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Crime, News

NSCDC Rescues 32 Pregnant Teenagers Arrests Proprietor In Abia

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NCSDC) in Abia says it rescued 32 pregnant teenagers from a maternity home at Umuzuo, Osisioma Local Government area of Abia.

Mr Victor Ogbonna, the state NSCDC Public Relations Officer, made this known when he presented the pregnant teenagers rescued the home to newsmen in Umuahia on Wednesday.

Ogbonna said that the proprietor of the centre, Nnenna Mba, and two men – Mba Agbai and Chinwoke Mba , –  who allegedly aided and abated the act, were arrested by the NSCDC.

He said the rescue and arrest took place on April 2, at Umuzuo community while the teenagers and the owner of the home were around.

He said that investigations by NSCDC revealed that victims were induced to sell a baby boy for N100, 000, while a girl goes for N80, 000.

“More investigations conducted showed that the owner of the maternity home, in turn sales the baby boy for N450, 000, and a girl  for N400, 000,’’ he alleged.

Ogbonna said the NSCDC discovered that the home was established in 2009, but got registered with the state government in December 2012.

“In spite of the home being registered with government, investigations by our men revealed that the owner, hides under this to commit evil,’’ he said.

He said that investigations were ongoing in the matter.

Ogbonna said that the relatives of the victims had been contacted to  reunite them with their people.

The proprietor of the home denied claims that she induced the victims to sell their babies.

Mba said the centre officially registered with the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, was meant to assist pregnant teenagers.

Chinwoke Mba, one of the suspects, claimed he was a member of the Abia State Vigilance Service, deployed officially to the centre.

He said that the NSCDC officials overpowered him before the arrest.

“I told them I was posted to the centre officially by vigilance service and since the arrest, the NSCDC officials refused to allow me contact anybody, including the state office of the service,” he said.

Mr Martins Idika, the Commander-General, Abia State Vigilance Service, told NAN that the unit commander at Osisioma reported case of the arrest of one worker on duty by the officials of NSCDC on April 3.

Idika said the matter would be adequately looked into to ascertain if there was any complicity by the worker.


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Business, Energy, News

Daura Residents Demand End To Power Outage

Residents of the ancient city of Daura on Wednesday called on the Katsina State Government to urgently intervene to end the persistent power outage affecting the town and its environs.

The residents made the call a week after the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar, summoned the PHCN Area Manager, Alhaji Ibrahim Dayyabu, over the situation.

A cross section of the residents who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura lamented that the area had remained in darkness for more than three weeks.

The situation, they said, had adversely affected socio-economic activities of the people.

They urged the state government to complete work on the Daura electricity sub-station, which was abandoned by the Federal Government for decades.

“The entire Daura emirate has not been enjoying stable electricity supply for years, hence the need for the state government and the PHCN to do something to address the situation.

“For instance, for the past one month we do not have electricity in our houses and no explanation was made by the PHCN over the situation, yet they send bills and threaten us with disconnection,” Alhaji Abdulfatah Mahmud, a resident said.

The Dan’Madamin Daura, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Dan’Malam, also appealed to the government and the PHCN to address the problem in order to reduce the suffering of people in the area.

NAN observed that some of the residents now rely on power generating sets for their domestic electricity needs and businesses, while others were forced to close down their businesses.

It was also observed that the incessant power failure had forced many operators of grinding machines in the town to operate with gasoline, thereby hiking the cost of grinding a measure of grain from N10 to N30.

Reacting to the development, the PHCN Manager in Daura, Alhaji Ibrahim Dayyabu, attributed the problem to the breakdown of some electricity transformers.

“Two transformers in Daura metropolis have problems, but we are working round the clock to repair them so as restore normal supply of electricity to the town.

“I have briefed the Emir of Daura on the situation.”  



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Education, News

Decision On UTME, NECO Begining Of Transformation Of Education Sector – NGO

Exam Ethics Marshals International, an NGO, on Wednesday hailed the government decision to cancel the UTME and scrap NECO.

The chairman of the NGO, Mr Ike Onyechere, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview that the decision was “the beginning of the transformation in the education sector”.

Onyechere said that if the Federal Government would go through with the decision, “it is a right step in the right direction.

“We, stakeholders, are solidly behind the government if it goes ahead with the decision.

“Now we can be sure that government has the intention of taking this country’s education to an acceptable global standard,” Onyechere said.

In a related development, an authoritative source at the Ministry of Education in Abuja told NAN that the report could not be said to be Federal Government’s final decision until a white paper had been released.

The source said that what had been reported in the media was not new, adding: “it was what was contained in the recommendations of the Steve Oronsanye-led committee report.

“The fact that the government will release the white paper tomorrow or next month does not mean it has taken a decision.

“When the white paper has been released or the government goes public with the decision, then you can say the decision is final.”

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News, Politics

Gov. Suswam Sends List Of 12 Commissioner Nominees To Assembly

Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Wednesday sent 12 names to the state House of Assembly for confirmation as commissioners.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the nominees include Alexander Atime, Comfort Ajene, Donald Ugboho, John Tondo, Egbiri Idah, Elizabeth Allagh and Anthony Onuh.

Others are Elizabeth Ugo, Eugene Aliegba, Justin Amase, John Ngbede and Orduen Abunku.

Suswam carried out a major cabinet reshuffle which affected 11 out of 16 commissioners on Feb. 22.

Seven of the dropped commissioners were re-nominated for screening.

A new Ministry of Environment and Urban Development has recently been created, bringing the total number in the state to 17.

In a letter to the house, the governor said the State Executive Council was reshuffled to reposition the executive arm of government.

“It is my desire to sustain the zeal exhibited by personalities with competence, credible and proven integrity who would assist my administration in taking the state to the next level,” he said.

The governor urged the assembly to act promptly on the matter to enable him to assign them to various portfolios.


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