Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Community Mirror “I am not for state police because if created; it would become an instrument of state powers.”
Health empowerment scheme inaugurated in Ogun
EDO STATE GOVERNOR; MR. ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE
NRC to commence operations on Lagos-Kano route FRANCIS SUBERU WITH AGENCY REPORT
igeria Railway Corporation, NRC, would soon commence full services on its Lagos-Kano route, the Managing Director, Mr Seyi Sijuade, has said. He said the recent successful rehabilitation of 117 engines and coaches would enable the corporation to resume haulage and passenger services on the route. Sijuade said this in Minna
while rolling out the first phase of the rehabilitated rolling stock for the Minna-Kaduna daily train services. “The Lagos-Kano service will start in a few weeks time and we intend to ply the route twice a week.” Represented by the Director of Operations, Mr Niyi Ali, he attributed the successful restoration of services in parts of the country to the ingenuity of the corporation’s engineers and technicians. He said, the effort of the staff in refurbishing the engines and
coaches locally had helped to save cost. “We are going back to the good old days, where everything was done in-house. A lot of this equipment is specialized, but we are looking forward to a time when our staff will produce them locally and we are starting now. Compared to contract cost,
in-house refurbishments will save a lot of money. It’s not just about the immediate savings, we are also talking on the long term benefits when we learn to do everything in-house.’’ In his remarks, the Niger State Commissioner for Transport, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed, appealed to the Federal Gov-
ernment to rehabilitate and upgrade the Baro railway line. “We are aware that the Federal Government is dredging the Baro River and the road is terribly bad. So we are calling on it to rehabilitate and upgrade the Baro railway station to aid the movement of people and goods.”
Detained hotelier granted bail in Anambra NWABUEZE OKONKWO ONITSHA
n Otuocha High Court in Anambra State, presided over by Justice J. I. Nweze has admitted to bail, Prince Christopher Arthur Udoh, proprietor of Arthur Garden Hotels Limited, Nkpor, near Onitsha. Udoh and his brother-in-law, Prince Godwin Onwukwe, were arrested by the police in Enugu State on August 9, 2012 and taken to Anambra, where they were detained at the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, headquarters, Awkuzu for allegedly allowing his hotels to be used as kidnappers’ den. However, his brother-in-law Onwukwe, was granted bail by the police few days later, while Udoh is was kept in the police cell. In his ruling, after hearing the submissions of both counsels to the applicant and police, Justice Nweze, granted him bail in the sum of N5 million with three sureties in the like sum and a statement of his account in the bank. Nweze maintained that he should be granted bail because the police have not adduced enough reasons, showing that his hotel was involved in any kidnap allegation. On the submission of the police counsel that it was Governor Obi who authorized Udoh’s detention and sealing of his hotels, since the police investigations could not link him to those offences,
Justice Nweze asked rhetorically: “can the police kill somebody just because the governor asked so”? However, Udoh could not rejoin his family and well-wishers who thronged the court premises, because at time all conditions were met, the presiding judge who should sign the order for release had left the court premises. Governor Peter Obi had led a team of security agencies to seal the Phase One of Udoh’s hotels at Umusiome village, Nkpor on, August 5, accusing him of using the place as kidnappers’ hideout and a holding pen for kidnapped victims. On August 9, he was arrested in Enugu, while Phase Two of the hotels was equally sealed on the same allegation, a situation that made his family, relations and some prominent indigenes of Nkpor, described the action as stage-managed. The court had on August 10, granted a motion on notice for an interim order directing the police, their agents or privies to release the applicant from their custody forthwith and re-open his hotels and business premises situate at Onitsha and Nkpor illegally sealed up by them, pending the determination of the motion. Meanwhile, a committal notice (Form 48) also filed by Udoh, against the six respondents, including the Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police Anambra State, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, SP. James Nwafor (O/C SARS Awkuzu), CSP Kanayo Uzuegbu and Raphael Nnabuife, is still pending before the same court for adjudication.
A young girl mulling the demolition of houses at Maza-Maza area of Lagos.
PHOTO: OLUFEMI AJASA
Man jailed for importing fake drug KAYODE KETEFE
Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a middle-age man, Uzoma Madueke, to three-years imprisonment for importing fake fulcin tablets into Nigeria. In his judgment, the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, stated that it was very sad that Madueke chose to intentionally indulge in a venture that could result in the death of many Nigerians. Madueke had been charged before the court by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for importing the fake drug. The convict had earlier pleaded not guilty, but he later confessed to commission of the crime.
The one-count offence signed by Mr. MHA Baba, was committed on June 25, 2009 in Epe area of Lagos. The charge sheet had reference number FHC/L/43C/ 2010, reads: “That you, Uzoma Madueke of No 47, Lagos Road, Epe, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, on or about the 25th day of June, 2009, did import fake and substandard tablets to wit: Fulcin Criseofulvina tablets and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No. 25 of 1999 and punishable under Section 3 (1) (a) of the same Act.” During the review of facts to establish the guilt, NAFDAC’s lawyer, Mr. Chris Okeke, told the
court that Madueke intentionally imported the fake drug, to make maximum profit, not minding the side effect of his action to Nigerians. Counsel for the convict, Mr. O. Amobi, had urged the court to temper justice with mercy, on the grounds that his client was a first offender who had learnt a bitter lesson. Amobi also added that the convict has vowed never to indulge in the crime again. In his judgment, Justice Abang said, “the action of the convict is bad because there are other legitimate means to make money. “If not for vigilance of NAFDAC in apprehending the convict, anybody could have been a victim of the fake drug. Such abnormal behaviour requires drastic action,”
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