An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State has sentenced a banker, Blessing Bassey, to seven years imprisonment for stealing N2.68 million from a bank.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chief Magistrate F.
M. Kayode-Alamu sentenced Bassey following her change of plea from not guilty to guilty.
Bassey, an employee of one of the old generation banks, stole the sum from her employer from April 15 to April 20 at Iddo, Ebute Meta, in contravention of Section 287(9) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. Bassey had pleaded not guilty to a count charge of stealing on arraignment on April 22. The count granted her bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, but she was unable to meet her bail condition.
Thus, she was remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre for months.
After several adjournments, she decided to change her plea.
The court consequently reviewed the facts of the case and sentenced her.
The court, however, gave her an option to pay back the sum she stole within a year and serve four years in prison instead of seven years.
A 48-year-old man, Sunday Zabadi, who allegedly stole a parcel containing diamond and gold chains worth N8.9 million, was on Tuesday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The defendant appeared on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, ASP Rita Momah, said that the defendant committed the offences on July 7 about 9.30 p.
m., at Cement Bus Stop, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State.
She said that the defendant stole and converted to his personal use, the parcel belonging to one Mr Temitope Badiru.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The Chief Magistrate, Miss Adeola Adedayo, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of one million Naira with two sureties each in like sum.
She adjourned the case until Oct. 5 for mention.
Three men, who allegedly forcibly entered in a land and damaged property worth N600 million, on Tuesday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
The defendants are Dafe Ohebi, 47; Prosper Akintoye, 37; and John Dansu, 38. They appeared on a six-count charge of forceful entry, damage to property, breach of the peace, disrespect to court order, conspiracy and threatening violence.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
The prosecutor, ASP Rita Momah, said that the defendants committed the offences sometime in February 2019 on Victory Estate, Lekki, Lagos State.
She said that the defendants forcibly entered into a landed property, threatened violence and damaged a perimeter fence belonging to the complainant, Mr Shittu Adedayo.
Momah said that the trio also disobeyed a high court order not to trespass into the property.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 2(3), 52, 104, 411 and 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
The alleged offences also contravene Section 2(3) of the Lagos State Property Protection Law, 2016. The Chief Magistrate, Miss Adeola Olatunbosun, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N10 million with three sureties each.
She adjourned the case until Oct. 18 for mention.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on world leaders to address growing inequalities and provide hope to overcome divisions in the world.
Guterres made the appeal to world leaders gathered for the opening of the 77th Session of General Assembly’s high-level debate in New York. “Our world is in big trouble.
Divides are growing deeper; inequalities are growing wider; challenges are spreading father… we need hope… we need action across the board.
” Guterres said the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative launched was as symbol of hope in midst of conflict and hunger.
Presenting his Annual Report on the Work of the Organisation, the secretary-general said soberingly: “Let’s have no illusions.
We are in rough seas.
“A winter of global discontent is on the horizon.
A cost-of-living crisis is raging.
Trust is crumbling.
Our planet is burning.
People are hurting – with the most vulnerable suffering the most.
“The United Nations Charter and the ideals it represents are in jeopardy.
” And while the international community had a duty to act, he said, we were gridlocked in colossal global dysfunction.
“The international community is not ready or willing to tackle the big dramatic challenges of our age.
These crises threaten the very future of humanity and the fate of our planet.
” The secretary-general lamented that our world is in peril and paralysed by political divides that were undermining the work of the Security Council, international law, trust and people’s faith in democratic institutions, and all forms of international cooperation.
Geopolitical gridlock led to no cooperation; no dialogue and no collective problem solving.
“But the reality is that we live in a world where the logic of cooperation and dialogue is the only path forward.
’’ Guterres explained that no power or group alone could call the shots.
No major global challenge can be solved by a coalition of the willing.
We need a coalition of the world.
According to him, such a coalition must overcome divisions and act together, starting with strengthening the core mission of the United Nations – achieving and sustaining peace.
With the world squarely focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “which has unleashed widespread destruction with massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
“We are seeing the threat of dangerous divisions between West and South.
The risks to global peace and security are immense,” the secretary-general said.
The UN chief warned that away from the glare of international media, other conflicts and humanitarian crises were spreading and the gap for funding the UN Global Humanitarian Appeal was the widest ever at some 32 billion dollars.
The secretary-general further stressed that another battle that must end is “our suicidal war against nature’’, calling the climate crisis the defining issue of our time.
He said confronting it must be the first priority of every government and multilateral organisation.
“And yet climate action is being put on the back burner – despite overwhelming public support around the world.
Global greenhouse gas emissions need to be slashed by 45 per cent by 2030 to have any hope of reaching net zero by 2050,” he said.
“We have a rendezvous with climate disaster”, he said, recalling his recent solidarity visit to flood-ravaged Pakistan, “where I saw with my own eyes…that one-third of the country is submerged by a monsoon on steroids.
” Planet Earth, Guterres said, is “a victim of scorched earth policies … and we ain’t seen nothing yet” because the hottest summers of today could be the coolest summers of tomorrow.
Moreover, The G20 emits 80 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions.
“But the poorest and most vulnerable – those who contributed least to this crisis – are bearing its most brutal impacts.
Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry is feasting on hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and windfall profits while household budgets shrink and our planet burns.
,” he stated.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has called on stakeholders to promote the contents of National Ethics and Integrity Policy (NEIP), and Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative (CEPTi).
The ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the appeal on Tuesday in Sokoto at a one-day sensitisation dialogue organised by ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Owasanoye said the participants were considered important toward the full implementation of the ICPC’s projects in recognition of their proximity to people.
Represented by Mrs Hannatu Mohammed, a Board Member, the ICPC chairman said the efforts was part of the commission’s drive toward the emergence of a new and better Nigeria.
“Therefore, as leaders closer to the grassroots people your pivotal roles in the fight against corruption, demonstrated in the implementation of our strategies are highly invaluable.
“As such your various roles and how to support these platforms were expantiated in details at the sensitisation dialogue proper,” he said.
The ICPC chairman further thanked the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, for his fatherly role in ensuring the acceptability of the initiatives.
He commented the Sokoto State Government and the NOA for their support and cooperation toward the success of the dialogue.
The Sultan of Sokoto, who was represented by Alhaji Jabbi Kilgore, the District Head of Kilgore, said the Sultanate Council is fully aware of the ICPC’s project and would continue to be part of the exercise.
He appreciated ICPC for their commitment to anti-corruption fight in the country, adding that the commission’s activities will no doubt aid in achieving the required goal in fighting corruption.
“This activity will moreover address the security agencies commitment toward fighting insecurity, indiscipline as well as behavioral change among the society,” he said.
The state Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Maigwandu, also appreciated ICPC for its commitment in fighting corruption.
Maigwandu, represented by Alhaji Shehu Garba, the Director Administration in the ministry, assured that the state government would continue to support ICPC toward the success of its mandate.
Alhaji Mustapha Shehu, the Chairman, Sokoto North Local Government Council, who spoke on behalf of the 23 LGAs chairmen, said the dialogue came at the right time.
Shehu, who is also the state chapter Chairman of ALGON, urged the National Assembly to enact a law in which implementation of constituency projects must involve states and LGAs. “This is in order to make the projects more beneficial to the general public without any discrimination of which political party one belongs to,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Garba Idris, the Resident Anti-Corruption Commission, ICPC Sokoto Office, stated that the gesture is in order to sensitise the society on the ownership of government project executed in their constituencies.
“The programme is aimed at fighting corruption by sensitising the stakeholders in order to fight corruption in public procurement and achieve value for money in government projects,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the training include local government chairmen, traditional and religious leaders as well as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
President Muhammadu Buhari and some Nigerian political leaders were among world leaders that attended the opening of the General Debate of the 77th UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.
Others were the Chief of Staff the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq.
No fewer than 150 world leaders are attending the largest diplomatic gathering after two years of virtual and hybrid summits.
On Wednesday, Buhari will be the first speaker to address the General Assembly, which is the second day of the General Debate.
He will deliver Nigeria’s statement around 9 a.
m. (around 2 p.
m. Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session.
Buhari will also attend the meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Governments on Climate Change and that of Africa’s New Public Health Order on: Rejuvenating global health security agenda.
The Nigerian president will also attend a reception by the U.
S.A’s President Joe Biden at the American Museum of Natural History.
On Thursday, the president is expected to attend a bilateral meeting on Nigeria’s International Economic Partnership Forum and High-Level meetings on the Sahel.
He will attend the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Governments.
On Friday, he will attend a high level breakfast meeting on Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council.
Also on Friday, Buhari he will attend the official launch of Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework.
The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi says physical fitness remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness in contending with myriads of security challenges confronting the country.
Magashi, who was represented by the Director, Army Affairs, Mr Sunday Attah, said this at the opening of the 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition (2022-AFISSC) on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that physical fitness also helps to keep service personnel in top state that would enable them to carryout and achieve assigned tasks.
The minister said the inter-service sports competition, organised by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) was designed to provide the platform for the services to interact with one another towards sustaining the good relationship built and enjoyed over the years.
According to him, the importance of physical fitness to an armed forces such as ours cannot be over emphasised, particularly at this time that Nigeria is contending with a myriad of security challenges.
“It is physically and mentally fit personnel that make the difference in combat operations.
“These physically and mentally fit personnel are able to endure tough weather and terrain conditions and other stressful harsh battle conditions.
“Physical fitness therefore remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness as it keeps Service Personnel in top physical state that enable them carryout and achieve assigned tasks.
“On the whole, physical fitness is the basis for service personnel’s good health and physical wellbeing,” he added.
Magashi said the current security challenges confronting the nation were enormous and thus, calls for synergy and cooperation among the three services.
He said that avenues such as sports competition, needed to be continuously created to facilitate mutual interaction amongst troops.
The minister commended the troops for their efforts and sacrifices at tackling the security challenges as well as the DHQ for organising the sports competition.
He charged the participating athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and strive to put in optimal performance towards winning laurels for their various services.
“Furthermore, let fair play be your watchword as you keep in focus, the objective for the organisation of this sports fiesta.
“I will not end my remarks without assuring you all of the unflinching commitment of the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, at ensuring the best of welfare and working conditions for our armed forces personnel.
“He appreciates the huge efforts and great sacrifices you all are making to keep our dear country, Nigeria safe and prosperous,” he added.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the event was aimed at strengthening the ties among troops, instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause in the armed forces.
Irabor, who was represented by Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said that friendly sporting competition helps in fostering desired working relationship and promoting synergy among members of the armed forces.
This, according to him, is because fitness of the body and contentment of mind come more readily in the free atmosphere of games.
“More so, sports provide a basis for team work that is needed for troops to be able to function with a cohesion that is often called upon both during peacetime military engagements and combat operations.
“As we all know, warfare is a grueling experience and the ability to advance long distances with full combat gear through rugged terrains and to fight effectively requires strength, agility and stamina from troops.
“This can only be conditioned through sports and effective physical fitness training.
“As such, team sports have been found to provide both physiological and psychological benefits that reduce stress, illness and injuries, especially during operations.
“Accordingly, physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel have become key considerations for the armed forces to meet increasing demands of current and emerging threats,” he said.
Irabor said the military had made giant strides in encouraging personnel and their families to always engage in sports through organised events like half marathon, children sports clinic and various sports championships.
The CDS said the competitions were aimed at promoting synergy and cooperation between the AFN and other security agencies, adding that it had also encouraged troops to build fitness and maintain combat readiness.
He said that several talents discovered from competitions of this nature were representing the country in different international sporting events and recording exploits.
According to him, the Cross Country Team to represent Nigeria in the 58th World Military Cross Country Competition slated to hold at Beja, Portugal in October, would be selected from the Inter-Service Sports Competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition features male and female athletes from the Army, Navy and the Air Force.
They will compete for laurels in Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Taekwondo and Volleyball.
The FCT Department of Public Health on Tuesday advocated for the support of schools, community and religious leaders to disseminate and encourage participation of children for the annual school deworming programme.
Dr Sadiq Abdrahman, the Director, Public Health Department, made the call during a stakeholders meeting in preparation for the FCT 2022 Annual School Deworming Exercise in Abuja.
Abdrahman, represented by Dr Eunice Ogundipe, the Head, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Unit in the department, stressed the need for the involvement of all stakeholders to ensure success of the exercise.
“We solicit stakeholders support, cooperation, collaboration and active participation in ensuring the success of the forthcoming school deworming programme through timely and adequate dissemination of information to FCT residents,” he said.
He added that the deworming drugs was for the prevention of schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms that lives in fresh water.
Dr Obiageki Nebe, the Director and Programme Manager, National Deworming Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, said the meeting was critical towards ensuring 100 per cent coverage in the exercise.
“Our active participation is necessary because we all have a role to play in the school deworming exercise.
“The drugs are free, available for children above five years and some adults to curtail the spread of schistosomiasis and improve the health of our people, especially the children,” she said.
She therefore encouraged the public to ensure children were well fed before taking the medication, adding that the school feeding exercise by the federal government was part of efforts to improve the health and nutritional value of children.
Meanwhile, Dr Johnson Onyemah, the Consultant on School Feeding, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said over 54,000 schools nationwide were participating from the programme.
Onyemah added that over nine million school children between primary one to three were benefitting from the school feeding programme.
On his part, Malam Shehu Nasko, the Deputy Director, Health, UBEB, stressed the need for FCTA and its partners to ensure sufficient availability of deworming drugs to go round the councils.
Alhaji Shuaibu Pada, Agwai District Head and PTA Chairman, Kuje, reiterated the commitment of his council towards ensuring success of the exercise.
In her presentation on schistosomiasis, Hajiya Nafisat Isa, Disease Control Division, NTDs Unit, Department of Public Health, said Nigeria has the highest burden of schistosomiasis in Africa.
According to her, symptoms include bloody urine and stool, ache, poor appetite, fever, chills, cough and many others.
The Naira appreciated marginally against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Tuesday as it exchanged at N436.25. Tuesday’s rate represented a 0.06 per cent appreciation compared to the N436.50 for which the dollar exchanged on Monday.
The open indicative rate closed at N435.07 to the dollar on Tuesday.
An exchange rate of N437 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N436.25. The Naira sold for as low as N425 to the dollar within the day’s trading.
A total of 141.51 million dollars was traded at the official Investors and Exporters window on Tuesday.