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Lagos Government Sanctions Full Reopening Of Religious Centres

4 hours 14 min ago


Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has sanctioned the full reopening of churches and mosques in the city.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement on Saturday during a briefing.

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

He maintained that the safety protocols for Coronavirus will continue to be observed.

Religious centres in Lagos were shut in March to help curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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How Policeman, APC Thugs Brutalised Me For Stopping Ballot Snatcher –Edo Resident

5 hours 34 min ago


A resident of Edo State, who identified himself as Charity, has explained how he was beaten by policemen and thugs suspected to be working for the All Progressives Congress for stopping a ballot snatcher at Unit 01, Adesuwa Primary School, Ward 7, Oredo Local Government.

Charity told SaharaReporters that immediately the thugs arrived at the unit, the policemen started shooting.

He said voters and electoral officers scampered to safety, a development, which made it possible for the thugs to carry away ballot boxes, ballot papers and other sensitive election materials.

“As the guy was running away with the ballot box, I ran after him. I caught up with him and immediately held him. Before I knew what was happening, some policemen came and started beating me.

“They asked me why I had to hold the guy, that was my business with a ballot box snatcher, they were joined by APC supporters. As some were slapping me, others were kicking me,” he said.

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The Ankara Corruption And The Nigerian Elections By Dapo Douglas-Momodu

6 hours 23 min ago


Ankara is a type of cotton cloth featuring bright coloured patterns produced by a means of wax-resist dye technique, associated especially with West African fashion according to the Oxford dictionary. The relationship of the habiliment to the Turkey capital city is quite groggy or yet indecipherable as far as the eponym goes.

The Nigerian political class, solemnly established in intractable debasement and fractious prostitution of customs, prosaic gizmos and minutiae has, over the years, though scandalously and shamefully, has outdistanced all known yardsticks of profanity, obscenity and imbecility in attracting opprobrium towards the noble raiment fancied by many, revered by all its faddists and all orthodox local chiffoniers.

Indubitably over the last two decades and pronounce ably since the commencement of the current pernicious democratic order, Ankara has been condemned to being the ambuscade, criminal dragnet and insincere inveiglement for the impoverished voting population at the grassroots level especially, with a contemptible gratuity that ranged from five hundred naira and the recently heightened ten thousand naira, as in the case of Edo State, for transactional procurement of votes of the luckless, enfeebled and miserable people whose infraction alone is their lawful need or desire to participate in the process of choosing their own leaders and representatives at all levels and to fulfil the righteousness of laying credence to the credibility of the democratic procedures and protocol without which a full-fledged brigandage and political barbarism synonymous with fascism and tyranny will ensue in our polity.

All patriotic and innocent Nigerians had long bided goodbye to such mindlessness and instead opted for a potentially promising democracy with its full rigors a very long time ago. The memories of the military eras of gangsterism, endless looting and unquestionable murders of our common wealth and compatriots are debilitating and excruciating. No rational thinking Nigerian will touch those experience with a lengthened or far-reaching cordage.

The middle and the upper or the elites, the stupendously wealthy voting population, the reticent and the clamorous players alike all have an “ANKARA” schemed out for them and unwarily or naively scampered for a piece, in multiple cases, due to their insatiable avarice, irrepressible swinishness, and sheer rapacity, the supposedly exposed and well- endowed goons scramble violently for as many slots as they can corner in the exact picture of the lower leagues at the rung of the ladder.

The culpability of the venerable elder statesmen can’t also be excused in the Ankara sharing iniquitous routine. A different stroke applies to diverse hordes was/is key in fashioning the applicable, befitting and copacetic model of their pestiferous Ankara for them to look the other way in acquiescence to the reprehensible nation-wrecking but ‘’election victory?’’ guaranteed depravity.

Them take Ankara do our people? What is it with Ankara, our people and election (manipulations) in Nigeria?

The PDP and APC are the chief devils that brought the Nigerian project to its very knees as it is today. Both parties have nothing to offer, no ideological standings, nothing tangible to make of power when and if eventually they get successfully, as it’s always the case, into POWER, yes, power, not office, the lots can’t draw the lines between the two of those.

They are both bereft of what a sane society can and should be. The same lunatics, avaricious elements and hooligans who peopled the former now call the shots at the latter. With the two political parties, Nigeria, as we know it, already a disaster, can only nosedive into oblivion twenty times faster. The roguery and brigandage gets more pronounced by the day. With the two noxious political parties, Nigeria stands no chance.

The hapless, helpless, hopeless and poverty-stricken people have long lost their sense of dignity, virtually any iota of rational thinking and just about every shreds of the

capacities to resist the recklessness of their tormentors long long ago rather, though regrettably, they embrace, worship, celebrate and hail them.

The communal spirit and culture of defending, aiding, abetting and enthusiastic kowtowing to the depravity and vileness of the of the failed leadership in all sectors in the country is incurably ingrained blindly and tumultuously in our people, either at the grassroots, the middle or elite leagues, each category with different kinds of ANKARA to buy their conscience, corrupt their morality, dent their principles on rational judgments, and denigrate their principled stances on the fatalities that unrighteousness portends.

These for the umpteenth time, can only be quashed when a revolutionary shows up. Only then. But until then, the worst of the APC and PDP is warming up.

• Dapo Douglas-Momodu is a political affairs analyst and founder of DYNAMIC NATIONALISTS GROUP.

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Edo Governor, Obaseki, Wins Polling Unit

6 hours 50 min ago


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.

In Unit 21 of the same ward, the PDP garnered 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes.

Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.

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In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.

Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.

Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm, a report by PUNCH said.

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Edo Election: PDP Wins Former APC Chairman, Oyegun’s Unit

6 hours 56 min ago


Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Oyegun, has again lost in his polling unit to the Peoples Democratic Party in the ongoing Edo State governorship election.

Oyegun, who registered in Ward 2, Unit 2, in Oredo Local Government Area, voted at about 11:00am, SaharaReporters gathered.

At the end of voting, sorting and counting, the PDP candidate and incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, scored 109 votes while the APC trailed behind with 40 votes.

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Oyegun had in a statement during the week refused to endorse Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his party’s candidate in the governorship election.

“I stand with the people of Edo State and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic rights. They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership, especially in the political arena and the protection of their democratic rights.

“They should by their votes make clear that it is their right to choose their governor and nobody else’s. There is no room for fence sitters. This is a special situation and primitive loyalties should and must be set aside. Remember Mr President’s admonition in an equally challenging pre-election situation in Imo State, “vote your conscience,” he said. 

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Concerned Nigerians Group Condemns Conduct Of Edo Election, Describes Exercise As Coup

6 hours 59 min ago


The Concerned Nigerians group has condemned the conduct of the governorship election in Edo State, describing the exercise as a coup.

The group slammed the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari over the administration’s overbearing influence in the conduct of elections in the country since the All Progressives Congress came into power in 2015.

Convener of the group, Deji Adeyanju, in a statement said, “The governorship poll ongoing in Edo is a travesty. The umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agents must take responsibility for the violence, voter apathy and electoral fraud that is being witnessed.

“It’s appalling that after deploying 33,000 armed policemen, soldiers, the DSS operatives to protect lives and property of the people, the election is still marred with violence. The security agents, I learnt, are intimidating voters, electoral officers and hounding opposition members.

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“There’s no better time to sign the electoral reform Bill into law than now. Buhari must take cognizance of the fact that he is one of the biggest beneficiaries of a free, fair and credible election and as such, must not deny others of this privilege.

“In view of the foregoing, what is happening in Edo can be likened to a coup. It’s an unconstitutional change of government. President Buhari has legalised vote-buying and violence. To win any election now, what is required of politicians is to recruit enough thugs, compromise security agents, INEC officials sent to conduct elections. It is unfortunate and must be condemned by all and sundry.”

Adeyanju also enjoined the international community to watch closely those perpetrating violence and subverting the will of the people.

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Oshiomhole Knocks INEC Over Non-functional Card Readers During Edo Governorship Election

7 hours 51 min ago


Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission for deploying non-functional card readers for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

He spoke with journalists after casting his ballot at Polling Unit 01, Ward 10 in Uzairue North-East under Etsako West Local Government Area.

Adams Oshiomhole

He said, “Since 1999, this is the highest turnout that I have seen. Elderly women and men turned out impressively.

“The turnout showed that people have shown that they are ready for democracy. My only disappointment so far is that the machine is not working.

“The INEC officials have reported but they have not brought a new machine.

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“This exercise is supposed to have a closing time. If they are doing this in my ward, it means that somebody wants to remove the number of voters here. But I have told them (voters) to stay here, they have a right to vote.

“Nobody should come here and be unable to vote because of INEC’s failure.

“I cannot believe that this is an ordinary error because before bringing the machine here, you should have tested it. I pray that INEC should be able to regularise them (the machines).”

 

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School Building Collapses In Lagos

8 hours 15 min ago


Lagos witnessed another building collapse on Saturday when a three-storey building at Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo, Ejigbo caved in.

A school, Excel College, is housed in the collapsed building.

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the building partially collapsed at about 8:15am.

He said, “Information gathered from some officials of the school revealed that the building had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate and refortify the structure.

“The three-storey building has two wings conjoined. The wing that collapsed has seriously affected the second wing as visible cracks can be seen on the walls, pillars and decking.

“Fortunately, nobody was trapped, no injury and no fatality has been recorded. Responders to the incident scene are LASEMA, Lagos State Building Control Agency and the police (Ejigbo division).”

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Voting Stopped At Egor LGA Due To Non-functional Card Readers

8 hours 34 min ago


Voting has been put on hold at some polling units in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State due to non-functional smart card readers.

Some of the affected voters, who spoke with SaharaReporters, blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission for being unable to exercise their franchise.

Some of the polling units affected are Amegor School (Unit 4 and 5), Uwuelu Secondary School (Unit 5) both in Egor Local Government Area.

A disappointed voter said the polling officers asked him to wait for another smart card reader to be brought from the headquarters of INEC in the state.

"When I got here, the officer said the card reader was not working.

"He said he has informed them at the headquarters in Benin and I should wait.

"Election is almost over and many of us are still unable to cast our votes," he said.

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Another woman, who was also affected, said voters were patiently expecting the replacement of the faulty card readers.

"We have been waiting. They said card reader is not working but they have informed the technical unit at the INEC office.

"We hope the INEC officials will get here on time so we can vote," she said.

Confirming the difficulties posed by the card readers, a presiding officer, who pleaded anonymity, said they resorted to use manual accreditation for some of the voters.

"People voted manually but we are still hoping to get a backup card reader from INEC so that others can vote before the election ends," she said.

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Amotekun Officials Seize 65 Cows, Arrest Herder For Destroying Crops Worth N5m In Ondo

10 hours 5 min ago


Officials of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State have seized 65 cows for allegedly destroying crops belonging to some farmers in the state.

A herdsman, Adamu Yusuf, was also arrested by the security outfit in the Oda area of the state.

It was gathered that the crops destroyed were worth over N5m.

Adeleye Olatunji, Commander of Amotekun in Ondo, confirmed the arrest shortly after visiting the farm.

He said some farmers in Oda town had come to report activities of the herdsmen destroying their cassava, maize and yam.

"We had to move straight into action around 10:00pm and went into the farm where we caught them with over 65 cows.

"So, we marched them from Odo-Igbo community to Amotekun headquarters after the operation," he said.

While decrying the activities of the herdsmen in the state over the destruction of farmlands, Olatunji said the security agencies would not allow crime of any type in Ondo.

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An Increased Minimum Wage Translates To Maximum Hardship Only In A Failed State By Abdulkadir Salaudeen

10 hours 41 min ago


There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigerians are languishing in their country as if in maximum prison. They feel like dying in the face of unmitigated hunger. They earnestly plead to the angel of death to terminate their souls which seem not worthy of existence. Or what is the essence of souls that cannot be nourished? Trying to force death upon themselves, they were told it is a suicide—a criminal act. Many of those who hitherto sustained themselves and their families through wages could not do so anymore because their wages could not be converted to daily bread. Many lost their jobs to right sizing, downsizing and retrenchment. They become burdens to overburdened families and friends who struggle to earn little.

It was this melancholic situation that prompted the Nigerian masses for a negotiation and demand for an increment in minimum wage. Their malevolent government tried hard to circumvent the implementation of the statutory increment; but it has to succumb to the consistent demand of the masses. It was a solo demand: increase our minimum wage we are suffering! No sooner had the minimum wage increased, with the masses' expectation that it would improve their pathetically tattered condition, than they were confronted with successive waves of poverty that cut across every nook and cranny of Nigeria’s landscape. Every member of the Nigerian masses has his or her own share of the engulfing poverty, for it is all-encompassing.

The educated Nigerian masses knew it was not a symptom of a failed state but its reality. But they were hamstrung from saying it for fear of being invited. We are all in the know of what happened to the few who mustered the courage to say it. The illiterate Nigerians were saying it repeatedly, they were complaining bitterly but were not educated to couch it in its befitting term: ‘failed state’. They did not know the technical term. Those who live in denial pretentiously refuse to understand how Nigeria could be a failed state under their leadership. So are their hero-worshipers who tenaciously hold that the hardship under this government must be understood as progress, development, enjoyment, what have you. They believe this government and its leadership is the best thing that has ever happened in Nigeria, and to Nigerians.

Despite all the glaring manifestations of a failed state seen by all eyes, the romantically unrepentant admirers of the President could not still see nor reason. Bigotry, racial or political, is actually a disease. But since fact is fact. Fact is scientific.  It is objective; not subjective. It can be denied, but cannot be changed provided its particulars remain intact. This is why Nigeria was declared the poverty capital of the world and subsequently a failed state. Thanks to those international rating bodies for telling our government the truth they know, but pretend not to know.

Nigerians are now regretting the minimum wage negotiation. They never knew it was an offence in the first place to ask for their statutory right. The government did not also tell them it is an offence to do so—they wouldn’t have done so. Now that the deed has been done; and the government is unleashing its anger, what is the way forward? It should be noted that the minimum wage does not go round. There are many government workers who are yet to get any minimum wage increment though they have swallowed their dose of maximum hardship. They are still swallowing other doses of maximum poverty, maximum hardship, maximum hopelessness etc.

As for the way forward, many Nigerians believe in protests. They believe in industrial actions (strikes). I don’t disagree with them. However, I counsel that the protest should be peaceful. For fear of gunshots and tear gases, the protesters should be on their knees. Let us all kowtow before our megalomaniac government as humble citizens with tears in our eyes, hands on our heads. Let us whine by wailing. Let us let them know that we are not disrespectful; we are rather pushed to the wall. Let us tell them that they are the most powerful but God. Let us promise them that we shall never demand or negotiate any increment in minimum wage for the rest of our lives so that they can let us live. Perhaps Almighty God will touch their hearts. For the hardship and hunger in the land is unbearable.

Some are even saying the suffering is because of our sins! Though under former President Jonathan, our suffering was due to his cluelessness! What sense of justice is there in this conclusion? This is standing logic on its head. The Americans, the French, the Chinese, the Britons develop because they are not sinners. We, Nigerians, suffer because we are sinners. This is their argument. The premise is as specious as the conclusion. Or how do you categorize this kind of thinking?

Already Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are on strike. All other university unions: NASU, SSANU, NAAT vowed to embark on strike on resumption day. It is not an empty threat. They made real their threat on Monday at the Lagos State University (LASU) as the University resumed only to ‘de-resume’. The strike is all about a devilish and cancerous payment platform (IPPIS), notorious for eating deep into the hard earned wages of federal government workers. It has never been this bad! Some academics who had worked for over three decades in the universities lament that their salaries have never been reviewed downward. Even though the upward reviews have always been very marginal and disheartening. They consider all previous governments in Nigeria as being insensitive to their demands. Under the present government of the ‘best president’ in the world, they experience substantial deductions. This is catastrophically disheartening. I don’t know how they will describe this government. As if that is not enough, the academic staff are in their third month without salaries; yet our president is the ‘kindest president’ in addressing ASUU’s issues. Bigotry could be this dangerous?!

Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) on strike, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are to join by the end of the month. Hunger is also striking the masses. The former President, Obasanjo, said the state is failing. Though he is not qualified to say so since his ten fingers are conspicuously seen in the architectural design of the failed state. He should have apportioned some of the blames to himself and apologised to Nigerians. So, he was christened the ‘divider-in-chief’. However, many Nigerians ignore the messenger and focus on the message. Many are queuing behind him, including Prof. Soyinka who is notoriously known not to be his fan; and has not by this acknowledgement become his fan. Truth be told and politics aside, the masses are hungry, and suffering, and dying. Mr. lecturer, Eedris Abdulkareem, is indeed not a prophet; but he sounds prophetic.  Nigeria has never been this jagajaga and everything scatter scatter where poor man dey suffer suffer. Our major sin is asking for a minimum wage increment. And we have seen the maximum hardship: food unbuyable, electricity bill prohibitive, taxes unbearable, fuel price unprecedentedly high. We pray to God, since they say it is our sins, to forgive us and direct our government to better better our conditions before we all opt for voluntary suicide.

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BREAKING: I’m Disappointed In INEC –Obaseki

10 hours 46 min ago


Godwin Obaseki

Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday expressed disappointment over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state.

Obaseki while speaking with journalists after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, said he stayed for over one and half hour on the queue because the card reader was slow.

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The governor said he expected better planning by the electoral commission.

“I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and half hour on the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

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Policemen Deployed To Edo Grumble Over Non-payment Of Election Duty Allowance

11 hours 17 min ago


Policemen deployed from other states to Edo for Saturday’s (today) governorship election are grumbling over alleged refusal of the authorities to pay their allowances.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had on Monday said the security agency deployed 31,000 police personnel to the state.

Some of the policemen, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Saturday, appealed to Adamu to intervene in the matter.

“I don’t even have money to go back to Lagos tomorrow. Imagine no provision for us to go back to our base.

“I heard N50,000 has been approved for those in my rank but I am yet to receive alert. Though some have received theirs,” one of them told SaharaReporters.

Another one said, “We are currently risking our lives to ensure adequate security during this election but it’s sad that we don’t have anything in our bank accounts. Just few of us have been paid.”

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BREAKING: Obaseki's Thugs Chase Away Agents Of Other Political Parties From Polling Unit

12 hours 1 min ago


Thugs loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party are currently chasing away agents of other political parties from the polling unit where he is to vote.

The governor, who is on the queue, watched on as the thugs carried out the act.

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1004 Estate Residents Accuse Bar Beach Police Station DPO Of Abetting Criminals, Cry Out For Help

12 hours 51 min ago


Residents and homeowners of 1004 Estate in Lagos has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver them from the hands of criminals terrorising the estate and allegedly abetted by the police.

The estate’s Acting Chairperson, Mrs Lola Ademola, told a news conference that the call had become expedient as their efforts to stem criminality in the 41-year-old estate were frustrated and had not yielded the desired result.

According to her, the Divisional Police Officer of Bar Beach Police Station, CSP Isa Lawal, allegedly abets the perpetrators of crime, who have now turned the estate into a haven for criminals, especially electricity thieves and other law breakers.

She said that the residents were calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to intervene and come to their aid as the highbrow residential estate on Victoria Island was now home to over 5,000 residents of different nationalities.

She said, “To stem this tide of power theft and avoid infrastructure collapse, 1004HORA deployed agreed community sanctions against the thieves. These measures have brought the association on collision with those engaged in electricity theft, the chief amongst whom is one Mathew Ibadin, a tenant who has used his position as the chairman of the Victoria Island Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) to cause mayhem in the estate, brazenly steal power, aid and abet others to steal power and promote general lawlessness in the estate with the active support and connivance of the DPO, Bar Beach Police Station, CSP Isa Lawal.

“One would expect the Nigeria Police to support 1004HORA and apprehend thieves and criminals in the estate; however, what we observe is that the Bar Beach Police DPO is always in aid of the power thieves in 1004 Estate while punishing those trying to uphold the law. On numerous occasions, the DPO of Bar Beach Police Division has ordered the arrest and detention of 1004HORA officials and staff for disconnecting apartments involved in power theft.

“For instance when one Mrs Eno Eniang was found to be involved in power theft and disconnected, Mathew Ibadan mobilized CSP Lawal and his men to forcefully reconnect the apartment. Also, on May 8, 2020, the DPO ordered the arrest and detention of the HORA Operations Manager for disconnecting an apartment involved in power theft. This action by CSP Isa Lawal in aid of criminals has emboldened other persons within the estate to steal power at will without fear of repercussion putting a strain on the estate’s power supply.
In the latest display of his abuse of power as a police officer, Lawal on August 6th, 2020 again arrested and detained the 1004HORA Operations Manager at the behest of the chief culprit of power theft, Mathew Ibadin who in his attempt to cover up his power theft, removed his issued meter.

“On the 9th of August, 2020, Mathew Ibadin against the estate byelaws, brought in a petrol generator to power his apartment thereby exposing the block of 127 apartments on 14 floors and indeed the entire estate to the risk of fire outbreak akin only to the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London. This is a real and present danger, which must be averted if we are to safeguard lives and property.

“All efforts to get him to remove the generator from the estate was resisted by Mathew Ibadin supported by CSP Isa Lawal who provided a team of armed policemen to guard the apartment and prevent the removal of the generator which is not only a cause of pollution but a threat to lives and property in the estate. The generator is still powering Mathew Ibadin’s apartment till date, despite being served a notice by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency - LASEPA to remove it from the estate. The DPO has made it impossible to enforce the directive of LASEPA. Mathew Ibadin has become law unto himself with the support of the DPO.

With the support of the Bar Beach DPO, Mathew Ibadin continues to threaten and harass 1004HORA exco members and staff as well as other residents while also engineering their arrest and detention both at the Bar Beach Police Station and Police Zone 2 Command headquarters, Onikan, over his continuous use of generator in the estate.

“To secure reprieve for its exco officials, staff and residents from constant arrest and intimidation, 1004 HORA obtained a court injunction, restraining Ibadin, the Bar Beach DPO and the Nigeria Police from further arrest and harassment. However, in flagrant disrespect of the court order, DPO Isa Lawal continues to harass and threaten 1004HORA officials and staff, claiming that no court in the land can prevent him from doing his job. He tells whoever cares to listen that Mathew Ibadin is his friend of over 10 years and he will do everything to protect Mathew’s interest.

"On 16th September 2020, in flagrant disobedience of the order of court, DPO Isa Lawal, again at the instigation of Mathew Ibadin invited 1004HORA officials and staff to appear before him for interrogation. It must be noted that only the previous night (September 15), the same Mathew Ibadin in the company of Wale Adebayo, Shile Adebayo and others, armed with cutlass and other dangerous weapons had caused criminal damage to the estate’s power supply and property and dared anyone to stop them with threat of death or grievous bodily harm. In a bizarre twist, the resident who challenged him on his criminal behaviour was arrested by the DPO in the morning on September 16, 2020.”

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Concerned Nigerians Group Condemn Harassment Of Wike, Other PDP Leaders Ahead Of Governorship Election In Edo

18 September 2020 - 2:42pm


The Concerned Nigerians group has frowned against the harassment of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other Peoples Democratic Party leaders in Benin, Edo State, ahead of the governorship election in the state.

Armed security personnel had laid siege to the hotel where Wike and other PDP stalwarts are lodged in a move designed to curb their movement within Edo especially as Saturday's election was set to be held.

The development attracted criticisms from Nigerians, who described it as a ploy by the All Progressives Congress-controlled Federal Government to rig the poll in favour of the party and its candidate during the exercise.

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In a statement Comrade Deji Adeyanju, Convener of the group, said, "We condemn in its entirety the siege by soldiers and police officers at the hotel of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, and other PDP leaders in Benin ahead of the gubernatorial elections tomorrow. 

"It’s instructive to note that there are currently six APC governors in Edo State and the entire National Working Committee of the party is there with their National Chairman. What the Inspector-General of Police and other security heads are doing by harassing Wike and other key opposition leaders tonight in Benin is election interference. The international community should take note. Governor Wike has every reason to be in Edo State for the election because he is the DG of the PDP campaign. He may even serve as a polling unit, ward, LGA or state agent for his party tomorrow.

"To give undue advantage to the APC and begin clampdown on the PDP is rigging and stands condemned. The security agencies should be neutral to ensure free, fair and credible polls tomorrow. President Buhari must decide if he wants this democracy to continue or he wants to declare full military rule. He should put an end to fraudulent elections."

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PDP Reps Caucus Condemns Siege on Governors By Security Agents

18 September 2020 - 2:30pm


The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned the clampdown on its governors by security agents in Benin, Edo State, on the instructions of the Inspector-General of Police ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.

Leader of the caucus, Kingsley Chinda (PDP Rivers), in a statement described as unacceptable the activities of security agencies whose duty is to ensure the safety of lives and property rather than causing chaos in the state.

Chinda said, "The caucus find the current siege on governors by men of the Nigeria Police Force and other security officials as disturbing and unacceptable ahead of the election.

"As a democratic society, Nigerians should be given the right to free movement, association and above all right to vote leaders of their chioces to govern the affairs of the state in the interest of the people.

"However, security agencies have abandoned thier core duties to laying siege on governors who are out to perform thier legitimate duties in Edo State.

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"The caucus wishes to draw the attention of Mr President to immediately wade into the matter and allow the people of Edo State vote leaders of thier choices.

"We also want to use this medium to draw the attention of the nation and international community of the security siege on PDP governors in Benin City.

"The party expresses shock that security agents were detailed to lay siege to the lodge of our governors to harass and intimidate them whereas APC governors including the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodimma, as well as the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, are left free in the comfort of the residence of the sacked National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, in GRA, Benin City.

"Our caucus considers this siege on persons that enjoy immunity as unconstitutional, provocative and completely unacceptable as there cannot be two sets of laws for the citizens of our nation. In as much as the APC governors are given the liberty to stay in Benin, our governors must not be harassed or stampeded to leave the state.

"At any rate, we are confident that our governors will not allow themselves to be stampeded."

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Stop Disrespecting Nigeria, Government Tells United States, UK Over Visa Restrictions On Election Riggers

18 September 2020 - 1:49pm


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nigerian Government has asked the United States of America and United Kingdom to stop disrespecting the country and its citizens.

The government was reacting to the statements issued by the US and UK on the governorship elections holding in Edo and Ondo states on September 19 and October 10 respectively.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a statement by Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed concern over the visa restrictions imposed by the US on unnamed politicians for alleged involvement in electoral violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship polls.

The statement reads, “It would be considered disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nigeria for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of our citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction unilaterally.

“The Federal Government and especially the President, are committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial, and security support to the electoral process.

“While we appreciate the support and encouragement of our international partners such as the European Union, we urge our equally valued partners such as the UK and US to cooperate with our relevant agencies by providing them whatever concrete evidence of observed misconduct to allow our laws and regulations to take their cours.”

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SaharaReporters recall that both US and the UK had vowed to sanction anyone, who perpetrated violence during the Edo and Ondo elections including imposing visa restrictions and blocking them from accessing their assets and prosecuting them under international law.

 

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Ex-United States Soldier Kidnapped In Ekiti Regains Freedom

18 September 2020 - 1:32pm


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A retired United States of America army officer, Jide Ijadare, who was abducted in Ekiti State three days ago, has been freed by his abductors.

Ijadare was abducted on Tuesday when some gunmen invaded his palm oil factory along Ijan Ekiti-Ise/Ekiti Road at Ijan in the Gbonyin Council area of Ekiti State.

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The gunmen reportedly killed one person before taking the retired army officer and one other person away.

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A family source told journalists that Ijadare regained his freedom after paying the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

The same source had on Wednesday revealed that the abductors called few hours after the kidnap and demanded N20m ransom.

“My brother was released this afternoon around 4:15pm and he has reunited with the family,” the source said.

Police spokesperson in Ekiti, Sunday Abutu, confirmed that the victims had been freed.

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