Assent into law of electoral act 2022: Landmark moment for the nation

The assent to the Electoral Act 2022 by President Muhammadu Buhari after the back and forth on some controversial provisions underscores the perfect workings of a parliament and executive both driven by new energy to deliver CHANGE in a country where the people want to move in a different direction.

This of course runs parallel to that which we witnessed in the past when self interest overrode the nation’s and the fashioning of electoral acts.

More than anything else, this law underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring free and fair elections, dignity of the citizens, opportunity and justice to all political participants whether they are voters or candidates.

This law furthers social empowerment and inclusion by limiting the influence of money on elections and raw power of incumbents to use to the disadvantage of opponents outside the political tent. It equally limits the thuggish practice of kingpins who scare voters and officials away, snatch ballot boxes to fill desired outcomes against the popular wish.

It is easy to forget that the election of 2015 was the first time in the history of Nigeria that power peacefully changed hands at the ballot box. It was the first time any party or candidate not from the incumbent PDP had won a nationwide contest since the re-establishment of democracy. This came despite the then administration pulling every lever of its sixteen-year incumbency to bend the electoral system to its advantage.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election by a 15 per cent and a 4 million vote margin in 2019 was therefore equally decisive: it was the first time a non-PDP administration had even been returned to office to a consecutive term.

The last two contests represent the levelling of the political playing-field between long-time incumbents and long-time opposition by sheer force of citizens’ determination for change. Nigerians voted so decisively for the President and the APC, and the margins so significant that the result could not be in doubt.

However, this is not a reason to ignore the fact there have been inadequacies in electoral law – and therefore electoral practice. No democratic system of elections is perfect: in every country that considers itself a democracy those laws must be subject to a continual process of improvement. Indeed, to stop being better is to stop being good.

The Electoral Act makes better and makes good on the circumstance in which every citizen casts their ballot. It ensures that the ballot is fair and free, and that every vote cast is equal, respected, and counts.

For this to be so, the Act was drafted in concert with and through the collaborative consultation of civil society NGOs, labour unions, the media, and the Independent National Electoral Commission itself – and not merely by politicians with a vested interested in the rules under which they stand for public office.

It empowers the Independent National Electoral Commission by assuring their funding by law well in advance of the election season.

It addresses the unfortunate fact that some polling station results in the past have been declared under duress: now with the power to review any results announced under such circumstances enshrined in law, it makes the use of coercive behavior counterproductive.

The Act also addresses the misuse of appointed political office as a platform and source of resources from which to campaign for elected political office. In the coming days or weeks, the parliament and the executive should reach a common ground on the issue raised by the President at the point of signing the law, which is the requirement for appointed political office holders to first resign before being eligible to vote or stand for election in the primaries for elective offices.

These are crucial changes to the law which will benefit voters not parties, empower citizens not politicians, and strengthen our democracy as part of President Buhari’s legacy to our nation.

Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President



Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Osinbajo in Arusha, holds bilateral talks with Tanzanian counterpart

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has held bilateral talks with his Tanzanian counterpart, Philip Mpango, on Sunday in Arusha, Tanzania.

Osinbajo is in Arusha to attend the formal opening of the 2022 Judicial Year of the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The vice president would be the guest speaker at the inaugural event on Feb. 28 to be attended by leaders from across the continent and beyond.

The vice president was received at the Kilimanjaro International Airport by the Nigerian Ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Taklamawa Umar, Tanzanian Justice Minister, George Simbachawene, among others.

The bilateral meeting covered trade and investment, education, health, ICT, defence, among other areas of cooperation.

Nigeria High Commission was opened in Tanzania in 1962 while the Tanzania High Commission in Nigeria was established in 1971.

The two former British colonies have enjoyed cordial diplomatic relations since attaining independence in 1960 and 1961 respectively.



Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Kaigama, Onaiyekan sue for peace, task Christians on fervent prayers

The Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has urged Christians to pray fervently to overcome trials and enhance better economy and country.

The Archbishop gave the advice on Sunday during the dedication of the new building of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Gwarinpa, Abuja.

While expressing satisfaction with the project, the cleric said: “we are filled with great joy, as we are gathered here to witness the solemn dedication of this magnificent place of worship, God’s own house, a dwelling of the Most High.

He commended those who had contributed in different measures to the erection and completion of the project of faith, which he described as the fruit of several years of prayer, patience, hard work, cooperation, enormous sacrifices and generosity.

“The dedication of this physical building is an invitation to also build beautiful spiritual and social relationships with God and with one another.

“We must make every effort to also obtain the grace to make our hearts a more befitting home for God.

“This dedication is an invitation to hope, especially for the many new pastoral areas in different parts of our archdiocese.

“Some of them gather to pray in temporary places for worship, with no permanent church land, no church edifice or rectories, but struggling to keep their catholic communities alive, in spite of their prevailing challenges.

“St. Paul encourages us all to be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labour is not in vain (I Cor. 15:58),” he said.

In his speech, a former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, appealed to Christians to pray in unity for progress, stability and peace to reign in Nigeria.

”Christians should wake up to their responsibilities.

“Prayer is the master key. We have to continue praying. Even in the Bible, there were so many troubles against Christians, but when they prayed, they overcame the troubles. We shall overcome our own difficulties, in Jesus name.

”Government should wake up to its responsibilities. People are not living as expected, and where this is happening, we all know what it may lead to,” he said.

He also called on government to address the issue of hunger, scarcity and insecurity in the nation so that Nigeria would be a better place to live in.

Onaiyekan said that the church being dedicated was in line with ensuring a befitting place of worship, saying that it came with lots of blessings from God.

On his part, the Parish Priest of the newly-dedicated church, Rev Fr Rowland Nwakpuda, called on Nigerians to move closer to God.

He also urged them to allow love and peace to reign as panacea to the myriad of problems confronting the country.

Nwakpuda expressed great joy over the completion of the project, which lasted for 14 years .

completion of the project, which lasted for 14 years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the archbishop declared Feb. 27 of every year as a solemnity for the parish.



Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FCT housing: Stakeholders advocate regulation to address empty houses

Stakeholders in the housing sector have called on the Federal Government to regulate the building industry to address the menace of empty buildings scattered nationwide, particularly the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The stakeholders made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.

The respondents said that the issue of empty houses in the country, particularly the FCT had become a menace even as the government struggled to mitigate housing deficit in the country.

The experts said one of the ways to address the issue was by regulating the sector.

Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, the President, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN)  called for regulation of the sector to curb the menace of abandoned buildings.

Wamakko said that abandoned buildings pose serious danger to the society and loss to the economy.

“I call on the House of Representatives to concur with the Regulation of Estate Developers Regulation Bill 2021, which has already been passed by the Senate for concurrence with the house of representatives.

“I believe when we are able to achieve that, a lot of things will be achieved in terms of avoidance of building collapse, scattered uncompleted buildings and cheating in the housing industry.

” Also, the FCT administration need to understand that when they give building approval, there must be a time limit for a building to be completed.

“Otherwise, they should be served with a warning and after that warning then the revocation of that land.”

Wamakko said when these measures were taken, it would help to reduce the menace of empty buildings, especially in the FCT.

Mr Sharafadeen Olumo, a Principal Officer, Society of Civil Engineers and Fellow, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) said many empty buildings in Nigeria were owned by wealthy individuals.

According to him, these property are not in the categories that can be rented out because people that can rent them, can also afford to build their own.

“They are big property and the owners might have five, 10 or even more and they cannot be rented out and the reason for the buildings in some cases is that they are being used to hide corrupt funds.

“It’s just a way of keeping their money safe because when it is required, they keep selling these houses one after the other.

“The poor do not have the capacity to rent such houses neither would they be able to live within  the high brow areas like Maitama, Asokoro and Wuse 2 where they are built.

“In the suburbs, you cannot find these empty houses. These are major reasons why you have empty houses in Abuja.

“And in most cases, the condition of the houses deteriorate such that the owners continue to maintain that they are not using it and this is one major economic loss to the country.”

Olumo therefore urged government to take action against such people abandoning their buildings, causing a nuisance by making the  homeless individuals and families to live in them.




Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Housing deficit: FG set to enumerate empty houses

The Federal Government says it will undertake enumeration of empty houses nationwide as part of the measures to address housing deficit.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said this, while answering questions during a town hall meeting in Abuja on Saturday.

According to him, the ministry has called on the National Population Commission to help it in undertaking the task, while conducting the   national population census.

“Last week or two weeks ago, I called on the National Population Commission that as they are about to embark on census in the country,  they should assist us in collecting data, about Nigeria’s housing needs.

“What kind of houses that they find in households whether it is owned or rented. If it is rented do, they want to buy or do they want to rent, let us build a body of data under the census exercise.

“Because we will be  enumerating houses so that we can have a more precise need of Nigerians. I have copied that letter to collaborative ministries including planning and budget.

“So I hope that they will help us in the next census exercise,’’ Fashola said.

Fashola said he was also engaging some consultants in his ministry to do a sampling data on empty houses.

He said this would be done to address concerns about the access to housing  “we also see a lot of empty houses unoccupied, how many they are and why they are empty.”?

Speaking on workers benefiting from the National Housing Scheme, Fashola said an agreement had been reached with labour to allocate 10 per cent of the houses to workers.

“We have an agreement with the unions that 10 per cent of the National Housing project will be for them, but in order for them to do so, they still have to go to the housing portal.

“Because we have created a portal on the web, people who are interested in acquiring the national housing programme in the 34 states,  go to the ministry’s website.

“You have the national housing portal there,  download the form, you have to fill a form, show your ID card, show that you are a tax payer and process the form online.

“We have eliminated the process where people are selling form with human interference.’’

The minister said they have a lot of issues surrounding the housing sector hence the portal had helped in reducing such issues and unnecessary accusations by members of the public pertaining to sale of forms.

He said that the ministry was also collaborating with the Head of Service under the FISH programme where workers contribute to the national housing fund for home renovation project under the federal mortgage bank policy.

According to him, this is also a way to ensure that workers get access to the national housing programme thereby reducing further the housing deficit.



Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Boboye Oyeyemi’s Impressive Strides in Road Safety Management

To state that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has witnessed impressive strides under the leadership of its Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, would be stating the obvious.

His legacies, achieved through dint of hard work and ingenuity in management, would always remain a part of the soul of the FRSC.

His attitude has always echoed the spirit and ethos of the Corps in road safety management and this is exemplified in the laudable footprints he has made in the agency.

About 34 years ago, the founding fathers of the FRSC sat down and conceived the idea of a road safety lead agency for the country; an Organisation characterised with modernity to address road safety issues.

A situation where its personnel would be willing and ready to render selfless service that bring sanity on the road, reduce road traffic crash with its attendant fatalities and injuries as well as bring succour to all road users.

These are the ideals that the FRSC represents and to which the successive leaderships of the Corps have been committed in order to ensure its attainment and sustenance.

Today, though it might not yet be Uhuru, in terms of having a completely crash-free nation or fully realised the vision of creating a safe motoring environment, but every discerning Nigerian is convinced that FRSC has done a lot.

This is so, considering its modest achievements and Boboye’s giant stride in the agency has contributed in bringing it to where it is today.

Amazingly, the Corps has been able to significantly scale down the number of road traffic crashes from 28, 215 in 1987 to 13, 027 as of 2021, representing a 54 per cent reduction.

Taking over the daunting task of steering the agency towards greater heights seven and a half years ago, Oyeyemi had brought a lot of innovations to bear.

From the deployment of body and vehicle cameras for officers, to the establishment of a control room for operations and the efforts toward the introduction of digital driver’s license to curb theft and other related crimes, among others, the Corps Marshal has continued to strive to ensure a transformation of the agency for better.

Speaking at the unveiling of body cameras, operation monitoring and control platform, to improve the Corps’ field operations across the country late last year, Oyeyemi had said that the platform would improve transparency and accountability in the activities of the Corps nationwide.

He added that it was designed with the needs for the public uppermost in mind, as the Corps goes about the task of making the operation of FRSC more responsive.

Oyeyemi also said that it was evidence of a fostered innovation to tackle challenges in patrol operations and its strong commitment to surmount all obstacles in delivering on its mandate.

According to him, the platform is significant, due to its multiplier values to the corps and by extension, national security.

Also during a recent dinner to mark the 34th Anniversary of the Corps, he had assured that the Corps would remain focused to the attainment of its mandate of creating a safe motoring environment and achieve a country where road traffic crashes results in no death.

The Corps Marshal has never been about just talking as anyone who has ever worked with him can tell that he is more about action.

He had said as one of the pioneer staff who witnessed the emergence of the FRSC from scratch, “I have worked with others as a team since I came on board in not only keeping it on course but have taken it to greater heights as is evident from the successful completion of all projects.

“This feat remains the most credible affirmation that FRSC has come to stay and a testimonial that the Corps will justify the confidence reposed on it by Nigerians, ” he said.

Oyeyemi used the opportunity to pay tribute to the founding fathers of the FRSC and all relevant stakeholders for toiling day and night to give Nigeria an Organisation that has today not only transformed, but become the reference point in quality service delivery to the people.

This he said has made the Corps a best example of a Lead Agency in Africa as declared by the World Bank.

“We must acknowledge their foresight for setting a goal that has showcased Nigeria with a world class organisation from which other nations takes a cue in matters of road safety management and traffic administration.

“I must equally appreciate all successive leadership of the Corps for working hard to sustain the ideals upon which the Corps is anchored,” he said,

The Corps became one of the few public service organisations in Nigeria to attain ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013 and upgraded to ISO 9001:2015 in 2019.

In line with its commitment to continually improving its mode of operation, the Corps has just been re-certified on ISO 9001:2015 in January 2022.

The re-certification, back to back, among other strides, Oyeyemi said was a testament of a highly motivated workforce.

“In its contribution to road safety management in Africa, the Corps championed the establishment of the West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO). The Corps will continue to support other African countries to achieve their set objectives,” he said.

Highlighting other developmental strides of which he played a major part, he said, “The Corps also activated volunteerism in road safety administration through its arm of volunteers.

This he said today, has about 15,000 volunteer Special Marshals, excluding other variants such as Celebrity and Honorary Special Marshals.

Oyeyemi said that the Corps successfully sought for the infusion of Road Safety studies in the curricula of primary and post-primary schools in Nigeria.

He added that the Corps also introduced the concept of Road Safety Clubs in Primary and Secondary schools, as well as among members of the National Youth Service Corps.

“The Corps has over 160,000 members of the Road Safety Club nationwide.

“Also with the support of the Federal and some State Governments, Nigerian Road Safety Partnership (NRSP), International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), local and international donor agencies and individuals, the Corps has improved on its critical infrastructure and operational equipment.

“From a modest five bedroom storey building at Bodija, Ibadan at inception of the Corps in 1988 and few staff, the Corps has rapidly grown with its Headquarters in Wuse, Abuja, “he said.

The FRSC boss said that the Corps had expanded its operation with 12 Zonal Commands nationwide, 37 Sector Commands in the 36 States of the Federation and FCT for operational and administrative presence.

He said “the Corps similarly has 7 Corridor Commands, 245 Unit Commands, additional 54 Outposts and 764 Station Offices (LGA offices) across the country to widen its operational, rescue and data coverage to enhance its service delivery.

“The Corps has established four training institutions: FRSC Academy, Udi in Enugu State for the training of Officers, FRSC Marshal Inspectorate School, Owa-Alero in Delta State for the training of middle cadre manpower.

“FRSC Training School Jos in Plateau State for the training of the Road Marshal Assistant Cadre and FRSC Command and Staff College (FCSC), temporarily located in Enugu State.

“Some of the training institutions were built through partnership with some State Governments, while others were fully delivered by individual State Governments.

“The institutions are designed to cater for the training needs of staff, State Traffic Agencies and other clients, ” he said.

Oyeyemi said that it was worthy of mention that FRSC Academy had received approval of the National Universities Commission to commence post-graduate degree programmes in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, in Imo State.

He said that the Corp was also partnering with African Development Bank (AfDB) to establish a Center of Excellence in Road Safety studies in Africa at the Academy.

“In pursuit and sustenance of a world class status, permit me to mention that the Corps has established a functional 24hour ultra-modern FRSC Call Center.

“This is to receive and route emergency calls through 122 Toll-free numbers for easy communication to the Call Center especially by first responders.

“In addition, the Corps has established Field Operations Monitoring and Control Center (FOMCC) for real time monitoring of activities of our field operatives via body worn cameras deployed with field operatives.

In the same vein, Oyeyemi said that the Emergency Ambulance Service Scheme was established with 51 life-support ambulances for prompt emergency rescue services, reducing response time to 15 minutes.

He said that the Corps also had three (3) Main Number Plate Production Centers and six (6) Mini Number Plate Plants; one (1) Print Farm for printing of Drivers’ License and 225 Drivers’ License Center nationwide for capturing of Drivers’ license applicants.

“Other installations of the Corps are: One (1) Signage Plant for production of road signs; 21 Staff Clinic, 28 Road Side Clinics and Medical Centers to service staff, road traffic crash victims and general public, Officers Mess; National Traffic Radio (NTR) on 107.1 FM for promoting better driving culture, “he said.

The FRSC boss also expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to the Corps, saying that the President in 2016 approved an intervention fund that led to the procurement of about 343 vehicles.

Oyeyemi added that there was yet another approval in 2020 to inject more vehicles to support the operations of the Corps which was currently being worked on.

He added that within the past seven and half years of his administration, the Corps had constructed, inaugurated and equipped 16 State Sector Commands and fully completed all uncompleted projects through the support of the Federal Government.

Oyeyemi had also shown good working relationships with sister agencies comprising the Military and Paramilitary organisations, which was part of efforts that had put the FRSC in good standing today.

According to him, for the 34 years of the Corps’ existence, they have extended good hands of fellowship in varied forms and stood by the Corps in molding and shaping an agency that today is the best example of the Lead Agency in Africa.

Oyeyemi had a fulfilling working career that has seen him operating in various capacities for the Corps.

They include O/C Comm. Corps Marshal’s Office, FRSC National Headquarters; Zonal Commanding Officer, RS2HQ Lagos; Area Commander (Plant & Production) NULS Lagos Plant; Principal Commander (Plant & Production) NULS Lagos Plant; Zonal Commanding Officer, RS10HQ Sokoto .

Deputy Director, RSHQ Operations; Ag. Director Operations, RSHQ; Deputy Director Operations, RSHQ; Director MVA, RSHQ; Zonal Commanding Officer, RS3HQ Yola; Head/Director of Operations, RSHQ; HOD, Planning, Research and Statistics, RSHQ; HOD, Training, Standardization and Certification; HOD, Operations, RSHQ; and HOD, Motor Vehicle and Administration, RSHQ

Awards and honours received by him include Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Award; Certified Distinguished Administrator Award, Institute of Corporate Administration; American Medal of Honour, American Biographical Institute, USA; Man of the Year Award, American Biographical Institute, USA; and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).


Source: News Agency of Nigeria

VP Osinbajo To Speak At African Court Opening In Arusha, Tanzania

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Sunday depart Abuja for Arusha, Tanzania to attend the formal opening of the 2022 Judicial Year of the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights.


Spokesman to the Vice President, Laolu Akande stated this in a release he issued early Sunday.


According to Akande, Last year, at its 15th Anniversary, the court resolved that “as a means of enhancing its visibility and engaging as many stakeholders as possible, it will convene a solemn ceremony at the commencement of the first of its four sessions of each year to mark the official opening of the judicial year.”


He said Prof. Osinbajo has been designated as the Guest Speaker at this inaugural event to be attended by leaders from across the continent and beyond.


“The VP will speak on the theme: ‘The African Court and the Africa we want.’


“The overall objective of the ceremony, according to the Court, is to provide a forum for interaction with Member States, key judicial authorities, inter-governmental, semi-governmental and non-state actors; exchange of ideas; and reflection on the work of the Court for the year.


“Eventually, the event will expectedly spur an “enhanced understanding by stakeholders of the work of the Court,” and an “increased interaction with key judicial authorities on the continent and key stakeholders,” according to statement by the Court.


“The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established pursuant to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, adopted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 9th June 1998.


“The Protocol came into force on the 25th of January 2004. The Court became operational in 2006, and officially started working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and later moved to its current seat in Arusha, Tanzania.


The Mission of the Court is to enhance the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights by strengthening the human rights protection system in Africa and ensuring respect for and compliance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as other international human rights instruments, through judicial decisions.


“The Court is made up of justices drawn from the continent by election and is currently led by Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud, as its President. She is from Tanzania. Others include Justice Blaise Tchikaya (Vice President) – Republic of Congo; Justice Ben Kioko – Kenya; Justice Rafaâ Ben Achour – Tunisia; Lady Justice Ntyam Ondo Mengue – Cameroon; Lady Justice Marie Thérèse Mukamulisa – Rwanda; Lady Justice Tujilane Rose Chizumila – Malawi; Lady Justice Bensaoula Chafika – Algeria; Lady Justice Stella Isibhakhomen Anukam -Nigeria; Justice Dumisa Ntsebeza – South Africa; and Justice Sacko Modibo – Mali.


Akande said the Vice President would also hold bilateral talks with his counterpart, Dr. Philip Isdor Mpango, while in Tanzania.


The Vice President is expected back in Abuja on Tuesday, 1st March, 2022.



Source: Voice of Nigeria

Insecurity: Nasarawa Speaker Installs Over 350 Solar Street Lights

In his effort to support Governor Abdullahi Sule’s security efforts of tackling the activities of kidnappers and other security challenges in his constituency, Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Balarabe Abdullahi has installed over 350 solar street lights across major villages in all the six electoral wards of his constituency.


The Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi (APC Umaisha/Ugya State Constituency) spent about 23.5Million Naira for the community project in the six electoral wards which are Umaisha, Ugya, katapha, Dausu, Shege, and Kenyehu respectively, saying that the effort is to complement Governor Abdullahi Sule and other security agencies in tackling banditry and kidnapping in the area.


The project which commenced last year in the first phase with Umaisha Ward, the headquarters of the development Area saw the installation of 150 Solar street lights worth 10.5million in Umaisha.


The second phase which was carried out this year between last month and this month saw the purchased of over 200 solar street lights to some selected flash light villages in the remaining five electoral wards.


Some of the villages that benefited in Umaisha are shogene and Ilegeya, in katapha ward villages like katapha,Anguwan Mada,Share and Angwan Hausawa benefited while Shamange and karbana benefited in kenyehu ward.


Similarly, in the Ugya ward, villages like kolo,kuwa and kovoso benefited while Dausu and Igwa benefited in Dausu ward just as Iggi, Ihenkpe, kaita,Tondo, Angura, Shege, Daza, Shakaruku, Sokoto and kanahuru all benefited in Shege ward.


The gesture according to the Speaker as part of his effort to consolidate the effort of Governor Abdullahi Sule and security agencies to improve the state of insecurity especially the activities of bandits and kidnappers in the area as well as improve on the standard of living of his people.


He called on the people to safeguard the street lights jealously, be security conscious, remain committed to constituted authorities, and be supportive of the government of the day at all levels to succeed.



Source: Voice of Nigeria

Nigerian Officers Possess Academic, Strategic Knowledge – General Gboh

The Founder Patriotic Action Nigeria, Retired Major General John Gboh has stated that the quality and capacity of a military officer in discharging duties depends so much on how much has been impacted into such an officer.

General Gboh who was speaking in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital stated this during an exclusive interview with Voice of Nigeria.

The Retired Military Officer who came from the background of the Nigerian Army Education Corps pointed out that the combination of education and strategic knowledge, aside building individual capacity, gives an edge in bringing holistic solutions to problems.

He said contrary to the perceptions of many, the Nigerian Army takes education very seriously because education and strategic knowledge are an integral part of Military operations.

He said a lot of the military officers do not just have qualitative combatant training but qualitative strategic as well as academic knowledge and the knowledge is what is translated in the field when an officer is posted to make sure he succeeds in given assignments.

General Gboh however calls for further civil cooperation with the armed forces in carrying out the task of securing Nigeria as the military alone does not hold the answers since the perpetrator are those that live within the society and in communities.

“When we talk of banditry, Kidnappings, raping, these are issues outside of the military, where the military comes in is that the military is called upon to solve these problems and that is why I said the capacity of a military officer depends on how much has been put into him or her”

“The problem is basically civil, it is not military officer who are kidnapping or are terrorists, but from the civil society, the government must cooperate with the military, when the government sends the military to operate, it must also cooperate with the military to give them the right capacity to do what they are send for.
The success or otherwise of the military depends on who they are operating under and those around those they are operating under, whether or not they are allowed to go all out to do what they need to do”

General Gboh pointed out that the government is the central point of intelligence gathering and it is well informed as the government of any nation is God on earth.

“The God on earth has police intelligence, Secrete Service intelligence, Military Intelligence coming to it, so when the government should not in any wise withhold anything when sending out the armed forces to operate” stated General Gboh.



Source: Voice of Nigeria

NDLEA Intercepts Drugs, Cash Consignments From Pakistan, Austria, Italy

At least, 649,300 capsules of Tramadol and 809,850 Euros cash were among consignments from Pakistan, Austria and Italy intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos by the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA.

Also seized were various quantities of Heroin and other illicit drugs meant to be exported to the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

The Director media and advocacy NDLEA headquarters Abuja Mr Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a press statement Sunday.

The statement revealed that, “at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company cargo warehouse at the airport, anti-narcotic officers seized 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg weighing 460.95kg imported from Pakistan via Addis Ababa through Ethiopian Airline on Wednesday 16th February. A suspect, Nwadu Ekene Christian was arrested in connection with the seizure.”

On the same day, “a female passenger, Ms. Ayeki Happy who arrived the airport from Italy on Turkish Airline was arrested with 69,850 Euros cash concealed in her luggage.” The statement said.

“This was four days after another lady, Precious Idahagbon was arrested with 740,000 Euros cash hidden in her luggage and undeclared upon her arrival at the airport from Vienna, Austria via Istanbul, Turkey. Both cash seizures are currently under investigation to establish if they are proceeds of drug business.”


At the NAHCO export shed of the airport, “operatives seized a consignment of 131 parcels of Cannabis concealed in packages of black soap (Dudu-Osun), during outward clearance of cargo going to the UK.”


The consignment was presented for export to Dubai, UAE at SAHCO shed with 30 parcels of cannabis hidden in cartons of cornflakes were discovered in it.


Also, “not less than 6.5kg of Heroin, Khat and Oxycodone packaged for export to USA, and Canada were seized at a major courier company in Lagos by operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI. The drugs were concealed in shoes, and carton walls.” The statement explained.


Other States:


In Kano, “a 34-year-old Nasiru Abdulrahman was arrested with 476kg of Cannabis at Kwanar Dan Gora, Kiru local government area of the state on Friday 25th February.”


“In Adamawa state North East Nigeria, 4,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were seized from Abdulmuminu Abubakar, 24, who was arrested at Gidan Madara, Mubi North LGA on Tuesday 22nd February who was travelling on a motorcycle to deliver the drugs in Bukula, Cameroon Republic.”


In Abuja, “two consignments were intercepted from transport vehicles in Abaji area of the FCT, containing12kg of cannabis, and 356kg of the same substance.”


While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, DOGI, Kano, Adamawa and FCT Commands for the arrests and seizures, the Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the offensive action against all drug cartels in every part of Nigeria.


Source: Voice of Nigeria