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Killings: IGP Deploys Forces As Kaduna Declares Curfew

Sahara Reporters - 17 hours 39 min ago


Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has deployed the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 7 to lead a special investigation team to Kaduna State, following the killing of 55 persons in Kasuwar Magani.

The special team comprises four units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), specially trained riot policemen, the Counter-Terrorism Unit, conventional policemen, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), a detachment of EOD and Police K9.

Members of the team will work with the Kaduna State Police Command to ensure that peace is restored and sustained in the area and its environs.

A statement yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, by the Force spokesman Jimoh Moshood, an Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ag. DCP), reads: “Concerned with the unfortunate attack and killings of 55 innocent people, mayhem and the resultant disturbance of public peace that occurred in Kasuwar Magani, Kajuru, Kaduna State on October 18, which also resulted in destruction of property valued at millions of naira and the need to end this crisis, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris has deployed the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 7 headquarters in charge of Kaduna, Niger states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to lead the Police Special Intervention Force.

“The operations will cover the entire Kasuwar Magani and environs and other flash spots in Kaduna State.

“The Police Special Intervention Forces will be working in synergy with the Kaduna State Police Command to ensure that peace and normalcy are restored and sustained in Kasuwar Magani and its environs.

“To achieve success in the operations, the Force will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandates, police standard operations procedures and rules of engagement.

“The Force will ensure the full enforcement of the curfew imposed on Kasuwar Magani and environs by the Kaduna State government.”

The police also said their team will carry out 24-hour surveillance and patrol, stop-and-search; continuous raids of identified criminal hideouts and black spots with a view to arresting trouble makers, their sponsors and nip in the bud any further attempt to cause violence and other criminality in the area.

The deployment, the police said, will cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, government and private infrastructure and facilities in Kasuwar Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area and its environs.

The police urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, and other members of the community to support the team.

The Kaduna State government yesterday declared a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna and its environs to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said: “A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Kaduna town and its environs. It is with immediate effect.”

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Religious Leaders Visit Buhari Just To Take Photographs – Bakare

Sahara Reporters - 17 hours 53 min ago


Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare

Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Dr. Tunde Bakare, has said that Nigerians must speak truth to power and put aside what he called the culture of hypocrisy.

Bakare knocked the religious leaders who he accused of failing to take advantage of their visits to President Muhammadu Buhari to convey the true feelings of the people about the perceived excesses of those in power.

Bakare said this on Sunday at the Thanksgiving service to mark the 16th anniversary of Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro Abuja.

He said, “Look at the nation; look at those playing god; look at the godfathers who loom larger than life because of the level of authority they have. They forget that God brought them there and he has a way of removing them.

“When Samuel (in the Bible) entered the city, the king trembled but when some pastors visit Aso Villa, they are the ones shaking. All they want is photo opportunity (with the President),” he said.

Quoting from the Books of Genesis 6:12 and Phil 4:10 – 14 and 18, Bakare noted that the problem of corruption was not peculiar to Nigeria but insisted that the solution to the challenge must be people-driven.

“There is so much corruption in this country. But show me a country in the world which has no corruption. What is the solution? We are the answer to the dilemma of Nigeria but we keep playing church. We are the reason Nigeria is the way it is. You and I are responsible,” he stated.

He observed that the country was experiencing internal hostilities because certain individuals felt superior to the rest of the people.

Senior Pastor of Foursquare Gospel church, Asokoro, Dr. Babajide Olowodola, expressed gratitude to God for the strides the church had recorded in the past 16 years.

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Lai Mohammed Is High Priest Of Fake News, Says Atiku Campaign Organisation​

Sahara Reporters - 18 hours 23 min ago


The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCO) has described the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, as the “high priest of the All Progressive Congress (APC) cult of liars.”

This may not be unconnected to a recent report allegedly authored by the minister where he stated that the international media had queried the emergence of Atiku over the suspicious source of wealth.

In the said report, Mohammed was quoted to have said at a lecture in the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) with the topic: ‘Nigeria’s National Unity: Towards Participation and Shared Values’ that  “we do not need to do anything extra because we have delivered on all our promises and Nigerians are quite happy and satisfied with the government.”

APCO in a statement yesterday said the  true position of things was that ever since the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the international media has been agog with praise for Atiku and hope for a new dawn in Nigeria.

The statement added: “How anyone would take the word of a confirmed liar, Lai Mohammed, for the gospel truth is beyond us.

“How the minister of information of a government that has turned Nigeria into the world headquarters for extreme poverty can say that is beyond imagination. Is Mohammed claiming that his party promised and delivered poverty and Nigerians are satisfied with this world record poverty?

“If Mohammed can lie openly at Chatham House in front of the international press and diplomatic corps, is it a big thing for him to lie about his accounts with the international media?”

 APCO said Reuters praised Atiku as having long enjoyed support from the business elite in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, for his conservative-capitalist ideals.

 It added that not one single international newspaper, magazine, TV station or website has had anything negative to say about Atiku’s emergence, saying: “Such lie only exists in the fallacious imagination of Mohammed.”

 APCO said on the contrary, international media and even reputable global financial institutions had predicted doom for Nigeria should President Muhammadu Buhari be re-elected.

According to one of the world’s largest banks, HSBC, “a second term for Buhari however raises the risk of limited economic progress and further fiscal deterioration, prolonging the stagnation of his first term, particularly if there is no move towards completing reform of the exchange rate system or fiscal adjustments that diversify government revenues away from oil.”

On its own part, The Economist wrote off the Buhari administration as a failure, saying: “The 2019 elections will be a close contest between the ruling APC and the PDP. We expect the PDP presidential candidate to win.”

It said Nigerians can no longer be hoodwinked by the Orwellian propaganda which is the signature of this administration.

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2019: South West May Get SGF If Atiku Wins – Daniel​

Sahara Reporters - 18 hours 25 min ago


Former governor of Ogun State and Director General, Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Gbenga Daniel, has said the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is favourably disposed to giving the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to the South West if he wins the presidency.

Daniel, made the disclosure during an interactive session with newsmen, yesterday, in Lagos, just as he assured that Atiku is serious about restructuring the country.

Daniel spoke few weeks after Atiku picked former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, from the South East as his running mate.

“I know from my close interaction with the presidential candidate that he has already made up his mind that in his government, the SGF will go to the South West.

That I can say as a matter of privileged information. That is probably within his purview and his control.

“As a candidate, you have control over who becomes your running mate, you have control over who becomes your SGF, ministers, chief of staff.

“For the National Assembly, we will wait and see who emerges, but, I know when the time comes, and they do balancing in the government, they will also do some balancing or compensatory balancing in the National Assembly; when that happens, whether it is going to be at the position of the Senate or House of Representatives, I am not in a position to say this,” he said.

On restructuring of the country, Daniel said Atiku is serious about the restructuring of the country, and he will tackle it headlong if he wins, as he has always been consistent about it.

“Aside from major slots, I think what is paramount to the people of the South West is the restructuring of the country, which Atiku is very serious about, So, the issue for the South West is not personality or slot issue, per say, because personalities come and go, but restructuring Nigeria is significant and more symbolic than zoned offices,” he said.

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Gana Loses Out As SDP Affirms Duke As Presidential Candidate

Sahara Reporters - 18 hours 29 min ago


The Social Democratic Party(SDP) yesterday affirmed ex-Governor Donald Duke as its presidential candidate.

It said Duke was validly nominated at the party’s October 6 national convention and his name already submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party said ex-Minister of Information  Prof. Jerry Gana congratulated, hugged and wished Duke well after the shadow election.

Party’s Media and Publicity Director Yemi Akinbode in a statement yesterday “noted” the statement by Dr. Ike Neliaku, the Consultant to the Prof Jerry Gana’s campaign group but disagreed with the references to the SDP Constitution as “premature and misplaced” and “frowns” at recent misrepresentations by his statements that  Southsouth candidates were barred from participating in the primary.

The party said it would not take up issues with Gana but will inform Nigerians how Duke emerged.

“The current cry to ‘screen him out’ or ‘disqualify him’ was not raised during the process adding that Duke emerged through a transparent process and delegates were never directed to vote for any presidential aspirant.

The statement added: “There were two aspirants from the South-South Zone and three aspirants from the North Central Zone. His Excellency, Donald Duke was the first person to submit the nomination form at a widely publicised event and no one ever protested until he won the primary.

“All the four other contestants including Prof. Gana actively participated in all the preliminary and final stages of the presidential primary and SDP did not issue any statement directing its members to vote for or against any presidential aspirant from any particular geographic zone.

“The party understands that Gana was very disappointed by the outcome of the primary and sent a high-ranking delegation headed by National Chairman Chief Olu Falae to visit and explain to him, to assuage his feelings and appreciate his contributions to the party.

“The SDP and its leaders duly appreciate the significant contributions that the elder statesman Gana has put to the development of the party since he joined six months ago.

“Above all, they had privately and publicly appreciated the tremendous contributions that he has made to Nigeria over the last 45 years.”

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Davido Declares His Uncle 'Governor' Of Osun State

Sahara Reporters - 19 hours 20 min ago


Davido performing at the Afrika Shrine

Davido performing at the Afrika Shrine

Nigerian singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has declared his uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the Osun State governorship election.

Davido, who performed alongside all artistes under his record label in the early hours of Monday, stated this at the closing ceremony of Felabration 2018, which was themed 'Overtaking Overtake'.

The singer had difficulties gaining entrance into the backstage, as the crowd waiting to catch a glimpse of him blocked his path.

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Afterwards, he was ushered onto the stage by his protege, Mayourkun. He, however, stopped midway into his performance to announce his uncle the winner of the election.

“I want to give a shout-out to His Excellency, Governor Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, the Governor of Osun State," he said.

Felabration 2018 came to an end on Monday morning.

The week-long annual event is organised in celebration of Nigeria’s Afrobeat maestro, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

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Drug Abusers Deserve A Second Chance From UNILAG By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Sahara Reporters - 19 hours 28 min ago

Success in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and in the follow-up internal test of an institution are usually enough to qualify a candidate for admission into a Nigerian university. Not anymore, particularly if the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is the candidate’s first choice. As Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, of the university announced days ago during an interaction with the News Agency of Nigeria, newly-admitted students will undergo a “compulsory” drug test from now on. If they pass, good luck. They fail, goodbye to admission.

“This test is compulsory and will be administered on new students before they are allowed to go ahead with registration,” Oloyede said. “Admission of any newly-admitted students who test positive for drug use shall be withdrawn. Our students must be seen to be good products not only of the institution, but also of the larger society.”

It is easy to see what UNILAG is trying to do. Fantastic conception but faulty execution. Tertiary institutions are easy breeding grounds for drug addiction; stamp drug abuse out of campuses and the society would have been done a huge favour. However, by Oloyede’s words, this drug screening will be a post-admission hurdle: it’s not like the identified drug addicts would be denied admission from scartch; instead, they would first have secured the admission, and then they would lose it. True, this method bars the guilty candidates from entering UNILAG, but what happens to them from then on? No one should expect that they end up in a rehab, or in the church or mosque; to lose their admission this way means they sink even deeper into drugs. It’s a scenario that sees UNILAG solve one problem for itself but simultaneously create two more for the society.

Withdrawing the admission of drug-positive fresh students won’t help UNILAG realise its ambition of ensuring that its students are “good products of the larger society”. To think it would, in the first place, gives UNILAG out as guilty of a defect common to the academia: the thinking that ‘citadels of learning’ are a society on their own, different in class, standard and expectations from the ‘larger society’. This societal superiority that the academia likes to claim is, in the moment, far from reach; it is difficult, but not impossible, to achieve. To happen, the institutions must truly be able to operate on their own, entirely devoid of human-capital support at least from the larger society. It means, for instance, that a university’s Faculty of Engineering can produce cars, and its graduates can repair them; it means lecturers can get their cars repaired on campus rather than embarking on a trip to the roadside mechanic several kilometres in ‘town’. It means its Faculty of Agriculture can cultivate crops, harvest them, process them and get them consumed — all on the farm. Until then, students whose admissions are withdrawn end up returning to the same “larger society” that UNILAG is an integral and continuous part of. Long and short, UNILAG hasn’t done anything to aid the cause of this ‘larger society’.

The threat of drug abuse to societal wellbeing is real, but it is important to understand that most drug abusers are not hardened criminals. They are more like prisoners — emotional/psychological prisoners of addiction. What they need is love, not force; rehabilitation, not rejection. In any case, any drug abuser who is brilliant enough to pass the UTME as well as UNILAG’s post-UTME test should not be discarded as entirely useless. If UNILAG truly desires to help itself and the society in one fell swoop, there are a number things it could do.

One is to take advantage of its internal intellectual capacity in availing the students of help. Its Department of Psychology exists for a purpose, and if that doesn’t include making psychological help available to needy students, such as those hooked on drugs, then the department is in dire need of some rejigging.

Another is to admit such students on condition, something similar to the ‘promoted on trial/condition’ we’re more accustomed to seeing in primary and secondary schools. Students found to be hooked on drugs can be admitted on, say, two-year condition that they enroll at a rehab centre and produce periodic reports from the centre. Those whose reports prove progress with drug reliance retain their admission after two years, while those without remarkable progress forfeit it. A few students will still end up in the latter group, no doubt, but even they would recognize they were at least given a chance to fight for their educational survival. The real gain lies with those who would have won their battle against drug dependence in those two years.

But everyone deserves a chance to fight. To send drug abusers away from their dream university at the first time of asking is cruel and in consonance with the Nigerian mentality of judging a book by its cover. There are a few brilliant, morally-upright youth out there who missed their way at some point in their lives; if we can’t help them — or at least give them a chance to help themselves —  then we must not crush them. What is guaranteed is that the success rate for rehabilitation of these admission seekers will be high, given that all of them are young and therefore still impressionable.

If we’re looking for drug addicts to kick out of certain sections of our society, focus should be on politics. Too many Nigerian politicians are hooked on drugs. Some of them we don’t know because they’ve mastered the art of covering their tracks; others we already know because no sane human utters the kind of words that come out of their mouths. I won’t mention these names but I won’t stop readers who choose to do so in the comment section. These are the real people we should be kicking out; but the students, what they really need is an arm around their neck.


Soyombo, former Editor of the TheCable and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), tweets @fisayosoyombo

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Police Arrest Woman Who Leads Kidnap-For-Ransom Gang In Nasarawa, Abuja, Plateau

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 2:00pm


Hawa Yinusa, alongside two members of her gang, have been paraded by the Police over allegations of kidnapping and murder.

A Police statement issued on Sunday by acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, named the other two suspects as Nura Dahiru, also known as 'Ula', and Buhari Hamisu, also known as 'Wiseman'.

Exhibis found in their possession were three AK47 rifles, 38 rounds of AK47 ammunition, one Honda Hennessey car belonging to a victim and one cutlass.

The victim's car was originally ash colour but was changed by the suspect to navy blue.

The statement read: "Arrest of vicious and notorious kidnap-for-ransom gang led by a woman, Hawa Yunusa, from Masaka, Nasarawa State who has no means of livelihood but leads so many kidnapping gangs; for several kidnappings of prominent Nigerians, including one Aisha Haruna (a business woman) referred to as Zainab by her family and friends, who was kidnapped and later killed and abandoned by this gang in the bush at Uke town, Nasarawa State.

"The victim’s car, Honda Hennessey was robbed after killing her including her stock of clothing inside the car. The suspect, Hawa Yinusa, further went to court and swore to an affidavit claiming that the victim was her sister before she died and was in the process of withdrawing from the bank about One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) belonging to the victim before she was arrested.

"The two last suspects Nura Dahiru a.k.a Ula and Buhari Hamisu a.k.a wiseman were mobilized into the criminal gang by Hawa Yinusa. One (1) of the suspects died during a shootout with the IGP Strike Force and the three (3) AK47, Thirty Eight (38) Rounds of AK47 Ammunition and One (1) Big Cutlass used in killing some of their victims were recovered from their possession.

"The suspect, Hawa Yinusa and her gangs have carried out several kidnappings between Abuja, Nasarawa and Plateau States. They have also been involved and confessed to other forms of kidnappings of innocent people, collecting their ATM cards and withdrawing their money before releasing them. Some of their victims have come forward to the Police investigator and identified them. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation."

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Northern Youth To Withdraw Support For Atiku Unless He Disowns Fani-Kayode, Nnamdi Kanu

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 1:47pm




The Arewa Youth Integrity Forum (AYIF), a group of youth in the north, has urged Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to distance himself from Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation.

Adamu Adamu, AYIF National President, said this in response to the claim by by Fani-Kayode that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had agreed to work against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fani-Kayode had said Kanu had agreed to work with him against President Muhammadu Buhari, although Uche Mefor, Kanu’s deputy, denied the claim.

The youth group vowed to work against Atiku, noting that his alliance with Fani-Kayode and the pro-Biafra leader would destabilise Nigeria. It also said Atiku would lose the support of youth in the North if he fails to distance himself from politicians heating up the polity.

A statement by the AYIF read: “AYIF has followed with concern the reappearance of the wanted leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and the invitation to anarchy by one of those standing trial for corruption, Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), who disclosed that Kanu has agreed to work for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming elections.

“We find it odd that Fani-Kayode, who had alleged a military abduction and assassination of Nnamdi Kanu, did not deem it proper to apologise to Nigerians for his lies but simply pretended as if he never made such outlandish claims and switched to talking political alliance. His comments placed the lives of some persons at risk and pushed the entire country to the edge of a meltdown. His lack of remorse shows that it is something he will attempt again in no distant time.

“Prior to jumping bail, Kanu, with his followers, had consistently referred to Nigeria as a zoo and the citizens as animals that do not deserve to live. His inflammatory provocations got to a point where Nigerians were angered to a point of issuing quit notices against each other along ethnic lines even as Kanu’s IPOB continued to call for the disintegration of the country. It, therefore, borders on insanity for the same Kanu to reappear today and be declaring to be part of the nation’s political process without first renouncing his separatist stance and demand for violence against Hausa/Fulani.

“We recognise that Fani-Kayode and Kanu are running their personal battles against substance abuse, but our empathy cannot extend to the willful choice to demonide other ethnic groups and call for violence against them. The alliance they are talking about is nothing but trying to create a publicly acceptable platform for their hate mongering. They have nothing good to offer Nigerians. Ordinarily, the alliance between the duo do not bother us in the least, since the leading candidates in the race for presidency are from the north; but we find it repulsive that men who have not properly proven themselves as being free of mental illness are jostling to take leading role in how Nigerians decide.

“One of them is standing trial for treason and the other is on trial for capital corruption, so they have the incentives to deliberately cause provocations that will destroy the country and ensure that Nigeria no longer exists as a country to conclude their trial. We, therefore, warn the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar that he risks losing the support of Arewa if he associates his campaign with Femi Fani-Kayode and Nnamdi Kanu, who have both repeatedly declared their disdain and hatred for Nigerians from the northern parts of the country.

“We find it abominable that Fani-Kayode who sees Arewa as a plague and Kanu who sees us as animals can today be attempting to hitch a ride on Atiku Abubakar’s PDP ticket when they still hold steadfastly to their genocidal views against Hausa/Fulani. If they successfully hitch the ride they seek, then we will rather mobilize for the person the PDP is seeking to unseat.

“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP must immediately formally distance themselves from FFK and Kanu failing which AYIF will be compelled to mobilize other Arewa youth groups to express their displeasure with the PDP.”

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A Vote Against Wike Is A Vote For Your Lives, Amaechi Tells Rivers People

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 1:16pm


Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transportation, has called on people of Rivers State to vote out Governor Nyesom Wike.

According to Amaechi, who accused the present administration of Rivers State of being unable to manage the security situation in the state, a vote against Wike is a "vote for their lives".

He stated this as part of his address on Sunday at the dedication service of the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, which took place at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He said: “It is unfortunate I'm saying this before the camera, because it’s like demarketing Rivers State. We heard about many killings and there were up to eight persons just last week.

“If the Governor cannot take charge and people are dying, then there is a need for replacement and for people to vote for their lives.

“We are no longer talking about food now; we are not talking about light; we are talking about the right to existence and that you have to live. All the shops and houses are empty as people are on the run, because nobody can protect them here."

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AUDIO: I’ve Returned Full-Time And I’ll Bring Hell With Me, Says Nnamdi Kanu

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 1:12pm


Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says he has "returned full-time" and will "bring hell".

Kanu resurfaced in a video praying in Jerusalem on Friday, October 19, 2018, more than a year after his disappearance following a raid on his home on September 13, 2017 by the Nigerian Army. See Also Free Speech VIDEO: Nnamdi Kanu Filmed Praying In Jerusalem 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

There had been speculations about his whereabouts during his absence, but Kanu has not expressly stated what happened during the months he was declared missing.

He had, however, promised on Saturday through his lawyer to address a "world press conference within the next 24 hours". See Also Free Speech Nnamdi Kanu To Address 'World Press Conference' From Jerusalem 'Within 24 Hours' 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

On Sunday evening, an audio recording went live on the Facebook page of Radio Biafra, purportedly the voice of Nnamdi Kanu.

He said: "[I] shall be with this noble family of IPOB till the restoration of Biafra and beyond all these I pray in the name of the most high that liveth …now and forever. My dear fellow Biafrans, I have returned full-time and I’m coming back and I’ll bring hell with me. Thank you very much remain blessed wherever you are."

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Fayose Lands In Lagos Ahead Of Court Trial

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 12:08pm


Fayose at the Abuja airport before he was flown to Lagos

Fayose at the Abuja airport before he was flown to Lagos

Ayodele Fayose, immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, has arrived Lagos.

He was flown to Lagos from Abuja on Sunday, as part of preparations for his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018.

The former Governor had submitted himself to the EFCC on October 16, 2018, following the commission's allegations against him bothering on fraud and money laundering.

EFCC has also prepared an 11-count charge sheet, which includes offences relating to receiving illegal monies to fund his 2014 governorship campaign in Ekiti State, among other allegations of benefitting from proceeds of money laundering. See Also Corruption IN FULL: EFCC's 11 Charges Against Fayose 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

According to his media aide, Lere Olayinka, Fayose arrived via Max Air with Flight Number VM1643.

Olayinka disclosed Fayose's travel schedule on Sunday via a tweet that read: "Fayose in a relaxed mood with an official of @officialEFCC at the Abuja Airport enroute Lagos for arraignment at Federal High Court, Ikoyi tomorrow. He arrived Lagos a few minutes ago via Max Air Flight Number VM1643."

Fayose in a relaxed mood with an official of @officialEFCC at the Abuja Airport enroute Lagos for arraignment at Federal High Court, Ikoyi tomorrow.

He arrived Lagos a few minutes ago via Max Air Flight Number VM1643. pic.twitter.com/bSP4rohF2O

— Lere Olayinka - Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) October 21, 2018

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Gunshots, Bonfires As Kaduna Erupts In Flames Despite 24-Hour Curfew

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 12:05pm

A protest that erupted in Kaduna town has spread to other parts of the state, with bonfires were spotted on major roads.

The latest incident of violence comes after Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, following the violence that rocked the statea and claimed 55 lives. See Also CRIME Govt Imposes 24-hour Curfew In Kaduna 0 Comments 22 Hours Ago

Residents were seen scurrying for safety, following the protests which was trailed by violence.

Although, it has not yet been ascertained what led to the protests, Ahmadu Bello way to Sabo, Kamazo to Barnawa area, Maraba Rido have all been deserted.

Gunshots were also heard in places such as Ahmadu Bello way.

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It’s Still The Economy, Stupid Outside The Box By Alex Otti

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 10:47am


‘A really hungry person does not twice walk past food offered as sacrifice to the gods’ – Old African Proverb 

‘Economy is not important or unimportant, it simply IS’ - Andrej Chudožilov (Prague-based Modern Day Philosopher)

One of the most memorable legacies of the Presidential Campaigns of 1992 in the United States of America is a now-famous slogan, coined by James Carville, Bill Clinton’s political strategist. ‘The Economy, Stupid’ was the galvanising cry that helped usher President Clinton into the White House against seemingly all odds. Since then, the slogan has acquired global acceptance and is now usually rendered as, ‘It’s the Economy, Stupid’.  

By way of explanation, the 41st US President, George H.W. Bush had been a very popular President, in the wake of his invasion of Iraq in 1991. The American public’s approval rating of his administration had reached an all-time high of 90%. However, by the summer of the following year, his approval rating plunged to as low as 64% as recession loomed. The young challenger from Arkansas, Governor Bill Clinton, had put together a brilliant team to run his campaign and Mr. Carville was part of the cutting edge of that team. He quickly identified the adverse impact the dwindling fortunes of the American economy had on the populace and latched on to it as the campaign theme. Needless to say that it was what helped sweep George Bush Senior out of office in favour of then largely unknown Bill Clinton. 

While it must be said that the result was possible through the creative use of media and marketing, it is clear that issues of food, clothing, shelter and school fees, remain the basic primordial factors that control the emotion of societies, the Nigerian society very much included. It is only when these basic needs are met that people can begin to consider the finer points of ‘civilised society’.  Karl Marx would refer to it extensively as ‘Economic Determinism’. As a Nigerian popular musician would sing, ‘It’s all about Benjamin’! Benjamin is a colloquial name for the US Dollar. In the recent times, one Nigerian politician has aptly described it as “stomach infrastructure”.

Since the beginning of this year, two major issues have dominated Nigeria’s own public scene, namely security and politics. The news media have been daily dominated by accounts of insecurity in their various forms all across the Nigerian landscape. From Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and the inevitable displacement of millions of the populace, to the nebulous Zamfara clashes that result in massive destruction of lives and property. The Middle Belt has had its own tale of woes, suffering and death. In many other parts of the country, it would appear that kidnapping, violent robberies and homicides have become a daily occurrence.

In politics, this year has been a watershed in the domain of political drama in Nigeria. With the impending general elections early next year, the dozens of registered political parties in the country have witnessed intense activities. Alignments and realignments have become the order of the day. In the run up to the Primaries which by the way, are yet to be fully concluded in so many of the parties, defections, betrayals, electoral malfeasances and violence, have become common features.

In addition to the unsavoury developments I have described above, there are clear signs of general despondency and spike in many of the social ills that plague any failing society. Young people are leaving the country illegally in droves in search of better life, many of them meeting very dastardly consequences along the way. Crime is growing and poverty is on the rise with Nigeria overtaking India as the poverty Capital of the world.

In spite of these developments, there is the curious growth of interest among the developed economies in the Nigerian market. In quick succession, the Western countries, Asia, Russia and China have practically been tripping over each other either visiting the country or inviting Nigeria’s top officials to visit them in their countries. Even more curiously is the fact that lately, those who visited simply touched Abuja, the nation’s capital just to say ‘hi’ to the President and fulfil all righteousness and the next minute they zoom off to Lagos to spend the night, sign deals and even dance Afrobeat? Macron was quick to seize on his days here in Nigeria to come visiting and dancing. Theresa May gave Abuja some minutes and immediately flew down to meet the young and energetic Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and his equally young and energetic constituents.  Angela Merkel also did her own cameo appearance in tow.  Surprised? Well, nothing happens by chance.

I myself have since given this much thought to this phenomenon and the more I do so, the more I come to believe that the words of Carville are true, it is really the economy that is most important in this game of governance and daily pursuits. Moreover, after considering the on-going events in today’s Nigeria, I am further convinced that the statement rings true. In fact, it is still the economy, stupid!

You may have noticed that the common thread in all the visits by the international dignitaries was emphasis on economy and trade. Wherever there is money to be made, the entrepreneur nations will seek it out and go there. More surprises; many of these  business and political leaders had little time for politics and they went straight to Lagos after a few minutes with Abuja, where apparently there is nothing much for them. They all put Lagos on the top of their agenda – Macron, Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, Theresa May and so on. In spite of all the huff and puff in the media about growth and development in my own part of the country, not much interest has been shown by these international entities. On a sad note, the Eastern axis of the country is not in the picture at all. None of them has even thought of visiting any city in the East. The last major event of that magnitude was when the World Bank President visited Ariaria market clusters in Aba, Abia State and stayed a couple of days there. That was several years ago. I remember having a chat with the then Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala after that visit. She shared with me the embarrassing question the World Bank President put to her. According to her, the visitor who may have been in the same car with her asked, “I can understand that the people here are poor, but must poverty and filth go together?” I am not sure that he won’t ask the same question if he were to repeat that visit today. Since it is the economy that rules, it says a lot about where we stand in the scheme of things and the  kind of conversation we should be having particularly as we approach another election year. We must also pay more attention to the economy as we try to resolve the leadership question that has been the bane of this country at all levels as the great Novelist and Statesman the late Professor Chinua Achebe wrote in his famous book, “The trouble with Nigeria”. It’s the economy stupid!

From the global perspective, there is the new stance of these countries  which can simply be explained by the sudden rise in Nationalism across the world. It is more euphemistically described as ‘Bilateralism’. The phenomenon has been given fresh and huge boost by the rise of Trump and his  ‘America First’ mantra. By the way, yours truly is still waiting to sue him for plagiarism, when he leaves office, having copied without acknowledgment, my Abia First mantra used for my governorship campaign between 2014 and 2015. Several other right wing leaders have been elected across the world while pro-right groups have found their voices in countries like Germany, Brazil, France, Holland and Hungary. The growing influx of migrants as they seek better fortunes for themselves and their loved ones has also helped fuel this and it has led to rising intolerance for migrants in many countries. It has also resulted in a spike in religious and ethnic crises in Europe. The emerging feeling of bilateralism has led to a breakdown in global trade and security agreements.  NAFTA, Iran Nuclear Deal, Kyoto Climate Deal, NATO, among others have  become casualties in a hitherto multilateral world. 

Finally there is Brexit, which is causing a complete redefinition of global markets in a way not witnessed since the Bretton Woods arrangements saw the creation of the multilateral agencies and the initiation of the Marshall Plan and the evolution of the European common market and union. Britain is resigning its fate to a hard Brexit in which it will exit the European Union without any soft landing. It will have no deals from her erstwhile European siblings and even Ireland will pursue her own economic fortunes with the rest of Europe. In response, Britain is looking further afield for economic partners and markets. It has turned on the charm offensive on its old Commonwealth markets. It has appointed a young and charming Prince William to be head of the Commonwealth and when Megan and Prince Harry wedded, every effort was made to emphasise the diversity of the ‘British Empire’. Apart from the performances by several non-British artistes, the wedding gown of the bride was adorned with flowers from all the Commonwealth countries. I hope this was not lost on freed British colonies.

The ultimate objective of governance is to generate the greatest amount of good to the greatest majority. This is attained when there is good governance and baseline evidence of good governance is the peace and security of the environment, which will lead to the tackling of economic challenges. This is why it is important for us to take the issue of economic development seriously and ensure that we create the ambient environment that will attract meaningful trade and investment. We must repair our economy, improve security, infrastructure and ensure policy consistency, and we can be sure the investments will come. Where we don’t do these, no amount of foreign trips by our leaders to attract investment or sloganeering will do it. 

In all the dynamics of trade and investment, it is important to bear in mind that Africa is the last frontier. The West is losing ground to China and India in Asia. In fact, when it comes to Information Technology, India has not only become a power house, but is now the world leader. Korea is now an enigma and it may be the worst nightmare for a United Korea in which South Korea brings modern technology and North Korea brings nuclear and military power, any wonder about the face off between Donal Trump and Kin Jung Un? Russia is asserting greater presence in the Middle East and the oil wells of Middle and Near East are up for grabs. The Talibans are on the rise in Pakistan and Afghanistan. China fully well knows this and is running all over Africa to seek out business. Its ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ is fast turning into a reality and the West has come to this realisation with great alarm and countering responses. Where do we stand in all this as a people and to know that we must be part of it or we will lose out in the emerging global economy that will see huge transformation in economic fortunes of those that take advantage of it. The sad reality is that with our apparent unpreparedness before the dinner, Africa may end up being part of the menu as the prepared parts of the world place their orders on the dinner table.

Must we stay and watch these opportunities frittered away? The answer is no! We need good governance and this can only come when we choose the right leaders to lead and drive change at all levels. Otherwise, we will continue to tell the story of our missed opportunities. I am sure we have began to sound like a broken record, but that is because the disc is yet to be mended!

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Labourer Hacks 75-yr-old Farmer, Policeman To Death In Ondo

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 10:18am


Olusegun Oyadele, a 75-year-old farmer was hacked to death with a machete by a labourer in Ondo Local Government Area of Ondo State. 

Pa. Oyadele was killed, alongside a Police Officer, Abiodun Omotehinse, on a farm settlement in Onipetesi camp of Ondo town. The septuagenarian and police officer were killed over the weekend, while the former was drying his cocoa seeds on the farm. It was gathered that the policeman was attached to Enu Owa Divisional Police Station in Ondo.

Already, the killer, whose real names was not disclosed, but was identified as 'At All At All', has been arrested by policemen.

Local farmers in the settlement who hinted reporters about the incident said there was "no argument" between the duo prior to a fight that occurred. They added that it was immediately reported to the police when the incident went out of hand.

One of them, who preferred not to be named, said the rampaging labourer went beserk when policemen arrived the scene.

"The labourer, we learnt, is an indigene of Akwa Ibom State and stormed the farm of the old man and begun to fight him, before he dealth him machete blows to the chest. While the fight was going on, we rushed to the Police station to inform them of the fight. However, when we returned, he threatened to kill everyone.

"One of the policemen who followed us on a rescue mission was also hacked to death by the labourer before he ran into the forest," the eyewitness said.

Femi Joseph, Police Spokesman in Ondo State, confirmed the incident on Sunday.

Speaking via phone, he gave a vivid picture of the incident, noting that the suspect also attacked four other men. He disclosed that the suspect was arrested inside a forest in Takunle Village in the Bolorunduro area of the town.

"Yes, one of the settlers in the farm came to the Police station to report the incident and four of our officers went to the farm. But in an attempt to arrest him, he charged at us with his matchete and killed one of our officers who came to effect his arrest on the farm," the Police spokesman stated.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, had earlier visited the settlement to fish out the suspect who had taken refuge in the forest.

"Our men spent a night in the forest to effect the arrest of the suspect who was moving from one place to another. The suspect was nabbed with the assistance of the vigilante group in the area around 3am on Sunday after searching for him for about 13 hours," he said.

According to Joseph, the remains of the slain policeman had been deposited at the morgue, while the four other injured officers are receiving treatment at a hospital.

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Youth Set Brooms Ablaze In Kaduna To Protest APC's Decision On Shehu Sani

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 9:52am


Youth under aegis of Tudun Wada Youth Association (TWAA) in Kaduna have taken to the streets to set hundreds of brooms ablaze, to protest the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to deny Senator Shehu Sani the party's Senatorial ticket .

The protesters, who marched through the streets of Kaduna South Local Government on Sunday, chanted anti-government songs against Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, whom they accused of being behind the removal of the Shehu Sani's name from the list.

Speaking to journalists, Abubakar Garba Musa, leader of the group, said the governor "subverted the will of the people and mounted pressure on the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, to remove Shehu Sani's name".

Musa said the organisation would mobilise its members and other youth across the state against the party in the 2019 general election, noting that the action of the governor is "draconian and undemocratic".

He said the imposition of Uba Sani on the zone will "spell doom" for the ruling party as he is an unpopular candidate and "dangerous to the party’s victory".

The protesters thereafter gathered a large number of brooms, set them ablaze and danced round the bonfire.

Musa accused Uba Sani of being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who joined APC in 2016, stating that he does not deserve the ticket.

He said: "Senator Shehu Sani is the first person to ever be a Senator from Kaduna South since 1999. It has always been Kaduna North. I can tell you categorically that Kaduna South is the largest local government in this state and we have concluded to work against the fortune of APC at governorship and National Assembly levels.

"This is an impunity and injustice against the people of Kaduna Central Senatorial District. We are ready to follow him to any party he is willing to join."

Senator Shehu Sani, who is representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, announced his resignation from the APC on Saturday, but did not give further details on his decision to leave the party. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Shehu Sani Quits APC 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

It was gathered that el-Rufai mounted pressure on Oshiomhole and substituted his name for Uba Sani, shortly before submitting the list to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Govt Imposes 24-hour Curfew In Kaduna

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 9:43am


A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Kaduna town and environs.

Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity), announced the curfew on Sunday.

It is to take immediate effect.

The curfew comes a few days after violence broke out in parts of Kaduna that led to the killing of more than 50 people.

The announcement was contained in a tweet by Aruwan that read: "A 24 hour curfew has been imposed on Kaduna town and environs. It is with immediate effect."

A 24 hour curfew has been imposed on Kaduna town and environs. It is with immediate effect. @elrufai @MBuhari @channelstv @Dailytrust @Ayourb @mareeyama @JibrinIbrahim17 @NGRPresident @PoliceNG

— SAMUEL ARUWAN (@samuelaruwan) October 21, 2018

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Shops, Houses Set Ablaze As 'Boko Haram' Invade Borno Communities

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 7:27am


Barely 12 hours after a community in Borno was attacked, Mairari and Femari communities in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno have been attacked by insurgents suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

According to NAN, the insurgents attacked the communities at about 8:30 pm. One person was killed while houses were set ablaze as the insurgents carted away food items.

Earlier on Saturday, the insurgents attacked Kuwa-Yangeya village on Maiduguri-Damboa Road and killed farmers. See Also Boko Haram After Capturing Farmers, Boko Haram Set Women Free But Butcher Men 'Into Pieces' 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

Goni Umar, an eyewitness, said the insurgents invaded the communities on gun trucks and motorcycles, and carted away food items from shops and houses before setting them ablaze.

He added that the villagers fled into the bush while some others ran to Maiduguri.

He said: “One person was killed by a stray bullet while trying to escape. On our way to Maiduguri, we saw troops and police heading to the villages."

Brigadier General Bulama Biu, Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, confirmed the attack to NAN, stating that “troops have been deployed since 8:45 pm and they are still combing the area in order to apprehend the culprits."

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35 Jos Prisoners To Sit For NECO Exams

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 6:10am


The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has said 35 Jos prison inmates will participate in the 2018 Nov/Dec Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) of the National Examination Council (NECO).

DSP Luka Ayedoo, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Plateau Command of NPS disclosed this in a statement in Jos on Sunday.

According to NAN, Ayedoo said the inmates, 32 males and three females, were adequately prepared to take social science and commercial subjects in the examination, noting that the examination fees of the inmates were paid by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), as part of activities marking its 47th anniversary.

He said: “35 inmates of Jos Prison have been duly registered for the 2018 NECO external examination.

“The inmates, 32 of who are male and three females, have been prepared to take subjects in social sciences and commercials.

“This examination is one of the numerous reform programmes available to prepare inmates towards smooth reintegration into the society, upon discharge."

He also explained that resources had been deployed by the NPS to attract productive partnership, geared towards providing quality education and vocational skills for inmates across the command.

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HEDA Petitions Consumer Council Over 'Fraudulent' Bank Charges

Sahara Reporters - 21 October 2018 - 5:54am


The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre has asked the Consumer Protection Department to review and investigate recent growing concerns over fraudulent and ridiculous financial service charges and deduction rates, especially in the banking sector.

In a petition forwarded to the director of the organisation and signed by Olanrewaju Suraju, HEDA's chairman, the Resource Center noted several allegations of "arbitrary, unauthorised and unfair charges or deductions on the savings and current accounts of consumers by banks in Nigeria".

It also added that the deductions include "reports of the imposition of charges that are not transparent and communicated in advance to customers".

The petition read: "It is observed that some of the charges or deductions are not in tandem with the provisions of the most recent 2017 CBN Guide on financial charges.

"Particularly, the charge of a N50 stamp duty charge on all deposits made to current and savings accounts by banks comes to the fore, especially as there is a court decision in Standard Chartered Bank Limited v. Kasmal International Services Ltd, where it was held that based on the provisions of the Stamp Duties Act, there is no provision authorizing the deduction and remittance of the N50 stamp duty on deposits.

"It is unfortunate that banks have continued to charge the said duty on customers’ deposits without any justification for same.

"Another notorious charge introduced by banks to unjustly fleece Nigerians is the card maintenance fee which there is no obvious explanation for its introduction, where card holders are recorded to have paid a particular amount to get the card in the first place.

"The banks still charge customers bank maintenance fee and account maintenance fee at the end of every month."

The Resource Center therefore called on the Council to use its "good office as a regulator of corporate environment in service delivery to urgently intervene in this development and ensure that hardworking Nigerians are not fleeced unjustly and unduly in a flagrant exhibition of systemic corruption and a fundamental banking fraud aimed at impoverishing Nigerians".

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