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I Believe In United Nigeria, Not Secession — Gov Umahi

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Saturday declared his belief in a united Nigeria and condemned calls for secession by some groups in the country.

The governor disclosed this in Abakaliki during the conclusion of the 8-day prayer and fasting session organised by the State’s Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over the security situation in Ebonyi.

Umahi said he believed in Nigeria, where oneness, freedom, equity, justice, fairness, among other virtues, prevailed.

“I don’t believe in second-class citizenship where a section of the country is being seen to be superior to others,” he said.

“We’re all created by God, and no one should talk of disintegrating the country.”

Umahi admitted that most of the secessionist groups’ agitations were genuine, noting that they could, however, be addressed.

He said, “I want Igbos to submit these agitations, and I would lead the governors and leaders of the zone to the centre to address these grievances.

“The groups can then do what they like if, after six months, we fail to address these grievances.”

The governor urged the people to shun bitterness, anger, violence, among other vices, to avoid bringing war and destruction unto the land.

“We would tell the authorities in Abuja that our people are aggrieved, but such cannot be addressed by insulting the president, governors and leaders from other regions of the country,” he said.

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Princess Tried To Seduce Baba Ijesha Severally –Actor’s Niece

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A young lady, Ewatomilola Ayeni, who identified herself as a niece to embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha; has alleged that popular comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, also known as Princess tried several times to seduce the embattled actor.

Ayeni disclosed this while speaking with reporters at the Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Wednesday after the court declined to grant the bail application brought before it by Baba Ijesha.

Baba Ijesha has been in police custody since April 22, 2021, when the Lagos State Police Command announced his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the care of Princess.

Baba Ijesha, who wore a blue t-shirt, was taken to court in a black maria vehicle of the Rapid Response Squad.

One of the counsels for the suspect, Kayode Olabinran, said he prayed the court to grant his client bail on health grounds but the court declined the prayer on the premise that the case was already filed at the High Court in Lagos by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the state.

Addressing journalists after Baba Ijesha was taken back to the State Criminal Investigation Department in the Panti area of the state, Ayeni, who claimed to be the actor’s niece, said the allegations filed against him were baseless.

She said, “My name is Ewatomilola Ayeni and the person in question is my elder brother; I am a niece to Baba Ijesha.

“If indeed Ijesha did what he was accused of, his mother-in-law is here and she won’t support him if he is guilty of the offence.

“Everyone is shouting, ‘defilement’ but if they know what happened seven years ago…

“Has Princess herself revealed the number of times she seduced Ijesha? Ijesha cannot fight but we will fight for him.

“There were times that Princess called Ijesha to come over to her place, that she has prepared Ofada stew, knowing full well that he has a wife, even though she is not in Nigeria.”

“You claim to befriend to somebody and you are also the enemy. Why are you a friend enemy to him?” she queried.

Ayeni further said Baba Ijesha is not a paedophile, saying, “I have lived with him all my life and he never abused me. They want to tarnish his image because of his fame.”

“The government should ensure that the innocent does not die in the place of the guilty because anyone who hears one side of the matter without hearing the other side is evil because he (Baba Ijesha) knows nothing about this case,” she concluded

Repeated efforts by our correspondent to get the comments of Princess proved abortive as she didn’t take her calls and didn’t reply to text messages sent to her lines.

However, Princess has taken to her verified Instagram account to release some damning evidence against Baba Ijesha.

The comedienne, in a series of posts, shared a recording of Baba Ijesha, alleging that while in police custody, he instructed his group members to spread false information.

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“You dial trouble” Dino Melaye Reacts To Alleged Car Debt  

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Former Kogi west senator, Dino Jonah Melaye has reacted to reports that he allegedly owes a car dealership by the name ‘unique motors’ money over a vehicle purchase.

The report began after Melaye posted a picture of himself in a Roll Royce Cullinan on Instagram on Wednesday. Shortly after, a user with the name ‘Unique Motors’ heckled the senator via a comment on the post that he owed them money.

“Sir, You still have an outstanding balance to pay unique motors. All effort to reach you and Moses prove abortive. Please pay up sir.”

Responding to the development, Melaye in a short statement issued via his Facebook page, described the development as a ‘publicity stunt’, adding that he will be suing the company.

“No, be only a unique motor! If l am really owing you, you know what to do. Abi na social media you sell the imaginary car?”

“All of una wey dey use my name promote your obscure Business…God knows una address ooo. But for this unique nonsense, my lawyers go reach you. You dial trouble,” he wrote.

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Gunmen Abduct Four Chinese Expatriates, Kill Police Inspector In Ogun

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Unknown gunmen on Wednesday afternoon abducted four male Chinese expatriates working with the Federal Government’s railway project in Odeda local government area of Ogun State.

Numbering about eight and all clad in a black kaftan, the gunmen allegedly invaded Adeaga/Alaagba village, site of the railway project in Odeda local government area around 6 pm where they shot a Police Inspector dead before succeeding in the abduction of the Chinese expatriates handling the Ibadan-Lagos standard gauge railway project.

An eye witness at Alaagba village said that the abductors seized their victims immediately after disarming the security men attached to them and they headed straight to the forest with their captives.

Speaking with LEADERSHIP, the community leader and Baale of Alaagba village, Chief Adekunle Olabamiji, said residents of the rustic border community between Ogun and Oyo state had earlier in the afternoon, observed the presence of some fierce-looking gunmen in the village.

LEADERSHIP further gathered that members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) later in the night launched an unsuccessful hunt for the kidnappers, combing the entire bush in an attempt to possibly apprehend the kidnappers and rescue the victims.

When contacted, Ogun State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the abduction, said the command has dispatched a team of the special tactical unit to roads and forest in Odeda LGA of the State in search of four Chinese workers

Oyeyemi, who expressed the optimism that the Chinese expatriates would be rescued unhurt, further explained that primary investigation clearly confirmed that victims were initially ambushed at the construction site prior to the incident.

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Akwa Ibom Varsity Sacks 14 Lecturers Over Sexual Abuse 

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The Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) has disclosed that 14 lecturers have been shown the exit door for sexually abusing students.

Although the names of the randy teachers were not mentioned, the vice-chancellor of the state-owned university, Prof Nse Essien, said the university will continue to weed out undesirable elements within its ranks.

Speaking during a familiarisation visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council, on Thursday, Prof. Essien disclosed that 38 out of the 42 programmes run by the university have received full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Prof. Essien, who will be one year in the office on August 3, also disclosed that everything has been put in place for the commencement of Radio broadcasting by the university.

Further to that, the VC, who is a former Commissioner for Education in the state, said that the university unbundled its Mass Communication programme in line with the emerging trend and communication needs of modern society, resulting in the creation of departments of Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting and Journalism and Media Studies.

While admitting that he had been far away from the NUJ and the media community, the vice-chancellor promised to cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship between the NUJ and AKSU.

In his remarks, the NUJ chairman, Comrade Amos Etuk, commended the vice chancellor for coming to share his thoughts with journalists and assured him that the new partnership, when given effect, will add value to the rating and standing of the institution.

Comrade Etuk suggested to Prof. Essien to use the occasion of his first anniversary in office to showcase the developments in AKSU, under his watch.

The vice-chancellor was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Umoren Umoren and the head of the Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol, Mr Akaninyene Ibanga.

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We Won’t Rest Until Peace Is Fully Restored In Borno –Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno state, assured citizens of the federal government’s presence in fighting terrorism to the end and ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are fully returned to continue normal lives, commending Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for resilience and relentless efforts in rebuilding the state.

The President, who was on an official visit to the state to appraise the security situation and commission some development projects, attributed recent successes recorded by the military against insurgents and terrorists at Dikwa, Damboa and Gwoza to careful planning, infusion of new equipment and other war materials as well as quality military leadership.

“I am very happy to be here in Borno State once again. I consider Maiduguri and Borno State to be my home since this is the place where I cut my administrative and political teeth when I first arrived here as Military Governor 46 years ago.

“While I am happy to return home, I am not happy that this visit is not a normal, peacetime homecoming. I am here today first and foremost to appraise the security situation in Borno State and the North East region in order to move full speed ahead and conclude the work of restoring permanent peace to the region.

“The attacks launched by cowardly terrorists against military and civilian targets last month and in previous months were a pointer to us that the work of defeating insurgency and terrorism and of restoring permanent peace to this region is not yet over.

“We will not rest until all the millions of Internally Displaced Persons are able to return and resettle in their homes and rebuild their shattered lives,” he said.

The President said all the Service Chiefs that were appointed this year either served as Theatre Commanders or were part of the command’s operations at one time or the other.
“All of them are therefore personally familiar with the challenge of insurgency. I fully expect them to bring this wealth of personal experience to bear as we move to end this scourge once and for all.
“No doubt, these successes owe a lot to the role played by volunteers of the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes. These good people include women, who are making huge sacrifices and patriotic contributions to our peace-restoration efforts,” he added.
The President noted that many servicemen and women, as well as youthful volunteers, had paid the supreme price in the fight to rid our communities and our country of terrorism and insurgency, appreciating their gallantry and their sacrifices. He assured their loved ones that the sacrifices will not be in vain.

“I must also acknowledge the very important role and the sacrifices made by parents, guardians and other loved ones amongst the people of Borno State, the North East region and the country as a whole, who support their sons, daughters, husbands, brothers and sisters in going to battlefields to defend Nigeria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and its peace. I thank and commend them for their resilience and assure them success is in sight.

“It was a mark of our appreciation for this sacrifice made by Borno State’s volunteers that the Nigerian Army was authorised to enlist hundreds of volunteers from Borno State into the Army. I urge the people of Borno State, the North East region and Nigeria as a whole to sustain this cooperation with the military and the other security services. Both must see each other as being on one side in order for us to succeed,” he said.

The President said the late President Idris Deby of Chad played a major role in the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad region, urging his successors to work hard in restoring democracy to the country and support the processes of bringing peace to the region.
President Buhari said the recent appointment of Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, an illustrious son of Borno State, as Special Envoy to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin was intended to accelerate the restoration of democratic stability in the Chad Republic and enhance cooperation among all the countries of the Lake Chad Basin.

“Let me also assure the people of Borno and the North East that we have taken decisive measures to safeguard IDPs and refugees who recently returned from Cameroon and the Niger Republic. They are engaged in the task of rebuilding their communities after more than a decade of war and terrorism.

“It was part of these measures that I gave approval for the Federal Government to build 10,000 resettlement homes in Borno State. 4,000 of these homes have already been completed. Furthermore, I approved for constant release of food intervention by the Nigerian Customs Service and the North East Development Commission in order to support displaced persons.

“I have directed these agencies to sustain and deepen this support. I also wish to specially commend His Excellency Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for his tireless efforts indirectly supervising the distribution of food and economic empowerment to IDPs in all Local Government Areas,” President Buhari said.

The President noted that the effort at alleviating the suffering of displaced communities will hamper the evil attempts of terrorists and insurgents to recruit fighters and spies from IDPs and other vulnerable populations through the use of paltry material incentives.

On electricity supply, President Buhari said the administration will continue to make concerted efforts towards guaranteeing energy security to all populace across the nation and Maiduguri cannot, and will not be left out.
The President said Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had been directed to expedite the delivery of a 50MW power plant in order to ensure the prompt restoration of electricity to Maiduguri and its environs.

“Furthermore,  in the light of the current improvement of security in the state, I have also issued directives for the immediate resumption of Oil & Gas exploration activities in the Lake Chad Basin. This is part of our overall effort to restore the state back to normalcy.

“One episode we will never forget in our lives was last year’s cowardly attack on defenceless rice farmers in Zabarmari community. I have directed the Theatre Command of Operation HADIN KAI and other security agencies to work out modalities together with the Borno State Government and associations of farmers, on ways to improve safe access by farmers to their farms, forests and fishing grounds.

“I have also directed the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to accord special support by deploying more agro rangers, through collaboration with Borno State Government, to secure additional farmlands. I highly commend the Borno State Government for its initiative in deploying the agro rangers. We will extend to it our full support,” he added.

The President said Governor Zulum’s effort at providing facilities that directly impact the livelihood of people, particularly building educational and health institutions, and constructing roads deserved applause.
“I have gone round to commission some of the capital projects executed by Governor Zulum in two years. I am very happy with what I saw.

The Vocational Training Institute at Muna, in particular, is a very dynamic answer to skills acquisition and job creation efforts. Such an effort will ensure that in future, there will be no store of unemployed young minds for terrorists and insurgents to recruit from.

“I was exceedingly happy to commission very laudable capital projects executed at the Borno State University. It is the best answer that the decade-long effort of insurgents to disrupt and destroy modern education in this region has come to nought.

I have directed the Federal Ministry of Health to liaise with Borno State Government and accord the needed support to the ongoing construction of Borno State University Teaching Hospital in the areas of equipment and personnel.

“Finally, let me, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, commend His Royal Highness the Shehu of Borno, as well as all the other Royal Highnesses and Bulamas at all levels for their very exemplary leadership, patience, determination and wisdom during this past decade when this land was ravaged by insurgency and terrorism.”

The President said the fact that Royal Highnesses now operate from their domains was evidence that peace was being restored to the communities, despite the challenges that remain to be overcome.

“The elders, statesmen, Muslim and Christian community leaders all over this state and region also deserve our thanks and warm appreciation for their resilience, moral leadership and support for the Federal and State Governments during these trying times.

“I wish to reassure Your Highness the Shehu, all the Royal Highnesses, elders, the Government and people of Borno State and the North East region, of Federal Government’s relentless determination in the search for peace in Borno, the Northeast and the rest of Nigeria. We will never rest until peace is fully restored and all displaced persons are resettled in their home communities.

“I will never forget in my life that during my career as a politician, Borno State is where I got the highest percentage of votes, more than 90 per cent! The least I can do for you is to continue the relentless effort to fully restore peace to this state, the North East region and the country as a whole,” he added.

In his remarks, Governor Zulum thanked the President for the relative peace enjoyed in the State, buoyed by the heavy presence of military and security men who have been engaging the terrorists.
“We have witnessed the gradual return of peace to Borno State and it is our sincere hope that insurgency will soon be brought to an end,” he said.

The governor said he had already spent 750 days in office, appreciating the President for various developmental interventions, which includes infrastructure, particularly the approval of 10,000 units of housing for IDPs of which 4,000 had been completed.

The governor thanked the President for approval of a Federal Polytechnic in Mongonu after forty years of creation, 1976, urging more security presence so that farmers can return to their major occupation.

 

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Teenager Raped His Mother While High On Drugs

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A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of raping his own mother on the holiday island of Gran Canaria in Spain.

The 16-year-old has been remanded to a secure young offenders’ institution pending an ongoing criminal probe led by a judge at a youth court in the capital Las Palmas.

The rape is understood to have happened at a property in the Gran Canaria capital Las Palmas.

Police confirmed today, Thursday, June 17, they had held the youngster on Tuesday evening, June 15. His mum is understood to have alerted the authorities.

Unconfirmed local reports said the teenager is claiming he remembers nothing about the alleged sex attack because he was under the effects of drugs at the time.

He spent his first night in custody at a centre called La Montaneta in Gran Canaria but is set to be taken to a secure young offenders’ institution called Valle Tabares on the neighbouring island of Tenerife in the coming hours.

Canarias 7, the local newspaper which first reported on the shocking case, said the unnamed teen has been put on suicide watch.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police force in the Gran Canaria capital Las Palmas confirmed: “A teenage minor has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

“The arrest took place late on Tuesday.”

A well-placed source added: “The alleged victim is the boy’s mum. She alerted police.”

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JUST IN: Ohanaeze Rejects Request To Takeover Eastern Security Outfit, Ebubeagu

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Apex-Igbo organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has rejected calls to take over the management of Eastern security outfit, Ebubeagu.

The group in a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA on Thursday, signed by its secretary-general, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, turned down requests from private citizens to take over the management of the outfit stating that it was not ‘constitutionally empowered’ to do so.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has rejected the calls from well-meaning Igbos to take over Ebubeagu Southeast Security Outfit, saying that there were no consultative meetings and people’s approval or authorization for the outfit before its formation.”

“Southeast governors should be encouraged to sufficiently provide necessary logistics and reinstate the chairman of southeast Governors Security Committee who resigned based on logistics deficiencies in operation.”

“Unlike the Amotekun, where the southwest Governors provided adequate facilities and logistics, Ebubeagu was built on emotional ground and sentiments”.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not saddled with the Constitutional rights of protection of lives and properties in the Southeast, and we are independently funded through communal support of Ndigbo without any governments consent, it will be horrible to compound the responsibility of Ebubeagu on us, Southeast Governors are capable of providing logistics and we are in full support of them.”

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JUST IN: Huge Bales Of Foreign Currencies Seized At Kano Airport

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Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, working at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, have on Thursday uncovered huge bales stashed with foreign currencies brought in by an Ethiopian Airline cargo.

Security sources at the airport who spoke on condition of anonymity told DAILY NIGERIAN that the currencies, wrapped in three huge bales, were discovered after the aircraft had offloaded the cargo and left at about 2 pm.

The source added that the officers on duty, comprising Aviation Security, AVSEC, Customs and SSS operatives swiftly alerted the EFCC operatives who arrived at the scene and evacuated the currencies.

“We suddenly saw the arrival of heavily armed security personnel including police, Customs officers, EFCC officials and others.

“When they arrived, they cordoned off the area and started evacuating the bags of the money from the terminal.

“The EFCC operatives came with a money counting machine and started counting the cash from about 2 pm up to about 6 pm. The seizure is huge,” said the source.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was not briefed about the incident, but said he would call the Kano office for confirmation.

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Clear Road For The Man Wey Sabi : See Some Of Tinubu’s Economic Policy In Lagos That Everyone Is Talking About.

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Clear Road For The Man Wey Sabi : See Some Of Tinubu’s Economic Policy In Lagos That Everyone Is Talking About.

You must attend to your business with the vendor in the market, and not to the noise of the market. — Beninese proverb

There is a message making the rounds on Whatsapp detailing some of Tinubu’s economic policy that changed the face of Lagos and contributed to what it is today, a MEGA CITY. The fact sheet is currently causing heated debate online, with such an enviable list of achievements Tinubu’s proponents are gloating and making jest of Tinubu’s haters who they claim have no leader with such an enviable feat.

Check Out the message as shared on Whatsapp.

ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU ECONOMIC POLICY 1999-2007

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration grew the budget size of Lagos State from N14.200 billion in 1999 to N240.866 billion in 2007

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration contributed 30% of the nation’s GDP consumed more than 60% of its energy.

Asiwaju Tinubu paid 65% of its value Added Tax (VAT)

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration accounted for 90% of Nigeria’s foreign trade and 70% of all industrial investments.

Asiwaju Tinubus’ Administration alone harbours about 60% of the Federation’s total industrial investments.

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration of foreign trade attracted 65 per cent of Nigeria’s commercial activities.

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration accounts for more than 40% cent of all labour emoluments paid in the country.

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration created unique numerous iconic markets. All across the metropolis, especially in places such as Ketu, Mile 2, Mile 12, Oshodi, Ikeja, Ojota, Jankara, Yaba, Balogun, and Oyingbo among others, there are massive markets where varied trading activities take place.

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration invested N3.84 billion in Celtel (now Airtel) and by the time the state divested from the company in 2006, a surplus of N19 billion had been reaped, which was invested in the provision of infrastructure.

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Administration accounts for Lagos being the 5th largest economy in the whole of Africa.

According to Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo Lagos state Is the only state that can pay workers without borrowing.

Then the message ended with the bold heading below…

ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST GOVERNOR IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA AND HE WILL BE A GOOD PRESIDENT.

According to the argument now trending Tinubu is way too big for any of their PERCEIVED presidential aspirant. “The elephant does not limp when walking on thorns.”

They concluded with the proverb ” You must attend to your business with the vendor in the market, and not to the noise of the market.”

This meaning we must forsake the distractions around us if we are to accomplish what we have set out to do.

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JUST IN: Northern Group Declares Nnamdi Kanu Wanted, Places N100 Million Bounty

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A northern group known as the Northern Consensus Movement(NCM) has declared the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu wanted.

The group also placed a N100 million bounty on Kanu. POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that this was announced at a press conference on Thursday by the president of the group, Dr Auwal Abdullahi.

“We are declaring Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB and ESN wanted for the killings, destructions of properties of Northerners residing and undertaking their lawful businesses in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.”

“We of the northern consensus movement, NCM, an amalgamation of more than 75 organisations of northern extraction have taken it upon ourselves as active and responsible citizens of this country to state in clear, unequivocal terms and without any form of ambiguity that; Nigeria is a democratic nation under a democratically elected government.”

“We call on all countries of the world to respect our sovereignty as a nation. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, is the man and brain behind the killings and destruction of properties belonging to innocent northerners residing in South-Eastern Nigeria carrying out their legitimate business using his proscribed terrorist organization, IPOB/ESN.”

“Northern Consensus Movement in collaboration with these organisations are hereby declaring Nnamdi Kanu, the spiritual leader of IPOB and ESN wanted for crimes against humanity and for instigating the killings of innocent northerners residing in south-eastern Nigeria.”

“We call on the US government, German government as champions of democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech and expression to humbly and kindly respect Nigerian sovereignty and facilitate the repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu back to Nigeria so that he can face his terrorism and genocide charges against innocent citizens of Nigeria.”

“Northern Consensus Movement with these organisations has placed a bounty of N100 million as an offer to anyone who can produce Nnamdi Kanu alive, hale and hearty to us for onward delivery to security agencies for continuous prosecution”

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Osinbajo Appoints Sanwo-Olu, Amaechi, Okowa, Obiano, El-Rufai Into 26-Member Advisory Council

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Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has inaugurated the National Road Safety Advisory Council.

Osinbajo said this was as a demonstration of the government’s continued commitment to addressing the challenges of road safety in the country.

The Advisory Council is a critical aspect of the updated National Road Safety Strategy adopted by NEC and approved by the Federal Executive Council late last year.

The Road Safety Advisory Council is chaired by Osinbajo, with the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi as Secretary.

Other members of the 29-member Advisory Council include six governors representing the six geo-political zones as follows:

Chief Willie Obiano, FCA, Governor of Anambra State, representing the South-East zone; Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, representing the South-South zone; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, representing the South-West zone; Alh. Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, Governor of Gombe State representing the North-East zone; Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State representing North-West; Mr Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq, Governor of Kwara State, representing the North-Central zone.

Members of the Council are Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Transport, Minister of Works, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Minister of Environment, Minister of Labour and Employment, Minister of Police Affairs, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, National Security Adviser, President, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON.

Others are President, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture NACCIMA, President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Board Chairman, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.

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End SARS: Osinbajo Announces Next Line Of Action

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The National Executive Council is set to convene a special session to review reports of the judicial panels of enquiry set by State Governors.

The reports of the State panels have now started coming to the Council as they round up their assignments.

The states judicial panels were set up to resolve issues of police brutality and related concerns across the country.

This is among resolutions and conclusions reached today at the Council’s 117th meeting held virtually and presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The NEC meeting was held with State governors, federal ministers, the Central Bank Governor and other top government officials in attendance.

It will be recalled that the judicial panels were recommended after the adoption of a resolution by NEC to address nationwide complaints of police brutality after the President dissolved the Police SARS unit. Almost all states in the Federation set up the panels including the Federal Capital Territory.

Osinbajo, on Thursday, announced that a special session of NEC will soon be convened to consider all the reports that are ready from the judicial panels set up late last year to address the concerns of the Nigerian people on police brutality allegations and other related issues.

That meeting would also consider the implementation of the reports including remedies, redress and compensations

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Iheanacho ‘Attacked’ For Visiting Governor Yahaya Bello Of Kogi

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Super Eagles star, Kelechi Iheanacho has paid a courtesy visit to Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

But the visit didn’t sit well with Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore who lashed out at the footballer, labelling him an opportunist.

The footballer’s visit was confirmed in a Facebook post on Thursday by Governor Bello who wrote: ”Finally, Senior Man Kelz Kelechi Iheanacho don cut soap for me!

It is always a pleasure to meet a teaming, Patriotic, Vibrant #nigerian #Youth.

Congratulations once again on your #facup win.

The future of our great Nation is the Younger Generations.

The time is now.

God bless #nigeria

But reacting to the visit, Sowore also in a Facebook post, described the visit as a shameful one, recalling a similar visit by former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi and noting that the visits are at the expense of the people of Kogi.

The activist wrote: ” @67Kelechi They’ve heard of it, appear before Yahaya Bello & get shampoo/soap cut and joined together at the expense of the people of Kogi. Opportunists are in a “gold rush” to Kogi. It was Mikel Obi the other day and now it is opportunistic Kelechi Iheanacho @67Kelechi. Crying shame!”

Meanwhile, a Nigerian lady identified as Ladimie has taken to the microblogging platform to narrate how security operatives advised her to run for her life after she was threatened by her brother over her late parent’s inheritance.

According to Ladi, her brother had threatened to kill her as he did with their parent. The lady also revealed how the police tried to extort her to perform their duties.

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WARNING: Spreading Videos Of Minors Who Have Been Sexually Abused Attracts 5-Year Jail Sentence And N1m Fine – NAPTIP

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Members of the public have been warned against spreading videos of minors who have been sexually abused.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking (NAPTIP) which issued the warning, said such an act is a violation of the minors’ rights and attracts a jail sentence of 5 years and an N1m fine.

The agency added that the procurement, recruitment, use or offer of a person under the age of 18 for the production of pornography or pornographic performances is an offence under Section 17 (a) of the Act.

It added that a clear case of such an incident is a viral video showing a 6-year-old female minor who was sexually abused. NAPTIP however confirmed that the suspects involved in the case have been arrested for proper Investigation and prosecution.

The statement read;

GENERAL NOTICE

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking IN PERSONS (NAPTIP) hereby appeals to the General Public and particularly Social Media Users to desist from spreading videos of minors been sexually abused as this is a violation of their human rights. PURSUANT TO Section 13(4)(c) of The Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (TIPPEA ) 2015, anyone who assists or facilitates the activities of persons engaged in acts of Trafficking in Persons or is an accessory to any offence under the Act commits an offence under the Act and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than 5 years and a fine of not less than N1,000,000.00k.

The procurement, recruitment, use or offer of a person under the age of 18 for the production of pornography or pornographic performances is an offence under Section 17 (a) of the Act. Hence further circulation of any pornographic videos of anyone under 18 is tantamount to facilitating the activities of the producers of such videos.

A case in point is a new video that has gone viral on social media showing a 6-year-old female minor who was being sexually abused. The Victim in question has been rescued from an exploitative situation by NAPTIP and the Suspects have been arrested for proper Investigation and prosecution.

The essence of this publication is to warn the General Public and particularly Social Media Users to desist from spreading such Videos as NAPTIP shall not hesitate to investigate and arrest defaulters for possible prosecution.

Please be warned.

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Please let’s be guided by the above so that we stop forwarding such with the picture of the child. If you want forward, please try and shield the face of the survivor.

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More Ladies Claim Baba Ijesha Sexually Assaulted Them

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Nollywood actress and comedienne, Princess has published some claims she said were from ladies who were also sexually assaulted by the embattled actor, Baba Ijesha.

Recall Baba Ijesha real name Olanrewaju Omiyinka is currently undergoing trial in court for allegedly molesting Princess’ 14-year-old foster daughter.

The sexual assault allegation levelled against the popular Nollywood actor has taken another turn as Princess, has released more claims against the embattled actor.
The comedienne shared some messages she allegedly got from a lady who identified herself as Makinwa Elizabeth on her Instagram page.

The young lady allegedly told Princess that she works as Baba Ijesha’s secretary and also the admin for Baba Ijesha’s WhatsApp group.

In the voice note, she claimed that she and her sister were almost victims of the embattled actor.

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Revealed: Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Emefiele Bribes, Silences National Assembly Members With Bureau de Change Licences

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, is currently currying the favour of the National Assembly’s top echelon by awarding to them Bureau de Change licences.

 

SaharaReporters learnt that principal and vocal members of the National Assembly have been awarded the licences by Emefiele so that they could mellow down on the several probes of infractions and misappropriations concerning the CBN.

 

SaharaReporters gathered that some of the legislators used third-party companies to obtain the licences from the CBN while others who did not have the required financial deposits were also assisted by the CBN governor to access government loans.

 

Top sources familiar with the incident decried the CBN gaffes, lamenting that Emefiele is scandalising the operations of the apex bank because his administration was indicted in the alleged mismanagement by the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing Systems for Agricultural ending (NIRSAL) Microfinance Bank and the diversion of public fund.

 

The attempts by the National Assembly to probe into these CBN NIRSAL allegations had reportedly prompted the ‘settlement’ by the CBN governor.

 

An insider source said, “The latest in these probes is the settlement of the principal and vocal members of the National Assembly with Bureau de Change licence by the CBN governor who is under investigation for several infractions before the same Assembly.

 

“The governor has issued the licences to these legislators through the companies of their choice and many used third party companies. Some of the legislators who claimed to lack the required financial deposits were also assisted to access loans by the CBN governor.”

 

Other sources listed infractions involving the CBN governor and his role in diverting the traditional agricultural insurance responsibility of the government insurance company to private companies in which his family members have an interest.

 

“The 9th Assembly of National Assembly under Senator Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila can better be described as a compromised and silenced legislative arm of government under the current dispensation. No thanks to free access to contracts, cash, and patronage from strategic revenue-generating agencies under the legislative supervisory power of the legislators.

 

“The legislators and their principal officers have graduated from constituency project implementation to allocation of slots in employment, where the current Minister of Humanitarian Affairs also settled them with N-Power and conditional Cash Transfer slots contrary to principles guiding the projects,” another source stated.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Edo: Prof Julius Ihonvbere’s Laudable Midterm Scorecard On Education Proves A Point

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No doubt education is considered a vital element in the development of a society, a system, and a country.

Education is a gateway to peace and stability which the nation currently craves, It is, therefore, necessary to make deliberate efforts to develop the educational sector, especially in rural areas.

Rural education has its challenges and definitely its limitations.

Looking at the midterm scorecard on education by the lawmaker representing Owan Federal Constituency in the national assembly, Hon Prof Julius Ihonvbere proves a point that education can be a veritable tool in advancing a healthier and more sustainable future.

The lawmaker is using education to build capacity and knowledge amongst the rural populace. One striking detail about the lawmaker is the concerted effort to bridge the gap between rural education and urban education.

In rural communities, the school serves as a place for children to learn and be more sensible and informed, but there is a lack of educational facilities in these areas.

The kids do not have access to other learning activities that help mould the IQ of the child. They feel isolated and there aren’t as many programs to participate in.

Rural education’s importance is very critical in shaping the community child, the lawmaker representing Owan Federal Constituency has helped in no small measures in the provision of infrastructure and facilities to aid education such as the provision of instructional materials, hiring of more teaching staff, granting of student scholarships, strengthening supervisory functions, provision of chairs and tables for staff and students, computer sets, generators, paid Internet routers, textbooks, Notebooks as well as furniture for principals’ offices etc.

No fewer than 20 schools have benefitted directly from the people-oriented constituency projects by Prof Ihonvbere.

If Owan Federal Constituency starts churning out a huge amount of Professors in the nearest future we won’t be surprised.

Professor Julius Ihonvbere is using education in bringing about the needed social change in our communities, increasing the ability of people to make independent and smart decisions that affect their standard of living.

His passion in providing skilled labour in rural communities as well as linking rural and urban areas is very commendable.

Education is the mirror of society and the seed of socio-economic development.

See schools so far covered in Prof Julius Ihonvbere midterm scorecard.(June 2019 – June 2021) ;
Ihievbe Grammar School, Ihievbe, Owan East LGA, Edo State.
St. Stephen’s Primary School, Sobe, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Inu-Umoru Memorial College, Warrake, Owan East LGA, Edo State.
Olegauma Primary School, Uzebba, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Obe Primary School, Sabogidda-Ora, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Sobe High School Sobe, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Uzebba Grammar School Uzebba, Iuleha, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Holy Trinity Grammar, Sabogidda-Ora, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Iloje Primary School, Okpuje, Iuleha, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Ake Primary School Ake, Owan East LGA, Edo State.
St. Jame’s Grammar School, Afuze-Emai, Owan East LGA, Edo State.
Awaika Primary School, Ivbiughuru, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Owato Primary School, Oke-old, Owan West LGA, Edo State.
Abadkhigua Primary Otuo, Owan East LGA, Edo State.

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Akwa Ibom: Church Founder Beats Wife To Death

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A 49-year-old man in Akwa Ibom beat his wife to death, then buried her body in a shallow grave in the couple’s compound to conceal the crime.

Ukachukwu Christopher,  founder of Omega World Global Ministry, accused his wife Patience, 40 of infidelity and being responsible for his failings, police said.

Youths in the neighbourhood of Eket gave information to police, leading to his arrest.

Police have exhumed the body of the slain mother of five and deposited it in a mortuary for autopsy, according to the command’s public relations officer Odiko Macdon.

Christopher “confessed to have beaten her to death as a result of the unresolved differences on the 9th of June,” Macdon said.

“In other to cover his tracks, he dug a shallow grave in his compound and buried her,” he stated.

Macdon mentioned that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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It Doesn’t Matter How Many They kill, Biafra Must Emerge – Nnamdi Kanu Vows

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has vowed that the alleged attacks on his loyalists in the Southeast aiming at halting the the current agitation would not stop Biafra nation from emerging as a sovereign state.

Kanu had severally accused the Nigerian Army and police operatives of killing IPOB members as a means of quelling the agitation.

Meanwhile, the security agencies in the region had also accused the IPOB members and its security outfit, the Eastern Security Network, ESN of killing personnel and destroying government facilities.

Nnamdi Kanu who is calling for a referendum to allow the secessionists decide whether to be part of Nigeria or a separate nation, said killings would not solve the problem.

According to him, the actualization of Biafra would still take place despite the alleged killings.

He made the remark on Thursday in a tweet via his official Twitter handle.

The tweet reads, “At the end of this tortuous journey, history will record that referendum, NOT bullets, determined their fate.

“It matters not how many they kill; one outcome is inevitable, Biafra MUST emerge a FREE nation. The sooner the Caliphate understand this inevitability, the better for all”.

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Death Threats Won’t Stop Me, EFCC Will Prosecute Orji Kalu, Others – Bawa

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said threats to his life won’t stop him from prosecuting many pending cases under trial.

The EFCC chairman stated this Thursday while addressing journalists during the weekly ministerial chat at the State House in Abuja.

He revealed that the commission will restart the prosecution of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

He disclosed that since his first 100 days in office, the anti-graft agency has been working on a number of proactive strategies including a special control unit against money laundering, established particularly to address non-designated financial institutions including car dealers, real estate, jewelry dealers, among others.

The EFCC chairman expressed confidence that when the special control unit is fully established, corruption will significantly decline in the country.

He added that the agency is equally working towards the development of a biometric ownership database to address money laundering.

He revealed that since his assumption, a number of recoveries have been made including N6billion, $161million, £13,000 pounds, €1,730 among others.

Internet fraudsters numbering 1,502 have also been apprehended between January to June 2021and efforts are underway to file about 800 of them. A hundred cases will be filed in court.

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JUST IN: Female Students Kidnapped As Bandits Invade Kebbi School

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According to Daily Times, Bandits have abducted some pupils at Federal Government Girls College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State.

Details of the incident are still unclear however there are rumours that a security operative was shot dead during the operation.

The source is unable to independently confirm the death of a security operative.

Motorcycle-riding assailants are believed to have rushed the school from the nearby Rijau woodland.

They were claimed to have beaten up on the school’s mobile police officers.

According to security authorities, at least 30 pupils and three teachers were kidnapped.

This is the country’s third known school attack in the last three weeks.

Pupils were kidnapped from an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger State, on May 30.

Bandits kidnaped teachers and students at Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Kaduna State two weeks later.

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Reps Consider 853 Bills, 730 Motions In Two Years

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The House of Representatives has said it has passed 98 resolutions on security alone in the last two years. It has also considered 853 bills and 730 motions within the period.

This was made known in a mid-term report issued on Thursday and titled ‘The Journey of the 9th House of Representatives at Two: An Up-To-Date Report on the Activities of the House by the Spokesperson.’

The 9th National Assembly – the Senate and the House – was inaugurated on June 11, 2019.

Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Benjamin Kalu, in the report, noted that the parliament immediately set to work after its inauguration to return the polity to “a system of checks and balances that thrived in an environment of mutual  respect and harmony of government.”

He added that the lawmakers addressed critical issues in healthcare delivery, education, economy, security; agriculture and  food security; sustainable power;  environment and climate change; human capital   and social development; governance, House reforms, and national  budget reform “using all the legislative tools of  intervention at our disposal.”

On insecurity, the report said, “Given the current security challenges faced by our nation,  insecurity remains a key metric to analysing our performance as a legislative assembly,  and one which we take with all seriousness. Whereas banditry, herdsmen crises,  kidnapping, and killings have spread through all geopolitical zones in Nigeria in the last two years, we have continued to support the executive and security agencies in the fight against insecurity. We have also held them accountable to the Nigerian people where necessary, ensuring that they are constantly challenged to the highest standards of delivery.

“From 2019 till date, a  total of  98 resolutions have been passed by the House on insecurity in Nigeria. Beyond this, the leadership of the     House as well as various standing and special committees have undertaken on-the-spot assessments of crises areas around the country including the hotspots of  Borno, Katsina and Zamfara.

“In a culmination of concern about killings and other criminal activities in the country in 2020, the House invited the President to address members on the security situation in   Nigeria. While the President’s willingness to address the members was thwarted at the last minute, the concerns of the House prevailed on the executive to change the service chiefs as an added strategy in the fight against insecurity.

“The House has also engaged the National Security Adviser (Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, retd.); the  Service      Chiefs, paramilitary chiefs, the Controller-General of the Nigeria Customs    Service (Col. Hameed Ali, retd.); and the Managing Director of Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) in sessions to address insecurity.”

The House also recalled how it engaged stakeholders “in a deep dive into   Nigeria’s security situation” at its recent Special  Summit on National Security, while the interaction produced strong recommendations that were forwarded to the  President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for implementation.

The House further recalled that beyond motions it had also taken concrete steps to legislate on security issues by introducing nine security bills at the plenary on June 9, 2021.

On bills, the report said, “A comparative analysis of the 9th House and previous assemblies reveals that this House has performed better in bill consideration and passage. As of June  10, 2021, the House had considered   853 bills,   out of which 41 were passed, 66 were  awaiting action by the Committee   of  the Whole, and 105 had  passed second reading.”

On Constitution review, the House said the process is ongoing with hearings across the six geopolitical zones in the country.

The House also noted that it had delivered in its promise to reform the appropriation and budgeting process leading to the return of the national budget to a January-December budget cycle.

The report further read, “So far, the House has considered a  total of 730 motions: 484 were taken in the first session and 246 considered in the second session. Several of the motions considered by the  House were products of diligently conducted needs analysis to reflect the will of the people, exercise its oversight responsibilities as stipulated in Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution,  and address front-burner issues in the nation.

Ninety-eight of the resolutions have addressed various challenges in insecurity while others have addressed other socio-economic issues and performance issues by the executive.

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Unemployed Man In Court For Allegedly Damaging Access Bank ATM

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A 27-year-old unemployed man, Precious Peter, who allegedly damaged an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), beloging to Access Bank with intent to steal on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The police charged Peter, whose residential address was not given with four counts of conspiracy, breaking in, damage and attempted to commit felony.

Peter, however, denied the charge.

The prosecution counsel, ASP Bisi Ogunleye, told the court that the defendant and others at large, committed the offence on April 17 at 01:00 at Chisco Bus-stop, Lekki, Lagos State.

He said that the defendant broke into the banking hall of Access Bank and damaged the ATM with intent to commit felony.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 310, 350, 406 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Magistrate Ejiro Kubeinje admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Kubeinje ordered that the must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government(LASG).

She adjourned the case until July 19 for mention.(NAN)

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Commercial Motorcyclists On The Rampage After Police Shot Dead Colleague Over N100 In Delta

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A police officer has allegedly shot dead a commercial motorcyclist, popularly called Okada man, at a police post close to Free Indeed Church in the Udu area of Delta State.

It was learnt that the police shot the rider over one hundred naira (N100) bribe.

Some Okada riders have burnt a vehicle, and tyres in the middle of the road to protest the killing of their colleague.

The demonstrators have also threatened to burn down Ovwian Police Station.

However, it was gathered that the policemen in the station had fled before the arrival of some soldiers who came to protect the station.

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See The Huge Sum Of Money EFCC Recovered So Far From INTELS

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said the Commission has recovered $100 million from Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) on behalf of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Bawa stated this on Thursday while speaking during the weekly Ministerial Briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking about the successes so far achieved by the EFCC under his watch in the last 100 days, Bawa said the Commission does not make recoveries for only the federal government, but all victims of fraud.

He recalled that the Commission recovered a total of $100 million for the NPA from some of the outstanding remittances that INTELS was owing the country.

Speaking on the case of the former Minister who bought a property with $37 million, Bawa said he was not referring to a serving minister, but a former Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Bawa had on Tuesday in an interview with Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, disclosed that EFCC investigated a female minister, who bought $37.5million property from a bank and deposited $20 million cash.

He had also identified the real estate sector as a major conduit for money laundering.
Bawa observed 90 to 100 percent of stolen public funds are used for the procurement of houses and lands.

“We investigated a matter in which a bank MD marketed a property to a minister and agreed to purchase it at $37.5 million.

“The bank then sent a vehicle to her house to evacuate $20 million from her house in the first instance,” he had said.

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There’s Lot Of Work To Be Done – Buhari Tells Troops

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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged troops of the Joint Task Force at Maimalari Cantonment parade ground in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to put in more efforts in the fight against insecurity ravaging the Northeast and other parts of the nation.

Buhari gave the charge on Thursday during his one-day visit to the state.

It was earlier reported that the president arrived the Nigerian Air Force Base in Maiduguri at about 10am on Thursday.

Buhari assured the armed forces of more procurement of armaments.

“We should not allow our adversaries or criminal elements to undermine our sovereignty.”

“While I commend you, let me tell you that there is still a lot of work to be done in the North East, West and entire country.”

The president was subsequently directed to the place where injured soldiers were being treated to sympathise with them.

Buhari is also expected to commission some projects executed by the state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum.

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We’re Probing Illegal N5bn Withdrawal By One State – Bawa

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said the commission is investigating the withdrawal of over N5 billion from the treasury of one State in the country.

Bawa said this Thursday at the media briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the State House, Abuja.

He said this was an immediate impact of the Department of Intelligence just created in the commission.

The EFCC boss, who declined to disclose the concerned state in order not to compromise its ongoing efforts to establish a prima facie case and to avoid media trial, said the investigation of the commission would be intelligence driven henceforth.

On his his statement that he had been receiving threat messages, Bawa said he had phoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba over the matter.

He promised to write a formal letter to the IGP when asked if he had done so.

On Cyber crimes, he said the commission had arrested 1,502 internet fraudsters from January till date, stressing that the risingwa increase of the incidents was tarnishing the image of the country.

He said a Tactical Operation Center was being built to deal with the issues of cyber crimes.

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Troops Arrest Suspected Chadian Kidnapper, Eliminate Terrorists

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The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said troops of Operation Hadin Kai have arrested one Mohammed Maki, who claims to be a Chadian, coordinating a kidnapping syndicate and terrorist groups in the north-eastern part of Nigeria.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on military operations across the country between June 3 and June 16 on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said the troops conducted several raids, extensive air strikes, responded to distress calls as well as repelled and thwarted terrorists’ attacks in the region during the period.

He said that the Air Task Force conducted air strikes executed within Damboa on June 3, dislodging several terrorists and inflicted significant damages on their logistics facilities.

According to him, troops also repelled terrorists’ attacks on the town on the same day, where several fighters of the ISWAP sect, including one of their commanders named Umar Tela, were neutralised.

“Other locations where troops recorded significant results are Gujba in Yobe, Magumeri in Borno and Mubi in Adamawa where troops conducted raid operations on terrorists’ hideouts on June 4 and June 5.

“In the course of these operations within the period under review, several terrorists were neutralised, while some escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Large number of their gun trucks and other logistics facilities were also destroyed in the process,”

“Troops operations also led to the arrest of some terrorists and kidnappers on June 5, including the leader of a notorious kidnapping syndicate in the North East Zone, named Mohammed Maki, who is a Chadian,” he said.

The troops also recovered large caches of arms and ammunition, large quantities of petrol and kerosine in jerry cans.

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JUST IN: Why Former EFCC Chairmen Exited Unceremoniously – Bawa

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has attributed the unpleasant circumstances surrounding exits of his predecessors to ‘corruption fighting back’.

Bawa stated this on Thursday while speaking during the weekly Ministerial Briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Asked if he was not concerned how his predecessors were removed from office, the EFCC boss said there are reasons why occupiers of the office will be considered as enemies by persons whom they had denied the enjoyment of an illegally acquired wealth.

According to him, such persons who had been stopped and made to relinquish illicitly acquired assets always go out to embarrass and get their pound of flesh from the official deemed to have been their nemesis.

He also disclosed that some persons had already started a move to tarnish his image, moving round and securing services of media outlets to execute the plot against him.

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Delta: Okowa Appoints 17 New Commissioners

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Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday sent the names of fifteen commissioner designates to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

The names of the nominees were read by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwor, at the plenary on Thursday, June 18, 2021.

Those nominated by the governor for appointment as commissioners are; Mr. Charles Aniagwu, Dr. Barry Gbe, Mr. Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, Chief Arthur Akpowowo, and Chief Festus Ochonogor.

Others are Mrs. Flora Alanta, Mr. Churchill Amagada, Engineer Jonathan Igworiwoh, Honourable Evelyn Oboro, Engineer Noel Omordon, Chief Fidelis Tilije, and Mrs Rose Esenwu.

Also nominated as Commissioner are, Engineer Lawrence Ejiofor, Princess Shola Ogbemi-Daibo, Mr. Chris Onogba, Barrister Kate Oniawan, and Mr. John Onyema.

The governor said the nomination of members of the State Executive Council was in line with the powers vested on him by section 192, subsection 2 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

The nominees have been directed to submit twenty-five copies of their CVs to the office of the clerk on or before June 21, and to appear for screening on June 22, 2021.

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EFCC Recovers N1 Billion From Permanent Secretary Working Directly With Works And Housing Minister, Fashola

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The civil servant the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recovered N1 billion from has been identified as a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

Babatunde Fashola is the Minister in charge of the ministry.

EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa had in May while appearing before the Senate Committee on Finance said the agency recovered over N1 billion from the bank account of a civil servant.

“It is good for us to observe for now and wait for your committee to conclude its work so that whatever report you have and anyone that your committee decides, we are ready to take it up from there,” he had said.“We have recovered over N1 billion sitting in the account of a civil servant last week.”

Bawa however refused to mention the name of the individual civil servant.

Speaking to SaharaReporters on Thursday, a source at the anti-graft agency identified the civil servant as a Permanent Secretary working with Fashola.

“The civil servant the chairman was talking about is the Permanent Secretary working directly with Fashola,” the source said.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Slices Of Yam Sold In Nigerian Market As Food Prices Increase – (Photo)

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The unimaginable is already happening in the Nigerian market amid complaint of rising food prices by citizens.

A Nigerian entrepreneur identified on social media as @a_vanita shared on her page a photo showing slices of yam allegedly being sold to customers who could not afford to buy a tube or tubers of yam.

Sharing her unthinkable discovery, Vams wrote: “Can you guys see Nigeria? Someone is selling slices of yam in the markert (4 slices for 200 naira) so people that don’t have enough money can be able to afford this to eat.

“Is this your country?” she asked.

See her post below:

Meanwhile, the World Bank has said rising food prices had thrown seven million people into poverty.

The revelation is coming three days after President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his government had lifted 10 million people out of poverty.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had said earlier that inflation has fallen by 0.19 per cent in May this year, as Nigerians continue to complain about rising food prices such as food. and medicines and other consumer goods.

Experts say the World Bank figures are not surprising, given that even the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has reported inflation in recent months as a result of rising consumer prices.

In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, the World Bank said: “Food prices accounted for over 60% of the total increase in inflation. Rising prices have pushed an estimated 7 million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020 alone.”

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Fire For Fire: Let Them Hate You, We That Love You So Much Are More Than Them- Yoruba Man Splashes Prayers On Tinubu

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Fire For Fire: Let Them Hate You, We That Love You So Much Are More Than Them- Yoruba Man Splashes Prayers On Tinubu

Don’t try to make someone hate the person he loves. For he will go on loving but he will hate you. – Senegalese Proverb.

Days ago a session of the media was abuzz with a fake report on the demise of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu the Jagaban of Nigerian politics.

The report was obviously done in bad shape to taint the image of the rising profile of the former Lagos State Governor. They alleged that he died after a deteriorating ailment.

Asiwaju that we see every day on dailies suddenly developed illness and was flown to Dubai for treatment, fake stories everywhere.

Any way the Jagaban was back two days ago and the country was thrown into a frenzy seeing him hale and hearty.

See how a staunch supporter of the ORACLE of Nigerian politics reacted to Asiwaju’s haters who even went as far as doing a voice cover on youtube to peddle their falsehood.

See his prayers for Tinubu and wishes for his haters.

“Igba Odun,Odun kan ni Jagaban. Maa Shaa Allah……. It’s unfortunate that people are so comfortable wishing you Dead. Almighty God will judge you and all of your enemies accordingly. You have never ruled at the national level of governance before, how come you made the list of those who spoilt Nigeria is still strange.

You ruled Lagos State and the State is among the 5th largest economy in Africa, Lagos State is thriving while the States of your enemies are groaning with wobbling and fumbling Economy.

Piri Bai,lolongo nji, Koko Bai l’ota ibon. Iku a re’e kete,Arun gbagbe e Bola Ahmed Tinubu Omo olodo Ife. Ai gbo’ku oko, Ai gbo’ku Ada, enikan kii gbo’ku omo Oni gelegele. Eni pe o ku a shiwaju e ku,oro bi ekun kii b’Awoko,owo ni labalaba fi njari wo’gbo,tan ba lawon Fe mu”oni ola na maa my…..Igba odun odun kan ni Akanbi Omo olodo Ife.

Let them Hate you, we that Love you so much are more than them……let them say.”- Hameed

My brother, If the full moon loves you, why worry about the stars? Ride on Asiwaju on your mandate we stand.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah.

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Ondo: Court Stops Akeredolu From Sacking Chief Judge

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, from sacking the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu.

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo in a judgment today granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Governor and five others from probing or tampering with activities of Justice Akeredolu in the discharge of her duties.

The Judge also made an order nullifying any decisions made by the Governor and other defendants aimed at suspending, sacking and investigating the plaintiff

Justice Ekwo held that the powers to investigate any Judge or judicial officer is vested in the National Judicial Council (NJC) only and not in the State House of Assembly as erroneously done by the Attorney General of the State.

Defendants in the suit filed by the Chief Judge include the Governor, the Attorney General of the State and the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

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MURIC Asks NASS To Reverse Britain’s ‘Christianization’ Of Nigeria

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the National Assembly (NASS) to reverse the “Christianization” of Nigeria by Britain.

The demand is part of a statement issued by the group’s Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, on the second anniversary of the 9th Senate and House of Representatives.

MURIC appealed to the federal legislature to take “a kind look” at the plight of Nigerian Muslims.

Noting that Islam has been in the country before the 11th century, Akintola posited that some policies in the country favour Christians.

“British colonial masters who were essentially Christians came in the 19th century (1842) and subjected the Muslims to an environment which is totally alien to their faith”, he asserted.

The director said the situation should have been corrected after Nigeria attained independence in 1960 and asked the NASS to free Nigerian Muslims from “neo-colonialism”.

“The British designed army, police, paramilitary and school uniforms which suited adherents of the Christian faith and forced it on the Muslim population. Ditto for the nation’s common law which, of course, is Christian law.

“The present uniforms used by the army, police and other paramilitary bodies do not allow the use of hijab. They are therefore an exclusive preserve of Christian women with its economic disadvantage to Muslims,” he said.

“This has resulted in a Christian-only female soldiers, policemen, customs, traffic wardens, etc. It rendered female Muslims jobless.”

MURIC demanded that all military and paramilitary uniforms be made to accommodate female Muslim recruits.

The organization wants the dress code of nurses, students, and others to allow the use of specially designed hijab.

Akintola added that other MURIC requests are contained in its memorandum already submitted to the Constitution Review Panel.

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How House Wife, Daughter Connives To Constantly Torture Two Step-Children In Bauchi

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A woman whose two children are currently receiving medical attention at a hospital in Bauchi following constant torture and maltreatment from their stepmother has narrated her pains in a chat with reporters in Bauchi on Wednesday.

Habiba Sani Khalid of Bakin Kura area of the Bauchi metropolis who is a divorcee alleged that one of the children, a three-year-old girl, Sumaiya Yakubu almost died of torture from her stepmother.

Habiba said that the stepmother starved her two children, beat them unnecessarily, adding that the three-year-old girl was being punished with fire by her 18-year-old half-sister in the presence of the step-mother.

According to her, the 18-year-old half-sister was in the habit of using fire from firewoods to torture the little three-year-old toddler on her back whenever she was asked to clean her after defecation.

Habiba who further alleged that the stepmother often beat both Sumaiya and her five-year-old brother, Abubakar Yakubu indiscriminately, said she was in the habit of starving them at will.

The divorcee who told reporters that the elder half-sister of her children did that in the presence of her mother and father, said that the cat was let out of the bag when her ex-husband called on the phone to inform her about the situation.

“It was their father that later called me on phone and asked me to come and pick my children. He said, if I didn’t carry them, he wouldn’t bother about their plight because he has other children to take care of”, Habiba said.

“I declined to go and pick the children, so he eventually sent the girl to me. I realized that she was seriously starved. She asked me for food. I also saw wounds of beating and burns on her body”, she added.

“When I asked her, she narrated her ordeals to me. Her relative who also saw the girl’s condition wept and posted her pictures on social media, it went viral and attracted the attention of human rights organizations who came to Bauchi to bring us succor”, Habiba further explained.

Speaking on the situation, a human rights activist and Executive Director of Syndicate In Supporting Women And Children Initiative (SISWACHI), Hajiya Binta Adamu Ibrahim said she was called from their headquarters in Abuja and asked to intervene in the matter to ensure justice is done for the victims.

Binta Adamu who said their organization has been dealing with sexual and gender-based violence cases, however, said that this torture case was odd.

She said as part of their response, the organization reported the matter to the township police station in Bauchi which led to the arrest of the father of the victims, their stepmother, and the elder half-sister.

Binta who described the torture on the children as severe noted that that informed the decision of her organization to register for medical care at Tashan Babiye hospital, adding that they almost looked as skeletons due to malnutrition before succor was brought to them by the organization.

On his part, the doctor in charge of the treatment of the victims, Mark Garba recalled that the children were malnourished and highly dehydrated at the time they were brought to the hospital.

The Doctor who said that the conditions of the victims have grossly improved pointed out that the hospital is capable of “handling more severe cases than this”.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bauchi State Command, ASP Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident, adding that the culprits have been charged to court for prosecution.

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Buhari Arrives In Borno

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Maiduguri on a one-day working visit to Borno State.

The President landed at the airport located at the Air Force base in Maiduguri a few minutes before 10.00 am on Thursday.

He was received by the state governor Babagana Zulum and other top government officials in the state.

The President is expected to address Nigerian army troops on the frontline and commission some projects including 4,000 houses which were part of the Federal Government’s housing project, as well as some local projects executed by the state government.

More to follow…

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Two Years After Its Proclamation: Understanding The intricate Issues In The Edo State House Of Assembly Crisis. By : Douglas Ogbankwa Esq.

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The Edo State House of Assembly has been enmeshed in a crisis reminiscent of a lybarinth .The discussion begins for me whether or not as a democratic ,you will support an inauguration of the minority , with the exclusion of the majority in the deep of the night , after which you unleash an atmosphere of terror and then turn around to state that those who ran for their safety and security has absconded .The discussion that also permeates the issue , is whether indeed there is a properly constituted and inaugurated House of Assembly in Edo State , in view of the fact that the current membership of the Edo State House of Assembly does not conform to the minimal constitutional threshold of not less than 24 Members and not more than 40 members , for which no derogation or proviso whatsoever is provided for , by the same Constitution and the decided authorities on the matter vis a vis the positive deposition on oath of the leadership of the House that the seats of those Members Elect of the House , not inaugurated have not been declared vacant .

The Following are the factual and legal matrix on the matter :

1. The suit on whether or not the House was properly inaugurated was pending at the Edo State High Court ,Benin City ,as at December, 2019,when the then Speaker purported to have declared some seats vacant , without allowing the Court to determine the legality or otherwise of the purported inauguration done with minority of the members at the thick of the night outside parliamentary hours ,which is an illegality ab initio.See Danladi v. Taraba State House of Assembly (2014),11,SCNJ,134, where the Supreme Court stated per Olubode Rhodes-Viviour (JSC,as he then was ),that a House of Assembly is not a secret cult,where you hold proceedings at nocturnal hours of the day and that Proceedings of a House of Assembly must be held in the hallowed chambers of the House and nowhere else ,at parliamentary hours (10am to 4pm) , in public ,to allow for public participation and public scrutiny.It is trite Law that you can not pick and choose which procedure suits your aim,if you want to insist on due process ,insist on due process all the way .

2. When in December, 2019, the then speaker purported to have declared those seats vacant, a suit was filed at the Federal High Court,
Abuja: FHC/ABJ/CS/1582/19 filed by D.D. Dodo SAN on behalf of the 14 Law Makers, joining INEC as a party to the suit since the Edo State House of Assembly, albeit illegally, directed INEC to conduct fresh Elections to fill the seats of the members not inaugurated .

3. A motion exparte for injunction filed by the Members not inaugurated ,was moved midway and the court directed the Defendants to come and show cause, INEC came to court to say orally , it would await the outcome of the cases. The court directed INEC to put those facts in an affidavit form which was done and duly filed.

4. Upon becoming aware of INEC’s position , the other Defendants filed their affidavit to show cause and brought the votes and proceedings for the day they purportedly declared the seats vacant , to say that they declared only two seats vacant, and that they did not declare the seats of those not sworn in vacant.Even at that , those two Seats can not be declared vacant,because ,from June,2019 to December,2019 ,is not up to One Legislative Year ,for the purpose of determining the number of days the said Members have been absent from Meetings of the House and the declaration of the Seat of a Member of a House of Assembly vacant is a process that requires ,giving the Member Notice in Writing in advance of the intention of the House to declare his seat vacant ,allowing the Member to defend himself,a physical examination of the Attendance Register of the House with the Member and his legal representative (if any ) ,Setting up of a Committee to ascertain the allegations against the Member ,the Committee reporting back to the House its findings ,a consideration of the Findings of the House by a Committee of the whole and votes being taken thereafter on the issue and an issuance of the Hansard of the House on the issue is what completes the Process.This is in keeping with the Constitutional threshold of fair hearing ,which ensures due process and not leaving the fate of an elected representative of the people to the vagaries of Political expediency and intrigues.The Law is always a guide. On the above proposition of law ,See Usman v. Kaduna State House of Assembly.(2007) 11 NWLR,(Part 1044) 158,C.A

5. On the strength that those seats were not declared vacant, PDP and its candidates who contested against those members elect, who have not been inaugurated and lost in the general election , initiated a suit at the Federal High Court,Benin City asking that the court should declare them winners as the members elect had refused to subscribe to their oaths of office.

6. PDP did not join the members who took oath but acted on the false assumption that the seats of those members were already vacant,which assumption is neutralized by the analysis on the issue above .The Members came out to repudiate their inauguration ,one of them stating on Oath ,that he was kidnapped .

7. If the constitutionality of the inauguration of the House is being challenged, can you declare any seat vacant?This argument is apposite , following the time honoured principal of lis pendis-parties are to stay action in a Matter pending the Hearing and Determination of the Matter .See Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu v Military Governor of Lagos State (1989) 2 NWLR (Part 10)

8. The suit determined by the Federal High Court,Port Harcourt in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/159/2019: Hon Yekini Idiaye & Anor V. Clerk of The NASS & 5 Ors, only validated the proclamation of the House by the Governor , it did not touch on the inauguration of the House as claimed. It prevented the Governor from issuing another proclamation but never validated the purported inauguration done at night.

9.Can you declare an unoccupied seat vacant ?For a seat to be declared vacant ,it must have been occupied in the first place .Section 91 of the Constitution says a House of Assembly of a State shall consist of of not less than 24 Members and not more than 40 Members .

Section 91 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ,1999 (As Amended ),provides this :

*Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, a House of Assembly of a State shall consist of three or four times the number of seats which that State has in the House of Representatives divided in a way to reflect, as far as possible, nearly equal population:
Provided that a House of Assembly of a State shall consist of not less than twenty-four and not more than forty members*

When ever the word “shall”,,is used ,it indicates compulsion and a mandatory obligation that can not in any way be derogated from.Section 91 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 (As Amended), provides thus :

“The Quorum of a House of Assembly,shall be one-thirds of all Members of the House “.A Quorum is only activated upon inauguration.You can not have a quorum of a House not inaugurated and the Clerk of the House stated on record that no notice of inauguration in writing was given to the elected Members not inaugurated.There three types of Notices in Law,viz:

Actual Notice ,constructive notice and implied notice

None of the three notices were done and the House of Assembly was inaugurated as the Bible says Like the coming of a thief in the night I begin to doubt any person’s democratic credentials ,if he or she supported the impunity that was done on the 17th of June ,2019,just after 9pm as stated in a deposition on Oath by the then Edo State Commissioner of Police ,Now DIG Dan Mallam Mohammed and also the Intelligence Report on the issue by the Secret Service.

9.In the Section relating to the declaration of the Seats Vacant ,the Constitution talks about Members and not Members Elect .

Section 109(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ,1999 (As Amended,) provides thus :

…A Member of a House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the House, if without just cause, he is absent from Meetings of the House of Assembly for a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one third of the total number of days during which the House meets in any one year.

There is no ambiguity whatsoever..It is trite Law that the express mention of a subject is the exclusion of another and no matter how beautiful your argument is ,your argument can never take the place of the Law .The Law is clear and unambiguous on this score .Members Elect are not Members.It is the inauguration of a Member Elect that makes him a Member.How can a Member that has not been inaugurated be taken as a Member for the purpose of declaring his seat vacant .

The Federal High Court ,Port Harcourt Judgment is of the Authority that Proclamation can not be done twice .Once the House is proclaimed, flowing from the theory of separation of Powers, which properly delimits the Executive ,Legislative and Judicial Powers of the State as enshrined in Sections 4,5 and 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999, (As Amended), by the 4th alteration , activities of the House are within the province of the Internal Affairs of the House that borders on Political Question,that is not amenable to the control of the executive ,but the Moderation of the Courts vide Judicial Review .See Balonwu v. Governor of Anambra State (2009) 18 NWLR (PT. 1172) 13,SC.

Nigeria is a Society governed by Laws and not on the whims and caprices of one man.Plurality of Opinion is the hall mark of a Constitutional Democracy .Conflict itself is a part of Democracy.The Majority will have their way ,while the Minority will have their say.But to shut out the majority and by extension the people from by represented smacks of a partial suspension of the House and hijacking of the mandate of the people .A situation ,where a small proportion of the Minority seizes the Sovereignty of the people ,is akin to the Hobesean State of Nature ,where life was nasty ,solitary and short .
14 Constituencies have remained unrepresented for two years.Democracy is on trial in this matter and where you stand actually indicates whether you are a Democrat or not.

A State thrives on the balance of power and the vagaries of alternative choices .Where you have a State with a diminished House of Assembly,no commissioners and advisers ,an acting Chief Judge ,what you have in that State is not a Governor , but an Emperor.You might be the Governor ,but you are not God .This is a dangerous precedent being set in Edo State and I tell you ,today you might be a beneficiary today , tomorrow you will be a victim!

History does not repeat itself ,at best it rhymes

-Mark Twain,America Writer .

If the Constitution mandates that there must be at least 180 sitting days in a year (which is one calendar year). It is impossible to have declared those seats vacant early in December 2019 because from 17/6/2019 to early December, 2019, you do not even have 180 days!

Let us build Institutions that will outlive our stay in office ,so that those institutions ,will build us, when we leave office .

My name is Douglas Ogbankwa and I am a Democrat!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Douglas Ogbankwa Esq., @ douglasogbankwa@gmail.com ,is a Benin Based Lawyer ,who is the Convener of the Vanguard for the Independence of the Judiciary and the President of the Benin Writers’ Society.

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Dino Melaye ‘Disgraced’ By Popular Car Brand Over Unpaid Debt

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Former Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye has been called out on social media for allegedly buying a car on credit and defaulting on the payment.

This comes after the controversial lawmaker shared photos of himself posing with his new Rolls Royce captioning it; ‘As usual talk your rubbish while I cruise The RR’

It was gathered that the former senator who’s currently vacating in America had sought out a car loan with a car dealer named unique motors but failed to make full payment despite multiple pleas.

Taking to the video and photo-sharing app, the agitated car dealing enterprise took to the comment section of the former senator to remind him of his unpaid debt whilst urging him to pay up.

‘Sir, You still have an outstanding balance to pay unique motors. All effort to reach you and Moses prove abortive. Please pay up sir.’ they wrote

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Unique motors calls out Dino Maleye

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Amnesty Kicks Against Calls By FG To Regulate Social Media

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Amnesty International has strongly opposed the call by the Nigerian government to regulate the use of social media and online broadcasters.

Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed urged the House of Representatives to include regulation of Twitter in the National Broadcasting Commission Act.

The Minister made the call at the public hearing on a bill to amend the NBC Act organised by the House Committee on Information.

“I will want to add, that specifically, internet broadcasting and all online media should be included in this because we have responsibility to monitor content— including Twitter,” he said.

Reacting, Amnesty International in a tweet via its Twitter account on Thursday, kicked against the motion.

It noted that when Social Media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the internet and limit access to social media.

It further noted that criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.

“When Social Media is Regulated, Authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the internet and limit access to social media.

“Criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.

“Regulating social media in Nigeria could be easily abused to punish critics of government policies and actions, and anyone who asks difficult questions could find themselves liable for ‘diminishing public confidence in the government.’

“Seeking a law to prohibit abusive, threatening and insulting behaviour is open to very wide interpretation. This section would pose a threat to critical opinion, satire, public dialogue and political commentary,” the statement added.

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2023: No Elections In Southwest, Oduduwa Republic Will Happen – Sunday Igboho

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Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly know as Igboho, has said elections would not hold across the Southwest in 2023.

Igboho said elections would not hold because Yorubas will break out of Nigeria.

He spoke in a video anchored by his spokesman, Oluyomi Koiki.

Speaking in Yoruba, Igboho said: “Marriage is not by force. We can’t live with you again. The Yoruba nation is a vehicle of salvation and I want all Yoruba to board the vehicle and have their seats.

He also vowed that there is no going back on the agitation struggle.

“How can we go back when we are almost at our destination? Those who have not joined us should do so now because there’s no election come 2023. Yoruba will go,” he said.

Lately, Igboho has been agitating for Oduduwa Republic following the attacks on the Southwest by armed herder

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Mayhem In Ibadan: Gov. Makinde Sneaks Out As Angry Youths Storm Office

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There was mayhem in Ibadan as phone sellers, and NURTW thugs clashed, with Governor Seyi Makinde sneaking out when angry youths stormed his office.

The mayhem started around the Iwo Road area of Ibadan as park managers clashed with phone retailers, leaving one person killed.

The violent clash occurred on Wednesday evening.

A witness explained that one of the phone sellers argued with the park managers (also members of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers) over blocking the main entrance of a shopping complex.

Shortly after the argument, violence ensued.

The shopping complex was vandalised, while phones and accessories, among other valuables, were destroyed in the mayhem.

A witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said one person was killed, while many others sustained injuries.

In the ensuing mayhem, shop owners hurriedly closed shops to prevent looting of their wares, while others scampered for safety for fear of being attacked.

The crisis led to traffic gridlock stretching from Iwo Road to Gbagi and Airport Road, Agodi Gate, and Governor’s Office at the state’s secretariat.

Some aggrieved youths later marched to the Government House, Agodi Gate, and the Governor’s office carrying the remains of the person killed in the violence.

The angry youths, mostly phone sellers later in the evening, blocked the main gate to the Governor’s office.

Efforts Governor Seyi Makinde’s aides to pacify the youths were unsuccessful, insisting they would not leave.

The executive assistant to the governor on security matters, Sunday Odukoya; the chief press secretary, Taiwo Adisa; the health commissioner, Bashir Bello and the executive secretary of the state’s insurance scheme, Olushola Akande, also made spirited efforts to appease the youths.

The youths vowed that they would not leave unless they meet with the governor to brief him on what transpired at the Iwo Road area of Ibadan. The governor did not attend to them, having left the office via another gate.

The youths chanted Mukaila Lamidi’s name, the Park Management System Disciplinary Committee chairman, accusing him of killing the victim.

The governor’s aides later provided an ambulance that conveyed the corpse to the Ring Road State Hospital’s morgue.

In another development, at least two persons lost their lives on Monday night at the Oremeji-Agugu area of Ibadan when the NURTW members clashed.

When contacted, Olusegun Oluwole, spokesman for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), confirmed the Iwo Road area violence.

However, police spokesman DSP Adewale Osifeso denied the report.

Source: Peoples Gazette

 

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PDP Group Demands Secondus, NWC Members’ Resignation

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A fresh crisis may be brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party as the Concerned PDP League, also known as ‘PDP Watchdog’, demanded the resignation of the party’s Chairman, Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin; National Chairman, Uche Secondus; Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Maibasira, and other members of the National Working Committee.

The organisation said the demand became necessary following the failure of the PDP leaders to provide strong opposition leadership that the PDP patriots and Nigerians were yearning to salvage Nigeria from the brinks of political, economic, and social collapse.

The leader of the Concerned PDP League, Daboikiabo Warmate, who read the demands during a press conference in Abuja, challenged the party’s leadership to give Nigerians people-oriented strong opposition.

He also called on the Senate to reject the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

According to him, the PDP helmsmen should lead a one-million man protest against the daily killings, hunger, increase in food price, insecurity, delay in the passage and signing of the electoral bill into law.

Warmate also demanded that the PDP leaders must stand by the Niger State congress appeal panel reports and conduct a free and fair congress on or before June 30, 2021, and uphold the suspension of former Governor of the State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.

He said, “The National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and his team were unable to galvanise and harmonise the plethora of individuals, groups and regional interests, and this has led to a series of decamping, court cases and crises in some states and local government area chapters.

“The board of trustees chairman, with his actions and inaction, has done little or nothing in calling the national chairman to order and also boosting the morale of millions of members and Nigerians at large just as the national chairman has not lived up to his responsibility.”

He said the nomination of Onochie was “inconsistent with any and every electoral law in Nigeria, most especially Section 153 Subsection 3 and item F, Paragraph 14(2)(c) of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.”

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“CIA Killed Abiola, Obasanjo And Banbagida Knew About The Plan” – Fani-Kayode

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Former Nigeria Aviation minister, Femi Fani Kayode has claimed that former Nigeria Head of State, Late General Sani Abacha was murdered by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) of the United States of America.

FFK, in a statement via his Facebook page on Wednesday, claimed that Abacha was murdered with poison administered to him through a handshake by one of late Yasser Ararat’s bodyguards, and that former Head of states, Babangida and Obasanjo were part of the plan.

Kayode also stated that the CIA also killed Chief M.K.O. Abiola.

Femi Fani Kayode wrote;

“General Sani Abacha was killed by one of late Yasser Ararat’s bodyguards. He administered poison to him through a handshake. This was done at the behest of the CIA. Two former Nigerian Heads of State and a former Head of Military Intelligence who are also CIA agents knew about the plan.”

“The same people decided that Chief MKO Abiola had to be killed as well in order to balance the equation. The CIA, through Susan Rice and Ambassador Pickering, did the rest. Nigerians please know your history and find out the truth.”

“Stop accepting the lies that are fed to you and stop brushing evil under the carpet. Neither Abacha nor Abiola deserved to be murdered even if we did not all agree with either or both of them.”

“The CIA has no friends and there is nothing more despicable than working for a foreign intelligence agency against your own people and nation.”

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Nigerian Football Coach Kidnapped

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Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a Nigerian football coach, Stanley Eguma.

Subsequently, the police commissioner in Enugu, Mohammed Aliyu, has ordered the rescue of Mr Eguma.

Mr Eguma is the coach of Rivers United FC, Port Harcourt. He was reportedly abducted along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway on Tuesday.

Mr Aliyu gave the order in a statement issued by the police spokesman ASP Daniel Ndukwe, on Wednesday, in Enugu.

The statement disclosed that Mr Eguma was abducted by gunmen on June 15, at about 4:00 p.m. on the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.

“The order is sequel to a complaint made to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the command, the same date as the incident at about 5:05 p.m., by two other persons travelling with the victim.

“His co-travellers alleged that the unidentified gunmen, operating in a white-coloured Hilux van, trailed and forced the black-coloured Hilux van conveying them from Gombe to Port-Harcourt, to stop.

“They further alleged that the assailants pushed the two of them out and made away with the vehicle, abducting the victim in the process,’’ the police statement explained.

The police added that the commissioner was urging the public to provide useful information that will assist the command in its ongoing investigation.

“Informants can call the command’s hotlines: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172 or by sending an email to: contact042ppro@gmail.com. The command is assuring the confidentiality of the informants’ identities,’’ the statement added.

 

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I Won’t Steal Customers’ Money Again, Jailed Bank PHB Ex-MD Atuche Begs

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Disgraced and jailed ex-MD of the defunct Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, begs the Ikeja High Court for leniency, saying he will not steal customers’ money again.

“I pray that God will place in your heart to be kind. I plead from the bottom of my heart. I’m extremely sorry. Today will be a turning point in my life. I’m very sorry,” he begged.

There was a tense atmosphere in an Ikeja High Court on Wednesday night as Francis Atuche, a former Managing Director (MD) of Bank PHB, begged Justice Lateefa Okunnu not to send him to prison following his conviction for defrauding the bank of N25.7 billion.

Messrs Atuche and Ugo Anyanwu, a former chief financial officer of the bank, were found guilty of 22 of the 27 counts of conspiracy and stealing charges proffered against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2011.

Mrs Okunnu found Mr Atuche’s wife, Elizabeth, who faced trial alongside the duo, not guilty of two counts of conspiracy and stealing brought against her.

The court convicted Messrs Atuche and Anyanwu at nighttime following a lengthy judgment that began at 9:12 a.m. and ended at 9:21 p.m.

After convicting the duo at 8:18 p.m., the judge asked if they had any plea to make. They answered in the affirmative.

Addressing the court, Mr Atuche begged not to be sent to jail. He prayed Mrs Okunnu to temper justice with mercy.

“All the time I was the MD of Bank PHB, I gave my all to the bank. Never at any material time did it occur to me that I would set up a scheme to defraud the bank.

“I plead for mercy, leniency, your kindness, and I plead that out of your kindness and generosity, you will not allow me to go to jail.

“I am sorry and remorseful,” he said.

Mr Atuche told the court that he did not want to become a convict as a professional banker and chartered accountant.

Pleading also, Mr Anyanwu told the court that he was the only son of a police officer who died when he was barely a year old.

He added that he grew up on the premise of hard work.

“What I achieved in the banking industry is by dint of hard work. I have suffered in the last 10 years of this trial. I am sorry if I appeared cocky in the witness box during my examination-in-chief.

“I have two kids who are barely teenagers. They look up to their father, and I wonder what kind of impact this will have on them. Please temper justice with mercy,” Mr Anyanwu prayed.

Reacting to the defendants’ pleas, the EFCC team led by Kemi Pinheiro requested stiff sentences and an order of restitution against the convicts.

He said, “We were taken to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court several times by the defendants. During the trial, they were rude and cocky. That is not remorse. The third defendant (Anyanwu) decided to hold onto his loyalty to his boss (Atuche) against his loyalty to the state. We pray the court imposes the maximum sentence and orders restitution.”

Mrs Okunnu stated, “By stealing from the bank, they stole from innocent customers of the bank. I hereby make an order of restitution against the first and third defendants to refund the sums stated in counts one to 11, 14, and 24. The funds are to be paid to the relevant agencies that recovered the funds on behalf of the bank.”

 

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JUST IN: Buhari Shot Dead By Gunmen

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A driver with Hartland Construction Company, simply identified as Buhari was on Tuesday shot dead in Benin, the Edo state capital, by gunmen believed to be kidnappers.

Two police operatives on guard duty were also shot at by the gunmen, before kidnapping an expatriate worker.

The police operatives however survived the attack, with their service rifles intact, in the incident that occurred at the notorious Ahor village, on the Benin-Auchi highway.

It was gathered that the driver and the police operatives were coming from the Benin airport, where they went to pick the expatriate, when the gunmen suddenly appeared from the bush and opened fire on their vehicle.

The driver was said to have died on the spot while the two police officers sustained injuries, just as the expatriate was whisked into the bush by the gunmen.

The expatriate whose identity was yet unknown, has been on leave but returned to the country on Tuesday to resume work, before he was abducted.

The driver who hails from Jattu, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, was immediately taken home for burial according to Islamic rite.

The State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, who confirmed the incident, said the two officers, however, survived the attack.

“It happened yesterday, the driver conveying a white man being escorted by two policemen were shot at, the driver died but the officers held on to their riffles and they survived.

“The only thing is that the white man was taken away,” Ogbadu said.

He explained that the kidnappers now use the style of opening fire immediately they sight a vehicle, to force the vehicle to a stop.

Recall that Miss Ella Williams, a Masters degree graduate in Architecture from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, who was traveling to Ekpoma to collect her call-up letter, was killed on Monday in similar manner, along the same route.

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Senator Fires Back At Rev. Okotie For Mocking T.B Joshua In Death

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Anthony Agbo, a former Senator representing Ebonyi North Senatorial District has lambasted an unnamed pastor over the comments he made against late Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua.

Recall that two days after T.B Joshua was confirmed dead, a Lagos based Pastor, Chris Okotie had shared a cryptic post on his Facebook page in which he referenced to a certain ”wizard of Endor” who assumed the title of ”Emmanuel”.

Okotie said the wizard who assumed the title of Emmanuel had been consumed by divine indignation.

His post came days after a clergyman, T.B Joshua, who was known for using the name ”Emmanuel” in his church, died.

But the Senator wrote in an article he made available to DAILY POST that a “few days ago, I read of a Lagos- based top Pastor who mocked TB Joshua and jubilated at his exit.”

According to the article, “This Pastor had always attacked and condemned TB Joshua when he was alive.
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“Reading about his inglorious descent to mocking the dead Saint even at his death, I immediately remembered the story of Theagenes of Thasos, a celebrated ancient Greek Olympian who was the overall champion of Olympic games in 480 B.C.

“When Theagenes died, the Greek city of Thasos erected a giant statue of him at the public square. But a jealous citizen of Thasos who hated Theagenes so much for his heroism and great success will visit the statue every night to flog, beat and spit at it, yet he was not satisfied.

“Then one night he took instruments and began to dig the statue so as to bring it down. But the statue fell down upon him and killed him.

“The people of Thasos still erected a bigger statue for Theagenes. I leave this little story for that beloved Lagos Pastor. Envy, jealousy, hatred are great evils, moreover when associated with those who are supposed to be teachers of the word. But for TB Joshua, ‘the son of man must go as it is written of him’.

“Ecclesiastical history has shown that often, the greatest appears momentarily to light up the dark corners of human horizon, and then shortly disappears in a cloud of glory.

“Our master and Saviour, Jesus Christ stated in the scripture that among all those born of women, that John the Baptist was the greatest. But we recall that John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod just in his 20’s. In today’s christianity, the “High Priests” would have declared that John the Baptist was not of God, having died such death.”

The former federal lawmaker noted that what he described as ‘spiritual pride’ has been the bane of Christianity in Nigeria where every top minister sees himself as bigger and better than the others.

Some other top pastors in the country, such as Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG; Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church; Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis Church and many others have refused to speak about T.B Joshua’s death, neither did they send condolences to the Synagogue Church Of All Nations or his family.

Pastor Adeboye’s 43-year-old son, Pastor Dare, died a few months before T.B Joshua and was mourned at the Synagogue, where a minute silence was observed for him. T.B Joshua had also sent a condolence message to RCCG and the family of Adeboye.

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Guns Alone Can’t Stop Security Threats In Nigeria – Army

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The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday, said that guns alone can’t stop the prevailing security threats across the country.

Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who spoke in Abuja, said the myriads of security challenges in Nigeria required a multifaceted approach to surmount.

Nwachukwu stated this while taking over as Director, Army Public Relations at the Army Headquarters.

According to him: “Permit me to note here that it’s an indisputable and very well established fact, that the sword or gun, cannot alone provide a panacea to the complex and multifaceted security challenges that characterize today’s world.

“I must, therefore, make haste to say that the complex nature of these security challenges requires a multi-disciplinary approach and a conglomerate of stakeholders, of which the media is a very vital one.

“In decisively overcoming these challenges, the NA and the media must be partners in progress to surmount these security threats in order to berth the peace and tranquillity we all earnestly desire as a people and nation.”

Gen. Nwachukwu was appointed spokesperson in the latest appointment and redeployment of officers in the Nigerian Army.

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Is Alive- TSO

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An audio recently claimed that His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu died today in Dubai. Misinformation like this does not need to be glorified with a response. However, but for the benefit of those who would on account of this misinformation become depressed with this, we have chosen to clear the air and put the record straight.

His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is hale and hearty, full of life and shall live to his fullness of age and lead this country out of her multiple challenges.

Our incoming President is Not Dead, he is alive and just returned back to the country.

The detractors would employ different means to sway the minds of admirers and cause unnecessary confusion. Just a few days ago we saw Mr President Muhammadu Buhari granted long hours of interviews with both Arise TV and NTA and came to Lagos to commission multiple projects. This is the same man detractors claimed was senile and sick.

The politics of the detractors have only remained a campaign of calumny and nothing more. Greatness is measured by the amount of influence you wield in the minds of people, hence the talks you find about Jagaban.

This misinformation also shows that the detractors could yet produce a viable candidate to rival His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the forthcoming elections, hence the paid lies they want to sell.

Members of the public are hereby clearly informed to disregard the insane audio as untrue and unnecessary distraction.

We urge lovers of His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to continue to pray for good health and a sound mind for the actualization of the project 2023 when Jagaban Borgu will be sworn in as the President and Commander in chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Inn Shaa Allah.

Abdulghaniyy Adekunle Kareem
Chief Of Staff to the Director-General TSO

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