IIP-SARS panel threatens CSP Danjuma Ochejeh with arrest warrant  ….  as two widows link husbands’ deaths to alleged police brutality

The Independent Investigative Panel on allegations of Human Rights Violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigerian Police on Monday warned that it might issue a warrant of arrest on Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Danjuma Ochejeh of Delta state Police Command over allegations of human rights violations by the Police against Ochekpe Community of Anambra state and three other complainants. The Panel noted that it will not hesitate to issue a warrant of arrest on CSP Ochejeh for failing to appear before it…

N’Assembly leadership meets Finance Minister to appraise 2020 budget performance

The leadership of the National Assembly on Monday met the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, and her team to appraise the performance of the capital component of the 2020 budget which is expected to run till the end of March this year. President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt.Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila led other principal officers of both Chambers to the meeting which held at the National Assembly, Abuja. In his opening remarks, the Senate President said the meeting was specifically for the principal…

POLICE BRUTALITY : Complainant insists on N200m compensation for amputated limbs …. as police pay N150,000 

The Independent Investigative Panel on allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigerian Police on Monday continued hearing on the petition of Kingsley Kalu who insisted that the Nigeria police should pay him the sum of N200 million compensation and procure  a prosthetic limb for his use. The petitioner alleged that he was hit by a bullet on his left leg from Akpabio Daniel with the FCT Command at the Exclusive store in Abuja. Kingsley Kalu, under cross examination, acknowledged…

Telecoms Sector, others take Nigeria out of Recession as Sector Boosts GDP by 12.45%

Nigeria’s telecommunications industry, regulated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is one of the sectors whose performance lifted the country out of recession in the fourth quarter of 2020, contributing 12.45 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   According to the latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), telecommunications & Information Services under Information and Communication grew by 17.64 per cent in Q4 2020 from 17.36 per cent in Q3 2020 and 10.26 per cent in Q4 2019.   In the latest NBS report, agriculture,…

IGP decorates newly promoted DIGs  …  urges selfless service to the nation

The newly promoted Deputy Inspectors General of Police, DIG Tijani Baba, DIG Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim and DIG Moses A. Jitoboh were today at the Force Headquarters, Abuja decorated with their new ranks. Their promotion and subsequent decoration became necessary following the retirement of erstwhile DIGs from their respective geo-political zones. The elevation of the Senior Officers is in acting capacity.   The new DIGs have also been posted to their new departments and directorates as follows;   DIG Tijani Baba – Directorate of Force Intelligence Bureau DIG Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, mni –…

We need more security personnel to tackle security challenges – Niger Governor

Niger State Governor,Abubakar Sani Bello of has called on the National Assembly and the Federal Government to expedite actions on recruitment of more security personnel. Governor Sani Bello made the call when he received the Niger State caucus in the National Assembly on a visit to commiserate with the Government over rising cases of banditry in the State. The Governor expressed concern with the insecurity in the State in particular and the country in general despite concerted efforts to stop it, pointed out that security agencies have been overstretched, inadequate…

Gov Sani Bello receives 53 rescued kidnapped passengers  …. as victims reunite with their families

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has received 53 released Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) bus passengers that were abducted by armed bandits. The Governor received them at the Government House Minna. Governor Sani Bello explained that their release followed series of dialogue, consultations and hard work. “We went through one week of dialogue, consultations, hard work and sleepless nights because we had to secure their release within the shortest possible time. “We have made all necessary arrangements to ensure that they go through a thorough medical therapy and evaluation…

FG set to establish gold processing cluster in Kogi, ….. as Gov Bello lauds initiative

The Federal Government is set to establish Gold Processing Cluster in Kogi State as part of its programmes in job creation and solid mineral development in the country.   The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade disclosed this during her courtesy visit on Yahaya Bello, the state governor on Monday, February 22. Dr Akinlade stated that Kogi was selected for the North Central Zone owing to the abundant mineral resources in the state.   She disclosed that the state was blessed with all kinds…

Gov Bello receives NNPC Biofuel project feasibility study delegation, lauds initiative 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Friday met with a team of the Renewable Energy Division from the Nigerian National Petroleum Co operation (NNPC) who were in the state for a feasibility study on the development of Biofuel project in the State. The Governor who lauded the initiative assured the members of their safety during the cause of their all important assignment noting that the state remained a safe zone for visitors, businessmen and investors as the records were obvious In a letter presented to the Governor by the delegation,…

Kidnapped Kagara Students, Teachers regain Freedom

The 42 students, staff members and others kidnapped by bandits at Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State have regained freedom   The abductees comprised 27 students, 3 staff members and 12 relations of staff members.’   According to the Nation, sources said the abductees, who were at a different location from the kidnapped passengers, are also on their way to Minna   The abducted passengers were said to be in Minna but yet to get to the Government House to meet Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello, who will receive them officially.