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Nigeria's Police Service Commission Declares Indefinite Strike Over IGP's Alleged Breach Of Constitution

Nigeria’s Police Service Commission Declares Indefinite Strike Over IGP’s Alleged Breach Of Constitution

The Joint Union Congress of the Police Service Commission has issued a notice of indefinite strike to the management of the commission over a breach of agreement.

The union noted that the strike will commence with effect from Monday, August 29, 2022.

Chairman of the Joint Service Union, PSC chapter, Mr Adoyi Adoyi, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday.

The notice is coming amidst disagreement between workers of the commission, the Chairman of the commission, Mr Musiliu Smith, and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, on which body should be responsible for recruitment, promotion, and appointment of constables and officers.

He noted that the IGP and other police chiefs in connivance with the chairman of the PSC, have overruled the constitutional duty of the PSC.

Adoyi added that the IGP has allegedly taken it upon himself to carry out the functions of the PSC in flagrant disregard of the Nigeria constitution, a verdict of the Appeal Court, and the authorities of the PSC.

Adoyi said, “We’re embarking on an indefinite strike from Monday, August 29, to show how discontent with the way the PSC is being run by the chairman of the commission, and the flagrant disregard for the constitution, the court of law, and the PSC by the IGO, Usman Baba.

“The duties of the PSC are spelled out in the constitution, but the IGP has disregarded all of that, and has taken over the duties of the commission. He appoints and promotes at will as opposed to what is stated in the constitution.

“According to the constitution, the appointment, promotion, and recruitment of police officers and constables are the prerogative of the PSC, not the IGP.”

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Zulum Bags Champion Newspaper Visionary Leader Award 2023

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Zulum Bags Champion Newspaper Visionary Leader Award 2023

By: Michael Mike

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, was honoured on Saturday with the Visionary Leader/Pillar of Democracy Award for the year 2023 by Champion Newspaper for his outstanding contributions to the development and progress of his state.

The award ceremony, held at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, is an annual high-stake platform designed to celebrate outstanding Nigerians, institutions and companies for their excellent and profound contributions to Nigeria’s social and economic development.

Presenting the award, the chairman of the occasion, who is also the Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd), described it as a worthy recognition.

He said, “ Borno has been faced with so many issues that are compounding for any governor, but I am happy to observe that Governor Umara Zulum is doing very well. So this award is well-deserved.”

Zulum, who was represented by Borno Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, said, “On behalf of my governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, I appreciate the management of Champion Newspaper for recognising our effort in the development of Borno State.”

The governor added, “this award is a challenge to do more for the people of Borno State.”

Other prominent Nigerians and corporate organisations, including the governors of Akwa Ibom, Umo Bassey Eno, Enugu, Dr Peter Mbah, and that of Anambra, Prof. Charles Soludo.

Also awarded were the GCEO NNPCL, Mele Kyari, Rear Admiral Kasimu Musa, Dr Abije Dabiri, Fidelity Bank Plc, and First Bank Plc, among others.

Kadafur was accompanied by the member representing Konduga at the State Assembly, Bukar Modu, SSA on Media to Governor Zulum, Baba Shielh Haruna and that of New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, and other senior government officials.

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Paris-bound businessman excretes 111 wraps of cocaine at Abuja airport

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Paris-bound businessman excretes 111 wraps of cocaine at Abuja airport

. As NDLEA busts drug trafficking syndicate at Lagos airport

By: Michael Mike

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 48-year-old Paris-bound businessman, Emmanuel Okechuku Orjinze for ingesting 111 wraps of cocaine.

This he excreted after days of observation in the agency’s custody following his arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

A statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi said Okechukwu who also claimed to be a professional footballer in Europe was arrested last Tuesday during the outward clearance of Air France flight AF 878 from Abuja to Paris.

He said after a body scan confirmed he ingested illicit drugs, he was taken into custody where he excreted a total of 111 pellets of cocaine that weighed 1.603 kilogrammes over a period of three days.

Babafemi said the suspect claimed he does business in the maritime sector while still scouting for any European football club to engage him.

NDLEA officers operating at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos in another clampdown have dismantled another drug trafficking syndicate at the airport.

According to Babafemi, this followed the arrest of four members of the network and the seizure of a total of 8 kilogrammes of methamphetamine and 7.6 kilogrammes of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis imported from South Africa.

He revealed that the lid was blown off the syndicate when an official within the airport system was intercepted with a backpack and a bag at the departure hall of Terminal 1 of the airport by NDLEA officers with the support of Aviation Security officers last Tuesday, with a search of the bags leading to the discovery of the illicit substances.

He said a swift follow-up operation at Ajao Estate area of Lagos led to the arrest of two other members of the syndicate: Chris Nwadozie and Chinedu Nwaosu.

Babafemi noted that further investigation led to the arrest of another member of the cartel working within the airport system last Saturday.

In a related development, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport have arrested a freight agent, Sonubi Abiodun over her attempt to cargo eight parcels of cocaine weighing 2 kilogrammes concealed in three out of six paint buckets containing shea butter packaged for export to the United Kingdom last Wednesday.

In Igbo Elerin in Ojo local government area of Lagos State, NDLEA officers on Tuesday 21st May arrested a suspect, Odumegwu Obijofor producing and distributing skuchies, a mixture of black currant and illicit drugs, Babafemi added that no fewer than 2,480 litres of the New Psychoactive Substance, NPS, were recovered from his clandestine factory when he was arrested.

In Cross River state, while Ogar Emmanuel, was arrested with 2.5 kilogrammes of cannabis at Ukpada Utugwan village, 29 sacks of the same substance weighing 290 kilogrammes were recovered from the warehouse of another suspect, Usani Ikpi, who is currently at large. Three suspects: Sa’adu Sule, 23; Mukhtar Nura, 23; and Hamza Nura, 18, were nabbed at Jabiri Funtua, Katsina state last Friday with 129 blocks of cannabis weighing 70 kilogrammes coming from Ogere, Ogun state.

The spokesman added that no fewer than five suspects including: Ezekiel Munda, 30; and Sule Mustapha, 21, were arrested by NDLEA operatives on Thursday 23rd May during raids at Karu Abattoir, Jikwoyi and Tora Bora hill area of FCT, Abuja, where 95.01 kilogrammes of cannabis and different quantities of opioids were recovered from them.

In Edo state, operatives arrested a physically challenged alleged notorious drug dealer, Zekere Sufianu, 45, at Auchi town on Wednesday 22nd May. At the time of his arrest, he was found with 751 grammes of Loud, 178 grammes of tramadol and pills of swinol.

He revealed that the various commands of the agency across the country
continued with the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign in the past week.

Meanwhile, while commending the officers and men of the NAIA, MMIA, FCT, Lagos, Cross River, Katsina, and Edo commands of the agency for their outstanding feats in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures.

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By: Yahaya Wakili

Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has revealed that trade fairs are widely believed to provide access to research findings, new technologies, and ideas towards actualizing scientific and economic advancement for industrialists and policymakers through face-to-face interactions.

He highlighted some abundant and yet untapped resources in terms of solid mineral resources, deposits of oil, vast arable land suitable for both irrigation and rain-fed agricultural activities, and the highest livestock population in the country.

Governor Mai Mala Buni disclosed this at the Yobe State Special Day at the 15th North East joint domestic trade fair held at Bauchi, the Bauchi state capital.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana, was impressed with the theme for this year’s event, “Combating security challenges and the way forward for Nigerian economic transformation.”

He pointed out that the diverse people of the state showcased their cultural heritage at the festival from all seventeen local government areas of the state.

Buni commended the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism contingent and state officials for showcasing the cultural heritage of the state.

Governor Buni expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for hosting the event.

The North East Colliation of Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mine, and Agriculture presents an award to Governor Mai Mala Buni CON in appreciation of government support for the chamber of commerce.

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