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Ebonyi Permanent Secretary Hopefuls Fail To Recite National Anthem, State And Capital

8 May 2019 - 3:50am


Several permanent secretary hopefuls in Ebonyi failed to recite the national anthem and questions about the capital of states in an interview session on Tuesday.

NAN reports that the oral interview, which came after a written test was supervised by David Umahi, Ebonyi governor and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, who was the chairman of the interview committee.

The interview session was televised live by the state’s television network.

Two of the permanent secretary hopefuls, who are top civil servants, failed to recite the national anthem while another two could not recite the states in Nigeria and their capitals.

A particular candidate said that the capital of Kwara is Kwara and that capital of Lagos is Lagos while another said that the Anambra capital is Anambra.

An amused Umahi jokingly told one of the interviewees to ask her children at home to teach her how to recite the states and their capitals.

The governor noted that two persons each from the 13 local government areas of the state were selected, making them 26, including three serving permanent secretaries.

“The appointment of new permanent secretaries will be based on their performances in the exercise as my administration is poised toward reforming the state’s civil service.

He noted, however, that only intelligent and resourceful candidates would be selected to assist in repositioning the civil service.

The Ebonyi civil service had been run without permanent secretaries since the inception of the Umahi administration and the development had elicited diverse speculations, especially from opposition parties in the state.

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Gov. Ayade Threatens To Sue Cross River AAC Chairman After Exposing Corruption

8 May 2019 - 3:10am


Cross Rivers State Governor Ben Ayade


The Cross River state Chairman of the African Action Congress AAC, Agba Jalingo, may soon be docked if the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade goes ahead with his threat.

The AAC State Chairman had alleged in an opinion article that about N4billion Naira was withdrawn from the State and Local government joint accounts, just before the last elections, to fund what the governor called 'quick win projects' in the 18 LGAs and that the memo never made it to exco to give details of the projects.

But the governor in his reaction to the article accused Agba of peddling wrong information and threatened to sue him.

In an angry message  in response to the article, the governor said: "You are going to be confronted with the facts, then face prosecution for misinformation."

In his reaction, Mr. Agba Jalingo, who is also the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, said the governor is gradually beginning to behave like an emperor while accusing the governor of lacking the slightest of skin to handle disgreement and scrutiny.

"There has never been a time in my life when I was a coward or afraid of any human being takless of going to court. I am a customer in the dock. Due to the near absence of opposition in our state, a lot is going wrong and people have generally been cowed. Our governor is beginning to behave like an unquestionable imperial emperor. Gradually, I am taking up my role as a leader of one of the opposition parties in the state and our party wants to make it clear that the only thing that will satisfy us as a party is answers to our questions, not threats of going to court. The court is not a firing squad.

"As a party, we are carefully gathering our information about the withdrawal and we will break it down for Cross Riverians very soon. The government should prepare answers not threats. Threats wont work. They are dealing with a new kind of opposition that threats do not work with. As we enter his second term, the tempo of these questions will increase and answers alone will avail."

Recently, allegations of financial impropriety have made headlines from the state and more and more stakeholders are coming together with a view to to paying closer attention to how the state resources are expended.

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FG Slams Amaju Pinnick, Four Others With $8,400, N4bn Fraud Charge

8 May 2019 - 3:05am


 

Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria football Federation, and four others have been charged with the alleged misappropriation of $8,400 belonging to the football body by the Federal Government.

In a 17-count charge, marked, FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, the money is said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Pinnick's alleged accomplices in the charge are, Sunusi Mohammed, NFF Secretary; Seyi Akinwumi, the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and Yusuff Fresh, an Executive member, 

The defendants are also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4billion” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.

Also included in the charges filed against the NFF officials by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), led by Okoi Obono-Obla is the

failure to declare their assests.
 
 

 

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Sitting Commences At Election Petition Tribunal As Peter Obi Shows Up Amidst Health Rumors

8 May 2019 - 2:46am


 

The scheduled inaugural sitting of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has started.

The five man panel is led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa who resumed hearing at exactly 10:05am.

Meanwhile, the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 23 presidential election, Peter Obi, is at the venue of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, which holds its inaugural sitting.

The PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had jointly filed a petition to challenge the outcome of the poll which the Independent National Electoral Commission declared was won by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress.

His arrival is coming at the heels of a controversy about his health which he has now debunked.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'I Am Ready For Court' Peter Obi Denies Heart Attack Report

8 May 2019 - 2:02am


Peter Obi, the People’s Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections has denied viral reports that he suffered a heart attack.

Peter Obi who spoke exclusively to SaharaReporters said “the reports are false, I am healthy and ready for court not hospital”.

On Tuesday, some news outlets reported the that Obi had suffered a heart attack a day to the Election Petition Tribunal’s first hearing of the Atiku/Obi 2019 contestation of the polls that saw President Muhammadu Buhari emerge as president.

The denial comes few minutes to the commencement of the tribunal's sitting.

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Policemen Who Raped Abuja Women 'Will Face The Law' Says IG Adamu

8 May 2019 - 1:52am


Adamu Mohammed, the acting Inspector General of Police has said that all the suspected men of the Nigeria Police Force involved in the mass raping of women suspected to be prostitutes in the Abuja metropolis will be punished.

The IG made this known immediately after his appearance at the Senate to brief the lawmakers on the efforts being made by the police to tackle the large number of killings, kidnappings and banditry across Nigeria.

It was gathered that some policemen had recently raided clubs, pubs and hotels in the Federal Capital Territory, after which some of the over 70 women arrested for allegedly being prostitutes, accused the policemen of raping them.

When asked by the journalists what will be the judgement of the suspects raping the suspected prostitutes, Mohammed said, “Well, the raiding of the women (sic), it was by a task force of the Federal Capital Territory. They came out to do their job and they requested the police to support them, which the police did.

“Women were arrested and charged and they were convicted, which means that they committed offence within the FCT.

“But the action by the police officers, that they were alleged to have raped and molested the women, we have set up a panel to investigate, and anybody caught or proved to have done that will face the law.”

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command had said it had set up a high-powered team to probe the allegations of sexual and physical assault levelled against its men at the Utako Police Station, Abuja, by the convicted prostitutes.

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Go To Hell If You Cannot Pay Fees Says Akeredolu To Students As NANs Issue Ultimatum

8 May 2019 - 1:21am


NANS executive addressing journalists in Akure, the state capital

NANS executive addressing journalists in Akure, the state capital

The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has said it was prepared to draw a battle line with the Ondo state government if the tuition fee of the four state-owned higher institution increase astronomically, are not reverse.

Mr. Bamidele Danielson-Akpan, the President of NANS, who stated this in Akure, the Ondo state capital said the students body will give governor Rotimi Akeredolu a 24 hours ultimatum to do the needful. 

The four higher institutions are Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA), Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OSUSTECH); Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo and Ondo State School of Nursing, Akure.

Bamidele, who berated the governor for his hash policies on education in the state, added that the burdens of paying higher fund as forced some students to drop out of school while other resorted into untowards jobs.

“Since the return of democracy in 1999, Ondo State Government made free education available for all from primary to secondary level.

“Adefarati came and initiated that policy, Agagu came to sustain it, Mimiko spent two terms he consolidated it, so Akeredolu should not only sustain it but improve on it.

“AAUA school fees was N63,000 initially but the state government increased it to N200,000 before it was later reduced to N180,000 with a promise to revise it to normal in the next session.

“Also OSUSTECH was N70,000 and increased to N200,000, School of Nursing, Akure and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic fees were increased too.

“WAEC, which used to be paid for by the state government, has been stopped without apology to anyone.

“Gov. Akeredolu should please help our students, who do not have hope to be educated as a matter of urgency, he should revise all the school fees of the state’s higher institutions to the initial fees.

“We are giving him 24 hours ultimatum to do that because we are not ready to fight him but to yield to the yearnings of the students and their parents.”

According to the NANS President, the students body has used all the available channels within its reach to ensure the Governor comply with their demands of reducung tuition at the four state owned institutions.

He also explained how Governor Akeredolu walked the students leaders out of his office in Akure, the state capial during a dialogue meeting with him on Monday. 

“We have used all channels to address this matter but it has proven abortive. The governor has been showing carelessness and insensitivity.

“After meeting with the governor on the need to address the issue, he displayed the highest level of arrogance by telling us to go to hell, that his decision is final and that he is not going to reduce the school fees. 

"He (the governor said) said who ever cannot pay should go to hell that schooling is not by force. And this is somebody who benefitted from free education.

“The governor threatened us that he is ready to order the security men to flush us out if we dare protest. Whereas peaceful protest is our right. It is the last resort in negotiations.

“I saw arrogance at its peak in Gov. Akeredolu when we met we him. It looks as if I was sitting with Adolf Hitler. It seems as if I was sitting in the presence of Pharaoh. 

"Even when we met with President Buhari, he did not address us in such manner. 

"But it is surprising that a governor whose power is limited within a state could put up that show of arrogance.

“Two years is too long to chase him, it is now upon us, parents, students, artisans and entire people of Ondo State to stop this.”

But reacting, Olarewaju Akeredolu, the National President of National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS), said that NANS president was only in the state for "personal glorification" and not in the interest of the students.

“When he got to the meeting, he accused the governor of not supporting his ambition as NANS president, that governor Akeredolu should donate bus to him,” he said.

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UPDATE: Boko Haram Kill 4 Soldiers, 6 Others In Late Night Maiduguri Attack

8 May 2019 - 12:57am





At least 11 persons have died including 4 soldiers and hundrends of houses torched when the Boko haram militants attacked outskirts of Maiduguri yesterday night,residents said.

The terrorists stormed in millity style convoys and attacked Molai on the outskirts of Maiduguri at about 6:30pm, killing 11 persons and injuring dozen others.

According to a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force domiciled in Molai,  Mohammed Abdul said the attackers came with explosives and threw them into their houses.

"We lost 11 persons in the attacks, 4 civilians in Molai and 7 others at check points including 4 soldiers.

"We dont know how many people are currently at hospital but many were wounded, we are still looking for our families now since last night, many are yet to reunite with their families." Abdul added.

Another resident, Ali Umar told SaharaReporters that the fire was so enormorous and all their food items was set on fire after looting.

"The destruction is too much for us to bear, all our houses was burnt down and our shops looted as well burnt down. All the source of our livelihood is gone. We are helpless!

"It is unfortunate that the authority concerns are not doing much to protect us, the soldiers were telling us yesterday to run because they don't want to die. I think it is high time we stand up and face reality.

"We can't go beyond 5km from Molai without seeing Boko Haram and everytime we keep reporting to them (the army) but nothing was done about it."Ali told Saharareporters.

A security source also confirmed that 4 soldiers lost their lives in the attacks.

The source said, "AOG vehicles loaded up with explosives probably joined a convoy from Damboa on getting to the vicinity of Molai rammed into special force (SF) vehicle.

"4 soldiers were killed in the explosion excluding the bomber. No details on civilian casualties" he added.

SaharaReporters gathered that many houses were burnt down and wailling was all over the village from children to women, and many familes are still missing alive or dead.

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Ohanaeze, Afenifere Is Like Miyetti Allah Says Garba Shehu

7 May 2019 - 11:24pm



Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has said that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria is like Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo socio-cultural groups and thus should not be criminalised.

Shehu, who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, urged Nigerians not to politicise the meeting, arguing that all stakeholders have a role to play in ensuring that the nation remains safe.

He also defended the meeting between the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the leadership of the Miyetti Allah, adding that the government needed the cooperation of Miyetti Allah to help in tackling weapons proliferation as the security situation in the country worsens

Shehu said: “It is a mistake to say the Nigerian government is talking to bandits.

“The Miyetti Allah group is like Ohanaeze and Afenifere. It is a socio-cultural group. There are criminals within the Yoruba race and you cannot say because of that, Afenifere is a group of criminals.

“The Nigerian government is speaking with the leadership of the Fulani herders association, Miyetti Allah.

“All of the issues were about the involvement of the leadership of Miyetti Allah and getting them to prevail upon its members and they are many. We asked them to assist the administration to recover weapons which were owned by a lot of these elements,” Shehu said.

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Atiku Vs Buhari: Tribunal To Hear Petition Today

7 May 2019 - 11:14pm



The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will hold its inaugural sitting on Wednesday.

On Monday 8th of May 2019, the PEPT issued a notice that the preliminary sitting of the tribunal would be issued this week. 

This Notice has been served to all the parties involved in the petitions, including the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday. 

Others that were said to have been served through their lawyers included the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, the PDP and Atiku. 

The President of the Court of Appeal will lead the five-man panel that will hear the Peoples Democratic Party‎ and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s petition. 

The tribunal has three other petitions by various political parties and their candidates to hear.

Reports reviewed on Monday that the PEPT ‎was this week expected to issue the notice for the pre-hearing session on the petition filed by the PDP and Atiku Anubakar. 

During the pre-hearing session which the Electoral Act provides must be completed within 14 days, the Tribunal will fix “clear dates” for the hearing of the petition.

The five-man tribunal has 180 days period from the date of filing of the petition on March 18 to hear and deliver its judgment in the case in which the petitioners said they had assembled about 400 witnesses to testify.

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Sharia Court To Cut Of Hand And Leg Of 10, Stone 5 To Death In Bauchi

7 May 2019 - 11:02pm



Suleiman T. Suleiman, the Controller of Prisons, Bauchi State Command, has said that five persons who were sentenced to death-by-stoning; and 10 others whose legs and hands are to be amputated are awaiting the day of judgment.

Suleiman, who spoke in an interview with newsmen in his office on Tuesday on the state of prison in Bauchi, also lamented that these two sets of convicts have been in jail for over 10 years with action not taken on them

He said six other inmates have also been condemned to death, five are currently on life sentence, while 188 are on various jail terms of two years and above.

Suleiman lamented that the prison currently has 947 inmates at the 500-capacity Bauchi Prison.

He said: “The condemned convicts we have are mostly coming from Sharia Courts. These and other related cases like amputation of hand or leg have been in jail for over 10 years without knowing their fate.

“Their hands are not cut off, their legs are not cut off, they don’t know their fate.

“There are also those who are supposed to be stoned to death. I am worried.

“I feel touched that each time I go to any of the prisons to visit, they’ll be the first to confront me with questions about their case.

“I have written to the state governor, I have also written to the state Chief Judge to see that something is done about these people.

“They’re the only category of people that cannot be taken to court because they have already been convicted, but there’s no execution.”

The Prison Comptroller said that if the sentences could not be executed, their sentences could be commuted to prison terms.

“If this cannot also be done, they should be granted pardon and counselled to be of good behaviour and released.

“I want the government to execute the law as it is and if they cannot do that, the governor has the power to give clemency to these convicts.”

The death penalty according to the United Nations as a gross human right violation.

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Kwara Governor-Elect: A breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature? By Nimi Princewill

7 May 2019 - 1:21pm



Having cruised to an eccentric victory by landslide at the recently concluded polls, the incoming Kwara State Governor Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq assuredly rides on the goodwill of the people—both for sheer political attraction, and his distinct role leading from the frontlines of the O To Ge (enough is enough) movement which ousted the long-lived "Saraki hegemony."

Leveraging on the perceived shortcomings of the past and present administrations in the state, Alhaji Abdulrazaq and his All Progressives Congress party, APC, appeared to be the most endearing to the people. 

The incoming governor never hesitates to express his displeasure over the current system of governance in the state, as he insists Kwara State is poor in social infrastructure despite receiving an average of 40bn naira annually from the federal accounts. 

In his statement, "between January 2011 and August 2018, the Kwara State government has received roughly N300bn in federal allocations. In the same period, the 16 local governments have received more than N500bn. This means that this state has received an average of 40bn naira annually from the federal accounts while the local councils have taken over 27bn naira annually between 2011 and 2017. 

"Yet Kwara is poor in social infrastructure even as it is one of the frontline states. Teachers and pensioners are owed, local government teachers are not paid, and civil servants at the state level are not properly remunerated and often have their pay slashed for dubious reasons without being able to protest same." 

He further questions why the state is indebted to the tune of N56bn as at December 2017, with 30 per cent of it being external debt and 70 owed to local financial institutions, despite the absence of commensurate development to justify it. He also attributes the poor nature of Kwara's internally generated revenue to "lack of creativity."

Some Kwara residents and political leaders maintain that the state's growth has been stunted in the last 16 years by the past and present administrations, as the state's progress cannot be compared to other first generation states in the country like Rivers, Kano and Lagos.

According to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Mr Oluwafemi Yusuf, this huge development deficit was because of misplaced priorities as in the last 16 years, projects that doesn't concern the masses or are people oriented were being executed.

A prominent labour leader, Mr. Issa Aremu, who contested in the 2019 Kwara State governorship election under the platform of the Labour Party, mentioned in his declaration speech that Kwara State "in recent times is poorly governed" and needed “a radical change from underdevelopment, mass hunger and poverty.” 

However, finding electoral value in the candidacy of the APC's aspirant, Mr. Aremu directed his Labour Party supporters to vote overwhelmingly for Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq "to rescue Kwara from a dictatorship of one person for the past two decades."

With the weight of expectations the incoming governor is inundated with, settling into office before hitting the ground running isn't an available option he stands to enjoy. As a consequence of the APC winning over 70 percent of the votes cast in the elections, Kwarans demand nothing less than his very best. 

In his acceptance speech, Alhaji Abdulrazaq acknowledged that Kwarans had spoken and the incoming administration could not afford to fail the people. In his words, "Kwara people have decided and that has put a lot of responsibilities on us. We cannot afford to fail and we cannot afford to steal and loot the treasury.

“The huge margin of our victory at the polls suggests that our people are fed up with the status quo and want a new approach to governance.

"God forbid that after three years, people will regret that why did they vote this new government. I can assure you that will not happen.

“We will work tirelessly as a team to deliver and make sure people start feeling the effects of government and dividends of democracy. When we assume office, by the Grace of God and the good people of Kwara, we will spread development to all parts of the state.’’

Nonetheless, the incoming Kwara State governor Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq isn't coming into office with an exactly squeaky-clean reputation, as he's had his fair share of scandalous accusations arising from his alleged certificate scam, which is widely regarded by his followers as a plot to distract the governor-elect. 

Mr. Oluwafemi Yusuf, assures that the allegation would end in futility, while accusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to blackmail the state's governor-elect by claiming that the Senior Secondary School Certificate he presented for his election was forged.

As the new government defines its priority programmes which revolves around education, health care, providing basic infrastructure, lifting Kwara from poverty, security, agriculture, looking into the welfare of teachers, among other critical areas in need of urgent attention, Kwarans lay in wait to see what will be done differently from previous administrations. 

It is worthy of note that the outgoing Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, in a show of sportsmanship, has charged the people of the state to support and cooperate with the incoming administration. 

Will the dispensation of Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq provide the much needed "fresh air" as the people of Kwara State crave for a departure from the past? The O To Ge (enough is enough) movement shouldn't only be vicious in ridding the state of Senator Saraki's influence. It should wrestle to the ground every appearance of bad governance in Kwara State going forward.

Nimi Princewill is a writer and social reformer

Princewill.nimi@yahoo.com

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EFCC Counsel Stall Property Forfeiture Trial Linked To Bauchi-Governor Elect Bala Mohammed

7 May 2019 - 1:10pm


Trial in the suit for property forfeiture, allegedly linked to Bala Mohammed, Bauchi state Governor-Elect, was on Monday stalled at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

The trial could not proceed due to plea for an adjournment by the Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had approached the court seeking an order of forfeiture of a twin tower plaza, allegedly belonging to Bala Mohammed; located on Idimba street, beside Tamara Guest Inn, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

However, one Aisha Abubakar, a property developer, has claimed that the property in question, belongs to her and not Bala Mohammed, as erroneously held by the EFCC.

She told SaharaReporters that she acquired the plot during the administration of Bala Mohammed as the Minister of the FCT.

She further alleged that the EFCC had demolished the fencing of the building and carted away valuables worth millions of naira, even as the case is still in court.

"They took away a container-load of assortment of building materials and other valuables. I'm not even sure Magu authorised the action" she said.

Saharareporters sighted armed policemen, guarding the property, located near Tamara Guest Inn in the Wuse District of Abuja.

At the resumed hearing on May 6, presided over by Justice T.J Soho, the case could not proceed, because the EFCC Counsel pleaded for an adjournment, explaining that she was too occupied to proceed that day.

The case has been adjourned to May 16, 2019.

In a similar fashion, another trial involving the Bauchi state Governor-Elect was halted at an Abuja court on April 29, as EFCC Counsel could not show up in court.


 

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FG Inaugurates 14-Man Committee For Community Policing

7 May 2019 - 12:35pm


The Federal Government Tuesday in Abuja inaugurated a 14-man committee to strengthen internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria.

This is coming barely a week after Mohammed Adamu, the acting Inspector-General of Police, said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed him to immediately commence the implementation of community policing strategy across the country. 

Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who inaugurated the committee in his office, recalled that President Buhari had tasked the Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies (NIPSS), Kuru to undertake a study of the rising insecurity in Nigeria. 

He said the committee chaired by Dr. Amina Shamaki, the Permanent Secretary, Special Services Offices (SSO) is expected to complete the assignment and submit its report within two months. 

He said the theme of the NIPSS study was to strengthening policing in Nigeria: Policing options and strategies, saying that the scope of the study focused on ways of invigorating the internal security system and it covered the period from 1999 to 2018. 

While saying that the report noted some factors militating against a comprehensive internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria, the SGF listed the factors to include; poor policy  linkages, multiplicity and poor implementation of policies, centralized control of the police force, weak monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. 

He listed others as poor application of technology and innovation, absence of integrated database to aid internal security management, poor budgetary allocation to the security sector as well as lack of confidence and trust in the country’s security agencies by the Nigerian public.

He said the committee’s terms of reference are: To study and analyze the findings; recommendations and implementation strategies of the Presidential Parley Report by NIPPS and come up with policy statement for the consideration of Mr. President.

According to him, in the last one decade or thereabouts, there have been strong agitations for government to introduce State police in the country and that these similarly dominated discussions at the National Conference convened in 2014 by the last administration. 

“The agitations have not abated since the coming on board of this administration and not even the resources deployed into tackling the various hydra-headed security challenges in the country coupled with the high level of successes recorded by this Government so far, has succeeded in dampening the agitations." 

Members of the committee are: Mrs. Beatrice Jeddy-Agb, Mrs. Odunbanjo Adebisi, Sanusi Galadim, Brig-Gen J. O. Ochai and Commodore J. N. Mamman, Air Cdre A. H. Bakari, AIG David O. Folawiyo, Jimat Bakare, CP Olayinka Balogun, Dr. E.O. Adeoye, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, Prof. Sani Abubakar Lugga, Dr. Nasirudeen Usman, and Tukur Yahaya, who will act as Secretary of the committee. 

Mrs. Shamaki, chairman of the committee, noted that the challenges of criminality have taken serious toll on the socio-economic well-being of the nation.

 

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Kano Assembly Passes Life Pension Bill For Speaker, Deputy

7 May 2019 - 12:20pm


The Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed into law the Pensions Rights of Speaker and Deputy Law 2019, which will enable the two presiding officers earn life pension after leaving the office.

The Speaker and Deputy will also enjoy foreign medical trips and brand new vehicles every four years.

The new law states: “There shall be paid pension to person who held office as Speaker and Deputy Speaker equal to the emoluments of a serving Speaker and deputy speaker, provided that either the Speaker or the Deputy do not hold any paid elective or selective appointment."

However, the new law clearly states that any speaker or deputy impeached from office will forfeit these privileges and other perks provided by the law.

It stipulates: “Any person duly elected as Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall, on completion of his term be entitled to a grant of pension for life by the state, provided that such person was not removed from office through impeachment by members of the House of Assembly.

“Pension shall be payable to the Speaker or Deputy Speaker at the expiration of the tenure of the holder of the office.

“Where the Speaker or Deputy vacates office before the expiration of the term of his office, not as a result of impeachment, he shall be paid pension pro-rata the number of years he spent in relation to his tenure of office.

“Where the Speaker or Deputy Speaker dies in office before the expiration of the term of his tenure, he shall be paid pension pro-rata the number of years he spent in relation to his tenure of office.

“There shall be provided for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker a brand new vehicle to be bought by the State Government every four years.

“There shall be provided for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker medical expenses either home or abroad depending on the nature of the illness.”

The motion for the passage of the bill into law was moved by Baffa Baba Dangundi, Municipal House Member.

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Mace Destroyed As Jigawa Lawmakers Engage In Free-for-all Over Controversial Motion

7 May 2019 - 12:02pm


Members of Jigawa State House of Assembly engaged in a rowdy session today leading to the damage of the house mace.

The mace, which is a symbol of authority, was the target during the brawl between the lawmakers as they disagree on an amendment to the standing rule guiding qualification for leadership position at the house.

Isa Idris, Speaker of the State House, had announced a move to amend the rule banning former assembly speakers and deputy speakers that were impeached or suspended from contesting for the speaker of the assembly.

The announcement divided the lawmakers; while some supported the move other groups vehemently opposed it.

Abdulrahman Alkassim who is representing Yankwashi State Constituency led the group opposing the rule.

The ensuing quarrel escalated with members engaging in free-for-all session.

It was gathered that Alkassim and his group are working on moves to return Idris Jahun, a former Speaker impeached three years ago to the leader of the state assembly.

While the fight was going on, some lawmakers aimed for the mace and it broke into three parts while they were dragging it among themselves.

Journalists and staff of the house were sent out during the quarrel.

Normalcy was restored to the house after about 15 minutes of rowdiness.

Lawmakers were forced to adjourn the plenary with anti-riot police operatives taking over the state house.

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BREAKING: Maiduguri Currently Under Boko Haram Attack

7 May 2019 - 11:31am



Hundreds of civilains are fleeing their homes as suspected  Boko haram terrorists are currently attacking near Maiduguri, the state capital, according to residents.

One resident said the terrorist came in large numbers to Molai general area on the outskirt of Maiduguri.

According to a resident, Ali Umaru, Molai general area came under attack shortly after Muslims faithful broke their fast.

Ali told SaharaReporters on the phone, "We are under serious gunfire from every angle.I can't speak now, Boko haram are currently in Molai and everyone is running." 

A security source however confirmed that fighter jets are underway.

More to come...
 

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Delta Youths Disrupt Economic Activities Of NNPC’s Subsidiaries In Warri

7 May 2019 - 11:10am





Social and economic activities were Tuesday disrupted at Ekpan, Ubeji, Jeddo towns, ever busy NPA expressway and environs by youths from ethnic nationalities in Delta state following a mass protest embarked on by the youths against subsidiaries of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over alleged gross marginalization and anti-labour practices.

The protest which started as early as 7:00am were led by leaders of youth bodies from Isoko, Ika, Ndokwa, Urhobo, Itsekiri and Ijaw, grounded official and economic activities at the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC), Product and Pipelines Marketing Company (PPMC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), demanding for what they called "our rights".



The protest however caused a severe gridlock and preventing petrol tankers from accessing the Warri depot and others from gaining access into the NPA expressway and eleven neighbouring communities.

The youths numbering over 5,000 who had been protesting the alleged planned relocation of the NGMC from Warri to Abuja over a purported false security concern, condemned in string terms what they described "continuous casualization of indigenes of host communities by the NNPC."

The aggrieved youths were armed with placards with inscriptions such “NNPC stop casualization of host communities’ workers”, “We are the goose that lay the golden egg”, “NNPC must respect the local content act”, "Ijaw youths council demands community slots from NNPC”, “Isoko youths demands community slot from NNPC”, "Ndokwa youths demand community slots from NNPC”, “Ika Youths demand community slots from NNPC”, “Itsekiri National Youths Council demands community slots from NNPC”, and host communities demand her fair share of slots in NNPC recruitment” among others.


In the same vein, Ugborodo community had last week protested and grounded operations of Chevron Nigeria Limited, (CNL) in Escravos over alleged gross marginalization.

Meanwhile, Delta state government had on Monday reacted to the alleged planned relocation of the Nigeria Gas Marketing Company limited (NGMC), head office and staff from Warri to Abuja.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner, Ministry for Oil and Gas, Freeman Fregene, and obtained by our correspondent, said the consequences of such plans coming to reality was enormous and called on the federal government to stop the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru from given approval to the relocation plan.

“NGMC, is a Gas Marketing Subsidiary of NNPC. We have it from reliable sources of moves to relocate the operational headquarters of the company from Warri to Abuja. Although the NNPC management has denied it but it is becoming obvious by the day that they are hiding the truth. This is condemnable and we are appealing to proponents of the plan to stop for unity and progress of Nigeria.


“There is an internal memo from the MD NGMC requesting for approval for the relocation of the company head office and staff from Warri to Abuja. The painful aspect of it is that NNPC kept on denying it. However, the Delta State Government can not afford to fold its hands and allow the initiators of the evil plan succeed. The relocation plan is evil in all ramifications. Delta State is the source of the raw materials with all the attendants consequences of exploration and exploitation.", Fregene lamented.

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'Help Us' President Buhari Begs UN To Rehabilitate IDPs

7 May 2019 - 9:11am


President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the United Nations to support the country in revitalizing the Internally Displace Persons camps in Nigeria.

Buhari made the appeal to Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), during her visit to the State House, Abuja, today.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Buhari said that Boko Haram sects have displaced a million children and have destroyed schools, hospitals and religious centres.

He said, “The condition of internally displaced persons ((IDPs) in the country is pathetic. We have at least a million children who neither know their parents, nor where they come from.

“Bridges have been blown up, schools, hospitals, churches, mosques, and other buildings have been destroyed.”

He stated that any form of help from international bodies in rehabilitating the IDPs would be welcomed.

The President seized the opportunity to brief Ms Garces of the recharge of Lake Chad through inter-basin water transfer from Congo River.

He also said million of people have been affected by the shrinking lake as a result of climate change.

Buhari noted the recharging the lake is way “beyond the financial power of the affected countries,” which Nigeria is part of.

Ms Garces commended the country for its role in maintaining international peace while promising to call the attention of international community to the effect of the drying Lake Chad.

She also praised the country for “rehabilitating the UN building in Abuja, which was destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents during an attack in August, 2011.”

The UNGA announced Professor Tijani Bande as the new President of the UN General Assembly but he is yet to be officially confirmed.

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EXCLUSIVE: How Governor Ganduje Plans To Oust Emir Of Kano Sanusi

7 May 2019 - 9:07am



Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has concluded plans to forcefully dethrone the Emir of Kano, Sanusi II over his refusal to help the incumbent governor rig in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the state SaharaReporters can confirm.

A very credible source familiar with the situation told Saharareporters “it is true, plans are in top gear. The governor felt Sanusi’s call for free and fair elections in the state was an affront on his plans to return to office and that it means he was backing former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso”.

“The first plan is that they now want to probe how he (Sanusi II) is spending emirate funds as they did before” the source revealed.

In consonance to what our source revealed, on the May 7th, 2019, the Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission opened a fresh probe on the alleged financial mismanagement in Kano Emirate Council under the watch of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.

The commission invited two of the Emirs uncles and brothers to appear before it on Thursday; they are to answer questions on what they know over alleged financial scandal rocking the Kano Emirate Council.

The source further told SaharaReporters, the second step is to “pick up the account details and then give it to the media to embarrass Sanusi and use that as a basis to dethrone him”.
The third step, “is to create new emirate councils that will serve as a bulwark against the Emir”.

The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday initiated a move to create four additional Emirate Councils in the State that would elevate the current status of some District Heads to First Class Emirs.

This move according to our source is to mobilize elements within the emirate loyal to Governor Ganduje to present a united front in ousting the Emir.

Governor Ganduje’s re-election was marred by electoral violence allegedly sponsored by the governor.

Armed men armed with machetes, knives and cudgels took over polling stations, assaulting observers and journalists in Kano, northwest Nigeria.

It was this act that Emir Sanusi reportedly condemned which earned him the enmity of the governor.

Governor Ganduje is also enmeshed in a huge bribery scandal which has cast a question on his integrity and the anti-corruption agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration
On October 15, 2018, a video of Gov.  Ganduje receiving a kickback from contractors surfaced.

Shortly after, the Kano State Government revoked three contracts awarded to Tiamin Multi Services Ltd, a company belonging to Aminu Mohammed. 

Mr. Mohammed is believed to be the contractor behind the videos showing the state governor Ganduje receiving kickbacks in US dollars from one of the contractors. The three projects were worth N1.6 billion.

President Buhari’s reacting to the clip while responding to question in the build-up to the 2019 general elections said: "That clip, somebody brought it to me of how the Kano Governor was receiving dollars and smiling and putting it in his pocket. 

"I don’t know the extent of technology used and I can’t answer now because the state assembly has gone to court I decided not to talk about it, and the state assembly constitutionally could have dealt with that but then I heard the matter was taken to court," Buhari said.
 

 

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