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Taraba Assembly passes bill against open grazing
The Taraba House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2017.
passage of the bill came a day after the Assembly adopted the report of
the public hearing on the bill which was conducted across the three
senatorial zones of the state.
At the plenary presided by the
speaker, Abel Diah, the bill was read for the third time after a motion
by the Majority Leader, Joseph Kunini and seconded by Pius Sabo of
Wukari 1 constituency.
After clause by clause consideration of the bill, the legislators unanimously voted for its passage through voice vote.
In his remarks, the speaker thanked the members for the attention given to the bill.
advised the executive arm to give a minimum of six months grace to
enlighten the public on the provisions of the bill before the
commencement of enforcement as contained in the bill.
Governor Darius Ishaku sent the bill to the Assembly on May 17, for consideration.
The bill now awaits the governor’s assent.
Court Sentences Man To Death For Stealing N3,420
An Osun State High Court in Osogbo has sentenced a 40-year-old man,
Kayode Adedeji, to death by hanging for robbing a woman of N3,420.
The sentence was handed down to Mr. Adedeji on Wednesday although the crime was committed on April 25, 2009.
The prosecuting counsel from the state ministry of justice, Elisabeth
Alabi, had told the court that Mr. Adedeji robbed one Omowumi Adebayo at
Bolorunduro area in Ilesa of the money armed with a knife at midnight.
Mr. Adedeji was said to have fled the scene of the robbery but was
trailed and arrested by some members of the Oodua Peoples Congress in
He pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of armed robbery when he was arraigned about eight years ago and was granted bail.
According to Mrs. Alabi, the convict abused the bail privilege by
committing another offence which led to his remand in Ilesa prison.
She ruled that the offence ran foul of the law and punishable under
Section 11(2)(A) CAPR II, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
The presiding judge, Kudirat Akano, found Mr. Adedeji guilty of the crime and convicted him.
The defence counsel, Tunde Adedokun, prayed the court to be lenient and
merciful in her judgment, but she ordered that Mr. Adedeji be put to
death by hanging.
‘Doctor’ Infects 6-Year-Old With HIV In Nasarawa
A 30-year-old man alleged to be operating an illegal clinic and
infecting a 6-year-old boy with HIV through transfusion of unscreened
blood has been arrested by the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Lawan Bashir-Kano, disclosed yesterday
in Lafia that the suspect, Jonathan Ibrahim, was arrested on July 17th.
Bashir-Kano said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect,
who operates an unregistered clinic, last year, transfused contaminated
blood to the 6-year-old boy, thereby infecting him with HIV.
He said the parents of the boy recently discovered that he had been infected with the virus.
He added that tests carried out on the lad in Lafia following frequent illness showed that he was HIV positive.
The commandant said the suspect had confessed to running an illegal
clinic and transfused unscreened blood to the patient in question at his
facility last year.
Bashir-Kano said the command, in collaboration with the state Ministry
of Health, as well as the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria in the
state would ensure that the suspect was prosecuted.
“If such persons are not made to face the wrath of the law, there would
be increased cases of untimely death occasioned by fake medical
treatment,” he said.
The commandant called on members of the public to be vigilant and wary
of fake medical practitioners. He added that they should report any
suspicious medical personnel or outfit to security agencies for action.
The suspect who told newsmen he graduated from the School of Health
Technology, Keffi as an environmental health officer, confessed that he
had no license to operate the clinic.
Governors Forum Set Up C’ttee For State Police
In what may appear to be a tacit support for the restructuring of the
country, the Governors Forum last night set up a six man committee to
explore the option of actualising state police in the country.
The committee which has representative from the six geo-Political zones
of the country was mandated to come up with the best way of policing the
country in view of the myriads of security challenges and its attendant
lost of lives.
Briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of
Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari flanked by
the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha said that its meeting was
dominated by the presentation made by the Inspector General of Police.
He also said that the IGP had sought the permission for the
establishment of media outfits like radio and television for the Police
Governor Yari said, “We discussed and we received presentation from the
Inspector General of Police. He made a presentation to us canvassing for
the support to introduce media outfits, radio and television for the
force and as well the Police to go technologically from the manual of
“The Inspector General of Police dominated the whole day of our
discussion today understanding what the issue of Police is into the
system whereby in some other nations it is ten to one person but in
Nigeria we have four hundred to one.
“So, they are having so many difficulties in funding which we are agreed
that with the way things are going through the budgeting process, we
cannot be able to fund police. So, the Inspector General of Police made
us to know that there is a kind of trust fund bill which is before the
National Assembly, asked for our support and the members of the national
assembly especially the House of Representatives.
“In our own part, we have put a committee in place. It is headed by the
governors of Kwara, Imo, Delta, Ekiti, Bauchi and Sokoto to lead the
committee so that they can be able to interface with the committee of
Police and take the matter before the Acting President for further
action. It is important for our nation.
“And as well there is the issue of kind of state police which is being
discussed and we coming with so many options which we are expecting the
committee will do the and find safe way of policing in Nigeria .”
Also speaking to journalists, the IGP said that security challenges in
virtually all parts of the country was the dominant issue in the
meeting, stressing that matters that border on security required a
collective effort to confront.
He said the essence of the meeting with the governors centered on “Our
efforts to address some of the challenges in the Police unit. We had a
fruitful discussion with them and obviously all of them are concerned
about security in some parts of the country, virtually in all parts of
the country. They are ready to support the Police Force to see how we
can address some of the challenges.”
On the Acting President’s charge for reinforcements in the security
apparatus of the country he said “Obviously it is a normal procedure,
when we have challenges we normally reinforce.
“Having insecurity all over the country requires the participation of
every citizen of this country. We have to put our heads together to
address all the security challenges.
“The governments are doing well, they are trying to bring communities
closer and I think it takes a long time but by and large, with the
cooperation of community members and all the security agencies we have
met to synergies.”
Supporters Of Sheriff In South West Dump PDP For Mega Party
Supporters of the former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alli Modu Sheriff, on Wednesday said they had left
the party to join the Mega Party of Nigeria, alleging that the
caretaker committee of the PDP, led by Ahmed Makarfi, was not
magnanimous in victory.
The breakaway faction, led by a former PDP chairman in Ondo State, Mr.
Ebenezer Alabi, and the Director General, Omo Ilu Foundation (the
mobilisation arm of Buruji Kashamu political organisation), Leke
Adekoya, told reporters at the MPN office in Ibadan that the Makarfi
group displayed traits of arrogance through statements about the Sheriff
group after the Supreme Court recognised Makarfi as the authentic
leader of the party.
Alabi also accused the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and Iyiola
Omisore of substituting names of members of the state executive council
with their own supporters at the headquarters of the party in Abuja.
“The purpose of the struggle was to stamp out impunity in the party. We
thought the Supreme Court judgment would teach us a good lesson but it
was not so. The PDP has now been taken over by vampires that we cannot
co-habit with,” Alabi said.
“We, who believe in the leadership of Sheriff, have therefore decided to
move en masse to join forces with the Mega Party of Nigeria. It was
registered in 2010 as Mega Progressives Party but we are transforming it
to the new name to show the strength. The name will change officially
next week,” he added.