MRA, IMS Named Among 15 Global Finalists for 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

by emeka duru  Two Nigerian non-governmental organizations, Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the Institute for Media and Society (IMS) were today named among 15 “Global champions of free expression” that have been shortlisted for the 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. In a statement issued in London, the United Kingdom-based campaigning organization, Index on Censorship, announced the 15 shortlisted individuals and organizations from around the world, saying they were drawn from more than 400 crowdsourced nominations which include “artists, writers, journalists and campaigners fighting for freedom of expression…

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IGP Abubakar Adamu Mohammed Assumes Office.

The Formal Inspector General of police Idris Ibrahim hands over to AG.IGP Abubakar Adamu Mohammed. With the appointment and assumption of duty of the New Inspector General of police AG.IGP Abubakar Adamu Mohammed to office has drawn a national and international policing leadership experience to bridge the missing link.The IGP during his speech said ” The absence of leadership has always been the missing link in policing  in Nigeria, it is my conviction, therefore, that if the quality personnel potentials of the force are blended with purposeful and motivational leadership at…

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EFCC arraigns Ja’iz Bank staff for N33m fraud. two others for N44m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna zonal office, on January 9, 2019 arraigned one Alfa Ibrahim, a staff of Ja’iz Bank Plc. before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, on a one-count charge, bordering on dishonesty, to the tune of over N33, 000, 000 million (Thirty Three Million Naira) only belonging to Ja’iz Bank Plc. According to the EFCC, Ibrahim, a branch Automated Teller Machine, ATM custodian, was alleged by the Bank, to have converted to his personal use, N33, 810,000 meant to be “loaded”…

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Kogi Gov. Appoints Onogwu Mohammed as new chief press Secretary

Kogi state governor, His excellency Yahaya Adoza Bello has approved the immediate appointment of Onogwu Muhammed as the Chief press Secretary. He is to replace Petra Akinti Onyegbule who resigned earlier this week. The governor also announced the appointments of the following into his new direction government. Hon. Ogbodo Patience Yemi Senior Special Assistant to your Excellency on Multilateral and Donor Agencies Sanusi Abdul Usman Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties Kogi East (Governor’s Office) Opeyemi Ajiboye Special Assistant to the Governor on Grassroots Connect Kabba/Ijumu Federal…

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Media rights agenda,(MRA) Condemns Raid on Daily Trust, Calls for Punitive Measures against Perpetrators

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today condemned the military invasion, occupation and takeover of the Abuja and Maiduguri offices of Daily Trust newspaper and called on the Federal Government to take punitive action against the perpetrators in order to end the cycle of abuse of power by military officers. While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his “swift response to the unlawful and unjustifiable action of the military” in directing the soldiers to immediately vacate the premises of the newspaper, MRA’s Programme Director, Mr. Ayode Longe said: “It is imperative that the…

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EFCC Raises Alarm over Scam Mail

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters who disguise as officers of the Commission and send scam mail to individuals, purporting such to be from the EFCC, with the aim of extorting money from them. The Commission has uncovered a number of email addresses, telephone numbers and websites used by unscrupulous persons to perpetrate such fraudulent activities, and is acting on them. In some instances, they send fraudulent emails, letters and make telephone calls to unsuspecting members of the…

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We’re Determined to Secure More Convictions in 2019 – Magu

…secures Three Convictions Already Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that the Commission is committed to intensifying its efforts in order to ensure that it secures more convictions in 2019. “With 312 convictions in 2018, we are strategizing to redouble our effort in 2019, as part of our concerted efforts aimed at ensuring that the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system is changed for the better, and the perception that some persons are above the law, remains altered,” he said. Magu who…

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Disregard the handiwork of photoshoppers ,Lagos CP warns

The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State has been drawn to the picture of a police officer bearing a banner on which was written “IS NOT OUR DUTY TO FIGHT BOKOHARAM, WE ARE NOT TRAINED TO” being circulated on the social media by mischief makers to discredit the Force. To put issue in proper perspective, the Command hereby clarifies that the picture is that of CSP(as he then was) Yusuf Ajape, former DPO, Ago Okota Police station, taken on November 4, 2017, during the launch of “Change Begins…

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Group blames poor economy on insecurity

The Promoters Hunters Forum, PHF, under the aegis of Alhaji Akitu Abubakar support group and the People’s Democratic Party PDP has said that the state of insecurity in the country has gradually derailed the nation’s economic growth. The National coordinator of the group Misbawu Sani who made this known in Abuja promised to hunt for more supporters across the country for Atiku Abubakar vowing to turnout in their numbers to vote for the PDP presidental candidate in the forth coming general elections. Sani who graved for urgent need to salvage…

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IGP felicitates with Nigerian Christians on the occasion of the 2018 Christmas Celebration

Orders massive deployment of Police Personnel throughout the Country to ensure hitch free Celebration The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, felicitates and rejoices with Christians across the Country on the occasion of this year 2018 Christmas celebration. To ensure a hitch free celebration, the Inspector General of Police has directed the implementation of a comprehensive operational strategies, robust and elaborate security arrangement throughout the Country. The Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in Zonal and State Commands Nationwide are to be on…

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NDLEA bursts cannabis warehouse, seizes 10, 210 bags

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has burst a make shift warehouse for storage of Cannabis harvests in Ondo State. This led to the recovery of 10, 210 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 132.730 tons. The warehouse was located in Uteh, a remote community in Ondo State.     The warehouse which belongs to a man simply referred to as Peter, was located in a very thick forest where all the cannabis harvests within the forest are stored for distribution to the illicit drug markets. Peter who is currently at…

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Presidential Advisory Committee against Drug abuse vows to support NDLEA to curb the problem

There are indications that the problem of drug abuse in the country will soon abate. This followed the visit of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, PACEDA, yesterday to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Headquarters at No. 6, Port Harcourt Crescent, Off Gimbiya Street, Area 11, Garki-Abuja. Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd.) while receiving the Committee expressed optimism that the inauguration of the Committee has come at the right time and would go a long way to reinforce the efforts of…

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Kachikwu’s giant strides

Since the assumption of Kachikwu Ibe as the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in the last three years, there has been tremendous improvements in different sectors of the industry, ranging from operational strides to policy moves which have added value to the corporation. During a recent public presentation Kachikwu harped on the need for government to halt its subsidy regime and the importation of oil products. Hear him: “If we continue to subsidize products, we will continue to struggle as a nation.” He is not done: “The only option…

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Lagos 2019: Parties, Candidates sign peace pact as police promise adequate security

As part of the measures to set the tone for the 2019 elections in Lagos state, the Commissioner of Police in the state Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has promised to provide adequate security for all candidates and political parties and their candidates before, during and after the elections. The CP who disclosed this at the Stakeholders meeting at the Officers Mess, Ikeja on Wednesday warned all political parties to desist from thuggery, do-or die politics and other conducts capable of causing a breach of peace in the state. He lamented that…

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U.S. supports full inclusion of persons with disabilities

The United States Consulate in Lagos on Thursday called for more concerted efforts to ensure the full inclusion of persons living with disabilities in every aspect of social, political, economic, and cultural life. Delivering remarks at a program organized by Project Enable Africa in commemoration of the 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer Russell Brooks, reaffirmed the U.S. government’s support for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Brooks explained that the United States, as part of its foreign policy, works to remove barriers and…

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Group seeks an end for all discriminatory policies against female police officers

  CLEEN Foundation is seeking for the abolishing of all discriminatory policies and practices affecting female police officers including unmarried, married and pregnant ones and other extant rules affecting the Police as an equal opportunity employer. This was contained in Memoranda and Position on the Police Bill for an Act demanding repealing of the Police Act CAP P19 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and enacts the Nigeria Police Act 2018. The group presented her position at the Public Hearing by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, December 5,…

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Ikeja Electric Wins SERAS Innovation Prize for 2018

Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has won this year’s edition of SERAS Innovation Prize at the SERAS Awards held last Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The DisCo bagged the prestigious award, which was keenly contested by Union Bank Plc, ISON BPO, Access Bank and Data Jaja, in a category that focused on innovative and sustainable ideas with positive environmental impact on society. Ikeja Electric which was making its debut appearance at the prestigious Awards, was nominated in three categories; Best Corporate Communications…

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Xquitzit launches ‘Open and Naked’ programme against domestic violence

A radio and television programme named ‘Open and Naked’, a programme on domestic violence and other forms of violence against humanity has been launched in Lagos State, to stop domestic violence in the country. The programme, initiated by Mary-Jane Chinew Ejiofor, is coming on the heels of rampant cases of domestic violence against children, women and men. Ejiofor, while explaining the ‘Open and Naked’ concept, stated that the programme is a platform whereby the abused members of the society, irrespective of their gender could come and air their experiences concerning…

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MRA names Ministry of Defence as winners of ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today named the Ministry of Defence as the 70th inductee into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”, accusing the Ministry of refusing to submit itself to civilian oversight by failing to abide by its duties and obligations under a democratically enacted Law. In a statement in Lagos, Mr. Ayode Longe, MRA’s Programme Director, told the Ministry that the mere fact that its functions touch on security and defence matters does not exempt it from the requirements of transparency and accountability, adding that as a…

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