Be Mindful Of CCTV Camera, FAAN MD Tells Airport Users

Mr Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has warned airport users to be mindful of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) camera at the nation’s airports.

Dunoma gave the warning at the Anti-Corruption Sensitisation Programme organised for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Aviation Sector Workers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday.

He disclosed that FAAN had started recording all activities of airport users from the tollgate till they boarded aircraft in its resolve to support the fight against corruption and other crimes.

Dunoma said that the authority was collaborating with all security agencies operating at the airport to aid timely and proper investigation into incidences of theft and money laundering through its CCTV footages.

According to him, anytime there is investigation, they always go back and play it so that they can also handover to any government agency that requires the footage.

“Let the public know that as soon as you reach the airport from the tollgate till when you board the aircraft everything is being recorded and we can play it back anytime there is need.

“We are trying to eliminate the incidences of officials collecting bribe especially at the international terminal and burgling of people’s baggage.

“That is why I am sending a word of warning now that they are being recorded at the airport and we can investigate.

`On several occasions, we have had to go to people’s houses to recover luggage that were stolen and it is through CCTV.

“A lot of people have been caught through CCTV footage. So, let us be warned that everything is being recorded,’’ he said.

The managing director said that FAAN would continue to partner with EFCC to mitigate corruption at the airport, adding that airport was where foreigners made first contact with Nigerians.

He said that adequate measures had been put in place to control incidences of corruption especially among staff of the airport.

The FAAN boss also called on the EFCC to provide technical training for airport security and intelligence officers to be able to adequately support the agency in its resolve to rid Nigeria of corruption. (NAN)


Theatre Commander Seeks Community Support To Crush Boko Haram

The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole,  Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, has called on people in the North-East to support the military in the counter-insurgency campaign in the country.

Nicholas made the call during a familiarisation visit to military units  in Maiduguri  on Wednesday.

He said that the call was imperative to enable the military to win the war against Boko Haram insurgents and enhance restoration of peace in the region.

“It is high time for people in the communities support the military by providing useful information on suspicious persons in their respective communities.

“We need the support of everyone in the society to successfully complete the campaign. Security is a collective responsibility; we must strive to stop the killings.

“Even the Boko Haram insurgents, I call on them to renounce their heinous activities, surrender and embrace peace,’’he said.

The theatre commander disclosed that the military authorities had adopted effective strategies to end insurgency and facilitate restoration of peace in the war-ravaged region.

He added that effective modalities had been put in place to improve personnel welfare, motivate and boost troops’ morale.

While commending the troops for their gallantry, the commander urged them to be disciplined and dedicated to the fight against insurgency, noting that: “Boko Haram insurgency will be over soon”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nicholas assumed duty on Monday following his appointment as the new Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole.

He was accompanied by Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, and other top military officers during the familiarisation tour of military formations in Maiduguri.

Some of the areas visited include: the 7 Division Army Headquarters, Joint Intelligence Detention Centre (JIDC), Army Medical Services and Hospital and Artillery workshops. (NAN)

30 Ships Laden With Petroleum Products, Food Items To Arrive Lagos Ports

Thirty ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos from Dec.13 to Dec. 30.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stated this in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
NPA said that the ships contained buck wheat, bulk sugar, steel products, empty container, crude palm olein, bulk gas, bulk fertiliser, aviation fuel, diesel, petrol and containers laden with goods.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with bulk fertiliser, bulk maize, diesel, aviation fuel and petrol. (NAN)

3 Policemen Dismissed In Kogi For Drug Trafficking

Kogi State Police Command has dismissed three of its officers for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of 30 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya, who confirmed this on Wednesday in Lokoja, said that the officers were handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) for prosecution

According to him, the officers were dismissed after they were found guilty by a board room trial conducted by the police.

He said that their dismissal followed due process, saying that the NDLEA will handle their prosecution.

It would be recalled that the NDLEA had on Nov. 7 arrested a mobile policeman for escorting a vehicle carrying 30 sacks of Indian hemp out of Lokoja.

The drug was conveyed in a Toyota Picnic car with registration number Kogi KNA 185 LG when it was intercepted by NDLEA operatives.

The policeman who escorted the vehicle was arrested along with two other accomplices as well as the driver of the vehicle. (NAN)

Asset Declaration: Court Of Appeal Upturns Saraki’s Acquittal

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has upturned Senate President Bukola Saraki’s acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The three-man panel led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson unanimously ruled that the Senate President return to the CCT to face trial on three counts out of the 18 initially slammed on him.

The court dismissed the remaining 15 counts and ordered the remittance of the three back to CCT for a continuation of the trial.

“The court has evaluated the entire issues contained in this appeal and it is important to note that 15 out of the 18 count-charge are hereby dismissed.

“It is clear to the court that the appellant has failed to establish prima facie on those charges against the respondent.

“However, the testimony from Saraki’s banker and evidence of prosecution before the trial court did establish a prima facie based on counts four, five and six.

“So in the light of this, these counts are remitted to the trial court for the continuation of the respondent’s trial,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the three counts border on the respondent’s purchase of No. 17A and No. 17B MacDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Saraki had claimed that he acquired those properties from proceeds of sale of rice and sugar while serving as Governor of Kwara State.

Saraki’s testimony contradicted his banker’s who testified that the properties were procured through loans.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja, chaired by Mr. Danladi Umar, had discharged and acquitted Saraki on 14 July over allegations of false assets declaration. His ground was that the prosecution failed to prove its case.

The tribunal said that the evidence against the Senate president was insufficient and wishy-washy.

According to Danladi, the defence was able to discredit all the evidences adduced by the prosecution during cross examination of witnesses.

The tribunal upheld the no-case-submission of Saraki, stressing that the evidence led by the prosecution was discredited under cross examination and therefore unreliable.

The CCT further held that no reasonable tribunal would convict a defendant on the evidence led by the prosecution through its four witnesses.

Days after, the Office of the Attorney-general of the Federation filed a notice of appeal.

After amending the initial charge against the Senate President, the Federal Government  had filed an 18-count charge bordering on false assets declaration.

The prosecution team, led by Mr Rotimi Jacobs, filed the amended charge on Feb. 8 after trial had begun.

Saraki was initially standing trial on a 13-count charge of false asset declaration.

Sultan Tasks Politicians On Improving Lives Of Nigerians

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday urged politicians to work toward improving the lives of Nigerians.

Abubakar made the call in Katsina at the opening ceremony of a retreat organised by the Northern Senators Forum.

“Politicians should change the lives of people who elected them; they elected you because they have hope in you.

“Therefore, you should not betray them because peace has a twin brother which is justice,’’ he said.

The Sultan also urged the lawmakers to pass law to recognise the role of traditional institutions.

“Enact laws that will give the institution a role it will play in the constitution.

“What we are doing is what we inherited from our fathers and people recognise it because even the politicians solicit for support of the institution.

“Problems started bedeviling the country when the institution was kept aside, hence the need to give a role to the institution in the constitution because of its importance in maintaining peace and security,’’ he said.

He also urged government at all levels to implement programmes and recommendations that would move the country forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the senators would use the retreat to discuss issues affecting the North with the aim of tackling them.

Kogi NMA Lauds CMD’s Role In Averting Strike In State’s Hospitals

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi, has commended Dr Zakari Usman, the Chief Medical Director, Hospital Management Board, for ensuring industrial harmony in the state’s health sector.

Dr Godwin Tijani, the state Chairman of NMA, gave the commendation on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja.

Tijani said that Usman has brought sanity to the hospital board since he assumed office in August 2017.

According to him, Usman, during the Emergency Congress Meeting of the association, reassured the doctors that their salary arrears would be paid before the end of 2017.

Tijani said the chief medical director also promised that the salary arrears of the recently cleared doctors and the newly employed ones would be paid along with welfare packages for health workers.

“The chief medical director also assures the NMA that the process of implementing the promotion and annual steps increment and cash back for doctors will be effected.

“Usman said the renovation of hospitals is also ongoing across the 21 local government areas of the state for effective healthcare services delivery.

“He is a leader and as an association, we want to believe his promises and wait till Dec. 31 for the actualisation of those promises,” Tijani said.

NAN reports that Kogi NMA had on Dec.8 extended its two-week ultimatum to the state government to meet its demands or face industrial action due to reassurances from the state government to meet the demand before Dec. 31.

Some the demands include: failure of the state government to correct the salary underpayment of doctors in the board and payment of salaries of the newly employed doctors.

Other are: the eight doctors cleared over three months ago should be paid their 11 to 12 months salary arrears, implementation of the adjusted Consolidated Medical Salary Scale and Skipping for its members. (NAN)

Bilyaminu Bello’s Death: Maryam Sanda Denied Bail

Maryam Sanda, who stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of ex-PDP chairman, Haliru Bello, to death has been denied bail.

Justice Yusuf Haliru at the High Court in Jabi objected to the bail application due to tampering of evidence by the co-defendants.

The co-defendants including her mother, Maimuna Sanda, her brother, Aliyu Sanda have been accused of tampering with evidences that would be used in the case.

The presiding Judge ordered Maryam to be returned to the Suleja Prison after amending charges levelled against her.

The case has been adjourned to 14th of Dec, 2017 when three co-defendants alleged to have tampered with the evidence would be arraigned.

Source; Dailypost

D’banj Signs Mega Deal With Dugout UK

Nigerian’s music super star and entrepreneur, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo a.ka. D’banj, has signed a mega deal with Dugout in UK, to enable football fans across Nigeria and Africa get exclusive BTS actions live, of their favourite clubs in Europe.

The deal will also present the fans opportunities to meet their favourite superstars in locker rooms.

Dugout offers best unique & exclusive behind the scenes content from the world’s best clubs & players, all in one place as was created by some of the world’s biggest football teams.

They include Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, AC Milan, Juvetus, Paris Saint-Germain and about 20 other major football clubs.
D’banj quest for mega deals and success beyond music is breath-taking.

After launching CREAM, an entertainment platform that already has over three million subscribers within a year, D’banj has just recently launched CREAM Sport, this Dugout deal will be the first on the CREAM Sport platform.

True to his words, D’banj stated clearly that ‘content is the new crude oil’.

He seems to be living off the era of mere musical fame but combining the Music with Digital content marketing, Technology and fantastic distribution to make mega deals.

D’banj recently, led a team of Nigerian artistes to the House of Representative in Abuja to solicit their support on the protection of the creative rights of Nigerian artistes. (NAN)