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HURIWA Calls For Release Of Sowore, Other Political Detainees

18 September 2019 - 10:11am

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has called for the immediate release of pro-democracy activist and Convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, and other journalists and activists currently held by the Nigerian Government.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, HURIWA accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using security agencies to stifle dissents.

The group said, “Nigeria has never been this bad with a general collapse of law enforcement by the police and an unprecedented rise in arbitrary arrests and detention.

“Security agencies are becoming willing tools in the hands of the Abuja tyrant who has since unleashed a regime of brutal clampdown on activists and journalists brandishing choreographed charges that lack justification.”

HURIWA also accused the United Nations, under the leadership of Antonio Guterres, of aiding and abetting the rise of tyranny in Nigeria by conferring global status on the Nigerian Government.

It added, “It is either that the United Nations is tolerant of dictatorship or the hierarchy of the United Nations is dangerously incompetent and uninformed about the stark realities of excruciating pains systematically inflicted by the current government on a massive scale targeting millions of Nigerians.”

Sowore was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos on August 3 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful protests to demand a better country.

Despite calls for his release, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to hold on to him.

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EKSU Student Allegedly Kills Lover Over N2500

18 September 2019 - 10:09am

A 20-year-old student of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Bukola Odeyemi, has allegedly stabbed her lover, John Iju, to death.

The 300-level student of the Department Of Biology Education allegedly stabbed Iju at Treasure Base Hostel, Iworoko-Ekiti, for refusing to give her N2,500 to make her hair.

According to a report by The Nation, residents rushed to the apartment following the cry for help by the deceased.

The incident was said to have occurred around 10:00pm.

An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, wondered why a girl would kill her boyfriend over money to make her hair.

He said, “Odeyemi had demanded N2,500 from her lover, also a student of EKSU, to make her hair but an argument ensued after the deceased refused to give her the money.

“During the altercation, Odeyemi stabbed Iju in the chest and his cry for help attracted us but he did not survive the injury.”

Spokesperson for the police in Ekiti, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect will be charged to court after investigation is concluded.

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Stakeholders To Monitor Implementation Of Social Investment Programme

18 September 2019 - 8:30am

Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria have proposed to strictly monitor the implementation of the poverty alleviation scheme of the Federal Government under the National Social Investment Programme.

The decision was reached at a conference organised by Human and Environmental Development Agenda to increase participation of CSOs in transparency of the scheme.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, the participants commended the government for the N-SIP initiative, stating that the programme was making tremendous impact in the quest to reduce poverty in the North-Eastern states and across the country.

However, community leaders and school officials in some parts of the country were fingered in observed shortcomings, which bother on corruption and lack of transparency in the implementation and supervision of the programmes.

"In order to deal with the problems of corruption identified in the implementation of the National Social Investment Programme, the government should strengthen the school monitoring committee and design additional monitoring mechanisms to increase the level of transparency and accountability, while anti-corruption agencies should be actively involved in the implementation process for maximum output," the communiqué reads.

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EFCC Arrests Six For Alleged ATM Scam

18 September 2019 - 8:14am

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested six fraudsters allegedly specialised in defrauding Nigerians by using bank details obtained through SIM swaps and Automated Teller Machines.

This was made known through a statement by Head, Public Affairs of EFCC in the zone, Zainab Ahmed.

She said they were arrested in separate operations in the state following an alarm raised by one bank customer alleging that money was illegally transferred from his account without authorisation.

The names of the suspects are given as Urulo Ikenna Henry, Ugonna Nelson Owete, Ugonna Samuel Okafor Obinna, Chigbo Paschal Chidiebere, Oha Chukwujekwu Kingsley, Ahamefula Francis Izuchukwu.

EFCC said, “Upon receipt of the petition, the zonal office of the commission immediately swung into action and traced some of the funds to three of the suspects, Samuel Okafor Obinna – N1,500.000; Chigbo Paschal Chidiebere -N210,000 and Oha Chukwujekwu Kingsley N300 000. All three were promptly arrested."

The EFCC said they will be charged to court after investigations are completed. 

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CJN To Swear In 38 Senior Advocates Of Nigeria On Monday

18 September 2019 - 7:35am

CJN Tanko before the Senate

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim  Muhammad, will on September 23, 2019, swear in 38 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria at the main courtroom of the Supreme Court, according to a report by Channels TV. 

The swearing-in ceremony is one of the several programmes lined up to herald the 2019/2020 legal year of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. 

As customary, during such programmes, the Chief Justice of Nigeria will deliver a state-of-the judiciary address, which is ostensible to highlight the performance of the Supreme Court, and by extension, the Nigerian judiciary in the outgoing 2018/2019 legal year.  

Recall that out of the 117 legal practitioners that applied for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2019, 38 were successful at the end of the rigorous exercise.  

Out of this number, three are academics while 35 are advocates. See Also Legal 38 Lawyers Conferred With Senior Advocate Of Nigeria Award 0 Comments 2 Months Ago

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Protesters Defy Rain, Police Threat To Hold #FreeSowore Demonstration In Lagos

18 September 2019 - 6:48am

Supporters of Omoyele Sowore and members of the Coalition for Revolution movement are currently holding a protest in Lagos to demand the release of Sowore and other Nigerians in detention in the country.

The protesters, who could not be held back by the rain that swept across the city, also defied the threat of arrest by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

The police had laid siege to the initial convergence point of the protesters, barring them from kicking off the protest early enough.

However, the protesters converged at another point in Lagos to continue the demonstration.

Co-convener of the movement, Seni Ajai, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said the protesters would not give in to threat from the government and continue to demand for the freedom of Sowore.

He said, “We gathered somewhere else and continued the protest as planned."

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#FreeSowore Protests Hold In UK, Italy As Buhari Prevents Rally In Nigeria

18 September 2019 - 6:12am

Supporters of Omoyele Sowore, a presidential candidate in the 2019 general election in Nigeria, are currently holding a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom and the Nigerian Consulate in Italy to demand his release from the President Muhammadu Buhari regime

Sowore was illegally arrested by the Department of State Services on August 3, 2019, and has since been detained.

The protest was part of the global action scheduled to demand the release of Sowore, an activist and publisher.

While the protest is going on peacefully in Italy and UK, Buhari, not a fan of press freedom, ordered a clampdown on protesters in Nigeria who are demanding the release of Sowore and all prisoners of conscience.

Similar actions held in the past were disrupted with the police firing tear gas and gunshots at protesters.

One of the protesters in Italy condemned the inability of Buhari and the security operatives to end wanton violence in the country.

The protesters vowed to continue the protest until Sowore was freed.

“We are going to be here again, we cannot relent and we cannot leave Omoyele Sowore alone. He is the voice of the voiceless. If people who are oppressed do not stand up to fight for their rights, nobody is going to do that for us. Today it is Sowore, tomorrow, it might be any of us,” one of the organisers of the protest said.

Similarly, the protesters in the UK condemned the continuous detention of Sowore and other activists detained for political reasons.

The protesters stated that the lack of basic amenities in the country was enough reasons to organize a protest while urging Buhari to let the electorate enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“Is it a crime to ask the Nigerian Federal government to do what they have been elected to do for the people?” One of the protesters asked.

He added, “The government are there to serve the people that is why we are asking for good road, good (stable) electricity, and good schools so that our future generations can enjoy basic amenities as there are in other countries.

“Nigerians are being killed in xenophobic attack in South Africa because the Nigerian government doesn’t have regard for the citizens that voted them in power.

“We are calling on the Nigerian government to free Omoyele Sowore now and every other political prisoners that have been held in captivity."

The protesters urged Nigerians at home and abroad to continue to hold the government accountable and demand improvement in the running of the country.

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#ReleaseSowore: Concerned Nigerians Protest, Call For Release Of Nigeria's Prisoners of Conscience

18 September 2019 - 5:39am

Protesters in Abuja have called for the release of prisoners of conscience held in various detention centres run by the President Muhammadu Buhari regime. 

The prisoners include OmoyeleSowore, Jones Abiri, Dadiyata, Stefen Kegason, Agbo Jalingo, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, among others.

The placards-carrying protesters stormed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to submit a protest letter, urging the commission to live up to its mandate and defend the rights of all prisoners of conscience languishing in detention.

One of the leaders of the group, Sydney Godwin, said, "You have someone in an illegal detention, you don't have a charge against him but all you do is media trial. Charge him to court and bring the offences. If Omoyele Sowore is guilty today he should be jailed but the entire Nigerians understand that he is not. So why keep him? It's against his fundamental human rights."

He said further, "We just see recently that value-added tax (VAT) has been taken from 5 percent to a despicable  rate of 7.2. It is an anti-people. I have been told this morning that I will be paying more charges on bank withdrawals  and deposits. These are not policies that are meant for Nigerians. We want a state that work for all but not selected few." 

Another leader of the group, Emmanuel Ejeh, said, "When injustice becomes law, resistance also stands as a duty. This morning we are here to remind ourselves that our sense of history was fixated on imperialism. It is so painful and disheartening that we are still living under imperialist system."

Responding on behalf of the commission, Director of Corporate Affairs and External Linkages, Lambert Oparah, said the commission would monitor the proceedings of Sowore's case in court to ensure that due process was followed. 

He said that commission would look into the complaints raised in the letter of the group in line with its mandate and ensure that justice is done.

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Ondo Traders Decry Destruction Of Shops, Accuse Akeredolu Government Of Selective Demolition

18 September 2019 - 5:37am

Aggrieved business owners in the Alagbaka area of Akure, the Ondo State capital have decried the demolition of their shops by the state government.

The affected people said their shops were demolished between 12:15 and 1:45 am. 

They accused the Rotimi Akeredolu administration of injustice and insensitivity. 

They explained how the state government had earlier visited and directed them to stop selling beer in the area.

The traders noted that they had to comply with the directive issued through a "notice" from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

According to the traders, the decision of the government was hinged on the reported cases of touts using the beer parlours to commit crimes. 

Many of the affected owners claimed their shops were looted.  

Olawale James Ebimotiya, told SaharaReporters: "The government was here few days ago through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and instructed us to stop selling beers through the noticed they handed to us. 

"They asked us to vacate the axis or we should stop the sale of beers with an immediate effect in the area, which we did. 

"Initially, some of us here lease these place(s) for the purpose of selling beer and rent it to serve as a beer and drinking joints. 

"But immediately, we abide by their instruction and started the new trades of car wash outlets and fashion design among the other things apart from beer."

He added, "Unfortunately, we woke up this morning to arrived for business as usual when we noticed that our stores and locked up shops have been raised down. 

"All the properties including the personal belongings kept inside the stores have been destroyed by the government."

Another business owner in the area, Mrs Adekemi Adedapo, noted that the action was a complete clampdown by the government on the traders. 

She said, "We saw this action as anti-people which is mostly targeted at some of us who are in the opposition party and don't like the style of this present government. 

"Because, if you move closer to some buildings here, you would noticed that some of them are selling the beers unchallenged by the government. 

"I will not know if it is because some of them belonged to the ruling APC party or they have their cronnies and associates in this government. 

"With what I saw this morning, I can bodly tell that this is purely a selective destruction on our properties by the Akeredolu led government despite the heavy taxes and rent being collected on us occassionally." 

Reacting, Rasheed Badmus, Ondo State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development claimed that the government had not violated any law by demolishing the shops. 

Badmus claimed that the shop owners were issued a 'vacation notice'. 

"We noticed that area is abhors all forms of criminal and it is a threat to the state capital if we are considering the present security situation of the state. 

"So, we told those who have turned that place into a drinking joint to vacate that place (Alagbaka axis) by giving them a vacate notice but they refused and we have demolish  the structures," he told SaharaReporters.

He, however, refused to comment on whether the Akeredolu government was selective in shops demolished.

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Rivers Women Protest Killing Of Young Ladies In Hotels

18 September 2019 - 4:42am

Concerned citizens in Rivers State on Wednesday have demanded an end to the killing of young ladies in the state.

The protesters marched to the Government House, calling on the authorities to wade into the matter.

Eugene Abel, one of the organizers told Saharareporters: "It is shocking that we are making little of this dastardly act. How could anybody justify the unlawful killing of another human being even if she was a "prostitute? It's so sad and painful that people can be so insensitive.” 

On Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mustapha Dandaura, ordered a stop to all 'short-time', a term for short rest in hotels in Rivers.

Recently, three young ladies were killed in hotels in the state.

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Invasion Of SaharaReporters Office: Buhari Regime Eroding Civil Right In Nigeria, Says CORE

18 September 2019 - 3:41am

Coalition for Revolution (CORE) has condemned the invasion of SaharaReporters office by security agents acting on the orders of the President Muhammadu Buhar regime.

The rights group, whose venue for the pro-Sowore protest was also invaded by the police and Department of State Services, said the invasion portrayed darker days ahead and the disregard for civil rights by the Buhari regime.

Olaseni Ajai, Co-Convener of CORE, in a statement said the act was “another desperate attempt to forcefully stop planned peaceful agitation against detention of activists without trial" scheduled to start by 11 am today (Wednesday).

“The CDHR is a human rights organization and Sahara Reporters is a media agency. That their offices could be invaded in this Gestapo-like manner this morning in anticipation of a protest, only confirms that the civil rights fought for over the years are crudely being removed by Buhari's APC government.

“The right to speech, associate, protest and even to think are no more guaranteed under this neo-regime,” Ajai said. 

He, however, stated that the agitation and protest for the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore, Agba Jalingo, Abayomi Olawale (Mandate) and all others currently being held by the government would continue despite constant threats and intimidation from security agencies.

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Asiwaju Tinubu, Where Is Comrade Sowore? By SKC Ogbonnia

18 September 2019 - 3:30am

It has been over 45 days since a presidential candidate in Nigeria’s 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, has been detained without bail by state agents; and one would have thought that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), could learn from recent events and begin to toe the path of honour in his pursuit for more power.  
In the piece, “I Pity Tinubu”, where I had berated President Muhammadu Buhari during his first  tenure for alienating the former Lagos Governor, I asserted that, “if dynamic opposition is the life-wire of a democracy, it is very fitting then to name him (Tinubu) the saviour of Nigeria’s current democratic journey.” Yet, the history of that journey would be incomplete without a defining chapter on Omoyele Sowore. 
Backed by his revolutionary newspaper, Sahara Reporters, Sowore was a key component in the vanguard of the opposition movement that not only catapulted Tinubu to the helm, but also instrumental in gaining power in 2015. Sahara Reporters became a daily testament for transparency in government. Such activities contributed in no small measure to how the corrupt leadership under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was exposed. That is squarely how the APC became the ruling party. It is on that platter that Bola Tinubu became its National Leader, even though he is neither the president nor the chairman of the party. 
Today, the Asiwaju might have emerged as the shrewdest politician in the Nigerian history. Today, having dictated the content and the character of the current government, including the leadership of the ruling party, and both the executive and the legislative arms of power, Tinubu’s faculty foresees the North under his palm. Today, with such unprecedented influence, the current optics is that the man even dictates who is intimidated, investigated or arrested, as his political foes are being hounded with an interesting sense of urgency. Today, believing that he has successfully humbled those from the East with a farrago of sectional politics and primordial prejudice, the emerging spectacle is that former Lagos State governor is now zeroing in on potential opponents in the West towards the 2023 presidential race.    
So, Asiwaju Tinubu, where is Comrade Sowore?
Make no mistake, any grudge from Tinubu against Sowore is superficially understandable. Though they worked together in 2015 against the common enemy in the gross misrule under PDP, quite alright, Sowore has always seen Tinubu as the godfather of the corrupt cabal stifling progress in South-West Nigeria in recent times. Therefore, even if Tinubu—the alpha and omega of the ruling party—has no hands in the travails of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, his stoic silence suggests a clear acquiescence, and naked duplicity to boot. 
Moreover, to who much is given, much is expected. Tinubu can learn from the popularity of recent protest in Nuremberg, Germany, where the Eastern youths unleashed their anger on Senator Ike Ekweremadu. While the former Deputy Senate president was neither the governor of the entire East nor the only politician involved in the gross exploitation of the region, the Eastern youths saw him as their leader and thus deserving a share of the burden of failure in leadership. It is only normal, therefore, that the Western youths are craving for bold leadership from their titanic Asiwaju in the current predicament where their promising and courageous Comrade is being detained with trumped-up charges.  
As I elaborated in an earlier essay: “Sowore And Revolution: As Buhari Forgets Why And How He Became President”, the very rhetoric, in which Omeyele Sowore is being hounded today, is a page from the opposition movement that brought APC to power. In short, the history has shown that both Tinubu and Buhari had effused worse revolutionary themes in their path to power, yet they were never arrested by past governments for the freedom of speech. 
This growing pattern of injustice, as well as hypocrisy in Buhari’s democratic regime, explains the necessity of #RevolutionNow. The Nigerian masses are worried that power struggles in Nigeria are merely to replace existing leaders with their opponents, whose attitude in governance would not be different from those of their predecessors. The Asiwaju must also come to terms with the reality that the Yoruba intelligentsia is understandably irate that a party it helped to gain power on the mantra of equity, probity, and integrity has become the grand promoter of injustice. 
Bola Tinubu better knows to toe the path of honor in his quest for more power. He should know not to ignore the sophistication of South-West politics. The Yoruba did not defend June 12thbecause of the person MKO Abiola nor vote for APC in 2015 because of the man Buhari. The common cause was justice. It was Abiola yesterday; it is Sowore today; and it can be any one tomorrow. 
SKC Ogbonnia, a 2019 APC presidential aspirant, is the author of the Effective Leadership Formula.

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Akwa Ibom Government Jails Journalist For Taking Pictures

18 September 2019 - 3:28am

A female journalist, Mary Ekere, has been locked in an Akwa Ibom prison for taking pictures of the state's task force raiding a city spot notorious for illegal street trading. 

Accoridng to Premium Times, the journalist has been in prison custody for two days despite efforts by the Nigeria Union of Journalists to get her released.

Ekere covers the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly for The Post, a local newspaper in the state.

She was walking past a popular recreational spot called Ibom Plaza, in Uyo, the state capital, when she saw officials of Akwa Ibom government task force raiding the spot.

She decided to take some pictures of their operation, said Gideon Ekere, the editor-in-chief of The Post.

“They were on illegal operation, obviously. So, they arrested her for taking the photos, pushed her into their vehicle, and then threw her into jail just like that,” Ekere said.

The task force is under the state government’s Environmental and Waste Management Agency headed by Prince Ikim.

The journalist was arrested on Monday around 12:30 pm and later remanded in the Uyo prisons custody the same day.

Ekere, wearing prison uniform, was taken to a sanitation court on Tuesday morning.

The newspaper quoted Amos Etuk, the chairman of NUJ in Akwa Ibom, as saying, “I went there (the court) in the morning, we were assured (by Prince Ikim) that bail conditions would be given to her and that she would be released.”

Etuk said he also got assurance from the prosecutor the journalist was going to be released on bail on Tuesday.

Ekere met her bail conditions but was taken back to the prison because the magistrate had left without signing the bail documents.

“We don’t even know how they threw her into the prison in the first place,” Mr Etuk said. “They took her to a police station, from there to the court, the magistrate was not there, so they took her to the prisons.”

Ekere’s parents, who spent all day in court, felt sad to see their daughter taken back to the prison.

“I left the court and went back to the house to prepare food for her to eat, but I was surprised to see the father come back alone,” her mother said, sobbing.

“That girl has not committed any offence.”

The NUJ issued a statement on Tuesday night condemning the arrest and arraignment of the journalist.

“The state council demands her unconditional release on or before noon on Wednesday,” the union said in the statement.

Diamond Ifiok, the information officer at the agency, said some unruly boys engaged the officials of the task force in a fight.

“Mary Ekere was within the area when this thing happened; she didn’t identify herself as a journalist. It was later at the court that she said she is a journalist,” Ifiok said.

She said the chairman of the agency, Ikim, had been informed about the journalist’s arraignment and that he was surprised she had not been released.

“You know when it gets to court, there is nothing you can actually do other than to follow the rules of the court to get yourself out,” she added.

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BREAKING: Under Siege: Nigeria President Buhari Send More Security Operatives To SaharaReporters Office

18 September 2019 - 2:55am

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has sent more security operatives to lay siege on SaharaReporters' office.

Earlier this morning, security agents including policemen and soldiers tried to bring down the online news platform's office gate in a bid to clamp down on SaharaReporters' staffers.

As of now, more security agents, from the Special Anti-Robbery and Anti-Cultism Squad, have joined their colleagues in trying arrest journalists working with the organization.

Various reports have shown President Buhari's intolerance to the media.

Recently, one of his media aide, FEMI Adesina, threatened a Punch journalists.

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BREAKING: Again, Police, DSS, Take Over Lagos Venue Of #FreeSowore Protest

18 September 2019 - 1:48am

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services have laid siege at the Lagos venue of the #FreeSowore peaceful protest. 

This is just as the police and other security personnel have taken over SaharaReporters office.

SaharaReporters had reported that armed security personnel arrived at its office, banging the gate and yelling at its staff to come out. 

Confirming the blockade of the convergence point of the protest, Seni Ajayi, Convener of the Coalition for Revolution (CORE) movement spoke to SaharaReporters saying the police and other security agency are trying to prevent the action from holding. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Buhari Sends Policemen, Soldiers To Intimidate SaharaReporters 0 Comments 1 Day Ago  

He added that the protesters would not be dissuaded from carrying on with the action. 

"The Police are at the CDHR Secretariat, Right House, but that is still where we are going, it is our building," he said. 

The police had on August 19, 2019, staged a show of force at the venue of a symposium organised by the movement. 

The combined force of police, military, DSS,  sealed off the venue and also arrested some innocent bystanders and journalists, but were later released. See Also ACTIVISM UPDATE: #RevolutionNow Symposium: Police Have Started Arresting Innocent Bystanders, Say Organizers 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

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BREAKING: Furious Security Agents Try To Break Into SaharaReporters Office

18 September 2019 - 12:55am

Nigeria's security agents, at the behest of President Muhammadu, are threatening to bring down as they seek to arrest staffers of the online news platform.

"Open the gate! Come outside," the menacing security agents said.

They are currently banging on the gate repeatedly.

"What are you doing here? 

"Is this Sahara Reporters office?" the agents yelled at security guards of the online news platform.

The banging and yelling continue. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Buhari Sends Policemen, Soldiers To Intimidate SaharaReporters 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

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BREAKING: Buhari Sends Policemen, Soldiers To Intimidate SaharaReporters

18 September 2019 - 12:00am

Ahead of the planned #RevolutionNow protest scheduled for today, the President Muhammadu Buhari regime has sent a horde of policemen and soldiers to intimidate SaharaReporters staff.

The security agents in three vehicles are currently stationed in front of the online news platform's office. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: DSS Arrests Sowore 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

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Chemical Weapons: Buhari Regime Warns Producers, Marketers

17 September 2019 - 11:07pm


The President Muhammadu Buhari regime has cautioned producers and
marketers of chemical weapons against letting them fall into the hands
of non-state actors.

Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary of Political and Economic
Affairs in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, stated this at a workshop in Kano on Tuesday.

The workshop was organised by the federal government to educate major
stakeholders in the North-West on the management of chemicals as part
of measures to prevent their getting into wrong hands.

Aduda said: "The objective among others is to raise awareness among
relevant national stakeholders and representatives of the chemical
industries in the North-West zone on the CWC (Chemical Weapons
Convention) and its national implementation in relation to the
chemical industry.

“Ensure that chemical weapons imported into the country are used for
the purposes they are meant for and the government also makes sure
that these chemicals do not get into the hands of non-state actors.
(Otherwise,) it ‎will‎ have great repercussions."‎

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Italy-Funded Libyan Coastguards Recorded Rescued Nigerian Migrants, Others As Missing -Report

17 September 2019 - 11:04pm


A report has emerged implicating Italy’s trained and armed Libyan
coastguards of recording Nigerian and other countries' migrants they
rescued off the Mediterranean as missing.

The Guardian reports that the migrants intercepted by the Libyan
coastguard are returned to so-called detention centres where,
according to aid groups and the testimonies of asylum seekers who were
held in Zawiya detention camp, they suffer unspeakable violence, rape,
and torture.

One of the migrants said in a testimony that they were fed with hard
bread and seawater, raped and tortured while waiting for their
relatives to ransom them.

“All the women who were with us, once housed inside the shed, were
systematically and repeatedly raped,” a testimony seen by the Guardian

“We were locked up and they gave us hard bread and seawater to drink.”

One of the migrants among a set of refugees held since July 2018,
claimed to have seen
two people get killed for attempting to escape.

“They gave us a phone to contact our relatives so we could instruct
them how to pay for our release,” the migrant said. “During my
imprisonment, I saw two migrants shot dead because they tried to

The evidence is only just pouring out, following the arrest of a
Guinean and two Egyptians in the Italian coastal town of Sicily.

The United Nations had in a report released last week corroborated the
findings made by the prosecutors in the Sicilian precinct of Agrigento
saying, “Hundreds of rescued migrants who were reported to have been
sent to detention centres were later listed as missing, and it is
believed they may have been trafficked or sold to smugglers, while
others have disappeared.”

The Nigerian government has been very coy on providing detail about
statistics on the possibility of Nigerians being among these refugees.

The ministry of foreign affairs had told the BBC that nine Nigerians
were killed in an airstrike on a detention camp in Libya on July 4,

Last week, the United Nations reached a deal to evacuate about 4,700
refugees from Libya to Rwanda and the number of Nigerians among these
migrants are not known.

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Gunmen Kidnap Nigeria's Senior Lawyer, Onyemenam, Demand N15 Million

17 September 2019 - 10:53pm


Gunmen have kidnapped Chike Onyemenam, a  Senior Advocate of Nigeria
(SAN), demanding N15-million ransom.

Onyemenam was kidnapped at the Utulu junction on the Benin-Asaba
Expressway near the Meta City housing estate, Issele-Azagba, Delta

The SAN was abducted alongside one other lawyer, who was later released.

Although the kidnapping was confirmed by members of Onyemenam, the
Delta State Police Command had yet to respond to SaharaReporters'
inquiry as of the time of filing this report.

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