Sanwo-Olu Declares Lekki, Admiralty Toll Plaza Free On Thursday

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared Thursday July 11, a toll-free day during the morning and evening peak hours for vehicles plying the Lekki and Admiralty toll plaza in Lekki and Ikoyi, The Nation reports.

The toll plaza would be left open between 6.30am -9.30am and 4.30pm -8.00pm.

The governor stated this while addressing State House Correspondents after a tour of the Victoria Island-Lekki-Ajah axis over traffic gridlock and flooding issues.

The purpose, he said, is for doing traffic situation analysis in the area to find solutions to the issue of traffic gridlock in the area.

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Kogi Is No Place For Criminals, Gov Bello Warns

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has warned criminal elements within and outside Kogi State to stay off crime and embrace meaningful endeavours.

The governor gave the warning in Okene on Saturday during the parade of some alleged assassins and kidnappers by the Nigerian Police Force, Kogi State Command.

The governor advised the people in the area and Nigeria at large to embrace meaningful and diligent businesses instead of taking to crime.

He said his government will spend the last kobo to guarantee safety of life and property of all citizens and residents of the state. While commending the security agencies in the state for their effort in maintaining law and order,Bello enjoined the people of Kogi and ebiraland in particular that his government was ready to smoke out the criminal elements in the society, noting that those who involve themselves in criminal acts can only run but can’t hide.

Suspected criminals paraded were killers of one of the Governor’s aide late Yusuf Adabenege Onivehu who was the custodian of Sementi and the attackers of the Governor’s domestic aide, Kabiru Onyene including two kidnapping suspects who confessed to the kidnapping of the manager of a micro finance bank in Okene.

The assassins paraded by the police were Yusuf Abdulmumeen, age 32, Abona Jafar, 26, Yusuf Tijani, 29 And Yusuf Abdulkarim, 25 while Yusuf Kebiru, 28 And Yusuf Lawal 35 were the suspected kidnappers.

While parading the suspects Earlier, the Commissioner Of Police, Kogi State Command, Hakim Busari said the combined team of security agencies in the state made the arrest of the criminals noting that the security network in the state was sophisticated enough to locate criminals in any of their hideouts. He said those involved in the crime shall face prosecution.

The suspects Confessed to various crimes they have carried out in Kogi, Edo and Osun states.

Three of the alleged criminals were arrested in Auchi, Edo State while the arrest of others were made in Okene and Ogaminana

Items recovered from the suspects include 2 AK- 47 riffle, 1 Pump Action, 100 Live cartridges and 2 empty AK-47 magazines.

Man Calls Out Rivers Council Chairman For Failure To Bury Legislative Aide Seven Months After Death

A Nigerian man, Oyinemi Nicholas Endeley took to Facebook to call out the Chairman Ahoada West LGA, Hope Ikiriko, for failure to bury his legislative aide 7 Months after he was shot dead while returning from a PDP campaign along Emohua road, Rivers State.

Mr Endeley described the Council Chairman as “incompetent, worthless, good for nothing leader whose conscience is as little as his height.”

Late Rt Hon EFCC Chiko, was an executive and leader of Ahoada West Legislative Council,  and a dogged supporter of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. He was shot dead on 31 Jan by unknown gunmen who attacked the convoy of Hon. Okpokiri Nwanaka Okpokiri, member representing Ahoada West Constituency.

Mr Endeley noted that the young widow and two children have been abandoned by those the late Efcc Chiko held dear to his heart.

“EFCC was the leader of the legislative arm of government in his LGA. He was second after the incompetent chairman who after one year in office is the most docile, ineffective, unproductive, unsuccessful LGA chairman in Rivers state.

“Not one single project has been done by the midget yet, even to bury EFCC has proved impossible. A man who has pocketed 150 million a month; in 6 six months since January, EFCC was killed, he has pocketed a whopping 900 million yet not even pit latrine toilet has he commissioned.

“With all that income, EFCC’s kids have been abandoned, his widow has been abandoned; and the dead body of the leader of the house covered with bullet holes have been abandoned. Oh God, I’m weeping uncontrollably. Why would men be wicked like this? Hope Ikiriko, even if the burial of EFCC chiko, and opening a trust fund for the kids are the only achievements you will record as a chairman for 3yrs; please achieve it,” he said.

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Sex Toy Shop: Court Grants Senator Abbo N5M Bail

The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District was granted bail on Monday by Senior Magistrate Abdullahi Ilellah, Channels Television reports.

This was after he was arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police at Zuba Magistrate Court, Abuja.

He was granted bail in the sum of N5million and the sureties must have verifiable addresses within the Federal Capital Territory.

The case has since been adjourned to July 22nd for hearing.

Senator Abbo was arraigned on Monday on a one-count of assault which he pleaded not guilty.

He was arraigned after a video of him assaulting a woman went viral.

Gov. Obiano In U.S For MoU Signing, Investment Drive

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Sunday evening arrived in the United States on a business visit to the City of Orange in New Jersey.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor landed at the Newark Liberty International Airport in company with some party and government officials.

They were received by officials of the City of Orange, led by Mr Callistus Onyike, an indigene of Anambra and Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the city’s Diaspora Commission.

Obiano is expected to meet with the Mayor of Orange, Mr Ted Green, on Monday to sign a couple of business agreements.

Speaking to newsmen, the governor gave more insights into the purpose of his visit, including exploring areas of “mutual assistance”.

“We are here to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mayor of the City of Orange in New Jersey who gladly invited me over for this ceremony.

“Among the things we will be discussing tomorrow are mutual assistance in the areas of education, health, infrastructure, power in various forms, and firefighting.

“Anambra state is growing and we are getting high-rise buildings springing up here and there; we need to develop the capacity to fight fire of that sort.”

The governor added that he would use the opportunity to meet with members of the Anambra community in New Jersey and update them on happenings back home.

“This is an opportunity to update them on what we are doing real time, what we have done in the last five years, and what we want to do in the remaining three years.

“I will preach to them on the need to bring their wealth and investments back home.

“Wealth is not all about money, it includes your contacts, knowledge, experience and skills,” he said.

Onyike, who facilitated the visit, said the essence was to build a “mutually beneficial” relationship between the City of Orange and Anambra.

He said the Mayor had agreed to visit Anambra with a group of investors sometime in November.

Also with the governor were his wife, Ebelechukwu; who joined him from Iowa; his Chief of Staff, Mr Primus Odili, and his Chief Press Secretary, Mr James Eze.

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Launched In Freetown

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation is a tool that has united more than four thousand Nigerians in Sierra Leone.

Before its introduction, Nigerians living in Sierra Leone were segregated along ethnic lines. But now NIDO has helped to give Nigeria a great image and deepen the nation’s rebranding effort.

Moyo Thomas reports that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari  has since inception, emphasized the importance of looking out for  Nigerians in diaspora, prompting its establishment of Nigeria Diaspora Commission with Abike Dabiri Erewa as its pioneer Director General.

The Commission works with diaspora organizations to ensure proper integration and participation of Nigerians in the countries they reside.

This has also helped in improving the bilateral relations with host countries. The beauty of this synergy was displayed at this Nigerian event in Sierra Leone

The event was the launch of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation,  Sierra Leone Branch and the inauguration of its executive

The Sierra Leonian President, Julius Maada Bio is represented at this event by the Sierra Leonean Minister of Foreign affairs

Nigeria and Sierra Leone have long standing business and social relationships that have been nutured over the years

Countries all over have built themselves into great nations with contributions from the diapora and this has become the focus of Nigeria

The richness of Nigeria is also in its diversity which is a strength for Nigerians in diaspora as they extol brotherhood beyond tongue and tribe.

Happy Birthday Timipre Sylva: Bayelsans Pour In Wishes On Social Media

Chief Timipre Maryln Sylva, Former Governor and leader of the Bayelsa State All Progressives Congress (APC), is celebrating his 55th birthday.

Popularly known as the ‘Peoples Governor,’ Sylva is a seasoned administrator, a grassroot mobilizer whose popularity has been waxing strong despite been out of office for many years.

Sylva turned 55 today and social media users have poured their wishes to the former governor. He is no doubt loved and one of the most influential politician in the state and South-South today. 

Here are some of the Social Media reactions of Timipre Sylva’s fans across the country:

Court Orders Forfeiture Of $40m Worth Of Jewellery Belonging To Diezani

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of jewellery valued at about $40m, belonging to Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to the Federal Government, Channels Television reports.

The EFCC had seized the items comprising wristwatches, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, as well as a gold iPhone from a premises belonging to the former minister.

In the application, the EFCC said it believes that the pieces of jewellery were obtained with proceeds of unlawful activities by the former Minister.

The Commission also stated that Mrs Allison-Madueke’s known and provable lawful income is far less than the value of the jewellery sought to be forfeited.

In granting the application, Justice Oweibo agreed with the EFCC that the court has the statutory powers under the provision of Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act 2006 to order the forfeiture.

The judge also ordered the anti-graft commission to publish in any national newspaper the interim order of forfeiture to serve as notice to the former Minister or anyone interested in the assets to be forfeited to appear before the court to show cause within 14days why the assets should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The court then adjourned further proceedings till August 13.

Reactions As Video Shows Senator Elisha Abbo Assaulting A Lady

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abboho who is the youngest Senator in the ninth National Assembly, was seen in a 10-minute video footage, repeatedly slapping a woman, after she pleaded with him not to physically assault the shop owner whom the Senator had accused of calling him a drunk.

The assault reportedly happened on May 11, 2019, nearly three months after he became Senator-elect.

Senator Abbo has been under attack by social media users since the viral video appeared online.

Ruga Settlement Is To Resolve Farmer/Herder Conflicts, Says Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday declared that Ruga settlements is aimed to resolve farmers/herders conflicts across the country.

There have been increasing opposition to the establishment of Ruga settlements in parts of the country.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, reads ‘The Presidency wishes to draw attention to recent unhelpful comments regarding  the plan to stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.

“Ruga Settlement” that seeks to settle migrant pastoral families simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.”

According to him, beneficiaries will include all persons in animal husbandry, and not only Fulani herders.

The Federal Government, he said, is planning the Ruga settlementsin order to curb open grazing of animals that continue to pose security threats to farmers and herders.

He said “The overall benefit to the nation includes a drastic reduction in conflicts between herders and farmers, a boost in animal protection complete with a value chain that will increase the quality and hygiene of livestock in terms of beef and milk production, increased quality of feeding and access to animal care and private sector participation in commercial pasture production by way of investments.

“Other gains are job creation, access to credit facilities, security for pastoral families and curtailment of cattle rustling.

“Stripped of the politics and howling that has attended the recent comments, there is no government plan to seize state land, colonize territory or impose Ruga on any part of the federation. Government has made it clear time and again that the programme is voluntary.

“So far, twelve states have applied to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, making lands available for the take-off of the scheme in their states. This number is sufficient for the pilot scheme.

“Unfortunately, some state governments that have not signified interest in the scheme and, therefore, are not on the invitation list have been misleading people that the Federal Government is embarking on a scheme to take away their lands.

“Mostly, these are state leaders that have no explanation to offer their people for continued non-payment of workers’ salaries. It is true that government at the centre has gazetted lands in all states of the federation but because the idea is not to force this programme on anyone, the government has limited the take-off to the dozen states with valid requests.”

State governments, he said, are urged to join the Federal Government at the centre in encouraging all sides to the conflicts to make efforts towards finding a peaceful resolution.

He added “As we seek a permanent solution to these unwanted conflicts, efforts must be made to ensure that no innocent person faces any kind of deprivation or loss of right and freedom under our laws.”