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Police Arrest Gang ‘That Can Take Down Any Security Agency’

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 11:55


Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, says operatives of the Lagos Command arrested an armed robbery gang capable of taking “down any security agency”.

While parading the suspects on Tuesday at the Command’s headquarters in Ikeja, he said the ammunition recovered from the gang is sufficient for a face-off with security operatives.

He said: “Following reports and intelligence received that some gang of dare-devil armed robbers often visit and unleash terror on the residents of Ajegunle and Apapa areas of the state, the Command’s Tactical Operations Unit quickly put in place strategies to arrest the hoodlums whenever they sneak into Ajegunle for their usual operations.

“On the January 16, 2019, at about 2300hrs, the gang gathered for their usual operation but this time, they were unlucky as a team of the Command’s SARS Operatives arrested one of them, named Olamilekan Rasheed Alabi, aged 29, who led the policemen to their hideout at Ijoko area of Sango, Ogun State, where five members of the gang were arrested.

“They gave their names as Olamilekan Rasheed Alabi (29 years) a.k.a. F**k  Alhaja, Mondiu Ayoola Odufeso (39 years) a.k.a. Osama, Alaba Lukuman Olarenwaju (45 years) a.k.a. Ajeromi, Ahmed Rasak Fadele (55 years), Wasiu Isiaka (49 years), and Saka Alao (45 years)."

Exhibits recovered from their hideout are four AK 47 rifles with fifty rounds of live ammunition, three pump action rifles, two locally-made double barrel guns and 34 unexpended cartridges.

In another development, the Police Commissioner said the suspects involved in the killing of one Modupe Catherine, who was murdered on January 1, 2019, has been arrested.

He said: "On January 1, 2019, at about 0040hrs, some dare devil armed robbers invaded the home of one Mr. Akin and held the man and his wife, Modupe Catherine, now late, hostage at gun point.

“At this time, their children were in the church for the cross-over service.  The deceased stood between the robbers and her husband and started pleading with them not to kill him. Unfortunately for the woman, one of the robbers pulled the trigger firing the deceased on her chest. They made away with their phones, laptops and cash sum of N2,200.  

“Based on the sad event, operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) visited the scene and gathered items of evidential importance which were analysed leading to the arrest of one of the robbers. During interrogation, he gave his name as Isah Shobayo and confessed committing the crime. He later led detectives to arrest one Ogundimu Olalekan who served as their armourer."

Similarly, Edgal claimed that the command arrested three other robbery suspects from different parts of the state. 

“At Alaba International Market: one Chinedu Kelechi Kenneth ‘m’ 34 years was arrested with a cut-to-size triple barrel gun with seven unexpended cartridges. In addition, one Acura SUV with registration number KTU 253 FL, which served as his operational car, was also recovered from him.

“At CMD Road, Ikosi Ketu Lagos, two traffic robbers, whose names are Jiwadu Yusuf Onikosi ‘m’ (32 years) a.k.a. 'Too Rugged' and Abiodun Aruya ‘m’ (38 years) a.k.a. 'No Gogo', were arrested.

“The two suspects were immediately taken to their houses for search, during which one pump action gun with two lives cartridges were recovered.

“At Olosha Bus Stop, Mushin, Lagos, on January 19, 2019, at about 0230 hours the following two armed robbery suspects were arrested viz: Adewunmi Sodiq ‘m’ (24 years) and Lateef Jimoh ‘m’ (56 years). Exhibits recovered are one locally-made double barrel pistol, criminal charms and one Volkswagen Golf with registration number XM-346-MUS."

He said all the suspects would be charged to court.

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We Will Never Endorse Any Presidential Candidate, Says CAN

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 11:30


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says it will "never endorse any of the candidates eyeing the Number 1 seat".

This was contained in a statement by Daramola Joseph Bade, the acting CAN General Secretary, issued on Tuesday.

According to the association, the clarification became necessary against speculations that they have endorsed a candidate.

The decision to not endorse any candidate also covers all other elective positions in the forthcoming elections.

The statement read: "As Nigerians prepare for the presidential election, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has disclosed that it has not endorsed and will never endorse any of the candidates eyeing the Number 1 Seat or any elective post but asks its members to vote according to the leading of the Holy Spirit and their consciences.

"We have been hearing speculations going the rounds that CAN had endorsed one presidential candidate or the other. Nothing can be farther from the truth. CAN is apolitical, non-partisan and impartial but we are for God and His people. Our members cut across all political divides and some of them are even contesting for one post or the other including the presidential. So, the idea of endorsing any candidate as favourite does not arise. We have not and will not endorse any candidate for any elective office in the country.

"You will recall that CAN recently met with some leading presidential candidates in Abuja to interact with them and to present our position of the State of the Nation to them and to listen to their manifestoes and programmes. At the end of the meeting, we came out with a position without endorsing any of the candidates."

On its position as it relates to the choice candidate for the presidential seat, CAN said: "Our expectations are that whoever emerges as president and vice-president will address the myriad of critical national concerns. In biblical times, God raised prophets at different times to speak up against national leaders and policies that promoted injustice against the very people such leaders were called to serve. God placed the responsibility of the security and welfare of the citizens on leaders of nations. Nigeria cannot be an exception.

"While CAN notes with encouragement that the candidates interviewed subscribed to its (CAN's) values as expected of the President of the Federal Republic, it is noted too that actions should speak far louder than words if anyone of them is elected. To this end, CAN will watch closely as the character of the presidential candidates unfolds before, during and after the elections in 2019.

"The Christian community is deeply concerned about the misfortunes that have befallen the Nigerian state in recent years. These concerns, which must never be swept under the carpet, make the strongest case for setting a standard for how responsible and well-meaning Nigerian should vote in 2019. CAN urges all Christians to ensure they are in possession of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Christians should use sound judgment in voting, ensuring that sentiments are eschewed and wisdom is applied in making the decision on the ballot paper. Let us be circumspect and discretional. Above all. Let the Holy Spirit of God direct you in the voting. Think about the greater good of Nigeria, and not primordial sentiments.

"All Christians are enjoined to remain vigilant during the voting exercise and promptly report any suspicious undertaking at voting centres. Christians are however admonished to stay away from any violent act or mob action, whatsoever, no matter the provocation. Decency, lawfulness and godliness should guide us in any act of disagreement.

"The choice of CAN is any candidate who exhibits godliness, trustworthiness, sincerity of purpose, decency, patriotism, true commitment to national service and who has shown care for the Christian community over the years. Christians are called upon to vote credibly and trusted candidates into the various elective positions. We must also be discerning about their policy and the understanding of policy details."

For politicians, CAN urged them to "show maturity, leadership, sportsmanship and eschew electoral malpractice and violence in whatever form."

The statement continued: "They should also call their followers to order and ensure they all operate within the framework of the law. Voter intimidation and vote-buying are anathema to democratic governance and should never be allowed. The law enforcement agencies and other election umpires are enjoined not to be partisan in any form. The peaceful elections and smooth transition of power witnessed in 2015 should be re-enacted in 2019 if new leaders are elected at any level.

"The Church in Nigeria through CAN is committed to praying and working earnestly towards actualizing this goal. We trust God to give Nigeria a leader and deliverer of his choice in February 2019."

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Police Arrest Prime Suspect, Four Others Involved In Lagos Pipeline Explosion​

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 10:47


The Lagos State Police Command have arrested the prime suspect in the vandalism of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s pipeline, which had earlier caused an explosion that destroyed properties worth several millions of naira in the Abule-Egba area of the state on December 19, 2018.

A statement by CSP Chike Otti, the state Police Public Relation Officer, had declared wanted one Adedipe Ewenla, as four of the arrested suspects had narrated to the Police how the fire incident started, which burnt more than 70 vehicles, a number of shops and more than 90 houses in Abule-Egba area. 

At a press briefing on Tuesday, Edgal Imohimi, the state Commissioner of Police, said operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad, who were mobilised to investigate the incident, arrested Ewenla and his accomplices, Abdulazeez Agbola (aged 29), Akin Ayansola (aged 44), one Kazeem (aged 50) and Saheed Isiola (aged 36).

One Rasak Oyakunle was arrested and during interrogation, he confessed that his workshop is located at the petroleum pipeline "to enable them siphon fuel undetected".

Imohimi continued: “On Thursday, December 19, 2018, around 2am, there was a fire outbreak at Isopako Awori, Abule-Egba area of Lagos State. The fire emanated from the NNPC pipeline that was deliberately ruptured by vandals in their bid to siphon Premium Motor Spirit from the broken pipeline. The consequence was a huge ball of fire that consumed about 100 houses and 77 vehicles worth several millions of Naira.

“Based on the development, operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, were detailed to investigate the incident and ensure the arrest of those behind the crime. The operatives mobilised to the scene and picked up some pieces of evidence for analysis, which led to the arrest of one Rasak Oyakunle, aka Akeregun.

“During interrogation, he confessed to committing the crime. He further revealed that he owned a generator repair workshop situated right on the spot where the pipeline was ruptured. He said that the location of the workshop on the petroleum pipeline was to enable them siphon fuel undetected. His partners in the illegal business currently in our custody are Abdulazeez Agbola, 29; Akin Ayansola, 44; one Kazeem, 50; and Saheed Isiola, 36.

“Also arrested is one Adedipe Ewenla, 40, who was on the police wanted list as a result of the stealing of petroleum products for many years until he met his waterloo on December 19, 2018.”

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'More Cash Found In CJN Onnoghen’s Accounts'

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 10:35


Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen Daily Post

There seems to be more to the allegations of fraudulent assets declaration charge against Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), as dectectives may have found more undeclared funds in his accounts.

According to a report by The Nation newspaper, detectives found “suspicious” transactions, including an $800,000 Standard Chartered Bank investment subscription.

Also found is $630,000 lodged in some of the accounts through what is described as “structured payments” in tranches of $10,000 each.

Most of the lodgments, effected between 2012 and 2016, were undeclared in Justice Onnoghen’s assets declaration form, the sources claimed, pleading not to be named because of the “sensitivity” of the investigation.

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has restricted the operation of five accounts with about $3million.

The accounts in the Standard Chartered Bank are USD No. 870001062650; Euro account No. 93001062686; Pound Sterling A/C No. 285001062679; e-Saver Savings (Naira) account No. 5001062693; and a  Naira A/C No. 0001062667.

Detectives believe that most of the lodgments and transactions are “suspicious”.

The Newspaper also said it found an intelligence report on the CJN’s accounts, which read in part: “Pattern of structured payments of $10,000.00 each in 2012. For example, a total of $630,000.00 was credited to the accounts using this pattern

”Similarly structured payments of $10,000.00 amounting to $297,800.00, $50,000.00 and $36,000.00 were deposited in the account in 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

“There was also a credit of $121,116.00 into the account from  2014 to 2016 from Life Friend Plc. The payments were in four instalments, of $30,279.00 each. These payments suggest the suspect has investments.

“ A payment at $482,966.00 from Alicia Redemption Pro and shortly after, $800,000.00 was invested in SCB Investment subscription. We are in the process of verifying these transactions;

“Other suspicious transactions in the account are credit of $19,764.00 from Pur of Noble and seven (7) payments of $3,250.00, each amounting to $22,750.00 from Lloyds TSB."

On the pound sterling (GBP), the investigative team discovered “a self- transfer of £40,268.40 into the account on May 31, 2016".

“There were also self-deposits by the suspect of £49,760.00 from July 2015 to September 2016 but the balance as at September 30, 2016, was £108,348.00,” the report added.

Regarding the Naira account, the report read: “The following highlights some of the suspicious activities in the account: A transfer of N41,262.000.00 ($260,000) was made from the dollar account. The money was used to make payment of N41million to Ad hoc Committee on the Sale of Federal Government Houses, suggesting that he bought a property with proceeds of the transfer;

“The only other significant transactions in the accounts are six (6) structured cash payments of N500,000.00 each and one payment of N700,000.00 amounting to N3.7mlllion from November 2013 to August 2016."

All the transactions, sources said, are being investigated whether or not they violated the “Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, which was put in place by the National Judicial Council.

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'Is el-Rufai Guilty Of Something That's Haunting Him?' —Group Question Kaduna Gov On Anti-Christian Remarks

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 10:33


The Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union, (SOKAPU), an umbrella organisation of all Southern Kaduna indigenes, has accused the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai of using the media to cause political uproar in the state.

In a statement released by Yakubu Kuzamani, National Public Relations Officer of SOKAPU, the union accused the governor of heating up the polity.

The group stated this in response to a comment credited to the state governor that a larger percentage of Christians were against his re-election.

The statement read: “It is most disheartening that a governor of a multi-religious and multi-ethnic state like Kaduna would resort to religious sentiments for seeking re-election when competency and merit should be the basis.

"Southern Kaduna and indeed the entire state will vote a democratic governor that will unite and provide astute leadership to our beleaguered State. Christians and Muslims in Kaduna State are committed in doing just that. We shall not allow any form of bigotry to divide us.

“Our advice to Malam el-Rufai is for him to be a governor to all. He should stand for all, speak for all and protect all. He should be the one dousing tension and rallying all for unity, instead of unnecessarily heating up the political atmosphere in the state.

“If Christians in Southern Kaduna voted for him in 2015, against the then sitting governor, Alhaji Ramalan Yero, a fellow Muslim, why is he now alleging that Christians would not vote for him? What did he do now that he is alleging being rejected by Christians? Why is he suddenly bringing in the issue of religion with the election just around the corner?

“Is he guilty of something that is haunting him? Is he running away from something when nobody is pursuing him? How did the governor arrive at the 67 per cent figure of Christians that he alleged would not vote for him? What is the Governor really planning?

“Despite our measured and steadfast resolve to ignore this issue, considering the emotional reaction that the interview generated, it has, however, become imperative to speak and correct the deliberate misinformation, negative stereotyping and the generalization that was devoid of logic or fact.

“What is the reality? The fact is that Christians in Southern Kaduna do not hate Governor el-Rufai, but we abhor his deliberate policy aimed at reducing our people into political nothingness. With the general elections approaching, the governor has been peddling this falsehood at several events. We declare emphatically the fact that our people and members, who include both Christians and Muslims, do not hate any politician on account of their religion. The governor’s assertions are merely the figments of his imaginations and should be ignored.

“The deliberate falsehood manufactured by the governor is punctured by the fact that Christians in Southern Kaduna have been voting Muslims as governors for a long time since the creation of the state. The governors include Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, Alhaji Dabo Lere, Alhaji Mohammed Makarfi, Arch. Mohammed Namadi Sambo and the governor himself. Christians in Kaduna have voted, not on a religious basis, but on competence and merit.”

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Youth Shut Down Ogun Community To Protest Death Of Colleague Shot By Customs Officials

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 10:30


Nigerian Customs Service
Nigerian Customs Service

Some irate youth at Owode in Ogun State, have protested the death of one of them killed by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) during a clash between the youth and operatives of the customs.

The young man, identified simply as Kunle, was said to have been killed on Monday at the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) parish in the area. 

The Customs had stormed the church premises, claiming it discovered loads of smuggled bags of rice hidden in vehicles parked inside the church by suspected smugglers.

The young men in the committee then prevented the operatives from gaining access to the church. This led to a fight that resulted in Kunle's death.

The Customs officials alleged that the youth were mobilised by suspected smugglers to protect the smuggled rice in the church premises.

Narrating the incident on Tuesday, one of the youths, who preferred not to be named, said: “They wanted to ransack the house of God, but we stopped them and they started shooting. One of our colleagues, Kunle is dead. We have mobilised today to teach them a lesson".

However, spokesman of the Ogun State Command of the NCS, Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada, explained that the Customs officers shot in self-defence after being attacked by the youth.

Maiwada said: “As I speak to you, the situation is still not under control because a mob is threatening to attack our formation in Ajileti. The genesis of the whole issue started on Monday when our officers attempted to evacuate smuggled bags of rice from a CCC church in Owode. The smugglers mobilised the youth of the town and they attacked our men with dangerous weapons.

“Our men had to defend themselves by shooting to scare away the marauding mob. The youth attacked our officers with guns, stones, cutlasses and many other dangerous weapons. We had to defend ourselves, and our only means of defence is our rifles. Our officers had to do what we call ‘tactical withdrawal’ on Monday. Our men shot in the air to disperse the marauding mob and later withdrew back to our formation.

“Our rules of engagement allow our men to use their rifles if every other means of reconciliation fails. We needed to control the situation and defend ourselves. All these happened yesterday (Monday). However, today (Tuesday), the youth again mobilised themselves and started doing stop and search, looking for Customs officers to maim, because they were all armed with dangerous weapons.

“As I am talking to you, this mob has closed down the roads, looking for our men to attack. The situation is not currently under control and most of our men have withdrawn to Ajileti for safety reasons. Right now, we hear that the Army and Police are battling to prevent them from advancing to Ajileti."

He added that “On January 5, 2019, we lost one of our officers to smugglers-induced mob action, and we would not allow such situation to repeat itself again.”

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SDP Youth Give Party 24 Hours To Submit Jerry Gana's Name To INEC As Presidential Candidate

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 10:25


The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has given an ultimatum of 24 hours within which the party is expected to send the name of Jerry Gana, a former senator to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the presidential candidate of the party.

Nwanka Stanley, National Youth Leader of the party, said this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

He also gave a 24-hour ultimatum for the resignation of Shehu Gabam, the party’s National Secretary, and the running mate of Donald Duke.

He said this is in compliance with the party’s constitution.

The names of SDP presidential and vice-presidential candidates were not included in the list released by the electoral commission.

Donald Duke, a former Governor of Cross River State, and Gana had been in a tussle over the SDP presidential candidature. A court had ruled recently in Gana's favour.

Meanwhile, Gana has accused the SDP National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, and the party's National Secretary, Alhaji Gabam, that the “duo have a script other than the interest of the party, which they have manipulated thus far and would henceforth continue no more".

Speaking through Ike Neliaku, the Director General of the Professor Jerry Gana Presidential Campaign Team G19, Gana said: “It has now become very clear that the National Chairman and the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Gabam, without recourse to other members of the NWC have continued to act as though the party is a private venture.

“I hereby state categorically that it has always been obvious, and we say so on good authority that the duo have a script other than the interest of the party, which they have manipulated thus far and would henceforth continue no more.

“Otherwise, how does one explain their stand on this matter, in spite of the fact that majority of NWC members, state chairmen and party faithful have continued to cry and shout across the country, insisting that Professor Gana’s name be submitted INEC; instead of subscribing to the demand of the majority, the duo have resorted to direct threats, intimidation and suspension of those who dare their actions.

“Given that our presidential candidacy is on the platform of the SDP we have resisted commenting publicly on these sordid manipulations, but we discovered that the more we keep quiet the more the public is misled into accepting lies as truth, minority as majority, thereby creating non-existing public perception.”

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It'll Be A Disaster If Atiku Rules Nigeria, Says Miyetti Allah

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 10:23


The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani says an Atiku presidency will be a "disaster" for Nigeria. 

The group has also come to the defence of President Muhammadu Buhari against a statement by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that the president is not complete Fulani Man.

A statement by Saleh Alhassan, the group's National Secretary, and published by The Punch newspaper, accused Atiku of lacking the quality of a genuine Fulani man.

The statement read: “The truth of the matter is that, in several places in Adamawa State, they speak Fulfulde. The fact that Atiku speaks Fulfulde doesn’t make him a Fulani man.

“If you look at Atiku physically, he doesn’t carry the biological features of a Fulani man. You look at Atiku and you see the Bantu tribe. He doesn’t belong to the Sudanic tribe.

“Also, we don’t know Atiku’s uncle and all Fulani know their uncles. Have you ever seen Atiku’s uncle? His claim to Fulani background is shrouded in uncertainty because nobody knows his uncles. Buhari’s ‘Fulaniness’ is not in doubt. His father was an Ardo, a Fulani leader. So, I think it is not an issue.”

On the campaign promises of the former vice-president, the statement continued: "Is Atiku not responsible for the crisis on the Mambilla Plateau? They went there, took over the land from the indigenous people and created mega farms and ranches, plunging them (Fulani) into poverty.

“If there is anybody that has created poverty, it is Atiku and the PDP. Over the 16 years they ruled this country, they virtually raped the country in a very shameful manner. It will be a disaster for Nigeria if Atiku becomes President and I know God will not allow it because he doesn’t mean well for the poor people in this country.

“He is a very wicked and vicious capitalist without a conscience, whose morality is in question. He will not only sell this country, he will destroy the very fabric that keeps us together. His aim is to create a paradise of thieves and moral perverts in Nigeria.”

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There Are Plans To Rig 2019 Elections, Says TY Danjuma

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2019-01-23 10:22


Theophilus Danjuma, a former Minister of Defence, says there are plans to rig next month’s general election.

Danjuma made the allegation on Tuesday while inaugurating a medical laboratory at the Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity Hospital in his Takum hometown in Taraba State.

He accused some politicians of planning to cause unrest, so as to manipulate elections in the state.

He urged residents of Taraba State “to protect their votes to prevent electoral fraud”.

The former Chief of Army Staff also described democracy in the country as primitive.

The retired general said: "We must work hard for peace in addition to just registering and obtaining our Permanent Voter Cards.

“There is no need to fight one another because they will use the police and soldiers to destabilise us and rig the elections."

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VIDEO: No Drugs, No Bed Space, No Electricity — The Story Of Warri Central Hospital

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 22:40


Some sick residents of Delta State who visited the Warri Central Hospital, located on Warri/Sapele Road, Warri, have lamented the state of facilities in the hospital.

In a video recording of their experience, which they shared with SaharaReporters, They were seen lamenting the absence of government at the hospital, the children clinic being the worst hit.

Some of the patients highlighted the number-one challenge of the hospital as lack of power supply.

Speaking on the appalling situation, one of them, Lucky Iyoghosa, who was visiting the hospital to see a friend’s daughter on admission, described the state of the hospital as "absurd" and "nonsense.

“This is Warri Central Hospital. This is absurd," he said. "This is the children’s clinic, no light. Do we really have a government in this place?”

Video of Patients Lament Deplorable State Of Delta Hospital Patients Lament Deplorable State Of Delta Hospital

He questioned the management of the hospital and the Chief Medical Director for failing to provide a conducive environment for patients.

A mother who brought her one-month-old son for treatment in the hospital confirmed the situation, adding that the hospital does not even have a drug store.

She added that patients also sleep on the floor due to inadequate space and beds.

“I have been here since last week and they have always been asking for money. There hasn't been supply of electricity to the hospital since I was here," he said.

“In this hospital, patients have to sleep on the floor because there are not enough beds for patients. I now have a swollen leg because of lack of space. There is no drug store in the hospital and nurses refer patients to visit pharmacies outside the hospital to buy the drugs.”

The patients urged the government to find a permanent solution to the state of facilities at the hospital, stressing that power supply has to be prioritized in returning the hospital to full working state.

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Bioscience Research Start-ups — The Way Forward In 2019? By Mercy Max-Harry

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 22:10


Some months ago, I had to present a paper on the case for the private sector in Bioscience Research and Development in Nigeria. Some of my discoveries shocked me and many further cemented in my heart the truth that Nigeria has a very long way to go. 

The Nigerian government sponsors over 40 research institutes all over the country yet unsurprisingly obtains very few or no groundbreaking results in solving the problems faced in the Bioscience fields. We have laboratories which do not work, staff who lack up-to-date knowledge and facilities near extinct and in some cases, especially universities, facilities quite up to date but saved only for when the Accreditation Board visits the school. 

So what's the result we get?  Students who learn so much theory, very little practical and sometimes, alternative to practical courses (this one really makes me laugh). The ones who dare to read widely come up with really beautiful ideas for their dissertations or projects but are most times turned down. The facilities to carry out such laboratory work are either unavailable or neck-cutting expensive. 

These same Nigerian minds struggle their way into the western countries and are retained there as researchers. The western countries take the glory for the solution we proffer because, as usual, we fail to utilise our God-given potential. How can we when it is not oil? 

Beyond the obvious failure of our government in these areas and many others, there's the part we, too, as a people have failed to play. Seventy percent of all funding for Research and Development in America, the world's leading country for Bioscience research, comes from the private sector. Undoubtedly, the other 30% from the government cannot be matched with Nigeria's yearly budget for Bioscience R and D but then this statistic tells a lot. 

The private sector must rise up if we want to see groundbreaking and phenomenal Bioscience research here in Nigeria. And there's market for it. Very few companies here retail basic Molecular Biology Laboratory kits like DNA extraction or PCR reagents. The laboratories with sufficient equipment and technical knowhow are missing, too. 

As at yet, there are no more than five laboratories in Nigeria that perform DNA sequencing. Many who are in need of these services actually send their samples abroad. As simple as paternity test sounds, many of the companies in Nigeria which render these services send their samples abroad because they lack a Genetic Analyser. The first Forensic laboratory in Nigeria was commissioned in Lagos just in November. Whether it has begun to work or not, I do not know. But what I know is the lapses of our government provides a market for the private sector in Bioscience research in Nigeria. 

Some years ago in the country, we didn't have as many tech hubs as we do now. Something began that revolution and today, there are quite a number of tech start-ups all over the country. 
It's time to see more Research Laboratory start-ups. It's time to see more investors invest in this area. There really is money in it and although it is not popular news, there's a high demand for it with virtually every university having at least one department somehow related to the Biosciences. 

If we must grow, we must take Bioscience research seriously. There are cures to diseases that will not be found except Bioinformatics methods are utilised, agricultural development that may not come until simple genetic recombination and biotechnology methods are adopted here to a larger extent. And more importantly, dreams of the next generation which may not be realised if these facilities are not brought down here.

 

Max-Harry is a Biomedical Engineering Graduate and works as a Graduate Research Office/Sales Head at African Biosciences Ltd, a Private Molecular Biology Research Laboratory based in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Gbenga Daniel: Atiku’s Media Aide — Not Atiku Himself — Was The One Who Listed Buhari's Corrupt Allies

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 21:34

Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been exonerated from a statement naming 30 corrupt people working for President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Gbenga Daniel, Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation and Deputy Chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (South), the statement was the personal opinion of Phrank Shaibu, Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communications — not that of Atiku himself.

Speaking with journalists at the Abuja airport shortly before departing for a PDP presidential campaign rally in Owerri on Tuesday, Daniel described Atiku as “a statesman who is not in the habit of making unguarded and unsubstantiated claims about persons and institutions”. See Also Corruption Atiku Names 30 Corrupt People Working With Buhari 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

“The media probably got it wrong and simply elevated personal opinions to that of Atiku Abubakar. They simply cannot be the same,” he said.

"Atiku believes in the rule of law, and would not accuse people wrongly especially if no competent court of law has found them guilty. That is what distinguishes Atiku Abubakar from the current APC government, which has elevated deceit and lies to such height in Statecraft.”

Shaibu’s list of corrupt people working with Buhari contained names such as Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the APC; Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Adams Oshiomhole, former Governor of Edo State and National Chairman of the APC; Abdullahi Adamu, a serving senator and former Governor of Nasarawa State; Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Folarin Coker, Lagos socialite and Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information.

Others are Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation; Aisha Buhari, wife of the President; Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board; Adamu Muazu, former Governor of Bauchi State; Iyiola Omisore, former Osun State Deputy Governor; Abdulrasheed Maina, former Pensions Board boss; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence and Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State.

The list also featured Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State; Senator Godswill Akpabio; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State; Alhaji Seminu Turaki, a two-term former Governor of Jigawa State; Alhaji Junaid Abdullahi, Buhari's in-law who is also the Executive Secretary, Border Communities Development Agency (BDCA); Alhaji Aliyu Wammako, a former Governor who is currently in charge of Buhari’s campaign in Sokoto State; Hope Uzodinma, the APC governorship candidate in Imo State; Rotimi Amaechi, serving Minister of Transportation and Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation; Alhaji Abdul'aziz Yari, Governor of Zamfara State; Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Ayodele Oke, the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

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BREAKING: NLC Rejects N27,000 Minimum Wage, Says Govt Inviting Economic Shutdown

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 20:55

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the N27,000 recommended by the National Council of State as new national minimum wage for state and private-sector workers.

The body made the recommendation at a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday — the first in the year and only the third in the current reign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

It also recommended N30,000 as the new minimum wage for federal workers. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Council Of State Recommends New Minimum Wage — But It's Lesser Than N30,000 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

However, Peter Ozo-Eson, Secretary-General of NLC, told NAN that the federal government, by that action, is inviting a shutdown of the economy.

“The council has no jurisdiction to determine another amount after a Tripartite Committee had submitted its report,” he said.

“It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the council of state.”

Ozo-Eson said the NLC had scheduled an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC) for Friday to deliberate on the deadline given to government within which to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly.

“The Federal Government is only projecting a shutdown of the economy with its latest action,” he added. “This is because workers should not be held responsible for any development after its NEC meeting on Friday.”

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Chris Brown Arrested In Paris For 'Aggravated Rape'

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 20:22


Chris Brown in court

Christopher Maurice Brown, an American singer known worldwide as Chris Brown, has been arrested in Paris for rape and drug violations.

According to CNN, a French judicial source said the singer is accused of “aggravated rape and drug violations”. 

Chris brown alongside two others are in custody following a rape accusation by a 24-year-old woman. The singer, who was arrested on Monday, was said to have committed the offence exactly a week ago.

The woman's name was not mentioned for legal reasons, but it was said she met the singer at a nightclub after which she followed him to his hotel room along with other women and three men.

This is not the first time the 29-year-old is having a run-in with the law. In July 2018 after a concert in West Palm Beach, Florida, Brown was charged with felony for allegedly punching a photographer in April 2017.

Brown is expected to appear in court or be released. If he appears in court he might be expected to remain in custody while trial continues or be set free with the option that his passports are seized, thereby frustrating any move for the singer to leave the country.

Several attempts to speak with Chris brown publist at Sony Music did not yield results.

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Obasanjo Wants To Return To Aso Rock By Hook Or Crook, Says Tinubu

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 20:02

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says former President Olusegun is seeking a return to Aso Rock villa, the country’s seat of power, "by hook, crook or utter fantasy".

Tinubu said this in response to Obasanjo’s State of the Nation address tagged ‘Points for Concern and Action’, during which the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman accused President Muhammadu Buhari of harassing his critics and opponents, and plotting to manipulate the 2019 general election.

Buhari has since responded, describing Obasanjo as needing a doctor so he can get well soon, but Tinubu has now joined in the rebuttal, identifying Obasanjo as being responsible for the flaws in Nigeria’s political economy since 1999. He alsod escribed him as an “election rigger without peer”.

“For Obasanjo to utter such an outrage is that he hopes lighting strikes twice. He was ushered into office after Abacha’s demise. He thinks if he can invoke Abacha’s name, the same thing will happen again,” Tinubu said in a statement released on Tuesday.

“By hook, crook or utter fantasy, Obasanjo seeks to return to Aso Villa, not as an irritating, importuning guest but as a long-term resident. He wants to be back in control. If he cannot be president, then the president better carve from his office a special room for Obasanjo.”

He also attacked Obasanjo’s bloated sense of self, saying: “Obasanjo thinks he is more than the greatest Nigerian. He thinks himself greater than Nigeria itself. Unless he is allowed to lead the procession, he will groan, grouse and grit. However, neither President Buhari nor the progressive APC have much use for his reactionary policies and his megalomaniac ways. Thus, we shall be forced to endure more of his letters. But enduring such missives is vastly superior and small price to pay for not having to endure a repeat of his unenlightened misgovernance.”

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CHIEF OBASANJO – AT WAR AGAINST HIS OWN DEEDS.

Former President Obasanjo is many things to many people; but he is all things unto himself. His recent contribution to our political discourse wherein he alleges plots to steer the coming elections shows he benefits from an exceedingly faulty memory, is purely shameless or has a most wicked sense of humor. Perhaps all three are facets of his makeup and were equally on display in his latest prosaic display.

The crux of his long tirade was the allegation that INEC is poised to cook the election results. Chief Obasanjo should not get his dander up and waste good ink for nothing. This election will be a free and open exercise of the people’s right to choose their leaders. Obasanjo makes fiery allegations against this right but offers no corroborating evidence; he presents only reams of words. This is because Obasanjo is projecting onto the APC the misconduct he would wrought if still in power. Yet, the ways of Obasanjo are not those of the APC. And this difference has meant the better for Nigeria.

Moreover, Chief Obasanjo should be the last to complain about election rigging. His administration was an unalloyed miscarriage of justice and of the best aspirations of the Nigerian people. We all know he was not elected in 1999. He was handed Nigeria on a silver platter; perhaps because Nigeria was so easily given that he went about treating the nation as if it was a less than precious thing; he thought it was a cheap give-away not a privilege to govern this nation.

This man should have positioned himself to be the father of the nation. All the goodwill that could be granted a political figure was bestowed on him. The global economy was such that it fueled our growth. Everyone wanted Nigeria to succeed after emerging from years of noxious military rule. Despite the flawed exercise that rendered him president, we all bit our tongues in hope that he would say and do the right things that would move Nigeria forward.

Instead of being a unifying figure as Commander-in-chief, he lowered himself to being a divisive, vindictive conniver. There was no table which he neared that he did not upset and overturn. There was no one who came into his company for any period of time with whom he did not fall out if he expresses a thought contrary to one of his.

He tried to convert our young democracy into a one party state. His PDP boasted that they would rule for 60 uninterrupted years. Never did they boast that they would govern us well during even one year of the sixty. He could have placed the economy on the path to durable growth and shared prosperity through diversification, industrialization and creation of a social safety net for the poor. Instead, he handed the economy over to a tight group of cronies, turning what should be a modern economy into a version of the mammoth trading companies that dominated the 17th and 18th century. The Transcorp conglomerate was intended to be a throwback to monopolistic enterprises such as the East Indian Company wherein a select handful would control the national economy’s strategic heights.

We hoped that Obasanjo would personify statesmanship, thus showing the way to a more benign political culture. Instead, he bickered and feuded with his vice president and mostly anyone who dared remind him that he was human and thus infallible.

Given the vast margin between the good he could have achieved and the nebulous feats that comprise his true record, Chief Obasanjo is the person most responsible for the flaws in the Nigerian political economy since 1999. His ego is as expansive as the firmament but his good deeds would fit into a modest sachet with ample room to spare.

The worst of Obasanjo’s record, I have yet to describe. When it comes to elections, he has been a rigger without peer. There is no election which occurred under Obasanjo’s watch or in which he participated that did not involve cheating on his part. Even the late President Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua admitted he was the beneficiary of a flawed election engineered by none other than today’s vociferous complainant. For Obasanjo to lament over electoral malpractice is tantamount to the ocean complaining that a few raindrops are causing it to get wet.

In his writing, Obasanjo alleges the Osun election indicates rigging will take place in the coming contests. Let’s go straight to the truth, Obasanjo has no grievance with the process. His personal history suggests fair process is the least of his concerns. What knocks Obasanjo off kilter is that he could not dictate the result in Osun. He told those in the PDP that he held sway in Osun and throughout the Southwest. They believed him. He led them to defeat notwithstanding the almost impossible voter turnout in PDP strongholds in that state. Obasanjo can only win an election when has the final say over the final vote tally. Otherwise, he is a troubled man.

In an attempt to relieve his trouble, Chief Obasanjo makes reference to a joke about INEC. He says, “The INEC was asked if the Commission was ready for the election and if it expects the election to be free, fair and credible. The INEC man is reported as saying in response, ‘we are ready with everything including the results.’” The joke has a touch of humor; we are glad that Obasanjo is not completely devoid of this most human of traits. However, he makes a telling omission by failing to give you the vintage of this bit of sarcasm.

The jest was not born last week. It’s vintage is circa 2003- a time when a certain President Obasanjo rode roughshod over INEC. He would summon the nervous INEC chairman to the Villa, proceeding to hector the man until he gave way to Obasanjo’s demands. At Obasanjo’s urging, INEC improperly published fake election results on the gubernatorial race in Lagos. Not until a public outcry did INEC back away from rigging Lagos. A similar attempt was made in Lagos in 2007. In essence, for Obasanjo to laugh at this joke means he has belatedly developed the ability to laugh at himself.

If Obasanjo was so committed to free elections, how could he countenance Atiku’s recent boast of single-handedly rigging elections in the Southwest. Atiku claimed that he took all states for the PDP but left Lagos alone due to some misguided affinity for me. By this statement, Atiku publicly admitted to rigged elections in the SW. Beyond resort to wholesale rigging, Atiku could never deign to be more popular and potent in the Southwest than the panoply of good and decent leaders that guided the defunct AC. Moreover, I can assure you that we did not need Atiku’s false beneficence to win the elections in Lagos. The people voted for us and their votes countered the ill-designs Obasanjo and Atiku set in motion. Thus, if Obasanjo cannot chastise Atiku for publicly boasting that he rigged elections, then Obasanjo’s display of righteous indignation is but a magician’s trick.

His fine words and sentiments come a dozen years too late. These noble things would have greater effect had he placed them into practice when he was at the helm of affairs. At that time, he was powerful so he did as he might. Now that he lacks power, he has taken to preach that which he never did.

In his commentary, he mentions that INEC has a record of past rigging. I wonder if he understands the admission he makes. No other president has exercised such tight control over INEC for as many years as Obasanjo. No president has had the domineering relationship with INEC that Obasanjo enjoyed. If there are reports of past INEC rigging, those reports are of Obasanjo’s making. It is the irony of ironies for Obasanjo to complain of the fruit on the table when his was the hand that planted the tree.

Chief Obasanjo tries to further confuse matters by pointing to the case of the CJN’s assets declaration as evidence of future vote-rigging via tampering with the judiciary. Again, Obasanjo goes into a personality shift. For years, Obasanjo has boasted of himself as our corruption fighter nonpareil. The very aim of this current letter is to attack imagined INEC malfeasance. Yet, with regard to the CJN, he blithely ignores the large cache of dollars in the CJN’s account and the millions of dollars that passed through the accounts. Obasanjo seems unbothered by the unexplained presence of such sums. Perhaps Obasanjo’s nonchalance regarding the money is that he expected the funds there because he knows both the origin and reasons for the trove.

Chief Obasanjo sinks so low as to suggest that the VP, during the exercise of his official duties, was taking the PVC numbers of market women and traders. This statement reveals the bilious nature of the man. Obasanjo even quotes the notorious Bode George in claiming that the VP was “gutting our collective treasury” by giving loans of N10,000 to market women under the administration’s empowerment programs. 

What? Giving money to poor people to enhance their lives and escape the maw of poverty is, by PDP metrics, gutting the collective treasury. If helping the poor is gutting the treasury, Atiku’s privatizing large chunks of the economy into his own pocket must have been seen by the PDP as a vital public service. Jonathan and his Petroleum Minister’s siphoning government coffers of several billion dollars to enrich the already-rich must have been viewed by the PDP as the epitome of a social safety net. Obasanjo’s and the PDP’s disdain for the common person could not be clearer.

Obasanjo should be ashamed to even raise this issue. When he was president, the economy was on an easy sledding due to positive global trends. Obasanjo did not raise a finger to do anything for the poor. He and Atiku were champions of trickle-down economics. If anything good trickled down to the poor it was by accident. Obasanjo left the poor unattended because he cared nothing for them. Poverty increased under his cold indifference. Not one meaningful social program was established during his watch. The banking and pension deregulation he brought were geared to profit the wealthy CEO’s and managers of these financial entities. The malpractices attendant to these deregulation fiascos extinguished the savings of millions of Nigerians. In reliance on these artifices of Obasanjo and his ilk, many Nigerians were thrust down the lower rungs of the poverty they so desperately sought to avoid. Obasanjo’s allies gobbled the savings of the poor and still feast on them to this day.

Chief Obasanjo is one of the last people to preach to anyone about using public funds to care for the poor. He had the gall to fret that funds should not be given to the urban poor because they are not poor enough. But his grouse does not show any defect in the administration’s program. His complaint shows the defect in Obasanjo’s humanity or lack of it. To complain that some people are not poor enough for his liking is to reveal that seeing human suffering does not motivate him to cure it. He would rather that people suffer it the more. Your unease and distress becomes his entertainment or at least evidence he is superior to the common man. Watching a laborer struggle against penury is no more than a spectator sport for Obasanjo.

The most fantastic of all his claims is that this administration has returned Nigeria to the days of Abacha. If this were true, the press would be constantly closed. Obasanjo would be constricted in writing such letters. Elections would not be upon us. Atiku would not be able to freely campaign and the diversity of opinion in the public space would be suppressed.

For Obasanjo to utter such an outrage is that he hopes lighting strikes twice. He was ushered into office after Abacha’s demise. He thinks if he can invoke Abacha’s name, the same thing will happen again. By hook, crook or utter fantasy, Obasanjo seeks to return to Aso Villa, not as an irritating, importuning guest but as a long-term resident. He wants to be back in control. If he cannot be president, then the president better carve from his office a special room for Obasanjo.

Obasanjo thinks he is more than the greatest Nigerian. He thinks himself greater than Nigeria itself. Unless he is allowed to lead the procession, he will groan, grouse and grit. However, neither President Buhari nor the progressive APC have much use for his reactionary policies and his megalomaniac ways. Thus, we shall be forced to endure more of his letters. But enduring such missives is vastly superior and small price to pay for not having to endure a repeat of his unenlightened misgovernance.

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President Buhari: The Sickest Of Them All By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 18:55


The Pandora's Box of who is the sick man between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was opened Sunday night by Garba Shehu, Senior Assistant to President Buhari (Media and Publicity). Shehu’s statement was in response to Obasanjo’s characterization of Buhari as a president who is sick in ”body, mind, and spirit.”

I am not a fan of Obasanjo or Atiku. I detest both men. But for the first time, I agree with Obasanjo that Buhari is a sick man. We all know the medical history and record of Buhari. I am not going there. However, there are other valid and verifiable proofs that Buhari is the sickest of them all.  

Here’s why:

Buhari is suffering from advanced dementia and senility. He’s absent minded. He has poor judgment. He never learns or grows with the presidency. He makes the same mistakes over and over again. 

As a sick president, he wonders and wanders about. He doesn't really know what’s going on in his administration. He doesn't know the people he appointed as ministers and heads of federal agencies. It took him six months to get his cabinet in place. The old military saying captures leadership in a nutshell: ”There are three types of leaders: Those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wonder what happened. Buhari is a president who watches things happen and wonder what happened. 

Because he’s a sick president, he’s nothing but trouble for the nation. He’s unprepared to lead. His only concern is for himself, his immediate family, and his kinsmen. Being a sick president, he has no foresight, no drive, no energy, no innovation, no creativity, no enthusiasm. He’s unwilling to take risks. He surrounds himself with thieves and fools.

Being sick to the marrows, he doesn't know where he’s going, where he’s taking the people, and where Nigeria is headed. A sick President Buhari is a tragedy for Nigeria. Buhari as a sick president wants the rewards of the presidency - the travel, the food, the wine, the money, the fame, the popularity, the influence, the power - but doesn't want the responsibilities of leadership - the risk taking and decision making. 
In most cases, creativity and vision is the answer to problems of governance. But a sick president like Buhari cannot cast a vision, or call for innovation, and creativity. 

In the tumultuous days ahead, in the open season of the presidential campaign, Nigerians are worried about the intellectual and leadership capacity and capability of a sick Buhari for another four years. To be sure, the new president will not be a ’saviour’ of Nigeria and Nigerians. Nevertheless, it is vital that the Nigerian people choose a healthy, energetic, strong, and vibrant president in ”body, mind, and spirit.”

And one more thing: Nigerians expect the new president to be driven by fearless ideas...  

Let's go there!

bjoluwasanmi@gmail.com

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‘Onnoghen Must Go’, ‘Due Process Must Be Followed’ — Pro And Anti-Onnoghen Protests Rock CCT

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 18:48

Two rival groups on Tuesday led protests at the premises of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in relation to its trial of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), one asking him to quit the office and the other asking for due process to be followed in the trial.

The anti-Onnoghen protesters, who came together under a civil society group ‘Our Nation First’, asked the CJN to step down. 

The group said that the sanctity of judiciary must be protected and must not be brought to a disrepute because of selfish interest.  

The placard-carrying protesters stormed the court chanting Onnoghen-Must-Go songs. 

Some the inscriptions on their placards read: ‘No One Is Above The Law’, ‘Onnoghen Must Resign Now’, ‘Free Judiciary From Corruption’ and ‘Respect The Law of Land’.

The group urged the number one law officer to follow the right path of honour by resigning from his position before being disgraced out. 

Also, pro-Onnoghen protesters who are mainly lawyers, under the aegis of Advocate for Peoples' Rights and Justice (APRJ), asked the government to follow due process in the trial of CJN. 

The group condemned the hurried handling of the matter without recourse to the procedures for the trial of a judicial officer in any court of law. 

Speaking to journalists, its coordinator, Barr. Victor Giwa stressed that the group is not opposing the trial of Onnoghen but due process must be followed. 

 He called on international community to rise up and defend the democratic process in the country.

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Political Grandiloquence Soaked In Generation Of Landmarkism By Adedokun Seyi

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 18:48


My online friends are very funny with some bi-faceted idea of the new world we are in. This new generation has been bangled into believing in the  crass conduct of overnight politics. I have  friends who are interested in the engagement of partisanism, and I have many of them with their locally made patched and gravy excellence of how to make the best. The debate contest on January 19 at NEDG and the inconspicuousity of the reaction of the PDP presidential candidate roped by the action of the APC candidate could have been a sail-able excuse if they were not sandwiched with statements filled with bastion and theft of emotion.

The Presidential debate came in full handy with the presence of Kingsley Moghalu, Fela Durotoye and Oby Ezekwezili and was supposed to be made interesting with the presence of the duo of Atiku Abubakar and Mohammadu Buhari. As the debate stepped up, we received news from Atiku that he couldn't attack Buhari in his absence. And Festus Keyamo also issued a statement to state the reasons for his bosses absence.  

What is the misconstruction about this? Itse Sagay had also said Buhari did not need to attend a debate where he would only speak headlong with motivational speakers. The Chairman of the presidential advisory committee wouldn't have said that if he finds someone to remind him of his Seniority in the Nigerian advocacy. It was a stunning moment of expectation to see if Buhari would not be available. The presidential candidate and his vice president were later reported to have attended a commissioning program - which birthed a question of schedule. Yes, do they lack schedule? They obviously knew about the debate beyond the day. The Vice Presidential debate was held in December, and so far, disorganization could not have dawned on them over the night, but we heard, they wouldn't be able to attend a program that could be postponed for a debate that happened at the President's doorstep. This ushered three aspirants which Nigerians are not ready to vote for and hence, leading us to a nation of landmarkism.

These old people have given enough marks to be remembered. The manner in which we acolyte after the political will of the oldies is alarming and futuristically prophetic. We have no hope for the newbies: the newbies who were even once the minister of education, deputy governor of CBN and a strong public speaker who can be an exemplar of Obamaism.

In 2018, Buhari made a talk where he gave an evidence that all the 60% of Nigerian youth are lazy: they want money cheaply and so on. This man went country to country to make the imaginations of investors opaque about the royalty, loyalty, dignity and integrity of Nigeria and Nigerians.

For the umpteenth time, the present political bigotry hovering over everyone's innocence is just a crass mask on intelligence. Some people had started their form of suck, to stop anyone that would affect his (Buhari's) re-election. I can't blame choices, but I can only blame reasons for choosing.  

The last presidential debate saw three people appearing at the NEDG on January 19 with their plans well tabled before everyone, but I think we are sweetened by the prison we've put ourselves. Einstein said you cannot provide a solution the same way you've created the problem. Let's forget the absence of these two people at the debate. Why should you even expect them? The Nigerian-Americans are supporting someone who lacks objectivity. Someone who swore that he will privatize NNPC even if they would kill him or the other who does not even understand a simple ranching and route? Absconding from the debate is double standard for APC which was obviously lack of schedule. Then the PDP, who was not available to sell his idea to Nigerians, but wanted to attack Buhari is an albatross to sensibility. Election is not about voting for whom you think will win, or who has the highest chance, but it's about whom you want to win,.whom you know will save you from this hunger that is wrecking your life and making you to think it's for highest bidder.

The idea that your political structure has taught you to support the highest bidder will later lead you to curse that bidder himself - a journey of four years filled with political demeanor. You need a President of data and analysis. You need people who solve problems based on statistics and not a move to only give crumbs to hungry Marketers and illiterates. You need people who won't read plans on paper and leave it on paper. You need people who would speak to the public and look to your face. Buhari and Atiku are hell no. But you see, we shall all see the result. This generation of thinkers is just a joke filled with political dunce and those political bigotry oldies are laughing at us. The person that supported not too young to run is now running against the young.

Why do we deserve this? Why do we really have the fear of doing a new thing? It's not about trying new people, it's about weighing, it's about having the best. We have a former deputy governor of CBN and former Minister for Education contesting. These are products of freedom and independence. But we want to engage in recycling.

Adedokun S. O
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BREAKING: CCT Rejects NIC, High Court Orders, Decides To Continue Onnoghen's Trial

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 17:20

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has set aside subsisting orders of a Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining it from proceeding with the case between the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, over fraudulent declaration of assets.

The three-member panel chaired by Justice Danladi Umar ruled that the order issued by the two courts directing the tribunal to discontinue the case are not binding on the tribunal. It declared the orders null and void. 

Danladi held that the tribunal was established by the constitution and could not be stopped by orders of the two courts.

He therefore ruled that the tribunal will proceed with the case, and he directed the defendant to move his preliminary application challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal. 

A member of the panel, Julie Annabor, concurred with the position of the Chairman in setting aside the order of the courts. 

In his own ruling, Atedze William, the only member with dissenting judgement, held that the tribunal is a creation of the Nigerian constitution and the decision of the High Court is binding on the tribunal, as the tribunal cannot operate in isolation.

He held that the status quo be maintained and parties should allow the matter to be determined by the court of appeal on January 24, 2019. He therefore asked the court to adjourn the matter 'sine dine' as argued by the defence counsel, Wole Olanipekun. 

The matter has been adjourned till January 28, 2019.

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BREAKING: CBN MPC Leaves Interest Rate Untouched For The 15th Time In 30 Months

Sahara Reporters - Tue, 2019-01-22 17:03

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday left the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) unchanged at 14%.

It is the 15th consecutive time that the MPR, the determinant of interest rate, has been left untouched by the MPC.

 

Making the announcement at the CBN headquarters at Central Business District, in Abuja, Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor, said the decision was unanimously taken by all members of the committee.

The last time CBN's MPC touched the MPR was in July 2016, when it opted to raise it by 200 basis points to 14.0 percent.

At the end of that July 25-26, 2016 meeting, it also voted to retain the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 22.5 percent, retain the asymmetric corridor at +200/–500 basis points, and retain Liquidity Ratio at 30 percent.

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