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Woman Nabbed While Smuggling Indian Hemp Into Kano Prison

27 May 2019 - 5:44am


The Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) attached to Kano Central Prison has arrested a woman for attempting to smuggle 39 wraps of Indian Hemps into the Kano prison.

The woman, identified as Rifkatu Anthony, was arrested while trying to take the hard drug into the prison for inmates.

This is coming after one Clement Jacob was arrested while smuggling cannabis into Abuja prison.

In a statement released by Magaji A. Abdullah, Controller of Prisons, Kano, the arrest is coming in a period the prison service is working to block all channels being used to smuggle hard drugs into the prison.

Abdullah stated that when confronted, the woman denied having knowledge of what she was carrying.

“The woman feigned ignorance of the illicit substance in her possession claiming that the items were given to her by one ThankGod, for delivery to the prison inmates,” he said.

The Kano Prison Controller also mentioned that “any officer caught aiding or failing to apprehend smugglers act will be shown the way out of the Service as they have no business being in a character reformation agency.

“There is no gainsaying that exposing inmates to the use of hard drugs is an anathema to the reformation goal of the Prisons Service as it does not only precipitate health complications but also constitutes a security risk to innocent lives in and around the prison,” he said.

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Even If You Kill Us, We Will Lockdown BiafraLand Says Pro-Biafra Group IPOB

27 May 2019 - 4:32am


The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that no amount of intimidation by the Federal Government of Nigeria will deter its resolve to boycott activities on the 30th of May 2019 in honour of its war heroes.

IPOB had declared a sit-at-home to honour its men who died in the Nigeria-Biafra war from 1967-1970.

The government through the Police has however warned the group against the planned action.

Emma Powerful, the group's spokesperson in a statement on Monday, however, dared the army to stop members of the group.

The statement reads: “We the indomitable IPOB family worldwide wish to remind the Nigerian army, police and their collaborators within and without, that threats, lies, propaganda, misinformation, arrests, torture, illegal detention, a corrupt complicit judiciary only serve to strengthen our resolve to restore Biafra not diminish it. But one thing is guaranteed, the day of reckoning will come when heaven and earth cannot contain the rage of the oppressed. On that day every person or persons that ever partook in the persecution of IPOB will pay dearly for it, them and their families.

“Biafraland is under siege today, with hundreds kidnapped on a daily basis by an army that capitulated in front of Boko Haram and are actively supporting the ethnocentric campaign of genocide against non-Fulani populations in the Middle Belt. We have resolved to make every sacrifice needed to ensure Biafra is liberated therefore we are prepared for this wave of the onslaught against IPOB.

“We are consoled by the fact that the whole world is taking stock of what IPOB is being forced to endure because a time will come when the hunter will become the hunted.

“Biafra remembrance day celebration is on Thursday 30th of May and Biafrans must not come out on that day. It will serve as a reminder to the overlords in Nigeria that we Biafrans are united in our quest to be free from the iniquitous bondage called Nigeria.

“IPOB is a disciplined movement that cannot abdicate its obligation to the dead. We owe it to our fallen heroes and heroines to honour them in the finest traditions of IPOB on May 30th. No matter how many troops they deploy on our streets or how many people they kill or arrest, Biafraland will be locked down on that fateful day.

“There is nothing this wholly incompetent and fraudulent Nigerian Government, her police, army and other security apparatus can do to stop or jeopardize 30th of May. This great day mapped out by Biafrans to remember their heroes and heroines who sacrificed and laid down their precious lives for this present generation to be alive today, will be observed. It is better for Nigeria police and other security agencies to stay indoors and respect that day or the spirit of those that died in the quest for Biafra will destroy them.”
 

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BREAKING: President Muhammadu Buhari Signs 2019 Appropriation Bill

27 May 2019 - 3:50am


President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2019 appropriation bill into law.

The assent of the President will officially make the bill become law and signal the commencement of the 2019 fiscal budget.

The signing of the bill had in attendance, Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo, Udoma, the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang.

Others are the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Minister of Finance, Boss Mustapha.

More to come.

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Start Paying New Minimum Immediately Ngige Warns Employers, State Governments

27 May 2019 - 12:07am


Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige has said that the implementation of the minimum wage should start immediately by the state governments followed by all employers of labor.

The Minister gave the warning while speaking journalists on Sunday. 

He said, “Any state government that has not started implementation of the new minimum wage is now owing workers especially if they have not started paying N30, 000. They are owing workers effective from 18th of April, the new minimum wage.”

“Any state that does percentage increase will put itself in a disadvantaged position as it will not be able to pay.”

Ngige said with the signing of the new minimum wage bill into law by the President, the new wage now takes effect from the April 18, 2019, adding that “any employer of labour that has not commenced the payment is already owing workers arrears of the new wage.”

He continued that; “The minimum wage was one of the products of the technical committee that worked on the palliatives as a result of the increase in pump price of PMS.

“We were the anchor ministry and I led the government delegation comprising about seven ministers, the National Salaries and Wages Commission and the state government.”

“We are now in a committee working out a new template with which we will adjust the consequential adjustment upstairs for those already earning above N30, 000.”

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Tension In Jos As Reprisal Attack Kills Many, Houses Burnt

26 May 2019 - 11:55pm


Many are feared dead with properties worth millions of destroyed in fresh violence affecting parts of Jos, Plateau state.

The violence within some communities such as Dutse-Uku and Rikkos led to massive casualties.

The incident was confirmed in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau State, Mr. Mathias Tyopev on Sunday.

He said policemen had been deployed to the community to put an end to the violence.

“We have received reports of tension around Dutse Uku, Rikkos, Cele Bridge and we have mobilised our personnel to the area.

“As we speak, the area commander, Jos metropolis, is there on ground.”

A source residing in the community said the problem started from the last week when a boy from Angwan Miango was found dead at a boundary between the community and neighbouring Rikkos, a community of Hausa residents.

He narrated on that, on Sunday morning, another boy from the same Angwan Miango was killed at a stream that runs across Angwan Miango and Rikkos communities, adding that indigenes of Angwan Miango went on a reprisal against Rikkos, resulting in killings.

 

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Abuja Pastor, Joshua Iginla Acquires Private Jet To 'Further The Cause Of The Ministry'

26 May 2019 - 11:35pm


Joshua Iginla, founder of Champions Royal Assembly, an interdenominational church in Abuja has acquired a multi-billion Naira private jet.

The new acquisition is coming weeks after General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman took delivery of 
a Hawker BAe 125-800 that reportedly costs between $1,095,000 to $2,895,000.

In a statement by the church on Sunday, Iginla, "added the new wonder on air to ease the missionary work as a prophet with global impact."

The church justified the move saying: "Acquiring a private jet is not a luxury but borne out of necessity. Arguably, Nigerian prophets are among the most sought out globally.

"Most times, they are needed in two or three countries in different continents in a day. Hence, there is need to create a very easy means of transportation for them, couple with the fact that our transportation industry is still way behind Compare to other developed countries and that is why we see men of God purchasing private jets, not to showoff but to make movement easy for them for evangelical and missionary purposes."

The move is coming amidst a widely publicized divorce from his wife of 13 years, Yemisi, which he announced on live television due to 'infidelity on both sides'.

Joshua Iginla has now joined the likes of Apostle Johnson Suleiman, David Oyedepo, who acquired a Gulfstream V jet for US$30 million as part of his four fleet collection of Aircrafts; Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the revered overseer of Nigeria’s largest congregation, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who spent $30 million on a Gulfstream jet; as well as Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, Ayo Oritsejafor.
 

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Mark My Words, I Will Become President Of Nigeria, Okorocha Vows

26 May 2019 - 12:06pm


Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, has vowed that he will become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come what may.
Okorocha made his conviction public on Sunday during his valedictory thanksgiving service held at the Government House Chapel in Owerri.
He said  that his current political travails, particularly the seizure of his Certificate of Return as the Imo West senator-elect, were only strengthening him for the  exalted  presidential seat in Aso Rock.
The outgoing governor said the wishes of his political adversaries concerning him would not come to pass, saying “those who want me to go to prison will go to prison before me.”
 
According to him, the elite hated him because he decided to approach the affairs of the state differently.

Describing himself as “the most criticised politician” in the country, Okorocha said that all the ploy to stop him from going to the Senate will fail.

Okorocha said, “I tell you, I am the most criticised person in Nigeria today. I don’t know why the entire elite hate me with cruelty.

“My Senate ambition is still a battle. More than 30 people have joined the suit to fight me. All these, I will overcome.

“They are only preparing me for the glory ahead.”

“Mark it, I will be president of Nigeria. I said this on this altar so that the kingdom of God will rise against those fighting to stop me.

“Also, those who think they will put me in prison will go to prison before me.

“They don’t want me to be at the National Assembly, but I will be there. I know I am the last man standing, but I will not give up.”

He said that 95 percent of Imo indigenes did not understand him and his style of governance.

“Only a few of them later realised that I meant well for the state. I governed the state with passion. I broke protocols and bent the laws, but I never broke laws.

“When I took over the office eight years ago, I wasn’t unmindful that a lot of people will misunderstand me and try to distract me.

“But today, I have left the state better than I met it. I am the architect of the new Imo. I am a satisfied governor.”

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You're A Shameless Politician, Okorocha Fires Back At Uzodinma

26 May 2019 - 10:18am


Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing governor of Imo state, on Sunday, replied Senator Hope Uzodinma,the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general election, and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial zone, over his recent  media attacks against him.
Okorocha decribed Uzodinma as a "shameless" politician who is a pliable tool in the hands of some politicians within and outside the state who are bent on ruining his political career.
He said Uzodinma would do anything to please his political masters to be in their good books
A statement signed by Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, read that,  “within one week, Chief Hope Uzodinma, the governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Imo State, has had series of interviews in almost all the national newspapers. And his target in all the interviews was Governor Rochas Okorocha. He has also invaded the social media with his insults on the governor.

“Interestingly enough, the kind of courage and boldness Chief Uzodinma displayed or exercised in all his media outings against Governor Okorocha only showed that he has no shame. And he could do worst things if he has the opportunity”.

According to the statement, “Chief Uzodinma contested the governorship election in the State with the ticket of APC and he could not win in his own Oru East local government. He could not win in any of the 27 LGAs in the State, and never came second or third in all the LGAs but only came fourth and he has the audacity to be granting interviews and talking balderdash.
“He has only confirmed that he was only used as tool to destroy Imo APC. And they have promised him Ministerial appointment and that is the reason behind his current media Campaigns and to be listened to, he has to be insulting Governor Rochas Okorocha.

“Chief Uzodinma and co told the world that governor Okorocha had finished politically, that they were the ones holding the ace of APC in the State. And today, Nigerians have seen or known who holds the franchise of APC in Imo and in the Southeast”.

It continued that, “at least, the outcome of the 2019 election spoke volume. It showed that like Governor Okorocha had said, Chief Uzodinma didn’t contest the 2019 governorship election in the State to win. He only came to be a tool in the hands of those who wanted to kill APC in Imo and South-East in general for reasons best known to them.

“The 2019 poll also showed that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is loved by Imo people to a very large extent and he was the most popular governorship Candidate. He won the 2019 election with the real votes of Imo people but INEC decided to announce someone with fictitious figures winner.

“Chief Uzodinma could not produce even one House of Assembly member. But Ugwumba Nwosu produced about eleven House of Assembly members, two Federal House of Representatives members and one Senator for Okigwe zone on the platform of Action Alliance, (AA). And all those who won election on the tickets of APC are all Governor Okorocha’s men.

“The truth is that falsehood does not endure. But truth endures. Even at the moment, only Governor Okorocha has the capacity to rebuild APC in Imo and in the South-East generally with the support of the AA Chieftains led by Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.

“In case men like Hope Uzodinma do not know, Governor Okorocha will outlive them, outlive their mischievous politics and their gang up. In their effort to destroy Okorocha’s politics, they messed up the entire State with their Collaborators.
Uzodinma had on Friday in an interview he granted the Nation Newspaper fired a barb at Okorocha by calling him a saboteur.

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APC Is Responsible For Rising Suicide, Misery In Nigeria, Says PDP

26 May 2019 - 9:35am


 

The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has described the escalated despondency, depression and misery in the country as a national tragedy caused by the All Progressives  Congress(APC) administration.
Lamenting what the party dubbed 'rising social degeneration',  the opposition party urged Nigerians to show empathy and brotherly love to one another at this trying time . The party also ascribed the high incidence of suicide in the country to the depression and hardship foisted on the country by the Buhari-led administration.
PDP, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the “rising spate of suicides, slavery mission abroad, divorces, child abandonment and other social degeneration” are occasioned by the “worsening economic hardship, poverty, hunger and rising insecurity under the incompetent, corrupt, divisive and manipulative APC administration.” 
According to the statement, the PDP said Nigerians became more despondent after the electoral heist that happened in February 23, 2019 when Atiku Abubakar, the party's presidential candidate, was robbed of his mandate
 “In the last few months, the news media has been awash with horrible reports of teenage suicide in our country.
 “Banditry, insurgency, marauding, bloodletting and kidnapping with unmentionable ransoms, have almost become daily occurrences. Our citizenry is now battling with the worst kind of siege mentality.

“Constitutional violations, human rights abuses, arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial killings, assault on perceived dissenting voices and attempt at annexation of our institutions of democracy, particularly the judiciary, signposts a nation in dire strait. “Misery has set in. This is evident in the shrinking of our nation’s Gross Domestic Produce (GDP) to 2.1percent in the first quarter of 2019. “It is saddening that at the time Nigerians ought to be celebrating, they are rather forlorn, committing suicide and exiting the country in droves. 
"Most Nigerians have become downhearted in the face of an administration that wrecked our once robust economy and divided our people; in the face of worsening joblessness, piling bills, hunger and diseases; in the face of incompetence, lies, and unfulfilled promises of free homes, monthly allowance to unemployed youth and the poor, bringing the naira to the same value as the US Dollar, creating of 5 million new jobs, ending of insurgency in three months and myriad of other false promises. 
“Instead, what our nation has witnessed is an official entrenchment and elevation of incompetence, deceit, propaganda, failure and cabal mentality on the corridors of power; a situation where the only achievement is the foisting of economic recession and mortgaging of the future of our nation with the accumulation of N24.39 trillion debt, with no tangible project to show. 
“It is instructive to state that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration has obstinately refused to allow any scrutiny of its books, knowing that they are catalogues of corruption, treasury looting, violations, impunity and acts that have brought our nation to its knees.” 

 

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Lagos Task Force Officers Assault Journalist, Detain Him For Hours

26 May 2019 - 8:13am


Abdul-waheed Usamah, a journalist , was assaulted  on Saturday by officers of the Lagos Task Force for  confronting  the officers to stop harassing innocent people.
The incident occured at the Police College in Ikeja during a victory party organised for the Lagos Governor-Elect Babajide sanwo-Olu on Saturday. 
Usamah, who is the Managing Director of  an online news portal called 'The Guild', was not just beaten black and blue but also bundled into a Black Maria and taken to the Task Force Headquarters in Oshodi. He was detained at the headquarters for two hours
According to Usamah, “I attended the Victory party organized for the Lagos Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Kadri Hamzat, by Sanwo-Olu’s ICG, and held at the Police College in Ikeja. During the event, I noticed how police officers attached to the Lagos State Task Force have been harassing and embarrassing APC party members and other guests who were trying to access VIP session of the party, and I drew the attention of the organizer and the ICG’s security to the men.

“During the process of trying to advise and made suggestions to the ICG’s security so as to save guests from the embarrassment coming from the police officers, one the officers, violently pushed me and we got into arguments, and others, including their superior started threatening.

“While I was trying to talk them out, one officer came from the crowd, and punched me in the face, and the next thing I knew, five of the officers started dragging me and forcefully pushed into the Task Force truck. I was kept in the Black Maria for an hour, and was later driven, inside the Black Maria to the agency’s office where I was kept inside cell.”

He explained further: “When we got to the agency’s office, I was handed over to the officers on duty who after, seizing my two phones, asked me to removed my belt and shoes, and locked me inside a cell where I met about 17 people in bad condition.

“After about an hour and half, one officer came in announcing my name and directed his colleagues to open the cell iron gate for me and led me to the Task Force Chairman’s office, where I met him. He ordered for my belongings in agency’s care and released me.”

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Reversing Trailer Kills Lagos Traffic Official

26 May 2019 - 7:37am


Arogundade Remilekun, a female officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency(LASTMA), has been crushed to death by a trailer.

It was gathered that the tragic incident occured  in Apapa area of Lagos on Sunday morning.

The late Remilekun was said to be from Apapa Zone 36 station base.

It was gathered that the officer was at the back of the truck when the tragedy occurred.

The trailer crushed her to death as the driver was trying to reverse.

Eyewitnesses said the driver of the trailer was oblivious of the deceased's presence.

She was said to have died right on the spot.

Her remains have been evacuated from the scene of the tragedy.

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Dear Buhari, Don’t End Up Making Jonathan, Obasanjo, IBB Look Like Heroes By Your Failure By Fredrick Nwabufo

26 May 2019 - 6:36am


Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo

In Nigeria, governments come and go, but each one outpaces the other in impunity, non-performance, corruption, and incompetence.  Before the administration of President Buhari, that of Goodluck Jonathan was knocked as the archetypal highhanded, clueless, corrupt and wasteful government. But before Jonathan’s reign, Obasanjo’s administration was pilloried as a corrupt and iron-fisted “regime”, and before that, the military administrations were adjudged the “portmanteau of all evils”.

I must say, most Nigerians still consider the military administrations as the “portmanteau of all evils”. And I assent this view.  But lately, I chanced on some conversations with the pesky question:  “20 years of democracy, how well we have done?” For me, democracy is a rudimentary system of government, essentially for its freedoms, that cannot be bartered for any other system. But in the past 20 years, our practice of democracy has not resulted in improvements to infrastructure and general well-being. However, there is something to be said for the relative freedom enjoyed by citizens.

The Buhari administration came in the saddle with so much hope for citizens. The hope of better security; of a strong economy, of better welfare for citizens and of an end to corruption. But these hopes have taken flight like the summer birds.  The administration has failed uninhibitedly in tackling insecurity.  This is, perhaps, the biggest failure of this government.

In April, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, disclosed that 1071 Nigerians have been killed and that 685 have been kidnapped since January. A few days ago, about 24 persons were killed in Katsina, the president’s state. The jagged appendages of insecurity have even stretched far to claw some traces of the first family with the kidnap of the district head of Daura, who is said to be an in-law of President Buhari.

Really, I found the response of Prof Ango Abdullahi, the chairman of Northern Elders Forum, to the presidency’s statement that the insecurity crushing Katsina in a feisty grip was a confirmation that the president is not partial to his own state on matters of security.

Abdullahi said: “They (presidency) should be concerned that the security failures are everywhere, including the hometown of the president.”

Even now, the killings are unabated. But there appears to be no plan or strategy to halt them, except for wishes and feeble promises. And after four years, the president still says, “I will fulfill my promise on addressing insecurity.” After four years?

Really, casting off every pretension and sentiment, what exactly has this administration achieved in four years? I find it hard to put my finger on any. The much vaunted Social Investment Programme for which N500 billion was budgeted has turned out to be a fatal fraud. According to Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, the “programme failed in the north.” So, if it failed in the north where exactly did it succeed?

Hear her: “...I don’t know where the social investment worked... I was expecting that the N500 billion to be utilised in different methods in the north for the aim to be achieved. I don’t know the method they used but most northern states did not get it.”

Ordinarily, the wife of the president’s allegations should spur some serious investigation into the spending of the programme. But I have little faith that this will happen. If corruption was democratised under Jonathan, it has been privatised under Buhari.

As a matter of fact, Mr. President’s failure in his first four years is making the administration he deracinated look good. It has been a full-term of comparing failures and of outpacing impunity, corruption, and incompetence.

Mr. President has another four years to show competence, sensitivity, integrity, and even-handedness, because, at the current pace of low-hanging failures, Nigerians may have better things to say about the administrations of Jonathan, Obasanjo and even Ibrahim Babangida than his own when the day is done.
I wait with measured optimism for "Next Level".

Fredrick is a media personality.

Twitter:@FredrickNwabufo

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$16m On Mosquito Nets? Aisha Buhari Queries Federal Government On Misappropriated Funds

26 May 2019 - 4:57am


Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has questioned the logic behind spending $16M as counterpart funding for the purchase of mosquito nets by the Nigerian government.
She expressed her reservations about the matter during an interractive session with women at the State House, Abuja on Saturday.
She also flayed the Nigerian government on the poor implementation of  Social Investment Programmes(SIP) in the north.

“I have heard about mosquito nets, Nigeria paid its counterpart fund, $16m. I asked them to give my own share of the net to send it to my village people. I didn’t get it.


“They have spent, $16m on buying mosquito nets, I did not get it, maybe some people have gotten it. But I feel that that’s my personal opinion, $16m is enough to fumigate mosquitoes in Nigeria. That’s my opinion,” she said.

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Police Arrest Three Kidnappers In Military Uniform

25 May 2019 - 11:47pm


The Nigeria Police Force has arrested three fake soldiers who allegedly abducted one Uchenna Ezeonu in Ekwulobia, Anambra State.

The police said the suspects were arrested inside a forest in Anambra where they held the victims captive.

The suspects, Obasi Peter, Benjamin Nicholas, and Ojiegbe Obinna were nabbed in military vests together with three other accomplices.

It was gathered that the suspects had abducted their victim and taken him to an unknown destination before they were rounded up inside the bush.

Confirming the arrest, the police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said the victim was rescued unhurt.

He said, “On the 24/05/2019 at about 11: am, there was a distress call along Isuofia road in Aguata council area that three persons in military uniforms abducted one Uchenna Ezeonu ‘m’ of Omeke village around Ekwulobia roundabout and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

“Following distress call, Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder in conjunction with Joint Patrol teams rushed to the scene and cordoned off the entire area in search of the hoodlums along the bush path by Uyo-Eke market road.

“Consequently, three suspects in military attires who abducted the victim were rounded up and arrested inside the bush.

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Southeast Representative Backs Gbajabiamila Against Disqualification Suit

25 May 2019 - 11:46pm


Raphael Igbokwe, a member of the House of Representatives and Leader of the Southeast Caucus of House of Representatives, has applied to the Federal High Court Abuja to be joined in a suit challenging Femi Gbajabiamila to be Speaker of the 9th National Assembly.

In his deposition before the court, Igbokwe stated that as a member of the House of Representatives, who swore to an oath to defend the law and the nation’s Constitution, he is duty-bound to ensure that the institution of legislature is not brought into disrepute on the basis of baseless fabrications.

As such, he applied to be joined in a case by Philip Undie challenging the suitability of Gbajabiamil for the Speakership position.

Joined as respondents in the suit filed yesterday at the Federal High Court, Abuja are the House, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and APC.

It would be recalled that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, was urged by Undie to bar Femi Gbajabiamila from contesting as the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives, on the grounds that the lawmaker was convicted for fraud to the tune of $25,000 which he allegedly failed to disburse to his then client in 2003 in the United States (US), where he was practising as a lawyer.

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Insecurity In Kaduna, Zamfara Setback For Northern States, Says COCIN President

25 May 2019 - 11:41pm


COCIN President, Dachollom Datiri

COCIN President, Dachollom Datiri

Dachollom Chumang Datiri, President of Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), says that the insecurity in Kaduna and Zamfara state is a setback for northern states.

Datiri made the statement in a communique issued in Jos at the end of the 96th General Church Council held at the church headquarters, Jos, the Plateau state capital.

He observed with dismay the increasing rate of suicide cases in the country and called on the church and Government to sensitize the public on the need for contentment.

He said:  “Council Condemns in strong terms the recent attacks on some communities in parts of Nassarawa, Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno states by Kidnappers, armed bandits and Boko Haram.

“Calls on the Federal and state governments, to take proactive measures to forestall these inhuman acts as human life is too precious to be wasted casually.

“Enjoins government at all levels to take seriously their constitutional responsibility by restoring and rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons as many of them are left to fend for themselves in terms of feeding and accommodation.”

The clergy decried federal government’s nonchalant attitude towards the release of Leah Sharibu who has remained in the hands of Boko Haram because of her faith and urged the government to do all it takes to ensure her release and the remaining Chibok school girls

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We Gave License For Nomadic Education, Not To Herdsmen, Says Nigerian Broadcasting Commission

25 May 2019 - 10:50pm


The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has negated reports that commission gave radio license to herdmen, stating that the license was given to National Commission for Nomadic Education to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes.

This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by, Ekanem Antia, an assistant director in the commission.

The commission said that the National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for a broadcast license in furtherance of its objectives to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically mediated ones.

“The Commission is reacting to the media controversy over the license granted to the National Commission for Nomadic Education for the establishment of a radio station to operate on the AM band.

“The National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for a Broadcast license in furtherance of its objectives to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically mediated ones.

 “The letter of provisional approval dated September 28th, 2018, was issued to the National Commission for Nomadic Education. The duration of the license is from October 8th, 2018 to October 8th, 2023. 

“The station’s programmes, which shall be purely educational, are designed to cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants. Consequently, it is a misrepresentation for any person, or organization to imply that the licensed station was just for a particular group,” the NBC said.

 The Commission also disclosed that similar educational broadcast licences were issued to institutions of higher learning and other governmental institutions with comparable needs, such as the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission, and related institutions.

“Specifically, the Commission enjoins broadcasting stations to take special note of the following provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, which emphasize peace and national integration.

“While upholding professionalism and observing global best practices, stations are further advised to treat potentially divisive issues with tact and sensitivity,” the NBC said.

The management of NBC called on all broadcasting stations to exercise restraint in the treatment of sensitive issues that could threaten the unity and stability of Nigeria.

The NBC enjoined broadcasting stations to be professional and take guidance from the Nigeria Broadcasting Code at all times.

 It reminded all broadcasters to be mindful of their social responsibility to promote the well-being and peaceful co-existence of the various groups in the country in keeping with the objectives of broadcasting in Nigeria.

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Court Restrains INEC From Issuing Certificate Of Return To Okorocha

25 May 2019 - 10:01am


 

The Federal  High  Court  sitting in Owerri has ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) should not issue a Certificate of Return to Rochas Okorocha as a senator-elect for Imo West.
The court, in a suit filed by  Hon. Jones Onyeriri, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Senatorial  candidate for Imo West, ordered that the status quo be maintained until the hearing and determination of the Motion on NoticeThe presiding judge, Justice E.F. Njemanze, adjourned the case till June 5 2019, for hearing.
INEC had declined to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha who was the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after the returning officer alleged that he was forced to declare him winner under duress.

 

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Lawyer Defeats Federal Government As Court Orders Rehabilitation Of Badagry Road

25 May 2019 - 9:25am



    

A Federal High Court Ikoyi, in Lagos has ordered that the Nigerian Government to fix Lagos Badagry expressway with immidiate effect .
 
Justice Saliu Saidu made the order on Friday, sequel to a motion on notice filed and agued by Julius Ajibulu, legal practitioner.

Ajibulu had filed a lawsuit in 2017 against  the federal government of Nigeria, joining the Attorney General of the Federation, Ministry of Works, Lagos State government as well as the Attorney general of Lagos state  over the reckless abandonment of the Lagos-Badagry Trunk, a federal highway from Iyana Iba axis.

Appearing before Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High court for the respondents in the suit  were Musa Abudul Esq. for the 1st  and 2nd respondents, I. A Modibbo Esq. for the 3rd and Abiola Adeyinka Esq. for the 4th and 5th respondents.

Barrister Julius who stood in person as the applicant in the suit as well as his own legal representative made it clear in his originating motion of 21st  December 2017 that the abandonment is unlawful and unconstitutional and therefore is a clear violation and infringement of his, and that of Nigerians, as well as obstruction to freedom of movement as guaranteed and preserved under the provisions of Article 12 of the African Charter on human and people’s rights.

The plaintiff declared that these authorities owe him and the Badagry people  the duty and responsibility to rehabilitate and reconstruct the Lagos Badagry roads quickly and timeously.

Still in his affidavit dated 21st, October 2017, he urged the court to compell the respondents to rehabilitate and reconstruct the Iyana-Iba axis road leading to Badagry.

He went on to inform the court that the Badagry road is in comatose due to the  neglect and sheer abandonment and as a result has caused avoidable loss of lives and properties of Nigerians who ply the highway.

Barrister Julius Ajibulu said there are lots of cravings on the road due to the washing away of bitumen, granite and sharp sand from the roads due to the abandonment.

He pointed out clearly that the first respondent, the Federal government is saddled with the duty and responsibility of executing projects under the items contained in the exclusive legislative list of constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended of which road network now included and equally to manage the affairs of Nigeria and Nigerians which it failed in the case of Badagry roads.

He also outlined that the 2nd and 5th respondents, the Attorney general of the federation and minister of justice and the Attorney general of Lagos state are meant to shoulder the duty and responsibility of handling and managing the legal affairs and litigation of the Federal government of Nigeria and Nigerians.

He pin-pointed that the 3rd and 4th respondents, the Minister of Works and the Lagos state government are saddled with various duties and responsibilities, one of which is the construction and rehabilitation of all federal highways in Nigeria including the Lagos-Badagry Trunk.

The young and agile Barrister maintained that the Lagos Badagry express way is a major trans-national and trans- boundary road that links and connects the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin and other West Africa countries and  due to the geographical position of the road network, it is suppose to serve the purpose of  border movement of traders in the West African sub region which is not the case due to the bad state of the road.

Barrister Julius Ajibulu went as far as recounting his own personal experience on the unplyable road. He told the court that he was compelled to pay a cost of failure of appearance and attendance for a day’s proceeding in a criminal matter after his car got into a big ditch at the center of the road between Iyana -Iba axis and Badagry as a result of the cravings on the road as such, he couldn’t make way forward and missed the court sitting.

The promising lawyer told the court that the bad portions of the roads have caused him and other road users, emotional and bodily pain, torture and psychological trauma, lost of trans boundary and trans national clients from Benin Republic and even several loss of lives.

This is evident in the demonstration that took place on Monday, the protests in the Badagry area of Lagos as students and residents plying the Lagos-Badagry expressway staged a mass protest calling on the Federal Government to fix the now deplorable road.

The protesters defied the heavy rains and marched from Badagry town towards LASU-Iba axis of the road lamenting the hardship they experience.They called on all politicians representing Badagry at the State and Federal levels to raise their voices and ensure that the road is fixed as soon as possible.

The 1st and 2nd respondents in a counter affidavit argued that the applicant seeking the court for the enforcement of his fundamental rights has not in any way shown to the court how the non construction and rehabilitation of the Badagry road network has infringed his fundamental rights as provided in section 36 of the constitution.

The respondents also stated that it is not enough for the applicant to say his fundamental rights have been breached but has to go the extra mile to adduce evidence to that effect and advised the court not to open sores to litigants to approach the court.

They therefore urged the court to dismiss the suit.

The Lagos state government and Attorney General of Lagos State also filed a counter affidavit stating that the applicant again failed to establish how they violated his fundamental human rights and that there is no substance to the claims but mere speculations.

They further aligned that the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the roads is for the benefit of the people and  they cannot force anyone to do their duties which they claimed is already being done and urged the court to also dismiss the suit.

The 3rd respondent, Minister of Works also argued same saying the court should dismiss the suit as there is no case since there are alternative roads leading to Badagry.

In response to this counter affidavit, the applicant, Barrister Ajibulu told the court that no defence has been put forward by the respondents and that the facts he judiciously outlined in his affidavit have neither been controverted.

He also reminded the court that respondents also failed to respond to the rights of freedom of movement raised in his affidavit.

After a due consideration of the arguments, and a critical analysis of the affidavits and counter affidavits, the court granted it’s ruling saying, “It is argued by the 3rd respondent that there are alternative roads that Nigerians can use to access Badagry road, no mention of such road was made before the court” the court said.

“The respondents have not controverted the deplorable nature of the road and as such is in admission” the court stated.

“The applicant’s right and other Nigerians rights have been infringed by the respondents and I hereby grant as follows” Justice Saliu Saidu continued

“That the reckless abandonment of the Lagos-Badagry Trunk, a federal highway from Iyana-Iba axis to Badagry road network by the respondents is unlawful and unconstitutional and therefore amounts to a clear violation and infringement of the applicant and Nigerians fundamental rights to freedom of movement as guaranteed and preserved by the provisions of Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and People’s right (rehabilitation and enforcement) Act  and Section 41 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended”, he further stated.

“That the respondents owe the applicant and Nigerians the duty and responsibility to rehabilitate and construct the Lagos-Badagry Trunk, a federal highway from Iyana-Iba axis to Badagry road network quickly and timeously” the court concluded.

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Breaking : INEC Complies With Supreme Court Verdict, Declares PDP Winner Of Zamfara Polls

25 May 2019 - 8:49am


The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has declared the Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party  ( PDP ) , Mohammed Mattawale
  as the winner of Governorship election in Zamfara State  .

The commission also declared all the candidates of the party winners of all the senatorial and federal constituencies seats . The Chairman of the commission, Mahmoud Yakubu said that certificate of return will be issued to the Goveror-elect , senators elect  and members House of Representatives on Monday 27th May 2019 at the commission's office in Abuja.

He added that   members elect House of Assembly will receive the certificate from the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state on 31st May 2019.

He disclosed this in Abuja at the end of the marathon meeting of the commission to deliberated and reviewed the judgement of the supreme court which voided all the votes cast for the All Progressives Congress  ( APC ) in the state. 


Yakubu  said that properly conducted  party primaries are cardinal for the proper internal functioning of the political parties and electoral process .

According to him " Therefore political parties must take seriously the conduct of the primaries according to all external  rules including the monitoring processes for INEC to avoid the repeat  of the Zamfara experience. 

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