NHRC calls FG to Prosecute perpetrators of school attacks
The National Human Rights Commission has urged the federal government to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of various school attacks across the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu made this appeal at a multi-stakeholders Forum on the Safe Schools Declaration in Abuja on Tuesday.
Eight feared killed in Shi’ites shooting in Abuja
At least eight people were feared killed on Tuesday after unidentified men in military uniform opened fire at some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN (known as shi’ites) who staged the annual Arbaeen trek at Gwarinpa district of Abuja.
Sources say that the armed men, who came in security patrol vans, stormed the area without prior notice to residents and attacked the sect members near the tricycle park at 3rd avenue, Gwarinpa around 10:00 am, killing about eight people including a passerby.
The busy road of Gwarimpa and Kubwa in the FCT was filled with commuters running for safety and motorists trying to move their vehicle to safety
This particular incident caused heavy gridlock on the Mararaba Axis and Kubwa road for those going about their economic activities.
When contacted, the Secretary of IMN’s Academic Forum, Abdullahi Musa, confirmed the incident but could not provide casualty details.
Federal Government Commission Police Special Protection Unit in Port Harcourt
The Federal Government on Tuesday unveiled Police barracks, Special Protection Unit (SPU) base 6 at Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
President Muhammadu Buhari said the facility will help to alleviate accommodation challenges for senior officers posted to Rivers state and ultimately enhance the security footprint in the region.
The President who was represented by Vice President Osinbajo, said his administration is committed to providing various platforms for all the security agencies in the fight against banditry, terrorism and other forms of criminality.
He said the Federal Government is working to improve the welfare of Nigeria police and currently in talk with the National assembly in order to create a Police Trust Fund Act.
Governor Nyesom Wike appreciated the Federal Government and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for building the police special protection unit for the security personnel.
While giving his vote of thanks, the Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Tayo Alasaoadura, thanked the president for ensuring unity and peace in the Niger Delta region.
The Commissioning had in attendance members of Rivers State cabinet, top government officials, Inspector General of Police, Traditional and Religious leaders and members of the Nigerian Police Force.
Gombe Govt. stops salaries of 731 workers
Gombe State Government has suspended the payment of salaries of 731 workers for being absent from work in the month of September while 170 others are being investigated.
The state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Muhammad Magaji, said this at the monthly news conference on implementation of the Biometric Attendance verification for the civil servants, on Tuesday.
Magaji said that the state government saved fifty-seven point six eight million naira from the suspension of salaries of the affected workers for the month, and some 170 staff with salaries amounting to nineteen point six six million naira are being investigated.
The state Commissioner for Finance said that workers in 10 of the 11 Local Government Areas of the state were enrolled into the biometric system while the remaining workers from Funakaye are currently being captured.
Supreme Court Judge Dies in Abuja
The Supreme Court has lost one of its judges, Justice Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji to death.
The Director of Information of the Supreme Court, Festus Akande, announced this in a statement, on Tuesday.
Akande confirmed that the jurist died in the early hours of Tuesday September 28, at the National Hospital, Abuja, where he had been receiving treatment for some days.
Justice Oseji who had a brief working stint with the Legal Aid Council before his appointment as Senior Magistrate Grade 1 in the Delta State Judiciary in January 1994, was appointed High Court Judge in Delta state on 9th November, 1998; and was later elevated to the Court of Appeal Bench on 16th July, 2010. He became Supreme Court Justice on Friday 6th November, 2020.
FG asks LGs to boost IGRs
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, has asked Local Government Chairmen to create investment friendly environment to reduce their over-reliance on revenue from the federation account.
He said this in his address delivered at the opening ceremony of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria exhibition/trade fair held on Monday in Abuja.
The ALGON exhibition trade fair was held as part of the activities lined up to commemorate the Nigeria at 60 Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
The Minister said the event had demonstrated and complemented the efforts of the Federal Government’s focus on promoting and strengthening economic development at the grassroots level and the overall development of the country at large.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
Biden Gets COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot
The President of the United States, Joe Biden received a Covid-19 vaccine booster on Monday and told Americans still resisting the shots that they are damaging the country.
Biden rolled up his left sleeve in the White House and got a third Pfizer dose in line with the recently approved health guidance, which allows boosters for those 65 or older and adults with high-risk medical conditions as well as those in jobs where they are frequently exposed to the virus.
Biden noted that a significant number of Americans continue to refuse even one shot of the vaccine, fueling a deadly nationwide surge of the Delta variant.
Biden said 77 percent of Americans had got vaccines but this wasn’t enough, with still nearly a quarter refusing and urged his citizens to do the right thing.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester City: Champions League preview, records
Manchester City are in Paris ahead of Tuesday’s evening’s Group A match against PSG at Le Paris des Princes.
It’s a repeat of last season’s semi-final tie, which saw City prevail 4-1 on aggregate after two grueling, high-intensity games of football.
This is a new match and PSG had a busy summer in the transfer market, which included the acquisition of Lionel Messi.
City’s second game of a brutally challenging week takes place at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night, as Paris Saint-Germain seek revenge in Champions’ League Group A.
The two sides renew hostilities after clashing in last season’s semi-finals, where Pep Guardiola’s men claimed a pair of victories to end the Parisiens’ European dream for one more year.
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