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Be apolitical, Non – Interference In Technicalities Why Discharging Assigned Duties – says SGF.

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

In a bid to eradicate poverty and place Nigeria on the part of sustainable development, the SGF, Boss Mustapha has warned the newly inaugurated National Governing Council members to be a political and avoid interference with the technicalities in carrying out their duties.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation gave the warning while inaugurating fifteen National Governing Council (NGC) of the African Union Development Agency – New Partnership For Africa’s Development /Africa Peer Review Mechanism on Tuesday at the SGF’s office, Abuja.

Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ecological Funds Office, Dr (Mrs.

) Habiba Lawal, explained that the council’s primary responsibility is to conduct the Nigeria’s 2nd self assessment report as well as to provide guidance in terms of policy direction to ensure professionalism and credibility of the entire process.

“The NGC is expected to build strong synergy with ministry for budget and national planning and other important ministries, agencies and the political class for proper integration and acceptance of the APRN policies, knowledge and process nationwide in accordance to the principles of broad base participation.

” The process must as it focus in deepening of the democratic principles why strengthening achievements, disseminating optimal practices and ratifying underlying deficiencies in governance and socioeconomic development in our country”.

According to Mustapha, the membership of the council were selected base on their integrity, credible track record and core of competence to drive the AUDA-NEPAD process through the realization of its set goals.

The council whose membership is drawn from different professions is chaired by senator Abba Ali, former senator for Borno South.

In response, the chairman of the council, senator Ali, who describes the inauguration as a road map for proper implementation of the two great national task, further assures of the council’s collaboration to meet up with the mandate given.

” let me assure you that the council by the grace of God would work harmoniously to deliver the mandate as assigned, trusting the integrity, credible track record and core areas of competence of the council members”.

He however, urged the members of the council to key into the mercenary already put by AUDA-NEPAD for efficiency and effectiveness in carrying out the noble task ahead.

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Rivers Assembly Screens, Confirms Eight Commissioner Designates

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The Victor Oko-Jumbo-led faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly, on Tuesday screened and confirmed eight nominees for possible appointment as commissioners in the state.

Reports says that the screening took place at the temporary legislative chambers located within the state Government House.

The Oko-Jumbo-led three-member legislature is loyal to the state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

The commissioner designates are to fill some of the vacancies created by the recent resignation of nine commissioners loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike.

During the sitting, Oko-Jumbo read the correspondence from the governor, requesting the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

He expressed the assembly’s commitment towards supporting the governor to provide democracy dividends to Rivers people.

The factional speaker said that the screening was part of the assembly’s responsibility in the governance of the state

Responding, the House Leader, Mr Sokari Good-boy and Deputy Speaker, Adolphus Timothy, unanimously adopted the request.

They said that most of the nominees had previously served the state at various capacities without blemish.

The commissioner designates include, Mr Charles Bakee, Mr Collins Onunwo, Dr Peter Medee and Mr Elloka Amadi,

Others are, Mr Basoene Benibo, Mr Sydney Gbara, Dr Ovy Chukwuma and Mr Solomon Eke.(NAN)

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Police Arrest Suspect for Allegedly Defrauding Thai Citizen of $216,000, N30m

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Police in Lagos State have arrested a suspect, Chimereze Chinedu, for allegedly defrauding a citizen of Thailand of $216,000 (₦317,725,271) and N30 million.

Police spokesman in the state, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a post he shared on his X (formerly Twitter) handle @benHundeyin on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect was arrested by detectives of the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID).

“Chinedu defrauded his victim under the pretense of selling 37 tricycles to her.

“He further expanded his fraudulent activity by forging letters of SCID, Lagos, showing that the tricycles were seized by the police and further extorted N30 million from the victim to purportedly secure the release of the tricycles,” he said.

The image maker said that the suspect was arrested on May 10 in Enugu State following weeks of diligent investigation and technical support from the International Criminal Police Organization, (INTERPOL)

The spokesman said that the suspect was currently in detention, as investigations continued to uncover details towards identifying and apprehending his accomplices.

According to Hundeyin, the Lagos State Command remains steadfast in its commitment to combating internet fraud and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice. (NAN)

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Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers not Proven Effective, Says UNODC

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that the move by the Nigerian Senate to impose death penalty for drug trafficking offenders would not yield the desired result.

UNODC Country Representative, Oliver Stolpe, said this at a two-day Media Personnel Training organised in collaboration with NDLEA and other partners on Tuesday in Abuja.

Reports says that the training is centered on Anti -Corruption, Police Accountability, Wildlife Crime and Sensitisation on Drugs Prevention, Treatment and Care, (DPTC).

“Our stance as UN is clear on the death penalty we are principally and categorically against it. And from a very practical viewpoint, I have to say, it doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Stolpe maintained that the UN had always advocated for clear distinction between crimes of drug trafficking as opposed to the issue of drug use.

He said that it was always considered primarily to be a health issue saying that it should be dealt with as such.

According to him, addiction is a health condition, it is not a choice.”

On the need for an updated drug data for Nigerians, Stolpe observed that the current national drug survey for Nigeria was last done six years ago, (2018), and therefore does not reflect the current situation for Nigeria.

He said “the drug use survey of 2018 remains as far as I can tell the most cited study in the media.

“This data is outdated and I think a very critical question that media could ask at that point is really well, how can we still refer to 2018 data to describe today’s levels of drug use?

Stolpe enjoined the media to keep the good work while ensuring that information were disseminated efficiently and effectively. NAN)

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