Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers, Recover Exhibits

 

The FCT Police Command has arrested two suspected armed robbers.

The suspects are said to be notorious for snatching motorcycles along the Galadinmawa-Durumi axis.

In a statement on Sunday, police spokesperson ASP Yusuf Mariam said the arrest was made possible following credible intelligence.

According to her, the suspects Bello Waziri (24) and Yusuf Ali (21) both male, were arrested by Police Operatives of the Galadinmawa Division.

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The suspects who were caught in the act confessed to being members of a three-man syndicate responsible for snatching motorcycles from unsuspecting riders at night.

Both men further stated that they use a hammer to hit their victims leaving them unconscious before taking their motorcycles.

The police say efforts are in place to arrest the third suspect.

Exhibits recovered include; four (4) hammers, one (1) motorcycle, and one (1) blue colour Toyota Corolla.

While noting that the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations, the command spokesperson implored residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through the following numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, 08028940883 and to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) Line:09022222352.

Police To Investigate Murder Of Ex-UNIABUJA Student Found Dead Along Iddo

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Police authorities in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory have commenced investigation into the murder of Blessing Otula, a former student of the University of Abuja, whose body was found along the Iddo Village axis of the FCT.

Otunla, a former English Language student of the university, was reported to have travelled from Oyo State to Abuja on Saturday in order to get her transcript.

He was found dead after she was killed by unknown assailants.

A relative of Otunla with the Twitter handle, @Dondekojo, confirmed the development and faulted the process of having to travel to get a transcript after graduating.

“I lost a cousin yesterday, and it’s emblematic of the state of the country. Why do graduates need to travel all the way for transcripts? She travelled to Abuja for her transcript and was found dead in a gutter. So sad,” the relative tweeted.

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The police in a statement signed on Monday by a spokesperson for the Commissioner of Police in Abuja, ASP Yusuf Mariam condemned the murder and assured that an investigation has been launched to apprehend the perpetrators.

“The FCT Police Command condemns in totality the murder of one Blessing Otula a former student of the University of Abuja, whose body was found along Iddo Village axis and was killed by unknown assailants.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma has ordered a full-scale investigation into the unfortunate incident and launched a manhunt for the perpetrators while commiserating with the family of the deceased.

“The Command implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883, and to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) number :09022222352.”

Six Suspected Armed Robbers Arrested In Abuja

Some of the suspects arrested by the FCT Police Command. Credit: FCT Police Command.

 

Six suspected armed robbers have been arrested in the Federal Capital Territory, the police authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The suspects, according to the Police Public Relations Officer in FCT, ASP Yusuf Mariam, were nabbed in the early hours of Thursday by police detectives from Zuba Division on routine patrol.

They were said to have paraded themselves as commercial drivers before luring their unsuspecting victims (women) into their operational vehicle before carrying out their nefarious act.

Exhibits recovered included one red colour Toyota Corolla with reg No BWA 782 BD, one fabricated beretta pistol, six rounds of live ammunition, one plyer, one chisel, two ATM cards, one camouflage cap and vest.

Others included three different number plates, seven Human hair, 10 mobile phones, a bunch of keys, two pairs of female shoes, four female handbags, N128,120, one invoice booklet, one lighter, six pieces of female clothes and other items.

Similarly, police operatives from Lugbe Division arrested Emmanuel Joseph, Thankgod Abam, Gabriel Joshua and Ekene Nwatu for robbery.

“The suspects confessed to terrorizing Lugbe axis using fraudulent means to dispossess unsuspecting residents of their possessions,” the statement read.

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“Exhibits recovered from the suspects are one red colour Toyota Corolla reg no. BDG 648 EZ, six plasma TVs, pieces of jewelry and several household items.

The police spokesman said the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

She also restated the Command’s ban on the use of unauthorised covered number plates within the FCT, warning violators to desist from it or risk arrest and prosecution.

The FCT Command also asked residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883 and to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) Line:09022222352

Police Inspector Killed While Repelling Kidnappers In Abuja

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The FCT Police Command has lost a police Inspector, Ambi John while trying to repel kidnappers along Dankusa, Angwan-Zegele-Zuba axis in Abuja.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, the deceased died while receiving treatment in the hospital.

Inspector John, attached to Operation Puff Adder, sustained fatal gunshot injuries during the operation.

“Following a distress call from Angwan Zegele, a joint team of Police Operatives from the Command and Operation Puff Adder responded promptly as they engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun battle,” the statement partly read.

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“Unfortunately, one of the gallant officers one Inspector Ambi John attached to Operation Puff Adder sustained fatal gunshot injuries during the operation and was rushed to the hospital where he died while receiving treatment.”

As part of efforts to secure four abducted victims, the police spokesman said the FCT Command launched a strategic operation.

The victims were said to have been kidnapped from Dankusa and still in custody of the hoodlums who escaped into the forest bordering the FCT and Niger State.

She added, “Nonetheless, Operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad have made some arrests in connection with the abduction.

“In view of the above, the Commissioner of Police CP Bala Ciroma wishes to commiserate with the family of the officer who paid the supreme price in service to the Nation and ensure that all the victims are safely reunited with their families.”

The police boss reassured FCT residents of the Command’s undeterred resolve to secure of lives and property within Abuja.

He implored residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883, to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) number – 09022222352.

Police Arrest 17 Suspected Cultists In Abuja

 

Police in the nation’s capital have arrested seventeen suspects for cultism along Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe, and Kurudma axis.

The command’s spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, in a statement explained that the suspects were arrested by the anti-cultism unit during raids and patrols between April 5 to 9th, 2021.

Mrs. Yusuf says the suspects confessed to being members of Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities terrorizing the stipulated areas.

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Locally made pistols, live ammunition, cartridges, knives chains, axes, cutlasses, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, and charms were recovered from the suspects.

The police spokesperson stated that all the suspects will be arraigned in court after an investigation has been concluded.

She appealed to residents, urging them to report all suspicious activities to the police.

Police Arrest 17 Suspected Cultists In FCT

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File Photo of a police van

 

The police have arrested 17 suspected cultists in the Federal Capital Territory, in their efforts to rid the metropolis of criminal elements.

The suspects were arrested along the Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe, and Kurudma axis.

A statement by the Commissioner of Police, for the FCT Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, revealed the suspects are; Peter Ajari 22years, Jacob Terkaa 27years, Isiaka Abdulmalik 19years, Akadiri Ay 23years, Nnamdi George 23years, Tony Enejo 23 years, Abioze Samuel Cole 35years, Samuel Mbachongu 29years, Michael Malachi 36years, Mbani Chukwuebuka 34years, Monday Orgar 24years, Onyeaka Chinonye 33years, Christian Chidebere 42years, Chukwuebuka Onijbo 24 years, Okife Zion 23years, Umoh Faith 22years and Emmanuel Obinna 31years all male.

ASP Mariam noted that the suspects were arrested by Police Operatives from the Command’s Anti-Cultism Unit during the coordinated raids and patrols between Monday 5th-Friday 9th April 2021.

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The police command spokesman noted that the suspects confessed to being members of Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities terrorising these areas.

According to the command spokesman, exhibits recovered from the suspects are: three (3) locally made pistols, and two (2) rounds of live ammunition, four (4) cartridges, two (2) knives chain, one (1) axe, one (1) cutlass, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and charms.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

“The Command implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883, to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) number: 09022222352”.

Read Full Statement Below

PRESS RELEASE
FCT POLICE ARREST SEVENTEEN SUSPECTED CULTISTS/RECOVER EXHIBITS
………. urge residents to report all suspicious activities.
In furtherance of its relentless effort to rid the Federal Capital Territory of criminal elements, the FCT Police Command has arrested seventeen (17) suspects for cultism along Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe, and Kurudma axis. The suspects are Peter Ajari 22years, Jacob Terkaa 27years, Isiaka Abdulmalik 19years, Akadiri Ay 23years, Nnamdi George 23years, Tony Enejo 23 years, Abioze Samuel Cole 35years, Samuel Mbachongu 29years, Michael Malachi 36years, Mbani Chukwuebuka 34years, Monday Orgar 24years, Onyeaka Chinonye 33years, Christian Chidebere 42years, Chukwuebuka Onijbo 24 years, Okife Zion 23years, Umoh Faith 22years and Emmanuel Obinna 31years all male.
2.The suspects were arrested by Police Operatives from the Command’s Anti-Cultism Unit during the coordinated raids and patrols between Monday 5th-Friday 9th April 2021. Furthermore, the suspects confessed to being members of Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities terrorizing these areas.
3. Exhibits recovered from the suspects are: three (3) locally made pistols, and two (2) rounds of live ammunition, four (4) cartridges, two (2) knives chain, one (1) axe, one (1) cutlass, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and charms.
4.All the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigation.
5. The Command implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) number : *09022222352

ASP Yusuf Mariam,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For: The Commissioner of Police
FCT Police Command,

PHOTOS: Schools Re-Open In Abuja Amid Pandemic

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

Schools in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday reopened for the 2020/2021 academic session.

Ahead of the reopening, the schools were decontaminated while students were subjected to COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face-masks.

The students were given an extended stay at home following reports of the second wave of the pandemic.

Channels Television’s photo editor, Sodiq Adelakun paid a visit to Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki, Abuja, to document the reopening. Below are some of the key moments:

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television. Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Students resumed at Government Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki Abuja on January 18, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

Two Doctors Die Of COVID-19 In Abuja

A health worker seen wearing a PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Two more doctors have died of the coronavirus disease in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, the FCTA said a female doctor with the Gwarimpa General hospital, passed on two weeks ago while a private medical doctor died last week.

Following the recent developments, the known number of medical doctors that have succumbed to COVID-19 in the FCT now stands at four since the outbreak of the virus in March.

“Since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in the FCT on March 27th, 2020, a total of 4 doctors working in both public and private hospitals have regrettably succumbed to the disease,” the statement partly read.

“The latest, being a female doctor from Gwarimpa General hospital, who passed on two weeks ago and a private medical doctor over the last one week.”

The statement was in reaction to a report credited to the Chairman of the FCT chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Enema Amodu, that FCTA hospitals were currently rendering skeletal services due to the death of 20 medical doctors from COVID-19.

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While making reference to the acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA, Dr Mohammed Kawu, Ogunleye said all FCTA hospitals were operating at full capacity, inclusive of emergencies for adults and children, delivery and maternity services, theatre services, laboratory and pharmaceutical services, and hospital kitchens.

“All FCTA hospitals are operating at full capacity inclusive of emergencies for adults and children, delivery and maternity services, theatre services (operating 24 hour services), laboratory and pharmaceutical services, and hospital kitchens. All clinics will resume full services after the Christmas holidays on Tuesday, 29th of December, 2020.

“While there had been incidences where COVID-19 positive patients had infected some medical personnel, these personnel and indeed the patients have been treated and discharged and the affected hospital areas fully decontaminated without any adverse effect on the overall functionality of the hospitals.

“According to records available to the FCTA, since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in the FCT on March 27th 2020, a total of 4 doctors working in both public and private hospitals have regrettably succumbed to the disease.

“The latest, being a female doctor from Gwarimpa General hospital, who passed on two weeks ago and a private medical doctor over the last one week,” he added.

Yuletide: IGP Orders 24-Hour Security Arrangement, Patrols Nationwide

File photo of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered 24-hour security arrangements and high visibility patrols in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), ahead of the Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

The IGP gave the directives to all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of Zonal and State Commands nationwide to ensure a peaceful celebration.

This was made known in a statement signed on Thursday, December 24 by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba.

The IGP equally directed the Strategic Officers to ensure deployment of intelligence and other operational assets of the Force particularly on major highways, airports, railway stations, recreational centres, motor – parks, places of worship, financial institutions, amongst others.

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They are also to ensure that personnel deployed are adequately supervised for the utmost professionalism in the discharge of their duties. He warned that acts bordering on indiscipline, extortion, and intimidation of travellers and other road users will not be condoned.

The IGP also enjoined Nigerians to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to security risks and the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and adhere to the COVID-19 prevention regulations.

He advised Nigerians to “avoid night travels, over-speeding, over-loading, stopping on lonely highways and unnecessary flaunting of personal details/wealth on social media.”

PHOTOS: Flooding Ravages Abuja Community

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television
Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

On August 26, torrential rainfall hit Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja, leading to flooding.

At least one person died after trying to cross through a flooded section of the community, according to the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Director-General of FEMA, Idriss Abbas, has lamented that most deaths recorded in the past from flooding the FCT were as a result of non-compliance to instructions from authorities.

Below are pictures from the flooding’s aftermath.

Note: All pictures were taken by Sodiq Adelakun for Channels Television.

 

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja was flooded after a torrential rainfall on August 26, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

 

WAEC: FCT Exit Students Resume, Wear Face Masks [PHOTOS]

Students of Federal Government Girls College, Bwari Abuja wear protective face masks as they arrive at their school in Abuja on August 4, 2020 ahead of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination Council slated for August 17. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

Ahead of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), graduating students of the Federal Capital Territory have resumed school with their face masks.

The Senior Secondary School (SSS) III students of Federal Government Girls, Bwari resumed on Monday following the partial removal of suspension by the government to allow exit classes to write their examination.

This is to enable them to write their examination which commences on August 17.

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Senate Receives Buhari’s Request To Confirm 11 Judges For FCT High Court, Others

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The Senate on Tuesday received a formal request for the confirmation of 11 nominees as Judges of the Federal High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The request was contained in a letter read on the floor during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

The letter read: “In accordance to Section 256(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed names of eleven (11) nominees as Judges of the High Court of the FCT, Abuja”.

The nominees are: Abubakar Husseini Musa (Adamawa State); Edward Okpe (Benue State); Babashani Abubakar (Borno State); Emuesiri Francis (Delta State); Jude Ogho (Delta State); Josephine Enobi (Edo State); Christopher Opeyemi Oba (Ekiti State); Mohammed Idris (Kano State); Hassan Maryam Aliyu (Kebbi State); Fashola Akeem Adebowale (Lagos State); and Hamza Muazu (Niger State).

The Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, while relying on Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules objected to the absence of a nominee from the FCT.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC– Ekiti Central), while coming under the same point of order, explained to the contrary that the FCT already has Judges on the bench of the FCT High Court.

“What is being done by the National Judicial Council at the moment is to fill existing vacancies on the bench of the FCT Judiciary.

“What will become an issue is if you take list of the over 40 Judges of the FCT and any particular state is missing, that is when it becomes an issue.

“A major criterion is to ensure that states that do not have anybody on the bench are given priority. I just wanted to clarify that FCT has Judges on the bench of the FCT”, the lawmaker explained.

In a related development, the President also requested the upper chamber to confirm the appointment of three members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

“In compliance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and pursuant to Section 1(2) and (3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act LFN 2004, I write to request for confirmation by the Senate, the following three nominees for appointment as members of the Code of Conduct Bureau. The curriculum vitae of the nominees are attached herewith.

They are: Barr. Ben Umeano (Anambra State – South East); Hon. Johnson Abonaema (Edo State – South South); Olayinka Babatunde Balogun (Ogun State – South West).

Also to be confirmed is the appointment of Umar Garba Danbatta, as Executive Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for a second term of five (5) years.

According to President Buhari, the nominee’s appointment is in accordance with the provision of Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.

Meanwhile, the confirmation of the nomination of Idahagbon Williams Omoregie for appointment as Commissioner of the Federal Civil Service Commission was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service.

The Senate President also referred the nominations of Usman Mahmud Hassan as Commissioner of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission to the Committee on National Planning and Economic matters; Tella Adeniran Rahmon as Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission to the Committee on INEC; Suleiman Sani as Career Ambassador; and the appointment of 41 Non-Career Ambassadors to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The Committees are expected to submit their reports to the Senate in two weeks.