Gunmen Kidnap Benue Commissioner’s Wife, Ortom Reacts

The wife of Commissioner for Land and Survey in Benue State, Bernard Unenge.

 

Gunmen have abducted the wife of a Commissioner for Land and Survey in Benue State, Bernard Unenge.

Briefing journalists on Saturday in Makurdi, Governor Samuel Ortom said Anne Unenge was whisked away on Friday.

He called on the Federal Government to as a matter of justice, clamp down hard on bandits and kidnap syndicates of armed herdsmen just as it has done with separatists leaders – Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.

The governor also assured that all hands are on the deck to rescue her, as both conventional security and local vigilantes groups have been dispatched to track the abductors.

He expressed concerns over the growing cases of kidnapping and other organised crime across the country, asking the Federal Government to take on them heads-on.

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“We are working together with the security agencies. You don’t just review security matters sometimes because you will be exposing the victim,” Governor Ortom said.

“Throughout yesterday night and today, my security adviser is here and we are working with some conventional and unconventional security, they will be released.”

Governor Ortom also expressed optimism that the nation would surmount all her security challenges.

Meanwhile, the abductors of the commissioner’s wife have contacted the family to demand ₦50 million.

An aide to the commissioner who disclosed the development said the kidnappers established contact with the family.

 

Bauchi Governor Appoints Ex-Commissioner As Chief Of Staff

A file photo of Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has approved the appointment of Dr Aminu Gamawa as the new Chief of Staff.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mukhtar Gidado, announced this in a statement on Monday.

Gidado stated that the appointment of Gamawa, who was appointed as the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in 2019, was with immediate effect.

He noted that Gamawa hails from Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, and he is a legal practitioner, teacher, policy expert, and public servant.

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The new Chief of Staff has worked across a wide range of organisations, government agencies, educational institutions, and non– profitable entities.

He also served as the State Focal Person for World Bank Projects, Chairman of Bauchi State COVID-19 Economic Recovery Committee 2020, Vice Chairman of Bauchi State World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS), Regional Representative of Technical Working Group on Subnational Ease of Doing Business, among others.

Gunmen Kill Kogi Commissioner, Abduct LG Chairman

The Commissioner for Pension Board in Kogi State, Honourable Adebayo Solomon.

 

Gunmen have killed the Pension Board Commissioner in Kogi State, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday.

It was gathered that the commissioner, Honourable Adebayo Solomon was killed on Saturday, while the Chairman of Yagba East Local Government, Pius Kolawole and some others were kidnapped.

The slain commissioner was said to be travelling from Ilorin to Kabba when his vehicle was said to have been shot at Eruku village a few kilometres to Egbe the border town between Kwara and Kogi state by some gunmen.

His remains had been deposited at ECWA Hospital, Egbe, while the whereabouts of Kolawole remained unknown.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Ede, said an intensive investigation is in progress to unravel the perpetrators of the heinous act.

The abduction of the council chairman may not be unconnected with his concerted efforts to rid his local government area of hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen terrorising the council.

Kogi State has been experiencing cases of kidnapping and robberies, with many blaming the criminal activities on the deplorable section of the roads.

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In recent times, several armed robbery attacks and kidnapping cases have been reported across the three senatorial districts of the state.

Just last week Sunday,  police operatives attached to Ajaokuta Division rescued two kidnapped victims who spent four days in the kidnappers’ den.

Few days ago, the Senator representing Edo Central in the National Assembly, Clifford Ordia, was twice attacked on Okene-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads by bandits in Kogi State on his way to Abuja.

Ordia, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts, narrated his ordeal to reporters on April 28 in Abuja.

He said he was travelling along the Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads on Monday when the daredevil bandits opened fire on his convoy while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo State.

The lawmaker noted that during the exchange of fire between the criminals and the security operatives attached to him, three policemen sustained gun wounds.

He explained that one of the wounded policemen was in a critical condition but responding to treatment in one of the hospitals in Abuja.

Five Suspects Arrested Over Abduction, Murder Of Policemen

The Commissioner for Public Utilities in Anambra State, Engr Emeka Ezenwanne.

 

The police authorities have arrested five suspects linked to the abduction of the Commissioner for Public Utilities in Anambra State, Engr Emeka Ezenwanne, and the murder of three police officers in the state.

Gunmen had on March 31 stormed a rally organised by ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo and gunned down three of his security aides, including policemen.

They also opened fire at the Isuofia community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State where they whisked away the commissioner.

But in a statement issued on Sunday, the Anambra State Police Command, announced the arrest of the suspects, noting that efforts were in top gear to apprehend other fleeing suspects.

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“The Police Command had arrested five suspects in connection with the incident and remains committed to apprehending the remaining gang members,” a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu partly read.

“Meanwhile, the CP has called for calm and reiterates the Command’s commitment towards ensuring safety and security of Ndi Anambra and residents alike.”

On the rescue of the commissioner, the police spokesman said Ezenwanne was released after “police, Military and Other Security Agencies had mounted intense search and rescue efforts, which had closed in on his abductors.”

While reassuring the residents of Anambra State of their safety, he said Commissioner returned home unhurt, in the early hours of today.

Zulum Sacks Borno Health Commissioner

A file photo of Babagana Zulum.
A file photo of Babagana Zulum.

 

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has sacked the Commissioner of Health, Dr Salihu Kwayabura.

Zulum also directed his Chief of Staff, Isa Hussani Marte, a Professor of Pharmacology, to oversee the state’s ministry of health pending the appointment of a substantive commissioner.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Relations and Strategy, Isa Gusau.

No reason was given for the governor’s sudden action.

The only explanation the statement offered is: “Governor Zulum’s directive is part of necessary measures to reposition the ministry.”

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Zulum thanked Kwayabura for contributions to the development of Borno’s public health sector in nearly two years of the current administration, and the years he had served under the previous administration.

Kwayabura had served in the same capacity in the previous government, a position he retained when Zulum’s government came on board.

As the health commissioner, he was the secretary of Borno Committee on the prevention and spread of COVID-19, a position he now must automatically forfeit.

In recent times, there have been hints of a possible cabinet reshuffling by Governor Zulum.

Ogun Govt Suspends Commissioner Over Alleged Sexual Harassment

A file photo of the suspended Commissioner for Environment in Ogun State, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.

 

The Ogun State government has suspended the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.

Mr Abudu-Balogun was suspended from office over an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year-old girl identified as Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.

In a statement issued on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, announced the suspension of the commissioner pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation.

He explained that the state government decided to suspend Abudu-Balogun to enable him to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the police.

“Whilst taking cognisance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Honourable Abudu-Balogun denying the allegation, as a government with zero tolerance for gender-based violence and indeed any criminality, the suspension is a further demonstration of the commitment of Dapo Abiodun administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved,” the statement read.

Talabi assured the residents that the state government would do everything necessary to ensure that justice was served in the case.

He disclosed that the suspended commissioner has been directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary at the State Ministry of Environment.

Barakat, a secondary school student in her final year, had accused the suspended commissioner of attempting to rape her.

She said she met the commissioner on Tuesday last week, but the incident occurred on New Year’s Eve.

The victim said she was waiting for a motorcycle to convey her to the office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to register for the National Identification Number (NIN).

While waiting at a park in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area, the commissioner who was said to be driving stopped the car and offered her a lift, but she declined.

Barakat alleged that she had been receiving calls from an unknown person who claimed to be the commissioner’s aide and two days later, she was reportedly taken to Abudu-Balogun’s residence by her uncle.

Although she stated that her uncle might be unaware of the commissioner’s intention as he took her to his house to operate a computer, she claimed she was lured to his bedroom.

The victim said she was left alone and allowed to go after she shouted at the top of her voice, and later narrated her ordeal to her parents who reported the case at the police station.

The Area Commander of Police in Abigi is said to be handling the case and the police have promised to make the outcome of police public.

COVID-19: Commissioner, 21 Others Discharged In Delta

(File Photo) Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

 

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu and 21 other persons have been discharged from the isolation centre in Delta State.

A statement issued on Tuesday by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olisa Ifeajika, confirmed this.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s spokesman noted that the state government released them after testing negative for COVID-19 following long periods of isolation and treatment.

He noted that the Commissioner tested positive for the coronavirus disease on June 20.

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Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, who tested positive three weeks ago is awaiting the result of his final test to determine when he would be discharged.

The state government also called on the people to support its efforts at curbing the spread of the pandemic by complying with the protocols prescribed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

EU Trade Chief Hogan Drops Out Of WTO Race

European Union, Ogbonnaya Onu, Science and technology

 

EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Monday he will not seek to become head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) because Europe’s in-tray is full and requires his undivided attention.

Hogan said in a statement the European Union faced a series of challenges, including recovery from the coronavirus crisis, trade disputes with the United States, relations with China and finalising a Brexit accord with London by an October deadline.

“This important EU Trade Agenda requires the full and careful involvement of the European Union and in particular, the Trade Commissioner,” he said.

“Accordingly, I have decided that I will not be putting my name forward for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization,” he said.

Hogan, 60, became a candidate earlier this month backed by the Irish government but a European source said the former EU agriculture commission had upset some member states during his 2014-19 tenure.

At the same time, he had only taken up the trade commissioner post recently, raising eyebrows that he would be ready to leave Brussels so soon after his appointment to one of the bloc’s top jobs.

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WTO head Roberto Azevedo announced he was stepping down earlier this month for family reasons, with the deadline for candidate submissions set for July 8.

Five candidates are in the running after Hogan’s withdrawal: Mexico’s former WTO deputy director-general Jesus Seade Kuri; former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; former Egyptian diplomat Hamid Mamdou; former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi and South Korea Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee.

“This decision today will allow other potential candidates (including European nominees) to consider their candidacy before the close of nominations,” Hogan said in the statement.

“The EU will work constructively with the new Director-General of the WTO to achieve our mutual objectives,” he added.

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IGP Redeploys Police Commissioners In Edo, Oyo And Nine Other States

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the redeployment of eleven Commissioners including those in Edo, Ondo and Oyo State. 

This is according to a communique by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

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“The IGP has ordered the immediate posting/redeployment of the following Commissioners of Police to Commands/Formations as follows: Edo State, CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo; Osun State, CP Undie J. Adie; Bauchi State CP Lawal Jimeta Tanko;

“Ebonyi State, CP Philip Sule Maku; Gombe State, CP Ahmed Maikudi Shehu; Ondo State, CP Bolaji Amidu Salami; Oyo State, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu; Eastern Port, CP Evelyn T. Peterside;

“Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD), CP Okon Etim Ene; Airport Command, CP Bello Maikwashi; and Anti-Fraud Unit (FCID Annex Lagos), CP Olukolu Tairu Shina,” the statement partly read.

The IGP urged the newly deployed CPs to prioritise community policing, crime prevention, public security, public safety, and general crime-fighting among others.

He also enjoined citizens of the affected states to cooperate with the Commissioners of Police to enable them succeed in their new areas of responsibilities.

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner
A file photo of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

 

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has relieved the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang, of his duties.

According to a statement on Thursday by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the governor’s directive was with immediate effect.

Governor Emmanuel further directed the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Professor Nse Essien, to immediately take over the duties and functions of Dr Udo-Inyang.

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He thanked the former commissioner for his service to the state and wished him good luck in his future endeavors.

However, no reason was stated for the action of the governor.

In a separate statement, Dr Ekuwem also announced that Governor Emmanuel has approved the suspension of chairman of the state’s Local Government Service Commission, Valentine Attach.

He explained that Attach was suspended for alleged involvement in illegal recruitment into the service.

Armed Robbers Raid Commissioner’s House, Kill Nephew In Nasarawa

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

 A 400-level Microbiology student, Terlumum Hemba of the Federal University, Lafia has been killed by armed robbers after they raided the residence of his uncle, Clement Uhembe, who is the Commissioner for Higher Education in Nasarawa State.

The incident occurred on Sunday at Akunzan Migili, a suburb of Lafia, the state capital, along Lafia – Makurdi highway at about 1:00 am.

Narrating the incident to Channels Television at his residence, Uhembe said the gunmen numbering six attacked his house while he was away in Port Harcourt attending his son’s wedding ceremony.

“I actually was at my son’s wedding when the news broke out to me that my house has been invaded by armed robbers. On getting here, I saw what happened, how they ambushed one student who has been living with me here reading Microbiology.

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“They gunned him down at a point, he struggled and eventually couldn’t make it. After killing the student, they moved to my apartment and broke the door.

“My children were beaten thoroughly, they were looking for two things – gun and money, which unfortunately I didn’t have any of them. They said the children should give them the gun and money,” he stated.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer of Agyaragu division, Mr Biam, confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

He said the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia adding that investigations into the incident have commenced.

Ogun To Rehabilitate 57 Primary Health Care Centres

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Ogun Health Commissioner, Ipaye

The Ogun State Government has reiterated its commitment to improving the quality of life to the people of the state.

State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye made this known while defending the 2018 budget proposal of the State Primary Health Care Development Board before the State House of Assembly.

To this end, he said 57 Primary Health Care Centers across the Local Government and Local Council Development Area in the state will be rehabilitated.

The commissioner said the proposal would ensure quality health service delivery in all the Local Government of the state.

Also to be considered by the board is the emerging population in the Mowe and Magboro axis, to ensure fairness in terms of needs.

He further disclosed that the state had received support for the renovation of Ijebu Igbo Primary Health Centre through a development Partner.

Mr Ipaye also said that equipment had been purchased to the over 200 Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in the state.

According to him, they would be distributed as soon as possible to health centres across the local councils in the state.