Mr Yusuf Adebayo, the NAHCON’s Commissioner in charge of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, made the call at a stakeholders’ meeting on the 2018 Hajj in Lagos. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Saturday called on intending pilgrims for the 2018 Hajj to make early preparation to avoid unnecessary challenges.Mr Yusuf Adebayo, the NAHCON’s Commissioner in charge of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, made the call at a stakeholders’ meeting on the 2018 Hajj in Lagos.“Most of the challenges we usually face are due to late preparation and the Saudi Authorities have taken stringent steps to ensure that they do not recur in 2018.“This informs why a deadline of March 31 has been fixed for all hajj payments, because all payments are expected to get to Saudi Arabia by April,’’ he said.Adebayo urged the pilgrims to always adhere strictly to the regulations guarding hajj exercise so as to enjoy full spiritual benefits of the exercise.“We have also observed that some Nigerians do not know the importance of hajj; when they get to Mecca they engage in unwholesome activities that have no spiritual benefit.“Saudi Authorities have recommended that intending pilgrims should be tutored on the importance of hajj before they embark on the pilgrimage.“We implore all states Pilgrims Boards to rise up to the challenge,” he said.Adebayo also advised the pilgrims to stop the idea of absconding after pilgrimage, saying that Saudi Authorities would always find them out, saying there is no hiding place in Mecca.He regretted that 900 Nigerians absconded after the 2017 hajj.“We have also observed that some Nigerians do not return with their state contingents after the pilgrimage; some do not even perform the hajj rites before absconding,’’ Adebayo said.Also, Mr Muftau Okoya, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Muslims Pilgrim Board, assured NAHCON of his board’s cooperation in all areas of preparation for the hajj.Okoya urged intending pilgrims from the state to take advantage of the little time left to conclude their payments for the 2018 Hajj.“I thank NAHCON for bringing this stakeholders’ meeting to Lagos.“I assure the commission that we shall always cooperate with them.“It is barely one month to the deadline, and I urge intending pilgrims from Lagos State to take advantage of the little time left to conclude their processes,” he said.NAN reports that the stakeholders’ meeting was attended by NAHCON officials from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun.
Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman, SecondusThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-South said it would partner other leadership of the party in other zones to produce credible candidate for 2019 presidential election.
National Vice Chairman of the party, South-South, Mr Emmanuel Ogigi, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, but said emergence of the candidate would follow democratic process as stipulated in PDP Constitution.
He said that the zone would support the efforts of the National Working Committee to reposition the party for victory in the 2019 general elections.
Ogidi expressed confidence in the NWC to organise free and fair primaries in selecting candidates for all positions in the elections.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take urgent measures to ensure the credibility of the voter register ahead of the elections.
He condemned the registration of under-age voters in parts of the country and the participation of such voters in the recent council polls in Kano state.
Ogidi accused INEC of conniving with some politicians to perpetrate the illegality of the under-age voter registration.
On the lingering scarcity of petrol in the country, he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to relinguish the position of Minister of Petroleum Resources and give the responsibility to another person.
According to him, the president should appoint a substantive minister with capacity to manage the oil sector and resolve the fuel supply crisis.
He also called on Buhari to give assent to the Electoral Act recently amended by the National Assembly, saying that when made a law, it would reduce tension in the polity.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa StateGov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has urged religious, community and opinion leaders to caution their followers against hate speeches capable of breaching the peace in the country.
Al-Makura made the call on Saturday in Lafia while donating operational vehicles to security agencies in the state.
He noted that nothing instigated and escalated crisis more than inflammatory utterances, urging the people to desist from such acts.
He warned that any individual or groups caught making utterances capable of igniting conflict in the state would be made to face the wrath of the law.
“I would like to appreciate the security operatives who are on the trail of such perpetrators as a number of arrests have been made, while some are already standing trials,’’ Al-Makura said.
He charged the courts to sanction the perpetrators appropriately in line with the provisions of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
“This is the only way utterances capable of generating crisis can be reduced, especially as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections,’’ he said.
The governor also called on all ethnic nationalities in Nasarawa State, especially those living at the boarder communities to eschew bitterness and embrace peace and harmony.
He gave assurance that his administration would continue to do all within the constitutional provisions, to ensure that a peaceful atmosphere for socio-economic activities thrived in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, on behalf of the state government donated 35 vehicles to security agencies to boost their operational efficiency in tackling security challenges, especially along the border communities with Benue state.
Speaking at the turbaning of Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, as the “Gangwi of Ganye”. The Gangwari of Ganye Chiefdom in Adamawa, Alhaji Umaru Sanda,has commended President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s effort’s at making significant in-roads in advancing road projects across the country in 2018.Speaking at the turbaning of Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, as the “Gangwi of Ganye”, Sanda also lauded the National Assembly for capturing the contract for the rehabilitation of the Ganye-Jada-Mayo-Belwa road in the 2018 budget proposal.Sanda said Namdas was the first to be conferred with the tittle “Gangwi of Ganye”, “worthy ambassador ” because of his numerous contributions to the development of the area and youth empowerment programmes.The traditional ruler urged Namdas to sustain the tempo assuring him of the people ‘s support.Responding, Namdas who represents Ganye/Jada/Toungo/Mayo-Belwa Federal Constituency, thanked the traditional ruler and the people for the honour and pledged to continue to do more.Namdas also thanked the leadership of the National Assembly particularly Speaker Yakubu Dogara, for the support accorded him in the chamber to effectively represent his people.In his remarks, Dogara, described Namdas as reliable and one of the best hands in the house.Dogara urged the people of Ganye to ensure that Namdas returns to the House in 2019.Also speaking, Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa described Namdas as a worthy ambassador of Adamawa.NAN reports that after the turbaning, the Gangwi Centre constructed by Namdas for skills acquisition training for youths in the constituency was inaugurated.
Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency on Saturday demolished some illegal structures and building erected without governments’ approval.
The exercise which is in continuation of moves by the Lagos state government to ensure that buildings are duly certified and approved for construction affected some structures erected on Freeman Street in Lagos Island.
This exercise according to the Lagos State government is also aimed at reducing incidents of building collapse.
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The agency had earlier visited Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Yaba Local Government Areas two weeks ago demolishing and prosecuting offenders for flouting government’s regulation and breaking seals.
Apart from demolishing the buildings, more than 20 houses were also sealed and marked for demolition for failure to get approvals for construction.
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NDLEA officials at the scene of the destruction of the illegal drugs.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is determined to bring an end to use of illegal drugs and substances in every nook and cranny of the country.
Commander of the NDLEA in Edo State, Buba Wakawa said this on Friday during the public destruction of drugs and substances weighing a total of 36,844.7123 kilograms.
The destruction of the illegal drugs took place at the Idogbo bypass in Benin City the Edo state capital.
Wakawa during the destruction appealed to members of the public to join the agency in the war against illegal drugs as it is the only way to win the battle.
The representative of Edo State Governor at the event, Mr Sam Okoh-Ose explained that the war against drug and substance abuse is one to be taken seriously.
He assured the agency that the state government will do everything within the law to support the NDLEA.
Image of smoke from the remains of the drugs after it was burnt down by NDLEA officials in Edo State.
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Al-Makura, while presenting the vehicles in Lafia, said that the gesture was part of his government’s commitment to boost the security architecture of the state in view of the incessant skirmishes. Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Saturday donated 35 operational vehicles worth over N642 million to various security agencies in the state.Al-Makura, while presenting the vehicles in Lafia, said that the gesture was part of his government’s commitment to boost the security architecture of the state in view of the incessant skirmishes.He explained that 22 of the vehicles would be allocated to the police.The governor said that the Nigeria Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) would get two vehicles each.He said that the Nigeria Air Force and the Prison Services would get one vehicle each.The governor said that the vehicles were meant for the mainstream security outfits working round the clock toward ensuring peace in the various communities.Al-Makura said that other security agencies would be considered in due course.“The distribution of the vehicles is another milestone in our collective efforts to contribute toward the protection of lives and property of the citizens.“I believe that the gesture will go a long way in supporting the security agencies toward the maintenance of law and order in the state,” Al-Makura said.He said that his administration had donated a befitting state headquarters for the Nigeria Police as part of the support to security agencies in the stateThe governor added that his administration also donated land and N300 million for the construction of the 177 Guards Battalion Barracks in Doma Local Government Area.Al-Makura listed other state interventions to include the ongoing construction of the state headquarter of the NSCDC, provision of land for the construction of Air Force base in Lafia, among others.He lauded the Federal Government for its spontaneous response with the deployment of security forces to checkmate the recent challenges in the state, especially along the border communities with Benue.The governor said that his administration would continue to provide logistics support to security agencies to enhance their operations, thereby guaranteeing the security of lives and property of citizens.The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bello Ahmed, on behalf of other security agencies, thanked the state government for the gesture.Ahmed said that the operational vehicles would spur the security outfits to deliver effectively on their constitutional mandates, assuring that the vehicles would be judiciously utilised.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa Command, says it is winning the war against oil theft.The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Godwin Nwachukwu, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Yenagoa.
He described as false, an allegation that personnel of the state command shot a vigilance team member.He said that oil thieves were behind the allegation in an effort to divert attention.
Nwachukwu pledged that the command would not relent in checking oil theft and pipeline vandalism in spite of such blackmail.He said that personnel of the command were well trained in handling arms and would not use firearms indiscriminately.
“All the allegations are to distract attention from the fight against oil theft and vandalism of oil infrastructure.
“The syndicate has always adopted devilish strategies to frustrate the efforts of the NSCDC.
“In spite of the antics of these evil merchants, we remain resolute to end this economic crime.
“In the early hours of Monday, our anti-vandal team based in Ikarama Community responded to a case of sabotage on oil pipeline in the area,’’ he told NAN.
The commandant said that the team did not release gunshots in spite of provocations.
“Though the prime suspect escaped, we were able to arrest a woman who works with him and knew his whereabouts; she was interrogated and later released,” he said.
Nwachukwu also reacted to an allegation that NDCDC men shot an indigene of Ikarama Community.
According to him, an NSCDC team deployed to protect oil facilities at Ikarama community shot in self-defence when attacked by youths in the community.
“In the face of the threat, my men acted in self-defence and fired two warning shots into the air to scare away the hostile crowd armed with dangerous weapons.
“No one was shot at and no one was injured,” he told NAN.
However, Chief Richard Seiba, the Traditional Ruler of Ikarama, said that NSCDC men shot one Mr Perekurofa Odoyibo.
Seiba said that the alleged victim was receiving medical attention.“They shot the boy twice in the arm and leg. I have just visited him, and he is in pains,” the royal father said.
Abubakar confessed to being one of the brains behind the kidnap of over 200 girls at a girls secondary school in Chibok, Borno state. Abdulkadir Abubakar, a leader in the Abubakar Shekau led Boko Haram, has said he’s seeking God’s forgiveness after repenting from killing and kidnapping innocent Nigerians.Abubakar, who is in detention at a military facility, was arrested at Buni Yadi when he allegedly went on an espionage mission ahead of the insurgents’ plot to attack the commander of the Special Force Training School.TheCable reports that Abubakar confessed to being one of the brains behind the kidnap of over 200 girls at a girls secondary school in Chibok, Borno state as well as the Buni Yadi massacre of secondary school students.Abdulkadir Abubakar’s confessionAbubakar claims to have repented saying since he had sought forgiveness from God, he believes his sins and atrocities will be forgiven.Narrating some of his crimes, Abubakar said, “Myself and two other Boko Haram commanders, Abu Fatima and Paper, led most of the attacks on schools in Yobe between 2013 and 2014. “We were also the ones behind the abduction of students at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. We also carried out attacks on schools in Potiskum, Mamudo, Damagun, Wagir and Ngarzarma, all in Yobe state.ALSO READ: Suspected terrorists attack University of Maiduguri“I wholeheartedly regret my actions and hope the Almighty Allah will forgive me. Allah said he will forgive whoever repents and asks him for forgiveness. I have repented and seek forgiveness.”Abubakar also claimed that Shekau ordered attacks on schools, mosques, churches and markets, and also ordered abduction and rape.
The General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said on Saturday in Lagos that the move was to avert windstorm disaster associated with the rainy season. The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) says it has intensified the pruning of overgrown trees across the state in preparation for the rainy season.The General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said on Saturday in Lagos that the move was to avert windstorm disaster associated with the rainy season.Adebiyi-Abiola said that the agency had so far pruned over 500 trees in different locations across the state.She called on residents to notify the agency of any overgrown tree within their communities.According to her, some of the trees, apart from their tendency to wreak havoc during windstorm, are already competing with electric cables and poles.”Calling the attention of the agency to overgrown trees in different parts of the state will help to prevent loss of lives and property.”I am, therefore, seeking your support to report to the agency any of these trees that can affect, not only you, but other members of the society.”This is because it is not possible for the representatives of the agency to be everywhere at all times to assess urgent issues related to these trees.”This is what is required of you as a responsible citizen and this is what I am encouraging you to do,” she said.Adebiyi-Abiola also urged residents to desist from cutting down trees without permission from the state government.She said that the zero-tolerance stance to tree cutting and pruning without clearance from LASPARK still persisted.The general manager reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to enforcing all Environmental and Greening Laws.“This is to curb the menace of indiscriminate tree pruning and felling in all nooks and crannies of the state,’’ she said.
The TUC President, Mr Bobboi Kaigama, said in Lagos that workers could no longer vouch for state governments that non-payment of salaries was as a result of lack of funds. The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Saturday advised state governors who could not address workers’ problems to resign.The TUC President, Mr Bobboi Kaigama, said in Lagos that workers could no longer vouch for state governments that non-payment of salaries was as a result of lack of funds.He said that the non-payment could be due to corruption.Kaigama made the TUC’s views known while addressing journalists after the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.He said that it was only the Lagos State Government that had been regularly paying workers’ salaries and allowances.“All the other states have one issue or the other in terms of salaries or benefits of their workers.“ You will discover that it is 13 months’ arrears of gratuities or pensions that have not been paid.“In some cases, it is the contributory pension deductions that have not been remitted or promotions arrears and death benefits not been paid,” he said.He advocated a return to regional government, saying that state governments were failing in their responsibilities.“The trust we have in state government has eroded.“If it is for the purposes of payment of salaries and infrastructure development such as provision of health facilities, roads, rail transportation and others, we are better off with regional government,’’ Kaigama said,’’ he said.The union leader noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved bailout funds and budget support funding to enable states to settle workers’ salaries, to no avail.Kaigama said that accountability in Nigeria was weak, and called for the strengthening of anti-graft agencies.On national minimum wage, Kaigama said that state governments should be determined to pay the wage when approved.He also called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the power sector due to its deteriorating condition.”No nation can develop without power,” he said.The labour leader urged the government to arrest and prosecute killers of innocent Nigerians in the guise of herdsmen and militia in different parts of the country.
Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, in a statement in Maiduguri, said troops also rescued three civilians, recovered vehicles and high calibre ammunition in various operations in the past two days. Troops in Borno killed five Boko Haram insurgents and captured a top commander of the group in the ongoing operation in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad basin.Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, in a statement in Maiduguri, said troops also rescued three civilians, recovered vehicles and high calibre ammunition in various operations in the past two days.Nwachukwu said on Thursday, the troops engaged and neutralised a number of fleeing insurgents while attempting to escape the military blocking position in one of the cleared enclaves ‘Sabil-Huda’, deep in Sambisa Forest.He said that the troops also recovered one G-III rifle magazine, one life jacket, a light Machine Gun metal link, four rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, four rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and three rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.“Unfortunately, two soldiers were injured in the process; they had been evacuated by the Nigerian Air Force and are responding to treatment,” he said.Nwachukwu said that the troops on Friday launched offensive targeting a terrorist’s hideouts up ‘CAMP ZAIRO’, and neutralized a number of insurgents in spite of initial damaged caused to their Armoured Fighting Vehicle by Improvise Explosive Device (IED) planted beneath the ground.He said that the troops killed five insurgents; several others wounded and recovered ammunition at a hideout in Parisu, Sambisa Forest.Nwachukwu disclosed that troops of 151 Battalion in conjunction with “7 Division Support Group’ had also cleared nine terrorists’ hideouts along Frigi-Izza area.The director added that the troops also recovered one motorcycle, two bicycles, 10 bicycle tyres, one bicycle, three Boko Haram flags, a solar panel, five drums filled with grain, two mattresses, two grinding machines, three bags of metal scraps, two motorcycle tyres and two underground grain silos.Also recovered are one AK-47 Rifle Magazine, 1 dummy rifle, a round of 12.7mm ammunition, 12 empty cases of 7.62mm ammunition, assorted IED materials and a tool box.According to him, the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE provided air cover for the land troops in the conduct of the operations.
The list had names that include Aisha A-Deri, the 13-year-old girl, who only returned to school on the day before the attack. Parents of the missing 105 girls kidnapped by men of the Boko Haram in the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, have released a list containing names of the students.The list published by The Nation, had names that include Aisha A-Deri, the 13-year-old girl, who only returned to school on the day before the attack after recovering from illness. More than 100 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier this week, parents told AFP on Friday. Meanwhile parents in Dapchi, in Yobe State, said they had set up a support group after the attack on the school, which has revived memories of the 2014 abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok. “Our first step was to compile a comprehensive list of all the missing girls. So far, we have compiled the names of 105,” said Bashir Manzo, the chairman of the group.On Monday, February 19, 2018, the men of the Boko Haram sect invaded a part of Yobe State including the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi kidnapping several students and reigning terror on the school and the village.According to a forum of parents of missing students, the number of girls in captivity have been given as 105.ALSO READ: Dapchi residents attack Yobe Governor for lying about girls’ rescueMeanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the girls kidnap saying it’s a national disaster.US condemns kidnap of school girls in YobeThe United States of America condemned the abduction of over 90 school girls from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state.The Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Ms Heather Nauert, at a press briefing on Thursday, said “We are still trying to get all the details about that but we wanted to mention that we condemn in the strongest possible terms the terror attack on a school earlier this week in north-eastern Nigeria.“The choice of targets including schools, markets and places of worship reflect the brutality of terror organisations.“The victims in the attacks were girls who were simply seeking an education.”“We continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to counter the terror group.ALSO READ: Schoolgirl narrates how Boko Haram kidnapped students in Yobe“We also support Nigeria’s efforts to enable more than two million displaced in the Lake Chad region to return home safely.“United States continues to provide humanitarian assistance to those who were affected by the violence,” Nauert added.British military offers to assist Nigeria in rescuing 105 kidnapped girlsThe British military has offered to assist the Nigerian Army in the search and rescue operation launched for the 105 girls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State.The Guardian reports that the British army led by Major Ian Robertson, the general advisor, British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) in Nigeria, recently made this known.Condemning the attack and kidnapping of the school girls from Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Dapchi, Robertson lamented the fact that girls’ schools have become soft targets for insurgents.
Ahmed stated this on Friday in Ilorin at the combined matriculation ceremony of the Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE) for Degree and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has identified adequate funding as a critical ingredient to stimulate educational growth in the country.Ahmed stated this on Friday in Ilorin at the combined matriculation ceremony of the Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE) for Degree and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).The session included the 2015/2016 and 2017/2018 academic session, held at 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi, Ilorin.Ahmed said that any government that intends to develop the capacity of its citizens, especially in the area of manpower, must build the education of its people.The governor urged the management of NASE to affiliate the institution with Kwara State University, Malete and University of Ilorin because of their proximity.The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Salihu Ahmed, said his administration would not relent in providing substantial support needed for NASE to grow as an academic institution.Earlier, the Commandant of NASE, Brig.-Gen., Nuhu Umaru, commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen.Tukur Buratai, for the upgrade of the school to a degree awarding institution.He explained that the academic scope was expanded to run NCE and degree and to provide manpower for members of the armed forces.According to him, the school which was upgraded to degree awarding institution in 2015, was affiliated to Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ogun State.Also speaking at the occasion, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of TASUED, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabuwo, enjoined the matriculants to be steadfast and continue to work hard.He noted that TASUED is known for academic excellence.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) records that that the rain which was preceded by a mild breeze, started at about 10 PM and lasted till 1 AM on Saturday. Makurdi, the Benue capital city on Friday recorded its first rain fall in 2018.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) records that that the rain which was preceded by a mild breeze, started at about 10 PM and lasted till 1 AM on Saturday.NAN reports that the rain arrived much earlier than last year when it came in March.NAN also reports that apart from 2014 which experienced early showers, the rain always set in around March.NAN reports that the heatwave that had tormented Makurdi residents has eased for a more humid weather with farmers warming for an early commencement of the cropping season.