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DSS Has A Primary Job Of Information Gathering Not To Make Arrest-Afe Babalola

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Renowned legal practitioner, Afe Babalola, has described the primary responsibility of the DSS as information gathering.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), added that the DSS was not empowered by the law to make arrest.

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Babalola made this known while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s News Night.

According to him, the DSS constitutional job description is to gather information that might threaten the sovereignty of the nation, which they relay to the President.

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He made the disclosure while querying President Buhari over the raid of judges’ homes carried out by DSS operatives in 2016.

Recall that while the Secret Police blamed the raid on receiving intelligence that some judges stashed large sums of currencies in their homes, it led to an outcry from various corners.

Afe Babalola who maintained that the law outlined ways to deal with erring judges, added that the raid created fear in some judges from delivering judgement without fear or favour.

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“The DSS duty in law is merely to gather information and give it to the President and all that. They are not to arrest.

“There are rules, laws of dealing with judges when they commit an offence. That has not been followed.”

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House Of Reps To Investigate DSS Over Court Invasion

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The House of Representatives has revealed that it will investigate the controversial invasion of a Federal High Court in Abuja by the Department of State Service (DSS) in a bid to rearrest Omoyele Sowore.

The decision was taken after minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, raised the matter during plenary.

Channels TV reports that the House on Tuesday, December 10, mandated its committees to investigate the circumstances surrounding the re-arrest of Sowore after the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, raised the matter during plenary.

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The lawmaker faulted the reported action of the DSS as an abuse on the sanctity of the courtroom. He said the invasion of the courtroom by DSS operatives can be seen as one arm of government attempting to overpower another.

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Adamu Replaces Banire As AMCON Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

Pending his confirmation by the Senate, Edward Lametek Adamu will replace Banire as the substantive chairman of the agency.

President Buhari on Tuesday, December 10, sent a formal request to the Senate for the confirmation of a newly appointed chairman,  Adamu.

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The request, which was contained in a letter dated Monday, December 9, was read on the floor by the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

“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. The new chairman for the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Edward Lametek Adamu. “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.”

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LAGOS INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY TO BE AFRICA’S BIGGEST INNOVATION HUB – SANWO-OLU

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Lagos State Government’s investment in technology and innovation is a deliberate effort to position the State as key player in global technology space, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Monday.

The Governor said his administration’s financial commitment to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is to make Lagos Africa’s foremost centre of innovation by harnessing local capabilities in developing tech solutions that would reduce the State’s reliance on foreign tech inventions.

Sanwo-Olu spoke while receiving the management team of Oracle Africa Group who came on a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Alausa. The team was led by the Group’s Country Director, Mr. Adebayo Sanni.

The Governor said the recently approved seed capital of N250 million was particularly aimed at enhancing young people’s innovative skills and empowering them to be tech solutions providers as the world progresses in digitisation.

He said: “Technology has gotten to a stage where we all need it to leapfrog and enhance accuracy in governance. As a Government, we have always promoted technology to take the lead and be a strong enabler for us to deliver on our promises to the people.

“We are taking steps to further collaborate with partners that will strengthen our capacity to be big player in global tech space. We just concluded a two-day Art of Technology where we announced the establishment of innovation research council and N250 million seed capital to support young innovators locally.

“We are not looking at what is going to be our immediate benefit by this investment; rather we want to create a robust technology culture that will give young people opportunities to explore their innovative skills in bringing about tech solutions and applications we can use to advance our service delivery.”

Sanwo-Olu acknowledged the technical support offered by Oracle Group to stabilise processes in the State’s civil service and in promoting accountability in administrative process. The Governor, however, said the relationship between both parties must be consolidated to boost the capacity of the State Government and keep it abreast of the latest technological solutions developed to ease processes.

Sanni described the two-decade partnership between Lagos Government and Oracle Group as “mutually beneficial”, noting that Lagos is one of the IT firm’s success story in deploying technology solutions to improve governance.

He said: “Lagos State is one of the places we use as an example globally in terms of what we have done in helping governments transform their business using technology. Oracle wants to consolidate on this partnership and make commitment that will help Lagos State sustain its growth.”

Sanni assured the Governor that the IT firm was willing to review and build on its technical assistance to the State Government for improved service delivery, while also promising to boost the capacity of the current administration in using data to take predictive analysis of situations across the State.

 

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