Newsdiaryonline Breaking News, Latest News, Investigative Stories,Analysis,Opinions,Interviews About Nigeria Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:14:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Salary Crises: Kwara Gov Predicts Resolution within Two Months Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:14:48 +0000 Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has given an assurance that the issue of salary arrears of workers in certain tertiary institutions and government agencies in the state will be resolved within the next two months. Speaking during a meeting with heads of tertiary institutions in the state at the Government House Ilorin on Tuesday, [...]

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IGP takes step to modernize Nigeria Police finger print data base Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:09:57 +0000 IGP in a round table discussion with the officials of ACRO

In a bid to retool the Nigeria Police Security architecture, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase has entered into a robust fusion with Association of Criminal Records Office, based in the United Kingdom (UK).

Force Public Relations Officer, CP Emmanuel C. S.  Ojukwu said in a statement that  when fully operational, this synergy will among other things: review Nigeria Police Criminal Justice System, Develop Criminal Records Register, provide the Police with Electronic Criminal Records Gadgets, and modernize Police Information Technology needs.

Presentations on the benefits of electronic finger print data base were made by Mr. David Mckinney and Mr. Graeme Wallace from ACRO. The visit also had in attendance members of the Nigeria Police Forum, from Metropolitan Police U.K, representatives from the Ministry of Police Affairs, Prisons, Economic and Financial Crime Commission and the Nigeria Immigration Service.

IGP in his remarks maintained that the benefit of having forensic led investigation cannot be overemphasized, as this underpins the strategic importance of partnering with ACRO.

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El-Rufai reconstitutes boards, names Special Assistant on Disability Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:34:49 +0000 El Rufai  600

… Makes first state broadcast tonight

Governor Nasir el- Rufai   has announced new boards for  Kaduna state  agencies responsible for managing elections, urban planning, traffic and emergencies.

A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, disclosed that the governor has approved the reconstitution of the boards of SIECOM, KASUPDA, KASTELEA and SEMA.

Dr. Binta Dikko-Audu will chair the board of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) where she will work with six commissioners: Bitrus Gwadah, Rilwanu Adamu Yahaya, Hassan Mohammed, Safiya Umar Balarabe, Dr. Andrew Nkom and Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli.

Nasiru Aboki, a respected architect, was chosen as chairman of the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA). Other members of the board are Ruth Alkali, Ya’u Shehu Usman, Abdullahi Ibrahim Cooler and Kabiru Muazu.

The new chairman of the Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) is Abba Zubair Ahmed, a retired colonel. The board also has DSP Adamu Kachiro, Saidu Adamu, a former commissioner for Information and Ashiru Zuntu.

Ezekiel Baba Karik, who was recently appointed Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), will be working with three other board members. They are Umar Faruk Muazu, Dr. Yusha’u Ango and Sani Akawu.

The governor has also appointed Aliyu Muhammed Salisu as his Special Assistant on Persons with Disability. Salisu, who hails from Sabon Gari, Zaria, holds a diploma in Special Education from the Kaduna Polytechnic and another diploma in Guidance and Counseling from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a member of the National Association of the Blind and has worked at the Kaduna State Rehabilitation Centre. He is the chairman of the Braille Production Centre in Kaduna.

Makes first state broadcast tonight

Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, will this evening make his first state broadcast.

The governor's speech will be broadcast by 8:15pm on radio and television stations in the state.

A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, said that the speech is part of the governor's commitment to regularly update and engage with the people of Kaduna State. The governor has already hosted his first Town Hall meeting, as part of this process of public engagement.

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Buhari’s US visit: A SWOT analysis ,By Issa Aremu Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:50:02 +0000 After a globally acknowledged triumphant entry and exit of President Muhammadu Buhari from and to United States, the interest of yours truly is purely academic.  It’s time for impact assessment of this historic visit. In the wake of last year’s  “successful” first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit attended by as many as 50 Presidents and Prime Ministers, [...]

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CSOs Examine ways to strengthen anti-graft war Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:48:33 +0000 CSOs

By Abdullahi Mohammed

The Executive Chairman Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders  ( CACOL) Mr Debo Adeniran has advised president Muhammadu Buhari to make his declaration of assets public to lay good example to other public office holders. He made this assertion today at  the event on the  CSOs media interaction on anti corruption at Stonehedge Hotel in Abuja on Tuesday.The meeting canvassed the strengthening of the anti corruption battle.Speakers demanded special focus on the role of judges in the anti-graft war.

Mr Adeniran suggested that "the advice to Buhari is to ..first and foremost make his declaration of his own asset public .” He also urged him  “to strengthen the anti corruption agencies with funds , training and even protection to their own lives and cooperations  with other countries with mutual legal assistance .He also Also noted that the media needs to help in anti corruption crusade that

"Most of the time when you fight corruption, corruption complains and actually fight back, the way they fight back is first and foremost to try to discredit the reasons why you are being prosecuted in the first place . They want to actually water down the essence instead of that prosecution when they tell you that the prosecution is selective. What they are saying is that you should not select them at the time you are selecting them, their argument can never be that they didn't commit the crime .None of them who claimed that in the anti corruption agencies are selective has ever denied that they are not involved in it .Nobody said you should call a suspect a criminal already except you know that they are actually being criminal because there are occasion where it is certain that this fellow is a criminal and they have perpetuated some criminal act that is obvious to (every) Tom, Dick and Harry. But some time many of you ,your platforms, shy away even from  convicted ones because some of you actually know  or you have relationship with some of them you will just okay their crime", he said.

Adesina said that  "the convicted must be shamed if you don't shame them they integrate themselves back into the same society and they make others thinks that corruption pays, that should be discouraged by the media. You should call them criminal when they are convicted. We have James Iboris of this world , we have Alamiyeseigha  who has claimed to be pardoned, Cecilia Ibru, Tafa Balagun, Yakubu Yusuf and we have a number of them that have been convicted. Even those who deep their hands in their back pockets to pay the fine they are also convicted criminals. The media has not been calling them their true names. We called them Convicts Of The Federal Republic ( CFR)

One of the coveners , Say No Campaign,  Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu   said that " every kobo that is recovered ,everybody that is sent to jail on the account of putting their dirty  fingers in our common till sends  a strong message and deterrent. The man who is probing today   is doing that on the basis of the fact that when he finishes that the person also takes over from him will have a legal basis, moral basis to probe him as well, so if you didn't probe you are simply saying that don't probe me because I didn't probe and that cannot be a good narrative. So how do we collectively as a citizen own this fight , do we understand the benefits as a people. That is what this conference is about .

Mr Ezenwa  sighting that  "the anti corruption agencies would be on the search light of corrupt people right now. There are people who are thinking that the fight is coming to them even though it has not yet come to them. They know the fight is already coming; so what do they do they fold their arms and clap no! They’ll  start shouting now because this is the time to start shouting now. This is the time to start shouting oh! He is selective , Oh! He is selective, Oh! He is persecuting his enemies so that you don't get to them and .For Christ sake do we even know that the current investigations are not new ? Yesterday Femi Falana told us that the petitions against the  cabals were  initiated by president Goodluck Jonathan. It was Mrs Alison Madueke knowing she will herself be implicated decided to do what  she has done . First by petitioning against even the oil czars so there are no new investigation. It was actually the PDP government that wrote the petitions that are currently investigated .There is no new thing," he affirmed.

“We are lucky  to have a government  that wants to confront the monster of corruption .It is our duty as citizens to strengthen their hands and encourage them to make sure that all the onslaught by the enemies of our country and when I say the enemy of our country . The people who have stolen our common resources cannot be our friends" he appealed.

He also called on “the anti corruption agencies to beam their satellites on the judges themselves. There is nothing that says that an indicted judged cannot be tried and sentenced to jail. U,ntil judges start going to prison the anti corruption fight may not have started .The way it should start  so we need to focus our attention to those institutions as well. The judiciary must help this fight . The anti corruption agencies have woken up, the (ones) that have not woken up like the code of conduct of bureau needs to step up their games as well now to ensure that our country is rid of corruption..

Also  Mohammed B Attah, head  of  Procurement Observation And Advocacy Initiative,PRADIN   who spoke at the event  said  " far more important is the fact that as a member of a  civil society which the media are, there is no way we can do this fight without you. There is no way we can move ahead  without involving you. You will have noticed that what we are witnessing is a new regime and I think we have a window of opportunity that we  have to take advantage of. If we fail to take advantage of that now honestly , only God knows what will happen in subsequent dispensation. That is why we have to cry and ensure that doesn't happen. we assume  we are always thinking alike as media and civil society practitioners".

The chairman Civil Society Network Against Corruption Olarenwaju Suraju also briefed the press  said   “I think we have actually acknowledged that judiciary needs to  act diligently. That is why we are here look at the case of Fani Kayode that took about 8 years even some evidence would be lost, some witnesses would not be willing to testify against him ,some may have died and some of the prosecution officers relocated and you are left with the challenge of sustaining even many of those cases. Like we said the anti corruption institutions have the mandate of investigation and also persecuting but they can't be the one to either convict  or acquits them. ..

"So it is  important  and this goes to the CJN because the body language of the CJN also will assist with many of the judges on the bench. If  it is allowed to be business as usual then they will continue at the rate at which they are going but if the CJN reads out the riot act and the anti corruption can also beam their satellite on the judges .

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Reports: Ooni of Ife ,Oba Sijuwade is dead Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:42:38 +0000 Oba-Okunade-Sijuwade-320x180

Reports from Ile - Ife  in Osun state said the Ooni of Ife , Oba Okunade Sijuwade, is dead.

Though no details were immediately available about the circumstance leading to his death, The Eagle online  on of  the first to break the news said   sources in the Osun State Government House in Osogbo on Tuesday confirmed that the Ooni had died .

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Aregbesola’s predicament , By Mohammed Haruna Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:32:24 +0000 Yesterday Justice Oloyede Folahanmi, a judge of the Osun State High Court, would have made history for the second time as the first judge to testify before a legislative committee on why she believed the governor of her state and his deputy should be impeached by the legislature (i.e. charged with an offense committed while [...]

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Reforming the Judiciary ,By Dele Agekameh Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:20:34 +0000 That the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is confronted with a Herculean task is no longer news. What is news is that Buhari, the self-proclaimed crusader, has pledged to tackle, head on, the quantum beast of corruption that runs free in the country. Already, there are indications that the new president is sincere and determined to take [...]

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Sokoto, Pakistan To Partner On Education Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:45:16 +0000 tambuwalspeaker

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

‎Sokoto State government and the Government of Pakistan are set to partner on enhancing the education and skills capacity of the people of the state.

Speaking when he received the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt. Gen Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House on Tuesday, Governor Aminu Tambuwal‎ added that other areas of collaboration would include agriculture, vocational training, cultural exchanges and poverty eradication.

The Governor  said that Sokoto shared common history and are bound by similarities in faith with Pakistan, adding that "the long standing relationship‎ between the country and Nigeria required further expansion."

He stressed that with experience in counter-insurgency measures, having suffered years of attacks from terrorists and other miscreants, Pakistan could help Nigeria to tackle her security challenges .‎

"We have benefitted from our experiences in the past. The Penal Code legal system we are using in the North now was adopted by the Northern regional government ‎in the First Republic from Pakistan and other countries.

"Personally, I was taught by Pakistanis while training as a teacher. I believe we can still benefit from your expertise of many areas," Tambuwal added.

He said Pakistan's poverty eradication strategies, and agricultural expansion programmes had lifted millions of people out of poverty, and Sokoto government will tap from that knowledge.

Earlier, Farooq praised the educational achievements of many Nigerians who had set high standards across the globe, adding that Pakistan and Nigeria cherished shared values and were "both striving for the upliftment of civic and societal demands of the two countries."

He said Sokoto government could benefit from Pakistan's educational achievements as well as called for a closer collaboration on all areas between the two governments.

..Poly To Introduce Surveying Course

In order to encourage the enrollment ‎of indigenes of his state for surveying courses, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has assured for the introduction of the course in the state's Polytechnic.

The governor stated this at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors' 50th Annual General Meeting, which holds between July 27th and ‎31st 2015 in Sokoto.

Tambuwal further observed that the number of people, who had taken to surveying as a profession in the state‎, was low.

"This association has a responsibility for exploring ways of improving the situation, through massive sensitization.

"On our part, we shall continue to encourage candidates wishing to enroll for the course in the polytechnics and universities. We shall also support the state Polytechnic to introduce Surveying Course in no distance future," he stated.

The governor stressed the need for surveyors to rely more on modern tools ‎in order to enhance their jobs. "Although most surveyors rely mainly on the traditional tools, they must be able to grasp and apply new and improved methods that has been brought by modern technology."

Tambuwal also underscored the importance of training "in keeping pace with the increasing global challenge and the changing dynamics of their profession.

"Benign environment," he added, "must be ensured through the provision of modern operational equipment, to make the job easier, faster, accurate and enjoyable."

In his speech, the President of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Bern Omo Akhigbe called on Sokoto state government to take a cue from the federal government by establishing the office of Surveyor-General of the state.

"The Surveyor-General when properly empowered to do his job, will be an asset to the government and help to drive all development and economic programmes for effective service delivery," Akhigbe stated.

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Customs seals warehouses of rice importers Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:41:57 +0000 Nigeria Customs Service has commenced the sealing up of warehouses of four (4) defaulting Rice Importers. The action is intended to give a bite to several letters of warming and ultimatum to the beneficiaries of rice import quota policy who imported in excess of their approved quotas. The affected importers are: Olam, Stallion/ Popular Foods/Masco [...]

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Nigeria Police disown recruitment adverts Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:39:26 +0000 Arase news

Nigeria Police Management has  disowned "some fake recruitment adverts being run by some criminally minded persons, who are out to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

Force Spokesman ,CP Emmanuel C. S.  Ojukwu said  Tuesday “For the avoidance of doubt, there is no recruitment going on at the moment in the Nigeria Police Force.

“We therefore, wish to use this medium to warn members of the public not to be deceived or to fall prey to mischief makers.

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Responsible professional elite necessary in fight against corruption-Osinbajo Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:37:17 +0000 Vice President OSINBAJO 1 600

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has stressed the importance of the professional elite in the current fight against corruption in the country, even as he expressed the readiness of the federal government to work on judicial and justice sector reforms.

Prof. Osinbajo who met with leaders of both the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) and those of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in his office today noted that some of the reforms being envisaged will require legislation.

Delegations of both professional groups were led by their presidents: Mr. Augustine Alegeh, SAN, of the NBA, and Otunba Samuel Olufemi Deru, of ICAN.

Addressing the NBA delegation, Vice President Osinbajo, himself a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, stated that reforms are imperative in the justice sector, warning that “if we are not careful we may not have a profession. There is no question at all that we need reforms. We have to do it.”

The VP pointed to some of the worrying instances that has compelled the need for reform in the judicial sector, asserting that "it is becoming worse everyday."

Earlier the NBA president who had noted his excitement that “the bar produced a Vice President under my presidency,” congratulated both President Muhammad Buhari and the Vice President and expressed confidence that the administration would excel.

He called for judicial reforms, including the need for appointments especially into Appeal and Supreme Courts from the academia and deserving legal practitioners.

In his meeting with ICAN, Prof Osinbajo said there was the need for a responsible professional elite in any thriving society, an elite that was ethical and courageous especially at this time when everyone knows about the evils of corruption, but very few are doing anything about it.

The VP said ICAN was especially placed to expose corruption since their members are the professionals that audit the books of corporations and government agencies.

Osinbajo observed that there were several government agencies, financial institutions and professional bodies that fell short of accounting standards and lacked transparency and accountability.

``What is now important is what each and every one of us, especially the professionals, can do to check and expose the evils of corruption,’’ the VP said. He said that if ICAN members and other professionals were diligent and courageous in the performance of their duty it would go a long way in helping the administration to fight corruption.

For instance, Prof Osinbajo stated that ICAN members can expose false accounting and insist on transparency and accountability.

He also urged the Institute and other professional bodies to encourage whistle blowers to expose the ills of society.

The Vice President noted that ICAN had done well, adding that maintaining a smooth transitional process in its leadership clearly showed it was a democratic organization.

Earlier, the ICAN President, Otunba Deru hailed the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to tame corruption. He said that the institute was poised to support the administration to fight the menace and other ills in the society.

``Our motto is accuracy and integrity and we are ready to support the government in this fight to ensure that our country is economically viable and that we do not imbibe the culture of corruption where anything goes,’’ he said.

Deru also used the opportunity to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President on their election.


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Buhari decries non-payment of teachers by states Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:23:06 +0000 President Muhammadu BUHARI  650

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja decried the current situation in the country in which teachers go without being paid their salaries for many months in some states,says a statement by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president(media and publicity).

Speaking after receiving a briefing from the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, President Buhari urged the three tiers of government to be more mindful of their responsibility to pay teachers their salaries on time.

Noting that the non-payment of teachers had resulted in long-running strikes by teachers in some states, President Buhari declared that the worst harm State Governments can cause their citizens was to deny them good education.

"It then means that their citizens will be denied a chance to compete with others at the center. Socially, it is very, very bad, if not irresponsible," the President said.

The Permanent Secretary, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala briefed the President on the current activities of the Federal Ministry of Education as well as its many problems and challenges including inadequate funding and insecurity in some parts of the country.



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Nigerian Army rescue 30 people from terrorists in Dikwa Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:01:33 +0000 As a result of ongoing operations  under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole to clear Dikwa and its environs from Boko Haram Terrorist, the troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army yesterday rescued 30 persons from the hands of the terrorist in Kwayabe and Wufe wards in Dikwa LGA of Borno state. Acting Director Army Public Relations,Colonel [...]

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BREAKING: Buhari appoints new coordinator for Amnesty Programme Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:54:35 +0000 Buhari-US-Chamber-Commerce 600

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Brigadier-General P.T. Boroh (rtd.) as the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants.

Brig. Boroh, whose appointment takes immediate effect, is to take over the responsibilities of the former Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Niger Delta who also doubled as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme.

Femi Adesina ,Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity)  said in a statement that the appointment of a new Coordinator for the Amnesty Programme is expected to lead to the speedy resolution of recent hitches in its implementation such as the non-payment of outstanding allowances to ex-militants.

Boroh succeeds Kingsley Kuku who  was  former President Goodluck Jonathan’s  the special adviser on Amnesty programme.

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