Federal Government to adopt whistle-blowers policy on illegal weapons’ recovery
The federal government is set to adopt the whistle-blowing approach and reward system in the discovery and recovery of illegal weapons. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, who confirmed this development in Abuja on Sunday, said the National Security Adviser, retired Major-General Babagana Munguno has began work on a template of the whistle-blowing policy so as to eradicate mass shooting incidents and remove the harassment of law abiding citizens by holders of illegal weapons.
He said the proposed adoption of the whistle-blowing policy on illegal weapons by the Federal Government followed the success of the policy in the recovery of huge amount of questionable and stolen funds by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is coming after the troops in Southern Kaduna recovered large cache of arms, few days after the army launched a special operation, `Harbin Kunama 2,’ to flush out armed bandits from the area.
Federal Government to demolish structures around power lines nationwide
The Federal Government will soon embark on a nationwide demolition of structures built under high tension cables in order to forestall deaths resulting from electrocution, with Cross River as a pivot state. The Minister of Works Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to journalists in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while on a visit to victims of Thursday’s tragedy at a football viewing Centre.
The Minister, who was represented by the Managing Director, Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA), Peter Ewesor, said the purpose of the visit was to carry out a thorough investigation to ascertain what could have led to the disaster and profer safety measures to avoid a recurrence.
Buhari operating as ceremonial, part-time president – Fayose
The Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, says President Muhammadu Buhari has now become a part-time and ceremonial President who is only seen during the Friday Jumat service at the Presidential Villa. Speaking on Sunday, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said it is necessary for Nigerians to be properly informed about the well-being of their President.
Fayose, who said Buhari, like any old man, is susceptible to illness, said the President would do well to go and take proper care of his health and allow the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, to constitutionally act as the President.
Adeleke’s burial postponed
The burial of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, which was earlier scheduled for 4:pm on Sunday, has been postponed. Adeleke, a former civilian governor of Osun, died in the earlier hours of Sunday at Biket Hospital in Osogbo. Adeleke’s corpse, which was brought to his residence in Ede at 1:10 pm in preparation for the Islamic burial rites, was returned back to Ladoke Akintola Hospital in Osogbo for autopsy. Report gathered that the younger brother of the late politician, Deji, ordered for autopsy to be carried out to ascertain the cause of death.
Deji was also said to have directed that the burial ceremony be postponed till today. This is coming after irate youths protested the sudden demise of Adeleke, who they believed was attacked spiritually. Some others claimed that he was poisoned, hence his sudden demise.
Army generals escape death in Borno
The Nigerian Army Chief of Administration, Major General Idris Alkali, and the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, escaped death via improvised explosive devices at the weekend. According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman the convoy of the two senior military officers encountered four hidden IEDs during their journey to Bama, in central Borno State.
Usman said the Explosive Ordinance Device team, however, were able to quickly detect the deadly IEDs and safely extracted and detonated them. He revealed that “The two senior officers were on operational visit to troops of 26 Task Force Brigade deployed for Operation LAFIYA DOLE currently engaged in Operation DEEP PUNCH.”
PDP wins all chairmanship, councillorship seats in Ebonyi LGA elections
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has won the chairmanship seats of the 13 Local Government Areas of Ebonyi in the Saturday local council polls. The party also won all the councillorship seats in the 171 wards of the state. Chairman of the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), Mr Jossy Eze, announced this on Sunday at the commission’s headquarters in Abakaliki while declaring result of the polls. According to him, seven political parties participated in the elections out of the 40 registered parties in the state including the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC). Eze declared that the APC trailed in a distant second position with an accumulated 5, 900 votes while most of the other parties did not record a single vote in most LGA’s.
Kwara government identifies dumping of refuse into drains as major causes of flood
Following the flood that took over the overhead bridge of stadium road in Ilorin for twenty four hours, the Kwara state government has assured residents of the areas of the government’s readiness to channel the water way.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Otunba Taiwo Joseph, who gave the assurance while speaking with our correspondent, Olarotimi Oshin, stressed that indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drains and water ways remains one of the major causes of flooding in Ilorin. He expressed the state government’s resolve to embark on enlightenment campaign on the inherent dangers of blocking the natural flow water ways and drains.
Man caught with human parts in Ilorin
A middle aged man has been arrested in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital for possessing human parts. Report gathered that the suspect has been monitored by residents of Ita Kudimo, Abata Suban, Pakata area of Ilorin West local government in the past few days after speculation grew that he possessed a corpse in his building.
It was also gathered that the neighbours of the suspect swooped on his residence at about noon on Sunday and the suspect was allegedly caught with human parts. He was later dragged to Adewole Police station in the Ilorin metropolis amidst shouting and rain of curses by the crowd of people. Speaking on the development, the police public relations officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said that the command has commenced investigation on the alleged crime. The commissioner of Police in Kwara State, Mr Olusola Amore, who did not give the name of the suspect, also confirmed the development.
Lagos records one thousand, four hundred and eighty domestic violence in 2 years
Lagos State Commissioner for Women and Poverty Alleviation Honourable Lola Akande, says no fewer than 1,480 domestic violence cases have been recorded in the state in the last two years. She disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at Alausa, Ikeja, saying the violence ranged from rape, child abuse, sexual abuse, assaults, defilement, divorce and matrimonial issues.
The commissioner said out of the total, 875 matters have been amicably resolved while four hundred and eighty matters were referred to other agencies because their requests were not within the purview of the ministry. She added that 115 others were disengaged due to family interventions while 20 cases are still on-going.