The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Sept.13 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir.
The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau,
made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement
signed by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Muhammadu
He enjoined all Muslims and Nigerians in general to
support and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained
efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace
of economic recovery.
Son of late Kogi State governor arrested by the police
Police in Kogi state have arrested the son of late Kogi state governor,
Abubakar Audu, Mohammed and about 15 other members of the late
governor’s family. According to the former governor’s younger brother,
Mustapha, Mohammed and other family members were arrested today and are
being detained at the Lokoja Police Division.
He accused the state
governor of ordering the arrest of his family members. He alleged that
the state governor was using the police to intimidate their family
because Mohammed in a statement he released recently, mocked the
governor for using the scarce resources in the state to organize an
award ceremony to mark the state’s 25 years anniversary, instead of
using the money to pay salaries.
Meanwhile the state governor, Yahaya Bello, has denied having any links with the arrests made.
from the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Fanwo Kingsley, reads “The
Governor did not order the arrest of anybody. However, law enforcement
agents are free to effect arrest when anyone infringes the Law. If
members of Audu family run foul of the Law, they would not be spared
just because they are members of Audu’s family”.
There was mild drama on Wednesday as former President Goodluck Jonathan attended his first Council of State meeting as a former president. The drama resulted after news men abandoned President Buhari, other ex Presidents presents and focused on GEJ who was attending the meeting for the first time.
He did not attend October’s meeting. The council, which comprises all former presidents and heads of states, as well as vice president, governors, Senate president and House of Representative speaker, were there.
President Muhammadu Buhari is chairing the meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja. Former heads of state, Abdusalami Abubakar, and Ernest Shonekan, were also in attendance.
Wednesday’s meeting is expected to ratify the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.
The Council is also expected to consider possible nominees for the positions of National and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). INEC currently has six national commissioners out of 12, while 21 out of 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners are yet to be appointed.
house in Uzea Community in Esan North East LGA of Edo State, packing for
The tenants, Sylvester Chukwuemeka, Okosun Christiana and Ogbeide
Elizabeth, who lamented their ordeal said they have suffered untold
hardship from their landlord for not supporting the PDP which the
landlord was sympathetic to.
Christiana said, “We don’t have any problem, just party differences, he
told us he wanted everyone in the house to support PDP, because he is a
member of the party, but i refused.
I told him that i have been in APC for a very long time that even if the
PDP is buying me a car I prefer to remain in the APC, and he said since
that is my stand; I should consider myself evicted from his house.”
Also speaking, Chukwuemeka said: “I don’t understand why the landlord
will just decide to drive us out of his house because we are not
supporting PDP. I pay my rent regularly and this is not fair to me. The
state government should come to our aid because I don’t know when it
became a crime to support a party.”
Chukwuemeka called on relevant authority to come to their aid just as
the Acting Executive Chairman of Edo State Internal Revenue Service,
Barr. Emmanuel Usoh has given the evicted tenants some bags of cement
and money to build their own houses.
1.9 million voters to participate in Edo governorship poll
State, Mr Sam Olumekun, has said that no fewer than 1.9 million
registered voters were expected to participate in the governorship poll.
registered voters, adding that accreditation and voting would be done
simultaneously during the election.
paradigm shift in the evolving electoral system, saying “the polling
procedure in this governorship election requires a prospective voter to
cast his or her vote immediately after being accredited’’.
readiness to conduct a free, fair and credible governorship election on
Saturday, saying that INEC had complied with all electoral Acts on the
the 2015 General Election, the commission would retain the use of
permanent voter card and smart card reader for conduct of the election.
General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, assured the people of the state of
adequate security, saying that the police had earlier deployed 25,000
personnel to complement those in Edo command.
Inspector-General of Police, Joshak Habila, said that with the
collaboration of other security agencies, effective policing logistics
had been mobilized for adequate protection of voters, INEC staff and
blogger and publisher of an online news medium, Abia Facts, Mr. Iroegbu
Emenike, who was allegedly arrested by the State Security Service (SSS)
in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State at about 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept 6, 2016, has
Rights Activist Inibehe Effiong stated that according to the wife of
the blogger, Mrs. Ekaette Iroegbu, Emenike was arrested by three (3) SSS
operatives who invaded their Uyo residence in a black jeep.
operatives took away the two phones of Mrs. Emenike; the bloggers’
phones and laptop, etc. After ransacking their apartment, they whisked
the blogger away without disclosing the reason for his arrest and their
now been released. Inibehe Effiong confirmed this development, stating
that Emenike was released this afternoon from SSS custody.
of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, on
Wednesday held a meeting with major stakeholders in the downstream
statement from Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA,
said “after exhaustive deliberations, stakeholders present were in the
affirmative that the speculations of an imminent upward price review of
PMS were unfounded.
position is premised upon the fact that the current market
fundamentals, as captured on the PPPRA Pricing Template for PMS,
confirmed that the market is operating within the existing price band of
N135-N145 per litre.
claim is therefore both unfounded and deceptive, as there is no basis
for pricing speculations as being circulated within the last few days.”
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday sealed the office
of Nokia-Alcatel located in Lekki, Lagos for operating without license.
Head of Enforcement Unit, NCC, Mr Salisu Abdul, while speaking with
newsmen shortly after the operation, said that the company had been
operating without license for years.
one of the commission’s monitoring activities, the team discovered that
the company had not obtained the requisite authorisation to render
that Nokia-Alcatel was involved in “equipment manufacturing, supply and
installation; therefore’ it could have obtained the ‘Sale and
to him, the license, which barely cost N2 million will give Nokia the
authority to operate wireless transmission, manufacturing and sale of
equipment, among others.
said that after notifying the company for the need to be licensed, it
only applied for the license about three months ago, but did not
complete the process.
a matter of fairness and transparency, we decided to pay them a visit,
and we however, discovered that they only applied for license about
three months back and are yet to complete the process for the license.
have to charge them based on the number of years they have operated
without license. We will use our discretion to charge them,” he said.
Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has advised people of the state against
voting for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the upcoming
governorship election in the state.
at the presentation of cheques to beneficiaries of the CBN/ODSG Micro,
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund, Mimiko stated that the
APC has nothing to offer the people of the state.
said, “You should open your eyes wide now, we said it that time, yet
people voted for them, see what they are doing to Nigerians, in the last
one year, we have seen nothing.
should not allow APC’s ‘Change’ in Ondo State, I will not say much but
it is what all of us can see in their government, so there is no way for
APC in Ondo State.”
who said he was in the palace to commiserate with him on the demise of
the late Oba, as well as congratulate him on his forthcoming coronation
as the new Oba of Benin, also promised to bring more investment to the
expressed delight that the prince would be crowned as the new Oba of
Benin on Sept. 26, saying that the late Oba served the people of Edo in
particular and the country well.
appealed to Dangote to always represent the state before the Federal
Government, noting that “I know you always have a way of attacking any
government in power, please always help actualise state’s request before
the Federal Government.”
to him, he has a passion to promote tourism in the state so as to
create employment for the unemployed through the establishment of a
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied Dangote on the visit, said that
the business tycoon was in the palace to commiserate with the royal
household, in addition to congratulating the monarch on his forthcoming