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NIS begins web-based application for Visa-On-Arrival

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has migrated to a web-based portal to be used to apply for Visa-On Arrival facility with effect from May 13.

Its Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, announced this in a statement on Monday.

James said that prior to the migration to a web-based portal, applicants were expected to forward applications for visa via email or hard copy to the Comptroller General for approval.

The spokesman, however, said that with the web-based regime, applicants would only be required to log onto www.immigration.gov.ng where they could apply for the facility, make payment, and receive approval online.

James said,“The Comptroller-General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede, hereby calls on genuine investors to take advantage of the innovation as it improves migration and transparency in the system in line with the Federal Government’s policy of Ease of Doing Business.”

Visa on Arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry.

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Taskforce set to remove illegal structures in Lekki from Dec. 21

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The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) says from Dec. 21, it will embark on a clean-up exercise by removing illegal structures in Lekki, Lagos.

The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, made this known in a statement signed by the agency’s Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofik.

According to the chairman. the exercise is to enhance free flow of traffic in that corridor.

“The Lagos State Taskforce on Thursday, Dec. 12 issued a seven-day ‘Removal Order’ to all owners of illegal structures, shanties, kiosks and container shops at ‘Marwa Waterside’ area of Lekki, Lagos,” Egbeyemi said.

According to him, the ‘Removal Order’ became imperative in preparation for a road construction along the coastal road which would serve as an alternative route for the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

“Illegal business operators like iron benders, mechanics, food/fruits vendors and others have turned the area into an eye-sore.

“In addition, they have littered the entire area with indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste materials.

“It is also interesting to note that none of the owners, occupants and illegal business operators have any permit from the state government,” the chairman said.

He said that a two-day grace would be given after the expiration of the ‘Removal Order’ on Thursday, Dec. 19 before operatives of the agency would embark on the clean-up exercise.

Egbeyemi warned that the agency would clampdown on all criminal elements disturbing law-abiding residents within Marwa waterside and the entire Lekki axis.

“I implore all illegal occupants of any of the government lands and property across the state to immediately vacate as anyone caught will be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.

The chairman added that the agency impounded 98 illegal commercial motorcyclists found plying restricted routes at Ikorodu and Agric Bus-Stop over the weekend.

“The agency had issued several warnings to these illegal commercial motorcyclists through their various associations to desist from plying 475 restricted routes including highways and bridges across the state.

“The combined efforts of the agency with the Police as directed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, will reduce the menace of motorcyclists on restricted routes across the state,” he said.

Egbeyemi also warned members of the public not to patronise illegal commercial motorcyclists on illegal routes, pointing out that both the rider and passenger were liable if arrested.

Edited by: Adeleye Ajayi

(NAN)

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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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Yuletide: Curfew, ban of fireworks still effective in Borno -Police

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The Police in Borno says the curfew and ban imposed on fireworks are in force to ensure a hitch free Christmas and New Year celebration in the state.

Mr Edet Okon, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), made the disclosure in a statement issued on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Okon said that the command had sensitized the people on the need to observe the existing curfew, ban and other acts capable of disrupting the peace during the festive period.

“In pursuance, therefore, the command wishes to restate that the curfew hours remain unchanged.

“The ban on the use of fireworks, firecrackers, banger, knockouts and other explosive devices subsists and should be strictly observed by all and sundry.

“Likewise; the display or brandishing of weapons, dangerous objects of any kind, other violent conduct and disposition under the pretext of celebration will not be tolerated,” Okon warned.

He advised worshipers to submit themselves for security screening that might be required at their various places of worship and to be mindful of the curfew rules during watch-night services on New Year eve.

He urged parents and guardians to monitor their wards to avoid incident of missing persons during the yuletide.

The police spokesman also called on the people to be vigilant and conduct themselves in an orderly manner as well as to report suspicious persons and movements to the police and other security agencies.

While wishing the Christian faithful and the people a merry Christmas, happy and peaceful New Year celebrations, the command urged them to go about their lawful businesses without fear.

“The police will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who may attempt to disrupt the celebrations or breach the emerging peace and security of the state”.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

(NAN)

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Navy quarterly route march :NAVTRAC, Western Command urge personnel on regular medical check-ups, be law abiding

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The Nigerian Navy ( NN) on Saturday urged its personnel  to always go for regular medical check-ups  so as  to ascertain their levels of fitness and  also  be law abiding citizens  always.

 

Rear Adm. Stanford Enoch, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC),  gave  the advice after their route march.

 

He also urged  the  personnel to endeavour to check their blood pressures ( bp) regularly.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the December route march marked the final one  for 2019, while the one for the  first quarter for 2020 would be held in March .

 

The FOC, represented by Commodore Adesola Adesope, the Command Assure Sea Training Officer of NAVTRAC, said that Naval  personnel should stop living in self-denial if they were on medication.

 

“You can see that that there has been some spate of sudden death among us, not only within  the Nigerian Navy, even among the civilian populace.

 

“Our findings have shown that  this is because we do not do our clinical (medical) checks at least twice a week.

 

“As military men,  let us endeavour to check our blood pressure always; it doesn’t have to do with age,whether you are 20 years ,40 years  or 50 years of age.

 

“Let us stop living in self-denial. If you have been placed on a particular medication; please, follow it to the letter.

 

“I believe in God, and in miracles, but let us stop living in self-denial, ” he said.

 

He also encouraged personnel to be cautious about their environments as the Yuletide was approaching, especially, as they would be travelling.

 

Enoch at the end of the march congratulated the Naval  personnel for successfully completing the exercise without recirding any casualties.

 

He said, “Route march is to check our fitness, a show of force to the civilian populace  to whom we are responsible .

 

“That we are there for them in terms of security challenges, especially, as we are  approaching  the Yuletide.

 

” It is also important for us as military men to take part in such exercises that will ensure we are fit,” he said.

 

He also implored them  to teach their families  the importance of keeping fit always.

 

“I still want to implore our wards back home on the need to always keep fit, eating and waking up without exercise is not good for our body systems.

 

“It is good to loosen up and take some walk to ensure that we are fit,” he said.

 

NAN reports that the 10km route march in which no fewer than 600 officers participated started at the Naval base, Apapa, at 6:15 a.m. and ended at 8a.m.

 

The walk started from the Naval base in Apapa, through Ijora axis, Costain, Breweries and ended at the base.

 

Also, the Western Naval Command had its own walk at the Navy Town, Ojo, with no fewer than 1,800 officers participating.

 

Rear Adm.  Oladele Daji, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command,  admonished the naval personnel from  the Command on the need to always  be law abiding citizens.

 

Daji said that there was the  need  for them to also maintain cordial relationship with the civilian populace.

 

He said that defending the territorial integrity  of the country would be meaningless without a harmonious relationship with the civilian populace.

 

“Let me use this opportunity to draw your attention to the need to continue to be law abiding citizens.

 

“And at the same time stress the need to maintain cordial relationship with the civilian populace and relevant stakeholders.

 

“This is more so, that your duty to defend  the territorial integrity of our fatherland will be meaningless, if the relationship between the populace and Armed Forces is not harmonious,” he said.

 

He urged the naval  personnel to always live by the Nigeria Navy core values of integrity, professionalism and teamwork.

 

The Rear Admiral also said that the route march was to keep the  personnel fit, especially, for optimal performance in the discharge of their  constitutional roles as naval officers.

 

“The quarterly route march is targeted at keeping us fit for optimal performance in the discharge of our constitutional roles as naval personnel.

 

“This is why the CNS’s vision and strategic directives emphasised physical fitness and mental alertness as critical elements for combat readiness of service personnel at all times,” he said.

 

Daji also implored  the naval personnel to make use of the weekly Wednesday sports to exercise so as to  ensure enhanced mental and physical alertness.

 

The FOC,  while commending the naval  personnel on a successful route march, also emphasised that a healthy mind required a healthy body to function properly.

 

NAN reports that all personnel from the various  units under the  Western Naval Command as well as from the  Admiral Naval Draftting attended the fourth quarter route march at Navy Town, Ojo.

Eduted by Peter Dada

 

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UN condemns killings of 4 aid workers in Borno

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The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has condemned the killing of four aid workers by armed groups in Borno.

Eve Sabbagh, the Head of Public Information, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), stated this in a statement on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Kallon said the UN agency was sad by the killing of the aid workers by their captors on Dec. 13.

He described the action as “tragic” and called for immediate release of aid workers still under captivity.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months.

“My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship,” Kallon said.

He explained that the four men were among the six aid workers abducted on July 26; when armed group attacked their convoy in Damasak of Mobbar Local Government Area.

“They were working on a health project implemented by the Action Against Hunger, an International Non Governmental Organization (INGO).

“One of the drivers was killed during the attack and another was reportedly executed on September 24.

“I plead for the immediate release of Grace Taku, the only woman who was in the ACF team, and whose whereabouts remain unknown.

“I also call for the immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018,” he said.

Kallon described the action as another sad day for the people of Nigeria and the humanitarian community.

He noted that the aid workers devoted their lives to helping the most vulnerable communities in Borno, in spite of the risks.

According to him, the UN and partners were working to provide vital assistance to over seven million people in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The coordinator, however, decried that humanitarian workers have increasingly become the target of violent attacks.

He revealed that seven aid workers were killed this year while 26 others lost their lives in the conflict since 2011.

Kallon added that: “Violence against humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to much needed assistance for people affected by the armed conflict.

“I renew the call for all armed actors to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide humanitarian assistance, and to ensure the protection of aid workers”.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

(NAN)

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