Nigerian News from Leadership News http://www.leadership.ng Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:07:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Economic Planning Board For Local Govts Underwayhttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552395/economic-planning-board-for-local-govts-underway http://www.leadership.ng/news/552395/economic-planning-board-for-local-govts-underway#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:07:58 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552395 Participants at a two-day workshop on the need for a by-law for the creation of Economic Planning Board (EPB) for local government areas in the country and area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have expressed their commitments to fulfilling the constitutional requirements of putting a functional board in place.

In a 10-point communiqué issued yesterday at the end of the workshop in Abuja organised by the Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration in collaboration with some development partners, the participants, drawn from across the 36 states of the federation, said that the establishment of the local government economic planning board was long overdue.

They noted that the board if created in each local government or area council will serve as a revenue centre and as well as for development at the grassroot level.

“This is a provision made in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). This for so long has eluded the major stakeholders in the past,” it said.

It added that the workshop covered a wide spectrum of areas concerning the workings of the Executive, legislature and other stakeholders at the grassroot level meant to achieve the goal of establishing a by-law for the proposed Local Government Economic Planning Board.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration, Senator Abdullahi Gumel, enjoined participants to make good use of the talkshow so as to arrive at landmark and far reaching decisions.

For his part, the managing director of the Infrastructure Bank in his keynote address advised participants to make good use of the numerous financial support services and other opportunities being offered by the bank.

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Army Set To Launch “Operation Rescue Final”- Buratai http://www.leadership.ng/news/552393/army-set-to-launch-operation-rescue-final-buratai-2 http://www.leadership.ng/news/552393/army-set-to-launch-operation-rescue-final-buratai-2#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:31:53 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552393 burataipicsThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has said the Army is set to launch a new operation code named “OPERATION RESCUE FINAL” with the aim to rescue every Boko haram abductee and all other kidnapped victims. Buratai stated this yesterday at the Army Headquarters Abuja when he played host to members of House...]]> burataipics

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has said the Army is set to launch a new operation code named “OPERATION RESCUE FINAL” with the aim to rescue every Boko haram abductee and all other kidnapped victims.

Buratai stated this yesterday at the Army Headquarters Abuja when he played host to members of House Committee on Army.

Buratai said once the operations begins, the army won’t relent until every Nigerian in any form of captivity is rescued.

He further said every petition or complain of human rights violation by personnel directed to the army are often responded to promptly and immediate actions taken. He maintained that every perceived infringement of rights perceived whenever the army interface with civilians are not deliberate.

He thanked the committee for increased budget allocation to the army in 2016 and solicited for more support to enable it address the challenges of infrastructural decay and negligence of barracks adding that it will also enable the force carry out its statutory functions.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman, House Committee on Army, Hon Rimande Shawulu applauded the army for doing so much with very little resources.

He said despite huge challenges, men and women under arms are still have the motivation to fight.

He urged the army to give quicker response to issues of friction between the force and civil populace referred to them from the committee.

 

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Edo poll: Six Arrested  For Violating Movement Restrictionhttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552390/edo-poll-six-arrested-for-violating-movement-restriction http://www.leadership.ng/news/552390/edo-poll-six-arrested-for-violating-movement-restriction#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:11:57 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552390 Inec-official-display-empty-ballot-box-after-countingA combined security team set up to monitor the Edo governorship election has arrested six persons for disobeying restriction of movement order. Mr Amadin Osayande, Edo Comptroller of Prisons and member of the team, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the suspects were arrested at Welfare junction, Upper Sakponba road, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government...]]> Inec-official-display-empty-ballot-box-after-counting

A combined security team set up to monitor the Edo governorship election has arrested six persons for disobeying restriction of movement order.

Mr Amadin Osayande, Edo Comptroller of Prisons and member of the team, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the suspects were arrested at Welfare junction, Upper Sakponba road, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, on Wednesday.

Osayande said that four men and two women were arrested inside a commercial bus during  the election.

He also said that the suspects said they were aware of the restriction of movement order, yet they went about their normal businesses.

Osayande added that there was restriction of movement and yet they were driving around the city.

“Actually, we all know that there is always restriction of movement during election, yet the suspects were parading the city.

“Apart from the restriction order, the suspects looked suspicious and needed to be investigated,” he said.

Other members of the combined security team are; the state Commissioner of Police, Commander, 4 brigade of the Nigerian Army, state Comptroller of Prisons, representatives of the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Immigration Service and the  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). (NAN)

 

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‎FG Fails To Commence Saraki’s Trialhttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552391/%e2%80%8efg-fails-to-commence-sarakis-trial http://www.leadership.ng/news/552391/%e2%80%8efg-fails-to-commence-sarakis-trial#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:06:02 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552391 court_logo_71The federal government yesterday failed to commence the trial of Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and two others in the forgery charge brought against them. A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory was informed that the  Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, SAN, had...]]> court_logo_71

The federal government yesterday failed to commence the trial of Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and two others in the forgery charge brought against them.

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory was informed that the  Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, SAN, had not released the case file to the newly appointed prosecuting team of Alhaji Aliyu Umar, SAN.

 Umar who is now counsel to the federal government, told Justice Yusuf Halilu that he was not ready to proceed with the trial because the detail case file in the office of the AGF containing motions by Saraki and others asking the court not to entertain the case has not been released to him.

 Umar informed the court that because the office of the AGF has not handed over the case file to him yet, he would rather apply for an adjournment to enable him put his house in order instead of starting the trial.

 He also said that the adjournment would enable him prepare his reactions to series of motions filed by the four defendants in their opposition to the filing of the charge them.

 The action of the AGF on the stalling of the trial however sparked off chains of reactions from counsel to Saraki, Mr. Paul Erokoro SAN and other defendants who accused the federal government of deliberately planning to frustrate the matter.

 Erokoro SAN, vehemently objected to the request for adjournment, insisting that the matter was slated since June by the Abuja high court for trial.

He added that if the AGF did not deem it fit to handover the case file to the lawyer he freely appointed, then, the charge should be terminated and the defendants be allowed to go their homes.

 Erokoro further informed the court that Saraki had filed a motion since June 22 before the court and served same on the AGF, questioning the legality of the charge on the ground that it constituted an abuse of court process because similar matter involving the AGF, was pending before a Federal high court in Abuja.

 In the same vein, ‎counsel to Ike Ekweremadu, Joseph Daudu SAN also faulted the Government’s request for an adjournment, claiming that since June when the charge was filed and slated for hearing, the AGF ought to have done the needful so as not to scuttle the trial.

 Daudu told the court that Ekweremadu had also filed a motion since June, questioning the filing of the charge by the AGF, adding that the charge was brought in bad faith and not competent to stand in the face of the law because it constitutes a gross abuse of court process.

 Chief Ikechukwu Ezechukwu SAN, counsel to the former clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa and Mahmud Magaji SAN, counsel to the Deputy Clerk, Benedict Eferuti, also raised objection against the decision of the prosecution not to commence the trial.

 Justice Yusuf Halilu, expressed reservations on the request for adjournment and the inability of the AGF to respond to the motions filed in the 90 days by three of the four defendants challenging the AGF on the propriety of the charge.

 “But in the interest of justice and the circumstances of this case and the plight of the defence team, I oblige to adjourn this matter till Friday, October 7 as agreed to by the four defendants.”

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Economy: ‎Arewa Group Want Buhari To Justify Nigerians Confidence, Issues Ultimatum To ACF, NEFhttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552389/economy-%e2%80%8earewa-group-want-buhari-to-justify-nigerians-confidence-issues-ultimatum-to-acf-nef http://www.leadership.ng/news/552389/economy-%e2%80%8earewa-group-want-buhari-to-justify-nigerians-confidence-issues-ultimatum-to-acf-nef#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552389 Arewa House KadunaThe Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC) has expressed concern ‎over the myriads of challenges confronting Nigeria as a nation. Meanwhile, the group has issued a 10 days ultimatum to th Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to rise up to the challenge and proffer solutions to the economic challenges. A statement...]]> Arewa House Kaduna

The Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC) has expressed concern ‎over the myriads of challenges confronting Nigeria as a nation.

Meanwhile, the group has issued a 10 days ultimatum to th Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to rise up to the challenge and proffer solutions to the economic challenges.

A statement issued by Chairman ACAC, Sani Mahmud Darma and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, ‎noted that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari emerged in the mist of multifarious challenges.

“These challenges are multi-national and multi-dimensional. The government has enormous responsibility to tackle these challenges, at least, to justify the support of the public especially the lower segment of the population” he stressed, adding, that the expectations of Nigerians and indeed the global world remain high on the government.

Meanwhile, the group said,  “we commend the Buhari’s administration for its determination in curbing the Boko Haram menace and its relentless efforts to overhaul security challenges confronting the Country as a whole. It is worthy to specially commend the Nigerian Army under General Tukur Yusuf Burutai for exhibiting professionalism and abiding by the Rules of Engagement in that regard.

“The change mantra is perceived by many to mean another form of a ploy envisaged at creating poverty and economic hardship on the people. The situation of the economy is extremely alarming and unbearable.

” The inability of the government to address the economic woes bedevilling the Country is a thing of great concern. The enthusiasm of the people on the government is geometrically declining.

“This deteriorating predicament of our economy and the body polity raises serious doubt on the credibility of all those that matters in the North. The Northern elders and elites are silence on this devastating situation of the economy.

“We the Northern youths are perceived to be jingoistically passive. While the leadership of the Country is in comatose. Could the silence of the North in this critical moment deliberate to put President Buhari to leadership test or it is because the President is our own?

“We acknowledged and inspired by the courage, boldness and patriotism of HRH Muhammadu Sunusi II,  the Emir of Kano; Prof. Ango Abdullahi, Wantaragh Paul Unongo  and Alh Attahiru Bafarawa, for their uprightness in telling the President the truth regardless of any sentiment or inclination.

“These voices are not enough. We are calling on all other northerners individually or in group to emulate the resilience of these few patriots in unraveling the truth to the President and the present leadership at all levels.

“To epitomize the culture of the North and show our displease on the manner President Buhari is handling this Country, we give 10 days Ultimatum to the Northern Elders Forum and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to raise to the occasion to deliberate on how to salvage the Country from the present political and economic challenges facing by Nigerians.

 “The activities of the Niger Delta Avengers is causing more damage to our Country than good. We believe in the rule of law. The government have to do everything lawful to curtail the nonsense. The government have to apply the hot and cold approach in addressing the activities of these groups.

“The activities of the Avengers has being drastically affecting the fortunes of our economy and the cooperate existence of Nigeria as a nation. As we pray for the success of President Buhari’s administration, we would no longer fold our arms while things continue to unfold in abnormal shape.”

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NIMASA To Grant More Autonomy To Zonal Offices, Says Petersidehttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552372/nimasa-to-grant-more-autonomy-to-zonal-offices-says-peterside http://www.leadership.ng/news/552372/nimasa-to-grant-more-autonomy-to-zonal-offices-says-peterside#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:58:17 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552372 petersideThe Director- General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has expressed the agency’s determination to strengthen its Zonal operations to become the centre of its activities. Peterside made the disclosure at a meeting with staff and stakeholders in Warri in Delta, as part of his ongoing visit to the Central Zone...]]> peterside

The Director- General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has expressed the agency’s determination to strengthen its Zonal operations to become the centre of its activities.

Peterside made the disclosure at a meeting with staff and stakeholders in Warri in Delta, as part of his ongoing visit to the Central Zone and familiarisation tour of the agency’s offices and facilities.

He said that the agency planned to devolve more powers to the Zonal offices, grant them more autonomy and authority to handle its statutory mandate without recourse to the head office.

The director-general assured stakeholders that the agency had concluded plans to automate its processes to enhance efficiency in the discharge of its duties.

He said the staff “are the most valuable resource of the agency and assured them of management’s commitment to the enhancement of their welfare to engender greater productivity at all times’’.

Peterside said that the management would do all necessary to provide the right working tools for staff.

He urged the staff to redouble their efforts toward making the agency a performance-driven organisation that all Nigerians would be proud of.

Responding to questions from stakeholders, the director-general said that peace “is the panacea for the development of the Niger Delta region’’.

He decried incessant militancy and youth restiveness in the region.

The director-general urged opinion leaders and elders to call the restive youths to order to engender the development of the Niger Delta Region.

“We have a problem. The level of insecurity in the Niger Delta cannot be an incentive to economic growth.

“So when you say everything moves to Lagos, they are reacting to the forces of demand and supply, economic factors,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Peterside as saying.

He said that the level of insecurity in the region had rather scared away genuine investors who thought that the region was not safe to do business.

The director-general said that there were better ways the agitators could go about their demands without degrading the environment by bursting pipelines, which took away the livelihood of a lot of people in coastal communities.

NAN reports that Peterside visited the Cabotage Enforcement Office in Sapele; the Floating Dock berthed at the Naval Base in Sapele; and the Search and Rescue Base Clinic.

NAN also reports that the director-general visited the Maritime Safety office; Maritime Labour office; and the Central Zonal Office all in Warri. (NAN)

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House Of Representatives Suspends Jibrinhttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552383/house-of-representatives-bars-jibrin-from-positions-of-authority http://www.leadership.ng/news/552383/house-of-representatives-bars-jibrin-from-positions-of-authority#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:48:41 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552383 JibrinThe House of Representatives has on Wednesday suspended the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin for 180 sitting days. The House also bared Jibrin from position of authority till the end of the 8th Assembly. Jibrin was suspended for breaching the practices and precedents of the House. It was also gathered that...]]> Jibrin

The House of Representatives has on Wednesday suspended the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin for 180 sitting days. The House also bared Jibrin from position of authority till the end of the 8th Assembly.

Jibrin was suspended for breaching the practices and precedents of the House.

It was also gathered that the House demanded a formal apology from Jibrin before resumptions of duties.

Details later……..

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Army Set To Launch “Operation Rescue Final”- Burataihttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552385/army-set-to-launch-operation-rescue-final-buratai http://www.leadership.ng/news/552385/army-set-to-launch-operation-rescue-final-buratai#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:46:00 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552385 Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur BurataiThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has said the army is set to launch a new operation code named “OPERATION RESCUE FINAL” with the aim to rescue every Boko Haram abductee and all other kidnapped victims. Buratai stated this at the Army Headquarters Abuja when he played host to members of House Committee...]]> Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has said the army is set to launch a new operation code named “OPERATION RESCUE FINAL” with the aim to rescue every Boko Haram abductee and all other kidnapped victims.

Buratai stated this at the Army Headquarters Abuja when he played host to members of House Committee on Army.

Buratai said once the operations begins, the army won’t relent until every Nigerian in any form of captivity is rescued.

He further said every petition or complain of human rights violation by personnel directed to the army are often responded to promptly and immediate actions taken. He maintained that every perceived infringement of rights perceived whenever the army interface with civilians are not deliberate.

He thanked the committee for increased budget allocation to the army in 2016 and solicited for more support to enable it address the challenges of infrastructural decay and negligence of barracks adding that it will also enable the force carry out its statutory functions.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman, House Committee on Army, Hon Rimande Shawulu applauded the army for doing so much with very little resources.

He said despite huge challenges, men and women under arms are still have the motivation to fight.

He urged the army to give quicker response to issues of friction between the force and civil populace referred to them from the committee.

 

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Jaiz Bank Reward Family Of Slain Police Officer With N1mhttp://www.leadership.ng/news/552368/jaiz-bank-reward-family-of-slain-police-officer-with-n1m http://www.leadership.ng/news/552368/jaiz-bank-reward-family-of-slain-police-officer-with-n1m#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:40:03 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552368 Jaiz Bank Reward Family Of Slain Police Officer With N1mJaiz Charity and Development Foundation, a charity arm of the Jaiz Bank has rewarded the family of a slain Police Officer, Assistant superintendent of Police (ASP) Samuel Akintola with one million naira. Mr Akintola was killed on 24 June, 2016, during an encounter with armed robbers who were vandalising Jaiz bank’s outpost Automated Teller Machine...]]> Jaiz Bank Reward Family Of Slain Police Officer With N1m

Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation, a charity arm of the Jaiz Bank has rewarded the family of a slain Police Officer, Assistant superintendent of Police (ASP) Samuel Akintola with one million naira.

Mr Akintola was killed on 24 June, 2016, during an encounter with armed robbers who were vandalising Jaiz bank’s outpost Automated Teller Machine (ATM) located close to NEXT supermarket, Jahi District area of Abuja.

Speaking at the cheque presentation ceremony, the pioneer Director-General of Jaiz Bank, Ambassador Babangida Ibrahim said, Mr Akintola was a dedicated Officer, who died on active duty.

He said, the bank’s gesture was a way of cushioning the effect of the sudden loss of their bread winner of the Akintola family. He stressed further that, the bank would liaise with the family to ensure that the fund is judiciously utilized.

While receiving the cheque on behalf of the family, the widow of Mr Akintola, Mrs Grace Akintola, thank the management of the bank and its Foundation for the assistance rendered to the family of the decease officer.

The son of the late Akintola, Kunle Akintola praised the bank for reaching out to the family in their time of distress, stressing that this kind of gesture has demonstrated that Jaiz bank was a rear brand in the corporate world.

Also speaking, Habibat Aminu of the bank’s retail Banking Team, who represented the DGM corporate services, Ismaila Adamu, said, the bank will not compromise on its social responsibility to its operating environment.

The robbery operation had attracted the people in the neighbourhood, who promptly put a distress call across to the police. Mr Akintola who had few months to retirement from service, led the Police team that confronted the robbers.

Unfortunately, Mr Akintola sustained various degree of injury which led to his death.

 

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N12m Jeep Tussle: Pastor Petitions Magu Over Alleged Extortions By EFCC Officials   http://www.leadership.ng/news/552384/n12m-jeep-tussle-pastor-petitions-magu-over-alleged-extortions-by-efcc-officials http://www.leadership.ng/news/552384/n12m-jeep-tussle-pastor-petitions-magu-over-alleged-extortions-by-efcc-officials#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:14:19 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=552384 MAGUThe chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has ordered immediate investigation into the alleged extortion petitions against some officials of the commission by a Pastor. Details shortly…………]]> MAGU

The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has ordered immediate investigation into the alleged extortion petitions against some officials of the commission by a Pastor.

Details shortly…………

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