FG Must Do Everything To Ensure Safe Return Of Missing Dapchi Schoolgirls – Aliyu

Aliyu Umar


A retired Army Captain, Mr Umar Aliyu has urged the government to intensify efforts towards rescuing the abducted students of Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, Yobe state.

He made the call when he made an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.

“The Dapchi incident was as unfortunate as it was avoidable.To You have your children within the grip of these people, then you must do your utmost to ensure they return safely,” he said.

Aliyu’s comments come three weeks after 110 students were declared missing by the school authorities after Boko Haram invaded the town.

The abduction has once again put a question mark on the Federal Government’s war against insecurity.

Many prominent individuals especially the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of feasting rather than paying a condolence visit to the parents.

But regardless, the president has promised to do all it can to ensure that the girls are rescued.

Alleged Senate Rules Forgery: Saraki, Others’ Trial Stalled

trial, senate president, deputyThe trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki , his deputy, Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu and two others, has yet again been stalled.

This follows the Federal Government’s failure to commence trial on the two counts of forgery proffered against them.

At the resumed hearing before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Jabi, counsel to the Federal Government, Aliyu Umar told Justice Yusuf Halilu that he was not prepared to proceed with the trial.

According to him, a motion dated September 26, questioning the jurisdiction of the court, had just been served on him and he would need time to adequately respond.

Mr Umar, who led the Federal Government’s Legal Team, informed the court that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation did not hand him any other motion related to the case.

But Justice Halilu pointed out to him that similar motions had been pending since June 22.

The Federal Government’s counsel consequently applied for an adjournment to enable him put his house in order and also to better prepare his reaction to the motion filed by all the defendants.

Senator Saraki and Senator Ekweremadu had pleaded not guilty to charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, 2015.

The two Senate leaders had been arraigned before the Federal High Court along with a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr Benedict Efeturi.

All four accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

The Court consequently granted bail to the accused persons.

Justice Halilu asked the them to produce two reasonable sureties who must be Nigerian men or women.

He stated that the sureties must own properties in Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse II or Garki areas in the Federal Capital Territory.

Expert Advises Security Agencies To Own Sector

capt umarA Security Consultant, Rtd. Capt. Aliyu Umar, has advised security agencies to own the security sector, pointing out that Nigeria is a bit laid back in terms of security.

Capt. Umar stated that the security operatives were putting a lot of efforts but needed to get wiser and smarter. “We go through so much and we put in so much but we see a replay of what we have put behind us”.

He referred to the recent jail break that occurred  at the State Security Service office in Abuja, describing the incident as unfortunate and stated that what needed to be done was “damage control”.

Speaking on Wednesday on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Capt. Umar also stressed that various attacks in the country needed  “damage control”or  “a safety audit.

He explained that there were lessons to be learnt from these attacks which could be escalated and shared with other security agencies in a way of “pulling information”.

On the recommended security audit, he said that such audit on the the SSS headquarters should  cover the equipment, nature of the security facilities and the process of detention.

Capt. Umar further added that detainees within the detention centre,  were able communicate, citing that as the reason some detainees refused to join in the attempt to escape.

He advised that detainees of such calibres should be separated.

Legal committee confers SAN on Falana, 24 others

Human Rights activist and former president of the Nigeria Bar association (NBA), Femi Falana and 24 others were on Thursday conferred with the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The Legal Practitioners Privilege Committee (LPPC) on Thursday announced the names of successful candidates for the rank of SAN.

Over 125 people were said to have  applied, 25 persons were deemed successful out of 71 people short-listed.

Below are the names of the successful candidates.

(1). Femi Falana

(2). Prof Yemi Akinseye George

(3). Rotimi Jacobs

(4). Ahmed Raji

(5). Theophilus Oyesanya

(6). Oluseye Opasanya

(7). Ndukwe Nnawuchi

(8). Aliyu Umar

(9). Akinlaja Dayo Moses

(10). Prof Dakaahs Clemens

(11). Aduroja Thaddeus Olumuyiwa

(12). Illo Katune Sanusi

(13). Paul Ananaba

(14). Francis Chuka Agbu

(15). Luke Chukwudi Illogu

(16). Selekeowei Larry

(17). Abenny Mohammed

(18). Charles Nwanne Obishai

(19). Mahmud Abubakar Magaji

(20). Mrs Connie-Jean Aremu

(21). Ogwu James Onoja

(22). Garuba Usman Cetenji

(23). Henry Oghogho Ogbodu

(24). Joy Okungbowa Adesina

(25). Rotimi Oluseye Oguneso

Two professors on the list are from the academia.

The newly appointed Senior Advocates will be sworn–in when the court returns from its annual vacation in September 2012. The court will be commencing its annual leave on July 18.