Update  on  jumbo’s death : 2 ex traffic wardens charge to court

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The Nigeria Police is on Wednesday said to have arraigned in court the two (2) Traffic Wardens – To GII  Idoko Sunday and TW GII  Katdel Dabit for complicity in the unfortunate death of the NCSDC  officer.

The arraignment of the erstwhile Traffic Wardens is sequel to the outcome of investigation into the case of alleged discreditable conduct and unlawful exercise of authority reported against them on 20th March, 2019.

The former Traffic Wardens had earlier been subjected to the internal disciplinary procedures of the Force – tried in an Orderly Room, and dismissed before the arraignment. Police investigations positively indicted them for assault and excessive use of force on the deceased after his arrest.

In a press statement issued by the Police Force First Public Relations officer, DCP Frank Mba indicates that the forensic Analysis by a pathologist as seen in the autopsy report clearly traced the cause of death to injuries inflicted on the deceased during his encounter with the Traffic Wardens.

​ “For avoidance of doubt, the autopsy report states in part that the death; was due to blunt force injury to the head, multiple skin and soft tissue injuries on the fore head and face, and that  there was no natural disease in the body to sufficiently explain the sudden death”.While the Force deeply regrets the unfortunate incident which resulted in the death of ASC Ogar Jumbo, the IGP enjoins the Public not to lose faith in the Force, reiterating his earlier assurances that, under his watch, no form of impunity or “man’s inhumanity to man” will go unpunished.

 He therefore warns that like these indicted traffic wardens, any Police Officer found wanting for unlawful use of Force and other sundry offences, will be publicly named, shamed and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others

NAF neutralises 2 arm bandits, secures Rafi and Doka in Zamfara State 

By Gom Mirian 

In response to reports that high profile armed bandits were gathering around Rafi and Doka villages of Mada District in Gusau Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, which is under the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of the 207 Quick Response Group (207 QRG), a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces (SF) Team was dispatched to the area on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, to secure the 2 settlements and thwart the bandits’ plans.

Upon arrival at the location, the NAF SF Team encountered resistance in the form of heavy gunfire from the bandits.

However, the brave SF personnel employed superior tactics to outlast the bandits, who were soon low on ammunition, before engaging and overpowering them. Two bandits were neutralized in the process while others fled with gunshot wounds.

Since then, the SF Team has been conducting aggressive patrols in the area, especially the fringes of the forest, to forestall any reprisal attack.

A statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of NAF Public Relations stated that the NAF, along with sister Services and other security agencies, will sustain the operations to flush the bandits out of the Northwest of the Country.

Four persons declares wanted by the Nigerian Navy 

The Nigerian Navy has on Tuesday declared four (4) persons wanted for complicity in theft of petroleum products in Nigeria’s maritime environment. 

The persons declared wanted include ;Mr.  Enikanologbon Happy, Mr. Arumona Daniel, Mr.  Ebujie Kingsley Chinonso, and Mr.  Ogori Kenneth.
In a statement made available by the Naval spokesman, Commodore Suleman Dahun in Abuja explain that the above persons are crew of a merchant vessel Grace Water, which was arrested on 8th October, 2018 laden with ninety(90) Matric tonnes of illegally sourced Petroleum products.
Dahun therefore call on anyone with useful information of the whereabouts of these persons to contact the naval provost Marshal, Naval Headquarters, Abuja on 08037442228,08037175817,and 0813879923 or contact any nearest Naval establishment, Army, Air Force or police unit.

Education in Kebbi state is thriving – Magawata, Kebbi Comm for Basic and Sec Education

As Nigeria leads the world with the highest number of out of school children mostly in the north, Kebbi State is determined to change that figure in their state under the watch of Alhaji Muhammed Magawata, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in Kebbi State. he believes that will not be the case in his state soon as they have a number of intervention lined up to tackle the issue. In an interview with PLATEAU NEWS reporter Mirian Gom, he speaks about the programme put in place by the present government to enhance the education sector among other issues.

What is the state of education in Kebbi State?
It is thriving well given the disposition of our amiable Governor who is education-friendly and for those who don’t know my Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was a lecturer by profession, when he was in the senate he served as the Chairman, education committee. While coming on board, he gave premium to the education sector. Assuming office, he met a very deplorable basic education sector, with over 70% in public boarding school sleeping on the ground , no accommodation bed and mattresses.
When he came on board, (I’m sure that you have gone round and see that our boarding schools), Government Day schools have enough facility.

What do you think of the Cash transfer programme?
We find it very laudable and interesting because it has gingered the attendance retention of our school in a very big way. Before the cash transfer, only few schools have full attendance but now is different if you compare the three local governments that enjoyed the programme. Very soon, we in the state are planning to take over the UNICEF intervention.

With the increased school attendance, how did you intends to cope with the problem of inadequate teachers in school?

This month I was on tour of some local governments because we are recruiting about 2000 staff. I went to all the LG headquarters, after recruitment of the 2000 we will start giving the offer Insha Allah. We designed a very nice format that will enable us give automatic offer to anyone who made ‘A’. Most university graduates are not qualified to teach. There was a time I brought a graduate here, he could not define economics. In fact, in Argungu we had to call the official to sit down at the interview place to see for himself. None of the students could write correct sentence in English, example is one that said he had double major including Shorthand, it is appalling. For me when I came on board, out of about 67 boarding schools, 123 day schools and about 107 junior secondary schools, I made sure that everything went well. Now we had about 17 courses.
Asides project 2020, what are the mechanism put in place by the Government and to ensure sustainability of the programme when the donors exit?
Our hands are on deck to make sure that we continue with the programme. I told you Kebbi state spent 280 million on feeding. We have built 40 nomadic schools and identified 504 almajiri Islamic schools. We will make necessary renovations for them and make sure that we send mathematics and English teachers to them and by 2020, our volume of OSC will be very low and depleted. We will be the least in the north.
What measures has government put in place to reduce the high rate of Hawkers?
Kebbi is bordering two countries, the Republic of Niger and Benin. Around this time annually, there is an influx of their children for greener pasture into the country. The Governor witnesses this situation firsthand two years ago. He saw two trucks filled with children of various school ages, he stopped them to inquire and they said they were going to Zaria. When it is rainy season, you won’t see them. They would have gone back for farming. Although in our state we identified about Eight hundred thousand and something at the moment, during the rainy season the number goes down to about four hundred to five hundred thousand. That is when we discovered that the influx from Niger Republic and Benin Republic is the cause.

What efforts has the state put in place to curtail the influx of illegal migrants into the state?
We are all the same family and we’ll see what we can do by making arrangements with traditional rulers. We are providing support, under the intervention, we have different programmes. First, we have the job intervention where we have the popular N-power and under the N-power alone we have 10, 000 volunteers that are posted to several places of assignment and over 6,000 posted to our schools.
With our feeding programme, primary school pupils from primary 1 to 3 are provided with one meal per day. We have about 2,000 primary schools across the states and these schools are captured. Today, we have 294,000 pupils on the rogramme. Monday to Friday making 20 days in a month. This is our third month into the project. There are people who don’t require support but because of one connection or the other, they get the opportunities. But under the state social intervention, we are targeting poor and vulnerable households. These are people that cannot even help themselves including non-indegenes.

NUC to approve 303 private university applications soon

By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The National Universities Commission has on Monday reiterated it’s readiness to approve a total number of three hundred and three(303) applications for the establishment of private universities in the commission to bridge  the educational  gaps in the country.
The Executive secretary, NUC,  Prof Abubakar Rasheed disclosed this at a two – day National Summit on private Universities held at the Idris Abdulkadir Auditorium, NUC in Abuja.
With the theme “private University Education Delivery in Nigeria : challenges and opportunities “
The Executive secretary said the three hundred and three applications who’s processes are on-going are received from group of individuals, Corporate  organizations and faith – based organizations from all over the country.
According to  him “Two hundred and eight (208) out of the three hundred and three (303)  applications, representing 68.64% of the total applicants, are on step 3 in the processing of their applications.
” 63 applicants, representing 20.79% of the total applicants, are on step 6 having only  submitted their their complete application forms and Strategic documents and are awaiting first verification visit;while 30 applicants, representing 9.90% of the total applicants, are on step 8 and have had 1st verification visit conducted to their proposed University campuses”.
Adding that already two applicants are in their final steps now correcting their strategic documents as as pointed out by the commission.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of education Mallam  Adamu Adamu, represented by the permanent secretary,  ministry of education, Arch. Sonny Echono,  express sadness over the increasing number of private universities in the country without a corresponding increase in the number of Academic Staff in the system.
The Minister however, call for more efforts by  the private universities to employ highly qualified and experienced staff to ensure quality teaching that would stand out to international standards.
“efforts should be made by the private universities to recruit highly qualified and experienced academic, technical and administrative staff in the appropriate number and mixes to ensure the actualization of quality  teaching, research and community service for which the Nigerian private universities should strive to be reputed “.  He said

Three suspects in police net over kidnap of Channels TV’s staff

By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian police force has yesterday said to have arrested three persons involved in the kidnap of channels Television’s staff, Mr.  Friday Okeregbe.
The arrested suspects include ; Hanniel Patrick  ‘M’ 29 years from Akwa Ibom state, Abdulwahab Isah ‘M’  28 years and salisu Mohammed ‘M’  32 years both from kogi state made useful statement to the police.
In a statement issued in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP  Frank  Mba said the arrest was made in line with the IGP’s stated commitment to curb all forms of crimes and criminality, especially incidences of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country.
“Police Operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, on 9th April, 2019 at about 6:30am arrested three (3) notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe “.
According to him, investigation reveals that Mr. Friday Okeregbe was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals. However, on that fateful day, 22nd March, 2019, at 07:45PM, he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location in Lugbe, Abuja.
“Investigation further reveals that the victim was taken to the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo, Abuja and kept incommunicado afterwards.”

The Police have also recovered from the kidnappers a locally made revolver gun, three (3) live AK47 ammunitions, a battle axe, phones and masks with which they blindfold their victims. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reassured the general public that the Police and other security agencies are doing everything humanly possible to tame the challenges of kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the Country.

He however enjoins them to always avail the Police with useful information that will help in realizing these objectives.

Police shot 9 notorious criminals along Abuja-kaduna Expressway

By Gom Mirian, Abuja
In an unrelenting efforts to root – out criminal elements terrorising commuters along Abuja – Kaduna expressway Police Operatives is said to have  Recover 6 Ak47 Rifles, 1 Pump Action Gun, 1,206 Rounds Of Ak47 Ammunition, 7 Magazines, 28 Cartridges And 158 Expended Shells from nine notorious criminal.
A statement issued by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the recovery followed a serious exchange of gun fire encounter, between the police operatives and a  heavily armed notorious criminal gang at the Akilbu Forest, off Abuja-Kaduna Expressway , which resulted in the death of nine (9) members of the gang while two (2) escaped with gunshot wounds. One of the police operatives however sustained gunshot wound and he is presently receiving treatment in a hospital. Effort is being intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

“While expressing satisfaction with the successes recorded so far in the fight against kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the Country, the Inspector General Police, Ag. IGP M. A. Adamu reiterates his call for support by the public to the Police and other sister agencies, as he gives the assurance that the war against armed bandits will soon be won.