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Stranger Sneaks Into Sowore's Temporary Abuja Abode, Assaults Female Activist, Vandalises Electronics

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2020-01-20 01:04


Omoyele Sowore


Omoyele Sowore

 


A yet to be identified man, who neighbours claimed to be mentally challenged, on Sunday morning found his way into the temporary abode of recently released pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, in Abuja, assaulting a female activist and vandalising electronic items in the process.

The unknown man, who sneaked into the apartment at about 11:00am, went straight into the living room and sat comfortably in front of the television set as if in his house.

Minutes later, he walked into the kitchen but was challenged by a few of Sowore's friends inside the house.

He ignored the individuals, walked to the back of the house, paced to the front of the building before activists around the place challenged him.

However, in the bid of the activists to ascertain where he came from and how he got into Sowore's residence, the heavily-built stranger charged at a female activist, rained several blows on her before tearing her clothes.

Not done, the unknown man went further to grab the female activist by the hair and slammed her on the ground. 

He went ahead to throw various objects in the sitting room at the television set in an attempt to shatter the screen and also vandalise other electronic devices in the living room area.

The stranger was however, later subdued by the activists and handed over to police personnel guarding the area and taken away in a van. 

Sowore, who was resting in another part of the apartment, was alerted to the situation shortly afterwards.

The activist was released by the President Muhammadu Buhari regime after spending 143 in unjust incarceration for organising a protest tagged #RevolutionNow in August 2019.

When he was arraigned before a Federal High Court, Abuja, in September, the judge imposed stringent bail conditions on him in a case brought against him by the Nigerian Government.

Sowore is restricted to Abuja for the duration of his trial except the court changes its position and amends the bail conditions.

The judge’s declaration also forbids the 48-year-old activist from speaking to the press – conditions that clearly infringes upon his fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and association as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a historic document adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1948.

Sowore’s trial gets underway in February in the case the Nigerian Government accuses him of insulting President Buhari and planning to bring down his regime by calling on citizens to take to the streets on August 5 in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from leaders.
 

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Buhari Doing Nothing To End Killings, Persecution Of Christians By Fulani –European Union

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2020-01-20 00:46


 

The European parliament, legislative branch of the European Union, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of overseeing the persecution of Christians in the Northern part of Nigeria where Sharia law is in practice.

The EU in a new report released on January 16, 2020 said over 6000 Christians had been murdered by "Fulani militants whereas in Sharia states, Christians face constant discrimination and are often considered second class citizens”.

The report further adds that, “These attacks have continued with total impunity with perpetrators rarely being held to account whereas Amnesty International report has demonstrated wilful negligence by the Nigerian security forces concerning deadly attacks against farming communities.”

The report says Buhari's poor handling of Nigeria's deteriorating situation in the North-East has worsened as non-governmental organisations ready to help are denied access by the Nigerian Government for political reasons.

The EU condemned what it described as "extermination of human beings or ethnic cleansing" while calling on the Nigerian Government to find immediate solutions to the conflict now affecting the stability of West Africa.


 

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Police Debunk Report Claiming 30 People Were Killed In Kaduna-Zaria Road Attack

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2020-01-20 00:24


 

The Kaduna State Police Command has debunked a report claiming that 30 people were killed and 100 others kidnapped during an attack along Kaduna-Zaria Road.

In a statement by the spokesperson for police in the state, Abubakar Sabo, the command said that only six persons lost their lives while five others were injured from the incident, which took place on January 14.

Sabo disclosed that investigation was ongoing to ascertain the exact number of persons abducted.

The statement reads, “While regretting the unfortunate incident, the Command maintains this casualty figure as accurate until more facts prove to the contrary.

“Consequently, the command wishes to warn members of the public who share messages related to security from unverifiable sources to desist, as the command would not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons who engage in such malicious publication/circulation.

“All accounts of crime incidents should be verified before publication to avoid being involved in sharing mischief.”

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BREAKING: Pipeline Leakage Leads To Fire Outbreak In Lagos Community, Houses Burnt

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 23:20


A pipeline leakage in Abule-Egba area of Lagos State has caused a heavy fire outbreak.

The pipeline leakage was said to have led crude oil spilling all over the place and eventually caused fire outbreak, eyewitnesses confirmed.

Not less than 10 houses have so far been razed by the fire.

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EXPOSED: Another Ogun Government Nominee Busted For Fake Academic Credentials

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 22:29



Less than one week after it was revealed that the Ogun State Government had nominated a disgraced former lecturer of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Prof Sidi Osho, as Commissioner for Education and sent her name to the state’s House of Assembly for clearance, SaharaReporters has uncovered moves by the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun to appoint yet another person suspected to have forged academic credentials as a special adviser in his government. 

Listed number one on the log of nominees for special advisers in a document seen by SaharaReporters, Dr Joseph S. Odemuyiwa has been found to be a serial certificate forger and manipulator, who has fraudulently walked his way to the top of the academia despite being discovered and dismissed by two higher institutions in the past. 

Findings by SaharaReporters revealed that Odemuyiwa left OOU to Kwara State University with forged letter of promotion to become associate professor but was soon discovered and sent packing.

He found his way into Tai Solarin University of Education in Ogun State where one Prof Awonusi detected his fake degrees and university qualifications and had him booted out. 

In Odemuyiwa’s resume seen by SaharaReporters, he claimed to have attended several reputable institutions including Northeastern Illinois University, United States, St. John's University, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos.  SaharaReporters Media

Some of the qualifications he claimed to have obtained from these institutions include Doctor of Education in Business Education, Master of Business Education, Bachelor of Business Education, Technical Teachers Certificate in Business Education among others.

However, trusted sources confirmed to SaharaReportersthat most of the claims outlined by Odemuyiwa on his resume are all made up to continue to sustain his lies and scheming. 

Recall that Governor Abiodun had on January 16, 2020, ordered all political appointees to produce their certificates and curriculum vitae after Osho’s story was published by SaharaReporters.

The announcement contained in a circular with reference number SSG/ADM. 22/251 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, reads in part, “Kindly note that all political appointees are required to submit copies of their academic qualifications along with an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.

“These documents should be collated and submitted to the office of the Secretary to the State Government.”

Despite underground moves to turn the tide in her favour, the governing council of Olabisi Onabanjo University on Tuesday unanimously dismissed Osho’s appeal to convert her dismissal from the institution to retirement or withdrawal from service.

Efforts to reach the state government to find out how they would handle Odemuyiwa’s case proved unsuccessful as officials contacted refused to speak on the matter.

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Amotekun: Yoruba World Congress To Hold Solidarity Walk On Tuesday

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 22:17


Yoruba sons and daughters have been urged to come out in large numbers on Tuesday to participate in a rally to support Operation Amotekun, a security network recently established by governors of South-West Nigeria to wage war against insecurity across the region. 

The protest code-named "Amotekun Solidarity Walk" being organised by Yoruba World Congress will take place in all South-West states. 

The YWC is led by Emeritus Professor of History and Second Republic Senator, Banji Akintoye. 

According to a statement by YWC Director of Contacts and Mobilisation, Comrade Victor Taiwo, the rally will hold simultaneously in Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure and Ado-Ekiti respectively from 9:00am.

The statement reads, “All Yoruba people are urged to come out on Tuesday to show to the world that Amotekun has come to stay. 

“We must show the external forces and their internal collaborators who want to stampede our resolve to protect ourselves, safeguard our land from kidnappers, armed-robbery and put an end to consistent destruction of our farmlands that enough is enough.

“Well-meaning Yoruba people and leaders of thought would be at designated venues to address the protest. We want to assure our governors that Yoruba people are behind them on Amotekun. 

“We urge them not to shiver and they must never shiver. It is no retreat, no surrender. We will not surrender Amotekun.” 

On the meeting points, those in Lagos are expected to converge at Gani Faweyinmi Park, Ojota; Oyo: opposite Agodi Cenotaph, Ogun:  Pansheke Junction, Abeokuta; Osun: Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo; Ondo: Alagbaka Roundabout, opposite First Bank, Akure, while those in Ekiti are to converge at Fajuyi Roundabout, Ado-Ekiti. 

The list of state coordinators, according to the statement, would be released on Sunday after proper consultation with relevant stakeholders. 

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Lies To Bullets And Guns And Genocides: A Poem By Chido Nwangwu

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 22:12


 

Over time, 

Millions kept quiet in the face of 

Small lies; 

 

Overnight, 

Those small lies became 

Big stereotypes; and those 

Big stereotypes escalated to

Form mountains of distortion.

 

Over our clime, 

Iron-chains of infamy to reap;

From fictive condescensions, 

Followed vicious vulgarities, 

Bigotry mechanised; and 

Transformed into 

Bullets and guns 

Axes for the genocides 

1966, 1967, 1968, 1969…. 

Biafra. Rwanda. Zango Kataf. Odi

Dr. Chido Nwangwu is Founder and Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the Internet USAfricaonline.com; and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards. 

He has been profiled by CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. He worked previously for the Nigerian Television Authority, Platform Magazine, and the Daily Times of Nigeria; and has served as adviser on Africa business to Houston's Mayor.

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To Their Peaceful Gods Of Mayhem: A Poem By Chido Nwangwu

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 22:05


Chido Nwangwu

Chido Nwangwu
 

For how long/

Should I appease those/ 

All-knowing gods of mediocrity? 

 

For how long/

Should I be that/ 

Sacrificial, monthly burnt offering to their 

Peaceful gods of mayhem?

 

 

For how long/

Should I be that/ 

Target of some reptilian, choking, bloody

Dances of death, in my own village by these/

Gentle troops of lethal impunity?

 

For how long/

Should I be that/ 

Brave one without means and things to

Defend the herd of goat in the homestead/

Protect the frontline stock of 

The courageous, at home and elsewhere? 

Ahamefuna-Afamefuna-Ahamefule

 

 

For how long/

Should I be that/ 

Overcomer who, continues to fall for the instigation to cast all 

My survivalists’ discretion to their whirlwind,   

Toxtrotting, into their deathly reptilian dances?

 

For how long/

Should I forget/ 

For their fear of Biafra, 

Targeted persons, we’ve become; all 

Offsprings of Odumegwu, the Lion of Biafra! 

 

We’ve become; all 

Witness bearers and truth-tellers/ 

 

In unapologetic agreement with 

‘Ugonabo’ Chinua Achebe who wrote: 

There was a country!
 

I say, it was not Wakanda; it was Biafra!

 

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Combining Police Work With Music Has Exposed Me To Lots Of Criticisms –Yomi SARS

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 19:20


Yomi SARS

Yomi SARS The Guardian

 

Nigerian policeman, Abayomi Ekundayo widely known as GucciManeEko or Yomi SARS by his teeming admirers, has said that combining police work with a career in music has exposed him to criticisms a lot.

The 30-year-old cop, who has partnered top artistes like Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Pasuma and a host of others, said that due to his involvement with music, some persons usually thought he was not a serious policeman.

According to the young man, who claimed to have been born with a ‘silver spoon’ but decided to leave home early to discover his path in life, combining both professions – music and policing – has helped him reach more people and help solve a lot of social problems in a different style.

He said, “I was born with a silver spoon but I left the comfort of my home to be on the street because I wanted to discover my path early in life and be a better person.

“But being a musician and a cop means that I have become a prime target for criticism.

“But I have learnt to handle those criticisms well especially the ones on social media.”

Maintaining that not all police personnel were corrupt or wicked as widely perceived by a greater percentage of Nigerians, Yomi SARS, who recently released hits including ‘Japa’ (produced by Young John), ‘Adoyoyo’, ‘Gucci Mane Eko’, 'No case' (Featuring Davido, Pasuma, DJ Jimmy Jatt), 'Follow Me' featuring Olamide and many others, said that law enforcement agencies like the police must work closely with members of the public to better protect the society.

He said, “The #EndSARS is no longer one that any responsible citizen-minded police officer can ignore, not necessarily giving credence to some of the gory yet vivid narrations but policing is to maintain the public peace in whatever guise the unrest may come.

“Definitely some officers are on the extreme in the line of duty, some are on the job for personal gratification but we must commend the larger percentage who are worthy ambassadors of the Nigeria Police Force.

“I am referring to those that daily defy the lack of basic needs like accommodation, uniform and other kits, up to date technology and equipment to carry out their duties. 

"However, this shouldn't stop the police from looking into the various allegations levelled against the body, investigate and weed out the wolves amongst us.”

Signed to Dypes Entertainment and now co-founder of SAPON-GANG, the policeman-turned musician is set to release a new album in the coming weeks after the success of his debut work in 2019.

 

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Suspected Baby Factory Uncovered In Kano, 27 Children Rescued

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 17:16


ChannelsTV

 

The police in Kano has uncovered an illegal orphanage home suspected to be involved in child trafficking and rescued 27 children alleged to have been kidnapped or born for trafficking from the home known as Du Merci Orphanage.

Spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed to Channels Television that a self-acclaim professor, Solomon Tafa, who operates the home, has been arrested.

He said, “We were able to rescue nine children here, after the arrest; he was not able to present any document that shows how these children are being sourced.”

DSP Haruna also revealed that the suspect, Tafa, works alongside a hospital that helps him take care of the pregnant women before and after delivery.

He added, “He procures pregnant women, gives them all the necessary ante-natal attention and care. After delivery, he then hands over the newly born babies to the owner of the orphanage home.”

Meanwhile, Channels Television, in a bid to ascertain the suspects claim, was informed by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Kano, Zahra’u Umar-Muhammad, that the suspect was yet to register with the ministry and there was no record showing the existence of any Du Merci Children Home in the state.

The police said that investigation was ongoing and the children are now in the custody of the Kano State Children’s home, while the alleged baby-making factory remains under lock and key.


 

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I Never Said I’ll Probe My Predecessors –Imo Governor, Uzodinma

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 17:10


 

Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, has debunked rumours making the rounds that he plans to probe his predecessors.

Governor Uzodinma disclosed this after inspecting some structures at the government house in Owerri, the state capital, according to a report by Channels TV.

The governor said even though the business of governance includes probing and accountability, his directive to the Accountant-General of the state and the officials of the civil service to furnish him with the financial statement of the state may have been misconstrued.

He said, “When I asked for a status report from all the ministries, many people misunderstood it or assumed that the purpose of calling for that information is because I want to probe; I never said that I was going to probe anybody.

“The business of governance involves probing if need be; so I needed that information because there is no official handover from anybody, and for me to start the work, I need to know what is on the ground.”

He said since there’s been no proper handover from the immediate past government, if during an investigation and for proper accountability there’s need to call on anyone for questioning as it deems fit, the government will not hesitate to do so.

 

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No Progress In Fight Against Boko Haram –European Union

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 17:08


 

The European parliament, legislative branch of the European Union, has expressed concerns over the resent spate of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.

According to TheCable, the parliament said there was no progress in the fight against the insurgents.

There has been increased attack by the group in the last few months despite claims by the Nigerian Government that the terrorist group had been technically defeated.

The EU parliament said, “Terrorist attacks which have taken place in the country; reiterates its concern about the protracted crisis in Nigeria and the volatile security situation in the North-East, and strongly condemns the repeated violations of human rights, international and humanitarian law, whether based on religion or ethnicity.

“Condemns in particular the recent increase in violence against ethnic and religious communities, including the targeting of religious institutions and worshippers.

“Deplores that progress has stalled in the fight against Boko Haram, ISWAP and the increased occurrence and severity of suicide attacks and direct attacks against military positions; recalls that Nigeria’s President Buhari was re-elected in 2019 on the promise of defeating the violent extremism promoted by Boko Haram and other terror groups, and urges the President to implement his campaign promises.

“Urges the Nigerian authorities to guarantee respect for human rights in the country, and to protect the civilian population from terrorism and violence; insists that such efforts must be conducted in full accordance with respect for human rights and the rule of law, in line with the country’s international obligations.

“Considers any form of extermination of human beings or ethnic cleansing barbaric and a crime against humanity; urges the Nigerian Government to address the root causes of violence by ensuring equal rights for all citizens and non-discrimination legislation.”

The parliament said it is deeply worried by reports of ill-treatment of children detained in military facilities and called on the Nigerian authorities to allow the United Nations access to its military detention facilities, sign a formal handover protocol to ensure that children detained by the military are quickly transferred to appropriate child protection authorities. 

 

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From Court To Police Custody: Plight Of Young Investigative Reporter By Alfred Olufemi

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 17:05


 

Although I have read about victimisation of journalists and repressive attacks on press freedom, last week added to my first-hand experiences of the travails of journalists, particularly some of us who have decided to ply the dreaded route of investigative journalism.

It was hectic journeying to two states just to respond to invitations from two judicial institutions. One was to continue proceedings in a magistrate court in Kwara State and another was the invitation from the zonal headquarters of the police in Osogbo, Osun State, over reports written in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Preamble

I had always expected these would come someday but I did not envisage that they would come this early. Kunle Ajibade’s life imprisonment sentence, Dapo Olorunyomi’s exile, the detention of Babafemi Ojudu without trial and many more are documented testimonials of the hazards that come with critical reporting.

I was about writing my final exams at the Obafemi Awolowo University when I received my first summon by the police in 2019. It was owing to a critical report detailing how the smoking of Indian hemp was permitted in the premises of a rice factory, a subsidiary of HillCrest Agro-allied Industry owned by Sarah Alade, a former CBN chief and an Economic Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari. The story was published on NewsDigest, a news platform I once wrote for as a student journalist, in 2018.

I responded to the summon after consulting Alhaji Yushau Shuaib, owner of Image Merchant Promotions, Idris Akinbajo, my editor at Premium Times, and some other distinguished colleagues. I was quizzed by the police and after I refused to disclose some vital sources, myself and Gidado Yushau, the young editor, were billed for arraignment the following week. I stood by the story as the author and Gidado Shuaib, NewsDigest editor, also vouched for the credibility of the story.

It was a case of defamation of character, which I vehemently denied during the first court appearance last year. Since the case is already with a competent court of law, I would not like to speak more about the proceedings and some of my reservations.

Monday experience

However, the second appearance, which was on Monday, January 13, 2020, came with a twist. Since we are already undergoing a criminal prosecution in the magistrate court, we had expected that the complainant would await the verdict of the court but no! The company had filed another lawsuit at the Kwara State High Court, requesting for N500m damages amongst other things.

Gidado, who received the writ of summon as a co-defendant adjusted his cap upon the sight of the demands of the company. Of course, it was mouth-gaping but I was not too surprised trusting some of our evidences and logical arguments. Meanwhile, on a lighter note, I do not think I can raise N200,000 from my personal savings at that moment let alone N1m. I smiled moving to the dock with mustered courage.

While facing the magistrate, thoughts of how I started writing in 2017 as a 200-level student in the university ran across my mind, I could recall the threats, impacts and accolades that some of my reports have earned me and the masses.

“We are bringing our witnesses next sitting,” the prosecutor said, informing the court after a failed attempt to provide the witnesses that Monday. Without much ado, the next date of adjournment was fixed but I could not help but to glance through the writ of summon intermittently, the lengthy pages are enough to make any young journalist back out of the struggle. Alas! For me, not anytime soon.

With a good friend and colleague of mine, Adejumo Kabir, we laughed over some events in the courtroom and reflected on some national issues, essentially the Amotekun kerfuffle. It was in high spirit that we left the court premises after some discussions with our legal team ready to fire back with a detailed response to the writ of summon.

What next? Amala joint. The dose of Amala was to prepare us for another journey to the zonal headquarters of the police the following day.

A Tuesday for the police

The appearance in the zonal headquarters of the police in Osogbo, Osun State, was sequel to a 2019 report exclusively published by Premium Times. It was about one Abdulrahman Habeebulah who admitted to have slept with a 16-year-old girl. He claimed to have married the teenager but my interviews and investigations proved otherwise.

The paper also reported how the cleric apologised to the victim’s family and the controversies that led to a settlement out of court. None of the updates, from the beginning to the out-of-court settlement, went without being reported. In fact, when he was rearrested by police in November 2019, this paper updated the public.

Nonetheless, in December 2019, five months after the report, I got a call from one Sergeant Adisa, a police officer in the zonal headquarters. I initially doubted the credibility of the call because all he provided was “there is a petition against you sir and we need you to appear in our office.” The caller could not answer the question of who wrote the petition and the content of the allegations.

I had written so many controversial reports that the aggrieved party may have loved to petition me. So, I needed a background information of the petition for me to know the right documents and materials to go along with. Sergeant Adisa promised to call back but did not.

The next I heard was on January 8. The family of the victim contacted me through the uncle of the victim, Muyideen Oloyede, that morning. I was told that the police had claimed that I did not respond to the calls and as such written the Vice Chancellor of my Alma Mata.

I requested that the phone was passed to an officer, identified as Mr Tanimola, and we fixed the next Tuesday for the meeting.

It was around 1:00pm when I reached the premises of the police headquarters in the company with my colleague, Mr Adejumo. I wore the most civil and humble countenance following telephone calls from friends and colleagues, who had advised that I thread softly. But in the real sense, have I committed any crime in reporting atrocities? Indeed, that shows how journalism has been criminalised in Nigeria.

After signing in at the station, we were welcomed by Sergeant Adisa and Mr Tanimola.

When given a copy of the petition, I could spot a lot of factual errors. That was after we schooled the police officers about the process of sending such summons. If not for my magnanimity and Premium Times' commitment to transparency and accountability, I would not have honoured the invitation because of the flawed process. It should be noted that the petition was against the uncle of the victim, Premium Times and myself. And guess who the complainant is? The embattled Islamic cleric. His major claim was that he never granted any interview with me. I laughed. After recording my statement and answering questions from the 'bullying' Sergeant Adisa, we proceeded to some senior officers' offices. It was a confrontation with all parties – the family of the victim, Mr Abdulrahman and myself. This was the moment I was proud of ethical journalism. Mr Abdulrahman contradicted himself even in his narration.

“He was disturbing me. I told him to stop calling me. I gave him some numbers to call” these were the words of the cleric, who earlier claimed that his reaction was not sought in some of the reports. He tried to shift the focus of the police from the rape allegations by saying “It has been settled out of court.”

The senior police officer cut in. “We cannot treat the smoke without treating the fire,” he countered the cleric.

At a point, Sergeant Adisa shut my colleague up when trying to make some clarifications. We did not flinch. Not even for a second.

It was almost getting dark and spending the night in the police custody occurred to me but it was not an option. This is because, except for Sergeant Adisa, every other cop was civil.

After minutes of heated arguments, we were transferred to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police. The officer, who appears to be in his mid-fifties, also sought every parties’ side of the story. He promised that the newspaper will be contacted officially as against the error of the police officer handling the issue initially. A final meeting was however, fixed for January 30. “I will go through all the documents before me and all you have said,” the DCP assured.

The time was around 6:30pm and the night was really drawing closer but before we reached out to the door, the officer-in-charge of the legal unit asked a question. “But how old is the girl in question?” He asked. Mr Oloyede swiftly replied “sixteen!”

The legal officer, who listened to all the narrations with rapt attention, beamed a smile when the cleric alongside his lawyer countered Mr Oloyede saying the age of the girl is contentious. Perhaps, he was aware of the legal implication of sleeping with a 16-year-old.

If the invitation were to be a stage play, at that point, we drew the curtain. It took me less than five minutes to sign my bail documents and was released by the police officers. I was tired. Unarguably, it was really a hectic day. As we were about to leave the premises, I whispered to my beloved friend; “The truth is bold.” He could not agree less owing to our responses to the questions we were asked at the police headquarters.

From there, we moved!

Alfred Olufemi, an award-winning investigative reporter and campus journalist, writes from the University of Ife

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Harry, Meghan To Drop Official Titles By March

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 16:16


 

Megan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, will drop their titles by March, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple had earlier announced their willingness to withdraw from the royal family, which meant they would no longer live on taxpayers' money. 

The young family said they wanted to live independently. 

In the statement from Buckingham Palace, Megan and Harry pledged to always uphold the sanctity of the royal family even as they live independently. 

The statement reads, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

"As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.

"With the Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.

"The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the royal family."

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ICPC Warns Against Fraudsters As It Begins Recruitment

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 12:22


The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has warned interested candidates in its recruitment exercise to be careful of fraudsters.

The agency said it has engaged the services of DSCL Corporate Services Limited to conduct the recruitment on its behalf to fill vacant positions approved by government.

It said, "The general public is hereby advised to be wary of fraudulent advertisement of the ICPC recruitment on any portal different from its own.

"Application for the positions is absolutely free and all processes attached to the recruitment exercise shall be in accordance with established parameters.

"Members of the public are therefore urged to report to ICPC any demand for money or other favours by anyone including officials of DCSL Corporate Services Limited.

"Advertisement of the recruitment exercise on any unauthorised portal and demand for money will be investigated and persons found culpable will be prosecuted."

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Facebook’s Auto-translation Changes Name Of Chinese President To 'Shithole'

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 12:16



Facebook has apologised for the mistranslation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese to English  language. 

The social media platform’s autocorrect translated the name of the president to ‘Shithole’ in a post made during his visit to Myanmar.

The error most notably appeared on the official Facebook page of Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Mr Shithole, President of China arrives at 4pm,” said a translated announcement posted earlier on Saturday. 

“President of China, Mr Shithole, signed a guest record of the house of representatives,” it continued.

Facebook said it was sorry and blamed a technical glitch.

“We fixed a technical issue that caused incorrect translations from Burmese to English on Facebook.

"This should not have happened and we are taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We sincerely apologise for the offense this has caused,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

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Suspected Serial Killer Appears In Court Wearing Church Tag

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 11:56


A suspected serial killer, Gracious David West, appeared for his recent court hearing with Salvation Ministries’ ‘5 nights of glory’ tag.

His murder trial was however, stalled due to the absence of his counsel, Vincent Chuku, who was expected to continue the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses.

The state's prosecution counsel, Chidi Ekeh and Lezina Amegwa, counsel to the 2nd defendant identified as Nimi ThankGod, told the court that all effort to reach Chuku proved abortive.

Justice Adolphus Enebeli, who ordered that the hearing notice be served on Vincent Chuku before the next adjourned date, stated that he can’t withdraw from the case on his own.

The case was then adjourned until January 24.

West, who earlier confessed to the killing of 15 women across seven states, made a u-turn and pleaded not guilty to the 10-count of murder levelled against him.

Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State, said West killed one person each in Abia, Edo, Oyo, Imo, Lagos where the act started two months ago and nine in Port Harcourt, Rivers.

West, an alleged repentant cultist, told newsmen that he derives joy in strangling young women in hotels whenever the urge to kill comes. He claimed that he did not cut his victim’s vital parts.

He was apprehended while trying to escape the intense heat his actions had generated in the state after a CCTV of him in a hotel emerged and went viral on the social media.

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I Am Greater Than Obafemi Awolowo By Remi Oyeyemi

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2020-01-19 11:43


Remi Oyeyemi

Remi Oyeyemi

Everywhere I go, they use Obafemi Awolowo as reference of and for all things. They point to his morality. They celebrate his achievements. They speak glowingly about him. They talk about him in awe. They have turned him into a god. No discussion ever takes place on any matter without him being referenced. Awo this, Awo that! Awo this, Awo that!

I am tired of hearing his name. I am just tired of it. Before you say anything, they would bring up his name. Before you do anything, they would bring up his name. What is the big deal about him anyway? What has he done that I have not done better?

He founded Nigerian Tribune, I founded my own newspapers, too. I even have magazines published in some of my stables, which he never did.

Okay, Awo brought television to Africa. I know he did it first. But he only did it for the Western Region then. But I own a network of several television stations. I believe they are not even giving me enough respect for surpassing him.

Someone had told me that Awo built housing estates in Bodija, Ibadan, and Ikeja in Lagos. As landlord of Lagos State, I personally own more than the two estates put together. I also have properties outside Nigeria and in choice parts of the world. 

Simply because Awo brought Redifusion to Africa, they are also crediting him with the first radio station in Nigeria. Every time I hear that, I just laugh out loud. Do you know how many radio stations I own? I don't have to say out the number. I don't want to give the impression that I am proud.

Every time they would talk about Awo's free education program. Who needs that free education any more? There are many like me, who never even attended any known primary school, but we are smart enough to achieve all we want to achieve. 

They are also fond of talking about free medical care of Awo.In a situation where I could get fantastic health services from India, Germany, UK or elsewhere, why take on the headaches of free medical care?

One of my advisers informed me that Awo introduced minimum wage in the old Western Region. Well, we could congratulate him for that. There was no need for me to do something like that when I was in office. 

Liberty Stadium? There is nothing special about that except that it was the first one. I had three famous ones in my jurisdiction. Though, I did not build any. I didn't have to. I had three great ones. Everybody knows them and I don't have to name them.

Another adviser of mine told me to write a book. He had called my attention that Awo wrote about 15 books or so. I didn't and still don't see any need for that. I have many intellectual goons, who could write for me or write about me. I have delegated that responsibility. Delegating responsibility is a hallmark of a great leader like me.

What I dislike most is that they talk about Awo as if he is special. I don't think so. I have done many things he was never able to do. I have organised a coalition that removed an incumbent president from office. Was Awo able to do that? He did not even come any close.

I have installed governors. I have installed senators. I have installed my relatives in several positions. Many of my friends and loyalists are in various juicy positions. My daughter, my in-laws are beneficiaries of my clout and political genius. Awo never had those skills. He could not do any of that.

I have even selected a vice president for Nigeria. Yes, I have done that. Did Awo ever do that? Was he that smart? I don't want to sound as if I am boasting. I am a political genius. Awo is not close to me in any way. Let's just forget it. You know I am a very humble person.

Then they try to belittle me all of the time. They claim no one knows my primary school's address. That they searched for it they could no find it. I just laughed. The point is that I am the smartest politician in the history of Nigeria.

Others complain that I claimed that I attended Government College, Ibadan. They are upset that I couldn't remember the year I attended or remember the name of my principal. Some of them were even asking me to name any of my classmates. What has all that got to do with my greatness? 

Many of them even accused me of forging my university certificate. Some of them call me "Mr Chicago," out of malice. The bottom line is that I was in Chicago. No one could deny that. It is not my fault that Awo never had the good fortune to be in Chicago like me. People are just jealous of my achievement.

When all is said and done, they look around on what to say about me, they would raise the issue of drug peddling. They call me so many names. I was never convicted of any drug crime anywhere on the surface of the earth. I have never been jailed anywhere for any reason. But Awo was jailed anyway, whether politically motivated or not.

Look, I am greater than Awo. There is no question about it. Some people don't like this idea. But there is nothing they could do about it. When in 2023, I become the President of Nigeria, it would cement my greatness over Awo because it goes without saying that he was never the president of Nigeria.

I am the greatest political gladiator in the history of the Yorùbá race. I am the greatest star ever, in the firmament Oòduà land politics. I am the greatest political strategist in Nigerian history. It would amount to unfairness to even put Oduduwa over and above me, not to speak of Obafemi Awolowo. 

I am greater than Obafemi Awolowo.

 

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Ihedioha Breaks Silence, Says Sack A Mystery

Sahara Reporters - Sat, 2020-01-18 20:41


Ihedioha addressing PDP NWC members in Abuja

Ihedioha addressing PDP NWC members in Abuja SaharaReporters Media


Emeka Ihedioha has described his sack as Imo State governor by the Supreme Court as a mystery that was never anticipated. 

He described the day as black Tuesday, stating that he pitied anyone celebrating the event. 

Speaking when members of the Peoples Democratic Party National Working Committee paid him a courtesy visit in his Abuja home, Ihedioha said that he took solace in the word of God, which says there is a season and time for every purpose under heaven. 

He said, "This is a replica of the kind of attention the event of that black Tuesday 14th January resonated across the country. 

"We are as shocked as yourselves, it was never anticipated. All legal pundits and democratic watchers never imagined and anticipated. 

"So, for us it remains a mystery. 

"I believe that that event will define obviously our democracy. I am certain that the judiciary and electoral system are well aware that they are on trial. And what is fundamental about this is that the facts of the matters as relates to Imo State governorship election is that the foundation of our democratic processes, the elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. 

"The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still have the results, and INEC has stated clearly that the results in question and the figures are not summing up.

"It is not about Emeka Ihedioha, it is not about Imo State, its about the future of our country and democracy. 

"This will make history in many ways and so this is a historical process, historical action, and I am sure there will be historical answers at the end of the day."
 

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New Imo Governor Fires Chairpersons Of Boards, Parastatals

Sahara Reporters - Sat, 2020-01-18 18:03


Hope Uzodinma

Hope Uzodinma google

 

Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has sacked all chairmen of boards and parastatals in the state including their members, a report by PUNCH said.

The governor ordered the affected persons appointed by the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha, to handover government belongings in their possessions to the most senior civil servant in their respective agencies.

“Senator Uzodinma has approved the immediate dissolution of boards of all government parastatals and agencies in the State.

“By the same token, the governor has requested that the outgoing appointees relinquish all government property in their care to the most senior civil servants in the various affected MDAs on or before the close of work on Friday,” a source said.

Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Oguwuike Nwachukwu, confirmed the removal of the chairpersons.

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