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US Senator, Chris Coons, Calls For Sowore's Immediate Release

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 4:08pm


Chris Coons

Chris Coons


A member of the United States Senate from Delaware, Chris Coons, has condemned the rearrest of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Services at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday less than 24 hours after being released on bail by the agency. 

Sowore was standing trial in a case brought against him by the government on Friday morning when DSS operatives invaded the court and forcefully took him away. 

According to Coons, the situation leaves him deeply concerned. 

In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, the lawmaker said, "I'm deeply concerned by the harassment and repeated detainment of Nigerian activist, journalist, and former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore.

"I urge Nigerian security services to respect due process and the rule of law, release Sowore per his bail terms, and launch an investigation into his rearrest.

"I'm concerned that this case is representative of closing of political and media space in Nigeria. 

"Civil society leaders and human rights defenders should be celebrated, not persecuted, in Nigeria and around the world." 
 

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JUST IN: DSS Arrests, Detains Popular Akure Pastor Over Missing Child In Church

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 3:05pm


Alfa Babatunde

Alfa Babatunde

 

The Department of State Services has arrested the Founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Akure, Ondo State, Alfa Babatunde, following a petition against him about a missing child in his church.    Babatunde was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after the DSS invited him for interrogation at their office in Akure, the state capital.    Eniola Kolawole was declared missing at the popular church during a special service.   The church is located at the Oshinle Quarters of Akure.    A source at the DSS office, who spoke with our correspondent, confirmed the arrest of Babatunde.    "Pastor Babatunde was invited this afternoon to our office for interrogation after we got a petition about a missing child in his church.    "We had earlier contacted him through his lawyer but both of them were not cooperating with us.    "Fortunately, he showed up this afternoon after intense pressure, so we had to quickly swing into action by taking him to his house for a search.    "We also searched his church thoroughly.    "His case is being moved to Abuja for further investigation."   Mrs Modupe Kolawole, the distraught mother of the missing child had accused Babatunde of being behind the sudden disappearance of her son. 

Recall that the one-year-old child was dropped at the creche section of the church by his mother during a service but went missing shortly before the end of the program. The Department of State Services has arrested the Founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Akure, Ondo State, Alfa Babatunde, following a petition against him about a missing child in his church. 

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Group Drags Nigerian Correctional Service To Court Over Death Of Inmates In Ikoyi Prison

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 2:24pm


The Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative has instituted a legal action against the Nigerian Correctional Service over the electrocution of five inmates leading to their death at the Ikoyi Prison in Lagos. 

The electrocution was caused by overcrowding, according to the Controller-General of the NCS, Ja’afaru Ahmed, who also said that the facility had a capacity of 35 but accommodated 140 persons.

Apart from those killed in the incident, at least 10 others sustained injuries.

Joined in the suit are the Federal Government of Nigeria, Attorney-General of the Federation, Minister of Interior, Controller-General of the NCS, Lagos State Controller of Correctional Service, Attorney-General of Lagos State.

The group is praying the court to grant an order that the service begins the decongestion of the court and also release those who did not go through proper trial.

Some of their prayers are that, “A declaration that the overcrowding of the Ikoyi Medium Security Custodial Centre, which was originally built in 1955 to accommodate 800 inmates, but now holding about 3,113 inmates as at December 3, 2019 was unconstitutional and violates the inmates’ fundamental right of freedom from degrading treatment and respect for dignity of their persons under Section 34(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“A declaration that the arrest and continued remand without proper arraignment and trial in a court of competent jurisdiction of all inmates as of the day of judgment in this application, who have been in custody for period in excess of two months in case of those not entitled to bail, and three months in case of the those entitled to bail, was unlawful and unconstitutional and a violation of their fundamental right to personal liberty and freedom of movement as guaranteed by Sections 35(4) and 41 of the  constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act CAP A9 LFN 2004.

“A declaration that the dearth or lack of functional basic amenities, including state of the art vocational and recreational centres, and health facilities in the Ikoyi Medium Security Correctional Centre is unlawful and violates inmates’ fundamental rights under Section 34(1)(a) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and also a breach of the 1st respondent’s duties under the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners (as revised in 2015) A/RES/70/175.”

The advocacy organisation also prayed the court to grant an order compelling the 1st and 3rd respondents to keep the Ikoyi Medium Security Custodial Centre in good shape, and also directing the respondents to tender public apology in at least two widely read newspapers for violating the rights of the inmates.

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Obaseki, Oshiomhole In Fresh Intra-party War Over Planned Edo APC Rally

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 2:19pm


The party leadership tussle between governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, took a fresh angle as the party made public plan to hold its state rally.

While Obaseki denied having knowledge of the said rally, the Oshimhole-led faction insisted that the party would be having its rally on Friday.

The rally was to begin sensitisation towards 2020 and also welcome defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party. 

Obaseki had said he doesn’t have any knowledge of an APC rally in the state and that the state APC secretariat and the party had not officially announced a rally.

He said, “The issue of public safety is a major concern to us as a government and this being the last security council meeting for the year, we had to put up measures in place to tackle security challenges.”

Meanwhile, factional Chairman of Edo APC, Col David Imuse, who has the backing of Oshiomhole, affirmed that APC would be having a rally in the state on Friday.

He said that the decision had been confirmed by the national body of the party.

He said, “We are not at a press war with anybody. The party leadership took a decision and the national headquarters affirmed that decision.

“So, whatever we do here is subject to ratification by Abuja. The party took a decision here and it was affirmed in Abuja.

“We had a NEC meeting, it was ratified and affirmed. 

"We had the South-South leaders MEETING, it was affirmed and in the meeting of all the chairmen of APC nationwide, it was affirmed. I don’t dwell on illegality."

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BREAKING: Wanted Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Writes National Assembly, Demands Investigation Into Killings At His Home

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 11:32am


Ifeanyi Ejiofor

Ifeanyi Ejiofor

 

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer representing Nnamdi Kanu, who was recently declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force, has written the National Assembly over the killings that occurred at his home during an invasion by the police. 

It was reported that a clash in his home in Orafite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, on December 2, 2019, led to the killing of three of his kinmen and two officers of the force.

The Anambra State Police Command subsequently declared him wanted over the incidence. 

He has since gone into hiding.

In a letter to the National Assembly seen by SaharaReporters, the lawyer denied any involvement in the matter, urging the lawmakers to intervene in the matter in order to uncover all hidden facts.

He explained in the letter that he was on his way to the state command when he received a call on the attack in his house.

He also denied all allegations against him by the police.

The letter reads partly, “At about 6am, I spoke with the ACP and assured him of my availability between 10am to 11am in his office, the trigger happy officers met these same youths during the first visit and they never bounced on the policemen.

“If they didn’t attack the policemen during the first invasion, why would they attack them during the second? "The shooting at everything in sight started during the second visit because they were convinced I was at home, the style was a clear modus to kill me.”

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Kogi Election: Police Parade Suspected Killer Of PDP Women Leader

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 11:27am


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The Kogi State Police Command has paraded six persons suspected to be killers of Mrs Salome Abuh, Peoples Democratic Party Women Leader in the state.

Abuh was burnt alive in her house after the announcement of the November 16 governorship election result, with her killers blocking all exits to prevent her from escaping.

The six suspects paraded by the police include Ocholi Edicha, Adamu Haruna, Onu Egbunu, Musa Alidu, Attai Haruna and Attah Ejeh.

The police said Edicha confessed he led the gang to Abuh’s house and also revealed that they had been masterminding series of robberies in the state.

The command assured that all involved in the act will not go unpunished as investigation was ongoing.

The suspects however, denied killing Abuh but admitted being thieves operating in the area. 

 

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Comparing Omoyele Sowore's #RevolutionNow To Boko Haram Insurgency, A Needless Escalation By Kayode Ogundamisi

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 10:40am


Kayode Ogundamisi

Kayode Ogundamisi

 

I read the statement by the Presidency on the Sowore/Bakare treason trial. This statement is a needless escalation, particularly the comparison with Boko Haram insurgency. If the allegations are completely true, why is the Department of State Services disobeying court orders? One would think the state will be eager to bring its evidence to the open.

If the Presidency and the DSS are confident of Omoyele Sowore's ability and capabilities to "violently overthrow the government", why can't the state simply let the judicial process proceed without interference as seen in the agency’s disobedience of two court orders and the recent show of force by carrying out an arrest when you could have easily invited Sowore or picked him up at his residence in Abuja with a court warrant?

The President Muhammadu Buhari government is making a grave mistake, attracting negative local and international commentaries, a distraction the government does not need at any time, particularly now. Now is the time for the government to stop listening to the voices of chaos and start listening to the voice of reason.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), should review the Sowore and Bakare’s case file and do the needful (drop the treason charges) and if the state is confident of its case, then let the case proceed in a transparent and open manner.

When Sowore committed what was an obvious infraction such as defacing a public property in Lagos, an offence that could get an easy conviction in a Lagos environmental court, the government looked the other way, a sign the state isn't interested in enforcing our laws but to bring up charges with stringent conditions that can drag on for long and keep alleged offenders in jail awaiting trial for a long period. The treason charges the state is now relying on is unlikely to stand in an open trial, thus the request for a secret trial and anonymous witnesses.

Sowore's followership on social media run into millions of people who find it easy to 'comment' 'like' 'follow' his broadcasts, but no evidence the millions have translated into a mass movement.

Nigerians are disappointed, angry and have always wanted a change but not reckless enough to follow an unplanned idealistic ‘revolution’ with no road map, even the DSS should have known this. The danger to Nigeria isn’t the Sowore and his group, the government should review how the intelligent agencies arrive at largely fictitious ‘security reports’.

Now it is the Nigerian Government and the DSS that are promoting #RevolutionNow by aiming to kill a fly with a nuclear bomb with attendant negative impact. It is the government now ascribing some imaginary powers to Omoyele Sowore and his armless group, a sign of insecurity on the part of the government.

Each infraction by the government will attract more sympathy. It is the case of David against Goliath. Give this group a designated space to protest and a platform to vent and you will see not all Nigerians agree with some of the solutions being proffered by the group.

Omoyele Sowore and his group are being lionised by the state. Nigeria's elite security is now acting like a gangster enforcer. The government should review its so-called counter-insurgency strategy and stop applying failed tactics.

The irony is that the government already had half of what it wants legally by securing one of the harshest bail conditions against a suspect. The judge had in a ruling on October 4 granted Sowore bail in the sum of N100m and two sureties in the same amount and barred him from travelling out of Abuja.  Why rearrest Sowore when he's already restricted to Abuja? Is the DSS saying it does not have the capability to mount surveillance on one man in Abuja?

For the record, I am no supporter of #RevolutionNow, I have seen how recklessness can destabilise fragile states but evidence of alleged infractions is better presented in court without the state acting as if it is insecure and desperate to keep a voice in detention by all means, necessary, including bending the law.

Now is the time for the government to stop the disobedience of court orders, no one is above the law including activists and people in government but if you must prosecute Sowore and others then let it be open, free and transparent. Otherwise, thus far the state has made a mess of the case, this is looking more like persecution than prosecution. If the government has a thinking cap on, it will #FreeSoworeNow or at the least let the case in court continue without infractions.

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Trump Could Face Senate Trial In January

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 10:33am


 

President of the United States, Donald Trump, may face trial at the Senate in January.

This follows the Democrat-dominated House of Reps announcing two formal charges – ‘Articles of Impeachment’ against him on Wednesday.

Reuters reports that Trump is accused of withholding aid to Ukraine, a vulnerable ally to get its President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to carry out an investigation of Democrat Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden.

The entirety of Congress are expected to vote on the charges brought by the judicial committee next week.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jerrold Nadler, informed reporters that Trump had endangered the US constitution, undermined the integrity of the 2020 election and jeopardised national security.

“No one, not even the President, is above the law,” Nadler is quoted as saying.

Speaker of the House of Representative, Nancy Pelosi, had turned her back on several attempts to impeach Trump, asking her fellow Democrats to wait for a full-proof case to emerge.

Following leaked transcripts of a telephone conversation Trump had with Zelenskiy, the lower chamber saw their opportunity and swung into action on September 24.

Since Trump came into power, he had been dogged with a series of allegations, which blossomed with alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 polls that brought him to office.

It has since turned into other weighty issues such as the separation of migrant families trying to seek refuge in the country.

Trump will be the third President to get impeached by the American congress if it eventually happens.

He will however not get convicted and removed from office by a jury, which would be made up of Republican Senators.

It is expected that Democrats in the lower chamber will vote overwhelmingly for his impeachment, which would then lead to the trial in the upper chamber in January.

The Republicans believe the Democrats are on a ‘witch hunt’ to revise the 2016 election outcome.

 

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464 Child Soldiers Released To Borno Government –UNICEF

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 10:33am


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The United Nations Children Education Fund on Tuesday said a total of 464 children associated with Civilian Joint Task Force militias have so far been released to the Borno State Government. 

UNICEF’s Chief Operations Officer in Borno State, Geoffrey Ijumba, disclosed this during the official handing over of the children in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

He said, “The United Nations Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting commends the Government of Borno for committing to end the recruitment of children through signing the action plan whose implementation we witnessed today.

“The action plan is a commitment that has allowed the United Nations to support the Civilian Joint Task Force, end and prevent the recruitment and use of children, as well as other grave violations.

"As of today, a total of 3,737 children associated with the Civilian Joint Task Force have been identified within the city of Maiduguri and 20 other local government areas.

“They have all been assessed on the level of association with the Civilian Joint Task Force.

“A total of 1,727 children have so far been released and have accessed reintegration services aimed at giving them not only skills to cope with life but also hope for a better tomorrow.

"We have made progress but a lot remains to be done and UNICEF stands ready and committed to supporting these children and young people to realise their dreams and will work with state authorities and our implementing partners to provide them with the necessary support.”

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Algeria Jails Two Former Prime Ministers For Corruption

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 9:20am


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An Algerian court has sentenced two former prime ministers of the country to long jail terms amid a huge corruption investigation.

Ahmed Ouyahia was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Abdelmalek Sellal to 12 years, the BBC reports.

They were accused of abusing authority in a car manufacturing embezzlement scandal.

It was the first time since Algeria's independence from France in 1962 that ex-prime ministers were put on trial.

The two were allies of long-time President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned amid mass protests in April.

Ouyahia and Sellal were among 19 defendants tried on charges of money laundering, abuse of office, and granting undue privileges in the vehicle assembly industry.

One serving cabinet minister, Abdesalem Bouchoureb, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in absentia.

An international arrest warrant has been issued for him amid reports that he is abroad.

Defence lawyers boycotted the trial, alleging that the proceedings were "politicised" and aimed at "settling scores", AFP reports.

The convicted men however, have 10 days to appeal against the sentence.

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How New AMCON Boss Appointed By Buhari Helped CBN Governor, Emefiele, Cover-up Missing N500bn

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 9:14am


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Edward Adamu as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

The announcement of the appointment was contained in a letter sent to the Senate by the President on Tuesday.

But before now, Adamu has been caught in a web of scandal after a tape recording exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters in May 2019 caught him and governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, including Director of Finance, Dayo Arowosegbe, and one of the Special Advisers to Emefiele, Emmanuel Ukeje, discussing how to cover up the loss of over N500bn stolen from the apex bank in a deal that went awry.

Adamu was deputy governor of the CBN at the time the conversation took place.

In the said audio recording, Emefiele can be heard telling Adamu, “To avoid any serious problem, is just for the government to have to agree to give us at least N100bn cash but the government will not agree. They will kick against it.”

The group was discussing how to cover up the missing money in the audio later authenticated by the CBN in a statement.

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The full transcript of the audio conversation

Phone rings

Edward Adamu: Hello sir.

Emefiele: Edward can you please step aside? 

Adamu: Okay sir...

Emefiele: I am not too happy that Arowosegbe led us like this.

Adamu: In fact, that was what I was asking. I said we have an impression that we had N500bn, he said no. I said but that was the impression until the end of the year.

Emefiele: Ahhh! What are we going to do?

Adamu: You know... that’s what I told him.

Emefiele: Along we all thought he had that but it was very shocking to hear that apparently it was not N500bn... you know.

Adamu: That’s the major issue.

Emefiele: Ahh! ...Ye! I don die now, where I go see money?

Adamu: What I told them is, let’s look at our income if there is anything we can do around that area, you know, that might be an option.  

Because now, we are in a very bad situation. He really didn’t give us full information.

Emefiele: I was like, God, he did a good job, he didn’t pass time he left. How do I handle this?

We have to rack our brain and get something out because we can’t afford it at all, not at this time.

Opposition will say it should have depreciated in the project... and then foreign investors would begin to panic and take their money out because they would say it would depreciate. 

Adamu: Exactly, yes. There would be panic in the market and we can’t take this at this stage, at all. We have to get a way out. We are just discussing now what are the possibilities, what you can do. We will get back to you. 

Emefiele: Hmmn! I’m just getting hopeless about it because I‘m still thinking which way I should go. 

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Adamu: Yes, that is really the task now. 

Emefiele: If there is a place you can find money. Ahhh! 

Adamu: We’ll have to think of a way out because we cannot afford it at all. The implications are just too many to even think about and damaging. We cannot allow this like this, we cannot. 

Emefiele: To avoid any serious problem is just, the government to have to agree to give us at least N100bn cash but government will not agree. They will kick against it. 

Adamu: Yes, they will kick against it. Really. That would have been a good one but the challenge is how to get back to them but it will be very difficult, almost impossible. 

Emefiele: The implication for the economy is... no no, no. I’m just thinking if there is surplus of one naira, just give us then we’ll begin to refund you in 2019. I can’t even find the partners now because I cannot talk to the real partners like Ayo.

Ayo is not picking my calls and I’m not used to the CI partner. I don’t’ know him, it’s only Dayo that I know and Dayo has retired.  Hmmn... Oh God!

Adamu: You’ll have to think of something. We really miss. It is a sad one. We’ll have to come out of it somehow. If only we can say there is money here but I can’t find. I kept on disturbing this guy in December and January but he kept telling me no problem. God, this guy just...

Emefiele: It’s a mess; it’s really a mess.

SaharaReporters sources at the CBN disclosed that Emefiele, Adamu and other top guys in the bank eventually found a way out of their dilemma by diverting funds in possession of the financial institution and also printing cash.

However, with his appointed on Tuesday by President Buhari, Adamu takes over AMCON from Muiz Banire, who had been in the saddled since July 2018.

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BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap Justice Ministry Director, School Principal, Three Others In Adamawa

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 7:59am


 

A Director of Litigation in the Adamawa State Ministry of Justice, Samuel Yaumande, has been kidnapped.

A family source told SaharaReporters that Yaumande was abducted on Monday night at his residence in Sengere, a suburb of Yola, the state capital.

He disclosed further that the kidnappers also seized a school principal and three others during the raid.

Spokesperson for the police in Adamawa, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident when contacted by our correspondent.

 

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Agba Jalingo Seeks Reassignment Of Case To Another Judge

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 7:03am


 

Agba Jalingo, a journalist detained by the Cross River State Government on allegations of treason and terrorism, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to reassign his case from the current trial judge, Justice Simon Amobeda, to another judge.

Jalingo was arrested in August after he published an expository piece on the governor of Cross River, Ben Ayade.

He was denied bail and remains detained.

Jalingo cited an exclusive audio conversation published by TheCable where Justice Amobeda said Jalingo's life was in his hands as reason his case must be reassigned to another judge.

He added that the judge promised to treat him like Ken Saro-Wiwa by handing him a death sentence.

He pleaded to the chief judge to ensure he gets the right to a fair trial by reassigning his case.

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Arik Air Was Overburdened By Debts When We Took Over – AMCON

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 6:49am


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Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria has said that it met Arik Air as an airline overburdened with debts and lacking reserves for emergencies when it took over the company.

AMCON had in February 2017 took over the operations of Arik Air from its former promoter, Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, following the alleged N30bn debts owed financial institutions and other clients.

The agency in a statement on Tuesday said that as at the time of takeover, the company was “simply in a fix before,” stressing that it had been able to move it out of its high debt profile, while its operations had also received a boost.

The statement reads, “The significant work done to date has therefore been the result of prudent management of resources and the support of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.”

AMCON insisted that since it took over the airline in 2017, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation had been positive, customers' confidence had been restored.

It added, “Salaries are paid as at when due, pensions are being remitted, all current obligations are being met and the company is prepared for AMCON exit.

“The management’s effort is bearing fruits with two more aircraft expected to return from C-checks in the next few weeks - one at the end of the year, and another in January.”

Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, in the statement hinted that the airline over the weekend received additional two aircrafts to boost its operations.

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BREAKING: President Buhari Names Adamu As AMCON Chair

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 6:40am


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Edward Lametek Adamu as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

Buhari asked the Senate to confirm the nomination in a letter sent to the upper legislative arm Senate on Tuesday.

Details later...

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How Former FIRS Boss Tried To Keep His Job

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 6:36am


 

Documents seen by PUNCH have indicated that ex-Federal Inland Revenue Service boss, Babatunde Fowler, tried in vain to hold on to his job despite the expiration of his tenure. 

In a letter dated December 9, 2019, Fowler wrote to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, reminding him that his tenure was approaching expiration.

Fowler had in the letter said, “In view of the above, I wish to present myself for re-appointment for a second term. 

"This is consistent with provisions of the FIRS Establishment Act 2007 and would grant me the opportunity to consolidate and build on the achievements we have recorded in the past four years.

“Please find attached the highlight of my achievements during my first tenure in office. 

"I would like to put on record my gratitude to Mr President for the opportunity to serve the nation. 

"I am also thankful for your support in the course of the discharge of my duties.” 

Fowler was also said to have lobbied fruitlessly to regain his office.

Chief of Staff to President Muhamadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, had earlier in the year asked Fowler to explain why he could not meet the government’s target of N9trn. 

Fowler blamed the situation on recession at the time and the performance of the economy.

On Monday, Buhari named Muhammad Nami as new head of the FIRS. 

 

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Nigerians In Diaspora To Protest Rearrest Of Sowore

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 6:34am


 

More agitations have continued to trail the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services less than 24-hours after he was released on bail.

Sowore had spent 125 days in custody of the DSS with the secret agency disregarding court orders for his release.

Despite excuses given by the Presidency and the DSS for the court Invasion, prominent Nigerians have continued to condemn the incident and calling for the immediate release of Sowore as ordered by the court after meeting stringent bail conditions.

Bukola Oreofe, speaking for the Free Sowore Now Movement, knocked the DSS for not complying with the court order, urging Nigerians outside the country to join a mass rally to press for the release of the journalist.

Oreofe said, “We condemn in unequivocal terms this executive lawlessness and persecution of a journalist and human rights activist. 

“To speak up against tyranny and the continued violation of the rights of 'Yele, please join us for a protest rally."

The rally, according to the organisers, would hold at the Nigerian Consulate, New York, United States, on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

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BREAKING: House Of Reps Order Investigation Into DSS Invasion Of Court, Sowore's Rearrest

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 5:04am


 

The House of Representatives has mandated its relevant committees to investigate the action of Department of State Services operatives following the rearrest pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The matter was raised by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, during plenary on Tuesday, ChannelsTV reports.

The lawmaker described the occurrence as an abuse on the sanctity of the court.

He said the reported invasion of the courtroom by DSS operatives can be seen as one arm of government attempting to overpower another, which will spell doom for the country’s democracy.
 

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El-Zakzaky's Son Raises Fresh Fear Over Father's Health

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 4:59am


Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement of Nigeria


Mohammed, son of detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, has expressed concern over the deteriorating health of his father, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. 

A high court in Kaduna had on Friday ordered the Department of State Services to transfer El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, to take them to the Nigerian Correctional Centre in the state to allow his lawyer’s easy access to him.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mohammed said the movement of his father and mother to a correctional facility in Kaduna posed a grave risk to their health and life. 

He lamented the poor and dilapidated condition at correctional center, which he said was capable of worsening the health condition of his parents.

Mohammed said, "It is well known that conditions in jail are so bad that they take a heavy toll on healthy prisoners, let alone those suffering from serious health problems. 

"I am writing to protest in the strongest possible terms about the continued mistreatment of my father, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and mother, Zeenah, at the hands of the Nigerian authorities. 

"My mother is also seriously ill and can barely walk. She also has a bullet trapped near her spine." 

Mohammed reminded the Nigerian authorities that his father had lost his sight as a result of gunshots during the Zaria massacre in December 2015.

He said the security operatives had refused to allow him have access to his parents in custody on many occasions.

The IMN leader and his wife are standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among other charges, in another court.
 

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Rights Violation: We May Resort To Self Help, Nigerians Tell Buhari

Sahara Reporters - 10 December 2019 - 3:32am



Participants at the ongoing National Human Rights Summit in Abuja has told President Muhammadu Buhari that citizens may be forced to resort to self help if people's rights continue to be violated in the country. 

The warning followed the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by operatives of Department of State Services on Friday to rearrest pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, less than 24 hours after he was released on bail by the agency. 

Queen Agba, a participant at the event, said, "It goes against the constitution and security agencies cannot arrest within the cort premises especially when a case is ongoing. 

"I think is a breach in law and something that need to be addressed and if we don't do that on time we may not be able to handle the impact in future." 

Adding his voice to the call, Eze Onyekpere said, "It shouldn't have happened in the first place and our expectation is that the judiciary should come together. 

"The media and citizens should come together to simply say enough is enough. 

"If we allow this to continue, we shall soon be in the mortal danger of having constitution abrogated."

Another participant, Afolabi Olajuwon, said, "It was a very terrible situation and experience in the Nigerian context. 

"If this persists, it can turn to self defence where every man can violate the rules and do whatever they like. They can take the laws into their hands because this is not democracy." 

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