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  •  Insecurity Ekiti LG boss urges residents to be security conscious
    Insecurity: Ekiti LG boss urges residents to be security conscious
     Insecurity Ekiti LG boss urges residents to be security conscious
    Insecurity: Ekiti LG boss urges residents to be security conscious
    Community1 day ago

    Insecurity: Ekiti LG boss urges residents to be security conscious

    Insecurity: Ekiti LG boss urges residents to be security consciousInsecurity: Ekiti LG boss urges residents to be security conscious
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  •  Archbishop urges youths to shun violence use vote wisely
    Archbishop urges youths to shun violence, use vote wisely
     Archbishop urges youths to shun violence use vote wisely
    Archbishop urges youths to shun violence, use vote wisely
    General news4 days ago

    Archbishop urges youths to shun violence, use vote wisely

    Most Rev. Alfred Martins, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, has called on youths to utilise the power of casting a vote to bring in a leader of their choice come 2023. The prelate made the call at the ongoing National Youth Day Congress organised by the Catholic Bishop Congress of Nigeria(CBCN), at SS Peter and Paul Major Seminary in Bodija, Ibadan.

    Martins said the power of casting a vote was the ultimate rather than resort to violence during and after any election.

    Martins, who was represented by the CBCN Chairman, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, Archbishop of Owerri, decried the high rate of insecurity in the country and urged the government at all levels to check the trend.

    Martins urged the youth to avoid temptations that their votes would not count as there were indications that it would due the results of Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.

    He encouraged everyone to collect their Permanent Voter’s Card and use it to vote wisely as it was the only way to help in the development of the country.

    Martins also called for more prayers and devotions to the teachings of our Creator to end the killings and change the fortune  of the country.

    Martins said the ongoing congress, which had high attendance of Catholic youths, priests and Bishops across the country, was a sign that the youth recognised the role of God in their lives.

    He enjoined them to use their youthful days in the service of God and the country positively.


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  •  Cargo airport will showcase Ekiti to the world House of Assembly
    Cargo airport will showcase Ekiti to the world – House of Assembly
     Cargo airport will showcase Ekiti to the world House of Assembly
    Cargo airport will showcase Ekiti to the world – House of Assembly
    General news4 days ago

    Cargo airport will showcase Ekiti to the world – House of Assembly

    The cargo airport being constructed by Ekiti government will showcase the state to the world, Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transportation, Mr Hakeem Jamiu, has said.

    He said on Friday in Ado-Ekiti during an oversight visit to the project by members of the committee that the airport is a legacy project.

    He noted that the runway was ready and construction of the terminal building and aprons were going on at a fast pace.

    Jamiu, also the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, expressed optimism that the airport would be ready soon.

    He said the airport would rate as the eighth wonder of the world upon completion, notwithstanding the state’s funding challenges.

    He expressed the assembly’s satisfaction with the quality of work done at the site so far.

    Jamiu reiterated the assembly’s support at ensuring that the project is completed on time, explaining that its multiplier effect on Ekiti economy would begin to show when fully operational.

    The Project Coordinator, Chief Bunmi Awotiku, told the committee that airport would compete with any airport in the world upon completion.

    Awotiku expressed joy at the level of work done so far, saying the runway was ready for aircraft landing.

    He also assured the people of the state of quality delivery as competent engineers from the Federal Ministry of Works and other professional bodies were supervising the project.


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  •  COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
     COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    General news4 days ago

    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases

    Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between Aug. 6 and Aug.11, 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday.

    It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos state recorded 101. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August.

    It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug. 1; and 412 infections reported between Aug. 2 and Aug. 5. The NCDC said that the 517 cases, which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have raised the total number of infections to 262,402. According to it, the FCT has 13 cases of the virus, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases.

    Others include Oyo- five, Abia- three, Kwara- two, Nasarawa -two and Plateau- two while five states – Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto reported zero cases.

    The agency, however, said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256,006. It said that the death toll from the COVID-19 disease in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.

    The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3. It added that the states of  Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto recorded zeros case.

    It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages.

    “Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” it said.

    NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than  28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated.

    The NPHCDA said that about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.

    Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination.

    The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South-East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance, having reached 17 per cent coverage. 

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  •  Fayemi seeks better welfare for police personnel
    Fayemi seeks better welfare for police personnel
     Fayemi seeks better welfare for police personnel
    Fayemi seeks better welfare for police personnel
    General news5 days ago

    Fayemi seeks better welfare for police personnel

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, has advocated better welfare package for the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to motivate them for quality service delivery.

    Fayemi, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Bisi Egbeyemi, made the call when he received executive members of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund on a courtesy visit in on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti.

    He said the welfare of officers and men of the Nigeria Police should be accorded priority because of their importance in maintaining security of lives and property.

    The governor identified areas that the Police need motivation to include better salary and allowances, training, housing scheme and insurance.

    He also said that they need state-of-the-art equipment to tackle insecurity and all forms of crimes and criminality across the country.

    Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said efforts should be made by stakeholders to support the Police to function optimally.

    He said: “We appreciate the laudable roles of the Police Trust Fund and we will support it in giving welfare to the personnel.

    ”We are going to look into you demands because we recognize the importance of the Police.

    ”The governor assured that his administration would continue to support the state police command within the limited resources  of the state government.

    He commended the Police for displaying high level of professionalism and efficiency during the June 18 governorship election in the state.

    Fayemi charged corporate organisations to support the Police Trust Fund to deliver on its mandate to assist the Police in the areas of better welfare, training and retooling.

    Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and member, Board of Trustees, Police Trust Fund, Dr Mike Adebiyi commended the Ekiti Government for its sustained support to the Police.

    Adebiyi disclosed that the Police Trust Fund was established by President Muhammadu Buhari, to mobilise funds in order to improve the funding of the Police.

    He said that the board deemed it fit to go to the field to see the challenges being faced by the personnel and to explore ways to ameliorate the situation.

    Adebiyi thanked the Fayemi-led administration for its support to the police and described the security situation in the state as commendable.

    He, therefore, urged  Fayemi to use his position as the NGF Chairman to assist the Police Trust Fund to access its funds held up by legal issues to assist the Force to achieve its mandate.

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  •  Gunmen kill motorcyclist in Ekiti
    Gunmen kill motorcyclist in Ekiti
     Gunmen kill motorcyclist in Ekiti
    Gunmen kill motorcyclist in Ekiti
    General news5 days ago

    Gunmen kill motorcyclist in Ekiti

    A commercial motorcyclist, Mr Abejide Ojo, was on Thursday shot dead by gunmen along Ilemeso-Isan- Ekiti road in Ekiti.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an eye witness who knew the identity of the victim said he was 35 years old.

    The witness narrated how Ojo conveyed a passenger from Isan-Ekiti to Ilemeso- Ekiti and on his way back to Isan-Ekiti, he met some gunmen who requested that he should carry them to a forest.

    He was said to have declined their request which led to dragging of his motorcycle with the gunmen, which later led to his escape from the scene before he was chased and shot severally.

    The witness said the victim managed to take the gunshot wounds to Isan Ekiti where he explained what transpired between him and the gunmen to the residents.

    Some residents confirmed to have seen him in blood strained clothes before he gave up the ghost.

    Reacting to the development, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ekiti Command, DSP Sunday Abutu, promised to brief journalists as soon as he gets comprehensive details.

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  •  FG to add 204MW of electricity to Ekiti
    FG to add 204MW  of electricity to Ekiti
     FG to add 204MW of electricity to Ekiti
    FG to add 204MW  of electricity to Ekiti
    Economy6 days ago

    FG to add 204MW  of electricity to Ekiti

    The Federal Government says plans are underway to add 204 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity  to boost power supply in Ekiti state.

    The Minister of Power, Mr  Abubakar  Aliyu, said this in a a statement by General Manager, Public Affairs, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mrs Ndidi Mbah, on Wednesday, in Abuja.

    Abubakar said the Federal Government had begun the construction of a 132 kilovolts transmission line and a 2 by 60 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) transmission substation and a switching station in the state to raise the capacity by 204 megawattsThe minister, who was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony in Ado Ekiti, said that the project consisted of a 50 km stretch of 132kV transmission line from Ikere (Ado Ekiti) with a turn in – turn out at Ijesa Isu that terminates at Ilupeju Ekiti.

    Aliyu,  represented by the Managing Director of  TCN, Mr Sule  Abdulaziz, said the project also had a 2X60MVA, 13233kV transmission substation with four line bays at Ijesa Isu Ekiti with a switching station at Ikere (Ado Ekiti).

    ”For TCN, this is a very strategic project and we believe it will have  massive impact on bulk power transmission in Ekiti and environs.

    “The project is part of the many projects being undertaken by the Transmission Company of Nigeria in pursuit of its grid expansion programme.

    ”Which is in line with Mr. President’s mandate for the expansion of the power sector for sustainable development,” he said.

    The minister said that in various transmission regions, nationwide, TCN is equally executing substations and lines projects which are all at various stages of execution.

    ”’These are  clear indications that the Federal Government is not relenting in its determination to ensure that the nation’s power sector receives the desired boost.

    “For the residents of Ekiti State and its environs, the additional 204MW capacity to the grid means that more bulk supply will be readily available for offtake by Benin DisCo for its customers in Ekiti and environs,” he noted.

    ”The substations’ project  will also take care of suppressed load in this axis and relieve the Ado-Ekiti substation which has been overburdened to ensure a more reliable electricity supply to the people of Ekiti,” he said.

    Aliyu  called on Ekiti residents to support government efforts against vandalism of power facilities.

    “We must demonstrate our collective responsibility towards preserving the nation’s power equipment in and around our communities.

    ”So that the government can concentrate on its grid expansion initiative instead of wasting funds replacing vandalized power infrastructure,” he said.

    In his remarks, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti said the state received only 26MW of electricity from the national grid.

    Fayemi represented by his Deputy, Mr Bisi Egbeyemi, said the  level of electricity supply was worrisome and grossly inadequate going by the energy need of the  population of the state which was estimated at 150 megawatts in 2014.”Beyond this intolerable level, the quality of the electricity supply is grossly below standard due to non-availability of adequate 13233KV transmission line.

    ”And the associated equipment that can help improve the quality of power to be delivered to our people, especially those in the Interior and the rural areas,” he said.

    According to him, although, the project is by the Federal Government, when completed, it would  complement the plan of  the state government at improving the quality of energy supply to the 16 local government areas of the state.


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  •  Man unlawfully in army uniform in court in Ekiti
    Man unlawfully in army uniform in court in Ekiti
     Man unlawfully in army uniform in court in Ekiti
    Man unlawfully in army uniform in court in Ekiti
    General news6 days ago

    Man unlawfully in army uniform in court in Ekiti

    A 20-year-old man, Gbenga Odunayo, on Wednesday appeared before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court charged with unlawfully wearing the uniform of the Nigerian Army. Odunayo, whose address was not provided in the charge sheet, is standing trial on a two-count charge of impersonation and unlawful possession of a military uniform to which he pleaded not guilty.

    The Prosecutor, Sgt. Alice Ojo told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Aug. 8 at 10:00 a.

    m., at Odo-Ado Area in Ado-Ekiti.

    Ojo said that the defendant allegedly represented himself to be a soldier in the Nigerian Army. The prosecutor said that the defendant at the point of his arrest was wearing the uniform of the Nigerian army.

    She contended that the offences, allegedly committed, contravened Sections 91(b) and 92(i) (a) of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State, 2021. The prosecutor further prayed the court to grant an adjournment to enable her to study the case file and present her witnesses.

    Counsel to the defendant, Mr Sunday Balogun, however urged the court to grant his client bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mr Michael Faola, granted the defendant n100,000 bail and  surety in like sum.

    He adjourned the case until Sept. 27 for hearing.

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  •  I G pledges effective management of security during 2023 elections
    I-G pledges effective management of security during 2023 elections
     I G pledges effective management of security during 2023 elections
    I-G pledges effective management of security during 2023 elections
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    I-G pledges effective management of security during 2023 elections

    The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Usman Baba, has assured Nigerians that the police would provide effective security during the 2023 general elections.

    Baba also assured that the police would manage any security challenge that may come up before, during and after the election.

    The I-G gave the assurance on Wednesday in Kano at the opening of a workshop on election security management for police officers in the North-West zone.

    The workshop, organised by the Police and Solar Security and Consult Company Limited, has the theme: “The 2023 General Elections: Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secure and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria”.

    The I-G was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Mr Sadiq Bello.

    He said that the participants would be trained on various techniques of managing security challenges during elections.

    “We are preparing the minds of the police officers to be ready in confronting security challenges that might come up, so as to ensure a successful election.

    “There are a lot of expectations on the police and other security agencies as the election is by the corner.

    “Performance of the police has improved, you will believe me that based on the recent election conducted in Ekiti state, there is hope for the country,” he said.

    Also speaking, a former I-G, Mr Solomon Arase, expressed confidence that the election would hold in spite of the current security challenges in the country.

    “That is why the I-G’s initiatives should be commended.

    One aspect we are very concerned about is the new Electoral Act, 2022.“We believe that our officers should be conversant with the provisions of these laws, and most importantly, on the issue of inter-agency collaboration.

    “It is true that the police is the lead agency, but we work in cooperation with other security agencies, we want to develop a templates, where our working arrangement will be seamless,” he said.

    He said that the participants were expected to step down the training to police officers and men in their commands.

    Arase revealed that the I-G had agreed to get the training documents compiled and incorporated into the curriculum of the various police training schools.

    “So that it is not any time we have elections we start assembling like this, because election has come to stay,” he said.

    Also speaking, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano State Council, Mr Abbas Ibrahim, assured support of the media in ensuring a hitch free election.

    Similarly, Alhaji Habibu Abdullahi of the Special Duties Department, said the state government would continue to support the police and other security agencies in the discharge of their duties.

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  •  EFCC nabs 18 for alleged cyber crime in Lokoja
    EFCC nabs 18 for alleged cyber crime in Lokoja
     EFCC nabs 18 for alleged cyber crime in Lokoja
    EFCC nabs 18 for alleged cyber crime in Lokoja
    Defence/Security7 days ago

    EFCC nabs 18 for alleged cyber crime in Lokoja

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Command, has arrested 18 people over alleged cyber crime in Lokoja.

    This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Spokesman, on Tuesday in Ilorin.

    The suspects are Bala Caleb Abdulkarim, Ayuba Bala, Adebayo Olubunmi, Yusuf Salawu, Victor Yakubu, Victor Udeh, Abutu Francis, Moses Akeji, Aiyegbe ThankGod and Eniola Adeniji.

    Others are Abraham Ayodele, Julius Omowale, Samuel Onojah, Saka Usman Ojo, Isaac Emmanuel, Yusuf Mohammed, Ibrahim Musa and Omaonu Ojochenemi Victor.

    Uwujaren said that the arrest was part of efforts to curb the rising internet related fraud  otherwise known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’.

    He said that the EFCC zonal command had extended its dragnet to Kogi, leading to the arrest of 18 suspected ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys’ in Lokoja, the state capital.

    “This is the second of such operation in the state within the last two months.

    ”Recall that operatives of the Ilorin zonal command, which covers Kwara, Ekiti and Kogi States, had in June arrested 19 suspected fraudsters at different locations in Lokoja.

    “The latest arrest, which was made on Wednesday, August 3, followed actionable intelligence and hours of surveillance by the anti-graft operatives to smoke out the suspected fraudsters off their hideouts,” he said.

    The spokesperson said that preliminary investigations had shown that the suspects operated as syndicate to scam unsuspecting victims.

    According to him, the suspects have incriminating items in their possession including five different brand of exotic cars, phones and laptops.

    He however said that the suspects had volunteered useful statements to the commission and would be charged to court upon conclusion of the ongoing investigations.


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