Nigerian Army Demotes Officers Involved In Assault

Nigerain Army Demotes Officers Involved In AssaultThe Nigerian Army has found guilty, the two soldiers seen assaulting a physically challenged man on the streets of Onitsha, Anambra state, on Tuesday, February 7, in a video that went viral.

A statement by the Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, revealed that the soldiers, Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman of 82 provost company, have been sentenced to reduction in rank.

They have been demoted from Corporals to private soldiers and given a 21-day imprisonment with hard labour which includes forfeiture of 21 days pay by the Nigerian government.

The Army has also reached out to the victim of the assault, Mr Chijoke Uraku.

Both soldiers were seen beating Mr Uraku for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt.

In a statement earlier released by General Usman, he pleaded with the public to regard the ugly incident as an isolated case which was not a true reflection of the Nigerian Army.

Ooni of Ife Canvasses For National Unity

ooni-of-ife-adeyeye-ogunwusi-ojajaThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is canvassing stronger collaboration between government and traditional institutions to foster national unity.

He also appealed to the traditional rulers to promote Nigeria’s cultural heritage which he described as the strongest binding force that holds Nigeria as one nation.

The monarch made the appeal in Abuja while delivering a lecture to participants of course 25 of the National Defense College.

Furthermore, he emphasized the need for governments at all levels to engage the traditional rulers to enhance national unity.

He also appealed to them to promote cultural heritage rather than religion which he says has divided Nigeria.

The Commandant of the National Defense College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, in his address of welcome, stressed the importance of the lecture in the face of current security challenges.

This is the 5th lecture in one week for participants of the course 25 of the National Defense College.

It is hoped that the lessons learnt would equip the officers in whose hands the security of the country rest.

Ogun State To Partake In FG Fertilizer Programme

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For PrisonersThe Ogun State House of Assembly has acknowledged the receipt of a letter by the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, seeking authorization for the government to participate in the bulk purchase of fertilizer under the Federal Government’s Special Fertilizer intervention programme to the tune of 4 billion Naira.

The letter, dated February 7, 2017, was read by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi at the plenary.

Adekunbi said that the Federal Government Special Committee on Fertilizer Intervention Programme, was set up with a view to encouraging local production of soil and crop specific fertilizers.

It was aimed at ensuring availability of fertilizers to Nigerian farmers in good time at affordable prices as well as to resuscitate the local fertilizer manufacturing industry.

“In the light of the programme, all 36 states of the federation have been asked to show their expression of interest and give indication of the quantity and type of fertilizers required by their state.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria Special Committee will then source and provide fertilizers to states at a controlled price of 5,000 Naira per 50 kg for onward sale and distribution to farmers and other parts of the agro-value chain within the states at reasonable prices.

“The State Executive council has authorized the Ministry of Agriculture to procure 40, 000 metric tonnes through the Intervention programme at the cost of four billion Naira, the sum is to be recouped through direct sales of fertilizers to farmers in the state,” the letter stated.

Meanwhile, the state government requested for the issuance of an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) to the Federal Ministry of Finance to secure the purchase of the fertilizers.

In the same vein, the Assembly also received Governor Amosun’s letter dated January 31, 2017 seeking amendment to the Olabisi Onabanjo University law, (2001), following an earlier unanimous decision by the State Executive Council at its meeting held on the 3rd of January, 2017 to amend the law.

Lagos City Marathon: Roads To Be Closed

Lagos City MarathonOrganizers of the Lagos city marathon have announced that some parts of the state will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic.

This according to them, is to allow for safety of fans and runners participating in the marathon scheduled for Saturday, February 11.

There would be a total closure of the third mainland bridge between 7:15 am and 2:00 pm.

Alaka service lane along Funsho Williams Avenue would also be closed from 5:45 am to 7:30am

The National stadium, all the way to Ojuelegba, Dorman long bridge, Onipanu, Obanikoro and Anthony would be closed from 6:45 am to 9:00 am

From Anthony, through to Charly Boy bus stop, Oworonsoki would be closed from 7:15 am to 9:00 am

Adekunle junction linking the third mainland bridge would be closed from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm

The Lekki-Ikoyi bridge junction at Admiralty way to Lekki phase one roundabout and through to the Lekki toll gate would be closed from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Alternative routes have been provided for easy access.

Kenyan athlete, Abraham Kipton, who won the maiden Access Bank Lagos City Marathon race with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 19 seconds, has however vowed not only to retain the 2016 title, but promised to run a sub 2.10:00.

Kenya Declares Drought A National Disaster

kenyan-flagKenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has described the ongoing drought in the country as a national disaster, and has called for international help.

The government has promised to do its best in dealing with the crisis, allocating $105 million to the provision of food handouts to the neediest communities.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan Red Cross says as many as 2.7 million people will face starvation if more is not done.

Other countries in the region are also experiencing the drought, a result of the 2016 El Nino weather phenomenon.

President Kenyatta has however promised that much as he would do his best to provide aid, he would not tolerate anyone taking advantage of the situation to defraud public funds.

Federal Government Warns Citizens Against ‘Muslim Brotherhood’

Federal Government Warns Citizens Against 'Muslim Brotherhood'The Nigerian government says a cell of a Boko Haram affiliate, called the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ in Kogi state, is acquiring bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons to perpetrate “acts of terror”, including attacks on banks, arms depots and prisons in the country.

According to a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, intelligence monitoring showed that the cell was making frantic efforts to advance its IED-making capability through the acquisition of chemicals used for producing IEDs and aluminium powder, a fuel source for amplifying explosions.

In his words: “Further intelligence monitoring has revealed that members of the Muslim Brotherhood are planning to forcefully free their members who are in detention in Kogi, Abuja and Kaduna, including one Bilyaminu, an IED expert for the group who is now at Kuje prison,”

The minister, therefore appealed to Nigerians to be vigilant and to report any suspicious persons or movements to the appropriate authorities.

Seven Soldiers Killed, 19 Injured In Boko Haram Ambush

Seven Soldiers Killed, 19 Injured In Boko Haram AmbushTroops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have reportedly killed scores of Boko Haram militants, following an ambush staged by the terrorists.

In a statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 7 division, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel, the army says the troops fought their way through the ambush along Ajiri-Dikwa road, but lost seven of their colleagues in the process, with 19 others injured.

The soldiers were said to have been conducting routine rotation of troops on Thursday night when the incident occurred.

Meanwhile, the wounded soldiers have been reportedly evacuated and are currently receiving treatment at the military hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle and ammunition from the insurgents.

Additional troops have however been mobilised and are still on aggressive pursuit of the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.

You Have Case To Answer, Court Tells Ogunlewe, Others

TambuwalAn Abeokuta High Court sitting in Isabo in the Ogun state capital, has ruled that the the former Minister of Works and Housing, Adeseye Ogunlewe, has a case to answer over his trial in a case of an alleged 800 million Naira misappropriation.

Ogunlewe, who doubles as the ex Pro-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, (FUNNAB), is standing trial alongside the university’s Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, and Mr Moses Olusola Ilesanmi, (the Bursar).

The accused, through his counsel, Tayo Oyetibo, also argued that the proof of evidence produced by the complainant does not link him with the aforesaid counts nor does it disclose any prima facie against him; and that the consent of the Attorney General of Ogun State/Law officer was not obtained as required by law before filing the charge.‎

‎However, at the resumed hearing of the matter, after the adoption of the written addresses made by parties, Justice O.C Majekodunmi delivered a ruling on the application before the court in favour of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi thereafter sought for commencement of trial.

He informed the court that there were three witnesses in court ready to testify but all the counsels to the three accused persons sought for an adjournment on the ground that they were just being served additional proof of evidence and would need time to study the documents.

Foiled Suicide Mission: NSCDC Operatives Get Cash Reward

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Civil Defence OfficialsThe General Officer Commanding (7 Division) of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, has presented cash awards to NSCDC operatives who foiled a suicide attack in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps had tried to stop and later fired at a female suicide bomber who forced herself into a crowd of motorists around the NNPC mega station of the city.

Her accomplice had lost the nerve to detonate her Improvised Explosive Device (IED), leading to her arrest until she was subsequently handed over to the army.

The Garrison Commander of the 7 Division, Brigadier General JD Mohammed presented the cash gifts on behalf of the GOC in a quiet ceremony at the NSCDC headquarters in Maiduguri.

He applauded the courage and gallantry of the officers and urged others to emulate their patriotism and commitment to duty.

Ogun State Govt. Embraces Alternative Dispute Resolution

49 Escapee Inmates Re-Arrested In Imo stateThe Ogun state government has embraced the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system, with the commissioning of a multi-door court house in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The commissioning of the multi-door court house is expected to improve the administration of justice and facilitate quick and effective resolution of conflicts throughout the three senatorial districts of the state.

At a ceremony held at the premises of the Ogun State Magistrate Court in Abeokuta, and attended by members of bar and bench, the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, assured residents of the commitment of his administration towards quality judicial system in the state.

“It is a common opinion of the people that the wheel of justice drives slowly, but in order to eliminate the slowness of the wheel of justice in the state, as well as re-position our justice administration in line with contemporary requirements, the Ogun state judiciary has again blazed the trail by introducing the multi door courthouse.

“Today, the Ogun state government in partnership with its judiciary, shows unalloyed support for the introduction of the multi door courthouse to engender an atmosphere that will be less expensive, simplified and faster but yet effective in ensuring that ultimate justice is delivered,” she said.

Also addressing the gathering, the state Chief Judge, Mrs Olatokunbo Olopade, said two more courthouses are to be established in two other senatorial districts of the state as panel of neutrals.

She also revealed that the President of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators said the courthouse may be empowered to try criminal offences.

“The Ogun state judiciary in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators has trained the panel of neutrals who are to serve in this courthouse and practice direction to guide the workings of the Ogun multi door courthouse.

“It is our desire in Ogun state judiciary to establish two more multi door courthouses in Ijebu Ode, and Ota respectively, in order to ensure the availability of alternative dispute resolution to all and sundry in the three senatorial districts of the state with a view to bringing justice nearer and closer to the people.

“For now, they are focusing on civil matters, but ultimately if they, the Ministry of Justice is interested in criminal dispute resolutions, they can also approach the institute to explore plea bargaining as a means of settling criminal disputes”.

It is now expected that the new system would help in de-congesting the prisons as well as be a faster solution to the cases of people awaiting trials at different prisons across the state.

Abia Pensioners Insist Govt. Owed More Than Five Month Arrears

Abia Pensioners Insist Govt. Owed More Than Five Month ArrearsThe Abia state council of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), has insisted that the state government is owing them more than five months arrears of monthly pensions.

They called on the Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, to urgently see the need to meet the union leaders for face to face discussion on the issues, so as to save the state from any embarrassing situation.

Briefing journalists at the council Secretariat in Umuahia, the NUP State Chairman, Comrade Chukwuma Ndubuisi Udensi, listed other outstanding areas to include, 59 months pension harmonization arrears, owed to some pensioners; five and half years pension arrears from 2002 to 2007 owed to retired primary school teachers.

He also made mention of the unimplemented pension increases of 6%, 15% and 33%, a situation which he says has made most of the pensioners earn as low as 500 Naira per month.

He described it as very outrageous, inhuman and unacceptable to the Union.

Giving further details, the NUP boss gave stated: “August to December 2014 (5months); January to April, 2015 (4months); August to December, 2016 (5months) and January 2017 (1month).

“It has become pertinent to debunk the very statement by the state government that it is not owing more than five months arrears of monthly pensions. This is false and highly embarrassing.

“By this claim, it would appear that the government is unappreciative of the patience that pensioners of Abia state have displayed since the inception of government of Okezie Ikpeazu.

“I want to set the record straight which is the main purpose of this press briefing. As at today, the Government of Abia State is owing pensioners at least 15 months arrears of monthly pensions.

“I must say that it is an open secret that Abia pensioners are owed over 16 years of gratuities, and it is a pity that pensioners have gradually become endangered species in ‘God’s own State’.

“We have been relegated to the level of near abandonment and I want to say that this is very unfortunate as we expect the government to show a better appreciation of the meritorious services which we have rendered to the fatherland.

“I want to suggest that the government should make available the sum of 130 million Naira monthly for gradual/monthly settlement of these debts to pensioners and set up a committee comprising government officials and NUP officials for equitable distribution of the money.

Furthermore, Udensi said: “For the monthly pensions, government should consider paying two months at a go, one for current and one for arrears, even though this method may prolong the liquidation of the pensions arrears, it will reassure pensioners that government is sincere in its bid to liquidate the debts.

“The same method goes for the settlement of harmonization arrears and five and half years arrears owed retired civil servants and retired primary school teachers respectively,” he added.

NSCDC Discover Vandalism Activities Along Abia, Rivers State Boundary

NSCDC Discover Vandalism Activities Along Abia, Rivers State BoundaryThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Abia State Command, has discovered large scale vandalism activities along the shell pipeline at the boundary between Ukwa West in Abia State and Oyigbo in Rivers State.

According to the State Commandant, Dr Benito Eze, the oil thieves took advantage of the vulnerability of the area to carry out the nefarious activities during the wee hours of the night.

Mr Eze hinted that the vandals normally come through the waterways to siphon the crude oil by fixing their nozzles and extending it 600 metres away to a another area, thereby defrauding the country of large amount of money daily.

 

Right now, most farmlands within the area have been destroyed as they have ben littered with cude oil; a situation which the state commandant says would not be tolerated any longer.

He then warned the vandals to seek alternative means of livelihood as anyone caught in the act would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Actually, I want to say that this act has been going on for quite some time, you know these vandals, when you combat them from here, they quickly devise another means the other way. But this time around, we are going to approach it holistically.

“As you can see, some of our officers have life jackets, some of them came through sea and with our intelligence surveillance, I believe we are going to tackle this vandalism menace effectively.

“I want to warn these vandals to find another means of livelihood because anyone caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law,” Eze stated.

Meanwhile a combined team of men of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and men of the Directorate of State Security have come to a resolve that such acts would seize to continue.