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UcheRNOctober 25, 2017

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A farmer in Ubulu Uku community, Delta State, Ijeh Chukwuedo, is recuperating at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, after undergoing a surgery to remove bullets allegedly lodged in his stomach and thigh.
The 23-year-old was reportedly returning home from his farm on Sunday when a drunken policeman, identified simply as Sergeant Emeka, gunned him down along Ubulu-Issele-Uku Road.
It was learnt that Emeka and two other policemen had wanted to pick up Chukwuedo over N15,000 wages he collected from a man, identified as Funaya.
The cops were said to have been led to the scene by Funaya.
It was learnt that the policemen and Funaya stood by the roadside waiting for Chukwuedo to emerge from the farm.
Our correspondent gathered that the moment Chukwuedo, who was riding a motorcycle, surfaced, Funaya alerted the cops.
He was flagged down, but he reportedly attempted to evade arrest.
When it appeared that they might  not catch up with him, Emeka reportedly opened fire, which hit him in the stomach and thigh.
A resident, who did not want his name in print, said Chukwuedo was rushed to a hospital while the trigger-happy policeman was arrested.
He said, “Sergeant Emeka is well known in Ubulu Uku community. He is a drunk and we learnt he was drunk that day when he shot Ijeh (Chukwuedo). Other policemen with him blamed him for shooting the young man. People wanted to mob him, but he was rescued. He has been taken into custody. Ijeh is admitted to the FMC, Asaba.”
Chukwuedo was said to be asleep when our correspondent demanded to speak with him on Tuesday.
However, the Coordinator of a human rights body, Behind Bars Intervention, Harrison Gwamnishu, told PM on the telephone that Funaya had contracted Chukwuedo to work on a farmland.
He said Funaya gave the victim N15,000 for the work, which he failed to complete as agreed.
The coordinator stated that Funaya, in company with a friend, Tochukwu, confronted Chukwuedo on Saturday and asked him to refund the money.
Gwamnishu said, “They had Iwu festival in the community on Saturday. Funaya and Tochukwu went to Chukwuedo’s house to collect the money. Chukwuedo said he would not refund the money since he had already started the work Funaya gave him and promised to complete it after the festival.
“He said Tochuwku angrily asked him to pay the money and he scolded him for meddling in a matter that did not concern him. The disagreement led to a fight.
“The following day, Funaya led some policemen to arrest Chukwuedo and they waited for him to come out of his (Chukwuedo’s) farm. As he came out from the farm on his motorcycle, they asked him to stop.
“Because that road is usually quiet and for fear of being killed, he tried to escape. One of the policemen, Sergeant Emeka, shot him. He was injured in the stomach and thigh. The other policemen took him to a hospital in the community. He was referred to the FMC, Asaba, where he underwent a surgery.”
Gwamnishu said the victim’s family had spent about N50,000 on his treatment, adding that the police only sent N10,000 as medical bill.
“They have not come to check him at the FMC. The policeman that shot him should be punished accordingly. He is a drunk and is not fit to be carrying a gun,” he added.
When contacted, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, said, “I have not been fully briefed. I will find out.”
Subsequent calls made to his line went unanswered.
 


UcheRNOctober 25, 2017

2min510
Alhaji Abdulmuminu Ibrahim stated this on Monday shortly after he emerged new chairman of the union in an election held at the ABU main campus, Samaru, Zaria.
In his acceptance speech, Ibrahim said the new executives would continue to fight for the interest of ABU pensioners with the assistance of the national body.
“With the assistance of the national headquarters, we shall ensure that all pensioners’ entitlement is paid on time.
“When we fully assume office, we shall swing into action to ensure that the arrears of 33 per cent are paid without further delay,’’ he assured.
The Chairman added: “May I let you know that what is happening here today is a victory for all ABU pensioners.
“I must not fail to inform you that the forces that are behind the injustice and cheating of ABU pensioners are still fighting very hard not to let go.
“They want to continue oppressing and cheating ABU pensioners forever. I want to assure you that there has never been any election of this type in ABU before now’’.

UcheRNOctober 25, 2017

2min430

A 50-year-old step father, David Ekong, who allegedly had carnal knowledge of two of his stepdaughters was on Wednesday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, a bricklayer, who resides at 30 Abule Oki St., Iyana Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for defilement, rape and assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu told the court that the offences were committed on Sept. 2 and 4 at the accused’s residence.
Ogu said that the accused, who married the mother of the two girls, raped the first girl, 16, and defiled the second girl,12, on different days.
“The accused threatened to kill them if they told their mother,” the prosecutor said.
Ogu said that when the first girl resisted his advances some weeks after he raped her, the accused beat her to stupor.
“It is then that the girl told her mother what the accused had been doing with her and her younger sister.
“The mother reported the matter at the police station and the accused was arrested,” he said.
The offences contravened Sections 135, 171 and 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, committed the accused to a bail of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Akanni adjourned the case till Nov. 21, for mention.


UcheRNOctober 25, 2017

3min380

An NGO, Societal Socialize Children Villages International has given shelter to 99 indigent children in Plateau since 2010.
The Programme Director of the organisation, Mr Stephen Davou, made this known in an interview with the News men on Wednesday in Jos.
Davou said that the beneficiaries had either lost a parent or about to lose, and thus, had no economic and emotional stability to secure their future.
He said that the children were selected from social development welfare offices across the 17 LGAs of Plateau with guardianship from the court of law.
“The 99 children are in 12 family houses, with 33 in secondary school and 66 in the primary school.
“We offer them parental care using family-based care model because the family is the best place for the child to grow.
“We have a mother figure to care for them throughout their period with us. It is a long-term programme in which their education, health, morals are catered for.
“They can stay with us till university level and leave the shelter when they are self-sustaining; then, we re-integrate them into the society,” he said.
The official said that the organisation had also trained youths on entrepreneurial skills and secured their internship in various organisations.
According to Davou, some of the youths eventually get employed in their places on internship.
He urged the Plateau Government to gazette the Child Rights Law passed in the state since 2005, noting that child abusers were perpetrating the act because the law had yet to be operational.
“We are pleading for functional family courts according to the provisions of the Child Rights Law because prosecution on issues affecting children’s welfare will be better handled there than in the conventional courts,’’ he said.
He said that the crisis in Plateau had rendered many children homeless.
According to him, parents should be close to their children, know their friends, monitor where they go and sensitize them on the need to identify and report any form of abuse from anybody for appropriate actions.
According to reports, the organization has headquarters in Austria which was established to meet the children’s needs and protect their rights, with offices in seven states in Nigeria.


UcheRNOctober 23, 2017

1min400

The Lagos State Police has beefed up security within and outside the State High Court, as kidnapper, Chukwudumebi Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans arrived for arraignment.
Evans and one other arrived the court’s premises at 9.00 am, they will be arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on charges bordering on kidnapping.
As at 7.30am, no less than 30 heavily armed mobile policemen were spotted within the area of the court , others were strategically positioned at entrance of both Igbosere road and back of Tafawa Balewa Square, on Lagos Island.


UcheRNOctober 23, 2017

2min470

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Niyi Akintola, has said the era of political thuggery and establishment of what he described as ‘garrison politics’, has been dismantled through the astuteness and ingenuity of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s government in Oyo State.
Akintola, an All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship  aspirant, promised to build on the legacies of Ajimobi’s government if given the opportunity to serve. He warned the APC against making a mistake of fielding a wrong candidate for the 2019 governorship election. He said: “The electorate are now wiser and knew who and what qualities they want in their governor,” he said. Akintola had unveiled his ambition for the Oyo governorship seat on the platform of the APC. Speaking in Ado Ekiti, weekend, Akintola said: “If you look at the circumstance of our state before Senator Ajimobi came, one will be forced to appreciate his contributions. He has dismantled the garrison politics cartel in Oyo. “In fact, life was brutish and hectic under PDP in Oyo State and our governor has addressed this and is adding value to the extent that our government is no longer being a government of the illiterates for the elites. “Before he came, Oyo even had a garrison commander, who fomented trouble every day. Ajimobi has succeeded in banishing thuggery, hooliganism and killing from Oyo and I am ready to build on these values and legacies if given the opportunity,” he said.


UcheRNOctober 23, 2017

3min390

Kogi State government, yesterday, admitted that it owed the late Mr. Edward Soje eight months unpaid salaries before he committed suicide on October 16, and not the 11 months reported in some quarters.
According to the statement, “his pay was stopped after proof emerged that he falsified his age records. His confession to the offence is on video to justify government stoppage of his salary.” Soje, a Director in the Teaching Service Commission, was found hanging from a tree behind Army Barracks in Lokoja. He was among workers being owed arrears of salaries ranging from two to 21 months by the state government.
Ogunmola explained that following engagements with Labour, which spanned several months, the Kogi governor magnanimously commuted the disciplinary action against Soje and other certain categories of offenders by granting them pardon. She added: “Pardoned members of staff were processed for reinstatement and payment in batches. Mr. Soje was in the September batch and he was aware of this fact. “The Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, where he worked, has forwarded a template for payment to government and Mr. Soje was aware that he was listed to receive six months backlog.” According to her, this leaves only two months (August and September) outstanding. Ogunmola, who also hails from Ogori, same town as Soje, said government was saddened in no small measure by the alleged action of Soje. She described Soje as a Level 16 Officer and a director in the Kogi State Civil Service, and faulted media reports attributing Soje’s alleged decision to commit suicide to non-payment of salary. She said: “Edward Soje was not just my staff. He was married to my sister-in-law. His death is shocking, both as one related to him in some way and one responsible to him in an official capacity. “I met with him earlier last week and we discussed his situation, including the progress made in resolving his employment issues. There was no hint of this horrible decision in his demeanour. “He did not appear to me as one who was depressed, let alone contemplating suicide. I am, therefore, understandably shocked by this.”


UcheRNOctober 22, 2017

2min440

Following the death of a student of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, UMYU, Katsina State, Zainab Umar after being bitten by a snake, authorities of the institution have employed the services of snake charmers to rid the institution’s campus of snakes.
Late Zainab Umar, a spill over student of the Department of Economic was reportedly said to have been bitten by snake on the campus penultimate Friday around 8pm on her way out of the institution through the first gate alongside two of her friends.
The Institution’s Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Suleiman Kankara confirmed the decision of the institution to engage the snake charmers while featuring on a Radio program in the state. He said, “Yes, we have employed the services of snake charmers to assist us in getting rid the campus of the snake. Although the snake charmers just began work, plans have been in the pipeline to hire them. We normally hire the snake charmers whenever we get reports of presence of snakes on the campus. It is unfortunate that the lady died. We know, we tried our best to prevent her death.” It was gathered that the death of Late Zainab Umar was one of such cases as another student who was said to have been bitten by another snake survived while the institution has also lost a security guard to snake bite in the recent past. Late Zainab Umar was said to have been buried according to Islamic rites in her hometown, Dandume Local Government area of Katsina.


UcheRNOctober 22, 2017

7min400

There are 37 career openings for young Nigerians under the United Nations bureaucracy, according to UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed.
Amina disclosed this at a Cultural Night organised by Nigerians working at the United Nations Systems. She said the openings are available  via the Junior Professional Officers’ (JPO) Programme, including internship for young graduates.
According to her, Nigeria has the opportunity to sponsor its youth for UN careers through the JPO. But Nigeria has not seized the opportunity in a long while, she noted.
JPO is a programme for the young people to come and grow their career at the UN and it has 37 positions for Nigeria – one for each of the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory.
The JPO programme provides young professionals with hands-on experience in multilateral technical co-operation, and is one of the best ways to gain entry level positions within the UN system.
JPOs are sponsored by their own government, which fund their placement in one of a range of UN organisations.
At the cultural night, Amina asked older Nigerians to pave the way for the youth by creating leadership opportunities for them .
She urged them  to stop competing with the younger ones for employment opportunities.
“Whenever there are opportunities, try and pave the way for the young ones; you are getting old and we want to see the young ones in the system.
“We need to give the youth the opportunity because if we don’t give them the opportunities, they can easily fall victims of crimes,” she said.
According to her, the Nigerian employees at the UN system are getting old and there is the need for the Nigerian youth to be allowed to come into the system.
“Home really does need us; there are leaders and we are trying with the professionals that we see in the United Nations.
“The work we need to do is not just to the world but also to remember that at the root of all that, you are only as good as where you come from.
“And it’s really important that we remember, with what we do here, what we can get back home, that we can encourage those at home, and inspire them.
“It’s not just what we do for the world.  Can’t we take those expertise back home,  Amina said, urging them to make the best use of every opportunity they got.
She condemned what she termed alarming gender-based violence in Nigeria, saying it has increased in dimensions that one could never imagine.
“So when I look back home and I see that there are women that are coming back from Boko Haram captivity, they come back with a type of violence that many, for the rest of their lives, can’t recover from.
“But I also see that what is worse is the kind of violence that is visited upon the young girl. She is indoctrinated and convinced to tie a bomb around her and blow it off; that’s violence against girls; that’s violence against women.
“But what I wanted to say was that as we look at the gender-based violence initiative that we put a spotlight on our own nation; we all have a part to play.
“I know we would spend some money in Nigeria on this initiative but we all have a part to play individually and collectively in trying to bring it to zero,” she said.
Mohammed also lamented how girls were left behind in education, stressing that everyone needs to have an education – the boys and the girls.
“The boys we didn’t educate are the same ones that kidnap the girls that we educated.
“So education for everyone is exposure for everyone; it matters so much; it really does give us the basis, the moral compass to help us navigate through life.”
Nigeria’s Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Samson Itegboje, commended the Nigerians in the UN and particularly lauded the appointment of Mohammed as the UN Deputy Chief.
Itegboje said Nigeria was proud of Mohammed, describing her as an “ultimate authority and a reference point when it comes to Sustainable Development Goals’ issues”.
The Nigerian envoy said: “Nigeria is a great country; we are a happy people, you can’t take that away from us; we have gone through difficult times but we are happy that we have a government that is responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of dear people of Nigeria”.
Col. Jolly Abu (rtd), President, United Nations Staff Recreation Club Nigeria Association, said the cultural night was organised to showcase Nigeria’s culture.

According to him, the Nigerians in the UN are very proud of their culture adding, it is also for them to mingle, rekindle and renew their bonds.

“The UN encourages that we should meet and foster unity among ourselves and also enjoy ourselves; so that’s what we’re doing,” Abu said.
Amb. Audu Kadiri, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva and Nicholas Ella, acting Consul-General in New York also attended the event.


UcheRNOctober 22, 2017

4min470

The Federal Government has accepted offers by the Turkish authorities to set up new schools and hospitals in Nigeria.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a special feature tagged; Key Takeaways from President Muhammadu Buhari’s 4-day engagement in Turkey.
The Government of Turkey, on July 28, 2016, had alerted the Federal Government on the existence of schools and hospitals owned by suspected “terrorists” in Nigeria and demanded that the facilities be shut down.
The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hakan Cakil, who gave the alert when he received the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Shehu Sani, said the owners of the schools allegedly sponsored the July 15, 2016 failed coup in Turkey.
Cakil said the institutions, which ranged from schools to hospitals, were allegedly owned by the Fethullah Gulen Foundation, adding that similar schools established in Turkey had been shut down.
The presidential aide, however, stated that a new investor, the Maarif Foundation for education was introduced to the Nigerian delegation to take up the establishment of schools and hospitals in Nigeria.
He disclosed that a delegation from the foundation would visit Nigeria to commence the process of registration as well as following the procedures of establishing the new schools.
“The two countries agreed to expand cooperation in exchange of scholars, exchange of students and exchange/sharing of ideas, skills and education technology and to improve scholarships for Nigerians to study in Turkey,’’ he added.
Shehu revealed that Nigeria and Turkey also agreed to resolve the issues relating to Nigerian students in Turkish universities that were facing exclusion due to visa challenges.
He said: “Nigeria and Turkey have equally agreed to strengthen and promote investments in health institutions and this, as promised by the President will proceed quickly.
“That is as soon as the details of the various agreements reached in the bilateral discussions are laid on his table.’’
On defence, the presidential spokesman said the two countries agreed to strengthen defence and military cooperation initiated a few years ago.
“This had already led to the establishment of the Defence section in the Turkish Embassy, Abuja in 2013 and Nigeria’s Defence section in Ankara in 2016.
“In the latest rounds of discussions, Nigeria and Turkey penned an agreement on military training,’’ he said.
Shehu said the two countries also agreed to collaborate towards the upgrading of the Defence Industries Corporation (DIC) in Kaduna into a Military Industrial Complex of Nigeria.
He said that two Turkish companies were already collaborating with the DIC in the production of arms and ammunition.
“Of the two companies, one is establishing a rifles production line and the supply of raw materials, technical assistance and training.
“The second one is partnering the DIC in the conceptualization, designing, consulting, invention, manufacturing, marketing, sale, exportation and sale of military industrial products.’’
On the just concluded ninth summit of the D-8 member countries, Shehu said the members also used the event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the organization.