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Gunmen Attack Enugu Police Station

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 18:46


 

Yet to be identified gunmen have attacked the Ikirike Police Station of Enugu Command of the Nigerian Police Force.

Eyewitnesses said the hoodlums came to the station under the guise of reporting a case and immediately launched an attack on the station, according to a report by PUNCH.

It is unclear whether any policeman was killed in the attack and if the station’s armoury was looted.

Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the attack, saying “no policeman was killed”.

He said the command was hunting for the hoodlums.

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Finish Off Boko Haram, Army Commander Charges Soldiers

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 18:43



Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, has charged troops combating Boko Haram in the North-East to finish off the insurgents and return to the barracks. 

Adeniyi stated this during a visit to Gubio, a town attacked by the terrorists in Borno State a few days ago. 

The army general said that he is counting on troops to take the battle to their enemies in their enclave. 

He said, "I urge you to make up your mind to end this war. 

"The entire country is behind you to finish off Boko Haram so that you can return to the barracks."

Adeniyi visited three local councils to boost the morale of the soldiers and assure villagers that they are more determined to protect lives. 

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Man Rapes Five-year-old Niece In Adamawa To Punish Brother

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 18:12


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A man named Mustapha Kabiru has allegedly raped his brother’s five-year-old daughter to teach him a lesson.

The victim, Fatimah Ayuba, was said to have been rushed to the Federal Medical Center Yola, Adamawa State, for medical attention following profuse bleeding from her vagina as a result of the incident.

According to a family source, who spoke to Sahara Reporters, Kabiru, a mobile phone repairer, have had a long running feud with his brother, Ayuba, currently serving a jail term in Lagos, and therefore decided to molest the little girl to get back at him.

It was also gathered that the family never wanted to seek medical help for the victim for fear of exposing the matter to the public but the girl was eventually taken to the hospital through the help of one Hauwa Garba.

Confirming the incident, Information Officer at FMC Yola, Mohammed Dodo, told Sahara Reporters that the girl was bleeding profusely when she was brought into the hospital.

He said, “Fatimah was referred from Yola Specialist hospital on Saturday due to profuse and uncontrolled bleeding from the vagina.

“Her condition couldn’t be managed at the specialist hospital, that's why she was transferred to the FMC, which has better facilities.”

When contacted on the matter, Public Relations Officer of the police in Adamawa, Suleiman Nguroje, said that they had yet to be briefed of the incident, adding to commence investigation once the case is reported to them.

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Jailing Dissenters, Invitation To Violence, Shehu Sani Tells Buhari

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 18:11


Senator Shehu Sani ( middle) addressing journalists at the programme in Abuja

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Former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has described the incessant clampdown on opposition by the Nigerian Government as an invitation to violence.

He noted that the government had the responsibility of respecting citizens’ rights by allowing them to express their views on national issues through peaceful protests.

He disclosed this at the weekend in Abuja during an interactive forum organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists Correspondents Chapel.

The lawmaker said that citizens could be compelled to be violent instead of peaceful when they are being prevented from expressing their opinion through legitimate and peaceful protests. 

Sani said, “If people are desirous of protecting and defending their freedom through peaceful protest, the state has the constitutional responsibility to respect their rights and protect them to express their views.

“If you crush dissent and jail dissenters, you are forcing people to take the road of violence. 

“Sowore has not done anything wrong. He contributed his own quota to the emergence of this government and I cannot be mistaken to say many of those occupying position of power today in this government went to New York and met Sowore on many occasion to help them fight the former government. 

“How do you turn and say the same person who spoke on justice and freedom five years ago is now the enemy. That is totally unacceptable.”

 

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Sowore: Group Petitions US Department Of State, To Protest At Nigerian Embassy In Washington Friday

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 15:55


 

A group, African Renaissance Organisation, has sent a petition to the United States Department of State over the continued detention of rights activist, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 by operatives of the Department of State Services for urging Nigerians to pour out to the streets and protest bad leadership in the country.

Despite growing calls for his release, the convener of RevolutionNow movement has continued to be held by the secret police.

Condemning the situation, convener of ARO, Onyinye Chuks, urged the US Government to prevail on the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately and unconditionally release Sowore and all others arrested during the RevolutionNowprotest on August 5 across most parts of the country.

According to Chuks, Sowore’s continued detention not only breaches his fundamental rights as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution but also falls short of expectations under a democratic government.

He said, “We write to call the attention of the good people and government of the United States of America to the worrisome developments in Nigeria, particularly the increasing threats to democratic freedom, and the gradual rise of tyranny under the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We recognise the enduring political, economic, and military ties between Nigeria and the United States; ties we must now invoke in hopes of halting our nation’s steady descent into full-scale despotism.

“Under Buhari’s watch, Nigerians have grown poorer, more insecure, and far more divided than at any other time since the birth of our republic.

“The government’s war on corruption has since been exposed as a scam designed to scare and cudgel opposition elements into subservience.

“In reality, President Buhari has not only demonstrated tolerance for corruption, he has fully embraced it.

“Credible allegations of embezzlement and corrupt enrichment against his closest lieutenants, including army chief, Tukur Buratai, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, party chiefs, Godswill Akpabio and Orji Kalu, among others, have been swept under the carpet.

“Dismayed by President Buhari’s vapid and extremely reactionary leadership, a new generation of Nigerians led by Omoyele Sowore, publisher, activist, and leader of the African Action Congress, resolved to exercise their democratic rights to protest their government, and ensure the preservation of our constitutional democracy.

“Using the hashtag #RevolutionNow, Sowore whose contributions to Nigeria’s democratic journey are well documented, mobilised Nigerians for nationwide protests to demand fundamental changes in government policies and actions to reflect the yearnings and aspirations of our people.

 

“Unfortunately, in response to Sowore’s calls for protests, the Buhari government has unleashed a reign of authoritarian terror and state brutality reminiscent of the dark days of military dictatorship in our country.

“On the eve of the protests, armed and fully masked men from the Department of State Services broke into Sowore’s home, unlawfully arresting and detaining him.

“Thereafter, they proceeded to clamp down on thousands of unarmed citizens who poured into the streets on August 5 to join the protests.

“Ostensibly acting on presidential orders, the police shot sporadically into the protests, injuring hundreds of people and arresting dozens for merely exercising their democratic rights to change the direction of their government.

“Sowore and other arrested activists have now spent more than 22 days in brutal DSS detention facilities as the Buhari government feverishly seeks even the remotest strand of evidence to bring trumped-up charges of treason and felony against them for daring to express their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freely assemble.

“We insist that Sowore and other detained activists are not criminals but brave patriots who left their personal comforts to champion the cause of change for our people to challenge the broken system that keeps chasing our citizens to foreign shores as all hopes of a decent life in our country are extinguished by selfish and inept leaders recycled every four years through severely flawed electoral system to question an obscenely inequitable resource allocation system which ensures that our parliamentarians are the highest paid in the world, earning several times the compensation of US congressmen despite our economy being a mere 1/47th the size of the US economy.

“Finally, we believe that the strategic position of Nigeria as a regional force whose stability, security and prosperity aligns with the US national security interests cannot be overemphasised.

“We urge the US Government to prevail on President Buhari and his minders to immediately and unconditionally release Omoyele Sowore and other unlawfully detained activists.”

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Unease Lies The Heads That Wear The Wig By Funke Busari

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 13:09




 

In the Lagos State Judiciary, court congestion and unending adjournments have continually made justice seekers suffer in a stale
system, reports Funke Busari

Court! The voice of the male registrar pealed through the Sexual
Violence Court to announce the arrival of Her Lordship, Justice Sybil
Nwaka on June 25, 2019. Time was 11:16 a.m.

The High Court Rules of Lagos State provides that sitting at the court
should start officially at 9  a.m. and end by 4 p.m. On this day,
however, sitting ended about 2:08 p.m.

After about four hours sitting, Justice Nwaka was able to entertain
only three matters out of 26 cases slated for the day. She also
delivered two rulings not listed in the cause list, or on the court’s
website at www.lagosjudiciary.gov.ng/portal for the week of June
24-28, 2019.

Isiaka Oladele, scheduled to be arraigned before Justice Nwaka on that
day, was not lucky. His case was adjourned to October 2, 2019. By
implication, Oladele will have to spend another four months in remand.
By this date, it is expected that more cases would have piled up in
Nwaka’s docket.

Not that Justice Nwaka is oblivious of the anguish and frustration
that litigants go through, but according to her, she had to rise
before official sitting hours to attend a maiden meeting with the new
Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kazeem Alogba alongside other
justices.

By her action, the fate of Oladele, who was not accompanied by a legal
counsel on this day, and that of other justice seekers whose matters
were not heard would have to wait in the wings until after all the
justices come back from the annual court recess which began in July.
Legal proceedings on 26 June, was not in any way different from the
previous day. On June 26, 27 matters were slated for hearing the same
day, including one earlier adjourned to June 28.

But proceedings did not begin in the court until 11:20 a.m. Justice
Nwaka rose three hours later. Time was 2:07 p.m. after hearing the
bail application of a defendant, Adenekan Adegboyega who was standing
trial for the defilement of a child in suit number LD/5013C/17.
Justice Nwaka didn’t show up on June 27 and no reason was offered.
This reporter later found out that most of the judges did not sit as
well because they were attending a valedictory service in honour of
former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Opeyemi Olufunmilayo Oke, who
just retired. Consequently, 22 suits on the cause list, expected to be
handled by Justice Nwaka, for the day got new dates for attention, and
remain in the docket still.

No matter was slated for hearing on 28 June, according to the week's
cause list. However, an argument for the bail of a certain Adenekan
was adjourned for that day, and the ruling was adjourned until July 3.

In all, a total of 105 cases, plus another five add-ons as a result of
contingencies, were slated for hearing for the week, making a total of
110 cases, out of which 10 cases were entertained by Justice Nwaka.
That’s less than 10 percent of the entire cases in the docket for the
week.

Yet on average, the judge is assigned 22 cases daily. And in a month,
charges begging for her attention would be in excess of 400 cases.

That is happening in the Lagos State Judiciary where government cited
the need for speedy hearing and dispensation of justice as reasons for
establishing the Special and Sexual Violence Courts in February 2018.
Recognizing the magnitude of the social and economic cost of domestic
and sexual violence, the state government pioneered the Lagos State
DSVRT in 2014, and later the Special and Sexual Violence Courts to
deal mainly with matters bothering on domestic violence and sexual
assaults separate from the normal courts.


Sad reality

In 2018, Justice Kazeem Alogba chaired a committee to review the Civil
Procedure Rules 2012, then as an Administrative Judge. In one of the
briefings by the committee to intimate the bar and bench of their
activities, he painted a pitiable picture of the plight and sight of
his colleagues.

“Sometimes in my humble position as an administrative judge, it pains
me a lot because, at a time, you could give one judge 50 files and
within the week more cases are filed; you’d still send more files to
that judge. What miracle do you expect a judge to perform in such
circumstances?”

A year after Alogba’s lamentations, the Lagos Judiciary is still
reeling under the burden of overflowing dockets and tell-tale signs of
fatigue on the judges.

According to Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, Coordinator of the Domestic and
Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in Lagos State, Justice Nwaka
currently has over 600 cases gathering dust in her docket for 2018
alone.

The workload is the same for the other judge in the Lagos State Sexual
Violence Court. Further checks at the court registry show that Justice
Abiola Soladoye, has matters in excess of 350 pending before her for
2018 too.

“These courts are congested, and the judges overwhelmed,’ the DSVRT
Coordinator lamented to the reporter.

Justices Mojisola Dada and Oluwatoyin Taiwo, both of the Special
Offences Courts, are heavily ladened too. At the inauguration of the
Special and Sexual Violence Courts in 2018, former Chief Judge of
Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Olufunmilayo Oke revealed that no less
than 500 matters bothering on economic and financial crimes begging
for the attention of the court were assigned to both judges. In
effect, both women had 250 matters each in their dockets at the start
of operations in the economic and financial crimes court (Special
Offences Courts.)

“Presently, there are over 500 cases of financial crimes pending
before the High Court, the bulk of which have now been assigned to the
Special Offences Courts.

“We are enthusiastic about the designation of the new courts as we see
the development as a step in the right direction.”

This was the plan, but the reality that later dawned on the special
courts after one year of existence speaks to the same challenge.
By the end of 2018, Kayode Oyekanmi, Public Affairs Officer at the
Lagos State Ministry of Justice, told this reporter that the
Directorate of Public Prosecution had added additional 407 matters to
the already overflowing dockets at the Special and Sexual Offences
Court. As at July this year too, the DPP has filed another 273 cases
already, increasing the number to 680, with the likelihood of an
increase before the end of the year.


How delay affects the system - Lawyer

The backlash of the rising numbers of case files inundating the four
justices at the special courts are the sustained frustration and
several adjournments that many trials suffer before they get to be
concluded. By implication, the adjournments culminate in swelling
population in the prisons because of defendants who have to remain in
custody until their matters are entertained.

“You see, the justice system has been circumvented by such undue delay
in the administration of justice,’ Barrister Kayode Bankole lamented
to the reporter,  ‘and those who infringed on the right of the
aggrieved take solace in the snail speed that bedevilled and underpins
our justice system.

“It affects justice system in that it makes the citizens lose
confidence in the judicial process and it also encourages the
oppressors to continue to do what they are doing, people who thrive in
impunity, it encourages them to continue because they know that at the
end of the day justice will be denied by way of justice delayed,” the
Lagos lawyer explained.

Loophole in Lagos criminal law 

However, one of the major factors responsible for the perceived lapses
on the part of judges lies with the framing of the Criminal Law of
Lagos State 2015. The law is silent about the maximum limit of
adjournment in any particular criminal cause. Quite unlike the
Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA 2015, which sets out to
ensure speedy trials.

Section 396 of the ACJA, for instance, provides for day-to-day trial
for criminal cases or where this is not possible, the number of
adjournments is limited to five each and the intervals between each
adjournment is not to exceed 14 days, and where the trial has not been
concluded then the court may award cost on any other frivolous
application for adjournment as the case may be.

The reason behind this provision is obvious; parties to a criminal
proceeding are left with no other option than to execute their duties
expeditiously in order to obtain the best favourable results for their
clients.


Like Lagos courts, like Supreme Court

Even at that, this crucial Section of the ACJA 2015 appears to be
effective only on paper. At the Supreme Court where the ACJA is
expected to be fully deployed, litigants are already taking dates
beyond 2019 as a possible time for their matters to come up, this
reporter found out.

As early as February this year, counsel have started taking 2020 dates.
“Let me tell you, at the Supreme Court as at today, we have started
taking the year 2021 dates, not 2020, Bankole disclosed.

“So if you file a case today in the Supreme Court, you cannot get a
date this year again, it will be hard. It has to be 2020 or towards
the end of 2021.”

The reason for that is not too far to seek. The apex court is also
groaning under a heavy workload. And unfortunately, it is the same
number of Justices the constitution provided for when Nigeria was just
100 million people around 1979 that are still there today when the
national population has snowballed to 201 million.

Section 230 of the 1999 constitution provides for a maximum of 21
justices, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria, to be in the Supreme
Court at any point in time. But as of 2019, only the Chief Justice of
Nigeria and 14 other Associate Justices are on the bench of the
Supreme Court. Invariably the court is running on a six-man deficit.

Back in Lagos, the experience of Christian C. Erondu in Suit No:
ID/692/2006 is emblematic of the grave consequence of the delay and
denials that Bankole is griping about. The matter took 13 years to be
heard before Justice A.O Opesanwo at the Lagos High court.

And even after getting a judgment, Monday Ubani, Counsel to the
plaintiff told this reporter, the delays are far from over.

“The defendant is trying out to use the process of appeal to delay
further the case. Knowing fully well that if the matter goes on
appeal, it will take another average of seven years or thereabout.
“And maybe if it goes to Supreme Court, it may take another 10 years.
Maybe it will take an average of 20 or 30 years for a matter to be
resolved, so you can see the danger.

“The danger is that some people die waiting for justice, in fact in
this case that I told you about, the defendant died. And he was the
one using all manner of tactics to delay the matter knowing fully well
that he is in possession of the properties.”


The Devil's Advocates?

Part of the problems identified by the Justice Alogba-led committee on
the review of Civil Procedures rule in 2018 are the antics most
lawyers deploy to delay or scuttle trials.

That's done in part through asking for frivolous adjournments, or not
showing up in court on appointed dates, the reporter found out.
This reporter also found out that when lawyers are not asking for
adjournments or playing the truants, they make the job of the judge
more difficult using lengthy written addresses.

“Most of these judges came in very beautiful and handsome but after
five years, they’d become enemies of the barbing salon because of your
voluminous written addresses,' the judge groaned.

As such, the Lagos judiciary has set a limit for all written addresses
to be no more than 20 pages, and reply on point-of-law to five pages.
Lawyers who scuttle trial dates at will too will also pay a fine of
N100, 000 to serve as a disincentive.

The rules are severe though, but Bankole does not think the hash laws
are necessary.

“It is not making the rules to be harsh that will solve the problems
but rather it is when the system works properly. When the right
persons are called to the Bar, the right persons are called to the
Bench and the system is well funded and above all the right attitude.
It is then we are going to have justice or resemblance of justice.”


Same old structure

At the moment, there are just 59 judges and 120 magistrates staffing
the courts in Lagos. That’s less than 200 judicial staff in a state of
no less than 20 million residents, and still counting.

As the population burgeons, business transactions are expanding,
relationships are also being cultivated, thus making infringements
inevitable.

But the Lagos courts remain the same old institutions—manned by
stenographers who listen to court proceedings and type away on their
computers. And judges and magistrates who shuttle between listening to
counsels and taking notes in the usual longhand.
“We need to equip our judicial system with basic infrastructure. It's
high time we left the long-hand process we are using in taking notes
of proceedings. We should employ technology in the administration of
justice. We see how other nations are not taking proceedings in
longhand, rather it is being recorded electronically after which they
review and do the right thing,’ Monday Ubani, 2nd Vice-President of
the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, told the reporter.

“Funding is also an issue. If we employ more judges, that means you
have to pay more money, you also have to equip the court system and we
must also amend some of our rules to accommodate speedy dispensation
of justice.”

Ubani’s recommendations are apt. But they will work more if the state
government also consider a swift appointment of more judges in the
Lagos judiciary, in addition to expanding its judicial divisions from
the current five.


*This investigation was done with the support of the Premium Times
Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ)

 

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We'll Hunt South-East Governors Abroad, Vows Nnamdi Kanu

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 13:07


 

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has said members of the group outside of Nigeria will hunt and hound south-east governors when they visit foreign countries, according to a report by PUNCH.

He said, "We shall continue to hunt and hound them whenever they leave the shores of Nigeria. 

"Our decision to go after the South-East governors and frankly, every corrupt, wicked and opportunistic politician is rooted in the principle of accountability of public office holders. 

"All over the world, enlightened and brave citizens hold their public officials to account through many democratic avenues. 

"The right to protest against injustice is part of the dividends of democracy as entrenched in the constitution. 

"In the unfortunate case of Nigeria, public servants, media practitioners, citizens do not know and are ignorant of the provisions of the very constitution they vow to protect.

"Sowore is in illegal detention and from all these, you can see that something sinister is awkwardly and fundamentally not genuine and right with masses and the morally-depraved crop of politicians in the hellish contraption called Nigeria but more especially the governors and other political leadership from the East."

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Presidency: Abba Kyari Is Buhari's Adviser On 'Any And All Matters'

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:47


 

The President Muhammadu Buhari regime says it is nothing new that the newly-inaugurated ministers should see the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, if they want to schedule a meeting with their principal, pointing out that Kyari advises Buhari on "any and all matters".

This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The presidency was reacting to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for his ministers to seek meeting appointments with him Abba Kyari if they needed to see him.

Shehu said the practice was not new.

He said: "Recent media and social media reports on the responsibilities of the Chief of Staff to the President have suggested that the role has changed. This is not the case. "Today, under the Buhari II administration the role of Chief of Staff remains the same as it was under Buhari I.

"It is worth stressing that the role and responsibilities of the Chief of Staff and the method of communication and arranging to schedule between Cabinet members and the President are, in Nigeria, based on the US model, where the same system operates – and has done for decades – in precisely the same way.

"That role is to act as the head of the presidential administration at Aso Rock; to be an adviser to the President on any and all matters; to be the line manager for all staff at Aso Rock, and to manage appointments and scheduling for the President.

"In the traditional presidential system, it is a primary function of a Chief of Staff, which may vary according to the needs and desires of each President, to supervise key State House Staff, control access to the office and the person of the President, manage communications and information flow and this includes that which binds the relationship with the two other arms of government.

"During the President’s first term those were the responsibilities of the Chief of Staff, and they remain the same responsibilities today. There is no change."

Continuing, he stated, "When President Buhari explained to ministers that they would be expected to communicate with him and arrange scheduling to meet with him primarily via the Chief of Staff, he did so as many of the Buhari II Cabinet ministerial appointments are new appointments and cannot, therefore, be expected to know how matters of liaising with the President operate.

"This is to stress that access to the President is open to ministers. It is not true that this is denied them in the Second Term.

"The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on the other hand is responsible for ensuring the effective coordination and monitoring of the implementation of government policies and programmes. All cabinet matters must go through him.

"Under this dispensation, a performance evaluation of ministers and Permanent Secretary will be maintained by the SGF. Two weeks after assuming office, they are expected to sign mandate acceptance documents.

"It is time to end the unnecessary controversy, for the key appointees of the President to carry out their jobs."

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Tinubu Naïve, Willing To Sacrifice His People For Personal Ambition -Mailafia

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:28


Obadiah Mailafia

Obadiah Mailafia

 

Obadiah Mailafia, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has described Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as naïve for believing northern politicians will relinquish power to him by 2023.

Mailafia, who was also a candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 presidential election, told Punch in an interview.

He said Tinubu must have misjudged the political ambition of northern leaders before forging a collaboration.

He said: "Yes, I have my reasons for saying that Jagaban Borgu is rather naïve. He seems not to understand the kind of political animals he is dealing with.

"He doesn’t realize that the game-plan is to exploit to the fullest his political and financial capital and to forebear with him until such a time as they are in a position to run him aground. He is the last to know that the North will never hand over power to him.

"The ancient Yoruba civilization is anchored on monarchical republicanism. The Oyo Mesi constitutional council of yesteryears could demand that an Oba commit suicide if he fell below the people’s expectations. Loyalty, respect, honour, and principles are the defining features of Yoruba leadership traditions.

"The northern power system, by contrast, is rooted in feudalism, taqiyya, and dissimulation. In the name of friendship, they will hand over to you a colourful long rope and you will happily go to the gallows singing their praise!

Tinubu has, of course, a legitimate right to aspire to the high magistracy of our federal republic. He has paid his dues. But his best bet is to realign with the Middle Belt and the South. The North will not relinquish power any time soon."

Speaking further on why he thought northern leaders would not relinquish power easily, he said the region had a different idea about the nation.

"They operate a different cosmological worldview and mindset from the rest of us. They are trying to remake our country in the image of the Caliphate," he claimed.

"They willingly sacrifice social progress at the altar of ambition, in the Machiavellian understanding that hungry, desperate people at point zero would be too broken to ever raise their miserable heads.

"They have installed their people in all the key security and strategic departments of government. Meanwhile, they are implicitly allowing murderous hordes from neighbouring countries to come and take over our ancestral lands by force of arms.

"And they are ruthlessly imposing total hegemony over culture, mass media, public administration and the commanding heights of the economy. They govern by fear and are willing to deploy the cloven hoofs of history to plunge our country into another civil war.

"Trust me, I am not an alarmist. I have been a faithful student of political theory from Plato to NATO. But we can never be afraid of them because they can only kill the body. Rather, we should be afraid of the 'one' who can kill both the body and the spirit.

"We know that they will surely fail because our God is a consuming fire. Bola Tinubu understands this evil agenda, but it seems he is willing to sacrifice the destiny of his people at the altar of personal ambition."

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Kidnappers Abducted 7 In Kaduna, Abandoned Car With $10,000, N647,300 -Police

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:26


 

Suspected kidnappers dressed in military uniforms have kidnapped five people in Kaduna.

This was revealed by Yakubu Sabo, the spokesperson for the Kaduna State Police Command, on Saturday.

The command said the incident happened at Danbushiya Village, on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis, on Friday.

According to the police, about 11 pm on Friday, the head of Malali police division received a distress call that armed men in military uniforms blocked the access road to Babatunde Fashola Housing Estate, Danbushiya Village, on the outskirts of Kaduna and intercepted a Honda Accord Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five other vehicles.

They reportedly kidnapped seven persons.

The police added: “However, due to pressurized patrols within the general area, two of the victims were later found released by the hoodlums.

"Upon searching, $10,000 and N647,300 were recovered in one of the vehicles."

He also explained that combined teams of police anti-kidnapping unit and vigilantes were later dispatched to the scene for a search operation.

“The IGP’S IRT were also contacted for technical support in tracking the hoodlums,” Sabo added.
 

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Nigerian Government Paid 50 Years' Rent For Own Property -Usman Gur Mohammed

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:23


 

Usman Gur Mohammed, the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has revealed that the Nigerian Government had paid rent on its land at the National Control Center (NCC), Oshogbo in Osun State, for 50 years.

Mohammed said this at the Market Operator’s Participants Key Stakeholders 2019 3rd Quarter Interactive Forum in Abuja, The Nation reports.

However, he said the company had stopped paying rent upon discovering that the land belongs to the government.

However, he did not disclose whether the government has plans to recover the fund from the private individuals that fraudulently collected its rent for five decades.

Mohammed said: “For your information, for several years we have been operating our National Control Centre, Osogbo, the land we use is rented land. We had been paying rent on that land for over 50 years. I am happy to announce that that land belongs to us and we are not paying rent again.”

He added that all the company’s contracts must now be completed within 18 to 24 months, stressing that “we don’t need politics. We need infrastructure".

He debunked the claim that the TCN was not considering local contractors in its award of contracts.

The TCN boss noted that the management would not respect local content to reencounter what led to the “problem that caused us to have 800 containers stranded in the ports; we cannot repeat it".

Mohammed threatened that the company would charge any contractor tha fails to complete his project in record time liquidated damage.

Following the failure of Nigeria to install a SCADA after three attempts, the company has now accepted a zero knowledge of it and decided to sign a bond with 15 staff to undergo training on SCADA abroad no matter the cost. The staff, in line with the bond, must serve the company for five years, he said.

The Market Operator of the TCN, Edmund Ejie, disclosed that the federal government has approved N600 billion that would be injected into the nation’s electricity market.

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Governor Ihedioha: Okorocha Mismanaged N1 Trillion, Committed Evils Against Imo People

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:15


 

Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has accused his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, of mismanaging state funds to the tune of N1 trillion.

The incumbent governor, however, denied spending N2.8 billion on monthly sanitation in the state.

He said this in a statement by Steve Osuji, his special adviser on media.

Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of the state and a sitting senator, had accused Ihedioha of spending N2.8 billion on monthly environmental sanitation.

However, Ihedioha, in his reaction described Okorocha’s allegation as unfortunate.

He said: “The administration of Emeka Ihedioha is very prudent and sensitive to the plight of the people of Imo State, unlike that o Okorocha that was notorious for unbridled fiscal recklessness in his time.

“Available records show that in eight years, former Governor Okorocha mismanaged about N1 trillion belonging to Imo State. We are taking our time to investigate the numerous atrocities of the last administration and certainly, he must answer for all the evils he did against the people of Imo State.”

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Nigerian Woman, Chinasa Ukaonu, Sold Day-old Baby For N500,000 -Police

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:10


 

Chinasa Ukaonu, a woman from Imo State, has confessed to selling her newborn for N500,000.

According to the Imo State Police Command, Ukaonu made the confession following her arrest alongside two nurses who assisted her in the sale.

The accused nurses are Dorothy Esomonu and Catherine Eke.

Orlando Ikeokwu, the police spokesperson in Imo, also revealed that the suspected buyer, Chioma Amadi, was arrested.

He said the arrest of the suspects assisted the police in rescuing the child.

Ikeokwu added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Ladodo, had instructed the investigating team to prosecute the suspects at the conclusion of the investigation.

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President Buhari: Human Beings Now Cost $90 Compared $40,000 During The Slave Trade

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:08


 

President Muhammadu Buhari says slave trade is still present in today's world, adding that the value placed on humans today as reduced compared to the past.

He said this in celebration of the International Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, the president called for the abolition of the modern-day slave trade.

He said: "Four centuries ago, the first 20 documented African slaves arrived on the shores of Virginia. In the years that followed, millions more were shipped in dehumanizing conditions across the ocean and enslaved. Slavery had, of course, existed before. But this indicated the beginning of a mechanized trade that saw human beings reduced to property on an unprecedented scale.

"Despite the fact that descendants of African slaves have made valuable contributions across society, they are still dealing with the effects of this poisonous legacy. They still have to navigate its everyday manifestations, such as discrimination, racism or lack of access to resources and opportunities. This must not be overlooked or forgotten.

"Yet, as we reflect on this day, International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition, it is clear slavery did not only thrive then. It still thrives today. Across the world, it is estimated there are as many as 40 million men, women, and children living in forced servitude. They are the industrial victims of a business many believe was abolished hundreds of years ago. They are the modern enslaved.

"Their exploitation appears in many guises, though usually unrecognized as slavery. Many victims are unseen, hidden beneath opaque supply chains. Others are hidden in plain sight, entrapped by circumstances that rob them of autonomy. In any case, their labor, often dangerous, is no product of choice, and its conditions are self-perpetuating.

"In Africa, its modern forms include debt bondage, the enslavement of war captives, commercial sexual exploitation and forced domestic servitude. Holding people held against their will, controlling their movements and forcing them to work for the sole profit of others — wherever they are — is slavery today and always.

"The abolitionists of the 19th century succeeded more than any before: By working to extinguish the transatlantic slave trade that had claimed 15 million victims, they laid the groundwork to ensure it did not manufacture millions more. But their work is not done. We must take up their examples as we forge a path forward to eliminate modern-day slavery in all its forms.

"Slavery, once again, has become entwined in the global economy — and it is largely unseen. For instance, most of us might know in principle that the mining of cobalt crucial to our smartphones might have used forced labor. But what do we know of those that experience it? Just as personal testimony and resulting public pressure led to the passing of the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain in 1807, these stories must be told and used to inform policy. Once heard, they can elevate visceral reactions, driving the public pressure needed to ensure the application of anti-slavery laws.

"One distinction from then and now is important: the costs. From records, adjusted for today’s prices, the cost of a human-being-as-property was valued on average at $40,000. Today, it is just $90, sometimes even lower. We must remember that slavery is not simply a campaign of hatred; it is the pursuit of profit. One way to extinguish it in its current forms, therefore, is to make it economically unfeasible. This means making sure that any anti-slavery laws have bite, come with strong penalties and are enforced.

"It is also vital to have a robust tip-off and reporting system. Where this once meant detecting ships, today the signs are less conspicuous. The public must be shown how to see what is hidden in plain sight, particularly signs of suspicious behavior. This might seem broad. But vagueness should not give rise to a reluctance to report anything that could be smuggling or forced servitude. If something doesn’t look right, report it, for you could be securing another human’s freedom."

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Soyinka Says Buhari Afraid To Listen To Nigeria, 'Reducing' Them, Himself As Human Beings

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:06


 

Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel laureate, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari regime to stop muzzling freedom of expression in the country, accusing him and the nation's security agents of refusing to listen to the people.

Soyinka stated this while speaking at his birthday event in Lagos.

He said: “One of the beauties of existence is the ability to express oneself.

“It’s a fundamental human right which we cannot compromise and it is important to send this strong message to this government and to the security services to stop trying to muzzle people when they come together to exchange ideas."

He also condemned the clampdown on protesters in Lagos.

Soyinka said: “You (the government) are reducing them (the citizens) as human beings and you are also reducing yourselves as human beings because it means that you are afraid to listen.

“And those who are afraid to listen, usually, are guilty people; that is why they do not want to listen.”

“The reduction of the freedom of any one of us however small, however minor; the reduction of the rights to expression of any one of us is an infringement and assault on the rights of all of us, whether we are part of that particular exercise or not.”

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Smart Adeyemi Vs Dino Melaye: People Know Difference Between Us, Says Adeyemi

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 12:04


 

Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West senatorial district election, says his party is not afraid of a rerun.

He said this while commending the judgment of the election petitions tribunal that sacked the lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.

Justice Anthony Chijioke-led panel of the  Kogi State election petitions tribunal had ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district.

In his reaction, Senator Adeyemi noted that as a student of law, he had always believed that the court is where those who have been cheated get justice.

He insisted that he would reclaim his mandate in the rerun ordered by the tribunal, stressing that he has built the image to win the election over the years.

The two-time senator compared himself to Melaye who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said, “We are not afraid to go for a rerun because the people can assess the two personalities. They know our antecedents, they know our track records, they know who we are and what we stand for.

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FBI Wanted List: Few People Shouldn't Tarnish Image Of 200 Million Nigerians, Says Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 11:59



Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission assist to fight Nigerians committing cybercrimes abroad, asserting that a few people committing crime should not tarnish the image of a nation of 200 million citizens.

Speaking during a visit to the anti-graft agency on Friday, Dabiri-Erewa said this would be done through the creation of a special desk that would focus on cybercrimes among Nigerians in the Diaspora.

She said: “The commission will be working with the EFCC to have a special desk that will tackle cases like this; whether it’s about fraud, whether it’s about somebody cheating yo, we hope to partner with the EFCC to have a special desk to deal with cases involving those in the diaspora being defrauded or being cheated.

“They should have somewhere to complain to and with EFCC, I’m sure we can provide those answers and solve those problems.

“A few people committing crime should not tarnish the image of a nation of 200 million people. However, the world wants to see that we are doing something about cybercrime.

“We are here with the EFCC to say Nigerians in the diaspora count on you to tackle cybercrime as effectively as you are tackling corruption in Nigeria so that those who perpetrate these crimes are brought to book.”
 

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SPOTTED: Valentine Iro, Nigerian On FBI's Wanted List Living Large Abroad

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 11:52


 

Valentine Iro, the number one indicted Nigerian on a list released by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been spotted in a video living an opulent lifestyle.

In the nine-second video that has now gone viral, a man with "Val Iru" written at the back of his jersey was seen dancing with his partner while people spray them with foreign currencies.

There was a carpet of dollar bills on the floor while Iro and his party guests danced on it. 

Number 1 on the FBI list pic.twitter.com/G8d74YTE4E

— King Arthur (@KingArthur9ja) August 24, 2019

Iro is one of the 77 Nigerians indicted by the US government for online fraud and money laundering.

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Fact-check: Are More Nigerians Killed Under Buhari Government Than During Nigerian Civil War?

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-08-25 11:41





Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claimed that Nigeria had recorded more deaths under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari since 2015 than during the country's internecine civil war.

He made the claim during a meeting with the Ogun State wing of the PDP, on Wednesday.

“For how long can we continue to be oppressed, intimidated and continue to kill ourselves? So many killings now in the country than we had during the civil war. The people that have been killed since the inception of the APC government are many that you can’t place records because we wake up to hear news of killings on a daily basis.”

This claim was widely reported but where are the shreds of evidence?

Death toll during the civil war?

The Nigeria-Biafra war between July 6, 1967, and January 15, 1970, has been rated one of the most lethal civil wars globally. At least, 30,000 people were killed in the actual combat. However, by the end of the civil war in 1970, about 500,000 to 2,000,000 people—including civilians and soldiers— had died. [SEE DATA]

Insurgent killings in Nigeria

Nigeria has been a hotbed of violence in various parts of the country. Boko Haram and sectarian clashes have been responsible for the highest number of deaths recorded in Nigeria in recent years.

According to Nigeria Security Tracker, Boko Haram alone have killed 35,820 since June 2011 to date. Cumulatively, 63,768 people have died from various attacks within the same time frame.

Deaths were recorded from Boko Haram attacks, ethnic clashes, farmer-herder clashes, Niger Delta militancy, and extra-judicial killings.

Killings between 2015-2019

Buhari was first elected president of Nigeria in 2015, under the All Progressives Congress (APC). At the time of his election, Boko Haram was at the height of its attacks.

In March of 2014, 3,456 people were killed in the country. The number of deaths were at an all-time high between March 2014 and February 2015. A total of 17,907 Nigerians died within these 12 months.

However, the number started declining from March 2015 with the recorded death of 1,826. As of August 22, 64 deaths were recorded fo the month.

President Buhari took his first oath of office as the president on May 29, 2015. Between the period to date, 36,035 Nigerians have been killed, according to the Nigeria Security Tracker.

Although, while there has been a decrease in the killings caused by the Boko Haram, the death toll is on the rise as sectarian attacks have increased. A total number of 5,772 people died in sectarian attacks between 2015 and 2019. 

 

 


Conclusion

Secondus' statement is ambiguous. It is an outright falsehood to say there have been more deaths during the current administration compared to the total number of deaths recorded during the civil war.

However, as available data have shown, deaths recorded during the civil war combat was 30,000 while there have been over 36,035 deaths recorded since 2015 when the current administration came into power.

If Secondus had precisely compared the number of deaths recorded during the civil war combat, his assertion would have been correct but he did not and cannot be said to be right.

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Six Mine-resistant Military Vehicles Intercepted At Nigeria/Cameroon Border

Sahara Reporters - Sat, 2019-08-24 22:25




No fewer than six mine-resistant military vehicles have been intercepted by a joint security operatives in Konkol, a border community in Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa State between Nigeria and Cameroon republic.

It is not clear yet if the vehicles were exiting or coming into the country when they were intercepted.

A source in the Nigeria Customs Service, who spoke with Sahara Reporters said, "We have the six mine-resistant equipment at office in Yola. 

"It was a joint operation involving our officers, the Department of State Services, army and others."

Sahara Reporters learnt that the military high command in Abuja had ordered an urgent investigation into the discovery.

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