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Delta APC Treasurer Drags Factional Chairman To EFCC Over Cloned Party Bank Account

17 October 2018 - 1:37am


Jones Erue, Chairman of the Great Ogboru and Ovie Omo-Agege-led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly cloning the party's single account in Zenith Bank with account number 1013797796.

A petition signed by A.O. Oputa, legal counsel to the state APC Treasurer, Ebiakpo Ezebri, and addressed to the EFCC Chairman, which was obtained by SaharaReporters, alleged that the factional chairman of the party, cloned the account for the purpose of fraudulently diverting subscription fees, levies, gifts, donations of party members and grants from government, individuals and groups among others.

The petition was titled 'The Cloning of the All Progressives Congress Single Account Kept with Zenith Bank with Account No. 1013797796 by Prophet Jones Ode Erue in First City Monument Bank (FCMB) with Account No. 2488983014 for the Purpose of Fraudulently Diverting Subscription Fees, Levies, Gifts, Donations of Party Members and Grants from Government, Individuals And Groups, etc.'

The petition read: "Our client was the Financial Secretary of APC, 2014–2018 and one of the mandatory signatories to the single account of the party kept with Zenith Bank with account No. 1013797796. This account is the official and the only account of the party in Delta State. It is a rule of the thumb that any other account to be opened by the party in any other bank shall be a resolution of the State Working Committee of the party in a general meeting.

"Consequently, no other account shall be opened in any other bank without the prior knowledge and approval of the State Working Committee. It is into this Zenith Bank Account No. 1013797796 that party members are to pay their subscription fees, levies, donations, gifts, proceeds on investment, subvention and grant from government, individuals and groups are to be paid.

"In spite of this clear and unambiguous rule, Prophet Jones Ode Erue fraudulently opened another account with First City Monument Bank with the same Account Name: All Progressives Congress and cajoled donors and some suspecting party members to pay monies into this account wherein he has received subscription fees, levies and even grants and subvention of government and has converted several millions of naira of monies meant for the party.

"When this huge fraud was detected, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, and an audit was directed in line with the party’s constitution to ascertain the volume of funds converted by Prophet Jones Ode Erue and his cohorts. There was also moves for Prophet Jones Ode Erue to step aside so that he does not interfere with the audit. As Chairman of the party at that time, Prophet Jones Ode Erue  with his cohorts the beneficiaries of this huge fraud frustrated all the processes set up to get to the bottom of this cloned
account."

The petitioner disclosed that his petitioning the cloning of the party bank account, necessitated a petition to the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, which sources confided has become an issue of politics.

The petition continued: "We know as a fact that this criminal misappropriation of public funds and a fundamental violation of the party’s constitution which amounts to financial crime and we know as a fact your Agency by Section 6 and 7 of your Establishment Act has the powers to investigate financial crimes of this nature.

"It is our prayer that you approve an investigation into the circumstances leading to Prophet Jones Erue cloning the party’s Zenith Bank account in FCMB into which he had received several millions of naira belonging to the party."

However when contacted, the state All Progressives Congress (APC), factional chairman, Jones Erue, simply said: "I am not aware of any cloned bank account; I am not a financial expert; I am not a banker".

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Travel Ban: Omisore Speaks On Being Included In Buhari’s 50-Man List

17 October 2018 - 1:34am


The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the just concluded election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that he has no case of corruption in any court or with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The former Deputy Governor said this in reaction to the Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Association, a group that berated the President Muhammadu Buhari government for excluding Omisore and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro from the travel ban list issued against 50 prominent Nigerians.

The former Osun State Deputy Governor, spoke in a statement issued by his media aide, Jide Fakorede, on Tuesday.

Omisore said the YYSA was “a faceless group” which he said was being used by some politicians who “are not happy” with the role he played during the rerun election in Osun State.

The statement continued, “This fictitious group is a creation of those who were not happy with the recent political developments in Osun State and who, obviously, do not mean well for the state but only trying to mutilate the high integrity of Senator Omisore.

“We have no doubt of the existence of some failed politicians who have scores to settle with the former Osun State deputy governor but are now feeling frustrated with his continuous rise in the political firmament of the country, despite all their ”pull him down” effort.

“This set of persons represents retrogression, deliberate falsehood and underdevelopment. Again, they have failed.

“Let’s face the facts squarely: Senator Iyiola Omisore was wrongly accused in 2016 and he surrendered himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and was given a ‘clean bill of health’ by the anti-graft body after a thorough investigation.

“It is on record that no case was instituted against him in any court of our land and neither was he arraigned before any court. He has been enjoying his freedom and has even presented himself for election into public office, passing through all security screenings. So, we ask, what is the noise about?

“The basis for placement on the watch list and travel ban is to ensure that those answering EFCC charges are held within the country; and for someone not having a current case with the anti-graft agency, there may be no basis to restrict his movement.”

Fakorede said Yoruba youths all over the world were known to be intelligent and industrious, saying they would never subject themselves to being used by “political jobbers and rejected politicians” for any reason.

He added that “genuine Yoruba youths” would never make “reckless statements” like the one issued by the YYSA.

“Senator Omisore is busy with the arduous task of building alliance across different political parties, with the aim of developing Osun State and using his contacts from his extensive network garnered over the years in the course of his private practice as a successful chartered engineer; and will not allow distractions from fake group like this to discourage him,” Fakorede noted.

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N4.6b Slush Funds: EFCC Detains Fayose

17 October 2018 - 1:27am


After some drama at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters in Abuja, former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose was taken into custody yesterday.

The anti-graft agency is questioning Fayose over the ongoing probe of the alleged diversion N4.685billion by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The ex-governor is being grilled over the N1.3billion and $5.377million allegedly traced to him from the N4.6 billion slush funds.

The ex-governor arrived at the EFCC office in Wuse 2, Abuja in a customised blue Tee-Shirt with the inscription “EFCC I’m here”.

He was accompanied by his lawyer Mike Ozekhome(SAN),Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and  a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode . There was also a small crowd of supporters, some of them wearing white T-Shirts emblazoned with “Fayose, conscience of the nation”

Fayose came in a black Lexus SUV. He was carrying a bag containing his dresses.

The crowd was shouting Fayose’s nickname, “Oshoko” and carrying placards in praise of the ex-governor. Fayose said: “I am here in line with my promise that I will be here on the 16th of October and, like I told the EFCC, they should await my arrival. This morning, they have been to my house; they cordoned off the street which I believe was unnecessary and unwarranted.

“I have promised to report; I am here now. I will be able to respond to all allegations.”

As he was going into custody, Fayose told reporters: “Nobody should be afraid of the EFCC, especially when you have nothing to hide. I have remained courageous for Nigerians and I will always be with Nigerians.”

He was quoted as telling detectives that he needed to rest, having worked hard for four years.

He also reportedly told his interrogators: “I deny all the allegations, take me to court.”

Sources said Fayose would respond to issues raised by three teams of investigators.

A source added: “He made a statement where he denied all the allegations and asked the commission to take him to court.

“So far, he has not responded to how he came about N1.3billion and $5.377million from ONSA. He has more issues to clarify; we are going to detain him.”

The source added: “There are three teams handling the allegations against the former governor. There is a special team managing his suspended trial because he had immunity as a governor; a separate team for the N4.685b ONSA fraud and the third panel probes his just completed tenure.

“Definitely, we are going to detain Fayose because he has a lot of issues to clarify.”

Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC Wilson Uwujaren merely said: “The ex-governor is undergoing interrogation.”

Speaking before Fayose entered the EFCC’s office, Wike said: “You can see that our brother has come to see the EFCC. He wrote a letter to the EFCC that he will submit himself on the 16th of October. He is going in hale and hearty; I believe the EFCC should know.

“So let Nigerians know that he came by himself to the EFCC without anybody harassing him, so that’s why I brought him here.”

Fani-Kayode said: “We came to stand with our friend. He is going in hale and hearty; we trust God he will come out this way.”

Ozekhome said Nigerians were “not in the Hobbesian state which was brutish”. “This is a country governed by law and not the rule of the thumb. There should be respect for the constitution,” the lawyer said.

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Our Grouse About Obi’s Choice, By Governors

17 October 2018 - 1:20am


 

Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi yesterday shed some light on why leaders from the South East are protesting the nomination of former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi as running mate to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar.

Umahi spoke yesterday after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on socio-economic development.

The governor, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, said: “Nobody is against Peter Obi because he is my friend, competent and you must have seen our pictures together on the social media

“We must take decisions against the marginalisation of Ebonyi people because if we have to vote, we must be treated with equity.

“Two names of the nominees came from Anambra, two from Abia and one from Enugu but none came from Ebonyi and Imo.

“What is wrong with somebody from Ebonyi and Imo and you must know that one of the reasons an Ebonyi man is against regions in the country, is the fear of further marginalization.”

Umahi maintained that the southeast leaders must sit with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and if all must have to work together, the leaders must be part of the decision making.

“I am talking about the southeast people and if six people can come from other regions and take decisions, there must be somebody from the southeast zone.

“There is nothing like the southeast governor’s stand on the matter but we are only saying that when decisions are taken and people from other regions are invited, those from the southeast must be invited.

“The southeast leaders never issued any statement on the matter and anybody from the zone who says that our stand is not good, is not a human being’’, he said.

The governor remarked that if Atiku just picked his running mate without people from other regions seeing the list and making choices, there could have been no complaints.

“Nobody chooses the vice president for anybody, it is just like a wife issue but if other people were on the list, people from Ebonyi should be there.

“Even if we would not make the list as the choice is for Abubakar to make, we should know what disqualifies us from being picked,” he said.

He said that Obi told him that he (Umahi) was supposed to be more embittered and make greater noise than he was making presently, if he (Obi) was in his shoes.

“When my Chief Press Secretary (CPS) issued a statement congratulating Obi, the zone’s leaders started calling me, saying that I have made the VP alone.

“I had to issue a counter statement telling them that I was not consulted before the statement was released and that it was an honest mistake from the CPS.

“I cannot endorse Obi alone and am confident that in further decisions, the Igbo man must be consulted.

“If the position I had was my sin, I cannot repent from it,” he said.

 

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NNPC Denies Holding $3.5 Billion Subsidy Fund

17 October 2018 - 1:17am


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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has denied claims that it has in its custody 3.5 billion dollars Subsidy fund.

NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

He explained that at the hit of the shortage of products supply at the close of last year, the National Assembly asked the NNPC to do everything possible to stem the hiccups.

Ughamadu said the corporation initiated the move to raise a revolving fund of 1.05 billion dollars, since the corporation was, and still the sole importer and supplier of white products in the country.

He noted ever since, the fund had been domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria, adding that at no time was it in the custody of the NNPC.

Ughamadu said the fund, called the National Fuel Support Fund, had been jointly managed by the NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) andthe Federal Ministry of Finance.

Other manager include the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OGF), the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF).

He further clarified that NNPC did not independently spend a dime of the fund which he said was to ensure stability in the petroleum products supply in the country.

He added that the corporation was fully aware that it was only the National Assembly that has the statutory responsibility to appropriate on petroleum subsidy matters.

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Isoko Women Protest Relocation Of DELSU 100 Level Students To Main Campus

17 October 2018 - 12:43am


Women of Isoko extraction have vowed not to give their votes to James Manager, the incumbent Senator representing Delta South senatorial district of Delta State, following the relocation of 100 level students of Faculty of Engineering from Oleh Campus, headquarters of Isoko South local government area to the main campus of the Delta State University (DELSU), by Manager's kinsman and Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Victor Peretomode.

The pronouncement was made on Tuesday when women in their hundreds marched against the relocation of the students, alleging that the "dubious plot by the VC is to deny the Oleh Campus the needed revenue from the Engineering students, according to the tripartite system of funding the institution, which will hamper the development and sustainability of Oleh Campus".

The women carried placards with various inscriptions such as 'Prof. Peretomode, Send Back the 100 Level Engineering Students to Oleh Campus'; 'Prof. Peretomode Stop Killing Oleh Campus'; 'Prof. Peretomode Extend Development to Oleh Campus'; 'Gov. Okowa Call Prof. Peretomode to Order,' 'Other University Campuses in Nigeria are not Run Like This', among others, and issued a three-day ultimatum to the VC and the state government to revert the decision or face "the wrath of the Isoko people".

The women marched to Oleh Campus, Odio-Ologbo of Oleh Palace, the Isoko South local government secretariat and the national secretariat of the Isoko Development Union (IDU) in Oleh and rained curses on the VC and his accomplices, just as they called on the state government and Senator James Manager to call the VC to order immediately.

Addressing the women, President General of the umbrella body of IDU, Iduh Amadhe, supported the stance of the women, insisting that no Isoko indigene would vote for Manager unless Peretomode reverts the decision to relocate the students.

According to Amadhe, relocation of the students would amount to disservice to the Isoko people.

His words: "The Isoko people shall withdraw their support from whatever concerns the Ijaws in Delta South and we may start with Senator James Manager in the forthcoming 2019 general election.

"The protesting women are only contributing their quota and this is just a warning. The Isoko people will reject in its entirety this well-concocted plan by the VC of DELSU, Prof. Victor Peretomode to kill Oleh Campus after abandoning the campus for the Isoko people when it was having accreditation issues. How can he be so reckless to relocate the 100 level students of Engineering Faculty from Oleh campus to Abraka after our people fought tooth and nail for the successful accreditation of the Engineering programme?

"It shows that the man does not want Oleh Campus to survive. No wonder they have refused to maintain the campus. Can you imagine that both the Law and Engineering Faculties are so bushy like where snakes and other wild animals are being nurtured? I had to look for money to mobilise people to weed the Engineering Faculty and we have management in the campus under the worthless leadership of the VC.

"Now, he wants to make things worse by relocating the 100 level students of Engineering to Abraka and make Oleh Campus bereaved of funds. Is the man not devilish and wicked? Isoko, Ijaw and Itsekiri have always lived as brothers in Delta State senatorial district, but let it be known that the Ijaws are always trying to stand against the development of Oleh Campus, as one of their sons was caught sabotaging the growth of the campus before now."

Also addressing the protesting women who stormed his palace to register their protest, the Odiologbo of Oleh kingdom and chairman, Isoko Traditional Rulers' council, Anthony William Ovrawah, (Ovrawah Omogha 1), expressed dissatisfaction over the move by Peretomode.

He said: "I have been calling him based on this issue but as the son of the devil, he has refused to take my calls. His arrogance will soon metamorphose into sorrow unless he changes his ways. Let me also use this medium to tell the state government and especially Senator James Manager, to call the VC to order because if he fails, the Isoko people will also fail him in the nearest future.

"I don't see any reason why the 100 level students of Engineering Faculty, Oleh Campus will be relocated to Abraka. Prof. Peretomode is a very wicked, heartless and ungodly VC. He has undermined our peaceful nature for too long and it is time he starts reaping the evil he has been sowing against the Isoko people."

Meanwhile, in a strong worded petition addressed to the state governor by a Pan-Isoko group, under the auspices of Isoko Monitoring Group (IMG), signed by its President, Sebastine Agbefe, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the group described the VC's action as highly provocative, vowing that they shall resist the "daylight witchcraft" by their Ijaw brothers in every legal, social and political way available.

The petition read: "Your Excellency, we regret to state that despite the enormous contributions of Isoko to the treasury of Delta State, the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro and Delta State University, Oleh Campus are the only major state government presence in the entire Isoko nation. We are calling on you to use your good office to prevail on the VC and the Senate of DELSU to put a total stop to that wicked and evil plan and allow the 100 level students of Engineering faculty to learn in Oleh Campus.

"Your Excellency, it is on record that there is no Campus or Institution in Delta State that its host community or ethnic nationality is funding except those that are sited in Isokoland. Both the Law and Engineering Faculties in Oleh Campus have been suffering accreditation issues and the management of the university technically and craftily abandoned the campus until Isoko sons and daughters took it upon themselves to donate and contribute in whatever way they can to ensure the programmes in both faculties are accredited.

"Your Excellency, it is on record that Ijaws have been fighting dirty to kill Oleh Campus for whatever reasons best known to them. One of their sons have been caught earlier while stealing vital equipment from Oleh Campus and selling same to other institutions. Now, the VC, Prof. Peretomode who is also an Ijaw man has allegedly concluded plans to relocate 100 level students of Engineering Faculty from Oleh Campus to Abraka, after the Isoko people have successfully fought for the accreditation of the Engineering programmes and ensured that there are functional laboratories and studios for effective learning.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that a meeting has fixed for Thursday between the leadership of IDU, commissioner for higher education and the institution VC and management to address the issue.

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Adeleke Files Petition At Osun Election Tribunal

17 October 2018 - 12:38am


The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has filed a petition against the declaration of the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the September 22 and rerun of September 27.

He submitted the petition to the Secretariat of the election petition tribunal in the state high Court, Osogbo, yesterday evening

The applicant who was represented by the Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, expressed optimistism that he will reclaim his mandate.

Adagunodo and some chieftains of the PDP with their legal team, arrived the court around 5:30 p.m and proceeded to the Secretariat of the tribunal.

Speaking with journalists, Adagunodo said the party has hope in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.

Reacting to the invitation of the party’s candidate for forgery, Adagunodo said it is diversionary.

“They know that the game is up. We are up to the game; whatever trick they are bringing, we are ready. It won’t work,” he added.

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Atiku:180 Former Lawmakers Take Position On Obi’s Choice As Running Mate

17 October 2018 - 12:33am


A 180-member caucus of former National Assembly lawmakers from the South East region has insisted that the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, was the best choice as the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

A former member of the House of Representatives and spokesman of the caucus State, Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi, made the ex-lawmakers’ position known when he briefed newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He also lauded the former Vice President’s foresight in choosing Obi as his running mate.

The 180-member caucus noted with dismay the “needless and unhealthy controversies so far generated by Obi’s nomination,” which “must be nipped in the bud to stop further embarrassment.”

It, however, added that the greatest challenge facing Nigeria remains “the removal of the current retrogressive All Progressives Congress (APC) led government and the enthronement of an inclusive government committed to good governance, federal character and restructuring, which Atiku/Obi ticket represents.”

“We commend the vision and foresight of Atiku Abubakar in choosing former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi as his running mate in the 2019 presidential election.

“Our son, Peter Obi, is a befitting and worthy partner of the ticket because of his track record of performance, financial discipline and prudent management of resources.

“The entire Igbo nation at home and in the Diaspora are excited and have resolved to support and vote for Atiku/Obi massively in the 2019 polls.

“We call on Nigerians and the international community to give their support to Atiku/Obi ticket for the great prospect for Nigeria, Africa and the world.

“We therefore, plead with our brothers and sisters who may have reacted negatively to the choice of Obi to sheathe their swords and throw their weights behind the ticket in the herculean task of removing this clueless APC led government,” the caucus noted

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2019: Lagos Residents Tired Of Being Under One Man, Says Jimi Agbaje

17 October 2018 - 12:22am


The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has said that the people of the state are tired of being led by one man.

He, therefore, said that voters in the state “are gearing up for a change,” vowing that the PDP would win the 2019 governorship in the state.

Agbaje spoke in Abuja on Tuesday when he visited the national headquarters of the party.

He said, “We are getting ready seriously for elections and we just came out of the national convention stronger as a party.

“We have to congratulate ourselves that we now have a Presidential candidate and we also have a Vice Presidential candidate.

“This time round, we intend to take over Lagos in 2019. The campaign for Lagos is set for us. It is clear to us in Lagos that what Lagosians are looking for is freedom from the vested interests that have gripped Lagos for nearly 20 years.

“We have a situation where it had been under the grip of one or two persons and we are tired of that.”

Though Agbaje said Lagos “is doing well” when compared to other states, he nevertheless added that the state could do better.

He said his campaign would centre on how to free Lagos State from the grips of those he said had been holding it in captivity.

He said, “We believe Lagos is doing well compared to other states but it can do much better than is doing now but it is being crippled by vested interests.

“Things that could have been done differently are being done in a different manner and that is slowing down the progress and that is what the campaign is set against.

“Free Lagos campaign is a campaign that Lagos can be better and that the alternative can be a lot better than it is today.

“The structure is being put in place and I am sure that at the end of the month, it is going to be a victory for the PDP in Lagos and at the centre and in most of the states that we lost.”

Agbaje said that the PDP performed well in the 2015 governorship election, adding that those who voted for the party then would be ready to vote for it again.

In 2015, Agbaje, who was the governorship candidate of the PDP, was defeated by the incumbent Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, of the All Progressives Congress.

Ambode will,  however, not feature as a candidate in the 2019 election having been defeated by Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the APC governorship primary.

Agbaje said, “There is a lot of confidence (in the PDP now) and don’t forget that in 2015 and irrespective of what happened, that votes we had in 2015 still remain intact. Those that voted for us are still there for us.

“The strategy is to expand that base in a way that we have every assurance that we are taking Lagos.”

Speaking on a former chairman of the party that was said to have resigned from the PDP, Agbaje said such an action would not affect the fortune of the party.

He said the defected former chairman had nobody to follow him when he joined the APC.

He said, “He left on his own. If you go alone, I don’t know how that will affect the party in any way. If he was really somebody that has a structure or followers, you will expect the followers to go with him but when you leave as one person, it means you are of no effect on the party.

“We have not felt anything with his departure and it will not affect us. We have not had defections from the PDP in the last few years.”

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‘Kukah No Longer Fit To Sit On National Peace Committee’

17 October 2018 - 12:15am


Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah

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THE Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has  flayed Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese Matthew Kukah for his involvement in the alleged endorsement of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

BMO said the cleric was longer fit to be part of the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar for his partisanship.

The group accused the cleric of openly engaging in partisan politics by leading other religious leaders to seek former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement for Atiku, who is now Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.

But Rev. FR. Kukah had said he only took part in a reconciliation process between Obasanjo and the former vice president and not an endorsement.

In a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group stressed that the Abubakar-led committee should be seen to be non-partisan because of the role it played in the run up to the 2015 election.

They said: “We are surprised, like many Nigerians, to see Bishop Kukah in the company of the opposition candidate at a reconciliation meeting with former President Obasanjo, and later on claiming to be the strategic mind behind the reconciliation, which we believe was targeted towards bringing the two parties together to fight the President Buhari administration.

“This is not expected of a clergyman, who is seen in some quarters as the alternate head of the National Peace Committee. He has shown his bias and as such cannot be trusted to be non-partisan.”

Dismissing the claim that he was not aware of the political nature of the gathering, the group said: “The clergyman was the key figure behind the reconciliation and did this knowing that Atiku was a PDP presidential aspirant.

“And if it is true that Bishop Kukah is insisting that he was only exercising his right to free movement, we are also demanding that having shown his hand, he has no reason to sit on a panel that is meant to be non-partisan.”

Reacting to reports credited to Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal that President Buhari is not in charge of government but only ruling the country by proxy, the group assured Nigerians that the President was fully in charge and in control of the government. It added that anyone who is in doubt of this is in grave error.

The BMO said it was clear from his utterances that Tambuwal was getting frustrated after failing go get the PDP’s presidential ticket, describing him as a failed politician.

They alleged that due to his lack of confidence in himself, he depended solely on the support of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for his failed presidential bid and having failed to realise his ambition, Tambuwal has now become a stooge of the PDP presidential candidate.

They said: “We wish to note that Governor Tambuwal has not only failed to serve the people of Sokoto State diligently in the past three and half years, but has, in his utterances, displayed crass ignorance on sensitive national issues.”

“Perhaps the clearest evidence of Tambuwal’s failure as a politician and governor is that he has turned himself into an errand boy of his fellow contestant Atiku Abubakar and the opposition PDP.

“We, therefore, advise the Sokoto State Governor to stop deluding himself about his party defeating President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election as Nigerians have already taken note of Buhari’s commitment towards solving the myriad of problems confronting the country, and they are poised to re-elect him as president in 2019.”

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14-seater Commercial Bus Plunges Into River In Rivers

17 October 2018 - 12:12am


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The Rivers State Police Command have confirmed that a mini 14-seater commercial bus has plunged into a river along East-West road in Ahoada West Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State.

Nnamdi Omoni, the Police spokesman, confirmed the incident on Tuesday, stating that eight persons have been rescued and were receiving treatment at a nearby hospital in the area.

He said: “I can confirm to you that a 14-seater bus plunged into a river in Ahoada West. The driver of the bus lost control before the bus fell into the river. Eight persons have been rescued, while the bus has been recovered and taken to Akinima Police Station. Those rescued have been taken to a nearby hospital.

“The bus was traveling from Port Harcourt to Yenagoa when the incident happened and the search is still on to know if there are other passengers left in the river."

An eyewitness said water covered a stretch of the road and a bridge at Okogbe/Mbiama area, making it difficult for the bus driver to navigate, which resulted in the mishap.

 

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Release Our Daughter’s Corpse To Prove That She’s Dead – Hauwa Liman’s Parents

17 October 2018 - 12:10am


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The parents of Hauwa Liman, the recently killed International Committee of Red Cross, ICRC aid worker, have reacted to her unconfirmed execution by the dread Boko Haram sect.

Liman was abducted in Rann in March by the Boko Haram with another aid worker.

The parents in a emotional laden voice said their daughter is still alive and demand for the release of her corpse. Both parents who spoke to TVC News on Tuesday, demand for the release of her corps as a proof of her death.

Hauwa’s mother who spoke in Hausa said: “They are looking for ransom and the president promised for their release and the time given was too short. In my strong believe I am very sure my daughter is alive somewhere, they should release my daughter to me please.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian lady, Hauwa Liman, on Tuesday, decried the usage of her photos in place of the aid worker, who was executed by Boko Haram.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman, who worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed by the terrorist group after the expiration of a deadline, they had given the Federal Government.

Since the news of the execution went viral, lots of persons and online media platforms had been talking about the deceased and sharing condolence messages.

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How Money and Life will shape 2019 By Emmanuel Onwubiko

16 October 2018 - 3:06pm


The most significant election since independence in 1960 will take place in February next year which is approximately four months away.

The year 2019 presidential election particularly is significant for a number of reasons and extenuating circumstances. 

Firstly, the election is being intensely contested by two Northerners made up of the incumbent, a retired military general and one time military ruler major general Muhammadu Buhari (retired) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Atiku was Vice president of Nigeria for eight years between 1999 to 2007.

Another factor that has made the forthcoming presidential election very historic is that only three years ago, Nigeria witnessed what is considered around the World as a very peaceful transfer of political power from an incumbent president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to the then opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari who scored about 15million votes to the twelve and half million votes recorded for the then incumbent.

The forthcoming presidential poll is closely monitored to see how transparent, peaceful and free and fair it will be given that the president who is the incumbent is the beneficiary of a very peaceful hand over of power which is a model for Africa – a continent known for sit tight presidents.

The 2019 presidential poll has already attracted widespread cynicism because of a number of negative indices such as the unnatural fact that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mohmood Yakubu who was appointed by the incumbent president is a kinsman of the incumbent president who desperately wishes to win the coming election. There is therefore the suspicion that the Chairman of the electoral commission could sway and manipulate the process to railroad his kinsman and benefactor to be the winner. 

Again, this election period is the first since independence that the umpire of the election is from the same tribal and religious affinities with the incumbent president. 

Additionally, the incumbent president also appointed his niece Mrs. Amina Zakari as a national commissioner.

This national commissioner who is a biological relations of president Buhari has come under increasing criticism for her unsavoury roles during the serial electoral heists that happened in Ekiti, Osun, Bauchi, Katsina, Kogi states both in the governorship and national assembly elections during which the police aided and abetted the manipulation of the outcomes in favour of the political party affiliated to the incumbent president. 

Mrs. Zakari headed the operations department of the Independent National Electoral Commission until recently when due to overwhelming public pressures, she was moved to another department.

But the story coming from INEC says that the presidency has started mounting pressure on the hierarchy of INEC headed by Mohmood Yakubu to restore Mrs. Amina Zakari back to the operations department in time for the February elections.

Aside the very weighty issue of apprehension by millions of Nigerians who do not repose any confidence and trust on the leadership of INEC to do what is right and legal during the coming strategic presidential poll, there are two main campaign issues that would inevitably shape the outcome of the presidential election.

These are money and the fundamental human right to life. So money and life are the two key determinant factors. 

In another way, the economy and security are the two key issues that should determine who wins the 2019 presidential election.

In the area of economy, it is a notorious fact that the current administration led Nigeria to economic recession in the year 2015 due to poor policy implementation. Buhari took nearly half a year to put together a cabinet and till date most agencies of government are administered on ad hoc basis. Perhaps, this snail speed process of administration informed the allegation by the Sokoto State governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal that President Muhammadu Buhari is a surrogate President because members of his family resident in the Presidential mansion are calling the shots.

According to a factual account by BBC, Nigeria slipped into recession, with the latest growth figures showed the economy contracted 2.06% between April and June in 2016. 

The country has now seen two consecutive quarters of declining growth, the usual definition of recession.

Its vital oil industry has been hit by weaker global prices, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

But the government says there has been strong growth in other sectors.

Crude oil sales account for 70% of government income.

The price of oil has fallen from highs of about $112 a barrel in 2014 to below $50 at that time but has risen sharply.

BBC reports that Outside the oil industry, the figures show the fall in the Nigerian currency, the naira, has hurt the economy. It was allowed to float freely in June 2016 to help kick-start the economy, but critics argued it should have been done earlier.

The government, however, has found some positive news in the figures.

"There was growth in the agricultural and solid minerals sectors... the areas in which the federal government has placed particular priority," said presidential economic adviser Adeyemi Dipeolu.

Nigeria, which vies with South Africa for the mantle of Africa's biggest economy, is also battling an inflation rate at an 11-year high of 17.1% in July.

"A lot of Nigeria's current predicament could have been avoided," said Kevin Daly from Aberdeen Asset Management.

"The country is so reliant on oil precisely because its leaders haven't diversified the economy.

"More recently, they have tried, and failed, to prop up the naira, which has had a ruinous effect on the country's foreign exchange reserves and any reputation it might have had of being fiscally responsible."

In the analysis reported by Martin Patience, BBC Nigeria correspondent this economic recession is said to have happened as no surprise to millions of Nigerians. Many say they've never known it so tough.

The slump in global oil prices has hit Nigeria hard. The government depends on oil sales for about 70% of its revenues.

But critics say government policies made a bad situation even worse. The decision to delay devaluing Nigeria's currency meant many businesses struggled to get foreign currency to pay for imports, which had a cooling effect on the entire economy.

The economic recession lasted nearly a year even as millions of Nigerian families became much more impoverished with the spiraling costs of living and lack of economic opportunities for millions. Many who graduated from schools can't find jobs. 

Indeed, even when the Nigerian government announced that the economic recession had ended, the economy of over 100 million Nigerians did not improve but instead Nigeria became a home to the largest number of poor people in the world.

The lady who headed the Finance Ministry and the economy for President Buhari Mrs. Kemi Adeosun was forced out of office due to forged credentials she obtained purportedly as her exemption certificate from the National Youth Service Corp. 

During her tenure in office under Buhari, the government borrowed excessively and returned Nigeria to the inglorious position of a heavily indebted third world nation. This is the shape of the Nigerian economy which should define the election.

However, the incumbent president in his wisdom has implemented a small scale interest free loan scheme that poor traders are targeted.

The government had earlier, against all rational opposition decided to share to poor Nigerians the sum of nearly $400 million that the Swiss government returned to Nigeria from the humongous loots stolen by the late maximum ruler General Sani Abacha.

Those who opposed the decision to share these looted fund but returned public fund had questioned the transparency and accountability that would characterize these redistribution of these national wealth. The identities of the beneficiaries are shrouded in secrecy. 

The opposition to the sharing of the Abacha loot is also boosted by the fact that the sharing is coming just before the 2019 election which means that the incumbent president might deploy such huge fund to buy over voters.

Another seemingly pro-campaign economic policy being implemented by government is the interest free loan scheme which was only last month inaugurated by the vice president Yemi Osinbanjo who is also the running mate to the incumbent president in the next poll.

According to Osinbajo, the scheme is aimed at spreading prosperity and reducing poverty, especially for petty traders irrespective of their socio-political background.

In a statement by the Vice President’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said that the programme is part of the Social Investment Programme of the Buhari administration.

He explained that it has been launched in Lagos, Kano, Katsina, Abia, Osun states and would be extended, in quick succession, to traders in all the states of the federation by the end of 2018.

Speaking to traders at the Utako market shortly after witnessing the disbursement of funds to beneficiaries, the Vice President said every petty trader was eligible to benefit from the scheme and urged petty traders across the country to take advantage of the scheme to improve their businesses.

“This programme is for the petty traders selling in the markets, it is not for bigger traders. It is for the petty traders to improve their businesses.

“For now, we are giving you N10, 000, if you pay back in six months or less, you will get another N15, 000. We want to encourage petty traders so that they can have sufficient amount to improve their businesses”, he stated.

He assured beneficiaries that the amount given to them would be increased if they paid back their loans within the stipulated period, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari himself was interested in the welfare of the traders.

“The one we did before was for big traders under the GEEP programme, we gave them as much as N100, 000. If you do well with this one we are giving you now, we will increase the amount.

“Everybody can benefit from this scheme, the President himself has said that he wants to make sure that those who are selling small items in the markets benefit from this programme.

“When we give you this money, we want you to pay back and no interest is involved”, he added.

Earlier on arrival at the market, Prof. Osinbajo went round interacting with petty traders before he proceeded to address traders who had thronged access roads around the market to receive him.

He was accompanied to the programme by two Ministers of State: Industry Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar and Zainab Ahmed among other top government officials.

Obviously, these eleventh hour attempts to placate poor Nigerians by the incumbent is only but a drop in the ocean because the state of general infrastructures which are supposed to improve wealth creation on a grand scale is very poor and dysfunctional.

 Nigerians in their millions lack access to electricity; good roads and millions of rural farmers have not really benefitted from the media celebrated pro-farmers' credit schemes by the central bank of Nigeria. This much celebrated credit scheme only exists in the imagination of government spin doctors. 

In the second issue which is the state of security, the last three years can be regarded as the worst in the sense that armed hoodlums including armed Fulani herdsmen upped the ante of their attacks even as the federal government failed spectacularly to arrest, prosecute and punish these mass killers.

The boko haram terrorists have also continued their serial bloody violence with hundreds of soldiers becoming the latest sets of victims of the violent attacks of the terrorists. Scores of civilians including hostages seized by them have been killed with government not sure of what measures to put in place to curb these attacks. 

However, it could be recalled that Defence and national security was the pinnacle of the electoral promise made in 2015 by the incumbent but his administration has failed. The next strategic item that should shape the election is the protection of the right to life of Nigerians which has deteriorated rapidly.  But this item is strategic going by the cardinal position it occupies in the hierarchy of human rights. 

An international law scholar wrote as follows: “Certain rights may not be derogated from in the various human rights instruments even in times of war or other public emergency threatening the nation. In the case of the European Convention these are the rights to life (except in cases resulting from lawful acts of war), the prohibition on torture and slavery, and non-retroactivity of criminal offences."

 The author Professor of law Malcolm N. Shaw also averred that: "In the case of the Inter-American Convention, the following rights are non-derogable: the rights to juridical personality, life and humane treatment, freedom from slavery, freedom from ex post facto laws, freedom of conscience and religion, rights of the family, to a name, of the child, nationality and participation in government. By article 4 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the rights to life and recognition as a person before the law, the freedoms of thought, conscience and religion and the prohibition on torture, slavery, retroactivity of criminal legislation and imprisonment on grounds solely of inability to fulfill a contractual obligation are non-derogable. Such non-derogable rights clearly are regarded as possessing a special place in the hierarchy of rights. In addition, it must be noted, many rights are subject to a limitation or clawback clause, whereby the absolute right provided for will not operate in certain situations. Those rights therefore that are not so limited may be regarded as of particular value.” (From the book “International LAW, Seventh Edition by MALCOLM N. SHAW).

The two mainstream presidential candidates Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar and a sprinkling of other important Presidential hopefuls including erstwhile Vice President of World Bank Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, Publisher of Sahara reporters Mr. Omowole Sowore, former Cross Ricers governor Donald Duke and former Deputy Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria Dr. Kingsley Moghalu are expected to dwell more on these two key campaign issues as they are billed to commence full blown campaigns. 

*Emmanuel Onwubiko is Head, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) 

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Fayemi’s Second Bite: That Ekiti Might Breathe Again By Yinka Adeosun

16 October 2018 - 1:37pm


The Ekiti error has now been corrected. The lord of the manor would soon return to the farm and the king of the jungle would return to where he belongs – the jungle. With the inauguration of Dr Kayode Fayemi as the governor of Ekiti state, the stage seems set for the restoration of values and intellectualism in Ekiti land.

Since her creation on October 1, 1996, there has not been a significant watershed in the development of Ekiti state. Successive governments have merely marked time in Oke Ayoba, scrabbling for perks and privileges rather than making sacrifices for the long-term prosperity of Ekiti. The dreams of the founding fathers of Ekiti state cannot be said to have been realised. The path to prosperity remains to be visible and development has become a fantasy.

It is interesting that the same John Kayode Fayemi who was rejected four years ago is back again as the beautiful bride. This was the same with Peter Ayodele Fayose who, when he was impeached in 2007 people rolled out the drums. In 2014, he was the favourite, defeating the then incumbent governor. With this renewed mandate, Dr Fayemi must understand that the stakes are high. He must come to terms with the needs of the people, and not what he thinks the people needs. His performance or otherwise would translate to his political relevance or oblivion in the annals of Ekiti politics.

As minister and Ekiti representative in the federal cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, Fayemi’s tenure was not quite impressive. There was nothing particularly noteworthy about the ministry of mines and steel development while he stirred the rudder. In fact, the House of Representatives had passed a vote of no confidence on him. Perhaps, his ambition to right his seeming misdeeds in Ekiti between 2010 and 2014 was uppermost on his mind. Now that he has the chance, he needs to make haste and set the ball rolling.

Those who do not understand history are bound to repeat it. In Nigeria, the second term for elected officials is often times characterised by ineptitude and indifference. Winning a second term ticket is often seen as a “reward” for job well done in their first term. Hence, they forget that their re-election portends a time to stamp their feet on time and bequeath lasting legacies in the minds of the people. More often than not, these elected officials abandon their constitutional responsibilities to pursue politicking

For Fayemi, whose administration was cut short and then restored, it is not going to be an easy ride. That break in the saddle has cut short his plans and elongated the otherwise short journey. Sportsmanship is an element of maturity and JKF has proved that he is a mature sportsman. He called Fayose in 2014 to congratulate him when the later was declared the winner even when he had reservations about the election. Although Fayose has refused to accord the same sportsmanship to Fayemi, who defeated Fayose’s deputy, the age of political vengeance may have been left to the judiciary. And now that he is set to be restored as the governor, his projects that were abandoned by his successor must be re-visited and reviewed.

Indeed it will be stupid for the Fayemi administration to overlook the finances of the state under Fayose, giving that the outgoing governor ran the state like a personal fiefdom. The level of secrecy of the government’s finances was taken to the peak. The outgoing administration needs to be brought to book in order to make a statement and deter future occurrence.

Beyond the tea party however, the governor-elect has got a lot to do; for these are not the best of times for Ekiti state. The state is currently among the least in terms of economic development as revealed by economic indices. With the Fiscal Responsibility Commission report showing that Ekiti is among states with worrisome debt to gross revenue ratio, the situation is precarious and potentially insecure for investors. If not well managed, Ekiti’s debt profile is capable of frustrating whatever his dreams and visions for the state.

There is no better time than now to cut down the cost of governance, overhaul the civil service and improve the welfare of civil servants as well as their productivity. Look inward to increase and make public the state’s internally generated revenue. For how long shall we continue to solely depend on the crumbs that emanate from Abuja?

The incoming governor may need to adopt his own style of inclusiveness and participatory democracy which his predecessor glamourised as stomach infrastructure. He has a lot of work to do in reorienting the Ekiti people; for Fayose has popularised stomach infrastructure at the expense of public amenities.

Ekiti is agrarian. Agriculture is no doubt the main occupation of the bulk of the people. We all know what is happening in “food basket of the nation”. The state was undeniably under siege although things seem to be getting better. With the peace in Ekiti, Fayemi has that golden opportunity to turn Ekiti into the food station of the southwest and by extension, that of the nation. If this is well done, with mechanised farming, the youths would be attracted and they can be brought on board.

Technology and tourism are potential cash-cows for the state. To achieve the inherent benefits, the need to catch them young cannot be over-emphasized. Public and private partnership to establish tech hubs in Ekiti becomes germane. The government would need to create an enabling environment to attract investors into the state. This in a way will also help to reduce the rate of unemployment just as it will open Ekiti for commercial activities.

Fayemi holds loyalty to the people of Ekiti State, and not to his godfather in Lagos or his financier in Ondo, or the cabal at Abuja. Four years is almost here and he would soon present his score card to the people. The time to start work in earnest is now.

Adeosun writes from Akure and sent this via yinkadeosun1@yahoo.com

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Nigeria Needs Revolution Not Restructuring, Says YYC

16 October 2018 - 1:25pm


The Yoruba Youth Council (YYC) has declared revolution as the way for Nigeria to overcome its socio-economic challenges as the 2019 general election approaches.

Benson Akinwumi, Chairman of the Concil in Ondo State, said this during an interview with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Akinwumi explained that not even restructuring could address the nation's challenges.

He said: "The only way out for Nigeria from this level of decadence which has eaten deep into all the sectors is revolution, and not restructuring yet. The state of the nation as of today is far beyond decadence; not even one of the sectors is without corruption.

"It is revolution first before restructuring; our problems will continue if we don't stop adding bricks to this structure whose foundation was laid with deceit and corruption."

He argued that the country was still backward in terms of development, despite its available resources.

He continued: "The voices that ought to speak for the masses have gone into oblivion. The people at the helm of our affairs are without vision and that is why destruction is inevitable. We have more than 50 different political parties in Nigeria, whose major objective is geared towards how to use the helpless youth as an instrument for the implementation of their selfish agendas. And this is not unconnected with the fact that the Nigerian democratic system is based on individual interest."

According to Akinwumi, the current political leaders in the country have no clear ideologies of how best to run the economy.

"What they do is to share common interests at some point in time, which is a connivance against the masses, and that is why you see our politicians running from one political party to another once their self-centered agreement is breached in any way.

"Everyone of the self-imposed leaders we have today has no interest of the masses, and especially the youth — who are said to be the hope of tomorrow — at heart. And that is why they don't care if our education system is bad or worse; they don't care about how many more people are dying every day, and it is quite visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that the economy of the nation is at a standstill.

"I want to state emphatically that we cannot continue on this path of injustice, insecurity, religious and ethnic cleansing and general imbalances."

The YYC chairman later challenged Nigerian youth, who still believe in the country, to rise up and take needed action that could help bring better change.

"Let me tell our youth that we need leaders among them who are not interested in self-aggrandizement and wealth accumulation, but sincere and passionate affection for the poor masses.

"We need people with integrity, who are truly committed to restoring this nation to the path of truth, justice and righteousness, which is the only key to tranquility and unity of our nation," Akinwumi added.

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BBOG Members March Silently But Weep Openly To Protest Hauwa Liman's Execution

16 October 2018 - 1:11pm



The BringBackOurGirls Movement staged a silent protest on Tuesday to mourn the murder of Hauwa Liman, an aid worker.

The protesters, who wore forlorn looks, marched from Unity Fountain to the gate of the presidential villa to protest the killing of the health worker by Boko Haram.

Co-convener of the group, Oby Ezekwezili, and other members wept openly as they marched in silence, bearing placards.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: 'We Failed Saifura, We Failed Hauwa, We Must Not Fail More', 'Leah Sharibu Must Not Be Forgotten', 'Humanitarian Aid Workers Are Not A #Target' and 'Alice Nggadah Must Be Rescued'.

Coordinator of the movement, Edith Yasin, who addressed journalists at the rally, said President Muhammadu Buhari had failed in his responsibility to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.

She said: "Today is yet another dark day in our nation. The heartbreaking news of the death of Hauwa Liman comes as an extreme shock, which leaves us devastated by the deeply regrettable consequences of the government’s failure.

"Hauwa was a nurse working to save lives of the vulnerable in the North-East. She was a young lady who selflessly dedicated her life to serving humanity, as a staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross."

Yassin noted that nothing had changed regarding the engagement of the government on the issue raised during their last protest on September 19, 2018, adding that "President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign for the 2019 elections has further relegated the tragedy of the continuing captivity of our #ChibokGirls and other victims of terrorism to the background".

"It is condemnable that the same president who made the abduction of #ChibokGirls the epicentre of his campaign in the 2015 presidential election no longer remembers that 112 children of his poor citizens are still languishing in the den of terrorists despite his many pledges to rescue them.

"Mr President, our Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu and the two remaining Rann women aid workers deserve your evident prioritisation."

The group asked the President to review his priorities, noting that his current mandate places a constitutional duty on the security of lives of all citizens above personal interest of his re-election.

They also urged the President to respond to the plea of Alice and secure her release.

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Hauwa Liman's Horrific Execution Is A War Crime, Says Amnesty International

16 October 2018 - 12:27pm


The humanitarian agency, Amnesty International, has expressed igrief over the gruesome execution of health worker Mohammed Liman on Monday by Boko Haram.

The organisation expressed deep concerns over Hauwa's "horrific execution" and called on the relevant authorities to ensure that the perpetrators do not go unpunished.

“With yet another horrific killing of a humanitarian worker, Boko Haram has again demonstrated its brazen disregard for life," Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said in a statement.

"Hauwa Liman was providing desperately-needed humanitarian services to people affected by the conflict in the northeast of Nigeria. Her killing is a war crime. Under international humanitarian law, all aid workers must be protected from attack.

“Boko Haram must immediately and unconditionally release the remaining health worker, Alice Loksha. As news of these grizzly killings emerges, the Nigerian authorities must re-double their efforts to rescue the hundreds of civilians still detained by Boko Haram, including 15-year-old Leah Sharibu, who was abducted from her school in Dapchi town, and the remaining Chibok girls.

“All those responsible for war crimes and other human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria must be brought to justice in a fair trial.”

Hauwa was one of the three health workers abducted by Boko Haram in March 2018 during a raid on a military facility in Rann, Kala Balge, an area heavily affected by violence.

Before her murder, one of the health workers, aifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was executed by the sect in September.

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Lucky Ighoyota Named PRO Of Sowore 2019 Campaign/TakeItBack Movement

16 October 2018 - 12:09pm


Lucky Ighoyota

Following a successful national congress that led to the emergence of Omoyele Sowore as the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress party, Lucky Ighoyota has been selected as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Sowore 2019 Campaign/TakeItBack Movement.

Ighoyota will be responsible for ensuring that the agenda of the TakeItBack Movement and the authentic voice of its presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, is consistently placed before Nigerians.

A seasoned politician and strategist, Ighoyota holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a Master's in Energy and Petroleum Economics from Delta State University, Abraka.

He is a Consultant Petroleum Accountant/Economist and a remarkably articulate social critic with a strong zest for an egalitarian society.

"As the Sowore2019 campaign forges ahead towards Aso Rock, Ighoyota will be an integral part of the Publicity and media team," said Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, Director, PR, Media and Communications, Sowore 2019/African Action Congress Party.

"The TakeItBack team continues to recruit and work with excellent young men and women in the struggle for a greater Nigeria. Nigeria MUST progress!"

 

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BREAKING: Buhari Telephones Hauwa Liman’s Father

16 October 2018 - 11:58am

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken with Mohammed Liman, father of Hauwa Liman, the aid worker killed on Monday by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.

The 24-year-old nurse and student of Health Education at the University of Maiduguri was among the three aid workers abducted by the insurgents in an attack on a heavily-guarded military facility in the small town of Rann, Borno State on March 1, 2018.  

On Tuesday, Buhari said he reached out to Hauwa’s father, and described the telephone conversation as one no one pays to make. See Also Insurgency Boko Haram Killed One Hauwa Liman, But Another One is Alive... And Angry 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

“Today I spoke with Mohammed Liman, father of Hauwa, the ICRC midwife killed by Boko Haram. It is not the kind of telephone call anyone prays to make. The Federal Government did everything possible to save Hauwa’s life; it is tragic & regrettable that all our efforts were unsuccessful,” the President wrote on his official Twitter handle.

“Hauwa dedicated herself to serving the victims of Boko Haram’s insurgency, and it is extremely sad that her life ended the way it did, at the hands of the terrorists. I expressed our deepest condolences to her father, on behalf of the Government and all the people of Nigeria.

“I also spoke with @PMaurerICRC, the President of the ICRC, to extend our condolences on the death of Hauwa. The ICRC has been doing a great job in Nigeria, providing healthcare services to people in the areas most affected by the insurgency. We salute their courage and service.”

He expressed hope that the tragedy would not stop the ICRC’s work in north-eastern Nigeria, and promised that his administration would continue doing everything to safe-guard he lives of everyone working and living in the region.

“We fervently hope that these series of sad events, leading to the painful loss of their staff, will not discourage the ICRC from working in Nigeria. We hope that they will continue to offer their services, and not give up, in spite of what has happened,” Buhari said.

“I am reassuring everyone that the Fed Government will continue to do all within our power to protect not just humanitarian workers, but also everyone working or living in the North East. I salute our military, who continue to fight and strive hard to permanently neutralize Boko Haram.”

 

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Boko Haram Killed One Hauwa Liman, But Another One is Alive... And Angry

16 October 2018 - 11:22am

The killing of healthcare worker Hauwa Liman by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram (even though it hates to be identified as one), on Monday was devastating news to Nigerians and the international aid community.

The 24-year-old nurse and student of Health Education at the University of Maiduguri was among the three aid workers abducted by the insurgents in an attack on a heavily-guarded military facility in the small town of Rann, Borno State on March 1, 2018. 

Aside Liman, the insurgents also abducted Alice Loksha Ngaddah, a nurse and mother of two, and Saifura Husseini Ahmed, a midwife. They killed four soldiers and four policemen as well.

Ngaddah’s aged mother died unexpectedly in April as a result of the trauma of her daughter’s abduction, while Saifura was killed in September. 

In publishing the story, some blogs and newspapers — SaharaReporters not included — went online to source the photo of the slain aid worker, but they got the wrong one.

No one would have thought there were two not-too-dissimilar Hauwa Limans, but that’s exactly what has happened. And the Hauwa Liman, who is alive and whose picture has been wrongly used, is very displeased.

See her tweet below:

DISCLAIMER........................
WRONG PICTURES
POOR JOURNALISM
LACK OF DUE DILIGENCE
So they just Google and select any picture that suits them...
To show the news we are fed is just COPY AND PASTE..All those that posted used only these 2 pictures.
I weep for Nigeria!!! pic.twitter.com/1CrhszNF7u

— Hauwa Liman (@HAUWALIMAN682) October 16, 2018

 

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