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FRSC prosecutes 3,389 traffic offenders in 3 months in Kaduna


The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it prosecuted 3,389 traffic offenders in Kaduna State between August and October.

FRSC’s Sector Commander in Kaduna, Hafiz Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kaduna that those prosecuted within the period were arrested during a “special intervention patrol.”

Mohammed said the operation was conducted to stem infractions of traffic laws within the Kaduna metropolis and on the expressways, with the attendant fatalities and injuries.

He explained that in August 1,108 traffic offenders were prosecuted; September, 1,096 and October, 1,185.

The sector commander added that in August 1, 220 offences were recorded; September 1,209 and October 1,338, bringing total offences committed during the period to 3,767.

Mohammed said the prevalent offences were: overloading, fire extinguisher, number plate violation, tyre, seat belt, light sign violations.

He said others were: speed limit device, and driver’s licence violations, as well as vehicle licence and windscreen violations.

Mohammad said the command would intensify road safety campaign and enforcement of traffic rules and regulations to reduce road traffic accidents in the state.

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Niger Govt cries out as Boko Haram takes full control of five communities


The Niger State Government has again raised the alarm over the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in at least five communities in Rafi and Shiroto Local Government Areas of the State.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane who made this known while speaking with NAN on Monday, said the affected communities are currently under the control of the insurgents.

He named the communities to include – Kurebe, Farina Kuka, Gussau in Shiroro LGA and Madaka, Hanawanka in Rafi LGAs of the state.

He explained that the activities of the terrorists have forced many residents of the community to migrate to safer grounds within and outside the state.

According to him, the terrorists are currently moving freely in the affected communities wielding sophisticated and menacing weapons.

He further revealed that the state government has already notified security agencies for proper urgent security measures to ensure the safety of residents.

He said, ”We have spent over N2 billion on the security agencies in the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the last two years.

“We will continue to accord priority attention to the welfare of security personnel deployed to enable them wipe out all those involved in the illegal acts for peace, progress and political stability.

“We equally appeal to residents to volunteer reliable information on movement of bad characters to the nearest security outfits for security action.

”We have also reached out to traditional and religious leaders as well as stakeholders to mobilize residents to support the effort of the government in the ongoing fight against criminal elements”.

Matane, also assured that the state government will not rest on its efforts to bring to a halt security challenges confronting the state presently.

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Why I established school for herdsmen in Kaduna forest– Gumi

Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has reveled he provided schools for Fulani herdsmen, adding that bandits are ready to drop arms if Nigerian government provides basic amenities across the north and extension.

The controversial cleric disclosed this while on an inspection tour of Sheikh Uthman Bin Fodio Centre, a school built by Sheikh Gumi Mosque Foundation Limited, at Kagarko Grazing Reserve near Kohoto Village. The school was funded by the cleric (Gumi).

According to him, if the centre which is designed to educate the herdsmen is replicated everywhere in the country, Nigerians will live in peace.

Gumi noted that instead of spending billions on military hardware to fight the bandits, Nigeria should spend such money on schools and teachers.

He also disclosed that he had spoken with the bandits and they are willing to drop their arms and embrace peace if their children could be provided with education and other social amenities.

The Islamic cleric added that he was motivated to embark on the project so as to tackle the root cause of the insecurity challenges occasioned by banditry, noting that if the bandits were educated “they will not be doing what they are doing.”

Gumi said, “What motivated me to start this project was to solve the insecurity problem we have from the root because every crime has its perpetrators and every perpetrator are drawn from a pool. So, we want to go there and dry the pool and we found out that education is the best cure.

“If they are educated, they will not be doing what they are doing. So, we say we must take education to the grassroots and we embarked on the project to also be an example for others e.g local, state and federal governments, rich individuals and even cooperative societies to come together and make sure that we are directed across the forest to know what we can do to cater for nomads. It does not cost much. Very little and it will help to educate them and we will live peacefully with them.

“What we have here is centre containing six classrooms that can be used for primary, secondary schools and at various times you can teach all categories at all times.

“The place will be engaged for 24 hours because the herdsmen usually take their cattle out by 10am and bring them back by dawn or sunset. So, they have two hours before they take their cattle away and we have two to three hours because we like to put some solar light so that they can read 8, 9, 10 in the night so that the herder can go and come back.

“We have schools. We have a hospital and we are also showing them how to grind the foliage which they can use to feed their animals. Some of them don’t need to go out because those things are so cheap and farmers are throwing those things away. Soon farmers will start charging for it. If we can duplicate this everywhere, Nigerians will live in peace.”

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Anambra Govt declares Tuesday public holiday in Azikiwe’s honour

Anambra State government has declared Tuesday, November 16, 2021, as a public holiday.

The declaration, according to a release by the state commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba is in honour of Nigeria’s first president, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, who was born on November 16, 1904.

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano had in previous years called on the federal government to recognize the date as a nation-wide public holiday, in honour of Azikiwe’s contribution to Nigeria.

This year would be the third year Anambra State government, under Obiano would be observing the birthday anniversary.

Azikiwe was reputed to have led Nigeria to independence on October 1, 1960, and is popularly known as The Great Zik of Africa because of his extraordinary Pan-African vision and commitment.

Adinuba in his release said: “It was the Great Zik of Africa who inspired such outstanding Pan-African leaders as Dr Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana who led his country to freedom from colonial rule on March 6, 1957”, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State declared in a statement signed on his behalf by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba.

“Zik, who was born in Zungeru in Niger State and grew up in Calabar and Lagos, studied various disciplines in the United States and remains the most urbane, cosmopolitan and intellectually engaging of all Nigerian leaders.

“He remains an unrivalled trailblazer, having established Nigeria’s first indigenous bank, African Continental Bank and Nigeria’s first indigenous university, University of Nigeria at Nsukka, among other monumental and farsighted achievements.”

Governor Obiano in the press ststement reiterated his call on the Federal Government to declare November 16 a national holiday in memory of The Great Zik of Africa.

Obiano argued that: “After all, the Ghanaians observe the birthday of Dr Nkrumah as a national holiday, just the way Tanzanians observe President Julius Nyerere’s birthday as a national holiday.

“It is a huge national embarrassment that Nigeria has yet to declare November 16 a national holiday.”

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Petrol queues resurface in Abuja over fear of price hike, scarcity


Long queues have resurfaced in Abuja filling states as motorists struggle to purchase Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most fuel stations were locked while long queues were noticed in retail outlets in Wuse, Gwarimpa, Wuye and Kubwa expressway on Sunday.

A private car owner, Mr Emmanuel Eze, told NAN that there was fuel but does not know the reason for the queues. He urged the government to bring sanity to the oil sector.

“They encourage black market and most times their fuel is adulterated.

“Why do we have to face this kind of problem every month? We need a permanent solution,” Eze said.

Another private car owner, Alhaji Ibrahim Audu. said that there was enough fuel on ground, quoting the Nigerian National Petroleum corporation (NNPC).

“I urge all the regulating authorities to sanction fuel station owners. They are making people suffer unnecessary and it’s for their selfish reason.”

A taxi driver, Mr Yakubu Abraham, said that he has been at the petrol station since 6 pm and was yet to buy petrol.
“This is my source of livelihood. My family depends on this daily and this fuel problem will slow my productivity and return for the day.

“I am scared of buying from the black market because the last time I did, they sold bad fuel to me and it spoilt my fuel pump and I spent more money in fixing it.

“Everything is hard now and this will be bad for the citizens,” Abraham said.

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Buhari govt planning to increase fuel price to N450 per litre – Adeyanju

Deji Adeyanju, a socio-political activist, has raised the alarm over moves to increase the pump price of fuel in Nigeria.

Adeyanju alleged that they are planning to increase the price of fuel to N450 per litre.

In a series of tweets, the activist accused the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government of plotting to kill
Nigerians with suffering and hunger, despite the promise of change.

Adeyanju also lamented over the high cost of food under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

He wrote: “They are planning to increase fuel price to N450 per liter. The clowns that promised CHANGE in 2015 are determined to kill Nigerians with suffering and hunger.

“Bag of beans under corruption = N12,000, Bag of beans under integrity = N75,000

“Is integrity not wonderful?

“Bag of sugar under corruption = N8,000.

“Bag of sugar under integrity = N26,500.

“What Buhari cannot destroy does not exist.”

Recall that Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, had said fuel subsidy is costing Nigeria resources that should have been used for education and health.

She noted that it’s crucial for the country to exit fuel subsidy regime in 2023, stressing that fuel subsidy is a “major drain and waste” on Nigeria’s economy.

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Kwara to issue riders’ uniform to motorcycle operators, others


Kwara Government is set to issue ‘Riders Uniform’ to all commercial drivers, beginning with motorcyclists popularly called Okada riders, in the state.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Suleiman Iliasu, Commissioner for Works and Chairman, Kwara Transport Sanitisation Committee on Sunday in Ilorin.

He said the decision to register and give uniforms to all commercial operators was to curb crimes and strengthen security of lives and property.

“Kwara, a peaceful state in Nigeria, has many respectable and peace loving Okada operators who have been major stakeholders in the transport sector but the recent pronouncement of bans in some states has led to infiltration of our Okada operators by aliens who may cause security breaches in the state,” the chairman said.

Iliasu noted that many suspected criminals had been found to often use motorcycles to carry out their dastardly acts.

He added that the government always worked with the police command in the state and other security agencies to protect lives and property of people of the state.

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Updated: Nigerian Army confirms Brig.-Gen Zirkusu’s death

Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu

The death of a Brigadier General in a recent attack by Islamic State West Africa Province in the Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday has been confirmed by the Nigerian Army.

In a statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu on Saturday, the Army stated that the troops of Joint Task Force, North East Operation Hadin Kai were engaged in a fierce gun battle with the terrorists which also led to the death of three other soldiers.

The statement read in part, “A gallant senior officer, Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, and three soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry as they provided reinforcement in a counteroffensive against the terrorists, and successfully defended the location. The family of the senior officer and soldiers have been contacted.

“The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya deeply commiserates with the families and relations of the fallen heroes. He has also directed that the troops continue in the ferrocious counter offensive and hot pursuit to eliminate the remnant of the fleeing terrorists.”

Nwachukwu, in the statement, also noted that the military had deployed five A – Jet, two A-29, two Dragon combat with which they destroyed nine gun trucks and one armoured personnel carrier of the terrorists.

He added that the battle was still on at the time he filed the statement.

Earlier, FELLOW PRESS had reported the killing of the Brigadier General and three other soldiers in the attack on a military base in Borno State.

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Breaking: Army General, others shot dead in battle with ISWAP in Borno


Media reports has it that a Brigadier-General of the Nigerian Army has been reportedly shot dead as the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) ambushed him and other personnel in Bulguma, a few kilometers from Askira town in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

The report further said the General, who is yet to be identified, was alongside other soldiers attacked by the terrorist group while they were on their way to Askira Uba town where the military and the ISWAP were exchanging gunfire.

According to reports, troops of 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, had mobilised to provide reinforcement in the area following the attack.

Hundreds of residents of Askira Uba town, on Saturday fled to mountains and nearby villages following an attack by ISWAP fighters.

Details soon…

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Nigerian Govt raises prices of electricity metres


The Federal Government has raised the cost of both single-phase and three-phase electricity meters beginning from November 15, 2021.

According to a circular dated November 11, 2021, and issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the price of a single-phase meter has been increased from the current cost of N44,896.17 to a revised price of N58,661.69.

The circular added that the price of a three-phase meter from the current cost of N82,855.19 to a revised rate of N109,684.36.

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Police makes gives details on found dead body of missing journalist Tordue Salem

Details of how the remains of missing Journalist Henry Tordue Salem was allegedly found by the Police have emerged.

Salem, a Vanguard reporter who went missing on the 13th of October, 2021 was found dead on November 11th, 2021 after a 29-year-old driver confessed to killing him around the Mabushi area of Abuja.

In a statement on Friday, giving vivid details, Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said Salem’s body was identified at a Wuse General Hospital morgue after forensic leads were recovered from his sim card found at the ‘Good Friends garage’ at Mpape.

The statement read: “Henry’s movement was trailed up to BJ Gardens located somewhere in Garki close to old CBN. A young lady that had an interaction with him on the night of disappearance was located, and detectives spoke to her. From that point, investigators expanded their investigation by working on different suppositions and hypotheses.

The Police said, “A breakthrough was, however, made when following some digital and forensic leads. His phone, an iPhone 6 that had already been smashed into pieces was trailed and found in a garage somewhere in Mpape called the ‘Good Friends’ garage.

“It was discovered that a text call was made from his SIM card and following detailed and intensive digital and forensic analysis on both his CDR and IMEI and the scrap phone, a major arrest and breakthrough was made. One Itoro Clement, who happens to be a commercial driver in charge of a Toyota Camry 2014 model with registration number, BWR 243 DK was subsequently arrested.

“On interrogation, Itoro Clement, after hitting him, drove his vehicle to ‘Good Friends’ garage where he normally parks his vehicle every night for a fee. At that point in time, his vehicle was already badly damaged. The windshield suffered major damage. The image of the damage was retrieved from his phone. He parked his car and left it there and went away. The next morning when he arrived at the garage, he found a phone broken and stuck in between the smashed windshield.

“The phone itself has already been smashed. He pulled it out and threw it away. But some other young persons, playing in that garage, eventually picked up that phone. Part of the components of this phone was allegedly sold off by the kids while they tried to make a text call with the SIM card.

“On the strength of this, detectives moved to the General Hospital that covers that area. Yesterday, the 11th of November, 2021, after a lot of painstaking searches, a body believed to be that of Henry Tordue Salem was found at about 11:20 am at the Wuse General Hospital morgue.

“Detectives have already contacted the family members and this body has been positively identified by family members as that of Henry Tordue Salem.

“In addition to that physical and positive identification, detectives also searched the body of the late journalist and these items were recovered: 1. A Keystone bank debit card bearing his name, Union Bank debit card bearing his name, ID card issued by Vanguard Newspapers identifying him as Henry Tordue Salem and a staff and a temporary ID card from the National Assembly identifying him as a member of the House of Reps, Press Corps.” From that point, investigators expanded their investigation by working on different suppositions and hypotheses.

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Child marriage still prevalent in Nigeria — NGO


Save the Children International (SCI), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has said child marriage is still prevalent in North-West and North-East of Nigeria.

SCI Media and Communications Manager, Mr Kunle Olawoyi, make the disclosure in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Dutse on Thursday.

The statement was issued after the launch of the organisation’s report on ”State of the Nigerian Girl Report – An Incisive Diagnosis of Child Marriage” in Abuja.

According to the report, 78 per cent of girls in the northern region of Nigeria marry before the age of 18.

“Child marriage is more prevalent in the North-West and North-East of Nigeria, where 48 per cent of girls were married by age 15 and 78 per cent were married by age 18.

“Forty-four per cent of girls are married before their 18th birthday and the country records as one of the highest rates of child marriage globally.

“A staggering 78 per cent of girls in the northern region of Nigeria are married before the age of 18.

It said the report explained the current and prevailing socio-cultural norms and practices in Nigeria around child marriage to capture the approximate state of the Nigerian girls.

It said that the report brought to the fore the dire state of the Nigerian girl-child at the national level and its negative impact on education, empowerment, evidence-based gaps in socio-cultural beliefs and systems.

It also provided recommendations for moving forward to addressing these gaps in child marriage in Nigeria.

According to the report, the percentage of people aged between 20 and 49, who were first married or in union before age 18 for women was 44.1 per cent, while men accounted for six per cent.

It said percentage of young people aged between 15 and 19, who are currently married or in a union for women was 22.2 per cent, while no man was in such a union.

The report said that percentage of people from 15 to 49 years who are in a polygamous union for women was 36.9 per cent, while men accounted for 18.7 per cent.

“This is proof that Early Child Marriage affects quite a large number of women and girls.

“And evidence shows there is a clear and strong link between Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM) prevalence and endemic poverty, poor education outcomes, school dropout rates, a high rate of out-of-school children, and poor access to basic social, economic and healthcare services.

“Despite the Compulsory Free and Universal Basic Education Act of 2004, lack of access to quality, free, safe, uninterrupted and inclusive education for girls remains a big driver of child marriage,” it said.

According to the statement, Purity Oriaifo, Save the Children International Nigeria’s Girl Champion, said “If a girl is out of school, the likelihood of getting married at an early age is very high.

“When a girl is married young, she is robbed of her childhood and opportunities to realize her full potential.

“She has an increased risk of poor health outcomes, having children at a younger age, dropping out of school, experiencing ongoing violence in the home, being restricted in her mobility, left with limited decision-making ability, and earning less over her lifetime”.

The statement further stated that various cultural, traditional and social practices encourage gender-discriminatory norms against girls and women.

It said that negative social norms condition parents and girls to accept child marriage as a normal way of life to come out of poverty.

“For instance, across Nigeria, sons-in-law expect to accept the siblings of their bride as members of his new household for economic maintenance and upbringing.

“Cash and other gifts for fathers-in-law and mothers-in-law are regularly expected from the son-in-law, the report discovered,” it said.

The statement quoted Maryam Ahmed, SCI’s Youth Ambassador as saying: “Children, especially the girls are among the most affected by poverty in Nigeria.

“Childhood poverty affects their capacity to attain full potential. Child marriage is widely considered as a way out of poverty.

“Families of the poor and vulnerable must be provided with social safety nets to support education of the girl-child.

“It is one of the most effective ways to lift up the girl child out of poverty. Social protection services, livelihoods and economic independence contributes to delay early child and forced marriage.”

SCI Country Director, Ms Mercy Gichuhi, said Child Early Forced Marriage is a human rights violation and a form of gender-based violence (GBV) that robs children the ability to make decisions about their lives and disrupts their education.

It also subjects them to become more vulnerable to violence and discrimination and prevents their full participation in economic, political, and social spheres.

The statement added that in Borno, 89.13 per cent of women aged between 15 and 49, were first married before age 15.

It said 59 per cent of them had no education whatsoever, 42 per cent had some level of primary school education and 100 per cent had no secondary school education.

It said among women who were in a marital relationship or union, 46 per cent had spouses who were older by 10 years or more.

The statement said also in Jigawa 78 per cent of women, aged between 20 and 49, were first married before age 18.

It said 25 per cent of women aged between 15 and 19 were presently married or in a union, while 63 per cent of women dropped out of school to marry.

The reports said that only eight per cent of women who married before age of 18 were gainfully employed and earned above the National Bureau of Statistics 2020 national poverty line.

It said that 65 per cent of fathers, mothers and mothers-in-law approved CEFM.

“Save the Children calls for the provision and the full implementation of policies and strategies to end child marriage.

“The governments at all levels should prioritise the passage into law of the Child Rights Act (2003).

“This will provide children with the necessary legal policy framework for seeking justice when their rights are denied or abused.

“Save the Children believes that every child deserves a future. In Nigeria and around the world.

“We work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm,”

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COVID-19: NCDC registers 65 new infections, 8 deaths on Wednesday


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that Nigeria recorded 65 additional cases of COVID-19 infections and eight COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday.

The NCDC made the disclosure in its daily COVID-19 report on Thursday morning .

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 65 additional cases reported on Wednesday indicate an increase from the 64 cases reported in the country the previous day.

The public health agency noted that with the new fatalities recorded, the death toll from the virus now stood at 2,914.

It also revealed that the total infection from the pandemic currently stood at 212,894 while a total of 204,675 Nigerians had been discharged across the country.

According to the agency, Plateau topped the infection chart with 22 cases, FCT followed with 21, North-central and Rivers, South-south reported 12 cases each.

Bauchi State recorded four cases, Lagos had two cases while Kaduna, Bayelsa, Edo, Jigawa reported a single case each while the states of Delta and Sokoto registered zero cases on Wednesday.

It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

According to it, the country currently has 5,297 active coronavirus cases, while a total of 3,392,457 blood samples have been tested since the pandemic began across the country.

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Sanwo-Olu condoles with Pastor Odukoya over wife’s death

Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has condoled with Pastor Taiwo Odukoya over the death of his wife, Nomthi.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, described Nomthi’s death as a painful and sad occurrence.

He urged Odukoya to take heart, believing that his wife had gone to be with her maker.

The governor said death was one of those realities of life that people had to accept, adding that the children and other family members she left behind had a long life ahead.

He prayed for the family members, the Fountain of Life Bible Church and the entire Christian faithful, over the loss, asking God to grant them the fortitude to bear it.

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NDA gives update on arrest of attackers


The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has cleared the air concerning the report on the arrest of the suspected chief masterminds of the attack on its premises in August 2021.

On Monday, reports went viral that an army sergeant, identified as Torsabo Solomon, was arrested for playing a key role in the recent attack on the NDA.

But Major Bashir Jajira, the spokesman of the Nigeria Defence Academy, on Monday, called on members of the public to disregard the report as sergeant Tosabo is not in any way connected to the attack nor has anything to do with the Academy and not under arrest.

However, he said efforts are still ongoing to bring the perpetrators off the atack to book.

Major Jajira in the statement said:

“The attention of the Nigerian Defence Academy has been drawn to a viral publication on social media regarding the arrest of one Sgt Torsabo Solomon for his involvement in the security breach in Nigerian Defence Academy and was conveyed to the Academy for investigation.

“This is to inform the general public that the above named person is not in the Nigerian Defence Academy’s custody as alleged and has no connection with the Academy.

The Nigerian Defence Academy is a Military Training Institution and not an Investigative Security Agency. The general public is hereby advised to disregard this misinformation and refer to relevant Investigative Security Agencies for clarification.

The Nigerian Defence Academy wishes to reassure the general public that the perpetrators of the security breach on the Nigerian Defence Academy architecture will sooner rather than later be apprehended.”

Recall that on 24 August, 2021, how bandits attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy where they killed two officers and abducted one Major Stephen Dantong, who later regained his freedom after three weeks in captivity.

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Police arrest 2 for allegedly chopping-off each others wrists in Yobe

 

The Police in Yobe has arrested two men, Adamu Mohammad and Bukar Audu for allegedly cutting off their wrists during a fight at Garin Alkali community, Dapchi Local Government Area of the state.

This is contained in a statement by the  Spokesman of the Command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, on Monday in Damaturu.

Abdulkarim said the suspects, both aged 25, were believed to be members of criminal gangs in the area.

“The suspects were arrested after information reached the police at about 20:30 p.m. today, that they fought each other with cutlass and sticks, which turned out to be bloody.

“As a result, both suspects palms of the wrist of the left hands were chopped off.

“The reason of the fight is yet to be known because both suspects are unconscious and admitted at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Nguru for medical treatment,” he said.

The spokesman said investigation was ongoing in the incident, adding that the Command had adopted proactive measures to rid the area off miscreants.

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Kano state govt. approves completion of abandoned road projects, ratifies others –commissioner


The Kano state Executive Council has given approval for the completion of the multi-million naira Janguza-Durum-Kabo-Karaye road projects, which were abandoned since 2010, the state Commissioner for Information Mr Muhammed Garba, said on Monday.

In a statement in Kano, Garba said that the approval was granted at a meeting of the council.

It said that the contract, initially awarded by the Ibrahim Shekarau administration at the cost of N3, 424, 010, 877.00 billion, was reviewed to N7, 020, 139, 700.55 billion, based on the scope of work.

Garba further explained that the council, however, had rejected a proposed downward review of the project cost, by over N2 billion, to allow for the execution of quality job and taking cognisance of the high prices of construction materials.

The commissioner pointed out that the project would be jointly financed by the state government and benefitting local government councils of Kabo, Karaye and Rimin Gado, on 50-50 basis contribution, respectively.

The statement also announced the council’s ratification of an approval for the award of contract for the construction of Ganduje-Landigel-Jalli Road at the cost of N863, 148, 176.40 million.

Another approval, he said, included the sum of N89, 952, 927.65 million for the provision of facial recognition systems at both the domestic and international wings of the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport as part of efforts to strengthen its security.

The Commissioner revealed that the council had also approved the award of contract for the provision of flood control measures at Bichi Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force at the sum of N42, 643, 899.58 million.

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Kubwa kerosene explosion: Petroleum agency set to clamp down on illegal operators –official

Kubwa kerosene explosion: Petroleum agency set to clamp down on illegal operators –official

The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it will not rest until it clamped down on all illegal DPK (Kerosene) operators in the midstream and downstream sector of the oil industry.

Mrs Roselyn Wilkie, Zonal Operations Controller, NMDPRA, Abuja, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, while reacting to the fire incident from a kerosene explosion in Kubwa, Abuja.

NAN reports that the popular Kubwa Village market (Maitama Ultra Modern Market) on Friday, Nov. 5 was gutted by fire as a result of a kerosene explosion, that claimed several lives and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.

Wilkie explained that the agency’s Preliminary Accident Investigation Report on the Kerosene tank explosion had revealed that it was as a result of an electronic spark from a nearby transformer.

She said that from the NMDPRA’s investigation, conducted on Nov. 7, the electronic spark was transmitted through a wire that traversed the DPK surface tank.

“It was also discovered that the DPK surface tank owner was operating illegally, as there is no record from the NMDPRA.

“The Agency will not rest on its oars to clamp down on all the illegal operators in the midstream and downstream,” the zonal controller said.

Based on its investigation, nine persons died and 12 casualties were recorded from the fire.

Recall that Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, during her visit to the scene, had urged FCT residents to report illegal distributors of fuel, kerosene and gas, in undesignated areas, to the appropriate authorities.

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COVID-19: Nigeria registers 1 death, 86 new infections Sunday


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered one death and 86 new additional infections from across seven states on Sunday.

The NCDC disclosed this in its daily COVID-19 report on Monday morning.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the 86 additional cases reported on Friday indicated a decrease from the 116 cases reported in the country the previous day.

The Nigerian public health institute stated that the fatality toll now stood at 2,906, while a total of 212,713 infections have been confirmed in across the country.

According to it, 204,379 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged in the country.

It said that the 86 new cases were reported from seven states, including Kaduna (41), Lagos (24), Osun (10), Bauchi (6), Ekiti (2), Ondo (2), and Edo (1).

The NCDC said that the country currently had 5,428 active coronavirus cases, while a total of 3,340,313 blood samples have been tested since the pandemic began across the country.

It added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 2, has continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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JAMB defends remittance of operating surplus, says it is global best practice


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has vowed to continue its practice of remitting its operating surpluses to government, saying that the remittances were in line with global best practice, Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head, Public Affairs of JAMB has said.

In a statement to newsmen in Abuja, on Monday, Benjamin said that the board would continue its practice of remitting the constitutionally-mandated proportion of its operational surpluses, in line with extant government’s directive on the remittances.

According to him, it is a known fact that all unutilised funds by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should be returned to the public treasury.

He said that the board and public-spirited Nigerians were, therefore, at a loss as to the reasons for the various campaigns of calumny mounted by some individuals who feel that these remittances should not be made.

“The board reiterates that it is not within the powers of MDAs to determine the uses for which the remitted funds are put to.

“Theirs is to comply with extant directive while those given the mandate to manage the national treasury have the responsibility of appropriating and channelling such remittances.

“ This is in the overall interest of the public, to identify areas of need or rather whichever area of the national economy that they perceive to be in most need of resources,” he said.

He added: “ It would be recalled that the humongous remittances are the first in the history of the four-decade-old agency.

“The first landmark remittance was made in 2017 and the feat was repeated in subsequent years, in line with its belief that rules are made to be obeyed and, at any rate, the Board does not believe it should hold onto money that does not belong to it.

“It might interest these armchair critics that a direct fallout of the remittances was the decision of the Federal Government to reduce the cost of the purchase of the e-pin from N5,000 to N3,500, the cheapest globally.

“ It is a truism in policy making that certain trends should be observed over a period of time before policy pronouncements are made.”

He explained that the decision to reduce the price of application documents was contingent upon the observation that even if the price were to be slashed, the board would be able to conduct its examination unhindered.

“In addition, it might also interest the public to know that never in the history of tertiary institutions in Nigeria have the institutions benefited from the Board’s operations as they now do.

“For instance, a huge chunk of these surpluses are ploughed back to the tertiary institutions through the National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award and other platforms.

“ Furthermore, many critical segments of the society, the intellectual community, the civil society groups, among others, have all been included in the management of the Board’s operational processes not only to add value to its service delivery but also to make for inclusiveness.

“All these, which were hitherto impossible, had been made possible as a result of the prudent management of resources which has enabled the Board to prosecute these aspirations,” he added .

He maintained that the cost of obtaining the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination( UTME) or the Direct Entry (DE) e-pin today is the lowest globally, saying that the comparison was not even with developed countries but rather with countries with less per capital income than Nigeria.

Benjamin added that the low cost of obtaining the board’s application documents would be manifest if a comparison was made with similar examinations like IELTS where Nigerians pay as high as N80,000 to enroll.

The public affairs manager said that the present management of the board was determined to continue on the path of giving value for money, even as it continued to seek ways of further pruning down the cost of conducting the Board’s flagship examination.

He said once these innovative measures which had led to these surpluses were institutionalised, the Board would further look at how to enhance the registration process to benefit the candidates and the general public.

“ In as much as the Board is desirous of charging rock-bottom prices for its services, it is also mindful of the fact that a non-existent fee regime would only give room for abuses and confusion.

“ This is as unscrupulous or other unserious elements, who had ulterior motives for obtaining the forms, would want to obtain them to explore opportunities for prosecuting unacceptable acts.

“As an illustration, the huge number of candidates registering for the examination multiple times before the introduction of NIN was partly owing to the fact that it costs them almost nothing, financial or punitive, to register many times.” Benjamin said.

He, therefore, urged the citizens to be mindful of lightweights parading as educational experts who are hell-bent on propagating falsehood to further their miscellaneous ends.

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Abducted professors, others regain freedom, suspect arrested

Bandits attack UNIABUJA, kidnap staff members, others
Two Professors and other members of staff of the University of Abuja who were kidnapped recently have regained their freedom.

DAILY POST recalls that some criminal elements suspected to be kidnappers had invaded the staff quarters of the university on Monday and whisked some residents to unknown destination.

A day after their abduction, the kidnappers contacted families of the victims and demanded N300 million as condition for their release.

But the Police Public Relations Officer of the Federal Capital Territory Command, DSP Josephine Adeh confirmed their release to DAILY POST on Friday morning.

According to her, the development followed the efforts of the command in a joint operation with other security agencies.

She stated that some suspects linked to the crime have been nabbed by security operatives.

The PPRO was, however, unable to give details of the development as at press time.

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Ikoyi collapsed building: Rescuers recover MD Fourscore Homes, Femi Osibona’s body

The National Emergeny Management Agency has found and recovered the body of the Managing Director, Fourscore Homes, Femi Osibona, from rubble of the collapsed Ikoyi building.

Fourscore Homes is the firm constructing the 21-storey building under construction which collapsed on Monday, on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The National Emergency Management Agency confirmed this to TheCable on Thursday evening after rescuers discovered the body.

So far, authorities have announced 39 recovered bodies from the rubble.

More to come…

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Cybercrime: Former staff of LG company jailed in Kwara

A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin has convicted one Stephen Ajewole, a former employee of LG Company, over offences bordering on cybercrime.

The convict was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ajewole pleaded guilty to the charge against him.

Delivering judgment on Wednesday, Justice Muhammed Sani sentenced Ajewole to six months in Correctional Centre, with option of fine in the sum of N200,000.

According to Sani, “the convict is to forfeit the sum of $100, which he benefited from the criminal activity”.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of a Samsung phone, which was used to commit the crime, to the federal government.

The prosecutor, Innocent Mbachie, had urged the court to consider the plea of guilt entered by the defendant.

Mbachie also prayed the court to accept the extra-judicial statement volunteered and all the exhibits tendered, to convict the defendant as charged.

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Court adjourns ex-Sokoto NUJ Chairman’s defamation suit

A Sokoto State High Court has adjourned the defamation case of a former Sokoto State Council Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Malam Labaran Dundaye, against a newspaper and its reporter.

Dundaye is demanding N50 million as compensation for the alleged defamation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dundaye referred three editions of the publisher in 2012 and 2015 and its reporter in Sokoto, Mr Sharafadeen Umar, as damaging on his character and instituted the suit.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday in Sokoto, Justice Malami Dogon-Daji announced the adjournment for adoption of final addresses after both parties closed their submissions.

The last defence witness, Malam Isa Shuni, who is the incumbent NUJ Chairman of Sokoto state council, told the court that the alleged publications were opinion write-ups.

Shuni explained that the writer, who is the second defendant in the case, portrayed peoples views and opinions.

He said Umar, who is the Hausa reporter of Leadership in Sokoto state, was doing his legitimate service where the plaintiff considered it detrimental.

He urged the court to consider the writings as legitimate duty of a journalist working to satisfy people’s interests and public understanding of issues.

The witness, who was led by the second Defendant’s Counsel, Mr Simon King, noted that the publications were in accordance with the legal journalism practice and no way injurious to the plaintiff.

Justice Dogon-Daji adjourned the case to Dec. 15, for adoption of final addresses.

NAN reports that the case which started in 2016, witnessed several adjournments and was refreshed following the retirem

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ICPC, DSS arrest 48 lecturers, security officers over JUPEB leakage

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested 48 individuals for their alleged illegalities in the conducts of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB).
Spokesperson for ICPC,  Mrs Azuka Ogugua, in a statement in Abuja said the suspects were arrested from Wellspring University, Benin, Edo State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State; and Crown-Hill University, Ilorin, Kwara State.
She said the joint operation, tagged ‘Operation Combo’, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, led to the arrests of lecturers, security officers, workers and students from some of the participating universities in the examination.
“Operation Combo was carried out by the operatives of ICPC and DSS in seven states after extensive monitoring of tutorial schools allegedly known for notoriously compromising JUPEB examinations.
“This has led to the arrest of the President of Tutorial School Owners (ATSO).
“The operation, a consequence of sustained period of surveillance and undercover investigations spanning several weeks, led to multiple arrests of suspects including parents of candidates of the exam.
“Also arrested were lecturers and others involved in examination malpractices and other illegalities in the participating institutions,” she said.
She added that similar operation was carried out in McPherson and Precious Cornerstone universities in Ibadan and Ilara-Epe in Oyo State respectively, that led to more arrests of suspects.
Azuka explained that credible intelligence gathered during the operations showed active involvement of the parents of the students and the management of the universities.
“Three current Vice-Chancellors have been invited by ICPC for their roles in the unchecked and massive malpractices reported.
“It was revealed that syndicated social media platforms were created by the facilitators for leaking questions and circulating answers to students for a fee during examinations.
“Investigation also revealed that candidates, who are mostly minors, allegedly paid between N350,000 to N500,000 each to the suspects in the various tutorial schools to engage in the illegalities.
“The cartel, in connivance with the coordinators of the examination centres and other management staff of the institutions, deliberately allowed security lapses to enable the candidates go into examination halls with smart-phones.
“And other electronic devices were allowed to send question papers to waiting groups online and subsequently, receive answers to questions thereby engaging in massive malpractices.
“Some of the suspects arrested have been granted administrative bail while investigation is on-going,” the statement read in part.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUPEB is an advanced level educational examination that qualifies its candidate for admission into 200 level in any Nigerian and foreign universities through direct entry.
NAN also reports that it is coordinated by the University of Lagos and has up to 10 accredited universities.
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Enugu NSCDC deploys 350 personnel, 15 vehicles for Anambra guber poll

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Enugu State Command,  says it is deploying no fewer than 350 personnel for the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the Anambra gubernatorial poll will hold on Saturday, Nov. 6 under INEC’s supervision.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Chief Superintendent of Corps (CSC) Danny Manuel, disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu.

Manuel said that the command was also deploying 15 operational vehicles to ensure hitch-free movement of its personnel while carrying out their election duty in Anambra.

According to him, the contingent of the command will be leaving this morning (Nov. 4) for Anambra to join other sister security agencies to provide security and ensure a peaceful poll.

He said: “Anambra governorship election holding is a sure banker. The election will hold and nothing will stop it.

“The NSCDC is determined to see a hitch-free and peaceful election just as the Federal and Anambra Governments are determined also”.

The NSCDC spokesman said that the corps commandant had given the personnel marching orders to ensure that they perform optimally and be good ambassadors of the command while carrying out the election duty in Anambra.

“The commandant had given the command’s contingent all logistics and moral support to ensure a hitch-free election duty and for them to do the command proud in Anambra,” he added.

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COVID-19: NCDC registers one death, 209 new infections

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it registered one additional death from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.

The NCDC also said it recorded 209 additional infections across 11 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The public health institute made these known via its official website, noting that the 209 new infections was an increase from the 99 infections reported on Tuesday.

The agency noted that the fatality toll in the country now stood at 2,890, with total number of 212,359 confirmed cases in the country.

According to the centre, a total of 204,010 Nigerians have been discharged across the country.

It stated that Gombe State topped the Wednesday chart with 109, while the FCT and Rivers had 21 cases, followed by Lagos State with 13 cases.

Others were; Bauchi (9), Ondo (9), Plateau (9), Enugu (7), Benue (5), Oyo (4), Ekiti (1), and Ogun (1).

The NCDC also noted that Delta, Edo, Kaduna and Osun states reported no cases on Wednesday.

It added that the country currently has 5,688 active coronavirus cases, while a total of 3,340,313 blood samples tested since the pandemic started across the country.

It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2 has continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that available COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria are; AstraZeneca, Pfizer, modena and Johnson and Johnson.

The country has an eligibility list which does not prioritize non-Nigerians or tourists. Travelers who desire a COVID-19 vaccine should be vaccinated prior to arrival.

Eligible Nigerians can both register and find additional vaccination information at: https://nphcda.gov.ng

Government of Nigeria requires a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within three days (72 hours) before departure.

The PCR tests must be administered within this time frame (not results received). Passengers must upload the test results to the Nigeria International Travel Portal (nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) and present documentary evidence of the negative test result prior to boarding.

Passengers not meeting this requirement may be denied boarding and/or entry, while passengers arriving without a valid PCR test may face prolonged placement at a government isolation centre.

Children under the age of 10 are exempted from providing negative PCR test results.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 had said that the Nigeria International Travel Portal (www.nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) would undergo system upgrade between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, 2021.

It, however said that the public should note that an alternative arrangement had been made to manually register passengers who were not able to register on the portal upon arrival into the country.

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Ikoyi building: We are denied access to mortuary– Families

Ikoyi building collapse: Lagos4Lagos Movement commiserates with families of victims

Families of affected people in the collapsed Ikoyi buidling have lamented of not being allowed acess to the bodies of their loved ones.

Some families searching for their loved ones on Wednesday lamented that they were denied access to the Mainland Hospital mortuary, Yaba, where the recovered bodies were taken to.

According to Punch, a man, Jude Ogochukwu, who complained about not being allowed to identify his relation, said his family needed early closure.

He said, “I went to the IDH yesterday and today (Wednesday) when the deputy governor said we could go there, but it had been terrible. They refused to allow us to see the people there; they refused to allow us to have early closure. We need to know early; this thing can take two weeks to get it done; we are in serious pain.”

[Ikoyi collepsed building: RCCG pastor, 22 workers trapped]

A father, Edward Godwin, who noted that his 18-year-old son was also trapped in the rubble, said he came from Abuja to look for him.

He said, “I came from Abuja this morning (Wednesday); my son is one of the victims, an 18-year-old boy. I got a call about this around 10am yesterday (Tuesday) and I started coming down immediately and ever since I got here, I was directed to the IDH, but they didn’t allow me to check whether my son was alive or dead. I’ve been to the general hospital, but I was not allowed to see anyone.”

Another man, who claimed to have taken 10 people to the site, said he had only been able to see one body.

He said, “I brought 10 people to this site on Monday; my brother, my wife’s brother and others. But I have only been able to see one body out of the 10 people.”

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Ikoyi collepsed building: RCCG pastor, 22 workers trapped

Additional reports have emerged on the 21-story building that collapsed on Monday on Gerrard Road, in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ola Ogunfuwa and 22 others were trapped in the rubble.

Ogunfuwa, who is the pastor of the RCCG, Living Water Parish, Ibafo, was one of the engineers at the collapsed building.

His colleage, pastor Omotosho Emmanuel said Ogunfuwa came with the 22 artisans when he was told that workers were needed on the site.

He said, “I am here this morning because one of my pastor friends is working here; he is an engineer. He came with about 22 people all the way from Ibafo to work here; labourers, bricklayers, welders, about 22 different guys that came together with him to work just to make sure the project is completed. They talked to him that they needed workers and he brought those guys.

“Up till now, out of those that have been rescued, we’ve not seen any of those 22 and he is still there because we learnt that at break time, he came out to eat but as he was about washing his hands to eat, he was summoned by one of his bosses and he went back inside. Not up to five to 10 minutes later, the building collapsed and he was trapped.

“He is still there now and we pray that God will have his way upon those that are still there. As a church, we prayed all through yesterday night just to make sure God have his way and we’re still believing that there is nothing God cannot do because we know that people are still many there, they said they are over 50.

“The ones they’ve rescued are not up to 10; definitely we are still expecting more people to be rescued.”

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Again, gunmen invade Uni-Abuja, attack lecturer

Bandits attack UNIABUJA, kidnap staff members, others
Gunmen yet to be identified have reportedly attacked a lecturer of the University of Abuja, Dr David Okoroafor in his office at the school’s permanent site.

It was gathered that the armed men stormed Dr Okorafor’s office on Wednesday morning with the intention to assassinate him.

The development is coming barley 24 hours after a large number of gunmen invaded the university staff quarters on Tuesday and abducted two professors and five other persons.

Dr Okoroafor, made this known in a leaked message he earlier forwarded to officials of the Academic Union of Universities, ASUU after escaping the attack.

He said, “Dear ASUU members and UNIABUJA Community, I wish to formally bring to your notice that today, Wednesday November 3, I was attacked in my office located at Room 6, 1st floor, Faculty of Social Science building, at the permanent site.

“At exactly 10 am, when I arrived at the building and opened my office, I started praying in my usual way, suddenly two men brandishing weapon bunched into my office and ordered me to go down flat on my face or they kill me.

“I pounced on them and the gun. But the duo started to hit me hard. I began to shout on top of my voice for help.

“When my voice went higher, they ran out and students tried to pursue after them but when they brandished their gun, the students also became afraid and ran back, giving them room to escape into the nearby bush.

“But during the scuffle in my office, their car key fell off which I picked and handed over to the University security unit.”

Efforts to reach the school authority for confirmation, proved abortive as the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Habib Yakoob could not take his calls and unable to respond to text messages forwarded to him.

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Heavy security deployment in Anambra not to scare but reassure voters – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Alkali Baba has said the heavy deployment of security operatives to Anambra for Saturday’s election is not meant to scare voters but to reassure them.

Baba who was speaking to stakeholders during a meeting in Anambra State said the election security is designed to cover the three senatorial districts of the state, 21 local government areas, 326 wards and 5,720 polling units across the State.

Baba said: “This massive deployment is not designed to intimidate the law-abiding as being insinuated in some quarters. On the contrary, it is to re-assure them of adequate protection by deterring misguided political elements as well as non-state actors that might be bent on threatening the elections through acts of armed violence or other conducts that violate the provisions of the Electoral Act.

“It is to also serve as a strong warning that the government is determined to bring such subversive characters to justice should they advance their ignoble, undemocratic and unpatriotic intents. The overriding objective of our operational action plan is to ensure an environment that is peaceful enough to encourage the law-abiding people of Anambra State to exercise their electoral franchise.

Don’t make Anambra ungovernable – Ohanaeze warns against rigging, violence

“The message here is clear. For the political actors and electorates that are law-abiding, they are fully assured of optimal security. However, for the destabilising elements and other deviants who despite all wise counsels are determined to deploy violence and other illegal means to advance their political interests or constitute a clog in the wheel of peaceful atmosphere for the election, they should be prepared for the consequences of their actions as they will be identified, isolated and decisively dealt with irrespective of their status, ideological inclinations or political affiliation.”

He assured all the people of Anambra, Nigeria and the international community of his team’s firm commitment to support INEC in delivering a free, fair, credible and successful election in the State.

He also assured that the personnel of the Nigeria Police, as the lead agency in election security management, shall remain impartial, firm, accountable and professional in the exercise of their statutory duties as provided for in the Electoral Act and other enabling laws.

He added that: “All the security personnel to be deployed are under instructions to be guided by the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Electoral Duty as developed jointly by INEC and security agencies.

“The document clearly highlights the roles, ethics and standard of operations of all security agents to be deployed on election security duties. Accordingly, all security agents are fully conscious of the fact that they are under an obligation to perform their functions within rule of law and civil dictates and that they could be held accountable for any professional conduct that negates the dictates of the Code of Conduct.

“In spite of all these safeguards, it must be emphasised that the success of the electoral process is fundamentally dependent on the extent of national passion and responsibility that all the strategic political actors seated here today can exhibit. It is also dependent on their commitment to cooperating and supporting INEC and the security agencies towards advancing our democratic values.”

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Bandits invade Abuja school again, abduct vice principal

Suspected bandits on Wednesday stormed the Junior Secondary School (JSS) Yebu in Kwali Area Council of Abuja.

The Vice Principal, Mohammed Nuhu was kidnapped after the assailants invaded the staff quarters.

They fired gunshots into the air, tied the security guard near the gate and others everyone to comply.

While some surrounded the school, others jumped over the fence and broke into the VP’s apartment.

Stephen Knabayi, Nigeria Union Teachers (NUT) Chairman in the nation’s capital has confirmed the incident.

The Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has commenced an investigation.

The incident occurred 24 hours after gunmen attacked the United of Abuja (UNIABUJA) quarters.

Professor Obansa and his son, Professor Oboscolo, his son, daughters, Sambo Mohammed and Dr Tobins were abducted.

Last Friday, the Chief Imam of Yangoji Central Mosque, Abubakar Abdullahi Gbedako and two sons were taken.

The cleric, also the Vice Principal of Junior Secondary School, Kwaita, and his children remain in captivity.

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Nigerians show growing interest in Halloween, Father Christmas costumes, others — Google Search trends

Nigerians show growing interest in Halloween, Father Christmas costumes, others — Google Search trends
Google has announced that Nigerians have surprisingly shown a growing interest in the holiday of Halloween, Father Christmas costumes and others in it search record.

Google, in its October report, said that search queries in the week leading up to October 31, shows that search terms terms like, ‘When is Halloween?’, ‘Halloween meaning’ and ‘History of Halloween’ topped searches by Nigerians.

Halloween, regarded as a Western tradition, is celebrated each year on October 31 in the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, Scotland, United States of America and various other European countries.

The word ‘Halloween’ comes from All Hallows’ eve and means ‘hallowed evening’. The tradition has an ancient Celtic origin.

Pope Gregory III, in the 18th century, made November 1, ‘All Saints day’, a time to honour saints. All Saints day then integrated some of the Celtic tradition to pay homage to Saints. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve.

According to Google report, Halloween is marked as a holiday around the world with a growing popularity among young adults interested in costume parties and who are social media enthusiasts.

During Halloween, people dress up as their favourite celebrities or movie characters. Homes are decorated as scary haunted houses in spooky themes and children go from house to house to get candy or sweets, referred to as trick or treating.

As the holiday gathers global popularity, Nigerians have also shown greater interest and searched for Halloween costumes during the period in review with Squid Game costume, Cinderella costume and Father Christmas costume taking the top three spots as Nigerians prepared for Halloween.

Trends data shows that searches for the term Halloween have been steadily rising over the last 30 days with Katsina, Bauchi, Benue, Kwara and Oyo States generating the most queries.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google, based on what Nigerians have been searching for from Google.

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Ikoyi building collapse: Lagos4Lagos Movement commiserates with families of victims

Ikoyi building collapse: Lagos4Lagos Movement commiserates with families of victims
Dr Olajide Adediran, the Convener of Lagos4Lagos Movement, within the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has commiserated with the families of victims of the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi on Monday.

Adediran, popularly known as “Jandor”, expressed the condolences in a statement on Tuesday evening in Lagos by his Press Secretary, Mr Kazeem Bakare.

Adediran described the disaster as avoidable, saying “the sad incident is one too many”.

He called out the state government on the poor monitoring of agencies under its watch, resulting in the incessant collapse of buildings in Lagos.

“This is a pointer to the high degree of disregard for due diligence and compliance with standards by the government which continues to put the lives and properties of Lagos residents at risk,” he said.

Reacting to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s suspension of Mr Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Adediran said it was a face-saving development.

He admonished the independent panel of inquiry, set up by the government, to look into the immediate and remote causes of the collapsed building.

The APC chieftain added that the panel should also investigate the claims and counter claims by the suspended LASBCA general manager and that of the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on the approved floors for the building.

“It is not just fair enough to suspend the general manager. Are we saying the GM who issued the approval for the building didn’t know what he approved or what?

“There.is more to this and we believe only a truly independent panel of inquiry can do justice to this,” he said.

Recalled that the LASBCA boss had earlier on Monday said that the owner of the collapsed 21-storey building, under construction in Ikoyi, was given approval to construct only 15 floors.

However, Hamzat, while addressing journalists at the site of the collapsed building on Tuesday morning, revealed that the owner of the building got approval for 21 floors.

NAN reports that as at Tuesday evening, nine trapped victims were rescued live and 20 confirmed dead as rescue operations were still ongoing at the site to rescue more victims still trapped in the rubbles 24 hours after the incident.

At least 50 people are reportedly trapped under the rubble.

The building, located at 20 Gerrard Road, collapsed at about 3 p.m. on Monday.

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Ex-bank manager bags 18 years jail sentence for N219m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday secured the conviction of a former manager with Sterling Bank.

The convict, Oliver Anidiobi, was the Account Relationship Officer of OHHA Microfinance Bank.

Justice C. O. Ajah of the Enugu State High Court in Enugu sentenced him after a 32-count charge prosecution.

The charges bordered on forgery and stealing to the tune of N219million.

The defendant, arraigned on Tuesday May, 7, 2019, used his position to convince the Microfinance Bank to deposit the said sum through him.

He put the money in a fixed deposit account and forged a deposit certificate to deceive the microfinance bank, while he diverted the funds for personal use.

Anidiobi built a block of 5 flats, acquired several plots of land along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, an uncompleted four bedroom bungalow at Centenary Estate, Enugu.

He further made an investment of N65million in a Ponzi Scheme called “Let’s Partner with You” owned by one Patrick Nwokike.

Prosecution counsel Michael Ani, presented 5 witnesses and tendered 75 exhibits while the defendant testified for himself.

Justice Ajah held that Anidiobi did not deny nor challenge the allegations made by the EFCC.

“Any evidence not challenged is admitted as true. I am duty bound to establish the evidence presented by the prosecution. The evidence is strong and compelling to grant conviction”, he said.

The judge sentenced Oliver Anidiobi to 4 years imprisonment on counts 1-14 without an option of fine; 4 years on counts 15-17 and 8 years on counts 28-32 without an option of fine. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The court further ruled that an estate valuer is to evaluate Anidiobi’s properties at his village, Centenary City and Premier Layout, New Artisan, Enugu.

This will help determine their value so that they can be sold and the proceeds paid in restitution to OHHA Microfinance Bank.

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Bandits, herdsmen are ready to lay down arms, grant them amnesty – Gumi says

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has continued to call for bandits to be granted amnesty.

Gumi said the Federal Government should grant bandits amnesty as they are ready to lay down their arms.

He explained that granting bandits amnesty would stop further bloodshed and hostilities in the North.

The controversial Islamic cleric spoke at the enrolment of the third group of students into the free orphans’ healthcare and education support programme organised by the Kawo Islamic Foundation in Kaduna.

He urged the Federal government to educate and provide bandits with funds after granting them amnesty.

He said: “If there is anything that can stop the shedding of blood, it is better just like what happened with the Niger Delta militants, they were shedding blood and vandalising pipelines, but where they were ready to drop their weapons with an amnesty that will take care of them, I think the same thing can apply to herdsmen.

“We have met them and they are ready to put down their arms, but when they put down their arms if you do not educate them and provide them with funds to take care of them, they will go back to the same old ways.

“Still, we call for amnesty and stopping all hostilities because we know how we can deal with it peacefully.”

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Zamfara re-opens seven markets after two-months closure


Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has approved the re-opening of seven weekly markets that were closed down as part of measures to address the state’s security challenges.

Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, the State Commissioner for Information, disclosed in a statement issued yesterday in Gusau, the state capital.

“This is to inform the general public that following reports of sanity in some parts of the state, and series of requests by members of the public, the government has considered and approved re-opening of the following weekly markets, beginning from yesterday.

“The markets include Nasarawar Burkullu Market in Bukkuyum Local Government Area; Talata Mafara Market in Talata Mafara Local Government Area and Gusau Market in Gusau Local Government Area.

Others are Shinkafi Market in Shinkafi Local Government Area; Kasuwar Daji Market in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area; Nasarawar Godel Market in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area and Danjibga Market in Tsafe Local Government Area,” Dosara said.

He noted that the state government, however, did not approve the re-opening of the livestock markets (kara) of any of these markets, warning against any attempts to violate the order.

“People should not be seen carrying any weapons into the markets and no person should be seen attacking or threatening anybody in the name of whatever group or organisations.

“Security agencies are, by this notice, directed to ensure that people carry out their lawful businesses within and around the markets, without harassment or intimidation.”

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Nigerians reacts as EFCC arrest Obi Cubana

Some Nigerians have warned against detaining billionaire businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, aka Obi Cubana, who was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday.

The Anambra-born club owner was taken to the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja, Monday afternoon and was interrogated by officers of the agency over alleged money laundering and tax fraud.

The report which flooded the social media on Monday night, generated reactions from concerned Nigerians as many took to their social media handles to express concern over the repercussions of the move on the November 6 governorship elections in Anambra State.

Recall that Obi Cubana made headlines and became the talk of the town in July when he hosted an ostentatious burial for his late mother in Oba, Anambra State, in which over 200 cows were reportedly slaughtered.

The lavish display of wealth set tongues wagging, with many Nigerians wondering about his source of wealth. Several celebrities, businessmen and women, including politicians turned out in large numbers for the funeral.

The popular socialite subsequently became a role model to several Nigerian youths, including the Big Brother Naija, BBNaija 2021 winner, Whitemoney who aimed to venture into business with the hope of becoming successful like Obi Cubana.

Some Nigerians, particularly youths, said the arrest may worsen the already deteriorated security situation in Anambra State.

An On Air Personality, OAP in a popular radio station in Abuja, Adeyemo Michael, a.k.a Mr Microphone, told our correspondent that the arrest is coming at a time when Obi Cubana’s state of origin is already tensed up.

He said, “This is definitely not the right time for this drama. You and I know how the business man is regarded in Anambra State with millions of supporters in the Southeast.

“If they fail to release him today, I’m not sure the governorship election will hold. This is definitely not what we are expecting from the federal government right now”.

Another respondent, a spare parts trader in the nation’s capital who identified himself as Ifeanyi, said that the federal government has just added to the problems of the Southeast.

He lamented that despite calls for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to free Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the government has arrested another popular and very important citizen of the region.

“The IPOB members are commencing a one-week sit-at-home beginning from Thursday over the arrest of our beloved Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has been detained in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, for just demanding for his right.

“We have not even finished Kanu’s own, now they have kidnapped another important son of the soil. This shows that this government is actually against the Igbos,” he said.

Meanwhile, a social media influencer, Adejor Kenneth told our correspondent in a chat that Obi Cubana must be carefully monitored, stressing that his sources of wealth is unclear.

According to him, Cubana’s ties with the embattled Inspector-General’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari who was recently suspended over alleged corruption should be investigated.

“Abba Kyari was sitting at Obi Cubana’s mother’s burial, spending money. Now, both of them are in trouble. He needs to be properly investigated”, Adejor added.

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Bandits attack UNIABUJA, kidnap staff members, others

Bandits attack UNIABUJA, kidnap staff members, others

Unknown gunmen have attacked the University of Abuja, UNIABUJA staff quarters, abducted unspecified number of members of staff and some of their family members.

The unfortunate incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday (today) when the assailants invaded the school premises shooting sporadically before whisking some victims away to an unknown destination.

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh confirmed the incident in a statement she issued and made available on Tuesday morning.

According to a source who spoke with our correspondent from the University campus, the number of abducted persons have not been ascertained as at press time.

However, the PPRO via the statement, noted that about six persons were whisked into the forest by the bloodthirsty men.

She stated that the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Babaji Sunday had dispatched additional tactical and conventional policing resources to the university’s main and satellite campuses, as well as the staff quarters and other affiliate formations of the university, “to fortify security, improve public safety and protect citizens in and around the university community.

“The CP gave the order following report that some yet to be identified armed criminals invaded the UNIABUJA Staff Quarters located at the GIRI area of the FCT in the early hours of today, 2nd November, 2021.

“The CP noted that a combined team of the Police and personnel of the Nigerian Army 176 Guards Battalion were swiftly mobilized to the area to protect the citizens.

“Preliminary investigations however revealed that six (6) persons were allegedly abducted into the forest by the criminals on sighting the security operatives.

“The CP, while calling for calm, further noted that the security forces are already working with the locals in the area toward rescuing the victims. He assured that the perpetrators would be arrested and brought to book.

“On this note, the Command pledges its undeterred resolve to ensure lives and properties of residents within the FCT are protected and urge them to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883”.

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Anambra Election: Police to impound unmarked, unauthorised vehicles

Motorists plying through and within Anambra have been asked to ensure they their vehicles are properly registered with up to date number plates.

Mr Echeng Echeng, Commissioner of Police in Anambra, issued the directive as part of security measures ahead of the Nov. 6 governorship election in the state.

Echeng warned that improperly identified vehicles will be impounded and the violators subjected to the relevant laws.

The statement, signed by DSP Nkeiruka Nwode, Zona 13 PPRO/Head, Police Media Team For Election Duty, said the measure became compulsory in order to monitor and check crime and insecurity in the state.

According to her, CP Echeng has charged vehicle owners in Anambra and those either coming in or leaving the shores of the state to ensure that their vehicles have up-to-date plate numbers.

“Any vehicle that plies without a plate number or up-to-date plate number will be impounded and the law invoked upon the defaulter.

“The CP reiterates the readiness of the Command to provide a crime-free and safe environment now and always.

“The CP reminds motorists, both public and private in Anambra, that the IGP’s ban of unauthorized tinted glasses will be enforced to check movements of people and goods in and out of the state.

“The Anambra State Police command is dedicated to providing security to the people of the State before, on and after the election. Therefore,, we need the corporation of the members of the public to achieve this.

“Those with credible security information can call our emergency number: 08060463492 or 09032506317,” she stated