Mr Moses Uadiale, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Esan North East Constituency I in Edo House of Assembly, has protested the substitution of his name.
The candidate registered his protest while speaking with newsmen in Benin on Sunday.
Uadiale who claimed to have won the party’s primaries conducted on May 22, wondered why the party failed to issue him Certificate of Return along with others.
He alleged that his name was replaced on the list of candidates of the state chapter of the party who were presented the certificates on Wednesday in Benin.
He urged the party leadership to urgently see to it that he was not deprived of his right.
“I happened to be the candidate-elect for the party and when the nomination forms were given, I was called to come for the form at the secretariat, but on getting there, I discovered my name has been replaced.
“I tried everything possible to get the form, but to no avail.
I consulted leaders across the state; I got in touch with the speaker, state House of Assembly and other members to ensure I got the form.
“I wrote letters through my lawyer to the state chairman, went to his house and begged him to let me know the reason my name was changed.
“When information came that they would present the certificates, I went there hoping that this would have been resolved for the fact that I have consulted a lot of people before, but I discovered the name has been changed.
“They replaced my name with a guy that never contested the primaries.
I was in Obaseki’s camp; he was not part of the process.
He did not contest the primaries with us but with another faction.
“Unfortunately, he was given the certificate to replace my candidature.
I asked for the reason, but nobody was ready to explain to me.
I contested the primary election and won.
“I have my result sheet, I have video clips, I have every document to prove that I was the authentic candidate produced at the primaries.
“I am pleading and appealing to the state chairman because I know him to be a good man, he has been piloting the affairs of the party in the state in a way we all appreciate.
“He should not allow himself to be used, because it will be unfair for a man like me that have fought for the party to be deprived of my right,” he said.
Uadiale said that he might be forced to seek legal action ahould the party fail to do the needful.
When contacted, the state party chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, said the certificates of return given out did not emanate from him but was given to him to present.
“Edo PDP does not print certificates of return.
It was given to me and what was given to me was what I gave out,” he stated.
The Edo chapter of the PDP are enmeshed in legal battle over whose faction of the party the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should recognise their candidates.
The party members in the state are polarised between Gov. Godwin Obaseki and the South South Vice chairman, Mr Dan Orbih.
The Jigawa State Government says it has integrated rota virus vaccine into routine immunisation, to curb the infection among children.
Dr Kabir Ibrahim, Executive Secretary, Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JSPHCDA), told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Dutse.
Ibrahim said the gesture was aimed at curbing the menace of diarrhoea and other childhood killer diseases in the state.
He explained that the vaccine was integrated into the routine Immunisation after it was discovered that 70 per cent of children under the age of five, die as a result of five clinical conditions.
The executive secretary listed the clinical conditions as malaria, measles, respiratory tract infections, malnutrition and diarrhoea According to him, more than half of diarrhoea cases in children are caused by rota virus, which he described as a small micro organism that causes watery stool in children.
“We’ve realised that more than 70 percent of children who are less than five years die because of five clinical conditions, malaria, measles, respiratory infections, malnutrition and diarrhoea.
“And more than half of the incidences of diarrhoea in children is caused by rota virus, which is a small micro organism that causes watery stool in children.
“So now, we have the privilege of providing the prevention of rota virus infections and preventing children from diarrhoea episodes, mortality and morbidity,” the executive secretary said.
Ibrahim also said that the vaccine would be administered to the children in three doses, starting with first dose when a child is six weeks old, second dose at 10 weeks and the last dose at 14 weeks.
He, however, added that childrdiarrhoeaen who got vaccinated were not likely to have diarrhoea.
“If they (children) don’t have diarrhoea, there would be reduction in under five mortality.
“We know that diarrhoea can also lead to malnutrition in children and when it is stopped, it will reduce the number of malnourished children in the state.
” The executive secretary said there would be adequate doses of the vaccine, encouraged parents whose children are within the age group to get the vaccine at any health facility in their communities.
Sen Smart Adeyemi, (Kogi-West Senatorial District), has proposed a bill seeking to end nomination of candidates of same religion for president and vice presidential positions.
Adeyemi, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Sunday, said there was need to forestall the contentious issues on nomination of candidatAmendment) Bill, 2022,” Adeyemi said.
He said the bill sought to amend the Electoral Act 2022 to promote religious harmony in the country by discouraging political parties from fielding running mates of same religion with the presidential candidate.
“I hereby propose an amendment of Section 84 of the Electoral Act 2022 by inserting a new sub section 3. “When this is accommodated, it will serve as a guide against any oversight, such as this in the future as further occurrences will be deemed as silent policies which will be capable of bringing down the fabrics of the nation.
“For me as a statesman, I owe myself the responsibility to speak the truth at all times, irrespective of mischievous misinterpretations,” Adeyemi said.
Adeyemi said he supported the positions of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on the contentious issue of muslim–muslim ticket.
He, however, said he was fully in support of the candidacy of Senators Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as APC candidates for the 2023 presidential election, given their individual steering performances and pedigrees in governance.
” Let me say very clearly that I am in total support of the issues and concerns raised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
I am a practising Christian.
” But we must not confront these issues in such a manner that will obstruct the fabric of our national unity, peace and stability which we have all fought very hard to keep.
“Yes, there have been oversights in key appoints in the past, which tends to keep the Christians at a disadvantage and this has caused apprehension amongst us.
” “It must not be seen that there are no Christians who are eminently qualified to occupy any of these positions.
” Adeyemi called on all Nigerians, irrespective of religion, to see the emergence of Tinubu and Shettima as the will of the almighty who governs the universe.
” However, let us, in unity of faith in our nation and above all, in the almighty God give our support to the APC Presidential and Vice presidential candidates to pilot the affairs of our nation within the stipulated time.
The Lagos State Government says it has ordered arrest of the developer and building professionals working on the seventh-floor structure that collapsed in the early hours on Sunday.
A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesperson, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, said the building, under construction, was located at Oba Abiodun Oniru road, Island area.
The Commissioner in the Ministry, Dr Idris Salako, gave the order during his visit to the collapsed building site.
Salako said that the developer and professionals were liable because they did not regard the planning laws of the state.
According to him, this is having embarked on construction without a valid planning permit and ignoring official warnings against continuing the building works.
He said that under no circumstances should anyone construe the filling of application for permit through the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority as a ticket to start construction.
He said: “There must be a valid planning permit from the aforementioned agency in addition to letter of authorisation and stage inspection at every stage and certification by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).
“This will ensure that construction works are carried out in conformity with the approval granted”.
The commissioner, however, said that the Police had started a manhunt for the developer, architects, builders and engineers involved in the project while the government was investigating the circumstances surrounding the collapse,He expressed worry over increasing disregard for law and order by actors in the built environment, adding that government was determined to restore sanity and orderliness to the sector.
He also said that the state government had declared incidents of building collapse intolerable.
Salako urged Lagos residents to join hands with the government to maintain vigilance in the built environment by reporting any illegal developments in their vicinity.
He adde that infractions should be reported through any ministry or state government communication channels, particularly the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development APP and LASBCA.
Parts of Calabar in Cross River have been thrown into darkness as one of the transformers servicing the capital city at the 13233 KV Sub-Station in Tinapa, Adiabo area was gutted by fire.
Following the incident, the whole of Atimbo in Calabar Municipality, State Housing Estate and IBB Way were in darkness.
The incident occurred on Saturday when workmen were working on the transformer.
The fire, which took several hours to put out, saw the equipment still billowing with smoke on Sunday morning.
Although, the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, a witness in the neighborhood, Mr Johnson Okon, said they first heard an explosion and later balls of fire burning at the station.
“We just heard the sound and saw fire; we all ran out and many people were shouting but we could do nothing; we don’t know what caused the fire,” he said.
A security man at the sub-station who pleaded anonymity, however, said no live was lost in the incident.
“They were actually working on the transformer when it caught fire and thank God nobody died or got injured in the process,” he stated.
When contacted, Mr Collins Igwe, the Regional Manager of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), expressed shock and said he would visit the facility to assess the extent of damage.
“I have heard about the fire outbreak.
It is shocking, nobody is sure about the cause.
“I am on my way to assess the extent of damage; we will look at how soon we can restore power to the parts of town affected,” he said.
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged the National Assembly to review the Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Board Bill to ensure no ambiguity in the Act. The association also decried sponsoring of the bill for establishment of the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Board in the country.
National President of the association, Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call during a news conference at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) on Sunday in Gombe.
He said the legislation was against the chatter signed by African countries on establishment of board for African Traditional medicine.
“We wish to point out that complementary and alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine and these are domains controlled by dental and medical council.
“And the bill if passed, shall conflict with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Act. “We, therefore, call on government and the National Assembly to quickly amend the title and the functions contained in that bill.
“Let it be Control of African Traditional Medicine but not complementary and alternative medicine which mean a different thing,” he said He urged the government to expedite action on the extension of doctors’ retirement age, noting that it is the easiest way to stop brain drain in the profession.
Commenting on hazard allowances, Ojinmah said the association had issued two-month ultimatum for government to resolve the issue.
The association also frowned at the insecurity which negated patients and medical personnel to access health facilities in parts of the country.
“The association noted with dismay the security situation and incidence of kidnapping in parts of the country.
“Health workers have been targeted in some communities with some of them kidnapped while discharging their duties,” he said.
The president urged government at all levels and security agencies to address the security challenges bedeviling the country.
According to Ojinmah, proctive measures are necessary to control worsening health indicators to effectively tackle brain drain in the sector.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association has conducted medical outreach in Bajoga, Ashaka and Funakaye communities as well as Zainab Bulkacuwa Women And Children Hospital.
About 1,525 patients with various ailments received free medical consultations, tests and surgical procedures.
Ms Surah Animashaun, Chairperson, Epe Local Government Area,on Sunday called on stakeholders to support the council’s efforts in addressing security challenges in the area .
Animashaun made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeriain Epe .
She said the support of everyone was needed to make Epe adequately secure, and create the right environment for the development of the area.
The council boss particularly urged security agencies ,traditional rulers and youths ,to work more closely with the council to tackle security challenges.
She restated the council’s commitment to promoting sustainable peace and unity in the community, as well as its prosperity.
“We are determined to support every effort that will ensure sustainable peace and unity of our community because without that,the vision and all the development programmes of the government would not be achieved.
“There is a need to prioritise our security ,and we must come together to work in harmony so that our people can live in peace”, she said.
Animashaun said plans were underway to reform the area’s community policing outfit” IBILE”, in order to make it more effective and further strengthen security in Epe. She added that the council was also mulling the creation of a security trust fund, to properly fund and equip the community security policing outfit to to live up to expectations.
The council urged the people of Epe and other well-meaning people outside of the area to support the fund when created.
Animashaun said that their generous support would avail the council the resources to fund security operations in the area.
She commended Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos for all his interventions in ensuring the state remains peaceful and secure.
Animashaun said the many interventions of the state government had made Lagos a better place for everyone to live and thrive.
Gunmen on Saturday abducted scores of travellers on on Benin-Owo Expressway in Ifon , the headquarters of Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The number of victims could not be ascertained as some sources said the victims were over 40 while others gave their number as 32. One of the sources at the town who disclosed the incident to newsmen on Sunday, said the victims were traveling in a coastal bus from Benin to Ondo State where they went for burial ceremony.
“But on getting to Ifon area, the hoodlums ambushed and whisked all the occupants of the vehicle into the bush.
“All the occupants of the vehicle were kidnapped since yesterday (Saturday) and nobody has heard anything about them since then,” a relation of one of the victims said.
While confirming the incident on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ondo State Command, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, said she could not ascertain the number of the victims.
According to PPRO, men of the command and other security agencies in the state had begun search for the victims in the forest.
” Our men and other security agencies are already in the forest to rescue the victims unhurt while investigation into the incident has commenced,” Odunlami said.
The Regional Conference on “The Way Forward to Counter Illicit Financial Revenues from Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants: Priorities and Challenges” starts today in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The Conference is organized by the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in association with the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Drug Financing Unit. Terrorism from Egypt and with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Conference is attended by more than 70 representatives of law enforcement agencies, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), public prosecutors, the judiciary and financial sectors from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, in addition of experts and guest speakers from the region.
and international organizations.
The Conference will take place from September 4 to 6, 2022.
Judge Ahmed Said Khalil, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Egypt's Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Unit, stated during the opening of the conference that “Human trafficking and migrant smuggling are among the most serious crimes committed by organized criminal groups.
These groups receive financial gains as a result of such crimes, the value of which varies depending on the State to which the persons are introduced or the related crime.
There are many forms of human trafficking, there is child and human trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage, human trafficking for forced labor, and human trafficking for organ harvesting.
It should be noted that human trafficking is one of the most lucrative organized crimes, with its activities generating substantial profits of billions of dollars; So, criminals always hide those profits, by misusing bank accounts, creating shell companies, buying real estate, precious metals, and luxury cars; and other means.” “Human trafficking and migrant smuggling crimes are among the most profitable crimes, generating billions of illicit financial gains each year.
Therefore, the main objective of this regional conference is to bring together key stakeholders from different fields, including financial intelligence units, judiciary, prosecution, law enforcement and national committees, as well as banks and institutions.
to strengthen collaboration and information sharing, to effectively address these crimes,” said Ms. Cristina Albertin, UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa.
For his part, HE Mr. Han-Maurits Schaapveld, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Egypt, stated that “We are pleased to cooperate with Egypt, Algeria and Morocco in the framework of this project that began in 2019.
The concerted efforts reflected the commitment of the three countries to confront the phenomenon of human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants.
We have seen the formation of a large number of specialized professionals from various entities in different jurisdictions and in multiple subjects.
These trainings not only develop tactical skills of those responsible, but also raise the level of awareness of societies about the importance of confronting these two crimes and the associated money laundering”.
The Regional Conference is held within the framework of the project "Strengthening financial investigation capacity to combat money laundering derived from Trafficking in Persons and Illicit Smuggling of Migrants (TIP/SOM)", which is financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The three days will involve concrete exchanges of knowledge and experiences and sessions on the importance of financial investigations as a powerful line of investigation in Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling cases.
They will also address the value of the collective efforts of different agencies in financial research and insights into new and emerging payment methods and technologies.
These discussions will culminate in a set of recommendations that will support the relevant actions of the participating Member States in the future.
The Mayor of Miami Dade County Florida, USA, has conferred the distinguished visitor honour on Dr Samson Adegoke, the founder and benefactor of Maigida Charity Foundation.
Adegoke, who made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, also revealed that the Ogbomoso sons and daughters in North America have also honored him with a most prestigious merit award.
The award was sequel to his unflinching commitment towards the development of Ogbomoso land.
He said that the awards were received on his behalf by hiss family in Florida.
Adegoke quoted the Miami Dade County Mayor as saying that the award was given to him ”in recognition of his vast travels, established academic dexterity and positive contributions to knowledge.
” Whereas, the Ogbomoso Sons and Daughters in North America honored him for his immense contributions to the growth and development of Ogbomoso land.
” Adegoke, a former Head of Finance and Account, Federal Medical Centre, Keffi is well traveled and has remained a recurring personality and benefactor for the diaspora association for many years in all they do, at home and abroad.