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How Catholic Church Leadership ‘Kidnapped’ Me, Planned To Shut Down My Ministry For One Month— Father Mbaka

Sahara Reporters - 6 May 2021 - 2:56am


The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev Father Ejike Mbaka has said the leadership of the Catholic diocese in his state wanted to close his ministry for one month.

 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) had in a statement on Wednesday raised an alarm saying the whereabouts of the priest were unknown.

The cleric’s supporters and members of his Adoration Ministry in Enugu also took to the streets to protest against his alleged disappearance.

 

Mbaka had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached last week. 

 

However, he was attacked by the Presidency, which alleged that the cleric was angry because he sought to secure contracts from the Buhari-led government and was denied. 

 

Speaking while addressing worshippers at the adoration ground in Enugu on Wednesday after resurfacing, Mbaka said the church leadership, led by Bishop Calistus Onaga, summoned him over his recent comments concerning Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and his connection to the presidency.

 

He said the church leadership told him he would remain indoors for a period of one month to enable him pray and meditate over his activities. 

 

The cleric further claimed that even though he refused to accept the demand, he was only released because of the protest over his whereabouts. 

 

He added that he asked for an opportunity to address his parishioners but was not allowed.

 

Mbaka said, “How can they believe what others say, and they will not believe what the priest is saying? The emphasis is ‘please, let me go to celebrate the mass’, but they said ‘no’. If a priest will request to celebrate mass and they say ‘no’, that means something is wrong. 

"Allow me to celebrate mass for my people just for today, I won’t even tell them that I am being punished, they said, no. I will just tell my members that I’m going for 30 days' prayer, that after 30 days, we will come back and everybody will obey, they said, no.

“I also begged them to appoint another priest to come and celebrate mass for you today, they also said no.

“They didn’t treat me in a pastoral way. I was asking ‘am I being punished for what’?

“They said it was a meeting, but even before I reached the Bishop’s house, conclusion has already been made. What happened to me was like the day I was shot on the road.

“Unfortunately for them, even before the meeting, a woman was already going around bragging that the Bishop will call me for a meeting, and that I was going to leave my house here for 30 days, and that after the 30 days, I would be sent to Rome, and Adoration ministry will be closed.

"In a time and cases like this, don’t give me a punishment that will cause troubles for us because I’m not alone.”

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You're Ignorant, Nnamdi Kanu Replies Governor Wike, Presidential Aide Over Anti-Biafra Comments

Sahara Reporters - 6 May 2021 - 2:36am


IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu says Nigeria’s leaders should stop calling the first military coup in the country 'Igbo coup'. 
 
According to him, the coup d’etat staged on 15th January, 1966 should be tagged ‘South-South’ coup.

  IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu
The IPOB leader said this on his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday while reacting to the statement by the Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, that Rivers State will not be part of the Biafra agitation.
 
Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, from Delta State, has backed Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on his position against the disintegration Nigeria.
 
Governor Wike, during a meeting with traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Ekpeye on Tuesday, said his administration would not be dragged into any separation agenda.
 
He warned those agitating to stay clear of his state, adding that he would leave no stone unturned in protecting Rivers State.
 
“We will do everything we can to protect the interest of our State. We are friendly people in this state and allow anyone to come here and do business. But nobody should go beyond doing business to hoist unnecessary flags here,” Wike warned.
 
Wike‘s statement was supported by Onochie who responded on her Twitter page: “Correct! Not an inch of the South-South will be annexed. We are Nigerians. Nothing more.”
 
Reacting, the pro-Biafra group leader reminded Wike and Onochie that the last defunct Biafra President, Philip Effiong was from Ibiono-Ibom in Akwa Ibom State.
  
“Then educate your #Fulani Janjaweed masters to refer to the first coup in 1966 as South-South coup and not Igbo coup.
 
“Your fellow #Fulani lapdog Wike should tell us which ethnic nationality General Philip Effiong, the last Biafra head of state, comes from. Ignorance is a disease,” Kanu tweeted. 

Then educate your #Fulani Janjaweed masters to refer to the first coup in 1966 as South-South coup & not Igbo coup.

Your fellow #Fulani lapdog Wike should tell us which ethnic nationality General Philip Effiong, the last Biafra head of state, comes from. Ignorance is a disease. pic.twitter.com/xhfgShutbV

— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) May 5, 2021

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Pastor Adeboye Loses Son

Sahara Reporters - 6 May 2021 - 1:33am


Dare Adeboye

The son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is dead.

Pastor Dare Adeboye, who would have turned 43 next month June 9, 2021, was a life coach, visionary leader, motivator, bridge builder and third child of Adeboye.

Dare Adeboye

According to the information posted by Church Gist on Thursday, it explained that “Dare was a Youth Provincial Pastor in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.

“He was also described in 2020 as one of the most influential youth pastors in the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide,” it added.

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How El-Rufai Undermined Ex-President Jonathan Over Personal Ambition— Omokri

Sahara Reporters - 6 May 2021 - 12:44am


Reno Omokri

Former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has revealed that Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, does not like former President Goodluck Jonathan because he didn't pick him as Vice President.

Omokri made the revelation in reaction to El-Rufai’s claim that Jonathan wanted to jail him.

Reno Omokri

According to Omokri, the Kaduna State governor was on a self-imposed exile during the administration of Umar Yar’adua and returned to Nigeria on May 5, 2010, the day the ex-President died.

He said El-Rufai returned due to his belief that the atmosphere was more conducive for him under Jonathan.

Omokri said six days after, El-Rufai visited Jonathan at the State House and held a press conference where he made “unsolicited comments” asking Jonathan to contest the 2011 election and assured him he would support.

“After the then President named Mr Namadi Sambo as his Vice President, two days later on May 13, 2010, Mr El-Rufai became very bitter and made plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party and began to undermine the Jonathan administration.

“In keeping with the Jonathan Doctrine, wherein Dr. Jonathan said “I have no enemies to fight, because of my confidence that people can only do to me what God permits”, the then President refused to move against Mr. El-Rufai.”

Omokri said security reports received by Jonathan indicated that El-Rufai was engaged in provocative activities in order to instigate his own arrest to boost his popularity.

He also said the governor made several inciting comments that were injurious to Nigeria’s peace, unity and progress.

He recalled that on September 8, 2014, El-Rufai claimed Jonathan founded and funded Boko Haram to the tune of N50 billion to give Islam a bad name.

According to him, on November 25, 2014, El-Rufai told the world that Jonathan travelled to Chad to plan Boko Haram attacks with late President Idriss Deby.

Omokri further mentioned the January 5, 2014 allegation by El-Rufai where the governor said prominent Nigerians like himself, President Buhari and others were on a list of people to be killed by the Jonathan administration.

Noting that the spurious and defamatory statements could have led to his arrest and prosecution, Jonathan took a statesmanly position to ignore them, in order not to heighten the political tension in the country.

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Nigerian Man Held With Drugs In Underwear At Indian Airport

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 10:06pm


File photo used to illustrate story.

A Nigerian man has been apprehended by CISF personnel from the Delhi airport for allegedly smuggling narcotics hidden in his underwear, officials said on Wednesday.

They said 200 grams of methaqualone, a sedative, was recovered from Nonso Ekwealor Base. He was undergoing security checks at terminal two of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Tuesday before he was scheduled to board an Indigo airlines flight to Bengaluru.

File photo used to illustrate story.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had intercepted the passenger, a Nigerian national, based on 'behaviour detection, officials said.

The foreigner was handed over to the Narcotics Control Bureau authorities and the seized narcotics that is estimated to be worth Rs 40,000, a senior CISF officer said.

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Catholic Church Suspends Father Mbaka Over Row With Buhari

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 9:59pm


The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka from church activities for one month as the controversial priest's political escapades continue to overshadow his theological obligations on a scale that nurtures unending concerns amongst his senior clerics. 

Mbaka was asked to proceed on suspension with effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop. 

Onaga called Mbaka in following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the church's image, the largest of any Christian organisation worldwide, church officials familiar with the matter told The Gazette. 

SaharaReporters had reported last Wednesday Mbaka's criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari regime over its inaction on the widespread killings across the nation.

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Speaking at the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Mbaka said it is wrong for Buhari to maintain grave silence despite the incessant killings in the country.

He accused the government of being behind several killings across the country and tagging separatists groups as terrorists rather than focus on getting them good jobs.  

The cleric also frowned on the activities of herders that destroy the farmland of people without any repercussion.

He said Buhari had failed Nigeria woefully and that he should resign now. Mbaka also called for the President's impeachment.

Following his suspension, Mbaka returned to his ministry that lies north of the outskirts of Enugu city centre, where he subsequently incited his members against the bishop, sources said. 

Mbaka's followers claimed without evidence that he was kidnapped by Mr Onaga and handed over to the State Security Service. They subsequently marched on the premises of the bishop on Wednesday morning, looting and destroying assets therein.

The mob also descended on the Holy Ghost Cathedral, again looting and destroying items in the building. The members also went to town to allege that the SSS had arrested Mr Mbaka — generating widespread media reports despite lacking requisite corroboration. 

A spokesman for the SSS denied taking Mr Mbaka into custody or coming in any contacts with him when reached by The Gazette, contrary to his followers' rumours. 

A spokesman for the diocese did not immediately return a request seeking comments. Mbaka's line was switched off when dialled by The Gazette on Wednesday night.

Before falling out with Buhari recently, Mr Mbaka was an ardent supporter of the President. He endorsed his campaign in 2015 and claimed his blessings played a role in its success. 

But as Buhari's regime failed to tackle acute poverty and insecurity, Mr Mbaka said he was compelled to speak up and distance himself from his regime, describing it as evil and satanic and calling on the President himself to vacate office.

Church sources said Mbaka's latest suspension was being viewed as significant for its undertone, but not the first time the fiery priest would face administrative action.

"We know people will link this to his confrontation with Buhari, but he was once demoted from a parish priest to a deputy under a parish priest," a church official told TheGazette. "He had also been transferred from bigger parishes to smaller ones for his frequent infractions in the past." 

Still, church officials admitted Mbaka's Adoration Ministry has been a cash cow for the Enugu Diocese, even though it was built by Mr Mbaka and not directly under its control. 

"The real problem is the Diocese has been financially dependent on Mbaka, collecting his millions," a source said, adding that some of the senior clerics themselves have also been in bed with politicians whom Mr Mbaka has long railed against.

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Falana Petitions Human Rights Commission, Seeks Release Of Man Illegally Detained By Secret Police In Lagos

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 12:56pm


Femi Falana (SAN)

Falana and Falana Chambers, the office of a renowned human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has demanded the immediate release of one Mr Abiodun Emmanuel Ilesanmi illegally detained by operatives of State Security Services (also called Department of State Services).

According to the lawyer, the secret police operatives invaded the residence of Ilesanmi at Alapere/Ogudu Estate in Lagos at midnight of April 2, 2021.

Femi Falana (SAN)

The victim is a rice trader at the popular Mile 12 Commodity Market of Ketu, Lagos, who was now known to have committed any known offence. 

His residence and shop were also said to be 'clean' after they were searched by the SSS officers. 

This was contained in a letter by Falana & Falana Chambers, dated May 5, 2021 and addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission situated at 19, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja.

In the letter written on Wednesday and made available to SaharaReporters, the Chambers claimed that the SSS requested for a Senator or Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to stand as a surety before Ilesanmi could be released.

“At about 2am on 2nd April, 2021, a team of armed officers of the State Security Service, Shagisha, Lagos State, broke into our client’s house at Alapere/Ogudu Estate Lagos, searched the entire house, and carted away money, documents and other valuable items.

“At the end of the illegal search, the SSS officials arrested our client without a warrant of arrest and took him away. A few hours later, our client was later taken to his shop at Mile 12 Commodity Market by the armed officers of the SSS which was searched without a search warrant. Even though nothing incriminating was found, the officers took away 2 bags of rice.

“Notwithstanding that our client has not committed any criminal offence known to the law, he has remained in the custody of the SSS since 2nd of April, 2021 without a remand order. In response to our application of the release of our client, the SSS demanded that we produce a surety who must be a Senator or a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Apart from the fact that our client has not committed any offence to warrant the production of a surety, he is not in a position to find a Senator or Minister to stand as surety for him.

“Assuming without conceding that our client committed an ‘offence’ for being in possession of 2 bags of rice, it has nothing to do with the security of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. To that extent, the case file ought to have been transferred to the Nigeria Customs Service or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and possible prosecution if it established that our client committed any offence.

“Having regard to the facts and circumstances of this case, you will agree with us that our client’s fundamental rights to personal liberty and dignity of the human person as guaranteed by sections 34 and 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Articles 5 and 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Enforcement and Ratification) Act have been violated by the SSS without any legal justification whatsoever.

“We are therefore compelled to request you to use your good offices to prevail on the management of the SSS to release our client from illegal custody forthwith.

“Accept our assurances of the highest professional esteem while we await your positive response to our request,” the letter said. 

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Another Nigerian Student Found Dead In United Kingdom

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 12:52pm


Another Nigerian student, Olisa Odukwe, declared missing since Saturday has been found dead.

Police divers searching for the Bristol University student found his body in the city’s harbour.

Twenty-year old Odukwe was last seen at his home in Redland at 7am in the morning.

His disappearance sparked an urgent police appeal, reported Mail Online.

The heartbreaking news of his death was shared online today by his devastated girlfriend, Daisy Barrows, who paid tribute to him.

“Rest in peace my love,” Daisy wrote.

The sad news came after friends and teammates from his University of Bristol Association Football club had searched nearby Leigh Woods.

Avon and Somerset Police said: “Yesterday afternoon, police divers located and recovered the body of a man in Bristol Harbour, near Narrow Quay.

“While formal identification has not yet been carried out, we have updated the family of missing 20-year-old Bristol student Olisa Odukwe. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Olisa Odukwe was the second Nigerian student to be reported dead after being declared missing.

On 7 April, Richard Okorogheye was found dead in a lake in Essex.

The 19 year-old went missing from his home in Ladbroke Grove on Monday, 22 March.

Richard’s mum, Evidence Joel, a nurse, reported him missing on Wednesday, 24 March to Met Police, which was nonchalant about the report.

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Nigeria’s National Assembly, A Democratic Disaster Fuelling The Arrogance Of The Worst “President” In The World By Elias Ozikpu

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 11:25am


File Photo: President Buhari at National Assembly

One prominent point that must be established at this crucial time in the political history of Nigeria is the clear fact that Nigeria’s major problem is the National Assembly – the House of Representatives and the Senate, whose members were elected from different parts of Nigeria, not just to pass bills but to also keep an eye on the possible excesses of the executive. This is in recognition of the doctrine of separation of powers and checks and balances. But are there checks and balances in present-day Nigeria? If I may be permitted a little liberty, I will return to this crucial question in due course as some of the issues I intend to raise will provide a fertile ground for any answer that will come forth.

After 22 years since Nigeria claimed to have embraced uninterrupted democracy, Nigerians should have learnt all through the journey that there is no such thing as democracy in their country, but this has even been worsened by the Buhari dictatorship, a desperate and dangerous regime which has strangled both the judiciary and the legislature so that the executive wield dictatorial powers with absolute recklessness knowing that other organs of government have been paralysed and safely squeezed into dictator Buhari’s pocket.

File Photo: President Buhari at National Assembly

Dictator Buhari, whose repressive and anti-people regime is governed by fictional press statements whose existence he isn’t even aware of, has failed in the most spectacular fashion. He has failed to guarantee the protection of citizens, which is the primary objective of any responsible government. Section 14b of Nigeria’s Constitution provides as follows:

“The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”

If the constitution by virtue of which dictator Buhari is recognised as “president” says the security and welfare of the people shall be the PRIMARY PURPOSE of government, why should the tyrant remain in power when he has failed to carry out the primary objective for which he was elected?

In fact, sections 17B and C of the constitution further provides as captured below:

(b)“The sanctity of the human person shall be recognised and human dignity shall be maintained and enhanced.”

(c)“Governmental actions shall be humane.”

There is nothing in the Nigerian Constitution that the Buhari dictatorship has not destroyed with its violent desperation to hold on to power by all means despite its historical incompetence after only few years in power.

Contrary to the provisions of the constitution, the sanctity and dignity of the human person are non-existent in a country where the killings of human beings no longer elicit the faintest of public outcry since it has become a norm under a regime that has no respect for human lives.

Although the Nigerian tyrant may have chosen the path cruelty and total abandonment of the duties for which he was elected, the blame is not entirely his. 

At this point, I will now return to my earlier question on whether or not the doctrine of separation of powers truly exists in Nigeria’s democracy.

In democracies across the world, the legislative branch of government is so powerful that it is armed with all the tools with which to remove any burdensome and clueless president like dictator Buhari. But Nigeria operates a strange form of democracy, one which serves as the direct antithesis of America’s, where Nigeria copied its own democracy word-for-word but decided to practise same selectively.

The truth which need not be dressed in fanciful clothes is that dictator Buhari is a catastrophe and clearly has no plans to stop his kinsmen who hide under the veil of cattle rearing or Boko Haram to kill innocent people. But what is the role of the legislators in all of this? 

Well, I have read numerous commentaries asking that Nigerian legislators commence impeachment proceedings to remove dictator Buhari from office, which is good for anyone who does not want the country to tear into tiny shreds. But I am sorry to say that this is not going to happen! Beyond the public drama of threats and whatnot, no Nigerian legislator will sincerely move or support a motion demanding the removal of dictator Buhari, before or even after Nigeria must have burnt to ashes, as they want it to. They don’t care. They are a group of bodyguards protecting their principal, and it doesn’t matter the magnitude of the crimes he commits.

The fraudulent imposition of Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila to lead the Senate and House of Representatives was a grand scheme by the executive to ensure absolute “security” for a disastrous president whose incompetence has never been in doubt. In fact, Nigeria’s senate president Ahmed Lawan confirmed this in November of 2019 when he said that any request that comes from dictator Buhari is good for Nigeria, and that he would not hesitate to approve same.

Hear him:

“I want to assure you that any request that comes from Mr President is a request that will make Nigeria a better place in terms of appointments or legislation and the Senate will act expeditiously to ensure that we play our part in the confirmation or passing of legislation appropriately.”

This is a dangerous remark for any democratic nation, where a president and his requests from parliament, some of which are fraudulent, are not scrutinised by members of that parliament. So, wherein lies the checks and balances that should be the strength of democracy?

Ahmed Lawan has kept his promise since 2019 when he declared it. For instance, when EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa was recently sent to the National Assembly for the staged screening despite the heavy allegations of corruption hanging on his neck, was he not told to bow and go? When Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami was sent to the National Assembly for the staged screening, was he not told to bow and go? When military officers who supervised the Lekki Massacre retired when they desired, were they not compensated with ambassadorial appointments as dictator Buhari wanted? Who approved the over N18 trillion loan that presently threaten to drown the future of several unborn generations?

To be clear, it is a measure of our self-delusion that we can claim that present-day Nigeria under dictator Buhari is a democratic nation. It is not and will never be until he leaves! The men and women who occupy the National Assembly are actors whose principal role is to advance that deceptive impression. They are not working to advance the interest of Nigerians and Nigeria, but to protect their individual interests and that of an incompetent “president” who would have been kicked out by a serious parliament elsewhere.

Besides his first-class incompetence and his fascist reign, dictator Buhari is the most insecure man in the world. This is why to him and members of his insensitive regime, peaceful protests and criticisms are labelled an attempt to overthrow his disastrous regime. For instance, they have consistently said: #EndSARS protest is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. #RevolutionNow protest is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. #PantamiResign is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. Protest against insecurity is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. Anti-fuel hike protest is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. Father Mbaka’s protest against insecurity is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. IPOB demand for Biafra is an attempt to overthrow dictator. Shiites protest for the release of their leader is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. Criticisms against killer herdsmen is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. Bishop Kukah’s call for good governance is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. Pro-democracy activities or conferences are an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari. Criticisms against high cost of living, corruption, executive rascality, inflation, wretched economy, accumulation of foreign loans which are obtained and embezzled, high electricity tariff, electoral malpractice with the complicity of INEC, unemployment, human rights violations, etc are all attempts to overthrow dictator Buhari. Even this essay is an attempt to overthrow dictator Buhari.

Well, one can understand why dictator Buhari has remained insecure approximately 40 years after leading the coup d'état that led to the illegal removal of a democratically elected government of Shehu Shagari on December 31, 1983. This has given our tyrant the false impression that everyone else is a coup plotter – like him!

Terrorists and killer herdsmen attack, kidnap, destroy properties and kill innocent people on an hourly basis across Nigeria, but all that the man who claims to be president does is to sit inside the Presidential Villa like a statue whilst innocent people he swore under oath to protect die in their numbers. The National Assembly, now a group of errand boys and girls, look sheepishly at a clueless tyrant who has no legitimate right to continue his stay in office after failing so spectacularly in what is the most crucial responsibility of government.

More nauseating is dictator Buhari’s arrogance. In spite of the killings, terrorists invasion, daily abductions of innocent and law-abiding citizens, destruction of properties etc, dictator Buhari carries himself as though every other Nigerian is beneath him and therefore unworthy of his attention or explanations. So, his noisy media aides assume his role, releasing press statements and quoting dictator Buhari to have said this or that when the dictator isn’t even aware of saying any such thing. What this means is that Nigeria is the only country in the world where the president is a shadowy figure and where government is run by press releases. Sometimes it takes a protest before he addresses the nation via a recorded video, which is released only after it must have been thoroughly edited.

I am not going to beg members of the National Assembly to stop being errand boys and girls. They can continue to applaud the dictator whilst flames precariously gather to swallow up the country, and when everything is done, they will go to the ashes for their outrageous and illegal allowances.

 

Elias Ozikpu – protest writer, human rights activist, playwright, novelist, polemicist, citizen journalist, arch-enemy of the oppressors.

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Nigerians In South Africa Allege Extortion By Nigerian Consulate Over Passport Renewal

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 11:17am


A group representing the interest of Nigerians in South Africa, Nigeria Union South Africa, has alleged extortion by the Nigerian Consulate in the country.

Thus was contained in an open letter written by the group's Head of Secretariat, Collins Thomas Mgbo, addressed to the Honourable Consulate General, Abdulmalik Mike Ahmed, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The group alleged that the Consulate had imposed on Nigerians a fee of R2, 000 (N52, 000) for passport processing and R120 (N3, 000) for passport capturing.

According to the group, the fee is very unreasonable, noting that the refusal of the Consulate to review the fees shows that the mission is only interested in how to extract money from Nigerians not minding their pain.

The group further demanded that the fee be stopped immediately while calling for a review of the time frame for passport renewal and replacement to a shorter period of one month.

The group said this will reduce the rate of corruption at the consulate.

The open letter read, “We regret to note that despite the series of outcry from the Nigeria community in South Africa and calls from the nooks and crannies of this country about the unreasonable fee of R2, 000 and R120 you imposed on Nigerian citizens for lost passport processing and passport capturing respectively, you remained adamant in inflicting excruciating pain on our compatriots whose passport were stolen, lost, damaged or misplaced.

“The nonchalant attitude over the cry of Nigerians, relative to the above submission is preposterous and mind-boggling, to say the least. It seems as though the mission is only interested in how to extract money from Nigerians not minding their pain with no plan whatsoever to improve service delivery at the consulate hence the minimum turnaround for passport renewal is now five months and lost passport is now nine months.

“There is no justification whatsoever to this premeditated hardship inflicted on the people. It is rather unfortunate that the purpose wherein diplomatic missions are established all over the world as enshrined in Nigeria Foreign Policy statement, which among others, is to cater for the interest of the Nigerian citizens in a host state is defeated.

The statement listed their demands as thus: "We demand that the unreasonable R2, 000 penalties for lost passport and extra R120 for passport capturing (after payment of legitimate 160 dollars and extra charges of R50 imposed by Consulate and IS services) should be stopped with immediate effect.

“We demand that the time frame for passport renewal and replacement should not be more than one month. This is because the avoidable delay makes corruption inevitable as applicants would be desperate to get their travelling documents on time and apply or renew their immigration documentation.

“It is imperative to add that if these demands are not met, we shall be left with no option but to embark on necessary action both at the Consulate in Johannesburg and Nigeria to stop this calculated diplomatic extortion of Nigerians being perpetuated at the Consulate General of Nigeria 16 Rivonia Road, Illovo, Johannesburg.”

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BREAKING: Bandits Release 27 Kaduna Forestry College Students

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 9:14am


The 27 students abducted by bandits from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, have been released, Daily Trust reports.

One of the persons who received the students said the release was facilitated by the Sheikh Ahmad Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The students were among the 37 abducted almost two months ago.

After payment of ransom by parents and school management, the bandits only released 10 of the victims.

Their abductors had initially demanded a N500 million ransom from the Kaduna State Government but Governor Nasir El-Rufai ruled out the option of negotiation, saying bandits deserve to be killed.

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80-Year-Old Woman, Granddaughter, Others Arrested With 192kg Cocaine, Heroin, Others

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 8:58am



Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), have arrested an 80-year-old woman, her 19-year-old granddaughter and two other ladies for selling assorted illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol, and skuchies.

NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Wednesday, revealed that the suspects were arrested following intelligence-based raids and follow-up operations on their locations.

He added that over 192kilogrammes of cocaine and other psychoactive substances were recovered from the suspects while the octogenarian, her granddaughter, and two other ladies; Tessy Matthew and Blessing Adesida were arrested.

 

The statement read, “The grandma and her granddaughter were arrested at 6:30am on Sunday at Ayeyemi Street, Akure south local government area. During the early morning raid, the following were recovered from them: Skuchies- 149kg, cocaine-11grammes, methamphetamine-17grammes, heroin-3grammes, cannabis sativa- 4.914kg, swinol -8grammes and tramadol -49grammes. Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle.

“On the same date, at about 1:30pm, a raid carried out at Rate Hotel, Care Street, in Akure South LGA led to the arrest of 25-year-old Tessy Mathew from whom 33kilogrammes of skuchies were recovered. Following her preliminary interrogation, a follow-up operation was immediately carried out, leading to the arrest of 25-year-old Blessing Adesida in Oshinle area of Akure South LGA.

 

“Recovered from her include: skuchies-3kg and cannabis-7grammes. According to the states acting Commander of the Agency, Callys Alumona, other members of the two drug cartels have been on  a watch-list and efforts to arrest them are ongoing.

 

“As a result of the bust, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed the acting Commander, Ondo state command of the Agency, Callys Alumona to launch a manhunt for other members of the drug cartel now on the run.”

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Nigerians Blame President Buhari's Government, DSS For Father Mbaka's Brief Disappearance

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 8:45am


Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka

Nigerians have alleged that only President Muhammadu Buhari and his government are capable of arresting the Catholic priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka.

 

The clergyman was declared missing on Wednesday which compelled some youths to storm the streets of Enugu to protest against his disappearance.

Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka

However, there was jubilation later in Enugu State on Wednesday after the reappearance of Mbaka.

 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) had in a statement raised an alarm saying the whereabouts of the priest were unknown.

 

The cleric’s supporters and members of his Adoration Ministry in Enugu had also taken to the streets to protest against his alleged disappearance.

 

Mbaka had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached last week. 

 

However, he was attacked by the Presidency, which alleged that the cleric was angry because he sought to secure contracts from the Buhari-led government and was denied. 

 

The cleric was on Wednesday afternoon seen in an open roof car, waving to protesters who surrounded him alongside operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.

 

His supporters were seen shouting ‘Father Mbaka, Oh! you are home!.”

 

The reverend father later came out of the vehicle to rejoice with his supporters and said he would address a press conference. 

 

Aside from Enugu youths, Nigerians on social media have lent their voice to the issue, saying that President Buhari-controlled Department of State Services must know about Mbaka's brief disappearance.

 

Senior Man Omoluabi 1 (@Greeneation) said on Twitter, "If someone is missing and the DSS comes out to tell the world that the person is not in their custody, just know that they are saying the opposite. The person is in their custody. Remember, they did the same to @dawisu and many others."

 

Also on Twitter, White Amadasun (@WhiteAmadasun) tweeted, "If anything untoward happens to Fr. Mbaka, President Muhammadu Buhari via Garbage Shehu and Enugu Catholic Bishop should be held responsible. If Sheikh Gumi, Sheikh Pantami, Miyetti Allah leaders and other Fulani's can't be invited and arrested by security agencies, nothing must happen to Fr. Mbaka."

 

On Facebook, Kingsley Martinez Chinendu said, "So because Mbaka is now saying the truth, all the people that are loyal to the All Progressives Congress government is now after him."

 

"Who else would abduct him overnight if not DSS?" Durumba Okechukwu queried on Facebook.

 

Morris James said on Facebook, "APC at work!"

 

"Does it mean they kidnapped Rev Fr. Mbaka or what's really going on?" Nonso Eze asked. "No one is safe. No freedom of speech."

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Ogun Man Beats Mother-In-Law To Death For Mediating In Quarrel With Wife

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 8:17am


The police in Ogun State have arrested a 28-year-old man, Opeyemi Ganiyu, for allegedly beating his mother-in-law, Abosede Oyewole, to death in the Atan Ota area of the state.

 

SaharaReporters learnt that Ganiyu beat up Oyewole and stabbed her in the belly for mediating in a quarrel between him and his wife, whom he had beaten up  several times.

It was gathered that the wife’s mother, Oyewole, had gone to the couple’s house on Tuesday to mediate in their quarrel when the man beat her up and also stabbed her to death.

 

The police in a release stated that the man also beat up and inflicted injuries on his wife, before descending on the mother-in-law.

 

The police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “The suspect was arrested following a report made at Atan Ota divisional headquarters by one Odunayo Mathew, who reported that the suspect, who is married to the daughter of the deceased, is fond of beating his wife on slight provocation.

 

“On the fateful day, the suspect, as usual, beaten up his wife and inflicted injuries on her, and that is the reason why the deceased went to meet him in order to warn him to desist from beating her daughter. 

 

“On sighting the deceased in his house, the suspect descended heavily on her, beat her mercilessly before stabbing her in the ribs with a knife. 

 

“The deceased was rushed to an hospital for treatment, but gave up the ghost in the process. Having heard that the victim has died, the suspect took to flight. The police at Atan Ota embarked on intelligence based investigation, which led them to his hideout in Ikorodu Lagos state where he was eventually apprehended. 

 

“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the suspect is a member of notorious cult group in the area. He was also one of those who led hoodlums to burn down Atan Ota police division during the EndSARS protest, and killed the divisional crime officer on October 21.”

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BREAKING: Jubilation In Enugu As Father Mbaka Reappears

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 8:11am


There was Jubilation in Enugu State on Wednesday after the reappearance of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev Father Ejike Mbaka.

 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) had in a statement raised an alarm saying the whereabouts of the priest were unknown.

The cleric’s supporters and members of his Adoration Ministry in Enugu also took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against his alleged disappearance.

 

Mbaka had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached last week. 

 

However, he was attacked by the Presidency, which alleged that the cleric was angry because he sought to secure contracts from the Buhari-led government and was denied. 

 

The cleric was on Wednesday afternoon seen in an open roof car, waving to protesters who surrounded him alongside operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.

 

His supporters were seen shouting ‘Father Mbaka, Oh! you are home!.”

 

The reverend father later came out of the vehicle to rejoice with his supporters.

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Alleged Disappearance: Punch, Authority Newspapers' Journalists Detained By Father Mbaka’s Supporters In Enugu

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 8:07am


Some supporters of Rev Father Ejike Mbaka, the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu on Wednesday, detained journalists working with Punch and Authority newspapers on the church premises.

 

A source, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said the journalists were detained for two hours by Mbaka's supporters on Wednesday.

They alleged that the journalists, Mike Ubani, Editor of Authority newspaper and Raphael Ede of Punch newspaper were there to spy for Bishop Calistus Onaga of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.

 

One of the journalists told SaharaReporters, “They detained us for two hours. I only went there to find about Father Mbaka's whereabouts but I was detained along with another journalist. I pleaded with them that I am a journalist but they didn't listen. The editor of Authority newspaper that tried to plead on my behalf was also detained. It is very sad. They accused us of spying for the Bishop. They didn't listen to anything we had to say.”

 

 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, on Wednesday raised an alarm over the whereabouts of Father Mbaka.

 

 

The Catholic cleric recently criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and called for his impeachment over the growing insecurity in the country. 

 

 

However, the President-General of Ohanaeze Youth Council raised the alarm that the priest is missing.

 

The President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, in a statement on Wednesday said Mbaka was last seen on Tuesday and that efforts to locate him had failed.

 

 

Meanwhile, some parishioners had earlier accused Bishop Calistus Onaga of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu of being responsible for the cleric's disappearance. 

 

They stormed the Bishop’s Court, demanding that Bishop Onaga should produce the cleric.

 

They alleged that the Bishop had something to do with Mbaka's disappearance.

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BREAKING: Many Killed, Others Kidnapped As Bandits Attack Churches In Kaduna

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 7:48am


Many people have reportedly been killed, or injured and kidnapped by armed bandits in fresh attacks on Gwagwada community, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

 

The bandits allegedly stormed a Baptist church at Lukuru village and another  church where members traditionally wear white garments at Gwagwada road in the early hours of Wednesday, and started shooting sporadically.

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According to an eyewitness, two persons were killed instantly during the attack while many others sustained various degrees of injury. 

 

The source said many people were also kidnapped.

 

One of the churches was reportedly raised down by the heavily armed bandits who invaded the area during the attacks on the churches.

 

The source also stated the incident occurred early in the morning at Mahu village in Gwagwada.

 

A former Secretary of the Gbagyi Youths Association, Abashe Dauda, who also confirmed the incident, said, “The bandits have attacked Mahu village, a community before Bakin Kasuwa along Gwagwada Road in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State; it happened a while ago.

 

“Workers of Tanadi Water Company, Dutse were also kidnapped and they are mostly residents of Dutse community. A church was burnt while food items were looted. Properties were also destroyed during the attacks."

The police have yet to confirm the incident, but sources said many people were kidnapped, while some were killed in the attack. 

 

The youths of the area reportedly assembled in a hall after the attack to discuss the problem of insecurity in the area and find a lasting solution to it. 

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We Are Not Aware Father Mbaka Is Missing —Police

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 7:41am


The Enugu state police command says it’s not aware of the alleged disappearance of controversial Catholic priest, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry.

 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) had in a statement raised an alarm saying the whereabouts of the priest were unknown.

The cleric’s supporters and members of his Adoration Ministry in Enugu also took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against his alleged disappearance.

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Mbaka had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached last week. 

 

However, he was attacked by the Presidency, which alleged that the cleric was angry because he sought to secure contracts from the Buhari-led government and was denied. 

 

Speaking to SaharaReporters, spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe said the command don’t have any information about the whereabouts of the cleric.

 

He said, “We don’t have any of such report now. But with time, we will give you an update if we have any.”

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Nigerians Pass Vote Of No Confidence In Buhari's Government In Trending Media Campaign

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 7:37am


President Muhammadu Buhari

Thousands of Nigerians have started passing a Vote of No Confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in a spontaneous social media campaign that started on Wednesday.

 

SaharaReporters observed that about 12,000 Nigerians had already tweeted, “Vote of No Confidence” on Twitter in a global demand aimed at ending Buhari’s inefficient and clueless administration under which kidnappings for ransom, killing and terrorism have grown unchecked.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The campaign was started by human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, who called on Nigerians who were tired of the precarious situation in the country to join in raising their voices to demand change.

 

Sowore tweeted, “If there is anyone still out there who hasn’t placed a 'Vote of No Confidence' on the @MBuhari regime, that person or group of person needs help! #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow

 

“Let’s all start by repudiation, let’s pass a Vote of No Confidence on the @MBuhari regime here on @twitter just write 'No Confidence' as your response and let’s see if we can get 100 responses! #BuhariMustGo

 

“Fellow Nigerians: We are passing a 'Vote of No Confidence' on President Muhammadu Buhari over his abysmal performance in office. We only need you to retweet this by writing. I hereby pass a Vote of No Confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership. #Buharimustgo. 

Fellow Nigerians: We are passing a “Vote of No Confidence” on President Muhammadu Buhari over his abysmal performance in Office. We only need you to retweet this by writing “I hereby pass a Vote of No Confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership” #Buharimustgo pic.twitter.com/GZLIWxwlOr

— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) May 5, 2021

“What if a million Nigerians on Twitter paa a 'Vote of No Confidence' on President @MBuhari? It will change the game! Let’s keep going, let the world know we are tired of the tyrant, a bigot, a nepotistic ruler, an incompetent ex-general. Let’s go to work! #BuhariMustGo.”

 

The trending social media campaign is coming a day after parents of some abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, protested at the National Assembly, Abuja.

 

Sowore who also joined the protest had accused the government of being insensitive to the plight of the parents who have been traumatised as a result of the incident.

 

The activist had lambasted the Nigerian government for failing in its constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property and has no moral justification to manage the affairs of the country.

 

Sowore had said, “The only thing the Department of State Services can tell you is that if you are speaking out at this time, they will come after you but they can't come after kidnappers. They can't come after bandits and they can't come after terrorists including those in government, they can't go after them but they are very happy to go after you if you speak your mind.

 

“I feel sad for Nigeria, I feel sad for all these students in captivity; students who wanted a bright future. They could as well have taken to kidnapping themselves so that they can make quick money but they opted to go to school and look at what our government has done to them. 

 

“As a person who has been kidnapped before by the Nigerian government, I know what it means to be in captivity. I know what it means to have zero expectation of when you will leave and when you will join your family. 

 

“Nobody is doing anything about your plight. They are not interested. The Federal Government does not care about you. The Kaduna State Governor does not care about you, I heard him say he will never negotiate with terrorists. The same El-Rufai who was blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan for not negotiating with the Boko Haram when Chibok girls were kidnapped has suddenly realised that he can't negotiate with terrorists.

 

“I am not here to appeal to the government. The Nigerian government has failed the Nigerian people. It is up to the Nigerian people to decide how long they want to continue to tolerate this failure. Don't be afraid of security agents because they have failed too. Soldiers are being kidnapped. A DSS operative was kidnapped, they paid ransom and they killed him and nothing happened.

 

“The reason they will not negotiate with terrorists is because the government itself is a terrorist government. Otherwise, they don't know how to negotiate with terrorists.”

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DSS Reacts To News Of Father Mbaka Missing

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 7:06am


The Department for State Services has said that the ‘missing’ Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka is not in their custody. 

 

Protest is presently ongoing in front of the Catholic Bishop’s court in Enugu, where his supporters gathered, chatting and asking Bishop Callistus Onaga to produce him.

He was said to have got missing two days ago after he reportedly went to see the Bishop. 

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However, the spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunaya, told Vanguard that the service did not arrest Fr. Mbaka. 

 

Afunaya said: “Rev Fr Mbaka is not with the DSS. The DSS did not pick him up, please.”

 

 Recall that the Federal government had alleged that some religious and political leaders were planning to overthrow the Mohammadu Buhari-led government.

 

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) had raised the alarm in a statement, saying the whereabouts of the priest were unknown.

 

Mbaka had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached last week. 

 

However, he was attacked by the Presidency, which alleged that the cleric was angry because he sought to secure contracts from the Buhari-led government and was denied. 

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