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Police investigate 2 for letter head forgery in Niger



The Police Command in Niger, has invited two suspects, Danjuma Ibeto and Garba Abdullahi, for investigation into an alleged letter head forgery.
Ibeto and Abdullahi had allegedly forged the letter head of a law firm, Nuhu Edah & Co. Success Chambers, for a petition against, Mr Mohammed Etsu, the Chairman of Niger state Board of Internal Revenue Service (NGIRS).

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed this to NEWSMEN in Minna on Thursday, saying that the command received an official complaint of the suspected forgery.

Abiodun said that the two suspects were invited for interrogation, adding that during interrogation, the suspects mentioned other names also involved in the act.

He said that investigation was ongoing by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), and further development on the case would be made public.

Newsmen reports that Idris Abdullahi and Co. (Legal Practitioner Corporate and Property Consultants, counsel to Barrister Nuhu Edah & Co. Success Chambers, had petitioned the Niger state Commissioner of Police over a case of forgery.

The letter was titled “A Petition Against Danjuma Jaye Ibeto with Phone number 070379446370 and Garba Abdullahi with number 08080605531.

The firm alleged that the suspects forged its letter head to write a petition against the Chairman of NGIRS to Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello, titled; “The Brazen Abuse and Unethical Behaviour of Mohammed Madami Etsu, Executive Chairman of NGIRS.

According to the petition, Nuhu Edah & Co. Success Chambers knows nothing about such a petition with its letter head to the governor, neither was it aware of the allegations contained in the said petition.

“Our client has never met him in person, our client came to discover that his letter head with his name was forged, and surreptitiously used for the said petition against the Chairman of NGIRS without his knowledge and consent.

“Our client has written series of letters and disclaimers to deny, and dissociate himself from the said petition, since he discovered that his letter head and name were forged and his seal stolen without his knowledge and consent,” the letter said.

Meanwhile Etsu, through his counsel, Mohammed Ndayako (SAN), of Bastion Chambers, has filed a motion before a Minna High Court, demanding N100,000 million against a national daily, as damages for libelous and mendacious publication of falsehood against him.

The daily had written a story based on the said petition on the alleged forged letter against some alleged activities of Etsu as the head of the Niger state revenue agency on Nov. 5.

The court motion also contained an order directing the national daily to pay the chairman N50 million, being exemplary damages for libelous and mendacious publication.



Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime



The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, on Friday,  said that the Nigerian Navy had acquired 12 Comstrac System Ovation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve the fight against maritime crime.

Ogalla made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the UAVs and the adoption of the revised Local Operating Procedure and Local Training Order, held at the Naval Air Base, Ojo, Lagos.

The CNS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Zakariyyah Muhammed.

Ogalla said that the surveillance UAVs would complement the already existing air assets of the Nigerian Navy, while supporting the surface ships and maritime domain awareness platforms.

“In an era where the nature of warfare is evolving rapidly, embracing cutting-edge technologies becomes imperative for enhancing our national security.

“These UAVs, with their advanced capabilities and versatility, will undoubtedly enhance our naval surveillance for furtherance of strategic capabilities.

“I have no doubt that this will rejig the Nigerian Navy towards better service delivery in the maritime domain of our dear country,” he said.

The CNS added that the Navy was expecting five more helicopters within the forst quarter of 2024 which would enhance its maritime capabilities.

“This will make safer waters for both local and international maritime trade,” he said.

Ogalla commended the Western Naval Command for innovative and dogged efforts toward maintaining credible maritime presence and curtailing criminalities in its area of operations.

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Gov. Radda suspends school principal for alledged sexual scandal



Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State has directed for immediate suspension of a staff of Ministry of Education in the state for alleged sexual harassment of a female student.
The directive is contained in a statement issued by the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Abdullahi Aliyu-Yar’adua, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Katsina.
The statement said, “Gov Dikko Radda has received a report of alleged sexual harassment against one Lawal Ibrahim, now a staff of the Ministry of Education.
It said Ibrahim was the then Principal of Government Day Secondary School, Dantankari, Dandume Local Government area.
“In consequence therefore, the governor directed the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education to immediately suspend Lawal Ibrahim and investigate the allegation with dispatch.
“Take appropriate action and report back to the governor.”
The statement further directed the Commissioner of Police to investigate the allegation.
“The Commissioner of Police should investigate the allegation, and to also investigate the Divisional Police Officer, Dandume, for compromise on the matter, and report back to the governor,” the statement said.
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Ogun Govt. places N50m bounty on killers of Oyekanmi, Finance Director



The Ogun Government has announced a reward of N50 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) attached to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s office, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi .

Mr Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the reward in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.

According to the statement, Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

” Such information can be sent to the underlisted telephone numbers:
08032136765. ”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected armed robbers on Nov. 29 shot dead Oyekanmi, and carted away government funds.

Oyekanmi had cashed an undisclosed amount of money from a branch of Fidelity bank in Abeokuta, and was heading back to the office when he was waylaid by the gunmen.

According to source, the gunmen, about five of them, shot the accountant dead at Kuto bridge in Abeokuta and went away with the government’s money.

It was gathered that Oyekanmi and other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks, were rushed to the State General Hospital, Ijaye, where the accountant later died.

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