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INEC Announces New Date For Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Elections

16 May 2019 - 8:54am

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced new dates for the Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship elections.

The new date is Saturday, November 16th, 2019.

Festus Okoye, INEC Chairman on Information and Voter Education Committee, said in a statement on Thursday that the change is a result consideration of appeals received by the commission.

He said: "After careful consideration of the appeals, the Commission at the regular weekly meeting held today Thursday 16th May decided to shift the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states to Saturday 16th November 2019.

"The timelines for all other activities leading to the elections have also been adjusted to align with the new date".

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CBN Crooks And Thieves: Governor Godwin Emefiele, Three Others Busted Over 500 Billion Naira Loot By Bayo Oluwasanmi

16 May 2019 - 8:29am

“Corruption” is an inadequate word to describe the Nigerian nation. Since independence in 1960, corrupt practices have constituted the rules by which Nigeria has been run. The old predatory political class has survived on corruption till date, and the fundamentals of the old system remain unchanged.

Sunday, May 12, SaharaReporters in a posted exclusive audio busted Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele, Edward Adamu (deputy governor), Dayo Arowosegbe (finance dire tor), and Emmanuel Ukeji (special adviser to the CBN governor). 

In the audio conversation, Emefiele and the three top CBN officials were heard discussing how to cover up N500 billion loot which they had invested in a private business that ran aground. CBN director of corporate communications Isaac Okorafor has since confirmed the authenticity of the audio.

The CBN, like any other central bank, occupies a key role in modern economy. For any central bank to do its job diligently and effectively, public trust is critical to its operations. The role of the CBN is all-encompassing. Apart from monetary policy, it must ensure broader financial stability. 

The regulation and supervision of private financial institutions makes it necessary for the CBN to rid itself of improper influence and to put in place accountability mechanisms. Therefore, it goes without saying that anti-corruption measures in the CBN must consequently address political industry-related and internal sources that can encourage, compromise or lead to corruption which ultimately can impede its performance and threaten public trust.

In our history of banking corruption, the punishment for titans of the industry has never been commensurate with the crimes committed. Penalty for corruption in the industry is, mildly put, a slap on the wrist. Bank executives in Nigeria are too big to indict. While unemployed youths who took to yahoo yahoo and petty thieves who rob beer parlors get swift and severe jail terms, bank executives smile to the bank to cash their heist.

The audio on 500 billion Naira loot by Emefiele and his top three staff confirmed that the operating principles of CBN is a cesspool of greed, ethics, and criminal intent. From the audio, Nigerians now know that the CBN is an ungovernable, unregulated, hyper-concentrated financial institution that exacerbates the greed and inequality that are responsible for bank crash and bank failures.

While the nation awaits the official response from President Muhammadu Buhari, one can hazard a conjecture that Aso Rock in concert with supporters of President Buhari, will argue foolishly by presenting a comforting story that minimizes the importance of this outbreak of kleptomania in the CBN. 

Emefiele and the other three looters are criminal outliers and rogue profiteers determined to exploit the free fall corrupt culture and climate of Nigeria. The contagion of corruption has spread faster and furious as expected in a country haunted since its founding by the perils of corruption.

The EFCC is nothing to brag about. Till tomorrow, it has had seizures of conscience when it comes to investigating and prosecuting big whales and sharks of corruption like the Emefieles of the world. 

Emefiele has been renominated by President Buhari to a second five-year term. With the audio, Emefiele should resign today as CBN Governor. If he refused to quit, President Buhari should for once show some spine without wasting time and show Emefiele the way out. This is another textbook example that will serve a litmus test on how Buhari fights corruption. So far, his record on his war on corruption has been selective and sordid.

Leadership is best caught than learned. Leadership is by example. Change should and must begin with President Buhari and not the other way round.

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Nigeria Senate Summons Health Minister Over Poor State Of Teaching Hospitals

16 May 2019 - 7:00am

The Nigeria Senate invited Isaac Adewole, Health Minister of the country to appear before it over the bad condition teaching hospitals in the country.

According to the Senate, Adewole would be briefing the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly on the current state of teaching hospitals.

The Senate, in a motion sponsored by Senator David Umar last week, decried the poor quality of service and state of Nigerian teaching hospitals while deciding to invite the Health Minister for an explanation.

Umar had noted that most teaching hospitals in the country are not up to standard and have been overstretched with patients having to sleep on bare floors due to lack of space and proper medical equipment needed for their treatment.

At the plenary today, Senate President Bukola Saraki announced that “Minister of Health will on Tuesday, 21st of May, brief the Senate on the current state of facilities in Nigeria teaching hospitals.”

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Bauchi Assembly Passes Bill To Stop Recovery Of Stolen Funds

16 May 2019 - 5:48am

The Bauchi State House of Assembly has passed a new bill to reverse an existing law granting tribunal the mandate to investigate and retrieve stolen funds and properties by politicians, government officials and other individuals.

The new bill, which scaled through first, second and third reading in one day without objection, is coming in less than two weeks to the end of the current administration.

Hon. Abdullahi Abdulkadir, Deputy Majority Leader of the House, moved the motion for the bill while it was seconded by Sale Nabayi, member representing Ganjuwa west and Magaji Inuwa of Jama’are constituency.

Kawuwa Damina, Speaker of the Assembly, said that only 13 of 31 members of the House were present at the sitting while adding that none of them objected to the passage of the bill.

He also said he would ensure that the Governor approves the bill into law and it is strictly implemented.

Hon. Aminu Tukur, member representing Lere/Bula constituency, criticized the speaker for presiding over the passing of the bill.

He added that the bill was passed “with an ulterior motive best known to the Speaker.”

He also labelled the 13 members of the Assembly present at the passage of the bill as cronies of Governor Mohammed Abubakar, while adding that the sitting was done before the usual sitting time.

The bill, if assented by Abubakar, outgoing Governor of the State, would set aside a 2017 law establishing Public Property and Funds Recovery Tribunal 2017 aimed at assisting the government recover all stolen public assets and funds.


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Four Reasons For Optimism On Economic Inclusion In Nigeria By Joe Abah, Nate Bourns, And Brigit Helms

16 May 2019 - 5:33am

Viewed in isolation, statistics on the Nigerian economy paint a bleak picture. Having emerged from the 2017 recession, Nigeria is growing at an anemic 1.5 to 1.9 percent per year—against population growth of 2.6 percent. Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world where poverty has worsened—90 million of its citizens languish in absolute poverty. With the median age stuck at 17.9 years, some say a “youth bomb” has already detonated; certainly, youth unemployment is unacceptably high at 43 percent. And development indicators around health and education leave much to be desired: 30 percent of Nigerians are unable to read or write, according to the Minister of Education.

Yet we are optimistic. Why? Because we see Nigeria not in isolation, but in context. We recently sat down with Nigerian stakeholders to talk in depth about how to build a more inclusive economic system. Together, we sense a new version of capitalism emerging. Instead of equating business with extracting economic value, a new generation of entrepreneurs and policymakers is focused on creating value for Nigeria—by increasing access to vital services and jobs.

We find at least four reasons for optimism if we take collective action now.

The Explosive Potential of the “Youth Bomb”

Aging societies in the West know that young people are the key to growth. Nigeria’s army of young job seekers could be readily transformed into an army of job creators, according to young entrepreneurs like Sam Immanuel, founder, and CEO of Semicolon. Africa, a training ground for young “techpreneurs” in Lagos’ “Yabacon Valley.” Semicolon’s 12-month programs train promising young people not only how to code but how to solve some of Nigeria’s seemingly intractable problems and build sustainable business models around them. Job opportunities for this new generation are global in reach and potential scale.

The U.K. Department for International Development’s Women for Health project in northern Nigeria has shown that even the most difficult-to-reach young women working in the most challenging conditions can leverage technology to make a difference. By enabling young women in primarily conservative Muslim communities to access digital health worker training, W4H is creating sustainable and culturally appropriate solutions to fill serious gaps in healthcare availability for women in the region.

Digital Dividends

The digital economy could revolutionize both service delivery and job creation, the two main pathways out of poverty. The GSMA indicates Nigeria has 97.5 million unique mobile subscribers, meaning roughly half the population has a mobile subscription, and half of this group accesses the mobile internet, making mobile the main driver of internet access. More than half of GSMA’s projected growth in new mobile subscribers in West Africa by 2025 will come from Nigeria. While access remains highly uneven—rural Nigerians tend to be excluded—the growth trend is clear. At the same time, fixed broadband access, while limited by State and local right-of-way regulations, is 22 percent (compared to a 30 percent target for 2018) but on the rise, and Federal and State governments increasingly understand that expanding access is the only way to go.

In terms of job creation, the tech conglomerate, incubator, and investor Lofty Group has demonstrated that tech startups can grow into major job creators. Companies such as Andela, Flutterwave, and Paystack have attracted heavy hitters in the investment world and created thousands of jobs. While some observers suggest fintech and payments services receive too much attention, overall this ecosystem shows that tech innovation is alive and well in Nigeria. Imagine putting that energy to work, at scale, for healthtech, edtech, energytech, govtech, or any other tech you can think of.

Universal ID Is Coming

Without a verifiable, credible identity, it’s difficult to participate in the formal economy. While some Nigerians lack any form of formal identity, many can avail themselves of a wide range of identifications. However, none of them is standard nor ubiquitous, and the National Identity Management Commission is working to harmonize these various forms. Shifting from a card-based approach to a universal digital ID holds enormous promise for growth. A recent report on digital ID from McKinsey estimates that over the next decade, Nigeria could unlock value equivalent to 5 to 7 percent of 2030 GDP by ensuring ubiquitous digital identity, most of that value accruing to consumers, microenterprises, taxpayers, and beneficiaries of public initiatives.

The commission strives to enroll 5 million people in digital ID per month, up from around 500,000 historically, to reach universal identity within three years. Some 35 million numbers have been distributed so far. While these targets sound daunting, there is a precedent. In India, under the Aadhaar scheme, the government distributed biometric identification numbers to 1.2 billion citizens in less than seven years. The Aadhaar number is now vital for Indians to access bank accounts, subscribe to mobile services, pay taxes, and receive government payments, among other things.

Movement on Mobile Money

Past policy choices have frozen most Nigerians out of the mobile money market, with major ramifications for economic inclusion. For example, only around 6 percent of the adult population are active mobile money users, compared to 73 percent in Kenya. A decade ago, Nigerian authorities determined to limit mobile money operations to banks, as opposed to the telco-led models in East Africa. Given the low levels of formal financial inclusion, this decision inhibited the growth of mobile money. However, the Central Bank’s new digital financial services policy of 2018 may remove those brakes, allowing mobile network operators to enter the fray more directly.

The Federal government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency and other stakeholders, seems to be taking digital and economic inclusion seriously. The benefits of digital inclusion—job creation, GDP growth, new industries, business innovation, workforce transformation—have captured the attention of policymakers. At the State level, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has put the digital economy on the policy agenda. From ICT regulation to cybersecurity to digital jobs to increased local content, the question now is how to act on it.

More broadly, our discussions exemplified the fact that economic inclusion in the digital age has struck a chord with Nigerians across the spectrum, not just with Federal and State government but also with the private sector, civil society, development partners, and the media. One thing is certain: no single entity can solve this problem on its own. Collaboration—often among uneasy bedfellows—is critical, and that collaboration will have to be more committed, more energetic, and more tangible than ever for Nigeria to achieve a truly inclusive economic sysem in our lifetime.

Dr. Joe Abah is DAI Country Director for Nigeria and former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in the Presidency, Nigeria.

Nate Bourns is DAI Vice President, Global Operations and Adjunct Professor at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.

Brigit Helms is DAI Vice President, Technical Services and a founding management team member of CGAP, the global center of excellence for financial inclusion.


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Udom Dismisses Two Top Government Officials In 24 Hours

16 May 2019 - 4:33am

Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State Governor, has relived two of the government top officials of their duties in less than 24 hours.

Uduak Udo-Inyang, Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency was sacked on Tuesday while Valentine Attah, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, was suspended by the Governor on Wednesday.

While no reason was given for the sack of Udo-Inyang, Attah was suspended for alleged unauthorized recruitment into the state civil service.

Announcing Udo-Inyang sack through a statement, Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), noted that Nse Essien, Commissioner of Science and Technology would oversee the affairs of the ministry.

Ekuwem, in another press statement released on Wednesday, said an audit would immediately be carried out to check the recruitment done by Attah.

It was also announced that “the appointments of those who benefited from the said recruitment are hereby declared null and void.”

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BREAKING: Senate Confirms Emefiele's Appointment As CBN Governor

16 May 2019 - 4:14am

The Senate has confirmed Godwin Emefiele as Governor of the Central Bank Of Nigeria.

The confirmation is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption administration ignored numerous corruption allegations leveled against him, most recently documented in an audio tape with the apex bank confirmed as authentic.

Emefiele was screened yesterday by the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions sequel to a request put forward by President Buhari asking the Senate to confirm Emefiele for a second term of five years.

More to come.

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EFCC Grills National Assembly Clerk, Seizes International Passport Over Finances

16 May 2019 - 4:00am

Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the clerk to the National Assembly,  has been subjected to grilling over the financial transactions of the National Assembly by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

It was gathered that Sani-Omolori was also quizzed on how the inauguration of the Ninth National Assembly was handled apart from asking for the records of the financial dealings of the Natioanl Assembly.

The grilling was said to have lasted for six hours, 11 am to 5 pm.

The anti-graft agency was also said to have inquired from the clerk the method of election adopted by the National Assembly that led to the emergence of the presiding officers of  Ninth National Assembly.

Sani-Omolori, whose international passport was seized by the anti-graft agency,  was said to have “duly cooperated with EFCC officers.”

It was gathered that the EFCC would not spare any of the key officials of it is quizzing as the agency is set to invite the Clerk of the Senate, Clerk of the House of Representatives as well as their deputies

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REPORTER’S DIARY: How Governor Amosun’s Goons Detained, Tortured Us For ‘Daring’ To Cover Ogun Gubernatorial Election By Adeoba Abiodun And Adeyera Damilola

16 May 2019 - 3:34am

When death stares you in the face, they say, at that moment you  have a fleeting but panoramic view of how you spent your life till that moment. I never believed such theory until I saw what the powerful sentence meant.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, a day I will never forget for I had an ordeal that nearly took my life. In the heat of the ordeal I’d thought that would be all for me. I started contemplating being with the angels in an environment suffused with bliss. My blood thinned with fear, and within a twinkling of an eye I thought the end had come to my mortal existence. Numb with fear, my mind started entertaining loony notions; I thought I would soon be turned into organic manure feeding   trees, the earth, and grasses.

We Set Forth At Dawn

On a lovely election morning, I and my colleague, Adeyera Damilola, left our hotel (Moakland Hotel) in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State where we lodged a day before the election, to cover and report situations at various polling units in the state.

We started our coverage from Abeokuta South, where we interviewed domestic observers, and residents concerning their expectations at their polling units.

Our ‘Crime’

It was around 9:45 am, the Governor of Ogun State left his White house located at GRA, Ibara. We didn't know where he was going, but we knew he would head to vote somewhere. We searched online for his Polling Unit  and  we saw ‘Obafemi-Owode, where he voted at the 2015 Presidential election. However, we decided to cover other polling units first knowing full well that the Governor would not likely be one of the early voters.

While  covering and reporting other polling units, the convoy of 8-Vehicles of Governor Ibinkunle Amosun passed by, at 10:00 am. He was driving a Range Rover. This debunked rumour circulating online that Governor Ibinkunle Amosu was under house arrest. There and then, we decided to follow the Governor.

While following him at a discreet distance, he got to his Polling Unit, ‘Itagbangba', at exactly 10:10 am  with a convoy of 4 vehicles. He personally drove a Black Land Cruiser and held  a Walkie-Talkie. He walked leisurely up and down the polling unit as if on inspection and afterward, he addressed the press.

We quickly rounded off our coverage, reports and interviews. We continued to keep tabs on the movement of the Governor from  a safe and  even reverential  distance. We ensured that we were not too close to the last vehicle—a bullion van—in the Governor’s  convoy. Mind you, we didn’t leave anything to chance; we were fully kitted with INEC’s official ‘obtrusive’ lemon jacket, a white cap, and an accredited tag.

We noticed that the governor was not heading to his polling unit directly, so we got more interested in where he was headed, apparently, he was strutting the whole capital city, perhaps to show to his political opponents that he was the real man in charge. And we wanted to report this.

Impunity Bared Its Fang

At 10:39am, one of the Convoy, a blue Toyota Hilux laid an ambush for us at Totoro. And like naïve and unwary insects we got entangled in that web of trap laid for us. Before we could say Jack Robinson we were challenged by three hooded fully-armed police officers and a man wearing mufti, which we later got to know as THUNDER. They asked us to identify ourselves.

We humbly responded to this challenge and presented our media tags accredited by INEC. This made them so sad  and disappointed; they had thought we would fail that very first test: The test of identification. However, realizing that we were genuine journalists did not deter them from executing their evil plot; it only forced them to change the method of execution. Perhaps they had initially thought of shooting us on that very spot but showing them proof of being professional journalists called for a  more decent manner of  execution. So, they hauled us into their vehicle and drove off . My mind—initially—could not process what had just happened. It took some moments for me to understand what was happening. We had been kidnapped  by Governor Amosun’s “kill and go” thugs!

Once in the vehicle they threw decency and decorum into the wind. A voice pelted us with a pointed but vague statement: “We noticed you guys two weeks ago, and thank God we caught you now",  the voice belonged to Leye,one of the governor’s photographers. And as if on a cue  Leye’s statement was followed by a  flurry of vicious slaps, pernicious punches, and  callous kicks on various parts of our bodies by Thunder and the hooded Police Security. Leye,  Amosun's field photographer snapped our pictures and promised to assist Thunder in killing us quickly.

Thunder, living up to his name, bellowed and barked his questions at us.

On our way to the  Governor’s polling unit,Thunder bellowed:

“Who sent you?”

“Where do you work?”

“Why did you decide to report Ogun state?”

“Why do you want to kill the Governor?”.

We were expected to answer all the questions without hesitation. Each answer offered-- the plausibility or otherwise notwithstanding—attracted  a couple of slaps, .

We finally got to ‘Itagbangba', Gov. Amosu's polling unit. We were keenly watched over like bags of money and transferred to the Attack Van, a black Toyota Hilux vehicle, where intense interrogation continued.

The attack van and  other vehicles awaited the Governor outside the Polling unit and immediately he finished voting, the convoy took off, but not  after he had shared close to 10 wads of crisp 500 Naira notes to thugs and other people around.

The sharing of money continued as he was driving around the whole state; doling out and throwing money to  people, the same brazen manner he threw his weight around.

He drove off with some of his security details. However, no sooner had he left than he called the other group of thugs and security details holding us hostage.

[Radio In, Amosu's Voice: “Attack Van! Attack Van, go to Sapon Bridge , close to where they sell ram, they are currently fighting over the  money we gave them".

Response: “We are en route sir".]

[Interrogation continued by Thunder: “Why do you want to bomb Ogun state?”]

The Mufti security man then cleaned my colleague’s  bloodied mouth with tissue paper and said: “ You will be wasted in a second today, I promise you, you'll be sacrificed for his excellency’s  triumph, I will kill you like a chicken and no one will know your whereabouts or find your dead body".

At this stage, things got worse and I had thought  that I was going to die.

Thunder: Your last chance, Who sent you?, he removed his shades. His eyes were glowering; his lips quivering with intense anger

In my mind, I asked myself: is this how I die?. I have witnessed automobile accident. I have heard of boat mishap and plane crash but to be struck  by the fury of thunder and dispatched to the other world in a blaze of leaden colour would be strange; stranger than fiction

At that very moment I became paralyzed with the weight of anticipated death.

My mind became a home to terrible contemplation:

How would thunder end my mortal existence, suddenly or piecemeal?

“Will it be a shot to my head or a lethal substance injected into my bloodstream?”, I continued to wonder.

My colleague began to say his last prayer. He  called on “the blood of Jesus" non-stop. He was frantic and restless. He must have been hallucinating because he  reacted as if he was jolted from a terrible reverie back to life, frequently. I was not faring anyway better. I thought the train of my life was at its terminus.

Our Saving Grace

[Radio In, Amosu calls: Thunder! Thunder! Go to Ake round about , there are two important polling units there, APC are planning to steal and hijack  ballot boxes there, I know them, they are very clever, I don't need anyone at home you guys should split, especially this time that voting is ending, goodbye].

That was a slight saving grace for us as Thunder obeyed the clarion call and headed straight to the described tense area.

We were left in the vehicle and the car key was right there, staring at us.  A thousand thoughts came to my head of driving the vehicle off, but I don't really know the map of Abeokuta. I came back to my senses and realized that if I took this action, my death will come quickly. So I woke up from imaginations.

We looked so tired and I can assure you that we only got a half life each  while the remaining half had been beaten to stupor. Quickly, I remembered that I am a Serving NYSC Corp member in Nigeria, so I brought out my NYSC ID card and showed the security guys standing outside that we are currently serving NYSC members. This approach gave us a 50/50 negotiation of our lives, as the ADC gave us audience.

Being a reporter or a journalist, sometimes it is good to go the manual way . What saved us after the NYSC approach was that we wrote all the Polling Units we'd covered before we got caught up in the vortex of violence unleashed by Amosun’s hired thugs. We had also interviewed  the Ogun state Commissioner of Works, and Former Ogun state Governor, Osoba; again, we presented all these as proof of the legitimacy of our business.

The time was  4:00pm and we were still waiting for  a certain man that went on  an errand for Governor Ibinkunle Amosu, to distribute money to their party leaders, and immediately he arrived, we left the spot.

Resuming the journey, we realized that the vehicle we were held hostage in and one Toyota Hiace where the ADC was sitting in the front , was heading to the Governor Amosu's white house . On getting to his house, the ADC came to us and asked us some questions before the decision whether to be killed or released would be made.

“Why do you want to Kill the Governor?”, he said.

“We are NYSC Corp members and we work for a media house to cover the Ogun state governorship elections,” we replied.

“So why didn’t you stay in Lagos and cover your Lagos?,” he continued

“We were deployed to Ogun state by our Organization”, I replied.

We both made sure that we didn't mention that we work for Sahara Reporters as this might speed up our execution.

So apparently, I was doing the talking and response, while my colleague was getting most of the beating, in fact he got his balls squeezed by Thunder.

“Okay show me your Identities,” the ADC requested.

At this point we gave him all our IDs, accredited media tags, and showed  him the video recording  of the interviews we had been making since morning, though our phones were with them.

They went into the palatial white house and came out at exactly 5:30 pm, we checked time from the vehicle and we noted every time at all point intervals. Thunder wasn't satisfied with the decision by the ADC to release us and pleaded with the ADC to keep us till tomorrow or till after election results  have been known. So he continued beating us and finally agreed to let us go, only when the ADC intervened again. They left us with souvenir of excruciating   pain and aches.

The ADC took the Blue Toyota Hilux Van and dropped us at exactly 5:45pm close to the government house in Abeokuta, which was very far from the location we had earlier been kidnapped.

After our release, I couldn't stand properly because I was ‘lapping’ my colleague  all along the interminable death trip and the  effect of his massive weight on my lap had spread and became palpable all over my body; taking its toll on me.

Down but not out. The unquenchable passion we have for our profession  made us to visit the Ogun state INEC collation Centre at Magbon, Abeokuta to  report the results of the election.We slept over at the INEC State Collation Centre with pains and aches. Nothing arrived the center until 8:00am the next day.

We successfully covered and reported the final result collation in Ogun State INEC Collation Centre.

We live to die another day. We live to tell the story.










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'Obasanjo Is Powerless After Buhari's Victory' Says Oba Of Lagos, Akiolu

16 May 2019 - 3:26am

Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos has said that the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 polls is proof that former president Olusegun Obasanjo's influence has been made bare.

He said this on Wednesday when receiving participants of the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, who visited him in his palace in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the visitors, who were on a study tour of the state were led by Nasirudeen Usman, NIPSS Acting Director of Studies.

Akiolu said, "He arrogated to himself the powers of the Almighty Allah by saying it was the support he gave to Buhari that made him win the first term.

”Obasanjo said Buhari would not win the second term but did Buhari not win? Did I not say Obasanjo will be disappointed by the time the results were announced.

”The president’s victory clearly shows power belongs to God only and no man can decide who leads the country.

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LIVE: Nigerian Government Knows The Problems Of The Country But Are Not Ready To Solve Them

16 May 2019 - 3:04am

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Adeniyi Johnson, popular Nollywood actor, has slammed the Nigerian government for failing to tackle the problems the country is facing.

He said the government deliberately leaves the problems unsolved in order to create more avenues for stealing money.

Adeniyi also tackled Nollywood stars who patronize politicians and collect money from them.

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UPDATE: Imo Assembly Deputy Speaker Resigns Day After Speaker Ran Away With Mace

16 May 2019 - 3:00am

Ugonna Ozurigbo, deputy speaker, Imo State House of Assembly has resigned.

His resignation on Thursday is coming less than 24 hours after 21 out of the 27 state lawmakers served impeachment notices on the speaker, Acho Ihim and the majority leader, Lugard Osuji, after suspending them.

The resignation letter is dated May 15 but was received by the office of the Clerk of the state House of Assembly on May 16.

More to come.

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'Borno Is Safer Than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina' Says Gov Shettima

16 May 2019 - 2:37am

Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno, has said that the state which is the hotbed of Boko Haram insurgency, is safer than many states in Nigeria.

Shettima made the declaration when he spoke to the Chairman House Committee on Army, Rima Shawulu and other members of the House of Representatives on a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday. 

He said: “The military and other security agencies are doing their best in Borno State, the only problem now is the inadequate publicity accorded to our military operations. For example, when Boko Haram attacks and kill even one person, it will be celebrated on the front page of our newspapers, but when military kill dozens of insurgents and capture several others alive, such success against the insurgents will be published in a tight corner of our newspapers.

“Our Military is now overwhelmed with the increasing security challenges in some parts of the country; there is the deployment of soldiers in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and many volatile states of the federation despite the paucity of funds and inadequate personnel.

“Presently, Borno is safer than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and other volatile states of the federation. This is because, in Borno, we don’t have cases of kidnapping, banditry as obtained in other states mentioned earlier. I want to appeal to this Committee to serve as a soul, driver, and consciousness of our great nation, for peace to reign. We in Borno do not have the issue of kidnapping or banditry, and I believe very soon we will overcome our security challenges.”

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UPDATE: Candidates Can Now Access UTME Results Online Says JAMB

16 May 2019 - 1:57am

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said candidates can now access their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results for free online.

Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB's head, media and information, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday night in Lagos.

He said: “Candidates can now check their results on the portal.

“They must first log in their profile and then, click on ‘check UTME Examination Results."

The development follows widespread complaints by candidates who could not access the result checker code 55019.

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Bandits Kidnap 3 Month-Old Baby, Kill 2 In Zamfara Village

15 May 2019 - 11:48pm

Bandits have kidnapped a 3 month-old baby while killing 2 others in Kanoma village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The bandits also kidnapped seven people.

An eye witness, Malam Ibrahim Muhammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Wednesday that the bandits in their hundreds besieged the area at about 3am on Tuesday and fired gun shots sporadically in the air to scare the residents away.

Muhammad further explained that “It was while they were scaring the people with gun shots that they killed the two victims who came out in the confusion. “We tried to raise alarm to security agencies who were stationed in different places along Sokoto/Gusau road, but everyone was afraid of being sighted by the assailants who held powerful fire arms,” he said.

He said the bandits went to the residence of one Dan Haja, a business man, beat him with iron rods and inflicted serious injuries on him after which they went away with his wife who is a nursing mother and her three months old baby. He also said the bandits moved to the house of a retired Director-General in the state government, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi, and picked him too along with six other persons and disappeared.

“At a later time, they called to demand for a ransom of 50 million naira for the release of those abductees,” Muhammad said.

When contacted, the state Police Command spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu confirmed the attack but said, “from the report we received, no one was killed and a total of eight persons mostly women and children were abducted by the attackers.”

He said, the command’s Tactical and Anti-terrorism units had been deployed to the area to trail the bandits and arrest them, adding that peace had been restored to the area.

He urged members of the public to always report such attacks or suspicious movements in good time so that assistance could come. 

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Daddy Showkey Begs EFCC To Show Naira Marley Mercy

15 May 2019 - 11:38pm

Veteran Nigerian singer, John Asiemo better known as Daddy Showkey has sent out a plea to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to temper justice with mercy in the case of Naira Marley who is currently in their custody for his involvement in cyber crime popularly called “Yahoo Yahoo”.

Naira Marley was arrested alongside Zlatan Ibile; Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa on the early hours of Friday May 10.

However, while Zlatan Ibile and two others have been released on conditional basis, Naira Marley is still cooling his heels at the anti graft agency’s office.

In light of this, Daddy Showkey who became popular for making 'ghetto' music has called on the commission to show Naira Marley mercy. 

In a video post on his Instagram handle on Wednesday the Ajegunle born singer said: “Temper justice with mercy. This is just a young man growing up, lets not use his mistakes to spoil his career we all went through so many things growing up....we can use him as a spokesman to young people against crime @officialefcc maybe he will learn with this.”

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EFCC Reveals How Belgore Shared N126.5m In Kwara To Rig 2015 Elections For Jonathan

15 May 2019 - 11:27pm

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told Justice Rilwan Aikwa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos how Muhammed Belgore, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2011 Kwara State gubernatorial election, shared N126.5m to members of the Kwara senatorial districts

This came up on Wednesday during the cross-examination of Belgore on the alleged cash out of the N450m allegedly paid by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

The sum was allegedly to manipulate the outcome of the 2015 general election in favour of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

At the resumed hearing, Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecution counsel, asked Belgore if he recalled that he had stated, in his evidence, that he saw N450m at the bank, signed the receipt and instructed the bank to safe-keep it for him.

Oyedepo further asked Belgore if he recalled that he also stated in his evidence that he called a stakeholders’ meeting upon receipt of the money. Belgore responded: “Yes, I called a stakeholders’ meeting. It was at the meeting we discussed the disbursement of the money and agreed that each senatorial district should nominate two people each, who would collect money for their district.”

Oyedepo put it to Belgore that:“ Mr. Zikrullah Balogun, your personal assistant, made several disbursements  on your instructions and received in cash N80m; Mr. Sheriff Shagaya received N50m; Mr. Isa Beau, N61,656,000; Mrs. Shola Adeoti, N102,298,000; Mr Iyola Oyedepo, N9,574,000 and Senator Sulaiman Ajadi, N19,689,000.”

Belgore told the court that the stakeholders gave him instructions which he passed to his personal assistant, Balogun, to carry out. “Yes, I was informed that they all received the money and it was paid in cash,” he confessed.

Justice Aikawa adjourned the case to June 17, 2019 for continuation of cross-examination.

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Gunmen Kill 20 In Katsina Villages

15 May 2019 - 11:15pm

No less than 20 people have been killed by gunmen in Dan Marke Z, Dan Sabau and Karya, villages in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Anas Isa, transition management committee chairman of the council, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

He said all three villages share border with Zamfara, a hot zone for banditry.

He said the bandits came and opened fire on the locals before rustling some of their animals.

He described the attacks as regrettable “especially during this holy month.”

“We held a security meeting even today (yesterday) where we resolved to meet with the state government to further intimate them on the situation.

“The thing is for just to go and enter this forest and confront them face to face, is the way out.

“The bandits are more in number than the security operatives on ground and moreover, the terrain is a rocky zone with no good roads before security reaches them, they have concluded the operation, so it’s just to confront them squarely” he said.

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'Someone President Buhari Trust Misled Him To Reappoint Emefiele' Says Kazaure

15 May 2019 - 10:59pm

Muhammed Gudaji Kazaure, member representing Kazaure, Roni, Gwiwa, Yankwashi from Jigawa state in the House of Representatives has expressed his disappointment at the re-appointment of Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank.

Kazaure who is a member of the All Progressive Congress and a staunch supporter of President Buhari on Wednesday said he believes the president was misled by someone he trusts into reappointing a corrupt man.

Speaking at a press conference on the matter, he said: We met as different groups in the country and concluded yesterday to have this press conference because we are in the government of change and we expect to go to the next level but from the beginning of the appointment many of the people in the President's camp are surprised at Emefiele's reappointment. 

"We at Buhari campaign organisation and many other groups believe he is a man of integrity and that he is fighting corruption. If we remember in this country, many things happened during Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's administration, now we are accusing Dasuki, Deziani, and many people yet all the monies they stole was released through the Central Bank.

"With this type of appointment, I believe some people misled the President and he believed because he trust the people that came and briefed him.

"Based on all that has happened in this country, we do not expect the President to reappoint Emefiele. 

"Emefiele met the dollar at 180 so what is the reform now? Dollar is now 360, we do not have confidence in him.

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'Your Afro Hair Could Benefit From Cannabis Plant', Sowore Fires Back At Shehu Sani For Kicking Against The Idea

15 May 2019 - 1:40pm

Less then forty-eight hours after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State announced his visit to Thailand for the purpose of learning more about Cannabis extract development, lots of reactions have continued to trail the idea.

Akeredolu, who is in Thailand along with Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah rtd, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), are looking into the advantages of Cannabis in the making of food and drugs.

Cannabis extraction and export was first proposed by Omoyele Sowore, the 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) during the campaigns.

On Twitter, Senator Shehu Sani, the member representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly reacted by advising Akeredolu to look into other ideas by partnering other states in the areas agriculture to boost income in Ondo state. 

Senator Sani who tweeted with his official tweeter handle @ShehuSani asked Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to jettison the idea of extracting the Cannabis plant. 

"My dear brother Akeredolu, Lagos partner Kebbi for Rice, Pls partner Niger for Beans, Kaduna for Ginger or partner Benue for Yam: Pls leave this Indian Hemp matter for now, Abeg" he tweeted. 

Tweeting immediately, Omoyele Sowore said he was "disappointed" in the Kaduna Senator for kicking against the brilliant idea which had already been put into test in country like Canada and recently in Uganda.

@YeleSowore noted that it was unfortunate Sani has refused to see the opportunity in which the Cannabis extraction help the country adding that it could also help grow his "Afro hair" if legally approved by the government.

"I hate to stand between two Nigerian politicians engaging asinine arguments but i am disappointed in you for this tweet. Have you ever thought of it that when this idea finally gains legal ground your Afro hair could benefit from a locally produced line of Cannabis hair products?

Sowore had on the 5th of September 2019 while proposing the idea said: "We have to start taking care of our weed, igbo, such that we can also contribute to the GDP of the world. Some of the best weed in the world are grown in Ekiti state. I am very serious and people are making billions out of that particular plant that is very potent in Nigeria. We should be focusing on it." he said.

"Our NDLEA should get the memo in advance that Nigeria would be exporting weed to cure cancer in other parts of the world instead of chasing after people who are growing weed. Whereas, they are not chasing after our politicians who are smoking cocaine in their houses".

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