The Nigeria Police Force has ordered all personnels of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to undergo a compulsory psychometric test, training and continue assessment of operatives deployed to SARS to determine their suitability. In series of tweets on the NPF twitter handle, the police force also ordered the prohibition of SARS operatives to act as body-body-guards, delving into land matters, personal disputes, debt collection and civil matters. BigPen Online can reports that the NPF also prohibited SARS officers from conducting stop and search on roads unless when necessary, adding that the direct supervision of SARS operation in each state command would be under the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state via the DCP/ACP operations. The statement on the polic
The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, was yesterday questioned over the implementation of N3.408 billion allocated to his ministry in the 2017 budget by the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology. Chairman of the House committee, Beni Lar said the explanation was necessary in view of the low achievements recorded in the sector. BigPen Online reports that Onu responded that despite N3.408 billion was appropriated to the ministry in 2017, only N811.281 million, representing 23.8 per cent, was released to the ministry in August this year. He said the amount was “inadequate to fund the activities of the ministry, at least, when compared with the N4.025 billion of 2016 that was appropriated while N1.791 billion was released.” He a
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the unemployment rate in Nigeria has risen in the third quarter of 2017 to 18.8% from 16.6%. According to the report which was released by the NBS and made available to Bigpen Online, the NBS stated that the number of unemployed people within the labour force increased from 13.6 million in the second quarter of the year to 15.9 million in the third quarter with more than two million people unemployed within the period. The Data released by NBS showed that the rise was occasioned by the economic recession that saw the nation’s growth decelerate until September 2017 when Nigeria finally exited recession. “An economic recession is consistent with an increase in unemployment as jobs are lost and new jobs creation
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced plans to generate additional 4,600MW of electricity. The power plants will be concentrated in the Northern part of the country and they are Abuja, Kaduna and Kano. The power plants would solely on gas supplies from the proposed Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Gas pipeline project. The minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu who made this known shortly after the FEC meeting added that the pipeline would allow movement of gas from the southern region to the northern areas for increased gas utilization and power generation. ‘We presently have trapped power, trapped gas, all in the southern corridors that is going nowhere because of lack of infrastructure”. In a statement obtained by BigPen On
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has raised doubts over his intention to contest the 2019 presidential elections with the former vice president declaring that he has not decided to run for president. Speaking with the VOA Hausa on Tuesday, he said that Nigeria and the world will know when he eventually takes the bold move. “For now I have not made up my mind, when I decide, I will let the world know”. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said. This statement is bound to dampen the mood of his teeming supporters, many of whom are enthusiastic to see him run for president. However there are indications that he will ultimately contest as his spokesman Paul Ibe had admonished his (Atiku’s) supporters to continue. He spoke in the context of his ongoing consultations, but he will eventually mak
The Nigerian navy on Monday, December 18, decorated Navy captain Jamila Malafa with the rank of commodore. This rank is equivalent to a brigadier-General in the Army and with this rank she becomes a one-star general. Speaking at the navy headquarters in Abuja, Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP) Rear Admiral Henry Babalola said it was a thing of pride and that only few women have achieved such height. Rear Admiral Babalola while commending Malafa, said that her elevation would inspire other women in the armed forces since there is no limit to what they can achieve. Jamila Malafa on her part confirmed being the first female of northern extraction to reach this rank in the navy adding that this elevation has inspired her to be more loyal and dedicated to her duties.
Former Senate President, Senator David Mark has slammed the Economic and Financial crime commission (EFCC) over allegations of fraud levelled against him by the commission, describing them as unfounded and senseless. According to a statement made available to BigPen Online on Monday, Senator David Mark confirmed being invited by the anti-graft agency and was asked questions relating to the 2015 campaign finance for his political activities in his home state of Benue. However, according to the statement signed by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, he was particularly baffled about another question that bothered on alleged bribery of all senate members in 2010. He said they alleged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid over N2billion into a bank account run by the National ...
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has revealed that the fear of restructuring led to the “desperate search” for oil in the North. Ekweremadu stated this while presenting a lecture titled “Restructuring and the Nigerian youth” at the third edition of the Adada Lecture series, organized by the Association of Nsukka professors at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The lawmaker in his lecture pointed out the fears of a sections of the country adding that the glory days of oil is numbered. “Some are afraid of survival under fiscal federalism. They feel they are better off with free monies from Abuja which could actually be a pittance compared to what they could generate if they begin to access the bountiful wealth buried in their soils. "I have also noticed a de
A new commissioner of Police has been appointed in Delta state following a major shake-up of the Police High Command. This re-deployment is coming following the approval of some CPs to proceed for the senior executive course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Jos. A police signal detailed, DTO: 061808/11/2017 and CE.4000/FS/FHQ/ABJ/V.3/202, shows that Zanna Ibrahim and six other senior police officers from across the country have been nominated and asked to proceed on a course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru Jos. Another police signal with this numbers DTO: 15835/12/2017, and TH.5362/FS/FHQ/ABJ/V.7/512, signed by Sgt Ibrahim Saidu, Force Secretary Admin, and obtained by our correspondent
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing – Edmund Burke. This is a popular saying with deep connotations. However in this context, the EVIL is that in which a man “shut up his bowels of compassion towards his fellow man”. This is the state in which the world is. People are reluctant to help their fellow man because of the supposed “backlash” or misinterpretation of their deed, inability to discern those in distress, fraudsters, etc. All of this makes even the most compassionate individual skeptical of providing help . However, people still unconsciously follows a man who has set himself apart to be a blessing to all inspite of how dire and unpredictable the situation may be at times. That is the case with Nigeria’s former minister