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Senate to Confirm Mohammed as CJN



Nigeria President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan

Calls for National Security Summit

By Jude Opara

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Senate today confirmed Tanko Mohammed As Chief Justice of Nigeria, even as the Upper Chamber has called for a security summit to tackling the worsening insecurity in the country.

The decision to screen the nominee was taken after a voice vote called by the President of the Senate, Dr.

Ahmed Lawan.

The Senate has resolved to screen the nomination of Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed on Wednesday 17th July, 2019.

Justice Mohammed is expected to be screened by a committee of the whole of the Senate.

The decision to screen the nominee was taken after a voice vote called by the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmed Lawan.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week forwarded Justice Muhammad’s name to the Senate for confirmation in accordance with Section 23(1) of the 1999 Constitution based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Meanwhile, the planned convocation of a security summit followed a point of order raised by Sen. Ayo Akinyelure (APC-Ondo), over the killing of one of her constituents, Mrs Funke Olakunrin.

It would be recalled that Olakunrin, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, a leader of Afenifere Group, was shot dead by gunmen along Akure-Ore in Ondo State on Friday.

Akinyelure expressed concern over the killing and similar ones, which he described as “increasing and incessant murder of innocent Nigerians by gunmen along major highways in the country.”

He also cautioned that if immediate actions were not taken, the development might lead to ethno-religious crises, especially in the Southern part of the country.

While urging the Senate to observe a minute silence in memory of the deceased and others who died in similar circumstances, he said attention of the Federal Government should be drawn to the situation.

Also, Sen. Tolu Odebiyi (APC-Ogun), called on the Senate as an institution to sit down with the presidency and the security formations in a meeting to take immediate action.

“We have to demand for an action by security forces and the presidency.

“There’s nothing we do here that is safe if we don’t get our security right. We can’t be coming here everyday, mourning and observing one-minute silence when Nigerians are being killed.

“As a Senate, we should send a delegation to meet with the presidency and the security forces to address what is happening.”

However, the Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ajayi Boroface (APC-Ondo), urged his colleagues to be cautious about linking a particular tribe as perpetrators of the attacks.

“We should approach this matter maturely and encourage the federal government to improve on the state of security.

“We should not link a particular tribe with the killings, as being observed in the social media. Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani people have all been killed,” he said.

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on his submission equally lamented the situation, which he said was being felt across the country.

He, therefore, said stakeholders should immediately converge in a robust national security summit to discuss and address the situation.

“The security situation is all over the country. It is very unfortunate just like all our colleagues have said in their contributions.

“We should have one national security summit on this. The summit should be all-encompassing and all-inclusive, involving other arms of government and various security formations,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Senate in its resolution “unequivocally” condemned the killings, calling on the Inspector General of Police (IG) to extend his dragnet to fish out the perpetrators.


Alleged Kidnapping of 11 Travellers in Enugu, Mischievous, Misleading – Police




The Police Command in Enugu State has denounced media report alleging that 11 people were kidnapped at the Amechi-Idodo area of the Enugu/Abakaliki Expressway on Wednesday.The command described the report as misleading, mischievous and aimed at creating panic.The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu.

Ndukwe said that the stance given in an online publication remained a total distortion of facts surrounding the incident of an attempted abduction along the said road, on July 16, 2024, around 6p.
m.Ndukwe said that contrary to the misleading report, a Joint Security team, upon receipt of a distress call on the incident, moved to the Enugu/Ebonyi States border point along the Enugu/Abakaliki Expressway, on the said date and time.
“Hence, they rescued 13 occupants of a Nissan commercial bus. However, three others, who scampered into nearby bushes upon the attack, are yet-to-be located,” he said.The command spokesman said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kanayo Uzuegbu, had ordered the sustenance of ongoing operations to locate and rescue the three missing victims and also hunt down the assailants.Ndukwe said that the commissioner reassured commitment of the command to sustain collaborative efforts with internal and neigbouring States’ security forces to ensure watertight security on major highways and borders.“The commissioner further cautions reporters and publishers to always verify their facts before going to press,” he said .This, he said, was to avoid misleading reports and creating panic in the minds of unsuspecting members of the public,” he added. (NAN)

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Tinubu Mandates 2.1m Crude Oil Production – CDS




President Bola Tinubu has directed security agencies to improve the security architecture to ensure the production of 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day.

Gen. Christopher Musa, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), said this while briefing State House correspondents, after a meeting with President Tinubu on Friday.

“It is a mandate for us to restore full production, we are targeting 2.

1 million barrels per day, which is achievable.
So, we are taking steps to ensure that all that is required to be done is done,” he said.

He said the President was aware of the cries of the oil producing communities and would not let them down.

He said the communities should be rest assured that steps were being taken to address their grievances so that full production of crude oil would be restored.

“For the criminals, those that are hell bent on destroying our infrastructure and stealing our crude oil for whatever reasons, their days are numbered.

“We are coming after them, and we want to assure Nigerians that all we need is to work together to achieve success.

“Nobody can do it alone, no single service, no single individual can do this alone; we all need to work together, including the states. We understand that the communities have so much needs, the President will address those issues to ensure that we have full production,” said Musa.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, said security chiefs were at the State House to brief President Tinubu on the current security situation in the country.

“This we have been doing regularly. Mr President is satisfied with our report and he has challenged us to continue to work together and improve our synergy.

“We have records of all reported crimes across the country and can tell you that crime rate is declining in Nigeria. 

“Records don’t lie, the records are there. So, I can assure you that we will continue to do what we are doing to maintain the decline in the crime rate,” said Egbetokun.

Report says that Nigeria’s crude oil production currently stands at 1.472m pbd, down from 1.502m last month and up from 1.450m one year ago.

This is a change of -2.04 per cent from last month and 1.50 per cent from last year.

The decline in daily crude oil production figure is attributed to pipeline vandalism and sundry criminal activities that have made it impossible for the country to meet its OPEC production quota. (NAN)

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Gov. Alia Promises to Pay N70,000 Minimum Wage




Gov. Hyacinth Alia of Benue has promised to pay the newly approved N70,000 minimum wage agreed between the Federal Government and the organised labour.Alia, who disclosed this on Friday while answering questions from newsmen in Makurdi, said that workers needed to be appreciated.The Federal Government and the organised labour had on Thursday, announced the sum of N70,000 as the new minimum wage in the country.

He said with focus and the improved internally generated revenue, his administration would pay the new wage.
The governor said despite the current economic situation in the country, things were gradually moving in the State because of careful planning and prudent application of resources.
“Even our internally generated revenue (IGR) has increased. So it is now left for us to close all loopholes to see how much we can cash in to do many other things including the payment of salaries.“Why not, we can pay. I’m focused. What is agreed by the Federal Government is definitely what we the sub-nationals can also just queue in to.“Without the workforce, we wouldn’t have any center of any government. So we need to appreciate our civil servants or workforce in a way approved by the Federal Government and the Labour organisations synonymously so that the system can work”he said.Earlier, the governor while inaugurating the governing councils of seven State tertiary institutions charged them on corporate governance.He said the future of the institutions was on their shoulders therefore, they must not fail in the discharge of their responsibilities.The governor urged them to concentrate on policy enhancement that would improve the quality of education at the institutions to meet global standards.Alia said the government would provide them with a working guidelines for efficient service delivery.Responding on behalf of those inaugurated, Mr Paul Chukwuma, Chairman/Pro-chancellor Benue State University (BSU) promised to deliver on their mandate.Chukwuma said State institutions needed adequate support to carryout research and development.He said they would use their connections to facilitate support to the various institutions.Those inaugurated include Paul Chukwuma, Chairman/Pro-chancellor Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi, while Prof Shagbaor Wegh, Mr Simon Orkuma , Dr Diana Ochoga and Mr Michael Gongul are members.At Benue State Polytechnic, Ogbokolo – Dr Demian Anyam is the Chairman, while Mr Sam Godday , Dr Kelvin Kandev, Mr Samuel Awuhe and Mr Peter Egbodo are members.In College of Education, Oju – Prof. Member George-Genyi is the Chairman, Prof Emmanuel Otor, Prof Joseph Kerker, Habiba Ochifu, and Rev. Elijah are to Serve as members.College of Education, Katsina-Ala has Prof. Gabriel Moti as Chairman, Chief Johnson Onoja, Victoria Ekwo, and Patience Iorun as members.Akawe Torkula Polytechnic, Makurdi – Prof. Okpe Okpe is the Chairman, Mr Bitacy Jirgba, Dr Shiminenge Atime, Mr Edo Egboja and Mr Achihin Hur are members.Akperan Orshi Polytechnic, Yandev has Dr Victoria Pila as Chairman, Mr Sam Agwa, Mr Nicholas Ugallali, Mrs Theresa Ikwe and Mr Joseph Adi as members.In College of Health Technology, Agasha – Dr Bem Vangerwua is the Chairman, Dr Silas Ge, Alice Yaaju, Rebecca Tor and Comfort Anongu are to serve as members.(NAN)

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