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Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill 11 In Fresh Attack On Benue Community

3 May 2021 - 9:24am


Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have attacked the Tse Amgbem community near Aondoana in the Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State killing 11 residents.

According to Daily Post, the incident occurred on Monday morning.

An eye witness said 11 persons were killed while others sustained different degree of injuries.

He noted that the community had been deserted for fear of another attack.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO DSP Anene Sewuese Catherine did not answer her calls nor respond to text messages sentto her as at press time.

The state has in recent times witnessed several attacks by the suspected Fulani herdsmen as over 600,000 citizens have been sacked from their ancestral homes.

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Victims Of Fraudulent Money-making Scheme Storm Christ Embassy Church In Port Harcourt, Demand Refunds

3 May 2021 - 9:00am


Investors of MBA capital and trading limited, a forex training and capital investment company, on Sunday, stormed Christ Embassy Church at Rumuigbo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The aggrieved investors stormed the church, asking its management to refund all the tithes and donations paid by MBA CEO, Maxwell Odum.

A Twitter user, @Tutsy22 tweeted on Monday, “Maxwell Odum N171 billion fraud: He scammed over 70,000 investors using MBA Trading and Capital investments. The investment company which promised 15% ROI for deposits starting from N350,000.

“Odum was the highest donor in his church, Christ Embassy, last year, donating N1 billion.”

Meanwhile, some investors of the company, who spoke with SaharaReporters in February alleged how major stakeholders in the company committed fraud.

The investors claimed that Odum now lives in affluence on investors' money and owns over 200 plots of land that are being developed, including 130 plots allegedly bought around Sani Abacha Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They also claimed that Odum was the biggest donor in his church, Christ Embassy, last year, donating N1 billion to the church.  

Some of the investors, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said they invested in the company because of some promotional publications by major news outlets in the country.

It was also gathered that the company, headed by Maxwell Odum, is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering.

In media reports dated August 21, 2019, the Chairman, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit, Presidential Villa, Alhaji Ahmad Sulaiman, was quoted as saying, "They (MBA) have come to us and we have assessed them. They want to be an advocate of not only the business they are doing but the anti-corruption and transparency drive of this government.

"They wrote to us and we assessed them. We asked them to go through ICPC (Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission) to train their staff; they've also registered with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CPC (Consumer Protection Council), and other regulatory agencies. When we assessed them, we realised they are credible, ethical, and want to do serious business tailored to the policy of the current administration."

An investor, Favour Senibo, told SaharaReporters that she invested her money with MBA after seeing the publication stating that the company was established with a vision to impact the general populace with the knowledge of trading forex and creating platforms that will bring about sustainable financial freedom.

She also said the CEO, Odum, claimed the company had been certified by necessary regulatory agencies in Nigeria and that the company, unlike others, was not a Ponzi scheme.

Odum had promised a 15 per cent return of capital investment (ROI) for investors with a capital Investment of N360, 000 to N5 million.

According to her, a few months later, it was announced that MBA had been acquired by a certain company, World Citizen Equity Partners (WCEP), which would inject more investment to grow the business.

"After these publications of partnership on October 30, 2020, our ROI ceased. Odum claimed that MBAWCEP was undergoing an automated system upgrade to enable everyone to do their transaction on their own without going to the office and it would take just one month, promising payments were coming soon," Senibo said.

She added: "So, with the support of one of the directors of WCEP, Vodina West, and Director, International Investment, the company promised that payments would resume fully on the 1st of December, that the Nigeria banks and regulatory bodies were the ones frustrating them and that it was the cause of the delay.

"They promised that those who were supposed to be paid on November 1 would be paid on December 1 and simultaneously like that. One month was added to our existing plan to make up for the month of November that wasn't paid.

"They apologised for all the pressure and inconveniences they had caused everyone. They also claimed their staff members had been defrauding them. They started a new verification process with online investors; carried a verification process to even offline investors with the promise to pay all ROI and capital. They later announced that they would refund only capital.

"All attempts for people and journalists to speak with Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of MBA Forex Institute, Maxwell Odum, proved abortive."

She also stated that the company refunded capital to a few people but stopped after the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 5, 2021, set a new rule for collective investment schemes.

"MBA Trading sold 90 per cent shares to World Citizen Equity Partners (WCEP) when investors were crying out for help. From what we know, WCEP deals with immigration obtaining dual citizenship by investment.

"MBA, please the poor and vulnerable people in Nigeria are counting on you with their investments and at this point, are left in the dark without communication. Even after the SEC announcement, we wonder what the CEO, Maxwell Weli Odum, and his WCEP counterpart, Mrs Vodina West, are up to. As for me, my kids can't go to school because their fees haven't been paid. We can barely take two meals per day and our landlord is about to eject us from the house so we need help," she said.

Another investor, Alalibo Amachree, said MBA had changed its name to Men In Business Thrive And Credit Cooperative Limited (MIBAC). He said he heard about the investment company from an online advert, and invested N3.5 million in it.

Amachree said he had no job at the moment and was already suicidal because of the challenges confronting him.

"I had received two ROIs before these sad events and as I speak with you, life has not been the same. Everything I have worked for over the last 7 years has disappeared into thin air.

"I currently don't have any job I am doing at the moment and all that runs through my mind at this time is suicide. I can't just imagine what is happening to me," he said.

Also, David Spencer, another investor, said he was introduced to MBA by a staff member who claimed that the investment scheme was government approved.

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Over 400 Nigerians Arrested, Detained In Ghana Over Allegations Of Rape, Drug Trafficking

3 May 2021 - 8:58am


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Over 400 Nigerians have been arrested in Bolga, Upper West Region of Ghana after being falsely accused of rape and dealing in hard drugs, SaharaReporters has learnt. 

The source, who is also a victim, told SaharaReporters that he was arrested alongside some other Nigerians who had registered as network marketers under a company called Qnet, which has a base in Ghana.

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He said they had been invited to Ghana by the company and its collaborators in Nigeria who deceive people by telling them that there is employment and jobs that will pay $250 (N112,500) a week in Ghana.

According to him, the victims paid 400 to 500 cedis (approximately N26,000 to N33,000) to the company but got nothing.

He said, “We were about 400 youths arrested by the Ghana Immigration officers and we were taken to the Aflao border (border between Ghana and Togo). We were charged with rape but we came to Ghana to do an affiliate marketing job under Qnet.

“They also accused us of being involved in other illegal jobs such as internet fraud and sale of hard drugs. In fact, they said all we do is illegal but we came as marketers and some of us have been working here legally. Some are not even part of those deceived by Qnet. 

“We were kept on a field at Aflao. They brought a canopy for us to stay under. Some people lost money, phones and valuables while being there. We were arrested on April 25, 2021. We are sad, aggrieved because we were charged as criminals when we are not.

“The update is that they have said we can go if we can come up with N20,000. They actually asked us to call our people, that if we could get N20, 000, they would put us on a bus that would take us back to Nigeria. We have been begging the Nigerian government to come and get us from here because some of us don't have that N20, 000. The immigration officers are even tired of us, they have been begging us to call our people to send money so we can go.

“But what they told us is, that after now, if we want to return to their country legally, all we will need is just N 3, 500 to process all the papers so we can live and work legally. 

“Federal Government should come to our aid.”

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana, Chukwuemeka Nnaji, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday that the Nigerians were arrested by Ghanaian immigration and moved to the Aflao border without proper investigation to ascertain how they got to that country.

He said, “This is not acceptable; we accord respect to the Ghanaian authorities but sometimes they do not reciprocate.

“Those people were victims of a Ghana-based company ‘Qnet’, with collaborators in Nigeria who deceive people by telling them that there is employment in Ghana and that the job will pay $250 a week.

“They collect between 400 and 500 cedis from them and then they get nothing. Nobody knows how they do it, but they smuggle in people from Nigeria to Ghana.

“Unsuspecting Nigerians come to Ghana and they become stranded. Government needs to take urgent measures,” Nnaji said.

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Terrorists Raiding Four Local Councils In Bauchi

3 May 2021 - 8:30am


Boko Haram insurgents from neighbouring Yobe State have infiltrated at least four local government areas of Bauchi State, destroying some facilities.

The Secretary to the Bauchi State Government (SSG), Alhaji Sabiu Baba, disclosed this at a press conference on Monday.

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He identified Zaki, Gamawa, Darazo and Dambam as some of the affected local government areas.

Similarly, militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād had attacked a military base in Borno state, killing an army commanding officer.

SaharaReporters gathered that the bloody encounter also left six other soldiers dead.

The terrorists had on Sunday invaded Ajiri village in the Mafa Local Government Area of the state, attacking a military base and dislodging the troops.

Ajiri is a community in the Mara Local Government Area of Borno State, which is about 52km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

It was gathered that the troops fought a two-hour gun battle with the insurgents in gun trucks and on motorbikes who eventually breached the military base and forced the soldiers to withdraw.

The attack came a few days after the insurgents attacked a Nigerian Army location at 156 Battalion in Mainok area, Borno State, killing over 30 soldiers.

Mainok is the headquarters of the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state.

SaharaReporters gathered that the terrorists who came in no fewer than 15 gun trucks, also burnt down the military base.

Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.

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Two Soldiers, Residents Killed As Troops Repelled Boko Haram Attacks In Borno Towns – Nigerian Army

3 May 2021 - 8:14am


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The Nigerian Army has said troops of the newly renamed Operation Hadin Kai successfully thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to infiltrate Rann town, the capital of Kala Balge Local Government Area in Borno State on Saturday.

A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said the terrorists met stiff resistance from the troops. 

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“The terrorists in their numbers attempted to disrupt the peace that has been enjoyed by the border town but were met with stiff resistance as the troops in the area took them on a fierce firefight which lasted about an hour. 

“The terrorists withdrew in disarray with a large number of them suffering fatal injuries leaving behind several weapons and ammunition, including anti-aircraft gun barrel, AK 47 rifle, hand-held communication radio and different calibres of ammunition.

“In a related development, on 2 May, 2021, another band of Boko Haram terrorists on a criminal mission attacked Ajiri town of Konduga LGA of Borno State. The terrorists having reached part of the town initially burnt 9 houses and killed some innocent residents before they were engaged by the troops deployed in the area. The retreating terrorists went away with various degrees of gunshot injuries while the gallant troops were on their chase. Unfortunately, however, 2 personnel paid the supreme price in the resulting encounter.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the troops for their resilience and determination to keep their areas free of terrorist activities. He further charged them to sustain the renewed vigour in discharging their duties,” the statement said. 

SaharaReporters had reported how Boko Haram also attacked a military base in Borno on Sunday, killing an army commanding officer. The bloody encounter also left six other soldiers dead.

The terrorists had invaded Ajiri village in the Mafa Local Government Area of the state, attacking a military base and dislodging the troops.

Ajiri is a community in the Mara Local Government Area of Borno State, which is about 52km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

It was gathered that the troops fought a two-hour gun battle with the insurgents in gun trucks and on motorbikes who eventually breached the military base and forced the soldiers to withdraw.

The attack came a few days after the insurgents attacked a Nigerian Army location at 156 Battalion in Mainok area, Borno State, killing over 30 soldiers.

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Some Evil People Have Come Into Ebonyi To Kill – Governor Umahi

3 May 2021 - 7:56am


Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State

Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi says evil men are currently in the state to kill people.

He revealed this on Monday in Abakaliki during a prayer session organised by the government to seek God’s intervention on insecurity in the state.

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The governor said he had been advised to suspend the inspection of projects in the state, but he would continue to do so because he was not afraid.

“God has not given us the spirit of fear and I ask: who is there to stop me?” NAN quoted him as saying.

“We will walk the streets of Abakaliki without security, I will become sick if I don’t go for projects’ inspection.”

The governor appealed to the people of the state to embrace peace, adding that the common man on the street of Ebonyi was happy with his performance in office.

“Evil men have infiltrated our state to kill, maim and kidnap but God would deliver us,” he added.

Umahi had declared his intention to negotiate with bandits to understand their grievances and the solutions to the security challenges in his state.

The governor said this at the declaration on Friday in Abakaliki at the presentation of 40 vehicles and 20 pickup trucks to security agencies for enhanced operations in the state.

He urged local government chairmen and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to identify the bandits and present them for debriefing.

“I want to talk to the bandits and empower them as we cannot continue to kill ourselves and destroy public infrastructure.

“The bandits are our children and I am pained when they or the security agencies are killed.

“I want to ascertain their grievances against the Ebonyi or federal government, collate the facts for discussions to commence,” he said.

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Biafra To Hoist Flag In Bakassi Peninsula, Battle Nigeria, Cameroon To Retake Land–Group

3 May 2021 - 7:45am


A group, the Biafra Nations League, has said it is battle ready to face both Cameroonian and Nigerian forces should they be attacked in the cause of hoisting the Biafran flags in the Bakassi Peninsula.

BNL said it does not recognise the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon by Nigerian Government, adding that this is why its operational headquarters is in the region.

In a statement jointly signed by the Deputy National leader of BNL, Ebuta Akor Takon and Chief Head of Operations of BNL, Henry Edet, the group said its resolution in 2016, otherwise known as ‘Ekukunela Declarations’ made in the town of Ekukunela in Ikom, Cross River State, fails to recognise what it described as the Anglo-German Treaty which Cameroon relied upon at the International Court of Justice to claim the Peninsula.

The group said the treaty was made by colonial masters and not with the natives, adding that it has decided to “destabilise the peace in the Gulf of Guinea unless Biafra is allowed to separate from Nigeria and Cameroon.”

“Those clamouring for Igbo Presidency in the South-East as the reason behind the agitation for Biafra should desist from doing so.

“The interest of other Biafrans, especially the Bakassi people cannot be solved by an Igbo man becoming President.

“They should stop talking about Igbo Presidency, that’s not what we are fighting for. Biafra does not belong to the Igbo where they will tell us that they want to be President, it’s wrong.

“God has made it in a way that the Igbo will always be in the forefront of the struggle as the majority tribe, but it will be disappointing if they accept the Presidency.

“We are not just fighting for Igbo, but for all Biafrans including the Bakassi people under Cameroon bondage."

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Cakes Made With Marijuana Found In Plateau Eateries

3 May 2021 - 7:34am


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have raided some eateries in Jos, Plateau State and recovered freshly baked cakes made with Cannabis Sativa.

In a statement on Monday, the agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said additional 48.726 kg of assorted psychotropic substances were recovered, NAN reports.

He added that some of the drug joints raided included KNL Lounge located along Lamingo Road and another branch along Mining Quarters, Rantya Low-Cost estate, as well as Tuscany Lounge on Azaki Ave, all within Jos metropolis.

According to him, besides the cakes made with cannabis, called brownies, recovered from the three eateries, psychotropic substances were also seized.

He said 14kg of Barcadin Codeine; Flunitrazapem, 355.5g; Tramadol, 370.1g; Exol-5, 30kg; Diazepam, 2.5kg and Pentazocine, 1.5kg, totalling 48.726kg were seized.

Babafemi quoted the Plateau Commander, Ibrahim Braji, as saying that five persons were arrested in connection to the seized drugs.

Babafemi said the Enugu state command of the agency at the weekend equally raided the Nsukka axis of the state.

He said a 28-year-old lady, Oodo Ndidiamaka, was arrested with 80.23g of cocaine and 3.81g of methamphetamine.

Babafemi quoted the Enugu state Commander of NDLEA, Abdul Abdullahi, as saying that the Command remained committed to unravelling other members of the drug cartel in the state.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Niger State Command of the Agency also arrested a 24-year-old 400-level student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abel Godwin Idio.

Babafemi said he was arrested for selling two strong variants of cannabis, Arizona and Loud, concealed in textbooks, adding that he was apprehended in Gidan Kwano within the vicinity of the university.

He quoted the state Commander of the Agency, Haruna Kwetishe, as saying that Abel used the inner pages of his textbooks to conceal the drugs within the campus to sell.

He stated that Abel was arrested on Friday, adding that two other traffickers; Yahaya Joshua and Yahaya Audu, were arrested the previous day along Mokwa-Jebba Road with 32kg of Cannabis Sativa.

The Chairman, NDLEA, Buba Marwa commended the Plateau, Enugu and Niger commands of the agency for disrupting the activities of drug cartels in their respective states.

Marwa charged them to remain resolute in the pursuit of the agency’s mandate to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.

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‘Who are You To determine Our Future?’ – Nigerians Reply Tinubu For Saying 'Nigeria's Break-up Unacceptable To Us'

3 May 2021 - 7:19am


Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Nigerians have criticised the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu over his opposing view to the disintegration of Nigeria.

The aggrieved people flooded Facebook and Twitter with comments lambasting the APC chieftain for putting his political ambition before people's conditions.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu

This has put Tinubu as one of the top trending topics on Twitter in the country.

SaharaReporters has earlier reported how the former Lagos State Governor said Nigeria is better together as a country and that he has nowhere to go if the country breaks up.

He also said it was “not acceptable to us” for Nigeria to break up.

Tinubu said this at a special Ramadan prayer held in Lagos on Sunday, that, “God will not allow Nigeria to experience it (war). If we say Nigeria should separate, people should remember what war caused in Sudan and Iraq.

“Such war does not end in time. We are yet to recover from the civil war. We are better together.

“I have nowhere I am going. Whoever has experienced war in the past will not pray for such. Nigeria will not separate; it’s not acceptable to us. Our prayer is for prosperity and more wealth for the country."

In their reactions, some Nigerian insist the disintegration of Nigeria is imminent and not negotiable.

For instance, Frank Frankbora on Facebook said, "At any point in time they will only speak to favour their interest. Mad people everywhere."

"But to us it is acceptable. Who are you to determine our future?" Abayomi Adebanjo asked on Facebook.

"Frustrated man, tell your dogs that the agitation is not a political game but will happen soonest," Ishola Abdulqaudri Adebayo commented on Facebook. "You brought a government where you can't defend your people. Mr self-centered!"

"You Tinubu and your associates have already destroyed Nigeria," Omokele Onogwu Matthew reacted on Facebook. "We are only trying to repair a small side for us to stay without you and your associates killing us. Is anything wrong there?"

On Twitter, Yewande #EndSars @Girly_Girl_ tweeted, "Of course, his personal agenda is more important than the progress of millions of people of #YorubaNationNow and #BiafraExit."

In the same manner, Jasper Aniet Louis @trueAFICIONADO tweeted, "Who are the 'us'? Is it the association of heartless criminals in the auspices of politicians or the masses? Truth be told, criminals in Nigeria, I mean the political class do not want their business, Nigeria, to scatter but it must scatter soon."

"I don't expect a beneficiary of a failed system and government to turn around to offer restitution. He is scared that his political hegemony will be over if that happens because we will never allow the present politicians in the affair of Oduduwa and Biafra. No going back," Ginger @dmvginger tweeted.

Vaughan Enyiogu tweeted, "@AsiwajuTinubu, you're merely deceiving yourself."

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N55million Ransom Received For Kidnapped Kaduna Varsity Students Already Spent To Feed Them – Bandit Leader

3 May 2021 - 6:45am


The notorious bandits that kidnapped Greenfield University students in Kaduna State have confirmed that they had so far received N55 million from the families of the abducted students but claimed they had already spent the money.

The bandits on Monday threatened to kill the remaining 17 pupils if the Kaduna State Government or the victims' families failed to comply with their demands.

On April 20, 2021, the students and three workers of the university were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20, while five of the students have so far been killed.

The bandits issued the latest threat, in an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America.

A leader of the bandits' group, who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, said 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. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Bandits Threaten To Kill Other Students Abducted From Kaduna Private Varsity 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

Jalingo said there were 17 students in his custody, comprising 15 females and two males.

According to him, among them is a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza.

The bandits revealed that the families of the students had already raised and paid N55 million to them but claimed 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 his demands, all the students would be killed. See Also Sahara Reporters Two Of Four Kaduna Residents Kidnapped By Bandits Regain Freedom 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

“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 nothing but a food seeker.”

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

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

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Pastor RUGA (Osinbajo): Religious Liar And Hypocrite By Bayo Oluwasanmi

3 May 2021 - 6:21am


Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

A liar is a person who doesn’t speak the truth. One definition of a hypocrite is “someone who pretends to be what they are not, especially in the areas of religion and morality.” Pastor RUGA (Yemi Osinbajo) has proven over and over and over again that he’s a religious liar and hypocrite. 

Speaking on insecurity in Nigeria, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo aka Pastor RUGA said: “We cannot afford a war in this country. If we don’t speak against disunity, if we keep quiet and remain under the radar, the enemies of peace and those who want to promote disunity will have their way.” 

Liars and hypocrites like Pastor RUGA continue to preach unity, threaten us that we cannot afford another war. They tell us Nigeria is too big to fail, that unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. They satiate us with highfalutin nonsense. How can Pastor RUGA tell the truth about the causes of insecurity and disunity in Nigeria? As Tinubu surrogate,  Pastor RUGA is working feverishly for Tinubu 2023. 

Where’s Pastor RUGA as Fulani terrorists kill his own Yoruba people everyday? How dare Pastor RUGA preaching unity in the face of Buhari’s government of exclusion, domination, terror, oppression, nepotism, and injustice? As a professor of law, Pastor RUGA should bury himself in shame for pretending not to know that the 1999 Constitution is a forged and fraudulent document. 

Pastor RUGA does not need to harass or threaten us with the possibility of war. We have been at war with Boko Haram for 12 years. But for how many more years can we afford to live with Boko Haram and Fulani terrorists? How long can we put up with Muhammadu Buhari as a clueless, incompetent tribal bigot? How long?

Nigeria is already at war. With the approval and applause of General Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor RUGA, Fulanis are killing, kidnapping, rapping, maiming us everyday. We can’t go to farm. We can’t walk freely on our streets. We can’t travel safely and freely in the country. Our children are being abducted from their schools like one day old chicks. Our kings are being kidnapped and murdered at will. We can’t sleep with our two eyes closed. We are at war!

Pastor RUGA speaks with spiritual eloquence. Like the Pharisees, he can pray in the public and the mountains will move. He maintains a holy appearance. But his behavior reveals his true character. He confesses the gospel. But he behaves like a pagan or like cheats and liars - dirty rotten scoundrels. Pastor RUGA has allowed his lips and his life preach two different gospels. “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

Pastor RUGA, Pastor Sakabula (Tunde Bakare), Buhari, Tinubu, and others of their ilk are the real enemies of peace and promoters of disunity. As liars and hypocrites, their arguments for insecurity in the country and in support of one Nigeria, are tenuous and treacherous. They only serve as diversion and distraction. Yorubas have passed such stage. We have moved on... to Oduduwa Nation!

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The Many Dramas Of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Who Tried To Silence Co-Senator, Smart Adeyemi

3 May 2021 - 6:18am


Nigerians have continued to condemn the verbal attack on Senator Smart Adeyemi by Senator Oluremi Tinubu after the former lamented the threats posed by the growing insecurity in the country.

Adeyemi is the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District while Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central Senatorial District.

Both lawmakers are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The plenary session on insecurity last week which lasted for over an hour had lawmakers complaining about the insecurity in Nigeria and proffering possible solutions.

Adeyemi was one of the contributors to the debate during which he spoke passionately for over five minutes, describing the current state of insecurity in Nigeria as the worst so far.

But Tinubu seemed disgusted by Adeyemi’s comments.

“I’m a party man and I’m supporting APC but it has gotten to a point that as supporters we cannot keep quiet,” Adeyemi had said.

“This is the worst instability we are facing. In fact, this is worse than the civil war.”

While Adeyemi continued venting his anger at the “killing, maiming, insecurity in the country,” Tinubu who sat beside the senator interjected.

“Are you in PDP? Are you a wolf in sheep’s clothing?” Tinubu said, rebuking the lawmaker.

Adeyemi, however, ignored his colleague and fellow party member, stating that there were lots of misinterpretations of what was happening in the country. See Also Sahara Reporters Are You In The PDP, Wolf In Sheep's Clothing? – Remi Tinubu Tackles Senator Adeyemi For Complaining About Insecurity 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

When SaharaReporters reached out to Adeyemi for his reaction to what Tinubu said, he declined to comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, many Nigerians did not find the statement credited to Tinubu funny. 

They lambasted her on social media platform Twitter, saying she is more concerned about the 2023 elections than talking about tackling the insecurity in the land.

However, this is not the first time the ordained pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God would be involved in a controversy since becoming a Senator in 2011.

 

2015: TAKING OVER DEPUTY SENATE PRESIDENT’S SEAT

In 2015, Tinubu raised a storm at the senate when she sat on the chair meant for Ike Ekweremadu, the then Deputy Senate President.

The former Lagos State First Lady, who wanted to second a motion on the approval of the Lagos state development policy operation loan, earned the rebuke of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators, when she stood up to speak while standing in the Deputy Senate President’s corner.

Naturally, this forced her to second the motion from another seat, complaining that her microphone was faulty.

She however returned to the seat of Ekweremadu, who was not present at plenary, after she had seconded the motion.

Tinubu sat giddily in the Deputy Senate President’s seat, intermittently conversing with Aliyu Ndume.

 

2016: FIGHT WITH DINO MELAYE

In July 2016, there was an altercation between Tinubu and Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi state which saw both lawmakers calling each other names and charging at each other.

According to reports, those who witnessed the incident, which occurred during a closed-door meeting held by the senators, said trouble started when Melaye urged the Senate to descend heavily on members who had offered to serve as prosecution witnesses in the ongoing forgery case against the then Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ekweremadu.

“You should go and tell those who sent you that nobody, I said nobody, no matter who he is, can ever control this Senate,” Melaye was quoted as saying as he pointed at the affected senators, his face contorted in rage.

But when Tinubu was recognised to speak, she rose, and said, “I’m just wondering why whenever Senator Dino speaks in this chamber, he is always threatening people and behaving childishly and at times like a thug.

“I think he needs to know that every senator here represents their constituencies. And that there is no need to threaten anyone.

“We are seeking and working towards reconciliation, yet you are busy issuing threats.”

One of the sources said at this point, Melaye jumped up from his seat and charged towards Tinubu, saying, “Look this is not Bourdillon (referring to the famous Lagos residence of Mrs Tinubu’s politician husband). I will beat you up, ….. impregnate you and nothing will happen.”

Witnesses said as Melaye charged towards the Lagos senator, other senators, especially those from the South-West geopolitical zone, waded in and shielded Tinubu from attack, and then calmed her down.

 

2016: ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO SLAP ANOTHER SENATOR 

Melaye in 2016 also alleged that Tinubu almost “slapped Senator Rafiu Ibrahim” and got away with it.

Ibrahim was elected to the Senate under the platform of the APC from Kwara South in March 2015.

“I know a former member of the National Assembly, who had to go to one of today’s cabinet members to report her, that the next time she was rude to him, he would damn the consequences and take her to the cleaners. I also know that Mark as former Senate President avoided her like a plague.

“Did anyone see how she charged Senator (Musiliu) Obanikoro when she objected to his nomination as minister? Instances abound and these are unbecoming incidences that should not be found in anyone’s character file. But that’s who she is. It will take a ‘real man’to brush aside such invective and pretend an encounter ever took place with her. That’s where Dino missed it. But Remi can be such a menace.

“The same woman almost slapped Senator Rafiu Ibrahim and nobody demanded an apology /response from her or the entire Senate. Why now? The same woman deliberately sat on the Deputy Senate President’s seat to cause uproar yet, nobody demanded an apology from her. Why now?” Melaye had said.

 

2019: THREATENED ‘SEX TOY SENATOR’ WITH SUSPENSION 

In July 2019, Tinubu had an open confrontation with another colleague of hers, Elisha Ishaku Abbo from Adamawa state.

Abbo, who was caught on camera assaulting a woman in an Abuja sex toy shop, hadappeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident.

The Adamawa senator said he had refused to allow journalists to interview him over the matter, and did not understand why he came in for the hearing to be “ambushed” by journalists. 

Insisting that the hearing be done privately, Abbo had said “I am not addressing the camera, I am not addressing the press.”

Before being allowed to explain this, Tinubu told Abbo he was new in the Senate and could not tell the committee how to handle the hearing. 

“You are just joining us. We have a procedure and we are also under law. What we are doing, we are doing as a legislature. You don’t come in here when we invite you, despite you being our colleague, you are on the other side now,” she had said.

“Everybody requires a fair hearing, what is going on with you affects us as a body. You don’t come in here and dictate to us the procedure we are supposed to adopt. You don’t dictate to us, because you undermine us by even trying to do that. You haven’t even listened to us, even if we are going beyond what you expect, you can stop us. 

“Do you want us to protect you, or do you want us to defend you, or you want to be on your own? Do you realise that the Senate when we constitute this, whatever the law gives, we can also suspend you?”

Interrupting Tinubu with a protest, Abbo said the senator should not threaten him with suspension.  

“Are you threatening me with suspension?” he asked. 

“I am a senator like you, I won’t sit here and you threaten me with suspension. With all due respect, you cannot threaten me with suspension, I take exception, ma’am.”

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COVID-19: Ghana Police Arrest Christ Embassy Youth Pastor, Church Members For Flouting Safety Protocols

3 May 2021 - 6:12am


A Youth pastor of the Christ Embassy Church and some organisers of a programme ’Pneumatic Night' have been arrested by the Police in Ghana.

According to a report on Ghana Web, the organisers are being questioned as to how they got the permit to defy all the laid down safety protocols to organise an event with a mass gathering.

The event, Accrapneumaticnt, which was christened pneumatic night was organised on Friday and attended by several members of the church with no face mask on as seen in a viral video.

Also, attendees danced to songs claiming they were not scared of COVID-19.

A section of the Ghanian public had expressed outrage after videos of the event went viral on social media.

A statement by the Ghana Police Service's Director of Public Affairs, Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman, said the police are currently investigating the issue.

It read, “The police are investigating an alleged gathering by youths of the Christ Embassy Church at the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair Center, Accra on Friday in flagrant disregard of COVID-19 protocols.

“Trending videos of the alleged gathering dubbed 'Pneumatic Night' show a none mask-wearing crowd, screaming, chanting and dancing to the 'evangelism' of non-mask wearing leaders; putting the entire country at risk of spreading COVID-19.

“The police did not provide security for the said event. The organisers did not give notice of the event to any police officer or station. The event, advertised as a church service which ordinarily did not require notice under the Public Order Act, was organised at the blind side of the police.

“Police have since Sunday morning locked up the Fantasy Dome and have started questioning leaders of the church and management of the Fantasy Dome about the event. Any person found culpable will be arrested and duly prosecuted.

“Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, police officers laid surveillance at the Christ Embassy Service Center at UPSA where a similar programme had been advertised to carry on. That programme was held with all COVID-19 protocols being observed.

“The police hereby remind all and sundry that actions that breach the imposition of restrictions act will be subjected to the sanctions imposed by law.”

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Power-Drunk Kogi Deputy Governor Behind Continued Detention Of Critically Ill Buhari-Must-Go Protesters

3 May 2021 - 6:02am


Edward Onoja

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Edward Onoja, is behind the ordeal and detention of two President Muhammadu Buhari-must-go protesters, Larry Emmanuel and Victor Udoka. 

Emmanuel and Udoka were arrested and molested by thugs loyal to the Kogi State Government and detained by the police. 

Edward Onoja

The duo have been detained since April 5.

SaharaReporters learnt from top sources on Monday that the state governor, Yahaya Bello, inquired about the release of the protesters on Friday, but his deputy, Edward Onoja persuaded him that the two activists were sent to attack the state and should be kept in detention.

SaharaReporters also learnt from sources that Onoja is wholly behind the detention of protesters. 

"Onoja has fallen out with Governor Yahaya Bello who is said to be opposed to his desire to become his successor. 

"So by doing what he is doing, he wants Aso Rock to see him as a worthy successor to Yahaya Bello," a source told SaharaReporters. 

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Another source who confirmed Onoja's role in the continued detention of Emmanuel and Udoka, said, “Onoja is wholly behind the detention of the protesters. On Friday upon hearing that one of the detained protesters was critically ill, officials met Bello in Abuja to warn him that the case is now a global embarrassment. And Bello said he thought they had been released but the Speaker said he knew they came to destabilise the state.

"Senator Smart Adeyemi and the Speaker (Matthew Kolawole) were in attendance. 

“Over the weekend, Yayaha Bello reached out to his deputy and asked him why he did what he did. He promised Bello that he has scores to settle with (human rights activist, Omoyele) Sowore. 

"Edward's (Onoja) told the governor that Sowore sent the guys to destabilise the state and that SaharaReporters hates Yahaya Bello.

“Meanwhile the detainees have spent 30 days in prison without trial and are very ill. Remember a commissioner was also killed on his way to Kabba late on Sunday."

Meanwhile, Onoja was in Lagos last weekend, to represent Bello at the 51st birthday celebration of the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams. 

SaharaReporters had last Wednesday reported that the two protesters were denied medical treatment. Both of them reportedly fell sick.

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“They are seriously ill and not getting treatment. The state government is hell-bent on keeping them, perhaps until they die in custody?” a source had stated.

Last Monday, global human rights' organisation, Amnesty International, had demanded the unconditional release of the two Buhari-must-go protesters, adding that the protesters' only crime was that they were “peacefully protesting against corruption and distributing posters that were perceived to be critical of the President.”

Amnesty International had said that the activists “were physically assaulted and tortured by unidentified men while peacefully protesting against corruption, and the poor human rights situation in Nigeria, and distributing posters that were perceived to be critical of the President. 

“A few days later, they were turned over to the police and were subsequently transferred to the Nigeria Correctional Centre, located in Kogi State, in north central Nigeria, where they are currently being held. 

“The two activists are being detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to protest and expressing their views. They must be immediately and unconditionally released,” AI statement partly read on Monday.

SaharaReporters had last week reported that the Kogi State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Richard Olorunfemi, stated that the protesters were not yet brought to court because the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria workers were on strike and all courts were closed.

The Chief Judge in an interview with SaharaReporters on Thursday had said the protesters were not yet arraigned because of the strike and the judiciary could not account for their whereabouts.

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The Benuenisation Of Niger State And The Bandits War By Owei Lakemfa

3 May 2021 - 5:45am


Owei Lakemfa

Those who think the war against banditry is a joke, need to take a look at the statistics coming out of Kaduna State. The long suffering state continues to bleed. In the first 90 days of 2021, an average of four lives were lost daily to banditry while in every 24 hours, 11 persons were kidnapped.

Yet, excluding the states devastated by Boko Haram terrorists, Kaduna is not the most traumatised. At least the people still retain their villages and towns. Not so in Plateau State where bandits maim, kill, displace the people, take over their villages and towns, rename and settle in them. The June 30, 2018 edition of the Vanguard Newspapers reported that the bandits had seized over 54 villages, renamed and occupied them. These include “Rotchun (Rafin Acha) Dankum, renamed Mahanga, Hywa, renamed Lugere, Fass rechristened Tafawa, and Maseh, renamed Lugel. Three years ago, Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong who is now the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum vowed that his administration will not allow this land grab to stay. He declared: “those fighting, killing people and destroying their settlements with the intention of taking ownership of such places would not be allowed to do so. If you think you can chase people out and grab their land, we as a government would not allow you to own the land. My administration is working out modalities for prosecuting land grabbers to discourage the act.” But three years down the line, this has not come to pass.

It appears Lalong and the Plateau elite are contented with the new status quo. Perhaps they take the advise of the Presidency to accept the situation, because as the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said on the African Independent Television: “If you are talking about ancestral attachment, if you are dead, how does the attachment matter? …What will the land be used for if those who own it are dead at the end of the day?”

Owei Lakemfa

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari as Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces, has not sent the gallant Nigeria Army to retake those villages and communities and restore the people to their homes. Without Internally Displaced Peoples’ IDPs camps provided, the victims are simply melting away. To be fair to President Buhari, he had alerted the country in his January, 2019 interview with Arise Television that these bandits are actually the remnants of the multinational forces recruited by former President Muammar Ghaddafi to fight in Libya. He identified them as Malians, Burkinabe, Nigeriens, Chadians and people from the Central African Republic.

However, Benue State would not agree to this forced changing face of demographics and continues to fight. The result is that the state became the killing field of Nigeria resulting in it experiencing what I call the Four Phases of Annihilation. First, there were conflicts euphemistically called ‘herder-farmers clashes.’ Then the victims were forced off their lands which were then occupied by the invading forces. The third stage was their becoming internally displaced persons with camps set up for them. But having so many people in the camps means that in future, they can decide to retake their ancestral homes, so they are being attacked and killed. This is the fourth phase which may see them melting away, as was the case of the Plateau State victims.

Last Tuesday, April 27, 2021 after the IDP camp in Abagena was attacked, a furious Governor Samuel Ortom went there to express his anger that over 70 persons had been murdered within two weeks in the Makurdi Local Government area alone. Ortom fumed: “Go to Guma, the same killings are taking place, go to Gwer-West, the same killings are taking place. This is not fair. The Federal Government has refused to take a proactive step to arrest this ugly situation we are witnessing here today. You recall that I alerted the entire nation when Fulanis from 14 countries met in Yola and declared that except we review the prohibition of open grazing law, Benue will not know peace.” He said of the new attacks: “It means we don’t have a government. You can imagine, this is Abagena IDP camp. The adjoining villages are occupied by IDPs. What else do you want them to do? You send these people away from their villages, they came here to take refuge and today they are being killed in this manner… How do you wake up every day and see your people being killed?”

As usual, Ortom’s comments have led to a spat with the Presidency. The administration while as usual commiserating with the victims of banditry and terrorism said President Buhari takes exception to Ortom’s comments. He accused Ortom of: “making a litany of accusations against his person and his government …”

However, in the last six months, the Nigerian killing field has shifted from bloodied Benue State to Niger State, which by landmass, is the largest state in the country and is host to three hydro-power stations: Shiroro, Kainji and Jebba. As it is in Plateau and Benue states, bandits are invading towns and villages and forcing the populace to flee. However, unlike those two states, the banditry and invasion has been worsened by the mix of Boko Haram terrorism. As the land invasions, mass kidnapping including of school children, and killings escalate, Niger State governor, Sani Bello, warned that the bandits are primarily foreigners who enter the country from the Benin Republic border and come into Niger through Kaduna and Katsina states. He added that: “the bandits are Fulanis that have no one to control them even their parents.”

Governor Bello who also revealed that the invaders were invited into the country said: “We arrested bandits from Sudan and Mali and they were recruited through social media.” After the bandits recent attack of 14 communities in Rafi and Shiroro local government areas, Bello visited some of them in the IDPs camps in Kagara and Pandogari, assuring the victims of a quick return to their communities. The governor also told the country that Boko Haram terrorists have taken over Kaure town, hoisted their flag and forcefully taken the wives of residents. He warned that this invasion threatens the country’s capital, Abuja which is some 140 kilometres away.

The Buhari government has always reacted to the worsening insecurity in the country by claiming that it is “on top” of the situation. However, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar last Tuesday declared: “It is time for us as a nation to face the reality that we have an emergency on our hands. A catastrophe that must be decisively dealt with before it snowballs into an existential crisis.” But who is listening in the Buhari government?

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Why I Know El-Rufai Is Not Totally Against Negotiation With Bandits—Governor Fayemi

3 May 2021 - 5:10am


The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi has said Nigeria needs to use military approach to address the banditry headache confronting its people as some bandits are irredeemable.

He also stated that some bandits only need to be reoriented and rehabilitated, adding that unemployment and other socio-economic issues contribute to their criminal activities.

He also disclosed that his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai is not totally opposed to negotiation with bandits.

According to him, El-Rufai is only against a particular form of negotiation that emboldens the criminals to keep perpetuating heinous crime .

Fayemi spoke with journalists at the 2021 Pre-Synod Nehemiah Summit organised by the Diocese of Lagos Anglican Communion over the weekend at All Souls’ Church, Lekki, Lagos.

He said, “Any loss of life is a loss to all of us; it's not just to the family members but they feel the pain more. I don’t think my colleague is adversed to negotiation with bandits.

“Governor El-Rufai is only opposed to a particular form of negotiation that embolden the criminals to continue to perpetrate heinous crimes.

“It is on record in the past where he promoted negotiation in retrieving the Chibok girls, so he is not totally averse or completely averse to negotiation.

“I am talking about negotiation by referring to inform research that terrorism hardly disappears on the military field, they almost always attenuated on the negotiation table from.”

He added, “We have always said that there are unemployment and other factors that is fuelling youths violent extremism.

“I refer to drugs, climate change and a whole range of issues. This means that people are not innately criminal, there are sometimes socio-economic underpinnings responsible for their criminal acts.

“I know how agitated the Governor of Kaduna is. He is far more knowledgeable about the local situation and he will do what is best for its citizen.

”I know he is a serious governor and I know him to be committed to the safety of lives of the people.”

He said Nigeria needs adopt the kinetic and non-action kinetic ways of fighting insecurity. 

"And for those who are beyond redemption and some of these bandits are beyond redemption, we must to go and take them out," he said. 

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National Youth Service Begins Administration Of COVID-19 Vaccine To Corps Members Nationwide

3 May 2021 - 5:00am


The National Youth Service Corps said on Monday that it had begun the administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to corps members nationwide.

The NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated in an announcement sent to SaharaReporters, that the exercise is ongoing at the NYSC secretariats across the country.

He added that apart from corps members, members of staff were also not left behind.

SaharaReporters on March 11 reported that the NYSC had concluded plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca, to thousands of 2021 Batch A corps members who are presently undergoing their orientation exercise across the 37 camps nationwide.

SaharaReporters learnt that the NYSC authorities had met with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja for approval and would also meet with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, a department of the Federal Ministry of Health for the modalities.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, the NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, had confirmed the plan to administer the COVID-19 vaccines to corps members.

Already, NYSC while giving out the pre-orientation briefing to the Batch A, Stream One corps members asked them to register for the COVID-19 test on its portal and take the slips to their camps for their scheduled tests.

The DG on Monday in an announcement stated that the vaccination exercise had kicked off.

He said, “In line with Management's directive, adequate arrangement was made with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency for the successful administration of COVID-19 vaccine on corps members. The exercise is successfully ongoing at the NYSC Secretariats in the country. Members of staff were also not left behind.

“We sincerely appreciate the Presidential Steering Committee, National Primary Health Care Development Agency for the concern for the welfare of corps members.”

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Rev. Fr. Mbaka's Spiritual Somersaults By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

3 May 2021 - 4:56am


SOC Okenwa

Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka is the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry in the coal city of Enugu. From the testimonies of those that have attended his services he is into deliverance, healing and ministration of the gospel. He is very generous. He employs a horde of folks and helps the needy. He is a successful 'businessman' who has investments that generate millions of Naira. Heaven may not count for Mbaka as he values material and non-material things here on earth rather than awaiting to make heaven upon his death.

The controversial Catholic cleric had survived assassination attempts. But despite these failed attempts on his life (ostensibly orchestrated by opposing political forces) he is still very active speaking truth to power -- though sometimes he overreaches himself engaging in spiritual acrobatic dance rooted in 'God says' or 'God told me'.

Father Mbaka remains a controversial cleric even in his Catholic world. His profile is one fraught with contradiction and confrontation with mundane powers. Like the famous Father Edeh based in Elele, Rivers State, he has had a running battle with the catholic hierachy that tried to rein him in.

SOC Okenwa

Whoever accuses Mbaka of political meddlesomeness may have a valid point. Often he deviates from matters spiritual to those mundane. While his service to the people cannot de denied he had taken a hit from those opposed to his style of adoration or criticisms.

Recently he has been in the news online for reasons of recantation or renunciation. He was quoted as saying that the 'Hope' of a man he had spectacularly predicted his guber victory at the apex court in the land, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, no longer picked his calls. And lamenting further Mbaka had said the Supreme Court-imposed Governor never visited his Adoration camp in Enugu to pay 'homage' or show appreciation to God for the manifestation of the prophecy in his political career.

While lamenting that Gov. Uzodinma had severed relationship with him Mbaka had claimed that he was not after money but to give his beloved Hope some lesson on good governance. Whoever told Mbaka that Uzodinma needed his spiritual or mundane counselling must be suffering from insanity.

The Governor may be dodging Mbaka because of what happened to the former Anambra state Governor, Peter Obi, sometime ago at the Adoration ground in Enugu. As the running mate to Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential poll Obi had, prior to the election, visited Mbaka. And when the time came for promise of largesse to be donated to the church Obi declined to say how much he intended to give. Despite subtle pressure from the Adoration lord Obi stood his ground, only promising to do it discreetly.

So Gov. Uzodinma may be avoiding the Mbaka blackmail or as some folks would say he is not prepared to carry 'bill' from the 'seer'. So for Mbaka to complain about Hope's refusal to talk things over on phone must have been the anti-climax of an elaborate ecclesiastical swindle averted.

When he told Imolites that 'Hope' was upon them little did they know that that promised hope could turn to hopelessness. Today both Mbaka and Imolites know better.

Between Mbaka and the 'Hope' he claimed he made possible through the special intervention of 'God' in the natural political affairs of men something is wrong somewhere. It is either the 'hope' was not from God or it has fallen into the wrong hands of the gods, godfathers and godmothers.

If 'Hope' in its executiveness meant the Orlu massacre, the invasion by unknown gunmen of the Imo state police headquarters and correctional centre, if it meant the Okorocha/Uzodinma feud leading to a street gang war then Imolites had been sold baboon in the place of monkey!

Besides, Fr. Mbaka had lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari calling for his resignation or impeachment since the embattled number one citizen could no longer guarantee the security of lives and properties of Nigerians. While President Buhari's failure as President is no longer in doubt the right thing under the circumstance is resignation or impeachment if he refuses to go home.

Mbaka's message of impeachment or resignation sent across to the underwhelming President was in resonance with the national mood. But while the message was loud and clear enough enjoying the broad approval of Nigerians the messenger is deficient in credibility. Mbaka is no longer a credible commanding voice because of his mundane nay, spiritual somersaults.

Sensing that criticisms would definitely follow his somersault Mbaka had sounded defensive asking the federal legislators to heed his call for Buhari's impeachment or suffer divine wrath. Asking us if Samuel was not the King that anointed Saul who later deposed him was defensively disingenuous.

When Goodluck Jonathan was in power way back in 2015 prior to the emergence of Buharism Fr. Mbaka had accused Jonathan of failure drumming support for Buhari whom he had told us was the 'messiah' God had approved to change our lives for good. But today Mbaka is telling us that the same God that 'anointed' Buhari was asking him to withdraw the support since the President had deviated from the right course.

His antagonism towards GEJ could be predicated on a 'deal' gone sour. By embracing 'Mr Integrity' and ditching GEJ Mbaka had hoped for a better 'deal' under PMB. What he hoped to get under GEJ never came his way and the attention he sought was rebuffed.

By claiming divine interaction or revelation Mbaka often sounded like a man possessed by forces outside the celestial realm. While some of his prophesies had come to pass others had fallen by the way side. Yet he continues to pontificate throwing arrows at political figures hell-bent on destroying the social fabrics of the nation.

Father Mbaka cannot be looking for money because he is said to be stupendously rich already. He cannot be after fame or relevance for he is popular already. He has made name for himself for saying or doing the right things and the very opposite -- the wrong things!

The presidency and the ruling APC had all blasted Mbaka for his anti-Buhari call. While Garba Shehu claimed Mbaka was being 'eaten up' by his failure to secure contracts from Buhari upon his visit to the Villa many years ago the APC declared their readiness to report Mbaka to his principal in Rome, Pope Francis.

Today, Mbaka could pass as 'persona-non-grata' at Aso Villa in Abuja and Douglas House in Owerri. Life has a way of serving us useful and useless lessons. In Rev. Mbaka we have learnt not to believe hook, line and sinker the so-called men of God. Through his mundane somersualts of late we have learned to be cautious of whatever they throw our way in terms of divine message or doomsday prophesy. Or even expectations of bliss or better lives.

Adoration Ministry has afforded Mbaka a rare opportunity to help humanity rediscover ourselves. What he says at the pulpit ought to reflect his choice as an ordained priest. Priesthood has little or nothing to do with mundane politics. If he leaves politics to politicians concentrating his efforts more on serving Christ and saving the lost sheep he would realise that whatever he is looking to achieve in the mundane already exists in the spiritual.

Whatever Fr. Mbaka is gunning for his reputation would be made better if he concentrates his spiritual energy on preaching the gospel, healing the sick and bringing deliverance and happiness to the homes of the brethren. His foray into politics would damage him more if he continues taking that route of infamy.

SOC Okenwa
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Foreign Affairs Ministry Removes Director Who Paid N10million Bribe For Promotion After SaharaReporters’ Story

3 May 2021 - 4:51am


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada


A director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs serving in the Directorate of Technical Cooperation In Africa, Suleiman Momoh, who raised a N10 million bribe which he paid to secure his office, has been removed and replaced after SaharaReporters’ story.

Authoritative sources stated that Momoh was removed on Wednesday as the Head of Human Resource Department after he was summoned and could not defend the issues raised against him.

The former Head of HR, Mr Haliru Abubakar, was reportedly reinstated by the DTCA Director-General.

SaharaReporters had on April 23 exposed how Momoh made a handwritten agreement to borrow money from one of his friends, while raising the N10 million bribe which he paid to secure his office.

Apart from the agreement, there was also a petition against Momoh which was forwarded to the DTCA when Momoh refused to pay back the borrowed money – a petition which was swept under the carpet by the former Director-General and the Minister of State For Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

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SaharaReporters had obtained the handwritten document, titled, “Payment agreement,” which reads, “I, Suleman Momoh, hereby recertify that upon inability to pay on 7/1/020, I wish to crave your indulgence to allow me till 14/1/2020 to pay back the sum of N3,800,000 being the total sum of money agreed to be paid in lieu of N2,500,000.

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“A cheque of N3,500,000 of mine from Access Bank has been deposited with the understanding that the money shall be paid in cash. This date, 14/01.2020, is binding on me and can be enforced through legal action,” Suleiman Momoh, 7/1/2020.”  

Sources confirmed to SaharaReporters that Momoh had been replaced after SaharaReporters’ story.

“Yes, Momoh has been removed as Head of HR. He was unable to clear himself of the issues raised against him. The former Head of HR (Mr Haliru Abubakar) who was removed to make way for the fraudulent Mr Momoh, was reinstated by the new DG.

“Momoh should be dragged to the anti-corruption agency for further investigation as a deterrent to other errant public officials. The Ministry may want Momoh’s case to lie low because heads will roll but it is appropriate that he is probed,” the source stated.

SaharaReporters had reported that the N10 million Momoh raised through borrowing from friends was paid to someone working in the Presidency in January 2020 to ensure that Momoh was made a director at the MFA because the former director at the DTCA was retiring.

SaharaReporters had gathered that the issues came to light after Momoh refused to return what he borrowed to Mr Gift Agadagu, a businessman from whom he collected N2.5 million.

It was learnt that Momoh asked Agadagu in December 2019 to lend him the money, with a written agreement that he would pay back the sum in January 2020, but trouble started when Momoh, after becoming a director, refused to repay the money.

Agadagu thereafter raised a petition to the DCTA of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 2020 to complain about Momoh and get his money back but the petition was not acted upon and swept rather under the carpet.

SaharaReporters had obtained the petition in which Momoh’s wife confirmed that her husband paid N10 million to an Aso Rock staff member to get the directorship position at the DCTA which he is currently occupying.

Sources at the corruption-ridden DCTA told SaharaReporters that the petition came to the attention of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, but it was killed because “the minister’s boys also got shares of job racketeering money from the DCTA.”

The petition raised against Momoh had been titled, “Complaint of Criminal Abuse of Office and Obtaining Money by False Pretence Against Suleiman Momoh” which was never acted upon prior to SaharaReporters’ story.

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Boko Haram Fighters Invade Military Base, Kill Army Commander, Six Other Soldiers

3 May 2021 - 4:42am


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Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād have again attacked a military base in Borno state, killing an army commanding officer.

SaharaReporters gathered that the bloody encounter also left six other soldiers dead.

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The terrorists had on Sunday invaded Ajiri village in the Mafa Local Government Area of the state, attacking a military base and dislodging the troops.

Ajiri is a community in the Mara Local Government Area of Borno State, which is about 52km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

It was gathered that the troops fought a two-hour gun battle with the insurgents in gun trucks and on motorbikes who eventually breached the military base and forced the soldiers to withdraw.

The attack is coming few days after the insurgents attacked a Nigerian Army location at 156 Battalion in Mainok area, Borno State, killing over 30 soldiers.

Mainok is the headquarters of the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state.

SaharaReporters gathered that the terrorists who came in no fewer than 15 gun trucks also burnt down the military base.

Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.

The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.

In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who lay in wait for them.

Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021.
At least 33 soldiers were recently killed when two explosive-laden vehicles rammed into a military convoy in Wulgo.

The suicide bombers were identified as Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Bana Jundullah. The group also claimed four military vehicles were destroyed.

In February, about 20 soldiers were also killed in Malari, Borno State by the insurgents.

SaharaReporters gathered that the soldiers were on patrol to clear some Boko Haram elements in the area following a credible intelligence when they were ambushed by the group.

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