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|INEC opens defence in Edo guber poll suit
INEC on Friday opened its defence in the petition filed by the PDP and its applicant in the Sept.
28, 2016 governorship election in Edo, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, before the Justice Ahmed Badamasi three-member tribunal in Benin.
The PDP and its prospect are demanding the declaration by INEC of Godwin Obaseki of the APC as winner of the election.
The petitioners listed INEC, Obaseki and the APC as first, next and 3rd respondents respectively.
The petitioners on Feb. 10 shut their case just after calling 91 witnesses and tendering several documentary pieces of evidence in advance of the tribunal.
At the resumed hearing on Friday, INEC counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), Mr Onyeachi Ikpeazu, knowledgeable the tribunal that his shopper was prepared to open up its circumstance while witnesses may well not be named.
" We have led copious evidence as a result of cross assessment of the petitioners’ witnesses.
"We propose to tender number of paperwork when we need to confront them and boost evidence previously led and at the end of which, if need be, we will connect with witnesses,’’ he said.
Ikpeazu thereafter sought the tribunal’s authorization to tender as proof ten copies of kind EC8B, remaining ward collation result for wards in Uhunmwonde Nearby Federal government Area of the point out .
Counsel to the petitioners (Ize-Iyamu and PDP), Mr Kemi Pinheiro, counsel to Obaseki, Mr Ken Mozia and APC’s law firm, Mr Lateef Fagbemi, all did not oppose the application for tender.
Pinheiro , on the other hand, noticed that due to the fact the paperwork sought to be tendered as evidence by INEC had been same as individuals before the tribunal as exhibits, "it will make proceeding smoother if we harmonise the paperwork with a program all through demo,’’
He argued that the type EC8B document tendered was the exact same as exhibit PO4(154-163) tendered by the petitioners.
" If not harmonised for diverse show numbers, this will produce precipice of confusion.
"I am declaring that because the petitioners’ document and these sought to be tendered by INEC are from same source, I assumed INEC must contact oral witness to determine the reveals prior to the tribunal,’’ he mentioned.
Ipeazu, however, replied saying, "we have brought files we have front loaded to help our case. They have finished theirs it is not for the petitioners to establish how we should really organise our defence even if these paperwork are the similar.’’
" I am thus inquiring for an adjournment to Monday while I concede to the suggestion that parties take a look at the files sought to be tendered.
"I also intend to interact with electoral officers we may possibly connect with as to who I want to tender as witnesses,’’ he added.
Ruling, the tribunal chairman admitted the paperwork as show IR(one-ten) and ordered INEC to serve the petitioners and the other respondents with its program of the other documents to be tendered ahead of the tribunal.
Badamasi also dominated that functions ought to use Saturday to examine INEC documents sought to be tendered and adjourned until Monday.
FG, NASS to evaluation moribund maritime legislation, regulations
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has referred to as for the aid of the Countrywide Assembly in reviewing and amending many moribund regulations and regulations guiding the administration and operations of the maritime sector.
Amaechi produced the get in touch with on Friday in Lagos at the opening of a two-working day retreat organised by the House Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways, the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agencies.
"Such reviews and amendments would make the maritime sector not only relevant but also able of managing present-day challenges and developments in the market,’’ the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) offers him as expressing.
The minister was represented by the Everlasting Secretary, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari.
He mentioned that in this regard, some condition governments had enacted legislations which were in conflict with the powers conferred on the Federal Govt for the administration and functions of ports and the inland waterways.
Amaechi reported the ministry essential the support of customers of the Committees in the Household of Associates and the Countrywide Assembly for adequate allocation of once-a-year budgets to carry out maritime projects and programmes.
To grapple with the existing difficulties, and improvement in the maritime sector, the minister mentioned the lawmakers required to have a truthful know-how of the functions and administration of the maritime sector.
"This is also why we are not only happy with the picked subjects for dialogue at this retreat but are equally pleased with the pedigree of personalities of presenters and discussants chosen to tackle the many subject areas,’’ NAN rates Amaechi as expressing.
In accordance to him, the ministry, with the organizations, see the retreat as an chance to further deepen the current great relations amongst the Ministry and the Nationwide Assembly, significantly the House Committees in demand of the maritime sector.
The Speaker of the Residence of Reps, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, in a message to the retreat reported he was conscious of the extremely crucial Transportation Sector Reform Monthly bill pending just before the National Assembly.
The speaker stated, "These Payments incorporate: the Port and Harbour, Nigerian Railway Corporation Act Amendment, NBIWA Act Modification, the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) Act, and the Countrywide Transport Fee.’’
He stated that the Bills had been all vigorously processed for passage into legislation as element of the legislative agenda of the 8 Assembly of the Dwelling of Associates and as a veritable tool to get our economic climate out of recession.
Dogara mentioned he was also aware of the intercontinental maritime conventions of which Nigeria was a signatory and which have been in the Nationwide Assembly for ratification /domestication.
"We undertake to work cooperatively with the govt for fast domestication of these treaties so that Nigeria could maximise the gains of these worldwide legislations,’’ NAN quotations the speaker as indicating.
Dogara also proposed an Once-a-year Maritime Seminar for legislators to be organised in partnership with the National Assembly.
He counseled Mr President for the giant strides he experienced made in the Transport sector within just these a brief time, specially in the rehabilitation and revitalisation of the rail infrastructure as disclosed by oversight experiences.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Committee on Ports, Harbour and Waterways, Rep. Patrick Asadu, emphasised the reservation of the
Household of Representatives on non-observance and compliance with the letters of agreements, concession terms and contractual obligations duly entered into on behalf of the federal government by many agencies of government in the maritime sector.
Asadu said, "The problem of none or small implementation of budgets by the Ministries, Departments and Organizations (MDAs) and small income era will be key things in subsequent appropriations for our MDAs.’’
"To companies that do effectively, shall much more be supplied in our budgeting exercises,’’ NAN offers him as stating.
"The committee shall vigorously hire all legislative powers at her disposal to guarantee compliance with the conditions of individuals agreements with personal sector organisations both local and foreign.
"It can no extended be business as common when we know the substantial income and better services shipping achievable if these are observed.
"It is Naija news right now Nigeria initial, extra than at any time in advance of,’’ NAN prices hello as expressing.
Fashola urges states to collaborate with FG on road jobs
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Ability, Functions and Housing on Friday named for collaboration involving states and the Federal Authorities to retain and rehabilitate streets across the state.
Fashola, who built the simply call in Uyo when he visited Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, reported his pay a visit to was to evaluate ongoing federal streets jobs in the point out.
He stated the collaboration was to give space for knowledge sharing so that collectively the complications could be solved.
According to him, there are things that the Federal Federal government can do that the states can not and there issues the states can do and the federal are unable to.
Fashola explained the Federal Controller of Will work in the condition was the Federal Government consultant, including that his presence was to search for assistance to attain governing administration targets and not to contend with the state.
He explained the ministry had submitted the report of reimbursement to states that executed Federal Government assignments to the presidency.
"We have just got the ultimate confirmation from the Bureau of Public Procurement lately, and reimbursement will begin as quickly as we get the Federal Executive Council acceptance.
"It is the duty of the Federal Governing administration to link with the states and the states to hook up its constituents.
"There need to be a condition agenda in which its associates at the National Assembly are engaged.
"On our part, we are obtaining the cooperation of the Countrywide Assembly to hook up the states," he reported.
In his remark, Prof Moses Ekpo, the Deputy Governor of the point out recommended the minister for embarking on inspection tour of federal road initiatives in the point out.
Ekpo claimed most of the Federal Authorities projects in the point out awarded considering that 2013 experienced been deserted.
He lamented the full absence of the Federal Govt existence in the state, and identified as for appropriate documentation of assignments being dealt with by the Federal Authorities in the state.
"We need to originate the ask for and make progress before communicating our reps at the Countrywide Assembly.
"On our part, we assure you that the state governing administration will not be a difficulty to growth coming to the state," he stated.
Kaduna Airport all set, says official
Kaduna Global Airport has been rebranded with modern products in line with worldwide best standard, Capt. Mohammed Joji, Chairman, Coordinating Committee on Abuja relocation, has said.
Joji, who is also the Secretary Common, Plane Operators in Nigeria, manufactured the remark on Friday just after inspecting amenities at the airport.
"All the equipment were tested and are undertaking good. As much as I am worried, I am comfy with this one particular, we are pleased about it," Joji explained to newsmen in Kaduna.
He stated some of the things mounted at the airport to include things like lighting program, length measuring machines, solar electric power, and other very important services.
Alkali Usman, an Assistant Inspector Typical of Police, said enough steps had been taken to assure protection at the airport and on Kaduna-
Abuja street once flight operations had been diverted from Abuja to Kaduna.
"Our degree level of deployment on the road has been assessed and we have earmarked in which we will go over in conditions of patrol.
"We have also built arrangement to protect the airport and products, setting up and in all places.
"We have also ensured that all hotels and destinations of fascination are guarded and guarded, and we are going to increase patrol visibility," Alkali mentioned.
On her section, the Kaduna Airport Supervisor, Amina Salami, said so far, the airport is 95 per cent ready for website traffic from Abuja.
Bayelsa warns oil communities versus shutting oil output
The Bayelsa Government has warned oil making communities in the condition to desist from disrupting operations of oil corporations, as the act is an invitation to anarchy.
The govt observed that these types of act was capable of tarnishing the popularity of the govt and sending incorrect signal to worldwide investors.
Mr Felix Ayah, Distinctive Adviser to the Governor on Oil and Fuel, in a assertion in Yenagoa on Friday, explained the condition govt frowned at the incessant closures of functions of multinational oil corporations by aggrieved communities.
Ayah said that authorities would no for a longer period tolerate such negative act from the oil communities.
He observed that the state govt "heavily depends on oil earnings that accrued monthly’’ to finance its improvement initiatives and that's why any disruption negatively affects the financial fortunes of the condition.
Ayah spelled out that because the things to do of the government had been anchored on transparency, really like and improvement, Bayelsa folks should shut ranks to protect the present peace in the condition.
He recommended indigenes of the point out to constantly toe the path of peace by channelling their grievances by way of the suitable govt quarters for attention.
Ayah also appealed to multinationals working in the point out to are living up to their social responsibilities to their host communities.
He stressing that no significant development can thrive in an ambiance of rancour and acrimony.
Suicide bomber kills self, destroys 13 automobiles in Borno
The Borno Law enforcement Command mentioned on Friday that a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosive in the midst of thirteen vehicles alongside Maiduguri/ Mafa road leading to mass destruction.
The Spokesman of the command, Mr Victor Isuku ,stated this in a assertion in Maiduguri.
"On Thursday at about 2318 hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 choose-up vehicles loaded with merchandise together Maiduguri/Mafa road, explained to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala in the early hrs of Friday.
"He detonated an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) strapped on his system," Isuku stated.
He, even so, claimed that only the bomber was killed through the incident as the vehicles were being parked empty.
"The resulting explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition.
"A law enforcement patrol crew was instantly deployed to the scene to restore protection and normalcy," the police spokesman stated.
Ambode, others to go to The Guardian’s cyber stability meeting
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos Point out has verified his participation at the maiden cyber stability meeting currently being organised by the flagship of the Nigerian media, The Guardian.
Scheduled for February 23, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos by 9:00 a.m., the theme of the conference is "Monitoring, Detection and Avoidance: Keys to Organisational Progress."
Ambode will be the chief host of the conference, the strategic companions of which incorporate the Lagos Condition authorities, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Microsoft Inc.
Speakers at the conference incorporate Director, Banking and Payment Systems, CBN, Dipo Fatokun Main Executive Officer, Makeway Worldwide, United Kingdom (Uk), Kola Olutimehin, and the Senior Companion, Lockwire Security, East Midlands, British isles, Anthony Maxwell.
The convention which expenditures N120,000 for each participant is envisioned to bring to the fore recent world greatest techniques in integrated network defence devices give publicity to proven criteria-based mostly methodologies for evaluating and managing the challenges to organisation’s info units and infrastructure supply exposure to intrusion detection and prevention and other broad approaches utilized in cyber safety.
Individuals would also be exposed to up-to-day electronic forensic investigation methods, id/access management for Information Interaction Technologies (ICT) means, constructing the suitable community critical infrastructure (PKI) to handle company believe in as perfectly as exposing participants to essential online transactions checking and safety techniques.
Expected at the meeting are ICT supervisors, major executives, bankers, accountants, auditors, business treasurers, advertising and marketing managers, officers of the Economic and Fiscal Crimes Fee (EFFC), Unbiased Corrupt Techniques Fee (ICPC), Customs, Police, Military, Navy, NDLEA, e-payment organizations and revenue collectors, among the other people.
On the speakers, Maxwell is an IT protection professional with a fifteen-calendar year background securing Home windows and Linux techniques. He is a skilled CISSP with ISO 27001 certifications in auditing and electronic forensics, between other folks.
His security knowledge has encompassed forensics, incident reaction, penetration testing, audit and consultancy.
A greatly travelled and seasoned cyber-protection accredited coach, specialist and practitioner, he labored extensively in Japan and has even carried out specialized displays in Japanese.
Maxwell’s lively worldwide practical experience in cyber security inside of varied industries and throughout unique continents contains regions these as stability coaching and consultancy, arms-on stability administration and investigations, as well as forensics and malware examination. He has worked with primary multi-nationwide blue chip organisations in Europe these as Intel, Oracle, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and the Countrywide Health and fitness Provider (NHS), to name but a number of.
In Japan, he has offered security services to clientele ranging from financial institutions to broadcast media and Net provider providers. Olutimehin is an astute professional expert of almost two many years concerned in economical programs improvement and IT stability.
Olutimehin’s all round compass in organisational management is centered on change, the place he is an accredited and certified trainer for a range of programme/undertaking management classes and organization analysis programs. His enterprise is significantly geared toward the provision of training and enhancement, management consulting and publishing.
The schooling and growth arm presents events on specialist parts (such as cyber protection, expense banking, accounting and finance, media and communications) where experts are engaged to fulfill clients’ particular technical calls for, as well as programme/project management classes centered on the BMP (greatest management exercise) established of frameworks.
There is also important focus for small business capabilities and small business purposes courses.
Other significant factors of the meeting will be the presentation of the 2016 Nigeria Cyber Safety Report, place together by United States Worldwide University-Africa and Demadiur in partnership with Serianu.