No Police Women under Boko Haram Captivity- Police Insists

The attention of Borno State Police Command has been drawn to media reports over the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Military/Police escorted convoy at Abari/Dalwa village Maiduguri/Damboa highway on 20th June, 2017 at about 1130hrs.

According to one of these reports, that “sixteen (16) female passengers in the bus trailing the ambulance carrying late Sgt Rahila’s corpse were Police women and wives of Policemen asked to accompany the burial party. And all of them were taken away by BHT”.

In another recently released video on You-Tube where Boko Haram claims responsibility for the attack on military convoy, its leader Abubakar Shekau, claims to have women Police personnel and wives of Senior Police officers in the custody of the Boko Haram.

For avoidance of doubts, and to put records straight, there are no Police women under Boko Haram terrorist’s captivity as claimed by the sect leader.

The Command wishes to reiterate as contained in an earlier Press Briefing by the Commissioner of Police, CP Damian A. Chukwu, on 20/06/2017 that:

– Police lorry with Reg. No. NPF 2677 D was carted away.

– Occupants comprise personnel, relations and burial party for late Sgt Rahila Antikirya. – Driver of the Police lorry, Sgt Kubura Mwada, was shot and injured on his back. He was able to jump down from the lorry and escaped.

– Personnel missing are Inspr Fatsuma Sale and Cpl Abubakar Haruna. There is no evidence in the video clip indicating that they are in the captivity of the sect.

– Other occupants of the lorry are either relations or sympathizers of the deceased, and were all reported missing in the earlier press briefing.

They took advantage of the space in the lorry conveying personal effects of the deceased Police woman and joined the burial party.

The Command, therefore, wishes to advise media organisations and the general public to disregard the claim(s) in the video, as well as social media reports as they are not a true representation of that unfortunate incident.

SIGNED.

DSP ISUKU VICTOR POLICE

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

BORNO STATE COMMAND

Saudi Dates: Stop The Character Assassination – @Sadiya_Farouq

Malicious falsehood against the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced persons and my person has gone viral on social media alleging diversion and sale of the gift of Dates by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to our Persons of Concern.

Since the presentation of the Dates to us for onward delivery to the Internally Displaced Persons and the subsequent complain by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the effect that the Dates have been sighted at the markets, the rumour mills and talebearers went to work spewing all manner of false and unsubstantiated allegations of the Commission’s involvement in the alleged diversion of the Dates.

The latest is the attack on my person simply because the persons displaced by cattle rustling and armed banditry in Zamfara state, where I happen to come from benefitted from the distribution of the Dates. Curiously, some “reliable sources in the Commission” are being quoted in this desperate campaign of calumny. The “feeding frenzy “which greeted the twisted allegation on social media that I have diverted the Dates and stored them in Zamfara has remained vicious. A press release earlier issued by the Commission, detailing how the distribution exercise was carried out has been ignored hence did not abate the frenzy. In fact one of the online media houses which contacted the Commission, The Daily Nigerian, seeking answers was supplied with photographs of the distribution exercise but they never bothered to publish them.

On the accusation that Dates were taken to traditional rulers, indeed they were. Primarily because the IDPs live in their domains as host communities. We have no doubt that the royal fathers carried out the assignment of Distribution diligently.

For the avoidance of doubt let me restate that the allegations are as false as they are spurious. And their conveyors and their sponsors should desist in the interest of the image and integrity of our great nation. It is rather unfortunate that a kind gesture intended to bring succour to our internally displaced brothers and sisters has turned into a weapon of subterfuge by shadowy figures to achieve sinister motives.

It is on record that, since my assumption of duty as the Federal Commissioner, National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, I have put in my modest efforts towards turning things around and putting the Commission in the best possible shape and form to deliver on its mandate. Is it not mind boggling that upon all the interventions the Commission has carried out towards improving the conditions of its Persons of Concern, why is it that it’s only Dates that will be diverted?

I wish to state that despite this round of malice and campaign of calumny, I refuse to be distracted. I remain resolute in the quest to turn the Commission into a first class humanitarian service deliverer whose impact will continue to be felt by its Persons of Concern.

Signed

Sadiya Umar Farouq

Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI.

Refugees Commission Reacts To Controversy On Saudi Arabia Dates

The attention of the National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons NCFRMI, has been drawn to a public announcement emanating from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria, to the effect that the dates packaged and distributed as gifts from the Government of Saudi Arabia are being sold by some members of the public. This has generated comments from the public.

For the avoidance of doubt and further clarification, the Commission wishes to state that the said dates were presented to the Commission for onward distribution as gift to Internally Displaced persons by the Saudi Arabian Embassy on the 7th of June, 2017, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria.

Immediately the dates were received, that same night, the Commission got down to the business of dispatching same to the Beneficiaries in Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Borno, Kano as well as Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi States and the Federal Capital Territory, with the Saudi Embassy’s Charge de Affairs in attendance. The exercise Commenced same night between 9pm and 6:00am of the following day. Trucks were hired at the expense of the Commission for the exercise. The IDPs in the Federal Capital Territory were also included in the distribution. The dates were also presented at some of the mosques identified as where IDPs worship.

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons would like to emphasize that no other person or groups of persons were included as beneficiaries of the gift from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. The Commission cannot control what happens after the distribution exercise. Cases of IDPs selling relief materials are not new though, which is why the Commission is focusing on Durable solution strategies in its interventions.

The National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons hereby restates its commitment to its mandate of leading and coordinating humanitarian activities in the country, protection and the treatment of its persons of concern with respect and dignity.

Signed
Halima Musa
SA Media to Honourable Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI

NASS Must Be A National Problem Solver Not A National Problem To Be Solved

The Citizens of Impact Foundation (CIF) has expressed its dismay and disappointment with the National Assembly over its handling of the 2017 budget especially its unilateral increase of its own budget sum and mutilation of the budgetary provisions of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
In a press statement issued by the CIF Executive Director, Comrade Daniel ‘Seun Olatunde, the organization lamented that the NASS was subverting the budget process for personal gains and shortchanging the nation and her people in the process.
According to Comrade Olatunde, it is unconscionable that in a country in dire need of massive infrastructural development, the NASS will reduce budgetary provisions for infrastructure projects only to increase its own budget from N115b to N125b.
Citing examples, the CIF noted that one of the fuel for the agitation by groups like IPOB and MASSOB was the cry of infrastructural neglect of the south east, the government in 2017 proposed N15b for the second Niger bridge but this was slashed to N10b and yet south east lawmakers who only recently staged a walk out when the proposal for a south east development commission did not sail through were loud in their silence on this.
Further more, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on which work is ongoing, a major artery to Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre had its budget drastically reduced by more than 60% from N31b to N10b.
Also, construction of the Bonny-Bodo bridge which will link Rivers state mainland to Bonny island had its budget removed. Curiously, the senate only recently passed a resolution for government to construct the same bridge to link the NLNG plant. NLNG has already committed to provide 50% of the funds required to build this bridge if only the federal government can provide the remainder, it is the government’s counterpart funding that NASS has now yanked off.
Many more projects including the Mambilla power project that would generate an additional 3000MW of badly needed power was also removed to accommodate our legislators’ gluttony and make way for boreholes and primary health centres which rightly belong to local governments.
We recall the needless controversy last year over the NASS removal of the funding for the Lagos-Calabar railway corridor. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.
The NASS must change its approach to the budget process. The NASS must stand with the Nigerian people in our quest for development, it must contribute to nation building by facilitating massive infrastructural projects. The gods at the NASS must advance the cause of the people and not be an impediment.
The NASS members must note that you don’t exert legislative independence by denying the people needed infrastructure, there are more than enough constitutional mechanisms including oversight responsibilities for the NASS to flex its powers. The people should not be the proverbial grass when the two elephants are fighting a needless ego war.
It is only proper as representative of the Nigerian people in National Assembly to live up to the titles you bear as distinguished senators and Honourable Members and tow the path of honour in order for posterity to judge you kindly.

Bagudu, Thompson, Others To Speak At Women For Women Conference In Abuja

A consortium of two Non-Governmental Organisations, FAME Foundation and MALLPAI Foundation have put together Women for Women Conference in Abuja to educate, inspire and empower women, also to support rural women farmers in the FCT to start with, but eventually rolled out nationally.

The one-day event is a gathering of women from diverse background to share their stories by using it to empower other women. In total, eight women will be speaking at the event with three moderators in a three-panel discussion.

Among the speakers are Harriet Thompson, Deputy British High Commissioner; Shirley Ho-Vicario, Philippines Ambassador to Nigeria, Shirley Ho-Vicario; Aisha Bagudu, Wife of Kebbi state governor; Pauline Torehall, Head of Politics at the European Union; Ruth Zumbuehl, Consul and First Secretary at the Switzerland Embassy in Nigeria, among others.

Nollywood Actress, Tonto Dikeh and other eminent women will moderate the conference. All proceeds at the event will be used for the EERWA Project – Economic Empowerment for Rural Women in Agriculture, whereby farming tools and foods processors would be purchased for the farmers to ease manual labour and production stress.

Founder of FAME Foundation and convener of the event, Aderonke Bello said via a press release that, the aim and objective of the event is total women empowerment;

“We are bringing women together to use their lessons, challenges, and in general, life experiences to uplift and empower other women at the conference and at the same time reach out to rural women farmers in Nigeria.

As we probably know, the highest percentages of farmers in Nigeria are women, tools will be provided for them to enhance their productivity.”

“An empowered woman is an embodiment of strength, courage, and knowledge which translates to her children and the society,” she concludes.

Founder of Mallpai Foundation, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, wife of Kebbi state Governor said, “It is a worthy cause and much needed for improvement of farming practices and yield, as well as general empowerment”

“An empowered woman is a powerful woman who is able to take care of her family and her community. She is never vulnerable.” She added

The event which is scheduled to hold at the Executive Hall of the International Conference Centre on June 22, 2017, will start by 10am.

Kresta Laurel Unveils Construction Subsidiary, KLL Limited

Foremost indigenous engineering company, Kresta Laurel Limited has unveiled its latest subsidiary, KLL Construction Limited at a cocktail dinner held at Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos on Thursday.
The occasion, which was also used to honour Messrs Pye Douglas and Nasyr Jakpbek of KONE Elevators of Finalnd, had in attendance the Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, business magnates, financial experts and major stakeholders in the Nigerian Construction industry.
According to the Managing Director of Kresta Laurel Limited, Engr. Dideolu Falobi, the vision of KLL Construction Company was to create and maintain an organisation of highly skilled construction professionals that will deliver consistent results through planned training and with high levels of honesty and integrity with the mission to be the foremost Construction Company that will deliver high quality services and products to international standards.
This was also corroborated by the Chairman of Kresta Laurel Limited and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba (Engr.) Gbenga Daniel who  explained that the growing demand for the development of critical infrastructure and construction projects in Nigeria led to the birth of KLL Limited placing premium priority on service, quality and safety.
“The major aim of the company”, he stressed, “is to present a new kind of Construction Company that will stand the test of time and which Nigeria will be proud of by replicating the success story of Kresta Laurel Limited which remains the only ISO certified lift company in Nigeria”. According to Daniel, “the corporate structure of KLL Construction Limited will take the company to the next level in construction, engineering, services and industrial projects in Nigeria”.
KLL Construction Company Limited will be managed by Brian Greenaway, a qualified and highly experienced British engineer with experience across four continents on various aspects of engineering. Brian, who has been in the construction industry for over forty years, has worked in several different roles within the nuclear and power industry in both the UK and Russia. He also worked as Technical Director to UACN from 2012 to 2016 and was instrumental in the delivery of new build and refurbishment projects in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Asaba and Calabar.
The Finish Ambassador, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury expressed her pleasure to have been invited to the event and thanking Otunba Daniel for the grand reception he facilitated to mark the Finnish 99th Independence Anniversary in 2016. In her words, the Finnish government holds Otunba Daniel in high esteem not only as the major distributor of Finland’s KONE Elevators but his appointment as the President of the Nigeria/Finland Association expressing her confidence that the new initiative will further enhance trade relations between Nigeria and Finland.
KLL Construction Limited’s scope includes building construction, water treatment, plant construction, sewage treatment, road construction, dredging and landfill among other special projects. It promises to deliver eco-friendly projects with excellence.

GTBank holds 7th Annual Autism Program

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is set to hold the 7th edition of its Annual Autism Conference. The two-day conference, which is free and open to the general public, will hold on the 13th and 14th of July 2017 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

This year’s conference, themed “Childhood to Adulthood: Communication and Social Development”, will create conversations and develop resources which address the dynamic needs of people living with Autism right from their childhood through adulthood.

As part of the 2017 program, there will be globally renowned specialists present to offer consulting services ranging from the assessment of children for Autism and other developmental challenges to the counselling of their parents from 17th to 22nd July 2017 at Digital Village, Alausa, Ikeja. There will also be sessions for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy.

Since 2009 the Autism Awareness Conference has been a core part of GTBank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative, an advocacy program designed to support people with developmental disabilities and special needs, especially Autisim Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In 2016, the 6th edition of the Autism Conference had over 1,500 participants over the two-day period, more than triple the number which attended the inaugural conference. This year is expected to attract a larger audience and will have as partners, Ministries of Health and Education, Blazing Trails International, Texas, USA, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Patrick’s Speech and Language Centre and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro Ogun State.

Commenting on the 7th Annual Autism Awareness Conference, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “Over the past six editions of this conference, we have made tremendous achievements in amplifying the national awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and increasing the expert assistance available to people living with Autism.

This year, we are going several steps forward to address the dynamic communication and social needs of children living with Autism as they transition into adulthood. He further stated “Aware that we are a voice for people who don’t have a voice, we will continue to support children living with Autism as well as their parents, teachers and care givers so that through us, the world can hear them.

Guaranty Trust Bank plc is a Nigerian financial institutions that has maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports numerous programmes across Africa that positively affect Infant and Maternal Healthcare, Education, the Art, Community Development and the Environment.

Abia APYF Congratulates Ismael Ahmed On His Appointment

I, comrade Igwe Chibuisi Agu, on behalf of my Executives and entire ALL PROGRESSIVE YOUTH FORUM (APYF) Abia State Chapter Warmly Felicitate with our National Leader on this Confirmate of his Appointment AS THE SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT ON SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMMS, we thank acting President of Federal Republic of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osibanjo for appointing our National Leader of (APYF) Barr. Ismaeel Ahmed to serve in the presidency on the aforementioned capacity

We commend this effort; made by you to integrate the youth into the mainstream of your government able led by President Muhamadu Buhari as a welcome development.

From Abia State, we will give our maximum support to our National leader to make sure he discharged and delivered his obligations effectively and efficiently.

Our appreciation is heightened by the fact that his Excellency, the Acting President, has by this singular gesture brought an end of a long period of doubt and permission by the teeming progressing youths nationwide who had waited with bated breath to see Barr. Ismaeel  Ahmed advance his leadership skill into the realm of public governance. For a man who has led us with absolute competence over the years. We know that the nation is at a glaring disadvantage when competent and result-Oriented youth people like our amiable national Leader are denied the chance to serve. We are therefore very happy with this appointment and commend Mr. Ag. President for his foresight.

As we heil he, the Ag President, we will also like to warmly congratulate our chairman, Barr. Ismaeel Ahmed for his new designation. We are very much confident that with his versatile mind, proven leadership ability and his well know empathy for the less privileged, Barr. Ismaeel will bring his trademark ingenuity and obvious experience to bear in serving the good people of Nigeria, especially the less privileged who are the main beneficiaries of the many social projection programm of the present government.

We are therefore making a passionate appeal to all the teeming progressive youths of Abia State and indeed Nigeria to support our National Leader with prayers in order to effectively discharge his new assignment. Once again, we are most grateful to his Excellency, Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo for the recognition bestowed on Barr. Ismaeel Ahmed, the Indefatigable and inspiring leader of our own generation.

Signed:

COMRADE IGWE CHIBUISI AGU

Abia State Coordinator (APFY)

Ondo APYF Commends Osinbajo Over The Appointment Of Ismaeel Ahmed

The All progressives youth forum ondo state chapter (APYF), has commended the acting president, professor Yemi Osinbajo for the appointment of its national chairman, barrister Ismael  Ahmed as the Senior  Special Assistant in social investment programme
In a press statement signed by the state coordinator of APYF ondo state, Ayodele Olawande thanks the Acting president for giving our chairman the opportunity to serve the country . Our indefatigable chairman is a kind and considerate man who often works long hours and does everything he can to deliver his best with an unmatched wealth of experience to those he interact with as a body
Also much like putting the youth together in the country. He encouraged young colleagues to manage each other , he works round the country to transport great minded youth with the level he brings ours together been secured as one family.  The forum gets respect and gratitude to God to know someone like him ( Kano man)
As a body we believe he has the ability to deliver the promised of change agent in the new appointment given to him. We appreciate the acting president Professor Yemi Oshinajo for sighting a man that has already lead the social development of the youth in this country before now
In this regard, as our national chairman begins to serve the body and soul of his new role as the social life of country, it is also very necessary us as all progressives youth forum ondo state to think and commend the acting president for giving the young and vibrant sound and honest youth in our party a way and time to serve the country.
We also wish to congratulate our own Asiwaju (Barr) Ismaeel Ahmed on his appointment as senior special assistant to the president of the federal republic of Nigeria,we believe in you on your capacity and ability and we know you are going to contribute your quota to the social development of this country and the body of the youth Particularly.
One again congratulations Ismaeel Ahmed
Signed
Ayodele Olawande
Ondo State Coordinator (APYF)

Kwara APYF Thanks Osinbajo For The Appointment Of National Chairman, Describes Ismail As A Shining Inspiration

We, the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), stand on behalf of the teeming progressive youths of the State of harmony to express our profound gratitude to HE Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo for finding it worthy to appoint our own symbol of youthful inspiration, Barr. Ismail Ahmed to play a very significant role in the government of President Mohammadu Buhari as the Senior Special Assistant on Social Investment Programmes.

Our appreciation is heightened by the fact that His Excellency, the Ag. President, has by this singular gesture brought an end to a long period of doubt and pessimism by the teeming progressive youths nationwide who have waited with bated breath to see Barr. Ismail Ahmed advance his leadership skill into the realm of public governance.

For a man who has led us with absolute competence over the years, we know that the nation is at a glaring disadvantage when competent and result-oriented young people like our amiable national chairman are denied the chance to serve. We are therefore very happy with this appointment and commend Mr. Ag. President for his foresight.

As we thank HE, the Ag President, we will also like to warmly congratulate our chairman, Barr. Ismail Ahmed for his new designation. We are very much confident that with his versatile mind, proven leadership ability and his well known empathy for the less privileged, Barr. Ismail will bring his trademark ingenuity and obvious experience to bear in serving the good people of Nigeria, especially the less privileged who are the main beneficiaries of the many social protection programmes of the present government that our chairman would now coordinate.

We are therefore making a passionate appeal to all the teeming progressive youths of Kwara and indeed Nigeria to support our chairman with prayers in order to effectively discharge his new assignment.

Once again, we are most grateful to his Excellency, Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo for the recognition bestowed on Barr. Ismail Ahmed, the shining light and inspiration of our own generation

Signed:

Muhammed Abduahi
State Chairman, Kwara APYF

DSS Nabs Abuja-Kaduna Kidnappers, Other Criminal Gangs Across The Country

No Shootings In The Entire South Eastern Region – Army

The attention of 82 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to another allegation made by IPOB in a Statement the group released at about 1645 hours on Monday 29 May 2017, that – “there was sporadic shootings by the Army in Aba and Umuahia axis”.. and that soldiers opened fire on its members in Aba during a procession in honour of those who died during the Biafra civil war”.

The Division wishes to state there was no soldier at the venue or vicinity where the procession took place. Also, there was no crisis or breakdown of law and order in Aba, Umuahia and in the whole of South Eastern part of Nigeria as to warrant/justify “use of firearms’ as falsely and mischievously alleged by IPOB propagandists.

What is obvious, however, is an increase in the presence of security agencies on routine patrols in different locations in the region, particularly areas that are regarded as real or potential flash points. The aim is to pro actively checkmate possible security breaches in view of sordid/divisive utterances and in some cases blatant actions by secessionist agitators.

SAGIR MUSA
Colonel
Deputy Director

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