VIO Inducts 33 Special Traffic Mayors In Cross River

VIO Inducts 33 Special Traffic Mayors In Cross River

The Department of Vehicle Inspector Officer (VIO) in Cross River State has inaugurated 33 special traffic mayors in the state.

The 33-man team was inducted in Calabar the state capital, with the Governor Professor Ben Ayade as the grand commander.

The officials are expected to assist the department in traffic management and control as well as rescue operations during the yuletide season and beyond.

The Chairman, National Conference of Directors and Chief Road Traffic Officer in the state, Mr Paul Bepeh, stated that part of their responsibilities will also be to assist in decongesting traffic and engaging in public enlightenment where necessary.

Shiites Protest, Condemn El-Zakzaky’s Continued Detention

Shiites Protest, Condemn El-Zakzaky’s Continued Detention

Shiites members during a protest in Abuja on October 30, 2018.

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have again demanded the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The Shiites staged a peaceful protest on Friday in Abuja against the continued detention of their leader by the Federal Government in spite of a court judgement ordering his release.

Speaking in an interview shortly after the march, spokesperson for the group, Abdullahi Musa, condemned the failure of the government to release their leader.

He decried the continued detention of El-Zakzaky and his wife since December 2015 over allegations of ordering members of the Shiite group to obstruct the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in Kaduna State.

Musa said the group would not stop to hold peaceful protests in the nation’s capital until the government rereleases their leader.

Buhari Reacts As Ayuba Wabba Emerges ITUC President

Buhari Reacts As Ayuba Wabba Emerges ITUC President

(File) NLC President, Ayuba Wabba

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mr Ayuba Wabba on his election as the President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

He extended his goodwill message to the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday in a statement by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

The President joined members of the NLC and all Nigerian workers in celebrating Wabba’s victory at ITUC poll, the largest trade union federation in the world.

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He described the success as further signals of the “great work” the union had been doing in ensuring the welfare of workers.

“As the first African to head the ITUC, President Buhari believes the labour leader will bring his wealth of experience in persuasion and negotiation to the new position, assuring him of the Federal Government’s support,” the statement said.

President Buhari wished the NLC President a successful tenure.

In a similar development, the President congratulated a former Minister of Mines and Power, Bashir Dalhatu, on his appointment as the Wazirin Dutse in Jigawa State.

He described Dalhatu as “a brilliant and hard-working lawyer who is deserving of this title.”

According to President Buhari, the former Nigeria Bar Association National President “didn’t attain this height by accident, he did so on account of his hard work and passion for the development of Jigawa State and its people.”

He said that Dalhatu “has consistently identified himself with the development agenda of the people of Jigawa State at all levels,” adding that his new traditional title “is a recognition of his commitment to the welfare of his people.”

The President urged other members of the Nigerian elite to emulate the Wazirin Dutse by “always identifying with the welfare and development of their people, instead of escaping to the cities and living epicurean lifestyles that detach them from the realities of the ordinary people.”

NOUN Graduates To Participate In NYSC, Attend Law School

NOUN Graduates To Participate In NYSC, Attend Law School

A file photo of graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja. Source: nouedu.net

Students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) can now heave a sigh of relief as President Muhammadu Buhari assents to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018.

The Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.

He said, “President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures.”

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Before the presidential assent, graduates of the institution have decried the alleged discrimination to participate in the one-year national youth scheme, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The NYSC has, however, been issuing ‘Letter of Exclusion from National Service’ to graduates of the institution.

A sample of the NYSC exclusion letter issued to NOUN graduates.

While stakeholders in the education sector discuss the issue of participation in the scheme, NOUN graduates also lamented that they were not admitted into the Nigerian Law School.

The President’s assent to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018 has now addressed the issues raised by the students of the institution.

This is just as the Act eliminates possible discrimination against programmes and products of the university.

“It has also allowed the establishment of some centres to be called study centres and given conditions for the establishment of such study centres,” Senator Enang revealed.

Alleged Fraud: Judge Withdraws Over Defendant’s Plea For Favour

Alleged Fraud: Judge Withdraws Over Defendant’s Plea For Favour

An Abuja High Court judge, Justice Danlami Senchi, has withdrawn from the trial of Victoria Adelana, a civil engineer who is standing trial for a N5 million fraud.

According to a statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, Justice Senchi accused the defendant of embarrassing him with several calls, “asking for help” in the matter.

Adelana, who is accused of defrauding one Chinenye Ike in a land scam, was arraigned in May 2016 and pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

She was said to have jumped bail and had to be declared wanted before she was arrested by EFCC operatives on February 10 and brought to court to face trial.

Justice Senchi had revoked the bail earlier granted the defendant and ordered that she be remanded in Suleja Prison.

The trial continued on February 20 with prosecuting counsel Diane Nkwap calling her first witness, Frank Kamalu, who explained how the defendant collected the money to buy a plot of land at Maitama EXTENSION II in Abuja, which turned out to be a land scam.

At the resumed sitting, Justice Senchi who was to give a ruling on bail and a “no-case” submission by the defence informed both prosecution and defence in open court that he felt embarrassed by the recent development, in which the defendant had literally been harassing him with several calls.

In view of the development, the trial judge excused himself from the case and ordered that the case file be returned to the Chief Judge of the FCT for reassignment.

Adelana was also ordered to be remanded in prison custody pending the reassignment of the case.

Fuel Tanker Kills Motorcyclist In Ondo

Fuel Tanker Kills Motorcyclist In Ondo

A fuel tanker has crushed a middle-aged commercial motorcyclist to death in Ondo State.

The incident occurred on Friday in Akure, the state capital.

Channels Television gathered that the tanker driver was stopped by policemen at Iyeoma junction while coming from Oba-Adesida Road, but he refused to stop.

He, however, ran over the motorcyclist simply identified as Kayode who was coming from another route, blaming the incident on brake failure.

The tanker driver was said to have dragged Kayode with his motorcycle for some minutes before he eventually stopped the truck.

Some eyewitnesses said late Kayode’s brother was also riding with him but was lucky to have quickly jumped off the bike.

On the other hand, the motorcyclist got trapped in-between the two front tires of the tanker.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) rushed to the scene with an ambulance trying to retrieve his remains.

Angered by the death of their colleague, some motorcyclists at the scene descended on the tanker driver and his partner.

However, policemen drafted to the scene were able to rescue duo before they were lynched and restore normalcy in the area.