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Atiku Not Sincere On Restructuring- Osinbajo

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Atiku not sincere on restructuring, says Osinbajo

by Haruna Yusuf Abuja 29/10/2018

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday named the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as one of those who stood against the restructuring of the country when the party was in power.

Atiku made restructuring a key plank of his campaign in the run up to the PDP national convention where he was nominated as the party’s presidential flag bearer in next year’s election.

But Osinbajo, speaking in Ibadan yesterday, said Atiku who was Vice President between 1999 and 2007, opposed every move made by the Lagos State government at that time to assert its authority.

Delivering a lecture entitled “Developing the nation through youth empowerment”, at the University of Ibadan, the Vice President said: “I am not just an advocate of restructuring as there is no other government in Nigeria that has actively pursued restructuring such as we did when I was Attorney General in Lagos State.

“People talking about restructuring, if you ask them ‘what do you mean by restructuring’? They won’t even know what it means, and that is the problem we have and that we have to face.

“Let me tell you what it is. When I was the Attorney General in Lagos State, we pursued in the Supreme Court, all of the issues of restructuring. We started with fiscal restructuring, which is more of resource control. Should states control their own resources? We went to the Supreme Court. They argued that each state should control its own resources.”

Osinbajo explained that the states that argued in favour of autonomy of states to control their resources were the oil-producing states in the country and Lagos State argued on one side, while other states of the federation argued on another side because every state wants to share the oil money.

“So, our own argument was that each state should control its own resources. We lost at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said no, that you cannot control your resources. If you are an oil producing state, take 13 per cent extra, which is a derivation.”

Osinbajo said Lagos State further argued that it has ports and the ports serve the entire nation, so the state should also take 13 per cent derivation. The Supreme Court, he said, said no, adding that the argument was pursued further, which has led to the introduction of the onshore and offshore law, “which is fast enabling the state to share from onshore resources.

“All this time, this was 2000, some of those people, including the presidential candidate of PDP, who is talking about restructuring today, was the Vice President then. They opposed every step that we took. Of course, we were taking the Federal Government to court then. They opposed every step.

“The next thing we did was that the states should be able to create their own local governments. So, we created 47 new local governments in Lagos. The President then, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, seized our local government funds and said we could not create new local governments. So, they seized the funds they were supposed to allocate for our local governments.

“We challenged the seizure by going to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court held that the president had no right to seize the funds meant for local governments of the state and that we have a right to create local governments.

“But after they have created the local governments, the process is not complete. They must still bring the list of new local governments to the National Assembly and the National Assembly will then amend the whole list of the local governments in the country. So, our local governments remain. But we could not get the National Assembly’s endorsement. So, we passed the LCDA Law. We created 47 and made them local council development areas.

“If you ask those people now talking about restructuring, none of them has done anything compared to what we have done.

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Police in Borno Inaugurates Area and Divisional Community Policing Committee

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Police in Borno Inaugurates area and divisional community policing  committee

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s commitment to ensure crime free society, the Borno state Police Command has Inaugurated Area command and Divisional Police community policing initiatives across the 27 local government areas and divisions.

Inaugurating the committee at the police headquarters, Maiduguri on Monday, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 15, AIG Lawan Ado said ” the community policing initiatives is intelligence base policing initiative aimed at nipping on burd crime within the siciety.”

“The community policing initiatives is to involve all stakeholders in such as traditional rulers, chairmen local government area, hunters, vigilantes, Civilian Joint Task Force ( CJTF), Road Transport Workers Unions, Business associations, community Base organizations among others in policing their communites”, AIG Ado said

He said ” the committees which includes police advisory committee and community policing committee at both area and divisional levels would not only providing intelligence to the police but settle small, small disputes within their communities, thereby facilitate quick depensation of Justice”.

Also in his remarks, the Borno state commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu said ” the community knows itself, everyone knows who is who in the community,and should be in better position to report any persons trying to commit the crime before they commit it. also urge the community to screened very well the members of the committee, so as not nominate criminals that would undermine the aim of the committee”

” The presence of people of questionable character in the committee will give room for the person to reveal the strategy of the committee to the police rather than giving useful information io the security”, he added.

Earlier speaking, the chairman Borno state Community policing Committee, Alhaji Sanda Sheriff said ” I want to assured the police that we will work together to ensure crime free society. We will also be addressing some civil and some minor case at the community level before even getting to police station”.

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Borno NDLEA Destroys 19, 234 Kg of Seized Drugs And Illicit Substances Worth Billions Of Naira

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Borno NDLEA destroys 19.234 kg of seized drugs and illicit substances worth billions of Naira

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Inline with constitutiinal provision, the Borno state Command of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA), has seized and destroyed 19,234 kilograms of Nacotic and iilicit substances Intercepted from drug traffickers, couriers and users within the state.

Speaking at the destruction of the seized items in Maiduguri on Friday, the Chairman National Drugs Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Rtd Col. Mohammed Abdallah said ” I am delighted to attend the destruction of Nacotic and iliicit substances seized by the Borno state command of the NDLEA. The first time since my assumption as the chairman of the Agency. What you are seeing here today it could have been consumed by our youths.

“To us in NDLEA this ilicit substances are worthless, because our job is to safeguard every single life, whatever it cost, is not important to us and we don’t care. Our job in NDLEA is to ensure, that drugs and ilicit substances are destroyed and all their dealers, couriers and transporters are kept out of business”, the NDLEA chairman stated.

He Commended the military, police, NSCDC and other sister security agencies for the collaboration a BD synergy as ND urged them to continue to work together to fight against illicit drugs and substances is a collective fight meant

He said those most affected by the ilicit drugs and substances are the youths, which are the future of the nation, stressing that government’s at all levels must invest heavily in rehabilitation and treatment of the victims of drugs and ilicits substances be users.

In his remarks, the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum said ” today we are witnessing yet another milestone in Borno by destroying about 20,000 kilograms of Nacotic and ilicit drugs and substances . This is a great achievement for us in Borno. Recent media reports indicates that Kano, Borno and Niger states have the highest cases of drugs and illicit substances. This worrisome because the users are mostly our youths who are our future, hence we need to.do something urgently to safe our Future”

” The consequences of these are the challenges of raping, Gender Base Violence kidnaping and other security challenges we are witnessing today.Therefore there is need for collective efforts and collaboration to fight the menace. I urge all stakeholders especially NDLEA, police, customs, NAFDAC, Pharmacy council of Nigeria to work collective, as the mind drugs and ilucit substances traffickers and users are dynamic”, Governor zulum said.

He assured of his administration support and partnership to eraducate drug and illicit substances in the state and country in general

Also speaking, the Borno state Chairman of the Task force against ilicit drugs and substances and the Attorney General of the state, Barrister KakaShehu Lawan said “His Excellency, Governor Babagana Zulum has directed that all expired drugs should be mob out of all General hospital both government and private hospitals.. He also approved the destruction of all drugs and other illicit substances in the custody of the police.’

Earlier in his welcome address, the Borno state commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Joseph Iche said ” today we are witnessing the destruction of 19. 234 kilograms of drugs and Illicit substances worth billion of Naira, which consists of canabis Sativa , cocaine, heroin, expired drugs and other illicit substances intercepted and sized in the state.”

He thanked the NDLEA chairman for his support and mentoring without which the achievement could not be possible and also commended the Borno.state government, the military and other sister security agencies for the synergy and urged them to continue to work with the NDLEA.

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Unspecified number of soldiers feared dead, as Military repelled Boko Haram on Kukawa

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Unspecified number of solders feared Dead, as military repelled Boko Haram attack on Kukawa

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Unspecified number of soldiers were said killed when members of Boko Haram .insurgents attacked security operatives providing cover to excavator drilling trenches to provide sheild recently relocated resident of Kukawa town the headquarters of Kukawa Local Government area of Borno State. Source said.

It could be recalled that Kukawa town which has remained a ghost town for some years last week witnessed a massive return of its Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) following Government’s effort and directives to relocate all IDPs back to their ancestral homes.

A resident of Kukawa town who fled back to Maiduguri and does not want his name in print told newsmen on Wednesday that the insurgents who came in several  gun trucks and attacked military personnel.providing security cover to the operator of excavator digging trenches round the town.

” The insurgents who came in red turbans driving many gun trucks attached the military personnel providing security cover to the workers. When civilian were running they said don’t run we did not came because of you but the military personnel”, he added.

Another resident of the town, Ibrahim Idi said ” yes the insurgents who came on several gun truck attacked soldiers providing security protection to some military personnel and killing 4 soldiers, immediately on hearing the gun shot the troops mobilized and brought reinforcement where they successfully repelled the attack”.

Kukawa town in northern Borno was few kilometers away from Baga town where Governor Babagana Zulum’s convoy was attacked by the insurgents.

Even last Monday, some Boko Haram Insurgents also invaded Magumeri local Government Headquarters razed down general hospital Magumeri, service Mars and some muniuspal buildings

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