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BREAKING: Court Remands Maina In Kuje Prison

4 December 2020 - 3:23am


File Photo: Maina in court

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court has ordered the remand of the Abdulrasheed Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Team, at Kuje Correctional Centre, pending the conclusion of his trial.

Maina, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on N2bn money laundering charges, had jumped bail and fled to the Republic of Niger.

File Photo: Maina in court
He was extradited to Nigeria on Thursday about two weeks after the court revoked his bail, ordered his arrest and directed that his trial would proceed in his absence pending when security agencies would be able to apprehend him.

N2billion Fraud: Fugitive Ex-Pension Boss, Maina, Extradited To Nigeria

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— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) December 3, 2020
Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno South, who stood as his surety was last week remanded in prison custody, but was granted bail because he has a record of “good behaviour”.

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COVID-19: Arik Air Sacks 300 Workers

4 December 2020 - 3:12am


Arik Air

Arik Air has relieved 300 workers of their employment.

This was contained in a statement on Friday by the airline’s spokesman, Adebanji Ola.  Arik Air

The statement read, “Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.

“The leadership of the impacted unions have been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”

“50 per cent of Arik Air’s workforce of over 1,600 staff has been on an unpaid leave of absence in the past six months on a base allowance.”

See Also LABOR/WORKERS' RIGHTS Passengers Stranded As Workers Union Ground Arik Air Operations 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

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By-Election: Lagos APC, PDP Trade Accusations Over Vote Buying, Thuggery

4 December 2020 - 3:06am


The Lagos State Chapters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have accused each other of vote-buying and importation of hoodlums ahead of the by-elections scheduled for Saturday (tomorrow) in the state.

The APC earlier accused the PDP of mobilising hoodlums and miscreants from other states into Lagos to disrupt the electoral process in polling areas where the main opposition party has a slim chance of winning.

The party's Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, in a statement on Thursday said, "The members of APC in the areas where the elections will be conducted have observed the unusual mobilisation of hoodlums and miscreants from within and outside the state to disrupt the electoral process in polling areas where the PDP will likely return poor results.

"Similarly, arrangements have been concluded to buy votes which negate the provision of the electoral laws.

"Our intelligence revealed the conclusion to pay the sum of N5,000 per vote to undermine the process."

But speaking with SaharaReporters on Friday, PDP State Publicity Secretary, Taofeek Gani, said the allegations by the APC were laughable and absurd.

According to him, the APC is crying foul and trying to paint the PDP black, "whereas they are the black."

He said: "This is an election that is going to be based on performance. Our candidate is an established investor that has completed many laudable projects."

He alleged that the APC candidate was allegedly being bankrolled by the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, adding that the ruling party had gone as far as importing thugs from Ogun State in support of the APC senatorial candidate.

Gani also claimed that the APC had gone to the Lagos State governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu, for support, "but he refused to support them with the funds of the state. The APC had already bought votes; they have spent a lot of money on baales, obas and others in the five local government areas. We know how much they tried to give our members; how much more those that are apolitical?"

The PDP spokesperson charged security agencies to be at alert as the APC had allegedly perfected plans to import thugs into the state in a bid to disrupt the elections. 

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"We're Promised Juicy Appointments When Biafra Is Achieved"—IPOB Members Arrested For Bombing Wike Father's Church

4 December 2020 - 2:53am


The Rivers State Police Command has said three suspects, who said they were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, have been arrested for allegedly detonating explosives in Governor Nyesom Wike’s father’s church. 

The police claimed that the suspects confessed to have engaged in the act to get juicy appointments in the proscribed IPOB. 

According to the Nation, the suspects made the confessional statements when they were paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Joseph Mukan, at the police headquarters, Port Harcourt.

Mukan recalled that on November 29, the command received a distress call that a church situated at 25, Azikiwe Street, was under attack and immediately stormed the place and arrested the suspects.

The police boss said the suspects revealed that they attacked because they were promised juicy appointments in Biafra whenever the republic is realised.

He said preliminary investigations by the police showed that members of the IPOB were deployed into the state to carry out mayhem, adding that the suspects were deployed to attack the mile 2 area.

Mukan said, “We received a distress call that there was a blast at Christian Universal Church International, in Azikiwe, Mile 2. We mobilised our team of bomb experts to the scene.

“When we got there we found out that there was a blast. There was no life lost. Our security partners, the vigilante, had arrested these three suspects. We took them, and they have made useful confessions.

“They claimed they were six in number. They confessed that they were members of IPOB. That they were zoned to different parts of the state. That they are everywhere in the state.

“They are Progress Owudinjo, 37, from Etche, Rivers State. Apuro Victor, 25, came from Ebonyi State for this mission and John Okorie, 38 years old from Abia State. According to them, they are all over the state.

“They will soon be charged to court while we are trailing their sponsors. IPOB has assured them that if IPOB is achieved, they will be policymakers in the government.”

One of the suspects, Owudinjo, confirmed their membership of the proscribed IPOB, adding that they were contracted to carry out the act.

Owudinjo said, “We were contracted to carry out the act. We got there in the night, and we detonated the explosive.

“This is the first assignment I am carrying out since I joined IPOB. I have not killed before. I was told that if I do not join in the operations that I will not get anything in the group. They promised us a good office.”

Also speaking, Apuro Victor said, “The whole thing was programmed. One Chinedu sent us. I don’t know where he came from. I am a member of IPOB.

“The intention of the vision was not to kill anybody that is the reason why we did it at night. I have not done anything like this before. Please, forgive me. I have not involved in a violent act before. It was programmed.”

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Lagos Trader Stabs Wife to Death, Cuts Both Hands Over Money

4 December 2020 - 2:43am


There was shock on Adekunle Street in the Oshodi area of Lagos after a middle-aged man, Ifeanyi Nwagboroga, stabbed his wife, Faith Ebubeeze, several times on her body until she died over an argument bordering on money for the family.

SaharaReporters learnt from a police report that after the argument ensued, Nwagboroga, a trader, tied his wife’s mouth, cut off her two hands and started stabbing her.

The police at the Ire-Akari division later arrested Nwagboroga after his wife’s younger brother, Emmanuel Onyeka, who lived on a neighbouring street, brought the matter to the attention of the operatives.

A witness told SaharaReporters that trouble started on November 24, after the woman came back from Arena Market in the Oshodi area, where she had gone to sell some items.

“Nobody knows the amount involved. But the couple had been having issues recently about money and how to take care of the family. On the said day, it was about 8pm, and we started hearing their violent arguments. Nobody bothered to intervene because we were used to such scuffles.

“But later, the chilling cries of the woman brought the attention of neighbours and then we discovered that Ifeanyi (Nwagboroga) had got a knife and was stabbing his wife all over the body. It was shocking and we were all embroiled in the confusion for days.

“Then, the family members were contacted and the matter was brought to the attention of the police.”  

SaharaReporters learnt that the couple, whose number of children could not yet be ascertained, recently started having financial crisis after their trades experienced a downturn, as a result of hard times in the country.

A police report stated that the suspect had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for further investigation.

The report said, “One Emmanuel Onyeka of Oredeyin Street, Off Araromi Street, Oshodi, Lagos State, came to the charge room, and reported that Faith Ebubeeze and the husband by name, Ifeanyi Nwagboroga, of the same address, were arguing when she came back from Arena market, where she sold some items.

“At the cause of the argument, the said husband went into the kitchen, carried a knife and stabbed the wife to death. He, the husband, also tied the wife’s mouth and cut off her two hands and stabbed all parts of her. The suspect is now in custody.”

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45-year-old Civil Servant Emerges NANS President

4 December 2020 - 2:39am


Sunday Asefon

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has elected Sunday Asefon as its new President amid chaos and violence that characterised its convention at the old parade ground, Abuja on Thursday.

Asefon, a civil servant with the Ekiti State Government, got 155 votes to defeat his closest rival, Olushola Oladoja, who scored 100 votes.

Sunday Asefon
The 45-year old, reported to be a student of  Ekiti State University, replaces Bamidele Akpan.

The election was, on Thursday, disrupted by violence.

About 20 members of the association, who gathered at the old parade ground in Abuja for the convention, sustained wounds from gunshots and machete after thugs loyal to a factional coordinator of the association in Zone D (Southwest) began attacking delegates.

The thugs, numbering over 20, stormed the venue with dangerous weapons while accreditation of Students Union Government (SUG) Presidents under NANS Zone B and Zone D was in progress.

DSS operatives allegedly arrested the National Public Relations Officer of the association, Azeez Adeyemi, after guns and ammunition were found in a bus belonging to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY).
The security agency also arrested other occupiers of the bus who are students’ leaders from Ogun State.

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Nigerians, Togolese, Others Arrested For Attempting To Enter Ghana Through Unapproved Routes

3 December 2020 - 11:18pm


Personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service at Aflao have arrested 57 Ghanaian and other West African nationals attempting to enter and exit Ghana through unapproved routes.

The travellers, comprising 21 females and 36 males with 40 exiting and 14 enterings, were  Ghanaians (30 of them), 10 Togolese, four Beninese, seven Nigerians and six Nigeriens.

They were apprehended at 1420 hours on November 30.

Chief Supt, Frederick Baah Duodu, Aflao Sector Commander, told the Ghana News Agency that the Command had cautioned and released the Ghanaian travellers, while the other nationals were being processed to be handed over to the police.

He advised all travellers to comply with the President's directives on the closure of the country's borders, adding that it was still in force and the command was committed to enforcing it.

Chief Supt Duodu said people desirous of travelling out or into the country should do so through the alternate means-- the air borders.

"The President, in March this year, directed the closure of all our borders. Currently, the air borders are opened but the land borders are still shut. So my advice to people who want to exit or come into Ghana is that they should go through the airports," he said.

"As long as the land borders are closed, we will do everything to deter people from flouting that directive."

He commended the border security agents for their commitment to enforcing the directive and warned officers with the intent to exploit the system to desist from doing so.

"Officers who will be found of misconduct would be dealt with severely," he said.

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Gunmen Raid Edo Highway, Kidnap Passengers, Kill Vigilante

3 December 2020 - 11:11pm


Suspected gunmen took over the ever-busy Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi Road in Edo State with some commuters kidnapped in the attack.

A witness told PUNCH that the kidnappers, after seizing a commercial bus, forced the passengers to disembark and led them into a bush.

The driver was reportedly made to block the road with his bus in an attempt to force oncoming vehicles to stop. 

"What happened was that the gunmen first attacked a commercial bus at the Urhokosa/Obagie end of the road and took many passengers into custody. 

"The operation was well planned, as the suspected kidnappers divided themselves into groups. A group led the first set of victims into the bush, while a second group forced the driver of the bus to use the vehicle to block the road. 

"Other vehicles that ran into the traffic jam caused by the blockade were attacked by another group of the kidnappers, who selected victims and marched them to join the earlier captured passengers in the kidnappers' den," the source added.

A member of a vigilante group in the area was reportedly shot dead when he attempted to disrupt the operation.

A motorist, who claimed to have abandoned his vehicle and run into the bush to hide, said he met other people who also escaped into the bush.

He explained that the gunmen shot continuously for a long time without any resistance from security agents. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident.

He said, "Yes, the command is aware of the kidnap, but we have yet to ascertain the number of passengers that were kidnapped. 

"A vigilante group in that community engaged the kidnappers and one was killed. The effort is currently ongoing to free those kidnapped. Other information will be revealed as we progress."

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UPDATED: Again, #EndSARS Tops Nigeria, US Twitter Trends As Protests Resume In Lagos

3 December 2020 - 11:02pm


#EndSARS

The EndSARS protest, which gripped the country for about two weeks in October, resumed in Lagos State on Thursday with protesters marching by Tejuosho Road in the Yaba area of the city.

SaharaReporters gathered that older women and some young men brandished various placards in the area, defying the scorching heat to march for almost two hours.

#EndSARS

They continued to chant, "End SARS and we march for our children." A number of them were also seen carrying the Nigerian flag in their hands, with microphones to make their voices audible.

#EndSARS Protest Resumes In Lagos As Old Women, Others Carry Placards | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/pLEPTiOb4U pic.twitter.com/nM4ool6cR9

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) December 3, 2020

On Friday morning, more Nigerians vow to storm the streets, in what they termed a "second wave of protests." 

#ENDSARS became a top trend on Twitter with many Nigerians expressing their determination to voice their anger against bad governance and police brutality in Nigeria. 

The hashtag also appeared on the US trends in the early hours of Friday.

Tweeting on Friday morning, an activist, Gbenga Sesan wrote, "#EndSARS protests are back. They will be peaceful. Actions will be distributed. Volunteers will manage logistics. There will be no donations that can be blocked. Communication will be seamless. The goal remains the same: #5for5. Don't wait for anyone; this is YOUR country." 

Comedian DrCraze wrote, "#EndSARS second wave, third wave, plenty waves, Any Wave! I'm READY!" 

#EndSARS Second wave, third wave, plenty waves, Any Wave! I’m READY!

— Dr Craze (@crazeclown) December 4, 2020

A Twitter user, @FabricbyFabric, wrote, "#EndSARS is back! Our Demands: Unfreezing of all bank accounts related to the #EndSARS protests.  Release of illegally detained peaceful protesters.-Justice for victims of 20•10•20 #EndSARS."  

#EndSARS is back!

Our Demands: 👇
- Unfreezing of all bank accounts related to the #EndSARS  protests.

- Release of illegally detained peaceful protesters.

- Justice for victims of 20•10•20 #EndSARS .

— FabricbyFabric (@FabricbyFabric) December 4, 2020

A medical doctor, Olufunmilayo, wrote, "#EndSARS is back on the trend table. It's number 1 in Nigeria, and it's also present on the USA trend table. Don't hide under this to start swallowing food late tonight thinking I won't notice. Dear hardened hoodlums, Lend your voice to the struggle. Stay awake to tweet. Not eat."

#EndSARS is back on the trend table. It’s number 1 in Nigeria and it’s also present on the USA trend table.

Don’t hide under this to start swallowing food late tonight thinking I won’t notice

Dear hardened hoodlums,
Lend your voice to the struggle.
Stay awake to tweet. Not eat.

— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) December 3, 2020

The EndSARS movement, mostly peaceful, had turned to a blood field on Tuesday, October 20, when the personnel of the Nigerian Army went to the Lekki Tollgate area and opened fire on the crowds.

The soldiers from the 65 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, reportedly killed and injured several demonstrators.

A certain Lieutenant Colonel Bello, who was the Commanding Officer of the battalion, had reportedly led the soldiers to fire bullets at the scene. However, he claimed before the ongoing Lagos State Panel of Inquiry that he only fired blank ammunition into the air.

A day after the shootings, the Lagos State Governor had initially denied any loss of life from the gunfire or that he was aware of the deployment of soldiers.

Later, he admitted that two persons were killed in the incident, while the army said in a terse statement that the state government requested a military clampdown on the protesters to enforce its earlier-than-scheduled curfew. 

VIDEO: #EndSARS Protest Resumes In Lagos As Old Women, Others Carry Placards

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— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) December 3, 2020

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Lamido To Buhari: Drop Your Arrogance, Repent To Allah, You Failed Nigerians

3 December 2020 - 10:56pm


Sule Lamido

Former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians and needs to cry, and repent to Allah for the country to live in peace.

The former governor was reacting to the recent killings by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in some parts of the North.

Sule Lamido

Speaking to BBC Hausa service, the opposition politician said Buhari should drop his arrogance and seek Allah's forgiveness.

He added the president might have committed sins that are affecting the country. 

"There is no way a government can go successfully without sabotage but you need to be strong enough to overcome such challenges. If really, he cannot withstand this, he has to resign, but we can't be accepting sabotage as a reason. 

"He has failed, if not that he failed, how will you allow some people to slaughter 43 people? How will you allow bandits to raid villages and set them on fire and rape their women? Something is wrong somewhere," he said.

Both the presidency and the governing APC party have yet to react to Sule Lamido's comments. But the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed told journalists in Lagos that those calling for Buhari's resignation are "irresponsible" politicians.

On the future of the country, Sule Lamido said, "Allah is merciful to his servants, we hope our prayers will be answered, but Buhari has to go first. He should ask himself what offences he has committed. 

He needs to wake up at midnight, drop his arrogance and pray. He should ask for Allah's forgiveness for the offences he has committed. 

"He is arrogant and always speaking with pride. Many people have said it and we have seen it. In the last four years, if you said something like this, you will be cursed but now the truth has come. The problem is that he doesn't listen to what people are saying, but everyone has spoken out. People are tired, the Ulamas, the masses and the traditional leaders… have spoken out."  

"When Buhari was sick, Nigerian prayed for him and they are still doing but he failed to address their challenges," he added.

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UPDATED: Violence Rocks NANS Convention As DSS Arrests PRO, Others With Guns

3 December 2020 - 3:01pm


The ongoing three-day national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) was on Thursday disrupted by violence.

About 20 members of the association, who gathered at the old parade ground in Abuja for the convention, sustained wounds from gunshots and machete after thugs loyal to a factional coordinator of the association in Zone D (Southwest) began attacking delegates.

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BREAKING: 20 Injured As Violence Rocks NANS Convention In Abuja | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/nDR0ymNYjG pic.twitter.com/FyVNvKjx9j

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) December 3, 2020

The thugs, numbering over 20, stormed the venue with dangerous weapons while accreditation of Students Union Government (SUG) Presidents under NANS Zone B and Zone D was in progress.

Meanwhile, DSS operatives have allegedly arrested the National Public Relations Officer of the association, Azeez Adeyemi, after guns and ammunition were found in a bus belonging to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY).

The security agency also arrested other occupiers of the bus who are students’ leaders from Ogun State.

Confirming the arrest to SaharaReporters, a SUG President from one of the institutions in Oyo State said he is disappointed that students’ leaders could resort to violence during their election.

He said, “Yes, peace has returned to the ground now. DSS operatives have arrested some people, including the present PRO and Special Assistant to Governor Abiodun of Ogun State on Students’ Matters, Azeez Adeyemi, with guns and ammunition.

“He was caught in a student union bus belonging to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. The bus was full of guns and ammunition. I heard they have been released but the union bus loaded with ammunition is still in the custody of the DSS.”

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IGP Queries Police Legal Officer Over Suit Challenging Judicial Panels On Police Brutality

3 December 2020 - 2:47pm


Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has queried the police legal officer over a suit filed by the police at the federal high court on the legality of judicial panels of inquiry on police brutality set up by various state governments.

Adamu has also ordered an investigation on the circumstances surrounding the suit, a move that raises new questions on whether he was not informed before the legal action by the police was taken.

  Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

“The Force Legal Officer has been queried and may face further sanctions if found guilty of dereliction of duty, a statement from the police on Thursday claimed. 

“The IGP reiterates the commitment of the Force to fulfilling all its obligations with regards to the disbandment of the defunct SARS, the ongoing judicial panels and all other police reforms.”

In a suit marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/1492/2020 and filed by O.M Atoyebi, the police had argued that the establishment of panels of inquiry by state governors to investigate the activities of the force violates “section 241(1)(2)(a) and item 45, part 1, first schedule to the constitution and section 21 of the tribunals of inquiry act”.

Among the defendants are the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Human Rights Commission, the attorneys-general of the states, and chairmen of the panels set up by the states.
See Also #EndSARS #EndSARS: Police Ask Abuja Court To Stop Judicial Panels’ Probes 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

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Zabarmari: Cameroonian Military Commanders Visit Borno As Governor Considers Mercenaries

3 December 2020 - 1:16pm


A top delegation of the Cameroonian Armed Forces on Thursday visited the Borno State Government House, Maiduguri, and met with the state governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, over Saturday's gruesome massacre of at least 70 rice farmers in Zabarmari community.

This visit is coming 48 hours after the state governor noted that one of the recommendations his state had put forward to the Federal Government was to consider hiring mercenaries to dislodge the Boko Haram terrorists from the region since the Nigerian military appeared to be overwhelmed.

.@ProfZulum receives Cameroonian 4th region military commander.. https://t.co/dwRXzrT98a pic.twitter.com/IPUtctqdvQ

— Governor Borno (@GovBorno) December 3, 2020

Another recommendation that Zulum gave was for the regional forces, Cameroon, Chad and the Niger Republic to collaborate on waging war against the Boko Haram terrorists.

At the meeting, the governor urged the Cameroonian delegation on the need for Nigeria and Cameroon to team up to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.

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You're Bankrupt Of Ideas, Shehu Sani Slams Buratai Over Claim Of Terrorism Lasting 20 Years

3 December 2020 - 1:04pm


Shehu Sani

A former Kaduna State Senator and public analyst, Shehu Sani, has berated the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, over his projection that the Boko Haram insurgency could last for another 20 years in the country.

Sani said the army chief's statement suggested someone who was bankrupt of fresh ideas and strategies and who should, therefore, tender his resignation.

Shehu Sani

The senator wrote on Twitter, "When the protesters needed you, you were not there; when you needed the protesters, they are not here. 

When the protesters needed you,you were not there;When you needed the protesters, they are not here.

— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) December 3, 2020

"Telling our people that the insurgency will last 20 years after repeated misleading claims of victories attests to the failure of those saddled with the responsibility of leading the fight.

"It also signifies the resignation and bankruptcy of new ideas and strategies." 

Telling our people that the Insurgency will last twenty years,after repeatedly misleading claims of victories attest to the failure of those saddled with the responsibility of leading the https://t.co/vRcmm5Iqay also signifies resignation and bankruptcy of new ideas & strategies.

— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) December 3, 2020

See Also Military Terrorism May Persist For Another 20 Years In Nigeria – Buratai 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

The Chief of the Army Staff, on his verified Facebook page, three days after the Boko Haram terrorists killed scores of rice farmers in Borno State, warned that the insurgency could last 20 more years in the country.

Buratai had written, "There is the likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years. 

"It only depends on the level of escalation and the appropriate responses by all stakeholders, both civil and military authorities.

"Citizens' responsibility is equally important and imperative. All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility." 
 

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BREAKING: 20 Injured As Violence Rocks NANS Convention In Abuja

3 December 2020 - 12:45pm


Heavy gunshots on Thursday rocked the old parade ground in Abuja, venue of the national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

NANS, the umbrella body of students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, is currently holding a convention to elect a new set of national leaders.



A source, who spoke to SaharaReporters, said not less than 20 students sustained wounds from gunshots and machete after thugs loyal to a factional coordinator of the association in Zone D (Southwest) began attacking delegates.

He said, “They have stopped accreditation already, you know we have factions in Zone D. If you see the boys one of the coordinators brought to the convention ground, even the DSS ran away.”
 

BREAKING: Sporadic gunshots rocks the ongoing #NANS Convention venue in Abuja amidst vote buying. The gathering of students leaders was meant to elect a new President of National Association of Nigerian Students that will pilot the affairs of the student’s apex body next year. pic.twitter.com/6eiRaFS8XY

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Five Schools Of Nursing Protest Against Proposed Strike By Union In Delta

3 December 2020 - 12:12pm


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Students and educators at five schools of nursing in Delta State have protested against the proposed strike by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.

The schools include School of Nursing, Agbor; School of Midwifery, Sapele; School of Midwifery, Asaba; School of Nursing, Eku; and School of Nursing, Warri.

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The peaceful protesters, led by the principals of the five schools on Thursday, to the Nigeria Labour Congress secretariat in Asaba, condemned the association's motive for industrial action.

Nduka Egwulu, principal of School of Nursing, Agbor, said that the association had demanded, among other issues, the reversion of transfer of lecturers in the state, adding that such demand was "a purely civil service matter."

Other principals who joined the protest argued that the proposed strike would further disrupt the academic calendar after the COVID-19 lockdown.

They pointed out that internal issues within the association could be resolved through other diplomatic channels rather than embarking on strike.

Leaders of the students' union governments of the schools said the planned strike would cause further hardship.

"Any strike, as proposed, will mean that all students' activities will be altered, and this could mean that we will spend more than three years in school. We oppose any attempt and by any person or group of persons towards causing problems through a strike or by any other means that will lead to the extension of our course duration," said one of the students' representatives.

Addressing the protesters, the Delta State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Goodluck Ofobruku, said the state government had invited organized labour for deliberations on issues that affect nurses and midwives in the state.

Ofoburuku, who appreciated their concern for uninterrupted nursing education in the state, said the complaints by the state chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives would be a win-win resolution of the issues.

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Senator Elisha Abbo, Fined For Assaulting Woman, Slaps Another Citizen Repeatedly In Trending Video

3 December 2020 - 11:41am


Nineteen months after assaulting a nursing mother, Senator Elisha Abbo, has again been caught on video slapping a young man repeatedly in his hometown in Adamawa State.

Abbo, representing the Adamawa North Senatorial District, was seen assaulting a young man in a video posted by a Twitter user, @Jacfelixchidama.

The Senator first came to limelight in 2019, when he was captured in a video beating a female attendant, Osimibibra Warmat, at a sex shop in Abuja.

The assault was done in the presence of an armed policeman who, rather than protect the victim, arrested her. 

The police later arraigned Abbo before a Magistrate Court in Zuba, on a one-count charge of assault.

Despite video evidence of the incident, Abdullahi Ilelah, the Magistrate, upheld the no-case submission filed by the lawmaker and dismissed the case.

However, Warmate instituted a separate civil suit at the FCT High Court and on September 28, Samira Bature, the presiding Judge, convicted Abbo and ordered him to pay N50 million as compensation to her.

Sextoy Senator, Ishaku Abbo representing Adamawa North involved in physical assault for a second time on video. pic.twitter.com/F5iXsyBn36

— Jack (@Jacfelixchidama) December 3, 2020

Meanwhile, the latest video has sparked outrage on social media.

@Tonfiyo wrote; “This guy. What’s wrong with this guy.”

@Djkelexray said, “That's what we get when justice is not being served. He keeps doing more and thinks he is above the law, We have some bad leaders in Nigeria and the good once have to remove them before he eat them up!”

@TesswhyteT wrote, “This man and assault is 5&6. See his nonsense fried hair.” 

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‘Fisayo Soyombo Wins Kurt Schork Award In International Journalism

3 December 2020 - 11:33am


‘Fisayo Soyombo,

‘Fisayo Soyombo, an investigative journalist and former Editor of SaharaReporters, has been named winner of the Local Reporter category of the 2020 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

Soyombo won the award for his undercover investigation on Nigeria’s criminal justice system funded by TheCable and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).

‘Fisayo Soyombo,

Now a freelance journalist, Soyombo spent two weeks in detention — five days in a police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison — to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, beginning from the moment of arrest by the police to the point of release from prison. 

To experience the workings of the system in its raw state, he adopted the pseudonym Ojo Olajumoke and feigned an offence for which he was arrested and detained in police custody, arraigned in court and eventually remanded in Prison. 

The judges — comprising Tina Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist; Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Anchor; Jeremy Bown, BBC’s Middle East Editor; Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor of Channel 4 News; Peter Maass, Senior Editor at The Intercept; and The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson — commended Soyombo’s “vivid and compelling three-part series” which exposed “the everyday corruption and abuses of Nigeria’s criminal justice system”.

This was the third time in six years, the others being 2014 and 2016, that Soyombo had been short-listed for the Kurt Schork awards, which recognise excellence in courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and other related issues.

Pakistani journalist Shah Meer Baloch and Syrian journalist Kamiran Sadoun were also named winners of two other categories — Freelance and the recently-introduced News Fixer award — respectively. The three winners will each receive a cash prize of US $5000.

Nigeria’s Philip Obaji was among the eight finalists for the Freelance category won by Baloch, while TheNation Newspaper’s Olatunji Ololade, one of Nigeria’s most decorated journalists, was a finalist in the Local Reporter category won by Soyombo. 

The latest international recognition for Soyombo is a continuation of a stellar year for the investigative journalist, who, this year alone, has either won or been short-listed for the Fetisov Journalism Awards (Outstanding Investigation category), the West Africa Media Excellence Award (Investigative Reporting category), the WJP Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism, the One World Media Awards (International Journalist of the Year category) and the People Journalism Prize for Africa (PJPA). 

Soyombo, a three-time winner of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting, has won numerous other awards at home and abroad.

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Money Laundering: Judge Gives EFCC March 3 To Bring Diezani To Court

3 December 2020 - 11:12am


Diezani Alison-Madueke

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s request for more time to produce a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to face her money laundering charges.

The judge had on July 24, 2020, issued criminal summons against the ex-minster to appear in court to face trial. But Diezani, who is believed to have left the country for the United Kingdom shortly after leaving office in May 2015, had refused to heed to the summons.

Diezani Alison-Madueke

Due to the ex-ministers failure to honour the summons, the EFCC on October 28, 2020, urged the court to issue a warrant for her arrest.

But the judge declined the request, citing the commission’s failure to enforce the criminal summons she had earlier issued against the defendant.

She said the criminal summons ought to be sufficient for the commission to process her extradition to Nigeria to face her trial.

On Thursday, EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Farouk Abdullah, pleaded for more time to enable the anti-graft agency to enforce the summons issued against the former minister.

Abdullah said, “The prosecutions have taken steps to ensure that the orders are complied with. That has not come to fruition yet, but steps have been taken.“Because of this, may I humbly apply that this matter is adjourned to enable the prosecution to comply fully with the order of the court.”

The judge then adjourned the matter till March 3 for the report of the prosecution’s effort to produce the defendant in court and for possible arraignment.

The EFCC had alleged that Diezani escaped the country shortly after her tenure as the Minister of Petroleum Resources got wind of the plan to charge her with various offences.

The commission on November 11, 2018, filed the 13 counts of money laundering to justify the bid to have her extradited to Nigeria.

Diezani was accused of among others in the charges that she unlawfully took into her possession, the sums of $39.7m and N3.32bn when she reasonably ought to have known that the money formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activities.

She was said to have purchased choice landed assets with the money using different fronts as the owners.

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Ex-US Presidents Obama, Clinton, Bush Volunteer to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Publicly

3 December 2020 - 11:07am


Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have volunteered to take a coronavirus vaccine on camera if it helps promote public confidence.

Obama, in an interview with SiriusXM radio, said he would be inoculated if top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci signs off on a Covid-19 vaccine.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

“If Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, I’m going to take it,” Obama said.

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he said.

“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting Covid,” Obama said.

Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff, told CNN the former president also wanted to help promote vaccination.

“First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations,” Ford told CNN.

“Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera.”

Angel Urena, Clinton’s press secretary, told CNN the former president would also be willing to take a vaccine in public on television.

Vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna-NIH are expected to be approved by US authorities shortly, and a top science official said Wednesday the United States hopes to have immunized 100 million people by the end of February.

 

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