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Buhari, El-Rufai Insensitive To Plight Of Abducted Kaduna Students’ Parents— Sowore

5 May 2021 - 12:48am


Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has said President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, are not interested in the release of 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State.

He also accused them of being insensitive to the plight of the parents who have been traumatised as a result of the incident.

Sowore stated these on Tuesday in Abuja during a protest by the parents of the abducted students to demand for the release of their children at the National Assembly.

The activist, who participated in the protest in solidarity, said the Nigerian government has failed in its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property and has no moral justification to manage the affairs of the country.

He faulted the Department of State Services over threats to go after Nigerians who speak against the killings and kidnappings ravaging the country.

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

He berated the lukewarm attitude and approach by the Nigerian government in handling the issue of the Afaka abduction and failure to assuage the plight and suffering of the parents.

He continued, “I feel sad for Nigeria, I feel sad for all these students in captivity; students who wanted a bright future. They could as well have taken to kidnapping themselves so that they can make quick money but they opted to go to school and look at what our government has done to them.  See Also Terrorism Give Bandits N100million, 10 Motorcycles To Free Our Children, Parent Of Abducted Kaduna Student To Nigerian Government 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

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

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

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

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

He pointed out that Nigeria was the only country in the world where people were being beaten and not allowed to cry.

He accused the government of bias and not being proactive enough in their approach towards making efforts to rescuing the students unlike similar cases in the past.

Sowore queried the discrimination against abducted students in Afaka, noting that if the Buhari government can pay the sum of N800 million as ransom for the release of kidnapped schoolgirls in Niger and Katsina states within a week, same should be done for Afaka.

“There is discrimination against Afaka forestry students; there is something there and it has to do with hardened hearts and wickedness of Kaduna state government and Federal Government. This government said they don't know how to negotiate with terrorists. There was a time Boko Haram appointed Buhari to be their negotiator. If he can be trusted enough by Boko Haram, he should trust himself enough to lead negotiation to release the Afaka and Greenfield students.

“They love it when people are suffering; they love it when there is pain. Blood and tears are flowing in the land. That is why I am not here to appeal to any government, the truth is that you don't have a government and the earlier you accept there is no government, the better for you. 

“We must not live in the nightmare that these students have died in the captivity. May it never happen to any of us.”  

The rights activist appealed to the abductors to have a rethink and release the students, adding that they were holding innocent and poor people who were not part of their problems.

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How Yar’Adua, Jonathan Tried To Jail Me Over Their Presidential Ambitions— El-Rufai

5 May 2021 - 12:41am


The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said former Presidents, the late Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan, almost put him in prison because they thought he was a threat to their presidential ambitions.

El-Rufai, in an interview published in The Point, said although Jonathan was his very close friend from when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, he persecuted him because he believed those who told him that he (El-Rufai) was a threat to his second term ambition.

The governor said his persecution started in 2006 when he was in charge at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.  

He said, “Jonathan was convinced by his own circle too that I was a threat and that if he was going for a second term in office, he had to take me out of the race. And so, Jonathan continued the persecution that Yar’Adua started.

“I have been associated with running for President, as I said, since 2005, 2006, about 15 years. I’ve suffered for this, I’ve even been exiled for it and Jonathan tried to put me in prison for it.

“My name being mentioned with regard to presidential aspiration has been on since 2006, since I was running the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. People were speculating that the then President Olusegun Obasanjo was preparing to hand over to me. It was part of the reasons I was exiled. The late President Yar’Adua was told, according to those around him, that Obasanjo shortlisted two names to succeed him –

Yar’Adua’s name and mine. It was totally false.

“But Yar’Adua believed that, and he thought that I was a threat, and all the hullabaloo, lies and persecution that got me exiled for 23 months were as a result of that.”

He maintained that no one could intimidate or blackmail him into doing what he would not do unless they offered superior logic.

On the insecurity in Kaduna State, he said the government was working hard, and using the carrot and stick approach to gradually solve the problem.

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We Won't Overthrow Buhari Government—Nigerian Army

4 May 2021 - 10:10pm


Nigeria's armed forces have dismissed suggestions that they should take over from President Muhammadu Buhari, who is facing mounting pressure over the country's worsening insecurity.

It was not the first time Nigeria's armed forces have issued a statement backing Buhari, but the latest has come after weeks of criticism of the 78-year-old former general's failures to stem the protracted security crisis.

From a jihadist insurgency in the northeast to herder-farmer clashes in the centre, banditry in the northwest, and separatist tensions in the southeast, Buhari's armed forces appear to be struggling to curb insecurity.

In a statement late Monday, the armed forces said they would continue to "fully" support the government, remain politically neutral and protect Nigeria's democracy.

"Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions," army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in the statement.

"We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the civil authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as amended," it said.

Last week, lawmakers had urged Buhari to declare a nationwide state of emergency after a month of almost daily attacks, kidnappings and killings across Africa's most populous country, AFP reports.

The military statement referred explicitly to comments made by Robert Clarke, a prominent lawyer and social commentator. See Also Politics Nigeria On The Verge Of Collapse, Might Not Survive Another Six Months — Robert Clarke 0 Comments 4 Days Ago

He had said the country was on the brink of collapse and suggested the political leadership hand power to the military so that the security forces could be restructured.

Opposition figures like Bukola Saraki and Nobel winner and playwright Wole Soyinka have also urged Buhari to seek external help or resign.

In a statement Tuesday, Buhari's office said "some disgruntled religious and past political leaders" were planning to "eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership."

Describing such an attempt as "patently illegal, and even treasonable," the presidency warned that such behaviour "would attract the necessary consequences."

Buhari met with his top security chiefs last week and again on Tuesday to discuss the country's violence.

"We shall continue to discharge our constitutional responsibilities professionally, especially in protecting the country's democracy, defence of the territorial integrity of the country as well as protection of lives and properties of citizens," the military statement said.

The army expressed the hope that the nation's "current security challenges are not insurmountable."

Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999 after almost 16 years of military rule.

Buhari, a former army commander and military ruler in the 1980s, was first elected in 2015 and re-elected four years later on a pledge to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

Rather than abate, the Islamist rebellion has stubbornly persisted with a Boko Haram splinter faction, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), becoming the dominant jihadist force.

Since 2009 when it began, the jihadist uprising has killed 36,000 people and forced over two million others to flee their homes in Nigeria's northeast alone.

The violence has also spread to neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

 

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"Buhari's Only Qualification Is His Height, God Has Rejected Him Like Saul"—Panam Percy Paul Releases Prophecies On President, APC

4 May 2021 - 10:04pm


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

Famous gospel singer, Panam Percy Paul, has compared President Muhammadu Buhari to the first Israel King, Saul.

Saul was the first King of Israel whom God later rejected and replaced with the younger David.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

During a prophetic ministration, the Jos-born singer said God told him that Buhari was imposed on him by the church in Nigeria in 2015, just the way the Israelite of old imposed Saul on him as their king.

The video of the prophecy was shared on Twitter by Reno Omokri, a former aide on social media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

It is not clear when or where the event took place, but in the video, Panam Percy Paul revealed that he got the prophecy beginning from 2015 when Buhari became President, up till 2020.

He said in the video: "God asked me to bring you this word of comfort. It is a word of prophecy that this King Saul was not his choice. That king Saul was imposed upon him. He was not his choice. And it was the church that imposed King Saul on God. And so, the Lord God warned that this is what this king is going to do. He will take your daughters and make them into his confectionaries. He will take your sons to run ahead of his chariots. He will make them servants.

"The one that caught my attention was that he would take your choice land and give it to his relatives. And that is precisely what is playing out in our nation.

"I took time to plead before the Lord. And I cried, actually, for months, I kept crying. It went into years. The error started in 2014 when we said that this man is the most righteous, the only righteous man. How can you carry the title of the Lord Jesus and give to a man – the righteous one. Do you know that is what Christ is? 

"He said on that day, you will cry unto me, and I will not hear you. So, from 2015, we started crying after realising our errors. Unfortunately, those who stood up aloud to say this is the man have still not said in public that we are sorry.

"So, I said to the Lord that if I am the David of the last days, I'm here pleading before you. Then I said, Lord, I have been calling upon you 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and this is 2020, and I got upset on my knees and I said to the Lord out of anger, 'does it take you this long to forgive?' 

"And I thought God was going to tell me, 'I change my mind'. He told me David is coming. Then I said to the Lord, what happens to Saul? And he said to me, haven't you read it? And I had to go back to read it. God was asking Samuel, why do you mourn for Saul, seeing that I have rejected him from ruling over my people. God said, fill your horn with oil cause I have found me a King after my own heart.

"Ladies and gentlemen, if we fail to hear from God, then that is our biggest sin. And the Lord said whatever happens in the time of Saul is exactly what is happening now. And God said, what qualification does Saul have to become king? He said Saul was not intelligent. He could not even tell the footprints of donkeys that got lost from his father's house. He couldn't read the footprints! He went in the opposite direction.

"And the Lord said to me that the only qualification that Saul had was height. This one has no primary school certificate, no secondary. None! Everybody has checked everywhere for his certificate; it does not exist, only height. And I asked the Lord, what will happen to him, he said I would take them out.

"The Lord said to me, For the next 40 years, these people will struggle, they will try everything to come back, and they will not succeed. I calculated 40 years from now; I will be 110. After 40 years, there will not be a remembrance of them anymore, forever.

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Outrage As Lai Mohammed Says Prosecuting Bandits Not Buhari Government's Job

4 May 2021 - 10:03pm


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, stated that the prosecution of bandits is not the Federal Government's responsibility because it is not a federal offence. 

The comment has led to an outrage on social media. Bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, Fulani herders, ethnic militants have made life difficult for Nigerians.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Buhari, a former army commander and military ruler in the 1980s, was first elected in 2015 and re-elected four years later on a pledge to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

Rather than abate, the Islamist rebellion has stubbornly persisted with a Boko Haram splinter faction, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), becoming the dominant jihadist force.

Since 2009 when it began, the jihadist uprising has killed 36,000 people and forced over two million others to flee their homes in Nigeria's northeast alone.

Nigeria's defence minister Bashir Salihi Magash recently told Nigerians not to "be cowards" and to stand up to armed bandits. 

Lai Mohammed's recent statement has attracted backlash from Nigerians.

"This was clear from day one, Nigerian government's only job is to bring hardship and suffering on hardworking citizens and then murder people who are not from Buhari’s region," Jacob, a Nigerian wrote on Twitter in reaction to the minister's comment.

Mohammed made the statement while responding to statements credited to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on the country's security challenges. The minister said, "The PDP alleged that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice. This is aimed at the Federal Government. 

"It is shocking that a party that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences. 

"The PDP should therefore call out the states, including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits. 

"Meanwhile, PDP conveniently forgot that as far as terrorism, a federal offence, is concerned, this Federal Government has successfully prosecuted thousands of Boko Haram members in Kainji, as part of a continuing exercise. We are now seeking the cooperation of the judiciary to continue with the trial of arrested terrorists."

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Child Defilement: Nigerians React As Actor, Baba Ijesha Faces Possible Life Imprisonment

4 May 2021 - 3:06pm


A cross-section of Nigerians has expressed divergent views in reaction to the Lagos State government’s recommendation of the prosecution of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, known as ‘Baba Ijesha’, under five provisions of Criminal Laws of the state.

While some agreed with the possibility of life imprisonment, many argued that terrorists and murderers should get life imprisonment – not Baba Ijesha.

The police had in April arrested Baba Ijesha for sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl.

In a statement on Tuesday, Moyosore Onigbanjo, Lagos state Attorney-General said Baba Ijesha would be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

One of the charges is for Indecent Treatment of a child, which is punishable by seven years imprisonment. Another is Defilement of a Child, which is punishable by life imprisonment. 

Sexual Assault by Penetration is also punishable by life imprisonment. Baba Ijesha is also being charged for Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment, and Sexual Assault, which is punishable by three years imprisonment.

The statement read, “Whilst the state would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book.

“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in its efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society and since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of Sexual and Domestic offenses.

“The Attorney-General hereby assures Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advice, charges would be filed accordingly.”

Meanwhile, Nigerians on Twitter expressed divergent views.

@asonye_stephen said, “He can't get a life for that. May be a long jail term but obviously not lifetime imprisonment.”

@Agadax asked, “What of the judge who is going to pass the judgement, how many years imprisonment is he going to get, or some of our politicians how many of them get imprisonment?”

@Kondix tweeted, “With the public prosecution and lapses, a smart lawyer will get him off. Don't count your chickens before.... I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF ANY FORM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. But let the law take its course.”

@whizTido said, “Sanwo-Olu should be charged life imprisonment instead of Baba ijesha for the genocide he committed on peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate.”

@shinawilliams2 said, “Wetin happen now? He no kill person now, sending him to jail is fine, not life imprisonment.”

@doyeayanniyine1 said, “If Baba Ijesa is found guilty of this offence and he is giving life imprisonment, what of those terrorists who kill innocent people?”

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Baba Ijesha: Child Rights Activists Demand Prosecution Of Actor, Yomi Fabiyi Over ‘Child Pornography’

4 May 2021 - 2:08pm


Child rights activists under the auspices of Advocates For Children and Vulnerable Persons Network (ACVPN) have called on the Nigeria Police authority to arrest Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi for child pornography.

This follows Fabiyi's perceived defence of the embattled actor, Lanre Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, who can be seen in a viral video molesting a minor.

Fabiyi had earlier warned his colleagues not to be in a hurry to crucify Baba Ijesha.

He added that before castigating their colleague, they should ensure that law enforcement officers had done their investigation.

In another post, he said his colleagues should allow the court to decide if Baba Ijesha was guilty.

He further mentioned that many people were not privy to the CCTV video or the suspect’s confession.

But following the release of the footage on Sunday, Fabiyi shifted the blame to the victim's guardians, whom he said used the victim as bait to be molested so they could apprehend Baba Ijesha.

Fabiyi had subsequently called for a protest at the State Command, Ikeja on Wednesday to compel the arrest of Comedian Princess Adekoya, who is the foster mother of the 14-year-old girl sexually assaulted by Baba Ijesha.

However, the coordinator of ACVPN, Ebenezer Omejalile, described Fabiyi's protest as another mirage to sensationalism.

In a statement on Tuesday, Omejalile said Fabiyi is not only a hypocrite but also a supporter of abusers of children.

The advocate said the actor, after being bashed for asking for documentary evidence, had turned around and called for a protest after watching a video of Baba Ijesha sexually assaulting the 14-year-old.

Omejalile, while condemning Fabiyi, said, “This same Yomi Fabiyi was the first to embark on an odious journey calling for the CCTV footage, if only he knew his onions so well, would he have demanded the CCTV footage?

“Yomi Fabiyi and his cohorts by now should be cooling off behind bars for the distribution of child pornography. Yomi Fabiyi and his cohorts are enablers of rape/paedophile because, the popular saying that says 'Show me your friend and I will tell you who are', simply explains a lot.

“It's very pathetic the confused Yomi Fabiyi actions so far are that of an Emperor who is categorically naked but still chose to dance to hallelujah chorus.

“People of such characters should be blacklisted by all embassies from travelling to any part of the world.”

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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Baba Ijesha Faces Possible Life Imprisonment As Lagos Recommends Prosecution

4 May 2021 - 1:14pm


The Lagos state government has recommended the prosecution of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, known as ‘Baba Ijesha’, under 5 provisions of Criminal Laws of the state.

The police had in April arrested Baba Ijesha for sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl.

Announcing his arrest in a statement, Lagos police spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi alleged that the actor had been sexually assaulting the teenager since she was seven.

The statement reads, “The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Olarenwaju James ‘male’ 48, aka Baba Ijesha, popular Nollywood actor for defiling a minor.

“The case of defilement was reported on 19th April, 2021 by one Princess Adekola Adekanya ‘female’ at Sabo Police Station and transferred to the Gender Unit of the State CID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for proper investigation.

“Based on preliminary findings, the suspect started sexually assaulting the victim, 14 years, since she was seven years old. The suspect confessed to the crime and was also captured by a CCTV camera in the house of the complainant.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Moyosore Onigbanjo, Lagos state Attorney-General, said Baba Ijesha would be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

One of the charges includes Indecent Treatment of a child, which is punishable by seven years imprisonment.

Another is Defilement of a Child, which is punishable by life imprisonment. 

Sexual Assault by Penetration is also punishable by life imprisonment.

Baba Ijesha is also being charged for Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment, and Sexual Assault, which is punishable by three years imprisonment.

The statement read, “Whilst the State would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book.

“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in its efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society and since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of Sexual and Domestic offenses.

“The Attorney-General hereby assures Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advice, charges would be filed accordingly.”

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Again, Ondo Amotekun ‘Deports’ 137 Northerners From State

4 May 2021 - 12:54pm


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The Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun has again evicted 137 northerners from the state forest reserve.

Those evicted were occupying the Elegbeka forest reserve along Ifon-Owo Road.

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had in February ordered herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves within seven days.

Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, the governor also banned underage grazing, night grazing, and movement of cattle within the cities and highways.

Speaking with journalists in Akure, the state commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye described herdsmen’s continued occupation of the forest reserves as a security threat to the state.

Adeleye said all the illegal forest occupants would be escorted out of the state to wherever they came from.

He said, “We got an Intelligence report that very many people bombarded (forests at) Elegbeka–Ifon area in the state.

“We moved in and questioned the majority of them and they said they were from the northern part of the country. We asked for their mission, they were not able to give us a clear-cut (explanation) of what they were here for.

“We brought some of them (to Akure) and their sponsors here to the headquarters (of Amotekun) for proper investigation. We profiled them and found out that they were conniving with some persons in Ose to be given space for settlement in the government’s forest reserve which makes them illegal occupants in the forest reserve.”

The chairman said, “We are sending them back to where they claimed they came from.”

This comes a few days after the government evacuated 42 suspected invaders, who were arrested by Amotekun at Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

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 security guards to monitor and guide pipelines in the state.

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Stop Deceiving The World, Kogi Not Safe – Activist Tells Governor Bello

4 May 2021 - 12:48pm


Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

An activist, Comrade Usman Austin Okai has asked the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, to stop playing politics with the security of people in the state.

Contrary to claims by the state governor that Kogi is the safest place in Nigeria, Okai described the state as unsafe in a statement on Sunday.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

The state commissioner for pension board, Adebayo Solomon was killed last Saturday while the Chairman of Yagba East Local Government Area, Pius Kolawole and some others were kidnapped in a separate incident.

Okai, in his statement, sent his “deepest condolences to the family of the late Honourable Adebayo Solomon, the Commissioner of Kogi Pension Board who was killed on Saturday, May 1 2021, by some suspected Fulani herdsmen at Eruku village, a few kilometres to Egbe (the border town between Kwara and Kogi). May God grant him eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss”.

He also called on Bello to tackle the insecurity in the state with all the seriousness it deserves.

“We are also using this medium to call on the Kogi State Governor, Alh Yahaya Bello to as a matter of urgency address the security challenges and other pitfalls in the state and stop playing politics with the lives of the good people of the state.

“This is not the time for political gimmicks or politicising security issues in the state. We urge him to do the needful by sending his condolences to the family of his commissioner who died as a result of the security pitfalls bedevilling the state, and stop hiding under the shadow of 'Kogi is one of the safest states' as claimed by his new direction government.

“It's high time Yahaya Bello declared war on these criminal elements parading as Fulani herdsmen in the state. For instance, several armed robbery attacks and kidnapping cases have been reported across the three senatorial districts of the state in recent times,” he said.

Accusing the governor of hiding the true security situation in the state, Okai said, “Days back, the Senator representing Edo Central in the upper chamber, Clifford Ordia, was twice attacked on Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads by bandits in Kogi while heading for Abuja.

“However, the Yahaya Bello-led government will never project these loopholes for the world to see but would rather prefer showcasing achievements that are not in existence in the state since his inception into office.

“What is the usefulness of a government without the security of lives and properties of the citizenry who elected them into office when the people are being killed by some criminal elements right in their own land. It's really a failure on the part of the government if security is not properly taken care of as ought it should be. A word is enough for the wise!”

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Kano Hisbah Sacks Official Found In Hotel Room With Married Woman

4 May 2021 - 11:54am


The Kano State Hisbah Board has dismissed one of its top officials allegedly found with a married woman in a hotel room in the Sabon Gari area of the state.

The Hisbah Public Relations Officer, Lawal Fagge, confirmed the sacking of the official on Tuesday.

According to him, this was necessitated by the need to ensure transparency as well as guard against immortality.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported how an official of the command, Sani Rimo, was allegedly found in a questionable position with a married woman, but the command told SaharaReporters that the woman in question is the daughter of the official. See Also Sahara Reporters Married Woman Caught In Hotel With Kano Hisbah Official Is His Daughter Not Lover— Hisbah Communication Officer 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

Hisbah's communications officer, Nabahani Usman, told SaharaReporters in March that the matter had been fully investigated by the police, and the officer was found innocent.

According to him, the said married woman in question is Rimo's daughter.

He said the woman had some issues with her husband's family and was lodged in a hotel by her husband's family pending the time the case would be resolved. See Also Sahara Reporters EXPOSED: Identity Of Kano Hisbah Commander Caught In Hotel With Married Woman 0 Comments 2 Months Ago

According to him, Rimo had gone to give his daughter some food at the hotel located in Sabon Gari when people sighted him and thought he was visiting his lover.

However, it was gathered that the decision taken on Tuesday followed a report by a committee set up by the board to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident. See Also Sahara Reporters We're Still Investigating Our Officer Alleged To Be Sleeping With Married Woman In Kano Hotel— Hisbah 0 Comments 2 Months Ago

The matter became public when it featured on Freedom Radio's popular magazine programme “Inda Ranka”. 

Several reactions from different parts of the country trailed the news.

Kano's Hisbah Commander, Muhammed Haruna, had described the incident as unfortunate, adding that a two-man committee had been set up to investigate the matter.

It was discovered that before the incident, the official was said to be active at arresting prostitutes and others considered as going against the tenets of Islam.

Hisbah officers regularly arrest unmarried people caught in hotels, presumably for sexual activities, as part of their enforcement of the Sharia.

Established to enforce Sharia law, Hisbah recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and seized tricycles from riders for adorning them with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenents of Islam in some states.

Hisbah also banned commercial motorcyclists and tricycle riders from carrying two women at a time.

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

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Give Bandits N100million, 10 Motorcycles To Free Our Children, Parent Of Abducted Kaduna Student To Nigerian Government

4 May 2021 - 11:12am


One of the parents of the abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State has pleaded with the Federal Government to rescue their children.

The parent, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Tuesday said the release of the students will increase the faith of the students and their parents in Nigeria.

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

In a recent interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, threatened that if the Kaduna State Government or their families failed 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.

But speaking on the condition of anonymity with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, the parent said, “We are pleading with the government to come to our aid. We know the stand of the Kaduna State government, not to negotiate with bandits but to provide security is the job of the Nigerian government, not even the state. Constitutionally, the federal government has the right to provide security.

“So, when the governor of a state says he has no power, he is actually right. If you look at it the other way round, he has no control over the Army neither does he have control over the police but all those powers are exclusive to the Federal Government, so the Federal Government has to come up with measures and strategies that will deliver these children out of the kidnappers' hands whether it means negotiating with them or meeting their demands; it is not out of place.

“It is on record that America had come to rescue only one citizen over here, we should take a cue from there because once citizens know that their country protects and secures them, it means the citizens will be loyal to the country but in times like this when we need the intervention of the government, if they don't help us, what that means is that those children and every other person will not have faith and confidence in the ability of the government to protect the citizens.

“We are begging and pleading with the government, especially the Federal Government to help us. We have done our best, what they are demanding is huge. We are calling on the Federal Government, let them come in, negotiate with the bandits. All we want is that our children should come back. It is so important to us because our children are our future and they are also the future of this country.”

Meanwhile, the leader of the bandit who surfaced in a video yesterday, 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 the government or the students’ families fail to meet their demands, all the students would 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 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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Who Wants To Overthrow Buhari? By Fredrick Nwabufo

4 May 2021 - 10:30am


Fredrick Nwabufo


When there are murmurs and whispers of a putsch, someone somewhere may be fiddling with the sticks. Where there is smoke, there is fire. Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the hawks and vultures circle seeking supper from anarchy and insecurity in the land. But may it never be said that Nigeria experienced a coup d’état after 22 years of democratic experiment. 

In political science, coups are often governed by the zeitgeist – the prevailing mood of the time. In the 70s, 80s and 90s coups were fashionable in Africa, and particularly in West Africa. But with the turning of the 21 century, democracy stabilised in the region. However in 2019, there was a divergence from the assumed norm. The military struck in Sudan, deposing President Omar al-Bashir after weeks of popular protests. 

Fredrick Nwabufo

The protests over prices of bread and petrol and violent crackdowns on citizens by security agents created the tenor for the usurpation of power by the ‘’barracks boys’’.

In 2020, there was a mutiny in the army in Mali. The rebellion thickened and degenerated into a coup which sacked the democratically elected government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Mali had been in the throes of a deadly insurgency and soldiers were being killed in quotas. This quandary was compounded by an alleged fraudulent election conducted by the government -- effectuating citizens’ revulsion which climaxed in the unsolicited intervention of the military. There is always a ‘’mood to the madness’’.

In April, Idris Deby of Chad was murdered by rebels but the speculation that the killing of the Chadian strongman was an insider plot remains dense. His killing happened on the heels of protests over his unending commandeership of the country. For keen political watchers, it is clear that the wraith of coup is hovering over West Africa again. Really, some Africans have become disillusioned with the democratic system government over the years owing to intractable corruption, insecurity and state repression. Democracy may not be perfect. We cannot pretend it is. But it is still the best form of government among all other forms.

We cannot obviate the fact that Nigeria is at a perilous intersection – insecurity is defying effort, the economy is prostrate and unemployment rate is on the stratosphere. The mood of the nation is ominous; it portends danger. Political tradesmen are on hand seeking to extract a toll and make merchandise out of the general malaise and discontent. 

It is regrettable that at a time of great tribulation when Nigeria needs statesmen, there are merchants and pallbearers seeking gain from anarchy. But if Nigeria burns, we all burn. This is a time we all have to cast aside whatever personal interest we hold and put our hands on the wheel to roll Nigeria out of the doldrums. 

Political leaders should know their unpalliated public statements are capable of making the cauldron boil over. Keeping Nigeria as one and preserving our democracy is no longer a choice, but a bounden duty. This is not about President Buhari. It is about our country and everything we hold dear. We should not give relief to crisis entrepreneurs and pirates. 

Again, keeping Nigeria as one is no longer a choice but a duty – a patriotic duty. We should not give in to anarchists, ethnic flag-wavers, and political despoilers. Nigeria is the home we know and all that most of us have. It is not without obstacles but the challenges are not insurmountable. 

A military coup is never an option. It is never a solution to any problem. We cannot traipse helplessly into a dark past of state terror. We cannot come this far in our political evolution only to slither back into the abyss of coups and military interregnums. 

The countries in Africa where there have been recent military interventions are still steeped in crisis. Mali is still devastated by insurgency. Chad is still in a jeopardous state, and Sudan has not recovered from the chaos of 2019. 

Every insinuation and suggestion of coup should be repudiated and dispelled by all-well meaning Nigerians. The only way to effect a regime change remains the ballot not the gun barrel.

May Nigeria not return to a past of jackboots. 

By Fredrick ‘Mr OneNigeria’ Nwabufo

Twitter @FredrickNwabufo

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Shehu Sani Begs Miyetti Allah Groups Over Abducted Kaduna Students

4 May 2021 - 10:20am


Shehu Sani

A former Kaduna State Senator and public analyst, Shehu Sani, has said he had appealed to the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore to help in securing the release of the abducted students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State.

Sani on Twitter on Tuesday said the “men who chose the path of indifference” would never be pitied by the future, saying the pains of the parents were unimaginable.

Shehu Sani

He said, “I have privately appealed to the leaders of MACBAN & Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and I’m publicly appealing to them to humanly & privately intercede to secure the release of the abducted students.

“The future will have no pity for those men.... who took the path of indifference! The protest by parents of the kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry at the NASS today is justified. The pains and anguish of having your children in the hands of bandits for 55 days is unimaginable. We live in times of nights of tragedies and mornings of sorrows.”

Earlier today, the parents of the abducted students protested at the National Assembly complex, Abuja.

Members of the Students Union Government (SUG) of the school also took part in the protest.

The protesters chanted solidarity songs and displayed placards to express their disappointment with the way the Nigerian government has handled the abduction of their children and colleagues.

They accused the government of negligence.

Human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore and Deji Adeyanju, who joined in the protest also expressed disappointment with the handling of security by the government.

However, security operatives at the entrance of the Assembly complex denied the protesters access into the premises.

Thirty-nine students of the school were abducted from their hostels by bandits dressed in military uniform on March 11. Ten of them were later released in two batches of five each, leaving 29 students with their abductors.

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Relocation: Kwara Community Residents Drove Back 4 Truckloads Of Herders, Cattle

4 May 2021 - 10:10am


File photo used to illustrate story.

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Police in Kwara State, on Tuesday, intercepted four truckloads of Fulani herders and their cattle.

They were turned away after residents insisted they must leave.

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The herders had planned to settle in the Offa, Offa Local Government Area of the state before they were intercepted at Ipee town, a neighbouring area in the Oyun Local Government Area of the state, Tribune Online reports.

It was learnt that the herders, said to be from Ondo and Osun states, were planning to relocate to Ipee in Kwara State.

A report by the NSCDC Divisional Officer in Oyun local government, Henry Bilesanmi, said the police led the herders out of the state with their patrol vans.

The report said, “NSCDC AND NPF IN IPEE SEND FULANI BORORO BACK TO BASE.

At about 08:00hrs of today, Tuesday, 4th May 2021, four (4) trucks fully loaded with Fulani/Bororo herdsmen entered Ipee township but unfortunately for them, people of Ipee and all the local vigilantes came out en masse to disallow them from entering the town with the help NSCDC officers in Ipee and the NPF who led them out with their patrol van.”

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, said that the command had received information that herders from Osun and Ondo states had been moving into the Ipee town which shares a boundary with Offa Local Government Area.

“These herders were denied by Ondo and Osun states due to the criminal activities being carried out by the group. We also identified that herders came into the boundary loaded with four trailers alongside the cattle who wanted to settle in Offa.

“On this note, security agencies in Offa intercepted and led them out towards the boundary between Osun and Kwara states.

“We advise the towns that border Offa to be proactive and promptly raise alarm wherever they notice or suspect any strange movement.

“They should be security conscious about bandits and also notify people around them and report to security agencies nearest to them,” he said.

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89 Lagos Men Beaten, Violated By Their Wives In 15 Months – Commissioner

4 May 2021 - 10:03am


The Lagos State Government has said 89 men reported that they were battered by their wives in cases of domestic violence between 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Cecilia Bolaji Dada, stated this on Tuesday at a ministerial news conference to mark the second year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office, held in Ikeja, Lagos.

The commissioner said, in 2020, a total of 46 men reported at the ministry that their wives violated them.

She added that in the first quarter of 2021, a total of 43 men reported battering by their wives, making it a total of 89 in less than two years.

She said the figure captured only cases reported to WAPA and that some cases had been reported directly to the Ministry of Justice and police station which the ministry might not be aware of.

Dada, however, disclosed that a total of 664 women were battered by their husbands in Lagos in the past year, according to cases reported at WAPA.

Giving a breakdown, the commissioner said 378 women were violated by their husbands in 2020, while 286 women were battered by their husbands in the first quarter of 2021.

Dada disclosed that empowerment initiatives and Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the ministry has impacted the lives of over 48,000 residents of the state in the last two years.

She said WAPA would also start exposing its trainees to the use of technology and also enlighten women on newer practices in vocational training, considering the effects of COVID-19 and the need to adapt to the new normal within the digital space.

She said: “In view of this, there will be a training of 500 women on entrepreneurial and digital marketing techniques come June 2021, as part of plans to mark this year’s International Widows Day.”

“In addition, WAPA is equally expanding the scope of activities with a view to creating more avenues for our women to leverage on a professional platform. That is why 5,780 participants were incorporated into our Mega Empowerment initiative so that through their productivity, they can also contribute to the increase in GDP of Lagos State."

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52-Year-Old Man Arrested For Defiling Three Daughters In Ogun

4 May 2021 - 9:52am


The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 52-year-old man, Kayode Adeniyi for allegedly defiling his three biological daughters in the Ijoko area of Ogun State.

SaharaReporters learnt that Adeniyi was arrested in his house on Abere Ifa Street, Ijoko, by detectives from the Agbado division after he allegedly had carnal knowledge of a 10 year-old girl who was his neighbour.

According to a police release, upon his arrest and further interrogation, the man confessed to have raped his three biological daughters.

The police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Agbado divisional headquarters by the aunty of the victim, who came to the station with the victim.

“She reported that, while her niece went to the apartment of the suspect to ask whether his daughter was the person who mistakenly removed the clothes she had spread outside, the suspect forcefully dragged her into the room, covered her mouth with a pillow and had sexual intercourse with her.

“She explained further that the suspect threatened to kill her with a knife if she made a noise. On the strength of the report, the DPO, Agbado division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga, detailed his detectives to the scene, where the suspect was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed having carnal knowledge of the victim forcefully, he also admitted that he threatened the victim with a knife and that was why she couldn't make a noise until he satisfied his sexual urge.

“Further investigation into the past activities of the suspect revealed that he has been sexually abusing his three underaged biological daughters before now which he also did not deny.

“The victim has been taken to General Hospital for medical examination and treatment.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the family support unit of Sango area command to take over the case for in depth investigation and diligent prosecution.”

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Thousands Of Displaced Kebbi Residents Return Home, Would Rather Be Killed By Bandits Than Starve To Death

4 May 2021 - 9:25am



Abubakar Galadima from Dankolo village at one of the IDPs' camps in Diri Daji, preparing to return home with his 3 wives and 24 children


Mrs Jamimah Benjamin, 34, with her 2-week-old infant at the UMCA church premises

Amid the rampaging banditry activities which forced them to flee their homes, thousands of residents of Zuru Emirate in Kebbi State who are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are now experiencing biting hunger. 

Findings showed that the people of the area are facing humanitarian crisis while more camps for IDPs continue to spring up. 

However, this has not stopped attacks by bandits on villages and communities in Kebbi.

After many weeks of hunger and starvation in undignified conditions, some of the IDPs, now in their thousands, say they have to return home as they are faced with choosing between dying of hunger and being killed by bandits.

The bandits have also carried out attacks in the Sakaba Local Government Area of the state, which borders Niger State, where bandits, believed to be in collaboration with Boko Haram, have reportedly acquired a large territory.

The IDPs were observed on Monday, with their belongings by the roadside, waiting for vehicles.

Some were seen trekking back, with their loads on their heads.

“I will rather return with my family and die like a man than allow starvation to kill us here like unwanted animals,” said 45-year-old Abubakar Galadima, an IDP at the dilapidated government building beside Sakaba LGA Secretariat at Diri Daji, in Zuru Emirate.

Abubakar Galadima from Dankolo village at one of the IDPs' camps in Diri Daji, preparing to return home with his 3 wives and 24 children

Galadima, who hails from Dankolo village, has been there for three weeks with his three wives and 24 children.

“The first and only time they brought raw food here was some two weeks ago and it caused a lot of fight here,” said the lean and weary looking man.

“Since then we have literally been starving with all these children crying for food all the time.”

Galadima's village was attacked at least three times in the past one month. Though no one was killed, all the cattle in his community were rustled. 

"As you can see, we have already packed our load and we are just waiting for a truck to come and take us back home," he said.

Scores of women and their children were seen with their goods arranged and ready to leave.

The situation was the same in all the IDPs' camps visited.

Heavily pregnant Jamimah Benjamin, 34, gave birth two weeks ago under trauma at the United Missionary African Church, Diri Daji.

She had managed to escape from her Talata village in Sakaba ward and walked for five hours through thorny shrubs and bushes with her two little kids to the tarred road in Jan Birni, the next settlement with a good road linking other towns. 

Mrs Jamimah Benjamin, 34, with her 2-week-old infant at the UMCA church premises

It was from there that they were helped to complete the 17km journey to Diri Daji by a kind motorist.

"I gave birth at the gate of the church when I arrived here that day. That was two weeks ago. We named the child Joshua. But my people and I are ready to return home now. We are dying of starvation here," she said.

"This is not the first time we are returning. Two days after I gave birth here, we could not bear the condition. So, we returned," she said.

The men of Talata community quickly gathered their wives and children and guided them to a thicket in the swamp by the bank of a river that flows through the village.

Jamimah, her two-day-old infant, and two other children that are five and seven years old were also among.

“The place was infested by snakes. One crawled over to my sister's back, but did not bite her. The grass was itchy and it was very uncomfortable. The children were crying but we muffled their mouths. The shooting started from 9am in the morning and lasted until 4pm in the afternoon," she said.

After that experience, their men again ensured they returned to Diri Daji. But now, they are set to leave for Talata village.

"They are always welcome here," said Rev Dauda Sule, who oversees a church.

"At the peak of the violence, they were about a thousand IDPs here. But most of them have returned home or have found better places to go. Yes there is a problem with food. The church cannot do much, and the elected representatives are not doing anything to assist.

“The other time that the Chairman of Sakaba LGA (Lawal Dan Hausa) came here, he only brought sachets of 'pure' water. That's all,” he added.

It is estimated that there may be about 10,000 IDPs from the displaced community scattered across many parts of the LGA that are considered safe for now.

The IDPs come from the following communities in Sakaba LGA in Zuru Emirate: Tunga Kadai, Bazama, Mai Komo, Kaiwa kasa, Yakila and Robin.

Others are: Kukumo, Makeri, Lani, Tikawa, Madi, Katuntu, Unguwan Zama and Kudanhu.

Findings show that between April 13 and 29, the bandits killed the following persons at Sakaba town: Tanko Audu, 40; Auta Gurgu, 70; the daughter of Tashi Kataba, who had her son on her back and Bala Mai Saska, 75.

Villagers said an estimated 1,000 cows and 500 sheep were rustled by the bandits during the same period.

All attempts to speak with Chairman of Sakaba LGA, Lawal Dan Hausa, were not successful as he could not be reached on his phone line.

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UPDATE: Dismissed Soldier Was Kaduna Employee When He Killed 5-year-old After N5million Ransom— Nigerian Army

4 May 2021 - 8:27am


The Nigerian Army has confirmed that Lance Corporal Adamu Galadima was dismissed from the military in 2013 after which he became an employee of the Kaduna State Environmental Services (KSES) before committing a crime - kidnapping.

The army stated that Galadima was dismissed for attempted murder and not for armed robbery as being reported, adding that he worked with the KSES before he committed the alleged kidnapping and murder of a five-year-old boy who was the son of his neighbour.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that Galadima, a dismissed soldier abducted the five-year-old boy, identified only as Muhammad, last week.

Sources said the gang reached out to the parents, who agreed to come up with a ransom of N5 million.

However, it was learnt that after the money was paid, Muhammad was eventually killed because he reportedly recognised the dismissed soldier, Galadima, who was the one who took him away to the kidnappers.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima, while reacting to the incident, stated that Galadima was dismissed in 2013 and his last unit was 2 Provost Group where he was involved in a case of attempted murder, leading to his arrest and prosecution before the General Court Marshal in Kaduna.

Yerima said, “Contrary to the claim, Lance Corporal Adamu Galadima was duly dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2013 after a General Court Marshal that held in Kaduna had found him guilty.

“His last unit was 2 Provost Group where he was involved in a case of attempted murder leading to his arrest and prosecution before the General Court Marshal in Kaduna.

“After his dismissal, Adamu found his way to Kaduna State Environmental Services where he secured a job as a cleaner. 

“He was, therefore, not a personnel of Nigerian Army as at April 2021 when he committed the alleged crime. The Nigerian Army remains a disciplined organisation that will not condone any unprofessional conduct on the part of its officers and soldiers.” 
 

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Family Of Murdered Akwa Ibom Job-Seeker, Umoren Speaks On Her Death, Getting Justice

4 May 2021 - 8:04am


Ukeme Umoren, elder brother of murdered Akwa Ibom job-seeker, Iniubong Umoren, has said the family is certain that justice will be served. 

He was speaking to SaharaReporters on the murder of his sister, a 26-year-old graduate of the University of Uyo, who was first kidnapped and raped before she was killed by a suspect who posed as an employer, Frank Ezekiel Akpan. 

Akpan, according to the police, has been arrested and has confessed to raping, killing and burying the lady in a shallow grave. 

Iniubong had dropped a tweet on her handle last Tuesday seeking a job and got many replies in that regard. 

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

Rather than employ her, it was gathered that Akpan took Iniubong to his house, where he killed her. 

There are allegations that Akpan belongs to a syndicate and probably has the backing of influential people. See Also Sahara Reporters #FindHinyHumoren: Backlash As Police Ask Missing Lady's Family To Wait For 24 Hours Before Taking Action 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

Many Nigerians have expressed fear that the course of justice might be truncated in the case of Iniubong's murder amid cries by the family that the remains of the deceased has not been released to them.

But speaking with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, Ukeme said he was certain that justice would be served. 

He expressed absolute faith in the police department stating that he is confident the Commissioner of Police will not allow anyone to sweep the case under the carpet.

He said, “The culprit has been arrested and he is at the police station. He has confessed to the crime. We are still on how to get justice for her. You know we met with the commissioner of police, he said the investigation is still going on. I have faith that justice will be served.” See Also Sahara Reporters Murder Of Job-seeking Umoren Triggers Cries For Help On Twitter To Find Missing Loved Ones 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

He also said the family had been granted access to the corpse of their daughter, whom he said, was now at the UTH mortuary like the police said.

“We have seen the corpse, it has been deposited at the mortuary.”

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