The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has handed over three young men, posing as graduates of tertiary institutions, caught in possession of fake certificates to the police.
Mrs Florence Yaakugh, the Taraba Coordinator of NYSC, on Friday, said the suspects were apprehended with the fake certificates during screening of prospective Batch B Stream 2 corps members at the orientation camp in Jalingo.
The suspects are; Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication, Shehu Murktar -Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman- Sociology, all from Isfop University of Cotonou in Republic of Benin .
“They came for registration and the verification officer discovered them with fake certificates and verification papers.
“If you will recall, the Director General of NYSC Brig.-Gen. Shauibu Ibrahim recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English language.
“He directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing,” the NYSC coordinator said.
Yaakugh said that their preliminary investigation revealed that the persons involved could not write or say anything logical about their courses of study.
She urged the security agents to do a thorough job so that the truth would come out and justice done to the affected persons.
The NYSC state coordinator said that another similar case involving a female, who also presented a foreign certificate, was being investigated by the verification officer. https://nnn.ng/taraba-nysc-hands-over-3-suspects-with-alleged-fake-certificates-to-police/
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Troops eliminate 16 terrorists, arrest 11 in N/E in 1 week – DHQ
The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, has eliminated 16 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist and arrested 11 in the North East in the last one week.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John John Enenche, disclosed this while giving weekly update on the operations of Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said the troops had recorded appreciable successes within the week, adding that some the terrorists arrested also included their family members with caches of arms and ammunition.
He explained that the troops had on Sept. 10 in conjunction with Civilian JTF engaged the terrorists at Kassa Kura in Maiduguri Town killng two terrorists during the encouter.
He added that troops also successfully repelled two different terrorists’ attacks at Ngala and Baga towns killing two terrorists and recovered various categories of arms and ammunition same day.
According to him, troops conducted ambush operations and eliminated three elements recovering of large cache of arms and ammunition at Ngurosoye village of Bama Local Government Area and Dalori Gari in Maiduguri.
The coordinator also disclosed that the troops had on Sept. 11, killed five terrorists due to superior firepower while others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
He further disclosed that troops in conjunction with local vigilantes had on Sept. 14, killed four fighters and arrested seven at Gashua Local Government Area of Yobe.
This, according to him is in addition to three others arrested on Sept. 13 at the College of Agriculture in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe.
“It is also worthy to mention that the wife and son of one of BHT’s high profile member, Abdulrahman Abdullahi had been earlier arrested by troops in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Sept 7.
“Gleaning from the records of these operations, there is no gaining saying that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security operatives are resolute in their determination to end the insurgency and achieve sustainable peace in the North East zone of the Country,” he said.
In the North Central, Enenche assured that the military would end the activities of DarulSalam terrorists, adding that the recent arrest of its members and release of hostages in Kogi and Nasarawa states was a major breakthrough.
He said that the various military operations in Babies, Taraba and Nasarawa states had continued to record successes, adding that some members of the late Gana militia groups were recently arrested from their camp.
According to him, troops of operation Safe Haven had between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15 raided hideouts of suspected criminals within Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“A total of 25 suspects were apprehended while one locally fabricated pistol loaded with one round of 9mm ammunition was recovered during the course of the operation,” he said.
In North West, Enenche said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Sahel Sanity had continued to dominate the zone leading to killing of several bandits and arrest of some and their collaborators in Katsina, Sokota and Zamfara states within the period.
He added that the air component had also launched several airstrikes on some identified bandits’ camps in forest killing many bandits and destroyed their hideouts.
“The Military High Command commends all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their commitment, determination and dedication.
“They are equally encouraged to remain firm and decisive in curtailing the activities of all criminal elements in the country.
“Members of the general public are hereby assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies will continue to tackle the security challenges and will ensure that normalcy is attained in all the geo-political zones of the Country.
“However their support is highly solicited in the area of providing credible information to assist our operations,” he said.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Ondo 2020: INEC re-opens registration link for NYSC members
The commission made this known in a statement issued after its meeting by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja.
Okoye said that as a result of the disruption of normal processes in the electoral process occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, INEC could not get the full complement of the NYSC members required as ad hoc staff for the election.
“Consequently, the Commission had to broaden its net to recruit the required ad hoc staff from tertiary institutions.
“However, the NYSC authorities recently informed the Commission that they were now in a position to mobilize more corps members for the Ondo State governorship election.
“ Meanwhile, the portal for the recruitment of ad hoc staff for the said election had closed since Aug. 21.
“After due consideration and to restore the corps members to their role in the electoral process, the Commission has decided to allow the recruitment of these additional NYSC members only.
“A special link to the registration form has, therefore, been provided to NYSC authorities to be used for this purpose.
“The Commission notes with appreciation the commitment of the NYSC leadership in sustaining the patriotic and crucial roles being played by corps members in the conduct of elections,’’ Okoye said.
On Edo State governorship election, Okoye said that all sensitive materials for the election had left the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in Benin for the various Local Government Areas in the State.
“Agents of the political parties involved in the election as well as those of the accredited Observer Groups observed the distribution of the sensitive materials.
“The Commission implores all the relevant stakeholders to continue to observe the distribution of the sensitive materials as they are moved further down the chain to the Registration Area Centres (RACs),’’ Okoye said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Donald Ugwu
INEC says Continuous Voter Registration will resume in 2021
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Kogi, Prof. James Apam, disclosed this on Wednesday at Onyadega, Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.
Apam said the exercise was aborted by the outbreak of COVID-19 some months ago.
He was addressing stakeholders in preparation for the forthcoming bye election in the local government area, blaming the inability of the commission to register Nigerians of voting age in the area, on the pandemic.
He appealed to those who would not be able to vote in the election to show understanding and bear with the commission.
The commissioner said that the by-election was necessitated by the sudden death of Mr John Abah who was representing the council in the State House of Assembly, in June.
He said that the by-election to fill the vacant seat would hold along with others nationwide on Oct. 31, asking the people of the area to get ready to participate fully.
Unlike previous elections , he said, the time scheduled for the election would be between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., adding that the poll would hold under strict observance of the safety protocols against the spread of the Coronavirus.
Accordingly, Apam said, the commission would provide water, sanitisers, methylated spirits and infrared thermometers at all the 148 polling units where the election would hold.
He said that similar arrangements would also be put in place at all the collation centres.
He said that voters, electoral officials and security agents would be made to wear face masks on the election day, and appealed to the political parties and candidates to also spread the message to their members and followers.
He further disclosed that 78, 575 voters would participate in the election, while arrangements were being made to organise training for the ad hoc staff and the commission’s staff that would conduct the election.
He appealed to leaders of political parties, candidates and other stakeholders to allow peace to reign before, during and after the election.
Apam promised that enough logistics would be provided to ensure a violent-free and successful election .
Also speaking, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the state, Mr Marvelous Okoriovbe, warned candidates to avoid use of hate speech and provocative statements during their campaigns.
Okoriovbe assured that the police would provide enough personnel in all the nooks and crannies of the local government area throughout the election period.
Stakeholders who spoke at the meeting expressed fear that floods may impact negatively on the conduct of the election.
They also demanded a free and fair election and called on the police to provide security before and after the election.
The meeting was attended by political parties, candidates, traditional rulers, security agencies, observers and religious groups.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf