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Kidnappers Demand N100m To Release Reverend Father

2 December 2020 - 11:08am


Fr. Matthew Dajo, who was kidnapped Nov. 22 in Nigeria's Abuja archdiocese.

The suspected abductors of a Reverend Father, Mathew Dajo, of the Parish Catholic Church, Yangoji, along the Abuja-Lokoja Expressway have demanded N100 million as a ransom for his release.

It was gathered that the kidnappers made contact with a source on Saturday.

Fr. Matthew Dajo, who was kidnapped Nov. 22 in Nigeria's Abuja archdiocese.

The cleric was said to have been abducted by gunmen at his residence in Yangoji, Kwali Area Council, and has been in captivity of the kidnappers for ten days.

According to Daily Trust, a source, however, said contact was last established with the kidnappers on Saturday.

“His abductors did not call in until Saturday. They are demanding  N100 million, but I don’t know what figure the man negotiating with them has been able to arrive at,” he said.

 He said the church was solely depending on the family members and relatives of the victim to raise the ransom.

“The other thing we are more worried about is that when a reverend father is abducted, it is against the rules of the church to pay for the ransom, except the family members, friends or relatives of the victim can take such responsibility,” he said.

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Why #EndSARS "Manifested" In My Latest Novel – Wole Soyinka

2 December 2020 - 11:04am


Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has described the recent nationwide EndSARS movement as one of the issues that found expression in his latest novel, which captures the impending dangers of a desperate society.

Soyinka noted that the more Nigeria decays and betrayals are encountered, it points to a future of implosion where the people have to lead a revolutionary struggle.

Wole Soyinka

The playwright stated these in an interview with Channels Television monitored by SaharaReporters.

The interview centred on his new novel, "The Happiest People on the Earth", which he wrote during the COVID-19 holiday.

Soyinka described the EndSARS movement as one of the "manifestations" of his new piece.

He said, "So, there are so many things I could find to do here. But this has been an internal demand for a number of years. The more this society decays, the greater the betrayal encountered. Look at what happened, EndSARS is another manifestation of this novel. You know, it is something coming to the fore and which has to be expunged. So take the novel, yes, just another feature of SARS.

"This society needs to be told some truth and told in some very harsh, rigorous way. When I say society, and I am not talking just about government, I am talking about the society which accepts, and has programmed, or which has programmed itself to accept the rape of children, the butchery of humanity for money rituals, the lynch mentality which has also become common.

"No other word for it. North-East 100 deaths, another comes from the south, 50. People have been butchered. In the meantime, within that society are those who are doing very well for themselves. The normal pressure of contradictions within the society has to find expression in one way or the other.

"The title (of the novel) is meant to be deliberate. It is a negative title. It doesn't talk about the happiest people, and it has no intention of talking about the happiest people. I'm glad you mentioned the title. How do ideas for creative work come into being? Sometimes, it's just something somebody said. But somebody says that thing in a particular context. And it distracts you so very forcibly.

"So, there is a deliberate irony about....the happiest people. Let's see what constitutes happiness. But, also we have a habit of swallowing bile in this nation, which is putting a brave face on things. The danger of that is it comes to a point the veneer shatters completely, and it manifests itself as I said in EndSARS movement."

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Insecurity: Obasanjo, Afenifere Leaders Meet In Lagos, Discuss Way Forward For South-West

2 December 2020 - 11:01am



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, and some leaders of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, met in Lagos on Wednesday over the challenge of insecurity facing the Southwest.

The meeting was held at the residence of Afenifere Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, in Lekki, which was also attended by the Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin.

According to Daily Trust, the Aare Onakakanfo lamented the insecurity in Yorubaland, which he said threatens the livelihood of the people of the South-West.

According to a source, the meeting was at the instance of Obasanjo to discuss the future of Yorubaland following the rising wave of insecurity in the country.

Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, had recently condemned the rising cases of insecurity in the region following the murder of a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adewusi.

Several kidnapping cases were last week recorded in the region with Afenifere declaring that enough is enough and calling for a change in the security architecture of the country.

The spokesman for Afenifere, Odumakin, said the meeting was also to reconcile former President Obasanjo and Aare Onakakanfo.

“Thankfully, we have reconciled them, and we also looked at other issues critical and germane to Yoruba interests within Nigeria,” he said.

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Insecurity: Buhari Has Agreed To Address Reps, Says Gbajabiamila

2 December 2020 - 10:22am


Femi Gbajabiamila

President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to address the House of Representatives on the security challenges across the country.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday after meeting Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. 

Femi Gbajabiamila

He said the date of the address would soon be made public.

The House of Representatives had on Tuesday resolved to invite Buhari to address lawmakers on efforts being made to address the security challenges in parts of the country.

See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Reps To Summon Buhari Over Borno Killings 0 Comments 4 Days Ago

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UK Government Announces Point-based Immigration System For Skilled Workers

2 December 2020 - 10:15am


In a bid to attract the brightest and the best from around the world, the UK Government has announced application for skilled workers visas.

According to a statement released by the UK’s Secretary of State, Priti Patel, the new immigration system would open on January 1, 2021.



Points will be ascribed to applicants for having a job offer at the appropriate skill level, knowledge of English and being paid a minimum salary.

Applicants will be awarded five-year skilled worker visas, open to extension, for earning points, the statement noted.

The statement read, “The new immigration rules will ensure that businesses can recruit the most highly qualified from across the globe to drive the economy forwards and keep the UK at the frontier of innovation.

“It will also encourage employers to focus on training and investing in the UK workforce, driving productivity and improving opportunities for individuals, especially those impacted by a coronavirus.

“They will need to have enough money to pay the application fee (ranging from £610 to £1,408), the healthcare surcharge (usually £624 per year) and be able to support themselves (usually by having at least £1,270 available).”

“This simple, effective and flexible system will ensure employers can recruit the skilled workers they need, whilst also encouraging employers to train and invest in the UK’s workforce.

“We are also opening routes for those who have an exceptional talent or show exceptional promise in the fields of engineering, science, tech or culture.”

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REVEALED: Ex-Ogun Governor Amosun Wired N12.5 Million From State Account To Buhari’s Personal Account In 2016

2 December 2020 - 10:07am


Ibikunle Amosun and Muhammadu Buhari


File Photo: President Buhari and Amosun

A bank document has shown how former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, authorised the transfer of N12.5million from the state treasury to the personal account of President Muhammadu Buhari for yet-to-be-ascertained purpose.

The bank transaction, from the First Bank of Nigeria, and obtained by the Peoples Gazette, revealed that the money was sourced from the Ogun State Government Expenditure Account, 2017774754 and paid into the President’s account.

Ibikunle Amosun and Muhammadu Buhari

The transaction date was September 8, 2016, and was done through the state government expenditure account.

The document partly reads, “OGUN STATE GOVT. EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT 2017774754 9/8/2016, 10,000,000.00 NEFT FROM OGUN STATE HOUSING CORPOR/B O OGUNCREDITFBNOFFICE OF THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OKE MOSAN NGN

“OGUN STATE GOVT.EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT2017774754 9/8/201620 12,500,000 FIP: BR: 000013 /PRES.MUHAMMADU BUH/TR DEBIT FBN OFFICE OF THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OKE MOSAN NGN.”

From the bank records, it showed that Amosun, who was Ogun State governor between 2011 and 2019, transferred N12.5 million to Buhari’s bank account.

File Photo: President Buhari and Amosun

September 8, 2016, transaction was authorised from Ogun State Government Expenditure Account, which was reportedly under Amosun’s control.

It was also unclear whether or not a voucher was raised for the transaction. At least two officials in Ogun State accountant-general’s office said they could not trace any payment advice before the transaction went to the President.

“There is no voucher relating to any direct or indirect payment to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 in our filing system,” a senior civil servant at the accountant-general’s office told Peoples Gazette.

“It was possible that the governor did not raise a voucher before the transaction was processed.”

The officials said it was quite common during Amosun's administration for money transfers to be done directly from the state treasury without requisite documentation, especially if the governor had a direct interest in such payments.

DOCUMENT: Ogun State Expenditure Account 2016 statement by Sahara Reporters on Scribd

Source: Peoples Gazette

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Abuja Area Council Pesters Residents For "Crazy" N200,000 Annual Radio, TV License Fee

2 December 2020 - 9:49am



The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC ) has deployed officials to badger residents to pay a wide-ranging amount for what it calls radio and television license fee.

They are asking business owners in the nation’s capital to pay N200,000 under this outdated and obscure taxation.



The officials told residents that the payment is backed by Section 7 (fourth schedule) of the 1999 Constitution and the AMAC Radio Television Bye-Law.

According to a document obtained by SaharaReporters, a big company is charged N200,000; medium: N100,000; and small company: N50,000.

Duplex occupants are required to pay N20,000; flat: N10,000; bungalow: N5,000; and small apartment: N3,500.



The area council officials have been threatening residents to pay the obscure fees or appear before a court. Many Abuja residents insisted that they could not afford such an amount of money at a time that they are facing financial hardship. 

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Insecurity: It's Foolish For Nigeria To Rely On Arms Importation —Shehu Sani

2 December 2020 - 9:27am


Shehu Sani

A former Kaduna State senator and social critic, Shehu Sani, has expressed disappointment with the overdependence of the country on arms importation to tackle insecurity, noting that it was time to develop the local defence industry.

Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the Eight Assembly, said on Twitter on Wednesday that it was also wrong for the West or developed countries to deny Nigeria the weapons that would enable it to prosecute the war on terror.

Shehu Sani

He said, "It's wrong for the West to deny Nigeria the sale of weapons to prosecute its war on terror. It's inexcusable for Nigeria to fail, considering that other countries sell weapons. It's also foolish for Nigeria at 60 to abandon its local defence industry and rely on import." 

It’s wrong for the West to deny Nigeria the sale of weapons to prosecute its war on terror.Its inexcusable for Nigeria to fail considering that there are other countries that sells weapons.Its also foolish for Nigeria at 60 to abandon its local defense industry & rely on import.

— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) December 2, 2020

In responses to Sani, a commentator, @BillionMont said, "Exactly the strategy the All Progressives Congress used against GEJ in 2015. They got the West to prevent the administration from buying weapons. Now they are facing the same music. What goes around, comes around. Ordinary Nigerians suffer the brunt of it."

Another Twitter user, @ganewhimself said, "Military formations all over the world have continued to innovate and influence their country's development, for example, the internet is an invention of the U.S. Military, and the same can be said of other countries. What has the Nigerian military produced?"

Sani's comments butresses calls for change in Nigeria as the security situation worsens. Nigerians have continued to react to the massacre of  Borno State farmers last Saturday – an occurrence where sources said over 80 persons were tied and slaughtered.

An infuriated Senate on Tuesday had called on the President to sack the service chiefs who seemed to be lacking ideas to ensure national security. The House of Representatives had also summoned the President to appear before it and answer to the killings.

The Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, who seemed to have lost faith in the Nigerian armed forces, had stated on Monday that the President should engage the services of mercenaries to clear the entire Sambisa Forest.

The governor had said, "One of our recommendations as possible solutions to end the insurgency is the immediate recruitment of our youths into military and paramilitary services to complement the efforts of the Nigerian forces.

"Our third recommendation is for the President to engage the services of mercenaries to clear the entire Sambisa forest."  

In three minutes and 37-second video, a masked Boko Haram leader had come out to say on Tuesday that the insurgents carried out the massacre because the farmers arrested one of its members and handed him over to the Nigerian military. See Also Insecurity Boko Haram: Nigeria Denied Weapons, To Remain At Terrorists’ Mercy – Lai Mohammed 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

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Mahdi Shehu Bitten By Snake At Police Headquarters In Abuja, Life In Danger, Says Family

2 December 2020 - 9:06am


Mahdi Shehu

The family of Katsina State-born business mogul, Mahdi Shehu, on Tuesday, expressed fear for his life because they have not heard from him since his detention by the police a week ago.

Shehu, who is the chairman of Dialogue Groups, had recently accused the Katsina State Government of squandering N52.6bn in the last five years from the state’s security account.

Mahdi Shehu

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According to Daily Trust, a member of the family said the last time they heard from their breadwinner was minutes after a snake bit him at the premises of the Force CID Headquarters, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.

“We’re not sure if he is alive or dead because the manner police authorities are handling his case is frightening. His health is seriously deteriorating,” the family member said.

One of Mahdi’s associates, Murtala Abubakar, had last week confirmed to the newspaper that his friend had been taken into custody.

Efforts to get the side of Force Headquarters since last week were unsuccessful. Force spokesman, Frank Mba, did not respond to calls and text messages on Tuesday.

Another source close to Mahdi’s family said the state government was accusing the embattled whistle-blower of “forgery, injurious criminal defamation and character assassination.”

The source said there were other interested parties in the matter, including a serving minister and governor from the North West.

He said Mahdi’s travails came to limelight on October 18, 2020, when the Attorney – General of Katsina State wrote a criminal complaint to the commissioner of police in the state.

“On that very day, the commissioner charged Mahdi before the Chief Magistrate Court No 1 in Katsina. However, nobody called him from the court, but the registrar of the court wrote a search and arrest warrant against him.

“Worried by the development, Mahdi’s lawyer went to Katsina and told them that since the defendant was not living in Katsina, the court does not have the right to serve him outside its jurisdiction. After that, they went to the High Court No 4 in Katsina and lodged a similar complaint.

“Eight days later, they lodged another complaint at the Upper Sharia Court, GR also in Katsina. After that, they directed one legislator to go to Malumfashi LGA, where he lodged another complaint on the same issue. The cases are still pending in four different courts,” he said

The source said while Mahdi had not been taken to any of the judges, police authorities in Abuja took over the case when some operatives blocked him when he was about to deliver a paper at the annual lecture of the J.K. Gadzama Centre.

“Over 100 policemen blocked him from having access to the centre. They told him that the IGP directed them to arrest him. However, when Gadzama came out from the premises, he described their action as balderdash; he told them they couldn’t take him anywhere.

“Mahdi went in and delivered the lecture, but while on his way out, one Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ellema, brought a letter to Gadzama saying Mahdi should see them the following day, Wednesday, November 25, at 9 am.

“He was there at the appointed time, but nobody attended to him up till 9 pm. It was then that certain women went and took his full statement. After that, a detention order was given that he should be taken to the Asokoro Police Station.

“When they arrived at the station, he wanted to ease himself to observe his prayers, but they asked him to use one unhygienic toilet, and he refused; instead he went to the backyard, but sadly, he was bitten by a snake…He screamed and fled the scene wailing. They took him to the Garki Hospital where they don’t have anti-venom or bed to admit him.

“They moved him to the National Hospital, where they administered him anti-venom and a pain reliever. From there, they took him to a certain ward containing six women. He was the only man among them. One of the women had cancer, another was mentally unstable, and another one had swallowed poison and was being revived.”

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Gunmen Kill Assistant Commissioner Of Police In Cross River

2 December 2020 - 8:48am


Egbe Eko Edum

An Assistant Commissioner of Police serving in No. 73 PMF Squadron, Magumeri, Borno State, ACP Egbe Eko Edum, has been reportedly axed to death in Calabar, Cross River State Capital by unknown men.

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday, December 2, at about 1:00 am.

Egbe Eko Edum

According to Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, the ACP came to Calabar to see his family after being away for a very long time but arrived late at night hours.

Ugbo said the police suspected the assailants to be robbers.

She said, “He dropped off from public transport and had called his wife to pick him up before the unknown men attacked him. We are investigating the incident, and the family has recovered the body from the scene.

“The deceased is an Assistant Commissioner of Police who served in Borno State; he is not serving here. I think he was on his way to see his family here in Cross River; he arrived in Calabar at about 1:00 am when the incident happened.”

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Katsina Senator Representing Buhari’s District Says The President Has Failed

2 December 2020 - 7:14am


Ahmad Babba Kaita

The senator representing Katsina North in the Senate, Ahmad Babba Kaita, has condemned recent attacks in various parts of the country.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Kaita said the actions of President Muhammadu Buhari had failed to produce any result so far.

Ahmad Babba Kaita

He added that if urgent steps were not taken, insurgents might overrun the country.

The lawmaker, who represents Buhari’s senatorial district, said the military leaders must be investigated and made to account for the massive funds they had been receiving from the government to combat the insurgency.

“The time of truth has come,” he said. “This situation is no longer acceptable to any Nigerian. We can’t be mourning our citizens in and out every day. We can’t accept the explanation from those who should do the right thing whenever there is an attack. If the statement from Garba Shehu is authentic, that is very irresponsible.

“You might be exposed to information that other Nigerians and we do not have.  Everybody is mourning the loss of citizens who are innocently killed and who have gone into their farms despite the challenging economic situation in this country and thereby losing their lives, and somebody says it is because they did not take clearance. We don’t harvest crops in one day; we harvest them overtime.

“We have to sit down with the military and assess the situation in the Northeast. Something is wrong here. If we allow this to go, we should be ready to have another attack soon.”

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Car Owners Will Pay About N250,000 For Autogas Conversion, Sylva Contradicts Kyari

2 December 2020 - 7:03am


Timipre Sylva,

Car owners will pay about N250,000 to have their vehicles converted to run on gas, contrary to information earlier given by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari.

Kyari had on Tuesday said one million cars would be powered by autogas free of charge.

Timipre Sylva,

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday, Justice Derefaka, Technical Adviser, Gas Business and Policy Implementation to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, explained that vehicle owners would have different payment plans to convert their cars to autogas.

“The conversion of your vehicle is not something that will take three weeks or seven days; it will take you around seven to eight hours because they [technicians] need to make a diagnosis of your vehicle to see if it is fit for conversion. After that, they will test for roadworthiness and then proceed.”

When asked who bears the cost for the conversion of the vehicles, Derefaka said, “Who owns the car? The owner of the car basically will decide to say I want to run on autogas or CNG or LNG. As the honourable minister had mentioned before, conversion has basic strands. You can partner with your bank, and the bank will now agree with the conversion centre to convert your vehicle, not for free entirely.

“The installer will now put some form of mechanism that each time you buy the gas, a certain amount will be deducted to pay for the conversion kit. Some people will say it is too expensive, but I don’t think it is because, within a period of five to seven months, you’ve already paid off the cost.”
 

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Boko Haram Abducted Women, Girls From Zabarmari – UN Coordinator

2 December 2020 - 6:48am


Edward Kallon

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has said that farmers in Zabarmari reported that some women and girls were feared abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists while calling for the immediate release of the captives.

Kallon stated that more slain civilians were being recovered almost daily since Saturday when the terrorists coordinated a vicious attack.

Edward Kallon

The UN chief stated this during his assessment visit to Zabarmari near Maiduguri, Borno State – the location of Saturday’s gruesome murder of over 43 farmers.

Kallon in a statement on Wednesday noted that some families still had missing relations from the Zabarmari incident, adding that the governments at all levels must collaborate to attend to the attendant humanitarian crisis in the region.

The UN coordinator said, “There is no word to describe how I feel after I visited Zabarmari community yesterday. It is with great sadness, but also indignation that I met the families of the victims of Saturday’s violent attack and their communities.

“Details on losses are still coming in, and the search for missing people is still ongoing. More bodies are being recovered. Farmers have also reported that some of the missing women may have been abducted. I call for these innocent women and girls to be immediately released and for their safe return to their communities.

“With more slain civilians recovered almost every day since the attack, it is clear that this was an act of sheer inhumanity and abject cruelty. The perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act should be brought to justice.

“The actions to be taken go beyond a security response. Nigeria is not the only country at grip with violent non-state armed groups in the Sahel. As we see across the sub-region, a security response alone will not be enough to bring peace and security in a state like Borno, which has been facing over a decade of violence. All actors, including the international community, have to join forces and step up support to the people of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

“It is only by working together, saving lives, rebuilding communities, providing new opportunities, increasing peace-building efforts, developing the infrastructure, fostering education, that we will be able to address the root causes of the crisis, reduce insecurity and stop the violence.”

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Zabarmari: North-East Governors Visit Zulum, Lament Socio-Economic Impact Of Insurgency

2 December 2020 - 6:22am


Members of the North East Governors Forum pay a condolence visit to Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on December 1, 2020.

Governors from the North-East region have paid a condolence visit to Borno State to commiserate with Governor Babagana Zulum over the massacre of at least 43 farmers in the Zabarmari area of the state.

The governors, who condemned the massacre, lamented the socio-economic effects of the insurgency, saying the government had to nip it in the bud.

Members of the North East Governors Forum pay a condolence visit to Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on December 1, 2020.

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State led the delegation to Maiduguri on Tuesday. 

Speaking for the governors, Darius noted that the lingering crisis in the region needed a holistic approach and new thinking to end the wanton destruction of lives and property.

He said, “We regret the human cost of the crisis that has continued for over a decade, and if it is not nipped in the bud, its socio-economic consequences will tell on the region.

“We visited to identify with our brother, Governor Zulum, to honour the dead and comfort the government, families of the slain farmers and the good people of Borno State.”

The governors were Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State and his counterparts from Taraba, Darius Ishaku; Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

Governor Zulum, commended his colleagues for the visit, saying, “the unity of purpose of our forum is commendable.”

He noted that the government had called for a probe into the attack while appealing to citizens of the state to exercise restraint and remain law-abiding.

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"My Son Was Killed By Policemen In My Presence" – Woman Petitions NHRC

2 December 2020 - 6:05am



A woman, Victoria Agori, has asked that the National Human Rights Commission, sitting in Abuja, prosecute the police officers who shot dead her son, Daniel Agori, right in her presence.

Mrs Agori testified on Tuesday before the NHRC panel probing allegations of human rights violations against the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad personnel.

Her son was killed in Rivers State in 2019.

"Justine Adaka gave the order to kill my son, and my son was killed right in my presence," she said. "Daniel Agori did not make any statement before they killed him like a chicken.

"These policemen are bad people. They called me the mother of a kidnapper and cultist, but my son was neither a kidnapper nor a cultist. He was a footballer and hairstylist. He was to travel to Spain."

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She said she had also sought the assistance of the Federation of International Women Lawyers and some human rights organisations on the issue when asked by the respondent's counsel, James Idachaba.

The woman also said that she had to leave Port Harcourt when she was constantly being threatened as the police kept saying the matter was being investigated.

Agori's lawyer, Abiodun Olutekunbi, told the panel that the late Daniel and his brother, David, alongside Daniel's fiancee, Silver Ogbonna, were whisked away by the police to the Unit Command at Aluu in Ikwere, Rivers on May 10, 2019.

"We want the panel to order the prosecution of SP Justine Adaka, DSP Yusuf Bello and Musa before a court of competent jurisdiction," Olutekunbi said.

"We also seek the order of the panel for the immediate release of the corpse of Daniel Agori for proper burial. We further pray for the order of the panel for compensation of N1billion."

The chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima adjourned the case till January 26, 2021.

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Be More Dedicated To Your Job, Police Urge 1,070 Promoted Personnel

2 December 2020 - 5:57am


The Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Kaoje, has urged the 1,070 newly promoted policemen in the state to curb crimes in the state and carry out their new responsibilities with more dedication.

According to a statement from the police’s Spokesperson, ASP Muhammad Sadiq, those promoted comprised of 566 Inspectors, 313 Sergeants, and 195 Corporals. 

“The event trails the recent promotion of 82,779 personnel of the Nigeria Police Force by the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu. 

“The Commissioner of Police, on behalf of the IGP, congratulated those promoted and urged them to utilise their elevation effectively. He charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibilities. He enjoined them to carry out their duties professionally and diligently to curb crimes and other emerging security challenges in the state.” 

In a related development, the CP earlier received the State Director of Department of State Service, Mr Sani Muhammad, on a visit to foster cooperation, understanding and synergy with the police command. 

The commissioner reassured the command’s commitment to effectively synergise with the DSS for effective service delivery in the state. See Also Sahara Reporters Police Service Commission Approves Recruitment Of 925 "Illegally Enrolled" As Constables 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

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Pope Condemns Borno Killings

2 December 2020 - 5:53am


Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the massacre of farmworkers in Borno State.

The Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram has since claimed responsibility for the killings which left at least 43 people dead.

Pope Francis New York Post

“I want to assure my prayers for Nigeria, where blood has unfortunately been spilled once more in a terrorist attack,” he said in his weekly general audience.

Remembering those who he said were “brutally killed”, he said: “May God welcome them in his peace and comfort their families, and convert the hearts of those who commit similar atrocities, which gravely offend his name.”

Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and injured six in rice fields near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Saturday.

The assailants had reportedly tied up the agricultural workers and slit their throats.

“We have recovered 43 dead bodies, all of them slaughtered, along with six others with serious injuries,” militia leader, Babakura Kolo, told AFP.

“It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers,” Kolo added.

The victims were labourers from Sokoto State in northwest Nigeria, roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away, who had travelled to the northeast to find work, said another militiaman Ibrahim Liman who gave the same toll.

The pope also used his address Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of four missionaries who were kidnapped, raped, and killed by a paramilitary group in El Salvador during the civil war.

“With evangelical dedication, and running great risks, they were bringing food and medication to the displaced and were helping poorer families. These women lived their faith with great generosity. They are an example for everyone to become faithful missionary disciples,” he said.

 

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Judiciary Tops Corruption Index In Nigeria With N9.4billlion Bribe – ICPC

2 December 2020 - 5:45am


The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has said that the judicial sector is currently on top of the Nigeria Corruption Index between 2018 and 2020.

The anti-corruption commission claimed that about N9,457,650,000 was offered and paid as bribes by lawyers.

Six female judges, according to the agency, reported that they were offered N3,307,444,000 while five male judges noted N392,220,000.

These details were contained in a report, “Nigeria Corruption Index: Report of a pilot survey”, which was made available on Tuesday by the Chairman of ICPC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, in Abuja.

The survey was carried out by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, the intellectual arm of the ICPC.

Owasanoye said the Nigeria Corruption Index, “indicates that both the public and private sectors are complicit in the high corruption levels in Nigeria.

“Overall, the justice sector had the highest level of corruption with a score of 63. The level of corruption in the justice sector was heightened by stupendously high amounts of money offered as bribes to judges by lawyers handling high electoral and other political cases.

“A large percentage, 73 per cent of justice sector respondents, did not experience a situation of outright demand or offer of a bribe. Nevertheless, it remains alarming that 16 per cent of respondents had experienced such blatant demands or offers of bribes.

“Follow up discussions indicated that the cases of outright demand and offer of bribes are mostly linked to election matters.

“Money involved in the high-level corruption in this sector was categorized into money demanded, offered or paid. Demands are made by court officials including judges, while lawyers or litigants make bribery offers and payments.

“The total amount of money reported by the Justice sector respondents as corruptly demanded, offered and paid between 2018 and 2020 was N9,457, 650,000.”

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In Civilised Nations, Leaders Who Fail Spectacularly To Provide Security Will Resign—Northern Elders

2 December 2020 - 5:29am


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Under the regime of  President Muhammadu Buhari, life has lost its value, the Northern Elders Forum, has said.

The organisation also said that the threat of farming in Northern Nigeria was real in the face of limited production of food in many of the communities.

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The NEF Director (Publicity and Advocacy), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said these in a statement on Tuesday night on the recent killings of 43 farmers in Borno.

He said, “Under this administration, life has lost its value, and more and more citizens are coming under the influence of criminals. We do not see any evidence of a willingness on the part of President Buhari to honour his oath to provide security for Nigerians. In civilised nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign.

“The Northern Elders Forum joins Nigerians in expressing outrage at the killings of farmers in Borno State and many other people daily in many parts of the North. Our voices have been raised without pause for a long time against pervasive insecurity in our region.

“We have consistently drawn attention to lack of political will to fight the Boko Haram insurgency and other threats such as banditry, rustling, and kidnapping. We had offered suggestions on how the security infrastructure could be improved, and the leadership of the military could be made more effective. Obviously, along with advice and concerns from many other Nigerians, these have made no impression on President Muhammadu Buhari.

“These particular killings have been greeted by the most insensitive response by spokespersons of the President. The lame excuse that farmers had not sought permission from the military to harvest produce merely exposed the misleading claims that our military had secured vast territories from the insurgency.

“These killings and the reality they expose will make relocation of citizens and resumption of economic activities a lot more challenging to achieve even for leadership that attaches priority to them, and this administration does not.

“Elsewhere in many parts of the North, many farming communities have not been allowed by bandits and kidnappers to plant crops. Those who did are being prevented from harvesting by these same criminals. The prospects for famine are real in the face of limited production of food in many of our communities.”

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Police Service Commission Approves Recruitment Of 925 "Illegally Enrolled" As Constables

2 December 2020 - 4:42am


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The Police Service Commission has announced the approval of recruitment of 925 persons who were initially illegally enrolled into the Nigeria Police Force.

The affected persons were previously ejected from the final list of 10,000 successful candidates in the 2019 recruitment exercise carried out by the NPF as they neither applied for the job nor participated in screening, aptitude test and medical examinations.

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However, in an interesting reversal of the issue, the commission in a statement said it resolved to screen and absorb the candidates "in the overall interest of the nation and to consider that resources had been expended in the training of these candidates and these candidates had been exposed to weapon and weaponry."

Also, the commission said it was not withholding the payment of the constables, adding that it had screened the list of "the supposedly successful candidates" sent to it by the Office of the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu.

The PSC further disclosed that it had also released appointment letters to the candidates and approved their capturing into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System for the payment of their salaries and allowances.

The commission said it had to reconsider to accommodate the list of candidates even after the Court of Appeal gave a judgment in its favour nullifying the "hijack of the recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Police Force."

The statement titled, ‘2019 police recruitment: PSC has cleared recruits for payment,' was signed by the spokesman for the commission, Ikechukwu Ani.

It stated that the PSC was expected to approve their recruitment at its meeting next week after which they would receive letters of appointment.

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