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,...
By Bernard Tolanidada Dada Uyo  The police in Akwa Ibom yesterday  said the Show  of force embarked upon by the combined team of all the security agencies in the state has noting to do with the sit at home  order given by those agitating for the indigenous people of Viagra IPOB Addressing  newsmen at Ikot Akpan Abia in Uyo the state Commissioner of Police  Mr Donald Awunna explained that the show  of force was to assure the  citizens of the state that all the security agencies are up to their responsibility  of protecting them. He said that the event was  organized to jntimidate or harass anyone but to re-assure the people that all the security agencies in the state are there to protect them. ""The idea of show  of force is not new it  has always been there to let the would be criminals know that they are being watched. Anybody can stay home...
By Bidon Mibzar, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Social Development Secretariat has entered into a partnership agreement with the USAID-funded Sustainable Mechanisms for Improving Livelihoods and Household Empowerment (SMILE) Project to address the prevalence of violence against children in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Acting secretary of the secretariat, Mrs. Elegbede Irene Adebola,  in a press confrence yesterday, lamented that 60 per cent of children often experience one or more degrees of violence before their eighteenth birthday. “Six out of 10 children are subject of some violence every year and majority of children who experienced physical, sexual or emotional  violence in childhood reported multiple incidents”. She lamented. Adebola who was represented by Mrs Agnes Heart, a director with the FCTA social development secretariat, while calling on MDAs, local  governments as well as civil society , religious  and traditional leaders to key into the campaign of ending the violence against children in the...
by OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has ordered the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit Processed Food and others to pay the sum of N36.53 million to Edichart Investments Limited and two others for  the unlawful sealing and looting of their pharmacy. The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang also awarded N1m as general damages in favour of Edichart Investments Limited, Samuel Edih and Alezander Ani Eton against the plaintiff for illegal closure of the pharmacy located at 45, Olarunlogbon Street, Antony Village, Lagos. In his judgment on the seven year case, the judge held that the claims that the defendants failed to register the plaintiffs’ pharmacy was not tenable. The judge, had before delivering the verdict, held that the judgment was within the 90 days required of a judge to give judgment from the day the case was concluded. The defendants were not represented by...
The Lagos State Fire Service on Thursday confirmed the death of a mother and her three children in a fire incident in Aguda Surulere area of Lagos. Mr Rasak Fadipe, Director of Lagos State Fire Service, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the four family members were burnt to death inside a laundry shop. “We got the information at about 2.13a.m. We met the fire raging at Olubi Street, Aguda Surulere and at the time it was put out, four members of a family were found dead. “The mother, Mrs Ugonu; the children – Ada, 10; Michael 8; and Ugochukwu, 6 – were brought out dead from the shop used for laundry. “Their father was rescued and taken to the hospital,’’ Fadipe said. He said that the remains of the deceased were handed over to policemen from Aguda Police Division. According to Fadipe, four shops were destroyed in the fire. The fire officer advised...
BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos Lagos State Government on Monday revealed that it has paid its pensioners over N11 billion in the last in one year. The state Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pension Dr. Akintola Benson Oke who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos said there is significant reduction in outstanding backlog of terminal entitlements of retired employees, state wide. He said, “The backlog of terminal entitlements of retirees has been reduced within a nine month period, that is May 2016 – May, 2017.  The Lagos State Government through Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) had paid the sum of N11, 754. 082 billion into the RSA of 2,886 retirees. 1,291 of the retirees were from the Local Government and SUBEB, 697 from TEPO, 887 from the Mainstream service and 11 from Parastatals. “From August 2015 to March, 2017, the State Government through LASPEC had paid the sum of N25.809.560 billion into...
By Osa Okhomina,Yenagoa The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has sought to amend the Directorate of Project Monitoring and Implementation Bill of 2014 to commit to jail any governor and politicians involved in abandoned contract award and execution in the state. The Bill was presented before the State House of Assembly by the member representing Southern Ijaw constituency 3, Hon. Daniel Igali. According to the sponsor of the Bill,  the amendment seeks to improve on the already passed law to put a stop to projects abandonment in Bayelsa State. “The amendment sought will make it criminal and also ensure equitabledistribution of project funds among the 24 constituencies.” Most of the members of the House gave their support as a result of the timeliness and the intended purpose it will serve. While some civil society groups commended the members of the House for the decision on abandoned projects, others however raised concern over the criminalization, insisting...
By Pembi David-Stephen, Abuja The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by the chairman, Suleiman Nazif (APC Bauchi North) has embarked on the screening of the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). The committee has also assured  Nigerians that they will take deliberate steps and diligence in the course of the screening exercise, such that will lead to results that can stand the test of time. Speaking during the screening, the chairman, Senator Suleiman Nazif, said the committee is conscious of the fact that they have a mandate from the people and a covenant with the Nigerian people, therefore, they cannot afford to lose focus in the course of the screening exercise. “The overall development of the country will remain constant in our deliberations and process of the screening exercise. As true representatives of the people, our greatest preoccupation is to ensure that we screen the best crop of people that...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Minister of defence,Mansur Dan-Ali,  has said  acting president Yemi Osinbajo peace moves in the Niger Delta has halted pipeline bombings and oil theft in the region . Osinbajo yesterday met behind closed doors with some top security Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was mainly to review a memorandum for maritime security in the country. The memorandum will be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for consideration and approval on Wednesday. Among those at the meeting included the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Gabriel Olonishaki ,National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno and  the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. Speaking with state house correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Defence said issues around maritime surveillance were discussed. He said “It’s a pending issue of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting that we wanted to resolve on maritime surveillance and it has been resolved. “Acting president has been meeting...
By OMONU YAX-NELSON, Abuja The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and All China Journalists Association (ACJA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on exchange programme. The agreement which was first signed in 2000/2001, went moribund due to what Mr Odusile, NUJ President, regarded as teething problems. The latest MoU, which is expected , in the first instance, to last for four years, is subject to review on mutually benefiting terms. Also, in the spirit of the new  agreement, the leadership of NUJ is also expected to pay a reciprocal visit to China next year. The MoU was signed on behalf of NUJ by its President, Waheed Odusile, while Zhang Mingxin, President of ACJA and head of ‘five man’ Chinese delegation, signed on behalf of ACJA. The signing ceremony took place over the Weekend at the LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPERS complex in Abuja. Speaking on the relevance of the epoch agreement, NU’Js  helmsman said the MoU is the...