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Niger governor’s aide trains journalists on digital media



Mrs Mary Berje, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Niger state Governor,  has organised a two-day training for some selected journalists from the state and Federal media organisation on the use of digital media.

Nigeria News Agency reports in Minna on Friday that training focused on content strategy, social ,media risk management,  content creation and the power of story telling.

It was conducted by Mr Chenemi Bamaiyi and Mr Tolu Adebayo of the LevelUp Digital Solutions.

She said the training has become imperative because journalists are at the front line of developing events, adding that training are essential in making them abreast of the profession.

Adebayo taught journalists on how to use the social media to disseminate accurate information on government plans for the people.

He said that journalists globally are using social media to keep in touch with their audiences, some use it to find new ideas for their stories some also gather additional information or sources from it.

Adebayo also spoke on how to use applications such as Google Drive, Google Keep, Google Doc, Drop Box, Canva and use of Smart Phone to disseminate information.

One of the participant, Mrs Safiya Yaman, appreciated the CPS for the training, adding that the training would boost the knowledge of journalists on the appropriate use of new technology in their career.

Edited By: Hawa Lawal/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Kwara: NDLEA arrests 119 drug suspects in 6 months



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kwara Command, has arrested a total of 119 drug suspects between July and December.

The agency’s commander in the state, Umoru Ambrose, made this disclosure at a press conference on Friday in Ilorin.

He said that the 119 suspects were the total number of arrest made since his assumption of duty in the state.

“When I assumed duty, a total number of 119 suspects had been arrested, with a combined seizure of 1,406.55 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa and tramadol tablets of the banned threshold,” Ambrose said.

He said that 67 out of the suspects were apprehended during dislodgement raids at illicit drug joints in the state, and they happened to be drug users but were later counselled and released.

The commander said that 14 others were treated and reintegrated into their families after attending a long term anti-drug abuse programme.

He said that 18 out of the suspects had been charged to court while investigation continued on the cases of 20 other suspects; three convictions were recorded within the period.

Ambrose, however, said that a 50-year-old man, Unma-Chukwu Chinedu, was arrested on Dec. 6 with 2.8 kilogrammes of psychotropic substances in Ilesha Baruba of Kwara.

“The suspect had ordered for the illicit drug; tramadol 225 and Diazepam from Kano State and was waiting for the consignment to be delivered before it was intercepted during a stop and search operation by the command.

“The suspect was subsequently arrested and he is currently being investigated and would soon be arraigned at the Federal High Court, Ilorin,” he said.

The commander said three people were also arrested on Dec. 10 for alleged possession of 757 kilogrammes of compressed cannabis sativa along Ilorin/Jebba/Mokwa highway during a motorised patrol.

He listed the three suspects as Namani Musa, Faruku Bala and Abu Dogo, who were arrested when the command intercepted their J5 vehicle, marked: DDM 75 XA (Katsina).

“The suspects had loaded the 757 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa from Abeokuta in a false bottom compartment of the J5 vehicle, enroute Sokoto.

“Apartment from the bottom compartment, where the cannabis sativa was conceived, there were no other items in the vehicle, making it look as if the vehicle was empty,” he said.

Ambrose said the command had through the seizures, saved millions of youths in the country from the devastating scourge of drug abuse and its associated consequences.

According to him, they will continue to intensify efforts on the anti- drug push until drug problem in the country is eradicated.

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Lawmaker seeks CDAs support to enhance security



Mr Yusuf Mugu, a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly has called on various Community Development Associations( CDAs) in his constituency, Kaura, to support in the fight against the incessant killings in the area.

Mugu,a member of PDP representing Kaura in the assembly made the appeal while reacting to the recent killings in Zunuruk and Tsonje villages in Kaura Local Government Area.

He told the Nigeria News Agency in Kafanchan on Friday that the CDAs and the security agents should work together,and fashion out ways of exchanging information and complaints between them.

Mugu also enjoined the affected communities to rise to the responsibility of securing their areas through the use of local vigilante groups and hunters to compliment the  efforts of security operatives.

“I advise the affected and neighboring communities to consistently alert and volunteer information to security operatives especially on suspicious movements and sounds. particularly during festive seasons to nip any ugly development in the bud.

“I must also caution against any attempt by members of all communities to take the law into their hands in the event of any provocation, instead, seek redress through the legal means,” he said.

The Lawmaker also called on Security operatives to redouble efforts at tackling insecurity, particularly the killings of innocent people of the communities.

Mr Derek Christopher, President of Kaura Youth Coalition also called for the deployment of additional security personnel to be stationed at locations vulnerable to attacks.

Christopher, who commended the communities’ efforts, also advised the residents against use of knockouts during the Christmas and New Year festivities adding such acts could raise tension in the communities.

Edited /Tukur Muntari.

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Edo Police Command arrests 50 suspects



The Edo Police Command on Friday said it had arrested no fewer than 50 suspects in connection with various crimes in the last three weeks.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawal Jimeta, told newsmen of the arrests in Benin, while highlighting the command’s achievements since his assumption of office in the state in November.

Jimeta said that those apprehended include 34 suspected cultists, six suspected fraudsters, five armed robbery suspects, four kidnap suspects as well as one suspect arrested for defilement.

He said that two vehicles, two barreta guns, 10 cut to size guns as well as three axes, four toy guns and 60 cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

The police commissioner urged citizens to be vigilant at all times and report clandestine activities in their domain for prompt attention of the police and other security agencies.

He said that since becoming the Commissioner of Police in the state, he had put in place strategies to ensure safety of lives and property in Edo.

Jimeta said the move was in line with the vision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu.

Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle


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Anambra FRSC warns tricycle operators against plying highways



The Anambra Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned tricycle riders in the state to operate within the rules approved for their operations or risk severe sanctions.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, said this while briefing newsmen on the ongoing special patrol and advocacy on the activities of tricycle operators in the state.

Kumapayi said the patrol, which is a joint operation with officials of Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), was meant to dislodge the “keke” riders from areas where they were constituting traffic nuisance in the cities of Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi.

He described keke riders’ encroachment on the expressway as dangerous to the motorists and themselves, saying that the command would no longer tolerate such indiscipline.

Kumapayi said that about 95 per cent of tricycle operators in Anambra had yet to obtain Class A Drivers’ License, which should give them the authority to do their business.

He said the process of issuing the licence included training of the riders on traffic rules and expected behaviour.

He said that the training would help to minimise the recklessness among keke operators in the state.

“The restriction of tricycle operators to the streets and hinterland is still in force.

“They are not permitted to ply the expressway, drop or pick passengers at certain places. It is an offence for them to operate on the expressway.

“We started an operation in the command to clampdown on the activities of tricycle operators, who constitute menace on our highways.

“It was a joint operation with operatives of Anambra Traffic Management Agency.

“We also want to ensure that all tricycle operators have Class A drivers license and ensure that their number plates are well fixed to help government’s security efforts.

“Tricycle operators in Anambra are mandated to have Class A drivers license before they can ply our roads.

“We are doing advocacy to enlighten them on these policies and enforcement shall commence soon.

“I want to regrettably inform you that about 95 per cent of these riders do not have Class A drivers license.

“So, in collaboration with the state Board of Internal Revenue, we agreed to have a special patrol across the state,” Kumapayi said.

The sector commander advised pedestrians to always use bridges while crossing the expressway.

He said that trying to dash across the highway rather than using the pedestrian bridge most times resulted in avoidable deaths.

(Edited by: Sam Oditah)


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Oyo govt. to support UNICEF on advocacy, enlightenment




Ibadan, Dec. 13, 2109 The Oyo State Government has expressed its readiness to support the advocacy and enlightenment programmes of UNICEF to further educate the public on the activities of the body.

Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, gave the assurance when a UNICEF team from its Southwest office visited him on Friday in Ibadan.

Olatubosun said the impact of UNICEF on children in the areas of education, health and social welfare was immeasurable.

He noted that the international body had contributed so much to the world, hence the need for the state to give it necessary support.

The commissioner promised that his ministry would deploy its online radio and other media platforms to project the activities of the body.

“UNICEF has done the world a great deal of good through positive impact in the protection of the rights of children to quality education, health, shelter and other necessities of life.

“Whatever it requires to support you, it will be provided by the ministry. In addition, the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration will always recognise the areas that UNICEF has made life easier for children.

“So it is a thing of pride for us to associate with the works of the body for a better world.” Olatunbosun said.

Earlier, the team leader, Dr Tushar Rane, said that UNICEF was happy to associate with the state for its welfare policies in education, health and social inclusion.

Rane sought for collaboration with the government to boost the programme and activities of UNICEF in the state.

Edited ‘Wale Sadeeq

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