AMMC Warns Against Defacing Abuja With Posters

The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has told political parties and politicians in Nigeria not to deface the city with their campaign posters ahead of 2019 general elections.

The AMMC Coordinator, Mr Umar Shuiabu stated this when he led a strong FCTA team to the national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, in Abuja.

Mr Shuiabu explained that the aimed of the visit was to sensitize them on the need to desist from pasting posters on public facilities, such as buildings, walls, signage and others.

“The FCTA built this city and we are managing it amidst scare resources; but the residents are not helping us as they should. So as we are approaching campaign period, the posting of posters will likely increase. That is why we have embarked on this campaign to try and stop it, or at least reduce it to the barest minimum.

“We (APC) have to show example for others to follow. As the party in power, we need it to lead the campaign against indiscriminate pasting of posters in Abuja”, he added.

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National Hospital Receives New Cancer Treatment Machine

The National Hospital in Abuja, has taken delivery of the second Radiotherapy machine for Cancer treatment.
 
The Elekta machine for Linear Accelerator (LINAC) is made up of several components to be coupled and installed soon.

Speaking in a brief interview at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), National Hospital, Dr. Jeff Momoh, said the Abuja Radiotherapy centre would be the only centre in West Africa running two Linear accelerators at the same time.

This, the CMD explained, was to avoid running down the 1st machine which has currently treated over 200 patients.

Describing the arrival of the 2nd machine as a major breakthrough for the country, the CMD said its installation would further check medical tourism as patients who travelled abroad for cancer treatment would return home to receive treatment at the centre.

 In his words, “A cancer patient has returned from India for treatment at the centre and we will soon see patients from other sub-regions receiving cancer treatment in the hospital because with the state of the art equipment available, it will be the best Cancer treatment centre in West Africa”

He also commended the Nigerian minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, for seeing to the delivery of the machine.

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Passenger Accused Of Stealing N1m On Board Faces Trial

The Lagos Airport Police Command on Monday, arraigned a male suspect, who allegedly stole N1,008,000 aboard an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos.

Command spokesman, Joseph Alabi, told newsmen that the suspect would be arraigned at an Ogba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for stealing.

He said the suspect, who lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, allegedly stole N504,000, N350,000 and N154,000 aboard the flight.

Alabi said the money belong to Messrs. Olaniye and Abubakar Jimoh.

The suspect was arrested by vigilant passengers and crew while pilfering from luggage aboard the flight, about 11am on Saturday.

Alabi said the suspect was handed over to the command upon landing in Lagos for investigation and prosecution.

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Two Jailed For Stealing Phones Inside Church

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, sentenced two men, Richard Christian, and komolafe Segun, to six months imprisonment each for stealing phones in a church.

The duo, who were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing admitted committing the offence and begged for leniency.

Prosecutor Dalhatu Zannah, had told the court that the convicts committed the offences on February 2 at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, Utako, Abuja.

He said the convicts entered the church premises about 4:36am and stole the phones belonging to the worshippers.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 79 and 287 of the Penal Code.

The Judge, Abubakar Sadiq, in his ruling, gave each of the convicts an option of N20,000 fine and warned them to desist from committing crime.

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FG Moves To Curtail Illegal Weapons

The federal government is set to rid the country of illegal small arms and light weapons in a decisive move to stop the recurrent herders/farmers clashes, militancy and other violent crimes.

The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau, stated this in Abuja at the end of a meeting of relevant agencies convened to examine and propose solutions to the challenges of proliferation of small arms and light weapons, and the problem of drug abuse in Nigeria.

He said that the meeting had come up with suggestions, embedded in a 15-point communiqué, comprising how to control drug abuse and trafficking, how to upgrade border security and management, employ effective law enforcement and management, and how to properly utilize regional and international support in tackling the security challenges.

According to the Minister, the meeting analyzed the situation and came up with the best strategies to tackle the challenges and secure the country.

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Group Commences 761 Kilometer Walk From Lagos To Abuja For Good Governance

A group, New Nigeria Nationalists (NNN) have commenced A 761-kilometer New Nigeria Walk’ from the old National Assembly complex in Lagos to the National Assembly complex in Abuja, and would last for 45 days.

Addressing journalists on the importance of the walk, the National Chairman of the group, Mrs. Foluso Makanjuola-Oyenuga, said the walk was to physically demonstrate solidarity with Nigerians and empathise with the struggling masses.

Makanjuola-Oyenuga believed that urgent and timely intervention would reassure the disturbed and distressed populace despite the frightening situation in the country.

According to her, it is undeniable that Nigeria is in a desperate situation and the survival of this greatly promising nation is under threat both from internal and external.

“This trek is designed to intimate all relevant stakeholders with our vision, passion, compassion and commission to birth a great nation. Indeed, every hour, the battering waves of contentions, conflicts and confrontations are violently and ruthlessly shoving the country further away from the shores of peace, prosperity and progress with the risk of the total breakdown of personal and collective safety, security and stability, he said.

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Man In Court Over Alleged Visa Scam

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has charged a 34-year-old man, Onyeugo Anayochukwu, to court for allegedly procuring fake United States of America (USA) entry visa.

The suspect was arraigned before Justice M. B. Idris, of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 36, Apo, Abuja.

Counsel to the commission, Enosa Omoghibo, told the court that the accused, while claiming to be a staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour, approached the US embassy in Abuja with fake documents to procure six entry visas.

He claimed that the visas were to enable him and five others to attend the 55th Session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York.

The offences, which were allegedly committed in 2011, are in contravention of Sections 363 and 368 of the Penal Code Act.

His lawyer, Adetola Olulelu, asked the court to grant him bail in liberal terms, pending the final determination of the case.

Justice Idris granted the bail in the sum of N2 million and a surety in like sum. He said the surety must be a Grade Level 13 officer in the employment of the Federal Government.

The matter was adjourned till March 7, 2018 for hearing.

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Breaking: Man In Kwankwasiyya Insignia Hangs Self In Abuja

A yet to be identified young man has committed suicide by hanging himself on a bill board at the Mississippi area of Maitama, Abuja.

Abusidiqu gathered that the man, who wore a  Kwankwasiyya political insignia of red cap and white gown may have climbed the iron board in the early hours of Monday to hung himself as passers-by and nearby residents woke up to see the dangling body on the board.

Authorities are however yet to arrive at the scene of the incident as at the time of filing the report.

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Fuel Queues Resurface In Abuja

Barely a week after normal supply and  sale of petrol across Abuja was restored in the Nigerian capital, queues of vehicles reappeared on Wednesday and are getting longer.

Motorists and dealers of the product noted that it has come as a surprise.

They also demanded that urgent action should be taken by the government to ensure adequate supply and sale of the product at the official pump price.

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Police Tear-Gas Shiites Protesters In Abuja

Police, on Monday, clashed with members of the Shia group, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, who were campaigning the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, detained since 2015 in Abuja.

The protesters were teargassed as they made attempt to enter the National Assembly.

A police reinforcement, supported by the Civil Defence, later fired tear gas at the protesters and chased fleeing demonstrators into the neighbouring federal secretariat as they struggled for air.

The chase, headed towards the national mosque, created pandemonium as people scampered for safety.

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NNPC, DPR Shut Down 7 Filling Stations In Abuja For Receiving Diverted Products

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have closed down seven filling stations for receiving diverted products and selling to motorists at cut-throat prices in Abuja and environs.

Spokesman of the NNPC Ndu Ughamadu, said seven of such stations along the Kubwa and Airport Road axis of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, were shut with the petrol found in their storage tanks dispensed free of charge to motorists.

“I want to warn marketers who have refused to heed our advice, especially those operating at night, that the law will catch up with them very soon. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have commenced monitoring of such stations. Just yesterday (Tuesday), we identified some defaulting stations and we are going to impound their products and dispense it free to motorists.”

The follow-up raid of illegal filling stations on the Airport Road axis took the team to Bassa Jiwa community behind the Abuja Airport where three errant stations were shut down with products in their storage also dispensed free of charge to motorists.

At one of the stations, McManakai Global Services, the team found 39,000 litres in its storage tank which it was selling to motorists at N240 per litre as against the approved price of N145 per litre.

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New PDP Faction Emerges, Opens Secretariat In Asokoro

A faction has emerged in the Peoples Democratic Party with a new Secretariat opened in the Asokoro district of Abuja.

The group is made up of some aspirants that lost out at the December 9 PDP National Convention.

The group led by Emmanuel Nwosu said it is emerging due to the imposition of a unity list on members at the National Convention.

The group named its faction as FRESH PDP.

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