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With Love, From India By Azu Ishiekwene

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 4:23am

My first instinct when I got the WhatsApp message was to dismiss it as fake news. But I held back because the sender is a serious guy. 

It was a memo from a certain school in Rajasthan, India, called Amity University. In the three-paragraph memo, the Registrar, Vishwadeepak Singh, a retired military officer, had given students a deadline of August 13, to get boyfriends or girlfriends.

“Students caught without boyfriend or girlfriend inside the college after the given date,” the memo said, “shall be fined and action shall be taken against them.”

To clear any potential ambiguity about the nature of this mandatory love protocol and perhaps also to help sex-starved students manage their desire, the registrar said each student is only allowed to have one boyfriend or girlfriend.

In case the students think it is a joke, the registrar warned that violation would attract a fine of Rs1000 and suspension from school!

After reading the memo, which gave students barely one month from the date of signing to comply, I raced to google it from other verifiable sources. I found a news video by ABP, an India Hindi news channel in Noida, which was already racing against its own corporate testosterone by providing wall-to-wall coverage of the story. Love still sells!

Could this still be some elaborate hoax? Improbable.

It’s already over two months since the protocol was issued and there’s no denial from the school yet. Not on its website. Not anywhere else I have searched so far. Amazing India with its thousand mysteries and grooves of romantic lore.

Keep in mind, too, that even as it battles rampant cases of rape, India has been quite busy producing some of the most extraordinary conjugal stories, the latest being the de-criminalisation of adultery.

On my part, I’ve taken the Amity story by faith. I’ve been trying to find any evidence – at least online – about how the school is implementing the memo and what may have happened to any recalcitrant students in Amity.

Or could it be that the school has achieved the sexual equivalent of a perfect market, a place where demand and supply make such a perfect match that there’s no slack left?

Whatever it turns out to be, I don’t know of many things, in recent times, that could have made Amity as famous as its mandatory love call. Although the school is touted as one of the best private universities in the northern region of India, not many people knew it existed until Singh’s famous memo went viral.

Now the school’s website must be logging tens of hundreds of enquiries by prospective students whose social lives as undergraduates would be a remarkable departure from the drudgery offered in schools elsewhere. 

The transition from old-fashioned convents and unisex schools to Amity must be one of the most extraordinary social changes in our lifetime. No longer will students have to endure the spells of the emotional trauma that sometimes come between them and the opposite sex that they secretly admire. 

Sigh’s memo may have finally paved the way to emotional security by offering a cure for lovesickness. The greenlight for every student to find the opposite sex of their dream is official, and which freshman or woman wouldn’t like a school that has made such generous provisions to accommodate that errant human frailty, making it easier to channel one’s energy for the more productive business of learning?

As for the returning students in Amity, I think the Singh memo should serve as a wake-up call. With nearly equal ratio of men to women and given Rajasthan’s largely Hindu population, returning students would do well to take advantage of the memo before the growing gay army from Mumbai reach their shores, especially after the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding gay rights.

I think that the biggest lesson from this innovation, however, is what it offers schools elsewhere, especially here in Nigeria. 

Given the epidemic of sexual harassment currently facing the country’s top universities, if whistle-blowing is number one on the list of reforms required at the universities and institutions of higher learning, then this ingenuous love protocol ought to be number two.

Although no empirical studies have yet been carried out, Singh’s memo got me thinking that perhaps one way to tame randy lecturers might be for students to hook up early on. If lecturers – and indeed everyone out there – know that there are no vacancies, then they might think twice before making their ridiculous and unrestrained advances.

Not that the irredeemable he-goats among them would be deterred. I’ve heard it said that some of these perverts believe that the greater the obstacle, the sweeter the conquest in the end. But they will at least know that they face a higher risk of exposure since they’ll not only have to contend with their potential prey, but also with their boyfriends and a vigilant school authority as well. 

Introducing the Singh memo in Nigerian universities might also be like killing two birds with one stone. Apart from helping to tame predatory lecturers, mandatory love call might also drastically reduce the increasing number of the cult gang wars that claim scores of innocent lives in our universities yearly. Many of these needless wars are rooted in unrequited love.

To ensure that demand and supply are always at an equilibrium, the Senate of all the universities must ensure that a proportional ratio of both sexes are admitted. They must also ensure that this memo that is now being retroactively applied in Amity is frontloaded in the compulsory section of their future admission forms.

This way, the schools can protect themselves from any legal liability and also from busybody NGOs that might wish to undermine such a laudable policy.

For now, I’m keeping a very close watch on the news from Amity. I’m deeply heartened that apart from Bollywood, Zee World and medical tourism, India has once again taken the lead in giving the world another incredible social talisman. 

Amity should prepare for the biggest explosion yet in its student population and Singh could well be in the race for the 2018 World Innovation Prize in social engineering.


Ishiekwene is the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview and member of the board of the Global Editors Network

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Governors: We Have No Problem With New Minimum Wage, But We're Still Struggling With N18,000

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 4:18am

The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has said it is not against the upward review of the minimum wage, but it is just worried about finding the resources to cater to the new figure, if it is approved.

Abdulaziz Yari, Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the Governors' Forum, said this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting of the governors held on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to Yari, many states were still facing challenges with paying the current minimum wage. 

His words: "The problem of states is the capacity to pay what is agreed. As we speak, we are struggling with N18,000. Some of the states are paying 35 per cent, some 50 per cent and some states have salary arrears.

“So, it is not about only reviewing it, but how we are going to get the resources to cater for it?”

He also noted that Comrade Ayuba Wabba, National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), was invited to brief NGF on the performance of states on the use of London and Paris Club refunds.

He said: "We invited the National President of NLC to give us details on how some states performed. Some other states that are not up to date, where are they?

“So, they have signed Memorandum of Understanding with the NLC at the national level and their representatives in states on when they are going to overcome the issue of salary arrears. That has been done and it has been taken to the Central Bank Governor to ensure that those states were also paid.”

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My Thief Is Better Than Yours… By Chide Ibrahim

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 3:39am

As a young girl in secondary school, I caught a glimpse of a book with one of my teachers and the title made an impression, though I never had an opportunity to read it as I was in a boarding school where access to non-academic Literatures was a bit of a challenge.  I cannot recall with certainty, but the book must have been titled, ‘My father’s Mercedes is bigger than yours’ or something close. 
I never forgot that title and though it sounded a bit childish back then, I finally came to realize the punch line as I grew into the complex world of adulthood. When I look at the Nigerian situation today, that title readily jumps to mind and makes perfect sense as a use case. It appears as if the two major political parties in the country and their supporters are struggling so hard to absolve themselves of corrupt practices and in the process are making statements that connotes “my thief is better than yours”. 
Shortly after former  Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party guber primaries and was named its candidate, allegations of corrupt practices began to emerge against him, mostly from members and supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The mudslinging was palpable! One wonders why these allegations were not brought forth long before now, but then that is not the point of this article. This article is not to absolve anyone of corrupt practices, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the law courts have their jobs cut out for them. But what is baffling is the ease with which we point accusing fingers. If indeed Nigeria is to make any headway in the fight against corruption, then citizens must stop taking sides with the elite on either side of the divide.  It is true that the Peoples Democratic Party held sway for 16 years; it is also not controversial that we had opposition parties during that period which saw politicians cross-carpeting from one party to the other depending on where their bread was being buttered.   Only a few have always remained in the opposition and even at that they either changed party at some point or their party merged with another in order to get political millage and relevance. Take for instance, President Muhammadu Buhari. He contested the Presidency under the All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP), then contested under the CPC and finally the APC, where he got his much sought-after victory. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is seen as the de facto godfather in the South-West, initially contested the Lagos governorship under the Alliance for Democracy (AD) . The party later metamorphosed into the ACN, which later merged with the ANPP and CPC to form what is now known as the APC.  So my point is this: the line between the APC and PDP as we know them today is blurred and it is grossly erroneous, or disingenuous to be perfectly honest, for anyone to judge any politician in Nigeria based on what party the person belongs to. In a country where there's no clear ideological divide between two major parties, it becomes even more nonsensical to try to adjudge politicians this way! There has been a lot of moving around sometimes without any other reason than very selfish interests, and we must all understand that in order to be considered fair in our assessment. Tagging one politician a thief or a bigger thief, as is now the order of the day, based on his or her party affiliation is totally misplaced, mischievous and most times malicious. It is nothing more than a rather cheap weapon used by one group to undermine the qualification or lack thereof, of the another. 
We must learn to call a spade by its rightful name. A spade! Anyone who is found wanting must be pointed out. Knowing that corruption runs across all divides is the first place to start as we approach the 2019 general elections. There is nothing like a big thief and small thief. A thief is a thief. It is either we are ready to tackle corruption by going after all those who have one way or the other dipped their greedy hands in the national cookie jar, or we "manage it like that".  All the candidates of political parties have emerged and we have a pool to choose from. There is no need for the campaigns of calumny or social media wars, which often times do not translate into anything.  Citizens should look out for issue based campaigns, socio-economic agenda that benefit them and speak directly to their values to make informed decisions. The habit of looking at one particular party for the criminals while assuming that all members of another party are saints is dangerous for a democracy like ours. In doing this, we miss the chance to x-ray the candidates and to ask them to tell us exactly what they have to offer the nation and her citizenry. We should not be deceived again. It is not enough for one politician to reel out the sins of his opponent. He should take some time to tell us what he is bringing to the table. 
When we look back at 2015, one of the mistakes we made as a nation was failing to ask the APC, exactly what type of change it meant when it kept on mouthing to us the Change slogan. We were too desperate to oust the incumbent but ‘fantastically corrupt’ government without weighing the other option.  We, in our vengeful stupor missed the opportunity of demanding a blueprint of what the opposition would do to right the existing wrongs then. We ran with our emotions and voted accordingly. After the elections and APC assumed power, we began to ask questions which ought to have been asked long before the polls. Of course it was too late and we had to take whatever was churned out to us. Now, history is presenting another chance and it will not judge us fairly if we bungle it again.   Good thing the two major primordial sentiments that the elite use to exploit the vulnerable Nigerian electorate are not prevalent in this 2019 election - ethnicity and religion. The two major contenders are Muslims and from the Northern part of the country, which means that Nigerians can actually look at the two individuals dispassionately and vote wisely. Their running mates are also both Christians and from the South of the Niger. The two Running mates are well schooled, intelligent and capable as seconds in command. That one is from Southeast and the other from Southwest most likely will not be too relevant in what promises to be a keenly contested election next quarter. 
I know this may sound cliche, but we need to choose wisely this time!

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Virginity Testing A Human Rights Violation With No Scientific Basis, Says UN

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 2:49am

A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on female virginity tests.

The statement, which was issued during the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO 2018) ongoing in Rio de Janeiro, stressed that such tests are both unscientific, and a violation of human rights.

According to a statement by the UN, so-called “virginity testing” – also often referred to as hymen, “two-finger” or per vaginal examination – is a gynecological inspection of female genitalia carried out in the false belief that it can reliably determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse.

The agencies -- the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), UN Women and the World Health Organization (WHO) -- noted that “this medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end”.

The UN agencies explained that the practice has “no scientific or clinical basis” and that “there is no examination that can prove a girl or woman has had sex”, as the “appearance of girl’s or woman’s hymen cannot prove whether they have had sexual intercourse or are sexually active or not”.

They also denounced virginity testing as a violation of the rights of girls and women, which can be detrimental to their physical, psychological and social well-being. The examination can be “painful, humiliating and traumatic” and reinforces stereotyped notions of female sexuality and gender inequality. 

The statement read: “The result of this unscientific test can impact upon judicial proceedings, often to the detriment of victims and in favour of perpetrators, sometimes resulting in perpetrators being acquitted.

“Given that these procedures are unnecessary and potentially harmful, it is unethical for doctors or other health providers to undertake them. Such procedures must never be carried out."

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Executive Order Number Six And The End Of Democracy By Sylvester Odion Akhaine

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 2:44am

It is no longer news that President Mohammadu Buhari has signed an Executive Order Number Six, an administrative instrument in his war against corruption in the country. The executive order in effect places some alleged corrupt Nigerians under watch, denies them access to their doubtful wealth and bars them from travelling out of the country.

This order coming against impunitious disregard for court orders and proselytization of a nebulous national security doctrine and in the context of the president’s dictatorial past in which human beings were retroactively executed, and press freedom curtailed by the notorious Decree Number 4, of 1984 which made victims of Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor, is an indication that the country is sliding into full blown dictatorship. Thus, this order must be condemned in its totality and resisted with all vehemence by Nigerians.

The point must be stressed that the regime type that Nigerian ruling elites chose in 1999 was liberal democracy with its accompanying freedoms, namely, freedom of expression, political rights and the rule of law among others. If the country must survive as a civic nation, not ethnic nation, which the current administration has reduced the country to, all Nigerians must re-affirm their commitment to the grundnorm, deepen it into a community of socio-economic freedoms.

Our hope as a country does not lie in the reduction of Nigeria into a national security doctrine state, ostensibly to fight corruption. The country already has a panoply of laws including the organic law of the state to fight corruption cases.

I condemn in absolute terms this authoritarian twist and hold strongly the view that sheer brute force and crude application of authoritarian diktat cannot cure the corruption epidemic in the country. Legalities are elements of the superstructure and a reflection of the economic base of society; and to cure corruption of the epidemic type in Nigeria, attention must be paid to the economic base.

The Nigerian state is a rentier state that depends on externally generated rent being proceeds from the ownership of natural resources, in this case hydro carbon, the only means by which the country registers it presence in the global

economy. This hydro carbon resources have consistently fuelled primitive accumulation of resources in the country, fuelled non-productive activities, made politics a warfare and propped the external orientation of the country in terms of consumption. Even the private sector feeds off on the rentier state. Solutions lies in fiscal federalism and the de-monetisation of public offices in ways that service becomes a social responsibility.

It seems to me that the administrative turn to authoritarian tactics by the President has more to do with the politics of the second term—hound opposition forces and instill a culture of fear and railroad itself into office for a second term. Where this is impossible, the president will engender an autogolpe, a coup against himself by undermining democratic institutions. All these are bound to fail given the complexity of the country and its peculiar history of outliving authoritarian forces.

I therefore call on well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians as well as the international community to condemn this authoritarian tide and take practical stems to nip it in the bud and save the burgeoning liberal democratic institutions in the country. Today, despite its shortcomings, the desire for liberal democracy with fundamental freedoms gave birth to the fourth republic and must be defended.

Long Live Nigerian people.

Sylvester Odion Akhaine,
Associate Professor of Political Science, Lagos State University. 

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NLC Faults FG’s No Work, No Pay Policy

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 2:06am

The President of Nigeria Labour Congress Ayuba Wabba yesterday said the decision of the Federal Government to implement no work, no pay policy cannot stand as the right to strike is a human and trade union right which cannot be wished a way.

He said strike is legalized in the country, and had been exercised since colonial era to date, adding that the right to strike is what differentiates a worker from a slave.

He said, “Just like the right to strike, right to picketing, the right to work to rule, right to protest and peaceful assembly the issue of no- work no pay has always existed. It is morally and legally wrong to apply a phrase in a body of law without respecting all other provisions of the same law.

“Same law being quoted provided that a workers wage is due after 30 days, where this and or any collective bargaining agreement is violated, it is legally and morally justifiable for unions and workers to apply ‘No pay No Work.’

He said the adoption of no work no pay cannot deter workers and trade unions from exercising the right to strike, saying “there are clear procedures provided by law to embark on a strike, once the legal requirement is met no work no pay cannot apply.”

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Atiku: Peter Obi Speaks On Southeast Govs Working Against Him

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 2:04am

Peter Obi, former Anambra governor, has stated that South-East governors and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the region never acted against him.

He said this in reaction to alleged opposition to his emergence as the running mate of the party’s presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

NAN reports that Obi spoke when he visited the site of last Friday’s pipeline fire that killed scores of residents of Umuimo and Umuadoro communities in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Council.

He said he had spoken to leaders in the Senate including Ike Ekweremmadu, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Theodore Orji, Sam Egwu and others.

“For us, what is important is to rebuild the South-East, to rebuild Nigeria. What we need is to talk about how to create jobs, how to make Nigeria better for the citizens.

“Let me thank Gov. Ikpeazu for what he is doing. Governance is about the people feeling you. It is about moving around, seeing it for yourself.

“When we came this morning, he could have said “well, listen I am busy” and stayed back in his office but he came around with us. He has been to those places.

“He has listened to the people and I assure you that whatever he said today he will do will be practicalised. It is not a question of wishing. So we are all working as a team.

“You know in politics, we need to ask for more. That consultation will be asking for more”, he said.

Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, in his remarks, said that the South-East caucus in the National Assembly had always been in support of Peter Obi’s emergence as the PDP vice-presidential candidate.

He said that the nation at this time needed men and women whose words could be their bond and who would understand the challenges of the country.

“Today, what we have is a man who we can queue behind, a man who can make sure that Nigerians are rescued from where they are today, in despondency”, he said.

He noted that this was the reason he could say that all the leaders of Igboland were in support of Obi’s candidature.

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Couple Sells Baby For N200,000 To Relocate To City

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 1:59am

A couple, Richard and Chidimma Benson, has been detained by operatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit for allegedly selling their one-week old baby boy for N200,000 to rent an apartment in the city.The couple, who hail from Isiala-Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State, confessed to the crime, saying it was hard times that forced them into the decision.

Narrating her part in the deal, the wife said: “I have given birth to four children, one is late. I have two now. So when I became pregnant I told my husband that we would sell the baby and use the money to relocate from my village to township to start a better life. He refused but I forced him into agreeing with my plan.

“My husband is a labourer, he is a wheelbarrow pusher. I owe debts everywhere and I needed to settle them. So, we sold the baby for N200,000 but I later learnt the baby was sold for N500,000.”Her husband, Richard said: “We were owing N10,000 and the hardship was too much for us to bear. I went round seeking for help but no help came. We wanted to relocate to the township for a chance of a better life, that was why we sold the baby to enable us raise money and rent an apartment in the city.”

Parading the suspects alongside other seven child traffickers yesterday at the IGP complex in Aluu, Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers State, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Monitoring Team, DCP Benneth Igwe, disclosed that the team rescued six pregnant women and arrested seven child traffickers in connection with the business.

He said: “Based on reliable intelligence about a notorious child trafficking cartel operating in Obigbo-Afam in Oyigbo Local Government Area and Omagwa, Aluu, the operatives burst into Afrique Hotel in Oyigbo and rescued six pregnant women awaiting delivery.

“The hotel is used as a harbinger by suspected child traffickers. Information further revealed that on October 7, the victims, one Richard Benson and his wife, Chidinma Benson, delivered a baby boy at Grace Land Maternity Homes, Afam Obigbo.

“The maternity is owned by a quack nurse called Grace Daniel. After delivery, the parents were paid N200,000 by one Mrs. Rose Onyia and the baby was later sold to Mrs. Eucharia Jaja of Omagwa for N500,000 and thereafter, the baby was resold by Mrs. Jaja to her potential client in Lagos. Operatives are on a trail to recover the baby.

“The cartel pay N150,000 for a girlchild and N200,000 for a boy to the mother. The baby is later trafficked to an unknown destination for amounts between N1 million and N1.5 million,” he said. Meanwhile, another couple, Eucharia Ihunna, aged 48 and her husband confessed that they have been in the business for four years and have sold over four babies. 

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Fayose: EFCC Gives Update On Probe Of Ex-gov

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 1:45am

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who on Tuesday reported at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office in Abuja in accordance with his promise is still being interrogated by the commission.

Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Asked why Fayose was still detained for over 24 hours, Uwujaren said “we are still within range. We are not keeping him but interrogating him.”

Fayose’s tenure as governor ended on Monday, and he had on Saturday, presented “Hand-over Note’’ to his successor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who was inaugurated on Tuesday.

On arrival at EFCC office, the former governor had said “I am here in line with my promise that I will be here on the 16th of October.

“And, like I said to EFCC, they should await my arrival. They had been to my house; they cordoned off my street which I feel personally was unnecessary. It is unwarranted.

“I had led Ekiti, and the best I could give, I have given. Therefore, every question, whatever they need to ask, I will be able to respond appropriately.”

He had in a letter to the EFCC sometime ago, said his term of office “to which I enjoy immunity against investigation and prosecution shall lapse by Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

“As a responsible citizen of our great country, who believes in the rule of law, I wish to inform you of my decision to make myself available in your office on Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 at 1pm.

“It is to clarify issues or answer questions within my knowledge.”

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You’re Midgets, Ohanaeze Mocks Igbo Presidential Candidates, Backs Obi

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 1:35am

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, has described the Igbo Presidential candidates in the 2019 general elections as midgets.

The Igbo socio-cultural organisation at a press conference in Awka, Anambra State, likened such candidates with “somebody trying to go to Lagos from Awka by bicycle.”

Speaking at the conference, the State President of the group, Damian Okeke-Ogene, stated that the chapter had decided to support a former governor of the state, Peter Obi, who was nominated as the running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

Okeke-Ogene said, “You know in this presidential race that some contestants are like somebody trying to go to Lagos from here by bicycle, while others are like somebody trying to do the same journey by aircraft.

“So, we have chosen the person we shall support in that election based on his acceptability, capacity and chances to achieve result.”

Our correspondent gathered that no fewer than four Igbo men emerged as presidential candidates of various political parties in the current dispensation.

The Ohanaeze statement read in part, “The journey to 2019 has started and is gathering momentum.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo has earlier made its stand clear in line with the South-East Summit held on May 21, 2018, at the Ekwueme Square, Awka, tagged “Ekwueme Square Declaration,” to support every effort towards restructuring the country to give every zone a sense of belonging and promote equity, justice and fairness that would give Ndigbo and every other part of the country a sense of belonging.

“In line with this, Ohanaeze Ndigbo resolved to support any political party and candidate with a manifesto of actualising restructuring.

“This is why Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, is declaring a total support for the choice of Mr Peter Obi, the former Governor of the state, as the running mate to the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

In the same vein, Igbo lawyers, under the aegis of Otu Oka-Iwu, have expressed delight about the choice of Obi as Atiku’s running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

The Igbo lawyers, in a statement on Wednesday signed by their chairman, Chief Chuks Ikokwu, enthused about the choice, saying they believed that if elected next year as Nigeria’s Vice-President, Obi “will make very meaningful contributions to the growth and development of Nigeria, especially given his widely acknowledged track record as Anambra State.”

The Igbo lawyers held an emergency meeting to x-ray the state of the nation and concluded that Obi had the capability to make a difference.

The group said, “We view the opposition of the PDP South-East Governors to the selection of Mr Peter Obi as the running mate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as uncalled for and totally misguided.

“It is even more untenable when the reason for the opposition is predicated on the claim by the governors that they were not consulted.”

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EFCC Obtains Court Order To Detain Fayose For Two Weeks …Ex-Gov To Sue Anti-Graft Agency

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 1:33am

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a remand order from a Federal Capital Territory High Court to keep former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State for two weeks, The PUNCH can confirm.

The remand order, it was learnt, is subject to renewal which implies that Fayose could spend longer than two weeks in custody.

A reliable source said, “We have obtained a court order to hold Fayose for at least two weeks pending investigation. He could be released earlier or later than two weeks depending on the outcome of investigation.”

Fayose is under probe for allegedly receiving N1.3bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.

However, sources within the commission revealed to The PUNCH that Fayose was also under probe for allegedly receiving kickbacks from government contractors through his aide, Abiodun Agbele, who is currently standing trial for fraud.

The EFCC source said, “We have many cases against Fayose being handled by three different teams. We cannot just arraign him immediately. We want to do a thorough job before taking him to court.”

Meanwhile, the lawyer to Fayose, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), told The PUNCH on the telephone that if the EFCC failed to release the former governor on Thursday (today), the commission would be sued for breaching Fayose’s fundamental human rights.

Ozekhome said the EFCC began investigating Fayose over two years ago and that he wondered why the agency would decide to hold him for over 24 hours.

He said the commission could not force Fayose to write any statement as he reserved the right to remain silent.

The senior advocate said any move to obtain a remand order would amount to illegality because the Supreme Court had made that clear.

The lawyer said since Fayose’s accounts had been frozen and his properties seized by the commission, there was nothing for the ex-governor to tell the EFCC as the matter was already in court.

Ozekhome added, “His lawyers will consider approaching the court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights if he is not released on Thursday. Section 35 and 36 of the constitution are clear on this.

“He is not a flight risk. He willingly submitted himself to the EFCC even earlier than the time he was supposed to come. What the EFCC is doing is nothing but media trial.

“From the way they have been chasing Fayose in the last three years, one would have expected that the EFCC would have completed its investigations and would arrest him immediately his tenure expires and charge him the next day but that is not the case.

“They want him to write a statement by force and then use the statement against him instead of using their own evidence.”

Charge Fayose to court, PDP tells EFCC

On its part, the South-West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday warned the EFCC not to detain Fayose for more than 48 hours before charging him to court.

In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the zone, Mr Ayo Fadaka, the party said, “It is now going to 48 hours that he submitted himself to the agency and he is still being held incommunicado, this development proves that the claim by the EFCC that it is actually working in public interest is a lie. It is merely playing a partisan card as attested to by its unfortunate tweet in the immediate aftermath of the Ekiti election.

“We, therefore, hold firmly that if Fayose is not charged to court immediately to answer to whatever charges against him, then it will be very clear that the Buhari administration is merely using the EFCC to intimidate, harass and punish him in the most unjust manner.”

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Akpabio To Saraki: Senate Leadership Must Change

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 1:04am

The calm that reigned in the Senate since its return from recess last week was shattered yesterday.

Senator Godswill Akpabio called for the reconstitution and restructuring of the upper chamber — in line with the numerical strength of parties. “The majority must always preside over the minority,” he said.

He threatened to stop contributing in plenary unless his desired change is carried out.

Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North West) spoke at a news conference after yesterday’s plenary during which he was temporarily barred from making contributions by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Akpabio, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and resigned as the minority leader, said the Senate president should follow suit after Saraki’s defection to the PDP from APC.

He added that while the minority should have its say, the majority should have its way for peace to prevail.

The Senate, he insisted, must be properly constituted and senators must sit according to political parties.

“You cannot have 10 senators presiding over the affairs of 80 senators and expect peace to reign,” Akpabio said.

He went on: “On the other side, having me move from the PDP to the APC, I think it is a jolly good movement and I am excited that I have a much greater opportunity to relate directly with the government and not my voice to be heard from a partisan point of view.

“Being part of the ruling party now, whatever advice or contributions I will make will not be looked at with suspicion. They will now know that I am saying it from a patriotic point of view and for the fact that I want things to work better.

“I moved in national interest. I saw a kind of slight towards disorder, where many of my colleagues saw defection as a weapon against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I don’t believe that we should bring a government into being without supporting that government to succeed. If the administration slides and Nigeria slides into anarchy, it is our children that will suffer. I moved to stabilise the polity.

“I moved from PDP to APC, to make sure that this government works before election. It should not be all about election; it should be first about Nigeria. Let others also move in national interest.

“I did not just move like that, I was a (Minority) Leader in the Senate. I resigned my position in order to show that, yes, I meant business. Let others who also have positions in the Senate who wish to also cross carpet from one political party to another also resign their positions and take a cue from what Godswill Akpabio did.

“There is the need for us to restructure the Senate. Behind where I sat today, my very good friend, distinguished Senator Shittu; it was after the little noise in the Senate that he told me that he was now in the PDP and I said ‘why are you sitting here?’

“Don’t you think there is the need for us to restructure the Senate? PDP will sit on a side, APGA will sit where they are supposed to, and the ruling party, which still forms the majority, will still sit where they are supposed to sit.

”The leadership should be restructured in a way that the majority can have their way and the minority will have their say. That is the practice all over modern democracies.

“You cannot have a political party with 10 members, another with 80 members, and the 10 members will now produce the leadership.

“Does it happen anywhere in the world? Nigeria is not different. We are running a democracy. That is what I meant when I said I would speak when the Senate is well restructured and reconstituted.”

During plenary, there was commotion for over 30 minutes.

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No-Work, No-Pay To Apply During Strike – FEC

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 12:56am

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the implementation of the no-work, no pay principle when workers go on strike in the federal public service.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this on Wednesday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja while briefing State House Correspondents after FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the approval was sequel to the adoption of the Draft White Paper on the Report of the Technical Committee on Industrial Relations Matters in the Federal Public Service.

Ngige said that the public service in Nigeria was bedevilled by problems and conflict areas; hence governments over time set up various committees and brought out circulars in a bid to stem the tide of industrial dispute.

The minister said that the technical committee, which was inaugurated on April 27, 2016, did their work and submitted to the FEC in Oct. 2017.

“FEC in turn, empanelled a committee of ten which I chaired to do a government Draft White Paper on those contentious areas that the technical committee had looked at.

“These contentious areas are enforcement of section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act Law of the Federation 2004; this is the section that deals with lockout of workers by their employers without declaring redundancy appropriately.

“Because in some establishments, especially in the private sector, workers are locked out by their employers; so the law there says that if you lock your workers without passing through the normal channel-due process.

“For the period of the lock out, the worker is assumed to be at work and will receive all the remunerations and allowances, benefits accruing to him for the period and that period will also be counted for him as a pensionable period in the computation of his pension.

“But when workers go on strike, the principle of no-work-no-pay will also apply because that principle is enshrined in the same section 43 of the Labour Act.’’

According to Ngige, the section says that for the period a worker withdraws his services, government or his employers are not entitled to pay.

The minister said that under the section, the period for which the worker was absent would not count as part of his pensionable period in the public service.

He said that FEC accepted it as a white paper recommendation that should be gazetted because even the National Industrial Court had made pronouncement on that law and said that it was clear.

Ngige said that another area was the issue of public servants remaining permanently in the executive bodies on trade unions.

“Government realises that some persons in the public service go into trade union executive positions; hold offices; and they do that for life; for as long as they are in the service.

“In doing so, they will refuse postings and deployments under the guise that are doing trade union activities; government says no.

“You have to be a public servant first before you become a trade unionist; therefore, if you are there; the public service rules will also apply to you.

“And in doing so, government says establishments will look at the issues and give it a human face in order not to disrupt trade unionism.

“And in furtherance to this, government has also said that there must tenure stipulations because people stay there without tenure; many organisations give people union positions without tenure; government says there is no office that does not have tenure.’’

Ngige said that trade unions, henceforth, should present constitutions that must have tenures; at least, maximum of two tenures for any elective position.

He said that another aspect of the report discussed by the council was the issue of residence training for medical doctors.

According to him, the residence training for medical doctors has been contentious one as some medical doctors come into this training and become professional unionists and stay there as permanent job.

He said that the Federal Government had fixed tenure for residence training of medical doctors, which was seven years within the trainee was to pass all his exams or quit.

Ngige said that FEC also looked at the Ayere report on inter-professional rivalry in the health sector and directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to present it FEC for deliberation.

On the minimum wage, the minister restated that the Federal Government’s stance was N24, 000 per month.

He said that once minimum wage was fixed, any organisation or state that had the capacity to pay more could do that.

Ngige cited that Edo, Delta and Lagos states paid their workers more than the current N18, 000 national minimum wage

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BREAKING: Bindo Confirmed Adamawa APC Governorship Candidate

Sahara Reporters - 18 October 2018 - 12:14am

Jibrilla Bindo, Governor of Adamawa State, has been confirmed as the flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 general election, SaharaReporters can report.

The Professor Oserheimen Osumbor-led Primary Election Appeal Panel dismissed the two petitions brought before the panel, challenging the governor's declaration as winner of the October 5 governorship primary election in the state.

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Mahmood Halilu Ahmed, better known as Modi, had petitioned the appeal panel against the declaration of Bindo as winner of the primary election.

However, one of the aspirants, Modi, who is also brother to the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari rejected the decision, saying "I will challenge it in a law court". He also added that he is sure the court will give him justice.

He alleged that members of the panel were either associates of Bindo's father in-law or Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman.

Speaking on his appeal brought before the panel, he said: "My appeal was not even read talk less of reading the prayers. The composition of the committee includes Abduwa Bindo's man and Musa Gwadabe, a close associate of Bindo's in-law.

"In fact Musa Gwadabe was Adams Oshiomhole's boss when he was the Minister of Labour. There was a meeting before the primaries between the national chaiman and Bindo's in-law and Musa Gwadabe, where they struck a deal to compromise the primaries.

"So we are preparing our case to challenge it in court."

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BREAKING: APC Upholds Shehu Sani As Candidate For Kaduna Senatorial District

Sahara Reporters - 17 October 2018 - 1:55pm

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Appeal Committee has upheld and reaffirmed that Senator Shehu Sani remains the party's candidate for Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 2019 general election.

This was contained in the report of the recommendation of a five-man panel, which was exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday in Abuja.

The committee, which was headed by Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, gave the Senator a clean bill of health, insisting that Sani is the only senatorial candidate from the zone that is duly recognised by the party.

Other members of the committe are: Mike Ugwa (Secretary), Musa Gwadabe, Reuben Famuyibo and Abdulrahman Adamu.

Following the complaints and protest that trailed the conduct of the presidential, governorship and legislative primary elections of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman inaugurated an appeal committee to look into the various complaints by aggrieved aspirants.

Some of the aspirants accused the party leadership of deliberately delaying the process as a ploy to frustrate aggrieved aspirants and make their petitions belated.

Sani's challenger, Uba Sani, who is also a Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the Kaduna State Governor had earlier approached a court, where he had filed a suit against the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to stop him from conducting the primaries for the Senate and House of Representatives in the state.

The Senator had distanced himself from a primary election held in the state on Saturday, where he was said to have lost to Mallam Uba Sani.

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Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom Get Landmark Judgment Against Oil Majors On Revenue Allocation

Sahara Reporters - 17 October 2018 - 1:38pm

Three oil producing states of the Niger Delta got a landmark judgment at the Supreme Court of Nigeria against multinational oil firms operating in the country.

Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom states had approached the Supreme Court for interpretation of Section 16(1) of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act in suit number SC964/2016 filed on their behalf by their lead Counsel, Lucius Nwosu, (SAN).

The particular Section requires the Federal Government to adjust the shares of the revenue accruable to the federation, whenever the price of crude oil exceeds $20 per barrel.

The judgment delivered by Justice John Inyang Okoro mandated the Federal Government to embark on an upward adjustment of the shares of revenues accruing to the government whenever the price of crude oil exceeds $20 per barrel.

According to a statement by Fidelis Soriwei, his Adviser on Media Relations on Wednesday, Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, celebrated the verdict as a victory for the littoral states and indeed the Nigerian federation.

According to him, even before the first offshore swamp oil well was discovered under the particular Act by the Nigeria AGIP Energy, the price of crude oil had exceeded $20 per barrel being used as a benchmark to share oil revenues in the state.

He stressed that in spite of the express agreement that shares from the oil revenue accruable to the Federal Government should be adjusted, the benchmark being used by the multinational oil firms has been static at $20 per barrel till date.

The governor, who spoke on behalf of his counterparts from Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, said the judgment demonstrated “the primacy of the law in the socio-economic emancipation of the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the instrumentality of the government and people of Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States", noting that the implication of the judgment was increase in revenues accruable to the federating states under the extant revenue sharing formula.

He commended the Supreme Court for demonstrating the courage to uphold the rule of law in landmark verdicts required to rekindle the confidence of the deprived people and communities of the Niger Delta and, indeed, the Nigerian Federation.

He said: “We commend the Supreme Court of Nigeria for upholding the rule of law. The courageous intervention of the SCN in this case and other cases, is what is needed to bring confidence to the long suffering people and communities of the Niger Delta and the country at large.

“This judgement shows clearly that the judiciary is ready and has the courage in deciding cases to uphold the rights of oppressed people. We call on other courts in the judicial system to rise to the occasion in order to give the assurance that oil majors and oil block owners operating in our communities will respect the laws of the land.”

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the relevant agencies to ensure expeditious implementation of the judgment in the interest of the government and citizens of the country, just as he assured the people of the Niger Delta and the Nigerian Federation that the law could always be used to redress grievances rather than the recourse to self help.

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Police Dismiss Officer Who Obtained N1.5m From Abuja Lady Under False Pretences

Sahara Reporters - 17 October 2018 - 1:15pm

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has dismissed Sergeant Jolaosho Olusola, who collected the sum of N1.5 million from an Abuja resident with a promise to secure a Toyota Corolla car on auction for the resident.

This was disclosed in the 2018 first half-year report of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) released on Wednesday.

According to the report, Jolaosho was found guilty of professional misconduct following an orderly room trial and has been recommended for prosecution.

The report revealed that "he was tried in an Orderly room and found guilty of Improper Conduct and Discreditable Conduct contrary to Paragraph E(i) and C (ii) of the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulation Cap. P19. Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.

“Punishment of dismissal from service was recommended and since approved by relevant police authority. His case file has been transferred to the Police Legal and Prosecution Unit, FHQ Abuja for appropriate criminal prosecution in court.”

Jolaosho was reported to PCRRU by a lady in Abuja. According to the lady, whose name was not disclosed, Jolaosho collected N1.5million from her in multiple tranches with the promise to help her secure a car via auction at the Abuja Magistrate court.

Her report read: “Sometime in March/April 2016, he called to let me know that some vehicles were up for sale. I went to the court to inspect those vehicles but only found one to be suitable. The vehicle which I found suitable was a Toyota Corolla with registration number RSH 652 TA. He told me that he would assist me in processing the vehicle. He subsequently went to the high court in Maitama and obtained the price of the car as N1,200,000 (one million, two hundred thousand Naira only). He asked me to send N100,000 (one hundred thousand Naira) to his account with xxxx in the name of Jolaosho Olusola with account number xxxx. This he said was to enable him process the documentations and pay the necessary fees. I sent the N100,000 as he demanded. He later asked for an additional N200,000 (two hundred thousand Naira).

“This was also sent to him in the same account as above. Sometime in May/June he demanded a further N900,000 (Nine hundred Thousand Naira) to bring the total amount to N1,200,000 (one million two hundred thousand Naira) which he told me was the value of the vehicle for auction purposes. He told me from the onset that the car would be available and delivered to me in May or June. He further stated that the car would be advertised in the press stating that I am interested in purchasing the said vehicle and if the owner or anyone has a higher figures or views can argue and that this is in line with due process.

“In June I called to find out the position of the car; he informed that he was away for a month because his son was in hospital and will get me posted as soon as he got back. I even sent him N10,000 for transport back to Abuja as he informed me that he was stranded in Lagos. Some weeks after he came back, I called again for enquire again and he informed me that the paper work has been completed but the judge who was supposed to sign it was ill and was away from office. After a few weeks I called again but this time threatened to report this matter to the Police, when someone called me and claimed his name was Mohammad from High Court and that he wants to return the money I paid for the car because the policeman was abusive to him. When I asked him to tell me the location of his office he dropped the phone. I used Truecaller to identify the name of the person as xxxxx. After several pleas from Shola that I should not get the police involved, and assured me that he will not do anything stupid and joke with his job convinced me yet again to pay additional amount. I only agreed because he was a police officer.

“On 6th of September I sent additional N300,000 (three hundred thousand Naira) to same account number as previously. He claimed that the court valued the vehicle as N1,500,000. That is the reason for the demand of the deference between what I had already sent to and the current value. I called him to bring the paperwork to me after the additional payment which he has failed to do despite many promises to do so. I've also discovered that the vehicle has been removed from the court premises. It appears to me that he has taken possession of the vehicle and has embarked on selling the vehicle. It may appear that he has sold the vehicle and may be prepared to refund the money if pushed.”

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Okowa Presents N367bn 'Budget of Sustainable Growth' For 2019

Sahara Reporters - 17 October 2018 - 12:54pm

Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, has presented a budget proposal of N367,095,083,451 to the State House of Assembly for the 2019 fiscal year.

Presenting the budget at the floor of the state Assembly, Okowa disclosed that capital expenditure in the projected budget will gulp the sum of N209,999,054,198 which is 57.21 per cent, while the sum of N157,096,029,253 or 42.79 per cent of the budget would be spent on recurrent expenditure.

Okowa's 2018 fiscal year had as its total budget the sum of N308,888,558,898, comprising N147,273,989,898 recurrent expenditure, and capital expenditure of N161,614,569,000.

Okowa, who christened the 2019 budget, 'Budget of Sustainable Growth', noted that it would enable his administration consolidate on the successes and achievements of his administration.

He said: “Despite the fluctuating fortunes of the economy in the last three and a half years, I humbly note that our state has continued to forge ahead; workers are paid regularly, thousands of previously unemployed youths are gainfully employed, and many of our people now enjoy better facilities in terms of roads, water, education and health.

"Agriculture has received a strong boost with many cluster farms springing up in different parts of the state and, even more importantly, our people remain committed to peace and harmonious living. We shall build on this stable growth to position Delta State as a dynamic economy for the future; indeed, a stronger Delta beckons.”

The budget presentation ceremony had a well-attended session of the Delta State House of Assembly with the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori presiding.

Road infrastructure took the greatest chunk of the budgetary proposal with sum of N79.6 billion while the education sector would gulp the sum of N26.8 billion.

Speaking shortly after the budget presentation, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori assured the governor that the house would give the budget the utmost attention it deserved for speedy passage.

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Suspects Confess To Selling 31 Human Heads, Body Parts To Prominent Personalities In Kwara

Sahara Reporters - 17 October 2018 - 12:33pm

Eight suspects arrested by the Police in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, have confessed to selling 31 human heads to yet-to-be identified prominent personalities in the country.

They also confessed to selling body parts for rituals and spiritual powers.

The suspects were busted by a Joint Investigative Team of the Nigeria Police Force, following information from the public which led to the search of the house of the principal suspect, Azeez Yakubu. A search of Yakubu's residence at No. 20 Ile Opa Adeta Compound, Ilorin led to the discovery of 11 human skulls, some pieces of human bones, human hairs, and powder suspected to be ground human bones and charms

A statement by Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesman, on Wednesday listed the suspects as: Azeez Yakub a.k.a Baba Muri (principal suspect), Abdulrasaq Babamale, Aishat Yunisa, Lukman Saka, Ahmed Yahaya a.k.a. Eko, Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a Adedoyin (Vigilante Commander, Adeta Zone, Ilorin), Soliu Ayinde a.k.a. Baba Fawasi and Abdulganiyu Bamidele.

The statement read: "The suspects [were involved] in kidnapping, murder, ritual killings, exhuming of dead bodies from where buried in the community, removing their vital body parts such as the skull, genital organs, eyes, human hair, certain body bones and sell to prominent personalities in the country for rituals and spiritual powers. The suspects confessed and admitted to have sold thirty-one (31) human heads to some personalities in Ilorin and other towns in Kwara State and other contiguous states to Kwara State.

"Azeez Yakub a.k.a Baba Muri (Principal Suspect) who is a notorious armed robber and have been arrested, charged to court and convicted to prison severally. This suspect now in Police custody has made confessional statement to the Police Investigation Team. He confessed and admitted that one Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a. (Adedoyin), the vigilante commander in Adeta Zone, introduced him to the business and also supplies the human skulls and other body parts for him to sell. Eleven (11) Human skulls were recovered from his possession during police search on his residence. The principal suspect confessed that Abdulfatai Kadri has brought to him twenty (20) human skulls that he exhumed from the Ilorin Community Central Burial ground situated after [Eid] praying ground in Ilorin, Kwara State. He further admitted that Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a. Adedoyin usually brings in the human heads to him in batches of four (4), six (6), eight (8) for safe keeping and usually collects them within a day or two, and also informed him of the personalities in Ilorin and others he usually supply the heads to.

"Abdulrasaq Babamole was equally mentioned by the principal suspect, Azeez Yakub to have bought one (1) human skull from him. Powder suspected to be grinded human bones was recovered in his possession. He has also confessed to the crime admitting his criminal role.

"Aishat Yunisa a.k.a. Iya Alagbo was mentioned by the principal suspect, Azeez Yakub to be a member of the gang who deals in selling of human body parts. During interrogation, she confessed and admitted to have supplied two (2) human skulls she obtained from Azeez Yakub to one Ahmed Yahaya and Lukman Saka. Ahmed Yahaya and Lukeman Saka were indicted in the confessional statement made by the principal suspect, Azeez Yakub. They confessed to have bought two (2) human skulls from the principal suspect through Aishat Yunusa, grinded for their usage and rituals. Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a. Adedoyin is a vigilante Commander in Adeta Zone indicted by the principal suspect to have introduced him to the business and also supplies the human skull and other body parts for him to sell. He is still being investigated on his criminal roles in the incident.

"Soliu Ayinde a.k.a. Baba Fawasi: This suspect also in police custody confessed and admitted to be a member of the syndicate who receives human parts from both Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a. Adedoyin, the Vigilante commander and Azeez Yakub the principal suspect. In his possession was recovered human bones cut-off from the leg of one of their victims. He admitted to the Police investigators that the principal suspect Azeez Yakub and Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a. Adedoyin are working together. At a time he requested for human skull from Azeez Yakub, in his presence, Azeez Yakub called Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a. Adedoyin to bring the human skull after collecting N15,000 from him.

"Abdulganiyu Bamidele: He confessed and admitted to buying human skull from the principal suspect, Azeez Yakub and supply same to his friend one Kayode still at large. All the suspects have made confessional statements to the Police Investigation Team and have confessed and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the recent kidnapping, gruesome murder and ritual killing attacks on innocent residents in Ilorin Metropolis and other towns in Kwara State.

"Investigation is still ongoing and efforts being intensified to arrest other suspects including prominent personalities mentioned by the suspects but who are still at large. They will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation."

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PCRRU: Lagos Command Has Highest Number Of Complaints About Police Misconduct

Sahara Reporters - 17 October 2018 - 11:57am

The 2018 first half-year report of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) has identified Lagos State Police Command with the highest number of complaints about Police misconduct and related offences.

According to the report released on Wednesday, 209 (23.64%) of the 884 complaints received within the months under review came from Lagos State. This is followed by Rivers State with 125 (14.14%) and FCT–Abuja 109 (12.33%), while Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi and Yobe have zero complaints.

The report read: “A total of 884 complaints were reported during this period, 750 (84.84%) complaints have been resolved, 10 (1.13%) complaints were found to be false and 124 (14.03%) complaints are still under investigation.

“Phone call was the most preferred channel for lodging complaints to the PCRRU by the public in the period under review, 495 cases came via telephone calls. WhatsApp recorded 223 cases, Emails 55 cases, Twitter 19 cases, Facebook 12 cases, SMS 10 cases, BBM 0 and Others (written petitions, media publications, etc) had 60 cases. Blackberry Messenger is the least channel being utilised in making complaints to PCRRU. However, several thousands of PCRRU unrelated broadcast messages were received through this channel.

“There is a reduction of 13.29% in the complaints received in the first half of 2018 when compared with same period in 2017, which had 1,155 complaints."

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