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Kogi Surveyor-General docked for illegal demotion of structure

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The Surveyor-General of Kogi State, Michael Abiodun Abolarinwa was Tuesday docked at the Magistrate Court II Lokoja for allegedly demolishing a house belonging to a petty trader, Razaq Mayowa and subsequently re-allocated the said land to a serving Army General.

According to a petition written by the plaintiff, Razaq Mayowa, a petty timber trader, he claimed that his four set of one bedroom bungalow valued at over N200 million, which he has been labouring to build for the past 10 years located at Zango Daji, Lokoja was illegally demolished on 3rd of March, 2018 by the surveyor general and one Mustapha Saliu

He alleged that, the said land was later sold to one Maj-Gen James Ataguba of 323 Artillery Regiment, Owena barracks, Akure, who he claimed used one Capt Farota to lead armed soldiers to beat him to pulp.

The petitioner, who claimed he was beaten black and blue for daring to ask why his house was been demolished, said the officials came with a bulldozer and were under the protection of some armed soldiers who supervised the illegal demolition.

The petitioner, who expressed surprise that he was not given any kind of notification before the demolition, stated that few weeks after the demolition, he saw a team of bricklayers erecting a new structure on his land under the supervision of some armed soldiers.

The petitioner said after complaining at the D divisional police headquarters, Lokoja said he rushed to the court to obtain an injunction restraining them from working on the land but they resisted the order on the ground that the demolition was carried out on the order of the state government.

However, after due investigations, the petitioner said he discovered that the state government did not authorize the demolition neither did it have any knowledge of the exercise.

In a letter written by the Kogi State town planning and development board dated 4th April, 2018 and signed by one Jubrin Ismaila, said the board did not approve the demolition of the structure and that none of its staff was involved in the said demolition.

Mayowa, who claimed he has petitioned the Chief of Army Staff over the illegal acquisition of his property by the army general and his continued harassment urged the Chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Burutai to investigate the incident in order to call the serving army general to order as he claimed he is currently into hiding as the soldiers terrorise him every day

When the case was, however, brought for mention before the Chief Magistrate court Tuesday, the Surveyor general, who was in the dock along with one of his staff, Mustapha Saliu pleaded not guilty to the police charge, which was read by the prosecution.

The trial Magistrate who admitted the surveyor general to a bail of #50,000 and a surety of like sum who must be a Permanent Secretary or a traditional ruler of repute thereafter adjourned the case to August 5 for hearing.

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Buhari approves new appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.

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Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel

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The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.

The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”

He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.

Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.

He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.

“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”

He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.

“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”

Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”

He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.

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We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths

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After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.

While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.

The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.

“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.

“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.

“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.

“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.

“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.

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