The Spokesperson of the Commission, Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Monday said the decision to clamp down on such institutions was reached when the management of the National Universities Commission paid a courtesy visit to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The company’s Managing Director, Dr. Graham Heifer, made the pledge in Benin on Saturday, describing the unknown gunmen as “cold blooded assassins”.
The march, which was organised by the Edo Voters Volunteers Assembly, a grassroots voter mobilisation body, had over 2,000 participants made up of youths and women, mobilised from the 12 wards in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.
The Benin Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons says it has arrested no fewer than 74 suspected human traffickers between July 2019 until date.
Ijeoma Uduak, Zonal Commander of the agency, comprising Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Human Trafficking Day.
Uduak explained that the human trafficking, which is commemorated every July 30, was a day set aside to press home the attendant ills of human trafficking.
She disclosed that those arrested included 36 males and 38 females, adding that the figure was from the 89 reported cases before the zonal command.
She also disclosed that the zone secured six convictions of suspects with the latest conviction secured on Tuesday.
She explained that on Tuesday one Emmanuel Collins, a 38-year-old male from Delta State, was sentenced to two years in prison on a two count charge.
She said, however, that though the sentence was to run concurrently, the convict was also given an option of N125,000 fine on each count.
The zonal commander said the convict was arrested by the Nigerian Immigration Service at Seme border while attempting to traffic two young ladies to Dubai.
She noted that the NIS transferred the case to NAPTIP for further investigation, which led to the prosecution and eventual conviction of the convict.
Uduak further disclosed that the zone has 57 pending cases in court.
She disclosed that within the period, 122 victims were received by the zone for counselling and rehabilitation, adding that 28 of the victims have already been rehabilitated.
She said the zone, within the period under review collaborated with 89 stakeholders, carried out 47 advocacy visits, 101 sensitisation and 44 media relation exercises.
Wike, who is the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Edo State 2020 governorship election campaign organisation, spoke at the flag-off of the party’s campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who went round to monitor the situation in the Edo State capital, reports that several houses were submerged by the flood and others destroyed.
The state commander, Buba Wakawa, while briefing newsmen in Benin on Thursday, said the video was a mischievous attempt by some criminal minded individuals to heighten tensions in the state.
The Edo State Police Command on Tuesday arraigned a 56-year-old woman, Grace Osayande, before an Ogbeson Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benin over alleged assault on police officers.
Seplat Petroleum Development Company on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State donated some items for the management of COVID-19 to Edo State Government.
The Edo State Government on Friday ordered the evacuation of patients from Stella Obasanjo Hospital to Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has sworn in Mr Peter Aguele as the new Chairman of Esan South East Local Government Area of the state.
A Family Court in Benin, Edo State on Monday ordered that a 43-year-old nanny, Esther Ehikhoya, be remanded in Oko Custordial Center for allegedly sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl.
A Magistrates Court in Oredo, Benin, Edo State on Friday ordered that a 56-year-old man, Yaro Garuba, be remanded in Oko Correctional Centre for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl
The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has called on the National Assembly to legalise the use of card readers in elections in the country.
Mary Onyali, a former Nigerian sprinter, has expressed satisfaction with the standard of tartan tracks laid at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Edo State.
Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has said that the 2020 National Sports Festival will be used to return the lost glory of sports in the state.
Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and Niger, have established a joint border patrol team comprising the Police, Customs, Immigration of the tripartite countries to recommend a date for the reopening of the borders.
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No fewer than 8,500 athletes are expected to participate in the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival tagged “Edo 2020’’, an official said on Friday in Benin.
Okah’s suspension was contained in a letter signed by Anselm Ojezua, the state Chairman of the party and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Friday.