Brazil 2014: Eagles WC jersey costs N16, 500

Super Eagles new home jersey for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is set to go for 60 pounds (about N16, 500).

The new jersey designed by kit sponsors, Addidas features climacool ventilation, that keeps one cool, dry and a mesh ventilation inserts on shoulders.

It also has a double-layer folded V-neck collar, cuffs, sleeve inserts and the Nigeria Football Federation woven badge on left chest; screenprinted graphic on back.

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FA Cup: Mikel to start against Man City

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks set to start Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi in this weekend’s English FA Cup game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium after report emerged that the ‘Happy One’ plans to rest a number of key players.

John Terry, Ramires, Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Samuel Eto’o could all sit out the last-16 tie as the Blues boss has prioritised the Champions League and Premier League over the competition, according to The Mirror.

Mourinho is believed to be keen to hand starts to Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Andre Schurrle, Fernando Torres and new signing Mohamed Salah to give them match practise ahead of the Premier League run-in.

Defender Gary Cahill will miss the cup tie with a calf injury, while midfielder Nemanja Matic is doubtful after limping off during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

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West Brom: Anichebe key to survival

West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel was pleased with goalscorer Victor Anichebe for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Mel believes the Nigerian is the man to provide the inspiration in their relegation battle.

He said: “Victor is going to be so important to our survival hopes.

“I’ve been impressed by him. But I was proud of all my players against Chelsea. Now they have to show me we have the right mentality to win.”

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Unending controversy over Aper Aku stadium Makurdi

Today is exactly five years ago when Benue State government awarded the contract for the upgrading of Aper Aku stadium play pitch to Monimichelle Sports Facility Development Company.

The contract was for upgrading from grass to astro turf in line with FIFA standard. The duration of the contract was for one year and the contractor promised to deliver in eight months with availability of funds.

The stadium was formally handed over to the contractor while Lobi Stars Football Club relocated to Jalingo, in Taraba State, and later Bauchi, in Bauchi State before they returned to Katsina Ala stadium for their home Glo Premier League matches .

Since five years ago, work on the playing pitch has remained at a snail speed, even though the coconut fiber and other materials are lying waste inside stadium, waiting for installation for a long period.

The contractor and Benue State government are at logger heads while fans of the Makurdi side are being denied the opportunity of seeing their darling team in action year in and out. The contractor has maintained that unless his balance of money be paid in a dedicated account before he will complete the installation which would take less than one month.

According to the contractor, he has suffered untold hardship during payment for procured materials that were shipped from abroad and has learnt his lesson.

His fear is that once he completes the work, it would be difficult for him to collect his balance as the administration is winding up very soon.

However, Benue State government, from the Ministry of Sports and that of Finance, would not accept such condition. According to an official, who pleaded anonymity told SportingLife that since 90 percent of the contract sums was paid, the contractor must first complete installation before the total balance.

Nobody is ready to shift position. But those at the receiving ends are Lobi players and their teaming fans.

Benue State coffers are also being depleted on weekly basis, with cost of playing home matches away from Makurdi. But with election year around the corner, not too long before Aper Aku stadium would be one among the numerous abandoned projects.

Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Benue State chapter Uja Emmanuel appealed to both the contractor and Benue State government to set aside their differences and come to a compromise so that the stadium be completed before the commencement of the new League season.

Uja Emmanuel stated that government should put the interest of the football fans above personally interest and for the overall development of the beautiful game which is king of all sports.

The SWAN chairman stated that the economic benefit of Lobi stars playing at Aper Aku statdium cannot be over emphasised, with pet traders coming to the stadium to make brisk business during home matches.

He appealed to Governor Gabriel Suswam to urgently intervened so that the staduim would be completed and Lobi Stars return to Makurdi.

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PDP fixes Ekiti, Osun primaries for March 15, April 5

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed March 15 for the governorship primary in Ekiti State.

That of Osun State would hold on April 5.

According to a timetable released yesterday by the PDP Secretariat, the sale of nomination forms for the Ekiti election will start from February 24 and end on March 3. That of Osun begins on March 14 and ends on March 21.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the Ekiti election for June 21 and that of Osun for August 9.

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Nigeria will survive, says Anglican Bishop

Nigeria will emerge stronger from the various challenges confronting it, the Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West Anglican Communion, Rev. James Odedeji, said yesterday.

He said the prayers of Nigerians and the commitment of God will see the nation through its many patches.

Odedeji spoke with reporters ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church (AVMCC) in Ikeja, Lagos.

The anniversary, with the theme: “His abundant grace”, begins on Monday with a three-day fasting and prayer.

Other activities lined up for the celebration are visits to orphanages, anniversary lecture, society celebration and presentation of the anniversary compendium.

Others include endowment luncheon, love feast, founder’s day Eucharist service and variety night/launch of a documentary.

Bishop Odedeji said: “The church shall step up prayers for the country and we believe this nation will survive regardless of the challenges facing it. We believe God is committed to Nigeria and He would not allow anything or anybody to break this nation.”

He attributed the success of the church in 50 ears to God, saying: “He is the secret of our success. Many people would not believe that AVMCC is only 50 years old. It is younger than many churches in the diocese, yet, it has attained the number one position.”

Highlighting the many strides of the church, Bishop Odedeji said: “The impact of the church has been felt in preaching and promoting holiness. We have established many other churches and supported other dioceses and churches outside Lagos. Even in the United States (U.S.), God has used us in supporting one of the dioceses in the propagation of the gospel.”

Chairman of the 50th anniversary committee, Prof. Wale Omole, said the lecture will be delivered by a former presidential candidate, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite.

The topic is: “The church today”.

He said the endowment fund will be dedicated to furthering the several humanitarian projects of the church while the award ceremony is packaged to recognise those who rendered valuable services to the church in the last 50 years.

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Remove campaign bill boards, Jega tells Osun politicians

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega has called for the removal of campaign billboards in Osun State.

He said the erection of the bill boards was illegal.

Jega spoke yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital, at a stakeholders’ meeting with the representatives of parties. He said erecting bill boards before the time stipulated by the law was an electoral offence and attracts stiff penalty.

The representatives of some parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP), demanded the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Rufus Akeju, and walked out of the meeting.

Representatives of over 20 parties, civil society organisations and traders were at the meeting.

Jega assured them that the poll would be credible.

The meeting however took a new dimension when some political parties protested to the chairman and advanced reasons for the removal of the resident Electoral commissioner, Doctor Rufus Akeju

On the call for the REC’s removal, Jega said no official accused of partisanship would be removed or redeployed unless evidence is provided to back the allegations.

He said INEC has improved on the mistakes of the Anambra election and urged stakeholders to support the commission to conduct a free and fair poll.

Secretary of the Inter-party Advisory Council of Nigeria Peter Ameh urged parties to shun destructive criticisms

Akeju said the commission was sensitising the public on the electoral process.

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Ladoja, Oyo APC trade words

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Accord in Oyo State engaged yesterday in a war of words.

Accord leader former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, at a rally to welcome new members into his party in Lalupon, Lagelu Local Government, accused the Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration of ineptitude.

The APC, in a statement by its Interim Publicity Secretary, Kolawole Dauda, told Ladoja to focus on his trial for alleged fraud, adding that he had no moral right to criticise anyone until he clears his name.

Ladoja said: “The government is full of deceit. When they came in, they said they did the express way, but why can’t they develop areas like Labo, Gege Oke-Are and Isale-Osi.

“They have enslaved the people through their various lies. They claim taps are running in the state; it is not true. Half of the money they spent on flowers and landscaping could have been spent on providing classrooms and furniture in schools. If the schools they attended were like the ones they are running now, would they have attained their present status? In the past, we did not have more than 30 pupils per class, but now, in some schools, they have 10 classes being attended to by four teachers. With this, what type of future are we giving our children.

“Since Alhaji Lamidi Adesina’s death, the governor assumed he has no leader again. This government does not mean well for the people. I implore you to be law abiding and peaceful in your conduct. By the grace of God, we shall form the next government in the state with the assistance of the electorate.”

APC said: “It is only in a Third World country like ours that someone on trial for allegedly defrauding the state would not be sober, but preening himself like a turtle-dove and preparing to come back to the same seat where he performed woefully. In Oyo State, we have about three of such: Ladoja, Adebayo Alao-Akala and Femi Babalola. What unites these three governorship aspirants is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). They are all on trial for allegedly siphoning billions of the people’s money.

“In the state’s history, no government has brought as much development to the state as the APC administration. Even outsiders curse past governors for retarding the state’s growth. While they were in office, it was one violence incident or the other. While Ladoja was arrogant and did not nominate board members for close to two years, Alao-Akala was busy running after his cosmetics. It is only now that the people can point to development.”

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Ogunsakin…The man who will ‘clear’ Mbu’s mess

Commissioner of Police Mbu Joseph Mbu was on February 6 redeployed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and replaced with Johnson Tunde Ogunsakin, an indigene of Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, who was the commissioner in charge of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Mbu, for almost all his time in Rivers, many say was unprofessional.

To Rivers indigenes, Ogunsakin’s success will depend on his embrace of professionalism and neglect of partisanship.

Ogunsakin was born on August 1, 1957 and enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1982. He attended L. A. Primary School, Ikere-Ekiti and later proceeded to the Annunciation College, Ikere-Ekiti.

On completion of his secondary school education, the Rivers police commissioner gained admission into the then University of Ife, Ile-Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). He graduated in 1980 with B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science/History.

He participated in the compulsory one year national youth service in Ogun State in 1981. He also has Advanced Diploma in Law Diplomacy/Conflict Management from the University of Jos (UNIJOS) and enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1982.

Ogunsakin started his police career in 1984 in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, as a Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) at the Bodija Police Station. In 1985, he attended the Anti-Riot Mobile Police Training at Gwoza, Borno State. He was the Unit Commander, Number 4 Squadron, Ibadan. In 1989, he joined the Interpol Lagos as a Detective Superintendent.

t Interpol, he performed excellently, became the head and was made the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the Organised Crime Division; OC, Europe/North America of the Economic and Financial Crimes Division and the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Interpol.

Ogunsakin was among the officers that worked on the team that put an end to the terror reign of the notorious armed robbery gang of Lawrence Anini in the country.

Shortly after his redeployment, said: “I am going to do my professional work and create an environment for the peaceful conduct of elections. I will be fair to all.”

The new Rivers police boss was appointed commissioner of police, SFU in 2009. Prior to the appointment, he was the deputy police commissioner, Information Technology, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Ogunsakin also served as the Director of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) between June 2008 and May 2009. He is a former Head of Investigations at the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

The representative of Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro constituency of Rivers State in the House of Representatives, Dakuku Peterside, believes there is the need to give peace a chance in the state.

Peterside, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and ex-Rivers Commissioner for Works, said: “Mbu is only a symptom of an ailment. Mbu is not all about the problem. He is not the fundamental problem. The fundamental problem is to guarantee the rights of Rivers people to associate freely. The rights of Rivers people to gather when they so choose to. That is the issue. Mbu is only a vehicle that they have abused.

“The police force is established by our constitution and they have rights. It is funded by tax payers’ money. They have rather abused the institution of the police force. Whether you change Mbu or not, is not the issue. The President is under oath to guarantee the freedom of all Nigerians. He is on oath to protect lives and property. Are lives and property protected? The answer is no.

“For me, when there is breakdown of law and order, when you continue to go on with lawlessness, it is the first sign of a failed state. We are advancing to that point. We must do something drastic to halt the decline that we are currently experiencing.

“We must do something very fundamental to stop the lawlessness that pervades the land. Until we stop the lawlessness, then there is no hope for our people. Our people will take their destinies into their own hands. They will stop this impunity by their votes. Of course, February 2015 is by the corner.

“Our people are tired of this lawlessness. They are tired of this impunity. They will use their votes and stop this madness.

“Whether Mbu comes or Mbu goes is immaterial. The Nigeria police should keep themselves to their constitutionally-guaranteed duty of enforcement of law and order. Whether it is Mr. White or Mr. John, we are not excited.

“What we want to see is the fact that the police force must be impartial, must be fair to all manner of people, protect lives and property and ensure the maintenance of law and order. That will be our ultimate joy and will be the ultimate joy of our people.”

Senator Magnus Abe, who was at the receiving end of Mbu’s reign of terror, said change must come.

Abe, while recalling his experience in the hand of Mbu’s men, said: “I was not alone there (Rivers College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt). There were more than two hundred people, who saw what happened. This young man was there with the camera. He was beaten up and his camera was destroyed. So, if nothing happened, why were they so eager to make sure that no picture of what happened got out?

“They (policemen) opened fire on us in their midst. We were not in any crowd. To say that I was not shot is the largest understatement or the biggest lie of the century. These men opened fire, teargassed, everything was fired everywhere. People saw what happened.

“That I was not killed, yes, but to say they opened fire on you and you did not die, therefore nothing happened, is the height of. I do not know how to describe it. However, for me, I am going to court. I have asked my lawyers to file my case in court, against all those who had hands in what happened. I will meet them in court.”

He said the time had come for a new direction for the state.

Abe said: “We have had lots of these crises. Any right-thinking person will agree that it is time for us to put some of these things behind us. Since last year, there had been a concerted attempt to remove the governor (Amaechi) from office and overthrow the government of Rivers State by force and there is no provision in our Constitution for that kind of behaviour.

“Having tried by all earthly means and they have failed, I will appeal to them to now sheathe their swords and let us work together, to try to help the people of Rivers State. That is the reason for which we say we are playing politics. What we are doing now is not helping them. It is clear that the governor cannot be removed without the law.

“So, since that is clear and that is what we all agreed, as citizens of Nigeria, let us work with the governor (Amaechi), let him do his job and let all of us, who also have jobs to do, be allowed to do our own jobs. If we do that, it will help the state (Rivers), it will help the country.

“For us to turn Rivers State into a theatre of war, because of the ambition of any single individual, is morally, politically and spiritually wrong. We cannot kill ourselves here, because of anybody. If people feel that they want to join a political party, they should be allowed to join the party of their choice.

“If you feel that you have superior reason why people should follow your own party, explain your reasons to the people. Do not carry guns to go and attack or kill the people, for going to join another party. There is no justification for that kind of behaviour. As far as I know, the President (Dr. Goodluck Jonathan) himself has said he does not think that anybody’s ambition is worth anybody’s blood.

“Nobody should assume that when you throw a stone into the market, you know who it will hit. If we continue to buy guns and arm people, every gun you buy has a lifespan of over one hundred years.

“So, who knows who will be your friend tomorrow? Who knows who will be your enemy tomorrow? Who knows in which direction these guns will point tomorrow? Let us play our politics, win or lose, let us thank God for the privilege he has given to us to lead and we should move on with our lives.”

The Rivers Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ibibia Walter, however, insisted that Mbu exhibited professionalism.

Walter said: “Mbu exhibited professionalism

while in Rivers State. Many Rivers people appreciated the works of Mbu in Rivers State. Mbu was accused of protecting the PDP by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, the APC and SRM’s leaders, who found it difficult to pocket Mbu, who showed so much professionalism.

“That is why he (Mbu) has been deployed to a higher challenge. The incoming police commissioner (Ogunsakin) must also show professionalism.”

The President of the pro-Amaechi’s SRM, Charles Aholu, a lawyer, declared that Mbu would be remembered for rascality, partisanship and trampling on rights of Rivers people.

Aholu said: “Mbu’s redeployment from Rivers State to Abuja is a victory for democracy. Mbu will be remembered for the rascality he perpetrated on the psyche of Rivers people. He will be remembered as the only cop that has worn a very clear apparel of partisanship, when it comes to policing.

“Mbu will also be remembered for trampling on the rights of Rivers citizens and for us, these are not good remarks.

“The incoming police commissioner (Ogunsakin) should not make the mistakes that Mbu made. We will expect him to be professional in his approach. We believe that he will be professional.”

The new Rivers police commissioner said in an interview: “As a policeman, you must be prepared for every challenge. Whether you are doing investigation, operations or even administration, you must be prepared to step on toes.

“If you are doing investigation or working on a case, you must believe in yourself and then know that you have responsibilities. The responsibility you have is your guts, your country and you will do justice to the case you are doing.

“If you are investigating any case, you must have it at the back of your mind that your friends, brothers, sisters and church members are going to come to try to influence you, either on the side of the suspect or the complainant.

“So, you must be able to define your own pedigree. Once you believe in God and you believe in fairness, you will overcome every challenge. I have friends, but my friends know me when it comes to my job. I do not joke with my job. I can hardly be influenced.”

Ogunsakin also admitted that initially, he did not want to become a policeman, while opting to work in a foreign mission

He said: “Everybody has an ambition. As a small child, when you are growing up, you always want to grow up to be like your father. So, it is true that while we were in the university I did not want to become a police officer, because the profession did not look attractive then, but the event that happened later did change my whole perception about the police.

“I am very proud to be a police officer. I thank God for that. I have satisfaction being a policeman and people must appreciate that police are friends of the public.

“There were several jobs when we finished school, but my target was to work in foreign mission, but I am now a policeman and I am very happy to be a policeman.”

The new Rivers police boss admitted that he did not know he was going to join the Nigeria police, but it happened after an event, as he was impressed by how a police officer handled the matter, when he and his friend were wrongly accused of assaulting a police officer, which he said propelled him to join the police.

Ogunsakin said: “Prior to that incident, if there was any profession I was interested in, it was not definitely the Nigeria police. I was on the verge of joining the Nigerian Foreign Service, when a friend and I were accused of assaulting a police officer and we were taken to the police station.

“An ASP handled the situation so professionally, that I was so keen to want to join the Nigeria police, because of his action and that led me to where I am now. I am actually proud to be a policeman and I am enjoying the job.”

Hailing from Ekiti State, fondly referred to as “The Fountain of Knowledge” and “The Land of Honour,” which has Dr. Kayode Fayemi as governor, the new Rivers police commissioner places emphasis on integrity and fear of God, standing out as a police officer who cannot be compromised.

Ogunsakin said: “As soon as I finished the training, that lasted for 13 months, at the Police Staff College, Jos, I was posted to Ibadan as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). I was privileged to serve in the office of Mrs. Koloko, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) at Dugbe Motor Traffic Division.

“My working with Mrs. Koloko shaped my job in the Nigeria Police, because she was a very strict disciplinarian. She had zero tolerance to corruption. I was to spend three months attachment with her, but ended up spending eight months, out of the nine months attachment I was supposed to do, because she would not let me go.

“Initially, senior officers who had worked with her tried to discourage me from doing my attachment with her, when they heard that I was posted to her office, because they believed she was wicked and all that, but then, I had no choice, I was posted there.

“My first day, I got to the office around 7:30 am and she was already there. The second day, I was in the office by 7:45 am, she was there again and I told myself I had to adjust my timing, because she did not say anything. The third day, I got to the office five minutes before her and the fourth day 10 minutes earlier and since then, I studied her conduct.

“I did my best and she reciprocated by giving me a lot of sensitive jobs, counseling me and she was very good to me. She mentored me. She stays in Ibadan, but she still comes around to encourage us.

“After my attachment, I was posted to the Crime Department of Bodija Station in Ibadan. After about a year, there was an opening in the Anti-Riot Police, otherwise known as the Mobile Police and I was very interested. So, I went to the Commander in the Mobile then, who is late now, and I told him I was interested in Mobile Police.

“The Commander just looked at me and said I was just about a year old in the Nigeria Police Force and that the Commissioner of Police then, Senator Nuhu Aliyu, now retired, would not consider me, because I had to spend at least three years, before I could be admitted to the Mobile Police. I begged him that I wanted to do it.

“Fortunately for me, not many officers wanted to go into Mobile Police then, because most officers wanted to work in other divisions. I put more pressure and I was taken to the then Deputy Commissioner of Police, who was initially reluctant, but eventually took me to the then Commissioner of Police, who asked me if I really wanted to join the Mobile Police and I said yes. He then said if I had made up my mind to join the Mobile Police, he believed I could do great.

“The mobile training I received has always been a good part of me, because it was quite different from the ordinary learning process of the police. It was effective, thorough and strenuous. There is a saying in the Mobile Police, the three “S” which is Silence, Speed and Surprise. The Silence, Speed and Surprise are the key “S” that prepares you for other issues.”

He believes it pays to work hard, be professional in one’s duties, shun corruption and put one’s trust only in the Lord.

Ogunsakin said: “When I left the Mobile Police after three and a half years, I was in Lagos and I had an instance when my boys killed eight armed robbers in one night, when Anini was terrorising the state.

“If you are good in the Mobile Police, you are good, because they are very professional. I was nicknamed ‘Tunde OC Court’ or ‘Tunde Idiagbon’ in Ibadan, because they knew that I would never want to hear about anybody collecting money at the road blocks. My experience at the road traffic in Ibadan helped me a lot. Back then in Ibadan, anybody that was caught was taken to court, hence the nickname given to me.

“That was how I got myself into Interpol, because when I left the Mobile Police, I met with Aliyu, who said I would be good in investigation and he brought me to Lagos. As soon as I got to Alagbon in Lagos, I was posted to Interpol. As at that time, not many people wanted to work in the Interpol.

“I handled the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) case and we recovered about N23 million. I handled the case of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), where we recovered about N650 million and the suspects were charged to court and other cases like that.

“Subsequently, I briefly worked in the Provost’s Office and I was moved to the Police Staff College as the Director of Studies for few months. I was taken back to Abuja and I worked in the Force Secretary’s Office. From there, I was moved to IG Monitoring Unit, where I worked under Mr. Sunday Ehindero (former IGP). From there, I was moved to the ICPC as the Head of Investigations.

“I must mention that Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, is somebody I see myself very lucky to have worked with, because I learnt a lot from him. When I got to the ICPC, there were lots of things we wanted to do, but he was like, he slowed us down, saying we had to be very thorough.

“Most of the cases I handled, I had to first send them to his office and he would call me to his office saying: ‘Tunde, o ya sit down, you want to charge this man to the court’ and I would said yes sir. ‘I am the Judge in this court, you are the prosecutor, convince me why this man should go to the court and all that.’ If you are not prepared, then you would mess yourself up. So, before taking a case to him, you must know what he was going to ask you and you must be well prepared.

“I was later moved to the EFCC as the Director of Operations. From there, I was posted back to the Police as the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Information Technology. It was a section of the Police I enjoyed, because of the dynamism of the society and the globalisation of policing. You must be up to date in Information Technology, to be able to do good policing. I left the place and thanks to the IGP and Police Management Team, I was posted to the SFU as the Commissioner of Police.”

In Ogunsakin’s interaction with police officers across the globe, he said he found that police officers are respectfully remunerated. In United Kingdom, for instance, he noted that a police inspector friend of his (now retired) then earned about 47,000 Pounds annually, and upon retirement, the house he lived in worth about 300,000 Pounds would become his and would go on vacation twice a year, to any location of his choice in the world and the government would pay, while education, medicals and others for his children were free, making cases of corruption in the UK to be very minimal.

He called on the members of the National Assembly and other people at the helm of affairs to give priority attention to police welfare.

The new Rivers police commissioner said: “Police officers and men have to be very well remunerated, because there are so many good police officers and men that corruption practices will be unattractive to, if they are well looked after.

“The core problem of corruption today is because of lack of security. Anybody in the corridors of power thinks that it is his time and the best he will do is to get enriched before the time runs out. Because of our kind of polity and cultural demands, people tend to prepare for the future.

“In a situation where you have a future, in the sense that you have a welfare package and your retirement is secured, then corruption will become very unattractive.”

Ogunsakin also admonished Nigerians, especially the youths, to imbibe the culture of integrity in whatever they do.

Will his integrity not give way in Rivers? All eyes will be on Ogunsakin. Certainly.

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Credit to Nigeria’s economy hits N14tr

The aggregate banking system credit (net) to the domestic economy grew by 3.4 per cent monthly to N14.09 trillion, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Economic Report for November, last year has said.

The report also said the figure showed a growth of 4.1 per cent compared with that of the preceding month.

“The development reflected, largely, the 10.9 and 1.1 per cent increase in claims on both the Federal Government (net) and the private sector.

“Over the level at end-December 2012, aggregate banking system credit (net) to the domestic economy rose by 10.98 per cent, due largely to the growth of 8.9 per cent in claims on the private sector,” it said.

It said the banking system’s credit (net) to the Federal Government, on month-on-month basis, grew by 10.9 per cent to negative N2.3 trillion, compared with the growth of 17.0 and 22.9 per cent at the end of the preceding month and the corresponding period of 2012, respectively.

According to the report, over end-December 2012, net credit to the Federal Government grew by 3.9 per cent, reflecting, largely, the 77.9 per cent increase in the banking system’s holding of government securities.

“On month-on-month basis, banking system’s credit to the private sector, grew by 1.1 per cent to N16.4 trillion, at end-November 2013, in contrast to the decline of 0.02 per cent at the end of the preceding month,” it said.

The report noted that, relative to the level at end-December 2012, banking system’s credit to the private sector rose by 8.6 per cent, compared with the 7.5 per cent increase at the end of the corresponding period of 2012.

It said the development reflected, largely, the 8.3 and 9.8 per cent increase in claims on the core private sector and States and Local Governments, respectively.

At N8.6 trillion, foreign assets (net) of the banking system at end-November 2013, fell by 2.4 per cent, on month-on-month basis, compared with a decline of 0.3 and 0.35 per cent at the end of the preceding month and corresponding period of 2012, respectively.

The development was attributed, largely, to the respective decline of 1.5 and 6.4 per cent in the CBN and banks’ holdings of foreign assets. Over the level at end-December 2012, foreign assets (net) of the banking system fell by four per cent.

“Other assets (net) of the banking system, on a month-on-month basis, fell by 0.6 per cent to negative N8 trillion, at the end of the review period, compared with the decline of 4.5 and 0.5 per cent at the end of the preceding month and the corresponding period of 2012. Over the level at end-December 2012, other assets (net) of the banking system fell by 28.5 per cent,” it said.

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