10 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 Falana urges ECOWAS to reject Morocco’s application :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 By Abdulwahab Abdulah L AGOS—HUMAN rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states to reject the application by Morocco to join the regional body, saying, it cannot gain any economic development and regional integration. In a statement in Lagos, Falana noted that ECOWAS should not be deceived and misled to admit Morocco as a member state of the West African body. The lawyer said: “Despite the so-called Morocco’s strong ties with ECOWAS member states, trade between them remains low as it is less than USD 1 billion a year. This is insignificant as West Africa has a GDP of $345 billion. Even then, the volume of trade is expected to reduce as some of the trade agreements between Morocco and ECOWAS member states are illegal to the extent that they relate to the mineral resources in Western Sahara.” In a presentation he made at the multi-stakeholders consultative meeting on Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice By Precious Nicholas S TANDARDS Organisation of Nigeria, SON has vowed to step up its enforcement activities to rid the country of unsafe products, insisting that it will not stop until Nigeria becomes a safe haven for quality goods. Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, explained that with its reinvigorated SON Act 2015, the standards body had the mandate to police the whole country to ensure that substandard goods would not find their way into the hands of the unsuspecting and enhancing Access to Justice in the West African sub region with the title, “Deploying the ECOWAS legal architecture for addressing impunity in West African sub region”, Falana said that, “Both the European Court of Human and a High Court in South Africa have ruled that Morocco lacks the legal capacity to mine the mineral resources in the territory of Western Sahara.” The paper read in part: “Having been frustrated in its bid to re-colonize the ECOWAS sub-region, the European Union decided to encourage Morocco to apply to join the ECOWAS. It is my humble view that if Morocco is admitted to ECOWAS the European Union would have achieved its objective as it has signed an Association Agreement with Morocco which is similar to the EU-ECOWAS Partnership Agreement in every material particular.” “In other words, if the request is granted, Morocco will take advantage of the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of people and goods to serve as a gateway for EU goods entering into West Africa and thereby destroy the infantile industries in the sub region.” “The principal aim of the SON talks tough on unsafe products Nigerian consumers. Aboloma, who was represented by the Director Enforcement and Compliance, Bede Obayi, at an enforcement exercise to different warehouses in Lagos, urged importers to always consult SON for quality control guidelines before importing goods into the country. Aboloma said: ''We want to ensure that as people consume these products, it will be the same as those sending the products to us. We want to have a certificate of free sale that once we are consuming these products, we are sure the quality is same as to where the products are coming from.'' TEK EXPERT: From left — Corporate Vice President, Customer Service and Support, Microsoft, Aileen Allkins; Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Fahm; General Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Akin Banuso; Founder, Tek Expert, Yaniv Natan, and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Research, University of Lagos, Professor Oluwole Familoni, at the launch of the Tek Expert Company in Lagos. Customs Unit remits N1.6bn to federation account in three weeks ...Impounds Indian hemp, 64 exotic cars, 10 trailers of rice, others By Godfrey Bivbere LAGOS—THE Federal Operations Unit, FOU zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS yesterday said it generated N1.6 billion into the federation account in three weeks. According to the Customs Area Controller, CAC of the Unit, Garba Uba Mohammed, the Unit also impounded 570 parcels and 98 sacks of Indian Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) weighing 1,550 kilograms, 6003 bags of rice which is equivalent of 10 trailers of imported rice, 64 exotic cars, 963 cartons of frozen poultry products, 431 jerry cans of vegetable oil, second hand cloths and other items. He equally informed that 10 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures. Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Mohammed said the Unit between 19th of March and 9th of April intercepted various contraband goods with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N1.461 billion. Why we're hosting tourism summit — AYORINDE By Jimoh Babatunde LAGOS State Government has said the forthcoming tourism summit to be hosted by the state is designed to provide resourceful content for the proposed state tourism master plan for the tourism industry. Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, speaking ahead of the summit informed that the summit was crucial to intimate and integrate key players in the tourism industry to achieve a He noted that the Unit recovered N116.207 million as duty payments and Demand Notices, DN on general goods from seaports, airports and border stations through wrong classification, transfer of value and short change in duty payments meant for the coffers of the federal government. According to the Customs boss, “Among the 13 detained vehicles are one Toyota Land cruiser (2018), one Escalade Cardillac (2017), one Range Rover (2014), three Toyota Camry (2009, 2010 and 2017 models), one Toyota Rav 4, one Toyota Highlander 2019 ELECTION: Students protest in Lagos, demand Ambode declare intention By Monsuru Olowoopejo LAGOS—BARELY two days after President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to contest 2019 election, students of Lagos State in prosperous initiative as the state journey into the tourism world to compete with developed cities. He said: ‘’The summit will list out in specific terms the interventions that are needed in producing a master plan that assist in shaping the tourism sector in Lagos State in the next 15 to 20 years. It has been a deliberate plan derived from a visionary study of the population trend and analysis of what sector will better absorb the teeming youth population, reduce poverty and crime as well as create jobs with multiplier effects on other sectors.” (2014), one Honda CRV, one Honda Accord, one BMW Salon car, one Toyota Sienna, one Hyundai, among others. “The vehicles are still under detention pending the grace period allowed for the owners to bring relevant Customs document. The interception was done while on information patrol at various locations within our areas of jurisdiction. These 13 detained exotic vehicles alone have a DPV of over N258 million. “It will interest you to know that among the detained vehicles in our previous briefing, 64 of tertiary institutions across the country yesterday demanded that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode publicly declare his intention for a second term. The students, who staged solidarity walk to the State House, Alausa, under the auspices of the National Union of Lagos State Students, NULASS, threw their weight behind his second term in office. According to the students, the decision to publicly identify with and support the governor for reelection in 2019 was on account of the various laudable initiatives of the governor to reposition and scale up education sector in the state, as well as massive infrastructural projects across the State. Speaking on behalf of the students, NULASS President, Qudus Adeniyi said the positive impact of the strides of Ambode since assumption of office had been felt across all sectors and sections of the state. them have been converted to seizure after all necessary legal procedures were followed within the week under review, awaiting Court condemnation. “Additionally, four containers 3 x 40 feet and I x 20 feet were seized for different Customs breaches in the importation process. The I x 20 feet container no: CSNU 106087/4 carried 2,260 cartoons of Gonca Spagetti made in turkey and 530 package of Rifle Energy drinks made in Europe as against baking powder declared in the Single Goods Declaration, SGD.'' “We are here to applaud and appreciate the good works of our governor and daddy. From the first day in office, he has been doing good works in every facet of our dear state. “If you talk of infrastructure, the governor is doing well; talk of good road network, the governor is there; talk of laudable initiatives for education system in the state, h is there. These and many more are the reasons behind our resolve to endorse the Governor for another term in office,” Adeniyi added. Responding, Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Seye Oladejo, stressed that their action served as a feedback to the government. He said: “I want to say quickly that when a government is on track and well-focused on its promises and projects and is being appreciated by an arm that is very important, we can only give the glory to God and the people of the state.''
Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 SEX-FOR-MARKS: Come, prove your case, OAU mgt tells student By Gbenga Olarinoye O MANAGEMENT SOGBO— of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, yesterday, advised the female student, who accused a male lecturer of sexual harassment, to come out of hiding and assist the probe panel committee in its findings. Following an audio that went viral online a few days ago, where the lecturer demanded sex from an unknown female student, in a telephone conversation, the OAU authorities had set up a probe panel to unravel the matter. But, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju on a radio programme, in Osogbo, said the affected lecturer had already been issued a query on the allegation. While awaiting the response from the affected lecturer, the female student is yet to come out and submit herself for investigation or make a formal complaint to the university. The OAU spokesperson said the committee may find its work difficult if the female student refused to come out and assist the panel in its investigations. He said: “This is not the first time we are faced with this kind of problem when female victims go around making allegations but refused to submit themselves to the panel set up by the management to investigate the issue.” We won’t condone sexual harassment — VC Meanwhile, Vice- Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede has said the institution will not tolerate sexual harassment. Ogunbodede, who promised that decisive action would be taken against those found culpable in the sex-formarks scandal rocking the school, said: “The attention of the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has been drawn to an audio recording, now trending on the social media, of a telephone conversation ostensibly between one Professor Akindele and a female student of the University. “The recording suggests that the lecturer was demanding sex in return for a grade which clearly amounts to sexually harassing the lady. “Since the matter came to our notice, the University has begun the process of identifying the characters involved in this apparent breach of its regulations, •Queries accused lecturer the Code of Conduct for the University Community and the antisexual harassment policy, in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and procedures of the University. “To this end, the university has set up a high-powered committee to investigate the allegation and submit its report within one week. Fayose withdraws murder case against Ekiti APC chair, two others By Rotimi Ojomoyela A GOVERNOR DO-EKITI— Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has ordered the withdrawal of the murder case against the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Jide Awe and others. Awe, his aide, and other members of the APC have been on trial for the alleged murder of late Madam Juliana Adewunmi, and Murphy Jeje, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2013. The late Adewunmi was mother of Mr. Segun Adewunmi, current Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State. The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kolapo Kolade, moved an application for the withdrawal of the case which came up for hearing, yesterday, before Justice Dele Omotoso of High Court 7. He said the state was withdrawing the case in order to promote peace and brotherliness among the people of Erinjiyan Ekiti, which is the community where both the complainant Anyone found culpable will be dealt with decisively. “I wish to assure the general public that Obafemi Awolowo University has zero tolerance for sexual harassment. ''The university considers sexual harassment as a serious offence contrary to its Code of Conduct for the University Community and and the defendants in the matter hailed from. He also said governor Fayose has ordered the withdrawal of the case in spite of political differences because of his belief in posterity, peace, and welfare of the people of the community which was said to have been divided over the court case. Justice Omotosho, while granting the Attorney General’s application said the court supported the development because it was aimed at promoting peace. Why murder case was dropped Speaking with newsmen on the development, Kolade said: “What happened in court (today) yesterday is far beyond politics. The governor, in his usual characteristic manner of promoting peace and brotherliness in all communities in Ekiti and across party lines, has intervened in this matter. So many good people across Nigeria, even the defendants in this matter, have appealed to his Excellency to intervene in this matter, particularly in Erijinyan, more so as •We won’t condone sexual harassment — VC against the Anti-sexual Harassment Policy of the university. It is totally and morally reprehensible, and the University will never condone such act by any staff or student. “Once again, I wish to reiterate that no one found culpable of this serious misconduct of sexual harassment will go unpunished.” VISIT: From left; Andy Halford, Group Chief Finance Officer Standard Chartered Bank (SCB); Aishah Ahmad, Deputy Governor CBN; Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna, DG Monetary Policy and Bola Adesola, MD/CEO, SCB during a courtesy visit to CBN head office in Abuja. the defendants and complainant are of the same family. The complainants have given the go ahead and said the matter should be w i t h d r a w n . This development equally supports the cause of justice. One of the cardinal principles of justice is the promotion of peace. “The major beneficiary is Chief Jide Awe, the APC chairman in Ekiti State. He, alongside his aide and other party members, were alleged to have murdered late Madam Juliana Adewunmi, mother of the Ekiti Deputy Speaker and Murphy Jeje, a member of the PDP. The complainant is the Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly. Defence counsel commends govt One of the defence counsels in the matter, Ibrahim Olanrewaju, said: “reason seems to have prevailed today; the Attorney General himself came to court to withdraw the charge. And by the provision of our law, the court was left with no option, than to discharge and acquit the defendants.'' 500% FEE HIKE: Police arrest 46 students, others for attacking judicial officers By Dayo Johnson AKURE—AS the protest against tuition fees by students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State entered the third day, yesterday, the Police Command has arrested over 46 students and 34 other suspects for attacking top government judicial officers in Akure. The state Police Command said 12 students of the institution and 34 individuals were arrested, during the protest, for attempting to overrun the Government House in Akure. Reports had it that some parents and market women were among those arrested during the protest in Akure. Spokesperson of the Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph said that those arrested were causing a breach of the peace in the state by attacking top government officials and some policemen during their protest He said: “If the students have reasons to protest, it is their constitutional rights, if your government brings out any policy or decision that do not go down well with you, you can protest peacefully. “But when you begin to cross the line of decency, embarking on the destruction of lives and properties, blocking the highways and embarking on a looting spree and damaging government properties and even wanting to invade the government house, we Whether APC wins or not, African Drum Festival’ll hold next year — AMOSUN By Daud Olatunji A GOVERNOR BEOKUTA— Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has said the economic benefits of the African drum festival are huge for the state, noting that no successor would want to kill the festival. Amosun said the state has partnered Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka towards the success of the 2018 festival, the third edition of its annual drums festival. The governor said this during a press conference heralding this year’s edition of the festival. Amosun said the festival, with the theme, ‘Reviving Our Culture in Drums’, was a unique platform aimed at bringing Africans together through drums to showcase the continent’s rich culture. He said: ‘’The third week in April of every year, all will not allow that. That was why we had to come in. “We have been appealing to the students to embrace dialogue since the beginning of this protest but they allowed hoodlums to hijack this protest and we would not fold our arms and allow this to continue.” Protest continues Meanwhile, the students who continued their protest stormed the major streets in Akure as early as 8 am. Some traders, who closed their shops also joined in the protest, calling on the government to revert the outrageous fees. Reports had it that some of the students also protested at Ikare Akoko, the neighbouring town to the Akungba, where the institution is situated. Ondo lawmakers wade in Disturbed by the threat to security, the State House of Assembly yesterday summoned the Governing Council, the Education Commissioner, Mr. Femi Agagu and other stakeholders to a meeting to find a lasting solution to the melee. Judicial officers attacked Yesterday’s protest, in Akure, took a new dimension as the aggrieved students stoned the convoy of two top judicial officers, who ran into them along Alagbaka, near the government house. On sighting the convoy, the students hauled stones at the vehicles following which the drivers made a detour and escaped from the scene but many of the vehicles in the convoy were smashed. roads will be leading to Abeokuta for African Drums Festival along with exciting activities, such as road shows, conferences, workshops, and exhibitions. “What we are trying to do is to have a system-driven environment such that whether we are here or not, this has come to stay. “And that is why we are investing so much in human capital so that no one would come and say he’s not doing the festival. Whoever is there, it is not about Amosun, it is about Ogun State. The way we are doing this, it’s taking root and drawing economic benefit so much that everybody is showing interest. “The economic benefit would be huge and this is the way to go and we will showcase and give platforms to talents from the state but this is not to say we are localising the festival.''