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Latest Nigeria News Headlines for Today, Tuesday, 16th March, 2021-The Helen Media



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Welcome to The Helen Media Information roundup of prime newspaper headlines in Nigeria for immediately Tuesday, sixteenth March 2021

1. Presidency Laughs off Asari Dokubo’s “Biafra Customary Authorities” Assertion

The Federal Authorities of Nigeria has described the formation of the Biafra Customary Authorities by Asari Dokubo as a “theatre of the absurd by a joker in search of consideration’’.

Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this whereas talking to reporters in Lagos on Monday.

THM had reported how Dokubo, chief of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Power, introduced himself because the chief of the brand new Biafra Customary Authorities.

Dokubo additionally introduced the names of some cupboard members, whereas saying Uche Mefor as its head of Info and Communications.

Nonetheless, Mohammed stated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not going to be distracted by the absurdity, including that the federal government is not going to give any consideration or time to Dokubo.

2. Police Switch Suspected Fulani Warlord, Wakili, Two Others to CID

Fulani warlord, Isikilu Wakili, has been transferred by the Oyo State Police Command to the state Prison Investigation Division, Iyaganku, Ibadan for discreet investigation.

The spokesperson of the command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, in a press release launched on Monday denied the command detained individuals who reported any case towards the Fulani herdsmen on the police station in Ibarapa axis.

Recall that members of the Oodua Individuals’s Congress, OPC, arrested Wakili following a petition by residents of Ayete within the Ibarapa North Native Authorities Space that Wakili and his males have been attacking their folks.

3. 2021/2022 UTME: JAMB Fixes Date to Announce Gross sales of Kinds

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has mounted March 24, 2021, to announce the graduation of the sale of 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration types.

NAN reviews that the board disclosed this in its Vol. 2, No. 15 Weekly Bulletin of the Workplace of the Registrar on Monday in Abuja.

In keeping with the examination physique, the official dates for the graduation of the sale of each paperwork and the conduct of the examinations can be introduced not later than March 24.

Whereas revealed that the 2021 train was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, JAMB warned that any ongoing sale of types and registration was fraudulent and never related to JAMB.

4. Bandits assaults once more, Kidnap College students, Academics from Kaduna Major College

Bandits have kidnapped college students and lecturers from UBE Major College in Rama village in Birnin Gwari Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State.

It was gathered that three lecturers and a few pupils have been kidnapped on Monday morning whereas pupils have been resuming for college.

This information medium understands that the gunmen got here on about 12 bikes and shot sporadically into the air to scare the scholars and lecturers.

5. Troops Neutralise 41 Terrorists, Rescue 60 Captives

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Military on Monday neutralized 41 terrorists and rescued 60 captives comprising of aged ladies and youngsters in Gamboru, Borno State.

It was gathered that the troops additionally recovered subtle weapons after participating the terrorists.

The Director, Military Public Relations, Brigadier Common Mohammed Yerima, said this in a press release on Monday.

6. Islamic sect Denies Sanusi’s Appointment

The Dhariqa Tijjaniyya, an Islamic sect, has denied appointing the previous Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, as its chief in Nigeria.

The Grand World Chief of Dhariqa Tijjaniyya, Sheikh Mahi Nyass, disclosed this when he spoke with newsmen on Monday in Sokoto.

Nyasa stated that the appointment of the sect’s chief in Nigeria have to be subjected to scrutiny and nomination from students in Nigeria and Senegal.

Such selections should be mentioned at completely different fora, settlement have to be reached earlier than the announcement.

“After nomination, a letter of credence endorsed by group of students, duly signed and stamped by grand world chief (Caliphatul Arrm) have to be offered to the individual appointed,” Nyass stated.

7. Kaduna: Declare State Of Emergency on Schooling – Atiku Reacts to Kidnap of College Youngsters

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion, Atiku Abubakar, had known as on Federal Authorities to declare a state of emergency within the schooling sector.

The previous Vice President said this whereas reacting to the current abduction of lecturers and college students of UBE Major College in Rama, Kaduna State.

THM had earlier reported that the scholars have been kidnapped on Monday morning whereas getting into the college premises.

Atiku in a submit on Twitter known as for 24-hour armed guards be positioned at each faculty within the affected and neighbouring states instantly.

8. Nothing Is Working In Nigeria Once more – Senator Slams Buhari, APC

Former Imo East Senator, Samuel Anyanwu has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), declaring that Nigeria is worse off beneath their management.

The previous lawmaker who’s a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) submitted that each Buhari and the APC have been solely all for grabbing energy however don’t have any actual growth plans for Nigeria and Nigerians.

He made the submission in Owerri, the Imo State capital, stating that Nigeria has suffered dangerous management for the reason that APC took over the facility in 2015.

He accused each President Buhari and the APC of inflicting untold hardship on the residents whereas they waste the commonwealth of the nation on frivolities.

Anyanwu lamented that insecurity, poverty, unemployment, and different unfavourable indices have been on the rise in the course of the present administration.

9. 2 Troopers, 39 Terrorists Killed In Fierce Battle between Military and ISWAP

A fierce battle between the Nigerian navy and members of the Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP), a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group has resulted within the loss of life of many people from either side.

It’s understood that not fewer than two troopers and 39 insurgents misplaced their lives in the course of the bloody conflict which occurred on Sunday in Damasak, Borno State.

THM reviews that Damasak is the the headquarters of Mobbar Native Authorities Space of Borno State and is about 160km from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Troopers wounded in the course of the fierce encounter have been evacuated for medical consideration on Monday.

Damasak is known to be within the management of the troops however the insurgents have been launching constant assaults in an try to take over the world.

One in every of such makes an attempt was what reportedly occurred on Sunday because the ISWAP terrorists stormed the world however met stiff opposition from the Nigerian Navy, assisted by their counterparts from the Niger Republic.

The encounter in Damasak lasted for over 4 hours with heavy shootings, gistlover understands.

10. How We Paid Spiritualists and Vigilantes N14million to Combat off Bandits

The Secretary of Shiroro Native Authorities Space in Niger State, Adams Kefas, has disclosed that N14 million was paid to spiritualists and vigilantes to battle banditry within the council.

Kefas made this identified on Monday throughout an interrogation earlier than the Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik Judicial Fee of Inquiry investigating the suspended Chairman of Shiroro LGA, Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, over a petition on alleged misappropriation of N50million tenement charge.

He stated a few of the spiritualists have been introduced in from Akare in Wushishi Native Authorities Space in Niger state and others from Chikun Native Authorities Space in Kaduna state.

Kefas stated a few of the vigilante teams have been from the council whereas others have been introduced in from Chikun LGA to assist fight insecurity within the council.

That’s the Newest Nigeria Information Headlines for At this time, Tuesday, sixteenth March, 2021. Learn extra Nigerian information on Gistlover information web site. See you once more tomorrow.

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IGP orders removal of senior police officers from EFCC.



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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali, has ordered an immediate withdrawal of senior police officers attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The development signals a simmering hostility between the two law enforcement agencies with a longstanding history of collaboration that has helped the anti-graft agency to meet its personnel needs since inception.

This newspaper, late Tuesday, obtained a copy of the IGP’s letter dated April 15, 2021 asking the EFCC chair, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to release all senior officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), and above, attached to the commission.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bashir Ahmad Twitter handle]

The letter, signed on behalf of the IGP by his Principal Staff Officer, Idowu Owohunwa, an acting commissioner of police, cited “the current operational requirements” as the reason for the withdrawal of the police officers.

The correspondence (with reference number, CB: 3380/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.3/547) which was said to have been received with “shock” by the commission, also directed the affected officers to report to Mr Owohunwa by 10a.m. on Wednesday “for further instructions.”

“I write to extend the warmest regards of the Inspector General of Police and to inform the Chairman that the Inspector General of Police has directed the withdrawal of all Senior Police Officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and above attached to your agency.

“This decision is informed by the current operational requirements of the Force. You are accordingly requested to kindly direct the immediate release of the concerned Officers who are to collectively report to the undersigned on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1000hrs for further instructions,” the read in part.

In addition, the IGP also requested the EFCC chair to “avail this office (IGP office) the comprehensive nominal roll of all police personnel attached to the EFCC to include their date of transfer and designations in the agency for the purpose of updating our records.”


Wide gap in EFCC?

PREMIUM TIMES understands that 25 CSPs performing crucial operational roles at the EFCC are affected by the IGP’s directive which is bound to have an immediate negative impact on the commission’s operations.

The development is coming barely two months after Mr Bawa assumed office as EFCC chair and less than two weeks after Mr Alkali was appointed acting IGP.

The anti-graft agency, which was said to have been shocked by the IGP’s directive, is worried that the development came at a time when it has yet to take full benefit of the resources it expended on training the officers.

“These are officers holding crucial positions at the EFCC. A lot of resources have been expended on them to train them to work for the commission, and the commission has not taken full benefit of its investment on them.


“They are sectional heads in the commission with many detectives under them receiving training from them. Some of them are even currently handling crucial national assignments on behalf of the commission. This is going to create a wide gap within the commission,” a top EFCC official, who asked not to be named because of lack of authority to speak to the media on the matter, told PREMIUM TIMES.

There has been a longstanding collaboration between the police and the EFCC in the area of deployment of police officers to the commission as detectives and for other operational roles.

All previous EFCC chairpersons since inception had policing background.

Mr Bawa, a pioneer cadet officer of the commission, is the first chair of the anti-graft agency without policing background.

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Policemen Attempt To Take Bribe From A Spanish Who Just Arrived In Nigeria



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A video circulating on social media shows the moment and officer of the Nigeria Police Force was demanding bribe from a Spanish bike rider.

The policeman had flagged down the biker as he approached the checkpoint. After revealing that he is coming from Spain, the officer then proceeded to ask him what he has for them.

There was a back and forth interaction as the Spanish man said he has no cash on him but the policeman insisted he must give them something.

However, the Spaniard said he only his his card on him which he intends to use to withdraw money when he reaches Lagos.

The officer has been heavily criticised and condemned by Nigerians who say he is one of those who give the nation bad image.

Nigerian Police are very crazy at times

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FG Finally Lifts Ban on Sim Registration In Nigeria



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The Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, Section 23(a), specifies the role of the Minister to include the formulation, determination and monitoring of the general policy for the communications sector.

In line with this, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM coordinated and led the development of a Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration in collaboration with all other stakeholders. An earlier policy was approved on the 4th of February 2020. while the Revised Policy was developed in early March 2021. The final amendments to the revised Policy based on the directives of Mr President to make the use of NIN mandatory for all SIM registration were completed yesterday, 14th of April, 2021.

Prior to that, the key aspects of the draft Policy were presented to the stakeholders at the 4th Review Meeting of the Ministerial Task Force (MTF) on the NIN-SIM registration which held on Friday, 26th of February, 2021. Key stakeholders and members of the MTF who joined the Honourable Minister at the meeting included the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON). Others included the NCC Executive Commissioners for Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL. Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Glo.

Dr Pantami also presented the Revised Policy to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on Friday, 26th of March, 2021. Mr President made further improvements and endorsed it for implementation. Mr President also commended the Honourable Minister for his commitment in carrying out the responsibility of developing the digital economy sector, including championing the NIN-SIM registration process.

The Policy includes Guidelines on New SIM Acquisition and Activation, SIM Replacement, New SIM Activation for Corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine (loT/M2M), amongst others. The possession of a National Identity number will be a prerequisite for each of these categories. For the Corporate registration, institutions will be required to appoint a Telecoms Master (at the minimum of an Executive Management level) to provide the operational Primary NIN representation. The Telecoms Master will also be responsible for ensuring that the users provide their NINs to serve as a Secondary NIN.

For loT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that SIMs can only be used for point to point data services specific to the URL they are working with. All other services will be barred. In the event that a data-only service is particular to individual use (eg home car tracking, WiFi, MiFi services, etc), the standard NIN registration process will be followed. A Telecoms Master will also be required for Corporates requiring |oT/M2M activations. The full details of the requirements for each class of service will be made available in due course. Significant progress has been made in the NIN registration process across the country.

Nonetheless, the Federal Government is committed to supporting all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN. The biometric verification process has been slower than anticipated, owing largely to the non-adherence of many previous SIM biometric capture processes to the NIMC standards. The Revised Policy will ensure that operators conform to the required standards for biometric capture.

The Guidelines in the Policy have been painstakingly developed and while they are thorough. it should be noted that they have been developed that way in National interest since the SIM is essentially a national resource. Citizens and legal residents are encouraged to bear with the government as the process has been developed in the best interest of the country.

The implementation of the Policy will commence on Monday. 19th of April 2021. The issuance of New SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on the same date, as long as verification is done and the guidelines are fully adhered to. The Honourable Minister has also directed NCC and NIMC to ensure that the provisions of the Policy are strictly followed by all operators and subscribers.

Dr Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise. He reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.

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