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Insecurity: Rivers Police To Wike: Don’t Lift Curfew Yet

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The Rivers State Police Command has appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike not to lift the night time curfew imposed in the wake of attacks on security formations and operatives in the state.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni made the appeal during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Omoni said the curfew has helped the police and other security agencies respond timely to distress calls, adding that security threats have reduced in the state since the curfew was imposed over a fortnight ago.

“The curfew was imposed essentially to arrest the trend of attacks on police. Since it was imposed, that attack has seized abruptly and we are leveraging on it. I think the governor should still delay it(curfew) for some time because it has been assisting us.

“We are driving the criminals away from Rivers State. So, when their remnants have been rounded off, then the curfew can be lifted.

“We appeal to the governor to allow the curfew to continue because it is assisting us,” he stated, noting that the police have recorded some milestone in the past three weeks.

“The curfew imposed by the state government is still on. It has not been relaxed. The governor who made that order is the same person that will rescind or relax it.

“So, to that extent, it is still subsisting. It has not been relaxed. And so far, it has helped tremendously in containing criminal activities in the state,” the police spokesman disclosed.

Omoni, a superintendent of police called on members of the public to continue to observe the 8.30pm to 6am curfew given by the state government and urged them to report suspicious movements within their neighbourhood to the police for prompt action.

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Governor Dapo Abiodun Loses Father

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has lost his father, Dr Emmanuel Adesanya Abiodun, at the ripe age of 89.

The Abiodun family of Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, issued a statement as they revealed that Dr Abiodun was a devout educationist and he died after a brief illness.

The statement read: “Dr Abiodun, a devout Christian, is survived by his wife, Mrs Victoria Abiodun, many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members, amongst them the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR.

“The deceased, an Educationist, worked as a school teacher for many years across the old Western State and was fondly called “Baba Teacher” due to his dedication to duty imparting knowledge and inculcating the right values in his students.”

Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun has vowed to deal ruthlessly with cultists and their places of association in the state.

According to Abiodun, he won’t spare cultists and their parents in the event that they are arrested. He explained that he cannot sit idle and allow a cultist or a thug to cause chaos and scare investors away from Ogun State.

The governor made the submission during a campaign rally at Remo North Local Government Area of the state.

In his words: “In this local government, I know there are some people behaving like hoodlums; they said they are cultists or so. You see, God blessed us in Ogun State with something – we are the only neighbour Lagos has. So, we are the closest to the biggest airport and the biggest seaport. That is why we are the industrial capital of Nigeria. We cannot allow a cultist or a thug to cause chaos and scare investors away from Ogun State,”

“Any house where a cultist is discovered will be demolished. Parents should warn their children because it is going to be tough.

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ASUU/FG Meeting Ends With Task For Union

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The Federal Government has said that the meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) meant at evaluating the implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MOA) entered into by the parties was successful.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the end of a closed-door meeting in Abuja on Monday.

Ngige explained that the meeting evaluated seven main issues with both parties expressing satisfaction with the completion stages, adding that “work is in progress”.

According to him, some of the items in the MOA were nearly done 100 percent within the timeline.

The minister said that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was instructed to expedite action on the integrity test on the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS).

He said, ”If successful, it will eliminate the challenges posed by the peculiarities of the university system to the current payment platform.”

Ngige said the government had also paid the N30 billion as the University Revitalisation Fund contained in the MOA since January 2021.

He said, “The report has been turned in, deliberated upon and both the Education Ministry and the NUC have promised to write to the Accountant General of the Federation next week for the release of the money to the NEEDS Special Account for onward disbursement to universities shortly.”

The minister added, “On the proliferation of State universities, a bill has been sent to the National Assembly by the NUC to strengthen its arms in terms of delisting universities where funding and other parameters are inadequate.

”ASUU is to go back to its members so that we can have a proper update on the extent of the inconsistencies in payment.

”We expressed our displeasure that these things are happening – amputation of salaries, not-too-clear, foggy things happening over peoples monthly emoluments. So we’ve asked IPPIS and ASUU to work together over this.”

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FBI Probe: EFCC Denies Advising Mompha Amid Hushpuppi’s Trial

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has condemned comments by Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, on the trial of Ramon Abbas a.k.a. Hushpuppi by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Mompha had asserted that the commission advised him to maintain a low profile in the wake of the indictment of his friend, Hushpuppi in a $1.1million fraud.

He told Daddy Freeze in an interview that after deleting Instagram photos in the wake of Hushpuppi’s arrest, EFCC called him “to post my pictures back because it will be as if I am involved”.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Head of Media, in a statement said Mompha did not mention the official who gave the counsel.

Uwujaren noted that his failure to ascribe the claim to anyone meant it was spurious and should be discountenanced.

EFCC insists it is not in the business of guiding suspected internet fraudsters and cannot advise one facing criminal charges in court.

The spokesman said Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are facing prosecution on a 22-count charge.

These include retention of proceeds of unlawful activities and negotiating foreign exchange without license, contrary to Section 5 and 29 of the Foreign Exchange Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act, 2004.

Mompha is accused of engaging in forex transactions other than through the official market, contrary to provision of Section 11(1) (a) of the National Economic Intelligence Establishment Act to the tune of N32billion.

Noting that the EFCC called 10 witnesses and closed its case, Uwujaren recalled that the suspect filed a no-case submission which was overruled by the court.

Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, is presiding over the case.

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