Saturday, 4 February 2017

Nigerian Police Drop Threat to Popstar 2Baba Over Planned Protest

Nigerian police have rescinded a threat to block a protest organized by a popular singer who has organized a march against the economic conditions in the West African country.

Innocent Ujah Idibia, better known by his stage name of 2face Idibia or 2Baba, posted a video on his Facebook page on Tuesday, calling for a nationwide march.

Demonstrations are due to take place at the National Stadium in Lagos, the country’s most populous city, and in the capital Abuja, on February 6. Idibia’s video has been viewed more than 300,000 times and shared over 12,000 times, and has been endorsed by many Nigerians on social media.

2Baba Idibia
Nigerian singer 2Baba Idibia poses with his award at the BET Awards '11 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, on June 26, 2011. The Nigerian musician has organized nationwide marches against the state of the country's economy. Jason Merritt/Getty
Nigeria’s economy in recession after a drop in oil output in 2016 and numerous security challenges are confronting the country, including the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, which has left more than 2 million people displaced.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had warned the singer that the marches would not be allowed to go ahead and said that “hoodlums are planning to hijack” the peaceful protest.

“We know that [Idibia] does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand,” said Owoseni, according to Nigerian newspaper Vanguard.

The newspaper also reported that the singer could be arrested if the protests go ahead.

On Friday, however, the Nigerian federal government tweeted that it “fully upholds the constitutional right of Nigerians to peaceful assembly and association.”

An activist group helping to organize the protests, Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria), also tweeted that the Nigerian police had said they would now allow the protests to go ahead.

Idibia has won multiple awards, including a MOBO in 2007 in the Best African Act category, and is very popular in Nigeria. He proposed a nationwide demonstration earlier in January, an unusual foray into politics for a Nigerian entertainer.

In the video, Idibia said that the march would be peaceful and would aim to draw attention to social problems in Nigeria, including lack of security, government corruption and the high cost of living. “This march is about demanding that our leaders connect with all the people of Nigeria,” he said.

The country’s economy has dipped since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015, in large part due to the global fall in commodity prices. The situation was exacerbated in Nigeria in 2016, however, when militant groups in the oil-rich Niger Delta took up arms and blew up oil pipelines in protest at what they claim is the unfair distribution of the country’s natural resources. Nigeria’s economy is heavily dependent upon oil and the country is one of Africa’s biggest oil producers. The country lost almost $5 billion in revenue as a result of the attacks, according to Maikanti Baru, the director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Nigerians also experience frequent fuel shortages, partly down to the country’s limited capacity to refine its own oil. Buhari opted to remove a currency peg on the Nigerian naira in June 2016, which had kept the currency at 197 naira to one U.S. dollar. The value of the naira has since fluctuated and Nigeria continues to battle a foreign exchange shortage.

Coca-Cola Plus: New Coke with fibre could be healthiest yet

Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coke Life - Coca-Cola is on a continuous mission to make its soft drinks healthier.

The latest in the list, however, is seriously unusual. Coca-Cola Plus is essentially Coke with added fibre.

Going on sale in Japan this March, the drink is sugar and calorie-free and contains contains five grams of indigestible dextrin, which was created as a supplement for people with fibre deficiencies.
Coca-Cola Plus was actually first launched years ago but was taken off the shelves. Now, it’s back. And Diet Coke addicts are rejoicing.

Some people are calling it the healthiest Coke variant ever and there’s a lot of excitement about the claim that the fibre could reduce fat absorption from food, if drunk whilst eating.

In fact, Coca-Cola Plus is being marketed as the first Coke drink that actively improves your health.
What’s more, according to Coca-Cola, drinking one bottle a day with meals will help control the levels of triglycerides in the blood after eating.

The drink is being targeted at over-40s who still crave Coca-Cola flavour but no longer want to consume so many unhealthy drinks.

But how good it tastes remains to be seen.

Reviewing Coca-Cola Plus’ previous incarnation nearly seven years ago, CNN wrote: “Coca-Cola Plus Fiber is like drinking an ultra-sweet cola-flavoured jelly with a heavy dose of faux citrus and a biting carbonation.

“A remote high-five to anyone who can finish a whole bottle and eat another meal that day.”
They said the fibre makes the texture of the drink much thicker than that of usual Coke, and “the gooiness sticks in your throat like milk.”

So perhaps its health claims won’t be enough to offset a less than pleasant drinking experience.

Why Police sealed Nigerian private station, Core TV, others

The security operatives who sealed the Abuja office of a cable and satellite broadcaster, CoreTV, early Friday morning were not from the State Security Service, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.
The operatives were from the Mobile Unit of the Police, witnesses said, out to enforce a quit notice arising from a land dispute decided by the Supreme Court.
Evacuated properties from Core TV station and other business offices at U.L.O Building Sokode Crescent, Wuse Zone 5
Evacuated properties from Core TV station and other business offices at U.L.O Building Sokode Crescent, Wuse Zone 5
Workers had arrived the television station along Sokode Crescent, Zone 5, Wuse in Abuja on Friday morning to discover their offices broken into and their broadcasting and other equipment allegedly carted away.

Following the discovery, Olajide Adediran, the Managing Director of CoreTV, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the operatives had shut down the station and barricaded the area during the operation around 4:00 a.m. Friday, even though the media house had no history with the secret police.

But it later emerged that the broadcast media organisation was caught in a dispute over the land on which the building housing its rented office was constructed.

Three buildings, including the plaza where CoreTV had its offices, were sealed in execution of the quit notice.

A cameraman with CoreTV, Adeniyi Adeshina, told PREMIUM TIMES that the operatives arrived the location with some hoodlums and evacuated the properties in their building.

“I left office at about 10 p.m. last night without any sign of a quit notice. At about 6:a.m when I assumed duty today, I saw a notice on the building’s main entrance stating that we should evacuate the building within 12 hours of the notice,” Mr. Adeshina said.

It is not clear why the police did not give adequate notice to the occupants of the building before the eviction and why their properties had to be broken into, damaged and stolen.

The dispute over the land had been on since 1996 until it was decided by the Supreme Court.
Apart from the U.L.O Plaza in which CoreTV had its offices, two other buildings occupied by several businesses were forcibly evacuated on Friday.

The exercise led to damages to the buildings and loss of valuable items in the offices and business centres located in them.

Mr. Adediran also confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES Friday evening that CoreTV was only caught in the controversy of a long-standing dispute over the ownership of the property amongst two different landlords.

He also confirmed that police officers conducted the raid and not operatives of the State Security Service as he had earlier stated.

“A few witnesses around the neighbourhood told me that the men were from the SSS,” Mr. Adediran said. “Unfortunately, that turned out not to be accurate.”

“They’re actually police officers and acted based on a court order that granted one of the parties fighting over the property the power to possess it,” he added.

Mr. Adediran said his medium was not the primary target.

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“No, we’re not being particularly targeted,” he said. “This is because other offices in the premises were raided and their items also taken away.”

But he expressed strong reservations about the timing of the police action.

“It was clearly not properly timed. They should not have done this in the dead of the night.”

Mr. Adeniran told PREMIUM TIMES the police moved computers, digital cameras, and other files from his offices during the operation, which took place around 4:00 a.m. Friday.

When contacted, the Abuja Police spokesman, Anjuguri Mamza, said he was not aware of the raid.


The annual INTERDENOMINATIONAL night vigil organised by Our Daily Manna Prayer Ministry every January is usually power-packed because the vigil holds after the 21 days fasting of the ministry and its members. The 2017 edition tagged NIGHT OF EVIDENCE, was no different, if anything, it was stupendously powerful. The event held at the Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos, on 27thJanuary and as usual the gathering recorded a huge turnout of people consisting of hundreds of thousands. The arena was exciting, expectant and eventful as the hundreds of thousands of non-denominational members praised and worshipped God in humility, whilst raising their different prayer points to Heaven for a miracle.

The various testimonies of miraculous healings, childbirths, financial breakthroughs were given by members of the congregation, testifying of God’s miraculous goodness in their lives, the Manna Voices Choir, the Children Orchestra group, several praise and worship ministrations and the ‘War Against Haman’ prayer sessions, all heralded the welcome speech which was given by Pastor Flora Kwakpovwe, the wife of the Bishop. She prayed as well as welcomed the various Manna Mountains (INTERDENOMINATIONAL) across the world, before introducing her husband, Bishop Dr Chris Kwakpovwe to the altar.

When Bishop Dr Chris Kwakpovwe started speaking, he notified the crowd of the strict security screenings because of the plans of some people to cause stampede in the event. He enjoined the crowd that they should look up to Jesus and see Him all the way instead of him a mere mortal in preparations for their breakthroughs and deliverances that night. The Bishop also prayed for Nigeria and the three tiers of government. He prayed especially for the Vice President of Nigeria Prof Yemi Osinabjo. He also announced that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and his wife sent individual representatives to the event. He called on Mrs Folashade Adekoya, the Head of Service who was there on behalf of Gov. Ambode to read Ambode's goodwill message, and she was followed by Mrs Joke Adeyemi who represented Mrs Ambode's message. 

Then came the preaching of the WORD by Bishop Dr Chris Kwakpowve, followed by strong Prophetic Declarations as well as onstage deliverances of people from various levels of afflictions and challenges. It was a night of instant healings, wonders and salvations. At the end of the event, the lives of the congregation who came from over 100 countries were transformed and there was EVIDENCE that they have been in God’s presence and experienced Him in His fullness.

It would be recalled that Bishop Dr Chris Kwakpovwe was also honoured recently with an Award (DELTA ICON) in Delta State for his contribution to Christiandom and the marvellous INSPIRATION his daily devotional book OUR DAILY MANNA is doing in the lives of people all over the world.

More feathers are also on the offing and we will sure keep you updated, while you watch out for his various yearly activities. He can be seen one on one via a text to this number: +234 818-644 9126.

Alleged N1.2bn Fraud: Court Grants Former FCT Minister’s Son N100m Bail

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on Friday, February 3, 2017 granted Shamsudeen Bala, son of a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, bail in the sum of N100million with two sureties who must be private businessmen or public servants of the rank of assistant director and above. The sureties must have landed properties in Abuja or within Lagos metropolis excluding satellite towns. The defendant must produce three years tax clearance and must not travel without the consent of the court. However, the defendant is to remain in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail terms.
Bala is being prosecuted on a 15-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The accused was docked on Wednesday February 1, 2017, along with four companies – Bird Trust Agro Allied Limited, Intertrans Global Logistic Limited, Diakin Telecommunications Limited and Bal-Vac Mining Nigeria Limited.

Bala and Diakin Telecommunications Limited are accused of making cash payment of the sum of N74, 244,005 (seventy-four million, two hundred and forty-four thousand, five naira) to Abuja Investment Company Ltd without going through a Financial Institution. The offence is in breach of Section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012).

On arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

One of the counts reads:
“That you, Shamsudeen Bala (alias Shamsudeen Mohammed Bala), Bird Trust Agro Allied Ltd and Intertrans Global Logistics Ltd sometime in 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did without going through a Financial Institution make cash payment of the sum of N296,000,000 (two hundred and ninety six million naira) only to A & K Constructions Ltd Abuja and Sunrise Estate Development Ltd for Construction of a house on plot nos 2116 and 2276 at Asokoro Gardens (alias Sunrise Estate) Abuja, which sum exceeded the statutory limit and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) and (4) of the same Act”.  

The trial is to commence on March 27, 2017.

Domestic market drive: Heritage Bank sponsors Season-3 of Bukas and Joints

In a bid to promote local foods and strengthen the domestic market, Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider has sponsored Season-3 of Bukas & Joints, hosted by Olisa Adibua, a respected media personality in the African continent. 

R-L: Jonathan Adegbite, Head Brand Management of Heritage Bank Plc; Ayodele Ajayi, Team Member, Content Management; Ozena Utulu, Team Member, Brand Compliance; Olisa Adibua - Host - Bukas & Joints; and Biola Alabi- Managing Partner Biola Alabi Media/ Executive Producer - Bukas & Joints, during the launching of the screening of Season-3 of Bukas & Joint, sponsored by Heritage Bank, yesterday.
The launching of the screening of the Season-3 television food show in Lagos on Wednesday was a well-attended media event organised by Biola Alabi Media, the producers of the programme in collaboration with Heritage Bank.
The featuring of the event will start screening on African Independent Television (AIT) on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 7p.m to 7.30p.m.

The Season-3 was screened in Enugu in the South East and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In the South East, the local bukas that the production team visited include Ntachi-Osa Canteen, in the New Haven of Enugu, Emily Restaurant and New Berries Park while in Abuja they were at Bean Bag located at Ramaya Royal Park on Ahmadu Bello Way, Iya Oyo Kitchen based in Wuye and a Kilishi joint located in Area 1 Garden in Garki, Abuja.
Mr. Fela Ibidapo, Group Head, Corporate Communications of Heritage Bank said the bank was proud to be associated with the programme in order to promote local foods and strengthen the domestic market.

He hinted that since indigenous food is part of our heritage, the bank will continue to chart a path forward to increasing local food production and processing, while supporting job growth and healthy communities.
He assured that the bank would continue to support the programme and also others that relate to the Nigerian heritage.

Speaking on his experience on the new season, Adibua said the whole essence of the show was that through that the travels and discoveries exposed them to the lifestyles of the people they meet in different cities.

“I love this season because I love the idea of meeting different people and going to different locations,” Adibua said, adding that they intend to go to more places in Nigeria and even outside Nigeria to showcase the African cuisines to the outside world just like what the Chinese and others had done.

Also speaking Mrs. Biola Alabi, the Chief executive Officer of Biola Alabi Media commended Heritage Bank for supporting the programme right from the inception.

The Lunch with Olisa show is a new food-related show in which Olisa Adibua travels the breadth of the continent in search of authentic African cuisines.

Olisa takes his audience on a journey of culinary delight, as he explores a variety of foods such as Ofada rice, Amala, Tuwo, Masa, Moin-Moin and more. The show features not only food, but also real people who work behind the scenes and ensure that the food is always ready to feed Nigerians, those famished as well as those looking for that unique gastronomical experience. These entrepreneurs are found everywhere throughout Nigeria – under trees, at food stalls and roadside kiosks.

The show was put together by Biola Alabi Media (BAM), an African media company that develops and monetizes content for Pay TV, Free to Air (FTA) television channels, OTT (Over-The-Top) TV and VOD (Video-On-Demand).
Heritage Bank, through its MSME account aims to help MSMEs grow their businesses. The proposition is categorized into three different groups: Heritage MSME Business classic with a maximum annual debit transaction of N50 million, Heritage MSME Business pro with a maximum annual debit transaction of N100 million and the Heritage MSME Business premium with a maximum annual debit transaction of N250 million.

The bank is one of the participating financial institutions in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) Fund which was launched on August 19, 2014 in recognition of the significant contributions of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sub-sector to the economy.

Fraudsters Impersonate Army Chief on Social Media

The Nigerian Army has noted with serious concern the activities of some fraudsters and mischievous persons in the society that go about defrauding innocent persons in the name of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai.

The  fraudsters are employing various means and techniques through the use of the internet and social media to perpetrate their criminal acts.

These includes name-dropping, claiming that they were sent to solicit for assistance or patronage using the name and photographs of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General TY Buratai to create various social media accounts with the intent of currying favours and financial assistance, amongst other tricks.

The Nigerian Army wishes to make it emphatically clear that at no time has the Lieutenant General TY Buratai solicited for funds and  assistance through individuals, groups and any of the social media platforms. 

In view of this, members of the general public are therefore enjoined to be wary of such persons or groups and social  media accounts in the name of the Chief of Army Staff. Efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend such persons.

All are please requested to be vigilant and to report such suspected persons to the nearest Police Station, Nigerian Army formations or units and other security agencies.

BH Suspects: Troops Arrest 26 Foreigners, 3,332 Civilians



Inspite of the regrettable occurrence of 17 Jan 17 at RANN, our gallant troops have continued to gain traction by recording successes in our operational engagements. Before continuing the Brief, I request that we pay respect to those who died in that incident.

a. Update on Activities in RANN. After the sad incident on 17 Jan 17, an emergency response team was established. A well coordinated response involving the Op LAFIYA DOLE, UNOCHA, ICRC, MSF and Borno State Government was initiated. Helicopters and Ambulances from the UN, ICRC, Op LAFIYA DOLE and the Borno State Government were employed. A surgical centre was established in Rann to help stabilize the wounded before being evacuated. The CO 3 Bn and the Medical officer of the unit among several other medical personnel from the Humanitarian Agencies were involved.

b. On 19 Jan 17 a Federal Government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, that included Ministers of Defence and Information, CDS and Service Chiefs, paid condolence visit tothe Governor of Borno State, Shehu of Dikwa andHumanitarian Agencies  at UNOCHA office on behalf of Mr President. Similarly, on 20 Jan 17 at about 1340hrs, the COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai accompanied by AHQ PSOs and GOC 7 Div visited RANN, KALA BALGE LGA. The COAS and entourage visited the scene of the incident and condoled the Bulamas. I equally visited the location along with the Maritime and Air Component Commanders. In all, the response was very prompt. I wish to take this opportunity to appreciate the contributions and support of everyone.

The understanding shown by the Government and the people of Borno during the trying moment is very well appreciated. I have constituted a Board of Inquiry to ascertain the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incidence. So far, it has been established that the strike was a mistake. Statistics show that 112 persons died and 97 were wounded. The wounded are in various hospitals receiving treatment.

c. Mop-up Operations. During the period under review, mop-up operations were conducted as follows:
(1) As part of the operations to dominate Sambisa Forest,   on 14 Jan 17 at about 0900hrs, troops recovered 50 rounds   of 7.62mm ammunition and one AK47 rifle. Items recovered include a GPMG, 2,269 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 2 RPG bombs and 528 rounds of 7.62mm special.

Additionally, recovered and destroyed several BHT vehicles, motorcycles, foodstuff, solar panels and mattresses. A total of 5 BHT were killed in action, including 2 suicide bombers.

(2) On 23 Jan 17 at about 0900hrs, own troops deployed at DIKWA conducted clearance patrol to SINABAYA and MASKITE village. The patrol cleared SINABAYA village and encountered BHT resistance towards MASKITE village. During the   operation, 9 BHT were killed and some items were captured. The items captured include 6 dane guns, a GPMG, 4 mobile handsets, a motorcycle with BHT flag mounted and 2 wrist watches. MASKITE village was combed and cleared where 9 civilians held captives were rescued.

(3) On 16 Jan 17 at about 1530hrs, our troops deployed at MONGUNO received information of BHT activities at MARARIA village along MONGUNO – MARTE road. The troops in conjunction with CJTF immediately trailed and encountered some BHT in the village. After an encounter, a BHT member was killed in action while 2 AK47 rifles, 2 AK47 magazines with 8 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered.

(4) On 18 Jan 17 at about 0530hrs, own troops conducted fighting patrol to MUSARA, GUMNARI, NAIRA and ANGAYINA villages. Troops intercepted 8 men conveying items suspected to be for BHT. The suspects were arrested and searched. During the search, one suspect was found with 2 letters with one of the letters requesting for the supply of 4 AA guns by BHT. Other items in their possession included many torch lights, 4 handsets, large quantities of slippers, clothes, drugs, batteries and the sum of N341,000.00 only.

(5) On 24 Jan 17 at about 0900hrs, own troops in conjunction with CJTF and vigilantes conducted operations to MASA along DIKWA – GULUMBA GANA road. The troops cleared MIJIGITE and GWANGHA villages and later encountered BHT at AJIRI village. The troops came in contact and 2 BHT members were killed in action. The equipment captured include a bandolier, a camouflage trouser, a Tecno handset and a BHT flag. The troops combed and cleared AJIRI village where 85 civilians held captives were rescued. Also, on 26 Jan 17 at about 1130hrs, own troops supported by the CDF conducted operations to GULUMBA GANA. Three BHT were killed in action while one AK47 rifle, one FN rifle and a gun truck mounted with Anti Aircraft gun were captured.

(6) Between 17 – 24 Jan 17, troops conducted long range patrol in pursuit of fleeing BHT along Yale axis. Several recoveries were made including rescue of hostages. Highlights are as shown.

(7) On 27 Jan 17 at about 0728hrs, our gallant troops conducted mop up operations at GULUMBA - GANA for 3hrs 10mins. The troops recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 3 rounds of 7.62mm special, detonator-33 electrical cord, 3 plastic pressure plates, 2 Shilka empty cases primed with simple charge. Other items discovered were IED making materials and 3 prepared IEDs. All items were destroyed in situ.

(8) Yesterday, troops trailed fleeing BHT to Dusla and Buk. Several BHT were killed. Assorted sophisticated weapons including Shilka Gun, 9 AK Rifles, 3 FN Rifles, one tube, one Gun truck mounted with AA Gun, 2 Hilux vehicles, 2 RPG tube and one LMG amongst others as shown.

d. Arrests. Our troops have arrested some BHT suspects during the period under review as follows:
(1) On 10 Jan 17 at about 0930hrs, own troops deployed behind IDP Camp MAFA in conjunction with CJTF and vigilantes intercepted one Alhaji Madu, aged 56 years and a native of ANADAWA village. The suspect was accused by the locals of being the BHT Amir and chief imam of ANADAWA village. The locals further revealed that the suspect was once arrested by Nigeria Police in MAIDUGURI and was in custody for over 9 month

(2) On 18 Jan 17 at about 1210hrs following a tip-off, own troops arrested Abur Goni Bukar of LA'ARI MATARI village in an ash-coloured Golf vehicle at a military check point. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect has been supplying fuel and foodstuff to BHT coming from GINI to DUNGA village. The suspect is in custody undergoing further investigation.

(3) On 20 Jan 17 at about 1820hrs, our troops in conjunction with Nigeria Police personnel carried out a cordon and search operation at WURO DOLE in AKKO LGA of Gombe State based on a tip-off. During the operation, a suspected BHT named Ibrahim Ali was arrested. During prelim interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a BHT member and has been with the terrorists for a period of time. He also revealed that he was part of those that attacked CHIBOK and MADAGALI. The suspect is undergoing further investigation.

(4) On 21 Jan 17 at 1550hrs, own troops in conjunction with members of vigilante arrested one Ayuba Duse Traore suspected to be a BHT member at DUKKU. The suspect claimed to be a citizen of Republic of Mali and could only speak French. He is currently undergoing further investigation.
(5) Our troops arrested a suspected BHT member named Haruna Bukar on 25 Jan 17 at about 2247hrs at TIZAN near CIRIMIYA area of SHEWURI South of MAIDUGURI. The suspect, popularly known both as Kwakwa Mafoni and Bulama Modi, was alleged to be part of the syndicate that facilitates the bringing in prepared suicide bombers into MAIDUGURI. He is currently undergoing further interrogation.

(6) On 27 Jan 17 at about 1730hrs, own troops arrested 3 suspected BHT with bags of flour, groundnut and millet while trying to convey same to JERAM village. The suspects also had a total of N594,000.00 only in their possession. They are undergoing further investigation.

(7) On 28 Jan 17 at about 1100hrs, own troops at BUNI GARI apprehended 5 suspects with a truckload of gypsum which is one of the major component for making IED. The suspects are undergoing interrogation. Also, on 28 Jan 17 at about 1725hrs, own troops deployed at GAMBORU – FOTOKOL border discovered and confiscated 278 bags of fertilizer concealed in sugar bags in a vehicle. The vehicle and the items are in our custody for further investigation.

(8) On 28 Jan 17 at about 0200hrs, own troops arrested 7 suspected cow rustlers at KWANA MUTUWA. The suspects are  Mohammed Abdulkareem, Abbre Gana, Habbib Abubakar, Ali Abdullahi, Bashiru Abubakar, Babagana Abdullahi and Umar Abdullahi. A total of 34 cows were recovered from the arrested suspects and are all in custody undergoing thorough investigation.
e. Arrests of Foreigners. On 16 Jan 17 at about 1715hrs, troops deployed at CHAM checkpoint intercepted 7 female immigrants from Republic of Niger enroute YOLA via KANO. Three of the immigrants were with their passports while the other 4 had no means of identification. All the immigrants are in custody undergoing interrogation and would be handed over to NIS for further action. Similarly, on 26 Jan 17 at about 1745hrs, 3 Chadians were arrested at a check point in DAMASAK. A mobile phone belonging to one of them was flipped through and it showed pictures of men one of them inclusive, in both military T-shirts and mufti with GPMG, FN and AK47 rifles. The 3 Chadians are in custody undergoing interrogation.

f. Ambush Operations.​ Our gallant troops have conducted some ambush operations as follows:
(1) Similarly on 28 Jan 17 at about 1315hrs, own troops deployed at MIYANTI conducted ambush along MIYANTI – BANKI road. The troops encountered BHT elements and subsequently engaged them where 2 BHT were killed in action. The items recovered include an AK47 rifle, 3 magazines, 5 rounds of 7.62mm special, a wristwatch, 2 pieces of 36 hand grenade, a mobile phone with its accessories and a motorcycle

g. Interception of BHT Logistics. When our troops were returning from BITTA on 19 Jan 17 at about 1400hrs, they sighted 2 suspected BHTs at GELERI.

The BHT immediately fled on sighting our troops. However, some items were recovered which include 31 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 22 rounds of 7.62 special, a Nokia phone connected with wire, 2 packets of Dicloforte with 10 tablets each, a BHT flag, a Diclofenac injection, a Lincocin, 2 pieces of syringes and 2 bicycles.

h. Discovery of BHT Graves.  On 13 Jan 17 at about 1030hrs, troops deployed at KANGARWA embarked on foot patrol ahead of their location. The troops discovered 4 BHT bodies buried in a shallow grave. Additionally, 3 graves for killed BHT members were found and were all exhumed. Also found was a 36 hand grenade and 25 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition.

i. Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device Explosions. There were recorded cases of PBIEDas follows:

(1) On 16 Jan 17 at about 0510hrs, a PBIED was detonated at UNIMAID. The first incidence occurred when a young boy detonated the IED on his body during morning prayers at a mosque close to UNIMAID Gate 4. The suicide bomber and 2 other civilians died at the spot. The second incident occurred when a female suicide bomber attempted to infiltrate through UNIMAID Gate 5. The vigilant troops deployed at the gate challenged her from a distance as she approached their sentry post. Consequently, she panicked and detonated the IED on her body. In this case, the suicide bomber was the only casualty. The NEMA/SEMA were contacted and the corpses have been evacuated.
(2) On 16 Jan 17 at about 0830hrs, some civilians in BARAN KAURA village intercepted a female suicide bomber trying to cross into town through MUNA DALTI village. She was challenged by the civilians who quickly called own troops. Consequently, she detonated the IED on her as she sighted our troops. The IED failed to fully detonate leaving some part of the explosives on her. She attempted to stand up but was gunned by own troops. The unexploded suicide vest was neutralized by our EOD team.
(3) On 25 Jan 17 at about 0005hrs, a male suicide bomber was intercepted as he attempted to cross towards troops defensive location at USMANTI.
The suicide bomber was halted but refused to stop and started running towards the sentry. Consequently, he was shot and he exploded killing only himself. Only the suicide bomber was the casualty at the scene. Also, same day at about 0117hrs, a second suicide bomber exploded ahead of USMANTI guard location. Similarly, at about 0615hrs, a third suicide bomb incidentoccurred when a female suicide bomber attempted to enter a mosque around KALARI general area. The civilian security at the mosque challenged her but she kept moving towards the mosque. The troops were immediately alerted. On sighting the troops, the suicide bomber quickly detonated the explosive vest on her killing herself and one civilian while 2 other civilians were injured. The injured have been evacuated to the hospital.

j. BHT Attack. On 19 Jan 17 at about 1730hrs, our troops deployed at RANN came under BHT attack. After a fire fight, the attack was successfully repelled. Two soldiers were wounded in action while 13 BHT were killed in action and another BHT was captured alive. He is in custody undergoing interrogation. Items captured include a gun truck, 2 AK47 rifles, an M21 rifle and 805 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

k. Also, on 25 Jan 17, troops position at Kamuya was attacked by desperate BHT. The attack was repelled leaving 3 soldiers dead.

l. Convoy Attack.​ On 28 Jan 17 at about 1135hrs, the commercial vehicle convoy escorted by troops ran into BHT ambush at KOMALA general area. The ambush was successfully cleared, however, 2 soldiers were injured while 3 civilians were killed (initially one) and 2 others wounded.

m. Police Attack. On 31 Jan 17 at about 1030hrs, the NP while moving a suspect from Biu – Maiduguri ran into an ambush at Kubuwa village along Biu – Damboa road. Unfortunately, one policeman was shot dead and another injured bothwere evacuated to Damboa general hospital.
n. IED Incidence.​ On 20 Jan 17 at about 1000hrs, own prime mover with troops on clearance operation towards CHIRELIA entered IED at KOREDE. Sadly, one officer and a soldier sustained injuries and were evacuated to our hospital in MAIDUGURI. However, the officer Capt A Adeusi later died in the hospital. Similarly, on 26 Jan 17 at about 1503hrs, own advancing troops in conjunction with vigilantes encountered an IED along rd BUNI GARI - DOKSA road while clearing a river line. A soldier was killed in action while 2 others sustained injuries and were treated by own medical team. Again, on 29 Jan 17 at about 0910hrs, own troops on patrol from BITTA to YAMTEKE encountered an IED. Sadly, a soldier was killed in the incident while 4 others were wounded. The wounded have been evacuated and stabilized.
o. Surrendered BHT. On 21 Jan 17 at about 1115hrs, a total   of 4 suspected BHTs surrendered to own troops deployed at MONGUNO. The suspects claimed to have fled BUKAR MERAM village from Mamman Nur's faction of BHT. They claimed to be fed up with the terrorists’ ideology and the unending combat. They have been undergoing interrogation. Again on 28 Jan 17 at about 0900hrs, a BHT member named Mohammed Abubakar surrendered to own troops in MONGUNO. The suspect claimed to be a Cameroonian and that he belonged to Mamman Nur's faction in KOLORAM BHT camp. He has been undergoing interrogation.
➢ Air Component Clip.
Summary of Arrested/Surrendered BHT Suspects and Other Rescued Persons.
A total of 3,332 civilians were arrested as BHT suspects while 5 BHT members surrendered to our troops during our operations conducted between 11 Jan – 1 Feb 17. Also, a total of 26 foreigners were arrested comprising 17 Chadians and 9 Nigeriens.

2. Ladies and Gentlemen, having won the war, the train on the track to enduring peace is currently in motion. Yesterday, the National Coalition Against Terrorism held a Rally where they called on all to give greater support to the peace effort. They equally called on all renegades in the name of BH to surrender without further delay. The people are rising up against Boko Haram and it is encouraging.
Meanwhile, we have received numerous commendations on the achievements so far. It is a job and commendation for all of us. Join the train.

3. The continued support and encouragement of the C-in-C, CDS, COAS and other Service Chiefs are unquantifiable and are hereby appreciated. The other stakeholders including you, members of the press, are duly appreciated. Let us maintain the momentum.Thank you and God bless.

Maiduguri​​​​Major General
February 2017​  ​​​​Theatre Commander

KWHA to allocate funds for Scholarship/ Bursary in 2017 Budget

The Kwara State House of Assembly has directed its Committee on Finance and Appropriation to allocate funds for Bursary and Scholarship for indigent students in this Year's budget.

The Deputy Speaker Elder Mathew Okedare who presided over the Thursday's sitting gave the directive , following the submission of a member representing Ilorin North West Constituency Hon. Abdul Rafiu Abdul Rahman during the conclusive debate of the Legislators on the general principles of the 2017 Appropriation Bill before the House .

Elder Okedare explained that the allocation of fund for scholarship and bursary in 2017 budget became imperative, in view of the urgent need to cushion the current economic hardship on the indigent students and their parents.

The Deputy Speaker praised members for their robust contributions on the appropriation bill and urged members to sustain their commitments during budget defence by MDAs to ensure the passage of a budget that would address the needs of the People of the State. Hon Rafiu had while speaking on the general principles of the budget described education as the bedrock of any sustainable development and called on the state government to take the issue of counterpart fund serious to enable the State tap enormous window opportunities in addressing infrastructural deficit in the State.

Members representing Ojomu/Balogun, Owode/ Onire Constituencies Hons Saheed Popoola Abdul Rasheed Taiwo Abdullahi and others who spoke had among other things advocated the declaration of State of emergency in agriculture, need for budget surplus and strengthening of the state Audit Department to ensure accountability and transparency in governance.

Southern Kaduna: Police Arrest 17 Suspects in Kafanchan

Concerned by the recent unfortunate sectarian crisis in Kafanchan and neighbouring communities in Kaduna state where so many innocent lives were lost and properties worth millions of naira destroyed, as a result of this and the need to put a final stop to the crisis the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, constituted a Joint Tactical Operation Squad (Operation Harmony), comprising the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, SIB, EOD, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Police K9 (Sniffer Dog Section), Police Air wing and Police Medical Team with Headquarters in Kafanchan.

The operation recorded remarkable achievements in tackling the crisis and preventing further disturbance of public peace across southern Kaduna. Seventeen (17) suspects listed below who were arrested in the act and caches of fire arms and ammunition were recovered from them  

i.       Nelson Paul ‘M’ 36years native of Kaninkon Jamma’a LGA Kaduna state
ii.        Bulus Jatau ‘M’ age 32yrs from Jamma’a LGA of Kaduna state.
iii.      Magaji Shaibu ‘M’ age 30years from chinkun LGA of Kaduna state
iv.      Danlami Yakubu ‘M’ age 28years from chinkun LGA of kaduna state
v.         Idris bello ‘M’ chinkun LGA of kaduna state
vi.      Danjuma Barde ‘M’ 39 age from chikun LGA of kaduna state
vii.    Danjuma barde chikun ‘M’ age 39years from LGA of kaduna state
viii. Goma Adamu ‘M’ age 28years  from chukwum LGA of Kaduna state
ix.      Samuel Joshua ‘M’  age 29years from chinkun LGA of kaduna state
x.         Abudulkareem Abdul ‘M’ age 20years from Rigasa LGA of kaduna state
xi.      Haruna Iliyasu ‘M’ age 20years Kiru LGA of kaduna state
xii.   Hassan Idris ‘M’ age 25years from Tsafe of kaduna state
xiii. Adamu Haruna ‘M’ 28years from chikwun of kaduna stste
xiv. Adamu Umar ‘M’ age 27years chikwun LGA of kaduna state
xv.    Sulieman Saleh ‘M’ age 30 from chinkun LGA of kaduna state
xvi.  Abubakar Mohammadu ‘M’ age 20years from chikwun LGA of kaduna state.
xvii.  Muhammadu Jori ‘M’ age 33years from Igabi LGA of kaduana stat
Total number of twenty-nine (29) assorted firearms and ammunition were recovered from their possession.

All the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigation for inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, causing mischief by fire, culpable homicide, theft and unlawful possession of prohibited fire arms

In conclusion, the Inspector General of Police wishes to assure the good people and communities of Southern Kaduna of adequate security and protection of their lives and properties and hereby enjoin them to be law abiding and give peace a chance to prevail and cooperate with the Police personnel deployed in their localities.

Thank you all for your attention and God bless.
Force Public Relations Officer
Force Headquarters


…Lays Foundation Of New Model School In Ojo
Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday said his administration has awarded contract for the construction of eight new blocks of classrooms as well as the renovation of 174 existing blocks of classrooms and the construction of perimeter fence in various schools to enhance security.
The Governor, who spoke at the Foundation Laying ceremony of the New Model School in Awori College, Ojo, said the government has also commenced the supply of over 40,000 students’ furnitures on a quarterly basis to clear the identified shortfall of 160,000.
Governor Ambode, who was represented at the ceremony by his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule expressed optimism that the sustained efforts of his administration to improve on the quality of teaching and learning environment would positively impact on the performance of students.
He noted that performance of students in the last West African Examination Council (WAEC) conducted examination was most assuring and an indication that the State was moving in the right direction.
The Governor said, “Today we are introducing a new model of block of classrooms in our public secondary schools. This edifice, apart from aiding teaching and learning, will compare favourably with high school structures in leading countries of the world.
“Apart from the aesthetics value, the new structure is capable of enhancing security of students, staff and schools materials in the face of the recent security breaches in our schools. It would comprise 36 classrooms, library, staff rooms, multipurpose hall, laboratories, principal/Vice Principal’s offices and modern toilet facilities for both junior and senior schools.”
He assured students in the State that his administration was committed to building a future of great opportunities, possibilities and prosperity through the provision of qualitative education that is consistent with the demands of the 21stcentury.
He enjoined the students to embrace the opportunities being provided by showing serious commitment to their studies and shun all negative values that could hinder their dreams.
“Let me assure all parents that we will continue to do our very best to ensure that our schools are safe from intruders. We have put in place measures to secure our pupils, students, teaching and non teaching staff. Our standards are high and we will continue to make them better,” the Governor said.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, said that the words and actions of Governor Ambode about education has spoken loud and in unequivocal terms about his passion to ensure the provision of high quality education that is accessible to all learners through effective and efficient management of resources for the attainment of self reliance and socio- economic development.
Also, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, urged residents to appreciate the government’s prompt response to anything that has to do with education and future development of youths in the State, adding that the priority being accorded education in the state, particularly by the Ambode-led administration cannot but be applauded.
He said though other states of the federation find it difficult to pay teachers’ salary, the reverse was the case in Lagos as Governor Ambode pays salaries of staff, teachers inclusive on the 22nd of every month.
“This present administration recently employed more that 1,300 teachers and is about employing another 1,000. All these and other achievements were made possible due to good managers and able lieutenants at the helm of affairs as far as education is concerned,” Ogunyemi said.

Skye Bank announces resignation of Executive Directors

Skye Bank has announced the voluntary resignation of some of its Executive Directors from the services of the Bank.
The Directors who had served in Executive Management capacity for nearly two years had been part of the new Board of the bank which came into being following the July 4, 2016 intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and subsequent re-constitution of its Board. 
The Directors who resigned are Mr. Idris Yakubu, Mrs. Markie Idowu, Mrs. Abimbola Izu and Mr. Bayo Sanni.
In order to ensure a smooth leadership progression and service delivery to its customers, the following senior officers, all General Managers have been re-assigned to oversee the affected directorates: Mr. Segun Opeke will oversee the Lagos Commercial Directorate, comprising Corporate, Commercial and Retail, Mr. Ayo Abina will supervise the South directorate while Mr. Femi Aribaloye will oversee the Risk Management Directorate accordingly. The new appointments takes immediate effect.
The Group Managing Director of the Bank Mr. Tokunbo Abiru thanked the Executive Directors for their service to the bank, noting that they had contributed immensely to the successful leadership transition which commenced last year.
One of the Executive Directors who spoke under anonymity noted that “having put in some time in the bank, resignation from service is not new in the industry. New structures will always create new opportunities and challenges, I think this is the right time to step aside for others to also contribute to the growth of the Bank.”
The Bank has also announced that the new development does not in any way affect the smooth running of her operations as the Bank continues to deliver banking and other ancillary financial services to its customers across the country. 
Skye Bank is one of the eight banks described by the regulatory CBN as a Systematically Important Bank (SIB) on account of its size, market share and financial interconnectedness in Nigeria and the West Africa sub-region.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Melissa McCarthy, all-new Kia Niro embark on a “Hero’s Journey” in Kia Motors’ Super Bowl commercial

A breaching whale. A falling tree. A charging rhinoceros. These are just some of the extreme challenges Melissa McCarthy faces in Kia Motors’ Super Bowl ad for the all-new 2017 Niro crossover. Debuting online today, “Hero’s Journey” is scheduled to air in the third quarter of the big game and finds McCarthy – who is only “trying to help” – braving the open ocean, climbing high up into the treetops, and traveling in the Niro, the most fuel efficient crossover in America[i].

With a hilarious and courageous leading lady who is ready, willing and able to pitch in and do her part for just about anything, “Hero’s Journey” is fantasy adventure at its finest and the centerpiece of a multifaceted campaign showcasing the all-new Niro as a no-compromise package combining driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, functional utility and record-setting fuel economy. Created by David&Goliath, KMA’s advertising agency of record, the spot will entertain across multiple platforms before and after the Super Bowl.

“For years, I’ve been trying to find the perfect project that combined the real threat of me breaking every bone in my body, with my desire to help save the environment. Thanks Kia!!!  XOXO Love, Melissa,” said McCarthy.

As part of the spot’s rollout, Kia was the first advertiser to debut a Super Bowl commercial on Facebook Messenger. During the big game on Sunday, consumers engaging with the interactive NiroBot for Messenger will have the opportunity to win MPGs (“Melissa’s Precious Gear”), including more than 40 props and assorted items from the set of the commercial.

 “People will go to great lengths to support the causes they are passionate about, and the Niro is a ‘smarter kind of crossover’ for those looking to go green without making sacrifices,” said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, Kia Motors America. “The Niro is like nothing consumers have seen before, and with an audience of over 100 million people tuning in, Melissa McCarthy is the perfect partner to tell the world about Kia’s uniquely alluring yet practical new crossover.”

A key component to Kia Motors’ Green Car Roadmap, the Niro strikes the perfect balance for today’s consumers and stakes claim to a unique position between the hybrid-electric vehicle and CUV segments. As part of Kia Motors EcoDynamics philosophy, the Niro represents an important next step on the path to nearly tripling the brand’s global green car line-up by 2020.  A plug-in hybrid powertrain is due to be added to the car’s line-up later in its life-cycle.


[i] Comparison based on 2016 and available 2017 crossovers as of January 2017, excluding electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.  Niro EPA estimated MPG city/highway/combined FE 52/49/50, LX 51/46/49, EX 51/46/49, Touring Launch 46/40/43, Touring 46/40/43. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle condition.

California man dies from tooth infection after it spreads to his blood and lungs

A man has died from a tooth infection after it spread to his blood and lungs.

Lorry driver Vadim Kondratyuk had complained of toothache when he set off for New York from his home in California on 17 January.

He stopped at a dentist in Oklahoma City, where he was treated for an infection and prescribed antibiotics, reports KCRA News.

But on arrival, he phoned his brother to say he was in too much pain and might struggle to make the 2,700-mile trip back home.

“Nobody thought that from a tooth something so big can happen and go everywhere,” Mr Kondratyuk’s wife Nataliya told the TV station. “I was crying and his brother was like, ‘he will be ok’.”

After making it part of the way home, the 26-year-old was in so much pain his brother took him to hospital in Utah, where doctors said the infection had spread to his lungs.

His condition quickly deteriorated and he died on Monday with his wife by his side.

Mr Kondratyuk leaves behind two daughters, two-year-old Vanessa and 11-month-old Maya.

“It’s going to be hard with both my kids without a husband,” said Ms Kondratyuk. “Half of me is just taken away.”

Wednesday, 1 February 2017


Promasidor Nigeria Limited has restated its commitment to girl-child education as the 2017 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show opened amidst excitement and expectations.

Mr. Olivier Thiry, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited explained at a press briefing held in Lagos last week that girl-child education is very important to nation building and human capital development. 

He stated that the stage 1 of the competition will continue with the initiative that was started in 2016 where mixed school were asked to nominate a minimum of two (2) girls for each category to represent such school. This, according to him, will encourage the girl child to take interest in education especially the STEM courses.

In continuation, Thiry added that the minimum girl-child enrolment initiative which started last year paid off as it was an all-girls affair in the Junior category and in the Senior category, the 1st and 2nd runner up positions.

He maintained that Cowbell Our Milk has been involved in the improvement of the standard of education in Nigeria especially in Mathematics over the last two decades. 

Thiry noted that across the globe, investment in education has assumed an entirely new frontier that government and corporate organizations have come to realize that building capacity in STEM courses which Mathematics is a key component of, represents the driving force for development in the 21st century.

Like the previous editions, the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Quiz Show is open to Students in JSS3 and SSS2 from 10-18 Years of age attending full time secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria. To register you are required to visit
The ultimate prize for this year’s edition is One Million Naira and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country while the 1st and 2nd runners up will go home with Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only and Five Hundred Thousand Naira only respectively. 

The Teachers of the winners will be awarded Four hundred thousand naira while Teachers of 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up will go home with Three hundred thousand naira and Two hundred thousand naira respectively.

The 2016 winners, Miss Juliet Ekoko and Master Ayolouwa Oguntade also commended Promasidor for the opportunity given to them to hone their Mathematics skill through the Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show.

It would be recalled that Promasidor Nigeria Limited won the Best Company in Education during awards ceremony organized by SERA CSR Awards and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Lagos Chapter in 2016.

Lagos Lawmakers Cut Short Recess To Sit, Work On Harmonised Environmental Law On Monday

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly will cut short their break and reconvene on Monday to deliberate on the Harmonised Enviromental Bill sent to the Assembly by the Executive.
The lawmakers are supposed to resume from their six-week break on February 28th but are compelled to return to work because of the importance of the bill and it's attendant contribution to good governance in the state.
The Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Infofmaton, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Buraimo, the lawmakers are cutting short their break because of the urgency of the bill and thor commitment to ensuring good givernance for the populace.
"We are all committed to ensuring good governance and this bill which is aimed at improving the lives of our people deserves our attention hence we have no choice than to cut short our break and do the job," Hon. Buraimo said.
The bill seeks to create a single control body for all environmental agencies in the state for the purpose of resolving areas of conflict and vest in the state Ministry of the Environment, the overall management and supervision of all the agencies as well as encourage synergy and cooperation among the agencies.
Hitherto, the state has several laws which regularise various aspects of environmental matters and protection in the state.
The laws are: the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) law; the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Law; the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) law; the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA); and the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LSOGA) law.

Lagos says no to kidnapping (PICTURES)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); signing into Law the Kidnapping, Sports Trust Fund and Sports Commission Bills at the Conference Room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. With him are Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left); Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (2nd right) and  Special  Adviser to the Governor, Office of Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph (right).

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left); members, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Ademola Kasunmu (left); Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho (3rd right); Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (2nd right) and  Special  Adviser to the Governor, Office of Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph (right) during signing into Law the Kidnapping, Sports Trust Fund and Sports Commission Bills at the Conference Room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Ambode okays death penalty for kidnappers

…Gov’s Assent Direct Response To Kidnapping, Says Speaker

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday signed into law the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly, with a pledge to ensure its full implementation to eradicate kidnapping once and for all in the State.

The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping Law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom. The law also stipulates that where a victim dies in the course of kidnap, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at Lagos House in Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the spate of kidnapping in the State had gotten to a level that required decisive action from government, hence the need for the enactment of the law to send serious message to perpetrators of such heinous crime.
He said aside the enactment of the law, the State Government was also putting in place appropriate measures particularly in the schools and other vulnerable targets to prevent kidnapping and other security breaches.

The Governor said: “Security is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos.

“Why we use this law to address the challenge and punish the criminals, we are also putting in place appropriate measures particularly in our schools and other vulnerable targets to prevent security breaches and it is important that we ensure that everything we do in respect of this anti-kidnapping law is in good faith and good spirit to eradicate the issue of kidnapping once and for all in the State.”
Governor Ambode assured that the justice system would be activated to execute the anti-kidnapping law to the letter to ensure that any criminal caught is subjected to the full wrath of the law.

The Governor, at the ceremony, also signed the Sports Trust Fund Bill and the Sports Commission bill into law, explaining that the laws were enacted to address key issues bordering on security and effectively harnessing the potentials in the sports sector.

Giving insight on the laws, Governor Ambode said: “The Sport Commission Law will give legal backing to the formulation and implementation of sport policies in the State while the Sport Trust Fund will enable government to raise money for the development of sporting facilities and activities.

“This fund will provide a platform where the State Government can enter into partnership with the private sector to finance sports infrastructure, tournaments and programmes which will in turn create employment and generate revenue for the State.”

He added that as provided for in the law, a Board of Trustees comprising all stakeholders in the sports community would soon be inaugurated for the Trust Fund, saying that with the law, government was restating its commitment to scale up sports development and make the State the hub of sports in Nigeria.

He also appreciated members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for their efforts in the enactment of the laws.

In his remarks, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the signing of the bills into law by the Governor was a clear testimony of the commitment of the State Government to the security of citizens and sports development.

Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, said it was particularly gratifying to note that the anti-kidnapping law was an all-encompassing one which prescribes punishment for the actual actors, those that collaborate, aid and abet and those who see the act of kidnapping being perpetrated and do nothing about it, as well as confiscation of properties attached to the heinous crime of kidnapping.

He said the passage and signing of the law was a direct response and responsiveness of the government to the spate of kidnapping in the State, adding that the expansive provisions in the law would, in no long distant future, ensure the eradication of the menace in the State.

On the bills on sports, the Speaker said: “We are happy that Lagos State is taking a very bold step at ensuring that sporting activities get a boost from the government and this is a clear demonstration to the people of Lagos State and Nigeria that the State Government is paying adequate attention to sporting activities.”

Governor Ahmed Approves Appointment of Rector for IVTEC, Ajase-Ipo

The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the appointment of  Dr. Wendy Kay Daeges as the pioneer Rector of the International Vocational, Training and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo. This is in keeping with the government's pledge to commence operations at the college in the first quarter of 2017. 

News of the approval was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Alhaji Musa Yeketi.

The statement also announced the appointment of Mr. Femi Josiah Olabisi as the College Registrar; Saadat Iqbal as IT System Manager; Mr. Olatunde Timothy Fadipe as Instructor and Head of Automative, and Mr. Tokunbo Femi Olayinka as Instructor and Head of Welding.

Others are Mr. Tajudeen Shina Agboola; Instructor and Head of Masonry & Carpentry, Mr. Immanuel Martin Nwafor; Instructor and Head of Electrical, and Babatunde Olayinka, Instructor and Head of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. 

According to the commissioner, the new appointees are to resume this month, starting and with a one-week orientation programme.    

The new Rector, Mrs. Wendy Daeges has over 20 years of senior management level experience in higher education spanning four countries: Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, United States and South Korea.
Daeges holds Bachelor of Science and Master Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University, and recently bagged her doctorate degree in Transformational Studies from California Institute of Integrated Studies, United States. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Executive Director of a Vocational College in Saudi Arabia.

IVTEC Registrar designate, Femi Olabisi had his first and second degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. Until his appointment, he was the Registrar of the College of Education, Ilemona, Kwara State. Olabisi was a facilitator/Instructor with National Open University of Nigeria and was also the Secretary to the Implementation and Planning Committee (IPC) for the proposed University of Offa, Kwara State.

Also, Mr. Saadat Iqbal, who will serve as the College’s IT System Manager is a seasoned IT professional and has worked with different higher educational institutions in Pakistan, where he provided his expertise in IT services, along with experience of teaching core Computer Science courses.