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Troops Recover Corpses Of Missing Herders In Kaduna, Cattle With Gunshot Wounds

3 March 2021 - 10:25am


Troops of Operation Safe Haven have reported the recovery of two corpses, apparently of herders, in the Mabuhu-Wawan Rafi general area of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Aruwan said the herders, Yusuf Ahmadu and Mustapha Bakoas, were declared missing after they did not return from their daily routine of taking cattle for grazing.

He said the deceased failed to return to their settlement but their cattle were found wandering in the open grazing area with wounds from gunshots.

The statement read, “Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the reports with sadness, and sent condolences to the families of the herders, and offered prayers for the repose of their souls.

“He tasked security agencies to ensure thorough investigations into their deaths, while an investigation into the incident is in progress.”

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Seven-man Robbery Gang Attacks Private School In Abuja

3 March 2021 - 10:09am


A seven-man gang of armed robbers has attacked a private school in Kafe, Life Camp area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, robbing the proprietor and the teachers.

It was gathered that the robbers, who struck earlier in the week, went away with laptops, money and other valuables.

The gang members were rounded up by the police from the Life Camp division during a routine patrol.

According to a police release, the robbery suspects include Anthony Gambo, 32 years old; Haruna Musa, 25 years old; Mustapha Mohammed, 20 years old; Hamisu Umar, 21 years old; and Nazifi Mohammed, 20 years old.

“The FCT Police Command has arrested 11 suspects for 'one chance', fraud and armed robbery along Durumi, Wuye and Kafe-Life Camp areas.
“Amongst the suspects are members of a seven-man robbery syndicate arrested by police operatives from Life Camp during routine patrol, after attacking and robbing a school at Kafe-Life Camp.

“Exhibits recovered are one HP laptop and one Apple Mac laptop. In another development, police operatives from Galadimawa arrested one Charity Timothy, a 23-year-old female, and Sunday Godwin, who is 23 years old, along Durumi axis for 'one chance' robbery.

“The suspects confessed to terrorising residents along that axis. Exhibits recovered are one red coloured Volkswagen with registration number, BWR 903 HE,” the police said in a release on Wednesday.
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, stated that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

“Operatives from Wuye Division arrested one Kamal Haruna, 27, Frank Onoja 46, Adejoh Steven, 54, and Guede Nelson, 60 for being in possession of counterfeit naira notes.

“The suspects confessed to using the notes to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. Exhibits recovered are N5,700,000 counterfeit naira notes. All the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation,” she added.

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Kano Court Convicts Woman For Engaging In Fake Investment, Orders Her To Return N110m To Victims

3 March 2021 - 9:59am


A Federal High Court sitting in Kano, on Tuesday, convicted a woman. Maryam Abu Shinga on one count of the preservation of proceeds of crime.

In his ruling, Justice Lewis Allagoa ordered her to pay her victims the sum of N110,000,000 as a compensation.

Shinga was reported to have deceived her victims into a sham gold mining investment, claiming the depositor stood to earn 300% profit.

She claimed that when a depositor invests N500, 000, such an investor could earn N1,500,000 (One million and five hundred thousand naira only) as proceeds on investment over a period of four weeks.

The investigation, however, exposed that the convict was never into gold mining or any such investment. It was also disclosed that even though Shinga was able to pay some early investors with funds taken from investors who joined later, she allegedly diverted N394,541,910 (Three hundred and ninety-four million, five hundred and forty-one thousand, nine hundred and ten naira) belonging to several other investors.

She, however, pleaded 'not guilty’ upon her arraignment, thereby setting the stage for prosecution.

During the trial which began on January 23, 2020, the examination called five witnesses and tendered several documents in evidence. However, before the prosecution could close its case, the convict chose a plea bargain.

In his judgment yesterday, Justice Allagoa accepted the terms of a plea bargain agreement, convicted, and sentenced the defendant to restitute the complainants in the sum of N110, 000,000.

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Nigerian Army Declares 101 Soldiers Wanted For Fleeing Boko Haram Attacks In Borno, Freezes Bank Accounts

3 March 2021 - 9:54am


Nigerian troops are fighting jihadist insurgency in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army has given an order to declare wanted 101 soldiers who fled the Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks in New Marte and Dikwa towns near Maiduguri in Borno State.

The army, through the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, also ordered that their bank accounts should be frozen pending when they would report themselves to the command.

Nigerian troops are fighting jihadist insurgency in the northeastern part of Nigeria. Nigerian Army

Military documents obtained by Peoples Gazette confirmed a list of 101 names, ranks and bank details of errant soldiers. 

The Theatre Command Headquarters sent a memo to the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja, to freeze the listed accounts and apprehend the alleged deserters if found. 

“You are requested to declare the named officers and soldiers deserters WEF 19 Feb 21,” the document said. You are also please requested to cause the headquarters, NAFC, to freeze their accounts and apprehend or bring them under military escort to this headquarters if seen within your Area of Responsibility,” the military memo said.

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The soldiers of 153 Task Force Battalion were ambushed in Marte Local Government Council, late last month, as the troops were overwhelmed and could not match the ammunition carried by the terrorists. 

After Marte was captured by Boko Haram, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, had given troops of Operation Lafiya Dole 48 hours to clear insurgents off Marte LGA and surrounding communities under the insurgents’ control.

The villages under the terrorists control were the Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo and Ngala local government areas of the state.

The soldiers went through Marte, successfully killing the ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists who captured the area for some days. 

Also, Dikwa was attacked by the insurgents earlier this week and abducted no fewer than seven humanitarian workers from the town.

SaharaReporters learnt that the aid workers were picked up by the terrorists who were dressed in military camouflage and spoke “good English.”

Although the military claimed on Tuesday that its troops repelled the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists’ attack on Dikwa, it was silent on the whereabouts of the reportedly abducted aid workers.

Reacting to the attack, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria condemned the burning of the UN property.

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Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno Where Helicopters Allegedly Drop Arms For Bandits, ACF Tells Buhari

3 March 2021 - 9:48am


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The apex northern group, Arewa Consultative Forum, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the recent flight ban in Zamfara State to other states of the federation affected by banditry.

On Tuesday, Buhari declared Zamfara “a no-fly zone” and also banned all mining activities in the state.

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The National Security Adviser to the President, Mohammad Monguno, announced the directive following the release of the 279 abducted students of the Government Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state.

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In a statement on Wednesday, ACF's National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, commended the directive and hailed the release of the abducted schoolgirls.

However, he said there was the need to replicate the directive in other states such as Benue, Taraba and Borno where there are rumours that helicopters frequently drop arms for bandits and insurgents.

The statement, issued through the Forum's National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, in Kaduna, read: "Arewa Consultative Forum congratulates the people and government of Zamfara state on the safe release of the kidnapped schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in the state.

“We are also happy with the federal government’s decision to ban flights in the state.

“We also plead with the government to extend the ban to other states like Benue, Taraba, Borno where there are rumours that helicopters frequently drop arms for bandits and insurgents operating in these states.

“We believe that such an extended ban will curtail the operations of the criminals in these areas.”

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B'Haram Fighters Who Abducted Seven Aid Workers In Borno Spoke Good English, Wore Military Camouflage —Source

3 March 2021 - 9:42am


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Boko Haram insurgents, who attacked Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State, abducted no fewer than seven humanitarian workers from the town.

SaharaReporters learnt that the aid workers were picked up by the terrorists who were dressed in military camouflage and spoke “good English.”

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Although the military claimed on Tuesday that its troops repelled the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists’ attack on Dikwa, it was silent on the whereabouts of the reportedly abducted aid workers.

A source said, “No fewer than seven aid workers were abducted. They were one of the main targets of the attacks. That was why the terrorists also burnt down a United Nations hub in the town. The Non-Governmental Organisation workers could not be accounted for as of Tuesday evening. They are believed to have been whisked away during the attack.”

“Some of the NGO workers had to flee and hide during the attack. The workers were later escorted to Maiduguri away from Dikwa, as all aid operations have been placed on hold. Intelligence showed that the insurgents who attacked them spoke good English and wore military uniforms with ranks,” another source added.

Reacting to the attack, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria condemned the burning of the UN property.

The UN, in a statement signed by the Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, said, "I am gravely preoccupied by reports of an ongoing violent attack by non-state armed groups in Dikwa, Borno State, during which several aid facilities were directly targeted.

“The attack started last night and, as information is still coming through, I am outraged to hear the premises of several aid agencies and a hospital were reportedly set ablaze or sustained damage.

“I strongly condemn the attack and am deeply concerned about the safety and security of civilians in Dikwa, including internally displaced people inside and outside camps and thousands of people who had returned to the community to rebuild their lives after years in displacement.

“This violent attack will affect the support provided to nearly 100,000 people who are desperately in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic risks spreading in Borno State.

“Civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target. They must be protected and respected at all times. I call on all armed parties to immediately stop the violence and respect international humanitarian law and human rights law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property and personnel.”

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Public Schools Are Falling Into Ruins In Kwara While Authorities Look Away

3 March 2021 - 9:32am















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In this second report on the situation of public schools  in the state, Aladire Shukurat Saka reports that the schools are neglected by the government. 

At Pakata Junior Secondary School in Ilorin West Local Government of Kwara State, the students are suffering. They either bring chairs from home or sit on the dusty floor of the classrooms in 3 blocks of 12 classrooms. 

The students who bring their own desks and chairs face other hurdles: rain leaks from the perforated roof and blackboards are shabby.

The classes are without doors and  windows as harmattan blows in dusty dry wind.   

There is another negligence too.  “The toilet has caused a lot of accidents for both staff and students and I almost tripped there the last time I used it,” said a teacher who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorised to speak to the press.  

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“We’ve written so many letters to the government to inform them of the condition of the school and how we need chairs and tables urgently but nothing has been done on it,” the teacher added. 

Last September after it rained, students picked up brooms to sweep away the water logged in their classes. During rain, teaching would stop and students would gather in a corner where the roofs were not leaky.

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Another neglected school is Sango Secondary School Ilorin, popularly known as Eleboto. It is located at the Ilorin South Local Government. The school consists of 2 primary schools: Sango School A & B and secondary school. It’s one of the earliest primary schools in Ilorin and Its junior secondary section was established in 2007 when UBE (Universal Basic Education) was introduced in Kwara State.

The junior secondary section has more than 700 students with 10 classrooms and only 3 classrooms that need only renovation while the remaining classes need to be rebuilt because there is no ceiling, doors, window, and  proper flooring. The school’s toilet is in a shabby condition and it is only used by the staff while the students make use of the nearby bushes.

“During the coronavirus break, due to lack of proper fence and security, the principal office was burglarised and most of the school documents were stolen,” said a teacher who did not want her name to be mentioned.   

“We used to buy chalks, ask the students to contribute money for duster,” the teacher said.  We buy chalkboards, chairs and tables for the student, renovate the principal’s office, the staff rooms, toilet and some classes from the money gotten from students as PTA levy.” 

At Oke- Adini Secondary School, the neglect by the government is glaring.  The school lacks toilets while teachers and students use the nearby bushes to relieve themselves. Some of the classrooms lack doors, windows, chairs and desks. Most of the classrooms do not have proper roofing and some buildings in the school have collapsed while others are in urgent need for rehabilitation. 

The school is the only public school in the Oke_Adini area and its environs. The school caters for hundreds of students in both secondary and primary education.

The school administrators expressed disappointment at the level of infrastructural decay and neglect by the government. 

The building used by the JSS3 student appears new because it was built in 2013 as part of the constituency project from the former senator representing Ilorin South.

“The little money we get from the money paid by the students as PTA levy is what the school is using in running the school,” said one of the school administrators who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity. 

The same level of neglect is also happening at Lanwa Secondary School, located at Moro Local Government Area. The school is the only secondary school serving communities like Budo Ode, Lanwa and others. 

The school has previously been renovated and managed by SDF (Special Development Fund) and the communities. It has 4 blocks of 8 classrooms, and a computer room which was built by SDF in 2011. 

Like others, the school lacks toilets. It does not have a library and science laboratory. Most of the classrooms do not have windows, proper flooring and good ceiling. The desks and chairs are insufficient, forcing some students to sit on the floor. 

Parents and teachers who spoke to our correspondent pleaded for urgent interventions from the state government to enable the students to learn in a conducive environment. 

“The school has large land and space that can contain more classrooms if the government is ready to build for us,” said a parent. “We do not have options as to the secondary school our kids will go, except this one.”

Another school in a sordid condition is the Government Day Secondary School in Amule. The school lacks toilets, library and laboratory. Most of the classes are without chairs, tables, windows, doors, good floor and proper roofing. 

The school is located at Ilorin East Local Government with hundreds of students in junior and senior classes.

“Even though the school is in the town and people see it, you will think the government will be ashamed of the status of the school,” said a teacher at the school. “A lot of letters have been written to them and they've always promised to do something about it,” she added.

So far skeletal rehabilitation has been carried out with the money from the levies on students but not enough to conduct comprehensive renovation of the decaying facilities in the school. 

 

Schools Report is an initiative of the Civic Media Lab, to improve the standard of basic education across the country, with support from MaArthur Foundation. 

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Oyo Fire Service Says Sabo Market Outbreak Caused By Burning Dumpsite, Goods Worth Millions Of Naira Destroyed

3 March 2021 - 9:20am


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The Chief Fire Officer in Oyo State, Mr. Moshood Adewuyi, on Wednesday confirmed that goods and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in the midnight fire incident that occurred at Sabo market in Oyo town. 

Adewuyi told SaharaReporters that the cause of the fire incident could be linked to a nearby dumpsite, which has extended to the market. 

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He said eight shops were gutted by the fire. 

"Yes, it is true. We were called around 30 minutes to 11 pm. My people went to the scene of the incident. You know, our office is very close to Sabo. 

"Immediately they got there, they discovered that some shops were still intact so they tried as much as possible to stop the spread of the fire. About eight shops were affected.

"Only eight shops that were affected. Let us now go to the main cause; they have properties worth millions of naira there and there is also a dump site there. When they wanted to burn the rubbish at the dumpsite, they just burnt it and left. They did not wait to ensure it did not spread beyond what they wanted. These are some of the mistakes that our people make.

"I believe there should be a minimum distance between your shop and a dumpsite. So, they put fire to the dumpsite and went home. It was the fire from the dumpsite that spread to those shops."

The fire incident which started around 10 pm on Tuesday destroyed some shops and properties in the market.

It took the intervention of the state fire service to put out the fire. 

Meanwhile, a trader in the market, Kunle Kazeem, popularly called KK said goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in his shop.

He said; "This is unfortunate. I lost over N5 million worth of goods to the incident. I don't know where to start from."  

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Flamboyant Nigerian With Master's Degree, One Other Arrested In India For Smuggling Heroin

3 March 2021 - 8:49am


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A 28-year-old Nigerian, Emmanuel Ogunbodede Richards, has been arrested in India for smuggling drugs and being in possession of 1 kg heroin alongside one Vakil Hassan.

Richards completed his master’s degree from a college near Kharar and used to supply drugs to students in some private colleges.

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According Satinder Singh, a police official, it was gathered during interrogation that they were smuggling the drugs in a Maruti Wagon R car.

“Vakil Hassan worked for a web-based cab service and he used his car to smuggle heroin from Delhi as well. We have recovered the car,” the official said.

Richards left Nigeria for India on a study visa in July 2015 and obtained BCA degree from Bangalore International College in 2018.

He completed his MCA degree from Doaba College, Kharar, and thereafter started living in Kharar.

Singh said Hassan and the Nigerian used to earn money by selling heroin in Mohali and Kharar area and thereafter financed their flamboyant lifestyles with the proceeds of the crime.

“They have been pushing youth into drugs by selling heroin in nearby colleges,” Singh added.

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How Bandits Killed Sokoto Businessman, 12 People Who Tried To Save Me Despite Taking N5million Ransom

3 March 2021 - 8:43am


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A Sokoto-based businessman, Rabi’u Amarawa, who was kidnapped by suspected bandits on Monday, has been killed by his abductors after they collected a ransom of N5 million.

Over 12 people, including relatives of the businessman, have been reportedly killed while they were attempting to rescue him from the bandits.

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According to reports, the bandits launched an attack in the community around 2 am and picked Rabi’u Amarawa at his residence.

Some members of his family alerted vigilantes and other residents of the community who mobilised and went after the gunmen.

The bandits opened fire on them, resulting in the death of 12 persons, including a younger brother of the deceased.

A family source, who confirmed the latest development to Daily Trust on Wednesday, said the businessman was killed after the payment of the N5 million ransom.

"We were reliably told about his death and people have gone into the forest to recover his body," he said.

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35 Civil Societies Meet To Tackle COVID-19 Misinformation

3 March 2021 - 8:35am


No fewer than 35 civil societies have met in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to deliberate on ways of using Information and Communications Technology to fight misinformation, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The civil societies vowed to use ICT, including the social media to dispel rumours, fake news, misinformation and disinformation which could worsen the already volatile health situation in the country.

The civil societies were taken through a capacity training workshop which was organised by a group, Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, the TADI Executive Director, Ambassador Yomi David, said the civil societies, drawn from the six geo-political zones, had been given ICT skills to ensure that they lived up to the task of accurate information dissemination and wage the war against fake news, rumours and propaganda, especially in the COVID-19 era.

“The issue of fake news and misinformation flying around is particularly an individual challenge. We need to reorient individuals on how to verify, sieve and disseminate information. What necessitated this training is particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic era, when there is lot of misinformation.”

The civil societies were taken through electronic mail protection, detection of spams, harmful internet and phone applications among other precautions to take when deploying the ICT in their daily activities.

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If Sheikh Gumi Was A Christian, Buhari Govt Would Have Condemned, Arrested Him For His Comments —CAN

3 March 2021 - 8:29am


The Christian Association of Nigeria has expressed worry that President Muhammadu’s prolonged silence over some recent comments made by popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, was an endorsement of his claims.

One of such claims by Gumi is that Christian soldiers were the ones killing bandits and insurgents in the country.

The Christian body called on Gumi to immediately withdraw the “unpatriotic and divisive utterances” credited to him in the interest of peace and unity of the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, CAN said the silence of the President’s silence was an endorsement of Gumi’s statements.

The statement signed by signed CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, partly reads, “If anyone said it was the Christian soldiers who are attacking armed bandits, that person does not wish this country well and he doesn’t want the war against terrorism and banditry to end in victory.

“Gumi’s so-called audio evidence cannot be taken seriously because audio evidence can be deliberately arranged to make a point. Secondly, how can we ascertain the credibility of the person alleging that it was the Christian soldiers that were attacking communities and bandits?

“This unreasonable outburst is not only demoralising and a plot to divide the Nigerian military into two along religious lines, it equally derogatively portrays the non-Christian soldiers as not being committed to fighting criminality.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged silence is tantamount to an endorsement of Gumi’s dangerous statement. If what Gumi reportedly said was attributed to a Christian leader, the security operatives would have invited him or declared him wanted and the Presidency would have publicly condemned that Christian leader.

“We recall how Apostle Johnson Suleiman, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, Prophet Isa El-Buba and of recent, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah’s statements were handled by security operatives and equally reacted to by the government. Do we truly have sacred cows in the country now?”

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Northern Traders Agree To Lift Ban On Food Supply To South

3 March 2021 - 7:42am


The leadership of cattle and foodstuff dealers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) has agreed to lift its ban on the supply of food to the southern part of the country.

The development follows a meeting between the AUFCDN's leadership and some governors in Abuja on Wednesday.

Abdullahi Tom, a youth leader of the cattle dealers in Lagos, told Daily Trust that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was among the leaders who appealed to them to end the industrial action.

Members of the AUFCDN had commenced a nationwide strike last Thursday following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given to the Nigerian government to accede to their demands.

The group had demanded protection of its members, payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and properties lost during last year's #EndSARS protests and the recent Shasa market crisis in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The union also demanded that the government should order the dismantling of all roadblocks on federal highways due to problems its members get subjected to when carrying out their duties. 

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EFCC Probe: We Have No Information On Move To Investigate Tinubu's Asset Declaration —Asiwaju's Aide

3 March 2021 - 7:35am


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The camp of a former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said it has not received any letter from the Code of Conduct Bureau requesting Tinubu’s asset declaration form.

Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, told SaharaReporters on Wednesday that any details about such a letter, if it was indeed written, were with the CCB, and not them.

Bola Tinubu

Rahman was reacting to a report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had deepened its probe into the APC leader, by writing a letter to the CCB, requesting copies of Tinubu's asset declaration form.

A copy of the letter had revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairman Ibrahim Magu.

The letter marked CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, dated November 6, 2020, was signed by the then Lagos zonal head, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is now the Chairman of the EFCC.

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But in an interview with SaharaReporters, Rahman said he did not know about such a letter.

He said, “All the reports say that the EFCC wrote a letter to the CCB, seeking information about Asiwaju’s declaration form. Why don’t you contact the CCB if any such letter was written to us? I don’t know; I don’t have any reaction to that. Contact the CCB if the letter was written to them.”

In the letter by the EFCC, the commission had said, “In view of the above, you are kindly requested to furnish the commission with the outstanding requested information of Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.
"This request is made pursuant to Section 38(1) and (2) of the EFCC Act 2004."

However, a senior EFCC official confirmed the letter's authenticity, adding that it was part of a broader probe, Punch reports.

The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said the probe was a sequel to some petitions written against Tinubu since 2018, which Magu had failed to act on.

The source said, "The letter is authentic. The EFCC receives several petitions against Tinubu, including one involving alleged fraud in Alpha Beta Consulting."

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Nigerian Man Entered India With Fake Passport, Visa, Now Arrested With Counterfeit US Dollar Bills

3 March 2021 - 7:33am


A Nigerian, Nathan Ikechukwu Okubor, has been arrested by the police in India for possessing counterfeit US dollar bills.

Okubor, who was nabbed by the police at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, had allegedly reached India using a fake passport and visa.

The accused, who is from Agbor, Delta State was arrested on Monday, while trying to change the counterfeit US dollars at the Muthoot Financial Institution in the Kattoor area of Coimbatore.

According to the police, Okubor gave the bills to the money transfer officer at the institution and asked for them to be converted into Indian currency.

Officers who checked the bills revealed that they were all counterfeit. Following this, they informed the Kattoor Crime Branch Police. Officers arrived, arrested the suspect, seized his identity card and the fake US dollars.

On Tuesday, the police and ‘Q’ Branch sleuths said that Okubor, arrived in Mumbai on January 21, 2021 from Nigeria using a fake passport and visa. He told them that he came to Chennai and from there to Coimbatore by bus.

"He reached Coimbatore on Monday and checked into a lodge at Gandhipuram. He later approached the Gandhipuram branch of a forex firm with US dollar bills. The employees at the firm suspected the genuineness of the currencies and found them to be fake. 

"The forex firm immediately alerted the Kattoor police in Coimbatore who took the man into custody and arrested him later," an investigator said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Coimbatore City Police, E.S. Uma, also confirmed that the currency produced by the Nigerian was fake.

During questioning, the Nigerian claimed that he got some US dollar bills exchanged for another currency at Mumbai airport. He also told investigators that he had come to Coimbatore for the cotton business.

He has been remanded in judicial custody in Puzhal Central Prison.

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Bandits Break Into Sokoto Commissioner’s Residence, Abduct Brother, Sister-in-law

3 March 2021 - 7:13am


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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked the residence of the Sokoto State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Bashir Usman Gorau, abducting the wife of his elder brother, Alhaji Lawali Gorau and another brother, Hassan Manya. 

Gorau disclosed the news of the abduction on his verified Facebook account on Wednesday.

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The message read, ”Innalillahi wa Inna wa innalillahi Rajiuun!!!.

“It was about 12:45 am that bandits attacked our house in Gorau Town, Goronyo local government area and abducted wife of our elder brother Alhaji Lawali Gorau and one of our brother Hassan Manya.

“May God protect and return them to Us safely, Amin. In need of your prayers fellow Muslim.”

Sokoto is one of the most terrorised North-West states in Nigeria. Its residents have been severely troubled by bandits and kidnappers.

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Gombe Governor Shuns Kingmakers Choice Of Christian Candidate, Appoints Malam Danladi As Mai Tangale

3 March 2021 - 7:06am


Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has appointed Malam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba as the new Mai Tangale.

SaharaReporters had reported how the nine kingmakers in the area selected Dr. Musa Idris Maiyamba to succeed the late Mai Tangale, His Royal Highness Abdu Buba Maisharu.

Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya

Dr Musa Idris Maiyamba had polled a total of five votes, while the other two contestants, Ahmed Magaji and Danladi polled two votes each.

However, Yahaya shunned the kingmakers’ chosen candidate for being a Christian and named an unpopular candidate who is a Muslim.

According to Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director General (Press Affairs), Government House, Gombe, an appointment letter has been issued to Danladi despite polling two votes.

“In exercise of the powers vested in him under the Gombe State Chieftaincy Law, 2020 and based on the recommendation of the Kingmakers of the Tangale Chiefdom, the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the appointment of Malam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba as the Mai Tangale.

“The Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, who conveyed the governor’s approval and presented the appointment letter to the new Mai Tangle in Poshiya, Billiri, said the the appointment of Malam Danladi Maiyamba was informed by his personal qualities and suitability.

“Presentation of Staff of Office will be done in due course,” the statement read.

The appointment of a new Mai Tangale had led to protest in the area by those who felt that the process was being manipulated.

Women and youths had blocked Gombe/Yola Road crisscrossing Billiri council area and vehicles were forced to make hasty diversions or stay on the highway.

The protest last week led to the death of three persons, destruction of property and worship centres, thus forcing the government to impose a curfew in the area.

The National Christian Elders Forum, led by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, and other elder statesmen, had earlier criticised the alleged planned imposition of Mai Tangale in the Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State.

The organisation said the plot was “another clear indication that democracy, in every form, is under threat in Nigeria.”

The NCEF had called on the governor to adhere to the principles of democracy and announce the appointment of Dr Musa Maiyamba as the new Mai Tangale in line with the recommendation of the kingmakers of Tangale kingdom in the interest of justice. 

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Zamfara No-fly Zone: We Suspect Helicopters Are Used To Take Arms To Bandits — Presidency

3 March 2021 - 7:00am


Garba Shehu

The Presidency has said there is a strong suspicion that choppers are being used to transport arms to bandits, while defending the Zamfara State no-fly zone order given by the Nigerian government. 

The Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu told Daily Trust on Wednesday that the move was taken to boost security in the state. 

Garba Shehu Classic FM, Abuja.

Also speaking on the ban on mining activities in the state, the presidential aide noted that there were strong suspicions that gold was being swapped for arms by criminal elements operating in the state.

He said, “Even in Zamfara, there is a strong suspicion that some of those choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits and also to evacuate gold and illegally smuggled out of the country, so the country loses everything in the mining.

“As you are aware, the Nigerian gold market is a big business and the government wants to do two things at the same time by doing this; end banditry and economic sabotage through the smuggling of gold."

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Shehu also noted that a big market in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is called the “Nigerian Gold Market”, explaining how Nigeria's gold reserve is being gradually depleted.

However, the state governor, Bello Matawalle, had kicked against the no-fly zone order, expressing doubts that the Nigerian government understood the issues surrounding insecurity in his state. 

The Nigerian government on Tuesday instituted a no-fly zone above Zamfara State as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges being witnessed in the state.

National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to Monguno, the government also banned mining activities by non-state actors.

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Don't Crucify Sheikh Gumi For Putting His Life On The Line To Talk To Bandits, MURIC Tells Nigerians

3 March 2021 - 6:03am


The President of the Muslim Rights Concern, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, has commended the efforts of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi for putting his life on the life to talk to bandits terrorising the Northern part of Nigeria.

He also said those asking Gumi to lead the security agents to the den of bandits want to incriminate him for doing a great service for the victims of banditry.

Akintola told SaharaReporters on Wednesday in his reactions to criticisms against the Northern Islamic cleric who has been in the news recently as an advocate for bandits.

“We should not blame Sheikh Gumi, if he goes in there and talks to the bandits. He’s putting his life on the line and nobody should crucify him for that. However, he should not negotiate with them when it comes to money matters.

“Bandits should not turn kidnappings and killings into a business venture. Criminality is criminality. And that’s where I agree with the Nigerian government that we cannot negotiate with bandits. If they want to surrender, let them surrender and hand over their weapons.”

The MURIC leader stressed that a line of distinction should be drawn between asking bandits to embrace peace and negotiating with them by offering them ransom. While he frowned on taking ransom to bandits, he called for deradicalising them and re-orientating them, therefore extolling the Nigerian government for reportedly not negotiating with them.

He said, “The banditry as a phenomenon anywhere at all, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria is ugly, very unfortunate, but it is the fault of all of us. Having said that, I think there are two ways to it.

“I would not blame the government for refusing to negotiate with bandits. It is difficult to identify who is a bandit or who is not. And the more you negotiate with them and pay, the more they want more ransom. And the more they are given more ransom, the bolder and more vicious they become.

“If what Sheikh Gumi and the likes are doing is talking to them, deradicalising them, converting them to the true religion of Islam, I think he is doing a good job. But, when it comes to exchanging of money or whatever, that’s where I don’t want to support negotiation.

“I support Sheikh Gumi if he’s deradicalising them. I also support the Nigerian government's decision not to negotiate. When they kidnap people and you want to negotiate, they will come back for more.

"Anybody who makes the suggestion that he should lead military personnel to the bandits is trying to incriminate him. People may not know his intention. In Islam, there is an Hadith which says, ‘actions shall be judged by intentions.’ Unfortunately, the intention is always in the heart. It’s in the mind. It’s not open."

Akintola reiterated that the bandits are criminals and should repent and not demand compensation after repentance. 

According to him, the bandits should embrace peace and live a normal life.

“So, I’m saying he can take his dawah (invitation) to the bandits. He can talk to them, deradicalise them, and make them see the reality of life. Let them understand the depth of the suffering they are bringing to Nigerians.

“Sometimes, when you listen to these stories, you might even be surprised that some of them don’t know the extent of the crimes they commit. Many of the bandits have never been exposed to civilisation and they think they are seeking redress by hurting society. They see it as a kind of revenge.

“I am not referring to amnesty. When you surrender your weapons, you will go to your village and start working as an honest person, not that you will expect the government to give you something for stopping banditry.

“An ordinary petty thief in a Lagos market who has been picking pockets, the day he decides not to pick pockets again, he cannot go to the police or Lagos State Government and say ‘I have stopped picking pockets, so give me N500,000 to settle me.’ No! If they want to stop banditry, they should stop and go home. Nothing else.”

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How Three Fulani Herdsmen Kidnapped, Murdered Oyo Farmer After Collecting Ransom — Police

3 March 2021 - 5:32am


File Photo: Herdsmen.

The Oyo State Police Command has arraigned three Fulani herdsmen accused of kidnapping and killing a farm owner in the state, Oluwole Agboola.

The suspects – Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu and Ibrahim Mamuda – were arraigned on Tuesday before the Magistrate’s Court 9, Iyaganku in Ibadan, the state capital.

File Photo: Herdsmen.

The three herdsmen were said to have connived with others and abducted the University of Ibadan graduate on his piggery/fish farm located at Adegbade village via Aba-odo in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo on December 28.

Agboola’s remains were recovered from the bush on January 11, 2021 – ten days after the family of the deceased paid a ransom of N1.65million to the kidnappers.

In three counts signed by the State Commander of Monitoring Unit, Olusola Aremu, with reference number MI/173C/2021, the suspects were accused of conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.

It read: “Count one: That you Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu and Ibrahim Mamuda, with others at large, on December 28, 2020, at about 1:30 p.m., at Adegbade Village, Akinyele area, Ibadan, in Ibadan Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony to wit kidnapping, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.

“Count Two: that you Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu and Ibrahim Mamuda, with others at large, on the same date, time and place in the above magisterial district, while armed with AK-47 rifles, classes and other dangerous weapons, did unlawfully kidnap Mr Oluwole Agboola and also collected a ransom of N1,650,000.00 only from his brother, Olakunle Agboola while in your captivity, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 2 and punishable under Section 4 (2) of the Oyo State kidnapping (Prohibition) Law, 2016.

“Count three: that you Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu and Ibrahim Mamuda, with others at large, did unlawfully kill/cause the death of one Mr Oluwole Agboola, aged 48 years, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 316 (3) and punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.”

In her ruling, the magistrate, Amoke-Ajimotu, ordered that accused to be remanded at Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo.

She adjourned the case till May 26, while the court awaits legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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