November 2019

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Benin chapter, on Tuesday, vowed to resist any attempt by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation to force its members to register with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
This was contained in a press release titled “IPPIS- The Truth of The Matter” signed by it chairman, Mr. Monday Omoregie Joy and it secretary, Mr. Fabs C. Amaechina and made available to newsmen in Benin City.
Omoregie said compelling its members to register with the IPPIS negates the autonomy of the Nigerian Federal Universities as enshrined in the Universities Amendment Act 2003 (also called Universities Autonomy Act No1., 2007) and that it also fails to accommodate the peculiarities of the Nigerian University System (NUS).
“For the avoidance of doubt, ASUU UNIBEN remains an integral and unwavering party to the collective decision of the union to resist the forceful implementation of IPPIS by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation as (I) it is in gross violation of the autonomy of Nigerian Federal Universities as enshrined in the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Act 2003 (also called Universities Autonomy Act No1., 2007) .And (II) it fails to accommodate the the peculiarities of the Nigerian University System (NUS)”, the ASUU chairman said.

He said the decision not to cave in to the wish of the office of the Accountant General of the Federation was unanimously reaffirmed by the Congress of the branch at its emergency meeting of Monday 25th November 2019, held at the ASUU secretariat complex, University of Benin at which it was resolved that “ASUU Uniben aligns with the national leadership of the union on IPPIS and says no to the deployment of IPPIS in its present state”.
The ASUU chairman said that they insisted that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was driven primarily by selfish interests and motivations rather than the much vaunted claim about stemming the tide of corruption.
He said if the federal government is really ready to fight corruption, he should disclosed to Nigerians how much it has paid to the firm saddled with the responsibility of the IPPIS.
He said the ploy to enlist ASUU into the IPPIS is to emasculate ASUU as a body and abandon all agreements freely reached with it including the renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement.
He, however, reiterated that ASUU will reactivate its mechanism if its members are being denied their salaries on the ground that they failed to enrol into the IPPIS.
“To this end, we wish to make it abundantly clear that if any single member of the union is denied his/her salary on account of refusal to be forcibly enrolled onto the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the union shall immediately activate its mechanism for dealing with such aberration”, he said.

The International Conference on Witchcraft on Tuesday kicked off at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as scheduled, despite opposition to the conference from the Christian bodies.

Our Correspondent reports that the opening prayer for the conference was conducted by a Catholic priest, while the moderator was a cleric.

Music was also provided by the UNN Christ Chapel choir.

The conference, organised by Prof. B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy Studies and Research, UNN, met stiff opposition and criticisms, but organisers rebuffed the calls to cancel the conference, and instead changed the initial theme: “Witchcraft, meanings, factors and practices,” to ”Dimensions of human behaviours.”

UNN management had directed the organisers to drop the initial theme of the conference on account of outcries from various Christian bodies.

However, speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference holding at Nsukka main campus of UNN, the Director of the centre, Prof. Egodi Uchendu, regretted how ordinary academic conference was twisted to cause confusion by social media and other media platforms.

“The casualty of this confusion went beyond being asked by UNN management to change title but also the withdrawal of our keynote speaker, Prof. David Ker.

“I am delighted that social media hyper on the conference didn’t deter participants and organisers from attending the conference, which is completely academic,” she said.

Prof. Damian Opata, in his paper titled “The wealthy are no witches: Towards an Epistemology and Ideology of Witchcraft among the Igbo of Nigeria,” explained that the way witchcraft was propagated and believed by some Nigerians had continued to kill the development of knowledge on the issue.

“Some people have killed the initiative for creative indigenous thinking because of mere belief in witchcraft.

“Pastors, prophets, seers in the foreign religions and charismatic priests of variegated persuasions very frequently use perceived attacks by witches and wizards to put fear in the minds and hearts of their various congregations.”

Continuing, he said, “The truth is, for those who believe that witches and wizards exist, it exists for them; and those who believe it does not exist, it doesn’t exist.

“What we are doing today is completely an academic conference; it’s unfortunate that some people tried on social media to give it  different interpretations.”

Head of Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the UNN, Prof. Peter-Jazzy Eze, who spoke on what he titled, “Which witch? What Anthropology knows of the Adult Bugbear,” explained that witchcraft did not exist but only existed in the mind of the people who believed in it.

“Science and technology have overtaken the superstitious belief of witchcraft, which has no practical proof.”

Eze said it was time Africa dropped the belief in witchcraft and embraced robust knowledge in science and technology, “the application of which is very practical and verifiable.”

“If Africans can fully embrace science and technology, in the next 50 years, there will be nothing like superstitious belief in witchcraft, ” he said.

The National Youth Service Corps has warned corps members against unauthorised journeys and to remain in their place of Primary Assignments.

The state Coordinator of the NYSC, Belinda Faniyi, said this during the closing ceremony of 2019 batch ‘C’ stream 1 orientation programme held in Sagamu on Monday.

Faniyi warned corps members in the state against unauthorised journeys, saying, most of the accidents recorded were due to unauthorised journeys.

She also lamented cases of rejection of corps members and added that some of them occurred because some corps members sought rejection from where they were posted.

She said, “The level of rejection in Ogun state, I will say is below 30 percent.

“We find out that some of the corps members even when they are posted, some of them do not want to remain where they are posted because they feel that it is not related to the main discipline they studied.

“But, we always tell them we post them to the critical economic sector such as Health; Education and infrastructure. Those are the areas  we post them  to, we believe that whatever they might have studied also  fall within these areas.”

“I also warn them that they should remain in their places of primary assignment and no unauthorised journeys because most of the accidents we recorded during the service year are mainly due to unauthorised journeys.

Meanwhile, the NYSC  has appealed to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, to begin the payment of allowances to the corps members deployed in the state.

Former Big  Brother Naija housemate, Ellahas shared a video on her IG page, saying it hasn’t been easy since she was evicted from the house.

In the video, she said that she has been working on her music career and it hasn’t been so easy as it requires lots of resources.

Recall that recently the reality star cried out for help to save her mother. Now, the reality star has revealed that she had to sacrifice all of her resources recently to save her mom’s life.

Governorship aspirant under the platform of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Mr. John Darlington Iyoha, yesterday, said his political party is not intimidated by the presence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has gained ground in the state because of it long stay over the years in the state
Iyoha disclosed this while receiving over a 100 decampees from the various political parties in the state into PPN in Evbotubu, Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.
He said the reason his political party is not afraid of the political parties is because his party, PPN has a redemption message for the citizens of the state and that since he has been going about with the message, the people have come to key into it.
According to him “We are not intimidated by the presence of APC or PDP in this state because our redemption message has been speaking for us wherever we went.
“Yes, we can. We are trying to lead a populist campaign. A populist campaign, that was what changed power in Italy about 13 months ago.
“A populist campaign is a system whereby you appeal to the people’s sentiment, then you tell them what they have been denied all over the years by the elitist group.
“That is what we are trying to replicate in Edo State. And wonderfully enough, we have been achieving results with it because wherever we go, we tell them what it is. It does not take them time to join forces with us. It has been happening like that”,.
The governorship aspirant while frowning at the way and manner politics is played in the country, called on the youths to shun money politics and never to mortgage their future for peanuts.
“Politicians giving you N5,000 for your vote is all about mortgaging your future and that is what we are really trying to discourage.
“We are absolutely want to discourage them by introducing what is obtained abroad where I came from.
“So this is what I want to make everybody understand that let us begin to discourage it now”, he said.

Former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav says most politicians in Nigeria do not believe in God.

This was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Makurdi on Tuesday.

“Our politicians do not believe in God and the nothingness of this world. They don’t even think of death.

“Our democracy is turning into something else. We seem not to know what democracy even means. Many see it as a means to acquire wealth albeit by fraudulent and dishonest means,” Tsav said.

He said unless the courts expedite trial of accused corrupt public officials and possibly convict them to serve as deterrents to others, many would continue to indulge in corrupt practice.

Tsav said public condemnation without commiserate punishment by the law would not deter corrupt officials in the country.

“The fight against corruption has no impact on our people and that is why politicians are still fighting and killing themselves for elective offices.

“If the courts expedite trial of accused persons facing corruption charges in various courts, perhaps their conviction will serve as deterrent to others.

“This will slow down the urge and madness for corruption,” he said.

Tsav further said developments at the just concluded Kogi governorship election showed that it was time for full amendment of the electoral laws to accommodate stiffer punishment for electoral offenders.

He also condemned the killing of the state’s PDP Women Leader after the election, describing it as the most horrible thing he has heard of in recent times.

“I am happy that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for a thorough investigation on this dastardly act with a view to bringing all those involved, no matter their status to justice.

“Buhari should go beyond that. The electoral laws should be amended for true democracy to take root.

“My sad experience during my days in the Nigeria Police Force, was that, where government was interested in a case; such case does not see the light of the day. Let that not happen in this case o!”(NAN)

- According to the former president, Lamido is not coherent in his allegations

- Jonathan said the former governor claimed he supported APC because he dislikes Dickson and at the same time because of Malabu

Following allegations against him, Goodluck Jonathan has replied Sule Lamido, ex-governor of Jigawa state, who claimed that the former president supported the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded Bayelsa gubernatorial election to escape from being probed over his involvement in the Malabu oil deal.

Jonathan in a statement by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, said the former governor of Jigawa was only peddling falsehood.

The former president said he really does not know why the former governor chose to speak as he did, especially with such hostility, contempt and lies against him, The Cable reports.

Jonathan went further to claim that Lamido is not coherent.

According to the former president, "in one breathe, Lamido alleged that Jonathan worked against his party 'because he was very, very angry with (Governor) Dickson,' in another he claimed that it was 'because he (Jonathan) sure knows his problem with Buhari and his government. And the issue of Malabu, I think, played a key role'.”

Jonathan consequently dismissed Lamido's allegations.

Meanwhile, recall that had reported that a group tagged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders Forum accused Jonathan of trading off the party’s victory in the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.

The group’s chairman, Chief Benson Odoko in a statement accused Jonathan of fraternizing with leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Odoko claimed it was not debatable that ex-president Jonathan worked against the party that made him deputy governor, governor, vice president and president of the country.

Professor Francis Dike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Imo state. He spoke on restructuring, clamour for Presidency by the Igbo, and other issues.

What would you attribute as the major cause of the current disunity among Nigerians?

At independence, we had three regions; the Western region, Eastern region, Northern region and then later Mid-West, was created in 1963. These four regions had their own constitutions. These regions were separate but equal and they were autonomous regions that bonded together to form a federation. There was healthy competition among the regions. This was what the founding fathers thought would ensure peace and unity. There was also that element of confidence in the people. If you leave another part of the country and settle elsewhere, you will belong to that part of the country. In Enugu for instance, Adu Moro Altine was elected the Mayor of Enugu having defeated the Igbo people who had contested against him during the mayoral election. In the West, you had situations where people from other places also won local elections and in the North, it was also that way.  It is the fragmentation of the political setup which had precipitated the civil war that is at the root of the current disunity and loss of confidence in Nigeria because the concept of federation has been badly eroded and the type of federation we have now is winner takes all. This has created a situation where some section of the country insists that power must remain in its domain because it wants to control the centre.

Ahmadu Bello who was the premier of Northern Region chose to remain in the North but sent his deputy, Tafawa Balewa to become Prime Minister in Lagos at Independence because the regions were more powerful and autonomous.  Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe was the president of the federation but Dr Michael Opara who was the premier of Eastern Region was the man with the power and it was the same with the other regions.  Then, whoever went to the centre which is the Federal Government was not because he wanted to dominate anybody’s section or anybody but to play national politics.

Today, what we have is a tendency of people trying to dominate others because we have moved away from the real concept of federalism.  What I want to say to you is that this country will continue to move to the precipice until it retraces its steps. There must be restructuring of this current political system if we must make real progress.  That is why I don’t support the position of some of the Igbo political leaders who are clamouring that the South East must produce the president in 2023.

Now, suppose they foist on you a very stupid person as the president which is possible. So, what do you do? What we should be talking about is not who becomes president but to restructure the country for the benefit of all Nigerians.

But majority of politicians from the North have been against political restructuring.

Those Northern political leaders are simply speaking tongue in cheek by saying that the country has already been restructured. What had happened was that the military governments which were headed mostly by Northerners simply fragmented the country in their favour and did not restructure the political system. When you restructure something, you will give it a pillar. You don’t just create chaffs flying in the air and you say you have restructured the country.  The Northern political elite who are against restructuring knew what Nigeria was before the independence and after independence till 1966. If they say what we have now is better than what we had then, then I think we need to re-educate them on what the political system was before the military coup of January of 1966 and the counter coup of July.

Most people have also argued that it is not impossible to return to pre- 1966 Nigeria.

Yes, I agree.  We have six geopolitical zones now, so let it be the federating units, if they want to use the 36 states as the federating units, let it be. In the USA, the states that are federating units have their own constitutions and we can do the same here with the states having their own constitutions. We don’t need anybody at the centre telling us what to do by occupying our lands. I have always been against the Land Use Act because it is against the Igbo man. This is because the land tenure system in Igbo land is different from what operates in the North or in the West. In a situation where somebody will come and take your land and say that he is keeping it in trust for you, what kind of stupid trust is that? What competence does he have to hold the legal titles to your land? That is imposition. There is difference in culture, tradition and it is that difference that we should harness. When I came back from England, we had entertaining TV programmes like Village Headmaster, We had Zeburudaya and everybody enjoyed it because they portrayed our differences and also how we could accommodate one another. We cannot say what we have now is a federating unit, it is not.

Why’re you not enthusiastic about the current clamour for President of Nigeria from the Igbo extraction by some people?

Those who are clamouring for Igbo president are clamouring for rubbish. It is a mash of potatoes, a president that may become a captive president. What does he do?  How could he function under this dysfunctional system? The unfortunate person who would be imposed on the people by those who think that they own the country may be of no use even to the South East but will only be there to act according to the whims and caprices of those who put him there in the first instance. Even the constitution which he is going to operate with is not from the people, unless we want the position of the president just for sake of prestige.

What would you say is the reason President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to at least implement some of the far-reaching recommendations of the constitutional conference organized by his predecessor which majority of Nigerians participated in?

Those who say that Nigeria is indivisible and yet do not want the political restructuring of the country which would return it to a real federal system are the ones who want the country to break up. They don’t want to look into what other sections of the country are saying and that is the real problem. It is only the constitutional conference organized under ex-President Jonathan that Nigerians came together and said what they want and how the country should be structured but those who want to lord it over the rest of the country would not want that, even though they were part of that conference and agreed in principle that the country must be restructured. Nigeria is just there because of the oil; if the oil was initially found elsewhere, we won’t have Nigeria. Remember that General Gowon after the counter coup of July 1966 which he led had told the world that the basis of Nigeria unity no longer exists and that was when the seed of what is happening today was sown. But ironically, the same Gowon is today jumping from one place to the other talking about unity and I say to myself, what sort of hypocrisy is this. I am sorry to say this and with all due respect to him as an elder statesman, it is he who had destroyed the federation and balkanized the country. The likes of Gowon should be honest because we cannot bequeath to our children a country that is seriously fractured.

Recently, the Federal Government is proposing a law that will give it the ownership of all waterways in the country. How do you react to that?

Now, we have 36 states and the Federal Government wants to own the riverine areas in the states and what that means is the Federal Government also wants to be a federating unit. Can you imagine that?  That is now a part of a part, which means that the states are no longer federating units. Are the federating units now the local governments? It beats my imagination. Now, this is the real problem of the Nigeria federation. Let those who erroneously think that Nigeria is indivisible remember that the British Act of Union of 1707 had stated that the union is indissoluble. Today, both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are all independent of British and just recently in 2014, the people of Scotland had a referendum and even if they did not succeed, they will try again in 10 years. The Catalonians in Spain want independence because of lack of equity and justice. Nobody is against one Nigeria but the country is already crumbling because of its internal contradictions. Today, the country is more disunited than in 1960 when we gained political independence and yet some people keep pretending that all is well.

A youth pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Akolade Arowolo, has been sentenced to die by hanging for the murder of his banker wife, Titilayo.

Pastor Arowolo could not hold back his pains after the court ruling, he burst into a fit of prayer. Titilayo worked with Skye bank, whilst her husband was employed. Prosecutors were able to present compelling evidence that led to the conviction of Mr Arowolo and his sentencing by Justice Lateefat Okunu of the Ikeja High Court, he was handed a death sentence. Justice Okunu held in her over three hours judgment that evidence before the court proved that Arowolo actually murdered his wife in their matrimonial home.

Testimony in the form of a forensic report from Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, a pathologist, was what the court used to determine that there was no way the deceased could have stabbed herself to death. Immediately after the judgment, Arowolo fell down in the dock and started shouting “Jesus have mercy.” PM News reports that Prof Obafunwa testified that his autopsy report revealed that Titilayo was killed through 76 knife stab wounds.

There were claims by Pastor Arowolo, suggesting that his wife was possessed and inflicted injuries on herself. He noted that the knife wounds affected Titilayo’s left eye, right eye, upper chest area, right chest and collar bone. Prof. Obafunwa pointed out in his testimony that the deceased could not have inflicted such wounds on herself. To further prove its case, prosecution invited some of Titilayo’s family members who testified that Arowolo and Titilayo had always had a troubled marriage.

The family members included Titilayo’s father, George Oyakhire; sister, Ijeh and mother-in-law, Mrs Adetoun Yeside Oyakhire. The three witnesses testified that the couple lived a cat and mouse life. They claimed that the family had at several times, settled serious fights between the couple. None of the witnesses however saw what actually happened on the day Titilayo died

The Herald reports that Arowolo’s co-tenant, Adewale Adeyemi also gave evidence in the case. Arowolo’s parents testified that their son was incapable of murder

Adeyemi in his evidence said that on the day of the incident he heard a loud noise when he was in his apartment and later saw Arowolo rushing out with a deep cut in his palms. He claimed to have also seen a hammer and a knife with a broken handle in the yard. Other witnesses such a the security man at the Arowolos’ residence, Investigating Police Officer and an MTN Staff also gave evidence in the case.

Youth PastorArowolo broke down in tears, after the judge handed him the death sentence, he had claimed he was innocent of killing his wife. Having presented its case, the burden was shifted on Arowolo to defend himself.

Expectedly, Arowolo had his personal explanation as to what happened on the day Titilayo died. First, he claimed that he and his deceased wife had passionate sex for two hours and kissed on the same day she died.

He claimed that Titi stabbed herself to death on the day after they had a fight. Arowolo claimed that Titilayo was possessed by an evil spirit and inflicted several stab wounds on him before turning to herself. Arowolo’s father, Mudashiru and mother also testified of their son’s good behavior, insisting he could not have killed his wife.

They claimed that he has always been a religious person and was incapable of killing.

Transport for London (TfL) on Monday refused to give the ride-hailing company Uber, a new licence to operate in London over safety and security concerns.

NAN reports that the licensing body in a statement said that “TfL has identified a pattern of failures by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risks.’’

TfL’s director of licensing, regulation and charging, Helen Chapman, said in a statement that Uber’s current licence expires just before midnight on Monday but the company will be allowed to continue operating pending an appeal.

“Safety is our absolute top priority. While we recognise Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured.

“It is clearly concerning that these issues arose, but it is also concerning that we cannot be confident that similar issues won’t happen again in future.’’

She added that one of TfL’s key concerns was that unauthorised drivers were able to upload their photos to the accounts of other drivers, meaning that customers travelled with unlicensed drivers on at least 14,000 occasions.

Fired or suspended drivers were also able to create accounts, she added.

The Press Association reported that Uber said the decision was extraordinary and wrong and said it would continue to operate as normal while it launches an appeal.

Uber says on its website that it operates in 63 countries and over 700 cities worldwide and has 91 million active users each month.

Earlier this month it reported a net loss of nearly 1.2 billion dollars for the most recent quarter.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the election held to fill the vacant Kogi West Senatorial district seat on Saturday, November 16 as inconclusive.

Channels TV reports that INEC made the decision on the grounds that the lead margin between Smart Adeyemi who polled 80,118 votes and Dino Melaye who got 59,548 is 20,570 was lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone.

According to the report, the returning officer, Professor Olayinde Lawal, who made the declaration, said the law does not permit him to declare a winner because of the lead margin between the leading candidates.

He revealed that INEC will announce a new date for the conduct of a supplementary election in the 53 polling units before a winner can be returned. had earlier reported that Melaye, a former federal lawmaker in the last 8th Nigerian Senate, rejected the results of the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun pollsreleased by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, November 17.

Melaye described the results as fake and unacceptable to him.

Melaye told journalists in Abuja: “The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday."

Before that, also reported that the violence that took over the governorship and senatorial elections in Kogi state resulted in the death of a nephew to Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the re-run for the legislative seat.

Melaye confirmed the death of Olorunjuwon early on Sunday, November 17, saying the deceased paid the ultimate price for the liberation of Kogi people.

Kogi residents reveal how they will vote on election day - on Legit TV

The conference on witchcraft being organised by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has irked yet another Christian group and it is the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria who have declared a two-day “prayer of warfare” against the event.

Chairman of PFN in Enugu, Godwin Madu who called for the cancellation of the conference spearheaded by B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy and Research in UNN and scheduled to take place on November 26 and November 27, described it as ‘sponsoring evil’.

“We cannot fold our arms and watch our future dragged into what will not give God glory.

“To this end, the Church in Enugu has declared a two-day prayer of warfare. We must not allow this at a time like this, as we have had enough of ungodly activities in the country already. The Church should pray against those sponsoring evil in the state.”

Madu said Enugu state is “in the hands of God,” adding: “We will not hand it over to witches.”

“So, all Christians should, without further delay, call on the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the awesome God of David to fight for his name,” he added.

A lady has expressed anger after she and her friends were allegedly denied entry into an Abuja lounge because they had no male companion.

The Nigerian lady identified as Lydia,  narrated that they were initially refused entrance into the lounge because they had no male companion, only for the bouncer to later reveal that the action was taken simply because management felt they wouldn’t be able to pay for their drinks.

“I’m so livid!!!! My friends and I walked into a lounge and they refused to let us in cause there’s a policy that doesn’t let women in without a male champion. This is freaking 2019!!

“Women with striving careers can’t hang out and have fun in Abuja Without a man? Wow!”

“A gentleman came to our rescue and assured the bouncer we weren’t ‘street girls.’ Lmao why should street girls be banned from having a good time with male counterparts ffs? Streets girls are human!

“The bouncer’s argument was that we can’t afford a drink in the lounge …My friend brought out her business card”, she tweeted.

The federal government has sent a circular on the breakdown of the new minimum wage to organised labour

- The Trade Union Commission (TUC) and labour have confirmed that they have received the document from the government

- The circular contains details of what civil servants will receive annually based on the new minimum wage

The organised labour and the Trade Union Congress have confirmed reception of the federal government's circular on the new minimum wage.

The circular from the government was signed by Ekpo Nta, the acting chairman of the National Income, Salaries and Wages Commission, and copied to the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, and the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, The Nation reports.

Speaking on the development, organised labour and the president of TUC, Quadri Olaleye, said that they have received the document and have sent it to their state councils and chapters respectively to guide them in negotiations.

As contained in the circular, the annual pay of civil servants henceforth is as follows:

Level 1 step 1 will earn N360,000 per annum

Level 1, step 15 will earn N422,566 per annum

Level 5, step 1 officer will earn N394,498 per annum and on step 15 earn N534,834 per annum

Level 7, step 1 officer will earn N638,133 per annum and step 5 will earn N961,577 per annum

Level 10 step 1 will earn N1,060,833 per annum, while step 15 of the same level will earn N1, 535,417 per annum

Level 14, step 1 will earn N1, 503,149 per annum, while step 11 of the same level will earn N2,101,600

Level 17 step 9 will take home N6,215,435 per annum.

Meanwhile, reported that following the agreement between the federal government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on the new minimum wage, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had revealed when the long-awaited adjustment will begin.

Ngige on Friday, October 18, speaking to journalists in Abuja, said that the payment will be effected immediately.

Why the Chibok girls returned by Boko Haram are still not entirely free

Now at university, the dozens of students abducted by Boko Haram say they are the lucky ones. But security restrictions mean they must be accompanied if they leave the campus, they cannot have visitors without special permission and are not allowed to have the babies born in captivity.

The list had more than 200 names.

Martha James. Grace Paul. Rebecca Joseph. Mary Ali. Ruth Kolo. And so many others.

It took Nigerian officials agonising weeks to publish the names of all the students Boko Haram kidnapped from a boarding school in the village of Chibok four years ago, on the night of 14 April. Once they did, the numbers were staggering.

The list quickly circulated among the grieving parents searching for their daughters, some setting out on motorbikes to confront the Islamist militants who had stormed the school, loaded the girls into trucks and hauled them away at gunpoint

Soldiers used the list, too, as they combed the countryside for the missing students, marching through the forest, dispatching jets and enlisting the help of foreign militaries.

Negotiators checked the names as they bartered with militants for the girls’ release. And the list became an inspiration for protesters hundreds of miles away in the capital, who kept marching for the girls’ return, day after day.

“As I began to read each name, my resolve strengthened,” says Oby Ezekwesili, a former education minister who led protests. “They were not just statistics. These were real human beings.”

Far away in the United States, France, South Korea and elsewhere, public figures and celebrities joined the cause.

Bring back our girls, they all demanded.

For years, the teenagers remained missing, changing from girls into women, lost to a band of extremists known for beating, raping and enslaving its captives.

And then, many of their names were joyfully crossed off the list.

“I’m ‘back’, as they say,” says Hauwa Ntakai, one of the Chibok students.

Nearly four years after they were abducted and dragged off to a forest hideout, more than 100 of the students from Chibok now live on a pristine university campus four hours from their homes here in north-eastern Nigeria, their days filled with maths and English classes, karaoke and selfies, and movie nights with popcorn.

The government negotiated for the release of many of the Chibok students, who were set free in groups over the last year and a half. A few others were found roaming the countryside, having escaped their captors.

“I’m happy,” says Ntakai, who was number 169 on the list. Now, she is a 20-year-old student who rises at dawn for Saturday yoga class and argues about the benefits and dangers of social media during debate night at the university.

“But I’m thinking about my sisters who are still in the back,” in Boko Haram’s clutches, she says.

Nigeria is in its ninth year of war with Boko Haram, a group that has killed and kidnapped thousands of civilians across northern Nigeria. In many respects, the Chibok students, as extraordinary as their plight has been, were just another set of its victims. Many of the young women now consider themselves the lucky ones.

Weeks before the Chibok kidnapping, a group of young boys were burnt alive in their own school, a tragedy that failed to resonate around the world in the same way as the mass abduction of the schoolgirls.

The vast majority of Boko Haram’s victims will remain anonymous and unaccounted for, their names never broadcast across the globe. Many of their families will never even know what happened to them. The crimes committed against them occur in remote areas, far from the reach of mobile phone networks, and often while the world’s attention is elsewhere.

But the Chibok girls had names. Saratu Ayuba. Ruth Amos. Comfort Habila. Esther Usman.

And from a few weeks after they were taken – when Boko Haram broadcast images of its sombre-looking captives, covered from head to toe in long, dark gowns – they had faces.

Teenage students from a village school suddenly became the unwitting representatives of all the dead and missing victims of a crisis that has upended a poor, remote corner of the globe.

They became the daughters of Nigeria, and more broadly daughters of the whole world, embraced and fretted over as if they belonged to everyone.

“When the Chibok abduction happened, it was the articulation of this whole saga,” says Saudatu Mahdi, a cofounder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement. “They became a rallying point.”

But the freed students from Chibok also bear the heavy burden of the celebrity that led to their release.

They are fortunate enough to attend a private university that educates the children of Nigerian politicians, businesspeople and other members of the elite.

But security restrictions on the Chibok students are especially tight. They are not allowed to leave campus without an escort. They can’t have visitors without special permission. And though some of the women gave birth during their captivity, their children are not allowed to stay with them at the university. Administrators say that would distract from their studies.

In fact, the young women have rarely seen their families since they were freed from Boko Haram. The longest period they have spent with their parents, siblings and other relatives since their abduction in 2014 was over Christmas last year, when they went home for a couple of weeks. Other than that, they have been under close supervision by officials and educators.

As soon as they were released from Boko Haram, the women were whisked to Abuja, the capital, where they spent weeks in the government’s custody, questioned for information that could help find their still-missing classmates – and to satisfy officials that they had not grown loyal to Boko Haram.

Security agents warned the young women not to talk about their time with militants, arguing that it might jeopardise the safety of the students still held captive. Forget about the past and move forward, they were told.

For months, their access to their parents was severely restricted. They weren’t allowed to leave the bland government building that was their dormitory. Even today, their only regular connection to their families is by phone.

Last summer, officials at the American University of Nigeria travelled to Abuja to meet with the government. In 2014, the university, in the city of Yola, had taken in about 20 students from Chibok who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram but had managed to escape within hours.

Administrators pitched the government on a plan to take the newly freed women, too. The idea was to incorporate them into a programme designed to help them catch up on their studies, reunite them with their former classmates who were already at the institution and prepare them for university life.

Now the Chibok students’ lives are highly structured. With militants still at large in the country, they are considered high-profile targets. And as public figures, officials fear, they are vulnerable to exploitation.

“They will not be the normal people they were before they were abducted,” says Mahdi, secretary-general of the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, an advocacy group for women and girls in Nigeria. “A lot of restrictions will come with their lifestyle.”

Officials at the university had no experience educating a large group of former hostages from a village school. But neither did anyone else.

“We’ll take them all and figure it out,” the university’s president, Dawn Dekle, an American, recalls thinking at the time. “They were traumatised as a group. Their healing has to be in a group.”

All but one of the newly freed students agreed to attend. She had already been married at the time she was kidnapped, so she went back to live on her farm near Chibok with her husband.

At the university, officials scrambled to prepare for the students, renovating a dormitory so they all could be housed together and finding classrooms to accommodate the extra pupils.

The assistant dean of student affairs became the women’s de facto principal. A therapist in the United States, who had counselled some of the early escapees from the kidnapping, was recruited to work as the students’ psychologist. A conference room was designated as a prayer room for the few women who are Muslim. And for the Christian students, the person in charge of the university’s recycling programme, who also serves as a local pastor, leads Sunday services.

Last September, more than 100 of the students arrived at the tidy campus, with its trimmed hedges, three-story library and solar-powered buildings. Not everyone was happy to welcome such a large group of women who had spent the past few years living with militants.

Some of the other students were scared that Boko Haram would come for the Chibok women again, especially at a university representing the sort of Western education that Boko Haram has long condemned.

Others worried that the women had grown attached to their captors and could be terrorists themselves. One student told officials that she feared waking up at night to discover one of the women holding a knife to her neck.

After arriving on campus, the women were escorted to the university canteen for their first meal. The group drew stares from the other students.

“I could tell they were not feeling comfortable,” says Reginald Braggs, a former US navy instructor who is in charge of the programme for the Chibok students.

Rather than force integration, administrators decided to let the new arrivals eat most meals in their dorm.

All in their twenties now, the women are housed at the university, but in a programme that sometimes seems designed for elementary students. Classrooms are decorated with pictures of Spider-Man and basic times tables.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed serious doubt over the integrity, impartiality and competence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fair, free and credible elections in the days ahead.

He stated this on Sunday at a world press conference, held at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), in Abeokuta.

Reading from a 16-page address entitled: “Points for Concern and Action,” Obasanjo also alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have embarked on the president’s self-succession project, by recruiting collation officers who are already awarding results based on their projects to actualise the perpetuation agenda, in which the people will not matter and the votes will not count.

He equally said that the president’s henchmen were working round the clock in tandem with security and election officials, to perfect their rigging plan by computing results right from the ward level to local government, state and national levels to allow Buhari, what will look like a landslide victory irrespective of the true situation and outcome of the election.

Obasanjo, who noted that “Abacha era is here,” urged Nigerians to rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha and urged the international communities to keep an eye on the unfolding anti-democratic agenda of President Buhari.

 While saying that the track record of the present INEC is fairly sordid, Obasanjo said “all men and women of goodwill and believers in democracy must be prepared for the worst from INEC and their encouragers and how to get Nigeria out of the electoral morass that the commission is driving us into.”

Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered that alleged internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha be kept in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services.
Justice Liman ordered that Mompha be kept behind bars after he pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge of laundering N33 billion.
The court had also fixed November 29 for the hearing of the defendant bail application.
The anti-graft agency alleged in the charge signed by one of its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, that Mompha laundered the funds through a firm, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, between 2015 and 2018.
Islamob Global Investments is the second defendant in the charge.
The EFCC claimed that the funds, domiciled in Fidelity Bank, were moved in tranches of N18,059,353,413 billion and N14,946,773,393.00 billion.
The commission further alleged that both defendants, not being a financial institution, or an authorized foreign exchange dealer, negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N9.416million, N20 million, N10,437,400.00, N10miillion, N2.46million, N10miillion, N100million, N61million, N100million, N40.7million and N42million.
The funds were domiciled in the defendants’ Fidelity Bank account.
The commission alleged that Mompha “between 2015 and 2018… procured Ismalob Global Investment Ltd to retain the aggregate sum of N18,059,353,413 in its account No. 5260000846 domiciled in Fidelity Bank Plc which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of unlawful act to wit: fraud.
Mompha, between 2015 and 2017, also allegedly aided the company “to retain the aggregate sum of N 14,946,773,393.00 in its account No. 5260000846 domiciled in Fidelity Bank Plc from Pitacalize Ltd.
Both actions offended Sections 18(3) and 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act, the agency said.

Abuja to Host Strongest State in Nigeria TV Show

Abuja will host the first phase Grand finale of the biggest TV Reality show in Nigeria called Strongest State in Nigeria.

Strongest State in Nigeria TV Show which aims to solidify Nigeria's unity has completed its first phase after a three months intensive camping in Saminaka, Kaduna State will be holding a top notch event to eliminate some states and select 12 states for the final search of the trophy of unity by 2020.

The Event which holds November 27th at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja would be having Who's Who in Nigeria in attendance and guest performance from some of Nigeria's musicians like Duncan Mighty.

According to the Chairman of SSN Reality TV Show, High. Chief Engr. Johnbosco Onunkwo, the event which would be one of a kind will have thrilling stage performance from all the contestants representing every state in Nigeria, The Event would be a power-packed program set aside to project Nigeria's Culture and Foster peace and unity in our country, Nigeria, he added.

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has directed its members nationwide to disregard a circular from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to enrol academic staff on the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System from Monday.

ASUU on Sunday stated that the same Accountant-General of the Federation had challenged the union to develop a template that accommodates the peculiarities of academic staff and present same to him.

The union said the Federal Government needs to test its own model of ensuring financial transparency rather than forcing its members captured on the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System, which opened on Monday, a report by PUNCH said.

Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, added that the enrollment of lecturers was like taking universities back to core civil service.

Ogunyemi insisted that its members will not take part in the registration for the IPPIS, adding that such steps by the Federal Government would undermine the autonomy of Nigerian universities.

He said, “We have proposed to the government that we have an alternative that will address all issues that the government had raised about universities.

“The government needs to test our own model rather than buying into a model that will take universities back to the core civil service.
"With IPPIS, before a Vice Chancellor can employ an academic worker, the VC will have to get permission from the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

“Universities cannot be run within the framework of civil service bureaucracy.
"Universities are universal cities of knowledge creation and they can perform best when they are allowed to operate their system based on the laws establishing them.

“We signed a memorandum of action with government earlier this year and they promised that they will start visitation by March this year. Government didn’t do anything. This is November. When people say ASUU is encouraging corruption, it is cheap blackmail.

“We will destroy Nigerian universities with IPPIS if government should go ahead and force people to enroll.
"You can’t bring lecturers from all over the world and ask them to go and register in Abuja in the ministry. It is ridiculous. We have gone beyond that. They are taking us many decades back. It is sad.”

Ndi Nnewi organized a civic reception in honour of Chief Dr. George Muoghalu as the Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority(NIWA). on 23rd Nov. 2019 at Same Virgy Etiaba Event Centre Nnewi, Anambra state, Nigeria.

“They expressed their profound gratitude to his Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR for finding their son worthy of such position.

They offered Thanksgiving and God’s protection for quality service delivery”

Addressing the gathering, “Chief Muoghalu gave thanks to Almighty God who made everything possible by using His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari for the great opportunity”

“He also expressed his profound gratitude to his people Ndi Nnewi for the uncommon love shown to him and promised to give waterways its core importance”

It was indeed a colourful event..

Chiemelie Ezeobi who covered the 16th Africa Security Watch Awards themed, “Global Security Outlook: Challenges, Impediments and Prospects for a Secured Africa”, at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai, writes that a total of 68 persons, including individuals, organisations, academia, clergy, media, and security agencies from across the African continent, were honoured for their exemplary performances in their various fields of endeavour, especially in the security sector
For all 68 recipients of the 16th Africa Security Watch Awards themed, “Global Security Outlook: Challenges, Impediments and Prospects for a Secured Africa”, held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai, it was an honour well deserved as their excellence and hardwork finally paid off.
An initiative of Security Watch Africa (SWA), the grand finale of the two-day event was a colourful one to say the least and according to the Chairman, Board of Trustees, General Jospeh Nunoo-Mensah (Rtd), the former chief of defence staff, Ghana, was an opportunity to reward diligence in service.
The grand event started with a red carpet reception and cocktail but the occasion kicked off properly with the melodious national anthem of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and then the opening remarks by the chairman board of trustees, followed by the first keynote address by His Royal Highness Appolus Chu, Egbere Emere 1, Okorie Eleme, Rivers State, Nigeria and the second one by Prof. Samuel Tshehla, Executive Dean, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
It was rounded off by the main keynote address by Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, Nigeria, represented by Lieutenant General Lami Adeosun, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army before the first set of awards were presented.
The award lecture was given by Chief Wille Obiano, Executive Governor, Anambra State, and he was represented by Air Vice Marshal Ben Chiobi (Rtd), his SA on Creative Security.
After the second set of awards, Brigadier General SK Usman, (Rtd), the Conference Rapporteur/Member, Board of Trustees, Security Watch Africa Initiatives read out the communique from the lecture series held the previous day. This dovetailed into the third and vote set of awards before the vote of thanks, thus drawing the curtain on what was an eventful evening.
Afterwards, still floating in the euphoria of the successful evening, the President/ Chief Executive Officer, Africa Security Watch Initiatives, Mr Patrick Agbambu, said the theme couldn’t have come at a better time that now, owing to the threat of insecurity, both within the continent and other parts of the world.
He explained that the initiative was borne out of the need to ensure security in the Africa continent and by extension, ensure its developmental process .
“The future for SWA is that we aspire that the whole of Africa will be covered and our security consciousness and awareness will improve. The choice for this year’s event in Dubai, was for us to see what is on ground here and see how we can replicate same in our country.”
Although 68 awardees were honoured, one particularly stood out; it was a post humous award for late DCP Usman Umar, a former Deputy Commisioner of Police, Operations Department, FCT Command, who was shot dead by rampaging Shiite sect on July 22, 2019. His award was received by his brother and his widow.
The most developmental and security conscious airport in West and Central Africa went to Ghana Airports and Most Outstanding and Innovative Security Conscious Airline in West Africa went to Africa World Airlines (AWA).
Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State won the Security Icon in Governance in West & Central Africa, his Abia counterpart, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, won the Best Security & Safety Conscious State Governor / Premier in West & Central Africa. The Lagos State Government won the Best Security & Safety Conscious State Government in Africa, while LT. Gen. Ty Buratai, Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, won the Icon of National Defence in Africa.
IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, Nigerian Inspector-General of Police, won the Golden Star Award for Exemplary National Security Service in West & Central Africa; LT. Gen. LO Adeosun
Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army won the Golden Star Award for Exemplary Leadership, Gallantry & Patriotism; DIG. Taiwo Frederick Lakanu,
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Logistics & Supply Department, won the Golden Star Award for Distinguished Police Service in West Africa.
Major General SA Adebayo, Chief of Military Intelligence, Nigerian Army won the Golden Star Award for Exemplary Leadership & Patriotism in West & Central Africa; Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development, Ghana, won the Most Outstanding Government Personality – Human Capital Development Service in West Africa; Prof. Samuel Tshehla, Executive Dean, Faculty of Military Sciences Stellenbosch University, South Africa won the Golden Star Award for Distinguished Service in Security Education in Africa and Department of Safety and Security Management, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, won the Golden Star Award for Distinguished Service in Security & Safety Education in Africa.
IGP James Oppong Boamuh, Inspector General of Police, Ghana Police Service won the Most Innovative Community Police Service in West & Central Africa; the CG Abdullahi Muhammadu
Commandant – General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, won the Golden Star Award for Exemplary National Security Service in West & Central Africa; Major General Jamil Sarham, General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, won the Golden Star Award for Courage, Bravery & Patriotism in Nigeria.
AIG Zubairu Muazu, Former Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, and now in charge of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Nigeria Police Force won the Golden Star Award for Urban Crime Control in West & Central Africa; AIG Zaki Ahmed, Former Commissioner of Police,
Akwa-Ibom State Police Command, Nigeria Police Force, on the other hand won the Most Proactive Police Chief in West & Central Africa; CP John B. Abang, Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command, won the Best Crime Bursting Police Chief in West Africa; CP Garba Baba Umar, Commissioner of Police & Head,
Abuja National Central Bureau, Interpol, won the Best Anti-Crime Security Chief in West & Central Africa; FCT Police Command, Nigeria Police Force won the Most Outstanding Urban Crime Control Police Command in West & Central Africa.
Dr. Prosper Ladislas Agbesi, Chairman, Alliance for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (ASD) Pan Africa Business Forum won the
Most Outstanding Peace & Security Personality in West & Central Africa; Ministry of Aviation, Republic of Ghana won the Golden Star Award for Exemplary Aviation Security & Safety Service In West & Central Africa; COMDT Abdullahi Ibrahim,

Commandant, Borno State Command, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps won the
Excellence Award for Courage, Gallantry & Commitment in Nigeria; CP Lawan Jimeta, Commissioner of Police, Police Mobile Force, won the Most Innovative Anti-Crime Police Chief in West Africa.
DCP Abba Kyari, Commander, IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, won the Best Crime Bursting Security Officer in West & Central Africa; DCP Ali Mohammed, Deputy Commissioner of Police,
Operations Department, Lagos State Police Command, won the Best Police Operations Chief in West Africa; DCP Olatunji Disu, Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Police Command, won the Most Outstanding Anti-Crime Police Chief in West & Central Africa; DCP Mohammed Dankwara, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Protection Unit, won the Best Anti-Crime Police Officer in Nigeria.
ACP Abdullahi A. Ibrahim, Commanding Officer, PMF 54 Squadron, Onitsha, Anambra State, won the Best Executive Protection Security Squad in West & Central Africa; ACP Lateef Ahmed, Commanding Officer, PMF 31 Squadron, Delta State Police Command, won the Most Innovative Anti-Crime Police Officer in West Africa; CSP Oriyomi Titilayo Oluwasanmi, State Traffic Officer, Lagos State Police Command, won the Most Innovative Urban Traffic Management Police Officer in West & Central Africa; CSP Chinedum Aniagboso, CSO to Anambra Governor, won the Best Executive Protection Security Officer in West & Central Africa.
CSP Peter Gana, Commander, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, won the Best Human Rights Complaint Police Officer in Crime Fighting in Nigeria; CSP Williams Odumu, Operations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, won the Best Police Operations Officer in Nigeria; Venerable Ramsey Okeke, St. John Chrysotom Seminary, Imo State, won the Golden Star Award for Security and Safety Advocacy in West Africa; Hon. Dr. Kemdi Chino Opara, New Jersey, United States of America won the Golden Star Award for Empowerment and Community Development in Nigeria; Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, Former Chief Executive, Lagos State Safety Commission, Nigeria, won the Golden Star Award for Exemplary Service on Safety Matters in West Africa.
Colonel A. Iliyasu, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 6 Division, Nigerian Army won the
Excellence Award for Professionalism, Commitment & Patriotism in Nigeria; Lt. Col. IB Buhari, Commanding Officer, 29 Battalion, Port Harcourt, Nigerian Army won the Excellence Award for Courage, Bravery & Commitment in Nigeria; Lt. Col. Susan Dibal, Commanding Officer,
1 Special Women Operations Battalion, Nigerian Army won the Excellence Award for Commitment & Effective Coordination of The Special Women Battalion in Nigeria; Lt. Col. Jerry Maigari, Commanding Officer, 251 Battalion, Maiduguri, Nigerian Army won the Excellence Award for Courage, Gallantry & Commitment in Nigeria.
DSP Usman Abdul Dimka, Commander, Eagle-Net Special Squad, Delta State Police Command, Nigeria Police Force won the Best Anti-Crime Police Officer in West & Central Africa; Anambra State Police Command, Nigeria Police Force won the Best Crime Bursting Police Command in Nigeria; Lagos State Police Command, won the Most Proactive Police Command in West & Central Africa; ACP Kwesi Ofori, Greater Accra Regional Commander, Operations, Ghana Police Service, won the Best Operations Police Chief in Ghana; Dr. Yofi Grant, CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre won the Most Security Conscious/Proactive Investment Centre In West Africa.
Mrs. Akinfolajimi Adebimpe, Chief Executive Officer Honeybols Foundation, Nigeria, won the Most Outstanding Charity Organisation In Support of The Less Privileged in Nigeria; CSC Mohammed Adam Bagale, Head Of Intelligence And Investigations, Borno State Command, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps won me he Excellence Award for Gallantry & Commitment in Nigeria; Pastor Chukwuma Nwokocha, Founder, Chukwuma Nwokocha Ministry, won the Most Innovative Security and Safety Advocate in Nigeria; CSP Taiwo Kasumu, Divisional Police Officer,
Igando Police Division, Lagos State Police Command, won the Best Divisional Police Officer in Nigeria.
SP Altine Daniels, Officer-In-Charge, Enforcement Unit, Operations Department
Fct Police Command, Nigeria Police Force won the
Most Outstanding Operations Police Officer in Nigeria; SP Nwakanma Emmanuel, Principal Security Officer to The Abia State Governor, won the Best Executive Protection Police Officer in Nigeria; CSP Ogbonnaya Nwota, Personal Assistant to the AIG, Zone 7 Police Command, Nigeria Police Force won the Most Innovative Anti-Crime Police Officer in Nigeria; SP Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, won the Most Outstanding Police Public Relations Officer in West Africa.
SP Sheilla Abayie – Buckman, Public Affairs Director, Ghana Police Service won the Most Outstanding Police Public Relations Officer in West & Central Africa; DSP Elkana Bala, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, won for Best Police Public Relations Officer in West & Central Africa; SGT. Haruna Isa, 29 Battalion, Port Harcourt, Nigerian Army won for Courage & Bravery in Nigeria; LCPL. Musa Jimoh, 251 Battalion, Maiduguri, Nigerian Army Courage & Gallantry in Nigeria; PTE Mohammed Alkali, 251 Battalion, Maiduguri, won for Nigerian Army Courage and Gallantry in Nigeria.
Mrs. Mary Abayomi Fatile, Investigative and Defence Correspondent, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria won the Best Crime & Defence Correspondent in Nigeria (Radio); Mr. Sunday Ehigiator, Crime & Investigative Reporter,
THISDAY Newspapers, won the Best Investigative Crime Reporter in Nigeria (Print) and Miss Ivy Kanu, Crime Correspondent, TVC News, won the Best Investigative Crime Correspondent in West & Central Africa (Television).
Mrs. Evelyn Usman, Assist. Crime Editor, Vanguard Newspapers, won the Most Outstanding Crime Correspondent in Nigeria (Print); Miss Precious Igbonwelundu, Crimes & Defence Correspondent, The Nation Newspapers, won the
Best Investigative Crime & Defence Reporter in West & Central Africa (Print); the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, won
Best Crime Bursting Police Squad in West & Central Africa and finally, the Rapid Response Squad,
Lagos State Police Command won Best Anti-Crime Police Squad in West & Central Africa, which made it a double win for DCP Disu.