NSCDC Trains 308 Officers On Weapons Handling

The College of Security Management of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), has graduated 308 officers in weapons handling, to give backing to the protection of national critical assets of government.

At a ceremony held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammodu, represented by the Assistant Commandant General (Zone F), Waheed Popoola, challenged officers on the rule of engagement and civility.

He also charged them to continue to exhibit a high sense of integrity, patriotism and exemplary service to their fatherland.

In his message delivered by the Assistant Commandant General, the NSCDC Commandant General challenged them on the rule of engagement, asking them to shun corruption and other vices that could put the body in disrepute.

“I wish to thank our wonderful instructors for the high level of discipline imbibed into the graduands and techniques to actively engage enemies while protecting public utilities.

“You have indeed made us proud. Furthermore, being part of the college Composite Arms Training Programme 001, is not license for you to molest civilians.

“You must at all times abide by the rules of engagement, in knowing when, where, how and against whom force may be used.

“Always remember that there are procedures and standards in weapons handling, therefore, as you step out of this noble institution, your character will determine how far you will go – Endeavour to exhibit the highest sense of integrity, patriotism and exemplary service to all and sundry”, he said.

The provost of the college on the other hand, believes that the college Composite Arms Training Programme is a wake up call to the need of building professional capabilities for better service delivery.

“It is no longer news that our country is presently being faced with various security challenges which requires concerted effort by everyone to enable us confront it head on.

“In this regard, the need to train and retrain our men and officers on arms and other security areas cannot be over looked, it is therefore important to expose our officers to modern techniques of fighting terrorism and other forms of crime.

“The corps has trained you for a purpose that clearly differs from killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians.

“It is important to know that to whom much is given, much is expected. I therefore urge you to desist from intimidating and molesting the civil populace, shun corruption, and never see yourselves as a rival to any sister agency.

“But instead, be the change agent who would work relentlessly towards achieving a peaceful Nigeria,” the provost stated.

Officers were drawn from Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos and Edo states for the programme and it is expected that they would make professionalism and patriotism their watch word in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities, henceforth.

President Erdogan Wins Turkish Referendum

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Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, has won in the Sunday referendum in Turkey.

At least 99 per cent of the ballots have been counted, with 51.36 per cent voting a “yes”, and 48.64 per cent voting a “no”.

Addressing jubilant supporters in Istanbul, the President said Turkey has taken a historic decision, and that the country could hold a referendum on bringing back the death penalty.

Following the referendum, the President would be given vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament.

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On Damascus

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On DamascusFor the umpteenth time, Russia has vetoed a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council, that would have condemned last week’s alleged chemical attack in Syria.

The resolution which was presented by the United States, United Kingdom and France, demanded that Damascus cooperates with investigators.

The proposed resolution would have backed an investigation on the ground by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons.

This would be the eighth time Russia has protected its Syrian ally at the council.

NATO No Longer Obsolete – Donald Trump

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsUnited States President, Donald Trump says the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is no longer obsolete, reversing his earlier statement which alarmed allies.

Hosting the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House, Mr Trump said that the threat of terrorism has underlined the alliance’s importance.

At a joint press conference with Mr Stoltenberg, President Trump said he and the Secretary General had a productive discussion on what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism.

The US President further reiterated his call for NATO member States to contribute more funding to the alliance.

Police Arrest Three Suspected Army Impostors In Imo State

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Imo State Police Command has arrested three suspects, Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state for impersonation and claiming to be army officials, while extorting huge amount of money from unsuspected applicants who wish to join the Nigerian Army.

While parading the suspects at the Imo Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Chris Ezike, said the suspects were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following intelligence reports.

The commissioner also paraded some other suspected criminals who are allegedly involved in various crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, car snatching and cultism.

The commissioner said the renewed vision of the command is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state as well as provide qualitative police service for the people of Imo state.

Items recovered include three AK rifles, 15 AK47, magazines loaded with ammunition, locally made pistols and army camouflage uniforms.

In his words, “we have collectively resolved in this command that our mission and vision is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state.

“This state shall not only enable Imolites go about their lawful business without fear of any molestation but also enable the business of government and private sector thrive without security encumbrances, we shall provide qualitative Police service to the people of Imo state.

“Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state have been arrested for specializing in defrauding unsuspected applicants wishing to join the Nigerian army.
“They were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following a tip off.

“Investigation revealed that the affected candidates were ignorantly mandated by the suspects to pay the sum of 8, 000 Naira and 70, 000 Naira for medical test and recruitment training exercises.

“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation and will be charged to court soon”, the commissioner said.

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

During the signing ceremony at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Governor Obaseki said his administration will always provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive in the state.

He stated that many of the youths who would be affected by the bill would be compensated, urging the public to get familiar with the provisions of the law, adding that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

The governor further said that the acts of land grabbing is inimical to the economic growth of the society.

A copy of the bill was later presented to Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.

The Benin Monarch lauded the State’s Executive and Legislature for the swift enactment of the law, adding that those affected will be compensated.

“Palliative measures are put in place to ensure that they don’t see it as witch-hunting or excessive punishment or that they don’t recognise their plight”

Meanwhile, a task force headed by the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has been set up to drive enforcement of the law.

Obiano Receives Army Committee On Human Rights Violation

Anambra State Governor, Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano.

A nine man Special Commission on Human Rights Violation Committee set up by the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, was in Anambra state on a fact finding mission, to ascertain the roles played by the Military during protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in 2016. 

Governor Willie Obiano received them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, and listened to the leader of the team, Retired Major General Tijani Ahmed, briefing him on their mission.

Mr Ahmed explained that based on the accusations leveled against the Nigerian Army by the Amnesty International of violating human rights and committing war crimes in their dealing with insurgents in the northeast, Militants in the Niger Delta and IPOB in the southeast, the Chief of Army Staff had set up the committee to find out the truth or otherwise of the allegations.

He said, “The allegations made round the media, in the papers and specifically, the one that was made prominent was the one by the Amnesty International where allegations of extrajudicial killing, forced disappearance, torture and all manner of allegations were made against the soldiers.

“That’s why the Chief of Army Staff set up this committee to investigate and find out exactly what happened”.

For Governor Willie Obiano, there would not have been issues with the peaceful protests of the activist but for the hijacking of the exercise by hoodlums that wreaked havoc.

He suggested to the committees to reach out to the then Commissioner of Police who is now the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone Nine, Mr Hassan Karma and Colonel Isah Abdullahi, who was the then Commandant of 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, for the full details of all that happened in which officially, no death was communicated to him.

According to Obiano, “When you start some exercise, if you are not careful, it will be hijacked and when it is hijacked, it will change complexion from what was originally planned.

“So both IPOB and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in my view, they comported themselves very well, but the challenge is that we have these hoodlums, we are talking about that joined the match and tried to use the opportunity to loot and do other things.

“I’m sure in the course of your investigation you will get all the details”.

Ogun Govt. Warns Applicants Into School Of Nursing Against Fraudsters

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun State Government, has called on all candidates seeking admission into the state’s owned school of Nursing for the 2017/2018 academic session, to visit the State Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing Services, Room 104, New Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for admission procedures.

This is in effect is to save them from falling victims of fraudsters and admission racketeering.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye,  the warning became imperative for the prospective candidates in order not to fall victims of fraudsters while seeking for admission into the School of Nursing both online registration and hard copy documentation of application procedures.

According to the statement, all interested candidates must at least possess five (5) O’level credits in not more than two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while candidates awaiting result can also apply.

The statement also had it that, applicants are expected to have a functional E-mail address as application closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2017.

However, a Computer Base Test (CBT) Examination for all successful candidates will come up on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the School of Nursing (SON), Idi-Aba Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by 8:00am.

Nasarawa Residents Raise Alarm Over Termite Infested Electric Pole

Residents of Emba street of Millionaires quarters in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, have raised alarm over a termite infested electric pole almost falling over their houses.

The alarm was raised when Channels Television visited the area to ascertain the situation after a tip off by an eye witness reporter.

During the visit by our correspondent it was observed that the pole is almost falling over a land with the electric wires already dropping down into the house of a resident, Felix Godwin.

In an interview, Mr Godwin disclosed that the almost falling pole is the second pole they have changed.

“It is like this because for the past two years or so we mounted a new pole so we discovered that there are termites under the ground that has been eating it for quite a long time and that is why it has been like this.

“Though it is not our own responsibility to continue changing it since we have changed it for the first and second time. We feel that it is the responsibility of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to come and have it fixed, that is why we decided to leave it like this.

“We are aware of the dangers and are making effort to have it fixed but the problem on ground is issue of finance”. he said.

When taken upon the issue of destroyed poles in Lafia and not just Emba street, a Technical Supervisor of the AEDC, Livinus Cosmos assured that they will be monitored and fixed.

He said, “It is not everywhere that the AEDC staff are unless we embark on patrol to clear one fault or the other.

“We will be able to see such faults but now that you have detected that fault, we will see that we replace it.

“I will work towards seeing that the pole is replaced if not by wooden pole, we will use concrete pole.

“Precisely if there are other wooden poles that are infested by termites, we will do the same thing to see that we replace them because once a pole gets broken and there is supply, it will cause havoc to not only our customers but any passerby which is risky, so prevention is better than cure”, he said.

I’ll Complete All Road Projects Embarked On – Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State, Paris ClubThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has told contractors handling the multi billion Naira road construction within Ibadan metropolis and residents of the affected areas, that he does not intend to hand over uncompleted road projects to whoever will succeed him in 2019.

The Governor disclosed this while addressing residents of Agodi-Gate, Idi Ape, Iwo Road Interchange, Basorun, Akobo-Oju Irin and Ologuneru, during an inspection tour of the project sites, in company with the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Adeyemo, and other top officials of the state, on Tuesday.

He said that he would spare no efforts in ensuring that the ongoing expansion and dualisation of roads, in these areas were completed in the next 18 months by personally supervising the projects until they were completed.

Although some of them were Federal roads, Ajimobi said that the state government decided to bankroll the projects to give succor to residents, whom he said were daily experiencing hardship while plying the roads.

At each stop, enthusiastic residents, who trooped out in their numbers, had pleaded with the Governor to ensure that the projects were completed in record time.

Ajimobi said, “For ease of business and commercial activities, we must build roads. You will recall that this government is the first that was elected for a second term by the people in the history of Oyo state. We are still grateful for this.

“This is part of the dividends of democracy, we made promises to you during the election and this project is in partial fulfillment of the promises.

“We will not renege on any of our promises. What we promised, we will deliver and it will be solid projects that will endure.

“We are going to complete the road construction projects within the next 18 months, because I don’t intend to hand over these road projects uncompleted to my successor. We are desirous of leaving behind a legacy of achievements in urban renewal”, he said.

He further said: “We owe the citizens the responsibility of modernizing and beautifying Oyo State like other big cities in the country.

“But, I must appeal to residents to endure the imminent inconveniences because to eat omelette we must break eggs.

“With good road network and infrastructure, we already have a platform for development and no administration has ever worked the way we are working. It will boost commercial activities and also serve as incentives for investors.”

A resident of Akobo Oju-Irin, Mr. Siyanbola Gbenga, told newsmen that the people of the area were in dire need of expansion of the road which according to him, would ease the perennial traffic congestion that had become nightmare for them.

At Iwo road interchange, the Governor had bought off the roast plantains on display by a roadside seller, Mrs. Rachel Oyerinola, who was dumbfounded at her luck at being paid a sum far higher than the selling price of the plantains.

The woman said she was amazed at the rapid transformation that Iwo road had undergone during the Ajimobi led administration.

Having inherited the business from her mother, whom she said also sold the commodity on the same spot, she said she had always known Iwo road as the den of armed robbers, thugs, hard drug peddlers and rapists until Ajimobi instilled sanity in the area.

Nigerians Attacked Again In South Africa

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A Nigerian/attack victim

Some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa, have been attacked by local residents who allege that they were hijacking their houses.

The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

Some South Africans alleged that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords.

We Work Hard

Meanwhile, some of the victims of the attacks who said the claims were untrue, narrated their plight to Channels Television.

One of the agents explained that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

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Victim Showing Legal Documents

“They say we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – Its by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” one of the victims said.

The attack is happening in the same week that the Nigerian and South African governments are holding talks to stop the attacks on foreign nationals in the country.

Both countries had agreed to set up an early warning unit to look into issues that often bring friction between the citizens.

The Nigerian Government had also called on the South African Government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect its citizens and other Africans within the country’s borders.

The call was made by the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also urged the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed attacks.

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President Mbeki

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President MbekiSome members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have met with South Africa’s former President, Thabo Mbeki in Johannesburg.

The meeting is part of the series of discussions to address the reoccurring attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.

It is also coming ahead of a town hall meeting with Nigerian citizens at the High Commission in Pretoria scheduled for Saturday.

Speaking to Channels Television after the meeting, former President Mbeki welcomed the visit of the Nigerian delegations, saying it will help tackle the repeated attacks on fellow Africans.

The lawmakers were led on the visit to South Africa by the Leader of the House, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila.

In another development, some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa were attacked by local residents who alleged that they were hijacking their houses.

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The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

While the South Africans claimed that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords, the foreigners said the claims were false.

One of the agents told Channels Television that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

“They said we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – It’s by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” he said.