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Leave Buhari’s Critics, Go After Boko Haram, Bandits, Herdsmen, Others —Nigerians Tell DSS

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 4:29am

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Nigerians on social media have blasted the Department of State Services (DSS) for threatening to hunt down citizens criticising the frustrations experienced and expressed by citizens under President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

They asked the agency to desist from attempting to infringe on the rights of Nigerians to freely assemble, organise and express themselves without any intimidation.

Illustration: DSS THISDAY

Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman had in a statement on Sunday said the service would no longer tolerate those aiming to “throw the country into anarchy.”

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“While the Service reaffirms its unambiguous support to an indivisible, indissoluble and united Nigerian State in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, it will no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors.

“Consequently, the Service is assiduously working with other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure the maintenance of peace and internal security of the country,” he said.

Afunanya said among those threatening the federal government and Nigeria’s unity are “some religious and past political leaders who have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it.”

“It has been established that the main objective for these is to cause a disintegration of the country,” he added.

“It is unfortunate that those in the forefront of this are respectable individuals who should be patriotic and not allow their personal ambitions to ruin the nation. The Service has also noted their desperation and penchant to collaborate with external forces and influences against Nigeria.

“They are reminded that even though democracy offers free speech, it does not give room to reckless pronouncements capable of undermining security. It is instructive to note that the ballot box remains the vehicle of change in a democracy.

“In this regard, self-centred individuals and groups are warned to stop engaging in acts inimical to the peace and sovereignty of this nation. In the same manner, influential personalities should be sensitive to emerging situations and guard against divisive and inciting utterances that may cause a breakdown of law and order.”

The statement has continued to generate a backlash as many Nigerians urged the service to tackle the insecurity manifested through the marauding unknown gunmen, Boko Haram, kidnappers and bandits.

A Twitter user, @@cvickright, “From whose purse is Buhari and the DSS paid? If it's Buhari's money, they have the right to insinuate such, if it's our money, Buhari and DSS should go away. Buhari has proven to be a disaster, he needed not be pampered, or told what he wants to hear by those morons.‪#ResignNow.”‬

Another user, “@OnasanyaG said, 'DSS suddenly found it has lost voice. During the Pantami saga, DSS went on sabbatical. Now it's Fr Mbaka, DSS suddenly found it's voice. This clannish sentiment is overbearing. It's shameful. They have lost all modicum of trust and integrity.”

For @Achopa5, "Since SSS changed to DSS, they have become a disaster, maybe the D stands for disaster.” 

Since SSS changed to DSS they have become a disaster maybe the D stands for disaster.

— Achopa (@Achopa5) May 3, 2021

@prince_ironsi wrote, “We won’t allow unsavoury statements, those statements from Gumi are called what, DSS? It’s only in Nigeria some persons are allowed to behave and talk anyhow but some don’t have the right to say anything. Gumi has been speaking and Miyetti Allah but just because Mbaka spoke.” 

We won’t allow unsavory statements, those statements from Gumi is called what DSS? It’s only in Nigeria some persons are allowed to behave and talk anyhow but some don’t have the right to say anything. Gumi has been speaking and miyetti Allah but just because Mbaka spoke.

— @prince_ironsi (@prince_ironsi) May 3, 2021

@lomon_ said, ”I remember how the internet was filled with videos of this same DSS conveying armed dan daba in their official vehicles to disrupt and attack legitimate and peaceful ‪#EndSARS‬ protesters last October.”

@pdauda wrote, “In Buhari's Nigeria, criticising the president is unpatriotic despite his obvious ineffectuality and aloofness. DSS designates people who point out the raging insecurity and poor quality of government as being more dangerous to Nigeria than terrorists, bandits and kidnappers!!”

@iamlammyz said, “DSS needs sense. They need someone sensible to lead them. You can’t track down Boko Haram, bandits, herdsmen and unknown gunmen but you can do that to people who know that your government has been the worst we’ve ever had in Nigeria. Unfortunate people.”

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Alleged Molestation: Over 7, 800 Nigerians Sign Petition Against Release Of Baba Ijesha

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 4:15am

Over 7, 800 Nigerians have signed a petition on to ensure that popular Nollywood actor, Olarewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, who allegedly molested a minor is not released from police custody. 

Baba Ijesha as been under fire since he was reported by a comedienne, Damilola Adekoya, popularly known as Princess, that the actor had been defiling her ward since she was seven years old.

When the actor was apprehended last Tuesday, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said there was substantial evidence against the actor as he was caught in the act on Closed Circuit Television.

Many Nigerians had requested for the footage to substantiate the claim of the comedienne. 

However, there are unfounded allegations that some people with ‘superior powers' are set to influence the release of the actor. 

A petition, which is drafted by Aunt Landa's Bethel Foundation on Thursday, has a target of 10, 000 signatories against the release of the Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha.

It was titled, “Olanrewaju James Omiyinka must not be released in Nigeria for defiling a 7-year-old girl.”

The petition was started to the House of Commons, House of Parliament, Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services and one other. 

A part of the petition read, “We seek full justice for the young child, it is embarrassing to know Nigeria Police Force is trying to grant Olanrewaju James Omiyinka bail today at Panti Police Station, Lagos state, Nigeria. 

“I want to remind the Nigeria Police Force that Section 218 of the Criminal Code Act provides that any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of thirteen is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life with or without caning. This law should be excise and thorough investigation is required with evidence already been submitted by the child guidance.”

Checks by SaharaReporters on Monday revealed the petition had been signed by over 7, 843 persons at the time of filing this report.

Narrating the incident that transpired between Baba Ijesha and her foster daughter, Princess said people, who were compassionate about her childlessness, entrusted the victim and five other children to her care, adding that after Omiyinka allegedly defiled the minor, her grades dropped.

Princess's statement read, "Days ago, the news of popular Yoruba actor, Olarenwaju James Omiyinka popularly known as Baba Ijesha, raping a young girl of 7 hit the internet and since then, there’s been chaos. It's no longer news that I don't have biological children of my own so imagine how sad I am that the girl in question (who I would like to keep her personal information private) is one of my 6 adopted children (3 boys, 3 girls) Their parents trusted me to train them properly and didn't want me to feel alone. Now that the incident is public, it all feels surreal but very painful. I can't believe someone I tried to help when I was at my lowest point in life could do this. Reading the false news that he raped her continuously for 7 years after the initial Sexual Defilement that took place 7 years ago is also adding to my mental health breakdown.

"Truly he defiled her in my sitting room years ago when I went downstairs to lock the gate after my aunt who had come to console me on the collapse of my marriage and loss of baby (her other siblings had gone out to play at the end of the street). She said after cleaning certain liquid (we suspect was sperm and blood) from her bum and his body, he warned her not to tell anyone and that it was nothing. In fact, he came the next day to make sure she had kept quiet. When he was leaving, he asked her to follow him to the car to pick a nylon of fruits for everyone, that was when he used his car key to sexually assault her again. After those two occasions, he completely avoided coming to my place but called anytime he was in need.

"Fast forward to when my friend came around on Friday, April 16, 2021. she found me in a foul mood and went on to ask what had happened. I explained to her the same gut feeling I had been having for 7 years that something was wrong with her but it was not spiritual wouldn't go away. She then offered to talk to her and that was when all the secrets came out.

"On one hand, we are a bit relieved and her parents are especially grateful to God that we now know the root cause of declining grades and sudden change in behaviour. On the other hand, it's so painful knowing that she had to bear all these by herself. Her innocence was stolen in less than 4 minutes. I truly can't find the right words to describe how deeply hurt I am.

"These parents showed compassion by allowing their kids to live with me so I could experience motherhood. I protected and cared for them to the best of my ability but Lanre made me question my sanity as a mother.

"I still can't get over the trauma of having to watch her on CCTV just so we could get proof. She was so scared before he arrived and we had to reassure her that we would come in before he could hurt her. She dreads him so much to the point that when she recognised him in a movie he and I featured in 2019, even her brothers couldn't console her.

"We pray for justice and plead with the general public to respect our privacy as we are going through so much already. Thank you all for your continuous prayers and emotional support. May you never have to weep over your children. May God grant those of us looking for the fruit of the womb everlasting joy. I strongly believe God does not sleep."

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Zuru Land In Kebbi Where Bandits Operated, Killed, Kidnapped Freely For 12 Months Uncovered

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 3:46am

Mama Rhoda James, 85, who lost sons. Her sister's children were kidnapped by bandits with a demand for N2 million ransom

The Boko Haram is stealthily expanding its frontiers of domination to the North-West state of Kebbi, after bandits sponsored by the terrorists invaded communities in Zuru in neighbouring Niger State last month.

Hundreds of armed gunmen, suspected to be the coalition of bandits and Boko Haram, have been reportedly laying siege to the Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of part of Zuru Emirate in Kebbi State. 

Mama Rhoda James, 85, who lost sons. Her sister's children were kidnapped by bandits with a demand for N2 million ransom SaharaReporters Media

The LGA, which is inhabited by the Dakakari people, more commonly referred to as the Zuru, has been suffering silently under an ongoing violence that has been ignored by the relevant authorities. 

Accounts of residents obtained by SaharaReporters backed with documents showed that from January 2020 to January 2021, the peaceful farming communities in the LGA have lost 363 persons to the coalition of banditry and terrorism attacks.

Within the same period, 201 persons were kidnapped with N70.6 million paid as ransom to the attackers.

Some of the documents which are government records state that 3,915 cattle were rustled while about 2,355 sheep and 150 camels were stolen from these farmers.

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SaharaReporters learnt that Daku/Wasagu LGA shares border with some of the ungoverned spaces of Zamfara State to its north and to its east, the notorious Kamuku Game Reserves, in-between Kaduna and Niger states.  

“Most of these forested and hilly areas are under the control of bandits. It is now feared that they may have joined forces with Boko Haram. Information in our hands shows that they are expanding their spaces as many communities on the fringes of the Local Government Area have fled their villages and the coalition of the armed groups taking control unchallenged,” a source revealed.

Some of the victims, who share heartbreaking experiences, lamented that since the gunmen started attacking their communities especially since last year, the government had been silent and done nothing.

Nuhu Bitrus, 44, father of four kids, from Munhaye village, in Wasagu Chiefdom, who has become an internally displaced person in Dabai, a suburb of Zuru town, Zuru LGA of Kebbi State narrated his ordeal.

He said, “In their last attack on this community, they stormed our village on over 100 motorbikes. They just went straight and started shooting and killing. We lost 33 people and they kidnapped about 20 women among them, little children.

“We have had disagreements with Fulani in the past and we know what they can do. But these ones were Boko Haram. In our own case, they just came to kill, not to steal. Some people said they saw some of the Fulani that had lived with us but left some time ago. But these gunmen also had people from Niger Republic and even Chad.  

“Ever since that time, we have managed to pack our belongings and travelled for over three hours to be received here. Our village is a large one with over 500 compounds and we were prosperous farmers who could take care of our needs and sponsor our kids in school. Now we cannot go near the village. No one is talking about us. I am happy you came.

“We don’t want anything from the government. All we want is a secured condition so that we can return home to our farming. That’s all we are asking.”

Wakala Audu, 50, was said to be a rich farmer.

He is married with two wives and is a father of 11 children. He is also an IDP from D’Lombo village in Wasagu Chiefdom with his entire household.

“They came in large numbers pairing in two or three on motorcycles around 4pm on the 1st of April, 2021. I am sure they were over 300. They just started shooting, killing and looting. They killed 17 persons that day, including our Mai anguwa (sub-village head), Mallam Maifada Matu.  They stole my 23 cows and hundreds of cows belonging to my relations and other residents of the village.

“We escaped into the bush with our wives and children. After two days, the Governor (Bagudu Atiku) came. I was not around when he spoke. I was busy trying to take my family away. Besides that, we had corpses of our people that we had not buried and they were going bad,” he stated.

According to him, the governor made a donation of N50,000 to each family that had children that  were orphaned due to the violence. He said that his village which has about 300 households with large fertile land was now deserted as residents escaped leaving behind valuables they could not carry in a hurry.

“Nobody is saying anything about us. I am surprised you came,” he said.

A great grandmother, Rhoda James (85) who had given birth to 11 children, is also taking refuge at Dabai with 17 young women who were widowed in the January 2021 Munhaye attacks. She said that she lost her son, James (42)  and a grandson, Augustine (30).

“They killed over 30 people and kidnapped 23 people. My junior sister, Mary, her son, his wife and two children were kidnapped. I am aware that a N2 million ransom was paid after spending 41 days in the hands of the bandits.”

All attempts to speak to the Chairman of the affected LGA, Alhaji Sule Barshi, was not possible at the time of filing this report.

Rhoda James, 85, mother of 10 children, escaped by luck. She lost her grandson, Augustine, and his son, James. Her sister, Mary was kidnapped with her two grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, and kept for 100 days until a ransom of N2 million was paid.  

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Journalist Who Exposed Governor Ganduje’s Bribery Video Relocates To UK Over Threats

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 3:36am

Jaafar Jaafar

A Nigerian journalist, Jaafar Jaafar, who exposed a bribery video of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has fled the country to the United Kingdom over alleged threats to his life.

Jaafar relocated to the European continent with his family and may not be returning to the country “until the coast is clear,” Premium Times was told. 

Jaafar Jaafar

The Daily Nigerian publisher was recently invited by the police over alleged defamation of the character but he said he would only return to Nigeria when the government can guarantee his safety.

SaharaReporters had on April 19 reported that Jaafar, who exposed a video in 2018 showing Ganduje, stuffing dollars in his pockets, has fled his Kano and Abuja residences over some death threats he recently received.

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SaharaReporters had learnt that Jaafar is presently in hiding and one of his close associates said some unknown persons had been on his trail for some time.

“The journalist is no longer staying at home. He is in danger as some unidentified persons, likely to be hit men, have been trailing his movements, both at his Abuja and Kano residences,” the source had said.

It was gathered that the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, also in a letter dated April 14, had invited the Daily Nigerian publisher for questioning, alleging that he was inciting violence and spreading injurious falsehood.

In a letter signed by ACP A. A. Elleman, the Monitoring Unit, said that “This office is investigating a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Defamation, Injurious Falsehood and Inciting Violence to the IGP in which your name featured.

“In view of the foregoing, you are kindly requested to interview the undersigned on Monday, April 19, by 10.00am prompt through SP Usman Garba (Admin Officer) to shed more light on the allegation.

“Your cooperation in this regard would be highly appreciated, please.”

SaharaReporters had on March 22 reported that Jaafar had cried out that the governor should be held responsible if anything bad happens to him.

Ganduje had in a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa, said the government was making plans to deal with those who released the videos.

In the face of the renewed threats, the journalist wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Adamu, Mohammed Adamu, through his counsel, Barrister Abdullahi Gumel.

Speaking through his lawyer, Jaafar had noted that although Ganduje is a sitting governor and a member of the ruling party, the IGP would handle the matter professionally, diligently and speedily.

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Ekiti Varsity Student Caught While Attempting To Use Roommate, Mother For Ritual

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 3:31am

A student of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, has been caught with fetish items while allegedly trying to use his roommate and his mother for a money ritual.

The student, identified as Saheed Adeniran, was said to have been caught by some persons that exposed him in a video obtained by SaharaReporters.

According to the video, the incident occurred in the Ifaki-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of the state.

The items found in possession of Adeniran in the video include clothes, fabric to be tied around the waist, two calabashes (one covered with a lid, the other, a small-sized gourd) and a native pot covered with a lid. 

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, told newsmen that the incident happened on Friday and that investigation had begun into the matter.

Abutu, however, noted that the suspect (Adeniran) had fled before the report was brought to the police, but that efforts were ongoing to apprehend him.

”The case is still under investigation. The incident happened on Friday, April 30th.

”The suspect is still at large. I don’t know how it happened, but it was when the report came to us that we started working on it.

“They did not report to the police immediately the incident occurred, though, we are still investigating what led to it. It is until we get the suspect that we will know if it is a true story.”

Speaking about the health condition of the alleged victim, Abutu noted: ”I can’t tell if he was used, but in terms of his physical appearance, he is still active.”

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'Is It A Lie There Is Insecurity, Nigerians Are Hungry, No Good Hospitals, No Jobs For Youths?' Mbaka Asks Presidency

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 3:04am

Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka

Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, admits he truly took three contractors to President Muhammadu Buhari, but that their mission was to solve the insecurity problem in the country. 

Mbaka, who was seen in a viral video blessing his congregation on Sunday, stopped midway and explained that the three contractors used his influence to gain access to the president, promising to end insecurity and help revamp Nigeria's oil sector under three months. 

Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka

He stated that Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, is a “shame to himself and the people he is representing”.

The cleric, however, thanked Shehu for announcing that he (Mbaka) was not being fed by this administration. He described Shehu and every other person attacking men of God as crocodiles.

He said, “This is a Nigeria that if you say the truth, you will be attacked. We survive the attack of the crocodiles who want to eat the fish in the fishpond because all those who attack men of God are crocodiles, but God is ready for them. 

“I am not discouraged, I had been waiting for them to challenge any of the things I said, what they call it in philosophy is the fallacy of ad-hominem, the fallacy of mere argumentum. You allowed the truth to be hidden, then you started attacking the person who said the truth. You don't attack the messenger, challenge the truth, whether there is insecurity or not, whether there are good hospitals in this country or not, what are you talking about? 

“How God has loved us and saved us from COVID-19 but our leaders have turned themselves to the Corona we are suffering. Are we not hungry? Are there employment opportunities for the youths as they ought to be? The money they are packing for elections, if they use it to build industries, won't our youths have places to work? 

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“When they talked about giving Father Mbaka contracts, I don't want to talk about that because I was laughing, it is a laughable, childish accusation. Whoever is saying that is a shame to himself and the people he is representing.

“Father Mbaka's voice came from the spiritual, so what I am saying is unchallengeable. Why I have been silent, I was waiting for them to change until God said 'speak'. There are some messages that are like dew, some are like rain but some of them are like thunder. Anybody challenging that message is challenging the God of thunder and he should be careful. 

“The Father Mbaka who was speaking is not just a priest but by the grace of God the father, son and holy spirit, under the holy anointing, is a job provider. To the glory of God, the people that are benefitting from me every month, direct salary earners are not less than 23, 000 people. If I can be paying not less than 23, 000 youths, direct workers. My parkers and loaders, I pay them every two weeks and I thank the governor for giving us an enabling environment, That is why you should be praying for Fr Mbaka. I am helping the church through labour provision to win souls. The person who is challenging Fr Mbaka, how many people are you feeding? If I talk, you talk because the government is paying you Do you know how many people pay?

“Before you challenge me when I talk about unemployment, I am an employer. When someone talked about the contract, I was laughing, the three men he talked about, I am not here to defend anyone's stupid allegations but God is using that man to tell the world that Buhari's government is not giving me money. 

“Shehu, may God bless you for telling everybody that you are not giving me contracts and the three men we brought that will handle insecurity for the country, they had the gadgets, they had the facilities, that was during the first administration. They had the platform to end insecurity in one month.

“It was under Abba Kyari, I handed them over to the government people, they denied them. I don't even know these people, they just came to Enugu and said can I help them reach the government, that the level of insecurity in this country and how Nigeria has been shipping their oil out and bringing them back, that we are losing, that they have all it takes to revive the oil apparatus in the country and get the whole youth employed and the issue of killing and insecurity will die. These are the three people they rejected.

“Am I begging them? Do they know how many people feed? To the glory of God, without them giving me money, I don't beg them. I put my hands on the altar and say I don't even have their number. Fortunately, they reported that they denied me of contracts? Which contract? Do they know how many widows I pay for their house rent? Do they know how many students I pray their school fees, home and abroad, if a single individual who doesn't have a child, a biological child, can be doing this, the federal government should do more. 

“I talked about a hospital, the last time I saw one bungalow they were building there and they said it is a federal government project, I almost knocked it down. What am I doing with that rubbish? I have promised God I will give the church in the Enugu diocese and the church in Nigeria the best hospital in Nigeria and to the glory of God, I will do it. God has given me grace, ingenuity and courage, creativity and the courage are unstoppable.”

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Ondo Government ‘Deports’ 42 Northerners To Kano, Jigawa

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 2:51am

The Ondo State government has evacuated 42 suspected invaders, who were arrested recently by men of the Ondo State Security Network, Amotekun, at Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

The invasion of the men who said they were in the state for security training created tension in the community following the alarm raised by the residents, calling the attention of the Amotekun corps to the development.

Speaking on the arrest of the invaders, the state Commander of Amotekun in the state, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said the 42 men were arrested following their inability to explain their mission in the state.

According to him, the suspected invaders who hailed from Kano and Jigawa states claimed that they were invited to the state by an agent who will engage them as a security guard to monitor and guide pipelines in the state.

Adeleye said, “In the last three days, there have been issues relating to the invasion of the state by alleged Fulani men. Our intel showed us the influx of some people, especially to the Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state. So, we monitored and we found out that they converged in front of the army barracks in Okitipupa.

“They were there for a couple of hours and at that point, we tried to find out what their mission is, but because they couldn’t give satisfactory explanations, we moved them to our local office first in Okitipupa to try to debrief them and from the debriefing at Okitipupa, we had to move them to the state headquarters for proper debriefing.

“When they arrived, we profiled them and we found out that they were primarily from two major states, Kano and Jigawa states. The mission that they claimed they came for was not too clear and upon profiling, we found out that the majority of them didn’t even know how they got to where they got to.

“All they were told was they were going for training. Training for who, by who or whatsoever, they do not know.

"Speaking on the sponsors of the youths, Adeleye said “from the detailed investigation, we were able to narrow it down to their sponsors.

“The sponsors happened to also claim that they belong to an NGO, that they contracted out the training to a consultant who was supposed to train their men. They said they were going to train them as security guards.

“But as part of our discreet investigation, we found out that the so-called consultant had been arrested in Delta State and I confirmed from the Delta State Police Command as of today that he was still in their custody. So, we intend to release them, we will release all these ones and ensure that they are taken back to their states.”

He explained that they decided to release them because “right now we look at them as a security risk to the state, and at this point, we invited the sponsors, the head of the NGO and chairman of the board have also offered an explanation.

“But we feel that we should let the people of Ondo State know that there is no crisis in Okitipupa Local Government Area. The way it was portrayed as if some hoodlums or militants had taken over is not true.

“We want to reassure the good people of Ondo State that we are firmly on the ground in conjunction with other security agencies and that there is no problem. People should go about their businesses normally.

“We are not leaving any stone unturned and we have ensured that our intelligence unit had covered the entire state and we’ll alert the public on any wrong move. We intend to provide escort to lead them out of Ondo State back to wherever they came from.”

Meanwhile, the state government has urged the people of the state not to take the law into their hands and should not hesitate to report any strange movement in their community.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Donald Ojogo, commended the Amotekun corps for handling the situation maturely and professionally.

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BREAKING: Bandits Threaten To Kill Other Students Abducted From Kaduna Private Varsity

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 2:38am

Bandits have threatened to kill the remaining students abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna State.

Twenty-two students and a member of staff were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20 and within a week, five of them were killed.

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In an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), monitored by Daily Trust, a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, threatened that if the Kaduna State Government or their families fail to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students would be killed.

Jalingo 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.

The bandit revealed that the families of the students had already raised and paid N55 million to them but he added that they had used the money to feed the students.

He vowed that it was his final warning and should government or the students’ families fail to meet his demands, all the students will be killed.

“You are speaking with the abductors of Greenfield students. We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms," he said. 

Asked if he sees himself as a terrorist, Jalingo laughed and said: “I’m not but a food seeker.”

Emphasising on his threat, the bandit said: “If they fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students.”

He warned security agencies not to waste their time planting trackers on the motorcycles, saying his members do not go to cities and therefore arresting them will be difficult.

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We’re Still Investigating Killing Of Over 20 Soldiers By Airstrikes Targeting Boko Haram —Nigerian Air Force Says After One Week

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 2:27am

The Nigerian Air Force says it is still investigating reports that its airstrikes accidentally killed men of the Nigerian Army in Borno state.

SaharaReporters had reported how a military fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a military truck on April 25, killing over 20 army personnel.

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The insurgents had attacked a military base in Mainok and overpowered the troops who called for reinforcement.

A source had told SaharaReporters that a reinforcement team of the Nigerian Army sent to the community was mistakenly bombed by an Air Force fighter jet.

“The Boko Haram terrorists disguised in military uniform and gained access to the camp. They came in different groups and could not be counted. The Nigerian Army were pinned down, they requested for reinforcement, the reinforcement got on their way only to get smoked by the Nigerian Airforce.

“The (reinforcement team) was coming from Ngandu and were killed by an airstrike. The Air Force mistook them for Boko Haram as both were cladded in similar military uniform and operational vehicles,” a source had told SaharaReporters.

Reacting in a tweet the following day, the Air Force said investigation had commenced on the alleged incident.

When contacted on Monday to know the outcome of the investigation, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the incident was still under investigation.

“We are still investigating the incident, we’ll update you as soon as the investigation is concluded,” he told SaharaReporters.

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Ak-47, Other Items Recovered By Police From Suspected Gunnrunner On Oyo/Ogun Border

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 2:25am

The police in Oyo State have declared that the command recovered an AK-47 rifle and other weapons from a suspected gunrunner terrorising some residents of Oyo and Ogun states. 

This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of Oyo State police command, Adewale Osifeso, on Monday in a statement made available to newsmen.

Osifeso said that the operatives attached to the Command's Monitoring Unit found the gunrunner while on their regular stop and search duty.

The suspect was said to have been spotted around Bakari village, a border community between Oyo and Ogun states before he sped off on his motorcycle.

He added that efforts by security operatives to arrest the suspect proved abortive but some items were recovered from him.

According to the police spokesman, one of the items recovered from him was an AK-47 rifle with number 353913.

Osifeso explained that investigation was ongoing to apprehend the suspect and bust his criminal network and supply chain.

“Today being Sunday 2/05/2021 at about 1630HRS, operatives attached to the Command’s Monitoring Unit while on aggressive stop and search duty at Bakari, a border village between Oyo and Ogun have recorded yet another breakthrough in the fight against crime and criminality.

“The suspect spotted the tactical officers while performing their routine intelligence-driven checks from afar before immediately turning his Bajaj Motorcycle to flee.

“In swift response, the tactical operatives engaged in hot pursuit after the fleeing suspect, into the pathways leading into a nearby forest, an action that led to a sack falling off the back of his Bajaj motorcycle. A cursory look into the content of the sack revealed it was an AK-47 Rifle with breech number 353913.

“Comprehensive investigations are ongoing not only to apprehend the suspect but as well crack down his criminal network and supply chain.

“The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Ngozi Onadeko, enjoins the good people of the state to partner with the police in terms of sharing credible and timely information valuable in curbing criminality and birthing a peaceful Oyo State of our collective dreams.”Oyo/Ogun border,” he said.

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IPOB Missing As Ohanaeze Invites Other Igbo Groups For Peace Meeting

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 2:14am

The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo as directed by the South-East governors and leaders, has invited members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to be part of the peace and reconciliation talks that will stem tides of crimes and chaos in the region.

Ohanaeze also invited Biafra National Guard (BNG), Biafran Zionists Movement (BZM) and other organisations and associations operating in the zone and Igbo land in general, adding they play huge roles in achieving total peace and harmony in Igbo land.

This came as the Indigenous People of Biafra has ordered a protest and a sit-at-home on May 30. It also forbade church services on that day in South-East, adding that the protest would hold in 100 countries where IPOB members and sympathisers reside.

In a similar manner, the South-East governors have been asked to seek advice from security experts in particular, following the growing level of insecurity in the land, Vanguard reports.

The Ohanaeze Reconciliation Committee, comprising over 50 renowned Igbo drawn from the National Assembly, serving ministers, prominent traditional rulers, clergies, technocrats and businessmen was inaugurated last week at the Ohanaeze headquarters in Enugu.

The extension of invitation to the groups was part of the resolutions of the committee during its inaugural meeting. It was learned that IPOB was excluded because of the terrorist calling the Nigerian government inscribes on it.

The committee, it was further learnt has already embarked on broad consultations with stakeholders and leaders across the South-East region, the nation at large and the Diaspora.

The members have vowed to reach out to everyone as “there is no substitute for peace”, insisting that the “ultimate objective of the exercise is to ensure peace, development, security and safety of Ndigbo wherever they are particularly in their homeland."

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has therefore urged Ndigbo everywhere to make “every effort and contributions necessary to guarantee peace and security in Igboland”, urging them to “send any information, suggestions, petitions, and documents that would facilitate the work of the committee to Ohanaeze National Secretariat, Enugu, through the Committee Secretary , Peter Aneke.

Recall that IPOB in a statement yesterday, through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful said the sit-at-home was to honour its fallen heroes and heroines, adding that it would be observed in markets, churches, parks, airports and seaports within and outside the region and beyond.

The IPOB publicist said there would be no procession, protest nor church services anywhere in the zone, urging its members to stay indoors throughout the day.

The statement read in part: “We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra wish to announce to the public and Biafrans both home and abroad that the annual anniversary of our fallen heroes and heroines will be on Sunday, 30th of May, 2021.

“As usual, there will be a total lockdown of the entire Biafra land on that day.

“There will be sit-at-home across Biafraland, Lagos, Abuja as well as northern towns with reasonable Biafran population.

“The sit-at-home order is also to be observed in all the markets within and outside Biafra land where our people do their businesses. It shall also be observed by Diasporan Biafrans in the over 100 countries where the IPOB family is present.

“We equally request our fellow comrades in Yoruba, Middle Belt and other Christians living in the far North to solidarise with us in the event as we honour all those who have paid the supreme price in our struggle for total freedom.

“All Biafrans living overseas must hold rallies in their respective countries of abode in honour of our fallen heroes and heroines including the gallant Imo State Eastern Security Network commander, Ikonso and his men who were murdered by the Nigeria security agents.

“The rallies will also show the outside world of our resolve and preparedness to leave Nigeria. We equally advise our Diasporan people to ensure they get the written approval of their host countries before embarking on the rallies.

“30th of May every year is very dear to Biafrans because it was the date our Hero, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared our resistance to the genocidal attacks by Nigeria and Fulani which culminated into the 30-month civil war from 1967 to 1970.

“We shall always remember all those who died in the course of the war and our march to freedom.

“Consequently, there will be no movement on the roads throughout Biafraland; no banking or financial services in our territory; no commercial activities of any kind.”

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Buhari, Jonathan, Obasanjo, Yar'Adua, Others Responsible For Insecurity In Nigeria —Sheikh Gumi

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 2:13am

Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Monday, disclosed the reason why he thinks Nigerians are witnessing a rise in the activities of bandits.

The cleric blamed the issue of banditry on previous governments, including the current administration.

He insisted that the long marginalisation and neglect of herdsmen was responsible for the surge in banditry, according to Daily Post.

“The long process of neglect by previous administrations of herdsmen, complete neglect, marginalisation, and nobody showing concern about their plight has led to what we have now, so in that case, I blame all the previous governments.

“This government should tackle this issue the right way; they are trying to tackle the problem the wrong way, thereby making the matter worse,” Gumi said.

Gumi also said most bandits were in a hurry to make more money before security agents would close in on them.

The Islamic cleric said the rush was responsible for the increase in the cases of abduction and demands for ransom.

Stressing that most bandits have laid down their arms, Gumi disclosed that just a few fragments are carrying out attacks.

Gumi said: “What is happening is like when you spray an insecticide in a room infested by mosquitoes, there would be an initial reaction, which is what is happening. There is an uncoordinated pressure from both sides on bandits; maybe that is why it’s now producing the results we see.

“But what I think is happening is that nobody spoke to them to draw attention to their problem, so they are terribly divided.

“Most of the bandits we spoke with have put down their arms and are ready to resume negotiation. On the other hand, there are some few others who are saying ‘we will overtake them so in the meantime, we will make the most gain of the system’ that is why they are so much in a hurry that they now kill their victims, they now want payment of ransom done quicker than when they had enough time and the forest to themselves.”

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REVEALED: Nigerian Pastors Who Misled Nigerians, Prophesied Buhari Would End Insecurity, Others

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 2:02am

The Pastors

Back in March 2015, a number of Nigerian pastors and clerics gave different prophecies that President Muhammadu Buhari’s coming would bring an end to insecurity, economic crisis and other challenges facing the country.

Also in 2019, as the insecurity and economic collapse worsened, fewer clergymen still stuck their neck out for Buhari, assuring the country again that Buhari, after re-election in 2019 would retrace his steps and address the ballooning security and economic challenges which Nigeria grappled with.

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But not only have the problems of insecurity and economic recession become near intractable for the Buhari administration, they have given birth to growing violent calls for secession and agitations for self-determination.

1. Pastor Sunday Adelaja is the Senior Pastor of Ukraine-based Embassy of God who openly supported Buhari and predicted that his coming would end the country’s problems.

In January 2015, Adelaja, claiming he was convinced by God, stated, “As an army General, I think Buhari has the rudiments and qualifications to adequately respond to our national security challenges. I support the Buhari/(Yemi) Osinbajo ticket because I believe in the leadership attributes of the man.”

2. Prophet Emmanuel Omale is the founder of Divine Hand of God International Ministries, who prophesied the victory of President Buhari in the 2019 election, saying his coming would benefit the poor.

“I am a prophet of God and by the grace of God, I have been prophesying from the age of eight. Since then till now, anything the Lord tells us comes to pass because we hear from the Him; we don’t hear from men.

“God loves Nigeria so much. Nigeria is a big country, and is blessed for having people like us. God loves Nigeria and that is why he brought Buhari back. The coming back of Buhari is going to be for the good of the people: the poor people are going to be able to eat three times a day; there will be light (constant power supply); we are going to have infrastructure; and God is going to use Buhari to build a new Nigeria, to lay a solid foundation.”

3. Pastor Tunde Bakare is the Senior Pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church, Lagos State, who disclosed that God showed him that Buhari had a role to play in stabilising Nigeria.

“After the controversial and divisive 2011 elections, as Nigeria drifted along with sectional undercurrents and the nation sought a unifying force, some of us prevailed on General Muhammadu Buhari not to quit the stage but to take back his words and form a coalition of the best of the North and the best of the South to salvage our nation.

“I played a critical role in that mission. God had shown me in a vision that GMB still had a role to play in stabilising Nigeria,” Bakare had preached to Nigerians.

4. The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu State, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, endorsed Buhari in 2015 and in 2019, saying, “Among all the presidential candidates, Buhari stands in the best position to win the presidential election.”

In January 2019, Mbaka had said, “We pray for President Muhammadu Buhari; he is a man who understands the situation. Four years doesn’t mean eight years; he has finished his four years, I pray for peaceful transition that he may complete his remaining four years.

“The issue of Fulani herdsmen they said have killed everybody has stopped. Nobody is hearing about the bandits anymore; the man has changed.”

5. Prophet Ekong Ituen is the spiritual leader of Christ Deliverance Ministries Inc, Lagos State. He had prophesied in 2019 that he saw “no vacancy in Aso Rock in the next four years.”

He had warned looters to expect a hard time during Buhari’s second term when the pastor claimed Buhari was going to be “ruthless in fighting corruption.”

6. Bishop Kayode Williams was the National Coordinator, Christians for Good Governance, and pastor over Christ Vessels of Grace Church.

In March 2015, while leading a number of pastors for special prayer for Buhari’s emergence, he had said, “We want to observe seven days of special prayer on the seven mountains in the Southwest political zones comprising six states to pray for the victory of Buhari and Osinbajo in the March 28 presidential election.

“No one can do the same thing and expect different result. Nigerians must therefore get a change in baton. Nigerians deserve good life in the midst of all the resources that God has endowed us with.”

7. Prophet Christopher Owolabi is the General Overseer, Christ Apostolic Church, Ori Oke Irapada.

In a prophecy in 2019, he had said, “The present leadership in piloting the affairs of this great nation as was revealed to me will extend beyond 2019 and there is going to be a brighter light at the end of the tunnel, socially and economically.”

8. Reverend Moses Iloh was the General Overseer of the Soul Winning Chapel. He was one of the pastors who gave Buhari support in 2015 and joined the movement to actualise his election. He died in September 2018.

9. Archbishop Magnus Atilade was a former Christian Association of Nigeria chairman of the South-West region and the President of the Gospel Baptist Conference of Nigeria. He was a supporter of the Christians for Good Governance in 2015 which were routing for the emergence of Buhari.

He reportedly participated in prayers held with other pastors that Buhari should emerge. He died in January 2019.

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Yinka Odumakin And The Unfinished Work Of Nation Building By Dr G. Boladei Igali

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 1:42am

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In William Shakespeare's classic Julius Caesar, the chief protagonist, a Roman statesman and general boasted deafeningly to his wife Calpurnia and by extension to Cassius and Pompey, the other power brokers with whom he formed a triumvirate that "Of all the wonders that I have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing death, a necessary end, will come when it will come". So do society view the rather dreary phenomenon called death. But whenever it occurs, either for the youngest or oldest, all express a great "aww", instinctively.

The news of the death of one of Nigeria’s most outstanding social critics, civil rights activists and non-conformist, Yinka Odumakin on the night of Friday, 2nd April, 2021, was received by great portions of the society with a deep "oh no!". Born 1966, he was just 53 when his time of passing came. This was announced by his equally truculent wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, in an emotion laden statement. Though without tooling bells, no bellowing gunshots and no half-mast flying flags, Nigerians mourned and still mourn him across board. Why, for his upstandness against oppression, against injustice and for his lack of airs about political correctness. They also grieve the exit of his extraordinary contribution towards our efforts in actualizing more firmly the Nigerian project. He was a man of strong and courageous views about how he thought Nigeria should be and what needed to be done to attain that.
Yinka was in unexpected ways, a spectacular character and his nonconformist credentials spoke loudly. He was outspoken and   repugnant to injustice and lack of equity and fair-play. He fought for an egalitarian country where no Nigerian had a feeling of exclusion on account of birth, creed or status.

During nearly 30 years, Yinka was perhaps one of the most familiar faces on television, talking his voice hoax, on his interpretation of the idyllic Nigeria. He was also a "must read" newspaper columnist, who dug deeper than the deep. More than most other ordinary citizens, he was also a familiar face on the streets of Lagos in most protest actions. So also, conference rooms across Nigeria where the serious minds heckled ideas and traded wits with each other, Yinka's presence was the icing that made the difference. At other times, he was a regular guest even in the United States and United Kingdom, wherever Nigeria was the topic.

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Although he became Spokesman of Afenifere, the leading sociocultural platform of the Yoruba ethnic nationality, he canvassed national unity and oneness.  Hence, he was at the vanguard of handshakes of various forms across the country and interestingly, combatted those who preached divisions or dismemberment of Nigeria. He preached and fought for a united country of equal opportunities for all.

For all these, at a relatively young age, he was on the front row, perhaps 'centre forward' in the fight against military rule. He exemplified the pain and anguish of most fellow countrymen over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election. He then became one of the lead foot soldiers for the fight for what was termed a need for "Sovereign National Conference" to determine the nature of political harmony in Nigeria. Like Yinka, the campaigners for that approach to nation building, in a rather idealistic manner, intended that the "people" and "ethnic nationalities" should determine the constitutional order for the country, in contradistinction to an elitist dominated constitutional process.

With the return to democracy in 1999, he created a role for himself in fighting political imposition, corruption and ethnicity, which became new monsters. Towards the twilight of his life, Yinka emerged a determined champion of the idea of "Restructuring". The main exponents of this emergent coinage, hold the view that the solution to the country's myriad of problems would be in returning, as much as possible, to the original federalist structure. This it is argued, was what the founding fathers of Nigeria cautiously negotiated and agreed upon as a covenant to staying together during the constitutional conferences following the Macpherson/Lyttleton Constitutions of 1951/1954 respectively. Yinka therefore associated himself with various groups which still lead this campaign.  His voice was particularly loud at the 2014 National Conference during which this idea got out of the nestling cocoon. Going forward, he soon carved out a niche for himself as the fiery Spokesman for Afenifere of the Yoruba nation and Secretary of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum.

Quite at home with geroncratic preponderance, he soon became the pivot of the meetings of the nonagenerians and octogenarians who had toiled for Nigeria of the likes of Chief Edwin Clark, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, Prof Ango Abdullahi, and others as Chief Olu Falae, Chief Audi Ogbe, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Obong Victor Attah, Air Commodore Dan Suleiman, Chief John Nwodo, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, Gen David Jemibewon, etc. So in the hard nose discussions, outside government, on how to make Nigeria work better, between such leading groups as Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Middle Belt Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and similar sociocultural groups, comprising, elder statesmen, technocrats, academics, Yinka soon found himself as the Coordinator and Secretary.

Many continue to wonder from where came his radical tilt. Those who know him to his roots trace it to his family in the ancient town of Moro in Ile Ife area of Osun State. A bloodline of heraldry and outspokenness, revolution was in his bones as it is still in his 104 years old father, who is still alive. Indeed, while he read for a degree in English at the Obafemi Awolowo University till his graduation in 1989, his energy as a Student Activist was preeminent. Yinka's latter involvement with the “Father General" of radical movement in Nigeria, Chief Gani Fawehinmi unleashed his potentials and so he soon found himself in the vortex of the NADECO Struggle against the annulment of the June 12 1993 election.

The greatest influence on Yinka was however his equally leftist leaning wife, Dr. Josephine Obiageli, whom he met in the notorious Alagbon Criminal Investigation Department cell in Lagos. Both of them had been thrown into the gallows by some of then military regimes, especially that of General Sani Abacha who ruled Nigeria from 1993-1998. Unlike Yinka who briefly detoured into politics, having joined the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Party, National Conscience Party (NCP) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Political Party, his wife remained focused on civil activism and paid the price by being arrested and detained nearly 20 times because of her views on various issues. Acknowledging him as an “encyclopedia of positive activism” she confessed never knowing Yinka as just a husband, but as “Comrade” till death.

In Christendom, funeral obsequies are often dominated by singing. This is to the extent that there is even a dedicated "Service of Songs" An indispensable 19th century song entitled "Ever Remembered" enjoins that all men would soon fade but shall be remembered. Yes, the task of building a new Nigeria for the peaceful and happy coexistence of our children is inchoate. But along the way, at every twist and turn, we will remember and ever harvest the seeds which Yinka has planted. Through his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, Nigerian President, Muhammad Bihari whom Yinka served as Media Director in 2011 abortive Presidential bid remembered him as "dutiful and full of strong convictions". The building of nations is a continuous process where the collective thoughts and efforts of all, often divergent are harnessed for the common good. Hopefully, our efforts at building a secured and peaceful Nigeria for all, will always remember Yinka in the chronicles, indeed pantheon of our heroes past. 

Comrade Odumakin was laid in his final resting place in his ancestral home, Moro on Friday, 23rd April, 2021. 

Dr. Igali, is a  Former Amb and Federal Permanent Secretary.

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Tackle Insecurity, Don’t Muzzle Nigerians’ Right To Free Speech, Assembly – AAC Warns DSS

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 1:07am

The African Action Congress has asked the Department of State Services to desist from attempting to infringe on the rights of Nigerians to “freely assemble, organise and express themselves without any intimidation.”

The AAC said on Monday in a release that the DSS ought to tackle the insecurity manifested through the marauding gunmen, kidnappers and bandits.

The National Publicity Secretary of the AAC, Femi Adeyeye, stated that “patriotism cannot be forced on a people who have been denied social justice.”

The DSS had on Sunday said it warned Nigerian “religious and political leaders against making utterances capable of destabilising the country under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.”

A statement by Peter Afunanya, its spokesman, had accused some clerics and prominent leaders of making divisive comments and collaborating with external forces seeking to plunge Nigeria into crisis.

The development had come amid controversies that trailed call by Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, that the National Assembly should impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to resign over rising insecurity in the country.

Reacting to the DSS release, the AAC said, “It is no news anymore that the polity has been engaged by Nigerians with a lot of agitations for social, political and economic justice. There is no overbloating that these agitations are being orchestrated across the full length and breadth of the country with Nigerians in diaspora not excluded.

“In the acceptance of the aforementioned, the DSS in a press statement has taken its usual uncivilised posture of heating up the polity with threats and subversive statements against the constitutional rights of Nigerians to freely speak, assemble and protest against the unfortunate trend of insecurity, poverty, corruption and total lack of respect for citizenship.

“It is indeed unfortunate that this security outfit that has been grossly incapable of fishing out terrorists, bandits; ‘unknown gunmen’ both on our streets and inside government offices; such gross incompetence, that has turned the country to a hotbed of kidnappings, terrorism and banditry has suddenly found its reed voice and has taken to the market to threaten Nigerians whom in an harmonious manner have passed a vote of no confidence on the tyrannical and anti-people Buhari regime.

“For a country that now ranks 3rd most terrorised nation in the world, it is rather pathetic that instead of addressing this ridiculous ’feat’, the regime concerns itself with a misplaced priority of chasing after protesters and critics while empowering, protecting and defending terrorists. 

“It is evident that the DSS needs a course on democratic tenets and principles and how people’s rights to disagree must be respected. The act of drawing a red line to people’s rights must be condemned by all and sundry just as we have always maintained in the African Action Congress (AAC). As a party, we have long come to the conclusion that the Buhari regime is incapable of running a democratic and highly effective government guided by the rule of law.

“It is our position at the African Action Congress that the rights of Nigerians to freely assemble, organise and express themselves without any intimidation must be fully respected. We reiterate for the umpteenth time that patriotism cannot be forced on a people who have been denied social justice.”

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Why Termination Of Registrar's Appointment Was Not A Witch-hunt, Oye-Ekiti Varsity Vice-Chancellor

Sahara Reporters - 3 May 2021 - 1:02am

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, has refuted the claim by a former Registrar of the university, Mr. Olatunbosun Odusanya that he was responsible for the termination of his appointment.

The Vice-Chancellor made this known through his Special Adviser on Media Matters, Mr Wole Balogun in a statement released on Sunday, May 2. 

Prof. Fasina disclosed that the termination of the former Registrar's appointment was done by the FUOYE Governing Council headed by Dr. Mohammad Yahuza and not him. He said the former Registrar should stop misleading the public. 

Mr. Odusanya had recently alleged that his sacking was personal and done by Fasina.

“My fear is that if this kind of thing is allowed to just go away like that, it shows that FUOYE is in serious trouble. Ideally, this is an offence I did not commit; it is not my responsibility to employ, it is my responsibility to carry out the directives of the chief executive. 

"If Prof. Fasina could manoeuvre his way to remove the names of registrar within 10 days, I don’t know what is likely going to be the state or future of all staff in FUOYE," he had said. 
The Council headed by Dr Mohammed Yahuza had on April 20, 2021 suspended Odusanya from office to pave the way for investigation into allegations of misconduct levelled against him over irregularities in appointments between 1st August, 2020 and 10th February, 2021.

According to Mr Balogun, the Governing Council of the University on April 27, 2021, terminated the appointment in strict compliance with the university regulations regarding staff discipline and teminatiom of employment.

"However, rather than show remorse for his misconduct, the sacked Registrar has resorted to cheap blackmail and assault on the person of Vice-Chancellor," he said. 

Fasina, however, said he decided to respond to the unfounded allegations against his person just to set the records straight. 

He described Odusanya's claims as "the antics of a drowning man." 

The VC said he has no axe to grind with anybody, urging the dismissed Registrar to channel his energies into productive ventures. 
"There is clearly no case of personal vendetta or witch-hunt here. And that is for several reasons. 
"First, Odusanya and l have been friends for several years and we will remain friends. I had worked very harmoniously with him for over five years. When he was the University's Director of Administration and Special Duties, we had very harmonious working relationship. His former principal and my own former boss, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, remains my friend and brother. The three of us worked together for the tremendous success recorded during the years of Prof. Soremekun as the VC of FUOYE. I was then the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, and we had a very cordial and fruitful working relationship. 

"When I became the VC, l had also maintained that cordiality and spirit of brotherhood so there is clearly nothing personal about the development.

"What happened to Odusanya leading to the termination of his appointment was simply a clear case of gross misconduct that borders on his flagrant violation of the rules and regulations of the university regarding recruitment of staff. 
"The authority that found him wanting is the Governing Council of the university ably chaired by Dr. Mohammed Yahuza. The Governing Council is above me as the highest authority of the university. It was the Council that constituted the probe panel that investigated Odusanya's misconduct. He was duly queried and given a right of reply. He replied the query and the University Disciplinary Committee found his reply not tenable enough to exculpate him of the misconduct. He was duly found culpable and punished. So, how does that become personal vendetta or witch-hunt from me?

"Attributing the consequences of his inactions to vendetta against him from me, clearly amounts to character assassination and defamation on his part against my person. I advise him to desist from such unneccesary and fruitless voyage."

A source told SaharaReporters: "I don't know what he meant by that, but the fact that he was sacked by the governing council means it was beyond the VC. The decision was made unanimously by the council after they studied the report from the committee that was set up. 

"Out of 11 members that made up of the council, he could not even get one defending vote. The council chairman is the type that always force all members to participate and contribute to every issue raised. 

"The only little debate the council had was in term of penalty to be giving to him, because the committee recommended dismissal for the Registrar, according to the regulations and acts on which the university was established.

"His offences fall under serious misconduct, and the penalty for such is dismissal. But unanimously, the council decided to have mercy on him by terminating his appointment instead of the proposed dismissal, to safe his future opportunities. Obviously, Odusanya is fighting the council indirectly and not the VC."

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EXCLUSIVE: Fresh Troubles For Adoke In $1billion Malabu Oil Fraud As Forged Email Address Is Linked To Accomplice

Sahara Reporters - 2 May 2021 - 11:54pm

Mohammed Bello Adoke

More troubles await a former Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke, who is standing trial over an alleged $1 billion Malabu oil deal as fresh evidence links a forged email address to Aliyu Abubakar – an accomplice and one of those standing trial.

Adoke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had earlier claimed that the email provided to the Milan court by the UK authorities was forged.

Mohammed Bello Adoke

The email was sent to an employee of JP Morgan Chase, the bank that held the proceeds of the deal on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

It was signed by Mohammed Bello Adoke.

But the matter has taken a new dimension following an investigation of documents filed with the Corporate Affairs Commission by a company owned by Aliyu Abubakhar, who was charged alongside Adoke in Nigeria with offences related to the OPL 245 deal. 

Investigation by SaharaReporters revealed that the said email address was used in the bank documents relating to a First Bank account for Novel Properties and Development Company Ltd, and also showed the email being given as the contact email for Aliyu Abubakar. 

The bank documents form part of the Milan case file and are now public documents. 

Also filing registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission showed that has been used as the email address for a firm, A Group Construction. 

The CAC filings included the company special resolution letter, September 26, 2011 and were titled, “Appointment of Company Secretary” which is on the company’s letter head paper with the email address for the company as 

It was learnt that Novel Properties and Development Company Ltd also received money emanating from the OPL 245 deal to the tune of $30 million.

The Chairman of HEDA Resource, Lanre Suraju, had been invited and detained in April for questioning, following a complaint by Adoke to the Inspector-General of Police on the alleged forgery.

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Suraju had denied all the allegations of forging the email, and also HEDA’s international partners Corner House, Global Witness and Re: Common.

It was learnt that Aliyu Abubakar was a founding director and shareholder of A Group Construction and still held those roles in 2011 when the email was sent and when the company received monies from the OPL 245 deal.

Bank documents relating to a First Bank account for Novel Properties and Development Company Ltd also record the email being given as the contact email for Aliyu Abubakar. The bank documents form part of the Milan case file and are now public documents. 

Adoke and Abubakar are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for money laundering and other charges in relation to the OPL 245 deal.  

The latest revelation that the email address was directly linked to Aliyu and his companies that benefited from the deal raises more questions for former AGF, Adoke.

Findings also revealed that the anti-graft agency had been provided with the documents and asked to investigate.

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The Implication Of Jaafar Jaafar, By Gimba Kakanda

Sahara Reporters - 2 May 2021 - 11:48pm

Jaafar Jaafar

Without him, we wouldn’t have unmasked the dollar-hoarding mobile vault occupying the seat of power in Kano state. But Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, whose corruption was caught on tape in a sting operation by Jaafar-owned Daily Nigerian newspaper, isn’t the man to play by the book. He’s demonstrably ruthless and, with the resources at his disposal, it’s instinctive for his perceived enemies to take precaution. But Jaafar’s flight for safety about two weeks ago isn’t an inhibition of startle reflex; it’s a conscious and necessary escape from a declared danger. 

On a March 19 interview with the BBC Hausa, Governor Ganduje gave a hint of the danger awaiting Jaafar. He had an unfolding plan to “deal with” those who released those videos of him stuffing dollars in flowing Babbar Riga, he shared. An alarmed Jaafar petitioned the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over that broadcast threat to his life. In the heat of this tension, an associate of the journalist also reached out to draw his attention to unknown persons lurking around his residence. The men suspected to be “hitmen” weren’t only at his residence in Abuja, but also spotted at his Kano residence. 

On April 15, instead of assurance of protection from the Police, the publisher received an enveloped intimidation from the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Police Headquarters in Abuja. The letter, dated 14 April 2021 and signed by ACP A. A. Elleman, alleged that Jaafar was inciting violence and “spreading injurious falsehood to the Inspector General of Police (sic).” Fortunately, Jaafar wasn’t in the office when the five armed police officers stormed Daily Nigerian premises to invite him for questioning. 

Jaafar Jaafar

The investigative reporter has a legitimate reason to flee after five armed officers came looking for him, a private citizen who had blown the whistle to expose political theft and realizing the Police were attempting to treat him as the criminal for dispensing such democratic liberty. This refusal of the state to acknowledge the gravity of Ganduje’s corruption was a conspiracy developed when the videos, serialized to prove that the politician had received $5 million in kickbacks from contractors, were released in October 2018. The Ibrahim Magu-led EFCC was the first to launch a poor excuse for Ganduje. Pressured to share their plan for Ganduje at the peak of the revelation as the politician’s first tenure expired, Magu admitted that he had taken the videos to London for forensic analysis. 

If one is outraged by the excuse that an organization as distinguished and critical as the EFCC had to go to London to determine the authenticity of a video, which average graduates of our under-equipped universities do easily, then the position of President Muhammadu Buhari should deal a blow to one’s mental health. He broke his silence during his session on Kadaria Ahmed’s interview series ahead of the 2019 general elections. He said he had no idea of “the extent of the technology used” in making the videos, hinting that it was possibly manipulated, and then went to Kano to endorse Ganduje for re-election. 

There was of course a false hope from the Kano State House of Assembly as the media, especially social media, amplified Jaafar’s videos to caricature and immortalize Ganduje’s underground dealings. Even though Jaafar wasn’t obligated to appear at the legislative chamber, he took the pain of appearing before the circus they called an investigative panel to “assist” that arm of government in making sense of the videos. Nothing came out of it, and it’s safe to assume that Ghana-must-go must’ve changed owners.  

Jaafar’s liberty must be our primal concern in this dangerous time. He’s a symbol of hope in a system that buys conscience cheaply in the market of ideas. The country has been spectacularly unsafe and having a ruthless politician and potentially irrational police after one is enough reason to go into hiding. When the rogues become the heroes of a publicized heist, the implication spells out beyond journalism and the civil society.  

But Ganduje is the making of all of us. He’s the making of a political culture that protected him when he was caught pants down. He’s an invention of an army of sycophants procured to demonize the voices of reason. He thrived on a political party that looked away when evidence of his abuse of office trended. He was enabled by a legislature that performed for the camera and kept mum afterwards. He is, ultimately, a beneficiary of Buhari’s disinterest in redeeming the most important pledge that paved his way to the office. 

The uncertainty around the lives of journalists and government critics under this government justifies Jaafar’s decision. Since August 2019, Abubakar Idris, known as Dadiyata on Twitter, has been missing, with his loved ones left with no clue to his whereabouts and whether he’s even still alive. He was also a fierce critic of Governor Ganduje, but there’s been a conspiratorial silence in the security circle since his abduction in Kaduna. If Dadiyata were the son of some politically advantaged person, there would’ve long been closure on this case. 

Jaafar isn’t unaware that he’s as vulnerable as Dadiyata, even though he possesses a huge platform to report the danger after him. Beyond the acknowledgement of his vulnerability is the fact that Ganduje is a familiarly unforgiving and unpredictable politician. To his notoriety are, among several cases, sacrificing his most essential media aide, Salihu Tanko Yakassai, to please his political principals in Abuja; neutralizing his former principal, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to protect his political capitals; and deposing Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II and balkanizing a centuries-old emirate to assuage his bruised ego. 

The flower Jaafar deserves should come with thunderous applause, and all the parties invested in protecting Nigeria from the breed of vultures devouring its finest citizens must come together to defend and protect him from the forces that strike when we are carried away, defenceless or asleep. He has a family and an important organization to manage, a critical role to play in our democracy, and this emotional dislocation isn’t the road to that sane destination. 

Gimba Kakanda is an Abuja-based public affairs commentator and columnist. 

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Nigerian Army Reacts To Allegation Of Killing Igbo, Christian Soldiers

Sahara Reporters - 2 May 2021 - 11:13pm

IChief of Army Staff brahim Attahiru

The Nigerian Army has said that "callous and cowardly enemies of Nigeria's peace and unity" are the ones peddling that it deployed soldiers along ethnic and religious lines to get killed in the line of duty.

The Army stated this in a reaction to a news item titled, "Secret Fulani plan unveiled – The Compromised army chief", which alleges that the military is now using its deployment to kill Igbo and Christian personnel.

IChief of Army Staff brahim Attahiru

The news had alleged further that "two Igbo officers, Lt Col Okeke and Lt Col Ajah alongside 44 others, predominantly Southern and Middle Belt Christian officers, lost their lives in a conspiracy hatched by Fulani senior officers."

The Army's Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Mohammed Yerima, stated in a release on Monday that the claims were "illogical and pathetic narrative" and no such names existed in the military records.

He said, "For the umpteenth time, the callous and cowardly enemies of Nigeria's peace and unity are at their worst moments of divisive and subversive rhetorics against the formidable sovereignty of our beloved nation and its patriotic Nigerian Army.

"The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to an online publication. However, to put the record straight, it should be clear that the Nigerian Army does not train, deploy or operate along ethnic, religious, tribal or regional divides.

"In the past, several subversive elements have attempted to infiltrate the formidable ranks of the Nigerian Army to sow the seed of discord among its personnel but failed. This is mainly due to the loyalty and belief of the Nigerian Army in one great country, Nigeria.

"The amateurish article presented in self-styled stages 1-9 in a fictitious movie-like scenario devoid of even the basic rudiments of a news report but yet laced with potent hatred and venom for Nigeria and its proud citizens. One cannot but forgive the illiterate writer of this article and his sponsors for referring to the Chief of Army Staff as Lt Gen Jega (Stage 1, paragraph 1).

"Similarly, on the alleged killing of some personnel, a quick check on the Nigerian Army personnel database returned negative for Lt Cols ND Okeke and Aja, as there are no names, matches currently in service of the Nigerian Army who was alleged to have been killed in a conspiracy whatever that means.

"The Nigerian Army also wishes to reiterate its commitment to the protection of our territorial integrity, defending lives and properties of all citizens and residents in Nigeria."

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"Senior Advocate Of Nonsense" – Eedris Abdulkareem Disses Keyamo In New Song

Sahara Reporters - 2 May 2021 - 11:07pm

Nigerian rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem, has again lashed out at the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, in his newly released track, following the growing exposure of the private communications between the friends-turned-enemies.

The "Jaga Jaga" crooner, this time, subtly referred to Keyamo as Senior Advocate of Nonsense in the new track, titled "Jaga Jaga Oti Get e" while raising points on insecurity in the nation.

In the song, he notes Keyamo's involvement in the government's alleged terrorists' propaganda.

He asks, "Is your government not a cabal wey dey pamper plenty terrorists?" alluding to the Buhari government's cover-up of a Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, whom the government refused to let go amidst apparent terrorism link allegations.

The song also touches on the multiple reports of kidnappings across the nation as Abdulkareem describes extremism as a "hallmark" of the government.

He states that many people, including him, had initially supported Buhari and have now regretted their decision.

He urged the people of Delta State to be vigilant as Keyamo's actions are aimed at garnering support ahead of the 2023 political cycle in the state. The minister is said to be warming up for the state's governorship.

SaharaReporters had, on April 24, reported how Keyamo, in a tweet, claimed Eedris had approached him in 2018 when he was named the Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari Campaign Organisation and wanted to join the group for a fee.

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He claimed he told the artist that he had no budget for such.

The minister had added that the singer begged him for a loan of over a N3million to pay for his hotel bills in Abuja and also cater for his sick mother.

Keyamo also disclosed that the musician pleaded with him to introduce him to Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, to pursue his course of "getting into the system".

The minister alleged that his refusal to honour Abdulkareem's request led the singer to endorse Atiku Abubakar, the then-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the 2019 general elections and to become a critic of Buhari's government after the polls.

Narrating his side of the event, Eedris, in a statement (with some pidgin) on Sunday, said, "When he [Keyamo] was in prison, I stood by him, I fought (Olusegun) Obasanjo on behalf of all the comrades in jail. I released Jagajaga. When my mother was dying, I reached out to a brother, or one I thought was a brother and a comrade. Could he have helped, yes, did he help, NO…such was the wickedness of his heart that he munched and kept personal details for three years…real Hallmark of a Blackmailer!

"In 2018, I still thought the man was a comrade. He thought he could effect change in the government he served. Then he joined the cabal, he became inner caucus and held the steering wheel spiralling Nigeria into doom. He joined to crush the revolution of the youths; he joined the cabal. The cabal which mowed down our youths at LEKKI TOLL GATE.

"With a vexed spirit, I went again to the studio for 'Jagajaga Reloaded' and the Blackmailer went to town. The cabal is awoken. The cabal is hit. The cabal is in pain. The cabal is failing. The cabal will fall.

"The Blackmailer said I recorded a song for Buhari. The said song is titled: 'Obasanjo Write Buhari Letter…' 

"Issues raised on Jagajaga Reloaded are facts. Nigeria never had it so bad. The Jagajaga has taken a gargantuan dimension. We must keep asking questions. We must ask the cabal questions.

"Festus Keyamo don join the cabal. He is in pains because his next ambition is to be governor of Delta State. Perhaps to localise grand looting, terrorism, murdering and raping of our citizens, kidnapping, which his cabal have romanticised and packaged as banditry, and sundry other mis-governance. This is why Jagajaga ti get e! Festus Keyamo na cabal.”

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