Man Attempts Selling His Three-Year-Old Son For N5m

The suspect, Ayuba John, with his three-year-old son during parade at NSCDC office in Nasarawa State.


A 42-year-old man identified as Ayuba John has been arrested by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officials after his failed attempt to sell his three-year-old son.

Ayuba, who is from Obi Local Government area of Nasararwa state was arrested when he showed up to collect the negotiated sum of N5million.

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Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mahmud Fari described the situation as very unfortunate.

He told Channels Television that Ayuba is not a first time offender as he once sold his daughter to someone in Owerri.

“I was moved to tears when I learnt that a biological father took his son to the market to sell him at the sum of N5million. When he was asked why he want to sell his son, he said he wants to argument his financial status.

“We also learnt that this is not his first child to be sold out. He sold his daughter earlier on to somebody in Owerri, and he is selling them out for rituals,” Fari said.

Married to four wives with 23 children, Ayuba blamed the economic hardship in the country for his action.

Imo Govt. To Establish Agriculture Park To Ensure Food Security

Agriculture, Cross River, PINDThe Imo state government has resolved to establish an Agriculture Park in the six local government areas in Imo North Senatorial District, in a bid to foster a development of the sector and ensure adequate food security.

This move was disclosed by Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu representing Imo North Senatorial District.

He stated that since the Federal Government has promised to accord agriculture a top priority, the Agriculture Park will definitely address unemployment, facilitate employment opportunities in various agricultural entreprises for youths and rural dwellers as well as improve the economy.

Speaking to newsmen after a tour of designated sites provided for the take-off, Uwajimogu also disclosed that the Agriculture Parks would be located in Izunomi, Ihitte-uboma, Nzerem/Ikpem, Ehime Mbano and Umuluwo-Owerri, and Onuimo Area Councils.

He added that the first phase of the agriculture intervention would include the immediate clearing of the over 1,000 hectares of farm land, creation of access roads to the farms, soil testing and treatments, digging of mud holes for fishery,  construction of new dams for irrigation farming, as well as, resuscitation of non-functional dams, among others.

According to the Senator, “The priority of this government is in agriculture and basically to provide job opportunities and create food security, especially in this period of recession.

“Agriculture is the way out, we have to think less of the oil and focus our energy on agriculture.

“The importance of this agricultural park in this zone definitely cannot be overemphasized”.

He revealed that there would be provision of take-off loans, improved seedlings, fingerlings, pesticides and modern farm implements that can help cultivate large expanse of land, while also pledging to enhance the productivity of the farmers through training programs, as well as facilitate the installation of fish drying plants, oil mills and cassava processing plants.

The Senator also stated the intention of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture to site two “40 tonne capacity” rice mills in the Federal Constituency with the aim of enhancing production and creating a viable market for finished agricultural produce.

He then stressed the need to support government at all levels and private organisations with empowerment programs aimed at creating food sufficiency and employment opportunities through agriculture.

According to him, the ability for rural dwellers to engage in productive agricultural activities has great social and economic benefits for the economy of the zone.

He then concluded by saying that he is aiming to achieve an on-farm apprenticeship system where young people will receive practical, on-the-job agro business training, learn skills in  areas which include agricultural tool-making, feed making, farming and gain experience  in managing small-scale agricultural  enterprises.

FG Asked To Add Private Security Guards To Criminal Justice System

CBN, ALGON, FG, garnishee order absoluteThe Nigerian government has been asked to make registered Private Guards Company (PGC) part of the criminal justice system.

A lecturer in the College Of Security Management of Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Abeokuta, Mr Japhet Rotimi, believes an inclusion of the guards would make crime prevention and control more effective.

This call is coming at a time operators of the private companies were counselled to operate within their limit and focus more in their areas of crime prevention and intelligence gathering, as they were not meant to combat crimes.

Mr Rotimi, who is a Chief Superintendent of Corps (CSC), gave the advice while delivering a lecture at a meeting of interest groups and award day organised in honour of Private Guard Companies by the Kwara State Command of the NSCDC held at the command’s headquarters in Ilorin.

In his lecture entitled “strengthening the capacity of private guards company in national security” Mr Rotimi pointed out that PCGs were necessary to make up for the United Nations’ recommendation of one security guard to four persons (1-4).

He said that Nigeria, with over 150 million population, required about 30 million security personnel that would cut across all agencies

While advocating for the establishment of more private guards to fill in the gap, the lecturer said the coming of new security outfits including the peace corps should not breed rivalry amongst security outfits, rather they should complement each other.

“Private guard companies are not to combat crime. They are to prevent crimes and the best way to combat crime is to prevent it from happening and that is why private security guards are very, very important in the security network of this country,” he said.

On his part, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Ideba Pedro, advised members of the PGC association to “shun rancour and acrimony” for effective performance.

Represented by the Deputy Commandant of Corps, Mr Taiwo Babalola, Mr Pedro said those selected for awards were considered based on their outstanding performance.

He also urged the companies to increase the performance of their officials.

“Raise the morale of your staff. If you don’t raise the morale of your staff, there is no way they can perform and how do you raise their morale? It is by prompt payment of their salaries,” he said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Association of Private Guards in the state, Mr Shola Obadeyi, said the event organised by the NSCDC was “unique” and would go a long way in promoting inter-agencies collaboration amongst private security guards in Nigeria and the NSCDC.

He also said that the PGCs were necessary to bridge the gaps in the number of security operatives needed in nigeria which he said was far below the U.N. recommendations.

Medical Association Tasks Govt. On Improved Healthcare Delivery

medical doctorsThe Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter, has urged both the Federal and State governments to be more committed to creating programmes and policies that would aid effective delivery of quality healthcare for the people.

The chairman of the association in Imo State, Dr. Darlington Akukwu, made the demand during the official flag-off of free medical outreach and services to the people of Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma and Obowo Local Government area of Imo state.

While lauding the initiative by the government, the NMA chairman says it is necessary for the government to put in place a permanent structure that would enhance quality healthcare delivery.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Isaac Oyewole, has said that the Federal Government, through the Millennium Development Goals office, have contributed meaningfully to ensuring quality healthcare delivery.

Over 3,000 indigenes of the area benefited from the free medical services, as about 200 health workers including doctors and nurses have been drafted to carry out this assignment.

The Minister, who was represented by a Director from the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Christopher Ugboko, said the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health and the Millennium Development Goals office has done a lot in delivery quality healthcare to Nigerians even though the government will still do more for the people.

The government says ongoing discussion with the country director of UNICEF, shows that the agency is willing to partner with the Imo State government to ensure that the free medical outreach is replicated across the 27 local government areas of Imo state.

While commending the initiative, the NMA chairman urged the government to invest more in the health sector and put in place a permanent and lasting structure that would be to the benefit of the people.

NSCDC Arrest Oil Thieves In Imo State

NSCDCThe Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Imo State has nabbed seven  suspected oil bunkers along Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of the state.

The state commandant of the NSCDC, Stephen Lar said the Suspects were arrested at an odd hour of the night while conveying their products to an undisclosed destination with five different private vehicles loaded.

The vehicles were said to contain substance suspected to be over 10, 000 litres of illegally refined crude oil stored in about 200 packs of polythene bags and concealed inside the vehicles in order to beat security checks.

Economic Sabotage

He described the action as an economy sabotage and handed out stern warning to vandals, illegal miners and oil thieves to rather repent or stay off Imo state as all measures are in place to arrest anyone involved in such act.

On interrogation, one of the suspects who disguised as a security operative said he was introduced to the business by a friend who needed to help him because he was in need of financial assistance to pay some hospital bills, he denied getting the substance through pipeline vandalism.

Another quizzed suspect disclosed that he was hired as a driver to convey the product to Owerri with the promise of paying him 4,000 Naira.

Other items recovered from them include Ak-47 rifle with rounds of ammunition and fake security operative’s uniform.

The state commandant said after all investigations have been concluded, they will be arraigned to court for further prosecution.