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Killing of Bureau de Change operators in Ikorodu: 8 more suspects arrested

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Killing of Bureau de Change operators in Ikorodu: 8 more suspects arrested

The police in Lagos say they have arrested eight more suspects allegedly involved in the recent killing of a police sergeant and two Bureau de Change operators in Ikorodu area of the state.


A police source told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested at an abandoned construction company in Odogunyan area of Ikorodu, where they allegedly used as their base.

“They were arrested at about 10a.m. on Tuesday at AKS construction company abandoned building. One of the suspects escaped, while his locally made pistol was recovered,” the source told NAN.

Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, had on May 9 said three suspects were arrested in connection with the killing of three persons in Ikorodu. Two bodies of the victims were dumped inside a septic tank.

According to Elkana, the Command on March 14 received a complaint from Ikorodu area that some unidentified persons approached one Alhaji Yakubu Musa and Alhaji Hassan Umaru, both operators of Bureau de Change at Benson area, Ikorodu.

He said the suspects informed them that they have a relation who returned from overseas and needed to sell $10,000 (about N3.5 million), stressing that they initially requested that payment will be made in a bank at Ikorodu.

Elkana said on getting to the bank, the suspects moved the operators to an unknown destination and started demanding for ransom from their friends and relatives.

He said despite paying the sum of N1.6 million as ransom, the abductors refused to release the victims and nothing more was heard from them.

“The victims phones remained switched off. The Commissioner of police, CP Zubairu Muazu detailed the Commander, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to carryout an investigation into the matter with a view of rescuing the victims and apprehending the suspects.

“ Operatives from SARS Ipakodo base led by SP Godfrey Soriwei arrested three suspects. The suspects confessed to the commission of the crime and led operatives to their den at Ikorodu where they dumped the corpses in a septic tank,” he said.

The police spokesman in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, did not respond to NAN calls and textx messages seeking confirmation of the arrests.

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Gov. Sule appoints new SSG, DG Bureau for Public Procurement

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has appointed Muhammed Ubandoma-Aliyu as the Secretary of the State Government (SSG) and Dr Dominic Bako as the Director-General (DG) of the newly established Bureau for Public Procurement.


Sule, who disclosed this on Thursday in Lafia, said that the appointment of the new SSG was due to the vacancy created as a result of the relieved of Aliyu Ahmed-Tijani the former SSG from office.

The governor explained that the SSG was selected based on his records of achievement and integrity in the capacities he served in the past.

“As you are aware, the Office of the SSG is the fulcrum of Government activities, which requires the occupant of the office to be a person with proven integrity, loyalty and outstanding antecedents.

“These were the guiding traits in arriving at the choice of the new SSG, therefore, I have no doubt that the new appointee will continue to be an embodiment of sacrifice and service to the people of Nasarawa State,” he said.

The governor added that the new SSG and the DG Bureau for Public Procurement would help strengthen machinery of government for effective and efficient service delivery.

He described them as tested technocrats, resourceful experts and experienced personalities.

The governor, therefore, charged the officials to quickly settle down to their new assignments so as to make valuable contributions to enable the government achieve its objectives as promised during campaigns.

Responding on behalf of the newly appointees, the SSG expressed gratitude to the governor for the confidence reposed on them, by given them opportunity to serve..

He, therefore, promised to discharge their duties without fear or favour and with the fear of God.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new SSG before his appointment was a principal partner at M.U Aliyu Chambers, Lafia.

He was also a former Chairman of Lafia Local Government Area (LGA) between 1999-2002.

Similarly, Bako, DG of Bureau for Public Procurement was former Spacial Adviser to the governor on Budget, Finance and Economic Planning.

Bako also served as Permanent Secretary, Head of Civil Service and Commissioner for Finance in the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Umaru Al-Makura.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Alleged forgery: Arrest warrant on 2 Sri Lankans still stands, judge says

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Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of an FCT High Court in Maitamadeclared that the warrant of arrest it issued against two Sri Lankans, ‎still subsists and remains valid.


 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Saththiyaraj Kantharasa, Vinith Ukantharasa and a Nigerian, Anthony Adetokunbo, were to be arraigned on May 13 by the ICPC over alleged possession of  fake Malaysian passports and making false statement.

They failed to appear in court.

Justice Goodluck on  that day, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the two Sri Lankans and their sureties over their failure to attend the court for arraignment .

She fixed June 24 for arraignment after the ICPC counsel Mr Anieken Ekong informed the court that the two Sri Lankans were still not in court.

Ekong said the ICPC reported to the police on the order of bench warrant issued against the suspects and their sureties.

He told the court that the police asked for time to enable them act on it.

Ekong, however, said that the third suspect who had been remanded in correctional centre was in court. 

Edited By: Joseph Idika/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

Ekong, however, said that the third suspect who had been remanded in correctional centre was in court. 

Edited By: Joseph Idika/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Gov Sule appoints D-G for Nasaraw Bureau for Procurement

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Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa on Thursday announced the appointment of Dr. Dominic Bako, as the Director General (D-G), of the newly established state’s Bureau for Public Procurement.


The governor made the announcement during the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Lafia.

Sule said that the establishment of the bureau was to ensure transparency and accountability in public procurement process in the state.

The governor said that with the appointment of a Director General, the bureau was set to begin operation in fulfilment of his administration’s commitment to the public and development partners.

 Sule said that Bako was appointed on merit based on his track records in public service.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that before his appointment, Bako was the Special Adviser to the Governor on Budget, Finance and Economic Planning.

Bako was also a former permanent secretary,  Head of Civil Service and Commissioner of Finance under the Governor Umaru Al-Makura-led administration.

NAN recalls that the governor had on April 24, signed the procurement bill into law, which paved the way for the establishment of the state’s procurement bureau.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan (NAN)

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Communiqué of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting held on 3 April 2020

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President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a second and follow-up teleconference meeting of the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Government, on 3 April 2020, to discuss the African response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The following members of the Bureau participated in the teleconference meeting: President Abdel Fattah al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of the Republic of Mali, President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya, and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat .


President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Republic of Zimbabwe also participated in the teleconference. The Bureau received presentations from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and President Emmanuel Macron of France.

Chairperson Faki briefed the Bureau on actions undertaken by the Commission on recommendations from the Bureau meeting on Covid19 held on 26 March 2020.

Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC gave a continental update which highlighted rapidly increasing Covid-19 infection rates across the continent

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus emphasised the importance of acting now to test and to guarantee equitable access to test kits, masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs), vaccines and therapeutics as soon as they become available.

The Bureau of Heads of State and Government commended the able stewardship of exemplary leadership of Dr Tedros in leading the global response to the pandemic.

The Heads of States highlighted the unprecedented threat that Covid-19 presents to the health of African citizens and to the continent’s hard-won developmental and economic gains. They also recognised the imperative to establish humanitarian and trade corridors in a spirit of African solidarity and integration.

Given the urgent need for medical supplies and equipment, the Heads of states called for international cooperation and support while up-scaling local production on the continent.

The Heads of States noted with satisfaction progress made in operationalising the African Union Covid-19 Response Fund established on 26 March 2020 to which members pledged the sum of US$12.5 million and an additional US$4.5million to the Africa CDC.

It was agreed to establish continental ministerial coordination committees on Health, Finance and Transport to coordinate in order to support the comprehensive continental strategy.

The Heads of States underscored the need for a comprehensive and coordinated continental approach, and to speak with one voice on Africa’s priorities.

Cognizant of the devastating socio-economic and political impact of the pandemic on African countries, the Bureau reiterated the need for rapid and concrete support as pledged by the G20 and other international partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It is critical that these institutions review their current disbursement policies to display flexibility and speed, including raising the availability of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). The Bureau also echoed the call for a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa, including, deferred payments, the immediate suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external public and private debt in order to create fiscal space for Covid-19 response measures.

Lifesaving supplies including PPEs, masks, gowns, and ventilators and other support devices are urgently needed. The Bureau commended the rapid action coordinated by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Jack Ma Foundation in mobilising and distributing, with the support of the World Food Programme (WFP) and Africa CDC, over one million diagnostic tests, six million masks and 600,000 PPE items to all African Union member states in less than a week.

The Heads of States and Government strongly urged for the immediate lifting of all economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and Sudan to allow them to adequately respond to the pandemic and save lives. The African Union has repeatedly called for the lifting of these punitive sanctions, which the Bureau consider intolerable and inhumane in the present context.

It was noted that the Sahel region need special attention in the light of terrorist activity, and pledge solidarity with the countries in this region who have to fight the twin scourge of terrorism and COVID-19.

The Heads of States and Government thanked President Emmanuel Macron for his strong support for Africa during the Extraordinary G20 Summit. The Bureau expressed its support for the proposals he raised regarding a comprehensive approach to mobilising international support for Africa’s health, economic, humanitarian, and medical research priorities, which are aligned with the in African position. The Bureau also acknowledged the commitment of the People’s Republic of China for its support and solidarity with Africa.

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