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Ogunoye Installed As 33rd Olowo Of Owo

23 August 2019 - 1:24pm


Olowo of Owo, Ajibade Gbadrgesin Ogunoye (man wearing a blue cap).

Olowo of Owo, Ajibade Gbadrgesin Ogunoye (man wearing a blue cap). ChannelsTV

 

Prince Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye on Friday became the 33rd Olowo of Owo Kingdom in Ondo State after an elaborate installation rites.

The traditional rites, which was attended by hundreds of residents of the town and well-wishers, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

Speaking to journalists, Chief Olanrewaju Famakinwa said that the rites had to be performed according to the customs and culture of the ancient town.

Famakinwa, who is the Ojumu of Owo, said that the new king chose the sword of peace in the course of the rites.

He said, “Oba Ogunoye who is being installed today chose a sword which signifies peace.

“Traditionally, before a king is installed, he will have to choose a sword at Oke Mapo and it is believed that whichever one he chooses will tell how his reign will be.

“Coincidentally, he chose the same sword chosen by his father more than 30 years ago and the sword represents peace.”

Also speaking, Chief Idowu Oludaye, the Agba Omolowo, said it was a new dawn for the ancient town because there was a new king.

Oba Ogunoye was selected as Olowo after garnering 14 votes from the 15 kingmakers on July 12 following the demise of late Oba Victor Olateru- Olagbegi on April 18.

 

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FBI Suspect List: Omokri, Others Condemn #IgboYahooBoys Hashtag On Twitter

23 August 2019 - 11:48am


 

Nigerians are condemning a trend on Twitter with the hashtag #IgboYahooBoys, which emerged after the United States charged 80 people to court, mostly Nigerians and of Igbo origins, for a multi million dollars Internet scam.

The hashtags have drawn widespread criticism for promoting hate and ethnic segregation.

In his reaction, former media aide to ex-President Good luck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, via his official Twitter handle @renoomkri said, "It is wrong to cast aspersions on Igbos due to the names on the FBI's suspects list. 

"I don't condone what they are alleged to have done. But Sani Abacha is the world's biggest thief, yet a stadium is named after him in Kano. We’re all guilty!

"Before you wrongly blame all Igbos for the FBI action, note that we have a governor caught on camera stuffing bribes in his pocket. He was re-elected, after the corruption hating General @MBuhari lifted his hands as his candidate. We are all guilty!"

Another user with the handle @amejahlid, said, "Not from the Igbo tribe but actually calling out a particular tribe for a fraud is unfair."

@I_am_Oara in his tweet attributed the origin of cyber crime to Nigerian politicians. He said, "Can we just pretend we don't have #IgboYahooBoys in government?

"Those caught by #FBI are their offsprings, their type have more chances of becoming governors, lawmakers and presidents than legit workers. This nation is sick, I hope we get well soon. #Nigerians."

@Jay5_beatz said, "Using #IgboYahooBoys to envelop your murderous tendencies has to be the joke of the century. 

"I’d rather be identified as a fraudster than as a genocidal, blood thirsty Maniac.

"I hope broader investigation is carried out & we see if truly yahoo is exclusive to Igbos."

@princesswilson said, "Today is truly a fine day to show the intense tribalism that exists in our so-called one Nigeria. #IgboYahooBoys."
 

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Vandalism Affecting Telecoms Service –NCC

23 August 2019 - 11:12am


 

The Nigerian Communications Commission says the spate of vandalism of telecoms infrastructure across the country has resulted in slowing the pace of growth of services.

The Director, Zonal Operations of the commission, Mrs Amina Shehu, raised the concern on Friday at a programme in Nasarawa.

She frowned at the state of vandalism, theft and hostility from some host communities, stressing that telecom facilities should be treated as collectively owned infrastructure.

Shehu, who was represented by Principal Manager, Zonal Operation, Abubakar Usman, said the telecom sector had contributed and recorded not less than 10 per cent growth in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

She said the programme was aimed at enlightening the public and other stakeholders on the need to protect telecom infrastructure within their communities.

She said it would also create awareness about the importance of telecommunication infrastructure and ensure that telecom consumers get satisfaction from the quality of service.

 

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BREAKING: Gunmen Abduct Anglican Bishop’s Wife

23 August 2019 - 11:04am


 

Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Friday kidnapped the wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Emmanuel Maduwuike, according to a report by PUNCH.

The victim, Anuri, was abducted on Thursday while on her way to Owerri in Imo State.

The prelate’s wife was accosted at Ekemele by the gunmen and was taken away to an unknown destination.

A source said, “Wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Mrs Anuri Maduwuike, was kidnapped yesterday (Thursday) by unknown gunmen.”

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the incident, adding that her abductors had yet to establish contact with her family.

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Fraud: Obinwanne Okeke Appoints Nigerian As Legal Representative

23 August 2019 - 11:01am


 

Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for various acts of cyber scam, has appointed John Iweanoje, as his lawyer, according to court documents seen by Premium Times.

Iweanoje takes over from Rahul Sharma, a public defender hired by a United States judge to stand as counsel to Okeke.

The accused had failed to appear with a lawyer during his initial court appearance on August 9.

Iweanoje indicated that he was stepping in to defend the Abuja-based businessman later the same day.

Okeke did not put in a plea when he made his first court entry.

The accused, who would stand trial in Norfolk Virginia, is expected to remain in custody until a trial date is fixed.

“Since he was arrested on a criminal complaint, it means he could be held in custody pending trial.

“The jury will decide whether to return indictment or not. If they decide to return indictment, he will be presented before a judge to enter a plea. If he pleads guilty, he would be sentenced. If he pleads not guilty, then a trial date will be set,” spokesperson for the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District, Joshua Stueve, said.

In June 2018, the FBI received complaints from Unatrac, an international subsidiary of heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar that Okeke gained unauthorised access to the e-mail account of its chief financial officer and authorised a series of fictitious invoices to the tune of $11m.

The domestic intelligence body also found that Okeke had duped an American show manufacturer as part of a business email compromise scheme that he and other accomplices had coordinated.

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The Igbo Crime Culture (2) By Fredrick Nwabufo

23 August 2019 - 10:51am


Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo

 

In the heat of the lynching of Igbo citizens in Asia in 2013 over alleged criminality, I wrote an essay entitled, ‘The Igbo fallacy’. In it, I appealed to the Igbo to de-emphasise the culture of profligacy, decadent opulence and vanity, which fuels the pursuit of crime by their own. I also suggested the need for value re-orientation – a task that must be actuated by all groups – the age grades, unions and traditional institutions.

Really, it is enervating for me that my kinsmen are taking the inglorious front row in ‘’money crimes’’ – drug peddling and internet fraud – abroad.

In August 2016, an Igbo drug dealer was guillotined in Indonesia. But his funeral in Anambra was a rambunctious shin-dig. He was even described as a “hero” by his people.

I have skimmed through the list of alleged online fraudsters indicted by the FBI, in what is regarded as the biggest scam bust in history, and I could see familiar names. It is heart-breaking for me. The refrain that criticising your own people for shortcomings is an act of sanctimony is obtuse. Crime has no ethnic face, but does that imply condoning or rationalising a persistent ill?

I have said it before, we have a problem. The Igbo have a problem. Out of the 21 Nigerians on death-row for drug peddling in Indonesia, 20 are Igbo – from my state – Anambra. Personally, I feel violated by this.

A few months ago, some armed robbers of Igbo origin launched an attack on a bureau de change in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but they were arrested. It is painful, instead of exporting the durable products of Aba, we are exporting crime and violence. That Nigerians are a pariah in South Africa is partly due to the activities of some Igbo drug cartel.

But what happens when these drug gangs return to the South-East? A bazaar of bloodshed. A few years ago, there was a massacre at a church in Ozubulu, Anambra. The killings were linked to a drug war between rival gangs in South Africa. The gangs took their battle out of the turf to native soil. Really, we are baiting the hurricane.

And now, out of the 77 names listed for online fraud in the United States, 74 are Igbo. We have a problem. We cannot solve this problem by living in denial.

I agree, there are millions of us doing great things in our fields but we must condemn the activities of these criminals among us. They do not represent us but their actions are capable of making an execrable impression of all us.

One drop of dirt is enough to make a basin of water impure. We must have serious conversations on this atypical criminality.

The argument that the Igbo are marginalised and that they are deprived because of the civil war, so very few among them are forced into crime is puerile. This is a terrible way to rationalise a problem that dents the entire group. There is no excuse for crime.

We have a culture that glorifies “money” crime – “ego mbute” – the culture of money grubbing and worship, as the-be-all and end-all of everything. It is a pervasive culture, not limited to the Igbo though.

We need value re-orientation, and this should be actuated by all groups – age grades and traditional institutions. We must stop celebrating people of unknown fortune. We must name and shame those with illicit wealth in our communities. We should upbraid them instead of giving them chieftaincy titles and front-row seats in church.

What exactly do we discuss at annual August meetings and town-union meetings? Enough should be enough. We cannot keep ignoring this filth.

We have a problem. A crime culture.

@FredrickNwabufo

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Buhari To Depart Nigeria For Japan On Sunday

23 August 2019 - 10:26am


 

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria on Sunday for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development taking place in Yokohama from August 28-30.

A statement on Friday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that President Buhari’s participation would be his second having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016.

Buhari is expected deliver a statement during the summit and would use the opportunity to appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from TICAD6.

The statement reads, “In addition to a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the Nigerian President will also attend some side events and meet chief executive officers of some Japanese companies with huge investments in Nigeria.”

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Court Orders Nigerian Government To Renew Shell’s OML 11 For 20 Years

23 August 2019 - 9:35am


The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered President Muhammadu Buhari to grant the renewal of the Oil Mineral Lease 11 to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria for 20 years.

The suit by Shell was instituted against the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Minister of State.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Friday in his judgment delivered on Shell’s suit, ruled that renewal would be for 20 years and not 30 as requested by the company.

President Buhari was Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources during his first term in office between 2015 and May 2019 and is most likely to retain the same position for his second spell in office.

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Nigerian Government Asks Citizens Indicted In US $40m Fraud To Surrender

23 August 2019 - 9:32am


The Nigerian Government has asked the 77 Nigerians indicted by the United States for Internet fraud to voluntarily surrender.

In a statement on Friday, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the government would not hesitate to extradite them if the diplomatic treaties between the two countries are invoked.

She said, “We acknowledge the fact that accusation does not mean guilt, and we hope that all the accused will be given fair and speedy trial.

“We also ask those accused in Nigeria to voluntarily turn themselves in to American authorities to clear their names without which the Nigerian Government will extradite them if relevant international treaties between the two governments are invoked. See Also Corruption Inside Details Of How US Government Indicted 77 Nigerians For Money Laundering 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

“While such actions ultimately have negative effect on the image of the country, the commission, however, reiterates as it has always done, that the actions of a few Nigerians involved in criminal activities is not and can never be what the majority of Nigerians represent.”

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Nigerian Serial Robber, Gloria Makanjuola, Jailed In UK

23 August 2019 - 9:20am


A Nigerian woman in the United Kingdom, Gloria Makanjuola, who committed a series of robberies and theft on buses in Hackney, even targeting an 87-year-old woman, has been jailed.

Makanjuola, 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court to two years and eight months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to eight counts of robbery, four counts of theft and four counts of fraud at an earlier hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court.

Makanjuola committed the offences between September 2018 and October 2018 across Hackney. 

Her victims were aged between 18 and 87 years and all the offences occurred on buses in Hackney.

One victim, an 87-year-old man, was targeted by Makanjuola as he travelled on a route around Wick Road. 

She sat next to the victim and tried to put her hands in his pocket, he told her to stop but she managed to grab around £80 in cash.

On another occasion, an 18-year-old woman was on board a route 277 bus in the area of Mare Street, E5 when Makanjuola started talking to her. 

During the conversation, she kept touching the victim and was crying.

The victim told her to leave her alone, Makanjuola then left the bus by pressing the emergency exit button. 

When the victim got up to leave the bus, she noticed that her purse and oyster card had been stolen.

Detective Sergeant Coleman, the senior investigating officer from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said, “Gloria Makanjuola was a prolific offender in the Hackney area. 

“She targeted vulnerable passengers using the bus network system, committing robbery or theft offences. 

“If bank cards were stolen, she used the opportunity to use the cards to make contactless payments at local stores.

“Working in partnership with the Safer Transport Teams and Transport for London, Makanjuola was identified and arrested for various robbery and theft related offences. 

“I would like to thank the victims in this investigation who had the courage to report these matters and assist in the police investigation. 

“Without their support, this outcome would not have been possible.”

CCTV footage was obtained from the buses and Makanjuola was identified by the investigation team and Safer Transport Team officers

A number of the victims were able to recognise Makanjuola during the course of formal identification parades.

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, the lead investigator for transport network crime across London, said, “We are focused on targeting prolific criminals like Makanjuola who target and prey on the most vulnerable commuters. 

“Through extensive CCTV coverage across the transport network, we are able to identify and bring offenders to justice.”

The court also heard that Makanjuola is currently serving a sentence for similar offences which she committed last year in the Hackney area. She was imprisoned for two years.

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WHO Calls For Increased Political Commitment To End Malaria

23 August 2019 - 8:42am


A new report by the World Health Organisation Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication has called for an increase in political commitment in ensuring an end to malaria in the world.

The report said, “There must be an increased domestic and external resources, as well as increased political commitment and fast tracking of new tools and innovations.

“Making better use of data and surveillance, and a strong health system, important components of the WHO and RBM Partnership High Burden to High Impact approach.

“We must also ensure that the lifesaving tools we do have, such as insecticide treated nets are reaching everyone who needs them.” 

It further noted that global actions against malaria have yielded more success against the epidemic and more action would help put an end to the disease.

Chief Executive Office of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, said, “Since 2000, global efforts have driven tremendous progress, saving more than 7 million lives and preventing more than one billion cases of malaria, creating the opportunity to end malaria within a generation.

“Today, there are more countries without malaria than with malaria, and more countries than ever have fewer than 10,000 malaria cases, putting elimination within reach.

“However, malaria cases are increasing in the highest burden countries, and we are working with partners to do more to reignite and accelerate progress to drive malaria cases back down and stay on track to end this deadly yet preventable and treatable disease once and for all.”

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Flood Destroys Property, Paralyses Economic Activities In Adamawa

23 August 2019 - 8:31am


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Heavy rainfall resulting in flood has destroyed property and paralised economic activities in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

The rain, which started about 9:00am, prevented a lot of people from going to their places of work and businesses, according to findings by Sahara Reporters.

A business owner at one of the popular markets, Hebron Kumle, told SaharaReporters that the flood had caused a lot of damage to their investments.

He said, “My shop containing wares of over N50m was affected by the flood, this is aside other valuables that was destroyed also.

“As things stand, only God can actually determine what we've lost so far.”

Most parts of the city including the road leading to the city’s airport have all been flooded, leaving many persons stranded in the process.

Calls placed to the phone line of Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Abubakar Mohammed, were not answered as of the time of filing this report.

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38 Inmates Freed In Gombe

23 August 2019 - 7:33am


The Gombe Criminal Justice Committee on Friday released 38 prison inmates, who were said to have spent many years waiting for trial.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, those released were considered on health grounds and good conduct.

Urging the released inmates to be of good conduct, Chairman of GCJC, Mr Hakeela Heman, said the organisation would continue to work to ensure that individuals get justice within the stipulation of the law.

He said, “I want to commend the Federal Government for changing Nigerian Prison Service to Nigerian Correctional Service. This will go a long way in reforming the inmates.”

In his response, Controller of Prisons in Gombe, Ahmadu Adamu, said the prison was congested and posed a lot of challenges to staff and inmates, adding that drastic measures must be taken to address the situation.

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48 Rights Groups Petition UN, AU Over Sowore's Detention

23 August 2019 - 7:19am


About 48 human rights and press freedom organisations have petitioned the United Nations and African Union Special Mechanisms to intervene in the arbitrary detention of activist and convener of #RevolutionNowmovement, Omoyele Sowore.

The rights group include the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Coalition for Revolution, Open Society for West Africa, Nigerians in Diaspora Europe (Belgium-Luxembourg), Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda among others.

Sowore, a vocal public affairs commentator for good governance, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services on August 3 for calling on Nigerians to express their frustration at the poor state of leadership in the country and has since been held despite growing calls for his freedom.

The 48 organisations, who petitioned the UN and AU, argued that the treat of Sowore constitutes a violation of his right not to be arbitrarily detained, right to a fair trial, right to freedom of expression, right of freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and his rights as a human rights defender.

The organisations, assisted by Nani Jansen Reventlow from Doughty Street Chambers, are calling upon the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, the situation of human rights defenders, and African Commission Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression and human rights defenders to intervene urgently to secure the immediate release of Sowore and declare his arrest and continued detention a gross violation of his human rights.

“The arrest and detention of Sahara Reporter's founder, Omoyele Sowore, is without doubt a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism in Nigeria,” said Chief Operating Officer of Sahara Reporters, La Keisha Landrum Pierre.

“Sowore has used the word ‘revolution’ contextually to mean ‘change for the better’ since he founded Sahara Reporters in 2006. 

“He then stated that he would “revolutionise” the way news is being reported: something he actually did by leading the pioneering efforts in citizen journalism in Nigeria.

“We are shocked that a government that rode to power on the promise to wipe out corruption and be the ‘voice of the voiceless’ is trying to silence the call for change by the same people who elected it,” she added.

Head of Advocacy at Index on Censorship, Joy Hyvarinen, said, “Index on Censorship urges the Nigerian authorities to release prominent journalist and campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, immediately. 

“The arrest and detention are a shocking violation of Sowore's human rights, which calls into question Nigeria's willingness and ability to meet international human rights obligations.”

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Kano To Accommodate Almajiri System Under New Education Policy

23 August 2019 - 7:16am


Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that his administration will integrate the Almajiri education system into the modern academic curriculum to improve the quality of learning.

The governor made the announcement on Friday in Abuja while speaking to journalists during a visit to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

According to Ganduje, education should be made free from basic to secondary school levels for every Nigerian child.

He said, “As a government, we have said that basic education and secondary education will be free; we have also made it compulsory to ensure sustainability.

“We have also resolved to hold a stakeholders’ summit to this effect; the summit will brainstorm on how to take care of out-of-school children which include Almajiri.”

Speaking further, the Kano governor said his administration’s plan was to modify the curriculum in such a way that would tally with the national curriculum.

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Nigerian MBA Candidates Get $1.5m Yearly To Study In Lebanon

23 August 2019 - 7:09am


 

The Lebanese Nigeria Initiative has established a $1.5m scholarship for Nigerian MBA candidates to study at the American University Beirut.

The full scholarship will be available to two Nigerians every year for life, according to the LNI that also added that the scheme will help strengthen the relationship between the country and Lebanon.

 

Making the announcement in Lagos during the presentation of one of the beneficiaries for this year’s edition, Mr Ajibola Olubando, a Petroleum and Gas Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos, Consul General of Lebanon in Nigeria, Mr Elias Nicolas, said the scholarship will boost the quality of knowledge in Nigeria and drive development initiatives at all levels in the society.

 

He said, “The AUB is a globally recognised institution of learning and I am confident that the beneficiaries of this scholarship will be equipped with knowledge and skills that would help them contribute meaningfully to the development of Nigeria upon their return back home.

 

“The scheme is aimed at further strengthening the existing friendly relations between the two countries.

“The Lebanese community has always seen itself as part of the social fabric of Nigeria, the scholarship is a sign of its commitment towards the educational upliftment of young Nigerians.”

 

Speaking on the criteria for selection, Vice-Chairman of LNI, Mr Ali Safieddine, said candidates must satisfy the stringent admission requirements of AUB and also be ready and willing to return to Nigeria to use their education to impact the society before they can be considered.

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Nigerians React To Arrest Of Compatriots In $46m Internet Scam By FBI

23 August 2019 - 6:00am


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Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the news that United States authorities announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging Internet fraud and money laundering operation of $40m.

The operation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is aimed at cracking down on Nigerian romance scam, which has been growing in the past months.

Reacting to the news, one Twitter user with the handle @gideonogbonnac, said, “I know that the 80 Nigerians arrested just further soils the image of the average honest Nigerian who wants a better life.

“But I also know 80 Nigerians do not represent the real truth of the Igbo race, neither the truth of all Nigerians. So we'll keep to #ChangeTheNarrative.”

Another user, @omojuwa, said, “What has the Nigerian President said on the FBI issue? What role did Nigerian authorities play in the man-hunt? What does this mean for Nigeria-America relationship?

“How do you ensure other Nigerians aren’t made to pay for the crimes of these few? Where is the leadership?”

Bearing his mind on the situation, @eshobloss said, “We cannot keep acting like we don't know there's something fundamentally wrong with our value system.

“How did we manage to build a society that endorses terrible behaviour? Are you angry about the 80 Nigerians? You fuelled it.”

Another user, @arktraviningo said, “Only 80 Nigerians, this is not up to the tip of the iceberg.

“This syndrome is deep rooted in Nigeria even the politicians are not safe. If we to be sincere and get them all, some government officials will be behind bars too.”

Unhappy at the news, @NnamdiUmunna said, “While we keep going back on the prevalent ethnic group on the 80 Nigerians, have we bothered to look at the fundamental issues that enabled this fraudulent acts. Unemployment.”

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Don’t Jubilate Yet, Melaye Tells Opponents After Tribunal Ruling

23 August 2019 - 5:53am


 

Senator Dino Melaye has told his opponents not to rejoice yet as according to him their jubilation would be short-lived.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly was reacting to a ruling by the elections petitions tribunal on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital, nullifying his victory during the February 2019 general election.

Melaye expressed confidence in getting a favourable verdict at the Appeal Court when the matter is heard.

He said, “I commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice.

“I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement.

“I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secure and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.

“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

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Nigeria Deports Nigerien Man Who Climbed Plane About To Take Off

23 August 2019 - 5:05am



An investigation carried out by SaharaReporters has revealed that the
intruder into the restricted area of the Murtala Muhammed
International Airport (MMIA), one Usman Adamu has been deported back
to his country, Niger Republic.

A source close to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja
SaharaReporters that Adamu who on July 19, was spotted on the wing of
an Azman aircraft that was preparing to take off out of Lagos to Port
Harcourt was allegedly found to be mentally imbalanced after some
psychiatric tests were carried out on him.

The source said Adamu was deported Friday last week by road through Lagos.

The immigration source said the service carried out profiling and,
interrogation on the suspect, but was found to be unstable.

The source said: “Immediately he was arrested at the airport, by
security agencies, he was interrogated and asked series of questions,
and later taken to the psychiatric hospital for a test. It was at the
hospital that it was confirmed that he had a mental challenge.

“But despite that, he was still kept in detention for another round of
questioning, which didn’t produce any meaningful result. So, he was
handed over to us and as the law required, we returned him to his
country.”

Series of reactions had trailed his access to the area of the airport,
while the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), had
immediately suspended the security officers on duty at the time, while
also taking responsibility for the breach.

For instance, the industry unions had said they had been vindicated by
the breach.

Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, the General Secretary of the Association of
Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) had told journalists in Lagos
that rather than recruit qualified personnel for the position of
Aviation Security, a department under FAAN, politicians had hijacked
activities in the sector by engaging their cronies into the sensitive
aspect of the industry.

He alleged that the industry had been polarised in the past four
years, insisting that those above 30 years were being recruited to
AVSEC as against the extant rule.

He further purported that the government through the Ministry of
Transport, Aviation Unit, had jettisoned the compulsory background
checks for impending new recruits, warning that the problem may
persist if there was no change in the current system.
 

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BREAKING: Tribunal Sacks Senator Dino Melaye

23 August 2019 - 4:55am


 

The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja on Friday sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator for Kogi West.

In its judgment, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district, reports TheCable.

Details soon...

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