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Defence College: Fresh security ideas needed now

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The National Defence College says it is time to introduce new ideas into the entire process of security in the country.

It stressed that security operatives should learn how to manage national emergencies.

Its Commandant, Rear Admiral Makanju Kadiri, stated this in Abuja at the national conference on ‘The Roles of Nigeria’s Security Agencies in the COVID-19 Pandemic Environment’, organised by the College and the Africa-Global Empowerment and Development Network (AGED-Network).

He said, “It has now become pertinent that we indeed need to raise awareness and understanding of how the security community should engage with citizenry, especially when it comes to managing national emergencies, like COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s apparent that in this engagement, there’s a need for professionalism, accountability and restraint on the part of both parties.

“We’re also beginning to see that if we must indeed make a headway in the promotion of good relations between members of the security agencies and the general society, then we must begin to think seriously on enhancing and infusing new ideas into the entire process.”

President, AGED-Network, Bala Kontagora, commended the government of Qatar for $1bn support to procure modern scientific equipment for the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigeria Police Force.

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Just in: I can name companies employing foreign prisoners as expatriates – Oshiomhole

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Just in: I can name companies employing foreign prisoners as expatriates – Oshiomhole

 

Former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, says some prisoners from foreign countries are working in Nigeria as construction workers or expatriates.

Oshiomhole, now chairman of the senate committee on interior, said he was prepared to name the companies involved in such irregular and illegal appointment.

He spoke on Thursday when Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, was defending the budget proposal of his ministry before the committee.

The senator representing Edo North said the interior ministry needed to regulate the issuance of expatriate quotas (EQs).

The EQs are granted by the ministry of interior to foreign-owned or indigenous companies to enable them to recruit foreign employees to legitimately work in the country.

Oshiomhole, who is also a former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, said, “Your ministry needs to regulate issuance of the quotas very well as I have on good authority that prisoners from foreign land are working in Nigeria as construction workers.

“This is even different from the age long fraud the oil companies have been carrying out in the country through the policy of expatriate quotas by making our own qualified engineers to work under foreign technicians.

“Many non-Nigerians are in the country, some of them live inside containers. I even believe and dare say it that there are foreign prisoners who are working in Nigeria. They were shipped to our country to serve their prison terms.

“They were being paid according to their country’s minimum wage by the construction industry that brought them. I don’t want to mention the company’s name but if I am provoked, I will mention them.

“Honourable minister, this is a serious issue. Prisoners are not expected to work in their countries if the product or whatever they engage in is meant to be exported.”

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Akeredolu’s health: Court orders Ondo Assembly to appoint medical panel

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Akeredolu’s health: Court orders Ondo Assembly to appoint medical panel

Ondo State High Court in Akure granted leave to applicants in a suit seeking an Order of Mandamus compelling the House of Assembly and the Speaker to form a medical panel to assess Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s health state on Wednesday.

The suit, filed in court by Olufemi Lawson, Isijola Kike, Ologun Ayodeji, and Arogbo Olaniyi, emphasizes the critical role of elected officials maintaining public trust and ensuring openness.

The request for a medical panel attempts to shed light on Governor Akeredolu’s health after he has been absent from the state for nearly six months.

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On October 25, 2023, the petitioners filed an ex parte motion with the court.

The motion was brought pursuant to section 6(6b) of the 1999 constitution as amended as well as order 22 rule 1 of the Ondo State High Court rules.

The applicants prayed for an order of mandamus against the first and second respondents to compel them to carry out statutory and constitutional duties on the third respondent as stipulated under section 189(4) of the 1999 constitution.

The grounds were predicated on 11 grounds and in line with the rules of court, the applicant’s statement of claim and a 30-paragraph affidavit.

Upon the submission of the legal team of the applicant led by Dotun Ajulo, Fadeshola Ojamomi, A.V Ajayi and K.A Mogbojuri, the court ruled thereof.

Akeredolu’s health: Court orders Ondo Assembly to appoint medical panel

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Court freezes 24 bank accounts belonging to Kano Government

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Court freezes 24 banks account belonging to Kano Government

A Federal High Court has ordered the freezing of 24 accounts of the Kano State Government.

The order is consequent upon the State government refusal to comply with a court order to pay N30 billion in compensation to victims of the Filling Idi Demolition exercise.

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The frozen order affects 24 Kano State bank accounts, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account of the state.

The presiding judge, Justice E.A Ekwo, has also directed the Kano State Government to appear before the court on January 18 to provide an explanation regarding the freezing of N30 billion in the affected bank accounts.

The funds are intended to be granted to the Incorporated Trustees of Masallacin Eid Shop Owners.

Court freezes 24 bank account belonging to Kano Government

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