Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has urged all stakeholders to come up with innovative models for achieving speedy and efficient justice delivery system. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has urged all stakeholders to come up with innovative models for achieving speedy and efficient justice delivery system. Ambode who made the call at a special service held at the Christ Church Marina, Lagos to mark the opening of the 2018/2019 Legal Year of Lagos State Judiciary. Speaking further, Ambode regretted that in spite of efforts, the plague of delay in justice delivery is still of major concern. He said justice system must remain sound, fair and effective because the state has the responsibility of 24 million people who look up to her to protect them with the law.

October 15, 2018 14:15 UTC

COMMUNITY leaders of Kaaor, Age, Gough, Tompo and Compo-Gbenger communities in Takum local government area of Taraba have petitioned Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state over plans to attack their communities. This was contained in a press statement issued in Jalingo on Monday and signed by the village heads of the communities, Zaki Thomas Yamsa, Zaki Dekaa Tor and Chief Hiiga Kaam. The community in the press statement also said there has been continuous destruction of their farms and economic trees by some Kuteb youths called on Governor Darius Ishaku to intervene in the issue before it degenerate. The statement quoted the leaders as saying, “crisis will not solve the problem, but dialogue will. So, we call on Governor Darius Ishaku to quickly intervene to solve the problem.”

October 15, 2018 14:03 UTC

Oghenesivbe further disclosed that the contract was later re-awarded to Setraco Nigeria, which was able to deliver within an agreed time frame, resulting in the upgrade and re-branding of the Asaba Airport. Oghenesivbe further enthused that the socioeconomic implication of the resumption of full-scale commercial flights in and out of Asaba airport is the creation of more jobs, more revenue generated through airport tax, overnight parking, airport advertising services as well as increased turnover for hoteliers, airport taxi operators and grand staff doing business at the airport. “Asaba Airport shall soon become a major hub in the country as a result of her strategic location, serving Delta and neighbouring South-East states. “Cargo Airplane shall soon resume flights into Asaba Airport, making it more convenient and cheaper for South-East business people and importers to fly their products and goods into Asaba and spend little for haulage from Asaba Airport to any of the South-East states,” the governor’s noted. It will be recalled that recently, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo’s presidential executive jet flew into the Asaba Airport to attend the 2018 Guild of Editors annual event.

October 15, 2018 12:56 UTC

OUTGOING Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said that the former Director General of the Department of State Service, Lawal Daura, twice asked him to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari so that Fayose’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party, would retain the control of the State. On the fallout from the PDP presidential primary, Fayose urged the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secobdus, and others to give the necessary respect and recognition to state governors. The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Emmanuel Udom, described Fayose as a courageous and dependable man and said Fayose could defend a cause even at the cost of his life. Other speakers such as the Bayelsa State Governor, Rt Hon. Seriake Dickson, former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode poured encomiums on Fayose and prayed that God blesses his future endeavours.

October 15, 2018 12:56 UTC

THE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Seme Area Command has generated the sum of N1, 050, 868, 570.20 for the months of August and September 2018. The Anti- Smuggling unit of the Command also made a total of one hundred and twenty (120) seizures with a duty paid value of N95, 070, 005.00 for the months under review. “Three suspects arrested in connection to some of the seizures are currently under investigation and possible prosecution. “Commenting on the revenue generated and seizures made, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba disclosed that the Command is re-strategizing by deploying a proactive anti-smuggling approach to enforce the Federal Government policies which will boost revenue generation in the command. “The Customs Area Controller also noted that the reinvigorated anti-smuggling unit of the command is yielding positive results as drug traffickers and immigrants who use illegal routes are being apprehended.

October 15, 2018 12:45 UTC





AS political activities for the 2019 general elections hot up across the country following emergence of candidates, a political pressure group known 6 the ‘Grassroots Network 4 Atiku’ (GN4A) has declared that it has embarked on moves to mobilise adequate support in the region of 10 million voters for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar towards victory in 2019. ALSO READ: Atiku: NUJ, RATTAWU deny alleged unpaid salaries by Gotel CommunicationHe said for two years the Presidency refused to obey court orders that ordered for the release of Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Sheikh Ibrahim Elzakzaky but quickly acted on this one which clearly shows government move to impose tyranny on Nigerians by hook or crook. Isa said, “we are in a democracy and Nigerians have rights to elect leaders of their choices not by force but by their goodwill, government move is a sign that Nigerians want to change Buhari with Atiku Abubakar of the PDP. For that no amount of intimidation will stop Nigerians from changing the APC government”He also accused Buhari led APC administration of deceiving Nigerians with the fight against corrupt practices where only his perceived political opponents are being questioned and arrested by the EFFC while people with corrupt allegations if they are in the APC will not be questioned or arrested. The Coordinator also said that the group are mobilising support for Atiku from the people that have Permanent voters card (PVCs) pointing out that already they have contacted over three million Nigerians who have permanent voters card at the grassroots and they all pledged their votes for Atiku and pledged to reach out to other distinguished Nigerians with PVCs and predicted that Atiku will win the presidential election in 2019.

October 15, 2018 12:45 UTC

OVER eight governorship aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State have vowed to work against the election of Engr Abdullahi Sule to represent the party in forthcoming poll. They agreed that the Governor who collected a huge amount of money from Dangote to hand over the ticket to Engr Sule should also work alone to deliver him. But speaking after the meeting with the governorship aspirants in Abuja, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura said all the aspirants agreed to work for the success of the party at the general elections. He said that the leading aspirants in the APC guber ticket Hon Ahmed Wadada, Hon Silas Agara and Barr Danladi Envuluanza have all agreed to support the candidature of Engr Abdullahi Sule as the next governor of the State. Those who attended the meeting included all the 10 governorship aspirants that contested the ticket against Engr Sule, the three APC senatorial candidates and the five House of Representatives APC candidates that emerge recently during the primaries.

October 15, 2018 12:33 UTC

The other eight states, according to the Centre, are Katsina with 0.9 million, Bauchi 0.8 million, Kaduna 0.7 million, Jigawa 0.7 million while Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Borno have 0.5 million respectively. CISLAC disclosed this statistical information in a paper presented by its Programme Officer, Muhammed Murtala at an Executive/Legislative/CSOs/ Media Roundtable conference held in Bauchi, revealing that 12 million children have so far been discovered stunted in 2018, thus ranking the country 2nd after India on a number of stunted children globally. “Stunting is what happens to a child’s brain and anybody when they don’t get the right kind of food or nutrients in their first 1, 000 days of life,” CISLAC stated. The Programme Officer also stated that every 1 in 2 children are stunted in the North-East and North-West zones of the country while only about 1 in 5 children are stunted in the Southern part of the country. He attributed the challenges to addressing malnutrition in Bauchi state to 14 out of the 20 LGAs in the state to 70% without Cluster Managers (CMAN) intervention which is grossly inadequate for the state.

October 15, 2018 12:22 UTC

…Police orders detention, investigation of suspectsOluwakemi AbimbolaA young lady, Anita Akapson, was on Saturday night shot dead by a policeman in Katampe Extension, Abuja. According to a police report, she had an encounter with policemen that night. In a statement released by police on its Twitter handle, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the killing. The statement partly read, “IGP has ordered the detention and investigation of Policemen involved in the incident that led to the death of Miss Anita Akapson. The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory Command is already in touch with the family as directed by the Inspector General of Police.

October 15, 2018 12:13 UTC

Guys, wake up; the proper thing would have been to bring an application for an order to place such a person on the ban list. “We are gradually fusing executive powers and judicial powers together in the hands of one person and it may hit us very soon. “This is the test phase of the Executive Order 6! “You do not have to have a case in court to be on that ban list or have your property confiscated. Just ask yourself; what powers the ban list?

October 15, 2018 11:54 UTC

But it has affirmed that the implementation of the order is legal and it is meant to fast corruption cases some of which it noted had been pending for about 10 years. “The very essence of the order is to make for speedy trials and conclusion of graft cases. In most of the cases, the courts are held in a helpless position by legal acrobatics paid for from corrupt enrichment by the suspects. “The new measures put in place should compel everyone involved to make for a speedy conclusion of these cases. “The Executive Order is legal and constitutional and therefore implementable.

October 15, 2018 11:37 UTC

“My focus all along had been with President Obasanjo and I had never brought Alhaji Abubakar into what I was doing. “Unlike Sheikh Gumi and Reverend Oyedepo who were invited to this event, I am a central actor. I brought up again the issue of what he thought of his reconciliation with Alhaji Atiku. When President Obasanjo appeared, I walked up to him and said I wanted to know the protocol for the meeting. “Sheikh Gumi and I shook hands and although I was hungry and food was being laid out, I skipped lunch.

October 15, 2018 11:26 UTC

“You are using gem stones to add value to the economy of the country by getting stones locally. She commended the NEPC for the support they have given SMES in the cottage industry particularly Mina Stones. “Initially we struggled because people were not familiar with gem stones especially gem stones in Nigeria even though they bought Nigeria gem stones outside Nigeria”. “We struggled to let people understand that you can actually invest in gem stones like people invest in gold. You know people are more familiar with gold, but with time, people started accepting gem stones jewelries”.

October 15, 2018 11:15 UTC

He said, “We have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. Nothing went wrong with the billions of dollars pumped into the energy sector without a watt of electricity to show for it. If there’s anyone in the All Progressives Congress jungle that is capable of defusing Atiku’s parachute hovering atop Aso Rock, it’s Bola Tinubu. If Buhari loses the election, which I doubt, he brought the loss upon himself through inaction and mediocrity. 2019 isn’t a fight between Buhari and Atiku, it’s a war between Atiku and Tinubu.

October 15, 2018 05:59 UTC

Atiku said it was worrisome and embarrassing that Buhari included the late former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike, as thirtieth on the list. If the Buhari administration wants to curtail the rights of Nigerians, then they must go to court and obtain a court order. “Funny enough, the Buhari administration was unable to stop Abdulrasheed Maina, their financier, from leaving the country after he was illegally brought back by them and reinstated to the federal service with double promotion. We do not consider that such reasonable certainty can exist where the executive assumes patently judicial functions,” the rights group stated. Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) took to Twitter to declare its objection, saying: “It is unfortunate the outgoing President Buhari is yet to change from his trademark dictatorial ways of doing things.

October 15, 2018 04:41 UTC