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BREAKING: I’ve Learnt My Lesson, Says Senator Abbo, Apologizes For Assaulting Lady In Sex Toy Shop

3 July 2019 - 11:24am

Senator Elisha Abbo has apologized to Bibra for physically assaulting her at a sex toy shop.

The Senator representing Adamawa North at the Upper Chamber of the Assembly also apologized to the rest of the country for his act saying that the action has “brought immense discomfort in our body polity.”

While addressing the media today, Senator Abbo described himself as an ambassador of Christ, whom so much is expected from.

In his words, “I personally apologize to Bibra and her family for my action towards her, which has brought immense discomfort in our body polity. See Also Sahara Reporters Sex Toy Shop Assault: Senator Elisha Abbo Says Attack Happened Before Becoming Lawmaker 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

“I have never been known or associated with such actions in the past. Regardless of what transpired prior to my expression of anger, I am sincerely sorry and plead that all men and women of good conscience should have the heart to forgive me. To err is human, to forgive is divine.

“To the Church of God everywhere in the world, I am sorry. As an Ambassador of Christ, much is expected of me.

“My family and religious upbringing do not give approval to such conduct and for this, as a leader, I seek forgiveness before God and all those who feel offended by my action.

“Indeed, this episode has taught me a very great lesson both as a private citizen and a public officer, particularly as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria upon whom public confidence is bestowed.”

He promised his constituency members to be of good conducts and remain a good patriot of the state.

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Warri Refinery Shutdown: How NNPC Reacts To 500 Angry Workers, Youths

3 July 2019 - 10:29am

Following the shutdown of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, by many youths and about 500 support staff on Wednesday, Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), told Punch that there was no discrimination in how the recruitment process and staff regularization was being handled. 

He, however, said he was unsure if the corporation had any prior agreement to convert the demonstrating casual staff to permanent staff.

“There’s no discrimination in the process. I am not aware if there was any agreement with them,” Ughamadu said on Wednesday. 

Punch reports that the protesters had all entrances to the complex barred. They said the government owned subsidiary of the NNPC, gave them assurances that they would be upgraded from contract to full staff. Ughamadu also noted that the casuals had not been sidelined by the recruitment process.

“The casuals were also invited; but that aside, we have engaged them. We told them that after this exercise, there is another stage.

“If they didn’t fall into the first category, they may fall into the second category. That is what we are on. We don’t have casuals only in Warri refinery.

"We have casuals in all of our subsidiaries, including the headquarters and many of them applied, and they are undergoing interviews now. Jemi Mene-Ijegi, National Secretary of the Itsekiri National Youth Council, said the casuals were not included in the job conversations.

“Initially, we wrote a letter and they called us, excluding the casual staff, that the issue will be resolved. We told them to attend to the casual staff first. The second time, the same thing happened, which prompted the first protest,” Ijegi said.

Both the police and army were unable to dislodge the demonstrators even after pleas from officials of the refinery. 

The Warri refinery is situated in Ekpan, Uvwie local government area of Delta State.

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Lecturer Sues Otuoke University Vice-Chancellor Over Promotion Fraud

3 July 2019 - 10:01am

Professor Seth Jaja, Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke

Professor Seth Jaja, Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke

Dr. Etumudon Ndidi Asien, a lecturer at the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, has dragged the institution's Vice Chancellor, Seth Accra Jaja, and two others to the National Industrial Court (NIC) over alleged victimisation and promotion fraud in the institution.

The lecturer from the Faculty of Management Science alleged that he was removed as the head of the Banking and Finance department and denied mandatory promotion in line with the results of institution review exercise.

Dr. Etumudon Ndidi Asien, in the suit numbered NICN\YEN\32\2019, also accused the Vice Chancellor of the institution of wrongful recruitment and promotion of two lecturers without due process and deliberately punishing him for his refusal to belong to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to the claimant, by the virtue of the irregular appointments of the two lecturers, with alleged questionable characters, his professional growth have been negatively affected as they occupy positions that would have been occupied by him and that despite all actions and complaints, the defendants are still carrying out their acts of discrimination and illegality and if no remedial action is not taken, they will continue to impede his growth in the service.

He asked the court to issue an order that he has a constitutionally guaranteed right to decide whether to become a member of ASUU or not and cannot suffer discrimination by the institution and the vice chancellor. 

He also prayed the court to issue a "declaration to the effect that the removal of the claimant as the head of department of Banking and Finance of the Faculty of the Management Sciences of the Institution on the ground that the claimant is not a member of the ASUU is a breach of claimant fundamental Human Right and is thus illegal, null and void".

The presiding judge of the National Industrial Court, Justice Bashar. A. Alkali, after listening to the argument of the two counsels asked that they go for an out-of-court settlement.

The judge adjourned the hearing until October 9, adding that failure to settle the matter through alternative dispute will ensure commencement of hearing on the substantive suit.

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Analysis: Dear Nigerians, In Case You Want To Travel To Germany… (PART II)

3 July 2019 - 9:59am

President Buhari in a handshake with German Chancellor Merkel

President Buhari in a handshake with German Chancellor Merkel

In case you are not convinced, here are a few other observations The 13,000 strong pride of nationalists brought persons previously not under the eagle-eye of the BFV into their fold. The BFV only finds them out when an act had been committed. Daniel Koehler records in research on ‘Recent trends in German right-wing violence’ that a 71-year old woman was convicted and given a nine-year sentence for two arson attacks committed in October 2016 and March 2017.

One of the attacks led to fatalities. Koehler writes that the BFV carried out an intelligence analysis on the background of 77 people who executed right-wing attacks. They discovered that the majority of the attacks were not done by those on their watch list. There were spontaneous acts of violence and intimidation sparked no doubt by the ‘climate of fear,’ created by those known 13,000. Your presence as a Nigerian in certain parts of Germany can spark a brain wave of murderous or threatening thoughts. Some of these persons that are unknown to the BFV have been found in the security fabric of the country.

In April and May 2017, two soldiers were arrested for planning attacks on high profile politicians who

are migrant friendly. Two names on the list prosecutors found are, Joachim Gauck, ex-President and Heiko Maas. On Friday, reports emerged that a right-wing group of 30 members, Nordkreuz, obtained a death list scrolled with names of left-wing politicians and pro-refugee targets from a police record. Then went about stockpiling arms, 200 body bags, and quicklime— to hasten decomposition. Nordkreuz has a neck and tie relationship with the German police and military. Intelligence sources went on to note that out of the 30 teammates of the right-wing terror cell, one was still employed in the special commando unit of the state office of criminal investigations. The group has been under observation by prosecutors since 2017. The raging radicalization in Germany though follows a straight causeway back to Merkel and the CDU’s determination to show the world that Germany is the fireplace for all in winter. Even historic war instigators, the USA, Russia, and the United Kingdom, did not take in as many refugees as Germany.

When the trains were offloading the brushwood on the rail tracks of Munich, log bearing nails and vipers were hidden among them. The German government did not sieve well. There were several attacks carried out by Islamic extremists. One which stood out though, was the rape, strangulation, and murder of Susanna Feldmann, by Ali Bashar, an asylum seeker from Northern Iraq. His application for citizenship had been rejected a year before the incident. Before killing 14-year old Susanna, Bashar successfully pushed and spat at a policewoman, rubbed a man at gunpoint and repeatedly raped an 11- year old girl without getting thrown into jail or deported. After the police identified him as the prime suspect, he was still able to procure papers, board a flight to Istanbul in Turkey and another to his family home in Iraq.

In 2018, Ashwaq, a Yazidi girl captured by Islamic State in 2013 and sold as a sex slave to Abu Humam, an IS fighter, found Humam again on the streets of Schwäbisch Gmünd in the Western German state of Baden-Württemberg. Ashwaq was brave enough to tell her story and run-off to a refugee camp in Northern Iraq after the police were unable to track down Humam. Other women who escaped a brutal life of raping and beating, found their captors among the refugees the CDU gave a new lease of life.

While a Nigerian Christian avoids Eastern Germany where foreigners are not wanted, tolerant Western Germany has the added spice of making you careful not to commit offences that make you a target of an Islamist extremist. So, where should a Nigerian not trod in Germany? Interestingly, this is not a ‘reconsider,’ ‘do not travel’ or ‘essential travel,’ advice. If it must be categorized, it would be in the level of ‘be aware,’ ‘for your information.’ It is not easy to die in Germany, as it is in Nigeria. The hatred towards Muslims, refugees, and Jews are not commensurate to the attacks. If you choose to live for any periods in the eastern states of Saxony— the birthplace of the Protestant church, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or Thuringia, your stay could be a regrettable one. In 2014, when the German gates of love to all refugees began to creak open, there were 990 right-wing attacks in Germany according to government figures. At the height of the migrant surge in 2015, the figure climbed to 1,408. In 2016, when Turkey came to

Germany’s rescue and took on incoming refugee traffic, the German Ministry of Interior reported that there were 3,533 attacks on migrants and asylum hostels. As a result of these attacks, 560 people were injured, including 43 children.

Refugee organizations and volunteers suffered 217 attacks in the same year. In 2016 as well, a commissioned report released a year later, said there were 23,500 right-wing crimes; half of them were in the states that made up the former territory of Eastern Germany. IN 2017, VBRG, a group that provides counselling to victims of right-wing attacks, say they recorded 1,123 of such in 2017. That figure increased to 1,212 in 2018. Their report includes Berlin as one of the cities with a prevalence of attacks against Migrants, Muslims, and Jews. Studies agree that you are at the danger of being intimidated anywhere in Germany but you should be especially conscious or avoid the territories that made up East Germany, including the eastern paths of Berlin. Saxony should be given a wide berth. If you like a bit of sport, you might want to dare.

Since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose duty it is to tell you how to travel, where not to go and how to get you out of trouble like the USA does with its Smart Travel Enrolment Programme (STEP), have felt it immaterial to do so, we thought to let you know that even the safest countries harbor some cultural opposition to immigrants.

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If I were President Buhari, I’ll Appoint 85 And 90-Year Olds As Ministers By Bayo Oluwasanmi

3 July 2019 - 9:58am

As humans, we are all agents of history, acting out our roles, moving or failing to move according to its tides. At this moment in our history, Nigerians feel the need and urgency for President Muhammadu Buhari Baba Slow Motion to move quickly and fill cabinet posts. 

The most important instrument for any president to translate his vision into concrete goals and policies in the executive branch is the caliber of people he appoints as ministers. The president must delegate responsibilities to his cabinet members. How well consistently and effectively the executive branch functions, depends to a great extent on how wisely the president chooses and uses his cabinet.

For any president to achieve his vision, the basic criteria selection for his cabinet members should be excellence and competence. The men and women chosen by the president must have demonstrated by successful experience in fields related to capacities they are to serve. 

One of the important judgment calls of a president is willingness to pick, and effectively use outstanding able subordinates. Cabinet members must know and understand presidential decisions. People President Buhari appointed as federal ministers in his first term, were  a remarkable collection of individuals - unqualified, inexperienced, mediocres, and people with plain old ignorance. Till tomorrow, no one knows how well they performed. Their score cards are yet to be released by Aso Rock.

If I were President Buhari, my pick for ministers will reflect the administration’s priorities for Nigeria: to hell with quality and qualifications, to hell with ability, capacity, and capability, to hell with equal representation, to hell with fairness and justice!

I will appoint men and women who are between the ages 85 and 90 nearing departure lounge. People who are infirm, frail, and fragile like the octogenarian Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Ambassador Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor who was born March 17, 1935 in Oguta, Imo State. I’ll appoint people who are deaf, dumb, and blind so the physically challenged will be fairly represented in my administration. I’ll appoint one of the Fulani herdsmen terrorists as minister of education. Shekau, the Boko Haram war lord will oversee safety and security of the nation, better still, he’ll serve as minister of defense. 

My choice of finance minister will be Bukola Abiku Mesujamba Saraki with untarnished  record in raiding and collapsing banks. My top candidate for agriculture ministry will be the head of women for Tradermoni. For works, housing, and transportation, I’ll ask Babalakin the notorious contractor who fled with billions of Naira meant for the construction of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the MM II. I believe he’ll do a fantastic job. For Chief of Staff, First Lady Aisha Buhari is the only one I trust who can hold the position. All the service chiefs, head of customs, immigration, aviation, SSS, NPF, CCT, ICPC, EFCC, CJ, NNPC and all other federal agencies that read like alphabetical soup, and all federal judges, will be from the north. Again, I trust only people from that area of the country. Now you have the idea of the type of people I’ll choose to head the rest ministries. 

In short, consideration will be given to the following candidates as federal ministers:

Must be northerners with highest education of primary school attestation certificate. Must have been convicted for corruption, looting, stealing of public funds or be potentially indictable for such crimes. Must be computer illiterates. Must be empty headed. Must be allergic to creativity and innovation. Must be morons!

With these cabinet ministers, I believe Nigeria will be well positioned for the next level. For the first in 58 plus years, Nigerians will feel the impact of a government like never before. They will have a sense of belonging and be proud as Nigerians. Nigerians, you’re in good hands for the next four years... stay tuned!

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Nigerian Man Ayoola Ajayi, Accused Of Murder Of US Student, Was Barred From Utah Campus -Police

3 July 2019 - 9:23am

Nigerian man, Ayoola Ajayi, arrested in the death of a United States of America college student whose burnt remains were found in his backyard was banned from the campus of Utah State University in 2012, according to newly-released documents.

The school took the step after Ayoola Ajayi's student visa expired and he was arrested on suspicion of having stolen an iPad, a misdemeanour, according to university police reports. 

He had also stopped attending class the year before but continued to sleep on residence hall couches and keep things in a janitor's closet, according to police and university documents.

University officials barred him from campus in August 2012, and police also informed the Nigerian Embassy in US of Ajayi's arrest.

Prison documents showed Ajayi is now a US citizen. 

When arrested in 2012 by US police, Ajayi had a student visa that had already expired but had married a woman in Texas.

According to court records, the marriage ended in a divorce in January.

According to a news agency, Associated Press, US Immigration and Citizenship Services refused to provide information about when Ajayi obtained American citizenship, citing privacy protections. 

Ajayi was allowed to enroll in classes again in 2015 after resolving his immigration status, said Utah State spokesman, Tim Vitale.

Separate police documents showed that he was also investigated on a rape allegation in 2014. No charges were filed in the rape case.

Ajayi, 31, is being held without bail on suspicion of aggravated murder, kidnapping and other charges in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. 

On Tuesday, tpolice authorities said they had been granted an extension on filing formal charges until next week. 

Lueck was a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing. 

She was expected to graduate in 2020.

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Buhari Suspends Establishment Of RUGA Settlements

3 July 2019 - 8:58am

After public outcry and condemnation, President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the establishment of Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) initiative for herdsmen in the country.

Buhari made the decision at the meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa today.

Dave Umahi revealed the decision of the President while speaking to journalists after the NEC committee meeting.

Umahi stated that the initiative is not in line with the National Livestock Transformation Programme of the federal government.

“We the NEC committee on farmers/ herders crisis under the chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met today to deliberate on the approved programme of national economic council (NEC) and federal government, tagged, the National Livestock Transformation Programme.

“We are aware that today that Mr. President has suspended the implementation of Ruga programme, initiated and being implemented by the federal ministry of agriculture and natural resources, because it is not consistent with the NEC and federal government approved National Livestock Transformation plan which has programmes of rehabilitation of displaced IDPs, resulting from the crisis and also development of ranches in any willing state of the federation. The word is willing state of the federation.

“The National Livestock Transformation plan, its beauty is that what NEC and FG approved is a voluntary programme to all the 36 states who may like to participate. So, it is not compulsory, it is for any state that is willing, will key into the programme.

“Any state that is interested in this programme is required to bring up a development plan that is keyed towards the implementation in line with our own programme here that is unique to his state based on the challenges that he has in respect of the crisis. That’s the decision of this committee,” Umahi said.

Notale personalities including ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, have also condemned the act tagging the RUGA initiative as a way of Islamizing the country and prioritizing cattle over lives of thousand of Nigerians.

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Police Step Up Investigation, To Conduct Forensic Analysis Over Assault Of Nursing Mother By Senator Elisha Abbo

3 July 2019 - 6:07am

Embattled Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo might have bitten more than he could chew for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother in a sex toy shop in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, following the news and video of the alleged incident going viral has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault on the woman by the lawmaker.

Specifically, the police chief directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, CP Bala Ciroma, to provide a personal and round-the-clock supervision of every facet of the investigation, including the forensic analysis of the video currently in circulation as well as the actions and inaction of the policeman seen in the video footage.

The inspector general, while assuring citizens of utmost professionalism by the police in the handling of the matter, promised that the force would ensure that justice is "manifestly done in this case irrespective of whose ox is gored". 

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Rivers State Government Rejects RUGA Settlements Proposed By President Buhari

3 July 2019 - 5:16am

Rivers State says it will not be part of the President Muhammadu Buhari-inspired RUGA settlements for herdsmen. 

In a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Paulinus  Nsirim, noted that the state has no land for the implementation of the policy.

Nsirim noted that Governor Nyesom Wike had prioritised commercial agriculture and that arable lands in the state would be needed to drive commercial agriculture across the state to create employment for Rivers youths. 

The government emphasised that it had not approved the establishment of Ruga settlements in Rivers State.

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Human Rights Lawyers Sue Ondo Governor Akeredolu For Increasing School Fees

3 July 2019 - 5:12am

Human rights lawyers have dragged authorities of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) before the Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure over the outrageous and arbitrary increments of tuitions.

Vincent Adodo, Joshua Sebiotimo and Myson Nejo filed the application with the Suit No: AK/49M/2019 before Hon. Justice B.F. Adeyeye, seeking six reliefs from the respondents.

According to documents obtained by SaharaReporters, the respondents to the suit are the school's Governing Council; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Vice Chancellor; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Governor of Ondo State and the Attorney General.

The management of AAUA had increased the tuition for returning students from N28,000 and N32,000 (based on the faculty or department and level) to N70,000 and 150,000 in the 2017/2018 session.

For newly admitted students, their tuition was increased from N150,000 for all departments except the students of the Faculty of Arts and Education whose tuition was pegged at N100,000. 

The increment was greeted with protest from the students who demanded the downward review of the fees.

They argued that the outrageous fees discriminated against students from less privileged backgrounds contrary to section 42 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).

According to the lawyers, the increased school fees were a violation of right to education guaranteed by section 17 of African Charter on Human and the People' s Rights.

They contended that the deprivation of right to education is a violation of the right to life and the freedom of expression under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended). 

The lawyers are also asking the court to compel the respondents to revert to either the 2016/17 or 2017/18 schedule of fees.

The applicants also want the court to compel the 3rd respondent (Governor of Ondo State) to forward a bill to the Ondo State House of Assembly for the establishment of a Tertiary Education Trust Fund to cater for the tertiary education of indigent students of the state to school in any of the state-owned tertiary institutions.

The case was adjourned until July 31, 2019 for hearing.

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Kaffy Slams Naira Marley Over 'Masturbation' Dance

3 July 2019 - 4:32am

Nigerian dancer, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, better known as Kaffy, has taken to Instagram to slam Nigerian artiste, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, for his new dance moves depicting masturbation. 

Naira Marley recently released a new song, “Soapy”, which according to him was inspired by his experience in prison where inmates masturbate to satisfy their sexual urge. 

In the video, a dancer moves his or her legs while holding their hands close to his penis mimicking the act of masturbation. 

“Say no to rape, say yes to soapy,” was Naira Marley's reaction when he began to get backlash for the song. 

However, in a post on her Instagram page, Kaffy said she was disappointed by the artiste's “immoral dance”.

Her post read, “Am sorry but i can’t take this in the history of Naija dance i have never seen a more disgusting immoral dance like the so called Soapy. It should never be encouraged. Am really disappointed.”

Her caption under the picture read: “This is a No. #myopinion."

This is a No . #myopinion
As dancers we should also speak for what is right we shouldn’t encourage this for the sake of trend. Esp when it’s not even censored away from kids ,as an adult sef it’s offensive. #rubbish

— Kafayat Shafau-Ameh (@Kaffydancequeen) July 2, 2019

She stated, "As dancers we should also speak for what is right we shouldn’t encourage this for the sake of trend. Especially when it’s not even censored for kids; for an adult sef it’s offensive.”

Former dancer with Psquare, Don Flex, showed support for Kaffy’s option saying: “I totally concur with you, the signatory dance illustration is immorally disheartening and improper for commercial viewership and yet alone not safe for young viewership as well.”

Also comedienne, Lolo, in her comment wondered why “common sense” will be destroyed.

She said: “I loved you before I love you more now it that we do not want this generation to thrive? why would we just destroy commonsense.”

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Sex Toy Shop Attack Disgusting, Disgraceful, Say Davido, Banky W, Waje

3 July 2019 - 4:29am

Since news broke of Senator Elias Abbo assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop, Nigerians have taken to the social media asking him to step down.

Among them are celebrities like Davido, Banky W, Waje, Toke Makinwa and a host of others. 

In a post on his Instagram story, singer Davido said, “This is absolutely disgusting! Say no to abuse of power! This is so hard to watch!”

Banky W in his reaction wrote: “I’ve been saying that we need to pay attention to who we let into our National Assembly. Now we have CCTV footage of a SITTING SENATOR physically assaulting a woman in an adult toy store in Abuja, IN THE PRESENCE OF A POLICE OFFICER. Her only "crime" was saying "Oga, take it easy" when he got aggressive with her female store owner friend. 

"For that, he slapped her multiple times, and then made his policemen arrest her. This is an absolute disgrace. Pls repost and share until our Police force agree to #ArrestSenatorElishaAbbo - he must face the full wrath of the law.

“This is what happens when we don't pay attention to the people we let into our leadership roles. This is what happens when we have a culture that subconsciously treats our women as second class citizens. We have a lot to unlearn as a country.. about how we select/allow leaders AND about the way we treat our women. We must do better. We must be better.”

Nigerian singing sensation, Waje, also bared her mind saying, “Speechless! A senator who should uphold the law is the one caught on camera assaulting a woman (who btw is a nursing mother). Her only crime was saying “Oga take it easy” and IN THE PRESENCE OF A POLICE OFFICER. Pls repost and share until our Police force agree to #ArrestSenatorElishaAbbo - he must face the full wrath of the law.”

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BREAKING: Police Launch Investigation Into Elisha Abbo's Alleged Assault Of Nursing Mother

3 July 2019 - 3:52am

It is 'double jeopardy' for embattled Nigerian senator, Elisha Abbo, as Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General Of Police, ordered an investigation into a a viral video showing him assault a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja.

Frank Mba, the police spokesman told SaharaReporters on Wednesday, "The IGP has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the case."

The order came amidst outrage over the incident. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Senate Begins Probe Of Senator Elisha Abbo Over Assault Against Woman 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

Details later.

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BREAKING: Senate Begins Probe Of Senator Elisha Abbo Over Assault Against Woman

3 July 2019 - 3:33am

The Nigerian Senate has set up a committee to probe Senator  Elias Abbo for allegedly assaulting a woman in Abuja in a sex toy shop.

The decision was reached on Wednesday in Abuja.

The senator was seen in a video clip published by Premium Times assaulting the lady in a sex toy shop somewhere in Abuja last May for telling him to calm down during a confrontation. 

The assault has since spasked outrage online.

Details later.

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Sex Toy Shop Assault: Senator Elisha Abbo Says Attack Happened Before Becoming Lawmaker

3 July 2019 - 2:12am

Embattled Senator Elisha Abbo has said the video showing him assault a woman in a sex toy shop is an old video, insisting that the clip did not reflect the actual sequence of the incident.

The assault, which was first reported by Premium Times, had sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for his prosecution, urging the senate to sanction him.

When contacted, the senator told ChannelsTV that he would issue an official statement in reaction to the assault video.

Senator Abbo the video was redacted and that he was at the shop because his sister was assaulted.

He said, “We will soon release an official statement to the viral video which happened before I became a senator where my younger sister was beaten to a pulp in a shop and I was called upon there; where I had to call an ambulance and a police to come to the scene and it got out of hand I was also assaulted.

“It is an old video, but we will soon release a statement to that effect. It was my sister that was at the store and she was assaulted. In fact, she fainted in the shop but they compressed the video and cut that part out of it.

“They took her out to resuscitate her, the one standing with a cap is a doctor, the doctor had to come to give her life. My sister is not in the video, it was completely cropped out of it.

“This is a political season and now I am now a politician. Before I was not a politician but now the reality of the fact is that I am now a politician and politicians are not people who are liked. They exhume things of 20 years and they hang it on their neck now.

“As I said before we will release a robust response to everything, and we will also ask for the entire video to be released since they have the video. We will seat and discuss about the video. Just to be clear that video was taken long before now and it was released just at this point,” he said.

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Video Of Senator Assaulting Woman In Sex Toy Shop In Nigeria Sparks Outrage

3 July 2019 - 2:02am

A video showing a senator beating up a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja has sparked outrage in Nigeria.

In the video, published by Premium Times, Senator Elisha Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, is seen attacking a woman who tried to stop him from assaulting another woman in the shop.

The senator accused the shop attendant of insulting him and asked a policeman with him to arrest her. Obviously concerned for her safety, the attendant made a call and tried to inform someone about what was happening.

But that angered the senator who ordered her to stop the call. Things took a violent turn when a man with the lawmaker tried to smack the phone away from the shop attendant’s hand and another woman who was watching the drama intervened.

The senator got angry and launched an attack on the woman who had only urged them to “take it easy”, slapping and hitting her before ordering the policeman to arrest.

As the policeman did his bidding, dragging her away despite the pleas of the shop attendant who was the initial target, the senator continued his assault.

The assault, which happened on May 11 according to Premium Times, has led to outrage.

‘Justice For Victims’

Amnesty International is among those that have called for the Senator to be investigated.

Amnesty Int. Nigeria


Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria Police @PoliceNG to investigate Senator Elisha Abbo (Adamawa North) for alleged assault on staff of an adult shop he patronizes in Abuja. Video of the senator assaulting women is widely available for police to act: #Nigeria @NGRSenate

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RUGA Is An Explosive Issue, Cattle Can't Be More Important Than Humans, Says Soyinka

3 July 2019 - 2:00am

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, says cattle should not take priority over human beings as President Muhammadu Buhari's plans to settle herdsmen on lands across states of Nigeria.

He said this while fielding questions from journalists about the proposed Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) initiative.

“RUGA is going to be an explosive issue and it had better be handled very carefully. I think there’s going to be trouble in this country if this cattle rearing issue is not handled imaginatively and with humanity as the priority.

“There cannot be any kind of society where cattle take priority over human beings.

“There’s nothing so strange or mysterious about cattle rearing so why should cattle become a problem just because we like to eat beef? I don’t understand it. There are solutions which are very simple.

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“People have talked about ranching but the ranching has to be done in places that are environmentally congenial to that kind of trade and at the same time do not afflict humanity,” he stated.

While lamenting that hundreds have been killed in farmer-herder clashes across the country, Soyinka blamed the situation on poor leadership.

“People are being killed in hundreds till today and it’s only because of the failure of the leadership at the critical time.

“The cattle rearers have been given a sense of impunity. They kill without any compunction. They drive farmers who are contributing to the food solution of the country (they drive them away), burn and eat their crops and then you come with RUGA?” he said.

His comments came in the wake of the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu's clarifications on the controversial plan.

In an interview on Channels TV’s News at 10, he stated that the plan was initiated in order to stop the roaming of cattle which had been met with incidents of clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

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Buhari Regime Looted N26.7 Trillion, $322 Million, N500 Billion, PDP Alleges

3 July 2019 - 1:35am

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wants the National Assembly to investigate alleged treasury looting by the President Muhammadu Buhari since assuming office in 2015.

A statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the Buhari regime looted N26.7 trillion, $322 million and N500 billion.

It urged the National Assembly to protect the interest of millions of suffering Nigerians by invoking its powers under sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to recover the funds alleged to have been looted.

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The Peoples Democratic Party charges the National Assembly to, upon resumption, assert itself and accede to demands by Nigerians to investigate the widespread insecurity, economic depression, treasury looting, abuse of office and violations that stamped the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration since May 2015.

The PDP urges the federal legislature to protect the interest of millions of suffering Nigerians by invoking its powers under sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to recover the over N14 trillion stolen by government officials and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last four years.

The PDP holds that a legislative action has become imperative, as the Buhari-presidency has failed to give cogent explanation on the alleged looting of over N9 trillion through sleazy oil contracts as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo; a situation that directly points to officials’ culpability.

Nigerians also want the National Assembly to investigate the issues surrounding the reported stealing of N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil using 18 unregistered companies, as well as the alleged looting of over N2.6 trillion in shady oil subsidy regime.

The PDP urges the National Assembly to also investigate the alleged siphoning of $322m repatriated funds as well as the trillions of naira stolen under shady projects such as the ‘tradermoni’ project, among others.

The party notes that only recently, the wife of Mr. President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, raised the alarm that over N500 billion meant for poverty alleviation under the APC-led government did not get to the designated beneficiaries.

The PDP holds that the humongous looting under the Buhari-administration is directly responsible for the economic hardship Nigerians have been subjected to in the last four years.

Our party, therefore, urges the National Assembly to save the nation by recovering and channeling the stolen funds towards the welfare of Nigerians, while the culprits face the law.

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President Buhari: It's Not Easy Selling Success Of My Government To Nigerians

3 July 2019 - 12:26am

President Muhammadu Buhari says it has not been easy for him to sell the success of his regime to Nigerians, blaming powerful Nigerians with vested interests for it.

The President stated this when members of the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) paid him a visit at the State House on Tuesday.

“It is not an easy job to sell this administration’s successes: we are doing unpopular things in the face of powerful individuals and taking on vested interests who are accustomed to the corrupt old order.

“But we must do things the right way. If we promised change, then we must deliver it, regardless of whose interest we touch. There must be a manifest departure from the old order.

“Fulfilling these three promises is fundamental to taking Nigeria to the Next Level. I assure you that I am resolute on the delivery of these promises. When we leave, Nigeria will be a far better place than when we came,’’ the President added.

“One message that is dear to me, that I urge you to propagate, is that I am determined to end the security challenges we face as a country, and make Nigeria a peaceful and prosperous country.”

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Ahmad Lawan: I'll Work Closely With Buhari But Won't Compromise National Assembly Integrity

3 July 2019 - 12:21am

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The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, says though he is willing to work closely with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, he will not compromise the integrity of the National Assembly.

Lawan stated this on Tuesday while reading his welcome address at the plenary.

"I intend to work closely with President Buhari in the interest of Nigeria without compromising the integrity of the National Assembly as an independent arm of government with oversight powers.

“As lawmakers, one of the powerful tools we have for our work is the power of oversight which is meant to enhance transparency and accountability.

“In exercising these powers, we will not only review, monitor and supervise projects being implemented by the executive, we will critically examine them vis-à-vis the cost and whether they align with our national aspirations.

“And we will follow the progress of these projects right from conception to when they are finally delivered to the people, but we will do so with every sense of responsibility.

“The system of checks and balances which we practice in Nigeria today was enshrined to safeguard the values of justice and the rule of law and deliver public good.

“Therefore, in a season when majority of Nigerians are more concerned with outcomes that reflect their concerns, the best way to serve that interest is through cooperation and collaboration.

The senate president added: “So, in exercising our mandate as lawmakers, we must at all times, and in all circumstances, be guided by how our action will positively impact the greater majority of our people.

“Each of us, as lawmakers, must also resolve that the exchange of views, especially within this hallowed chambers, will be constructive and that we will respect one another.

"On my part, I pledge to lead in a bipartisan and unifying manner."

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