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- #EndSARS Protests: Buhari Calls For Calm, Orders IGP To Address Nigerians’ Concerns
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to address the concerns of Nigerians. The President’s directives followed the ongoing protests against brutality and extortion by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). In a series of tweets on Friday, President Buhari ordered the police chief to reform SARS nationwide after meeting with the police chief.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice,” he said. “I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known. “I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
- #EndSARS: Protests Against Police Brutality, Extra-Judicial Killings Enter Day 3
The campaign against police brutality and extra-judicial killings continued on Friday with young Nigerians occupying the entrance of Lagos State House of Assembly Complex. The protesters, who spent the night at the entrance of the complex demanded an immediate response and immediate disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives. On Friday morning, the youths assembled and chanted solidarity songs. Others continued with ‘END SARS!’ ‘END SARS!’ chants as they demanded an audience of the lawmakers. The youths decried harassment encountered in the hands of SARS operatives, lamenting the rate at which many young creatives are being battered and killed by trigger-happy police officers. “We are not here to submit a petition, we are here to get results. So 15 persons are going in,” one of the protesters said as the lawmakers later addressed them and invited their delegates to discuss their demands on the floor of the House.
The lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency, Desmond Elliot, during the discussion of the demands of the campaigners said, “It has gone beyond having hotlines or doing reforms. We really need to look into it. Nigeria Police are working for the people. If the (SARS) unit is working for the people and the people are calling for it to be disbanded, then let us do what they are saying.” The Deputy Speaker in his contribution called on the Senate to institute a public probe on the extrajudicial killings of innocent Nigerian youths. End SARS protests were held in various locations across Nigeria on Wednesday, however, while many thought the noontime demonstrations would be all for the day, a group of young people led by Mr Debo Adebayo, a comedian popularly known as Mr Macaroni, stormed the premises of the Lagos Assembly, asking that the lawmakers pass legislation that will see to the disbandment of the SARS unit in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
- IGP Bans FSARS, Other Police Tactical Squads From Routine Patrols
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force from embarking on routine patrols. This IGP’s ban was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Force, Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba. The statement said the IGP “banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – with immediate effect.” The officers were warned against carrying out stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc with immediate effect. According to the Force spokesman, the IGP warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly. This, he said, included the “indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices,” adding that “they are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises.”
Mba said the “directives come against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the Force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squads hide under these guises to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads.” On Saturday 8th October, the #EndSars hashtag was the number one trend on social media app, Twitter for several hours, bringing back to the fore calls for the proper handling of rogue, high-handed police officials. The outrage appeared to have been triggered by a post from a Twitter user who said he recorded SARS officials shooting “a young boy dead at Ughelli, Delta state . . . in front of Wetland hotels. They left him for dead on the roadside and drove away with the deceased Lexus jeep.”
- IGP orders AIGs, CPs to sack and prosecute errant cops
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered Assistant Inspectors-General in charge of zonal commands and state Commissioners of Police to arrest, detain and dismiss from service any cop, who violates the rights of the citizens. He said the errant operatives should also be charged after being indicted in an orderly room trial. The IG also directed the officers to compile recent cases of abuse of power and violation of rights of the citizens by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Special Tactical Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Anti-Cultism Squad and other teams, and forward same to his office not later than Friday. The returns are to include the dates and venues of the incident, the special teams involved, details of the incidents and personnel involved, and the actions initiated by the head of the concerned commands as well as the status of the matter.
Adamu gave the directive in a letter dated October 5, 2020, titled, ‘Order and directives: Restrictions on the operations of F-SARS, SARS, IRT, STS, state anti-kidnapping units and other special units under any nomenclature that operates in mufti across all formation, zones and state commands’. The order with reference cb:4001/IGP.SEC/ABJ/V.115/911, stated, “Any police personnel that, henceforth, abuses his or her powers in a manner that degrades, endangers or threatens the lives and other fundamental rights of the citizens shall be promptly arrested, processed through our internal disciplinary machinery, and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service. “In addition, such personnel could be charged in consonance with their level of criminal liability in the instance.” The letter further directed the CP X-Squad, Force Provost Marshall and IGP Monitoring Unit to immediately coordinate and deploy joint teams to enforce the order across all the 36 state commands and the Federal Capital Territory. “Any personnel of the special units found violating the order must be arrested and escorted to the Force headquarters for appropriate actions. Weekly update on this operation must be forwarded to the office of the Inspector-General of Police for review and appropriate directives,” it added. The police boss noted that the unprofessional activities of some special operatives had continued to drag the Force into acts that “pit us against the citizens that we were engaged, paid and statutorily obligated to serve and protect.”
- Police Violations Of Young People’s Rights Unacceptable – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has frowned at the constant violation of the rights of Nigerian youths by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). “I am very concerned, in fact, very angry about what I see, happening to young men and women who are arrested, in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force,” the Vice President said when State House correspondents approached him at the Presidential Villa on Sunday afternoon. Prof Osinbajo was asked mainly about the economic challenges facing the country and Nigerians, and also the reported recent upsurge in the activities of FSARS regarding harassment of people alongside different violations of the rights of especially young Nigerians by some police officers.
In his response, the VP who had earlier held a meeting with the Inspector General of Police today at his residence said the President and himself had discussed the matter on a number of occasions noting the President’s displeasure about such reports and his resolve to ensure reforms.
According to him, such violations are “completely unacceptable because these are individuals who are meant to protect Nigerians. The arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this act ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”
- IGP Vows To See FSARS Reforms Through
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has reaffirmed his commitment to the ongoing reforms in the Nigeria Police Force especially as it concerns the activities of the Federal Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Special Tactical Units of the Force. The IGP made this known during a courtesy call on him by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare on Monday, 5th October 2020, at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja. The IGP called on the citizens to exercise patience as the reforms in FSARS et.al are still in progress, noting that all the already announced measures aimed at checkmating a future occurrence of extra-judicial activities by some personnel of FSARS and other Tactical Units of the Force will be followed to the latter.
He reiterates that some of the officers who have been found to be unruly and unprofessional in their dealings with the citizens, particularly the youth, have been arrested and are already facing disciplinary actions. In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare commended the IGP for his prompt response in tackling the issues and called for stronger collaboration and mutual understanding between the Police and the youth. He also called for regular town hall meetings at various State Commands which will involve the Police Spokespersons, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and other critical stakeholders to strengthen the synergy between the police and the citizens, especially the youth.
The IGP, while concurring with the Hon. Minister on the necessity for Town Hall meetings, a practice which he identified as a feature of community policing, reaffirmed the readiness of the Police, under his watch, to work with relevant stakeholders towards enhancing respect for the rights of the citizens and better bonding between the Police and the community at all times.
- No Authorised Checkpoint Along Kaduna-Abuja Road, State Govt Warns Travellers
The Kaduna State Government has warned travellers that the ban on security checkpoints along the Kaduna-Abuja road is still in force. In a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Arwan, the government notified citizens and travellers that there is no authorised checkpoint on the road. Aruwan said the warning followed an advisory issued by the State Security Council last years after citizens complained of the alleged erection of checkpoints by some security operatives.
“Any person or group of persons observed to be manning checkpoints along these routes at any time must be considered as carrying out illegal operations, and must be treated as such,” he said. “Road users are strictly warned NOT to show compliance with any checkpoint on this route at this time.” The state government also asked members of the public to report a violation of the directive to the Security Operation Centre on the following emergency lines: 09034000060, 08170189999.
- Pastor Adeboye Calls For The Restructuring Of Nigeria
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has added his voice to the national issue of restructuring. Speaking at a symposium to mark the 60th Independence anniversary put together by the RCCG and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute on Saturday, Pastor Adeboye said restructuring Nigeria must be done as soon as possible prevent a disintegration. The cleric, as quoted by Punch Newspaper, said: “Why can’t we have a system of government that will create what I will call the United States of Nigeria? Let me explain. We all know that we must restructure. It is either we restructure or we break, you don’t have to be a prophet to know that one. That is certain – restructure or we break up.
“Now, we don’t want to break up, God forbid. In the restructuring, why don’t we have a Nigerian kind of democracy? At the federal level, why don’t we have a President and a Prime Minister?” Adeboye also added that the place of traditional rulers must be re-evaluated as they are “the actual landlords” that “control the respect of their people”.
- Restructuring: We Will Not Succumb To Pressure – Presidency
The Presidency on Sunday said it will not respond to comments suggesting Nigeria is on the brink of disintegration if it does not “do one thing or another.” According to a statement released by Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President will only work “through and in line with the Parliamentary processes to finding solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of the nation and its people.”
Shehu’s statement comes after influential cleric, Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Saturday said restructuring must be done as soon as possible prevent a national disintegration. “The Presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the President to do one thing or another or else, in their language, ‘the nation will break up,’” Shehu’s statement said.
“This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis. “Repeat: this administration will not take any decision against the interests of 200 million Nigerians, who are the President’s first responsibility under the constitution, out of fear or threats especially in this hour of health crisis. “The President as an elected leader under this constitution will continue to work with patriotic Nigerians, through and in line with the Parliamentary processes to finding solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of the nation and its people.”
- Buhari Calls For NASS Support To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for support and synergy from the National Assembly in lifting 100million Nigerians from poverty in the next 10 years. The President made this call on Monday during a joint Executive-Legislative Leadership Retreat which held at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja. According to him, the synergy is necessary to enable the government to easily realize development goals, and respond to changes in the economy faster like the COVID-19 that necessitated the review of the 2020 budget.
“There can only be one Government in a nation at a time and officials both elected and appointed in the Executive or Legislative arm must all be working for the peace, unity and development of our country,” President Buhari said “Similarly, I unveiled a (9) Nine-Point Priority Development Agenda of this administration aimed at improving the livelihood of Nigerians within the next three years. “These include: building a thriving and sustainable economy; enhancing social inclusion and reducing poverty; enlarging agricultural output for food security and export and attaining energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products.”
- El-Rufai Appoints Ahmed Bamalli As New Emir Of Zazzau
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has approved the appointment of Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. This was announced in a statement by the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Jafaru Sani, on Wednesday. Bamalli succeeds the late 18th Emir Shehu Idris who died on September 20, 2020 after reigning for 45 years. Bamalli is the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years. His grandfather Emir Dan Sidi, who died in 1920, was the last person from the house to sit on the throne.
Until his appointment as Emir of Zazzau, Bamalli held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau and served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to Myanmar. He has been a permanent commissioner in the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission in 2015. He has worked in banking and as Executive Director and later acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Corporation. He was a staff of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency before a stint as head of Human Resources at MTel, the mobile communications arm of the old Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL).
- Alpha-Beta got over N150bn commission on Lagos revenue – Ex-MD
A former Managing Director of Alpha-Beta Consulting LLP, Oladapo Apara, says the firm has got over N150 billion as 10 per cent commission for “computing, tracking and reconciling” Lagos State’s Internally Generated Revenue since the year 2000. Apara also claimed that the consulting firm, which was floated in the year 2000, is being operated by a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, through proxies. He claimed that the business model was his brainchild but was hijacked, as Tinubu, who was then Lagos Governor, allegedly insisted on 70 per cent shareholding by his two nominees as a pre-condition to give approval. Apara stated these in a suit he filed at the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, seeking to recover “all the sums adjudged to be due to the claimant,” from the revenues so far made by Alpha-Beta. He wants the money paid with 10 per cent interest.
The 1st-3rd defendants in the suit are Alpha-Beta Consulting LLP, Tinubu, and the firm’s current MD, Akin Doherty, who served as the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance during Tinubu’s administration. In the suit, Apara claimed that with the deployment of technology, Alpha-Beta helped Lagos State to raise its IGR from N10 billion in 2002 to over N300 billion in 2019. In his statement of claim, he stated, “The claimant avers that the 1st defendant LLP has received from the Lagos State Government commission for its services estimated at over N150bn from 2010 till date.
“The claimant avers that despite the huge income made by the 1st defendant LLP since 2010 till present, Messrs Tunde Badejo and Akin Doherty, acting under the direction of the 2nd defendant (Tinubu), breached Clause 8 of the Partnership Agreement and denied the claimant his share of the profit from the partnership as provided in the agreement.”
- FG To Totally Close Section Of Third Mainland Bridge From Friday
The Federal Government has announced its plan to completely close a section of Third Mainland Bridge for a period of two days, for repair works. This was announced on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Joshua Popoola. The total closure of the section of the bridge will take place from midnight of Friday, October 9 to midnight of Sunday, October 11 to allow the contractor complete the first stage of casting works. The statement explained that the contractor currently carrying out repair works on the bridge is nearing completion of works on the closed section of Third Mainland Bridge and requires the total closure of both bounds of the bridge between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle to complete work.
“The total closure of this section of the bridge is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during the casting in-place of the newly installed expansion joints. This is to allow for setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength,” the statement read in part. Due to the number of expansion joints to be cast on the closed section of the bridge and the traffic situation in Lagos State, especially during the week days; the casting of the expansion joints will be in two stages to ensure that the total closure is only at the weekends, when there is less traffic plying the route. The second total closure of the section of the bridge will be communicated at a later date.
- We’ll launch radio Biafra in Daura – IPOB dares Buhari
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday dared the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop them from launching Radio Biafra in Daura, home town of the President. Their challenge came barely twenty-four hours the federal government approved N654 million for the deployment of hybrid spectrum monitoring system that would target illegal frequencies in the southern part of the country especially, the South East. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, yesterday briefed members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, how his ministry uncovered 320 frequencies being used all over the country and of this 320, 106 were illegal. Pantami said the monitoring did not cover South East. It covered five zones in the country: North East, North West, North Central, South West and South-South but South East has not been covered.
His words: “It is because of this that we presented our memo, seeking for the council’s approval of N653,886,584 to procure and deploy hybrid spectrum monitoring system that will cover the southern part of the country, most importantly the south east. “So, the council approved for the deployment and this project will go a long way in promoting safety and security and secondly, identify the usage of illegal spectrum and thirdly, enhance revenue for the federal government and fourthly, in the long run, it will create many jobs for the citizens.” Irked by this development, IPOB in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said: “for daring us, we will launch ‘radio Biafra in Daura’.
- APC states propose 6-month maternity leave, exclusive breastfeeding
States controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC) have proposed to implement six months of maternity leave as well as exclusive breastfeeding in a move to promote a framework for promoting child nutrition. The proposal was contained in a communique issued at the end of a virtual meeting of Secretaries to State Governments of APC-controlled states held under the auspices of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF. The meeting which had as its theme, ‘Developing Common Policy Initiatives on Maternal & Child Nutrition Promotion in APC States’, had the overarching objective of identifying salient and common initiatives of Maternal and Child Nutrition that can be replicated across all the APC-controlled States. Co-Chairman of PGF Governance Programme Steering Committee, Gov. Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State declared the meeting open, while Gov. Mohammed Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State declared it close. In the communique signed by Alhaji Adamu Fanini and Prof. Danladi Atu, SSGs of Jigawa and Plateau states respectively, participants said “in view of the importance of parental support for children at birth and the health of the nursing parents, the meeting recommended that APC controlled states should prioritise implementation of 180 days (6 months) maternity leave for women.
“The meeting observed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to the growth and general health of a child and therefore recommended that APC controlled states should encourage and support women to practice six months exclusive breastfeeding for children from birth”. The meeting equally noted the importance of information and how it affects the attitudes of citizens towards issues of nutrition. It, therefore, urged APC-controlled states to design a special communication strategy to raise public awareness on malnutrition and its consequences. “The meeting observed that there is no institutional framework for the implementation of programmes on food and nutrition in some states and therefore resolved that APC controlled states should set up State Committees on Food and Nutrition to relate with all FG programmes on Food and Nutrition and coordinate PGF’s implementation framework on child Nutrition in APC controlled state. “The meeting equally encouraged each APC controlled state to continually give Status Report on what currently obtains in their state with a view to creating a template that reflects the current status of each APC state on Child Nutrition and each SGS should nominate the focal person for their state to relate with the PGF Secretariat on the implementation”, the communique stated further.
- Makinde, Bode George masterminded assault against me at PDP rally in Ondo — Fayose
Former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has accused the Oyo State governor, Engr Seyi Makinde and former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George of masterminding the assault on him at the grand finale of the party’s rally for the Ondo State governorship election. The rally took place in Ondo town on Wednesday. The report had it that Fayose was assaulted at the rally by some political thugs. Fayose was said to be making his way to the podium at the campaign ground when a hoodlum moved towards him and removed his cap. Reacting through his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, the former governor said that “despite the shameful act, he won’t stop saying the truth concerning the running of the party in the Southwest zone and those who have failed to produce any result in Lagos State since 1999 will be made to retire.
He said he will make a formal report of the incident to the security agencies and the party relevant authorities, noting that it was not something to be handled with levity as security agencies will have to unravel all the thugs brought to the event and their sponsors. “That’s how late Chief Bola Ige’s cap was removed in Ile Ife, Osun State then and we all know what happened later. “So this one will not be ignored and treated as one of those things. “The masterminds had it all planned and they followed it up by celebrating what they saw as the success of their plot. They even capped it up by circulating the video. “So it was not an accident, it was planned. “But those who planned it only succeeded in advertising their ‘political myopism’ because the popularity of the brand Ayo Fayose, Osokomole cannot be rubbished by such childish act. “That they must have seen in the reaction of the people at the rally and I am sure they know that they can’t get such loud ovation even if they spend all the money in this world. “As for me, I am unperturbed and I must say it clearly that those newcomers to the PDP and their old allies, who won’t mind spoiling the image of the party to achieve their aims will not be allowed to succeed,” he said. But reacting in a statement, the Chief Press Secretary to the Oyo state governor, Taiwo Adisa said Fayose was” merely seeking attention and the governor won’t join issues with him
- US to take ‘concrete steps’ for transparent Ondo election
United States authorities on Tuesday said they will take concrete steps towards ensuring a free, fair and transparent voting process in the Ondo State governorship election. “We reiterate our hope that all participants in the democratic process, including the INEC, political parties, and the security services, will take concrete steps to ensure a peaceful election that reflects the will of the people of Ondo,” US embassy in a statement. The Ondo State governorship election takes place on Saturday, October 10.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in August released the final list of candidates and political parties contesting the governorship election. Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is seeking election alongside 16 other candidates.
Nigeria’s inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu on Monday expressed fears that the election may be full of violence from supporters of the major political parties, especially the APC and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Adamu said over 33,783 police personnel would be deployed to provide security in the state during the election. The IGP disclosed that the deployment would comprise 30,933 conventional police personnel and 2,850 special police units. The US, however, “urged all stakeholders to continue to work toward free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections in Ondo State. “The United States remains committed to the U.S.-Nigeria partnership as we work together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.”
- HURIWA urges UK, USto slam travel ban if Ondo poll is undermined
Leading rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has applauded the United States and the United Kingdom’s embassies for the concrete steps they have adopted to help Nigerians clean up her electoral system. Also, the rights group has specifically urged the U.K. and U.S. embassies to follow through with their threats to impose a visa ban on electoral officials and political actors if the weekend’s governorship election in Ondo State is undermined, just as the rights group condemned the police for failing to arrest and charge to court the hoodlums in Ondo responsible for the spate of inter-party violence that have rocked the campaigns for the Saturday’s poll.
“It would seem that those who were involved in the different armed attacks targeting candidates of All progressive congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) are persons above the law of the land,” the body said in a statement. “Why has no one been persecuted? This impunity is the reason violence against citizens from all kinds of non-state actors have continued. The Ondo State Police Command must be tasked to arrest and prosecute all political thugs because nobody is above the law of the land.” A statement emanating from the human rights body said; “HURIWA hereby appeals to young voters in Ondo State never to accept to be lured into becoming political thugs for any politician because their future should be uppermost in their minds and in their calculations. The youth who are approached to take up arms for politicians should ask the politicians to bring their own biological children and to stop attempting to destroy their future. The youths must take responsibility to ensure peaceful election in Ondo because a peaceful Ondo State ensures prosperity for them.”
- I Won’t Challenge Edo Governorship Election Result – Ize-Iyamu
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that he won’t challenge the result from the Edo Governorship Election result. In a statement signed by himself, Ize-Iyamu noted that though the election was not free and fair with pockets of violence and several cases of malfunctioning card readers, which disenfranchised duly registered voters, he would not be challenging the election to avoid further tension in the state. “These malpractices could easily form the basis to challenge the election results. “We have however decided not to commence an election petition. This is to avoid further tension in the state.
“We are also mindful that the leadership of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and many well-placed individuals have made pronouncements endorsing the process, which we have chosen to respect”.
Mr. Ize-Iyamu rather said that he would be challenging the eligibility of the PDP flagbearer, Godwin Obaseki to contest the election. “On our part, we had filed two pre-election cases against the PDP and its flagbearer challenging their eligibility to contest the election. “These are all lawful and integral parts of the electoral process in any democracy, which we must all respect and acknowledge as genuine democrats”.
- 11 Political Parties Adopt PDP Candidate In Ondo Election
Eleven out of the 17 political parties participating in the governorship election in Ondo State have resolved to support the candidate of People’s Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede in the election. The Chairman of Social Democratic Party(SDP), Ondo State Chapter, Prince Oladele Ogunbameru disclosed this while addressing a press conference on behalf of the 11 parties in Akure, the state capital. Ogunbameru informed that the decision of the parties to collapse their structures for the PDP was made at a meeting held on October 4 with the party leaders and top echelon of the PDP. He said the parties took the decision because they believe the good governance the people are yearning for can only be offered by the PDP.
The SDP Chairman said the collaboration is an organized effort to save the state from what he described as the political quagmire and undesirable socioeconomic predicament of the masses. Reacting to the development, PDP Chairman, Honourable Fatai Adams said the support from the 11 political parties indicates the acceptability of Eyitayo Jegede, which shows that the party is winning the election. The 11 political parties that adopted the PDP candidate include: Accord, AA, ADP, AAC, APGA and APM. Others are: APP, NNPP, NRM, SDP and the YPP.
- US-British Trio Win Nobel Medicine Prize For Hepatitis C Discovery
Americans Harvey Alter and Charles Rice together with Briton Michael Houghton won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, the Nobel jury said. The three were honoured for their “decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world,” the jury said. The World Health Organization estimates there to be around 70 million Hepatitis C infections globally, causing around 400,000 deaths each year. Thanks to their discovery, highly sensitive blood tests for the virus are now available and these have “essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world, greatly improving global health”, the Nobel committee said. Their discovery also allowed the rapid development of antiviral drugs directed at Hepatitis C. “For the first time in history, the disease can now be cured, raising hopes of eradicating Hepatitis C virus from the world population,” the jury said.
Prior to the trio’s work, the discovery of the Hepatitis A and B viruses had seen critical steps forward, but the majority of blood-borne hepatitis cases remained unexplained. “The discovery of Hepatitis C virus revealed the cause of the remaining cases of chronic hepatitis and made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives,” the jury said. Alter was credited for his pioneering work studying the occurrence of hepatitis in patients who had received blood transfusions, determining that their illness was neither Hepatitis A or B. Houghton built on Alter’s work to isolate the genetic sequence of the new virus. Rice subsequently completed the puzzle by using genetic engineering to prove that it was a new strain alone — Hepatitis C — that was causing patients to get sick. The trio will share the Nobel prize sum of 10 million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million, 950,000 euros). They would normally receive their prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, the anniversary of the 1896 death of scientist Alfred Nobel who created the prizes in his last will and testament. But the in-person ceremony has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, replaced with a televised ceremony showing the laureates receiving their awards in their home countries.
- Women need good nutritional status before pregnancy –Nutritionist
A Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Beatrice Ogunba, has advised women planning to get pregnant to ensure that they have good nutritional status before becoming pregnant. This, Prof. Ogunba says, is crucial in reducing malnutrition in children, stressing that malnutrition in babies starts from pregnancy.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with PUNCH HealthWise, the nutritionist affirmed that there was a strong relation between the nutritional status of women before conception and the healthy development of pregnancy. Prof. Ogunba, with specialisation in maternal and child nutrition noted that women who were anaemic before pregnancy, had higher chances of giving birth to babies with low birth weight. She explained, “Iron is key when it has to do with pregnancy. When a woman’s nutritional status is poor in pregnancy, it has implications on the development of the baby . For those that are anaemic before pregnancy, if they don’t report to hospital on time for the doctor to monitor their iron status, the chances of having a baby with low birth weight is high.
“So, it is important for women to build up their nutritional status before pregnancy. I will recommend a minimum of six months for women to begin to build their nutritional status before pregnancy by boosting their iron status for the baby to have enough iron when they are pregnant. “ It is important because in the first three months of pregnancy, most women have issues with food. Some find it difficult to eat. So, if a woman has enough iron before conception, even if she is finding it difficult to eat, the baby already has enough iron to fall back on. “The baby will not have issues with development and formation if the mother has good nutritional status before conception. But after the first trimester, the woman must continue to consume iron rich foods to boost what she has and for the baby to develop well.” The World Health Organisation says more than 80 percent of the world’s 2.5 million newborns who die every year are of low birth weight.
- Resign and go into farming, ASUU replies minister
The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday advised the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, to resign and go into farming. The Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof Ayo Akinwole, stated this in a statement in Ibadan while reacting to the minister’s criticism of the union. He said the minister’s criticism showed that he was naïve on education matters. The minister had, in an interview on Monday, said the striking lecturers should resort to farming, saying they could not dictate to their employers, how they should be paid. He had said, “Government is actually not holding anyone to ransom. It says ‘this is how I want to pay and it has to be through IPPIS (Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System)’ You can leave the employment. You can opt out of it and say ‘I no longer want to teach’. You can find other professions. What we need now are probably more farmers. “You cannot keep forcing your employer and tell him, ‘I will like you to pay me my money through my pillow. Or, ‘I will like you to pay it through this mailbox’. ASUU has a lot of complaints and dissipation around
But Akinyole described Nwajiuba’s statement as a reflection of his shallow understanding of the academic profession and the low premium the current administration placed on education. He said the minister of state had “displayed his naivety on educational matters.” He added, “If the Minister of State for Education is interested in farming, he should resign his appointment and stop displaying his cluelessness of the problems in the education sector. “We are on a just fight to ensure that those in public offices become responsive and responsible to the masses they swore to serve. They must fund public education. We have been on the same salary since 2009. That is no longer sustainable. “The universities are being run with personal sweat of lecturers while politicians siphon money for personal aggrandizement. We cannot accept the IPPIS that is against the laws of the land and which fails to recognise the uniqueness of academic profession and culture.
- FG To Investigate Alleged Diversion Of N2.67bn Meant To Feed Students
The Federal Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the alleged diversion of funds meant for a school feeding programme into individual accounts. Ministry spokesman Ben Bem Goong revealed this in a statement on Tuesday. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had earlier reported that the sum of N2.67 billion released to the 104 Unity Colleges during the COVID-19 lockdown for meal subsidies found its way into individual accounts. “In response to queries issued by the Federal Ministry of Education, the Principals explained that payments on meal subsidies to Unity Colleges on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, (GIFMIS) platform is designed to accommodate individual officers of those colleges who are officially recognized to receive such payments and disburse same to food vendors,” the Education Ministry statement said.
“This followed difficulties encountered by farmers, local food vendors and market women who do not have Tax Identification Numbers (TIN), PENCOM and other requirements to access the payment platform. “The Principals also explained that payments made during the lockdown period had to do with debts owed food vendors even before COVID 19, some of which are still pending, adding that these debts arose from irregular and inadequate budgetary allocations and releases over the years. “The investigation is to establish the veracity of the claims to ensure that there is no diversion of public funds or misappropriation of same. “To this end, the Ministry in line with the Ministers directive is to collaborate effectively with officials of the ICPC to unearth the facts as well as find a lasting solution to the payment system for meal subsidies that will ensure accountability and transparency.”
- SANNU, NASU BEGIN 14-DAY WARNING STRIKE OVER ALLEGED INCONSISTENCIES IN IPPIS
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities has directed its members to proceed on a 14-day warning strike from today (Monday) over alleged inconsistencies in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, non-payment of the arrears of the national minimum wage and the failure of the government to pay the earned allowances. The union also hinged its decision on the non-payment of retirement benefits to its members, lack of seriousness and delay by the government in the re-negotiation of the 2009 SSANU/Federal Government Agreement. The SSANU, in a statement on Sunday by its President, Samson Ugwoke, explained that the strike was a prelude to a full-blown, indefinite industrial action if the grievances were not addressed by the government.
It alleged usurpation of the headship of the non-teaching units by academic staff members “in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures,” corruption in the university system and non-constitution of visitation panels for the universities in line with the laws and neglect and poor funding of state universities. The statement said, “Following the recent directives from the National Universities Commission to Vice-Chancellors for the immediate resumption/safe reopening of universities, you are hereby directed to commence a 14-day warning strike effective from October 5 to 19, 2020.”
- FG’s lies won’t end ASUU strike, says chairman
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the alleged lies and propaganda employed by the Federal Government against the union will not force it to suspend the strike action. The union denied the claim by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, that it had suspended the six-month-old strike, saying such lies by the Federal Government officials would worsen the situation rather than bringing solution to the crisis. The Chairman, ASUU, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement on Sunday also stressed that the union would not suspend the strike until the government addressed the union’s demands which include improved funding of tertiary institutions.
The statement read, “As of today, October 4, 2020, ASUU members are being owed three months salaries. In some universities like MOAU and UNIMAID our members have not received salary for up to six months. “The Federal Government, through the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, has criminally withheld five months’ (February to June, 2020) check-off deducted from our members’ salaries without remittance to the union. The government has forcefully enlisted our members into the National Housing Fund scheme and has consistently been illegally deducting money for this from our members’ salaries. “Our ongoing total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action will continue if this propaganda and lies against ASUU by appointees and representatives of the Federal Government like the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, persists.”
- Buhari Approves Special Salary Scale For Teachers, Increases Years Of Service
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for teachers and has increased years of service for educators from 35 to 40.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this on Monday in a speech delivered on behalf of the President in commemoration of World Teacher’s Day. Mr. Adamu stated that the gesture is aimed at encouraging teachers to give their best. According to the minister, President Buhari also increased the number of service years for teachers from 35 to 40.
World Teachers’ Day is also known as International Teachers Day, is an international day held annually on October 5. Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is a standard-setting instrument that addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world. This recommendation outlines standards relating to education personnel policy, recruitment, and initial training as well as the continuing education of teachers, their employment, and working conditions. World Teachers’ Day aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
- School Reopening: FG To Deploy 60,000 Environmental Officers To Monitor COVID-19 Compliance
The Federal Government has announced plans to deploy 60,000 Environmental Health Emergency Volunteers to schools in 774 Local Government Areas across the country. The Minister of Environment, Mohammad Abubakar who made this announcement on Monday in Abuja said the deployment is to ensure that the guidelines of the COVID-19 protocols are strictly adhered to as schools reopen on October 12. Abubakar said the health officers will be assisting the schools to adopt basic safety measures which include hand washing, compulsory use of face mask, temperature checks as well as physical distancing. “As a major stakeholder, the Ministry of the environment is set to play its role in the entire chain of events in school reopening.
“We shall be activating 6,000 of such volunteers to cover schools in all the 774 local governments in the Federation,” the Minister said: The 6,000 volunteers will be working with stakeholders at the national level with guidelines and there will be monitoring and evaluation by the Federal Government to ensure strict compliance of health protocols by schools across the country. Abubakar also said the volunteers will be employed based on their previous performance while carrying out examination surveillance. The Federal Government, last week ordered unity schools in the country, earlier closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to reopen on October 12th, 2020. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while making the announcement said the decision was reached after due consultations with stakeholders and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
- Makinde, Fayemi, Oyo NUT commend teachers’ contributions
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has lauded teachers in the state for their dedication and support to his administration, especially in the battle to contain the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, and made available to newsmen, the state government saluted Oyo teachers for being partners in the drive to promote qualitative education in the state. He urged them not to relent in working towards returning Oyo State back to its rightful position in academic excellence among other states in Nigeria.
In the same vein, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described teachers as major stakeholders in the drive towards nation-building, adding that government policies in the education sector cannot succeed without the unflinching support and co-operation of teachers. Fayemi, who stated this at the 2020 World Teachers’ Day celebration in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, urged the teachers to brace up for the task of rebuilding the school system, which had been under lockdown in the last six months. The governor spoke just as the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Samuel Olugbesan, and Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Mr. Sola Adigun, in separate presentations, commended the governor for his giant strides in the education sector.
However, the Oyo State chapter of the NUT has urged teachers not to relent in contributing their quota to the development of education in the state. The state’s NUT Chairman, Adedoyin Tojuade, in his message to the teachers, lauded their dedication, commitment, and selflessness towards the profession, urging them to keep up the good works.
- Depressed economy will bounce back – Buhari
Nigeria’s economy which has been projected to go into recession this quarter will return to recovery next year, the President said on Thursday.
President Muhammadu Buhari raised the hope when he presented the 2021 budget estimates for Federal lawmakers consideration. He tagged the N13.08 trillion estimates “Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience”. Buhari said: “The Nigerian economy is currently facing serious challenges, with the macroeconomic environment being significantly disrupted by the Coronavirus Pandemic. “Real Gross Domestic Product (‘GDP’) growth declined by 6.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2020. “This ended the three-year trend of positive, but modest, real GDP growth recorded since the second quarter of 2017.
“I am glad to note that through our collective efforts, our economy performed relatively better than that of many other developed and emerging economies.” According to the President, the economy may slip because the “GDP growth is projected to be negative in the third quarter of this year. As such, our economy may relapse into the second recession in four years, with significant adverse consequences”. He added: “We are working assiduously to ensure a rapid recovery in 2021. We remain committed to implementing programmes to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.”
- In 6 Months, Oyo Govt Records 26.4% Growth In IGR Despite COVID-19
Oyo state’s Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) in the last six months increased by 26.4 percent. In 2019, the state made N7.4 billion as IGR, and by the end of 2019 raked N26.7 billion as revenue. The increase may be as a result of the inability of the state government to shut down its economy at the peak of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday showed that Oyo state is one of the States with an increase in IGR when compared to 2019 half-year, amidst ravaging coronavirus. Analysis of the figures showed that the Oyo state government generated N17.7 billion in the 6 months and received N24.8 billion from the Federal government. With this, the state still relies on federal allocation to sustain its activities.
For the Internally generated revenue, the state raked in the highest revenue from Pay As You Earn (PAYE), amounting to N12.9 billion, N2.4 billion from MDAs, and N1.6 billion from other taxes. With the N17.7 billion IGR in the last six months, the state government may not be on course to meet the N20 billion monthly IGR. The government had promised to take the state from a Civil Service-propelled economy to an agro-business-driven economy and achieve about N20billion IGR target before Governor Makinde’s tenure expires.
- Lagos charts new economic growth phase with Ehingbeti
The Lagos State Government is building a new and sustainable growth phase where private sector input on the state’s developmental plans will be sought and implemented. To achieve this, the Lagos Economic Summit Group (LESG) will be organising the Lagos Economic Summit tagged ‘Ehingbeti 2020’ where private sector input will be sought for sustained socio-economic development of the state. The event is scheduled to hold from November 10 to 12, with the theme: ‘For a Greater Lagos: Setting The Tone For The Next Decade’. Ehingbeti 2020’ will provide a robust platform for deliberations on pragmatic optimisation of the inherent opportunities in Lagos and offer perspectives on how to manage the peculiar socio-economic landscape of the state in the coming decade. The three-day summit, which will be a hybrid of virtual and live events, will draw participation from various sectors of the economy and across the globe.
The group has also refreshed the Ehingbeti logo to reflect the contemporary outlook of the annual summit without disconnecting from the economic heritage of the Marina and Broad Street areas of Lagos, which served as the springboard for Nigerian and West African economic development since the European incursion in the 15th century. Unveiling the new logo, Co-Chair of the ‘Ehingbeti 2020’ Steering Committee and former Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Olayemi Cardoso, said: “This new Ehingbeti logo is an embodiment of meanings and expression of the LESG ideals. The convergence of colours in the logo connotes the essence of Ehingbeti as a participatory forum for integrating local and international stakeholders to exchange ideas and chart a path for the socio-economic development of Lagos State.
- Nigerian economy unstable, directionless under Buhari – Nigerian Economic Society
The Nigerian Economic Society on Tuesday berated the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari over its handling of the economy, which it said was directionless and unstable. The President of the NES, Prof Sarah Anyanwu, who stated this when she led members of the society on a visit to the Senate Minority Caucus, lamented that Buhari’s regime excluded economists from its economic management team. She noted that members of the NES were in the past included in the economic management team for the required professional advice and guidance on whatever economic policy the Federal Government adopted. “However, the exclusion of economists from the National Economic Management Team under the present administration has glaringly shown in the adverse effects on the economy, which those who can read the indices and indicators correctly, can see is nose-diving .
She, however, urged the National Assembly to expedite actions on consideration and prompt passage of the bill which NES forwarded to both chambers early in the year.
The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, in his response, said he was not surprised by the parlous state of the nation’s economy since those managing it had little or no knowledge on how to make it vibrant. He, however, assured the NES members that their bill, already before both chambers of the National Assembly, would be considered. But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in an interview with newsmen said contrary to what the group wanted Nigerians to believe, the Presidential Economic Advisory Council consisted of the best 11 economists in the country. Shehu said the group, probably in its assessment, was mistakenly referring to the former economic management team which had since been dissolved and replaced with the Economic Advisory Council chaired by Prof Doyin Salami. The presidential spokesman said as far as the economy was concerned, this government has the best team and members are working day and night with the President. “They are not making noise on television because they are working with the President. “You said the group claimed that the economy is nosediving. Is there any economy, from the United States to the United Kingdom, that did not nosedive during this COVID-19 pandemic? “I make bold to say that this team has the best 11 economists as its members.” Director of Programes, YIAGA Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, in an interview with nwesmen said Nigeria was in dire need of leaders or decision-makers who had the requisite capacities and competencies “to perform required the arduous task of reviving our economy.
- US arbitration tribunal frees Nigeria of $1.5bn liability, says Malami
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute in the United States of America has relieved Nigeria of a $1.5bn liability in connection with a contract agreement involving two oil firms, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement issued on behalf of the AGF by his spokesperson, Dr Umar Gwandu, stated that the tribunal headed by Prof. William Park, had in its decision delivered earlier on Tuesday ruled that Nigeria did not breach any of its obligations in the contract. It added that the tribunal ordered the two oil firms, Interocean Development Company and Interocean Oil Exploration Company, to pay the Federal Government of Nigeria the sum of $660,129.87 as reimbursement of Nigeria’s share of the arbitration costs incurred in the proceedings.
The statement read in part, “The oil companies that has among its legal team, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN requested, among others, relief from the Tribunal directing the Federal Government of Nigeria, its relevant privies and instrumentalities to pay aggravated damages in an amount to be proven during these arbitral proceedings which the Claimants estimate at being in excess of US$ 1.5 billion (One Billion Five hundred Million United States Dollars).” The statement quoted part of the judgement as reading, “The Tribunal finds no liability on the part of Respondent in connection with Claimants’ loss of control over their investment, Pan Ocean”. Reacting to the judgment, Malami described the judgment as “an addition to the multiple success stories recorded in international litigations by the Federal Ministry of Justice.”
- F.G considers tax holiday for maritime to cushion COVID-19 effect
Poised to stimulate investment and boost activities amid the downturn induced by COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Transportation is seeking a package of tax incentives for the in the maritime sector. The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh, told the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in Abuja, that the move will further support the growth of the sector. He said many governments around the globe have introduced massive tax reduction or elimination to spur activities in key sectors, and rev up their economies during the coronavirus pandemic. “The maritime sector is critical in the growth and development of transportation and, by extension, international trade in the country. Thus, the need for Federal Government-oriented programmes and stimulus packages to deliver a response that catalyses sustainable economic development cannot be overemphasised.” Jamoh stated.
The proposed incentives include zero import duty for brand new vessels imported by Nigerians or Nigerian shipping companies for use in foreign or domestic trade, and 0.5 per cent only import duty for vessels aged between one and five years intended for use in foreign or domestic trade.
Others are a one per cent only import duty for vessels aged between five and eight years intended for use in foreign or domestic trade; and zero import duty for parts or components imported by Nigerian shipyards for local shipbuilding. This will last for an initial period of four years after which it can be reviewed by the government. He said the proposals are expected to give the sector the vibrancy it needs for growth, given the importance of the Nigerian maritime sector to the entire sub-Saharan African region. He emphasised that Nigeria accounted for more than 65 per cent of the entire shipping trade of the sub-African continent, and is also the largest producer and exporter of oil and gas in the continent, and Africa’s largest economy. It is noteworthy that the maritime sector is a crucial energizer of economic growth and development, as it facilitates trade between countries. The Nigerian economy has witnessed substantial growth in the last two decades owing to reforms that boosted private investment in the maritime industry.
- Lagos Assembly seek provision of SME hub
Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to create Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) hubs in the three senatorial districts across the state. The Assembly said this would make life more meaningful, and also assist in helping youths to channel their energies towards productive use instead of crime and other atrocities. In a Motion titled: “Call on the State Government to Establish Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Commercial Hubs In All The Senatorial Districts of Lagos State,” moved by Ganiyu Okanlawon (Kosofe 1 Constituency), during plenary, the legislator said the decision if well-implemented would make life more meaningful and abundant as the MSMEs grow.
He noted that what helped a country like China was when they clustered SMEs, saying, “the Chinese conceived the idea of one village one SME, one town one industry.” “We can establish commercial hubs in the state. In places such as Epe, Ibeju Lekki, and others, they will go into fishing. In a place like Badagry, they grow coconut, and we can support them to grow. We can do over 100 products from coconut.” While commending Governor Sanwo-Olu, the House called on him to call on the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry to create SME hubs in the different senatorial districts in the state, and to provide the necessary structure for their survival.
- Zamfara govt begins own gold reserve
Zamfara government says it has started its gold reserve to reduce dependence on federal allocations. The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabiu Garba, told newsmen in Gusau on Tuesday that, although, there was a federal government ban on mining activities in the country, “the state government was able to purchase the commodity from licensed miners. “At the moment, we have a pure gold reserve of over 30 kilos and as time goes by, we will continue to invest in this regard so that, like other states and other nations, we will be having our mineral reserves and ours will be in gold.
“When the ban is lifted and mining activities resume fully, we are hopeful that we will be receiving royalties from miners while the federal government will also be giving us something.” He explained that the gold reserve would continue to be strengthened and maintained by the state government and would only be used at the right time. Zamfara state is one of the states of the federation blessed with abundant solid minerals which are largely being exploited by illegal miners from within and outside the country.
- World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme on Friday for feeding millions of people from Yemen to North Korea, with the coronavirus pandemic pushing millions more into hunger. The WFP was “a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”, Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said on unveiling the winner in Oslo. “This is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand-in-hand,” the Rome-based organisation said on Twitter. Founded in 1961, the UN body helped 97 million people last year, distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries.
Whether delivering food by helicopter or on the back of an elephant or a camel, the WFP prides itself on being “the leading humanitarian organisation” in a world where, by its own estimates, some 690 million people — one in 11 — go to bed on an empty stomach. “With this year’s award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger,” Reiss-Andersen said. “The link between hunger and armed conflict is a vicious circle: war and conflict can cause food insecurity and hunger, just as hunger and food insecurity can cause latent conflicts to flare up and trigger the use of violence. “We will never achieve the goal of zero hunger unless we also put an end to war and armed conflict.” WFP executive director David Beasley said the agency was “deeply humbled” by winning the prize, adding it had rendered him “speechless”.
- 81 year old Japanese Fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19
Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81. The family said in a statement to French media Sunday that Takada died from complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. A public relations officer for Kenzo’s brand confirmed that Takada died, but didn’t give a cause of death. “It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder,” the fashion house said in a statement. “For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry – always infusing creativity and color into the world.”
Takada’s death came at the tail end of Paris Fashion Week, whose nine-day calendar is undertaking an unusual fashion season for spring-summer 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was only days ago that the Kenzo fashion house unveiled its bee-themed collection here. Though Takada had been retired from his house since 1999 to pursue a career in art, Kenzo remains one of the most respected fixtures of high Paris fashion. Since 1993, the Kenzo brand has been owned by the French luxury goods company LVMH. “His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious,” said Kenzo artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who unveiled the bee-themed collection to fashion editors Wednesday. “His kindred spirit will live forever.” Kenzo’s styles used bold color, clashing prints and were inspired by travels all over the world.
- WHO Believes 10% Of World Has Had COVID-19, Eyes Faster Reforms
The WHO estimated Monday that 10 percent of the world has been infected by the new coronavirus — way more than has been recorded — as it mulled speeding up internal reforms. To date, more than 35 million cases of Covid-19 have been registered worldwide, including some 1.04 million who have died, according to an AFP tally based on official sources. But the World Health Organization now estimates that around a tenth of the planet’s 7.8 billion or so people have already been infected since the virus first surfaced in China late last year — more than 20 times the official count.
“Our current best estimate tells us that about 10 percent of the global population may have been infected by this virus,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a special meeting of the agency’s executive board. He stressed that infection levels varied “from urban to rural, it varies between different groups.” “But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk,” he warned.
- WTO Sees Softer-Than-Expected Global Trade Drop
Global trade, devastated by the coronavirus crisis, will shrink by less than expected this year but the rebound will also be much weaker than previously forecast, the WTO said Tuesday. Revising its prior “optimistic scenario” forecast of at least a 12.9-percent contraction in 2020, the World Trade Organization said it now expected global trade to shrink by just 9.2 percent this year. But it will then grow by only 7.2 percent next year, rather than the previous 21.3 percent estimate issued in April, the WTO added.
“World trade shows signs of bouncing back from a deep, COVID-19-induced slump, but WTO economists caution that any recovery could be disrupted by the ongoing pandemic effects,” the global trade body said in a statement. It further warned that the pace of trade expansion could slow sharply once pent-up demand is exhausted and business inventories have been replenished. More negative outcomes were also possible if there is a resurgence of the coronavirus between now and the end of the year, it said. Global gross domestic product (GDP) will fall by 4.8 percent in 2020 before rising by 4.9 percent in 2021, the WTO forecast. “Consensus estimates now put the decline in world market-weighted GDP in 2020 at minus 4.8 percent compared to minus 2.5 percent under the more optimistic scenario outlined in the WTO‘s April forecast,” the organisation said.
“GDP growth is expected to pick up to 4.9 percent in 2021, but this is highly dependent on policy measures and on the severity of the disease.”
- Friendly: Super Eagles Lose 1-0 to African Champions, Algeria
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have lost 1-0 to African champions, Algeria in a friendly match played in Klagenfurt, Austria on Friday night. Missing four of their regular players, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Ayodele-Aribo, Oghenekaro Etebo and marksman Victor Osimhen for different reasons, Nigeria had to start with an unfamiliar midfield trio of Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, debutant Frank Onyeka and Alex Iwobi, with left back Zaidu Sanusi getting Coach Gernot Rohr’s nod ahead of regular Jamilu Collins to earn his first cap.
The Fennecs started powerfully and quickly forced a corner kick in the third minute, which was bundled to safety. Three minutes later, the African champions got the lead when Ramy Bensebaini reacted faster to a loose ball from another corner kick. The goal was actually a reflection of the state of flow of the game, as the Algerians reacted faster and controlled the ball better. Friday’s encounter was the first ever friendly game between both countries, as all their previous 21 games were at competitive level.
- NFF Appoints American As New Super Falcons’ Head Coach
The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the appointment of Mr. Randy Waldrum as the new Head Coach of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons. Waldrum, an American who played as a midfielder, has been involved with the American women football circle and was also the head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national team between 2014 and 2016. He will work with former Super Falcons’ goalkeeper and captain Ann Chiejine, who is the first Assistant Coach, while Wemimo Mathew Olanrewaju will serve as second Assistant Coach and Auwar Bashir Makwalla will be goalkeepers’ trainer.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick thanked Philips Consulting, the executors of the recruitment process, and said he has confidence that the new technical crew will take the Super Eagles to brand new heights. “The predominance of the Super Falcons on the African continent has never been in doubt, with nine titles out of 11 editions of the Women AFCON competitions held so far. “We envision a new Super Falcons squad competing favourably for laurels at the global level, and I believe the new technical crew led by Mr. Waldrum can take us to that level.”
- Onuachu replaces Osimhen In Nigeria’s Squad For Algeria, Tunisia Friendlies
Genk of Belgium Paul Onuachu has been handed a late call-up for Nigeria’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia. Onuachu will take the place of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen who has been excused from the games by the Nigeria Football Federation. @victorosimhen9 has been excused from @NGSuperEagles’ games against Algeria and Tunisia. His replacement is Paul Onuachu. #Team9jaStrong #SoarSuperEagles ,” reads a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Napoli stars Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive for Covid-19 following the side’s 6-0 win against Genoa last Sunday. The entire Napoli squad, including Osimhen will self-isolate for 14 days to guide against the spread of the virus. Onuachu last featured for the Super Eagles in a friendly against former world champions Brazil in October, 2019. The 26-year-old has scored seven goals for Genk in the Belgian Pro League this season. The Super Eagles will face Algeria on October 9 before coming up against Tunisia four days later.
- PSG Sign Portugal Midfielder Pereira On Loan From Porto
French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Monday announced the loan signing of Danilo Pereira from Porto. The 29-year-old midfielder, who has won 39 caps for Portugal, has signed until June 30, 2021, with an option to buy.
Pereira made 202 appearances for Porto, scoring 19 goals and winning the Portuguese league twice (2018 and 2020), the Portuguese Supercup (2018) and the League Cup (2020). “It’s a new challenge for me, and to be part of Paris Saint-Germain fits my ambitions,” Pereira said. “Joining one of the biggest clubs in Europe and in the world is a huge moment in my career, and I hope to be able to bring a lot to Paris and its supporters.”
- My Goal Is To Win World Cup With Argentina – Messi
Superstar footballer Lionel Messi will take a break from his Barcelona soap opera as he bids to fire Argentina to the World Cup in Qatar and what will probably be his last chance to try to win the coveted trophy.
The 33-year-old, a record six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, has won everything in the club game with Barcelona several times over but his international trophy cabinet looks bare in comparison. “The only goal I have now is to win the World Cup with the national team,” he has said.
The closest he has come so far was as losing finalist against Germany in 2014. Thursday’s clash with Ecuador gives him the chance to start building towards one last tilt at that goal. He will be 35 by the time the Qatar World Cup ends, and will turn 39 during the following global showpiece in North America. In the meantime, he has a pair of qualifiers — Argentina also travel to Bolivia next Tuesday — to distract him from his club travails.
- #EndSARS: What’s going on? American rapper, Cardi B asks
American superstar, Cardi B has showed concern for her Nigerian fans in the #ENDSARS protest currently gaining momentum in the country. A Twitter user had taken to his platform to beg Cardi B to use her platform to reach a wider audience and the international community with regards to the cause. The user with twitter handle @AsiwajuLerry wrote:
“Madam @iamcardib, Trump is not your only problem. Your beloved Nigeria is currently in a state of pandemonium. We are not safe!! If you’ve ever loved this country, please help use your platform to create more awareness for us. Cardi B quickly asked to be briefed on the issue going on in the country. Her reply reads: “What’s going on? Can you give me a summary so I can research later ….you know I love Nigeria.” What’s going ? Can you give me a summary so I can research later ….you know I love Nigeria. Since the Grammy Award winning rapper visited Nigeria last December, she hasn’t hidden her love for the country. The mother of one once tweeted her intention to file for Nigerian citizenship.
- Ogun State Gov Abiodun appoints Laycon as Youth Ambassador, hands him N5m
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, has appointed winner of the reality TV show ‘Big Brother Naija’, Olamilekan Laycon Agbeleshe, as youth ambassador.
The governor has also gifted Laycon with a three-bedroom bungalow and N5 million. “Once again, I congratulate you and on this note, I hereby appoint you as Youth Ambassador of Ogun State. “I look forward to working with you to be a model of good character, excellence, good virtues, calmness, integrity that are general attributes of Ogun State, and in fact, your homestead, Odeda,” Abiodun said while hosting Laycon at the executive chamber of the governor’s office in the capital city of Abeokuta.
“We believe that you will help inspire our teeming youths to channel their energies towards positive engagements and shun vices such as robbery, drug abuse, cultism, advanced fee fraud, cybercrimes and kidnapping, amongst other negative tendencies,” the governor announced. The governor also promised that an entertainment village is being contemplated to nurture creative talents in Ogun. “On behalf of the government and good people of Ogun State, I join your fans across the world to welcome you to your home state.
- Broda Shaggi, Mr Macaroni join Papi Luwe for new episodes of Face2face
Fresh episodes of the popular TV sitcom, Face2Face, is expected to feature reigning comic acts, Broda Shaggi and Mr Macaroni. The new season of the sitcom, which has Sunday Omobolanle aka Papi Luwe as one of the main characters, will also feature Bukola Ogunnote, Lola Kazeem, Fehintola Jebutu, Ojoge, and a host of others. Directed by Tunde Olaoye, the fresh season and episodes of Face2Face are coming many months after the death of AK Media concepts boss, Benson Akindeju.
Speaking on the revamped show, the Executive producer, Olajumoke Akindeju, said, “Face2face as the concept goes is meant to entertain people with a hundred percent comedy that is laced with topical issues. This time around, we have taken it higher by adding up things that will make it more entertaining and educational. The shooting, the picture quality, cast and crew, these and many more were aspects we have looked into as a content production company.” Other titles from AK Media are Family Ties, Nowhere To Be Found, Oyinmomo, Liberty Villa, Work Station, Molebi, and others.
- It was hard working on Restless II EP, says Simi
On Friday, October 2, Simi released her first music project of 2020 entitled Restless II. The project, an Elongated Play (EP), is coming months after Simi welcomed her first child with her husband and colleague, Adekunle Gold. While speaking on the EP, which has an already released track titled ‘No Longer Beneficial’, the sultry singer confessed how hard it was putting the project together.
In an Instagram live chat, Simi opened up on the challenges she faced while working on the project saying, “It was really hard for me because I wasn’t recording as much, I was tired all the time, I was throwing my guts up, it was so hard for me but if I could find 20 minutes when I had as much energy or I have enough inspiration, I would just take 20 minutes today, 20 minutes the day after you know till everything kind of came together. So I will say that was the hardest part of working on the EP.”
- It is disrespectful to call Buhari ‘old man’, Nigerians take on Wizkid
After calling out president Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday for responding quickly to Donald Trump’s health issues and for remaining unconcerned about security issues in Nigeria, some Nigerians on Twitter have kicked against the manner at which singer, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as ‘Wizkid’ addressed the president in his tweet. Wizkid had in a tweet via his Twitter account on Sunday blasted Buhari for not responding to the outcry in Nigeria following the alleged brutality of youths in the country by a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police. Wizkid in his tweet also urged the government to do something about the incessant killings of poor Nigerians by Police officials.
He said: “Donald Trump is not your business old man! “Police and SARS are still killing Nigerian youths daily. Do something!
Not pleased with Wizkid’s manner of address, some Nigerians responded as follow:
@ZaraGambo “Wizkid calling Buhari “old man” is uncalled for tbh as he could call him to act against SARS illegitimate operations without disrespecting him. “If disrespecting elderly people or VIPs is what would made him modern Fela then I’m no longer wizkid’s fan. I support no disrespect #EndSarsNow”
@dajowey “@wizkidayo didn’t need to make his claims rudely. He is fighting a just course and should be civil in making claims. Thanks for your Voice but let’s do it the right way Sir.
@MBuhari can’t be at everywhere and expects the IG of Police to do his work.” @KamilOlori “This is very rude of you, you don’t talk to an elderly person like that be guided”
- Hushpuppi’s US Trial Suspended Till 2021
The trial of Nigerian Internet celebrity Hushpuppi, earlier scheduled to commence this month, has been suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension is contained in the orders of a district judge in California, Otis Wright, released on September 23.
Hushpuppi, whose real name is Ramon Abass, is being tried on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering conspiracies, international money laundering, and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. His case was originally fixed for October 13 after he earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against. The trial will now continue on May 4, 2021.
- Rock Legend, Eddie Van Halen, Dies At 65
Eddie Van Halen, of the legendary hard rock group that bore his family name, died on Tuesday following a long battle with cancer, his son announced. “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” Wolf Van Halen wrote in a message on Twitter with a picture of the rocker who was 65. “He was the best father I could ever ask for,” he added. “Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. “My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”
Born in the Netherlands and raised in California, Van Halen founded the rock group with his older brother Alex in the 1970s and quickly earned a fan base. The group, regarded as of one the most influential American rock groups of all time, is known for such classics as “Jump,” “Panama,” “Runnin’ with the Devil,” and the guitar solo “Eruption.” Van Halen has sold more than 75 million albums and has more number one hits on the mainstream US rock chart than any other artist, according to the band’s label. Van Halen’s 1984 album “1984” was to be the band’s high point, giving them their only number one single “Jump.”
- #EndSARS protests: Policeman shot dead in Delta, youths demand meeting with IG
A police Corporal, simply identified as Stanley, attached to the Ughelli Police Area Command, Ughelli, Delta State, was on Thursday shot dead by suspected hoodlums, who hijacked the #EndSARS protest, which began peacefully in the town. The deceased was reportedly shot by one of the protesters at Otuvwodo area of the town. Sources said that the incident also caused gridlock and the destruction of several vehicles as commuters on the East-West Road area of Otovwodo junction ran helter-skelter following gunshots that followed the melee. Security operatives had to fire warning shots before taking the corpse of to the policeman to the station.
Hundreds of youths had earlier taken to major streets of Ughelli in a solidarity protest to call for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. It was gathered that some of the protesters met a team of policemen at Otovwodo junction, where the protest walk was supposed to end, and a clash ensued leading to sporadic gunfire between them and the police. Speaking on behalf of the protesters, one of their leaders, who gave his name simply as Ochuko, said they organised the march in solidarity with other protesters and victims of SARS brutality across the country.
- #EndSARS: IGP condemns killing of cops, orders probe
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the violent attack on policemen and damage to police operational vehicles and other assets by #EndSARS protesters in Ughelli, Delta State, on Thursday. He has also ordered a probe into the incident which resulted in the death of Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli. One Sergeant Patrick Okuone also reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the attack. The force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Friday, said the protesters also carted away one service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition that was with the deceased at the time of the incident. The IGP, who described the incident as cruel and unwarranted, has warned that the Force will no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community by any individual or group protesting under any guise.
While noting that protest by citizens remained a legitimate means for airing their concerns and views, Adamu said it must be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law. The IGP, while condoling the family and friends of Stanley equally commended the officers of the Delta State Police Command for exercising restraint “in the face of the immoral and unjustified provocation.” The statement titled, ‘#EndSARS protesters go berserk, murder one policeman, injure another in Delta State’, added, “The IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, to carry out a discrete investigation into the unfortunate incident, root out the perpetrators and bring the killer protesters to book.”
- CP Bala Ciroma Orders Investigation Into Police Killing 19 yr old In APO
The Commissioner of Police FCT Command, CP Bala Ciroma, has ordered a meticulous investigation into the unfortunate gunshot incident that led to the death of one Samson Jonah 19years old at Apo on Saturday 3rd October 2020. This is according to a communique by police spokesperson, ASP Yusuf Mariam. Again, Nigerians Call For #EndSARS. According to the statement, the police officer identified to have shot the deceased has been arrested, detained, and will be charged accordingly. While commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police guaranteed members of the public that the command will be lucid in its investigation and ensure the findings are made public.
- ‘Take Insurgency War To All Hideouts’, Zulum Challenges Army To Change Tactics
The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has challenged the army to change its tactics to achieve a more successful outcome against Boko Haram insurgents. He challenged them during the Chief of Army Staff quarterly meeting which held in the state capital, Maiduguri on Tuesday. “The Nigerian Army must, therefore, take the war to all the hideouts of the Boko Haram Camp and surely should not wait and give the insurgents the opportunity of first attack,” the governor said. “Ladies and Gentlemen the Nigerian Army must also embark on confidence-building and confidence sharing mechanism with communities and civil authorities,” he added.
On his part, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant. General Tukur Burutai, applauded the delivery of more equipment which he believes would help in the prosecution of the war against terror. Borno State has been one of the worst-hit by insurgents with the governor also coming under a series of attacks in recent times. On September 27, while on his way out of Baga town after a two-day visit to receive indigenes of the town back home after 21 months of exile, the governor’s convoy was attacked. Few kilometres away from Baga, unknown assailants believed to be Boko Haram opened fire on his escorts. The attack happened barely 48 hours after his officials were ambushed on the same route while travelling to Baga.
- Woman bathes maid with hot water for licking baby’s milk
Eight-year-old Chiamaka Oha is battling for her life at the General Hospital, Uga, Anambra State, after she was allegedly bathed with hot water by her employer, Ogochukwu Anichukwu, for licking her baby’s milk. Newsmen learnt that the victim, who hails from Ugwueme community in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, lived with her employer and the husband at their house at Nanka community, in the Orumba North LGA of Anambra State. It was alleged that Anichukwu on September 25, 2020, poured hot water on the victim for licking her baby’s milk and shut the door against her to prevent people from seeing the injuries she sustained from the attack. A Non-governmental organisation (NGO) – Human Rights Legal Aid Initiative (HRLAI) was said to have rushed the victim to a medical facility in the area.
Reporters gathered that another group, Awgu Egbeleli Socio-Cultural Development and Unity Forum, transferred the victim to a general hospital. A member of the group – Chief Sunday Nwankwo, who resides in Onitsha, was sent to investigate the incident. When he got there, he was shocked at the inhuman act meted out to the victim by the woman and her husband. “Chief Nwankwo settled the medical bill at the initial private hospital where the victim was taken to for resuscitation and moved her to the general hospital. “The neighbours confirmed to have seen the girl eating sand on several occasions because of starvation. When we asked the woman why she poured hot water on the victim, she said she was bathing her baby and didn’t know when the hot water poured on her; her husband admitted to beating and inflicting injuries on her.”
- Adamawa records 350 rape cases in five months
Adamawa State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Lami Ahmed, has said the state recorded over 350 cases of rape and sexual assault between May and October 2020. The commissioner made this known on Monday in Yola at the launch of SMARTRR, a technological-driven solution that allows users of mobile phones to report and refer cases of rape and other gender-based violence in their community. Ahmed also explained that the culture of silence over rape cases and other sexual violence was responsible for the recent surge in the number of rape cases in the state. She disclosed that already, about 150 cases of rape in the state had been reported, using the SMARTRR and added that follow-ups had been made by concerned service providers.
She expressed delight that a youth in the state, Samuel Dirug, came up with the innovation, which allowed for the confidential reporting and referral of nearly half of the over 350 recorded cases of rape between May and October in the state. She said, “With over 350 cases, one is only left to wonder what measures are to be taken to address this issue before it makes an animal kingdom out of our society; that is if it has not created one already.” Earlier, Dirug noted that 180 active cases of sexual abuse had been reported using the app, with 27 out of the cases successfully closed with the assistance of partners in Adamawa since May.
- Residents ignore explosion threat, scoop fuel from fallen tanker in Lagos
There was palpable fear Tuesday, in Igborosun, along Aso-Odo Road, area of Badagry, Lagos, as some residents defied possible explosion to scoop petroleum product from the scene of a fallen tanker.The incident reportedly occurred in the morning as the tanker laden with 33,000 litres petrol tanker overturned and fell on the road. Eyewitness account said despite the presence of security operatives in the area, the residents scooping the fuel continued unabated. However, the Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke Osanyintolu said the agency’s attention has been drawn to the incident and emergency response plan has been activated.
He urged members of the public to be law abiding saying, “our attention has been brought to the tanker incident along Aso-Odo Road, Badagry. Emergency response plan has been activated. “Members of the public are cautioned to cooperate with responders and to keep away from the scene and refrain from scooping petrol as this could cause a secondary incident,”. At press time, the content was being discharged into another truck while the rate of scooping has reduced.
- Police arrest videographer behind Delta viral SARS video
Detectives from the Delta State Police Command, have arrested the videographer behind last Saturday’s viral video alleging the killing of one person by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of the state. The video which sparked tension within and outside the state also led to a mob attack on an off-duty SARS operative, Sergeant Ohwovwiogor Fidelis at the Ughelli central garage axis with the mob dousing him in fuel in an attempt to set him ablaze less for the timely intervention of a good Samaritan. The videographer, Prince Nicholas Makolomi, was arrested on Monday at an undisclosed location in Ughelli by the crack detectives who it was gathered trailed him to his Ughelli residence where he was picked up.
Speaking exclusively to reporters after he was arrested, the suspect said: “After the boy (Joshua Ambrose) was arrested on that Saturday, he was kept at the passenger’s side of the car behind the front seat.
“While we were driving in our car behind the police vehicle and that of the boy, suddenly the boy jumped from the car and fell on the roadside after which we chased after the police car while making the video.” Nicholas who claims to be a music director, also denied being the brain behind other videos showing policemen shooting at unarmed civilians in false representation of the Ughelli incident. Though efforts to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onowakpoyeya were fruitless, a senior security source from the state police command, Asaba said the suspect has been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation Department for onward investigation. The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “The suspect will be charged to court on allegations of inciting violence, false information and other criminal charges in relation to the cybercriminal laws.”
- Port Harcourt ‘Serial Killer’, Gracious David-West To Die By Hanging
A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced the serial killer, Gracious David-West to death by hanging. Mr David-West was charged for the murder of several young ladies in different hotels around Rivers State. Pieces of evidence suggest that David-West had a signature of strangling his victims to death. The 40-years-old was arraigned on a ten-count charge of murder and attempted murder. Trial Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli based his Judgment on the voluntary statement and confession of the culprit, as well as the CCTV footage of the convict which was tendered and displayed during the trial.
According to the Judge, all the evidence and statement obtained pass for valid proof that Mr. David-West is guilty of the crime which was carried out between the 30th of July and September, 2019. The court also discharged and acquitted the second defendant, Nimi Thank-God who was accused of dumping the remains of one of the victims killed in a dustbin.
Justice Enebeli said the prosecution counsel failed to prove their case that the accused actually committed the crime.