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'People Planning To Attack Oil Installations For Political Reasons' Police Raise Alarm

15 May 2019 - 12:42pm

The Nigerian Police Force has raised an alarm warning of coordinated plans to attack oil installations across the country. 

The information is contained in a statement on Wednesday by Force Spokesman, Frank Mba.

Mba said: “These plots, which are politically motivated, are aimed at sabotaging oil installations with intended negative consequences on national security, economic development and global oil market".

He added that the Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu, "warned of dire consequences for persons or group of persons who may want to resort to the use of violence in advancing their political or economic goals".

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Seun Kuti Reacts To Akeredolu's Plan To Cultivate Cannabis In Ondo State

15 May 2019 - 12:16pm

Seun Kuti, son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti has reacted to Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State Governor’s plan to cultivate Cannabis in the state.

Akeredolu and Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah rtd. the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had during a visit to Thailand to learn about Cannabis extract development said that they were in the country to see “how can (cannabis) be cultivated for specific purposes and not be abused?”

The Governor tweeted, “Our focus now is Medical Marijuana cultivation in controlled plantations under the full supervision of the @ndlea_nigeria. I strongly implore the FG to take this seriously as it is a thriving industry that will create 1000’s of jobs for our youth & spur economic diversification.

“We all know that Ondo State is the hotbed of Cannabis cultivation in Nigeria. We know how to grow it and it thrives well in the sunshine state. With an estimated value of $145 billion in 2025, we would be shortchanging ourselves if we failed to tap into the legal marijuana market.”

On Wednesday, alongside a picture of the Governor’s tweet, Seun Kuti suggested that he might be relocating to Ondo state in the nearest future.

The post read: “Ehn Mr. excellency sir, if u want me to move to your state, just say so. This beating about the bush is unnecessary. Afrobeat is about to switch home base y’all. Just imagine one good joint for my back ache then better Ondo pounded yam to heal my stomach pain, nuff said #getthesax#getmyload!!”

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LIVE: Nigerian Government, Military Know They Have Failed In Securing Lives Of Nigerians - Barr. Jide Ologun

15 May 2019 - 12:05pm

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Jide Ologun, a lawyer and social commentator, has bemoaned the inability of the Nigerian government and military to combat insecurity in the country.

He also said that the government knows it has failed Nigerians by not securing their lives of properties.

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Interrogating APC’s Muslim-Muslim Leadership Option In NASS By Ariyo-Dare Atoye

15 May 2019 - 10:52am

The jury is still out. So, this piece could also qualify as an open letter to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  Wisdom is very profitable to direct in leadership. Strategic leadership is central to the progress, stability and unity of every society.

Obviously, we have come to a point where we must ask the “main” drivers of the ruling APC to declare the party’s unwritten codes; unwritten because the party’s dictates have been found to be consistently contradictory to its constitution and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

At this juncture, the Smart Alecs regaling us with falsehoods that this regime is for everyone should stop. There is absolutely no need for further pretension about what is unfolding in the polity. We have suspected the President long enough; so, it is about time we openly discussed what the APC truly represents to our nation and democracy. This could help us to better agitate for the alteration of sections 10 and 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The former dwells on our secularity and the latter on federal character principle. Again, I repeat that time has come for us to face our demons and deal with them squarely.

The ruling party lacks fidelity to its own law book. The preamble to the constitution of the APC reads: “We, the true progressives and patriots, determined to render service at all levels  of  governance;  and  to  build a nation  which will  guarantee  equal opportunity  for  all, mutual  and  peaceful  co-existence,  respect  and understanding, eliminating all forms of discrimination and social injustice among Nigerians, rendering selfless service that will rekindle a deep sense of patriotism and nationalism; hereby make, enact and give the following constitution  to  ourselves  for  effective  governance  of  our  Party  and promotion of its ideals, aims and objectives.” 

This preamble was framed based on, first, Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which provides that: “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall  be  no  predominance  of  persons  from  a  few  State  or  from  afew  ethnic  or  other  sectional  groups in  that Government or in any of its agencies.”
And, second, Section 10 of the same constitution provides thus: “The Government of the Federation or of a state shall not adopt any religion as state religion”. This important section, which declares Nigeria a secular state, had, however, consistently and reasonably operated in the consciousness and thought process of previous administrations, national leaders and stakeholders, deliberately guiding them in showing sensitivity to religious diversity. But since Gen. Muhammadu Buhari returned in a civilian garb in 2015, executive provincialism has attained an unprecedented level, fueling concerns over Islamisation plot.

The sectional and demographic profiles of his appointees validate a deliberate refusal to show fealty to the constitution, his oath of office and fairness to all. President Buhari has been duly observed to have, in breach, honoured his own pledge to the nation that he did not belong to everyone. The Punch Newspaper, in an Editorial on August 1, 2016, said: “Buhari’s sectionalism is not only unprecedented, it could not have come at a worse time. The reality today is that Nigerians are deeply divided. Seventeen years of dashed hopes of progress under a democratic dispensation have reopened the deep fissures in the polity and polarised the populace into mutually suspicious camps.” It might get worse in 2019.

The APC has told the nation that the President was consulted over its proposed leadership composition of the 9th National Assembly before it settled for Ahmed Lawan (North-East) as President of the Senate and Femi Gbajabiamila (South-West) as Speaker of the House of Representatives - a Muslim-Muslim ticket. And according to the party, Buhari has endorsed this option. Interestingly, the possibility of the duo also fielding Muslims as their deputies is also very rife. Femi Gbajabiamila’s camp has already settled for Idris Wase (North-Central), a fellow Muslim for the choice of Deputy Speaker.

Religious concern is resonating because only recently, Gbajabiamila’s campaign manager Abdulmumin Jibrin, made an arrangement for him to lead an Islamic prayer in a desperate bid to appeal to the Islamic-centred Buhari regime and Muslims in the North. Jibrin frantically displayed this in the social media and the intent of it did generate concerns. Not convinced, Jibrin has also ensured Gbajabiamila visited Saudi Arabia.

An insensitive ethno-religious game is on in the APC. While Senator Ahmed Lawan is yet to openly make commitment to anyone, his fellow senator also from the North, Kabiru Gaya, who has openly declared his interest to vie for the deputy senate president’s slot, has however told the South to perish the idea of securing the number two seat in the Senate. “It is not fair because with six million votes, 20 senators, I think North West deserves the deputy senate president slot,” Gaya said in a recent declaration statement.

The Hausa-Fulani Muslim North is in a majority-take all mood in the APC. The body language is to win Nigeria forever for themselves. And Northern irredentists have started telling us to perish fairness. Doom looms. The President is unperturbed and has not deemed it fit to question his party’s arrangement that would not reflect the country’s ethno-religious diversity.

Remember when Gov. Nasir Elrufai told a bewildered nation that he had consulted the President before he settled for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in Kaduna – a state with more than 40 per cent Christian population, and which had, in the past, maintained a tradition of religious sensitivity and balancing. Also recall when the APC brooked the idea of a Muslim-Muslim ticked ahead of the 2015 Presidential election before former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other notable Nigerians kicked against it.

The whisper about the APC being an Islamic party is getting louder.

Resentment. Unease. Bad blood. Mutual suspicion. Hidden Agenda. These and many more are the consequences of the avoidable agitation that will ensue post the leadership arrangement being proposed for the National Assembly by the leaders of the APC. Head or tail, the “real drivers” of the APC have plotted an arrangement that is a Muslim-Muslim agenda for the National Assembly except the lawmakers themselves oppose it like they did in 2015. It would be disastrous for the country if the lawmakers endorse what is gradually emerging as ethno-religious conquest of the country.

According to APC proposition, this is how the first-line leadership composition of the country might look like after June 11, 2019: Executive arm – led by Buhari (Muslim), Legislative arm – President of Senate – Ahmed lawan (Muslim plus a likely Muslim Deputy), Speaker House of Representatives – Gbajabiamila (Muslim plus a Muslim Deputy), Judiciary after the conspiracy against and removal of Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen – Justice Tanko Mohammed (Muslim, plus other headships of the lower courts). Today, Nigeria is led by a party that is pursuing an ethno-religious domination of the country. Nigeria risks being consumed by deep-seated resentment that could blossom into serious agitation and political instability.

 Every administration must be conscious of “the need to promote national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or any of its agencies.” One Nigeria has become a mirage under Buhari as Hausa-Fulanis plus Kanuris – tribes directly related to Buhari – dominate every arm and agencies of government at the expense of over 340 other groups. Political conquest?  It is a shame and very unfortunate. I could as well have titled this piece, “NASS Leadership and the Islamic Republic of the APC.”

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'Defeated Politicians In 2019 Elections Sponsoring Bandits, Herdsmen As Revenge' Says Buratai

15 May 2019 - 9:55am

Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Wednessday said the army has strong evidence against politicians sponsoring bandits, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the country.

Lt. Gen. Buratai stated this while receiving the Chairman House Committe on the Army after visiting Maimanlari cementary to honor fallen heros in Maiduguri on Wednessday. 

He said: ''The myraid of security challenges we are facing right now in the northwest, north central and other parts of the country, I want to believe and rightly so that it is a fallout of the just concluded general election.

"There are political class intrests, politicians in particular who saw their defeats as a way of trying to revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities even the bandits, the farmers and herders.

"There are strong political undertones and strong political influnces including (in these) kidnappings.

"We use this opportunity to call on the chairman house committee on army to prevail on some of these politicains, to really look at national intrest first, before any political or sectional intrest.

"We have some strong evidence but we are still being conscious so that we don't get it wrong but the best is to advice these politicians.

"The threat by boko haram is quite real, they have been dealt with but they are still much around. In terms of their various soft target attacks on some military locations, right now Boko haram terrorists are on the run but because of the resilient nature of terrorism they are always trying to score points to shows that they are much around".


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Senate Panel Approves Emefiele, Prays For Him Amidst Audio Showing He Stole N500bn

15 May 2019 - 9:05am

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been approved by the Senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions on Wednesday. 

So far, no anti-graft agency in the anti-corruption administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has launched an investigation into the matter despite the CBN confirming the authenticity of the audio.

Emefiele was caught on tape making frantic efforts to cover up N500 billion which he pilfered and invested in a private business from the apex bank.

At the Senate screening members of the committee dismissed the allegations of stolen N500 billion at the apex bank.

Rafiu Ibrahim, its chairman, said the allegations were targeted at “bringing you down because you are a good person”.

“I do not have any question for the Governor. I am overwhelmed. I wish you well and pray for you. May God continue to guide you.

“Now, we know the reason why there are some videos on social media because in Nigeria, once you are a good person, some people will always try to bring you down. We will expeditiously take a report to the chamber for consideration. You can take a bow.

Emefiele oversaw the CBN when Nigeria experienced it's worse recession in 29 years.

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EFCC Re-arraigns Ajumogobia, Obla Over Alleged Corruption

15 May 2019 - 8:46am

Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia

Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday brought Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, the dismissed Judge of the Federal High Court, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Godwin Obla, for alleged money laundering.

Ofili-Ajumogobia and Obla were re-arraigned on 18 counts of conspiracy, unlawful enrichment, retention of crime proceeds and money laundering before Justice Rilwan Aikawa.

Each defendant pleaded not guilty.

Following an application by his counsel, Chief Ferdinand Orbih, SAN, Justice Aikawa granted Obla a N10 million bail, among other conditions. 

Ofili-Ajumogobia is already on bail on similar terms having taken her plea to the same charge on April 18, 2019.

The EFCC had earlier arraigned the duo on a 30-count charge bordering on corruption before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court.

During their trial, the 30-count charge was later amended to 31 counts on February 23, 2018.

Justice Oshodi, on April 16, 2019, struck out the charge against Mrs Ofili-Ajumogobia and Mr Obla on the grounds of a lack of jurisdiction.

The former judge was, however, re-arrested by operatives of the anti-graft commission as she made to leave the Ikeja High Court premises.

The prosecution preferred the same charges against the defendants on April 18 before Justice Aikawa.

However, Obla was absent from court when Ajumogobia took her pleas.

On Wednesday, Obla arrived in court and was re-arraigned alongside Ajumogobia.

They both pleaded “Not guilty” to a charge marked FHC/L/139C/19.

Messr Robert Clarke(SAN) and Orhib, counsels to Ajumogobia and Obla respectively announced appearance for both defendants.

Prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to give a trial date, while the defendants be remanded in custody.

But Orbih informed the court of Obla’s bail application filed on April 24, adding that same had been served on prosecution.

In response, Oyedepo described the bail application as “strange” on the grounds that the defendant(Obla) pre-empted that court in filing for bail application. 

He said the charge was only served on Obla in court yesterday morning and so, he could not have filed an application for bail while the charge had not been served on him.

But Orbih opposed him. He informed the court that he got wind of the proceedings on the pages of newspapers, following which he approached the court to get a copy of the charge even before receiving same from prosecution.

He told the court that the defendant was desirous of  clearing his name by attending court and defending the allegations against him, rather than evading.

Orbih added: “My Lord, the defence is a senior member of the Bar, he was called to Bar in 1984, he became Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2013. I urge my Lord to grant bail on liberal terms." 

In a bench ruling, Justice Aikawa also granted Obla a bail of N10 million with two sureties in the like sum, who must be landed property owners in Lagos.

The judge added: “The surety must not be below Grade Level 16 in the federal or state civil service. The defendant must deposit his international passport with the deputy chief registrar of the court. The defendant shall endeavour to fulfill the conditions within 10-days or the bail will be revoked. The defendant shall be released to his lead counsel, chief Ferdinand Orbih SAN, pending the expiration of 10 days.”

Clark also informed the court of a pending motion filed on May 13, challenging the court’s jurisdiction from entertaining the charge.

He said the substance of the charge had been decided by Justice Oshodi who, he argued, struck out the charge based on the Appeal Court’s decision in Nganjiwa’s case, “where it was decided that no judicial officer can be tried unless the NJC has sanctioned such judge. The position is still playing here.”

But Oyedepo opposed him, arguing that the position changed on November 7, 2018 when President Muhammadu Buhari approved the NJC recommendation for Justice Ajumogobia’s dismissal.

Justice Aikawa adjourned till May 23, for argument on the preliminary objection.

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Imo Speaker Disappears With Mace, Switches Off Power To Avoid Impeachment

15 May 2019 - 8:40am

Acho Ihim, speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly been suspended.

He was suspended by twenty-one out of 27 lawmakers of the assembly on Wednesday. 

Ihim was suspended after he had adjourned the ongoing plenary and escaped with the mace after reading a letter announcing the lifting of the suspension slammed on the 27 Local Government chairmen of the 27 LGA of the state the lawmakers last week.

Punch reports that Ihim in a bid to frustrate his colleagues from removing him had to allegedly order his aides to switch off the generating set supplying electricity to the complex but the lawmakers who were visibly embittered with his action spurred to go on with the business of the day.

Trouble had started after the lawmakers raised objection to the letter announcing the lifting of the suspension of the suspended 27 LGA chairmen.

The lawmakers had quoted the order 15 of the house rule which enabled the lawmakers to contribute to it before the speaker rules,but Ihim said that no lawmaker was allowed to contribute to the matter.

The lawmakers were seen putting final touches to the impeachment notices of the time of filing this report.

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Despite Moves To Commercialize Cannabis, NDLEA Intercepts N20m Truckload In Lagos

15 May 2019 - 8:17am

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command said that it has intercepted a truckload of Cannabis Sativa worth N20m in the state. 

NDLEA said that it has also arrested two male suspects in connection with the 20 foot truck MAN diesel.

The agency gave registration number of the truck as JJJ 959 XN.

According to the agency, the truck was laden with 150 bags of the prohibited drugs weighing 2.139 tons concealed in fake compartment of the truck.

NDLEA gave the names of the two male suspects as Monday Michael, the driver, 46 and Alex Adieli his conductor, 43.

It said that the suspects were apprehended on their way from Ondo State to Lagos.

The statement quoted Acting State Commander, Mr. Frederick Ezeorah, as saying that "the seizure and arrest came as a result of intelligence gathered over a period of time on the criminal activities of the above named persons who specialize in bringing such illicit substances into Lagos State."

The suspects during interrogation by NDLEA officers said they had been in the illicit dealings for years without being caught. 

They appealed to NDLEA to be left off the hook and promised that henceforth, they would desist from the illicit business.

The statement added: "the consequences of trafficking in illicit drugs and abuse of dangerous substances must be the concern of every well-meaning Nigerian, the effect knows no bound and anybody can be a victim of its dangerous health and mental implications, violence and its associated crimes."

The commander while commending the operatives who arrested the suspects described the seizure as a panacea for peace and positive step towards eradicating drugs from circulation.

Ezeorah promised that NDLEA would continue to work assiduously by consolidating on the gains recorded in the fight against insurgency and other crimes.

He reiterated that over 2.139 tons of cannabis would have been taken to Lagos if not for the timely interception by men of his command.

He noted that several crimes were perpetrated under the influence of drugs like cannabis, vowing that the agency would not rest until the problem of cannabis cultivation, trafficking and usage were drastically reduced.

He said NDLEA had declared a total war against illicit drugs and promised to deploy adequate resources towards monitoring, interception and arrest of dealers and consumers.


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BREAKING: President Buhari Jets Out For 'Optional' Saudi Pilgrimage Tomorrow

15 May 2019 - 7:39am

President Muhammadu Buhari will be traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah, an optional pilgrimage on Thursday.

The trip is coming after a widely criticized 'private visit' which he embarked upon on April 24 returning May 5. It is also coming at a time of multiple corruption allegations against appointees within his cabinet and rising insecurity in the country.

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity in a statement on Wednesday said President Buhari: "has accepted the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom.

"To this effect, the President, accompanied by close personal aides, will embark on the journey on Thursday, 16th May.

"He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, 21st May.

"Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year."



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Court Declares Gov. Ganduje's Appointment Of New Emirs Void

15 May 2019 - 7:24am

Kano State Governor Ganduje

Kano State Governor Ganduje

The installation of four new emirs by governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has been declared null and void by a Kano state high court sitting in Ungogo.

The presiding judge, Nasiru Saminu, on Wednesday ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the news emirs.

The state high court had on May 10 issued an ex parte order restraining balkanisation of Kano emirate and installation of new emirs.

Ganduje however defied the order saying it came after legislative processes.

More to come.

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Dear Miss Leah Sharibu! By SOC Okenwa

15 May 2019 - 6:57am

Dear Miss Leah Sharibu,
Ordinarily I should be sending you a happy sixteenth birthday wish but that should not be the case here for obvious reasons. Ordinarily, again, I should be dropping these few lines with great delight given what yesterday represented in your young life but fate has decided otherwise.

Therefore, I am writing you this open letter with heavy heart given what you are passing through whereever you are right now which cannot be attributed to you as a misdemeanour or juvenile delinquency.

As you marked your sixteen years as a compatriot in solitary captivity we remember how you got there and why you are still there against your wish. And our collective wishes as parents and Nigerians at home and abroad.

On February 19, 2018, it would be vividly recalled, some Boko Haram terrorists had stormed the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state and carted away 110 school girls -- including you, of course! Few days later following global opprobrium over the kidnapping (on 21 March 2018) after negotiating with the terrorists, the Nigerian federal government announced the release of all (except you) of the abducted school girls.

The Nigerian government negotiated and paid ransom reportedly running into millions of Dollars for the release of your colleagues excluding you as a devoted Christian.

You were held back and not negotiated for on account of your faith. According to reports online you were refused freedom because of your refusal to convert to Islam as others would have easily done.

What a girl and what an audacity of faith! For 450 odd days now you are still languishing  in the camp of terrorists with no one knowing for sure your physical, mental or psychological state. But you have made a name for yourself around the world with your courageous decision to remain a Christian even in the face of death lurking menacingly around. Nigeria remains a secular state and that is constitutionally guaranteed, Boko Haram or no Boko Haram, terrorism or no terrorism!

For refusing, at your young age, to renounce your Christian faith you are indeed a study in pride for every believer and a source of inspiration to us all. We laud your dogged refusal to deny Jesus Christ even as Apostle Peter did three times before the cock started crowing in fulfilment of the prophesy.  But that was then; our generation have learnt our lessons in redemption.

As I write this missive some demented Islamic terrorists are still attacking our brothers and sisters of the Christian faith. In Burkina Faso recently close to a dozen Christians (including two priests!) had been gruesomely murdered inside churches in the northern part of the Sankara country. In Nigeria (especially in the middle belt and north-eastern regions) the faithfuls are being daily or weekly assassinated and their churches burnt down with our security forces looking helpless. 

When you add that to the Fulani herdsmen terrorism, armed robberies and kidnappings across the length and breadth of the federation you would know that our country has been thrown to the dogs. No one (except President Buhari and his ruling APC party henchmen) is safe any longer anywhere!

Sister Leah, your determination, even faced with satanic pressure, to remain a Christian is as remarkable as heroic. Renouncing your faith through intimidation of terrorism would have diminished our great religion. Though we believe in one universal God the same Immortal One would have been disappointed if you had hearkened to the terrorist diktat by converting to Islam. The Creator above Himself frowns at forceful conversion, so He must be satisfied with your dogged refusal to join the barbaric forces in their 'Allah Akbar' balderdash! Allah cannot be great in your situation. Hell no!
My dear Leah, even if you die in the jihadist gulag you would go down in global history as that little girl who looked death in the eyes and refused to blink first. In such unwarranted event you would die a heroine, a martyr! Please stay strong and hold on to your faith. We remember you and pray and fast for you hoping that reason would prevail in the end.

Those we elected to secure our lives and properties are busy junketting around the world taking good care of their health while abandoning us all to the perfidious whims and caprices of satanic agents. But be rest assured that a revolution is imminent, one capable of altering the course of our terrible national history.

Miss Leah, we feel your pain and carry your cross!  We are convinced that the Supreme Being is well aware of your case and the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, had publicly intervened by calling on the animals holding you captive to let you go. Our Christian faith teaches us to love our neighbours as ourselves and live and let live. As Christians we do not engage in conversion by the force of arms but by superior religious argument backed by scriptural evidence of truth.

Your captors may be raping you, torturing you or subjecting you to all manner of abuses in order to break your will but we urge you to hold on to your faith! Remain steadfast and never bow to the uncircumsised criminal elements. Having endured for more than a year you can still endure more. Please, keep the hope alive!

I cannot end this letter without informing you that my young daughter, Stella Akuehute, 8, is in the know of your terrible situation. I had told her about you before hitting the keyboard and she asked me to tell you that you are her heroine! Stella is as fearless, beautiful, intelligent and assertive as you. She was born outside our shores in a peaceful environment and she is in primary school and doing fine.

Happy birthday in 'hell', dear Miss Leah Sharibu! We hope and pray fervently to the Almighty that by the time you turn seventeen next year you would have the 'privilege' of celebrating at home, free, with your parents, friends and well-wishers. Then, Stella might return home during the long vacation to be among your well-wishers. 

Happy birthday Leah Sharibu! We stand in solidarity with you and wish you God's protection.

SOC Okenwa


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Emefiele Undergoing Senate Screening Amidst N500bn Scandal

15 May 2019 - 6:33am

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institution for screening as Governor of CBN for the second term.

This is happening as Emefiele is currently enmeshed in an N500bn scandal he stole from the apex bank with the connivance of some top officials of the bank.

The committee, headed by Rafiu Ibrahim, was tasked to complete the screening in a week and report to the Senate.

Emefiele was appointed as CBN Governor by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 and was again nominated for the same position by President Muhammadu Buhari

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A Senate That Refused To Confirm Magu Cannot Confirm Emefiele By Deji Adeyanju

15 May 2019 - 6:33am

This is to inform the Nigerian Senate that the entire country is fervently following the second-term screening for the reappointment of the current Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele. 

This screening is of particular interest to every Nigerian because it epitomizes the pinnacle of integrity-test for public servants, which must be carried out with utmost sincerity and diligence, especially at this time when our country is failing morally and institutionally. 

It must be stated that Mr. Emefiele, according to reports by popular online news platform, SaharaReporters, has been alleged of mismanaging and looting public funds in the Central Bank to the tune of 500 Billion Naira. This is surely a huge disaster for the economic future of Nigeria and must not be dismissed triflingly.

 It must also be stated that due to the weighty nature of the audio recording which presently serves as the proof of Mr. Emefiele’s misconduct, and his inability to controvert the recording, the burden to salvage Nigeria from the hands of seemingly corrupt and morally deficient Public Servants like Mr. Emefiele rests squarely on the Nigerian Senate and its decision during the current second-term screening of the embattled Governor. 

The Nigerian people and indeed the world over are hoping that the Eight Senate will not fall short of expectation in denying Mr. Emefiele a second-term confirmation, especially because the Eight Senate had once proven its strong aversion towards anti-corruption by refusing to confirm the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, due to allegations of corruption made against him by a report of the DSS.

Indubitably, the legacy of the Eight Senate is presently at enviable heights considering the successes that have been recorded thus far, including the passage of the NotTooYoungToRun and PoliceReform Bills, among others.

It will, therefore, be terribly retrogressive to allow whatsoever political pressure drive this lofty institution into making an anti-people and morally shameful decision of confirming Mr. Godwin Emefiele for a second-term, at the risk of subjecting Nigeria’s economic and common wealth to more looting and plunder.

Consequently, it must be clearly stated that the Nigerian people are expecting the Eight Senate to not only deny Mr. Emefiele a second-term reappointment, but to also ensure that investigation and prosecution are duly employed to ensure justice on the matter, and deterrence in the future. By doing this, the Eight Senate will not only be fulfilling its obligation as a moral compass in a democracy but also as a worthy model for the Ninth Senate and others to come in future.

The above-mentioned must be noted well as the credibility and achievements of the Eight Senate may be badly stained and diminished should it refuse to abide by the wishes of the Nigerian people by denying Mr. Emefiele a reappointment. 

Also, the mobilization of angry citizens might inevitably follow if the Eight Senate confirms Mr. Emefiele for a second-term. Hopefully, the Eight Senate will use its unalloyed wisdom to do what is right in the best interest of the Nigerian people and the entire country.

In conclusion, therefore, I use this medium to call on President Buhari and the EFCC chairman to prove that they are interested in really fighting corruption and not only members of the opposition.

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Investigate N500bn Audio To 'Open Can Of Worms In CBN' Says HEDA

15 May 2019 - 6:14am

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to launch an investigation into the audio leaking phone conversation of Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, on how to cover up stolen N500 billion.

HEDA, a civil society group, said that an investigation if conducted would reveal many other hidden activities going on in the CBN.

SaharaReporters had exclusively reported how Emefiele; Adamu Lamatek, CBN Deputy Governor; and other top officials in CBN, stole and spent N500bn from the country’s account while finding a way to frantically cover it up. See Also Breaking News CAUGHT ON TAPE: How Central Bank Governor Emefiele, Deputy Adamu And Top Officials Discussed How To Cover-Up N500bn Which They Stole From The CBN 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

The CBN, in a hasty report, however, claimed that no money is missing from the apex bank.

Reacting, Olanrewaju Suraj, Chairman of HEDA, said that the audio is a unique opportunity to purge the CBN of its bad eggs while adding that the worst that can be done is for the President to ignore the issue. See Also Sahara Reporters UPDATE: CBN Admits Authenticity Of Audio Conversation Between Emefiele, Adamu And Top Officials Covering Up Stolen N500bn 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

He said, “The worst a country can do is to ignore serious allegations of corruption against the apex bank which is expected to be a role model for best financial practices. In this case, the CBN topmost officials were caught on tape discussing a failed transaction to the tune of N500 billion. The minimum Nigerians can demand is for a high-level inquiry to the whole affair. We are convinced this will open up many more cans of worms.

“Even if the funds loans for states, it was important to know if the loans were this non tax ways and means. It is important to know how the CBN expected the states to pay back the loans and this follows the pertinent question whether the CBN should give out loans fully aware that it will be difficult to pay back the loans except to deduct from Federal Allocations.

“It is also important to know the impact of the loans on the exchange rate of the Naira.

“The N500billion has also raised issues about how much loans have been inherited by the CBN considering others like the N5.3 Trillion AMCON bond inherited by the CBN where assets are difficult to recover. As at present, AMCON has been able to recover only very little.

Suraj also stated that the CBN in its explanation failed to address whether the audio reflects what is going on in the apex bank adding that Nigerians deserve to know how the loan of 2015 only affects the book in 2018. 

“Nigerians need to know the CBN officials involved in the transaction. Nigerians wish to know if there are other similar transactions involving CBN officials in the past or at present.”

He posited that the stolen 500bn allegation would represent one of the biggest litmus tests for President Mohammadu Buhari in his fight against corruption.

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IPOB Is Using The Politics Of Fear To Manipulate Ndigbo By Churchill Okonkwo

15 May 2019 - 6:03am

Fear is a very strong tool that can change human behavior and blur our logic. It is a disease that eats away at reasoning and makes man insensitive. There are several reasons for this. One is that logic is slow; fear is fast. In situations of danger, real or imagined, we ought to be fast: First run or kill, then think. Historically, tribal demagogues have always weaponized fear and used it to manipulate and intimidate communities.

IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu clearly understand this. They have, thus, mastered the skill of using fear to circumvent logic across Igbo land. They have hijacked the higher-brain capacity for critical thinking and reason of many Igbos. IPOB’s onslaught of sub-rational manipulation using fear, dangerously wrapped with tribal sentiments has impaired the judgment we need as Igbos to navigate multicultural Nigeria.

In every media campaign of misinformation and outright lies, therefore, IPOB craftily works on triggering the emotions of Igbos. If they are not warning us that the Yorubas will betray us, they are raising a false alarm on the onslaught of Usman dan Fodio army from the north. The real danger of succumbing to IPOB’s fear mongering is that after a while, the immersion in our tribal loyalty makes the activities of every other tribe not just alien but close to incomprehensible.

Per Les Brown, fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. Unfortunately, for years, Igbos submitted to IPOB’s fear mongering ideology. Igbos allowed a bunch of lazy men in IPOB to operate as tribal leaders who arrogated to themselves the title of “Supreme Leader”. Hoodwinked, many Igbos stopped thinking. We pick signals from IPOB’s internet warriors. Slowly, we winnow our acquaintances to those who will reinforce our worldview. So, we all became vulnerable.

The intellectual elites in Igbo land, including Ohaneze Ndigbo rather than being a key rational bloc resisting this manipulation of the enigmatic Biafran Spirit, surrendered their minds to fear. They succumbed to the manipulation of tribalism by frauds in IPOB.

It is shameful that we allowed IPOB to use our tribal vulnerability to manipulate us. By irrationally “ordering” Ndigbo to “sit-at-home” as they wish, the lazy men behind IPOB have succeeded in using fear to block our logic. The same Igbos who will sheepishly “sit-at-home, will turn around and lament when the same mediocre in IPOB decrees that there will be no election in Igbo land. 

IPOB understands that fear is a static that prevents us from hearing ourselves. Because fear is not a good teacher, the lessons of fear are quickly forgotten. So, even though IPOB failed woefully in the Anambra election boycott, they deployed the same strategy and told us to boycott the 2019 presidential elections.

We turned around and blamed Buhari for “setting him free.” We forgot that we had accused the same Buhari of killing Nnamdi Kanu a couple of months back. Then, like a confused chicken, Nnamdi Kanu quickly reversed gear and ordered us to vote for Atiku claiming that “terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered”. Like zombies, some of us sheepishly hailed him. Shameful.

What should Igbos do to restore reason? How do we stop IPOB’s partisan tribalism from poisoning our politics and derailing our unhindered progress in Nigeria?
The first thing we must do is; stop beating a drum with an axe like IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB’s political strategy based on fear should be seen by all Igbos as a lengthened shadow of ignorance that has consistently presented illusions as realities. It leads to anger. The anger, in turn, leads to hate; with hate in our hearts, we make a political miscalculation. Then we fear political retribution and the vicious cycle goes on.  

As Igbos, we should convince ourselves that there is something out there in Nigeria that is more important than fear. The fear of living together with dozens of other ethnic groups in Nigeria will not go away. The fear of being cheated by other tribes in the Nigerian political and economic realms will not go away.

However, as warriors, Igbos should embrace the code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day and bridges built across the Nigerian political landscape.

To succeed, we should start living our dreams and stop leaving the fear used by IPOB to envelop our reasoning. For example, Igbos who approached the Lagos State governorship election under the atmosphere of fear and the misleading assumption that Tinubu and APC will swallow them failed. On the other hand, Igbos, motivated by the need to form an alliance with a candidate that openly sought their support, succeeded.

Finally, a child who is afraid of the dark could be forgiven, but, when a man becomes afraid of light, then, there is a real tragedy of life.  Fear, as packaged and delivered by IPOP on our collective ethnic sensitivity, is a deadly thing. It is sinister that has warped our judgment and frozen our reflexes. Worse, it's contagious. 

To keep excelling, Ndigbo must move against IPOB’s imposition of fear on all of us with the weapons of faith and love. With love, our best efforts at economic, social, political and educational endeavors across the Nigerian landscape will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest.  

Ndigbo should not succumb to the politics of fear by the naked men in IPOB who are offering us clothes. To gain strength, courage, and confidence, we must do the things which IPOB out of fear has made us believe we cannot do.

Together, we can.

You can email Churchill at or follow him on Twitter @churchillnnobi


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BREAKING: Presidential Tribunal To Hear Application To Withdraw Justice Bulkachuwa

15 May 2019 - 5:16am

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on has fixed 22nd of May 2019 to hear the application which is yet to be filed by the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) asking the President of Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself  from the panel.

The PDP is asking Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself because she is married to a senator-elect of the All Progressives Congress.

Counsel to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, Livy Ozuokwu had asked the Chairman of the tribunal to recuse herself on the grounds that she will be biased in the case.

At the resumed hearing of the case Ozuokwu asked the tribunal for 10minutes stand down and the court granted his request to file the application tomorrow Thursday.  

The tribunal therefore adjourned the sitting to 22nd May. 

More to come...

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Army Distances Itself From Plot To Overthrow President Buhari

15 May 2019 - 5:11am

The Defence Headquarters has said the military has no hand in a purported document in circulation calling for the overthrow of the Buhari-led administration.

It condemned  the said documents on Tuesday in a statement released by Navy Captain Muhammed Wabi, the Deputy Director of Defence Information.

Dissociating itself from the document, the Defence Headquarters said the document was sponsored by a group known as Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP).

According to the DHQ, the NCP is calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government.

The DHQ said it understood its constitutional role and would not be misled into any action that can undermine the nation’s democracy, the DHQ reaffirmed the loyalty of the military to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

It also called on relevant government agencies to apprehend the sponsors of the document and bring them to book.

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Battalion Commander, Two Soldiers Killed By Roadside Bomb Buried In Borno

15 May 2019 - 4:57am

Lieutenant Colonel Yusuf Ibrahim Aminu, Commanding Officer of 154 Task Force Battalion and two soldiers who died when they stepped on a roadside improvised explosive device have been buried in Borno state.

The deaths come few weeks after the Federal Government of Nigeria said it has confined the potency of Boko Haram to the Firinges of the Lake Chad.

Contrary to this, military sources told SaharaReporters that "the incident happened on Monday at 9:30am after their vehicle stepped on a road planted improvised explosive device between Mauli and Borgozo".

Four other soldiers involved in the explosion where badly injured and one gun truck was destroyed.

Borgozo where the incident occurred around Allargano forest south of Benisheik towards Damboa where there has been heavy Boko Haram activity in recent days.


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Burna Boy Quits Social Media

15 May 2019 - 4:23am

Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy has announced his “permanent” departure from all social media platforms. 

The Nigerian singer made this known on his Instagram story late Tuesday evening where disclosed that his social media will now be managed by management. 

In recent times, Burna Boy used his social media platforms as a tool to speak out against oppression of the working class by the political elite which his fans attritbuted to the influence of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti in his life.

In April this year, the singer had lamented on Nigeria’s “hopelessness” saying “Our recycled leaders don’t give a f**k about us.”

Announcing his departure from social media, Burna Boy wrote: “I’m leaving all social media platforms permanently. They are now all strictly for my show dates and New music. My social media will now be in full control of management. Love and positivity to ALL.”

In another post, he went on to leave a message for his fans saying “I love you all from the bottom of my heart.”

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