10 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION: Court dismisses IGP’s suit against Senate AAbba-Bello BUJA—JUSTICE Muhammad of the FCT High Court, Abuja, yesterday dismissed the suit filed by the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alleging violation of his fundamental human rights by the Senate. The judge said the suit lacked merit as Section 88 and 89 of the Nigeria’s Constitution empowers the lawmakers to carry out investigations on issues of public interest. Joined in the suit are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau and members of the ad-hoc committee that heard complaints of financial misappropriation leveled against the Police. The judge said the IGP LASG to parley with media on policy formulation, implementations By Olasunkanmi Akoni LAGOS—THE Lagos State Government has said plans are on for engagement with the media for better appreciation of its programmes and communication to the public aimed at growing the economy and fast-tracking development across the state. Speaking on engagement of media on government policies at the flag-off of the annual ministerial briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led government, Commissioner for failed to establish the element that constituted infringement on his fundamental human rights as he alleged against the Senate. “His right has not been infringed to require the court’s intervention, inviting the applicant is a mere invitation to shed more light on the allegations leveled against him. “More so, the Police Act also empowers the Police to carry out investigation about itself which the Police was already doing as at the time the allegations were raised,” the judge said. Mr Idris had approached the court seeking a declaration that the investigative activities of the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee breached his rights as the Head of the Police Force. Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said it was necessary, as the public sometimes misinterpret government’s intention, especially with regard to new policies. According to Bamigbetan, ''The strategic engagements would involve the interface of relevant segments of the media and public with ministries, departments and agencies germane to the implementation of policies, such that government’s intentions are well communicated. He said it would facilitate the implementation of such programmes and ultimately deepen development of Lagos.'' Presidential c'ttee denies Danjuma’s resignation A Presidential BUJA—THE Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) has debunked reports that its chairman, Theophilus Danjuma has resigned. Head of Media and Communications of the Committee, Alkasim Abdulkadir, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja yesterday. There were media reports that Danjuma, a former defence minister had resigned from the committee. He said: “The attention of the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative has been drawn to reports and social media posts on the purported resignation of PCNI Chairman. “This statement hereby debunks the reports and states that Lt. Gen. TY Danjuma (retd) remains Chairman of the PCNI.'' RAINY SEASON: NCAA issues weather hazard alert to pilots, airline operators L Nigerian AGOS—THE Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, yesterday issued a weather hazard alert to all pilots and airline operators indicating hazards associated with flight operations during the rainy season. The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, issued the alert in an Advisory Circular to the airlines in Lagos. Usman said in the circular that NCAA-AEROMET-25 was issued based on the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) released for 2018 by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet). He said the agency had predicted March/April and May/June 2018 as the onset for rainy season in the Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria respectively. “This alert is quite imperative at the outset of the rainy season which is usually accompanied with severe thunderstorms and many other hazardous weather phenomena such as turbulence, microburst, low level wind shear and hail events. “The above mentioned factors are known to pose obvious threat to aircraft operations,” Usman said. He urged the pilots, operators and Air Traffic Controllers to take note of their various responsibilities. “Air Traffic Controllers may temporarily close airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as severe thunderstorms, squall lines, microburst or low level wind shear are observed or forecast by Nimet. “Flight Crews/Operators and Air Traffic Controllers shall ensure adherence to aerodrome weather minima. “Pilots shall exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by Nimet. “Pilots/Flight crew members shall obtain adequate departure, enroute and destination weather information and briefing from Nimet Aerodrome Meteorological officer prior to flight operations,” he said. Usman advised the operators to ensure that necessary measures were put in place to manage the effects of flight delays or cancellations on their passengers. He said all stakeholders were required to ensure strict compliance as violations would be viewed seriously. WORKSHOP: From left: Mr. Deji Koko, Director of Account, Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Akintola Benson Oke, Commissioner of Establishments, Training and Pensions and Hon. Adedayo Famaknwa, Chairman, House Committee on Establishments Training, Pensions and Public service, during the workshop on Managerial Skills Improvement and Personal Effectiveness Workshop for Directors in Lagos Public Works, at The Dover Hotel, Ikeja, yesterday. Photo by Bunmi Azeez. Abuja ready for the tourism world — FCTA MINISTER By Henry Umoru Aof BUJA—MINISTER the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, yesterday assured the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Commission for Africa, UNWTO - CAF, that the city was ready to host its 61st International Conference. The conference is scheduled to hold between June 1 and June 6, 2018 in Abuja. Speaking yesterday in Abuja when he received a delegation from the Ministry of Information and Culture, led by its Minister,, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Bello expressed delight over the choice of Abuja as host city, saying the event fits well into the drive of the FCT Administration to make Abuja a global tourism and conference destination. The Minister, who commended Lai Mohammed for the hard work in securing the hosting right for the meeting, said: “For Nigeria to win the hosting right must have entailed a lot of hard work. This is very commendable. These are all reflections of how the outer world now perceives Nigeria. It is a reflection that this government is getting it right and it is something that we all feel proud of. ''With respect to the conference, we are going to give maximum support to this conference because it showcases Nigeria and, above all, it showcases Abuja and it fits into our programme of working to position the city as a conference destination. Giving Abuja’s beauty, good road network, serenity and security we can boldly MONEY LAUNDERING: FG re-arraigns Dariye’s son on 6-count charge By Ikechukwu Nnochiri A Economic BUJA—THE and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday re-arraigned Miracle, son of former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court over alleged money laundering. The defendant, who was alleged to have laundered N1.5 billion, pleaded not guilty to an amended 6- count charge the EFCC preferred against him He was docked alongside a hotel, Apartment le Paradis. Specifically, EFCC alleged that Dariye’s son, had in 2013, failed to report a cash transaction of N1.5 billion he received through the hotel’s bank account. According to the prosecution, the amount was above the threshold of N10 million permissible by law. Besides, EFCC told the court that the hotel, which has the defendant as its Director, was not registered as Designated Non- Financial Institution. The defendant was said to had contravened section 5(1) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011, as amended and punishable under Section 5 (b) of the same Act. Meanwhile, after the defendant took his plea, trial Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, allowed him to go home on his previous bail terms. The court had earlier granted him bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum. Justice Ojukwu stressed say that Abuja is ready for the tourism world.” Earlier, Alhaji Mohammed said the team was in the FCT to kick-start series of visits and advocacies to key stakeholders into Nigeria’s hosting of the first meeting of the UNWTO – CAF. Mohammed said: “Being the host minister of this conference makes it imperative for us to make your office as the first point of call. The President has accepted very graciously to personally declare the meeting open and that makes Mr. President the first person to be invited. With this visit, the Minister of the FCT has become the second person to be invited.” According to the Information Minister, the global tourism body unanimously gave Nigeria the hosting right for the meeting during its last meeting in Addis Ababa in April 2017, adding, “The meeting we are planning to host is very important. UNWTO, which is the custodian of the meeting has a global membership of 158 members, six associated members and several others representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.''
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Buhari, Osinbajo, govs, others eulogise Adebanjo at 90 By Daud Olatunji & Adeola Badru IJEBU-OGBO— P R E S I D E N T Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Governors of Ogun, Oyo and Osun States, Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola and other eminent Nigerians, yesterday, eulogised Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who turned 90 years old yesterday. Venue of the event was agog as past and serving top political office holders, friends and associates were among scores of people that converged on Isanya -Ijebu-Ogbo to honour Adebanjo. ROLL CALL Notable Nigerians present at the event include former governors of Ogun and Ondo States, Messrs Gbenga Daniel, Olusegun. Mimiko; Afenifere chieftains, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Olu Falae; Oba Adadapo Tejuosho, Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark; former Commonwealth Secretary- General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa; Senator Femi Okurounmu; General Alani Akinrinade; Senator Adegbenga Kaka. the Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc, Ambassador Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu; the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams and former Minister of Industries, Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande, Others are a former deputy of Lagos State, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele; the founder, Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare and wife, Olayide and wife of the former chairman, Punch Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Iyabo Ogunshola. He's committed to nation building — Buhari President Buhari, in a message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja, thanked God for the grace that had taken Adebanjo to this landmark age. The president, who noted with delight that Adebanjo had clocked 90 years, believed the politician and lawyer had contributed to national development through his profession and commitment to nation building. He’s a true nationalist — Osinbajo Commending Adebanjo, the Vice President described him as a true nationalist and icon that is committed to national unity. Osinbajo said this during the thanksgiving service held in commemoration of Adebanjo’s 90th birthday celebration at St. Philips Anglican Parish Church, Isanya Ogbo- Ijebu, Ogun State. The Vice President said: “Baba Ayo Adebanjo is a true Nigerian, a nationalist and an icon. He has shown that there is value in consistency. “He suffered with Baba Awolowo during the Action Group days. He was as the preacher said ‘accused number 30’ in the treasonable felony trial. He was with the National Democratic Coalition and now in the Afenifere. “He believes in a true and just Nigeria, those are the ideals he has stuck to. He believes in a true federalism where everyone would have equal rights. We salute you for your commitment to national unity and the nation. “Many of you know that he is a consistent fellow. He was one of the founding fathers of Afenifere. He believes in true and just Nigeria. “He is one of the strong voice advocating for true federalism, that our federation should be fairer and just. He has continued to show commitment to national unity. No one can deny the fact that he is a true nationalist. He’s a true believer —Amosun In his remarks, Governor Ibikunle Amosun said: “Pa Adebanjo’s life captures the essence of service to humanity. He is a true believer in an egalitarian society, where there is social equality.” Aregbesola, Ajimobi, Gani Adams laud Adebanjo Also speaking, Gov. Ajimobi described Adebanjo as a quintessential and loyal man, who had lived his life for the service of humanity. He noted that Chief Adebanjo, despite not holding any political office, remains an influential man who holds sway in the socio-political development of the country. Similarly, Governor Aregbesola described the Afenifere chieftain as “a fearless, courageous and incorruptible man”, noting that “we were proud of his Spartan lifestyle and discipline.” On his part, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams said: “Baba’s life cut a picture of a true disciple of the late sage, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. As an Awoist, Pa Adebanjo has been a strong advocate of restructuring and true federalism. At 90, he is still a bastion of hope to young Nigerians, who believe in his ideology of true federalism." SYNOD: From left left; Chancellor Anglican Church Ibadan Diocese,Justice Hellen Ogunmiju; Attorney Genranl/ Commissioner for Justice, Ondo State, Hon Adekola Olawoye;The Diocesan of Ibadan Diocese Anglican Church, Most Rev. Joseph Akinfewa and his, wife, Comfort at the 22nd Synod of Ibadan Diocese Anglican Church held at St.David Anglican Church Ijokodo Ibadan. PHOTOS: by Dare Fasube GOVERNORSHIP: Why we're interested in Ekiti polls — BRITISH ENVOY •As PDP accuses APC, INEC of plans to rig By Rotimi Ojomoyela & Dirisu Yakubu A DO-EKITI—THE Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Miss Laure Beaufils, has said the international community is watching Ekiti State, urging politicians in the state to play the game according to the rules to ensure the peaceful and successful conduct of the July 14 governorship election in the state. This came as National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of planning to rig the governorship election. The British Envoy said this, yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, when she paid a courtesy visit to the management of a private radio station, Voice 89.9 FM. Beaufils said: “I believe the primaries should be open even though it will definitely be a tense period, people all over the country are looking forward to it. “Politicians should dwell on issues, policies, and manifestos rather than on personalities. The coming Ekiti election is a signal to the 2019 general election.” Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Donald Falayi said the station has maintained neutrality in the coverage and reportage of events in the state in line with broadcasting code. PDP accuses APC, INEC of plans to rig Meanwhile, the PDP national chairman levied the allegation while receiving the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck, who paid him a courtesy call at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja. Secondus said: “The July Ekiti State governorship election will be the first test for this administration. We know that the APC and INEC have perfected plans rig the election.” OAU sets up c'ttee to probe ‘sex for mark' audio By Gbenga Olarinoye OSOGBO—THE management of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, has set up a committee to investigate an allegation of sexual harassment against a male lecturer of the institution, Prof. Richard Akindele. An audio had surfaced online a few days ago, where the lecturer, during a telephone conversation demanded sex from an unknown female student. According to the conversation between the lecturer, who works with the Accounting Department of the University and the said female student, the lecturer demanded sex five times before he would increase the score of the said student from 33 to pass mark. We’ll not condone indiscipline — OAU When contacted for reactions yesterday, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju, said: “The university is aware and we are setting up machinery to critically look at the issue to determine the veracity otherwise there won’t be a conclusion. “We have set up a committee to look into the issue. First, we must determine, if the male voice in the recording is actually that of the lecturer. Also the female voice, it must be ascertained that is that of our female student. “The OAU management will never condone indiscipline. We have a tradition of excellence and we will keep to that. The vice chancellor will also speak on the matter in due course”, Olanrewaju said. Allegations Richard Akindele, a Professor at the faculty of Administration, TB Joshua hosts Sierra Leone new president FOUNDER of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet T.B Joshua has discreetly hosted the newly elected President of Sierra Leone, Brigadier-General Julius Maada Bio in his church before the March 31 runoff elections. Bio eventually emerged as president of Sierra Leone. It was gathered that Bio had initially made overtures to Prophet Joshua shortly after the March 7, 2018, general election. Bio, it was further gathered initially sent emissaries to pave way for his visit to Prophet Joshua. During his meeting with the SCOAN founder, Bio Department of Accounting at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, was alleged to have demanded to have sex five times with his student before passing her. A telephone conversation involving the student has gone viral on social media. The female student, whose identity is still unknown, called the Professor to inquire about his earlier demand for sex to pass her in the lecturer’s course that she supposedly failed. He told the student that she would repeat the exam in the next academic session since she had refused to “take the opportunity” he offered her to have sex with him. “I gave you an opportunity and you missed it,” the Professor told the female student on phone. “Forget about it. You will do it next year.” The student said she was calling to confirm whether he was serious about having sex with her. He responded: “Me that agreed to do something. I know what I meant. If you don’t trust me to forget about it. If I wouldn’t do it, why should I give you audience in the first place? If I am not interested in doing it, I won’t give you audience. “The other person has come and I told her straight away because there is nothing I can do to bail that person out and her mark is even better than your own. The person scored 39 while your own is 33.” The lecturer then asked her why she told him that she was on her period the day they met and he demanded sex. Efforts to get the reactions of the lecturer and the female student proved abortive as at the time of going to press. requested for spiritual guidance and support for the runoff election. After the spiritual session with Prophet Joshua, Bio departed for Sierra Leone, while Prophet Joshua also after left for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to mark the Easter holiday in the holy land. In the runoff election result, Bio emerged victorious with 51.8 percent of the total of over 2.5 million votes cast defeating Kamara who garnered 48.1 percent. Bio’s visit is one in a series of visits by African heads of government to Prophet Joshua to seek spiritual support in their bid to lead their country.