2023: INEC begins preliminary display of voters’ register in Cross River The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun display of preliminary voters’ register in Cross River, following the just-suspended Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new register was displayed at the commission’s office in Calabar and its area offices across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
Mrs Tonia Nwobi, INEC’s spokesperson in the state, said the display will end on Aug. 22. “The public is to scrutinise the register with a view to making claims on or raise objections against the inclusion of registrants,” she said.
The register showed names and particulars of candidates and ther political parties.
as part of preparation for the 2023 general elections, For the 25 vacant seats in the Cross River State House of Assembly, a total of 187 candidates from 12 political parties are contesting to fill the seats.
NAN reports that 11 political parties fielded 69 and 28 candidates for the eight House of Representatives seats and three senatorial seats respectively.
The Rule of Law Advocacy and Accountability Centre (RULAAC), a Civil Society Organisation(CSO), has commended the Inspector-General of Police, (I-GP) Usman Baba and the Nigeria Police Force for punishing some of its officers for misconduct.
The Executive Director of RULAAC, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, gave the commendation on Saturday in a statement in Lagos.
Nwanguma noted that the I-GP’s tough position on some police officers engaged in acts that had brought the image of the Force in to disrepute, and deepened the negative perception of the police was commendable.
He pointed out that the NPF’s prioritising discipline and accountability was a reassurance to the members of the public that it would not condone wrongdoings by its men and officers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 12 policemen had been dismissed in the last five months for various misconducts such as: assault, extortion, viewing people’s mobile phone, and plotting police strike.
NAN reports that on Aug. 12, the Force spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced the dismissal of Cpl Opeyemi Kadiri for searching a commuter’s phone by the roadside contrary to the directives of I-GP Usman Baba. Adejobi said that Kadiri, with Force No. 509745, attached to the Dolphin Divisional Headquarters of the Lagos Police Command was captured on Aug.3, following a video on his activity that went viral.
The police image maker also announced the dismissal of another officer who was caught in a video assaulting a man with a machete in the Ekori Community area of Cross River.
Adejobi said that the officer, Cpl Liyomo Okoi, a Police Constable, with NPF No. 524503, was dismissed after facing an Orderly Room Trial in which he was said to have been found guilty of the offence.
He said that his dismissal had taken effect since Aug. 8, 2022. NAN also reports that in April, following the aborted strike action planned by some policemen in the country over poor salary structure, nine police officers were dismissed on the orders of the I-GP.
According to a signal issued by the CP in charge of Police Provost, the officers involved are two inspectors, five sergeants and two constables.
Nwanguma, however, said that the group would continue to point out the shortcomings of the police in terms of conduct and performance, stressing that they would equally acknowledge and commend them when they do good things as they witnessed in recent times He said that the annual budgetary allocations to the NPF were not enough to meet the needs of one zonal command, hence, the poor performance being recorded by the force in some cases.
He also added that funds appropriated or donated to the Police Trust Fund to augment poor budgetary allocations, provide equipment, training and retraining and boost the welfare and morale of officers were not being released to them as expected.
Nwanguma called for the continuous support for the NPF, while charging them to be alive to their responsibility of protecting lives and properties of the citizenry.
Commander Felicity Uchime, the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Akpabuyo, Cross River, has charged graduating students of the school to shun cultism, examination malpractice and vices.
Uchime gave the charge on Saturday during the graduation ceremony of 195 students of the 20212022 set.
She urged the students to see their graduation from the school as a ladder to climb to higher grounds.
She said that the graduation signified the hard work, determination and resilient of the students.
“As you graduate today, I want to advise you all to stay away from cultism, examination malpractice and vices.
“The Nigerian Navy School has imbibed sound character and discipline in all of you, hence we expect you to be worthy ambassadors of this great school, ” she said.
According to her, the school is poised for academic excellence and quality education, adding that the school had imbibed sound character and discipline in the students.
“Your parents have dedicated financial resources to see you through school; you must not disappoint their trust in you.
I want to wish all of you the best in your future endeavours,” she said.
Speaking, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu, congratulated the students for the successful completion of their secondary school education.
Dewu, who was represented by Capt. Dauda Isa, said that their graduation reflected the training and quality of education the students had received in the last six years.
“With the quality of teaching we have in this school, I have no doubt that you all have the requisite credentials to excel in your future endeavours.
“We are going to do our best to upgrade the facilities in this school with a view to meeting the expectations of students and parents,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Master Divine Akpan was awarded the best performing student of the school in the just released released by the West African Examinations Council.
The school also presented other certificates and awards to deserving graduating students.
The Ikom Calabar Federal High Way has been overtaken by flood, as motorists and road users were trapped in Okuni community after a heavy downpour in the early hours of Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the flood was as a result of overflow of water from the Ikom River along the road linking from Calabar to the Mfum border of Cameroon.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists, a motorist, Mr Johnson Ada, said his vehicle broke down and his passengers were forced to walk through the water which is almost at knee level.
According to him, anytime the river is full during heavy rains, it overflows to the road.
“It has always been like this anytime we are in the raining season, my vehicle has broken down and the passengers have to join another vehicle to Ikom, it is a huge loss to me.
”Government should do something about this road, we can’t continue like this,” he said.
Confirming the disaster, Mr Abdullahi Hassan, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Cross River, said that at the moment they are contacting sister agencies to see what they can do to rescue the situation.
He added that “I have called the Ikom, Sector Commander to go and do thorough assessment of the flooded road axis.
”NAN reports that the water is currently rising above 3 feet high over the federal road, and almost 300 yards long from the River Bank.NAN also reports that there has been torrential rainfall in many parts of Cross River in the last 48 hours, especially in Calabar.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.
Mr Robert Obi, Cross River Chairman, IPMAN, made the threat on Friday in Calabar in an interview with newsmen.
Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.
He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
He said that if the police arrest its leaders in the zone it would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.
Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation, in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN and his depots and units chairmen.
Obi frowned at the alleged illegal moves by the police authorities and some he described as “disgruntled elements” to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.
“Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and allegedly hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.
“IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association.
“We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN reports that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.
The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.
The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.
Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.
Earlier, the Cross River Command of the Nigeria Police has said it is not in position to react to the allegation.
A 19-year-old lady, Stella Ndoma, has appealed to the police to find the killers of her father, Chief Mbayin Ndoma, and bring them to book.
Stella made the appeal on Friday in Calabar while speaking with newsmen.
Assailants murdered Chief Ndoma on Aug. 3 at his hometown, Orimekpang, in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the time of his murder, Ndoma was the traditional ruler of Orimekpang.
The daughter alleged that her father’s killers were some youths suspected to be cultists that he sent on exile from the community.
“I am shocked when I learnt that my father who was a traditional ruler in Orimekpang community was shot dead by hoodlums.
“Not even a single person has been arrested in connection with his murder,’’ she lamented.
Narrating how her father was killed, Stella said Chief Ndoma got a phone call at 12:20a.
m. from an unknown caller who asked him to leave the community immediately, claiming that some assassins were coming after him.
She said immediately her father left the house, the assassins stormed his residence and harassed his wife, demanding to know his whereabouts.
“My stepmother responded that her husband was not at home.
They spent some time in our house waiting for the traditional ruler to return.
“At about 6a.
m., my father emerged from the community secondary school where he hid, but the assailants dragged him back to the school,’’ she said.
She added that it was the sound of gunshots that made her stepmother to raise alarm that her husband was yet to return home after leaving following the phone call he received.
She said that youths and community vigilantes mobilised and went to the secondary school only to find the corpse of the traditional ruler there.
“His assailants left a note on the corpse with the inscription: “this is the beginning of war between the community and us.
Any man who squeezes bitter leaf, his hands will be bitter,’’, she said.
She added that another note read: “anyone who intends to dare us, should wait for his turn.
’’ Police spokesperson in Cross River, SP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident and said investigation into the matter had started.
“Police is already liaising with leaders of the community to find a way forward on how to apprehend the killers of the traditional ruler,’’ she said.
Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has called on the Federal Government to make merit and competence the yardsticks for the recruitment of next Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF).
Mr Ogakwu Dominic, President, CSGGG, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, also called on the government to fill the office based on the principles of Accountability, Integrity and Transparency (AIT).
Dominic said that it was imperative for the CSO to send the message to underscore its interest in the unfolding drama surrounding the vacancy in the Office of the AGF.
He said the screening process should be merit-based, focus on credentials, work experience, competence, capacity and character viz-a-viz the principles of accountability and integrity.
He said, “From the very beginning, we have written to President Buhari Muhammadu and all relevant stakeholders in and out of government, stating that the civil society’s position on this matter .
“At the end, five out of the most qualified candidates should emerge, one out of which can then be appointed as Accountant General of the Federation.
“The crux of the matter is that we want the screening process to de-emphasise the obsolete use of examination as the major determinant for recruiting the AGF given the pivotal and influential functions of the office on our national economy.
“It is now visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that examination is not the true test of knowledge ,a cursory look at some public stewards in offices today lends credence to this fact.
’’ Dominic said that the process of selecting permanent secretaries buttresses his point.
He recalled that Bauchi, Cross River and Taraba, three out of the six states which sat for the last PS examination still did not have any representing them.
He said they were being short-changed because the candidates representing these states were not favourably disposed during the examination process conducted for the examnation.
“The above scenario is a graphic illustration of how this examination-centred system disenfranchises and deprives Nigerians of their rights of participation in the democratic process.
“This further underscores the fact that examination should not be the litmus test for career preparedness,‘’ he added.
Dominic said that on the contrary, ability and capacity to deliver on the job should be the yardstick for selecting public stewards and as such, personality and leadership qualities must be factored in.
He said the country is in a state of financial disaster and only a Nigerian with a proven track records in revenue generation, expertise in financial management, alongside a vast experience in people management could rescue it from total implosion.
He said the next AGF should be someone who could diplomatically facilitate a healthy synergy among the three arms of government, catalyse a robust and cost-effective inter-agency cooperation in order to lower the cost of governance.
He added that the person should be able to work harmoniously and seamlessly with his or her principal the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
This, he said would allow for the smooth implementation of government financial implementation framework 2022 – 2025, vis-à-vis the monetary and fiscal policy of
Mr Signor Idiege, the Cross River Commissioner for Youths Development and Skills Acquisition, has advised youths in the state to shun vices because they are positive change makers.
Idiege said this while fielding questions from newsmen in commemoration of the International Youth Day (IYD) 2022 in Calabar on Friday.
IYD is an awareness day designated by the UN to draw attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth.
The theme for the 2022 celebration is “International Solidarity: Creating a World for all Age”.
He urged the youth to disallow a few mischief makers from using them as crises peddlers, saying that ”they are the future of the state and indeed the nation”.
“Governance of the state will soonest be your responsibility and so, you ought to be prepared for it.
“While the 2023 general elections draw closer, I will advise you as youths to distinguish yourselves as agents of positive change and as those who have recognised the importance of youthfulness in development of the society.
“I appeal to you to shun all forms of thuggery and vices.
Pursue your dreams with all diligence and you will see yourselves soaring in success,” he said.
Idiege wished the youth a successful celebration and urged them to carry out every activity with decorum and respectability.
Deputy Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly, Joseph Bassey, has urged youths in the country to be innovative and industrious in actualising their set goals.
He made the call in a statement made available in Calabar on Friday on the the occasion of the 2022 International Youth Day celebration.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that International Youth Day is annually celebrated on Aug. 12 around the globe to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youths as partners in today’s global society.
The theme for the 2022 celebration is “Intergenerational Solidarity; Creating a World for All Ages” to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The speaker, who said that the International Youth Day is a day set aside to celebrate youths, added that it would also reaffirm global commitment toward finding solutions to their challenges.
According to him, the youth population in the country is massive, hence the need for them to explore ways and be innovative.
He noted that there was need for leaders to collaborate and foster successful and intergenerational relations and partnerships with youths to ensure no one is left behind.
He added that “today, I wish to felicitate heartily with the young people around the world, particularly youths of my immediate federal constituency on the 2022 occasion of the International Youth Day. “The theme is to achieve the sustainable Developmental Goals and leverage on full potential of all generations.
“Solidarity across generations is the key for sustainable development.
“Youth involvement has moved forward tremendously and it’s no longer seen as a rebellious act, the way it was few decades ago.
” The deputy speaker said that the younger generation had realised that they are ready to positively explore their full potential on the political, economic and environmental challenges.
He added that “as a fellow youth, one of my priorities is the inclusion of youths in governance, where their potential would be seen in political, economic and entrepreneurial activities.
“As we mark this special day, I look forward to partnering with youth groups and associations on how we can advance the youth agenda together to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
“The youths are `change makers’ and their contributions are essential toward the growth and development of this country.
The dismissal of an assaulting police constable from the Cross River Police Command was to serve as deterrent to errant others.
The assertion was made in Calabar on Friday by police spokesperson in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo. The Nigeria Police Force had earlier dismissed one PC Okoi Liyomo with Force No. 524503 who was caught on camera beating a man with a machete at Ekori in Cross River.
DSP Ugbo told newsmen on Friday in Calabar that police operatives who went beyond their brief of protecting lives and property would have themselves to blame.
“What just happened was a clear indication that we are ready to punish errant officers regardless of who brought them into the police force.
“Such disciplinary measures will continue within the force.
I urge police officers to discharge their duties in consideration of the oath they took to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians,’’ she said.