FG declares Tuesday, November 20th as public holiday to celebrate Eid-El Maulud

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, 20th November 2018 as public holiday to mark the Eid-El Maulud celebration.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by the permanent secretary Dr. M.B Umar, he urged all Muslim faithful to align themselves with the prophet’s teachings which border on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, among others.

While calling on all Nigerians to uphold these virtues, with a view to overcoming the current national challenges facing the country, Gen. Dambazau assured that the Federal Government remains committed to the unity of the country and as such, will put adequate structures on ground towards ensuring that the forthcoming general elections are credible, free and fair.


Campaign Officially Starts Tomorrow 18th November 2018: INEC


Political Parties who have fielded candidates for the February 16th, 2019 Presidential & National Assembly elections will by Sunday, 18th November 2018, commence campaigns across the country.


Appeal Court reduces Dariye’s 14-year jail term to 10

The Court of Appeal has reduced the 14 years imprisonment sentence handed to the former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, to 10 years.

Dariye was sentenced to seven years imprisonment each on two counts of corruption charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He was accused of helping himself to Plateau State’s Ecological Funds while he was Governor of the State.

At the time he was convicted in June this year, Dariye was a serving Senator representing Plateau Centra Senatorial District.

But on Friday, the Appeal Court held that Dariye, being a first time offender, ought not to have received the maximum punishment for the crime of which he was convicted.

The court ruled that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) stipulates that a first time offender should be given a lighter sentence, hence it reduced the 14-year jail sentence to 10 years, five years each for the two of the charges.

The jail terms will be served concurrently.

ITF Mourns former DG, his Royal Highness, Alhaji Hassan Ahmed II

The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, Sir Joseph Ari has described the Late Emir of Nasarawa Emirate, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Hassan Ahmed II, as a symbol of unity and peace that would be solely missed.
Sir Ari who stated this in a letter of condolence to the Nasarawa State Government over the death of the former DG of the ITF, also noted the tremendous contributions of the late Emir to the peace, progress and development of the former of former Benue and Plateau, Plateau and Nasarawa states, which he served in various capacities.
His letter reads in full: “We wish to express our deep sympathy and condolence on the death of His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Hassan Ani, MFR, FNIM, the Emir of Nasarawa Emirate Council of Nasarawa State.
“In his eventful life, Late Alhaji (Dr) Hassan Ahmed II made tremendous contributions to the peace, progress and development of former Benue-Plateau State, Plateau and Nasarawa states. He will be solely missed by Nasarawa State in particular and indeed Nigeria as a whole.
“We have lost a revered traditional ruler who cared for his people and humanity. While we mourn his painful death, we are, however, consoled by the worthy legacies he left behind. We will miss this symbol of unity and peace as well as his wise counsel”.
The late Emir was the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund between 1989 and 2000. Previously he had served in the ITF as Director of Administration and Director Finance, the only person to have combined the two functions in the history of the ITF.
During his tenure as DG, he expanded ITF facilities by overseeing the construction and the movement of the ITF Headquarters to its present location, established Akure, Abeokuta and Yola Area Offices, the ITF Staff School and the acquisition of the various ITF staff quarters dotted across Jos.

NAF air strikes neutralize several boko haram terrorists at Talala in Borno State

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has on Monday said to have neutralized several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in air strikes conducted yesterday, at Talala in Borno State.

According to the NAF spokeman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the operation was carried out following credible intelligence reports indicating that the BHTs appeared to have relocated some of their fighters from the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno to establish new camps along the Talala-Ajigin-Buk axis of the State.

Accordingly, following series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions which confirmed the presence of significant number of BHT fighters residing in makeshift shelters, camouflaged under thick vegetation on the outskirts of Talala, the ATF dispatched 2 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the Camp in multiple waves, leading to destruction of some of the structures and killing of several BHTs.

Daramola said the NAF, working in concert with surface forces, will sustain the tempo of operations in order to destroy all remnants of the terrorists in Borno State.


By Gom Mirian, Abuja

SON commend consumers for raising alarm on preservation of beans with pesticide

Standards Organisation of Nigeria, has commended the good consumers of beans in Nigeria for reporting beans vendors for using pesticides in the preservation of the crop on sale to the Police.

According to the a press statement signed and issued from the office of the Director General SON, Osita Aboloma in Abuja, stressed that such individuals and collective awareness by Consumers in general are essential for effective standards implementation and enforcement in Nigeria.

Aboloma said the DG urged Nigerians in general to take greater interest in their welfare by reporting to relevant regulatory and security agencies any suspected unwholesome, substandard or life endangering products or practices.

According to him, there are relevant Nigeria Industrial Standard and Codes of Practice for beans along the value chain, to take care of issues concerning the proper preservation of the crop from planting to the table and assure the safety of Consumers in Nigeria.

However, he enumerated the Standard and Codes of Practice as follows;

– Standard for Dry Beans (NIS 1030: 2018)

– Code of Good Agricultural Practice: Planting of Dry Beans (NCP 065: 2018)

– Code of Good Practice: Harvesting of Dry Beans (NCP 067: 2018)

– Code of Practice for Packaging of Dry Beans (NCP 064: 2018)

– Code of Practice: Storage and Transportation of Dry Beans (NCP 066: 2018)

The Standard and Codes of Practices, which have been approved for use by the Standards Council according to the statement, were results of consensus decisions by stakeholders, including, farmers, processors, Federal Ministry of Agriculture (FMoA) officials, regulatory agencies, academicians, research institutes and consumer advocates among others, while SON officials provided the Secretariat.

The DG also reiterated that arrangements are ongoing among the FMOA, other regulatory agencies and SON for a nationwide advocacy programme for farmers, processors and extension workers in States and Local Governments on the standard and codes of practice for beans and other grains.

By Gom Mirian, Abuja