Police Arrest Man For Alleged Murder Of Septuagenarian

Two More Suspects Arrested Over Tulip School KidnapThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested 22 year old Adeoye Ikugbayigbe for beheading a 72 year old woman, Funmilayo Shada.

The  Force’ Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest followed a report by the son of the deceased who narrated the incident at the Abigi Divisional Headquarters on Monday.

According to him, the son said that while he was on his way to the farm to meet his mother, who had earlier gone to the farm, he met the culprit on the road holding a polythene bag.

On sighting him, the suspect was said to have dropped the bag and ran into the bush.

”This aroused his suspicion and he quickly ran to check his mother but could not find her.

“He later came back to check the bag dropped by the suspect only for him to discover his mother’s severed head and her wrist in the said bag.”

”He quickly reported the case to the Police at about 14:45 hrs and immediately the DPO Abigi Division, SP Komolafe Omoniyi, led detectives to the scene, combed the surrounding bush and finally got the suspect arrested.

”On interrogation, he confessed to having committed the crime, claiming that he has been having running battle with the deceased over a portion of land.”

Mr Oyeyemi however said that “the severed head and the remains body of the deceased have been deposited in the mortuary while the cutlass he used has also been recovered”.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, subsequently ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Homicide section of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.

Experts Advocate Re-Introduction Of Drama In Schools

theatre-day‎As Nigeria joined the World to mark 2017 World Theatre Day, Theatre practitioners in Osun state have advocated the re-introduction of drama in schools at all levels, in order to curb social vices.

Men of the ‘make ‎believe world’, dressed in various attires and displaying various performances, took to the streets of Osogbo from the Osun state Ministry of Arts and Culture.

The cultural troupe later converged at the Osun State Cultural Centre after the road show.

A Professor from the department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr. Bayo Afolabi, while addressing guests, said theatre is very essential to human life and that it was necessary for all to recognise the fact.

According to him, most of the social vices exhibited by the children and the youths can be curbed when dramatic art is re-introduced at the primary and secondary levels.

Speaking on the theme: “Theatre, A Harbinger Of Peace”, Dr Afolabi said: “Theatre to some extent, is a representation of life on stage and it has certain uses in human society.

“It educates, it entertains and you can use it to propagate.When there is crisis in the society, you can let people act out a play to show why there must be no crisis.

“When there are misunderstandings, you can bring understanding to people at local, national and international level. Theatre plays a very important role in the society,” he stressed.

He further stated that “theatre also unites people.

“You are able to get familiar with other people’s norms and culture through theatre. Theatre is more than just entertainment, more than just comedy and government has not been recognising this. You can educate the populace through theatre by using propaganda either for peace or any other form.

“I want to believe that part of why we have social problems prevailing in our society today, is because we are not paying attention to our norms and values, to our cultural values as portrayed through theatrical productions.

“If we can go back to our roots and give theatre the pride of place that it should belong to, you will see that most of the problems we are having will be removed because if we don’t develop our local theatre, the tendency is for people to imbibe foreign culture and we can see what that is doing to us.

“Things that we are not used to are now rearing their ugly heads, it is because we don’t give our own cultural norms and values the pride of place.

“There should be community theatres that will mobilise people in different communities to do the right things in the society. By the time we do this, half of the problems we have socially will be solved,” he stated

The Coordinating Director, Osun State Ministry of Information, culture, Tourism ‎and Home Affairs, Mrs Femi Webster-Esho, also stressed the importance of the event, saying that theatre does not only focus on entertainment, but is all encompassing.

“Now things have really changed, theatre practitioners are now on the vanguard to promote theatre to the world. People need to embrace theatre because it has to do with life,” Mrs Webster-Esho stated.

N’Delta Crisis: APC Group Commends Buhari’s Intervention

N'Delta Crisis: APC Group Commends Buhari's InterventionA political group, the Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) Support Groups, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his initiative and intervention to end the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta.

The group, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Ambassador Sokari Afiesimama, noted that the Federal Government’s move to end the crisis in the Niger Delta was a clear indication that the government was poised to develop the region.

The group stated that the recent move by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of his boss, was attracting wider acceptance and applaud across the region.

”We observed that the process is getting quicker acceptance for collaboration and intervention to end the over prolonged crisis in the region.

”We, therefore, commend the Vice President to have led a team of rescue missioners such as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu; the Minister of the Niger Delta, Pastor Uguru O. Uguru; Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boro (retd.), on rescue parade to meet the grassroots people.

“The development has no other implication but to truly end youth restiveness and militancy.

”We hereby urge all indigenes of the region to explore the concept to discourage those factors that have caused gross damage to the environment and the oil and gas sector. We advise Niger Delta indigenes to see the opportunity as one to build good pleasantries to reciprocate President Buhari’s good gesture.

”We are urging all Niger Delta citizens to now rise above bigotry and regional sentiments, and report unscrupulous and treacherous activities to the government for the realisation of development, peace and security in the region.”

The coalition also said that their national chairmen would soon engage in a tour of the Niger Delta in order to directly meet with stakeholder at the states and local government areas for participation at the 2019 general elections.

”No better time than now for us to embark on the tour in order to harness the opportunity to build improvement. It is our prayer that all stakeholders would quickly key into the activities and realise the promise of engaging 1,000 youths from the oil producing states.

”Thank God for Buhari and Osinbajo; quintessential leaders who are taking keen interest to factor out major pressing issues for remedy and to proffer lasting remedy to achieve the reasons for voting APC into power.

”The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, mandated the National Deputy Chairman, North, Senator Lawal Shaibu, to re-inaugurate the steering national committee of the Coalition of APC Support Groups, having shown good conduct, discipline and vision for good governance.”

Edo Govt. To Reintroduce History In Schools

Edo LGAs To Comb Primary Schools For Ghost WorkersThe Edo state government has announced plans to bring back history as a subject in schools in the state, for the young generation to know more about past heroes.

Governor Godwin Obaseki stated this during a lecture to honour foremost nationalist, late Anthony Enahoro, at the Edo state House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Mr Obaseki said the state-owned tertiary institutions would be equipped to teach the Bini history, while scholarships would be made available for post graduate students studying Bini history.

“I have now decided that history will be restored to Edo schools – it is going to be history and social studies. We are going to give scholarships to Ph.d candidates or people who intend to study Edo history at Ph.d level.

“Our quest for nation building should be assisted by a renewed acknowledgement of Nigerians who in various spheres of endeavor are role models to be emulated for their distinct and distinguishing contribution to the process of building the Nigerian nation,” he stated.

The Governor then went on to unveil a life-sized statue of Chief Anthony Enahoro, erected by a group under the aegis of the “Castle of Legends” initiative.

ASUU Owerri Zone Demands Immediate Payment Of Emoluments

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendment Executive members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Owerri Zone, comprising five universities in Anambra, Imo, and Abia states, have raised their voices against the persistent shortfalls in payment of their emoluments by the Federal and State Governments.

In a press briefing in Awka, the Anambra State capital, the representative of the Zonal Coordinator and Chairperson of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Mr Uzochukwu Onyebinama, noted that the ASUU has been battling this issue since 2015.

While highlighting the various amounts owed the universities in the region, Mr Onyebinama stated that the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, had been experiencing steady shortfalls in payment and as at January 2017 it had amounted to over 88 million Naira and hit 170 million Naira in February.

That of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri, as at February 2017 was put at 157 million Naira, while the situation at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture had increased to 136 million Naira.

Mr Onyebinama then stated that they were not demanding new salaries, rather, they were demanding what was legitimately theirs.

He maintained that the issue was capable of truncating the smooth running of programmes in universities across the country.

He therefore demanded an immediate payment of all emoluments, saying “We unequivocally demand the immediate release of payment of our entire outstanding salaries and remittance of all authorized deductions in order to avert the impending industrial disharmony in our universities”.

Keep Faith, President Buhari Will Take Us To Promised Land – Adesina

Femi Adesina, 5,000 nairaThe Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has urged Nigerians to keep faith with the current administration’s commitment to take “Nigeria to the promised land.”

He said President Muhammadu Buhari is fulfilling his campaign promises to Nigerians, particularly in stimulating the economy for job creation, anti-corruption campaign and security of lives and property.

He made the statement while addressing a delegation of Northern Youths Initiative for Peace and Good Governance on Tuesday in Abuja.

“I am glad that majority of Nigerians are still with President Buhari.

“The excitement and jubilation, around the country, that greeted his return to Nigeria recently is a clear testimony of the love, confidence and belief, which Nigerians have in his leadership.

“We are witnessing a positive turn around in the economy, agriculture, the fight against corruption, job creation and I am very confident that President Buhari will lead Nigeria to the Promised Land before the mandate given to him by Nigerians lapses in 2019,” Adesina said.

The Special Adviser, who received the Sardauna Leadership Award, “Icon of Societal Transformation”, thanked the Group for the honour, noting that he was motivated to serve in government because of the personality and integrity of the President.

In his remarks, the President of the Northern Youths Initiative, Comrade Muhammadu Abubakar, described Adesina as an exemplary leader.

“You are a Goldfish that has no hiding place.

“We northern youths, under the aegis of Northern Youth Initiative for Peace and Good Governance, honour you as Garkuwan Matasan Arewa (The shield of Northern Youths), for your invaluable contribution to the country and inspiring role to the upcoming generation,” he added.

Buhari Condemns Killings Across Nigeria

Southern Kaduna: President Buhari Orders Strong ActionNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has condoled with the government and people of Benue state on the recent attack on a market in Zaki Biam by gunmen which resulted in the loss of lives.

This was revealed on Tuesday, March 21, in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“The President condemns the wicked attack and directs security agencies to begin immediate investigation with a view to bring the perpetrators of the act to book.”

President Buhari, while sympathising with those who lost their loved ones, also prayed that God comforts the grieving families and grants the souls of the victims eternal rest.

Furthermore, he condemned the wanton killings in other parts of the country and challenged security and law enforcement agencies to rise to the occasion and bring the attacks to an end.

“We must condemn inhuman and unnecessary shedding of human blood all over the country.

“We seem to have lost value for human life, which is sacred. Man is the glory of God’s creation and nobody has the right to unjustly and unlawfully take another person’s life in a reckless manner”, the President said.

He enjoined all citizens to learn to live together in peace and brotherhood and not allow little misunderstandings to degenerate into heartless acts capable of straining the bonds of nationhood.

Ogun Govt. To Plant 1.5 Million Trees Across Forest Reserves

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun state government said it is planting about 1.5million trees in 2017.

This is to regenerate seven of its depleted forest reserves, which have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity by activities of illegal timber operators across its forest in the state.

This disclosure was made by the State Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kola Lawal, during the International Day of Forestry with the theme ” Forests Energy” held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Commissioner said that the state government is reviewing its various laws on forestry to strengthen existing laws, and recommend stricter punishment for illegal operators across the state.

”We have nine forest reserves in Ogun state, seven out of the nine have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity but the state government under Governor Ibikunle Amosun, has done a lot in its afforestation programme, for example, in 2016 we planted 500,000 seedlings, this year (2017) we are planning to plant 1.5 million seedlings so that we can regenerate our forest reserves”.

”We know the government alone cannot do it, that is why we are frightening our relationship with private investors and private sectors”, he said.

The Commissioner further said: ”The current forestry laws in place was last reviewed in 2006 but because of the governor’s mission to rebuild the state, we are reviewing the existing laws because they can no longer stand the challenges of the current time, this you are going to see in the next couple of months when the reviewed laws are going to be presented to the State House of Assembly for passage”

” Most of the laws are obsolete, that is why we need to have a look at them with a view of reviewing them, there are some without punitive measures which allow these people to do whatever they like in the reserves, we know we should strengthen and enhance the law to be able to arrest the situation” he concluded.

Gov. Fayose Declares Support For LGs’ Autonomy

Ayodele Fayose, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, Ahmed MakarfiThe Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday, declared his support for total autonomy of the third tier of government, calling on other governors to follow same in bringing development to the grassroots.

The Governor also pardoned a local government staff and Deputy President of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Ekiti State, O.B. Olatunde, who was dismissed from service for alleged rudeness to the governor over salary crisis.

The affected LG staff was alleged to have rudely addressed the Governor when a directive was given on how certain money should be disbursed being recommended by the State Joint Allocation Committee.

Fayose gave the indication after meeting with the NULGE’s reconciliation delegation led by its National President, Ibrahim Khaleel, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, to appeal to the Governor to rescind his pronouncement on the erring staff.

Fayose, while briefing the delegation said: “There should be a government that the people at the grassroots can refer to as their own. When you cede the LGs to the people, then nobody can blame a governor for the inefficiency at that level.

“I want to appeal to my colleagues to embrace total autonomy to all the 774 LGs in this country”, he said.

On the punishment meted out to the Deputy President, Fayose said: “I have decided to shift ground on this matter, after the recommendation of the committee because of the swift way Mr. Khaleel handled the matter. Unionism is not always about confrontation, but about respect and reconciliation”.

“I want to commend the NULGE delegation for the show of solidarity and I want to tell you that rather than dismissal, the government will look for alternative punishment to serve”.

Mr. Khaleel, who described Fayose as the “voice of the voiceless”, said: “I decided to honour Governor Fayose because I saw him as part of this fold, He is a comrade governor because he represents the voice of the voiceless in Nigeria.

“In the recent time, Governor Fayose has been speaking for the commoners. He has been fighting their courses and he deserves our respect. I want to thank the governor for this mutual respect and I want to assure you that your relationship with the LG staff will remain intact’.

SERAP Calls On FG To Investigate Amnesty International Office Attack

Alleged Corruption: SERAP Writes Buhari Over SGF's CaseThe Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called on both President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to urgently instruct appropriate authorities to promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack on the Amnesty International office in Nigeria, and ensure the safety and security of its staff.

It would be recalled that a group of protesters on Monday, barricaded the Abuja office of Amnesty International and asked the international organisation to quit Nigeria within 24 hours.

In a statement signed on Tuesday, by SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organization called on Buhari and Osinbajo to “Act swiftly to end the attack, intimidation, harassment and threats against Amnesty International Office in Nigeria and its staff.

“Any failure to hold to account those who may be responsible will invariably increase the vulnerability of civil society in the country, and strengthen the perception that attacks against the Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) and the human rights workers can happen with impunity.”

“If the Buhari government does not take all necessary measures to immediately end the mob attack on Amnesty International or any other civil society group for that matter, SERAP will be compelled to take appropriate legal action nationally and internationally including approaching the United Nation (UN) Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders for remedy.

“SERAP will continue to work to challenge any attempt to restrict, silence or eliminate the voices of credible civil society in the country.

“We urge the presidency to speak out strongly against intimidation and harassment of Amnesty International office in Nigeria and its staff.

“Investigating the attacks against naming and shaming the sponsors and bringing them to justice will send a powerful message of protection and support to civil society groups who stand up to speak truth to power.

“Any attack on Amnesty International office in Nigeria or harassment and intimidation of its staff members is an assault on the entire human rights community in the country.

“This government has an obligation to support and protect civil society groups and human rights defenders against violence and sponsored attacks.

“Nigeria is a democratic society and the government can’t just sit back and watch reprisals, threats and increasing hostility to Amnesty International in particular and the NGO community in general.

“Under the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and International Human Rights Law, everyone whose rights are violated are entitled to a right to an effective remedy.

“Exposing human rights violations and seeking redress for them is largely dependent on the degree of security enjoyed by civil society groups and human rights defenders.

“Protecting NGOs against sponsored attacks and ending impunity for such attacks is therefore a critical element in the promotion and protection of human rights in this country.

“While some may not like to hear these things Amnesty International has said, this in no way justifies this kind of mob attack on its office and staff members.

“The authorities should show its commitment in protecting the right to freedom of expression and guarantee conditions for civil society to flourish.”

Malaysia Frees North Korean Detainee Over Kim’s Death

Malaysia Frees North Korean Detainee Over Kim's DeathThe Police in Malaysia have released the only North Korean arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong-Nam.

Officials said there was insufficient evidence to charge Ri Jong Chol, but he would be deported over immigration offences.

Nearly three weeks after the killing, Malaysia condemned the use of powerful VX nerve agent in the attack.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was “greatly concerned” the nerve agent could have endangered the public.

Mr Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, died on February 13 at an airport in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

North Korean Man Arrested Over Kim Jong-Nam’s Murder

north-koreanThe police in Malaysia say a North Korean national has been arrested over the killing of North Korean Leader’s half-brother.

The first North Korean to be arrested over Kim Jong-Nam’s death has been identified as 46-year-old Ri Jong Chol.

An Indonesian woman, a Malaysian man and a woman with a Vietnamese passport had been detained earlier.

Police believe poison was sprayed into Mr Kim’s face as he waited to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau.

South Korea’s intelligence agency has accused the country’s rivals in the north, of assassinating Kim Jong-Nam, saying Pyongyang had wanted to kill him for years but that he was being protected by China.

They also claimed that the young, unpredictable North Korean leader had issued a “standing order” for his elder half-brother’s assassination, and that there had been a failed attempt in 2012.

Kim Jong Nam had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed state, and he had also expressed fears for this safety.