Gov. Dickson Urges Ijaw Youth Leaders To Promote Peace

Environmental SanitationThe Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has urged Ijaw youth leaders in the Niger Delta to close ranks and promote the peace and unity of the Ijaw nation everywhere.

Gov. Dickson, who spoke when he met with Ijaw leaders across the Niger Delta, who paid him a solidarity visit, says development could only thrive in an atmosphere of peace.

The governor expressed serious concerns over issues of power tussle and internal wrangling for positions in the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) stressing that, he does not endorse factions for elective positions within the Ijaw ethnic nationality.

While commending the leaders for their solidarity and support, during and after the last gubernatorial election in the state, he noted that, as patriotic Ijaws who came out in defence of the common interest of the Ijaw people, when it was needed.

“You gave me your support when it was most needed for the sake of the Ijaw nation, to defend it at a very critical period”, Dickson said.

However, on the reports that he had ceded a portion of land to herdsmen for grazing, Dickson described the rumour as the handiwork of his detractors, who he said are afraid of his rising profile and trying to incite Bayelsans against him and the herdsmen.

“I will not allow herdsmen to have clashes with our farmers in the state, and that is why the government has taken a proactive step to provide a grazing area, the Bayelsa palm to forestall insecurity.

“Some people are inciting Bayelsans to violence against herdsmen and fellow Bayelsans.

“After now, the government will arrest any herdsmen found with cattle in our communities.

“The action of government is in the best interest of Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation”. He said.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Mr. Austin Dressman commended the leaders for their solidarity visit, noting that, Governor Dickson’s love for the Ijaw nation was unflinching.

He however, urged other Niger Delta governors to emulate the government in Bayelsa.

National Assembly To Enact Law To Strengthen NAFDAC

NAFDAC LogoThe National Assembly says it is ready to enact and amend relevant laws that will strengthen the National Agency for Foods, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in checking fake and counterfeit drugs in Nigeria.

The Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health Services, Usman Muhammad stated this in Ilorin at the flag off of the workshop  on rational use of drugs, animal feeds, pesticides and chemicals organised by NAFDAC.

Muhammad particularly noted that the House of Representatives would continue to identify with NAFDAC in protecting Nigerians against consumption of fake and counterfeit drugs.

The acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni also called on stakeholders to maintain rational use of medicines in Nigeria, to ensure that only quality regulated products reach the market and ultimately, the consuming public.

She stated that, NAFDAC has adopted a holistic, multifaceted strategy which transcends local and international barriers in safeguarding the health of the nation.

These strategies she said included sustained public enlightenment campaigns, national and international collaborations, capacity building for members of staff and review of NAFDAC laws.

She however, implored Kwarans to buy medicines from only licensed pharmacies and patent medicines shops, promising to work in close collaboration with other agencies to ensure the rational use of medicines in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the representative of the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed at the occasion, the Secretary to the State Government, Isiaka Gold advocated for stiffer penalties for manufacturers, suppliers and individuals found guilty of producing and distributing counterfeit drugs.

He however said that the activities of the individuals especially in the health sector have led to life threatening health situations and avoidable loss of lives, and urged the public to be vigilant while purchasing drugs and other related product.

Ahmed assured that the government would continue to support NAFDAC in its effort towards eradicating the circulation of products that are harmful to consumers.

He called on pharmacies in the state to ensure that they register and renew their licenses as at when due with the pharmacists council of Nigeria through the State Ministry of Health.

Kaduna Attack: Govt. Enforces 24-Hour Curfew

Godgodo, death toll, KadunaThe Kaduna State Security Council has enforced a 24-hour curfew in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State with immediate effect.

This follows the recent attacks by gunmen that claimed lives and property in some communities in the two local government areas.

A statement by the spokesman for the state government, Samuel Aruwan, says the action became necessary in order to protect the lives of residents and avoid further breakdown of law and order in the two Local Government Areas.

The statement directs all security agencies on a special operation in the two local government areas to ensure strict compliance of the curfew, stating that only workers on special duties and those on humanitarian services are allowed free movement after due clearance by security agencies.

Kim Jong Un’s Brother Killed At Malaysian Airport

north-koreanHalf brother to North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un, has been killed in an attack in Malaysia.

Kim Jong Nam, who was the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un; was known to have spent most of his time outside of North Korea.

Media in South Korea say he had been poisoned at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, by two women, as he waited for a flight to Macau.

According to the reports, he suddenly fell ill and died on his way to hospital. The women, believed to be North Korean operatives, are still at large.

Once seen as a likely successor to Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Nam was thought to have fallen out of favour with his father, when he tried to enter Japan, using a false passport.

He had told officials that he was planning to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Having lost out on becoming his father’s successor in 2011, Jong-Nam maintained a low profile, spending most of his time overseas in Macau, Singapore and China.

Shiites Demand Release Of Leaders

kano, police, ShiitesThe Islamic movement is asking the Federal Government to comply with the order of a Federal High Court which ordered the unconditional release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife.

In a petition presented to the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja, the group claims that Zakzaky is gradually going blind due to lack of access to quality medical care.

The group appeals to the NHRC to intervene and ensure that their leader, who has been in detention since December 2015, is released to enable him attend to his failing health.

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Also on January 18, the Shiites took to the NHCR headquarters in Abuja to protest what they called “a flaunt on the laws of the land with impunity” by the Federal Government.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had in a ruling on December 2, 2016, ordered the release of the Shiites’ leader and his wife in 45 days, a deadline which had expired.

The Federal Government, however, is yet to obey the order.

The Shiites maintained that the government must obey the court order and release their leader and his wife, Zeenah.

Congolese Soldiers Kill Over 100 In Clash With Militia Group

Congolese Soldiers Kill Over 100 In Clash With Militia GroupScores of people, numbering over 100, have been killed in a clash between Congolese soldiers and the Kwamwina Nsapu Militia group, between February 9 and 13, 2017.

The soldiers reportedly fired indiscriminately with machine guns when they saw the militia fighters, armed with machetes and spears.

While hundreds have died, tens of thousands have been uprooted in Central Congo in recent months following battles between security forces and the militia, who are seeking to avenge the death of their leader Kamwina Nsapu.

Analysts say militia violence in Congo, a tinderbox of conflicts linked to land, ethnicity and mineral resources, has been exacerbated by President Joseph Kabila’s failure to step down when his constitutional mandate expired in December.

Seven Persons Kidnapped In Epe

Seven Persons Kidnapped In EpeBarely two days after the release of the Secretary of Isheri Estate (GRA) Landlord Association, Dayo Adekoya, seven persons have again been kidnapped in Epe Area of Lagos state.

A source hinted Channels Television that the victims, five workers of a farm and two members of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), who were recently employed as security personnel, were abducted in the early hours of Tuesday,
while on the way to the farm.

The source also explained that the victims were whisked away by heavily armed men.

Igbodu community which has played host to medium and large scale farming in the last few years, has witnessed several kidnap cases, in which the abductors demand a ransom before releasing any of the victims.

Fire Outbreak Victims Count Losses In Enugu State

Fire Outbreak Victims Count Losses In Enugu State Some residents and shop owners in Enugu state, are counting their losses as fire broke out and razed down their building.

According to reports, although no casualty was recorded, property worth millions of Naira have been lost.

The incident, occurred on 53 presidential road, in a building that houses about 30 people including students and families.

Giving account of the incident, some residents blamed the fire fighters for the extent of the damage.

“We heard a sound like an explosion at about 11:00pm. When we came out we saw fire coming out from a room. We tried to stop it but we couldn’t, in the process, we called the fire fighters they came late and without water.

“In anger, some boys started stoning them and they left, but we blame the fire fighters for not responding immediately.

Also, a student who had just returned from a trip and met his apartment burnt, expressed his sadness saying: “I cannot explain how I feel. Everything I have in that house is gone. I am heartbroken’”.

Reacting to the situation, Chief Fire Fighter Enugu State Fire Service, Okwudiri Oha, told Channels Television that the reason they could not respond promptly, was because they were fighting fire in three other places when they got the call.

“We got a call at about 11:00 pm and at the time, we were at the three different locations fighting fire. I left where I was to the place immediately, with our truck filled with water but the boys almost mobbed us saying we came late.

“My driver had to zoom off for our lives. We quickly alerted the police who came and calmed the situation and we were able to stop it from entering the next compound.

According to the Enugu State Police Public Relation Officer, Ebere Amarizu, there are speculations that the fire exploded from a gas, however, investigation into the actual cause is ongoing.

“We made sure the situation was calmed when we were alerted. The cause of the outbreak is being investigated but individuals should be more careful with the way inflammables are handled especially in this harmattan,” he advised.

IDPs Seek Welfare Assistance From Taraba, Nasarawa State Govts

IDPs, Bama, Humanitarians, BornoInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs), from Wukari Local government area of Taraba state who are taking refuge in Nasarawa state, are seeking assistance from the government of both states and well meaning individuals to cater for their welfare.

They made their needs known when Channels Television visited the camp where they are residing.

The IDP’s who have been in Nasarawa state since June, 2014, said they depend on menial jobs around their vicinity for survival.

They also lamented over the fact that their children have been forced to leave school and that many of their relatives have starved to death.

“We are facing food and health challenges and our children do not go to school. We are appealing to the government and individuals to intervene immediately.

“They should help us with food and other things because what we are facing is not good. We will not stop appealing to them until something is done”

The people who are over 200 in number are currently taking solace at the ‘Almajiri’ school built by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2012, which has never been put to use since completion.

Just recently, the Nasarawa state government had asked the IDP’s to vacate the school and return to their state, but they have remained, as a result of not having where to return to.

Speaking on their behalf, one of the IDPs therefore appealed to the governor to allow them start their lives afresh if no other place would be provided for them.

“In terms of the vacation from here, if we would be leaving this place as the governor says, he should please create another environment for us and if there is an arrangement as such we would be happy; but if there is nothing, the governor should please leave us here because we don’t have anywhere to go even in our home in Wukari where we left before coming here, we have no home we have nothing there so it is here that will calm us down that we will be able to start our lives afresh” he said.

Nasarawa Govt. To Embark On Construction Of Bridges

Adams Oshiomhole, Roads, Edo StateThe Nasarawa state government says it will soon embark on the construction of over 600 bridges and culverts in all the development areas and local government areas of the state before the rains set in.

This was to disclosed to Channels Television in an exclusive interview by the state Commissioner of Education Aliyu Tijjani Ahmed.

He said the gesture is a partnership between the state government and the local government using the value added tax that has been accrued, to provide an enabling environment for people in the inter lands.

He also stated that the monies for the contract have already been deposited in the accounts of local governments and development areas so that work can commence in earnest.

“Arrangement is underway to provide an enabling environment for the people living in the interlands, particularly in the area of construction of bridges and culverts”

” I am happy to tell you that monies are deposited in the accounts of local governments and development areas for the construction of bridges and culverts all over the state, the money is gotten from the accrued VAT”

He also noted that people affected by communal clashes in the recent past would be compensated with relief materials so as to provide them some succour.

“Apart from the bridges and culverts, arrangement is also in progress for the provision of relief materials to all the villages affected by communal clashes.

“In no distant time, we will disclose our arrangements and people who were directly affected will benefit from the provision of food items and building materials to enable them settle down.

“This is being prepared in conjunction with the state government and local government councils,” Ahmed said.

Enugu Govt. To Complete Link Bridge By February

Ifeanyi-UguwanyiThe Enugu state government has said that by the end of February 2017, it would have completed the construction of Inyaba bridge in Amagunze Nkanu east local government area.

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Patrick Ikpenwa, said when completed, the bridge would be a major link between Enugu east and west, as it is expected to ease traffic and most importantly, better the lives of the people who for decades had been subjected to the use of wooden bridges to access neighbouring communities and carry their farm produce to the market.

“We are working closely with our programmes and just like we have promised in several interviews that we would meet up by the end of February 2017, this bridge will link up Enugu east and west local government and give short access.”

He also noted that as part of the government’s commitment to ensure good governance and rural development, stakeholders in every community have to be involved in order to come up with projects that are vital to them.

According to him, involving people to come up with their desired project is an innovation because it has not been the practice and doing such would make them own it and protect it. Phase two of the project would be coming up soon and they are also expected to benefit from it.

Ikpenwa, however called on the people to be part of the sensitization programme on maintenance of infrastructure to ensure the bridge lives out its lifespan.

Furthermore, he urged them to report any activity that would sabotage the work of the government.

“Every project has its life span. We need to ensure that is achieved so we have given out our numbers. If you notice any crack on our bridges and roads or people abusing it, just call, we will immediately attend to it. We have also set up a surveillance team for better results”, the works Commissioner stated.

Ekiti Land Dispute: Man Gets Beheaded In Reprisal Attack

Irate Youths Kill Shiites in KadunaA man whose name is yet to be confirmed, has been beheaded in Ekiti state on Wednesday, after a reprisal attack over the shooting of one Seyi Oladipo which occurred last week.

Reports say that unknown persons had trailed the victim, who was a farmer from Orisunmibare, to his farm where he was decapitated and his hands were also cut off.

During the fight, the Asiwaju of Orisunmibare, Chief Segun Akanbi, was also said to have been inflicted with machete wounds by suspected Ayede youths who accused him of firing the shot that killed Oladipo.

Explaining the situation, traditional ruler, (Oba) Adamo Babalola, claimed that the perpetrators of the attack are from Ayede who are now launching sporadic attacks on Orisunmibare in a bid to take over the land.

Babalola, who described the victim’s death as unfortunate, has called on the warring people to embrace peace.

The monarch said: “Orisunmibare is a settlement under Itaji and is more than 10km from Ayede; Ayede people just went there one morning on rampage and the scuffle led to the death of somebody from Ayede.

“But yesterday, an Orisunmibare subject was killed inside his farm and he was beheaded. The Asiwaju of Orisunmibare was macheted and beaten
to coma and was declared dead by Ayede youths.

“The Ayede people were singing that they had killed Asiwaju Orisunmibare but he has been taken to the hospital where he is still under observation. We have been experiencing sporadic attacks from Ayede people and they have been threatening our peace since then.

“The police have been trying to maintain peace but we are disturbed by sporadic attacks especially the ones carried out on the farm. Orisunmibare has been there for many years and the land is under Itaji.”

Confirming the death, Police Spokesman, Mr Alberto Adeyemi , said investigation was still ongoing.

He promised to release the name of the victim after he receives a formal report from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area.

Adeyemi said: “It is true that somebody was beheaded and the mutilated body was found on the farm.

“Since the crisis started, two persons have been charged to court while Akanbi too will be charged to court immediately he leaves the hospital.”