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Man Kills Girlfriend In Jigawa After Being Ashamed Of Impregnating Her

5 hours 55 min ago


 

A 29-year-old man, Mustapha Idris, has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force for killing his 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend.

According to the Jigawa State Police Command, Idris said he killed Nafisa Hashimu because he was scared of what people would think when news of her pregnancy out of wedlock spreads.

Spokesperson for the police in the state, Audu Jinjiri, said Idris and Hashimu, a divorcee, were live-in lovers at Daneji Village before she became pregnant and informed him in excitement.

Idris however, got angry and stabbed her to death.

Her body was found in a bush on the outskirts of Daneji Village about 22 kilometres from Ringim.

The suspect said, “I’m ashamed of how the society will see us after she delivers the unborn child out of wedlock, and thus I decided to terminate her life to stay away from shame.”

Jinjiri disclosed that the suspect would be charged to court to face the wrath of the law.

 

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There'll Be No Mercy For Pipeline Vandals, Lagos Governor, Sanwo-Olu, Says After Abule-Egba Fire Outbreak

7 hours 36 min ago



Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has issued a warning to pipeline vandals in the state while reacting to Sunday's fire outbreak at Abule-Egba area.

The fire, which started after vandals breached a pipeline to steal petrol in the area, left three persons dead while destroying seven houses including an hotel.

Sanwo-Olu commended officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency for their swift response in extinguishing the fire.

He said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and businesses affected in the unfortunate incident at Abule-Egba. 

"We are thankful for the brave members of LASEMA and our fire service that swung into action working all night to reduce the impact. 

"Pipeline vandals will be shown no mercy. 

“We must work together to ensure man-made incidents like are avoided. 

"Security and information gathering along volatile corridors will increase and a stronger synergy with communities must happen. We all have a role to play.”
 

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BREAKING: Many Injured As Truck Conveying PDP Protesters In Abuja Tumbles

8 hours 15 min ago




Tragedy struck on Monday during a protest by members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja as a truck conveying them to venue of the demonstration tumbled, injuring many of them in the process. 

The incident occurred at the Transcorp Hilton Junction when the truck driver made a swift turn as the party faithful made their way to the Supreme Court complex to express their displeasure with the ruling of the court last Tuesday sacking Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State. 

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Sokoto State Governor

8 hours 24 min ago


 

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Aminu Tambuwal as winner of the March 9 governorship poll in Sokoto State.

Striking out the appeal brought before the court by Ahmed Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress challenging the said election on Monday, Justice Abba Aji affirmed that the appeal lacked merit as the appellant could not prove the grounds of his appeal which inter alia involved over-voting and non-compliance with the electoral law.

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5,070 Persons Arrested In Edo State For Crimes In 2019

8 hours 37 min ago


 

The Edo Police Command said it arrested 5,070 suspects for various crimes in 2019. 

The state’s Commissioner for Police, Lawan Jimeta, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the figure represented the suspects arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, murder, fraud and car theft in the year under review. 

Jimeta, giving a breakdown of the figure, said 99 suspects were arrested for alleged kidnapping, while 523 suspects were arrested for alleged armed robbery, and 4,353 suspects for alleged cultism. 

He said that 92 suspects were arrested for murder, while two and one other suspects were arrested for fraud and car theft respectively. 

The police commissioner said the arrests were from 1,883 reported cases of crimes brought before the command.

He explained that during the period under review, the command charged 950 of the cases involving 1,979 of the suspects to courts. 

He said, “However 429 of the reported cases are still under investigation.

“The summary of intelligence gathering is community policing. Intelligence gathering propelled by community policing and information is key to the success in the protection of lives and properties.”

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ganduje As Kano State Governor

8 hours 47 min ago



The Supreme Court has affirmed the election that returned Abdullahi Ganduje as governor of Kano State.

A seven-man panel headed by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, delivered the judgment on Monday after it was postponed from the initial date.

The panel, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the appeal by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abba Kabir Yusuf, challenging the victory of Ganduje.

The justices held that the appeal lacked merit and was therefore dismissed.

They also added that the petitioner failed to substantially prove and provide evidence that there was any irregularity in the election held on March 9 and the supplementary election on March 23, 2019.

Recall that media reports had indicated that the exercise was characterised by violence. 

Foreign observers also condemned the election, stating that it was characterised by large-scale irregularities and violence.

Before the elections were declared inconclusive after the March 9 governorship election, PDP was leading with 1,014,474 votes, while APC had 987,819 votes.

However, after the March 23 governorship election, the total figures for APC stood at 1,033,695 votes against 1,024,713 votes secured by PDP. 

This meant Ganduje won with a margin of 8,982 votes.

Four polling units were cancelled in Gama Ward in Nasarawa Local Government Area due to incidents of over voting and violence while a total of 2,639 votes were cancelled.
 

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BREAKING: PDP Members Protest At Supreme Court Over Imo Election Verdict

8 hours 50 min ago





Members of Peoples Democratic Party are currently staging a peaceful protest at the Supreme Court in Abuja to express their anger over the judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State.

The protesters were led by the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and other party stalwarts.

The demonstration kicked off from the secretariat of the part located around the Maitama area of Nigeria's capital.  

The protesters were seen chanting songs of solidarity as they marched across the city.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress winner of the Imo governorship election after votes cancelled in several polling units were added to his overall tally. 

In the result released earlier by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Uzodinma had finished fourth. 
 

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NIMASA Remitted N16bn To Federation Account -DG, Peterside

8 hours 58 min ago


Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dakuku Peterside, has said that the agency remitted about N16bn into Federal Government's consolidated account in 2019.

Peterside, who made the disclosure at a recent event, said that the agency generated the amount from the new improved ship registry, which accounted for increased tonnage and annual maritime forecast. 

He said, “This accounts for the N16bn it contributed to the nation’s consolidated revenue account as at October 2019.”

He said further that “government will continue to support the maritime sector because on it rests opportunities for wealth creation and economic growth.”

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Woman Colludes With Boyfriend To Fake Kidnap, Demands N10m Ransom From Employer

9 hours 21 min ago


A 26-year-old woman, Ataghar Namdoo, is currently in the custody of the Nigerian Police Force for allegedly arranging her own kidnap with her boyfriend in order to extort N10m from her employer. 

According to spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, Namdoo connived with her boyfriend, Emmanuel Idu, and a self-acclaimed military personnel, David Okpe, who recorded a video of her being blindfolded and sent the same to her employer. 

The suspects were arrested by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Lagos State Police Command.

Elkana said that in a second video, Namdoo, a mother of one, was seen in a bush at the Sangotedo area of Ajah, Lagos, being threatened by a man wearing a mask and holding a jack knife. Elkana added that during investigation, the police identified the masked man as Idu. 

He said, “The abductors were demanding N10m as ransom in the video. The two videos were sent to the employer of the woman, with a threat to kill her and to also go after the family of the employer if the ransom was not paid. 

“Frightened by the threat contained in the video and the follow-up calls, the said employer, who is into fleet business, reported the case to the police. 

“Upon receipt of the case, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the Anti-Kidnapping unit to investigate the case. The videos were thoroughly analysed, alongside other vital leads. A well-coordinated operation was put in place, which led to the successful rescue of the ‘victim’ of the abduction and the arrest of Okpe.

“The Command has taken steps to verify the claim made by Okpe that he is a military personnel. Police have equally launched a hunt for the second male suspect, Emmanuel Idu, who is on the run. Okpe confessed to have provided the truck used in driving the girl to the bush. 

"The truck was actually driven by him. He also did the video recordings sent to the employer of the woman. The three suspects are from Benue State. They have known one another for many years. Both the woman and man arrested confessed to commission of the crime.

 

“They said their aim was to extort money from the girl’s employer and share it among themselves.

"It is worthy to note that it is a criminal offence for anyone to fake his or her kidnapping. Under the Lagos State laws, the offender, upon conviction, is liable to 14 years imprisonment.

"The suspects will be charged to court at the end of investigation.”

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Bandits Kidnap 32 Persons, Steal 2000 Cows In Niger

9 hours 27 min ago


Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Sulaiman Dauda Chukwuba, has cried out over the kidnap of 32 persons from the area by bandits on Saturday. 

The council boss, who spoke with journalist about the attack, said that 2000 cattle were also rustled during the invasion.

He further disclosed that the fleeing bandits were said to have been prior to the incident chased away from Munya Local Government Area of the state. 

He added that scores of the armed bandits were sighted at a community called Kusasu in Shiroro LGA from about 6:00am on Saturday, up till about 6:00pm trying to cross the river leading to Shiroro Hydro Power Dam and River Kaduna, with the rustled cattle in large numbers. 

Chukuba said, “It is the boundary between Kaduna State and Munya and Shiroro Local Government Areas of Niger State. 

“We are calling  on the government and security agencies to come to our aid because of the dangers posed by forest all around us."

The Niger State Police Command confirmed that there was an attack on the village but did not comment on the kidnapped victims.

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UPDATE: Three Confirmed Dead In Lagos Fire Outbreak

11 hours 46 min ago




Three persons have been confirmed dead in the fire outbreak that occurred at the Abule-Egba area of Lagos on Sunday night.

SaharaReporters had reported that a pipeline leakage led to the fire incident that forced residents of the area scamper to safety.

The fire was eventually put out through the joint efforts of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State and Federal Fire services, Rapid Response Squad and other relevant safety and security agencies.

Seven buildings, including an hotel was completely destroyed by the fire.

Residents, who spoke to our correspondent, blamed the fire outbreak on vandals scooping petrol from the leaking pipeline.

Speaking to SaharaReporters on the incident, Public Affairs Officer of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, said that the valve where the vandalised petroleum product emanated from had been stopped, cutting off supply totally from source at NNPC station. 

He said, "Though preliminary report on the Ilepo fire outbreak had it that it was a pipeline fire which cause could not be ascertained, however, situational report from further investigations later revealed that the inferno was as a result of pipeline vandalism.

"Going further, the report have it that two adults and one young male lost their lives to the inferno, with 11 trucks laden with 40feet containers destroyed, while about seven buildings were destroyed by the inferno." 
 

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Ile Arugbo: How Late Olusola Saraki Illegally Took Over Land Proposed For Public Hospital

19 January 2020 - 4:28pm


 

Documents have shown that the land, which until recently housed Ile Arugbo, a property belonging to former Nigerian politician, Olusola Saraki, was in fact originally scheduled to be used for the construction of a public hospital, secretariat for civil servants in Kwara State, and parking lot in the 1980's.

SaharaReporters gathered that the late Saraki allotted the land to himself when he served as a federal lawmaker in the 1980s and used it to construct a home for old people, who regularly visited his abode for assistance.

A clinic was however, built but was never fully completed because the land was fraudulently assigned to one Asa Investment for commercial purposes.

The Kwara State Bureau of Lands has revealed that no money was paid for the acquisition, no paperwork filed and no certificate of occupancy issued to the company.

To reclaim the land for the construction of the hospital, the demolition of Ile Arugbo was taken by the Committee on Review of Property of Kwara State Government.

Documents seen by SaharaReporters shows that the demolition, which has been politicised by son of the late politician, Bukola Saraki – Nigeria’s immediate-past Senate President – raises questions on how the land was acquired.

Recall that on January 2, 2020, the Kwara State Government demolished Ile Arugbo, sparking reactions from far and near.

Governor Abdulrazak Abdulrahman had said that the land was originally meant for government secretariat and parking space for civil service clinic but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm, Asa Investments Limited, without any record of payment to the state government.

The governor signed a constitutional instrument withdrawing the allocation of plots of land 1, 3 and 5 to the firm, asserting that the said land was unlawfully appropriated contrary to the purpose for which it was meant.

Reacting two days later, Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, accused Governor Abdulrazaq of carrying out a revenge mission against her family by demolishing the property built by her late father for old people.

She added that the demolition was unwarranted and “disrespectful” to her being a top member of the All Progressives Congress ruling Kwara State and Nigeria’s central government. 

 

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'Sins' Of The Buharis! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

19 January 2020 - 4:27pm


SOC Okenwa

SOC Okenwa

 

The presidential family anywhere in the world are one of power, privilege and limitless opportunities. But Africa remains an exception, a 'special' case for reasons of power abuse and absolutism. Take just four examples from Senegal to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon to Angola. Nigeria may not be among the four but that does not mean that the presidential offsprings in our homeland are immune from power abuse or corruption. Mohammed Abacha is 'eminently' qualified to be included in this list. The late tyrant Sani Abacha's son was notorious during his father's despotism for his brutality and cupidity. While the late maximum ruler stole in billions his son pilfered in millions of dollars!

When the old 'ugly' Abdoulaye Wade was in power in Dakar some years ago, his 'white' son, Karim, was a super minister with multiple supervising ministerial portfolios. So limitless and uncontrollable was the power he wielded that he was derisively called the "minister of heaven and earth"! Today, Karim Wade lives opulently in Qatar (having been freed from prison by presidential grace). He was arrested, tried and convicted for looting of public funds under his care running into millions of dollars. Wade the father had desperately wanted Wade the son to be president but circumstances post-power beyond his control had conspired to thwart such eventuality.

In Malabo, Teodoro 'Teodorin' Nguema Obiang is officially the Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea. His father, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is the almighty president for more than three decades now. Mbasogo had overthrown and executed his uncle, Francisco Macias Nguema, after a bloody coup d'etat! The Mbasogos rule the tiny oil-rich country like their personal estate, dispensing favours at their convenience. Opposition is practically non-existent. Teodorin lives like a Prince with posh cars, mansions and hefty bank accounts at home and abroad.

In the past he had resisted attempts by the United States administration to seize some $71m worth of his assets linked to money laundering in America. But recently, the French authorities had tried him in absentia in France for fraudulent assets' acquisition and found guilty. His material and fiscal possessions were consequently confiscated in the Macronian land!

In Libreville, the late Omar Bongo died ceding power to his 'illegitimate' son, Ali. Following a devastating stroke he suffered few years ago leading to months of medical tourism abroad, Ali had since returned to his exalted seat but some Gabonese are still interrogating his capacity to lead. And to be safer at his presidential castle and consolidate his position, Ali had nominated his young son as Coordinator of Presidential Affairs. Noureddin Bongo Valentin is in his late twenties. In the event of Ali hitting the ground and kicking the bucket, Noureddin would probably take over as the 'Overseer' of the Bongo estate!

In Angola, President Joao Lourenco is reportedly purging the system of corruption and cronyism associated with the Dos Santos for decades. His determination to wipe away the Dos Santos power dynasty is evidenced by his fearlessness in taking on the children. The son and daughter of the indisposed long-serving president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, have had their days in the tribunal for power abuse, money laundering and fraud. Isabel dos Santos, worth billions of dollars, was once rated the richest African woman! Dos Santos and family had looted the Angolan resources for many years in a police state with little or no dissidence post-Savimbi.

In terms of megalomania, show(wo)manship and pathological love for the filthy lucre, Miss Hanan Buhari may not be Isabel the Jezebel from Savimbi-land. She is just a young and promising student studying abroad. But Hanan Buhari is in the news lately for wrong reasons. For one, she had solicited the illegal help of the Department of State Services to track down one Anthony Okolie in Asaba, Delta State. A businessman, Okolie was said to be using the MTN mobile number Hanan Buhari had previously used and 'abandoned'.

Citizen Anthony had bought the recycled number from an MTN outlet in town unaware that Hanan had been in possession of same. Subsequently he was arrested, manhandled and forcefully flown to Abuja by the DSS goons. He spent months inside the DSS gulag without trial! Upon his release recently Okolie had confessed that 'suicide' had been on his mind lately given the accumulated debts he had incurred as a result of his prolonged absence from home.

The problem here lies in an oppressive abuse of power. How on earth could someone have been so maltreated for buying and using a mobile line from the agency of the network provider? How could Okolie have known that the number he was using was once used by Hanan Buhari? And above all, why did the President's daughter not direct her anger or whatever complaint she had towards the MTN? Something, indeed, is democratically wrong with a system that allowed this kind of human rights violation.

For another, as the opprobrium that greeted the Okolie maltreatment had hardly died down Miss Hanan came back home and headed to Bauchi in a presidential jet! While the presidency, the First Lady, her mother, Aisha, and MURIC had defended her action those who should know better had condemned such extension of a privilege reserved for the elected.

President Buhari rose to power as 'Mr Integrity' but the much-vaunted integrity of his is now in tatters. He not only accommodates the corrupt but wines and dines with reprobates in the system. He preaches patronage of the local health facilities yet conveniently seeks medical assistance abroad! What megalomania!

The Buhari family has, one way or another, committed 'sins' against the Nigerian nation. The president himself for abandoning his duty post few years ago for medical tourism in London that lasted months. The overall cost of the healing voyage outside our shores remained a well-kept secret of the state. The son, Yusuf, for recklessly getting himself involved in a bike crash leading to hospitalisation abroad. The amount of the tax-payers' funds generously expended was never disclosed and no rebuke was ever extended towards Yusuf for his recklessness.

And now Hanan for causing to be detained an innocent man for doing nothing! And recently for riding in a presidential jet on a private trip (nay excursion) to Bauchi. Put together history may not be very kind to the Buharis for these 'sins' post-Buharism.

SOC Okenwa

soco_abj_2006_rci@hotmail.fr

 

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Why Nigeria Must Break Up By Remi Oyeyemi

19 January 2020 - 4:20pm


Remi Oyeyemi

Remi Oyeyemi

 

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common with unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” –Calvin Coolidge

“To choose the right moment in which to act is the great art of men…” –Napolean Bonaparte

I have been watching the fast pace with which the so-called country of Nigeria has been tumbling towards tragedy. I have been watching the tragedy it has become for its peoples. I have been watching the disgrace it has become for those who carry its green passports. I have reached the conclusion that salvaging Nigeria is a mission impossible. I have reached the conclusion that breaking up Nigeria is the only viable option. There is no other way out.

I am aware that there are many, who mouth unity every day when in fact they do not believe in it. I am aware there are people who keep chanting that tribalism is our bane when indeed it is our real strength. I am aware that most of us like to be politically correct and say, Nigeria must unite when in fact we all know that breaking it up is the best thing for the peoples of this geographical expression.

I look through the various component ethnic groups in Nigeria and I am not able to identify a single one that expresses satisfaction. The Edo is not satisfied. The Mumuye is not satisfied. The Ibiobio is not satisfied. The Efik is not satisfied. The Anang is not satisfied. The Ijaw is not satisfied. The Igbo is not satisfied. The Nupe is not satisfied. The Agatu is not satisfied. The Magale is not satisfied. The Yoruba is not satisfied. The Kataf is not satisfied. The Kanuri is not satisfied. The Ogoni is not satisfied. The Karekare is not satisfied. The Tiv is not satisfied. The Khana is not satisfied. The Lamang is not satisfied. Even the Hausa-Fulani is not satisfied.

It is my view that the silent majority are angling to extricate themselves from the contraption called Nigeria. It is obvious that every ethnic group wants deliverance from the bondage called Nigeria. It is evident that no one believes in the quagmire called Nigeria. None of us has any emotional connection to the country called Nigeria. It is not ours. It is not our making. It does not belong to us. No one wants it.

Nigeria is not a nation. It is a country of nations. These component nations desire to be independent nation-states. A country or a nation (for the purpose of this context) is more than the physical buildings. It is more than a beautiful capital territory. It is more than the existence of powerful armed forces. It is more than a government that controls.

A nation, to exist has to be ingrained in the psyche of its citizens. There has to be that emotional connection. It has to run as blood in the veins and marrow in the bones of those, who subscribe to it. A nation is that consummated indescribable feelings that command the unalloyed love, permeated with buoyant affection and infused with unsolicited loyalty of those who subscribe to it. A nation is that which is patently invisible but translucently obvious and recurrent in the gliding waves of the sea of sub-consciousness, of its people.

This is not the case with Nigeria. We all have nothing in common. Our aspirations are different. Our hopes are different. Our dreams are different. Our primordial attachment is very strong. No one likes to be dominated. No one likes to be in bondage. No one likes to be enslaved. No one likes it when others take advantage of him or his/her people. We are all ethnic jingoists. Yet we are unwilling to accept it. We are all in denial. We all pretend to be Nigeria lovers, when indeed we all hate Nigeria. Our ethnic group is where we derive our identity. It is where we derive our worldview. It is where we derive and form our character. It is what describes us as human beings. It is the kernel of our authenticity. It is what makes us unique. It is what makes us special.

As I wrote elsewhere, a Yoruba man anywhere in the world would do his best to raise his children in Yoruba ways. An Ijaw man would do the same. An Igbo man would do the same. An Efik man would do the same. A Kanuri man would do the same. A Mumuye man would do the same. An Edo man would do the same. Every man would do the same. None of us would raise his child as a Nigerian. This is because Nigeria does not exist in our consciousness. It is not in our psyche. There is no emotional connection. There is no cultural connection. There is no identity connection. There is no sense of belonging of any sort.

It is noteworthy that those mouthing one Nigeria are those benefiting from the tragedy represented by Nigeria. Those who are advocating that Nigeria remains one are doing so not because they love Nigeria, but because they love their pockets. They are the ones who get the big contracts and refuse to execute them. They are the ones who appeal to the primordial sentiments when they lose out in the struggle for the loot. They are the ones who mouth national unity when they get inflated contracts. They are the ones who have no regard for their own people back in their communities. They are the ones who care less for the sufferings of the poor. They are the ones who live ostentatiously and flaunt their wealth to make poor people envious.

They are the ones who are quick to point to their friends in other ethnic groups as if, were Nigeria to break up that friendship would cease. I have Ghanaian friends. I have Togolese friends. I have Senegalese friends. I have Liberian friends. I have American friends. I have British friends. This does not mean that we have to be in the same country to remain friends.

There are those who tout inter-marriage, as a reason Nigeria should remain one. This is balderdash. I know many Igbo who are married to Americans. I know many Yoruba who are married to Germans or British. I know many Ghanaians who are married to peoples from the geographical location called Nigeria. This does not mean that they necessarily have to come from the same country to remain married.

It is my view that there would be better relationships among the peoples of the different nations of Nigeria if each were to control its destiny. It is my view that there would likely be more friendships across the new borders. There would likely be more marriages across the new borders. There would be less hostility across the new borders. There would be more geniality across the new borders. All we need is just go for it and break up Nigeria.

Nigeria is not a viable entity. It is a tragedy. It is a misnomer. It should cease existence. We all have to go our different ways. This is more so because this is what we all want severally. We all do not want Nigeria. We are all dissatisfied with Nigeria. Nigeria has betrayed us. Our hopes are dashed. Our dreams are unrealisable within the Nigerian structure.

Those who work hard are in penury. Those whose lands are producing the resources are in poverty. Nigeria deprives those who value education. Nigeria impedes those who value cattle rearing. Nigeria constricts those who want to be international businessmen. Nigeria is rebuffing those who want to make Arabic education a priority. Nigeria is holding back those who want to jump into the age of technology. Nigeria is denying those who want Sharia law. Nigeria is depriving those who want a secular state.

Nigeria is impeding those who want merit. Nigeria is humiliating those who value integrity. Nigeria is disgracing those who want self-respect and dignity. Nigeria incubates crime and criminals. Nigeria is lawless. Nigeria encourages uncouthness. Nigeria encourages abuse of elders. It disparages the youth. It undermines our age long traditions.

I am not a religious person. I hate churches. I loathe mosques. But something nudges me about the existence of the Supreme Being. Though, I am not sure about this, I am willing to entertain myself with the thoughts of such. To this extent, I am declaring that I have the proof that Nigeria exists against the will of Eledumare.

I do not know about the Jewish Yahweh. I do not know about the Christian God. I do not know about the Islamic Allah. But I know that the Eledumare of Yoruba people is not deaf. He does not wait 60 years without responding to supplications as the Christian God and Islamic Allah have obviously done. The Yoruba Eledumare is swift and effective. We have abandoned our roots. We have abandoned our fore fathers. We have abandoned our ways. We have abandoned our identities. We go around in borrowed robes. We are following the wrong faiths. This is why the prayers would never avail Nigeria.

Why, for example, should the Ogonis remain in Nigeria when they are bigger than 22 countries represented in the United Nations in terms of population? Why? After all, there is a country (Monaco) represented in the United Nations which size is just 1 square mile! Then talk about the Edo nation. Talk about the Efik nation. Talk about the Igbo nation. Talk about the Tiv nation. Talk about the Nupe nation. Talk about the Yoruba nation. Talk about the Hausa/Fulani nation among many other nations chained together in bondage and subjugation in the Nigerian miasma. Why do we all choose to believe the lies that Nigeria cannot break into as many countries as the peoples of the presented geographical location called Nigeria want?

The Hausa/Fulani should consciously seek their freedom from this miserable Nigeria. They could go it all alone. If Burkina –Faso and Niger Republic could survive, the Hausa/Fulani could survive too. The Katafs need to be free from Nigeria. The Igbo have to be free from Nigeria. The Ijaw have to emancipate from Nigeria. The Yoruba have to extricate from Nigeria. The Edo have to disentangle from Nigeria. The Efik must seek freedom from the Nigerian burden. The Tivs should throw off the yoke of Nigeria. We all must work together to consign Nigeria to the dustbin of history. It is Nigeria’s destiny. It must break up.

If Nigeria breaks up, it would increase the competition among all of us. Those who want to move fast to develop would do so. Those who want to slow down would do so. Those who want Sharia would move to adopt it. Those who want to be an extension of the Vatican City could do so. Those who want to educate their citizens could do so. Those who want to rear cattle would do so. Those who love Osama Bin Laden could follow him. Those who want a Taliban dominated nation would have the freedom to do so.

The Yoruba nation is saddled with the governments it loathes. The Yoruba nation is prevented from following its vision. The Yoruba nation is impeded from the pursuit of its dreams. The Yoruba nation is made to abandon its true character under duress. The Yoruba nation is made to denounce its true self under the threat of economic and political annihilation. The Yoruba nation has had its fabric torn to tatters. All these have been possible because the Yoruba nation is chained to the tragedy called Nigeria.

We all want to have our nation-states where we can hold people accountable. We need to do away with the protective evil umbrella that Nigeria spreads over the evil doers in our respective nations. We ought to stop pretending that we want Nigeria. Nigeria must break up. We all need to work towards this. It is the best option available.

I know breaking up Nigeria is a titanic task. I know most people are afraid to express this truism. I know most people are scared to contemplate this reality. But I am convinced that this is the destiny of Nigeria. I know that those benefiting from the Nigerian misery would resist. But we have to take a cue from Calvin Coolidge to be persistent and determined.

I call on the nations of Nigeria to begin their liberation from Lord Lugard’s contraption. The destiny of Nigeria is the freedom of all nations subjugated under its misnomer. Nigeria can never give us peace. It must break into pieces. It is Nigeria’s destiny.

"In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility, I welcome it." –John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1960.

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Stranger Sneaks Into Sowore's Temporary Abuja Abode, Assaults Female Activist, Vandalises Electronics

19 January 2020 - 3:04pm


Omoyele Sowore


Omoyele Sowore

 


A yet to be identified man, who neighbours claimed to be mentally challenged, on Sunday morning found his way into the temporary abode of recently released pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, in Abuja, assaulting a female activist and vandalising electronic items in the process.

The unknown man, who sneaked into the apartment at about 11:00am, went straight into the living room and sat comfortably in front of the television set as if in his house.

Minutes later, he walked into the kitchen but was challenged by a few of Sowore's friends inside the house.

He ignored the individuals, walked to the back of the house, paced to the front of the building before activists around the place challenged him.

However, in the bid of the activists to ascertain where he came from and how he got into Sowore's residence, the heavily-built stranger charged at a female activist, rained several blows on her before tearing her clothes.

Not done, the unknown man went further to grab the female activist by the hair and slammed her on the ground. 

He went ahead to throw various objects in the sitting room at the television set in an attempt to shatter the screen and also vandalise other electronic devices in the living room area.

The stranger was however, later subdued by the activists and handed over to police personnel guarding the area and taken away in a van. 

Sowore, who was resting in another part of the apartment, was alerted to the situation shortly afterwards.

The activist was released by the President Muhammadu Buhari regime after spending 143 in unjust incarceration for organising a protest tagged #RevolutionNow in August 2019.

When he was arraigned before a Federal High Court, Abuja, in September, the judge imposed stringent bail conditions on him in a case brought against him by the Nigerian Government.

Sowore is restricted to Abuja for the duration of his trial except the court changes its position and amends the bail conditions.

The judge’s declaration also forbids the 48-year-old activist from speaking to the press – conditions that clearly infringes upon his fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and association as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a historic document adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1948.

Sowore’s trial gets underway in February in the case the Nigerian Government accuses him of insulting President Buhari and planning to bring down his regime by calling on citizens to take to the streets on August 5 in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from leaders.
 

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Buhari Doing Nothing To End Killings, Persecution Of Christians By Fulani –European Union

19 January 2020 - 2:46pm


 

The European parliament, legislative branch of the European Union, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of overseeing the persecution of Christians in the Northern part of Nigeria where Sharia law is in practice.

The EU in a new report released on January 16, 2020 said over 6000 Christians had been murdered by "Fulani militants whereas in Sharia states, Christians face constant discrimination and are often considered second class citizens”.

The report further adds that, “These attacks have continued with total impunity with perpetrators rarely being held to account whereas Amnesty International report has demonstrated wilful negligence by the Nigerian security forces concerning deadly attacks against farming communities.”

The report says Buhari's poor handling of Nigeria's deteriorating situation in the North-East has worsened as non-governmental organisations ready to help are denied access by the Nigerian Government for political reasons.

The EU condemned what it described as "extermination of human beings or ethnic cleansing" while calling on the Nigerian Government to find immediate solutions to the conflict now affecting the stability of West Africa.


 

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Police Debunk Report Claiming 30 People Were Killed In Kaduna-Zaria Road Attack

19 January 2020 - 2:24pm


 

The Kaduna State Police Command has debunked a report claiming that 30 people were killed and 100 others kidnapped during an attack along Kaduna-Zaria Road.

In a statement by the spokesperson for police in the state, Abubakar Sabo, the command said that only six persons lost their lives while five others were injured from the incident, which took place on January 14.

Sabo disclosed that investigation was ongoing to ascertain the exact number of persons abducted.

The statement reads, “While regretting the unfortunate incident, the Command maintains this casualty figure as accurate until more facts prove to the contrary.

“Consequently, the command wishes to warn members of the public who share messages related to security from unverifiable sources to desist, as the command would not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons who engage in such malicious publication/circulation.

“All accounts of crime incidents should be verified before publication to avoid being involved in sharing mischief.”

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BREAKING: Pipeline Leakage Leads To Fire Outbreak In Lagos Community, Houses Burnt

19 January 2020 - 1:20pm


A pipeline leakage in Abule-Egba area of Lagos State has caused a heavy fire outbreak.

The pipeline leakage was said to have led crude oil spilling all over the place and eventually caused fire outbreak, eyewitnesses confirmed.

Not less than 10 houses have so far been razed by the fire.

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EXPOSED: Another Ogun Government Nominee Busted For Fake Academic Credentials

19 January 2020 - 12:29pm



Less than one week after it was revealed that the Ogun State Government had nominated a disgraced former lecturer of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Prof Sidi Osho, as Commissioner for Education and sent her name to the state’s House of Assembly for clearance, SaharaReporters has uncovered moves by the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun to appoint yet another person suspected to have forged academic credentials as a special adviser in his government. 

Listed number one on the log of nominees for special advisers in a document seen by SaharaReporters, Dr Joseph S. Odemuyiwa has been found to be a serial certificate forger and manipulator, who has fraudulently walked his way to the top of the academia despite being discovered and dismissed by two higher institutions in the past. 

Findings by SaharaReporters revealed that Odemuyiwa left OOU to Kwara State University with forged letter of promotion to become associate professor but was soon discovered and sent packing.

He found his way into Tai Solarin University of Education in Ogun State where one Prof Awonusi detected his fake degrees and university qualifications and had him booted out. 

In Odemuyiwa’s resume seen by SaharaReporters, he claimed to have attended several reputable institutions including Northeastern Illinois University, United States, St. John's University, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos.  SaharaReporters Media

Some of the qualifications he claimed to have obtained from these institutions include Doctor of Education in Business Education, Master of Business Education, Bachelor of Business Education, Technical Teachers Certificate in Business Education among others.

However, trusted sources confirmed to SaharaReportersthat most of the claims outlined by Odemuyiwa on his resume are all made up to continue to sustain his lies and scheming. 

Recall that Governor Abiodun had on January 16, 2020, ordered all political appointees to produce their certificates and curriculum vitae after Osho’s story was published by SaharaReporters.

The announcement contained in a circular with reference number SSG/ADM. 22/251 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, reads in part, “Kindly note that all political appointees are required to submit copies of their academic qualifications along with an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.

“These documents should be collated and submitted to the office of the Secretary to the State Government.”

Despite underground moves to turn the tide in her favour, the governing council of Olabisi Onabanjo University on Tuesday unanimously dismissed Osho’s appeal to convert her dismissal from the institution to retirement or withdrawal from service.

Efforts to reach the state government to find out how they would handle Odemuyiwa’s case proved unsuccessful as officials contacted refused to speak on the matter.

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Amotekun: Yoruba World Congress To Hold Solidarity Walk On Tuesday

19 January 2020 - 12:17pm


Yoruba sons and daughters have been urged to come out in large numbers on Tuesday to participate in a rally to support Operation Amotekun, a security network recently established by governors of South-West Nigeria to wage war against insecurity across the region. 

The protest code-named "Amotekun Solidarity Walk" being organised by Yoruba World Congress will take place in all South-West states. 

The YWC is led by Emeritus Professor of History and Second Republic Senator, Banji Akintoye. 

According to a statement by YWC Director of Contacts and Mobilisation, Comrade Victor Taiwo, the rally will hold simultaneously in Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure and Ado-Ekiti respectively from 9:00am.

The statement reads, “All Yoruba people are urged to come out on Tuesday to show to the world that Amotekun has come to stay. 

“We must show the external forces and their internal collaborators who want to stampede our resolve to protect ourselves, safeguard our land from kidnappers, armed-robbery and put an end to consistent destruction of our farmlands that enough is enough.

“Well-meaning Yoruba people and leaders of thought would be at designated venues to address the protest. We want to assure our governors that Yoruba people are behind them on Amotekun. 

“We urge them not to shiver and they must never shiver. It is no retreat, no surrender. We will not surrender Amotekun.” 

On the meeting points, those in Lagos are expected to converge at Gani Faweyinmi Park, Ojota; Oyo: opposite Agodi Cenotaph, Ogun:  Pansheke Junction, Abeokuta; Osun: Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo; Ondo: Alagbaka Roundabout, opposite First Bank, Akure, while those in Ekiti are to converge at Fajuyi Roundabout, Ado-Ekiti. 

The list of state coordinators, according to the statement, would be released on Sunday after proper consultation with relevant stakeholders. 

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