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#RevolutionNow: 21 Days After Arrest, Olawale Adebayo Still In DSS Custody

Tue, 2019-08-27 18:49


 

Olawale Adebayo, a young man, who joined the #RevolutionNow protest in Osogbo, Osun State, is still in custody of the Department of State Services, 20 days after he was arrested.

A source, who spoke to Sahara Reporters, said after Adebayo's arrest in Osogbo, he was transferred to Abuja by men of the DSS and has been held incommunicado since then.

Sahara Reporters also gathered that Adebayo’s relatives and friends have been barred from having access to him.

The DSS in Abuja could not be reached for comments as at the time of filing this report.

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Two Traders Die In Lagos After Policemen Confiscate Wares

Tue, 2019-08-27 18:46


 

Two petty traders in the Ikorodu area of Lagos have reportedly died after officials of the Lagos State Task Force confiscated their wares on Tuesday.

The raid on traders especially those selling by the roadside, sent panic across the garage area of the Lagos town as armed policemen in company with other security operatives sacked petty business owners around the area.

Activist, Princess Edo, who witnessed the incident, told Sahara Reporters that the policemen, who brutalised many of the women in the area must be brought to just for using such brute force to sack them from the road.

According to her, the two women, who passed away succumbed to death following the shock of losing their entire business set up by loans freshly acquired from a bank.

She said, “As I was dropping from a bus, I saw women shouting and crying. I saw armed policemen using force to dislodge the women and confiscate their items.

“Many of these women are selling by the roadside because they have lost their jobs due to unfavourable government policies.

“I learnt that two people died, one instantly, because she went to borrow money from a microfinance bank to buy bags which were confiscated.

“Why will the government send armed policemen to women selling petty items?

“They threw all their things into the vehicle and looted their belongings such as school bags, food items.

“They drove off leaving this women and children crying. This is not right.

“Lawyers and the civil society must ensure that these women get justice.”

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Man In Court For Allegedly Stealing Honda Car

Tue, 2019-08-27 17:00


 

A 35 year old man, Adejumoke Gbadebo, was on Tuesday paraded at the Modakeke Magistrates’ Court in Osun over alleged Honda car theft.

According to the prosecutor, Insp Ona Glory, the defendant committed the offence on July 4, around 11am at Oke-Dio Area, Modakeke-Ife.

Glory said that the defendant stole one Honda CRV car of one Dr Aguiyi Nelson with registration nos: PR 233 KJA, Eng No:.B20B4066809 & Chassis No: JHLRD 1855 UC811545, adding that car is valued at N600,000.

Speaking further, he said Gbadebo forged the sales agreement and changed the ownership of the Honda CRV car.

According to him, the defendant defrauded Nelson of his property by converting it to his, which is a breach of trust and an offense under sections 383, 390(10a) 434, 463 and 467 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of stealing, forgery and fraud and his counsel, Mr Philip Fasanmoye, applied for his bail.

However, Magistrate Muhibah Olatunji granted the defendant bail in the sum of N750,000 with one surety in like sum.

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Government Yet To Pay 22-Month Salary Arrears To Workers In Education Ministry

Tue, 2019-08-27 16:56


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Despite promises by President Muhammadu Buhari, the government is yet to pay 22 months salary arrears to workers of the Ministry of Education.

Speaking with Sahara Reporters, a top official in the ministry stated that when President Buhari came into office in 2015, he gave a directive to all MDAs to clear all outstanding salary arrears, and promotion arrears but up till date, the salary arrears are yet to be paid to those being owed by the government since 2013.

The official said, “I am one of the officers who are supposed to be paid for long but our issue have been forgotten, and we have been abandoned in Niger State.

“The government is owing us 22 months salary arrears in the Ministry of Education.”

When asked if other ministries had been paid, the top official added, “Since President Buhari gave the instructions to all MDAs to clear all outstanding salary arrears, and promotion arrears about three years ago, some MDAs have settled theirs but Federal Ministry of Education which is supposed to be a role model for other ministries has failed to pay its officers their salary arrears.”

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279 LG Retirees In Yobe To Get N365M Pension

Tue, 2019-08-27 16:50


 

About 279 retired local government workers in Yobe State would get N365m as pension.

The state governor, Mai-Mala Buni, made the disclosure on Tuesday in a statement by his spokesperson, Abdullahi Bego.

He said, “Of the 279 beneficiaries, 71 are deceased and their benefits, amounting to N110, 830, 156.75, will be overhanded to their next of kin through the probate division of the State High Court, while the sum of N254, 756, 089.70 will be electronically paid directly to the remaining 208 living retirees.

“Some may recall that on July 4, 2019, Governor Buni had approved the sum of N228, 914, 250.19 for the payment of the benefits of another batch of 198 local government retirees.

“Payment of benefits of local government retirees will remain a continuous exercise as the Verification and Payments Committee under the Auditor-General for local governments continues with its assignment.”

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Octogenarian Missing In Lagos After Joining Bus

Tue, 2019-08-27 16:37


 

An 80-year-old woman in Lagos, Amosa Bakare, has been declared missing under mysterious circumstances, Sahara Reporters can confirm.

Bakare's family told Sahara Reporters that the octogenarian was initially declared missing on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at about noon when she was last seen joining a bus going to Oshodi from her residence in Mushin, Lagos.

The 80-year-old’s disappearance is coming amidst concerns of rising kidnappings and disappearances in the country.

Members of the public with useful information on her whereabouts are advised to call 08096782826.

The Lagos State Police Command said it had launched an investigation into the woman's disappearance.

 

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#FreeOmoyeleSowore -25 Days After Criminal Abduction

Tue, 2019-08-27 16:36


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APC Disqualifies Ex-Cross River REC, Clears Lokpobiri, Others

Tue, 2019-08-27 16:36


 

The Gubernatorial Primary Election Screening Committee of the All Progressive Congress in Bayelsa State has disqualified a former Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross Rivers State, Dr Briyai Frankland, over allegations of not being a member of the party for one year.

Those cleared for the August 29 governorship primaries of the party are Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Engr Preys Aganaba, Prince Ebitimi Angbare, Ms Diseye Poweigha, Mr Lyon David and Prof Ongoebi Etebu.

The screening committee headed by the Isa Song, in its report to the National Secretary of APC, said it conducted the exercise in line with the guidelines of the party by ensuring that those cleared are members of the APC for up to one year.

The report stated, “The modalities adopted for the screening was the balloting of numbers 1 to 7, which was picked by each aspirant to determine the order for which they were called to appear before the committee.

“Each aspirant was asked questions relating to qualifications and conduct in line with both party constitution and election guidelines to contest for the governorship primary under the platform of the APC.

“And also they were asked to produce evidence of membership of the party, voter card and payment of the prescribed fees as well as the original copy of their credentials.

“At the end of the day, those who did not meet that criteria were not screened by the committee.”

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US Retaliates Against Nigeria In Visa Battle

Tue, 2019-08-27 15:59



 

Effective worldwide on 29 August, Nigerian citizens will be required to pay a visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee, for all approved applications for non-immigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications, says the United States government. 

The reciprocity fee will be charged in addition to the non-immigrant visa application fee, also known as the MRV fee, which all applicants pay at the time of application. 

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the US Embassy in Nigeria said Nigerian citizens whose applications for a non-immigrant visa were denied will not be charged the new reciprocity fee. Both reciprocity and MRV fees are non-refundable, and their amounts vary based on visa classification.

"U.S. law requires U.S. visa fees and validity periods to be based on the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens by foreign governments, insofar as possible.  Visa issuance fees are implemented under the principle of reciprocity: when a foreign government imposes additional visa fees on U.S. citizens, the United States will impose reciprocal fees on citizens of that country for similar types of visas.  Nationals of a number of countries worldwide are currently required to pay this type of fee after their nonimmigrant visa application is approved," it said.

Explaining further, the embassy noted, "The total cost for a U.S. citizen to obtain a visa to Nigeria is currently higher than the total cost for a Nigerian to obtain a comparable visa to the United States. The new reciprocity fee for Nigerian citizens is meant to eliminate that cost difference."

Meanwhile, since early 2018, the US government has engaged the Nigerian government to request that it change the fees charged to US citizens for certain visa categories.

"After 18 months of review and consultations, the government of Nigeria has not changed its fee structure for US citizen visa applicants, requiring the US Department of State to enact new reciprocity fees in accordance with our visa laws.

"The reciprocity fee will be required for all Nigerian citizens worldwide, regardless of where they are applying for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States.  The reciprocity fee is required for each visa that is issued, which means both adults and minors whose visa applications are approved will be charged the reciprocity fee. 

"The fee can only be paid at the US Embassy or the US consulate general.  The reciprocity fee cannot be paid at banks or any other location. The complete reciprocity fee schedule, organized by visa classification, can be found below," the US government pointed out.

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Again, Nigerian Policemen Accused Of Assaulting Female Student

Tue, 2019-08-27 15:49


 

Nigerian policemen have again been captured in a video allegedly brutalizing a female student.

According to a tweet from @iambabtee, a self-identified official Twitter handle of the Ondo Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian students (NANS).

The victim of the alleged police brutality was identified as a student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

"This is what the @PoliceNG in Ondo has done again to a student of FUTA. NANS JCC ONDO AXIS is on this and we wont give up until justice is attained. We say no to police brutality," the tweet said. 

In the 15-second video, the lady was seen with blood dripping from her face as she kept saying, "Look at my eyes".

There are four policemen in the video who appeared unconcerned about the plight of the bleeding lady.

Toward the end of the video, there was a close-up of the student's injured eyes with the her saying, “My eyes”.

A voice was heard saying, “Nobody touched you nau".
 

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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead As Dangote Truck Collides With BRT Bus In Lagos

Tue, 2019-08-27 15:45



Many people are feared dead as a Dangote truck carrying bags of cement crashed into a BRT bus in Ikorodu, Lagos.

An eyewitness who spoke with SaharaReporters said the truck was headed inwards Lagos when it veered off the road and collided with the bus.

He said the driver of the truck lost control and his vehicle skidded off the road. 

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"The brake of the truck failed and he was trying to control it. The bus driver was affected and many people in the bus died," the eyewitness claimed.

Also confirming the crash, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on its official Twitter handle @followlastma, reported, "A fatal accident involving a loaded trailer going inw Ikorodu that skidded off the main carriageway to collide with a high capacity bus on the BRT corridor."

The agency added that some of the casualties had been taken to the hospital.
 

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Protest Rocks Federal College Of Agriculture Over Sacking Of Provost

Tue, 2019-08-27 14:57


 

Workers of the Federal College of Agriculture (FECA) Akure, Ondo State, has protested the alleged sacking of the institution's acting Provost, Dr. Emmanuel Moyinjesu, by the Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria.

Punch reports that Moyinjesu had served as the acting provost of the institution following the end of the tenure of former substantive Provost, Dr. Samson Odedina, whose tenure as provost came to an end last year. 

Although the reason why the acting provost was sacked was not revealed this development has led to a protest by workers of the school who were seen on Monday with placards with inscriptions like, ‘Save FECA from collapse',  ‘Dissolve Governing Board’ and ‘Call ARCN to order', among others.

The workers claimed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, FECA chapter.

Speaking with journalists, the Chairman of FECA’s chapter of ASUP, Mr. Ogunyinka Abimbola said, “If the government is saying they want to change the acting provost, there is no problem. But they must tell us his offence because the rules say the most senior staff should be appointed as acting provost when there is a vacancy.

“But surprisingly, the newly appointed acting provost is in fourth position on the line. The news of his appointment came to us suddenly, last Friday.

“We have had many acting provosts in the college and the due process was followed.  Why the difference now?  Even recently the ARCN appointed the most senior officer at the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan.

“There will always be different opinions and views because we have freedom of expression to express our thoughts. But I must tell you that we have other two unions in the college that are not protesting and their members are at their duty posts."

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FBI Indictment: Nigerian Embassy In US Breaks Silence

Tue, 2019-08-27 14:40



In the wake of more than 70 Nigerians indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nigerian Embassy in the United States of America, says the President Muhammadu Buhari regime “condemns such criminal acts in all ramifications”.

The statement signed by Senior Counsellor/Head of Chancery, Mohammed Suleiman, on behalf of Ambassador Sylvanus Nsofor, expressed the federal government’s “willingness to cooperate with the government of the US in accordance with the laid-down universal human rights and due legal processes in the interest of our nation".

“The embassy wishes to reaffirm that Nigerians are a generally law-abiding and hardworking people wherever they are, including in the US," the statement said.

In a related development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) promised to fish out the suspects. EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu said he suspected that the number of Nigerian suspects would be more than 77 going by the joint operation of the EFCC and the FBI in the past few months.

He said the anti-graft agency would watch developments and cooperate with the FBI on cybercrimes.

Magu added, “We’ll cooperate with other stakeholders and other law enforcement agencies in this country and outside the country like the FBI and the NCA and other law enforcement agencies in the neigbouring countries to make sure we deal with this issue.

“We’ll also deal with all Nigerians who connive with other Nigerians just like the one that just happened where want to do everything to defraud this country. I told you that it was a joint operation here in Nigeria. I don’t have the details now and we have not been contacted but they’ve acknowledged our participation in their release but I do not have the details because what we have is even more than 77 maybe we must have screened some out.

“Maybe the information they’ve given us did not include the operations they’ve carried both here and America. We need to go through the record to give you the exact figures. When you go outside this country, the search exercise they subject you to the moment they realise you are a Nigerian is humiliating. So if we don’t address this and allow the activities of the 419ers to resume, it will be bad.

“For us at the EFCC, we’ll continue to cooperate with both within and outside Nigeria to stop this menace. I want you to give us information and we’ll raid all their hideouts. It is very sad that the era of this 419ers is coming back. I remember we worked with the American FBI particularly in Lagos and its environment in an operation tagged ‘Wire-Wire’. They (FBI) mentioned that we are one of the agencies that actually participated in the operation and it was very successful.

“But only to come out with the list of this 77 Nigerians is very unfortunate."
 

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Police Arraign Nigerian Man, Yemi Falana, Accused Of Threatening To Kill Catholic Priest

Tue, 2019-08-27 14:18



Police have arraigned a 39-year-old man, Yemi Falana, before an Ado Ekiti chief magistrate’s court for threatening to kill a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Theophilus Olaiya.

The police prosecutor, Johnson Okunade, alleged that the defendant committed the offence on August 22, 2019, at Araromi Obo in Igbemo-Ekiti in the Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

According to him, Falana unlawfully threatened to kill Olaiya with a knife.

The defendant was also of causing a breach of peace, which made him to commit an offence contrary to  Section 86 (2) of the Criminal Code, Cap C 16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

However, Falana pleaded not guilty to the offences.

His lawyer, Peter Oluwanisola, therefore urged the court to grant him bail.

Oluwanisola promised that his client would not jump bail, promising that Falana would always make himself available for trial.

The Chief Magistrate, Aderopo Adegboye, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The chief magistrate adjourned the case until September 18 for further hearing.
 

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Federal High Court To Hear Sowore's Motion Wednesday

Tue, 2019-08-27 14:01



A federal high court sitting in Abuja will on Wednesday hear the motion filed by the human right crusader, Omoyele Sowore, challenging his detention by the Department of State Services.

Sowore had on 9 August challenged a court order which allowed the Nigerian government to detain him for 45 days. 

In the motion, he asked the court to set aside its order permitting the DSS to detain him for 45 days.

The court had delayed in hearing the matter which compelled his lawyer, Femi Falana, to approach the court seeking a date for the hearing of the application.

Filed along with his application was an affidavit of urgency seeking an urgent hearing of the suit on the ground that it “is one of fundamental importance that affects salient fundamental rights of the applicant herein".
 

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Rape: Police Grill COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo

Tue, 2019-08-27 13:57


 

Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo is currently being grilled at Police Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in Abuja over rape allegations made by Mrs. Busola Dakolo, SaharaReporters can confirm.

The senior pastor is being interviewed by a team of Four led by Asst Commissioner of Police Adaku Uche Anya.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a phone interview with Sahara Reporters confirmed that Fatoyinbo was being questioned by the Police.

Confirming the development, Mba said; “Yes, it’s true,”

“The man is with us and he is being questioned.”

Mba also confirmed that the police had also invited and questioned Mrs. Busola Dakolo.

Busola had accused Fatoyinbo of raping her twice when she was 17, a claim the popular pastor denies.

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Why Ekweremadu Belongs to Hall of Shame (I) By SKC Ogbonnia

Tue, 2019-08-27 10:33


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The recent protest in Germany in which former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was harassed, chased around, subdued, and beaten like a palace pickpocket brought big shame to Nigeria, and the senator must own full blame. Even a novice could have discerned that the popularity of the #RevolutionNow, led by Omoyele Sowore, shows that the Nigerian masses are not fools and will not endure abject injustice forever.

They are gradually recognizing their true problems and real enemies. The masses are keenly aware that Ekweremadu has been a recurring decimal in the gross misrule of the country in the 4th Republic, particularly the South-East zone.

A fifth-term term senator, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu is a malignant narcissist masked by a boy-scout persona, yet any dig into his record readily exhumes mess and miasma to boot. He has only managed to sustain power through fake popularity, buoyed by a montage of propaganda, mass deceit, political bribery and brigandage and, of course, a vicious army of well-educated and well-paid bootlickers, made possible by an overflowing wealth accumulated without a sweat.

I must admit that I was once gullible to the propaganda and consequently became one of Ekweremadu’s biggest boosters.

The trust dramatically waned after I penned him a letter following the election of 2011. Since he was the political leader of the South-East to the centre, I specified important projects in the zone that could mold his name into gold, namely, Enugu Airport; Enugu/Port-Harcourt, Enugu/Onitsha, and Onitsha/Owerri highways; 2nd River Niger Bridge; and an additional Igbo state.

I have yet to recover from the shock I felt when Senator Ekweremadu thundered back, suggesting that I was an ingrate.

To him, instead of worrying about public projects, I should be grateful for life that he hired my brother as his adviser, supported my cousin’s election to the federal parliament, and graded the pavement leading into my country home.

But Ekweremadu forgot that we both must first pass through the roads plied by the masses before striding into our mansions. Lo and behold, yet very, unfortunately, the senator would lose his beloved brother, Chukwuemeka, to a motor accident caused by potholes on the same Enugu/PH highway on December 23, 2012.

This experience contributed to my piece, “Every Nigerian Blood Is On The Line”.

The last straw took place in 2013 at Houston, Texas. I had organized a meeting between Ekweremadu and the leaders of Igbo Peoples’ Congress while he was in the city on the invitation of Greater Awgu Leadership Forum (GALF).

When confronted why he had not shown up at the Igbo meeting, he retorted that the size of the crowd was not large enough to deserve his presence, and he never showed up. Ekweremadu’ apparent insult on the Igbo made me furious, obviously, but that is nothing compared to what follows.

A night before the aborted Igbo meeting, the senator was kind to have presented the Awgu people copies of a fat pamphlet titled, “Accomplishments & Constituency Projects Attracted by His Excellency Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR”.

Interestingly, the number one on the list (S/N. 1) was a library he claimed to have attracted in the year 2009 to my town, Ugbo, under MDGs Quickwin. I quickly called the town union to inquire about the library and other projects on the list—only to find out that no such things existed and still do not exist.

I made similar inquiries around the constituency and other parts of South-East where projects were supposedly attracted. I received a similar result—phantom. Even in some cases with traces of such projects, they were uncompleted and totally abandoned. After his tawdry refusal to explain the contradictions, I made my findings public.

Since then, I have been a marked man. He not only unleashed a global campaign of calumny against my person and businesses, but he is also on record to have threatened my life. I will never wish my worst enemy the most immoral sight of Ike Ekweremadu laughing and jeering while my dear mother, a septuagenarian, knelt in full glare of a national TV, appealing to the senator not to hurt her son—for daring to question his representative in government.

The date was December 27, 2013. As if that lacked in folly, Ekweremadu commanded his toadies in the district, including some “autonomous” royal fathers, such as Igwe Lawrence Chime of Ugbonabor and Igwe Jerome Okeke of Ngene Ugbo to publicly denounce me for daring to oppose their Excellency.

This last election season, obviously rattled that my presidential bid could inspire opposition in the constituency and threaten his ageless grip on the people, Ekweremadu sponsored his aides to tear down my posters around Enugu State. They even had the audacity to invade my country home on August 10, 2018, beating up my campaign officials, as well as some family members. It took the timely intervention of Ugbo youths to avert counterattack and bloodshed.

Of course, I alerted the senator and some relevant authorities in the state. Besides the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo; and Ogbuagu Anikwe, the spokesman for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who registered strong displeasure, Ike Ekweremadu neither apologized nor condemned the thuggery.

But this pattern of do-or-die, remember, is how he has sustained power.

The bigger problem, however, is that no part of the South-East has seen any tangible development the 12 years Ekweremadu has held power. Today, the only major public attraction in his entire local government is his mansion at Mpu, being one of his 32 choice properties currently under criminal investigation.

Today, the three major roads that traverse his constituency, namely, Enugu-Onitsha, Enugu-Port Harcourt, and Awgu-Oji-River highways are among the 10 worst highways in the country.

Today, most major projects in Igboland have only been good for election propaganda and money-spinning by the area politicians through a series of funded but abandoned contracts. Needless to mention that Part II of this essay will demonstrate how Ekweremadu used and dumped the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for his personal interest.

Ekweremadu’s imprint at the national level does not need to be retold here. Consider, for instance, his ignorable role as a ringleader in the third-term plot to derail our democracy and elongate Obasanjo’s tenure. Combine the subversive act with the fact that Ekweremadu was one of the brains behind the jumbo salary for senators, as well as the Constituency Project scheme, which has cost the country trillions without any meaningful project to show.

Further, despite being palm handed N10 billion under President Jonathan to influence the amendment of the constitution towards restructuring, including the additional states and local governments, the only result Nigerians have seen is tale after tale.

It is clear the grievances against Ekweremadu by IPOB are profoundly justified.

But physical assault must be condemned as well. Petitions, picketing, booing, jeering, and heckling are proper. In fact, the nature of the German protest remains at risk of turning Ekweremadu, the villain, into a victim. Notice how he quickly resorted back to his familiar mélange of propaganda and profligacy upon arrival in Nigeria, shamelessly chartering aircrafts, renting ever-ready crowds, and portraying himself as a hero—for being disgraced on his plot to remain Deputy Senate President for life and later flogged naked at a fake New Yam Festival in faraway Germany while his direct constituency is under siege by terror herdsmen.

The Nigerian masses, particularly the Igbo, have suffered massive neglect the last 12 years Ike Ekweremadu held sway as the de facto Senate President. But the senator is not alone. The Diaspora Nigerians should, therefore, unite and quickly initiate a Hall of SHAME where the likes of Ike Ekweremadu deserve a permanent place. Yes, it portends a crime against the humanity to continue to allow Nigerian corrupt leaders to enjoy freedom in foreign lands if they cannot guarantee freedom for the masses in their homeland.

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

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Japan, US To Reduce Energy Poverty In Nigeria, Other sub-Saharan African Nations

Tue, 2019-08-27 10:19


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The United States of America and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to expand US-Japan energy cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa and renew each country’s commitment to reducing energy poverty and increasing access to sustainable energy in Africa.

A statement by the US Department of State made available to SaharaReporters said the signing took place at the Seventh International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) and was signed by Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz and Ambassador Masahiko Kiya, Deputy Director-General of African Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

"The MOC builds on over three years of successful cooperation between GOJ and USG through a previous MOC signed in August 2016 to support Power Africa, a U.S. Government-led effort to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, which the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) coordinates.

"The MOC will leverage collective energy investments in clean energy solutions, geothermal, energy efficiency, and support cross-border energy trade and regional power pools. The renewed partnership will advance efforts under the Power Africa 2.0 strategy, that USAID Administrator Mark Green announced in 2018, to make gains in the areas of distribution and transmission. GOJ, USAID and the broader Power Africa network will coordinate efforts to increase electrical transmission infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa," it said.

Power Africa, the US government-led partnership coordinated by USAID to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, has two distinct goals to increase new generation capacity by 30,000 megawatts and to help create 60 million new electricity connections by 2030.

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Indian Police Arrest Nigerian Couple For Supplying Heroin

Tue, 2019-08-27 09:57


 

The Mohali police have arrested a Nigerian couple from Delhi for supplying drugs to peddlers in Punjab and Haryana.

The accused were identified as Makaogu John and Fahe Rechelle. Police recovered 40gm heroin from their possession.

The duo was arrested on the disclosure of a Sangrur resident, Jasminder Singh, alias Jassi, who was arrested with 15gm heroin near TDI City, Mohali, on August 25.

Jaswinder was arrested on a tip-off from a naka laid near TDI City.

Police had stopped him while he was riding a scooter on the Airport Road towards Kharar.

“During his interrogation, he revealed that he had bought the heroin from a Delhi-based Nigerian couple. Following this, a trap was laid and the couple was arrested in Delhi,” said Manphool Singh, station house officer, Balongi.

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Nigerian Man, Donald Okonkwo, Wants UK To Repatriate IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Tue, 2019-08-27 09:56


IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

 

A Nigerian, Donald Okonkwo, has filed a lawsuit praying a federal high court in Abuja to compel the British High Commission to arrest and repatriate the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to Nigeria.

The suit was filed on Monday.

The UK embassy in Nigeria, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, are the respondents to the suit.

Okonkwo alleged that violent activities of Kanu and other IPOB members which included the recent attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Germany, and the threat by the group to attack President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan were creating fears in the minds of Nigerians.

He, therefore, urged the court to declare that the UK embassy in Nigeria “is under obligation to repatriate the IPOB separatist leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

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