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Umar replaces Magu as acting EFCC chairman

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Mohammed Umar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), has been appointed as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, who is being investigated for alleged corruption.
Mohammed, who, until his appointment, was the Director of Operations at the anti-graft agency, resumed duties yesterday. The presidential probe panel on corruption allegations against the suspended acting chairman of EFCC sat again yesterday.
Headed by Justice Ayo Salami, the panel, which sat inside the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, specifically looked at sundry documents and chatted with persons connected to the case

Access was again denied unauthorised persons at the premises, as Department of State Services (DSS) operatives manned the gate to provide watertight surveillance in the vicinity.

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Senate receives Buhari’s request to confirm Space Research DG, NPC Commissioner

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Senate receives Buhari’s request to confirm Space Research DG, NPC Commissioner 


By Joseph Sunday


The Senate yesterday received President Muhammadu Buhari request for the  confirmation Mr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency. 

The request was contained in a letter dated 25th February, 2021, and read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 

The letter reads in part: “Pursuant to Sections 14(1) and (2) of the National Space Research & Development Agency Act, 2010, I present for confirmation by the Senate the appointment of Mr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research & Development Agency”. 

In another letter also dated 25th February, 2021, President Buhari requested the Upper Chamber to confirm the appointment of Muhammed Dattijo Usman as Federal Commissioner representing Niger State in the National Polulation Commission.

According to the President, Usman’s nomination was made “in accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republican of Nigeria (as amended).”

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Senate confirms Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs

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Senate confirms Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs 

The Senate has confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Major General Lucky Eluoye Onyenucheya Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff.

Other nominations also confirmed by the Senate includes that of Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Agambi as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Alao as Chief of air Staff. 

The confirmation of the nominees was sequel to consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Defence during plenary. 

The nominees were appointed by President Buhari to take-over the rein of leadership in the military from the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Chairman of the Committee, Aliyu Margatakarda Wammako (APC, Sokoto North), in his presentation of the report said that the Joint Committee on Defence, Army, Navy and Airforce “screened the four nominees and was satisfied with their qualifications, exposures, conducts, characters, experiences and General performances. 

According to the lawmaker, “The nominees have displayed wide and in-depth knowledge on strategies, tactics and military operations.”

Contributing, Senator Jibrin Barau described the nominees as “capable” in tackling head-on the challenges presented by the spate of insecurity across the country. 

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) recalled that the appointment of the nominees were made by President Buhari following persistent agitations by the National Assembly and Nigerians demanding a change of the leadership of the military. 

According to him, the change in Military leadership became imperative in view of the heightening spate of insecurity and banditry in the North-east, North-west and North-central, respectively. 

“Mr. President, we are in very perilous times with insurgency in the north-east and banditry in the north-west and north-central most especially. 

“For so long, and indeed so many times on this floor, and on the floor of our sister chamber in the House of Representatives, there were serious agitations for changes to be effected in the military leadership of the security agencies. 

“Mr. President took his time and finally acceded to this request and agitation. In doing so, the President took his time to seek out the very best in the arms services. 

“Mr. President, the intellect, the achievement and the exploits of these nominees are very well documented in this report,” Omo-Agege said. 

The nominees were, thereafter, confirmed by the Senate in a Committee of the Whole.

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Develope strategy for schools’ protection minister charges NSCDC

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Develope strategy for schools’ protection minister charges NSCDC

The Federal Government has charged the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to immediately develop a robust scheme for protecting schools from the incessant attacks by kidnappers and armed men across the country

This was contained in a statement that was signed and issued in Abuja Monday by the Director (Press & Public Relations) to the minister Mohammed Manga
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the charge today in his Office in Abuja when he decorated Ahmed Abubakar Audi as the new Commandant- General of the NSCDC.
According to him, “Children are a specially protected social category. They are innocent and at the same time vulnerable. They are as vulnerable to external circumstances as to their own wiles”
Aregbesola who expressed sadness over the incessant spate of violations and kidnappings in schools urged the NSCDC to continue to work in synergy with other security agencies with a view to immediately restore peace and security in the country, particularly within the school environment.
In his speech titled “Your moment to be a Hero”, the Minister reminded the new Commandant-General that he is mounting the saddle of this great organization at a very critical time in our dear nation with challenging security situations.
He therefore informed him that it is going to be rough but as a motivational speaker once wrote, it is great challenges that produces heroes and men of history.
Hence advised him to navigate diligently and triumphantly taking cognisance of the rigorous selection process that brought him into office.
This he said is to ensure that he delivers on the mandate of the NSCDC in line with the policy thrust of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.
Ogbeni Aregbeslola further charged the leadership of the corps to develop a robust scheme that would not only check the menace in the schools, but also ensure the protection of critical national assets, such as pipelines, electricity pylons, stations and cables, telecommunication mast, cables and installations.

“Another scheme, like the Agro Rangers, should also be developed to cover full agriculture and offer protection to all categories of farmers. Protecting crop farmers and pastoralists is a matter of national food security”, he said.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore assured that the Ministry will continue to support the agencies under it to ensure that they deliver on their respective mandates which is the provision of internal security and citizenship integrity.
In his response, the new Commandant-General, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Abubakar Audi assured that the Corps under his watch, will among others, improve on institutional wellness and also leverage on proactive intelligence gathering in its operations.
He said it is bring to a barest minimum the asymmetric war now going on in the country.

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