Cross River to send the Fulani herdsmen back home

The Cross River state government has decided to send back the 3,000 Fulani herdsmen camping at Bagga, Besenge and Utanga communities in Obanliku Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Liyel Imoke Imoke, who stated this on Tuesday when he visited the internally displaced persons, said the herdmen will be repatriated after arrangements are completed with their respective state governments.

The Governor said the State Emergency Management Agency has been directed to attend to the displaced persons by making available for them some relief materials.

He also assured that a detachment of policemen would be deployed there to ensure safety of lives and property.

A spokesman for the displaced persons, who spoke through an interpreter Alhaji Yusuf Usman, said they fled their homes in Takum, Taraba State due to inter-tribal war between the Fulani and the Tiv. According to him, they had initially moved to Katsina Ala in Benue State from where they fled to Obanliku after threats to their lives.
The refugees thanked the Cross River state government for supplying them with foodstuffs, mattresses, mats and blankets.

JTF conduct house-to-house search for sect members in Maiduguri

Four Boko Haram members have been shot dead in a gun battle with the police force in Maiduguri.

The clash occurred while the police carried out a search action in all houses in the area to hunt down suspected boko haram members.
The search exercise began today with several military patrols stopping in Maiduguri neighbourhoods to carry out house to house searches.

The search follows the spate of attacks by the Islamic sect members in the past few days, including the killing of a prison official and a retired police inspector.

Speaking on the Saturday attack that involved two police stations in Maiduguri, the spokesman for the Joint Task Force Sagir Musa said, the militants have been repelled and three killed.

Musa also disclosed that two militants, including a commander, were killed during an attempt to arrest them the day before as part of the crackdown.

Thousands of Fulani herdsmen flee Benue for C’river

Cross River State Government has expressed its worry over the migration of about 3,000 Fulani herdsmen from Katsina Alla, Benue State, to Utanga in Obanliku Local Government Area of its state.

The refugees, are believed to be among those who fled Benue state in the wake of the clash between Fulani herdsmen and Tiv groups recently, leading to the loss of several lives and property.

Although government officials declined comments, a Nigerian newspaper learnt that the security agencies had been put on high alert to prevent any breakdown of law in the state.

The Assistant Director of Information, SEMA, Mr. David Akate, said the Fulani herdsmen were gradually settling in about four camps using grasses and tree shades as shelter.

According to him, “The displaced persons had hundreds of tiny piles of their belongings such as clothes, mats and cooking utensils scattered all over the place are obviously passing through trying times, especially the lack of basic necessities of life such as food, clothing and shelter.”

Aquah however assured that the hospitality of the people of the state would be extended to them and admonished the refugees to be law- abiding while they go about their duties without fear.

We don’t want the new minimum wage table – Oyo state workers

Industrial activities took a stand still on Tuesday in Oyo State, following the indefinite strike action embarked upon by civil servants in the state to protest against the new salary scale presented to the leadership of the labour unions on Monday.

The workers insisted that the N19,987 minimum wage table presented by Governor Abiola Ajimobi represented no significant difference with the old table. The workers also demanded the implementation of the new federal tax regime to save them from excessive taxes.

The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Bashir Olanrewaju, and his Joint Negotiating Council counterpart, Nurudeen Arowolo, said “The government must give the workers in the state a living wage and not poverty wage. The strike that was declared is indefinite as the governor is not ready to bow to pressure by meeting the demand of workers.”

However, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Bosun Oladele, who described the workers’ action as unfortunate, said the state government expected them to reciprocate government’s gesture.

Health workers propose bill against foreign medical trips

A bill has been proposed by the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria to stop frequent overseas medical trips by public officials.

The Lagos State Chairman of the union, Femi Daini, while disclosing this on Monday at a news conference tagged ‘Primary Health Care Development as a platform for attaining universal access to quality health care services in Nigeria’ said public health institutions in the country are not pogressing because public officials have the alternative means of travelling abroad to treat the slightest ailment.

Accordign to Mr. Daini, “Health care delivery will continue to remain in poor state if there is no outright ban on medical trip abroad by public officials. If they cannot travel abroad for medical treatment, they will be compelled to salvage health sector in Nigeria.”

He said the Joint Health Sector Union had almost perfected its work on modalities to pursue the bill to a logical conclusion.

Civil defence parades 87 fake corpers

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday in Abuja paraded 87 suspected fake corps members who were arrested in Nasarawa based on intelligence reports.
The Deputy Commandant-General (DCG) of NSCDC in Nasarawa State,  Walter Akubuiroh, who disclosed that the 87 culprits were arrested on Tuesday, said “Due to the security situation in the country, our officers have been keeping surveillance and any abnormality noticed will be immediately investigated, and this arrest is the result of that surveillance”.
Mr. Akubuiroh said most of those arrested were young people, desperate graduates, who for various reasons could not go for the national service and were lured into the illegality by a cartel.

The DCG further said some of the suspects escaped during the raid, but he assured that the command was making efforts to arrest them.
The suspects, aged between 20 years and 30 years, were first camped in Nyanya, Abuja before they were moved to Toto in Nasarawa State, where they were given kits and call-up letters.
They were also training regularly and waiting for deployment letters for their primary assignments before they were rounded up by officers of the NSCDC on Tuesday.

98 pupils escape death as fire takes down school hostel in Jigawa

98 pupils of Dutse Model International School, Jigawa State narrowly escaped death when a fire outbreak razed one of the hostels in the school on Tuesday night.
The Principal of the school, Zainab Usman, told journalists in Dutse on Wednesday that the pupils narrowly escaped the fire as they were observing their prayers in the mosque when the fire razed their hostels.
Mrs. Zainab said apart from razing a block of five rooms, the fire also destroyed all the property of the 98 pupils, who lived in the rooms.
The Principal also said that the cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained adding that it could have resulted from an electrical fault. She further said a committee to evaluate the extent of the damage done to the school by the fire, has been set up by the ministry of education.
“We thank God that no student lost his life or sustained injury because they were all in the mosque,” she concluded.

Kidnapped journalist escapes kidnapper’s den through window

Prince Monday Whiskey, who was kidnapped in front of his Udu Local Government Area residence in Delta State on Monday, has escaped from his captors by climbing through a window, police and union officials said Wednesday.
The journalist, Warri-based freelancer Monday Whiskey, “escaped through the window of the house where he was kept,” the Nigerian Union of Journalists state chairman Norbert Chiazor said.
According to Mr. Chiazor, Whiskey escaped when the guard looking after him left the building, some 10 miles (16 kilometres) from Warri.
“Although he was chained in both legs, Whiskey managed to escape through the window,” he said, adding that no ransom was paid before the “miraculous escape of the journalist.”
The chairman said the kidnappers made contact with his family and demanded a ransom of 10 million naira ($63,000, 48,000 euros).
The police say no arrest has been made.
Earlier, The Warri chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in a press statement condemned the abduction of the journalist and decried the failing state of security in the nation.
“If a journalist can be kidnapped, it means nobody is safe,” the NUJ said in the statement signed by the Warri chapter chairman and secretary, Mr Michael Ikeogwu and Akpokona.
“We condemn the lackluster and lackadaisical attitude of security operatives towards securing lives and property. We, therefore urged, them to strengthen their intelligence gathering mechanism in order to be more proactive” the union added.

NCC arrests 14 pirates and recovers N5 million

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)  as part of its efforts to check piracy, arrested 14 pirates and recovered exhibits worth N5 million from raids it conducted in Benin City, Edo State, and Warri and Ughelli in Delta State on Tuesday.

At a press briefing, the Commission’s Head of Enforcement, Augustine Amodu, disclosed that those in their custody were specialists in broadcast piracy who use multiple decoders and boosters to tap from legal satellite television broadcasters to people within their vicinity covering between 200 and 300 houses and collect subscription.

“During the raids, we recovered decoders, dishes, smart cards, television sets used to do broadcast piracy…some of these pirates have about five to 10 decoders, use boosters and very powerful senders and signals belonging to legal people to over 200 to 300 houses and they collect subscription between N500 to N1,000 monthly…our stakeholders have been complaining that these people are doing illicit business with their facilities. We take statements from those arrested, and give them,” administrative bail. When we are ready for prosecution, we go for them,” Amodu said.

Unilorin begins kidney transplant

The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) is set to start performing cosmetic surgery and kidney transplant.
The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, while speaking at a press conference in Ilorin on Tuesday said UITH had the capacity to match the development which will take effect from June.
Prof. Olatinwo said, “We are already working with some institutions outside the country so that people can go for training on cosmetic surgery. We have the capacity, manpower, two consultants and we believe that within a very short time, people can even come in for cosmetics training.”
According to him, “About renal care and kidney transplant, we believe in total quality care…I can assure you that we are almost at the state of carrying out the procedure. Investigations have been concluded. Before the end of June, we shall be able to have renal plant transmission.”
The Professor disclosed that because of the improved health care, many foreigners had been coming to Nigeria for medical attention, adding that the number of Nigerians travelling abroad for medical attention had reduced.