The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, says the Nigerian Navy is fully prepared to deal with any group of criminals trying to vandalise the nation’s assets. Ibas said this on Monday when he visited the Nigerian Navy Engineering College in Sapele, Delta. He said that the Navy did not have to wait until a threat came from a particular group before it could act, given that its statutory obligation was to protect lives and property as well as secure the nation’s assets in the maritime domain. The naval chief mentioned the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), kidnappers, sea robbers and sea pirates amongst the groups of criminals whose activities the Navy was out to contain. “We do not wait until a threat comes from a particular group before the navy acts so what we do is to protect lives and property. “Any threat is taken seriously especially against the nation’s assets...
Mr Chukwudi Udenta, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Cross River has expressed worry over the incessant attack on command’s marshals on official duty in the state. Udenta said this on Monday in Calabar when he received members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Cross River Council in his office, Calabar. “Lately, we have been having series of attacks on our marshals in Calabar. “Recently, some people in uniform stormed on my men along Marian Road and shot them; we have reported the matter to the Police. “Also, one of our men was bitten by a motorist who refused arrest and as I speak, the officer is still in the hospital. This is an attack too many, ‘’ he said. The commander warned that the command would not take more of such un-provocative attacks from members of the public. “We will not tolerate it any longer. ‘’We have the right to self defence, we...

I May Appear Before Senate – IGP

By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has said out of respect for the Senate, he will appear before the red chamber. LEADERSHIP recalls that on Thursday, Senate President, Bukola Saraki said the Inspector General of Police must appear before the panel probing allegations levelled against him by Senator Isah Hamma Misau. The IGP was to appear on Wednesday before the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating various allegations levelled against him and the Police Service Commission by Misau, but the IGP through his lawyer, Alex lzinyon (SAN), wrote the panel saying he will not appear as the case was before a court. Speaking to State House Correspondents on Friday after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the IGP said he is still discussing with his legal team. He said, "These are legal issues, we are discussing with our legal team, obviously if there is need we are going to appear for the...
By Juliana Agbo, Abuja Governments have been called upon to synergise with the media for effective campaign against Smuggling Of Migrants (SOM). The call was made in a communiqué issued to journalists in Kaduna at the end of the three-day workshop on media round table: "On Smuggling Of Migrants" organised by the United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime (UNODC), in partnership with Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and funded by the European Union (EU). The communiqué signed by the drafting committee described SOM as threat to national security, economy, socio-political sanity and well-being of the country. It noted the urgent need for agencies managing migration in the country to synergise with the media for effective campaign against SOM, saying there is lack of synergy between the agencies coordinating Migration Management in Nigeria and the media. It also stated that women and children are most vulnerable victims of smuggling of migrants, and that the rise...
By JULIANA AGBO, Abuja  The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) has congratulated the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), on its newly acquired building property from Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). A property to be used as the commission's corporate headquarters. The executive secretary of NCPC, Rev Uja Tor Uja who made the remark yesterday in Abuja during the official handing over of Metro Plaza acquired by NAHCON, lauded the chairman, Alhaji Mukhtar Abdullahi for having such vision, adding that the place will serve as centre for pilgrimage exercise. Uja stated that handing over of the property is not just to muslims, but also to the Nigerian vision of standing up to be counted of doing things right with a vision that will stand the test of time. He added that it shows the strength of vision to lift pilgrimage to a level where it will not only stand that will be...
By BAYO AMODU, Abuja As part of its commitment towards improving the standard of education in the country, Cornerstone Insurance Foundation has donated 2000 english and mathematics textbooks to 10 schools in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt  in its 2017 CSR project tagged “Bookathon.’’ The foundation said the gesture was part of its numerous corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities across the country. The foundation, working in partnership with FIN Insurance Company Limited, also a member of the Cornerstone Insurance Group, donated 200 books to Model School, Maitama, Abuja. The foundation said its objective was to equip school libraries with basic academic and educational materials and boost students’ academic performances in both mathematics and English examinations at state and national levels. The acting managing director, FIN Insurance Limited, Mr Ademola Abidogun, said the donation of the books was to assist students who could not afford to buy textbooks in the two core subjects to have access to such books....
By Chikelu Chinelo At the peak of the August floods in Benue State, victims were expressly warned by authorities they will not benefit from relief materials sent to the camp if they remained in flooded areas. Consequently, bereft of governmental and non-governmental support, two communities, Achusa and Naka Road, behind Federal Low Cost, some of the worst hit areas in Makurdi town are still struggling to resume their normal lives. Several factors contributed to the greater number of both communities’ residents’ decision to weather the flood, and migrate to other areas of the city than move to the internally displaced persons camp at the Makurdi International Market. These include; protection of property, risk of unemployment, discouraging reports from camp residents, and half-hearted hope of household data statistics collated by the NGOs coordinating body, Benue State Non-Governmental Organization Network (BENGONET), will fast-track aid to affected communities after the floods. Located at floodplains, Achusa and Naka...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah Following the sackings the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal and the former Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, a coalition of Niger Delta agitators have commended President Muhammadu Buhari. The agitators also declared total support to the president's effort to develop the Niger Delta region. In a statement the youths however called for the dissolution of the current Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) led by Sen. Ndoma Egba and Mr. Nsima Ekere as Chairman and MD respectively, saying that they have derailed from the mandate of the board. Those who signed the statement included General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs and Convener Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators); General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers); General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors); Major-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters); Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement...
By MSUE AZA, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai on Thursday, inaugurated the state peace commission chaired by former Anglican Archbishop of Kaduna, Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, to help drive commitment towards sustained peace and harmony among the people. Rev. Idowu-Fearon, is Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion worldwide. Performing the inauguration at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, Governor El-Rufai, said the commission is another significant step in his administration's march towards rejecting the legacy of violent conflict that has marred the state for almost four decades. The governor explained that, the regrettable episode especially in Southern part of Kaduna State has now been contained, with the assistance of the security assets of the Federal Government, funded by the State Government. El-Rufai said: "I am delighted to welcome everyone to this momentous event. As strife tore apart the harmony that had made our state such a magnet for every Nigerian, the commissions of inquiry and committees established...
By TAIWO OGUNMOLA, Lagos Kwese TV, the latest entrant into the pay-TV market in the country from the stable of Econet Media yesterday paid a courtesy visit to the management of LEADERSHIP at its Lagos office as part of efforts to strengthen its business relationship and seek for support to grow its brand. Econet Media owns Pan-African broadcast network Kwesé – a multi-platform offering with specific products targeted at Africa’s emerging millennial market segment premised on the concept of TV anywhere and everywhere which allows subscribers to access programming on devices including TV, the Kwese App or website. General Manager of Kwese TV Nigeria, Lizzie Amkpa while introducing the new pay-TV network, said the company offers a wide range of news, business, entertainment, sports, African, European, Asian and other cultures movies, series, religious, kiddies, fashion and lifestyle and music all in a single bouquet with over 65 quality and compelling channels. According to...