Ikeja, March 12, 2019 A technician, Yemi Akinlaja, 54, who allegedly broke into an office and stole electrical fittings and apparatus worth N100,000, was on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Akinlaja, who resides at No. 12A, Araromi St., Oke-Isawo, Ota in Ogun, is facing a three count charge of burglary, conspiracy and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, told the court that Akinlaja on Feb.12 at 1.00p.m. broke into an office at No. 43, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos, belonging to Mr Bello Akeem.
Eruada said the defendant gained access through the aluminum door and stole electrical fittings and apparatus that were locked in the complainant’s office, valued at N100, 000.
“When the guard saw Akinlaja running away from the office, he called the attention of other guards to it.
“They gave the defendant hot chase and he was apprehended,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 287, 411 and 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 307 stipulates seven years jail term for the offence of burglary.
In her ruling, Magistrate M. I. Dan-Oni, admitted the defendant to bail of N50, 000 with one responsible surety in like sum.
Dan-Oni ordered that the surety must be gainfully employed, show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have his address verified.
The case was adjourned until March 18 for mention.
COVID-19:ATCON seeks free movement of technicians during lockdown
The National Executive Council of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) on Tuesday called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to grant free movement for technical personnel in the event of a lockdown.
Mr Ajibade Olude, Executive Secretary of ATCON, said there was need for NCC to initiate the process of National Rights of Passage for all technical staff of telecommunications companies.
He said this was necessary in the event of foreseeable lockdown by either the Federal Government or state governments.
Olude, in a statement, said though the lockdown was an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak in the country.
He added that there was also need to ensure no poor quality of service during the period.
“This request is because of the essential nature of telecommunications infrastructure in managing the entire situation and the need for maintenance and repairs that may arise during the possible lockdown.
“All technical members of staff of all Telecoms should be granted free moment to monitor and ensure we do not experience poor quality of service.
“We count on NCC to expedite action in this regard while we appreciate the Commission for being proactive and attentive,” he said
Olude urged members of the association and their nstaff to comply with all the guidelines stipulated by the Federal Ministry of Health and all relevant authorities at state levels.
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Adeleye Ajayi
FG trains 45 laboratory technicians, assistants in modern technology
The Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja has trained over 45 science and technology teachers from federal unity colleges in the southern zone of the country on the use, maintenance and servicing of newly-acquired machines.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that training was aimed at exposing the teachers to the repair and maintenance of school science equipment as well as designing and fabrication of standard kits for use in the laboratories.
NAN also reports that the Director, Federal Science Equipment Centre, FSEC, Ijanikin, Lagos, Mr Yekini Ismaila, presented certificates to the participants after the training.
The certificates were presented to the participants at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti by Ismaila on Thursday.
Speaking with NAN shortly after the presentation of the certificates, the director said that the teachers were trained in the use, maintenance and servicing of the newly-acquired machines.
He said that the centre that had been comatose for over three years and was currently being repositioned to provide in-service training for laboratory assistants and technicians.
This, Ismaila said, was with a view to enhancing their skills in the repair, care and maintenance of the equipment.
According to him, the reactivation of the centre is in line with the present administration’s commitment to promoting technical and science education as a critical factor in the attainment of national development.
He maintained that the certificates that were presented to the participants would enhance their career progression, the absence of which, he said, had led to dearth of laboratory technicians and assistants in secondary schools across the country.
He said that the centre had trained teachers and other members of staff expected to take over the maintenance and repair of the equipment in the colleges.
Ismaila further stated that the centre was established in 1971 to address the challenges of science and technical education on a tripartite agreement, involving the federal ministry of education, UNESCO and the UNDP.
He, however, said that the international development partners pulled out in 1984 at the end of the project, leaving only the ministry to sustain the centre, thus creating some funding challenges.
“The pullout affected the training and sustenance of the workforce, as most of the trained pioneer staffers had either retired or died, a situation that created the dire need to get more staffers trained to operate the newly-installed equipment.
“The proficiency training of the members of staff will give a new lease to the centre and improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the educational and technological transformation of the country.
“The trainees have learnt how to use, maintain and service the machines; they have also imbibed the operational skills required in the production of science equipment and improved on the production capacity of science equipment,” he said.
NAN reports that teachers from all the federal unity schools across the southern zone were present at the training, with over 1,000 items brought by various schools for repairs, which were done during the two-week training.
The items included battery chargers, balances, voltmeter, ammeter, galvanometer, microscopes, stop watches/clocks, burettes, pipette, clinostat, Bunsen burner and micrometre screw-gauge.
Others were venire calliper, potentiometers, Meter Bridge as well as science teaching facilities at the primary school levels.
Ismaila commended the Minster of Education, the permanent secretary and the Director of Science and Technology, Mrs Elizabeth Adedigba, for exposing the participants to more knowledge.
He said that the participants would be in the position to train others the two-week training, given the quantum of the knowledge acquired.
Responding on behalf of the teachers, Alhaji Ade Sodipo, thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity given to them and appealed for more assistance in the areas of funding and encouragement, noting that several schools needed government’s attention.
“We all like to appeal to the Federal Government for more capacity building and exposure in order to acquire more knowledge, in line with the modern technology,” he said.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Driver, 2 technicians arraigned over alleged stealing of goods worth N2.1m
A driver, Joseph Ndoka and two technicians, Rasheed Omoniyi and Saheed Salisu were on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court over alleged stealing of goods valued N2.1 million.
Ndoka, 31; Omoniyi, 49, a Mechanic; and Salisu, 36, an Electrician; are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, said the defendants committed the offences on Jan. 5 at Ilupeju, Lagos.
He alleged that Ndoka, Omoniyi and Salisu stole 118 environ raw materials from an articulated vehicle belonging to Global Maritime Service Nigeria Ltd.
“The vehicle was loaded with the raw materials from Tin-Can Island, Apapa. It developed some faults at Oshodi and was stationed there.
“In the night, the accused broke into the vehicle and carted away the raw materials. They were arrested following intelligence reports,” he said.
Ayorinde said that offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Section 287 prescribes three years’ jail term for stealing while Section 411 attracts two years for conspiracy.
The defendants who pleaded not guilty to the charges, were admitted to bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs B.O Osunsanmi said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The magistrate fixed further hearing for March 1.
Edited by: Azubuike Okeh/Adeleye Ajayi
Technician appears in court for allegedly purchasing stolen handsets
The police, on Wednesday, arraigned a technician, Mohammed Abubakar, at a Grade I Area Court in Mpape, Abuja for allegedly purchasing stolen handsets.
The prosecution counsel, Mr Edwin Ochayi, told the court that on Jan. 1, Abubakar, 25, who lives at Gishiri village, Abuja, allegedly bought a Techno and a Gionee handset.
Ochayi said the handsets were bought from one Emmanuel Sunday and Abdulmalik Wahab respectively, both resident at Mpape, Abuja, and now at large.
He said the handsets were valued at N60, 000, which were purchased for N25,000, knowing that they were stolen.
Ochayi also said that the complainant, Mohammed, reported the case at Mpape Police Station on the same day.
The prosecutor added that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 316 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The judge, Salihu Ibrahim, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250,000 with one surety in the like sum.
He then adjourned the case until Jan. 29 for hearing.
Edited by: Josephine Obute/ Yemi Idris-Aduloju
NAF will continue to build capacity of its engineers, technicians — AOC
The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) would continue to enhance the capacity of its aircraft engineers and technicians involved in the in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM).
The Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Logistics Command, AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi, said this when the Pakistani Air Force Chief Marshal, Mujahid Anwar Khan, visited the Air Force Base, Ikeja on Tuesday.
Olabisi said the in-country PDM would further boost aircraft availability for the conduct of air operations, whilst enhancing the capacity of NAF engineers and technicians involved in maintenance activities.
He said it would also improve the NAF’s self-reliance and prudent management of resources.
“What is special about this PDM is that we are also building capacity of our engineers and technicians to be able to undertake the conduct of PDM in-country by ourselves.
“So that in the future, we will also be able to welcome other countries coming to do PMD in Nigeria, that is what the Pakistani Air Force is doing with us, ” he said.
He said that Pakistan was re-positioning itself in the big league of aviation industry, adding that NAF would benefit immensely from them with the partnership.
“One thing that I realised from all my visits to Pakistan is that it is repositioning or has repositioned itself to play in the big league of the aviation industry and we believe NAF can benefit immensely.
“By partnering with this country in developing our own capacity in this area,” he said.
He thanked the Pakistani Chief of Air Staff for sending high calibre manpower to support Nigeria in the PDM.
“I want to specially thank you for sending a high calibre manpower, a dedicated team of aircraft engineers and technicians to support us in our Periodic Maintenance Depot.
“These men have worked beyond the call of duty because they have not just limited themselves to PDM work, they have assisted in other maintenance work.
“Unlike others who want to keep the secret so that we keep coming back, the PAF is open, honest and sincere with us and that whatever we need to know, they will teach us,” he said.
The Pakistani Chief of Air Staff said he was glad that his men were helping to reposition NAF.
According to him, the partnership depicts sincerity of purpose.
“I am glad that my men are helping. They have taken initiatives to help rectify some other aircraft and it is sincerity of purpose, ” he said.
He also commended Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubukar, for his visionary ideas to develop NAF.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Pakistani Airforce engineers and technicians have been at the Periodic Maintenance Depot for five months. (NAN)
Edited by Folasade Adeniran/Wale Ojetimi
Technician in court for allegedly cheating Karu orphanage
A 38-year-old technician, Martin Bossan, on Thursday appeared in a Karshi Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly cheating the Karu orphanage of N75,000.
The police charged Bossan, who resides in Lugbe, Abuja with three counts of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal misappropriation.
The Prosecution Counsel, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the complainant, Joseph Daniel, of the Abuja Children’s home Karu, reported the matter at the Karu Police Station, on Aug. 16.
He alleged that in May, the home management entrusted one power-inverter, to the defendant, to sell and return the proceeds.
Adeyanju said this was to enable the management use the money to take care of the children in the orphanage.
The prosecution alleged that the defendant sold the inverter worth N75,000 and converted the money to his personal use.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.
After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.
The judge, Anas Isah, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties.
Isah adjourned the case until Sept. 11 for hearing.
Technician in court for allegedly stealing air condition kits from Nile Univ.
The police on Friday arraigned a 30-year-old technician, Lawrence Ogah, in a Wuse Zone II Magistrates’ Court Abuja for allegedly stealing air condition installation kit worth N700, 000 from Nile University.
The police charged Ogah, who resides at Piwoyi Airport Road Abuja, with theft.
Ebong, said that on the same date, the complainant instructed the defendant who is an employee of the university to work on the air condition on a lecture hall.
He alleged that the defendant was caught on the school C.C.T.V Camera stealing air condition installation kits valued at N700, 000.
The prosecutor said that, when the defendant was arrested , he confessed to stealing the kits.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 289 of the Panel Code.
After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Egbe Joshua, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20, 000 with a surety in like sum.
Joshua ordered that the surety must be a resident within the court jurisdiction and his address must be verified by the prosecutor or the Investigation Police Officer.
The Magistrate adjourned the case until Aug. 8, for hearing.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Technician, trader docked for allegedly stealing, receiving aluminum conductor
Two men, John Adeniran and Christopher Iheme were on Wednesday docked before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing aluminum conductor worth N250,000.
Adeniran, 52, a technician and Iheme, 59, a trader, are facing charges of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen property.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Samuel Mishozumu, told the court that the defendants with some other persons still at large committed the offences on June 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Ikeja the Electric Distributing Company in Alausa, Ikeja.
Mishozumu said that Adeniran, who is a staff of the company stole the aluminum conductor, valued at N250, 000 from where it was kept, property of the Ikeja Electric Distributing Company.
The prosecutor said that Iheme received the stolen aluminum conductor.
Mishomuzu said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three years jail term for stealing.
The Magistrate, Mr O.D. Njoku, granted them bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until July 22 for mention.
Edited by Silas Nwoha
Cover damp mobile device with raw rice for 24 hours to dry — Technician
According to him, dry uncooked rice or something similar serves as a drying agent and will absorb almost all the water from the phone.
Sanusi, whose office is located at the GSM Village, Abuja, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday.
He advised that in the event of a mobile device dropping into water, it should be taken out as quickly as possible.
According to him, the more time your devise spends in the water, the more damages are done to your phone.
He advised against switching on a phone in case it drops into water but rather users should switch off phone as quickly as possible.
“This is because with water still trapped in the phone, turning or leaving it on could cause a short circuit and permanently damage one of the components.
“Don’t even use the power button, just take out the battery and if you have a phone with a non-removable battery then you will have to carefully see that it is switched off.
“Switching off your phone ensures there is no current flowing through the phone while there is still water in your phone, ’’ he said.
He also advised wiping the water off the surface of the phone or mobile device with a dry towel so the water on the surface of the phone will not do no more damage.
“People make the mistake of placing wet devices under the sun or dry air to quickly dry off the water but this is not recommended because the heat can damage the electronics in the phone,’’ Sanusi said.
According to him, the next best option is to cover the phone in a heap of dry rice for 24 hours so that any water drops left on the screen would go completely.
“Dry uncooked rice or something similar serves as a drying agent and will absorb almost all the water from the phone.’’
He, however, said that in the event that such device is badly damaged or water droplets were still stuck on the screen, users are advised to take their phone to an experienced phone technician for repairs.
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