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Police Confirm Abduction of School Children in Niger State

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The Police Command in Niger state on Sunday confirmed the abduction of school children and some residents of Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of the state. Mr Adamu Usman, the Commissioner of Police in the state told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that the children were abducted from Salihu Tanko Islamiya School. He also confirmed that the abductors killed one person in the process. Usaman explained that the incident occurred at about 3pm when a large number of bandits on motorcycles attacked the town. He said that the command had deployed a tactical squad supported by operatives of Operation Puff Adder 2, to track the abductors and rescue the victims. The police commissioner urged members of the general public to support security agencies with reliable information to ensure the safe rescue of the children.

South East National Assembly Caucus Decry Attacks, Killings in South East

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The continued attacks in the South East by unknown gunmen has elicited a reaction from members of the region in the two chambers of the National Assembly. The latest in the killings was the shooting of Ahmed Gulak, former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan in Owerri, the Imo state capital. A statement signed by Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Enugu State; Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, Abia State; Sen. Sam Egwu, Ebonyi State; Sen. Frank Ibezim, Imo State; Sen. Stella Odua, Anambra State; Hon Toby Okechukwu, Enugu State; Hon  Nkiruka Onyejiocha, Abia State; Hon Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu, Anambra State; Hon Jerry Alagboso, Imo State; Hon Sylvester Ogbaga, Ebonyi State, read: "We, the South-East Caucus of the NASS, as leaders and major stakeholders in the region, have observed with surprise the sudden spike in violence in the region known for its calm, love and peaceful disposition to visitors irrespective of tribe and religion. "We have had cause always to deploy the instrumentalit

Jonathan’s Former Aide, Ahmed Gulak, Shot Dead in Imo

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A former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak, has been shot dead in Imo State on Sunday. Sources said that he was ambushed while on his way to Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport. His motorcade was attacked at a place called Obiagwa, close to the Airport. The Punch newspaper newspaper reports that the former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan was attacked in his vehicle – Camry – marked Texas BFT 2150. The state Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, confirmed the development. The CP said, “It is true but the details are sketchy. I am on the way to the airport. Please call the CP in charge of Airport. He will give more details. You know that Imo command is different from Airport command.”

Gunmen Attack Police CID Building in Umuahia

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Reports say there  was panic in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Saturday, as gunmen attacked the police state Criminal Investigation Department. Sources in the area told Punch newspaper that the facility was set on fire. The source said residents of Umuahia scampered for safety as the gunmen unleashed terror on the police facility. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident. He said, “State CID Umuahia came under attack about an hour ago. Details not handy at the moment."

Two FRSC Officials, Others Held for Alleged Certificate Forgery

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Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been arrested for allegedly presenting fake Bachelor of Science degree certificates to the corps. Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem, the Corps’ Public Education Officer, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday. Kazeem said also being held were two members of a certificate forgery syndicate alleged to have forged the certificates bearing full details of the University of Abuja for the two officials of FRSC. Kazeem said that the arrest was made in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). He said that the two FRSC personnel (names withheld) presented the degree certificates during one of the corps’ conversion course exercise from non-commissioned officers to commissioned officers cadre. Kazeem said, in the course of the investigation, the anti-corruption agency arrested two members of a certificate forgery syndicate (names withheld). He said th

EFCC Confiscates Jewellery Worth N14.6bn, Houses Worth $80m From Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized  jewellery  worth N14 billion from former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke. The EFCC Chairman, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, made this known at the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the assessment and status of recovered loot on Friday in Abuja. He also said that the Houses seized from the former Minister are valued at 80million dollars. The anti graft chairman said that Diezani’s  jewellery  are still in the custody of the agency, adding that it had not been auctioned but had been finally forfeited to the Federal Government. He said that court processes, procedures and administrative exigencies had stalled the auctioning of the seized assets. Bawa however said that the agency would henceforth deal with the seized assets case by case at the courts in order to quickly disposess them. “Already the Federal Government has set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Solicitor-General

Juventus Sack Pirlo After One Season In Charge

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Juventus have sacked Andrea Pirlo as manager after he spent just one season in charge of the Italian club. The 42-year-old was a surprise choice to replace Maurizio Sarri last summer and under his guidance Juventus failed to win the Serie A title for the first time since 2012. The Turin-based club finished fourth, only qualifying for the Champions League on the last day of the season. Massimiliano Allegri is expected to return for a second spell as manager. Allegri was in charge of Juventus from 2014-19, winning five successive league titles and reaching the Champions League final twice. He is currently without a job. A statement on the Juventus website said: "Thanks Andrea. These are the first words that all of us must pronounce at the end of this special experience lived together. "For the courage, the dedication, the passion with which he demonstrated every day, our thanks go to the 'Maestro', the coach and to Andrea, that really comes from the he

How Nigeria can enact a new Constitution - Ekweremadu

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***Calls for operationalisation of past dialogues reports ***Says grazing essentially states matter   Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, says while a new constitution is possible and will become ultimately inevitable, the nation needs to amend the 1999 Constitution to create a provision for achieving that.   This was even as he said that while calls for a national dialogue was not a bad idea, operationalising the outcomes of previous dialogues and botched constitution amendment efforts would help the nation faster.   Ekweremadu stated these while fielding questions from reporters in Enugu on the sidelines of the ongoing zonal hearing on constitution review exercise of the 9th National Assembly.  “I have heard the suggestions for a new constitution over and over again. Some say, bring back the 1960 Constitution; some say bring back the 1963 Constitution. Some others say, okay, why don’t we just throw away this constitution and bring a new one.   

NBC Suspends Human Rights Radio Licence

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The National Broadcasting Commission has suspended the license of Human Rights Radio for recurring unprofessional conduct. This was announced in a statement issued on Thursday after the NBC met yesterday with the owner, Ahmed Isah, who is also the host of Berekete Family Show, a programme on the radio station. Isah, who had been caught in a BBC documentary assaulting an interviewee, was at the meeting granted the opportunity to explain the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident at his radio station. In a statement on Thursday, the management of the NBC said it reviewed the events and noted the unreserved apologies and regrets expressed by the broadcaster. “The Commission states, however, that the action of the broadcaster is in clear violations of the Broadcasting Code and a betrayal of the confidence reposed on him by the people and Government of Nigeria on whose behalf he holds the radio license in trust. “Section 0.1.1.2.1 of the Broadcasting Code provides in

Senate President’s Aide Inducted Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants

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The Institute of Management Consultants – Nigeria, has inducted the Special Assistant (Press) to the Senate President, Ezrel Tabiowo, as a Fellow of the Institute.    Tabiowo’s induction was sequel to his election as a Fellow by the Board and Governing Council “in recognition of his outstanding academic and professional standing, and demonstrated commitment to creating, maintaining, extending and promoting the highest world standards of management consulting practice, ethics, competence and client service.”    Members on the Governing Council include: Prof. Gabriel U. Moti, President; Dr. Ephraim Iroakazi, First Vice President; and Dr. Umar Farouk Galadima, Second Vice President.   Others are: Prof. P. A. Agashua, Prof. J.A.T Ojo, Dr. John Udofia; Dr. Austin Nweze; Dr. Edna Mogekwu; Dr. N. O. Jombo-Ofo; Dr. Raymond Ihenacho; Dr. (Mrs) Chikuigwe; Mrs. Remi Oyewole-Makele; Dr. Adolphe Amadi; Princess Adesola Elegbede; Dr. (Gen.) India Garba; Dr. Haruna Simmons; Dr. Eliakim Ez

Buhari Appoints Farouk Yahaya New Chief of Army Staff

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff. This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the military spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu. In April 2020, he was named theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military’s campaign in the North-East, recently renamed Operation Hadin Kai.  “President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff. “Prior to his appointment Major-General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter terrorism Counter Insurgency military outfit in the North East code-named Operation HADIN KAI,” the statement added. His appointment came barely six days after the former Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 officers lost their lives in a plane crash in Abuja. The nomination is expected to pass through the Senate for confirmation.

Ibori Loot Has Not Been Returned to Delta Yet - AGF Recants

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The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has denied returning £4.2 million loot recovered from former Governor James Ibori to Delta State Government. This was contained in a press statement titled, ‘Re: £4.2m Ibori loot: Putting the records straight’, signed by Director of Information, Press and Public Relations, OAGF, Henshaw Ogubike, on Wednesday. This is coming barely 24 hours after the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, on Tuesday, said that the looted fund had been returned to Delta State. Idris spoke in Abuja on Tuesday when he appeared before the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Assessment and Status of All Recovered Loots Movable and Immovable Assets from 2002 to 2020 by Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria for Effective Efficient Management and Utilisation. The statement read, “The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation wishes to put the records straight regarding the widely circulated media re

Rightsizing: Governor El-Rufai Sacks19 Political Appointees

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Goveenor Nasir el-Rufai  of Kaduna State has approved the disengagement of 19  political appointees. This is contained in a statement by el-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye on Wednesday in Kaduna. The disengaged appointees are Bala Mohammed, Deputy Chief of Staff Legislative; Halima Nagogo, Special Assistant; Umar Abubakar, Special Assistant; Ben S. D. Kure, Special Adviser Political; Mustapha Nyusha and Jamilu Dan-Mutum. Others are Umar Haruna, Special Assistant Political; Zainab Shehu, Special Adviser Social Development; Stephen Hezron, Special Assistant to SAD SD; Mohammed Shuaibu, SSA Stakeholder Relations; Aliyu Haruna, SSA Youth; Halima Idris, SA Creative Arts. The rest are Aliyu Salihu, DG Public Procurement Authority; Ashiru Zuntu, SA Community Relations; Saida Sa’ad, SSA; Elias Yahaya, SA Programmes; Tasiu Suleiman Yakaji, SA to SSG; Samuel Hadwayah, SA Economic Matters; and Ahmed Mohammed Gero SSA Environment. ”el-Rufai thanked

Uzodinma, Abaribe, Ibezim Others Arrive Venue of Constitution Amendment Zonal Meeting

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The Southeast zonal public hearing for the amendment of the 1999 constitution has just commenced at Protea Hotel, Owerri Imo state venue of the event. Recall that the zonal Chairman of the event Senator Orji Uzor Kalu arrived in Owerri yesterday. The arrival of the executive Governor of Abia State, Senator Hope Uzodinma signalled the commencement of the event. Uzodinma was warmly received by the former Governor of Abia state, Chief Whip of the Senate and Zonal Chairman of the Senate committee on constitution review, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. Also present are ; Abia central Senator, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe , speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Hon Paul Emeziem, Member representing Isiala Mbano/Okigwe/Onuimo Hon. Miriam Onuoha among others.. Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is currently delivering the welcome speech on behalf of the Chairman of the Senate committee and Deputy President of the Senate , Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. According to a statement issued on behalf of the Senate by

Malami’s “Cows And Spare-Parts” Faux Pas - Vanguard Editorial

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Several highly-placed officials of the Federal Government have brought great embarrassment to this country through their unguarded utterances. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, blocked a petition from a section of Nigerians in the Diaspora, saying they had no right to comment on insecurity in the country. Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, slapped a security guard, and his office called those who showed their displeasure at his public misconduct “Biafra boys”. Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami’s past as an Islamic terrorism sympathiser who issued a “fatwa” that led to the killing of a student, Sunday Achi, was exposed. The presidency exonerated him because he had “repented”. Responding to the recent ban of open grazing by the 17 Southern governors, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said it was illegal and unconstitutional. He was quoted as saying: “It is about constit

Police Confirm Accidental Shooting of Officer by Colleague in Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi Police Command has confirmed the accidental shooting of an officer by his colleague in front of the old Ebonyi State Government House, Abakaliki. The state Commissioner of Police (CP), Aliyu Garba, made the confirmation in a telephone chat with newsmen. The commissioner said that the affected officer was responding to treatment in a hospital. Garba said that the injured officer did not die as a result of the incident, noting that the situation was under control. Sources close to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed under the condition of anonymity, that both officers manned the entrance of the old government house, Abakaliki. “The officer, who accidentally shot his colleague, was reported to be servicing his gun but accidentally released bullets from its chambers which hit the victim. “The officer was immediately demobilised by other officers and taken to the command while the wounded officer was immediately attended to. “The victim was eventually evacuated

£4.2m Recovered Ibori Loot Returned to Delta State - Accountant-General

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The Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, has said the £4.2m looted by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, which the Federal Government recently repatriated from the United Kingdom, has been returned to the state. Idris made this known in Abuja on Tuesday when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ Ad hoc Committee on Assessment and Status of All Recovered Loots Movable and Immovable Assets from 2002 to 2020 by Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria for Effective Efficient Management and Utilisation. The Accountant-General, who was grilled by the committee for over one hour, stated that such funds looted from the treasury of a state are always returned to the state. He added that states can sue the Federal Government to recover such funds. Punch

MY DEAR PEOPLE OF KADUNA STATE - A Rejoinder

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1. The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday, May 21, 2021 addressed the people of the state on the dispute between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the state government. Ordinarily we would not have responded to this address which is  laced with  uncomplimentary remarks, accusatory comments, falsehood and threats  against us.  How ever, to remain silent would mean admission of guilt.  Thus, it is for the purpose of setting the record(s) straight that we aver as follows: 2.  We did not assault the rights, freedoms and livelihoods of the citizens of Kaduna State even though we were in Kaduna State for four days in exercise of the  rights conferred on us by the 1999 constitution (as amended) and ILO Conventions 87 and 98 (freedom of association/expression/right to unionisation), and   the corpus of our  Labour Law ( right to protest and strike). 3.  Indeed our presence in Kaduna was made inevitable by the refusal of Kaduna State Government to dialogue after

Botched Constitution Amendments Could Have Set Nigeria on the Right Path - Ekweremadu

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has said that Nigeria could have been on the right path but for past constitutional amendment proposals that were botched. He said that present challenges of insecurity and poor state of the economy could have been successfully navigated by the solutions proffered by the constitutional amendment proposals that were derailed. Uche Anichukwu, media aide to the lawmaker quoted him as making the comments in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday in a paper titled “2021 Constitution Amendment: The Expectations and Challenges”, which he delivered at the 2021 Conference of Nigeria Bar Association’s Section on Public Interest and Development Law, SPIDEL. Senator Ekweremadu who chaired the Senate Committee on Constitution Amendment in the Sixth, Seventh, and Eight Senate, said although constitution amendment efforts had recorded numerous successful amendments, mainly in the areas of electoral reforms and institution bui

Amended Constitution to be Ready in July - Omo-Agege

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The Senate has assured that it would pass the Constitution Alteration Bills before it proceeds on annual recess by July this year.  This is even as it clarified that the ongoing amendment to the 1999 Constitution is not hampered by paucity of funds.  Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, made the revelation in Abuja on Monday, at the press conference heralding the zonal public hearing on alteration of the Constitution, billed for May 26 and 27, 2021.  "We are working with the timetable. Time is no longer on our side. Nigerians who are clamouring for this expect that we will come up with a finished product in no time. The calendar we have set for ourselves is that we are going to have a vote on each of the bills before we proceed on the long recess in July.  "I can tell you that we have enough resources. We are not in any way hampered by finances. Before we proceed on July recess, you can take

Photos: Pharaoh Okadigbo, Son of Late Senate President Chuba Okadigbo Dies in Car Crash in Abuja

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Gen. Attahiru, 10 Other Officers Buried Amidst Tears in Abuja

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The remains of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt- Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers, who died in the ill-fated crashed NAF aircraft in Kaduna Friday, were buried in Abuja Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that  family members, friends, colleagues and sympathisers wept uncontrollably as their remains were laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery Abuja. The interment followed funeral services at the National Mosque and Nigerian Air Force Protestant Church, after the bodies were received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, at the funeral, eulogised the late Attahiru and other officers, who died with him Buhari said that the late army chief was a dedicated and committed officer, who died when his services were most needed. He said that late Attahiru had demonstrated a high level of commitment as well as inspired courage and confide

NAF Plane Crash: Investigation Begins as AIB Recovers Black Box, Cockpit Voice Recorder

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The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria has been mandated by the Nigerian Air Force to lead investigation into the crash of a military aircraft in which the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others died on Friday in Kaduna. The AIB spokesperson, Tunji Oketumbi, said on Saturday that the Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice Recorder of the crashed Beechcraft 350 aircraft had been recovered and investigation had commenced. "investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB-N’s world-class flight safety laboratory in Abuja,” Oketumbi said in a statement. He noted that the mandate given to AIB-N was based on the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the military on July 1, 2020 covering areas of mutual assistance. Speaking with Punch newspaper, Oketumbi said, “This is not the first time we will be asked to investigate a military crash. We were asked to do so some years ago. As usual, both the

Suarez Goal Secures Laliga Title for Athletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid edged city rivals Real Madrid to the La Liga title in dramatic fashion by coming from behind to beat Real Valladolid in the final game. Diego Simeone's side trailed to Oscar Plano's strike but turned the match around in the second half through goals from Angel Correa and Luis Suarez. Real scored twice late on to beat Villarreal 2-1 but came up short as they needed Atletico to drop points. Atletico clinched their first title in seven years and their 11th overall. It was a highly satisfactory triumph for Los Colchoneros as they finished just two points ahead of defending champions Real, who end the season without silverware. Barcelona - playing without skipper Lionel Messi, who was resting before the summer's Copa America - won 1-0 at Eibar through Antoine Griezmann's acrobatic strike and clinched third place ahead of Sevilla. Julen Lopetegui's side play their final league game on Sunday against Alaves but will finish fourth even with a vic

Dark Friday: Ekweremadu Mourns Attahiru, others

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed shock and sadness over the Friday evening plane crash that claimed the lives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others. Ekweremadu described them as patriots, who gave their best to fatherland, adding that the deaths were a heavy loss to the nation. In a statement signed by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said:“What a dark Friday it was for the entire nation. The late Lieutenant General Attahiru was a man of high professional pedigree and his experience, leadership qualities, and patriotism stood him out. This is, therefore, a grievous loss to the entire nation. “My heart goes out to his family and the families of other deceased compatriots, the Nigerian Army, the armed forces, and the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari”. He prayed God to grant the souls of the departed mercy and eternal repose, and equally called on the Federal Governm

Aircraft Crash: Ndume Mourns Late Gallant Soldiers, Says Army Chief Died a Hero

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army who is also the Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Mohammed Ali Ndume, says he received the news of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others, with shock. The Senator in a statement personally signed by him on Saturday lamented that the late gallant General died at a time when the nation was looking up to him to effectively provide the necessary leadership that would eliminate insurgency and other forms of criminality in Nigeria. He described Attahiru's death as  a national tragedy and that the army chief died a worthy hero. He described Attahiru and members of his team as a highly dedicated and patriotic Nigerians who have already commenced the implementation of strategies that the Nigerian Army needed to tackle external and internal forces that are threatening the nation's peace.  Ndume prayed Allah  to grant eternal salvation for all that lost their lives in  the air mishap.

The Death of COAS Attahiru, A National Disaster - Lawan

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has expressed deep sadness over the tragic death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers killed in an air crash on Friday while on official trip to Kaduna. Lawan through a statement signed by his Special Adviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi in Abuja, described the tragedy as a national disaster of immense proportion that has thrown the entire nation into mourning. "I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Chief of Defence Staff and the entire members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria over this tragedy. "This incident is saddening, coming at a time there is a fresh momentum in the nation's war against insurgency, banditry and other violent crimes.  "The Chief of Army Staff and the other officers gave their lives for the security and unity of Nigeria and will be remembered as heroes in the history of the country. "I commiserate with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ar

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru Dies in Plane Crash

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Nigeria's Chief of Army staff, General   Ibrahim Attahiru, has died in a plane crash. Daily Trust reports that details of the incident are still sketchy but a military source was quoted as telling the newspaper that the incident happened in Kaduna on Friday. In a statement, the Nigerian Air Force confirmed that there was an accident involving one of its aircraft in Kaduna but did not go into details. “An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” read the statement signed by Edward Gabkwet, the force’s Director of Public Relations and Information. A source said there were eight persons on board the aircraft. Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff on January 26, 2021.

Subscribers Not Required to Submit Phone IMEI Number - NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied reports  which claim that the Commission will require Nigerians to  submit the  international Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones to it from July, 2021. A statement signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs at NCC said: "At no time did the Commission issue a Statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and it has no plans to do so.   "The reports in question have emanated from a section of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari and which has been uploaded on the Commission’s website.   "It is pertinent to state that the Commission is in the process of deploying a Devise Management System (DMS). The DMS will essentially protect subscribers against phone theft and will identify and enable the elimination of fake devices from the networks. The system will capture IMEI automatically without any

Nigerians to Submit Phone IMEI Number in Three Months, Says NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has said Nigerians will have to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity of their phones to it from July. The regulatory body said this in the commission’s Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration. The NCC’s move to start the implementation of the Device Management System (a Centralised Equipment Identity Register) is backed by President Muhammadu Buhari. A portion of the policy said, “Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.” The NCC said, “With the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone market, discourage mobile phone theft, enhance National Security, protect consumer interest, increase revenue generation for the government, reduce the rate of kidnapping, mitigate the use of stolen phones for crime, and facilitate blocking or tracing of stolen mobile phones and other smart devices, one o

Southern Governors Blast AGF Say Ban on Open Grazing is Irreversible

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Governors of the Southern states in Nigeria have vowed to go ahead with the enforcement of the ban on open grazing. The governors in reaction to comments by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami who stated that the ban is unconstitutional, urged the AGF to go to court to challenge the ban. A press statement signed by the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu read: "I have just read the press statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Shehu Malami SAN on the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum to ban open grazing in their respective States.  "The AGF is quoted to have said that this reasoned decision, among others, is akin to banning all spare parts dealers in the Northern parts of the country and is unconstitutional. "It is most unfortunate that the AGF is unable to distill issues as expected of a Senior Advocate. Nothing can be more disconcerting. This outburst should, ordinarily, not

N30m Mosque Built For Displaced Herders - Agric Ministry

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday confirmed the leaked memo  as being authentic and stressed that it built the mosque for livestock farmers. It disclosed this in a statement issued by the Director Information, FMARD, Theodore Ogaziechi, adding that the livestock farmers were sacked from their settlements by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno. It said, “To put the facts straight, the memo is authentic and appropriate in all ramifications. “It is original and was issued by the ministry for the construction of a worship centre for a community of livestock farmers who were sacked and displaced in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents and are being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa Local Government, Borno State.” The ministry went ahead to state that apart from the mosque, other common facilities provided for the livestock farmers in the community include solar-powered boreholes with overhead tanks and drinking troughs for their cattle and small rumi

Nigeria: Health Sector Still in Bad Shape Despite Huge Appropriation - NASS

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The National Assembly Thursday declared that Nigeria's Mortality Indices remained extremely high despite huge resources sunk into the health sector over the years by government at all levels. It accordingly called for prioritization of health security in the country on the template of Universal Health Coverage, which it added, cannot be achieved through the exclusive National Health Insurance Scheme being run by the Federal Government now. Making the lamentation at a media briefing, Chairmen of the Joint Committees of both chambers on Health, said the issues will be put at the front burner of discourse at the 4th Annual Legislative Summit on Health, slated for next week in Abuja. Specifically the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC Kwara Central), in a written speech read at the briefing said actions by the legislature have become critically necessary in view of the worrisome statistics. He said: " This actions by the Legislature ha

Senator Abaribe Blasts AGF Malami For Uttering Divisive Rhetorics

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Outrage has continued to trail the comments attributed to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) who was quoted as saying that the decision of Southern state governors to ban open grazing of Cattle in the South is akin to Northern governors stopping spare parts dealers in the North from doing their business. Mr Malami, who spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today Programme on Wednesday, said the decision of the governors “does not align with the provisions of the Constitution, hence it does not hold water.” However, minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe has joined other Nigerians in condeming the minister's comment. In a statement signed by his media adviser, Uchenna Awom, the lawmaker representing Abia South asked; "While the local "bureau de change" business mostly done by the Fulanis are operating in all parts of Nigeria, why have they not elicited any resentment from other Nigerians?  In r