10 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 N330BN FINE: MTN has paid 165bn — NCC By Emmanuel Elebeke A BUJA—THE N i g e r i a n Communications Commission (NCC), yesterday said MTN Nigeria had paid N165 billion out of total of N330 billion fine slammed on it in 2015 for SIM registration breaches. Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, made this know when a delegation of MTN Group led by its Nigerian Chairman, Dr. Pascal Dozie paid a courtesy visit to the commission headquarters in Abuja. Danbatta said MTN had paid more than 50 per cent of the whole fine with the latest payment of N55 billion in March and noted that the payment made in installments was in line with the terms of agreement reached between MTN and the regulatory body. “So far MTN has paid more than 50% of the fine and that will translate to N165 billion. Yes it’s a whopping sum of money and they have not defaulted yet, and this payment they are making follows the terms of agreement we reached with them,” he said. Replying, Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Dr. Pascal Dozie urged the NCC to auction more spectrums to further open up the ICT space and improve the country’s economy. BOKO HARAM: ‘Wounded soldiers not abandoned at Army referral hospitals' By Evelyn Usman LChief AGOS—ACTING Medical Director of the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba Lagos, Brig- Gen Adekola Dada, yesterday dismissed as untrue allegation by a man who claimed to be an Army Captain that soldiers wounded while fighting insurgents in the North East part of the country, were abandoned at the Army referral hospitals. According to him, the hospital only had one injured soldier who had a fracture in his right tibir, at the Male Orthopedic ward, in Yaba area of the state. Brig. General Dada, who informed that the soldier, Sergeant Ahmed Abdulai, of the 19 battalion, Maiduguri, sustained the fracture while training, wondered why anyone could fabricate such falsehood at a time when all Chiefs of the Armed Forces were putting more effort to boost the welfare and fitness of personnel. Speaking during a tour with journalists round the 68 reference hospital, he said: “The process for referral is very fast. If a soldier is wounded, he is evacuated to the base hospital depending on the nature of the injury. Some can even be managed locally at the 7 Division Medical Services and hospital at Maiduguri, which immediately takes care of wounded personnel. SECURITY SUMMIT: Border bilateral agreements btw Nigeria, Benin Republic never executed — ENVOY By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsuru Olowoopejo L N AGOS—THE i g e r i a n Ambassador to Benin- Republic, Mr Kayode Oguntuase, yesterday said the border bilateral agreements between both countries (Nigeria and Benin Republic) only existed on papers, saying: “They were never executed.” This came as Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal said between 2014 and today, a total of 1315 armed robbery attacks, 359 cult-related cases and 392 kidnapping cases were recorded, with several arrests and prosecutions ongoing. Edgal also informed that the activities of the dreaded Badoo cult group, hitherto prevalent in Ikorodu axis of the state, as well as militancy, especially along the riverine communities had been degraded in the state The Ambassador and Imohimi, spoke at the oneday Lagos State security summit, in Lagos, with the theme: “Securing Lagos State: Towards a Sustainable Framework for Modern Mega City.” The ambassador, who spoke with newsmen on the sideline, lamented that the non- implementation of the agreements was affecting proper protection within the seven borders that existed between both countries. “There is need for both countries to obey the protocols signed earlier. We have the Badagry protocol, ECOWAS free trade protocol. We discovered that some of these protocols only exist on papers. We must show more commitment to it. Most of the goods in Benin- Republic weren’t made within the country, they were brought there. These goods, especially the bad, which are on transit found their way into Nigeria. The Federal Government talk more of rice and vehicles but there are other more serious goods that found their way into Nigeria; some of them are fake drugs.” Earlier, Edgal said: “In comparison, when I became Commissioner of Police, Lagos State in September last year, I introduced my own policing plan powered by the strategy and philosophy of community policing and community safety partnership. Policing like we all know is more about strategy and technology but there are other factors that come to play such as logistics and •1,315 armed robbery attacks, 392 kidnapping, 359 cultrelated cases recorded since 2014 — POLICE CHIEF all that but when there is a clear-cut strategy backed with the right technology, then the war against crime would be won.” He called for increased manpower and a system to stop the practice whereby people spread fear through social media, as well as legislation to compel all businesses to install CCTV cameras within their premises. On his part, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, there was need to examine the concept of collective vigilance in a Mega-City security system with stakeholders having defined roles and relationships from the primary levels of community security initiatives to tertiary levels in the state. “This has become necessary because of the continuous influx of foreigners and people from other parts of the country, in their thousands, into Lagos State on daily basis. This has increased our vulnerabilities to threats of terrorism, transnational organized crimes, cyber and violent crimes of wider security dimensions,” Governor said. SECURITY SUMMIT: From left: Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale, Chairman, Lagos State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF; Prof. Ademola Abass, Special Adviser to Governor on Overseas Affairs and Investments; Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, Executive Secretary/ CEO, LSSTF and Mr. Tunji Bello, Secretary to State Government, during the Lagos State Security Summit 2018, tagged: "Securing Lagos State: Towards a Sustainable Framework for a Modern Mega City'' at Eko Hotel, Lagos. Photo by Bunmi Azeez. 28 suspects arraigned for gruesome murder of 10 herdsmen in Benue By Peter Duru M AKURDI—THE Police in Benue State yesterday arraigned 28 suspects at a Makurdi Magistrate court for their alleged involvement in last Saturday’s gruesome murder of 10 herders at Yelwata, a border town between Benue and Nasarawa states on the Makurdi- Lafia road. The victims were said to be traveling from Awe in Nasarawa State for a wedding but unfortunately had a break-down in the town when the hoodlums pounced on them and killed them in cold blood. State chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Mohammed Husseini, said the victims left Awe in the early hours of Saturday in a chartered bus and on getting to Yelwata town, they had a flat tyre and stopped to fix it, but suspected Tiv militia surrounded them and slaughtered them one after another. He gave their names as Gambo Modoka, Lauru Hodi, Bogel Mainasara, Zakari Modoka, Hassan Mainasara, Gambo Mainasara, Ya’u Ori, Feuri Adamu, Khadija Rilwanu, as well as two kids whose names could not be ascertained. Counsel to the complainants, Mr. Tijuana Ahmed appealed to Benue State Police command to urgently conclude investigations into the matter to allow timely determination of the matter which was adjourned to April 24 for THE Akwa Ibom State Government has said that the pastor whose church building collapsed and killed 27 persons in the state in 2016 is not culpable of any crime. The tragic incident occurred during the consecration ceremony of the founder and pastor of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, Akan Weeks, as a bishop. The church building was still under construction when it caved in. Also, 37 persons were injured, while additional number of people died later from injuries. The state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, who was one of the guests at the church ceremony, narrowly escaped unhurt. The state government, in a white paper released yesterday, rejected the commencement of definite hearing. Reacting, Benue State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni confirmed the arraignment, stressing that it would serve as deterrent to anyone or group of persons who would contemplate taking the laws into their hands. AKWA IBOM CHURCH BUILDING COLLAPSE: Govt absolves pastor pastor’s indictment by the commission of inquiry it set up to probe the incident. The commission, headed by a retired judge, Umoekoyo Essang, said in its report that the pastor’s “undue interference” in the construction work led to the collapse of the church building. ''His (Mr Week's) adamant posture of unbridled impunity as the General Overseer of Reigners Bible Church led to the unfortunate incident of 10 December, 2016,” the commission's report said. The commission said the church didn’t get government permit for the building construction and that construction work was rushed with impunity to have the event take place in an uncompleted building site.
Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 GOVERNORSHIP: We won’t allow cash for votes in Ekiti election — INEC •4 policemen for each polling unit, says Police chief •Monarchs warn Commission against rigging By Rotimi Ojomoyela AIndependent DO-EKITI—THE National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, assured the electorate in Ekiti State that it would work with the security agencies to prevent monetisation of the July 14 governorship election in the state. The electoral body said it was aware of how people were being offered N5,000 each to cast their votes in Anambra, Ondo, and Edo states, saying such won’t reoccur in Ekiti through strong synergy with the security agencies. This was as the Ekiti State Council of Obas warned INEC against manipulation of the governorship election, urging it “not to outsmart the smart card readers so that the state can have a credible election that will be acceptable to all.” Also, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe, said the police has mapped out strategies to stop electoral malfeasance by ensuring that four policemen man a polling unit to ward off thuggery and manipulation. The INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurance in Ado Ekiti during a stakeholders’ meeting on the Continuous Registration Exercise. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, who is also an aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; leaders of political parties, security agencies, market women, civil society organizations, labour leaders, among others. Yakubu, who was represented by INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States, Mr. Solomon Soyebi, said: “The elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra States were largely monetized. We are aware of this. It was, see and buy, but it won’t happen in Ekiti.” He said INEC has conducted a total of 286 polls since 2015 and that only 28 were nullified due to parties’ poor internal democracy. He said: “It was N5,000 per vote in Ondo and Anambra states. We are working with security agencies not to allow it to happen again. We even seized some cash in Anambra state. “In the Ekiti election, we won’t allow any vehicle to come near the polling units, because the politicians SECURITY SUMMIT: From left; Dr. Ona Ekhomu, Chairman, Trans-World Security; Mr Imohimi Edgal, Lagos State Police Commissioner and Mr. Olayinka Odutola, Director General, Association of Enterprise Risk Management Professionals (AERMP) at the 2018 Lagos State Security Summit in Lagos. used to keep the money in the booth. With this, it will reduce because politicians can’t carry large amount in their pockets.” He assured that INEC will be neutral in Ekiti election, urging the stakeholders to work hard to mobilize the people for the continuous registration exercise and also claim over 200,000 Permanent Voters Cards that are still with the commission. Ekiti monarchs urge INEC’s transparency In their remarks, the Alare of Are Ekiti, Oba Boluwade Adebiyi, the Attah of Ayede, Oba Mumini Orisagbemi and the Alara of Aramoko, Oba Olu Adeyemi, urged INEC to be transparent. Appealing to politicians to do things with decorum, they warned that the people of the state are ready to reject any election that doesn’t represent the true reflection of their preference among the governorship candidates. Oba Adebiyi said: “We are aware of the Smart Card Reader that will be used for this election. Our appeal is that do not outsmart the smart card reader so that we can have a peaceful poll.” We want INEC’s neutrality — Deputy Gov Also, the Deputy Governor said Ekiti people are peace-loving people, urging that: “all we want from INEC is neutrality so that Ekiti can be at peace before, during and after this election,” he stated. 218,000 PVCs unclaimed — REC The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Prof Abdulganiy Raji, said over 218,000 PVCs were yet to be claimed, urging the stakeholders to sensitize their people to be aware of their obligations during elections. Your position on indebtedness deceptive, Osun PDP tells Dep gov By Gbenga Olarinoye O Peoples SOGBO—THE Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State has described as deceptive the recent claim by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori that the state’s indebtedness is being exaggerated by the opposition. In a statement, yesterday, by its state chairman, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, the party accused the Deputy Governor of playing the ostrich by pretending not to know that the “humongous debt incurred by the Rauf A r e g b e s o l a administration in the last 7 years is not only unsustainable but was spent mainly on phantom projects which served as conduit pipe for the looting of the state treasury. “What happened to the monies borrowed for the Osogbo-Ikirun-Ila Odo road; the Gbongan to Akoda road; the Airport in Iddo Osun; the Water projects in Ede and Ilesa as well as many other projects?” While making reference to a recent report by a budget transparency and accountability organization, BUDGIT, the PDP said: “Osun State’s economy can hardly Adebanjo one of Nigeria’s most consistent, tested icons — AFENIFERE By Dapo Akinrefon LAGOS—THE pan- Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, described one of its leaders, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who turns 90 today, as one of Nigeria’s most consistent, forthright, dedicated, trusted and tested icons. Afenifere described Adebanjo as a priceless gift to Yoruba race and Nigeria and a faithful disciple of Chief Obafemi Awolowo who has remained one of the most strident voices in the calls for a restructuring of the country like the sage himself who had stridently advocated a federal Nigeria since 1947. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere said: “The entire Afenifere family rises like one man to salute and celebrate one of its most consistent, forthright, dedicated, trusted and tested icons, Chief Ayo Adebanjo as he clocks 90 on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. “The story of Chief Thugs invade Atiku’s campaign office in Katsina, destroy vehicles OPU formed to project Nigeria’s image abroad — GANI ADAMS By Dapo Akinrefon LAGOS—THE Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, has said that the Oodua Progressive Union, OPU, was formed to project the positive image of Nigeria and Yoruba race to the world. Speaking to newsmen shortly after his arrival from the United Kingdom, on a 12 day-visit, he said OPU sustain the almost N400 billion debt which the Aregbesola administration has thrown it into through its recklessness, cluelessness and utter disregard for due process. “For the avoidance of doubt, this is what BUDGIT said about this same matter in its October 2017 report which declared Osun as being insolvent.'' was inaugurated six years ago to unite Yoruba sons and daughters in the Diaspora, for socio-economic integration, growth, and networking of Nigerians abroad. Adams said: “Our aims and objectives are clear; we are poised to promote our cultural identity, including our language and socioeconomic values. We are also determined to protect the interest of the race through global integration.” Giving reasons for the visit K SUSPECTED ATSINA— thugs broke into the Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Campaign office, along Dandagoro road, Batagarawa local government area of Katsina State, during the weekend, destroying vehicles parked inside the premises. The suspects reportedly attacked supporters of the former vice-president whom they met in the office. Jacob Dickson, spokesman of Atiku’s campaign in the north-west geopolitical zone, said items worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed during the attack. Aliyu Abbas, chairman of the Atiku Care Foundation, to Europe, Adams said he was in Europe to attend the receptions organized by the Europe chapter of the OPU. He said: “Since my installation as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, in January, prominent people and groups have been holding a number of receptions for me in Nigeria, that is why OPU members in Italy, France, Sweden, and United Kingdom decided to honour me and my family.” Adebanjo is partly that of Afenifere as there is u n b r o k e n interconnectedness in a man who has consistently stayed on a political front for almost seven decades. You can therefore not write the history of Afenifere without Adebanjo featuring or that of Adebanjo without mentioning Afenifere. “In fact, if you take Afenifere out of Chief Adebanjo’s life, all that may be left in his childhood and adolescence. “This explains our joy as this great spirit celebrates 90 and shatters the whole idea generated by the fear that you have to stay out of trouble with authorities to preserve your life. He has confronted evil in the land for over 60 years, “He remains one of the most strident voices in the calls for a restructuring of Nigeria into a proper federation for the country to fulfill its manifest destiny. He is an eloquent and consistent advocate of restructuring as a faithful disciple of Chief Obafemi Awolowo who has stridently advocated a federal Nigeria since 1947.'' said it was “barbaric for the thugs to have attacked the office and innocent supporters who were celebrating there.” A witness was quoted as saying the thugs came in three tricycles, spy on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members before launching the attack. “We (supporters of Atiku) went to the PDP northwest zonal rally that took place at the party’s secretariat in Katsina and returned to celebrate the colourful outing in our befitting campaign office refurbished in support of Atiku’s candidature ahead of the forthcoming general elections in 2019 when the armed thugs stormed and attacked us. “Initially, they came in to spy on us before going back to pick up their arms to launch the attack. They smashed windscreens, mirrors and bodies of vehicles parked within the premises of the campaign office with cutlasses, sticks and others they were carrying on their hands. “They damage our fence, brought down our party flags erected round the fence and went away with some of the party flags. “We have reported the case at the Divisional Police Office in Batagarawa and the DPO with his men have swung into action immediately,” he said.