Politics

Deputy gov, SSG, engine room of my administration – Obaseki

By Simon Ebegbulem GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has attributed the successes recorded by his administration as it clocks one year next month to the cooperation he has enjoyed from his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu and the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, describing the duo as the engine room of his administration. Obaseki, who disclosed this when he paid a thank you visit to Egor and Ikpoba Okhai Local Government Area where the SSG hails from, promised to kick-start the development of an Industrial Park at Ologbo in the LGA, as part of activities to mark his one-year anniversary in office. Obaseki Addressing APC members in Ikpoba Okhai, Obaseki said: “I am happy that the SSG, Osarodion Ogie, is from this local government. You call me ‘Wake and see...

4 military men, 7 others arrested for robbery

By Joseph Undu & Suliat ElenoshoOPERATIVES of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, have arrested three serving soldiers from 9 Brigade Military Headquarters, Ikeja; one dismissed Air Force personnel and their civilian accomplices for allegedly robbery. Some of the arrested bank robbery susects. The serving soldiers were said to be providing escort for robbery gang that specialised in stealing Solar panels and inverters. They were arrested on September 5, when the gang allegedly invaded Okemagba Senior Secondary School, Mojoda, Epe area of Lagos. According to Police source, the serving soldiers who were arrested in uniform while on illegal duty were handed over to the Army authorities at 9 Brigade Military Headquarters, Ikeja, for disciplinary action, where they we...

4 killed in Togo protest

Four persons were killed in Togo on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and demonstrators calling for an end to a half century of Gnassingbe family rule. Opposition activists have been demonstrating since August against Gnassingbe’s administration and say a constitutional reform he has proposed would allow him to rule the tiny West African country until 2030. Colonel Damehame Yark, the security and civil protection minister, told a news conference that one person was shot dead and around sixty others arrested in the capital, Lome. Another three died of gunshot wounds in the second-biggest city, Sokode. “These are too many deaths. We’d be wise to preserve the peace,” he said. The latest bout of protests followed the arrest in Sokode on Monday of a Muslim imam a...

FG orders NNPC to stimulate economic growth through gas supply

By Michael Eboh, Ediri Ejoh & Joseph Oso ABUJA—The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, said it has been mandated by the Federal Government to make meaningful efforts in stimulating the country’s economic growth and development. This is even as stakeholders in the gas sector charged the Federal Government to develop its gas reserves to achieve efficiency in power supply across Nigeria. NNPC Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this during a Gas Roundtable organised by Nigerian Gas Association, NGA, for Chief Executives and Directors of oil and gas companies, where he was named the Pioneer Advisory Board Chairman of the association. Baru disclosed that the directive was to ensure that gas infrastructure development was enh...

INEC denies giving N180m to parties in Anambra

By Vincent Ujumadu Awka—THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, denied giving N180 million to political parties contesting the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, describing such allegation as the figment of imagination of those making it. Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman of one of the political parties in the state had made the allegation, wondering why INEC did not extend the largesse to all the political parties. However, the Supervisory National Commissioner in charge of Anambra State, Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, said there was no such money for the commission to give to political parties, adding that the National Assembly did not even appropriate such money. Ibea...

Lagos DNA lab: A welcome initiative

THE Lagos State Government, penultimate week, commissioned its DNA (Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid) forensic laboratory. It is the first state-owned DNA laboratory in the country. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had, last year, approved the DNA laboratory project as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crimes through technology. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Managing Consultant, Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, Dr. Richard Somiari (right); Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (2nd left) and State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal (left) during the commissioning of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, Lagos Island, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. DNA profiling is a unique forensic technique in vogue all over the world. The...

All Police commands’ll be involved in Anambra governorship election – IGP

By Kinsley Omonobi & Joseph Erunke ABUJA—THE Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, hinted that all police commands across the country will be involved in the provision of security in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. IGP Idris K. Ibrahim, Idris, who described the expected poll as a great challenge to the Police, also hinted that personnel of the service will be fully mobilised from not less than 15 units across the country to man the election. This came as he directed state Commissioners of Police to immediately assess the deployment of personnel attached to very important persons with a view to withdrawing those deployed illegally. Speaking in Abuja while briefing Commissioners of Police and officers, Idris said the Police, u...

Credit availability rises in Q3’17 — CBN

By Adaeze Okechukwu THE Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has disclosed that the availability of credit to the corporate and households sectors increased during the third quarter (Q3) of 2017, while projecting further increase in the last quarter of the year (Q4). Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele Though the apex bank did not give figures on bank credits during the period in a survey report titled, “Credit Conditions Survey Report”, it said that the Q3‘17 credit condition survey of households, small businesses and corporate entities indicated increases in the availability of secured, unsecured and corporate credit. It also said that spreads on overall secured and corporate lending to household widened during the period. The report stated: “Lenders...

2019: Udom, 36 PDP state chairmen in crucial meeting

By Emmanuel Ayungbe AHEAD of the 2019 general elections, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, met behind closed doors with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairmen across the 36 states of the federation with a charge to rejig the party. Gov Emmanuel Udom At the conference hall of Government House, Uyo, the governor said it was time for every stakeholder in the PDP to close ranks and work to reposition the party for effective challenge at the polls. Governor Emmanuel, Chairman of the South-South/South-East PDP Governor’s Forum, underscored the importance of the meeting, saying he had to cut short other crucial engagements in Abuja, to be part of it. He assured of support for the party from relevant stakeholders and craved for a holistic action plan to re...

Nigeria on brink of total collapse – Christian lawmakers

By Henry Umoru ABUJA—CHRISTIAN lawmakers, yesterday, painted a glooming  picture of Nigeria, saying it was on the brink of total collapse. They also lamented that the delivery of public values has ceased to be the essence of governance as Nigerians could barely access basic social necessities. According to them,  these challenges have shaken the very foundation of faith of Nigerians in the leadership. Nigeria The lawmakers said Nigeria needed divine intervention from the Almighty God to save it from total collapse. The federal lawmakers, under the aegis of Christian Legislators’  Fellowship, have, therefore,  set aside next Thursday, October 26, 2017, as a day of national prayers for divine intervention. Briefing journalists, yesterday, on the planned national prayer b...

Buhari Approves Pension Payment For Biafran Police Officers Who Served During Civil War

Buhari Approves Pension Payment For Biafran Police Officers Who Served During Civil War October 19, 2017 – Buhari Approves Pension Payment Of Biafran Police Officers Who Served During 30 Months Civil War Help has come the way of officers who served in the defunct Biafran Police during the 30 months Civil War as President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to those who were granted presidential pardon in 2000. The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) yesterday announced that about 162 of such retired police officers and 57 next of kin of those who died will be paid their pension benefits in the first phase of the payment with effect from tomorrow in Enugu. A statement from the PTAD management said after their pardon, a verification exercise was conducted for...

Reps raise c’ttee to probe TCN

By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA—House of Representatives, yesterday, resolved to set up an adhoc committee to investigate the activities of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, for the past 10 years. House of Representatives Essentially, the investigation bothers on foreign loans of $1.5 billion and contract processes of $500 million awarded by the company. The decision was sequel to a motion, entitled, “Need to Investigate the Violations of the Constitution, the Fiscal Responsibility and Public Procurement Acts by Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Over Foreign Loans of $1.5b and $500m for its Operations and Contract Processes,” sponsored Simon Arabo. Moving the motion, Arabo reminded the House that due process was not followed in the procurement of the facilitie...