Friday

Hawkers, their patronizers liable to N90,000 fine, six months jail term or both, Police retire 21 AIGs, Buhari off to Katsina state for the weekend and other major headlines you missed today!

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Just before you go to bed, here are the major political and crime stories you missed today.

Police retire 21 AIGs
The Police Service Commission has approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police who were senior to the new acting IG, Idris Ibrahim, before his appointment.

With this retrenchment, majority of the experienced officers in the Force may have been swept off.

The affected AIGs include, Bala Hassan; Yahaya Ardo; Irmiya Yarima; Danladi Mshebwala; Tambari Mohammed ; Bala Magaji Nasarawa; MUsa Abdulsalam; Adisa Bolanta and Mohammed Gana.

Also affected by the retrenchment exercise were Umaru Manko; Lawal Tanko; Olufemi Adenike; Johnson Ogunsakin; Adenrele Shinaba; James Caulcrick; Olufemi Ogunbayode; Edgar Nanakumo; Kalafite Adeyemi; Patrick Dokumor ; Joseph Mbu and Sabo Ringim.
A statement on Friday in Abuja by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said the Chairman of the Commission, Mike Okiro “congratulated
the affected officers for their meritorious service to the nation and
wished them well in their new endeavours.”





Sierra Leonian deputy high commissioner abducted in Kaduna

The Sierra Leone Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Maj. Gen. Alfred Nelson (retd.) has been kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
Nelson was abducted on Thursday by unknown persons while going to Kaduna to honour an invitation by the military for a programme that could not be immediately ascertained.
It was learnt that efforts to reach the envoy on his GSM phone since Thursday by the Sierra Leonian embassy officials have proved abortive.






President Buhari travels to Katsina state for the weekend



President Buhari this afternoon left the State House Abuja for his hometown Daura in Katsina state where he is expected to spend the weekend with his family.






Lagos street trading, hawking, buyers, sellers liable to N90,000 fine, six months jail term or both
The Lagos State Government on Friday said that from July 1, 2016, it would commence a total enforcement against street trading and street hawkers, saying that the law banning their activities across the metropolis would take its full course.

Speaking at a live interview session on Television Continental, the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said that the renewed enforcement is in line with Section One of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003 which restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis.

The Governor, while sympathizing with the family of a street hawker who was knocked down by an articulated truck while trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) along Maryland Bus stop on Wednesday, regretted that the situation led to the destruction of public assets.

“It is not in our DNA to allow someone to just die by road accident or the way it happened in respect of the incident. But beyond the fact that we lost one person while crossing the road as a result of evading arrest by KAI officials, I need to tell Lagosians that over 49 buses were actually destroyed and it is costing us like almost N139 million to put those buses back on the road,” he said. Consequently, Governor Ambode said the State Executive Council has resolved to enforce the Law, which according to him makes both the hawker and the buyer liable of the offence.

“The issue is we need to enforce our laws because we already have a law in respect of that and then there is a clause in it which says the buyer and the seller are both liable and that we are going to fine them either N90, 000 or a six month jail term.
“What we are doing on traffic is that we are introducing new strategies to eliminate traffic but Lagos being a cosmopolitan city, you cannot totally eliminate it but now this is the case, in the next few days, you will see on the street of Lagos signs that will be warning you that buyers and hawkers should be aware that there are consequences,” Governor Ambode said.He said his administration has also concluded plans to roll out a massive campaign which would warn both motorists and hawkers of the restrictions and the penalty for defaulters.

“We will be watching out for buyers and sellers and all we need is just scapegoat. Don’t buy plantain chips or any other item in traffic from July 1, buyers beware,” Governor Ambode warned.He said aside the environmental hazards associated with the activities of street traders and hawkers alike, they also pose great security and health risks.

“A whole lot of people who are hawkers, when you check them, I understand from intelligence that there is a cartel. Some people buy fake products and then bring the products in and then give these boys to sell on the street and come back to make returns in the night. So, what I want to advise Lagosians is that most times when you think you are buying something of quality on the road, be rest assured that those things are fake product,” Governor Ambode said.He however said that much as the State Government intends to be civil in enforcing the law, some recalcitrant persons try to subvert the process, hence the need to ensure total compliance with the law.
Asked what plans the Government has unemployed graduates who have taken to street hawking, Governor Ambode said that his administration has launched a N25billion Employment Trust Fund, urging them to access the fund.

Governor Ambode while answering questions on future plans of his administration assured that greater attention would be given to the health and education sectors, while empowerment for the youth and elderly would also get the needed attention.

“In the last eight years, while the immediate past Governor actually did a lot to improve on health, you will also see that what he provided is not even enough to cater for all the people coming into Lagos.
“Now, this second year, I can tell you freely that we are facing majorly the health sector, education sector, the issue of elderly people and then the youths. We believe that in the next twelve months which we are starting from now, you will see a major escalation of the quality of the facilities we are going to provide in our hospitals,” the Governor said. SIGNED
HABIB ARUNA
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
JULY 1, 2016



3hrs gun battle: Troops kill scores of Boko Haram terrorists in Borno
The Army said yesterday that its troops on clearance operation, in a three hours gun battle, repelled an attack from escaping terrorists who attempted a surprise reprisal attack on their positions, killing scores of the terrorists even as eight Nigerian soldiers and two civilian JTF members were injured. 

Confirming the development in a statement, Col Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations said, “Following combined clearance operations against Boko Haram terrorists from other parts of our neighbouring countries, escaping terrorists attempted an incursion into our troop’s position while in harbour at Kangarwa yesterday evening. 

“The troops dealt decisively with the fleeing terrorists and recovered arms and ammunitions from them in an encounter that lasted for about 3 hours. 
“Quite a number of the Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. “Unfortunately, 8 soldiers and 2 Civilian JTF were however wounded in action during the encounter. 
“They have since been evacuated for proper medical attention. They are in stable condition and responding to treatment. “In addition, one of the troop’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles caught fire following a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) shot that affected the fuel tank and other electrical fittings. 
The troops however quickly put off the fire. The gallant troops captured 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 3 AK-47 Rifles, 6 Mortar Bombs, 4 Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs, 3 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Chargers, various types of ammunitions a 16/750 tyre and assorted types of drugs.”




I am Sorry, Buhari apologises to Senate 
Special assistant to the president, Senate, Senator Ita Enang Friday tendered an unreserved apology to the Senate over statements by a presidential aide, Okoi Obono- Oblo to the effect that the Senate lacked the powers to summon Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami. 

Enang stressed during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja that the AGF as an appointee of the President, was answerable to the Senate, just as he said that the statement ought not to have been made in the first place. Enang during the session also explained that his enlistment as a prosecution witness in the prosecution of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu was mainly on account of testimony he deposed to the police before his appointment as a presidential aide. 

The testimony he further said was mainly because of his position as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business in the preceding Senate. Special Assistant to the President on Public Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Oblo who appeared before the Senator David Umaru led Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters had lampooned the Senate last Thursday saying that the red chambers lacked the powers to summon the Minister of Justice over the ongoing prosecution of the two presiding officers of the Senate. 

Addressing journalists Friday, Enang said that there was no way the Attorney General of the Federation will not respect senators because the lawmakers screened and cleared the ministers as ministerial nominees. 

Senator Enang, who said the AGF was currently indisposed promised that he would honour the invitation of the Senate when available. 

He said: “I heard the statements after and I want to apologise to the Distinguished Senate, to the Committee on Judiciary and the distinguished senators because that statement ought not to have been made. And the Attorney General is Attorney General of the Federation, appointed by Mr. President, cleared by the Senate and responsible for the federation. “We will handle this matter, but I first have to tender my unreserved apology for the impression it may have created to the distinguished Senate, Senators and the Committee members.





Gunmen attack restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic quarters, customers, including foreigners taken hostage
Several foreigners are said to be among a number of hostages taken by gunmen who attacked a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka today. Eight or nine attackers were said to have stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, located in the city's diplomatic quarter.
One kitchen staffer said that the gunmen were armed with firearms and bombs, entering the bakery at around 9:20pm local time and taking customers and staff hostage at gunpoint.
Bangladesh's police chief has confirmed that several foreigners are among the hostages. One policeman is reported to have been killed and others wounded by gunfire as officers surrounded the restaurant, located in the Gulshan area of the capital, and a massive firefight erupted.
Police spokesman said: "Our first priority is to save the lives of the people trapped inside."
The police chief has said that they plan to start a rescue operation shortly.
Bangladesh's Daily Star is reporting that heavily armed police in armoured vehicles are preparing to enter the restaurant.
Lori Ann Walsh Imdad, who lives nearby, is reported to have said: "Terrorists broke in and shot the Italian baker and his wife and took about 20 foreigners hostage."
The US State Department has said the hostage situation is "still fluid", and the US embassy in Dhaka has urged citizens to shelter in place. A spokesman for the US State Department said it was too early to say who was involved in the hostage situation, but that all Americans working at the US mission in Dhaka had been accounted for.
One Bangladeshi TV station has reported that the gunmen chanted "Allahu Akbar" as they launched their assault.



FG reinstates UNIPORT VC after weeks of suspension
Normalcy appears to be returning to the University of Port Harcourt, as Professor Ndowa Laale has resumed his position as Vice Chancellor of the institution.
The development marks the end to his suspension by the Governing Council of the institution over the recent unrest by students, which claimed the life of one person, and forced the university to close down for over one month.
It gathered  that Professor Laale, who returned to work on Friday, was received by a cheering crowd of students and staff of the university.
It was also gathered that the development is based on the intervention of the Federal Government, with a directive from the Federal Ministry of Education, dissolving the Governing Council of the University.
It was also revealed that the Minister of Education had earlier issued a previous statement, directing the Governing Council headed by Gesi Asamaowei, as Pro-Chancellor, to reinstate Professor Lale, but the directive was not carried out.
‎Speaking shortly after his return to work, the Vice Chancellor said it only took a little time for truth to prevail.
Professor Laale maintained that his suspension by the governing council was illegal, stressing that it was orchestrated by few individuals in the school management.
He said, “In any part of this world, what is important is to stick to that which is right. Sometimes truth can be difficult to hear. The truth is open and it will always pave the way for justice.
“As you can see, I am addressing you in my office. Indeed, I am back to my office.”
The Deputy Registrar in charge of Public Relations at the University, William Wodi, confirmed the receipt of the directive from the Ministry of Education, dissolving the Governing Council and reinstating Professor Ndowa Laale as Vice Chancellor.
Wodi said the letter had also been published in some national dailies to notify the public on the latest developments.





Sea pirates kill three Agip workers in Bayelsa

Hoodlums, suspected to be sea pirates, have killed three workers of an international oil company, Nigerian Agip Oil Company, in Bayelsa State.
It was learnt that the incident occurred on Wednesday at a work station in the creeks of Nembe around Obama flow station operated by Eni Oil, a parent company of Agip.
A security source, who craved anonymity, said the victims were two engineers and a driver.
The source said the three workers were ambushed and killed along the creeks while carrying out repair work on Agip pipelines that were destroyed some weeks ago.
He said, “The sea pirates, who operate in the area, carried out an ambush on the oil workers. The area is a notorious place where gunmen operate freely.”
When contacted, the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Desmond Agu, confirmed the attack, saying it took place on June 29.
He said already, the search team of security operatives had recovered two dead bodies and their corpses had been taken to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by ambulance.
Agu said, “The search team, made up of civil defence, Navy, Army, gunboat crew and others left Obama station at 0915 hours on Thursday in search of the bodies of killed Agip personnel.
“At about 1100 hours, the dead bodies of two killed personnel were discovered in Oguama River close to Oguama community in Bayelsa. They were taken to Ogbia jetty for onward movement to Port Harcourt.”

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