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BREAKING: Woman Escapes With Daughter’s Corpse In Ondo Hospital After Maltreating Her

Thu, 2019-08-22 16:08


Ondo woman beats child to death

Ondo woman beats child to death SaharaReporters Media

A woman, who abused her child to the point of death, has escaped with the girl’s corpse at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital in Akure, the capital, Sahara Reportersjust learnt. 

Though the identity of the woman could not been established as at the time of this report, there is a manhunt for her by the authorities.

A source at the hospital facility, who confirmed the incident, said the woman rushed the child to the emergency ward unit of hospital for treatment on Wednesday night.

The source said, “The woman brought in her daughter to the hospital at the children's emergency ward for treatment.

“As we tried to attend to her, we noticed that she had maltreated the girl to the point of death.

“If you see the body of the girl, it was a case of child abuse as there were marks all over her body. 

“By the time the doctor on duty could rushed to attend to her, it was discovered that she even brought the child dead.

“The doctor had to quickly tell the woman that the young girl she brought to the hospital was dead already.

“Before you know it, the woman grabbed the girl and ran away from the hospital.” 

However, one of the doctors on duty when the incident occurred confirmed the incident, noting that the child was brought in dead by the mother. 

The doctor, who asked not to be named, however, said all efforts to trace the woman, who is currently on the run, had not yielded any result. 

He said, “Immediately she (the woman) brought in the child dead to the hospital, we tried to resuscitate her but it was too late. 

“Before we knew it, the woman grabbed the corpse of her child and ran outside the hospital. All effort to trace her has since then had proven difficult.”

Administrative Secretary of the hospital, Dayo Owoseni, also confirmed the incident when contacted by Sahara Reporters.

He said, “I only heard about the incident this morning and we have called on the doctor on duty to come over and explained what happened to us.”

Sahara Reportersgathered that the police in Ondo had begun its investigation into the case. 

Spokesperson for the Police Command, Femi Joseph, could not be immediately reached for comments when contacted.

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Why Nigeria Is Polio-Free For 3 Years -WHO

Thu, 2019-08-22 15:47


The World Health Organization

Nigeria has gone three years without a case of polio, a historic milestone that has set it on the path of removal from the polio eradication list of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Nigeria is officially one of three countries, alongside Afghanistan and Pakistan, where polio is still a threat—a full 19 years after the first deadline set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to eradicate it elapsed. With this new development, things are about to change for Nigeria.

This is a dramatic change from 2012 when the country accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide, the World Health Organization has said.

Speaking to SaharaReporters, Dr. Benjamin Ajayi, a Nigerian doctor who worked in Bauchi state, said, “There were structural problems which hindered the eradication of the disease at the start. Then, religious leaders in northern Nigeria which had a high prevalence of the disease embraced the importance of vaccination and this broke the barrier.

“There was a lot of misinformation about vaccines and some people said it is poison and that it has an adverse effect on health but the introduction of local community leaders to the campaign against polio changed all that. The local leaders owned the process, local primary health care workers were trained and funding by foreign donor agencies also played a huge part.”

WHO said Nigeria reached this point because of the concerted efforts of a broad array of vaccine advocates, including northern Nigeria’s traditional and religious leaders, a network of 20,000 women who have stepped up to take the oral form of the vaccine door to door, and polio survivors themselves.

It noted, "Because this broad coalition has been able to act as reliable mediators—closing the trust gap between the ambitious global goals of the powerful international organizations that fund the initiative; the Nigerian government, which is responsible for it; and parents who are concerned with protecting their children—the country marked three years since it reported a new case of polio on August 21."

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Many Casualties Involved In Ondo Auto Crash

Thu, 2019-08-22 15:17


 

One person has reportedly died while many people were injured in a road accident, which occurred at Ogbese town in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State on Thursday morning.

Punch says that the identities of the deceased and other victims of the accident were not yet known as of the time of this report.

A Federal Road Safety Corps official confirmed the incident and said the investigation revealed that the accident was caused by over speeding.

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Mild Drama In Delta State Assembly Over 'Reporting'

Thu, 2019-08-22 15:07


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There was a mild drama at the Delta State House of Assembly on Wednesday when legislators argued over a word in a sentence in their July votes and proceedings.

The drama which lasted for over five minutes saw the lawmakers, battling to arrange the correct clause in the sentence thereby resulting in rowdiness while the speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori, continued to hit the gavel to maintain order.

The drama started when the speaker read some letters from the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and called on the parliament's clerk, Mrs. Lyna Ocholor, to read out the votes and proceedings of July 24, 2019, for adoption.

After reading the votes and proceedings, a member of the house representing Ughelli North constituency 1, Charles Oniyere, drew the attention of the speaker to a paragraph on the paper which read, "Delta state job and wealth creation bureau bill, 2019 (HB. 1)- report by the ad hoc committee:- Reporting from the ad-hoc committee, the
chairman Hon. Engr. Kennedy Oboro Preyo, presented the report detailing their findings and proposed amendments to the bill."

According to the lawmaker, 'Reporting' sounded odd, adding that it should be appropriately placed.

The speaker, therefore, asked other lawmakers to adjust the phrasing and that resulted in a rowdy session as the lawmakers tried to outdo one another in the best way to rephrase the expression, 'Reporting'.

Members of the public and journalists, who were bemused by the speaker's repeatedly hitting the gavel to bring the house to order, could not help reeling with laughter.

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Court Ruling Against Shehu Sani, Rape Of Justice, Glorification Of Electoral Robbery -PRP

Thu, 2019-08-22 14:56



The Kaduna State chapter of People's Redemption Party (PRP) has rejected the ruling of the state and national assembly elections petitions tribunal, vowing to appeal the ruling.

The party described the ruling of Justice A.H Suleiman as nothing but a judicial coronation of fraud and electoral robbery.

This party made this known in a press statement by the state chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Danbirni on Thursday in Abuja.

The statement added that the APC candidate (defendant) did not present a single witness to the court to justify his victory.

The party also queried the refusal of the tribunal in granting its request for a recount of the votes.

The statement said, "The lawyer that represented INEC is Governor El-Rufai's personal attorney. The tribunal didn't inform the legal counsel of our candidate, Senator Shehu Sani of the date of the ruling.

"The ruling represents a rape of justice and the crowning and glorification of electoral robbery. We maintain that our candidate for the 2019 national assembly elections Senator Shehu Sani won the Kaduna Central Senatorial election."

It added, "The so-called APC victory was a product of falsification of figures, ballot stuffing, suppression of our votes and mass thumb printing in their favor, refusal to use card readers of which the tribunal blessed with the gavel of the court.

"No change can come with people who rig elections. Nothing good can come from representatives who mount the seat of office with a tainted, muddy and doping mandate."

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BREAKING: Nigerian Lawmaker Kidnapped In Sokoto

Thu, 2019-08-22 14:50



A lawmaker representing Denge/Shuni State Constituency at the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Aminu Magaji Bodai, has been kidnapped.

A close relation of the lawmaker said that he was kidnapped by hoodlums around 1:15 am between Dange and Bodai town on Thursday, Punch reports.

“I can confirm to you that my brother was kidnapped by
yet-to-be-identified persons.

“His whereabouts are unknown yet and his abductors are yet to contact his family members.”

When contacted, the State Police Command confirmed the abduction.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Sadiq Abubakar, who confirmed that the legislator was kidnapped said, “Detail is still sketchy”.

 

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When A Governor Becomes A Threat To Free Speech And Free Press By Agba Jalingo

Thu, 2019-08-22 13:00


Agba Jalingo

Agba Jalingo


My constant assertion that Cross River state governor, Senator Ben Ayade is a threat to free speech and a free press in Cross River state has been challenged by some of his aides who also want me to prove my allegation with facts. The thing about this administration is that, in the same manner they make and forget promises so quickly, they also forget very quickly how often the Ayade government has attempted to stifle free speech and free
press since he assumed office.

Before his ascension, my experience as a reporter in Cross River state, under Governor Liyel Imoke also recorded some breaches but generally, the media in the State had a wider space to practice their trade. Imoke met
with the Press regularly and took questions with equanimity, no matter how upsetting the questions were.

The Imoke administration bullied and intimidated and persecuted a medical practitioner, Doctor Elihu Osim, who accused Imoke's wife of child trafficking. He was later charged in a trumped-up allegation.

Governor Imoke also dragged Chief Okoi Obono Obla and ThisDay Correspondent, Bassey Inyang to court over a publication he said was libellous.

But there was no reported incident of violent aggression towards citizens or journalists in the State for expressing their views or for writing media reports.

But Imoke had a deputy, Efiok Cobham, with a different temperament. In 2013, CrossRiverWatch did a report about the former Deputy Governor that really got him upset and he publicly threatened to kill Agba Jalingo and
destroy CrossRiverWatch over that report. A combined team of security agents were sent to arrest the then editor of CrossRiverWatch, Emmanuel Unah, from his home at midnight and he was detained at the police headquarters in Calabar until Governor Imoke who was seeking medical help in the US intervened and sought his release against the will of his deputy who was an acting governor at the time.

On his return, Imoke openly cautioned Cobham in exco and warned him to allow the press to do their work and not to create any further rift between his government and journalists in the State and it appears that caution was taken seriously. Such incidents stopped until the end
of their tenure.

When Ayade resumed office, the situation began to change. The regular media interactions with the governor were the first casualty. Unlike what obtains before Ayade, this governor has held only two meetings with the Press in four and a half years he has been in office.

The first meeting which was very early in his administration, broke down after journalists asked him questions he called 'beer parlour' questions. He swore never to meet 'those idiots' again.

The second meeting was hurriedly called after the EFCC arrested the governor's younger brother, Frank Ayade, in 2017. Once the governor knew the information had leaked to the media, he requested for a meeting which was essentially to manage the situation.

Under Imoke, apart from closed-door sessions, correspondents were all allowed in exco to witness sittings and signing of partnerships and MoUs.

Governor Ayade has rather created his own coterie of 'friendly press" who are the only ones now allowed to cover his activities, while the CPS sends press releases to editors. You stay in that 'friendly press' at the pleasure of the governor. He has expelled those considered critical. The media is being dictated to, how to cover the governor,
if not, you are kicked out. And then the constant attacks on individuals and the media for expressing dissenting views has spiked, compared to the past.

A former lecturer in UNICAL and critic of the Ayade government, Joseph Odok was the first casualty early into the administration. He was attacked and explainstabbed at Zanzibar in Calabar by persons it turned out were sent by government functionaries according to Police investigation. The matter was transferred from Calabar to Abuja, where the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Martin Orim, former State Security Adviser, Jude Ngaji and a
former Director in the State Green Sheriff, nicknamed Defense, were all fingered and invited for questioning in Abuja, in a case that was profiled as attempted assassination by the Police. There is still pending
investigation ongoing in the matter.

Ifere Paul, another popular critic of the Ayade administration, was next to follow. On the instigation of the governor via a complaint by the former State Attorney General, Joe Abang, the Police abducted Ifere from Abuja,
drove him in a truck from Abuja to Calabar in chains, before he was charged by the Cross River state government for allegedly writing things on Facebook that are capable of inciting the public against the government. The court has since thrown out the charge.

Publisher of Fearlessreports.com, Inyali Peter was also physically attacked, beaten and wounded in Obudu in 2018 by appointees of the Ayade government for allegedly writing and publishing things against the government. Inyali petitioned the Police and named his attackers
but the matter was swept under the carpet because of those involved.

Former CrossRiverWatch government house correspondent, Jonathan Ugbal, government house information officer, Nakanda Amboni Iyadim and a youth
corper from Taraba state that was serving in the government house, were arrested in 2018, after CrossRiverWatch published photographs of Commissioners sleeping in exco chambers while waiting for the governor. The trio were taken to the Police headquarters, Diamond Hill Calabar, where they were intimidated, harassed and their privacy was violated with their phones and cameras searched without a warrant, in a bid to find who transmitted the photos to CrossRiverWatch. They were detained and later released on bail without a charge.

The recent arrest, detention and subsequent arraignment of CrossRiverWatch Managing Editor, Jeremiah Archibong and News Editor, Jonathan Ugbal for showing up at a scheduled event to do their job, is also being instigated
by the Chief of Staff to the governor of Cross River state on orders from
the boss.


And then the latest attempt by the governor to whip CrossRiverWatch into submission. The invitation by the Police over an article in CrossRiverWatch, is an attempt to criminalize a civil matter, all in a bid to please one man who doesn't want to be challenged, regardless of his
decisions. This is the reality that we have to contend with in Cross River state, in the days of Ayade.

But this is an exercise in futility. It is an expression of innate panic and insecurity that the leader is battling with. The media has never been a problem. Citizen's perceptions, opinions or what they write has never been the problem. Government has always been the
problem. The desire of the government to control; to control both the media and the people. To stifle their voices and run the State alone. That has always been the problem. But a leader with a good sense of history will know that no leader ever won any of these battles. The
people own the government. They always win and
the media stands to watch and tell the story.

The media in our State will not allow this government to silence us. We will fight, not only for ourselves but for democracy, for free speech, for the right to hold our government accountable. We will rise in unison and solidarity and tell not just the Ayade government but
every other government that comes after this one, that the pen is mightier than your guns and security apparatchiks. That we have come of age and we can hold them accountable for the decisions they make on our behalf.

For governor Ayade, you can bruise us while you reign but you can't win us. You got only 1374 days to roar, but we will still be here to tell our stories.

Yours Sincerely,
Citizen Agba Jalingo.

#1374DaysToGo
#HoldYourLeadersAccountable
#FollowOurMoney
#LeadersAreServantsNotMasters
#NoToUncompletedProjects
#AyadeMustWork
#AyadeMustSucceed
#AyadeLegacy
#100DaysIn2ndTerm

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Nigerian Terrorists Plant Explosives In Potholes, Troops Foil Attack

Thu, 2019-08-22 12:35


Plans by some terrorists to plant improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in potholes dug on the Maiduguri-Konduga-Bama main supply route (MSR) was on Wednesday thwarted by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army says.

According to the army, the terrorists planned to launch an attack in an attempt to curtail the movement of troops, logistics.

The ploy was also to disrupt activities of other commuters.

A statement by the spokesman for 7 Division, Col. Ado Isa, said the affected area was scanned and cleared by a team of engineers ordinance detachment to prevent any unfortunate incident.

“The affected area of the road was scanned and cleared by the team of engineers ordinance detachment to allow for the safe movement of troops and other road users accordingly.

“The GOC charged the troops to remain more determined and committed in the operation in order to deny them (terrorists) freedom of action.

“Super Camp Konduga mobilized its engineers and locals within the area to mend the affected parts of the road in order to ease free and safe movement of troops, logistics, and other commuters.

“Members of the public are requested to cooperate with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in observing, reporting suspicious activities within their respective areas and provide credible information to aid operation in order to combat the menace of terrorism and other insecurities,” the statement explained.
 

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BREAKING: Boko Haram: Terrorists Raid Borno, Wreak Havoc On Residents

Thu, 2019-08-22 12:17


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Many people feared killed as suspected Boko Haram terrorists raided two local government areas in Borno State last night.

The terrorists came to Gubio town about 6 pm and sacked the troops while walking unchallenged in the streets of Gubio until about 10 pm, reliable sources told SaharaReporters.

Confirming the attack, a local government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the insurgents stormed Gubio town about 6pm, performed their maghrib prayers at about 6:30 pm and went on to wreak havoc on innocent civilians, with setting ablaze buildings.

"It is unfortunate that a week after a deadly attack which took place in Gubio that led to the withdrawal of troops, other armed insurgents stormed Gubio town at about 6 pm, performed their maghrib prayers about 6:30 pm in Gubio Mosque before they wreaked havoc on innocent civilians with setting ablaze of houses and public structures," one of the sources said.

Later on, the terrorists proceeded to Magumeri town and overran it, razing many buildings.

Many of the villagers were forced to seek refuge in bushes. 

SaharaReporters reports that two towns raided by the terrorists are headquarters of both Gubio and Magumeri local government areas in the northern part of Borno.

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Facebook Shuts Scores Of Myanmar Social Media Accounts

Thu, 2019-08-22 11:40


Facebook said today (Thursday) it had shut 216 social media pages, groups, and accounts in Myanmar, some tied to the army, to stymie efforts to “manipulate or corrupt public debate”.

The company closed 89 Facebook accounts, 107 pages, 15 groups and five Instagram accounts, some of which had hundreds of thousands of followers, it said in a blogpost.

The social media giant has previously removed hundreds of accounts, including that of Myanmar’s army chief, after criticism it had failed to act on hate speech amid violence against Rohingya Muslims in the country.

The people behind the latest deleted Myanmar accounts repurposed legitimate news and entertainment content and posted about national and local topics, including crime, ethnic relations, celebrities, and the military, it said.

“Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found that some of this activity was linked to individuals associated with the Myanmar military.”

In 2017, the military-led a crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents, pushing more than 730,000 Rohingya to neighbouring Bangladesh, according to U.N. agencies, Reuters reports.
 

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Sowore, IPOB, And The Naked Beating Of Ekweremadu By SKC Ogbonnia

Thu, 2019-08-22 11:28


SKC Ogbonnia

SKC Ogbonnia

 

The naked beating of Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Germany evokes painful lessons, particularly with Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and, of course, the continued detention of the frontline anti-corruption
advocate and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore.

First, the sympathy generated from the Ekweremadu beating has to do with the fact that the specious victim is a prominent member of the Nigerian political elite. Such type of public flogging is usually reserved for the ordinary Nigerians, especially if they dare go close to their leaders. The German incident also marked the first time a major suspect in looting of Nigerian treasury is manhandled like a petty thief. That explains why powerful politicians are mourning while millions of the masses are celebrating.

Second, the unfortunate incident is a dog whistle that the foreign land is no longer a safe haven for Nigerian corrupt leaders and their families. Hopefully, the protest may turn out a blessing in disguise. Nigeria will be better served the day her political class shows trust in the country’s social amenities, especially the schools; hospitals; and tourism, including new yam festival.

Third, and very significant, the nature of the beating on Ekweremadu shows that the Nigerian masses, particularly the Igbo youths, are gradually recognizing their true problems and true enemies. In short, the IPOB might have finally shattered Ekweremadu’s balloon of fake
popularity, sustained by a cocktail of the ceaseless montage of paid propaganda, the cascade of mass deceit, and a vicious army of highly educated and well-paid toadies. The IPOB might as well grasp the reality that the Biafran problem is Biafran made.

The objective fact is that our people who have held power in Nigeria’s 4th Republic in the Biafran area—from local government, the states, federal to President Goodluck Jonathan—were not the Hausa-Fulani. The world is also learning that Ekweremadu’s Enugu West Senatorial district has been home to the worst set of road networks in Nigeria throughout his fifth tenure in the senate. These include the most-deadly trio of Enugu/Onitsha, Enugu/PH, and Awgu/Oji-River highways, which has only served as money-spinners for the area politicians through series of funded but abandoned contracts.

Fifth, the angst expressed in Germany by IPOB is nothing but a page from the anti-corruption vision of the revolution that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to democratic power.

Therefore, besides the lack of development in the East and Ekweremadu’s apparent duplicity in the proscription of IPOB, it is an open secret that my senator is crudely corrupt. This is a man who mas a mere charge-n-bail lawyer before entering politics in 1999 but would
shamelessly admit overnight ownership of over 31 choice properties around the world without a real job.

Yet, since disgraced out of his ambition to remain a lifetime Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has been globetrotting, celebrating failure with fake yam festivals while millions of fellow Igbo youths are subjected to abject poverty and despair, home and abroad. Enough!

As I noted in the piece, 'Buhari And Nnamdi Kanu Fighting The Wrong Enemies', the whole IPOB saga is misconstrued.

What must no longer escape the minds of patriotic Nigerians is that an original aim of Radio Biafra, before its vision was sabotaged by Igbo politicians, was to uproot “all looters, embezzlers, kidnappers, sponsors of terrorism, child traffickers, corrupt judges, crooked university lecturers, murderous Nigerian security forces and all thieving individuals masquerading as public officials who steal public funds thereby preventing developmental projects from impacting positively on the lives of the ordinary people”.

That sounded more like Muhammadu Buhari speaking before he gained power in 2015. Therefore, though physical assault must be strongly discouraged, the grievances against Ekweremadu are profoundly
justified. You cannot beat a child and expect him not to cry at the same time. Moreover, my readers will by next week learn hard facts on how the senator actually owes IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, not the other way around.


Fourth, and very instructive, the Ekweremadu experience is a wake-up call that the continued detention of Omoleye Sowore is a time bomb.

Of course, the senator representing me is not the only corrupt politician flaunting his wealth and influence at the expense of the masses.

Consider, for instance, the latest quagmire where Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom, who is a facing trial for stealing N108 billion from the state treasury, is suddenly made the boss of Festus Keyamo, a celebrated human rights lawyer, who was the prosecutor in the same case.

Combine the irony with the situation where Timipre Sylva, a former governor of Bayelsa state, who was found guilty under President Jonathan for the corrupt acquisition of 48 choice properties, now holds sway at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the mainstay of the nation’s life.

This pattern under President Buhari is unimaginable and definitively unbearable. This is precisely why Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB refers to Nigeria as a zoo.

The daring degree of impunity is why a foremost patriot and First Lady, Aisha Buhari, once wondered: “Where are the men of Nigeria? Where are the Nigerian men? What are you doing? Instead of them to come together and fight them, they kept visiting them one after the other, licking their shoes.”

The growing impunity accounts for why Nigerian men descended on Ekweremadu, a permanent fixture in the gross misrule of Nigeria in the Fourth Republic. Of course, the jarring injustice in Nigeria is the sole raison d'être for the peaceful nationwide protest being led by Sowore, a field marshal in the 2015 revolution that toppled Jonathan
and brought General Buhari to power. That is perfectly why #RevolutionNow enjoys support from broad sections of Nigerians, home and abroad.

As a patriot and, of course, one of the most rabid supporters of Buhari since 1984, I truly want him to be the best president. But he must do the needful.

The time has come for dialogue instead of seeing every critic or protest as coup d’etat. And charity begins at home. The president might as well embrace the vision of his United Nations' address in 2017, where he preached dialogue over war in the case of North Korea.

Buhari had said, “In all these crises, the primary victims are the people, the most vulnerable being women and children.”

Thus, his style of beckoning trouble from all fronts is a recipe fordisaster. The latest attempt to label Nnamdi Kanu and Sowore as coup plotters is not only maddening malfeasance, the continued detention of Sowore is equally a brazen nonfeasance.

President Buhari must rise beyond sheer dogmatism and admit that the state is truly falling apart. He ought to be able to discern that, unlike the case of IPOB where the Igbo leaders, including Ekweremadu, have been dreadfully deceitful; the crème de la crème of the Yoruba
intelligentsia is boldly behind Omoyele Sowore. Only a poon ignores the potential of the heavily funded but regional IPOB, with a worldwide membership, fusing with a broad-based national outfit like #RevolutionNow.

It will not be surprising, however, if this appeal is ignored.

After all, “the primary victims are the people, the most vulnerable being women and children".

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

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IPOB Threatens 'Very Soon We'll Show' Governor Umahi, After Attack On Ekweremadu In Germany

Thu, 2019-08-22 11:27


The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, and other Igbo leaders that the group is coming after them.

The warning came some days after a former Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, an Igbo politician, was embarrassed and attacked in Nuremberg, Germany.

IPOB, in a statement by an official of the secessionist group, China Edoziem, said the attack on Ekweremadu was a sign of other things that would befall some Igbo leaders.

The statement said, "The Indigenous People of Biafra, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will continue in the avowed pursuit of our right of existence as a people, independent of the evil enclave called Nigeria.

“We’ll be unhindered, unperturbed and unfazed by the cacophony of morally bankrupt manufactured voices that appear to rally round one of them, Ike Ekweremadu.

“Going through the vomit of some of these faceless sycophants with no iota of influence on the ground in Biafraland apart from dishing out meaningless drivel in the name of press statements, one is confronted with the mindset of a people living in a banana republic in which all forms of freedom of expression is brutally repressed and mediocrity extolled to high heavens.” See Also Sahara Reporters After Ekweremadu Attack, Orji Kalu Cancels Trip To Spain 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

The statement added, “It is imperative to state that in making that choice, there will be no differentiating between the subservient Biafran politician(s) who see nothing and hear nothing wrong when Biafraland is under Fulani military siege and their caliphate masters that dehumanize, abduct, torture and murder at will.

“Very soon, we shall show Dave Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State that IPOB has not only the capacity and reach but also the power to achieve our set objectives and fulfil our promise to the living and the dead.

“We are waiting for them and their trumpeters in all the civilized nations of the world. The story of their humiliation will become a subject of study in foreign institutions. Our struggle has shifted to the international arena where every eye will be watching and taking note."

Meanwhile, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has said the attack on Ekweremadu was a wake-up call for all corrupt and ’unrepentant’ Igbo leaders.

The President-General of the youth group, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said this in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide observed that tension is building up in many quarters in the South-East as many Igbo leaders had hurriedly cancelled their trips abroad over the recent harassment and mob action against a respected Igbo son and politician, Sen Ike Ekweremadu, at the New Yam Festival at Nuremberg, Germany recently.

“ONYC pleads with our angry Igbo youths and agitators to shelve any planned violent mob action against Igbo leaders here in Nigeria and abroad at the moment and wait to see how many leaders will turn a new
leaf as we feel the anger in the air.

“But Ekweremadu’s assault is a wake-up call for the unrepentant Igbo leaders who had betrayed the confidence of our people in governance. Igbo leaders should be mindful of their utterances, actions and decisions on issues affecting the Igbo.”
 

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Insecurity: More Have Been Killed Under Buhari Than During Civil War, Uche Secondus Claims

Thu, 2019-08-22 11:16


More Nigerians have been killed under President Muhammadu Buhari's government than were killed during the country's civil war, says the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus.

Over two million people were estimated to have died in the war.

Secondus made the claim during a  meeting of the Ogun State wing of the party at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, on Wednesday.

The PDP  chief said his party would stop violent deaths in the country if elected in the 2023 polls.

He said, “For how long can we continue to be oppressed, intimidated and continue to kill ourselves (one another)? So many killings now in the country than we had during the civil war.

"The people that have been killed since the inception of the APC government are many that you can’t place records because we wake up to hear news of killings on a daily basis.”

On his plan to unite the party ahead of the 2023 elections, Secondus said Ogun had taken the lead towards the move to unite the PDP in other states.

He also said the party would hold its ward, local government area and state congresses next year.

He said, “Since Ogun state has started this unification move, other states will follow in the interest of our great party. We must all come together after we have passed   through   pains.”

A leader of the PDP in the state, Oladipupo  Adebutu, said Dapo Abiodun would not have won the March 9 governorship poll if he had represented the party.

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#RevolutionNow: Sowore In High Spirits In Detention, Sources Say

Thu, 2019-08-22 11:07


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Omoyele Sowore, President Muhammadu Buhari's opponent in the February 23 presidential election, though currently in detained by Nigeria's secret police (the Department of State Services) is in high spirits,
SaharaReporters can report.

Sowore, a political and social activist, is being charged with terrorism for calling on Nigerians to embark on nationwide protests tagged, #RevolutionNow.

He was abducted on August 3, 2019, two days before the planned protest.

Reliable sources close to the detention facility Sowore is being held disclosed that every attempt to dampen his spirit had failed.

The sources added that the activist was in good health.

One of the sources told SaharaReporters that Sowore vowed that he would continue to "speak truth to power" and would not bow to intimidation and persecution.

The Buhari regime was pilloried by many individuals and organizations for arresting and detaining the pro-democracy campaigner and called for his release.

Among Nigerians who took to the social media includes the former Vice President,  Atiku Abubakar who described the arrest as “kidnapping in the guise” adding that freedom of speech was part of the nation’s democracy.

Others were a former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Senator Shehu Sani, Femi Falana, Mike Ozekhome, among others.

Also, over 52 civil society organizations condemned the government's security agents' clampdown on peaceful #RevolutionNow protesters.

However, the All Progressives Congress-led federal government has been seeking ways to prolong Sowore's stay in DSS' custody.

Sowore, a candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 23 presidential election is known to be a vocal critic against bad governance and corruption in Nigeria.

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Ministerial Portfolios: Buhari Just Paid Back Kinsmen For Giving Him 97% Votes, Says Ohanaeze

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:38


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Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo have criticized the allocation of ministries by President Muhammadu Buhari, with all nine ministers from the North-West given senior positions.

Among the six geopolitical zones in the country, the North-West, which consists of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, got the highest number of ministers with senior portfolios.

The nine ministers from the region include Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State), who was appointed Minister of Water Resources; Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna State), Minister of Finance; Muhammad Mahmood (Kaduna State),
Minister of Environment; and Sabo Nanono (Kano State), Minister of Agriculture and Development.

Others are Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano State), Minister of Defence; Hadi Sirika (Katsina State), Minister of Aviation; Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State), Minister of Justice; Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto State), Minister of Police Affairs; and Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara State), Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said the appointment of the ministers was a reflection of alleged sectionalism on the part of the president.

Odumakin said, “That is 'next level' of sectionalism, in your face, and incorrigibility. There have been complaints about all these things since the first term. Now, it has been done in a super way. So, that is the next level. Welcome to the 'next level'.”

Similarly, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Uche Achi-Okpoga, said noted, “We are already used to the antics of the Presidency. We were not expecting anything less. We have a President that does not mince words. He stated it in his first tenure that he would not sacrifice those who gave him 97 percent votes to those who gave him maybe five percent. So, why should we be surprised that he gave juicy and senior positions to his kinsmen?”
 

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Nigerian Parliament To Probe Abandoned Projects That Date Back To 1999

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:35


The House of Representatives has begun investigations into projects abandoned by the Nigerian government since 1999.

An ad hoc committee set up by the House to probe abandoned projects in the communications sector, including the closed-circuit television camera projects, held its inaugural meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

Punch reports that Chairman of the committee, Chukwuma Umeoji,  said the parliament would prosecute firms and individuals linked to any failed projects.

Umeoji said the mandate given to the panel included investigating abandoned federal government’s projects from 1999 to date, to find out the costs and the period the contracts were awarded as well as the level of completion, among other things.

He said, ministries, departments, agencies, parastatals, commissions and boards awarded contracts for the execution of several capital projects since the nation returned to democratic rule in 1999.

“Many of these projects have been abandoned even as many of them (contractors) have received advance payments of not less than 50 percent of the contract sums. Government has spent billions of naira on such contracts without the government and the people getting value for the money spent so far.

“It is instructive to note that if the nation is to have a meaningful development in terms of infrastructure and social services, there is an  urgent need for a change in the manner of award of contracts for and the execution of capital projects.”
 

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Certificate Forgery: Buhari's Embattled Anti-Corruption Chairman, Obono-Obla, Blames Osinbajo For Downfall

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:30


The suspended Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, has said the planned investigation by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission would not be fair due to the closeness of the commission’s Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owansanoye, to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Obono-Obla stated this in a suit he filed on Tuesday to challenge the said probe for alleged certificate forgery and extortion.

Among other things, he contended in the suit marked, HC/ABJ/CS/980/2019, that the ICPC, had no powers to invite, arrest, detain, investigate, or prosecute him in connection with alleged falsification of academic certificates.

Through his lawyer, Faruk Khamagam, Obono-Obla also filed an ex parte application seeking an urgent hearing of the suit.

The head of the legal unit of the SPIP while Obono-Obla held sway as the panel’s chairman, Dr. Celsus Ukpong, deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the main suit and the ex parte application.

According to Punch, the court papers in which the plaintiff alleged that part of the reasons he was suspended as the SPIP chairman was that he was not taking instructions from Osinbajo were sighted on Wednesday

He added that with Owasanoye as the ICPC chairman, the anti-corruption agency would not conduct a fair probe of his case.

Obono-Obla linked his travails to the investigations he launched against influential persons and organizations.

Faulting his suspension, said he “has been investigating many politically-exposed persons and civil servants, none of whom has been suspended”.

The plaintiff, who detailed his achievements as the Chairman of the SPIP in terms of recovery of looted funds and assets, added that he had received death threats and sacrificed his comfort in assisting the
President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fight corruption.

He also faulted the alleged forgery of a West Africa Examination Council certificate levelled against him.

He added that despite filing a suit challenging the House of Representatives’ powers to investigate his WASCE certificate and serving the court papers on the House “they refused to show up in court and went ahead and conducted a one-sided hearing and produced a report indicting him of falsifying his WASCE certificate”.

Ukpong, who noted in the affidavits that he had a telephone conversation with Obono-Obla  at about 2 pm on August 16 while preparing the case, stated that the suspended SPIP chairman “is currently living in fear of imminent arrest, intimidation, harassment, detention, arraignment and/or prosecution by the defendant (ICPC) on allegation of offences they have no power to prosecute”.

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African and American Senior Enlisted Leaders Discuss Empowerment, US Africa Command

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:29


 

Senior enlisted leaders from 27 African nations and the United States gathered in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, for the third annual Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference (ASELC).

The ASELC provides a forum for African and U.S. senior enlisted leaders to share experiences and find ways to collaborate regarding non-commissioned officer empowerment and development.

“This is a great opportunity for countries to collaborate, build on strengths, understand differences, and work together. A more secure and stable Africa is in everyone’s interest,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command. “The incredible
exchange of ideas and learning at this symposium is making us and our African partners stronger.”

During the first ASELC held in 2017, African senior enlisted leaders identified professional military development as one of the key issues they face. The second conference, held in 2018, included a forum to unveil the Africa Enlisted Development Strategy, AFRICOM’s low-to-no-cost, multi-year approach to enlisted development.

The Africa Enlisted Development Strategy seeks to standardize existing African professional military education institutions that can train, not only their own nation’s forces but also those of neighboring nations with the goal of developing regional centers of excellence.
Each year, the strategy focuses on up to four countries. The first four focus countries included in the first tranche of the strategy are Botswana, Ghana, Liberia, and Malawi.

The execution is ongoing for the first tranche, said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez, command senior enlisted leader, U.S. Africa Command. During this year’s conference, the African tranche one senior enlisted leaders shared their experiences and are now able to serve as a model for the other African senior enlisted
leaders in attendance.

For Chief Warrant Officer Ramous Barker, Forces Sergeant Major, Ghana Armed Forces, he understands that empowering and developing NCOs is critical to the success of his military.

“NCOs form the backbone of every military institution,” he said. “If you have a weak NCO corps, then you will have a weak military institution so it is essential that all NCOs are trained very well and are educated very well so that they are able to function as NCOs.”

Professional military education is at the heart of strengthening the NCO Corps, he said.

In Malawi, efforts are already underway at the Malawi Defence Force Sergeant Major Academy to train their own forces and forces from other African nations.

In 2014, at the request of the Malawi Defence Force, U.S. Army Africa sent a mobile training team to help the Malawi military develop an NCO training curriculum. During the first class, the U.S. instructors trained Malawian instructors. During the second course, the Malawian instructors taught the class and the U.S. instructors provided mentorship. In 2015 during the third iteration of the course, the Malawi Defence Force instructors taught the class with no U.S. involvement. Later that year, they began training other African NCOs.

To date, the academy has trained NCOs from 12 African nations and they plan to expand to even more countries, said Warrant Officer Class One George Bisalomu, Malawi Defence Force Sergeant Major.

“As African nations, not everyone has got everything so we keep on helping each other,” said Gen. Vincent Nundwe, commander, Malawi Defence Force. “If we have those courses in Malawi, it’s one way of trying to harmonize the interoperability with other forces.”

Top defense officials from the four focus countries, including Nundwe, participated in a Chief of Defense panel discussion about NCO empowerment.

This panel was a direct result of a request by the African senior enlisted leaders, Colon-Lopez said. During the first ASELC, the attendees said it’s great to hear from U.S. generals, but it’s most important to hear from African generals.

“The problem lies when officers aren’t always willing to empower non-commissioned officers,” he said. “We asked some of our most trusted partners [African generals] to come here to be able to impart ‘why is it that they’re choosing to empower non-commissioned officers in Africa.’”

The panelists spoke about their personal experiences empowering NCOs and why it’s essential to their military.

“NCOs, all the time, have to be empowered and you have to show the trust and the confidence in them so that even when you are not there, they will do the job just like when you are there,” said Maj. Gen. Mpho Mophuting, director of general support services, Botswana Defence Force. “It’s really important to ensure that you have the best NCO
corps that can represent you both professionally in the military and even outside when they are in the civilian population to help people understand what the military stands for.”

Another topic of discussion during this year’s event is the unique perspective women NCOs bring to a military. During last year’s ASELC, two women NCOs were in attendance. This year that number increased to
seven representing six African nations and, for the first time, a Women, Peace and Security panel was held featuring women NCOs from Ghana, Liberia and Malawi.

“Women are very important because they make a difference in the military,” said Master Sgt. Joyce N. Akoi, Administrative Clerk for the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces Liberia.

In Mali, women soldiers have an important role in information gathering because in that culture, women are not allowed to be seen with men. Women soldiers are able to talk to other women so that information can be gathered for the mission, Akoi said.

“We need to utilize all talent and provide everybody, regardless of gender, the ability to excel, grow, develop, and lead,” said Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The goal of the Women, Peace and Security panel is for the African participants to take lessons learned back to their countries and look for ways to capitalize on effectively leveraging women in their military, Colon-Lopez said.

As the Africa Enlisted Development Strategy progresses, Colon-Lopez said the desired end state of NCO development in African sustainability and ownership with little to no U.S. or coalition assistance to carry on training the future crop of NCOs, he said.

“It is imperative that we first and foremost bring the lessons learned from the Africans and not just the ideas of the U.S.,” he said. That’s what’s going to resonate with them and that is the direction we need to take as United States Africa Command. African solutions to African
issues.”

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IMF Wants Nigeria, Others To Vote On Removing Age Barriers In Appointing Its Managing Director

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:09


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The executive board of the International Monetary Fund says it has asked Nigeria and other 188 member countries to vote on removing age barriers to who becomes the managing director of the international lending institution.

In a statement made available to SaharaReporters, the board is seeking to amend its by-laws to allow it select persons older than 65 and to permit the selected individual, the right to stay in office beyond his or her 70th birthday.

The board's reason to change the rules, the statement pointed out, was to bring it in alignment with that of its sister-organization, the World Bank.

“The Executive Board has today recommended that the IMF Board of Governors vote to remove the age limit that currently applies to the position of IMF Managing Director with those of members of the IMF Executive Board, which the Managing Director chairs, and those of the President of the World Bank Group, who are not subject to an age
limit,” the IMF said.

It explained further, "The board of governors who represent the 189 members, will vote on the matter from Wednesday 21 to Wednesday, September 4. A simple majority from governors who control 2-3rd of the lender’s shares will be enough to legalize the change. The Executive Board has today recommended that the IMF Board of Governors vote to remove the age limit that currently applies to the position of IMF Managing with those of members of the IMF Executive Board, which the
Managing Director chairs, and those of the President of the World Bank Group, who are not subject to an age limit.”

The board of governors who represent the 189 members, will vote on the matter from Wednesday 21 to Wednesday, September 4.

A simple majority from governors who control 2-3rd of the lender’s shares will be enough to legalize the change.

The statement added, “The IMF Board of Governors, which represents the 189 member countries according to their voting shares, is requested tovote on the proposal. A simple majority of the votes cast is required to adopt the proposal, with a minimum participation requirement of a
majority of Governors holding two-thirds of the total voting power. Voting is scheduled to run from August 21 to September 4.”

The board is in the process of choosing a successor to Christine Lagard, while nominations for her replacement ends on September 6 and the world will know the new managing director by October 4.

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Buhari's 'Next Level': Nigerians To Pay More For Electricity, Documents Reveal

Thu, 2019-08-22 09:36


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The President Muhammadu Buhari regime through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has increased electricity tariff across the country.

According to Punch, findings from various documents obtained from the NERC on Wednesday in Abuja showed that beginning from next year, power consumers will have to pay between N8 and N14 (in addition to what they currently pay) for every kilowatt-hour of energy provided by distribution companies.

Also, the cost-reflective tariff of each of the Discos in separate documents for each particular distributor in a regulatory instrument cited as ‘The 2016-2018 Minor Review of Multi-Year Tariff Order 2015 and Minimum Remittance Order for the Year 2019’ was disclosed.

The tariff increase for each Disco differs, going by figures in the documents from the commission.

For the Abuja Disco’s minor review assumptions 2015 – 2021, the commission stated that the Disco’s end-user cost-reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per KWh were N42.81, N46.44, N52.86, N46.02, and N44.29, respectively.

NERC, however, stated that the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh was N32.66 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N42.46 and N44.21.

The difference between what AEDC’s customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year, going by NERC’s figures, is an increase of N9.8/kWh.

For Benin Disco, it said the end-user cost-reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh were N51.37, N54.36, N59.07, N47.61 and N43.79, respectively.

It also stated that the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh was N32.50 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N42.25 and N43.79.

Here, the difference between what BEDC’s customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year is an increase of N9.75/kWh.

For Eko Disco, the commission said the end-user cost-reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh were N39.7, N41.8, N46.1, N39.8, and N39.2, respectively.

For the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh, it said this was N28.3 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N36.8 and N39.2.

The difference between what Eko Disco customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year is an increase of N8.5/kWh.

It was gathered that for Enugu Disco, customers under the power firm’s franchise areas will get a tariff increase of N10.6/kWh from next year.

This is because based on figures from the commission, the allowed end-user tariffs for Enugu Disco for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh are N35.3, N45.9, and N41.6, respectively.

For residents who are served by Ibadan Disco, the end-user allowed tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh are N30.6, N39.7, and N44.2, respectively.

This implies that by next year, power consumers who get supply from Ibadan Disco will witness an increase of N9.1/kWh in their tariff.

In Ikeja Disco’s franchise areas, customers will have to pay additional N8.2/kWh 2020.

This is because the end-user allowed tariffs in the order from NERC put the tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh at N27.3, N35.5 and N37.1 respectively.

In Jos Disco, the tariff increase for 2020 is N10.1/kWh, as consumers under this Disco will have to pay N43.9/kWh, as against N33.8/kWh which they currently pay.

In Kaduna, power users will witness an increase of N9/kWh.

The end-user allowed tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2019 per kWh for Kaduna Disco, as captured by NERC, are N30.3, N39.3, and N41.7, respectively.

Also, in Kano Disco, NERC increased the end-user allowed tariffs from N30.1/kWh in 2019 to N44.7/kWh in 2020 and N41.8/kWh in 2021.

This implies that residents who are served by this Disco will witness an increase of N14.6/kWh in the tariff they pay for electricity.

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