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Oyo NUJ Council condemns police assault on Jamz FM boss, seeks justice



Oyo NUJ Council condemns police assault on Jamz FM boss, seeks justice

…As govt. to provide 320 boreholes in 33 LGAs to combat COVID-19 –official***

Oyo State council of the NUJ on Tuesday in Ibadan condemned Sunday’s assault on the General Manager of Jamz 100.1 FM,  Ibadan, Mr Tony Awobode by Iyaganku Divisional Police Officer and his men.

Awobode, popularly called Don Tee, was riding a power bike along Alesinloye Area of Ibadan when the DPO, CSP, Akintunde Oyeniran, allegedly claimed his bike hit his side mirror and descended heavily on him.

The DPO whose sister station was about 200 metres away from the scene of the incident, asked for reinforcement of policemen who also continued the beating as they forcefully took the journalist away and detained him for hours in their facility.

Council Chairman, Ademola Babalola, condemned the alleged assault in a statement issued in Ibadan.

Babalola called on the Police Commissioner in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko, to institute a probe into the matter with a view of getting justice for the assaulted journalist.

Narrating his ordeal to the NUJ chairman, the victim said “Chairman, it was a case of arbitrary use of naked power.’’

“On Sunday at about 8:30 am, I was coming from Ring-Road axis, Liberty Stadium to be precise, heading towards Eleiyele on a power bike.

“There was heavy traffic congestion at Kilometre 110. However, I managed to get to the junction of Iyaganku. I was on the left side of cars because I was going to take the left turn.

“In order to allow some of the commercial motorcycles to move so I could also have a passage, I tilted the power bike’s steering wheel a bit. After the passage of two to three bikes, I tried to straighten the wheel back.

“While trying to do that for balance, the clutch of the bike slightly tapped the side mirror of the car beside me, no damage done at all.

“I apologised and explained that it was not an intentional act, but the man started raining insults with words like ‘mad’, ‘stupid’, ‘crazy’, ‘foolish’. I repeated, ‘it wasn’t intentional’.

“Before I knew it, he stretched his hand out of his car and held my jacket, while he continued the insults. I got pissed, so I used his exact words back at him. Then those in the car with him joined in the assault.

“He then told them to come down and hold me, and started shouting ‘call the police!!! Let them arrest this man!’ He eventually managed to come down of the car, and this time grabbed my neck.

“I was shocked; really shocked at how the whole situation had so fast degenerated to the point where he had to grab me by the neck.

“Keeping my cool, I told him he could call whosoever he wanted to call. I would not run away, but he should stop his choke-hold on me.

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“While that was happening, I noticed one of the guys with him went to the power bike, and took my phone from the bike’s mount. So it was a dilemma. I told the guy to please return my phone, while I was telling the man to please leave my neck.

“And because he wasn’t going to let go of my neck, I told him I was going to count five. I did, he still didn’t let go. Suddenly, the next thing I had was a punch right across my face.

“As if that wasn’t enough, he still yanked off the helmet, and ran multiple blows across my face. The bike fell, that again leaving me with injury on my leg, which I tried avoiding – the reason I held on to the handle bar since the whole drama started.

“Eventually, I was taken to Iyaganku police station with the bike, a stone-throw from the junction where the whole drama took place.

“It was there I got to know that he was a Divisional Police Officer, Iyanganku, which even got me more perplexed,’’ he said.

Police spokesman in Oyo State, DSP Adewale Osifeso, said the Commissioner of Police was already aware of the incident.

Osifeso said that investigation was currently on-going on the matter.

In a related development, the Oyo state government is to construct 320 boreholes in the 33 local government areas of the state, to combat the spread of COVID-19, Mr Najeem Omirinde, Chairman, Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) has said.

Speaking at a three-day 2021 Annual Review Workshop for the FGN/JICA Assisted Rural Water Supply programme in Ibadan, Omirinde said the initiative was initially to combat Guinea worm in 10 affected states.

Although it had been successfully curtailed, with the advent of COVID-19, there was need to ensure availability of potable water for the populace.

The newsmen report that the workshop, sponsored by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), was on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, (WASH) to combat outbreak of diseases.

He commended Gov. Seyi Makinde for releasing the N800 million counterpart funding for the PWASH initiative in curtailing the spread of COVID-19, especially in rural areas.

“FGN/JICA in 2002 gave Oyo State two rigs when we had Guinea worm outbreak in Ibarapa East LGA, but we succeeded in curtailing the outbreak which was caused by poor drinking water, with the rigs, we succeeded in providing good water for the entire community.

“In this administration, we must thank Gov. Seyi Makinde for having his people in mind, particularly, water supply in rural areas. The agency has bought rigs, which have not been so since inception, to provide water for rural dwellers.

“The governor released the N800 million counterpart funding for PWASH- Partnership on expanded programme on WASH. Shortly you will see many boreholes in rural and urban areas because we lacked potable water,” he said.

“The simple drug to overcoming COVID-19 is simple hygiene; washing your hands under running water with soap.

“The common people in rural areas just need simple sanitation, so, if you do not have good water, how can you wash your hands?

“It was on that note that Gov. Seyi Makinde released that money to the rural water supply agency to partner with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to construct many boreholes for our rural and urban supply; more than 320 boreholes will be constructed for the entire 33 LGAs.”

In his address, Mr Danjuma Madaki, Director, Department of Water Supply, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, who spoke on theme of the workshop, “Accelerating borehole construction in COVID-19 era” described the theme as apt, given the prevailing situation in the country.

Madaki, represented by Mr Joseph Adebanjo, Assistant Director, Department of Water Supply, said that with the incessant cases of COVID-19 reported in the country, efforts need to be redoubled in increasing access to safe and affordable water for the people.

“The take away for the workshop is to revisit the essence of the intervention and determine whether it is still on course and assess its impact.

“We are putting all the stakeholders from the 10 states together to know the areas in which we can improve and sustain the intervention.

“The project performance has been impressive, as the beneficiary states have made lots of progress and there are impacts on the communities, the rural places where the programme is being implemented, but COVID-19, has slowed down activities of the programme.”

Also, Mr Mumini Adeduntan, Oyo State, Acting General Manager, RUWASSA said for the past 20 years JICA had been sponsoring WASH activities, and provided two drilling rigs of about two million US dollars each in Oyo State with various accessories.

“At inception, the major aim was to eradicate Guinea worm and we are lucky that we have actually overcome that.

“Presently, we are in the COVID season and Oyo State is happy to have this partnership with the Federal Government and the donor agency that came to our aid in the past few years.

“Despite that, we are still hoping that coming to Oyo State and seeing some of the things that are on ground, they will invest more in this state, perhaps, by giving us more drilling rigs and other accessories,” Adeniyi said.



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Troops Neutralise 192 Terrorists, Apprehend 341 Others In 1 Week – DHQ



Troops Neutralise 192 Terrorists, Apprehend 341 Others In 1 Week – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters says troops have in the last one week neutralised 192 terrorists, apprehended 341 others and rescued 62 kidnapped hostages.

It also said a total of 122 ISWAP/JAS terrorists surrendered with their families.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba said this at a news briefing on operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria across the country on Thursday in Abuja.

Buba said the troops also recovered 211 assorted weapons and 6,288 assorted ammunition within the week.

He said the recovered items comprised 128 AK.47 rifles, 26 Dane guns, 1,301 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 3,260 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 1,325 live cartridges, and 140 rounds of 9mm ammunition among other items.

In the North East, Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 71 terrorists, arrested 143 suspects and rescued 58  kidnapped hostages during the week.

He added that the air component conducted air strikes on ISWAP/JAS terrorists’ hideouts and logistics hub, including their food processing unit in Kolleram village, along Lake Chad.

According to him, the Battle Damage Assessment revealed that over 30 terrorists, including senior commanders; Ali Dawud, Bakura Fallujah and Mallam Ari, were neutralised as well as their logistics were destroyed as a result of the strike.

In the North Central, Buba said the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 29 insurgents, arrested 53 violent extremists and rescued eight kidnapped hostages.

In the North West, he said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralised 62 terrorists, arrested 49 terrorists and rescued 36 kidnapped hostages.

He added that troops of Operation Whirl Punch arrested 14 criminals and recovered cache of arms and ammunition as well as military accoutrements.

According to him, other items recovered are 620 parcels of substances suspected to be marijuana, 10 Yoruba Nation flags, eight mobile phones, and four handheld radios, among other items.

In the South-South, Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe had maintained momentum against activities of crude oil theft and recovered 792,660 litres of stolen crude oil and 117,070 litres of illegally refined AGO.

He added that troops discovered and destroyed 31 illegal refining sites with 99 dugout pits, 11 boats, 29 storage tanks, 192 cooking ovens and nine vehicles.

According to him, troops apprehended 27 suspected oil thieves and other violent extremists, recovering five weapons and 162 assorted ammunition.

In the South-East, the defence spokesman said the troops of Operation UDOKA neutralised nine terrorists, arrested 11 violent extremists, rescued 17 kidnapped hostages and recovered weapons. 

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Joint Security Team Rescues 2 Kidnapped Victims in Kebbi



Joint Security Team Rescues 2 Kidnapped Victims in Kebbi

A joint security team deployed to Suru and Maiyama local government areas of Kebbi on Tuesday rescued two persons abducted by suspected bandits in the areas.

The operation was conducted by operatives of the Nigerian Army, NSCDC, DSS and vigilante groups.

Confirming the story to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi, the Director in charge of the Security Service, Cabinet Office, AbdulRahman Zagga, attributed the success to the support of Gov. Nasir Idris in providing all the necessary tools to the agencies.

“Following the consistent efforts of the Kebbi Governor, Dr Nasir Idris in supporting the security agencies operating in the state, a joint team of security operatives on Tuesday successfully rescued two kidnapped victims.

“The operation was successful; we were able to follow the bandits from Giro forest to Boma and down to Zugu Liba forest where the victims were rescued,” he said.

The director said that the kidnappers could no longer withstand the security pressure, thereby, abandoning the kidnapped victims.

He explained that the rescued victims were handed over to the village head and the vigilante chairman of Zugu Liba village for them to be reunited with their families.

He called on the people to support the security operatives with useful information that would assist in effectively discharging their duty of curtailing the challenges of insecurity in the state. 

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NDLEA Destroys 304,436kg, 40,042 Litres of Drugs in Lagos, Ogun



NDLEA destroys 304,436kg, 40,042 litres of drugs in Lagos, Ogun

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Tuesday in Ibereko Badagry, Lagos, destroyed 304,436 kg and 40,042 litres of illicit substances seized from parts of Lagos and Ogun States.

The Chairman of the Agency, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd), said the open destruction of the seized illicit drugs was in adherence with court orders.

Marwa called for more public support for the ongoing efforts by the NDLEA and other stakeholders to curb the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.

“Though a routine exercise and an established process of removing dangerous substances from our society, the public destruction of confiscated illicit drugs is usually conducted at the end of their related cases in court, “ the NDLEA boss said.

The chairman noted that the exhibits being destroyed were of mixed types.

According to him, they include illicit drugs in solid and liquid states, as well as in various classes such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and tramadol, among others.

He said the drugs were seized by NDLEA operatives across different formations of the agency in Lagos and Ogun states, from January 2022 till date, especially at the Lagos seaports, airports, and land borders.

“To be destroyed here today on the order of the court are solid drugs, weighing 304,436.055kg and 40, 042. 621 litres of liquid drugs.

“The sheer volume of the drug haul speaks volumes about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld,” he noted.

Marwa appreciated the traditional rulers, heads of security agencies, the clergy, members of NGOs and CSOs, as well as other stakeholders, who witnessed the ceremony.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Chairman, Badagry West Local Government, Mr Olusegun Onilude, expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the NDLEA in tackling the scourge of illicit drugs in the country.

“Almost all crimes and criminalities are fueled by illicit drugs, so the Lagos State Government appreciates the NDLEA and its leadership in their resolute fight against illicit drugs.

“The volume of illicit drugs being destroyed here today speak volume and every right-thinking person should be worried,” he stated.

Sanwo-Olu also commended the agency for taking the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) social advocacy campaign to schools and communities across the state.

“No doubt, NDLEA is working, and the state will continue to collaborate with the agency and its leadership,” he assured.

It was reported that Marwa on Monday in Lagos, announced that 50,901 drug offenders, including 46 barons, have been arrested in the last three years.

He also said that within the period, the agency successfully prosecuted and convicted 9,034 of them, as well as seized over 7,561 tonnes of illicit substances.

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