The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjian has promised that CCTV footage and police report with full autopsy will reveal what really led to the death of the Nigerian pastor in China.
This was disclosed o Tuesday when Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa visited the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria over the Pastor’s death.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa asked the authority to carry out a thorough investigation into the death the Nigerian, Joseph Nwajueze.
The Federal Government has pledged to install CCTV’s strategically along highways, monitor forests, and bushes with the use of aerodrones.
This follows the security challenges affecting the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this on Wednesday when the Ooni of Ife, Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, and some elders of the state visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, the Ooni of Ife said the President gave an assurance that the entire security architecture of the country would be restructured.
A Turkish television station has broadcast CCTV footage showing men carrying cases and bags which it says contained slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body parts.
The images shown on A-Haber television late Sunday feature three men carrying five suitcases and two large black bags into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul.
The residence lies a short distance from the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi was murdered in October in a killing that has tested Riyadh’s relations with the West.
Citing unnamed Turkish sources, A-Haber said Khashoggi’s dismembered body was inside the cases and bags.
Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, was killed on October 2 shortly after entering the kingdom’s consulate in what Riyadh called a “rogue” operation.
The 59-year-old former Saudi insider turned critic was strangled before he was cut up into pieces by a team of 15 Saudis sent to Istanbul for the killing, according to Turkish officials, with media reports suggesting the parts were dissolved in acid.
The consulate and the residence were searched by the Turkish authorities in October along with several other locations but Khashoggi’s body has still not been found.
There has been speculation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the hit but Riyadh has absolved the de facto leader of any blame.
Saudi Arabia has also repeatedly rejected Turkish demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of the journalist, a critic of the crown prince.
A-Haber said the bags and suitcases were put into a minibus which travelled the short distance from the consulate to a garage at the residence. The men are then seen taking them inside.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has introduced new rules and guidelines that may eliminate fraudulent practices in the system ahead of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isiaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Kaduna state at a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monitoring and Supervision of the 2017 UTME organised for stakeholders that would be taking part in the examination.
He explained that unlike in the previous years, major players with requisite integrity, intelligence and appropriate knowledge of the assessment would be fully engaged in the supervision of the 2017 UTME examination to ensure a better outcome.
In attendance at the retreat were stakeholders from JAMB, tertiary institutions, civil society organisations, students union bodies, security agencies and the media.
The aim was to adopt an all-inclusive mode of supervision and evaluation that will guarantee transparent UTME in Nigeria.
The Registrar identified the new rules and guidelines to include, the adoption of CCTV cameras for all the Computer-based Training (CBT) centres, adoption of a single hall containing 250 functional desktop or laptop computer systems with extra 25 as backups, affirmative inclusiveness for blind candidates, adoption of PIN Vending System, inclusion of candidates with awaiting results.
Other guidelines were the adoption of cubicles with minimum length of 26 by 18 inches, adequate security with minimum of five technical personnel and a network engineer on site among others.
“In February, 2017 we held a retreat in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital where we were hosted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was Head of State in 1977 promulgated the enabling law of this Board and gave birth to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.
“At the retreat, we looked at the processes of registration and admission, we reviewed them and we adopted new strategies in tandem with new thinking and new challenges.
“It is therefore, in our stride and continuation at bringing all stakeholders on board, our inclusive train that we have organised this retreat to take another look at the Board’s supervision and evaluation of its conduct of the UTME”, Prof. Oloyede stated.
PIN VENDING SYSTEM
Emerging from the retreat at Abeokuta, the Board has innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which has led to the elimination of scratch cards.
The Board has also adopted a cost saving procedure PIN Vending System. It is a secured system which has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.
Some of the participants including the President of Women Arise for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and Senate President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) commended JAMB for reviewing its guidelines as well as suggesting on some grey areas which they would want the board to look into before the election.
Some of them include the security of candidates and officials that would be posted to volatile areas , the number of examination hours and the collection of 10, 500 levy by JAMB which they note amounts to exploiting the candidates.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has invited foreign and local investors to take advantage of the rapid developmental strides of his administration, to invest in all sectors of the state’s economy, in order to create jobs.
Governor Wike stated that first-time investors in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, housing and property development, as well as agriculture and ICT skills development, would receive attractive tax incentives and easy access to land in the state.
Addressing a group of foreign journalists in Lagos on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George who spoke of the government’s tax plan, also dismissed security concerns about the state, saying that Rivers state is among the safest destinations for investment in the country.
“The narrative that Rivers state is unsafe is an ugly slander against the state by a disgruntled political opposition”, the commissioner said, adding that as the oil and gas hub in the country, Rivers state has offered the highest return on investment in Nigeria since 1958.
Dr Tam-George said that activities marking the Golden Jubilee celebrations in Rivers state in May would showcase the different opportunities for investment in the state.
Present at the media briefing were correspondents from the BBC, AFP, Duetch Welle, VOA, Xinhua, CCTV, the publishers of The Trent, among others.
The House of Representatives committee investigating the provision of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in Abuja and Lagos has described the whole project as a failure.
The Chairman of the committee, Representative Ahmed Yerima, who said this, noted that the failure of the project to meet its objectives has also cost the Federal Government a huge sum of money, apart from the initial contract cost of 150 billion naira.
Some security experts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) also attributed the recent increase in crime rate within the Abuja metropolis and the inability of security agents to track culprits to the purported failed project.
One of the experts, Mr Kelvin Eyneface, said that the project was poorly implemented and impinged on the efforts of security agents to secure the installations.
The installation of CCTV cameras follows the October 1, 2010 bombing and the suicide bombing at the United Nations building to mention a few, in Nigeria’s capital.
The objective was for security agents to check, track and arrest criminals who pose threats to the security of the Federal Capital Territory and other big cities in the country, as obtainable in the developed world.
Four hundred and seventy million dollars ($470 million) was said to have been spent to install the surveillance cameras in Lagos and Abuja.
Three years after the Abuja CCTV project was completed in 2014, the cameras are reported to have stopped functioning.
An investigative tour of the Abuja metropolis by Channels Television crew also revealed that most of the CCTV cameras installed have been vandalised, as 1000 surveillance cameras were mounted in Abuja to boost security.
The Kaduna State Government says it has commenced the process of installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors at designated points in the state capital, as well as deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) to tackle crime in the state.
Coordinator of the state’s anti-crime outfit known as “Operation Yaki”, Colonel Yakubu Yusufu, disclosed this to newsmen.
According to him, the mounting of CCTV at various locations and the deployment of drones for aerial surveillance at flash points would check crime and give the masses a sense of security, thereby enhancing socio-economic activities.
He explained that security operatives would also further be trained to launch the fresh onslaught against criminals in the state.
Meanwhile, the state government has handed over the 403 stolen cows recovered by security operatives to their owners.
The coordinator of the security outfit, said that the 403 rustled cows had been recovered within the last one month.
Similarly, the State Police Command has arrested over 40 armed robbery suspects who specialize in snatching of cars, cattle rustling and stealing household items.
A third man caught on CCTV footage with two bombers who attacked Brussels airport on Tuesday was named as Faycal Cheffou in Belgian media on Saturday.
The federal prosecutor’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.
In a statement on Friday, it had named as “Faycal C” one of three men police had detained near the federal prosecutor’s office, the heavily guarded center of the investigation effort.
It did not say, however, whether he was the third man, seen on CCTV footage wearing a hat and a light jacket at Brussels airport with two other suspects believed to have blown themselves up.
Le Soir newspaper said Faycal C was identified by a taxi driver who drove the attackers to the airport. Earlier it had quoted police sources as saying it was highly likely Faycal Cheffou was the third man.
Other media also carried similar reports and said Cheffou was a freelance journalist.
Nine people in total have been arrested since Thursday in Belgium and two in Germany, as European authorities swoop on Islamic State militants they link to the Brussels bombings that killed 31 people and to the attacks in Paris last November that killed 130
Belgian police have identified a prime suspect in Tuesday’s Brussels blasts and two suspected suicide bombers, linking them directly to Islamic State. militants behind last November’s Paris attacks, Belgian media reported on Wednesday.
Najim Laachraoui, 25, is believed to be the man seen on CCTV pushing a baggage trolley alongside the bombers and then running out of the Brussels airport terminal.
Earlier some media reported that he had been captured in the Brussels borough of Anderlecht, but they later said the person detained was not Laachraoui.
Police and prosecutors refused immediate comment but the federal prosecutor was due to hold a news conference at 1200 GMT.
The death toll in the attacks on the Belgian capital, home to the European Union and NATO, rose to at least 31 with some 260 wounded, Health Minister Maggie De Block said on VRT television. It could rise further because some of the bomb victims at Maelbeek metro station were blown to pieces and victims are hard to identify.
One of the suspects seen on CCTV pushing baggage trolleys at Brussels airport just before the explosions was identified as Brahim El Bakraoui, public broadcaster RTBF reported. It said his brother, Khalid, blew himself up on the metro train.
Both had criminal records for armed robbery but had not previously been linked by investigators to Islamist militants.
Laachraoui is wanted in connection with the Paris attacks. His DNA was found on at least two explosives belts used in those attacks and at a Brussels hideout used last week by prime Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested last Friday after a shoot-out with police.
RTBF said Khalid El Bakraoui had rented under a false name the apartment in the city’s Forest borough, where police hunting Abdeslam killed a gunman in a raid last week. He is also believed to have rented a safe house in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi used to mount last November’s Paris attacks.
The Syrian-based Islamist group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks, four days after Abdeslam’s arrest in Brussels, warning of “black days” for those fighting it in Syria and Iraq. Belgian warplanes have joined the coalition in the Middle East, but Brussels has long been a center of Islamist militancy.
The Commissioner Of Police of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) says Police have heightened the security level in Abuja following the alert received that the Boko Haram sect plans to attack churches, mosques and markets, using girls.
Speaking On Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Wilson Inalegwu said that the Police have continued to build partnership and strategic relationships with critical stakeholders and sister agencies like the DSS, Military Guards Brigade, Civil Defense Corps among others.
The team, according to the Commissioner of Police, has the mandate to reassure the citizens of their safety.
“We have advised our people to be vigilant, watchful and observant because when you observe any suspicious activity that keeps occurring around your neighborhood, you should have the presence of mind so that you can report them promptly to the appropriate security agencies.
“We have provided help lines that members of the public can reach us through.
“We have four help lines for the FCT Control Room which are 11 digits and we have made it simple for members of the public,” he explained.
In response to questions about the effort of the Police to improve the effectiveness of help lines, Mr Inalegwu disclosed, “The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, sent some communication experts to my office to discuss the issue and what should be done about communication.”
He further said that the Police had held meetings with various religious groups; Christians, Muslims, traditional rulers and tribal groups. “I believe working together with these groups, having these synergies, collaboration, partnership, will prevent any attack on the FCT”, he said.
Vigilant Of ‘Golf Cars’
CP Inalegwu also commented on the authenticity of the intelligence report on the planned attack on the FCT by insurgents. “Considering the period we are in, usually, we receive intel from various sources,” he said, adding that there is a need to keep the public well informed so that they can play their part.
“There is no need for fear and apprehension,” he said, giving a detailed explanation of the roles played by the Police in educating the public.
“We have been meeting with various groups to sensitize them, we have had meetings with national road workers, Luxurious Bus Owners Associations among others.
” We have advised schools to provide identification of students, to emplace perimeter security fence, we also advised them to be vigilant.
“We have also told them to be vigilant of Golf cars and people carrying laptops.
“We also emphasized that when people close from any place of worship, the flow should continue so as not to provide sitting target for these dangerous elements and not to allow hawking around any place of worship.
“The IGP has also issued directives to all CPs to continue to engage different sectors of the public”, he added.
An ad-hoc committee of the Nigerian House of Representatives is to investigate the $470 million contract for the installation of CCTVs in Lagos and Abuja, which was awarded in 2010. The committee is expected to report back to the house in four weeks time.
This is in the wake of recent bomb blast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Lawmakers, during a debate, said this investigation is necessary considering the security concerns confronting the nation.
The motion is urging the Federal, State and Local Governments to install CCTVs and other security gadgets across the country.
The House also resolved to mandate all business establishments in Abuja, both Federal, State and Local Governments, to install CCTV cameras and other security gadgets in their premises.
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has again said that the job of securing the lives and property of citizens becomes easier when the people become more interested in their own safety.
Governor Fashola was in the Abuja studios of Channels Television as a guest on the Wednesday edition of the breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
Speaking about the security of Lagos amidst the state of insecurity in the entire country, Fashola maintained a usual view that ensuring security in the state was dependent on the level of awareness of the citizens.
“We’ve been taking precautions for the past four years”, Fashola said, as regards protecting the state from insurgents, but warned that misinformation of the public and spreading of panic messages through access to new media tools was not helping matters.
Citing several habits that people have to change in order to protect themselves from being easy target for unscrupulous persons, “Terror feeds on fear and panic and also publicity”, he said.
There were recent reports of an explosion in Apapa area of Lagos and Governor Fashola said that it would be irresponsible to go ahead and assume that it was an attack on the state as it was not.
Speaking further, the Governor called on all residents to register for the State Residents Registration programme, as it was one of the major tools to help the government in providing security for its citizens. He said, “We must know everybody, nobody can afford to be anonymous again.
“I can’t guarantee that somebody entrusted to that data will not abuse it but it does not obviate the need for the data, it doesn’t obviate the necessity to keep it.
“The Lagos State Residents Registration Law is a model that I will commend because we did a lot of research, we looked at what was obtainable across the continent where there were models like this, we looked at South Africa, India, we looked at some of the states in the United States where this kind of practise was obtainable.
“Of course every law is as good as what the people who sit down to debate its policy content do at the time they do so. Challenges that emerge in the next 10 years will necessitate that the next set of people should look at that law again and say ‘is this law behind today’ and modify as we go along.”
The installation of CCTV in Lagos State was also discussed and Fashola stated that the surveillance cameras have been effective but their effectiveness has been hampered because of their dependence on power, an amenity that remained inconsistent in the country.
He, however, also noted that despite the high standard of security intelligence in the United States, their systems have been breached several times by terrorists, an indication that there was more to ensuring security that the installation of devices.
He emphasized the identification of its citizens and keeping a database of all persons the state is expected to provide for and protect as the foundation to creating a safe state.
Apapa/Oshodi Expressway Menace
The need to protect citizens also necessitated a conversation about the harrowing traffic experiences of Lagos residents especially in the Apapa axis of the state. Governor Fashola said:
“I must apologise that citizens are going through what is clearly an avoidable experience in terms of commuting, but without any doubt at all, the pain comes from two sets of actions.
“First, it comes from the way we are managing the distribution of petroleum products, it comes secondly from the way we are managing port activities; these are two activities that the state has no control of, these are Federal Government responsibilities.
“All of the petrol that is available in Nigeria today is pumped from the tank farms in Apapa, that’s a fact. So if you stop any activity there the whole country will not have fuel.
“So apart from the inefficiencies that characterise that system, the cost of commuting and having fuel in your generator is also the harrowing pain that citizens go through today and we can be much more efficient than that.”
He decried the manner in which tankers have taken over the roads, stating that there was need to review the way fuel is being supplied in Nigeria, as it was unacceptable to have little or no space left for vehicular movement.
On his recommendations, he said; “You can’t depend on tank farms to supply 90% of a nation’s need. Even if the tank farm was out in the desert, it’s still not a sustainable system; there are pumping systems across the world to do this.
“How many nations still truck all of their fuel on the road? Why can’t it go by rail? There’s a rail system that the Europeans left when they were managing our oil industry and our ports, the tracks are there. When I was Governor-elect, I checked and it was going to require only about 250million dollars, at that time, to put the rail track back into operation from Lagos all the way to Kaduna.”
He insisted that the manner in which the fuel business and port business in the state had been managed has been a major factor adversely affecting other businesses.
Pension Scheme Initiative
Governor Fashola had been in Abuja, the Federal capital territory attending the World Pension Summit Africa and he also spoke about the progress made by Lagos State in this regard.
The Governor said that his state had been operating two pension schemes; the old Defined Benefit Scheme which, based the 2004 law, the state has been trying move away from and the new Contributory Pension Scheme which the state passed into law in March 2007 just before he was elected as Governor.
This is because there were still retirees in some parastatals running on the old scheme and the state decided not to enforce migration but rather let it fade out gradually “until the last member of that scheme.”
He disclosed that the State Government’s 7.5% contribution on the new pension scheme for its employers had risen to about 61billion Naira with the employees also contributing their 7.5% and with the “wonderful job” done by the Lagos State Pension Commission, about 25billion Naira has been remitted to retirees in the state.
He stated that the compliance level in Lagos State has been “extremely high” despite the initial and current challenges but the Defined Benefit Scheme has been the most challenging with the state having to fund it from the budget.
He reaffirmed that pensioners do not queue for their benefits anymore in Lagos State as the state has involved its Local Governments in the disbursement of the funds and also introduced technology to ensure convenience.