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Lawmaker Who Sponsored Bill Allowing Governor Uzodinma Arrest Persons Arbitrarily Says Document Was Altered

18 September 2020 - 1:17am


Frank Ugboma



Honourable Frank Ugboma, Deputy Minority Leader, Imo State House of Assembly, who sponsored the recently signed Imo State Administration of Criminal bill No 2 of 2020 (ISACJL, 2020) has revealed that the bill had been altered.

Governor Hope Uzodinma on Thursday signed into law the ISACJL, 2020, which empowers him to arrest and detain any resident of the state for as long as he wishes.

Ugboma, who spoke after the bill was met with wide criticisms, said some sections were sneaked into the bill by some unknown individuals.

Frank Ugboma

Describing the development as a “rude shock”, Ugboma stated that the bill had 372 sections, noting that the controversial section that empowers the governor to arrest and detain contravenes the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Bill I presented had about a total of 372 sections. How and where it was amended, recreated and reshaped into Section 484 and beyond remains a mystery and a legislative wonder of our time as what I presented and circulated to my colleagues during plenary, both in the first and second readings did not contain such obnoxious and embarrassing Section 484. Neither was it deliberated in the House Committee of the whole. It indeed never existed in the House. 

“No one has been able to explain to the members of the 9th House how and at what stage the said Section 484 was inserted into the Bill. It smacks of an evil manipulation to throw Imo people into the dungeon.

“This particular provision is a nullity ab initio in view of the unambiguous provisions of sections 1(1),(3),4,5,6 and 36 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria (as Amended). This is very appalling.”

The lawmaker said he had requested that the state Assembly constitute a committee to ascertain how such horrendous act was done.

He noted that he has forwarded another bill to amend the one assented to by the governor.

“This was not the Bill I presented and sponsored. 

“In the manuscripts that I received after each hearing and which I have compared with that given to my colleagues, there is no hand of Esau. 

“This has informed my view and I have forwarded a Bill for the immediate amendment of those offensive and draconian sections,” he added.

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According to documents seen by SaharaReporters, any person detained on the orders of Uzodinma can only be released when he grants a license to the said individual.

It also abolished all forms of preliminary inquiry or preliminary investigation into a criminal charge by a magistrate or any court in the state and replaced them with preparation of proof of evidence.

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Nigerian Soldier Fighting Boko Haram Commits Suicide, Leaves Letter For Wife

18 September 2020 - 1:07am


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A soldier fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East has reportedly killed himself.

According to TheCable, the soldier, a lance corporal attached to the Nigerian  Army 27 Task Force Brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, committed suicide on Thursday at his duty post. 

“He shot himself in the head and died immediately before other soldiers could even rush to help,” a military source told the newspaper.

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The soldier was also said to have left a note for his wife. 

His body has been evacuated and sources said investigation into what led to the incident was in progress.

In July, a soldier in the army’s 202 Battalion in Bama, Borno State, killed a lieutenant, who did not give him pass to visit his family. 

In 2019, a soldier hanged himself in Abuja.

Also in 2017, another soldier committed suicide after killing his superior.

 

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Boko Haram Terrorists Kill Three Persons In Borno Communities

18 September 2020 - 12:56am


Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists have attacked two villages in Borno, killing no fewer than three persons while others were injured.

SaharaReporters gathered that the insurgents attacked Gareri and Kuwami communities both in Magumeri Local Government Area.

Magumeri is North and about 40km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital, which had witnessed series of Boko Haram attacks.

Residents said many of them escaped to the bush to avoid being abducted during the attacks.

“Two people were killed at Gareri while one person was killed by the gunmen in Kuwani,” a security source told SaharaReporters.

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Governor El-Rufai Is Killing The Hausa Shàgo Culture Of Northern Nigeria Starting From Kaduna State By Saliu Momodu

18 September 2020 - 12:52am


Through out Kaduna State, Governor Ahmed Nasiru El-rufai through his iconic onslaught of mass demolitions, is killing the Hausa shàgo culture of Northern Nigeria.

The logic is for city beautification and perhaps most importantly, Internal Revenue Generation. So as you go around town, spaces where mini, small and even large privately owned and privately operated shops once sat are now opened up after what came mainly as an unceremonious deployment of bulldozers and catapillers.

These entraprenuers now stranded and aching from the predicament of their new realities are expected, if still interested in eking out a living, to go find and rent shops at exorbitant rates from plaza-like buildings and shopping centers. Buildings that appear to have been briskly erected by salient but shrewd bourgeois. Bourgeoises who hitherto have always cozied with the advantages and privileges of means and information on the impending draconian socio-economic policy of government.

It may be difficult to argue against a logic that seeks to harness sundry economic activities in a state for a boost in tax inflow, and as in this particular case through rents and royalties. But to ignore the overwhelming number of those shàgo owners and practitioners who must now return to unproductivenes, unemployment, despondency and moribundness is to be insensitive to the plight of a critically disadvantaged class of the society.

From where will these peasants start off if they are to ever continue fending for themselves and their families? How can they possibly source the capital required to rent out a shop from these ostensible shopping malls much less stock up on the wares to sell. Many of these people especially in this COVID dispensation have definitely been thrown under a racing bus if not literarily under a moving Catapiller. All these coming just when they thought they could still manage to clutch onto an age-long, yet enduring, practice of the shàgo as a lifeline to out-live this pelting economy.

People of Northern Nigeria, their young men from the bottom social strata especially, have over the decades been able to wrestle their share of livelihood and maintain some semblance of independence and responsibility through the practice of owning and running a small shop somewhere around in the neighborhood or right outside their various houses. These shops popularly called shàgo in the local Hausa dialect are the principal supply units for simple but critical consumer items. Big corporations like Dangote, Honeywell, Cadbury etc., have these shàgos to thank for being the last link in the downstream sector for the distribution of their products to the final retailer and consumer in the biggest cities and in the remotest extremities of the Nigerian landscape. Aside serving a life-dependent network of critical supply to those low income earners who only subsist on a hand-to-mouth basis due to the uncharitable economics unleashed upon them by government, these shàgos serve as the economic mitochondria upon which a poor society depends for an otherwise impossible redistribution and circulation of wealth among the poor and less privileged in our economy. On account of a neighborhood shàgo, those who legitimately earn or unabashedly fetch from our common patrimony could still handover some crumbs to the shàgo operator through the purchase of groceries, sanitaries, veggies, etc. By extension, those at the lower ebbs of an unforgiving socio-economic construct may earn just enough to go through another night-man, wife and children. But when even this oportunity is arrogantly taken away on the grounds of environmental beautification and tax scavenging, one can only wonder how those at the receiving end would fare in the immediate and medium term- not to mention anytime thereafter.

Now, talking about the aristo-centric economic gains that may possibly accrue from these developmental adventures. Who says this is the better way to go? By this approach, wealth will once again be made to perculate at the hands and corridors of those already rich and privilege ones. They will go on to own all the departmental stores and shopping centers while those that are purported to be running those shops and businesses will actually be slaving both for their principals through rents, and for the government through taxes. Mind you, there is a worse case scenario where large retail chain stores could simply snuff out the life from their smaller competitors through an unfair competition as already being staged by this demolition policy. And again, even if the present govenor may want to boast of his good intentions and judiciousness with the generated revenue, what are his guarantees for future administrations and for those men, women and their children whom he has violently taken out of circulation by severing their critical shàgo lifeline?

As a people, we have to be very weary of blanket imitation of Western liberal democracies just as we should be cautious in applying textbook examples of developmental models. One would have thought that government and her handsomely paid policy makers would be more charitable, pragmatic and sensitive in a Northern Nigeria that is this plagued with insurgency and widespread insecurity, drug addition, and out-of-school children. Yet we are greeted with a demolition orgy that luxurate in bringing down the lives and businesses of the poor only for a propping up of those already rich and privilege shopping plaza and retail corporation owners.

The way to go at this critical juncture of our national life isn't to place environmental beautification above human survival and sustainability. And regarding socio-economics, we got here in the first place owing to massive rural-urban drift as brought about by lack of armenities, infrastructure and social welfare in the hither lands. This migration still continues and there are little or no insensitives to stay back in those remote communities hence the bourgeoning population and accompanying petty economic activities as ever sprawling in the main cities of our country. It is therefore better to apply a voluntary pull strategy rather than a high-handed and unsustainable push approach as we see here. Through a pull strategy, people are nudged away from the urban centres for a return to the rural areas by making those far-flung townships and villages to be adequately viable living enclaves. People should again see reasons to pack up their belongings and head back to their local communities on humane terms and for real productive reasons rather than on account of the desperation brought about by hunger or the frustration and bitterness occasioned by government demolition campaigns.

An attempt not to yield to these candid, sincere, professional and humane options of going about an all-inclusive development would send many people into destructive alienation and many more away as recruites and foot soldiers for the very insurgency we purport to endlessly fight with the same hard-earned tax money we are gluttonously scavenging for. Let them hear, those that have ears.

God bless Kaduna State, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Saliu Momodu is the Producer and Host of the Scholastic-Ng Podcast and can be reached via saliumomoh123@gmail.com

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We Don’t Need Your Investment In South-East, IPOB Replies Miyetti Allah

17 September 2020 - 11:10pm


The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, on Thursday, responded to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN’s claim that they were in the South-East just for business interest. 

IPOB said Miyetti Allah’s kind of business led to the loss of lives and the sacking of indigenes. In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the pro-Biafra group said it found it amusing to believe that Miyetti Allah has purely business interest in Biafraland. 

The statement read: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been drawn to the deceptive statement credited to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, that they are solely concerned about their business interests in the East and not motivated by their age-long territorial expansionism. 

“Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders can deceive their fellow Nigerians with their gimmicks and antics. But we IPOB are smarter than them any time any day. We are working night and day tirelessly, to protect our people regardless of human and material cost. We, therefore, warn Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, to stay away from Biafraland. 

“We don’t need them and their investment including their footsoldiers— herdsmen, bandits, terrorists, ISWAP and others. They should all steer clear of Biafraland before it’s too late. We are alert and monitoring and watching any step they will dare to make into Biafraland. 

“Biafraland cannot harbour bloodsuckers masquerading as herders. We can no longer sit idly by and watch them spill innocent blood under whatever guise, raid communities without provocation, maim and rape our mothers and daughters, or destroy our crops and farmlands. 

“Nigerian government, security agencies and Miyetti Allah are all working together to soften the ground for terrorists’ take over of homelands of indigenous people the British experimentally lumped together into Nigeria.”

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Edo 2020 Election: How Students, Apathy, Violence May Shape Election

17 September 2020 - 11:06pm


Voters in Edo State will go to the polls this Saturday to elect a governor. They will face a similar choice as four years ago when Godwin Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu were the leading candidates for the governorship. Obaseki defeated Ize-Iyamu and had since governed the state.

Both are competing again as the leading candidates in the Saturday’s governorship election after swapping political parties. In 2016, Obaseki was the candidate of All Progressives Congress while his opponent contested on the Peoples Democratic Party platform. Now Obaseki is seeking reelection on the platform of the PDP while Ize-Iyamu is APC’s candidate. The moves have raised the ante about the election.    

Beyond the political rivalry between Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, voters want a governor that will uplift the state. In this regard, it is essential to examine the prospect of the winner and the issues surrounding the election.

Students make up the biggest voting group

Students make up the highest percentage of registered voters in 16 out of the 18 local government areas in the state. But the majority of those with permanent voter’s cards are in the north senatorial district of the state. In the south and central senatorial districts, 78 per cent of those who registered were able to collect their PVCs before COVID-19 forced a lockdown across the country. Voters with PVC are six per cent more in the north senatorial district, represented at the Senate by Francis Alimikhena of the APC.

On the other side of the coin, most of those who are likely to be disenfranchised will come from Edo South. The highest proportion of registered voters in the state – 58 per cent – are from the southern part of the state, according to data by election observer, YIAGA. Matthew Uroghide of the PDP represents Edo South.

The Independent National Electoral Commission blamed COVID-19 for the inability to distribute 483,868 permanent voter’s cards. This would disproportionately affect voters from the south senatorial district.

Aside from the failure to distribute PVCs, INEC failed to register more eligible voters.

The commission consequently decided that it would use the voter register of 2,210,334 people that registered to vote in the 2019 presidential election.

 

Voting pattern in Edo

With the return of democracy in 1999, more than 70 per cent of the 1,380,418 who registered voters cast their ballots in the 1999 governorship election. In 2003, the number of registered voters grew to 1,432,891, with 78 per cent casting their votes.

There was a slight decline in voter registration leading up to the keenly contested 2007 governorship election in the state. The figure declined from 1.4 million in 2003 to 1,345,410, a drop of six per cent. However, voter turnout increased from 78 per cent to 83 per cent. A total of 1,116,690 voters participated in the elections in which Adams Oshiomhole lost, but the court later declared him the rightful winner of the election.

After Oshiomhole’s first term in office, voters in the state showed apathy. Although 1.6 million voters registered, just 667,993 showed up to be accredited to vote in the 2012 election that Oshiomhole won for his second term.

In 2016, only 32.7 per cent of the 1.9 million registered voters went to the polls. This was a 10 per cent drop compared to voters’ turnout in 2012.

Although this is the first governorship election that Nigeria has to conduct during a pandemic, the rules have been relaxed to a point where rallies have been held without any care for social distancing.

Whether many Nigerians from Edo State will be interested in forming socially distanced queues on Saturday is an outcome that would be known latest on Sunday. As the data shows, before the pandemic took hold, the people of the Old Bendel State had become uninterested in who occupies the government house.

 

Tension and violence build up

Between July and August, there were at least three alleged murder attempts on two government officials.

The state’s Commissioner for Youth, Damian Lawani, had his house shot at on July 21 and vandalised on August 9.

Sixteen days later, the residence of the chairperson of Owan East Local Government Council, Andrew Osigwe, was sprayed with bullets.

The convoy of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, was attacked in Apana, in Etsako West, as even the palace of the Oba of Benin was not spared.

A skirmish occurred outside the traditional capital of the Benin kingdom during a visit by Obaseki and some other governors.

Reacting to the attack on Lawani’s house, Obaseki said, “We will continue to pursue peace. We will continue to try and use the apparatus of the state. I hope that those who have responsibility for security in this country will understand the danger they are putting the country and the state into if they continue to turn a blind eye to the violence being perpetrated by Comrade Oshiomhole in Edo State.

“Nobody should blame the people of the state if they have to resort to legitimate means to defend themselves, because it is getting out of hand.”

As the police have been unable to prevent these attacks, both parties have continued to blame each other for the violence that is threatening the election.

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Edo: Lawmaker Warns Against Inconclusive Election

17 September 2020 - 10:53pm


Tajudeen Yusuf

Tajudeen Yusuf A member of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Yusuf, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission against conducting an inconclusive election in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.

Yusuf also commended the United States’ visa ban on some politicians accused of electoral malpractices. He urged the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and other developed nations to do the same.

 

The federal lawmaker, who represents Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal constituency of Kogi State, lamented that there had been many inconclusive elections within the last five years, DailyTrust reports.

He said, “PDP members are joining Edo State people and all true democrats across Nigeria to call upon the US, the EU, UK and all other countries to insist that there must be no repeat of the APC’s trick in Osun State where they casually engineered an ‘inconclusive election’ to manipulate and win through the back door.

“We shall continue to commend the USA for wielding the big stick against those who played inglorious, despicable roles in the violent rape of democracy during Kogi State’s last governorship election. The replication of such visa bans by the EU, UK and other developed countries will tame APC leaders’ penchant for foreign trips and further reassure Nigerian democrats.

“All through the PDP regime, from May 1999 to May 2015, only one inconclusive election was recorded but sadly just between May 2015, and now, the APC leadership has given Nigeria twenty-two inconclusive elections, with clear suspicions of its inclination towards having more of such anti-democratic accomplishments.”

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Edo Poll: I Told God Not To Give Me Power If It Will Cost The Blood Of Anyone, Obaseki Says

17 September 2020 - 10:51pm


The Edo State governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said his second term ambition is not worth spilling the blood of anyone, reassuring that the Saturday’s governorship election in the state would be peaceful and violence-free.

Speaking shortly after a one-day prayer and fasting session for a peaceful election, organised by the Edo Christian Community for all the governorship candidates ahead of the election, Obaseki urged eligible voters to come out en masse without fear of intimidation or harassment.

The governor noted that there was no need for any form of violence during the electioneering process.

He expressed confidence that with the support of the people and his administration’s performance in the first term, his party would emerge victoriously.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie.

Obaseki said: “The church is the pillar on which we rest, and therefore, I have no fear whatsoever. I take actions, and people say I am very courageous, but it is God and not me. I have the church and God behind me, so why should I be afraid?

“Ordinarily, an election is supposed to be a contest where people go to sell their ideal, and citizens in their own free will go and vote for those ideals they believe in. It shouldn’t be one where people will do anything to get power. The election should not be one in which we shed blood because elections will always come.

“If you die in an election, you will not be there in the next one to vote. So, there is no need for violence. It’s unfortunate that where we are today, we are all afraid that there will be trouble, that there will be crisis and violence, but by the grace of God, we will all come out and vote, and there won’t be any bloodshed.”

“There is no need for any violence, and if anybody decides to act violently, just walk away because our lives are very precious. I have a covenant with God; if it costs the blood of anybody for me to get into power, he should not let me have power,” Obaseki noted.

On his part, the National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude, prayed that God would make peace reign before, during and after the election.

“God commit Edo into your hands, and by this covenant, we proclaim peace over Edo; peace before, during and after the election.

“The church speaks with one voice, that those that have sold themselves to work against the destiny of Edo shall be overwhelmed by their problems. In this election, rigging and evil will not have their way.

“We knock the engine of their operation; Edo people shall go out and vote their consciences and the will of God will be done,” the clergy prayed.

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Edo Poll: Do-or-die Mentality, Threat To Free, Fair Elections — Buhari

17 September 2020 - 10:45pm


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said that the do-or-die mentality to politics was a threat to free and fair elections because the actors are more focused on winning than caring about a fair outcome that reflects the will of the people. 

President Buhari, in a message to voters, political parties, election officials, and security personnel, advised political parties, candidates, and security agents to behave responsibly in the Saturday Edo State governorship elections. 

“I am passionately committed to free and fair elections, but my commitment is not enough if other actors at ground zero refuse to abide by the rules,” he said. 

In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President added, “I want to see democratic standards in the country raised higher at every level, but these cannot be achieved when politicians resort to do-or-die methods to gain power by any means or machination.

“The do-or-die mentality to politics is a threat to free and fair elections because the actors are more focused on winning than caring about a fair outcome that reflects the will of the people.” 

Buhari appealed to all political parties and their candidates to behave peacefully and respect law and order. 

He also advised election officials and security agents “to remain neutral to ensure free and fair elections and avoid any action(s) capable of compromising the integrity of the elections.” 

He stressed that “conducting free and fair elections is one of my main concerns for our democracy, and I want this commitment to be one of the legacies I will leave behind when I depart office.”

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Soldiers, Police In Show Of Force, Gridlock Grounds Benin

17 September 2020 - 10:44pm


The heavy presence of soldiers, police and other security personnel in Benin, Edo State, on Thursday created traffic congestion on major roads in the state capital.

Apart from police officers and soldiers, Air Force personnel and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were seen in trucks and Hilux vans.

Some of the areas affected by the traffic jam are Ikpoba Hill, Adesuwa Road, Sapele, Airport, Akpakpava and Ring road, Punch reports.

A commercial driver said, “Soldiers, policemen and their vehicles are everywhere. Look at how they have caused ‘go-slow’ everywhere. It is as if we are at war. This situation will only make the people not come out to vote.”

Also, some journalists, who were on their way to the Edo office of the Independent National Electoral Commission located on Adesuwa Road, were stranded for over two hours in one of the gridlocks.

Meanwhile, security agencies on Thursday carried out its last joint exercise before the election tagged Operation Show of Force, aimed at alerting Edo residents of the security agencies readiness for the governorship election.

No fewer than 70 patrol vehicles loaded with fully armed men from the various security agencies paraded on strategic streets and roads across Benin City.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the exercise was the inter-agencies’ commitment to ensuring that the election was peaceful, fair, free and credible.

The security personnel moved from the state police command headquarters through Sapele Road, Country Home Road and Ugbo road, among others.

Meanwhile, the state government has declared Friday, September 18, 2020, as a work-free day to enable workers in the state to travel to their respective constituencies to exercise their franchise.

In a statement on Thursday, Edo State Head of Service, through the Permanent Secretary, Mrs P. E Aziegbemhin, added, “Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments are requested to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of their staff.”

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Nigeria Not Broke, Mismanagement Of Public Funds, Incompetence Responsible For Anti-people Policies —Falana

17 September 2020 - 4:16pm


Femi Falana, SAN.

The Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond has said that the claim by the Nigerian Government that the nation's revenue had declined was false, fraught with inadequacies and figures that fail to reflect the country’s economic realities.

Femi Falana, Chairman of the group, in a statement on Thursday said gross mismanagement, incompetence and corruption was the reason for policies such as the electricity tariff increase and fuel hike that makes life burdensome for citizens.

He said, “Since the Federal Government has announced plans to switch from PMS to Compressed Natural Gas, the increase in petrol should be cancelled without delay. After all, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Timpere Sylva, has assured the nation that CNG would be sold between N95 and N97 per litre.”

Femi Falana, SAN.

Minister of Finance and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, had cited revenue shortfall as reasons behind the government’s recent fuel and electricity tariff hike.

ASCAB, however, listed certain factors that puncture the government’s claim. 

“In the first half of this year, oil income distributed by the Federal Allocation Committee (FAAC) was actually 13% above that for last year and the level for the first quarter had been the highest for several years. However, other income, taxes etc, may have fallen due to the lockdowns and other disruptions from COVID-19. NEITI reported that in the first five months of this year, total government revenue was only 62% of the level agreed in the budget, but the revenue budgets are always over-optimistic.

“Oil income for future months will probably be higher than expected in the budget. Oil provides about half the Federal Government’s income. 

“VAT in July was higher than June indicating that other government revenue is also increasing after the problems with COVID-19.

“There is no good reason for us to pay more, especially as most other governments are spending huge amounts to protect their populations from the economic fallout from COVID-19. The Central Bank of Nigeria recently claimed to have made available to Nigerians the huge sum of N338 billion to cushion the harsh economic conditions in the country. But since the fund has been transferred to the pampered members of the ruling class, the CBN has refused to accede to popular request to publish the names of the beneficiaries of the huge fund,” the group said.

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BREAKING: Imo Governor, Uzodinma, Signs New Law Empowering Him To Arrest, Detain Residents Perpetually

17 September 2020 - 4:04pm


Hope Uzodinma
Hope Uzodinma

Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, has signed into law the Imo State Administration Of Criminal bill No 2 of 2020 (ISACJL, 2020), which empowers him to arrest and detain any resident of the state for as long as he wishes.

According to documents seen by SaharaReporters, any person detained on the orders of Uzodinma can only be released when he grants a license to the said individual.

It also abolished all forms of preliminary inquiry or preliminary investigation into a criminal charge by a magistrate or any court in the state and replaced them with preparation of proof of evidence.

Hope Uzodinma

“Chapter 38 (section 484 to 485) deals with detention during governor’s pleasure.

“Section 484 of the ISACJL, 2020 provides that where any person is ordered to be detained during the governor’s pleasure, he shall notwithstanding anything in the ISACJL, 2020 or contained in any other written law liable to be detained in such place and under such conditions as the governor may direct and whilst so detained shall be in proper custody.  

“Section 485(1) of ISACJL, 2020 enacts that a person detained during the governor’s pleasure may at any time be discharged by the governor on license which said license may be in such form and in such conditions as the governor may direct under section 485(2). 

“Finally, in section 485(3) of the ISACJL, 2020 a license may at any time be revoked or varied by the governor and where license has been revoked, the person to whom the person the license relates shall proceed to such place as the governor may direct and if he fails to do so, may be arrested without warrant and taken to such place.”

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Speaking with SaharaReporters, a policy analyst, Akwarandu Izuchukwu, said, "The law for me is draconian and sets a bad precedence. It also contradicts the constitution of the Federal Republic.

“There is suspicion also that the law is targeted at vocal opposition voices and activists in the state who have been tormented in several ways since the inception of Uzodinma administration.

“That very S.484 was smuggled into that law. It wasn't in the original draft. Ouster clause provisions are not only anarchronistic but undemocratic. The government should send it back to the House of Assembly for amendment of that provision.”

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Wale Babalakin Resigns As UNILAG Pro-Chancellor

17 September 2020 - 3:50pm


Wale Babalakin

The University of Lagos Pro-Chancellor, Wale Babalakin (SAN), has resigned from his position at the institution.

His resignation came few hours after the Special Visitation Panel set up by the Federal Government to look into the affairs of the university submitted its report to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, in Abuja.

Babalakin in his resignation letter addressed to the Education Minister and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari said there were too many vested interests in the UNILAG leadership issue.

Wale Babalakin

He thanked Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor from May 2017.

Babalakin insisted that the membership of the panel was inappropriate.

“How can a committee of Vice Chancellors determine the culpability or otherwise of the actions of a Pro-Chancellor and a Governing Council? On the face of it, it is simply wrong! Furthermore, the Vice Chancellors on the panel were drawn from relatively smaller universities who are not likely to have a comprehensive understanding of the procedure contained in the University of Lagos Act (as amended).

“Even Vice Chancellors of state universities were included. As Chairman of the Federal Government negotiation team, I know the challenges faced with the administration of state universities. I only appeared before the panel out of my very great respect for you, sir. My training as a lawyer revealed to me very clearly, that the panel was inappropriate for the assignment.

“During my appearance, I made it very clear that I was appearing in protest and the panel, as constituted, could not determine the issues before it. The active participation of the staff of the Ministry of Education in the panel and their contributions throughout the sittings especially the hounding of witnesses who came to testify against the Vice Chancellor was enough to show very clearly that the technocrats in the ministry had a defined agenda,” he said.

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BREAKING: Colonel Yabaji Orders Renewed Hostility On Soldier Who Criticised Buratai

17 September 2020 - 2:27pm


Lance Corporal Martins
Lance Corporal Martins

Colonel Yabaji, head of the military base, 8th Division, Sokoto, has ordered all soldiers under his command to unleash terror on Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini, the soldier, who criticised Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in a viral video.

Yabaji ordered renewed hostility on Idakpini on Thursday when he assembled soldiers within the base for a public address.

Yabaji said Idakpini was recalcitrant and authorities from above had ordered him to unleash more terror on the vmsoldier.

Lance Corporal Martins

In 2017, a Lance Corporal, Benjamin Collins, was similarly tortured by three senior officers at the Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, leading to his death.

The Nigerian Army is notorious for extrajudicial violence and disregard for legal process or the supervision of a court or tribunal in meting out punishment to alleged offenders.

An Abuja Federal High Court had mandated the Chief of Army Staff and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to grant Idakpini immediate access to his lawyer and family since July 22, 2020 after human rights lawyer, Mr Tope Akinyode, argued an ex parte motion before the court.'

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The army has repeatedly denied Idakpini access to his lawyer and family despite the court order.

Malami, who has also refused to honour the court order in respect of Idakpini's case, was recently made a Life Bencher, making him become part of the body of benchers, which is saddled with the responsibility of regulating the legal profession and sanctioning unethical conducts.

The President Muhamamdu Buhari administration has shown disdain for court orders, rule of law, democracy and free speech. 

In August 2018, President Buhari, who is a retired military general, told a gathering of lawyers that the rule of law was subject to national security.

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Imo Government Waste Scarce State Resources On BBNaija Housemate, Ozo

17 September 2020 - 12:10pm


L-R: Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma; BBNaija Housemate, Ozo.

Despite owing pensioners in the state, the Imo State Government has concluded plans to waste millions of naira in its bid to draw support for Ozoemena "Ozo" Chukwu, one of the contestants currently competing in the Big Brother Naija Lockdown reality show.

The plan is being orchestrated by Bobby Micheal, Special Adviser, and Chinonye Agogbuo, Senior Special Assistant to Imo State governor on Entertainment.

L-R: Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma; BBNaija Housemate, Ozo.

Bobby and Agogbuo had earlier taken to their social media accounts to declare their support for the housemate, who they claimed was representing the state.

SaharaReporters gathered that the duo was at Bongo Centre, Owerri, on Tuesday to share recharge cards worth thousands of naira to those who will be voting for Ozo.

“He’s our son. We must support him. Recharge cards to vote for him to be distributed today, 10am at Bongo Centre,” Agogbuo posted on Facebook.

 

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Bandits Kill Divisional Police Officer, Inspector, Abduct Women In Sokoto

17 September 2020 - 11:06am


The Divisional Police Officer of Gidan Madi Police Station in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State and another officer were on Thursday killed in fresh attacks by bandits.

Two wives of a prominent businessman in the area were also abducted by the gunmen.

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A resident of the area told SaharaReporters that the bandits, who struck around 1:00am, went away with the guns of the slain officers.

He said a large number of their animals and food items were also carted away during the raid.

He said the bandits stormed the communities on motorcycles after which they began shooting sporadically.

According to security sources, the gunmen first stormed the station, killed the DPO and one inspector of police before abducting the housewives at their residence.

 

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PHOTONEWS: Bandits Kill Divisional Police Officer And Deputy Superintendent Of Police In Tangaza Local Government Area In Sokoto State

17 September 2020 - 10:47am







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EXCLUSIVE: Top INEC Officials, Security Agents On US Visa Ban List, Governor Akeredolu Placed On Watch List

17 September 2020 - 8:46am


Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security operatives are among notable Nigerians slammed with a visa ban by the United States Government, SaharaRepoters has learnt.

Families of some Nigerian politicians are among those affected by the latest US sanction, which will also see to the deportation of their children and spouses already domiciled in America soon.

Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State is on the watchlist of the US Government and could be slammed with a visa ban as well before or after the October 10 governorship poll in the state.

SaharaReporters recall that the US Government had on Monday said it imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians involved in undermining democracy during the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa states elections and in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo states elections.

Those affected by the latest visa ban have received notification by email and or text messages, it was learnt.

SaharaReporters reliably gathered that a former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, are also among those affected by the sanction.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna on the other hand had his own visa ban extended after being banned from entering the US since 2010 over a graft case.

 

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Femi Fani-Kayode’s Fourth Marriage Explodes Over Domestic Violence

17 September 2020 - 8:05am


A former Minister of Aviation in Nigeria, Femi Fani-Kayode, and his ex-beauty queen wife, Precious Chikwendu, have separated.

Though a family member told PREMIUM TIMES that the marriage broke down irretrievably due to a health challenge, which Precious had been trying to manage since they became a couple, SaharaReporters reliably gathered that the woman left the marriage over domestic violence.

 

Fani-Kayode, who had had a hat-trick of marriages before meeting Precious with whom he has four sons, including a set of two-year-old triplets, accused her of infidelity.

Sources told SaharaReporters that the former minister started physically abusing Precious from the first year of their marriage -- the same fate that befell her three predecessors. 

The violence, it was gathered, increased as the years went by. 

FFK as the ex-minister is often reffered to, was said to have ordered Precious to abort her last pregnancy, claiming it did not belong to him.

The sources said Precious ignored him but got savage beating, including on her belly for the recalcitrance.

A source said Fani-Kayode always hit the woman violently in presence of their homehelps and sometimes threatened her with a gun by sticking the weapon in her mouth to warn her against squealing.            

He sometimes instructed his bodyguard to hit the ex-beauty queen.

Fani-Kayode’s first wife, Saratu Attah, whom he married when he was 22, was also regularly pummeled by him.

Sources said the woman, daughter of the late Adamu Attah, was viciously beaten for requesting a swimming pool in their home on Marine Road in Apapa, Lagos. 
                    
FFK's next marriage was to Yemisi Odesanya, daughter of a judge. 

She is now known as Yemisi Wada after remarrying. 

In newspaper interviews, the woman told stories of Fani-Kayode's viciousness and lack of care for their daughters, the reason for which he was excluded from the marriage of one of them, Temitope, in 2014.

Despite the disconnect between him and the children, FFK never fails to advertise his "love" for them on Facebook on their birthdays.

Under to hide his 'spot' like the Leopard, FFK soon displayed his ugly part when in August he attacked Eyo Charles, a journalist with Daily Trust, for asking him a question during a press conference in Calabar, Cross River State.

Apart from describing Charles as "stupid", FFK used other derogatory words on the journalist, drawing criticisms from far and near.

The former minister eventually bowed to public pressure and apologised for his conduct.

 

 

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Confronting Human Extinction And Post-human Approaches To COVID-19 Pandemic In Africa By Leo Igwe

17 September 2020 - 5:29am


Leo Igwe

A pandemic that has threatened to extinct humanity provides an ample opportunity to envision possible futures and explore post-human permutations. This is because, amidst the gloom and despair, fears, and anxieties over human survival, it is compelling that humans reimagine and re-conceive the human. Speculations about the future must engage and move beyond human vulnerabilities and imperfectabilities holding out some hope and optimism about the future and humanity.

A post-human take on the coronavirus pandemic is quite pertinent especially for the African continent, a region that has been predicted would be most affected by COVID-19.  Although the surge in the infection rate that many predicated has not materialized, the region is no less vulnerable to epidemics and pandemics that could threaten human existence and survival in the region. Thus any speculation about redesigning or technologically augmenting the human is both cogent and promising and laden with opportunities and possibilities worthy of a reflection.

Leo Igwe

Pandemic rattles Africa

The outbreak of COVID-19 caused so much panic and anxiety across Africa and the world. Drastic and unprecedented measures have been put in place to contain the spread of the virus- social distancing, a ban on international and domestic flights, and prohibition of public gathering in parks, churches, and schools. The pandemic has posed a serious challenge to African politics, economies, and health care sectors. According to the WHO, the first reported case of COVID-19 in Africa was on February 14 and since then 52 countries have reported cases. African countries still lag behind the rest of the world in testing and monitoring of the disease. In my country Nigeria, the number of confirmed cases has continued to rise. Very few tests have been conducted due to the limited number of testing equipment and personnel in the country. Like the Ebola virus, COVID-19 has revealed the fragile and weak health care capacities in African countries especially the technological deficit in the management of diseases. The UN Economic Commission on Africa has projected that between 300 thousand and 3 million Africans will lose their lives as a result of COVID-19. 

However, it noted that this projected impact could be affected by the intervention measures from the various countries.

These grim prospects for the region are predicated on so many factors including overcrowding and poorly serviced slum dwellings in urban areas, limited access to handwashing facilities, informal workforce, undernourishment, underlying health conditions such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and extreme poverty. Besides, there is a challenge posed by snake oil sellers who take advantage of people. Lack of a cure for the disease has provided an opportunity for quacks and other con artists to peddle fake therapies for the Coronavirus, at very exorbitant prices. In Ghana and Nigeria, there have been reports of traditional healers, operators of herbal clinics, and pastors market spurious remedies and questionable cures for COVID19.

As earlier noted, COVID-19 poses a serious challenge to African countries in the area of testing for the virus. As of June 29 Nigeria, a country of over 200 million persons has carried out a little over 130 000 tests. Let us assume that Nigeria can carry out a million tests at the end of the year, how long will it take to test half of the population of the country? The same situation applies to Zambia. Zambia reported its first two cases of COVID-19 in March. In May, this country of about 17 million people has conducted only 20,000 tests. Whilst in Kenya, the number of tests was 45,000 and 537,713 tests were required to cover one percent of the population.

As Belinda Herring has noted there is a lack of necessary infrastructure to tackle COVID-19. African countries lack the equipment and trained human resources, and also the reagents that are needed to do the tests.

To carry out these tests, African countries depend on other countries to send or sell the resources to them. They rely on the WHO to make available the testing materials, training as well as tracking facilities. Even with the existing support from other countries and the WHO, African countries need a technological leap to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. Various technologies need to converge and combine in ways that could signal hope, enhance the health care capacity, and accelerate testing as well as treatment processes.

As it stands, the COVID-19 management status quo in African countries is anything but smart and capable of getting countries to defeat the pandemic. Some countries have trained human resources but there aren’t enough testing kits. They may possess testing kits but lack enough personnel to use them. Some countries have laboratories for the tests but not enough reagents or protective devices for the scientists and health workers.

Thus the effective management of covid19 is predicated on revamping the health infrastructure in African countries and making available cutting edge health technologies for testing, monitoring, and treatment of the disease. For instance, in Nigeria, the technology for testing and management of COVID-19 should be available and accessible to the country’s 200 million people, not just less than a million at currently the case. So with the current infrastructure, it is evident that African countries are incapable of meeting the targets of combating and containing COVID-19 and other life and human threatening epidemics and pandemics.

African countries need to transition into more technology-mediated societies that can harness scientific and technological innovations, emerging technologies including robotics, nanotechnology, gene therapy, stem cell therapy, and artificial intelligence in combating the disease. To rattle the COVID-19 management status quo in the region, a convergence of technologies and blurring of the line between is required to scale up efficient and effective management of the pandemic.

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