Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has explained the Presidency’s plan of setting up a special investigative panel to look into the issues surrounding the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
He was responding to comments that an investigative panel headed by the Vice President should not have been set up, when there are agencies of government that have been empowered to carry out such investigations.
According to him, “the government believes that setting up an investigation at this time is right and government has the mandate of the people. It will not satisfy everybody but it does not matter.
“You will never win with some Nigerians, they will always find faults but then, government has been elected and government is in place to do certain things and government would do what it believes to be right at any given time.”
Also reacting to comments by the SGF who had questioned journalists, saying “who is the Presidency”?, Mr Adesina described the question as rhetorical, adding that it does not necessarily need an answer.
“I return that to the media because most times when anybody talks, it could even be a presidential aide, they attribute it to the presidency”, a situation which according to him, shouldn’t really be the case.
“I just understand what is being done, I understand why it’s being used and I know it’s a media way of doing things.”
He, however, noted that if Nigerians must get an answer to the question then “we must get it from the SGF”.
Responding to questions as to why both issues of the SGF and the NIA DG were being lumped together and given the same verdict, Mr Adesina said there’s the saying that: “A matter is not fully settled until it has been permanently settled.”
According to him, the issue of the SGF had been running for so long because although the Senate had demanded that he be removed, the President rejected the move initially because according to him, due process was not followed.
He then explained that the development is coming now because the President feels it is now time to set up an investigation team that would look into both issues even though they are not in any way related.
YBNL’s latest signee, David Shokoya, popularly known as Davolee, has narrated why he was not able to pursue a college degree and rather opted for music.
According to him, the economic hardship as well as the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, prevented him from furthering his education.
He revealed this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News, where he laid bare his struggles and travails and how he has gradually overcome, especially since his talent caught the attention of the YBNL boss, Olamide.
Born in the Isolo area of Lagos state, Shokoya revealed that the street life had a huge influence on his music.
The artist stated that he realised his talent at a young age and while there was no one to sponsor his university education, he thought it wise to go into full time music and face the hustle squarely.
Speaking further on how he got the attention of the YBNL music imprint, Shokoya explained that he promoted himself a lot via social media.
“I took my Instagram personal then I do freestyles and I tag celebrities as much as possible – So luckily for me, Baddo got into it and he messaged me on Instagram”; a situation which he described as unbelievable and very emotional for him.
In November 2016, the YBNL leader Olamide revealed Davolee had become a member of the team in a video posted online.
Although the hard knock life has made it behind him, the budding artist says the lessons it thought him are invaluable.
The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday, swore in a new Head of Service, Saleh Abubakar.
The new appointee, who is the Chief of Staff to the Governor, takes over from Dauda Yahaya, who has attended the mandatory years of service.
While administering the oath on the Head of Service, the Governor said the swearing in of the new appointee would reinvigorate his administration by ensuring transparency, probity and accountability.
“Today’s event will further reinvigorate the administrative machinery in the state, strengthen the promotion of rule of law, equity, and justice, accountability, transparency and probity in the conduct of government business and it will serve as a step forward towards entrenchment of our reform programme in all sectors of our state economy”
Governor Gaidam, however, praised the outgoing Head of Service whom according to him, was equally an experienced technocrat.
He, therefore, urged the new Head of Service to emulate him, while also expressing optimism that Abubakar, who has served diligently since the beginning of his administration, will justify the confidence reposed in him.
“I am glad to say that Saleh Abubakar had impressive record of service before his appointment to the present position as Head of Service and it is this yardstick which informed my approval of his appointment.
“I however have no doubt in my mind that owing to his wealth of experience, exposure and records of performance in the past, he will be able to discharge his duties to the satisfaction of all,” the governor said.
The swearing in ceremony also witnessed the oath taken of the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Saboli Mohammed. Also, Baba Gishiwari took an oath as a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, while Ali Garga was sworn in as member of the Fiscal Responsibility Board.
The Nigerian Police has said it would not condone any act of corruption and indiscipline from officers and men, that would dent the image of the force.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Finance and Administration, Shuaibu Lawal Gambo, gave the warning when he paid a visit to the Nasarawa State Police Command.
The visit is in continuation of his tour to Police Commands in the North Central Zone of the country.
Addressing officers at the state headquarters, he noted that corruption among Police personnel has become the order of the day and emphasised that the Force would not take it lightly with any officer caught engaging in any form of corruption.
“I also want to use this medium to warn that cases of corruption will not be tolerated, and illegal road blocks will not be tolerated. We want you all to have respect for the human right, you must recognise that every human being has certain rights,” he said.
He maintained that no organisation can achieve desired results in an atmosphere of indiscipline and warned that drastic measures will be meted on any officer found wanting.
He then urged them to be responsible in their dealings as they are being looked upon as role models.
Gambo also revealed the determination of the Force in improving the welfare of its personnel especially in the areas of promotion, housing and health among others, aimed at boosting their morale for effective service delivery.
“The Inspector General of Police wants you to know that we appreciate your contribution and the sacrifices you are making for the country and we want to assure you that the sacrifices are well noted and on his part he is doing all he can to make sure that he provides better welfare packages for you all.”
On his part, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abubakar Bello, appreciated the visit and used the platform to enumerate challenges facing the command, including inadequate manpower and logistics.
“Your presence in our midst today is gratifying because it gives us the opportunity to give you firsthand information on our activities so that you can help us,” the CP said.
A legal practitioner, Mr Isaac Anumudu, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to reveal the identities of the owners of all the moneys being discovered by the Commission.
Mr Anumudu made the call on Sunrise Daily, in reaction to the series of cash recoveries made by the EFCC in the past few weeks, one of which was the discovery of a huge sum of money in an apartment in Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
He believes that the inability of the anti-graft agency to clarify the ownership of the recovered cash in Ikoyi is giving room for suspicion.
The lawyer wondered why the whistleblower could not reveal critical information as to who dropped the money and how it got to the apartment.
“First of all you look at the recoveries, the way and manner they came. There is a whistle blowing 49 million in Kaduna airport, how come someone would carry that humongous amount of money in Naira and not in Dollars to an airport?
“Why did the whistleblower identify and was able to blow whistle as to where the fund is, without information as to who dropped the money and how it got there?” Anumudu questioned.
He further criticised the funds found in a Bureau De Change at the Balogun Market in Lagos, stressing that the place was meant for exchange of all forms of currency.
“You tell me you found a million of Dollars in a Bureau De Change, what do they sell in a Bureau De Change? pure water, vegetable, cosmetics, provisions, no.
“What goes on in a Bureau De Change is exchange of all forms of currency, Dollar, Naira, Euro, Pound.
“So telling me you found, you didn’t tell us how that became illegal, you didn’t tell us whom you are pursuing, what lead you are pursuing that led you to finding that kind of money, you now suspect it was money gotten from corrupt practices.
“What whistle are you blowing if you whistle that you found law books in my office as a lawyer? There is nothing illegal in finding money in a Bureau De Change”, Mr Anumudu stated.
As part of Ondo State Government’s efforts to restore orderliness to the forest reserves across the state, a verification exercise has commenced to identify and clear allotees in the forest reserves.
To achieve this, allotees who have compartments in the forest reserves have been charged to bring all the necessary documents needed for clearance.
The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr Dally Salau, made this known in Akure, the state capital, where he warned that the era of lawlessness and disobedience has gone.
He stressed that the verification became necessary in order to identify true owners of compartments, saying this would go a long way to putting a stop to the issue of encroachment in the Forest Reserve.
Mr Salau said the Task Force has been able to impound some vehicles in the forest and on the roads carrying logs, while logging activities is still on hold.
He warned that no logging activity should be carried out until the forest reserves are reopened.
“I want to use this opportunity to advice our allottees to come out early for the verification exercise. They should bring out all the documents required for the exercise, so they can be cleared.
“This is vital so that the government would have a better position to formulate policies particularly in the Forest reserve.
“To avoid encroachment into the Forest reserves, government has inaugurated the Task Force on Forestry and Anti- Encroachment. They are put in place in the state to ensure that people do not move into the reserves until it is reopened by the state government.
“Now that the free areas have been opened, the Task Force would be more active to ensure that the order is enforced and obeyed.
“Let them (allotees and contractors) obey this order first, then the government would decide.
“The regime of orderliness has come. We cannot be operating in a state of anarchy, disobedience or lawlessness. We have to ensure that law, justice, fairness, peace and equity are restored and obeyed in our Forest Reserves”, Mr Saliu stated.
As part of efforts to give back to its host community, the Nigerian Navy Shipyard (NNS) pathfinder has extended free medical services to residents of Mgbu-Edohia Community in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers state.
Over 300 men, women and children, including the elderly were seen at the venue of the exercise attended by the Naval medical staff.
Some of the free health services to the people include consultation and treatment, eye check with free glasses, basic laboratory investigation and immunisation.
The medical officer of the Naval Medical Centre, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, Chijoke Ogu said the Navy is appreciative of the cooperation of the community.
“We are here today to interact and give back to the community, our host community. For over the years, they have harboured us, shown us hospitality, so today, we are here to appreciate the community.
“We have five doctors on ground who will attend to their vital signs, and take their samples to the lab for further investigation and treatment. We have a section for immunisation for children and eye care for the elderly”, he said.
The King of Mgbu-Odohia Community, Amadi-Ekwena, who also benefited from the eye check and free glasses service expressed gladness for the exercise.
“On behalf of the entire Council of Chiefs of Mgbu-Odohia, one of the communities in Rumuelumeni, we are grateful for this programme, and we hope that it will continue, so you people can check on how we are doing.”
The Navy further said that the free medical service to the community and other communities will be an annual exercise.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has charged Nigerians to take livestock as a business, rather than considering it as a tradition.
Mr Ahmed Salihu Ahmed of the Department of Animal Husbandry Service of the Ministry, gave the charge in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
He said the Federal Government has set machinery in place to mitigate some of the issues that often causes skirmish between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
The representatives from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, are in Lokoja to interact and sensitize the herdsmen on the need to live and operate peaceful without any crises, but first they pay a courtesy call on the Commissioner of Police.
In his keynote address at the State Police Headquarters the leader of the delegation disclosed that the Federal Government has concluded plans to commercialize production of livestock, which he noted will be stationed in one location to avert the incessant crises between cattle rearers and the farmers.
“The population of the country is growing astronomically, and there is need to cultivate land for crops production and massive investment in livestock.
“I call on the leaders of the Miyeti Allah Cattle Reares Association to always sensitize their members on the need to live with farmers peacefully”.
In his remark, the State Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu said the command under his watch is in support of the initiative, while calling on Miyeti Allah Cattle Rearers Association, Kogi state chapter to warn their members against indulging in criminal activities.
“I want to assure you that my command will continue to maintain neutrality between the herdsmen and the farmers, so that the state can continue to enjoy absolute peace”.
The College of Security Management of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), has graduated 308 officers in weapons handling, to give backing to the protection of national critical assets of government.
At a ceremony held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammodu, represented by the Assistant Commandant General (Zone F), Waheed Popoola, challenged officers on the rule of engagement and civility.
He also charged them to continue to exhibit a high sense of integrity, patriotism and exemplary service to their fatherland.
In his message delivered by the Assistant Commandant General, the NSCDC Commandant General challenged them on the rule of engagement, asking them to shun corruption and other vices that could put the body in disrepute.
“I wish to thank our wonderful instructors for the high level of discipline imbibed into the graduands and techniques to actively engage enemies while protecting public utilities.
“You have indeed made us proud. Furthermore, being part of the college Composite Arms Training Programme 001, is not license for you to molest civilians.
“You must at all times abide by the rules of engagement, in knowing when, where, how and against whom force may be used.
“Always remember that there are procedures and standards in weapons handling, therefore, as you step out of this noble institution, your character will determine how far you will go – Endeavour to exhibit the highest sense of integrity, patriotism and exemplary service to all and sundry”, he said.
The provost of the college on the other hand, believes that the college Composite Arms Training Programme is a wake up call to the need of building professional capabilities for better service delivery.
“It is no longer news that our country is presently being faced with various security challenges which requires concerted effort by everyone to enable us confront it head on.
“In this regard, the need to train and retrain our men and officers on arms and other security areas cannot be over looked, it is therefore important to expose our officers to modern techniques of fighting terrorism and other forms of crime.
“The corps has trained you for a purpose that clearly differs from killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians.
“It is important to know that to whom much is given, much is expected. I therefore urge you to desist from intimidating and molesting the civil populace, shun corruption, and never see yourselves as a rival to any sister agency.
“But instead, be the change agent who would work relentlessly towards achieving a peaceful Nigeria,” the provost stated.
Officers were drawn from Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos and Edo states for the programme and it is expected that they would make professionalism and patriotism their watch word in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities, henceforth.