NGO To Train Over 2,000 DSS, Police & NIS Personnel
Project Institute of Security and Strategic Studies, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it will hold a three-day training workshop for over 2,000 personnel of the DSS, Police and the Nigeria Immigration Service.
The Rector of the Institute, Mr Eze Ignatius, made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja today. He said the training will start from June 29 to July in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
According to him, the workshop is a response to security challenges in the country.
Scarcity Of International Passport Booklet Caused By High Dollar Rate
The Director-General of Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah said that the present scarcity of the Nigerian passports to the increase exchange rate of the dollar. He made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Mr. Abah noted the dollar which was formerly exchanging between N150 to N160 was now N300 and above. He added that the passport was not produced in Nigeria as only three companies in the world had the capacity and techniques to produce an international travel passport.
In his words:
“The reason for the scarcity is because since it’s not produced in the country, Nigeria had a contract with the foreign firm to do most of the production. “And at the time the contract was signed, 100 dollars was worth N15,000 which is the cost of the Nigerian passport of 32 pages, the 64 pages costs N20, 000.
“So with the naira being so much against the dollar, it meant that the N15, 000 paid by individuals will only amount to 30 dollars not 100 dollars. “So the money citizens were paying simply could not buy it anymore and government was a bit reluctant to increase the price three fold. “Currently, the government is making efforts to look for ways to subsidise the cost until we can produce the passport in country or dollar drops.’’
According to him, it would take quite a bit of investment to have all the component of the passport produced in the country as the tread used in stitching it and paper for the leaflet was difficult to come by. Abah said that the Federal Ministry of Interior and Nigeria Immigration Service were making efforts to ensure that the passports were produced in Nigeria to address the scarcity.
He noted that the passport would soon be produced like the drivers’ licence in the country, adding that the available passport booklets were presently being used to clear the backlog of applicants.
“A few months ago the Comptroller-General of Immigration announced that we now have passport booklets available across the country and across the world. “However, there had been a backlog of about six months or so people who apply newly are still waiting because they are still dealing with the people who applied before them. “So our expectation is that in the next few months, it will ease up and we will go back to the standard timing which is supposed to be 72 hours from where all your documentation are checked and correct.
He said that the bureau had also carried out a study on the process of obtaining an international passport and driver’s licence to address the challenges. Abah said that findings from the study revealed problem of internet, electricity as well as touting in some parts of the country. He explained that the study was carried out through interaction with customers on their experiences and officers of the bureau going undercover to monitor operations.
Abah said that the full report was yet to be submitted to the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, who had been briefed on the findings.
Man Arrested For Raping, Robbing Trader
The police have arrested a 28- year-old man, Tunde Giwa, for allegedly robbing and raping a trader in the Awoyaya area of Lagos State.
The police said Giwa threatened the victim with a knife and other weapons to rob her, adding that the suspect subsequently raped the woman.
It was learnt that the incident happened while she was going to a market in Oyingbo around 5am on May 8, 2017.
The victim said the suspect and his gang members stopped her at a bus stop in Awoyaya, took turns to rape her and made away with her Techno phone, and N8,000.
The case was reported to the police, leading to Giwa’s arrest. However, the suspect denied the allegations.
He said, “I don’t know anything about what she is saying. I live on the next street to her residence; we had a misunderstanding in the past and she threatened to deal with me.
“When she was raped, she mentioned my name to the police because of the disagreement we had. I was coming from my house when the police stopped and arrested me.’’
A police prosecutor, Inspector Benedict Aigbokhan, brought the accused before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court.
The charges read in part, “That you, Tunde Giwa and others at large, on May 8, 2017, at about 5.15am, at Awoyaya, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, while armed with a knife and other weapons, did steal one Techno phone valued at N10,000 and a cash sum of N8,600, property of a woman, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 296 and punishable under Section 297(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
“That you, Tunde Giwa and others at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did forcefully have carnal knowledge of the woman, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 260 and punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.’’
The defendant’s plea was not taken by the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Akokhia, who ordered that he should be remanded in custody.
The magistrate adjourned the case till July 27, 2017.
Delta speaker Accused Of Bribing Traditional Rulers With N10m
The newly appointed Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Sheriff Oborevowre has been accused of using monies meant for the payment of Local govt workers to “bribe” Urhobo traditional rulers in a bid to secure his Delta Central Senatorial ambition.
It was gathered that Oborevwere who had a closed door meeting with the traditional rulers on Saturday (24 June 2017) used N10 Million to wedge Kola nut. Part of the N10m is seen in the picture.
According to Elsie Halima Ijorogu-Reed, the meeting with the Monarchs was part of his bid to secure their support for his Senatorial ambition.
Nnamdi Kanu: Goodluck Jonathan Was A Weak & Incompetent President”
Founder of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has slammed immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan as the real cause of Nigeria’s problems.
Kanu described Jonathan as “weak and incompetent” president who did nothing for the South East, even though the region claimed he was one of their own.
Kanu, who spoke with the Sun over the weekend, said Jonathan’s wife, Patience, would have been a better president than her husband.
He said, “Jonathan is my uncle, yes. I was one of those who said Jonathan’s tenure was more or less an Igbo presidency; it’s on record I said that.
“But, he knew I never liked his regime because he was weak and incompetent.
“I don’t support evil; if you do good, I will tell you, if you do bad, I will say it the way it is; I don’t curry favours.
“He was weak, I said I wish it was aunty Patience Jonathan who was in-charge, she would have done better.
“Look at where Jonathan dropped us today; he never finished building the East/West Road, but, he built railway line from Abuja to Kaduna, so they will love him.
“Who told you that if they did not love Zik, that they will love you?”