Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On Damascus

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On DamascusFor the umpteenth time, Russia has vetoed a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council, that would have condemned last week’s alleged chemical attack in Syria.

The resolution which was presented by the United States, United Kingdom and France, demanded that Damascus cooperates with investigators.

The proposed resolution would have backed an investigation on the ground by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons.

This would be the eighth time Russia has protected its Syrian ally at the council.

NATO No Longer Obsolete – Donald Trump

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsUnited States President, Donald Trump says the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is no longer obsolete, reversing his earlier statement which alarmed allies.

Hosting the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House, Mr Trump said that the threat of terrorism has underlined the alliance’s importance.

At a joint press conference with Mr Stoltenberg, President Trump said he and the Secretary General had a productive discussion on what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism.

The US President further reiterated his call for NATO member States to contribute more funding to the alliance.

Police Arrest Three Suspected Army Impostors In Imo State

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Imo State Police Command has arrested three suspects, Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state for impersonation and claiming to be army officials, while extorting huge amount of money from unsuspected applicants who wish to join the Nigerian Army.

While parading the suspects at the Imo Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Chris Ezike, said the suspects were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following intelligence reports.

The commissioner also paraded some other suspected criminals who are allegedly involved in various crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, car snatching and cultism.

The commissioner said the renewed vision of the command is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state as well as provide qualitative police service for the people of Imo state.

Items recovered include three AK rifles, 15 AK47, magazines loaded with ammunition, locally made pistols and army camouflage uniforms.

In his words, “we have collectively resolved in this command that our mission and vision is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state.

“This state shall not only enable Imolites go about their lawful business without fear of any molestation but also enable the business of government and private sector thrive without security encumbrances, we shall provide qualitative Police service to the people of Imo state.

“Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state have been arrested for specializing in defrauding unsuspected applicants wishing to join the Nigerian army.
“They were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following a tip off.

“Investigation revealed that the affected candidates were ignorantly mandated by the suspects to pay the sum of 8, 000 Naira and 70, 000 Naira for medical test and recruitment training exercises.

“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation and will be charged to court soon”, the commissioner said.

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

During the signing ceremony at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Governor Obaseki said his administration will always provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive in the state.

He stated that many of the youths who would be affected by the bill would be compensated, urging the public to get familiar with the provisions of the law, adding that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

The governor further said that the acts of land grabbing is inimical to the economic growth of the society.

A copy of the bill was later presented to Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.

The Benin Monarch lauded the State’s Executive and Legislature for the swift enactment of the law, adding that those affected will be compensated.

“Palliative measures are put in place to ensure that they don’t see it as witch-hunting or excessive punishment or that they don’t recognise their plight”

Meanwhile, a task force headed by the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has been set up to drive enforcement of the law.

Obiano Receives Army Committee On Human Rights Violation

Anambra State Governor, Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano.

A nine man Special Commission on Human Rights Violation Committee set up by the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, was in Anambra state on a fact finding mission, to ascertain the roles played by the Military during protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in 2016. 

Governor Willie Obiano received them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, and listened to the leader of the team, Retired Major General Tijani Ahmed, briefing him on their mission.

Mr Ahmed explained that based on the accusations leveled against the Nigerian Army by the Amnesty International of violating human rights and committing war crimes in their dealing with insurgents in the northeast, Militants in the Niger Delta and IPOB in the southeast, the Chief of Army Staff had set up the committee to find out the truth or otherwise of the allegations.

He said, “The allegations made round the media, in the papers and specifically, the one that was made prominent was the one by the Amnesty International where allegations of extrajudicial killing, forced disappearance, torture and all manner of allegations were made against the soldiers.

“That’s why the Chief of Army Staff set up this committee to investigate and find out exactly what happened”.

For Governor Willie Obiano, there would not have been issues with the peaceful protests of the activist but for the hijacking of the exercise by hoodlums that wreaked havoc.

He suggested to the committees to reach out to the then Commissioner of Police who is now the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone Nine, Mr Hassan Karma and Colonel Isah Abdullahi, who was the then Commandant of 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, for the full details of all that happened in which officially, no death was communicated to him.

According to Obiano, “When you start some exercise, if you are not careful, it will be hijacked and when it is hijacked, it will change complexion from what was originally planned.

“So both IPOB and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in my view, they comported themselves very well, but the challenge is that we have these hoodlums, we are talking about that joined the match and tried to use the opportunity to loot and do other things.

“I’m sure in the course of your investigation you will get all the details”.

Ogun Govt. Warns Applicants Into School Of Nursing Against Fraudsters

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun State Government, has called on all candidates seeking admission into the state’s owned school of Nursing for the 2017/2018 academic session, to visit the State Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing Services, Room 104, New Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for admission procedures.

This is in effect is to save them from falling victims of fraudsters and admission racketeering.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye,  the warning became imperative for the prospective candidates in order not to fall victims of fraudsters while seeking for admission into the School of Nursing both online registration and hard copy documentation of application procedures.

According to the statement, all interested candidates must at least possess five (5) O’level credits in not more than two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while candidates awaiting result can also apply.

The statement also had it that, applicants are expected to have a functional E-mail address as application closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2017.

However, a Computer Base Test (CBT) Examination for all successful candidates will come up on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the School of Nursing (SON), Idi-Aba Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by 8:00am.

Nasarawa Residents Raise Alarm Over Termite Infested Electric Pole

Residents of Emba street of Millionaires quarters in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, have raised alarm over a termite infested electric pole almost falling over their houses.

The alarm was raised when Channels Television visited the area to ascertain the situation after a tip off by an eye witness reporter.

During the visit by our correspondent it was observed that the pole is almost falling over a land with the electric wires already dropping down into the house of a resident, Felix Godwin.

In an interview, Mr Godwin disclosed that the almost falling pole is the second pole they have changed.

“It is like this because for the past two years or so we mounted a new pole so we discovered that there are termites under the ground that has been eating it for quite a long time and that is why it has been like this.

“Though it is not our own responsibility to continue changing it since we have changed it for the first and second time. We feel that it is the responsibility of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to come and have it fixed, that is why we decided to leave it like this.

“We are aware of the dangers and are making effort to have it fixed but the problem on ground is issue of finance”. he said.

When taken upon the issue of destroyed poles in Lafia and not just Emba street, a Technical Supervisor of the AEDC, Livinus Cosmos assured that they will be monitored and fixed.

He said, “It is not everywhere that the AEDC staff are unless we embark on patrol to clear one fault or the other.

“We will be able to see such faults but now that you have detected that fault, we will see that we replace it.

“I will work towards seeing that the pole is replaced if not by wooden pole, we will use concrete pole.

“Precisely if there are other wooden poles that are infested by termites, we will do the same thing to see that we replace them because once a pole gets broken and there is supply, it will cause havoc to not only our customers but any passerby which is risky, so prevention is better than cure”, he said.

U.S. Withdraws Funding For UN Population Fund

The United States says it has withdrawn its funding for the United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNFPA), an agency which promotes family planning in more than 150 countries.

According to the State Department, the agency supports and participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.

Earlier this year, President Trump had reinstated a ban on U.S. funding of any international organization that provided any kind of abortion service or advice.

Meanwhile, the agency has called the claims “Erroneous”, saying that all of its work promotes the rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination.

The U.S. State Department further stated that the money allocated to the agency will be “Transferred and reprogrammed to the Global Health Programs account, which will be used by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support family planning, maternal and reproductive health activities in developing countries.

This is the first of the promised cuts to U.S. financial contributions to the UN by the Trump administration.

Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

Gov. Bello Orders Contractor To Fix Minna Water Works

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello

The Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has ordered the management of the state Water Board and the contractor handling the repairs of Chanchaga Water Works, Minna, to fix it.

He gave the order after inspecting four electric motors imported from Germany to boost water supply to Minna, the state capital, at the premises of the water facility in Chanchaga.

The governor directed the water board and the contractor to double their efforts, work all round the clock and ensure taps are running with water without further delay.

“We have no time to waste. We must fix this water plant and I am not ready to take any excuse from anybody for further delay in fixing this place.

“We must ensure regular and adequate water supply in the state. With the delivery of these electric motors and the locally refurbished high and low lift pumps, the contractor and his men must work 24/7 and fix this place.

“I am taking this water issue personal and I will be coming here to inspect progress made, even at an odd time.

“So anybody that has a problem with fixing this place is permitted to go. We must fix this water plant”, the governor reassured.

He then assured residents of other major cities in the state that the government was committed to ensuring that all the water works are functional and are meeting the need of the people.

“We are moving to Bida, Kontagora and Suleja very soon. So we are going to expedite work on this Minna Water Works to enable us move to other towns”, the governor assured.

Earlier, the contractor handling the project, Mr. Outare Kokobissi, assured the governor that with the arrival of the electric motors and the refurbished pumps and residents of Minna will soon be relieved of lack of portable water.

He promised to work round the clock to ensure delivery.

Ivanka Trump Named Assistant To President

Courtesy: www.news.com.au
Courtesy: www.news.com.au

The White House has announced that Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee with the title of Assistant to the President.

Ivanka reportedly bowed to pressure following an outcry from ethics experts at her initial plans to serve in a more informal capacity.

The 35-year-old said she has “heard the concerns some have with her advising the President in her personal capacity”.

Meanwhile, her husband, Jared Kushner, is a Senior Adviser to President Donald Trump.

Judge Extends Hold On Trump’s Travel Ban

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsU.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban has suffered another setback as a Federal Judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended the suspension of the new executive order.

Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling means Mr Trump will be barred from enforcing the ban on Muslim nations while it is contested in court.

In a lawsuit, the U.S. State said the ban would harm tourism and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.

But President Trump said his revised travel ban seeks to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

President Trump’s executive order signed on March 6, would have placed a 90 day ban on people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen and a 120 day ban on refugees.