UK Parliament Paves Way For Brexit

MayThe British Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger article 50, so that the UK can leave the European Union.

Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal, after their objections were overturned by lawmakers.

The bill is expected to receive royal assent and become law today.

The result comes as Scotland’s first Minister Nicola Sturgeon, announced that she intends to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence at a time when Brexit negotiations are expected to be reaching a conclusion.

Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year.

Court Orders NAFDAC To Warn Against Drinking Fanta, Sprite With Vitamin C

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public FightA Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere area of Lagos Island, has ordered the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to order the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) PLC, to put a written warning on Fanta and Sprite bottles stating that both soft drinks are poisonous, when consumed along with Vitamin C.

The court also held that NAFDAC failed Nigerians by declaring, as fit for human consumption, products discovered by tests in the United Kingdom as turning poisonous when mixed with Ascorbic Acid (popularly known as Vitamin C).

In the judgment given by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, the court awarded a cost of 2million Naira against NAFDAC.

The court judgment was given in a suit filed by a Lagos-based businessman, Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo, and his company, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited, against NBC PLC and NAFDAC.

Mr. Adebo, had in the suit, urged the court to declare that NBC was negligent to its consumers by bottling Fanta and Sprite with excessive levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives.

The businessman also urged the court to order NAFDAC to carry out routine laboratory tests on all the soft drinks and related products NBC bottles to ensure their safety for consumption.

In documents before the court, it was alleged that in March 2007, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Company bought large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple and soda water from NBC for export and subsequent retail in the United Kingdom.

But when the consignment arrived the United Kingdom, health authorities in that country, precisely the Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Trading Standard’s Department of Environment and Economy Directorate, raised fundamental health issues on the contents and composition of Fanta and Sprite.

Findings by the United Kingdom Health Authorities were also corroborated by other agencies in European Union countries, which found the products to contain excessive levels of sunset yellow and benzoic acid, which are known to be carcinogenic.

On account of the irregularities and carcinogenic substances present in the drinks, Mr. Adebo and his company said they could not sell the Fanta and Sprite, this caused huge losses for the company, as the products were seized and destroyed by the United Kingdom Health Authorities.

The claimants equally alleged that NAFDAC did not carry out requisite tests to determine the safety of the drinks for human consumption.

In its response filed before the court by Mr. Tunde Busari, NBC admitted supplying the products, but contended that they are meant for local distribution and consumption, as it does not produce for export.

The company also denied that it was negligent, as it has stringent quality control procedures to ensure that its products are safe for end-user consumption.

NBC also rejected the allegation that the damages claimed by the businessman and his firm were caused by negligence or any fault on its part.

It argued that the levels of the chemical components in its soft drinks are safe for consumption in Nigeria and that the claimants are not entitled to the recovery of damages arising from their illegal exportation of products meant for local distribution.

NAFDAC on its part did not file any defense.

In her judgment, Justice Oyebanji said he was in absolute agreement with the claimants that soft drinks manufactured by Nigeria Bottling Company ought to be fit for human consumption irrespective of whether they were to be consumed locally or exported.

He also held that NAFDAC has been grossly irresponsible in its regulatory duties to the consumers of Fanta and Sprite manufactured by Nigeria Bottling Company.

The court then ordered, “That NAFDAC shall forthwith mandate Nigeria Bottling Company to, within 90 days, include on all the bottles of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks manufactured by the company, a written warning that the content of the said bottles of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks cannot be taken with Vitamin C as same becomes poisonous if taken with Vitamin C.

Enugu Govt. To Partner With 82 Division On Water Project

Federal Fire Service, Enugu State, Joseph Anebi, Ifeanyi UgwuanyiThe Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has announced his resolve to partner with the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, in its ongoing water project in the state.

Speaking during an inspection of the project at the 82 Division Abakpa barracks, Enugu, Ugwuanyi said the project is in line with his administration’s vision to supply water in Enugu city and beyond.

He also expressed his readiness to partner with the division in other projects that will bring development in the state.

He further called on willing investors to partner the state in realising its goals in the sector.

With this collaborative effort by both parties, it is expected to open more partnership doors that will benefit the people of the state.

Troops Destroy Boko Haram Logistics Base Settlements In Borno

The Troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade, have carried out a major raid against suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists at Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bordo, Kala, Bok, Magan, Misherde, Ahisari, Gilgil, Mika, Hiwa, Kutila and Shirawa settlements in the Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.

In continuation of the clearance operation of suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of responsibility, the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have been doing very well.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman.

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Troopsof Operation Lafiya Dole

At the Kutila village, the troops came under heavy attack from the terrorists, they responded and dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists by neutralizing and routing them out of the area.

Several others escaped into the thick forest with gunshot wounds, the troops recovered one gun truck, one Canter vehicle and one pick up from the terrorists.

The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Shirawa who withdrew in disarray when they could not withstand the firepower of the troops and abandoned the newly constructed Logistics Base, two freshly prepared suicide bombing vests and maize grinding machine.

The gallant soldiers proceeded further to clear Bok, Misherde, Mika and Kutila also in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, where they liberated 455 persons held hostages by the terrorists.

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The rescued people

 

 

 

 

 

The rescued persons after thorough screening have been moved to Rann Internally Displaced Persons camp.

New Tax Policy A Tool For Managing Economy – Expert

New Tax Policy A Tool For Managing Economy – Kriz DavidA Tax Consultant, Mr Kriz David, has commended the Federal Government’s new tax policy which he described as a tool for managing the economy.

Mr David stressed the need for Nigerians to engage the tax policy in order to help the growth in the agricultural sector.

He made the observation on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

“If you want to invest massively in agriculture, then the tax policy would provide incentive for investors. Also, you would need the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade, and Ministry of Transportation to be involve.

“The kind of tax policy that would encourage investors to invest in agriculture is by developing a tax policy that will ensure that when investors engage in farming, they will enjoy some tax receptive.

“So people will be willing to help grow the sector,” the consultant said.

Ekiti Govt. Official Kidnapped In Edo

Two Kidnapped Germans Regain FreedomEkiti State Civil Service official, Olaniyi Ibidunmoye, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Ibillo, Edo State with his abductors demanding a 20million Naira ransom for him to regain freedom.

Mr. Ibidunmoye is a Director at the Office of Ekiti State Surveyor General and is also a pastor at the Agape Christian Ministries.

The victim, according to family source, was returning from a pastoral meeting of his church in Abuja in his Lexus Jeep when he was abducted and taken to an unknown destination.

A source close to the family disclosed that his abandoned vehicle is now with Ibillo Police Station in Edo State.

Landlords of Egbewa (GRA) road 11, Ado Ekiti through their Community Association, where he resides, has written a letter of appeal to the Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, calling on him to assist in freeing Ibidunmoye from the kidnappers.

According to a letter dated March 9, 2017 signed by the Chairman, Mr. Remi Olowoloba and member, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, urged security agencies to collaborate with their counterparts in Edo and other neighboring states to ensure that Ibidunmoye is rescued alive.

A family source said: “He was kidnapped on Wednesday and they have established contact with the family demanding a ransom of 20million Naira.

“The family has been going through emotional trauma and psychological torture since his abduction.

“The wife has been traumatized and disconsolate because the shock has been unbearable.

“We are pleading with his abductors to release him unconditionally and allow him to reunite with his family, he is a civil servant and a man of God.

“We want to beg them to release him for the sake of the wife and children bearing the brunt of the shock.

“There is no way a salary earner can get 20million Naira in this era when government is owing arrears of salaries”, he said.

A Police spokesman Alberto Adeyemi, said that the incident did not happen in Ekiti state but he was told that the Edo state police command is already investigating the matter.

22 Migrants Killed In Libya Fighting

22 Migrants Killed In Libya FightingTwenty-two people have been killed with at least 100 others wounded during a fight between rival smuggling gangs on Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

Authorities believe the dead are migrants and not smugglers, as most of them were sub-Saharan Africans.

The latest deaths are in addition to the 140 bodies washed ashore in the Libyan city of Zawiya.

The International Organisation for Migration said the number of migrants leaving Libya for Italy has risen to more than 50% in 2017.

El-Rufai Swears In New Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna,The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sworn-in four new commissioners and eight permanent secretaries.

The new commissioners sworn in included: Barrister Umma Hikima, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, Professor Kabir Mohammed Mato, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.

The governor also appointed two caretaker chairmen for Giwa and Zangon-Kataf Local Government Areas.

In his address at the inauguration of the appointees, El-Rufai said his government decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration for better performance.

While commending the former commissioners for their service rendered to the people of Kaduna state, he explained that none of them were dropped or sacked but were deployed to handle other government assignments.

He reminded the appointees that they were joining the cabinet at a time the state and country as a whole is facing economic challenges, hence they must work harder to deliver on their mandate.

“I thank the former commissioners for their service in our state. I want to make it clear that we didn’t drop any commissioner.

“None of our commissioners was dropped. Some former commissioners have been deployed to other functions of government. So, our team is intact and we are all together.

“We carefully selected our team members. We decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration and to inject new blood.

“You are joining a ‘wahala’ team and I sympathise with you because we work with little earnings.

“The permanent secretaries were chosen based on their competence, integrity and all the directors chosen to be permanent secretaries sat for exams and faced oral interview so, we have the best of permanent secretaries,” he explained.

Some of the appointees thanked the governor for deeming them fit to serve in his administration, hence, promised to contribute their quota towards making Kaduna state great again.

Kaduna Attack: Govt. Enforces 24-Hour Curfew

Godgodo, death toll, KadunaThe Kaduna State Security Council has enforced a 24-hour curfew in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State with immediate effect.

This follows the recent attacks by gunmen that claimed lives and property in some communities in the two local government areas.

A statement by the spokesman for the state government, Samuel Aruwan, says the action became necessary in order to protect the lives of residents and avoid further breakdown of law and order in the two Local Government Areas.

The statement directs all security agencies on a special operation in the two local government areas to ensure strict compliance of the curfew, stating that only workers on special duties and those on humanitarian services are allowed free movement after due clearance by security agencies.

CBN To Disburse More Funds To Banks

 CBN To Disburse More Funds To BanksThe Central Bank of Nigeria says it would provide direct immediate additional funding to banks in order to meet the personal, business, medical as well educational demands of Nigerians.

According to a statement released on Monday by the regulator, it expects such transactions to be settled at a rate not exceeding 20 per cent above the interbank market rate.

The CBN says the exercise is part of efforts to ease the difficulties faced by Nigerians while trying to access Forex for transactions.

The Central Bank, however warns that it would sanction any bank or staff involved in unscrupulous and fraudulent transactions on the FX market.

Ogun Police Arrest Forty-Year-Old Woman For Killing Her Baby

Police Arrest 62-Year-Old For Stealing 130,000 NairaThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a forty-year-old woman, Foluke Owolewa for killing her one-day old baby.

According to the police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the incident happened at Ipamesan, area of Sango Ota, and was reported at Sango Divisional Headquarters by the Vice Chairman of the community development area (CDA).

The suspect delivered the baby on Thursday morning but killed the baby girl.

The DPO Sango Ota Division, Akinsola Ogunwale led detective to the scene at No. 17 Ilupeju Street, Anishere Unity Estate, Sango Ota where the woman was promptly arrested.

He said, ”On interrogation, the suspect claimed that her two other children are not well taken care of by her husband hence her reason for killing the baby, which she believed will be an additional burden on her.

“Further investigation revealed that this is not the first time the woman will attempt killing her child, it was gathered that she once threw one of her daughter into pit latrine on delivery but the baby girl was lucky to be rescued alive. ” he said.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu has directed that the suspect would be transferred to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

He therefore appealed to members of the public to always be mindful of what is going on around them so, as to give useful information to the Police.