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  •   Civil service critical in good governance delivery Afolabi Governance By Uche Bibilari Abuja Feb 7 2018 NNN A former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Prof Oladipo Afolabi says the Nigerian civil service is a vital part of government machinery designed to deliver good governance Afolabi said this at the Inaugural Quarterly Public Service Lecture Series organised by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation on Thursday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria NNN reports that the topic of the lecture was Tit bits for invigorating the Nigeria civil service for good governance According to him the Nigerian civil service is also designed to manage entrusted resources predictably ensuring equity of work load and distribution of benefits in an environment conducive for maximum productivity in confidence and without fear He said that the impact of today s rapidly changing economic and technological landscape had made civil service s task of delivering public goods more complex Afolabi said that the gauge and ingredients of armour for good governance was accountability rule of law best practice and transparency Policies embodying the basic principles of efficiency and equity are important ingredients of good governance Governance is also about the execution of policies that is bureaucratic machinery and efficiency of processes through which such policies are translated by the bureaucracy into action It then follows that good governance depends on the capacity of the bureaucracy to deliver He said that lack of an efficacious and transparent performance evaluation system was aggravating the threat to the relevance of civil servants He noted that the current evaluation system in the civil service did not monitor the fact that a civil servant s knowledge and skills had appropriately developed to match his changing work demands Civil servants who developed their knowledge and skills and those who do not are treated in the same manner in the current system This makes acquisition of new knowledge skills and abilities for effective public service delivery totally irrelevant he said He said that the recruitment process into the civil service was weak and outdated adding that it was imperative that people who would deliver a brilliant civil service were recruited Afolabi also decried the level of training in civil service noting that it was not as rigorous and comprehensive compared to the private sector The Chairman of the occasion Alhaji Mahmud Ahmed said that the critical role of providing good governance was with the civil service Ahmed said that the public service should be transformed into a reliable institution for ensuring governance in order to improve the quality of lives of Nigerians We have majority of civil servants that are willing to work but are not able to do it because the conducive environment is not provided Do not promote someone that is incompetent because he is your son instead of someone that is supposed to be promoted based on merit Do not punish someone because you feel the person is smarter than you and is doing well and do not ask for favours to do your job Ahmed advised NNN UU GOM DOR Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam Nyisom Dore
    Civil service critical in good governance delivery – Afolabi
      Civil service critical in good governance delivery Afolabi Governance By Uche Bibilari Abuja Feb 7 2018 NNN A former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Prof Oladipo Afolabi says the Nigerian civil service is a vital part of government machinery designed to deliver good governance Afolabi said this at the Inaugural Quarterly Public Service Lecture Series organised by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation on Thursday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria NNN reports that the topic of the lecture was Tit bits for invigorating the Nigeria civil service for good governance According to him the Nigerian civil service is also designed to manage entrusted resources predictably ensuring equity of work load and distribution of benefits in an environment conducive for maximum productivity in confidence and without fear He said that the impact of today s rapidly changing economic and technological landscape had made civil service s task of delivering public goods more complex Afolabi said that the gauge and ingredients of armour for good governance was accountability rule of law best practice and transparency Policies embodying the basic principles of efficiency and equity are important ingredients of good governance Governance is also about the execution of policies that is bureaucratic machinery and efficiency of processes through which such policies are translated by the bureaucracy into action It then follows that good governance depends on the capacity of the bureaucracy to deliver He said that lack of an efficacious and transparent performance evaluation system was aggravating the threat to the relevance of civil servants He noted that the current evaluation system in the civil service did not monitor the fact that a civil servant s knowledge and skills had appropriately developed to match his changing work demands Civil servants who developed their knowledge and skills and those who do not are treated in the same manner in the current system This makes acquisition of new knowledge skills and abilities for effective public service delivery totally irrelevant he said He said that the recruitment process into the civil service was weak and outdated adding that it was imperative that people who would deliver a brilliant civil service were recruited Afolabi also decried the level of training in civil service noting that it was not as rigorous and comprehensive compared to the private sector The Chairman of the occasion Alhaji Mahmud Ahmed said that the critical role of providing good governance was with the civil service Ahmed said that the public service should be transformed into a reliable institution for ensuring governance in order to improve the quality of lives of Nigerians We have majority of civil servants that are willing to work but are not able to do it because the conducive environment is not provided Do not promote someone that is incompetent because he is your son instead of someone that is supposed to be promoted based on merit Do not punish someone because you feel the person is smarter than you and is doing well and do not ask for favours to do your job Ahmed advised NNN UU GOM DOR Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam Nyisom Dore
    Civil service critical in good governance delivery – Afolabi
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    Civil service critical in good governance delivery – Afolabi

    Civil service critical in good governance delivery – Afolabi

    Governance

    By Uche Bibilari

    Abuja, Feb. 7, 2018 (NNN) A former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladipo Afolabi, says the Nigerian civil service is a vital part of government machinery designed to deliver good governance.

    Afolabi said this at the Inaugural Quarterly Public Service Lecture Series, organised by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation on Thursday, in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the topic of the lecture was: “Tit-bits for invigorating the Nigeria civil service for good governance”.

    According to him, the Nigerian civil service is also designed to manage entrusted resources, predictably ensuring equity of work load and distribution of benefits, in an environment conducive for maximum productivity in confidence and without fear.

    He said that the impact of today’s rapidly changing economic and technological landscape had made civil service’s task of delivering public goods more complex.

    Afolabi said that the gauge and ingredients of armour for good governance was accountability, rule of law, best practice and transparency.

    “Policies embodying the basic principles of efficiency and equity are important ingredients of good governance.

    “Governance is also about the execution of policies; that is, bureaucratic machinery and efficiency of processes through which such policies are translated by the bureaucracy into action.

    “It then follows that good governance depends on the capacity of the bureaucracy to deliver.’’

    He said that lack of an efficacious and transparent performance evaluation system was aggravating the threat to the relevance of civil servants.

    He noted that the current evaluation system in the civil service did not monitor the fact that a civil servant’s knowledge and skills had appropriately developed to match his changing work demands.

    “Civil servants who developed their knowledge and skills and those who do not, are treated in the same manner in the current system.

    “This makes acquisition of new knowledge, skills and abilities for effective public service delivery, totally irrelevant,’’ he said.

    He said that the recruitment process into the civil service was weak and outdated; adding that it was imperative that people who would deliver a brilliant civil service were recruited.

    Afolabi also decried the level of training in civil service noting that it was not as rigorous and comprehensive, compared to the private sector.

    The Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Mahmud Ahmed, said that the critical role of providing good governance was with the civil service.

    Ahmed said that the public service should be transformed into a reliable institution for ensuring governance in order to improve the quality of lives of Nigerians.

    “We have majority of civil servants that are willing to work but are not able to do it because the conducive environment is not provided.

    “Do not promote someone that is incompetent because he is your son, instead of someone that is supposed to be promoted based on merit.

    “Do not punish someone because you feel the person is smarter than you and is doing well; and do not ask for favours to do your job,” Ahmed advised. (NNN)

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    Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam/Nyisom Dore

  •   Fish By Itohan Abara Laserian Lagos Jan 15 2019 NNN An aquaculture expert Mr Temitope Odetola on Tuesday expressed the fear that there might be influx of imported fish in the Nigerian markets if the sector was not given incentives Odetola who is also the President of Association of Youth Unity in Agriculture AYUA made the assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria NNN in Lagos He said that the Nigerian aquaculture counterparts in other countries were experiencing huge incentives from government which had translated to increased production of fish in their countries They have produced so much that they are now looking for countries like Nigeria to come and dump their products An expert from Germany came to Nigeria recently and we got talking She said that their country had produced so much and Nigeria is one of the countries they had in view to export fishes like Tilapia Catfish and others I asked why they were able to produce so much and she said it was because their government had supported the sector that the farmer hardly spent large amounts to culture fish It is saddening that they see Nigeria as a dumping ground Odetola said According to him Nigeria currently produces about 1 1 million metric tons of fish annually meanwhile the fish demand is estimated to be 2 6 million metric tons NNN ITM PDE editing by Peter Ejiofor
    Aquaculturist expresses fear of imported fish influx in Nigeria soon
      Fish By Itohan Abara Laserian Lagos Jan 15 2019 NNN An aquaculture expert Mr Temitope Odetola on Tuesday expressed the fear that there might be influx of imported fish in the Nigerian markets if the sector was not given incentives Odetola who is also the President of Association of Youth Unity in Agriculture AYUA made the assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria NNN in Lagos He said that the Nigerian aquaculture counterparts in other countries were experiencing huge incentives from government which had translated to increased production of fish in their countries They have produced so much that they are now looking for countries like Nigeria to come and dump their products An expert from Germany came to Nigeria recently and we got talking She said that their country had produced so much and Nigeria is one of the countries they had in view to export fishes like Tilapia Catfish and others I asked why they were able to produce so much and she said it was because their government had supported the sector that the farmer hardly spent large amounts to culture fish It is saddening that they see Nigeria as a dumping ground Odetola said According to him Nigeria currently produces about 1 1 million metric tons of fish annually meanwhile the fish demand is estimated to be 2 6 million metric tons NNN ITM PDE editing by Peter Ejiofor
    Aquaculturist expresses fear of imported fish influx in Nigeria soon
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    Aquaculturist expresses fear of imported fish influx in Nigeria soon

    Fish

    By Itohan Abara-Laserian
    Lagos, Jan. 15, 2019 (NNN) An aquaculture expert, Mr Temitope Odetola, on Tuesday expressed the fear that there might be influx of imported fish in the Nigerian markets if the sector was not given incentives.

    Odetola, who is also the President of Association of Youth Unity in Agriculture (AYUA), made the assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Lagos.

    He said that the Nigerian aquaculture counterparts in other countries were experiencing huge incentives from government which had translated to increased production of fish in their countries.

    “They have produced so much that they are now looking for countries like Nigeria to come and dump their products. An expert from Germany came to Nigeria recently and we got talking.

    “She said that their country had produced so much and Nigeria is one of the countries they had in view to export fishes like Tilapia, Catfish and others.

    “I asked why they were able to produce so much and she said it was because their government had supported the sector that the farmer hardly spent large amounts to culture fish.

    “It is saddening that they see Nigeria as a dumping ground,” Odetola said.

    According to him, Nigeria currently produces about 1.1 million metric tons of fish annually, meanwhile the fish demand is estimated to be 2.6 million metric tons. (NNN)
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    (editing by Peter Ejiofor)

  •   Rejection By Ibrahim Abdulazeez Saki Oyo State Feb 7 2019 NNN Gov Ajimobi of Oyo State has urged electorate in the state to reject all opposition politicians with their votes in the forthcoming general election The governor stated this on Thursday in Saki Saki West Local Government Area LGA of the state during the All Progressives Congress APC governorship campaign If not for politics that allows all manners of political parties to seek the people s votes not minding their pedigree Any candidate from Peoples Democratic Party PDP should not be allowed to go out with boldness to campaign considering the atrocities they committed in the past Imagine PDP coming out to campaign to you they have no shame at all how did they spend over N100 billion they claimed to have spent on infrastructure he asked The governor therefore urged people to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Adebayo Adelabu as governor as well as all APC s candidates in the general election Earlier the APC governorship candidate Mr Adelabu promised to govern with the fear of God if elected as governor in the March 2 election Adelabu also appealed to the electorate to re elect Buhari and his running mate Prof Yemi Osinbajo for another four year term to consolidate their achievements in office The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor who led party loyalists to the Oke Ogun area comprising 10 LGAs also visited Iseyin Otu Okaka Ipapo among other settlements NNN IBRO MOL ABI Edited by Mustapha Lamidi
    Reject opposition parties with your votes, Ajimobi tells electorate
      Rejection By Ibrahim Abdulazeez Saki Oyo State Feb 7 2019 NNN Gov Ajimobi of Oyo State has urged electorate in the state to reject all opposition politicians with their votes in the forthcoming general election The governor stated this on Thursday in Saki Saki West Local Government Area LGA of the state during the All Progressives Congress APC governorship campaign If not for politics that allows all manners of political parties to seek the people s votes not minding their pedigree Any candidate from Peoples Democratic Party PDP should not be allowed to go out with boldness to campaign considering the atrocities they committed in the past Imagine PDP coming out to campaign to you they have no shame at all how did they spend over N100 billion they claimed to have spent on infrastructure he asked The governor therefore urged people to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Adebayo Adelabu as governor as well as all APC s candidates in the general election Earlier the APC governorship candidate Mr Adelabu promised to govern with the fear of God if elected as governor in the March 2 election Adelabu also appealed to the electorate to re elect Buhari and his running mate Prof Yemi Osinbajo for another four year term to consolidate their achievements in office The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor who led party loyalists to the Oke Ogun area comprising 10 LGAs also visited Iseyin Otu Okaka Ipapo among other settlements NNN IBRO MOL ABI Edited by Mustapha Lamidi
    Reject opposition parties with your votes, Ajimobi tells electorate
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    Reject opposition parties with your votes, Ajimobi tells electorate

    Rejection
    By Ibrahim Abdulazeez
    Saki (Oyo State), Feb. 7, 2019 (NNN) Gov. Ajimobi of Oyo State has urged electorate in the state to reject all opposition politicians with their votes in the forthcoming general election.

    The governor stated this on Thursday in Saki, Saki West Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign.

    “If not for politics that allows all manners of political parties to seek the people’s votes not minding their pedigree.

    “Any candidate from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not be allowed to go out with boldness to campaign considering the atrocities they committed in the past.
    “Imagine PDP coming out to campaign to you, they have no shame at all, how did they spend over N100 billion they claimed to have spent on infrastructure,’’ he asked.

    The governor, therefore, urged people to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Adebayo Adelabu as governor, as well as all APC’s candidates in the general election.

    Earlier, the APC governorship candidate, Mr Adelabu, promised to govern with the fear of God if elected as governor in the March 2 election.

    Adelabu also appealed to the electorate to re-elect Buhari and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for another four-year term, to consolidate their achievements in office.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor, who led party loyalists to the Oke-Ogun area comprising 10 LGAs also visited Iseyin, Otu, Okaka, Ipapo, among other settlements.(NNN)
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  •   Christians By Femi Ogunshola Kwara Offa Feb 7 2019 NNN Mr Kayode Alabi the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in Kwara has called on Christians to embrace politics and stop lamenting Alabi made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Christian Political Forum CPF Offa chapter on Thursday He said that the Church was in the habit of calling politicians thieves while they allowed pagans and infidels to rule over their affairs In Church when we ask that the people should join politics they will say it is for thieves but the bible says when the righteous are in power the people rejoice Look at how Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been handling the affairs of the country each time President Muhammadu Buhari is not around We need people that fear God in politics people who will be willing to do what the electorates are expecting and not to satisfy their selfish desires he said He decried the absence of drinking water in some villages and communities in the state stressing that a situation where some communities would still be drinking water from the stream was unacceptable According to him in some communities there are no clinics while snakes keep biting the people without any succour He said that Kwara remained undeveloped because of selfish interest of some politicians stressing that both Muslims and Christians are not enemy but some politicians introduced religion to divide the people My father was a Muslim before he died so I see no reason why the two religions should fight I assure you that if there is anything that the Christian body needs I will get it for them Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq the APC governorship candidates and I are friends though he is now my boss if we are united 100 per cent it will bring unity and development to the state Pastor Stephen Olukanmi the state Coordinator CPF Offa said that politics remained a game all Christians should get involved in We are suffering in Kwara our children have nowhere to go they graduate without a job so why should we not we see reasons in joining politics He said that the forum would now be part of the system and embark on aggressive mobilisation of Christians to join politics to help the society Daniel was a politician in the politics of Babylon but vowed never to defy himself with the portion of the King s meat Olukanmi commended the Muslims for involving in politics stressing that they were always at the forefront of politics NNN ODF GY Edited by Grace Yussuf
    Kwara APC deputy governorship candidate seeks Christians involvement in politics
      Christians By Femi Ogunshola Kwara Offa Feb 7 2019 NNN Mr Kayode Alabi the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in Kwara has called on Christians to embrace politics and stop lamenting Alabi made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Christian Political Forum CPF Offa chapter on Thursday He said that the Church was in the habit of calling politicians thieves while they allowed pagans and infidels to rule over their affairs In Church when we ask that the people should join politics they will say it is for thieves but the bible says when the righteous are in power the people rejoice Look at how Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been handling the affairs of the country each time President Muhammadu Buhari is not around We need people that fear God in politics people who will be willing to do what the electorates are expecting and not to satisfy their selfish desires he said He decried the absence of drinking water in some villages and communities in the state stressing that a situation where some communities would still be drinking water from the stream was unacceptable According to him in some communities there are no clinics while snakes keep biting the people without any succour He said that Kwara remained undeveloped because of selfish interest of some politicians stressing that both Muslims and Christians are not enemy but some politicians introduced religion to divide the people My father was a Muslim before he died so I see no reason why the two religions should fight I assure you that if there is anything that the Christian body needs I will get it for them Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq the APC governorship candidates and I are friends though he is now my boss if we are united 100 per cent it will bring unity and development to the state Pastor Stephen Olukanmi the state Coordinator CPF Offa said that politics remained a game all Christians should get involved in We are suffering in Kwara our children have nowhere to go they graduate without a job so why should we not we see reasons in joining politics He said that the forum would now be part of the system and embark on aggressive mobilisation of Christians to join politics to help the society Daniel was a politician in the politics of Babylon but vowed never to defy himself with the portion of the King s meat Olukanmi commended the Muslims for involving in politics stressing that they were always at the forefront of politics NNN ODF GY Edited by Grace Yussuf
    Kwara APC deputy governorship candidate seeks Christians involvement in politics
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    Kwara APC deputy governorship candidate seeks Christians involvement in politics

     

    Christians
    By Femi Ogunshola
    Kwara (Offa), Feb. 7, 2019 (NNN) Mr Kayode Alabi, the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara has called on Christians to embrace politics and stop lamenting.

     

    Alabi made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Christian Political Forum (CPF), Offa chapter on Thursday.

     

    He said that the Church was in the habit of calling politicians thieves, while they allowed pagans and infidels to rule over their affairs.

     

    “In Church, when we ask that the people should join politics, they will say it is for thieves but the bible says when the righteous are in power, the people rejoice.

     

    “Look at how Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been handling the affairs of the country each time President Muhammadu Buhari is not around.

     

    “We need people that fear God in politics, people who will be willing to do what the electorates are expecting and not to satisfy their selfish desires,” he said.

     

    He decried the absence of drinking water in some villages and communities in the state, stressing that a situation where some communities would still be drinking water from the stream was unacceptable.

     

    According to him, in some communities there are no clinics, while snakes keep biting the people without any succour.

     

    He said that Kwara remained undeveloped because of selfish interest of some politicians, stressing that both Muslims and Christians “are not enemy but some politicians introduced religion to divide the people.’’

     

    “My father was a Muslim before he died, so I see no reason why the two religions should fight. I assure you that if there is anything that the Christian body needs I will get it for them,

     

    “Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, the APC governorship candidates and I are friends, though he is now my boss, if we are united 100 per cent, it will bring unity and development to the state.’’

     

    Pastor Stephen Olukanmi, the state Coordinator, CPF, Offa, said that politics remained a game all Christians should get involved in.

     

    “We are suffering in Kwara, our children have nowhere to go, they graduate without a job, so why should we not we see reasons in joining politics.’’

     

    He said that the forum would now be part of the system and embark on aggressive mobilisation of Christians to join politics to help the society.

     

    “Daniel was a politician in the politics of Babylon, but vowed never to defy himself with the portion of the King’s meat.’’

    Olukanmi commended the Muslims for involving in politics, stressing that they were always at the forefront of politics. (NNN)
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    Edited by Grace Yussuf

  •   Some of the political thugs arrested in Sokoto on Saturday with weapons recovered from them Exercise By Johnson Eyiangho Abuja Feb 3 2019 NNN The Nigerian Army has vowed not to tolerate undue interference by politicians in the conduct of its ongoing Exercise Egwu Eke III Brig Gen Sani Usman the Army spokesman gave the warning in a statement on Sunday after troops arrested 16 suspected political thugs in Sokoto State Egwu Eke III or Python Dance was launched nationwide on Jan 2 to deal with criminal activities before during and after the general elections It will be rounded off in March after the general elections Usman said the suspects were arrested armed with 27 axes and 16 customised sticks He said they were arrested on Saturday during joint stop and search patrol with other security agencies along Illela Danfulani Gwadabawa road The army spokesman however disclosed that a prominent politician in the state and a serving Senator whose name he did not mention came to the scene and ordered his mobile police escorts to release them In the process a Department of State Service operative was molested and his clothes torn The patriotic and professional officer still held on to the seized weapons Similarly another prominent politician from Zamfara State had earlier tried to influence the investigation of arrested armed political thugs he said Usman restated that the army had always been professional impartial and apolitical and would continue to be so According to him since the begining of the exercise in January we have arrested thugs armed with dangerous weapons across the various political parties without fear or favour The thugs were documented and handed over to the police We have noted with great concern that such criminals usually find themselves back into the society without any sanction He said the army was committed to creating a conducive and secured environment for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the general elections Therefore we would not tolerate any undue interference from any quarters in the discharge of this noble responsibility Additionally we have resolved to hold on to any arrested criminal or armed thugs until the end of the elections All Commanders have been further directed to continue to carry out their duties diligently despite the provocation from some misguided elements NNN JEY IS
    Egwu Eke III: Army will not tolerate politicians interference
      Some of the political thugs arrested in Sokoto on Saturday with weapons recovered from them Exercise By Johnson Eyiangho Abuja Feb 3 2019 NNN The Nigerian Army has vowed not to tolerate undue interference by politicians in the conduct of its ongoing Exercise Egwu Eke III Brig Gen Sani Usman the Army spokesman gave the warning in a statement on Sunday after troops arrested 16 suspected political thugs in Sokoto State Egwu Eke III or Python Dance was launched nationwide on Jan 2 to deal with criminal activities before during and after the general elections It will be rounded off in March after the general elections Usman said the suspects were arrested armed with 27 axes and 16 customised sticks He said they were arrested on Saturday during joint stop and search patrol with other security agencies along Illela Danfulani Gwadabawa road The army spokesman however disclosed that a prominent politician in the state and a serving Senator whose name he did not mention came to the scene and ordered his mobile police escorts to release them In the process a Department of State Service operative was molested and his clothes torn The patriotic and professional officer still held on to the seized weapons Similarly another prominent politician from Zamfara State had earlier tried to influence the investigation of arrested armed political thugs he said Usman restated that the army had always been professional impartial and apolitical and would continue to be so According to him since the begining of the exercise in January we have arrested thugs armed with dangerous weapons across the various political parties without fear or favour The thugs were documented and handed over to the police We have noted with great concern that such criminals usually find themselves back into the society without any sanction He said the army was committed to creating a conducive and secured environment for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the general elections Therefore we would not tolerate any undue interference from any quarters in the discharge of this noble responsibility Additionally we have resolved to hold on to any arrested criminal or armed thugs until the end of the elections All Commanders have been further directed to continue to carry out their duties diligently despite the provocation from some misguided elements NNN JEY IS
    Egwu Eke III: Army will not tolerate politicians interference
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    Egwu Eke III: Army will not tolerate politicians interference

    Some of the political thugs arrested in Sokoto on Saturday with weapons recovered from them.

    Exercise
    By Johnson Eyiangho
    Abuja, Feb. 3, 2019 (NNN) The Nigerian Army has vowed not to tolerate undue interference by politicians in the conduct of its ongoing Exercise Egwu Eke III.

    Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Army spokesman, gave the warning in a statement on Sunday after troops arrested 16 suspected political thugs in Sokoto State.

    Egwu Eke III or Python Dance was launched nationwide on Jan. 2 to deal with criminal activities before, during and after the general elections.

    It will be rounded off in March after the general elections.

    Usman said the suspects were arrested armed with 27 axes and 16 customised sticks.

    He said they were arrested on Saturday during joint stop and search patrol with other security agencies along Illela-Danfulani-Gwadabawa road.

    The army spokesman, however, disclosed that a prominent politician in the state and a serving Senator, whose name he did not mention, came to the scene and ordered his mobile police escorts to release them.

    “In the process, a Department of State Service operative was molested and his clothes torn. The patriotic and professional officer still held on to the seized weapons.

    “Similarly, another prominent politician from Zamfara State had earlier tried to influence the investigation of arrested armed political thugs,” he said.

    Usman restated that the army had always been professional, impartial and apolitical and would continue to be so.

    According to him, since the begining of the exercise in January, “we have arrested thugs armed with dangerous weapons across the various political parties, without fear or favour.

    “The thugs were documented and handed over to the police.

    “We have noted with great concern that such criminals usually find themselves back into the society without any sanction.”

    He said the army was committed to creating a conducive and secured environment for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the general elections.

    “Therefore, we would not tolerate any undue interference from any quarters in the discharge of this noble responsibility.

    “Additionally, we have resolved to hold on to any arrested criminal or armed thugs until the end of the elections.

    “All Commanders have been further directed to continue to carry out their duties diligently, despite the provocation from some misguided elements.” (NNN)
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  •   Man shot dead by unknown gunmen in Asaba Death By Ifeanyi Olannye Asaba Feb 7 2019 NNN A middle aged man was shot dead by unknown assailants at about 6 30p m on Thursday at Ibusa Junction in Asaba the News Agency of Nigeria NNN reports The deceased popularly known as A Boy laid in the pool of his blood on the road and caused traffic jam along the Nnebisi Road Most traders around the area hastily packed up locked up their stalls and ran for fear of being attacked Eye witnesses told NNN that the assailants came in a try cycle shot the man on the head at close range fired sporadically into the air to scare people and fled the scene Police patrol team from the State Police Command later restored normalcy to the area and took the body away When contacted Delta Police Public Relations Officer DSP Andrew Aniamaka said the command had not been briefed of the incident at the time of reporting NNN IO JI Editing by Joseph Idika Wale Ojetimi
    Man shot dead by unknown gunmen in Asaba
      Man shot dead by unknown gunmen in Asaba Death By Ifeanyi Olannye Asaba Feb 7 2019 NNN A middle aged man was shot dead by unknown assailants at about 6 30p m on Thursday at Ibusa Junction in Asaba the News Agency of Nigeria NNN reports The deceased popularly known as A Boy laid in the pool of his blood on the road and caused traffic jam along the Nnebisi Road Most traders around the area hastily packed up locked up their stalls and ran for fear of being attacked Eye witnesses told NNN that the assailants came in a try cycle shot the man on the head at close range fired sporadically into the air to scare people and fled the scene Police patrol team from the State Police Command later restored normalcy to the area and took the body away When contacted Delta Police Public Relations Officer DSP Andrew Aniamaka said the command had not been briefed of the incident at the time of reporting NNN IO JI Editing by Joseph Idika Wale Ojetimi
    Man shot dead by unknown gunmen in Asaba
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    Man shot dead by unknown gunmen in Asaba

    Man shot dead by unknown gunmen in Asaba

    Death
    By Ifeanyi Olannye
    Asaba, Feb. 7, 2019 (NNN) A middle aged man was shot dead by unknown assailants at about 6:30p.m.on Thursday at Ibusa Junction in Asaba, the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports.
    The deceased, popularly known as A’Boy, laid in the pool of his blood on the road and caused traffic jam along the Nnebisi Road.
    Most traders around the area hastily packed up, locked up their stalls and ran for fear of being attacked.
    Eye witnesses told NNN that the assailants came in a try-cycle, shot the man on the head at close range, fired sporadically into the air to scare people and fled the scene.
    Police patrol team from the State Police Command later restored normalcy to the area and took the body away.
    When contacted, Delta Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Andrew Aniamaka, said the command had not been briefed of the incident at the time of reporting. (NNN)
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    Editing by Joseph Idika/Wale Ojetimi

  •   British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels Brexit Brussels Feb 7 2019 Reuters NNN British Prime Minister Theresa May was in Brussels on Thursday to plead with EU leaders to change the Brexit divorce deal she negotiated in 2018 in order to get it through parliament The London parliament which rejected May s agreement by the biggest majority in modern British history has voted to renegotiate the deal replacing a provision that some fear could keep British ruled Northern Ireland under EU rules indefinitely EU leaders have repeatedly said it would be impossible to replace the provision known as the backstop because it is required to ensure no hard border once a focus for sectarian violence between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland Britain unless parliament approves a deal is on course to leave the EU on March 29 with no transition arrangement in place a scenario that many businesses say would be catastrophic for the economy Other options could include delaying Brexit holding a new referendum or cancelling it altogether May will return to parliament coming week for a debate on the Brexit negotiations when lawmakers could again try to wrest control of the process from her However a crunch vote on approving the Brexit deal is likely to come later in the month Both May s Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party are formally committed to carrying out Brexit following a 2016 referendum in which voters chose to leave the EU by a margin of 52 to 48 per cent However both parties are deeply divided internally over how or even whether to do so In a letter to May released on Wednesday Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out five conditions for Labour to support a deal Those include a permanent and comprehensive customs union with the bloc which May has ruled out Corbyn also demanded a close alignment with the single market unambiguous agreements on future security arrangements and commitments on UK participation in EU agencies and funding programmes Reuters NNN ACO DCU Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Donald Ugwu
    British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels
      British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels Brexit Brussels Feb 7 2019 Reuters NNN British Prime Minister Theresa May was in Brussels on Thursday to plead with EU leaders to change the Brexit divorce deal she negotiated in 2018 in order to get it through parliament The London parliament which rejected May s agreement by the biggest majority in modern British history has voted to renegotiate the deal replacing a provision that some fear could keep British ruled Northern Ireland under EU rules indefinitely EU leaders have repeatedly said it would be impossible to replace the provision known as the backstop because it is required to ensure no hard border once a focus for sectarian violence between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland Britain unless parliament approves a deal is on course to leave the EU on March 29 with no transition arrangement in place a scenario that many businesses say would be catastrophic for the economy Other options could include delaying Brexit holding a new referendum or cancelling it altogether May will return to parliament coming week for a debate on the Brexit negotiations when lawmakers could again try to wrest control of the process from her However a crunch vote on approving the Brexit deal is likely to come later in the month Both May s Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party are formally committed to carrying out Brexit following a 2016 referendum in which voters chose to leave the EU by a margin of 52 to 48 per cent However both parties are deeply divided internally over how or even whether to do so In a letter to May released on Wednesday Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out five conditions for Labour to support a deal Those include a permanent and comprehensive customs union with the bloc which May has ruled out Corbyn also demanded a close alignment with the single market unambiguous agreements on future security arrangements and commitments on UK participation in EU agencies and funding programmes Reuters NNN ACO DCU Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Donald Ugwu
    British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels
    Agriculture4 years ago

    British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels

    British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels

     

    Brexit
    Brussels, Feb. 7, 2019 (Reuters/NNN) British Prime Minister Theresa May was in Brussels on Thursday to plead with EU leaders to change the Brexit divorce deal she negotiated in 2018, in order to get it through parliament.

     

    The London parliament, which rejected May’s agreement by the biggest majority in modern British history, has voted to renegotiate the deal, replacing a provision that some fear could keep British-ruled Northern Ireland under EU rules indefinitely.

     

    EU leaders have repeatedly said it would be impossible to replace the provision, known as the “backstop”, because it is required to ensure no hard border, once a focus for sectarian violence, between Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.

     

    Britain, unless parliament approves a deal, is on course to leave the EU on March 29 with no transition arrangement in place, a scenario that many businesses say would be catastrophic for the economy.

     

    Other options could include delaying Brexit, holding a new referendum or cancelling it altogether.

     

    May will return to parliament coming week for a debate on the Brexit negotiations when lawmakers could again try to wrest control of the process from her.

     

    However, a crunch vote on approving the Brexit deal is likely to come later in the month.

     

    Both May’s Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party are formally committed to carrying out Brexit following a 2016 referendum in which voters chose to leave the EU by a margin of 52 to 48 per cent.

     

    However, both parties are deeply divided internally over how or even whether to do so.

     

    In a letter to May released on Wednesday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out five conditions for Labour to support a deal.

     

    Those include a “permanent and comprehensive” customs union with the bloc, which May has ruled out.

     

    Corbyn also demanded a close alignment with the single market, “unambiguous agreements” on future security arrangements and commitments on UK participation in EU agencies and funding programmes. (Reuters/NNN)
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  •   Mogadishu Feb 7 2019 Xinhua NNN Over 930 Somali children have resumed their education on Thursday five months after bomb damaged their schools after the rehabilitation works was financed by the European Union The EU said the two schools Hassan Qariindi and Hawlwadaag which reopened collapsed on Sept 2 2018 after the bomb blast left 12 children injured Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz the EU Charge D Affairs to Somalia who attended the official re opening of the schools in Mogadishu said every child had the right to education without fear of violence or attack The European Union commits to continue engaging stakeholders in Somalia as partners in the search for solutions to the challenges facing education sector in Somalia Ruiz said in a statement issued The EU said it will further support the schools through the provision of scholastic materials scholarships for girls and training of teachers in addition to the restoration of the schools Xinhua NNN AIJ SN Edited by Abigael Joshua Silas Nwoha
    930 Somali children resume classes after EU repairs bomb-hit schools
      Mogadishu Feb 7 2019 Xinhua NNN Over 930 Somali children have resumed their education on Thursday five months after bomb damaged their schools after the rehabilitation works was financed by the European Union The EU said the two schools Hassan Qariindi and Hawlwadaag which reopened collapsed on Sept 2 2018 after the bomb blast left 12 children injured Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz the EU Charge D Affairs to Somalia who attended the official re opening of the schools in Mogadishu said every child had the right to education without fear of violence or attack The European Union commits to continue engaging stakeholders in Somalia as partners in the search for solutions to the challenges facing education sector in Somalia Ruiz said in a statement issued The EU said it will further support the schools through the provision of scholastic materials scholarships for girls and training of teachers in addition to the restoration of the schools Xinhua NNN AIJ SN Edited by Abigael Joshua Silas Nwoha
    930 Somali children resume classes after EU repairs bomb-hit schools
    Agriculture4 years ago

    930 Somali children resume classes after EU repairs bomb-hit schools

     

    Mogadishu, Feb. 7, 2019 (Xinhua/NNN) Over 930 Somali children have resumed their education on Thursday five months after bomb damaged their schools after the rehabilitation works was financed by the European Union.

    The EU said the two schools, Hassan Qariindi and Hawlwadaag, which reopened, collapsed on Sept. 2, 2018 after the bomb blast left 12 children injured.

    Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz, the EU Charge D’Affairs to Somalia, who attended the official re-opening of the schools in Mogadishu said every child had the right to education without fear of violence or attack.

    “The European Union commits to continue engaging stakeholders in Somalia as partners in the search for solutions to the challenges facing education sector in Somalia,’’ Ruiz said in a statement issued.

    The EU said it will further support the schools through the provision of scholastic materials, scholarships for girls and training of teachers in addition to the restoration of the schools. (Xinhua/NNN)

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  •   By Chinenye Offor Death Abuja Feb 2 2019 NNN The Abuja Breast Cancer Support Group says cancer is not a death sentence and encouraged Nigerians to get screened President of the group Ms Gloria Orji said this in Abuja during a walk to commemorate the World Cancer Day tagged Choke Cancer According to her people have the fear that cancer is an epidemic that kills but as a cancer survivor she noted that there is hope if detected early She also said that awareness was the key to addressing issues of cancer adding that most people were not aware of the disease The survivor said that speaking out creating awareness and seeing cancer survivors of 20 to 25 years or more would give hope to those that had been diagnosed of the disease Orji further advocated for the awareness to be taken to rural areas adding that educating people on the issue will help reduce the myth associated with the challenge she also stated that early detection was not enough and therefore advocated for treatment if diagnosed of any type of cancer Orji however advised patients with cancer and others with or without family history of cancer to imbibe healthy lifestyles stressing that it is key in combating the disease Mrs Adenike Ademola another cancer survivor of 11 and half years advised cancer patients to always obey their doctors She acknowledged the fact that the disease was not a death sentence and admonished everyone to be an advocate of cancer in order to curb the disease Ademola urged the federal government stakeholders and private sector to help create awareness on cancer in order to reduce deaths associated with the disease NNN CSO CHOM MST Edited by Chioma Ugboma Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Cancer not death sentence – Survivors
      By Chinenye Offor Death Abuja Feb 2 2019 NNN The Abuja Breast Cancer Support Group says cancer is not a death sentence and encouraged Nigerians to get screened President of the group Ms Gloria Orji said this in Abuja during a walk to commemorate the World Cancer Day tagged Choke Cancer According to her people have the fear that cancer is an epidemic that kills but as a cancer survivor she noted that there is hope if detected early She also said that awareness was the key to addressing issues of cancer adding that most people were not aware of the disease The survivor said that speaking out creating awareness and seeing cancer survivors of 20 to 25 years or more would give hope to those that had been diagnosed of the disease Orji further advocated for the awareness to be taken to rural areas adding that educating people on the issue will help reduce the myth associated with the challenge she also stated that early detection was not enough and therefore advocated for treatment if diagnosed of any type of cancer Orji however advised patients with cancer and others with or without family history of cancer to imbibe healthy lifestyles stressing that it is key in combating the disease Mrs Adenike Ademola another cancer survivor of 11 and half years advised cancer patients to always obey their doctors She acknowledged the fact that the disease was not a death sentence and admonished everyone to be an advocate of cancer in order to curb the disease Ademola urged the federal government stakeholders and private sector to help create awareness on cancer in order to reduce deaths associated with the disease NNN CSO CHOM MST Edited by Chioma Ugboma Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Cancer not death sentence – Survivors
    Health4 years ago

    Cancer not death sentence – Survivors

    By Chinenye Offor
    Death
    Abuja, Feb. 2, 2019 (NNN) The Abuja Breast Cancer Support Group says cancer is not a death sentence and encouraged Nigerians to get screened.

    President of the group, Ms Gloria Orji, said this in Abuja during a walk to commemorate the World Cancer Day, tagged “#Choke Cancer”.

    According to her, people have the fear that cancer is an epidemic that kills but as a cancer survivor, she noted that there is hope if detected early.

    She also said that awareness was the key to addressing issues of cancer, adding that most people were not aware of the disease.

    The survivor said that speaking out, creating awareness and seeing cancer survivors of 20 to 25 years or more would give hope to those that had been diagnosed of the disease.

    Orji further advocated for the awareness to be taken to rural areas, adding that educating people on the issue will help reduce the myth associated with the challenge.

    she also stated that early detection was not enough and therefore advocated for treatment if diagnosed of any type of cancer.

    Orji however advised patients with cancer and others with or without family history of cancer to imbibe healthy lifestyles, stressing that it is key in combating the disease.

    Mrs Adenike Ademola, another cancer survivor of 11 and half years, advised cancer patients to always obey their doctors.

    She acknowledged the fact that the disease was not a death sentence and admonished everyone to be an advocate of cancer in order to curb the disease.

    Ademola urged the federal government, stakeholders and private sector to help create awareness on cancer in order to reduce deaths associated with the disease. (NNN)
    CSO/CHOM/MST
    Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •   Evidence By Adaeze Iroha Lagos Feb 6 2019 NNN A Lagos based legal practitioner Mr Shina Adedeji says the evidence is key toward bringing perpetrators of female underwear theft to justice Adedeji made the remarks in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NNN in Lagos on Wednesday NNN reports that in recent times ladies live in fear over growing incidents of theft of underwear Adedeji a member of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA said that proving the internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo boys were guilty of stealing underwear for ritual purposes would require adequate evidence According to him without proper evidence the perpetrators may simply be charged with stealing which is punishable with three year imprisonment or they could go free First it has to be proven that the defendant did in fact steal the underwear Without such evidence nobody can be convicted It also has to be proven that the said Yahoo boy is a ritualist if he has taken the lady to a suspicious place in the past that could serve as evidence If the prosecution can only prove the stealing of the underwear the only conviction for stealing can be obtained not ritualism You cannot just pick anybody on the road and say that the person is a ritualist without substantive proof Adedeji said He told NNN that it was only if the defendant had rough handled a lady in the course of stealing her underwear that he could equally be charged with assault The court of law is a court of evidence it is not like a herbalist who would just consult his oracle and be able to identify the offender Evidence that is the key word It must be brought to the court to convince it else the person would walk away free You must be able to say this person has committed this offence this is the evidence then the law should take its course There are available laws to take care of Yahoo boys like Section 419 of the criminal code and the Advance Fee Fraud Act but without evidence they cannot be convicted he said Adedeji said if as a result of adequate evidence the stolen underwear was linked to the death of a lady the defendant would then be charged with murder and hung to death upon conviction He commended the Nigeria Police for fighting the menace and urged Nigerians to be on constant alert and report suspected Yahoo boys to the Police NNN PAI AIB AJA Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde Adeleye Ajayi
    Underwear theft: Legal practitioner says evidence is key to instilling justice
      Evidence By Adaeze Iroha Lagos Feb 6 2019 NNN A Lagos based legal practitioner Mr Shina Adedeji says the evidence is key toward bringing perpetrators of female underwear theft to justice Adedeji made the remarks in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NNN in Lagos on Wednesday NNN reports that in recent times ladies live in fear over growing incidents of theft of underwear Adedeji a member of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA said that proving the internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo boys were guilty of stealing underwear for ritual purposes would require adequate evidence According to him without proper evidence the perpetrators may simply be charged with stealing which is punishable with three year imprisonment or they could go free First it has to be proven that the defendant did in fact steal the underwear Without such evidence nobody can be convicted It also has to be proven that the said Yahoo boy is a ritualist if he has taken the lady to a suspicious place in the past that could serve as evidence If the prosecution can only prove the stealing of the underwear the only conviction for stealing can be obtained not ritualism You cannot just pick anybody on the road and say that the person is a ritualist without substantive proof Adedeji said He told NNN that it was only if the defendant had rough handled a lady in the course of stealing her underwear that he could equally be charged with assault The court of law is a court of evidence it is not like a herbalist who would just consult his oracle and be able to identify the offender Evidence that is the key word It must be brought to the court to convince it else the person would walk away free You must be able to say this person has committed this offence this is the evidence then the law should take its course There are available laws to take care of Yahoo boys like Section 419 of the criminal code and the Advance Fee Fraud Act but without evidence they cannot be convicted he said Adedeji said if as a result of adequate evidence the stolen underwear was linked to the death of a lady the defendant would then be charged with murder and hung to death upon conviction He commended the Nigeria Police for fighting the menace and urged Nigerians to be on constant alert and report suspected Yahoo boys to the Police NNN PAI AIB AJA Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde Adeleye Ajayi
    Underwear theft: Legal practitioner says evidence is key to instilling justice
    Agriculture4 years ago

    Underwear theft: Legal practitioner says evidence is key to instilling justice

    Evidence
    By Adaeze Iroha
    Lagos, Feb. 6, 2019 (NNN) A Lagos-based legal practitioner, Mr Shina Adedeji, says the evidence is key toward bringing perpetrators of female underwear theft to justice.

    Adedeji made the remarks in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Lagos on Wednesday.

    NNN reports that in recent times, ladies live in fear over growing incidents of theft of underwear.

    Adedeji, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said that proving the internet fraudsters, popularly known as ‘Yahoo+ boys’, were guilty of stealing underwear for ritual purposes, would require adequate evidence.

    According to him, without proper evidence, the perpetrators may simply be charged with stealing, which is punishable with three-year imprisonment or they could go free.

    “First, it has to be proven that the defendant did, in fact, steal the underwear. Without such evidence, nobody can be convicted.

    “It also has to be proven that the said Yahoo boy is a ritualist, if he has taken the lady to a suspicious place in the past that could serve as evidence.

    “If the prosecution can only prove the stealing of the underwear, the only conviction for stealing can be obtained, not ritualism.

    “You cannot just pick anybody on the road and say that the person is a ritualist without substantive proof,’’ Adedeji said.

    He told NNN that it was only if the defendant had rough-handled a lady in the course of stealing her underwear that he could equally be charged with assault.

    “The court of law is a court of evidence, it is not like a herbalist who would just consult his oracle and be able to identify the offender.

    “Evidence, that is the key word. It must be brought to the court to convince it, else, the person would walk away free.

    “You must be able to say this person has committed this offence; this is the evidence; then the law should take its course.

    “There are available laws to take care of Yahoo boys, like Section 419 of the criminal code and the Advance Fee Fraud Act but without evidence, they cannot be convicted,’’ he said.

    Adedeji said if as a result of adequate evidence, the stolen underwear was linked to the death of a lady, the defendant would then be charged with murder and hung to death, upon conviction.

    He commended the Nigeria Police for fighting the menace and urged Nigerians to be on constant alert and report suspected Yahoo boys to the Police. (NNN)
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    Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Adeleye Ajayi

     

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