The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, HE Mr. Abshir Omar Jama, received on Saturday in the capital Mogadishu, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Mr. FEI Shengchao, and discussed with him a series of issues of common interest, including improving the prospects for cooperation in all areas of mutual benefit to the two friendly countries and peoples.The meeting addressed aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries and their updating to more comprehensive levels.
Grant Thornton Nigeria has restated commitment to challenge conventions and deliver game-changing solutions to clients and stakeholders by sustaining its positioning as a strategic growth market (SGM) within the Grant Thornton global network.
Dr Ngozi Ogwo, the Managing Partner, Grant Thornton Nigeria, made the disclosure in a statement signed by the company’s Senior Manager, Public Relations and Communications, Mrs Merrilyn Okeleke.
Grant Thornton Nigeria, member firm of Grant Thornton international, is a leading professional financial services institutions with speciality in assurance, audit, taxation, business risk and a host of other services.
Ogwo said that the company’s plan to deliver more results would be further achieved with the admission of Mr Kingsley Opara and Mr Lateef Emiola as new partners in audit and advisory service lines respectively.
She noted that the current fast-evolving business environment needed an equally agile force to measure up and succeed in the ecosystem.
“Hence the rapid response and the authentic showcase of the firm’s flexibility to changing needs with this admission of two more partners.
“We are ambitious, for clients and ourselves.
We are not content delivering basic satisfaction but hinge our results on quality standards that enable our people and clients to go beyond limitations and achieve their ambitions,” she said.
Ogwo said Opara, who was appointed partner in the audit service line, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with over 15 years of work experience in the financial services industry.
“He joined Grant Thornton Nigeria in 2008 and manages a diverse portfolio of clients in non--for-profit organisations.
“He also has experience in businesses that cut across various sectors, and industries such as information technology, media and telecommunication, oil and gas, marketing and communication, transportation, FMCG organisations, and real estate,” she said.
Ogwo added that Emiola, a forensic accountant and chartered banker with over 20 years, had earned for himself the ‘specialist’ status for identifying risks in business.
She said he had played significant roles in helping clients attain success by offering his expertise in certified processes (treasury, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, fixed assets, etc.
) and controls that surround such processes.
“Emiola has been with the firm for 13 years and currently works with both local and multinational clients delivering quality advisory services in accounting, budgeting, payroll, and payroll tax structures, corporate governance, risk-based internal audit, and fraud risk management investigations, and other services.
“Grant Thornton Nigeria is confident that their collective expertise and experience in the corporate world will be a great asset to clients as they join the existing partners in providing best-in-class solutions to business challenges,” she said.
The Police Command in Jigawa has warned motorists of the extreme dangers of travelling on roads submerged by flood across the state.
The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Lawan Shiisu gave the warning in a statement in Dutse on Sunday.
He said the call was imperative to alert the motoring public on the dangers, and the need for them to exercise caution while plying such flooded roads.
“This is to inform the general public that, Sakuwawa-Hantsu-Gujungu road and bridge have been submerged by flood.
“Therefore, motorists, especially heavy duty vehicle drivers are strongly advised to seek alternative routes, while commercial drivers are further warned to avoid overloading their vehicles.
“This is also to notify members of the public that, Jahun-Kiyawa road, precisely Tashar Abba under Afunfuna village has completely been submerged by water.
“Road users are strictly advised to use Andaza-Aujara road or Balago road as alternative,” he said.
He further called on parents and guardians to monitor their wards against swimming in open water bodies.
“People are urged to stay away from flood and desist from approaching flooded areas because it is a dangerous situation,” the spokesman warned.
NAN reports that since the commencement of the 2022 rainy season, over 50 persons have been confirmed dead, scores injured and hundreds of residents displaced due to the ravaging flood across the state.
Many bridges linking various communities had either been submerged or damaged by the flood.
The Executive Secretary, Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Sani Yusif said many households had been displaced by the disaster.
He said the displaced persons took refuge in schools and other public buildings, while the state government set up 11 temporary camps to accomodate the affected persons.
Team Nigeria finished in an impressive seventh position out of 20 countries which participated at the just concluded prestigious All Africa Challenge Trophy 2022 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the International Golf tournament is a biennial continental ladies golf championship in Africa that had its inaugural edition in May 1992. Nigeria hosted the 1996 and 2010 editions at the Ikoyi Golf club, Lagos and the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.
Each participating country is represented by three players and a non-playing captain.
Using Eisenhower scoring, the best two scores per round count towards the daily team score in the 54-hole stroke play format.
NAN also reports that Nigeria ladies golf team scored 488 gross to settle for 7th place out of 20 countries in this year’s championship which was the 15th edition.
Amina Wilfred and Evelyn Oyome were the players on the Nigerian team.
South Africa ladies team won the 2022 Golf Championship at the Gymkhana club in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
The victors who have now won the title for a record 12th time, had a combined total score of 444 gross in three rounds, five strokes better than North Africans, Morocco.
South Africa’s team had Brown Bobbi, Gabrielle Venter and Bronwyn Leigh Doeg. The trio were impressive throughout the three rounds of action.
Morocco (449), host Tanzania (455), Kenya (458), Zimbabwe (476), Uganda (480), Nigeria (488), Zambia (496), Ghana (498) and Gabon (517) completed the championship’s top 10 leaderboard of the best three scores in 54 holes.
Egypt who has one title to its name, settled for the 11th spot, Ivory Coast (12th), Mauritius (13th), Malawi (14th), Botswana (15th), Cameroon (16th), Rwanda (17th), Mali (18th), Burundi (19th) and Togo (20th).
Juliet Monyei-Inyere, the President, Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN) who confirmed the result to NAN on Sunday, said it was the best performance by Team Nigeria in more than a decade.
“I want to congratulate my able Nigerian Team who went with me to the All Africa Challenge Trophy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 2022. “I can proudly say that we went, we saw and we conquered.
“Even though Nigeria featured two players instead of three (due to travel document issues), we were able finish seventh out of 21 countries, which is our best performance in over a decade,” she said.
She noted that the trip was hugely successful as Nigeria also won the position of the AACT Trustee for the West & Central Africa.
“We remain grateful to God for these positive achievements and look forward to more wins for Nigeria in future.
Together we move,” she said.
Team Nigeria finished 9th position at the 2018 edition of the AACT held at the Achimota Golf Club in Ghana.
However, Nigeria has been dominant in the sub region and emerged overall winners of the West and Central Africa Challenge Trophy, which was organised by LGAN at the Ikeja Golf Club in 2019.
The Police Command in Kaduna State says its operatives have rescued three kidnapped victims, recovered arms, ammunition and operational vehicles in two different locations.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Jalije, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna.
Jalige said, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Usman Baba’s directives on rigorous visible patrols and domination of public space by Police had continued to yield the desired outcome.
According to him, these accomplished feats were against the backdrop of a complaint received on Sept. 4, that one Yusuf Abubakar of Dorayi quarters in Kano State has been abducted.
“On the same date at Barde village in Ikara LGA of Kaduna State, the abductors were demanding for N50 million ransom.
“On receipt of the complaint, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State, Mr Yekini Ayoku, directed the Divisional Police Officer Ikara to spread his operational dragnet to ensure the victim was rescued unhurt and culprits arrested.
“Consequently, on Sept. 9 at about 2015hrs, Police Operatives attached to the Division while on intensive purposeful crime prevention patrol along Ikara- Tashan Yari road, intercepted a motorcycle conveying three persons riding in a suspicious manner.
“The operatives promptly caught up with the motorcyclists after a high-speed chase and two of the riders on sensing Police pursuit jumped off the motorcycle and fled into the bush, ” he added.
Jalige said the operatives upon search of the motorcycle, recovered a concealed AK47 rifle loaded with 10 rounds of live 7.62 X 39mm ammunitions.
He said the identity of the rescued man was later discovered to be the Yusuf Abubakar of Dorayi whose report of kidnap was earlier received by the Division.
“The victim and the exhibits were moved to the Police Station for further investigation while the fleeing culprits are being trailed for arrest.
“The victim has been medically evaluated and reunited with his family, ” he said.
Jalige also said on Sept 9, at 0245hrs, operatives of the Command attached to Hunkuyi Division, while on aggressive patrol on Zaria – Kano expressway, intercepted a suspicious Ford Mini Bus with Reg No. ZAR 532 XR and the occupants rather than heed the police order to halt for search, engaged the Operatives in a gun duel.
“The operatives responded gallantly and in the ensuing melee, the hoodlums fled with varying bullet wounds leaving behind two female occupants of the said vehicle who were rescued.
” Upon search of the vehicle, an AK47 Magazine loaded with 30 rounds of live 7.62 × 39mm ammunition were recovered.
He said the preliminary investigation revealed that the two female occupants were the wives of one person at Kwanar Dangora, Kano State who were earlier abducted by the hoodlums.
“The CP commended the officers for the achievements and tasked them to do more, to reduce crime and criminalities to the barest minimum in the state, “Jalige said.
He equally called on the public to be security conscious at all times and alert security agencies on noticing any suspicious movement and activities around them.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the passage of a “diligent and committed officer,” retired Col. Abdulazeez Aliyu.
Late Aliyu was Commander, Guards Brigade (then known as Brigade of Guards) from 1984 to 1985. In a condolence message issued by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Sunday in Abuja the President recalled the sense of duty and professionalism of the departed officer.
Buhari condoled his family, former colleagues, and all those mourning him.
The president wished Aliyu eternal rest, and divine comfort for his family.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi on Sunday urged Nigerians to show greater resilience towards promoting national unity to end insecurity and achieve lasting peace in the country.
This is contained in a statement by Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser on Media, said the governor made the call during the just concluded 7th edition of the 2022 Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival held at Argungu town.
He said that if Nigerians bind together by unity on a genuine cause, they would triumph over evil minded people in spite of insecurity in parts of the country.
The governor said unity inspired people to be brave, resilient and not to be intimidated by perpetrators of evil, stressing that it also encouraged the bad elements to change their ways of life.
He said: ”Today, this is a manifestation of bravery and resilience, we are here thinking this is a small event that underlies or misrepresents the bravery and resilience of our people.
‘The celebration shows that we are not intimidated or afraid even in spite of pockets of insecurity, we will defeat the evil.
”The organisers of this event, the Emir of Argungu, people of Argungu, I am saying that we can defeat evil.
”We will go to our farms, we will go out to our fishing grounds, we will graze our animals and enjoy our festivals.
”He commended the people of the state, especially the Argungu Emirate Council for organising what he described as “blossoming and creative festival that brings people together.
”The governor lauded the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammad-Mera for his leadership role, and Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, for his contribution to the successful hosting of the polo tournament.
“The Polo event in Argungu in the next few years will rival or surpass other events in the country,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NSK Farms Polo Team defeated H.
Hago Polo Team to emerged winner of the competition.
Other highlights of the event included horse racing, cultural festival, presentation of trophies and awards to outstanding players and teams as well as presentation of special award to the governor.
Dr Jimoh Ibrahim, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Ondo South Senatorial District, has organised training for 60 journalists on professional reporting of the electoral process ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Also trained at a two-day workshop tagged, “The Strategic Road Map For Effective Leadership,’’ held in Akure, were bloggers and grassroots canvassers.
Ibrahim while addressing the participants, expressed his determination to build capacity of journalists in election coverage.
He noted that the programme was aimed at charting a new course for participants as well as mobilise support for his political ambition.
Ibrahim, who recently bagged a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration from Judges Business School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, charged participants on the need to observe professional etiquette and work assiduously to perform the enormous task ahead.
He noted that politics as a political science was more scientific, strategic and innovative rather than the orthodox way which might not lead to the desired results.
“The ability to allocate resources to achieve certain goals and objectives, the ability to also solve problems, is hinged on strategy and innovation.
“Politics is now more of data science, strategy and innovation which are modern ways of getting desired results rather than the orthodox ways.
“Anyone who intends to achieve desired results, in any field of life must not undermine knowledge, strategy and innovation.
“Where are Kodak cameras today?
they are nowhere to be found because they undermine knowledge, strategy and innovation, because owners of ideas are rulers of the world,” Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim, who is also the Chairman, Global Feet Oil and Gas, urged participants not to be tired of searching for knowledge, saying that he had acquired nine degrees in different fields in his quest for knowledge.
He further charged them to seek knowledge to enable them make wise choices in life, as a way of improving themselves in order to put their names on world map.
A 53-year old Brazilian returnee, Okolie Nwabueze, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly importing 92 wraps of cocaine.
This is even as Nwabueze, a father of two, ingested the drugs and eventually excreted them after days under observation in the Agency’s facility.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect who hailed from Mmaku village, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was arrested on Sept. 2.The arrest was upon his arrival on Qatar Airline flight enroute Brazil-Doha-Abuja.
The NDLEA spokesperson said that the suspect claimed to have left Nigeria to Mozambique in 2004 and finally relocated to Brazil in 2017.This, he added, was where he obtained a residence permit before deciding to import the illicit substance for a $4,000 fee.
In the same vein, a 42-year old man, Aliyu Kwasare, was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, (MAKIA), Kano.Babafemi said that the suspect was caught for attempting to export a consignment of new psychoactive substance, “Akuskura”, to Saudi Arabia.
He said that the suspect, an indigene of Kware LGA Sokoto, who lived in Goron Dutse area of Kano, was arrested on Sept. 5.He said arrested during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight to Riyadh.
In another development, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja Lagos, no fewer than 1.099 million tablets of Tramadol (225mg) have been seized.
Babafemi said the drugs were intercepted through inter-agency collaboration between NDLEA and the Nigerian Customs.
“The pharmaceutical opioids packed in 50 cartons weighing 2,058.90kg, were imported from Pakistan via Addis-Ababa on Ethiopian Airways.
“The consignment was concealed among other non-controlled pharmaceuticals.
“Also, a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar, was on Friday arrested at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) export shed of the airport.
“The arrest was over an attempt to export a consignment of cannabis concealed inside bottles of Caro white body lotion, ” he said.
The University of Lagos (Unilag) has urged members of its community to remain calm and go about their activities, following a fire outbreak at its Alumni Association Building on Sunday.
This is contained in a statement by Mrs Adejoke Alaga, Principal Registrar, Communication Unit, of the institution.
According to the her, no fatality was recordedShe noted that the incident which occurred at about 10 a.
m. on Sunday, had been effectively put out.
“We want to reassure members of the university community and the general public that no fatality was recorded during the incident.
“The situation has since been fully put under control.
“The fire was swiftly checked by officers of the Fire Service, after it was detected by security operatives at the location.
“This prompt response prevented any further damage to the building and the affected area has since been cordoned off for full investigation,” she said.