PHOTOS: Burkina Faso President Visits Buhari In Abuja

 

President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, and President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja

 

The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Thursday Visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

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Buhari Signs Nigeria Police Bill 2020 Into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigeria Police Bill, 2020 into law. 

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President in a memo dated September 16, 2020, communicated his assent to the Bill to the National Assembly, through the Clerk of the legislature.

“The Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources”.

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The statement added that the Act establishes an appropriate funding framework for the Police in line with what is obtainable in other Federal Government key institutions, enhances professionalism in the Force through increased training opportunities, and creates enduring cooperation and partnership between the Police Force and communities in maintaining peace and combating crimes nationwide.

Kano Govt Reopens Schools For Final Year Exams

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje

 

The Kano State Government has directed the reopening of all government and public secondary schools that will be writing the National Examination Council (NECO) and National Board For Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS).

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Said-Kiru says governor Abdullahi Ganduje the SS3 students in boarding schools return on Sunday, 20th September 2020 while SS3 students in day schools resume on Monday, 21st September 2020 to give sufficient time for review and biometric of all candidates.”

Mr. Kiru also advised all directors and principals of the concerned schools to maintain full compliance with the COVID- 19 protocols by all staff and students.

Banditry: We Will Continue Fighting Until Every Civilian Is Safe – NAF

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar briefing journalists on Thursday

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force has assured total commitment to intensify the fight against Banditry until every civilian is safe.

This follows the activities of armed bandits terrorising innocent citizens in the Northwest Region especially Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto States.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar disclosed this on Thursday in Katsina during his operational tour to assess the level of efforts and progress made so far by the Air Components of a new subsidiary Operation tagged ‘WUTAR DAJI 2′ launched four days ago.

While addressing the troops and other Air components involved in the Banditry fight in the Northwest, Abubakar expressed satisfaction with the substantial progress achieved so far since the beginning of the operation.

The Air Components he said to have in the last four days flown over one hundred hours with different missions which he believes has translated into the relative peace witnessing in the affected states.

“They decimated several Bandits and destroyed their several locations both within Katsina and Zamfara states. They have equally eliminated several targets, bandits locations within Katsina and Zamfara states.

“We have also assessed and inspected the officers’ accommodation facilities that are currently under construction at the 213 NAF Forward Operating Base, Katsina to ensure that officers get decent accommodation.

“The objective of the operation is to decimate Bandits operations in the forest and make sure that they have no place.

“We will continue to work to clear the bandits in their various locations to ensure that banditry is substantially brought to an end.

“There is substantial progress in terms of security in the Northeast and Central zones. We will continue fighting until nobody is coming out to kill Civilians. So the operation is ongoing until such a time we are satisfied that we have sufficiently decimated all bandits and Communities are living in peace and harmony”.

The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji had earlier decimated a Bandits’Camp in the Doumborou Forest area of Zamfara state.

The Air Strike, which was executed on September 13th, 2020, as part of a new subsidiary Operation, tagged ‘WUTAR DAJI 2’ also resulted in the killing of several armed bandits belonging to the gang led by the so-called ‘Dangote’.

Taraba Govt Cancels 2019/2020 Third Term

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The Taraba state government has cancelled the 2019/2020 third term for primary and secondary schools.

The State Commissioner of Education, Johannes Jigim, disclosed this to journalists after a stakeholder meeting in Jalingo.

He announced that primary and secondary schools will resume on September 21, although he noted the third term academic calendar has been scrapped for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The commissioner however directed school proprietors not to collect any money as fees for the third term because students were not in school during the period.

“All school proprietors are warned to adhere strictly to the NCDC safety measures as monitoring teams will be inaugurated to check breach of measures.

This is coming six months after schools in the state were shut down in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

EFCC Arraigns Man For N845,000 Fraud In Maiduguri

A file photo of the EFCC logo.

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has arraigned Bunu Sherrif before Justice Fadawu Umaru of the Borno State High Court on one count charge bordering on cheating to the tune of N845,300.00 (Eight Hundred and Forty -Five Thousand, Three Hundred Naira).

The defendant allegedly bought seventy-nine bags of maize at N10,700.00 (Ten Thousand Seven Hundred Naira) per bag, totaling N845,300.00 from the petitioner, Alhaji Musa Usman Askira on the agreement of paying the victim after selling the maize.

According to the facts of the case, the defendant refused to remit the proceeds from the sales, even after the victim confirmed that the farm produce had been sold.

The one-count charge read: “That you Alhaji Bunu Sheriff sometime in 2019 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, while being entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: 79 bags of maize worth N845,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Forty Five Thousand, Three Hundred Naira only) by one Alhaji Musa Usman Askira did dishonestly misappropriate the said proceeds, being the value of the said 79 bags of maize and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 311 and 312 of the Penal Code Law of Borno State Cap. 102 Vol. 3 of 1994 respectively.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges when he took his plea.

Upon the plea, prosecution counsel, A.U. Ringim asked the court for a trial date, for the prosecution to open its case and prayed the court to remand the defendant in the Correctional Service.

Counsel to the defendant, A. Mohammed did not object to the prayers of the prosecution.

Justice Umaru adjourned the matter to September 29, 2020 for commencement of trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in a Correctional Service.

We Will Support Consolidation Of Democracy In ECOWAS Countries, Says Buhari

File Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has given an assurance that Nigeria will support the consolidation of democracy in West African countries.

The President stated this on Thursday when he received President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, who was on a one-day official visit to Nigeria.

He said, “We are keeping tabs on situations in countries that have elections ahead. We know the countries that are calm and the ones where there have been unfortunate casualties. We will always support those who have elections ahead so that things can go smoothly”.

Burkina Faso holds legislative elections in November, this year.

President Kabore, who chairs the Economic, Trade, and Liberalization Scheme of ECOWAS, said he was in Nigeria to discuss crucial sub-regional issues with President Buhari.

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore Visits President Muhammadu Buhari In Abuja

These include the convening of a joint commission meeting between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, reported trade difficulties among Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, and the Niger Republic, and the way forward.

President Kabore commended President Buhari for what he called “strong leadership and support” displayed by the Nigerian leader in his capacity as Chairman of COVID-19 response in West Africa.

“I must also applaud your strong leadership against terrorism in the sub-region,” the Burkinabe Leader said.

On the situation in Mali, he expressed hope that the summit held in Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday, would yield positive results, stressing: “We need cohesion all over West Africa.”

COVID-19: Katsina Govt Directs Tertiary Institutions Not To Reopen

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

The Katsina State Government has directed tertiary institutions in the state not to reopen as it awaits complete guidelines from the relevant bodies.

The decision taken is in line with national and global protocols and part of measures to mitigate the negative effect and further spike of Coronavirus not only in the institutions but the state in general.

The Special Advisor to the state government on higher education, Dr. Bashir Ruwan_Godiya disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television on Thursday.

He said the state government is still waiting for complete guidelines from the World Health Organizations, National Center for Disease Control, National Universities Commission, and Federal Ministry of Education as measures of preventing the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“We are making headway in terms of making arrangements to see that in the nearest possible future we do all things humanly possible to ensure that we reopen the institutions”.

Regarding the effect of Coronavirus on tertiary education in the state and the country in general, Ruwan Godiya observed that it’s going to affect the graduation date of the students, the quality of teaching and learning in the schools as well as the kind of concern given by parents to their wards after the pandemic is eradicated.

According to him, the closure of schools has led to some social vices by the students as they been staying idle in their homes for the past six months, emphasizing the need for people especially the parents to further be patient.

He further expressed readiness of the state government to reopen tertiary institutions once it receives guidelines from the National University Commission (NUC) or the Federal Ministry of Education.

He stated that “Nigeria being part of the global community, has to respect all international as well as national protocols and the guidelines”.

On his part, the Branch Chairperson of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU at the Umaru Musa ‘Yaradu’a University Katsina, Ibrahim Sani Kankara described the detective given by the state government as a welcome development which he believed is actually inline with the Union’s position.

He said ” For the schools to reopen, it has to be in conformity with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, knowing fully of the situation in the lecture rooms and halls as well as the laboratories.

“To open the University without portable water supply in our hostels will expose students to certain dangers which is lacking in most of the University campuses”. Kankara noted.

As of Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, Katsina State recorded a total of 843 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 457 patients have so far discharged as well as 362 patients on admission with 24 deaths.

It’s observed that the institutions in the state have students from different parts of the country who may be returning with different COVID-19 status, so allowing them to return may worsen the situation.

Oyetola Calls For Investigation Into SARS Involvement In Death Of Suspected Internet Fraudster

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File Photo of a police van

 

The Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has called on the Nigerian Police to immediately launch an extensive investigation into the circumstances and events that led to the reported death of a citizen, who was allegedly chased by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Osogbo, the state capital.

The government said it was shocked at the tragedy and the disruption that followed the unfortunate incident.

A statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation,  Funke Egbemode,  said the governor,  Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola,  was deeply disturbed by Tuesday evening’s sad events and had asked the State Command of the Nigerian Police to get to the bottom of the matter

“The tragic events that reportedly led to the death of one person on Tuesday evening was both sad and shocking and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances that led to it all.

“To the Governor all lives matter and nobody has a right under our laws to take a life summarily. While we appreciate the great job our law enforcement agencies are doing to keep Osun safe,  the confusion and disruption to our peaceful state capital on Tuesday needs to be investigated

“We hereby call on the Osun State Command of the Nigerian Police to launch a comprehensive investigation into this tragedy”.

In the same vein, the Governor has appealed to the families of the deceased and the injured not to take matters into their hands by hurting more people or destroying properties. “We implore our citizens to trust the Government to get to the bottom of this sad occurrence.

“Let us all go about our lives peacefully while we await the results of the investigation”.

You Will Get Justice, FG Assures Nigerian Traders In Ghana

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerian traders that they will get justice following alleged maltreatment meted on them by Ghanaian authorities.

He gave the assurance on Tuesday during a meeting with representatives of the Nigerian community in Ghana held at the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana.

“I will certainly convey the depth of your grievances to the President,” he said.

“I am sure that he will be deeply disturbed to hear that despite the assurances that he had received, (from the Ghanaian government) there are still problems and complications many of which have been discussed at the highest levels with assurances of resolutions given.

According to him, “the delay in resolving these issues may be due to bureaucratic bottlenecks which are generally a drag on government activities.

“I look forward to getting the details and making sure that we are able to begin to resolve some of these issues as quickly as possible.

“But I think you must also recognize that generally speaking, governments tend to be very slow, processes are slow, bureaucracies are slow, but we will make sure that we do the very best we can to get you your rights so that at least you are dealt with justly.

While referring to efforts made in the past and even recently to resolve the crisis, Osinbajo added: “I have followed closely developments here, and many of the incidents that you have described, I am already very familiar with.

“As a matter of fact, the President had asked that a review of all that had taken place to be done.”

He said “there have been direct communications between our President and President Akufo-Addo. Our President has spoken to him about this, he has made a formal complaint to him, and that conversation has been going on.

“What the Ghanaian government pledged to do, on three occasions, was that the shops will be reopened. In fact, I am a bit surprised that it has not taken place because my understanding was that, that was going to be done.

“So, I think what we need to do aggressively is to follow-up with the Ghanaian government and to see that these things are done.”

Continuing, Prof. Osinbajo said “I am sure you are familiar with the fact that there was a meeting between the Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana and a team led by our own Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investments in Abuja. That took place on the 3rd of September, while the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila was meeting with his counterpart here.

“Now, it is very evident from what you have said here that there is so much that had gone wrong over a long period of time and we really need to address these concerns in as detailed a manner as possible. And what I can say to you is that this is a matter that concerns the government very greatly…your welfare concerns us greatly.”

The Vice President however urged all affected traders through their associations and leaders to submit a more detailed letter containing the number of affected shops and other relevant information that would enable the Nigerian government follow-up effectively their Ghanaian authorities.

He said: “perhaps it might be important if we have specific details of the shops that need to be reopened so that we can check and say how many (I think that at some point we had a list of about 160 or so, shops).

“So, I think we should have a list with specifics so that even if we are told that something has been done, we can cross-check and see to it that it has actually taken place.”

The Vice President then urged Nigerians living in Ghana to remain law-abiding and to embrace peaceful coexistence, while adding that both governments would resolve the differences.

“I think that is up to us now, to our two governments, and to those of you who live here and Ghanaians who live in Nigeria, to ensure that we are able to bring about peace and to live with each other. Governments have serious roles to protect the lives of citizens especially foreign citizens,” the VP added.

Earlier at the meeting, the First Vice President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association, Ghana (NUTAG), Chief Kizito Obiorah, and a publisher of an Online medium, Mr. Destiny Austin Omon, took turns to present copies of their petitions to the Vice President before speaking about the numerous challenges faced by Nigerians in Ghana especially. They called for an urgent intervention by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

For Chief Obiorah, the situation is becoming unbearable as many Nigerian traders whose shops had been locked since November 2019 have now resorted to begging to take care of their families.

The representative of the traders appealed to the Nigerian government to prevail on their Ghanaian counterpart to reopen their shops to enable them to sell off their goods and return home to Nigeria.

Supporting the traders’ associations’ position by detailing a timeline of cases of rights infringements against Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities, Mr. Omon said Nigerians were fast losing their self-esteem and dignity as a result of their maltreatment in the hands of Ghanaian authorities.

On his part, the representative of Nigerian students, Mr. Adebayo Ogunkoya called for improved support for Nigerian students studying abroad and especially in Ghana, noting the peculiar situation in the West African country.

Other officials at the meeting included the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada; the President of NUTAG, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, some executives of the body, among others.

NBA Constitutes Observer Group Edo Governorship Election

 

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has constituted an Observer Group for the Edo State governorship elections slated for Saturday 19th of September, 2020.

A statement from the NBA says the Group will be led by its 1st Vice-President, John Aikpokpo-Martins.

Read the full statement below:

NBA OBSERVER GROUP FOR EDO STATE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION
Dear Colleagues,
The Edo State Gubernatorial election will take place this Saturday, the 19th day of September 2020.
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association – Olumide Akpata has appointed the following persons as members of the NBA observer Group for the Edo State Gubernatorial election.
They are:
1. John Aikpokpo-Martins – NBA 1st Vice-president
2. Kunle Edun – NBA Welfare Secretary
3. Solomon Odiase – NBA Benin Branch
4. A. A. Atemagbo – NBA Auchi Branch
5. Okoduwa Maile – Chairman NBA Ekpoma Branch
6. Chris Ekuze – Chairman NBA Uromi Branch
7. Kolade Olorunmola – Chairman NBA Igarra Branch
8. Ogaga Emoghware – NBA Benin Branch
9. Prof. Izevbuwa – NBA Benin Branch
10. Prof. Inegbedion – NBA Ekpoma Branch
11. Aderemi Oguntoye – NBA Lagos Branch
12. Osadorlor Okunkpolor – NBA Benin Branch.

The team will be led by John Aikpokpo-Martins – NBA 1st Vice President.

Dr. Rapulu Nduka
Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association

Over 1,000 Lawyers Called To Nigerian Bar

Lawyers observing social distancing

 

The call to bar ceremony usually happens after the new wigs have successfully passed the Bar Final Examination and it’s the climax of any individual’s quest to join the legal profession.

In strict observance of Covid-19 protocols, The Body of Benchers on Tuesday held the call to bar ceremony for the new wigs at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Parents, guardians, and well-wishers were barred from entering the venue.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu (SAN) who spoke at the ceremony said 1, 779 candidates passed the January 2020 Bar final examinations, while six candidates were from previous Bar final examinations. He said 736 of the students failed.

According to him: “A total of 2,515 students participated at the examinations and a total of 1, 779 were successful, out of which five candidates were graded in first class, 76 graded in the second class upper, 633 graduated with second class lower while 1, 065 came out with a pass in the Bar final examinations.

“I am happy to affirm that they all exhibited good manners and decorum during their training. They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession,”.

The Chairman of the Body of Benchers, OCJ Okocha (SAN), In his remarks said that since the Nigerian Law School came into existence in 1962, the Council has always made sure that all candidates admitted into the School are given the requisite skills and knowledge, in order for them to be sound lawyers.

Okocha, who is also a life bencher warned the new lawyers that any breach of the rules and regulations will be met with severe sanctions.

He said the Body of Benchers has the power to enforce discipline and decorum at the Bar and that the exercise of the power is done through the instrumentality of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), which is a standing committee of the Body of Benchers.

On its part, the Nigerian Bar Association has congratulated the new wigs and expressed the desire and hope that they live up to the ideals expected of legal practitioners.

The President of the Bar, Olumide Akpata also used the opportunity of the call to bar ceremony to pledge his commitment to unify lawyers and restore the association’s glory.

In his tweets after attending the ceremony, Akpata said, “In the next couple of weeks, we shall be unveiling the plans that we have lined up to make their membership of the Association more beneficial to them and everyone.

The ultimate objective is to bequeath to the new wigs and the generality of our members a united and value-adding Association that we all will be proud of.