Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has commended a police officer and indigene of the state, CSP Daniel Amah, for rejecting $200,000 bribe from armed robbery suspects.
The governor’s commendation is contained in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham, on Thursday in Jos. He saluted Amah for his resolve to adhere to the ethics of the police force, even in the face of temptation.
Lalong showered encomium on the officer, who presided over the investigation as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Bompai Police Station in Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano. He said that the ‘Public Service Integrity Award’ recently bestowed on Amah by Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) was well deserved.
“Your honesty and patriotism to reject the temptation to participate in corruption and conceal crime have made your family, Plateau State and Nigeria proud.
“I am not surprised because the action of Amah is in tandem with the Plateau spirit of diligence, honesty, patriotism and hard work” he said.
The governor urged the police officer to continue with his good work and be a mentor to others, describing his singular act as an indication of a bright career in the service of the nation.
He also urged other officers and Nigerians in all sectors to emulate Amah’s conduct, which, he said, was critical toward transforming the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, had also commended the police officer for his integrity and professionalism.
NAN also reports that Amah, an indigene of Jos-East Local Government Area of Plateau, joined the Nigerian Police Force as a Cadet Inspector in 2002.
Despite Chinese threats, Germany and Taiwan say they want to further deepen bilateral collaboration because they share common values, visiting German lawmakers said on Thursday.
Klaus-Peter Willsch and five German parliamentary colleagues wrapped up their five-day official visit to Taiwan amid growing regional tensions with China.
“This country is based on the rule of law, a haven of freedom in Asia,” Willsch told a news conference in Taipei before the delegation started their trip home.
In Taiwan, the cross-party Berlin-Taipei parliamentary friendship group met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers, along with representatives of technology companies and institutions focusing on security.
Willsch said the Bundestag has made it clear on several occasions that military threats by major countries against neighbours are unacceptable.
“This is not the way we understand international politics,” Willsch said of Chinese saber-rattling against the democratic island republic.
Willsch said their visit, the first official delegation from Germany since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in 2019, shows that bilateral parliament exchange has resumed back to normality.
The Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee plans to visit in late October, followed by a visit of young members of the Bundestag planned for next year, Willsch said.
Police in Katsina State rescued nine victims of human trafficking on Wednesday.
Police spokesman in the state, SP Gambo Isah, stated in Katsina that based on credible intelligence, police raided a criminal hideout in Daura Local Government Area and rescued the victims.
“Those rescued are Timilaye Ojo (26) from Lagos State, Blessing Joseph (19) from Edo, and Khadija Abdullahi (29) from Ondo State.
“Others are Safiyyat Ahmed (21) from Lagos State, Precious Nuhu (22) from Kaduna State, and Bolanle Adewusi (32) from Ogun. “Also rescued were Okpoekwu Eunice (28) from Enugu State, Kabirat Azeez (19) from Ondo State and Taiwo Adeolo (27) also from Ondo State.
“In the course of investigation, the victims stated that they were conveyed from Kano State to Daura by a driver, who on sighting the police team, abandoned the victims and took to his heels,’’ he stated.
Isah added that the victims also stated that they were on their way to Libya through Niger Republic when they were rescued.
He assured that investigation was on-going to arrest the traffickers.
The Presidency has dismissed accusations on social media by presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, that some of his supporters, known as “Obidients”, have been “silently arrested” are without foundation or fact.
A source in the State House, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said both the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have officially confirmed that no such arrests whatsoever had been effected.
According to the source, neither “silent arrests”, nor for that matter “open arrests” – have been made of any of Obi’s supporters.
The source said: ”The democratic process in Nigeria is free and fair and all candidates – whether those from the established parties or minor ones – have the absolute constitutional and God-given right to campaign openly and without hindrance.
”What is also the case is that anyone who breaks the law – whether they are a supporter of the government party or opposition – must be held to account for their actions.
“If, for instance, opposition parties’ supporters damage private property in the course of a campaign, march or rally, should they not be held to account if, for instance, governing party supporters defame an opposition figure should they not be held to account?
Of course they all should.
“What is however known about a Labour Party member who was bailed by the party’s chairman in Lagos State is that on 300922, one Joseph Chimezie ONUORAH, Passport No: A12553760, arrived Nigeria aboard Air France.
”He was intercepted about 22.30 hours at the E wing of MMIA Lagos by the Nigerian Immigration Service, at the instance of the Lagos State Police Investigation Bureau for an investigation that concerned him.
” According to the source, politicians from all sides of the political divide have a duty to maintain standards in public debate and refrain from making statements or accusations that could lead to the raising of tensions and make the prospect of aggressive physical behaviour more likely.
“Accusations that individuals have been “silently arrested” – and no one, frankly, knows what that description is supposed to mean – is an example of a statement made by a politician without any known foundation with the express intention of raising the temperature in this electoral contest.
”That cannot be good for democracy that thrives on facts and thinking, not on false statements and fiction,” the source said.
Joseph Kruzich, Public Affairs Officer of the U.
S Consulate in Lagos, says Nigerian youths are active, dynamic and difference makers, especially in the private sector.
Kruzich, who described the youth as the future of the country, spoke on Wednesday, at a reunion and debriefing conference organised by the consulate for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellows.
The fellows recently completed their fellowship programmes at various prestigious institutes and universities in the U.
S. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Mandela Washington Fellowship was established in 2014 by the U.
It is to empower young African leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa through coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities.
Kruzich said that since its inception, over 5800 young leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa had gone through the programme, with about 10 per cent of them from Nigeria.
He said the six-week long programme conducted at major American institutions and universities aimed to equip young leaders with skills and knowledge.
This, he said, would help them play positive roles in Nigeria’s economic development, and strengthen its democracy, organisations of civil society as well as the educational system.
“To measure the performance of fellows, first and foremost, we have reunion concerts and try to keep in touch with them.
“We also help them organise into groups and to organise impactful projects that they can engage in when they get back to Nigeria, sometimes with our funding or with funding from Nigerian organisations.
“We would, therefore, be looking forward to seeing fellows engage in activities that would broaden their network, community service, and mentoring of young people in Nigeria,” he said.
Julia McKay, Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.
S. Embassy in Abuja, said the programme was not just a trip to U.
S. but a one year fellowship.
McKay said that fellows became part of a network of more than 10,000 Nigerians.
“Fellows support each other and we provide opportunities for them in the future including professional development and funding for their projects.
” The cultural affairs officer said that the fellowship continued beyond the trip, noting that new fellows would connect not only with those in Nigeria but also with other Mandela Washington Fellows across the continent.
McKay said they would create networks that work together to support projects and move Nigeria forward.
One of the fellows, Mayokun Iyaomolere, an environmentalist and Founder, Plogging Nigeria Club, said the fellowship was a beautiful and wholesome experience for him.
Iyaomolere said he gained new knowledge through different instructional methods than those he was used to.
“One of the things I learnt is how to structure NGOs, and that is something I have started implementing and applying to my organisation,” he said.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Green Finance Institute (GFI) are partnering to present a special podcast series to highlight the role of finance and natural climate solutions in the run-up to COP27.
This five-episode series, Financing Nature: COP27 Special, will raise awareness of the need for private finance to achieve the positive results for nature that we urgently need for climate mitigation and adaptation.
The first episode will air today, Wednesday 5 October, and will feature Sagarika Chatterjee, Secretary of the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and Finance Lead, Climate Action Champions.
“UNEP has identified that if the world is to meet its climate change, biodiversity and land degradation goals, it needs to close a $4.1 trillion financing gap in nature by 2050.
The stakes are higher than ever.
, biodiversity and nature must be at the center of attention.
forefront of the COP27 climate agenda.
Egypt represents a unique opportunity to accelerate the implementation of effective nature-positive solutions for people, economies and the well-being of future generations,” said Susan Gardner, Director of the UNEP Division of Ecosystems.
Investments in nature restoration, protection and nature-based solutions are increasing, but not on the scale required to address the interdependent crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
“We can and must channel private capital into nature-based solutions.
This will require policy and regulatory support, catalytic capital, and financial innovation.
Ahead of COP27 in Egypt, Financing Nature: COP27 Special will showcase examples of where this is already happening and discuss what we need to do collectively to mobilize capital at scale,” said Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas, Executive Director of GFI.
Financial nature: COP27 Special will feature leading voices and examples of people offering solutions on the ground.
This includes: Episode 1: Sagarika Chatterjee, GFANZ Secretariat and Finance Leader, Climate Action Champions and José Pugas, Partner and ESG Executive Director of JGP Asset and signatory to the Innovative Finance Initiative for the Cerrado Amazon and Chaco (IFACC) .
The IFACC initiative is working to increase innovative financing for deforestation- and conversion-free agricultural production in South America Episode 2: Andrew Deutz, Director of Global Policy, Institutions and Conservation Financing at The Nature Conservancy and Yasmine Sagita, Director of Sustainability, PT Royal Lestari Utama (RLU), presenting the work of the Tropical Landscape Finance Fund with sustainability bonds and blended finance in Indonesia.
Episode 3: Kaddu Sebbunya, CEO, African Wildlife Foundation and David Cheboriot, E4Impact, Business Support Organization for The Restoration Factory, an initiative working to unlock and increase investment in sustainable land use and forest management in Africa.
Episode 4: Karen Sack, Executive Director, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance and Yabanex Batista, Deputy Director of the United Nations Global Team on the Global Coral Reef Fund, a catalytic financing instrument for reef-positive investment projects.
Episode 5: Susan Gardner, Director, Ecosystems Division, UNEP
The office of Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State has taken over the prosecution of Abraham Joseph, a former staff of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), facing trial in a defamation case levelled against him before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Joseph is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of public peace and publishing defamatory message against Prof. Adepoju Olusola, the Director-General of FRIN.
At the court’s proceedings on Wednesday, Mrs Aminat Ameen, a Legal Practitioner from the office, told the court that Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, had instructed her to take over prosecution of the case from the police.
Ameen, then prayed the court to allow retake of the plea of the defendant.
Responding, Counsel to the defendant, Mr Oluwafemi Omotayo, however, did not oppose the fresh arraignment and taking of the plea of the defendant.
The Magistrate, Mrs T.
Oyekanmi, therefore, ordered fresh taking of the plea of the defendant.
The new prosecuting counsel (Ameen) informed the court that the defendant and others now at large conspired with Sahara Reporters, an online medium, to publish a defamatory message against Prof. Adepoju Olusola, the Director-General of FRIN.
Ameen said that the defendant published the said message with intention of tarnishing the reputation of Olusola and cause breach of public peace at the institute.
She said that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace with the publication of Sahara reporters against Olusola, knowing that the publication was false and could led to civil unrest within and outside the institute.
Ameen said that the incident happened on June 29, 2021 at about 2.00 p.
m. She said that the offences contravened Sections 517, 375 and 249(d) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The defendant counsel urged the court to allow his client to continue to enjoy the previous bail granted him.
Omotayo said that the defendant’s mother and his wife that earlier stood as sureties for him were present in the court.
B.Oyekanmi ordered that the defendant should continue to enjoy the previous bail conditions.
Oyekanmi adjourned the case till Nov. 10 for hearing.
NAN reports that the defendant, if found guilty of the charges, would be liable to serve a total of three years and one month imprisonment.
Section 517 of Conspiracy stipulates two years imprisonment, Section 249(d) of breach of public peace stipulates one month imprisonment, while Section 375 of defamation stipulates one year imprisonment.
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Jos on Wednesday sentenced 24-year old trader, Titus Ishaku to two years imprisonment for stealing 24 pieces of plastic chairs.
The judge, Malam.
Lawal Suleiman, who sentenced Ishaku after he pleaded guilty to the offence, however, gave him an option of N50,000 fine.
Earlier, Prosecution Counsel, Mr Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported on July 26, at the Anglo-Jos police station by Dadung Joshua, the complainant.
Dabit told the court that the convict broke into the shop and stoke 24 pieces of Royal plastic chairs.
During police investigation, he said, the chairs were recovered and returned back to the owner.
The prosecutor said the offence is punishable under sections 333, 337 and 273 of the Plateau Penal Code Law.
An African organisation, Africa Climate Justice Collective (ACJC) has called on African Governments, the African Union and African Group of Negotiators to seek enduring solutions to address climate crisis in the region, particularly its impacts on African women and its communities ahead of COP 27.
The 27th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27 (Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC), will be held Nov. 6 to Nov. 18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The organisation made the call in a statement issued by its Communication Officer, Mr Benson Fasanya in Tuesday in Jos. He said the request was contained in a declaration it launched during the pre-COP27 Ministerial meeting held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Oct.4. “The declaration is calling for our African Governments, the African Union, and African Group of Negotiators to act in the interests of Africa and to push for ‘real’ solutions to the climate crisis to protect the people of Africa and the planet, “ he said.
He said ACJC together with some local partners want the minister’s forum to advocate for climate justice and urgent actions for the region at the COP 27, describing its people as living in crisis.
“Our call for action includes these key initial set of demands: Provide climate financing and pay climate debt owed to Africa; Develop clear and ambitious commitments in line with 1.5 degrees; build food sovereignty for resilience of the African people; Stop financing false solutions which are a dangerous distraction.
“Leave fossil fuels underground and stop the expansion of gas on the continent; Transform our energy system for energy justice; Build peace and bring an end to climate hypocrisy; Stop waste colonialism, excessive consumption by elites and advance a circular economy.
“Respect and uphold the rights of people including the right to say no to destructive infrastructure and other projects, “.
He explained that the launch of the declaration comes just before the African People’s Counter COP to be held across the continent from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21. Other activities, he said, include an online event, several local and national People’s Assemblies and other actions by members, allies and endorsers.
The declaration was developed by conveners comprising of 27 movement-based and allied organisations and partners who make up the ACJC.
A former Chairman of Nigeria Legal Aid Council, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN, has commended Chief Joseph Tegbe, the PDP Candidate for Oyo South Senatorial District, for prioritising people’s welfare.
This is contained in a statement issued by Tegbe’s Media Team and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ayorinde gave the commendation when Tegbe paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Ibadan on Tuesday.
NAN also reports that Tegbe is a civil engineer, chartered accountant and management consultant, with experience in each spanning many years.
Ayorinde commended Tegbe for always giving the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state the deserved priority in his activities.
He also hailed the senatorial candidate for his courage, resilience, selflessness and nobility, backed by vision for a greater Nigeria through investments in people.
The legal luminary urged the PDP senatorial candidate to continue in his commitment toward the welfare of the masses.
Ayorinde enjoined Tegbe to ensure that the masses continue to benefit maximally from his candidature.
According to him, the PDP senatorial candidate carries the hopes and expectations of a large number of the people of the state.
“Our people need hope; they need to be able to believe in the politicians,” he said.
He stressed the need for politicians to avoid needless attacks on personalities and the use of abusive language.
Ayorinde said that political campaigns should be based on issues that would elevate people from the current state of poverty and insecurity.
“The task of ensuring peaceful elections in 2023 is our collective responsibility.
It is, therefore, necessary that candidates and parties address issues that confront the day-to-day life of the average Nigerian.
“People need to be able to believe in their leaders and if the leaders are within the political party, that political party must have an ideology that is attractive to them.
“The will make them feel wanted, makes them feel cared for and I think that role is so crucial,” he said.
Ayorinde said that they can’t afford to continue to play politics of bitterness and division along ethnic as well as religious lines.
The senior advocate noted that such kind of politics portends great danger for the unity, growth and sustenance off the nation’s democracy.
He prayed that God give Tegbe the strength, good health and wisdom to keep serving the people of the state and humanity in general.