Disability Commission set to enhance lives of PWDs in 774 LGAs – Lalu

Disability Commission set to enhance lives of PWDs in 774 LGAs – Lalu

The Executive Secretary, National Commission for persons with Disability (NCPWD), Mr James Lalu, has said that the commission would bring together the disability community to strategise on enhancing their lives across the country.
Lalu said this on Monday, at the inauguration of a twin Committee to plan for the ‘forthcoming 1st World Summit on PWDs in Abuja, in December.
The committee comprised Advisory and Technical components, with members of the advisory committee including  Lalu, Dr Jake Ekpelle, David Anyaele, Danlami Basharu, Dr Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, Mrs Ekaete Judith Umoh, David Okon, Dr Chike Ogagu and Sen. Achoun.
The Technical Committee, on the other hand, had as members; Grace Jerry, Amina Salihu, Christian Agbor, Muyiwa Afolabi, Rasak Adekoya and Musa Muazu.
“The Summit had already been conceived some few years ago, as some of our leaders were planning for it before the NCPWD came in.
“It is our institution, our day, and we are planning seriously for it. So, it is now our sole responsibility to join hands as one strong team and community to make sure we achieve this.
“The Summit is coming up on Dec. 3. It is a day that we are going to bring ‘who is who’ in the country to discuss how to enhance the lives of PWDs across 774 Local Government Areas.
“We will continue to bring the issues of disability to the front burner of national discourse.
”The Commission is really poised to ensure that PWDs across the country have a better life, so as to also contribute to the development of the country,” Lalu said.
Dr Husseini Kangiwa, the Chairman, Board of NCPWD, thanked Lalu for the initiative and thoughts about the Summit, saying that it would assemble critical stakeholders in disability, to chart a way forward for the community in the country.
“The calibre of people I see here will make the summit of international standard and a success.
”I am calling on the Executive Secretary and his management team to cooperate with the members of the committee. With what I saw, the Executive Secretary has a focus to touch the lives of PWDs across the 774 local government,” he said.
Ekpelle, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Albino Foundation, said it was time for Nigeria to take over the leadership of disability in Africa from Kenya.
Kenya is at the forefront of the disability movement in Africa, yet it is just like one or two states put together in Nigeria., he said.
“I believe with the calibre of individuals on the Committee, we will occupy the leadership of disability, not only in Africa, but, the whole world,” he added.
Ekpelle said that the disability community was greater and bigger than any individual and that the commission should ensure that members of the community benefitted from the Summit.
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COVID-19: NCDC registers 90 additional infections, 2 deaths

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Nigeria’s COVID-19 infections continues to rise as 90 additional cases were registered with two deaths on Monday.

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

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 90 additional cases reported on Monday indicate an increase from the 74 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 in the country now stood at 2,898.

The agency also revealed that the total infection from the pandemic currently stands at 212,051, while a total of 203,338 Nigerians have been discharged across the country.

It stated that Lagos topped the infection chart with 33 cases, out of which 22 cases were reported as a backlog for Oct. 31.

The NCDC said that the FCT followed with 15 cases; Nasarawa in the North-central 14 cases, while Cross River and Rivers States in the South-south reported 11 cases each.

Among others were Kano State which recorded three cases; Bayelsa two cases, while Kaduna State reported a single case.

The public health agency added that Delta, Edo, Plateau and Sokoto States registered zero cases on Monday.

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 have 5,688 active coronavirus cases, while a total of 3,298,966 blood samples have been tested since the pandemic began across the country.


Kwara doctors commence 7-day warning strike

The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Kwara branch, has declared a seven-day warning strike across the 16 local government areas of the state to press home their demands.

The Chairman of the association, Dr Saka Agboola, declared the strike at a news conference after an emergency congress on Monday in Ilorin.

Agboola said that the association had been patient enough for government to respond to the welfare of members of the association.

According to him, as much as it is painful for the executive of the association to reach such decision, the congress has unanimously agreed on a seven-day warning strike action.

He explained that the industrial action is to give room for engagement with the government on some of their agitations on good conditions of service, especially in the payment of new renumeration to the members of the union.

“We are not a pressure group, but it has gotten to a point that the well-being of doctors in Kwara has to be seriously looked into.

“We have responsibilities to our families, our neighbours and even to our patients.

“There is need to remunerate the doctors to get efficient output.

“This is the more reason why we have engaged several fora at every opportunity to resolve our demands.

“But it is unfortunate that at the expiration of the ultimatum given, we have not being able to reach a comfortable agreement,” he said.

Agboola reiterated that the one week strike action would afford the government opportunity to re-engage the association in negotiation.

Reacting to the development, Mr Sa’ad Aluko, the Director General of the Kwara State Hospital Management Bureau, said that government had been making effort to resolve the demands of the doctors.

Aluko noted that it was only a question of time before their demands would be met.

He said that the state government had met with the leadership of the association to look at ways to reach a resolution.

According to him, the state government has already agreed to 70 per cent increase out of the 100 per cent that is being agitated by the association.

“Based on the total algorithm and internally generated revenue, everything has to be looked into.

“The state government has setup a committee to look at a balance between what is being requested for and what is on ground.

“Government is also confronted with various agitation from the Nigeria Labour Union but we must strike a balance,” he said.

Aluko, however, said that government had employed additional healthcare workers in the state hospitals.


Worshippers abducted, two killed as bandits attack Kaduna Baptist church

Two worshippers at Baptist Church, Kakau Daji, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state have been killed after bandits attacked the church during their Sunday service on October 31.

The bandits surrounded the church before they started shooting sporadically.

Ishaya Jangado, the president of the Kaduna Baptist Convention, who confirmed the attack to TheCable, said an unspecified number of its worshippers were also abducted during the attack.

“The incident occurred this morning but we don’t know the exact number of people that were kidnapped yet” he said

Reacting, Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), described the attack as “another sad story of how deteriorating our insecurity has become”.

“Citizens are being killed like chickens with only press statements as consolation. These evil people have troubled us for too long.

I condole the families of the Baptist denomination and Kaduna Christians for this loss and urge our security agencies to separate war against enemies of Nigerians from politics. No one knows who will be the next target.” he said

Chikun LGA is one of the areas where telecommunications services had been suspended by the Kaduna state government to fight banditry and kidnappings.

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Army eliminates IPOB ESN fighters who killed DSS officers in Anambra

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the annihilation of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) controlled Eastern Security Network (ESN) fighters in Anambra.

Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu announced the elimination in a statement on Saturday.

Troops of 82 Division conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN neutralised ESN operatives in a gun battle Friday evening at Nnobi Junction in Idemili South Local Government.

Nwachukwu said the operation followed the attack on personnel of security agencies deployed at Ekwulobia Roundabout in Aguata Local Government Area.

The assailants ambushed, shot and killed two Department of State Services (DSS) officers.

Nwachukwu recalled that after the attack, troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and embarked on the pursuit of the criminals along Nnewi – Nnobi road.

The soldiers made contact with the fleeing gunmen, engaged them and killed four. A number of weapons and items were recovered.

These include two AK-47 Rifles, one GALIL Ace 5.56 x 45 Iwi Gun, one Avofeng Handheld radio and one Black Highlander jeep.

Similarly, troops foiled another attack by IPOB ESN at Umunze checkpoint, in Orumba South Local Government Area.

The troops overwhelmed the secessionists in the shootout that ensued, forcing them to take to their heels.

The gang abandoned one Pump Action gun with nine cartridges, one dark blue Ford vehicle and four motorcycles.

The Nigerian Army condemned the attempt by IPOB ESN to instil fear “and sabotage forthcoming Anambra governorship election”.

“Members of the public are reassured that the Nigerian Army, sister services and other security agencies will not relent in confronting all criminals intents against the citizenry and national interest”, Nwachukwu added.


Federal Govt exempts vaccinated travellers from COVID-19 isolation

The Federal Government has exempted fully vaccinated travelers from the mandatory one week isolation.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the development on Tuesday in a Facebook post.

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, Boss Mustapha announced the revised protocol on October 15.

The Secretary to Government of the Federation said vaccinated in-bound passengers will only be required to do a COVID-19 PCR test two days after arrival.

Mustapha noted that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers must observe 7-day self-isolation and do a PCR test on days 2 and 7 after entry.

Persons arriving on “Business” trip or on official duty staying less than 7 days must be fully vaccinated.

They are expected to produce negative PCR result 72 hours before boarding, and conduct a PCR test on day 2 in Nigeria.


Police anounces date for recruitment’s computer base test

The Kaduna State Police Command on Tuesday evening announced date for Computer Based Test examination for all eligible job seekers wishing to be recruited into the police force.

The Computer Based Test which will take place at three designated centres across the state on Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th October, 2021 are; Dambo International College Barnawa; Sardauna Memorial College (SMC) and Iya Abubakar CBT Center, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

In a statement on Tuesday evening by Kaduna Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige called on those who participated in the 2020 Physical and Credential Screening Exercise that, the Nigeria Police Force in collaboration with the Police Service Commission will be concluding the ongoing 2020 recruitment exercise of Ten Thousand (10,000) Police Constables into the service of the Nigeria Police Force.

“To this effect, the Command enjoins all applicants to check their names in the comprehensive list pasted at the Police Command Headquarters Bidda Road Kaduna,” the statement said.

The statement urged the successful candidates to print out their examination slip which must be presented during the Computer Based Test Examination

He said the Command reiterates that the recruitment exercise is absolutely free of charge and without any pecuniary obligation, and warns all and sundry to desist from any form of extortion, as anybody found wanting will be sanctioned accordingly.


COVID-19: Fintiri urges corps members to get vaccinated

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has urged corps members deployed to the state to be vaccinated against Coronavirus (COVID-19), to stem spread of the pandemic.

Fintiri made the call on Tuesday at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 corps members at the Damare Orientation Camp, Gerei Local Government Area of the state.

The governor, represented by Mr Aloysius Babadoke, Commissioner for Youths, said the state government and relevant stakeholders would deploy vaccination teams to the camp.

“Please take advantage of this opportunity and get yourselves vaccinated if you have not done that.

“Also take advantage of being in the camp by participating in all activities,” he said.

While calling on the corps members to accept their posting to the state in good faith, Fintiri advised them to be security conscious.

“Therefore, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, I assure you that, you will only be posted to where we are sure of your safety.”

In his remarks, Mr Ibrahim Tukur, the Coordinator of the scheme, charged corps members to actively participate in all camp activities.

Tukur stressed the need for the corps members to take advantage of the skills training programme under its Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED), to enable them to learn trades and become self-reliant.

He further admonished the corps members to shun cultism, drug abuse and social vices.

“I urged you to use the social media only for the promotion of unity and other positive purposes rather than rumour peddling and the promotion of hatred,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 1,273 corps members has been sworn-in for the one-year national service.

The corps members comprised 395 females and 878 males.


Nigeria records 711 new COVID-19 cases on Monday

Nigeria on Monday recorded 711 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 211,171.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), disclosed this on its website on Tuesday morning.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the 711 new cases reported on Monday, indicates an increase from the 165 cases posted previously in the country.

The centre also recorded two deaths, noting that the country’s fatality toll from the virus now stood at 2,884.

According to the agency, Delta recorded 508, Plateau-41, Rivers-40, FCT-32, Enugu-24, Lagos-19, and Imo-16.

Others are Cross River-nine, Ekiti-nine, Abia-four, Benue-three, Kano-three, while Bauchi, Bayelsa, and Ogun recorded one each.

The NCDC, however, noted that the report includes: 508 confirmed cases reported from Delta were backlogs for July 27 to Oct. 13.

It also said that 19 confirmed cases reported from Lagos state were for Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

The agency also noted that 41 confirmed cases were reported from Plateau for Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

The centre said that Nigeria currently has 5,613 active cases with 202,674 discharged.

The centre said that over 3,298,966 million samples had been tested from the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operation centre (EOC), activated at Level II, has continued to coordinate the national response activities. (NAN)


It comes with a price! Gumi warns Nigerian Govt not to label bandits as terrorrists

Proscribing the bandits at terrorists will come at high price, and many teaming youths might find it attractive.

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a controversial Islamic scholar and preacher, has warned that declaring bandits as terrorists will come at a price.

The 36 state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria had on Saturday called on the Federal Government to declare bandits and kidnappers as terrorists, adding that kidnapping and banditry should be dealt with decisively.

However, Gumi, in an statement titled, ‘Declaring Bandits As Terrorists Will Come With A Prize,’ said the moment bandits are termed terrorists, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in in force.

He said this may be found palatable and attractive by many teaming unemployed youths.

The statement read, “Nobody doubts that sentimentalism today overrides sensibility in our polity. For the sake of posterity, some people will have to speak out.

“The acts the bandits are committing now in NW have gradually over time become tantamount to terrorism because wherever innocent people are fatal victims it’s pure terrorism. Yet, innocence these days is relative. We agreed if their children and women are also killed, they are guilty by association or collateral damage, so also the bandits may think the same way. It’s right for vigilantes to lynch Fulanis herdsmen or anyone that looks like them by profiling but wrong for the herdsmen to ransack villages in retribution. They are pushed to believe it is an existential war and in war, ethics are thrown to the winds.

“Yet again, the only helpful part that is against bandits is that no other than them are attracted to join them in the NW because of its ethnic tinge and coloration. However, the moment they are termed Terrorist – Islamic for that matter, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in in force. And many teaming unemployed youths may find it palatable and attractive. Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ plus AK47 against a ‘secular’ immoral society where impunity reigns are the magnet for extremists and downtrodden – the majority of our youth.

“Already these deadly terrorist groups are fighting for the soul of these bandits. This will give criminality a spiritual cover and remove the stigma of discrediting them with such crimes since now they are fighting a ‘Jihad’ as they will claim. In such a situation, does the larger society -as it is- has the moral high ground to fight back? This is the most probable consequence, the price of which is not worth it. Nothing stops the kinetic actions from going on without the controversy of semantics.”


Investigation on Oyo jailbreak ongoing– Governor Makinde

Investigation on Oyo jailbreak ongoing-- Governor Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Sunday, visited the Abolongo Correctional Center at Oyo town, saying that government will take immediate steps to protect the facility.

Recall that gunmen attacked the correctional centre at about 10pm on Friday, October 22 and set many of the prisoners free. Some of the fleeing inmates have been recaptured while others returned voluntarily.

The Governor, while speaking after an inspection of the attacked centre, said that he has ordered that the main road leading to the facility be immediately graded.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Governor Makinde also promised to install security cameras in the facility and link same with the security situation room in the state.

“This is shocking and, unfortunately, we lost a soldier and an Amotekun Operative. Another person is on danger list at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, as we speak,” the Governor said.

“In the main, investigation is still on-going and we cannot say precisely whether this is an isolated event or the beginning of a wider issue that we have to deal with. But whatever the case is, we have made an assessment and taken some immediate decisions.

“We have asked that the main road to this facility be graded immediately. We will position security cameras here and link it back to our security situation room. It is not just only for this facility but for other correctional facilities in the state.

“We are also making a list of critical state assets that we need to monitor and I have also asked that the entrance and exit points into the state be monitored. We still have almost 300 criminals that are on the loose in the state. So, efforts will still continue to try and apprehend the criminals and bring them back here.

About the high-profile suspects here, people are very quick to start talking about conspiracy theories. What I can say is that investigation is still on. Yes, there were high profile criminals that were held in this facility.

Again, I will appeal that our people should be calm. We have challenges around the country – banditry, insurgency and terrorism. And we can only deal with those issues when we have the people in alignment with what the leadership is trying to do.

“So, they should please believe that their leaders will tell them the exact situation of things at the appropriate time.”


COVID-19: NCDC registers additional 159 infections, one death as of Oct. 23

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered an additional 159 new COVID-19 infections and one death across 13 states of the federation on Saturday.

The NCDC in an update shared on its website on Sunday morning, said the country’s fatality toll from the virus now stood at 2,856.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 159 additional cases reported on Saturday, indicate a decreased from the 176 cases posted previously in the country.

It added that the latest figure of confirmed cases had also increased the country’s infection toll to 210,295, stating that the active cases are 9,248, with 198,191 cases been discharged across the country.

According to it, Kaduna State in the Northwest ranked first on the log with 47 cases, followed by Enugu State in the Southeast and Benue in the North central with 44 and 36 cases, respectively.

While Delta in the South South reported 10 cases, Lagos State, the epicentre of the disease, reported seven cases followed by Plateau with five cases.

Amongst others were Rivers State which also recorded three cases, Nasarawa State two; while five states of Bauchi, Bayelsa, Edo, Jigawa and Kano reported a single case each.

The public health agency also noted that Jigawa reported no case on Saturday.

It said that over 3,207,523 million samples of the virus from the nation’s roughly 200 million population had been tested.

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

NAN also reports that in Week 41, the number of new confirmed cases increased to 1,604 from 1,556 reported in week 40 in the country.

These cases were reported in 26 states and the FCT. It also includes backlog of cases reported from Lagos State.

In Week 41, the number of discharged cases increased to 1,869 from 1,177 in week 40. These were reported in 22 states and the FCT. It also includes community discharges reported from Edo and Lagos States.

There were 90 deaths reported in the last one week in the country. It includes backlog “45 deaths” reported from Lagos State.

Cumulatively, since the outbreak began in Week 9, 2020, there have been 209,298 cases and 2,837 deaths reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 1.4 per cent.

In week 41, the number of in-bound international travellers tested was 3,673 of which 34 were positive compared to 53 (out of 4,152 tested) in week 40.

The number of out-bound international travellers tested was 5,923 of which 77 were positive compared to 102 (out of 6,241 tested) in week 40 in the country.

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Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB declares one week sit-at-home, threatens Anambra election

The Indigenous People of of Biafra (IPOB) has declared one week sit-at-home protest from November 5 to November 10, to prevail on the Federal Government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The order is coming at a time when Anambra State is preparing for its governorship election, which comes up on November 6.

IPOB’s Media and Public Secretary, Emma Powerful disclosed this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State on Saturday.

Powerful said, “Following the adjournment of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s court case to 10th of November 2021, by the Federal High Court, Abuja, we the great movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that IPOB will lock down Biafraland from 5th of November to 10th of November except Sunday, November 7th, a day our people worship the Almighty God if the Nigeria Government fails to release our leader unconditionally before 4th of November 2021.

“Our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi must be released unconditionally on or before November 4, 2021 because he has not committed any offense known to any law.

“Failure to release our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on or before November 4, 2021, our one week Sit-At-Home begins on November 5, 2021 till November 10.

“Although we quite understand the pains and adverse effects of this option on our people, we are compelled to take it to achieve a better purpose in the collective interest of Biafrans.

“We have taken time to analyse what transpired on October 21 when our Leader was arraigned in court and discovered that the federal government is not sincere and only wants to humiliate him and keep him perpetually in DSS custody to rot there.

“We all saw how lawyers, journalists, Igbo delegates and respected traditional rulers and other people who came from all around the world to witness his court case were restricted and denied access into the court premises by security agents who kept them outside under the scorching heat of the sun. What a humiliation and wickedness!

“We cannot accept that anymore. We can never allow our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be tried secretly and we can never also allow him to be tried under Sharia law under any guise. Nigeria must follow International laws in handling our leader.

“Unless the federal government releases him unconditionally before November 4, we shall sacrifice one week for him as a warning protest to convey to our oppressors that Nnamdi Kanu represents over 70 million Biafrans.

“He is innocent of all the charges preferred against him. As long as he is in detention our individual businesses do not matter so much because he is suffering for us all and we can’t abandon him.

“We seriously regret the inconveniences this may cause our people but it’s a necessary sacrifice we need to make until we have our full independence. Nobody resident in Biafra land is expected to flout this directive as doing so amounts to challenging the will of the people on the Biafra project,” the release stated.


Insecurity redusing in Nigeria– Ndume

Chairman of Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume has said that insecurity is reducing in the country.

Ndume who represents Borno South, made the claim while answering questions from journalists after the turbaning of All Progressives Congress national chairmanship aspirant, Malam Saliu Mustapha, as the new Turaki of Ilorin on Friday October 22.

He stated that te federal government is doing well and doing its best to tackle the challenge of insecurity.

The senator said: “Insecurity is going down, it is not eliminated. Normally this kind of a thing is not something that you will just say it is all-over.”

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Police yet to vacate Lekki toll gate as brutality persists nationwide

The Police are yet to vacate the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, two days after the End SARS memorial event.

The anniversary was also marked in states, mostly in Nigeria’s South, and in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The commemoration was to remind the federal government of police reform and reiterate condemnation of the military shooting on October 20, 2020.

Citizens nationwide have been complaining of unending brutality, the basis of the EndSARS uprising ab initio.

Last week, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Isah Barnabas slapped a traveller in Okene, Kogi State, for challenging officers after collecting a bribe from a passenger carrying a laptop.

On social media, there are videos of policemen across the country assaulting Nigerians in defiance of the caution by the Force headquarters.

Adeola Oyinlade, a human rights lawyer warned the police to stop relying on the Public Order Act of 1979 to justify crackdowns.

Oyinlade recalled that on September 21, a number of retired police officers protested at the National Assembly over poor pension benefits.

“They did this because it is provided for in the constitution. The freedom of citizens to express views on a matter that affects them is a cornerstone upon which the existence of democratic society rests”, he maintained.

Citizens and organizations strongly denounce the recurring use of exercise force by the police and other security agencies,

During the latest gathering in Lekki, an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement was assaulted despite explaining that his presence was not to forment trouble.

Also at the same venue, the police arrested Abisola Alawode, a journalist working for Legit, after hitting and dragging him.

In Osun, DAILY POST correspondent, Sikiru Obarayese was beaten, arrested and charged to court within one hour on trumped-up charges.

In her judgement, the Magistrate, A. O. Daramola condemned the police action and struck out the case.

The Advocacy for Advancement of Peace & Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) berated the Osun command.

National Coordinator, Sulaimon Suberu demanded that CSP Oyegade Akinloye, who ordered the arrest of the journalists, be sacked.

Suberu noted that Akinloye was notorious for rights violation and displays “temperamental tendency” unbecoming of an officer.

“He is famous for manipulating judicial process to get a pound of flesh of assumed enemies”, his statement read.

“The manner in which Sikiru Obarayese was tortured and hurriedly dragged to court for arraignment on spurious charges speaks volumes.

“Such barbaric directive to clamp down on the media is practically antithetical to rule of law and democratic ethos.

“We consider officers like CSP Akinloye a threat to democracy. His type should not be allowed to superintend young policemen”, Suberu said.

Likewise, the Take It Back (TIB) Movement in Osun, warned the police and others to stop acting lawless.

Samson Tola, the Coordinator, and Owolabi Opeyemi, the Secretary, insisted that protests are citizens’ rights that would never be given up to security agents.

In a statement, the officials noted that the police have been a puppet of the ruling class for too long and must stop.

The group demanded that Akinloye and all operatives that manhandle Obarayese be investigated and prosecuted.

TIB further urged the police to produce the killers of Alimi Ahmed and Mutiu Lawal. Both died during Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s visit to the End SARS protest in 2020.

“The Nigeria Police should publicly apologize for attacking, arresting and dehumanizing Sikiru Obarayese.

“Protests can never be stopped in a democracy. The police and other security agencies should end the brutalization of protesters”, TIB added.


EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu vows to release panel report to public

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the final report of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution, formed after the EndSARS protest in 2020, is being awaited.

On Thursday, he assured that the state government would make full disclosure of the report to the public.

The governor guaranteed that his administration would not make an attempt to cover up the findings and recommendations.

Sanwo-Olu said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing the re-occurrence of the civil unrest.

The governor explained that the panel was set up to probe allegations of rights abuse against the police and determine the cause of coordinated attacks on Lagos.

“We do not know the content of the report, but we want to say publicly that, upon the handover of the report, we will be making it public.

“We will not cover up anything. This is not who we are and that is not what our government stands for. We will make full disclosure of recommendations”, Sanwo-Olu said.

The judicial panel, chaired by Justice Doris Okuwobi, concluded its sittings on Monday, one year after it was constituted.

The members include retired DIG Taiwo Lakanu (Police), Lucas Koyejo (National Human Rights Commission), Segun Awosanya (Segalink) and Oluwatoyin Odusanya (Citizens Right).

Others are Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), Patience Udoh (Civil society), Rinuola Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi (Youths reps). Oduala stepped down in February, alleging “cover-up”.


President Buhari meets with service chiefs over Nigerian insecurity (photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday had a closed-door meeting with the service chiefs in the statehouse. The meeting had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and others.

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Pressmen denied access to courtroom on Nnamdi Kanu’s trial

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Many journalists who came for the event were denied access to the courtroom.

The security operatives stationed at the entrance of the Ministry of Justice building told journalists that only accredited judiciary reporters would be allowed in.

It was however observed that even accredited journalists were also not yet allowed to enter the court.

Also, some lawyers have been denied access to the courtroom.

As of the time of filing this report, at 8.03am, tinted vehicles of the Department of State Services entered the ministry, fuelling speculations that Nnamdi Kanu might be in one of the vehicles.

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Emir of Kontagora reinstated by court

Court reinstates Emir of Kontagora

Mohammed Barau Kontagora who was stopped from parading himself as the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora by a court, has been reinstated by a Niger State High Court sitting in Minna on Wednesday October 20.

The ex parte order was vacated after Justice Abdullahi Mikailu listened to arguments from the defendant’s counsel. He had argued that the stool of the emir was not a perishable commodity and therefore, should not be left vacant.

The counsel had also said that the current security situation in the country required the participation of traditional rulers in talking to their subjects on the issues of security, adding that the town should not be left without a king.

The judge who ruled that Kontagora should return to the stool pending hearing and determination of the substantive suit, adjourned the case to November 11 for hearing.


SUBEB: Oyo Govt promotes 16,500 primary school teachers

The Oyo State Government has promoted 16,500 public primary school teachers that were successful in their recent promotion examinations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), supervised the symbolic presentation of the promotion letters to two teachers from each of the 33 local government areas of the state on Wednesdayin Ibadan.

The promotion covered 2017 to 2020 which made some of the teachers got two promotions.

Adeniran charged the promoted teachers to double their efforts and put in their best “to ensure that teaching of pupils is taken with full seriousness and commitment.

“In such a manner that we see the impact on the learning outcome of the pupils they are teaching.

“To whom much is given, much is desired; so we expect more commitment on the part of our teachers, we want them to be more punctual.

“We want a situation whereby pupils turning out from public schools in the state will be able to compete with their colleagues in any part of the world.

“In addition, we want the teachers to support Gov. Makinde’s administration to do what it has been voted into office to do in terms of bringing dividends of democracy to the people”.

The Oyo SUBEB boss assured the teachers that government would pay the promotion arrears.

“I want to believe that before arrangement for the promotion exercise was made, the governor had already factored the issue of arrears into the finances of the state,” he said.

Adeniran also disclosed that the process for the recruitment of more primary school teachers was already on, saying it will come into limelight very soon.

He recalled that the state government had completed the recruitment and enlistment of teachers into the public secondary schools sub-sector.

He said the public primary schools sub-sector, which also has shortage of teachers, would eventually get approval from the governor to go ahead with the recruitment.

In his welcome address, the Oyo SUBEB Executive Secretary, Mr Joel Olusanjo, charged the promoted teachers to reciprocate the gesture and redouble their efforts in carrying out their duties.

“As you collect your promotion letters here today, go back to your respective schools and redouble your efforts in teaching activities,” he said.

In their separate respinses, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Mr Adedoyin Adeniyi, and his counterpart at the Association of Primary School Heads, Mr Kunle Adedeji, appreciated Makinde for his concern towards the welfare of primary school teachers.

The duo charged their colleagues to put in their best in enhancing the efforts of the state government in providing qualitative education to primary school pupils.

A cross section of the promoted teachers also commended the administration of Makinde for being sensitive to their plight.

Mr Ojo Arimiyau from Saki West LGA; Mrs Rachael Oladokun from Atisbo LGA; Mr Akeem Gbadamosi from Ona-Ara LGA, and Mrs Abiola Olajide from Afijio LGA pledged to be more committed to their work and perform optimally.


#ENDSARS: Okowa inaugurates Delta Human Rights Protection Committee

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Wednesday inaugurated a Committee for the Protection of Human Rights in the state with a call on citizens to be law-abiding.

Okowa, who inaugurated the committee in Asaba, said it was part of the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry that investigated complaints of police brutality and extra-judicial killings in relation to #ENDSARS protest in the state.

The committee, which is headed by Gov. Okowa, has as members, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Isaiah Bozimo, Mr Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, Commissioner for Youths Development, Solicitor-General/ Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Omamuzo Erebe, and the Commissioner of Police in the state.

Others are representatives of the Youths, Mr Harrison Gwamnishu, Civil Society Organisations, Mr Israel Joe, The Nigeria Bar Association, Dr Jonathan Ekpenisi, National Human Rights Commission, Mr Alpheus Ngwu, and Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Political and Security Matters, Mr Theophilus Aguonye, who will serve as Secretary.

The governor recalled that a year ago, youths in the country embarked on “ENDSARS”, a protest against police brutality and other issues.

He said that the protests which were carried out in major cities across the country “truly shook the foundation of this nation”.

He, however, thanked God for His intervention at that critical period, and said that it was for that, that “we are inaugurating this all-important Committee put in place to ensure the protection of the rights of our citizens in this state.

“We saw a lot of our youths come out in anger against so many issues as it concerned the nation but particularly against Police brutality.

“There was a lot of destruction of property as the movements of various civil society groups and youths got hijacked by unscrupulous citizens of this nation.

“We believe that the youths who actually set out at the beginning for the protest meant well for this nation because they were actually there to draw the attention of the leadership of this nation both at the national and at the sub-national levels to the ills in the society.

“They said they were demonstrating against oppressive tendencies of security agencies, which were impinging on their freedom”.

He disclosed that a lot of discussions took place and that in one of the meetings at National Economic Council, headed by the Vice President as Chairman, decisions were taken that were far-reaching and they helped to douse the tensions.

According to the governor, these decisions included the need to carry out some enquiry into the issues raised as to police brutality and to also find ways and means of assuaging the nerves of those who may have suffered one loss or the other.

“This state and many other states commissioned panels of enquiry to look into the issues of police brutality and extra-judicial killings.

“The panel itself had finished its sitting and the report was sent to my office and eventually a white paper was prepared from the report and decisions were taken just recently at the State Executive Council meeting.

“We are very mindful of the fact that we cannot pay for lives lost but we have agreed at the Council on the need to show some respect and to also find means of assuaging the nerves of those who have lost loved ones and for those who had to go to hospitals following action from police brutality.

“These decisions have been taken and we look forward that at the end of this month the monies approved should be paid to the various families that were affected,” he said.

He explained that the state government will pay the compensations recommended not because it could return the peace of the people and their joy but because the state wants to be part of the pains that the people had suffered and to show a sign of love to the families of the victims.

Okowa added that the government had communicated to the office of the Vice President the decisions taken, noting that some actions would be taken at the national level while the state government would also take certain actions on the report.

“Beyond the issues of compensation, it has become necessary to advise the Commissioners of Police and Inspector General of Police to carry out further investigations to ensure further punishment on indicted officers.

“We have also appointed two of our young ones to liaise with the government and the police on a day-to-day basis and to report cases to my office of any infringement on the rights of citizens.

“But, this does not also mean that citizens would take laws into their hands and do things which they ought not to do.

“The Constitution of our country recognises the need for us to have our rights protected but sometimes what we think is our right may also infringe on the rights of others.

“We expect every citizen of this state to be very mindful of this that we all need to protect our rights but we also need to ensure that we do not infringe on the rights of others,” he added.

He appealed to the people to work within the ambit of the law to ensure that they are law-abiding in all they do.
“The ENDSARS has taught us, particularly the police, that we must be civil in our manner of approach while carrying out our work because no man has the right to take the live of another and more so when it is unjustly done.

“I pray that the lessons learnt will help us to ensure that we have a better nation and that the lessons learnt will also help us to plan our security architecture in such a manner that it will become more responsive, more civil without actually forgetting the fact that we have a job to do.

“The Police have a job to do and therefore, citizens also should recognise that they have a job to do but the job must be done in such a manner that is responsible as civil.

“There is no doubt that there are some criminal elements in the society who go to the extent to disobey rules and to be disobedient to the laws of the land but they must realise that the long hands of the law will certainly catch up with them.

“I believe that this Committee will help to advise government on what should be done in each circumstance,” he said.

The governor said that Delta has remained relatively peaceful and thanked the youths and people of the state for their cooperation in maintaining peace.

He urged the people to live in peace and to trust the security agencies to carry out their job of maintaining peace and security in the state.

Responding, the Commissioner for Youths, Mr Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, thanked the governor for setting up the Committee and assured the people of the Committee’s commitment to the task of protecting their rights.

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Council of traditional rulers decry killings, militarisation of S’East

Council of traditional rulers decry killings, militarisation of S’East
The South-East Council of Traditional Rulers has decried the incessant gruesome killings and destruction of property in the zone.

It called for an end to what it called “general atmosphere of fear and progressive militarisation in the geo-political zone“.

The council made the condemnation in a statement jointly signed by the chairmen of traditional rulers in the South-East and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Owerri.

The statement was co-signed by Eze Joseph Nwabeke, (Abia); Obi Nnaemeka Achebe, (Anambra); Igwe L.O. Agubuzu, (Enugu) and Eze E.C. Okeke (Imo).

“We believe that the dire situation in the country today calls for statesmanship, open and sincere dialogue in the search for compromises, not growing militarisation which may ultimately threaten the very existence of the country,” it noted.

The council called on all disaffected individuals and groups in the zone to sheath their swords and rally together for mutual forgiveness and healing to end the internal strife.

“Cutting our nose to spite our face does not help our present situation; it is senseless to destroy our homeland, or be an accessory to its destruction, in order to prove our marginalisation,” it stated.

The council called on President Muhammadu Buhari to de-proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation, as well as release Nnamdi Kanu from detention.

They traditional rulers said that the appeal became necessary to restore genuine peace and normalcy in the South-East based on justice, equity, fairness, love, mutual understanding and respect.

They urged the IPOB and its affiliate units to immediately stop all provocative rhetorics and actions that promoted violence, fear and unlawful acts.

“As part of creating the enabling environment for reconciliation and peace building, the ongoing sit-at-home on Mondays or any other day in the South-East should end forthwith,” the council pleaded.


RCCG member shot dead as he steps out of the church to receive call

RCCG member shot dead by gunmen as he steps out to receive phone call during church service in Kwara

An estate agent identified as Bayo Sina Babarinde was shot dead by gunmen during Sunday service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Living Word Parish, Basin Road, in iIlorin, the Kwara state capital.

It was gathered that Babarinde stepped out of the church to receive a phone call when his assailants rained bullets on him.

The incident happened during the 7am service of the parish on Sunday, October 17.

Spokesperson of the State Poliec Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust on Monday night, said investigation was ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.

“He was called on phone during the service as he walked out of the church to receive the call. The sound of gun shots rend the air, which drew the attention of the congregation,” Okasanmi said.

“As at the time the congregation got out of the church to see what was happening, it was discovered that the estate agent was already in the pool of his blood. It was discovered that he was shot in the head. The shells of the bullet used in killing the deceased have been recovered and the corpse has been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for postmortem

“People should not entertain any fear as the police and other security agencies are working towards unraveling the situation surrounding the incident towards arresting the perpetrators and ensuring that the security of lives and property of our people are well protected.”

The PPRO said that men of the Nigeria Police have already been deployed to strategic places in the metropolis, including worship centres, to prevent such reoccurrence assuring residents to go about their lawful businesses.

He also said that men of the Nigeria Police have already been deployed in strategic places in the metropolis, to prevent such reoccurrence.

Meanwhile, a tribute to the deceased written by Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade, said that the killers were said to have called him out of the church. Read below:


“Bayo Babarinde, yours was a very fulfilled life despite the numerous challenges. Although, I didn’t know much of your early life, reflecting on our first meeting at Yewa High School Ajilete, Ogun State in 1987, it will be safe to say that all odds was against you like many of our contemporaries

“You were always full of life, you offered friendship with an open mind, you spoke your thoughts as you saw it. Out of sheer grace, a few of us made it out and you went on to study at the University of Benin while I went to the Lagos State University

“Our path crossed again in 2007 while I was putting a team together for my company and in your selfless nature, you offered to relocate to Ilorin with your family with the view to stabilize our operations in Kwara State

“For the last 34 years, you held up your end of the rope until the cold hands of death forced you to drop it on Sunday 17th October, 2021. Most painful for me is the fact that you departed this world on the same date that I lost my mother 24 years ago

“My dear brother, I take solace in the fact you grew closer to your creator to the very end and it is also symbolic that your killers were said to have called you out of the church. I still can’t process the shock and pain your young family will be going through now, to think that you all left home that faithful sunday morning to worship God and they returned without you.

“Regardless of the motive or justification if any, no one deserves to die the way you did. I will miss you my dear brother and friend, Adieu, Bayo Babarinde.”


Woman shoot man dead for refusing to kiss her

A 28-year-old woman in Illinois shot and killed a man in a bizarre love triangle dispute, according to authorities.

Claudia Resendiz-Florez was staying with two friends—James Jones and his girlfriend—at their home in the city of Rolling Meadows when the incident unfolded on Thursday night, October 14, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Prosecutors in Cook County said that the trio were having a drink together when Resendiz-Florez allegedly asked Jones for a kiss. Jones declined because he had a girlfriend who was sitting right next to him. He then kissed his girlfriend in front of Resendiz-Florez, prompting an envious Resendiz-Florez to ask the girlfriend for a kiss, prosecutors said during a bond hearing. She declined too.

When Jones once again refused to kiss her, an enraged Resendiz-Florez grabbed his gun that he had tucked between two couch cushions and aimed it at him, prosecutors said.

Jones tried to push Resendiz-Florez’s arm down as she pulled the safety off and put her finger on the trigger but the gun went off, striking Jones once in the chest.

His girlfriend called 911 and when officers arrived at the scene Resendiz-Flores allegedly admitted to shooting Jones. She was charged with first-degree murder and will be back in court on Tuesday, October 19.

Resendiz-Flores’s public defender Courtney Smallwood said during the bond hearing that her client is married but separated from her husband and is the sole caretaker for three young children. She disputed suggestions that Resendiz-Flores lived with the couple, insisting she lived at her family home in Des Plaines.

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Eidul-Mawlid: FG declares Tuesday, October 19, public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates all Muslim faithful both at home and in the Diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.

He admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality. As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.

While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.


IGP assures safe, secure electoral process in Anambra

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has assured the nation of the commitment of the Force to securing the public space and upholding the democratic values ahead of the November 6th, 2021, Anambra State Gubernatorial Election.

In a statement on Wednesday by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, the IGP gave the assurance, during a strategic meeting held at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, with Commanders of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadrons in the country, as part of efforts to specifically contain the activities of criminal elements in the South-East and particularly guarantee a safe and secure environment for the elections.

“The IGP further stated that the leadership of the Force has commenced the reorganization, re-equipping, training and re-orientation of the PMF with the goal of strengthening its operational capacity and re-situating the unit to accomplish the task of confronting violent crimes in the country. The IGP charged the Squadron Commanders to upscale their supervisory roles to ensure their personnel demonstrate high level of professionalism, firmness, courage and respect for human rights while carrying out their duties.

“The IGP noted that the Nigeria Police Force in the coming days will be implementing a robust national security action plan to refocus the internal security dynamics of the country in addition to securing the electoral processes in the Anambra State Gubernatorial election including the protection of personnel and materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and critical national infrastructure.

“The IGP noted that the Police Mobile Force, will as usual, form a critical component of the operational plan, to deter any subversive elements that could threaten or disrupt the smooth conduct of the election.

“The IGP reiterated that the Force will continue to do all within its powers to combat all forms of criminality and violent crimes including banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and violent extremism, amongst others, across the country.”


ROYAL NEWS publisher, Abdulazeez Arowona bags traditional title

ROYAL NEWS publisher, Abdulazeez Arowona bags traditional title
The publisher of ROYAL NEWS has been conferred a traditional title of Shettiman by Okuta Emirate, Kwara State.

The notification of the conferment, signed by the Emir of Okuta, Alhaji Idris Sero Abubakar, stated that the Emirate recognizes Arowona’s “numerous strides towards grassroot growth, natonal peace, unity and development.”

The emirate council also disclosed in the that formal installation and turbaning ceremony shall come forth during the Gaani Cultural Festival between 5th to 7th November, 2021 at the Emir’s Palace.

The notification in part reads, “We recognize you as a versatile journalist and social entrepreneur who has being championing the course of cultural preservation and development of communities, Kingdoms and Emirates Councils with strong committments to the unity and peace of our dear country.

“We recognize your unwavering loyalty to His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Council of Chiefs, the Ilorin Emirate Council, respect for Traditional Rulers in Kwara State as well as the entire traditional institutions in the Northern Nigeria.

“With these and many more, we are delighted to honour you with the traditional title of Shettima Okuta Emirate Council as a unique mark of appreciation and encouragement in order to achieve more for humanity in general as well as Okuta Emirate Council and Baruten local government area in particular’’


Lagos, Kano alone have 50% of Nigerian vehicles – Official

Of the 13 million vehicles on Nigerian roads, about 50 per cent of them, representing 6.5 million, are in Lagos and Kano states, the two commercial nerve centres of the country.

While Lagos is the commercial hub of the country, Kano State is the commercial centre of the northern part of the country.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the officials of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to the governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in the state recently, the commissioner for insurance, Mr. Sunday Thomas, said Kano was leading in many fronts in the country, stressing that Kano and Lagos states alone have almost more than 50 per cent of vehicles plying the Nigerian roads.

While persuading the state government to partner with the insurance industry in a bid to insure all vehicles in the state, he added that this will significantly impact on the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state even as it will equally boost revenue of all stakeholders.

Speaking further, he said: “The issue of collapsed buildings has continued to be one of the problems in our big and major cities in the country that seems to have defied solutions and checks put in place by the authorities.

“The commission is collaborating with some federal agencies like the Fire Service, Police and relevant professional associations like COREN to ensure provisions of the law regarding the insurance of public buildings against 3rd party liability and all buildings under construction that are above 2 floors are strictly adhered to.”

While soliciting for the cooperation of Kano State governor to work closely with the insurance sector on adoption and enforcement of insurance to ensure safety and protection of lives and properties in Kano State, he noted that NAICOM was planning to organise a one-day sensitisation workshop for permanent secretaries and directors of all MDAs in the state in order to sensitise them on the need and benefit to adequately protect and insure strategic government assets and human resources.

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Chidinma pleads ‘not guilty’ to murder of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga

22-year-old Chidinma Ojukwu has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga.

She pleaded not guilty to the crime on Tuesday alongside one Adedapo Quadri as they are the key suspects in the murder case.

They were arraigned before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

Both suspects pleaded not guilty to eight counts bordering on the offences of murder, forgery, and stealing.

The suspects were also arraigned alongside Chidinma’s sister, Egbuchu Chioma from whom the late Ataga’s iPhone 7, was said to have been recovered.

Chioma, however, pleaded not guilty to the 9th count of being in possession of the stolen property.

They are being prosecuted by the Lagos State Department of Public Prosecution, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi.

Chidinma was arrested on June 24 and initially confessed to killing Usifo after the police found his lifeless body in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds at a hotel in the Lekki area of Lagos.

She later recanted her confession in an interview in July where she denied killing Ataga.


Gov. Fayemi signs Ekiti Mental Health Service Law

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday signed into law the state’s Mental Health Service bill and promised to prioritise qualitative health services delivery to the people.

Fayemi, while signing the bill into law, stressed the importance of ensuring that people living with mental disorders have access to appropriate care.

Accordiing to him, catering for the welfare of all members of the society regardless of their physical, mental or social status was indicative of the level of commitment to delivering universal health coverage.

“The new law would protect, provide care and treat persons living with mental health disorders in order to save them from unnecessary stigma and marginalisation.

“This aspect when not protected would have increased the likelihood of their human rights being violated,” he said

Fayemi noted that the framework would handle critical issues of hospitalisation and provision of high quality care among others.

The Governor said the core objectives of the law includes establishing purpose-built mental health facilities and medical Social Work Department and units in selected secondary and tertiary medical facilities.

Others are to guarantee the protection of persons suffering from mental disorder or illness and substance abuse in the state.

He said that the law would ensure that every person living with mental disorders have access to mental health care facilities by receiving and being admitted for treatment in a designated facility.

“As I sign this bill into law, I am fully convinced that the people of Ekiti State will be the best for it.

“This law is another promise kept in our pursuit to deliver qualitative, people-centred healthcare solution to Ekiti Kete that leaves no one behind..

“It will complement other efforts towards ensuring adequate health and social protection for our people, and we are grateful to God for the privilege of being the instrument through which His love for the vulnerable amongst us is demonstrated,” he said.

Earlier, Wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, appreciated the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye and his colleagues, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda and the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Bamji Filani, for the policy framework and speedy passage of the bill.

She noted the difficulty that might arise from driving the various initiatives of the administration without necessary legal and policy framework.

The wife of the governor explained that as the Chair of Gender Based Violence Management Committee, she was aware of the connection between mental health and gender-based violence.

She said that was the reason she had remained a strong advocate for a mental health bill.

In his remarks, Funminiyi Afuye, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, said that the mental health law has made Ekiti stand out as a clear leader in legislative governance which concern the health and well-being of the people.


Anti-open grazing law: It doesn’t make sense to enforce a law without carrying it out, says Obaseki

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, on Monday in Benin said that it doesn’t make sense to pass the anti-open grazing bill into law without carrying it out by arresting and prosecuting offenders of the same law.

Obaseki stated this at a stakeholders Town-Hall meeting on the proposed Anti-open Grazing Law.

He said that the delay in signing the anti-open grazing bill in the state follows the need to craft an implementable law that will put an end to the growing security and economic challenges in the state.

According to him, “We are one of the few states that have not signed the the bill into law, and the reason is simple to sign a law is very simple, it doesn’t make sense to put out a law you cannot enforce.

“The best way of enforcing a law is to bring everybody together to be part of for that law. We have a crisis in our country, it is deeply rooted, there are different causes why these are happening, let us go to the root of the causes and resolve it from the there.

“People have said that we have lived a hundred years together in harmony before now, why are we now having this problem today.

“If we don’t go to the reason why, then we will be scratching the surface, let us start by understanding why we are having this challenge. To sign a law is very easy, it doesn’t make sense to put out a law that you cannot enforce.

“The anti-grazing law in my view is to deal with some perception, I just want to tell you that this is not an issue between Christians and Muslims, it is not an issue between North and South, it is not an issue between Edo people and Fulani people.

“As long as we have decided that we will eat meats and drink milk, we will now have sit down and rearrange the business on how we will get the people who are producing the meat on how the must organize themselves.

“Let us not play politics with this issue, let us deal with this issue honestly and openly, there are security implications, because some people have now joined and using these herders to perpetrate insecurity.

“My worry is that if we don’t celebrate them, to understand that the business in cattle herding is separate, so that we can know those people who are using cattle rearing to perpetrate crime and insecurity in our state we will be missing the point.

“There are people who are doing their legitimate businesses of cattle herding and producing meat and their criminals who wants to destablized our country and our state,” he said.

In his contribution, the Representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Edo, Rev. Oriakhi Davies, said that cattle rearing is a private business and anybody interested in the business should go and acquire land for such businesses.

Davies suggested ranching as an alternative for open grazing, adding that governments should create cattle feed or import cattle feed for cattle herders to purchase such feed from government.

Also speaking, the State Chairman of cattle dealers, Alhaji Saad Ahmed, said that about 45 per cent of cows consumed in Benin comes directly from the North.

Ahmed appealed to the governor to take everybody equal irrespective of their religion and beliefs, saying that God has blessed Edo where they have been leaving without any trouble.

He stressed that most of the challenges caused by herders are from those who are coming from far part of the North to Edo.


GirlChild: Women can lead at hightest levels when given opportunity –Saraki

Former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki says #girlchild is a blessing to families and communities with their underlying strength which knows no bound.

Saraki, who joined the global community to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child day while sharing a photo with his daughters, added that when women are given the opportunity, they can drive great ideas at any levels.

“Today, across the nation and the world, individuals, families, communities, and organizations are lending their voices to acknowledge and celebrate the significance of the #GirlChild,” he wrote on Facebook.

“As a #GirlDad, who has been blessed with beautiful daughters; as a husband to an extraordinary wife; and a son to a remarkable mother, I have witnessed first-hand the strength that women have to drive great ideas and lead at the highest levels — when they are given the opportunity.

“This is why, as we observe the 2021 #DayOfTheGirl, it is my prayer that across Nigeria more leaders and institutions will join in the global efforts to support our young girls — so that they too can have equal access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts.”

International Day of the Girl Child or Day of Girls, declared by the United Nations to support more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.

Meanwhile, the loving dad and Kwara ex-governor had earlier said one of his daughters was studying to become a medical doctor like him, just as he followed his father Olusola Saraki’s footstep, resonating his believe that women can dream big and follow their passion just as men do.

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President Buhari approves N13.3bn for Community Policing Initiative

President Buhari approves N13.3bn for Community Policing Initiative

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N13.3billion for the take-off of the Community Policing initiative across the country.

The president made this known at the opening of a two-day Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat organised to assess progress made towards the achievement of the nine key priorities of his administration on Monday in Abuja.

Buhari stated that the approval was part of measures to consolidate efforts aimed at enhancing security nationwide.

“We have also approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the take-off of the Community Policing initiative across the country, as part of measures adopted to consolidate efforts aimed at enhancing security nationwide,’’ he said.

He also announced that the Ministry of Defence had been instructed to create a modest military industrial complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces.

The president explained that the establishment of the industrial complex would address Nigeria’s over-dependence on other countries for military equipment and logistics.

According to him, the project is being implemented under the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a military department responsible for arms manufacture.

On other efforts to strengthen national security, the president said it was gratifying to note that Nigeria had received six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.

He said the propeller-driven aircraft are being used for training, surveillance and attack by the military.

‘‘As part of the efforts towards strengthening our national security, we have increased investments in arms, weapons and other necessary equipment; expanded the National Command and Control Centre to nineteen states of the Federation; and established a Nigerian Police Trust Fund, which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force.

‘‘We have also approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the take-off of the Community Policing initiative across the country, as part of measures adopted to consolidate efforts aimed at enhancing security nationwide,’’ he said.

On the Petroleum Industry Act signed into law on 16 August, the president reiterated his directive to the Implementation Committee to complete all processes for the successful operationalisation of the Act within 12 months.



My daughter following my footsteps to become a doctor just as I followed my father’s– Saraki

Former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has revealed his daughter is in the medical school, taking his footsteps just as he followed his father Olusola Saraki’s footsteps.
Saraki revealed this in Abuja during the health summit organized by the Nigerian Medical Students Association, adding that he discovered his direction to become a medical doctor while he was 12-year old because of the family’s passion to lend helping hands to the needy.
He said, “In my family, being a medical doctor has always been about lending a helping hand to those who are in need. When I was 12-years old, I discovered that I wanted to be a medical doctor — because, Oloye, my late father, was one.
“Many years later, when she was about the same age, one of my daughter’s, who is now in her fourth year of medical school, declared that she too wanted to be a medical doctor someday.
“This is why, earlier today, as I spoke to the members of the Nigerian Medical Students Association at their 2021 Health Summit, which was held at Baze University in Abuja, I was proud to witness the brilliance of the next generation of medical professionals — young and inspiring student-leaders who have shown the capacity to organize each other around the urgent healthcare-related issues that affect us all as Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, both the former Senate President and the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, have opposed the candidacy of David Mark in becoming the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), despite his endorsement by the governors and the board of trustees
David Mark, who was also a former Senate President, might disrupt their political calculations when it comes to zoning as because of their presidential ambition. They are all from Northern zone and Mark might be too strong willed and uncompromising when he becomes chairman.

Police warns EndSARS protesters against marking anniversary

The Lagos state police command has warned residents in the state against staging any protest to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest in the state.

Last October, youths across Nigeria took to the streets to demand an end to police brutality. The protest took a violent turn after it was hijacked by thugs.

In a statement released by its spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the state police command says credible intelligence at its disposal indicates that some youths, individuals or groups were planning to embark on protest in commemoration of one year anniversary of ENDSARS.

The command says Lagosians and indeed Nigerians cannot afford to relive the distasteful experience of last year’s protest which caused “pain, anguish, needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of public and private property.” The command warned individuals or groups who may want to stage an anniversary protest to jettison the idea now or face the full weight of the law

”In view of the volatility of the present situations in the country, and the breakdown of law and order which the planned protest might cause, the Lagos State Police Command sternly warns against any form of protest today.

The Command wishes to use this medium to warn the youths, groups, or associations planning such protest to jettison the idea forthwith. The police in the state will not fold their arms and allow some misguided elements disrupt the peace and serenity currently being enjoyed in the state.

To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest.

Therefore, parents and guardians are advised to warn their children against participating in the planned protest. Individuals or groups sponsoring such protest are also warned in their own interest to desist from such unpatriotic plan or face the full weight or wrath of the law.”

Ajisebutu added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu assures all law-abiding residents of the state to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of harassment or intimidation. Adequate, additional security measures have been put in place to ensure the protection of their lives and property today and even beyond.


Sunday Igboho: I hate to be your friend and brother— Reno Omokri slams Fani-Kayode

Reno Omokri has slammed the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, for withdrawing support for the Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho and his cause.

Barely six months ago Fani-Kayode had publicly declared support for Yoruba nation and told Sunday Igboho he was behind him, not until when the latter was hunted down and arrested in Benin Republic.

FELLOW PRESS reported that the former minister decamped to the rulling All Progrosive Congress and since then his notion and perspective in supporting the Yoruba soverign nation have changed.

Reno Omokri accused Fani-Kayode for not felicitating with Sunday Igboho on his birthday, whilst he called him his brother and friend 6 months ago.

Taken to Social media, the activist Omokri wrote, “Dear Femi Fani-Kayode,  6 months ago, you called Sunday Adeyemo, AKA Igboho “my brother”. You also called his cause just, and said he is the type of leader the Yoruba need. Sunday Adeyemo responded by saying that he trusted you and had given you the right hand of fellowship.

“Sadly, it seems you have forgotten your brother so soon. Today is his birthday. No word from you. Nothing. Just silence. Imagine how your ‘brother’ will feel in that cold Celo your new friend, Buhari, has made the government of Benin Republic put him.

“I also recall that your other friend and brother, Nnamdi Kanu, marked his birthday two weeks ago, on September 25, 2021. And the same thing happened. A very loud silence.  I will very much hate to be your “friend and brother”

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IPOB bans rearing and consumption of ‘Fulani’ cattle in South-East

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has banned rearing and consumption of ‘Fulani’ cattle in Igboland.

Mazi Chika Edoziem, Head of IPOB’s Directorate of State stated that the “ban takes complete effect six months from 08/10/2021.”

Edoziem said from April 8, 2022, only the local breed would “be consumed and used for all ceremonies in Biafraland.”

The statement read; “8th April 2022 is the date. From that date, no more Fulani Cow shall be allowed into Biafraland for any reason, not for burials, title taking, weddings etc.

“Only Efi Igbo (Local Cow) shall be consumed and used for all ceremonies in Biafraland.”

He claimed that the decision was taken following constant attacks on Igbos by suspected Fulani herdsmen, resulting in killing and raping of South-East women and other forms of assaults.


Association seeks support for women in leadership positions

Association seeks support for women in leadership positions
The Abuja and North chapter of the Queen’s College Old Girls Association (QCOGA) has called for more support for women vying for leadership position politically and in private organisations.

The association’s President, Mrs Ifeuko Omoigui-Okauru made the call during a 10km walk, in Abuja on Sunday as part of activities to celebrate its 94th Founder’s Day.

Omoigui-Okauru emphasised the need for such support to also be extended to women vying for political positions ahead of the 2023 general election.

She stressed on the need to support the Girl-Child education.

According to her, women if given the opportunity will excel above expectations and record successes in anything they venture into due to their hardwork, diligence, empathy and commitment.

” We are here to support our members and celebrate our members who are doing various things in the society; leaders in the advancement of women, leaders in education, banking, law, consultancy and government.

“And also to propagate the spirit of having women in position, in politics.

“We should be shooting for a woman president, a woman vice president.

“All these should be on the table and that is why we walk to celebrate that day to honour that day and to put on the table that girl child education is critical for the society,”she said.

The president also said investing in the Girl-Child education from the formative years brought out their potentials and prepared them for leadership positions.

She noted that access to education for the Girl-Child empowered and made them less vulnerable to Gender Based Violence and other harmful traditional practices affecting the girl child.

“Invest in Girl-Child education because the beginning of leadership of a woman begins with how she starts in primary school, secondary school.

” It doesn’t start when you are in the University or when you are working. The seeds are planted when you are young, in the home,”she said.

Omoigui-Okauru further said that the association was also gathering funds to support some earmarked projects in the school as well as assist members in need.

Dr Salamatu Hussaini-Sulaiman, member, Board of Trustees, QCOGA said that the essence of creating the school and many others was to enhance unity amongst the diverse cultures in the country.

Hussaini-Sulaiman attributed the lack of unity and poor standard of education in the country to inadequate funding, insecurity, corruption and poor leadership.

” At the time we went to school, there was security, our parents were comfortable leaving us to travel to Queens College in Lagos from Kebbi where I come from.

” But now you can hardly find a parent agreeing to send his child unsupervised as everybody wants to keep their child near them because of insecurity, “she said.

The board member said there was urgent need to adopt strategies to end security challenges affecting the nation due to its devastating effects on the education sector.

” The issue of security is a general one and it is not only in schools but the entire country.

“Unless insecurity situation is addressed, it is going to deter the progress of this country, education , industry and even the Federal Government civil service,” she said.

However, Ms Ginika Ezeoke, Assistant Secretary of the association said the 10km walk was an opportunity for the old students to bond, interact and exchange ideas that would enhance the development of the school.

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kwara cleric justifies brutally beating Arabic students in viral video

Kwara cleric justifies brutally beating Arabic students in a viral video

One of the clerics in Musbaudeen Al Islamy Arabic School, Ganmo in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State have justified the brutalisation of some students of the Arabic school.

The students, five males and a female in their teens, were seriously flogged by their senior colleagues, as seen in viral videos circulating on social media.

Nigerians on Sunday condemned the treatment meted out to the students as some called for legal actions.

Reacting in another video, a cleric of the school said the flogging of the learners was in accordance with Islamic teachings.

He said the punishment was to put the students aright, saying their parents approved the severe flogging.

According to him, the five boys and the only girl among them went to a nightclub, where they shared videos of themselves with alcoholic drinks and a half-nude lady.

“Some parents called us, blaming us that we were not looking after their children who are kept under our care. They said we should check social media.

“We saw them in a club pouring Trophy beer on one of them to celebrate his birthday. In fact, a lady was with them and they were hugging her.

“This saddened us, especially with what their parents said against us. That’s why we gave them that kind of punishment.

“Those who are drinkers may not see anything bad what these children did. But to us, it’s very bad. We punished some four days ago and others three days ago. We don’t usually flog them. But their parents called us and some have assured us that they would stand with us to any length,” he said.


FAAN trains 121 aviation security personnel

FAAN trains 121 aviation security personnel
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has completed the training of 121 aviation security officers.

This is contained in a statement by General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, on Saturday in Lagos.

Yakubu said that the security officers were drawn from Abuja, Maiduguri, Yola, Jos, Gombe, Dutse and Sokoto.

Others came from Zaria, Kaduna, Kebbi, Makurdi and Katsina airports.

She said that the personnel were taken through the mandatory six weeks Security Training Programme 123 Basic Course, which was both intellectual and physical.

According to her, “Some of the topics taken during the course include overview of legislation, access control, people and vehicle, airport emergency (Basic fire prevention).

Others were screening procedures, x-ray image interpretation, effective communication, protection of parked aircraft, cargo and mail security and first aid training, among others.

Yakubu said: “In accordance with the requirements of the National Civil Aviation Security Training Programme (NCASTP), the trainees all attained the 70 per cent pass mark before graduating”.