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Celebrate Your Stories Heroes, US Urges Nigerian Filmmakers

Sahara Reporters - 2 hours 46 min ago


The United States Consulate in Nigeria has urged local filmmakers and documentary producers to use their skills in telling stories about the African experience especially victims and heroes in the society.

Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate in Lagos, Russell Brooks, made the appeal at the inaugural US Consulate Documentary Film Festival at the Silverbird Galleria, Lagos.

Brooks said, “The inaugural US Consulate Documentary Film Festival is an expression of the commitment of the United States to strengthen the ties that links it with Nigeria.

“We recognise that we have many common interests and concerns. We are very proud of our engagement with Nigerians in the areas of health, education, economic development, security assistance, and the promotion of democratic institutions. 

“In Lagos, we are also intimately involved with the creative community. We especially support that community’s efforts to use the power of film, music, dance, or literature to expose society’s ills or celebrate the brilliance and artistry that also form the human experience.

“We also hope they will inspire some to explore the means of telling their own stories.

“Whether these stories are uplifting or distressing, these are important stories that must be told. 

“We owe it to the heroes, the victims, we owe it to ourselves.”

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#RevolutionNow Is For Everyone, Seun Kuti

Sahara Reporters - 2 hours 48 min ago


Son of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, Seun, has called on Nigerians to fight for themselves, saying RevolutionNowis not for special people but everyone.

He said this at a symposium organised by the Coalition For Revolution on Monday in Lagos. 

Seun said, “For me, the matter ofRevolutionNowis not whether we are law-abiding or not. 

“The matter is for the collective interest of the people of this country, for children unborn. 

“Revolution is not a work of putting one man at the forefront that can save everyone. Everyone must save themselves and until the people of Nigeria are ready to save themselves, nobody can save them. 

“We need to go and do the work of waking up our communities. Revolution is not for any special group of people. It is for everyone.”

Speaking further, Seun called for the release of pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore, who has remained in Department of State Services detention since his arrest on August 3 in Lagos.

He added, “We must stand firm for the release of our comrade, Sowore. We must stand firm and secure his release.”

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Calls For Revolution, Not New –Falana

Sahara Reporters - 3 hours 42 min ago


Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has said that calls for a revolution in Nigeria is not new.

Falana stated this at a symposium organised by the Coalition for Revolution, which held on Monday in Lagos.

He said that Nigeria, which has the highest concentration of black people, must get things right, adding that “if we don't get it right, the black man is doomed”.

The venue of the event, which was initially shut down by the police, was finally opened for the symposium after the arrival of Falana, who engaged and spoke with the security operatives. 

He said, “Let the authorities in Abuja know political leaders in this country have been calling for revolution and nobody arrested them. 

“So, if there is a mistake now that mistake must be corrected because as far as we are concerned this country belongs to all of us.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Falana Defies Security Agents, Storms #RevolutionNow Symposium Venue 0 Comments 5 Hours Ago

“They say we should not demonstrate on the street. Now we are trying to gather in the hall, they said no but we are happy we have won and we will continue to win. 

“Revolution is not a dinner party, a revolution is a very serious, rigorous and consistent battle for the soul of the country.  

“The struggle is going be intense and there's no going back.  We do not have a revolution yet but there are revolutionary pressure and we must cease the opportunity and go out and mobilise the Nigerian people for the revolution and it is going to come sooner than we think.”

Falana went on to call for the release of pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore, who has so far spent 17 days in Department of State Services custody since his arrest on August 3. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: DSS, Police, Army Arrest Guests, Seal Off Venue Of #RevolutionNow Event 0 Comments 8 Hours Ago

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Female Student Raped By Three Men In Ondo

Sahara Reporters - 3 hours 45 min ago


A female student of Ondo State College of Health Technology, Akure, has been gang-raped, SaharaReporters has learnt.

The victim is a first year student of the Environmental Health Technician Department in the college.

The rape incident happened at a hostel outside the institution’s campus.

It was learnt that the victim was forcefully and sexually abused by three young men, who are from the same college. 

The perpetrators, identified as Eyitayo Charles, Blessing Michael, and Adeboboye Damilola, have been arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state.

A source at the police command said, “They are in detention at the SARS office where they have given their confessional statements.

“In fact, we understand that these boys belonged to a cult group who had been disturbing the peace of students in the environment.”

Speaking with SaharaReporters, the victim narrated how the three boys forcefully had their way to the room and raped her. See Also CRIME JUST IN: Soldiers Allegedly Rape AAUA Student At Checkpoint 0 Comments 2 Weeks Ago

She said, “I was in the room when the three of them forcefully had their way in and pounced on me.

“When they entered into the room, I was shocked and they asked me to pull off my dress and lie on the bed. 

“I begged them to please leave me alone but they refused. They asked one of them to forcefully undress me and before you know it, the three of them raped me.

“They even threatened me that they had the recordings of the escapade and would upload the videos on the social media if I tell anyone.

“I could not keep the trauma to myself and I have to tell one of my friends in confidence who reported the issue to the police and the boys were tracked and arrested.

“One of them (Eyitayo) had once asked me out for but I declined his request.

“Those boys really took advantage of. I want justice on this matter.”

Dean of Student Affairs in the college, Abiola Ogunro, confirmed the incident during an interview with our correspondent on Monday.

He said, “Although, the case has not been reported to the school officially but it is true that some students of our school were arrested by the police. 

“We are aware that the police have started their investigations on the case (rape) and they have promised to get back to us.

“Until, the outcome of their (police) report or investigation, we cannot set up any disciplinary committee to look into the matter.”

The incident comes barely two weeks after an undergraduate of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba was raped by a soldier.

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I Want My $40m Jewellery Back, Diezani Tells Court

Sahara Reporters - 3 hours 46 min ago


Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has prayed the court to order the return of her 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone valued at $40m, which were seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

She made the appeal in an application filed on her behalf by Prof Awa Kalu before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Diezani, who refuses to return to Nigeria from the United Kingdom in a bid to escape prosecution, accused the EFCC of entering her apartment illegally and taking the items without any court order.

She said the anti-graft agency violated her fundamental “right to own property and to appropriate them at her discretion,” under sections 43 and 44 of the Constitution.

She urged the court to reject the prayer by the EFCC to permanently forfeit the jewellery and the gold iPhone to the government. See Also Corruption Buhari's Government Seizes Diezani's 2,149 Pieces Of Jewellery, Customized Gold iPhone, Valued At $40 Million 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

The EFCC had, on July 5, 2019, secured an order of the court temporarily forfeiting the jewellery and the gold iPhone to the government.

The anti-graft agency told the court that it found and recovered the jewellery and the customised gold iPhone “on the premises of the respondent;” adding that it reasonably suspected that the former minister acquired them with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”

According to the schedule attached to the application, the jewellery, categorised into 33 sets, include “419 expensive bangles; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive brooches; and 74 expensive pendants.”

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Court Remands 42-Year-Old Man For Allegedly Defiling Nine-Year-Old Daughter

Sahara Reporters - 3 hours 50 min ago


A 42-year-old driver, Sulaimon Ajigbot Allah, has been remanded in prison custody by a Magistrate court in Oyo State for allegedly defiling his nine-year-old daughter.

Chief Magistrate O.O Adisa of an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered that Allah be remanded in prison pending legal advice.

Adisa, who refused to accept the appeal of the driver, gave the police an order to send the copy of the case file to the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

The case was adjourned until September 27 for mention, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The offence was said to have contravened the provisions of Section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.

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Ebola Spreads To Remote Community In Congo

Sahara Reporters - 4 hours 33 min ago


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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote territory of Walikale, according to a report by Reuters.

Walikale is hundreds of kilometres away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred.

Pinga, the village where the case was reported, lies about 150km northwest of Goma, one of the towns affected by the Ebola epidemic and much further away from the epicentre of the dieses in Butembo and Beni.

The country’s Ministry of Health data also showed a third case confirmed in South Kivu region, which on Friday reported its first cases.

The widening geographic spread of the virus and its presence in yet another zone under the sway of armed groups, raises the risk of it spreading out of control even while the technical tools to rein it in are better than ever.

Ebola has killed at least 1,900 people in Congo over the past year, the second biggest toll in the disease’s history, after 2014, when 16 outbreaks in West Africa killed 11,300 people.

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Fraud: Head Of Service, Oyo-Ita to Proceed On Retirement, Presidency Feigns Ignorance

Sahara Reporters - 4 hours 46 min ago


Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita

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Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, signifying her intention to proceed on immediate retirement.

This is coming in the heat of allegations of N3bn fraud against her.

The HoS is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for bribery, duty tour allowance falsification and fraud case.

While answering questions from the EFFC last week, Oyo-Ita denied the allegations of fraud against her.

According to a report by PUNCHon Monday, the woman was advised to retire from service by relatives as a result of her poor health.

“She has decided to quit her position at the HCSF because of the controversy surrounding the allegations against her, her state of health and advice from family members. 

“She is however still determined to meet with President Buhari to prove her innocence,” a source said.

But reacting to the news, the Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, denied receiving any letter from Oyo-Ita.

Shehu said, “We have no such letter here, in the event that such a letter exists. This is our position.”

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NYSC: 2,000 Prospective Corps Members Deployed To Kwara

Sahara Reporters - 4 hours 48 min ago


The National Youth Service Corps has deployed 2,000 prospective corps members to Kwara State for the one-year mandatory national service.

The orientation course will take place at the NYSC camp in Yikpata under Edu Local Government Area of the state.

NYSC Public Relations Officer in Kwara, Dipo Morakinyo, in a statement on Monday in Ilorin, the capital, said that the orientation course would hold from August 20 to September 10.

He said the camp would be closed for registration on the midnight of August 21, while corps members would be sworn in on August 22.

He said, “The camp has been properly cleared and fumigated against reptiles and mosquitoes.

“His Lordship, the Chief Judge of the state, will also be at the swearing-in ceremony to administer the oath of allegiance to the newly mobilised corps members.

“The NYSC management wishes to announce that about 300 camp officials will be on ground to execute the orientation programmes and activities, as directed by the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja.”

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Of Ekweremadu And His IPOB Children By Peter Claver Oparah

Sahara Reporters - 4 hours 49 min ago


Last Saturday afternoon, the Internet broke with a viral video of the Indigenous People of Biafra coyotes attacking former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and sending him out of an event in Nuremberg, Germany. In the said video, Ekweremadu was thoroughly humiliated, beaten and sent out of the event by a rabble that were hooting and fretting at him. A crest-fallen Ekweremadu must have been wondering what possessed the very people he had bent over severally to please. It was Ekweremadu himself, who confirmed the attack later in the day. He said he was at the event but was not allowed to settle as an irate mob of IPOB members heckled, threw pellets at him and physically attacked him until he was ferried out of the event. He lamented that he had been one Igbo that had supported the war cry of IPOB and the multifarious issues it had raised against the Nigerian state and wondered how he could be so humiliated.

Personally, I was also confused why IPOB should attack Ekweremadu of all people because he stands at the very epoch of the crop of Igbo politicians that have indulged IPOB, its excesses and its rabid hate politics. Ekweremadu has been at the very zenith of mostly Peoples Democratic Party politicians in Igboland, who have pampered IPOB and supported all its nuances and idiosyncrasies in the feeling that they are getting back at President Muhammadu Buhari and his Fulani kinsmen for rusticating their beloved Goodluck Jonathan from power in 2015. That feeling of hurt has been at the root of the morbid hatred that had been cultivated against President Buhari, the Fulani and the All Progressives Congress in the South-East since 2015 and Ekweremadu remains at the very centre of this politics. But then, with time, IPOB has come to attract the odium and scorn its vile-ridden politics provoked especially among other Nigerians, who remain solidly railed against this politics. Igbo politics has, in the sequel, plummeted and gone into near-extinction in this mad predilection to sow anger, bitterness and hatred and Igbo have been so badly ostracised and negatively profiled in Nigerian politics in such a way that navigating out of this self-imposed miasma and even staking a credible claim to the Nigerian presidency in 2023, which many feel should rightly come to the Igbo, has become a near-difficult task.

But in the face of this bleary picture, Ekweremadu and his ilk have flowered. They have been winning elections upon elections in Igboland and at the end of the day, they have sucked the juiciest portion of the hate-driven politics they have promoted in Igboland leaving Igbo with the bones. Yes, because their messages are filled with transitory emotions, they easily mobilise the unthinking rabble to their sides and were wont to levy death, banishment, ostracisation on any voice of caution that as much as ask for little caution in the war cry that marked the public face of groups like IPOB. Ekweremadu has been contesting elections in his Enugu senatorial zone for years and has been winning. Not because he is the best. Not because he had no quality opponents. Not because he has the interests of the masses at heart. Most importantly, not on the weight of any achievement he has wrought as either a senator or a Deputy Senate President but because he harvests the fruits of the hate and bitterness he and his cohorts have made the mainstay of Igbo politics and which has knocked Igbo off as a major factor in Nigerian politics today. Ekweremadu and his fellow PDP share reapers cannot point to one durable, single project Igbo benefitted from the 16 years of PDP rule of the country yet they win every election in Igboland just by pandering to the ascorbic gospel such groups like IPOB preach. They win election by a deliberate effort to sound politically correct in the face of an orchestrated effort to lease the Igbo political space to an unthinking mob and irascible plebeian that preach death and such other vicarious damage to those that preach tolerance of others. They win every election in Igboland by the volume of hate and abuse they heap on other constituent parts of Nigeria and on President Buhari and his APC.

So, while Ekweremadu and his ilk feed fat on the choice fruits of the hate-filled politics they cultivate in Igboland, Igbo as a race withers away into hopelessness and pine in utter powerlessness the Ekweremadus prodded the race into. IPOB, which they used as a convenient vehicle for their devious trade, has gotten itself proscribed, its ranks and file dispersed while the Ekweremadus retain their choice political seats and prospecting for higher grounds for purely selfish aggrandisement. Perhaps, Ekweremadu thought naively that those that will fall prey to the poisonous teeth they sharpened for IPOB would be those that support Buhari and the APC and all those they have tagged saboteurs for advising against the insipid hate-driven politics they have promoted and not people like him. He must have thought he was safe enough from the consequences of politics of self-destruct, which he and his confederates nourished in Igboland and that IPOB would be the guided rabid dog they want it to be; to get at all those that preach against their bigotry inclination.

Certainly, Ekweremadu set for Germany on another hunt for cheap, ethnic applause and plaudits. He was on a regular mission of employing every opportunity of professing his love for Igbo and how those that had advised Igbo to thread with caution, to liberalise their political worldview, embrace others and seek for cohabitation against insularity are the Igbo enemies that must be exterminated. Without doubt, Ekweremadu, who claimed he was invited as a guest speaker in the event he was disgraced, must have prepared a speech laden with odium, contempt, scorn, incitement against President Buhari, his Igbo supporters, the Fulani, the Yoruba and in fact other ethnic nationalities and prurient in praise for Igbo for being the best specie of human beings God ever created. That is the message that resonates with Ekweremadu’s IPOB and he relishes playing this to the hilt.  It is tragedy to him that his audience were not patient enough to hear him. He would be biting his fingers that his latest tonic to those he considers cheap, spendable and pliable rabble, was not allowed to be ingested by his target audience and his political leverage in Igboland extended with that effort.

Since the attack on Ekweremadu, there have been a cacophony of angry voices of condemnation largely from Ekweremadu’s confederates and associates in romancing evil for political interests. It is notable that nearly all Igbo groups and individuals that have condemned the IPOB attack on Ekweremadu were with Ekweremadu in cultivating the nuisance of IPOB and their like groups. They were together in helping IPOB build a riotous cult of brain-washed nit-wits, who violently go against reason and common sense in plying their violent trades and have been trenchant in campaigning against any effort to curb the excesses of IPOB.

But having said all these, there is great wisdom in the saying that whoever rides a tiger will ultimately end up in its bowels. It is certain that Ekweremadu and his cohorts who have been cultivating bitterness and hate and pandering lavishly to the nuances of such groups like IPOB believed in their unbeatable smartness. What more, this has been an elixir to their harvesting every political opportunity in Igboland since they started their devious mission. But it is a rude awakening to sly, manipulative characters like Ekweremadu, who deign no scruples having their beloved Igbo race plummet to the very lowest depth of Nigerian politics so long as they continue to maintain their suzerain hold on the political space in Igboland. I believe that when Igbo engage in serious thinking about their fate, they would realise the kind of harm and damage people like Ekweremadu, who profess undying love for Igbo at every drop of the hat, have done to the race. It is trite to say that the attack on Ekweremadu remains one of the fallout of any effort to elevate and romance evil and encourage it, hoping it will go after only your enemies. Groups like IPOB have gone beyond control and their targets will remain the Ekweremadus, who employ them as convenient ladders to their own political aggrandisement. Sad for them, their foes whom they target those groups against, know the diabolical intents of such groups and have guarded themselves against their nuisances.

I don’t really know what  triggered the attack on Ekweremadu and I am not interested in knowing but those, who mischievously invest in the kind of politics that have flowered in Igboland since 2015, those who con rich harvest from it while it leads to a great deforestation of Igbo, those who feed fat on that salad of bitterness and hate, those who have made Igbo to incur the hatred and repulsion of other people in Nigeria for their selfish ends, those who believe they will continue to milk Igboland by supporting cheap, emotional vibes that pit and endanger Igbo among other people in Nigeria, will certainly reap what Ekweremadu reaped in Nuremberg, Germany; either now or in the near future.

Peter Claver Oparah wrote in via peterclaver2000@yahoo.com.

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Obinwanne Okeke And Our Crazy Culture Of 'Blow' By Sayo Aluko

Sahara Reporters - 4 hours 50 min ago


So, kasala burst this past week, FBI's morning rose early on a Nigerian Forbes' fraud, and most of us have remained stunned.

However, we should know, though, that while Obiwanne 'Invidious' Okeke is just the vomit, our epidemic culture of "blow" is the actual cholera.

I shine pass you; Na ordinary Camry sef e dey drive, common pencil; Big man like you dey here dey do fish farming; You are there doing salary job; You wan sue, you wan clear your name? On top this small thing?

Hahaha, na Education she read for university; Hmmmn, omashe o, he's now driving Uber; Your mates don dey...; You wan resign your job to follow your passion? What yeye passion?;

Peju's boyfriend bought her iPhone XS Max; My God is not a poor God; Stupid POOR man, foolish POOR woman; Etc.

This is us. All of us. Everything above. Our culture now says wealth ONLY, is health.

BLOW aka 'If You No Get Money, Hide Your Face'.

What we have in our hands in today's Nigeria is a culture of BLOW that has successfully indignified dignity.

A culture that sufficiently celebrates greed and dethrones grit.

It must be INSTANT over PROCESSUAL.

The other day, I learnt that a new trend among the crop of Instagram celebs is to stage fake birthday surprises of exotic cars for themselves all in a bid to create that illusion that outshines another.

This is the choleric culture that has birthed and keeps birthing many 'Obiwannes', and I reckoned it has found a home in a quite common apophthegm.

Isé kékeré, owó ńlá. Little effort, big money.

I've always had a problem with this apophthegm and prayer that has been ingrained in our cultural and religious lingo.

I skip a fit of thought when people say it or say it to me.

My parents have said it. I've heard pastors pray it. I've seen imams chant it. Fathers to their daughters, mothers to their sons. We have all either said, prayed, or heard it.

To be fair, the line is an apophthegm with probably an unsullied intent to pray bliss and fruitfulness on anyone's work and efforts. Its intention arguably cool, but its coinage just looks too faulty.

Today, it is the song on the lips of every 'Yahoo-Yahoo' boy, the prayer in the heart of every lazy lass and lad who craves to build a mansion in Ikoyi before age 18.

Its original intention, whatever it was, has now been skewed into becoming a perfect alibi to skip dignity of labour and never to trust (a) process.

Isé kékeré, owó ńlá is now the theme song for a culture that craves so MUCH today-today by investing as much as NOTHING in yesterday.

This culture has its enablers, situations that give its grease to the elbow of our society. Top three in my mind:
(i) our huge quantity of songs albeit with slim quality.
(ii) the new age ‘penteCOSTals’.
(iii) the psychiatric greed in the political class.

We have successfully created a society that whips dreams for all of us from a pressure cooker.

No yawa.

We should just know, as long as we all are in this rat race to blow and lick #Gelaaato in the streets of Italy, 'Obiwanne' is our own, our offspring, our symptom;...until something gives, Obiwanne is us. Deal with it.

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Nigerian Man Jailed For Swallowing 67 Cocaine Wraps Before Flying From Brazil To Heathrow

Sahara Reporters - 4 hours 52 min ago


A man who swallowed 67 wraps of cocaine before taking a flight from Brazil to London has been jailed for four years.

Samuel Nwankwo, 27, was stopped by Border Police at Terminal 3 London Heathrow as he alighted from a Latam Airlines flight from Sau Paulo on 11 February this year.

Nwankwo had been to the South American country for five days and had no checked baggage with him. He claimed he had been visiting his wife and was short on annual leave.

A body scan at the airport revealed suspicious shapes inside Nwankwo. He was then taken to a hospital for a CT scan where dozens of concealed packages were identified inside him.

Today [Friday, 16 August] Nwankwo was jailed for four years at Isleworth Crown Court and the drugs were also ordered to be destroyed. He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent evasion on the importation of a prohibited Class A drug.

Cindy Fayefunmi, a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North, said: “Importing drugs by ingestion is illegal and could lead to lethal consequences. Nwankwo was lucky to be alive after swallowing such a large quantity of cocaine.

“The CPS takes the trafficking of illegal drugs extremely seriously and will prosecute those who flout drug rules.”

The cocaine found in Nwankwo equated to 67 'swallower' wraps with the average purity of 77.1 percent. The estimated value of the amount he had was £82,210.

This case was investigated by the UK's National Crime Agency. 

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Court Denies Application Stopping Buhari's Ministerial Inauguration

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 12 sec ago


A federal high court in Abuja on Monday refused to grant a request stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 ministerial nominees over the exclusion of a Federal Capital Territory's indigene from his cabinet list.

The applicant, Mr. Musa Baba-Panya, who was also the counsel in the case, had on Thursday, approached the court with an ex parte motion, asking the court to stop the President Buhari from going ahead with the inauguration.

In suit number: number: FHC/ABJ/CS/878/19, Baba-Panya, who is also an indigene of Karu in the FCT, said the president’s action was contrary to an appeal court’s judgment delivered on March 15, 2018.

Buhari was the first defendant while the attorney general of the federation was the second defendant in the case.

The president would be inaugurating the 43 ministers-designate earlier confirmed by the Senate on August 21 at the Federal Executive Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Baba-Panya, who argued that the appeal court’s ruling was a compelling order, said it was served on the president through the attorney general.

The lawyer, in an originating summons dated August 7 and filed August 8, said, ”The 43 confirmed ministerial appointees now awaiting swearing-in or inauguration as the Federal Executive Council is incomplete, illegal, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, however, noted that the suit was coming rather too late and therefore there might be no reason to stop the inauguration.

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Abia Workers Shut Down Activities Over Unpaid Salaries

Sahara Reporters - 5 hours 57 min ago


Workers of Abia North Local Government Area of Abia State have reportedly grounded administrative and other social services in the area on Monday, The Nation reports.

Nigeria has been ranked by the World Poverty Clock as the country with the poorest people in the world.

Part of the poverty comes from a civil service with poor welfare plans for staff and pensioners.

According to findings, they are protesting the inability of the transition committee local government chairman to pay their four months salary arrears.

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Bandits Kill Four In Fresh Kastina Attack

Sahara Reporters - 6 hours 19 min ago


At least four persons were killed on Monday in attacks by bandits in Tsayu Village under Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State.

According to the spokesperson for the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, the bandits attacked the community in the early hours of Monday and also four cows in addition to killing as many persons.

He said, “The bandits killed four of the villagers and escaped into the forest.

“The command wishes to advise the people to always implore the measures of synergy and cooperation with security agencies in dealing with the menace of cattle rustlers, kidnappers, armed bandits and all forms of criminals in our society.”

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RevolutionNow: Brutalised ‘Fufu’ Seller Calls For Sowore’s Release

Sahara Reporters - 6 hours 20 min ago


Police and a protester during the #RevolutionNow protest in Osun.

Police and a protester during the #RevolutionNow protest in Osun. Punchng

Sariyu Akanmu, a 70-year-old ‘Fufu’ seller based in Oshogbo, Osun State, has called on the Nigerian Government to immediately release co-convener of RevolutionNowmovement, Omoyele Sowore, who had been held by the Department of State Services since August 3 when he was picked from a Lagos hotel.

Akanmu, who spoke in Lagos on Monday at a gathering of activists and other category of Nigerians calling for improvement in governance in the country, said that Sowore was fighting for the poor by calling for protest against the government and so should be released from detention.

The 60-year-old was brutalised by the police while participating in the RevolutionNowprotest in Oshogbo on August 5.

She said, “The major problem I have now is that our leader, Sowore is still in detention. 

“I want them to release Sowore to us. He was fighting for us. I want them to release others in prison too.”

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Teenager Arrested For Altering UTME Results

Sahara Reporters - 6 hours 22 min ago


Kingsley Unekwe, 18-year-old prospective student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, has been arrested for altering his Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination result.

Unekwe had scored 201 during the last examination but fraudulently upgraded his score to 269 to meet up with the cut-off mark for Medicine at the university. 

According to a report by The Nation, Unekwe and his mother appeared before some officials of the board in Abuja at the weekend.

Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, Ishaq Oloyede, said the teenager edited his original score and presented the inflated score to his parents.

Unekwe, in the presence of his mother and officials of JAMB, would later confess to have altered the original result.

He appealed to the board for clemency, feigning ignorance of his crime.

But the JAMB registrar said the boy would be handed over to security agencies for prosecution.

Oloyede said, “Anybody who does post-result infraction will have their results withdrawn by the board.

“We will prosecute you for attempting to damage the image of the board. We told your father that we have all the facts.

“You are the fifth person. Two of them are already being prosecuted because we showed them clearly that they forged their results to deceive their parents who are desperate, like your parents are, to study medicine.”

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BREAKING: After Several Hours #RevolutionNow Organizers Gain Access To Hall

Sahara Reporters - 8 hours 1 min ago


Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari-backed security operatives have allowed organizers of the #RevolutionNow symposium gain access to the event's venue.

The police and other security agents had laid siege to the Ikeja venue as early as 7 am.

This was made possible after human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, had an extensive discussion with the security operatives.

The symposium is expected to start soon. See Also ACTIVISM UPDATE: #RevolutionNow Symposium: Police Have Started Arresting Innocent Bystanders, Say Organizers 0 Comments 8 Hours Ago

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Buhari: We'll Lift 100 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty

Sahara Reporters - 8 hours 7 min ago


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says he will lift at least one hundred million Nigerians out of extreme poverty, though many Nigerians think he is incapable of doing so.

That figure is said to be half of the country's estimated 200 million citizens.

The most populous African nation is considered the world capital of poverty.

Buhari's statement came two weeks after he said his last administration lifted five million Nigerians out of poverty.

The president said during a two-day retreat for minister-designates in Abuja on Monday, “We must work as a team. Working as a team demands that we know what the next person is doing. You must open communication with your colleagues. Lack of communication leads to a lack of cooperation and sub-optimal performance.

“We are working to lift Nigerians out of poverty and set them on the path to prosperity. We intend to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.”
 

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Buhari Regime Deploys Aerial Surveillance To Foil #RevolutionNow Symposium

Sahara Reporters - 8 hours 8 min ago


The government of Nigeria has deployed aerial surveillance to the venue of #RevolutionNow symposium as part of plans to prevent the programme from taking place.

Prominent Nigerians like Prof. Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana, among others were billed to speak at the event.

It was earlier reported that security operatives arrived at the venue of the symposium as early as 7 am preventing organizers and operators of the facility from going in.

A helicopter with RRS' inscription was seen hovering over the area. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: DSS, Police, Army Arrest Guests, Seal Off Venue Of #RevolutionNow Event 0 Comments 8 Hours Ago  

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