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EKEDC warns against assault on staff

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The management of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has warned residents in the area to desist from assaulting its staff.

In a statement by the management of the company, the EKEDC said individuals who assault staff of the company must be brought to book as legal action against some of the offenders have yielded some fruits.

 

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The management of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC’s tussle to ensure that individuals who assault staff of the company are brought to book, has yielded some fruits.
The company’s legal representatives have been inundated with reports of assault, public incitement and threat to life against personnel of EKEDC in recent time.

While we consider this very unfortunate, as a law abiding company, we sought the assistance of security agents in helping in the arrest and prosecution of these troublemakers. Sadly, some of them claim to be community leaders. This set of people have often made the company’s efforts to maintain a peaceful coexistence with customers very difficult.

EKEDC’s Double Victory

In one of the cases of assault on our staff, on the 24th of May, 2019, one Mr. Moses Ogunleye, a resident of Mushin, led some group of people to House No.29 Omowunmi Street under Idi-Araba Undertaking of Mushin Business District to obstruct, restrict and assault the Eko Field Representatives (EFRs) of EKEDC during the May Cash drive activities. Mr. Ogunleye assaulted Mrs. Abejide and damaged her phone in the process. This act was caught on camera.

The EFR however, reported the case at Olosan Police Station that same day, being the Divisional Police station having jurisdiction over the area of the incident. The culprit was arrested by the policemen from Olosan Divisional Police Station and the other group fled only to resurface with two police officers from (PANTI SCID) to arrest the ZDM (Engr.Yahyah Abdulrafiu) at Olosan Police Station as they alleged that there was a petition against him. The Divisional Police Officer and DCO stopped the police officers from panti SCID and asked them to do it in a proper way by sending police invitation to his organization (EKEDC) to release him for appropriate investigation.

Mr. Ogunleye was granted bail at the police station at about 7pm on the same day.

The case was however charged to court on the 31st of May and Mr.Moses Ogunleye was arraigned at court 1 Mushin Magistrate Court Ogba. He pleaded not guilty to the three counts charge and was subsequently granted bail with one surety in like sum of N80,000. The surety must be gainfully employed and the address be verified by the prosecutor.

The case was adjourned to, Monday, 24th of June, 2019 for mention.

Also, one Mr. Israel Olayinka, 52, of No. 115, Gaskiya Road, Ijora Badia, Apapa Lagos and some others, now at large attacked our staff, obstructed the EKEDC’s vehicle and incited the public against them as they tried to discharge their duties. This happened in 2018 with Mr. Olayinka fleeing at the time too.

Olayinka conspired with his cronies to inflict beatings and injuries on Ajibola Matthew and Segun Ogunyemi, both staff of the EKEDC.
Nemesis however soon caught up with Olayinka as he was arrested and charged to the Samuel Ilori Magistrate Court, Ogba on the 21st of June, 2019. He however, pleaded not guilty to the 3-count allegation levelled against him. The court session was presided over by Mrs Y.O Ajiafunwa.

The suspect has however been granted bail in the sum of N600,000 with two sureties and evidence of Lagos State Tax Payment and verifiable property address.

However, latest information reaching the EKEDC confirms that he is still in Kirikiri Prisons as his bail terms are yet to be perfected.

EKEDC will like to reiterate that it is committed to the provision of unrivalled service to its networks and customers but will not condone any act of violence and intimidation against its personnel as they try to discharge their lawful duties. The company also calls on community leaders to work in unison with EKEDC as we work assiduously hard to ensure better service provision to our teeming customers.

We implore customers to use the numerous avenues we have opened to lodge complaints as well as suggestions.

We also assure of our readiness to work with community leaders and their followers in the discharge of our duties to ensure a better and more peaceful coexistence.

 

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Sowore: Reps order immediate investigation of DSS’ court invasion

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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, called for an investigation into the invasion of an Abuja Federal High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The lower legislative chamber directed its relevant committees to probe the alleged DSS invasion of the court.

Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu raised the matter on the floor of the House during plenary. He stated that the occurrence was an abuse of the sanctity of the court.

The lawmaker described DSS action as “one arm of government attempting to overpower another, which will spell doom for the country’s democracy.”

Recall that last Friday, DSS operatives reportedly chased out lawyers from an Abuja Federal High Courtroom, attacked journalists before re-arresting Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement.

The DSS has since denied invading the courtroom

The spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunanya, had insisted that the activist’s supporters had acted an “orchestrated drama” inside the court.

Afunanya had claimed that none of its officers was involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.

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BREAKING: Buhari sacks Muiz Banire as AMCON chairman, appoints Adamu

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Edward-Adamu

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, appointing Edward Lametek Adamu as new chairman of the Corporation.

This was contained in a letter read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

The letter, dated December 9, 2019, reads: “In accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010, I hereby present Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for confirmation as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by the Distinguished Senate.

“While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

”Banire was appointed as AMCON Chairman in 2018.

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Buhari appoints new FIRS chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Muhammad Nami to replace Babatunde Fowler as chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Fowler, whose tenure ended on Monday, was confirmed for a four-year tenure by the senate on December 9, 2015.

He is expected to hand over to the most senior director on the board until the senate confirms Nami as FIRS chairman and the new board.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Nami is a tax, accounting and management professional with three decades of practical working experience in auditing, tax management and advisory and management services.

“He is an expert in rendering advisory support services to investors in respect of new business start-ups and management of existing businesses. He has also continuously rendered outsourced services to clients in trading, service and manufacturing sectors of the nation’s economy,” the statement read.

Muhammad Nami attended Bayero University Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology (1991) and a masters of business degree (2004) respectively.

He is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Debt Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria and Associate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.

He started his career with PFK in 1993 and rose to the position of a senior consultant in charge of tax management and advisory services.

He is currently the managing consultant of Manam Professional Services (chartered tax practitioners and business advisers) based in Kaduna, Abuja, Niger state.

Muhammad was appointed as a member of the presidential committee on audit of recovered stolen assets in November 2017.

The FIRS board is composed of a member representing each of the six geographical zones and statutory representatives from a select number of ministries and government agencies.

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