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Many Sins Of An Acclaimed Legend, General Tukur Buratai​ By Adejumo Kabir​

6 hours 14 min ago


'Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both' - Wright Mills

Yes, history is important because those who abandon their history are bound to repeat their dark pasts. While we need to teach our children history, we must be honest with the story we tell and not deceive younger generation with lies often written by politicians and top public office holders.

History is meant to teach us lesson about mistakes of the past to resolve our problems and should for no reason be manipulated by any individual and institution.

On April 17, the Nigeria Army took to its official Twitter handle that: A book titled The Legend of Buratai will be officially presented to school children on May 4th, 2019 at the FCT Library, Abuja."

Explaining why the book became necessary, the author, Dr Abubakar Mohd Sani said it is to immortalize the life of Lt General T.Y Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff.

"The Legend of Buratai is a first and foremost a work of fiction that I hope will make primary and secondary school students to fully appreciate the life of General Buratai, one of the greatest infantry Generals to ever emerge in Africa", he said. "The book will be presented to school children in Abuja, Lagos, Maiduguri, Kaduna and Yola. The book has already enjoyed so many good reviews by national and international scholars."

Before then, Igbinedion University in Edo State had named its Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs after General Tukur Buratai while Ebonyi State University also named its Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies after him.

But, should we tell the story of Tukur Buratai without mentioning his many sins? No, the book is not complete except we also document how Boko Haram and bandits are killing innocent citizens under his watch.

Except we include how Boko Haram killed over 100 soldiers in Metele attack last year under the watch of an acclaimed legend. It took condemnation from the public before the Army officially admitted that its troops were killed. 

We should document the massacre of Shiites in Zaria by soldiers in 2015 and also the killings of IPOB members in Onisha by soldiers in 2016. Perhaps, all of these qualified General Buratai as a legend. 

Except the book includes how soldiers were used by politicians in the recent elections held across Nigeria and why he (Buratai) is yet to provide evidence to counter facts about his asset declaration scandal.

A Premium Times report revealed General Buratai's illicit acts and how he illegally owned property in Dubai. Rather than tackle the issue raised against him, the acclaimed legend (Buratai) charged his men to storm the newspaper's office to illegally arrest journalists. Could all these be criteria to be a legend in Nigeria? 

Except the book reveals many sins of General Tukur Buratai, it will be disastrous for children to read such PR publication.

 

Adejumo Kabir is a student journalist at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

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PHOTOS: Buhari In Lagos To Commission Airport Road, Mass Transit Buses

6 hours 27 min ago


President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode during the President’s working visit to Lagos, at the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.


President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd right), with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi (left); Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi (2nd left) and Ogun State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (3rd left)


President Muhammadu Buhari (middle); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right); Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo States Governors, Dr. Kayode Fayemi (3rd right); Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (2nd right); Arakurin Rotimi Akeredolu (right); Governor-elect of Lagos


President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, exiting the Oshodi Transport Interchange amidst cheers after its commissioning, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.


President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, exiting One of the newly unveiled high and medium capacity Buses at the Oshodi Transport Interchange during the commissioning on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.


President Muhammadu Buhari (3rd left); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi (2nd right); Ogun State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (right); Governor-elect of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2

President Muhammadu Buhari was in Lagos State on Wednesday to commission some projects by the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode, outgoing Governor of the state.

Among the projects were the 10-lane Oshodi–Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, the 170-Bed ‘Ayinke House’ (Maternity Hospital)) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja; the Oshodi Transport Interchange and 820 mass transit buses.

Joining Ambode to receive Buhari were governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, as well as Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor-Elect of Lagos.

Below are pictures from the President's visit

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Police In Lagos Nab Two Young Men Fighting Over N30,000 After Stealing Female Pants

7 hours 1 min ago


The Police in Lagos have arrested two young men for allegedly stealing a female underwear. 

According to the information gathered from the Police, the two men are Friday Emmanuel, 21, and Obiora Nwabueze, 29.

The  suspects were said to be arrested under the Mile Two Bridge, Lagos, by operatives of the Satellite Division after they had engaged each other in fisticuffs, following the failure of one of the parties to keep to the terms of agreement regarding the stealing of the panties.

Nwabueze had earlier agreed to pay Emmanuel N30,000 on succesful execution of the 'operation' — a promise he did not want to redeem after Emmanuel had fulfiled his own part of the deal.

According to a statement by Bala Elkana (DSP), spokesman of the police, when Emmanuel brought the panties, instead of paying him the agreed amount, Nwabueze attempted to take them by force, which and that caused a fight.

“During interrogation, Emmanuel regretted listening to his friend Nwabueze, who was pestering him to get him female underwears he desperately needed to become rich," Elkana said. “Both suspects were Wednesday charged to Magistrate Court 23, at Mbah Road, Ajegunle, Lagos for conspiracy and stealing."

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Re: Doctors Free To Leave Nigeria... You Can Quote Me, We Have More Than Enough

8 hours 27 min ago


The Hon Minister of Labour and Employment

Dr  Chris Ngige

Abuja Nigeria

24/4/2019


Sir,

I assume you don't know Nigeria need at least (90-95) years to bridge the gap between doctors and patients.

Sir, I believe you are not aware of the current 

Medical  Crisis in Nigeria hence I forgive you but as a Medical doctor, a  former Governor though your election was annulled and a Senator this is too much for me to bear.

Your likes are the reason why Nigeria is in a hole.  This is the same reason you took to oath swearing at the dreaded okija Shrine which led to your tussle with the Uba brothers before the court of appeal removed you from office.

Sir, I will take you thru the chronological timeline and give details on our woes.

Sir, Over the last 58yrs, successive government officials in Nigeria which include you have simply refused to invest in healthcare.

Sir, As recent as January 2019 there was public world-class medical centre in Nigeria where cancer and other terminal illness can be treated until the recent commissioning we witnessed during the electioneering campaign but with what I know of government officials and kangaroo commissioning I assumed it is all lies.

Sir, I believe you will agree that the medical practice in Nigeria needs a serious upgrade, Engineering is mixed with Medicine all over the world to advance health care treatment but in Nigeria, it is non-existent.

Sir, How many Nigerian doctors have been exposed to these modern equipment? 

Sir, How much is government investing in training our doctors? 

Sir, do you know Morocco with 35.4 million people have 20 centres to treat 40,000 new cases of cancer every year. They are Located in Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, Agadir, Fez, Oujda, and El-Hoceima, 11 of the 20 centers are public (with 9 are private centers)

As at today Nigeria with over 197 million people has no public world-class cancer care center that is working to the optimum. Once you are afflicted with it is near the end or look for millions to fly to India via begging on social media. 

Sir we all know that any country that fails to invest in researches is bound to be many cases of misdiagnosis as we have today all over Nigeria. 

The real details in Nigeria Healthcare sector is listed below. 

The current population of Nigeria is 199,961,971 as of Wednesday, April 24, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.6% of the total world population.

Nigerian government Fg and state budgeted only N8.38/day on her citizens in 2017 and the figure reduced in 2018 and went down again in 2019

Nigeria has  87,000 registered doctors on the Nigerian Medical Association’s register.

Nigeria has  35,000 registered doctors actively practicing out of 87,000.

Nigeria has 52000 registered doctors that are unaccounted for. 

Nigeria has 24500 registered doctors practicing in urban areas where only 57.7m of the populace lives. A ratio  of 1:2353  Physician : Patient

The standard of WHO for Physician : Patient is 1:600

Nigeria has 10500 registered doctors practicing in the rural area where 153.8m of the populace lives. A ratio  of 1:14647 Physician : Patient

Nigeria needs extra 285,345  doctors to make 320,345 doctors to match a ratio of 1:600 Physician : Patient.

Nigeria’s universities produce less than 3000 doctors annually where a larger chunk seek greener pastures abroad. 

Nigeria needs around  90-95 years to get the required numbers of doctors. A task which is as high as  Mount  Everest. 

Nigerians spend a minimum  of $1bn annually on medical  tourism  where 80% is remitted  to the Indian  medical tourism industry matching  27% of India's earning annually from medical tourism  

Nigeria’s 2019 budget allocated a paltry N366 billion representing  4.1%  to the health sector contrary to the recommended 15 percent by African Union countries in the 2001 Abuja declaration which commits member nations to improve national health budgets.

Nigeria is in need of urgent help.

 

Ettu Mohammed writes from Lagos

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Nigeria's Health Sector Requires Serious Surgery, Says Dogara

9 hours 21 min ago


Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has lamented the state of the Nigerian health sector.

Speaking on Wednesday during a public hearing organised by the House Committee on Health, where two bills were presented at the National Assembly in Abuja, Dogara called for an overhaul of the health sector. 

The bills under consideration were a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Health Records Officers (Registration, etc) Act, CAP. H2 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Re-Enact the Health Information Practitioners Council of Nigeria for effective  and efficient Health Information Management, to Regulate the Training, Practice and Management of Health  Information System in Nigeria; and a Bill for an Act to Amend the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria Act, CAP 1.112, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to Provide for the Role of the Chemist, the Regulation of Practicing Fees by Members of the Institute; and for Other Related Matters.

“The ultimate aim of these legislations is to ensure that we have a more efficient service delivery in the health sector," Dogara said.

"There is a compelling need for us to overhaul our health sector in view of the continuous public outcry against our defective health care delivery. The high number of Nigerians who go on foreign medical trips and the brain drain that we witness among our professionals in the sector, are indications that our health sector requires a serious surgical operation.”

Incidentally, Dogara's comments came on the same day Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, said he was unconcerned about the migration of Nigerian doctors to other countries, claiming they were a source of foreign exchange. 

Asked to comment on brain drain and if the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies is detrimental to the nation's health sector, Ngige had said: “No, I am not worried [about doctors leaving the country]. We have surplus.

"If you have surplus, you export. It happened some years ago here. I was taught chemistry and biology by Indian teachers in my secondary school days. There are surplus in their country and we also have surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. In my area, we have excess.

“Who said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough. You can quote me. There is nothing wrong in them travelling out. When they go abroad, they earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them and not just oil.”

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and National Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) fired back hours after, though, with Adedayo Faduyile, the NMA President, precisely branding the comments as as "unfortunate".

“That is an unfortunate statement which shows that he has done nothing in medical practice," Faduyile had said.

“The World Health Organisation stated that, for optimal healthcare to be achieved, we need doctor/patient ratio of one to 600. In Nigeria, we have 40,000 doctors taking care of 200 million people. It’s unfortunate, we do not have enough doctors. Maybe he is looking at the monetary part, but there is opportunity cost. We have the maternal mortality that is about the highest in the world. To correct it, we need health professionals around.”

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APC Elders Pledge To Help Uzodinma Dislodge Ihedioha At Election Petition Tribunal

9 hours 32 min ago


 

Elders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, under the auspices of Imo State APC Elders' Council, on Wednesday said they would support Senator Hope Uzodinma in his bid to challenge the victory of Emeka Ihedioha, Imo Governor-Elect, at the Election Petition Tribunal. 

The group gave the assurance in a communique issued at the end of its meeting, signed by Edmund Onyebuchi and Chief Benard Anyanwu, its Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively

In the communique, the group also assured other candidates of the party challenging the outcome of their respective elections at the tribunal of its unalloyed support 

The elders expressed hope that the election petition tribunal will “restore Uzodinma’s mandate given to him by Imo people”.

The Council appealed to the judiciary to expedite judgment on the Imo North senatorial election, adding that it would respect the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the Imo West senatorial election.

"We are firmly of the opinion that the beginning of wisdom in Imo State politics is to fight any clandestine organisation that operates in a subtle way behind the scene and influencing the direction of election results," the elders said.

“Therefore, we have hope that the election tribunal will restore Hope Uzodinma’s mandate given to him by Imolites, who courageously reaffirmed their commitments to APC as the vanguard of our national ongoing revolution under the leadership of our respected President, Muhammadu Buhari.”

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Senate Declines To Name Kogi Oil-Producing State

10 hours 23 min ago


The Senate has said it will not recognise Kogi State as an oil-producing state because it does not contribute to the Federation Account. 

Isaac Alfa, the senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, had moved a motion at plenary on Wednesday entitled, ‘Need to Recognise Kogi State as an Oil-Producing State'.

However, the lawmakers disagreed vehemently.

Alfa had said three oil companies — namely Shell BP (now SPDC), Elf (now Total Fina Elf) and Agip Energy — commenced oil exploration in Ibaji since 1952, precisely in Odeke, Echeno, Ihile, Anocha/Uchuchu, Omabo, Ikah, Iregwu and Ujeh, all in Ibaji of the present-day Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.

He added that the companies collectively drilled 25 exploration wells, two appraisal wells and eight core drill wells in the entire Anambra Basin, out of which majority of the wells fall within Kogi State, “as these facts were made possible through a letter to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, by the former Manager, Drilling, NPDC-NNPC, Engr. Sam A. Uchola, on 21st November, 2003".

He noted that the exploration activities in Kogi and part of Anambra Basin were later abandoned until July 18, 2001, when the late Abubakar Audthen, the then Kogi Governor, wrote to the then Group Managing Director of NNPC to remind him of the earlier discovery of crude oil at Odeke, Echeno, and Anocha communities in Ibaji LGA.

Alfa further recalled that on July 25, 2001, a team of geo-scientist and engineers was drafted to the area to carry out a preliminary investigation on the claims by the Kogi State Government and the resuscitation of the productive core wells, leading to the granting of an oil licence now known as Oil Prospecting Licence 915 and 916, to an indigenous company.

“Orient Petroleum Resources Plc has been taking crude oil from OPL 915 since 2012 till date, and the percentages of crude oil in the OPL 915 among the three contesting states are as follows: Kogi, 53 per cent; Anambra, 23 per cent; Enugu, 17 per cent; and Edo, seven per cent," he said.

“The Senate regrets that there has been no drilling activity from the OPL 916, which jointly belongs to Kogi, Anambra and Delta states, while Orient Petroleum has fully drilled four oil wells at OPL 915 – Wells 1, 2, 3 and 4 – with Wells 3 and 4 incontrovertibly located in Ibaji in Kogi State, accounting for 53 per cent of the crude oil.”

“There is a difference between oil-producing and oil-processing. They may be an oil-processing state but they have not contributed to the revenue of this country from oil. When they do that, they will become an oil-producing state.

“This issue of oil-producing cannot be decided on the floor by a motion; it has to be decided by contribution to the Federation Account.”

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Lai Mohammed Explains The Nexus Between Illegal Mining And Zamfara Killings

10 hours 37 min ago


Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, has blamed illegal miners for the killings in Zamfara State.

Mohammed made the comments when he featured on the Nigerian Television Authority Programme, Good Morning Nigeria, in Abuja on Wednesday. 

On April 7, the Nigerian government had prohibited illegal mining operations in Zamfara State after nationwide protests over the killings, an action the Minister feels is justified.

“People begin to ask what is the nexus between instability in Zamfara, kidnapping and banditry and illegal mining," he said.

“There is a lot. For instance, if you are doing illegal mining, the more unsettled the area, is the better for you. We find out that a lot of ammunition and money were being turned out to the bandits so as to make the area ungovernable. The higher the rate of the crisis, the better for the illegal miners."


Mohammed said the commencement of Operation Puff Adder, a full-scale security offensive against the bandits, has yielded results in the past weeks.

“We have a harvest of criminals, many of them arrested, their actions neutralised and cache of ammunition recovered," he said.

“On April 14, they neutralised 11 kidnappers, recovered six AK-47, and 1,200 rounds of ammunition. Shortly after that, they were able to arrest those who kidnapped the Channels Television correspondent."

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Otedola Fulfills $50,000 Promise To Christian Chukwu 

11 hours 29 min ago




Billionaire mogul Femi Otedola has fulfilled his promise of $50,000 to ailing football legend Christian Chukwu. 

The money — to bankroll the medical treatment of former Eagles captain and coach in London (The United Kingdom) — was presented in Enugu by Philip Akinola, the Chief Operating Officer of Zenon Petroleum & Gas Ltd.

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor of Enugu State; Amaju Pinnick, Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF); and renowned sports journalist Onochie Anibeze witnessed the presentation of the $50,000 (N18 million).

Chukwu, who is reportedly battling prostate cancer, will be flown to the United Kingdom next week.

The legendary philanthropist and oil mogul behind Forte Oil and Geregu Power Plant spoke to the Enugu Governor and the ailing football legend earlier today.

"The Governor just called to thank immensely. And I spoke with Christian Chukwu, too," the billionaire told TheCable. He will be flown abroad next week. I told him he will be fine and I will make sure he's provided with the best health services." 

Chairman Chukwu, as he was known in his footballing days, has joined a long list of beneficiaries of Femi Otedola's large-heartedness.

Apart from sponsoring indigent students, helping those in need has become the pastime of the Lagos businessman. 

Recently, Nollywood actor Victor Olaokun, who was involved in a ghastly accident and bedridden, received a €130,000 donation from Otedola! Olaokun is still receiving topmost medical care in Israel.

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'He Hasn't Done Anything In Medical Practice' — Doctors' Associations Blast Nigige Over 'Unfortunate' Comment

11 hours 39 min ago


In response to the comments attributed to Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of labour and productivity, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and National Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) have described the ministers statment as "unfortunate". 

On Wednesday, Ngige had said he was unconcerned about the migration of Nigerian doctors to other countries, claiming they were a source of foreign exchange. 

Asked to comment on brain drain and if the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies is detrimental to the nation's health sector, Ngige had said: “No, I am not worried [about doctors leaving the country]. We have surplus.

"If you have surplus, you export. It happened some years ago here. I was taught chemistry and biology by Indian teachers in my secondary school days. There are surplus in their country and we also have surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. In my area, we have excess.

“Who said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough. You can quote me. There is nothing wrong in them travelling out. When they go abroad, they earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them and not just oil.”

In response, however, Adedayo Faduyile, the NMA President, said Nigeria suffers from an inadequacy of doctors.

“That is an unfortunate statement which shows that he has done nothing in medical practice," he said.

“The World Health Organisation stated that, for optimal healthcare to be achieved, we need doctor/patient ratio of one to 600. In Nigeria, we have 40,000 doctors taking care of 200 million people.

“It’s unfortunate, we do not have enough doctors. Maybe he is looking at the monetary part, but there is opportunity cost. We have the maternal mortality that is about the highest in the world. To correct it, we need health professionals around.”

Dr. Olusegun Olaopa, NARD President, said Ngige spoke as a politician.

“He spoke as a politician who does not know what is happening in the country," Olaopa said. “The doctors we are losing are not fresh doctors but specialists. That means that Nigeria will continue to battle with shortage of specialist doctors."

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Prison Inmate Dies Two Days After Giving Birth To Twins

12 hours 13 min ago


An inmate of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Cross River State Command, has died after being delivered of a twin girl and boy.

ASP Effanga Etim, Public Relations Officer of Afokang Command, confirmed the incident, stating that the inmate died of complications after a Caesarean section to deliver the twins.

The inmate was awaiting trial at the time of the incident.

Atom however dismissed claims that she gave birth inside the prison, insisting she delivered at the General Hospital in Calabar, where she had been receiving regular ante-natal care.

The statement reads: “The Nigeria Prisons Service, Cross River State Command has received with dismay media reports insinuating that an Awaiting Trial Female (ATF) inmate of Calabar Prison was delivered of twins inside the prison facility.

“The report is not true as the said inmate was remanded by a High Court in Calabar on 5th November, 2018 with six (6) month-old pregnancy for the offence of child stealing. While in prison, she had been under regular ante-natal care at the General Hospital, Calabar.

"On the 17th of April, 2019, by 1:30pm when her labour began, she was admitted in the same hospital and a caesarean section was carried out on her.

“With the intervention of the Cross River state Commissioner of Health, and the efforts of the Prison authority to provide the funds needed for the caesarean section, the said inmate was delivered of twins: a boy and a girl.

"However, due to complications arising from the caesarean section, she was referred to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) for further management, where she died on 19th April, 2019. The Command wishes to state emphatically that for the past four (4) years, there has not been any delivery in the Calabar prison infirmary.

“Albeit, the infirmary is well equipped to handle health emergencies that may arise with nine (9) medical experts comprising of a medical doctor, registered nurses/midwives and community health workers as well as back-up medical personnel stationed in the State Prison Headquarters, any emergency beyond the infirmary is referred to government hospitals outside the prison.

“The Nigerian Prisons Service, Cross River state command, is pained over the loss of the said inmate after a combined effort by the prison authority, the Cross River state government and medical personnel in the General Hospital, Calabar. I assure the public that the health and welfare of prisoners.”

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Court Sends Six 'Robbers' Who Killed Seven In Idoani Bank Operation To Prison

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The robbers being led by the police out of the court.


Six suspexts alleged to have participated in the robbery attack on First Bank branch, Idoani, have been remanded in prison custody by a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital. 

On April 8, the robbers had stormed the bank in Idoani, killing no fewer than seven persons before making away a large amount of money.

A police Inspector, school principal and two staff of the bank were among the victims killed by the robbers, who blew off the bank's doorway with dynamites.

The suspected robbers — Isah Yusuf (27), Joshua Egumah Abuse (22), Idris Abdullahi (32), Philip Achem (26), Odeh Friday Fancy (27) and Peter Ufomadu (29) — were arraigned before the court by the Ondo Police Command. 

Ezekiel Olawoye, Police Prosecutor, said that the six suspected robbers were arraigned on a seven-count charge ranging from armed robbery to murder and firearm.

Olawoye said the six suspected robbers did conspire together and committed the offence contrary to and punishable under Section 6(a) and (b) of the robbery and fire arms (special provision) Act Cap. RII laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

SaharaReporters correspondent at the court reported that the suspects pleaded not guilty to the crime. 

After hearing the case and arguments of the prosecuting counsels, Victoria Bob-Manuel, the Magistrate of the court, remanded the suspects in prison custody till May 2, 2019.

She said the six suspects should be remanded at the Olokuta Prison custody pending advice from the Office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Reacting, Femi Joseph, spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, said the Police would still investigate the robbery case.

He added that although the suspects were charged to court, they still remained "suspects" until after their conviction.

"They are still suspect for now and our investigation is still ongoing on them to unravel more about the evil act," he said. "That is why we prayed the court to still remand them in prison custody so that we can still investigate the case further. 

"Although, we are getting closer to the facts in our investigations, we don't want to reveal anything in order not to jeopardize our work. But i can assure you that more of the suspects who are at large and perpetrated this evil act will soon be arrested and also brought to book."

During last month's robbery operation on the financial institution in the Isewa quarters of Idoani in Ose Local Council Area, no less than seven people, including a police inspector,  were gunned down by the robbers

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BREAKING: Shi’ites Break Into National Assembly, Chase Armed Policemen Away

13 hours 32 min ago

There is pandemonium currently at the main gate of National Assembly in Abuja as members of Islamic Movement Of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites have forced their way into the assembly complex and chased away armed policemen on duty. 

The protesters besieged the National Assembly in continuation of protests to commemorate the 68th birthday anniversary of their spiritual leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

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Members of the movement were initially peaceful in their conduct although they were chanting anti-government songs from outside the gate.

But situation turned awry when some of them suddenly descended on the gate, shaking it vigorously until they succeeded in forcing it open, almost causing a stampede because of the crowd. 

Some of the policemen attached to the gate tactically took to their heels, as the protesters trooped in with chants of 'Alahu Akbar'.

 

It took the appeal of leaders of the movement to stop the crowd from advancing into chambers of the assembly proper.

Despite provocation by the protesters, the Police remained calm and peaceful, and only pleaded with them not to go into the chamber. 

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Senate Postpones Passage Of 2019 Appropriation Bill

14 hours 26 min ago


The Senate has postponed the highly anticipated 2019 appropriation bill passage until Tuesday on account of estimates being unavailable. 

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, ruled that copies of the details be made available to lawmakers by Monday, ahead of passage of the budget on Tuesday.

Even though the report by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the national budget was billed for consideration at the plenary on Wednesday, the lawmakers resolved to postpone the third reading of the bills, as the details of the estimates had not been made available.

Details later...

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19 Guests Returning From A Wedding Die In Jigawa Road Accident

14 hours 54 min ago

Nineteen people returning from a wedding ceremony in Bauchi State lost their lives in a road accident in Jigawa State on Tuesday, the Police have confirmed.

According to Abdul Jinjiri, spokesman of the Police in Jigawa, the 18-seater bus conveying 40 women and children lost control when its front tyre burst, causing it to skid off the road and eventually burst into flames.

Jinjiri said the crash happened in Gwaram Sabuwa, a village around 100 kilometres from the state capital Dutse.

He said while 19 people died, the remaining 21 sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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VIDEO: Early-Morning Inferno At Agbara Market Welcomes Buhari To Lagos

15 hours 35 min ago

Fire has consumed no less than 13 shops at the Agbara Market, along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway in Lagos.

According to NAN, the fire began at about 4:35am from one of the container shops opposite the expressway.

The cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained, but 13 shops all situated in a single line directly opposite the expressway have been razed.

The incident coincides with the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos for the commissioning of some projects.

A shop owner, Funmi Olabode, said she was contacted on phone by a neighbour who informed her of the incident.

She said she evacuated all her wares before the fire razed her shop, but expressed regrets that she could not rescue the goods of some of her neighbours.

Video of Early-Morning Inferno At Agbara Market Welcomes Buhari To Lagos Early-Morning Inferno At Agbara Market Welcomes Buhari To Lagos

Another shop owner, David Buka, who was also able to rescue his wares, expressed shock, saying: “I don’t even know what to say; I live nearby, and I woke up early because today is supposed to be our market day, only for me to meet this situation.”

Kazeem Sowemimo, who helped in the rescue of some shop owners' wares, said that he works at a Keke Park located in the market and was coming out for his day’s work only to discover the inferno.

He said: “As I came out, I saw fire and saw as everybody was running up and down, so I just began to help out.”

Some shop owners who arrived at the market later were seen opening their shops and hurriedly moving out their goods before the fire extended to their shops.

But those whose shops were razed were seen crying and lamenting.

The team from the Fire Service in Agbara arrived at the market at about 5:57am and began fighting the fire.

They, however, declined to make any comment on the incidenct.

Meanwhile, amidst the fire incident, a gospel preacher with a loud speaker seized the opportunity to preach and warn those helping in the rescue of goods not to steal them.

He said: “People of God, give glory to God in all situations; and all those of you helping to park goods of people, don’t take what does not belong to you; if you steal here, the fire of God will consume you.”

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Buhari Arrives In Lagos For Projects — But The One He Commissioned In March 2018 Is Sill Not Functional

15 hours 56 min ago


It is exactly one year and 26 days since the Ikeja Bus Terminal was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari during his first state visit to Lagos State.

The President, who practically shut down Lagos during his March 26, 2018 visit, is here again to commission a number of projects even though the Ikeja Bus Terminal that he commissioned last year is yet to begin operation.

Buhari is already in Lagos to commission four projects, as confirmed on Tuesday by Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to the President Buhari on New Media.

“President @MBuhari will be in Lagos today, to commission a number of projects; incl. the reconstructed Oshodi Inter’l Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 mass transit buses, an ultra modern 170-bed Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist hospital located within LASUTH,” he had tweeted.

President @MBuhari will be in Lagos today, to commission a number of projects; incl. the reconstructed Oshodi Inter’l Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 mass transit buses, an ultra modern 170-bed Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist hospital located within LASUTH. pic.twitter.com/iNEosmUBpC

— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 24, 2019

In June 2018, three months after the project was commissioned, SaharaReporters had detailed the dissatisfaction of Lagosians with the state government, questioning why the terminal was commissioned when it was not ready for use.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, Paul Gbolahan, a Lagosian, who was not happy with the situation of things, had said: “When it was commissioned, I expected work to start immediately, probably the second day of the commissioning but two months after, nothing has happened." See Also Travel Three Months After Buhari Shut Lagos Down, The Ikeja Bus Terminal Still Not In Use 0 Comments 10 Months Ago

A bus driver who plies the Ikeja axis had maintained that the commissioning was improperly planned, saying: “They should have put some things in place before they commissioned the terminal. I am surprised that nothing was done since the commissioning of the terminal.”

Another resident, Morgan Olusegun, had said Ambode should not have commissioned the terminal when he knew it was not ready for use, adding that it was done for political reasons.

“Since the Governor knows the terminal is not ready, why was it commissioned?” he asked. “They should know they are ready before commissioning the terminal.”

Lagosians Fume As Buhari Visits To ‘Commission Uncompleted Projects’

Buhari's Lagos visit has caused uproar, as some of the projects to be commissioned are yet to be completed.

On social media, Nigerians compared the visit to last year's, when he commissioned a bus park that is yet to open till date.

Residents have taken to social media to condemn the visit of the President to Lagos.

A Twitter user, AAS @adequnle, tweeted: “I am just extremely disappointed in Buhari, he is coming to #Lagos to commission some hapzardly completed projects again.

The Bus Stop he commissioned during his last visit is yet to be opened to the public, what a man of integrity indeed!’

I am just extremely disappointed in Buhari, he is coming to #Lagos to commission some hapzardly completed projects again.

The Bus Stop he commissioned during his last visit is yet to be opened to the public, what a man of integrity indeed!

— AAS (@adequnle) April 24, 2019

Another twitter user, @KrizangelUneh, tweeted; Where on earth is this road. is it in this same Lagos that I drive everyday. Can please anybody tell me in case I have not gone pass there.

Where on earth is this road. is it in this same Lagos that I drive everyday. Can please anybody tell me in case I have not gone pass there.

— Krizangel Uneh (@KrizangelUneh) April 24, 2019

The Question

Ironically, the same terminal is being touted as one of the best things to have happened to Lagos in terms of public transportation, reason it was dubbed 'world-class bus terminal' and not 'bus-stop.

Many had looked forward to experiencing the ‘world-class’ terminal, especially with the new mass transit buses parked in the terminal. But as the days went by, their hopes ebbed away.

Now that the ‘Commissioning-President’ is here again, how long will it take for the project tapes commissioned by his scissors to kick off operations?

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Plateau PDP Suspends Chairman, Deputy For 'Embezzling' Atiku-Obi Campaign Funds

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has suspended its Chairman, Hon. Damishi Sango, and his Deputy, Amos Goyol, over alleged financial misconduct.

The dismissal is contained in a statement released by the PDP Publicity Secretary, John Akans, on Wednesday.

The statement reads: “We the members of the State Executive of the Peoples Democratic Party, Plateau State Chapter in a meeting held on the 24th day of April 2019 at the State Party Office due to imminent issues arising from elections & party affairs; a vote of no confidence is passed against the Party Chairman, Hon. Dimishi Sango and his Deputy Hon. Amos Goyol.

“In the bid to save the party the following resolutions have been reached: That the Party Chairman Hon. Dimishi Sango and his Deputy Hon. Amos Goyol are hereby suspended and stand suspended based on the following reasons: That the resources sent to the State for the presidential elections were not accounted for by the Chairman aided by the Deputy Chairman concealed the amount sent by the Presidential Campaign Committee and created a fraudulent unseen template used as 'a sharing formula' unknown to the State Party Structure and up till date no disclosure has been made by the Chairman and/or the Deputy Chairman.

“The monies raised and saved by the party to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to help relieve their pains were also not accounted for up till this moment. NO Mention has been made of the stated funds. It is worthy to note that the Deputy Chairman is the Chairman Committee on IDPs for the party. The money meant for PDP Plateau State Retreat was equally not accounted for by the Chairman and/or the Deputy Chairman.

“The arbitrary substitution of the legitimate candidate who won his primaries for Wase Federal House of Representatives by the Chairman and this Deputy without recourse to the EXCO or SEC due to some financial inducement to the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman cost PDP to lose the election in Wase Federal House of Representatives.

“Due to the highhandedness of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the party has caused the party to plunge into confusion. High disregard to Elders, Critical Stakeholders and Members of the SEC as their advices and decisions are no longer relevant to the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman. The State Campaign Council is hereby dissolved with immediate effect. All party properties in whatsoever description in their possession should be returned to the State Party Secretariat within 48 hours

“That having suspended the State Chairman and his Deputy Chairman, recourse is made to the Constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party, the State Vice Chairman Northern Senatorial Zone, Hon. Chris Hassan shall take over the leadership of the party as Acting State Chairman.”

 

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Ngige: Doctors Free To Leave Nigeria... You Can Quote Me, We Have More Than Enough

17 hours 31 min ago


Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister Of Labour and Productivity, has said doctors in Nigeria are free to leave, as the country is running in excess of doctors.

Ngige made the pronouncement on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

Asked to comment on brain drain and if the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies is detrimental to the nation's health sector, Ngige said: “No, I am not worried [about doctors leaving the country]. We have surplus.

"If you have surplus, you export. It happened some years ago here. I was taught chemistry and biology by Indian teachers in my secondary school days. There are surplus in their country and we also have surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. In my area, we have excess.

“Who said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough. You can quote me. There is nothing wrong in them travelling out. When they go abroad, they earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them and not just oil.”

When asked if he was sure of what he was saying, Ngige said it is good for doctors to travel out as they would receive training from abroad and open up centres in Nigeria.

“Will you call that brain drain?" he asked.

"I know a couple of them who practise abroad but set up medical centres back home. They have CAT scan, MRI scan which even the government cannot maintain. So, I don’t see any loss."

When asked if brain drain was not hurting the health sector, he said: “Brain drain will only be inimical when, for instance, neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”

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Jealous Lover Sets Ex-Girlfriend's Family Of Nine Ablaze — Because He 'Invested Heavily In Her'

18 hours 18 min ago


Deji Adenuga, a jealous lover, has set ablaze a family of nine in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state, SaharaReporters has learnt. 

Adenuga's evil action in setting ablaze the family followed a dispute between him and his girlfriend identified as Titi Sanumi, which forced the latter to quit their long-time relationship. 

Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred on Adetuwo Street near a popular hotel in Ayeka/Igbodigo on Igbokoda Road, Okitipupa, at about 2:35 am on Tuesday.

SaharaReporters learnt that Adenuga, an ex-convit, brought a jerrycan laden with petroleum in the midnight, gained entrance into the building by breaking a window, and sprayed the family while they were asleep.

Two of the family members immediately died in the fire while the remaining seven were rushed to the Trauma Centre, Ondo, where they all gave up the ghost.

The dispute between the suspected arsonist and his estranged lady was said to have been reported earlier at the Okitipupa Divisional Police station, and settled.

However, dissatisfied with the settlement by the Police, the suspect was said to have stormed her family house to set it ablaze.

Sources who further confirmed the incident said the lovers had been in a relationship for four years, which is known to everyone on the street.

SaharaReporters exclusively learnt that Adenuga was angered that Titi decided to quit the relationship after he had invested heavily in her.

One of the sources, Femi Adeusi, narrated how the two lovers had been having disagreements. 

Adeusi, a close friend to the lovers, said: "What really happened was that both of them had been having dissagrements in recent times and the guy always told us how he had invested in the lady. 

"But things became bad when Titi told his boyfriend that she could not cope with the relationship again due to daily disagreements. They had to drag themselves to the police station for settlement. Also, we tried to make them come back and play mature but it's like there is a secret between them that is dark to us because not even Deji was willing to make peace. 

"It was like a filmtrick when we were told that he went to set the family's house of Titi on fire and people who were sleeping in the building died in the inferno and few of them could only escaped.

"We gathered that he decided to set the house on fire to punish Titi and not even knowing that the lady had travelled outside town the previous day after their big fight. It is sad he killed innocent persons in the family house while he himself has run away from home after perpetrating the evil act. Police have visited the scene and promised to investigate it." 

Femi Joseph, spokesman of the Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the case to SaharaReporters, saying: "One Victor Alade came to report the case to the Police... that seven of his family members were set ablaze in their sleep.

"He told us he suspected one Deji Adenuga but that he ran away from town after perpetrating the evil act. Investigation has already commenced. Our officers visited the scene and evacuated the corpses. So, I can assure you that our officers are already on the trail of the suspect, and in no distant time we shall apprehened him."

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