Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Friday in Benin blamed the increasing rate of drug abuse in the state on the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
Obaseki disclosed this while reviewing the state’s security situation for the months of February, March and April.
He said Edo recorded 19 drug abuse cases in February, 34 cases in March and 23 cases in April.
Recall that the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, embarked on strike in February over the failure of the Federal Government to address their concerns.
“Drug abuse is now the number two issue of concern in our state,” Obaseki said.
“Our analysis shows that there has been a high rate of consumption of drugs in the last few months.
“This isn’t unconnected with the ASUU strike which has kept many students at home and idle.’’
The review came following a joint security meeting between the state government and representatives of various security agencies in Edo.
“I use the opportunity of this meeting to appeal to ASUU and the Federal Government to do all they can to end this strike as soon as possible,” Obaseki said.
“This is in the interest of the children so that we don’t keep them at home and destroy their lives.
“If they aren’t going to school, as you know the idle mind is a devil’s workshop. One way we hope that we can reduce the use of drugs is if we take these children back to school.’’
Rivers PDP: Dagogo Brought To Court On Wheelchair, Pleads Not Guilty, Returned To Hospital
A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Farah Dagogo, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony and attempted disruption of screening exercise of PDP in the state, preferred against him by Rivers State government.
In the charges read before the court, Dagogo and others who are now at large are alleged to have on the 27th of April, 2022 invaded PDP party secretariat on Aba Road Port Harcourt with firearms causing panic with intent to disrupt screening exercise of the party.
When the charges were read out, the accused who was brought to court on a wheelchair, pleaded not guilty and his Counsel informed the court of his bail application.
The counsel cited sections of the Rivers State law, which authorized the court to grant bail to his client after withdrawing a motion for preliminary objection on the jurisdiction of the court.
But prosecution counsel, Zacchaeus Adango, who is Attorney General of the state, in his response, objected to the application saying the bail application cannot be tendered in the court before plea.
He argued further that there are other pending motions for preliminary objection of jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter and therefore asked the court to dismiss the bail application.
Trial Judge, Justice Chinwendu Nworgu before adjourning till 20th of May, 2022 for consideration of bail application and possible commencement of trial, directed that Dagogo should be taken back to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.
BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Nigeria’s Accountant General For N80bn Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Nigeria’s Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.
EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren announced this in a statement on Monday.
The spokesman said EFCC operatives took Idris into custody for alleged massive fraud.
The top official is accused of diversion of funds and money laundering to the tune of N80billion.
Uwujaren noted that the commission acted on verified intelligence against Idris.
He is said to have “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates”.
The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja, the EFCC added.
Idris was nabbed after failing to honour invitations to respond to issues connected to the alleged fraudulent acts.
Blasphemy: What Christians Should Do Over Deborah’s Death – Mbaka
The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Father Ejike Mbaka has called on Christians to defend their faith.
Mbaka made the call while condemning the killing of Deborah Samuel, a student in Sokoto accused of alleged blasphemy.
The cleric who stated that the killing of Deborah was a challenge to Christians, urged those fighting him to go and defend Christian’s in Sokoto.
Speaking at the Adoration ground on Sunday Mbaka said. “They have killed this child. They accused her of insulting Mohammed and killed her.
“This is what I have been saying. Christians are facing lots of battles. Christians should not begin to fight among themselves.
“Inter religious and intra-religious war should stop. Inter and Intra denominational war should stop. I am pleading with those who are fighting against Fr Mbaka and Adoration Ministry to go to Sokoto and fight those who killed one of our daughters.
“Should that girl be killed? Every Christian should rise and defend our faith. The hour has come. It’s a challenge of faith. How many of them that insulted Jesus have been killed?
“Is it still one country? If Nigeria is going to be one country let it be, but if this is what we are going to be experiencing let everybody go home. I said it last Sunday and I am repeating it again.”
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