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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

I killed my father over a stick of cigarette – Suspect

BENIN CITY — The Edo State Police Command, yesterday, paraded 63 suspected armed robbers, child defilers and murderers, including a 25-year-old boy who murdered his father after a quarrel over a stick of cigarette he stole from his father.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Almost100 days of Abduction of Chibok school girls, parents shun meeting with Jonathan

AN attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with the parents and some escapee girls earlier abducted from Government Secondary School (GSS), Chibok, Borno State, Tuesday failed as they shunned the meeting slated for the State House.

   The meeting would have been a follow-up to the commitment the President made on Monday to the Pakistani Girl-Child Education Campaigner, Malala Yousafzani, during an audience at the State House, Abuja.

   Briefing State House correspondents, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Communication, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said the meeting was scheduled for 4p.m yesterday following Malala’s request, which the President graciously agreed to.

   “Unfortunately, the #BringBackOurGirls# leadership prevailed on the parents of the girls not to come. What happened was that they actually avoided the meeting with Mr. President, because the foreign media and everybody were waiting for this meeting. They made it expressly clear to us that they were no longer coming,” Okupe said.

   He confirmed that the President had authorized that an official letter be written to the parents formally inviting them to meet him, and it is going to be sometime next week. He said all the rigmarole about the Chibok girls was a prelude to the 2015 general elections, regretting that the plight of the schoolgirls had become a political chess game to the local chapter of the #BringBackOurGirls# campaigners.

   And responding to accusations linking the party to the Islamist terrorist sect, Boko Haram, the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that mismanagement of national resources, massive corruption under the watch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government and incompetent handling of the insurgency caused the festering violence in the country.

    The allegation was contained in a statement in Lagos yesterday by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, following a recent allegation linking the party to the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, and asking the United Kingdom (UK) to probe the conspiracy over interest that bother on 2015 general election.

   It will be recalled that intelligence believed to have been sourced from the ruling PDP has put even the UK Government under pressure to probe APC’s alleged link to the sect.

   It accused the PDP-led government of “aiding, abetting and benefitting” from the sect’s insurgency, adding that the Federal Government was using the fight against insurgency as an excuse to punish and witch-hunt the opposition, trample on civil liberties and abuse national institutions on a scale yet unprecedented in the country’s history.

   In another development, the Imo State Police Command yesterday drove away scores of street hawkers/traders in Owerri, the Imo State capital, and adjourning areas to guard against possible bomb attack.  

   The areas affected are Douglas, Mbaise and Cathedral Roads and adjourning streets, where street traders had resisted pleas from Governor Rochas Okorocha and government agents to relocate from.  

    Led by the Commissioner, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, the police dispersed the traders with tear-gas, regretting that despite several warnings to vacate the roads to ensure free flow of traffic, especially in the event of blast, the traders had remained adamant.

   And as efforts continued to end the Book Haram insurgency, the Police at the weekend arrested the sect’s self-styled “butcher”. The 30-year old Mohammed Zakari, said to be a top member of the group, was arrested on Saturday in Bauchi along Darazo-Basrika Road while fleeing the ongoing counter-insurgency operations around the Balmo Forest.

   According to a statement from the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, Zakari is “the self-styled ‘chief butcher’ of the insurgent group at the Balmo Forest Camp and is linked with the recent slaughter of seven people, including women and children.”

   Zakari, who hails from Kaigamari, Daptchari in Darazo local council of Bauchi State, was said to have been tutored in insurgency in Gombe Forest by a fleeing insurgent, one Abba Taura, and moved to Balmo Forest only three months ago.

   He was reported to have actively participated in the April attack on Customs officers at Kari Town, along Maiduguri Road in Bauchi. Meanwhile, the Police Command has urged residents of the affected areas to be vigilant for any suspicious or strange character fleeing from the forest.

   Meanwhile, Igbo Leaders of Thought, led by constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, yesterday reviewed the security situation in the South East and resolved that the continued reign of Hausa/Fulani Muslim Police Commissioners was no longer ideal in the region.

   Calling on the Federal Government to immediately redeploy or juggle the commissioners in the zone with their indigenous counterparts from the South-East, the elders said the report that Boko Haram members have infiltrated the region and are being shielded was real.

   In a statement by the Deputy Secretary, Elliot Uko, after their security meeting in Enugu yesterday, the leaders articulated a security awareness programme for the South-East Governors’ Forum to work with to secure Igboland from Boko Haram insurgents.

   According to the statement, “the Igbo Leaders of Thought wonders aloud why all the Police Commissioners posted to the South-East should be Fulani/Muslims. Are there no police commissioners from the middle belt, South-South or South-West that could be posted to the South-East?

   “With the shielding of the six Boko Haram bombers arrested at the Owerri church by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, we hereby reject the continual occupation of the South-East by Hausa/Fulani Muslim Police Commissioners.

   “We hereby demand that CPs Abubakar Adamu Mohamed of Enugu, Usman Gwari of Anambra, Maigari Dikko of Ebonyi, Abdulmajid Ali of Imo and Adamu Ibrahim of Abia be immediately juggled and redeployed as we feel uncomfortable with the officers in charge of the South-East, as Boko Haram boasts of plans to attack to south.”

   However, the non-governmental Citizens Cultural Renaissance Initiative has asked the British Foreign Secretary, Mr. William Hague, to help expedite action towards the investigation of any link between any Nigerian politician or political party with the terrorist Boko Haram as demanded by the House of Commons.

   Reacting to last Sunday’s report in The Guardian that the British Government was being pressured by its parliament to investigate alleged link between the terrorist group and some Nigerian politicians, the group said that for the war against the sect to be won, the international community must help Nigerians by bringing to book high profile people with links and sympathies to the group.

   It regretted that Nigerian political elite rather engage in blame game and “sometimes quasi-celebratory mood whenever the terrorists strike.” The letter addressed to Hague and released in Abuja partly read: “We and several discerning Nigerians have in the recent past expressed concern over what, at best, could amount to nothing more than half-hearted condemnation of the activities of the Boko Haram sect by certain sections of the Nigerian opposition political elite.

   “We recall that a one-time former Nigerian minister, Fani Kayode, recently defected from one of the main opposing political parties citing as part of his reasons alleged sympathy by his erstwhile political party for Boko Haram.

   “Just last week, the news broke that during military operations in one of Boko Haram strongholds in the Darazo Forest, Bauchi State, arms and ammunitions as well as political party membership cards were recovered. Though the Nigerian security agencies are said to be investigating these finds, we doubt if the Nigerian mundane considerations will allow anything meaningful to come out of it.”

   Nevertheless, the APC contended that if the PDP-led Federal Government had not misgoverned the country since 1999, the country could have been spared terrorism, epitomised more than anything else by the Boko Haram insurgency.

   It accused the PDP of profiting from the insurgency it has always been dismissive of any genuine efforts to end the crisis. It alleged that the PDP was using the crisis to launder the image of the Jonathan Presidency by securing attendance and participation for President Jonathan at important international summits and meetings.

   “Curiously, Boko Haram has become a way of getting the international community to talk and meet with President Jonathan and gain international media coverage.

   “The PDP-led Federal Government is also using the crisis, especially the #BringBackOurGirls# campaign, to blackmail the main opposition party and the civil society, impose emergency rule in states and areas controlled by opposition parties, harass and restrict media freedom (through military clampdowns), and justify other illegal activities.”

   “It is also not a secret that billions of naira have been allocated to security in order to tackle the Boko Haram menace, yet our troops have not been adequately equipped to confront the insurgency. One wonders what happened to the huge funds allocated to the anti-terror fight.

   “Against the backdrop of the huge war-chest the Jonathan administration has amassed ahead of the 2015 elections, one can easily understand how such funds have evaporated into thin air.”

   It claimed that the status quo favours the PDP and President Jonathan ahead 2015 because Boko Haram operates in the opposition strongholds, hence the declaration of emergency rule and general atmosphere of insecurity will lead to the cancellation of voting in some areas and limit voters’ turnout in general to minimize PDP’s electoral losses in the north and enhance its likelihood of victory.

   The APC said the international community knew that government has been the biggest clog in efforts to tackle Boko Haram, apparently because the Jonathan-led administration has seen the insurgency as its surest ticket to re-election and international acceptance.

   “It is time to tell Nigerians that the only reason the insurgency has continued unabated is because the PDP and the Jonathan administration are benefitting massively from it. That explains their quick dismissal of our call for an international inquiry to unravel the sponsors and modus operandi of the terror group, while latching on to what remains a mere conjecture on the probe of Boko Haram links by the British Parliament.

   “If the PDP and its cohorts have nothing to hide, they would have embraced that call. We maintain that only an international inquiry can unravel those behind Boko Haram, and we thank Nigerians for their favourable response to our call.”

   The party drew attention to the testimony by a United States (U.S.) official at a House Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Africa hearing in Washington last Thursday, “which identified human rights abuse and uncooperative attitude of the Nigerian Government and its military authorities” as hindering the U.S.’ security assistance from tackling Boko Haram.

   “The Congress also heard that the he Nigerian Government has appeared reticent in some cases to allow its security forces participate in U.S. training programmes,” while “multiple systemic factors further constrained the effectiveness of the Nigerian security force’s response to Boko Haram, notably security sector corruption and mismanagement.”

   According to the APC, it is indisputable that the sect emerged against the backdrop of intense poverty and political misrule by the PDP since 1999 because, “since the return to democratic rule in 1999, the PDP has ruled Nigeria till date, and has been responsible for mismanaging over 60 percent of national revenue.

   “Still, very little has changed in terms of improvement in the socio-economic conditions of most Nigerians. It is hardly a coincidence that Boko Haram emerged in the North-East region given that it is the poorest region with higher than national average rates of poverty, illiteracy, mortality rate, youth unemployment and social immobility.

   “Moreover, states in the North-East receive some of the least allocations from the national treasury individually and collectively. The region, reflecting broader national and even African patterns, is experiencing a ‘youth bulge’ that accentuates the socio-economic deprivations across the region.” (Guardian news)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Nigeria requires US$300 billion over 30 years to meet housing challenges

With a housing deficit estimated at a whopping 17 million units, Nigeria would require a minimum investment of US$300 billion ( about N4.8trillion) for housing construction costs alone over the next 30 years, if the dream of providing shelter for these homeless Nigerians would be realized.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

24-year old lady die mysteriously not long after a bird reportedly perched on her head

Palpable grief and anxiety has gripped Uhuala, Umuada community in Avutu, Obowo local government area of Imo State, as 24-year old Miss Chioma Onukwuwe mysteriously died not long after a bird reportedly perched on her head.

Monday, 28 April 2014

I sometimes find her in bed with our children kissing, caressing, man tells court

A Customary Court  sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State capital, has  dissolved the  43-year-old marriage between Rauf  Olayiwola and his wife, Mojisola,  over  alleged incest.

Olayiwola and Mojisola had been married since 1971 and  blessed with five children.

According to  the  court president, Mr Ezekiel Ogundipe, all attempts at reconciling the couple had failed while the   only option left was to allow each of them live separately.

“Olayiwola shall therefore pay Mojisola’s house rent for the next one year where her children can always have access to her,” Ogundipe stated.

According to the judge, Olayiwola is to carry out the court’s order  on house rent not later than 30 days of the judgment.

Olayiwola had earlier  accused  Mojisola  of  having incestuous relationship with her children.

“I sometimes see her in bed with some of our children, kissing and  carressing.

“She no longer takes instructions from me.

“In fact, she has succeeded in turning the children against  me,” he  alleged.

Mojisola, however, dismissed Olayiwola’s   allegations, saying she has  a close relationship with her children.

“The children are close to me because I treat them well and not that I have any sexual relationship with them,” she stated.

She, however, prayed the court not to dissolve the  marriage because she had nowhere to go.(NIGERIAN TRIBUNE)

2nd Niger Bridge Will be completed on schedule – Federal Government

The Julius Berger-Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, consortium, the contractors handling the 2nd Niger Bridge, has promised to complete the project on schedule.
This position was contained in a statement signed by the Managing Directors of Julius Berger and the NSIA, Messrs Wolfgang Goetsch and Uche Orji, respectively, in Abuja, yesterday.
The duo described as untrue reports that there were plans to abandon the project, which was launched by President Goodluck Jonathan recently.

They denied reports that work on the project was suspended due to non-compliance with environmental laws .
The statement read: “Julius Berger-NSIA consortium wishes to clarify that reports suggesting that work on the bridge has been suspended due to non-compliance of environmental laws represent inaccurate and misconstrued information.
“Contrary to recent reports, work on the second River Niger Bridge project continue to progress according to schedule, to ensure timely completion of the bridge, which is set to be executed under the Public Private Partnership, PPP, arrangement for a concessional period of 25 years through the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer, DBFOT, model.

“The consortium also highlights that compliance with Nigerian Environmental Laws continue to be deemed a paramount priority and that Environment Impact Assessment, EIA, is an intrinsic part of the project, which is carried out in compliance with the environmental laws that govern Nigeria and in collaboration with the relevant ministries.”

The cost of the project was negotiated down from N138,530,896,346.72 to N117,860,700,741.82 (VAT inclusive) and certified by Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP.
Of this amount, the Federal Government will be contributing N30 billion as its equity participation in the project.

In one of the reports on the suspension of the bridge, Mr. Osita Okechukwu had told delegates during All Progressives Congress, APC, Enugu State, congress that the 2nd Niger Bridge had been suspended.
Okechukwu, who is the spokesman of APC South-East, had stated that the 2nd Niger Bridge was a strategy by President Jonathan to deceive the Igbo community.

He had reportedly said: “Now that the 2nd Niger Bridge has been suspended, we call for international competitive bidding and due process to govern the award of the contract.
“This is why the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam, in line with due process and best international practices has exposed the grand deception by refusing to issue certificate to resume work, because there is no Environmental Impact Assessment Report.”

It would be recalled that the poor state of the bridge, constructed in 1963, had been a major concern of Nigerians from the South-East.
This is because the bridge, which is the main link between the South-West and South-East, and connects two large cities, Onitsha in Anambra State and Asaba in Delta State, had been in a bad state.
The bridge, which forms part of the Arterial Route A232; Enugu-Onitsha-Asaba-Benin-Shagamu, is 1,590m in length and located 1.7km downstream of the existing bridge on a new alignment.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Stop chloroquine,artesunate use FG warns Malaria patients

Nigerians have been advised against the use of chloroquine and artesunate for the treatment of malaria. Mrs Nnenna Ezeigwe, National Coordinator, National Malaria Control Programme, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) on Friday in Abuja. She, however, recommended that people should take only Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs) when they test positive for malaria. “If your test result is positive, take only Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs). Do not treat malaria with chloroquine, artesunate or other monotherapies.
“The ACT with green leaf is good quality and affordable; Ask for it,” she said. Contacted, Mrs Adeline Osakwe, Deputy Director, Pharmacovigilance, Food and Drugs Information Centre of the National Agency for Food and Administration and Control (NAFDAC), said the use of chloroquine and artesunate in Nigeria was being gradually phased out.
“Since 2005, the use of monotherapies such as artesunate and chloroquine had been discouraged in favour of Aretmisinin Combination Therapy (ACT) for uncomplicated malaria.
“These ACTs include Arthemeter/Lumenfantrine, Artesunate/Amodiaquine, and other registered ones.

Osakwe said that the monotherapies are gradually being phased out by not registering new ones and not renewing those that their licenses had expired.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) had placed a global ban on the use of chloroquine and artesunate in 2005. Speaking on the World Malaria Day celebration, Ezeigwe advised pregnant women to register early for ante-natal care in order to receive preventive treatment against the disease.
“Expectant mothers should demand for preventive treatment, ‘Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Pregnancy (IPTp)’ during ante-natal visits from 16 weeks of pregnancy,” she said.
She said that the Federal Government and Roll Back Malaria partners had over the last decade committed huge resources to ensure that malaria was brought under control.
She said that the efforts had led to a reduction in malaria prevalence by more than eight per cent, adding that much more needed to be done.

Ezeigwe called on the private sector, the media and the academia to play active roles in the fight against the malaria.

“It is only working together that we can end the needless suffering and deaths caused by malaria.

“Keep your environment clean and free of puddles, and always sleep inside long lasting insecticide treated nets.

“Wear protective clothing against mosquitoes when necessary, and always get tested before you treat for malaria,” she said.

Electricity boost,FG to build training centres

ABUJA – Determined to fast track capacity building aimed to ignite revolution in the power sector of the economy, the Federal Government says it has completed arrangements construct training centres for electrical engineers across the six geo-political zones in the country.
Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this while inspecting the construction of permanent site of National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN, Friday, at Idu Industrial area of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. The minister was taken round the edifice by the Director General of NAPTIN, Engr. Rueben Okeke.
He said that the government was ready to give priorities to capacity building in power sector in order to avoid the repeat of ugly experience of the oil industry where the workforce, including the low level, turned out to be expatriates.
Prof. Nebo noted that, “we would not want to learn from a horrifying experience. And that is why it is important for us to learn from the mistakes of others and position the entire power sector so that it has an indigenous face and not a completely foreign or international face.
According to him, “and we will urge NAPTIN to go beyond the graduate skill to at seasonal level because it appears that at the very lower rungs of electricity value chain, Nigeria doesn’t have a lot of workforce. We will encourage you to have schemes at the various centres all over the country distributed in geo-political zones to make sure that we will begin raise a critical mass of workforce in those areas.
“ He said, “the wonderful work that is ongoing, this is evident that National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN, is the one that is positioned to build capacity and also to ensure that the new electricity market which is now dominantly controlled by the private sector takes off on a very sound footing. One thing I have always been concerned about is capacity building to making sure we have the right workforce.

“ If that were not taking into account, we will run into the problem of the oil industry where even at the low level , most of the workers turned out to be expatriates. Very thankfully, the Local Content bill is helping to correct that. We would not want to learn from a horrifying experience.
“And that is why it is important for us to learn from the mistakes of others and position the entire power sector so that it has an indigenous face and not a completely foreign or international face.
“That would also empower our young people to ensure that our institutions that are producing professionals in all the fields of engineering and other fields that would be functional within the power sector are empowered to work, create wealth and keep the country moving on.
“It is obvious for all of us that power stands as the very veritable key to industrial revolution in Nigeria. We are rejoicing, Nigeria is now number one economy in the whole of Africa, growing at a beautiful rate of more than 6.5 percent annually. But experts have said if the power is corrected, and we have enough quantity and good quality in Nigeria, that our growth rate might even get to double digit.
“ So that is challenge for all of us. We are now number 26 economy in the world, but power alone can get us to faster than anything else to one of he top economy in the world. So, I must commend the visionary leadership of Director General of NAPTIN, Engr. Rueben Okeke. I am so thrilled with the brinkmanship with regard to paddling the canoe of power training institute with regard to infrastructural development content development, capacity building, etc
. “NAPTIN recently, won an international award for best practices in instruction. And we are very proud that the entire NAPTIN family, so I congratulate the entire NAPTIN family. So, we will continue, on the Federal government perspective to empower NAPTIN so that the dreams are eventually realised.
“There is a lot of crunch in the economy, physically, funds are not coming in because of loss or all the challenges, but as they trickle in, we will make sure that NAPTIN is not marginalised at all. Because if you are not empowered, it means we will have a very sloppy workforce. But we can’t contend with a sloppy. We want the best possible workforce to move the power sector Forward.

“I will once again want to congratulate all of you and to pledge the commitment of the federal government of Nigeria to continue to help. You know that Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan stands out as a president who has done most for the power sector since the onset of Nigeria. He is not resting on his oar.
“He is the one who saw very critical need that made it possible that after 16 years of non employment of engineers that we now have fresh engineers, young engineers within the power sector, and who mostly will have some training from NAPTIN.”

Common Entrance NECO hold “another test’’

Abuja -The National Examinations Council (NECO) says it will conduct another test for candidates who pass its Common Entrance Examination to select the best for admission into Federal Government Colleges on merit.

The Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, made the announcement on Saturday when he monitored the ongoing Common Entrance examination in some schools in the FCT.
Wike, who was represented by the Director, Basic and Secondary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Daniel Uwaezuoke, said this was in line with government’s promise to ensure that 60 per cent of admissions into Federal Government Colleges were on merit.
According to him, 40 per cent will be allocated on the basis of quota system. He said the increase in enrolment this year was an indication that NECO was getting to a stage of perfection in conducting examinations and that parents were beginning to have confidence in the body.
Also speaking, the Registrar of NECO, Prof. Promise Okpala, reiterated government’s resolve to ensure not only access but also quality in enrolment at all levels of education. Okpala said the increase in enrolment this year was a proof of parents’ confidence in the quality of education service offered by the schools.
He said a total of 95,926 candidates registered for the Common Entrance Examination into Federal Government Colleges in 2014 as against 88,444 in 2013.

The registrar said that 18,726 candidates registered for the examination in the FCT alone, while Lagos State had the highest number of enrolment with 26,926 candidates.
He disclosed that there was, however, a decrease in some Northern states where Borno registered 218, Yobe 176 and Adamawa 318. Zamfara, he said, recorded the lowest number of enrolment with only 113 candidates. (NAN)