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  •   End SARS Ebonyi Govt reconstructs 10 damaged police stations Gov Umahi
    #End SARS: Ebonyi Govt reconstructs 10 damaged police stations – Gov Umahi
      End SARS Ebonyi Govt reconstructs 10 damaged police stations Gov Umahi
    #End SARS: Ebonyi Govt reconstructs 10 damaged police stations – Gov Umahi
    Defence/Security1 week ago

    #End SARS: Ebonyi Govt reconstructs 10 damaged police stations – Gov Umahi

    The Ebonyi Government says it is reconstructing more than 10 police stations destroyed during the #End SARS protests in the state in 2020.Gov. David Umahi announced this on Wednesday in Abakaliki while receiving the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund that paid him a courtesy visit.

    Umahi said the state government was also integrating several police stations in the rural areas with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).

    “What happened at Abuja with the break at the Kuje Correctional Centre couldn’t have occured if the facility was well equipped with CCTV.

    “The correctional centre in Abakaliki is fully equipped with CCTV which makes officers see people approaching kilometres afar.

    “I strongly think that police stations across the state should be equipped with solar-powered lights and CCTV for effective monitoring of movements,” he said.

    The governor reeled out his administration’s support to the police which include provision of operational vehicles and relevant gadgets.

    “We also renovated structures at the state Police Headquarters, tarred its surroundings, installed streetlighs at the facility, provided generators among other interventions.

    “I experience serious health challenges whenever a police officer is killed on duty because they do not have to die while toiling to protect us,” he said.

    He used the occasion to appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) to call-off the lingering strike for the sake of Nigerian students.

    “I read about the problems these students run into while engaging in some acts because they are not in school.

    “I believe ASUU and the government can reach a sincere understanding and commence the implementation of the union’s demand even in fractions,” he said.

    The leader of the Police Trust Fund delegation, Dr Ben Akabueze, thanked the governor for the reception, noting that it was in the state to initimate him on  its mandate and activities.

    Akabueze who is the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, said that the fund was also seeking closer collaboration with the state government.

    “We deeply appreciate the numerous support given to the Force by the state government in terms of operational equipment and infrastructure,” he said.

    He noted that the fund ensured that personnel of the Force got various trainings to enhance their operational capabilities. 

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Lagos PDP stalwart Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
    Lagos PDP stalwart, Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
     Lagos PDP stalwart Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
    Lagos PDP stalwart, Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi
    General news2 weeks ago

    Lagos PDP stalwart, Gbadamosi declares support for Peter Obi

    A stalwart of the  PDP in Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi (BOG)  on Friday, defected to the Labour Party (LP), declaring support for its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi. Gbadamosi, a former governorship candidate of the African Democratic Party and a former Lagos East Senatorial Candidate of the PDP, made this known in a statement in Lagos.

    “I had completely lost hope,  especially in the youths of Nigeria,  considering how the senatorial bye-elections panned out,  after the traumatic events of the  #EndSARS.

    “However, the exit of Peter Obi from the PDP and his subsequent emergence as the Presidential candidate of the LP, and his brilliant choice of Mallam Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as running mate have rekindled my hope.

    “I am 54 years old, and never in my life have I been privileged to witness the kind of energy, vim, vigor, unity and tenacity of purpose being exhibited by youths of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds in Nigeria over a political candidate.


    “I hereby publicly declare my resignation from the PDP and wish all the remaining members well.

    “By the same token, I also hereby publicly declare my support for the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi,” Gbadamosi said.

    He recounted how he joined the PDP in Ikorodu in 2008 and remained  a loyal member of the party, contributing whatever he could to the growth and development of the party in Lagos state and throughout Nigeria, until he took an early retirement from partisan politics in 2017. “I came to recognise that the problems of PDP run quite deep, and their tepid opposition  is in fact by design of some  individuals populating the party leadership from top to bottom,” he said.

    He said that he was motivated that almost all youths, who were not professional politicians or influencers-for-hire, had been popularising Obi’s presidential ambition.

    He said that Obi had over the years, shown himself to be a creative, prudent and frugal administrator as well as a trustworthy custodian of public funds.

    Gbadamosi also described the LP vice presidential candidate, as urbane, prudent, practical and principled politician.

    He said: “These two share a passion for education and knowledge, with Obi’s documented exploits in the education sector as governor of Anambra and Baba-Ahmed’s direct investment in education as Pro-Chancellor of the highly respected Baze University, Abuja.

    “Both share a disdain for graft and believe in exterminating contract padding.

    “I find myself left with no choice, when faced with the alternatives, but to publicly throw in my lot with these two fine gentlemen, especially considering that another good Uncle of mine, Dr Doyin Okupe is one of the navigators of their journey and had invited me very much earlier.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  UK parliament drops TikTok account over China concerns
    UK parliament drops TikTok account over China concerns
     UK parliament drops TikTok account over China concerns
    UK parliament drops TikTok account over China concerns
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    UK parliament drops TikTok account over China concerns

    NOW The UK parliament on Wednesday closed its TikTok account after MPs expressed concern over the social media app's ownership by Chinese parent firm ByteDance.

    "Based on Member (of Parliament) feedback, we are closing the pilot UK Parliament TikTok account earlier than we had planned," said a parliament spokesman.

    "The account was a pilot initiative while… NOW Operatives of the Rivers State Police command had in the early hours of arrested four police officers at Cedar Wood estate off SARS road, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state over alleged involvement in land grabbing business and collecting illegal levy from land developers in the area.

    It was gathered that some policemen… 6 mins ago Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said the commission would be neutral in the 2023 general elections, noting that it has no preferred candidate or political party.

    Yakubu stated this on Wednesday at the 4th Abubakar Momoh memorial lecture on "Electoral Act 2022: Imperatives for Political Parties and the 2023… 8 mins ago The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has directed all Commissioners of Police to immediately commence special visibility policing operations across their commands.

    IGP gave the order at an emergency security meeting with AIGs, CPs, and strategic commanders in the police to brainstorm on the state of security in the country.

    Alkali said… 14 mins ago President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, administered the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office to three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service.

    The President performed the ceremony shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting currently holding in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    The new Permanent Secretaries are Lydia Shehu…

  •  Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo Papillo clocks 46
    Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo “Papillo” clocks 46
     Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo Papillo clocks 46
    Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo “Papillo” clocks 46
    General news2 weeks ago

    Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo “Papillo” clocks 46

    Fans in Ebonyi joined millions across the country and the world on Monday to celebrate football maestro and former Super Eagles skipper, Kanu Nwankwo, as he turned 46. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FIFA U-17 world cup winner had 86 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2010, scoring 13 goals in the process.

    The two-time African Footballer of the Year winner also had illustrious football careers with defunct Iwuanyanwu Nationale Football Club of Owerri, Ajax Amsterdam of Holland and Arsenal of England.

    Fans who spoke with NAN in Abakaliki felicitated with “Papillo’’ and wished him more fruitful years ahead.

    Maxwell Anuka, Salt City FC of Abakaliki player, hailed Kanu for being inspirational to youths which had made many of them to be positively engaged.

    “I raptly listened to Kanu telling his life story as a resource person during the #EndSARS youth summit organised by the Ebonyi government in 2021. “I became instantly motivated and took a step towards my future after listening to his rags to riches story,’’ Anuka said.

    Dr Jude Mbam, an Educationist described Kanu as a legend, noting that what he could not attain academically, he made up with football successes.

    “Kanu won FIFA U-17 world cup medal, UEFA Champions League medal and an Olympic Games football gold medal.

    “He also won African Cup of Nations (AFCON) silver medal, four AFCON bronze medals and alongside Finidi George, was the first Nigerian to win the prestigious UEFA Champions League,’’ Mbam said.

    Kelechi Ekeledo, a journalist and Arsenal FC fan commended Kanu for being the symbol of support which several Nigerians have for the top English side.

    “Kanu played 197 times for the north London side, scoring 44 goals and was part of the invincible team that did not lose any match in the 2003-04 English Premier League season.

    “This birthday celebration is auspicious because it is coming at the start of the new football season with Arsenal highly impressive in its pre-season tour,’’ he said.

    Mrs Bridget Oleru, a teacher and football enthusiast described Kanu as a humanitarian who had impacted positively on peoples’ lives, especially the less-privileged.

    “The Kanu Heart Foundation assisted many patients with heart-related ailments and this is coupled with other philanthropic gestures.

    “Kanu is also a shining example of prudent celebrities who effectively managed the demands of stardom to still remain financially solvent on retirement,’’ Oleru said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Experts harp on positive use of social media
    Experts harp on positive use of social media
     Experts harp on positive use of social media
    Experts harp on positive use of social media
    Entertainment3 weeks ago

    Experts harp on positive use of social media

    Experts from various sectors of the economy on Sunday emphasized the need to utilize the social media for positive gains.The experts spoke at the Bodex Social Media Hangout 3.0 (BDSMH), with  theme, “Using Social Media in Shaping the Society”, held at Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Lagos.The Convener of BDSMH, Florence Hungbo, said the theme was chosen because of her experience with social media.“My team came up with this topic because we have gone through so much when it comes to social media.“The use of social media is sometimes abused just like it has its benefits.The BDSMH is a unique talk-media event designed to create consistent awareness on the abuse of social media.“It also generates practical solutions through crowdsourcing.BDSMH is dedicated to promoting trustworthy journalism by mobilizing well-trained front runners in the online and traditional journalism space,” she said.Mr. Kolawole Osinowo, who spoke on trends and opportunities in social selling, said that “COVID-19 has reset every brand to the extent that no brand can claim to be big.”Osinowo said the world would continue to be complicated and there was a need to learn how to manage one’s brand either online or offline.“There is this set of people called ‘Generation Z’, those are the people you will deal with as a brand manager or as an employer.“There are trends that you need to understand for you to satisfy your customers in this generation.Social media should be seen as a sales strategy, not just a sales point,” he said.Osinowo added that social media became a business model since the breakout of COVID-19 and not just a digital strategy.He urged brand owners to listen to their consumers online and offline and also monitor competitors as there will continue to be evolving trends with consumers.“Everything that can be social will be social.Social media is a place to build trust and credibility,” he said.Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), who spoke on the “Impact of Social Media on Law Enforcement Agencies”, said social media is utilized as a communication and investigation tool by the agency.“The agency has realized that social media has come to stay which made the agency adjust to utilizing all social media platforms to engage the public,” he said.Babafemi added that the NDLEA, having realized that those most involved in the abuse of substances were young people, then targeted them with messages on awareness and drug abuse on all social media platforms.“Social media also avail the people the opportunity to demand accountability.That is why we engage the people on the Twitter space and other social media platforms,” he said.Segun Awosanya, human rights activist, popularly known as “Segalinks”, who also spoke on “Impact of Social Media on Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria”, said social media could be utilized to breach the gap between the people and the government.Segalinks, who referred to the EndSARS protest, said the intention was also to call the law enforcement agencies to order, following several reports of unprofessionalism before it was misconstrued.He added that it was a good thing that social media, to an extent brought the people closer to law enforcement agencies.Mr. Ramon Nasir, a communication expert, who spoke on “Curbing Fake News and Regulating Social Media in Nigeria”, said, fake news destroys humanity as he almost lost his marriage two years ago due to the same menace.“People have suffered from fake news either as an individual or as an institution.Fake news destroys a lot and we need to put an end to it.“Fake news destroys the essence of living.Although the rise of social media had availed us a lot of advantages.A lot of us won’t be recognized or be here if not for social media,” he said.Nasir said social media brings networking, breaks barriers, and helps businesses grow.He further called on stakeholders, influencers, journalists, and the government to proffer solutions to tackling fake news without trampling on the freedom of speech.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mixed reactions trail FG s proposed ban on commercial motorcycles
    Mixed reactions trail FG’s proposed ban on commercial motorcycles 
     Mixed reactions trail FG s proposed ban on commercial motorcycles
    Mixed reactions trail FG’s proposed ban on commercial motorcycles 
    Economy3 weeks ago

    Mixed reactions trail FG’s proposed ban on commercial motorcycles 

    Nigerians from different walks of life in the South-East have expressed mixed feelings regarding Federal Government’s plan to ban commercial motorcycles, otherwise called “Okada”, in the country.

    While some hailed the proposal, believing that it might help to curb the crime rate, others disapproved of it on the grounds of its negative economic implications.

    In Abia, proponents of the ban argued that commercial motorcycles had become ready tools for robbery, banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country.

    A businessman, Mr Kingsley Madu, said that he had long expected the ban, given the spate of criminal activities that were executed with motorcycles in different parts of the country.

    Madu said: “Most criminals and kidnappers hide under the guise of commercial motorcyclists to kill and dispossess their victims of their valuables.

    ” A seamstress, Mrs Faith Ugwu, said that a lot of criminals use motorcycles to perpetuate criminality due to bad roads, especially in rural communities.

    “I think kidnapping and robbery are on the increase because the perpetrators use motorcycles for their operations.

    However, those who are opposed to the idea, urged the government to jettison the plan because of its dire consequences on the nation’s prostrate economy.

    An undergraduate, Mr Felix Nwankwo, feared that the plan could boomerang, if implemented.

    “There is already a high rate of unemployment in the country, so banning okada would worsen the situation.

    “This will also worsen crime and criminality that the policy intends to checkmate.

    “Although there are bad eggs among the operators, it is not enough reason for a blanket ban across the country,” Nwankwo said.

    He argued that there were many responsible men, who entered the business as their only means of livelihood.

    A commercial bus driver, Mr Anthony Onyeizu, dismissed the plan, saying that it would be counterproductive.

    Onyeizu said that the ban would create more problems in the transport sector, if enforced.

    “Are commercial motorcyclists our problem as a country at this time, when people are being killed everyday like animals?

    “Commercial motorcycles remain the major, and in some cases, the only means of transportation in most of our rural communities.

    “So banning it would make life more difficult, especially in communities with deplorable road conditions,” Onyeizu said.

    Also in Imo, an entrepreneur, Chief Evaristus Nkwocha, said that the policy would be detrimental to the nation’s economy.

    Nkwocha, who deals in hire purchase for motorcycles in Owerri, said that “many unemployed persons, including graduates, depend on commercial motorcycles for their livelihood” because of the high unemployment rate.

    “The ban will affect not only the operators but spare parts dealers and motorcycles repairers.

    “Commercial motorcycles have always been there and we cannot just wake up and accuse the users of masterminding insecurity,” he said.

    He argued that crime was also prevalent in cities where commercial motorcycles were not operational.

    “Most of those who get our facility are unemployed graduates, who have no criminal records,” Nkwocha said.

    Dr Fabian Odunka of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, said that rather than the ban, government should encourage the study of automobile engineering to stimulate students’ interest in the manufacturing of automobiles.

    This, he said, would help to strengthen the economy and enhance the nation’s foreign exchange earnings through export.

    Odunka further said that automobile entrepreneurs, such as Innoson Vehicle Manufacturers and Kotec motorcycle parts manufacturers, should be supported rather than discouraged in their efforts to grow the nation’s economy.

    Mr Chukwudi Ndudi, an ex-Secretary, Motorcyclists Association, Emekuku, in Owerri North Council Area of Imo,  spoke on the contributions of commercial motorcycle to crime reduction.

    According to Ndudi, banning the business would worsen the country’s security situation.

    He said the ban would render many persons jobless, hence  create room for more people to take to crime and criminality to survive.

    “At this time in the history of Nigeria, we should be talking about job creation to take the youths out from the streets and discourage them from crime.

    “A ban on commercial motorcycles will leave many jobless with crime, including cyber crime, as the only way out,” Ndudi said.

    In Abakaliki, a Civil Servant, Mr Donatus Okereke, said the Federal Government should first provide an alternative means of livelihood for youths who depend on okada to sustain themselves and their dependants.

    Okereke said that banning okada without an alternative for the riders would increase the level of hardship, poverty and criminality in the country.

    “I hope such a policy will not lead to another End-SARS protest in the country,” he said.

    Also, Mr Ogbonna Uslor, said that the ban would have negative effect on motorcycle dealers, mechanics and others in the value chain.

    “It is dangerous to say you will completely stop a means of livelihood of a people without an alternative,” Uslor said.

    Two food vendors, Mrs Oluchukwu Ukeoma and Nkechi Ejike, said that their business would suffer if okada is banned.

    “We will lose substantial patronage because the okada riders are our major customers,” they said.

    Also in Awka, a journalist, Mr Chuks Ilozue, described the services of commercial motorcyclists as crucial, especially in far-flunged locations.

    Ilozue said that banning them could cause untold sufferings for travellers to such locations.

    “There are some communities that are difficult to access because of bad roads and the only means of transportation are commercial motorcycles.

    “If government ends up banning okada, people travelling to such areas would face serious challenge,” he said.

    He advised government to allow state governments to place such ban in areas where the use of okada to commit crimes is considered rife.

    Another respondent, Mrs Uzochukwu Izuchukwu, said that in most agrarian communities, farmers relied more on commercial motorcycles to transport their produce to markets.

    Izuchukwu warned that the ban would further increase the prices of farm produce, thus increasing the hardship in the country.

    But a public servant, Mr Uchenna Ezedigwe, described the proposal as a step in the right direction.

    Ezedigwe said that the upsurge in crime in some parts of the country could largely be attributed to okada riders.

    “For instance, the activities of bandits and other criminal elements terrorising the nation today are usually perpetrated with motorcycles,” he said.

    He opined that crime would reduce with a ban on commercial motorcycles.

    A health worker, Mr Elvis Nwobuani, described the planned ban as appropriate.

    Nwobuani said that apart from crime, the recklessness of okada operators had resulted in accidents, leaving many permanently maimed.

    “If you conduct a survey on the number of motorcycle-related accidents in states where they operate and the states that have banned it, you will see the difference,” Nwobuani said.

    According to him, banning okada would save many from the resultant disability and untimely death from okada accidents.

    In Enugu, the Association of Tricycle Riders Transport Union (ATRTU) said that okada business had restrained millions of jobless youths from taking to crime.

    The Chairman of ATRTU in the state, Mr Benjamin Ikah, said that many okada operators saw it as their only legitimate means of livelihood due to the high rate of unemployment.

    He said that government should not think that the millions of school leavers and graduates that went into it were happy.

    “They are not happy.

    Rather, they went into it to avoid idleness, hunger and crime.

    Ikah said: “Once they go out each day, they are sure of that day’s meal both for themselves and their families.

    “So, why would government want to increase their frustration?

    “Is it not enough for someone to make a living by doing a job as hazardous as okada riding in the rain and under the sun and exposure to accidents?

    He charged the National Security Council to use intelligence to arrest terrorists and other criminal elements that operate with motorcycles.

    “It could also isolate areas where crimes and terrorism are prevalent and ban motorcycles there, if need be,” Ikah said.

    Also, traders under the aegis of the South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA) urged the Federal Government to jettison the plan because of its “serious negative socio-economic consequences”.

    In a statement issued by SEAMATA President-General and Secretary-General, Chief Gozie Akudolu and Mr Alex Okwudili, in Enugu the group advised that the ban be applied in places where they had become necessary.

    It stated: “The council should have considered hundreds of motorcycle manufacturing industries across the federation with thousands of youths in their employment and others in ancillary and indirect employment.

    “The proposal means not only the closure of these industries, with its adverse implications on the economy, but sending those in their employment into the saturated Nigerian labour market.

    “There are other industries that produce motorcycle components, especially the rubber and plastic parts, which shall also fold up and in turn add to the nation’s security problem.

    “The distribution chain, ranging from the dealers in motorcycle spare parts, artisans, such as mechanics and vulcanizers, and their apprentices, will have their businesses shut down.

    “They will likely become potential criminals and bandits being uploaded into society.

    ” A senior citizen, Pa Alfred Udeh, advised the government to encourage the resuscitation of industries to absorb the teeming youths that depended on okada, before banning it.

    He described okada as a product of economic downturn, saying that it never existed in the 1980s and 1990s, when the industries were booming in the country.

    Udeh, a retired police officer, however, urged the government to increase its number of security personnel to at least 1.5 million.

    “Government should also equip the security agencies with hi-tech crime detecting devices and criminal databank to enable them to function optimally,” he said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Edo CP commends Gov Obaseki s commitment to improve security architecture
    Edo CP commends Gov. Obaseki’s commitment to improve security architecture
     Edo CP commends Gov Obaseki s commitment to improve security architecture
    Edo CP commends Gov. Obaseki’s commitment to improve security architecture
    General news3 weeks ago

    Edo CP commends Gov. Obaseki’s commitment to improve security architecture

    The Commissioner of Police in Edo, Mr Abutu Yaro, said the state government’s improved security architecture, was effectively addressing the challenges of crime and criminality in the state.

    Yaro said this when Mr Kennedy Osifo, Chairman, Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission,( EDSOGPADEC) management team, paid on a courtesy visit to his office.

    The CP’s comment is contained in a statement issued by Osifo, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Benin.

    The statement said Yaro commended the improved security network and described Gov. Godwin Obaseki as a silent achiever.

    He said Obaseki’s administration had demonstrated an uncommon leadership, culminating in the development of the state, especially in the three oil and gas producing local government areas.

    He said the security network had helped the command, since his assumption of office three months ago, to tackle the incessant kidnappings and armed robbery situation along the ever busy road to a minimal level.

    Yaro applauded EDSOGPADEC for achieving huge developmental feats as an interventionist agency in the state, particualarly in the three oil producing areas of Ikpoba-Okha, Orhionmwon and Ovia North-East local government areas (LGAs) .

    The CP, who identified rural-urban migration by the youth as a key factor responsible for insecurity, however, assured of the judicious use of the police facilities built by EDSOGPADEC, to address crime and criminality in the state.

    Earlier, Osifo told the CP that they were in his office to officially welcome him to the state and to inform him of the commission’s intervention in the improvement of the state security architecture.

    He said that the board, following the governor’s approval, had built and furnished three police posts at Evbuahrue in Orhionmwon; Obayantor in Ikpoba Okha and Ekenhuan in Ovia North East LGAs. The EDSOGPADEC Chairman informed the police boss that the commission was building a marine police residential quarters with installed  CCTV cameras in Ologbo and Gelegele, both in Ikpoba-Okha and Ovia North-East LGAs. He disclosed that the state government had also purchased 8 armored guns and 8 speed boats to secure the waterways, including the Marine Police bases with a concrete Jetty at Ologbo in Ikpoba Okha and Gelegele in Ovia North East. Osifo noted that the ongoing construction of the burnt and destroyed police stations at Saint Saviour, Ugbekun and Idogbo all in Ikpoba Okha LGA during the ill-fated EndSARS protests in 2020, would be handed over to the command when completed.

    According to him, Gov. Obaseki has also directed the commission to build decent housing accommodations with 24-hour Solar Light with security gadgets for the Police officers to carry out their duties excellently to secure the areas.

    He said that the commission was also planning to build private jetty for the police at Ologbo, and assured that ongoing construction of police stations including the Area command office in Uromehe in Orhionmwon,  Ogo N’Erie, at Ugbekun in Ikpoba Okha and Ugbine in Ovia North East, would be ready before the end of August 2022.

    Osifo expressed confidence that the command would be able to effectively and efficiently curtail crimes being reported, once the police authority took over the facilities.

    He further disclosed that the offices of the Divisional Police Officers in Edo would be equipped with state-of-the-art operational technology that would make them more operationally savvy for crime prevention and control.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  C River to roll out vibrated electric poles Ayade
    C’ River to roll out vibrated electric poles – Ayade
     C River to roll out vibrated electric poles Ayade
    C’ River to roll out vibrated electric poles – Ayade
    General news3 weeks ago

    C’ River to roll out vibrated electric poles – Ayade

    The Cross River Government has announced the rollout of vibrated electric poles from its factory in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state.

    Gov. Ben Ayade made the announcement on Tuesday during a tour of the factory.

    The governor said that the factory, Piles and Pylon Factory, would play a pivotal role in the rural electrification of the state.

    He said that the State Electrification Agency (SEA) was already collaborating with relevant stakeholders to ensure full commencement of commercial production in the factory.

    “This factory will produce all the poles and provide all the solar lighting panels that will support rural electrification programme.

    “We also intend to advance it beyond rural lighting and urban lighting to get solar farms where we can generate sufficient power.

    “We will use all our monopoles to provide transmission of power from the solar farms to the city,” he said.

    Ayade further said that the programme would be rapid and was intended to deliver power to rural areas and semi urban areas in the state.

    “So, against this background, SEA is collaborating with third parties to guarantee full take-off and production of piles and pylon in this factory,” he added.

    The governor who expressed regret that the factory was heavily vandalised during the #EndSARS protest, however, said most of the vandalised equipment had been ordered.

    Speaking earlier, the Interim Director-General of SEA, Mr Eric Akpo, said the products from the factory would hit the market once certification from the relevant regulatory agency was obtained.

    He said: “The piles and pylon factory is very functional; we are preparing to hit the market with our poles.

    “The only thing holding us back is that poles deployed for power reticulation have to be certified by the Nigeria Electricity Management and Services Agency (NEMSA).

    “So we are expecting the NEMSA team to visit the factory in the coming weeks.

    “Once they come, they will give us the needed certification because we have already met their specifications.”

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Aregbesola urges NCoS to track recapture escaped inmates
    Aregbesola urges NCoS to track, recapture escaped inmates
     Aregbesola urges NCoS to track recapture escaped inmates
    Aregbesola urges NCoS to track, recapture escaped inmates
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Aregbesola urges NCoS to track, recapture escaped inmates

    The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has urged the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) to track and recapture all escaped inmates.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the media Adviser to the minister, Mr Sola Fasure, in Abuja.

    Aregbesola made the call at the opening of a two-day retreat for senior management of the service in Sokoto State.

    He said the strategies and deliberations at the retreat should be centered around solutions on recapturing all escaped inmates to safeguard communities who might become prey to criminal activities of escaped inmates.

    The minister expressed displeasure over the negative impact of the #EndSARS protests which later turned violent leading to attacks of custodial facilities hence rise on the attacks of facilities.

    ”Retreats are for bonding, contemplating purpose and setting future goals.

    “Therefore, the major issue that must be considered during this retreat is the de-congestion of custodial facilities,” he said.

    He recalled that during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the policies, quickly put in place then was the de-congestion programme under which thousands of inmates were released on compassionate ground.

    “The follow up to that is the consideration that we should find further ways to keep de-congesting our facilities.

    “We started work on the idea of compiling the list of convicted inmates serving light terms for not too serious offences, who were in custody because they could not pay their fines.”

    Aregbesola commended the service for being able to manage the centres during the pandemic without recording a single infection.

    He added that the agency did a good job of keeping the virus away and must continue to keep the facilities safe and sound from inside and outside.

    The minister urged that as the officers deliberate, strategise and set target for the next five years, it must  ensure that the bio-data of all inmates were harmonised with sister agencies

    This, he said, such as the Nigeria Financial Unit (NFIU), all banks and the INTERPOL to track all escaped inmates.

    “It is also very important to have their fingerprints, pictures and other details you have with you to be harmonised with them.”

    In his remarks, the Controller-General of the service, Haliru Nababa, said that the retreat would afford the hierarchy of the agency the opportunity to restrategise and bond towards efficiency in service delivery.

    Nababa added that the retreat would also serve to provide clear perception on set targets of the service.

    The C-G said the current capacity of the 244 custodial facilities in the country stood at 58,278 as against the population of 75,000 inmates it now holds.

    This, he said, led to the congestion of inmates, worsened by recent incessant attacks which were externally organised and executed.

    “Drawing from the above, the NCoS has taken measures that will forestall future attack such as the formation and activation of the Rapid Response Team (RRT).

    “Initiate  more intelligence sharing with other security agencies,  the sensitisation and encouragement of State Governments to implement non-custodial measures.

    “As well as the scaling up of the capacity of Armed Squad and Intelligence personnel on the use of high calibre weaponry and intelligence gathering.”

    Earlier, declaring the retreat open, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, said that his government would continue to support the  service in achieving its goal of reforming and rehabilitating its inmate.

    “As a government, we will continue to support you in your role as one of the critical operators in the administration of criminal justice system.

    “The role of reforming and rehabilitating inmates cannot be overemphasised to have a crime free society.

    “I wish you a successful deliberations and on behalf of the Governor, I hereby declare this retreat open,” the governor stated.

    The governor was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Manir Dan’iya.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in November 2021, Aregbesola said about 3,906 inmates who escaped during recent attacks on correctional centres were still at large.

    The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made this known during a media briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Media Team in Aso Rock, Abuja.

    The Minister said about 4,369 inmates escaped from the centres from 2020, following attacks by  gunmen, adding that only 984 had been rearrested.

    NAN reports that the federal government said the bometrics of all custodial inmates in the country had been taken while working with the International Police (INTERPOL).

    Aregbesola said: “How long can they continue to run from the state? The state is a patient bird. You can run but you can never hide.

    “We have their biometrics. Whenever and wherever they appear to transact any business, their cover will be blown.”


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  •  Monkeypox suspected cases rise to 141 in 13 States in Nigeria
    Monkeypox suspected cases rise to 141 in 13 States in Nigeria
     Monkeypox suspected cases rise to 141 in 13 States in Nigeria
    Monkeypox suspected cases rise to 141 in 13 States in Nigeria
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    Monkeypox suspected cases rise to 141 in 13 States in Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that as many as 141 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported in-country, up from the previous 110 cases. The NCDC, via its verified website, disclosed this on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that when scientists investigate the spread of infectious disease, one area they look at is the genetic sequences of the pathogen. But there’s a snag when it comes to the monkeypox virus, which is now causing an unprecedented outbreak of several hundred infections in some 30 countries where it’s not typically seen. The DNA viruses, particularly those with relatively big genomes like poxviruses (the family that includes monkeypox), generally accrue mutations much more slowly than, say, an RNA virus-like SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19. That means that examining the sequences might be less fruitful in terms of tracking how the virus is spreading from person to person. There are fewer chances to the virus’ genome that might shine a light on transmission chains. But as researchers around the world share sequences from the current outbreak, the genomes have revealed something odd: “There are way more mutations than expected.” So many mutations in such a short amount of time might seem worrisome, if, perhaps, it meant the virus is evolving to spread more efficiently among people. But scientists have a different hypothesis (one they say needs to be further studied) about what these mutations say about these infections and, in turn, what that can illuminate about the outbreak. The NCDC said that From January 1 to 12th June 2022, there have been 141 suspected cases in total and 36 confirmed cases from fifteen (15) states. It said that the states were; Lagos (7), Adamawa (5), Delta (3), River (3), Cross River (2), FCT (2), Kano (2), Bayelsa (2), Edo (2), Imo (2), Plateau (2), Nasarawa (1), Niger (1), Oyo (1) and Ondo (1). “One death was recorded in a 40-year-old man with co-morbidity that was receiving immunosuppressive drugs. “Overall and from September 2017 to 12th June 2022, a total of 653 suspected cases were reported from 33 states in the country. “Of the reported cases, 262 (40.1%) have been confirmed in 23 states – Rivers (55), Bayelsa (45), Lagos (37), Delta (32), Cross River (16), Edo (12), Imo (10), Akwa Ibom (7), Oyo (7), FCT (8), Plateau (5), Adamawa (5), Enugu (4), Abia (3), Nasarawa (3), Benue (2), Anambra (2), Ekiti (2), Kano (2), Niger (2), Ebonyi (1), Ogun (1) and Ondo (1). “In addition, from September 2017 to June 12th, 2022, a total of nine (9) deaths have been recorded (CFR= 3.4%) in six states – Lagos (3), Edo (2), Imo (1), Cross River (1), FCT (1) and Rivers (1),” it stated. Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued sexual guidance for infected people with monkeypox. The CDC issued a list of safe sexual activities for sexually active patients to follow. Among the recommendations are to ‘masturbate together at a distance of at least 6 feet’ or ‘consider covering areas where rash or sores are present when having sex.’ NAN recalls that the descriptions of classic monkeypox disease describe a prodrome including fever, lymphadenopathy, headache, and muscle aches followed by the development of a characteristic rash culminating in a firm, deep-seated, well-circumscribed and sometimes umbilicated lesions. The rash usually starts on the face or in the oral cavity and progresses through several synchronized stages on each affected area and concentrates on the face and extremities, including lesions on the palms and soles. The WHO said that the current risk of Monkeypox to human health and for the general public remains low, but the public health risk could become high if this virus exploits the opportunity to establish itself in non-endemic countries as a widespread human pathogen. It said it assesses the risk at the global level as moderate considering this is the first time that many monkeypox cases and clusters are reported concurrently in non-endemic and endemic countries. The WHO said that most reported cases so far have been presented through sexual health or other health services and have mainly involved men who have sex with men. .

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