The Police Command in Niger State has arrested one Umar Jibril, for allegedly killing a Chief Imam he claimed was his wife’s lover.
Jibril, a resident of Enagi village, in Edati Local Government of the state, was arrested on Tuesday, according to Mr Adamu Usman, the Niger Police Commissioner.
Usman said in Minna that the suspect was arrested on Monday “about 0100 hours, based on credible information”.
He added that the suspect allegedly stabbed one Alhaji Attahiru Alhassan, the Chief Imam of Edagi, to death, with an iron rod.
“During interrogation, the suspect claimed that while relaxing in front of his house, on Monday, the deceased walked past him and went towards his neighbour’s house.
He said that about the same time, his second wife, Aishatu Umar, also came out of the compound and indicated that she was going to the toilet, just behind the compound.
The suspect told the Police that after waiting for some time for her return, he went round to search for his wife and later heard her voice in the neighbour’s house.
He claimed that he entered the house and met the deceased with his wife, adding that he immediately left the scene and rushed to a brother, one Abubakar Abdulrahman, to inform him of what he had seen.
The suspect said that not long after, the deceased sent for him so that they could both discuss.
According to the suspect, in the course of the discussion, an argument ensued and he grabbed an iron rod and stabbed the deceased on the neck, leading to his demise.
The Police commissioner said that the suspect took to his heels after the incident and was pursued to Batati village in Lavun Local Government area, where he was arrested.
“Investigation has commenced and the suspect will be arraigned, as soon as investigation is completed,” he said.
Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, has announced the appointment of Akin Dada as the new Executive Director of Corporate and Investment Banking.
Previously Head of Ecobank Group’s Corporate Banking, Dada joined Ecobank in 2017 as the Executive Director of Corporate Banking in Nigeria, according to a statement from Ecobank on Tuesday.
The bank said Dada had over 30 years of banking experience in client coverage, strategic transaction initiation and advisory dialogues across various client segments, including public sector, telecoms, FMCG and oil and gas.
Prior to joining Ecobank, he was the Managing Director for Citigroup Cameroon, where he worked for 26 years in Corporate & Investment Banking as Senior Transactor, Senior Relationship Banker and Business Development Manager.
While at Citi, he handled a wide array of transactions in loan syndications, project finance, corporate finance and advisory, according to the bank.
He also worked briefly with Access Bank Nigeria Plc as Group Head, Oil & Gas.
Ecobank Group Chief Executive Officer, Ade Ayeyemi, said, “Akin’s valuable and varied experience over many years in corporate banking as well as his broader knowledge of banking, credit and risk management position him appropriately to lead our Corporate and Investment Bank.
“There are huge opportunities for the Ecobank Group with the implementation of the AfCFTA, which heralds burgeoning demand for trade finance, advisory services and cross-border payments.”
The bank added that Dada had an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK, and a degree in political science from the University of Ibadan.
He succeeds Amin Manekia, who retired from the group in 2020.
The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, says Nigeria will record overwhelming victory in its battle against insecurity.
Adeboye made this known when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Nasir El-Rufai at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Tuesday in Kaduna.
“Victory is around the corner” he told the governor and offered prayers for the governor, Kaduna State and Nigeria.
“I am assuring you that the Almighty God is going to fight for you, He is going to fight for Kaduna State, He is going to fight for Nigeria,’’ the pastor added.
He described El-Rufai as a tender-hearted man, who was misunderstood by many.
“I know the kind of person you are, I know you are tender hearted, I know how you definitely must be feeling, particularly when the kidnappings are going on, when they begin to kidnap school children.’’
Adeboye told the governor not to despair, but to put his trust in God at all times.
“When God begins to do what He alone can do, then the world will see it and they will glorify the name of God, and many people who might be criticising you now, will probably see the other side of the story.’’
In his response, El Rufai commiserated with the Redeemed Family over the recent abduction of some pastors and parishioners in the state.
“We also seek your blessings and prayers, as a great man of God, to assist us with the challenges that we are facing here and the country at large.
“This country needs divine intervention more than at any time in its history.
“We are grateful for your prayers, we are grateful for your blessings, and we will continue to ask for more”.
El-Rufai described the Redeemed Church as a pillar and symbol of Nigeria’s unity “and positive force for peace and progress” in the country.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said on Tuesday that Okorocha was arrested in Abuja.
Uwujaren, however, refused to comment on the reason for the arrest of the representative of Imo West Senatorial District.
Executive Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has retreated the importance of the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN)-SIM data linkage exercise, in order to ensure credible citizen database for improved national security.
Danbatta who stated this while speaking to telecom consumers during the NCC Special Day at the just concluded Enugu International Trade Fair, said event of this nature provide the opportunity for NYC, as a telecom regulator, to interact with consumers and attend to their service-related concerns.
He stressed the need for consumers to be cybersecurity conscious while online and to always ensure efficient management of e-waste for a safer environment, noting that this year’s World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), which was observed on March 15, 2021, focused on ‘Tackling Plastic Pollution’ in line with the e-waste Regulation being pursued by the Commission.
In attendance at the NCC Special Day were the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde; Director, Consumer Affairs, Mr. Efosa Idehen; Zonal Controller, NCC Enugu Zonal Office, Mr. Ogbonnaya Ugama, and executive members of ECCIMA.
Represented by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Danbatta, who spoke around the theme of the Fair: “Promoting New Technologies, Business Ideas and Strategies for Rapid Economic Growth and Development in Nigeria,” highlighted some of the regulatory initiatives emplaced by the Commission for protecting, informing and educating the consumers.
According to him, these initiatives include the NCC Emergency Toll-free Number 112; the NCC Consumer Complaint Toll-Free Number 622; the Do-Not-Disturb (DND) Short Code 2442, the Regulation on Forceful Subscription and measures put in place to check cases of pre-registered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.
Danbatta praised the efforts of the Chamber at sustaining the Fair over the years, pointing out that it remains the largest and most important business event South-East of the country. “The Fair is pivotal to bolstering the economic and industrial transformation of the region in view of its enormous business potential.”
In attendance during the NCC Day at the Fair were Executive members of the Enugu Chamber of Commer, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA).
Earlier in his welcome address, the President of the Chamber, Emeka Nwandu, who was represented by the Chamber’s Deputy President, Jasper Nduagwuike, extolled the role of the Chamber in the facilitation and promotion of robust exchange of business engagements in the South-East region of the country over the years through various initiatives, such as the Trade Fair.
During an interactive executive session with the ECCIMA executives at the Commission’s pavilion, Adinde and Idehen fielded questions ranging from consumer complaints management, the recent Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) policy, NIN-SIM linkage exercise and other industry-related issues.
The event attracted many multinational, international and national exhibitors, who took advantage of the Fair to reach out to their customers in the South-East and South-South zones of the country.
The NCC has, over the years, been a regular participant at international trade fairs across the country and has been consistent in its participation at the Enugu International Trade Fair.
As part of its commitment to support the growth and sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSME) in the continent, Pan African financial Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, is set to organise the next edition of its UBA Business Series.
Meganews reports that the UBA Business Series which is a monthly event, is an MSME Workshop as well as a capacity building initiative of the bank where business leaders and professionals share well-researched insights on best practices for running successful businesses, especially in the face of the difficult operating environment that dominates the African business landscape.
Through this initiative, UBA has been assisting with essential tips to help businesses re-examine their models and strategies and ensure that they stay afloat and remain thriving.
The topic for the next edition of the series is ‘ Managing Performance for Business Growth,’ and it will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 via Microsoft Teams. At this session, the Managing Director, Secure ID Limited, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe, will be sharing useful tips and insights on the key strategies of performance management to boost business growth.
Akinkugbe is the founder of SecureID Nigeria, a MasterCard, VISA and Verve certified Smartcard Personalization Bureau and Digital Technology company. She currently serves as the Managing Director/CEO, Secure Card Manufacturing, – a Smartcard manufacturing plant producing high security identity cards and documents for the Banking, Telecoms and Public sectors across Africa and beyond.
The capacity building event is a virtual session which is open to all – including business owners and leaders – and will be held on Wednesday, April 14 th, 2021, at 2pm WAT. Interested participants can register via http://bit.ly/UBASMEWorkshopMarch2021.
UBA’s Head, SME Banking, Sampson Aneke said of Akinkugbe: “With her vast experience garnered over the years from various sectors, she will help business owners understand how performance management strategies can be effectively implemented to ensure business growth.”
He emphasised UBA’s commitment and deep passion for small businesses, which according to him, remains the engine of any developing economy adding: “We know small businesses are the backbone of the economy in every country. In many climes, businesses with fewer than 100 employees account for 98.2% of all businesses. This no doubt captures the importance of SMEs to a thriving economy which is why UBA is committed to seeing them flourish.”
The Director of Creative Arts Department, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Idowu Johnson with the Convener of Go Culture Festival 2021, Idris Coker, at the ‘Go Culture Festival’ event held recently in Lagos.
Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has endorsed ‘Go Culture Festival 2021’, describing the initiative as a step in the right direction towards cultural renaissance and preservation of Nigeria cultural heritage.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, while speaking at the event held recently in Lagos, extolled the resilience of the organiser of the event and his passion for cultural preservation.
He said that the theme for the 2021 edition of the annual event ‘Unleashing African Potential – Own Your Culture’, will no doubt reflect the current cultural diversity of the Nigerian culture and also establish a revival of the country’s cultural heritage.
Bonu, who was represented at the event by the Director of Creative Arts Department in the Ministry, Mr. Idowu Johnson, expressed the hope that the culmination of the country’s cultural practices under the Go Culture Festival will have ripple effects on the State’s economy and also across the country.
In his message at the event, the convener of Go Culture Festival 2021, Idris Coker, stated that ‘Go Culture Festival’ is Africa’s most prestigious Mega African multicultural display, exhibition, award and performances organised annually by Carnival and Cultural Pride Limited.
According to him, “Culture has been elevated in scope and operations as government at Local, State and Federal levels have over the years deliberately got themselves involved by setting up Ministries and Departments of Culture”.
He maintained that the Nigerian Government, apart from investing in cultural infrastructure across the country, has set up the national troupe comprising of dancers, drummers, singers, acrobats, choreographers, writers, poets and artistes.
Coker, however, called for more contribution from all relevant stakeholders and Nigerians as a whole in ensuring that the nation’s culture did not go into extinction but instead, make deliberate efforts to preserve the nation’s rich cultural heritage.
His words: “My message at this gathering is that we must all join hands in upholding and uplifting our culture, language and tradition. That is something that we have that no one can take from us. It is our natural wealth that we can’t compromise or overlook”.
The event, which witnessed exciting cultural display, indigenous parade, Arts and Crafts, Dance drama and Arts Exhibition, among others, was organised in collaboration with different cultural agencies like National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), National Art Gallery (NGA), National Institute for Cultural Orientations (NICO), Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC).
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Tuesday, met with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The meeting was held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna.
Adeboye made the trip days after eight kidnapped RCCG adherents from Kaduna Province 1, were freed.
The Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary members were abducted on March 26 along Kachia-Kafanchan road while traveling in a church bus.
The meeting also came in the wake of comments made by El-Rufai stating that bandits have lost their rights to life under the constitution and must be wiped out.
He said this during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna.
He challenged security operatives to take the fight to the bandits in their hideouts.
This, he said, is the preferred option to end banditry in the country.
He said taking the battle to the bandits “will not only cripple the outlaws but will also reassure ordinary citizens, bolster the morale of the security agencies and provide an alternative focus for the energies that are being dissipated on fractious endeavours.
“These bandits have lost their right to life under our constitution and must be wiped out in their entirety. There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned.
“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorists, recover and restore the forest to enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.”
Social media company, Twitter, has announced that it would be opening its office in Ghana, which would make it the first of its kind in Africa.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey, made the announcement on his twitter handle.
According to a statement on the company’s website, Ghana was chosen because it is a “supporter of free speech, online freedom and the open internet of which Twitter is an advocate.
“As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom and the open internet, of which twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our services across Africa.”
Nigeria was in the running to host the headquarters of AfCFTA until President Muhammadu Buhari reconsidered joining the organisation reportedly saying he won’t rush to sign anything that would not be in the nation’s interest.
The President subsequently rethought his initial position and Nigeria agreed to join again, but by then Ghana had already won the rights to host the secretariat of AfCFTA.
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, responded to the news on his Twitter page, saying: “The choice of Ghana as the headquarters for Twitter’s Africa operations is excellent news. Government and Ghanaians welcome this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country. As I indicated to Jack in our virtual meeting of April 7, 2021, this is the start of a beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana, which is critical for the development of Ghana’s hugely important tech sector.”
Police operatives attached to Area E Command, FESTAC Town, Lagos State have arrested five suspects with stolen iron rods, property of China Construction Engineering Company (CCEC).
According to a statement by the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the suspects were accosted on April 11, 2021 at about 3am in a Ford Bus with Reg. Number FST 679 XZ, with some 25mm iron rods between Volks Bus Stop and Iyana Iba, Lagos State.
The suspects were alleged to have offered a bribe of N500,000 to the police operatives, who rejected the offer and went ahead to arrest them with the stolen items.
He gave the names of the suspects as Lawal Saheeed, 40; Taofeek Adenigba, 43; Ope Olowolayemo, 28; Azeez Jamie, 41; and Omotayo Adewale, 34 – all male.
The items recovered from them are some pieces of 25mm iron rods, one nozzle, one gas cylinder and Ford Bus with Reg. No. FST 697 XZ.
The police spokesman said the management of the company has been contacted and has identified the stolen items to be their property.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated and the suspects be charged to court as soon as possible.
In another development, police operatives attached to the Sagamu Road Division of Ikorodu, Lagos on April 12, 2021 arrested two suspects, Awosika Kehinde, m, 24, and Olatilewa Ayomide, m, 18, at Sabo Area of Ikorodu with a dummy Beretta pistol.
The suspects were accosted by the police on a motorcycle in Sabo area of Ikorodu.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were using the dummy gun to scare their victims anytime they were on robbery operation, particularly in traffic.
Adejobi said other items recovered from them include some assorted charms.
Odumosu has also directed that the suspects be transferred to the Command Special Squad for thorough investigation.