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2 remanded in Kogi court over N3m fraud, forged NSCDC Employment Letters

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2 remanded in Kogi court over N3m fraud, forged NSCDC Employment Letters

Two persons have been Luka Samuel, 30 and Emmanuel Owobi, 33, have been remanded in Federal Prisons, Konton-Karfe, Lokoja by a Chief Magistrate Court on Thursday for allegedly defrauding nine persons of N3 with forged employment Letters.

They were said to have exploited the unemployment situation in the country to dupe the nine job seekers of N3 million and issued them with forged National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Appointment Latters between 2016 and 2017

The Prosecuting counsel, E.S. Onu Esq. in his submission told the court that the accused in the company of other accomplices including one Grace Owobi, now at large, fraudulently collected the money over a period of time totaling over N3 million from the nine job seekers.

Onu gave the names of the victims as Musa Nasiru, Isah Rabiu, Musah Abdulmalik, Zekeri Aishetu, Samuel Atabo, Yahaya Paul Idakwo, Zekeri Husain, Yahaya Husain and Ladi Nicholas Amedu.

“You intentionally forged several fake appointment letters for them knowing quite well that the said appointment letters were forged as you purportedly regularize their appointments into services of the NSCDC.”

They were charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery, wrongful gain and fraud contrary to and punishable under section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The offences according to the prosecuting counsel also run contrary to sections 13, 97, 364 and 175 of the Penal Code Law.

Onu asked for Custodian Order for the accused to be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe pending the resumption of of the Federal High Court, Lokoja which had the jurisdiction to try the case in the first place.

Counsel to the accused, Deborah Itanyi Esq. objected to the application for the custodian order saying that though the court had no jurisdiction to try the case, it had discretion to grant bail in line with section 341(1,2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Levi Animoku said one of the offences alleged against the accused was under a Federal law upon which he had no jurisdiction.

He said, ”I declined to admit the accused to bail irrespective of his undertaking to comply with the terms of bail under section 341(2) of CPC.

”He shall therefore, be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe, Kogi State. The offences alleged against the accused have become paramount and prevailing in our society”, Animoku declared.
He adjourned the case to August 3, for mention.

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

By Friday Idachaba

Kogi Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), has donated reflective jackets to the Nigeria Police traffic officers, wardens and commercial motorcyclists to enhance their visibility and safety on roads.

Malam Momoh Dauda, the General Manager of the agency, presented bundles of the jackets to the police and leadership of the commercial motorcycle operators on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Dauda said that the lives of traffic policemen and wardens were constantly in danger as they discharged their duties on roads, especially the highways.

“We don’t need to convince anyone that these traffic officers are vulnerable and exposed to risks and hazards.

“In our own little way, we want to ensure their safety as they carry out this important assignment of directing traffic,” he said.

“At least with these reflective jackets, their visibility will be enhanced from afar and the risk of being knocked down will reduce.

He said that the objective of the CSDP was to reduce poverty by sustainably increasing the access of the poor and vulnerable to services for human development.

“The CSDA through the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy supports communities and vulnerable groups to fund micro infrastructural facilities.

“This explains the decision of our agency to identify with the safety needs of the traffic police officers, wardens and commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders,” he said

Mr Ede Ayuba, the Commissioner of Police in the state, thanked the state government for its unflinchingly support to the police command in the state.

Ayuba, represented by CSP Comfort Omole, the State Traffic Officer, commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for his support to the command in handling the #EndSARS protests in the state.

“He stood his ground and made us to be successful and we did not record any casualty,” he said.

The commissioner also thanked the management of CSDA for the donation.

“We assure you that within our powers, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to serve the state and its citizens to ensure peace,” he said. (NAN)

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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