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Adamawa civil servants protest non-payment of six months salaries

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About 5,000 civil servants in Adamawa State yesterday protested the non-payment of their six months’ salaries by the administration of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

The civil servants commenced their peaceful protest from the police roundabout and moved to the Government House and later to the state House of Assembly. They called on government to promptly pay their six months’ salaries.

Addressing the state Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth, who led the government delegation including the Chief of Staff, Prof Maxwell Gidado, and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Bashir Ahmad, at the gate of the Government House, the leader of the protesters, Faisal Baba, said government did not treat them well.

Baba lamented that the state House of Assembly made a resolution asking government to pay them part of their salary to ameliorate their suffering, which the governor allegedly refused to implement.

The leader, however, presented a letter to the deputy governor, who received on behalf of Governor Fintiri.

The letter reads in part: “We wish to write in response to the resolution the Adamawa State House of Assembly passed regarding our plight.

“We the unpaid civil servants have followed up with several pleading letters to the governor, the SSG, the Chief of Staff, Adamawa State House of Assembly and other top government officials to settle our six months outstanding salaries.”

Bala said the governor’s refusal had brought on the civil servants untold hardship.

He said: “We are facing serious debts and critical conditions. But we did not cause any trouble and instead, as law-abiding citizens, we gave our maximum cooperation to all the committees constituted and now they have submitted their report.”

Responding, Seth gave the protesters assurances to the effect that the government would treat their issue positively.

He then urged the protesting workers to go and conduct themselves peacefully, stressing that no meaningful progress would be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos.

Shortly after he was sworn in, Fintiri announced the suspension of civil servants employed at the tail end of the last administration precisely those employed before and after March 28, 2019 by former Governor Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla.

In his Independence Anniversary broadcast, Fintiri announced that reports of the committee set up to look in to the plight of the workers would be given due consideration as qualified Adamawa indigenes would be considered for employment.

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Buhari, APC, Lawan mourn passage of Tam David-West

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  • Buhari, Lawan, others mourn

 

Renowned Professor of Virology and former Minister of Petroleum in the administration of President Ibrahim Babangida, Tam David-West, is dead. He was aged 83.

Confirming his death, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the University College Hospital (UCH), where the social commentator breathed his last, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola, told New Telegraph yesterday that the don died at exactly 11.05a.m.

He said: “Professor Tam David-West was brought in here over a week ago and was admitted to the private suite of this hospital. He died at 11.05a.m. today (yesterday).”

The remains of the former minister have been deposited at the hospital’s morgue.

It was learnt that David-West lived in a hotel until his death.

A family member, who took the deceased to the hospital, spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity.

He said: “We took Baba to UCH precisely 11 days ago. The deceased had spent 11 days at UCH before he breathed his last. He was rushed to UCH when he fell sick. His children are already on their way to Ibadan.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed sadness over David-West’s demise.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said David-West was a man he usually “calls the indomitable”.

Buhari said David-West was a consultant virologist of national and international standing.

“He served as Commissioner for Education in the old Rivers State, Minister of Petroleum and Energy under the Muhammadu Buhari military regime, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.

“He had an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own,” Buhari said.

The President commiserated with the David-West family, the people of Buguma, Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, the academic and all those who loved “the forthright Tam David-West.”

In a statement by Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, Lawan said David-West contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria as a teacher and political office holder.

He said: “Professor Tam David-West was a vocal social critic who lived what he preached and never compromised his principles all through his lifetime.”

Lawan said that David-West would be missed for his deep and frank analysis of social challenges.

Also, Omo-Agege said David-West was a great patriot Nigeria had.

He said: “Even now that he has passed on to eternal realms, Professor Tamunoemi Sokari David-West will forever be remembered as a great patriot and intellectual of formidable standing at home and abroad.”

APC mourned David-West in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu,.

“Indeed, Nigeria has lost a progressive voice and social critic who spoke truth to power. An erudite scholar, the late Tam David-West always held our leaders to account on issues of good governance.

“We recall his strong advocacy for oil sector reforms, particularly the passage of a mutually-beneficial Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), fixing moribund refineries and ending the fuel subsidy racket that was a drain pipe on the country’s resources before the advent of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“While the death of the late patriot is painful and a sad loss, we take solace with the fact that he lived an accomplished and impactful life. In death, we remember and celebrate a man who served the country diligently and championed the cause of the poor and underprivileged.”

“The party condoles with the late Tam David-West family members, friends, colleagues, the people and government of Rivers State. We pray the Almighty God gives them the strength to bear the loss,” the party said.

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Camera nails policeman collecting N15,000 bribe

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Police on Sunday announced that they had arrested a mobile policeman, Sergeant Onuh Makedomu, caught on a viral video, demanding N15,000 from a motorist.

Makedomu did not only collect N15,000 from the driver, but also begged him to tell other policemen on the road with him, that it was only N5,000, he collected from him.

The police hierarchy has identified him as a non-commissioned officer, with Force No 431625, Makedomu, attached to 49 PMF, but presently on special duty with the Safer Highways Patrol, in Lagos State.

In the four minute-video, Makedomu pretended to be calling another policeman, after which he told the motorist, who was secretly video-recording the transaction, that the person he just called would collect N10,000 out of the N15,000. He urged the driver to make the money N20,000.

The driver responded: “Oga, I can’t lie to you, please consider me. How much am I collecting? Please just consider me. I have been begging you for over 30 minutes, we are going somewhere. I begged you for N5,000, before making it N15,000.”

Beginning to thaw, Makedomu said: “Start driving, but not too fast. I know that you borrowed this money. I have already called that man; what I’m telling you now is a secret. I have been telling you to complete it, but you didn’t. You’ll remove N10,000 from that money and give me, you hold N5,000. When you get to where my colleagues are, if they ask you, tell them that it was N5,000 you gave me.”

The driver, in compliance with Makedomu’s directives, shared the money into two and handed N10,000 to the policeman.

Makedomu later made another call, saying: “What are we going to do about this guy? He has been begging seriously. He has no money. It was his boss that is behind, that he went to speak with, that gave him money.”

He said, “all right’ and then hung up. After a while, he got out of the car.

The video was later uploaded on the Internet and had been shared several times.

The Force, reacting to the video on its twitter handle, said: “The police officer caught on video collecting bribe from an innocent Nigerian has since been identified and arrested. The non-commissioned officer, Force No. 431625, Sergeant Onuh Makedomu, attached to 49 PMF, but presently on special duty with the Safer Highways Patrol, Lagos is currently undergoing Orderly Room trial on a two-count charge of Discreditable Conduct and Corrupt Practices at the Provost Department of the Lagos State Police Command.

“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M. A. Adamu, has enjoined the good citizen, who courageously brought the inglorious act of the officer to the public domain, to meet with the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lagos State Command, to recover the money extorted from him by the delinquent officer.”

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Explosion rocks Lagos as vandals breach fuel pipeline

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Lagos was saved from another tragedy as an explosion occurred yesterday when some vandals raptured a pipeline at the Ipaja area of Lagos.

The explosion, which occurred about 2a.m. behind Honeyland School, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, threw the whole community into panic.

The explosion occurred when the vandals’ truck came in contact with an electric pole which ignited fire.

The vandals were there with two tankers, two buses and several jerry cans to siphon fuel.

It was learnt that the oil thieves took advantage of the public holiday yesterday, believing that the policemen stationed in the area would not be around.

When our correspondent visited the scene, one of the tankers was still burning while several burnt jerry cans littered the ground.

A resident, Mr. Abayomi Idowu, whose house is close to the pipeline, said it was not the first time such incident had occurred in area.

He said: “I was about to sleep when the vandals brought the two trucks and the buses. When I saw them I thought they were refused collectors, but I couldn’t come out at that time of the night for fear of being attacked.

“A few hours later, I saw one of the trucks and the two buses moving out of the community. The next thing I heard was a loud explosion from the pipeline area, followed by fire. I immediately called the fire fighters’ emergency number but they couldn’t come at that time of the night.

“Our fear is that the fire might spread to some houses. But luckily for us, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the state Fire Service arrived to combat the fire.”

Another resident, Mr. Ibidapo Adejumo, told our correspondent that three vehicles were completely burnt.

He said: “Thank God no life is lost in the explosion. It took the quick intervention of the firefighters to put out the fire. Government should take decisive action against the vandals, because the last time it was in Ijegun now it is in our own turn.”

The Director-General (DG), Femi Oke- Osanyintolu, said following the alert of the explosion, the agency’s Dolphin Squad, Lagos West (Ipaja/Ogando) was drafted to the scene about 8.15a.m.

According to him, when LASEMA officials got to the scene, they learnt that a tanker conveying stolen petroleum product from a vandalised pipeline came in contact with an electric pole which resulted into a fire outbreak.

He said: “No casualties were recorded; no any injuries were also recorded as residents of the area supported the agency to control the fire.

“On arrival at the scene, the residents readily gave way for the combined response team of LASEMA and Lagos Fire Service to perform their duties.

“We were able to put out the fire, while the blanketing process of the entire area began.  We are also conducting a post-disaster assessment of the area.”

Meanwhile, those on ground were officials of LASEMA, policemen, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), as well as officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).

The agencies were helping in the trans-loading/recovery of the remaining Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol in the tanker of the vandals.

The rescue and recovery operations were still ongoing at press time.

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Boko Haram frees Winners’ pastor, teenage girl

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pastor of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Moses Oyeleke, who was abducted by Boko Haram members on Bama Road while on his way to Chibok early this year, has regained his freedom.

Oyeleke regained his freedom alongside a 14-year-old girl, Ndagilaya Ibrahim, who was kidnapped at her village in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kafafur, who received the victims at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday, expressed government’s appreciation to the Kaltum Foundation for securing the release of the pastor and the teenage girl.

He said: “We welcome you back home. Borno State government will ensure that you are well taken care of.

“The Borno State government will continue to partner with Kaltum Foundation and other partners to ensure peace is fully restored back to the state. We will continue to dialogue until peace is completely restored.”

Also speaking in an interview with journalists at the Government House, Maiduguri, the facilitator of the released, Kalthum Umar Rabiu, said their release was as a result of hectic and long process.

He said: “Thank God today they have been release. We are following it step by step. Our first concern is to secure the release of all those in their captivity. Then, we will continue to dialogue with them until peace is fully restored.”

When asked whether ransom was paid or not, Rabiu said “we have not paid any ransom, but a continued dialogue. I thank all Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), security agencies and other stakeholders that in one way or the other helped in the success of their release”.

Speaking shortly after he was reunited with his family, Oyeleke expressed appreciation to God.

He said: “I am highly elated, because we came out from darkness to light. I am here in the midst of my friends and family. I am happy because I have been finally reunited with my family and friends.

“I thank Almighty God, the Borno State government, the security agencies, NGOs and all those that contributed and prayed for our release.”

Oyeleke also narrated his ordeal.

He said: “We were abducted on our way to Chibok, a few metres away from the filling station near Bama Bridge, from where they took us into Sambiza forest.

“We were abducted alongside with my colleague who is still in custody of the Boko Haram though they promised to release him and the sister of this girl (Ndagilaya). We really thank God Almighty, the Kaltum Foundation, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Borno State government, media and all other people that contributed to our release in one way or the other.

“They treated me with care. They were preaching to me on a daily basis and even asked me to join Islam. I kept on fasting and praying for my release. I thank God and all those who have been praying for my release. I am really happy and appreciative to all.”

Also narrating her ordeal, Ibrahim said she and her elder sister were abducted eight months ago, but her sister was still in captivity but I pray that she too get her freedom soon.

She said: “I was in school in our village before our abduction by the Boko Haram insurgents. We thank God for our release. I thank Borno State government, Kalthum Foundation, NGOs and all those that worked for out release.”

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Lagos community groans over five-month blackout, seeks NERC’s intervention

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Residents of Abule Taylor, Lagos have appealed to the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Abuja, to intervene in the five months power blackout in the area.

The residents under the Alhaji Onokhua DT Substation in Akowonjo Business Unit accused the management of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company of refusing to restore the refurbished transformer at Abule Taylor.

The Chairman, Community Development Area (CDA) of Abule Taylor, Dr. Victor Omodara, said in a statement that the management of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company had intentionally kept the residents of the area in darkness for five months.

This, according to Omodara, is against the rules and regulations guiding the operations of the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in the country.

The chairman explained that the community had been without electricity supply since May, owing to faulty transformer.

According to him, the refurbished Alhaji Onokhua distribution transformer was taken away by Ikeja Electric on May 26 with the intention of fixing it back, only for them to receive a notice of list of debtors from the management of electric company.

He said the residents were told to pay two months’ cumulative bills each (called 1+1 policy) before a new transformer would be given to them.

Omodara added that because of the list of debtors, the firm held several meetings with residents and an agreement was reached on how to collect the debt.

But instead of the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company to return the repaired transformer, it refused all appeals from the CDA.

This, according to Omodara, has resulted to innocent customers to remain in perpetual darkness.

He said: “We appeal to the regulatory body, NERC, to please intervene in this matter and give us the protection we duly deserve because Ikeja Electric has a service agreement with all its customers and they cannot be the accuser and the judge in their own case.

“Our refurbished Alhaji Onokhua distribution transformer under Abule Taylor in Akowonjo Business Unit got faulty and it was taken away by Ikeja Electric on May 26, 2019…

“Five months down the line, the response has not been encouraging because of distrust. But the CDA has not relented in encouraging them to settle their electricity bills.”

“The crux of the matter is those of us who are using prepaid meters (about half the population of Ikeja Electric customers) are being punished unnecessarily even in spite of the various appeals made to Ikeja Electric top management.

“Ikeja Electric management has told us, the prepaid meter users, that if takes the debtors one or two years to pay the stated two months bills, the entire community will remain in darkness. This is the dilemma. How can those of us who do not owe are made to suffer such injustice?”

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Gunmen kill NNPC mega station’s security guard

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Armed robbers yesterday killed a security guard attached to one of the mega stations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Akure, Ondo State.

The guard, identified as Moses, was said to be sleeping when the armed men stormed the filling station in the early hours yesterday.

The incident occurred at Onyearugbulem Junction, Shagari Village area within the metropolis.

Sources said the armed robbers initially attacked Moses with a machete before they shot him dead.

One of the sources, an attendant in the filling station, said the amount of money the robbers stole was yet to be ascertained.

The attendant also said that the robbers destroyed the CCTV camera attached to the filling station alongside other property.

He said: “We just came to work as usual this morning, only for us to see that some people have burgled our filling station by forcibly gaining entrance.

“We also noticed blood by the side of the station and saw the security guard (Moses) already dead and with his touch light, so, we quickly raised the alarm.

“The robbers broke the office of the manager and destroyed the things inside. While looking for money, they ransacked everywhere in the office.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, said that investigations had begun to unravel those behind the crime.

Meanwhile, policemen from the Homicide Department have evacuated the victim’s body to the State Specialists Hospital in Akure.

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Police chief dead after fight with his own officer

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An Oklahoma police chief was killed during an altercation with one of his own officers while at a conference in Florida Sunday.

Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a physical altercation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola Beach Sunday evening and found Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller dead, according to NBC affiliate KJRH.

Mannford police officer Michael Patrick Nealy has been charged with murder in connection with Miller’s death. Nealy, 49, is being held at the Escambia County Jail without bond, according to sheriff’s office records.

The two colleagues were in town for a conference, according to KJRH. No other details were immediately available, and the incident is under investigation.

“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a statement. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”

Miller, 44, had been with the Mannford Police Chief since 2007, according to a statement from the city. He is survived by his wife and three children.

An interim Mannford police chief has been appointed.

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We followed due process in sacking Ebonyi corps members – Coordinator

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Ebonyi State Command, Monday, insisted that it followed due process in the eviction of two corps members posted to the state from its Orientation Camp in Macgregor
College, Afikpo.
The two female corps members, Love Okafor and Odji Oritsetolaye, were sent packing for allegedly refusing to wear  NYSC kits in while in the Orientation Camp.
They were said to have worn skirt against the usual trousers issed to them by the NYSC.
Efforts to make them change and wear the approved kits proved abortive forcing the NYSC to de-kit and decamp them immediately.
But following wide spread misconception and condemnation that trailed the action of the NYSC authorities, the scheme has shed more light on the issue.
The State Coordinator, Mrs Ann Ibe told Reporters that the NYSC followed due process in de-kiting the corps members.
According to her, the corps members were queried for flouting Schedule 1 Article 3 (b) (ix) of the NYSC Bye Laws 1993.
The article she cited according to investigation deals with the code of
conduct of corps members especially as it has to do with mode of dressing.
A copy of the bye laws, obtained by New Telegraph, clearly states in Schedule 1 Article 3 that: “Every member shall observe the following code of conduct during the period for which the code relates.”
It further goes on to state in (b) (ix) that during the orientation: “Every member shall wear the various uniforms provided for activities.”
She further said that the bye laws also stipulated punishment for offenders in schedule 2 article 1(I) (a).
The said schedule 2 article (I) (a) states that: “Failure to wear the uniform provided for any particular activity, the Corps Member should be informed to go and wear the uniform, failing which he will be
decamped”.
Ibe said the corps members were de-kited in line with the recommendations of the NYSC Camp Court.

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Maulid: AbdulRazaq urges Nigerians to emulate Prophet Muhammad

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• Tasks Kwarans on challenges of development

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the Muslim world on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Maulid-u-nabyy), calling it an event that reshaped human history.
AbdulRazaq said the anniversary of the Prophet’s birth is an opportunity to reflect on his message of love and unity to humanity.
“His birth and rise to prophethood — 40 years after —altered the course of human history forever. Like his brother prophets and messengers, the Prophet epitomised the best of character,” AbdulRazaq said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye on Monday.
“He heralded the sort of sociopolitical transformations never seen in history and upset oppressive regimes as he campaigned to restore human dignity and man’s relationship with God.
“On this occasion of the Prophet’s birth anniversary, I call the attention of every Kwaran and Nigerian to the noble message of Prophet Muhammad — a message of peace, piety, truth, unity and universal brotherhood of man. Back home in Kwara, the challenges of development are so enormous and daunting that we must shun every antic that seeks to pull us apart as a people on the basis of religion or tribe.
“As our administration gradually implements various strategies to tackle hunger and lack of basic amenities to build a 21st century state, the least that is expected from any quarter or group of individuals is any action, message or innuendoes capable of raising tension and diverting attention from the common challenge of underdevelopment or our resolve to build a Kwara where no one is left behind.
“Our message on the occasion of this Maulid nabiyy, therefore, is for everyone to contribute their own quota to build a human community united by belief in and love of God, accommodation of differences, and collective efforts to make life worth living for fellow human beings. These, in our opinion, were what the Prophet lived for.”

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Petrol tanker bursts into flame in Lagos

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A petroleum tanker loaded with 33,000 litres Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, is currently burning at the entrance of Gowon Estate, Ipaja Road, Alimosho, Lagos.

Motorists are advised to make use of alternative routes as traffic gridlock is building up.

Men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA who raced to the scene are battling to put out the fire. At press time, there is no casualty recorded, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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