Friday, September 28, 2012

Ogun assembly tasks okada riders on crime, security

The Ogun State House of Assembly has urged the leadership of commercial motorcycle riders in the state to take urgent measures to check the alleged frequent involvement of their members in crime in the state.

The assembly stated that the alleged perpetration of crimes in the state by commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called okada, constituted a serious threat to the security of the people.

Speaker Suraj Isola said this at the foundation laying ceremony of the Ogun State Secretariat of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria on Friday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

He urged the riders to refrain from getting themselves involved in acts that could further tarnish the image of ACOMORAN, stressing that the various cases of people using okada to commit crime had become worrisome.

The Speaker added that it was only in a secure society that business and other commercial activities could thrive.

“I must say we appreciate your efforts in the provision of door-to-door services to our people. We, however, want to enjoin you to talk to your members on security because we hear of cases of okada riders snatching bags and all that.

“You know security is the duty of all because where there is security there will be an atmosphere conducive for doing business,” Isola said.

He urged the leadership of ACOMORAN to ensure that it contributes regularly and meaningfully to the state Security Trust Fund.

Earlier, the Chairman of ACOMORAN in Ogun State, Alhaji Adebayo Apelogun stated that the construction of the association’s secretariat in the state would gulp about N50m.

Apelogun gave the assurance that ACOMORAN would cooperate with the government on security and remain a partner in progress with the state.

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AfricaMagic hosts viewers’ awards

AfricaMagic and MultiChoice Africa have presented their latest joint initiative, The Africamagic Viewers’ Choice Awards. The announcement was made during a special episode of the popular AfricaMagic magazine show Jara, which is screened to DStv sunscribers.

Created to celebrate African film and television talents, both in front of and behind the cameras, the awards will feature several categories in which viewers will decide the winners directly, alongside several professionally judged categories.

A total of 28 awards in 26 categories, ranging from acting and directing to script-writing and cinematography, will be awarded. Other fields which will be honored include editing, make-up, sound, lighting and costuming.

Awards will be handed out at two separate events to be held in March 2013 in Lagos. The first event will be dedicated to outstanding technical achievements, while the main event will be a glamourous gala night.

In order to ensure that the awards are transparent, fair and credible, AfricaMagic has recruited leading and respected movie veteran, Femi Odugbemi, to take on the role of executive judge and has confirmed that all the awards will be verified by an independent auditing company to be appointed shortly.

 M-Net Africa Managing Director, Biola Alabi, says she is confident that this is an opportunity to build a pan-African event that is both relevant to industry professionals and vastly entertaining to fans.


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Akeredolu challenges INEC over voter registration

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Governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has challenged the Independent Electoral Commission to explain how it came about the number of voters in its register.

In a statement by his campaign organisation on Friday, the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association said the 1,654,205 registered voters declared by the electoral body were questionable.

He said, “As of the last registration in April 2010, Akoko North East had a total of 65,000 registered voters. The statement by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, at the stakeholders meeting in Akure, that some voters whose photographs could not be found in the register in the last elections would be allowed to vote in the Oct. 20 election is worrisome.

“Orebiyi said 88 polling booths would be created to supplement the 135 existing ones in Akoko North-East, which he claimed will be used by these voters whose photograph did not appear in the voter register.

“We wish tell INEC now that the ACN will not allow voters whose photograph did not appear in the register to vote, as this is against the Constitution and the Electoral Act. The creation of these sister polling booths is not necessary.”

According to Akeredolu, the plan by INEC could be capitalised on by the Labour Party to rig elections in the state.

He questioned why the step was necessary since Orebiyi confirmed that the electoral body only had 50 request of voter cards transfer in the state.

“ACN will not allow the use of the illegal voter register. We, like other political parties in the state, have the original list of registered voters. Anything outside of that will not be accepted by us,” he said.

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FRSC reopens Lokoja-Abuja Road

The Federal Road Safety Commission on Friday reopened the Lokoja-Abuja highway, six days after temporarily closing it to traffic due to flooding from the nearby River Niger.

The Federal Government had ordered the road reopened by Friday (today) after the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, gave the assurance that access was being restored by some construction firms.

FRSC said in a statement by Corps Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, that road users were expected to be orderly.

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Nigeria’s policemen are least paid in the world – IG

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Friday said Nigeria’s policemen are the least paid in the world.

The IG made the startling revelation at the opening of the renovated Peacekeeping Hall at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja.

“This is the only country in the world that police are least paid; this is the only country in the world that the police welfare is least considered.

“Our officers and men have made Nigeria proud at all times and at all places they served and are serving. 

If we were able to do it outside, why are we failing here? We are not able to do it here because of the lack of equipment,” he said.

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Edo lawmaker escapes death in assassination attempt

A member of the Edo State House of Assembly representing Etsako 1 Constituency, Raza Momoh, is receiving treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, after escaping death in an assassination attempt.
Momoh was shot on Akenzua Road in the Edo State capital, Benin, on Thursday night by unknown gunmen.
The reason for the attack has yet to be ascertained.
The spokesman for the state police command, Anthony Airhuoyo, confirmed the incident to PUNCH, saying the legislator was responding to treatment.
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Court discharges order on Dana crash inquest

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday discharged its order barring the Lagos State Government from proceeding with a Coroner’s inquest into the June 3, 2012 crash of an MD83 Dana Air plane in Lagos.

Justice Okon Abang had granted the order stopping the inquest based on an application by the airline.

The aircraft, which was on a scheduled Abuja-Lagos flight crashed into four buildings in Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, killing all 153 passengers and crew and four persons on the ground.

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