Over 200 Bandits Killed In Four Days In Niger State – Commissioner

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men.

 

Niger State Government has said that over 200 armed bandits were killed in a gun battle between members of the Joint Security Taskforce and bandits in the last four days in the state.

The state Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Mr. Emmanuel Umar, made this known while briefing newsmen in Minna.

Umar revealed that the leaders of the four groups that the Joint State Security Taskforce engaged in the crossfire include Ali Kawajo, Bello Janbros, Kachalla Halilu, and Bello Turji.

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According to him, sixty motorcycles were recovered, uncertain numbers of cattle were also returned to their owners. He noted that the bandits were killed in the Kundu axis of Rafi and the Babanlaba axis of Mariga local governments and other parts of the state between Sunday and Wednesday.

The commissioner hinted that two security personnel lost their lives in the fight against the bandits but appreciated the gallant efforts of the Joint State Security Taskforce.

Wike Sacks Commissioner For Health Professor Princewill Chike

A photo combination of a former Rivers State Health Commissioner, Professor Princewill Chike, and Governor Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has sacked his Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike.

Governor Wike announced this at the State Executive Council Chambers on Monday during a courtesy visit by officials of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria who were in Government House to intimate him about their national conference holding in Port Harcourt.

The governor was enraged that the sacked commissioner solely approved the hosting of the conference without due process.

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He said he only learnt about the conference through a text message from the commissioner while on a foreign trip soliciting for the provision of logistics without prior information in private or during executive council meetings

According to him, the poor execution of plan by Professor Chike brought his administration to disrupt, coupled with the fact that the courtesy visit by the health body clashed with the state executive council’s approved date for the continuation of projects commissioning.

The governor, therefore, asked the commissioner to excuse the meeting before attending to the officials of the Medical and Dental Council, where he promised to further improve healthcare service delivery in Rivers State.

Nasarawa Governor Nominates 28-Year-Old Law Graduate, 14 Others As Commissioners

The 28-year-old barrister, Hannatu Bala Abimiku, has been nominated as commissioner in Nasaraws State.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has nominated a 28-year-old law graduate, Barrister Hannatu Bala Abimiku (Lafia) and 14 others as members of the state executive council.

Majority Leader of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Tanko Tunga, disclosed this while presenting the list of nominees before the assembly, on Thursday.

According to him, the governor submitted the names of the nominees for confirmation as commissioners.

Abimiku graduated from the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) in 2016 and proceeded to the Nigerian law school where she passed out in 2018.

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Those nominated include, Hon. Yakubu Kwanta (Akwanga), who is currently the Special Adviser on Youths and Sports to the governor, Yusuf Aliyu Turaki (Awe), Aisha Rufai Ibrahim (Awe), Salihu Ena (Doma), Umar Mukailu Gurku (Karu) and Nuhu Oshafu (Keana).

Others include Idris Mohammed Idris (Keffi), Abdulkarim Kana(Kokona), Mohammed Sarki Tanimu(Lafia), Fati Jimeta Sabo(Nasarawa), Mohammed Yakubu Lawal (Nasarawa Eggon), Daniel Agye-Obi, Ahmed Baba Yahaya (Toto) and Lucky Isaac (Wamba).

Gunmen Kill Commissioner In Katsina

Katsina State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Rabe Nasir

 

The Katsina State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Rabe Nasir, has been killed by gunmen.

A top government official who craved anonymity confirmed the incident to Channels Television via the telephone on Thursday.

According to the source, the commissioner was assassinated on Wednesday night in his residence located at GRA along Daura Road in the state capital.

He said security operatives had after the incident taken over the residence.

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The Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba confirmed the incident to Channels Television while addressing journalists.

While noting that the deceased was killed last night after returning home, the police commissioner said that one suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident.

According to the police boss, the State Police Command has begun investigating the killing of the Commissioner.

He equally explained that the commissioner’s corpse has been evacuated to the Federal Medical Center Katsina.

My Resignation Was Due To Personal Reasons, Says Ex-Ogun State Attorney General

A file photo of Mr Gbolahan Adeniran.

 

A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ogun State, Akingbolahan Adeniran says he resigned because of personal reasons and not due to “massive corruption” in the government as speculated in some quarters. 

In a statement issued on Monday, Adeniran faulted reports claiming he resigned from his post due to corruption in the Ogun State Government.  

“While it is true that on 8 November 2021, I formally notified His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR, the Governor of the State, of my decision to resign from the cabinet, I must state that contrary to the online news publications, my reasons for resigning are purely personal,” he said. 

“I am not aware of any ‘massive corruption’ in the administration.”

He said during his time in the cabinet, the present administration was able to reach some milestones such as the improvement of access to justice for the people of the state via the Ogun Public Interest Law Partnership which matches indigent clients with pro bono lawyers.

According to him, the rights of the citizens were more protected during his stint, as he thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve in the cabinet. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with such an amazing group of administrators, technocrats, and experts in various fields of endeavour,” he further stated. 

“I have learnt a lot from you all and pray that God will continue to use you to improve the lives of the good people of Ogun State.”

Police Parade 76 Suspects As Crime Rate Rises In Borno

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Borno State Police Command has paraded 76 persons suspected to be engaged in various criminal activities in the state.

This is according to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Abdu who disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Maiduguri.

Abdu said the suspects were arrested at various locations within the metropolis and other parts of Chibok, Jere, Konduga and Mafa Local Government Areas.

According to the police commissioner, the Command also recovered fake naira notes amounting to N1.2 million in addition to firearms.

Other suspects were said to have been involved in the vandalisation of electrical cables, boreholes and appliances, use of fake license plate numbers among other acts.

“Criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, armed robbery, abduction/kidnapping, rape, possession of dangerous weapon, forgery and theft” are other crimes mentioned by the CP.

The police commissioner explained that the suspects would be charged to court.

He added: “Therefore, all the necessary activities of criminal merchants who are desperate to make a living at the expense of the law-abiding and hardworking people of the state, would not be tolerated.

“It is glaring to note that within just a month of my arrival as the Commissioner of Police, the Command has made a breakthrough in the fight against crimes and criminality in the state.”

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.