Dino Melaye In Certificate Scandal

Senator Dino Melaye is definitely in troubled waters as the scandal of the credibility of his certificate  keeps us entertained.

Melaye, who represents Kogi West at the National Assembly, and he has made a name for himself for always appearing in the news over his somewhat controversial say in political matters in the country.

Emerging reports are out alleging that the self-styled anti-corruption crusader never graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria  as he claimed.

According to a news report released online showing Dino’s last semester result, it has been revealed that he failed 4 major courses, which should automatically have given him an extra year.

The report also claimed that examination officers from the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria have also come out to say the Kogi senator did not graduate from the institution as claimed

 

 

Benue: Gunmen Attack Leaves 31 Dead

The yam market in Zaki Ibiam town, Ukum Local Government of Benue state was attacked yesterday by unknown gunmen, leaving 31 residents dead.

Reports say that most of the people killed were traders and businessmen.

According to an eyewitness account, the attack started around 2p.m., adding that “the gunmen stormed the yam market on about 12 Bajaj motorcycles and four Toyota Corolla cars and started shooting at anyone in sight.”

Several cars and a fuel station were also razed as pandemonium engulfed the area.

The state commissioner of police, Bashir Makama, when contacted said that they were aware of the situation but still haven’t ascertained the number of causalities.

Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom, as the killings were going on, was giving a run down of the security situation in state and measures taken by his  government  to bring an end to  the invasion and attacks by herdsmen on innocent people of the state.

Makama also urged the youths to remain patient and not resort to violence, as they would not relent on their duties.

 

Ife Killings: Police Parades Masterminds

Today Monday 20th March,2016, the police paraded 38 suspects in relation to Ile-Ife ethnic attack in which at least 30 Hausa minorities living in Sabo Ile Ife area of Osun State were killed by a militant gang on March 7.

In a statement by the spokesman of the Nigeria police, Jomoh Moshood, said of the 38 suspects, 20 suspects were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people, maiming and destruction of property of the victims worth millions of naira.

His statement read;

 

PARADE OF SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UNFORTUNATE CLASHES, DISTURBANCE OF PUBLIC PEACE AND MAYHEM THAT OCCURRED IN ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE ON THE 8TH OF MARCH, 2017 WHICH RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF SO MANY INNOCENT LIVES AND PROPERTIES WORTH MILLIONS OF NAIRA DESTROYED
It will be recalled that consequent on the unfortunate clashes, disturbance of public peace and mayhem that occurred in Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 8th of March, 2017 which resulted in the loss of innocent lives, destruction of properties worth Millions of Naira, and the need to put an end to the crisis, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, deployed Police Special Intervention Force, comprising Five (5) Units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF specially trained Anti Riot Policemen), Five (5) Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD, Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife, led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The operations covered the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State, and was successfully executed leading to the arrest, detention and investigation of thirty eight (38) suspects out of which Twenty (20) suspects were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people, maiming and destruction of properties of the victims worth millions of naira, they will be prosecuted on suspects were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people, mai completion of investigation, while the remaining eighteen (18) suspects have been released unconditionally for lack of prima facie evidence against them yet ( Find attached list of the suspects to be prosecuted and those released unconditionally).
Brief facts: On Tuesday, 7th March 2017 at about 2010hrs, one Alh. Nasiru Abdul Magaji ‘m’ of no. 50, Sabo Street, Ile-Ife, Osun State reported at Moore Police Station that one Oba Ademola Ademiluyi ‘m, the Lawarikan of Apoje land, one ELUWOLE  Akeem ‘m’ (a.k.a Escort) and Kuburat wife of ELUWOLE  Akeem ‘Escort’ all of Ile-Ife, brought some hoodlums with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons to attack the Hausas resident at Sabo area of Ile Ife over a fight between one Abubakar Mohammed ‘m’ of Sabo and Kuburat the wife of ELUWOLE  Akeem ‘Escort’. The affray which arose from an altercation between the said Kuburat and Mohammed, was amicably settled on Monday, 6th March 2017.
Based on the report at the Moore Police Station, a case of conduct likely to cause breach of peace was made against the duo of Kuburat and Mohammed and on getting to the scene; the Police team met two groups comprising the Hausas and the Yorubas throwing stones at each other. The riotous groups were dispersed and calm was restored. The responding Police teams maintained presence at Sabo area of Ile Ife up till the next day. Unexpectedly, on Wednesday 8th March, 2017, the peace of the area was shattered with the eruption of crisis that led to the gruesome killings of forty-six (46) people. A total of ninety-six (96) other persons were taken to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) out of which eighty one (81) of them were treated and discharged, while Fifteen (15) of the victims are still on admission receiving treatment.
The Special Intervention Force deployed to quell the crisis did not engage in indiscriminate arrests as being reported in some media but worked on actionable intelligence and other information gathered during and after the crisis. And that is why eighteen (18) suspects found not to be involved in the crisis were released unconditionally.
Traditional rulers, religious leaders, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, parents and guardians are hereby called upon to prevail on their subjects, supporters, children and wards to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force still on ground in Ile Ife and other flash points in Osun State in the discharge of their responsibilities, and propagate peace, demonstrate love, and tolerance to promote harmonious coexistence with their brothers and fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political inclinations and differences.
The Inspector General of Police hereby assures the good people and communities of Ile-Ife and other parts of the state of adequate security and protection of their lives and properties and enjoins them to be law abiding and give a chance for peace to prevail.
CSP JIMOH O. MOSHOOD
Force Public Relations Officers
Force Headquarters
Abuja

200 Operators Commence Enumeration For Modular Refineries

About 200  operators of crude oil distillation camps referred in local parlance in the creeks as ‘kpo Fire’ camps at the weekend turned up for enumeration of local refineries.

They commenced enumeration of artisanal refineries and crude distillation camps ahead of Federal Government’s proposed liberalization of modular refineries. Speaking at the event, Mr. Pat Obiene, a Social Activist who convened the sensitization exercise noted that it was a follow up to federal government’s new policy directive to formalize the artisanal refineries.

The Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo had on February 14 during the ongoing tour of oil communities in the Niger Delta region announce the policy of deploying modular refineries to drive economic development of the region. Mr Pat said that, three groups, Masses Congress, Bayelsa Business Roundtable and Modular Refineries Business Association were collaborating on the data collection exercise to determine the total capacity of the local refineries.

“This is a follow up to pronouncement on the federal government’s desire to use modular refineries open up the Niger Delta and fast track development, so we thought it wise to kick start this initiative”.

“It is based on the idea that the society is built by the cumulative efforts of ordinary people, we want to provide reliable and accurate database that the government can rely for decision and planning purposes”.

“We have designed the forms to classify the artisans into Crude Point Owner, Loader, Cooker/ Refiner and Dumpsite Owner to capture data on number of workers, daily crude volume and daily turnover. “The data collected would be processed and analysed andused as a basis to determine to size and capacity of the proposed modular refineries suitable for each location,” Obiene said. Mr Olaitari Ikemike,President of Bayelsa Business Roundtable, an affiliate of African Business Roundtable explained that the initiative was aimed at networking and cross fertilization of ideas amongst stakeholders”.

“This is an effort to bring private sector people together and work for the realization of the modular refinery concept, we need to be a catalyst to bring local refinery operators together and ensure that our peculiarities are factored in. “The pronouncement of the federal government is laudable and we have to support it and make it actualized,” Ikemike said.

 

Also Mrs Faith Wilkingson, a local manufacturer of lubricants urged women involved in local refineries to embrace the emerging opportunity to add value to the crude oil endowments of the region. She noted that women were the backbone successful enterprises as they were naturally endowed entrepreneurs. Mr Roland Kiente, who operates a local refinery in Peremabiri Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government in Bayelsa appealed for further sensitization at the creeks to enable all operators to register.

“The policy to make artisanal refining legal is a dream come true for us and to guard against this laudable gesture being hijacked by political jobbers, there is need for further awareness in the creeks. “Igbomatoru, Peremabiri remain the epicenter of local refineries and some operators are apprehensive thinking that they will be arrested if they come out,”Kiente said. Also speaking, Mr Clever Oyabara, Chairman, Modular Refineries Business Association in Bayelsa noted that modular refineries would lay to rest the youth restiveness in the region.

 

“The policy will be a permanent solution to youth restiveness because a 10,000 barrels per day capacity refinery can create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs,”Oyabare said.

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Lagos States Rewards Teachers

56 teachers have been rewarded under the Lagos State Ministry of Education for their exemplary contributions to the education sector within the last one year. The reward has been an annual event since 2007 when the first set of most productive staffs and students at various levels and categories within the education family were honored with sumptuous gifts.

The star prize has always been a brand new car and goes to whoever that emerges as the best teacher in the secondary school category. And the winner of this year’s edition is Mr. Ajanaku Babatunde Fatai of Ojota Senior Secondary School, Ojota. He won a brand new Chery E5, 1.8litres Automatic transmission car, valued over N4 million.

Others who included his counterpart at the primary school category-Mr Olusegun Mufutau of Lasa Primary School, Ibeshe, Amuwo-, the best principal, vice-principal, best headmaster and assistant, best non-teaching staff, best student, among others went home with various gift items. These include refrigerators, generators, grinding and washing machines, desk top computers, laptops, and so forth.

Federal University Dutse Spends 7 billion To Renovate Facilities

The Federal University Dutse has said in a new report that it has spent about 7 billion to renovate the sports facilities to be used in the upcoming Nigerian Universities Games Association preliminaries 2107.

Illaysu Ussain, the sports director had the university made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

“About N7 million was spent to renovate facilities to be used during the exercise.

“The renovation is part of our preparations to successfully host the 2017 Zone ‘A’ NUGA preliminaries.

“So, all facilities to be used for the games have been put in to ensure, hitch-free, smooth and successful conduct of the competition,” the sports director assured.

Hussain lauded the efforts of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Fatima Muktar, for her support and cooperation in the ongoing preparations for the games.

NAN reports that 19 universities from the zone will compete for tickets to the NUGA Games at the preliminaries, billed to take place from April 2 to April 8.

A team of experts from Zone A of the NUGA Council had on March 14, inspected facilities at the university and other venues in preparation for the preliminaries.

The council also appointed 13 coordinators for the games to feature in the preliminaries which include: football, basketball, volleyball, handball, hockey, badminton, tennis and table tennis.

Others are; swimming, athletics, chess, Taekwando, cricket, scrabble, squash and judo.

LAUTECH Final Year Student Commits Suicide

A student of Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology , Ogbomosho, Oyo State was found dead in his room over the weekend.

It was gathered that the 500-level student of Urban and Regional Planning Department hanged himself in the school’s hostel on Saturday.

It was learnt that his roommates, who had been away for a night study, returned in the morning to find his corpse dangling from the ceiling.

The school management was said to have been alerted, which informed policemen from the Owode division, who removed the remains.

The corpse was said to have been deposited in a mortuary for autopsy.

A classmate of the victim, who asked not to be identified, said Adediran’s remains were found around 5.30am, PUNCH reports.

He said, “He has two roommates. The roommates went for a night study on Friday. When they returned to the room on Saturday, they discovered that he had hanged himself with a cable. Nobody has an idea why he killed himself.”

A close friend of the victim, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed surprise at Adediran’s death.

He said, “As his friend, what pained me most was that we still played together on Friday night. He never opened up to me. We asked him to go with us for the night study, but he said he preferred to stay behind. Around 5.30am when we returned, we found his corpse. He was almost done with his final year project and he never complained of anything. We are a clique and we eat together; it was all fun, until we found his corpse.”

He described the deceased as “funny and lively”, saying Adediran couldn’t have suffered from depression.

He said the police from the Owode division removed the corpse from the room.

Our correspondent learnt that the police took statements from the roommates, which were later withdrawn by the deceased’s parents, who insisted on not pursuing any case due to the nature of the death.

According to the PUNCH, the parents also objected to the idea of holding a candle-light procession in his honour, saying they wanted him to “rest in peace.”

This is just as tributes have continued pouring in from friends of the victim on Facebook.

A friend, who identified himself as Horlarholu Xarmoohel Cartel, said the late Adediran was a fan of the Chelsea Football Club.

He said, “Adesoji, can’t believe my eyes when I saw adieu in your name. I don’t know this is what you mean when you said, ‘I am not coming to class again,’ after we sat for a test last week. Haa! SOJ, the best Chelsea fan I ever knew; the best record keeper who doesn’t need Google before he tells you history of football. Already missing you bro, can’t get hold of myself since I heard about your death. I know God knows best.”

Another friend, Adepeju Babatudne, wrote, “Hmmm, I saw him and Tayo (bestie) beside my hostel cracking jokes with friends when we finished that test. I even accused him of not coming for the test, but he replied, ‘I came nah…’ I don’t even know what to write right now because I know what you passed through when we were in 200 level, but why now? Rest on dear.”

When contacted, an official of the school said the management was not aware of the incident.

He, however, promised to get back after contacting a director in the school. He had yet to do so as of press time.

The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajisebutu Adekunle, said, “The deceased committed suicide by hanging himself on the ceiling fan. He didn’t leave any suicide note. The case is under investigation. Meanwhile, the corpse has been deposited at LAUTECH morgue for autopsy.”

Ndume: Buhari can Re-Nominate Magu For Confirmation As EFCC Boss

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Chairman Senate Committee of the Independent Electoral  Commission(INEC) said that the President having cleared Magu based on a report by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami should go ahead to stand by his conviction that the Acting Chairman of EFCC committed no infraction contrary to the allegations leveled against him by the DSS.

The former Senate majority leader said President Buhari should never allow any form of compromise on his commitment to the fight against corruption in Nigeria, a reason he should stick to Magu as the Chairman of the EFCC.

He also faulted the voice vote employed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki which led to Magu’s rejection, contending that the Senate president in line with tradition should have differed voting on Magu to another legislative day after he had been screened.

Ndume lamented that the rejection of Magu by the Senate was premeditated, wondering why it had to write to the DSS to demand for an advisory on Magu just a day to his scheduled screening.

“As a Senate, our job is limited only to confirmation of nominees. We are not supposed to investigate anybody. We are not supposed to be a court. The tradition is that if there is a nominee before us, Senators from that state will take a position and that is the first hurdle.

He said this in an interview at a TV station yesterday 19th March 2017

Federal Government Approves New Package For Niger Delta

The Presidency has finally come out with a bumper package aimed at accelerating the return of peace to the troubled Niger Delta region and ensure steady production of oil, Nigeria’s biggest foreign exchange earner, and gas, the badly-needed feedstock for the nation’s power generating plants.

On the cards are the renewal, and re-award of existing oil pipeline protection contracts, possibly to militant leaders; overhaul of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, and the immediate take-off of the controversial National Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu, Delta State. It was gathered from presidency sources that the  Federal Government is considering the vexatious issue of pipeline protection contracts, which were handled by key militant leaders under the previous administration but abruptly terminated when the Buhari administration took over. However, it was learned that in a bid to ensure peace, the Presidency had already directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to look at the protection contracts for the pipelines to ensure that host communities are also incorporated, while ensuring a comprehensive review of existing ones.

A top Presidency official, who is familiar with the roadmap being fine-tuned by the Buhari administration to address the crisis in the Niger Delta, confirmed to Vanguard, last night, necessary directives have been given to the agencies of the administration saddled with the strategic tasks to revamp the Niger Delta and give the people a new lease of life. According to the official, an implantation planning meeting was held, last week, in the Presidency where several ministers and relevant MDAs started putting draft measures that will ensure the immediate take-off of the programmes aimed at transforming the region. On the Maritime University, under the comprehensive work plan for the development of the Niger Delta, the Federal Government has activated a process for the smooth take-off of the institution, with the Petroleum Trust Development Fund as the lead agency in the implementation of the plan, another presidency source disclosed.

“In this regard, the Federal Government is considering the release of a substantial take-off grant for the university while awaiting the conclusion of legislation on the establishment of the university by the National Assembly. “The Federal Government is also seeking international collaboration with universities across the world for commencement of academic programmes at the university.

“The Presidency has directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in conjunction with the Petroleum Trust Development Fund, PTDF and other stakeholders to come up with a proposal for an effective funding model for the university. “The Presidency has also directed the NDDC to liaise with the relevant agencies and organisations to facilitate the construction of an access road that will pass through Escravos to the university in Gbaramatu community.

On modular refineries, unlike in the past when the government attempted to chase away illegal refiners, the source said the administration was considering securing crude for them to refine under certain conditions.

The source said, “The modular refinery initiative of the administration will be private sector led and will entail independent indigenous oil producers working with oil-producing communities to formalize the process of converting illegal refineries in their domains into legal entities that would be run in collaboration with government. “Under the new arrangement, the Federal Government is considering a situation where operators of illegal refineries in the oil-producing communities will legally receive crude oil at reasonable rates for refining while modalities would be worked out for them to register such refineries as legal entities.

According to the presidency source,

“Under the new plan, operators of such illegal refineries could become shareholders with additional investments made in their businesses.” It was learned that the presidency has directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, as the anchor of the modular refinery initiative, to work in conjunction with the NDDC and state governments in the region to actualize the goal. The presidency, it was also gathered, has directed the NDDC to evolve a strategy that would organise all modular refinery operators in the region into co-operatives to enable them access better funding and related support from the relevant organizations.

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Bomb Attack: Mother, 2 Children, 4 Others Killed In Maiduguri

The Borno state police command has confirmed the death of 4 people and about 8 others injured in the blast that occurred yesterday at Maiduguri.

Mr Victor Isuku, the spokesman of the command said in a statement in Maiduguri that three bombers had attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri at about 9.00 p.m. on Saturday.

“At about 2100hrs of Saturday, three suicide bombers, a male and two female, attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri town through Umarari village in Molai general area.

“They were sighted and challenged by civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) member, a government-approved militia group,’’ Isuku stated.

He the bombers detonated the improvised explosive device strapped to their bodies while running in different directions and four persons died in the process.

Kanu Nnamdi: Judge Bars Journalist From Using Phones To Cover Case

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Monday, ordered that all journalists covering the case of the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu be barred from using their phones and cameras.

The order came on the heels of Kanu’s appearance before the court on Monday for hearing.

An operative of the Department of State Security (DSS), dressed in plain clothes, stood on the entrance of the courtroom alongside three heavily armed prisons officials.

The operative said the judge gave a fresh order that no journalist should be allowed into the court room with their phones.

“Madam (the judge) gave the order; she said no journalists should be allowed inside with their phones their cameras,” the DSS operative said.

It was, however, not clear if the DSS official was acting on his own or on the orders of Justice Nyako.

At the last hearing on the matter, Nyako had accused the security operatives of making a mole hill out of Nnamdi Kanu’s matter.

The judge said the “overzealous operatives are making this matter special.”

“There is absolutely nothing special about Nnamdi Kanu, there is absolutely nothing special about this case,” Justice Nyako had said angrily.

Kanu and three others are facing charges for treasonable felony among others.

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