New Nigerian Newspaper NNN Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:51:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 100775232 UN, EU Special Envoys Visit Buratai, Commend Troops Efforts In Tackling Terrorism/Banditry Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:51:40 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The United Nations Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Ambassador Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the UN Special Representative for Central Africa, Amb. Francois Fall and the European Union Special Representative for the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin Commission, Amb. Angel Lusada on Wednesday visited the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai at Army headquarters.

They were at Army headquarters according to Amb. Ibn Chambas, to ascertain how the world bodies could intervene and support the affected countries and in particular, states affected by the destructive effect of terrorism.

While noting that the gallant efforts of the Nigerian Army in combating the terrorists and curtailing their destructive activities in not only Nigeria but the West African Sub Region was legendary, Amb. Ibn Chambas said the world bodies would also partner the Army in capacity and other supports.

His words, “The openness of the Nigerian Army to the United Nations has become legendary. We are here in the context of the visit to Boko Haram affected areas. We have visited Cameroon, Chad. This is our last leg to Nigeria. The objective is to support affected states, to see how the UN, EU and other stakeholders can work together in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism”.

“One area of interest is the ongoing efforts to checkmate Boko Haram and stop its spread because of its affiliation to international terrorists groups. That is why it is incumbent on us all, that we must see the fight against Boko Haram, as a fight against international terrorism.

“We are all concerned and we believe that Boko Haram is fight that we can win.
“That is why we are especially applauding the gallantry and efforts of the Nigerian Army in dealing with the menace.

Speaking further, Amb. Chambers said, “We welcome the establishment of the Lake Chad Governors Forum which had its inaugural meeting in Maiduguri last year. We believe it is part of a holistic approach which will focus on the root causes of the insurgency.

“We also want to underscore the continuous support of the federal government of Nigeria and in particular, the Nigerian Army for its various supports to United Nations programmes.

“Without the support of the Nigerian Army, it would have been difficult for UN humanitarian agencies to work in the North East including non UN agencies”.

Also speaking, Amb. Lusada said the EU was committed to Nigeria and the Multinational Joint Task Force in the efforts to ending Boko Haram and international terrorism in the Lake Chad basin.

“We are happy with the work of the Nigerian Army. There are so many initiatives taking place and new once coming up and this involves funding but we want coordination. The crisis has become regional and can only be solved with regional partnerships. That is why we are meeting with stakeholders” he said.

Responding, the COAS, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai commended both international bodies for standing by Nigeria in the efforts to dislodge terrorism and violent extremism from the sub-region.

He said the Nigerian Army will look as areas of collaboration pointing out that the Multinational Joint Task Force where Nigeria is contributing more than a Brigade is a veritable platform for more collaboration.

He urged the United Nations and European Union to pay a visit to the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Center in Jaji and see how the center can be expanded and further supported to enhance its international contributions to UN peacekeeping efforts.

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Ganduje Heads APC 5-Member Factfinding Committee For Edo State Chapter Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:46:11 +0000  

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed the Governor of Kano State, Alh. Abdullahi Ganduje to head the Party’s five-member factfinding committee for the APC chapter in Edo State.

This was contained in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made available on Wednesday.

It also said that other members of the committee are: Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari; former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; former governor of Borno State and serving senator, Kashim Shettima and Honourable Ahmed Wadada (Secretary).
The Committee is expected to meet with all disputing interests and present its findings to the party. You would recall that the party took a decision earlier in the week to constitute a committee of prominent party leaders on the lingering crisis in our party in Edo State. 
“This marks another step in our party’s effort to find a lasting solution to the crisis and ensure our party comes out of it even stronger.”

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NYSC Area Coordinator Visits Taraba Camp, Tasks Corps Members On Financial Independence Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:40:19 +0000

Skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development has been described as the passport to self-reliance and financial independence for corps members during and after the service year.
The assertion was made by the NYSC North East Area Coordinator, Mr Anthony Ekeocha who visited the Taraba state permanent orientation camp, Sibre, near Jalingo on his maiden tour.
Addressing corps members in the multipurpose hall of the orientation camp,  Ekeocha urged them to participate actively both on camp and post-camp training in order to acquire skills that would engage them in productive self-employment and insulate them from dependence on scarce white collar jobs.
He also charged them to be worthy ambassadors of the of their families, states and the NYSC by imbibing discipline, loyalty and dedication among other qualities and avoid unnecessary journeys during the service year especially at night. 
“Embrace Taraba as your home and show respect for the norms and tradition of your respective host communities” he said.
The area coordinator who toured camp facilities alongside the state coordinator and other senior camp activities expressed satisfaction with the state of the camp and commended the state coordinator and entire camp management for  a job well done so far.
The visibly elated corps members who welcomed the August visitor with an entertaining dance performance also gave a three hearty cheers salute to the area coordinator who held a meeting with camp officials after addressing them.
In  her welcome address, the Taraba coordinator NYSC Taraba, Mrs Yaakugh Florence highlighted the modest achievements recorded under her watch to include the recent purchase of over 100 plastic seats to complement the existing ones, maintenance and installation of new ceiling fans in corps members’ hostels construction and  improvement  of existing sewage facilities, among others.  

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Lagos Bad Traffic Snarl Is Temporary – Govt Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:35:28 +0000


The Lagos State Government has assured residents that the discomfort motorists and commuters are experiencing under the massive road repair tagged “Operation 116 across the state will soon be over.

Saying that there is no deliberate action to cause residents any pain, it said contractors are speeding up their jobs as they are being encouraged to work at night where possible.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotosho, the government said it noted the discomfort commuters and motorists have been experiencing since the begining of the massive road repair.

It  added that the administration will ensure that majority of the roads become smooth and motorable before the Yuletide.

The statement reads, ” The Lagos State Government has noted the discomfort commuters and motorists have been experiencing since the beginning of the massive road repairs under ‘Operation 116’ across the State.

There is no deliberate action to cause Lagosians any pain; the present situation is temporary. 

The contractors are speeding up their jobs and they are being encouraged to work at night where possible, even as motorists are being advised to use alternative routes.

The administration sympathises with residents on the inconvenience suffered daily but in fulfillment of its commitment to making the roads motorable immediately the rains subside, resources and equipment have been deployed to fix degenerated roads. 

The discomfort will be short-lived.

The State government has directed the relevant agencies to review traffic control and regulation policies towards identifying a long-lasting remedy to the problem”.

According to the release, the government pointed out that the daily influx of people from other parts into Lagos has contributed to the immense human and vehicular pressure on the roads.

“The daily influx of people from other parts of the country into Lagos has contributed to the big human and vehicular pressure on the roads.

 The government will surely surmount the challenges with technology and enforcement of traffic rules.

The Government appreciates the perseverance of Lagosians and pledges its commitment to pooling all its resources together to achieving a permanent solution to the problem posed by the rehabilitation of bad roads.

 The administration will ensure that majority of the roads become smooth and motorable before the Yuletide”, it emphasized.

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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Supersand Eagles Set For Portugal Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:33:09 +0000



All is set for two–time African champions, Nigeria as they begin their campaign at this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals in Paraguay when they clash with world number two Portugal in Asuncion on Friday. 

This year’s finals will hold at the ‘Los Pynandi’ World Cup Stadium – named after the Paraguayan national beach soccer team – and located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in Greater Asuncion. 

Nigeria earned a ticket to feature at the 16 –team World Cup finals after finishing second at the CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations held in Egypt in December 2018. Champions Senegal is the other team flying Africa’s flag in Paraguay. 

This year’s finals will kick off today(Thursday), and end on Sunday, 1st December. 

Nigeria’s delegation of players and team officials flew out of the country on Friday, 8th November, in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that took place in Asuncion, 12th – 16th November. The Supersand Eagles defeated the Tahiti national team 9-4 during the pre-tournament event, after losing 3-7 to host Paraguay.

On Monday this week, Coach Audu ‘Ejo’ Adamu and his wards moved into their Dazzler Hotel World Cup accommodation in Asuncion, and have been training hard as they countenance an interesting encounter with the world number two team on Friday.

Nigeria, winners of the African title in 2007 and 2009, and quarter –finalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, will campaign in a fierce Group D that also has world number one team, Brazil and Oman, ranked number 14 in the world. Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world.

Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament opening game on Thursday. After their first game against Portugal on Friday, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on Sunday, 24th November and then against Brazil two days later.

Head Coach Adamu has listed veterans Abu Azeez and Victor Tale in his final squad of 12, with Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Emeka Ogbonna, Godspower Igudia, Dami Paul and Taiwo Adams also in.

Godwin Tale (Victor’s younger brother), Egan-Osi Ekujimi, Babatunde Badmus, Godwin Iorbee and Hameed Kareem are the other names on the list.


Group A: Paraguay, Japan, Switzerland, USA

Group B: Uruguay, Mexico, Italy, Tahiti

Group C: Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Russia

Group D: Brazil, Oman, Portugal,

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Suspect Arrested As Customs Anti Smuggling Team Intercepts N2.5m Fake Currency Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:30:16 +0000 By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

Operatives of the Anti -Smuggling Team of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Ogun Area 1 Command under the leadership of Comptroller Agbara Michael have intercepted fake currency notes worth N2.5 million.
The fake legal tender was said to have been intercepted by the operatives at Ihunbo checking point along Sango- Idiroko road on Tuesday.
A suspect, identified as Samson Odebija was said to have been arrested in connection with the exhibit.
The public relations officer of the Command Abdullahi Maiwada, who confirmed the arrest said the suspect during interrogation said he was contracted by one Alfa to assist him in transporting the consignment to Owode from Idiroko for the sum of N5, 000.
In a related development, Maiwada said the operatives similarly  intercepted  40 drums of industrial alcohol known as ethanol. 
According him, the item was strictly stamped by NAFDAC for industrial use, while investigation however  evealed that some unscrupulous elements engaged in distribution of the product to Idiroko populace who ignorantly dilute the item with water and take it as alcoholic drink. This is evidently harmful to the health of the people.
The release reads,” In continuation with the fight against smuggling by Officers and Men of Ogun I Command under the leadership of Comptroller Agbara Michael, the Command Anti-smuggling Team intercepted fake currency notes worth N2.5 million at Ihunbo checking point along Sango-Idiroko road. While being interrogated, the suspect one Samson Odebija disclosed that he was commissioned by one Alfa to help him transport the fake currency notes to Owode from Idiroko with a promise to reward him with N5,000, but met his waterloo.

Also, the Command Anti-smuggling Crack Team intercepted 40 drums of industrial alcohol known as ethanol. The item was strictly stamped by NAFDAC for industrial use. However, investigation revealed that some unscrupulous elements engaged in distribution of the product to Idiroko populace who ignorantly dilute the item with water and take it as alcoholic drink. This is evidently harmful to the health of the people. In the same vein, the Command Anti-Bunkering Team ‘A’ while on information patrol discovered a smuggling hideout at Iko-gate along Idiroko road, leading to seizure 160 jerry cans (25 litres each) of Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol. The daredevil smugglers device a crook method by hiding the tanker and then used other vehicles as shield from public view. They further nefariously constructed a pipe with an outlet sited in a cassava farm. The fuel is then siphoned into a tank and then into jerry cans with an intention to export the said items in batches outside the country.

To this end, the CAC appealed to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling in all its ramifications. The eagle eye is all around Ogun state to halt new techniques adopted or will be brought up by smugglers to perpetuate their illicit acts”.

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War In Lagos: RTEAN, NURTW Members In Battle For Supremacy Over Park Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:26:51 +0000

Pandemonium erupted in Igando area of Lagos on Wednesday as some alleged members of National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) and  Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria ( RTEAN) engaged in bloody clash over the control of motor garage.

The War of supremacy between the two warring Unions, which was said to have disrupted Economic and social activities in the area, raged on until 1pm.
It was gathered that one person identified as Lati  Bashiru, was shot on his left arm, while scores sustained various degrees of injuries as the two contending Unions, deployed the use of gun, matches, bottles, charms, iron rods and other dangerous weapons, as they battle for the control of Igando garages and  parks.                                                 

The melee, as learnt  started as early as 7am, leading to panic and confusion as residents scampered into hiding.                   

Eye witnesses reported that armed RTEAN members numbering over 500 men, led by one Jafo, had invaded a major junction known as last bus stop, connecting Isuti Road, Igando bus stop and Olowonla bus stop, from their old Akesan bus stop base, in an apparent move to take over the ticket selling points as well as to retaliate an earlier attack by NURTW boys.                                     
They were said to have met a stiff resistance from the Ogunlaye Olorunfemi  led NURTW boys ,which resulted into free use of gun, matches, bottles and other dangerous weapons.                                
In the confusion that ensured, one of the police officers deployed to the scene, (names withheld), was allegedly manhandled and taken hostage by the rampaging NURTW Touts, until the OPS officer, identified as DSP Maximius Osiehgwu, intervened with police reinforcement.                                                      
Our Correspondent  reports that despite heavy deployment of regular and SARS operatives by the Igando Divisional Police Officer, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, who was seen armed , sweating and running  round the Eight battle fronts used by the daring rioters, many residents were, wounded and some robbed.                    
A visit to a treatment center along Old Akesan Road, igando, it was gathered that 10 pellets of bullets were said to have been removed from Latin Bashirus  gun shot wound, while one Mrs.
 Aberejo Oluchi, was being stitched of cuts she sustained on her left leg.                                     

 In a chat with the gunshot victim, he revealed that he was shot by one of Jafo boys, who he identified as an Akesan Area Boy, known as Are Saka.                
According to him, his offence was that he is related to an NURTW ticket seller called Taiye.                                               
It was also gathered that while the rampaging NURTW and RTEAN members were withdrawing from the superior police fire power, they started robbing residents and destroying people’s property.                                                               

 Eyewitness reported that an unfortunate woman, who said that she was going for shopping, had her N150, 000 stolen by force, while the operator of a newly opened car wash, near Galaxy hotel, said he lost his I Phone to the hoodlums.                                    

The proprietress of Wakisco Bar and Restaurant, located at No. 71 Old Akesan road,  Mrs. Jonathan Ifeoma, narrated how the RTEAN boys invaded her premises, beat up her son and carted away cartons of beer, malts, fried fishes, chicken and goat meats.                       

A police source told our Correspondent that over 10 suspects, comprising of men and females have been arrested at the various scenes of Crime, including the armed younger brother of Ogunlaye, who was said to have been apprehended with a gun, allegedly given to him by Ogunlaye.                                                             Attempts to confirm with the DPO was declined, as he directed our Correspondent to the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Bala Elkanah, who in his usual manner did not take phone calls directed to his line.

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NUJ President Visits Plateau Governor, Commends Leadership Style, Legacy Projects Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:21:37 +0000 By; BUHARI BUKAR BELLO, Jos

Plateau State Governor Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has said that the partnership that exists between his administration and journalists in the state and the nation at large has contributed significantly to the restoration of peace on the Plateau and facilitated the needed cooperation from citizens towards government programmes and projects.
Governor Lalong who described journalists as key partners in democracy was speaking when the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo and some of his officials paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Little Rayfield Jos.
According to the Governor, the Rescue Administration hasenjoyed a cordial working relationship with the Nigerian Union of Journalistsin the State without any attempt to oppress them or deny them freedom to practice.
He said his style of governance is to carry everyone alongand ensure that views are freely expressed so as to secure wider engagement andbuy-in of the citizens.
“I have received the cooperation of journalists in Plateau State since assuming office as they have freely reported us without any confrontation. We always take their criticism in good faith and explain to them why we take certain decisions. We believe that the people have the right to contribute to governance. That is what has been responsible for the kind of peace and development that we are witnessing in Plateau State today. I am therefore not surprised that before you visited me, they are already telling you what we have done and are doing” he said.
He promised to host the national convention of the NUJ if the state is given the opportunity, as this will enable them take some time off to properly visit some of the projects of the Rescue Administration across the state. 
National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Chris Isiguzo said the achievements of Governor Lalong can easily be traced to the all-inclusive governance style he adopted in making development seamless and returning Plateau to its prominent status as the home of Peace and Tourism.
 “on our way to Abuja shortly after forest, we started seeing the new Plateau State. We saw a modern school in Ryom and I was told you have embarked on these projects in all parts of the state and you are replicating same in the health sector. A society that pays attention to education is investing in the future and that is what we are seeing you do. I want to congratulate you”.
He also cited the payment of salaries which he said ordinarily should not be a celebrated issue because a worker deserves his wages. 
“when they call you Governor Alert, the explanation isnot just because you are consistent in paying salaries, but that the workersget their wages between 23rd and 24th of every monthwhich shows that you are fulfilling your bargain before schedule. When we comparethis and what we hear of other States that are owing many months salaries, yourefforts here in Plateau deserve commendation”.
He appealed to Governor Lalong to use his position as theChairman of the Northern Governors Forum to speak against perceived attempts togag the media through the proposed laws against social media and others.
He said democracy is recognized because of certain tenets such as freedom of the press, rule of law and popular participation. These he said must not be tampered with as it will lead to the collapse of democracy which many have fought for.
The NUJ President was accompanied on the visit by the national Secretary Shuaibu Leman, Plateau State Council Chairman Paul Jatau and other zonal officers.

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DPR Seals LPG Plant In Gusau Over Irregularities Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:11:38 +0000

 The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has on Wednesday sealed a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Plant over non compliance with the rules and regulations of the department.
The Controller, Gusau DPR Field office, Alhaji Ango Haruna disclosed this to newsmen in  after surveillance patrol on filling stations and LPG plant in Gusau and Kauran Namoda local government areas.
Haruna said that the Plant was found using expired gas cylinders as well as not having safety equipment.
“The gas cylinders in the plant were expired, water system is not working, in fact the plant manager could npt even present a copy of their licence to us.
He said the environment of the plant is very bushy and dangerous, saying if a customer while buying LPG mistakenly throw a away a lighted cigarette butt in this area we wont known what will happen.
“Therefore, we have to suspend them from operation until when they met up the safety minimum requirement to operate”, he said.
According to him, the department is intensifying the inspection on LPG Plant and LPG retail shops to ensure that they are in compliance with safety regulations of the business “especially now that the harmattan is approaching”.
“We also issued strong warning to petroleum marketers in the state who supply petrol products to arm bandits.. You know there are allegations in this state that some unpatriotic citizens supplying petroleum products to arm bandits in the bush”, he said.
Haruna added that the DPR also intercepted some black maketers conveying jerrican loaded will petroleum products in Kaura Namoda town.
“We met four persons at a filling stations conveying the product in jerricans going to near by villages. Even though they told us that they are going to some villages where there is no filling stations, but we didn’t believe them”, he said.
He warned filling station managers to desist from selling the product to those unpatriotic citizens or  be sanctioned.
“Why we haven’t seal the station today because we don’t want to create artificial fuel scarcity in this area because, we learnt that it is the only station selling the product in Kaura-Namoda town today”, he explained. 

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Ondo NUJ To Name Olowa Of Igbara-Oke Kingdom As Royal Father Of Union Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:09:06 +0000

The Ondo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) will on Tuesday honour His Royal Majesty, the Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, the Ilufemiloye, Ogidi III as their Royal Father in appreciation of his selfless efforts to advance the development of Igbara-Oke, Headquarters of Ifedore Local Government since he assumed the throne.
 A statement which was credited to the Chairman, 2019 Press Week Committee, Comrade Bisi Longe and his Secretary, Comrade Tola Gbadamosi said the state Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN will also be honoured as the Grand Patron and confined with  Award of Excellence in Infrastructural Development of the Pen profession in the state. 
The theme of the weeklong programme which is, “The role of the Media in Nigeria’s Restructuring”, is expected to commence with Church Thanks Giving programme on Sunday, November 24,2019 at Success Gate C& S Christ’s church International (Bode Aseyori) , Akure. According to the statement, Journalists will visit Motherless Home, Oba-Ile road, Akure on Monday November 25,2019 while an erudite scholar, Professor Olu Aboluwoye will deliver a public Lecture to mark the 2019 Press Week.
Journalists will on Wednesday, November 27,2019 embark on annual “Great Trek” which is being sponsored by the Ondo state Local Government Service Commission while the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Mrs. Yetunde Adeyanju and Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi will co-sponsor the Children’s party in the afternoon.
Other programmes slated for the Press week include, Final Matches for the NUJ anniversary to be followed  by a Novelty  match between members of NUJ and Law Makers at the Akure township stadium by 2;00 pm while members of the state Assembly will sponsor Asun Nite at the Press Center in the evening.
On Friday, November 29,2019, a Jumat Service will take place at the Akure Central Mosque while Engr. Ade Adetimehin, (APC state it Chairman) will be the Chairman of the Dinner and Award Nite even as  Ife Oyedele will be the special Guest.

Some of the Eminent Nigerians and  Distinguished Journalists who will be honoured at the occasion include; an APC Governorship Aspirant, Hon Isaacs Kekemeke as the Patron of the Union, CEO Klick Konnect, Chief Alex Ajipe, Chairman of Ondo SUBEB,Princess Oladunni Odu, Comrade Sunday Adeleye (Ondo State NLC Chairman), a former Ondo state NULGE Deputy President, Hon Oladiji Olamide (Member ODHA), Barrister Wole Ademoyegun and Prof Friday Okonofua (Ondo State UNIMED Vice Chancellor). 

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