unidentified corpses are in its mortuary.
The Medical Director of the centre, Dr Ibrahim Adamu, made the fact known in an interview with newsmen in Mararaba.
Adamu said that the situation was unhealthy and worrisome to both the patients and members of staff of the centre.
“These corpses have been here since 2013 with no record of ownership.
“They were brought or dumped here by the police as most of them happen to be victims of accidents or armed robbery.

The police in Sango-Ota, Ogun State has arraigned two
men, Gideon Idedia, 25, and Wednesday Idesia, 30, in an Ota Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a Bajaj motorcycle, valued at N124,000.
The accused, of no fixed addresses, are being tried on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Rosemary Brown, told the court that the accused persons committed the offences on August 9 at about 1.30 p.m. at No. 14, Ahmed Akindele St., Oju-Ore, in Ota.
Brown said that the unregistered Bajaj motorcycle belong to one Joseph Eche.


The Ondo State Government says it will soon inaugurate a
Well Being Clinic at the state Specialist Hospital, Akure, to enhance good living among the citizenry.
The state Commissioner for Heath, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, revealed this in Akure while briefing newsmen.
He explained that the clinic would ensure regular check up for the people to enhance healthy living and to prevent any future sickness.
He said one unit of the clinic would attend to youths where they could have proper access to information about the status of their health.


The Police  Command in Oyo State has said it arrested a 42-
year-old ex-banker for impersonating an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
The Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, told newsmen in Ibadan that the impersonator, identified as Olayinka Olatunji, was arrested for impersonation
Katsina, who was represented by the Command’s Public Relations’ Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the suspect was arrested in his office at Iwo Road Shopping Complex where he was defrauding innocent people.
The suspect said he had been in the business since March this year and bought the police accessories from an undisclosed Police Training School.


Governor Aminu Tambawal of Sokoto State, has expressed
confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari would reposition the country’s armed forces for optimal performance.
The governor made the remark in Sokoto during the inauguration of the refurbished Army Officers Mess at 1st Brigade Command.
He also expressed confidence that with the state-of-the art equipment currently being provided for the armed forces, the security challenges, especially the North-East would soon be overcome.
Tambuwal commended the officers and men of the 1st brigade command for the contributions they had made in sustaining peace in the state.
Earlier, the Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Oluwafumilayo Soleye, pledge to work to sustain the cordial relationship existing between the army and the people of the state.

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Nine Passengers Burnt In Oyo Auto Crash – FRSC



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said nine passengers have sustained varying degree of burns in an auto crash on Ogbomoso-Oyo Expressway.
The Sector Commander in the state, Joshua Adekanye, confirmed the incident in an interview with The Tide’s source  in Ibadan yesterday.
He said the accident, which occurred on Saturday, involved a trailer and a truck at Sekona area along Ogbomoso – Oyo Expressway.
Adekanye said nine out of the total 13 people involved in the accident got burnt while four others escaped unhurt.
“The accident happened around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the truck vehicle caught fire while the trailer collided with it.
“The actual cause of the fire in the truck could not be ascertain because it happened at night”, he said.
He, however, said the likely cause of the trailer colliding with the truck might be speeding and wrongful overtaking.
According to him, the burnt victims are being referred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital for treatment, adding that the RS11.31 Ogbomoso and RS11.312 Oolo Commands conducted rescue operation.
“Other agency that carried out the rescue operation are the Fire Service and Odo-Oba Police Division”, he said.
Adekanye called on motorists to shun night travelling, wrongful overtaking and dangerous driving to ensure safety on the road.

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Association Lauds Gov Over E-Ticket Revenue Collection



Enugu State Governor, Barr Peter Mbah, has been commended for introducing E-Ticket system of revenue collection, which is aimed at increasing Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
The President, Enugu State Markets Amalgamated Traders Association (ESMATA), Chief Stephen Aniagu, who made the commendation in a chat with newsmen in Enugu, expressed happiness that the system has already started yielding fruitful results.
Urging traders in all the markets in the State to cooperate with government by embracing the innovation, Chief Aniagu also expressed satisfaction with the announcement by the State Government that its IGR had increased tremendously from what it used to be before the introduction of the system.
According to him, traders in Ogbete Main Market have already identified themselves with the system, with a view to encouraging the State Government’s efforts at increasing its IGR.
On programmes and projects mapped out for execution by the Governor Mbah-led administration, Chief Aniagu said, “we have already started feeling the impacts of these projects.
“From all indications, Governor Mbah has plans to make Enugu State a role model. We are cooperating very well with the State Government. The relationship between the Governor and traders in the State is very cordial.
“Ogbete traders are fully involved as they have started paying their taxes as and when due. I urge all the traders to key in by ensuring that government revenue goes directly into government Coffers instead of private pockets”.
Continuing, Chief Aniagu further said: “The Governor has always carried along traders in Ogbete and other markets in the State in his programmes.
Fielding questions from newsmen on the level of peace in Ogbete, Chief Aniagu stated that there was relative peace in the market, adding that traders  were fully supporting and cooperating with his administration.
He, however, advised traders in Ogbete and other markets in the State not to cheat their customers in any manner, noting that “the importance of carrying out you businesses with the fear of God cannot be over emphasized”.

By: Canice Amadi Enugu

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EFCC Boss Vows To Fight Corruption



The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ola Olukoyede, has pledged to refocus the anti-corruption war by adopting modalities capable of stimulating economic growth and development.
He gave the assurance while addressing members of staff of Ilorin Zonal Command of EFCC, at the Commission’s Office, GRA, Ilorin.
Olukoyede promised a paradigm shift in the agency’s approach to anti-graft war, to make it more proactive and result oriented.
“There is need for us to refocus our attention in EFCC. We need to define our scope of mandate with a view to stimulate the economy of the country.
“The era of stifling and crippling of businesses with unwarranted PNDs is gone.
“We must be able to separate proceeds of crime from legitimate funds and use the instrumentality of our mandate to create wealth and jobs for people.
“We will also use the instrumentality of our mandate to create conducive environment for businesses to thrive for a sustainable economic growth”, he said.
The EFCC boss also pledged to prioritise staff welfare, stressing that he was already in talks with the government for necessary support.
“We have done it before and we are going to do it again”, he assured.
Olukoyede asked officers of the commission to be above board and avoid acts of compromise in their line of duty, stressing, “We owe our nation the sacred duty of making this country free of corruption and crimes”.
He urged members of staff to work together for a good course and see themselves as officers having the same rights and privileges as encapsulated in Section 8 (5) of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.
The TIde’s source reports that the executive Chairman had earlier visited the palace of Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu Gambari, where he called on traditional rulers to deepen their partnership with EFCC.
He called for more cooperation in order to reduce corruption through adequate promotion of ethics, values and behavioral change among their subjects.
“Our royal fathers have a crucial role to play by using your good offices to champion the crusade against corruption among your subjects.
Responding, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu Gambari pledged to continue supporting EFCC and other law enforcement agencies in stamping out corruption and other form of criminalities in the State.

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