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FG to build indestructible security architecture– Interior Minister



Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo

The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo says that the Federal Government is set to build an indestructible security architecture in the country.

Tunji-Ojo said this during a maiden visit to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the level of capacity seen in the display by security operatives of the Corps, depicted that security agencies were not far from getting it right in doing what’s needed in adequately securing the country.

L-R: Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, NSCDC CG Ahmed Audi alongside officers and members of staff

“I am delighted because I wish Nigerians know a quarter of what you do, hence, you need to do more of publicity with the level of capacity seen today,” he commended.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the different special forces of the Corps; Female Squad, Counter-terrorism amongst others, displayed tactical rescue and protective operations.

He said that it was imperative for the Corps to treat Nigerians with respect, warning that, being in uniform was not an excuse to abuse citizens.

According to the Minister, the responsibility of the Corps was distinct and peculiar in relation to the ACT guiding its operations.

“ It is your responsibility to protect critical national asset and infrastructure; mining sites, hospitals, pipelines and all that makes us who we are so you have a big responsibility.

“With proper efforts, harnessing your efforts with capabilities can reduce the way our Armed Forces are being stretched.

“ The era where performance and excellence are absent is over now because when you perform exceptionally you will be recognised,” Tunji-Ojo said.

Tunji-Ojo said that it was time for the Corps to put in more efforts in ensuring the country was secured.

“Work the talk, the time for action is now and with you I know I will be a successful Minister of Interior.

“I need commitment, dedication, patriotism, in line with the agenda of this administration and we will not just be there for the Corps as your job is key,” he said.

On behalf of President Bola Tinubu, the Minister appreciated the security agency for its efforts in tackling both the asymmetric and non-asymmetric conflicts in the country in a dynamic way.

“The pace setting trend is the establishment of the female squad which is novel and one of such distinctive features Nigeria needs; dedication backed up with excellence.


Tribunal upholds Gov. Alia’s election



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi on Saturday upheld the victory of Gov. Hyacinth Alia of the APC in the March 18 Governorship Election.

Delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Karaye, held that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain pre election issues raised by the petitioners, Titus Uba and PDP.

Karaye, who read the unanimous judgment, stated that only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain issues bordering on pre-election matters.

He further said the petitioners’ case was also an abuse of court processes because the same case was filed by the petitioners before the Federal High Court Abuja Division and its judgment was not challenged by the petitioners.

He said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of the 2nd and 3rd respondents by the 4th respondent since they were not members of the 4th respondent.

Justice Karaye further said that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of forgery against the 3rd respondent before the tribunal.

He said the 2nd and 3rd respondents were qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election and therefore, dismissed the case.

The petitioners, Titus Uba and the PDP, had dragged the respondents, INEC, Hyacinth Alia, Dr Sam Ode, and the APC before the tribunal, challenging their declaration by the INEC.

The petitioners argued that the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Gov Alia and Dr Ode, were at the time of contesting the election, not qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election.

They averred that the 4th respondent – the APC – did not follow the provisions of the law in the nomination of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates.

They also alleged that the 3rd respondent had presented a forged certificate to the 1st respondent, INEC, therefore, should be disqualified.

They, therefore, prayed among other things, for the nullification of their election and declare the petitioners as winners of the election, having scored second highest lawful votes.

The also contended that having not qualified to contest the election, their votes should be declared invalid and certificates earlier issued to them by INEC be withdrawn.

NAN reports that the petitioners in the suit did not challenge the result of the March 18 Benue Governorship Election but qualifications of the candidates.

However, the respondents in their counter arguments, urged the tribunal to dismiss the suit in its entirety as it was an abuse of court processes.

The respondents stated that the Federal High Court Abuja Division, had before the election, delivered judgment on the same matter which was filed by the petitioners but they did not appeal the judgment till date.

They also said that the issues raised were all pre election matter and only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain same.

The 2nd and 3rd respondents clearly stated that since the prayers sought by the petitioners were all pre-election matters, the petitioners case was status bar and should be struck out.

They said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of candidates of other political parties as they were mere meddlesome interlopers.

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LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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