Police Commissioner In Ogun Builds Orphanage In Home Town

Ogun Police commissionerOgun State Commissioner of Police, AbdulMajid Ali, has commissioned a four million Naira ultra-modern orphanage in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State, his home town.

Mr Ali donated the facility to both the State and the Local Governments for the day-to-day running of the edifice.

He handed over the facility after official commissioning of the project by Mr Shehu Umar Danyaya, Secretary to the State Government, who represented the State Governor, Mr Abubakar Sani Bello.

The Police Boss stated that his decision to build the multi-million Naira edifice was an attempt to give back to the society, which he said that made him what he was.

Mr Ali also said that the building was in fond memory of his late daughter, Miss Mujidat, a 200 Level student of Igbinedon University, Okada, Edo State, who died some years ago in an auto crash within the campus of the private university.

He said: “I am a Civil Servant, I am specifically a Police officer and it is not something out of context to give back to the society that has contributed immensely to what I am today.

“However, it is a challenge to the present day politicians not only in Niger State, but the country as a whole to let them show more to the yearnings of the society, especially to the less privilege people in the society”.

He also mentioned that the governors of Ogun and Imo States, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha respectively were part of the project’s success.

“This one is just my own contribution, especially the small one I can do and I promise that I will continue to do more the way I have started this one.

“I am retiring to my farm, after my service in the Nigeria Police Force with the view to going home and staying calm, because I do not want to be part of any political association or group,” Ali said.

“Yes, one has to come back to his hometown because I started from here and even though I am to come back after the Service and it is better to put a solid Foundation for yourself when you are still agile,” he said.

The ceremony was attended by the Emir of Kontagora, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, Col.Sani Bello (Rtd) and a former Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Nuhu Aliyu, among other prominent citizens.

Residents Call For Removal Of DPO In Sagamu

Saleh-SagamuSome residents of Sagamu in Ogun state, south west Nigeria, are demanding for the removal of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for an alleged extortion and illegal arrest of innocent residents of the area.

The call was made during a peaceful protest held across major streets of the town where they appealed to the state government to wade into the matter before it degenerates to a major crisis.

The protesters called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to have him redeployed.

Reacting to the allegations levelled against the senior police officer, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said the allegations would be investigated and “if the officer is found culpable, he will face the consequence of his actions”.

687mln Naira Scam: Akpobolokemi Challenges Court’s Jurisdiction

Akpobolokemi--NIMASAA former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, has challenged the jurisdiction of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, to entertain his trial.

Defence Counsel of Mr Akpobolokemi, Joseph Nwobike, on Monday questioned the competence of the court to preside over the case.

Mr Akpobolokemi is standing trial alongside five others on a 13-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion of funds, to the tune of 687, 294, 680 Naira.

His co-accused persons are Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Amechee Juan, Vincent Udoye, Captain Ade Sahib Olopoenia and Gama Marine Nigeria Limited.

Nwobike hinged his objection to the jurisdiction of the court on claims that, “only the Federal High Court has exclusive jurisdiction over matters and cases arising from, pertaining to, or connected with the revenue of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies”.

He was joined by Counsel to the fourth defendant, Ige Asemudara, who also brought an application for preliminary objection before the court.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Raliat Adebiyi, ordered the Defense Counsels to consolidate their applications.

Meanwhile, Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Rotimi Oyedepo, brought two witnesses to court for commencement of trial but could not present them, owing to the preliminary objection to the court’s jurisdiction by the defence.

Justice Adebiyi subsequently adjourned the matter till March 9 for arguments on pending applications before the court.

Commission Of Enquiry Submits Report On Kwara Communal Clash

kwaraThe Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by the Kwara State Government to investigate the communal crisis between Share and Tsaragi communities has submitted its report to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The Chairman of the commission, Justice Sulyman Akanbi, said the commission received 23 memoranda from witnesses while the two communities also appeared with their legal representatives.

He urged the government to fully implement the four volume report in order to permanently bring an end to the constant clashes between the two communities.

Receiving the report, Governor Ahmed promised to implement the recommendations for lasting peace in the area.

The crisis, which broke out in December 2015 over a parcel of land, led to the destruction of houses, schools and other valuables.

Nigeria Keep Winning Form At ITTF World Championship

ITTF-NigeriaNigeria male team has maintained a 100 per cent record at the ITTF World Team Championship in Malaysia.

The trio of Aruna Quardri, Segun Toriola and Bode Abiodun on Monday defeated India’s Ghosh Sounyajit, Achanta Kamal and Anthony Amalraj 3-0 to lead Group F.

Earlier, Nigeria beat Switzerland 3-0 to record their second victory in division two of the tournament.

The men’s team had on Sunday defected the Turkish trio of Gencay Menge, Ibrahim Gunduz and Batuhan Ulucak in their opening game.

Nigeria will face Slovak Republic in their fourth group game on Tuesday.

Super Eagles Squad For Egypt Qualifier Out On Thursday

super EaglesNigeria will announce the names for the squad of players to feature against Egypt for two AFCON 2017 qualifiers in March on Thursday.

Super Eagles hosts Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna, while the return leg in Cairo will be played four days later.

Egypt lead a qualifying pool that also has Tanzania and Chad with six points from two matches, two points ahead of Nigeria.

It is expected that a training camp will open early in the new month with players from the domestic league, with the foreign-based players expected to fly in by March 21.

The Nigerian side recently got a new coach, Samson Siasia, after Sunday Oliseh resigned on February 26.

AWCON Qualifier: Omagbemi Invites Oshoala, 39 Others For Falcons

FalconsSuper Falcons caretaker coach, Florence Omagbemi, has called to camp 40 players ahead of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier.

Top on the list of invited players include; Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Francisca Ordega, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Evelyn Nwabuoku and Joy Bokiri.

The seven-time African champions were drawn into the second round of the qualifying series, with the final competition to hold in Cameroon in November.

Senegal and Guinea will contend over two legs in March, with the winner to battle the Super Falcons in home-and-away contests between April 4 and 12.

Manchester City Emerge 2016 League Cup Winner

Manchester cityManchester City have emerged champions of the League Cup 2016, making it their fourth victory in five finals.

The English football club lifted the League Cup at Wembley after beating Liverpool 3-1 on penalties after the game had finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Fernandinho scored the opener in the 49 minute before Philippe Coutinho created the equaliser in the 83rd minute, before the penalty shootout.

During the penalty, goalkeeper Willy Caballero saved three shots from Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, making them the champion.

Manchester City have won the title in 1970, 1976, 2014 and 2016.

Premier League: Manchester United Beat Arsenal 3-2

United -LeagueManchester United teenager, Marcus Rashford, on Sunday scored a brace, as the Red Devils beat Arsenal in the English Premier League title challenge.

Rashford, who scored twice on his debut in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, steered in a loose ball for the opener then headed in three minutes later. His goals were enough to earn him the man of the match.

Ex-united striker, Danny Welbeck nodded Arsenal back into the game, but Ander Herrera curled in Rashford’s lay-off.

Mesut Ozil’s volley gave third-placed Arsenal hope, but United held on.

Also, Tottenham moved back to within two points of League leaders, Leicester City, after battling back from behind to beat Swansea City.

Governor Dickson Worried Over Bayelsa’s Lowest Allocation

Bayelsa governor seriake dicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has expressed worries over the recent Federal Allocation to Bayelsa State from the Federation Account which he said was the lowest the state had ever received. 

Governor Dickson made the statement while swearing-in the first three Special Advisers to be appointed in his second tenure in office.

The Governor stressed that the allocation of 2.9 billion Naira was not enough to cater for the wage bill of civil servants in the state, which amounts to 4 billion Naira.

He expressed worry over the economic future of the state and advised Bayelsa citizens to seek alternative sources of generating revenue and forget being dependent on the government.

The Governor also said that appointments in his present administration would not be as much as it was in his first tenure.

“The government lacks the fund to cater for the appointees,” he stated.

Those sworn in were Dr Boma Spero-Jack, Mr Francis Agbo and Honourable Timipre Seipulu.

Dr Spero-Jack was appointed Special Adviser on Security, Mr Agbo, Special Adviser on Media Relations and Honourable Seipulu, Special Adviser on Treasury and Accounts.

Current Oil Prices Are Totally Unacceptable – Buhari

muhammadu-buhari-and-Sheikh-Tamim-Bin-Hammad-Al-Thani on Oil PricesPresident Muhammadu Buhari has decried the current situation in the crude oil market, which has seen oil prices plummet by 70 per cent since mid-2014, saying it is “totally unacceptable.”

He emphasised the need for cooperation among Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC member states to stabilise crude oil prices.

The Nigerian leader made the statement on Sunday in Doha at a bilateral meeting with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani.

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“As members of OPEC and Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), our relations in the areas of oil and gas, which our two nations heavily rely on, need to be enhanced and coordinated for the benefit of our people.

“The current market situation in the oil industry is unsustainable and totally unacceptable.

“We must cooperate both within and outside our respective organisations to find a common ground to stabilise the market, which will be beneficial to our nations,” the President said on the second day of his state visit to Qatar.

The President also commended the existing cordial bilateral relations between Nigeria and Qatar.

He invited prospective Qatari investors to take advantage of the abundant opportunities in Nigeria and invest in the key areas of energy, agriculture, real estate development, banking and finance.

He assured prospective investors of the government’s protection of their persons and investment, noting that in the course of his visit, the delegations from Nigeria and Qatar would formalise at least two bilateral agreements to boost economic cooperation between both countries.

President Buhari also weighed-in on the situation in the Middle East, commending the role Qatar was playing in resolving the Syrian crisis, the Palestinian cause and efforts in reconstructing Gaza.

“The conflicts in Yemen and Syria, with their attendant humanitarian crisis, need genuine international effort to solve. Nigeria, as a peace loving country, identifies with the State of Qatar in all her peace efforts in the world to end terrorist activities.

“Nigeria is a victim of terrorism. It is with heavy heart that I stand before you and say activities of Boko Haram have led to loss of many lives and displacement of innocent people in our dear nation.

“We, however, take pride to inform you that since our coming to power, Boko Haram has been systematically decimated and are in no position to cause serious threat to our development programs.

“I wish to reiterate that Nigeria rejects violence and extremism in all their ramifications, and assure your Highness that we are with the State of Qatar in your efforts to fight terrorism and injustice in your region and in the world at large,” President Buhari stressed.

He also called for a lasting solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict , saying; “we in Nigeria, like the State of Qatar, favour a ‘Two State’ solution, with the State of Palestine living side by side with the State of Israel.

“I want to assure you that we will stand side by side with you, until our brothers and sisters in Palestine achieve their desired objectives.

“Our support for various Security Council resolutions restoring and respecting 1967 boundaries with Jerusalem as capital of Palestine is firm and unshaken”.

15 Die In Osun Road Accident

accidentResidents of Akoda town in Ede South Local Government in Osun State, south west Nigeria, are mourning the death of 15 traders and hawkers.

The deceased were killed in a road accident at the Akoda junction involving a fuel tanker and an 18-seater commercial bus.

The tanker involved belongs to the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) and the driver is now at large.

An eye witness who spoke to Channels Television said that the tanker, which was coming from Osogbo, had earlier hit a car at Owode Ede, before hitting the stationary bus with passengers on board.

The tanker was said to have lost control and run over some roadside petty traders and hawkers. The victims include a family of three who were reportedly buried immediately.

Most of the victims were said to have been mutilated while survivors have been rushed to hospitals.