NLC Members Protest In Abuja, Lagos

NLC, Strike, PetrolMembers of the Nigeria Labour Congress have gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, to commence the march against what they call the effect of poor governance.

As days goes by, they are expected to march on the streets of Abuja.

A few days ago, ”The I stand for Nigeria” held a similar march through the streets of Abuja, but were stopped by armed policemen on their way to the Presidential Villa.

Leading the Abuja rally, Co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign (BBOG), Mrs Aisha Yusuf, said the protest is meant for Nigerians to express their anger over the hardship being faced by them.

NLC Members Converge In Lagos 

At the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Yaba, members of NLC have converged and are about to commence their protest against what they call hardship being faced by Nigerians in the country.

The protesters are marching through the streets of Lagos, to the State Government House in Alausa and the State House of Assembly, to make their demands known.

Shippers’ Council Assures Cargo Operators Of Improved Services

Nigerian Shippers' Council, Nigeria Customs Service, Cargo Operators, Hassan BelloThe Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello, has assured cargo operators of improved services across Nigerian seaports.

The assurance comes as the Nigeria Customs Service upholds its enforcement of the ban on importation of vehicles through land borders.

Mr Bello made the remark on Sunday while addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He blamed the diversion of goods by cargo operators to neighboring countries on the inefficiency that characterised the operations of Nigerian seaports.

Mr Bello was hopeful that the ban on the importation of cars through the land borders was a good development that would create employment opportunities for Nigerians.

Buhari, Oshiomhole Meet Amid FG Appointment Speculations

Edo State, Muhammadu Buhari, Adams OshiomholeFew weeks after he handed over Edo State’s administration to his All Progressives Congress (APC) successor, it appears Mr Adams Oshiomhole may be joining the leadership train of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former Governor of Edo State was in a meeting with President Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Mr Oshiomhole, a two time governor of Edo State, is visiting the President for the first time since he left office in November 2016.

The visit comes at a time speculations are strong that President Buhari may be tipping him for the position of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), presently occupied by Mr Babachir Lawal.

Buhari To Pay 2-Day Working Visit To Edo, Oshiomhole

Mr Oshiomhole is also said to be likely pencilled down for a ministerial job by political analysts.

When approached by reporters after the meeting to react to the appointment rumours, he refused to speak on the issue.

The former governor said (while walking away) that he was in the Aso Villa to exchange pleasantries with President Buhari following the New Year celebration.

Police Restate Commitment To Tackling Cybercrime In Nigeria

Police, Nigeria, CybercrimeThe Nigeria Police Force has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling the upsurge in cases of cybercrime in Nigeria through forensic investigation.

The technical adviser to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Tolu Ogunshakin, made the remarks on Monday at a training for officers of the force in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that cybercrime has assumed a worrisome level globally and emphasised the need for scientific investigation of such crimes.

He urged Nigerians to protect their identities, stressing that Nigeria has lost over 1.2 billion Naira to criminals who engage in identity theft.

Police Arrest Suspected Oil Vandals In Lagos

Police Arrest Oil Vandals In LagosPolice have arrested 14 suspected oil vandals alongside a Navy personnel at the Ijora area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

The suspects were nabbed by men of the Lagos State Intelligence Unit of the Inspector General of Police Task Force on Vandalism.

They were arrested in the early hours of Thursday at the Ijora Olopa Jetty.

The suspected oil vandals were alleged to be illegally discharging petroleum products from a badge at anchorage to tankers also at the jetty.

Police officials at the scene declined to comment on the arrest but a reliable source told Channels Television that two of the three tankers intercepted around the jetty were loaded with 44,000 litres of suspected vandalised petroleum product each.

The source added that a directive had been given that the suspects be transferred to the Police Headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Northeast Insurgency: U.S. To Assist Nigeria Develop Security Plan

Alan Tousignant, U.S., Nigeria, SecurityThe United States government has pledged to help the Federal Government develop a civilian security plan and enhance emergency response in Nigeria’s northeast region.

The U.S. acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr Alan Tousignant, said that the assistance would be in the form of technical support.

He made the promise at a meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Monday.

Mr Tousignant explained further that the technical assistance was part of the security governance initiative of the U.S. government.

General Dambazau, on his part, stated that the partnership would not include the provision of equipment for troops in the northeast.

FG Sees Success In War Against Boko Haram

FG - Boko HaramThe Federal Government says it has attained some level of success in the war against Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s disturbed region.

The Minister of Defence, Mr Mansur Dan-Ali, made the declaration on Thursday when he received a report from a committee on the handing-over of liberated areas in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Addressing members of the committee, he said: “Without contradicting the contents of the report, you will agree with me (that) appreciable success have been recorded against the Boko Haram insurgents, since the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Mr Dan-Ali noted that the government would not fail to mete out the full weight of law on those who were bent on jeopardising the nation’s peace and stability.

“Once again, I want to assure you and indeed, all Nigerians that the government remains totally unchanged in its commitment to eradicating insurgency and criminality in the northeast in particular, and the nation in general,” he said.

The Defence Minister warned all persons, groups of individuals and organisations that the government would not condone any activity that could pose threat to Nigeria’s security.

He added that the Federal Government would not hesitate to seek the support of the international community in ensuring adequate security.

“All relevant security agencies of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have been mobilised and directed to swing into action to identify and stop any possible threat to our national security,” he added.

Pharmacist’s Council To Shut Open Drug Market

Pharmacist's Council To Shut Open Drug MarketThe Pharmacist’s Council of Nigeria says it will shut the open drug market in 2017.

This according to the body is to effectively control the quality of both locally manufactured and imported drugs in Nigeria.

The National President of the council, Mr Nurudeen Mohammed, gave the hint during a session with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Mr Mohammed said that efforts were currently ongoing to coordinate all wholesale drug centres for proper regulation.

He also told reporters that the council had shut down over a thousand pharmacies in 2015 and suspended three of its members over unprofessional conducts.

Police IG Explains Reasons For Removal Of Checkpoints

IGPThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, says he ordered the removal of police checkpoints on the highways upon assuming office to reduce bribery and corruption.

Mr Arase gave this explanation during one of his routine visits to commands during which he holds security briefs with the commissioners.

The Police boss on his visit to the FCT Police Command, said that such roadblocks encouraged corruption among some of his officers who collect bribes from commuters on the highway.

The IGP said that such act only reduced officers of the Police Force to mere beggars and had also brought the image of the force to disrepute in the past.

Mr Arase then emphasized the need for officers to carry out their duties professionally.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, however, appealed to the IGP to create more commands within the FCT.

According to him, the current population of the capital city has overstretched the FCT Police Command.

The IGP has made similar visits to Lagos, Anambra, and Plateau States recently to hold the same meeting with their commissioners.