BY MSUE AZA The Igbo and other traders have opened their shops for their normal daily businesses as Kaduna is peaceful without break down of law and order. Our correspondent who is monitoring the situation in Kaduna reports that the buying and selling is going on without hitches as security operatives were seen patrolling the major roads. Also, commercial banks and other offices were opened in Kaduna. Governor Nasir El-Rufai's spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, who is updating the security situation live, had on Thursday said the security agencies were staging shows of force and patrols as part of the effort to build confidence among citizens and deter mischief-makers. Aruwan, added that the police and the SSS are also engaged in outreach to: "our communities to update them and to provide reassurance. Our traditional institutions have also been alerted, and they are engaging people in their domains to keep the peace." Aruwan, also gave security help lines...
BY NAN Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia said on Thursday that soldiers would be withdrawn from from the streets of Umuahia, the state capital, and Aba, its commercial nerve centre, by Friday. Ikpeazu made this known at Government House, Umuahia, while reacting to the security situation in the state. He said that the situation in the past few days, which led to the deployment of soldiers ahead of `Operation Python Dance II’, a military exercise by the Nigerian army, had generated great concern to both the government and the people. “I will also be meeting the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss possible ways of relaxing `Operation Python Dance II’ in the state for now.” He added that the withdrawal would not affect pre-existing military checkpoints at various locations in the state and warned mischief makers to stay away from Abia as agitations and protests would not be...
The Inspector- General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday briefed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the outbreak of violence in some parts of Abia. After the briefing, Idris told State House Correspondents that the police was adopting a three-pronged approach to resolve the crisis. “The strategy we are using is to ensure that we deploy policemen throughout the country. “Secondly, we are in touch with the government. “We are trying to mobilise the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary in how to reduce the tension that is already taking place in the South East.’’ On allaegation by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers that the police is behind criminal activities in the state, the I-G said that Wike was expressing a personal opinion on the security situation in his state. He, however, said police did not have to deny the governor’s allegation that crimes were perpetrated in the state by its operatives...
BY MSUE AZA ...Says Kaduna Is Peaceful The Kaduna State Government has warned mischief makers to stop sharing false information on social media, saying Kaduna is peaceful. While assuring residents of their safety, government reiterated that it will not tolerate hate speech and incitement. In a statement issued by Governor Nasir El-Rufai's spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said government and the security agencies have taken appropriate action to protect life and property in the state. The statement said: "Members of the public should verify information before they share. Kaduna State is peaceful. No community or market is under attack, and robust efforts are being applied to maintain the peace." "The Kaduna State Government wishes to assure all residents of their safety. The state government and the security agencies have taken appropriate action to secure lives and property. Therefore, every citizen should go about their lawful duties, without let or hindrance. “The security situation is under constant review, including...
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Wednesday urged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to right  all  perceived wrongdoings  in Nigeria given its unique role in the application of fairness and equity in problem-solving. Ortom said this when he received the NBA’s delegation led by its  President, Mr Abubarkar Mahmud, at the Benue People’s House(Government House) in Makurdi. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mahmud was represented by his 2nd Vice–President,  Mr Monday Ubani. Ortom said, “NBA has the solutions to Nigeria’s problems, they are the same people who have been defending  all manner of people and sometimes making  some cases to drag on for as long as 10years. “The law profession represents fairness and equity, if they want the right things to be done they have the capacity to do it. “Therefore, the NBA should correct the wrongs in Nigeria; because those of us who want the right things to be done in the...
 By Chika Okeke, Abuja Barely one year after, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), has failed to monitor air quality on major cities across the country as demanded by environmentalists. Recall that at the 10th Annual stakeholders’ meeting organised by the agency which took place in Abuja last year, environmentalists through a communiqué challenged the agency to embark on the exercise so as to determine pollution load and enforce relevant laws and regulations relating to air pollution. According to the communiqué, “They should develop national guidelines and evolve strategies to implement the extant environmental laws and regulations relating to air quality while the federal government should provide adequate funds for equipments as well as vehicles for compliance monitoring and enforcement”. It was also discovered that the agency have failed to implement programmes on air quality including the National Vehicular Emission Control Programme (NVECP) and emissions from power generating sets. According to...
By Chinelo Chikelu, Abuja Harsher economic times in the nation has led to an increase in commercial sex activities in certain areas of the FCT. Commercial sex workers, alongside beggars and hawkers constitute a nuisance to the city, and are under the jurisdiction of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) control. However, the AEPB says it has being sued to court over human rights violation because the constitution is unclear on whether commercial sex workers are the breaking the law. AEPB Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Muktar Ibrahim, says although removal of prostitutes from the streets is the responsibility of the Social Development Secretariat (SDS), in it’s partnership with the latter, it rounds-up prostitutes, alongside beggars and hawkers, and delivers them to the SDS for rehabilitation. He says though prostitution constitute a nuisance to the city, AEPB exercises caution in its action against practitioners, as it has found itself unsupported in such matters...
By Chinelo Chikelu, Abuja Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), has appealed to religious houses, churches and mosques, in the FCT to desist from public disturbances, as they are against the law. The organ refers to the mounting of outdoor speakers by religious houses, of which it has received several complaints against from Abuja residents. Acting Head of Environmental Monitoring, Ms. Rebecca Mamven says the outdoor public address systems used in religious houses contribute to noise pollution, and is against the law. Recognizing the sensitivity of the issue, she added that AEPB took preliminary action by delegating its environmental monitoring staff to churches and mosques in the FCT, appealing to religious leaders to advice their members and out-stations to desist from such acts to avoid breaking the law. “Consequences of noise pollution leads to stress, resulting from inadequate sleep, to damaged hearing from long-time exposure to noise, including road-rage, an unconscious reaction to noise...
 BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia Hon Kassim Muhammad Kassim,member representing Akwanga South in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA), on Tuesday led thousands to protest against poor electricity supply in the state. LEADERSHIP reports that the protest which was organised by the Youths Wing of Mada Development Association (YWMDA), drew massive turn out from Akwanga, Nassarawa-Eggon and Wamba Local Government Areas (LGAs). Addressing the angry protesters, Kassim said his participation in the protest was in solidarity with his people against wanton exploitation by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC). According to him, the exploitation is just too much to bear, given the fact that AEDC gives light for three hours in a day in most areas,but posts bills of thousands at the end of the month. “They only give light whenever they want to sent bills, and as soon as bills are paid you would not see light again". “This situation cannot be allow to continue so...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan - Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has commissioned the 5.5 kilometers reconstructed and rehabilitated Mobil-Oluyole-Wema Bank, Apata road constructed with, saying his administration is committed to the enhancement of socio-economic development of the state. Ajimobi said that the project was embarked upon to ease the traffic burden experienced by the people of the area, thanking God that he saw the completion of another project in the state. He said, “We are not just building roads, we are building multiple road network systems which are important for the enhancement of the socio-economic development of the state. "We do not just dream, we ensure the actualization of the dream. We do not just plan but we execute our plan. What we are witnessing here today is the result of a careful plan which was executed in the course of our modernizing Oyo State. “We thank God for seeing the completion of...