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Ex-Central Bank Governor, Soludo Wins Anambra APGA Governorship Primary Election Amid Party Crisis

4 hours 22 min ago


The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, has emerged the winner of the Anambra governorship primary election of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Soludo will be representing the party in the November 6 governorship election.

Soludo secured 740 votes to defeat other challengers. The total number of accredited delegates who participated was 795 while 792 votes were cast.

Willie Obiano, Anambra state governor, and other stakeholders of the party were present at the event that took place on Wednesday in Awka, Anambra state capital.
Meanwhile, earlier, Soludo was suspended from the party by the National Executive Committee under the Jude Okeke-led faction, for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities. 

His suspension by one faction and victory in a primary overseen by another faction further intensified the crisis within the party.

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Ex-Central Bank Governor, Soludo Wins Anambra APGA Governorship Primary Election Amid Party Crisis

4 hours 22 min ago


The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, has emerged the winner of the Anambra governorship primary election of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Soludo will be representing the party in the November 6 governorship election.

Soludo secured 740 votes to defeat other challengers. The total number of accredited delegates who participated was 795 while 792 votes were cast.

Willie Obiano, Anambra state governor, and other stakeholders of the party were present at the event that took place on Wednesday in Awka, Anambra state capital.
Meanwhile, earlier, Soludo was suspended from the party by the National Executive Committee under the Jude Okeke-led faction, for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities. 

His suspension by one faction and victory in a primary overseen by another faction further intensified the crisis within the party.

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Ooni’s Wife, Naomi Attends 18-year-old Alleged #EndSARS Protester, Kemisola Baby’s Christening In Ondo3

4 hours 54 min ago



The baby delivered in prison by Kemisola Ogunniyi, an 18-year-old girl detained over #EndSARS protest has been christened.

The baby was named Okikiola, Samuel, Oluwapamilerin, among others.

Among those who attended the event was the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Naomi Ogunwusi.

The Ondo State High Court sitting at the Olokuta Medium Prison in Akure had on Tuesday granted Kemisola bail in the sum of N10 million and a surety in like sum.

The nursing mother was arrested in Akure on October 24, 2020, while going to a pharmacy to buy drugs for her mother.

She was arrested by the police along with three others, saying they participated in the #EndSARS protest in the state.

The police claimed they were part of the #EndSARS protesters who burnt the office of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state last year, about eight months ago. 

The three others are Ayodele Bukunmi, Ojo Samuel and Ani Obinna.

The charges preferred against them were conspiracy to commit the following felonies, to wit: arson, riotous assembly, stealing and malicious damage.

Kemisola was said to have gone into labour on June 15 and given birth to a baby boy the following day.

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, had in a Facebook post last week called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the state to look into the issue, adding that the mother of the newborn was innocent and never committed any offence.

The post by Sowore triggered public outrage, with many Nigerians demanding her swift and unconditional release from detention.

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Army Chief Lands In Imo, Says Troops Must Redouble Efforts Against IPOB Members

5 hours 2 min ago


The Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Farouk Yahaya, on Wednesday visited Owerri, Imo State, saying he came for an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation of the state. 

Yahaya, who met with troops of 34 Brigade in Obinze Barracks, Owerri, urged them to be dogged and decisive against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which he said, was disturbing the peace of the state. 

According to a release by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the army chief lauded "the resilience of troops of 34 Brigade and operatives of other security agencies in turning the tide of the recent spate of insecurity that resulted from the criminal activities of the proscribed group, IPOB, in Imo State." 

He said, "Gen Yahaya made the commendation today at Obinze Barracks, Owerri, Imo State, while addressing the troops during his maiden operational visit to Headquarters 34 Brigade.

"He told the troops that his visit was informed by the need to have an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in the state. The COAS expressed delight on the successes so far recorded by the troops and urged them to redouble their effort in order to consolidate on their successes.

"Gen Yahaya further charged them to be loyal and exhibit high sense of duty at all times. He pointed out, that more successes would be recorded through compliance to instructions and loyalty to superior authority.

"The COAS also called on the officers to always lead by example and ensure that troops are adequately briefed and kept abreast of the mission at hand.

"In a show of synergy, the COAS also paid a visit to troops of 211 Response Group, Nigerian Air Force, Owerri, where he implored the troops to be professional and alert at all times. He appreciated them for their spirit of jointness and synergy towards tackling insecurity in the state.

"Highlight of the working tour was COAS' visit to the proposed Military Hospital Owerri and a tour of Obinze Barracks." 

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Nigerian Army Lambasts Sheikh Gumi, Says Soldiers Not Colluding With Bandits

5 hours 9 min ago


Sheikh Ahmad Gumi

The Nigerian Army has knocked a popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi, for stating that some Nigerian soldiers were conniving with bandits and worsening the security situation in the country. 

The army said on Wednesday that Sheikh Gumi's statement is both sad and unfortunate, adding that there was no reason for the Islamic scholars to deride the soldiers who lay down their lives always for the well-being of Nigerians. 

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi Premium Times

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, said these in a release in reaction to Gumi's statement in an interview on Arise Television. ]

Nwachukwu noted that the army "remains a bonafide symbol of national unity that has conducted its constitutional responsibilities in the most professional manner in line with rules of engagement and protection of the fundamental human rights of the citizenry." 

The army spokesman said, "The sweeping allegation peddled by the scholar is not only sad and unfortunate, but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of our patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country. 
"It is essential to remind ourselves that these same military, being accused of connivance, are the ones who recently put their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Government Secondary School, Birnin Yawuri from kidnappers. 

"While the army will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, it must be stated unambiguously that it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel, as provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are crystallised in Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

"It must also be pointed out, that while the military is very much receptive to constructive criticism, it should not be perceived as a gateway for derogatory comments that have the potential to embolden criminals. It is also necessary to reiterate that patriotism must be taken to a trajectory where subversive conversations on the state are brought to the barest minimum. 

"Opinion leaders are enjoined to demonstrate patriotism in building the peace, rather than being agents of distabilisation, thereby aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation."  

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Delta Peoples Democratic Party Suspends Senator Nwaoboshi

6 hours 10 min ago


The senator representing Delta North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Peter Nwaoboshi, has been suspended by the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for a period of one month.

 

 

Nwaoboshi, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), was suspended over what the party described as "anti-party" activities.

 

According to a statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Ifeanyi Osuoza, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the action became necessary following Nwaoboshi's recent romance with the the All Progressives Congress (APC) and verbal attacks on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

 

 

"The State Working Committee (SWC) of the Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), rising from an emergency meeting, has suspended the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi, for a period of one month.

 

 

"This action has become necessary against the backdrop of the recent romance with an opposition party, verbal recklessness, and unprovoked utterances of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, particularly against the person of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, which the PDP State Working Committee views strongly as totally unacceptable, disturbing and unbecoming of a politician and party member of his stature.

 

 

"The PDP State Working Committee is in no doubt that the rash, unguarded, confused and heavily noxious, and vitriolic attacks by Senator Nwaoboshi, a serving Senator and a very recent Chairman of our great party, are potentially inimical to the peace and harmony of the party and tantamount to causing discord and disaffection among loyal party members.

 

 

"The suspension, therefore, though obligatory, has sadly become imperative and inevitable, especially given the dramatic spontaneity and overzealousness of his verbal attacks, which are totally out of character and may have suspiciously been induced by circumstances which defy immediate rational analysis and comprehension.

 

 

"The matter has been referred to the State Disciplinary Committee, in order to afford Senator Nwaoboshi a fair hearing and the opportunity to appear before it and defend himself over his recent utterances and actions against the party and its leadership, in the state.

 

 

"We urge all party faithful to remain calm in the face of these provocations and maintain the peace, maturity, and party harmony which have been and will continue to remain the hallmarks of our great party," the party stated.

 

 

Our correspondent observed that Nwaoboshi has been having a running battle with the state governor, Okowa over 2023 governorship projections. 

 

It has also be rumoured that the senator has since dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress following his recent closeness to the Deputy Senate President and senator representing Delta Central senatorial district of the state, Ovie Omo-Agege, who is said to be nursing a governorship ambition come 2023.

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REVEALED: Countries Where All Military Chiefs Sacked By Buhari Were Posted To As Ambassadors

6 hours 16 min ago


The Nigerian government has deployed all former service chiefs to different countries as Ambassador.

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama had earlier in a statement announced former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (retd.) and former Defence Chief, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin as Ambassadors to Benin Republic and Cameroon respectively.

The Minister’s statement was however silent on the posting of the other former service chiefs – Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retd.); former Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.), ex-Chief of Air Staff and and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Usman (retd.), former Chief of Defence Intelligence.

 

In an interview with SaharaReporters on Friday, a source said Abubakar was posted to Chad while Ibas was posted to Ghana.

 

Former CDI, Usman was also deployed by Buhari to Niger Republic.

 

Buhari had sacked all the former service chiefs on January 26.

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The President subsequently announced the nomination of the immediate past service chiefs on February 4 as non-career ambassadors, a decision which was greeted with widespread condemnation.

 

The decision was condemned by most Nigerians who believed that the former service chiefs should be probed particularly on the controversial $1 billion arms fund released between 2018 and 2019.

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Nigerians also said Buratai, and his colleagues must appear before the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands, to answer for several massacres in the country under their watch with the most recent being October 2020 Lekki shooting, where a disputable number of civilian protesters were killed and injured.

 

They also noted that the former Chief of Army Staff and possibly others must be probed for what has become known as the Zaria massacre, which was carried out by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State, on December 12, 2015, against Shia Muslims, mostly members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 

 

At least 348 civilians were reportedly killed, with 347 bodies allegedly secretly buried by the army in a mass grave.

 

The Kaduna State government had in April 2016 said 347 corpses were given a mass burial at the Mando cemetery after what they claimed was a clash between soldiers and members of the Shiite’s sect in the state.

 

The then Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Mallam Balarabe Lawal, who said this when he appeared before a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, added that the corpses were given a mass burial in a grave on December 14, 2015 in a cemetery along Mando/ Zaria Road.

 

According to the SSG, a total of 191 unknown corpses were recovered from the Army Depot in Zaria and another batch of 156 corpses were recovered from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama had earlier in a statement announced former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (retd.) and former Defence Chief, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin as Ambassadors to Benin Republic and Cameroon respectively.
The Minister’s statement was however silent on the posting of the other former service chiefs – Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retd.); former Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.), ex-Chief of Air Staff and and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Usman (retd.), former Chief of Defence Intelligence.
In an interview with SaharaReporters on Friday, a source said Abubakar was posted to Chad while Ibas was posted to Ghana.
Former CDI, Usman was also deployed by Buhari to Niger Republic.
Buhari had sacked all the former service chiefs on January 26.
The President subsequently announced the nomination of the immediate past service chiefs on February 4 as non-career ambassadors, a decision which was greeted with widespread condemnation.
The decision was condemned by most Nigerians who believed that the former service chiefs should be probed particularly on the controversial $1 billion arms fund released between 2018 and 2019.
Nigerians also said Buratai, and his colleagues must appear before the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands, to answer for several massacres in the country under their watch with the most recent being October 2020 Lekki shooting, where a disputable number of civilian protesters were killed and injured.
They also noted that the former Chief of Army Staff and possibly others must be probed for what has become known as the Zaria massacre, which was carried out by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State, on December 12, 2015, against Shia Muslims, mostly members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 
At least 348 civilians were reportedly killed, with 347 bodies allegedly secretly buried by the army in a mass grave.
The Kaduna State government had in April 2016 said 347 corpses were given a mass burial at the Mando cemetery after what they claimed was a clash between soldiers and members of the Shiite’s sect in the state.
The then Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Mallam Balarabe Lawal, who said this when he appeared before a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, added that the corpses were given a mass burial in a grave on December 14, 2015 in a cemetery along Mando/ Zaria Road.
According to the SSG, a total of 191 unknown corpses were recovered from the Army Depot in Zaria and another batch of 156 corpses were recovered from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.
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BREAKING: SERAP Gets Court's Permission To Sue Senate President, Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over 'Missing' N4.4billion

6 hours 47 min ago


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said it has secured legal authority to sue Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. 

According to the group in a tweet on Wednesday, the suit is to compel Nigeria's numbers three and four citizens to investigate alleged missing N4. 4 billion budgeted for the National Assembly. 

The motion on notice is to be served on the respondents within seven days, the group added. 

Hon. Justice Ekwo of Court 5 also ordered that the Motion on Notice be served on the Respondents within seven days of the order, together with hearing notices.

The suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/366/2021 is adjourned to 13th July, 2021 for the hearing of the substantive application.

— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) June 23, 2021

"The Federal High Court in Abuja today granted SERAP the permission to pursue our case seeking to compel Senate President Dr. Lawan and Speaker Mr Gbajabiamila to investigate or refer to anti-corruption agencies alleged missing N4.4bn budgeted for the National Assembly.

 

"Hon. Justice Ekwo of Court 5 also ordered that the Motion on Notice be served on the Respondents within seven days of the order, together with hearing notices. 

 

"The suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/366/2021 is adjourned to 13th July, 2021 for the hearing of the substantive application," it said.

 

SERAP had in March filed a lawsuit against Lawan and Gbajabiamila over “their failure to probe, and to refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4bn of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three annual audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”

 

The suit followed the publication of annual audited reports for 2015, 2017 and 2018 in which the Auditor-General of the Federation raised “concerns about alleged diversion and misappropriation of public funds, sought the recovery of any missing funds, and asked that the evidence of recovery should be forwarded to his office.”

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All Progressives Grand Alliance Suspends Ex-Central Bank Governor, Soludo

7 hours 1 min ago


Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has been suspended from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities.

 

Soludo was suspended on Wednesday by the National Executive Committee (NEC), which is the second highest decision making body of the party, after ratifying the resolution of National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. 

The National Executive Committee acted under the Jude Okeke-led faction.

 

The National Working Committee of the party had previously met on Tuesday where the decision to suspend Soludo was met, Daily Trust reports.

 

Meanwhile, the suspension of the former governorship aspirant in Anambra State from the party, has further intensified the crisis within the party.

The party's Acting National Publicity Secretary in Abuja, Comrade Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, said, "The party is ready for the July 1 primary election and the winner will lead APGA to victory at the November 6, 2021 governorship election.”

 

The Okeke-led faction described the governorship primary election held in Awka, the Anambra state capital, by the Victor Oye- led faction as a sham and effort in futility.

 

 

“The NWC of APGA has resolved to suspend former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and governorship aspirant, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo from the party for anti-party activities,” he said.

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Rise Above Your Stomach, Respect Yourself—Activist Blasts Fani-Kayode For Praising Governor Bello

7 hours 26 min ago


Activist, Usman Austin Okai has slammed former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, for praising Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.

 

This comes as Fani-Kayode took to his Twitter handle to shower praises on the Kogi State Governor, whom he met during the weekend.

Fani-Kayode, in his tweet, expressed optimism that amid the current crisis bedevilling the nation, “Nigerians will have every reason to smile again”.

 

The tweet reads, “I had a fruitful and productive meeting about the way forward for our country, crucial national issues, security matters, and politics with Governor Yahaya Bello before leaving for Abuja. Much will unfold in the politics of this country in the coming days, weeks, and months and Nigerians will have every reason to smile again.

 

“We shall surely prevail and God will guide, lead and protect our people and our country and grant us peace. I had a wonderful time in Kogi and I met wonderful people.

 

“Thanks be to God and my love and appreciation go to the Governor and his team for hosting my delegation of 15 and me so well.”

 

But in a statement on Wednesday, Okai advised the former minister to rise above his stomach and pecuniary gains by desisting from insulting the sensibility of Kogi indigenes with the unmerited praises showered on Bello.

 

The statement reads: "I have observed with great dismay the complimentary remarks and comments showered on the infamous Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, by a former minister, Chief Fani Kayode.

 

“Until recently, Chief Fani Kayode used to be a man I held in high esteem but, he is gradually tilting towards the path of infamy.

 

“I expected that being a man who has served at the highest level of government- the Federal Executive Council, Fani Kayode should be able to differentiate between good governance from clownishness but I was wrong.

 

“For some days now, FFK has been using every opportunity and platform that he has to insult the sensibility of Kogi indigenes and residents alike- who have been at the receiving end of Bello's evil and maladministration by labelling a man who has been judged by the majority of people in the population of the state and Nigeria at large as a failure per excellence.

 

“The same Yahaya Bello who is infamously known as a disgrace to youths and governance is the man Chief Kayode coronated with the robe of champion of Nigerian youths.

 

“It is unfortunate that since 2015, FFK has fallen from the exalted office of Campaign Spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan to the clownish state of instability and riff-raffism.

 

"His notorious instability has seen him become a champion of Biafra secession whenever he is with Nnamdi Kanu, a champion of Oduduwa Republic secession whenever he's with Sunday Igboho; and at the same time an advocate of one united Nigeria whenever he is with Yahaya Bello or any Nigerian Governor. Which mentally stable human being will be an advocate of secession and at the same time an advocate of united Nigeria?

 

"While I am not against the decision of Chief Kayode to take advantage of the wastefulness of Governor Bello, he would have done himself good by quietly taking his share and hiding his head in shame instead of dancing naked in the market square.

 

"It will be in the interest of Chief Fani-Kayode to respect himself as a former minister and rise above the dictates of his stomach. He can't be a critic of the failed Buhari administration but and at the same time praise Yahaya Bello - who in relative terms is failure personified.

 

"Kogi state indigenes will not fold their arms and watch anyone insult their sensibility by making them look stupid simply because such a person craves to fulfil the ambition of his stomach."

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Crime In Nigeria Has Attained 'Next Level'—Ganduje

7 hours 46 min ago


Kano Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state says crime has attained 'next level' in Nigeria

Ganduje disclosed this while receiving the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, in Kano.

Kano Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The governor said it was in consideration of that reality that the state government installed CCTV in some strategic places in Kano, to secure the lives and property of people.

He said, “Since crime has gone to the next level in Nigeria, strategy too has to go to the next level.

“We have installed CCTV all over the metropolitan city, and now laying optic fibre to complement the satellite services.

“We also have trackers, and at the major entrance of Kano metropolis, we built security dometories where we have a number of security agents manning the major entrances.”

Earlier, Baba had told the governor that he was in the state in connection with the passing-out ceremony of Cadets of Nigeria Police Academy Wudil, Kano.

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Give Bandits Contract To Guard Forests, Farmlands— Sheikh Gumi Tells Nigerian Government

7 hours 48 min ago


Sheik Gumi with bandits

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has alleged that security operatives are working with bandits who are wreaking havoc across the country.

Speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, Gumi accused some security personnel of giving armed gangs a soft landing.

Sheik Gumi with bandits

He also urged farmers across the country to allow Fulani herdsmen to protect their forests.

The Islamic scholar, while admitting that bandits are committing all sorts of crimes, also said atrocities had been committed against them by various tribes across Nigeria.

Insisting on his call for amnesty for the bandits, Gumi said they are ready to surrender if the government will provide them with a means of livelihood.

He said, “The Niger Delta example, I think we can take an example from that. When they were vandalising pipelines, they were given the pipelines to guard.

"Now, the herdsmen are controlling a big chunk of land whereby they are preventing farmers from farming. As the Niger Delta is important to the economy, these herdsmen now are becoming important to the Nigerian economy.

“They can be our guards, they can guard the forests. They have qualities that we can tap from,” Gumi said.

He dismissed the amnesty granted to bandits by Katsina State Governor Bello Masari, describing it as “political amnesty” without any package.

“When you grant a political amnesty, I mean amnesty in the front of the press and the media but in the real sense, there was no amnesty.

“Amnesty comes with a package. The package is you rehabilitate these criminals, you provide for them social amenities.

“You entice them to leave the forests by providing them with skills. But there is no project put forward.”

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Oyo Government Goes Spiritual, Solicits Offer Of Sacrifices, Prayers Over Insecurity

7 hours 50 min ago


Seyi Makinde

The Oyo State government and practitioners of traditional religion in the state have agreed to collaborate and invoke spiritual powers to fight the recent surge in insecurity.

The resolution was part of the outcome of deliberations at a meeting on Community and Public Enlightenment on Security and Peaceful Coexistence, which was held on Wednesday at the State Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism in Ibadan.

Seyi Makinde

The Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, who convened the meeting on behalf of the government expressed joy for the support given to the governor by the traditional religion practitioners since the last governorship election.

He declared that the Seyi Makinde-led administration was working on the request of the traditional religion practitioners to be granted a public holiday. 

He stressed the need to involve them, among other religious bodies, in the effort to end insecurity in the state.

"I wish to inform you that work is ongoing on the approval of a special holiday for traditional worshippers in Oyo State, it is a long process that must go through legislation, executive assent, and state Gazette. The government is working on this and we need your continuous collaboration to make Oyo State more harmonious and attractive to investors.

"We need to involve you, our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters in the traditional religion in putting an end to insecurity in the state. We are using this opportunity to urge you to do all you can, including making spiritual appeasements, sacrifices to ensure and maintain peace in our state.

"In the old, our forefathers had ways of overcoming insecurity, we need to go back and adopt some of these methods to make our land habitable, to make Oyo State the pride of other states and attract investors to bring their businesses, which in turn will multiply employment opportunities and improve commercial activities."

The Executive Assistance on Administration to Governor Makinde, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, who was also at the event, called on the traditional religion adherents to continue to support the incumbent administration so that the developmental projects embarked upon by the government would continue.

Ogedengbe noted that since the arrival of Makinde's administration in the state, so many projects, programmes, and policies have been put in place to improve the welfare of the people and give support to the youths, the elderly, and others in the state.

While speaking on behalf of the traditional religion adherents, the Aare Isese of Oyo State, Aare Omikunmi Egbelade; Chairman, Asa Orisa of Nigeria, Chief Oke Adejare and Oba Ela of Oyo State, Oba Ojebode Awoniran, called on the state government to make funds available for the three major religion bodies, for them to offer sacrifices, special appeasements and prayers.

They urged the administration to accord them more recognition and give them a sense of belonging by approving the public holiday they have been clamouring for. 

Meanwhile, the state government has also met with the leadership of Ibadan masqueraders to inform them about the administration's message of peaceful coexistence. 

The emergency security consultative meeting on the Egungun festival in Ibadan was at the behest of the Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Security, Fatai Owoseni, who doubles as the Executive Secretary of the State's Security Trust Fund. 
Also present were the Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Alabi, State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, and Director General, Operation Burst, Col. Oladipo Ajibola (Rtd).   

Also at the meeting was the Alaagba of Ibadan (leader of Egungun sect) and Chairmen of four local government areas in Ibadan.

Mr Owoseni said the state government has provided more security personnel to monitor the activities of the masqueraders and urged miscreants not to join the procession, to avoid arrest and prosecution.

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Forty-four Civil Societies Write Benin Republic President Over Buratai’s Appointment, List 19 Massacres Under Him As Army Chief

8 hours 58 min ago


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Yusuf Tukur Buratai.

No fewer than 44 civil society organisations from Nigeria have written to the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Athanase Talon, and Beninese key ambassadors asking them to reject the appointment of Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.).

The civil groups listed 19 massacres and human rights violations under the former army chief, adding that he should be made to answer for his war crimes, rather than be given diplomatic immunity.

Yusuf Tukur Buratai.

SaharaReporters exclusively obtained the letter written by the civil societies, which was copied to Jean-Claude Felix, the Head of Mission, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Benin to the United Nations, Eusebe Agbangla, Head of Mission, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Benin to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva, and Ambassador Hector Posset, Head of Republic of Benin Mission to the United States.

The letter was also sent to Paulette Marcelline Adjovi-Yekpe, the ambassador of the Republic of Benin in Nigeria.

The letter is titled, “Posting Of Retired Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, A Serial Rights Violator, As Nigeria’s Ambassador To Benin Republic: Your Excellencies’ Country Must Watch Her Back And Int’l Reputation.”  

It partly reads, “Our writing is to draw Your Excellencies’ attention to the posting of Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.), a serial rights violator, as Nigeria’s ambassador to Your Excellencies’ country and to also protest his acceptance by the President of the Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon.

“We had on February 10, 2021, sent strong-worded but appealing letters to 31 key foreign missions in Nigeria, who are mostly the world respected democracies and powerful countries. The petitioned included the Head of Delegation of EU to Nigeria and ECOWAS and the Ambassadors of Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Sweden.

“Others are the High Commissioners of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada and the Ambassadors of the United States, Israel, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria.

“There are about 19 massacres perpetrated under Buratai as the army chief; they include: (1) the 30 August 2015 massacre of 40 during peaceful protests in Onitsha, Enugu, Yenagoa, Uyo, Port Harcourt and Asaba; two, December 2015 massacre of 30 citizens in Onitsha; three, December 2015 massacre of no fewer than 1000 unarmed Shiite Muslims during their religious processions in Zaria.

“Also, the 2016 starvation to death of 240 civilian detainees including 29 children with ages between newborn and five years at Giwa Army Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State (Amnesty International report, 2016); January 2017 massacre of 20 unarmed protesters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State;

“October 2018 massacre of 47 Shiite Muslims in Abuja; October 20 massacre of over 20 protesters in Lekki, Lagos State; October and November 2020 massacre by an army of some 120 in Obigbo, Rivers State.”

The civil societies include International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Concerned Elites for Better Society Initiative, International Society for War Against Lawlessness (USA), Human Rights Social Dev and Environmental Foundation(HURSDEF), Center for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy, Foundation for Environment Rights Advocacy & Dev. and Human Rights Organization of Nigeria.

The full letter is attached. 

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Justice Must Prevail In Baba Ijesha’s Sexual Assault Trial— Nollywood Actress, Toyin Adegbola Says

9 hours 5 min ago


Nollywood actress, Mrs Toyin Adegbola, popularly known as “Ajoke Asewo to re Mecca” has stated that justice must be served in the sexual assault incident involving Yoruba actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha and a 14-year-old girl.

Adegbola added that only the court of law could deliver judgment to either exonerate or find him guilty of the said offence but justice must prevail either way.

“It is unfortunate that the issue became a public material to be debated. Now that it is in the court of law, I believe justice will be served,” she said.

Adegbola was speaking on a radio interview programme in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where she also recounted how she almost lost a leg after an accident she was involved in sometime last year.

She stated that God saved and sustained her as she did not have any underlying medical issues that could have triggered the amputation of her leg.

She further added that the ethics and love of the profession which says “the show must continue” made her return to the location the following day even though she spent about four months nursing the injury.

Adegbola also used the opportunity to reveal why she was not interested in taking a shot at marriage for a second time after she lost her husband 21 years ago, saying concentration on success and welfare of her children have taken up her time.

She was married to Mr Tony Adegbola, a broadcaster who died in 2000.

She further stated that her greatest regret is losing her husband early in her marriage as she never bargained for the unexpected development.

She said, “Blood runs in my veins, it is a decision I have made for myself at this particular time, I don’t owe anybody any explanation for deciding since 2000 when my husband died not to remarry. I wanted my children to be okay, but for now, I am not ready for it.”

Speaking on the controversial ‘Oniduro’ guarantor saga involving popular singer, Tope Alabi, the thespian reaffirmed that God has a diverse way of speaking to human beings and He is human beings’ reliable Guarantor that cannot be disputed.

She, however, stated that Tope Alabi should have communicated the message in a better way without being accused of destroying another person’s job or reputation.

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Another Reason Yorubas Must Leave Nigeria, By Bayo Oluwasanmi

9 hours 5 min ago


The northerners will tell you unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. They will tell you asking for restructure and self-determination amounts to treasonable felony. They will foolishly argue that agitators for restructuring and self-determination are calling for war. To the northern leeches and loafers, they contribute nothing, but take everything. They believe there’s nothing wrong with Nigeria or with the lopsided federal government. Take a look at the partial list below. The list speaks volumes of what’s wrong with “one Nigeria.” The list reveals the larger plan of Fulanis to Fulanize as well as Islamize Nigeria.

With one ethnic group (Fulanis) all Muslims in charge of everything, how can there be justice? How is unity possible? How can there be peace and progress? HELL NO! What happens to federal character? To Yoruba Fulani apologists still supporting Buhari and his Fulani terrorists, if the list below doesn’t provoke your anger nothing else will. 

        

The four major earners of Nigerian money

1) NNPC - Fulani (Mele Kyari)

2) FIRS - Fulani (Muhammad Mamman Nami)

3) NCS - Fulani (Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali)

4) NPA - Fulani (Mohammed Koko, acting during Hadiza Bala Usman's ongoing suspension)

 

The major spenders of Nigerian money

1) Defence - Fulani (Bashir Salihi Magashi)

2) Finance - Fulani (Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed)

3) Education - Fulani (Adamu Adamu)

4) Justice - Fulani (Abubakar Malami)

5) FCT - Fulani (Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello)

6) Agriculture - Fulani (Sabo Nanono)

7) Police Affairs - Fulani (Maigari Dingyadi)

8. Aviation - Fulani (Hadi Sirika)

9) Communication - Fulani (Isa Pantami)

10) Power - Fulani (Mamman Kwagyang Saleh)

11) Water Resources - Fulani (Hussein Adamu)

12) Humanitarian Affairs - Fulani (Sadiya Umar Farouk)

13) FERMA - Fulani (Nuruddeen Abdurrahman Rafindadi)

14) NYSC - Fulani (Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim)

15) PTDF - Fulani (Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau)

16) NTA - Fulani (Yakubu Ibn Mohammed)

17) FAAN - Fulani (Capt. Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu)

18) Office of Accountant General - Fulani (Ahmed Idris)

 

Telecommunications

1) Communications Minister - Fulani (Isa Pantami)

2) NTA - Fulani (Yakubu Ibn Mohammed)

3) NBC - not Fulani (Prof. Armstrong Idachaba)

4) NITDA - Fulani (Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi)

 

Anti-corruption Agencies

1) EFCC - Fulani (Abdulrasheed Bawa)

2) NFIU - Fulani ,(Tukur Modibbo)

3) OAuGF - Fulani (Ahmed Idris)

4) NDLEA - Fulani (Rtd. Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa)

 

Entry and exit from the country

1) NPA - Fulani (Hadiza Bala Usman, suspended and replaced by Mohammed Koko)

2) FAAN - Fulani (Capt. Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu)

3) NIS - Fulani (Muhammed Babandede)

4) Boundary Commission - Fulani (Adamu Adaji)

 

Education

1) NUC - Fulani (Prof. Abubakar Rasheed)

2) NERDC - Fulani ,(Prof. Ismail Junaidu)

3) NTI - Fulani (Garba Dahuwa Azare)

4) UBEC - Fulani (Hamid Boboyi) 

5) TETFUND - not Fulani, Christian (Suleiman Elias Bogoro)

 

Technical Institutes

1) NNRA - Fulani (Dr. Yau Usman Idris)

2) NAEC - Fulani (Prof Yusuf Ahmed)

3) NASENI - Fulani (Prof. M.S. Haruna)

4) NASRDA - Fulani (Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba)

5) RMDA- Fulani (Ibrahim Hussaini Doko)

6) NERC - Fulani (Sanusi Garba)

7) SON - Fulani (Farouk Salim)

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Busted: Ex-Permanent Secretary Recruited To Benefit From Nigerian Government's N30,000 Social Programme For Youths In Adamawa

9 hours 25 min ago


A retired Permanent Secretary in Adamawa state, who earns N400,000 monthly, has been recruited in the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. 

The Nigerian Government established the NSIP in 2016 to tackle poverty and hunger across the country.

The suite of programmes under the NSIP focuses on ensuring a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable populations, including children, youth, and women.

However, a retired Permanent Secretary has by his relationship with handlers of the programme, found his way amongst the recruited youths under NSIP, to earn N30,000 monthly.

SaharaReporters gathered from an official of NSIP that the Permanent Secretary in question is an associate of the National Coordinator of NSIP, Dr. Umar Buba Bindir.

It was learnt that the relationship between the Permanent Secretary and Bindir, dates back to the Umaru Bindo Jibrilla's immediate past government, where Bindir served as Secretary to the State Government, SSG.

Official sources said they had confronted Bindir about the issue and reminded him that it was illegal to recruit a retired Permanent Secretary, while thousands of youths were left out.

"When he (retired Permanent Secretary) joined the queue to collect the engagement letter and a tablet phone, we politely told the former Permanent Secretary that this is for young people and not for your type, sir.

"But he replied that the National Coordinator of NSIP, Umar Bindir told him that he had been recruited.

"He retired just recently with a full salary of N400,000, having retired as a Permanent Secretary, and he came to collect N30,000.

"Though he confessed that he knew nothing about the programme; he said Bindir told him to come and participate." 

It was further gathered that many youths, who were trained as independent monitors of NSIP in Adamawa state had their names replaced.

Several of such youths on Saturday protested to the venue, where engagement letters and phone tablets were given to the Permanent Secretary and other recruits.

An NSIP official called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies to investigate the programme and its beneficiaries.

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Court Adjourns Case Of 11 #ENDSARS Protesters Detained In Oyo Since 8 Months Ago

9 hours 41 min ago


A High Court sitting at Ring Road, Ibadan in Oyo State has adjourned the case of Adesina Ayobami Ademuyiwa and 10 others that allegedly participated in the #EndSARS protest in October 2020. 

The matter was adjourned till July 7, 2021. 

Meanwhile, the 11 persons have been detained at the Correctional Centre in Oyo since last October, eight months ago. 

A source said they had told Oyo State Government about the case, but the government insisted that the prosecution is being undertaken by the Federal government. 

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has also been drawing public attention to the case and in a tweet on Wednesday, he said, "There’re 11 #EndSARS protesters imprisoned at the Federal prison in Oyo, these youngsters have languished in prison for about 9 months without reprieve, they were not even produced in court today.

"We’ve alerted you to this but your people claim it feds (federal government) prosecuting. Your AGF should take over and discontinue the trial. We can’t wait for these injustices to go on. Let our people go FreeOyo11 Now."

SaharaReporters had reported how a lady, Adesina Adekemi, urged Nigerians to help her get back her brother, Ademuyiwa, who was taken away by the Nigeria police eight months ago for participating in the #EndSARS protest.

The lady took to her Facebook page to seek a loan of N300 000 for her brother's bail, noting that a lawyer said his bail had been set at N300,000.

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Eight-Year-Old Girl Dies After Hit-and-Run Accident, Good Samaritan Accuses Hospital Of Negligence

9 hours 51 min ago


A yet-to-be-identified eight-year-old girl has reportedly died after she was involved in an accident on Friday, June 18, 2021, in Ajah, Lagos State.

An eyewitness identified as Joy informed SaharaReporters that the girl was trying to cross the road when a reckless bus driver knocked her down. 

She alleged that the girl died due to negligence by medical personnel at the hospital where she was taken. 

She added that immediately the little girl was knocked down, she (Joy), her friends, and a few other persons rushed her to nearby Doren Specialist Hospital located at Thomas Village Estate, along Lagos-Epe Expressway, Ajah, where she was immediately declared dead by a female medic at the hospital.

The doctor allegedly placed only a stethoscope on the chest of the victim without trying any other emergency medical procedure.

Joy, who is a graduate of Nursing, lamented that she advised the doctor to carry out a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR, on the little girl but the medical expert ignored, insisting that she was dead.

She said she backed down when the doctor put up an argument with her.

CPR is an emergency lifesaving procedure that is done when someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

Joy lamented the situation in a video she posted on her Twitter page.
  
Efforts to reach the father of the child were unsuccessful as he failed to send necessary details about the incident as promised.

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Tribal War Is Ongoing In Nigeria And Buhari Government Has Already Taken Sides—Sheikh Gumi

9 hours 57 min ago


Sheikh Ahmad Gumi

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said there is a tribal war going on in Nigeria and the Muhammadu Buhari-led government has taken sides. 

Speaking on Arise News ‘Morning Show on Wednesday, Gumi said the Nigerian government is not neutral in the "tribal war" going on, adding that it spells danger for the country. 

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He said, “This is a tribal war going on and the government taking one side. What I see now is a tribal war. Fulani fighting Yoruba in the South West, Fulani fighting Igbo in the South East, and Fulani fighting in other areas in the North.

“What you are calling banditry when you cross to the other side, you discover Nigeria is fighting a tribal war and government is supposed to be the mediator. Government is supposed to be neutral; it’s not supposed to take sides.

“But the moment government takes side it becomes part of the conflict. And this is what I saw in Zamfara state, in Niger state, and other states.

“When you say these bandits are committing atrocities, yes, agreed, they are committing crimes – they are killing people, they are kidnapping, they are raping, they are doing all sorts of atrocities. But, have you for once gone to their sides and seen all sorts of atrocities that are also committed against them?

“So that rather than wielding the big stick and relying on military action, the Federal Government will do well in restoring normalcy by engaging the bandits in negotiation and using willing volunteers among them to win the battle."

He urged the government to appeal to moderate bandits and use them against the deadlier ones. 

“Boko Haram leader, Shekau had been causing havoc in the country for more than 10 years and the military could not kill him but ISWAP, a splinter group from Boko Haram was able to eliminate him. So is the case with the herdsmen. We can use them to suppress the criminals among them.

“As we all know, at a point, the Boko Haram were ready for dialogue and at a point, they even recommended the current president (Buhari) to negotiate for them. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo even tried to broker peace with Boko Haram," he said. 
The cleric also urged the President to discuss with bandits and agitators for secession in the country like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying, “Government doesn’t want to recognise that there are agitations. Even with the IPOB. If I were the government, I will go and sit down with them and ask what the problem is.

“Why are you carrying weapons against your own country? So is the case with the herdsmen. They are ready to negotiate."

He said some Fulani herdsmen were being radicalised to become terrorists and therefore called on the government to act fast. 


He said, “Now, the herdsmen are slowly becoming radicalized in a terrorist form/fashion. I mean religiously, and this is a bad omen for us.

“Because when they begin to come out reading religious texts to justify what they are doing, then, it becomes difficult to convince them to come out and negotiate. And I am saying this now, let’s go and get them before the evil forces capture them.”

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