A 39-year-old car dealer, Joseph Lawrence, who allegedly stole a Mercedes Benz worth N25 million, on Wednesday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The police charged Lawrence, who resides in No 4 Lateef St., Ogoyo Estate in Ajah, with two counts of conspiracy and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Akeem Raji, told the court that the defendant stole a Mercedes Benz SS5 valued at N25 million, property of the complainant, Mr Mr John Cham.
Raji told the court that the defendant committed the offence, with others at large on Nov. 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Lekki, Lagos.
He said the defendant told the complainant that he would sell the car to his friend, one Mr Emeka Emmanuel, who works in Chevron.
The prosecution counsel said that the defendant also issued a dud cheque dated Dec.14, 2018, bearing the name of one Emeka Emmanuel in favour of the complainant for the purchase of the Benz.
” The cheque was not honoured by the bank and all attempts made by the complainant to retrieve his car failed,”he said.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015, (Revised)
After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.
NAN reports that stealing provides three years imprisonment while conspiracy stipulates two years for offenders.
Chief Magistrate O.A. Layinka admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300,000 with two Sureties in like sum.
Layinka ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.
She adjourned the case until May 21 for hearing.
Kano’s 365 Days of Democratic gains By Malam Muhammad Garba
Friday, June 12, marks Nigeria’s Democracy Day, a day set aside to venerate the nation’s bourgeoning civilian rule after President Muhammadu Buhari, last year, assented to the Public Holiday Amendment Bill nullifying May 29 previously set aside as a public holiday for the celebration.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state is equally celebrating his first year into the second term in office on May 29 with a focus on fulfilling his campaign promises to the people of Kano and determination to accomplish the set targets despite the temporary setback occasioned by the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The performance of a governor in our present democratic government is measured by the improvement of the quality of life in the state during the period of his governance. In the light of this, Governor Ganduje, who believes in accountability, responsiveness, participation, transparency, the rule of law and government of equitable and inclusion has in the last one year in office built on the consolidation policy of his administration and made laudable achievements in a number of areas.
Having inherited more than 2000 uncompleted and abandoned projects upon the assumption office of his first term in office, Governor Ganduje not only completed and commissioned such projects but initiated many others some of which have also been completed, commissioned, and put to use. The feats recorded in the last one year is but largely a consolidation of the accomplishments made by the administration.
Therefore, there are abundant programs/projects involving the development of key infrastructure for the various sectors started before and completed or initiated within the review period and completed or still ongoing.
During his inauguration a year ago, Governor Ganduje unfolded his administration’s plan to adopt Free and Compulsory Primary and Secondary Education policy including the integration of Almajiri schools in the state as well as for the girl child in compliance with the approved Kano State Girls Child Education Policy (KNGEP).
The administration started a commitment to ensure the implementation of the policy by abolishing the payment of school fees in all the primary and secondary schools and commenced direct funding of primary and secondary schools numbering 1,180 with a total student population of 834, 366 at a total cost of about N200 million per month or N2.4 billion per annum. The government has, similarly, provided school uniforms to 779, 522 newly enrolled pupils (boys and girls) at the total cost of N381 million and engaging 3, 000 volunteer teachers to teach in the various public and Quranic schools across the state in a bid to reduce teaching deficiency in the sector.
However, with the turn of events, which led to the formal abolishing of the traditional Almajiri system of education in the state, it is completing arrangements to enroll all 1, 800 repatriated indigenous Almajiri to Kano from other states of the northern region into the conventional educational system. Kano, which is the only state that has in place, a functional Qur’anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board had earlier, established 12 integrated Tsangaya Model Schools 10 of which are boarding.
This is in addition to the recruitment of 1,536 female teachers now teaching in primary schools across the state; 600 to teach English and Mathematics in Tsangaya/Islamiyya Schools in the State, and 3,000 teachers to teach in Primary Schools across the 44 Local Governments of the State.
While all schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ganduje administration introduces Radio and Television lesson programs for pupils and students especially those who are going to sit for WAEC/SSCE examinations.
Other notable achievements include the establishment of College of Medical Science at Yusuf Maitama Sule University (YUMSUK); construction of twin building with over 2000 capacity theatre at Yusuf Maitama Sule University, (YUMSUK); introduction of 16 new faculties at Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil (KUST); construction of 300 capacity theatre hall and students Common Room at Aminu Kano College of Legal and Islamic Studies (AKCILS); establishment of ICT Centre at Kano College of Education and Preliminary Studies (KASCEPS).
Of particular note in this sector in the last one year is the establishment of RUGA settlements and commissioning of the first batch of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement project out of the 200 units earmarked for construction at Dansoshiya forest in Kiru local government of the state.
The project is aimed at tackling the issue of herdsmen/Fulani which has been a challenge that mitigated the efforts of our security systems. The Ruga settlement project entails settlement of cattle rearers in a single location, lessening the clashes between them and farmers.
The administration has allocated thousands of hectares from the Falgore Forests as grazing
Governor Ganduje launching the first batch of 20 housing units out of 200 of RUGA Settlement at Dansoshiya Forest in Kiru local government recently to curb the movement of Fulani herders and boost security
Gov. Ganduje launching the distribution of hospital equipment and commodities to all primary and secondary facilities to boost healthcare services amidst the Covid-19 pandemic Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje launching the distribution of Covid-19 Palliatives for 50, 000 poorest of the poor families across the state to cushion the harsh effect of the pandemic
Dangote Skills Acquisition Centre built and equipped by the Ganduje administration to train youth on various skills towards self-reliance reserves and settlements to cattle breeders to their share from the consignment sent by the run their businesses of the cattle industry. Its federal government. takes away the forest enclaves of bandits and
kidnappers that have found homes and Water supply getaways in the thick forests of northern Nigeria.
In collaboration with the Nigerians, Army, the government of Kano state has
The state government secured a facility of 6 4 . 5 million Euro from a French-made the Falgore Forest a permanent camp Development Agency which has already take for military training exercise where the off this year.
Approval has been given under the Nigerian Army holds regular military the Integrated Water and Agriculture exercises. Development Project for the Islamic Development Bank’s water component facility Infrastructure of $200 million for water supply projects in the Ganduje administration in Kano state.
Continuation and installation of raw contemplating on initiating new infrastructure water, high lift and chemical dosing pumps at the Front view of Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu development projects but committed to the Tamburawa Water treatment plant, Chalawa completion of all ongoing projects in both Complex , T iga- Rano, Tudun Wada, urban and rural areas of the state. Some of Chiromawa, Tiga-Tiga, Kura, Kusalla, Gari, these projects have been completed during the Pada, Magaga, Guzu-Guzu, Thomas, and Joda period under review and included Aminu regional Schemes and continuation of the Alhassan Dantata Flyover along with Murtala construction of 88No.
Solar Power Borehole Muhammad Way which was commissioned by Schemes in the 44 Local Government Areas, the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; two at each LGAs.
Tijjani Hashim Underpass at Kofar Ruwa/Bukavu Barracks Junction; Karfi– Rano Independent Power Project
– Kibiya – Kwanar Sumaila Road; Multi-billion With the establishment state Hydroelectric naira Integrated Skill Acquisition Centre along with Development Company ( KHEDCO) to Zaria Road; the nearly completed Dangi/Umar generate power and manage the state-owned Bin Khattab Interchange and ongoing Sheik Independent Power Project (IPP) at Tiga and Karibullah Sheik Nasiru Kabara Flyover along with Challawa Dams, the project, which is ongoing,
Muhammadu Abdullahi Was Road, expected to be completed this year and will 3D design of ongoing Kano Cancer Centre project metropolis. assist in supplementing the power demand in the state.
In addition to the Free maternal and Child Major structural and installation, works have Healthcare services and free accident and been completed and the project will use water emergency services aimed to save the lives of from Hadejia Jama’ are River Basin thousands of accident victims that visit Development Authority to supply energy to accident and emergency units; 20, 000 Free the small-scale industries at Sharada, Eye treatment and provision of Glasses across Chlallawa and Bompai Industrial Estates the 5 Emirates in the state, it is also during the day time, while the two water constructing Cancer Center at Muhammadu treatment plants at Tamburawa and Challawa Buhari Hospital. will supply power to street lights in the night in order to improve the security situation in the
The center, which foundation stane laying state. the ceremony was performed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during one of his official visit to the state is modeled after
Civil service reform
In the last one year, Ganduje embarked upon cancer centre in Melbourne, Australia, in a sweeping reform in the civil service to terms of size and expertise in view of the large ensuring an impartial and unflustered service number of cancer patients in the country who system as part of his broad vision to move the cannot access quality medical care. The state to the next level. The governor gave the project is billed for completion by July to the reform with the appointment of the year barring unexpected developments. permanent secretaries based on merit,
competence and track record.
Independent Power Project
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the measures include the introduction of key Kano State
Ganduje administration is also building performance indicators aimed at ensuring Isolation Centers for COVID-19 Patients as optimal service delivery across Ministries, follows: Kwanar Dawaki for patients with Department and Agencies ( MDAs); critical condition; Mohammad Buhari establishment of an ICT center under the Specialist Hospital Giginyu, Abubakar Imam Office of the Head Civil Service for enhancing Urology Centre set up by the state the ICT capacity of the civil service; and the government in collaboration with Aliko enhancement of Computer-Based Test Dangote Foundation and the isolation center Promotional Examination which further at Daula Hotel. Other isolation centers are buttresses the level of ICT compliance within currently under construction at Sani Abacha the service.
The stadium, Kar Sports Institute and Tofa Cottage Hospital in addition to the provision of This is n o t a c o m p l e t e l is t of face masks, hand sanitizers, and rugs among projects/programs by the administration others to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic in the but a sampling of key sector accomplishment state. to celebrate the day. Ganduje is not only setting the phase for a tangible future.
Also of importance is the provision of the development plan for Kano in many years to palliatives to the most vulnerable and poorest come, but is not also vacillating in his of the poor in the state due to the lockdown as determination to bequeath a state in which a result of the COVID-19 pandemic where there shall be an effective health and educational 50,000 households in the 484 political wards systems, bourgeoning agriculture, renewed in the 44 local governments in the state urban infrastructure, more employment benefitted in the first phase, while in the opportunities, enhanced security and peace second phase similar number are collecting to bolster economic growth and development. Sheikh Isyaku Rabi’u Paediatrics Hospital at Zoo Road
Tijjani Hashim Underpass along Katsina Road Shekh Ja’afar Adam Underpass Bridge along with Ongoing Construction of Dangi roundabout Interchange PanshekaraMadodi Road.
Auto crash claims 5 lives, 5 injured in Kano
Five people were confirmed dead, while five others sustained varying degrees of injury in an accident that occured on Wednesday on Rimin Gata road.
The incident, which involved a lorry and a golf car, happened in Ugogo Local Government area of Kano State.
Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, the Public Relations Officer, Kano State Fire Service, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kano.
Muhammad said that the accident occurred at about 7.18a.m when the two vehicles had head-on collision.
Muhammad attributed the course of the accident, which involved 10 people, to speeding.
He noted that the five people were rescued.
“We received a rescue call from Rimin Gata Ungogo Local Government at about 7.18a.m through Malam Usman Aminu Iguda.
“On receiving information, we quickly dispatched our personnel and vehicles to the scene of the incident to rescue the victims.
“The victims were evacuated to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital where five people were confirmed dead, while the other five are receiving treatment,” he said.
Muhammad appealed to motorists to always obey traffic regulations so as to stay alive and minimise accidents on the road.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Feature: Theft incidents rise in Lebanon amid increase in poverty, high unemployment
Given the dire economic circumstances in Lebanon and the increase in unemployment, people’s attention change to the need to find jobs and survive the worst times that have been experienced by the Lebanese for a long time.
Official statistics by CARE International, a non-government organization, shows that 45 percent of the Lebanese population are living in poverty and 22 percent in extreme poverty after the closure of thousands of businesses and lay-off of thousands of employees due to the deterioration in the value of Lebanese pound compared to the U.S. dollar and the outbreak of COVID-19.
The rate of theft incidents has increased to an alarming level.
“We are back into business after the government’s reduction of lockdown measures, but we always make sure to open only one door. In some cases, we work behind closed doors to avoid theft incidents,” Ahlam Harb, employee at a computer shop, told Xinhua.
Mohamad Bassatni, an owner of a jewelry shop in Hamra, told Xinhua that he won’t open for the time being since people cannot afford to buy gold for the moment while he would be exposing himself to the risk of robbery without even generating any income.
Several shops, including pharmacies and supermarkets, have witnessed theft crimes in the past two months in addition to an increase in the number of cars robbery.
A security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that over 150 cars were robbed in the first two months of this year, much higher than previous years.
Security forces are doing their best to track down incidents, but they have been lately pressured due to the resumed nationwide protests, in addition to distributing social aid to the most vulnerable, controlling the movement of people due to COVID-19 outbreak, the sources added.
Director General of the Economic and Social Council in Lebanon Mohamad Saifeddine said that these incidents are a normal result for the deteriorating economy and public finances in Lebanon.
He noted that the deterioration started with the change in the price of U.S. dollars to the Lebanese pound last September and then nationwide protests started.
“People’s purchasing power has dropped and some people completely lost their income. This should be normally translated into theft incidents, drug trade and all the other illegal activities,” he told Xinhua.
The Lebanese cabinet has approved the distribution of 400,000 Lebanese pounds for every vulnerable family in the country in a bid to alleviate their suffering.
“We have suggested this aid at the council and it was approved, but unfortunately the amount is not enough at all and it has not been distributed based on proper criteria,” Saifeddine explained.
Saifeddine emphasizes the need by the cabinet to distributed financial aid to the most vulnerable in Lebanese pounds and in big volumes which can be secured by the cabinet in a bid to reduce these incidents.
“In this case, we will not witness a further increase in inflation because financially weak people will only buy necessities such as rice, sugar and other items. They will not buy clothes, for instance, or any other luxurious products which will keep inflation under control,” he said.
Lebanon has seen several complications in the past couple of years caused economic and financial deterioration resulting from failing policies of successive governments, the flow of a big number of Syrian refugees due to civil war in neighboring Syria, the closure of businesses due to high costs of operations and nationwide protests which paralyzed the country over the past months in addition to the U.S. dollar crisis.
Auto crash leaves 2 dead, 7 injured in Ogun
Two persons were killed, while seven others sustained injuries in an accident, involving a truck, three other vehicles and two motorcycle along Toll-Gate, Sango-Ota, in Ogun, on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Oladele explained that the trailer, with no registration number and coming from Sango-Ota, lost control due to brake failure and rammed into the three other vehicles and two motorcycles.
Nine people comprising six males and three females were involved in the accident that resulted to the death of two persons, a male and female, while seven others, five males and two females, sustained various degrees of injuries.
“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at the Ifo General Hospital, Ogun, while the survivors are also receiving treatment at State Hospital, Ota,” the Sector Commander said.
He urged motorists to properly maintain their vehicles before putting them on road to avoid unnecessary loss of life and property.
Oladele commiserated with the family of the victims and requested members of the public whose relation used the corridor at that period to contact the FRSC Command in Ota for more information about the crash.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)