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1. Supporters Of Sheriff In South West Dump PDP For Mega Party
Supporters of the former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alli Modu Sheriff, on Wednesday said they had left the party to join the Mega Party of Nigeria, alleging that the caretaker committee of the PDP, led by Ahmed Makarfi, was not magnanimous in victory.

The breakaway faction, led by a former PDP chairman in Ondo State, Mr. Ebenezer Alabi, and the Director General, Omo Ilu Foundation (the mobilisation arm of Buruji Kashamu political organisation), Leke Adekoya, told reporters at the MPN office in Ibadan that the Makarfi group displayed traits of arrogance through statements about the Sheriff group after the Supreme Court recognised Makarfi as the authentic leader of the party.

Alabi also accused the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and Iyiola Omisore of substituting names of members of the state executive council with their own supporters at the headquarters of the party in Abuja.

 “The purpose of the struggle was to stamp out impunity in the party. We thought the Supreme Court judgment would teach us a good lesson but it was not so. The PDP has now been taken over by vampires that we cannot co-habit with,” Alabi said.

“We, who believe in the leadership of Sheriff, have therefore decided to move en masse to join forces with the Mega Party of Nigeria. It was registered in 2010 as Mega Progressives Party but we are transforming it to the new name to show the strength. The name will change officially next week,” he added.

2. Taraba Assembly passes bill against open grazing
The Taraba House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2017.

The passage of the bill came a day after the Assembly adopted the report of the public hearing on the bill which was conducted across the three senatorial zones of the state.

At the plenary presided by the speaker, Abel Diah, the bill was read for the third time after a motion by the Majority Leader, Joseph Kunini and seconded by Pius Sabo of Wukari 1 constituency.

After clause by clause consideration of the bill, the legislators unanimously voted for its passage through voice vote.

In his remarks, the speaker thanked the members for the attention given to the bill.

He advised the executive arm to give a minimum of six months grace to enlighten the public on the provisions of the bill before the commencement of enforcement as contained in the bill.

Governor Darius Ishaku sent the bill to the Assembly on May 17, for consideration.

The bill now awaits the governor’s assent.

3. 'Doctor' Infects 6-Year-Old With HIV In Nasarawa
A 30-year-old man alleged to be operating an illegal clinic and infecting a 6-year-old boy with HIV through transfusion of unscreened blood has been arrested by the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Lawan Bashir-Kano, disclosed yesterday in Lafia that the suspect, Jonathan Ibrahim, was arrested on July 17th.

He said that Ibrahim, who hails from Iwashi village in Doma Local Government Area of the state, was arrested following complaint about his activities from members of the public.

Bashir-Kano said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect, who operates an unregistered clinic, last year, transfused contaminated blood to the 6-year-old boy, thereby infecting him with HIV.

He said the parents of the boy recently discovered that he had been infected with the virus.

He added that tests carried out on the lad in Lafia following frequent illness showed that he was HIV positive.

The commandant said the suspect had confessed to running an illegal clinic and transfused unscreened blood to the patient in question at his facility last year.

Bashir-Kano said the command, in collaboration with the state Ministry of Health, as well as the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria in the state would ensure that the suspect was prosecuted.

“If such persons are not made to face the wrath of the law, there would be increased cases of untimely death occasioned by fake medical treatment,” he said.

The commandant called on members of the public to be vigilant and wary of fake medical practitioners. He added that they should report any suspicious medical personnel or outfit to security agencies for action.

The suspect who told newsmen he graduated from the School of Health Technology, Keffi as an environmental health officer, confessed that he had no license to operate the clinic.

4. Governors Forum Set Up C’ttee For State Police

In what may appear to be a tacit support for the restructuring of the country, the Governors Forum last night set up a six man committee to explore the option of actualising state police in the country.

The committee which has representative from the six geo-Political zones of the country was mandated to come up with the best way of policing the country in view of the myriads of security challenges and its attendant lost of lives.

This decision was reached after a closed-door meeting the governors had with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari flanked by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha said that its meeting was dominated by the presentation made by the Inspector General of Police.

He also said that the IGP had sought the permission for the establishment of media outfits like radio and television for the Police Force.

Governor Yari said, “We discussed and we received presentation from the Inspector General of Police. He made a presentation to us canvassing for the support to introduce media outfits, radio and television for the force and as well the Police to go technologically from the manual of doing things.

“The Inspector General of Police dominated the whole day of our discussion today understanding what the issue of Police is into the system whereby in some other nations it is ten to one person but in Nigeria we have four hundred to one.

“So, they are having so many difficulties in funding which we are agreed that with the way things are going through the budgeting process, we cannot be able to fund police. So, the Inspector General of Police made us to know that there is a kind of trust fund bill which is before the National Assembly, asked for our support and the members of the national assembly especially the House of Representatives.

“In our own part, we have put a committee in place. It is headed by the governors of Kwara, Imo, Delta, Ekiti, Bauchi and Sokoto to lead the committee so that they can be able to interface with the committee of Police and take the matter before the Acting President for further action. It is important for our nation.

“And as well there is the issue of kind of state police which is being discussed and we coming with so many options which we are expecting the committee will do the and find safe way of policing in Nigeria .”

Also speaking to journalists, the IGP said that security challenges in virtually all parts of the country was the dominant issue in the meeting, stressing that matters that border on security required a collective effort to confront.

He said the essence of the meeting with the governors centered on “Our efforts to address some of the challenges in the Police unit. We had a fruitful discussion with them and obviously all of them are concerned about security in some parts of the country, virtually in all parts of the country. They are ready to support the Police Force to see how we can address some of the challenges.”

On the Acting President’s charge for reinforcements in the security apparatus of the country he said “Obviously it is a normal procedure, when we have challenges we normally reinforce.

“Having insecurity all over the country requires the participation of every citizen of this country. We have to put our heads together to address all the security challenges.

“The governments are doing well, they are trying to bring communities closer and I think it takes a long time but by and large, with the cooperation of community members and all the security agencies we have met to synergies.”

5.  Court Sentences Man To Death For Stealing N3,420
An Osun State High Court ‎in Osogbo has sentenced a 40-year-old man, Kayode Adedeji, to death by hanging for robbing a woman of N3,420.‎

The sentence was handed down to Mr. Adedeji on Wednesday although the crime was committed on April 25, 2009.

The prosecuting counsel from the state ministry of justice, Elisabeth Alabi, had told the court that Mr. Adedeji robbed one Omowumi Adebayo at Bolorunduro area in Ilesa of the money armed with a knife at midnight.

The prosecution also claimed that the robber also had other dangerous weapons during his attack on Mrs. Adebayo’s residence.

Mr. Adedeji was said to have fled the scene of the robbery but was trailed and arrested by some members of the Oodua Peoples Congress in the area.

He pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of armed robbery when he was arraigned about eight years ago and was granted bail.

According to Mrs. Alabi, the convict abused the bail privilege by committing another offence which led to his remand in Ilesa prison.

She ruled that the offence ran foul of the law and punishable under Section 11(2)(A) CAPR II, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.

The presiding judge, Kudirat Akano, found Mr. Adedeji guilty of the crime and convicted him.

The defence counsel, Tunde Adedokun, prayed the court to be lenient and merciful in her judgment, but she ordered that Mr. Adedeji be put to death by hanging.

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