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Tinubu, Break Up Of Nigeria Acceptable To Us By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 6:42am


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Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu rehashing the old tired worn out cliche by the destroyers of Nigeria and enemies of Oduduwa Nation said: “I have nowhere I am going. Whoever has experienced war in the past will not pray for such. Nigeria will not separate; it’s not acceptable to us. God will not allow Nigeria to experience it (war). If we say Nigeria should separate, people should remember what war caused in Sudan and Iraq.”

Everyone has ambition. Ambition entails healthy balance of hunger and humility, perseverance and perspective. Tinubu’s ambition is not healthy ambition but harmful ambition. Tinubu is ambition addicted. On several occasions, he has demonstrated that his stomach is bigger than his popping frog eyes. Until now, Tinubu has remained deaf, dumb, and blind. He carefully dodged criticizing or condemning Fulani savages.

He zealously defends the killing spree of Fulani terrorists with his now famous question: “Where are the cows?” He sees nothing wrong in the senseless murder of Yoruba people by Fulani terrorists. Tinubu’s ambition project is like the Greek tragedy. Nigeria is on fire and on the brink. Insecurity, violence, poverty, hunger, anger, corruption, unemployment, kidnapping, rapping, murder, are soaring to unthinkable new highs. His only concern and worry is becoming the next president. 
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Because of his presidential ambition, he dare not offend Fulani kingmakers. He treats Yoruba agitation for their own nation with icy indifference and contempt. In his defiance and arrogance, he asserts that the break up of Nigeria “is not acceptable to us.” Who is “us”? On whose behalf is Tinubu speaking? Who does Tinubu represents?  Who made him judge over us? Who cares where you go? You can join your Fulani ancestors in Minna, Sokoto, Maidugiri, Daura, or Kano and live happily ever!

As a traitor, Tinubu listens only to the sirens of his own vanity and ambition. Tinubu is like a mad king clinging to the fiction that he has not been deposed. Tinubu is known for his selfish ambition and conceit. He lacks the humility to consider as more important the collective interest, the socioeconomic and political future of Yorubas than his own narrow ambition. For all he cares, there’s nothing wrong in sacrificing 60 million Yorubas for his mad presidential ambition. To him, the end justifies the means. As a ruthless ambitious politician, his political success has been largely possible by the use of quantum of violent thugs and obnoxious degenerates like M.C. Oluomo. 

But the times are different. Millions of Tinubus with their army of thugs cannot stop the collective will of Yoruba people to take their own destines in their own hands. Yorubas have the abundant human and natural resources, the population, the geographical contiguity of the six Yoruba states, the land mass, and more importantly, the advantage of one language to be a great nation. Break up of Nigeria is acceptable to us. 


Tinubu forgets that we come into this world alone and we leave it in the very same manner. He forgets we live for others. He forgets we live to inspire, affect, improve and change lives of others. Because he’s egocentric, Tinubu focuses on himself the more. He puts his needs and well being ahead of Yorubas. Tinubu will fail miserably.

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Nigeria’s Problems Giving Me Sleepless Night—Embattled Buhari’s Minister, Pantami

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 6:16am


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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, says he is having sleepless nights over the country’s situations.

 

Pantami disclosed this on Tuesday while delivering his Ramadan Tafsir at Al-noor mosque Wuse II in Abuja.

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The minister said the country is currently facing different problems in areas of insecurity, economic, and social problems.

 

He said for the country to have peace and stability, everyone must correct his wrongdoing from top to the bottom.

 

“We don’t have better home than Nigeria and if it is better, it is for our collective good and if is not, we are the ones to suffer,” he noted.

 

Pantami, therefore advised Nigerians to continue praying for the peace and stability of the country.

 

The minister has been under fire recently over past pro-Taliban comments supporting the activities of terrorist groups including Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

 

In audio clips that resurfaced lately, the minister who has been an Islamic scholar for about three decades also once declared that he was always happy when infidels – non-Muslims – were massacred.

 

Though he has since renounced the comments, blaming immaturity, many Nigerians continue to demand his sacking or resignation.

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BREAKING: Protest Rocks Enugu Over Father Mbaka's Alleged Disappearance

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 6:00am


 

Some supporters of controversial Catholic priest, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, and members of his Adoration Ministry in Enugu have taken to the streets to protest against his alleged disappearance. 

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

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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. 

Daily Post learnt of a notice calling on all youths of the ministry to the adoration ground. See Also Politics Mbaka Missing, Nigerian Government Has 48 Hours To Produce Him—Ohanaeze Youth Congress 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

The message inviting the youths to the adoration ground, read, “Important! Good morning friends and well-wishers. Please if you know you stand for justice and you do not want the lone voice that speaks for the poor in this country to be silenced, gather at Adoration ground, let’s go for a protest at the Bishop's court.

“Fr. Mbaka is nowhere to be found. He went yesterday to answer the Bishop’s call and up till now, he’s not taking his calls. Let’s gather! SSG.”

The parishioners have now stormed the Bishop’s Court, demanding that Bishop Calistus Onaga of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu should produce the cleric.

Ohanaeze Youth Congress had also given the Nigerian government 48 hours to produce the cleric. 

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Katsina 'Deports' Out-of-school Street Children To Home States

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 5:52am



The Katsina State Government has expressed worries over the alarming number of Almajiri children who roam the streets of the state as child beggars.

The state government said it was beginning the process of repatriating the out-of-school children back to their home states.

SaharaReporters learnt that the state government established a repatriation project which would be carried out by a committee established by the state government to first determine how many the Almajiri children were.

“The Katsina state government has begun the repatriation of 'Almajirai' street child beggars back to their states of origin. The programme started with the repatriation of 20 children to Kaduna State which was confirmed to be their state of origin. Katsina has one of the highest number of out-of-school children in northern Nigeria.

“The project is part of the work of the committee established by Katsina State government to establish the number of almajirai in the state,” a state official told SaharaReporters.

In 2019, the Federal Ministry of Education said there were over 10.2 million children who are out of school in the country and roaming the streets.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated then that the Federal Government planned the enrollment of two million of such kids in school in 2020, which would be implemented if N3 billion was committed by 19 states.

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, had also promised that the government desired that two million school-age children be taken off the street every year for the next five years.

Despite the promises, the number of Nigeria’s out-of-school children keeps increasing, drawing national and international condemnation to the menace.

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Banditry: Arrest Sheikh Gumi, He's Aiding Terrorists — Fani-Kayode Tells Nigerian Government

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 5:26am


Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has urged the federal government to arrest controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over his roles in demanding amnesty for bandits.

The controversial cleric has been criticised by Nigerians for his position that the government should negotiate with bandits and yield to their demands. 

Many Nigerians had also called for Gumi's arrest following his recent comment on the abduction of Greenfield University students.

On Tuesday, Gumi urged the government not to take the threat by the kidnappers of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, lightly.

He said the Central Bank of Nigeria should pay the N100 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers of the students.

His comment came as a parent of one of the abducted students lamented that the kidnappers were insisting on a ransom of N100 million.

But in a statement issued on Wednesday, Fani-Kayode described Gumi as “an accessory and accomplice to terrorism, abduction, kidnapping and murder”. 

He was referring to the testimony of one of the parents, whose child was abducted by bandits from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State

The aggrieved mother, speaking with journalists, said she alongside other parents were taken to Gumi's house, who later directed them to an Ahmed, who invited a Fulani man from Kaduna. 

She said they all raised N800,000 for him, but were told the money was just for transport.

Fani-Kayode said if this account is to go by, Gumi ought to be behind bars by now.

The statement read, “(They took us to Gumi's house. He directed us to an Ahmed, who invited a Fulani from Kaduna. We contributed N800,000 for him. He told us that was just for transport. I cried and pleaded with him, saying I'm a widow. He said it wasn't his concern"- Kidnapped student's mum, RootsTV, 4th May 2021).

“I hereby call on the Federal Government to invite, arrest and interrogate Sheik Ahmad Gumi. Assuming this lady's testimony is true it provides clear evidence of him being an accessory and accomplice to terrorism, abduction, kidnapping and murder. 

“He is a BAG man, a FRONT and a PR officer for the terrorists that have plagued our land and I have no doubt that he personally benefits from the ransoms that are being paid. 

“If this were not the case, he would not spend his entire life attempting to defend, justify, rationalise and explain their barbaric, homicidal, savage and beastly ways.

“These people have so much blood on their hands yet Gumi still holds himself out as their advocate and best friend. He is nothing but an extortionist who thrives on the misery and blood of those that have been murdered and kidnapped. First, it was Pantami and now this!

“How much longer do the people of Nigeria have to put up with evil and wicked men like this? Enough is enough! If no one else will say it, I will. 

“Gumi must be brought to justice and so must every single one of his foreign Fulani terrorist friends and all those within and outside government that have links with ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Fulani terrorists, the Taliban, ISWA, Al Shabab and any other evil terrorist organisations which seek to kill and Islamise our people and conquer and occupy our territory and nation.

“Nigerians are being murdered every day and our soldiers are on the war front being slaughtered by these barbarians and animals yet some that are highly placed in society are still supporting them? This is nothing but wickedness. This is evil. This is wrong. This is unacceptable.

“If the Federal Government refuses to act against Gumi it will raise questions about their commitment to fighting terror and stopping the terrorists. Every day people are being killed and kidnapped. This madness has to stop and those behind it and that covertly support it must be brought to justice.”

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How Gunmen Kidnapped Female Journalist, Left Six-month-old Baby Behind in Adamawa

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 5:12am


Some gunmen have abducted a female journalist who is a nursing mother from her resident on the outskirts of Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

The journalist, Amra Ahmed Diska, is the News Editor with Adamawa State Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), located in Mbamba community in Yola.

It was learnt that about 15 gunmen stormed the residence of the victim in the early hours of Tuesday and forcefully took her away, leaving behind her six-month-old baby.

The kidnappers upon their arrival into the residence broke the sitting room door and gained access into the bedroom, demanding to see the victim’s husband. 

Findings revealed that the assailants, who seemed to have targeted Amra’s husband, abducted her when they could not find the man.

“It appears the gunmen came with the aim of kidnapping the husband of the journalist. But since they didn’t meet him, they decided to kidnap the nursing mother,” a source said.

The spokesman for Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident, saying the journalist was abducted from her husband’s house at Mbamba between 1:00am and 2:00am.

He said the police operatives had been dispatched to track down the kidnappers and bring them to justice, expressing confidence that the victim would be rescued.

Sources close to the victim said the abductors had not yet made any demand for ransom as at the time of filing this report.
 

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REVEALED: How Buhari’s Government Pardoned Over 1, 000 Boko Haram Fighters Despite Ruling Out Amnesty In 2015

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 5:10am

President Muhammadu Buhari, going against his promise in February 2015, has now pardoned more than 1, 000 Boko Haram terrorists in three years and his government is some rehabilitating through the military’s Operation Safe Corridor in Gombe State.

SaharaReporters learnt that the Buhari government, which has continuously failed to end the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency, has the Operation Safe Corridor for the terrorists, with three arms known as de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration. 

 

SaharaReporters gathered from the military handlers of the programme drawn from the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, that over 1, 000 Boko Haram terrorists had passed through the programme – sponsored by the Federal Government’s funds.

“In June 2020, we reintegrated 603 former fighters into their communities. In 2019, we reintegrated another 280 clients who have successfully undergone the programme and reintegrated into the society. Not all of them were Nigerians, some of them, about 25 of this number, were repatriated to Niger Republic,” an authoritative source disclosed.

“Another batch is still undergoing rehabilitation. The programme started in 2016, a year after the present administration came to power. Operation Safe Corridor initially admitted 287 combatants for the programme. Out of which 268, including two Chadians were rehabilitated.

“Operation Safe Corridor, which is currently being run by the Defence Headquarters, is headquartered in Gombe State and headed by a Major-General. In July 2019, we handed over 151 rehabilitated clients to the Borno State government,” another top military source revealed.

Checks by SaharaReporters revealed that the ongoing amnesty programme is against the stance of Buhari when he was speaking in February 2015, at the St James’s Square, London, in a question-and-answer session with Nigerians living in the United Kingdom.

He was interviewed on February 26, 2015, by an audience led by Richard Gozney, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, between 2004 and 2007.   

Buhari said, “Well, Boko Haram has taken the day. The first question: amnesty for Boko Haram. I would not go to office with that promise. I have mentioned in my address how at least 13,000 Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram, how millions of them have been displaced. They are put in different camps, we call internally displaced persons’ camps; schools have been burnt.

“There is so much disruption to normal life. People are not able to farm, and while they farmed they could not harvest. And for me, to say I will give amnesty [to Boko Haram]; I think I am going to be unfair to the system. We want to secure Nigeria. We must have the time to collect enough intelligence to make sure that those that we got are given the chance and civil cause to be properly prosecuted.”

Buhari had further promised to end the harness the military might to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency. I, as a retired general and a former head of state, have always known about our soldiers: they are capable, well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty in the service of our country.

“Let me assure you that if I am elected president, the world will have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has had to recently; that Nigeria will return to its stabilizing role in West Africa; and that no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy because we will pay special attention to the welfare of our soldiers in and out of service, we will give them adequate and modern arms and ammunitions to work with, we will improve intelligence gathering and border controls to choke Boko Haram’s financial and equipment channels, we will be tough on terrorism and tough on its root causes,” the president had promised.

Not only has the Boko Haram insurgency spread presently to the North-West region with states like Niger and Kebbi in the grip, killer herdsmen and bandits had joined alliance with the terrorists to inflict the worst nightmare of killings and kidnappings on Nigerians.

Before becoming the President, he also criticised the granting of amnesty to Niger Delta militants by the Umaru Yar'Adua administration. 

Checks by SaharaReporters showed the rehabilitation programme for the Boko Haram terrorists, funded by Nigeria’s dwindling economic resources and tax payers’ money, is still ongoing. 

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Kano Hisbah To Stop ‘Immoral Dancing’ At Weddings, Naming Ceremonies

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 4:33am


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The Kano State Hisbah Board and the state Association of Event Centres have agreed to work together to stop immoral dances and related actions during weddings and naming ceremonies.

The two organisations said the intervention was necessary to save the youth from embracing acts inimical to societal growth and development.

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Malam Lawan Ibrahim, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Hisbah Board, said in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday in Kano.

It said the two organisations agreed to work together when the Chairperson of the association, Hajiya Fatima Abdulsalam, visited the board.

They agreed that focus should be on immoral dances and related actions during weddings, naming ceremonies and similar events to save the youth from embracing acts inimical to societal growth and development.

The statement said that the Commander-General of the Hisbah board, Dr Harun Ibn-Sina, pledged to work with all events centres during and after the Eid-el-fitr, to sustain orderliness in the state.

He expressed satisfaction with the visit and urged all event centres to ensure there is order and discipline in their operations. 

Despite condemnation from Nigerians, Hisbah group has continued its push for Islamic agenda in the North.

The agency established to enforce Sharia law in some states in the region recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenents of Islam.

This was in addition to other unusual directives reeled out by the Islamic police.

Hisbah recently made headlines for arresting a barber and his customers for allegedly over haircuts said to be offensive to Islam in Kano. 

The unit is also known for arresting people for improper dressing and destroying truckloads of alcoholic drinks.

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Nigerian Government Broke, May Slash Workers' Salaries As Finance Minister Laments

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 4:21am


Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Zainab Ahmed says most of the Nigeria's capital projects are recycled thus gulping huge amount of money on a yearly basis.

She, then, said that the Nigerian government is working on review of salaries which may lead to slashing of salaries of federal workers.

The minister stated this as one of the remedies to reduce the high cost of governance.

Ahmed revealed this in Abuja at a forum tagged Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Cost of Governance in Nigeria on Tuesday.

The event was organised by the national headquarters of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The minister said President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to review the salaries of civil servants and employees of many agencies in the country to save cost.

She, therefore, charged the agencies to work towards cutting down cost because of deteriorating revenues by the government.

According to her, the Nigerian government plans to remove certain items from the budget to reduce the cost of governance.

She said, “We still see government expenditure increase to a terrain twice higher than our revenue. The nation’s budgets are filled every year with projects that are recycled over and over again and are also not necessary.

“Mr President has directed that the salaries committee that I chair work together with the head of service and other members of the committee to review the government payrolls in terms of cutting down on cost,’’ Ahmed said.

In his remarks, the ICPC chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN) listed payroll padding and the saga of ghost workers and abuse of recruitment as areas of concern in governance cost. 

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Greenfield: Nigerian Government Is Working With Kaduna Government To Bring Back Abducted Students — Presidency

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 4:08am


The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that it is working through the military and intelligence agencies to support the Kaduna State Government in the rescue of the kidnapped Greenfield University students.

The development follows several calls on the government to aid in the release of the abducted students, whose lives are under threat.

Gunmen on April 20, had stormed Greenfield University located along the Kaduna–Abuja Highway in Chikun Local Government Area and kidnapped several students.

The kidnappers have since killed five of the students and threatened to kill 17 of them still in captivity if a ransom of N100 million and 10 motorcycles are not delivered to them.

The Presidency, in a tweet on Tuesday, said they share the anguish of parents of the abducted students.

“We deeply share the anguish of the parents of the abducted Greenfield University students. The Federal Government through the military & intelligence agencies is working to support the Kaduna State Govt to bring this tragic saga to an end with no further loss of innocent life.

“We will ensure that good triumphs over evil, & that all of the bandits & criminals terrorising innocent lives & communities are brought to book. This is a time for all Nigerians to unite, regardless of religion, ethnicity or partisan affiliation—against a common, dastardly enemy,” Presidency tweeted on Tuesday night.

One of the kidnapped students was released on Tuesday, May 4, despite threats by the bandits to kill the remaining 17 students in their custody if their parents and the state government failed to pay a ransom of N100 million.

The mother of the student, Lauritta Attahiru confirmed the release of her son to Channels Television, on Tuesday.

She however refused to give details of how her son was released and whether a ransom was paid or not.

Some of the parents however claim that the mother negotiated and paid ransom to the bandits privately before her son was released.

Parents of the victims have continued to negotiate with bandits despite the government insisting that they won’t negotiate with bandits.

It was gathered that the affected parents had raised N55 million for the rescue of their children but the abductors claimed they had used the money to feed the victims.

Meanwhile, the leader of the bandit who surfaced in a video on Monday, said there were 17 students in their custody, comprising 15 female and two male students. 

It was learnt that one of them is a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza.

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Mbaka Missing, Nigerian Government Has 48 Hours To Produce Him—Ohanaeze Youth Congress

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 4:02am


The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, on Wednesday raised the alarm over the whereabouts of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry. 

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 has raised the alarm that the priest is missing.

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

“We have it on good authority that his aides have neither seen nor heard from him since Tuesday.

“Calls put to his mobile line have also remained unanswered; this has now prompted us to issue this alarm as we would not take it lightly should anything untoward happens to him.

“We are giving the Federal Government 48 hours to produce the priest, else they should be ready to face Igbo youths. They were dining and wining with him all along and now that he told the truth, they are no longer comfortable with him.

“Let nothing happen to Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka. It will not be in anybody’s interest,” the group said. 

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Redeemed Church School In Yobe Gutted By Fire Few Days After Islamic Scholar's Visit

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 3:54am


A school owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Shalom Nursery and Primary School situated in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, has been gutted by fired.

Eyewitnesses told PUNCH that the complete building was burnt down to ashes starting from the primary block of the school.

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The Head Teacher of the School, Mrs Kemi Bature, said the staff and management of the school had yet to determine the cause of the fire.

She said the school uses a prepaid electrical billing system and always puts off the entire electrical system in the school whenever the pupils are not in school.

It was gathered that the police had visited the school to search the area for any possible explosive or inflammable items that might have ignited the fire.

Also speaking on the incident, the Pastor in Charge of Yobe Province of the RCCG, Pastor David Ipinmoroti said the fire incident was not ordinary.

He said based on a strange occurrence that recently happened at the school, they believed that the school might have been torched by some forces.

He said, “On Tuesday, 20th April, 2021, we were called by one of our members that a coordinator of an Islamic school had taken some Almajiri children to our uncompleted property at Sabon-Pegi area of Damaturu, Yobe State; she was sweeping the floor when we got there, and immediately we challenged her, she hurriedly left the scene with the Almajiri children numbering over 20.

“We went to meet her in her school; she told us that one retired policeman asked her to possess the place.

 “That same day we wrote a complaint letter to the Commissioner of Police, Yobe State. Four days after, the CP called us with the woman and the policeman, who was a former Divisional Police Officer begged us to forgive them for trespassing into our property.”

The pastor said the school that got burnt and the other school the woman trespassed was about 500 metres apart.

 He added, “The police and the Department of State Services gave us assurance that they will continue their investigation and will let us know if there is anything to do.”

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NYSC Reacts To Posting Of Corps Members To Security Challenged Areas

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 3:23am


The National Youth Service Corps has said no corps member will be deployed to any area that is facing security threat during its forthcoming 2021 Batch A Stream Two Orientation Course.

The NYSC added that the scheme was in constant interaction with the security agencies and would therefore not undermine the safety of any corps member.

The NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated this on Tuesday at the 2021 Batch 'A' Pre-Orientation Workshop held in Karu, Nasarawa State.

He said, “As the welfare and safety of corps members and staff is part of the policy thrust of my administration, we shall continue to work closely with relevant shareholders to evolve strategies for the protection of all corps members and the entire corps community during the orientation course.

“This workshop will enable top management, collaborating partners and other critical stakeholders to review the previous orientation courses with a view to improving the scheme's performance in subsequent exercises.

“We worked closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and state ministries of health in this regard. However, we would use the opportunity of the workshop to, among other things, harness our experiences and explore the prospect of increasing camp capacity, without losing sight of the need to adhere strictly to COVID -19 safety protocols, as we learn to operate optimally under the 'new normal.'"

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Alhaji Othman Bala Adam, said the NYSC inventions of COVID-19 protective materials such as facemasks, hand sanitisers, sample collection box, temperature detection device, including the medical team would also help to stem the tide of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

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Don’t Deliver Goods Yourself, Nollywood Actor Advises Women Doing Online Business

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 3:20am


Nollywood actor, Femi Branch has advised young Nigerian ladies doing business online to desist from making deliveries themselves as this is one of the strategies the kidnappers use to abduct them.
 
The actor hinted that ladies should stop taking their goods to people’s houses, hotel rooms, unknown locations, stressing they are avenues for kidnappers to kidnap and kill them for rituals and other horrible things that cost their lives.

He, however, urged them to pay delivery men and dispatch riders to deliver their products to their customers in ensuring they do not become victims of abduction, killing, rape and other horrible incidents.
 
Branch made this call in a viral video, while reacting to the spate of kidnappings, killings and other insecurity crises ravaging the country.
 
“Please, I want to use this avenue to ask our people to be very cautious. I’m talking especially to my people online who are hustling to make an honest living, those selling jewelry, fashion accessories, food, even those who are rendering services like make-up, like hair that have to go people’s home to do home services or that have to deliver items to people’s homes or hotels rooms, please avoid it,” Branch said.

He, further, noted that the cause of these frightening experiences are hinged on when the perpetrators offer huge amounts of money for delivery of goods to attract the sellers and jump to such a mouth-watering offer.

“There are so many cases we are hearing that people using that avenue to kidnap. A lot of kidnap cases we hear, this is how they get them. Someone will just call, and say they need this, they need that, and can you deliver? They will offer you some kind of mouth-watering money that you can’t resist. I know oftentimes you want to maximise profit by delivering yourself. But, please as much as you can, avoid it making delivery yourself, especially young ladies out there,” the Nollywood actor said.
 
While appreciating young ladies for their adventurous and honest jobs, the actor asserted that it is risky for them meeting their supposed clients in private locations to deliver goods and services.
 
“My young, hard-working ladies, I respect you so much. I respect your hustle. I respect you for deciding to make an honest living, but please avoid doing deliveries yourself. I beg you in the name of God. The kidnappers out there use this as their strategy. They didn’t just start today. They’ve been doing it. But we don’t get to hear some of it. It is only trickles that get to social media.
 
“A lot of people that have been kidnapped, their bodies are used for money rituals. These are desperate people out there who are just looking for ways to make money and they think it’s just right to use people for money. All my ladies who are doing business online to survive, be very careful. Avoid doing delivery yourself, use delivery men, and use despatch riders.
 
“Your clients are paying for the deliveries now? Why take the risk? Use delivery men, use despatch riders. Please, avoid making deliveries to hotel rooms or to areas and locations you’re not familiar with. If you must go, go with someone like a guy you trust, but I advise don’t go yourself.
 
“Use delivery men, that’s their job. By God’s grace, none of us will be victims of kidnappers. But, you have to be very careful. The cases I’ve heard recently prompted me to do this video,” Branch said.
 

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Residents Flee As Bandits Demand Money From Zamfara Village to Stop Attacks

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 3:08am


Residents of Makini in Zamfara state have fled their homes after being asked by bandits to pay an imposed levy of N550,000 to escape an attack.

A source told SaharaReporters that the bandits through an intermediary met with the leaders of the community where they were informed to contribute the money if they wanted to stay in their village peacefully.

The gunmen also demanded two motorbikes.

“There is no one in the community as we speak, they have all fled to neighbouring communities. Most of them are displaced here in Dankurmi. They requested for N550,000 and two motorcycles but residents of the community were unable to meet their demands, so they have no other option than to run away,” the source said.

When asked if the matter had been reported to security agencies, he said, “Yes, we did. They didn’t do anything after we reported to them. They are afraid as well.”

Deadly attacks have raged across Zamfara state where bandits have thrived.

Farming and herding communities in the state have long been terrorised by gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle and kidnap residents for ransom.

In 2019, the state government entered a peace agreement with the gunmen.

About 15 brand new Hilux vehicles and cash gifts were also given to leaders of different 'repentant' gangs of bandits by the governor in 2020.

But despite all these, communities in the state are still being attacked and residents kidnapped and/or killed.

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How Sheikh Gumi, Allies Collected N800,000 From Us To Help Free Our Kidnapped Children —Mother Of Kaduna Student

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 3:01am


Some mothers of students kidnapped in Kaduna have accused an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, of capitalising on their challenges to make money. Speaking to journalists, the aggrieved parents narrated their ordeal in Gumi's house. 

Thirty-seven students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State were kidnapped in their school by bandits on March 11.

Ten of them have been released in batches of five each, leaving 27 students with their abductors. 

The controversial cleric has been criticised by some Nigerians for his position that government should negotiate with bandits and yield to their demands. 

One of the mothers said, "They took us to Gumi's house, he directed us to an Ahmed, who invited a Fulani man from Kaduna. We contributed N800,000 for him; he told us that was just for transport. I cried and pleaded with him, saying I'm a widow, that I do not have a husband. I am training the boy to help me tomorrow. He said it wasn't his concern. 

"Initially, they were after the government to pay the N500 million (ransom). But they later started calling and persuading to talk to the government to pay the money. I told them that I don't have access to the government. After they called for two weeks with no results, they asked me, how much have you people raised, and I asked 'which people'. They said you parents, and I told them that the parents do not have money, we are poor people, we don't have any money to contribute. They now said, so if the government does not pay, you will allow your children to die?"

Gumi on Tuesday urged the government not to take the threat by the kidnappers of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, lightly.

Gumi noted this in an interview with Punch, saying the Central Bank of Nigeria should pay the N100 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers of the students.
 
He made the call as a parent of one of the abductees lamented that the kidnappers were insisting on a ransom of N100 million.

No fewer than 22 students and a member of staff of the university were abducted in the school on April 20, 2021. Five of the students were later  killed by the bandits.

It was reported on Monday, that one of the bandits, Sani Jalingo, in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, demanded N100 million and 10 motorcycles for the students to be freed.

He threatened that failure of the Kaduna State Government or families of the students to meet the demands by Tuesday (yesterday), would lead to the death of the abductees.
 
However, a parent pleaded with the Federal Government and corporate organisations to do everything possible to rescue the students.

He said, “The bandits still stand their ground of demanding N100million and ten motorcycles; no individual negotiation.

“We are calling on the government to do whatever it can to see to the release of our children. Our children have stayed long in the forest.

“We don’t know the state of their health at the moment. We don’t know whether they are being fed or how they are treated by the bandits.

“All that we can say now is for the government of the day, especially, the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid. We can’t afford the N100 million and the motorcycles demanded by the bandits.

“We are also calling on corporate organisations to come under their corporate social responsibilities to assist us to get our children out of the bandits’ den.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Lagos Council Boss, Salawu Queried By State Auditor General For Mismanaging Millions Of Naira, Singlehandedly Approving Funds

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 2:57am


The Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area, Hon Abdul Hammed Salawu unilaterally approved N14,195,000.00 in 2019 without recourse to the council’s Executive Committee’s (EXCO), official documents seen by SaharaReporters have shown.

“Audit Inspection of accounts and records of the Local Government revealed that the sum of N14,195,000.00 was approved by the chairman without recourse to the Executive Committee’s (EXCO) approval,” the 2019 report of the Lagos State Auditor-General for Local Governments stated.

The report also showed a series of official graft by the Salawu-led Executive arm of the local government.

Some official queries sent by the Auditor-General to the local government were also not responded to.

The audit report recommended the sanction of the council chairman, council manager and treasurer.

They were accused of numerous financial irregularities, including awarding millions of naira worth of non-executed contracts in 2019.

“Out of the period budgeted expenditure of N2,145,262,405.08, further investigations of heads by heads showed excess expenditure amounting to N74,457,520.11 recorded under Sixteen (16) Heads and Twenty-six (26) sun heads,” the report read.

“This is contrary to F.M 13.11 (2) which states that 'An officer controlling a vote, his deputy or any person with an Authority to Incur Expenditure (A.I.E) shall be personally responsible for seeing that expenditure is not authorised in excess of the approved votes for the items under his control.'” See Also PHOTONEWS: Lagos Council Boss, Salawu Queried By State Attorney General For Mismanaging Millions Of Naira, Singlehandedly Approving Funds 1 Day Ago

“You should explain why appropriate sanctions in accordance with provisions of F.M 39.3 (a) 13. The Laws and the circulars states above should not be imposed on you for these lapses. All officers queried for this transaction as listed above May forward an advance copy of their response to this office. Your response should reach this office not later than two weeks of acknowledgement of this report. 

“Audit examination of the revenue accounts and relevant records revealed that contract agreements were made between the Local Government and revenue consultants for the collection of revenue items such as tricycle tolls, okada tolls, kiosks and counter permit and Local Government Hall within the Local Government during the period under review. Audit investigation revealed that the sum of N7,956,500.00 was unremitted as at 30th September, 2019.

“This is contrary to F.M.1.14 (6) which states that 'All revenue due are collected promptly and paid into the Local Government funds'”. In like manner, the contract agreement in respect of Night Market tolls was not made available despite repeated demand.

“You should explain why appropriate sanctions in accordance with provisions of F.M 39.3 (a) 13. The Laws and the circulars states above should not be imposed on you for these lapses. All officers queried for this transaction as listed above May forward an advance copy of their response to this office. Your response should reach this office not later than two weeks of acknowledgement of this report.”
The audit query LGA/INSP/SMLG/Q.3/2019/F3 also revealed that about N12 million was disbursed for projects not executed.

“The amount for the purchase of buses was highly inflated. 

“Physical inspection of projects revealed that N12,331,195.75 was disbursed for projects not executed. It was noted that projects which were executed through direct labour were not done as discovered during physical inspection.”

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Umoren: Protest Rocks Akwa Ibom As Women In Black Attire Demand Justice For Rape Victims

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 2:41am



Women in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday organised a solidarity walk demanding justice for Iniubong Umoren, a young woman who was killed while job-hunting in Uyo, the state capital. 

The women were seen in black attire moving en masse to the government house, seeking justice for Umoren and other women who have been victims of gender-based violence. 

They also carried placards bearing different inscriptions which read, ‘Akwa Ibom State Women demand justice for Iniobong, Esther, Glory and other victims of sexual-based violence', ‘Don't just say rest in peace, help women live in peace’, ‘My no means no’, ‘If Abel's blood cried to God, Iniobong's blood too cries to God for vengeance, beyond justice', ‘My body, my rules, ‘Rape brings trauma’ among others.

Umoren, a 26-year-old graduate of the university, who was also an orphan, had dropped a tweet on her handle last Tuesday seeking a job. 

Her tweet attracted many replies.

She wrote, “#AkwaIbomTwitter please I'm really in need of a job, something to do to keep mind and soul together while contributing dutifully to the organisation. My location is Uyo, I'm creative, really good at thinking critically and most importantly a fast learner. CV available on request.”

She was allegedly invited by a young man, Frank Ezekiel Akpan, suspected to have kidnapped her as she could not be reached on her mobile line.

Umoren's friend, Umoh Uduak, had consequently pleaded for help on social media, after which Nigerians started tracking the location, phone number and other details of the suspect.

Following available leads, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Akwa Ibom Police Command arrested the perpetrator who confessed that he lured his victim to his house in the guise of giving her a job but ended up sexually and physically assaulting her, which led to her death. See Also ACTIVISM Murder Of Job-seeking Umoren Triggers Cries For Help On Twitter To Find Missing Loved Ones 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

This was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon, in a statement confirming the incident and the subsequent arrest of the suspect, Frank Akpan to newsmen on Sunday. He said the culprit confessed to the crime.

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Yar'Adua's Timeline Defined By Love, Peace, Others — Jonathan

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 2:32am


Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has said his former boss, the late President Musa Yar’Adua would always be remembered for being a peacekeeper.

Jonathan stated this in a series of tweets on Wednesday, to mark the 11th year remembrance of Yar’Adua who died in 2010 while still in office as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010 at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa after battling an illness that kept him away from public eyes. He was buried on May 6 in Danmarna, Katsina State.

Jonathan was serving as vice president of the country until he was sworn in on May 6 as president following the death of his predecessor as the Nigerian Constitution demands.

Paying tribute on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of his death, Jonathan described his former boss as “a peacemaker, nation builder and democrat whose timeline was defined by virtues of service, peace, truth and love”.

The statement reads: “Today, I celebrate my boss, friend, colleague and brother, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who departed this world 11 years ago.

“As politicians, we shared a common vision of a peaceful, united and just nation. President Yar’Adua kept faith in this vision, channelling his strength and time in pursuit of an egalitarian society, until his last breath.

“Although out of our sight, his legacies live with us and his memory we will continue to cherish.

“We will always remember him as a peacemaker, nation builder and democrat whose timeline was defined by virtues of service, peace, truth and love.”

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'Where Were Father Mbaka's Critics When He Was Praising, Campaigning For Buhari?' —Buba Galadima

Sahara Reporters - 5 May 2021 - 1:33am


Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka

Buba Galadima, a chieftain on the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and estranged friend of President Muhammadu Buhari, has described those condeming Father Ejike Mbaka, the Spiritual Leader of Adoration Ministry, over his call for the President's impeachment as ingrates.

Galadima noted that nobody in the Presidency condemned the Catholic priest when he was praising and campaigning for Buhari. 

Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka

The cleric had called for Buhari’s resignation, saying he failed to solve the problem of insecurity across the country.

Mbaka, who lamented the current security and economic situation ravaging the entire nation, urged the National Assembly to impeach the President if he fails to resign. 

But presidential aide, Garba Shehu, accused Mbaka of feeling slighted because he tried to get contracts under the Buhari government as reward for his support for the administration and failed. 

But Galadima in an interview with Daily Post, said: “First time one needs to hear about the truth is when friends part ways and those attacking Mbaka from the side of the government should be faulted.

“Where were they when Mbaka was campaigning for the President? What was their public contribution to the success of the President more than Mbaka?

"So Mbaka should have the freedom to speak his mind when things are not going the way he presumes they should go. This is a democracy, and it’s his personal opinion; it was his subjective opinion to campaign and work for Gen Buhari to become President and everybody was hailing him then; these people were never there. 

“So, today, because they have surrounded Buhari and he doesn’t know what is happening around him, they are attacking Mbaka. 

"They are a bunch of ingrates biting the hand that fed them.”

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