Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Iraqi anti-terrorism forces on Tuesday penetrated Gogjali village on the eastern outskirts of Mosul as part of an offensive to liberate the city from Islamic State militants, a security source reported.
“The forces managed to take control of a TV building in the village and are currently combing the area,’’ the source added, who preferred to remain anonymous.
The security source reported that Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants have been engaged in intense fighting in and around factories in Gogjali at the gate to the first district of Mosul in the east of the city.
“Islamic State militants used sniper fire and home-made vehicle bombs to halt the advance of the Iraqi forces,’’ the report added.
On October 17, government forces, Kurdish troops and Sunni fighters, backed by U.S.-led airpower, started a long-awaited campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
Mosul, which is located in Nineveh province, is the largest city controlled by the Sunni extremist group, with a population of over 2 million before the conflict.
The battle was expected to be a decisive moment in Iraq’s fight against Islamic State, which Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed would be driven out of the country this year.
Islamic State overran Mosul in mid-2014 at the beginning of a lightning offensive that saw it seized swathes of Sunni Arab northern and western Iraq as Iraqi army and police units collapsed in the face of its onslaught. (dpa/NAN)
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Jigawa State Government has disclosed that some teachers said to have gone for in-service courses in universities across the world, have graduated but has since refused to report to their place of work.
The action of those teachers compelled the government to further suspend indefinitely in-service training courses and set up special committee to find those involved and other teachers receiving salaries without coming to work, Vanguard reports.
The government was furious that the teachers betrayed its trust by remaining abroad when their expertise was needed back home.
Lamenting the development, the Head of Service, Mohammed Inuwa Tahir, told journalists yesterday that some workers spent 14 to 15 years studying.
He said: “What kind of degree course does a worker spend 15 years studying and still collecting salaries.
“Our government will not condone laziness and unfair act by some workers who have the habit of completing their study and refusing to report back to their place of work.”
The officials said the screening committee was established to fish out absentees and ghost workers, contrary to some insinuations that it was set up to witch-hunt workers.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
|It is no more news that national security and security threats have been cited to justify postponements of elections under former President Goodluck Jonathan and the current President Muhammadu Buhari. However, the postponement of the last governorship election in Edo State have been labelled by some people, notably, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) as having political undertone, as the party doubted the sincerity of the security agencies and playing to the gallery.|
Section 26(1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (As Amended), which supports postponement of elections states that: “Where a date has been appointed for the holding of an election, and there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date or it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may postpone the election and shall in respect of the area, or areas concerned, appoint another date for the holding of the postponed election, provided that such reason for the postponement is cogent and verifiable.”
While justifying the postponement of 2015 general elections at a Press Conference on February 7, 2015, the then INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru M. Jega stated that he received a letter from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), then under Sambo Dasuki drawing attention to four Northeast states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe who had experienced the challenge of insurgency. The letter stated that security could not be guaranteed during the proposed period in February 2015 for the general elections.
Jega added that: “This advisory was reinforced at the Council of State meeting where the NSA and all the Armed Services and Intelligence Chiefs unanimously reiterated that the safety and security of our operations cannot be guaranteed, and that the Security Services needed at least six weeks within which to conclude a major military operation against the insurgency in the Northeast; and that during this operation, the military will be concentrating its attention in the theatre of operations such that they may not be able to provide the traditional support they render to the Police and other agencies during elections.”
In September 2016, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police, citing security concerns, had advised INEC to shift Edo gubernatorial election. The advice was sequel to a meeting of the Director-General, DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, and the Inspector General of Police(IG) Ibrahim Idris Kpotun, where the security situation in the country was reviewed.
In a joint statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Don Awunah, and Garba Abdullahi of the DSS said that ‘“Credible intelligence report with the agencies indicate plans by insurgent/extremist elements to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between 12th and 13th September, 2016. Edo State, is amongst the States being earmarked for these planned attacks by the extremist elements.”
But in a swift response, the INEC expressed surprise at the advice and said it was unaware of any security threat to the election, particularly when it had been assured on the same day by the Inter-Agency Security Committee on the ground in Benin City that all was well. At the end, INEC bowed to pressure from the nation’s security agencies when its National Commissioner, Voter Education and Publicity, Prince Solomon Soyebi announced the postponement.
While the public might have reservations on the excuses put up by the security agencies for the postponement of elections, the outcome may serve national interest and not necessarily political interest.
After the postponement of election in 2015, the Jonathan administration deployed acquire sophisticated weapons and funded Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) involving neighbouring countries to confront the menace of Boko Haram terrorists. Undoubtedly, average Nigerians can be forgetful. Before the handover to President Buhari on May 29, 2015, the previous administration liberated towns and cities from terrorists in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe State where elections were successfully and peacefully held.
Meanwhile after the postponement of Edo gubernatorial election in September 2016, there was peaceful Sallah Celebration throughout the federation while the election in Edo State, the main issue was also peaceful without any casualty.
If the purpose of postponement of elections were to influence electoral victory, the previous ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) failed woefully while the current All Progressive Congress (APC) won overwhelmingly.
Yushau A. Shuaib
Adeniyi Ademola, a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, and one of those arrested by operatives of the State Security Service, on Tuesday withdrew from presiding over the trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Mr. Ademola was arrested by the SSS on October, 7 after his house was ransacked following allegations of corruption.
The operatives said they found huge some of money in local and foreign currencies at his residence during the raid.
Days after the raid, Mr. Ademola wrote the Chief Justice of Nigeria, saying he was attacked unjustly.
He sited his previous rulings on Mr. Dasuki during which he granted him bail. The SSS did not obey the order.
Mr. Ademola also mentioned his previous decisions on a case involving a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as reasons for his arrest.
Mr. Ademola had presided over various cases on Monday, before his latest decision to resign from Mr. Dasuki’s case.
He said the reason for his withdrawal is the current allegations of corruption levelled against him.
“I am sure you are conversant with what is going on the last seven days. One of the allegations being made against me is that I received some money from Sambo Dasuki. This is the allegation of the SSS.
“I thought I should tell the counsel what is being said.”
“Before I announce my decision, let me ask the defendant (Dasuki) some questions,” Mr. Ademola said.
He then began a series of questions and answers between himself and Mr. Dasuki in an apparent effort to show his innocence.
Ademola: Do you know me at all?
Dasuki: Before I came to this court, not at all.
Ademola: Did you at any time give me money?
Dasuki: Not that I am aware of.
Ademola: Did you send your lawyers to give me money?
Dasuki: Not at all.
Ademola: Did you give money to any of my relatives?
Dasuki: Not at all, maybe the SSS alleging that did,” Mr. Dasuki said.
Friday, 14 October 2016
The FCT Administration has approved the suspension of 13 officers undergoing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Babatope Ajakaiye, made this disclosure on Friday in his office at Area 11, Garki I District, Abuja.
According to him, the suspension is in line with the Public Service Rule 030406, which states, “where a prima facie case, the nature of which is serious, has been established against an officer and it is considered necessary in the public interest that he/she should forthwith be prohibited from carrying out his/her duties, pending the determination of the case”.
“It therefore becomes expedient to suspend the following officers in line with the extant rules,” a statement by Muhammad Sule, deputy director and chief press secretary, said.
The affected officers are:-
Suleiman Idris – Assistant Director, Transportation Secretariat
Idris Usman – Assistant Director, Engineering Services Department, FCDA
Mohammed Ishaq – Chief Planning Officer, Urban & Regional Planning Department
Helen Olokpo – Principal Town Planning Officer, Urban & Regional Planning Department
Bamidele Olaitan – Principal Education Officer, Education Secretariat
Ambrose Samchi – Principal Accountant, Treasury Services Department
Hassan Argungu – Principal Land Officer, AGIS
Saba Mohammed – Senior Data Officer, AGIS
Yusuf Baba – Senior Administrative Officer, AGIS
Abdullahi Musa – Senior Administrative Officer, Deeds Registrar’s Office
Abraham Murtala Belel – Senior Accountant, Treasury Services Department
Andrew Gwani – Land Officer
Abdulmalik Teina – Senior Accountant, Treasury Services Department