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Why President Muhammadu Buhari Should Be Impeached If He Fails To Resign By Bolakale Aliu

3 December 2020 - 4:18am

Bolakale Aliu

Over the last five years, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to live up to the basic purpose for the establishment of government, which is the welfare and security of the lives and properties of the people. In 2015, Nigerians voted out the government of President Goodluck Jonathan in what was a move that sought to redirect the country’s trajectory at the time. Many Nigerians were optimistic about the incoming Buhari administration, but at the moment, the condition of the country is now calamitous.

The level of insecurity in the country is scary. Across the 36 states, citizens’ lives are at the mercy of terrorists, thugs, bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, rogue policemen and other trigger-happy law enforcement officials. Rather than swinging into action to do the job he begged Nigerians for, Buhari has only uttered fake promises and reassurances, while maintaining a steady assault on human rights.

Bolakale Aliu

Prior to his election as president in 2015, Buhari accused the Jonathan-led government of the “inept handling of security in the country”, stressing that the federal government of Nigeria has “all it takes to protect Nigerians against terrorism and all form of attacks.” Sadly, despite the billions of naira spent by his government on security alone, research shows that there has been a massive increase in the level of attacks on the Nigerian state.

Now, if he was a former army general, how did he rise to this position in the army? According to a published research by Africa Research Bulletin, “It was president Muhammadu Buhari’s military credentials that persuaded many Nigerians to trust him on security issues in 2015, at a time when insurgents had taken over more than 20 local government areas in the North-East - gangs of kidnappers were terrorizing communities across the country and the senior staff of Nigeria’s security service was mired in corruption.”

The report further states that “Almost five years into Buhari's presidency, the security threats have changed and multiplied. By the end of 2016, the military claimed to have driven insurgents out of the North-East. Yet strengthened by its regional ties of Islamist fighters in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, an insurgent force known as Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is escalating the war, more narrowly targeting government officials, military personnel and economic assets”.

On Saturday, November 28, 2020, HumAngle reported the death of 43 farmers who had gone to look for their daily bread in order to feed their families. They were caught and slaughtered by Boko Haram. Further reports show that more than a hundred innocent farmers lost their lives in what is probably a circumstance that could have been averted by the president they voted into power.

As if to make matters worse, the president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, posed a question during his recent BBC interview. He sought to know if the murdered farmers got any clearance from the military before going to their farms. He also told Arise TV that “the tenure of service chiefs is not subjected to any law. They serve at the pleasure of the president and the president is satisfied with their performance to keep them.”

Clearly, Garba Shehu is mocking the dead. The presidency is complicit in playing the victim card with the lost souls. To put it bluntly, they are telling the people of Nigeria that nobody will be held accountable for the deaths at Zarbarmari. It has therefore become a mandatory call for the lawmakers who represent the people to use their constitutional powers to protect the country by impeaching the president for failing to protect the good people of Nigeria.

Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution provides a guide to the impeachment of a sitting President and his vice.

This provision was exercised in 2018 at the floor of the Senate by Senator Matthew Urhoghide when president Buhari withdrew $496 million for the purchase of twelve Tucano aircraft for fighting terrorism without the consent of the legislature. Nigeria is currently experiencing the worst form of leadership incompetence. If nothing is done to stem the tide of destruction, the sovereignty of our dear country might just be for the taking.

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Message From The Dead Borno Farmers By Azu Ishiekwene

3 December 2020 - 4:10am

Azu Ishiekwene

That the slain Borno farmers did not get military clearance is an inconvenient truth, but the real error of judgement was taking the government at its word. 

In his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military chiefs - the same military chiefs there today - to relocate to the Northeast, the main theatre in the war on Boko Haram.

The previous government had done poorly on security and Buhari said the only way to take the country back from the terrorists and military authorities who deployed troops to fight with bare hands while diverting money and weapons, was to send the new military chiefs to the frontline. They were supposed to report, effective immediately, and stay there until the battle is won.

I think the chiefs heard the commander-in-chief on that day. According to a BBC report on June 2, 2015, the military actually started moving its headquarters to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the insurgency, “to add impetus and renewed vigour to the fight against terrorism.”

Azu Ishiekwene

The military issued a statement saying the new centre in Maiduguri would serve as “a forward command base for the chief of army staff and other service chiefs…without creating another layer of command structure.” They were taking the war to Boko Haram and at last, bringing hope to distraught citizens.

So, where were the military chiefs when Boko Haram struck on Saturday, beheading dozens of farmers and taking an unknown number, including women, away hostage? Were they directing operations from a virtual base station in Abuja and therefore had no need to be on ground as the President had ordered? Or did they receive clearance from him to dismantle their frontline camp in Maiduguri since they have repeatedly told the public that Boko Haram has been technically defeated?

It may well be that the dead farmers needed clearance to go to their farms on that day, but from who? From the military high command that was on a clear instruction to move to the frontline and stay there till the battle is won, but which has nonetheless been overcome by the comforts of Abuja and the indulgence of the commander-in-chief? Or from Boko Haram, which accepts only the sacrifice of human blood?

As they left their homes that fateful Saturday, it’s unlikely that the farmers were so crazy to think they could fight Boko Haram with their sickles and plows. If they thought for a moment that it was safe to go to their farms, there must have been a good reason. For example, in October, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, assured farmers in the North East that they could return to their farms “to enhance the country’s food security.”

Muhammadu, who said he was following up on a 2018 presidential directive, said about 5,000 NSCDC marshals had been deployed in schools and farms in the Northeast, as part of an Agro-ranger squad supposed to assist provide basic security for farmers and students.

With a microphone good for speeches but useless for action, Muhammadu said in October that part of the brief of the Agro-ranger squad, “is to accompany farmers to their farms and accompany them back in the evenings. They also provide security on some of the roads to the farms.” 

After making this heart-warming, hope-inspiring speech, Muhammadu delegated his microphone to accompany the farmers to their farms. And the sad, heart-breaking result was what happened on Saturday.

Not one of the 5,000 Agro-rangers was in Jere Local Government, quite famous for producing Maryam Abacha and also for being a major farming hub, among other things. The Agro-rangers were apparently on a holiday from Zabarmari where the farmers were murdered and others taken hostage in daylight. 

But bloodletting has always gone on, it was just that the number of the victims on Saturday reached a horrific new high. According to a BBC report 22 farmers were killed in separate attacks while working in irrigation farms in September. Over 20,000 have been killed and two million displaced since the insurgency started over a decade ago. 

As the number of victims has mounted, so has the scale of excuses. I believe our soldiers are doing the best they can in extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances. Yet, up the chain of command, excuses are armed, fortified and deployed in the field, where competence and leadership should be provided.

After the Zabarmari killings on Saturday, the military high command said it was doing its best and blamed communities for not providing information. In other words, communities hate themselves so much they would rather die at the hands of Boko Haram, than volunteer information to save their own lives. 

If the service chiefs under Jonathan had told the country that they were failing in the fight against Boko Haram because communities were failing to provide information - and God knows they would have been right - we would still have strung them with live cables and hung them out to dry. 

It has obviously taken five years for the military high command to find out that the average Nigerian - whether a Zabarmawa or an Ijebu man - doesn’t trust the man in uniform? And we should be clapping for this exceptional sociological discovery after what happened on Saturday?

Sources in the Northeast told me on Wednesday that while Boko Haram may have been indeed responsible for the tragic murders as it claimed, shrinking arable land linked to climate change and compounded by insurgency, may also have exacerbated the deadly power struggle among ethnic groups, especially among the Zabarmawa mostly farmers and fishermen (originally from Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara) and the Kanuri. In a COVID-19 year, when hunger and poverty are writ large, the scale of conflict over land rights, is better imagined.

How this deadly struggle for land, worsened by the increasing siege around Maiduguri, may be feeding insurgency around the Northeast should be a matter of concern for military intelligence, as it seeks to rebuild trust.

Sure, Abuja and environs are not what they used to be pre-2015. They’re safer and more secure. But Abuja is not Nigeria, however much politicians like to pretend otherwise. As long as any part of this country is beset by insurgency, as long as people cannot travel the highways or stay in their schools or homes without been afraid that they would be kidnapped or go to their farms without fear of being murdered, then the battle is far, very far, from being won.

Government officials have exhausted the lame excuses that terrorism is a global problem or that angry Martians are not helping to supply arms and equipment to our troops. Yes, terrorism is a global problem, and yes, the politics of arms supply can be nasty and frustratingly difficult. But the only countries losing citizens in the numbers and horrific ways we’re losing them and are still making excuses are failed or failing countries. Make your list.

If out of the five major roads leading in and out of Borno State - Konduga-Barma-Gwoza-Yola; Dambua-Biu-Gombe; Baga-Niger; Dikwa-Chad; and Damaturu-Potiskum-Yobe-Kano-Bauchi roads - only the last one is accessible, and even so, you have to be mad to risk it, then we have a very serious problem.

If, as the Shehu of Borno said in August, citizens cannot travel 10km outside Maiduguri; if despite trying prayer warriors from Saudi Arabia, and putting his own life on the line several times, Governor Babagana Zulum is now forced to ask for help from mercenaries to tackle Boko Haram, then surely citizens may soon find themselves not only needing clearance to go to farm; they may also need it to stay at home.  

The condolence register is full. Buhari must meet the challenge, now.

Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview

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BREAKING: Arrested Maina Currently On His Way To Nigeria

3 December 2020 - 4:03am

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Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) is on his way back to Nigeria after been extradited from Niger Republic.

SaharaReporters gathered that a team of police officers led by head of Interpol were in Niger Republic to pick Maina earlier on Thursday.

File Photo: Abdulrasheed Maina

The former PRTT Chairman is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

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However, Maina jumped bail which prompted Okon Abang, a Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, to order the arrest of Ali Ndume, Senator representing Borno South.

Ndume had stood surety for Maina so that he could be granted bail.

After about four days in custody, the court granted the legislator bail on Friday.

Abang had said although other grounds of Ndume’s bail application failed, the senator has a record of “good behaviour”.

The Judge asked the Borno lawmaker to produce a surety who must be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and has property in the territory.

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#EndSARS: Police Ask Abuja Court To Stop Judicial Panels’ Probes

3 December 2020 - 3:57am

The Police Inspector-General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

The Nigeria Police Force has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja praying for an order stopping the various states’ judicial panels of enquiry probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of brutality perpetrated by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other police tactical units.

The plaintiff in the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020, urged the court to restrain the Attorneys-General of the 36 states of the federation and their various panels of enquiry from going ahead with the probe focusing on police impunity.

The Police Inspector-General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu Twitter/toluogunlesi
The defendants, totalling 104, who were sued by the NPF, comprised the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Human Rights Commission which set up the Independent Investigative Panel sitting in Abuja, the Attorneys-General of the states, and chairmen of the states’ panels.

The decision to set up the various panels of enquiry was taken by the National Economic Council with members including the 36 state governors and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the aftermath of the recent nationwide #EndSARS protests demanding an end to police brutality.

According to a report by Punch, the NPF, through their lawyer, Mr O. M. Atoyebi (SAN), argued in the new suit that the state governments lacked the power to constitute the panels to investigate activities of the police force and its officials in the conduct of their statutory duties.

According to the plaintiff, the state governments’ decision to set up such panels violated the provisions of section 241(1)(2)(a) and Item 45, Part 1, First Schedule to the Constitution and Section 21 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Act.

It argued that by the provisions of 241(1)(2)(a) and Item 45, Part 1, First Schedule to the Nigerian Constitution only the Federal Government had exclusive power to “organise, control and administer the Nigeria Police Force”.

It, therefore, urged to, among others, declare that “the establishment of a panel of enquiries by the governors of the various states of the federation of Nigeria, to inquire into the activities of the Nigeria Police Force concerning the discharge of her statutory duties is a gross violation of the provisions of Section 241 (1)(2) (a) and Item 45, Part 1, First schedule, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Section 21 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Act, Cap.T21, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

The plaintiff also urged the court to declare that “having regard to the circumstances of this case, the attitude of the governors of the various states of the Federation of Nigeria, in this case, is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.

It sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the 3rd to 38th defendants (the state Attorneys-General of the 36 states) “from making or conducting any investigations, sittings, and inquiries and from making or conducting any further investigations, sittings and inquiries in respect of matters affecting the Nigeria Police Force, and or further setting up any panel of inquiry in any state whatsoever in the country”.

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Southern Nigeria Should Produce Next President —Shekarau

3 December 2020 - 3:55am

A former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has said Nigeria's next president should come from the southern part of the country.

He said by 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari would have been in power for eight years, and "common sense tells that we should look the other side, to the Southern part of Nigeria".

Shekarau, who represents Kano Central District in the Senate, added, "There is common sense expectation of balancing and giving everybody a sense of belonging and fairness."

He, however, said reliable and competent hands should be entrusted with the responsibility of leading Nigeria in 2023

The All Progressives Congress senator spoke on Thursday while featuring on television programme monitored by The PUNCH.

When asked about his position on the growing call for a South-East presidency in 2023, Shekarau said, "I don't call it zoning, I would instead call it some balancing. There has to be some sense of belonging. There is what I call the constitution of common sense.

"The Constitution of Nigeria or the constitution of any of the political parties didn't say if I am from the North, my running mate must be from the South. It is not written, but if today, I am a presidential candidate from Kano and I tell you my running mate is from Bauchi, you will say something is wrong with me.

"North has produced the president for eight years. Common sense tells that we should look the other side, to the southern part of Nigeria. We should recognise the North and the South; this is elementary geography and history.

"Perception is what you have to carry along. If you continue to dominate on one particular side, the perception from the other side is, 'What about me?'"

When asked if he has the intention to run for president in 2023, the one-time presidential candidate said, "I don't know about that. We haven't gotten there yet," but quickly added, "I am already giving it some thoughts."

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"We're Scared"—Graduates Deployed To Zamfara, Sokoto, Others For NYSC Cry Out As Insecurity Worsens

3 December 2020 - 3:43am

Some prospective members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have expressed fear and worries after they were deployed to serve in Zamfara, Katsina, Borno and other states where insecurity has worsened recently.
In separate interviews with SaharaReporters, they said that they would not risk their lives travelling to those volatile states as tales of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism have become a regular occurrence.

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While some of the graduates requested a deferment of service, others said they would apply for redeployment to other states.
Moyosore Adeleke, one of the prospective corps members who spoke with SaharaReporters, said she was sad to learn she was deployed to serve in Kano State.
Adeleke said, "I will pray before travelling to the camp. I will only be there for three weeks because I'm redeploying (to another state)  after completing the orientation camp. I don't want to be too far from my family, and the insecurity in the North gives me concern. I don't want to stay there; it's too risky to be there."

Victoria Amadi, from Enugu State, said she was devastated when she learnt NYSC had deployed her to  Sokoto State. Sokoto, a once peaceful state, has become a hotbed of banditry and kidnapping.
 Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, recently expressed concerns over insecurity in the northern region as bandits now go into houses to kidnap people in broad daylight.
In an interview with SaharaReporters, Amadi said, "I was devastated. I never wanted to go there (Sokoto). If there's any reason I want to go there, it would be for tourism purposes but I had never thought of spending a whole year there. l am scared of the road leading there," she said.

Jemimah Nweke, a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka has a similar concern. Nweke told SaharaReporters she was shocked that she was deployed to serve in Borno State, one of the most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

She said, "I was heartbroken. Of all places, Borno! I didn't accept it well. It took me a lot of time and days to come to terms with the fact that this is a reality. I would sleep and wake up hoping that it is just a dream, partly because I was expecting somewhere in the Southwest. I thought I had a good chance.

"My relatives kept hammering the fact that the place is unsafe, especially for someone who doesn't understand the language and who is a Christian."

Jemimah says accepting the offer will put her in harm's way. "I have not decided whether to embark on the trip or not," she says.

Like the prospective corps members, parents and friends of those mobilised to the northern part of the country have also expressed concerns over the safety of their children and wards.

Bisiriyu Adeyemi, a worried father, said his daughter had been deployed to Katsina State for NYSC but that he would not allow her to go due to insecurity in the North.

"I am broken because of the insensitivity of the board of NYSC. It seems they are unaware of the present state of insurgency and banditry of unequal proportion in Katsina and other hotbed states up North. I am very sure that their children will never be posted there," he said.

Saint Tempestina, a distraught sister, said her sibling was recently deployed to Katsina, adding that she is terrified of the insecurities in the North.

"Now I don't even know how she's supposed to go through these roads that are mostly passages to doom, where everything hangs in the balance."

"Northern leaders fail their people by downplaying education and promoting extremism. Now, everyone else suffers for it," Tempestina says.

Efforts made by SaharaReporters to interview the Director, Press & Public Relations, NYSC, Adenike Adeyemi, proved abortive as the phone only rang out. She has yet to respond to a message sent to her mobile.

Meanwhile, the development has continued to generate heated concerns on Twitter with several Nigerians expressing their views on the microblogging platform.

Katsina 7farmers killed, 30kidnapped
Sokoto 76people killed in a day
Zamfara village head killed, 7kidnapped
Kano Hisbah harassing people
Borno 110 farmers slaughtered
Nassarawa APC chair killed
Kaduna 7people killed

IF you are posted to the north for NYSC,
Think about it well.

— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) December 1, 2020

They posted my friend to Yola and everybody just start shouting FORGET NYSC 😂😂😂😂 and me I was reminding him that he need to go serve his father land 😂😂😂😂😂

— Generation Z (@otunbaOfficiall) December 1, 2020

Please av just bin posted to Zamfara and am unfit to travel dat long distance at this present moment.please wat can be done and I don't know if diariz any hope I will still go provided I din later follow dis stream cuz am to report at d camp by Thursday dis week?@officialnyscng

— Ay_thommie (@Thurmmie007) December 1, 2020  

My friend junior sis was posted to kastina yesterday... I swear the girl japa. She's not going and the DAD supported her.

— Omoluabi (@AbiolaMykel) December 1, 2020  

When I was posted to Nasarawa 2017 I was scared then and almost didn’t want to go but few friends where posted to same place and I summoned courage and after camp almost 60% redeployed, now I am sure 90% will japa

— Dum Dum ♑️ 🌹💡 (@lynda_obiajulu) December 1, 2020  

Sharappppp. You wanna paint it like we are all in same situation. The north is the headquarters of insecurity. That robbery was a make up Story

— Obus (@Obus56069028) December 1, 2020

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Suspected Killers Of Ondo Monarch Have Been Arrested— Amotekun

3 December 2020 - 3:20am

The Ondo State Security Agency Network, the Amotekun, on Wednesday, said it had arrested some persons in connection with the killing of the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi.

Oba Adeusi was shot dead by gunmen at Elegbeka on the Akure-Owo-Benin Expressway in the Ose Local Government Area of the state last Thursday.

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The monarch was said to be returning from Akure, where he attended a meeting when he ran into the bandits.

The state Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, announced the arrest of the suspects while speaking to journalists in Akure, Punch reports.

He, however, did not disclose the identities and number of the suspects.

According to the Amotekun boss, the suspects were arrested by the men of the outfit, who combed the forest after the incident.

He said his men also rescued three kidnap victims during the operation.

Adeleye stated, “We combed the forest in Elegbeka and we arrested some suspects and they are undergoing interrogation. We rescued three victims from the Elegbeka forest on the same night that the traditional ruler of Ifon was killed.

“On the recent kidnap in the state, our men, in collaboration with the traditional security agencies, local hunters, vigilantes and the OPC went into the forest and we were able to make some arrests and those arrested are undergoing various levels of interrogation.

“What we observed in the last two weeks is a downward trend in criminal activities within the state. This is why the Amotekun Corps decided to change tactics so that we can sustain the relative peace in the state.
“We have commenced what we tagged: ‘Operation Clean Up’ in the state. This is to take the war against criminality to every corner of the state rather than wait for the criminals to come out.”

Adeleye also disclosed that the agency had arrested no fewer than 15 persons for various criminal activities in the state after it launched the ‘Operation Clean Up’ as part of efforts to flush out bandits from the state.

He explained that the suspects were arrested at various locations across the state, adding that men of the security outfit had been deployed in flashpoints across the state.

He said, “We visited some of the dark spots between midnight and 4 am; we were able to arrest about 15 of these criminals where they were committing the criminal acts.

“We arrested about 15 suspects during the ‘Operation Clean Up’ that we commenced yesterday (Tuesday). Most of these criminals would be turned over to the traditional security agencies for prosecution where necessary.”

He added that men of the Amotekun Corps in the state had redoubled their efforts in the deployment of personnel, surveillance and stop and search operations in the territory.

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3 December 2020 - 1:52am

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Beside the slash in price, buyers are given 50kg bag of rice throughout December. For agents who broker the transaction, the enterprising and real estate firm is offering them a 10% agency fee, instead of the conventional 5 per cent.  

This promo is a continuation of the firm’s slash-in-price property offer aimed at alleviating the economic effects of Covid-19.

The company gave a Honda Crosstour to her best agent last year. As part of its December Discount promo, the real estate developer is also offering for sale plot of land in its T Pumpy Kiddies Estate.  

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"Police Are Working With Kidnappers"—Woman Narrates Encounter With Police Who Broke Into Her Home Through Ceiling

2 December 2020 - 11:41pm

Police officers from Zuba in Abuja on Tuesday broke into the home of Ismaeel Gbadamosi around 10 pm, behaving precisely like kidnappers, according to Gbadamosi's wife.

Gbadamosi is a teacher at Foliage Academy, Abuja.

His wife told SaharaReporters that when the police officers, whom they initially thought were kidnappers, could not gain access to their home through the door, the officers broke the ceiling and jumped inside.

Here is her story:

"Last night, around 10 pm, we put on the generator because I was marking students' exam scripts. My husband had slept. I heard a bang on the gate, thinking it was a neighbour. Maybe the electricity company has restored light. Suddenly I had continuous sounds as if they were using stone on the entrance to force it open. I quickly woke him up that armed robbers were breaking the door.

"They started shouting that we should open the door, that they will shoot us, kill us, that they have rifles and cutlasses. My cousin ran to lock the door with the key. My husband was holding the doorknob because they were hitting it with iron to break it. My children and I were crying. They were pointing searchlights inside the house. Many were at the door. Some were at the window trying to remove the burglary.

"I was calling my neighbours for help from the room. I know he must have called some people to call the police for our rescue. So, my husband was holding the door for it not to fall or open. Then one of them said they should enter through the ceiling. They said they would kill us if they gained entrance. They spent more than 30 minutes on this. My children were crying and begging them to spare us.

"All of a sudden, one of them jumped in through the ceiling. So I ran to open the door and beg them for our lives quickly. Like six of them entered, just one of them half kit like a police officer. The remaining five are Fulanis dressed like Boko Haram. Then I thought they were kidnappers. One of them kicked my husband hard. I quickly moved closer to my husband, begging them that we would cooperate with them.

"Then one of them said they are policemen and we should not panic. They handcuffed him and pushed him out and sat him on the floor. He said they were taking directives from the DPO Zuba police station. I told him that we are responsible people, and what have we done? They said they were looking for something and insulted me several times for querying them.

"My husband was wearing just a trouser. A neighbour came inside to ask them what happened. They immediately arrested him too. One of them has Isah Dahiru written on his uniform. So I noted the name. He removed the handcuffs and said, 'Take him to the vehicle.' Then I followed them and started shouting to the neighbours that they were kidnappers. The vehicle was parked at a longer distance to my house. Then we saw other people in their car. I was still insisting they were kidnappers. So I took a bike to follow them to the station to establish they were policemen."

"The DPO tactically tried to give Isah Dahiru room to turn the case, but the man was gullible. He admitted that my husband was arrested for no reason as they were looking for cocaine dealers. The DPO pleaded that he was ashamed of what happened. He pleaded that he would discipline them internally.

"See, these police officers are working with the kidnappers, because like 10 of the boys that followed them were Fulanis kited like Boko Haram. They broke other people's ceiling and doors too. They came for kidnapping.

"The DPO did not come to the scene to investigate. He tried to deny that they did not enter through the ceiling. Please, we are afraid maybe they may plan to harm us again. The DPO is just three weeks in Zuba. If he is not cautioned, he will terrorize the community."

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Chinese Expatriate Kidnapped In Ekiti Regains Freedom After Payment Of Ransom

2 December 2020 - 11:31pm

The Chinese expatriate, kidnapped in Ekiti State last week during which a policeman was killed, has been released, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. 

The expatriate, one of the contractors engaged by the Ekiti State government to construct the new Ado Ekiti-Iyin Ekiti road, was abducted last Friday at the site by gunmen who also killed one of the policemen attached to the contractors. 

A source close to the road construction company said his captors around 11 pm released the abductee on Tuesday after the payment of N100 million ransom. 

According to the source, the ransom was collected in Kwara State, and the expatriate was released around Ilawe-Igede road in Ekiti State. 

"The N100 million was taken to a bush in Kwara state where the kidnappers collected and confirmed it before the man was released at a tough location along Igede-Ilawe road in Ekiti State. 

Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ekiti state, ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the release of the Chinese expatriate but declined to comment on whether or not any ransom was paid to secure the release. 

He claimed, however, that the release was made possible after a combined team of security operatives launched a serious search for the kidnappers.

"Yes, he was released after a serious manhunt and pressure from the security operatives around Ilawe-Igede at about 11:30 pm on Tuesday," he said.

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Nigeria Resumes Petrol Import From China

2 December 2020 - 11:27pm

File Photo: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Chinese President, Xi Jinping

Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer and exporter, has resumed importation of petrol from China, the world's top crude oil importer.

The Asian country shipped 37,000 metric tonnes of petrol to Nigeria in September for the first time since July 2019, data from the General Administration of Customs showed, according to S&P Global Platts.

File Photo: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Chinese President, Xi Jinping

China, a major exporter of transportation fuels, has extended exports to Africa in recent years.

The first African country to receive Chinese petrol was Togo in April 2018 at 50,000 mt, followed by Nigeria in January 2019 at 51,000 mt, historical GAC data showed.

The most recent diesel exports from China to Africa were in June, with Kenya and South Africa receiving 40,000 mt and 35,000 mt, respectively, according to the data.

China's annual crude oil imports increased by 0.9 million barrels per day in 2019 to an average of 10.1 million bpd, according to the United States Energy Information Administration.

The EIA said China's new refinery capacity and strategic inventory stockpiling, combined with flat domestic oil production, were the major factors contributing to the increase in its crude oil imports in 2019.

Last year, China's refinery capacity increased by 1.0 million bpd, primarily because two new refining and petrochemical complexes came online with capacities of 0.4 million bpd each.

As a result, the country's refinery processing also increased to an all-time high in 2019, averaging 13.0 million bpd for the year, according to the EIA.

Nigeria has continued to rely heavily on importation for many years to meet its fuel needs as the nation's refineries remain in a state of disrepair.

Uneven demand recovery in Africa has led to a divergence in support for Asian transportation fuel markets as diesel and jet fuel requirements weaken while demand for petrol remains robust, industry sources said.

The slowdown in Africa's diesel and jet fuel demand, in particular, has removed a significant pillar of support from Asian, middle distillate markets after buying them for most of the third quarter, a report by Punch quoted sources to have said.

The African continent draws most of its petrol and middle distillate imports from the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean, and an increase in demand typically lends indirect support to Asia, market sources said.

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Nowhere Safe Under Buhari, Sultan-led JNI Laments

2 December 2020 - 11:23pm

Sultan of Sokoto

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar-led Jama'atu Nasril Islam has urged the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to henceforth stop paying lip service to security matters.

In an apparent reference to the killings of 43 rice farmers by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State, the JNI also said that "nowhere is safe in the country now".

Sultan of Sokoto

The religious body noted that what Nigerians expected from the government was actions against insecurity and not a mere condemnation of attacks.

The JNI spoke through its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, in a statement issued in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The statement was titled, ' Requiem for Zabarmari'.

"We nevertheless, once again, call on the Federal Government to rise to its responsibilities and do well beyond the traditional condemnation, as lip service (s) on security matters should stop. Nigerians are desperately yearning for concrete actions," the JNI said.

Specifically, the religious body said Saturday's killings at Zabarmari village, Jere Local Government Area of over 40 rice farmers by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents without the intervention of security forces was condemnable.

It noted that with wanton killings occasioned by acts of banditry, kidnapping for ransom and other related crimes, Nigerians had been so terrified as nowhere was safe for them.

The group also knocked the Federal Government's nonchalant attitude to sympathize with victims of the attack, noting that a quick visit to the area would assuage the feelings of the affected communities.

The JNI statement read in part, "Forty-three human beings as reported by the media, were slaughtered without any intervention by the security forces in the area. The senseless act stands condemned in the strongest of terms.

"Wanton killings, acts of banditry, kidnapping for ransom, high rate of unemployment among the youths, rape and all forms of terrorism have now become the new trend in our communities.

"Nigerians have become so terrified, as nowhere is safe; the home, the farms and the roads. Bandits now rule in many communities; they set rules that must be obeyed."

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"May Nigeria Not Happen To You"—Lawyer Mourns Uncle Killed By Kidnappers In Ekiti

2 December 2020 - 11:21pm

Dayo Ogunyemi

Dayo Ogunyemi, a Nigerian lawyer, living in Canada, has lamented the death of his uncle, Akinwale Ariyo Natty, whom he said was killed by kidnappers in Ekiti State.

He said that Nigeria failed his uncle, survived by a wife and three children.

Dayo Ogunyemi Facebook/Dayo Ogunyemi

"May Nigeria not happen to you," Ogunyemi wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. "My uncle, Akinwale Ariyo Natty, was laid to rest yesterday. He was murdered by kidnappers in Ekiti State, Nigeria. It should, however, be on record that Nigeria failed him. Like many others, he just wanted to live a good life, love his wife, raise his three kids, but Nigeria happened to him.

"It is unfortunate to see how the devilish acts of kidnapping and indiscriminate killings have been normalized in Nigeria. Terrible things happen, but we move on like these things mean nothing to us. We do not hold anyone or the government accountable, and I am unable to wrap my mind around this.

"People now live in fear of the known and the unknown. These fears come in several guises. If the bad roads do not kill you, you can be killed by a stray bullet. If you are not hacked to death by the agents of the greedy Nigerian politicians, you can be killed by kidnappers - just like my uncle. It is now almost a thing of luck to die peacefully in your sleep.

"Everything in Nigeria can kill you. Nigerians who are abroad are not visiting or returning home because they are scared of being kidnapped and killed. This is a national crisis, and I hope this situation gets the attention it deserves.

"Rest in Power, Akinwale Ariyo Natty. Rest in Power! May the Holy Spirit comfort us and may God keep the family you left behind.

"It is just sad that I will no longer see you again. Egbon!!! This is painful. I am hurt!

Again, it should be on record that Nigeria failed and killed my uncle."

Cases of kidnapping have been on the rise across the country.

In the South-West, governors had launched Amotekun, a regional security outfit, but crime is still a major challenge in the region.


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Terrorism May Persist For Another 20 Years In Nigeria – Buratai

2 December 2020 - 11:12pm

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said terrorism may persist in Nigeria for another 20 years.

Buratai stated this on his verified Facebook page three days after Boko Haram terrorists killed scores of rice farmers in Borno State.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

He wrote: "There is a general misunderstanding of what insurgency and terrorism entail. 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. Also, both local and international actors.

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

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has scheduled today for the second edition of a spiritual warfare seminar to counter Boko Haram propaganda.

Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this yesterday in an invitation sent to journalists.

The army had, last year October in Sokoto launched the first edition of a joint seminar on spiritual warfare against insurgency and other forms of restiveness.

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Court Sacks Pondei, Interim NDDC Leadership

2 December 2020 - 1:37pm

Acting MD of the NDDC, Kemebradikumor Pondei, fainting during public interrogation before a legislative committee probing allegations of contracting fraud under his watch to the tune of N81 billion.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sacked Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, Mr Cairo Ojougboh, Dr Joi Nunieh and others from functioning on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

In a suit numbered ABJ/CS/617/2020, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling on an application by a Civil Society Organisation, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, restrained them from parading themselves as board members of the NDDC.

Acting MD of the NDDC, Kemebradikumor Pondei, fainting during public interrogation before a legislative committee probing allegations of contracting fraud under his watch to the tune of N81 billion.

Daily Trust reports that the court also granted leave to the applicant to apply for a judicial review of the power of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or the Minister of the Niger Delta to appoint Pondei, Ojougboh and others in an interim capacity as members of the NDDC Board.

The judge also granted leave to the applicant to apply for judicial review for an Order of Mandamus compelling the ICPC, sued as the 9th Defendant in the suit, to investigate the Minister of Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, and the five members of the Board over allegations of N3billion contract fraud.

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By this order of the court, the members of the NDDC Board are restrained from performing the functions of the board pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice which is fixed for Dec. 8, 2020.

The plaintiff in the suit said it had notified President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Department of State Services, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the ICPC of an interim vacancy in the commission.

The plaintiff also urged that the most senior civil servant or administrator in the commission be appointed while praying that the suspended officers be stopped from accessing the commission's offices and files as they could tamper with evidence which could be used by the ICPC in its probe.

Parties joined in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Minister of the Niger Delta, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Dr Joi Nunieh, Mrs Caroline Nagbo, Cecilia Bukola Akintomide and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences commission. 

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BREAKING: Lagos-based Lawyer, Omirhobo Regains Freedom After Eight-Hour Detention For Protesting Against Insecurity

2 December 2020 - 1:30pm

Malcolm Omirhobo addressing journalists

A Lagos State-based human rights lawyer and activist, Malcolm Omirhobo, who was arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services at the Presidential Villa gate on Wednesday in Abuja has been released. 

The lawyer, upon his arrest by the secret police, was handed over to the Nigerian police at the Supreme Court where he was asked to write a statement.

Malcolm Omirhobo addressing journalists

He was later taken to the Special Investigation Branch of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command where he was made to write another statement.

He was released at about 6:20 pm to some of his associates and lawyers, including Chidel Onuarah, Chidi Onwuekweikpe, Seprebofa Oyeghe, Uchenna Ezendu and Lord Lugard Simon who thronged the police command in solidarity.

Omirhobo, who spoke to SaharaReporters, condemned and described the action of the overzealous DSS operatives as undemocratic and uncivilised.

He said he would approach the court to interpret his rights to enable him to enter the Presidential Villa without any form of molestation from the security agents. 

He explained that it was part of his fundamental rights to protest at the seat of power, so far he remained peaceful.

The activist said, "They asked me to write a statement at Supreme Court police station, and they took me to the Commissioner of Police, and they asked me to write another statement. They studied it, and at the end of the day, they saw that I was qualified to be released."

SaharaReporters had reported the "one-man protest" by the activist aimed at getting President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to what he described as genocide against Nigerians, especially in the North-East.

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The lawyer, who was clad in a white T.Shirt with an inscription "Stop the Genocide", lamented the killing of over 43 Nigerians who were working to promote the Federal Government's rice sufficiency policy, but they were left unprotected and allowed to be gruesomely killed by members of the Boko Haram. 

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Boko Haram Attacks Are International Conspiracy To Split Nigeria – Army

2 December 2020 - 12:14pm

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Yusuf Tukur Buratai.

The Nigerian Army has said that the Boko Haram attacks are an international conspiracy to “cut Nigeria to size” and to destabilise the peace of the country.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, stated this, claiming that there are some international paymasters sponsoring Boko Haram.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Yusuf Tukur Buratai.

Musa stated this in an article he shared on social media and with journalists.

The army spokesman said, “The recent killing of our people on a rice farm in Borno State was unexpected, inhuman, cowardly, dastardly and sadistic cruelty by the Boko Haram terrorists. There is no normal human being that will take pleasure in such inhuman massacre of defenceless and armless civilians, working on their farms; but that is the nature of terrorism and those who sponsor it.

“There is an international conspiracy to cut Nigeria to size and compromise national renegades making attempts to destabilise and dismember Nigeria if possible in subservience to the international paymasters; who are the owners of Boko Haram. They train them, arm them, finance them and supply their logistics.

“Without this treacherous international support of Boko Haram; they would have since been defeated. Yet, we can defeat them through our unity and unflinching support and encouragement of our security forces, particularly the military.”

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On The Naira Free Fall By Kunle Wizeman Ajayi

2 December 2020 - 12:10pm

If you need a million naira, just get a friend in US to get you two thousand dollar. Gbam, you don become millionaire be that!

A dollar is now #500. And as it is, global price of the crude oil has fallen so low, increasing to $47 from $46.3 in November. The Naira may not appreciate this year against the dollar as Nigeria does not produce neither does it even have a cordinated services sector. To make matters worse, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has totally devalued the currency.   

Lessons in history has shown that the CBN has only buried the naira after Nigeria has been murdered in an economic depression that is likely to end the current crude ruling class governing the most populated black country in the world. Governor Godwin Emefiele keeps speaking from both sides of the mouth; blaming the "tainted" parallel market as well as the pandemic. But he fails to admit that it is the full devaluation of the naira that has deepen the grave of a currency that in itself has fallen since the Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) has been imposed. Late Henry Boyo once quipped that "Naira Devaluation Be Like 419,"  this must be an understatement as the policy is a conscious assassination of the Naira after it's security exchange has been literally undermined through the state dependency on the services sector and oil, it's only value market, has been deregulated through the conscious closure of the refineries to depend on importing while the crude oil is sold off so cheaply.

The same disaster befalling the Naira reminds us of the German Mark in 1919 after the 1st World War. Germany lost and the big countries started feasting on the Berlin Wall Street. The Mark had to exchange for a thousand times to a dollar. And this was the advent of the Hitler years of Nazist horror. 

So, Buhari and Emefiele are openly negotiating a war situation with the worst devastating mal-economic policies. This is what is being done in all sectors. Working people need to jettison the compromised inactions of Organized Labour and join fighting youths to build beyond the #EndSARS moment for a surgical advancement to #RevolutionNow. That's the alternative that Germany had to choose from  after 1919. The German Social Democratic Party and the Rosa Luxembourg-led mass actions failed to unite at the critical period. For Germany, like Nigeria today, was torn between Revolution and war. Failure to unite all oppressed and fighting forces brought in Hitler, and therefore the Holocaust. 

With the free fall of the Naira and the unwilling ways of the Buhari/Emefiele to halt the suicidal Devaluation malpractice, we are all condemned to either unite and revolt from North to South, or we all perish together in a war. The ZabarmariMassacre and #EndSARS genocide are clearly proverbial!

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Insecurity: Nigerian Air Force Takes Delivery Of Serbian Helicopter

2 December 2020 - 12:04pm

The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday took delivery of a second Mi-171E Helicopter purchased by the government from Serbia to tackle insecurity in the country.

The Serbian Ilyushin 76 Strategic Airlifter aircraft that brought the helicopter touched down at the NAF Base, Makurdi on Wednesday afternoon.

This aircraft is coming among two dozens of platforms which the air force claimed it had deployed to the North-East and across the country to quell insecurity, without any visible improvement.

The silent supremacy war between the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force has also worsened the Boko Haram insurgency with no effective synergy between the two frontline land and air forces.

The NAF said on Wednesday that its personnel and technical support staff from the equipment vendor were on hand to assist in offloading the new aircraft, some parts of which came in crates.

It said, "The new aircraft is the second of two Mi-171E helicopters procured by the current Federal Government and brings to 23 the total number of brand new aircraft acquired since 2015.

"The new aircraft will undoubtedly boost NAF's contributions in the fight against insurgency, armed banditry and other criminal activities in the country. The newly-received aircraft will now be assembled in Makurdi by a team from the equipment vendor, assisted by NAF technicians, before test-flying and formal induction into the NAF."


— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) December 2, 2020

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Senators Call For Probe Of Strange Deaths In Benue

2 December 2020 - 11:22am

Benue State Map

The Senate on Wednesday asked the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Arbovirus and the Vector Research Centre to investigate the source of a strange illness, which has claimed lives in Benue State.

The senators made this resolution following a motion on the urgent need to deal with the outbreak of the mysterious ailment suspected to be Yellow Fever, ravaging Epeilo-Otukpa and Itahono-Owukpa communities in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

Benue State Map

Senator Patrick Abba, representing Benue South in the red chamber, moved the motion.

The Senate also appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to urgently assemble focal persons to the affected areas to aid the efforts of the Benue State Government in discovering the nature of the ailment.

The upper chamber also tasked the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control “to quickly put up investigation to contain the disease and see to the treatment of victims and protect others from further contracting it.”

It urged the NCDC and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to synergise and support the people of Benue South Senatorial District and in particular the Epeilo-Otukpa and Itabono-Owukpa communities, in treating, preventing and or reducing the number of cases and deaths.

The Senate further urged the Federal Ministry of Health to actively set up a multi-agency yellow fever emergency operation centre in Benue South, in case the result is positive to be yellow fever.

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