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NEWS / Buhari, Ajimobi Charge Army On Insurgency Campaign
« Last post by cooljoe on Today at 07:04:40 AM »
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the armed forces to  work closely with the relevant security agencies to evolve new strategies to tackle  insurgency.

The president  made the call on Monday while declaring open the Chief of Army Staff(COAS) Annual Conference  in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the week-long conference is an annual forum  where senior officers in the army   brainstorm on their activities.

NAN also reports that the conference avails them the opportunity to appraise their activities within the year and prepare for the subsequent year.

Buhari, who was represented by the Chief of  Defence Staff,  Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin,  restated his administration’s commitment to tackling insurgency  in the country.

“I want you to look ahead with the aim of sustaining the nation’s democratic efforts. It is evident that the nation’s armed forces have moved to the next level.

“The nation appreciates the enormous sacrifices of our gallant officers and pray  for the repose of the souls of our soldiers whom we have lost in the course of enthroning sustainable peace in the country,’’ he said.

He urged Nigerian leaders,  including those in the  armed forces,  to embrace the wind of change blowing across the country.

The president, who appreciated the professional conduct of the officers, also urged them to patronise the nation’s local manufacturers.

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said that the effort   of the army in the enthronement of sustainable peace and security across the country was heart-warming.

Ajimobi urged the army  not to relent on the successes recorded so far, calling on it to intensify efforts in  eradicating insurgency  and other security challenges across the  country.

“We commend you on the efforts so far in returning peace to the country. Through the intervention of the Nigerian Army, we have been able to restore peace and security in  Oyo State.

“We will continue to collaborate with the Nigerian Army on security issues and we would not relent in our support,’’ he said.

The governors of Ondo, Osun and Edo states who were represented at the ceremony by some of their aides also commended the army for the feats recorded so far in the fight against insurgency.

NAN also reports that the event  featured the winging of 10 new army pilots as well as the unveiling of some books published in honour of Buratai.

Among those present at the occasion were the Chief of Army Staff,  Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, retired Maj-Gen. Ike Nwachukwu and retired Lt.- Gen. Kenneth Minimah.(NAN)
NEWS / Lizzy Anjorin Goes Emotional
« Last post by cooljoe on Today at 07:04:00 AM »
Yoruba actress, Lizzy Anjorin, who had a successful premiere of her widely publicised movie, ‘Owo Nairabet,’ in Lagos in July, is one actress who has tried to make a success of her career.

Having been in the news for one controversy or the other, the actress, who celebrates her late mother every year by feeding the less privileged, has decided to tell the story of her journey and how much influence she got from her mother.

In a series of emotional posts, she recounts the ordeal she had to go through with her homeless mother and how she suffered rejection from the father of her child.

“I’m locking it down today for Almighty Allah, my late mum and the people that have been patronizing me… In fact yesterday (Sunday) was a joyful day for me and it’s also a day that draws me back to my childhood memories, but I was down since 2am till now, I can’t even attend to people properly because someone is missing. Though nobody knows all this about me except I tell them because I don’t keep friends but today, I’ve be been liberating people on my platform with orisirisi stories but today I am telling you mine; for people to know life is not a bed of rose,” she wrote.

Recounting how she grew up with her mum alone on the street, she said that it was tough and lonely.

“It got to a point that I asked my mum the whereabouts of my dad and she told me; you can only meet your dad and his family when you make it in life,” she added.

She further narrated how she got pregnant but was rejected by the elder brother of the man responsible. His mother then took her to Jos, the capital of Plateau State where she was able to make a life for herself.

The actress also known for making fine embroidered wears just opened another outlet of her clothing line.
NEWS / Oando Asks Court Of Appeal To Lift Suspension Of Shares By SEC
« Last post by cooljoe on Today at 07:03:08 AM »
Oando Plc has filed an application before the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, seeking the order of the court to lift the technical suspension imposed on its shares on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The company,  through its lawyer, Mr. Seyi Sowemimo (SAN), went before the Court of Appeal seeking the reversal of Justice Rilwan Aikawa’s ruling..

Oando had earlier approached the Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge SEC’s suspension of its shares and an audit of its business activities by forensic experts hired by SEC.

Though Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court earlier granted an interim injunction restraining SEC from carrying out the audit, the same judge, in a ruling on November 23, 2017, struck out Oando’s suit, saying he had no jurisdiction to entertain it.

The judge said the appropriate forum to ventilate the issue was the Investment and Securities Tribunal.

But displeased with the decision, Oando, through its lawyer, Sowemimo (SAN), went before the Court of Appeal seeking to an order of the court reversing the lower court’s  ruling.

Sowemimo had insisted that the Federal High Court rather than the IST was the appropriate forum to hear the case.

Sowemimo argued that the judge erred in law to decline jurisdiction because “the suit touched and concerned the operation of a company incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act”.

He said: “By virtue of Section 251(i)(e) of the Constitution, the Federal High Court is empowered to entertain CAMA-related cases”.

He is, therefore, urging the Court of Appeal to make an order “reversing the (Justice Aikawa’s) order striking out the suit and restoring the matter to the cause list of the Federal High Court for accelerated hearing”.

At resumed proceedings yesterday, Sowemimo informed the court about the appeal and urged the trial judge to make an order “preserving the res to prevent the appeal from being rendered nugatory”.

But counsel for SEC and the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which was joined as the second defendant, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), opposed Sowemimo’s application for the preservation of res.

Idigbe argued that the issues canvassed by Oando in its appeal “are not substantial in law.”

He contended that it was in the best interest of investors, shareholders and members of the public that SEC placed Oando’s shares under technical suspension.

He said the technical suspension was to prevent panic and dumping of Oando’s shares by investors and members of the public.

Idigbe told the court that the technical suspension was temporary and was imposed to allow for an independent forensic audit of Oando’s business activities, emphasising that there was no need for Justice Aikawa to make any order preserving the res.

This, according to him was because “the suspension of the trading of the plaintiff’s shares in the Nigerian Stock Exchange has already been completed”.

“The forensic examination of the plaintiff’s business activities has already commenced and the parties are waiting for the report of the said investigation.

“The temporary suspension of trading of the shares is not a punitive action against the plaintiff but a device to protect the shares of the plaintiff from further decline because of the investigation.

“The undertaking of the forensic examination of the plaintiff by independent experts will not prevent a return to status quo if the appeal succeeds,” Idigbe added.

Sowemimo prayed for time to file a reply to Idigbe’s counter-affidavit.

Justice Aikawa adjourned further proceedings in the case till tomorrow.
NEWS / UN To Spend $13.4m In Northeast
« Last post by cooljoe on Today at 07:01:56 AM »
The United Nations, through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), will spend $13.4 million to help thousands of children, women and men in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the Northeast.

The humanitarian emergency in the Northeast is one of the most severe in the world, with about 8.5 million people in need of aid in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The NHF allocation will finance 24 projects in protection, nutrition, water and sanitation, health, education, shelter and non-food items, rapid response and early recovery, targeting 950,000 people.

In line with commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit, five local responders are being supported through direct funding. By empowering national partners, a more integrated and localised response will be possible, and their capacity will also be strengthened.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said: “Humanitarian needs in the Northeast are vast. The United Nations and our partners, in support of the Federal Government, are committed to helping the needy, especially in pivotal areas such as protection and health.

“In particular, the funds will be used to expand and improve sexual and reproductive health services for about 130,000 women and adolescent girls in Borno, the epicentre of the crisis, as well as to boost mental health services for vulnerable children, women and men.

“Gender-based violence will also be addressed by providing more accessible medical care. In light of the recent cholera outbreak, and to mitigate the risk of faecal contamination and poor hygiene, funds have also been allocated to improve the availability of safe water and sanitation for 125,000 people.”

The NHF is one of 18 country-based pooled funds and was launched during the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in February 2017. Managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on behalf of the Humanitarian Coordinator, it plays a vital role in ensuring an effective, coordinated, prioritised and principled humanitarian response in Nigeria.

The NHF has received $41 million in contributions and pledges, thanks to the support of Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Canada, Spain, Luxembourg, Arab Gulf Programme for Development, Malta, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka.
NEWS / IGP Gets 24 Hours To Respond On Abuja Land Suit
« Last post by cooljoe on Today at 07:01:14 AM »
A High Court of the Federal Capital territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja, has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to respond in a suit challenging the alleged forceful and illegal take over of property owned by some Abuja residents.

The judge gave the police chief 24 hours to give his response.

Justice Sylvanus Oriji gave the order yesterday after noticing Idris reluctance to respond to the suit, despite being served court documents since November 30.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Valentine Ovia, told the court the IGP was served court processes on November 30.

But Mrs. Marilyn Ime, the IGP’s lawyer, said she was briefed the previous day and required time to file a defence.

Justice Oriji said: “In the interest of justice, the defendant must file on or before November 13, while this court adjourns till November 14 for definite hearing. If the respondent files or does not, the matter will be heard on November 14.”

The suit was filed by Yusuf Goya and Isah Aminu, for themselves and on behalf of hundreds of land owners in the expansive  XK Layout, Apo District, Abuja.

The plaintiffs said they had occupied the land peacefully until it was re-allocated by the minister of FCT and Federal Capital Development Authority (FCTDA), to ENL Consortium Limited and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), a decision they challenged at the High Court.

In its May 21, 2001, judgment, the court ruled in favour of the minister, FCDA and ENL Consortium, a decision the owners appealed.

The Appeal Court’s May 18 judgment set aside the High Court’s judgment and declared the re-allocation to ENL and FHA illegal, null and void.

But ENL and FHA did not appeal, but refused to vacate the land until they were evicted on October 12 by court officials and policemen.

The plaintiffs were, however, forced out  on October 28, and ENL and FCTA repossessed the land illegally.
NEWS / Lawmaker Seeks Constitutional Roles For Traditional Rulers
« Last post by cooljoe on Today at 07:00:20 AM »
A lawmaker, Mr Victor Akande, called for constitutional roles for traditional rulers to accelerate peaceful coexistence and national development.

Akande, who represents Ojo Constituency I in the Lagos State House of Assembly, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The lawmaker spoke during the conferment of a chieftaincy title on him as the Otunba Amo Eto of Ojokoro by Oba Rilwan Oluwalambe of Ojokoroland in Lagos.

NAN reports that Akande’s wife, Olaide, was also made the Yeye Amo Eto of the area.

According to him, the constitutional roles for the traditional institutions will also allow the royal fathers to effectively contribute to development in the society.

“As political office holders, we are going back to our communities and become subjects of the traditional institution, so we should respect the institution while in office,’’ he said.

He, however, urged traditional rulers to refrain from begging politicians for money to be relevant in the society.

“They should do what is right at all times and guide our traditional institutions jealously.’’

Akande, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Central Business District (CBD), also urged the constituted authorities to respect royal institution by preserving the cultural heritage.

He said the roles expected to be played by the traditional institutions under democratic setting were been underestimated.

Akande said Nigeria had not achieved sustainable development because government had not effectively harnessed potential of the traditional institutions.
NEWS / We’ll Ensure Delivery On Promises, Speaker Assures
« Last post by cooljoe on Today at 06:57:40 AM »
HOUSE of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa has assured that the House will ensure that the “Bugdet of Progress and Development” delivers on its promises to stimulate the Lagos economy, through effective oversight function.

He gave the assurance yesterday after receiving the N1.046 trillion 2018 Budget Estimate from Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the House of Assembly yesterday.

In his remarks, Obasa said the House will focus on infrastructure development, delivering inclusive growth and prioritization of the welfare of Lagosians in line with the content of the budget.

According to the Speaker, the House will not rest on its oars in scrutinising the budget presented to it by the executive.

He said: “As usual, we are duty bound to painstakingly look at the nitty-gritty of the budget for the purpose of transforming same for the benefits of all Lagosians.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that the 2018 budget is aimed at continuous infrastructural development to bridge infrastructural gap; transport, security and environmental reforms; capacity building for all civil and public servants, teachers and health workers; completion of housing estates; commencement of health insurance scheme among others.”

He spoke of the lawmakers’ readiness to continue to support the state through passage of people-oriented and development-focused legislations, adding: “we are poised to cooperate with the executive to develop an economy that is sustainable, smart and knowledge-based, and whose commitment to law and order is unequivocal.”

He commended the governor for his achievements in infrastructural development, which he attributed to the synergy between the executive and the legislature.

Obasa said: “The completion and commissioning of Abule-Egba and Ajah state-of-the-art over-head bridges, as well as the ongoing Pen Cinema flyover among other completed and ongoing infrastructural projects, numerous to mention, are pointers to the success story of Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, which could not have been realised without the legislative concurrence and support of this honourable House.

“It is, however, worthy of note to praise Lagosians for their prompt response to our policies and the payment of their taxes. On this note, I urge those who still fail in this constitutional obligation of tax payment to make adjustments. Without tax, there will be no Lagos of our dream.”

He called on the executive to see all the three arms of government as one “as it is obvious that working as a team will ensure prompt service delivery. Working together, as we can see in the last two years, brings smooth effective administration.

The Speaker further commended Ambode for his magnanimity and wisdom in handling the issue related to the recent appointments at the local government areas.

His words: “We also commend our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his fatherly role in ensuring peace and tranquillity in our dear party, APC and also among party faithful.

“At the same time, may I use this medium to salute and commend our party executives at the local government level for their outstanding performance in the last local government elections across the state as well as all Lagosians for their unalloyed support given to us by throwing their weight behind us in voting en masse for our party, the All Progressive Congress. This led to us winning all the Local Governments in the state.”

Obasa commended all southern governors for the resolution they took at their last meeting in Lagos to support devolution of power and restructuring and also the southern senators for drumming support for the same course.

“We, at the Lagos State House of Assembly, strongly stand for restructuring and devolution of power,” the speaker said.
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