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Lecturer Kills Himself After Shooting His Wife

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A former lecturer of the Department of Languages, Kaduna Polytechnic, Austin Umera, shot his wife in the eyes before killing himself.

An eye witness told Tribune Online that the deceased attacked his wife in the early hours of Thursday with the aim of taking her life.

“We heard gunshots from the house and we quickly called the emergency number. Immediately the policemen arrived at the residence at Kigo Road.

According to the source, the police took the injured wife to the hospital because she was shot in the eyes. While the dead body of her husband was lying on the ground.

As at the time of filing this report, the injured wife Dr Maurin Umerah who is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Languages, Kaduna State University is receiving treatment at 44 Army Reference Hospital Accident and Emergency Unit.

When contacted, the Police image-maker, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident. He said an investigation has since commenced.

Meanwhile, the corpse of the man has been deposited at Barau Dikko mortuary.

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Police Arrest 3 IPOB Members Who Detonated Explosives In Gov. Wike Father’s Church

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The Police have arrested three suspected members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) who allegedly involved in planting of explosives at the Christianity Universal International Church, believed to be the Church of Governor Nyesom Wike’s father.

The three suspects, Progress Owudinjor (from Etche), Apuro Victor (from Ebonyi) and John Okere (from Abia) confessed that they are indeed members of IPOB.

One of them, Victor alleged that he was spiritually programmed to carry out the action

They mentioned one Chinedu Ejesu as the one who contracted them to carry out the act

They also revealed that they were offered juicy position in IPOB after they carrying out the act.

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Buhari Promises Job Creation Amid Economic Woes

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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja reiterated his commitment to creating more jobs, with particular focus on enabling the private sector, targeting more youthful population by streamlining priority on agriculture, arts, entertainment, mining and Information Technology.

Speaking at a Presidential Parley with the Participants of Senior Executive Course 42 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at the State House, the President said the focus of the group’s research for the year, “Population Growth and Human Capital Development: Challenges and Opportunities’’, was most appropriate in timing, and the recommendations will be fully considered.

“I have no doubt that you have evaluated the theme given to you. I can assure you that many of your recommendations would be considered to further enhance Human Capital Development in the country.

“Let me reiterate that our administration is committed to diligently pursuing investments in people, especially in our youths as well as most vulnerable and poorest members of society. We will study and explore the creative and innovative recommendations in your report and direct implementations as soon as possible.’’

The President told participants of Senior Executive Course 42 that his administration had made tremendous efforts at diversifying the economy and reducing heavy dependence on the oil sector for government revenues and foreign exchange earnings.

“We are refocusing the economy on agriculture, agro-processing, arts, entertainment, mining, manufacturing, information technology and labour intensive industries to generate millions of jobs for our teeming youths and able-bodied Nigerians, while gradually integrating the economy into the global economy.

“This administration developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan for 2017–2020, which focused on economic diversification and stabilization, making the business environment more competitive, as well as achieving macroeconomic stability by means of fiscal stimulus and improving the balance of external trades.

“We focused the plan on key sectors such as energy, agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, especially rail, roads, broadband networks. We have made considerable progress in food production, especially in rice. We will continue to encourage private capital for infrastructural development through Public Private Partnerships.’’

President Buhari noted that efforts had been made in putting in place various programmes to equip Nigerians, particularly the youth, with requisite skills for employment, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation, which include the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme, N-Power scheme, Youth Entrepreneurship Support Programme, Graduate Internship Scheme and Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria programme.

The President said the Federal Government had taken steps to harmonise all operations related to technical and vocational skills development by all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, culminating in a new partnership between the Industrial Training Fund and Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association under a special initiative called the Technical Skills Development Project. 

“In addition, Government is implementing the Special Public Works programme to provide employment opportunities to 774,000 youths across the 774 local government areas of Nigeria. We have also recently introduced N75 billion Nigeria Youth Investment Fund, of which N25 billion have been provided in 2021 Budget. All of these are consistent with our policy of positioning the youth for strategic leadership in different fields of endeavour.’’

President Buhari commended management and members of faculty of the National Institute for getting participants of Senior Executive Course 42 to focus on a theme and present a report as experts on the subject matter.

In his remarks, the Director-General/Chief Executive officer of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Prof. Habu S. Galadima, thanked the President for providing strategic and purposeful leadership for the country in spite of daunting challenges, appreciating the administration for ably handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Director-General noted that the participants for Senior Executive Course 42, 2020, were properly guided by daily briefs and guidance of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“We thank you for enormous investments in the people of this country through highly commendable programmes designed to take Nigerians out of poverty. One can only imagine the magnitude of the outcomes if these investments were not made,’’ he added.

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NPF Seek Legal Means To Stop #EndSARS Judicial Panels of Inquiry

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The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have approaches the Federal High Court to challenge the legality of the ongoing #EndSARS Judicial panels of inquiry set up by Governors of the 36 states of the federation, to probe allegations of right abuses and other acts of impunity against police officials, particularly operatives of the disbanded SARS.

After the #EndSARS protests, Grassroots.ng reported that State Governors were directed by the National Economic Council (NEC) to establish judicial panels across the country in a move to deliver justice for all victims of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and other police units.

Among the defendants are the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the attorneys-general of the states, and chairmen of the panels set up by the states.

In a suit marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/1492/2020 and filed by O.M Atoyebi, NPF’s lawyer, the police argued that the establishment of panels of inquiry by the state governors to investigate the activities of the force violates “section 241(1)(2)(a) and item 45, part 1, first schedule to the constitution and section 21 of the tribunals of inquiry act”.

The force said the action of the Governors “is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.

It asked the court to restrain the defendants from conducting any investigation or setting up panels to probe the affairs of the security agency.

“A declaration that having regard to the provisions of Section a14 (1)(2) (a) and Item 45, Part 1, First Schedule, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the Federal Government of Nigeria has the exclusive power to organise, control and administer the Nigeria Police Force,” the suit read in part.

“A declaration that the establishment of panel of inquiries by the Governors of the various states of the Federation of Nigeria, to inquire into the activities of the Nigeria Police Force in relation to the discharge of her statutory duties is a gross violation of the provisions of Section 241 (1)(2) (a) and Item 45, Part 1, First schedule, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Section 21 of the tribunals of inquiry Act, Cap.T21, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“A declaration that having regard to the circumstances of this case, the attitude of the governors of the various states of the Federation of Nigeria, in this case, is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the 3rd to 38th defendants (the attorneys-general of the 36 states) from making or conducting any investigations, sittings and inquiries and/or from making or conducting any further investigations, sittings and inquiries in respect of matters affecting the Nigeria Police Force, and or further setting up any panel of inquiry in any state whatsoever in the country.”

Although the case was listed for December 3, it was rescheduled for December 18 as the federal high court in Abuja did not sit.

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