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Reject Onochie as INEC Commissioner, Pyrates urges Senate

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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has asked the Nigerian Senate to ensure the rejection of Ms Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

NAS in a statement signed by the NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje titled: “Lauretta Onochie ineligible as INEC National Commissioner argued  that her appointment “violates Section 14(2a) of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended which states that, “A member of the commission shall be non-partisan and a person of unquestionable integrity.”

“Therefore, that a card-carrying member of the ruling party, and a serving presidential appointee, who has gained widespread notoriety for her acerbic and brazen partisanship is being proposed to become a commissioner with the country’s electoral umpire, undermines INEC as a democratic institution and is an assault on the concept of democracy,” he added.

According to him, Onochie appointment which is against all known principles of democracy should be rejected by all well-meaning citizens especially federal lawmakers.

The statement read in part: “It is unfathomable that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot find any other qualified, non-partisan citizen from Ms. Onochie’s state of origin to occupy the INEC seat. His worrisome insistence on her candidacy, in the face of strident opposition by all and sundry, calls to question his repeated verbal commitment, of ensuring that future elections will be an improvement on preceding ones.

“We urge the National Assembly to live up to its sworn constitutional mandate as the custodian of the people’s collective aspirations and ensure that this attempt to taint the electoral system with the appointment of a proven partisan person does not see the light of day.

“There is no law that says that every nomination from the executive should be accepted. In recent times, the leadership of the Nigerian Senate has presented the image of a willing tool in the hands of the executive, to foist incompetent and unqualified people, including persons with questionable characters on Nigerians as public officers, due to scant regard for rigor in its screening.

“Now is the time for it to redeem itself. It is the least that the members of the hallowed red chambers owe their constituents, to save democracy. It will redound to their honour to think and act for the country first.”

 

 

 

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IBEDC SECURES CONVICTION AGAINST ELECTRICITY EQUIPMENT VANDALS

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Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc. (IBEDC) secured convictions of a term of three (3) months and two (2) years imprisonments on vandalism of its transformer and electric cables at the Grade A, Customary Court of Appeal, Ibadan and Magistrate Court, Moniya, Ibadan on 15th October 2021 and 22nd November 2021 respectively.

The criminals, Yusuff Olatunji and Ademola Toheeb were charged to Court at different times on count charges of vandalism and theft. The convictions underscore our current stance of zero tolerance to all illegal activities within our network.

Furthermore, the Management of IBEDC hereby reiterates its commitment to sanitize its network from nefarious activities such as vandalism, energy theft and staff assault. To this end, we appeal to individuals and communities to collaborate with us to stall this menace, by reporting any of these illegal activities, via our Whistleblowing channels clearly communicated on our website, social media pages, TV and radio programmes etc. In addition, customers can support us by monitoring electricity installations within their communities.

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Kunbi Wuraola, Rufai Oseni, Nneka Itabor, others for JCI Victoria Island’s Leadership Colloquium, Investiture

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Director, Policy & Partnerships, Africa – New Globe Education, Dr. Kunbi Wuraola will be giving the keynote address at this year’s leadership colloquium and investiture of Victoria Island’s Chapter of Junior Chamber International JCI. Wuraola who has also served as the first female national president of the organization will be speaking on the theme of the colloquium that has been tagged, “Leadership Now and Then: Leading Through The JCI Creed”

The colloquium is an annual leadership event that prepares the new executives of the organization for effective leadership delivery in the coming year and also sensitizes the general public on effective leadership and governance.

 Along with Wuraola, Nigerian media personality, Rufai Oseni, Chair, Senate Association of JCI Nigeria, Nneka Itabor, and the Group Chairman of Oxford Holdings, Dr. Teni Adesanya will be discussing the theme of the colloquium at the event.

President of the Local Organisation, Seye Joseph said that the topic of the program was intentionally chosen to address leadership lacuna in the country, saying that leadership plays active roles in national development.

“We understand the roles leadership play in every facet of human existence, what it means, why we must have it, and how to effectively use it for the positive course of human growth and development.

Leadership’s ubiquitous roles make it relevant in every point of our life, be it in the past, now and in the future.  The reason why this colloquium and investiture has been tagged, “Leadership Now Then: Leading Through JCI Creed”

Joseph who is an outgoing president of the organization stated that the investiture section of the event will have the new executive of the organization to be sworn in at the event to take leadership baton for effective leadership delivery next year.

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NDLEA Arrests Drug Smuggling Cartels from Hideouts, Confiscate Marijuana ‘Loud’ and other Illicit Drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA said it has confiscated 12,385 kilograms of marijuana Loud variant smuggled into Lagos from a neighboring country through the waterways. This was made known by the Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, who disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, described the drug as a strong variant of marijuana. 

Babafemi said that; 12,385 pellets of the “Loud’’ marijuana were brought in through the Atlantic Ocean and ferried in boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island. The weed would have been distributed from the beach to drugs hotspots such as Lagos Island, Peti Alagba and others across Lagos and other states, he added.

He stated also that over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday, Nov. 27 and recovered the consignments along with two trucks and arrested three suspects. Those arrested are Abdulkadri Zakari, 24, Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27.

In another development, a 70-year-old woman, Beatrice Aigbedion was among the suspects arrested at Irrua, Edo in connection with the seizure of more than 5,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs.

“After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, Nov. 24 stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo, where they recovered 4,261.5kg of Indian hemp and arrested a suspect, Ikong Stanley.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1,240kg of Indian hemp was also seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo. At the point of her arrest last Wednesday, Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol. Another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakpoba, Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg,’’ Babafemi stated.

Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 at Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol.

Babafemi stated that; operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam Road, Asaba, where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances.

He added that another drug dealer, Emeka Ben, was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine on Asaba-Ibusa Road in Delta.

“Other suspects arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 in the state for dealing in Meth, Indian hemp, cocaine, and heroin were Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika. In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of Indian hemp recovered from him while 466kg of same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo resident in Kano. On Thursday, Nov. 25, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Chima Obi, was arrested in a follow-up operation. The follow-up operation took place after the seizure of his drug consignment of 73.2kg of codeine at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe, on the same day,’’ Babafemi stated.

He said that NDLEA Chairman retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, charged its officers and men to strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the agency were fully achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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