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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Seven suspects nabbed for stealing phone, withdrawing N330,000 from owner’s account

The Police Command in Kano has arrested one Abdulsalam Isah of Gwagwarwa quarters for stealing a mobile phone worth N180,000 which he used to steal N330,000 from the phone owner’s bank account. 

The police arrested six other suspects in connection with the stealing of the mobile phone all of who have pleaded guilty. 

The information is contained in a statement issued by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer DSP Abdullahi Haruna on Tuesday revealing the Command’s dairy in the last quarter. 

“On 03/10/2020, at about 1700hrs, one Abdulsalam Isah ‘m’ of Gwagwarwa Quarters, Kano, reported that an unknown person stole his Samsung Galaxy T5 pro Handset valued One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira (N180,000.00) and on the 05/10/2020, the suspect used the SIM card of the stolen handset and withdrew money from his account, the sum of Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira (N330,000.00). ALSO 

“Upon receiving the complaint, the Command’s Commissioner of the Police CP Habu A. Sani, psc raised and instructed a Team of Operation Puff Adder, led by DSP Shehu Dahiru, to arrest the perpetrators." 

The team swung into action and arrested the following suspects:- “i. Kabiru Adamu ‘m’ 24years old from Kaduna State ii. Najib Suraj ‘m’ 29 years old of Sharada Quarters, Kano iii. Naziru Aminu ‘m’ 23 years old of Sharada Quarters, Kano iv. Auwalu Usman ‘m’ 22 years old from Kaduna State v. Mustapha Mohammed ‘m’ 22 years old of Rimin Kebbe Quarters, Kano vi. Abdullahi Husseini ‘m’ 27 years old of Tudun Murtala Quarters, Kano. 

“All the suspects confessed to committing the crime, as the stolen Mobile Phone was recovered. Investigation is ongoing” the statement said. 

Also, 12 others were arrested for dealing in hard drugs, stealing mobile phones and being in possession of dangerous weapons. More so, fraudsters who specialize in cybercrimes were also arrested by the police in the state. OPIDNEWSVanguard 

Cult: Police parade suspects for murdering, cutting victim's hand in Ogun

Suspected cultists

Ogun State police command on Tuesday paraded suspected members of Eiye confraternity cult after killing Michael Jayeola, a member of rival cult group Aiye confraternity.

The Ogun State police commissioner, Edward Ajogun, said that both confraternities had been terrorising Ijebu-Ode and its environs, as they engage one another in a supremacy battle.

The CP said Eiye members on Saturday tracked Jaiyeola to Ijebu-Mushin market and shot him. They also cut off his right hand.

Afterward, the police arrested five members of the Eiye confraternity on Sunday. The arrested suspects are Debo Ademola, Adebisi Idowu, Kehinde Adebisi, Abimbola Idowu, and Quadri Femi.

The arrested suspects confessed to being members of Eiye confraternity and revealed that they have been in the supremacy battle in the last one month. The battle according to the Police CP has lead to the maiming and death of members across the two groups, intensifying fear of crime and making life difficult for innocent residents.

The police during the parade also said that 16 persons were recently arrested for attempted murder, robbery, and cultism around the area.

Six firearms, 15 live cartridges, and battle aces were recovered from the suspects according to the Police.

Weapons recovered from arrested suspects

Gov. Diri replaces Nengi, names Blessing Eradiri as new Face of Bayelsa Girl Child

Nengi and Ebizi Blessing Eradiri

The Governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, has removed Big Brother Naija housemate, Nengi Hampson, as the Face of Bayelsa

Girl Child.

The position now belongs to Ebizi Blessing Eradiri.

Miss Eradiri is the first female First Class graduate from the Faculty of Law at the Niger Delta University (NDU), a feat she repeated at the Nigerian Law School.

However, no reason was given by the governor for the new change but it may not be unconnected to the criticism drawn by the appointment of Nengi.

Many Nigerians had called for the Eradiri, a Bayelsa-born First Class Law Graduate, who has not only made Bayelsans proud but the entire Izon nation on her excellent performance at the Niger Delta University and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus.

Some also argued that Eradiri has distinguished herself and should be the ‘Role Model’ to Bayelsa Youths.

However, Governor Giri took the bold step and announced Ebizi Blessing Eradiri as the New Face of Bayelsa on Monday, January 11, 2021.

While receiving her and her father, Boloupaye Eradiri, at the Government House, Yenagoa, Diri also gave her automatic employment to lecture at the NDU’s Faculty of Law.


Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri (middle) flanked by the Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom, King Bubaraye Dakolo (right); double First Class Law graduate, Miss Ebizi Blessing Eradiri, Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and Blessing’s father, Boloupaye Eradiri, when the governor received Miss Eradiri at Government House, Yenagoa…yesterday

The governor assured her of the state government’s support in advancing her educational career in any university of her choice anywhere in the world.

Diri, who announced Eradiri as the New Face of the Bayelsa Girl Child, said the gesture was aimed at making her a role model for young girls in the state and the entire Ijaw nation to emulate.

He equally dismissed speculations, particularly in the social media, about his government’s choice of honouring Miss Nengi Hampson of the last edition of Big Brother Naija, while refusing to recognise Eradiri, as false.

Diri, who expressed concern about the politicisation of issues in the state, however, assured that his administration’s investments in the education sector would remain a top priority.

Describing Eradiri as a brilliant and rising star, the governor congratulated her on making history in bagging first-class honours not only at the NDU but also at the Nigerian Law School.

He also sought the Federal Government assistance towards the young lawyer’s development beyond what the state government was offering to enable her to add value not only to her state but the entire country.

Speaking, the Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Clan, King Bubaraye Dakolo, said they were proud of the breakthroughs of their daughter from primary to the tertiary level and that she deserved to be encouraged.

King Dakolo, who described Eradiri as exceptionally good, said she had won over 50 laurels from her primary to tertiary education level.

Responding, Miss Eradiri expressed gratitude to Governor Diri for the honour and attributed her success to God and her exposure to good educational infrastructure.

They observed a minute’s silence in honour of the late Mrs. Eradiri.

Ebizi Blessing Eradiri Profile

Eradiri currently serves as an Associate at Templars, a top tier law firm in Lagos. And for clinching the new role, the Governor awarded Eradiri an automatic Scholarship up to PhD and automatic employment as a lecturer in Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University.

Eradiri is a double First Class Lawyer – the first female from her University to have a First Class Honours in Law, and she graduated with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average in the history of her Faculty. She is also the first from her University to obtain a First Class Honours at the Nigerian Law School.

Some of Miss Ebizi Blessing Eradiri awards include:

1. Pioneer Double First Class Lawyer Prize, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, 2020

2. Overall Best Graduand, 2016/2017 Academic Session, Niger Delta University.

3. Best Graduating Law Student, 2016/2017 Academic Session, Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University.

4. Customary Court of Appeal, Bayelsa State Prize for Best Graduand in Faculty of Law, 2016/2017 Academic

Session, Niger Delta University.

Army recruitment will be thorough, says Buratai

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the Nigerian Army will uphold thoroughness in its recruitment processes to ensure that only qualified persons are recruited.

Buratai stated this on Monday at the final screening for 80 regular recruits at Falgore Forest training camp in Kano State.

The COAS said the exercise was a new approach to the screening and recruitment process of the Nigerian Army.

He added that it was borne out of the need to recruit the best.

Buratai said the lessons drawn from experiences in the field had made it imperative to recruit the best, noting that faulty process could lead to “faulty training and subsequently, faulty operations”.


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According to him, the Nigerian Army is not ready for that again.

“As such, you must make up your mind that you are ready to serve your country as a soldier and you should be ready, anywhere you are deployed, after your passing out.

“All of you will go to Sambisa at the end of your depot training,” he said.

I won’t leave uncompleted projects for my successor, says Wike

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed to complete all the projects he initiated in the state before the end of his second term in office.

Wike spoke on Tuesday when he led a former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, to inaugurate the Rumuekini/Aluu Road, traversing Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas.

The Governor, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said his successor would initiate his own projects instead of being burdened by uncompleted projects.

Wike said his administration had never discriminated against any section of the state adding that projects were distributed to every local government area.


He said: “Nobody that will succeed me will complete any of my projects because I will complete all my projects before I go. I won’t leave any project burden for my successor. When the new person comes, let him initiate his projects.

“Before now, APC said we are doing roads only in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government. Now, they can’t talk again. We have commissioned projects in Khana, Gokana, Eleme. The other day we were in Akuku-Toru, yesterday we were in Emohua. We are a government for every Rivers person and every local government.”

The Governor said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) knew there were problems and was solving them with completed projects.

Wike, who vowed not to dump the PDP, said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government that promised to solve the problems of Nigeria before assumption of power had continued to give excuses.

Read Also: Wike seeks special recognition for fallen heroes

He said: “I have told anybody who cares to listen that we are not those who are afraid that people will come after them so they want to run into another party. I’m not running to anywhere.

“How can I run from success to problem? People should ordinarily go from problem to success not the other way round. Rivers State is an asset to PDP.

“We have told Nigerians that PDP is the only hope of this country. It is a party that will make promise and fulfill it. We are proud to roll out projects every day and this is the second week of project commissioning.

Falana raises alarm over planned commercialisation of Covid vaccines

Femi Falana (SAN)

The Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, a coalition of labour and civil society groups being led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has urged Nigerians to resist any attempt by health workers to commercialise Covid vaccines expected in the country anytime soon.

ASCAB Deputy Chairman, Sina Odugbemi, stated this on Tuesday while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH.

Odugbemi said, “When it (vaccine) comes in, people may want to trade with it and there may be preference for the high and mighty. We should anticipate these things and put in place machinery to ensure that we scale the hurdle because the Nigerian factor will come into play when the vaccines come in.

“There will be special preference. In fact, health officers like we have witnessed may want to find a way of commercialising one thing or the other. But then, once this monster stirs its head, it is the duty of all of us – civil societies, religious organisations and individuals – to ensure that we turn ourselves to self-monitoring groups. All hands must be on the deck.”

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Federal Government said the first batch of Covid vaccines would arrive in the country between the end of January and February 2021, adding that the vaccines to be used in the country would be safe and effective.

It added that the 100,000 doses of the vaccine being expected in the first batch were for 50,000 Nigerians as the vaccines would be free and would be taken twice by each person at 21 days interval.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, also said the country would spend N400bn to procure vaccines for the 70 per cent of Nigerians it planned to vaccinate, amid the rising spread of the virus in the dreaded second wave of the pandemic.

EDO: Why Obaseki is yet to form his cabinet — Idahosa

Charles Idahosa *No agreement on power-shift to Esan in 2024 when Obaseki joined PDP 

Politics Editor Chief Charles Idahosa, former Commissioner for Information in Edo State and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in this interview, speaks on, among others things, the politics of Edo and the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Federal High Court, Abuja, in the certificate forgery case brought against him by the All Progressives Congress, APC. His take on the Federal High Court, Abuja, dismissal of the certificate forgery suit filed against Governor Godwin Obaseki by the APC ADVERTISING I am not a lawyer but as a layman I knew all the while that there was nothing in the case and it is futile. I wasn’t expecting any surprise. I want to congratulate Governor Obaseki, the PDP and the good people of Edo State. I also want to congratulate the judiciary for standing on the side of justice. Adams Oshiomhole is the cause of all these problems and tension in the state. During the governorship election, he was bragging that Obaseki will not be re-elected; that he was going to use federal might to remove him from office. A lot of people fell for that and at the end of the day, over 42 people resigned from Obaseki’s cabinet few days to the election. READ ALSO: Certificate forgery: PDP hails High Court verdict on Obaseki It is very important that Edo people now know who Oshiomhole is. After serving as governor for eight years, he still wants to hang on to power by dictating to us who will occupy positions in government. I think our people will learn their lessons. Oshiomhole has distracted Governor Obaseki enough. We thank God that the judgement has proven that the governor went to a proper school. All his certificates are genuine. At least, Obaseki can now focus on his electoral promises. Those trying to distract him will not succeed. On the judgement of a Benin High Court nullifying the candidacy of the APC deputy governorship candidate, Gani Audu and what it portends for the PDP in Edo State It was clear as daylight that that the ticket was faulty. We know all the attempts made by their counsel. They transferred the case from Benin High Court to Abuja. They brought it back. They said the judge that was handling it in Abuja was too close to Wike. They transferred it again to the Chief Judge. They used all kinds of delay tactics so that they could partake in the election. Now the election is over and they have been humiliated and decimated – they had no candidate. The people that nominated them; there is a court judgement that their secretariat was illegal. I don’t see it as a victory. They struggled to partake in the election and we beat them with over 88,000 votes. On comments that Governor Obaseki is yet to constitute his cabinet because of internal crisis in the PDP There is no crisis whatsoever. Just look at the time he constituted his cabinet in his first term. Was there any crisis then? You see, people just try to create problems where there are none. There is no crisis whatsoever. The APC said he (Obaseki) was not good enough. This was a man that they cheered and hailed for four years. But he went to the PDP. We are grateful to the PDP. Within a short time, their internal mechanism was moblised. They already had about four formidable aspirants that were ready for the ticket. We came, they saw the viability in Godwin Obaseki and they gave us the ticket without any election. They all stepped down. So, we appreciate that. There is no problem; he is just taking his time. There are lots of things that we will not make known to the media that he is putting together in the government. A lot of things went wrong. So, that is what he is really trying to clear before forming a cabinet, not that there is a problem. Those of you that left the APC for the PDP, how smoothly are you being integrated into the PDP? I will tell you the truth, it is not smooth. But you have to understand that nobody likes to lose a position. By the time we came into the PDP, they already had standing executives such as local government chairmen, party chairman and others. And when we left the APC, we had the chairmen of the party in the state, we had local government chairmen and they are now nothing in the new place they have gone to. The people that came with us are now saying, ‘where are we now?’ We are not going to force the PDP to remove their chairmen and then you take over. What we are trying to do is negotiation. We are still talking. We are hopeful that we can do something that will favour those who are with us. We don’t have a major problem. We won the election in cooperation with the PDP, so we are very happy. The PDP is back in government after about 12 years. So, we will sort it out. It is just that human beings don’t like change. Some people who were ward chairmen were turned into ordinary persons and not because they lost an election. We are trying to dialogue. It is not a major crisis and at the end of the day, we will get there. As I speak to you, we are talking. Oshiomhole created a lot of problems within the APC, but we thank God that the PDP welcomed us. They gave us the umbrella when we were looking for succour and we are not going to be ungrateful to them. READ ALSO: Forgery Case: We issued certificate to Obaseki, UI tells court But at the same time, we need to negotiate terms because a lot of PDP people are ready to work with us. But we don’t want a situation where many will be so desperate they will go after Obaseki. It was when he was disqualified that we made up our minds to go somewhere else. So, what we are having now is a normal reaction. We will take care of it. On comments that in the course of Governor Obaseki joining the PDP, one of the conditions put on the table was the Esan agenda— power shift to Esan in 2024. There was nothing put on the table. Whoever told you that was lying. Is Orbih (Dan), the state chairman at that time, from Esan? There was nothing as a condition to say when we come, there is an Esan agenda. Godwin Obaseki, as APC governor, had a soft spot for Esan and always believed that there should be fairness in everything and not because he went to the PDP. An agenda that after Obaseki, it would be Esan; nothing like that was discussed in all the meetings that were held. I am a leader of the party. We will look at the most viable candidate when the time comes. But nobody is thinking about that now. The year 2024 is still far off. A lot of things will happen. So, nothing has been talked about; the agenda of Esan or whatever. If you watched Obaseki closely during his campaign, he never mentioned anything like that. So, I don’t think it is true that there is an agenda of a particular tribe. When the time comes, we will look at all the candidates that show interest with fairness, because we are all one. The beauty of Edo is that every ethnic group in the state takes something from the Bini background. So, we are not strangers; we are all Edo people. Among the Edo people, you speak Bini; you speak Etsako; you speak Esan. So, we will look at it and make a decision but we are not talking about that now. Vanguard News Nigeria

IGP redeploys 21 police commissioners

IGP Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the redeployment of 21 Commissioners of Police to new commands and formations.

A statement on Tuesday, by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Aremu Adeniran, said the redeployments were with immediate effect.

Those affected include CP Adeleke Bode who was posted to Kebbi State; Philip Maku (Special Protection Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja); Ali Aji (Sokoto); Ohikere Idris (Armament, FHQ, Abuja); Daniel Sokari-Pedro (Commandant, Police College, Ikeja) and John Amadi (Port Authority Western, Lagos).

Others are Ngozi Onadeko (Oyo); Mohammed Aliyu (Enugu); Haladu Musa (Border Patrol, FHQ, Abuja); Sikiru Akande (Cross River); Aliyu Garba (Ebonyi); Abubakar Bature (Airport command); Yusuf Ahmed (Department of Operations, FHQ); Aliyu Alhaji (Adamawa); and Frank Mba (Force Public Relations) and others.

Kano-Maradi rail project to cost $1.959b

The Federal Government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mota-Engil for the construction of Kano-Maradi and Kano-Dutse rail project.

The contract was signed in Abuja by Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and the Managing Director of Mota-Engil, Antonio Gvoea.

The minister, in his Twitter handle, @ChibuikeAmaechi tweeted: “Today, we signed the contract documents for the commencement of the Kano-Maradi, Kano-Dutse railway project.

“The contractor, Mota-Engil Group, a multinational engineering and construction firm has also agreed to build a university as part of their CSR (corporate social responsibility) while working on the project.”

The Nation gathered that the value of the contract is $1.959 billion, including the Value Added Tax (VAT).

According to the document The Nation obtained on the contract, the project will be completed in 36 months, after the design and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) is done.

The project, on completion, will have 21 railway stations.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese group construction company with a focus in civil construction, public works, port operations, waste, water, and logistics.

Details of the project read: “The Kano-Dambatta-Kazaure-Daura-Mashi-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi line has an alignment of approximately 283.750km in the northern territory and will connect Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and Niger.

“The Kano-Dutse line has an alignment of approximately 94.000 kilometres in the northern territory and will connect Kano and Jigawa states.”

The route of the rail line will be “starting in Kano,” the document says, as “the corridor of this future railway line runs northwards, parallel to the A2 Kano-Daura road. Then, after bypassing the towns of Dambatta and Kazaure, it continues towards the North to Daura, where it turns westwards and proceeds towards Katsina, crossing the city of Mashi.

“After Katsina, the railway line runs along the A9 road towards Jibiya and the boundary between Nigeria and Niger (Republic) and finally it reaches the neighbourhood of Maradi town.”

Fed #EndSARS panel suspends further sitting over ‘poor funding’

The Independent Investigative Panel (IIP) constituted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the directive of the Federal Government to probe rights abuses and other unethical conducts by policemen has suspended its planned resumption.

The Nation learnt that members of the IIP, which was constituted in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, had observed the Christmas and New Year breaks and were expected to resume sitting yesterday.

But when our correspondent got to the panel’s sitting venue, the door to the hall was locked and there was no indication that it would sit.

Upon enquiry, it was gathered that members of the panel refused to resume sitting because they have not been paid their allowances.

A source close to the panel said members were expected to arrive in Abuja at the weekend preparatory to the resumption of the panel’s sitting yesterday, but they were told not to come yet because resources were inadequate.

“The panel has nine members who are from across the country. They come from Lagos, Gombe, Enugu, Rivers and other states. The panel is expected to sit for six months. It has sat for three months, having commenced sitting in October last year.

“The panel has received over 300 petitions and it is still receiving more across the country. It seems Nigerians prefer the panel to those sitting in the states.

“It (the panel) has a lot to attend to, but it is suffering from inadequate funding. That is why it may not resume sitting anytime soon, perhaps until the issue is addressed,” the source said.

But, the NHRC gave a different reason on why the panel suspended its sitting till “a date to be announced later”.

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NHRC’s spokeswoman Mrs. Fatimah Agwai Mohammed said the postponement of the panel’s resumption was to enable it put in place measures for compliance with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 protocols.

“It is not true that funding is responsible. We decided to re-adjust the panel’s activities in view of the increasing threat of COVID-19. We don’t want to put our workers, panel members, complainants and their lawyers at risk.

“We have decided to suspend proceedings pending when we are able to put in place all the necessary measures to ensure we operate at no health risk to anybody.

 “We are currently also re-adjusting our cause list to reduce the number of petitions to be taken daily, while also working on the duration of sitting daily,” she said.

The NHRC spokesperson also said the commission required additional funding to enable it put in place all it needs to ensure that everyone is safe before the panel resumes sitting.

Court grants Sowore N20m bail

An Abuja Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2 has granted bail to the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, at N20 million.

Sowore and four others – Peter Williams, Sanyaolu Juwon,

Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare Adenola – were arraigned before the court on January 4, 2021, on a three-count charge filed by the police, following which the court ordered their remand.

In a ruling on Monday, Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello held that the defendants were entitled to bail, since they did not resist arrest while being apprehended by the police.

Segun-Bello ordered that first defendant (Sowore) be admitted to bail N20 million with two sureties in like sum.

She added that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below Grade Level (GL) 12 in the Federal Civil Service.

The Magistrate also ordered that Sowore must report physically to the Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) or any other person designated by the Chief Registrar, every Monday and Friday morning until the end of the case.

The Magistrates ordered that the four other defendants be granted bail after endorsing a bond of N1 million each.

Besides, each of them is to produce one surety in like sum, who “must be resident in Abuja with an identifiable workplace and residential address”.

“All defendants must not travel outside Abuja metropolis or outside the country pending the determination of the case,” Segun-Bello said.

Sowore and the four others were arrested on New Year’s eve for protesting the ban on crossover night.

They were arraigned on January 4, 2021 on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly and public disturbance.

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