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Escaped Kano lion: Police assure residents of adequate security

The Kano State Police Command says it has provided adequate security to ensure the protection of lives and property around Kano Zoological Garden following the escape of a lion from its cage.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Abdullahi Haruna, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano State on Sunday.

He said the command had deployed adequate armed policemen to prevent people from having access to the area in view of the prevailing situation.

The PPRO, however, advised the residents not to panic as experts and armed security personnel were making concerted efforts to capture the escaped animal.

He also called on the people of the area to be law-abiding and cooperate with security personnel as the police had already cordoned off the area to have total control.

NAN recalls that the lion escaped from its cage when rangers were trying to put it back in its cage after they returned it from Nasarawa State where the national agricultural show took place.

The incident had forced many residents of the area to remain indoors while motorists had deserted the ever-busy Zoo road since the incident happened on Saturday night.

(NAN)

Mob kills VIO official who chased three Okada riders to their death

The Niger Police Command says a mob of protesters have killed one Ahmed Bello, a Vehicle Inspector Officer, in Mariga Local Government Area of the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday.

Narrating the incident, Usman said, “On October 3, at about 13:30 hours, three Fulani youths namely Malami Mohammed, Juli Musa and Dawa Ali, of Oro village of Mariga Local Government Area, riding on an unregistered motorcycle, were told by the VIO to stop, but they refused to stop.

”They were chased by the VIO and they ran into a moving trailer with registration No. FKJ 512 XW that was coming from Tegina- Kampani Bobi area.

“All of them were crushed by the trailer and they died on the spot.”

“On realising what he did, the VIO ran towards Kampani Bobi Police outstation for safety; but he was pursued by irate mob and lynched,” the Commissioner added.

He said that already, reinforcement from Kontagora Division was drafted to the village to restore normalcy.

The Commissioner warned members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands.

“We will not tolerate any act capable of bringing confusion to the state, as concrete security measures has since been put in place to guarantee peaceful coexistence among residents.

The Police chief warned that any person or group found culpable in connection with the incident would be arrested and prosecuted.

(NAN)

Why I carry AK-47 rifle when grazing —Arrested Fulani herdsman

 

Fulani herdsman arrested by the operatives of Bauchi State Police Command has justified why he carried AK-47 rifle when grazing.

He said he used it for self-defense.

The herdsman, Sadiq Mohammed, who spoke with newsmen while being paraded at the Police headquarters in Bauchi on Wednesday, said although he was arrested with two guns — an AK-47 and a pistol — he was not the original owner.

He said, “I’ve had these guns for 11 years this year. I got them since I was in Plateau State.

“The man who first bought this gun is dead. He was killed, so I took it.

“I have never killed any person with these guns, but I’ve been using them to protect myself and my cows from people who may want to attack me and steal my animals.”

The father of two added that “any time I take my cows to Plateau State, I use the guns to protect myself while I rear them (cows).”

Five key points of UK’s new Brexit proposals

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, outlining proposals that could lead to a revised divorce deal between London and Brussels.

Here are five key points in Johnson’s plan, which revolves around arrangements on the border between Northern Ireland — part of the United Kingdom — and EU member the Republic of Ireland.

– Removing the backstop –

The existing divorce deal between Britain and the EU has been rejected three times by British MPs. The only split scenario supported by a majority involved removing the backstop fallback provisions concerning the Irish border.

The backstop would ensure the Irish border stays open by keeping the whole UK temporarily aligned to EU customs rules.

Johnson’s letter said the backstop was intended as bridge to a future partnership in which Britain remained closely integrated with EU customs arrangements and laws, but as that is not where his government wants to go, the backstop is a “bridge to nowhere”.

– NI to keep EU goods regulations –

The plan provides for the creation of an “all-island regulatory zone” on the island of Ireland covering all goods including agrifood. This means Northern Ireland sticking with EU goods regulations to ensure they are the same on both sides of the border.

The move would eliminate “all regulatory checks to trade in goods” across the border.

To support the province through the transition, London would launch a “new deal” for Northern Ireland, with commitments to help boost economic growth, competitiveness, and infrastructure projects.

– NI consent –

The plan would mean Northern Ireland having significant sectors of its economy governed by laws which it has no say in making.

The plan proposes that the Northern Ireland Assembly and its executive — the province’s devolved regional government — should have the chance to endorse the arrangements before they enter force.

They would do so during the transition period and for every four years afterwards, otherwise the arrangement lapses.

The arrangements, therefore, could not be maintained indefinitely if they were not wanted — a key problem British MPs had with the backstop.

The assembly collapsed in January 2017 due to a breakdown in trust between the main parties representing the British and Irish communities.

– NI fully in UK customs territory –

The letter says it is “fundamental” that the UK leaves the EU customs union “whole and entire” at the end of the transition period.

It said Britain had to have control of its trade policy in future.

– Electronic customs –

Both sides should commit never to conduct checks at the border. The UK says it will never impose a hard border on its only land frontier.

All customs processes needed to ensure compliance with the EU and UK customs regimes should take place “on a decentralised basis”, with paperwork conducted electronically as goods move between the UK and Ireland.

It said a very small number of physical checks would need to be conducted at traders’ premises and other points on the supply chain.

(AFP)

Gunmen murder aide to chairman of Imo assets recovery committee

Gunmen suspected to be political assailants have killed Bruno Uchechukwu, the personal assistant to the chairman of Imo State committee on the Recovery of Stolen Movable Assets belonging to the Imo State government, Jasper Ndubuaku.

The committee, which is chaired by a former member of the state House of Assembly, Ndubuaku, was inaugurated by the state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, shortly after his swearing-in.

Our correspondent learnt that the victim was murdered on Sunday evening at Cherubim Junction, a popular junction in the state capital.

Bruno, who was rushed to a hospital was confirmed dead by the medical experts.

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The deceased, 32 hailed from Atta in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state.

He was the first son of his only surviving aged mother, a relative told our correspondent.

Ndubuaku expressed deep worry over the incident, saying that the killing was either targeted at him or done to frighten him on his job.

He also accused the opposition in the state of being behind the killing, stressing that, “ever since the administration of Emeka Ihedioha, came to power, the oppositions have caused series of havocs in the state.”

He reiterated his commitment to continue with his assignment for the state despite the attempts to deter him and his men.

He said, “The young man was my personal assistant. I think his killing was done by some people who are trying to hit me or frighten me on this job and I don’t find it funny.

“I don’t know who is behind it but definitely, it should not be far from the opposition. They have done their worst but nothing will stop me. Even if they hit me, as I am dying, my spirit will keep fighting.”

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the killing.

He, however, said that investigation by the command would prove if the assassination was politically motivated or not.

Funke Egbemode, Bisi Akande’s son, Omisore’s running mate, Lawal, make Oyetola’s list of commissioners

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has nominated President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Managing Director of New Telegraph, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, as a commissioner.

Also nominated by Oyetola, who is currently in the United States (U.S.) with President Muhammadu Buhari attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), are Femi Akande, son of former governor and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande; Yemi Lawal, running mate to Senator Iyiola Omisore on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the September 23 and 27 elections; Dayo Adewole, son of former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Bola Oyebamiji, immediate past Commissioner for Finance; Oluremi Omowaiye, the immediate past Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology; Prof Lekan Yinusa, the immediate past Commissioner for Budget and Dr. Obawale Adebisi.

Also on the list are Adejare Adebisi; Rasaki Adeosun; Sola Oladepo, Niran Ibitoye.

Others are Mrs Sola Ogunfolaju, a former lawmaker; Folorunso Oladoyin – Bamisayemi; Dr Bode Olanipekun, the son of the Akirun of Ikirun; Kehinde Olawale; Adebayo Adeleke, a former member of House of Representatives; Nath Agunbiade and Mr Taiwo Akeju.
The list, coming almost 10 months into Oyetola’s administration, has been sent to the House of Assembly for approval.
It was submitted by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji.
Below is the list:

Adebisi Obawale

Ibitoye Adeniran

Oladepo Atanda

Ajisefini Abiodun

Mumini Adekunle

Ogunfolaju Olusola

Oladimeji Segun

Agunbiade Nathaniel

Oladoyin Folorunso

Akeju Taiwo

Lawal Olayemi

Olaonipekun Bode

Adeleke Adebayo

Olamiju Olasiji

Yinusa Olalekan

Isamotu Rafiu

Oyebamiji Bola

Omowaiye Remi

Olawumi Jamiu

Akande Jimoh

Olawale Babatunde

Olaniyan Hussain

Adeosun Rasaq

Badmus Olalekan

Bakare Akande

Giwa Lateefah

Tadese Raheem

Adewole Adedayo

Lawal Olaniyi

Babalola Idiat

Kolajo Aderemi

Egbemode Funke

Kareem Akande

Oyegbile Rufus

Olaboopo Bukola

Bayelsa teachers declare strike over seven months salary arrears

The Bayelsa State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), on Monday, began on indefinite strike over non-payment of N18,000 minimum wage arrears to members in the state.

This is contained in a statement in Yenagoa on Monday by the Chairman of the Union in the state, Mr Kala-Ama John, and the Secretary, Mr Johnson Hector.

It said that the strike took effect after expiration of 21 days ultimatum given to the state government in July and additional secen days ultimatum on September 12.

The directive for the strike has grounded activities in both primary and secondary schools in the state who are supposed to resume for the first term on Monday.

According to the statement, the strike became imperative given the state government’s inability to address the grievances of non-payment of N18,000 minimum wage arrears to both secondary and primary schools teachers.

“Also, we are aggrieved over non-payment of backlog of salary arrears ranging from three and half to seven and half months to primary school teachers since 2013.

“We also observed acute shortage of teachers in both primary and secondary schools, non-provision of instructional materials to schools since September 2018 till date and other lingering issues confronting the education system in the state.

“Consequently, the national body of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has filed a trade dispute with Bayelsa government on the Sept. 6, 2019.”

It noted that the notice came with the directive that “until the outstanding salary arrears are paid completely to both secondary and primary schools teachers, they should not resume work as schools re-open on Sept. 23.

“Accordingly, the state wing executive council of the union hereby directs all primary and secondary school teachers in Bayelsa state to stay away from classes with immediate effect from Friday September 20, 2019, until otherwise directed,” it stated.

Effort to get the reaction of the Commissioner for Education, Mr Jonathan Obuebite, was unsuccessful as he could not be reached for comment.

Kogi teachers tell Yahaya Bello to pay 39 months salary arrears

Over 7,000 teachers in public primary and junior secondary schools in Kogi State have appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello to look into the issue of non-payment of their salary for the past eight to 39 months.

The Kogi teachers made the appeal in a communique issued at the end an emergency meeting of the Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria (BASAN) held in Lokoja on Monday.

The group traced the teachers’ plight to the staff screening exercise the government embarked upon since 2016, lamenting that the affected teachers had turned beggars in order to feed themselves and family members.

According to BESAN, the affected teachers are among over 23,000 of its members in the state.

The communique, jointly signed by Mr Onotu Yahaya and Mr Mohammed Sule, Acting Chairman and Secretary of the Kogi State chapter of BESAN, also bemoaned the refusal of the state government to fully implement the N18,000 minimum wage to teachers in the basic education sector.

Onotu and Sule stated that their counterparts in the senior secondary school cadre and other state government staff had been enjoying the N18,000 minimum wage since December 2011, wondering why teaching and non-teaching staff at the basic education sector were not being fully paid.

The communique urged the government to put a stop to the payment of 35 to 50 per cent salary to its members, insisting that they deserved full payment of salary like other workers in the state.

“Several of the basic education staff retirees are yet to access their monthly pensions besides non-payment of their gratuity,” the statement said.

They expressed worry over what incessant movement of payment of their salary among the State Universal Basic Education Board, local government councils and sometimes, consultants, saying that this had mitigated against efforts to ascertain actual staff strength in the sector.

It also raised concern over the poor state of basic education infrastructure in schools across the state, warning that the development was an impediment in meeting the desired productive curriculum delivery.

“We are passionately appealing to Governor Bello for intervention on the above inflammatory issues for the change mantra of the next level and change of narration of this critical sector of education,” the communique added.

OOUTH doctors call off strike

Resident doctors with Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OOUTH, Sagamu, Ogun State, have called off their indefinite strike.

The doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, had on September 2, embarked on an indefinite strike to register their displeasure with what they termed “serious decline in work force without replacement”.

A statement issued by the Secretary of the association in OOUTH, Dr Ajose Oluwafemi, in Abeokuta on Tuesday, said they reached the decision to suspend the strike at an emergency general meeting on Monday night.

According to the statement, the doctors decided to return to work as a mark of honour to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun who has approved the immediate employment of resident doctors and other health workers in the teaching hospital.

The doctors thanked the governor for his quick response and intervention.

The statement read: “The Congress of the ARD, OOUTH, Sagamu, appreciates the kind gesture of His Excellency, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, for his quick response and intervention in the issues affecting the teaching hospital and other healthcare facilities in the state.

“To this end, we have suspended our indefinite strike in honour of the governor.

“We appreciate also, the administrative panel set up by the governor to look into the issues affecting the growth of the teaching hospital.

“We want to assure the hospital management, the state government and members of the public that we shall not relent in the discharge of our duties and our agitation for an international standard health care system and delivery in Ogun state.’’

Controversial Ibadan kings visit Olubadan as he turns 91

Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Monday received in his palace all the 21 ‘new kings’ elevated by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state.

The monarch, marking his 91st birthday today, was hosting Chief Yemi Soladoye-led Central Council of Ibadan indigenes when the visitors arrived.

The Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, led all other high chiefs including Baales in Ibadan lesser cities who were on August 27, 2017, given crowns by the former Governor in a single day.

Until recently when Balogun embraced reconciliation with four other high chiefs, others stuck to their guns and distanced themselves from palace activities.

But around 1:15pm on Monday, Balogun led other aggrieved high chiefs, including Baales, who had stayed away from the palace for over two years.

Amidst fanfare, they all prostrated to the monarch one after the other as he (Olubadan) welcomed them with open hands.

Two years ago, the elevation/coronation of chiefs, polarised the once united Olubadan-In-Council as the monarch opposed the said reform carried out by the state government.

Olubadan also found an ally in one of the high chiefs, Rashidi Ladoja, a former Governor of the state who dissociated himself from the elevation and instituted an action in court.

Ladoja won in a landmark judgment delivered by Justice Aiki who described all the processes that led to the installation of new kings as illegal, null, void and of no effect.

Ajimobi, however, appealed the judgment until his successor, Governor Seyi Makinde, last week began an out-of-court settlement for reconciliation.

 

Oyo to devote 10% of budget to education —Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Monday promised to spend at least 10 per cent of the state’s annual budget on the education sector.

Makinde, who made the pledge on Monday in Ibadan at the opening of the 34th Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, also said his administration would increase it annually until it matches the UNESCO standards.

The governor called on the universities and the people of the state to serve as watchdogs by holding his administration accountable.

He said his doors were open to suggestions that would improve the standard of education in the state, adding that he needed partnerships and synergies, especially in the area of quality control.

Makinde expressed his resolve to revisit a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) signed between the state government and the Faculty of Education of the University of Ibadan about 10 years ago.

He said the purpose of the MoU was to strengthen the inspection of curriculum delivery in public primary and secondary schools in the state.

“The plan is to see members of the faculty conduct independent inspection of teachers in the discharge of their duties.

” This is expected to improve quality assurance in public schools in the state,” the governor said.

Makinde noted that the quality of education in the state when he came into office was low while the quality assurance monitoring mechanism was weak.

He also said out-of-school children were over 400,000, adding that he stopped payment of school fees in primary and secondary schools to encourage more children to go back to school.

Makinde noted that the school fees were the major barrier that kept huge number of children from schools.

While noting that the quality of graduates produced by universities could be much better, Makinde said that the quality of their products was commensurate with the resources at their disposal.

“We cannot be feeding universities with substandard raw materials and expect them to miraculously manufacture high quality finished products.

“If we want better products, we have to up the ante and feed our universities with higher quality materials, ” he said.

Earlier, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, said that Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates subscribed to public universities by 94 per cent.

He said private universities accounted for six per cent due to the fact that fees in public universities were cheaper.

“The private universities which do not receive financial support from government tend to be costlier and largely under-subscribed,” he said.

According to the vice-chancellor, the Nigerian university system currently has 174 universities, comprising 43 for federal, 52 for state and 79 for private.

He added that that the nature of each university’s problems differ depending largely on the mode of ownership.

“The public universities are characterised by unstable academic calendar largely on account of incessant disagreements between staff unions, management and proprietor.

“This has made our public universities largely unattractive to foreign students.

“Just last week, most of the federal universities experienced a week-long warning strike from the Joint Action Congress of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

“As we are aware, the two major issues in contention comprised the ownership/management of the university staff schools and payment of earned allowances, ” the vice-chancellor added.

He expressed the association’s optimism that the outstanding issues would be resolved in earnest so that the academic calendar would not be disrupted further with an indefinite strike by the two unions.

The vice chancellor further expressed the hope that the conference would afford the participants an opportunity to share ideas on how to cooperate and collaborate for greater efficiency on their various campuses.

The theme of the conference is “Prioritising Quality Assurance: Teaching, Research And Professional Conduct. ”

(NAN)

Controversy trails ‘demolition’ of mosque in Rivers

On August 20, the Rainbow Town Central Mosque located at the Trans-Amadi area of Rivers state was reportedly demolished by the state government.

Reports of the demolition have stoked controversy as the Muslim community in the area claimed the state government was behind the action. But the Rivers state authorities denied any wrongdoing describing the report as fake news.

Some Nigerians took to social media to express their displeasure over the action, describing it as ”a sacrilege and a violation of their right to worship”.

Some others argued that there was no mosque in the location and that it was a building under construction.

The controversy festered owing to a statement credited to Nyesom Wike, governor of the state, in June that Rivers is a “Christian state and cannot be touched by anyone”.

“I repeat once again without apologies, Rivers is a Christian state. That is why nobody can touch us. When it mattered most, the Christian community prayed and God heard your prayers,” he had said.

Speaking with TheCable on Monday, Aliu Sadiq, secretary of the mosque, said the fence and foundation of the building under construction was pulled down by government officials.

He condemned the demolition of the property, saying the state government gave no reason for its action.

He said though the mosque had not been completed, prayer sessions were being held on the site.

“There was demolition, that is the correct statement and it was carried out by the state government on August 20. And what they did was they pulled down the fence, the foundation to DPC level, the pillars. If you go there now, you will see things for yourself. A building was ongoing, that is the true situation of things; the building has not been completed, it was ongoing,” he said.

“Since we have been there since 2008, praying there. And this is the second time demolition was done by the Rivers state government. The first one was done by Rotimi Amaechi, and now, Wike. And we have all the approvals.

“In 2010, they brought down the fence and all…The landlord, whom we bought the land from took the matter to court because the land we got was part of the ones he sold to other people too. And the case was decided on November 3, 2017, and which the government of Rivers state did not appeal the judgement. They did not appeal it.

“They have flouted the court’s ruling. It’s just like giving approval to somebody and you are turning back to collect it. That’s the scenario.”

He appealed to the state government to allow them to use the property for worship.

“We are appealing to the governor… what he has done is illegal because you cannot give something to somebody and you turn back and collect it without reason or discussion with the person. He is a governor today, he is a leader. If you want to collect land from anybody, the constitution made it clear that it must be for an overriding public interest and that the person you are collecting land from must be called, informed and duly compensated. And that part of the land you are taking must be gazetted. No reason was given for the action.

“We are appealing to the governor not confrontational.”

But while speaking with journalists, Wike debunked the report, saying there was no mosque on the site.

“I received calls from several prominent Nigerians on the fake news being circulated online. I have come here with reporters and you can see there was no mosque here,” he said

“It is most unfortunate that fickle minded persons will claim that a mosque was demolished at this place, when no mosque existed here. The story was concocted by mischief makers to score cheap points.

“The persons who started the foundation had already dragged the state government to court on the disputed land. The Rivers State Government won the case. What they attempted to do was to start the illegal construction to tie the hands of the state government.

“The government gave them notice not to do anything on the land. But they went ahead with the illegal foundation and the relevant agency stopped them.

“Why would we want to bring down any mosque , when there are other mosques across the state? What is the special interest on this one?”

Kwara gov threatens legal action to recover loots

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Friday said that it may approach the court to recover the state assets illegally sold by the past administration.

The governor who dropped the hint at the Government House, Ilorin while receiving the final report of the 21 member committee on the review of the sales/disposal of government properties by the immediate past administration said that he would test the recommendations of the committee on sales of public assets in the court in a bid to get justice for the people of the state.

In a statement signed by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abdulrazaq said, “I thank you for your time and the efforts put into the work. I went through the interim report and I’m sure this final report would be an improvement on it.

“We would not discard the report because that would be a waste of your time and resources. We will definitely look at it. And we will find judicial solutions for the good of the state and Nigeria.

“In the interim report that you recently submitted, we saw some abnormalities which we will not allow to stand”, he added.

The Governor also said the committee might be called upon to make clarifications as government goes through the report.

Senator Suleiman Ajadi, chairman of the committee, told the Governor that several frauds and mismanagement of public funds and properties were discovered, especially in the handling of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises funds, Harmony Holdings, and others.

He urged the administration not to let the report end in the bin as that might mean the loss of at least N5bn allegedly mismanaged through the SMEs funds.

“The committee observed unconscionable and immoral use of public funds to buy luxury cars, which flies in the face of the poverty being faced by our people, especially because of the several months of unpaid salaries,” Ajadi said.

“It was considered reckless and against all common decency for those in authority to award these properties kept in their care to themselves in whatever guise.”

It would be recalled that the government had recently approved the recommendations of Kwara state House of Assembly that a four-bedroom property “Alimi Lodge”, within the government house allocated to the immediate past President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki be forfeited to the state government.

Ekiti begins ‘naming and shaming’ of rapists

The Ekiti government has commenced the “naming and shaming” of those convicted of rape in the state.

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, announced this in a tweet on Friday.

“Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. #SayNotoRape. JKF,” Fayemi tweeted.

Kayode Fayemi

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The tweet had a poster of one Asateru Gabriel, a convicted rapist who is already serving a five-year jail term in Ado-Ekiti prisons.

The notice said Gabriel was convicted of sexually abusing a seven-year old girl.

“This person whose picture appears here is REV. ASATERU GABRIEL formerly of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ifisin-Ekiti,” it read.

“He is currently serving a five year prison sentence at the Federal Prisons, Ado-Ekiti for SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF A 7 (SEVEN) YEAR OLD GIRL. He has been registered in the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice Sex Offenders’ Register.”

Many Nigerians commenting on the tweet expressed satisfaction with the development.

Kadaria Ahmed, media personality, said: “Bravo, Bravo. Salute Sir, salute!.”

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Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. . JKF

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Bravo, Bravo 👏👏👏👏 Salute Sir, salute!

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Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. . JKF

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Encourage protest culture!@Laraoriye

Ok, Ekiti state government is definitely on to something. Well done.

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Bravo, Bravo 👏👏👏👏 Salute Sir, salute!

Yemi Idowu@yemray

This is a good step of character revolution and change wind that we need in our society, to be rootless in shaming a crime and be glamorous in appreciation efforts and patriotism, we should extend this to other criminal matters like corruption,money laundering etc 👏👏👏

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Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. . JKF

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KARMA@VickyJay__

Good stuff but if the Judgment of the Lower Court is upturned by a the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal, the Ministry will have to issue a Public apology

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Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. . JKF

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J O H N H A Y K I N S@JOHNHAYKINS

A very nice step Sir.

Please can the law be influenced to increase the years for subsequent offenders. @Ify_I @Uwanma

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Wike declares ‘Bobrisky’ wanted, offers N30m bounty

Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, has declared one Bobrisky, a notorious criminal, wanted for inflicting terror on the people of Gokana LGA of the state.

Wike also promised to give N30 million to anyone with useful information that will lead to his arrest.

He made the pledge on Thursday while handing over 40 patrol vans equipped with communication devices to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and police anti-kidnapping unit in Port Harcourt.

According to him, the bounty also extends to anyone with useful information on the identity of the persons who murdered a director with the state government during the Choba community crisis.

Wike said the state government will establish a trust fund to cater for the families of policemen who lost their lives to the fight against crime as part of his administration’s commitment to supporting security agencies.

“Rivers State Government is fully prepared and will do everything required to protect lives and property. Without the protection of lives and property, there will be no governance and development,” he said.

He also declared that the state government had proscribed all youth groups operating in the state because they had been hijacked by cultists.

“Anybody operating under a youth body henceforth will be arrested by security agencies. Before you contest for any youth body’s leadership, you must send the names to the DSS and Police for screening. If they are cultists, we will not allow them to operate,” Wike said.

Bobrisky, the notorious criminal, also shares a familiar nickname with Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, controversial internet personality and cross-dresser, who is usually referred to as “male Barbie doll,” by his numerous fans.

Obaseki reshuffles cabinet

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has assigned portfolios to recently appointed commissioners and special advisers after their successful screening by the Edo State House of Assembly.

The governor also carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle without dropping any one.

In a statement issued by Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said that the development was part of the outcome of the state Executive Council meeting held at the state government house in Benin on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the portfolios are listed as follows: Marie Edeko; Ministry of Social Development, Damian Lawani; Ministry of Youth, Joe Ikpea; Ministry of Minerals, Oil and Gas and Momoh Oise Omorogbe; Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.

Felix Akhabue was assigned to head Ministry of Cooperatives and Wealth Creation while Moses Agbakor was given Ministry of Energy.

In the minor cabinet reshuffle, the former Commissioner for Agricultural and Natural Resources, Assemblyman Monday Osaigbovo, was moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, while former Commissioner for Education, Assemblyman Emmanuel Agbale, now heads the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Former Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs Jimoh Ijegbai is now in charge of the Ministry of Education.
The five Special Advisers who were appointed alongside the commissioners in July were also assigned portfolios.

Andrew Momodu is the Special Adviser, Public Order and Security, while Assemblyman Osaigbovo Iyoha, former member of the Edo House of Assembly, is now the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Edo South.

Also Magdalene Ohenhen, former Commissioner for Women Affairs is now Special Adviser Political Matters, Edo Central while the former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly Kabiru Adjoto is the Special Adviser, Parliamentary Issues.

Assemblyman Ojo Asien, a former member of Edo House of Assembly is now Special Adviser, Political Matters, Edo North.

Anambra traders ban prayers in markets

The Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association on Wednesday banned prayers in markets in the state.

ASMATA President -General Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu said this in Onitsha while addressing market union leaders.

He said the ban became necessary because politicians had hijacked the exercise.

Ekwegbalu said, “What we see now is extortion and conversion of prayer sessions into political rallies.

“This move became necessary because we have discovered that some overzealous people abuse this practice by extorting money from market men and women regularly.

“Some have turned the prayers into political jamborees and this is not healthy for the system.”

The union chief urged ASMATA members to stop involving police or government officials in matters concerning them, saying they should report cases to the leaders of their markets

Kwara revokes acquisition of Alimi Chalet by Saraki

The Kwara State House of Assembly has revoked the acquisition of a four-bedroomed government challet (Alimi Chalet) by the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who is a former governor of the state.

The revocation followed the voiding of the acquisition, valuation and certification of Land title (Right of Occupancy) in respect of the chalet in the personal name of Dr Bukola Saraki for non-compliance with the provisions of Pensions Law 2010.

These was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary on Tuesday following the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development by its Chairman, Omotayo Awodiji.

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker of the Assembly, Yakubu Danladi, said the revocation became expedient to ensure an enduring end to all forms of illegalities and abnormalities and to pave the way for meaningful development of the state.

The House then urged the state government to explore every available legal process to recover the chalet from the former governor.

Awodiji had, while presenting his report, observed among other things that the Alimi Chalet was purposely built by the state government as a guest chalet for governors and not transferable as exit package.

A source close to Saraki said, “What is the big deal about this bungalow? The government has broken into the house and the Deputy Governor has been living there. Did their report state that the property was illegally acquired? No. The governor and his people are interested in the house and they can have it if it makes them feel better.”

Abiodun probes contracts awarded by Amosun

The Ogun State Government has set up a committee to review the contracts and projects embarked upon by Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the twilight of his administration.

The 11-member committee has President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Adekunle Mokuolu as its chairman. The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Sunday Adeyemi, will serve as the secretary.

Other members include Oshiberu Remi(civil/structural engineer), Dunni Opayemi (architect), Ade Akinsanya (civil engineer), Jamiu Akande Omoniyi (Special Adviser, Housing), Fari Bayo (quantity surveyor), Dipeolu Kayode (quantity surveyor), John Obafemi(quantity surveyor), Mr. A.A Oyefeso, (legal counsel) and Akinlabi Oluyomi (architect).

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tokunbo Talabi, who made this known in a statement, noted that the committee is expected to carry out the assignment in line with its terms of reference.

The committee, according to Talabi, is to identify all outstanding significant construction/projects in the state, ascertain whether or not there was budgetary provision for the projects in the budget estimates for the year under review, ascertain the process of award of contracts in line with the established procedures and necessary regulations and to determine the level of execution and quality of the output of the projects.

Others terms of reference include assessing the disbursement pattern in line with the established process and procedure, recommend any viable pathways for the completion of the project, or in the alternative, determine other actions including, but not limited to reversal or cancellation of the contract that best align with the intent of the state government and advise the state government appropriately on such other matters considered necessary by the committee on these projects.

Kogi surveyor-gen arraigned for illegal demolition

The Kogi State Surveyor-General, Michael Abolarinwa,   was  arraigned on  Tuesday for allegedly demolishing a house  belonging to a  trader, Razaq Mayowa,  and subsequently reallocating the said land to a serving  General.

In his petition  to the police, Mayowa claimed that his  bungalow, located at Zango Daji, Lokoja, valued at over N200m, was illegally demolished on March 3, 2018 by Abolarinwa  and one Mustapha Saliu.

He alleged that the land was later sold to one Maj General James Ataguba of  323 Artillery Regiment, Owena Barracks, Akure, who he claimed used one  Capt Farota to lead armed soldiers to beat him to a pulp for daring to ask why his house was being demolished.

The petitioner said a  few weeks after the demolition,  he saw  bricklayers erecting a new structure on his land under the supervision of armed soldiers.

He  said after complaining at the  Police Headquarters, Lokoja,  he  approached   court  to  restrain the general  from working on   the land, but without success, as  he was told that  the demolition was  carried out by  the  Kogi State Government.

However, after investigations, the petitioner said he discovered that the state government did not authorise the demolition neither did it have any knowledge of the  exercise.

Mayowa urged the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Burutai, to investigate the incident  and  caution  the  general.

When the case was  brought for mention before Magistrate’s Court II, Lokoja, on Tuesday,  Abolarinwa,  who was in the dock along with  Saliu,  pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, S. A. Ibrahim, who admitted the surveyor-general to a bail of N50,000 and a surety of like sum, adjourned the case till August 5 for hearing.