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SERAP Gives Buhari 14 Days Ultimatum To Probe Ganduje

Sun, 2018-11-04 15:02


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) as well as other appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate the allegations of bribery against Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State.

SERAP gave Buhari 14 days to probe the governor, and premised its position on the widely circulated video clips showing Ganduje receiving money from a contractor.

For publishing one of the video clips, Jafar Jafar, Publisher of Daily Nigerian appeared before a panel set up by the Kano State House of Assembly, and he accused the governor of receiving kickbacks from contractors. See Also Corruption Ganduje Has Been Collecting 15-25% Cut From Contractors For Years, Says Daily Nigerian Publisher 0 Comments 2 Weeks Ago

The governor was also scheduled to appear before the Assembly on the matter, but sent his Commissioner for Information to represent him. See Also Corruption Ganduje Sends Information Commissioner To Represent Him At Probe Of Bribery Videos 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

However, in a statement on Sunday, Bamisope Adeyanju, SERAP Senior Legal Adviser, urged the Federal Government and anti-graft agencies to ensure Jafar's safety, and also called for Ganduje's prosecution at the end of his tenure as governor.

The statement read: “Given the history of corruption in Nigeria, especially unresolved allegations of grand corruption against many state governors, your government cannot and should not look the other way regarding the allegations against Mr Ganduje. Any allegation of bribery and abuse of power in any state of Nigeria is of concern to every Nigerian, and should therefore, be of concern to your government.

“The obligations of your government to combat corruption in Nigeria extend to all the three tiers of government, namely, the federal government, state government and local government. Although primarily a matter of concern for Kano State, the allegations of bribery against Mr Ganduje have assumed such a proportion as to become a matter of concern to the federation as a whole, and therefore, to your government.

"Take the recommended steps within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, failing which SERAP will institute legal proceedings to compel your government to act in the public interest. Taking the recommended steps would help to enhance your government’s fight against corruption and contribute hugely to promoting the public interest, the interest of justice as well as prevent any abuse of the legal process. Any failure and/or refusal to act would undermine the goal of your government’s anti-corruption fight and tacitly serve to encourage persistent allegations of corruption among many state governors to continue with almost absolute impunity.

“Vigorously seeking to enforce anticorruption legislation and the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party against alleged corrupt state governors, will show that your government is with concerned with the overall well-being of the federation and willing and able to enforce important constitutional principles.

“The Attorney-General of the Federation has power, conferred on him by section 174(1)(a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and anticorruption agencies have the powers to act on the allegations of bribery against Mr Ganduje for the sake of ensuring transparency and accountability, and promoting the common good, peace, order and good government of the federation (which includes Kano State).

“Taking prompt action on the allegations of bribery against the governor would also be entirely consistent with the provisions of section 15 subsection (5) of the Constitution, which requires your government to abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power, regardless of the state where such practices take place. Section 15 specifically defines 'government' to include the government of the federation, or of any state, or of a local government council or any person who exercises power or authority on its behalf.

“Section 61(2) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act also provides that public officers accused of bribery may be prosecuted by the appropriate authority for such an offence.”

The organisation also expressed worry that allegations against "many state governors have not been investigated" and stated that even if governors enjoy immunity from arrest and prosecution, they don't enjoy immunity from investigation.

The statement continued: “SERAP is concerned that growing allegations of corruption including bribery against many state governors have not been investigated and that several of the governors involved are getting away with their alleged crimes.

“We note that while a governor may enjoy immunity from arrest and prosecution, he does not enjoy immunity from investigation. Any criminal allegation against a sitting governor including Mr Ganduje can and should be investigated pending the time the governor leaves office and loses immunity. The findings of such investigation can also be the basis for initiating impeachment proceedings against the governor.”

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Aviation Unions To Shut Down Airport Services From 12am On Tuesday

Sun, 2018-11-04 14:37


Unions in the Nigerian aviation industry have expressed their readiness to participate in the planned strike by Labour Unions across the country, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

The unions: National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) in a notice dated November 3, 2018, said that they would participate actively in the strike to call for improved wages for members.

The notice was signed by Comrades Temenu Akinola (NUATE), Frances Akinjole (ATSSSAN), Ocheme Aba (NAAPE) and Abdulrasaq Saidu for ANAP.

The unions said they backed the agitations of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) to ensure that the workers were appropriately paid their wages. They said the airspace would be shut down from 12 am on November 6, 2018.

The notice also applied to all businesses and agencies involved with aviation, as they were urged to adjust their businesses accordingly. The unions stressed that they would ensure that activities in the sector are ground to a halt.

The notice read in part: “In complying with the directive of the labour centres, therefore, we issue this notice to all workers in the aviation sector to withdraw all services from 00:00hrs of November 6, 2018.

“The notice also applies to all businesses and agencies involved with aviation to be  aware of the above situation and adjust business accordingly. The general public, especially the international travelling public, are equally notified to avoid, or cancel, plans to utilise  workers in the aviation sector.

“For emphasis, all workers must comply with this directive as our unions will not tolerate any sabotage of the strike.”

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Understanding Nigerians' Interest In Trump's Plan To Withdraw Citizenship To Children Born To Non-Americans

Sun, 2018-11-04 14:14


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United States President Donald Trump had announced plans to revoke citizenship rights for children born to non-natives on American soil.

According to Washington Post, Trump revealed this in a television interview taped on Monday.

During an interview with Axios scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series starting this weekend, Trump was quoted as saying: "We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.” See Also International ALERT: Soon, Giving Birth In The US Will No Longer Make Your Child An American Citizen 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

According to information from Pew Research Center, estimates based on the latest available Federal Government data show that the number of babies born in the US to unauthorised immigrants in 2014 is around 275,000, making up seven per cent of the 4 million births in the US that year.

However, for thousands of foreigners who desire American residency for their children, according to the provision of the US Constitution, a "baby on the way" is enough reason to get citizenship for such children.

Research also shows that in 1965, the US Congress passed the Immigration Act. When read with the 14th Amendment, babies born on US soil have automatic American citizenship, whether or not their parents are in the country illegally.

However, in the attempt to gain citizenship for their children through birth, it is not unusual to find people embracing immigration fraud, exploiting the health care system and in some cases, place the lives of the unborn children in jeopardy. Varying motivations fuel the race to have children on American soil and Nigerians are not excluded in this regard.

Dr. Fola Adebowale, who is a healthcare consultant at 1st Recon Healthcare Centre, Lagos refuted the claim that better health care facilities constitute the main motivation for many parents seeking to have children within US confines.

According to Adebowale, Nigeria boasts of standard facilities, just as is available in America.

He said: “There are actually a lot of quality standard facilities that people have invested millions of Naira in, and those that can afford it can actually give birth there. But it is somehow like a socio-cultural trend to want to go and deliver in the US. It is not as if there are no facilities here.

“For example in Abuja, there is a kidney specialist hospital and if I’m going to value that hospital, it will be nothing less than N2 billion and because of the huge investment, it might not be affordable for the majority. However, the few elite that can afford such treatment still prefer to go outside the country to benefit from similar facilities.

“Even the people that want to invest heavily in the health sector will be discouraged that those that can afford it will go abroad. It is not encouraging.

"The reason they go there is not about getting quality health facilities and care. It is a socio-cultural thing so that the child can become a citizen and they believe it is the right footing to secure the child’s future."

However, Nigerians have also taken to social media to respond to the declaration by Donald Trump.

Chidiebere Nwobodo wrote: "I love Donald Trump. No one will mess up this country and take his wife to America to give birth to make his children American citizens again. Everyone must stay home and fix this mess of a country we found ourselves in. My wife doesn't need to have our kids in the US for their future to be 'secured'. We should stop consuming abroad what we cannot afford in our own nation."

Aladesiun Ayodele wrote: "The type of bill I am expecting from the European government, especially America, is the bill preventing sick African leaders from taking treatment in Europe."

"This man is going to shape America for good. It is time we die here together with our leader and there families," Ayike Oga Pee posted.

Ikechukwu Emmanuel Nenna wrote: "I love Donald Trump. Let all of us with our leaders that are leaving our infrastructure, education and health facilities to decay die here. I love this gesture. I'm a pure Nigerian with Biafran blood."

Another social media user, Daniel Udoh posted: "My neighbour has not paid his house rent, but has taken his wife abroad to be delivered of baby. If the landlord decides to lock up his compound and travel abroad for medical treatment, I wonder where he will come back to with the 'oyibo' baby. Common sense is not common".

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Amnesty International: FG Must Hold Security Forces Accountable For Killing Of Shi'ites

Sun, 2018-11-04 13:33


Amnesty International has tasked the Federal Government to hold security forces accountable for the killing of Shiites during their annual 'Arbaeen Symbolic Trek'.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) had declared that 46 of its members were killed after policemen and officers of the Nigerian Army opened fire on the protesters. See Also Human Rights 46 Shi'ia Members Buried, '1,000' Still Missing 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

Accoring to the Nigerian Army, the protesters had pelted the soldiers and policemen with stones and other dangerous items. The Army also alleged that the Shiites attempted to "cart away weapons and ammunition", which led to the shooting.

The action had led to a backlash of reactions and the Army had attempted to justify the shooting by sharing a video of Trump on its official Twitter handle, where the US President said if US soldiers are attacked with stones, they would consider such stones as "rifles".

In a statement made available to SaharaReporters, Amnesty International had condemned the Army's attempt to justify the killings, noting that shooting at the protesters was a violation of their human rights.

Osai Ojigho, Executive Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “Basic human rights are not subject to whims of the world’s leaders. Rather than engaging in a preposterous competition over who does a better job of violating human rights, the Nigerian government must hold its security forces accountable for the horrific killing of at least 45 peaceful protestors."

Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, Margaret Huang said: “Donald Trump’s latest statements continue a pattern threatening, encouraging and justifying human rights abuses. No president should be embracing the horrific use of excessive force. The president’s outrageous threats against people fleeing violence and seeking a better life only compound their already precarious situation and exacerbate what he should be recognizing as a human rights crisis.

“Both the US and the Nigerian governments must abide by international human rights law and standards. International law is clear that security forces policing demonstrations must not use unnecessary or excessive force against protesters unless they pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury, and only if there is no lesser way to avert such threat. They must never use firearms as a tactical tool for the management of demonstrations: they may only be used for the purpose of saving another life.”

In a statement responding to Trump’s remarks, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: “We reject these vicious policies. People seeking protection deserve our compassion, not our contempt. Threatening desperate people with excessive force is horrifying and unlawful. The U.S. government must abide by international law and welcome people seeking safety into the country while their asylum claims are being reviewed.”

An investigation conducted by Amnesty International has shown that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as the Shi’a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja.

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UN, Declare Nigeria A Terror State By Perry Brimah

Sun, 2018-11-04 12:35


In furtherance to our letter submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on April 23rd, 2018, we emphatically and unequivocally call for the declaration of Nigeria as a terror state with the sanction of the Nigerian government and related implicated politicians and traditional leaders. Travel restrictions, account freezes and other instruments of punishment must be urgently meted out on implicated state officials and involved private personalities

[Ref: April 23rd, 2018 Letter to UN: http://ends.ng/dr-brimah-drags-buhari-to-un-over-nationwide-killings-declares-global-protests-over-insecurity/]

The United Nations was founded with a role to protect the lives of world citizens without discrimination. The distinguished organization has an obligation which we believe it cannot and must not shy from any longer in attending — without partiality — to issues which constitute crimes against humanity and the perpetration of terror by the state on its citizenry and citizens of neighboring nations and the world at large.

Nigeria's rulers in collaboration with its political elite class have continuously without pause over the last 30 years, directly perpetrated acts of terror on the citizens of Nigeria and also supported groups and individuals involved in mass terror, massacres and genocides on various populations within and outside Nigeria.

Only the lives of the wealthy and those in power have value in Nigeria. The sanctity of the life of the poor, weak and minorities must be enshrined.

Cases of Government Terror

We would like to call the attention of the United Nations to a selection of cases of crimes against humanity, acts of genocide and frank terror by the Nigerian government over the years that have been left unaddressed.

Sierra Leone 1998-1999: The United Nations is aware of the frank terror the Nigerian army is accused of perpetrating on the people of Sierra Leone it was supposed to protect under its ECOMOG operations between 1998 and 1999.

The "Peace Killers" as Nigerian troops have been captioned in an Aljazeera documentary on the re-opening of the cases of crimes against humanity Nigeria stands accused of, who left behind sorrow, tears, broken limbs and blood in Sierra Leone, have never been held to account and have been emboldened to continue to transmit barbarity as an official policy of the Nigerian army through the years. 

[Aljazeera ref: https://youtu.be/H3ebTXgwxKI]

1999 Odi Massacre: In 1999, Nigeria's leadership under then president Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar were accused in the massacre of as many as 2500 innocent and unarmed Ijaw minority citizens during the Odi massacre. This massacre was a focal point in the establishment of militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Comment: No sanctions or repudiation has ever been issued by the United Nations for these acts of state terror, thus encouraging repeats and a state of anarchy in Nigeria.

2001 Zaki Biam Massacre: Again, under the leadership of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice Atiku Abubakar, in 2001 as many as 1000 innocent civilians were killed in Zaki Biam and proximal villages in Benue state.

[Ref: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/30/world/nigeria-army-said-to-massacre-hundreds-of-civilians.html]

Comment: Again, no sanctions or repudiation has ever been issued by the United Nations for these acts of state terror, thus encouraging repeats and a state of anarchy in Nigeria.

The accused continue to live large and free in Nigeria, playing major roles in policy determination and encouraging repeat acts of terror by successive government in Nigeria. So far escaping damnation of the UN and International Criminal Courts, even daring to contest for re-election to lead Nigeria. Case of note: Atiku Abubakar, currently contesting for the presidency. The far-reaching deadly implications of the failure of the United Nations to properly address acts of state terror become quickly apparent.

2013 Baga Massacre: Under the Goodluck Jonathan / Namadina Sambo administration, in 2013 Nigerian soldiers were accused of going wild and killing hundreds of citizens while torching over 2000 homes in retaliation for the killing of a soldier. 

[Ref: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/world/africa/outcry-over-military-tactics-after-massacre-in-nigeria.html]

Comment: Again, no sanctions or repudiation has ever been issued by the United Nations for these acts of state terror, thus encouraging repeats and a state of anarchy in Nigeria.

2015 Zaria Massacre: Under the current ex-General Muhammadu Buhari / Pastor Yemi Osinbajo regime, at least 1000 unarmed minority shia Muslims were summarily executed when the Nigerian military, provoked by a youth protest, went on a rampage across at least 5 locations in Kaduna in search of shia Muslims. The state governor Nasir El-Rufai confessed to secretly burying at least 350 of the victims in a mass grave in the middle of the night. Many were buried while still alive.

[Ref: http://saharareporters.com/2016/04/21/nigerian-military-covered-zaria-massacre-dug-mass-graves-and-burned-shiite-members-alive ; https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/201615-kaduna-govt-says-347-shiites-killed-by-nigerian-troops-given-secret-mass-burial.html]

Comment: Again, no sanctions or repudiation has ever been issued by the United Nations for these acts of state terror, thus encouraging repeats and a state of anarchy in Nigeria.

2016 Onitsha Massacre: Under the current ex-General Muhammadu Buhari / Pastor Yemi Osinbajo regime over 100 Igbo minority youth were massacred in an act of terror by the Nigerian government who unleashed excessive force, shooting at sight to disperse them from a peaceful pro-Biafra prayer gathering.

[Ref: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/investigationspecial-reports/205176-special-report-onitsha-massacre-pro-biafra-supporters-coordinated-sss-operative.html]

Comment: Again, no sanctions or repudiation has ever been issued by the United Nations for these acts of state terror, thus encouraging repeats and a state of anarchy in Nigeria.

Government Acts Supporting and Encouraging Terror

Former Kaduna state governor Makarfi is alleged to have implicated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former National Security Adviser, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau as well as a prominent foreign sponsored salafi/wahhabi group operating in Nigeria's north, the Izala (now renamed JIBWIS) group, in sponsoring and perpetrating deadly riots and terror leading to over 5000 deaths during the "Ms World" and "Shariah" riots of 2002. Neither the accuser nor the accused have been held to account.

[Ref:  https://newsrescue.one/bombshell-us-wikileaks-cables-atiku-gusau-izala-behind-radical-terror-in-kaduna-benue-katsina-others-gov-makarfi/]

In 2016 Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai confessed to directly seeking and financing accused Fulani terrorists who had been involved in acts of terror across Nigeria. By his confession, the governor paid these terrorists even outside Nigeria's borders.

[Ref: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/12/weve-paid-fulani-stop-killings-southern-kaduna-el-rufai/ ]

The leadership of ex-General Muhammadu Buhari/Pastor Yemi Osinbajo has been accused of negotiating with terrorists, freeing deadly terrorists with blood and rape on their hands and sponsoring Boko Haram terror group with massive emoluments as your (UN) report has detailed. 

[http://saharareporters.com/2018/08/16/lai-mohammed-lied-%E2%80%94-un-report-reveals-fg-made-%E2%80%98large-ransom-payment%E2%80%99-boko-haram-dapchi]

Treasury Looting: Economic Terror: Looting of the Nigerian treasury by the same implicated individuals is economic terror and creates an impoverished environment which breeds terror. Illicitly siphoned funds are also used to finance terror.

Millions of dollars have been found stashed in homes in Nigeria and the officials responsible for looting the funds are never locked up. There is never a proper investigation on what the funds have been used for. Recently a state house official, Babachir Lawal, was sacked after intense public outcry, for looting millions meant for Boko Haram victims. The official enjoys impunity till date, safe from jail. This is economic terror and gross violation of the fabric of the Nigerian society. Nigerians have nowhere to turn for justice and safety.

Looted funds are used for politics by the ruling and major opposition parties to rig elections and continue to keep the same individuals in power who will never punish past politicians and elite accused of terror and crimes against humanity. 

Frank Terror: Police Has Been Privatised: Nigeria's police has been privatised, thus leaving no security for the masses with the army dispatched in stead, further worsening the situation. Nigeria's police chief himself confessed that 80% of the police force have been assigned to protect the wealthy. This in itself is frank terror. The usurp of the police to protect only the wealthy is a major contributor to the spate of incessant massacres in the nation and the uncontrollable spread of terror to neighboring nations. We have protested for the redeployment of the police to protect the populace, but the government scoffs at the poor masses.

[Ref 1: http://saharareporters.com/2018/02/08/80-percent-our-policemen-are-deployed-protect-politicians-and-vips-says-nigeria-police

Ref 2: Cabal Must Go Protest for police redeployment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBiMCqU4ipU ]

Comment: The UN is urged to sanction security chiefs who have been exposed to have amassed wealth and properties within the country and abroad.

UN Action

By its continuous recklessness and reckless negligence, the Nigerian government and its partners in and around the ruling and main opposition party, have made terror a part of life in Nigeria. This is why Nigeria is the most terrorized nation on earth today. Secret mass burials are the order of the day and these happen almost weekly across many states, coordinated by thee presidency and state governors, to cover up the numbers being killed by the state and its actions. 

Boko Haram terror festers and continues to affect Nigeria's neighbors in the north.

Fulani herder terror continues to consume thousands of lives in Nigeria under immunity of successive administrations till date. The owners of the cattle are said to be untouchable political elite with patrons at all levels of government. Cows are more sacred in Nigeria than humans. 

High sea terror continues to emanate from Nigeria's coast across the entire region.

The Nigerian government does not obey the law which is in itself another variant of terror. Where there is no law, there is no state. Where there is no state, there is anarchy.

Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 55 of the UN Charter, demand "universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion." Nigerians are denied their fundamental rights and subjected to torture and death in the hands of the too-long globally tolerated terror state leadership.

The United Nations is committed to protecting the lives of  individuals and combatting state terror according to Article 39, 41 and 42 of the Charter of the United Nations.

Resolutions 46/51 and 49/60 on state involvement in terror must be brought down hard on Nigerian rulers once and for all to take Nigeria out of the prehistoric barbaric era and into modernity.

Nigerians are increasingly being pushed to inalienable, God-ordained resort to self-help in the absence of a government and under state sanctioned and perpetrated terror. A state of anarchy is developing in the heart of Africa. This cannot be good for the world. We demand action and demand it now.

Dr. Perry Brimah: @CabalMustGo; @EveryNigerian

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Buhari: Security Agents Will Henceforth Arrest Hate Speech Makers

Sun, 2018-11-04 10:25


President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerian elites to stop misleading the people through their unguarded utterances.

Buhari, who is the visitor to the University of Uyo, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, gave the warning at the 24th convocation ceremony of the institution on Saturday.

The President, who was represented by the Director of Corporate Communications, National Universities Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Yakasai, said development and progress could not thrive in a hate-filled and divisive society.

He said universities as home of great thinkers, should give guidance to the communities to enable the people to make informed decisions as the nation approached the 2019 general elections.

He said that the Federal Government would not condone or tolerate incendiary remarks capable of causing fear and spread hatred among the people, from any person or group of persons.

Buhari said that the Federal Government would continue to do its best to ensure security of lives and property in the country.

The President said, “At this point, I want to be very clear and equivocal, that the Federal Government will never condone or tolerate incendiary remarks from any person or group of persons, which are meant to harass, intimidate, cause fear and spread hate, no matter how highly placed such a person is.

“Law enforcement agencies should fish out people who make inciting statements, instigate civil disobedience, broadcast hate speeches or stir strife, riot and rebellion and bring them to book.

“We should continue to live together as brothers and sisters.”

The President called on the new graduates to look beyond leaders who had failed themselves and the nation but should choose their heroes from among those who believe in the progress of Nigeria and emulate those honest and hardworking in their professions.

Buhari said there was a need for the curriculum of Nigerian universities to be diversified to include entrepreneurial skills to help graduates to employ themselves and others after graduation.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Uyo, Prof. Enefiok Essien, said 32 students from the institution graduated with first class honours in the 24th convocation.

Essien said that 4,539 graduands convoked; 631 postgraduates, 3,678 undergraduates and 230 sub-degrees.

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Primaries: Dickson Reinstates Defeated Appointees, Civil Servants

Sun, 2018-11-04 10:15


Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson saturday reinstated all political appointees and civil servants who resigned their positions to contest state and federal legislative positions during the just concluded primaries on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on the Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, noting that the governor gave the directive during a meeting with all aspirants of the PDP in Yenagoa.

As quoted in the statement, Dickson directed the payment of the salaries and other allowances the aspirants lost during the period to them as one of the measures to ensure peace in the ranks of the party.

Dickson, however, insisted that the civil servants who were reinstated would commence receiving salaries from the date of resumption in line with the civil service reforms introduced by his administration.

He added that he was happy with the decision of all the aspirants who lost in the PDP primaries to remain in the party without going to court.

He said, “You did not go to other parties not because you could not. I know that the candidates from the other parties cannot match you but have stayed back. In fact, you are the most loyal members of this party that I know. Loyalty must be tested and proven.

“I appreciate sincerely, your sacrifices and loyalty. No human event can be perfect, if you are steadfast and you stay in a party, what comes around goes around. There is nobody here that has not held party ticket or government appointment before. So your attitude is commendable.

“All of you who were holding appointive positions in the government who did not make it are returned to their positions. I hereby direct the Chief of Staff to direct the treasury to pay them the months they lost. They should be fully restored to the pre-election period.

“Also, a few of you resigned from the civil service. Because it has not taken long, I will approve your return back to the service. In line with the reforms, your salaries would start from the date of your return. You are paid only for the date you worked,” the governor said.

He also requested the Chairman of Bayelsa PDP, Mr. Moses Cleopas to involve all the aspirants who lost primaries in the electoral campaigns.

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Oshiomhole Apologises To Imo Catholic Community Over Okorocha

Sun, 2018-11-04 10:13


Okorocha and Oshiomhole

Okorocha and Oshiomhole

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has apologised to the Christian community, especially the Catholic Church in Imo state for the “sins” of the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Oshiomhole was however quick to add that the party should not be dragged into the problem of the Governor with the Church in the state as it is the governor’s personal problem.

Oshiomhole who spoke in Abuja also said that the party will leverage on the past position of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his former deputy to defeat the candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 elections.

Oshiomhole also apologized to Archbishop Anthony Obinna of the Owerri Diocese and the entire Christian community in Imo State over what he described as the lack of respect exhibited to the church by governor Rochas Okorocha.

“Governor Rochas Okorocha’s personal battle with the Christian community in Imo state is a matter between him and the Catholic Church. We in APC we are not party to that. We do not want our party to be dragged into such contestation because it will not be helpful to us. Our road to power is election by the people, we cannot antagonise the people.

“Even the ordinary man in Imo is entitled to respect not to talk of the leaders of the Christian community. And so we distance our self from all of those things that Rochas has done which some time has been a source of huge embarrassment to our party which sometimes we have been able to manage in house. So I sincerely apologize to Bishop Obinna and Christians in Imo State, ” Oshiomhole said.

He said the party will utilize the allegations which bothers on the integrity of the former Vice President, made against him by his former boss, Obasanjo in nailing Alhaji Atiku at the polls, adding that the former Vice President will be defeated by the APC.

He said “now that we know that our main opponent is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, we will defeat him again the way we have defeated him before. And I am confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will return because he has a quality which none of them can boast of, which is integrity, integrity, integrity.

“To make statement about the others, we will just generate what former President Obasanjo has to say about Atiku and what Atiku has to say about Obasanjo.

“By the time we read it, you make up your mind if Nigeria is looking for a leader who they can trust, whether it is one with unquestionable integrity, or is the one that there are debates as to whether or not how much we can trust. I am confident that God will give us victory at the end of the day”.

While assuring Nigerians that the APC was at peace with itself, Oshiomhole said that “peace does not mean absence of some murmuring or grumbles. We are not looking for grave yard peace, we want functioning peace. People can have some arguments, some reservations but with time it will heal.

“So I want to assure all those who are genuinely aggrieved, I have a duty along with my colleagues in the NWC to work to heal wounds, for reconciliations.

“So we are setting up various panels, groups of eminent leaders drawn from APC, statesmen and women within our party who we believe can help us to talk to all those who are aggrieved so that we can talk to all those who are aggrieved so that we sort out all the grievances and approach the next coming election as a functioning party and by the special grace of God, we will win”.

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Tragedy! Wife Kills Self, Hubby, 3 Kids In Makurdi

Sun, 2018-11-04 09:34


Woman kills husband, children and self in Makurdi. Above tragic family, the Adetsavs

Woman kills husband, children and self in Makurdi. Above tragic family, the Adetsavs

The Police Command in Benue has confirmed the killing of a man and his three children by his wife, who also took her life.

“The man, Mr Nicholas Adetsav, a staff of Makurdi Local Government Council, and his children, were killed on Friday night in Makurdi. His wife, who we believe is responsible for the death of the quartet, also killed herself.

“From information available to us, the woman has been having issues with her husband which might have culminated into this,” Mr Moses Yamu, the command’s spokesman, told newsmen Saturday in Makurdi.

Yamu said that the couple, who lived at Vandeikya street, were both staff of Makurdi Local Government Council.

“They have been having issues; just yesterday(Friday), the woman was seen with a pestle trying to smash her husband’s car. No one knows the cause of their frequent fights.”

He said that Police personnel sent to the house found the man foaming in the mouth, the three kids already dead, while the woman, also dead, was found holding a knife in her hands.

“The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Friday; from what we have gathered, the couple fight on daily basis,” he said.

Yamu said that investigation had begun toward determining the reasons for the actions, while the corpses had been deposited at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Hospital, Makurdi.

The Adetsavs on their wedding day

The Chairman, Makurdi Local Government Council, Mrs. Akange Audu, confirmed that the couple were employees of the local government council.

“The husband worked in the Department of Finance while his wife worked with the Department of Agriculture,” she said.

She also confirmed that the couple “were always fighting”, adding that the woman had warned neighbors to stay off their fights.

A cross section of the neighbors, who spoke to newsmen, said that the couple had been having issues.

They said that the couple had been fighting since Friday afternoon, but no one appeared sure of the cause of their fights.

One of the neighbors said that she stopped intervening in their quarrels when Mrs. Adetsav threatened her with a knife during one of such interventions.

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Rape Victim: Eulogies, Grief, As Ochanya’s Remains Laid To Rest

Sun, 2018-11-04 09:29


Sympathisers at the weekend thronged to Ogene-Amejo community in Okpokwu Local Council of Benue State to attend the funeral of 13-year-old Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje, who was allegedly raped to death by her aunt’s husband, Mr. Andrew Ogbuja and his son, Victor.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Comfort Ladi-Ajene, who represented the state governor, Samuel Ortom, described Ochanya’s demise as “very painful and touching.”

“Her death did not only bring pains to Benue State but also threw the entire country into mourning.”

Ortom, at the funeral, authorised that the alleged rapist, Andrew Ogbuja, be suspended from the Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo.

He also reiterated his earlier directive to the Ministry of Justice to take over the case and ensure that the “matter is pursued to its logical conclusion” even as he appealed to women to expose such men in their homes.

In his sermon, Catholic priest in charge of St. Theresa Catholic Church Ogene- Amejo, Rev. Father Emmanuel Odindi Abah, said, the late Ochanya has opened intellectual doors for her community because she left home in search of quality and sound education before she became a victim of the heinous act.

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Oshiomhole Goofed, I Remain APC Candidate –Okorocha’s In-law

Sun, 2018-11-04 09:17


Immediate past Chief of Staff to the Imo state governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in the state, Chief Uche Nwosu has dismissed the decision of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole to substitute his name with that of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the party, describing it as a violation of subsisting Court Order.

Nwosu who described the utterances and action of the National Chairman as a major blunder in leadership maintained that he remains the authentic governorship candidate of the party in Imo state, irrespective of Oshiomole’s announcement that he has forwarded Uzodinma’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s candidate.

Nwosu stressed that his candidacy is secured and cannot be truncated by the National Chairman or any other person, vowing that he will not abandon the mandate given to him by party members as governorship candidate for the 2019 election.
He expressed disappointment over Oshiomole’s action, adding that his statements and antics no longer inspire hope in young people who had looked up to him.

His words: “My mandate is still intact, I still remain the candidate of the APC, I am very much shocked with the National Chairman who is speaking from both sides of his mouth. At his age I had thought he would have been upright.

“I am shocked that a man who has attained that age and who we should looked up to as our role model has been swallowed up in the vortex of power and relevance. Any how you look at it, Oshiomhole goofed. This is failure in leadership and this failure is historic.”
Nwosu however dismissed insinuations that he is defecting from the APC to pursue his ambition in another party, noting that he cannot abandon his mandate for any other party.

He said: “I will not leave APC, I still remain the authentic candidate of that party, I still have a valid Court Order restraining the party from submitting any other name and also restraining INEC from accepting any other name other than my name and the matter is in Court, so if they go anywhere and get another Court Order without knowing that there is a subsisting Court Order that must have been done in error, so the fact remains that I am the candidate of APC, it is just for a while and I will take up my mandate, I am not contemplating leaving the mandate I already have for another party”.

Nwosu clarified further that, “the insinuation by the National Chairman that my ambition suffered setback because of the ambition of Governor Rochas Okorocha is not true, my name is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu and not Rochas Okorocha, I am from Nkwerre Local Government Area, while Okorocha is from Ideato South LGA and our ambitions do not cross.

“You must also know that Oshiomole’s son is a member of the Edo State House of Assembly, who he nominated and he is the Chairman of the party and he is saying that Okorocha’s Senatorial ambition scuttled my governorship bid. He is a man that is supposed to speak rightly and not deceive the people on air. I saw him on National Television talking from both sides of his mouth, it is a pity that APC could have such a man as its National Chairman, I condemn his action and it is not acceptable”.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the National Chairman of the party to order, stressing that his actions, especially as it borders on the party’s primaries, may affect the fortunes of the party in 2019.

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APC Senators Back Oshiomhole, State Chairmen Plot Chair’s Removal

Sun, 2018-11-04 09:16


Aggrieved governors in the ruling All Progressives Congress are wooing members of the Senate who lost tickets at the primaries in their plot to remove the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

It was reliably gathered on Friday that the aggrieved governors, seeking the removal of Oshiomhole for not allowing them to have their way at the primaries, were mobilising fellow aggrieved senators who failed in their senatorial and governorship bids.

A senator, who confirmed the development to one of our correspondents, however, disclosed that the APC lawmakers would prevent the governors from “using” his aggrieved colleagues to hatch the anti-Oshiomhole plot.

No fewer than four APC governors have openly expressed their grievances with the party chairman on how he handled the primaries in their respective states.

Oshiomhole had insisted on the decisions by the APC National Working Committee on candidates despite the pressure mounted by the governors, especially through the Presidency.

Speaking with SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday, a senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the lawmakers were also mobilising the chairmen of the state chapters of the APC.

The source stated, “I can tell you that there is an attempt by the disgruntled governors to rake in as many members of the National Executive Committee as possible, to force a meeting by NEC and pass a vote of no confidence in Oshiomhole. But I can also tell you that we have made our moves to counter that.

“As I speak to you right now, the entire South-South and South-East’s chairmen, who are members of NEC, are resolute that the attempt (by the governors) will not see the light of the day.

“You saw the last communique they issued the other time; the one from the South-South chairmen? I was the brain behind it. We have also done the same thing with the South-East. We have those zones – excluding Imo State in the South-East – locked down in support of Oshiomhole.

“In addition to that, we have also reached out to the majority of the chairmen in the North and the South-West. Apart from two states in the South-West – that is the chairmen of Ogun and Ondo – all others in the South-West are fully with us. In the North, the zone is being coordinated for us by the chairman of the chairmen, who is the Chairman of Borno State chapter. Apart from Zamfara, we have almost all other chairmen in the North.”

Responding to a question on whether more governors were seeking Oshiomhole’s removal apart from Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), who had openly declared their disenchantment, the lawmaker said, “Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) too.”

He added, “They know that they don’t have the backing of the Presidency. Anyhow you look at it, Oshiomhole enjoys the support of Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari). The reason why some of us are resolute in our support for Oshiomhole is because although he is not a perfect man, he is trying to implement the promises that he made to all APC senators with a presidential backing; and getting them implemented, he has incurred the wrath of some of these governors who are not on the same page with the senators. It is the same with the House of Representatives.”

The lawmaker criticised the governors for allegedly demanding too much from the APC leadership. He cited the examples of Okorocha in Imo and Amosun in Ogun who got senatorial tickets and still insisted on determining the governorship candidates to succeed them.

“Now imagine someone like Senator Lanre Tejuoso (Ogun-Central). This is a man who has been loyal to Mr. President. When we needed him most, he was with us to prevent the veto and override of Mr. President, to ensure that Mr. President was not impeached.

“We also needed his vote and he gave his vote to us on the issue of elections sequence that was targeted at Mr. President, to take the president to the back of elections timetable. We had him supporting us. But now, all of a sudden, the guarantee he would have needed to return to the Senate, he is now deprived of,” he said.

The Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who dismissed the alleged alliance between aggrieved governors and senators as speculative, said removing Oshiomhole wouldn’t solve the APC’s problems.

“I don’t think there is any truth in it because disagreements are normal in political parties and organisations. And leadership requires that when there are disagreements, the parties involved come round a table and discuss to find a way forward,” Lawan stated.

The Majority Leader said whatever the situation and no matter how bad it was, leaders of the APC and “those who may not have been favoured by the current situation “would discuss the issues and resolve them.

He added, “There are so many issues up for discussion and I don’t believe that there is any particular effort to just get the national chairman of the party removed because of the situation today. My instinct tells me that my party – a very progressive party – will not be going for that kind of thing, just removing the chairman because that will not address the issues.

Also speaking with one of our correspondents,  Secretary of the Parliamentary Support Group, a body of the APC lawmakers in the National Assembly loyal to Buhari, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, vowed that the attempts by the governors to sack Oshiomhole would be resisted.

“Some of us are standing by Oshiomhole because he is standing by us. Majority of us have so far succeeded (in getting tickets) but a couple of them failed,” Omo-Agege said.

When asked to confirm the alleged alliance between aggrieved governors and senators, the lawmaker said, “Yes, you can say so. Our preference would have been that all the senators, to whom promises were made, were returned but we know that Oshiomhole has bent backward to accommodate most of us except a couple that he was not able to.

“Oshiomhole should know that he has the backing of the APC Senate Caucus at all times.”

State chairmen working towards Oshiomhole’s removal

Meanwhile, the chairmen of the APC in the 36 states of the federation are said to be working with some top leaders of the party to remove Oshiomhole following the crisis that arose from the last primaries of the party.

It was gathered that the chairmen, some of whom have been in Abuja for up to a week, might call for an emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the party next week to carry out the plot.

However, a source told SUNDAY PUNCH that the plan might not succeed as the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had begun moves to foil the plan.

The source added, “Tinubu does not want Oshiomhole removed; so, he too is moving up and down to protect him (Oshiomhole). One of his moves is his private visit to the President recently.

“This may stop the plot of the chairmen because his visit to the President was not unconnected with the Oshiomhole issue.”

Uneasy calm at APC headquarters

Also, it was gathered there was an uneasy calm at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on the face-off between the national chairman and some governors.

It was gathered that although there was discontent among members of the National Working Committee, there was no indication that they were mobilising to remove Oshiomhole.

A member of the NWC who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH on condition of anonymity on Saturday, said, “Of course, there are issues and I heard, like everyone else, that some governors want to remove the national chairman if they get the chance but I am not aware of any plan yet to convene a NEC.

“You need to give at least one week notice to convene an emergency NEC and I am not aware of any emergency to warrant calling for one now.”

Another one, who pleaded anonymity, said, “I am not aware of any plan to convene a NEC. There are procedures for doing such things, and to the best of my knowledge, the process has not been initiated.”

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a response to a question on any plan to convene the NEC of the party, said, “Not to my knowledge.”

Speaking on the crisis within the party, he said, “We don’t take our internal issues to the media because we have a robust internal conflict resolution mechanism and we are deploying it to resolve them.”

Oshiomhole had told a news conference in Abuja on Friday that only “two or three out of the party’s 23 governors” had problems with him.

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Ekiti: Fayose Sacked As PDP Leader

Sun, 2018-11-04 09:15


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Stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State yesterday removed former Governor Ayo Fayose as the leader of the party in the state while affirming the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, as PDP’s new leader in Ekiti State and Southwest region. Olujimi is the party’s highest ranking political office holder in the southwest geo-political zone.

They asked for the immediate dissolution of the present State Working Committee (SWC) led by the state PDP Chairman, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase, and demanded the constitution of a caretaker committee. These are part of the resolutions reached at Ekiti PDP Stakeholders Meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, and attended by serving and former political office holders.

Party chieftains who attended the meeting included Olujimi, former Deputy Governor, Dr. Sikiru Lawal; former Acting Governor, Mr. Olatunji Odeyemi; Ekiti Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr. Segun Adewumi; former state PDP Chairman, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo; governorship aspirants, former National Assembly members, former State Assembly members, former local government chairmen and former party officers.

Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Senator Olujimi explained that Fayose was excluded from the meeting owing to the fact that he had just been released from detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial fraud. “We knew what he might have passed through by staying in detention and we know it might not be easy for him to attend this meeting, so there is no faction at all in our party. My being appointed the Leader does not mean there is crisis.

“The very day he left office was the day he was summoned by EFCC and we knew the rigour he had passed through. We are going to work together, I mean with former Governor Fayose. What we are doing is that we don’t want to allow his exit from office to mean the end of PDP in Ekiti. So, let me assure our supporters that we are on the same page with former Governor Fayose and other stakeholders. We are not factionalised and we shall work hard and ensure we win in next year’s election,” she said.

In the communiqué read by PDP Stakeholders Protem Secretary and former House of Assembly member, Chief Bunmi Olugbade, they overturned the suspension of former State Secretary, Dr. Temitope Aluko, affirming him as a “bona fide member of the party.” The leaders also resolved to throw their weight behind the candidacy of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential poll and other Ekiti candidates in the general elections.

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This Disappointment Called President Buhari By Obajeun Jonah Ayodele

Sun, 2018-11-04 07:53


In December 2014, yours sincerely consulted its archive to reel out his creative prophesies about the crumbling house of clay of the PDP and the sweeping effect of the just amalgamated opposition – APC.

In the preamble to that archival literal resurgence, I wrote that the treatise was premised on the threshold of APC’s amalgamation – a conglomeration of angry politicians, selfish power brokers, and cheated souls, yet wearing the face of progressive and pseudo-progressive humans who needed personal political preservation.

I went further to write that this same feared amalgamation had thrown up a grandpa of necessity at the most virulent time, a grandpa who had craved to be born in 3 different eras but failed, alluding to the contradiction of philosophies that had stayed with us from time immemorial.

Having worked barefooted with history, we got to the juncture of confusion where we had to make recourse to wisdom. Then at 72, Buhari became a political source for wild illumination to lighten up the dark mood of the country. This became a mirage as we have been in perpetual dark mood!

While the country reeked with ethnophobic malice, denizens waited for APC to be militantly patriotic, to showcase its puritanical prudence, its ascetic frugality, its stout refusal to cover corruption, its nationalist rebuff of western interlopers, its economic offensive, its stirring and soulful rhetoric against indiscipline, national self-abasement and above all, its heroic attempt to recreate the momentum of the golden mid-seventies. Almost four years after, the waiting game continues!

To students of short-term, President Buhari, for too many times, gave failure a chance. His stasis approach to safeguarding the nation from marauding herders and armed bandits, his regrettable tactic of handling the volatility of our FOREX market, his slow pace at reforming revenue generating agencies and processes to ease the business environment, his uninspiring approach in building investors’ confidence, his indecisiveness in confronting corruption tendencies within his cabinet, his brimming distaste to forge a political synergy with the National Assembly in managing critical aspects of the economy, his limited understanding of how to rally nationals in forging a common identity – a precursor to building a cohesive society fastened to the foundation of patriotism, are failures that would haunt him to the next polls.

Wearing that sense of short-termism, the only thing that President Buhari has going for him is the Social Investment Programme and his naming and shaming approach to fighting corruption. Short-term theorists have argued that the failure of President Buhari in the short-term has unfortunately reinforced PDP – a former failure at short-term. If the APC administration had leveraged quick wins with economic offensives and deployed nationalistic approach to security management, PDP, ideally, should never have had the temerity to throw up its hands as a sign of presence.

More worrying is that we now have twittering mob and angry young citizens who prefer PDP’s type of failure to APC’s. Sadly, we are a witness to an historical milestone in the life of our country where a failure is reinforcing another failure, insofar we are wearing our sense of short-term.

However, I have engaged in debates with those who belong to the school of long-term. To them, President Buhari’s investment in infrastructural evolution and economic diversification with long term impact cannot be brushed aside with a wave of the hand. It is an unprecedent investment, they argued. But to a generation whose sense has been synched with technological miracle, what cannot reek in benefits now is not worth debating. It is a generation of short-term, what wins with it are quick wins.

Nonetheless, we must not go back to where we are coming from. We must not yield to our wasteful past when we wasted our God-given resources, when we wasted our talents and prodigious human endowments, when we wasted our tomorrow at the altar of our wasted yesterday, when we wasted ourselves with savage resolve and when we wasted a gifted nation even as we almost wasted the destiny of the Black race.

Obajeun Jonah Ayodele writes from Lagos. He is on twitter via @Obajeun

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Rights Group Demands Justice After Its members Were 'Stripped Naked' By Police

Sat, 2018-11-03 23:03


A human rights group, Behind Bars Rights Foundation, known for advocating for justice for victims of police brutality, extortion, bribery, unlawful arrest and detention and all form of human rights abuses as well as the promotion of human rights advancement, has accused the Delta State Police Command of assault, death threats and unlawful detention of its members.

Last week, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, had alleged that the founder and Director General of Behind Bars Rights Foundation, Harrison Gwamnishu, and his group invaded the C Division Police Station, Asaba, to free suspected cultists, and in the process beat up the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Eyoh Anietie, the DCO and other officers as well as damaged valuables and properties in the DPO's office.

Gwamnishu, however, debunked the allegations by the state Police Commissioner, stating that the story was distorted to cover up their tracks on their assault and unlawful detention.

He said: "How can a human rights group without weapons, no guns, nothing nothing invade a Police station with able-bodied fully armed policemen and begin to insult, slap and beat up a DPO of a station to the point of tearing his uniform and destroy his office and you still remain alive to tell the story? The Commissioner of Police lied, in their bid to cover up what they have done to us. He cooked up a story and used the press to mislead the general public."

According to the human rights group leader, they had received a complaint regarding the detention of a man at the C Division Police station, Asaba and the officer in charge of the case, one DSP Udofia Kufre, allegedly demanded for N1 million before he could be released.

His words: "A lady in the company of two men complained about her brother being detained at C Division, Asaba after he was picked up during a raid and the officer in charge of the case DSP Udofia Kufre demanded for N1 million before her brother would be released. She said she had only N7,000. Our standard procedure has been to verify complaints before taking any step.

"Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation is a non-governmental organisation, with the aim of promoting human rights advancement in Nigeria, with the core value of ensuring that the dignity and value of citizens are respected. We work to secure dignity and justice for all. We also provide safety, support, advocacy for victims of human rights abuse and work to change the system and attributes that allow the abuse to continue.

"We then proceeded to the Police station to make further inquiries. We discovered it was the same CSP Eyoh Anietie whom we petitioned for the torture and murder of 17-year-old Ifunanya Amadike, that was the one heading the station. When we arrived the station, we introduced ourselves to them and the DCO, DSP Udofia Kufre led us into the DPO’s office and locked us inside.

"The DPO CSP Eyoh told me that after writing a petition against him that led to his transfer to Asaba, I still had the effrontery to walk into his division to facilitate the release of a suspect. Kufre rushed at me, held me and slapped me. The DPO stood up and they started beating me. My two colleagues with me couldn’t watch them brutalise me the more, and tried to separate us and they left me and started beating them. CSP Eyoh raised the alarm and other officers joined and they sprayed us with tear-gas, stripped us naked and detained us.

"We were mercilessly assaulted and beaten by the DPO and his men. The DPO vowed to kill me by December, because according to him, I was instrumental to his transfer from Warri to Asaba. We are non-violent; we are not cultists as being branded by the Police Commissioner and his men. We are not armed robbers. We are concerned Nigerians who demanded justice for 17-year-old Ifunanya. If demanding for justice is a crime in Nigeria, then we are guilty.

"After detaining three of us, we were framed and charged to court for assault occasioning harm. Bail was later granted which we perfected. If you have noticed, they are using the media to fight us but in all, justice is sure. The Police authorities said that, I Harrison is on a vengeance mission over my four years wrongful and unlawful detention in four prisons in Nigeria by FSARS. They lied. Severally, I have advocated for vulnerable Nigerians, helping them with free legal representation, providing them with access to justice.

"On my wrongful detention, the court will decide on that soon. For over four years, we have facilitated arrest of Federal SARS officers who extorted from Nigerians, Police officers who took bribe using various account numbers and provided support to sexually assaulted persons and victims of human trafficking. I just received information that the Police linked me to a cultist arrested and killed few days ago."

The group called restated its position on calling for full and unbiased investigation into the murder Ifunanya Amadike, who was tortured to death. They also called on concerned Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, National Human Rights Commission, Delta State Governor and Commissioner for Justice to order an investigation into the activities of DPO CSP Eyoh Anietie.

"We hereby call on concerned Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Delta State Governor and Commissioner of Justice in Delta State to order an investigation into the activities of CSP Eyoh Anietie, who has vowed to kill me before the end of December. He accused me of depriving him of benefitting from his hard work after building a Police station in Warri, Delta State. We pledge to remain loyal and be law-abiding in carrying out our duties as concerned citizens," Gwamnishu declared.

Investigation by SaharaReporters revealed that before now, the human rights activist and his group have been a target of the Police, especially the C Division DPO, following his crusade against human rights abuses by Nigerian policemen.

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Rancour In APC Deepens As Amosun Rips Into 'Offshore Rigger' Oshiomhole

Sat, 2018-11-03 22:45


Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, has berated Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing him of not submitting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Party Candidate Form (CF001) to any of the 26 candidates that won the primaries for the tickets to contest for the Ogun State House of Assembly.

According to the Governor, "Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy."

He stated this in response to the comments credited to Oshiomhole on the controversy trailing the primaries held in the state.

A statement signed by Adedayo Adeneye, the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, on Saturday, noted that Amosun would not trade words with the APC National Chairman as there are “acceptable standards of conduct expected of people holding certain offices, a virtue he wishes Oshiomhole would exhibit”.

The Governor restated the contention of the APC leadership in Ogun State that the only gubernatorial primary held in the state was that of October 02, 2018 which produced Honourable Adekunle Akinlade as winner. He said the emergence of Akinlade was initially through a consensus arrangement as allowed by the party constitution, but was nevertheless subjected to a primary election when some gubernatorial aspirants disagreed with the outcome of the consensus arrangement.

Amosun said: “This is, however, without prejudice to the sanctity of the consensus arrangement which Adams Oshiomhole hypocritically tries to demonise. Nigerians will recall that Oshiomhole himself was elected National Chairman of the APC by consensus arrangement which witnessed all other contestants to the office being prevailed upon to step down for him (Oshiomhole). The ground on which Oshiomhole disputes the gubernatorial primary in Ogun State is that the result was not announced by the State Electoral Committee from Abuja, therefore the governor resorted to self-help.

"We wonder why Oshiomhole accepted the result of the primary election in Lagos State whose result was also not announced by the State Electoral Panel. Why will the same scenario be acceptable in Lagos State but regarded as self-help in Ogun State? Is it because it was executed by the Capo Di Tutti in Lagos State?

“We wish to call the attention of Nigerians to another evil being perpetrated by Oshiomhole in Ogun State. As at today November 03, which is 24 hours after the deadline for submission of names of candidates for the House of Assembly, Oshiomhole has not given INEC Party Candidate Form (CF001) to any of the 26 candidates who won the primaries for the ticket to contest for the Ogun State House of Assembly. The primary was conducted on October 07 by the State Electoral Committee headed by Col. Ali Ciroma. This is despite the fact that the State Chairman of the party had kept vigil at the national secretariat of the APC in the last two weeks to collect the forms.

"If Oshiomhole is denying the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries because the State Electoral Committee shied away from announcing the result, what is the reason for denying all the 26 candidates for the House of Assembly freely elected by members of the APC in Ogun State? We want Nigerians to note the duplicity and meddlesomeness of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his gang in the affairs of the APC in Ogun State.

“It is also important to note that Oshiomhole unilaterally replaced four of the nine winners of the primary election into the House of Representatives. This includes Hon. Mikhail Kazzim, a serving member of the House who won the primaries by defeating Olumide, the son of Chief Olusegun Osoba, with 28,802 votes to Osoba’s 4,209. Oshiomhole removed Hon. Kazzim who won the primaries and replaced him with the man he had serially defeated, not only in the last primary election but also in the general election of 2015. In yet another instance in Ado Odo - Ota Federal Constituency, Oshiomhole substituted the winner of the primary for the House of Representatives, Hon. Rotimi Rahmon with the name of Hon. Jimoh Ojugbele, who did not even contest to go back to the House of Representatives but contested the primary for the Senate and was defeated.

“In his conduct, Oshiomhole is opening a new chapter in the history of elections in Nigeria — a situation where a gang of desperate politicians will sit somewhere in another state and write the result of an election that never took place; what our people creatively refer to as 'Offshore Rigging'! This is what Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to foist on Ogun State. Lawyers say 'you cannot build something on nothing'. Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to build a storey building of fraud on nothing."

AMosun also dismissed the claims of Oshiomole that he withdrew the security of the State Electoral Committee.

“As regards the claim of Oshiomhole that Sen. Amosun withdrew the security of the panel, Indabawa, Chairman of the panel, is a retired Commissioner of Police. He came into Ogun State with a full complement of police team which he claimed was provided for him by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. How could Amosun have withdrawn policemen he did not assign or over whom he had no control?

“All of these have clearly shown that the motive of Oshiomhole is not the rule of law which he proclaims on the roof top. It is rather, an evil plan with some collaborators, desperate to hijack the government of Ogun State and add it to the harem of states under their rapacious gang of exploiters.

"As we have stated before, this evil design will not succeed in Ogun State. Our people are too educated, exposed and sophisticated to come under such odious arrangement. On a general note, Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy."

He concluded the statement with an advice for Oshiomhole: ”To Oshiomhole and his motley crew of co-travellers in ignominy, be assured that the music has just begun and we hope that you will enjoy the macabre dance to the music of justice.

“By the grace of God and the support of the good people of Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkadir will be sworn in as new Governor of Ogun State on May 29, 2019."

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APC Under Last-Minute Pressure To Replace Bindow As Adamawa Gov Candidate

Sat, 2018-11-03 21:38

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been urged to drop Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, Governor of Adamawa State, as governorship candidate due to the allegation that he forged academic documents.

SaharaReporters learnt on Friday that Mahmood Modi, President Muhammadu Buhari’s in-law, was exploring last minute opportunities before deadline for the substitution of candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Bindow is being accused of forging virtually all his academic qualifications as submitted to the party and obtained by SaharaReporters.

An Abuja division of the Federal High Court, presided over by Justice B.O. Quadri, had earlier okayed accelerated hearing in a certificate forgery case filed against the Governor.

The case was filed by a group, Incorporated Trustees of Global Integrity Crusade Network, which joined the West African Examination Council (WAEC), INEC, APC and the Nigeria Police as defendants.
Ruling on the application for a motion ex parte brought before him on October 22, Justice Quadri had granted the prayers of the plaintiff for accelerated hearing, as well as leave to serve originating summons on Bindow and WAEC at their respective addresses in Adamawa and Lagos.

Therefore, Modi has, through his counsel, petitioned the national hierarchy of the party, seeking the replacement of Bindow as the party's flag bearer in Adamawa State.

"The National Executive Committee must intervene and substitute our Client for the serving Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow as APC Governorship candidate for Adamawa State, unless it wishes to gift Adamawa State (a solidly APC state) to the opposition,” said the petition, which SaharaReporters obtained.

“APC cannot permit Governor Bindow, a serial academic forger and habitual criminal perjurer, to represent it as its governorship candidate for Adamawa State.

"Particulars of forgery of WAEC Certificate No: SG 488238A of June 1983 with Candidate Examination No: 20623/055 from the official records of WAEC, belongs to one Mr. Dalyop Pam Dong Rim of Government Secondary School Miango, Plateau State, as shown on examination number 20623055 attached as Annexures 7 and 8.

"The Certificate and Diploma of City Collage of Higher Education (London) tendered are also demonstrably forged. Attached as Annexures 9 is the Google map picture of the address of the fake school, which is actually a pastry shop at 67 Seven Sisters Road, London.

"The publicity resulting to discovery of this monumental fraud and embarrassment led Governor Bindow to attempt to withdraw the said above certificates and in their stead presenting to INEC as evidence of educational qualification, not a certificate but a mere Testimonial, a violation of section 177 (d) of the Constitution.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Bindow has compounded, not solved his criminality. He is still unqualified to contest for the position of Governor under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.”

When contacted, Macauley Hunohashi, Special Assistant to Governor Bindow on Media and Publicity, reacted by describing the allegation as "not only frivolous, but baseless and lacking in merit”.

"It should be discountenanced by discerning minds, by people who know what they are doing,” he said.

"Additionally, we see it as a desperate move by some disgruntled elements within the polity who want to drag the good name of the Governor into the mud so that they can tarnish his reputation and his hard earned integrity.”

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Nurses In Delta Protest Against Okowa's 'Counter-Productive, Stringent And Unfavourable Policies'

Sat, 2018-11-03 20:20




Nurses in Delta State, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, have protested against the state government over the "counter-productive, stringent and unfavourable policies".

They have also called on Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, to call the Commissioner of Health, Mordi Ononye, to order.

The nurses, numbering more than 200 from the 25 local government areas of the state, stormed the premises of the state local government service commission on Friday, to protest the casualisation of nurses, stating that it is against the rules of labour to casualise nurses and pay them stipends.

The nurses demanded the immediate reversal of "unfavourable policies" and called for a stop to the executive secretaries functioning as coordinators of the public health centres.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as: 'Commissioner for Health, What Did We Do to Deserve This Treatment?', 'Review the Appointment of Executive Secretaries', 'Let the Executive Secretaries Stop Signing Vouchers of PHC Departments; They are Staff of the State Government', 'Executive Secretaries, Stop Oppressing Nurses; 'Our Rights Have Been Taken Away from Us', among others.

Speaking on behalf of the protesting nurses, the state secretary of the association, Frank Okoh, said: "We have written several letters but nobody is listening to us. If we remain like this there will be crisis. We are being oppressed at different levels. We are expressing our fears over the manner the one-room policy is being implemented. Nurses in the state are being relegated to the background as the executive secretaries have taken over the PHCs in the councils."

While demanding a reversal of the existing order, the nurses insisted that the executive secretaries hands off the administration of the primary health centres in the council areas, as well as a review of the office of the executive secretaries, relocation of the executive secretaries from the local government secretariats a stop to the harassment of nurses in the state.

Addressing the nurses, chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Olumami Oyibo, promised to look into all the issues raised. He also pledged to pass on their message to the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for appropriate action.

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Police Reveal Name Of FRCN Staff Member Who Jumped Into Lagos Lagoon

Sat, 2018-11-03 19:39


A staff of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) who jumped into the lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge on Friday has been identified.

ACP Abayomi Shogunle, the Head of Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), announced that the victim was identified by his family as Sheriff Oladejo, and is a staff member of Radio Nigeria.

Oladejo was said to have pretended as though he wanted to urinate after disembarking from a commercial bus, and immediately dived into the lagoon. See Also Police FRCN Journalist Jumps Into Lagos Lagoon 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

Meanwhile, Shogunle advised motorists not to stop if a passenger requests so while on the Third Mainland Bridge, as it could be an attempt at suicide. He also urged road users not to allow anyone alight on the bridge.

He stated this in a tweet that read: "The man who jumped into the lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos yesterday morning identified by family as Sheriff Oladejo, staff of Radio Nigeria. Driver, don’t stop if a passenger requests you stop on TMB. If in a vehicle, don’t ever allow anyone alight on TMB."

The man who jumped into the lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos yesterday morning identified by family as Sheriff Oladejo, staff of Radio Nigeria.

🚨 Driver, don’t stop if a passenger request you stop on TMB.
If in a vehicle, don’t ever allow anyone alight on TMB.#Suicide

— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) November 3, 2018

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Two Students Trek Seven Days From Kano To Abuja For Atiku

Sat, 2018-11-03 19:00


Two students, Muhammad Sufyan and Jafar Kabir, who embarked on a solidarity trek to express their support for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have arrived at their destination.

The duo took off from Kano on October 26, 2018 and arrived Abuja on Friday, November 2, 2018. They arrived at the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation headquarters in Abuja.

Speaking on the reason they embarked on the trek, Sufyan tweeted: "I and Jafar have started trekking for our future president, His Excellency, @atiku, from Kano to Abuja to show our full support for him in the forthcoming election in 2019".

Sufyan and Kabir took off from their campus in Wudil, Kano State and headed for Abuja. They said they embarked on the trek on behalf of the organisation, Northern Student Support for Atiku (NSSA).

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