TOP STORIES: Police Commission Approves Outstanding Salary Payment for Policemen.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved salary payments for the 2021/2022 police recruits who had passed out of Police Colleges and in formal police work.

Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He said the affected recruits, serving in various police commands and formations, had been in service for the past six months without salary.
Ani said the approval for the salary payment was in the interest of national security, anchored on the need to amicably resolve the lingering issues of recruitment between PSC and the Nigeria Police Force.

The PSC spokesman said the issue had occasioned untold hardship on the Police Constables.

   

He said the decision was also, in response to outcry and appeals from Nigerians that the 2021/2022 police recruits were yet to be enrolled into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

“The complaint is that, the batch of recruits have not received salaries, six months after passing out from the Police Colleges and duly posted to Police Commands and formations for active Police work.

“The outcry is to ensure that the recruits are not made victims of the face off between the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force,” he said. Ani said the commission had conveyed its approval for the enrollment of 1007 recruited police personnel in the 2021/2022 batch into the IPPIS payment platform to the Accountant General of the Federation.

May 29th: Nigerian Army Speaks On Problem On Inauguration Day.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday disclosed that everything is in order concerning the swearing-in of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria on May 29, 2023.

                 This was made known by the Director, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the bi-weekly press briefing in Abuja.

He cautioned those who may be making sinister moves concerning the swearing-in programme to drop the idea as the military, as well as all other security agencies, are fully ready to prevent any unwanted situation or happening.

According to Danmadami, the military had not seen reasons why the inauguration of President-elect Bola Tinubu will not hold. “As far as internal security is concerned, the police still remain the lead agency. The armed forces and other security operatives are only playing a supportive role. I will reiterate that we are on standby to make sure that nothing unwanted happens.”

“The issue of threat to the security and stability of the country is addressed promptly. Elections have come and gone. For the presidential election, a winner has been announced.

“There is a transition committee in place comprising all members of the security agencies, ministries and agencies of government to make sure the event is held successfully and without a glitch.

“We don’t see reasons why there should be a problem during the activity. The inauguration will come and go and nothing will happen. We are not going to relent at ensuring there is peace and stability across the length and breath of the country,” he assured.

Kaduna Security

Speaking on the security situation in Kaduna State, particularly in southern Kaduna, the DHQ spokesperson said sentiments should not be attached to what is going on in the state.
He added however that the military will not fail to investigate and deal with any of its personnel that may be found wanting in the discharge of his/her duties.

“Whether we like it or not, sentiment will always come up, particularly when things are not favorable to your disposition. As it is normal in the military, when such allegations are raised, a board of inquiry would be raised to investigate the allegations.”
And whatever the outcomes and recommendations, they will be made to those commanders and it would be done accordingly,” he said.

10th NASS: ‘Tinubu, APC Reveals Zoning Formular, Favours Akpabio, Abbas’.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and President-elect, Bola Tinubu have reportedly chosen Godswill Akpabio, a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, to be the Senate President in the upcoming 10th National Assembly. Tajudeen Abbas, a member of the House of Representatives, has also been endorsed as Speaker of the 10th House.

           

According to sources, it was revealed that the decisions were reached during a private meeting at Defence House on Friday. However, the positions of Deputy President of the Senate and Deputy Speaker remain undecided.

Opposition swells against Akpabio, as Senate president and Abass as speaker.

The ruling All Progressives Congress and the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, may have adopted a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godwill Akpabio, as President of the Senate in the coming 10th National Assembly.

       

The leadership of the APC and top echelon of the party have also endorsed a member of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, as Speaker of the 10th House, according to impeccable sources, who were at a closed-door meeting at the Defence House on Friday.

A credible source in the National Assembly disclosed that the positions of the Deputy President of the Senate and Deputy Speaker had not been decided, an indication that they might be contested by aspirants.

According to reports by one of the sources read, “President-elect, APC endorse North-West – Speaker; South-South – Senate President…settle for Sen. Godswill Akpabio and Rt. Hon. TJ Abass, Ph.D, as Senate President, Speaker.

“Zoning for Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker.
“North-West –Deputy Senate President. South-East –Deputy Speaker
“Decision taken at the meeting held at the Defence House today (Friday).”

Shake-up in police as IGP redeploys 86 DCPs, 206 ACPs.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the redeployment of 86 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and 206 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) to various Zonal Commands, State Commands and Formations across the country.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi. The statement says the officers will deputize other senior ranking officers in the discharge of critical administrative, investigative, and operational policing duties for an effective and citizen-led policing system nationwide.

“The IGP, while reiterating the commitment of the Force’s leadership to continually embark on initiatives to improve internal security in Nigeria, has charged the newly posted officers to ensure a strategic display of experience, commitment to service, respect for fundamental rights, and evolve effective strategies for crime control”.

He similarly tasked them with the achievement of the Force’s strategic policy objectives, the utmost level of professionalism, community-oriented public service, and compliance with the rule of law.

The statement further read “The Inspector-General of Police has assured the general public of unhindered drives in all areas to effectively police Nigeria and strengthen our internal security in line with the Police mandate and call to duty for the betterment of our dear nation. He reiterated the commitment of the Force leadership towards improving policing services in all areas to meet up with contemporary policing ideals,” .

President Buhari Approves Renewal  of Term in Office for Police Trust Fund Chairman, Executive Secretary and Others

In recognition of their outstanding performance during their first three years, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has approved the renewal of the term of office for the Chairman, Executive Secretary and Members of the Board of Trustee of the Nigeria
Police Trust Fund (NPTF) for final term of three (3) years.

President Muhammadu Buhari in May, 2020 approved the appointment of the Chairman, Executive Secretary and Members of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Board of Trustee for an initial period of three (3) years.

According to the press release by Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, Press Secretary to the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi informed that the ‘renewal of the appointment, which takes effect from 19th May, 2023, is pursuant to the NPTF (Establishment) Act, 2019, Sections 7 (3) (a) – (c) and 14 (3) (a) – (b), and the remarkable performance of the Board as evident in deepening policing and internal security in Nigeria.’

‘Members of the NPTF Board with renewed term of office are
as follows:

i. Barr. Suleiman Abba – Chairman

ii. Mr. Abdullahi Bala – Executive Secretary

iii. A representative of the Federal Ministry responsible for:

a. Police Matters;

b. Justice; and

c. Finance, Budget and National Planning;

iv. Engr. Mansur Ahmed – Representing the Organized

Private Sector;
v. Dr. Michael Adebiyi – Representing the Civil Society
Groups;

vi. The Inspector-General of Police – Representing the Nigeria Police Force,’.

Pa Diri: Osinbajo, Obasanjo, Atiku, Peter Obi Meet In Bayelsa.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Former PDP National Chairman, Ayu, Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, joined former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan and others in honouring the late father of Bayelsa State Ghonouring Senator Duoye Diri.

     

     

Many notable figures, such as the 2023 presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, his Vice, Ifanyi Okowa and the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, were also present.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Sampou, Kolokumokokuma, Bayelsa State.
Governor Obaseki praised the late Pa Abraham Joseph Michael Diri for leaving a strong legacy in education.

He emphasized the importance of education in shaping the character and leadership qualities of individuals like Bayelsa’s governor, who was raised by an accomplished teacher.

Charles III Officially Crowned UK King
Britain.

On Saturday, May 6, 2023, the world witnessed another coronation after 70 years, as Charles III was officially crowned king months after his mother, Queen Elizabeth’s death.

     

The longest-serving monarch in the United Kingdom died on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle.
The late Queen had acceded to the throne in 1953 following the demise of King George VI who died after a prolonged illness on 6 February 1952.
However, on Saturday at exactly 12:02 pm, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed the solid gold St Edward’s Crown on Charles’s head as a sacred and ancient symbol of the monarch’s authority.

There were cheers at the venue as attendees’, reportedly numbering 2,300 congregations at Westminster Abbey chant “God Save the King” with trumpet fanfares sounded at the climax of the solemn religious confirmation of his accession.

13 Years After, Turai Reveals How Former President Musa Yaradua Died.

The wife of former President Musa Yar’Adua, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua has revealed details of the last moment of her husband on earth and how he later died.

         

According to her, she had been fasting every day since her husband took ill, and on that particular day that her husband died she was about to go and break her fast but as she was about to leave him, she felt like he didn’t want her to leave his side.

She narrated that shortly after she left her husband’s side to break her fast, she was called back and met the former President struggling to breathe.
According to her, she has never forgotten that moment and even blames herself for leaving his side when she did.

Cultism Now Act Of Terrorism in Ogun -Governor Abiodun.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has declared that cultism in his state is now an act of terrorism, vowing that his administration will henceforth deal with suspected cultists as terrorists.

     

The governor, who made the declaration at the Akarigbo’s Palace in Sagamu during a stakeholders security meeting, held Friday, said his government has had enough and is now ready to deal with the matter decisively.

Abiodun stated: “I am declaring cult members, cult activities here as an act of terrorism, I am taking these as a test of this administration’s will. I have sounded a note of warning at times past, I am resounding a fresh note of warning to all cult members, to their parents, to their landlords, to their sponsors.

“From today, we are considering cult members and other criminals as saboteurs to the economy of not just this local government, this town, but this state. We will consider them as terrorists, I will deal with them as such.

“I have instructed our law enforcement agencies to smoke these people out, I have told the Commissioner of Police that he has no other job until every single member of this cult is found out.

“I am still trying to figure out what is the basis, motive and the reason behind these cultist activities in Ogun State, particularly, in Sagamu and Remoland.

“We will collaborate with our Royal Majesties and Royal Highnesses in our resolve to bring long-lasting peace to this local government.”

He noted that his administration would establish a Joint Intervention Squad made of the military, police, the Department of State Security, Civil Defence and local vigilante, to deal with cultism and other related crimes especially in Sagamu and other parts of the state.

According to him, the squad would be provided with necessary equipment, while its headquarters would be sited in Sagamu Local Government Area.

“Reports show that there has been a prevalence of cult activities in Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Sagamu, Ikenne, Odogbolu, particularly, we have been dealing with these issues over time, but in the last few weeks, we have begun to see an upsurge in the cases of inter-cultist rivalry that had resulted in clashes and killings of innocent people.

The Akarigbo of Remoland and Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, in his remarks, said people of diverse culture and religion have co-existed in the town for a long time, wondering why few elements in the society should disrupt the peace and progress the town had enjoyed in the past.

“We cannot continue to accommodate violence in this town, it is unacceptable. What is happening now is not in our culture and it is not in our interest. We have co-existed as brothers and sisters for a long time. It is time for parents and guardians to talk to their sons and daughters. Together, we shall overcome these trying times.

Alhaji Garuba Inua, Seriki Hausawa of Sagamu while narrating an incident of a cult clash, disclosed that the clash was between rival cultists and not a case of inter ethnic skirmish, noting that both Hausa and Yoruba communities engage in cultism.

He thanked the State government for settling the medical bills of those injured and the security agencies for prompt response in quelling the clash adding that his people were ready to work with other stakeholders in restoring peace as they have adopted Sagamu as their own.

Also, Folashade Oduwaye, Iyaloja of Sagamu, expressed her displeasure of the development saying, “the people are now living in fear and no one is safe due to the nefarious acts of hoodlums” calling on all stakeholders to work together to eradicate cultism in the town.

Police Arrest Suspects As Cultists Kill Three in Sagamu.

Some youths suspected to be cultists on Saturday overran Sagamu, the headquarters of Sagamu Local Government School, Ogun State, killing three persons. The hoodlums, who were said to be members of the Eiye and Aiye confraternities, renewed their supremacy battle, throwing caution into the wind.

         

The incident came a day after the governor declared that the cultism rate in the area was worrisome, and that the state would henceforth treat cultism as an act of terrorism. It all started on Tuesday and extended till Friday, leaving three persons dead while residents scampered.

Our correspondent gathered the killing of three persons paralysed commercial activities in some parts of the town. It was further gathered that several other persons sustained injuries in the attack, forcing residents of the area to stay indoors.

A resident who pleaded anonymity said one of the victims, an attendant at a filling station in Ijokun, was shot inthe head by the hoodlums on Friday night. “We don’t know if he was a cultist, we don’t know what happened. We just saw that he was shot dead by cultists. He was a petrol attendant in Ijokun,” the source said.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that many of the cultists had been arrested by the police.

He stated, “Yes, three persons were killed in Sagamu by cultists, but we have arrested many of them. The Commissioner of Police has directed our tactical teams to be on standby. We have started trailing those involved and many are in custody. We are clamping down on them and more will be arrested.”

UK court jails Ekweremadu, wife, doctor for organ trafficking.

A United Kingdom court, The Central Criminal Court, also known as the Old Bailey, on Friday sentenced a former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, to nine years and eight months in prison for an organ trafficking plot.

         

The court also sentenced his wife, Beatrice, to four years and six months in prison while the medical doctor who acted as a middleman in the plot, Dr. Obinna Obeta, was sentenced 10 years in prison and had his medical licence suspended.

The sentencing followed their conviction in March for organ trafficking.The court absolved the Ekweremadus’ sick daughter, Sonia, of any wrongdoing.

The three were found guilty after arranging or facilitating a young Nigerian man’s travel into the United Kingdom in a bid to obtain his kidney on behalf of Sonia.

The jury said Ekweremadu, his wife, and their doctor criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney. The verdict is considered the first of its kind under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 The victim’s statement
Meanwhile, the victim in the centre of the organ trafficking saga has said he is “not for sale.The victim said this in his impact statement which was read in court on Friday, the Independence UK reports.

In the statement, the victim revealed his humble background in a Lagos village where he said he is the oldest of seven siblings living in a home without electricity or running water.

According to the report, he was forced to become a street trader full time moving to the city to provide for his family when his father fell ill with a heart problem. The report further indicated that he sold mobile phone accessories from a wheelbarrow making at most £7 a day and as little as 50p.

 It added that he said he was approached with an opportunity to work in the UK; something he had “always dreamed of, but never thought would happen.” He said he was, however, shocked to later find out the reason for the trip was to harvest his organs to give to Ekweremadu’s daughter, Sonia.

 “He (Dr. Obinna Obeta) did not tell me he brought me here for this reason; he did not tell me anything about this. I would have not agreed to any of this; my body is not for sale,” the victim was reported to have said.

He said further, according to the report, that he could not return to Nigeria because he worried for his safety, claiming that someone visited his father in Nigeria and asked him to get the victim, his son, to drop the case.

“I worry for my safety in Nigeria; those people can do anything. I think they could arrest me or kill me in Nigeria,” he said further as per the report.
He was also quoted to have told the police he did not want to claim compensation from the “bad people” as it would be “cursed and bad”.

Dont come back to Nigeria, Asari Dokubo warns Ike Ekweremadu’ Kidney donor.

It is no longer news that Ike Ekweremadu was sentenced to 9 years and 8 months in jail for allegedly plotting to harvest a man’s kidney for his sick daughter, Sonia. His wife, Beatrice bagged 4 years and 6 months jail term. While Obinna Obeta, a medical doctor also bagged 10 years’ sentence for the same offense.

         

Reacting to this, Asari Dokubo, a prominent Ijaw figure has via a live streamed video on Facebook, threatened to deal with Ike Ekweremadu’s donor. According to Asari Dokubo, Ike Ekweremadu’s donor should have returned to Nigeria peacefully if he is not interested anymore, instead of reporting to the police.

In his words, he said from the video (7:33-10:26): “Your greed has caused us global shame. You should have returned to Nigeria if you don’t want the deal again. I will use everything within me to ensure Ekweremadu gets his justice. I will not rest until I get you and your supporters. I will display them to the world. Just forget about Nigeria”.

Drug Trafficking: FBI Denies Jeffrey Guterman’s Request For File On Niger  ia’s President-Elect, Tinubu.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has declined a request by Jeffrey Guterman, a retired American mental health counsellor, to release a file on Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

           
Guterman shared the news on Twitter, noting the FBI’s refusal to confirm or deny the existence of files on third-party individuals, citing an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

Guterman had previously requested the release of records regarding Tinubu’s $460,000 forfeiture in the US related to drug trafficking.
However, the FBI responded that his request submission did not meet their terms of service.

However, the FBI told Guterman that his request submission did not meet their terms of service.

He wrote, “See below a copy of the letter I received today from the @FBI regarding my request, based on the Freedom of Information Act, for the FBI file on Bola Tinubu.

“My request was rejected because, according to the FBI, the existence of files on third-party individuals will neither be confirmed nor denied by the FBI due to unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. “I found it noteworthy that in my online submission, I referred to Tinubu as “Bola Tinubu,” but in their letter, the FBI referred to him as TINUBU, BOLA AHMED.How would the FBI access the Ahmed part of his name? Again, I did not provide the Ahmed part of his name in my submission. Moreover, it is public knowledge that the FBI has a file on Tinubu for his $460,000 forfeiture to the US

“The letter also states that if I received their response through standard mail (which I did), this is because my online submission did not meet their terms of service. According to the letter, my options are to (1) submit any questions by email or call their office, (2) administratively appeal their decision within 90 days of the date of their letter, and/or (3) seek dispute resolution by email.

We Have Not Released Approved Programme Of Events For Presidential Inauguration – Boss Mustapha.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has debunked the viral programme of events for the May 29 presidential inauguration that is in circulation.
According to Mustapha, the authentic programme of events is yet to be made public and would not be released until May 18.

       

The SGF in a statement on Saturday signed by the director of information, Willie Bassey described the current programme of events in circulation as fake.

The ‘fake’ presidential inauguration programme which went viral on Friday on various social media platforms said a “valedictory exco meeting” is scheduled to hold on May 18, and a “national assembly proclamation” will be the last event of the inauguration on June 5.

Tinubu: Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Panel Members To Be Unveiled On Monday.

Members of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) that would pass judgement on the outcome of the 2023 presidential election would be unveiled come Monday, May 8, 2023.

     

The panel members would be revealed on the announced date at the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja. The presiding judge, Justice Monica Bolnaan Dongban-Mensem, had kept the names of the tribunal members to herself since talks began on the election outcome to avoid undue influence on them.

The unveiling of the tribunal panel members is coming on the heels of the Action Alliance (AA) and its Presidential Candidate in the election, Solomon David Okanigbuan, notifying the tribunal of their intentions to withdraw their petition against the declaration of candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as Nigeria’s President-elect.

The petition’s withdrawal notice would be tabled before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on May 8th during the inaugural sitting at the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja.

El Rufai Speaks On Jostling To Become Tinubu’s Chief Of Staff.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has dispelled reports alleging that he’s jostling to become Chief of Staff in President-elect, Bola Tinubu’s cabinet.

       
El-Rufai, while addressing newsmen in Gombe on Saturday described the reports on the different portfolios being assigned to him and published on national dailies as “mere speculations”.

The governor who is in the state to inaugurate the construction of 550 housing units and Gombe Geographic Information Systems (GOGIS) Service Centre said he was more interested in contributing to the development of Nigeria than jostling for positions.

El-Rufai noted that being in government was not the only way to contribute to Nigeria’s development, saying even if he was not in government, he would remain committed to the progress of the country.

‘Why Buhari, CJN Must Boycott Tinubu’s Swearing-in’-Datti.

The vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to shun the swearing-in of President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

         

Baba-Ahmed, the running mate of the Labour Party presidential candidate in the just-concluded polls, Peter Obi, also urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, to boycott the inauguration ceremony fixed for May 29, 2023.

Baba-Ahmed made this call while speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Friday. The Labour Party chieftain said swearing in a ticket that has not yet met constitutional requirements is tantamount to violating democracy.

According to him, Tinubu should not have been issued a certificate of return by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu. Aso Villa Major Renovation Begins Ahead Tinubu’s Inauguration.

Days to the May 29 swearing-in of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, the Muhammadu Buhari-led government has begun major renovation and refurbishing of sections of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

It was gathered that the concrete perimeter fence encompassing the President’s office, official residence, the Council Chamber, press gallery, and other administrative offices was being overlaid with new white and green paints.

     

According to reports the delivery of new furniture to the green room adjoining the Council Chamber was made on Thursday.The State House management, some months earlier, had carried out a routine upgrade of card readers and installed barricades in areas that were once freeways.

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