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Zabarmari: It Hurts That B’Haram Addressed Nigerians While Buhari Hasn’t – Aisha Yesufu

2 December 2020 - 4:32am


Aisha Yesufu

Human rights activist and co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls Movements, Aisha Yesufu, has decried the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country on the gruesome killings of at least 43 farmers in the Zabarmari area of Borno State.

Yesufu on Twitter lamented that a Boko Haram leader from the Abubakar Shekau faction had addressed the country on Tuesday while the President has yet to make an address.

Aisha Yesufu

She noted that this suggested that Nigeria had no leader.

She said, “The leader of the terrorist group has addressed the nation while the ruler of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria has yet to address the country. The terrorists know their leader has got their back. Nigerians have no leader. This hurts! 

The leader of the terrorist group has addressed the Nation while the ruler of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria is yet to address the Nation.
The terrorists know their leader has got their back. Nigerians have no leader.
This hurts! https://t.co/5VkBDYa5dk

— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) December 2, 2020

“The people with the power are kneeling for him and going on errands on his behalf. The legislative arm of government is where we need to focus our attention for now. They have the power to checkmate the executive. We need competent people there.” 

The people with the power are kneeling down for him and going on errand on his behalf.
The legislative arm of government is where we need to focus our attention for now. They have the power to checkmate the executive. We need competent people there. https://t.co/oa28WEvXuy

— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) December 2, 2020

Yesufu’s voice is one among national and global condemnation that has greeted the violent massacre of the 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.

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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.

 

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BREAKING: DSS Arrests Lagos-based Lawyer During 'One Man Protest' In Abuja

2 December 2020 - 3:46am


Malcolm RIchard Omirhobo during the 'one man protest' at the villa gate in Abuja


Malcolm Omirhobo addressing journalists





A Lagos State-based lawyer and activist, Malcolm Omirhobo, has been arrested at the Presidential Villa gate in Abuja by the operatives of the Department of State Services while embarking on a "one-man protest" against the killing of at least 43 farmers in Borno State.

The lawyer, who arrived at the gate at about 9 am and clad in a customised T-Shirt with an inscription, "Stop The Genocide" alongside some journalists, was whisked away by the officers in a Gestapo manner.

Malcolm RIchard Omirhobo during the 'one man protest' at the villa gate in Abuja

Omirhobo had come to the villa gate to protest against the gruesome killing of the rice and fish farmers in Zabarmari community.  

The activist was stopped by the policemen attached to the gate near the Federal Secretariat while heading toward the Presidential Villa.

An argument ensued in the process as the lawyer insisted on seeing President Muhammadu Buhari in order to tell him to stop the carnage and the senseless killing of Nigerians in the country.

The police put a call to one of their superior officers, Hadejia, who appealed and pacified Omirhobo to write a formal letter if he wanted to have an audience with the President. 

But trouble started when the armed DSS officials arrived at the scene, descended on the activist and harassed the journalists covering the scene.

Malcolm Omirhobo addressing journalists

Addressing journalists before his arrest, Omirhobo said he had come to the Presidential Villa to protest peacefully against the institutionalised and systemic genocide going on in Nigeria.

He said, "Coming on the heels of the slaughtering of 110 farmers in Borno State, I am here to tell the President that enough is enough. He should stop playing the ostrich because the government is backing all the evils perpetrated by these evil people killing innocent and harmless Nigerians.

"I am saying it categorically that the government is conniving, conspiring and assisting this crime against humanity, and that is why I am here to protest. I came here now, but the officers are saying that I cannot exercise my rights."

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Court Sentences Swedish-Nigerian Woman To Four-Year Jail Term For Child Trafficking

2 December 2020 - 3:36am


A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has sentenced a Swedish-Nigerian woman, Stephany Isaksson, to four years imprisonment for alleged child trafficking in Akwa Ibom State.

Isaksson, 43, was jailed on two counts of keeping an 18-month-old baby by means of fraud from one Uduak (currently at large), an offence which is contrary to section 13(2)(b) of trafficking in persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015 and for receiving the custody of the baby, knowing that the infant would be subject to exploitation.

This is contrary to section 21 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act.

Isaksson was apprehended by the Swedish Embassy authorities when she went to obtain travel documents for the child.

She hails from Mbiayon, in the Uruan LGA of Akwa Ibom, and has been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in 2018 for trial.

While ruling on the case, with Charge Number, FHC/UY/108C/2019, Justice Fatun Riman, on count one, sentenced the convict to a term of two years or a fine of 250,000.

The judge, on count two, sentenced Issakson to 2-year imprisonment or a fine of N250, 000.

The sentence will be enforced concurrently.
 

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Judicial Panel Orders Arrest Of Ex-DPO Carol Afegbai Over Killing Of UNIBEN Student

2 December 2020 - 3:13am


The Judicial Panel of Enquiry on police brutality in Edo State has authorised the arrest of a former Divisional Police Officer, CSP Carol Afegbai, for her alleged involvement in the murder of Ibrahim Momodu, a 500-level student of the University of Benin. 

Momodu was killed in 2015, when retired Chief Superintendent of Police, Afegbai, was the DPO in charge of Ogida Police Division. 

A member of the Panel, A.B. Thomas, said Afegbai should be arrested in connection with the killing of the slain undergraduate. 

"If she was not summoned by the High Court or the Court of Appeal, it is because she was not a party; it was the state versus the man who pulled the trigger," said Thomas.

"But, before us here, she has been mentioned, and if we end the case without summoning her, it will seem she is above the law."

The chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (retd), in her judgment, commanded the arrest of Afegbai. 

Ehigiamusoe said, "The panel summoned the respondent to appear before this panel at today's (Tuesday) proceedings, and it is on record that she has failed to do so.

"It is of the view of this panel that the respondent, having failed to appear before the panel, a warrant of arrest should be issued for her to appear before the panel.

"It is hereby ordered that a warrant of arrest be issued forthwith on the said respondent who is named Carol Afegbai, who shall appear before this panel following the order of this panel on December 9, 2020," she said.

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Nigerian Man Convicted Of Murder After Stabbing Hotel Worker Six Times In UK Over Second-hand Gucci Bag

2 December 2020 - 3:08am


A Nigerian man, Samuel Odupitan, who stabbed a hotel concierge worker to death so he could steal his Gucci bag, has been convicted of murder.

Odupitan, 24, knifed Tyler Roye six times as he was making his way home after work in south London in February.

Prosecutors said Odupitan had come across his 24-year-old victim on the tram and then "murdered him in cold blood for the sake of a designer bag".

The defendant, from Croydon, was found guilty of murder following a trial at Croydon Crown Court, BBC reports. 

He had also previously pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery over the attack which took place shortly after midnight on February 26.

Roye, who worked at Holiday Inn in Stratford, left the tram in Woodside and had just picked up a call from his girlfriend when he was confronted by Odupitan who demanded his possessions, the court heard.

After a struggle, the 24-year-old defendant fled with the second-hand Bengal tiger print bag while Roye managed to make it to a friend's house before collapsing inside.

He was taken to hospital but died just before 03:00 GMT.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Odupitan had first been spotted on CCTV, while analysis of his phone found numerous images of knives as well as a video of him driving around in a car armed with a blade.

Senior crown prosecutor Devi Kharran said it had been an "opportunistic and unprovoked attack on a hardworking young man who was on his way home from work".

He said Odupitan had "pursued" his victim from the moment he spotted him on the tram and Roye "had lost his life simply because he had the fatal misfortune of encountering a violent robber on his way home".

Odupitan will be sentenced on 7 December.

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Sex Worker Sells Four-Month-Old Baby For N300,000 In Katsina

2 December 2020 - 2:56am


A 25-year-old sex worker, Zainab Adamu, has been arrested by the Katsina State Police Command for allegedly selling her four-month-old baby for N300,000.

According to the spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isa, Zainab conspired with her friend, one Ruth Kenneth, 32, an indigene of Delta State and sold the baby to one Chinwindi Omeh, 43, who lived in the Ekuisigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.  LIB

Isa said that the three women were arrested on November 26 based on a tip-off.

The police spokesman said, "Zainab conspired with her friend, Ruth Kenneth and sold her four months old baby girl to one Chinwendi Omeh at the cost of N300,000
 
"In the course of the investigation, another suspect, one Chukwudi Nnali, of the same address, brother to Chinwindi Omeh, was also arrested for aiding and abetting the commission of the offence.

"The sums of N165,000 and N85,000 were recovered from Zainab Adamu and Ruth Kenneth respectively as proceeds of the sale."

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#EndSARS, National Association Of Nigerian Students And The Way Forward By Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

2 December 2020 - 2:31am


The author, Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

The recent agitation and imbroglio at the Lekki Toll Gate in the wake of the calamitous and ill-faited #endSARS protests and attendant consequences must necessarily redefine the Buhari-led government's hostile attitude towards the youth.

Statistics has shown that 75% of our population constitutes  people below  age 35. The intellectual pack that occupied the toll gate during the protests are either National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) members who joined because ASUU was on strike.  Graduates who are former members of NANS were also available to participate because they were less busy due to  lack of employment. Although the protests were facilitated to some extent by a few business- oriented guys, some of whom are privileged to have the means.  It is this class of the populace that  government is now going after. Beyond chasing shadows, NANS convention and election of its leaders offers this government the opportunity to  improve on its human rights rating locally and internationally.

The Lekki impasse would have been better managed on both sides, had the group had leaders that could dialogue with the government when it was ready and willing to talk.

The author, Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Reports from Abuja shows that the students community is already agog with representatives of governors who are desirous of the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023. 
The chiefs of staff or different governors are working asiduously to out smart one another on behalf of their principals. The determination of this class of aspirants to hijack the leadership of NANS by manipulating its election must be frowned at and resisted by the Buhari-led  administration, using relevant security apparatuses. Government must consider intelligence from the DSS and critically review them to make intervention where necessary at ensuring that true students representative leadership emerges during this week's NANS elections holding between the 3rd and 6th of December 2020.

The zoning of NANS Presidency and the general secretary to the South West did worsen the interest of South West governors in the leadership of NANS. Failure of Federal Government to stop governors from intruding  in the election  may surge up cultism and violent- related activities on our campuses and by extension our country. 

The violence that our mainstream politics has become must not be allowed to over run NANS election this year. This is the first litmus test that the Buhari Government must pass to show its readiness to promote non violent election in 2023.

Communication is the strength of every relationship, government and citizens inclusive. Nigerian students must resist every temptation by those who are not members of NANS  to determine its leadership with an intention to influence and control the students body.

The aborted willingness of the Buhari-led administration to dialogue with the Nigerian youths during the last EndSARS movement protests must be revived. One sure way to effect this is to ensure that persons that are true representatives of the students and not proxies of politicians with an agenda other than a better NANS leadership emerges as elected representatives of the Nigerian students.

The very best of conventions my wishes to NANS, and may her best emerge during this election.

Long live, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, long live the National Association of Nigerian Students.

ALUTA continua!

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We’re Still Consulting, No Agreement Yet to Suspend Strike – ASUU President

2 December 2020 - 2:24am


The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has said the union is still consulting on what its reply will be to the offers the Federal Government made for it to end its eight-month-old strike.

According to Vanguard, the consultation is being done with members across the country and other critical stakeholders.

“We have what the government is offering and have transmitted the same to our members nationwide, and we are consulting on what the next line of action will be. You know a tree does not make a forest, and our union is democratic in nature and practice.

“As for how long the consultation would take, I cannot say, but it may go beyond this week. Whatever we decide on is going to be in the national interest, the interest of our children, the interest of our members and the good of all,” Ogunyemi said.

Recall that after a series of meetings the leadership of the union held with the government team led by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, the government promised to pay the withheld salaries of lecturers ranging from four to eight months.

The government also said it would release N75 billion for the revitalisation of the system and the payment of Earned Academic Allowances.

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Gridlock As Tanker Catches Fire On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

2 December 2020 - 12:40am


A fuel tanker on Wednesday morning caught fire at the Magboro section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The incident, which happened around 06 am, caused gridlock at Magboro, outward Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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The PUNCH gathered that firefighters have arrived at the scene of the fire outbreak.

It was also learnt that the fuel being conveyed by the tanker had spilled to the other side of the expressway – leading inward to Lagos.

This is coming barely 25 days after a fuel-laden tanker went up in flames at the Kara end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Corps confirmed that no fewer than two persons died with 29 vehicles burnt in the November 7 incident.

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Many Residents Killed By B’Haram For Volunteering Information To Military – Borno

2 December 2020 - 12:35am


Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum.

The Borno State Government says the Boko Haram terrorists have killed many residents of the state because they volunteered information to the military.

Isa Gusau, the spokesperson for the Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, stated this on his Twitter handle.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum.

He noted that it was not true that the people did not cooperate or give intelligence to the military as has been alleged in some quarters.

Gusau added that the Boko Haram even confirmed that its fighters killed Zabarmari farmers because they captured one of the terrorists and handed him over to the soldiers recently.

He said, “This is one of many consequences of Borno peoples’ cooperation in years now. Many have died for giving intelligence to soldiers, yet the communities won’t stop. Many have followed soldiers to the battles and died, yet they won’t stop. Let us hear one idiot accuse the Borno people again.

“They said Borno people do not cooperate but here is the latest example; the Boko Haram just announced that they beheaded dozens of Zabarmari farmers for informing soldiers about their movement and for capturing one of their men and handing over to soldiers recently.”

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Farooq Kperogi To Government: Military Not Safe From Boko Haram, How Can They Give Clearance To Farmers?

1 December 2020 - 11:26pm


Farooq Kperogi

An Associate Professor in the United States and social critic, Dr Farooq Kperogi, has questioned the explanation that Borno State farmers needed military clearance to go to their farms when the military and their personnel are not safe from Boko Haram.

Kperogi on Tuesday lamented that the Boko Haram terrorists had claimed a record number of the lives of soldiers in the last two years, more than since 2009 when the insurgency started.

Farooq Kperogi

On Twitter, the professor wrote, "The Boko Haram has murdered more soldiers in the last two years than at any point since 2009, yet the government wants farmers to get clearance from the same military (that also isn't safe from the Boko Haram) before going to their farms.

"It is like seeking clearance from the police to avoid being kidnapped even when the police are themselves routinely kidnapped and released only when they pay the handsome ransom. Plus, this undercuts the government's propaganda that Boko Haram does not control an inch of Nigeria. If you need clearance from a vulnerable military before you go to the farm, you are conquered." 

when d police are themselves routinely kidnapped and released only when they pay handsome ransom. Plus, this undercuts d gov't's propaganda that Boko Haram doesn't control an inch of Nigeria. If you need clearance from a vulnerable military b4 you go to d farm, you're conquered.

— Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D (@farooqkperogi) December 1, 2020

The Boko Haram terrorists' killings have resumed in recent times with the latest violence being in Zabarmari area in Borno State where 43 farmers were killed at a plantation in Kwashabe village, about 20 kilometres north of Maiduguri.

The insurgents were also said to have also destroyed the rice plantation after slaughtering the farmers.

The Defence Headquarters had claimed only 43 people were killed, but a source told SaharaReporters that the death toll rose to 81 as 38 more bodies were recovered by search and rescue teams on Monday.

The killing of the rice farmers has attracted condemnations with some Nigerians calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the country's service chiefs and overhaul the security architecture of Nigeria.

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10 Pregnant Girls, Kids Rescued In Ogun Baby Factory

1 December 2020 - 11:15pm


Operatives of Ogun Police Command, on Tuesday, busted a baby factory at Ofada, Mowe, Obafemi-Owode LGA and rescued ten captives, including pregnant mothers and kids.

The operator of the factory, Mrs Florence Ogbonna, reportedly fled but her daughter and a physically challenged man were arrested.

The physically challenged man was allegedly responsible for impregnating the young girls, and after delivery, Mrs Ogbonna sold their babies.

The woman, now on the run, who was arrested for a similar offence, is standing trial for human trafficking.

The young expectant mothers, aged 18 to 24 years, were transported from Imo, Abia and Ebonyi states with a promise of securing employment for them but later lured into the illicit trade.

Speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta, the spokesman of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the fleeing operator of the baby factory was under court bail but decided to return to her "usual business."

Oyeyemi said the command had launched a search for the woman to bring her to justice.

According to him, one of the victims who had resisted the plan to put her baby for sale escaped and reported the illicit trade to the police.

He said families of the victims would be contacted to reunite them.

Speaking with reporters, one of the victims, Chindera Onuoha, said she reported to the police after the fleeing woman wanted to sell her baby.

When asked how much a baby cost, she said: "If the baby is a boy, they sell it for N250,000. If it's a girl, it is N200,000."

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"Expect EFCC Invitation, Freezing Of Account"—Fayose Tells Lawmakers Who Summoned Buhari Over Insecurity

1 December 2020 - 11:14pm


Gov. Ayodele Fayose

A former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, says members of the House of Representatives who asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before the House should expect to be harassed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

"I will be surprised if the President honours the House of Reps' invitation," Fayose tweeted on Tuesday. "The National Assembly that is supposed to represent the people should know by now that in the eyes of this President, they only exist on paper because they are mere toothless bulldogs.

Gov. Ayodele Fayose

"Some of those Rep members should expect an EFCC invitation, freezing of their accounts or arrest for plotting to bring down the legitimate government of the President. I warned." 

Some of those Rep members at the forefront of the invitation of the President to appear before the House should expect EFCC invitation, freezing of their accounts or arrest for plotting to bring down legitimate government of the President.

I warned.

— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) December 1, 2020

The lawmakers had on Tuesday resolved to summon the President over the killing of more than 40 farmers in Borno State last weekend.

The farmers were attacked in Zabarmari area of Borno State by suspected members of Boko Haram, an Islamic terror organization.

The decision to summon the President followed a motion by members of the House from Borno who insisted that Buhari had to address them at the plenary.

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Northerners Wasted Their Votes On Buhari In 2015, 2019, Northern Groups Say

1 December 2020 - 11:09pm


President Muhammadu Buhari

A coalition of northern groups has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for his incapacity to secure the region from terrorists, kidnappers and bandits.

The spokesman for the groups, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, described the massacre of farmers in Borno State as a single attack that proved that northerners wasted their votes on Buhari in 2015 and 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The groups captured their feelings in a statement which reads, "The latest massacre of more than 100 innocent farmers in a single attack is significant in proving that northern votes were wasted in electing President Buhari in 2015 and 2019. It shows that northerners did make a mistake in putting up a solid, united front for him despite their ethnic-religious differences only to be abandoned to suffer the effects of such levels of insecurity, poverty and poor governance.

"For us in the North, policing lives and livelihoods of communities is now a major problem, it would not be an exaggeration to say bluntly that Buhari is the single problem of Nigeria today. We all heard of Zabarmari because the number was huge and it all happened at the same place and hour. The truth is, these incidents are constant all over the North which is today virtually a battlefront, and a hostage of Boko Haram, kidnappers, bandits, rustlers and rapists who roam about and operate freely while President Buhari and his government persist in denial.

"Northern leaders and elite fortified in their comfort zones and living far away from the effects of this devastating insecurity may be tolerated if they downplay the significance of insisting that Buhari has failed in the vital area of protecting the lives and property of a significant component of the nation, the North.

"We the typical northerners, however, understand what it means, and we daily pray to God that we have a change of situation because, without a doubt, this administration would undoubtedly abandon the North to be routed completely by criminals who understand that weak political will, insensitivity, incompetence and corruption have weakened government's resolve to challenge them.

"All northerners feel the pains of this insecurity that is already frustrating all hopes that the government could discover a more permanent solution to recurring violence across the region. We, therefore, insist that in the face of this glaring failure, the people must consider taking steps to protect themselves and their communities. While we don't doubt that governments are important in deciding how we live, citizens and communities who speak and understand each other make stronger building blocks for sustainable peace and public safety."

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How Hunters Helped Police Arrest 38 Suspected Kidnappers In Adamawa—Police Commissioner

1 December 2020 - 11:05pm


The Commissioner of Police in Adamawa State, Olugbenga Adeyanju, has credited professional hunters for helping the police to arrest thirty-eight suspected kidnappers who were paraded by the police.

"Professional hunters are very helpful generally, except a few who are giving the hunters a bad name," the police boss said. 

At the parade on Tuesday in Yola, Adeyanju said eight vehicles were recovered from one of the suspected kidnappers.

He named 37-year-old Hamadu Umoru as the one who conspired with some others at large to kidnap people from across Adamawa State and parts of Taraba and used ransom obtained from the victims to acquire the eight cars now in police custody.

"All the vehicles were bought with the ransom received from victims of kidnapping," Adeyanju said.

Four other armed robbery suspects were also paraded. They included Yusuf Musa, 35; Sale Kade, 30; and Modi Luka, 33

Items recovered from the suspects included nine AK 47 rifles and 664 rounds of live ammunition, 16 arrows, six knives, ten phones, and two laptops, among other items.

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CBN Begs Court Not To Unfreeze #EndSARS Campaigners' Accounts

1 December 2020 - 11:03pm


The Central Bank of Nigeria has asked Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja not to unfreeze the accounts of #EndSARS campaigners because they are still under probe for terrorism financing.

The CBN said this in a counter-affidavit in opposition to a motion on notice filed by Gatefield Nigeria Limited, a company that sponsored freelance journalists to cover the #EndSARS protests in October.

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The apex bank had, through an ex parte order, frozen the account of Gatefield Nigeria Limited and 19 other persons who played a role in the protests.

However, Gatefield opposed the CBN's action in court, insisting that the act was illegal because the apex bank had frozen the accounts even before the court order to do so was obtained.

In a counter-affidavit filed by a lawyer, A.J. Apera, on behalf of the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, the apex bank stated that it duly obtained a court order on November 4, 2020, to freeze the accounts.

The CBN, however, made no mention of #EndSARS in the court papers but only told the court that all those whose accounts were frozen were under probe for suspected terrorism.

The affidavit read in part, "That the bank accounts frozen by this honourable court, in this case, are suspected to be involved in transactions bordering on terrorism financing and that the Central Bank of Nigeria is investigating the said accounts in that regard."

The apex bank said it did not need to inform the #EndSARS campaigners about the freezing of their accounts because of the nature of the investigation which is terrorism-related.

It added, "That the allegations involving the defendants' accounts being investigated by the Central Bank of Nigeria border on terrorism and that there was an extreme urgency warranting the grant of the ex parte order in this suit."

The apex court said it had the legal right to investigate the defendants because it had to do with financing and funds being stored in financial institutions.

The CBN said it would forward its findings to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit for further investigation.

The affidavit, obtained by Punch, further read, "That it will be in the best interest of justice that the instant application is dismissed as the investigations being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria in respect of the defendants' frozen accounts have not been concluded."

The parliament of the United Kingdom had last week criticized the Federal Government for freezing the accounts of #EndSARS campaigners under the guise of probing terrorist financing.

The accounts have been frozen for 40 days while none of the accused has been invited for questioning.

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Zabarmari: Killing Of Over 43 Farmers Was Retaliation, Boko Haram Says In New Video

1 December 2020 - 12:07pm


As the country continues to grieve over at least 43 rice farmers beheaded by the Boko Haram terrorists last Saturday in Zabarmari area of Borno State, a factional leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, has appeared in a new video claiming responsibility for the attack.

Shekau, whom the military claimed to have killed many times in recent years, breeds the Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad faction of the insurgents.

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In the three minutes and 37-second video, a masked Boko Haram leader accused the farmers of arresting one of its members and handing him over to the Nigerian military.

The Boko Haram warlord was seen in the video saying, “You think you can nab our brother and hand him to soldiers and live in peace. You think Allah will forget what you have done to our brother.

“The third message is on those who notoriously nab our brethren and hand them to the military or give them a clue on us. You should know that, unless you repent, what happened to your people is awaiting you.”

Since the Saturday incident, Nigerians have strongly condemned the killings, calls to President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the country’s security architecture and change the military chiefs, who are believed to be bereft of fresh ideas.

On Sunday, 43 victims of the massacre were given a mass burial led by the state governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

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Delta To Hold Council Election March 6

1 December 2020 - 11:56am


The Delta State Independent Electoral Commission has fixed the local government election for March 6, 2021.

Announcing on Tuesday during a meeting with leaders of political parties and stakeholders in Asaba, the DSIEC Chairman, Michal Ogbodu, disclosed that the elections would hold in the new 34 wards created by the commission, thereby bringing the total wards to 500.

The commission’s notice of election displayed during the meeting reads, “The approved candidates sponsored by the registered political parties should collect appropriate nomination forms from the office of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission headquarters, between the hours of 8  and 4 p.m. from Tuesday, 2nd February 2021 to Wednesday, 3rd February 2021.

“Nomination forms duly completed as required in the above law must be returned to the commission’s headquarters not later than 4pm on Friday, 5th February 2021.”

The commission chairman, however, warned politicians and political parties to play the game according to its rules and regulations.

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Maina Will Be Extradited To Nigeria Soon —Police

1 December 2020 - 11:35am


Abdulrasheed Maina

The police have commenced the processes for the extradition of the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrashid Maina, who was arrested in Niamey, Niger Republic, on Monday.

He was apprehended through the joint efforts of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL National Central Bureau, Abuja, and their Nigerien counterparts.

Abdulrasheed Maina

Maina is currently in a detention facility in the Niger Republic awaiting the completion of the extradition processes.

The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Tuesday, said the police were perfecting the paperwork for the repatriation of the fugitive from Niger where he fled in a bid to escape justice for allegedly stealing N2 billion.

It explained that Maina would soon be brought back to the country to continue with his ongoing trial.

The former Ministry of Interior director is being prosecuted on 12 counts of money laundering to the tune of N2 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He had jumped bail forcing the trial judge, Justice Abang Okon, to issue an arrest warrant against him.

He was said to have stopped attending his trial since September 29, 2020, prompting Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to order the remand of his surety, Senator Ali Ndume, penultimate Monday.

The court, however, granted bail to the Borno South Senator, last Friday.

The police in their statement titled, ‘Abdulrashid Maina to be extradited to Nigeria soon,’ said, “Following the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina in Niamey, Niger Republic, the Nigeria Police Force is perfecting extradition processes of the fugitive to Nigeria to enable him face trial in pending criminal proceedings against him.

“Maina, who was declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction, was arrested on November 30, 2020, through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterparts.“

The force assured that “there shall be no hiding place for any suspect, no matter how highly placed.”

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Buhari Appoints New Director-General For NAPTIP

1 December 2020 - 11:29am


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.

She replaces Mrs Julie Okah-Donli.


The new appointment was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘President Buhari appoints Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as Director-General, NAPTIP’.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.

“A holder of BSc (Sociology), Masters of Arts (Management) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees, Mrs Sulaiman-Ibrahim hails from Nasarawa State.

“Until her new appointment, she was a member of the Nasarawa State Economic Advisory Council as well as Special Adviser on Strategic Communication to the Minister of State for Education.”

No mention was made of Okah-Donli in the statement.

Only last month, the former DG was appointed the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.

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