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Borno
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has arrested a 24-year-old tricylist, Isah Ma’azu for allegedly snatching 15 cell phones from housewives in Maiduguri. The Commandant of the Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi disclosed this in an interview with newsmen  in Maiduguri.
Abdullahi said that the suspect was apprehended by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and handed over to the Corps.
He said the suspect had swindled 15 cellphones and other valuable items from married women in the metropolis.
He explained that the suspect was disguising as an errand boy and going to the victims’ matrimonial homes under the pretext of delivering shopping or food items from their husbands.

FCT
The Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu will speak at the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria’s maiden anti-corruption workshop scheduled for November.
A statement by ALGON last Tuesday in Abuja said that former Secretary-General of Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. George Ehusani would also speak at the occasion.
The statement signed by the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of ALGON, Mr Odunayo Ategbero  said that the workshop would hold from November 9 to November 10 at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja. Ategbero said that Magu would take the anti-corruption awareness to the grassroots as he would speak to principal operators of the 774 local governments of the federation.

Kebbi
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it has provided relief assistance to the recent Kebbi State flood victims. It could be recalled that about 100 households were affected by the flood in Dole-Kaina area of Dandi Local Government Area of the state sometime in September.
The Director-in-charge of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Paul Ohenmu who presented the relief materials to the victims in Birnin Kebbi last Tuesday, said the assistance was meant to alleviate their sufferings.
“This is just a token to alleviate your suffering; we know that it will not be enough to take care of the disaster, but just for you to know that the Federal Government sympathises with you,” Ohenmu said.

Kogi
The Kogi State Government has described as false, rumours that some unidentified men are infecting children with monkey pox virus in schools in the guise of vaccination.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu in a statement by his media aide, Mr Audu Haruna last Tuesday in Lokoja said that government had investigated the claim and found that it was untrue.
According to him, “the rumour is baseless and unfounded, as it is similar to the rumour that gripped Abia, Enugu and Imo a few days back.’’
“The only parts of Kogi where we have an ongoing vaccination exercise is in Yagba West, which will soon be extended to two contiguous wards in Yagba East Local Government Area.

Kwara
A Librarian in the Kwara State Library, Mr Yisa Eleshinnla has urged the State Government to restore the electronic library (e-library) in the library.
Eleshinnla told newsmen  in Ilorin last Tuesday that the state e-library had been down for the past seven years and pleaded for its resuscitation. According to him, e-library is needed to enhance students’ performance in their academic fields of study, especially at this present computer age.
government has included the innovation project of the library in the state budget. He attributed the non-functioning of the e-library to mismanagement of facilities and equipment. “But, we have written a lot of memos to the government on this e-library project, but there has not been any positive response.
“E-library has to do with laptops, Internet and stable electricity, but they are all not working”, Yisa said.

Lagos
A creative expert, Temitope Olagbegi has identified too much concentration on politics and entertainment as major factors distracting youths from academic pursuit.
Olagbegi, the Creative Director, Sixth Sense, Lagos, in an interview with newsmen  in Lagos said “it has negative impact on their intellectual development’’.
She spoke on the sidelines of the Guardian of Hope (GOH) Foundation Excellence Award for Medical and Surgery Emergency Workers of the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. According to her, the over-concentration is luring more youths to the “Get Rich Quick Syndrome’’, which most youths are now embracing in to the detriment of their integrity and diligence.

Nasarawa
A first class traditional ruler in Nasarawa State, Dr Ayuba Audu has advised parents against early marriage of their female children to enable them acquire quality education. Audu, the Zhe Migili of Migili nation, Nasarawa State gave the advice last Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Jenkwe, Jenkwe Development Area of the state.
He appealed to parents and guardians to strive to provide high-quality education for their female wards for the overall development of the country. The Zhe Migili cited the example of Prof. Dinatu Iwala of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, who became the first female professor of the Migili people to buttress his position.

Niger
The Niger State Child Rights Protection Agency has announced the arrest of  eight persons suspected of raping four girls in Minna. The Director-General of the Agency, Mrs Mairam Kolo, told journalists last Tuesday that the victims were teenagers hawking wares on the street.
She gave the names of the suspects as : Yahaya Yakuso (50) Yusuf Idris (35) Tukur Buhari ( 35) Mohammed Yusuf, (25) Musa Ibrahim (35) Nasir Abubakar (35) Isah Garba (29) and Ibrahim (30). According to her, the suspects were arrested following series of surveillance by the agency’s  officials and tip off from other stakeholders that a gang of rapists were sexually abusing the girls.

Ogun
The Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Dr David Oyedepo  has advised tertiary institutions to train thinkable leaders that would provide immediate solutions to the nation’s current challenges. He said that these leaders must “first turn themselves into critical thinkers to reproduce young scholars that will sustain that thinking culture.”
Oyedepo gave the advice at the 54th Meeting of Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools (CDPGS) in Nigerian Universities held in his institution last Tuesday.

Ondo
The 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure has debunked rumours of harmful vaccination being conducted by some people believed to be soldiers in Ondo State.
There was pandemonium in primary and secondary schools in the state which made parents and guardians to withdraw their children and wards, when rumours filtered in that harmful vaccination was being administered on children.
The Brigade’s Spokesperson, Major Ojo Adenegan said this in a statement issued last Tuesday in Akure.
”The attention of 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure has been drawn to the fake information making rounds in Ondo State that soldiers are administering poisonous vaccine on pupils and students of primary and secondary schools in the state,” Adenegan said.

Plateau
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Plateau State chapter  has decried the lack of unity among Christians, and declared that the travails of the faithful would only worsen if the Church remained divided.
“The Church today is faced with a lot of problems, but the major one is lack of unity. The challenges are massive; we can only tackle them if we are united and speak with one voice,” Dr. Soja Bewarang, its Chairman, said on Tuesday.
Bewarang spoke at the 2017 Unity Service and Prayer, organised for Christians in the Central Senatorial Zone of the state, and held in Bokkos.
The service, an annual event held in the three senatorial zones of Plateau, is targeted at bringing all Christians together to encourage them to pray for peace, progress and tranquility.

Sokoto
The outgoing UNICEF’s Chief of Field Office for Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States, Mohammed Muhuiddin says that there is over 50 per cent decrease in number of out-of-school children in Sokoto State. Muhuiddin made the disclosure last Tuesday at a reception organised in his honour by the Sokoto State Government after the completion of his tour of duty. He said that the number of out-of-school children in Sokoto State which he noted was the highest in the country, had dropped from 69 per cent in 2015 to 37 per cent in 2017.
“The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) for 2016 to 2017 showed that Sokoto State has made appreciable progress, resulting in over 50 per cent cut in the number of out-of-school children.
“It gladdens my heart, seeing the commitment shown by the political leadership and the technical teams set up by the government to work with UNICEF and partner with various sectors for the children of the state”, he said.

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Reps Move To Transfer Police To Concurrent Legislative List

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, and 14 other lawmakers have proposed to transfer the term “police” in the 1999 Constitution from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.
The bill, which comprises 18 clauses, seeks to amend sections 34, 35, 39, 42, 84, 89, 129, 153, 197, 214, 215 and 216 of the constitution.
On February 15, the Federal Government set up a committee to explore the creation of state police given the worsening spate of insecurity across the country.
The Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Francis Waive, said given the fact that the bill was a constitutional matter, the onus was now on the Constitution Review Committee, which rolled out a two-year work plan to deliberate on state police, local government autonomy, fiscal federalism and other items listed for deliberations in the constitutional amendment process.
”The State Police Bill is a constitutional amendment. After the second reading, it was referred to the Constitution Review Committee like all other constitutional amendments. The committee has rolled out its two-year work plan,” Waive said.
The retreat, which will be held in Abuja later this month, will witness collaborative efforts between the Clerk to the Committee on Constitution Review and the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre.
In May, the committee will engage with stakeholders, including civil society organisations, to collate inputs after which the committee will call for a public hearing.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Yemi Adaramodu, said both chambers of the National Assembly were ready to amend the constitution to accommodate state police if the decentralisation of the security architecture would end kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, and other crimes being experienced in Nigeria.

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Man Nabbed For Allegedly Keeping Housewife As Sex Slave

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A 35-year-old man, Abayomi Babalola, has been arrested by operatives of the Amotekun Corps in Osun State over allegations that he kept a housewife as a sex slave for three weeks.
Disclosing the arrest in a press statement obtained in Osogbo recently, the spokesperson for Osun Amotekun Corps, Yusuf Idowu, alleged that the suspect, living in Modakeke, had used a magic ring made for him by a cleric to commandeer the victim, identified simply as Sofiyat, out of her husband’s house and moved her to Modakeke, where she was kept as a sex slave.
According to the Amotekun spokesperson, luck ran out on the suspect last Friday when he took the victim to Campus Area in Ile-Ife and abandoned her by the roadside.
After Babalola had left the vicinity, the woman suddenly regained her senses and raised an alarm, attracting some Amotekun operatives.
After listening to her ordeal at the hands of Babalola, the Amotekun operatives trailed the suspect to his hideout in Sekona where he was eventually arrested.
The statement further reads, “The suspect confessed that in September, 2023, the victim, Sofiyat, approached him to help her sell her palm oil because that is the business he does.
Along the line, he asked her out, but she refused him, saying she was married. Babalola later approached a herbalist in Sekona who gave him some charms. Since using the charm on her, he claimed that the woman had been listening and following his command.

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Bizman, Chief Task Nigerians On Prayers

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Chairman of Bullion Records, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo and the Chief Tofseer of Ilorin Emirate Al- Adaby, Alfa Usman Sannu Shehu have called on Nigerians to continue praying for the country, her progress and for those in government.
They said Nigerians need to constantly pray for their  leaders in government as their actions and inactions will definitely affect the people of the country.
They made the admonition last Saturday while speaking at the Ramadan Lecture (Season 2) organised by Bullion Records in Ibafo, Ogun State.
Ajadi, who was the Ogun state governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the 2023 general elections equally advised the leaders to focus more on the masses.
If we have the mindset of praying for our leaders, I am very sure God will touch their hearts and they will begin to know what the masses are clamouring for.
“So, I will urge the masses to keep praying purposely because of this season of Ramadan and I know God will answer our prayers.
“They have a lot of things to do for the masses because the masses are currently going through excruciating suffering”, Ajadi said.
He called on the Federal Government to create Vocational Centres across the 774 local government areas in the country for the youths to be engaged.
“On the 1st of January this year, you know I advised Nigerian leadership to go and make sure that they open Vocational Centres so that the citizens especially the youths will be empowered.
“This will really help because those that are jobless will have something doing. If the government can do this in all the 774 local government areas in the country, it will help the government to secure a lot of jobs for the youths.
“With this in place, the youths will not be engaged in bad things. They will be engaged and be doing something to keep themselves busy instead of lazy around and becoming the willing tools in the hands of the devil.
“If governments fail to provide jobs for the youths, they should not forget that 2027 is around the corner and everyone’s eye is open now.
“The purpose of government is to provide jobs for the people. Government must therefore empower the youths”, Ajadi said.
Also speaking, the Guest Speaker at the Lecture, the Chief Tofseer of Ilorin Emirate Al- Adaby, Alfa Usman Sannu Sheu said the Country’s leaders needed to do four things to succeed.
“One is that they should return to God. Invite God to guide their decisions. Secondly, is that the subsidy removed from the petroleum products should be used to assist the masses. Thirdly, they should continually think of the welfares of the governed. Giving huge money to the governors to supply palliatives to the citizens is not the solution.
“They should increase the pay of the civil servants, once the people working with governments are well paid, the country will be better. Fourthly, they should always seek the prayers of Nigerians.
“We should be praying for the people in government. Nobody should curse our leaders and the country. If we curse the people in government, it will come back to us. We should just be praying for our leaders and it shall be well for our country”, Alfa Sheu said.
Speaking while delivering his lecture titled, “Submit Yourself To Who God Has Shown Mercy To”, Alfa Sheu said God put people in position of leadership and the best thing is for everyone to accept God’s decision.
“Leadership is through God. It has nothing to do with age, place of birth or the position in the family.
God chooses the leader and we don’t have choice but to accept whoever God has put in position of leadership”, Alfa Sheu said.
The lecture which was spiced with music saw musicians like Alhaji Kehinde Oriyomi, Alhaja Ashabi Modinat Barrytide, Femo Lancaster and Tope Indomie entertained the crowd.
Guests at the lecture include, Ogun NNPP Public Relations Officer, Kehinde Olowu, South West Publicity Secretary of the NNPP, Hon Kilamuwaye Badmus, Hon. Modaowoni.

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