Enugu Govt. Tasks Security Personnel On Counter Terrorism

Ugwuanyi Calls For Overhaul Of Electoral System, More CredibilityThe Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has called on security personnel and agencies in the state to take security workshops seriously in order to improve the fight against crime in the state.

Speaking at the national sensitisation workshop on the implementation of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy, the governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, G.O.C Ajah, said the training is coming at the right time when security issues are at the peak in the nation.

“I commend the Federal Government for this initiative aimed at sensitising the populace and more importantly, the security agencies on necessary counter terrorism strategies and proactive measures, as well as the need for building necessary capacity to enable us contain emerging security issues and challenges in the country”.

Furthermore, he expressed optimism that the training and enlightenment is generally the most fundamental weapon used in fighting insecurity thereby urging participants to ensure that lessons learned from it are well deployed.

“I urge all participants to approach the programme with due seriousness and commitment and to ensure that the lessons learned from it are fully utilised to enhance peace and security in the country”.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits President Buhari

buhari2The Archbishop of Canterbury and the most senior bishop in the Church of England, Hon. Justin Portal Welby (rtd), has visited Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Abuja house in London.

The President confirmed the visit on Thursday in a tweet saying: “very pleased to welcome the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Abuja House this afternoon”.

The President, who had been on vacation since January 23, has received quite a number of dignitaries since he extended his leave to take care of his health.

Those who have visited him include the Senate President, Dr. Bukola saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, APC Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and APC Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The President had handed over to his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, before proceeding on leave.

Although the President had made several calls to some leaders back home, including the governors of Kano and Niger states, as well as former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, there have been calls for him to address Nigerians directly.

One of those who believe the President should address Nigerians from London, is a Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode, who in an interview with Channels Television said that Nigerians have a right to know the whereabouts of their president and it would only be fair for him to address citizens in order to dispel rumors in the country about his health.

Youths Should Champion The Course Of Good Governance – Yusuf Musa

Al-Makura Seeks FG's Support On Minerals DevelopmentThe General Manager of the Nasarawa Broadcasting Service (NBS), has challenged youths in the state to champion the course of good governance and rule of law in the state.

He threw the challenge when he received officials of Nasarawa State Consultative Forum in his office in Lafia, the state capital.

While speaking to the officials, he explained that democracy remains the best form of governance because of its tenets which are geared towards the provision of basic amenities at the grass roots.

He then charged the forum to bring youths from different walks of life in the state to promote the principles of democracy.

“What you should be concerned with as youths today in this country is the issue of good governance, that is what will lift you up from poverty and unemployment.

“Most of the criminality that is taking place in this country are perpetrated by youths”

He, however, lauded the efforts of the state government in repositioning the state, especially in the areas of infrastructural development and urged the forum to work towards mobilising youths at rural areas to ensure maintenance of the facilities provided.

President of the forum, Idris Ojoko, disclosed that the forum was established with a view to promoting unity and cultural values.

This, they intend to achieve through organising skill acquisition programmes, sports fiesta and cultural festival to promote peaceful coexistence.

Post Insurgency: Teachers, Students Hail Educational Plans Of Yobe Govt.

Post Insurgency: Teachers, Students Hail Educational Plans Of Yobe Govt.The Yobe state Government’s idea of renovating schools as part of the post insurgency plans of uplifting the standard of education in the state, has received a pat on the back by students and teachers in the state.

According to them, the plan to revive education by creating a conducive teaching and learning environment, has greatly encouraged school attendance as well as given them confidence while in school.

Yobe state, located in Nigeria’s northeast, is among the states that have suffered insurgency as the Boko Haram militants vowed to abolish western education; a decision that was strongly resisted by government at all levels.

The students were full of joy as the governor arrived Government Secondary School Fika, to assess the progress of the ongoing renovation work.

Ishaya Aliyu, an SS3 student of the school said: “With the fencing of the entire school, it has given us enough confidence that we are secured. We now perform our academic activities without any fear unlike before when our school was not fenced.

Similarly, Titus David thanked the state government for the repair works on their classes, laboratories, library, hostels and staff quarters saying “such gesture has further strengthened us as we now have a good environment”.

Ibrahim Modu, on the other hand, was of the opinion that the renovation work has given them a sense of belonging as it has increased students enrollment thereby boosting their morale.

The principal of the school, Ibrahim Mamuda, also expressed joy over the renovation which he says has greatly encouraged teaching and learning in the school.

He stressed that previously, students were seeking for transfer to other urban schools but the situation has changed as they have been having influx of parents seeking admission for their wards.

“Formally, parents were relocating their wards to more urban cities like Potiskum and Damaturu, among others but with the development, it has greatly increased our population as more and more parents are seeking for admissions to their children”.

Speaking after the inspection visit, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam called on the students to reciprocate the gesture with hard work and to shun drugs and other social vices capable of destroying their future.

Furthermore, he advised them to remain focussed, while assuring them that his administration would spend hugely in making them comfortable.

Responding to the problems of electricity and water supply in the school and Fika town, the governor directed the secretary to the State Government, Baba Mallam Wali to interact with the Fika community for urgent intervention.

“I am directing the Secretary to the State Government to liaise with the school Authority and the Fika community to find lasting solution to water and electric problem of Fika town”.

Ibenge Ends Contract With DR Congo

Ibenge Ends Contract With DR Congo Democratic Republic of Congo coach, Florent Ibenge, has announced that he will not renew his contract with the national football team in June 2017.

The 55-year-old, who was appointed as leopards coach in August 2014 to fill the position that was left vacant after Claude Leroy’s departure.

He played an integral part in the team winning the 2016 African Nations Championship which was hosted by Rwanda.

Ibenge led DR Congo to two AFCON quarter-finals during the 2015 and 2017 editions.

Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Indian Wells Event

Australian Open: Serena Defeats Strycova To Reach Quarter-FinalsWorld number one, Serena Williams, has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open, due to a left knee injury.

Serena will now relinquish the world number one tennis ranking to German, Angelique Kerber.

The two-time champion at the showpiece event at the California desert resort, had returned to the women’s top ranking in January after claiming a record 23rd grand slam singles title in the professional era at the Australian Open.

The 35 year old had needed to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals for a chance to retain her number one ranking.

Wike Assures Investors Of Land And Tax Relief In Rivers State

Wike Assures Investors Of Land And Tax Relief In Rivers StateThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has invited foreign and local investors to take advantage of the rapid developmental strides of his administration, to invest in all sectors of the state’s economy, in order to create jobs.

Governor Wike stated that first-time investors in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, housing and property development, as well as agriculture and ICT skills development, would receive attractive tax incentives and easy access to land in the state.

Addressing a group of foreign journalists in Lagos on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George who spoke of the government’s tax plan, also dismissed security concerns about the state, saying that Rivers state is among the safest destinations for investment in the country.

“The narrative that Rivers state is unsafe is an ugly slander against the state by a disgruntled political opposition”, the commissioner said, adding that as the oil and gas hub in the country, Rivers state has offered the highest return on investment in Nigeria since 1958.

Dr Tam-George said that activities marking the Golden Jubilee celebrations in Rivers state in May would showcase the different opportunities for investment in the state.

Present at the media briefing were correspondents from the BBC, AFP, Duetch Welle, VOA, Xinhua, CCTV, the publishers of The Trent, among others.

Customs Officials Allegedly Kill Driver In Ogun State

Customs Justifies Raid On Warehouses Suspected For Smuggled GoodsThere was pandemonium in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) allegedly shot dead a commercial driver while pursuing suspected smugglers.

The Customs officers were said to have killed Saubana Onila, a father of four, at Sowo village, along the Kobape-Siun-Sagamu expressway when he was conveying bags of rice to some customers in Sagamu.

As a result of this development, scores of protesters stormed the state headquarters of the NCS along Quarry Road in Abeokuta, threatening to dump the remains of the late transporter within the premises.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun Area Command, Usman Abubakar, however denied that the claims that the Customs killed anybody in the operation.

Abubakar maintained that the importation of rice through the land border had been banned, urging members of the public to support the agency in the fight against smuggling.

He told journalists that investigation into the incident was ongoing.

“The information at my disposal is that one of our patrol teams went on routine patrol this morning along Kobape-Sagamu Interchange. Based on credible information to them that some smugglers were coming through that route, they waylaid the smugglers.

“On sighting Customs vehicle, the occupants of those vehicles now started on top speed. In the course of the operation, one of the vehicles fell into a ditch. The occupants of that vehicle left and ran away. Our men now brought the vehicle down to Abeokuta station. So, that is the information I have.

“There was no shootout with anybody. Our men have no cause to shoot anybody. They are well trained and they operate according to international best practices.

“When they pursued those smugglers, there was a rat race between the drivers of those vehicles. Immediately the first one fell into a ditch, our men picked the vehicle and left others. So there was no shootout between our men and anybody.

“The police have been invited, we are on top of the situation. The matter is under investigation by the Customs and the police. So, after a thorough investigation, we will now give you full details of what happened.”

It was gathered that Saubana, who was formerly the Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Grammar School Unit, Abeokuta, had conveyed some bags of rice from the popular Kuto park in the state capital enroute Sagamu.

An eyewitness, Sola Josiah, on the other hand, claimed that the Customs men shot at the late driver’s Mazda 626 car which made him to lose control, forcing the vehicle to somersault several times.

He alleged that the Customs men further shot the driver in cold blood and escaped from the scene.

Also according to him, four other people who sustained injuries in the incident, had been taken to a hospital for medical attention.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, however led a team of senior officers to the area to restore normalcy.


Gambian Authorities Ban Internet, International Calls During Election

Gambian Authorities Ban Internet, International Calls During ElectionAuthorities of The Gambia, have banned internet and international phone calls, as President, Yahya Jammeh, contests for his fifth term in the West African state.

Officials have also banned demonstrations to prevent unrest after the elections.

Most of the main parties have united behind estate agent, Adama Barrow, to Challenge Mr Jammeh who has ruled the country since 1996 when he was first elected.

The Gambia has not experienced a Democratic transition of power since independence from the UK in 1965, as it has known only two presidents.

Meanwhile, President Jammeh has said he will rule for a billion years if Allah wills.

An unprecedented number of people turned up at opposition rallies ahead of the election, with its mostly young population now yearning for change.

Observers from the European Union (EU), and the West African Regional Bloc, ECOWAS, are not attending the vote, stating concerns about the fairness of the process.