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Biafra Zionists To IPOB: Fulani Holding Us Down Not Ekweremadu, Stop Disgracing Igbo

1 September 2019 - 11:06pm


 

The Biafra Zionists Federation says the Indigenous People of Biafra's
plan to attack South-East politicians in foreign lands will portray
Igbo as violent people.

Nnamdi Kanu had directed IPOB members to attack Igbo leaders anywhere
outside the country.

He even urged the proscribed group to attack President Muhammadu
Buhari in Japan.

The leader of BZF, Benjamin Onwuka, in a statement on Sunday, however,
said: “It is a wrong strategy for anyone to go to Japan under the
pretext of arresting Buhari. I feel ashamed when I read what is
happening in Japan.

“People should be very careful, that is why the Zionists are talking
about diplomacy. People should stop doing things that will make the
international community see us as violent people. It is very
dangerous.

“These people should focus on what is achievable; going to Germany to
attack Ike Ekweremadu is just mocking yourself. The Fulani are the
ones holding us down not Ekweremadu.”

Onwuka stated further, “That thing they are doing is very shameful.
Look at the one they did in Japan; you are going to arrest a sitting
president, how is that possible? I was educating them on the net, IPOB
members said they were going to kill me.

“But the whole thing is funny. Buhari has diplomatic protection, so
you can’t touch him, you can’t even go near, even a minister can’t
touch him because he has a diplomatic passport. Going to Japan to make
noise cannot help us.

“So, this is not the way to go, it is damaging us; it is all political
propaganda which they are using to brainwash and collect money from
people. All these violent protests will make the world to begin to see
us as dangerous people. He is destroying our campaign; they should
come and join the Zionists.

“There has been a sustained agenda to stifle businesses of Biafra
people. Mr. Ibeto suffered the same fate simply because of Nkalagu
cement, leading to his incarceration for several months. We fought and
he was released.

“Now to show that those behind this are not ready to give up, they
have now faced Innoson and are now doing everything to kill his
investments.”

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Buhari's Katsina: Our Women, Daughters Raped, Held Captive By Gangsters, Says Sheikh Sabiu Jibia

1 September 2019 - 10:51pm


 

A respected Islamic cleric, Sheikh Sabiu Jibia has raised alarm over
the increasing atrocities of bandits in Katsina State leading to mass
rape, kidnapping, and killing.

Jibia, who is also Imam in Jibia Local Government in his sermon in the
mosque, called on traditional rulers and political leaders to find
ways of resolving the endemic insecurity in the state and other parts
of the country.

In an audiotape obtained by PRNigeria, Jibia lamented desertions of
villages and farmlands by people due to the incessant invasion by
murderous bandits who killed randomly.

Sheik Jibia said: “We are living in (a) tough time of fear. Cattle
meant for farming activities are rustled, wives and daughters are
being raped in the presence of their husbands and fathers, while other
victims are taken captive by armed hoodlums in the communities in
Jibia, Tsayau, Zandam, and Malamawa, respectively.

“People are scared to carry out their farming and business activities
as their lives are in danger due to the continued banditry, kidnapping
and cattle rustling. Our women and daughters are raped and held
captive by gangsters. Where are our traditional and political leaders?

“It is surprising that our leaders are not taking rapid actions on
these killings and kidnapping. If the government is willing, we are
ready to give our children for training and recruitment as security
forces so that they can protect their families and country at large."

However, he called on the allies of the traditional leaders, governor,
and president to tell them the truth about the happenings in the
communities and country at large stressing on the need for government
to find a lasting solution to the killings.

“Close allies of our leaders are charged with the responsibility of
telling them the truth about the happenings in this country.

"If they are telling them all is well, they are lying. We are calling
on our leaders to provide security to our lives and property as it is
their fundamental responsibility,” Jibia added.

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Teachers Beg Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun, To Release Their Promotion Letters

1 September 2019 - 10:45pm


 

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools of Nigeria in Ogun State
has appealed to Governor Dapo Abiodun to release its members’
promotion letters of  2016 and 2017.

The chairman of the union, Akeem Lasisi, made the demand when he led
other members on a visit to the Deputy Governor Noimot Salako-Oyedele,
in her office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Daily Trust reports.

Lasisi also appealed to the government to employ more teachers and to
tackle other challenges confronting public school teachers.

The deputy governor assured the teachers of the government’s readiness
to improve their welfare and provide the necessary support to motivate
them.

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Buhari Sent 10 Trailers Containing Relief Materials To Daura Flood Victims -Presidency

1 September 2019 - 10:41pm


 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has not abandoned his kinsmen who
were victims of flooding in Daura, Katsina State.

One of Buhari's spokesmen, Garba Shehu, said: “Contrary to the
allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari has turned his back on the
people of Daura, we can confirm that pre-assessment relief materials
were dispatched to the victims within 48 hours of the floods.

“Ten trailer loads of building materials including zinc, planks, and
cement, as well as tons of grains, cereals, and other edibles have so
far been delivered.

“The flood victims also received blankets and mattresses.

“Materials were delivered to and signed for by stakeholders while the
Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar welcomed the prompt emergency
response from NEMA officials,” he said.

Meanwhile, NEMA has promised that as soon as the assessment of the
damage to the flood-ravaged communities was concluded more food items
and building materials would be dispatched to the victims.
 

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Tinubu: What I Expect In Bayelsa, Kogi Governorship Elections

1 September 2019 - 10:39pm


 

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, says he
expected his party to win the forthcoming governorship elections in
Bayelsa and Kogi states.

“What I expect in Bayelsa and Kogi is a victory. There is no other
party in the state. Politics is a market of many branches and this is
the broom.

"The broom will come together as a bunch to sweep all the debris of the past.

"That is it, and we are going to win the election,” Tinubu said.

He stated this on Sunday in Benin at the 90th birthday celebration of
the Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri.

Tinubu added, “There are many apples, oranges and various fruits of
different characters.

"But one thing that is consistent is the broom that will come together
as a bunch during the election.”

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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: Partial Closure Begins Today

1 September 2019 - 10:36pm


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Motorists plying Lagos-Ibadan expressway have been advised to take
alternative routes as rehabilitation on the Berger-Ogun River section
of the expressway, leading a partial closure of the expressway.

According to a traffic advisory by the Ogun State Traffic Compliance
and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) on Sunday, motorists were advised to
make use of alternative routes.

The alternative routes listed by the spokesman of TRACE, Babatunde
Akinbiyi, are Iyana Ipaja/Ota/Ifo/Abeokuta/Sagamu-Benin Ore
expressway; Victoria Island/Lekki/Epe/Ijebu-Ode-Benin/Ore expressway
or the Ikorodu/ Itoikin/ Ijebu-Ode-Benin/Ore expressway.

Akinbiyi said: “In view of the imminent closure of inbound Lagos
traffic along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for reconstruction and
rehabilitation work on the 600km stretch of the corridor to be carried
out from Berger (New Garage Bus Stop) – Ogun River (Kara Bridge),
scheduled for Monday, 2nd September-Sunday, 15th December, 2019, the
general public, particularly the motoring public, is hereby apprised
of the need to plan their journey, add more time to their travelling
time and take necessary precaution.

“From Monday, 2nd September 2019, inbound traffic (movement) from Kara
Bridge to Berger would be sealed off and diverted into the same
carriageway along the expressway conveying traffic outbound Lagos,
thereby making both inbound and outbound traffic to be accommodated on
the same section of the expressway.

"Moreover, traffic will then be diverted back into the road going
inward Lagos at Berger intersection linking River Valley Estate, where
normal journey resumes inward Lagos.

“Furthermore, outbound Lagos traffic would be divided into two (2)
lanes, both ways from the intersection linking Isheri/Olowora Kara
Bridge, where the road diversion ends and normalcy resumes inward
Sagamu.”
 

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14 Die In Ghastly Crash Involving 2 Golf Cars

1 September 2019 - 10:35pm


 

Fourteen persons have been killed in a crash involving two vehicles
along Kano/Gumel Road in Jigawa State.

The crash occurred on Saturday.

The driver of one of the vehicles, Golf 3 wagon, heading for Gumel
from Kano, was said to have lost control after a tyre blow-out,
collided with another car and both cars caught fire leaving eight
occupants burnt beyond recognition.

Six others later died at General Hospital Ringim.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the police in Jigawa, Abdul Jinjiri, has
confirmed the crash and casualties.
 

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Journalist Charged With Terrorism For Criticising C’River Governor

1 September 2019 - 10:33pm


 

The Nigerian Government has charged Agba Jalingo, a Cross River-based journalist, for terrorism while also accusing him of associating with pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore, who had been detained by the Department of State Services since August 3 when he was arrested in Lagos.

The charges against Jalingo were filed before a division of the Federal High Court in Calabar, capital of Cross River.

Jalingo had been in police detention for over a week following a report about an alleged diversion of N500m by Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

The journalist, who was arrested in Lagos and taken to Calabar, had sued the police over his arrest and detention.

Jalingo is asking the court to order the police to pay him N150m as damages for the manner he was allegedly maltreated.

But while a judge is yet to hear Jalingo’s fundamental human rights case, the police have instituted a four-count charge of treasonable felony, terrorism, cultism and disturbance of public peace against the journalist.


 

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Shittu, Owoseni, Others Call For Collective Advocacy In Fight Against Corruption

1 September 2019 - 11:14am


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Wahab Shittu, a lawyer and counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and former Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Fatai Owoseni, have called for a collective advocacy in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

They made the call at a summit organised by Scroll Report in Lagos.

According to Shittu, “Insecurity threatens our collective freedom, security and national development.

“Fighting insecurity and corruption is a collective effort and not the responsibility of government alone. It should be collectively tackled.”

Also speaking at the event, Owoseni said, “Everyone should be involved in the fight against corruption and Insecurity. 

"The media and civil societies must serve selflessly to fight against corruption and insecurity."

Adding her voice to the talk, Toun Okewale, Managing Director of Women Radio, identified corruption and insecurity as Nigeria’s biggest challenge.
 

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Proscription: IMN Vows To Continue Activities

1 September 2019 - 10:17am


 

Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria have vowed to continue with the protest to demand for the release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky despite the clampdown order by the police.

The movement said the order by the Inspector-General of Police to arrest all leaders of the movement and dismantle their structures across the states was dead on arrival and cannot stand.

The group disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja in a statement signed by spokesperson for the movement, Ibrahim Musa.

IMN noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had cultivated the habit of denying them space to conduct their religious activities at the commencement of the first month of the Islamic calendar (Muharram) when all Shi'ites are expected to converge.

Musa noted that the latest order by the police had confirmed that the government was bent on scuttling this year’s Muharram religious mourning obligations.

The statement reads, “It is on record that the Buhari administration since its inception in 2015, has always used the commencement of the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram, to persecute, kill and maim us and deny us any space to conduct our religious rites expected of all Shi’ites. 

“This recent order given on the eve of Muharram underlines the evil intention of the government to continue this pattern of attack against Shia Islam and prevent us from conducting our religious obligation.”

The sect pointed out that Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has engaged the services of vigilante groups to descend on the IMN during Ashura mourning session in Kaduna.

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Who Do ‘Magu Boys’ Work For, EFCC Or An Emperor? By Fredrick Nwabufo

1 September 2019 - 10:13am


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A scathing detraction to professionalism in Nigeria is the customisation of public offices. Institutions are built around personalities rather than on principles and service.

The corrugation of Nigeria’s public offices and institutions has a long history. But of significance is the brazen privatisation and deployment of public office to insular ends by Michael Aondooakaa, Attorney-General of the Federation under Umaru Musa Yar’adua in 2009.

Aondooakaa was AGF and in the same breath, counsel to George Akume, then Benue State governor, who was being investigated by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission for alleged corruption to the tune of N2bn.

Being Nigeria’s chief law officer, Aondooakaa, who naturally should have rescued himself from the case, went to work undermining and frustrating the EFCC. In fact, prior to his appointment, he had filed a suit at the Supreme Court seeking the dissolution of the anti-graft agency. And he refused to withdraw this case or his representation in the matter even after his appointment until the apex court dismissed it.

That was the standard-bearer of Nigeria’s law begriming the constitution. Earlier, in 2007, he attempted to retard the arrest of James Ibori in the United Kingdom – an action which led to a diplomatic scuffle with the country. Nuhu Ribadu’s unbending stance in this case led to his mortifying discharge weeks after.

There are analogous cases in the Buhari administration – one of which is the ‘cleansing and empowerment’ of Abulrasheed Maina, former pension chief, who was declared wanted by the EFCC for corruption by Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation.

I believe the office of AGF has been one of the most abused in the country.

In the same vein, the tagging of top staff of the EFCC as ‘Magu boys’ by the agency, accents the execrable customisation of public office in the country. It is the reason the institutions function with human frailties; that is, if the head of an institution is incompetent or corrupt, the entire body necrotises.

This is the lamentable piece of hagiography the agency footnoted in a photo on social media.

“#Photo Magu Boys, led by EFCC’s Lagos Head of Operations, Mohammed Rabo, on the move as they continue to tame the corruption monster from the Lagos axis of the battlefield. With the acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, giving orders and directing affairs, the war is winnable.”

The reluctance of public officers to distinguish themselves from their offices is the reason abuse of office is rife here. There is Ibrahim Magu and there is the EFCC. Two separate entities. Personal foibles and interest must be detached from public office.

If Magu leaves as EFCC chairman, will those agents still be ‘Magu boys’? Will they be working for him or the agency? Whose interest are they serving, Magu or Nigerians? And do they work for Magu or for Nigerians?

It is a downing reality how individuals expropriate public offices, design them in their own image and build a temple in them for everyone to worship.

A few days ago, after the inauguration of ministers, a herd of staff members of the Ministry of Finance abandoned duty and stayed out in the rain to welcome Zainab Ahmed. They formed a doughnut around the minister and chanted, ‘’mama oyoyo’’ as she sauntered into the premises with an insufferable gait. She soaked in all the praise and sycophancy.

But did the minister not realise that it was wrong of them, the jamboree being during work hours? And is there no regard for professionalism?

Also, the privatisation of institutions like the police and the Department of State Services, which are sometimes deployed in witch-hunt, is the reason their performance is underwhelming. Until public institutions truly become public; they cannot serve Nigerians.

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Kidnappings: Ban Miyetti Allah, CAN Tells Buhari

1 September 2019 - 9:13am


 

The Christian Association of Nigeria has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ban the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, an umbrella association of herdsmen in the country, to address the problem of kidnappings in the country.

The association also called on the President to “completely scrap” the suspended RUGA settlement scheme, according to a report by TheCable.

CAN made the request at a summit held in Lagos on Saturday.

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, said the association came up with the recommendations after setting up a committee to look into the RUGA scheme and related issues.

He accused MACBAN of supporting some herdsmen fingered in various attacks across the country.

He said, “Anything that smacks of mutual suspicion should be avoided in the interest of national unity.

“The Federal Government should immediately disarm and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen terrorists that have been recorded as one of the deadliest terrorists groups in the world.

“MACBAN which openly supports the activities of the murderous Fulani herdsmen should be immediately.

“President Buhari should suspend his membership and patronage of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association until he leaves office to reduce tension.”

 

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Buhari Appointed Amina Zakari's Brother As Minister, Son As Special Adviser For Helping To Rig Election –Kperogi

1 September 2019 - 8:51am


 

Farooq Kperogi, an activist, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism in the appointment of key figures in his administration.

Kperogi in a tweet on Sunday said that Buhari appointed Ahmed Zakari, son of controversial head of election collation, Amina Zakari as special adviser on infrastructure as well as Suleiman Adamu, as Minister of Water Resources.

In the build up to the 2019 general elections, Zakari's biological relationship with the President came under public scrutiny after sources revealed they were related.

Zakari went on to head the collation of the 2019 general elections.

Kperogi alleged that the appointments were made by Buhari to thank Zakari for her role in manipulating the elections.

He said, “Buhari’s new Special Assistant on infrastructure is INEC’s Amina Zakari’s son.

“When people objected to the appointment of Zakari as head of INEC’s committee that would be in charge of the secretariat for collation of results of the last presidential election, both the presidency and Zakari lied that Buhari and Zakari had no family relationship until I exposed this in January 5, 2019.

“Well, many people don’t seem to notice that Buhari has compensated Zakari for helping him to rig the 2019 election.

“As I pointed out in January 5, 2019, at some point in his youth, Buhari, who lost his father at a young age, came under the guardianship of Zakari’s father, the late Alhaji Hussaini Adamu.

“Buhari continues to nurture his relationship with the Hussaini Adamu family.

“The appointment of Zakari’s son to an utterly purposeless position isn’t just a reward for her help in perpetrating unexampled electoral fraud on Buhari’s behalf, it’s also a continuation of Buhari’s bald-faced nepotism.”

 

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Lagos Police Arrest Three Men for Raping Minors

1 September 2019 - 8:29am


 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three men across various parts of the city for raping underage girls.

Spokesperson for the command, Bala Elkana, said the men aged between 28 and 50 years were arrested at Bariga and Ajao Estate areas of the state.

Fatai Nafiu, 28, was arrested at No 9 Adetoke Street, Bariga, for raping a 15-year-old girl.

The Lagos police said Nafiu confessed to the crime following his arrest.

Similarly, Taiwo Sheuases, 34, raped another 15-year-old at a market in Bariga.

Elkana said, “On August 27 at about 1920hours, Bariga Police Station received a complaint that one person defiled a teenage girl of about 15 years old in Bariga Market square.

“The suspect was arrested by detectives from the Family Support Unit and he confessed to the commission of the crime.”

Elkana also said that the Ajao Estate Police Station received a complaint that one Isaac Ubogu, 50, who lives at 31 Awoniyi Elemo Street, Ajao Estate, defiled a three-year-old girl.

The victims have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment while the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution, according to Elkana.

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Passengers Stranded As Bridge Collapses On Yola-Gombe Road

1 September 2019 - 7:19am


 

The collapse of a bridge at Lafiya Lamurde on the Yola-Gombe Road has left many passengers stranded.

The bridge links Adamawa and Gombe states where road users are able to connect Bauchi, Plateau, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja.

Following the incident, Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, made an appeal to the federal government to find a solution to the problem.

Fintiri decried the deplorable condition of the Gombe-Yola Road and called on the government to revoke the contract and rearward same to a competent contractor for speedy completion of the project.

The bridge collapsed on Saturday following a heavy downpour in the area, cutting off access way for motorists on the busy federal highway.

 

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RUGA: Zamfara To Introduce Fulfulde Language In Schools

1 September 2019 - 4:05am


 

The Zamfara State Government has said that it will introduce Fulfulde language in the curriculum of schools to aid the operation of Rural Grazing Area settlement in the state.

Governor Bello Matawalle disclosed this in Gusau, the capital, when he received the state’s master plan for the project from the consultant.

During the event, Emir of Mafara, Alhaji Muhammad Barmo, speaking on behalf of the state’s Council of Chiefs, urged the state government to include the Fulani language in schools’ curriculum to ensure the smooth running of the project.

Governor Matawalle thereafter directed the state Ministry of Education to immediately start working on the inclusion of the Fulfulde language in schools’ curriculum.

He said, “This will boost the use of our local languages by our upcoming generations.

“Since we have promised to establish primary and secondary schools at the new RUGA settlements, we will ensure that the local language is not forgotten.”

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the governor announced that the establishment of the RUGA settlement would commence during the celebration of his 100 days in office.


 

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Trump’s Immigration Policy’ll Affect Nigerian Professionals –NDM

1 September 2019 - 4:04am


 

The Nigerian Diaspora Movement in the United States has said that President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy will over time reduce the number of Nigerians in strategic professional positions in the North American country.

Chairman of the movement, Prof Apollos Nwauwa, made the disclosure on Sunday.

A policy alert released on Wednesday by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, revealed Trump administration’s plan to make it more difficult for the children of some American service members and government employees living abroad to automatically become US citizens.

The rule appears to primarily affect the children of naturalised American citizens serving in the armed forces, who have not lived in the US for a required period of time.

It does not impact anyone born in the US.

According to Nwauwa, Nigerians in the US are of significant value to the country given that they constitute a large part of the human resource base of America.

He said, “There is hardly any American agency or parastatal that has no Nigerian working in its upper echelons.

“Since only citizens are permitted to work in sensitive and lucrative positions, over time, this policy will reduce the number of Nigerians in strategic professional positions in the US.

“Unquestionably, the long-term goal of the Trump administration is to reduce to the barest minimum the number of immigrants in his country.

“The policy will only briefly affect Nigerians visiting the US to have babies.

“It will also have implications for American servicemen, business people, members of the diplomatic corps as well as others, who live outside the US with their families.

“Nigerians who also have US citizenship will be affected the most because their children born in their country of birth after they had become American citizens by naturalisation will not be granted citizenship.

“Trump’s administration is determined to change the US immigration landscape once and for all.”

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Bayelsa Election: I'm Not Desperate To Become Governor –Alaibe

1 September 2019 - 3:01am


 

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa, Timi Alaibe, has said that he is not desperate to become the governor of the state.

Speaking in Yenagoa, the capital, Alaibe said that his decision to contest for the position was borne out of his love for the people of Bayelsa.

According to him, he would not subscribe to any form of violence by any person just to get to power.

Governorship election in the state comes up on September 3.

He said, “I am not a desperate politician against what some people think. I have stepped down for various persons in the past just to avoid violence.

“I don’t have anything to gain if the blood of any Bayelsan is lost for me to become governor.

“I have been a victim of such circumstances where I was attacked. I preach non-violence and insist on non-violence with everybody working with me.

“I tell them not to carry guns to make me governor. I am not interested in that. I am interested in a free, fair and transparent process that would enable a leader emerge.

“Whoever emerges as governor, I don’t have a choice than to support such a person because I see myself on a mission to resolve a problem.”


 

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Ubani Accuses Police Of Illegally Detaining Jalingo

1 September 2019 - 2:53am


 

A former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Monday Ubani, has accused the Nigerian Police Force of taking undue advantage of the ongoing judicial vacation to perpetually hold journalist Agba Jalingo in custody.

Ubani made the accusation in a statement on Saturday.

Jalingo was arrested in Lagos by the police over a publication on CrossRiver Watch accusing Governor Ben Ayade of financial misappropriation.

The lawyer said the failure of the government to charge his client to court for more than 48 hours amounted to the violation of his fundamental human rights.

He called for the immediate release of Jalingo, who has been in custody despite growing calls for his release.

Ubani said, “We demand the unconditional release of Agba Jalingo from the unlawful custody of the police as it is obvious that Governor Ayade and the police are not ready to arraign him in court for his alleged crime of treason.

“However, if they have a case against him, the best thing and option available to them is to charge him to court on Monday and allow the judiciary to decide his guilt or innocence.

“We must resist Nigeria being governed like a dictatorship. Nigerians are awake!”


 

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40 People Said Policemen Working With Criminals On Benin-Ore Road -Jackson Ojo, Security Expert

1 September 2019 - 12:56am


 

A security expert, Jackson Ojo, has accused police deployed in some
sections of the Benin-Ore Expressway of conniving with hoodlums to
attack motorists and passengers on the road.

Ojo, a fellow of the International Institute of Professional
Securities, told Punch.

The road came into the spotlight following the killing of Mrs. Funke
Olakunri, daughter of the leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in
the Ondo State section of the highway in July.

Ojo, a frequent traveller on the highway, said what he observed on
some occasions and the information he got from traders and villagers
on the road made him conclude that some of the police connived with
the hoodlums on the road.

He said, “I travel regularly on the Benin-Ore Expressway and I passed
through the road again last week. The policemen at a checkpoint at
Akinjagunla were not wearing uniforms, nothing to identify them as
policemen and they did not go there with any police van and they did
not carry arms.

“I stopped at Ore and I interviewed some hawkers and residents in some
of the villages on the road.

“Traders even said that if policemen were coming to that area known
for crime to combat criminals, they should be armed and have the
equipment to do the job. They said these policemen deployed on the
road would just come without wearing a uniform and that they would
stay at a particular spot.  They normally stay at a spot at
Akinjagunla along the expressway. They usually do not use police vans
or anything that can be used to identify them.

“I learnt that Ondo State asked the army to take over in the area but
the police have refused to leave the road. I interviewed more than 40
persons to get to know what was really happening. They all accused
police of conniving with the hoodlums. They said police would usually
leave the spot shortly before hoodlums would strike and dispossess
innocent people of their belongings on the road.

“I am urging the federal government to act fast and remove police from
that side. They should deploy soldiers there and police should come
only when normalcy has been restored.”

But the  Ondo State Police Command debunked the allegation that its
men were conniving with hoodlums to perpetrate a crime on the
expressway.

A spokesperson for the command, Femi Joseph, told Punch, “It is either
the person saying our men are conniving with the criminals is being
mischievous or trying to satisfy his paymasters.

“In the first place, has the person ever passed through that highway
in recent times to see how our men have restored normalcy to that
area. Or is he just an armchair critic, who will never see anything
good in whatever the police do?

“If he has found any of our officers engaged in any infraction,  has
he made any attempt to report them either to the command or Abuja? I
regard such a  sensitive  statement  from him as the ranting of a
debased mind and frustrated paid agent that is devoid of any scintilla
of truth.”

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