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  •  Foreign exhibitors to feature in Asaba international fair
    Foreign exhibitors to feature in Asaba international fair
     Foreign exhibitors to feature in Asaba international fair
    Foreign exhibitors to feature in Asaba international fair
    General news22 hours ago

    Foreign exhibitors to feature in Asaba international fair

    Foreign exhibitors to feature in Asaba internatThe Asaba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ASACCIMA), says a number of foreign exhibitors are expected at Asaba International Trade Fair, slated from Nov.18  to Nov. 27. The President of ASACCIMA, Chief Anthony Idigbe, said this at the signing of a consultancy agreement for the fair between the chambers and two partners – Atlantic Exhibition Ltd and Andrea Ashlan Ltd in Asaba on Wednesday.

    Idigbe, represented by the Director General of ASACCIMA, Mr Edwin Chukwuma, said the fair would also attract indigenous exhibitors, as well as about 200 participants.

    ”The objective of the trade fair is to promote commerce as well as boost commercial activities in the state,” he said.

    He assured that participation at the fair would be fruitful as it was expected to attract high patronage from the business community.

    ”We have put everything in place to ensure that the hosting of the fair is hitch-free.

    ”We have made adequate security arrangement, we also have good facility as well as befitting venue for the event,” he said.

    The ASACCIMA president lauded the partners for the consultancy agreement, describing it as a milestone in the quest for successful hosting of the fair in Asaba.

    He said although it was the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment to organise trade fairs in the country, the ministry empowered the Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) to do.


    “This gave the association the leverage to organise trade fairs and to pay tax to the Federal Government annually through the Ministry of Trade and Investment and ASACCIMA is a member of NACCIMA,” Idigbe said.

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  •  6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill proficiency competition
    6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill, proficiency competition
     6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill proficiency competition
    6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill, proficiency competition
    Defence/Security4 days ago

    6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill, proficiency competition

    The 6 Division Garrison Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, on Friday won the division’s Inter-brigade Combat Proficiency Competition featuring 60 soldiers from four brigades in the South-South.

    The garrison emerged overall winner at the competition held at the division’s headquarters in Port Harcourt with 560 points.

    The 63 Brigade, Asaba came second while 16 Brigade, Yenagoa took the third position as 2 Brigade, Uyo, was last.

    The participating officers and soldiers competed for the top prize in map reading, 2.3 kilometre race, weapon handling, shooting and skills at arms in in the five-day exercise.

    Others events were open-river swimming, obstacle crossing as well as leadership training and lectures.

    Addressing soldiers at the competition’s closing ceremony, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Maj.-Gen. Oufemi Oluyede, praised the participating brigades.

    He said the competition was organised to enhance the combat proficiency and professional qualities of officers and soldiers under the division.

    “This competition is part of commitment to train and retrain personnel to boost esprit d’ corps, regimentation and endurance that is necessary to tackle challenges facing the army.

    “The participants have gained physical fitness, determination and teamwork in view of the fact that training develops the requisite capacity of troops to function effectively,” he said.

    Oluyede said the competition targeted mainly personnel on the ranks of major and below, describing them as critical to army operations across the country.

    “These categories of officers are important in our counter terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and sundry crime operations in the country.

    “The involvement of female officers in the training and their competitiveness is another perspective and ingenuity added to the competition.

    “Aside this, the competition brought together participants from various formations and units of the division, promoting mutual cooperation and comradeship,” he said.

    The GOC said the competition was one among several other training exercises organised by the division to improve physical and combat readiness of troops.

    He called on the participants to remain sharp and dedicated to duty, urging them to share their newly acquired knowledge and skills with junior colleagues in their respective units.

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  •  FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency accountability
    FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency, accountability
     FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency accountability
    FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency, accountability
    General news5 days ago

    FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency, accountability

    Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has charged state governments to key into the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative to enhance transparency and accountability in governance.

    Mustapha made the call  on Thursday at the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of Secretary to Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Government (SSG) in Asaba.

    The meeting has as its theme, “Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Opportunities in Key Sectors of the Economy”.

    He said the quarterly forum strived to build the required synergy between the federal and state bureaucracies, to enhance harmony and improve relationship between the tiers of government.

    He said the appraisal provided a better appreciation of the scope of the office mandate and functions and more innovative ways of delivering them.

    “In addition, the feedback process is also in place where citizens participate to have a greater say in public decision-making as well as the desire by many governments to improve inclusivity and responsiveness led to calls for more openness in governance.

    “Pursuant to this, the Federal Government has been collaborating with an international transparency and accountability organization known as the OGP.

    “This is to ensure that budget planning, approval, implementation monitoring and reporting meet the needs of citizens and that  citizens have open access to budget information in a format that is both human and machine readable.

    It is also “to improve accountability and transparency of government procurement process through the implementation of open contracting and public participation in the public contracting process, among others”.

    Mustapha added, “Federal Government would continue to give priority to high employment generating sectors, business improvement environment and youth development and that social investment programmes will continue to be given the required attention.

    “The active support and collaboration of sub-national governments is therefore very critical as we strive to resolve the present economic challenges of our country, Nigeria.

    “The Sustainable Development Goals are being steadily implemented and substantial progress has been attained in a number of goals.

    ” As we work towards meeting the 2030 target, states are also encouraged to partner with the Federal Government in this area.

    “I urge you to utilise the instrumentality of your office as the policy coordination hub of government to fast-track the initiation and implementation of policies and programmes.

    “The states can as well harness the various opportunities in key sectors of the economy, offered by the federal government to improve the lives and well-being of our people,” Mustapha said.

    He said the forum provided an atmosphere for critical discussions and policy articulation, experience sharing, peer review and adaptations. 

    “As you are aware, Nigeria operates constitutional democracy, which has characteristics such as guaranteed freedoms, equity, justice, transparency and accountability among others.

    “Democracy also promotes an open participatory process, feedback mechanism, rule of law, thereby guaranteeing better and fairer government policies, programmes and project implementation.

    “As Leaders charged with responsibility of servicing government machinery, policy coordination, monitoring implementation of programmes and policies and reporting in our respective jurisdictions.

    “We need to address the question of how to effectively deliver democracy dividends in form of well-articulated policies, programmes and projects.

    “At the Federal level, the realisation of the critical role of the SGF office in the coordination of government policies, programs and projects led to conduct of an institutional appraisal in 2019,” he said.

    In his remarks, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the SSG, Chief Patrick Ukah, said that only an effective democratic governance helped to advance sustainable development.

    He said the theme was apt as government at all levels strived to strengthen democracy and make the idea real.

    Okowa lauded the SGF for keeping fate with the cause of advancing the Forum through continuous engagements with Secretaries to State Government.

    The Keynote Speaker and former Head of Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, said to ensure good governance, rule of law, social accountability, transparency and integrity, independence and high moral values must retake the centre stage.

    He urged all leaders to provide direction, maintain order and put the interest of the people above self, adding  that anything contrary would be counter- productive.

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  •  Fire service constructs 13 new fire stations
    Fire service constructs 13 new fire stations
     Fire service constructs 13 new fire stations
    Fire service constructs 13 new fire stations
    Defence/Security5 days ago

    Fire service constructs 13 new fire stations

    The Federal Fire Service (FFS) says the service is currently constructing 13 new fire stations across the country to improve response time to fire incidences.

    FFS Controller General (CG) Abdulganiyu Jaji said this on Thursday during a media parley at FFS Headquarters in Abuja.

    Jaji said that from the 13 ongoing Zonal commands, six had reached substantial levels while the remaining seven are still at an early construction stage.

    A breakdown by FFS Projects Head, Mr Tolu Aderibigbe, detailed that the six developed fire stations are in Abuja, Kano, Bauchi, Enugu, Makurdi, and Abeokuta.

    According to him, “the development level of the Abuja fire station located in Kubwa area is 75 per cent completed.

    “Makurdi; 90 per cent, Bauchi; 87, Kano; 80 per cent, Enugu; 65 per cent and Abeokuta; 40 per cent.

    “The upcoming constructions are in Minna, Sokoto, Yola, Owerri, Oshogbo, Asaba and Uyo.” Jaji said that the service had also purchased over 20 state of the art firefighting trucks that would be deployed to state commands including the newly constructed stations on completion.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jaji, alongside top management officers visited the ongoing Kubwa fire station being constructed in Abuja.

    On recruitment, he debunked rumors of recruitment or replacement of citizens into the service.

    He said that without waivers and funds, such exercises cannot take place.

    “No official recruitment or replacement is ongoing in the service because we need to establish waivers.

    “We also need to get funds that will be used to train recruits as we have not gotten any of this so until this is established before recruitment or replacement can take place,” he said.

    Jaji said that the reviewed fire safety code, Standard of Operating Procedure and Acts guiding the service was yet to be approved by the Federal Government.

    He however, said that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was keen on approving those laws in order to strengthen the service but is yet to endorse it for implementation.

    “People build buildings with no recon to the fire safety code and this is because of the absence of the code.

    “By the establishment of the laws in the code it will make a developer know that from the design stage of a building you need to seek the approval of the fire service till completion stage.

    “This will ensure that the fire safety features that ought to be in the building are present and will make investigation easier in case of a fire incident,” he said.

    The FFS boss said that massive public enlightenment campaign on fire prevention, control and mitigation had begun.

    He said that the enlightenment campaign had been ongoing across the country with the aim to prevent fire rather than fight fire.

    “I am a strong believer that prevention of fire is cheaper, safer and easier than firefighting,” he said.

    He warned that the service would no longer condone attacks on firemen during rescue operations.

    “Anyone who obstructs our men in the cause of their duty will face the full wrath of the law.

    He called for a robust partnership with the public sector especially in the area of establishing fire stations.

    “Within my first 100 days in service, we partnered DIFF Medical hospital and Nigeria Export Processing to establish fire stations while some other private stations are undergoing construction.

    Jaji further charged private sectors to partner FFS in establishing fire stations across the country.

    He stressed that the need for more fire stations cannot be overemphasized to reduce response time during fire emergencies.

    He said that the service intends to actualise its collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force to establish an Aerial Fire Response Unit. The CG disclosed that the service had received approval to procure three more hydraulic platforms in addition to the one in Lagos.

    He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration for actively supporting the service.

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  •  Commonwealth games Okowa hails Team Nigeria s all time best performance
    Commonwealth games: Okowa hails Team Nigeria’s all-time best performance
     Commonwealth games Okowa hails Team Nigeria s all time best performance
    Commonwealth games: Okowa hails Team Nigeria’s all-time best performance
    General news6 days ago

    Commonwealth games: Okowa hails Team Nigeria’s all-time best performance

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the PDP has congratulated Nigerian athletes for their medals haul at the just-concluded 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

    Okowa’s felicitation is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika on Tuesday in Asaba.

    He particularly extolled World record breaker, Tobi Amusan, for her gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles, where she set a new Commonwealth record.

    “Amusan, also led Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha to a historic gold medal in women’s 4x100m relay.

    He  hailed the Home-girl, Ese Brume, with a gold medal and new Commonwealth record in Long Jump.The governor expressed great delight at the marvelous performances of other gold medalists – Adijat Olarinoye, Rafiatu Lawal (Weightlifting), Chioma Onyekwere (Discus Throw), Alice Oluwafemiayo (Powerlifting).

    Also Adekuoroye Odunayo, Oborodudu Blessing and Genesis Mercy (Wrestling), and Para-Athletes – Goodness Nwachukwu (Women’s Discus) and Eucharia Iyiazi (Women’s Shot Put).

    “The athletes took Team Nigeria’s gold medal haul to12, the best in the history of Nigeria’s participation at the Games.

    “I am quite elated with the sterling performances of the Nigerian athletes at the Commonwealth Games,” Okowa said.

    He said that the athletes victoriously transited, with the winning spirit, from the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

    Okowa commended the athletes for their patriotism, determination and hard work which propelled them to the superb outing at the Games, etching Nigeria high in the world’s psyche in spite of challenges back home.

    “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate these great compatriots for making our country proud.

    “And I again, urge every Nigerian to imbibe this winning spirit and attitude in every facet of our livelihood to make Nigeria attain the greatness God had programmed it for, given its endowment in human and natural resources.

    “It is only such conquering mentality and patriotic heroism that can engender the much-needed change for a better nation that Nigerians earnestly yearn for.

    “Once more, congratulations to Team Nigeria and all participating athletes and coaches for this great honour,” he said.


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  •  Oil theft Okowa seeks surveillance contract review on facilities
    Oil theft: Okowa seeks surveillance contract review on facilities
     Oil theft Okowa seeks surveillance contract review on facilities
    Oil theft: Okowa seeks surveillance contract review on facilities
    General news1 week ago

    Oil theft: Okowa seeks surveillance contract review on facilities

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has advocated a review of surveillance contracts on oil facilities to involve host communities in order to check the high rate of oil theft in the country. 

    Okowa  made the call when he received a Federal Government delegation on anti-il theft led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Monday in Asaba.

    He said that reviewing oil surveillance contracts based on performance of the contractors and engagement of host communities would ensure effectiveness in securing the nation’s oil and gas assets.

    Okowa said that the challenge of oil-theft was huge, given the level it had assumed, but expressed happiness with steps taken by the authorities to curb the menace.

    “I am glad that we are discussing this hydra-headed issue which impacts directly on our economy and the environment.

    “It impacts on the health of the people and sustainability of the environment and I am glad that we are taking some steps because there are so many issues that led us to this.

    “We went through situations where gaps where created between host communities and oil companies, and unfortunately criminality set in.

    “It has gone so bad but we are doing our best as a state.

    I am also glad with this collaboration,’’ he said.

    The governor said it was pertinence of a review of surveillance contracts of the oil facilities to ensure community involvement.

    Okowa said that it was often difficult to secure the facilities, especially when the persons given the contracts did not have adequate information on the environment or not have the buy-in of host communities.

    “We know that the impact of the nefarious activities on the health of the people cannot be immediately ascertained and this collaboration is, therefore, very imperative.

    “Any measure that will deliberately reduce the level of oil thefts is definitely worth supporting, and as a state government, we pledge our continued support.

    “Why investment of the communities is needed is because there are some parts of the creeks that cannot be accessed by the surveillance contractor.

    “The surveillance contracts should be tied to performance such that when there are oil thefts, you terminate the contract and it is always good that communities are involved because they know the environment better,” he said.

    He, however, flayed the oil companies for not keeping faith with their Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs), thereby making the stakeholders to lose confidence in the system.

    Okowa said that when oil companies failed to sign or implement MOUs, “it becomes very difficult for the state government to mediate when there are issues.

    “The security agencies must heighten their operations and they need to be resourced to enable them to also increase their level of surveillance and for this to succeed, there must be sincerity on the part of all stakeholders.

    ”Earlier, Sylva said that the team was in Asaba to seek the support and buy-in of the state government on measures to be adopted to check oil-theft.

    He said that oil theft had become a national emergency, especially as the nation had not been able to meet its OPEC production quota.

    “As a country we cannot sustain this kind of theft perpetually.

    “Our production has dropped drastically to very unsustainable levels; so, we have decided to take the bull by the horn by putting some structures in place.

    ”Those structures cannot function effectively without the collaboration of the state government,” he said.

    Also, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, who is coordinating the security intervention against oil theft, disclosed that in the last five months security agencies had been dealing with issues of illegal refineries and oil bunkering across the Niger Delta.

    He also advocated for the engagement of indigenes and host communities in the fight against the criminal activity.

    On his part, Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, Malam Mele Kyari, said that Nigeria was currently losing about two billion dollars monthly to the activities of oil vandals, with its attendant effect on environmental degradation.

    “As a country, we hardly meet our OPEC production quantum of 1.99 million barrels per day with our current production level of 1.4 million barrels per day which is currently being threatened by the activities of these economic saboteurs.

    “This has done extensive damage to the environment and losing 1.9 billion dollars every month is colossal, considering the nature of the global economy at the moment,’’ he said.

    Kyari reinstated that the team needed the support and buy-in of Delta Government “because stopping this oil theft requires the concerted efforts of the Federal, State Governments, oil companies and security agencies”.

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  •  Environmental experts decry lack of data on waste generation
    Environmental experts decry lack of data on waste generation
     Environmental experts decry lack of data on waste generation
    Environmental experts decry lack of data on waste generation
    General news1 week ago

    Environmental experts decry lack of data on waste generation

    Environmental experts decry lack of data on waste generation Environmental experts decry lack of data on waste generation Data By Mercy Obojeghren Asaba, Aug. 8, 2922 Some experts in environmental protection and management have expressed worry over the lack of data on individual and household waste generation in the country.

    The experts spoke at a one-day sensitisation workshop on environmental protection organised on Monday in Asaba for Health, Safety and Environment Officers from selected institutions and companies in Delta.

    They said that adequate data would help to provide relevant information to mitigate the effects of pollution and other harmful practices to the environment.

    In a keynote address, the Guest Speaker, Dr Ijeoma Owamah, said the absence of data on waste generation posed a major hindrance to having a proper waste management system.

    Owamah, who is a Director, Academic Planning, Delta State University, Abraka, said: “In most states in Nigeria, we have not started managing solid wastes.

    “What we do is that we gather solid wastes from the domain of the rich and then take them to the domain of the poor.

    ” In a remark, an Environmental Management Consultant, Prof. Arthur Essaghah, identified occupational safety and environmental health training as some measures to address the impact of industrial pollution to the environment.

    Also, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Godspower Asiuwhu, said that the State Government was committed to supporting businesses in the state.

    He urged companies and institutions to establish environment and health safety departments in their organisations.

    “Training will give you the modern technique, the knowledge of what is happening, particularly the environment we operate as a company,” Asiuwhu said.

    Also, the General Manager, Delta State Environmental Protection Agency (DELSEPA), Mr Victor Okolie, said that the workshop was organised to sensitise the participants on emerging environmental issues in the era of the coronavirus pandemic.

    He described the workshop, with the theme: ”Environmental Protection and Public Health”, as apt.

    Okolie said that the programme was necessary in the effort to avoid environmental polution with its attendant health hazards.

    The workshop was attended by DELSEPA officers and civil society partners, including representatives of the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency, amongst others.

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  •  Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan
    Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan
     Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan
    Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan
    General news1 week ago

    Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan

    No fewer than 312 Christian pilgrims from Delta were on Monday transported to the Holy land, Jordan in Israel through the Port Harcourt International Airport.

    The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev.  Yakubu Pam, at the departure briefing in Asaba, warned the intending pilgrims against absconding.

    The NCPC boss, represented by the Director of Mobilization, Mr Chris Udegbunam, lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his consistency in the sponsorship of Christians in the state on pilgrimage.

    Pam congratulated the intending pilgrims for their level of preparedness both spiritually and physically to embark on the journey of faith.

    According to him, ”it is the policy of the commission to achieve zero absconding of pilgrims in the Holy land.

    ”He, therefore enjoined not to abscond, adding, ”he commission frowns seriously at it and would do everything humanly possible to discourage it.

    ” Okowa, represented by the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Johnbull Edema, urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and not bring disrepute to the state government.

    He said that as pilgrims they need to conduct themselves in a manner befitting and worthy of Christians.

    Okowa said  that the exercise would offer opportunity for the pilgrims to visit historical biblical sites they read in the Bible and to draw them closer to God. He urged them to pray and seek the face of God for the peace, unity and development of the state and county particularly as the nation gradually approaches the 2023 General Elections.

    In his remarks, the Chairman, Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Most Rev. Cyril Odutemu, admonished the intending pilgrims to conduct themselves decently while in the Holy land.

    He warned them against unruly behavior in the Holy land and advised them not to do anything that would undermine the security of the host country.

    Also, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Apostle Samuel Okoh, charged the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria.

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  •  NDLEA nabs 90 year old bandits drug supplier others at Lagos airport
    NDLEA nabs 90-year-old bandits’ drug supplier, others at Lagos airport
     NDLEA nabs 90 year old bandits drug supplier others at Lagos airport
    NDLEA nabs 90-year-old bandits’ drug supplier, others at Lagos airport
    Defence/Security1 week ago

    NDLEA nabs 90-year-old bandits’ drug supplier, others at Lagos airport

    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu, in Mailalle, Sabon Birni, in Sokoto for supplying bandits illicit drugs.

    The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    Babafemi said that the suspect, who was arrested on Aug. 3,  was caught with 5.1kg cannabis sativa, at the time of his arrest.

    He also said that a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia Local Government Area (LGA), Edo State,  and resident in Italy; Solo Osamede, had been arrested for drug trafficking.

    Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

    He said that the suspect was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion, while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy, via Istanbul, Turkey on July 30. “The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Aug. 1,” he said.

    In the same vein, a female passenger, Jatau Lami, was arrested at the Lagos Airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg.

    Babafemi said that the consignment was concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey, via a Turkish Airline flight on July 31. He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, a mother of three, hailed from Zango Kataf Local Government Area  (LGA), Kaduna State, and lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her family.

    “She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5 million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June,” he said.

    Babafemi said that the NDLEA operatives have also thwarted an attempts by some freight agents at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport,  to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE, on Aug. 4. He said that a follow-up operation led to an arrest of two persons, Oladipupo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus, while two others were still at large.

    “In Zamfara, NDLEA operatives on Aug. 4 intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo state, enroute Sokoto, with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer, Umaru Attahiru.

    “In Kogi, 14 sacks containing 1,376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190.4kg were seized along Okene-Abuja highway on Aug. 3. “The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra and heading to Abuja.

    Follow-up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius,” he said.

    Babafemi said that four suspects, Sulaiman Rabi’u; Sanusi Sha’aibu; Ma’aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor, were also arrested in Zaria, Tafa and Romi, Kaduna.

    He said that they were arrested with 106, 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, Diazepam, Exol-5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup.

    “In Enugu, 143.5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked-up stores in new market area of the state capital on Aug. 6. “In Delta, a suspect, Ike Okparachi, 42, was arrested at Abraka Junction, Asaba, with 10,550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg; Swinol; Rohypnol; and 3,105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly,” he said.

    Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman,  Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kogi, Delta, Enugu, and Kaduna Commands for their feats.

    He said Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.

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  •  Gov Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity nation s recovery
    Gov. Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity, nation’s recovery
     Gov Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity nation s recovery
    Gov. Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity, nation’s recovery
    General news2 weeks ago

    Gov. Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity, nation’s recovery

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Christians to pray for unity and recovery of the country.

    Okowa made the call when he received leaders of South-South Zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Archbishop Israel Ege in Asaba on FridayHe advised Christians not to allow political intrigues to pollute the Church and divide it.

    He said that the time had come for Christians to go on their kneels and seek divine direction in the choice of the nation’s leaders that would emerge in 2023 rather than succumb to distraction by politicians.

    ”It is my prayer that the Church will continue to lead us in prayers and we need to be a little cautious as a Church.

    “I am saying this because from the conversations I am beginning to hear, I want to be sure that the Church will not because of politics divide itself.

    “The Church in itself must be very prayerful that the will of God be done in 2023. We may have our individual preferences but we must be cautious about the unity of the Church.

    “Although, we are traumatised as Christians but we must be careful not to, because of that trauma, take decisions that may not actually be the will of God,” he said.

    The governor attributed the successes of his administration to grace of God and pledged to continue to synergise with the Church in piloting the affairs of the state and in his future endeavours.

    He called for constitutional review to pave the way for devolution of powers, especially giving more authority to states to establish their own police outfit as a way to tackle insecurity, noting that the nation was in perilous times.

    The governor stressed that it was time for the re-building of the nation by giving all segment of the society a sense of belonging in the scheme of things.

    He frowned at the continuous stay of tertiary institutions’ students at home due to strike by teachers and other workers.

    He said that drastic steps should be taken to pull the nation out of economic quagmire, worsening insecurity and other heinous crimes taking place in all geopolitical zones.

    “There is no doubt that we are very challenged as a nation and it appears that all hope is lost, particularly to the younger ones.

    But I am one person that believes that all hope is not lost.

    “Whatever thing that we have seen in the last seven years, I believe that God has allowed it for a purpose.

    I believe that there are lessons to be learnt.

    “As at today, there is so much insecurity;  Most Nigerians don’t even know how huge these challenges are.

    “With the things going on now in the education sector, it’s not what anyone will wish for.

    We need to be very prayerful.

    “The Church must stay very prayerful and it’s a time for us as a nation to unite and find peace,” he said.

    Okowa further said there was need to expand constitution of the security agencies.

    “My principal, the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has always said that it’s not possible to police this nation with the Federal Government police only.

    “It is not because of the situation of today but because of the peculiarities of this nation.

    We need to devolve power and resources to the states to ensure that they can run their own police force,” he said.

    Earlier, the Archbishop said that they were in Asaba to thank the governor for his support for Christians in the state and the South South and assured him of their support at all times.

    Ege congratulated Okowa on his emergence as PDP’s vice presidential candidate and for his transformation agenda in Delta.

    He urged the governor to remain a good ambassador of the church in his political career.

    The cleric said that Satan was at war with the Church, using Boko Haram to kidnap and kill Christians as well as persecute believers.

    He called on Christians to redouble prayers for the nation.

    Highpoint of the event was the special prayer for Okowa, his family, state and the nation.

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