New Nigerian Newspaper NNN Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:06:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 100775232 Osun Govt Appoints Prince Ojo Olona Of Ada Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:01:54 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The State Executive Council at its meeting of Monday 27th January, 2020 approved the appointment of Prince (Dr) Oyetunde Olumuyiwa Ojo as the Olona of Ada in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of the State.

In a statement released by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, the stool became vacant with the demise of Oba Abimbola Olalekan, Abioye II on 4th April, 2019.

The Olona of Ada stool has a 1981 registered Chieftaincy Declaration and the newly appointed Olona hails from the Adeitan Ruling House which is the next in the order of rotation to occupy the stool.

The new Olona of Ada is a member of the State Council of Obas and his appointment brings the number of monarchs approved by the Oyetola administration to five.

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ECWA President Calls For Prayers, Says Christians In Nigeria Endangered Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:52:54 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Following renewed attacks that have led to the death of Christians all over the country, adherents of the faith have been urged to turn to prayers, to prevent extermination of Christianity from the country.

ECWA President, Reverend Stephen Baba Panya expressed this in a statement he personally signed and made available.

“Our very existence as Christians in our dear Nation Nigeria has never been at stake as it is now. It is very clear that the spirit of Haman, whose avowed aim is the complete extermination of Christians, is viciously at work in this nation and the Government (Esther 3:8-9). Our CAN National Leader, His Eminence Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, made this very clear enough, during  his World Press Conference on 23rd January 2020.

“As a people, Christians have been rendered powerless and helpless in this nation. Like the time of Nehemiah, we are in trouble and disgrace (Nehemiah 2:17). Our only hope now of deliverance from complete extermination is help from above, the Maker of heaven and earth, from the God of Israel, who neither slumbers nor sleep (Psalm 121). “Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

“Let all ECWA Sons and Daughters therefore join faith together with Brethren all over this nation and all over the world, to plead with God to have mercy on us and intervene to deliver us and our dear nation, and turn the tables against enemies of the Cross and God’s people ( Esther 9:24),” he said.

In the text of the statement titled, “CALLING ON ALL ECWA MEMBERS / CHURCHES IN NIGERIA AND BEYOND, TO FULLY JOIN IN THE DECLARED CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN), SPECIAL DAYS OF PRAYER, FASTING AND PRAYER WALK FOR NIGERIA ON 31ST JANUARY TO SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2020” he said that on the first Day of the prayer and fasting, they should  like the Ninevites (Jonah 3), name, confess and repent of our many sins without making any excuse.

” As it is written, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly;bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. 

“Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, ‘Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among  the peoples, ‘Where is their God?” (Joel 2:15-17) “ The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17).

“On the second day of our Prayer and Fasting, let us all plead with God to baptize us with His holy fire, that we shall be sanctified vessels of honour. Also pray that He would pour out upon us the latter rain of His Holy Spirit, for a mighty revival, so that we can call upon Him and worship Him in spirit and in truth. “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6) “Revive us, and we will call on your name.” (Psalm 80:18) “Come, let us  return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” (Hosea 6:1-2).

“On the last and third day of our Prayer and Fasting , let us participate in the Prayer Walk calling upon the Lord to in His mercy, rise up and fight our battles for us. “Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:7-8) The Lord Strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle has promised that, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18). 

“I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:6-8) “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.” (Proverbs 21:30-31) 

“Our trust must remain firmly only in the Lord our God. The Lord God almighty be with us all in Jesus’ name; Amen.”

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Gombe Governor Moves To Diversify Economy Through Science, Technology, Innovation Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:20:18 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Governor Muhamnadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has assured of his administration’s determination to improve the economy of the state through prioritizing investment on science, technology and innovation.

A statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli said he made the remark at the official opening ceremony of the 2020 Exposition on Science, Technology, Innovation, Agriculture and Mineral Resources in Gombe.

Governor Yahaya described the event as a collective resolve by the government, people of the state and other stakeholders to interact in showcasing human and natural resources with a view to harnessing them for the socio-economic development of the state.

He noted that the state was unable realize its potentials in terms of science, technology and innovation into ptojects and programmes in the past due to weak linkages between research institutions and industries, low level of investment on science, technology and innovation as well as lack of uptake of research results among others.
He however assured that the present administration is committed to achieving those feats within the shortest possible time.

Governor Yahaya also called for synergy among researchers, inventors, industries and tertiary institutions to enhance effective domestication of the national science, technology and innovation road map, 2030.

He said, “I also wish to call on the organized private sector to explore ways of partnering with tertiary institutions and government MDAs in commercializing the viable products for the benefit of the society”.

He added that, “when the Dadinkowa hydro power plant is commissioned, my government will ensure establishing a conducive atmosphare for science, technology and innovation operarional activities, in addition to our resolve to set up industrial park to attract foreign direct investment and stimulate the economy”.

Earlier in her remarks, the State Commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Aishatu Umar Maigari said the annual exposition event serves as an avenue for investors, researchers, innovators and producers to come together with a view to commercializing the research results, products as well as value additions on various raw materials for improved revenue generation.

The Commissioner presented to the Governor, the 774 young Nigerian scientists presidential award winners to the state governor for award presentation.

Highlights of the occasion was exhibition of some ICT innovation products by some researchers and young talents currently receiving training and support at the state’s Technology Incubation Centre.

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Buratai To Troops: No Going Back Until Insurgents Are Subdued Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:32:12 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) to continue their onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents until they are completely subdued.

Buratai gave the charge while addressing troops of 156 Task Force Battalion deployed to Mainok village in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Monday.

He commended the troops for the recent feat they achieved in the fight against insurgency in the state which had resulted in neutralising and capturing of insurgents.

Buratai added that the annihilation of the terrorists and recovery of gun trucks and weapons from them on Sunday in the area was a boost to the ongoing counterinsurgency campaign.

He reassured them of government’s commitment to providing adequate equipment to enable them maintain the current tempo of operation with a view to ending insurgency in the shortest possible time.

According to him, operations are complex and you will continue to see new challenges but I assure you, nothing is too difficult to handle.

“You have done and you are still doing your job professionally and this must be maintained.

“We have a lot of individuals, a lot goodwill as well from across the country and a lot of distractions as well but these distractions must not hinder your operations. We have a sacred responsibility to our country.

“The military profession, the profession of arm is a noble profession and you are the only ones that can do this Job because you have signed to sacrifice your comfort, your time and if need be, pay the supreme price.

“You must remain focused, you must remain firm, you must maintain the determination to bring this madness by criminal elements of Boko Haram or whatever they call themselves to an end.

“On this note, I must congratulate you on the feat you have done yesterday and you must continue to clear their doubt and deal with them decisively,” he said.

Buratai also reassured the troops of improved welfare package in 2020, as well as those of their families in their various barracks, urging them to be proud of serving their country.

At the camp, Buratai inspected the two gun trucks sized from the terrorists by the troops on Sunday as well as the cache of weapons and ammunition and other items recovered from them during the encounter.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai visiting wounded troops at 7 Division Hospital in Maiduguri on Monday, 27/1/2020

News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai later visited the wounded troops at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he went round the various wards to encourage the victims.

He was also led on inspection tour by the management of the hospital to the new trauma centre under construction and at completion stage.

The army chief also visited more wounded troops at the 7 Division Hospital in Maiduguri where many of them were recuperating.

He wished them speedy recovery and pledged continuous support of the army to ensure their total recovery.

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Coalition Debunks Report Of Death Of Four Fulani Herdsmen In Enugu Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:21:50 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

A group, the Enugu Youth Coalition has said that it is totally untrue that four herdsmen died in different parts of the state.

“Our attention has been drawn to the fake news report in one of the national dailies claiming that four Fulani Herdsmen died in different parts of Enugu State during weekend.

“The report is not true but a figment of the imagination of those who do not mean well for the state.”

In a statement released to newsmen in Enugu on Monday by the national coordinator of Enugu Youth Coalition, Dr. Edwin Obune, the group said the story is fake, spurious and unfounded as if was manufactured and sponsored by politicians who could not emerge as candidates of the party in the coming February 29 local government elections in the state.

“On no account will any body go against the Fulanis or any other tribe living and doing legitimate business in any part of Enugu State,” it said.

The group however expressed dismay over the conduct of some politicians and their resort to skulduggery, saying,  “power belongs to God and as such, He gives it to whoever he wishes as no mortal can question His wisdom, majesty and authority because all powers begins from Him and ends with Him.

“Therefore, we urge Ndi-Enugu and Nigerians to disregard the fake news as that is the handiworks of some political desperadoes in the state.”

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VAT: IBEDC To Reflect New Rates On Transactions Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:14:03 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has announced that from February 1, 2020, there will an upward review in the prices of meters sold to customers under the Meter Asset provider scheme (MAP) introduced in 2019.

Mrs Angela Olarenwaju, Head, Branding and Corporate Communication of IBEDC made the disclosure in a said in a statement on Monday.

Olarewaju said that the management said the increase is necessitated by the federal government’s increase in the value added tax (VAT) from five per cent to 7.5 percent.

She said that, in the light of the above, a single-phase meter which used to cost N38,325.00 (VAT inclusive) will now cost N39,237.50 (VAT inclusive), while the a three-phase Meter which used to cost N70,350.00 (VAT inclusive) will now costs N72, 025.00 ( VAT inclusive) .

The IBEDC spokesperson said that subsequently, the meter service charge on MAP payment by installments will also be reviewed to accommodate the new VAT charge.

IBEDC management pointed out that the VAT on tariff has been adjusted to accommodate the new 7.5 per cent rate.

The company appeals to its esteemed Customers to take note of these aa this will be reflected during bill payment and vending for postpaid and pre-paid customers respectively.

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Driver, Accomplice Confess To Stealing, Attempting To Sell Employer’s Vehicle Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:57:32 +0000  By; KUNLE SANNI, Kaduna 

A driver, Stanley Orji  and one Mohammed Yahaya in Abuja stole his employer’s car from Abuja and were arrested while trying to sell the car in Kaduna on January 13, 2020. 

According to police First Information Report (FIR) the accused were arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court, Ibrahim Taiwo road, Kaduna. 

The prosecutor Corporal Isyaku Amidu said Stanley Orji who works with one Hajiya Saude Sani stole her Toyota Sienna space bus with registration number ABJ 416 AJ with green color  and connived with one Mohammed Yahaya and planned to dispose  it in Kaduna  before they were tracked and arrested.

The FIR deposed that the victim, Hajiya Saude Sani of No 5 Alexander Crescent Wuse II Abuja was invited and she confirmed the vehicle was actually stolen from her by the suspects and identified one Stanley Orji as her driver. 

The offense is contrary to section 59 and 271 of the Kaduna State penal code law 2017.

Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to have conspired and stolen away the vehicle from Hajiya Saude Sani and both pleaded guilty to the offense.

They were granted bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two reliable surties in like sum. 

The presiding magistrate Lukman Sidi adjourned the case to February 10, 2020 for commencement of hearing. 

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19-yr Old Accused Remanded In Correctional Centre For Murder Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:50:53 +0000 By; KUNLE SANNI, Kaduna 

A culpable homicide case was preferred against one Mujana Umaru 19 years of Ungwan Togo in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. 

According to police First Information Report (FIR) Mujana was alleged to have attacked,  shot with dane gun, stabbed with knife on the neck and matcheted with cutlass on the head of one Livinus Hosea of the same address.

The matter was reported to the police by the deceased’s elder brother, Amos Samuel of the same address. 

The accused was arrested in connection with the alleged offense which is contrary to section 190 of the Kaduna State penal code law 2017.

The trial Chief Magistrate, Lukman Sidi said the case is a capital offense and that the court has no jurisdiction to hear such offence. 

He ordered the prosecuting police officer, Corporal Isyaku Amidu to write to the state ministry of justice for advice and adjourned the case to February 26, 2020 for further mention, while awaiting advice from ministry of justice. 

He therefore, ordered that the suspect be remanded at the Federal Correctional Centre, Kaduna. 

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Chairman Forum Of Former PDP Governors Felicitates With Tambuwal Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:43:05 +0000 By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna

Chairman, Forum of former state governors of PDP extractions and ex Chief Servant of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has applauded the election of governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwwal of Sokoto State as the Chairman, forum of governors of Peoples Democratic Party controlled states.
Tambuwwal was elected Chairman of the Forum of Governors of PDP controlled states at last Monday’s 88th National Executive Council, (NEC)/Board of Trustees meeting of the party held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
A statement from the media aide of the former governor, conveyed the message of congratulations to the new Chairman of the PDP’s governors’ forum and expressed confidence in the leadership ability of governor Aminu Tambuwwal to steer the PDP Governors’ Forum to greater heights and work for a well cemented relationship amongst the governors of PDP controlled states for the good of citizens of the states and for the growth of democracy in Nigeria.
The message similarly expressed happiness with the choice of governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwwal to lead the governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, saying his intellect, experience and antecedence as a former lawmaker, a trained lawyer, a democrat and governor would add up to his ability to bequeath a good leadership for the forum of PDP governors especially in the present dispensation where democracy was being shortchanged by forces under the All Progressives Congress led administration in the country.
The statement quoted the Chairman of the Forum of former governors elected under the flagship of the PDP as commending the party’s BOT members, governors in the PDP controlled states, all former governors of PDP controlled states, states party Chairmen in attendance at the meeting for reposing their confidence on governor Aminu Tambuwwal and urged him to work for the good of PDP and for good governance.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu according to the statement was optimistic that the party would recoup all its lost grounds and glory under the leadership of the current crop of governors elected under the party, it’s national leaders and tireless as well as relentless members across the country.

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Akwa Ibom Rerun: Police Says 25 INEC Officials, 21 Security Agents Abducted By Thugs Linked To Akpabio Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:40:47 +0000

Police Command in Akwa Ibom State has said that the rerun elections conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state last Saturday was generally peaceful in spite of skirmishes recorded.

The Appeal Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State late last year, in its judgement on appeal jointly filed by All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidates, had ordered a rerun election in 11 Wards, 159 Polling Units and 210 Voting Units in Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, House of Representatives and State Constituency.

During the said elections, Police said 25 INEC officials and 21 security agents attached to Ward 10 Unit six were abducted by thugs but were rescued through prompt response to a distress call from other officials.

The Command Public Relations Officer, CSP N-Nudam Frederick in a release on Monday, said the INEC officials all Youth Corps members and security agents were abducted and taken to one Ibanga Akpabio’s residence in Ukana Ikot Ntuen area of Essien Udim local government council of the state where all hijacked electoral materials meant for the Unit were also recovered.

The PPRO who signed the release on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, disclosed that 79 persons suspected to be in connection to the electoral fraud were also arrested and were being investigated.

His words, “Acting on a distress call that INEC Supervisors and Ad-hoc staff, security agents attached to Ward 10, Unit 6 were abducted and the electoral materials seized and diverted to a premises at Ukana Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area, later identified as the residence of one Ibanga Akpabio, the DCP in-charge of Operations, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, DCP Auwal Musa Muhammed swung into action and rescued twenty-five (25) corps members and twenty-one (21) security personnel.

“All the electoral materials recovered and seventy-nine (79) suspects arrested at the aforementioned residence. Investigation is in progress” 

The police also in the release indicated that PDP clinched the three seats with wider margins of votes cast over APC, thus put paid to months of legal battles that trailed the conduct of the 2019 general elections in the state.

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