The Federal Government has licensed 27 data protection companies to guard against data theft and privacy violation in the country

Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency,Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi disclosed this in Abuja,Tuesday during the commemoration of world privacy Day

Abdullahi said,the 27 data protection companies had together generated two billion Naira worth industry and created over one thousand jobs in the last six months

The NITDA DG also said data protection companies would work together to stern the tide of cyber crimes in the country

In his remarks,the Minister of communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Pantami said,it was necessary for the Government to assure citizens that,their data is protected so that they can embrace the digital economy

He also said,any data under the control of Government or private individuals in Nigeria will not be abused adding that,Digital economy relies on data as data protection is key to driving a digital economy for a digital Nigeria

Also speaking,the chairman of consultant support 2 ,Ajijola Akeem said,Digital Economy must convert the challenges facing the country into opportunities through digital policy and legislation.

The theme of the year’s international privacy celebration is” Data privacy in a Digital Economy”

Nigeria Would Plant 25 Million Tress Nationwide Buhari Pledges.

Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, Minister of Environment, disclosed this at the Inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the implantation of President’s Buhari pledge of planting 25 million tress.

He said, President Mohammadu Buhari at the seventy fourth session of the united nations General Assembly (74th UNGA), pledged that Nigeria would plant 25 million tress nationwide.

This pledge is in furtherance of demonstrating Nigeria’s commitment to emerging global solutions for addressing climate change he said.

He said, Nigeria will continue to provide leadership for efforts towards ecological restoration and recharge of the lake chad which is expected to improve the livelihood of the nationals inhabiting the area.

Mohammad said, this we provide an opportunity for the inclusion of youths in decision making processes as part of the overall climate governance architecture by harnessing and developing innovative ideals.

Nigeria youth will be mobilized towards planting 25 million tress as part of Nigeria’s mitigation efforts towards carbon sink he said.

He appeal to all the committee members to be committed and be ready to sacrifice for the achievement of the target of planting 25 million tress within the shortest possible time

CP Declared a State of Emergency on Traffic in Lagos, Deployed 1000 Additional Personnel

The Commissioner of Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu has on Wednesday declared a state of emergency on traffic management and control in the State.

This is barely two day when he took over as Commissioner of Police, Lagos State. He ordered the immediate deployment of additional one thousand Police Officers to traffic duties.

This disclosure was made by DSP Bala Elkana Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State.

The CP took the decision during an emergency meeting he summoned in the Command Headquarters to review the current traffic situation in the State.

In attendance were Deputy Commissioners of Police Department of Finance and Administration, Department of Operations, Criminal Investigation Department and Rapid Response Squad. Also in attendance were Area Commanders, Area Operations Officers, State Traffic Officer, Divisional Traffic Officers across the State and the Chairman Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special offences, among others.

The CP also reviewed the time for duty report for Traffic Officers to take care of the peak hours.

Traffic duties Officers will be run shifts between 10am and 10pm while the second shift will be 10pm to 10am, providing 24hours coverage.

They will all operate in their usual reflective jackets.
The measure will help in ensuring free flow of traffic and will also curb the menace of traffic robbery.

The Commissioner of Police calls on Lagosians to accord the Police Officers on traffic duties maximum cooperation in the discharge of their statutory duties.

All road users are enjoined to obey traffic laws.
By Chuks Samuel.

Nigeria launches campaign to protect more than 28 million children against Measles and Meningitis

Children in 19 Northern states to be vaccinated in largescale campaign implemented by the Government of Nigeria and WHO with Gavi.

In efforts to continue boosting the immunity of children against measles and meningitis, Government, through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, today kicks off a campaign to reach more than 28 million children with lifesaving vaccines.

They will be vaccinated across 19 Northern states, namely: Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Kano, Katsina, Plateau, Taraba, Niger, Adamawa, Kaduna and Sokoto. Others are Gombe Jigawa, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Yobe, Zamfara, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking on preparations for the campaign.

Dr Joseph Oteri, Director of Disease Control and Immunization, NPHCDA said “Measles is a highly contagious respiratory viral disease with increased mortality and morbidity in children under five years, and Nigeria has experienced repeated outbreaks of measles in recent years due to low routine immunization coverage.

Nigeria is within the meningitis belt, where the incidence rate is very high, especially in the North”.

He further stated, “Government is committed to ensuring every eligible child is reached with these lifesaving vaccines. We will go to markets, schools, churches, mosques and everywhere we can get good catchment to reach our target population. No child deserves to die from any vaccine preventable disease.”

“Gavi is committed to supporting Nigeria in achieving its goal of improved immunisation coverage. Diseases like measles are both devastating and easily preventable – more than 21 million lives around the world have been saved with the measles vaccine,” said Thabani Maphosa, Gavi Country Programmes Managing Director. Furthermore, with so many Nigerians at risk from meningitis every year, immunisation with the MenA vaccine can help to limit outbreaks.

Gavi’s work vaccinating more than 279 million children in Africa’s meningitis belt has shown the ability of the vaccine to reduce prevalence of the disease.”   
Gavi is supporting the Government of Nigeria by funding measles and MenA vaccines, as well as operational costs for these campaigns.

These resources are provided for integrated MenA and Measles campaigns in 17 states and in Kano (Measles and MenA stand-alone), Yobe (Measles) and five other southern states (e.g., Oyo, Imo, Cross River, Eboyni and Anambra) that are planning MenA campaigns in December 2019.

WHO Nigeria has trained over 44,000 health workers and is mobilizing over 17,000 vaccination teams to support these campaigns.

Dr Fiona Braka, the WHO Team Lead of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) reiterated that, “The measles vaccine remains the most cost effective preventive measure against measles and WHO is committed to supporting the Nigerian government in reaching every eligible child in the country with the needed vaccines irrespective of their location.”

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

Under the Global Vaccine Action Plan, measles and rubella are targeted for elimination in five WHO Regions by 2020. WHO is the lead technical agency responsible for coordination of immunization and surveillance activities supporting all countries to achieve this goal.

Suspect Arrested for Stealing Tithes and Offerings in a Church

Lagos state Police arraigned 18 years old boy for stealing church tithes and offering.

The press release was made known to Airview News by DSP Bala Elkana Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State.

At about 2045hours, one Pastor Moses Nwoke ‘m’ oF Divine Chosen Vine Ministry, Furniture Avenue, Ejigbo reported at Ejigbo Police Station that on 30/09/2019 after Church Service, unknown persons broke the wooden Boxes placed on the Altar meant for Tithes and Special Seeds of Faith Offering and stole the money. After a thorough and painstaking Investigation conducted by Ejigbo Police Station under the supervision of the Divisional Police Officer, the suspect namely Elikor Ehud ‘m’ 18 years old was arrested on 15/10/2019. He confessed stealing the sum of six hundred and seventy thousand naira (#670,000.00) cash from the Church Boxes. He mentioned one Lucky as his accomplice. Efforts are emplaced to apprehend the said accomplice. The suspect will be charged to Court.

  1. Operatives of Operation Crush arrested Six Cultists and Gangsters in Alapere.
    On 18/10/2019 at about 2200hours, Operatives of Operation Crush attached to Alapere Division received an information that some gangsters suspected to be members of Eiye and Aiye Confraternity, engaged themselves in a battle of supremacy with dangerous weapons such as Axe and Cutlass, at Demurin area, Alapere. The team, led by the Divisional Police Officer Alapere arrested two key leaders of the gangs namely, Olawale Toheeb ‘m’ 22years old and Joseph Obinna ‘m’ 25years old. Investigation was extended to the gangs hideout at Mack Brown Hotel, Church Street Alapere were four additional suspects namely, Obasi Ekene ‘m’ 21years old, Promise Onoja ‘m’ 18 years old, OgoekeWeri Omokosi ‘m’ 24years old and Saviour Edet ‘m’ 23years old, were arrested. The suspects confessed to belong to Eiye and Aiye Confraternity respectively and are responsible for series of violent attacks recorded in Alapere and environ. A large quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp, short Axes and Cutlasses were recovered from their hideout. Investigation has been concluded, the suspects will be charged to Court.
  2. Arrest of Armed Robbery Suspect and Recovery of Firearms
    On 28/09/2019 at about 2200hrs, Langbasa Police Station received a distress call that some miscreants were attacking passersby at kekere bus stop Adoh Ajah and UTC, with dangerous weapons such as, guns and cutlasses. A team of Policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer Langbasa mobilized to the scene. On sighting the police, the hoodlums opened fire but were over powered by the Police team. One Ayobami Adegbite ‘m’ 23 years old who led the gang, was arrested with one short gun ,sixteen thousand naira cash and one digital camera they snatched from a victim. The suspect confessed to the crime and has given some useful information concerning the operations of his gang. Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad Ikeja who have taken over the investigation, are on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang. Investigation is ongoing.

Turkish media say forces capture town of Suluk in NE Syria

Turkey’s official news agency says allied Syrian forces have captured the town Suluk in the fifth day of the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria.

Anadolu news agency said Sunday the town’s center — located at a strategic crossroads about 10 km south of the border — was cleared of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.

Turkey considers the group a threat for links to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency at home.

A Kurdish official on condition of anonymity said the clashes in Suluk were ongoing.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry tweeted 480 YPG fighters were “neutralized” since Wednesday. The number couldn’t be independently verified.

Several shells fired from Syria hit the Turkish border towns Akcakale and Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Anadolu news agency said one person was wounded Sunday in Suruc.

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World Mental Health Day 2019: WHO Call on Africa to improve mental health and Suicide Prevention”

The (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, tasked government at all levels and individuals to improve mental health and reduce suicide cases in Africa.  

The WHO Regional Director for Africa said this in a statement made available to news men in Abuja to mark the 2019 World Mental Health Day.

The theme for this year’s event is focused on suicide prevention to attract the government’s attention to the issue, to improved public agendas across the world. 

Dr. Moeti, said This year, the focus is on suicide prevention because globally, every 40 seconds, a life is lost to suicide. 

African Region data are scarce and stigma is significant around suicide, but we know this is an important public health problem.
Where data is available such as Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, and Lesotho, rates have been shown to be higher than 20 suicides per 100 000 people each year. 

“This is higher than in most European countries, China or the United States of America. 
“globally, almost four out of five suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. In these countries rates of suicide are similar among men and women”.

Adding that in Ethiopia, it is estimated that 20 million people have mental health issues, but only 10% have access to treatment and less than 1% receive specialized care.

She however called for community – based action to change the narrative. 

The World Mental Health Day is organized annually on October 10 by the World Federation for Mental Health. The World Mental Health Day 2019 is supported by WHO along with the International Association for Suicide Prevention and United for Global Mental. 

Eight Suspects Arrested for Cult Clash at Itire

Lagos Police has become a thorn in flesh of the hoodlums, and the environments is no conducive for any form of criminality.

Under the watch of CP Zubairu Muazu mni. The Lagos State Police , Robbery gangs , Cultists, bandits and other form of criminality are not finding easy to perpetrate their illegal act, crimes has been brought to the barest minimal.

Ejogbo Axis and observer’s laud CP Zubairu Muazu mni. The Lagos State Police for his competent and efficient efforts over his swift response in deploying his security operatives to every crime scene’s in Lagos.

At about 2250 hours, Police received a distress call of a fire outbreak at Chukuma Hotel by Babashola Street Itire. A combined team of Policemen and Firefighters was mobilized to the scene.

The fire was eventually put off. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire was set by some cult groups Eiye and Aiye Confraternity, that clashed at a drinking joint in the hotel.

Trouble started at about 2200 hours when a hot argument ensued between members of two rival gangs in the joint.

The son of the owner of the hotel, who is now at large was said to have stabbed a member of a rival gang identified as Aliu Lamidi ‘m’ 29 years old of Aboredhade Street, on the neck.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he eventually died. Three vehicles that were parked by the road side also burned. Eight suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.

Security is beefed up in the affected area. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.

Pastor Arrested for Indecent Assault

Lagos state command arraigned self acclaimed clergy for assaulting a lady.

This disclosure was made by DSP Bala Elkana Police Public Relations Officer,
Lagos State.

Stating that at about 2045 hours, one Joy Muriyaro ‘f’ of No 31 Olarenwaju Street Ejigbo Lagos, reported at Ejigbo Police Station, that One David Daniel ‘m’ 41 years of age came to her shop at No 2 Ailegun Road Ejigbo under the guise of being a prophet sent to her by God.

That the said prophet claimed that he saw in a vision that she is having a spiritual problems and has foreseen her having fibroid growth in her womb in the future.

He collected three thousand and fifty naira (#3,050) cash from her and a bottle of perfume worth one thousand naira (#1000) for spiritual cleansing.

She stated further that the suspect followed her to her house and ordered her to remove her clothes for him to rob anointing oil on her buttocks.

She became apprehensive when she noticed that the suspect was masturbating when robbing the anointing oil on her buttocks.

The Suspect was arrested and charged to Court for Indecent Assault and remanded in Kirikiri Prison

Four Police Officers Arrested to face murder for Extra Judicial killings

Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a video on social media showing some Police Officers shooting two unarmed suspects who were arrested and already in their custody against the code of professional conduct and laws guiding how suspects in Police custody should be treated.

The Policemen were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila attached to Iba Division Patrol team.

The incident happened on 19/8/2019 at about 3.00pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call from one Anugu Valentine ‘m’ of no 250 Agege motor road Mushin, that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four on two motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and they dispossessed him of one iPhone max valued at #450: 000.

Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene.

Two of the armed robbers were arrested while two escaped. Two locally made pistols with six life cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered. The gang is said to be notorious for series of robberies in Iba and environs.

It was a well celebrated operation by the team as the suspects were gallantly arrested.

The team however, went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws. That act of extra judicial killings falls short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the Command.

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

The Police Officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed Four Police Officers Arrested to face murder for Extra Judicial killings the Force and will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in the conventional Court. Members of the Public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation and trial.
DSP Bala Elkana
Police Public Relations Officer,
Lagos State