The National Youth Service Corps on Tuesday in Bauchi warned Batch C Stream 1, corps members against night parties and participating in local politics of their host communities.
The NYSC coordinator in Bauchi, Namadi Abubakar, gave the warning on behalf of the Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, at the close of the batch’s orientation course.
“Steer clear of acts that can put you in harm’s way, such as staying out late, attendance of night parties, visits to dangerous places, and acceptance of automobile rides from strangers,” warned Mr Abubakar.
He also advised the corps members to be security-conscious at all times as they proceeded to their places of primary assignments.
“In keeping with the objectives of the scheme, you are expected to integrate into your host communities while also appreciating and respecting their cultures. I must, however, emphasise that engagement in their local politics is a no-go-area for you,” stated Mr Abubakar. “As you proceed to your locations of primary assignments, I urge you to be security-conscious at all times.”
The NYSC coordinator added that as the corps members posting letters would be handed to them after the ceremony, they should remember the oath of allegiance they took to accept posting in good faith.
He enjoined them to perform their duties with diligence and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and by-laws as well as workplace rules and regulations.
The coordinator also encouraged the corps members to build on the skills they acquired during the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme by availing themselves of the opportunities for post-camp training.
“This will go a long way in empowering you for self-employment. On our part, we are liaising with financial institutions and other stakeholders with a view to providing start-up loans to enable you to actualise your business dreams. I wish to assure you that management will continue to explore avenues for optimising the impact of the programme,’’ he said.
Mr Abubakar commended the federal, state and local governments as well as security agencies, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and all other partners for their unwavering support.
The support, he explained, had enabled the scheme to record landmark successes over the years.
One thousand and five hundred corps members were deployed to Bauchi for the 2021 Batch C, Stream 1 orientation exercises and are expected to be posted to their places of primary assignment on Tuesday.
Google appeals $2.8bn shopping fine at EU court
Google on Thursday appealed an EU court decision to uphold the bloc’s 2.4-billion-euro ($2.8-billion) fine for abusing its search engine dominance.
The tech giant said it would go to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, after the General Court confirmed in November a decision by the European Commission in 2017.
At the time, the fine was the European Union’s biggest ever. But it was later exceeded by a 4.3-billion-euro fine against Google over its Android smartphone operating system.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to appeal the General Court’s decision because we feel there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,” a short statement by the company said.
The case centres on Google’s shopping service and is one of three against the search engine giant currently moving through the EU’s drawn-out appeals system.
The new appeal could take up to two years to reach an outcome, stretching the case out to well more than a decade after the commission launched its investigation in 2010.
The court confirmation on Google Shopping was a win for the EU’s anti-trust supremo Margrethe Vestager, who burst onto the scene in Brussels by scrapping her predecessor’s more conciliatory approach to the US internet giant.
Vestager had lost in the same court in a different major case, against Apple and Ireland, in which her teams had ordered the iPhone maker to repay 13 billion euros plus interest to the Irish taxpayer. The EU has appealed that ruling.
The fine for Google came after seven years of investigation launched by complaints from other price-comparison services that saw traffic plummet against Google Shopping.
NSCDC busts recharge card specialist fraudsters in Osun
By Olajide Idowu
Two suspects, Adeyemo Mufutau, 26, and Oladiji Hezekiah, 27, have been arrested in Osogbo, Osun State for engaging in use of recharge cards to dupe people while pretending to be herbalists.
The suspects were arrested by operatives of Osun Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
While parading the suspect, Osun NSCDC Commandant, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, explained how the herbalists initiated their fraudulent activities by calling members of the public on their phones, and pretending as old men/herbalists to defraud them.
“They will send fake recharge cards to people, and then call the receiver that the person should help return the cards, and afterwards introduce one ‘baba’ ( an old man)/ or a herbalist as the person intending to send the recharge cards to his son.
“They will say the ‘baba’ wants to specially thank anybody who sends the recharge cards back to them.
“During the process, the suspects would introduce themselves as old men/herbalists who wanted to reciprocate the kind gesture of those that had sent back the recharge cards to them.
”The suspects would say they wanted to help solve the problems of their unsuspecting members of the public ,” he said.
The commandant added that the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.
Similarly, Ocheja said that two other suspects were arrested on Monday at a mining site within Ita Obi Community of Ilesa, for mining illegally while three others were also arrested on Wednesdsy for dealing illegally in petroleum products.
He said one Zainab Afeez was also arrested for allegedly assaulting and pouring hot water on her 11-year old biological daughter, while one Abdulrahman Ibrahim was arrested in connection with a stolen Toyota Camry, 1999 model, in Osogbo but recovered in Kano.
Ocheja said that all the suspects would be charged to court after the completion of investigations into their matters. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)