Rivers Rerun: PDP warns Police, INEC to remain neutral, unbiased

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By ABUBAKAR IBRAHIM, Abuja

Ahead of the rerun elections for the Rivers State Etche Omuma State and Federal Constituency Elections on Saturday, February 25, 2017, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has handed out a warning to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police Force against subverting the will of the electorates.

The warning was contained in a statement signed by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, where it warned that any act done by government agencies to favour the All Progressives Congress would not be tolerated.

“We are hereby warning the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), other security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against repeating acts of recklessness and undue involvement in favour of the APC as seen in the last Rerun Elections in Rivers State.

“The public and in particular, the people of Rivers State have not forgotten the intimidation, killings and militarization of Rivers State by the APC led Federal Government in the recent elections. We will not accept any further use of security agencies to intimidate and harass the electorates to pave way for the Ruling Party to rig elections for its candidates,” it said.

PDP said that they were optimistic that the people of Rivers State especially, the electorates in the Constituencies where elections will be held are going to vote their candidates at the Polls not because they belong to the PDP but because they are better candidates than that of other political parties in the Contest and more so that the State is predominantly PDP.

“Finally, we call on electorates in Etche/Omuma to come out en-mass to vote for our candidates in the Forthcoming Elections of Saturday 25 February, 2017; and we urge you to be of best conduct during the Elections for the success of our candidates,” it added.

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Nigerian Army to train 10,000 Civil Defence operatives on ranch security

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By Akon Eddy, Kaduna

The Nigerian Army (NA) is to train 10,000 operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on ranch security.  Continue reading Nigerian Army to train 10,000 Civil Defence operatives on ranch security

N630m rent scam: EFCC has invited Dino Melaye, CATBAN discloses

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A civil society organisation, Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) has said that it has received with optimism, the recent news of an imminent grill of Senator Dino Malaye, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged theft of over N630million at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) by four  principal officers of National Assembly.

The principal officers in the said scam included Senator Bukola Saraki (Senate President), Hon. Yakubu Dogara (Speaker), Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu (Dep. Senate President) and Hon. Yusuf Lasun ( Dep Speaker).

A statement signed on Thursday in Abuja by the co-convener of CATBAN Ibrahim Garba Wala said the four principal officers “conspired to steal the said sum through false pretense under the guise of accommodation.

“Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) had in a detailed petition to the Inspector General of Police, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and others graft agencies on the 3rd February 2017, demanded the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the aforementioned culprits and their accomplices, failure to which CATBAN would have no other option than to assist them in effecting the arrest accordingly.

“Bearing in mind that CATBAN was effectively preparing for the next line of action on the issue being that the deadline extended to the security agencies had expired, we find the news of Senator Dino Malaye’s grill as a welcome development and we commend the EFCC for swiftly responding to our call, as we await the outcome of the interrogation and subsequent prosecution of the culprits.

“For the records, incriminating documents made available to the media revealed how Senator Dino Malaye fraudulently used his office as Chairman, Senate committee on FCT to initiate and execute the deal on behalf of the four (4) principal officers.
CATBAN reliably gathered that Senator Melaye single handedly brought in the contractor, LegendArk Consultants, and after payments was made to them, demanded that N50 million be paid by them into an account in UBA with the following details:

“Account Name: Infinimart and Pharmacy Ltd,
Account No: 1019130221,

“He claimed his reasons for the demand was that FCDA over paid the contractor by N50million.
It is thus laughable that despite all this dubious & fraudulent scheming orchestrated by him, he had the guts to tell the Nigerian public openly that the entire deal never existed, saying it was made in Taiwan.

“CATBAN is also impressing on EFCC to invite the aforementioned company, which was said to have been awarded the contract of furnishing the fictitious houses of Senate President and Deputy Senate President, as confided by Senator Dino Malaye to LegendArk Consultants.
Company Name: Pitch Global Services Ltd
RC No: 722079
Address: No 2, Chingola street, Wuse Zone 6, Abuja
We believe the actions of the EFCC will help a long way in exposing how public funds are being siphoned by criminal elements in government.

“Let it be known that all those involved in this criminality shall not go scot free. We shall ensure they are adequately prosecuted and made to face the consequences of their actions, to the full extent of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 War on corruption: Cleric calls on Nigerians to support Buhari 

By  Akon Eddy, Kaduna

 

Nigerians have been called upon to support President Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption in order to ensure that the nation is returned back to its land of prosperity and bountifulness.  Continue reading  War on corruption: Cleric calls on Nigerians to support Buhari 

Kaduna Electric bemoans energy theft…instals 11,000 meters in two months

The Management of Kaduna Electric has lamented the increasing cases of energy theft in it franchise area and destruction of the smart meters currently being installed by the Company and resolved to prosecute anybody caught perpetrating the illegal act.

The Head, Energy metering and new connection of the Company, Engr. Aliyu Abbas Abdullahi made this known during a press briefing in Kaduna on Thursday.

He revealed that investigations carried-out by the Company showed that “some unscrupulous elements are compromising the integrity of the meters by damaging the board and circuitry of the meters”.

He disclosed that the energy theft are done both externally by bye-passing the new meters and internally by compromising or damaging the relays, vowing to leave no stone unturned in fighting those behind it.

According to him, the company will fish out anybody perpetrating or aiding the perpetration of the unwholesome act of energy theft either through meter bye-pass or through illegal connections and reconnections.

He further debunked and described as “ridiculous”, the claim that the smart meters being deployed by the Company have viruses and urged their customers to disregard the peddlers of such “false and unfounded information”.

Engr. Abdullahi disclosed that the Company has installed over 11,000 smart pre-paid energy meters in Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto States since the inception of the mass meters deployment programme two months ago, assuring that plans are on top gear to commence the exercise in Zamfara State, the last in the franchise area of the Company.


Kaduna Assembly confirms 4 commissioners, 2 LGA chairmen

*Hafsat Baba vows to make a difference

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The Kaduna  State  House of Assembly  on Wednesday  confirmed the appointment  of four commissioners and two local government  chairmen.  Continue reading Kaduna Assembly confirms 4 commissioners, 2 LGA chairmen

Kidnappers seize German citizens in Kaduna

A German archaeologist, Professor Peter Breunij and his associate, Johannes Buringer, have been abducted by yet to be identified gun men at Jenjela village in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.

News of the kidnap broke on Wednesday when the professor, who is the leader of a four man team from the University of Frankfurt, Germany working in Nigeria in collaboration ‎with the National Commission for Museum and Monuments and other institutions on the relics of Nok culture in Nigeria.

The two ladies who are members of the team were however not taken by the abductors.

An eye witness who was part of the team working in collaboration with Germans said the incident happened when they had resumed for work at the site, Jenjela village and had started working when five gun men appeared from the bush and ordered them to lie down.

According to the eye witness, the gunmen came one by one, the first two with machetes then the others with heavy guns, and ordered us to face down and shot into the air in order to scare people‎ around.

It was at that point that they asked the professor and his associate to follow them and they led them to the other side of the road, made them to cross the road to the other side from where we were and began to lead them further into the bush.

When they realised that of the workers including a hunter were following them, they turned and opened fire killed them.

‎The eye witness said the matter has been reported to the police at Kagarko.

Effort to speak to the Kaduna command police public relations officer, ASP Usman Aliyu Katsina proves abortive as he is not picking his call.

Ambassador seeks introduction of peace education in schools’ curriculum

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By Akon Eddy, Kaduna

A  Peace Ambassador, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani has stressed the need for introduction of Peace Education into the nation’s school curriculum.  Continue reading Ambassador seeks introduction of peace education in schools’ curriculum

Fayose commends Buhari over Justice Onnoghen’s nomination as substantive CJN

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*wants Justice Abang investigated

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ayodele Fayose has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for heeding to public outcry on the appointment of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), saying; “Even though the President acted late, it is still commendable that he listened to Nigerians by not allowing the judicial institution, which is the last hope of the common man to be further bastardized.” Continue reading Fayose commends Buhari over Justice Onnoghen’s nomination as substantive CJN

‘Why APC Gombe Caretaker Committee was reconstituted’

 

*I have no plans to impose Governor in 2019 – Sen. Goje

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated reasons why the Gombe State Caretaker Working Committee was reconstituted. Continue reading ‘Why APC Gombe Caretaker Committee was reconstituted’

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