The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB has warned members of the general public about the activities of fraudsters illegally selling fake JAMB forms to unsuspecting applicants.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof Isiaq Oloyede, represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mr Olujide Adisa, gave the warning in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the parade of two suspects by the Ogun state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The JAMB boss said that the forms for the 2017 session were not out yet as the board was putting all machinery together to ensure a hitch-free admission process
The two middle-aged men were reportedly arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by the men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at two locations.
They caught in the act of selling a form said to be fake to unsuspecting Joint Admission and Matriculation Board candidates.
Putting the records straight, the JAMB Director of Special Duties said that any form being sold currently by anybody is presumed to be fake.
He asked prospective applicants to visit any of the state offices of the board across the country for any inquiry and save themselves from the antics of the fraudsters on the prow
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has evicted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) State command from Fayose Estate in Afao Road, Ado Ekiti.
This is reportedly part of measures to get out of the hard-biting economic recession pummeling Ekiti State.
Other agencies given the quit order from Fayose Housing Estate include some Federal Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals.
The estate which housed NSCDC, Prison Service, National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Orientation Agency, National Board for Technical Education (NABTEB) and others was built by the Governor during his first term in office as a governor of the state.
Findings revealed in Ekiti on Wednesday that the state government had earlier given a year period of grace to all the ministries to look elsewhere for accommodation or buy the property as the state can no longer give out its property free of charge to agency.
The period of grace ended on December 31, 2016 after which a letter of eviction was served on the occupants of the estate.
The letter reads that “failure to quit the property will result into facing a rent tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti”.
It was reliably gathered that this development had forced the NSCDC officers in the state into sacrificing part of their January salary to buy the property as other well-meaning Nigerians to assist the Corps.
Responding, the Spokesman of the Command, Tolu Afolabi, noted that “not only Civil Defence was evicted by the State Housing Corporation from the property as earlier stated in an online news but all the federal agencies in the estate”.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has vowed to curb the activities of fake producers of fake lubricants in Kwara state and urged stakeholders for more collaborations in this regard.
The Operations Controller of DPR in the state, Salvation Phillips, made the resolution at a stakeholders’ meeting on how to find a lasting solution to the production of fake lubricants in Ilorin the Kwara state capital.
He said that there was the need to alert the public on the nefarious activities and dangers posed in the usage of the fake engine oil which he noted are injurious to national economy, legitimate business, public safety and security.
Recently, the Department of the Petroleum Resources in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) raided an illegal factory in Ogbondoroko, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara state where engine oil and lubricants were being blended.
The sealing of the illegal factory also led to the main depot where the alleged fake lubricants were being sold and further adulteration taking place at Offa garage area in Ilorin.
The State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Pedro John, at the meeting, stressed the readiness of his command to partner with relevant agencies to ensure that sharp practices in the oil and gas sector is reduced to the barest minimum.
He tasked the management of NNPC to ensure that loading of petroleum products resumes at Ilorin depot to ease the challenges being faced by marketers.
One of the producers of the lubricants present at the meeting, Taiye Williams, however, challenged DPR and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to have synergy on how to license producers of the engine oil.
He called for more training of the staff of the two agencies on how to discover the fake from original lubricants.
At the end of the deliberations, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Standard Organizations of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) agreed to work together with other stakeholders to eradicate the production of fake lubricants in the state.
The National Sports Commission (NSC) has promised to support the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation in a four-year strategic partnership geared towards the development and promotion of taekwondo in Nigeria.
The 3rd CCSF International Taekwondo Open witnessed a large turnout of athletes across Africa with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) dominating the eight events competed for at the two-day championship.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the championship which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Director-General of the NSC, Alhassan Yakmut said that with what CCSF has been doing in terms of its programmes, it was clear that the foundation has been able to champion the ideals of the commission.
“I am convinced beyond any doubt that CCSF has done a lot to promote and development taekwondo in Nigeria.
“For us at NSC, we want to partner organization like this because they are doing things that are in line with our vision. The atmosphere at this year’s tournament is what obtained globally in terms of international standard and I don’t think any reasonable person will not be impressed with what we have seen here tonight.
“Apart from the tournament, they have done workshop and other developmental activities to support the upcoming athletes. With this, NSC will be entering into four-year strategic partnership with CCSF to champion the development and promotion of taekwondo which is an Olympic sport in Nigeria. So from 2016, the collaboration will take off with NSC fully supporting the foundation in all its activities,” Alhassan said.
After two days of competitive action, the NSCDC confirmed why it is committed to sports in Nigeria when its athletes dominated the medal table at the 3rd CCSF Open concluded at the weekend.
NSCDC recorded four gold, one silver and four bronze medals to beat Mali and Niger Republic to second and third places on the medal table.
Mali again showed why it remains one of the taekwondo power houses in Africa when inspired by Soumare Karamoko, they won two gold and two bronze medals while Niger Republic won same number of gold with one silver and one bronze medals.
From the 284 athletes that featured in the competition which has the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)-certified referees handling proceedings, Mali’s Karamoko was voted the best male athlete while NSCDC’s Chinazum Nwosu won the best female diadem.
Cameroun’s sole representative who fought his way into the final in the men’s -80kg to clinch silver medal won the fair play award for his sportsmanship during the final match, which he eventually lost to NSCDC’s Segun Olushola.
Security Agents in Plateau State have promised to provide adequate security for electorates as well as staff and materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the elections in the State.
Commander of the Special Task Force (STF) in the State, Major Gen David Enetie, stated that the military is not interfering with the elections but would be supporting the democratic process by providing security at flash points across the State in order to create a conducive environment for the elections.
As part of providing security before, during and after the general elections, a show of force by the combination of military, Air Force, the Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, National Immigration Service (NIS) and the Civil Defence Corps patrolled the major streets in Jos and other Local Government Areas of the State.
The troops were reminded of the roles expected during the elections by conducting themselves within the constitutional provision and professional in carrying out their duty.
Explaining the roles expected of the military during elections, Gen David Enetie, argued that the military would not take part directly in the conduct of the elections but support the democratic process.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, north central zone has confirmed the death of 32 persons and 47 injured in the twin bomb blast that occurred earlier in the commercial centre of Jos.
Coordinator of the Agency told one of our correspondents that members of the agency combed various hospitals where victims were taken to for treatment which informed the increase in the number of casualty recorded so far.
However, Commissioner of Police in the State argued that the casualty figure was 16 deaths and 14 injured victims.
The suicide bombers targeted the terminus market where traders usually engaged in night trading called ‘Kasuwa Dere’ which is said to attract people who drop by to pick some food stuffs on their way home after the day’s job.
So far, 47 persons have been confirmed dead in the blast while the injured are receiving treatment at various hospitals across the city but the police have a different figure to that of NEMA.
Three major hospitals, Plateau Specialist Hospital, Bingham Teaching Hospital and Our Lady of Apostles have been treating victims for various injuries which as placed all medical personnel on emergency duty.
The affected area has been condoned off by security personnel while the National Emergency Agency Management, Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps as well as the anti bomb squad are still on ground keeping vigil.
Security Expert, Captain Umar Aliyu (Rtd), believes that the Military may be right to say that Nigeria’s territorial integrity was still intact but believes that there were indicators that it is threatened.
This is in reaction to the Nigerian Army’s response to a 52-minute video purportedly released by the Boko Haram sect, declaring an Islamic caliphate in Gwoza, Borno State.
Speaking on the Monday edition of Channels Television’s breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, Aliyu noted that there were both technical and fundamental indicators on ground that shows that the Nigerian Military had challenges handling the security situation.
He said that the goings on in the Army in recent times have shown that the sect must have been emboldened to take the step they took, making reference to issues like soldiers’ alleged mutiny, protests by soldiers’ wives, as well as complaints of lack of motivation and equipment to match the terrorists.
“From my side of the table as an observer I think time will confer or un-confer the truth of that statement or that position. But if we want to play it safe, I will want to assume that given the indicators that the adversaries have gleaned off, the goings in the Army in the last six to nine weeks, its not unlikely that they’ve been emboldened to take that step and make that declaration whether for truth or for fallacy.”
He added that Nigeria has not been focused about the State of Emergency it declared in the states affected by insurgency, as “somebody should be in charge” but this hasn’t been so.
He stated particularly that the issues within the Army had become one that needed to be addressed at a time when the soldiers were still complaining to their authorities. He warned that a situation where they stop complaining would make the situation worse.
Sophisticated weapons were on display in the video released by the sect and there have been questions about the possibility of military equipment being among those used by the Boko Haram sect. Aliyu said that the sect could have looted the military facilities they have attacked in the past.
He, however, also revealed there are black markets for arms all over the West African region and the sect could have acquired them or looted different locations to get the sophisticated weapons on display in their latest video.
“We have an Army that is more physical than mental” Aliyu said, adding that the insurgency in the country was an opportunity for Nigeria to improve on its military tactics but unfortunately the Army was still doing things the old way.
“We are just doing, we are not thinking”, he said.
He wondered why questions were not being asked about the reason why the sect was bent on taking over Gwoza. He recalled that the sect had successfully eliminated the Emir of Gwoza and activities that followed showed that there had been a plan.
“From the account of the average man who lives there (Gwoza) the presence of the insurgents is louder than that of the military troops” Aliyu said this based on his personal research on the web, checking the social media spaces of persons who are residents of Gwoza.
The military capacity to carry out thorough investigation also came to the fore, and Capt. Aliyu maintained that the reason why the Nigerian Army seemed incapable of this was that the personnel lacked the enabling environment to replicate some of the laudable performances they record when on international duties and trainings.
“We tend to look at the physical soldier, what about the psychological soldier?” Aliyu asked.
“The zombies Fela sang about is long extinct, today’s soldiers are people of these times, not Fela’s times when he sang Zombie.
“The Army is a community with its own values and culture and its also a subset of the larger Nigerian community.
“When you go recruiting to bring in soldiers, you are going to bring the majority of your recruits from the Nigerian youths who share the same social, mental fads. You’ll be getting the ‘Dorobuchi’ generation and the ‘Skelewu’ guys to come and become soldiers.
“Now, you cannot just get a soldier to follow you to battle just because you said so, he has to believe in you.”
He stressed that the Army needs to “step out of the stereotype” and do things differently.
He also said that there was need to develop a culture whereby monies spent on the military are accounted for. While admitting that this does not mean that details of all military procurements should be made public, he insisted that they should be bench marked and taken responsibility for, as regards what has been achieved with them.
While maintaining his earlier stance, aligning with the military statement that the Boko Haram claims could be untrue, he said that he expects to see a robust military action which would indicate that things were not being taken for granted.
Capt. Aliyu believes that the alleged take-over of Gwoza, which is a border town, means that Cameroon would also have started giving focus to their side of the region too.
He, however, also stated that this was not a totally military issue, but an opportunity for the Customs, Civil Defence Corps and other agencies to upgrade their operations to be able to address the situation.
He referred to the setting up of the Civilian JTF as one that would make him cry, as it only indicates the inability of the Nigerian military to handle the security challenges in the country.
Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has paraded two suspects who are involved in petroleum pipeline vandalism.
The two suspects; Micheal Urom and Obi Kelechi, were said to have been arrested in a forest in Geba with two loaded tankers filled with substance suspected to be crude oil at about 2am.
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Adesuyi Dayo, who paraded them at the NSCDC State Command Headquarters in Lokoja, told newsmen that the suspects were caught at the scene of crime, but on sighting his men some of them took to their heels while the two paraded were arrested.
One of the suspects, 27 year old Micheal Urom, who hails from Ebonyi State, said that he was a former staff of Dangote before he was laid off his job, and he was in search of another job when he got this one.
Mr Adesuyi Dayo said that vandalism of petroleum pipeline and oil theft remained a major destruction to the country’s economy which needs to be tackled, calling on Nigerians to cooperate with security agencies in fighting the menace.
While also warning those involved in petroleum pipeline vandalism in the state to desist from the act, he vowed that as the new head of the Kogi Command of the NSCDC, he would leave no stone unturned towards ensuring that the state is rid of the crime.
Having promised that the suspects would be prosecuted according to the law, he called on people in the state to give useful information to his command which would help in tracking down more of those involved in the illicit act.
The Nigerian Police acknowledges that they have some challenges in curtailing the incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen on communities in Northern Nigeria.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, was on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television on Friday, where he spoke about the several issues contributing to the spate of violence in Nigeria.
First among these is Climate Change. He said: “In Africa, there are studies that suggested that in the past 5 decades for example, over 800 lakes and water bodies have dried up.
“There are also obvious signs that parts of the North (Nigeria) and parts of Africa where traditionally, grazing thrives are also drying up, and that’s one of the challenges.”
Mba also mentioned the crisis in Mali, Chad, Central African Republic, and the collapse of the government in Libya, as having created additional problems in Africa and contributed to the growth of violence in Nigeria with leftovers of weapons getting into the wrong hands.
He noted that the normal herdsmen, who usually move around with sticks, now have access to firearms, adding that Nigerians also needed to be aware that not all men with firearms causing havoc in their communities are actually Nigerians.
Nevertheless, he revealed that the Police was working on improving capacity to curtail the activities of the perpetrators of violence. He mentioned the ongoing upgrade of surveillance facilities including the building of helipads in the affected regions as being among the major measures being taken to further protect lives and property across the country.
He, however, added that creating a long term solution was much more important, and this lies in creating policies that would keep grazers away from farmlands.
On the human capacity of the Police to truly handle the situation, Mba said that the Nigeria Police Force would be more efficient with better trained, better equipped and well-motivated men, rather than just having a large number of men without the necessary mind-set, skills and equipment to protect Nigerians.
The capacity of the Police to manage the forthcoming 2015 general elections also came to the fore, as there had been fears about the ability of Policemen to help prevent violence during the polls.
Mba gave assurances that the Nigerian Police was indeed very ready to ensure peace during the elections. He expressed confidence that they were not going to do it alone but with the support of other legitimate law enforcement agencies like the Customs, the Nigerian Immigration Service, Civil Defence Corps, and the military who they expect would work with them from a distance.
A combined team of officers from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Army, Air Force and Civil Defence Corps today raided Sabon Tasha and Kawo areas, a suburb for notorious criminals’ hideout in the Kaduna state capital.
The operation which lasted many hours, led to the arrest of 50 suspected drug addicts and over one hundred addicts as well as seizure of various kilogrammes of narcotics such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin.
Parading some of the suspects, Kaduna State NDLEA Commander, Mohammed Jibrin told Channels Television that the aim of the operation is to flush out criminals out of the state and make it peaceful ahead of the 2015 general elections, warning that Kaduna is no longer a safe haven for illicit drug users or traders.
The commander added that the operation was the third this year since the inauguration of the Joint Task Force by the state governor in December 2013.
He commended the Nigerian Army, Civil Defence Corps for giving the needed backup because of the notoriety of the area.
Giving an insight on the operation, the Assistant State Commander in Charge of Operations, Goody Obanoke, said the suspected drug peddlers would be prosecuted after investigation while the users are to be taken to the agency’s facility in Zaria for counselling and rehabilitation.
He urged stakeholders to support the NDLEA towards the eradication of illegal drugs in the society.
Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday arrested 11 illegal markets of petroleum products near Danziyal Plaza, along Olusegun Obasanjo way, Central Area, Abuja. The operatives also seized more than 100 diesel-filled barrels from the scene of the arrest.
A tanker, filled with diesel was recovered while the driver was arrested as well.
Also, hundreds of jerry cans filled with Premium Motor Spirit and kerosene were recovered.
One of the suspects who said he is the Vice Chairman of the marketers in central area, Umar Musa Kuta said they have been in the business for over 10 years without any disturbance from the government.
“I sell diesel there in Danziyal Plaza. We go to the depot direct to buy diesel. We use to gather our money…four or five people will gather money and buy a truck. We have storage and we take the diesel small small, supplying hotels, houses and some Ministries.”
When asked if he had a license to operate, he said: “No, but I am registered with the CAC.”
He said he knew he should have registered with the DPR but said he was not prepared to get the licence yet. “We are working gradually. I am not up to that stage yet but will get to that stage gradually.”
The Federal Capital Territory Commandant of NSCDC, Aminu Kofarsoro said the suspects would be charged to court when investigation is concluded.
“The suspects are illegal dealers in petroleum products and they don’t have licence to operate or sell petroleum products by DPR. In collaboration with DPR, we raided and arrested these people.
“The wrath of the law will follow after due investigation of the involvement in the crime.”
While reacting to the protest by some of the suspects that they were not illegal marketers, the Commandant said “a dealer, as long as I’m concerned is those who have their licence and are certified by DPR to operate. Anybody who is selling, dealing in petroleum products without license is termed as somebody who is sabotaging the federal government’s efforts in the area of distribution of petrol products.”
“They are going to be charged to court in accordance with the laws of the federation.”
“The suspects are illegal dealers in petroleum products and they don’t have the approved licence.”
The DPR Head of Downstream in Abuja, Yerima Kolomi said they were determined to clear people who were into petrol products adulteration, storage and sales without license.
“It has been a menace in the FCT and Abuja in particular. You can see the volume of just one of their depots.”
He said they have been handicapped in carrying out a raid of that nature because of lack of capacity.
“As long as DPR is concerned, these people don’t have the license to operate because they are not registered with us.”
He said apart from selling in an open market, the business was not standardised, adding that their source of supply was not known.