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Insecurity: Soyinka calls for state of emergency in South West

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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka Soyinka, has called for declaration of state of emergency due to the security challenges in the South West Zone.

Soyinka made the call on Thursday in Akure on the sidelines of the D.O Fagunwa Study Group International Conference held to celebrate his 85th birthday.

The conference had as theme: ” Wole Soyinka,DO Fagunwa and the Yoruba Artistic Heritage.”

The literary giant said that the most appropriate measure to take in view of the insecurity that had pervaded the whole of the South West was to declare a state of emergency across the region.

“As regards the insecurity in the South West, there is an emergency. There should be a declaration of security emergency through out the land and measures taken accordingly.

“There are many directions of security lapses, you know it here, especially in Ondo State, it is a calamity through out the whole nation. There is an emergency,” he said.

The first African Nobel Laureate said the governors, especially those in the South West geo-political zone, must work assiduously toward tackling the menace of insecurity.

Soyinka, however, expressed gratitude to Ondo State Government for celebrating his 85th birthday and the completion of the ‘Dome’ which was meant to celebrate art and culture.

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said the nation had allowed unreasonable competition, ethnicism, tribalism, corruption, political and economic ownership of the nation to slow down the pace of self-realisation.

According to Akeredolu, in Africa, the challenge has moved largely from the legitimacy of governance institutions to its responsiveness to the need for a coordinated plan for cultural integration, economic development and general human capital development.

The governor was, however, excited at the 85th birthday celebration of Soyinka, whom he described as his mentor and supporter.

Akeredolu described Soyinka as a first class academic, playwright, poet, novelist, and great human condition activist.

He said that Soyinka’s life was a lesson for public office holders because he had elevated the art of partisan living as the biggest ideal of social reclamation.

“I join other well meaning Nigerians and the world at large to wish you, our great emblem of decency and justice, a happy 85th birthday!

“I am fully convinced that your gathering here is another of those creative moments of rethinking our journey as a nation and our health as a society in search of its own civilisation.

“I have read a bit of the book of proceeding of your last conference and I am convinced of the vigour, depth and clear headedness with which your Study Group addresses the myriad of challenges that the human mind faces in its quest for self reinvention and reclamation.

“For all that we know, humanity is passing through some of its trying periods. Globally, definition of peace, progress, liberty and prosperity is interrogating the best of our civilisation today.

“From leadership crisis which torments the sanest of public organisations to the fearful response of a traumatised followership, the narrative is clear: we must check and recheck the path on which we tread,” Akeredolu said.

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FRSC Edo Sector gets new Commander

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Mr Henry Benamaisia on Saturday assumed office as the new sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Edo Sector Command.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Benamaisia took over from Mr Anthony Oko now redeployed to Plateau State Sector Command.

In his remarks, Benamaisia said that his target in Edo was to ensure a safe motoring environment.

According to him, my aim is to reduce road traffic crashes to the barest minimum.

Besides, he said that he would also maintain a robust public education on safety, traffic law enforcement as well as collaborating with sister agencies to achieve the corps mandate.

NAN reports that until his deployment to Edo, the new Sector Commander was Head, Department of Policy, Research and statistics at the corps headquarters in Abuja.

He was deployed to Benin on Dec. 6. ( NAN)

Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/Felix Ajide

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Armed Forces College graduates 176 junior officers

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Armed Force Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, on Saturday, graduated 174 Junior officers after a 23-week training.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Junior Course 88 participants, comprised 86 officers from  the Army, 42 Navy, 29 Air Force and nine non-military students from Defence Intelligence Agency, Customs, Nigerian Defence Academy, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Office of National Security Adviser.

They also include eight international officers; two from the Gambia and one each from the Republics of Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, in his speech, congratulated the 174 officers on their successful graduation.

Ibas, who commended them for their perseverance throughout the programme, said having successfully completed the course, he was hopeful that they were now better informed and prepared to operate effectively as Grade 3 staff officers and junior commanders in their respective organisations or countries.

“I enjoin you to note that the appellation, ‘Pass Junior Staff Course’ confers much responsibility on you, anywhere in the world in terms of the desired quality and quantum output of your field and staff work.

“You must therefore understand that this graduation is an endorsement of your capacity for higher appointment and greater responsibilities that would challenge the skills you have imbibed here in the college.

“For members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the skills you acquired from this course would immediately come into reckoning as we continue to confront diverse mutating internal security challenges in the country,” he said.

According to Ibas, as junior commanders, they must brace up to the task ahead with courage and conviction.

“With the advent of technology, nothing is hidden in today’s world.

“Your conduct must therefore be in accordance with the highest professional standards in terms of integrity, excellence and compliance with extant military laws and rules of engagement, including respect for the rule of law.

“You will be judged by these virtues not only as members of the armed force but also as ambassadors of this prestigious institution,” he said.

Ibas also congratulated officers from sister countries.

“You have each done your respective countries and your family proud by successfully completing this course.

“I believe the programme has provided you the rare chance of forging enduring friendship while also appreciating each other’s lifestyle, culture and doctrine.

“I urge you to continue to nurture the relationship you have established here as this will go a long way in fostering synergy and long-standing fraternal military cooperation between our nations,” Ibas said.

Earlier, the Commandant of AFCSC, AVM Lawal Alao, said the course featured intense field training and academic activities designed to build the capacity of the officers with the appropriate skills to function as Grade 3 Staff Officers.

Alao added that the training was also to prepare them to function effectively as tactical level officers in the Armed Forces.

“The course is also aimed at developing the command, analytical and communication skills of the students in order to equip them to efficiently operate during single service, joint or combined and multi-agency operations,” he said.

The commandant thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in the country for all the supports and encouragement the college had received in recent times.

NAN reports that awards were giving to individuals who distinguished themselves during the course.

Edited by: Taiye Agbaje/ Maharazu Ahmed

(NAN)

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Sun Publishing Limited wants Justice Minister’s intervention as EFCC threatens to seal headquarters

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The management of the Sun Publishing Limited on Saturday appealed to the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) from sealing the company’s corporate headquarters.

The appeal is contained in a statement issued by the management of the media outfit titled: ‘EFCC visit to The Sun office with armed policemen: Our Stand’ and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) on Saturday.

The management of the Sun Publishing Limited said that the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice should advise EFCC appropriately on the legal consequences of such an action if implemented.

It said that the appeal became necessary following the visit by three officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with four heavily armed policemen on Saturday, December 15, 2019 at about 10.00 a.m. to its corporate headquarters  in Lagos.

” They arrived the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for  the staff and the general public to keep off the premises.

“The EFCC officials, who   came in a white Toyota bus with registration number,  ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.”

“They also advised our staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely,” the statement stated.

The management of the media outfit stated in the statement that they did  not understand the legal basis for the EFCC’s action.

” It is on record that there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 wherein The Sun Publishing Limited  appealed  against the Judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made against it by a Federal High Court in 2007 based on ex parte proceeding.

“The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution were duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.

“It is also pertinent to state that  EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated  May 22, 2018 and duly received by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was further put on notice of the pending appeal at the Supreme Court.

” It was also  advised to stay action in the matter  pending the hearing of the Motion for Stay of execution and the appeal, ”  the statement said.

The management of the  Sun Publishing Limited  also said,   “it is instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited is not a party to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others.

“So,  we do not see why the Judgment in that case should lead to attempt to seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.”

The publishing company  said that it was  aware that both Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu and Slok Nig. Limited had since appealed the Judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris and a hearing date given.

” We wish to reiterate that The Sun Publishing Limited is an ongoing corporate limited liability company and its shares are owned by various individuals distinct  from Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu.

“Therefore, the recent Judgment against Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu should not be used to disturb the operations of the company and the proprietary rights of  its innocent  shareholders until the matters are dispensed with at the  Supreme Court,” the statement stated.

Efforts by NAN to get the reactions of the EFCC spokesman,  Wilson Uwujaren,   was not successful.

He did not pick calls made to his phone number by NAN as at the time of filling thus report.

Edited by: Peter Dada

(NAN)

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Yuletide: Enugu FRSC seeks collaboration with state traffic agency

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The Enugu State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday urged the state traffic agency to join hands with the corps to ensure free flow of traffic, especially within the metropolis during the Yuletide.

Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, the Sector Commander, made the request in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu, while speaking on the efforts of the corps to ensure smooth vehicular movement in the state during the festive period.

Kalu said that it was necessary that the state traffic agency also helped to prevent and check traffic jams whenever they occurred within the metropolis.

He advised the agency to call on FRSC whenever there was need for its intervention.

According to him, FRSC will continue at all times to carry out its duty for the safety of Nigerians on the roads, be it on the highways or within the cities.

He called on road users to always obey traffic rules for free flow of vehicles during and after the Yuletide.

(Edited by: Joan Nwagwu/Sam Oditah)

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Navy employs weight control mechanism to promote fitness

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The Nigerian Navy is to use the ‘Body Mass Index’ to check and promote physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel of the Service.

The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, made this known at the Fourth Quarter Route March on Saturday in Abuja.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of whether a person has a healthy weight, and also a calculated number representing a person’s level of fat or obesity level.

The Naval Chief said that physical training remained the bedrock of the Naval personnel’s daily mental and physical readiness for onshore and offshore duties.

Ibas, who was represented by Rear Adm. Begroy Ibe-Enwo, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, said that it was imperative for personnel to be physically fit at all times.

“As you are aware, the Nigerian Navy is primarily responsible for the protection of the nation’s maritime domain and also a major contributor to the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security arrangement.

“The Nigerian Navy is also a major participant in internal security duties all over the country. This makes it imperative for us to be physically fit at all times.

“Thus, the exercise and physical training remains the bedrock of Naval personnel’s daily mental and physical readiness for sea and ashore duties.

“It is pertinent to restate here that the commitment of the Nigerian Navy toward enhancing mental and physical fitness has yielded dividends as witnessed by the sterling contributions of the Service to national security, peace and prosperity,” he said.

Ibas noted that it was in recognition of this fact and the desire of the Service to keep the personnel physically fit that the route march among other events were sustained in its schedule of events.

He commended the Administration Branch of the Service for organising the route march ‘’which is very important for the physical and mental alignment of the participants.”

He cautioned officers not to engage in acts of misdemeanor or take the laws into their hands in order to avoid bringing the Service into disrepute during the festive period and in the course of their duty.

Ibas equally urged the personnel to show dedication to duty and unflinching support to “our democracy and constituted authority.”

Edited by: Joan Nwagwu/Ismail Abdulaziz

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