By Deborah Coker
Benin, Feb 11, 2019 (NNN) The Police Command in Edo says it has concluded arrangement to deploy more than 7,000 police personnel across the state to provide security during the general elections.
The Acting Police Commissioner in the state, Mr Olusegun Odumosu made the disclosure on Monday, in Benin during a news briefing in his office.
Odumosu, however, said that aside the figure, additional personnel from the Force Headquarters as well as Lagos would be sent to the state to complement the existing personnel.
He disclosed that already, a Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), as well as three Assistant Inspector-Generals (AIGs) have been deployed to the State.
The police commissioner explained that the AIGs would take charge of each of the three Senatorial Districts.
Odumosu said that personnel deployed have been specially trained and equipped for the election coverage.
He advised the residents not to entertain any fear of molestation, but to come out and vote freely in an orderly manner.
The commissioner, however, warned the youths not to allow themselves to be used agents of violence during the elections, “as elections should not be seen as war.”
Odumosu gave the assurance that the police would play by the rule. (NNN)
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Maharazu Ahmed
Mr Ercan Yilmaz, Principal, Nigerian Tulip International College ,Ogun Branch, parents
and visitors during inspection of projects at 2019 Science Fair, Arts Exhibition at the College
By Rukayat Adeyemi /08032377091
Lagos, Feb. 6, 2018 (NNN) Mr Ercan Yilmaz, the Principal of Nigeria Tulip International College,
Ogun chapter, on Wednesday, says education without the application of technology is incomplete
and inefficient in the 21st century.
He made the remark at the 2019 Science Fair and Arts Exhibition organised by the college with
the theme “ Science Comforts the World.”
He said that “if technology has been adjudged to make life comfortable and acceptable
as the application of science discovery, then we can say without fear of any contradiction that
science indeed comforts the world.
“Hence, this is adopted as our theme for the 2019 science fair.”
According to him, there is no gainsaying to the fact that today’s world is technology-driven as
technological advancement has become applicable to nearly all aspects of life.
The principal explained that quality and comprehensive education was not all about classroom theoretical
teaching but a combination of robotic, science, art and even cultural knowledge.
He noted that in furtherance to the course of technology, over 100 projects from different faculties
were exhibited by the students for the 2019 exhibition.
He added that “we are happy to see the different talents and discoveries from students of the college
and the large turnout of schools, students and visitors.
“This will further encourage us to do more to sustain the project and also enable our students to be more
Yilmaz said that while some student were good in theory, others were science or art inclined, “and until they
are given the opportunity to showcase their talents through such exhibitions, they may not maximise their potential.”
He expressed optimism that with the performance of the students, the nation was sure to have a future generation
of expertise in engineering, economics, manufacturing and other sectors.
Mrs Joyce Ankca, a parent, lauded the college for organising the fair and described it as fascinating.
She urged the college authorities to place more emphasis on arts projects too.
She said “I was really fascinated with the laboratory blood that was done and honestly NTIC had
been doing well, especially in science but I want the college to encourage arts projects too.”
The School’s Head Girl, Mariam Jubril, said that the fair was an avenue for students to learn new things, especially in science
and it had been interesting.
She added that “the physics and chemistry stand is especially fascinating because we have seen
the practical application of things we learnt in the classroom.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that some of the projects exhibited by the students included liquid
soaps, hand sanitisers, decoration materials, polymers to prevent leakage, electromagnets, insecticide and sausage skewers.
Hundreds of students from over 20 schools within Ogun and Lagos states attended the event.
Some of the schools were Kingdom Heritage Model School, Ikeja; Bukyfield Nursery and Primary Schools, Ikosi Ketu;
and Madonna Nursery and Primary School, Ikoyi. (NNN)
Editing by Vivian Ihechu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
By Olayinka Owolewa
Ilorin, Jan. 28, 2019 (NNN) Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged residents of the state to remain calm as the Nigerian Army begins its ‘Operation Python Dance III’ in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Governor, Dr Muyideen Akorede, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Ilorin.
He quoted the governor as making the call after a meeting with the new Acting Brigade Commander, Sobi, Col. A. A. Egbejule, at Government House.
Ahmed, according to the statement, said he had received a thorough briefing on the exercise from the commander, assuring residents that the security operation being held across the country was designed to maintain law and order ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
He urged all residents of the state to go about their lawful activities without fear as the exercise was designed to reassure members of the public of their safety before, during and after the general elections.
Ahmed also said the exercise was consistent with the decisions of the State Security Council earlier in the month and would complement other security operations already put in place.
These decisions, he said, include the establishment of a joint task force to provide high visibility security presence across the state as well as enforce existing laws and regulations guiding electioneering campaigns and conduct of elections.
The governor said additional measures include mass media campaign against illegal possession of firearms being undertaken by the state government in partnership with the police.(NNN)
(Edited by Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo)
Zakat : Hadejia Emirate distributes N4.3m grains to 2,349 under-privileged
By Nabilu Balarabe
Hadejia (Jigawa), Feb. 11,2019 (NNN) The Hadejia Emirate Council’s Zakat Committee in Jigawa has distributed grains worth N4.3 million to 2,349 under- privileged in Marke, Guri and Dumadumin-Toka districts, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
A member of the committee and Chief Imam of Hadejia Central Mosque, Sheikh Yusif Abdulrahman, disclosed this to NNN in Hadejia on Monday.
NNN reports that the Zakat, which is a compulsory tax in Islam paid annually on farm produce, livestock and cash that attain certain percentage of growth.
Abdulrahman said the grains distributed to the needy included maize, sorghum and millet.
“Zakat on grains is an annual exercise in which farmers, who harvest a certain quantity of grains, are expected to give a percentage of it to the downtrodden.
“ The produce generated from the farmers are normally stocked at the residence of either the ward head or the village head, and the committee will later go round and distribute them to the needy in that area,” he said.
According to him, Out of the 501 bags of grains distributed, 218 bags were distributed to 1,218 persons in Guri, 174 bags shared to 592 persons in Marke, while 539 persons got 109 bags in Dumadumin-Toka.
The cleric, therefore, called on large scale farmers and other wealthy individuals to fear God and ensure that they give out of Zakat as at when due.
NNN reports that Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and is meant to purify the wealth endowed to one by Allah, and assist the needy overcome some of their challenges. (NNN)
Edited by Halima Sheji/Maharazu Ahmed
By Joseph Edeh
Abuja, Feb. 11, 2019 (NNN) The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned people against fake news and hate speeches designed to whip up ethnic, religious or political sentiments during the elections.
Mr Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer of the service, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja advised perpetrators to steer clear of acts capable of undermining national security.
“The service will, however, not stand idly and watch miscreants and mischief makers bring avoidable chaos and disorder upon the nation,“ he said.
He enjoined all stakeholders to be law abiding and observe the rules of engagement to ensure a successful exercise.
Afunanya reiterated the service`s commitment to the provision of adequate security throughout the period of the elections.
The spokesman urged politicians and the youths to shun all acts of violence capable of undermining the success of the exercise.
“The DSS will professionally discharge its statutory mandate which, among others, is to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria,“ he said.
He said that the service was determined to identify and arrest criminals and their collaborators whose activities were inimical to the elections.
He implored the public to support security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct violence-free elections.
Afunanya urged citizens to responsibly exercise their civic duties without fear as security measures have been put in place for the safety of lives and property. (NNN)
Ipas urges police to enforce sanctions against gender-based violence
By Hajara Leman
Gombe, Feb. 9, 2019 (NNN) An international rights organisation, Ipas, has urged the police and other relevant authorities to prosecute and enforce sanctions against perpetrators of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country. Ms Hauwa Shekarau, the country Director of Ipas, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Gombe on Saturday. NNN reports that Ipas is an international organisation working in the area of reducing abortion-related death and injuries as well as increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. She said cases of GBV were on the increase, but the perpetrators of the act were not held to face the wrath of the law. Shekarau, who is also a legal practitioner, said if perpetrators would not be brought to book, the cases would continue to escalate. “Any matter that was reported must be investigated and not to mere settle the matter between the culprit and victim. “A crime is a crime and should not be settled, except that matter is taken to court and court says the suspect is not guilty.” She also identified fear of stigma as one of the factors hindering people from reporting GBV cases to the police. “Fear of stigmatisation is not doing harm to our societies. “But allowing the culprit to face the wrath of the law will serve as deterrent to other perpetrators of the act. She also said NGOs,community-based organisations, religious and traditional leaders should encourage the public to report cases of GBV to the appropriate authorities. NNN reports that Ipas trained 20 selected journalists from Gombe, Jigawa and Taraba States on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights for three days in Gombe. (NNN)
Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
New Commissioner of Police assumes duty in Abia
Umuahia, Feb. 11, 2019 (NNN) The new Commissioner of Police (CP) in Abia, Mr Eneh Okon, assumed office on Monday, promising to discharge his duty diligently with the fear of God.
Speaking at a brief handover ceremony held at the Police Officers Mess, Umuahia, Okon also promised to work with officers and men of the command as “friends and colleagues”.
He said, “I shall work with all the officers and men of the state command as colleagues and friends.
”You should not be afraid of me but only fear God,” he said.
Okon, who was a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Abia before his recent elevation, said that he had no fear that he would succeed, given his vast knowledge of the state.
He spoke glowingly about the qualtiy and personality of his predecessor, Mr Chris Ezike, who was among the officers recently promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
“The former Commissioner of Police is an embodiment of knowledge and intelligence and he makes his mark everywhere he goes,” the new police boss said.
In his remarks, Ezike described the inadequate personnel and lack of logistics to fight crime in the state as the major challenges that confronted him as CP.
He said that the command also lacked adequate and functional operational vehicles for greater efficiency.
He said that the police required operational vehicles to be able to achieve an efficiant visibility policing in crime prevention.
Ezike expressed delight over the approvsl of funds by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu for the purchase of operational vehicles for the police and hoped that the money would be released.
He thanked Ikpeazu for his assistance to the command during his three-month stay as CP in Abia.
Ezike said that his only regret as CP in Abia was when the command recorded “an operational mistake”, in which a police officer and an army personnel died during a crossfire with armed bandits.
He charged the officers and men of the command to demonstrate a high level of professionalism, credibility and integrity during the general elections.
He described Okon as a proactive, young and energetic officer with the capacity to take the Nigerian Police to the next level.
Speaking to newsmen on the sideline of the handover, Ezike, who was posted as the new AIG Zone 4, Makurdi, said that he would continue to advocate community policing as an efficient strategy for crime prevention. (NNN)
(Edited by Sam Oditah)
A fuel-laden tanker has exploded along the Otedola Bridge axis of Berger in Lagos with the blaze engulfing at least 30 other vehicles. The tanker was heading out of Lagos towards the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the crash occurred, causing panic and fear. Traffic has been stopped on both side of the road and emergency officials are at the scene trying to put out the fire and attend to those affected. Many people were feared trapped in their cars but the authorities have not given any casualty figure yet. See eyewitness video from the scene:
One of Nigeria’s renowned entertainers, Charles Oputa, popularly known as “Charlie Boy’’, on Monday took to Social Media to say he will spearhead a revolt against corrupt politicians in Nigeria.
Charlie boy who now calls himself “President of Frustrated Nigerians’’ added that he would take the first bullet in the proposed revolution to restore change to the country.
He said “Like my friend Obinna said and I agree with him, henceforth…. “don’t ask for a revolution; be the revolution.
“Be the change. Do not wail for that which is troubling this country; Fight to fix it and make the country great again.
“Do not hail the corrupt and destroyers of our Dreams; Expose and ridicule them.
“The Politicians are corruptly connected, criminally bonded and fearful of the people.
“We must be audacious in our demands; we must be Fearless in our Agitation and we must be ready to sacrifice our all for this Country, “he said.
He continued by saying, “I will take the first bullet; let my body be the first to drop; let my blood be the first to wash our lands.
“But let no Nigeria turn back once we begin this resistance to political insensitivity and mindless looting of our common wealth; let no Nigerian walk alone.
“The Nigerian politician is our Enemy; The Nigerian people are the victim and it is time to channel our anger towards a “Peaceful Revolution”.
“We must stop being the victims and become “THE FEAR“.
(Edited by: Emmanuel Okara/Maharazu Ahmed)