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...
By SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has pardoned 500 prisons inmates besides the other 3000 he pardoned since he assumed office. This was part of his administration resolve towards alleviating the suffering of not only the free citizens but also  people in prisons across the state. The pardon was said to be in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir. Those who got the official reprieve were 250 prisoners from Kurmawa Central Prison, 150 from Goron Dutse and 100 from satellite prisons across the state. Seven condemned prisoners had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment while the rest were released because the state government paid their respective fines and compensations even as some were freed on grounds of age and illness. Speaking during a visit to Kurmawa Prison, Governor Ganduje explained that “the gesture was also in line with the Federal government’s directive on judicious decongestion of prisons across the country”. “The federal government...
By AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, Abuja - Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has urged the federal government to help Benue State out of the present flood disaster that ravaged parts of the state. Thousands of citizens have been rendered homeless as hundreds of houses and other  property were submerged by the  flood largely influenced by the torrential rainfall. Senator Mark in a press release yesterday sympathised with the government and people of Benue State  describing the disaster as monumental. He, therefore, urged the National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA) to  intervene by bringing relief materials  for the thousands of citizens  already displaced by the flood. Senator Mark also enjoined  organisations and good  spirited individuals to render  assistance to the flood ravaged communities  in the  state. The former Senate helmsman however counseled citizens to adhere strictly to town planning rules and regulations  for buildings as part of measures to prevent reoccurrence of such disaster. Benue...