12—VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 PANDEF asks S’South politicians to sink differences By Emma Amaize PAN Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, yesterday, called on politicians in the South-South geopolitical zone, irrespective of political affiliations, to put aside their differences and work together in the interest of the region. PANDEF, the umbrella body of the zone, particularly appealed to politicians in Rivers State ‘not to further engage in activities that could further undermine and impact negatively on social and economic activities after the tortuous electoral process in the state.” National Secretary of the group, Dr Alfred Mulade said: “The people of Rivers State deserve to live in peace after the state of uncertainty caused by the needless and senseless violence before and during the March 9 governorship election in the state. “We urge politicians who are dissatisfied with the outcome of the elections to follow only lawfully and constitutional means to seek redress, and avoid anything that would threaten peace in the state, region and nation at large.” Zamfara: Bandits kill 3000 in five years — Yari Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, has said that armed bandits have killed 3,526 persons in the state in the last five years. Yari spoke at a town hall meeting in Gusau, the state capital, yesterday. He spoke at a meeting attended by the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, traditional and community leaders, as well as herders and farmers. Yari, who was represented by Abdullahi Shinkafi, Secretary to the State Government, SSG, also said “Nearly 500 villages” have been destroyed by the attackers. He added that “Over 13,000 hectares of farmlands were either destroyed or made useless as farmers can no longer use the lands for farming. “Nearly 500 villages have also been devastated and 8,219 persons were injured, some are still in critical condition. “The economy of the state has seriously suffered because thousands of shops were destroyed by the rampaging bandits, who had displaced thousands of our people from their places of abode, many of whom cannot sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear.” Yari said the government had written volumes of reports containing over 7,000 pages, giving details of the crises right from the beginning to the “infiltration from Libya and Boko Haram.” He said the state government was aware of eight prominent bandits camps at different locations in the state. The governor said recent suspension of mining activities in the state by the Federal Government must “be followed by enforcement, because, it is one thing to ban, and another to enforce.” Delsu don warns against indiscriminate consumption of liver, kidney By Emma Okogba A Professor of Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology in the Department of Biochemistry, Delta State University, Abraka, Professor Samuel Asagba, has expressed concern over the indiscriminate consumption of liver and kidney by Nigerians. Asagba said liver and kidney are two organs that have high capacity to accumulate metals. Asagba who stated these in a lecture he delivered at the 70th inaugural lecture of the university, said the consumption of these organs might predispose consumers to metal induced toxicity. He spoke on the theme “Biochemical implications of cadmium in our food and drinking water: should we be worried?” Healthcare: Delta Assembly approves N1.64bn payment order to Fidelity Bank By Festus Ahon ASABA—DELTA State House of Assembly, yesterday, approved a request by the state government to issue an irrevocable standing payment order to Fidelity Bank in respect of the remodelling of the Central Hospital, Asaba. The request was contained in a letter sent to the House by the Acting Governor, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro and read by the Speaker, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori at plenary. The acting governor said the state government originally awarded the contract for the remodelling of the Central Hospital Asaba to Deux Project Limited at the sum of N2. 29 billion. He said during the course of the project execution, the initial contract sum was reviewed upward due to price fluctuations and additional works amounting to N427.7 million. He added that a contract for the construction of internal roads and parking lots within the hospital premises was awarded to the same contractor at the sum of N242.14 million. Otuaro noted that due to the damaged hospital perimeter wall occasioned by the 2017 flood in Asaba metropolis it became necessary for the state government to reconstruct the fence with concrete at the cost of N46.24 million bringing the total contract sum to N3 billion. According to the letter the state government had already paid the contractor the sum of N1.94 billion leaving a balance of N1.06 billion. He said the state Executive Council at its fourth meeting, ratified the governor’s approval for the completion of the project through contract financing to be provided by Fidelity Bank as a term loan facility of N1.06 billion. According to the letter, the project would be executed by Open House Property Management Company Limited, a sister company of Duex Project Limited, adding that the purpose of the letter was to seek the authorisation of the House for the state government to issue an appropriate Irrevocable Standing Payment Order ISPO in favour of Fidelity Bank for the full repayment of the facility amounting to N1.06 billion with equal monthly installments of N143.75 million for a period of eight months . The Majority Leader, Chief Tim Owhefere moved separate motions for the House to receive and approve the request of the Acting Governor. The motions were seconded by Mr. Peter Onwusanya, Oshimili South and Dr. Alphonsus Ojo, Ukwuani Constituency. AWARD: From left—Mrs Rose Yusuf, wife of the General Overseer, Household of Love Church; Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Senior Pastor, Trinity House Ministries International; Mary Afolabi, awardee; and Mrs Ibidun Ighodalo at the conferment of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ituah Ighodalo Foundation to celebrate Pastor Ituah's birthday in Lagos. DPR threatens to shut stations selling fuel above N145 in Bayelsa By Samuel Oyadongha YENAGOA THE Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has threatened to shut down erring filling stations over sudden hike in the pump price of petrol from N145 to N160 per litre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Residents of the state were taken aback last Thursday by the increase in the price of the product by station owners. But DPR’s Head of Operations, Ibinabo Jack, yesterday after a meeting with both independent and major marketers, frowned on the hike, saying it was not approved by any regulatory body. He urged them to immediately revert to the original price of N145 per littre, or be sanctioned. His words: “I personally went around and discovered that all the filling stations were selling above the pump price. They were selling at the rate of N160 naira for PMS. We frown on that and condemn it. “The sudden rise in pump price is not welcome by DPR. There are no directives for fuel pump increase. The pump price is still N145 per littre. The DPR will not hesitate to impose stringent penalties upon anyone found selling above the pump price. “The price of PMS at the depot as at the beginning of the week was N133. Marketers have no reason to say they have written to the authority or that they were granted by someone to sell above the pump price approved by the Petroleum Products Regulatory Agency, PPRA.” However, the Bayelsa TETFund unveils biggest signature infrastructure in Nigerian varsities By Egufe Yafugborhi PORT HARCOURT - THE Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has unveiled what the Fund’s Executive Secretary, Prof Elias Bogoro described as “biggest signature project ever” in Nigerian universities. The massive structure, now known as Seven-In- One, was commissioned by Bogoro among other newly completed TETFund projects in the University of Port Harcourt, at the institution’s 32nd convocation ceremony. He said: “This gigantic project, Seven-in-One represents the first time such a massive signature state Chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, said the increase was due to price increase at the depots. The group said its members have to source products from Warri and Port Harcourt refineries at prices above N142 and considering the transport cost, there was no way they could sell at the government price. infrastructure as this will be commissioned by the TETFund in any university. The Seven-in-One edifice includes a 1,200 capacity auditorium, 24 fullyfurnished offices for academic staff, eight classrooms, eight lecture halls, and a 600-capacity lecture theatre, among other features.
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 , 2019 — 13 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Ex-Gov Jang diverted N2bn meant for SME’s classified expenditure — WITNESS JOS—A witness and an investigator with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, has alleged that former Governor Jonah Jang, diverted N2 billion which the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, released to the state government for Micro Enterprises and SME’s. It will be recalled that the EFCC on May 7, preferred a 12-count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation against Jang. It alleged that Jang, who served as Plateau governor between 2007 and 2015, misappropriated N6 billion, two months to the end of his tenure as governor. Being led in evidence by ICPC Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, in a High Court in Plateau, Olorunyomi,said:”the CBN entered into a partnership with the Plateau Government to establish a state SME development Agency which would be the vehicle to disburse the funds and recover same. NAN reports that the EFCC alleged that Jang embezzled the money through Mr Pam Yusuf, then a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government. “We discovered that when the money was released, it went to the Plateau Project Account instead of the SME project. “ The money again was later moved into another account. In our investigation we discovered that the money was used for classified expenditure, an expenditure that has no document to prove how it was expended. “The defendant, Jang, to our amazement in his statement told us that he did not know what meant. From our investigation, the said money is still with the defendant,” he told the court. Olorunyomi also claimed that the defendant withdrew another N3 billion N700 million and N400 million cash in trenches from the state SUBEB Account. He said that Jang stated that the money was borrowed from the account to pay contractors, fund other liabilities in the state and for ‘classified expenditure’. The witness said the second defendant,Pam, withdrew the said amount in cash and delivered it to the first defendant stating that their action hindered the activities in SUBEB at the time he was governor of the state. A-Court declares Umar APC senatorial candidate for Niger East By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA—THE Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has declared Senator David Umar as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Niger East Senatorial District. In a unanimous judgment, a three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court led by Justice Stephen Adah, vacated the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which had voided Umar’s nomination. The high court had in a judgment that was delivered by Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo, on February 7, said it was satisfied that Umar was not validly nominated by the APC. The trial court went ahead and declared the plaintiff, Mr. Muhammed Sani, as the bonafide winner of a primary election the APC conducted in the Senatorial District on October 2, 2018. Meanwhile, dissatisfied with the verdict, Umar, lodged 18-grounds of Appeal wherein he insisted that the lower court erred in law when it wrongly assumed jurisdiction over the matter. It was his contention that Sani’s pre-election suit was caught by the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution, since it was not filed 14 days after his name was forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by the APC. We‘re not at war with Jukuns —Taraba Tiv leader BRIEFING: From left—Tunji Itiola, General Manager, Sales; Funmi Abiola, Head, Marketing and Communications; Kunle Jaiyesimi, Deputy Managing Director and Thomas Pelletier, Managing Director, all of Massilia Motors during the media briefing on Mitsubishi L200 new model recently in Lagos. Photo by Lamidi Bamidele. Zamfara killings: Perpetrators from B/Faso, Chad, Niger, others — Miners By Gabriel Ewepu A BUJA—MINERS Association of Nigeria, MAN, yesterday claimed the bandits and illegal miners were mostly from neighboring countries of Burkina-Faso, Chad, Niger and Ghana armed with sophisticated weapons were responsible for the killings and other crimes in Zamfara state. MAN in a statement by the National President, Kabir Kankara, expressed concern over the spate of killings in the state, lamenting that the ban on foreign and illegal miners by the Federal Government, came too late. Kankara said prior to the ban MAN had at different fora and through various channels raised the alarm that its members who hold legitimate mining titles with huge investments in the affected areas were practically chased out by these fully armed bandits. He said:”On Sunday, 7th April, 2019, the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, addressed a Press Conference, banning mining activities in Zamfara State as one of the measures to curb the increasing spate of insurgencies, banditry and general insecurity which had reached a boiling point in the gold-rich hinterland of the State. Prior to this action, Miners Association of Nigeria had, at different fora and through various media, echoed the cries of our members who hold legitimate mining titles with huge investments in the affected areas, but had practically been chased out by these fully armed bandits. North East Commission takes off •As Senate confirms Tarfa Chairman, other board members By Henry Umoru A BUJA—PROCESSES for the proper take off of the North East Development Commission, NEDC, yesterday entered its final stage as the Senate, confirmed former Military governor of old Oyo State, Major General Paul Tarfa, retd as the Chairman of the board. Also yesterday, the Senate confirmed the appointment of the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, CEO, three Executive Directors, and Six representatives of the six geo- political zones of the country. The NEDC bill was passed by the Senate in 2016 and assented to in October 2017 by President Muhamadu Buhari, aimed at rebuilding the North East region that has been ravaged by insurgency. It will be recalled that President Buhari had on the 16th of January sent the names of the board members for approval. The Commission which is situated in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, has Major General Paul Tarfa, retd as Chairman, Mohammed Goni Alkali as MD/CEO, Musa Umar Yashi, Executive Director, Humanitarian Affairs and Muhammed Jawa as Executive Director, Admin and Finance.Others are Omar Maiwada Mohammed, Executive Director, Operation; David Sabo Kente representing North East; Asmau Mai- Eka Muhammed, North West; Hon. Benjamin Tilley Adanyi, North Central; Hon. Olawale Oshun, South West;Dr. Theodore E.O Ekechi, South East and Mr. Obasuke McDonald, South South. By Femi Bolaji J A L I N G O — PRESIDENT General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association in Taraba State, Goodman Dahida, has raised the alarm that some miscreants have taken advantage of the misunderstanding between some Tiv and Jukun youths in Kente, to loot and inflict mayhem on innocent people. Dahida who yesterday insisted that the Tiv ethnic group was not at War with Jukun, however appealed to both Taraba and Benue state governments, as well as security agencies to flush out those promoting bad blood between the two ethnic groups. He also condemned the wanton killing and destruction of properties on both sides, and called on Jukun and Tiv people not to allow criminals cause problem between them. According to him, “Tiv people are not at war with the Jukuns and I don’t think the Jukun people have sat down to plan any war against the Tiv.