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ICT Surpasses Oil and Gas In GDP –NBS

10 September 2019 - 2:03pm


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The National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the contribution of Information and Communication Technology to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product surpassed that of oil and gas in the second quarter of 2019.

In a report released on Tuesday by the agency, it was observed that the country’s GDP grew by 1.94 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the second quarter of 2018, which recorded a growth of 1.50 per cent.

According to the report, the ICT sector contributed 13.85 per cent to total nominal GDP in the second quarter of 2019, which is much higher than the 11.22 per cent contributed in the same period in 2018. 

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Tension As Rampaging Hoodlums Terrorise Lagos Community

10 September 2019 - 2:03pm


Hoodlums wielding dangerous weapons and moving on motorcycles on Tuesday invaded Lawanson community in Lagos, terrorising residents, traders and passerby in the process.

The hoodlums, who stormed the area a few minutes past 7:00pm, dispossessed many persons of their mobile phones and other gadgets including cash in the process.

A trader in the area told SaharaReporters that he lost three mobile phones, two of which belonged to customers in the raid by the hoodlums.

However, policemen from the Itire Division showed up about 30 minutes after the hoodlums had unleashed horror on the residents to restore calm to the area.

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Borno: Three Killed, Two Others Injured In Fresh Boko Haram Attack

10 September 2019 - 1:58pm


At least three civilians have been killed and two others left injured when Boko Haram terrorists attacked Nganzai area of Borno State on Monday night, a vigilante source told SaharaReporters.

The terrorists stormed a remote village, Mallam Kaleri near Gajiganna in Nganzai around 9:00pm, injuring two women in the process.

According to the source, the terrorists opened fire on the villagers immediately they stormed the town and went away with some food items and livestock.

He said, “The insurgents attacked villagers yesterday (Monday) night at Mallam Kaleri Village near Gajiganna.

“Three persons lost their lives and they have been buried; while two women were left injured.”

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Five Dead, Many Injured As Shiites, Police Clash In Bauchi

10 September 2019 - 12:54pm


At least five members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria are believed to have been shot dead in a clash between them and the police in Bauchi State on Tuesday.

The clash, which reportedly occurred in Bauchi metropolis and Azare Town under Katagum Local Government Area, also left many members of the movement injured.

Confirming the situation to SaharaReporters, spokesperson for the IMN in Bauchi, Musa Mohammed, said that four of their members were shot dead in Bauchi while another person died in Azare.

He said, “Four of our members were shot dead while about 25 sustained various injuries and are with the police. One person was also shot dead in Azare.”

However, spokesperson for the police in Bauchi, DSP Kamal Abubakar, said that nobody was shot dead among IMN members.

According to him, the IMN members were informed through traditional rulers not to come out for their procession as directed, but they came out in large numbers.

Abubakar said, “We only came out to prevent them from holding the procession and maintain law and order. We have arrested 25 members of the group.

“It is not true that somebody was killed. If anybody was killed, there must be proof. People would have seen the bodies.”

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Sorry, I don't Think Atiku Is Coming By Fredrick Nwabufo

10 September 2019 - 12:39pm


Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo

I have pondered on Atiku Abubakar’s case against President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. I have also cerebrated on the counter arguments of the President. By my ratiocination, the arguments of both parties are nourished with so much ridiculousness that the case itself appeals more as comic relief.

The President underpropped his argument with the claim that Atiku is not a citizen of Nigeria by birth, and that he “ought not to have even been allowed in the first place, to contest the election”.

Truly, the Nigerian constitution prescribes citizenship by birth as a requisite for the office of the President. But where did President Buhari get the “genius” of his case from? From a man he sent pythons after in Afaraukwu, Umuahia, Abia State.

Months before the election, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra actuated the controversy about the origins of the PDP presidential candidate. Kanu claimed Atiku is a citizen of Cameroon and not of Nigeria, having had his place of nativity in a part of Adamawa that was a portion of Northern Cameroon until the plebiscite of 1961, which wedded that area of Cameroon with Nigeria.

Atiku was born in Jeda in November 1946 before the matrimony. Buhari hung his case on this claim, and also argued that votes cast for Atiku were worthless. In fact, Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, who appeared before the tribunal, reinforced this claim.

Let me ask stupidly. Why did the President not hinge his case on the substance of Atiku’s petition, which is the outcome of the February election? Why did he underpin his argument on the claim of a fugitive?

I admit, Atiku’s “citizenship quandary” as it relates to the office of the president, is a grey area in Nigerian law that the courts will have to interpret to enrich the jurisprudence. But the bigger issue, I think, is still the substance of his petition. Did Buhari really defeat Atiku in the election?

Atiku also brought on an aspect of ludicrity in his argument with the claim on Buhari’s certificate. I think the President’s “missing certificate” slant he propagandised detracted from the meat of his case.

Let me ask stupidly. Besides the sensation of the President being un-certificated, how does the claim buttress his case? Already, courts of different jurisdictions (high court and appeal court) have dismissed suits filed on this claim. Recently, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal seeking the disqualification of Buhari on the grounds that he did not submit his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

In fact, the constitution does not specify “certificate” as a prerequisite for the office of the president. Section 131 (d) of the constitution says: A person shall be qualified for election to the office of the president if he has been “educated” up to at least school certificate level or its “equivalent”. The ringtone here is “educated”. Education is beyond the four walls of school. Travelling, attending conferences, seminars, workshops and high-powered meetings as well as managing agencies, departments, companies and businesses are all part of learning and education.

Also, Atiku’s claim that an INEC server, which contained the real figures of the election, put him in the lead, could have been the coup de grace if he had a much convincing argument to substantiate it. The former Vice President asked the tribunal to order INEC to grant him access to its server and smart-card reader records. He claimed that from the data in lNEC’s server, the results from state-to-state computation showed that he had a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, who had 16,741,430 votes.

But INEC shrieked at the sound of “server”. Yunus Usman, INEC counsel, in a counter affidavit, asked the court to reject the application.

“They are asking us to bring something we do not have. My Lord, the commission did not deploy such technology infrastructure in the last general election,” he said.

The electoral umpire has been emphatic in its position that there is no server for the 2019 election. But I believe, the witnesses Atiku called did more to pooh-pooh his claim of “server” than INEC did.

So, where there are two ridiculous cases; the tad ridiculous will take the day. Really, I do not think Atiku is coming.

@FredrickNwabufo

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Youths Raise Awareness On Suicide In Ondo

10 September 2019 - 12:32pm





Some youths in Akure, Ondo State, on Tuesday marched round the city to raise awareness on the rising cases of suicide in the country and how the situation can be addressed.

Speaking during the awareness campaign, Chief Medical Director of Ondo State Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Dr Akinwunmi Akinnuoye, fingered the regular use of psychoactive substances as one of the main reasons why people commit suicide.

He said, “We all talk about suicide, I feel we are all at risk because the use of psychoactive substances is another major problem in our society today.

“The use of cannabis, cocaine, tramadol, these substances have ways of increasing the chances of users to commit suicide.

“After using these substances for long periods, it changes the chemistry and functions of the brain. See Also Sahara Reporters One Person Commits Suicide Every 40 Seconds –WHO 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

“And as such, it makes it very difficult for us to withstand distress and frustration as humans.

“Apart from increasing the rate of suicide along this direction, we observe that psychoactive substances are a clout for mental illnesses.”

Gbenga Adene, an entrepreneur who was also at the rally, said the rising spate of suicide especially among youths had become worrisome.

He pointed out that that there was the need to create support systems that could easily bridge the gap between depressed people and the government.

He said, “Suicide is just like a high level of depression or mental illness and we feel there should be systems in place that support people, show them love and compassion.

“Part of the reasons people commit suicide is due to financial constraints, poverty and unemployment in the country. This must be addressed.”

 

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One Person Commits Suicide Every 40 Seconds –WHO

10 September 2019 - 11:30am


A new report by the World Health Organisation has shown that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds around the world.

WHO stated that though the methods taken in preventing suicide had improved, high-income countries have the highest rate of suicide and it is the second leading cause of death among young people.

Director-General of the organisation, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the revelation in commemoration of 2019 World Mental Health Day.

He said, “Every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues. Yet suicides are preventable.

“We call on all countries to incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way.

“While 79 per cent of the world’s suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries, high-income countries had the highest rate at 11.5 per 100 000.

“Nearly three times as many men as women die by suicide in high-income countries, in contrast to low- and middle-income countries where the rate is more equal.”

The WHO also noted that suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years, after road injury.

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Rate Of Suicide Becoming Alarming, Says Speaker Of Lagos Assembly

10 September 2019 - 11:29am


Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has decried the high rate of suicide in the society, urging Nigerians to return to the era where they cared for their neighbours.

According to him, that is one of the ways the rising space of suicide in the country can be curbed.

Obasa made the statement in his message to commemorate the World Suicide Prevention Day held globally on September 10.

He lamented that suicide, which was hitherto alien to Nigerians, had become a recurring incident mostly because of influences that ordinarily could be controlled.

He said, “The World Health Organisation says despite efforts to curb the challenge, one person dies from suicide across the world every 40 second.

“With this alarming statistic, it is just expedient that we do more to be our brothers' keepers.

“We should also know that life is precious and that it is full of challenges, which when surmounted, become lessons in progress and success.

“The youth must avoid the get-rich-quick syndrome and learn the ropes to success.

“There is hardly anyone who became rich overnight. There are ladders that must be climbed.”

Obasa called for effective care for citizens suffering from depression and mental health issues, adding that Nigerians should always check their health status.

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Oil Price Climbs Above Nigeria’s Budget Benchmark

10 September 2019 - 11:27am


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A five-day price rebound has seen Brent crude – the price used to measure Nigeria’s petroleum grades – climb up from lows of $58 to $63.

Oilprice.com, which gives life petroleum prices, said the commodity was slightly down to $62.79 on Tuesday.

The major factor for the mini-hike is said to be the intention of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its Russian-led allies to extend production cuts, which Nigeria has not been diligent with beyond December 2019.

Recent drops in the supply of Shale oil from the United States and a cabinet reshuffle in Saudi Arabia has also helped Nigeria’s mono-economy create new revenue sources for the time being.

Despite Nigeria’s non-compliance with its production quota, the alliance has been able to fulfill its output limitation by over 100 per cent, doing 136 per cent in August.

The country produced 1.97m barrels per day in June 2019, higher than its 1.786m OPEC quota.

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Soldier, One Other Arrested For Armed Robbery, Car Snatching In Adamawa

10 September 2019 - 11:25am


A soldier, Dampa Hyellambamun, and one civilian have been arrested for armed robbery and car snatching in Adamawa State by the police.

They were arrested after dispossessing a woman of her Toyota Camry car in the early hours of Tuesday in Yola, the state capital.

Spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the arrest.

He said, “The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday around 1:00am in the heart of the state capital.

“The suspects accosted a lady and pointed a gun at her, forcing her to surrender her car.

“Luckily enough, the matter was reported to the nearby policemen on duty who swung into action and arrested the suspects.

“We were able to recover the snatched car, an AK47 rifle and 35 rounds of ammunition from the soldier.”

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Ban On Islamic Procession For Shi'ites Only, Says IGP

10 September 2019 - 10:51am


The Nigerian Police Force has said it is clarifying the ban on the Islamic Ashura procession to be limited on members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the police said it had become "imperative to clarify" that the ban only applies to members of the IMN.

The police on Tuesday cracked down on the Shiite group, killing some members, who had gone out to worship.

The tweet reads, “Against this backdrop, Muslims marking the commemoration of “Ashura” throughout the country are free to carry out the annual procession.

“They should, however, do so within the confines of the law and guard against infiltration by unscrupulous elements who may want to take advantage of the event to cause disruption of public peace, order and security.

“The IGP has directed all CPs and their respective supervisory AIG of Police in Commands and Zones to give full effect to the above clarifications and ensure that non-IMN Muslims are not in any way restricted from exercising their freedom of religion, worship and peaceful assembly.

“In the same vein, the IGP has enjoined members of the public to be calm and go about their lawful businesses as the Force was doing all within its capacity to ensure there is no breach of peace, law and order anywhere in the country.”

Following the deluge of enquiries concerning the ban on procession on the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), it has become absolutely imperative to clarify that the ban on processions is applicable to members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria only.

— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) September 10, 2019

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Adamawa: Osinbajo Inaugurates RUGA Amidst Protest By Indigenous People

10 September 2019 - 10:47am



Nigeria's Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has inaugurated the National Livestock Transformation Plan suspected to be a disguise of the widely rejected Rural Grazing Area initiative in Adamawa State amidst protest by the indigenous people.

The protesters, under the platform of Numan Federation, almost disrupted the ceremony but for the intervention of security operatives.

The indigenous people are demanding the inclusion of piggery into the NLTP to erase suspicion.

However, both Osinbajo and governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, denied in their separate speeches that NLTP had anything to do with RUGA.

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Katsina: Six Bandits Released In Exchange For 20 Kidnapped Persons

10 September 2019 - 10:46am


Six suspected bandits kept in detention by security agencies in Katsina State, were on Tuesday morning released in exchange for 20 kidnapped persons in their custody.

Information gathered revealed that five were released on Sunday after an agreement between the government and the bandits terrorising eight local government areas of the state.

Daily Trust reports that after handing over the six suspects, Governor Aminu Masari said part of the agreement reached between the two was that government would handover bandits in detention, while the hoodlums kidnapped persons in return.

Masari said, “Already, they have surrendered five kidnapped persons, two females and three males. Before the end of today, they are going to return more kidnapped persons in their custody.”

He assured that the process would be completed within the next one to two days.

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Man In Court For Allegedly Defiling Six-year-old Girl

10 September 2019 - 10:40am


A 23-year-old man, Onyebuchi Kelvin, who allegedly defiled a neighbour’s six-year-old daughter, was on Tuesday in Lagos remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons by an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Kelvin, who resides in the Aguda area of the city, was charged with one count charge of defilement but pleaded not guilty to the offence when brought before Magistrate B.O Osunsanmi.

Osunsanmi ordered that the defendant should be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

The prosecutor, ASP. Ezekiel Ayorinde, said that the defendant committed the offence on August 17 at his residence.

He said, “The girl was playing at the back of the house when the defendant approached her and quickly had sexual intercourse with her.

“The girl told her mother what the defendant did to her. A medical report also confirmed that the minor was defiled.

“The mother reported the case to the police, leading to the arrest of the defendant.”

The case was adjourned until October 9, 2019 for further hearing.

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UNILAG Detains Activist For Distributing #RevolutionNow Leaflets On Campus

10 September 2019 - 10:39am


The security department of the University of Lagos has detained a human rights activist, Joshua Ikechukwu, who was distributing #RevolutionNowleaflets on campus on Monday, SaharaReporterscan confirm.

An eyewitness simply identified as Bankole, told SaharaReporters that the activist distributed fliers to students after an event on campus on Friday.

He said, “What happened was that on Friday, a Faculty of Law student organised and after the event, we took leaflets to distribute.

“There was a CCTV camera installed and it caught his face while he was distributing the item, so on Monday they picked him up.”

When SaharaReporterscontacted one Omotosho, the Intelligence Officer for the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, he refused to respond to enquiries about the incident.

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Man Allegedly Murders Brother, Steals Motorcycle For Being Stingy

10 September 2019 - 10:38am


The Police Command in Ekiti has said that it has arrested a 24- year-old man, Ebenezer Olorunleke, who allegedly killed his brother with three other accomplices.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Asuquo Amba, made the disclosure while addressing journalists on Tuesday.

He said the suspect, who hails from Jege in Kogi State, killed his brother with a knife and screwdriver in Okeila area of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on August 29 and fled with the victim’s motorbike alongside other items.

Confessing to the crime, Olorunleke said that it was his friends that killed his brother, adding that all they wanted to do was to help him collect money from the victim because he was a stingy person.

He said, “I did not follow them inside the room but upon realising that my brother had been stabbed and was shouting, I rushed in and wanted to rescue him but he bit me and chopped off my finger.

“The guys later came to my house to attack me. They wanted to sell the motorcycle but I resisted.

“I was thinking of going to the police to report when I was arrested with the motorcycle.”

Amba said that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation into the matter was completed.

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Nigerian, Other African Refugees To Be Evacuated To Rwanda –UN

10 September 2019 - 9:36am


Nigerian refugees, who had fled Boko Haram terrorism, return home

Nigerian refugees

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees on Tuesday said that 4,700 migrants in Libya will be relocated to Rwanda, according to a report by Reuters.

The International Organisation for Migration said that it had repatriated over 343 Nigerians back to the country in 2019, implying that some citizens of the country might be among those to be evacuated this time again.

UNHCR spokesperson, Babar Baloch, said a first batch of 500 people will be airlifted out in the coming weeks.

The evacuation deal was struck between the Rwandan Government and the African Union under a transition mechanism.

IOM Libya said in a report that it had helped up to 40,000 Nigerians return home through funding from the European Union.

A survey by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters said the major human smuggling routes in Nigeria are Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Calabar and Lagos.

The border areas around Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali are transit points as well.

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Tribunal Upholds Victory Of Bayelsa APC Rep

10 September 2019 - 9:35am


The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Bayelsa State has dismissed another petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party against the victory of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 National Assembly election in Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Israel Sunny-Goli of the APC as winner of the constituency during the election earlier in the year.

Sunny-Goli had polled 41,150 votes against his closet rival, Mrs Marie Ebikake of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 19, 279.

Ebikake, however, in a petition prayed the tribunal to annul the election of Sunny-Goli, citing non- compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and violence in seven wards of Nembe Bassambiri.   

The tribunal dismissed the petition for lack of documentary evidence and affirmed the victory of Sunny-Goli.

Sunny-Goli while speaking with journalists, described the tribunal ruling as victory for democracy and for the people of Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency.

The lawmaker urged Ebikake to join hands with him to attract development to the area, reiterating his determination to give the people of Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency quality representation at the National Assembly.

He said, “The tribunal again affirmed my victory at the polls. It is a victory for the people of my constituency.  

“I commend the people of Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency for their unflinching support throughout the case. Now it is the time to work.”

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Release Children Detained By Military, Human Rights Watch Tells Buhari

10 September 2019 - 8:25am


Human Rights Watch has urged the Nigerian Government to release all children detained by the military over suspected links with Boko Haram.

The United States-based global watchdog said in a 50-page report released in Abuja that thousands of children were being arbitrarily detained in degrading and inhuman conditions in military cells, particularly at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The group said, “Many children are held without charge for months or years in squalid and severely overcrowded military barracks with no contact with the outside world.

“Children are being detained in horrific conditions for years, with little or no evidence of involvement with Boko Haram, and without even being taken to court.

“Many of these children already survived attacks by Boko Haram. The authorities' cruel treatment adds to their suffering and victimises them further.”

HRW asked the Nigerian Government to sign a United Nations protocol that would ensure the transfer of the affected children to child protection authorities for their rehabilitation, reunification with their families and reintegration into their communities.

The Nigerian military denied the report in a statement by Defence spokesperson, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday, saying it was not only false but threatened to undermine peace in the volatile region.

He said, “It is an established fact that Boko Haram terrorists indoctrinate women and children who they use as suicide bombers in the theatre of operations.

“Apprehended children are kept in secured places where they are adequately fed, profiled and de-radicalised before their release.”

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Niger Republic Bans Rice Export To Nigeria

10 September 2019 - 8:25am


The Government of Niger Republic has banned the export of rice into Nigeria.

The ban follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for the closure of Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries to curtail the activities of smugglers.

The directive stated that the ban was to take effect from September 5.

In a circular dated September 5, 2019, Niger’s Director-General of Customs, Oumarou Amadu, ordered all relevant agencies to comply strictly or face severe sanctions.

Since the restriction of access to rice and 40 other commodities came into effect in 2015, Nigeria’s other neighbours, Benin, Cameroon and Togo, have not been so understanding of PMB’s protectionist policy.

Benin is said to have crashed its rice importation tariff to seven per cent, while Cameroon brought its own to zero per cent between 2015 and 2018.

These excise duty reductions, has fuelled smuggling of parboiled rice into Nigeria.

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