Ghost Workers: Cross River Commences Biometric Registration of Teachers

The Cross River State Government, on Wednesday said preparations were on top gear to commence the biometric registration of primary school teachers in the state.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the state, Dr. Steven Odey, shortly after inspecting some primary schools in Calabar.

Odey told newsmen that the exercise aims at checkmating the ghost workers’ syndrome in the pay roll and ensure prompt payment of teachers’ salaries.

He said the exercise became imperative following a directive from the state’s governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to the board.

The Chairman noted that the exercise was also meant to keep the state in line with international best practices in the educational sector, expressing optimism that it will help to boost her standard of education.

“There has been a lot of outcry about the non-payment of teachers’ salaries and to get out of this quagmire, the governor directed that SUBEB takes over such payment”

“Our focus is to ensure that we make the system function effectively”, he said.

Odey reiterated the government’s commitment to the recruitment of additional one thousand teachers in state, soonest.


IGP Commences Community Involvement In Policing

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim K. Idris, has commenced massive community involvement in policing as part of initiatives to foster total re-organization and transformation of the internal security architecture of the country.

The initiative, named Eminent Persons Forum, entails the coming together of critical stakeholders in various states of the Federation who desire to partner with the Nigeria Police Force in ensuring the safety and security of their states.

The Imo state chapter of the initiative was inaugurated in Owerri, the state capital by the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.

Delivering his opening address during the inauguration, CP Lakanu, stated that the formation of the Eminent Persons’ Forum is the brainchild of the Inspector General of Police, whose main objective is to integrate community element in the arduous task of effectively and efficiently policing the state.

He added that the innovative idea is in line with the IGP’s new leadership paradigm which is anchored on ‘ensuring that our streets, our neighbourhoods, our communities remain safe’.

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NNPC Commences Dialogue With PENGASSAN

The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC on Friday opened discussion with the leadership of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

The move is to stop the union members from going ahead with their proposed industrial ac­tion.

Group General Manager, Public Affairs Di­vision, NNPC, Garba Deen Muhammad, said in a statement in Abuja Friday that the Corpo­ration has commenced talks with the leader­ship of the Union to address their grievances.

Mohammed further said, NNPC has assured that it is doing everything possible to guaran­tee that the prevailing sanity in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country, which was achieved with the recent downstream liberation policy is sustained.

He however, cautioned members of the pub­lic from embarking on any form of panic buy­ing of petroleum products in anticipation of product scarcity due to the strike by members of the union.

He said the corporation has in stock enough products to satisfy local consumption for the next 45 days noting that there is no need for motorists and other users of petroleum prod­ucts to embark on frenzied wholesale purchase in anticipation of scarcity.

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Batch A Orientation Commences April 27 – NYSC DG

The  2016 Batch ‘A’ Orientation exercise of the  National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC) will commence on April 27, 2016, the Director General, Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure, said yesterday.
He said in a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations Department, Abosede Aderigbibe, that the scheme solicited the usual support of the police force in the protection of orientation camps.   He called for deeper relationship between the scheme and the police,  saying: “Two heads are better than one so, there is strength in collaboration.”
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PDP Commences Committal Proceedings Against Amaechi, Army Chiefs, Others

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has asked a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt to commit the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, to prison for deploying soldiers during the March 19 rerun elections in defiance of a court order.

Others included in the committal proceedings are the Commander of the 2 Army Brigade, Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Stephenson Olabanji, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak.

Reacting to the development, Amaechi, who said last night that he was unaware of the matter in court, as he had not been served the process, however, described the move by the PDP as “frivolous, ridiculous and laughable”, promising to meet the party in court.

The ruling party in the state and its chairman, Mr. Felix Obuah, sought for the relief in a motion of notice filed by their solicitor, Kingsley Chuku, before the state High Court registry on March 22.

The motion was bought pursuant to Order XIV of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure), Rules 2009 under the jurisdiction of the state High Court.

The Rivers PDP and its chairman had earlier in a Suit No PHC/601/2016, filed before the state High Court by Mr. Chuku, secured a court injunction restraining Amaechi, the army and the federal government from deploying soldiers during the rerun elections.

Joined as respondents in the suit then were Amaechi (1st), Chief of Defence Staff (2nd), Chief of Army Staff (3rd), Brigadier General Steve Olabanji, Brigade Commander, 2nd Amphibious Brigade, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt (4th), INEC (5th), REC, Rivers State (6th), the Governor of Rivers State (7th) and the Government of Nigeria (8th).

Justice George Omereji of High Court 13 subsequently, in a judgment on March 16, granted an interim injunction restraining the respondents from deploying soldiers for the exercise, in line with the fundamental rights of the applicants.

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EFCC Commences Probe On Oil Sector, Allison-Madueke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has started an investigation into the petroleum sector and the role of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke.

The Acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu who revealed the probe of Allison-Madueke and Okonjo-Iweala spoke at the 2016 budget defence session with the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes yesterday .

He said:  “We are investigating the former ministers, Diezani Allison-Madueke and Okonjo-Iweala, as well as the petroleum sector”, in response to a question by one of the committee members.

Earlier, Magu had sought the support of the committee to get a budget of N11.4billion for the EFCC in 2016. Some of the areas where the budget will be needed, according to him, include the completion of the EFCC headquarters complex under construction, training and re-training of staff, recruitment and training of additional 750 staff in 2016, as well as in the area of investigation activities. Earlier, chairman of the House committee, Kayode Oladele had assured EFCC of its support.

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Buhari Dressed In Agbada Commences Inauguration Of Projects In Ogun

President Muhammadu Buhari has started inaugurating projects executed by the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun in the capital city of Ogun State, Abeokuta.

The President, who arrived at the state on Monday for its 40th anniversary, left the Presidential Lodge inside Ibara Housing Estate, at 10am in company with his host, Amosun, for the project sites.

The projects inaugurated by President Buhari so far in Abeokuta were the Itoku-Sapon flyover named Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti Flyover, Ultra-modern market at Sapon, the partially completed ultra-modern market, Omida.

He is currently in the palace of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, where they are having a closed-door meeting.

The president will also inaugurate a modern estate named after him, President Muhammadu Buhari Estate, located along Abeokuta-Siun- Kobape-Sagamu Expressway, among others, before he leaves.

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Dariye’s Trial Commences Over Diversion Of N1.2 Billion Ecological Fund

The trial of Senator Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau State, before Justice Banjoko sitting at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Gudu, in Abuja resumed today after it was stalled for almost a decade.

Dariye’s trial started since 2007 following a petition received by the then Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) in May, 2004.

The accused Senator was in court as early as 8:30am and waited patiently until the first case was called in which the judge spent almost two hours reading a judgment.

The star witness in the case Detective Musa painted a vivid picture of how Dariye instructed the All States Trust Bank to lodge the N1.2 billion ecological fund for Plateau State into accounts that does not belong to the Plateau State government.

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Lamorde To Appear Before Senate Today As Planned Probe Commences

Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said on Tuesday that the upper chamber would go ahead with the planned probe of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, scheduled for today (Wednesday).

Anyanwu, a Peoples Democratic Party member representing Imo East Senatorial District, who stated this in Abuja while speaking with journalists, explained that he was not bound by the advice of his party’s caucus in the Senate because “I take directives only from the Senate leadership.”

He said, “ As the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, I am answerable to the Senate in the first instance. This committee attends to every petition that comes from the public and the invitation to the EFCC boss is one of those petitions and the petitioner is going to appear before the committee.

“This is a standing committee of the Senate. It is not only the EFCC boss that has been invited, there are other petitions and we have invited the petitioners and those that are petitioned.”

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ICC Commences Probe Of Oba of Lagos Regarding Alleged Threat on Ndigbo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has commenced investigation on the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, for alleged threat to sink the Igbo residing in Lagos State into the lagoon, if they failed to vote for the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) dur­ing the April 11, 2015 gover­norship election in the state.

It has been reported that the son of the late former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, had petitioned the ICC over the Oba’s alleged threat. The ICC had earlier in the year, acknowledged re­ceipt of Onoh’s petition and promised to give consider­ation to his request.

In the second corre­spondence to Onoh, with reference number OTP-CR-140/15, and dated Au­gust 13, 2015, ICC’s Head of Information and Evi­dence Unit in the office of the prosecutor, M. P. Dillion, said they were analyzing the situation identified in the petition, with the assistance of other related communi­cations and other available information.

Part of the ICC’s latest letter to Onoh read: “Un­der Article 53 of the Rome Statute, the prosecutor must consider whether there is a reasonable basis to believe that crimes within the ju­risdiction of the court have been committed, the grav­ity of the crimes, whether national systems are inves­tigating and prosecuting the relevant crimes, and the in­terests of justice.”

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Army Commences Review Of Dismissed Soliders’ Cases

The Army will today in Jaji, Kaduna State begin the review of the cases of about 4,000 officers and men dismissed from Operation “Zaman Lafia” in Northeast.

The exercise, which was earlier slated for 311 Artillery Regiment Kontagora in Niger State, will now hold at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji.

The cases of officers and men who are  in detention in Jos, Plateau State and those already convicted for various offences under “Operation Zaman Lafiya” will be reviewed.

A signal dated August 13 and signed by Lt. Colonel P. Y Haruna from the headquarters of the 31 Artillery Brigrade to all its formations across the country directed all affected to appear before a panel at the NAPKC Jaji.

According to the signal, the review exercise will also look into the cases of officers and men “under detention, trail or convicted by GCM in respect of disciplinary cases emanating from erstwhile Operation Zaman Lafiya to NAPKC Jaji”.

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Miss BumBum Is Back! Search For Brazil’s Rear Of Year Commences

Miss BumBum is back – and voting for the title of Brazilian rear of the year has begun online.

Contestants lined up in Sao Paulo city centre on Monday as the fifth instalment of the annual competition was officially launched. A total of 27 women, one from each of the South American nation’s states, are competing for the top prize.


They’ve been whittled down from more than 500 applicants. And the 15 that receive the most amount of votes via the event’s website will go forward to a live televised pageant on November 9, according to local media. The hopefuls donned green and yellow bikinis to strut their stuff at various locations in the city.

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Senate Commences Action On Immigration Bill

In a swift move on Tuesday to complete the work started by the House of Representatives in 2014, the Senate received the report of its Committee on Interior laid by the Chairman of the Committee, Distinguished Senator Bagudu, now Governor – elect for Kebbi State.

The report concurs with the version of the Immigration Bill as earlier passed by the Green Chambers. The Report makes several innovative provisions aimed at modernizing the Immigration Service and repositioning it to be able to cope with migration challenges of the 21st Century.

Many observers believe that the 1963 Immigration Act under CAP I1 LFN (2004) is outdated and long overdue for overhauling.

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Oyo Election Tribunal Commences Sitting

The Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo State on Monday held its inaugural sitting. The three- man tribunal is headed by Justice J,G Abundaga with Justices G.C Nnamani and A.H Suleiman as members.

Justice Abundaga sought the support of lawyers handling briefs for petitioners, saying that their cooperation will determine the success of the tribunal.

The tribunal has so far received 35 petitions in respect of results of elections into the National Assembly, state House of Assembly and governorship.

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