By RICHARD NDOMA, Calabar Operators of Peace Mass Transport Corporation has concluded arrangement to drag the Cross River State Police Command to court for allegedly arresting and detaining the Cross River State branch manager of the company, Mr. Musa Amodu,  who is still in police custody. Chairman/chief executive officer and managing director  of the corporation,  Dr. Sam Maduka, gave the ultimatum while raising the alarm on the detention and described it  as illegal and unlawful, stressing that the detention was barbaric. But in a swift reaction to the allegation, the Cross River State commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said he is not aware of the arrest and detention of Mr Amodu. Briefing journalists in Calabar yesterday on the issue in a telephone interview, the company’s chief executive stated that the only option put on the table before management of the company was to drag the police to court to enable the company...
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos Incessant fire outbreaks has cost the national economy about N6 trillion in the last five years, with major cities like Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt , Abuja experiencing serious consequences of the scourge. The president of Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association of Nigeria, Badanga Ahmed Lamidi, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Sunday, said fire outbreaks in the country have become a perennial problem, with many reported cases happening at the federal state levels. Noting that the figure could be higher if there was operational Fire Statistics Database, Lamidi said, “However, our Association created a National Fire Statistics Databased launched in 2014 in partnership with Federal Fire Service but it is yet to be fully functional. “But so far, the country can be said to have lost an estimated N6trillion to different fire incidents across the country in the last five years. For instance, the...
President Muhammadu Buhari (Right) and his guest, President Muhammadou Issoufou of Niger Republic, when President Issoufou paid him Sallah homage in Daura, Katsina State, yesterday.
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday announced the constitution of a Special Intervention Committee to look into issues affecting its 19 member-states. Alhaji Mustapha Wali, a member of the forum, announced the development in Makurdi, when the group paid a courtesy call on Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue. Wali said that the committee was saddled with investigating and recommending the best ways to intervene on lingering and emerging issues affecting its members. He regretted the internal challenges that had often led to bloodshed in some of northern states, and expressed NEF’s readiness to work toward resolving all disagreements to make for a united and peaceful northern Nigeria where prosperity would flourish. “Any issue that threatens the peace and unity of the north of Nigeria is our primary concern; currently, our major concern is the herdsmen/farmers crisis,” he said. He urged the Federal Government to intervene so as to settle the issues...
BY AHURAKA ISAH and chibuzo ukaibe, Abuja Nigerians of the Igbo extraction rank among tribes with the highest participation in the ongoing registration and collection of the national identity cards and international passports in the last three months,journalists Sunday investigations have revealed. This is despite the growing agitation for secession by the Indigenous people of biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu and their sponsors who are pushing for the sovereign state of biafra. Undaunted by the quit notice issued those of them living in the North by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups which was withdrawn last Thursday, the Igbos still acquire these items of national identity belonging to the federal republic of Nigeria. This ostensibly gives credence to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration in his nationwide broadcast last Monday that the unity of the country is settled and not negotiable. It was learnt that Igbos residing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) go to...
By FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, raised an alarm on the activities of con men who specialize in circulating phantom letters of crude oil allocation with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting would-be buyers or members of the public. The warning, according to a press statement issued by the Corporation’s spokesperson, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, was made while presenting letters of commendation to the 12 staff of the Crude Oil Marketing Division of the Corporation for outstanding service, at the NNPC Towers in Abuja. The GMD further revealed that the activities of the international fraudsters created an unnecessary distraction for staff of the COMD who were compelled to deal with huge turnover of scam mails on a regular basis. He urged members of the public to be wary of such dubious emails purporting to emanate from the Corporation with mouth-watering crude oil allocation...
By MSUE AZA, Kaduna Hundreds of youths drawn from various states in the North, have staged a peaceful rally in Kaduna, urging  President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore calls for his resignation. Speaking on behalf of the group, Ibrahim Garkuwa,while declaring total support for the Buhari’s administration,said they were happy with the manner in which he has governed the country in the last two years. A member of the group, Mohammed Sani, also noted that in spite of repeated attempts to portray the present administration as not performing, the President has achieved far better than his predecessors. The group insisted that President Buhari has fulfilled his campaign promises to Nigerians, especially in areas of anti-corruption fight and security despite the challenges he met on ground. They described those calling for his resignation as enemies of the country who are not happy with the successes recorded by his administration in riding Nigeria of corruption. The group maintained...
BY  Somina Ibitari Reading a recent attack on the person of Dr Dakuku Adol Peterside, Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, by Governor Nyesom Wike, through a proxy, one Simeon Nwakudu, I felt obliged to render a voluntary duty, to state the facts in a simple, unambiguous manner, and next, leave the reader to the impartial judgment of the conscience. The style adopted herein presents both Peterside and Wike, their personalities, motives in the respective portfolios they hold, and then, testimonies about them in the public domain. I shall sum my argument to proving that Peterside is refined, responsible and an invaluable asset to Rivers State and Nigeria. On the other hand, the evidence I shall plead in my argument shall summarise Wike in his true person while that treatise, tried as the author, a political appointee of Wike and therefore beholding to him, might, to arm-twist truth,...
By Blessing Bature, Abuja The level of photocopying and downloads going on in Nigerian tertiary institutions is significantly high. There is need therefore for a system through which authors and publishers would be adequately compensated for their works. This was the position of the National Working Group of Reproduction Rights Societies of Nigeria (REPRONIG), as they rose from a two-day meeting on the copyright licensing in tertiary institutions. Incorporated in the year 2000, REPRONIG is an umbrella body of various copyright owners’ associations, including Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Academic and Non-fiction Authors Association of Nigeria (ANFAAN) and National Association of Translators and Interpreters (NATI). Others are Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) and Photographers Association of Nigeria (PAN). Representatives of these bodies had met in Abuja to strategize on the implementation of licensing for copyright reproduction in Nigerian higher institutions. In fact, the major focus of the two-day...