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Jay-Jay Okocha Lands In Scotland Court Over Money Laundering Charges

Sat, 2019-06-01 18:58


Augustine (Jay Jay) Okocha, former Super Eagles captain, and English Premier League footballer has appeared in court facing money laundering charges.

Augustine Okocha, who is better known as Jay-Jay, appeared in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday.

The 45-year-old global football star appeared at the Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday.

He is facing two charges in thegujma behind-closed-doors hearing.

He faces one charge in relation to alleged acquisition, use and possession of criminal property and another relating to allegedly concealing, disguising, converting and transferring criminal property.

The appearance relates to alleged incidents said to have happened in the north-east of Scotland in 2015.

The Scottish Sun reports that Police began an investigation in 2015 which spanned two years before charges were brought against Okocha and six others – five of whom are alleged to have carried out fraud related to north-east businesses.

Okocha, who also netted 14 times for Nigeria in 73 appearances and starred in the country’s 1994 World Cup campaign, made no plea during the hearing.

The retired footballer, whose general address was given as Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was granted bail.

The case against him was continued for further examination. No date has yet been fixed for his next court appearance.

Okocha moved from Fenerbahce in Turkey to Paris Saint-Germain in 1998 for a transfer fee of 12.4 million euros.

The attacking midfielder also played for Hull City in the English Championship before retiring from the sport after the 2008/09 season.

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President Buhari Thanks Islamic States For Helping In Nigeria's Terrorism Fight

Sat, 2019-06-01 18:43


President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his appreciation for the role the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has played in the war against insurgency in Nigeria.

President Buhari made the commendation when he read the collective statement of African countries at the 14th Summit of the OIC in Makkah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday. 

He said: “The robust interventions of the various OIC Institutions and principally the Islamic Development Bank Group, have been effective in such key sectors as trade and investment, agriculture, rural development and food security, science, technology and innovation, poverty alleviation as well as women and youth empowerment.

“In particular, Nigeria acknowledges the support of OIC Member States in countering the menace of terrorism and armed criminality in West Africa, the Lake Chad area and the Sahel Countries. We appreciate their contributions in the alleviation of the humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency but urge them to do more.

“We appreciate their contributions in the alleviation of the humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency but urge them to do more.

‘‘In addition to the core issue of the restoration of the national rights of the Palestinians and other long-standing unresolved conflicts, we now grapple with serious security problems, represented by the destructive activities of terrorists, violent extremists and armed criminals in many of OIC Member States.

‘‘This situation has also been compounded by a series of political crises, which continue to affect a number of our countries.

‘‘In this regard, we support the actions of the OIC in seeking an early resolution to the lingering Palestinian question and the rights of the Palestinian people to an independent homeland. ‘‘We equally subscribe to the various actions of the OIC in resolving the crises in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

‘‘We commend OIC engagement with other international actors in addressing the various political conflicts in the OIC region and the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

He thanked King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud for hosting and chairing the 14th OIC Summit and the Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, whose tenure just ended for “his commitment to the ideals of our Organization and his efforts in ensuring that the OIC achieves its set goals and objectives, throughout his tenure as Chairman.”

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Will You Attend World Council Of Churches Meeting? CAN Blasts President Buhari Over OIC

Sat, 2019-06-01 18:39


The Christian Association of Nigeria has critisized President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation calling the move unconstitutional. 

The church made its position know in a statement signed by special assistant on media and communications to CAN President, Samson Ayokunle on Saturday.

The group said, “With all the cries we have made about the unconstitutionality of Nigeria’s membership of OIC, going for such conference was still the first assignment of President Buhari after being sworn in. Are the government officials listening to those who voted them into power at all? Is the government not heating up the polity? We wonder if the President is ready to attend the meeting of the World Council of Churches or be asking the Vice President to represent him whenever the members meet.


“As President Buhari begins another term, we appeal to him to have a blueprint for the security challenges facing the country. He should avoid lopsided appointments in every facet of the government, especially, the appointment chief security officers. The security councils and other agencies of the government must not be dominated by people who share the same faith and ethnicity with him. The preponderance of the Fulani people at the corridors of power is what Chief Olusegun Obasanjo refers to as fulanisation agenda.

“We have many states in the North where churches are being denied of Certificates of Occupancy. This is a ploy to allow excuses to be given later for these churches to be pulled down whenever religious fanatics are in government in those states. As we rejoice with all the Northern State governors as they assume office, let them revisit this ungodly policy of discrimination against fellow Nigerians.”

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Dear Governor Ben Ayade, The Sun Has Risen Again By Elias Ozikpu

Sat, 2019-06-01 02:10


Let me begin by congratulating you on the successful inauguration of your second coming, like I did in August of 2015 when, at the end of my congratulatory treatise, I suggested some of the cardinal problems you needed to confront within the first four years of your administration. Needless to say, not one of those suggestions was executed and the result as evident in your first term is lamentable.

As the sun rises in the morning of your second coming, we Cross Riverians are going to be more demanding than we were in your first coming. We are going to metamorphose from a docile people into a questioning people. We will scrutinise your policies. We will demand for thorough explanations for any decision you decide to make on our behalf. We are going to ask questions without an apology, and you must answer each of our questions if history must be kind to you when the sun finally set on your final tenure.

Your Excellency, as you step your feet into the next phase as governor of our state, it comes with a healthy opportunity to make important amends. I have outlined below just few of your missteps which I hope you strengthen as you make an entry to the Office of the Governor for the second time.

1. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

Your refusal to allow local government elections in Cross River for the past four years is illegal and a flagrant display of totalitarianism. It was ultra vires your powers to so act. The implication of your illegal action is that you have deprived citizens of their legitimate right of representation in government. It means you consciously decided to keep the government several miles away from the people. Doing so is the same thing as staging a coup d'état against democracy. It is the same thing as strangling democracy right before our own eyes. This must stop forthwith.

2. THE “SUPERHIGHWAY” PROJECT

This is one of the most fraudulent projects I have heard about all my life and the funding is what raises more questions than any thing else. The sum of N648,870,730,739.23 (Six Hundred and Forty-eight Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty-nine Naira, Twenty-three Kobo) is permanently unacceptable for the proposed “superhighway” at a time when roads within Cross River are in total shambles. More disturbing is the fact that Cross Riverians will have to spend 180 years paying back the loan for the superhighway! 180 years! That is approximately two centuries of debt! Like it has been reiterated more than a thousand times, Cross River does not need the construction of a “superhighway” that will put about six generations of Cross Riverians in perpetual slavery. Except, of course, you are unequivocally telling the electorates that it was a crime voting for you, not once but twice! What bothers me the most is your apparent resolution to proceed with the project in spite of the public outcry that has greeted it.

Respectfully, Your Excellency, is it true that in a correspondence dated 17th day of February, 2019, with reference number: SSG/S/300/VOL.XVII/1199, the Secretary to Cross River State Government conveyed on your behalf a request to the State House of Assembly to consider and pass a resolution granting approval for the State Government to issue an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) of N300,000,000.00 (Three Hundred Million Naira) monthly through the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in favour of MERRS SYDNEY CONSTRUCTION NIGERIA LIMITED for the construction of the said superhighway? Is this true, Sir?

3. ANOTHER AIRPORT IN CROSS RIVER?

I do not know exactly what crept into your thoughts that resulted in you imagining the idea of a THIRD airport in Cross River State. All I do know is that the people might be left with no alternative but to wrestle their State from your grip in the likely event that you insist on proceeding with the construction of this airport. Since we were born, never have we enjoyed the dividends of good governance. We have been left to either survive or die on our own. You are therefore without the competence to wake up one morning and send bulldozers to Obudu to reduce people’s homes into rubbles and equally destroy their farms, their only means of livelihood, just because you are governor. And as if that was not enough, you have drawn a red line between you and the people by your recent decision to send armed soldiers to beat up and even apprehend some of the youth who have been leading peaceful protests against the construction of the unwanted airport.

Your Excellency, you are forcefully taking people’s lands, destroying their homes and farms over the construction of a THIRD airport in the State and you expect them to not raise a voice? I shudder. Never before have we experienced this sort of subjugation and total repression in Cross River. Your Excellency, despotism is one thing we shall never accept, and now I feel as though we are being governed by an internal colonialist.

Respectfully, Your Excellency, is it true that you are distributing as compensation between N5,000 to N15,000 to victims whose homes and farms have been obliterated in a bid to pave way for the construction of a THIRD airport in Cross River State? Is this true, Sir?

Your Excellency, assuming without conceding that the idea of a THIRD airport is well in order and not a misplaced priority as it clearly is, how exactly do you intend funding such a project when, using the 2017 statistics, we are told that the State generates less than twenty billion Naira as internally generated revenue for a whole year? It is my contention, therefore, that both the superhighway and the Obudu Airport are misplaced priorities that should be jettisoned through the window.

Like I pointed out the last time before you let your media apparatus loose on me, all that Cross Riverians desire at this time are:

I. Good schools to send their children to.

II. A sound and reliable healthcare system.

III. Security to guarantee their safety.

IV. Good roads to go about their businesses on a daily basis.

V. Pipe borne water so that our people stop travelling to distant streams with basins on their heads.

VI. And other basic necessities that make life worth living.

You have done none of these in the last four years of your reign, yet you expect us to give you a standing ovation for proposing the construction of a superhighway and a THIRD airport in the State, both of which are primarily aimed at sentencing Cross Riverians to eternal poverty and slavery.

Your Excellency, beyond the familiar media razzmatazz, how do you intend to GENUINELY boost revenue generation in the State? This question bears more weight than the superhighway and Obudu Airport that you are determined to impose on us.

I shall round off with the concluding remark in my last essay in which I wrote extensively on the danger of proceeding with the superhighway:

Dear Governor Ben Ayade, attend to the relevant needs of our people and let the common man/woman for once enjoy the dividends of good governance. It is a right, not a privilege.

Elias Ozikpu is an activist and a professional playwright, novelist, essayist and polemicist.

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How Government Agencies Failed Adewura

Fri, 2019-05-31 23:05






“…I had hopes of good news every time I saw a tweet with her picture,” Gloria’s tweet captures the mindset of many Nigerians on social media who relentlessly kept alive the search of Adewura Bello, the 26-year old chartered accountant who was washed down a manhole and found dead in a canal, days later. Unfortunately, this hope is one of many that never got fulfilled, no thanks to the different government bodies who failed in their duties.

The manhole that swallowed Adewura was not created the day she fell off a motorcycle and washed down the hole, it has been there for years with several complaints addressed to Mosan Okunola Local Government Development Area.

“It is unfortunate that a young girl had to die for this issue to get the attention of the government,” said a landlord at Old Ipaja road, the exact street where the tragedy began. “We have written to the LCDA multiple times, not just about the hole but the flooding issue in the area, but they did nothing.”

Had this manhole been covered, maybe Adewura would have got home as she had told her sister minutes before she hooped on the motorcycle that rode her to the untimely death.

The name of the motorcycle rider is Jurus Onwe, from Cross River State, SaharaReporters found out.

According to residents in the area, the hole was that way because that is the only open drainage when the street gets flooded, an occurrence that happens frequently during raining season. They explained that water flowing from neighboring communities is directed toward the channel.

“All the flood coming from Shagari Estate, Mosan, Akinogun, are all coming to this place. Everything is coming here,” a man who simply identified himself as Ajangbadi told SaharaReporters. “There is no year that this place is not flooded. It is through community effort that this place has not been washed away by flood.

“The local government is aware of the situation of the road but they did nothing about it. If we decide to block the hole, houses would collapse because of the intensity of the flood. That is the only channel the water has.

“There was a time an engineer came from the local government. He looked at the hole and asked a wielder to bring quotation for fixing it but he did not return, nobody came back to check on it. If the issue of the flood had been addressed, maybe the incident would have been averted.” Ajangbadi retorted.

112 did not act on our calls

The instinct of the residents of Old Ipaja road when they realized they could not save Adewura after she was flushed through the manhole, was to call 112, Lagos State emergency number, to lodge a complaint. Mr. Ajangbadi claimed he was the one who made the call but no one came to Adewura’s rescue.

“It was around 8:30pm” Mr. Ajangbadi explained. “It had just finished raining but the street was still very flooded. Sometimes, it takes about 30 minutes after rain for the flood to drain off. I was at the other side when I heard screams. I came to check what happened. I saw that people had gathered round lamenting the mishap that had just happened.

“A bike man had fallen into the ditch with his passenger but unfortunately, the passenger fell into the hole. The flood was intense, there was no way we could rescue her. Immediately, I brought out my phone and called 112. They told me they are coming.

“We took the bike man to the police station. When we got to the station, I called again to let them know that we have taken the bike person to the police station. Another person picked the call and was arguing that I had not called before… he also said they would send someone but nobody came all through the night. We left the bike man at the station and left.”

According to Mr. Ajangbadi, no emergency operative visited the scene until about 1:30pm, the next day, when the police brought Mr. Onwe, the bike man, to identify the spot. Mr. Ajangbadi said he was too irritated by the sheer lack of urgency.

“This is someone life we are talking about. I was very angry that they were just coming by that time… I just ignored them and didn’t speak to them,” he said.

We are not trained to enter drainage—LASEMA

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) also failed to take prompt action when informed that a citizen had fallen into a ditch.

According to one of the family members who pleaded anonymity, LASEMA did not visit the site of the incident until the agency was threatened with a lawsuit.

“Those people are mad”, he said. “They did not do anything for about a week after we had reported to them that we heard a girl feel into a manhole. LASEMA did not answer us until we threatened to sue them that was when the GM now called.”

He said LASEMA did not make any effort to find the body. It was Adewura’s family members who employed the service of tomb raiders who eventually found Adewura’s body, 8 days later.

When the Public Relations Officers of the agency was contacted, he refused to comment on the allegation but promised to get back to SaharaReporters when he gets a comment from the Director General of the agency.

“I am not allowed to speak to the press on this issue. Only the DG can address the press,” he said.

Mosan LCDA hunts for scapegoat

The manhole that trapped Adewura is not the only death trapped within Gowon estate. There are several of such across the state and by extension, the country. Just few streets away from the Old Ipaja road, another manhole lay uncovered at Lighter Junction in Gowon estate.

Following Adewura’s incident, residents in the estate built an iron barricade around the manholes to forestall other unfortunate incident. At Lighter junction in Gowon Estate, an iron barricade was built around another manhole in the center of the road, in reaction to the unfortunate incident that claimed Adewura’s life.

However, the residents might have solved a problem but the solution in itself is a potential danger.

Abdulaziz Mohammed, a motorist who spoke with SaharaReporters about the potential danger of having such a structure at the center of the road, said the iron barricade can cause accident.

He said: “This iron here can cause accident. Vehicles can ram into it or it punctures tyres. It is unfortunate that both the resident and the government had to wait for something to happen before that thought of doing something. But we must commend the residents at least for doing this, only that what they have done can cause another tragedy,”

The government, on the other hand, has not only kept mute, but has also set out to bully residents into doing its job.  

On May 28, 3 days after Adewura was found dead in a canal, the Environmental Health Officers from Mosan Okunola LCDA, set out to mandate an old man, who has his small concrete moulding company close to the manhole at Old Ipaja road, to mold a slab to cover the ditch.

The man, who refused to give his name, was given 3 days ultimatum after which he would be summoned before a magistrate court.

The abatement notice reads in part: “you are hereby ordered to construct a slab on top of the drainage sub to prevent occurrence accident within the specified below or face legal action.

We tried our best—Police

The Lagos State Police Command said it did all it could when the incident was reported. Although residents said the police only came to inspect the manhole 15 hours after it was reported that a-yet-to-be identified Adewura had fallen into it, Bala Elkana, the command’s PRO, said the police attended to the case promptly and assisted Adewura’s family in locating her.

“We did everything within our power as Security agency to help locate Adewura,” he said.

He also explained that the motorcycle rider was released after three days because there was no link between the incident he had reported and the report about a missing girl.

He said: “Initially, there was not link between the reported missing girl and the one that fell into the manhole because the family was unwilling to accept it was their daughter who had fallen into the hole.

“The thought it was a case of kidnap. They told the police that they have traced the girl to one hotel, we rounded up the hotel, did a search but we found out that it was false.”

Elkana said when the police got the report that a lady had fallen into a manhole, LASEMA was contacted immediately. He also claimed that LASEMA “opened up” the drainage 3 times in search of Adewura. This claim has however been dispelled by both Adewura’s family members and residents of Old Ipaja road.

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Saraki In Trouble As EFCC Wins Strategic Victory At Court Of Appeal

Fri, 2019-05-31 22:05


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The Appeal filed by Melrose General Services Ltd, a company that belongs to former Senator Bukola Saraki against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been thrown out for lack of merit.

Melrose is linked to outgoing Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, whose two aides- Gbenga Makanjuola and Kolawole Shittu are being prosecuted by the EFCC in respect of the matter.

Justice Cecilia Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on April 27, 2018, ordered the final forfeiture of the said N1.4billion to the Federal Government.

Dissatisfied with the verdict of Justice Olatoregun, Melrose General Services approached the appellate court for redress, asking it to set aside the pronouncement of the lower court.

Backstory

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on March 13, 2019 arraigned Gbenga Makanjuola, a Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki before Justice Maureen Onyetenu of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on an amended 11-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy, accepting cash payment beyond threshold and money laundering to the tune of N3.5billion.

Makanjuola was charged alongside Kolawole Shittu, cashier to the Senate; Robert Chidozie Mbonu, a former Managing Director, Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, who is at large; Melrose General Services Limited; and Obiora Amobi, Operation Manager, Melrose General Services Limited.

Justice Onyetenu ordered that the charge be read to defendants for their plea to be taken.

One of the counts read: “That you, Gbenga Makanjuola, sometime in December 2016 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did accept cash payment of the sum of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) from Kolawole Shittu without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under Section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.”

Another count read: “That you, Robert Chidozie Mbonu (now at large) and Melrose General Services Limited between the 14th day of December, 2016 and January 2017 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took control of the sum of N3,500,000,000.00 (Three Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira Only) transferred from the Nigerian Governors’ Forum’s account into Access Bank Plc account number 0005892453 by Melrose General Services Limited, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund represented the proceeds of lawful activities to wit-conspiracy, stealing and fraud, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (9) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by the Act No.1, 2012) and punishable under Section 15( 3) of the same Act.”

Big Blow

In its judgment on the matter on Friday, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Melrose (the appellant) and resolved the four contentious issues in favor of the EFCC (the first respondent).

The appellate court further held that Melrose appeal lacked merit and ordered the firm to pay 100,000 cost to the EFCC.

The appellate court also held that Melrose could not show that the said funds were lawfully earned by it.

It added that section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, 2006, which the EFCC relied on to seek for the forfeiture of the said funds was constitutional.

According to the Court of Appeal, Melrose was not denied fair hearing in the matter.

Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA), Justice Tijjani Abubakar wrote the lead judgement, Justice E. Tobi delivered the judgment while Justice O. A. Obaseki-Adejumo concurred with the verdict.

Lawyer to the Melrose, Mr Olawale Akoni (SAN) argued the appeal while the lawyer to the EFCC, Mr Ekele Iheanacho, appeared for the Commission.

The EFCC had claimed that Melrose obtained N3.5bn from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum by making false claims.

Listed as defendants in the final forfeiture application filed before the Federal High Court were Melrose General Services Limited, WASP Networks Limited and Thebe Wellness Services.

The firms were accused of impersonating a consortium of consulting firms engaged by the NGF for the “verification, reconciliation and recovery of over-deductions on Paris and London Club Loans on the accounts of states and local governments between 1995 and 2002.”

But the EFCC insisted that the original firms engaged by the Governors’ Forum were GSCL Consulting and Bizplus Consulting Services Limited.

‎Usman Zakari, the alter ego of Melrose General Services Limited, Robert Mbonu, made a false representation to the Governors’ Forum, causing the forum to pay N3.5bn to his company on December 14, 2016.

Zakari said the money was credited into the Access Bank account of Melrose General Services Limited, adding that Melrose and others dissipated and laundered about N2.3bn out of the money between December 15, 2016, and January 20, 2017, leaving a balance of N1.2bn.

Zakari said the anti-graft agency had also recovered N220m out of the laundered sum from WASP Networks Limited and Thebe Wellness Services.

The EFCC had on October 13, 2017, obtained an interim order from Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, placing a "Post No Debit" order on the accounts containing the N1.2bn and N220m.

The Judge had made the order following plea by the lawyer to the EFCC, Mr Ekene Iheanacho, that it would best serve the interest of justice for Melrose and others to forfeit the N1.4bn temporarily to prevent them from dissipating same.

The Judge, after granting the interim freezing order in 2018, directed the EFCC to publish the order in a national daily giving anyone interested in the funds 14 days to appear before the court to show cause why the funds should not be forfeited permanently.

Subsequently, one Prince Godwin Maduka and Linas International Limited showed up before the court, praying separately that the funds should be forfeited to them.

Maduka claimed that his firm, Udemgaba Maduka & Associates, had been engaged in 2011 as a consultant by Zamfara State Government to help the state recover some hanging funds, with an agreement that it would be paid 20 per cent of the recovered funds.

He urged the court to forfeit the N1.4bn to his company to cover Zamfara State's alleged indebtedness to him.

But the EFCC opposed Maduka, contending that the suit was not a debt recovery suit and that Zamfara State was not a party to the suit.

In her verdict on the matter, Justice Olatoregun upheld the EFCC's argument and dismissed Maduka's claims.

On its own part, Linas International Limited said it was entitled to the payment of $6m from Nigeria Governors' Forum.

But Justice Olatoregun also dismissed its claim, holding that the suit was not a debt recovery suit.

Having dismissed both claims, the judge ordered the permanent forfeiture of the N1.4bn to the Federal Government.

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UPDATE: Shiites Set US, Israeli Flags On Fire In Abuja During Protest

Fri, 2019-05-31 19:00





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The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites has set the national flags of the United States of America (USA) and Israeli on fire during a massive protest to call for the release of the leader in Abuja. 

The protesters who converged at the Wuse Market junction on Friday where the protest was terminated described the US and State of Israel as enemy and oppressors of Palestine. 

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The flags which was concealed in a polythene bag were brought out at the full glare of the crowd with the caricature of President Donald Trump and set on fire at the junction of the market leading to a traffic logjam in the area.

The movements protest is to drive home their demands for President Muhammadu Buhari to release Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky to enable him to seek medical attention. 

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The group vowed to continue with the protest irrespective of the intimidation by the security agents.

The Secretary of Academic Forum of the movement, Abdullahi Musa said that the decision of the President not to release him negated the principle of rule of law. 

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He added that several courts of competent jurisdiction have ordered the release of their leader but the Nigeria government continued to keep him in the custody without no reason.
 

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BREAKING: Police Shoot To Disperse Protesting Shiites In Kaduna

Fri, 2019-05-31 18:30


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There is palpable tension in Kaduna state where Police operatives are firing shots into the air to disperse members of the Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky- led Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shi’ites, who stormed the streets to protest the continued detention of their leader.

The protest is coming as other Shiites are protesting simultaneously in Abuja.

El-Zakzaky and his wife Hajiya Zeenat Ibrahim among some other members of the group are facing charges in Kaduna State High Court and Magistrate Court respectively after being arrested in December 2015 following clash with the military in Zaria.

The Shi’ite members in their thousands, composed mainly of young men and women, commenced the protest immediately after the Friday Jumaat prayer along Kano road by shouting “Allahu Akbar , free our leader”.

As they approached Ahmadu Bello Way, they were immediately accosted by security agencies who shot several canisters of teargas into the sky, forcing the protesters to scamper in different directions.

The gunshots caused widespread panic in the area. 

It is unclear at the time of filing this report if there are casualties recorded.

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Nigerian Students Enrollment In UK Varsities Dropped By 39% Over Three Years

Fri, 2019-05-31 18:02


A recent data by Studying-in-UK.org, a leading information portal about UK higher education system, has shown a steady decline in the enrollment rate of Nigerian students in UK varsities in the past three years. The UK is becoming a less coveted destination for education by Nigerians.

According to the latest report, 10,540 Nigerian students were enrolled in UK universities in the 2017/18 academic year. In the 2012/2013 session, the figure was 17,390, amounting to 39 percent decrease in three years.

 Based on the latest official enrollment data about 183 higher education providers in the UK, Studying-in-UK.org discovered that students from former British colonies account for almost 29 percent of all international students, but their number has decreased by 6 percent compared to five years ago. The Guardian newspaper

The report also noted that although the number of Indian students had decreased by 12 percent compared to five years ago, India remains the most popular country of origin for international students coming from former British colonies. 

During the past academic year, exactly 19,750 Indian students were studying in the UK.

For many years, the UK and the United States have been top study destinations for Nigerians. Reasons for the rush abroad are obvious: The decline in the standard of education in Nigerian varsities and several other factors. 

Other factors like job prospects after graduation, better opportunities and prestige have fueled the migration of Nigerian students abroad over time. But this is changing.

Many reasons have been advanced for this steady decline in enrollment rate of Nigerians in UK varsities. The Department of Education in the UK recently relaxed its post-study rule for undergraduate and master’s students. Before, international students had to return to their home countries immediately after their studies. Following the recent policy change, they will now be eligible to work for six months post-graduation, while doctoral candidates are eligible to renew their stay for up to one year.

The high cost of studying in the UK is also a crucial factor. This was what discouraged Amiebi, a Nigerian from Rivers State from studying in the UK last year.

“For me, the UK is too expensive. That was why I went to India,” Amiebi, who just graduated from the Noida International University in India, told Sahara Reporters.

Agu Onyemaechi, who completed a master’s degree in Environmental Sustainability at the Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, spent roughly £15000 on tuition and living cost in 2014. 

If Onyemaechi were to enroll for the same degree now, he would have to pay almost double the amount he spent in 2014 because of the drop in the value of the naira.

Professor Segun Ajibola, the President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, attributed the drop in enrolment rate on the economic downturn which saw a drastic fall of the naira against the dollar and the GBP.

Sharing his views on the issue with Sahara Reporters, Ajibola, who is also the Dean, College of Postgraduate Studies, Caleb University, maintained that the situation had been made worse because parents sending their children to study in the UK have not witnessed an increase in income.

He said, “Their capability to sponsor their children overseas has reduced significantly because of the foreign exchange rate. The second reason is that in Nigeria, so many private universities are almost of equal standard to British schools in terms of facilities and availability of programs. This has also reduced the attraction to UK varsities.

“Just as the UK has witnessed a reduction in enrolment rate, I am sure that it is the same for the US and other parts of Europe if the records are confirmed. Prospective college students are encouraged to stay back home. If it costs you N5m per annum to sponsor your child abroad, now it will cost you around N10m to do so. Where do you get the N10m? This is because your income as a parent income has not increased by a similar proportion in the last couple of years.”

Ajibola lamented that the rush for education abroad was seriously affecting the Nigerian economy.

The don called for more funding of Nigerian universities.

He added, “This is a challenge to the Nigerian government to improve the quality of educational services in Nigerian in order to discourage the migration to Europe, Africa and American schools. The less it happens, the better for us in Nigeria economically.

“The conditions in these European countries are becoming tougher, stricter and less conducive. Before, in some European countries, the attraction was that if you studied there, you could stay back and work but some countries are discouraging this. Nigerian graduates out there are struggling with the fact that they have to go back to their country after their studies. Where are the jobs in Nigeria? Is it not better to slug it out at home rather than spend so much acquiring education abroad only to return home to face unemployment?”

 

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BREAKING: Shiites Defy Security Agents, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja

Fri, 2019-05-31 17:47




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What appears to be a cat and mouse game between security agents and members of the Islamic Movement Of Nigeria ( IMN ), is currently going in Abuja as Shiites have embarked on its planned massive protest in Abuja.

The protest which kicked off at the National Mosque on Friday despite the heavy security presence.

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The security agents were stationed to barricade the perimeter of the mosque in the hope that it will disrupt the protest. 

Armed policemen who have been keeping vigil around the mosque got more than what they bargained for when a mammoth crowd of the members of the group disembarked from vehicles from different directions. 

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The protesters were chanting anti-government songs calling President Muhammadu Buhari unprintable names.

The placard-carrying protesters who divided themselves into different groups are currently heading toward the popular Wuse Market where the flags of the United States of America (USA) and Israel will be burnt.


 

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Nigerians Cry out Over Molestation, Unlawful Detention In Malaysia, Allege Neglect By Nigerian Govt

Fri, 2019-05-31 15:17


Alowonle Oluwajuwon Gilbert

The Malaysian chapter of Nigeria in Diaspora Organization has strongly condemned the alleged killing, extortion, and harassment of Nigerians schooling and living in Malaysia by the police.

The group says recent news of the raid and molestation of Nigerians in Malaysia by the police was unacceptable and gradually becoming the norm in the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday and signed by its President, Kingsley Nwankwo, the group also criticized the Nigerian High Commission in the country for failing to act on behalf of its citizens and not living up to its responsibilities.

The group’s complaints are coming on the heels of recent reports of illegal detention of Nigerians abroad. Following the release of a Nigerian student, Zainab Habibu, who was detained in Saudi on suspicion of drug trafficking, many Nigerians had criticized the Federal Government for being selective in its efforts to address such cases and not doing enough to address incessant human rights abuses of Nigerians abroad.

Nwankwo said the Nigerian High Commission in Malaysia had promised to intervene in the case of one Nigerian, identified as Alowonle Oluwajuwon Gilbert, held for murder at the Sepang Court Selangor, Malaysia.

Alowonle Oluwajuwon Gilbert NIDO-E He said to his surprise, the Nigeria High Commission didn't intervene in Gilbert’s case while noting that no attorney was around to stand for Gilbert which means that his fate lies at the mercy of the judge.

According to him, many Nigerian students are in various detention centers after being arrested for offenses they know nothing about.

“As we speak, the young man (Gilbert) is on a crossroad of death sentence or life imprisonment, we have so many of similar and pending cases in Malaysia,” Nwankwo stated.

The statement partly read,  “The way Malaysian police officers are killing, extorting, assaulting, intimidating and harassing Nigerians every day is surprising, shocking and unbelievable; it makes a mockery of us as the giant of Africa.

“It is quite unfortunate and worrisome that the consular staff of the Nigeria High Commission in Malaysia, who are supposed to protect and defend Nigerians, had recently connived with the Malaysians to unlawfully detain Gilbert, who was alleged of killing a Malaysian nurse named Siti Kharina between 12.41am on May 9 and 2.30pm on May 15 at a unit at Third Avenue Condominium, Cyberjaya.”

The group, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the issue in time and intervene in Gilbert’s case.

The group added, “We hereby emphatically kick against the action in its entirety and call on the Federal Government and President Muhamadu Buhari to caution the High Commissioner and the staff of the Nigeria High Commission.

“This very act by the Malaysia government and police is one to0 many; it is gradually demonstrating its penchant for impunity, racism, disregard for the rule of law and professionalism.

“We hereby appeal to  President Muhammadu Buhari, well-meaning Nigerians, groups and individuals to save our soul and reject this human rights abuse in order to save Nigerians living and schooling in Malaysia.”

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BREAKING: Tension In Abuja As Security Agents Begin Manhunt For Shiite Members Over Planned Protest

Fri, 2019-05-31 15:06



There is tension in Abuja, the nation's capital as security operatives launched a manhunt for the members of Islamic Movement Of Nigeria  ( IMN ) popularly known as Shiites, who are had planned to carry out a massive protest at the National Mosque in Abuja.

Security has been beefed up within and outside the city and its metropolis leading to a traffic gridlock along Mararaba - Nyanya road. 

Many residents were caught up as soldiers mounted series of roadblocks at AYA junction thereby subjecting motorists to severe security checks.

The traffic situation has extended from AYA to Masaka and Orange Market forcing many people to trek a long distance while others have to maneuver their way through commercial motorcycles.

Security operatives have got the wind of the planned protest by the group and quickly swung into action with the view to nipping it the bud.

Members of the group had on Friday last week ambushed President Muhammadu Buhari and held him hostage for few minutes during the Ju'mat prayer at the National Mosque.

The group is protesting against the continuous detention of their spiritual leader, Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky who has been in the custody since 2015
 

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PENGASSAN Confirms Death Of Its President, Olabode Johnson

Fri, 2019-05-31 14:52



The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has confirmed the death of its President, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, who died in the early hours of Friday.

Johnson's death was confirmed in a statement issued by the Association's National Executive Council (NEC), Central Working Committee (CWC).

Lumumba Okugbawa, the Deputy President and Frank Esanubi General Secretary of PENGASSAN jointly signed the statement reads: "We announce the untimely and painful death of Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, President PENGASSAN in the early hours of Friday 31st May 2019 at National Hospital Abuja, after a brief illness. 

"Late Comrade F. O. Johnson until his passing on was a staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was on the final lap of his eventful and transformational six years tenure as President PENGASSAN, having been elected to that position in June 2014 and re-elected in 2017.

"Comrade Johnson will be remembered by his comrades, co-workers, family, and friends for being thoughtful, humorous, compassionate and transparent as he touched the lives of so many and was the very embodiment of strength, patience, and perseverance. 

"These attributes propelled him to develop a deep connection with nature, zest for life and the total transformation of PENGASSAN   National Secretariat and initiating the e-library and Events Resources Centres in all of our Zonal offices.

"His joyous laughter and giving spirit will forever be ingrained in our memories. Burial rites will  be communicated to the general public as soon as we receive information from the family."
 

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EFCC Arraigns JAMB Staff Who Claimed Snake Swallowed N36m

Fri, 2019-05-31 14:07





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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday arraigned, Philomina Chishe a controversial official of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and five others for trial over alleged N36million fraud. 

She was arraigned before Justice Peter Afen at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja.

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She is being prosecuted on an eight-count charge bordering on fraud following her refusal to furnish the management of JAMB the true information on the financial status of JAMB e-cards supplied to the Benue Zonal office between 2014 and 2016. 

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against them.

Chieshe is facing trial alongside five other officials which include; Samuel Umoru, Yakubu Jekada, Daniel Agbo, Priscilla Ogunsola, and Aliyu Yakubu.

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She allegedly told operatives of the anti-graft commission that a snake swallowed the cash in question.

The offense is contrary to section 139 (a) of the Penal Code Law.

Chieshe was tossed to reckoning when she made a malicious claim that a mysterious snake swallowed about N36million cash arising from sale of e-JAMB cards in Benue state.

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Instead of Philomena rendering account on the said N36million, being the shortfall of unremitted e-JAMB cards in connivance with other officials, she claimed that a mysterious snake swallowed the money.

According to the EFCC, Philomena ought to know that the shortfall in the unremitted e-JAMB cards, which she claimed disappeared as a result of manipulation from the kingdom of darkness is false and untenable before the law.
 

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President Buhari Sets Aside N1bn In 2019 Budget For Travels

Fri, 2019-05-31 13:32


President Muhammadu Buhari is to spend N1. 001 billion on travels this year.

The detailed 2019 budget, which he signed into law early this week, showed that the president would spend N751.296 million traveling around the world and another N250. 021 million locally.

President Muhammadu Buhari signing of the 2019 Appropriation Bill to law at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 27/05/2019

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According to the budget, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will also spend N217.060 million on foreign travels and another N83. 74 million on local travels.

N3.822 billion was earmarked for annual routine maintenance of mechanical/electrical installations in the Villa.

According to the budget, N576. 747 million was set aside for the phased replacement of vehicles, spares and tyres in the presidential CVU, security/police escort and State House operational fleet.

Another N395. 834 million was earmarked for the construction of the Presidential Wing of the State House Clinic, while N395. 834 million would be spent on the construction of office buildings.

The President would spend N164. 176 million on honourarium and sitting allowance, as well as, N25 .652 million on meals and refreshments.

The Office of the Chief Security Officer to the President got the sum of N 433. 457 million for the purchase of security and operational vehicles.

The State House Medical Centre was allocated a total of N798.856 million, with drugs and medicals supplies taking N208. 350 million and N 244.364 million earmarked for the purchase of health and medical equipment.

Conversion/upgrade of Villa Ranch and construction of wildlife conservation capture would take N27. 463 million; while rehabilitation of animal enclosure/procurement of Vet Lab equipment was allocated a separate N11. 865 million.

Meanwhile, the Office of the President would spend N8,580,741 on the purchase of books in the 2019 fiscal year. Similarly,  N26, 432, 346 was provided in the budget for the purchase of newspapers, while N3, 511,909 was set aside for magazines and periodicals.

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BREAKING: PENGASSAN President Olabode Johnson Has Died

Fri, 2019-05-31 12:58



Francis Olabode Johnson, President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ( PENGASSAN) has died. 

Comrade Johnson died at midnight, after a brief illness in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. 

A source who confirmed the news to SaharaReporters on Friday said that the PENGASSAN President complained of having a headache before he gave up the ghost. 

"He (Johnson) died at midnight in Port Harcourt after he complained of a sudden headache," he said. 

"We tried to battle his life but before we knew it what happened, he had given up the ghost".

Different people from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Lagos also confirmed the death of the PENGASSAN President as they expressed great shock. 

"Yes, I just confirmed his death now. I am in great shock. I will be meeting with the TUC president soon" one them said.

Mr Johnson was first elected as the President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on June 30, 2014. 

He was later re-elected in 2017 at the association's fifth Triennial Delegates Conference, TDC, held in Abuja after defeating two other contestants; Mohammed Saleh and Emmanuel Eze.

Johnson, an employee of the NNPC was re-elected for a second term of 3 years that will have terminated in 2020.

Johnson led the members of PENGASSAN against the privatization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and led the struggle for the reform of the Nigerian oil sector. 
 

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The Battle For The Souls Of Takeitback And The African Action Congress

Fri, 2019-05-31 07:06


Expelled AAc Secretary, Leonard Nzenwa

Dear Comrades, over the past two weeks, we have seen the compromised Expelled former National Secretary, Leonard Nzenwa (a political opportunist who claims to have shuttled between the Jonathan Goodluck and the Muhammadu Buhari Campaigns, and who is now running errands for the PDP/Wike Campaigns of calumny in Rivers State, like the well-compensated Political Jobber he is) assemble a number of strange bedfellows who have NEVER been registered or dues-paying members of the TiB or AAC PRETENDING to have constituted a National Executive Committee of the African Action Congress, held a meeting and passed a resolution to suspend our Convener and Principal (Omoyele Sowore) and other Officers of the Party.

The intellectual charlatan, imbued with the kind of incurable and pervasive political mercantilism he could not successfully sell to the Leadership of the AAC, is now a political bed-fellow in cahoots with Operatives of the PDP, having been adequately “encouraged” through the looted commonwealth of the People of the Rivers State people. The avaricious and chameleon-like puppet is creating the destabilization and manipulating a few of our people in his insidious effort to actualize the destruction of our Movement and Party in slavish servitude to the corrupt political Overlords in Nigeria. Expelled AAc Secretary, Leonard Nzenwa

To highlight and contextualise the destructive tendencies and pernicious treachery of Leonard Nzenwa and his enablers within and outside the AAC Party, it is instructive to take cognizance of the fact that, in service to his new PDP Paymasters, the first substantive action performed by Leonard Nzenwa after his pretentious “Takeover” of our Party was to replace the Legal Representative of the AAC Governorship Candidate in Rivers State (Engineer Awara Biokpomabo Festus) in his legal tussle at the Elections Tribunal against Governor Wike of the PDP. The Legal Representative Leonard Nzenwa is attempting to impose on our Candidate is one who is known publicly to be sympathetic to our Candidate’s opponent. If anyone should wonder if Leonard Nzenwa has any noble intentions for the welfare of AAC, TiB or any of our authentic members and stakeholders, they ought to wonder no more. But there is more.

Leonard Nzenwa does not control ANY organ of our Party or Movement. He is a laughing stock within both of them. He has neither the clout, the respect, the gravitas, the appeal, the instrumentalities nor the support of the general membership, the Leadership or the Stakeholders. What Nzenwa is doing is enticing a clique of saboteurs with promises of financial recompense, and where he is rebuffed, he goes and hire street urchins (completely unconnected and unfamiliar with our Party or Movement) to join him to create the illusion of “Support” and “Control”. Leonard Nzenwa has neither support nor control.

For an example, Leonard Nzenwa recently contacted one of our former Officials (Fred Achife, who had voluntarily resigned his position as the Coordinator and Chairman of our FCT Abuja Chapter, begging him to accompany him to the offices of the INEC and present himself as a member of the fake NEC he is constituting. He was rebuffed.

Leonard Nzenwa is currently searching frantically for “evidence” he could use to demonstrate his relevance or, worse, continue to use to blackmail our Members and to coerce them into his unholy alliance. He has been seen and heard begging for pictures and other visuals of our Principal’s campaign events across Nigeria. He is floundering. 
A person who claims to control a Party and Movement doesn’t even have access to the Party’s/Movement’s archives and documents, is unskilled enough in the ways of modern technologies to simply google for such publicly available materials, and is (instead) resorting to begging, blackmailing and threatening people to help him with such mundane tasks. Do you now understand why Leonard Nzenwa couldn’t fit into the “Take it Back” family, why he became an outcast and why his original nefarious plans to commercialize our Movement and monetize our people, name, and goodwill for graft on behalf of his Puppet Masters?

Having been vigorously challenged by our members and other stakeholders of AAC and having been contradicted on the strength of our Constitutional provisions, with an unambiguous letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stating that the Kangaroo “NEC” and suspension exercise we null, void and ludicrous, the Saboteur-in-Chief and Establishment Lackey in the person of Leonard Nzenwa is now scrambling to devise other means of effecting the nefarious tasks for which he is being paid by his Political Masters in the corridors of power in Nigeria.

Dear Members, We are aware that Leonard Nzenwa is currently attempting to entice some of our loyal members and a few Officers of the Party to join him again in an attempt to strong-arm and induce some INEC officials into assisting him in remedying the defects in the forged documents and false statements he submitted and made to INEC and, subsequently, to the Courts in his efforts to achieve a hostile takeover of our Party and its apparatuses.
We are aware and we are closely monitoring these unholy and dastardly activities and we are preparing the necessary and commensurate responses to defeat Leonard Nzenwa’s nefarious, illegal and traitorous activities.
There is no gainsaying the fact that the emergence of TiB and AAC on (and our incursion into) the hitherto predictable and “Settled” political landscape in Nigeria was disruptive, disorienting and alarming to the Establishment Political Class of Nigeria. Never in the history of Nigeria had a formidable, grassroots-powered, Movement-driven, consciousness-jarring political organization driven by average, powerless and unconnected Nigerians sprouted up organically and exploded in numbers and influence so rapidly and so strongly.
You (Able TakeitBackers) created so much apprehensive mistransmissions and debilitating panic within the Political Establishment that the fabled “Masters of the Game” had to scramble helter-skelter to conjure the right formula and instrumentalities to contain you and the rapidly-growing political inferno you ignited. That you didn’t come to the field using the old, analog and ineffectual playbook of the Ruling Class made matters more difficult for them, rendering all their machinations fruitless and ineffective. They never believed that we were viable enough to make it to the point of actually registering such a vibrant, powerful and thriving political party, much less present candidates for the various elections.

When all the arrows directed at us failed to pierce our armors, the Ruling Class had no option but to resort to hoping that we will go away and that our energies will dissipate after the elections. We need not dwell on the fact that, in their panic, they couldn’t even muster the energy to conduct anything resembling a credible election. They had to resort to perverted votes allocations after they took a look at our strength in numbers and concluded that the risks of mass repudiation of their ineptitude would be manifested at the polls. So, they cooked the numbers, “Integrity” be damned.

But we didn’t go away.
• They threatened, intimidated, frustrated, blackmailed and attempted to otherwise induce our Convener and Principal. We Didn’t go away.
• They made strenuous efforts, performed gymnastics, branded us vagabonds, and invented fanciful names and trickery to steamroll and stampede us into unholy alliances and pacts (one of their most trusted Standard Operating Procedures), hoping that we will be so conceited as to be willing to obtain powers at any cost. We rebuffed them. And we refused to get along or go away.
• They derided our credible, sound and visionary programs and policies, even as they stole and shamelessly incorporated them into theirs. We didn’t go away.
• They sent their well-paid “Intellectuals” as mouthpieces to attack our manifestoes, even as they release amateurish and awfully-plagiarized, cut-and-pasted pieces of garbage as manifestoes (imagine APC promising to provide for the “Security of the United States of America”?). We didn’t go away.

• The enlisted the services of the lamestream media, denied us interviews and press exposure, up to and including preventing us from participating in Debates after we fulfilled all the criteria for inclusion? We didn’t go away.
• They took a look at the massive influx of Diaspora Nigerians into Nigeria to partake in the elections and register their disapproval of the ineptitude and misgovernance, and they hastily suspended the elections (which had been in the planning for many months) a few in the middle of the eve of the elections in an effort to prevent participation. We didn’t go away.
• They selected (through threats, blackmails, violence, inducement, and outright brigandage) their “Winners” and proceeded to pervert the course of justice by interfering with the Judiciary and hand-picking and imposing their Electoral Petition Referees to foreclosure a recourse to legal challenges. But we didn’t go away.
They failed. We got stronger. We didn’t go away. We regrouped and remained resolute, incorruptible and unbowed. They got spooked. They didn’t understand what kept us going, and they still don’t know what keeps us going.

And, now, as they gasped for their last breaths and flounder in exasperation, they are bringing out the last viable political treachery tools in their arsenals – the tiny and insignificant willing collaborators and saboteurs they have been able to peel away from the ranks of out millions of members, followers, adherents and well-wishers.
Among these few induced and compromised disgruntled plants of the Establishment in our ranks is the person of the EXPELLED Former National Secretary of our Party (one Leonard “Ugo” Ezenwa, aka Nzenwa, aka Uzenwa), a “Boy Genius” who claims to have achieved the enviable feat of graduating High School in Nigeria at the tender of 12 years and who brandishes an “Honorary Doctorate Degree” from Global University of Theology (USA) – an online Long-Distance-Learning entity – for a Program not offered by the referenced University.

We wish to let our members, supporters, stakeholders, well-wishers, and Nigerians everywhere know that Leonard Nzenwa and his agents of sabotage are NOT perpetrating these fraudulent plans on their own. No. These are well-funded and well-coordinated plans orchestrated by the Establishment Parties and Ruling Class that we have been combatting and confronting all this time.

They wished that we would go away. We did not go again. Nor did we stay quiet. Now, the Empire is fighting back. We wish to reassure everyone that the TiB Movement and the AAC Party are not going anywhere. We will not be silenced and we will not be hijacked. This is a battle that we have been prepared for from inception. This is a backlash that we have guarded against very well, not just in the formulation of our Constitution, but also in the strategic choice of our Leaders and the delegation and assignment of their duties, obligations, and responsibilities.

Leonard Nzenwa did not have a hand in the formation of our Party. Leonard Nzenwa was (and still is) not a “Co-Founder” of either TiB or AAC by any stretch of the imagination. Any claim to the contrary is pure fiction and not supported by the evidentiary body of materials in existence. Leonard Nzenwa did not have the power or the authority to hijack our Party, and it is now crystal clear to him that he is unable to amass the strength to deliver our Party to the Pay Masters he has indebted himself to in his quest to deliver AAC to the highest bidder.

Leonard Nzenwa is running to INEC again in a last-ditch, last-gasp, death-throes dance to effect his malodorous plans. We are on top of all his machinations, and we are several steps ahead of him as we work assiduously and methodically to defend that which rightly belongs to our members – Your Movement and Your Party. We ask you to please continue to support and believe in us, be patient with us, and stand with us.

We are not going away. We are here to stay. Because we have a Country to Reclaim, Revive, and Rebuild.

Long Live the African Action Congress. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

TakeitBack! Action!! NoGoingBack!!
 

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How Bayelsa Observed IPOB's Sit-At-Home Order

Fri, 2019-05-31 02:47




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Igbos in Bayelsa State on Thursday disregarded the directive by the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB to observe a sit-at-home day to honor those who died in the Nigeria-Biafra war.

Some Igbo traders were seen in operation at their various business centers in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had declared that anyone who refuses to sit at home on May 30th deserves to be stoned to death.

Those who spoke with Saharareporters on the compliance to the sit-at-home order said the choice is individual because the leader of the movement doesn’t feed them so, as such he can’t control lives.

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Paul Ngozi, a mobile phone dealer said surviving as man is the priority while ethnicity is secondary, "this is Bayelsa where Igbo are not many and we are only here for businesses not agitation about self-determination."

One man simply called Emerald said, “Nnamdi Kanu cannot provide money for me to feed my family so, I can’t continue to obey such order.

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Despite these resolve by some traders, Chigbo Current, a scrap dealer was seen chatting in a small group as his shop was under lock and key. He said Biafra as lost grip on its followers in Bayelsa but he is a firm believer.

“For me, I complied  with the sit-at-home by not opening my shop for business today but the majority of us are not following the order anymore and you can’t blame them because of all to no avail the previous order.”
 

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How Residents In Delta State Complied To IPOB's Sit-At-Home Order

Fri, 2019-05-31 02:45



Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) sit at home order issued her members Thursday did not hold in Asaba the Delta state capital and its environs as people and traders were seen going about their normal usual activities and businesses.

SaharaReporters correspondent who monitored the order in Asaba and its environs observed that shops and business owners were going about their usual activities in the popular Ogbeogonogo market.

Apart from businesses schools and banks were also opened for operation in the capital city where members of IPOB carried out most of their activities.

Vehicular movement was in full swing especially commercial vehicles conveying passengers to their respective destinations without any form of molestation from anyone.

Speaking on the sit at home order by IPOB, a resident who simply identified himself as Victor Chukwuma, said since Asaba and Delta state is not part of Biafra, such orders will not hold in the state adding that "We are Nigerians not Biafrans so no order of sit at home given by IPOB can be obeyed in the state."

Though there was scatty vehicular movement at the ever busy Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway, following the sit at home that was fully adhered to in Anambra state, especially the commercial hub of the Eastern states, Onitsha.

Commenting on the development, a bus driver who identified himself as Obioma, said "No buses, even vehicles were not allowed into Onitsha. Non from Asaba even bothered to go towards those areas. Onitsha was like a ghost town following the sit at home order by IPOB and we drivers have to comply to avoid the destruction of our vehicles. Some of us only worked here in Asaba."

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EFCC To Arraign Woman Who Blamed Snake For Eating JAMB's N35m Today

Fri, 2019-05-31 02:32


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on Friday, May 31, 2019, arraign the controversial official of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Philomina Chieshe, who claimed that the missing N35 million, JAMB proceeds in her custody,  was swallowed by a snake in Makurdi, Benue State JAMB office.

Chieshe will be arraigned alongside five others, namely: Samuel Umoru, Yakubu Jekada, Daniel Agbo, Priscilla Ogunsola, and Aliyu Yakubu before Justice Peter Afen of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja.

Chieshe became notorious when she made an outlandish claim that a mysterious snake swallowed about N35million cash arising from the sale of e-JAMB cards in the state.

#Alert Philomina Chieshe who claimed that the missing N36 million JAMB proceeds in her custody was swallowed by a snake, will be arraigned on May 31, 2019 at a Fed. Capital Territory High Court, Maitama. Chieshe will be arraigned alongside five others. https://t.co/27xFZhshEs

— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) May 30, 2019

The controversial JAMB official is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an eight-count charge, following her refusal to furnish the management of JAMB the true information on the financial status of JAMB e-cards supplied to the Benue Zonal office between 2014 and 2016. 

Chieshe’s action is contrary to Section 139 (a) of the Penal Code Law.
 

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