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FAAN Issues Travel Advisory To Passengers Over Corona Virus

Wed, 2020-01-22 14:07


FAAN

FAAN

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has issued a travel advisory to air passengers travelling through any of the country’s international gateways following the spread of the deadly Corona Virus.

The virus broke out in China recently and had so far killed about nine persons in the Asian country.

General Manager, Corporate Communication, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement on Wednesday, urged passengers and other airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures.

Yakubu hinted that the agency was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that all passengers were quarantined.

She said, “FAAN has put a high priority on ensuring that this virus is not spread into the country.

“Isolation units and other equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly Ebola Virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports.”

Corona Virus symptoms include runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly headache and fever, which can last for days

The virus is highly communicable and has already spread to countries like Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

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Gotel’s Former CEO, John Chiahemen, Tackles Nigeria’s Ex-Vice President, Atiku, Denies Misappropriating Salaries Of Expatriate Workers After SaharaReporters Story

Wed, 2020-01-22 14:01


 

John Chiahemen, the man accused by Nigeria’s ex-Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, of disappearing with the N150m meant for the operation of his Gotel media and salaries of foreign consultants, has denied the allegations.

According to Chiahemen, who was Chief Executive Officer of the organisation at a time, Atiku’s claims were false and libellous, adding that they were full of misrepresentations.

Recall that SaharaReporters had published an exclusive story on January 9, 2020 where expatriate workers accused Atiku of breaching a one year contract they had with Gotel as consultants.

The workers, who claimed they are owed several months of salaries, revealed that they left Nigeria hapless and with only promissory notes instead of monies owed them by Gotel.

The affected persons include David Guinan, Ebong Udoma, William Chu, Devon Petley, Susie Iliyan, Teddy Vuong, Hannington Osodo, Kostas Sergiadis and Richard Spiropoulos.

They were all hired between late 2014 and early 2015 by Atiku's company based in Yola, Adamawa State.

According to the team, their mission was to launch an international news channel based in Abuja for Atiku but barely 10 months after they arrived Nigeria, they were forced to leave with major outstanding salaries despite having valid work visas issued by the Nigerian Government.

But one week after SaharaReporters’ story, Atiku came out to accuse Chiahemen of being behind the non-payment of the expatriate workers.

However, denying that claim on Tuesday, Chiahemen stated that he never absconded with anyone’s payment and that Atiku was in fact owing him several months of unpaid salaries.

He said, “Contrary to the publication, I did not bolt and refuse to make myself available to account for the (alleged) huge resources put in my charge. I was away on sick leave. The Chairman of the Board was notified of my trip and acknowledged my notification.

“In my absence, a Board meeting was held in Yola during which I was unceremoniously removed, and an acting Managing Director named to take over. The assertion that I had bolted is totally false and malicious as key Board members knew exactly where I was and were in written and telephone communication with me throughout.”

Speaking further, Chiahemen disclosed that funds for the organisation were never put in his care, adding that money was handled by the financial controller or group financial director of the company.

He said, “The allegation that funds meant for the payment of salaries of both local and expatriates staff of Gotel were made available to me is not only false but also malicious.

“To be clear, funds dedicated to the payment of salaries of staff were not in my custody. The Group Financial Controller was the paymaster in all matters of funds relating to the Gotel Africa Project. Payroll and operational funds were provided on a month-by-month basis, when they were, by the Financial Controller and my management merely disbursed them.

“The Financial Controller and the Company Secretary have made repeated promises to these former staff since mid-2015 that the arrears would be paid, and my physical presence has never been necessary to verify any payments.

“Indeed, I am in the same class as the other members of staff hired to launch Gotel Africa international news channel as I am also owed salary in arrears of several months.

“Relatedly, I am unaware of any petition written to the FCIID (Interpol) against me as I have not been invited by any law enforcement agency on any of the false allegations levelled against my person.

“All Gotel Africa Management’s financial transactions were made through the bank and the bank statements are available.”

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Buhari And Electoral Reform: The Unspoken Truth By SKC Ogbonnia

Wed, 2020-01-22 12:36


SKC Ogbonnia

SKC Ogbonnia

President Muhammadu Buhari deserves commendation for his new year pledge to reform Nigeria’s electoral process, but he should have gone further to admit that the exercise through, which he was re-elected for a second term in office was grossly flawed. He should have equally confessed that, by law, the degree of irregularity in the 2019 presidential election ought to have landed both himself (Buhari) and his main opponent, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, in prison.

The problem is hinged on blatant violation of electoral campaign finance laws. Section 91 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) states that the “maximum election expenses to be incurred by a candidate at a presidential election shall be one billion naira (N1,000,000,000)” while 91 (9) follows that “No individual or other entity shall donate more than one million naira (N1,000,000) to any candidate.” Section 124 is specific with bribery, yet different shades of world currencies, beguiling gifts and honorariums, and other eccentric monetary rewards defined 2019 presidential election campaigns.

It does not take a Rotimi Williams to prove that Buhari and Atiku were in clear breach of the aforementioned sections. These, of course, should have culminated to multiple convictions of “imprisonment for 12 months” as stipulated in the Electoral Act.

An apparent paradox however, is that even if Buhari and Atiku were to be barred and jailed in the process, lack of funding ostensibly made it impossible for any of the minor candidates to garner enough votes or the electoral spread to claim outright victory or to even explore a second round of the election as required by the law.

The problem with campaign finance had remained unspoken because it is as banal as Nigeria’s endemic corruption. This goes without saying that flouting campaign finance laws did not start in 2019 with Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar. In short, most major party candidates since the 1999 transitional elections from councillor to the presidency, including Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua, and Goodluck Jonathan, were as guilty or even worse.

This explains why Attahiru Jega, erstwhile chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, had to confess that even though the Electoral Act empowers the commission to monitor sources and nature of funding, the “INEC does not even have a desk that handles campaign financing.” Jega remarked that significant improvement had been made since he came on board but also prayed that future leadership should focus on strengthening internal party democracy and campaign money.

Unfortunately however, the trajectory of electoral progress stalled under President Buhari. Of course, his latest promise to reform the system remains welcome but such vow is far from novel. After all, not long after assuming democratic power, the president proclaimed in 2016 an eagerness to reform the same electoral laws. But he did just the opposite. Any objective book on 2019 elections is bound to chronicle how Buhari backpedalled the wheel of Nigeria’s democratic journey by refusing to sign into law new reforms to the Electoral Act, including campaign finance.

To that end, even the widely celebrated “Not Too Young To Run bill” signed into law to reduce the age limit for standing electoral office in the country, became an exercise in futility. Apart from the children of the rich, who benefited from the bill during the 2019 electoral cycle; the very masses including the ordinary youth, had no chance as money determined who vied, who won, and who lost the elections.

The need to curb illegal money in Nigeria’s election campaign cannot be overstated, especially considering that the problem is central to elitist corruption. Therefore, as a president whose sole claim to power was to fight corruption, Buhari can still seize the moment and go forth to lay a strong foundation for clean money in Nigerian democracy, with special attention to serious consequences for violation of electoral laws.

A tenable way forward is sincerity of purpose. Buhari can borrow from the examples of Presidents Yar’Adua and Jonathan. Not only did Yar’Adua acknowledge that the process that brought him to power was tainted, he also did something about the problem, leading to an impartial INEC Chairman and the 2010 Electoral Act that followed. Jonathan went further to ensure the free and fair elections of 2015 that made it possible for the gladsome history in which a Nigerian opposition candidate defeated an incumbent president, even though he would become the sacrificial lamb.  

Where art thou, President Buhari?

Now is an opportunity to equally bequeath a memorable legacy by occasioning a revolutionary change. As I had promoted in the past, given that illegal campaign money in the country is explicitly or implicitly looted from the public treasury, Nigeria might as well adopt full public funding for inter-party elections. This proposal is well studied. It profoundly promotes the vitally essential competition component of democracy. It is consistent with the recommendations put forth by renowned organisations, such as the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. The proposal also mirrors the McCain-Feingold legislation in the United States of America—without the choice for individual contributions.

SKC Ogbonnia, a 2019 APC presidential aspirant, is the author of the Effective Leadership Formula

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Scars Of Bondage, Pains Of Freedom Struggle By Fegalo Nsuke

Wed, 2020-01-22 12:30


Fegalo Nsuke

Fegalo Nsuke

The prison scars are truly very scary. They live on my wrists. The psychological torture will live with you for a long time. Sadly, the pains are inflicted by your own country and in your innocence, you watch a police officer whose primary responsibility is to protect, turn against you for no reason outside being vocal in a fight for human rights and survival for the people.

Ken Saro-Wiwa suffered from these scars and still lived with them until death. May Ken's struggles for justice for the Ogoni people never seize until the Ogoni he left behind is happy.

It is unfortunate that the Nigerian Government still fails to realise how easy it is to bring happiness to Ogoni. Government often think only of the use of brute force to calm public expression of civil unhappiness. The situation is worsened when a monster called Shell Petroleum is involved.

But I will help them in this instance. Our first expectation is the exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the eight others murdered with him in 1995. This has become a critical component of the Ogoni demands and will continue to stain our country until the innocence of the Ogoni 9 is acknowledged and asserted by the government. The government has named a polytechnic and a major street after Saro-Wiwa, they celebrate him in some ways but the government simply finds it hard to admit that the Ogoni 9 were murdered in their innocence and such magnitude of injustice cannot be forgotten in a hurry. The exoneration of the Ogoni 9 is overdue and should come now.

The persecution of civil rights activists have been the challenge and lot of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. The Ogoni uprising questioning Shell's corporate irresponsibility has led to massive killings and utter neglect. A dirty Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria's subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, has turned the state against the Ogoni people supporting indiscriminate killing of the people.

Their wish is to stifle the sacrifices of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others for a better Ogoni and to possibly harass MOSOP to death. They would wish to have our dear Ken not remembered for anything.

Imagine a terribly confused KAGOTE contemplating its own wing of MOSOP. They have found their KAGOTE to be truly a private entity and think the only way to gain relevance is to find some attachment to MOSOP.

They have found their elitist ideology defeated by the mass-based philosophy of MOSOP, unable to stand against the tide, their only relevance is now perceived as achievable with some sort of endorsement by MOSOP. So, they scramble for the soul of MOSOP at all cost.

Does it make common sense that a supposed KAGOTE president is inaugurating an executive of MOSOP? Isn't it a shame for those who reason and act so naively to claim they are Ogoni elites? It's frustratingly surprising even for the followership of these crop of Ogoni elites to allow their reasoning to be captured by a zombie mentally that even in their claims of elitism, a carry-go defeatist syndrome overwhelmingly drowns their courage and self-esteem. They follow with an enslaved conscience unable to ask simple questions.

I should wonder why they wouldn't simply admit that the KAGOTE they do today is fake and they all need to visit their villages to register with an affiliate of MOSOP, join the queue to learn how we do what we do.

The scramble for MOSOP has led them into lots of unwholesome behaviour. But put together, they still cannot cope with the intellectual struggles of MOSOP. Their only consideration is the deployment of crude means.

Lessons from history of the Ogoni struggle should tell the new KAGOTE that MOSOP is an idea and indestructible. It cannot be seen, felt nor can we separate it from the real Ogoni people who desire a better future for the nationality.

The current approach of the enemies of MOSOP is condemnable and detested. Unfortunately, even our police department does not care about basic investigations before they clamp down especially when a lot of water passes under the bridge. 

The police have become very vulnerable to exploitation especially when a serving senator is desperate to be the next Rivers State governor in 2023. If being a senator will send innocent Ogonis to unlawful detention, generate frivolous and spurious allegations to keep the most outspoken incarcerated, then, what will being an executive governor bring? May God save us from serving senators.

May God not give us serving senators as governors if all they can do with their position is promote an epileptic KAGOTE and device dubious means to kill the innocent, quench critical voices that refuse to be on their team of sycophants. 

May the spirits of our land rise to defend the people against serving senators who see Fegalo Nsuke's pen and battle of intellectualism to free the people from a slave culture as threatening their internal deception and unfair dominance.

And may the souls of all Ogoni martyrs stand against those whose intentions are to colonise our people internally, taking away their peace and basic rights and subjecting them to undignified living.

I urge the Ogoni people to sustain our peaceful methods, rise up and demand respect for their basic rights. Arise and be counted among those whose efforts will bring the desired peace and justice for the oppressed people of Ogoni. We cannot afford to fail.

Nsuke is President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People

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Enact Laws For Amotekun Now! By Femi Falana (SAN)

Wed, 2020-01-22 12:22


The governors in the South-West zone launched the South-West Security Network otherwise called ‘Operation Amotekun’ at Ibadan, Oyo State, on January 10, 2020. The police authorities endorsed Amotekun while the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), questioned its legality. Even though I had cause to join issues with Mr Malami over his legal opinion on the security outfit, I was compelled to call on each of the South-West governors to forward a bill to the house of assembly of each state for the formation of Amotekun. 

In the absence of an enabling legal instrument for the establishment, structure, functions, control, funding and operation of Amotekun, various interest groups in the country have continued to express divergent views on the needless controversy that has trailed the official inauguration of the security outfit. On their own part, the South-West governors have been assuring the Federal Government that Amotekun is not a regional paramilitary organisation but a zonal security outfit being set up to assist the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in combating incessant killings, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes that are on the ascendancy in the region due to the negligence of the Federal Government to effectively police the country.

Apart from those who are strenuously opposed to Amotekun, the concerned people in the South-West zone, who have embraced the security initiative are entitled to know the law setting it up.  Therefore, the attorneys-general in the states in the South-West zone should be saddled with the urgent responsibility of ensuring that the enabling laws for Amotekun are enacted by the respective houses of assembly  without any further delay. The Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch Law coupled with the Lagos State Security Trust Fund Law may be modified or adopted for Amotekun. Once the laws are enacted, the Federal Government will be at liberty to test the constitutional validity of Amotekun in the Supreme Court.

However, the Federal Government should not resort to force or self help in resolving the constitutional dispute. 

In order to appreciate the duty imposed on all public officers in Nigeria to operate under the rule of law and not under the rule of rulers, it is pertinent to draw the attention of the federal authorities to the case of Attorney-General of Lagos State v. Attorney-General of the Federation (2005) 2 WRN 1. In that case, the Supreme Court criticised the resort to self help by President Olusegun Obasanjo, who had ordered the suspension of the payment of the statutory allocations of Lagos State local governments because of the creation of new local governments by the state government. 

It was the view of the Supreme Court that the decision of the President to suspend the payment of the fund by executive fiat was antithetical to the tenets of democracy and rule of law. Speaking for the apex court, Tobi JSC (of blessed memory) said inter alia: “If the Federal Government felt aggrieved by Lagos State creating more local governments, the best solution is to seek redress in a court of law, without resorting to self-help. 

“In a society where the rule of law prevails, self help is not available to the executive or any arm of government. 

“In view of the fact that such conduct could breed anarchy and totalitarianism, and since anarchy and totalitarianism are antitheses to democracy, courts operating the rule of law, the life-blood of democracy, are under a constitutional duty to stand against such action. The courts are available to accommodate all sorts of grievances that are justiciable in law and section 6 of the constitution gives the court power to adjudicate on matters between two or more competing parties. 

“In our democracy, all the governments of this country as well as organisations and individuals must kowtow to the due process of the law and this they can vindicate by resorting to the courts for redress in the event of any grievance.”

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United States To Place Visa Restriction On Nigeria, Six Other Countries

Wed, 2020-01-22 10:25




The United States is planning to place stiff travel restrictions on Nigerians aiming to enter America. 

Wall Street Journal reports that apart from Nigeria, other countries to be affected by the new policy include Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania.

The countries will not face blanket bans on travel to the U.S but could have restrictions placed on specific types of visas such as business or visitor visas, administration officials said.

The WSJ reports that some countries could be banned from participating in the diversity visa lottery program, which awards green cards to people in countries with low levels of immigration to the U.S.

President Donald Trump has called for an end to that program, saying it lets undesirable people into the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security didn’t respond to request for comment while the State Department also declined to comment.

The administration has said its policy restricting travel is necessary to prevent potential acts of terrorism, as countries on the list don’t adequately vet their travellers to America. 
 

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UPDATE: Ogun Governor's Appointee Admits Forging Certificate While Reacting To SaharaReporters’ Story

Wed, 2020-01-22 01:53


 

Newly appointed Special Adviser on Education to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Joseph Odemuyiwa, has confirmed SaharaReporters’ story accusing him of certificate forgery.

On Monday, the respected online news medium had published a story exposing how Odemuyiwa forged a letter of promotion to become associate professor when he left Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, to Kwara State University.

Apart from being sent packing from KWASU, the Ogun governor appointee was asked to refund all payment made to him upon his sack from the university.

Aside from his issue in Kwara State University, sources confirmed to SaharaReporters that most of the claims outlined by Odemuyiwa on his resume were all made up to continue to sustain his lies and scheming.

Giving his own side of the story, Odemuyiwa accepted that his appointment did not pass through the normal process.

He said, “I took an appointment with KWASU based on the understanding of adjunct lectureship.

“One can observe that the letter lacks the basic conditions and terms of employment for a full time appointment.

“The remuneration was not also attached. The Vice Chancellor actually wanted me to assist in perfecting Business Education, which was running its second year and was not listed for NUC’s initial program accreditation, and also help in recruiting younger academics for the program.

“I gave a letter of resignation dated March 1, 2011. The letter was never acknowledged to date, rather pressures were mounted on me that the university registry had been complaining that an adjunct position ought not to have been given to anyone below professorial cadre like me. It was on this premise that I was invited for interview for the readership position.

“My final departure from KWASU fetched me a letter later requesting for a refund of all salaries and allowances paid to me during my stay with them with a claim that I got the job illegally. I paid all, as requested, including all tax earlier deducted to fulfill all righteousness.”

Odemuyiwa also shed more light into his frequent change of workplace and movement between Tai Solarin University of Education and OOU, both in Ogun State.

He said, “My first contact with Tai Solarin University of Education was in 2005 when I was offered a sabbatical job as a Senior Lecturer in Business Education in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

“I became the Head of the unit and was able to fine-tune Business Education in the young university. I left at the expiration of my one year tenure for Olabisi Onabanjo University that was also looking for someone to help secure NUC accreditation.

“Towards the end of 2008 again, TASUED had problems with accreditation this time in the Department of Economics (Business Management Unit) and I was invited again and offered a part time appointment as a Senior Lecturer.

“While I remained a Senior Lecturer in Business Management in the College of Social and Management Sciences, the College of Applied Education and Vocational Technology of the same university would not let me go. I was also appointed an External Examiner for Business Education for the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 sessions.”

Speaking further, Odemuyiwa explained that his job application into TASUED was facilitated by ex-governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

He added that he was given a position he did not apply for in the school, accepted the job offer but never resumed work in the tertiary institution.

He stated, “My application was actually summoned by the visitor and proprietor of the university, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the then governor of Ogun State.

“The governor got attracted to my paper on Business Education as a synergy for poverty alleviation and socio-economic viability in South-West Nigeria and wanted me to do something in my area of specialisation with TASUED, hence the executive approval of my professorial chair as a minute on my application under reference to the Vice Chancellor.

“The university responded to my application by giving a letter of appointment as a Senior Lecturer (a position I never applied for, and which I have been occupying since 2005.

“This was dated March 30, 2011. I was persuaded to accept the offer in the interim to allow for proper processing of the visitor’s approval of my full professorial chair. This I did but never resumed till date.

“One thing I remember, the university management invited me for an interview for the position of a Reader/Associate Professor which I never applied for after the exit of Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

“I attended this interview to put my skills to test for a higher academic position. The outcome of the interview was never known or communicated to me till date, I still earnestly await it."

Apart from Odemuyiwa, the Ogun State governor had also appointed selected two others with questionable academic credentials to be part of his administration in recent days.

They are Sidi Osho and Adeleye Adebiyi, who were selected as Commissioner for Education and Special Adviser on Politics respectively. 

 

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NDLEA Impounds 426,5988kg Of Drugs, Arrests 249 Suspects In Anambra

Wed, 2020-01-22 01:46


NDLEA operatives

NDLEA operatives

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency confiscated 426,5988kg different types of hard drugs and arrested 249 suspects in connection with the drugs in Anambra State in 2019.

The anti-narcotics agency also said that it got conviction for 37 persons in 2019.

State Commander of NDLEA, Mr Misbahu Idris, gave the statistics on Tuesday in Akwa, the capital, during a briefing with journalists.

According to him, some of the impounded drugs within the past year included cannabis sativa 356.9927kg, cocaine 0.00223kg, heroine 0.063kg and crystalline meth 69.0308kg.

He warned those involved in illicit drugs to desist from it or face the full wrath of the law.

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Yoruba Primitive In Politics For Creating Amotekun –Miyetti Allah

Wed, 2020-01-22 01:42


Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, President of the Miyetti Allah Association, addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, President of the Miyetti Allah Association, addressing a press conference in Abuja

 

Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the socio-political group of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, has said Yorubas are politically primitive for supporting community policing outfit – Amotekun.

National Secretary of the group, Alhassan Saleh, made the comments while speaking on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily.

Saleh said support for the community policing initiative steaming from rising insecurity in the South-West region is targeted at Fulani herdsmen.

He said, “Unfortunately, with very strong apology to my South-West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of politics.

“Hisbah is legal because it is backed by law. That is clearly difference from what you have now as Amotekun.”

 

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Police Confirm SaharaReporters' Story On Killing Of Citizen In Abuja

Wed, 2020-01-22 01:26


The remains of the victim

The remains of the victim SaharaReporters Media

 

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has confirmed the killing of an innocent Nigerian by its personnel on Tuesday during a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

A statement by spokesperson for the police in the command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the report by SaharaReporters.

The statement reads, “The FCT Police Command has successful restored calm around Berger round-about after a protest by members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria.  See Also Human Rights Abuja: Police Allegedly Kill Passerby In Attempt To Disperse Shiite Protesters 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

“As a result of the incident, one person who sustained injury and was rushed to the hospital for medical attention, has been certified dead by medical doctors on duty.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police FCT, Bala Ciroma, is said to have ordered a full scale investigation into the incident.

The statement stated further that normalcy had been restored around the Berger round-about area where the incident happened. 

 

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Amotekun’ll End Kidnappings, Killings, Others –Ondo Residents

Wed, 2020-01-22 01:24


 

Hundreds of Ondo State residents on Tuesday participated in a solidarity rally in support of ‘Operation Amotekun’. 

Speaking during the demonstration, Jeffrey Abidoye, a popular public affairs analyst in the state, said the people were ready to support the new security initiative by governors of the South-West region.

He said, “We cannot continue to have our mothers, wives, and sisters being raped on their way to the market or farms.

“Also, we cannot continue to have our farms being ravaged by foreigners in our own land.

“All sons and daughters of Yoruba are fully in support of this initiative and we are taking our destiny in our hands.”

President of Oodua Youth Coalition, Oluyi Olutayo, said Amotekun had come to stay.

Addressing the demonstrators, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, observed that the security challenges in the country, mostly in the Southern region, needed to be urgently addressed.

Speaking through his Chief of Staff, Olugbenga Ale, Akeredolu said, “We have promised the world that Operation Amotekun had come to stay in the South-West.

“We are only going to collaborate with security agencies because Amotekun is not going to be an alternative to the police nor to the army but it is only going to be a complimentary effort to their job.”

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Ondo Government Confirms 84 Lassa Fever Cases, 16 Deaths

Tue, 2020-01-21 23:11


Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever


At least 16 persons have died in the last two weeks in a fresh Lassa Fever outbreak in Ondo State. 

Dr. Steven Fagbemi, an epidemiologist in Ondo, revealed this on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital, stressing that the figure was among 84 cases already recorded. 

Fagbemi noted that 47 patients were currently on admission at various government hospitals, adding that 21 persons among that number had been treated and discharged. 

He said, "The 16 recorded deaths occurred at different local government areas when their cases had reached advance stages."

Dr Yahaya Disu, a coodinator with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, said Lassa Fever cases had been recorded in Owo, Akoko South-West, Akure South and Ondo West local government areas.
 

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria's Chief Of Naval Staff, Ibok Ibas, Allegedly Locks Up Navy Captain For Six Days In Toilet For Uncovering Fraudulent Act

Tue, 2020-01-21 20:54



Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, has been accused of locking up Navy Captain Emmanuel Ekpe Owen (NN1538) in toilet for six days after exposing his financial impropriety.

This was revealed in a 10-page petition to military authorities dated December 12, 2019 and signed by the victim, who is seeking justice. 

The petition partly reads, "I regret to humbly state the victimisation and injustice of my person vide a petition on the present Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibot Ette Ibas, to the Commander-In-Chief of our great country Nigeria.  

"The genesis of my problem with the present CNS could be traced to 1995 and 1996 when we were on national assignment in Liberia under the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group." 

A source familiar with the matter told SaharaReporters that Owen was assigned to ECOMOG as Supply Officer in 1996.

The Nigerian Naval Ship AMBE was said to have been assigned to ECOMOG fleet under the command of Retd Captain Dada  Labinjo (then commander), with present CNS (Ibas) then a Lieutenant Commander and second in command.

On one of NNS AMBE's  trip to Nigeria in 1996 for Back Loading Military Ordinance, five officers and 33 ratings were dropped from the ship and assigned to various duties at Western Naval Command, Apapa, Lagos.

It was gathered that a total of 45 personnel were left onboard NNS AMBE, which eventually returned to Moronvia, Liberia, for continuation of ECOMOG duties.

The source said Captain Owen stumbled on the allowance file for the personnel onboard at the time and discovered that the present CNS had inflated the names of personnel to 85 instead of 45 with various rates attached to each recipient and already paid.

It was gathered that Owen summoned courage and confronted Ibas about the issue, insisting that the discrepancies in the ECOMOG allowance could put the ship in trouble and embarrass the Nigerian Navy.

Upon realising that Owen was in the know of his financial malfeasance with respect to the disbursement of allowances for 85 personnel instead of 45, Ibas ordered him locked inside a toilet for six days.

Ibas went further to accuse Owen of all sorts of offences including dereliction of duty. 

At the moment, Ibas is said to be deliberately refusing to promote Owen but instead pencilled him down for early retirement next week. 

Normally, Owen is expected to proceed on retirement in 2026. 

The CNS is said to be responsible for the ordeal of Labinjo and his wife, who were detained for one year in an underground cell. 

They have now been transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecution. 

When SaharaReporters contacted spokesperson for the Navy, Suleiman Dahun, over the matter, he said he was not aware of the incident and declined further comments. 

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Abuja: Police Allegedly Kill Passerby In Attempt To Disperse Shiite Protesters

Tue, 2020-01-21 20:15


The remains of the victim


The injured passersby

The remains of the victim SaharaReporters Media


A middle-aged man has been shot dead by the police in Abuja during a protest by members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as 'Shiites'. 

The incident occurred at the Berger roundabout on Tuesday when armed policemen opened fire on the protesters.

It was gathered that the victim was hit by bullet on the head and died on the spot. 

Another person was said to have been shot on the leg.

As at time of filing this report, the area had been deserted as people ran for fear of being hit by police bullets.  The injured passersby SaharaReporters Media

Secretary of the Academic Forum of the Movement, Abdullahi Musa, confirmed  to SaharaReporters that the victim was not their member. 

He went ahead to condemn the brutality of the police for killing an innocent citizen for just no reason.

Calls put across to the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Command, Anjuguri Manzal, were not answered.
 

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Amnesty International Condemns Killing Of Adamawa CAN Chairman

Tue, 2020-01-21 19:34


 

Amnesty International has urged the Nigerian Government to ensure that Boko Haram and other terrorist groups involved in crimes against humanity must not go unpunished.

AI said this in reaction to the killing of Rev. Lawan Andimi, Chairman of a local chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria by Boko Haram.

The rights group, in a statement, said it is appalled by the killing of Andimi, adding that the government must ensure that every member of the terrorist group must be brought to justice.

Amnesty said, “With this horrific murder and an increasing number of attacks in recent weeks, Boko Haram has again shown its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life. 

"These deplorable crimes must not go unpunished.

"It is appalling that Boko Haram followed up the killing of Rev. Andimi on Monday with an attack on his village — in Chibok Local Government Borno State. Targeting civilians is a crime under international law.

"Boko Haram must immediately stop its attacks on civilians. All those responsible for war crimes and other human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria must be brought to justice in a fair trial.

"The Nigerian authorities must re-double their efforts to rescue the hundreds of civilians still detained by Boko Haram.

"Since December last year, Boko Haram has been escalating attacks on civilians, commuters, infrastructure and humanitarian facilities across North-East."

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BREAKING: Nine Imo Lawmaker Defect To APC

Tue, 2020-01-21 19:15


 

Nine lawmakers in the Imo State House of Assembly has defected to the All Progressives Congress.

The lawmakers, who defected on Tuesday, used to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, and Action Alliance.

Speaker of the state assembly, Collins Chiji, read their letters of defection on the floor of the house.

The lawmakers are Authur Egwim (Ideato North) from AA to APC; Chyna Iwuanyanwu(Nwangele), PDP; Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), PDP; Obinna Okwara(Nkwerre), AA; and Paul Emeziem (Onuimo) also from PDP to APC.

Others are Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) from APGA to APC, Johnson Duru (Ideato South), AA; Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) AA; and Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema) from PDP to APC.

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Declaration Of Causes: Why Yoruba Will Leave Nigeria By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Tue, 2020-01-21 18:00


Bayo Oluwasanmi

Bayo Oluwasanmi

 

This is Nigeria’s end time. The tyrannical regime of General Muhammadu Buhari will give way to secession. In the absence of a unifying national interest, Nigeria has become fragmented, lawless, disorderly, dangerous, and seemingly unliveable.

Predictions about the breakup of Nigeria have reached its crescendo. The Fulani controlled federal government headed by General Buhari continues to thumb its nose at Yorubas. With the formation of Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network, Yorubas have obviously stated their declaration of causes why they will leave Nigeria.

In the declaration of causes, two major themes emerged: domination and internal colonisation. Other grievances include economic exploitation and blatant display of injustice. The Fulanis have never hidden their agenda to dominate the rest of the country. By October 1, it would be 60 years of independence from the Brits. Out of the 60 years, the Fulanis have been in charge of the central government for more than 40 years.

It means the control, misuse, and misappropriation of our collective God-given resources. It means the monopoly of federal government political appointments and federal agencies. Immigration, prison, customs, railways, EFCC, CCT, ICPC, FIRS, NTA, FRCN, federal civil service are headed by Fulanis. 99.99 per cent of federal judges are Fulanis. All the security agencies – military, navy, SSS or DSS, police, are controlled by Fulanis. Above all, the Fulani control of federal bureaucracy, agencies, and corporations mean utter waste of generations unborn and truncation of destinies.

Internally, the domination of Fulanis is on full speed.  With the moral, spiritual, financial support, power, and influence of the presidency, the Fulani herdsmen terrorists killed, maimed, and raped our people. Appeasing the terrorists, General Buhari urged victims of Fulani carnage to learn to live in peace with their neighbours. The Northerners acting like custodians and owners of the presidency, gleefully thundered that “with Amotekun, Yorubas should forget the presidency in 2023. They even went further to demand that General Buhari the Commander-in-Chief of Fulani terrorists, should arrest Yoruba leaders because of Amotekun.

Yoruba Declaration of Causes include but not limited to the following why Yoruba is ready to leave Nigeria:

1. Nigeria is convulsed by internal violence. Yorubas are no longer safe. Nigeria can no longer deliver positive political goods to our people.

2. General Buhari’s tyrannical regime has lost its legitimacy, and by extension, Nigeria has become illegitimate.

3. Nigeria enjoys no stability and predictability. No one is in charge. Our democracy has turned dictatorship. Nothing works in Nigeria. Everything is in disarray.

4. All the ethnic groups are tense, deeply conflicted, dangerous, and contested bitterly by warring factions. There’s unprecedented disharmonies between communities and among states.

5. Nigeria is no longer or willing to perform its fundamental jobs of a nation-state. Nigeria exhibits flawed and failed institutions. Only the institution of the executive functions. If legislatures exist at all, they are rubber stamp machines. The judiciary is an annex of Aso Rock. We can no longer rely on the court system for redress or remedy.

6. Corruption flourishes on an unusually destructive scale. There’s a vacuum of authority. Nigeria is a mere geographical expression.

7. Nigeria is cursed by the discovery of oil. Failure and collapse of Nigeria is man-made. Ethnicity, economics, and ideology all fuelled our decision to leave Nigeria.

There’s no shortage of groups that want Nigeria to split up. Far from the contrary opinion of the Fulanis, secession is a populist option, it’s not a collection of cranky lonesome idealists. Nigeria is a phony country built on borrowed convenience. The looming secession will tear Nigeria to pieces. The pandemic, or an economic collapse, is driving the country to sauve qui peut secession – “let him save himself who can.”

Yorubas have no trust in General Buhari’s Nigeria. We don’t feel represented or belong in the Nigeria experiment. The only way to regain our socioeconomic and political destiny is to leave Nigeria and chart a brand new country that will guarantee our pursuit of happiness, liberty, peace, progress, and prosperity.

Under international law, Yorubas are qualified as “people” who have the right to self-determination, the ability to freely determine our political fate and form a representative government. Yoruba en masse really and truly want to secede, so legal arguments would be irrelevant. The present arrangement, the present General Buhari’s regime are not conducive to our freedom and democracy. We must leave the jungle!

If other nations broke up successfully, why would the Fulanis think Nigeria’s case is etched in stone? Here are some successful secessions:

Algeria broke away from France. East Timor seceded from Indonesia. Eritrea left Ethiopia. Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan. Uruguay left Brazil. Greece and Serbia left Ottoman Empire. South Sudan left Sudan. And Panama left Colombia. Let’s go there!

 

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Fintiri As Governor Of Adamawa

Tue, 2020-01-21 17:13


The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Ahmadu Fintiri as the authentic governor of Adamawa State.

The apex court dismissed an appeal by candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Jibrilla Bindo, challenging the emergence of Fintiri as winner of the exercise for lacking in merit and failing to prove why its verdict should not stand. 

 

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Organiser Of Nigerian Legal Awards Arraigned Over N20m Fraud

Tue, 2020-01-21 16:53


Lere Fashola

Lere Fashola TodayNG

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Chief Executive Officer of Legal Blitz Ltd, Mr Lere Fashola, over N20m theft and issuance of dud cheques before Justice Sherifat Sholebo of Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja.

Fashola and Legal Blitz Ltd were arraigned on a three-count charge of stealing and issuance of dud cheques.

First defendant, Fashola, is the publisher of ESQ Legal Practice magazine and convener of the annual Esquire Nigerian Legal Awards, which honours outstanding lawyers across the country.

The Advanced Fee Fraud Section of the EFCC said the lawyer was arrested following a petition by Mr Adeyemi Adebola alleging that he obtained the N20m under false pretence in a property transaction upon representation that the property was assigned to the firm "by the dependents and administrators of the Estate of Alhaji Ganiyu Balogun".

The property is located at Plot 732. Block XXVII (27), Omole Residential Scheme, Phase 2, Isheri in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos.

EFCC counsel, Mrs Joy Amahian, said Fashola and Legal Blitz Ltd between January 5, 2018 and February 28, 2018, in Lagos, "dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N20m, property of Mr Adeyemi Adebola."

It said the defendants' conduct amounted to "stealing, contrary to Sections 278 (1) (f) and 285 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011."

The prosecutor also alleged that the defendants in the same period in Lagos "knowing that you had no sufficient fund in your Diamond Bank Plc account, issued cheque No. 53160448 dated June 4, 2018 in the sum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira Only) as a refund in favour of Mr Adeyemi Adebola, which upon presentation was returned unpaid for lack of funds."

Fashola also allegedly issued another dud cheque on July 4, 2018 which was also returned unpaid for lack of funds.

The prosecutor said issuance of dud cheque contravened Section 1(l)(b) and (i) of the Dishonoured Cheques Act of 2004.

Justice Solebo ordered that the award organiser be remanded in a correctional facility.

“Pending the hearing and the determination of the bail application, the defendant is ordered to be remanded at the correctional facility,” Justice Solebo said.

The case was adjourned until February 10, 2020 for hearing of the bail application.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ortom's Election Victory

Tue, 2020-01-21 16:38


 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the October 7, 2019 decision of the Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, and the November 28, 2019 judgment of the Appeal Court, which upheld the election of Samuel Ortom as governor of the state.

In a unanimous ruling, a 7-man panel led by Justice Bode Rhodes Vivour held that the appeal by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress was lacking in merit.

 

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