By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City The traditional ruler of Igarra in Edo State, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki, the Otaru of Igarra, has called for unity among the families and people of Igarra as the community gears up activities to celebrate the 288 years old Aba festival. The monarch was reacting to a publication on alleged headship of clans in the community which he said was a ploy to distort history. He said the Otaru of Igarra is the paramount ruler of Igarra/Akuku clan and not head of Ezi-Ezu only as reported in the said publication. In a statement by the Palace Secretary, Elder Folorunsho Dania and made available to journalists, he said the issue of chieftaincy mentioned in the said write up have since been settled through various court judgements and Commissions of Enquiry dating several years ago and recent court rulings. The statement said the interview granted by the Otaru of Igarra...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan After 15 years of neglect, Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi will on Friday, flag off the construction of Ibadan Circular Road to enhance the socio-economic development of the ancient city. The governor's Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka in statement said the project which was conceived by the administration of former Governor Lam Adesina, had suffered neglect and abandonment by successive administrations in the state. ``In the pursuit of his administration’s agenda to transform Oyo into a modern state of his dream, Governor Abiola Ajimobi identified the socio-economic benefits of the circular road project to the state and has diligently pursued its manifestation. ``In realization of this vision, the state government signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of the road through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with ENL Consortium Limited. ``The circular road, when completed, is expected to ease intra and inter-city traffic congestion,...
BY ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI, Kano A  newly married bride carrying seven months pregnancy last Sunday night at their 54 Middle road, Sabon Gari  residence  set herself and her husband ablaze causing their death. The catastrophe  occurred around 11 30 pm, after the man received a phone call prompting the wife accusing her husband of infidelity, out of rage the pregnant woman laid her hand on a gallon of petrol, which she sprinkle round their two bedroom apartment and ignite match that resulted in an inferno. The inferno engulf their apartment situated on the last floor of a three storey building, the husband in attempt to escape plunged into the adjoining two bedroom flat, before escaping out of the compound. The flats situated on the third floor of the building were razed to ashes. According to eyewitness account, the pregnant woman died on the scene, while the husband was evacuated to a near by private clinic,...
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa declared on Tuesday in Lafia that the government would not compensate the management of Breeze 99.9 FM over the demolition of the private radio station. “The matter is already concluded; compensation will not be paid over government’s action,” the governor said, while distributing relief materials to 50 communities hit by various crises. He said that government had directed the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) to fine the radio station for violating approved land laws. The NUDB, on May 12, 2017 demolished the station, citing violation of approved laws. According to information commissioner, Abdulhamid Kwarra, the action became necessary to protect people living in the neighbourhood against radioactive materials from the station’s mast. The station has threatened to go to court to challenge the action which it said was a reaction to its insistence on reporting the ongoing workers strike. But Al-Makura, who reacted to the threat, said that the station...
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, says there will be no sacred cow in the proposed nationwide psychiatric test on traffic lawbreakers. The exercise, scheduled to begin nationwide on July 1, will focus on life-threatening violations such as use of phone while driving, route violation, traffic light violation, dangerous driving and overloading. Oyeyemi gave the assurance on the sidelines of a strategic session with Zonal Commanding Officers of the FRSC at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday. He told newsmen that no offender, including official convoy drivers, would be spared, adding that the Corps would adopt a scientific approach in enforcement the policy. He said, “I won’t pursue them on the highway. I’ll take their numbers and write to the head of that agency to direct that convoy driver to report. “There are processes; I don’t need to pursue offenders because the database is there. “Any ministry,...
By Tope Fayehun Labour unions in Ondo State have rejected the offer made by Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on payment of outstanding pensions and salaries in the state. The unions under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) said, they would not accept fractional payment of their salaries arrears and pensions. The workers who are still being owed salaries from September 2016 to January 2017, have been expectant since the announcement of the receipt of the state’s  N7.6 billion share of the Paris club refund. But the state government had in a recent meeting with the labour unions said, the 75 percent of the Paris Club refund, which is N5.7billion, would not be enough to offset all the outstanding salary and pensions for September 2016, thereby suggesting a grade level payment. The workers, in a statement signed by Chairman of NLC in the state,...
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has carried out a test-run on an upgraded baggage scanner machine that could detect explosives, narcotics and other prohibited items at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma while speaking at the event on Wednesday, said it was aimed at boosting safety and security at the airport. Dunoma said that the interest of FAAN was to make sure the airports are safe and secure, protect lives and provide machines of immense benefits to airlines and all stakeholders. “This scanner is intended to complement the Executive Order recently issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and also assist the operations of other agencies at the airport, making them more efficient. “Our intent is to deploy these scanners to our international airports but this depends on the outcome of its performance in Lagos,” he said. Dunoma said that FAAN was committed...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI Acting director, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Dr. Isa Ibrahim Jalo has reiterated that it is only the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello that has the constitutional rights, on behalf the president to issue land titles in Abuja. Speaking during a joint news briefing in his office at the weekend, Jalo stated that there is nothing like area council’s land, customary land or rural in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adding that the entire territory belongs to the federal government. “In the FCT, there is nothing like AMAC land or area council land, no customary title and no rural land. What we keep in AGIS are statutory titles of land allocated by the FCT minister on behalf of the president. This is because the entire FCT land belongs to the federal government,” he said. He noted that although in the past lands were wrongly issued by the area councils,...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI   It is no longer news that there is a fresh outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in the federal capital territory (FCT), including seven other states in the country.   Gideon Mshelbwala, director of veterinary and pest control services, federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, who raised the alarm on Friday at a meeting with state commissioners of agriculture in Abuja, listed the states affected by the outbreak as Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kaduna.   Speaking with the FCT administration (FCTA) on what they are doing to curtail the outbreak, the director of public health, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr. Humphrey Okoronkwo said his office is not aware of anything being done towards that regards.   Okoronkwo further told our reporter on phone to visit him in his office on Monday for more details.   He however, referred our reporter to the FCT epidemiology department for additional information...
By Ejike ejike, Abuja Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano has donated motor bike brigade, made up of 50 equipped motorcycles to the state Command of the Nigeria Police Force. The gesture which  is the first of its kind in Nigeria,will drastically bolster the operations of the officers and men of the command. Speaking shortly after receiving the power bikes from the governor, the Inspector General of Police( IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, said that the gesture  was unprecedented. Idris added that the gesture was worthy of emulation by other governors to fight crime and criminality in every nook and cranny of the country. He said it would enhance the operational capacity of police in the state. “Anambra state has set a pace in the country and the other governors should emulate Obiano. “It is a challenge to them and i am assuring that police will reward the state through communal policing against criminals,” he said. Idris, who received...