Lawyer says one term of four years enough to perform

A lawyer and public affairs analyst, Benson Enikuomehin on Tuesday said Nigerian politicians do not need to wait for a re-election before they deliver their campaign promises.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Enikuomehin blamed the absence of a clear-cut manifesto in political parties as responsible for the laziness among Nigerian politicians.

Discussing the 2015 elections on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, Benson Enikuomehin a legal practitioner agreed with Dr. Doyin Okupe saying a lot of Nigerian politicians are jobless which is why they look for all avenues to unseat their opponents who are power even before their tenure is complete.

We are not distracted by preparation for 2015 elections – ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has debunked allegations that rather than engage in providing meaningful development for the country, the party is focused on preparing for 2015 elections.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise Daily, a former Chairman of the ACN, FCT chapter, Sunny Moniedafe said his party is doing much more than the other parties and that even if they are forced to start preparing for 2015, they are not distracted.

Damaturu remains calm after morning explosion

Normalcy have been restored in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital after an early morning bomb attacks targeting police officers who were on their way to the command headquarters for the day’s routine work.

As at the time of filing in this report, Damaturu is calm but most residents are in their respective houses for fear of being involved in the sporadic gun shots going on around town.

The State commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe told Channels Television’s correspondent, Jonathan Gopep in Damaturu that a time bomb was planted on the road leading to the command headquarters but the driver conveying the officers and men was able to dictate and avoid the bomb which exploded shortly.

He said normalcy has been restored as the road is currently being used by people travelling to the northern part of the state.

The current attack is coming just four days after the state governor,Ibrahim Gaidam in a special broadcast appealed to residents to embrace peace and to accord the security agents the desired support in quest for peace.

The latest attack will also slow resumption of commercial activities in Damaturu after the secretary to the state government, Babagoni, Machina had a close door session with Bank operators, security agents among other stakeholders to commence full operation as adequate security is being provided across the state.

Channels Television reported that the latest attack will also undermine the call on civil servants to shun any security threats to resume work which has been paralysed for couple of months since the insurgents began in the state.

Residents of Damaturu had flee the town days to the Salah celebration in fear of attack by the insurgents who were rumoured to be nursing more attacks during the celebration.

Gunmen attack police vehicle in Yobe

Suspected members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Tuesday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, launched an attack on a police vehicle heading to the command headquarters.

Residents said they started hearing sounds of bombs and shootings around the Ajari ward of Damaturu early Tuesday morning.

An official of Joint Taskforce (JTF) in Yobe State, who confirmed the attack, said there was no casualty as the major road leading to the command headquarters has been condone off for fear of further attacks.

The official said the hoodlums lunched two unsuccessful bomb attacks before sporadic gun shots at the police vehicle.

He could not provide further details on the attack but said security operatives were making efforts to restore normalcy around the area.

Attacks on security vehicles in Damaturu, particularly around the Ajari ward – being a strong hold of the insurgents – has become a routine affair as the police must past through the area to reach the command headquarters.

8 suspected pipeline vandals arrested by Kogi police in Osara

Police in Kogi state arrested eight suspected pipeline vandals and impounded eleven trucks loaded with crude oil.

The Kogi state commissioner of police; Mohammed Katsina said the activities of the vandals caused oil to spill into the Osara river making it dangerous to health.

While parading the suspects at the Felele divisional police station in Lokoja, the police also displayed some of the equipment used during the operations.

The police will hand over the suspects to the newly constituted Federal Government taskforce on pipeline vandals and illegal bunkering for further prosecution.


Constitution prohibits State Policing -George Eke

Legal Practitioner, George Eke has lent his voice to the view that the police system should be empowered and strengthened; also the recommendations of the several committees should be implemented.

State Police: Structure not ownership is core issue – Chidi Odinkalu

The Chairman of the Human Right Commission, Chidi Odinkalu on Wednesday said that the major issue that Nigerians should be bothered about should not be who owns the police – Federal or State government – but the structure of the institution.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Odinkalu said “the case for state police are yet to be made out. The issue in my view is should not be who owns the police, the question should be does the police work for the people?”

Mr Odinkalu said the debate for state police is a wrong argument that took its root from Nigerians’ fixation on ownership and control rather than service delivery.

States that want own police should have them – Joseph Dauda

The outgoing President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Dauda on Wednesday said that States in Nigeria that want and can maintain their own police force should be allowed to have it.

Mr Dauda, who was speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said it is not compulsory for all the states in Nigeria to have their own police.

“States that need them, that have viable economic actives, large states like Lagos, Rivers and those other states that really need machinery to ensure that their investment and people are protected should have it,” he said.

Bakassi people were short-changed – Prof. Oyebode

A professor of International law, Akin Oyebode on Friday said the Bakassi people were short-changed by the judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Professor Oyebode disclosed this while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He said  in law a maxim which says ‘once a case has been decided, it has been decided’ also applies in this case.

The professor said although the case of Bakassi can be revisited with new claims  but what new claims does the country have to present to the ICJ?

Watch the interview in the video below:

Police IG redeploys 18 commissioners

The Inspector-General of Police, M.D Abubakar has ordered the redeployment of 18 Commissioners of Police to various Commands and Formations of the Force, across the federation.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the Inspector General said that the posting of the Commissioners takes immediate effect.

He further “directed the affected officers to ensure an effective policing of their new areas of jurisdiction in line with the administration’s reform policies.”

The police boss advised the newly deployed Commissioners of Police to act as agents of positive change and guide against all acts inimical to the fundamental rights of the citizenry.

He enjoined citizens of the affected States to give the new command helmsmen maximum support so as to guarantee their success in their assigned roles.

The affected officers are:


1CPGodfrey E. OkekeCP Adamawa State
2CPSunday A. OgbonnaCP Admin ‘C’ Department FHQ
3CPMgbakor C. OguguaCP Criminal Central Record FCID Annex Lagos
4CPMark A. Idakwo, mniProvost Marshal, FHQ Abuja
5CPMohammed Iyanda SuleCP Gombe State
6CPEdgar Tam Nanakumo, fwcCP Inspectorate ‘E’ Department FHQ, Abuja
7CPPartick D. DokumorCP SARS FCID
8CPS.L. Gambo, fdcCP Sokoto State
9CPY.G. Ardo, fdcCP MSD ‘F’ Department
10CPAdisa Baba Bolanta, fwcCP Imo State
11CPTonye E. EbitibituwaCP Kebbi State
12CPMbu Joseph MbuCP Oyo State
13CPAbdullahi YugudaCP Borno State
14CPMohammed IbrahimCP Special Protection Unit (SPU)
15CPSylvester A. UmehCP Border Patrol
16CPSuleiman O. LawalDeputy Commandant, Police Academy Kano
17CPIdris Faruk UmarCP Anti-Fraud, FCID
18CPOlufemi A. AdenaikeCP Kaduna State

Eid-el-Fitri Celebration: Better save than sorry -Ahmed Sule

Ahmed Sule the Arewa Consultative Forum General Secretary (ACF) says the serene atmosphere witnessed on the festive morning is not unexpected as most Nigerians decided to stay indoors for the fear of bomb explosions and secondly the harsh economy of the country too was contributory.

Ogun PDP Crisis: Court ruling has been stayed by the Court of Appeal- Dipo Odujirin

Continuing with the Ogun PDP crisis Senator Dipo Odujirin who is also a factional PDP chairman also claimed that he is the recognised PDP chairman for Ogun state when he was asked if he was to be referred to as factional PDP chairman by Sulaiman Aledeh.

The Ilaro court recognised Adebayo Dayo as the PDP chairman and a court injunction was given which is what the engineer by profession is holding onto but Odujirin is also claiming that there is an interlocutory order of the Court of Appeal staying all other orders previously issued by the court which included the ruling of January 27th this year where other court orders emanated from.