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VIDEO: Jubilation In Military Barracks Over Sack Of Buratai, Others

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 28 min ago

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Kaduna Businessman Drags Brother-in-law To Sharia Court Over N69,000 Debt

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 29 min ago


A businessman, Abdulkadir Oyeleke, has dragged his brother-in-law, Malam Sani, before a Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, seeking recovery of N69,000.

Oyeleke told the court that in January 2020, Sani’s wife, who was his elder sister, visited him in his shop and saw some ready-made brocade-designed clothes and told him that her husband was interested in buying them.

He said, “When Sani came, he selected four sets for N10,000 each. He picked two others, which cost N4,000 each and bought one deodorant.

“This is three months later; he has not paid me the money he owes. He also begged me to lend him N20,000 and I did.

“Sani has stopped answering my calls or replying to my messages. I am praying the court to order Sani to pay me my money.”

However, Sani, a printer who resides within Kaduna metropolis, denied going to Oyeleke’s shop.

“My wife brought the clothes and forced me to patronise her brother,” Sani said.

He also denied that he owed Oyeleke N20,000.

After listening to the parties, the judge, Murtala Nasir, ordered the complainant to produce witnesses to testify that the defendant promised to pay him any money for the clothes.

The judge adjourned the case to January 28 for continuation.

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Police Delaying Payment Of Dad’s Death Benefit Since 2003 Despite 30 Years Of Service – Son

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 32 min ago


A Nigerian man, Stanley Jasmiel, has cried out over the nonpayment of his police father's death benefit to the family since his demise in 2003.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, Stanley said his father, Jasmiel Aliyuda, was in active service for over 30 years before his death.

He was killed during a clash with soldiers in mufti.

He lamented that the untimely death of his father and inability to get the deceased's benefits made his family relocate to their village in Adamawa State from Delta State.

He said, "My dad was a senior inspector of police, he worked in Delta State for many years. I was born and brought up in Delta State. A year before his death, he was transferred to Jigawa and had plans to take us to Jigawa before he had a fight with a group of soldiers, and sustained injury that led to his death. This was in August 2003.

"Till date my dad's death benefit has yet to be paid to us and we are suffering in the village. The police at Jigawa State know about the issue. I have some documents of the case from the signals sent by the police in Delta State to Jigawa police command. In fact, it was Jigawa police that took his corpse to Adamawa for burial.

"My brother keeps going to demand for the death benefit but he is always faced with different challenges and difficulties in the offices he goes to. They usually ask him at the police headquarters in Jigawa State to provide some documents which he can't have access to."

Stanley said the documents requested are in Delta State Police Headquarters but the command claims the documents are in Jigawa State.

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Seplat Workers Protest Casualisation, Unpaid Bonuses, Disrupt Activities

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 35 min ago



Official activities have been disrupted at the operational base of the Seplat Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Sapele, Delta State following a protest by workers against what they called 'casualisation of workers and unpaid bonuses'.

The contract workers of the company, numbering over 50 from different stations in Delta and Edo states, on Wednesday besieged the company’s base in Sapele to demand the stoppage of casualisation and payment of their bonuses.

The fire and safety contract workers from Ugborhen, Amukpe, and other stations have laid siege to the company's base for the past three days, demanding an end to casualisation of workers as well as payment of their COVID-19 allowances, among others.

The aggrieved workers displayed placards with inscriptions such as “Seplat, pay us our COVID-19 allowances, "Community is not a curse, "We are tired of your marginalisation and casualisation, “Seplat, we are tired of your wickedness and community no be disadvantage na advantage."

According to them, in the 10 years they have served the company as casual workers, they have only been treated with disdain.

The protest, which started on Monday, our correspondent reliably gathered, may not come to an end until the demands of the aggrieved contract workers are met.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, one of the protesting workers who simply identified himself as Austin, lamented that in 2012 when they were employed, "We were told that after six months, we will be confirmed as staff, and during the induction, they told us that we were outfield workers and we will be paid accordingly, up till this moment we have not been paid."

Meanwhile, a letter sighted by our correspondent, and signed by the company's Director/Executive Director, Operations, Effiong Okon, disclosed that the challenges being faced by the company since the project started in 2019, had to do with integrity of data across Seplat for contract staff.

It said the teams encountered errors and that corrections had been made.

"Seplat is a listening and caring company so we welcome everybody’s complaints in a manner that allows the issues to be investigated and where gaps or errors are found, they will be addressed like we have done in the past. If you suspect fraud please, use the whistle-blowing process and hotlines."

As at the time of filing in this report, the protesting workers are still occupying the company's premises with the entrance gate blocked.

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Days Of Terror: Gunmen Kill Two Policemen In Taraba, Community Leader In Delta, Kidnap 14 In Kogi

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 36 min ago


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Two police officers have been ambushed and killed by gunmen while returning to their duty post in the Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State on Monday.

The police officers, a constable and a Sergeant, stopped to rectify a fault noticed in the vehicle they were driving when gunmen emerged from the bush and opened fire on them.

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The state police command's spokesman, David Misal, confirmed the development in a statement.

The statement read: “On the 25/01/21 at about 1900hrs, two policemen attached to Karim Lamido LGA were attacked and killed while on their way to their duty post at Jen community.

“The incident occurred at a point in an isolated area in Karim Lamido Jen Road, when two of the police officers, a sergeant and constable, stopped to rectify a fault noticed in the vehicle they were driving.

“Suddenly armed men emerged from the bush and opened fire on them.”

In a related development, wife of the late Zonal Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi State, Matthew Kola-Ojo, has been kidnapped alongside 13 others between Iffe and Egbeda, in Ijumu council area of Kogi State.

She was kidnapped on her way home from what was described as her first trip after observing the mandatory mourning of her husband.

It was gathered that five persons were later released by the kidnappers but Kola-Ojo is still being held captive.

Confirming the incident, the President of Okun Development Association, ODA, Femi Mokikan, however, said he learnt that eight persons were released by the kidnappers.

He also said the kidnappers had established contact with a relative of Kola-Ojo but had yet to demand a ransom.

He said: “The person they (kidnappers) called was the uncle of the woman, telling him they had Mrs Kola-Ojo in their custody. But before they could state their ransom, the man’s phone died. We are hoping that they will call back today.

“I got the information about the kidnapped saga about 10:30 am and we started calling those that matter, including the Senior Security Adviser to the Governor, for help.”

He said ODA in collaboration with Ijumu council officials were working round the clock to secure their release.

Meanwhile, the police have also confirmed the death of Ambassador Prince, a community leader in Ugbori community, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The state police spokesperson, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident, said the police were making efforts to unravel details behind the shooting and arrest those behind it.

It was gathered from community sources that the sad incident occurred in the Merogun area near Iyara community.

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Benue Governor, Ortom Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 38 min ago


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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19.

Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

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This is coming after the test results of most of his close aides returned positive. The results came back positive in the past weeks.

The statement urged those who had come in contact with Ortom in the last couple of days to go for COVID-19 test.

“He advises those who have come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for a test. The governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

“Governor Ortom urges Benue people to continue to observe the protocols for the prevention of the virus such as wearing face masks, using sanitisers, washing of hands regularly and maintaining physical distance.

“He encourages the people not to be afraid of going for COVID-19 test as only doing so would help in containing the spread of the disease.”

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Osun Council Boss, Wife In Multi-million Naira Fraud

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 43 min ago





Documents seen by SaharaReporters have shown how the Chairman of Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State, Mufutau Adegbite, illegally diverted N50m from the council’s account for personal use.

Adegbite allegedly misappropriated the funds using his wife, Alimat, who is a treasury officer at the council.

SaharaReporters gathered that the N50 million was a loan obtained by the council boss from a new generation bank.

The funds were moved in tranches between December 24, 2018 and January 21, 2019.

A source said the council boss has been telling people he is untouchable because of his closeness to Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Investigations also showed that Adegbite, without due process and against regulations, selectively awarded contracts or just merely invited whosoever he wanted and handed contracts out to them. In many of these cases, the contracts were awarded to family members.

“He is using his wife to siphon council's funds; the wife is a treasury officer at the council and also the First Lady. He (Adegbite) moved the council account to another bank after he was offered a N50 million loan.

“The governor is aiding the malfeasance by ignoring a series for petitions against him.”

Meanwhile a source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told SaharaReporters that Adegbite might be in deep trouble except he can explain many actions he took which bother on misappropriation of funds.

According to the source, the anti-graft agency has commenced investigation into the activities of the council boss.

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Firm Tackles Sterling Bank, Edo University Over Breach of N481million Contract

Sahara Reporters - 6 hours 11 min ago


A firm and contractor, Campus Alive Initiative Limited, has revealed how Sterling Bank, Asaba Branch, Delta State, and Edo State University, Iyamho, breached a N481million contract which binds them.

SaharaReporters learnt that the contract was to build a 150-room hostel on the campus, and was a joint agreement between the firm and Sterling Bank.

However, after the contract had been executed at N481,828,836.10, two other parties paid the firm N439,676,615.63, leaving a deficit of N42,152,220.47.

Apart from the unsettled claims, the firm is also alleging that some criminals, believed to have insiders in the university, stole some of its building materials, frustrating the project altogether.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a source in the firm, said, “Campus Alive had an agreement with Sterling Bank to build a hostel for Edo University; the hostel is 90 per cent completed, but the bank handed over the hostel to the university without settling our claims as attached.

“They (the bank) broke into the hostel and forcefully took it over from the project team amidst pending issues. We have attached all the documents as evidence for you.”

Going by documents shared with SaharaReporters, the firm is therefore seeking that Sterling Bank and the university should settle its outstanding claim of N42million.

On the alleged theft, the firm noted that in a letter dated January 13, 2020, electrical materials, mechanical materials, wood and iron were stolen from the project site – an action they noted that the university could not claim ignorance of.

“We noted that all these would not happen if there was no connivance with the internal security personnel assigned to the site, knowing full well that the above items cannot be moved out of the school premises without support or knowledge of the security,” the firm’s Executive Director, Operations, Ayodeji Adegoke, had written to Sterling Bank.

On the issue of harassment and frustration of the project, the firm, Campus Alive, had in 2019 also written a petition to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university, to report the unusual incident and violence on the site.

A copy obtained by SaharaReporters, partly reads, “Violence on site constituted by Mr Tijani Yakubu and Hassan Aigaufue – both former suppliers of sand and wood to our site.

“Prior to the order from the university management to our company to stop Mr Tijani and Mr Yakubu further access to the construction site as a result of their unruly behavior, and not being able to resolve the communal issues resulting to who supplies materials to us on site, I wish to state that Mr Tijani and Mr Hassan came to the site again at 7.30am on August 26, 2019, in company with some local vigilante members to harass our workers on the site with the procurement officer, Lanre Oyinwola, and the engineers, Toheeb and Sanya, as their targets.

“We were able to manage this through the help of the few school security officials on the ground and they left only for them to come back around 4.30am with four vehicles, and motorcycles.

“Some of them are identified to be the High Chief of Iyamho, a community leader; Alhaji, a Personal Assistant to Adams Oshiomhole’s mother (Oshiomhole is a former governor of Edo State) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers’ Chairman of Iyamho branch and a few other thugs.

“To nail the top, I, Adewale Joseph, was the first to be harassed before walking out of the scene to avoid being stabbed. Before we knew it, some of them were already having some weapons like sticks and ‘burglary iron’ while the PA to Oshiomhole’s mother was already angrily hitting Toheeb on the chest – an act he repeated more than 10 times with the other thugs.

“Our values as a professionally organised company, we understand community relations and will continue to ensure that we work harmoniously and cooperatively but with only those who are willing to be of service to the community and to Edo University, Iyamho as well as to our terms and conditions.

“Our company strongly condemned this act and would recommend the following in order to stop this constant interference from some irresponsible community members as follows; Tijani and Hassan be permanently banned from coming to the site again, let alone to supply us materials going forward as our company has resolved not to engage them anymore.”

The firm had demanded that going forward, the school should “also be urged as a matter of urgency to beef up security on site and its environs. The contractor should be allowed to decide the suppliers going forward. Our company will not hesitate to stop work and leave the site immediately if any harm is done to any of our staff members as we proceed”.

The letter was signed by the firm’s management official, Joseph Adewale, and copied to the Sterling Bank, Asaba branch.

On both petitions, it was learnt that no action had been taken so far.

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Police Rescue Five Newborn Babies From Human Trafficking Gang In Anambra

Sahara Reporters - 6 hours 17 min ago


The Anambra State police command has uncovered a child trafficking syndicate in the Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement on Tuesday, the command's spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, said the officers had acted on a tip-off that teenage girls were being impregnated and the babies were sold by human traffickers.

According to him, five newborn babies and three other children were rescued when the police raided the location of the syndicate. 

The statement partly read, "On Tuesday, January 26 at about 7am, police operatives attached to the SIB and Area Command, Oraifite and coordinated by the Area Commander, ACP Afolabi Wilfred, raided the house of one Melvina Uju Uba, located opposite Nnamdi Azikiwe Orthopedic Teaching Hospital, Oba in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State, and arrested 10 persons identified as Edna Nnadi, 37, Ujunwa Nweke, 25, Izuchukwu Uba, 24, Chinaza Ibeh, 19, Peace Okon Effiong, 25, Gift Collins, 20, Chimkaso Kingsley, 25, Happiness Monday, 18, Chioma Okonkwo, 25, and, Uchechukwu Nwankwo, 18.

"The place was raided following credible information that teenage girls were being impregnated and the babies were sold by human traffickers. During the operation, five newborn babies and three other children were rescued."

Mohammed added that the rescued children will be handed over to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs for proper care, while efforts are being made to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice.

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Chevron, Conoil Must Own Up To Oil Pollution Currently Threatening Lives In Niger Delta —Ijaw Youths

Sahara Reporters - 6 hours 37 min ago


Ijaw youths on Tuesday accused the Nigerian government of colluding with International Oil Companies (IOCs) to sabotage the development of the Niger Delta region.

This was made known by the national spokesperson for the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comrade Ebilade Erekefe, during a fact-finding mission to areas in Sangana and Fish-town communities of Akassa clan, Brass LGA, affected by oil spills.

He expressed dismay over what he described as “negligence” on the part of the Nigerian government regarding the plight of the coastal communities affected by an oil spill two weeks ago.

He noted with sadness the level of destruction the oil spill has caused the environment, aquatic life and livelihoods of the predominantly fishing community. 

He said, “As you can see with me, this is the spotted flowing crude oil along the sea and on the shores of the river bank. It’s quite unfortunate and provocative that up till now, the two major oil companies, Chevron and Conoil, that are operating along this shoreline have not taken responsibility for their negligence.

“As Ijaw Youth Council, we have a duty to join our people to come and see what is happening here, and what we are seeing is quite sad and unfortunate, that a company doing multi-billion dollar business in a community where the livelihood of the people is dependent on the aquatic life is not giving the desired attention to the community, especially in their moment of need.

“Up till this moment, none of them has even sent representatives to come to these communities to interface with them, at least to show empathy in their current travails. The people are having serious health challenges and we call on these IOCs to send relief materials, including health workers immediately to save lives.

“What you’re seeing here is not pipeline vandalism like they always say, this is clearly an equipment failure on the part of the IOCs whose pipelines have lasted beyond their expiry dates. They need to replace them immediately to save our environment.

“We don’t want to believe that the Federal Government who’s benefiting majorly from the oil operations of the IOCs is colluding with them to treat our people as animals when ever a spill occurs."

Ebilade said the Ijaw Youths Council would go back and take a strong but decisve position that would be backed by all necessary legitimate actions if need be, "which we believe will compel the company whose facility has caused this unimaginable damage to own up to it and take responsibility." 

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Jubilation, Dancing In Military Barracks Over Sacking Of Buratai, Others

Sahara Reporters - 7 hours 3 min ago


There was jubilation in some military barracks across the country, when the news of the sacking of the former service chiefs filtered in on Tuesday and the announcement of their replacements.

A 20-second video captured the moment some personnel of the Nigerian Navy in their barracks believed to be in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, screamed and danced over the development.

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Sources told SaharaReporters that there was also jubilation in some army barracks across the country over the announcement.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed new service chiefs and finally fired the Chief of Defence Chief, General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, after the four had spent five years and five months in office.

Although Buhari said on Tuesday that he accepted their resignation letters, the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, already clarified in the past that the military chiefs could not resign and had to be laid off by the Commander-In-Chief.

Buhari had on July 13, 2015, appointed Olonisakin, Buratai, Ibas, and Abubakar.

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In a State House press release on Tuesday, Buhari’s Special Adviser, Femi Adesina, said the new service chiefs were Major-General Leo Irabor as the CDS, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as the army chief, Rear Admiral A. Z. Gambo as the naval chief and Air-Vice Marshal I. O. Amao as the new air chief.

“People dey happy say they don change CNS o,” one of the navy personnel said in the video.

“Who will not be happy that they were replaced? It was long overdue, they had become principalities and they had stagnated the career progression. I don’t think they resigned. They were fired. The three service chiefs were supposed to visit the Ministry of Defence headquarters, Ship House, on Tuesday afternoon but the meeting was cancelled in the last minute when the announcement filtered into the country,” a Ministry of Defence top official told SaharaReporters.

Olonisakin is the longest serving CDS since 1999. The closest to him was Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi (retd.), who served for four years and 29 days between May 29, 1999 and June 27, 2003.

Also, Buratai is the longest serving COAS since 1999. The closest to him was Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.), who spent three years and four months in office; between September 2010 and January 2014.

Ibas is also the longest serving CNS since 1999, while the closest person to him was Vice Admiral S. O. Afolayan, who served for four years, between 2001 and 2005.

SaharaReporters had exclusively reported last week that the outgoing military chiefs had awarded four Sport Utility Vehicles, four Peugeot vehicles, among other juicy retirement benefits to themselves, according to the 2017 Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Officers, which their administration revised.

SaharaReporters had obtained the new HTACOS 2017 which revealed that the military chiefs will get security staff of over 40 soldiers as well as domestic and foreign medical cover.

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Buhari Decided To Replace Service Chiefs, Rejig System – Femi Adesina Contradicts President, Self On Buratai, Others

Sahara Reporters - 8 hours 2 sec ago


Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday evening said it was the President who decided that “it was time to rejig the system and bring in fresh blood” by sacking the former service chiefs.

Adesina stated this in an interview on Channels Television, a comment which contradicts Buhari, who had tweeted that he accepted the resignations of the former service chiefs. 

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Using his verified Twitter handle, the President said on Tuesday, "I have accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service. I thank them all for their overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to Nigeria, and wish them well in their future endeavours.

"I have also appointed new Service Chiefs to replace the retired officers: 

Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A. Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; Air-Vice Marshal I. O. Amao, Chief of Air Staff."

I have also appointed new Service Chiefs, to replace the retired officers:

Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff

Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff

Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff

Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 26, 2021

Also, in a State House press release on Tuesday afternoon, Adesina announced that “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

“Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.” 

But appearing hours later on Channels Television, Adesina stated that it was the President who decided that it was time to have new service chiefs and sack the current chiefs.

He said, “I don’t think it is a matter of right or wrong. It is just a matter of doing what is best for the country at the best time. It will not be right to say one side was right or one side was wrong because the President even in the statement we issued also commended the outgoing service chiefs for their contribution to engendering a safer country.

“That shows that by and large, he was satisfied with their performances and he just felt it was time to rejig the system; have fresh energy, have fresh blood, have fresh ideas.”

The former service chiefs had refused to resign since 2017 when they clocked up the statutory years they are supposed to spend in service, even while the country was grappling with rising Boko Haram insurgency, banditry and kidnapping.

Although Buhari tweeted on Tuesday that he accepted the resignation letters of the former military chiefs, the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, had clarified in the past that the military chiefs could not resign and had to be laid off by the Commander-In-Chief - the President.

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Congratulating Buratai, Others For 'Overwhelming Achievements' Is Insult To Nigerians, Ozekhome Knocks Buhari

Sahara Reporters - 8 hours 23 min ago


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A constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has described the commendation of the former Service Chiefs – Gen Abayomi Olonisakin, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, for their performance by President Muhammadu Buhari as shocking and an insult to Nigerians.

Ozekhome noted that it was wrong for the President to congratulate them and describe their achievements as “overwhelming” when the country was still at the mercy of bandits, kidnappers and the Boko Haram terrorists.

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Ozekhome stated this in a release on Wednesday in which he reacted to the appointment of the new service chiefs.

The statement said the abysmal performance of the ex-chiefs with myriads of crimes being perpetrated all over the country was an indication that they failed woefully.

He said the total collapse of Nigeria’s security template has since led to about 23 out of 36 Nigeria states, establishing their local security outfits. 

The statement partly reads, “Buhari’s more shocking aspect of the removal of the Service Chiefs from office, which has so far shocked Nigerians, is where he said he was congratulating them for their 'overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country'. 'Enduring peace?' Is this genuine peace, or peace of cemetery or the grave yards? 

"My dictionary tells me that peace means tranquillity, calm, calmness, law and order, harmony, placidity, rest, armistice, friendship, brotherhood, serenity, contentment, amity, reconciliation. Can any Nigerian hold the Holy Bible, Holy Quran, or piece of iron (depending on your faith), and swear, that we have any of the above? I think not. I believe not. Then the President added the clincher, the diadem: the 'Service Chief’s overwhelming achievements'. 

“If Mr President meant 'overwhelming achievements' in massive failure, I would concur. But, if he meant 'overwhelming achievements' in securing our country, I would not only disagree, I would say that is the unkindest oxymoron and irony, of all. I beg to differ sir, Mr President.

"The new Service Chiefs appear younger and lower in rank than their pot-bellied predecessors. 

"Is this change of batton merely cosmetic? Is it new wine in old calabashes? Has anything suddenly changed in terms of new equipment, surveillance and intelligence capacity and capability? Does the hood make the monk? Can a book’s worth be known by the beauty of its cover? No. It is not yet Uhuru. 

"What all this boils down to is that Nigeria needs to re-engineer, refurbish, rethink, reform and re-order her total security apparatchik. Indeed, it needs a complete overhauling, such as to bring it in line with modern international best practices in security engagement."

President Buhari on Tuesday appointed new service chiefs, finally letting go of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, after the four had spent five years and five months in office.
Although Buhari said on Tuesday that he accepted their resignation letters, the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, already clarified in the past that the military chiefs could not resign and had to be laid off by the Commander-In-Chief.
Buhari had on July 13, 2015, appointed Olonisakin, Buratai, Ibas, and Abubakar.
In a State House Press Release on Tuesday, Buhari’s Special Adviser, Femi Adesina, said the new service chiefs were: Major-General Leo Irabor as the CDS, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as the army chief, Rear Admiral A. Z. Gambo as the naval chief and Air-Vice Marshal I. O. Amao, as the new air chief.

 

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Yahaya Bello’s Standard: Inside The Deplorable State Of Kogi State Government Cottage Hospital

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Herdsmen Attacks: ”We Will Not Run For Anybody On Our Land” - Odumakin

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VIDEO: One Dead, Scores Injured As Police, Shiites Clash Again In Abuja

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Nollywood Actor Ernest Asuzu Is Dead

Sahara Reporters - 9 hours 15 min ago


Popular Nollywood actor Ernest Asuzu is dead. It was gathered that he slumped and died on Tuesday evening.

The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, confirmed his death, Punch reports.

“Yes, Ernest Asuzu is dead. I am trying to reach his wife to get the full details. I will get back to you,” Rollas said. 

Asuzu began his acting career in the ’90s and rose to prominence after he starred in the 1997 Nollywood classic, ‘Rituals’.

He was the toast of Nollywood until his career nosedived after he came down with a stroke in 2015 and it affected his speech. He was also bedridden for three years.

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Lagos, Edo, Others Apply For Community Policing – IGP

Sahara Reporters - 10 hours 25 min ago


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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday said four states – Lagos, Niger, Edo, and Nasarawa, had shown readiness to meet the financial requirements for the training of constabularies.

He also said 18,360 people had so far been recruited and trained as community policing officers, Punch reports.

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He made this known in Abuja at a one-day workshop organised in collaboration with the Unite Consult Ltd and C. O. Luke and Co.

Adamu said the recruitment for the community policing officers was conducted in two batches with the first consisting of 9,478 officers and the second, 8,278.

The police boss added, "The governors of Lagos, Niger, Edo, and Nasarawa states have made commitments to meet the financial requirements for the officers.

"Four states: Anambra, Borno, Kwara and Osun states have yet to undertake the recruitment and training, but modalities for the exercise were perfected with the state governors.

"We have been receiving special requests from some state governors for the recruitment, training, kitting and deployment of additional CPOs to their respective states."

President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, said CPOs would change the narratives of policing in Nigeria and strengthen trust and partnership with the citizens.

The acting chairman of the National Salaries and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, said a new salary structure for police officers would soon be approved.

Nta, who was represented by Secretary to the Commission, David Nyikyaa, maintained that all documentation had been completed but awaiting submission to the president for approval.

 

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Igboho: Gani Adams Wants Arsonists Arrested, Police Trail Hoodlums

Sahara Reporters - 10 hours 26 min ago


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The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has asked the police to arrest arsonists responsible for the fire at one of the houses of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho.

This is as the Oyo State Police Command said it was trailing the hoodlums who committed the act.

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The one-storey building, located in Ibadan, the state capital, was gutted by fire around 3am on Tuesday, damaging property that Igboho put at N50m.

Igboho has been in the news for issuing notice to quit to herdsmen in Oyo State.

Meanwhile, the police said it received reports that hoodlums loaded in a bus and taxi were responsible for the arson.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, in a statement said the arsonists reportedly shot into the air as they set fire to the house.

The police statement reads partly, "The mini sitting room got burnt in the process.

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"Immediately, the DPO Sanyo got wind of the incident; he contacted fire service while he also went to the scene. The fire was eventually put out. An investigation has commenced into the incident while the police are on the trail of the hoodlums."

The Oyo State Fire and Safety Services in a statement by the agency's Director of Operations, Mr Adeleke Ismail, said the fire incident affected a set of sofa, a Plasma television, an air conditioner and other items at the waiting room of the building.

"Information made available to our agency indicated that the fire was as a result of arson, as an individual, who described himself as Mr. Wale and claimed to be an occupant of the building, informed our crew that there were sporadic gunshots in the area, after which fire broke out in the affected house," the statement said.

In a statement on Tuesday, Aare Gani Adams said failure to investigate the fire outbreak at Igboho's house could heat the polity.

Adams, who condemned those behind the fire incident, said "the fire outbreak is an attempt to frustrate the young man."

He said, "It is unfortunate that some influential individuals in the South-West are not happy with what is happening in the region.

"The ugly incident speaks volumes of the spate of insecurity across the country. The government is in the best position to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident so that they will not overheat the polity."

He also commended the South-West governors for raising their voices against night and under-aged grazing across the region.

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Pirates Kidnap 15 Turkish Sailors In Attack On Container Ship Off Nigeria

Sahara Reporters - 10 hours 33 min ago


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Pirates off Nigeria's coast kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish-crewed container ship in the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday in a brazen and violent attack farther from shore than usual.

According to the respective governments and a crew list seen by Reuters, one sailor was killed in the raid, an Azerbaijani citizen, while those kidnapped are from Turkey.

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Accounts from the crew, family members and security sources described a sophisticated and well-orchestrated attack on Saturday in which armed pirates boarded the ship and breached its protective citadel, possibly with explosives.

Three sailors remain on the Mozart, which was receiving assistance in Gabonese waters off central Africa by Sunday evening.

"The ship is in our waters and our sailors are assisting a few nautical miles from Port Gentil," said Gabon's presidency spokesman Jessye Ella Ekogha, without providing further detail.

The Liberian-flagged vessel was headed to Cape Town from Lagos when it was attacked 160 kilometres (100 miles) off Sao Tome island on Saturday, maritime reports showed.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's office said that he was orchestrating officials in the "rescue of kidnapped ship personnel" on Sunday.

Erdogan spoke twice by phone with the ship's fourth captain, Furkan Yaren, who remained aboard after the attack, his office said.

State-run Anadolu agency cited Yaren as saying he had been "cruising blindly" toward Gabon with damage to the ship's controls and only the radar working. The pirates beat crew members, and left him with an injured leg while another still aboard the ship had shrapnel wounds, he said.

Turkish media cited Istanbul-based Boden company, which provides technical management services for the vessel, saying the vessel operators were abducted at gunpoint. Boden was not immediately available.

Ambrey, a security company, said four armed men boarded the Mozart and entered the citadel - where the crew are advised to hide in any attack - through a hatch or the door.

Edward Yeibo, a Nigerian Navy commander, said he was not aware of the attack and seeking details. The Lagos naval command office and a spokesman for Nigeria's maritime regulator were not immediately available.

According to an International Maritime Bureau report, pirates in the Gulf, which borders more than a dozen countries, kidnapped 130 sailors in 22 incidents last year, accounting for all but five of those seized worldwide.

The attack on the Mozart could raise international pressure on Nigeria to do more to protect shippers, which have called for stricter action in recent weeks, analysts said.

"The fact that someone died, the number of people taken and the apparent use of explosives to breach the ship's citadel means it is a potential game-changer," said David Johnson, CEO of the UK-based EOS Risk Group.

"It's quite sophisticated and if pirates have decided to use munitions it's a big move," he said. There is "no doubt" those kidnapped will be taken back to Nigeria's Delta and Turkey will have little hope stopping it, he added.

Turkey's foreign ministry said the pirates had not contacted Ankara.

Seyit Kaya, brother of the ship's kidnapped 42-year-old captain Mustafa Kaya, a father of two, said in an interview he awaited details from the ship's owner on any possible ransom.

"Since that area is where many attacks occur, they take cautions against pirates," said Kaya, who is also a sailor.

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