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LAGOS POLICE COMMAND PARTNERS ACTORS GUILD OF NIGERIA TO RID LAGOS OF QUACK PRODUCERS

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The campaign against dubious producers and productions houses in Lagos has received a major boost as the Lagos State Police Commissioner Edgal Imohimi has thrown his weight behind the campaign. The super cop gave this assurance at the congress of the Lagos State Chapter of the Guild were he spoke on the *IMPERATIVES OF POLICE NOLLYWOOD PARTNERSHIP.* 
The police commissioner who was represented by the State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti said that Nollywood as Nigeria’s biggest brand Export to the world needs the backing of the police to get rid of bad eggs that are trying to paint the movie industry in bad light.  “The Lagos Police Command is very concerned and worried about criminal elements who are masquerading as Actors and producers in the state and are either extorting or duping innocent citizens.  

The Lagos Police Command shall partner with you and give you all the necessary support to curb this dangerous trend. There are relevant association for doctors and lawyers. Nollywood should not be an exception. Actors, producers,  directors and others should belong to relevant bodies in Nollywood for easy Indetification. henceforth, if you have any information and locations of these elements, let us know and we shall give you full protection to do your Taskforce to do their Job effectively, The CP said 

The police commissioner also recommended the use of original police uniforms in movies to give good image and proper representation of the Police. “We watch your movies and sometimes you do not portray the good image of the police. We have our style and discipline and you can only get it right if you do proper research or consult us. If you need training on how the police operates, we will be willing to offer training to your Actors and provide state of the art props to make your movies better as that was how Hollywood was sold to the world.” The Lagos Police Commissioner assured. 

The event which held at the prestigious Ojez arena, National stadium Surulere,on the 28th June 2018, had in attendance the Board of Trustees Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria Prince Ifeanyi Dike, former President Ejike Asiegbu, veteran Actors TT Temple, Valentine Agwulonu, Tommy Oyewole, Doris Chima,Evangelist Adebayo Taylor, Ernest Esuzu, Christian Paul, AGN National PRO, Frank Dallas, the Lagos State Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Don Pedro Aganbi, Vice Chairman, Dayo Amusa,State PRO Karo Ogodo, Director Guild Services, Julius Omijie Assistant Secretary, Blessing Anthony Ani,State Chief whip,Henry Osemwegie,the formidable AGN Lagos police force and others. 

In His remarks, AGN BOT Chairman, Prince Ifeanyi Dike thanked the Lagos Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi for effectively providing safety to Lagosians. “We are happy with your performance in Lagos State. Since you came on board we have been sleeping with our two eyes closed. We are also grateful for the partnership with the Lagos Chapter of Actors Guild of Nigeria to curb the menace of quack Auditions and Producers in Lagos who have been taking advantage of innocent Actors in the state. This partnership should therefore serve as quit notice to this dubious elements”An elated AGN BOT Chairman noted.
High point of the event came when the Chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter Don Pedro Aganbi  presented the AGN COMMENDATION AWARD to the Commissioner in recognition of his excellent service in the police force and commitment to the fight against Crime. “CP Edgal Imohimi you are an Acknowledged champion of community policing in the Nigerian Security space. Your Courage, determination and commitment to make Lagos State a safe haven has earned you lots of accolades. You are etching your name on the marble of time for the good of society” Aganbi noted.

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What Dr. Sani Abubakar Told Me About Buratai In 2017

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What Dr. Sani Abubakar Told Me About Buratai In 2017

What Dr. Sani Abubakar Told Me About Buratai In 2017

By Collins Mbakwe

 

What Dr. Sani Abubakar Told Me About Buratai In 2017

Recently, certain events propelled me into going down memory lane. The wanton killings and the carnage scenes across the country in the past one or two years have been issues of major concern to all well-meaning Nigerians.

Between 2011-2013, it was gory tales of sorrows and pains; torrents of tears and wailings from fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, men, women, school boys and girls, parents, relations, friends, aunties, uncles, Nigerians of all persuasions, the international community gazed into the skies artificially darkened each time Boko Haram terrorists detonated mass bombs at targets. The agonies and anxiety of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) intensified and confusion replaced reason, as insurgents freely and boastfully multiplied heinous atrocities against Nigerians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands fled the region while others scampered for safety. As of 2012, I was still in Maiduguri much to the consternation of my relatives and friends who were on my neck to return home to my state for safety. But like one fated to be slaughtered by the insurgents, I paid no heed. The situation was getting worse by the day. It came to a point, where I felt I was no longer alive. That was in April 2012. No one told me to run for my dear life. I had to leave Maiduguri with my life still intact by the skin of my teeth. And as I left, I bid Maiduguri a final goodbye, because I felt soon it would be desolate.

In January 2017, I got a call from Dr. Abubakar Sani whom I worked with while in Maiduguri. He told me that he would want me to return to Maiduguri, that he would want to work with me on a certain project he was preparing to launch. I couldn’t believe it. Momentarily, I was bereft of speech, trying to collect my thoughts. Several thoughts flew into my head like a buoyant wave. Had I not known him to be a nice, detribalized man and a man of high intellect and probity, I would have concluded that he wished me dead, for asking me to come to Maiduguri after all I saw. Immediately, I turned on the recording on my phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing I asked him was where he was calling from, and he said it was Maiduguri. I goggled in disbelief and snapped my fingers synchronously. Then, I asked him, “How can we work comfortably and safely in a city where human bodies are littered on the roads and streets?” Then, he gave me a response that later brought me back to Maiduguri in 2017, and after five years plus, I have had every reason to say that he was right. I never forgot his words that day. They were quite reassuring although hard to believe.

His words on phone to me that day, “Believe me, Collins, Maiduguri has not returned to that state that once made it ‘the home of, but the constant carnage scenes in the city of Maiduguri are now an issue of the past. We now sleep with our eyes closed. People now move freely for their businesses and work. The new Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General TY Buratai with his unrivaled military tactics, bravery, and good leadership skills, has restored hope on the security challenges bedeviling the state.
Of course, the fight is far from being over, especially in some rural areas, but with Buratai at the helm, many more successes would be recorded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new COAS unmistakably knew of the dauntingly sacred and delicate task entrusted to his hands. His briefs were clear and understood, as defeating and terminating the reign of terrorism in Nigeria and specific terms, the Northeast region, where it ferociously raged uncontrollably.

It is right to say that he was anointed on a rescue mission of Nigeria manacled by terrifying and soulless, bloodsucking terrorists.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He continued, “The past year has seen the reward of Buratai’s professional competence in leading Nigerian troops to wipe away the sorrows and pains at the break of dawn. He has fulfilled every word of promise to Nigerians in the counter-terrorism campaigns to the amazement cum excitement of all Nigerians and the international community.

He has proven himself a soldier of the strong breed who does not issue empty promises; Nigerians know his credentials as a warmonger with bags of unbeatable tactics and strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You must have read that in December 2016, Gen. Buratai with his team pleasantly astounded Nigerians with an unexpected New Year gift; the Nigerian troop’s demystification and invasion of the dreaded Sambisa forest to Camp Zero.

To think that Buratai met troops whose morale on the battlefield was dampened as a result of several factors and yet find a way of boosting their morale to put in their best in the fight against insurgency has earned him a place with the pantheons of Nigerian heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 2017 till when Buratai retired, I never had any reason to scurry for safety any day.

After Buratai’s retirement, in January 2021, I wanted to leave the state once again for fear of the insurgents taking over again. But, Dr. Abubakar who is currently the publisher of Northeast Star Magazine asked me to be calm. He spoke highly of the new COAS, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya. He however said that he is worried. According to him, winning a war against terrorism and banditry is not something only the military can undertake. ” The leaders and the led, the military and the civilian have to synergize to improve the security of the country. If all state actors do not rise to the security challenges, it may spread to a point where it may be uncontrollable,” he concluded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly today, the country is bleeding profusely. The security situation is nothing short of anarchy. Insecurity as Dr. Sani envisaged has spread uncontrollably like wide fire. Nowhere is safe in the country now. My state, Imo where I fled to when Maiduguri was inhabitable is now one of the most unsecured places to live in Nigeria. Where then shall we run to?

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ICRC DG JOE ANEKHU OHIANI IN CERTIFICATE MESS

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ICRC DG JOE ANEKHU OHIANI IN CERTIFICATE MESS

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

 

ICRC DG JOE ANEKHU OHIANI IN CERTIFICATE MESS

 

The Senate has stepped down the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee as the substantive Director-General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, Joe Anekhu Ohiani for failing to produce his primary school leaving certificate.

 

He reportedly dropped out in Primary Five but the Upper Chamber has asked him to go and supply documentary evidence of his primary school education before his appointment can be confirmed as there was no document to show that he went to a primary school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senate gave the directive when Ohiani, from Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State, appeared before the Senator Adamu Aliero-led Committee on Works for screening in line with provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

 

While the lawmakers were satisfied with other credentials of Ohiani who currently serves in acting capacity, the Senate Committee insisted that he should provide his primary school documents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohiani is a pioneer staff of the ICRC since it was established in 2009.

 

Trouble started after Ohiani in his opening statement told the lawmakers that he did not finish his primary school education and that in Primary Five he wrote and passed examination into the secondary school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from the hurdle of providing evidence of his primary school, Ohiani was also grilled on how he had allegedly been forced to compromise a few times against his professional judgements on matters bordering on PPP projects.

 

Ohiani is fingered in the controversy now trailing the concessioning of E-Customs Modernisation Project estimated at $3.1 billion. The project was first approved by the Federal Executive Council in September, 2020 in favour of Messrs E-Customs HCT Limited, led by Bionica Technologies Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May, this year, the ICRC and the Nigeria Customs Service conspired to side line the winner of the concession and convinced President Muhammadu Buhari to award the project to Trade Modernisation Project Limited, a company registered in April, 2022.

 

In a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, dated 27 April, 2022, Ohiani allegedly distorted facts on the series of meetings held to ratify the concession agreement and recommended that “the implementation of the project should proceed without delay and that members of the consortium except Bionica Technologies should be directed to form a Special Purpose Vehicle for the implementation of the project and to execute the finalised concession agreement as approved by the AGF.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The nominee while responding, denied the allegation, explaining to lawmakers the integrity tests businesses must pass through in ICRC before he can attest his signature to them, just as he explained that nothing is cast on stone and that sometimes especially after a client as effected noted corrections, the commission could revert its stance on an earlier decision.

 

Ohiani is a trained lawyer from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has also served in various Presidential committees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Adamu Alierio who noted that ICRC will have to come forward with brilliant strategies for concessioning that can help turn around the economy, said that anything short will plunge the country into more debts.

 

He said that the Senate has removed all encumbrance for the commission to hit the ground running when it passed the ICRC establishment bill last week.

 

 

 

 

 

Ohiani shared a few insights into what he hopes to achieve if given the job, adding that he has identified 53 projects worth $80 billion. The projects include six standard hospitals in each of the geo-political zone which he hopes will drastically reduce medical tourism.

 

He shared similar roadmaps on roads, ICT and the needs for Smart Classrooms for students, e-library and in the aviation section he hopes to bring to fruition if appointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime, he has to first present evidence that he attended primary school before he can be cleared.

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Glo Sponsors Ojude Oba Festival, Unveils Special Festival Consumer Promo

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Glo Sponsors Ojude Oba Festival, Unveils Special Festival Consumer Promo

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

 

Glo Sponsors Ojude Oba Again, Unveils Special Festival Consumer Promo

 

One of the leading telecommunications network in Nigeria, Globacom, has announced the sponsorship of the 2022 edition of Ojude Oba Festival. This festival is known to be one of Nigeria’s biggest cultural events.

It has also revealed a special consumer promo tagged Ojude Oba Special in celebration of the festival. According to the company, the promotion will avail its subscribers the opportunity to win five tricycles, 10 television sets and 10 grinding machines.

 

 

 

 

 

“To win any of these prizes, a new Glo subscriber is required to activate a Glo Sim and recharge with a minimum of N1,500, while existing customers will need to recharge a minimum of N1,000 before the 8th of July, 2022, to qualify for the draws”.

The digital solutions provider added that customers who miss the pre-event raffle window could simply spend N5,000 or more at the festival ground on the Glo network to stand a chance of winning any of the prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Globacom disclosed in a speech read by its Regional Activations Manager, Ogun State, Mr. Ikenna Aguwuom, at a pre-event press conference held on Friday in Ijebu Ode, that its collaboration with the Ojude Oba Planning Committee is to honour the traditions and cultures of Ijebuland as well as foster the cause of tourism in the nation.

The mobile network operator added that it was pleased to contribute its quota to the further development of Ijebuland since the festival has become a forum for all sons and daughters of the land to converge and deliberate on growth of Ijebuland and its people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coordinator, Ojude Oba Planning Committee, Dr. Fassy Adetokunbo Yusuff, gave kudos to Globacom, whom he described as a ‘partner of choice, for its consistency in sponsoring the festival in the last 16 years.

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