The headquarters of Firstbank located at the Central Business District, Abuja, had been sealed up by the FCT High Court Enforcement Unit over failure to comply with a garnishee order.
A garnishee order is one of the options open to a judgment creditor to enforce a judgment that has been made in his favour.
It is a common way of enforcing a judgment debt and is solely used to enforce monetary judgments against a debtor to recover money.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that officials of the FCT High Court Enforcement Unit stormed the bank (Coomasie) with towing vans and cranes and towed some of its valuables.
Officials of FCT High Court Enforcement Unit towing an Hilux Van belonging to Firstbank.
An official of the court, who spoke to NAN on grounds of anonymity said, “ it is a long story, but it is all about a garnishee order against the bank which it didn’t comply with’’.
Efforts to get the head of the unit and the bank`s officials to speak on the development proved abortive.
The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) on Thursday said that community engagement was important to improving reach and ending TB by 2030 in Nigeria.
The National Coordinator, NTBLCP, Dr Chukwuma Anyaike, said this during the flag-off of community outreach at Gishiri community as part of activities to mark the 2022 National Tuberculosis Testing in Abuja.
“We are here to tell the community that TB is a very big problem and is killing several people; it is not a respecter of persons or status.
Because it is in the air, it makes it more dangerous.
“Every year on March 24, NTBLCP has this type of gathering, but it has decided not to wait till another March 24 to bring this intervention to the people.
“I want to encourage the community to ensure that anyone that we find out has TB should take their drugs as prescribed.
“The community must work hand-in-hand to ensure the person takes their drug so that they don’t infect others.
“Also, anybody that has received treatment should not be discriminated against.
Once a person is cured, he or she cannot pass it to others,” he said.
Also, Dr Enang Oyama, National Professional Officer Tuberculosis Nigeria, WHO, said that TB was a disease of public health importance.
“We have come to help the community to see that they can prevent and take care of persons that might have TB.
TB is affecting everyone, and no one is spared,” Oyama said.
He said that the disease affects the community socially and economically.
“We are here to create awareness about TB.
We are also educating them on how to access care and treatment,” he said.
Speaking at the event, the Head of Gishiri Community, Mr Bala Akusu, said: “We are happy with this programme by the Buhari-led administration.
“In the community, every tribe is well-represented – from Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Gbagi and other tribes.
’’ Akusu said that this intervention would reduce the burden of TB in the community.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the WHO stated that TB is the 13th leading cause of death in the world and the second leading infectious killer after COVID-19 and .
In 2020 about six in every 10 persons infected with TB were male, with an estimated 10 million people (5.6 million men, 3.3 million women, and 1.1 million children) testing positive.
A total of 1.5 million people died due to TB in the year.
TB is an infectious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria and affects the lungs of those it infects, but is curable and preventable.
The disease is airborne and it spreads through cough, sneezing, or saliva.
The disease affects all age groups.
However, fear of the social stigma associated with a TB diagnosis makes some Nigerians delay getting tested for the disease.
The North-West zone of All Progressives Congress (APC) says it plans to conclude its reconciliatory efforts before commencement of electioneering campaign in September.
Mr Saliyu Lukman, the North-West APC Vice Chairman, said this when he spoke on Thursday with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
Lukman said that committees were inaugurated with the mandated to reconcile aggrieved members of the party after the primaries, saying they recorded impressive progress across the six states of the zone.
The states were Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Jigawa.
“The committees embarked on a fact finding mission and so far, after our review, progress is being made in each state.
“We will conclude reconciliation before before campaign commences.
“Our reconciliatory drive is a record breaking initiative and we challenge other parties to emulate the same,” Lukman said.
He said that the zone had also reviewed the report from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on the suspension of Continuous Voter Registration.
“We have agreed for the committees to equally mobilise those who have registered to pick up their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs),” he said.
Lukman said that the zone received large number of detectors from other parties to the APC.
“It is a very pleasant report as some state party chairmen had to send representatives to our meeting because they were busy receiving defectors,” he said.
A group, Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN), has advised pregnant women and lactating mothers in Plateau to do exclusive breastfeeding for their children.
Coordinator of ANRiN in the state, Dr Paul Ganjang, gave the advice at a sensitisation programme it organised to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week, on Thursday in Jos. According him, exclusive breastfeeding breeds healthy children, adding that it also enhances proper child development.
Ganjang, who reeled out the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to the mother and the child, maintained that such practices promote a healthy society.
”We will not get tired of encouraging nursing mothers to practise exclusive breastfeeding for their children because it is for the good of the society.
”This is why we are here today to mark this year’s breastfeeding week and to further remind nursing mothers and pregnant women of the need to give their children only breast milk for the first six months of birth.
”The breast milk contains all the nutrients the child needs for proper development and can chase away all forms of diseases from the child’s body,” he said.
Also speaking, the Nutrition Officer of the state, Mrs Lydia Luka, advised women to practise complementary feeding for their children after the six-month exclusive breastfeeding.
She also encouraged them to introduce their children to breast milk early, insisting that such would enable them get used to their mothers’ breast and how to do proper sucking.
”We always advise that the child should be initiated to the breast milk one hour after birth so as to enhance free flow of breast milk from the mother to the child.
”We also want to encourage women to start proper complementary feeding for their children after the six- month exclusive breastfeeding.
”But, mothers are advised to breastfeed their children until they are two years old,” she said.
Luka, however, urged nursing mothers to maintain proper hygiene by keeping their homes and vicinities clean.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of this year’s world breastfeeding week is: ”Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Supporting.
” NAN also reports that the programme was held in conjunction with Plateau Primary Healthcare Development Board.
National Orientation Agency (NOA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Thursday, took sensitisation on the importance of breastfeeding to Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign conducted alongside an advocacy visit to the Etsu of Chikun, Mr Ishaku Yari, was aimed at commemorating this year’s World Breastfeeding Week. The NOA Director in the state, Alhaji Zubair Galadima-Soba, said that the aim of the advocacy visit was to sensitise traditional and religious leaders on the right way of breastfeeding babies.
According to him, community leaders have important roles to play in educating their subjects on the importance of breastfeeding, as they are closer to them.
Galadima-Soba appealed to the royal father to prioritise issues surrounding child nutrition in his domain and lead the campaign against malnutrition.
In her address, the Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, said that the world breastfeeding week, celebrated worldwide, had, as its theme: “A Step-up for Breastfeeding Education and Support.
” She said breastfeeding was cost-effective, with high impact, adding, however, that many mothers had not been breastfeeding their babies in the right way.
According to her, some of the right ways of breastfeeding babies include: early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and extending breastfeeding, even when other foods have been introduced.
Ezeife urged men to support their wives with enough food at home so that they would be able to breastfeed their babies adequately, adding that a well-breastfed child’s survival was guaranteed.
The nutrition specialist said that UNICEF would continue collaborating with NOA, local governments and community leaders to ensure that children got adequate nutrition in the state.
Earlier, the Project Manager, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP), Umar Bambale, said that the agency was established to address malnutrition in the state.
Bambale, who was represented by Sani Hassan, noted that it cost N50,000 to cure a malnourished child, adding that it was cheaper to prevent.
He explained that acute malnutrition among children could be eradicated if mothers practised the right way of breastfeeding so that the children could grow up in good health and be smart.
The Nutrition Focal Person in Chikun local government area, Jummai Hamza, said that health workers had been trained on how to counsel mothers on the right food to give to their children.
She added that community infants and young children’s nutrition officers had been charged with the responsibility of sensitising community members on the right way of breastfeeding and preparing nutritious meal for their children.
Mrs Grace Samson, a community member and mother, said she had practised exclusive breastfeeding for her three children and that they were all healthy and doing well.
In his remarks, the Etsu of Chikun appreciated NOA and UNICEF for the advocacy visit and sensitization, stressing that people living in villages needed to know the importance of breastfeeding.
He assured that the chiefdom would give all the support needed for community members to be enlightened on nutrition issue.
Yari urged government to ensure that the interventions reached the grassroots so that people living in rural areas could enjoy basic social amenities.
Gov Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has reopened the eight moribund technical skills acquistion centres built by the past administration of former governor Murtala Nyako.
Fintiri, who performed the ceremony in Gerei Local Government Area on Thursday, said the decision to put the centres into use was informed by the commitment of his administration in job creation.
He said the centres were expected to train 2,500 unemployed youths on skills which include building and construction, capentary and joinery, welding, tiles making, automobile mechanic, phones repair and furniture making.
He said the newly created state Poverty and Wealth Creation Agency (PAWECA) had earlier trained no fewer than 27,000 on various skills across the 21 LGAs in the state.
The governor added that since inception of his administration in 2019 another 20,000 youths had been trained on various skills under the state social intervention programmes.
He explained that the Centres were expected to train 20,000 youths on vocational skills annually, adding that the pioneer trainees of the centres should be recalled to complete their training.
“We are injecting life to these moribund and neglected skills acquisition centers.
Earlier, Hajiya Aishatu Bello, the head of PAWECA, lauded the zeal and commitment of the governor for establishing the agency which had impacted positively on the lives of thousands youths in the area.
She advised interested youths to use the opportunity to join the skills acquisition training to enable them achieve self sustainability and financial independence.
The Chairman of Girei Local Government, Mr Juda Amisah, commended the state government for reopening the Centres after their abrupt closure by previous administration.
He said the skills acquisition training would generate employment, promote security and increase productivity, especially among the teaming unemployed youths.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Centres were abruptly shut down by the past administration of Gov. Umaru Bindow.
Info Digital Africa, the Public Relations consulting firm for the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija, has revealed five ways to vote for housemates nominated for eviction during the show.
The firm said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the “Level Up” edition of the show runs into the third week, Amaka, Christy-O, Cyph, Khalid and Phyna are the first five housemates up for possible eviction.
NAN reports that voting which had been opened on Monday at 9.00pm for viewers to save their favourites from eviction, will close on Thursday at 9.00pm.
The statement said that the voting process could be done through: voting on the website, mobile site, use of the MyDStv app, voting on the MyGOtv app and play games for additional votes through MyDStv or MyGOtv App. “To vote on the website, all you need to do is register with your name, surname, year of birth, gender, location, and cell phone number.
“The website will give you 100 votes per round, website voting is open to over 45 countries across Africa.
“Voting through the mobile site will allow you to receive 100 votes per voting round when you register, it is also open to voting across over 45 countries continent-wide.
“Using the MyDStv app method is only open to active DStv subscribers and requires you to download the MyDStv app.
“You will then receive the total votes allotted to your subscription package,” it said.
The statement said that premium subscribers would receive 2,500 votes, while compact plus and compact customers would receive 1,500 and 750 votes respectively.
Also, subscribers would get 500 votes, and subscribers would receive 200 votes, as voting through the DStv app is open to 31 countries across Africa.
“For voting on the MyGOtv app, only active GOtv subscribers can access this voting platform, where votes are allocated based on subscription packages.
“The app is available to BBNaija fans who wish to vote for their favourite housemates on android and IOS.
“GOtv Supa subscribers will receive 500 votes for each voting round, while those with the GOtv Max package will receive 350 votes.
“GOtv with active subscriptions will have 200 votes, voting through MyGotv App is only available in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, and Zambia,” it said.
It said for individuals who choose to vote through play games for additional votes through “the MyDStv or MyGOtv App”, the voting option was only available to active DStv subscribers with eligible packages.
“Check out how to get more votes by playing the games below: Download the MyDStv or MyGOtv App from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
“Log in to the app by selecting your subscription country and using your surname, mobile number or number.
“Once you have logged into your MyDStv or MyGOtv app account page, look for the “Explore More” button.
“Click on the “Play Now” option and follow the instructions to play the games, after playing each game, click “Vote Now” to convert your points to votes, or click on “More Games” to play more games.
“You can get up to 200 additional votes to save your favourite housemate,” it said.
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Thursday partnered the Ogun State Government to train 100 teachers across the state in entrepreneurship skills.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three- day capacity building workshop held in Abeokuta had as its theme: “SMEDAN Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme- National School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP) 2022.” Declaring the programme open, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the programme was aimed at educating both primary and secondary school teachers across the state.
Fasanya explained that they would in turn step it down to the students and imbibe in them the spirit of entrepreneurship.
The director-general, represented by Mr Yinka Fisher, the Director, Partnership and Coordination Department of SMEDAN, noted that students would no longer wait for white collar jobs while out of school but use skills acquired to become entrepreneurs.
He said that the N-SEP was to prepare the for the fourth Industrial Revolution through their teachers, adding that there was paradigm shift in today’s education.
“It is no longer go to school, get good grades and get a good job but go to school, get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss and starting your own business.
“This can only be achieved through an efficient entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship development.
“The era of brilliant curriculum vitae is over, this is the era of crafting a bankable business plan that will launch students into being their own bosses,” he said.
Fasanya saud the agency had been in the forefront of advancing entrepreneurship for the growth and development of the country.
He disclosed that the agency had carefully designed Teachers Manual to guide the teachers on how to inculcate the culture and spirit of entrepreneurship into the students.
Fasanya stated that the concept of the programme was to inculcate into students the intellectual consciousness of their environment to enable them maximise their existence and potential.
“It is an adaptable education that will prepare the students for self -employment which must necessarily be the ultimate,” he said.
He added that the programme would go a long way in actualising the Federal Government’s efforts of bringing unemployment to the barest minimum.
He appealed to participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators.
Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, represented by his Special Adviser on Industry,Trade and Investment, Mr Remi Ogunmefun, commended the agency for the partnership.
Abiodun said that the programme was in line with his administration’s support for education and job creation.
“The old days are gone, now we need to educate people on having that mindset of being an entrepreneur and contributing to the economy,” he said.
Some of the participants, Mr Adeniyi Adeyemi from Mercy Land International College and Mrs Fransisca Salako from Rev. Kuti Memorial Grammer School in Abeokuta, commended SMEDAN for the training.
They, however, pledged on behalf of other participants to make proper use of the training adding that they would as well train their students.
A Modakeke Magistrates’ Court in Osun, on Thursday, remanded two men, Adura Okanlawon, 22 and Afolabi Timileyin, 21, in a correctional centre over alleged burglary and theft of phones and other items, valued at N305,000.
The Prosecutor, Insp Ona Glory, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on July 3 around 1 a.
m. at Adeowo area of Modakeke in Ife-East Local Government area office.
He said that the defendants conspired within themselves to commit felony to wit: burglary and stealing.
The prosecutor further explained that the defendants burgled and entered into the house of one Ajibade Afeez, with intent to commit felony therein.
He said that the defendants stole one OPPO android phone, valued at N89,000; one Tecno Spark handset, worth N65,000 and one Tecno handset, worth N15,000. Glory stated further that the defendants also carted away an Itel ear-pod, valued at N9,000, a cash sum of N120,000 and a rechargeable clipper, valued at N7,000, all totalling N305,000, property of the complainant.
The offences, according to him, contravene Sections 383, 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants pleaded guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
Oyawale ordered the remand of the defendants in a correctional centre, stating that the remand would serve as deterrent to others.
Oyawale adjourned the case till Aug 15 for the fact of the case.
Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit has impounded more than 322 commercial motorcycles in the state for allegedly contravening traffic laws.
The agency’s Spokesman, Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, who confirmed the seizure in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday, said that the operation was carried out in a week-long raid.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 250 motorcycles earlier seized by the task force for traffic offences were crushed by the state government in June. Abdulraheem said that the motorcycles were seized while plying the major highways across the state, six local government areas and nine local council development areas, where commercial motorcycles had been prohibited.
While describing the activities of those he called ‘recalcitrant commercial motorcyclists’ as rebellious, he maintained that the motorcycles would continue to be confiscated and crushed by the state government.
“The Lagos State Task Force has carried out numerous raids which spanned a week in various parts of the state, in order to enforce and maintain the ban on the activities of commercial motorcycles.
“The enforcement exercise, spearheaded by the Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, took place at , Apapa and Ajah, where pockets of their activities were seen.
“More raids will be carried out in the coming days, and we will ensure that we hit them in their strongholds and cripple their activities.
“No commercial bike operator violating the state’s traffic laws will be spared until total compliance is attained,” he said.
Abdulraheem reminded Lagos residents, still in the habit of patronising okada operators, to desist forthwith, in order not to be arrested and prosecuted.
According to him, both passengers and riders are culpable, if found operating on routes that have been banned by government.
“Both the passengers and riders face a penalty of either three months jail term or N50,000 fine by the court or both, if found guilty,” he said.
The agency’s spokesman enjoined motorcycle operators to embrace alternative means of transportation, which, he said, were safer, more presentable and in line with the state government’s vision of having a top metropolitan city in the world.