NEWSDrama as DSS disrupts court process, chases lawyers, re-arrests Sowore [VIDEO]

There was a mild drama at an Abuja Federal High Court on Friday as operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS disrupted the trial of activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, daily post report.

DSS operatives chased out lawyers from the courtroom and attacked journalists after which they re-arrested Sowore.

Following their invasion of the courtroom, the trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the matter till February 11, 12 and 13 for definite hearing.

They had earlier attempted to re-arrest Sowore but were prevented by those around.

Tax Invaders: Enugu Government seals Access Bank, and others established Business

Enugu State Government, Friday morning sealed-off Access Bank branch in the State.

DAILY POST reports that banks, hotels and other business establishments in the state were sealed over non-payment of withholding taxes, PAYE tax and development levy.

The raid was carried out by officials of the Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue.

It was consequent upon an order from a High Court sitting in Enugu, the State capital.

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Experts applaud Nigeria’s achievements but caution that more “work is required”

Abuja, 4th December, 2019 – The 37th session of Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Polio Eradication and Routinel Immunization (RI) in Nigeria, ends 2 days meeting but cautions that more needs to be done, to stop transmission of all types of polioviruses.

Making a presentation on behalf of ERC members in Abuja on 04 December, 2019, Dr Pascal Mkanda, the Coordinator, Polio Eradication Programme at World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Regional Office says, “the ERC acknowledges the work done by the programme, especially by the frontline workers who continually work in very challenging situations.”

If Nigeria gets it right, Africa could be certified Polio-free soon
Having achieved the milestones of being three years’ wild polio-free, Dr Mkanda used the ERC meeting to inform government and people of Nigeria that the African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication certification will start conducting field verification and reviewing documentation of interruption of wild polio virus (WPV) from next week (09 December 2019).

If the ARCC is satisfied with the national documentation and field verification, the WHO African Region could be certified to have eradicated WPV by mid-2020.

Nigeria is one of the remaining four countries in Africa (Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Cameroun and Nigeria) that are yet to have documentation accepted for Polio Certification.

According to Dr Mkanda, “it is important that the Nigerian government and partners avoid any complacency that could jeopardize Nigeria’s removal from the list of polio-endemic countries and certification of wild polio virus interruption for the African Region”.

The ERC meets periodically to evaluate the progress made in ensuring a polio-free Nigeria. The monitoring body also provides guidance to the government and development partners on best practices in routine immunization in Nigeria.

The 37th ERC members who converged to deliberate on key decisions concerning polio eradication and routine immunization strengthening in Nigeria identified critical gaps that should be bridged to maintain the present status towards polio certification.

Residual challenges, likely to threaten achievement
While the ERC concurs with the Nigeria Programme that the transmission of WPV1 is unlikely, experts are calling on government to galvanize partnerships aimed at reaching children in inaccessible areas, having identified that Nigeria’s polio resurgence in August 2016 was largely due to insecurity in the Northeast and waning political commitment.

Their collective agreement hinged on the firm belief that interrupting transmission of polio requires systematic processes, focused on reaching children in inaccessible areas, providing timely and adequate resources as well as strengthening RI.

The ERC noted rising issues of non-compliance in some communities in Northern Nigeria, especially in Sokoto state

Preliminary Recommendations from 37th ERC
To address issues identified, the ERC recommended that the programme collaborate with the military and take advantage of the dry season to accelerate implementation of reaching children in hard-to- reach and inaccessible areas.

Given the rising cases of non-compliance, ERC recommends that the programme should fast track the roll-out of key messages, including engaging journalists to create awareness and to address the circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV2) transmission in the context of zero WPV1 status in the country.

As part of its recommendations, “The ERC further recommends that the programme continues the engagement of traditional, religious and community leaders to sustain gains on immunization”, Dr Mkanda mentioned.

Government and partners renew commitment
Responding to the recommendations, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib said, “The ERC is very important to us. It helps us to brainstorm and gives us the opportunity to do things many Nigerians never thought we could do.”

Dr Faisal further thanked all the donors and development partners for working assiduously with the Nigerian Government in the fight against polio.

“In six-months-time, I am confident Nigeria will be removed from list of endemic countries, however, paralysis is paralysis, we need to ensure no child is ever paralyzed again, from any type of polio virus.”

On 24 October 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Wild Polio Virus type 3 (WPV3) eradicated globally.

However, the last case of WPV1 was detected in Borno State, Nigeria in August 2016.

In collaboration with Government, intense surveillance and monitoring is ongoing across all 36 States of Nigeria and multiple supplemental immunization activities have been implemented nationwide to ensure every child is reached with the live saving vaccines.

Before departing Nigeria, the ERC members debriefed the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehenire on their observations and recommendation.

Maiden Edition of the People Redemption Party. (PRP) Media Dialogue, on the 3rd December 2019.

Mallam Falalu Bello, National Chairman, PRP. Said the PRP party Media Dialogue is designed to be an informal, free flowing and unfettered platform for the exchange of information, ideas and views between the leadership of the PRP and representative of the media.

Falalu noted that, PRP will not only critique government and their policies but equally as important show alternative policy options to the government.

We shall also serve as the voice of the voiceless, the Talaka, in all the six (6) geopolitical zones irrespective of where he comes.

He noted that, the average citizen of Nigeria today is suffering from wrong polices, from poor implantation of the few existing good policies, suffering from margination and deprivation and also suffering from the impunity in governce at all levels.

Mallam, said PRP believed in the human being as the most precious thing in the world, above all wealth and material objects; in the sacrosanct nature of human life; in the collective nature of human existence, in which every human being is unique and has equal right and duties.

He add that, we believed in the inalienable Democratic rights and duties of the people to fully, and purposeful, participate in exercising their sovereign right to decide how they are governed and elect, hold to public account and remove those who govern them.

As a Party we believed that building of a prosperous and self reliant national economy has to be on the basis of just social relations of production and exchange, with the Democratic productive capacity, and the national currency, are developed, modernized and strengthened, and all human and natural resources of the nation are identified.

We also believed in the forging of Nigeria national unity on the basis of justice and equitable political, social and economic opportunities for all citizens, within a genuinely federal system of government in our diversity is recognized and cherished and which promotes a national sense of belonging and a common destiny.

DABIRI-EREWA CONDEMNS ATTACK ON NIGERIAN TRADERS IN GHANA, CALLS FOR CALM

  Abuja, Dec. 3, 2019: Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  Chairman/CEO Nigerians 
in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has condemned the renewed attacks on 
Nigerian traders in Ghana, describing it as uncalled for.

In a statement by the Commission Head of Media and Public Relations,  
Abdur-Rahman Balogun said  the reported cases of attacks on Nigerian 
shops and traders by Ghanaians was quite unfortunate.

She said the attacks came when xenophobic attacks was becoming unpopular 
and thought such attacks had been put to the dustbin of history 
following interventions of Nigerian and Ghanaian leaders.

The NIDCOM boss however appealed to Nigerians in Ghana, especially the 
shop owners, not to take laws into their hands by trying to revenge but 
to remain calm and allow law enforcement agents to deal with the 
situation.

” I hereby appeal for calm from both sides and implore the law 
enforcement agencies to protect the lives and properties especially that 
of Nigerians from being attacked pending the resolution of the matter.”

On Monday, there were reported cases of clashes between Ghanaian and 
Nigerian traders which resulted into the arrest of six while others 
sustained injury.

It was alleged that the fight followed the closure of shops belonging to 
some Nigerian traders at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Ghana.

There has been tension between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders in recent 
time when over 600 shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Kumasi and 
other areas were shut this year allegedly by the Ghana Union of Traders 
Association (GUTA).

Ghanaian traders feel foreigners, particularly Nigerians, Chinese and 
Lebanese have taken over their retail business.

Serious Trouble For Ex-Senate President, Saraki As Court Orders Him To Forfeit Ilorin Houses

Former senate president, Bukola Saraki has been ordered by a court to forfeit his Ilorin houses to the FG.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday secured an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos for the forfeiture of two houses in Ilorin, Kwara State belonging to a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, a report by Punch has revealed.

The EFCC told the court it uncovered monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011, when Saraki was the governor of the state.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu Visits Family Of Late LASTMA Officer, Vows To Prosecute Killers

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday, December 2nd vowed to prosecute the killers of an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Ola Ganiyu Oyeshina.

The Governor sent the warning at the residence of the late Oyeshina, who died last Saturday after an attack on him by two trailer drivers in Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa. The late Oyeshina, 34, hailed from Osun State. He was said to be an orphan.

Sanwo-Olu, who led members of the State Executive Council to commiserate with the family of Oyeshina, was angry at the killing and warned that government would not condone any form of disobedience to the laws of the State. The Governor, who expressed his displeasure over the gruesome killing, describing the incident as unfortunate and a wake-up call to all Lagosians.

He said the Government would “thoroughly prosecute” the arrested culprits to send a clear signal to those who have penchant for attacking law enforcement agents in the line of duty. He wondered why some members of the public would take pride in brutalising those working to make the society better and safe. He vowed to make Lagos inhabitable for those inclined to disobey the State’s traffic laws.

The governor said: “In the last 48 hours, we’ve had heavy brutality on men of LASTMA who were doing their work. We’ve had people whose legs have been amputated in the last 48 hours whilst on the assignment that was given to them to bring about enforcement of our laws and orders.

“I think this is the level at which we need to make this very stern warning that we will not stop at ensuring that we implement and enforce our laws not minding which force is involved. Lagos will not condone people that will not obey our laws.”

“We cannot be condoning reckless killing and sending our young men to early grave. This government, certainly will not stand for that. We are using this opportunity to tell people that Lagos wants to remain secured and safe for all of us.”

Members of the State Executive Council, including the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, were part of the delegation that visited Oyeshina family house in Surulere.

Haulage driver killed by policeman over N50

A haulage driver was on Monday shot dead by a policeman at a checkpoint in Ondo state, dailypost report.

It was gathered that the incident happened at Uso in Owo Local Government Area of the state.

The policeman whose identity is yet to be ascertained was attached to Uso.

According to sources, the driver was killed after a hot argument with the policemen on duty over N50 bribe, which led to the shooting of the driver at close range.

The incident subsequently led to traffic gridlock as many travellers were stranded.

Confirming the incident, the Ondo State Police Command in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Femi Joseph stated that investigation had commenced over the development, which he described as regrettable.

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South African Police Officer Bags 32 years Jail term for killing Nigerian

The South African Police Constable, Austin Reynold, who robbed and killed a Nigerian, Emeka Okoli, was on Monday sentenced to 32 years in prison by a Durban High Court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court sentenced the policeman three days after he was found guilty of robbing and killing the late Okoli during an illegal raid in the community where the deceased resided.

The court sentenced Reynold to seven years for counts of robbery and 25 years for the count of murder.

Reacting to the judgment by Justice Shyam Gyanda, the Nigerian community in South Africa welcomed the sentencing/jailing of the South African police officer who shot at close range and killed Okoli.

He was reported to have killed the Nigerian of Anambra extraction on Jan. 18, 2018.

“The Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) is vindicated with sentencing of Constable Austin Reynold.

“We were at the scene of the murder on Jan. 19, 2018 to ensure that our people didn’t take the law in their own hands,’’ NUSA President, Adetola Olubajo said in a statement.

“We later ensured that a murder case was registered at Durban Police Station and the case was charged to court immediately due to the cooperation of the investigating officer at Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPDI).

“I led a delegation of the National Executive of Nigerian Union South Africa from Pretoria to Durban Magistrates’ Court on Jan. 21, 2018 where the bail application was heard.

“And since then we have been following the case, attending the trial with the head of our Legal Desk.’’

He said that the colleague of Reynold, Brinley Pallo, who was with him when he shot and killed Okoli later turned state witness.

“We are delighted and welcomed the outcome of the trial because our labour did not go in vain and this case will serve as deterrent to rogue elements within the South African Police Service.

“We give special thanks to Mr Omoreige Ogboro, the Legal Adviser of the union, who travelled from Pretoria to Durban on several occasions to watch the brief in court.

“Also, to IPID for their cooperation. NUSA is also keenly following and attending the trial of eight police officers charged with murder of the late Badmus Olalekan Ibrahim.

“The trial was postponed to April 13, 2020. We are very optimistic that justice will be served in the murder case of Ibrahim and we call on all Nigerians in South Africa to remain law abiding,’’ Olubajo said.

Senator Fadahunsi explains northern borders are greatest threat to Nigeria

A member of the upper chamber in the National Assembly, Senator Francis Fadahunsi on Monday declared that several porous borders in Northern Nigeria have continued to aid proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country.

Fadahunsi, who represents Osun East Senatorial district at the Senate opined that despite the Federal Government’s decision to close all land borders, the menace of smuggling continues rather unabatedly in the Northern axis.

The lawmaker disclosed that many traditional markets were coverup routes for transactions of illegal weapons, as he specifically mentioned ‘Animal market’ in Potiskum, Yobe State as a convergence of such illicit deals.

He made this known through a press statement signed by his Media Adviser, Sam Segun-Progress, a copy of which was sent to DAILY POST.

According to the retired customs boss: “The routes through which arms and leather weapons come into Nigeria remain unchecked and free because there is no one looking in that direction.

“The animal market in Portiskum, Yobe State is a coverup route through which weapons are smuggled into the country in bits and large quantities.

“Who checks the camels, donkeys and other animals being moved in through our borders up North, which papers do the importers of this livestock possess.

“These external supplies can only survive when there are strong internal collaborators. External supplies of small arms could be traced to all the porous land and water borders.

“The Malabo routes are still unmanned, effort by the Navy is on Rice and Petroleum products, nothing is heard of arms smuggling which is also prevalent on water routes, from Badagry, to Epe, to Warri, to Patani, Sapele, Port Harcourt, Eket, Oron to Lokoja, down to Adamawa and Kebbi inland waterways, all with weak security”, Fadahunsi said.

The Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs and Excise further disclosed that some military personnel at the frontlines, who deserted battlefields with their weapons also contribute in no small measure to insecurity around Nigeria.

He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to look inward and set out mechanisms to curtail the scourge.

“It is my humble appeal that the Federal Government should set up a committee and engage in a forensic audit of our armouries to ascertain the number of missing weapons and take necessary actions against unlawful possession of firearms.”