Rio Olympics: Dalung Drums More Support For Team Nigeria

Team Nigeria, Solomon Dalung, Rio OlympicsThe Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, has called on Nigerians to keep supporting their team at the Olympics.

With hopes of winning a medal looking bleak, Mr Dalung said Nigerian athletes have not done badly at the games.

The Minister drummed support for Team Nigeria during an interview with Channels Television in Rio.

He said that the event has brought lessons that would be useful in the development of sports in Nigeria.

The appeal comes as the Dream Team VI prepare for the semi-final clash against Germany, to contend for a place in the finals of the football competition at the Olympic Games.

The U-23 team finished first in Group B despite their 2 – 0 loss to Colombia, but beat Japan and Sweden 5 – 4; 1 – 0 respectively.

They proceeded to the semi final of the competition after defeating Denmark 2 – 0 in the quarter final.

The Semi-Final match is expected to take place by 8PM Nigerian time.

The Nigerian team, led by John Mikel, are playing with high-spirits with the hope of replicating the Atlanta ’96 feat, led by the legendary Nwankwo Kanu.

Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler, Nephew In Kaduna

Gunmen-KadunaUnknown gunmen have killed two persons at Fadan Karshi community in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The deceased were the traditional ruler of the community, Bala Madaki, and his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko.

The incident was confirmed to Channels Television correspondent on Monday by the spokesman for Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar.

An eyewitness also narrated that the gunmen invaded the deceased house at about 10:00PM on Sunday, went into their rooms and opened fire on them.

The latest attack has created tension in the community as residents remain indoors while shops and markets remain closed.

Policemen have, however, been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attack.

In a statement he issued through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, while commiserating with the family of the victims, Governor El-Rufai urged the people of Sanga Local Government to remain calm and support the security agencies to investigate the attack and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack.

Civil Servants In Northern Nigeria Celebrate Workers Day

Workers Day-Northern NigeriaState governments and civil servants in northern Nigeria have joined the rest of the world to mark the 2016 edition of the Workers Day.

In Kaduna State, the government called on both Federal and state governments to address some of the socio-economic challenges facing the nation.

The civil servants demanded for an upward review of the current minimum wage to at least 100,000 Naira in line with the present economic realities.

At separate rallies to mark the May Day, the workers called on the Federal Government to tackle the epileptic electricity supply, fuel scarcity, insecurity, unemployment and casualisation of workers among other challenges.

They also warned the Kaduna State government to shun any plan to retrench its workforce, threatening a showdown against government if any civil servant is sacked.

While a faction of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State, led by Mr Adamu Ango, marked the Workers Day with a rally held at the Kaduna Township stadium, the other faction held a road procession near the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.

Kano

In Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, said that his government has recently established the salary and wages directorate as part of efforts to ensure transparent salary administration for the state’s civil servants.

Addressing workers to mark the 2016 Workers Day celebration, Governor Ganduje noted that the welfare of workers has been one of the major priority of his administration since inception.

Channels Television correspondent reports that hundreds of workers turned out during the colorful match pass held at the Sani Abacha indoor stadium.

While expressing happiness with the cordial relationships between his government and labour unions in the state, the Governor promised that his government would not leave a stone upturned in ensuring the state civil servants are catered for.

He added that various policy frameworks had been put in place to ensure that workers in Kano State benefit from his government’s welfare packages for the civil servants.

Although the NLC Chairman in Kano State, Dr. Kabiru Minjibir, commended the Governor’s civil service initiatives, he disagreed with some policies the workers considered injurious to them.

He stressed the need for government to fully study the report of the just concluded workers’ biometric data exercise, to avoid further complications that might result to confrontation between government and workers.

Other issues highlighted by the workers were the issue of labour casualisation and scarce job opportunities for teaming youths in Kano State.

Borno

In the northeast, civil servants in Borno State demanded a total implementation of the 18,000 Naira minimum wage.

Pensioners who joined in the celebration also called for an upward review of their pension, which is still on a minimum of 4,400 Naira.

The anniversary was marked with an elaborate rally under heavy security in the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the first rally in five years, owing to the insurgency problem.

In line with the 2016 theme “The Working Class and the Quest for Economic Revival”, the civil servants lamented that their income was no longer sufficient, considering the economic reality of the country.

The Borno State NLC Chairman, Comrade Titus Abana, said that the theme was symbolic as people of the state were faced with two fundamental problems of insurgency and dwindling resources.

NHRC Engages Nigerian Military On Alleged Human Rights Violation

Human RightsThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on security agencies involved in the fight against insurgents to abide by their rules of engagement by respecting the rights of civilians during operations.

The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, made the call on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Professor Angwe was delivering a speech at the 3rd National Human Rights Commission /Nigerian Military Dialogue on Human Rights.

He said that there should be a balance between military necessity and human rights protection during conflicts.

The NHRC boss also advised civilians to respect the military authorities who are out to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.

In his remark, the Nigerian Army Chief of Civil-Military Relations, Major General Rogers Nicholas, described the allegations against the military as untrue.

He insisted that the Nigerian Army respects the rules of engagement as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

The Director of Civil-Military Relations of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Afam Chukwu, also reaffirmed the commitment of the Air Force to the protection of peoples’ rights.

Issues of alleged extra-judicial killings were further discussed but this was done behind closed doors.

Petrol Queues: NNPC, PPMC Say No Cause For Panic Buying

Petrol liftingThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) have assured Nigerians that there is enough petrol to sustain the country’s 40 million litres daily sufficiency.

The corporation said there was no cause for panic buying, as the available Premium Motor Spirit would last until November supplies are made in the next few weeks. According to the NNPC, the expected imports will last until December.

Also emphasising the NNPC’s statement, the Executive Director, Commercial of the PPMC, Mr Justin Ezeala, said daily supplies of petrol to petrol stations across the nation had  been sustained, with over 600 million litres that would last 16 days.

Mr Ezeala said the PPMC could not explain why the queues were building up, but urged Nigerians to report any sharp practice, such as hoarding and sales above the pump price of 87 Naira per litre so that such defaulters could be punished.

The build-up of queues at petrol stations across Nigeria had become a sight too many in the recent past.

The inception of the present government early June was marked by a scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, lasting a few weeks and blamed on outstanding debt owed oil marketers.

A few weeks to Christmas, the queues are slowly returning.

“Vehicle owners on long queues across the Federal Capital Territory, have different reasons for their determination to fill their tanks, most of which centred of apprehension that there would be scarcity,” Channels Television Correspondent, Omelogo Nnadi reports.

To douse this apprehension, the management of the NNPC and PPMC said there was no reason for panic buying, as there was enough petrol to last the oil-rich nation several weeks, with a constant daily dispatch across states.

Osun State Workers Resume Industrial Action

osun state-NLCWorkers in Osun State have resumed an industrial action they suspended on Monday, as directed by their leadership, to push for full implementation of an agreement reached with the government.

Channels Television’s correspondent reported that a ‎visit to the State High Court and State Specialist Hospital, however, revealed that the offices were opened for work with no workers in sight while the State Government Secretariat, Abeere and schools in the town that were opened on Tuesday were under lock and key.

The Labour Union had on Monday suspended ‎the six-weeks old strike after signing an agreement with the State Government to pay the January and February salaries arrears of workers.

‘Betrayal Of Trust’

Reports from some of the civil servants, who requested that their identity should be withheld, showed that only workers on grade level 1-7 received full January Salary while those on grade level eight and above received half payment, as against the agreement reached.

Labour leaders described the act as ‘betrayal of trust’.

Angered by what  he called a breach of agreement, the State Chairman of ‎the Nigerian Labour congress (NLC), Jacob Adekomi, directed workers to resume the strike.

Kaduna Killings: Agwai Appointed Chairman Of Security Committee

kaduna governorKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has appointed the former Chief of Defence Staff, LT General Martin Luther Agwai, as Chairman of a security committee set up by the state government to recommend ways to stamp out attacks on communities in the southern part of the state.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, the committee is part of the government’s multidimensional approach in finding lasting solutions to the killings in the area, which have continued since the post-election violence of 2011.

The committee’s terms of reference are to identify the socio-political and economic factors that promote existing conflicts in Southern Kaduna and advise on measures to be taken by the government to address them,

The committee will also explore ways of finding mutual solutions that engender reconciliation between communities in Southern Kaduna and also advise the government on how the villages and communities of Southern Kaduna would be free from attacks bedevilling it.

It has 30 days to complete its assignment and submit its report.

The chairman of the committee, Mr Agwai, is presently serving as a United Nations envoy in Sudan.

On Thursday, 13 people were killed and 15 others critically wounded in separate attacks at two local government areas of the state.

The governor had earlier disclosed that a security committee which would include traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders would soon be established by the state government in order to work out the specific roles for traditional rulers towards the maintenance of peace and security in the state.

Gunmen Kill 13 In Kaduna Villages

kadunaUnknown gunmen have killed at least ten people at Katsak Village in Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) and three others at Ungwan Danborno in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The men also injured about 15 persons who are presently receiving treatment at different hospitals.

According to an eyewitness account, the gunmen stormed Katsat Village when they were celebrating an annual cultural festival at about 9pm on Thursday night and opened fire on them, thereby disrupting the event.

Channels Television Correspondent reports that although the identity and mission of the gunmen is yet to be ascertained by the villagers, the latest attacks have created tension in the villages as indigenes have remained indoors for fear of further attack.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attacks in the two LGAs.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, Governor El-Rufai expressed his sympathy to the victims, giving them the assurance that the state government would adopt a comprehensive measure designed to tackle the problem and ensure sustainable peace and security across the state.

The statement also restated Governor El-Rufai’s determination to work with the security agencies and the judiciary towards ending the “epidemic of killings and the impunity that feeds it”.

No fewer than 500 people have been killed and property worth millions destroyed in similar attacks in the southern part of the state within the last two years.

Accreditation Of Voters Hold In Abia State

abia state-accreditationVoters in the areas of Abia State where the supplementary elections are holding came out for the accreditation exercise which started at about 1:21pm.

Channels Television visited some polling units in some of the affected Local Government Areas and the exercise has been going on smoothly.

“The process was peaceful at flash points like Ugwunagbo, Osisioma and Aba north Local Government Areas, despite the low turnout of voters,” a Channels Television’s correspondent monitoring elections in the state said.

Security personnel were strategically positioned to ensure peace and order in the State’s election.

Osun Police Begin Investigation Into Channels TV Crew Attack

ChannelsThe Osun State Police Command said it has commenced investigation into the crisis which led to the attack on Channels Television Crew on Tuesday.

Channels Television camera was confiscated by the hoodlums who perpetrated the attack.

The crew was attacked after pandemonium broke out on Tuesday morning at the entrance o‎f the Osun State government office Abeere, following the order and counter order of strike by the two factions of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state.

The crisis got heated up when a faction of the union and its workers reported for work against the order of the erstwhile Chairman of the TUC, ‎Comrade Francis Adetunji.

Channels TV’s correspondent reported that ‎they arrived at the Police headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital as early as 8am on Wednesday, noting that they were still there as at the time of this ‎report.

The police officer who spoke off camera said two suspects had been apprehended in connection with the mayhem and confirmed that the confiscated camera had been found but damaged.

 

 

Kogi State Youth Allege Fake Ballot Papers In Polling Boots

kogi state-rec

The State House of Assembly election was disrupted by some youths who alleged that the ballot papers were fake at Ayingba, a town under Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The Assistant Presiding Officer of the Ijileft unit, Mr Buhari, told Channels Television that the All Progressives Congress (APC) group destroyed the ballot boxes.

The mobile policemen dispersed to Ayingba came in to arrest the situation by shooting sporadically to scare people away as the situation was going out of hand.

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Samuel Ogunjemilusi, in company of the NNS, Lugard Commodore, DSS Director and the Army commander visited Ayingba.

The security top officials had a chat with some members of the group.

The group accused some top government officials of committing electoral malpractice. They also accused the DPO in Ayingba of compromising after collecting money.

Meanwhile, in Lokoja, Channels Television Correspondent spoke with the Kogi State Residence Electoral Commissioner, Professor Jacob Jatau, who said that the allegation levied on him was baseless.

Professor Jatau noted that he had not seen the Governor of the state since he assumed office as the Governor of  Kogi State.

Speaking on the allegation of fake ballot papers, the REC said that the ballot papers were authentic.

The Kogi State House of Assembly election started in some parts of the state as early as 8am with accreditation of electorate.

However, the turn out of people in the state was very low in most of the polling units visited by Channels Television Correspondent in Lokoja and outside the state capital.

Fire Razes INEC Office In Imo state

INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Nwaorubi , Mbaitoli Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State, south east Nigeria has been gutted by fire.

Confirming the incident, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo State, Gabriel Ada, quoted an eyewitness, saying the fire started at about 1:30AM burning the whole building down including all the sensitive and insensitive materials in the building.

He also noted that according to some of the staff present during the incident, the fire was caused by generating set.

He however, said the fire did not affect all the card readers in the area as they were kept in a safe place before the incident.

He noted that the fire incident might cause a little set back in the area with regards to Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections.

He, however, assured that the commission would ensure that everything is put in place in order to ensure elections hold in the area on Saturday.

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, in a telephone conversation with Channels Television correspondent, said some arrests have been made concerning the incident and investigations are ongoing.

Mbaitoli Local Government Area is the home of the Deputy Governor of the State, Prince Eze Madumere, and is said to have the largest INEC wards in the state with 34 wards in the area.