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We Must All Be Fulani By Fredrick Nwabufo

Fri, 2019-05-24 13:11


Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo

Conspiracy theories are the palm oil of Nigeria’s politics. They give taste to falsehood, tension, fear and unrest.  And often, they are ignorantly eaten, regurgitated and spewed by the unwary.

On December 11, 2013, former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a caustic missive entitled, ‘Before it is too late’, searing former President Jonathan and his administration. He alleged that Jonathan was “clannish” and that he was promoting an Ijaw agenda. He also alleged that the immediate past president was arming militants, and that he had pencilled down 1000 people for crucifixion.  Obasanjo surmised that Jonathan was training a special killer squad like that of Abacha which would dispatch political opponents to the place yonder.

Hear him:

“...Allegation of keeping over 1000 people on political watch-list rather than criminal or security watch-list and training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to match for political purposes like Abacha and training them where Abacha trained his own killers....”

“Mr. President would always remember that he was elected to maintain security for all Nigerians and protect them. And no one should prepare to kill or maim Nigerians for personal or political ambition or interest of anyone.”

Obasanjo’s conspiracy theory turned out to be a hoax of cataclysmic proportions. But it became evident that he conjured this ruse from his pouch of tricks for political reasons, and that it was deployed in the desperation to get Jonathan out of office.

Now, the former president suggests there is a “West African Fulanisation and Islamisation” agenda - by extension Nigeria.

In his words: 
"It is now West African fulanisation, African islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining, and regime change."

Conveniently, Obasanjo's statement resonates with conspiracy theorists who have always accused the Buhari administration of promoting a Fulani and Islamist agenda.

One thing is clear, Nigeria is a deeply fractured country; so fractured that the ethnic group of the leadership and other nationalities will always be at one another’s jugular.  In fact, there will always be recriminations and accusations of ethnic dominance for as long as the present unwieldy structure is propped up.

As a matter of fact, fears of ethnic dominance are as old as Nigeria’s politics. It was one of the reasons for the 1966 coup; it was one of the reasons for the pogroms in the north; it was one of the reasons for the civil war, and it is the reason for the groundswell of conspiracy theories today.

If tomorrow, there is a president of Igbo extraction; naturally, there will be accusations of “Igbonisation and Christianisation” of the whole country and institutions. This is how divided Nigeria is.

However, there have been crimes – kidnapping and banditry - perpetrated by some persons of Fulani extraction across the country. But sadly, this criminality has been shaded as the “invasion and expansionism agenda of the Fulani”.  Really, what has given voice to this flawed theory is the ethnicity of the current leadership of the country.     

I think it is injudicious to link these criminals to a grand plot of ethnic colonisation hatched by the government. However, I must admit, these suggestions have been enabled by the poor handling of the security challenge by the leadership.

By and large, as I said in my interview on Newsday on BBC World News Service, London, in January, the Fulani common folk have been largely abandoned on the fringes of society for so long.  Some of them are without knowledge of government or any institution. How do we integrate them into society? How do we make them functional members of society? We cannot keep ignoring and stereotyping them? We must think Fulani and understand that all Nigerians matter. We will only kindle the fire if we keep spinning theories of hate and fear.

The Fulani herder who takes his cattle on a stroll in the field is not your enemy; your enemy are those who pit you against the herder, but sit in the national assembly raking in millions without making laws that will make the country workable.

Fredrick is a media personality.

Twitter@FredrickNwabufo

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BREAKING: Theresa May Announces Resignation

Fri, 2019-05-24 12:55


Theresa May has confirmed that she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June in order for a leadership election to take place this summer.

Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been “the honour of my life” to serve as Britain’s second female prime minister. Her voice breaking, she said she would leave “with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”.

The prime minister listed a series of what she said were her government’s achievements, including tackling the deficit, reducing unemployment and boosting funding for mental health.

But she admitted: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”

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A Vote For Plastic Ban In Nigeria By Chinedu Asadu

Fri, 2019-05-24 12:50


On Tuesday, Nigeria’s house of representatives passed a bill banning the use and sale of plastic bags in the country. According to the legislation, anyone that fails to provide customers with paper bags in place of plastic ones risks three years in jail or a fine of N500,000 - or both at the worst case scenario. The bill would have to be worked on by a conference committee of the house and senate before being sent to the president for assent to become law.

As expected, concerns are being raised as to whether the planned ban on plastic bags is necessary and if it’s ever going to be feasible in a country like Nigeria. To put this in proper context, the United Nations estimates that up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Can you then imagine a Nigeria, the most populous black nation, without plastic bags? How is the trader down the street going to cope? Or the hawker in Lagos traffic?  A friend asked out of frustration: “Is this Nigeria’s greatest problem at the moment? These lawmakers don’t have anything else to do!” And hey, I totally get it.

BUT HERE IS WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES:

Limiting or prohibiting the use of plastic bag would have two major effects: Minimise the creation of waste, much of which ends up in the world’s oceans, harming wildlife, (the UN estimates our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050)  and reduce the air pollution that comes with burning single-use plastics. Take note also that about 12 percent of most solid waste is made up of plastic of one kind or another, and around 40 percent go up in flames, according to a recent study.

The study found that when plastics are burnt, toxic gases like dioxins are released into the atmosphere, posing serious threat to vegetation, as well as human and animal health. How? Dioxins settle on crops and in waterways from where they eventually end up in your jollof rice you would eat and finally, in human bodies. The end game is that they are discovered to be potentially lethal organic pollutants that can cause cancer and disrupt thyroid and respiratory systems.

Secondly, phthalates, the very chemicals that give plastic their desirable qualities are associated with lots of health problems, including infertility issues, neonatal impacts on babies, allergies and asthma. According to the study, “burning of plastic waste increase the risk of heart disease, aggravates respiratory ailments such as asthma and damages the nervous system” in addition to releasing black carbon (soot), which contributes to climate change and air pollution.

Thirdly, because of their nature, producing plastics typically requires a lot of fossil-fuel-derived energy. The fact that the world uses up to 5 single-use plastics means millions of barrels of oil and natural gas go down for a convenient way to package a few goods.

In March, the United Nations Environment Assembly passed a resolution on “addressing single-use plastic products pollution,” in which it pointed out that “only nine per cent of the nine billion tonnes of plastics ever produced have been recycled” and that “by 2050 there will be around 12 billion metric tonnes of plastic litter in landfills and the environment.”

WHY THIS SHOULD CONCERN YOU

Waste is usually a major problem in countries and cities where the use of plastic bags are without any restriction. Lagos, for instance, is Nigeria’s commercial centre, but a large chunk of the city’s environment is a mess as a result of poor or non-existent waste management -- from clogged drainage in highbrow areas like Lekki to refuse dumps sharing lanes with drivers in Ikeja. Because plastics are non-biodegradable, they are often burnt, exposing the 17.5 million residents in the city to health risks.

NIGERIA IS NOT ALONE

Bangladesh was the first country in the world to ban thinner plastic bags in 2002. Today, various types of similar bans -- from partial to complete -- have been instituted at various countries. In fact, as at July 2018, at least 127 nations have either banned or taxed plastic bags, according to a UN study. The European Union’s parliament already took steps to ban plastics by 202

Rwanda is a leading example when it comes to environmental sustainability. The country which placed a 2008 ban on non-biodegradable plastic, is aiming to be the world’s first plastic-free country. Its capital Kigali is dubbed Africa’s cleanest city, thanks to the ban and to a tradition in which people across the country commit time to projects aimed at improving the country’s public spaces every last Saturday of each month, in a mandatory practice called Umuganda. Of course we have such last Saturdays’ practice in Nigeria but how effective is it?

RECYCLING IS NOT AN OPTION

Recycling polyolefins - the most common type of plastic - has proven to be a challenge owing to collection and cleaning problems. Oxygen and heat cause chain damage during reprocessing.

A World Economic Forum (WEF) article shows that new findings are coming with advanced grades of polyolefins with enhanced strength and durability, but these grades cannot always mix with other ones during recycling. The major challenge perhaps is that polyolefins are often combined with other materials in multi-layer packaging, and while these constructs usually work just fine, they are impossible to recycle.

WHAT THEN ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

Some of the credible alternatives to plastic bags as listed in this 2018 article include:

Paper bags: The house of representatives had also suggested paper bags which by the way are 100% biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable. They are also capable of withstanding more pressure or weight than plastic bags.

Canvas bags: Made of cotton, these are more durable than plastic bags  and can be washed regularly and reused as many times as possible.

Cotton bags: These bags are also more beneficial for the environment due to their re-usability and biodegradability. In addition, the raw material generates from farming the cotton which makes it renewable.

Jute bags: These too are also a good alternative to plastic bags for various reasons: They are strong, biodegradable and compostable.

WHAT MUST BE DONE

Critics are already pointing out the essentials lacking in the bill for it to become a law. For instance, there are concerns over the lack of enough alternatives to plastic bags; only paper bag was mentioned as an alternative. Paper bags too has its own lows so having it as the only alternative doesn’t address the problem squarely. Also, it appears there is no measure in place to ensure it would actually work: no provisions to ensure these alternatives would be in abundant supply when it becomes law, there is also no mention of enforcers such as the agencies that would be charged with the responsibility of seeing to it that citizens abide by the law.

This, however, does not dispute the fact that the bill is a step in the right direction and is long overdue. It is then hoped a final draft of the bill being sent to the president reflects all the essentials else it may end up not seeing the light of the day. That would mean another delay for such a key global action and more harm to human lives and our environment.

Chinedu Asadu covers development and politics for TheCable. He can be reached on Twitter via @chinedu_asadu

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BREAKING: APC Had No Candidates In Zamfara For 2019 Elections, Supreme Court Rules

Fri, 2019-05-24 12:40



The Supreme Court has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State had no candidates in the 2019 general elections. 

The five-member panel of justices, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, held that the party the state failed to conduct primaries in accordance with the party rules.

In the lead judgment by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the apex court held that all votes cast for the APC as "wasted votes" and declared that all political parties with the second highest votes in the elections and the required spread, are elected to the various elections.

The panel also awarded cost of N10m against APC in favour of the Kabiru Marafa faction of the APC and other respondents in the appeal. 

More to come.

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I Wonder If It's Worth Taking Pains For APC, Says Okorocha

Fri, 2019-05-24 11:13


Rochas Okorocha, outgoing governor of Imo state, has been questioning his decision to pitch his tent with the All Progressives Congress(APC). He made his misgivings about joining the ruling party known on Thursday during the visit of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to Imo state.
Speaking when Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated some projects in the state on Thursday, the governor said he had worked passionately for the ruling party but what he got in return was constant hounding by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“You may not know what this visit has done to us because out there, people never believe our story that we have done more than one thousand projects,” Okorocha said.

“Our political detractors have never spoken anything good about us. The impression out there that this government has done nothing but believe me, what you are seeing here is one out of such 1000 projects.

“One of the things EFCC is investigating is N500million …that has made them close down the account of Imo state for the past three months and no activity is going on in the state and I think that is not good to a state that has performed and upgraded the name of APC.

“Since I became governor, I have not had one minute of my life; I have worked for this government but what I got at the end of it all was the seizure of my certificate, and the harassment of the EFCC. This does not give me joy but makes me wonder if it is worth taking the pains for APC.”

Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari in the state, commended Okorocha for the infrastructural development.
 He said by his action, the governor has shown that he is a  conscientious politician committed to the development of the state and  well-being of its  people
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had withdrawn the certificate of return of the governor for Imo west senatorial district, saying the returning officer for the election declared Okorocha winner under duress.

The governor, who denied the allegation, is currently in court over the issue.

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Court Fixes June 24 For Hearing Of Saraki's Suit Against EFCC

Fri, 2019-05-24 08:18


Following an order by the Federal High Court Abuja for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to halt probe of Bukola Saraki earnings as Governor of Kwara, the court has said a hearing of the case would begin on June 24.

Saraki had approached the court to stop the anti-graft agency from investigation his earnings and emoluments while he was the Governor of Kwara from 2003 to 2011.

He had also branded the investigation as witch-hunt with the EFCC asking him not to be afraid as long as he has no skeleton in the cupboard.

At the hearing on Thursday, all counsel informed the presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, that all notice has been served to the respondents.

Mr. Sunday Onobi, counsel to Saraki, “We have served all the respondents the originating process and the order of the court and we have also received the fourth respondent’s (EFCC) counter affidavit to which we need to respond.”

Similarly, Dayo Apata, Solicitor -General of the Federation, told the court that he had filed a counter affidavit to the originating summons filed by Saraki.

Chile Okoromma, counsel to EFCC, also said that he had filed a counter affidavit and a written address in response to Saraki’s suit. He added that all parties in the processes would be served.

Justice Taiwo ruled that all processes should be served and replied to before the next adjourned date to enable hearing to begin.

The trial judge adjourned the matter until June 24.

 

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Angry Commercial Motorcyclists Storm Police Station, Set Patrol Cars Ablaze

Fri, 2019-05-24 08:05


Some commercial motorcyclists, angered by police officers' extortion and brutality against civilians, attacked Zuba police post in Niger state, setting it ablaze. The irate motorcyclists also burnt patrol vehicles.

The motorcyclists were reported to have launched the attack after a team of police personnel brutalized a motorcyclist who was unwilling to part with cash to bribe the officers.

The incident, which happened between 8am and 10am on Thursday, crippled commercial and business activities in the area. Normalcy was restored to the area when police reinforcements team arrived and brought the situation under control.

One of the motorcyclists who spoke to the Punch newspaper lamented the daily extortion by the Police.

He said, “The policemen have been disturbing the peace of okada riders on this road for long. They also collect money from us and the taxi drivers.

“We are their Automated Teller Machines. This cannot continue. They may kill some of us but this will not continue.”

Confirming the attack on the Police post, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, FCT Police Public Relations Officer, said the Police would conduct an investigation to arrest those involved in the attack.

Manzah said, “The miscreants attacked police personnel on their legitimate duties and set observation posts belonging to the police and the FRSC on fire as a result of which four vehicles parked within the premises were also burnt.

“The command would carry out discreet investigation that will lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the act.”

Bala Ciroma, FCT Commissioner of Police, visited the scene in company of some senior police officers, visited the scene to assess the situation and ensure normalcy was restored to the area.

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APC Planning To Incriminate Me By Masterminding Crisis, Atiku Cries Out

Fri, 2019-05-24 07:48


Atiku Abubakar, former Vice president and 2019 Presidential candidate  of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), has spoken of an ongoing plan by the All Progressives Congress to stage-manage a crisis in order to implicate him.

He said that the  purpose of the stage-managed crisis would  be to provide evidence for allegation by Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Culture and Information, who claimed Atiku was planning to topple the Buhari-led government.

Atiku, in a statement to journalists by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, also said APC is also trying to frame top PDP politicians in different criminal acts.

He said, “We wish to blow the whistle as an early-warning alert of the grandiose scheme being put together by some unscrupulous elements aimed at jeopardising the reputation of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar in the coming days and weeks.

“By the merit of what is beginning to unfold, there are plans to create some upsets across the country whereby alleged perpetrators of such crimes will engage in phantom names-dropping of Atiku Abubakar and some senior personalities in the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Already, we are abreast of some other plans to plant fictitious stories in some mushroom media outlets aimed at discrediting Atiku and his political party, the PDP.

“It, therefore, becomes preponderant that we alert the public of this demonic plan and to say that it will be imprudent to compromise the peace and security of Nigerians in order to score a cheap political goal.

“It is very unsettling that senior administration officials, especially those who are the mouthpiece of government will make reckless but calculated comments to tarnish the image of Atiku Abubakar and government will sit idly on it.

“With the conclusion reached by relevant security outfits that there is no evidentiary proof to back the claim by Lai Mohammed that the opposition was planning to upstage the government, we demand that the information minister should be arrested for a breach of security and an apology rendered to Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.”

Atiku urged the federal government to be awake to its responsibilities of providing security and ensuring peace, and also to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of exposing our fault lines.

 

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140 IPOB Members Remanded In Prison For Treason

Fri, 2019-05-24 07:35


140 members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have been ordered by Magistrate A. N. Chioke of the Enugu East Magistrates Court to be kept in prison for an alleged treasonable felony offence.

The offence is punishable under Sect. 516 (A) of the Criminal Code CAP C38, Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 as applicable in Enugu State.

The Magistrate answered the prayer of Paschal Nwachukwu, prosecuting counsel, who asked the court to remand the defendants in prison.

However pleading not guilty, Osita Abalu, one of defense counsels said the prosecutor lacks evidence to back up the case and keep his client in prison.

He noted that Sect. 234 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws (ACJL) of Enugu State, 2017 demanded that a reason must be provided before a defendant must be kept in prison.

He said that though the offence “for which the defendants were charged was punishable with life imprisonment, Section 88 of the ACJL, the Magistrates Court was qualified to grant bail.”

Similarly, F.C. Okeke, counsel to the 107 defendants, labeled the charges as trumped up while praying the court to respect the fundamental rights of the defendants by granting them bail.

Okeke also said the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case and the Magistarte should thereby order their bail.

Magistrate Chioke, in her ruling, stated that the charges are trumped while admitting that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“The only document against them before the court is the charge sheet. This looks to me like a trumped up charge.

“The charge the defendants are remanded for is treasonable but the prosecution did not list any exhibit of weapon of warfare against them,” she said.

She, however, ordered that the defendants be remanded while the defense team make an application in the appropriate court.

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Police Arrest Six Soldiers For Robbery

Fri, 2019-05-24 07:11


The Borno State Police Command has arrested six soldiers and 83 other suspects for armed robbery and other criminal offences in the state.

The suspects were arrested by operatives of “Operation Puff Adder’’ in the state between May 3 and 23.

Mohammed Aliyu, Borno State Commissioner of Police, while speaking to journalists on Thursday said a Kolawale Samuel, Lance Corporal, was able to evade arrest and still at large.

“Hilary Oziama, a corporal, with Force number 09NA/63/3117, was arrested on May 13 after he allegedly conspired with Kolawale Samuel, a lance corporal, still at large and robbed one Ibrahim Mohammed of his tricycle worth N600, 000.

“Two other soldiers, Mohammed Abubakar with force number 17NA/76/15521 and Ibrahim Musa, 17NA/76/4381, conspired with Mohammed Mustapha and Sani Abdullahi to rob one Sani Musa of his cell phone worth N5,000.

“A soldier, Tgwe Sylvester (15NA/73/0510), conspired with one Nnamani Micheal and stole a car from its owner at Bayo in Bayo Local Government Area of the state. Two locally-made pistols were recovered from the suspects.”

Aliyu also said that the command also infiltrated the activities of a kidnap gang at Askira Uba after they abducted and collected a ransom N1.6 million from their victim, Sale Hamman.

Those arrested from the kidnap ganga are Ibrahim Usman, Ahmadu Hammsn, Sule Hamman and Hamman Abdulrahaman.

The Police Commissioner also said that a drug peddler, Charles Noah, was arrested by the police in Maiduguri in possession of narcotic substances worth N2 million, while a large quantity of drugs were seized and many suspects arrested.

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Court Revokes Bail, Orders Arrest Of Former Governor Aliyu, Nasko For Contempt Of Court

Thu, 2019-05-23 23:02


Justice A.B Aliyu of the Federal High Court in Minna, Niger State on Thursday revoked the bail granted to Babangida Aliyu, former Niger State Governor and Alhaji Umar Gado Nasko, former Gubernatorial candidate on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
The presiding judge was visibly angry over the absence of the defendants despite the issuance of hearing notice. Justice Aliyu ordered bench warrant against the duo for contempt of court.
 Aliyu and Nasko are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over their alleged involvement in about N2 billion money laundering and other financial crimes.
The accused persons were formerly arraigned before Justice Bogoro Yelin where they pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence.

But Justice Yelin has been transferred to another jurisdiction while he is presently part of judges handling disputes at the Elections Petitions Tribunals.

The matter was later assigned to Justice Aliyu who is handling the matter de novo (afresh) while the hearing notices were issued to the parties over the fresh arraignment of Babangida Aliyu and Nasko.

When the matter came up today, none of the accused persons were not present in court just as their lawyers were absent.
Mr Osuman Mamma(SAN), lawyer to one of the accused persons, was said to have written to the court that he would be absent as he had another legal engagement with elections petitions tribunal
However, the  senior advocate did not send a  representative to stand in for him.
The development prompted the judge to revoke the bail granted to the defendants and later ordered the warrant of arrest against the accused persons.

The judge consequently adjourned the case till Monday, May 27, 2019.

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NNPC Fixes June 1 For Aptitude Test In Continuation Of Recruitment Exercise

Thu, 2019-05-23 22:00


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in continuation of its recruitment exercise, has fixed Saturday, June 1, 2019 as the date for the compulsory  aptitude test that shortlisted candidates must undergo.

In a series of tweets via its verified Twitter handle @NNPC group on Thursday, the Corporation said the recruitment exercise, which kicked off via nationwide adverts in the national dailies and online media on March 13, 2019, and followed by the shortlisting of qualified candidates which commenced from about 27 March, 2019, has entered a third phase.
The Corporation, through a Press release, stated that the shortlisting of candidates for the exercise had been concluded, and that shortlisted candidates have been scheduled to sit for Computer Based Test on Saturday, 1st June, 2019 across the country.
 
“Notification of progression to the next stage has been sent to all shortlisted candidates via text and e-mail, while other details such as test centre and time will be sent on or before the 27th of May, 2019,” the release stated.

 Mr. Ndu Ughamadu,  General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division said that verification of credentials of candidates would be a continuous process throughout the exercise, stressing that candidates discovered not to meet the requirements or who had presented false documents at any stage would be withdrawn from the exercise.

It added that the CBT would be administered in about 50 centres across the country, saying those who emerge successful in the test would subsequently be invited for oral interviews for final selection

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EFCC Presents First Witness Against Babachir Lawal Over Grass-Cutting Scandal

Thu, 2019-05-23 21:22


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has opened its case in the trial of Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), by presenting its first  witness, Hamza Adamu

The former SGF and three others involved in the infamous grass-cutting scandal  were arraigned before Justice Jude Okeke of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Maitama Abuja.
Lawal, along with his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal; Suleiman Abubakar; Apeh John Monday and two companies: Rholavision Engineering Ltd., and Josmon Technologies Ltd, were re-arraigned on an amended 10-count charge bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy to the tune of over N500 Million.

At the resumed hearing, Buwai, a civil servant with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Buwai, who was the Head of Finance, Presidential Initiative For North East, PINE, attached to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF, told the court that he was responsible for all payments made by PINE to contractors, consultants and staff payments.

According to him, Rholavision Engineering Ltd was the consultant for the removal of invasive plant species irrigation programme and construction of water gates along the River Kamadugu Yobe River, which is about 250km but awarded the contract to Josmon Technologies for the alleged clearance of the invasive plant species and the irrigation programme.

The witness further narrated to the court how he knew the companies, adding that after the approval of the procurement process to the companies, that the Consultant, Rholavision took the contractors, Josmon Technologies Ltd; to the site of the project, were they commenced work.

Buwai stated that when the project was almost completed, Rholavision issued Coalition Certificate to the government demanding  payment for the 95% of the job done, which was submitted to him, as the Accountant for payment.

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Niger Delta Leaders Urge Buhari To Appoint Deltans As NDDC Chairman, Managing Director

Thu, 2019-05-23 20:59


Niger Delta leaders and President Muhammadu Buhari

Niger Delta leaders and President Muhammadu Buhari

Top Niger Delta leaders have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Deltans as Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

They stated that the decision would help to consolidate the unity and political stability of the region.

In a letter to President Buhari, entitled “Letter establishing the fact on which state should produce the next Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)” the leaders said the consensus was reached to forestall any controversy due to the peculiarity of the circumstance surrounding the appointment of NDDC Chairman and Board.

Signed by the Convener, Enlightened Delta Forum, Bestman Odibo and Publicity Secretary, Christopher Orushani, the leaders urged President Buhari to consider fairness and justice in constituting the next board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). 

“Your Excellency, your stance on the Rule of Law and love for fairness and justice no matter the opinion of a few dissenting voices necessitated this letter of great importance from the people of Delta State and the Niger Delta at large. We were never in doubt as to where the pendulum would swing to, having seen the sincerity of your administration in fixing the problems inherited by your Government.

“Mr. President, Nations are built when existing laws are implemented in its entirety. As you apply the Law and zero on Delta State for the appointment of the Chairman and Managing Director, we plead with you to pick men or women who would further your Next Agenda, serve the interest of the country and the aspirations of the Niger Delta people.

“The ranking of the highest producing states is not in doubt and the state whose turn it is to be appointed the Managing Director of the next board for which Delta State comes top on all fronts and consideration knowing that Bayelsa State, Rivers State, and Akwa – Ibom State have completed their terms in successive ranking order."

They stressed that the scenario would not start and end with Delta State as the First beneficiary of this unique position of the Law but that other states would experience the same in future rotation.

“For the first time, Your Excellency, a peculiar but interesting and lawful scenario backed by the act establishing the NDDC Board on the next Chairman of the board which is rotated amongst member states in alphabetic order as stated in the Act establishing the board and also the Managing Director (MD) position which is appointed and rotated based on the “highest” quantum of oil produced amongst the states emanating from one state. In applying the law that supports quantum as the basis for succession, Delta State falls next in line after Akwa – Ibom.”

 

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Group Urges Nigerian Government To Give El-Zakzaky Access To Quality Health Care

Thu, 2019-05-23 18:58


The Initiative For Conciliation And Right Protection has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to allow Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to attend to his deteriorating health condition.

The group condemned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Department of State Services for ignoring medical advice that El-Zakzaky and his wife, who are both in detention, need to be taken outside of the country for appropriate medical treatment due to their failing health.

Comrade Ahmad S. Isa, Convener of the group, in a statement said the Nigerian government should immediately heed to the medical advice and allow El-Zakzaky treats himself.

The statement reads, “We are displeased that the Sheikh and his wife are still under detention despite the gravity of their injuries and their deteriorating health condition, despite a Federal High Court judgment delivered in December 2016 by Justice Gabriel Kolawale that ordered for the immediate and unconditional release.

“We are calling on the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) led by President Muhammadu Buhari to allow Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to be flown abroad for proper medicare due to the various injuries sustained during his ordeal in the hands of the military, medical experts who came to Nigeria to check his health, clearly stated the need for him to be taken abroad for adequate medical treatment, especially his left eye that is now riddled with bullet particles. The government must take this request very seriously.

“In view of the foregoing, it is mandatory for the Nigerian authorities under President Buhari to release Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah Ibraheem immediately and unconditionally as the government have no single reason for detaining them any longer.”

The group is also urging the Nigerian government to respect international laws protecting the rights of every citizen.

“In accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Recognizing those rights derived from the inherent dignity of human person. (General Assembly resolution 39/40; 10-12-1983, Article 27 (1) Article 55, African Charter on Human and People’s Right,” Isa said that the Nigeria government signed, rectified and domesticated it as its own law.

He also noted that the Anti-Torture Act of Nigeria, 2017 states, “No Justification for torture – No exceptional circumstances what so ever may be invoked as a justification for torture. It prohibits secret detention facilities, solitary confinement, incommunicado detentions.”

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BREAKING: President Buhari Confirms Adamu Mohammed As Inspector General Of Police

Thu, 2019-05-23 18:38


Mohammed Adamu, the acting Inspector General of Police has been confirmed by the Council Of State which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday as the new Inspector General of Police.

Mohammed was appointed as the acting IGP on January 15 to replace former IGP, Ibrahim Idris.

More to come.
 

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We Are Confused On How To Establish Nigeria Air Says Amaechi

Thu, 2019-05-23 18:30


Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation has said the Federal Executive Council Is confused as to if establish a national carrier.

Amaechi made the announcement on Thursday during his valedictory press briefing in Abuja.

He said, “On national carrier, (the) cabinet is divided on the issue of modality. There are those who believe that the Federal Government should invest and then we can sell the equity later.

“There are also those who believe that no, and from day one they say let us get investors in and give them the franchise of Nigeria Airways or Air Nigeria or whatever is called. That is where we are and that is what held it down. But as for whether it is still in our plan, it is and has not been abandoned.”

More to come.
 

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Suspended Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Still A Judge Says Senior Advocate

Thu, 2019-05-23 17:57



Robert Clarke, a Senior Advocate representing embattled Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, has insisted that his client is still a judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria despite suspension by the National Judiciary Council (NJC).

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said this before Justice Ridwan Aikawa, the judge presiding over the money laundering charges filed against Ofili-Ajumogobia, at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on May 15, 2019, arraigned the embattled judge and Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, over alleged money laundering charges.

The commission charged Ofili-Ajumogobia and Obla on 18 counts bordering on conspiracy, unlawful enrichment, retention of crime proceeds and money laundering.

At the resumption of the hearing on Thursday, Ofili-Ajumogobia's counsel argued that his client remains a judge in the absence of a Gazetted pronouncement from the Presidency relieving her of the responsibility.

NJC recommended the dismal of Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia to President Muhammadu Buhari, having found her guilty of misconducts.

The council then went ahead to suspend the embattled justice pending her removal from office by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Despite this pronouncement, the senior advocate argued that in the absence of an official announcement from President Buhari, his client cannot be said to have been relieved of her title as a justice of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

Consequently, he is asking the court to strike out her charges, as a serving judge cannot be tried except such judge has been relieved of his or her duties by the presidency.

He argued that only the president has the power to appoint a judge and only the presidency can sack the same.

Opposing this argument, Rotimi Oyedepo, the counsel for the EFCC, presented to the court, a true certified copy of a letter from the Presidency confirming the sack of the justice. 

He asked the senior advocate to tell the court if the indicted justice is currently presiding over any court as required of a judge.

Oyedepo then proceeded to present the letter to the court. 

With the evidence, Clarke requested an adjournment to enable him study the letter and reply accordingly.

The senior lawyer said he was only served the letter 48 hours ago, saying that he has not had time to properly study the letter.

He also told the court that he is intentionally meticulous so that he could have a solid case before the Appeal Court in the event there is a need to appeal the case.

"I am handling my case with appeal in focus" Clarke told the court.

Having listened to both parties, Justice Aikawa, in his ruling said the embattled judge is entitled to fair hearing, hence would hear the application.

He therefore adjourned the meeting to May 31 for hearing and ruling on the application.

 

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Southern And Middle Belt Leaders Reject Fulani Radio Station Funded By Federal Govt.

Thu, 2019-05-23 16:44



Some Nigerians under the aegis of Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum have rejected the announcement by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that the Federal Government is setting up a strictly Fulani AM radio station which will broadcast in Fulfulde.

The Group in statement on Wednesday signed by Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Senator Bassey Henahaw (South-South), Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle-Belt) and Professor Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) said it recieved the news with rude shock at a time when Nigeria was suffering from the militia activities of Fulani herdsmen.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who confirmed the acquisition of the licence in Abuja, on Tuesday said the radio service will operate on frequency of 720KHz, and will be strictly in Fulani language.

Rejecting the move, the group said: "He disclosed that plans are underway to secure funds for procurement and installation of requisite transmission equipment for the successful take-off of the radio station.

"He added that the station is part of the peace-building efforts of the government in addressing herders-farmers clashes (herders terror on farmers it is ).

"The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Prof. Bashir Usman, explained that some veteran Hausa broadcasters have been contacted to develop programmes for the station.

"The announcement came at a time the Federal Government has been acting as the information arm of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen by dissing the correct interpretation of the groups activities by firmer President Olusegun Obasanjo as an  attempt to "Fulanise " Nigeria. 

"We totally reject this insensitive decision of the government on the following fundamental grounds:

"It smacks on hypocrisy and deception for a government that has in the last four years denied responsibility on behalf of the Fulani herdsmen for crimes they even owned up to, to now tell us it wants to set up a radio for them to address the same issues.

"Section 55 of the 1999 Constitution recognises English,Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo as Languages in which the official business of the National Assembly can be conducted. There was no mention of Fulani which is not a language most northerners even understand. Why it's sudden promotion to a language the Federal Government will set up a radio to promote? Will it also set up radio stations for the officially recognised languages and the over 250 languages spoken in different parts of Nigeria?

"We fear seriously that the proposed radio will become a weapon of spreading hate propaganda against other nationalities in Nigeria given the kid gloves treatment with which the Buhari administration has handled the killings of thousands of Nigerians in the last four years. We are guided the genocide-aiding role radio played in inciting ordinary citizens to take part in the massacre of Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the Rwandan Genocide from 1993 to late 1994, RTLM was used by Hutu leaders to  propagate an extremist Hutu message and anti-Tusti disinformation by identifying specific targets and areas  where they could be found and encouraging progress of the genocide In 1994, Rwanda Radio began to advance the same message by issuing directives on where to kill Tutsis and congratulating those who had already taken part.

"Using the instrumentality of the Federal Government to set up a radio for Fulani herdsmen will throw a knife at the tiniest of the threads still holding Nigeria together as all illusions of an inclusive country would be removed and the rest of the country would conclude we are now under Fulani Government of Nigeria.

"We therefore demand that the Federal Government should perish the thought of a Fulani  radio sponsored by government if it cares in any form about the corporate existence of the country."
 

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