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  •  The Nasarawa State Government has lauded the contribution of Dr Mathew Ishaya Audu the outgoing Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese Lafia for promoting peaceful co existence among Christians and non Christians in the state and the society at large Dr Emmanuel Akabe the Deputy Governor of the state made the commendation on Friday in Lafia while speaking with newsmen at the 35th Priestly Ordination Anniversary 60th birthday celebration of Audu The Nigeria News Agency recalls that on Jan 8 Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja and Apostolic Administrator of Jos Archdiocese confirmed the appointment of Bishop Mathew Audu as the Archbishop of Jos He said that Audu has contributed positively to the development of the Christian family in the state and the country at large hence the need for the commendation He wished the Bishop well in his new place of primary assignment as the ArchBishop of Jos Diocese Agabe restated government commitment to promote religious harmony in the state in the interest of development The deputy governor called on the people of the state to live in peace and tolerate one another in the interest of peace and development Also speaking Bishop Joseph Masin the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Nasarawa State Chapter also lauded the contributions of Audu on peaceful co existence He described the Bishop as a humble man of God and prayed God to bless him abundantly The CAN chairman also prayed God to continue to guide and protect the Bishop in his new place of assignment On his part Mr Labaran Maku a former Minister of Information noted that Audu contributed positively in the area of peace health and education among other sectors His lordship is a man of God and he has contributed positively to the development of the Church and the society at large His policies in the area of health and education had affected the lives of the people of the state and Nigeria positively I wish him well as the new Arch Bishop of Jos Diocese he said Maku assured of his support to the development of the Catholic Church and the society at large Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Anniversary: Nasarawa Govt, CAN laud contributions of Bishop Audu on peace
     The Nasarawa State Government has lauded the contribution of Dr Mathew Ishaya Audu the outgoing Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese Lafia for promoting peaceful co existence among Christians and non Christians in the state and the society at large Dr Emmanuel Akabe the Deputy Governor of the state made the commendation on Friday in Lafia while speaking with newsmen at the 35th Priestly Ordination Anniversary 60th birthday celebration of Audu The Nigeria News Agency recalls that on Jan 8 Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja and Apostolic Administrator of Jos Archdiocese confirmed the appointment of Bishop Mathew Audu as the Archbishop of Jos He said that Audu has contributed positively to the development of the Christian family in the state and the country at large hence the need for the commendation He wished the Bishop well in his new place of primary assignment as the ArchBishop of Jos Diocese Agabe restated government commitment to promote religious harmony in the state in the interest of development The deputy governor called on the people of the state to live in peace and tolerate one another in the interest of peace and development Also speaking Bishop Joseph Masin the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Nasarawa State Chapter also lauded the contributions of Audu on peaceful co existence He described the Bishop as a humble man of God and prayed God to bless him abundantly The CAN chairman also prayed God to continue to guide and protect the Bishop in his new place of assignment On his part Mr Labaran Maku a former Minister of Information noted that Audu contributed positively in the area of peace health and education among other sectors His lordship is a man of God and he has contributed positively to the development of the Church and the society at large His policies in the area of health and education had affected the lives of the people of the state and Nigeria positively I wish him well as the new Arch Bishop of Jos Diocese he said Maku assured of his support to the development of the Catholic Church and the society at large Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Anniversary: Nasarawa Govt, CAN laud contributions of Bishop Audu on peace
    General news3 years ago

    Anniversary: Nasarawa Govt, CAN laud contributions of Bishop Audu on peace

    The Nasarawa State Government has lauded the contribution of Dr Mathew Ishaya Audu, the outgoing Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Lafia, for promoting peaceful co-existence among Christians and non- Christians in the state and the society at large.

    Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the Deputy Governor of the state, made the commendation on Friday in Lafia while speaking with newsmen at the 35th Priestly Ordination Anniversary/60th birthday celebration of Audu.

    The Nigeria News Agency recalls that on Jan. 8, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja and Apostolic Administrator of Jos Archdiocese, confirmed the appointment of Bishop Mathew Audu, as the Archbishop of Jos.

    He said that Audu has contributed positively to the development of the Christian family in the state and the country at large, hence the need for the commendation.

    He wished the Bishop well in his new place of primary assignment as the ArchBishop of Jos Diocese.

    Agabe restated government commitment to promote religious harmony in the state in the interest of development.

    The deputy governor called on the people of the state to live in peace and tolerate one another in the interest of peace and development.

    Also speaking, Bishop Joseph Masin, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nasarawa State Chapter, also lauded the contributions of Audu on peaceful co-existence.

    He described the Bishop as a humble man of God and prayed God to bless him abundantly.

    The CAN chairman also prayed God to continue to guide and protect the Bishop in his new place of assignment.

    On his part, Mr Labaran Maku, a former Minister of Information, noted that Audu contributed positively in the area of peace, health and education, among other sectors.

    “His lordship is a man of God and he has contributed positively to the development of the Church and the society at large.

    “His policies in the area of health and education had affected the lives of the people of the state and Nigeria positively.

    “I wish him well as the new Arch Bishop of Jos Diocese,” he said.

    Maku assured of his support to the development of the Catholic Church and the society at large.


    Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •  The Gender Development Department of Federal Capital Territory FCT says application for adoption of babies must follow due legal processes The director of the department Mrs Agnes Utah Hart in an interview on Friday in Abuja explained that such due processes and patience would make intending persons eligible to adopt and foster children According to her the need to exercise patience is necessary as adoption processes operate under a law It requires administrative and legal processes interview and assessment of the applicants before a child is given out for adoption or fostering she said She explained that a handwritten application letter for adoption or fostering addressed to the Secretary Social Development Secretariat with an attached application form collected from the legal unit must be submitted as part of the processes Adoption falls within Child Welfare in the FCT Fostering and adoption in the FCT begin in the family court every applicant goes to the family court to interface with the register and a slip is issued from the court to us It is that slip the prospective applicant picks our adoption form free of charge and fills it up correctly providing information such as birth certificate and declaration of age two recent passport marriage certificate evidence of income medical certificate of fitness Also a letter of consent and affidavit showing that all documents given to us are authentic and in the event that any of it is found not to be adequate the application are rejected she said She further explained that ought to be a team for home visitation as part of adoption processes to assess the readiness of the applicant that wanted to pick the child This is followed by an FCT adoption committee to look at the application based on merit and availability of children she said She also noted that no few than 500 persons applied for applicants seek for adoption and fostering within the FCT annually She observed that that their number of persons who applied for child adoption and fostering were more than the available and eligible babies Application for adoption is daily the issue is that the demand is more than supply we do not have enough children to give out for adoption or fostering When you visit an orphanage home you will see so many children but not all are for fostering and adoption Most of them have relations and are kept there pending when their parents are stabilised So in an ideal orphanage children that are eligible for adoption are very minimal when we are certain that they are completely abandoned The law says they must have stayed with us for three months after which the child automatically becomes eligible for fostering or adoption The police must have been involved and must have done all their investigations checks and nobody comes to lay claims she said On the issue of delay in adoption the FCT official explained that unavailability of babies not meeting the criteria of the adoption processes and the legal process were factors affecting it If somebody applies for adoption and it is taking one year it is in order Those applying must be patient The delay is both ways some of the applicants will apply and forget about it by trying other places and keep saying that they have submitted their applications for some years While some will follow up and stop some do not have the requirement which might be missing in their file without proper address or phone number to contact them We have a record and data of all those who have applied and we work with the list so we call them to ask them if they are still interested some decline without informing us earlier she said She therefore reiterated the commitment of the FCT administration in caring for the needs of abandoned babies and educating the society on the need for family planning to avoid abandoning babies Edited By Joseph Edeh Kayode Olaitan
    Gender Development Department states requirements for child adoption
     The Gender Development Department of Federal Capital Territory FCT says application for adoption of babies must follow due legal processes The director of the department Mrs Agnes Utah Hart in an interview on Friday in Abuja explained that such due processes and patience would make intending persons eligible to adopt and foster children According to her the need to exercise patience is necessary as adoption processes operate under a law It requires administrative and legal processes interview and assessment of the applicants before a child is given out for adoption or fostering she said She explained that a handwritten application letter for adoption or fostering addressed to the Secretary Social Development Secretariat with an attached application form collected from the legal unit must be submitted as part of the processes Adoption falls within Child Welfare in the FCT Fostering and adoption in the FCT begin in the family court every applicant goes to the family court to interface with the register and a slip is issued from the court to us It is that slip the prospective applicant picks our adoption form free of charge and fills it up correctly providing information such as birth certificate and declaration of age two recent passport marriage certificate evidence of income medical certificate of fitness Also a letter of consent and affidavit showing that all documents given to us are authentic and in the event that any of it is found not to be adequate the application are rejected she said She further explained that ought to be a team for home visitation as part of adoption processes to assess the readiness of the applicant that wanted to pick the child This is followed by an FCT adoption committee to look at the application based on merit and availability of children she said She also noted that no few than 500 persons applied for applicants seek for adoption and fostering within the FCT annually She observed that that their number of persons who applied for child adoption and fostering were more than the available and eligible babies Application for adoption is daily the issue is that the demand is more than supply we do not have enough children to give out for adoption or fostering When you visit an orphanage home you will see so many children but not all are for fostering and adoption Most of them have relations and are kept there pending when their parents are stabilised So in an ideal orphanage children that are eligible for adoption are very minimal when we are certain that they are completely abandoned The law says they must have stayed with us for three months after which the child automatically becomes eligible for fostering or adoption The police must have been involved and must have done all their investigations checks and nobody comes to lay claims she said On the issue of delay in adoption the FCT official explained that unavailability of babies not meeting the criteria of the adoption processes and the legal process were factors affecting it If somebody applies for adoption and it is taking one year it is in order Those applying must be patient The delay is both ways some of the applicants will apply and forget about it by trying other places and keep saying that they have submitted their applications for some years While some will follow up and stop some do not have the requirement which might be missing in their file without proper address or phone number to contact them We have a record and data of all those who have applied and we work with the list so we call them to ask them if they are still interested some decline without informing us earlier she said She therefore reiterated the commitment of the FCT administration in caring for the needs of abandoned babies and educating the society on the need for family planning to avoid abandoning babies Edited By Joseph Edeh Kayode Olaitan
    Gender Development Department states requirements for child adoption
    Health3 years ago

    Gender Development Department states requirements for child adoption

    The Gender Development Department of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) says application for adoption of babies must follow due legal processes.

    The director of the department, Mrs Agnes Utah-Hart in an interview on Friday in Abuja, explained that such due processes and patience would make intending persons eligible to adopt and foster children.

    According to her, the need to exercise patience is necessary as adoption processes operate under a law.

    “It requires administrative and legal processes, interview and assessment of the applicants before a child is given out for adoption or fostering,’’ she said.

    She explained that a handwritten application letter for adoption or fostering addressed to the Secretary, Social Development Secretariat with an attached application form collected from the legal unit must be submitted as part of the processes.

    “Adoption falls within Child Welfare in the FCT. Fostering and adoption in the FCT begin in the family court, every applicant goes to the family court to interface with the register and a slip is issued from the court to us.

    “It is that slip the prospective applicant picks our adoption form free of charge and fills it up correctly providing information such as birth certificate and declaration of age, two recent passport, marriage certificate, evidence of income, medical certificate of fitness.

    “Also, a letter of consent and affidavit showing that all documents given to us are authentic; and in the event that any of it is found not to be adequate, the application are rejected,’’ she said.

    She, further explained that ought to be a team for home visitation as part of adoption processes to assess the readiness of the applicant that wanted to pick the child.

    “This is followed by an FCT adoption committee to look at the application based on merit and availability of children,’’ she said.

    She also noted that no few than 500 persons applied for applicants seek for adoption and fostering within the FCT annually.

    She observed that that their number of persons who applied for child adoption and fostering were more than the available and eligible babies.

    “Application for adoption is daily, the issue is that the demand is more than supply; we do not have enough children to give out for adoption or fostering.

    “When you visit an orphanage home, you will see so many children, but not all are for fostering and adoption.

    “Most of them have relations and are kept there pending when their parents are stabilised.

    “So, in an ideal orphanage, children that are eligible for adoption are very minimal; when we are certain that they are completely abandoned.

    “The law says they must have stayed with us for three months after which the child automatically becomes eligible for fostering or adoption.

    “The police must have been involved and must have done all their investigations, checks and nobody comes to lay claims,’’ she said.

    On the issue of delay in adoption, the FCT official explained that unavailability of babies, not meeting the criteria of the adoption processes and the legal process, were factors affecting it.

    “If somebody applies for adoption and it is taking one year, it is in order. Those applying must be patient.

    “The delay is both ways, some of the applicants will apply and forget about it by trying other places and keep saying that they have submitted their applications for some years.

    “While some will follow up and stop, some do not have the requirement which might be missing in their file without proper address or phone number to contact them.

    “We have a record and data of all those who have applied and we work with the list; so we call them to ask them if they are still interested, some decline without informing us earlier,’’ she said.

    She, therefore, reiterated the commitment of the FCT administration in caring for the needs of abandoned babies and educating the society on the need for family planning to avoid abandoning babies.


    Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Kayode Olaitan

  •  The Forward Operating Base FOB of Nigerian Navy in Igbokoda Ondo State has declared wanted a man Iwatan Bamitale and his 35 member gang over alleged criminal activities in the coastal areas of Ondo The FOB alleged that Bamitale an indigene of Ilaje Local Government Area and his gang were responsible for several kidnapping activities sea robberies illegal bunkering cult activities rape and killings in the area Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa the Commanding Officer of the FOB told journalists on Friday in Igbokoda that Navy could no longer fold its arms and watch criminals turn the coastal areas to a volatile terrain for the law abiding citizens Ndanusa alleged that Bamitale an ex militant who claimed to be have repented during the amnesty programme engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities in the riverine and coastal areas The Navy boss also alleged that Bamitale and his gang had been dispossessing local fishermen of their outboard engines and valuables as well as causing havoc to vessels plying Warri Escravos Ondo Lagos and Ogun States On Oct 27 2019 Bamitale and his gang kidnapped five merchant vessel Captains from Escravos and brought them to unknown hideout in Awoye in Ilaje Local Government Area It took the intervention of the FOB to rescue the victims Intelligence reports have it that kidnappers who killed four Nigerian Navy personnel and abducted three foreign nationals on board MV AMBIKA on Jan 2 2020 at Agge Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State were on their way to link with Bamiitale and his cohorts before the FOB foiled their plan and rescued the victims on Jan 8 2020 Intelligence report also have it that the rifles of the four Navy personnel killed on Jan 2 2020 are in the possession of Bamitale s gang as cache of arms and ammunitions are in their possession Also several cultist killings and rape cases in Igbokoda and its environs were reportedly masterminded by Bamitale and his cohorts he said Ndanusa also said that three of Bamitale s gang Odun Ogunse Akaba Sunday Adeojo Gatuso and ThankGod Edema Adono had been arrested by the FOB and handed over to the Department of State Security Services DSS for further investigations The Navy boss said that the remaining gang members on the wanted list were Mayowa Iletuwa Commander Akinwunmi Ebifemi Espanyol Ayanfe Ogundeji Flatter Boy Itunu Obiade 36 Kiniun Mayowa Omowunmi Kolabo and Bamigbe Ogunyemi Others are Soji Eyiweju Ayeni Iwaeni Seun Enikuemehin Junior Samuel Akin Oyetakin Femi Balogun Wale Ogunfuyi Ayeni Mathias Friday Iji Bode Enikuemehin Samuel Satinehin Sam J and Neri Taiwo Others include Tobi Ikudehinbu Doctor Ogunsola Solomon Joseph King Solo Olu Ebejimi Agidiogun Bobo Monday Ikumehinlo Egberi The remaining gang members whose surname are unknown are Tolu Lawrence Eniola Omo Iya Father Team Leader Gbenro Aji Wonke and Chinedu The Nigeria News Agency recalls that some women leaders in Ilaje Council area recently paid a solidarity visit to the FOB in appreciation of the efforts of Navy in restoring peace to Igbokoda and its environs Edited By Tajudeen Atitebi
    Navy declares 36 suspects wanted over kidnapping, killings in Ondo
     The Forward Operating Base FOB of Nigerian Navy in Igbokoda Ondo State has declared wanted a man Iwatan Bamitale and his 35 member gang over alleged criminal activities in the coastal areas of Ondo The FOB alleged that Bamitale an indigene of Ilaje Local Government Area and his gang were responsible for several kidnapping activities sea robberies illegal bunkering cult activities rape and killings in the area Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa the Commanding Officer of the FOB told journalists on Friday in Igbokoda that Navy could no longer fold its arms and watch criminals turn the coastal areas to a volatile terrain for the law abiding citizens Ndanusa alleged that Bamitale an ex militant who claimed to be have repented during the amnesty programme engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities in the riverine and coastal areas The Navy boss also alleged that Bamitale and his gang had been dispossessing local fishermen of their outboard engines and valuables as well as causing havoc to vessels plying Warri Escravos Ondo Lagos and Ogun States On Oct 27 2019 Bamitale and his gang kidnapped five merchant vessel Captains from Escravos and brought them to unknown hideout in Awoye in Ilaje Local Government Area It took the intervention of the FOB to rescue the victims Intelligence reports have it that kidnappers who killed four Nigerian Navy personnel and abducted three foreign nationals on board MV AMBIKA on Jan 2 2020 at Agge Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State were on their way to link with Bamiitale and his cohorts before the FOB foiled their plan and rescued the victims on Jan 8 2020 Intelligence report also have it that the rifles of the four Navy personnel killed on Jan 2 2020 are in the possession of Bamitale s gang as cache of arms and ammunitions are in their possession Also several cultist killings and rape cases in Igbokoda and its environs were reportedly masterminded by Bamitale and his cohorts he said Ndanusa also said that three of Bamitale s gang Odun Ogunse Akaba Sunday Adeojo Gatuso and ThankGod Edema Adono had been arrested by the FOB and handed over to the Department of State Security Services DSS for further investigations The Navy boss said that the remaining gang members on the wanted list were Mayowa Iletuwa Commander Akinwunmi Ebifemi Espanyol Ayanfe Ogundeji Flatter Boy Itunu Obiade 36 Kiniun Mayowa Omowunmi Kolabo and Bamigbe Ogunyemi Others are Soji Eyiweju Ayeni Iwaeni Seun Enikuemehin Junior Samuel Akin Oyetakin Femi Balogun Wale Ogunfuyi Ayeni Mathias Friday Iji Bode Enikuemehin Samuel Satinehin Sam J and Neri Taiwo Others include Tobi Ikudehinbu Doctor Ogunsola Solomon Joseph King Solo Olu Ebejimi Agidiogun Bobo Monday Ikumehinlo Egberi The remaining gang members whose surname are unknown are Tolu Lawrence Eniola Omo Iya Father Team Leader Gbenro Aji Wonke and Chinedu The Nigeria News Agency recalls that some women leaders in Ilaje Council area recently paid a solidarity visit to the FOB in appreciation of the efforts of Navy in restoring peace to Igbokoda and its environs Edited By Tajudeen Atitebi
    Navy declares 36 suspects wanted over kidnapping, killings in Ondo
    General news3 years ago

    Navy declares 36 suspects wanted over kidnapping, killings in Ondo

    The Forward Operating Base (FOB) of Nigerian Navy in  Igbokoda, Ondo State, has declared wanted a man,  Iwatan Bamitale, and his 35-member gang over alleged criminal activities in the coastal areas of Ondo.

    The FOB alleged that Bamitale, an indigene of Ilaje Local Government Area, and his gang were responsible for several kidnapping activities, sea robberies, illegal bunkering, cult activities, rape and killings in the area.

    Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa, the Commanding Officer of the FOB, told journalists on Friday in Igbokoda, that Navy could no longer fold its arms and watch criminals turn the coastal areas to a “volatile terrain for the law abiding citizens.”

    Ndanusa alleged that Bamitale, an ex-militant, who claimed to be have repented during the amnesty programme, “engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities in the riverine and coastal areas.’’

    The Navy boss also alleged that Bamitale and his gang had been dispossessing local fishermen of their outboard engines and valuables as well as causing havoc to vessels plying Warri/Escravos/Ondo/Lagos and Ogun States.

    “On Oct. 27, 2019, Bamitale and his gang kidnapped five merchant vessel Captains from Escravos and brought them to unknown hideout in Awoye in Ilaje Local Government Area. It took the intervention of the FOB to rescue the victims.

    “Intelligence reports have it that kidnappers, who killed four Nigerian Navy personnel and abducted three foreign nationals on board MV AMBIKA on Jan. 2, 2020 at Agge Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, were on their way to link with Bamiitale and his cohorts before the FOB foiled their plan and rescued the victims on Jan. 8, 2020.

    “Intelligence report also have it that the rifles of the four Navy personnel killed on Jan. 2, 2020 are in the possession of Bamitale’s gang as cache of arms and ammunitions are in their possession.

    “Also, several cultist killings and rape cases in Igbokoda and its environs were reportedly masterminded by Bamitale and his cohorts,” he said.

    Ndanusa also said that three of Bamitale’s gang: Odun Ogunse (Akaba), Sunday Adeojo (Gatuso) and ThankGod Edema (Adono) had been arrested by the FOB and handed over to the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for further investigations.

    The Navy boss said that the remaining gang members on the wanted list were: Mayowa Iletuwa (Commander), Akinwunmi Ebifemi (Espanyol), Ayanfe Ogundeji (Flatter Boy), Itunu Obiade (36 Kiniun), Mayowa Omowunmi (Kolabo) and Bamigbe Ogunyemi.

    Others are Soji Eyiweju, Ayeni Iwaeni, Seun Enikuemehin, Junior Samuel, Akin Oyetakin, Femi Balogun, Wale Ogunfuyi, Ayeni Mathias, Friday Iji, Bode Enikuemehin, Samuel Satinehin (Sam J) and Neri.Taiwo.

    Others include: Tobi Ikudehinbu, Doctor Ogunsola, Solomon Joseph (King Solo), Olu Ebejimi, Agidiogun Bobo, Monday Ikumehinlo (Egberi).

    The remaining gang members whose surname are unknown are: Tolu, Lawrence; Eniola (Omo-Iya), Father (Team Leader), Gbenro, Aji, Wonke and Chinedu.

    The Nigeria News Agency recalls that some women leaders in Ilaje Council area recently paid a solidarity visit to the FOB in appreciation of the efforts of Navy in restoring peace to Igbokoda and its environs.


    Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi

     

  •  The absence of nthe Chief Medical Director CMD of the Barau Dikko Hospital Kaduna on Friday stalled hearing in case in the alleged death of a suspect Nanpon Sambo in Federal High Court in Jos Justice Dorcas Agishi in December ordered the CMD to appear before her to explain the cause of the alleged death of Sambo while in police custody Agishi ordered the CMD to give details on what killed Sambo When the case came up for hearing on Friday the CMD was not in Court as ordered by the Judge in December Sambo s Counsel D G Dashe had told the court that the business for the day was for the CMD of Barau Dikko Hospital Kaduna to explain to the court with medical reports on how Sambo died Unfortunately from all indication it appears the CMD or any of his representative in here in court today in compliance to your Lordship s order made in December Dashe lamented At that point the Court Register M A Denis stood up and informed the Court of an earlier phone call he received from one Ibrahim Inusa on behalf of the CMD informing him of the inability to come around as ordered Inusa said that they were served with the court order on Jan 20 but needed some time to prepare the report and print it out before coming He also said that because of the Lassa Fever out break across the country the CMD has been summoned by the Kaduna State Governor toward checkmating the spread of the disease and so his isn t dispose to come Denis explained Dashe in response said since an attempt has been made by CMD he wasn t going to oppose it but has to apply for an adjournment to enable the CMD come before the Court My Lord since an attempt has been made through the court registrar we are going to oppose it but rather apply for another date for the CMD come properly to explain to us the cause of Sambo s death In the circumstance I hereby apply for an adjournment for the hearing of report of Sambo s cause s of death as alleged by the police Dashe solicited Mrs Keturah Saliyuk the Prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice did not oppose the application But Ayanna Counsel to the Police who also did not oppose the application told the court that he has a motion which he would like to move on the Court s order of contempt against Inspector General of Police IG P and Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Abba Kyari in charge of the Intelligence Response Team IRT But Dashe and Saliyuk objected to the application on the ground that business of the day was on the medical report being expected from the CMD The Judge the adjourned the case to Feb 19 for hearing of the hospital s medical report through the CMD and Ayanna s motion Nigeria News Agency reports that on Oct 29 2019 the police counsel Mr Joshua Ayanna told the court that the suspect Sambo fell ill and died while in custody The police had claimed that Sambo who is charged with illegal possession of fire arm took ill and was rushed to the hospital in Kaduna where he died Edited By Sadiya Hamza
    Absence of Barau Dikko hospital’s CMD stalls hearing in suspect’s death
     The absence of nthe Chief Medical Director CMD of the Barau Dikko Hospital Kaduna on Friday stalled hearing in case in the alleged death of a suspect Nanpon Sambo in Federal High Court in Jos Justice Dorcas Agishi in December ordered the CMD to appear before her to explain the cause of the alleged death of Sambo while in police custody Agishi ordered the CMD to give details on what killed Sambo When the case came up for hearing on Friday the CMD was not in Court as ordered by the Judge in December Sambo s Counsel D G Dashe had told the court that the business for the day was for the CMD of Barau Dikko Hospital Kaduna to explain to the court with medical reports on how Sambo died Unfortunately from all indication it appears the CMD or any of his representative in here in court today in compliance to your Lordship s order made in December Dashe lamented At that point the Court Register M A Denis stood up and informed the Court of an earlier phone call he received from one Ibrahim Inusa on behalf of the CMD informing him of the inability to come around as ordered Inusa said that they were served with the court order on Jan 20 but needed some time to prepare the report and print it out before coming He also said that because of the Lassa Fever out break across the country the CMD has been summoned by the Kaduna State Governor toward checkmating the spread of the disease and so his isn t dispose to come Denis explained Dashe in response said since an attempt has been made by CMD he wasn t going to oppose it but has to apply for an adjournment to enable the CMD come before the Court My Lord since an attempt has been made through the court registrar we are going to oppose it but rather apply for another date for the CMD come properly to explain to us the cause of Sambo s death In the circumstance I hereby apply for an adjournment for the hearing of report of Sambo s cause s of death as alleged by the police Dashe solicited Mrs Keturah Saliyuk the Prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice did not oppose the application But Ayanna Counsel to the Police who also did not oppose the application told the court that he has a motion which he would like to move on the Court s order of contempt against Inspector General of Police IG P and Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Abba Kyari in charge of the Intelligence Response Team IRT But Dashe and Saliyuk objected to the application on the ground that business of the day was on the medical report being expected from the CMD The Judge the adjourned the case to Feb 19 for hearing of the hospital s medical report through the CMD and Ayanna s motion Nigeria News Agency reports that on Oct 29 2019 the police counsel Mr Joshua Ayanna told the court that the suspect Sambo fell ill and died while in custody The police had claimed that Sambo who is charged with illegal possession of fire arm took ill and was rushed to the hospital in Kaduna where he died Edited By Sadiya Hamza
    Absence of Barau Dikko hospital’s CMD stalls hearing in suspect’s death
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Absence of Barau Dikko hospital’s CMD stalls hearing in suspect’s death

    The absence of nthe Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Barau Dikko Hospital, Kaduna, on Friday stalled hearing in case in the alleged death of a suspect, Nanpon Sambo, in  Federal High Court in Jos.

    Justice Dorcas Agishi, in December ordered the CMD to appear before her to explain the cause of the alleged death of Sambo while in police custody.

    Agishi ordered the CMD to give details on what killed Sambo.

    When the case came up for hearing on Friday, the CMD was not in Court as ordered by the Judge in December.

    Sambo’s Counsel, D.G. Dashe, had told the court that the business for the day was for the CMD of Barau Dikko Hospital, Kaduna, to explain to the court with medical reports on how Sambo died.”

    “Unfortunately, from all indication, it appears the CMD or any of his representative in here in court today in compliance to your Lordship’s order made in December, ” Dashe lamented.

    At that point, the Court Register, M. A. Denis, stood up and informed the Court of an earlier phone call he received from one Ibrahim Inusa, on behalf of the CMD informing him of the inability to come around as ordered.

    “Inusa said that they were served with the court order on Jan. 20 but needed some time to prepare the report and print it out before coming.

    “He also said that because of the Lassa Fever out break across the country, the CMD has been summoned by the Kaduna State Governor toward checkmating the spread of the disease and so his isn’t dispose to come, ” Denis explained.

    Dashe, in response, said since an attempt has been made by CMD, he wasn’t going to oppose it but has to apply for an adjournment to enable the CMD come before the Court.

    “My Lord, since an attempt has been made through the court registrar, we are going to oppose it but rather apply for another date for the CMD come properly to explain to us the cause of Sambo’s death.

    “In the circumstance, I hereby apply for an adjournment for the hearing of report of Sambo’s cause (s) of death as alleged by the police, ” Dashe solicited.

    Mrs Keturah Saliyuk, the Prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice, did not oppose the application.

    But Ayanna, Counsel to the Police, who also did not oppose the application told the court that he has a motion which he would like to move on the Court’s order of contempt against Inspector General of Police (IG-P) and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, in charge of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

    But Dashe and Saliyuk objected to the application on the ground that business of the day was on the medical report being expected from the CMD.

    The Judge the adjourned the case to Feb. 19 for hearing of the hospital’s medical report through the CMD and Ayanna’s motion.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that on Oct. 29, 2019, the police counsel, Mr Joshua Ayanna, told the court that the suspect,  Sambo, fell ill and died while in custody.

    The police had claimed that Sambo, who is charged with illegal possession of fire arm, took ill and was rushed to the hospital in Kaduna, where he died. 


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza

  •  The Police Command in Benue says it has arrested 19 persons in connection with alleged armed robbery and kidnapping activities in the north central state This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner Mr Mukaddas Garba and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi on Thursday According to the statement the Command also recovered 10 arms and 28 live ammunition from the suspects Garba stated that the Force killed three armed robbery suspects during exchange of gun battle at their hideout in Iyom Village along Kwande Obudu Road on January 24 He said that security personnel later arrested one Aondover Vishigh and recovered one AK 47 rifle one locally made pistol with 15 rounds of 9mm live ammunition one single barrel gun a pair of camouflage uniform and assorted charms According to the statement the command also arrested two others Charles Ezeigbo and Chibuike Uba with a black Lexus 350 Jeep with registration number AGL 526 FM while on their way to Abuja to sell it He said that the two suspects who were on transit from Imo to Abuja were arrested along Otukpa Obollo road It explained that on December 25 2019 a gang of armed robbers numbering four attacked and robbed a victim at Otukpo town of his Lexus 350 car jewelry handset and a cash of N280 000 He said that during investigations the trio of David Agbo Olotu Joseph and Musa Nah were arrested with one locally made pistol and four rounds of 7 62mm one round of live ammunition and one ATM belonging to the victim He said that the command was committed to peace and stability in Benue and urged residents to support the efforts to rid the state of criminal elements Edited By Remi Koleoso Ephraims Sheyin
    Police arrest 19 armed robbery, kidnapping suspects in Benue
     The Police Command in Benue says it has arrested 19 persons in connection with alleged armed robbery and kidnapping activities in the north central state This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner Mr Mukaddas Garba and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi on Thursday According to the statement the Command also recovered 10 arms and 28 live ammunition from the suspects Garba stated that the Force killed three armed robbery suspects during exchange of gun battle at their hideout in Iyom Village along Kwande Obudu Road on January 24 He said that security personnel later arrested one Aondover Vishigh and recovered one AK 47 rifle one locally made pistol with 15 rounds of 9mm live ammunition one single barrel gun a pair of camouflage uniform and assorted charms According to the statement the command also arrested two others Charles Ezeigbo and Chibuike Uba with a black Lexus 350 Jeep with registration number AGL 526 FM while on their way to Abuja to sell it He said that the two suspects who were on transit from Imo to Abuja were arrested along Otukpa Obollo road It explained that on December 25 2019 a gang of armed robbers numbering four attacked and robbed a victim at Otukpo town of his Lexus 350 car jewelry handset and a cash of N280 000 He said that during investigations the trio of David Agbo Olotu Joseph and Musa Nah were arrested with one locally made pistol and four rounds of 7 62mm one round of live ammunition and one ATM belonging to the victim He said that the command was committed to peace and stability in Benue and urged residents to support the efforts to rid the state of criminal elements Edited By Remi Koleoso Ephraims Sheyin
    Police arrest 19 armed robbery, kidnapping suspects in Benue
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    Police arrest 19 armed robbery, kidnapping suspects in Benue

    The Police Command in Benue says it has arrested 19 persons in connection with alleged armed robbery and kidnapping activities in the north-central state.

    This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner, Mr Mukaddas Garba, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi, on Thursday.

    According to the statement, the Command also recovered 10 arms and 28 live ammunition from the suspects.

    Garba stated that the Force killed three armed robbery suspects during exchange of gun battle at their hideout in Iyom Village, along Kwande/Obudu Road on January 24.

    He said that security personnel later arrested one Aondover Vishigh and recovered one AK 47 rifle, one locally-made pistol with 15 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, one single barrel gun, a pair of camouflage uniform and assorted charms.

    According to the statement, the command also arrested two others – Charles Ezeigbo and Chibuike Uba – with a black Lexus 350 Jeep with registration number AGL 526 FM, while on their way to Abuja to sell it.

    He said that the two suspects, who were on transit from Imo to Abuja, were arrested along Otukpa/Obollo road.

    It explained that on December 25, 2019, a gang of armed robbers numbering four, attacked and robbed a victim at Otukpo town of his Lexus 350 car, jewelry, handset and a cash of N280,000.

    He said that during investigations, the trio of David Agbo, Olotu Joseph and Musa Nah were arrested with one locally-made pistol and four rounds of 7.62mm, one round of live ammunition, and one ATM belonging to the victim.

    He said that the command was committed to peace and stability in Benue, and urged residents to support the efforts to rid the state of criminal elements.


    Edited By: Remi Koleoso Ephraims Sheyin

  •  The Benue Deputy Governor Mr Benson Abounu has urged Mechanical Engineers to produce quality goods to ensure effective and efficient growth and development of the country Abounu made the call at the investiture of Prof Mohammed Ndaliman as the 14th National Chairman Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers NIMechE on Thursday in Abuja No nation develops anywhere in the world if that nation does not produce and the fulcrum of development of any nation hinges on the mechanical engineer because he is the manufacturer To enable us to compete in today s world we have to do things in the best possible way I am very happy that going through the speech of our new chairman he has been advocating the use of advanced technology in the area of production The fabricated component will not sell well Nigeria must produce otherwise China will re colonise us in the next few years Parameters and effective conditions for production must be established for us to compete high quality of product is the most essential and the mechanical engineer determines the quality of product he said The deputy governor decried increased multiple taxation which he said had resulted in high cost of production of goods in the country He therefore urged relevant authorities to look into the issue to encourage production of goods in the country In his remarks Ndaliman National Chairman Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers NIMechE gave assurance to drive the affairs of the institution through advanced technology Ndaliman however called for the support and cooperation of members to achieve his purpose He said within the next two years his administration would key into developmental plan review strategies and strengthen areas needing appropriate reinforcement in the institute He said they would focus on the organisation s visibility to ensure the institute was recognised globally engage in more research and publications and constitute technical groups to proffer relevant solutions to the institute Ndaliman said mentoring of young mechanical engineers would be strengthened codes and standards developed and new chapters of the institute established within the period We will organise specialised conference seminars and workshops to allow members enhance their skills sustain the NIMechE lecture and scale up partnerships with international bodies for the benefit of members We will promote gender and diversity link the institute with industrial organisations for partnerships and joint research and set ups debt recovery committee to ensure funds for smooth running of the institute he said Other areas that will receive attention during my tenure include artificial intelligence and advanced materials and galvanising innovations in the areas of robotics All these are expressions of hope built on plans and I will need the support of all our members and friends to succeed the Chairman said In his remark the immediate past National Chairman of NIMechE Dr Robinson Ejilah urged the NIMechE members to be more proactive and be major influencers of policies Ejilah said this would ensure that the engineering dimension was represented in public policies and partnerships that would drive development He said engineering underpins our daily lives drives economic growth and plays a critical role in addressing major societal challenges Ejilah urged members to join in the concerted effort to bring mechanical engineering to the heart of the Nigerian society This will only be achieved through public engagement and partnership to address challenges promote innovation and entrepreneurship and good governance in the country he added Edited By Joseph Edeh Ekemini Ladejobi
    Benue Deputy Gov. advises engineers on quality products
     The Benue Deputy Governor Mr Benson Abounu has urged Mechanical Engineers to produce quality goods to ensure effective and efficient growth and development of the country Abounu made the call at the investiture of Prof Mohammed Ndaliman as the 14th National Chairman Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers NIMechE on Thursday in Abuja No nation develops anywhere in the world if that nation does not produce and the fulcrum of development of any nation hinges on the mechanical engineer because he is the manufacturer To enable us to compete in today s world we have to do things in the best possible way I am very happy that going through the speech of our new chairman he has been advocating the use of advanced technology in the area of production The fabricated component will not sell well Nigeria must produce otherwise China will re colonise us in the next few years Parameters and effective conditions for production must be established for us to compete high quality of product is the most essential and the mechanical engineer determines the quality of product he said The deputy governor decried increased multiple taxation which he said had resulted in high cost of production of goods in the country He therefore urged relevant authorities to look into the issue to encourage production of goods in the country In his remarks Ndaliman National Chairman Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers NIMechE gave assurance to drive the affairs of the institution through advanced technology Ndaliman however called for the support and cooperation of members to achieve his purpose He said within the next two years his administration would key into developmental plan review strategies and strengthen areas needing appropriate reinforcement in the institute He said they would focus on the organisation s visibility to ensure the institute was recognised globally engage in more research and publications and constitute technical groups to proffer relevant solutions to the institute Ndaliman said mentoring of young mechanical engineers would be strengthened codes and standards developed and new chapters of the institute established within the period We will organise specialised conference seminars and workshops to allow members enhance their skills sustain the NIMechE lecture and scale up partnerships with international bodies for the benefit of members We will promote gender and diversity link the institute with industrial organisations for partnerships and joint research and set ups debt recovery committee to ensure funds for smooth running of the institute he said Other areas that will receive attention during my tenure include artificial intelligence and advanced materials and galvanising innovations in the areas of robotics All these are expressions of hope built on plans and I will need the support of all our members and friends to succeed the Chairman said In his remark the immediate past National Chairman of NIMechE Dr Robinson Ejilah urged the NIMechE members to be more proactive and be major influencers of policies Ejilah said this would ensure that the engineering dimension was represented in public policies and partnerships that would drive development He said engineering underpins our daily lives drives economic growth and plays a critical role in addressing major societal challenges Ejilah urged members to join in the concerted effort to bring mechanical engineering to the heart of the Nigerian society This will only be achieved through public engagement and partnership to address challenges promote innovation and entrepreneurship and good governance in the country he added Edited By Joseph Edeh Ekemini Ladejobi
    Benue Deputy Gov. advises engineers on quality products
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    Benue Deputy Gov. advises engineers on quality products

    The Benue Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, has urged Mechanical Engineers to produce quality goods to ensure effective and efficient growth and development of the country.

    Abounu made the call at the investiture of Prof. Mohammed Ndaliman as the 14th National Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE) on Thursday in Abuja.

    ”No nation develops anywhere in the world, if that nation does not produce; and the fulcrum of development of any nation hinges on the mechanical engineer because he is the manufacturer.

    ”To enable us to compete in today’s world we have to do things in the best possible way.

    ”I am very happy that going through the speech of our new chairman he has been advocating the use of advanced technology in the area of production.

    ”The fabricated component will not sell well, Nigeria must produce, otherwise China will re-colonise us in the next few years.

    ”Parameters and effective conditions for production must be established for us to compete; high quality of product is the most essential and the mechanical engineer determines the quality of product,” he said.

    The deputy governor decried increased multiple taxation, which he said had resulted in high cost of production of goods in the country.

    He, therefore, urged relevant authorities to look into the issue to encourage production of goods in the country.

    In his remarks, Ndaliman, National Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), gave assurance to drive the affairs of the institution through advanced technology.

    Ndaliman however called for the support and cooperation of members to achieve his purpose.

    He said within the next two years, his administration would key into developmental plan, review strategies and strengthen areas needing appropriate reinforcement in the institute.

    He said they would focus on the organisation’s visibility to ensure the institute was recognised globally, engage in more research and publications and constitute technical groups to proffer relevant solutions to the institute.

    Ndaliman said mentoring of young mechanical engineers would be strengthened, codes and standards developed and new chapters of the institute established within the period.

    ”We will organise specialised conference, seminars and workshops to allow members enhance their skills, sustain the NIMechE lecture and scale up partnerships with international bodies for the benefit of members.

    “We will promote gender and diversity, link the institute with industrial organisations for partnerships and joint research and set ups debt recovery committee to ensure funds for smooth running of the institute,” he said.

    ”Other areas that will receive attention during my tenure include, artificial intelligence and advanced materials and galvanising innovations in the areas of robotics.

    ”All these are expressions of hope built on plans and I will need the support of all our members and friends to succeed, ” the Chairman said.

    In his remark, the immediate past National Chairman of NIMechE, Dr Robinson Ejilah, urged the NIMechE members to be more proactive and be major influencers of policies.

    Ejilah said this would ensure that the engineering dimension was represented in public policies and partnerships that would drive development.

    He said engineering underpins our daily lives, drives economic growth and plays a critical role in addressing major societal challenges.

    Ejilah urged members to join in the concerted effort to bring mechanical engineering to the heart of the Nigerian society

    ”This will only be achieved through public engagement and partnership to address challenges, promote innovation and entrepreneurship and good governance in the country,”he added.


    Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Ekemini Ladejobi

     

  •  The United Kingdom has offered to assist Nigeria in retrieving the Ife Bronze Head an antiquity stolen at National museum Jos in 1987 and found with a Belgian collector in London about thirty years after The British Minister for Arts Heritage and Tourism Helen Whately NP made the pledge on Thursday in London when the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed paid her a visit in her office Nigeria News Agency reports Mohammed is in London to engage with international media and think tank and as well seek diplomatic way to resolve the issue of the stolen cultural object Speaking after a closed door meeting with his counterpart Mohammed said they resolved to explore amicable resolution to the matter to avoid possible collateral damages among Nigeria United Kingdom and Belgium UK authority is ready to assist us but they want further documentation as to the report made to UNESCO and they also want a closer study of the report we made to UNESCO over the matter The three countries are before a mediation panel Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to the Countries of Origin or Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation ICPRCP However we think it is a matter that should be resolved working within the provision of the UNESCO Convention It was therefore a cordial meeting and we are very hopeful that the UK will cooperate with us he said Mohammed explained that the matter dated back to 1987 specifically on Jan 14 when the National museum in Jos was bugled and several valuable object of arts and artifacts were stolen Immediately this happened the National Council for Museums and Monuments alerted UNESCO Interpol International Foundation for Arts Research IFAR and other related international bodies Following the report the object was in accordance with the 1970 UNESCO Convention promptly put on the red list which means it cannot be traded exchanged or bought The antiquity surfaced almost 30 years later in the UK when a Belgian vendor came to ask for it to be evaluated When this item surfaced in the UK the auction house notified the UK Metropolitan Police who in turn notified UNESCO and our Permanent Representative in the commission Since then we have been pursuing the return of this artifact to Nigeria he said Mohammed said that Nigeria did not receive the cooperation of the Belgium Government in the retrieval of the object He said the Belgian authority claimed that they were not a party to the UNESCO Convention at the time the item was bought by their citizen The minister said that the Belgian collector was also hiding under the provision of being a buyer in good faith and therefore asking for compensation As a matter of fact he is asking for 5 million Euro for an object that he said he purchased for 240 Euro Our position is that he is not a buyer in good faith and he is not just an ordinary buyer but a collector with a very impressive collections bigger than most museum We believed that he ought to have made necessary enquiry from UNESCO IFAR and even from the source country before buying the object he said Mohammed said they were impressed with the cooperation received so far from the UK Metropolitan Police since the matter started Our position here is that UK which is also bound by the UNESCO Convention like Nigeria and should return the object to us They are covered by Article 7 of the UNESCO Convention which says that when such an object surfaces in a country which is a member of the convention diplomatic channels shall be explored to return the object to the country of source he said The minister said that based on precedence on stolen artifacts in Yemen and Tanzania which were returned to both counties of source Nigeria is encouraged and has a good case Earlier Mohammed had met with the Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK retired Justice George Oguntade and briefed him on the case Oguntade assured that the Commission would used its cordial diplomatic relations with the UK to ensure the repatriation of the cultural object NAN reports that the minister was accompanied by Mr Babatunde Adebiyi the Legal Adviser to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments Edited By Sadiya Hamza
    UK to assist Nigeria in retrieving stolen Ife Bronze Head with Belgian
     The United Kingdom has offered to assist Nigeria in retrieving the Ife Bronze Head an antiquity stolen at National museum Jos in 1987 and found with a Belgian collector in London about thirty years after The British Minister for Arts Heritage and Tourism Helen Whately NP made the pledge on Thursday in London when the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed paid her a visit in her office Nigeria News Agency reports Mohammed is in London to engage with international media and think tank and as well seek diplomatic way to resolve the issue of the stolen cultural object Speaking after a closed door meeting with his counterpart Mohammed said they resolved to explore amicable resolution to the matter to avoid possible collateral damages among Nigeria United Kingdom and Belgium UK authority is ready to assist us but they want further documentation as to the report made to UNESCO and they also want a closer study of the report we made to UNESCO over the matter The three countries are before a mediation panel Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to the Countries of Origin or Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation ICPRCP However we think it is a matter that should be resolved working within the provision of the UNESCO Convention It was therefore a cordial meeting and we are very hopeful that the UK will cooperate with us he said Mohammed explained that the matter dated back to 1987 specifically on Jan 14 when the National museum in Jos was bugled and several valuable object of arts and artifacts were stolen Immediately this happened the National Council for Museums and Monuments alerted UNESCO Interpol International Foundation for Arts Research IFAR and other related international bodies Following the report the object was in accordance with the 1970 UNESCO Convention promptly put on the red list which means it cannot be traded exchanged or bought The antiquity surfaced almost 30 years later in the UK when a Belgian vendor came to ask for it to be evaluated When this item surfaced in the UK the auction house notified the UK Metropolitan Police who in turn notified UNESCO and our Permanent Representative in the commission Since then we have been pursuing the return of this artifact to Nigeria he said Mohammed said that Nigeria did not receive the cooperation of the Belgium Government in the retrieval of the object He said the Belgian authority claimed that they were not a party to the UNESCO Convention at the time the item was bought by their citizen The minister said that the Belgian collector was also hiding under the provision of being a buyer in good faith and therefore asking for compensation As a matter of fact he is asking for 5 million Euro for an object that he said he purchased for 240 Euro Our position is that he is not a buyer in good faith and he is not just an ordinary buyer but a collector with a very impressive collections bigger than most museum We believed that he ought to have made necessary enquiry from UNESCO IFAR and even from the source country before buying the object he said Mohammed said they were impressed with the cooperation received so far from the UK Metropolitan Police since the matter started Our position here is that UK which is also bound by the UNESCO Convention like Nigeria and should return the object to us They are covered by Article 7 of the UNESCO Convention which says that when such an object surfaces in a country which is a member of the convention diplomatic channels shall be explored to return the object to the country of source he said The minister said that based on precedence on stolen artifacts in Yemen and Tanzania which were returned to both counties of source Nigeria is encouraged and has a good case Earlier Mohammed had met with the Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK retired Justice George Oguntade and briefed him on the case Oguntade assured that the Commission would used its cordial diplomatic relations with the UK to ensure the repatriation of the cultural object NAN reports that the minister was accompanied by Mr Babatunde Adebiyi the Legal Adviser to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments Edited By Sadiya Hamza
    UK to assist Nigeria in retrieving stolen Ife Bronze Head with Belgian
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    UK to assist Nigeria in retrieving stolen Ife Bronze Head with Belgian

    The United Kingdom has offered to assist Nigeria in retrieving the Ife Bronze Head, an antiquity stolen at National museum, Jos in 1987 and found with a Belgian collector in London, about thirty years after.

    The British Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Helen Whately, NP made the pledge on Thursday in London when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed paid her a visit in her office.Nigeria News Agency reports Mohammed is in London to engage with international media and think tank and as well seek diplomatic way to resolve the issue of the stolen cultural object.

    Speaking after a  closed door meeting with his counterpart, Mohammed said they resolved to explore amicable resolution to the matter to avoid possible collateral damages among Nigeria, United Kingdom and Belgium.

    “UK authority is ready to assist us, but they want further documentation as to the report made to UNESCO and they also want a closer study of the report we made to UNESCO over the matter.

    “The three countries are before a mediation panel – Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to the Countries of Origin or Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP)-.

    “However, we think it is a matter that should be resolved working within the provision of the UNESCO Convention.

    “It was, therefore, a cordial meeting and we are very hopeful that the UK will cooperate with us,” he said.

    Mohammed explained that the matter dated back to 1987, specifically, on Jan 14, when the National museum in Jos was bugled  and several valuable object of arts and artifacts were stolen.

    “Immediately this happened, the National Council for Museums and Monuments, alerted UNESCO, Interpol, International Foundation for Arts Research (IFAR) and other related international bodies .

    “Following the report, the object was, in accordance with the 1970 UNESCO Convention, promptly put on the red list, which means it cannot be traded, exchanged or bought.

    “The antiquity surfaced almost 30 years later in the UK when a  Belgian vendor came to ask for it to be evaluated .

    “When this item surfaced in the UK, the auction house notified the UK Metropolitan Police who in turn notified, UNESCO and our Permanent Representative in the commission.

    “Since then we have been pursuing the return of this artifact to Nigeria,” he said.

    Mohammed said that Nigeria did not receive the cooperation of the Belgium Government in the retrieval of the object.

    He said the Belgian authority claimed that they were not a party to the UNESCO Convention at the time the item was bought by their citizen.

    The minister said that the Belgian collector was also hiding under the provision of being a buyer in good faith and therefore asking for compensation.

    “As a matter of fact, he is asking for 5 million Euro for an object that he said he purchased for 240 Euro.“Our position is that he is not a buyer in good faith and he is not just an ordinary buyer but a collector with a very impressive collections bigger than most museum.

    “We believed that he ought to have made necessary enquiry from UNESCO,  IFAR, and even from the source country before buying the object,” he said.

    Mohammed said they were impressed with the cooperation received so far from the UK Metropolitan Police since the matter started.

     “Our position here is that UK, which is also bound by the UNESCO Convention like Nigeria, and should return the object to us.

    “They are covered by Article 7 of the UNESCO Convention which says that when such an object surfaces in a country which is a member of the convention, diplomatic channels shall be explored to return the object to the country of source,” he said.

    The minister said that based on precedence on stolen artifacts in Yemen and Tanzania which were returned to both counties of source, Nigeria is encouraged and has a good case.

    Earlier, Mohammed had met with the Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK, retired Justice George Oguntade, and briefed him on the case.

    Oguntade assured that the Commission would used its cordial diplomatic relations with the UK to ensure the repatriation of the cultural object.

    NAN reports that the minister was accompanied by  Mr Babatunde Adebiyi, the Legal Adviser to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza

  •  Mr Micheal Aina the Chief Executive Officer Best Leather Company Sango Ilorin has advised Nigerians to invest in the country instead of running abroad to invest their wealth Aina gave the advice in Ilorin on Thursday during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency saying Nigerians wealth should not be sent abroad He said Nigerians were fond of investing in foreign land for profit motives to the detriment of their father land Invest in Nigeria to boost our economy instead of enriching other people s country Build your country by investing your wealth in it Create wealth for your people Nigerian youths are capable and ready to work Build industries and create jobs for the teeming population Nigeria is blessed with a very beautiful environment where any industry can thrive We have a very condusive environment to accommodate any industry The mineral resources are there for you to tap from and develop this country Nigeria can be better compared to other nations Let us join hands and build our beloved country he said The CEO however advised Nigerians to be proud of their country and stop seeing abroad as safe heaven What is the essence of your big man when you cannot invest in your people Nigeria is blessed with talents Invest in them he said Edited By Josephine Obute Grace Yussuf
    Invest your wealth in Nigeria not abroad – Entrepreneur
     Mr Micheal Aina the Chief Executive Officer Best Leather Company Sango Ilorin has advised Nigerians to invest in the country instead of running abroad to invest their wealth Aina gave the advice in Ilorin on Thursday during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency saying Nigerians wealth should not be sent abroad He said Nigerians were fond of investing in foreign land for profit motives to the detriment of their father land Invest in Nigeria to boost our economy instead of enriching other people s country Build your country by investing your wealth in it Create wealth for your people Nigerian youths are capable and ready to work Build industries and create jobs for the teeming population Nigeria is blessed with a very beautiful environment where any industry can thrive We have a very condusive environment to accommodate any industry The mineral resources are there for you to tap from and develop this country Nigeria can be better compared to other nations Let us join hands and build our beloved country he said The CEO however advised Nigerians to be proud of their country and stop seeing abroad as safe heaven What is the essence of your big man when you cannot invest in your people Nigeria is blessed with talents Invest in them he said Edited By Josephine Obute Grace Yussuf
    Invest your wealth in Nigeria not abroad – Entrepreneur
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    Invest your wealth in Nigeria not abroad – Entrepreneur

    Mr Micheal Aina, the Chief Executive Officer, Best Leather Company, Sango, Ilorin has advised Nigerians to invest in the country instead of running abroad to invest their wealth.

     

    Aina gave the advice in Ilorin on Thursday during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , saying Nigerians wealth should not be sent abroad.

     

    He said Nigerians were fond of investing in foreign land for profit motives to the detriment of their father land.

     

    “Invest in Nigeria to boost our economy instead of enriching other people’s country. Build your country by investing your wealth in it.

     

    “Create wealth for your people. Nigerian youths are capable and ready to work. Build industries and create jobs for the teeming population.

     

    “Nigeria is blessed with a very beautiful environment where any industry can thrive. We have a very condusive environment to accommodate any industry.

     

    “The mineral resources are there for you to tap from and develop this country. Nigeria can be better compared to other nations. Let us join hands and build our beloved country,” he said.

     

    The CEO, however, advised Nigerians to be proud of their country and stop seeing abroad as `safe heaven’.

     

    “What is the essence of your big man when you cannot invest in your people? Nigeria is blessed with talents. Invest in them,” he said.


    Edited By: Josephine Obute/Grace Yussuf

  •  The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to imbibe the habit of tree planting in order to curtail negative effects of climate change in the country Ms Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for Environment made the call on Thursday in Lafia at the opening of a two day North Central Sensitisation Workshop on Climate Change Ikeazor was represented by Dr Peter Tarfa Director Climate Change department of the ministry Nigerians should imbibe the habit of planning trees at any given opportunity as a way of replacing those that have fallen down Unnecessary felling of trees has exposed the environment to lots of danger hence the need for all hands to be on deck to tackle the trend Everyone should plant at least one tree on his birthday Christmas New Year Sallah among others occasions the minister added Ikeazor also said that state governments should emulate federal government by keying into the distribution of cooking gas for rural women He called on members of the public to desist from acts capable of exposing the environment to danger Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril Emir of Nasarawa who was a former Minister of Environment urged people felling trees for charcoal to desist as their activities have constituted lots of danger to the environment Jibril also urged the people in flood prone areas to always take precautions to avoid lost of lives and property Mr Musa Ibrahim the state s Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources expressed gratitude to the federal government for holding the programme in the state He also thanked government for its various interventions in the state including the distribution of 13 000 cooking gas to rural women The programme which has it theme as Climate Change impacts and responses was attended by state Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries in Environment Ministries from North Central among others Edited By Joseph Edeh Ali Baba Inuwa
    Climate Change: FG tasks Nigerians on tree planting
     The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to imbibe the habit of tree planting in order to curtail negative effects of climate change in the country Ms Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for Environment made the call on Thursday in Lafia at the opening of a two day North Central Sensitisation Workshop on Climate Change Ikeazor was represented by Dr Peter Tarfa Director Climate Change department of the ministry Nigerians should imbibe the habit of planning trees at any given opportunity as a way of replacing those that have fallen down Unnecessary felling of trees has exposed the environment to lots of danger hence the need for all hands to be on deck to tackle the trend Everyone should plant at least one tree on his birthday Christmas New Year Sallah among others occasions the minister added Ikeazor also said that state governments should emulate federal government by keying into the distribution of cooking gas for rural women He called on members of the public to desist from acts capable of exposing the environment to danger Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril Emir of Nasarawa who was a former Minister of Environment urged people felling trees for charcoal to desist as their activities have constituted lots of danger to the environment Jibril also urged the people in flood prone areas to always take precautions to avoid lost of lives and property Mr Musa Ibrahim the state s Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources expressed gratitude to the federal government for holding the programme in the state He also thanked government for its various interventions in the state including the distribution of 13 000 cooking gas to rural women The programme which has it theme as Climate Change impacts and responses was attended by state Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries in Environment Ministries from North Central among others Edited By Joseph Edeh Ali Baba Inuwa
    Climate Change: FG tasks Nigerians on tree planting
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    Climate Change: FG tasks Nigerians on tree planting

    The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to imbibe the habit of tree planting in order to curtail negative effects of climate change in the country.

    Ms Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Environment made the call on Thursday in Lafia at the opening of a two-day North-Central Sensitisation Workshop on Climate Change.

    Ikeazor, was represented by Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Climate Change department of the ministry.

    “Nigerians should imbibe the habit of planning trees at any given opportunity as a way of replacing those that have fallen down.

    “Unnecessary felling of trees has exposed the environment to lots of danger, hence the need for all hands to be on deck to tackle the trend.

    “Everyone should plant at least one tree on his birthday, Christmas, New Year, Sallah among others occasions,” the minister added.

    Ikeazor also said that state governments should emulate federal government by keying into the distribution of cooking gas for rural women.

    He called on members of the public to desist from acts capable of exposing the environment to danger.

    Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, Emir of Nasarawa who was a former Minister of Environment, urged people felling trees for charcoal to desist as their activities have constituted lots of danger to the environment.

    Jibril also urged the people in flood prone areas to always take precautions to avoid lost of lives and property.

    Mr Musa Ibrahim, the state’s Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, expressed gratitude to the federal government for holding the programme in the state.

    He also thanked government for its various interventions in the state including the distribution of 13, 000 cooking gas to rural women.

    The programme which has it theme as ‘Climate Change, impacts and responses,” was attended by state Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries in Environment Ministries from North-Central among others.


    Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Ali Baba-Inuwa

     

  •  Dr Umar Bello the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology says the ministry is committed to total elimination of corrupt practices Bello said this in a statement signed by the ministry s Chief Communications Officer Josephine Ademu in Abuja The permanent secretary said this while declaring open a two day staff sensitisation workshop organised by Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit The need to collaborate with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences ICPC to eradicate the menace of corruption is essential to achieve economic growth and good governance he said Bello called on the staff to key into the anti corruption campaign of the Federal Government to ensure good governance and strive to promote strong institutions According to him the workshop came at the right time to sensitise staff on the ills and consequences of corrupt practices Bello urged them to be abreast with the ethics and integrity compliance in managing financial and administrative systems of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAS In his remarks the Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye reiterated the commission s resolve to partner with MDAS He said the commission would fight corruption through enforcement prevention and mass mobilisation of the populace Owansanoye said that the commission was working with anti corruption units of the ministries to ensure total compliance He commended the ministry for its collaboration and willingness to work with ICPC to achieve the objectives of sensitisation and awareness to re awaken the commitment of staff and promote a corrupt free work place Edited By Grace Yussuf
    Science ministry expresses commitment to eliminating corruption   
     Dr Umar Bello the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology says the ministry is committed to total elimination of corrupt practices Bello said this in a statement signed by the ministry s Chief Communications Officer Josephine Ademu in Abuja The permanent secretary said this while declaring open a two day staff sensitisation workshop organised by Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit The need to collaborate with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences ICPC to eradicate the menace of corruption is essential to achieve economic growth and good governance he said Bello called on the staff to key into the anti corruption campaign of the Federal Government to ensure good governance and strive to promote strong institutions According to him the workshop came at the right time to sensitise staff on the ills and consequences of corrupt practices Bello urged them to be abreast with the ethics and integrity compliance in managing financial and administrative systems of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAS In his remarks the Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye reiterated the commission s resolve to partner with MDAS He said the commission would fight corruption through enforcement prevention and mass mobilisation of the populace Owansanoye said that the commission was working with anti corruption units of the ministries to ensure total compliance He commended the ministry for its collaboration and willingness to work with ICPC to achieve the objectives of sensitisation and awareness to re awaken the commitment of staff and promote a corrupt free work place Edited By Grace Yussuf
    Science ministry expresses commitment to eliminating corruption   
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    Science ministry expresses commitment to eliminating corruption   

    Dr Umar Bello, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, says the ministry is committed to total elimination of corrupt practices.

    Bello said this in a statement signed by the ministry’s Chief Communications Officer, Josephine Ademu in Abuja.

    The permanent secretary said this while declaring open a two-day staff sensitisation/ workshop organised by Anti- Corruption and Transparency Unit.

    “The need to collaborate with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) to eradicate the menace of corruption is essential to achieve economic growth and good governance, ” he said.

    Bello called on the staff to key into the anti-corruption campaign of the Federal Government to ensure good governance and strive to promote strong institutions.

    According to him, the workshop came at the right time to sensitise staff on the ills and consequences of corrupt practices.

    Bello urged them to be abreast with the ethics and integrity compliance in managing financial and administrative systems of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS).

    In his remarks, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye reiterated the commission’s resolve to partner with MDAS.

    He said the commission would fight corruption through enforcement, prevention and mass mobilisation of the populace.

    Owansanoye said that the commission was working with anti-corruption units of the ministries to ensure total compliance.

    He commended the ministry for its collaboration and willingness to work with ICPC to achieve the objectives of sensitisation and awareness to re-awaken the commitment of staff and promote a corrupt-free work place.


    Edited By: Grace Yussuf