12—VANGUARD, TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019 Edo govt closes secondary schools over cult clash By Alemma Aliu BENIN CITY - ACTING Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, has ordered the partial shutdown of two secondary schools Ihogbe College and Oba Akenzua Secondary School over a recent clash between rival cult groups. He said the closure was to allow the state government, parents and a mentorship committee brainstorm and provide solutions to cult-related activities among students in the schools. Shaibu stated this during a meeting he had with parents of the students, held at the school premises yesterday. He said: “We cannot allow cultism in our secondary schools in Edo State. We have to stamp our authority in these two schools. We cannot allow rivalry and cult clashes among students. That is why we have to come in to deal with the issue of morals. Something went wrong and that is what we must correct. That is why we have set up the mentorship committee and closed the school to investigate the root cause of this incident and find solutions." Emmanuel restates promise to establish more industries By Harris Emmanuel UYO—Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has given the assurance that the state would witness the establishment of more industries in his second term. The governor gave the assurance at a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment :Vanguard News Authority, NSIA, who were in the state for a retreat, stating that the state was the best industrial hub given its natural and human resources. He said: “With viable gateways such as water, air, land and good road infrastructure across the state, there is no business that cannot thrive in Akwa Ibom given its serene and :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Rivers election: Wike, AAC, APC fire INEC as collation resumes •Stop military participation —Wike •Wike predetermined to win —APC •INEC biased —Awara, AAC candidate By Egufe Yafugborhi & Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT - Ahead of today’s resumption of the collation of the results of the governorship election in Rivers State, interested parties have expressed divergent views over the neutrality of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. While Governor Nyesom Wike, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, expressed optimism in the process if the military is barred from the scene, the candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Biokpomabo Awara, and the All Progressives Congress, APC who are backing him, doubted INEC’s sincerity. Army should stay away —Wike Wike, in his remarks at a stakeholders meeting convened by INEC in Port Harcourt, said: “The only way you can have a peaceful election is when the military is not made part of it. Let the army remove its hands from the election. “When the Army goes to the collation room, people will resist and the soldiers will shoot the people. That was how violence happened. Was there violence at the polling units? In my political career, I have never seen what the army did in this election. “And what stopped INEC By Festus Ahon A S A B A — STAKEHOLDERS at the Niger Delta Watch, NDW, 2019 have told the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to stop the use of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC members as adhoc staff during elections. Speaking during a briefing on the 2019 election, the people stressed the need for adhoc staff to be well trained from naming officers behind all these as they did in 2016? Rivers State is peaceful. If this area was violent, why are they drilling oil here? Nobody goes to drill oil in a troubled area. It is only when it comes to an election that they could say the state is not peaceful.” Wike predetermined to win —APC Spokesman of APC in the state, Mr. Chris Finebone, condemned what he described as the “so-called timelines and activities to conclude the March 9 governorship election in Rivers State. “It is a charade well choreographed by INEC. The ultimate result can only be to announce a preferred partner and collaborator as the winner against the AAC candidate, Awara, who was clearly in the lead before collation was aborted. “Whether INEC succeeds in its machinations will be seen in the days to come. Several actions of INEC had prepared the minds of many that the entire exercise was skewed to favour Wike and the PDP. “For example, where and under whose custody were VISIT: Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu (middle), with Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, during their visit to some Computer-Based Test Centres, CBT, to monitor mock examination in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: NAN the result sheets and other sensitive materials kept since they were not returned to the Central Bank for safe-keeping? “How come Wike knew about the 17 LGAs whose results had been allegedly collated and had posted same on his official Twitter handle long before INEC made the announcement? Answers to these and other questions will continue to hang on the neck of INEC. “What is happening now is in complete fulfilment of the tripartite collaboration between Wike, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga ably assisted by the Administrative Secretary of INEC in Rivers, Etim John. INEC Headquarters is merely leading the plot. INEC biased —Awara AAC candidate, Awara said: “We raised a point that bordered on the fairness of the commission, a point about the custody of the results and at one point we faulted the collation that brought LGAs collated to 17, they ignored us. “We have seen that INEC is biased. We have it in good authority that certificates of return have already been prepared for Gov. Nyesom Wike and 20 PDP House of Assembly candidates and one SDP candidate.’’ ELECTIONS: Stop using corps members as adhoc staff, stakeholders tell INEC ahead of time and Card Readers made to function well at polling units. The stakeholders, who were made up of the Police, INEC, SSS, NCDSC, Academia, CSOs, NOA, Traditional Institutions, IPAC, Observers, Media, and others, said the corps members were easily induced with money. Delta State Project Coordinator of the Niger Delta Watch, NDW, 2019, Mr Onajite Esike , in his remarks, said some of the corps members saw the assignment as a means to make money. He said: “Besides, most of them are not computer literate and are always being compromised with gifts as small as ice cream, especially when the security agents on the ground were not enough to monitor the crowd.’’ Esike recommended that "civil servants such as teachers who have stakes in the election should be trained and incorporated to handle the assignments at the local governments."
Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2018 — 13 L O K O J A — JUDICIARY workers in Kogi State yesterday stormed the streets to protest alleged plot by the state government to remove the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah from office. Vanguard gathered that Governor, Yahaya Bello over the weekend instructed the Speaker, Matthew Kolawole to remove the CJ from office through a panel of enquiry set up to probe him despite High court injunction stopping the panel from sitting. But the Judicial workers during a protest led by the state Chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Emmanuel Waniko, warned the Speaker against carrying out the plot. The workers displayed several placards with different inscriptions such as “Why are you punishing us”, “ Pay us our salary”, “Bello you benefited from judiciary why are you fighting us”, “ Leave Judiciary alone”. According to Waniko, “the union is forced to make this call at this auspicious time following reports reaching us on the clandestine moves by governor Yahaya Bello and his directive to the Speaker to disobey the subsisting order given on 13th December, 2018 by the High Court of Kogi State Koton-Karfe division, asking the state assembly to stay any action on the ongoing impasse between the executive and judiciary in the state. “We were last paid in June 2018 which makes it a total of nine months today that we are being owed our legitimate salaries. We are therefore upbeat that even after almost four months that our courts :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Protest rocks Kogi over plot to remove State Chief Judge By Boluwaji Obahopo are shut because of the ongoing strike, the state assembly would make itself available to further foster another crisis on the state through this proposed K ATSINA— WORRIED by the series of kidnappings and armed banditry in the state,the Katsina State government has moved to beef up security in front line local government areas of the state with cases of insecurity and those sharing borders with the dreaded Rugu forest, den of criminal activities. The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abdulkadir Ahmed Zakka donated 10 Toyota Hilux vehicles acquired at the cost of N181 million to the front line and worst hit local government areas in the state. The affected front line By David Odama L AFIA—MEDICAL services in government owned hospitals and other public health institutions in Nasarawa State have been shut following a commencement of total strike yesterday by members of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA. The industrial unrest illegal removal of the Chief Judge. “The executive arm of Kogi State must be told that JUSUN is resolute in its effort to right the wrongs been perpetuated in the state by governor Yahaya Bello. We call on the state assembly to steer clear of this crisis and rather use its constitutional authority to bring sanity to the state by calling the governor to order." LUNCHEON: President, Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, AISSON, Dr. Ona Ekhomu (middle), Commodore Ignatius Iliya of Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, Lagos (right) and Group Captain G. A. Bello of Nigerian Air Force Provost Group, during AISSON quarterly luncheon in Lagos. Kidnapping: Katsina beefs up security around border, LGAs By Bashir Bello local government areas include Jibia, Batsari, Safana,Danmusa, Dutsinma,Kankara, Funtua, Bakori, Dandume, Sabuwa with high cases of insecurity ranging from kidnapping to armed banditry. Speaking after donating the vehicles to the Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen for onward distribution to the security agencies, the Commissioner, Zakka said the vehicles were to boost patrol and security around the border areas. Zakka however urged the security personnel to make judicious use of the vehicles and make sure they checkmate security challenges in their domains. According to him, “you are all living witnesses to the insecurity affecting these 10 frontline local government areas. "Governor Aminu Masari is worried about the insecurity. He sleeps with it and wakes up with it.To make sure that he assists in curtailing the situation in these 10 local government areas, he invited critical stakeholders, after which he gave approval to procure the ten brand new vehicles for the LGAs". Adamawa PDP Gov-elect inaugurates transition c'ttee By Umar Yusuf Y OLA—ADAMAWA state Governor - elect, Ahmadu Fintiri, yesterday inaugurated a 65 member transition committee to ensure a smooth handover between the outgoing administration and the incoming one on May 29th. The committee is headed by a retired federal Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Sumaila Numan. Speaking at the inauguration, Fintiri tasked the committee to ascertain the financial status of the state by outlining the assets and liabilities of the state . The committee should also clearly determine all the contracts awarded by the outgoing administration, their current status, amounts paid out, and outstanding liabilities on each of the contracts. NMA cripples healthcare services in Nasarawa was sequel to the expiration of a three day warning strike by the state branch of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA started last Friday. It will be recalled that NMA in the state had last Friday embarked on a three-day warning strike to make the government address its demands or face a total strike A visit to Dalhatu Araf Business mogul Adamu debunks being detained A B U J A — BUSINESSMAN, Mike Adamu has denied being arrested by the Nigeria Police over a purported court order. Mr. Adamu, who is the CEO of Reform Sports West Africa Limited and son of Amos Adamu, former Director-General, National Sports Commission, said the clarification became necessary after a number of media platforms reported that he had been detained based on the order of a Magistrate Court in Mpape, Abuja. In a statement, Adamu vowed to pursue the matter to a logical legal conclusion. He stated that "my attention has been drawn to false online and print Specialist Hospital Lafia, the state capital, showed that most departments such as casualty, Out Patient, Ante-natal among others were without doctors attending to patients. Some of the patients with critical cases told Vanguard that they were being turned back on account that doctors were on strike and nobody would be there to He assured that his administration would pay special attention to the development of local government councils to fast track development and tasked the committee to ascertain what had accrued to the finances of the third tier of government in the state. Fintiri directed the committee to submit its report before May 29th inauguration to guide the administration. Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Numan, pledged to work to turn out a workable blueprint for the administration. He gave an assurance that the outcome of the committee would be devoid of witchhunt, as it would be purely Adamawa project for the people of Adamawa even yet unborn. media reports suggesting to the public that I was arrested, arraigned and ordered to be remanded in custody by a magistrate court in Mpape Abuja till April 1st 2019 sequel to a petition by NSIL Limited pertaining to an alleged fraud or against me. "It is sad that newspapers and news platforms that are supposed to be medium of truth have allowed themselves to be avenues for peddling falsehood. I was never arraigned nor remanded in the custody of the Police Intelligence Response Team, prison custody or any other custody whatsoever till 1st April 2019 or any other date. attend to them. They called on the state government and the leaders of NMA to find amicable resolution to the impasse in the interest of the people especially those with critical cases. Public Relations Officer of NMA in the state, Dr. Wisdom Ezegbe, who led some leaders of the association round hospitals in Lafia.