Edo State Assistant Commissioner of Police kills self with service pistol

An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Training and Development at the Edo state command has allegedly committed suicide in Benin City.


The police officer, Christopher Nosakhare Osakue, was said to have shot himself in the head with his service pistol inside his private residence in Upper Sokponba area of Benin City, after sending a woman and a little boy living with him on an errand  to make his  suicide plan unhindered.


The late Osakue was said to have suffered a partial stroke few years ago and was gradually recovering from it.


He did not leave any suicide note.


A neighbour told journalists that she heard a gunshot inside the ACP residence about 5pm that fateful day, Wednesday, adding that it was his wife who later broke the silence with a sorrowful scream. The ACP family members could not be reached for comment.


The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Haliru Gwandu, said the pistol the late police officer used to commit the act was signed for in Ondo State police command from where he was recently posted to Edo Police Command.

JUST IN: Gunmen shoot Plateau commissioner dead, “kidnap” council chairman.

Suspected armed robbers have shot dead Sargwak Wazhi, a former commissioner who served in the administration of Jonah Jang in Plateau State.

The armed persons also injured the victim’s driver and whisked away a serving transition council chairman of Langtang South Local Government Area, Nicholas Vongsing.

A witness told reporters on Friday that the incident occurred Thursday night along Mangu Barkinladi road.

Our source, a senior staff of Langtang South Local Government pleaded not to be named because was not authorised to speak on the incident. He, however, explained via telephone interview that the suspected robbers opened fire on the vehicle of the former commissioner, which had Mr. Vongsing as one of the passengers.

“The incident occurred last night (Thursday) at about 7:45 p.m. along Mangu/Barkinladi bypass. Honourable Nicholas Vongsing, our council chairman, was in the car with Honourable Sargwak Wazhi.

“The robbers shot at the car, killed Hon Sargwak Wazhi; his driver was also shot, but he didn’t die. When we arrived the scene, we didn’t see Honourable Nicholas Vongsing, the robbers had left with him.”

Our source explained further that “both Sargwak Wazhi and his driver were taken to the General hospital in Mangu, where he was confirmed dead.”

“This morning, the driver have been referred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, for more medical attention.

“But, for Nicholas Vongsing, till now that I’m taking with you, none of us has heard from him, all of us are worried.”

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police in Plateau State, Terna Tyopev, said the command had not been briefed on the development, but would investigate it.

The victims were said to be returning from an official function held at the southern zone of the state, where more than 30 communities from six council areas agreed to end years of hostilities, which led to the death of hundreds of people and destroyed property worth millions.

The reconciliatory meeting attended by Governor Simon Lalong was organised by the Geneva, Switzerland-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, HD.

Kano commissioner arraigned for land ‘racketeering’.

Faruk Faruk, Kano state commissioner of lands, was on Thursday arraigned before a high court over alleged land racketeering.


Also arraigned were Mahmud Bari, a former permanent secretary of the ministry, and Ahmad Ibrahim, a director.


The public complaint and anti-corruption commission of the state charged the trio for criminal breach of trust, which is punishable under section 97 of the penal code.


The accused were said to have sold a plot of land to one Baba Sharu Dala in April. They were alleged to have collected N5 million from him.


They also allegedly issued two accuracy permits C8 and C21, at Kuyan Tainna covered by layout plan TP/KNUPDA/338 at Kumbotso.


The occupancy permits were said to have been issued in the name of one Aisha Kabir and Maryam Ado and sold out to the duo at the rate of N300,000 each.


The three of them pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Serving Kano Commissioner, Permanent Secretary arraigned for alleged fraud

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, on Tuesday, arraigned the state Commissioner for Land, Faruk Bibi Faruk, in court for alleged criminal breach of trust and illegal acts.

Also arraigned were the permanent secretary, Mahmud Bari, and a director in the ministry, Ahmad Ibrahim.

The trio were arraigned on a three-count charge before Justice Nasiru Saminu of Kano High Court 22 bordering on land deal.

According to the prosecuting lawyer, Rabi Waya, the officials allegedly connived sometime in April to sell an already allocated plot of land to Baba Sharu at the cost of N5 million, an offence punishable under section 315 of the Criminal Penal Code.

They were also charged with a breach of trust thus committing an offence punishable under section 97 of the penal code.

The third charge borders on alleged issuance of two Occupancy Permits C8 and C21 at Kunya ta Inna covered by layout plan TP/KNUPDA/338 at Kumbotso in the fictitious name of one Aisha Kabeer and Maryam Ado which were sold out at cost of N300,000 each.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Akinola Kehinde, counsel to the accused persons, asked the court to grant them bail and also requested access to the charge sheets which would allow them defend themselves adequately.

He expressed worry that the charges which were criminal in nature could end the careers of his clients and put a permanent dent on their names forever.

Mr. Saminu granted the accused persons bail on self recognisance and adjourned the case toFebruary 9 and 10, 2017, for further hearing.

The judge also granted the request of the lawyer to have access to the charge sheets.

Yobe governor sends commissioner caught snoring during budget presentation home

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State on Thursday directed a sleeping commissioner at the presentation of the 2017 budget to the State House of Assembly to go home for more sleep.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had barely commenced reading the budget speech when the cabinet member started snoring.

Mr. Gaidam warned that any public officer henceforth caught sleeping stood sacked.

“As from today, any commissioner or special adviser caught sleeping stands sacked and will immediately be replaced.

“We will borrow a leaf from the North Korea experience to make government affairs a serious business,” he said.

Mr. Gaidam while reviewing the budget performance of the outgoing year paused and directed the sleeping commissioner to go home.

“I am referring to the commissioner who is sleeping, you can go back home to sleep since you cannot endure the session,” he said.

Although the governor did not mention the name of the sleeping commissioner, he pointed to the row of the commissioners to issue the directive.

NAN reports that the bewildered commissioners looked at each other in embarrassment and sat up to avoid dozing and being victims of the governor’s sledge hammer.

Adamu Dala-Dogo, speaker of the assembly, however, advised public officers to take beverages that would keep them awake during public functions.

Police Recover Caches Of Arms In Lagos– Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Monday, announced the recovery of caches of arms in FESTAC area of the state.

Owoseni said the recovery was made at 6th Avenue and that two AK 47 Riffles, 24 AK 47 fully loaded magazines, one Browning Pistol and magazine were recovered.

Other arms recovered, he said, included 951 ammunition of 752 mm size and 1,107 ammunition of 6mm size.

Owoseni, who confirmed this during his weekly briefing on the activities of the command, stated that the Police are doing their best possible to uncover the persons behind the stockpile.

He, however, did not say if anyone was arrested in connection with the recovery.

The commissioner further said that in the last two weeks, 28 robbery suspects and two kidnap suspects were arrested.

He added four of the robbery suspects were shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with the police.

Owoseni said 16 different types of guns, 24 AK 47 magazines, one pistol, 1, 083 ammunition, three cutlasses and 10 vehicles were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects, arms, ammunition, vehicles and other items were shown to newsmen at the state Police Headquarters, Ikeja.


Police recover caches of arms in Lagos – Commissioner

Abducted wives of Nasarawa Commissioner regain freedom

Hajia Rabi Aliyu and Hajia Larai Aliyu, wives of the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Aliyu Tijjani, who were abducted from Nasarawa town, have regained their freedom.


DPS Kenedy Idrissu, Spokesman of the state Police Command, on Sunday in Lafia, said that the women were released by their abductors at about 11 p.m. on Saturday at Mararaba-Udege village in Nasarawa town.

He said the kidnappers were forced to release the women following sustained pressure from the Police search party.


He said no ransom was paid and that the victims were unhurt and had been reunited with their family.


According to Idrissu, no arrest has been made as investigation had begun to find those behind the incident.


The women were abducted at about 8 p.m. on Thursday from their residence in Nasarawa town by gunmen, who shot sporadically into the air before whisking away the victims in their vehicles.

Gunmen abduct 2 wives of Nasarawa State commissioner.

Gunmen on Thursday night abducted the two wives of Nasarawa State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Aliyu Tijani, from his residence in Nasarawa town.


Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello confirmed the incident on Friday in Lafia in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.


Mr. Sadiq-Bello said the police was on the trail of the kidnappers and would soon apprehend them.


“We are aware of the abduction and as we speak now, we have gotten information about their location and we are closing in on them,” he said.


When contacted on phone, Mr. Tijani said the family has not been contacted by the kidnappers.


“As I speak with you now, we do not know where my wives are being kept and no one has contacted us. We shall continue to pray for their freedom,” Mr. Tijani said.


Meanwhile, a witness who would not want to be mentioned said that the gunmen numbering about 10 stormed the house in Nasarawa town, at about 8 p.m.


He said the gunmen shot sporadically into the air before whisking away the women in their vehicles.

FG to begin Lafia abattoir renovation Nov 21 – Commissioner

The Federal Government would commence renovation work on the Lafia Central Abattoir on Monday, Nov 21, according to Alhaji Lawee Aiyu-Yusuf, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources.

The Commissioner, who disclosed this in Lafia on Friday, said that the gesture was part of the Federal Government’s efforts toward improving the standard of living of Nigerians.

The commissioner, while receiving the House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, who were on an oversight visit to the ministry, said that government made the renovation a priority in view of the relevance of abattoirs to human health.

He commended efforts by both the federal and state governments toward improved agricultural yields and called for more interventions by the federal government to complement efforts by the state government.

The official lauded Gov. Tanko Al-Makura’s prompt response to the demand for fertilizer and other farming inputs, saying that the gesture had boosted food production this season.

He said, however, that his ministry was unable to achieve 100 percent budget performance, and blamed that on inadequate funds and current economic challenges.

The commissioner identified a shortage of manpower, vehicles, high overhead cost and decayed infrastructure as major challenges confronting the ministry, and solicited for the lawmakers’ support in that direction.

Earlier, Alhaji Abubakar Kana, (APC-Kokona West), Chairman of the committee, had said that the visit was not a witch hunt but to assess the 2016 budget performance index with a view to addressing challenges.

“The committee needs to know the budget details and performance of the ministry in the 2016 fiscal year; this will serve as a guide while considering demands submitted in the 2017 fiscal year,” he said.

He expressed the assembly’s readiness to collaborate with the executive arm and other stakeholders toward addressing challenges faced by stakeholders involved in the food production chain.

Kaduna To Blacklist Defaulting Contractors- Commissioner

The Kaduna State Government says it has started compiling lists of defaulting contractors handling various project to blacklist the companies.

The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Muhammad Abdullahi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Friday.
Abdullahi said that the blacklist would contain list of contractors that consistently execute poor quality of jobs awarded to them.

He said that contractors, who were slow in project implementation and those who do not even implement at all would never again benefits from any contracts in the state.
“We have already started building the list and Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has asked that we submit it personally to him when we are done.
“When we do that, it means that these contractors will not be awarded any more contracts in the state for the duration of this administration,’’ he said.
He said that the step became necessary because the state government did not want contractors that did not have the capacity to deliver to bid for its projects.
“They waste the time and resources of the state and they don’t deliver quality job.
“What we want is a list of contractors that are commendable, dependable, trust worthy and can get the job done,’’ Abdullahi said.
The ministry had the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of all projects, adding that it does this through its monitoring and evaluation unit called, “The Eyes and Ears of Projects’’.
“We go out every week to monitor the contractors; find out where they are and assess the level of work and to equally ensure that the project is being done to specifications.
“We also ensure that there are enough resources to fund the plans, so that they don’t just remain theories on paper.”

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Kaduna Targets N3.5bn Monthly IGR– Commissioner

The Kaduna State Government is targeting N3.5 billion monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Muhammad Abdullahi, has said.

Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the state generated N1.6 billion in July, which doubled the N700 million and N800 million generated in November and December in 2015.

“We think Kaduna State can generate N3.5 billion a month and we are confident we would get there. This is not a theory; it is practical.

“We are at N1. 6 billion now and confident that by this time next year, we will hit at least N3 billion, “he said.

The commissioner said that plans had been concluded to build a strong revenue service with brilliant team to actualise the N3.5 billion IGR target.

He said that a world-class consultant had been hired to achieve this, adding that the effort was already yielding positive result.

He explained that the state was able to double its IGR in the past few months by not imposing a single tax.

In fact the new tax law that we have passed reduces some tax rates; we only improved efficiency in tax collection.

“What was happening in the past was that most of what government is collecting as revenue does not end up in government accounts.

“There was sloppiness in the collection processes and a lot of diversion of the resources.

“Therefore, what we did was to close the gaps, such that only the state revenue service is empowered to collect revenue.”

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Ayade Suspends Commissioner, MD For Lateness

Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday suspended indefinitely, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Ntufam Gabe Odu Ojie and the Managing Director of Water Board Limited, Dr. Oju Igile for reporting to work late.
The governor announced their suspension during his routine but unscheduled tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that civil and public servants comply strictly with basic work ethics.
Speaking to newsmen at the premises of the ministry in Calabar, Ayade said it was an act of indiscipline for appointees not to be at their duty posts before 9.00am, maintaining that the suspension would serve as deterrent to other government employees, as well as appointees. “This is about 9 o’clock in the morning and the Commissioner for Water Resources is not at his duty post. The managing director of state Water Board is not in the office. I cannot understand why he is not in the office. I, therefore, with immediate effect, announce his suspension. We will appoint somebody to take over this office with immediate effect. Any commissioner I find in this circumstance will leave.”
After making the pronouncement, Governor Ayade also supervised a roll call of staff members, who signed the time book as of the time of his visit.

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Lead Poisoning Causes Low Intelligence In Children– Commissioner

Dr Mustapha Jibrin, Niger Commissioner for Heath and Hospital Services, says excessive lead in pregnant women can cause deformity and make children to be dull academically.

Jibrin said on Monday that the acceptable composition of lead in the body should be below 10 microgram. The commissioner added that the presence of 100 microgram of lead would lead to damage of vital body organs which can result in death.

“Lead is a by-product of metals attached to the stones that people mine. When there is illegal mining in an area, the soil in that area is prone to lead contamination.

“Aside from the accident that can occur at the site, there will be inhalation of different kinds of dust particles and it can lead to all kinds of chest diseases especially for those who are unaware of being asthmatic.

“Other ways people can have excessive lead in the body is through the water they drink and the food that is contaminated with lead.

“Lead is difficult to excrete and when it get to a very high level, it affects the brain, heart, kidney, bones, blood and in female it can affect the reproductive system”, he said. Jibrin said the worst condition of lead is found in children as it affects the brain of growing children and causes severe abdominal pain, convulsion, abnormal behavior and irritability.

He said a child born with excessive lead in the body was likely to die after birth. He added that lead poisoning can be treated, but better prevented by steering away from illegal mining.

Similarly, Dr Aliyu Tangwagi, Niger Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, told NAN that there were plans to harmonise activities of miners in the state. He said the State Government was collaborating with the Federal Government to bring mining under one umbrella in the state.

Tangwagi said that negotiation was on with geologists and geographers to use modern equipment to survey the land. “The company is called Zuma Mineral of Niger state, it has been registered and it is about 75 per cent completed.

“The miners will be engaged as laborers using modern technology. It will be a concession for some period of years and mining will be on after the concession elapses”, he said.

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Commissioner Suspends 5 Primary School Teachers In Sokoto For Absenteeism

Sokoto State Commissioner for Basic Education, Dr Jabbi Kilgore has suspended five teachers of Tsaki Primary School in Kware Local Government for absenting themselves from the school without permission.


Kilgore told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday shortly after addressing staff and pupils of the school, that the state government would not tolerate any act capable of sabotaging its efforts at reviving the education sector.


He directed the suspended teachers to report to the Education Secretary of the local council for further disciplinary action.


“Already the state government had sought the support of traditional rulers in monitoring the conduct of primary school teachers across the state.

“The royal fathers are expected to report to the education secretary any teacher that fails to report to his/her duty post.

“Parents are also to complement the efforts of the state government by sending their children to school in good time,’’ he said.


He said that the government had taken concrete measures to ensure the provision of modern learning materials to public schools across the state.


“We are committed to providing an enabling environment for our pupils to acquire western education to enable them contribute positively to nation’s building,” he said.



Don Jazzy Pays Courtesy Visit To Lagos Commissioner For Tourism, Arts & Culture (PHOTOS)

Prepping for the upcoming Lagos Fiesta, Mavin Boss, Don Jazzy, paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Lagos State Commissioner For Tourism, Arts & Culture. He also reveals that there are so much plans in store for the state and its commuters. See his IG photos below and caption:

Courtesy visit to the office of the Honorable Commissioner for Tourism, arts and culture. #TACLagos ???? @LacasaLagos. So much plans for the state.

#1LagosFiesta Loading.... Cc @LacasaLagos @Iamdrsid @HMOkunola.

Courtesy visit to the office of the Honorable Commissioner for Tourism, arts and culture. #TACLagos ???? @LacasaLagos.  So much plans for the state.

Borno Govt. Denies Appointing Chibok School Principal As Commissioner

The Borno State government on Thursday denied an online media report that principal of Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok, Asabe Kwambura, has been appointed a commissioner by Gov. Kashim Shettima.

Ms. Kwambura was in charge of the Chibok school in April 14 when Boko Haram stormed the school and abducted more than 200 girls. The girls remain in captivity more than a year after.

The principal has been accused of conniving with the state government to run the school at the time despite security report that it was unsafe to do so. Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Communications Strategy to Mr. Shettima, in a statement in Maiduguri, described the report as “a mischievous joke”.

“In the last one week, we have noticed a very strange information being circulated by some online media platforms claiming that Shettima had nominated Asabe Kwambura, the Principal of GSS, Chibok for the post of the Commissioner of Education.

“We completely ignored the report for what it was, a mischievous joke and cheap blackmail that did not deserve any response, as it was mainly ‘trending’ on the social media,” he said.

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