Labour Union Seeks Autonomy Of Judiciary, Local Government

NLC, Ayuba Wabba, Judiciary, JUSUN
NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has proposed the independence of the judiciary and local government to build a stable and vibrant democracy.

It believes Nigeria cannot fight the monster of corruption if the autonomy of the judicial and local government was not achieved.

The President of the union Mr Ayuba Wabba, told a gathering in Katsina State that the judicial arm of the government and local government should be granted full autonomy to function, if Nigeria must grow democratically as a nation.

The NLC President made the observation during the opening ceremony of the 3rd National Delegate Conference of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Katsina State.

Mr Wabba told the gathering in northwest Nigeria on Friday that he believes that the autonomy will speed up the discharge of timely and appropriate judgement, as well as prosecution.

He also criticised the issue of courts giving conflicting judgement, saying it would put the judiciary in a bad light.

Fight Against Corruption

The labour leader stressed that the NLC would continue to fight against obnoxious policies from some state governments.

He called on the Federal Government not to concentrate the fight against corruption on the centre only, but asked that it should be extended to state and local governments to push grassroots development.

Members of the Judiciary Staff Union at the gathering also expressed their support for the call for the full autonomy of the judicial arm of the government.

They expressed hope that the independence of the judiciary would enable adequate discharge of their responsibilities.

President Buhari Congratulates Sultan Of Sokoto At 60

Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday warmly felicitated with the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, on his 60th birthday.

In a statement, the President joined the people and government of Sokoto State in northwest Nigeria, the Muslim community and family members of the Sultan in celebrating the unique anniversary.

As the head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), President Buhari affirmed that the Sultan had demonstrated uncommon leadership style, patriotism and wisdom in his consistent advocacy for security, peace and unity of Nigeria.

He believes that the wise counsels and support of the royal father on issues of good governance, girl-child education, infant and child mortality, as well as agriculture have greatly enriched his administration’s efforts to improve the livelihood of Nigerians.

The President prayed that “the almighty Allah would grant the Sultan good health and long life to continue in the service of humanity”.

The congratulatory message was contained in a statement by President Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

Police Arrest 17 Suspected Kidnappers In Kano

Police Arrest Kidnappers In KanoPolice have arrested 17 suspected kidnappers in Doguwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State, northwest Nigeria.

The spokesman for the Kano State Police Command, Magaji Majia, confirmed the arrest in an interview with Channels Television.

He said that the suspects were currently being interrogated and would soon be paraded before the general public.

“It is true that our Anti-Kidnapping Unit attached to Karasa village in Doguwa Local Government Area had encounter with a group of suspected kidnappers during which we arrested about 17 of them.

“We are questioning them,” the Police Public Relations Officer said.

This latest arrest followed a series of reported cases of kidnapping in Doguwa LGA and other neighbouring villages around Falgore forest.

Although Mr Majia did not confirm whether or not there were casualties during the encounter, he said some livestock and weapons of different types were recovered from the suspects.

“We have also recovered cows and sheep, face masks, cartridges and other equipment used to commit crimes,” he added.

The Police spokesman called on residents in the village to remain vigilant by reporting any suspicious individual or group to the police.

He also assured them that the Kano State Police Command would continue to do its best in protecting their lives and property.

ASUP Threatens To Begin Nationwide Strike On August 22

ASUP, Strike, PolytechnicsThe Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced plans to embark on a nationwide strike starting from August 22.

The union vowed to commence the industrial action, if the Federal Government fails to honour the agreement it reached with the union in 2013.

ASUP President, Mr Usman Dutse, disclosed this to reporters on Thursday at the end of a Zone A emergency meeting of the union in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

He lamented that since the suspension of the protracted strike in 2014, the government is yet to address some of the core issues that necessitated the strike.

Mr Dutse urged the government to as a matter of urgency, address these issues in order to avoid another nationwide industrial action.

A communique read by the Zone A Coordinator of ASUP, Kabir Yunusa, noted that no significant progress has been made by government in resolving the issues.

The statement highlighted the issues to include the non-implementation of Needs Assessment Report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many state-owned institutions, delay in the review of the Polytechnic Act and poor funding of polytechnics among other demands.

The ASUP President said that despite giving the government enough time when it came on board last year to settle down and address all pending issues, the present administration has showed no concern about the plight of lecturers, whose salaries were being reduced or owed in most federal and state polytechnics.

FG To Inaugurate Committee On Prison Reform

prisonThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, says that a committee on the Reformation of Prisons will be soon inaugurated.

The Minister said that the development is part of efforts by the Federal Government to decongest and secure prison facilities across the country.

He made the disclosure on Monday during a meeting with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, at the Government House in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

The Interior Minister said that the committee would come up with the ways of rehabilitating the prisons in line with global best practices.

He added that the Ministry of Interior would collaborate with the Kaduna State government on the decongestion and rehabilitation of the convict prison that was built over 100 years ago.

Mr Dambazau also promised to lead the ministry to partner with the state government to tackle the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and herdsmen attacks.

Governor El-Rufai on his part commended the support and contribution of the paramilitary agencies in the fight against crime in the state.

He further requested for the relocation of the Kaduna convict prison from its present location in the state capital to a more suitable place on the outskirts of the town.

The Governor hinted that his administration has been conducting periodic jail delivery and granting of amnesty to prisoners with minor offences, in order to decongest the prisons in the state.

Kano LG Rerun: Ganduje Lauds APC Victory, Commends Electoral Conduct

Abdullahi-Ganduje-Kano-APCKano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has commended the State Independent Electoral Commission for conducting a successful rerun election for the chairmanship seat in Minjibir Local Government Area of the state.

Receiving the result of the election in Kano State in northwest Nigeria, Governor Ganduje says that he is particularly happy that no violence was reported during the election held on Saturday.

Hundreds of party supporters, politicians, top government officials as well as independent and government observers were present at the Government House in Kano, to attend the official presentation of the result to the Governor.

The APC candidate, Tasi’u Ibrahim, scored 21, 970 votes to defeat his opponent from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Auwalu Minjibir.

The Chief Whip of the House of Representative, Representative Alhassan Doguwa, also expressed delight at the election result.

He told reporters that despite the internal crisis of the party involving the Kwankwaso-led faction, Governor Ganduje is still the leader of APC in the state and would continue to execute the party’s manifesto.

Kukah Stresses Need For Christian Community In Northern Nigeria

Mattew Kukah, Christian, Northern Nigeria, MuslimsBishop of the Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church, Mattew Kukah, has urged Muslims in northern Nigeria to respect the existence of the Christian community.

Bishop Kukah made the request in an interview with Channels Television after a church mass in Malamfashi area of Katsina State in northwest Nigeria.

He said the Muslims must realise the importance of the Christian minority group of northern indigenes, if the northern part of Nigeria would move forward.

The Bishop also tasked the Muslims observing the ongoing fast to look beyond personal prayer points and check the ways they have failed to do what was right towards fellow people.

He said his sincere prayer was that every Muslim in Nigeria would really understand the values of their religion.

Air Force Urges Personnel To Uphold Recorded Successes

Nigerian Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force has tasked its personnel to sustain the successes recorded at its Training Command in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The new Commander at the Nigerian Air Force in Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Nurudeen Balogun, made the appeal on Wednesday during the handover and taking over ceremony.

Air Vice Marshal Balogun called for support and cooperation from officers and other rankings of the command.

He appealed to members of staff to discharge their duties diligently and abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the command.

In his speech, the outgoing Air Officer Commanding, Air Vice Marshal Wakili Ahmed, who is now the Director of Policy at the Air Force Headquarters in Abuja, commended the air staff for their contributions to the successes recorded under his leadership.

He urged them to extend similar support to the new commander for the continuous progress and development of the command.

Police Parade Crime Suspects In Kaduna

Police, Kaduna, CrimeThe Kaduna State Police Command has arrested over 40 crime suspects who specialise in armed robbery, snatching of cars, cattle rustling and stealing household items.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Adamu Ibrahim, disclosed this when he paraded the suspects before reporters at the Police Officers’ Mess in the Kaduna State’s capital, northwest Nigeria.

He said that the suspects were arrested by the Police at different locations in the state during an operation, while several AK47 rifles, pistols, live ammunition and cartridges were recovered from them.

Mr Ibrahim who said all the arrests were made within the month of May, added that vehicles of various kinds, television sets, laptops and handsets were recovered from them during the operation.

He revealed that the suspects usually take their stolen vehicles to Niger Republic, where they sell them to their accomplices.

He noted that one of them had a device with which he used to neutralise a vehicle tracker, thereby preventing owners of such cars from tracking them when they were stolen.

One of the robbery suspects, Ibrahim Kabir, who was arrested last year for the same offence confessed to the crime, but blamed it to the devil’s handiwork.

Another female suspect arrested for allegedly keeping guns for one of the suspects, who incidentally was her boyfriend, narrated how she got involved in the act.

The Kaduna State Police Commissioner reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state.

He urged the car owners to come to the command with their vehicle papers to claim their vehicles.

Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler, Nephew In Kaduna

Gunmen-KadunaUnknown gunmen have killed two persons at Fadan Karshi community in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The deceased were the traditional ruler of the community, Bala Madaki, and his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko.

The incident was confirmed to Channels Television correspondent on Monday by the spokesman for Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar.

An eyewitness also narrated that the gunmen invaded the deceased house at about 10:00PM on Sunday, went into their rooms and opened fire on them.

The latest attack has created tension in the community as residents remain indoors while shops and markets remain closed.

Policemen have, however, been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attack.

In a statement he issued through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, while commiserating with the family of the victims, Governor El-Rufai urged the people of Sanga Local Government to remain calm and support the security agencies to investigate the attack and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack.

El-Rufai Launches Electronic Land Registration In Kaduna

Nasir El-Rufai-Kaduna-Elctronic Land Registration-KADGISGovernor Nasir El-Rufai has launched the Electronic Land Registration System in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

This is aimed at eradicating all forms of sharp practices by land speculators and to make land procurement very easy and fast in the state.

Speaking during the signing of the first set of digital Certificates of Occupancy produced by the agency, Governor El-Rufai, asked the state residents to always approach the agency for all land related issues.

He also warned that his administration would deal with anyone or community that engages in land speculation or illegal selling of land without proper documentation.

The Governor said that the government has made the process of securing land titles easier and more user-friendly for citizens through the establishment of the electronic registration system.

He explained that by digitalising land titles, it would be difficult for speculators to swindle members of the public during such transactions.

Governor El-Rufai advised residents of the state to make use of the services of KADGIS, to obtain land title documents that are valid and secure.

The development is coming as part of efforts to improve Kaduna State’s revenue profile.

With the launch of the registry, all issues relating to land transactions would now be handled by an agency known as Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), to replace the former Ministry of Lands, Survey and Country Planning.

DPR Seals Fuel Service Stations Under-dispensing In Imo

DPR - Imo - FuelThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Imo State has sealed some fillings stations in Owerri for under-dispensing and cheating the public with their fuel pump meters.

The DPR made the closure during a routine inspection in Imo State’s capital in southeast Nigeria.

The agency cautioned independent petroleum marketers against taking advantage of the present fuel situation to extort the general public.

A trip around Owerri, the Imo State capital showed that petrol was available in most of the fuel service stations but they sell as high as 160 or 180 Naira per litre.

However, the NNPC Mega Station sells at government approved price of 86:50 Naira per litre and it is the only fuel station that experienced long queue within the state capital.

The DPR Operations Manager in Imo State, Austin Chukwu, appealed to the general public to be patient with the Federal Government, assuring them that the fuel situation would fizzle out in a matter of days.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Controller of DPR, Kaduna Zone, Musa Tambawal, said that the agency had begun daily monitoring of petrol service stations across Kaduna State in order to ensure that they sell at the official pump price.

The DPR official made the statement when he led a monitoring team to seal five petrol stations in the Kaduna metropolis which were caught hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price.